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Dance Palace terminates director, citing new goals

11/20/2014
Dan Mankin, who has led the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center since founding executive director Carol Friedman retired in 2008 after 37 years, will vacate his post on Dec. 15 after the board decided this month to let him go. Board president Ann Emanuels declined to elaborate on exactly...

At Tomales Bay water quality and shellfish meeting, a call for more meetings

11/20/2014
The possibility of leasing more acres in Tomales Bay for shellfish cultivation—and the attendant water quality concerns—were discussed and debated among dozens of attendees at the first Tomales Bay Shellfish Technical Advisory Committee meeting in years, held at the Inverness Yacht Club on Tuesday. The committee had taken a hiatus...

State closes portion of Hog Island lease

11/13/2014
The California Department of Public Health has banned harvest in a portion of one of Hog Island Oyster Company’s leases in Tomales Bay after two water quality tests taken during the last year failed to meet safety levels for fecal coliform bacteria. The prohibition took effect in September, and a...

Volunteers sought for community Thanksgiving

11/13/2014
Over 30 years ago, Angelo Sacheli said, about a half dozen of his friends and their mentor Bob Rammell got together at the Olema Campground for Thanksgiving because they had nowhere to go for the holiday. (“We were a bunch of young guys who hung out with Bob because we...

Peace and love activists raise funds for video series

11/13/2014
The first video in a series about activists Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell opens with Ms. Sheehan lying prone in a casket. “Welcome. Welcome to my life,” she says. The box, made a decade ago for a faux wake before Ms. Sheehan underwent dangerous heart surgery, seemed an appropriate way...

At school in the seashore

11/13/2014
During a three-day field trip last week for West Marin School’s middle schoolers, seashore ranger John Eleby taught 41 students how to drive stakes into the ground and later asked what they should bring on long hikes. (“Chocolate!” one kid cried out.) The lesson in the great outdoors was funded by a National Park Foundation grant to the Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s Youth Ambassador’s program, said P.R.N.S.A. development director Donna Faure. The program is a boon for the kids, who have seen cuts to field trips during the school’s budget crisis. After Mr. Eleby’s lesson...

Anna Konatich, matriarch of Tony’s, dies at 92

11/13/2014
Anna Konatich, the vivacious, religious and hard-working Croatian matriarch of Tony’s Seafood Restaurant in Marshall, died on Oct. 30. She was 92 years old. Born on the tiny island of Iz on Feb. 15, 1922, Anna lived in Marshall since 1948. Her home was next door to the family’s bayfront...

Huffman bill would force Coast Guard to sale to county

11/13/2014
Congressman Jared Huffman introduced legislation in Congress on Wednesday that would require the Coast Guard to sell its housing complex in Point Reyes Station to Marin County within one year of the bill’s passage, with a mandate that the county use it for affordable housing. The Coast Guard would have...

Drought decimated new coho in tributaries, but Lagunitas count high

11/13/2014
Recent counts of juvenile coho salmon in Devil’s Gulch and San Geronimo Creeks found essentially no “young of year” coho, fish that would have hatched from eggs laid last winter. The dearth is likely the result of extreme drought, said Marin Municipal Water District fisheries scientist Greg Andrews. Coho typically...

Bolinas pianist Bill Quist fundraises for albums

11/13/2014
Bill Quist is a trained classical pianist, but at a fundraiser on Tuesday for a forthcoming release of two CDs, one attendee described his songs as “intergalactic.” The samples played for the small crowd gathered at a downtown inn were from improvisations he recorded on synthesizer; one was reminiscent of the depths of the sea (“Whale Tears”), another of spirits in the ether (“Angel Choir”). Many travel the world, too: in one piece, the keys sound like an human voice singing among birdsong in the jungle...

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