Herbicide plan for dunes will proceed

The Point Reyes National Seashore has concluded that a plan to combat invasive plants with herbicides will have no significant impacts, despite opposition from scores of public commenters who charged that the risks of the toxins on sensitive dune ecosystems are too great to move ahead with the project. The...

West Marin’s man for the homeless

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 63-year-old Peter Planteen drives through West Marin, checking up on homeless clients, some of whom he’s known for years. His white van, painted with the words “Community Action Marin—Care Team 1,” carries a box loaded with 100 heavy metal CDs he blasts while making the rounds...

Two of three elk opt out of wilderness

An experimental attempt this spring to relocate three young tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore from ranch lands to herds in wilderness areas met with mixed results. Two males quickly found their way back home, while one female remains in the wilderness. The test was meant to help...

Grant to preserve Gallagher Ranch

With a sizeable grant from the Coastal Conservancy secured, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust appears set to preserve the 330-acre Gallagher Ranch, northeast of Point Reyes Station, by the end of the year. The $1.5 million conservation easement will facilitate a consolidation of ownership of the ranch, which is now...

Lavender-themed benefit for river trip

A fundraiser to support Inverness Park resident Joyce Goldfield’s annual four-day rafting trip for 70 physically disabled children on the Rogue River in Oregon will be held this Sunday in Inverness Park. Participants will learn how to make lavender wands and turn fresh lavender into a “hydrosol” through an ancient...

Cats trapped at Martinelli Ranch

On Monday evening, around 5:30 p.m., Kathy Runnion placed two metal cage traps near a cottage at the Martinelli Ranch, with bowls of moist cat food strategically placed in the front, middle and the back of the enclosures. Ms. Runnion’s group, Planned Feralhood, is working on behalf of the Marine...

Schools will benefit from uptick in property values

Three of West Marin’s school districts will receive increased funding from property taxes, courtesy of higher assessed property values this year compared to last. The largest district, Shoreline Unified, will see a jump in funding by 5.44 percent, according to the deputy superintendent of the Marin County Office of Education,...

Dance Palace chooses director

Alison Marks, a high-profile presence in Petaluma’s arts community who helped found a city arts council, will become the new executive director for the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center this month. Ms. Marks, who has roots in West Marin but has lived in Petaluma for the past few decades, brings experience with arts, fundraising, community organizing and youth. She is also familiar with the Dance Palace; she joined the...

At Osteria Stellina, simplicity and restraint

The new chef at Osteria Stellina, Jon Helquist, was waxing poetic about potatoes on Friday afternoon, but not just any potatoes. They were red fingerlings from Bolinas. “They were literally just out of the ground. The skins were like paper, the potatoes were like the creamiest things,” he said. He...


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