Loophole gives Stinson development green light

A proposed residence in Stinson Beach received approval on Monday from the Planning Commission, which struck down an appeal from neighbors who feared the home would exacerbate flooding in their low-lying neighborhood—based on what a county planner called a “woefully outdated code.” The 1,400-square foot residence with an attached 535-square...

Cow with head wound breaks man’s leg

Last Wednesday ended unlike most others at the Stanley Martinelli Ranch, just north of Point Reyes Station. As the ranch’s manager, Rodney Martinelli, tells it, a cow with a festering bullet wound to the head leapt a corral fence and led him and two friends on an hours-long chase that ended with the cow’s death, and one man’s broken leg. “Each cow we lose is tough...

Art Holman: Painting the cosmos through the unconscious

Art Holman, a painter who has lived in San Geronimo Valley for decades, wasn’t sure he would make it to the opening of his exhibit at Toby’s Gallery last Saturday. He was in the hospital just a few weeks ago, and is fighting pneumonia with one lung. But he wanted to appear at the showing of his paintings of outer space, many of which took months to complete as he applied layers and layers of short brushstrokes of rich oil paint...

Scent bait subject of Farallones shark tour appeals

An adventure tourism business that offers cage diving tours of great white sharks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has a big problem, if you ask owner Jane Reifert. She says her tours, and the unique education they offer about a misunderstood and demonized animal, could soon...


Nico Thomas Sanchez was born on Jan. 14, at the Santa Rosa Kaiser hospital—the first baby we know of to be born this year in West Marin. Nico measured 21 inches and weighed eight pounds, three ounces. His mom, Lindsey McFadden, a fourth-generation local whose great-grandparents built a dairy in...

Inverness Park art 
gallery will close

The Wounded General, a small gallery and studio in Inverness Park, will close this weekend after opening just over two years ago, owner Heather Pratt announced this week. The combination of a new job in the East Bay, where she moved just a few weeks ago, and the difficulties of...

Lien holder acquires 
streamside Hedlund land

The new owner of a storied property in Forest Knolls paid long delinquent property taxes last week, officially ending the county’s effort to acquire the property. Victor Scheinmen, who held a lien on the property formerly owned by Josh Hedlund, took ownership of the seven-acre parcel after holding an auction...

Teahouse opens in Valley

Scott Traffas carefully measured a few grams of white pu-erh tea on a small scale on Tuesday and steeped it over and over—close to a dozen times. He poured tiny, sip-sized cups of the tea, aged for a decade, so the drinker could savor it as its natural sweetness shifted...

G.G.N.R.A. supe retires

The start of 2015 marks both the retirement of Golden Gate National Recreation Area superintendent Frank Dean and the implementation of the park’s new general management plan. Mr. Dean served in his role for six years, during which time he helped develop the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, guided several California state...

Bo-Stin looks at balance between core, electives

The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is in the process of drafting a new strategic plan for academics. On Tuesday night, the district’s board of trustees met in a special workshop to discuss the future of elective courses offered in the district. Students enroll in a large number of electives, from...


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