White Hill slide fix fast-tracked to beat rains

09/21/2017
With winter around the corner, the county Board of Supervisors authorized the Department of Public Works last week to fast-track improvements to a once-wooded section of White Hill that slid twice last winter, cutting off a crucial artery for West Marin residents. The department will award the contract, rather than...

Looking compassionately at vehicle problems in Bolinas

09/21/2017
A surfer lays her board on the pavement and starts waxing it. A man climbs out of the truck that contains his life’s possessions and turns on a camp stove to make breakfast. A woman pulls out from the curb outside her home, knowing she won’t be able to park...

Marconi Center hopes for better deal with state

09/21/2017
The nonprofit that operates the Marconi Conference Center is continuing to negotiate with California State Parks for a longer operating contract, a move that would enable the historic center to begin fundraising to renovate its premises, which a longtime groundskeeper says are in dire need of renovation. A public meeting...

Houston oil consultant dead in plane crash in Point Reyes wilderness

09/21/2017
A Houston man was found dead on Sept. 8 after his single-engine plane crashed in the Point Reyes National Seashore. John Wilson, a 58-year-old born in London who lived all over the world, was flying to Santa Rosa from Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County in a rented Cessna 172...

Workshop scheduled for DACA recipients at Point Reyes Library

09/21/2017
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security began the process of phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to be eligible for a work permit and to live without the fear of deportation...

Extra patrol at White House Pool after report of menacing man

09/21/2017
Sheriff’s deputies are increasing their patrol around White House Pool since a local reported that a “menacing” man had watched and approached her while she swam in the creek last week. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, described the first incident, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in a post on...

PRNSA fires bookstore manager amid multiple investigations

09/21/2017
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association fired its bookstore manager this month, amid an internal investigation and two conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Devin Currens, who has been on paid leave since late June, had been employed for roughly two and a half years before filing a...

Health-care reform: It’s complicated

09/21/2017
West Marin cares about health care. Over 200 locals came out on Friday night to listen to an earnest and complex town hall-style presentation on the nuts and bolts of health care reform from the local to the national level, illuminated by the presence of United States Congressman Jared Huffman...

September: Month of independences

09/21/2017
Mexico, Central America—with the exception of Panama—and Chile celebrate their independence in September. All were colonies since the Spanish Conquest, and their independence struggles commenced in the early 18th century, processes stemming from the United States’ independence from Great Britain in 1776. Their struggles concluded much later, with the creation...

Nature Notebook, September 21, 2017

09/21/2017
The autumnal equinox on Friday, Sept. 22 notes the calendar beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. It is called “Mabon” in the Celtic calendar, and is a time to celebrate the harvest and to rest after the busy summer season. The coming full moon on Oct. 4 will be...