School kids locked down at Sonoma ropes course

11/20/2019
West Marin School’s annual eighth-grade field trip to the Westminster Woods challenge course took a frightening turn last Friday, when the class was placed on lockdown and escorted out in armored vehicles. As students were wrapping up a day developing leadership and team building skills at the rural west Sonoma...

MUSSEL denied appeal of trust's plan

11/20/2019
The Bolinas Community Land Trust held onto its coastal permit to develop a vacant property on Overlook Drive this week, after the county rejected an appeal brought by neighbors who argued the project violated development and environmental laws—and threatened their quality of life. Planning commissioners, who considered the appeal on...

Damp spoils prescribed burn

11/20/2019
Damp weather cut short the first prescribed burn in the Point Reyes National Seashore since 2015 last week: Just 20 acres of a planned 205-acre area between Olema and Bolinas were ignited before fire managers with the National Park Service called it quits. “We do plan on looking at future...

Bolinas neighbors in suit over greenbelt

11/20/2019
Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, the Oscar-winning acting and directing duo who have participated in community life since purchasing a home in Bolinas in 2005, sued their neighbors last month amid a years-long property line dispute. The lawsuit, filed in Marin Superior Court on Oct. 31, alleges that Donna and...

Point Reyes Thanksgiving returns, next Saturday

11/20/2019
The longstanding community Thanksgiving celebration in Point Reyes Station is back on the calendar this year, with some key changes. West Marin Community Services, the event’s organizer, took a hiatus last year in order to address challenges, including that two-thirds of attendees were traveling from outside of West Marin. Preparation...

Loss and regrowth in metal and wood at the farmstand

11/20/2019
From the remains of his family home that burned down last year, Bolinas sculptor and jeweler Kurtis Major has created an art exhibit using metals, woods, wax and concrete to capture the feeling of uncontrollable loss, on display at the Gospel Flat Farm gallery. Last November, Mr. Major woke up...

Fire sparked community

11/20/2019
Recently, Dr. Anna O’Malley wrote eloquently in the Point Reyes Light of “gifts wrapped up in the inconvenience of power outages,” when circumstances beyond our control give us pause and challenge us to reflect on what truly matters. This inconvenience invites simpler living disengaged from electronics, calls us to heed...

Community conversation brainstormed solutions to the climate crisis

11/20/2019
Two weeks after the Kincade fire and the PG&E shutoff, around 100 people gathered in Point Reyes Station to learn about the climate emergency and brainstorm local climate actions. The Nov. 10 event marked the second in a five-part series of community conversations on the climate crisis. Despite the stress...

Nature Notebook, November 21, 2019

11/20/2019
The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter brings a celestial treat on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 24. These two bright planets will appear close to each other in the western darkness before 6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving week brings extremely high mid-morning tides, peaking at 6.8 feet under the new moon on...