Watchdog criticizes library oversight

In its first report on libraries in more than a decade, the county’s independent watchdog said the financially strapped Marin County Free Library must develop clearer plans of how to fund its operations and do a better job consulting with its employees and the public about how it spends taxpayer...

Dance on Mount Tamalpais

The 33rd Annual Planetary Dance, which will take place on Sunday, June 2, is calling for peace among people and with the Earth. The main event starts at 11 a.m. at Santos Meadow in Mount Tamalpais State Park, where people can commit themselves to supporting a peaceful planet during a simple dance accompanied by drums. The Planetary Dance Association also asks attendees to bring food and utensils for the potluck celebration. The dance originated after six women were murdered on the mountain. A group of community members performed a dance in the areas where the women died; a few days later the serial killer was caught. A Huichol shaman instructed the participants that, in order to truly purify the mountain, the dance must take place for the next five years.

Muir Beach closing for work

Muir Beach will close sometime in late June through November for construction and restoration, as the parking lot and pedestrian access routes are realigned and resurfaced and new restroom and picnic facilities installed. The efforts are part of a National Park Service project to restore the creek’s ecology and create habitat for endangered and threatened species. This phase of the project, which began in 2009, will realign the parking lot in order to allow a channel of Redwood Creek to connect to floodplain and continue invasive-species management and native-plant revegetation. The beach will be closed to all except people hiking through from other areas.

Trails challenge in seashore

Strap on your hiking boots or running shoes because registration is now open for the 2013 Point Reyes Trails Challenge, organized by the Point Reyes National Seashore Association in partnership with the National Park Service. The trails challenge is a four-month, self-paced “hike-a-thon” and community fundraiser for park trails that...

Inverness batter pleads not guilty

A freelance photographer has pleaded not guilty to charges that she attempted to kill a housemate at her Inverness Park home. Marin Sheriff’s Office officials said 26-year-old Kelsey Winterkorn beat Sasan Dresden with a bat as he slept on the morning of March 11 and then repeatedly crashed her van...

Marin seeks love of locavores with new producer label

After a decade in which farmer’s markets and direct-to-consumer agricultural sales doubled across the country, a new coalition is seizing on the local-foods movement with the hopes of benefitting Marin producers. Grown Local Marin, a pilot program

Tomales Bay plan sails forward to feds

The California State Lands Commission has lifted a hurdle for a plan by the federal government that would develop formal rules for boating in Tomales Bay for the first time. At a regular meeting on Friday in Sacramento the commission approved the Tomales Bay Vessel Management Plan and adopted a negative declaration of significant environmental impact. Regulations for the management and leasing of mooring buoys on Tomales Bay are the product of an occasionally combative public process that has unfolded since 2007. More contentious proposals initially put forth—which boaters said improperly endorsed equipment like helix anchors and elastic, lacked a requirement to use 55-gallon drums,

Old and new solutions for the Bolinas water supply

When Bill Pierce visited the dam at Arroyo Hondo Creek one afternoon in April, the soft brush of water over the creek bed was not what he wanted to hear. The Bolinas Community Public Utility District (BCPUD), for which Mr. Pierce is chief water operator, relies primarily on creek flows to supply the coastal town of 1,600, where drought, geography and aging infrastructure keep the district in a fragile balancing act. This year, the February flows looked like those of an average month of June. Bolinas has long faced water issues on multiple fronts, even as its downtown sits level with the Pacific Ocean and borders verdant parkland. Its water-scarce status was enshrined in 1971, when a newly elected board implemented a controversial moratorium on water hookups. But the lack of water hasn’t stopped BCPUD from finding ways to deliver the precious resource safely and reliably...

Jury finds seniors want for mobility

“I shouldn’t be driving; I know that,” Ruth Fleshman said. But Ms. Fleshman, 83, a jocular retiree who lives in Point Reyes Station, sometimes has no choice but to drive—despite the fact that she tires easily and finds it hard to see pedestrians wearing dark clothing. When the bus arrives at the wrong time or her volunteer driver is unavailable and Ms. Fleshman wants to see a dentist in Novato or buy groceries at Costco or teach her exercise class at a senior center in San Rafael, she reluctantly gets behind the wheel. “I didn’t hit anybody.” Even when she does not drive, very basic things that people take for granted sometimes require weeks or months of planning for seniors like Ms. Fleshman living in West Marin, according to more than a dozen residents and transportation officials interviewed this week by the Light. Asked to describe how her diminished mobility had changed her life, Ms. Fleshman’s eyes grew bleary: “My life becomes very, very small.” Transit officials and local activists...

Mussel quarantine starts early

The annual quarantine on sport-harvested, non-commercial mussels is now in effect all along the California coast, including all inlets, harbors and bays. The California Department of Public Health instituted the quarantine earlier than its typical May 1 start date due to high levels of biotoxins detected. “The quarantine is in...


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