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Sight Unseen: A visual artist’s unsettling journey

08/14/2014
To walk into Ernesto Sanchez’s art studio is to be struck by a visual feast: headless angels covered in bronze nails, altars with mosaic mirrors that shatter and rearrange your reflection like a Picasso, bright masks with crystals for eyes. Everything seems to gaze right back at you. But in the last few years, the Point Reyes Station studio and gallery has taken on a special significance, as Mr. Sanchez has undergone a frightening visual journey of his own...

Letter splits ranchers 
association

08/14/2014
Twelve ranchers involved in nine ranches resigned from the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association on July 26, saying a recent letter sent to the park service that requested consideration of the use of soon-to-be vacant Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s buildings lacked proper input from membership. That letter, drafted by a...

Marin looking to repossess troubled San Geronimo land

08/14/2014
A seven-acre San Geronimo property that has seen the rise and fall of a marijuana kingpin through plans for a luxury home to an environmental lawsuit to bankruptcy hearings while its owner was in federal prison is now being eyed by the county for repossession after seven years in default...

County approves Hog Island water well

08/14/2014
Hog Island Oyster Company cleared a major hurdle in its efforts to obtain a new water supply when the county zoning administrator approved its application for coastal permit on July 31 to dig a well in Marshall. (No appeals to the decision were filed to the planning commission by the...

Seashore will test goats at historic D Ranch

08/14/2014
The National Park Service will experiment with a possible remedy for invasive plant species in the seashore by introducing goats onto a small section of the historic D Ranch that is overgrown with wild radish, poison hemlock and a variety of thistles to the detriment of “historic structures and the...

Coho captured in 
last-ditch effort

08/14/2014
Two hundred juvenile coho were plucked from Redwood Creek on Wednesday morning, to be reared in captivity in an effort to prevent their extirpation from the creek. Despite restoration projects that began in 2009 to create more floodplain and fish habitat there, annual numbers of adult coho in the waterway...

Robin Williams took to the stage in Marin

08/14/2014
Robin Williams, the rambunctious, fast-talking comedian and Academy Award-winning actor, was found dead at his home in Tiburon on Monday morning after committing suicide by hanging himself. Beloved as a radio deejay on “Good Morning, Vietnam,” an English teacher in “Dead Poets Society,” Peter Pan in “Hook,” a nanny in...

Anonymous donor funds lagoon projects

08/14/2014
An anonymous donor has bestowed the county’s open space district with $20,000 for four Bolinas Lagoon projects, including a restoration of the lagoon’s northern floodplain, oil spill containment supplies, habitat restoration on Kent Island and wildlife data collection. “It is unusual to receive an anonymous cash donation of this magnitude…Typically,...

For school facilities overhaul, Bolinas-Stinson advances $9 million bond measure

08/07/2014
Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District will ask voters to approve a $9 million bond measure in November, trustees decided in a 4-1 vote at a special meeting Tuesday, just before tomorrow’s filing deadline. If the measure passes, the district could fund technological upgrades, renovate the multipurpose Quesada room, improve safety at...

With anger, sadness and honor, bidding farewell to a historic cannery

08/07/2014
Under a pall of gray clouds and cutting winds last Thursday morning, a crowd of misty-eyed stalwarts bid farewell to Drakes Bay Oyster Company as the farm shut down its cannery and retail shop for the last time. The group of supporters struggled with a fraught mix of emotions: anger,...

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