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CLAM rallies public for purchase of Coast Guard complex

07/24/2014
The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin is seeking broad support in their efforts to acquire the Coast Guard housing on the outskirts of Point Reyes Station. More than 110 people showed up at the Dance Palace for the land trust’s annual meeting on Sunday—a boisterous two hours of speeches punctuated with hoorays and applause, questions about the challenges ahead and, fittingly, a clam chowder dinner—to hear about acquiring roughly three dozen units on the 39-acre site. If successful, CLAM would hold the deed for the underlying land and make homes or rentals available at a much-reduced...

Mystery rocks draw scholarly investigation

07/24/2014
The hundreds of stones lined up off the Tomales Point Trial are so prominent that it’s visible on Google Earth, but high school science teacher Michael Wing missed it for years. When he first read about it, he was surprised. “I thought, ‘That’s crazy.’ I’ve hiked past it a million...

Local purveyors sue over oysters

07/24/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is set to close its shack next week per government orders, but local restaurants facing the loss of a West Marin staple are making a last-ditch effort to save the farm; a coalition of food purveyors and farm supporters filed a lawsuit late last week in federal district court to stop the eviction. The suit claims that then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar needed to follow certain legal procedures, such as consulting with a federal aquaculture coordinating group, before making his decision in 2012 on the farm’s...

Principal signs district settlement

07/17/2014
Jane Realon, a 19-year employee for Shoreline Unified School District, will work as an administrator on special assignment during the 2014-15 school year, according to terms of a settlement. “I have loved serving Tomales Elementary and Bodega Bay Schools during my years as their principal. Both school are very special...

Train tunnel talk in Tomales

07/17/2014
Marin County historian Richard Torney will bring his popular program about railroad tunnels in Marin to the Tomales History Center this Sunday. Mr. Torney, a longtime railroad and Ross Valley historian, will take the audience up and down the route of the narrow-gauge North Pacific Coast Railroad, with a focus...

Boathouse restrictions lifted

07/17/2014
The Inverness Association voted this weekend to vacate a longstanding deed restriction that banned residential use of the historic, century-old Brock’s Boathouse, which bears the iconic “Launch for Hire” sign on the Inverness waterfront. The restriction was at cross-purposes with its coastal zoning and has prevented the owners from exploring new legal uses for the site. The 60 or so members present at Saturday’s annual meeting also discussed membership levels; though they jumped this past year, the association’s attention on other pressing matters has taken attention away from outreach that they hope to pursue. The owners of the boathouse—Madeline Hope, John Hope, Mette Qvistgaard-Hansen and...

Shortage of 
teens cuts beloved 
summer 
programs

07/17/2014
A dearth of interest in the Dance Palace’s Summer Stock Players, a teen theater program that for decades has staged an eclectic mix of productions, forced the nonprofit to cancel it this summer. They also severely scaled back a counselor training program for adolescents, which teaches skills like C.P.R. It’s a first for the nonprofit that executive director Dan Mankin attributes in part to a declining population of teens in West Marin and the difficulties that families with children face in finding affordable housing. Competition from other local programs for the dwindling...

Drakes Bay oyster workers grapple with loss of jobs, homes

07/17/2014
On Friday afternoon, a week after the Supreme Court rejected Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s appeal, Isela Meza sorted baby oysters in the hatchery’s tanks, immersing her hands in water pumped from the estero. Ms. Meza, or “Rosa”...

Felon wields blades, baseball bat

07/17/2014
Sheriff’s deputies following up on a reported domestic violence incident found the suspect the next evening behind a barn on Tomasini Canyon Road, bloody, inebriated and threatening his family with a baseball bat. John McFadden, 47, a gray-haired electrician from a historic ranching family, is being held on $300,000 bail...

Awards for Woodacre author

07/10/2014
The Infinite Song, an award-winning children’s book written and illustrated by Woodacre resident Andrea Freeman, seeks to reawaken the magic of being. In the allegorical story-poem, which the author says “reminds readers to celebrate life as peaceful, loving stewards of the Earth and to honor their connectedness to one another,...

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