Lost couple found alive after week in the woods

02/26/2020
The couple that vanished on Valentine’s Day while vacationing in Inverness was found alive this weekend stuck in thick vegetation at the bottom of a ravine in Tomales Bay State Park. Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky, retirees from Palo Alto, survived by drinking from a puddle, eating ferns and holding...

Nicasio school struggling with water quality, planning system overhaul

02/27/2020
Nicasio School has received three citations for below-standard drinking water since 2016, but administrators are hopeful that installation of a new filtration system will end the issues with water quality. The citations, which came out of tests in August 2016, July 2018 and July 2019, are difficult to avoid because...

West Marin schools planning ahead for power outages

02/26/2020
When Pacific Gas and Electric turned the power off in Marin last fall, schools were forced to close and instruction time was lost. With another round of planned public safety shutoffs anticipated next year, schools are building makeup days into their calendars and creating contingency plans to stay open. Nicasio...

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: Sisters in business

02/26/2020
Just this month, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was certified as a majority women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council after a rigorous application process. Of course, the business isn’t just mostly owned by women—it’s 100 percent owned by women, and...

Larner Seeds: Gardening with heart

02/26/2020
What role can the home gardener play in restoring the native California ecosystem? The answer to that question is limitless for Judith Larner Lowry, who has grown native plants on an acre-and-a-half lot on the Bolinas Mesa for nearly four decades through her business, Larner Seeds. The garden boasts varieties...

Amy Schliftman: The best of two worlds

02/26/2020
In high school, Amy Schliftman played basketball, volleyball and softball, and ran track and field—and she was good. But then the thought struck her: What would life look like if she lost her physical prowess? That question changed the course of her life. Ms. Schliftman, a rural New York State...

At Eleven, strong women and artful food

02/26/2020
Rebecca Sterlin doesn’t usually helm the line at her restaurant, Eleven, for the Monday afternoon burger shack. But, short-staffed for the day, she deftly filled in, grilling patties, frying eggs and warming buns for the first patrons of the afternoon. Ms. Sterlin, who has a background in catering, art and...

The vision of Sen. Bernie Sanders

02/26/2020
On my Super Tuesday ballot I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. Why? I’m a social conservative—the last in my line of Midwestern Republicans—born into white privilege, educated, traveled and independently minded. In my view, politicians and the media aren’t telling the truth—about our economy, climate science, our future, and...

Nature Notebook, February 27, 2020

02/26/2020
March is just around the corner, with a full moon rising March 9 followed by daylight savings and longer days. This lunar cycle brings 6-foot-plus high tides in mid-mornings, so plan for afternoon beach walking and tidepooling. The moon will look larger: it will be on its closet approach to...

"Spirit of Place": Smith Siegel raises nature awareness

02/26/2020
Connie Smith Siegel—artist, activist, author, dancer, poet, meditator and teacher—captures the weight, energy and movement of the elements. Her paintings, created outside with the wind and the water, the sun and the shadows, glow with life and light, and the connection she forged with nature through her years of sensory...