Enigmatic 1946 bomber plane crash continues to intrigue

“Roger, I just want to get down to the field as soon as possible, I’m low on gas. Over.” These were the desperate words of pilot 1st Lieutenant Warder Skaggs as he contacted the U.S. Naval Air Station in Oakland just minutes before crashing into White’s Hill in Fairfax on...

Grant for Murphy Ranch MALT easement approved

A $412,000 grant to help preserve the 186-acre Murphy Ranch east of downtown Tomales was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The grant will fund half the cost of an agricultural easement that the Marin Agricultural Land Trust plans to purchase. The easement will require active agricultural use...

Lorraine Almeida’s visions displayed at Dance Palace

Many of the paintings by Lorraine Almeida, an artist who lives in Point Reyes Station, are a little bit dreamy. There are moons and mandalas, swirling galaxies and colorful goddesses. Ms. Almeida, who currently has an exhibition of her works at the Dance Palace Lobby Gallery and a reception coming...

New West Marin Review edition to launch

Evocative depictions of marine algae, a brief tale of a sensitive rancher, a moving poem about a man in a rocking chair, and a description of the world—“Small, sweet, one of many others. But it is our world”— are just a few of the highlights in the new volume of...

Latinos prepare for business success

A dozen West Marin residents participated in a three-class training session for Latino business owners that examined—entirely in Spanish—the necessary first-steps for starting and maintaining a viable business. That session, which was organized by West Marin Community Services and ended last Thursday, represented the first time that a Spanish-speaking business...

Tom D’Onofrio, wood carver and baby blesser, dies at 73

Tom D’Onofrio, a Methodist minister-turned-artist who blessed babies at the Bolinas Sun Festival for decades, died last month on July 16. He was 73 years old. Tom, who loved the outdoors his entire life, grew up in a church-going family in a New York mountain town. He planned to spend...

SPAWN slammed in appeal denial

Marin County supervisors on Tuesday blasted the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network for its attempts to block a proposed 1,400-square-foot home in the Lagunitas Creek watershed on the basis that it would contribute to cumulative impacts to the region. The appeal hearing, which began as a disagreement over county development...

Public comment open for Point Reyes road repair

Twelve deteriorating miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on the Point Reyes Peninsula could soon be repaved and longstanding flooding problems fixed by a federal highway authority, according to an environmental assessment and initial study of the proposed project released by the National Park Service. Public comment for the project...

Sewer district settles

Management of the Tomales Community Village Sewer District has been split into three positions, a change from business-as-usual after the district’s board of directors approved a settlement agreement with its longtime administrator, Karl Drexel, to end his contract at the end of the month. Mr. Drexel has worked with the...


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