County defends Woodacre home stalled for decade

The Board of Supervisors unanimously denied an appeal, filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, of a proposed home in Woodacre that the nonprofit believes would harm fish and increase the likelihood of landslides. Plans for the 1,900-square-foot home, garage and septic system—plagued by a decade of delays because...

Report says coastal parks vulnerable to climate changes

While the National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday today, its recent report on the impact of climate change on the Bay Area’s nine national parks suggests that the coast and its tremendous biodiversity are at risk. In the highest emission scenario, sea levels could rise up to 39...

Joe Marino Capodice, theater stronghold, dies at 80

Joe Marino Capodice, a veteran of West Marin theater who lived a stripped-down life in Inverness, died this month. He was 80 years old. Joe, who for over four decades lived in a roughly 100-square-foot cabin almost completely off the grid, played a major part in the West Marin theater...

Bolinas woman opens downtown beauty salon

Eleven years after Amanda Ross-Mann moved to Bolinas and saw an empty storefront in town, the space is hers. Ms. Ross-Mann, who hosts events at the Mann Family Farm, is also an aesthetician; over the last decade, she has formulated and sold her own botanically based beauty product line, which...

Ranch workers focus at human rights meeting

The harsh lives of ranch workers in West Marin took center stage last week at a Human Rights Commission hearing held in Point Reyes Station, where workers and their advocates discussed long hours, precarious housing and virtually nonexistent access to mental health services, among other problems. Concerned citizens also spoke...

New education guidelines highlight LGBT history

Local school officials are keeping an eye on a revised framework for history and social science curriculum for California’s K-12 schools that for the first time includes contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and people with disabilities. Along with praise from L.G.B.T. advocates, the framework—approved by the state...

Environmentalists ask park to freeze ranch plan, longer leases

Environmental groups suing the National Park Service over the Point Reyes National Seashore’s ranch management plan asked a judge last Friday to issue a preliminary injunction to freeze the process and prohibit new long-term ranch leases until the park updates its 36-year-old general management plan..

Outdoor concert topic at village meeting

An impromptu two-day music festival last month at Love Field that caused a minor kerfuffle got a follow-up discussion at the Point Reyes Station Village Association meeting last week...

Saltwater’s new chef

Meave McAuliffe grew up around her mom’s bakery in Venice, Calif., which specialized in French pastries. It spurred early culinary aspirations for the young Ms. McAuliffe, the new chef at Saltwater Oyster Depot, where she is continuing to cook up seafood-centric coastal California cuisine. “On the way to school we...


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