Valley manhunt triggers school lockdown

Longtime Woodacre resident Joan Hopkins was quilting at her dining room table when she came face to face with a wanted man. Having eluded a pursuit involving eight law enforcement agencies, he was now standing outside her window, eight feet away, staring at her and her husband, Steve.

West Marin grants for youth

A new round of small grants from the West Marin Fund will focus on projects that emphasize youth involvement in nonprofits, such as internships, volunteer work or philanthropy, according to a press release. “We want them to care about this place” and “love where they live,” Catherine Porter, executive director...

Camp tracks Bolinas in the 1970s

A Bolinas summer musical for children will explore how the town has changed and remained the same since the 1870’s. Bolinas Bay Performing Arts’ Theater on the Lagoon summer camp announced its June project, Jugville: The Musical. The play, for actors between 8 and 14 years old, will be about...

Bolinas art and garden festival

Gardening, bee keeping, a tea party and a magic show are just some of the events and information sessions planned for the Bolinas Community Center’s spring fundraiser, “Plant Magic,” this month. “This is for our general fund,” said General Manager Lia Sabbatini, explaining that fundraisers help maintain reasonable class prices...

Standoff in barn

A Tomales man recently arrested for a narcotized standoff with sheriff’s deputies landed in intensified legal trouble last week after officials said his assault of at least one of his family members with a shovel led to another standoff with deputies in a barn in which the suspect brandished a...

Weekend car crimes strike 10 victims

California Highway Patrol officials said they are not actively pursuing a pattern in a series of car thefts this past weekend that have challenged West Marin’s blasé, leave-your-doors-unlocked culture. At least four cars were stolen and six had something stolen from them in Inverness, Point Reyes Station and Lagunitas on...

Herbicides in Tam watershed earn grand jury approval

Janet Klein, a vegetation specialist who lives and works in Fairfax, says the San Geronimo Ridge—once a diverse forest of oak and Douglas fir as well as home to all kinds of birds and animals—is slowly being overtaken by a nasty and seemingly intractable weed. “It’s a disheartening situation,” Ms...

PRBO to become Point Blue

What’s in a name? If you’re a Point Reyes wildlife conservation group, names matter a lot. While the scientists and advocates at the Petaluma-based PRBO Conservation Science are usually more focused on Latinate scientific taxonomy of birds and seals, they say they now see one of their core challenges as...

Another level of purity for Inverness Water

Inverness residents have long been engaged with their village’s water supply. Intrepid locals helped wrest control of the district from a private company in the late 1970s and spoke out against sourcing water during dry spells from the North Marin Water District in the 1980s. But some may not be...

Stinson Beach water alert

Stinson Beach residents and property owners are being asked to reduce landscape irrigation by 50 percent under a stage-two alert issued by the water district. General Manager Ed Schmidt told the Light in a phone interview that the district evaluates alerts on a monthly basis and explained that the district...


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