Land trust to appeal ruling on golf course

01/09/2019
The Trust for Public Land, the national nonprofit that sought to help Marin County purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course and convert it into park land, has intervened in the lawsuit that prompted the county to abandon the project in November. The trust filed a notice of appeal on Dec...

Sea monsters, an ocean love affair: A fisherman's memoir

01/09/2019
Out of sight of shore, the monotony of water is broken by a welcome discovery: a whale on the horizon. It’s swimming nearer, near now, and coming straight for your fishing boat. Feet away, the 60-foot sperm whale isn’t slowing down—what do you do? “It became vividly clear that the...

Library amnesty a foreshadowing

01/09/2019
As a stack of overdue books looms like Mt. Doom on a shelf, the mere thought of fines can keep people away from the library. But until Jan. 21, patrons of the Marin County Free Library system can erase outstanding balances by returning late materials. The initiative, which began last...

Retail space will open new chapter for Brickmaiden

01/09/2019
Behind a wrought-iron gate framed by bundles of ripe wheat, Brickmaiden Breads quietly produces some of West Marin’s best-loved baked goods. Since 2000, owner Celine Underwood has sold her products at shops and farmer’s markets from Berkeley to San Rafael. Now Brickmaiden has secured a county permit to build a...

County opens Bear Valley restrooms, trash hauler donates time clearing park

01/09/2019
Citing unsanitary conditions at bathrooms in the Point Reyes National Seashore due to the government shutdown, Marin supervisors on Tuesday agreed to let county parks staff unlock and operate the restrooms in the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot. The parks department, which moved at the request of Supervisor Dennis...

Our wicked war with Mexico and its terrible repercussions

01/09/2019
Living in Mexico half the year has motivated me to learn more about the history of the often-contentious relationship between Mexico and the United States. The current problems we have on the Mexican border further inspired my research. By coincidence, flying back from Mexico to the United States recently, I...

Siren Canteen pays to open Stinson Beach parking lot, restrooms during shutdown

01/09/2019
When the owner of Siren Canteen, the waterside concessionaire on Stinson Beach, realized the federal government shutdown was surging onward, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Last week, Mary Margaret Stewart made a donation to the National Park Service in order to re-open the beach, which, along...