With pastures dry, county pursues aid

08/05/2020
Drought conditions have prompted the county to declare an agricultural emergency, which could free up federal monies for ranchers who have lost forage. Marin does not yet meet the requirements for the aid, but may when conditions are re-evaluated at the end of the summer. In June, the county agriculture...

Butch Giammona, 1941 — 2020

08/05/2020
Ciro “Butch” Giammona, a lifelong Point Reyes Station family man and walking archive of the town’s septic systems, died at home on July 12. He was 79 years old. A fixture of old West Marin, Butch “saw this town convert from what you’d call a one-horse town to what it...

Shoreline seeks parcel tax renewal in fall

08/05/2020
The Shoreline Unified School District will ask voters to renew its parcel tax in the November election, after the board of trustees last week approved placing a measure on the ballot to renew the tax at its current amount, $212 per parcel. The tax, which is set to expire after...

SPAWN can continue Roy's Pools project, judge rules

08/05/2020
A judge rejected a petition last week by golfers and valley residents to halt creek restoration work underway on the former San Geronimo Golf Course. The petition, which attempted to freeze county-issued permits for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network to re-engineer a portion of San Geronimo Creek, was part...

Ken Casey companies declare bankruptcy

08/05/2020
Two large real estate companies under federal investigation for defrauding investors have declared bankruptcy, giving investors a larger say in how their money is recovered. The companies—Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors Security Fund—were owned by the late Ken Casey, a Novato businessman who orchestrated a classic Ponzi scheme, according...

Closing shop in Covid's wake

08/05/2020
Five months have passed since the novel coronavirus upended life in West Marin, and some local businesses are now shutting down as a result of public safety concerns and regulations. The Light spoke with a dentist who has operated in Point Reyes Station for over 30 years, two business partners...

On closing Osteria Stellina

08/05/2020
No burying the lead here. Osteria Stellina, my baby, a restaurant concept built on food politics, organics, community, regional Italian cooking, love and idiocy, and a culmination of a life in the kitchen—from dishwashing and bussing in my first restaurant job at 14, to cooking at Postrio, Union Square Café,...

Your swallow, smile and sleep are more related than you think

08/05/2020
Did you know that with one small intervention you can sleep more deeply, relieve neck, back and jaw pain, improve the symmetry of your face, avoid costly orthodontic interventions, and even heal your brain? Decades of research into how bodies develop and change have taught us that the way we...