Split remains on revised TOT hike

06/21/2018
On Tuesday, District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni introduced his proposal to raise the transient occupancy tax to generate funds for emergency services and affordable housing in West Marin to his fellow board members, who agreed to the drafting of an ordinance for the November ballot, despite expressing some reservations. During...

Devil’s Gulch Ranch up for sale

06/21/2018
At age 19, Los Angeles native Mark Pasternak saw an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle for ranchland in Nicasio and made a bold decision. “It was my dream—it’s still my dream,” he said last week. Nearly five decades later, he and his wife, Myriam, are selling the 75-acre property,...

Blue whale washes up on Point Reyes, among many in Bay Area killed by ship

06/21/2018
This spring, whale bodies washed up on beaches have become no more shocking than the deer carcass pushed to the side of the road. Last weekend, a blue whale, a 62-foot juvenile female, appeared a few miles south of Limantour Beach. The Marine Mammal Center, which has responded to eight...

Greenbridge Gas sells to state chain

06/21/2018
Greenbridge Gas & Auto, the only gas station along Highway 1 from Bolinas to Bodega Bay, is changing ownership next month. Redwood Oil, a California company that owns 23 stations from Cotati to the Oregon border, has purchased the company and the property, which includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot building that...

Kinsey given smaller fine for communication violations on CCC

06/21/2018
West Marin’s former supervisor, Steve Kinsey, is facing thousands of dollars in fines for failing to disclose behind-the-scenes communications during his time serving on the board of the California Coastal Commission. Last week, a San Diego Superior Court judge found Mr. Kinsey, who served as a coastal commissioner from 2011...

Mayumi Oda at the Bolinas Museum

06/21/2018
Mayumi Oda’s favorite vegetable is the cabbage. “They look like roses…the beautiful unfolding of it is so awakening,” said Ms. Oda, an artist who long lived in Muir Beach and spent time at Green Gulch, during an artist talk on Saturday at the Bolinas Museum. Actually in Hawaii, where she...

Joan Lunny’s Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

06/21/2018
3/4 cup sugar 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup milk from the farm 1 cube butter, melted and cooled 1 Tbs lemon extract 1.5 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbs poppy seeds Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan. Blend together sugar, milk,...

Paul Harris, of Bolinas, harnessed power in art

06/21/2018
Paul Harris, an artist, sculptor and art professor who lived in Bolinas for 55 years, died on May 13 in Bozeman, Mont., at age 92. He is known for a body of work that defied category and genre, harnessing media from fabric to pencil to bronze. His sculptures, portraits and...

A historic presidential election in Mexico

06/21/2018
A crucial presidential election is coming up in Mexico. On July 1, more than 90 million Mexicans, some of whom reside abroad, will elect a president who, according to all surveys, will be center-leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who leads polls by more than 20 points. Obrador is followed by...

Remembering Ralph Borge

06/21/2018
This is a tribute to Ralph Borge, my drawing instructor back in 1966. You ran a photo of his wife Martha outside their home gallery on B Street in Point Reyes Station. She was holding an image of Ralph, who passed a while back. Before I saw this photo in...

Nature Notebook, June 21, 2018

06/21/2018
The sun will be at its northernmost point on the summer solstice on June 21. It is our longest day of the year, with sunset at 8:36 p.m., and takes its name from the Latin sol for sun and “stice” from sistere, “to stand still.” In the northern hemisphere, the...