Dillon Beach man seeks new oyster lease in Tomales Bay

02/23/2017
A Dillon Beach resident has applied for an oyster lease in Tomales Bay in what appears to be the first application for new oyster acreage in the bay in over 25 years. The California Fish and Game Commission formally received the application at its Feb. 9 meeting in Rohnert Park,...

Classes help homeowners access county funds

02/23/2017
The county has allotted hundreds of thousands of dollars to help create more affordable housing—but how do homeowners actually access the funds? A pair of workshops in Bolinas and Point Reyes Station over the next two months, and potentially a third in the San Geronimo Valley, will help answer that...

Investigation underway for body found in Tocaloma

02/23/2017
A human body allegedly wrapped in a tarp was discovered by a motorist on Platform Bridge Road last Friday evening, triggering an investigation by the National Park Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The remains, seen down an embankment above Lagunitas Creek, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Doug...

Marconi center opens up to community

02/23/2017
On a recent Sunday, the Marconi Conference Center opened the doors of its capacious Buck Hall. Hog Island oysters were being shucked and Lagunitas beer lay chilled over ice as members of the Marshall community mingled and plans outlining the center’s reformation were displayed throughout the hall. In November, the...

Valley planning group opposes dispensary

02/23/2017
After months of pressure from community members, the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group is formally opposing a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Forest Knolls, sending a comment letter to the county on the last possible day, Feb. 20. The letter argues that the proposal is inconsistent with the...

Final call for wood burning stove rebate program

02/23/2017
Time is running out for West Marin residents who want government funding to replace their woodstoves: the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has almost run out of cash for the $3 million rebate program it kicked off in August, according to Kellen Dammann, the sustainability marketing and outreach specialist...

National day without immigrants hits home for Point Reyes restaurants

02/23/2017
The national protest against the crackdown on immigrants, Day Without Immigrants, shuttered a Point Reyes Station business but did not affect many others in West Marin last Thursday. Whale of a Deli closed; Marisol Salgado, a co-owner of the deli, said she decided to participate in the activism as soon...

Point Reyes laser meister cuts toys and more on supple wood

02/23/2017
When he was a child, Kris Backenstose helped his father, a carpenter with a pilot’s license, build an airplane from scratch. It was his father’s lifelong dream to own an airplane, and the project took the pair years to complete. Today, Mr. Backenstose, an IT consultant living in Point Reyes...

Gallery showcases art from late blooming bloomers

02/23/2017
Toni Littlejohn was working as a teacher for troubled students in San Francisco when she noticed how making art can calm a person. It was the seed of what became an eight-week mixed-media art workshop that has grown over the last 25 years; now, she offers three sessions of Wild...

The gardens around us

02/23/2017
It is a great satisfaction to me to review and recommend Julie Monson’s new book, “Gardening on California’s Coast.” A former president of the Inverness Garden Club, a Master Gardener and a longtime columnist, Julie has befriended and mentored many gardeners like me who have appreciated her focus on our...

Mexico watches an empire in decline

02/23/2017
The last few months have taken an unexpected and spectacular turn with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and his frivolous, authoritarian and anti-Mexican discourse. Mexico has always been at the mercy of the “giant of the north,” and though it has been rhetorically opposed to its neighbor,...

Nature Notebook, February 23, 2017

02/23/2017
The longer, warmer days seem to tease us that spring is coming. Willows are budding with what are commonly called pussy willows; the male trees grow the bud as an upright catkin of yellow flowers that appear dusted with yellow powder (their pollen). The female willows have upright catkins that...