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Halleck Creek founder raises funds for book

07/23/2015
On a sunny July afternoon, a 13-year-old girl was lifted out of her wheelchair and eased into a saddle. Her legs, wracked by cerebral palsy, stretched rigidly along the neck of her horse as she settled into place. But after half an hour of riding in a covered arena, her tight muscles had loosened...

Sacred Heart welcomes first Mexican priest

07/23/2015
This month, Father Rafael Antonio de Avila y Romero began a six-year post at Sacred Heart Church in Olema. He is the church’s first Mexican pastor in its more-than 100-year history, and he joins a community where over half of school-aged children are Latino. Soft-spoken, though conveying an intense conviction,...

Olema Creek smolt figure surprises researchers

07/23/2015
An estimated 2,343 coho salmon smolt migrated this spring from Olema Creek, an amount lower than last year but double what was expected, according to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Though an average number compared to all years since the park started trapping smolt in 2004 to collect data, the...

Support for green changes

07/23/2015
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved resolutions that give property owners in unincorporated areas access to clean-energy financing in the form of county loans paid back through property-tax bills. The property-assessed financing was developed in 2008 to make it easier to fund energy-efficiency, water-conservation and renewable-energy improvements to homes...

Hello and goodbye to Peter Coyote

07/23/2015
To call Peter Coyote a hippie would be neither fair nor accurate, though he spent a lot of time in the great unwashed American counterculture and helped to shape its members. “I don’t like the word or the concept of hippie,” Coyote told a packed house in a hot second-floor...

Amid drought, ag values increase

07/16/2015
Marin County officials this week simultaneously declared a continued state of agricultural emergency and praised local agriculture for a significant increase in gross value between 2013 and 2014. The 2014 Livestock and Crop Report, released on Tuesday, highlighted a 19 percent increase in gross value for the county’s agricultural production,...

Herbicides scrapped by water district

07/16/2015
Herbicide use will not be part of Marin Municipal Water District’s plan to prevent wildfires and curb invasive species on its lands, the district’s board of directors decided last Tuesday. Herbicides had been included as a potentially major component of the district’s draft Wildfire Protection and Habitat Improvement Plan, which...

Crumbling cliffs produce rare dolphin fossil

07/16/2015
Last month, on a sunny day on the beach, an intern with the Point Reyes National Seashore showed a paleontologist a cliff exposure where the fossil of a marine mammal skull, which she first spotted in May, was jutting out. The paleontologist recognized it as a dolphin fossil, a rare...

Pasternak and neighbors in court over road

07/16/2015
Does Nicasio rancher Mark Pasternak have a right to the road that leads to his land? And if so, just how heavily can he use it? Those questions, which present a serious financial threat for Mr. Pasternak’s Devil’s Gulch Ranch, were the center of a two-week trial that concluded last...

Boat launch plan for Marconi on hold

07/16/2015
Plans to install a boat launch, a parking lot and six camping sites at Marconi Cove in Marshall have been postponed due to uncertainties around the cost of developing the site, said Roy McNamee, a recreation specialist at the Marin office of California State Parks. In 2011, the project for...

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