Owner ends lease for Point Reyes commons

11/22/2017
The West Marin Commons has less than two weeks to vacate the corner lot popularly known as Point Reyes Station’s town commons. The historically vacant property has served as a community hub since 2011, with various community groups holding fundraisers, art shows and events on its grounds. But heavy use by tourists has led to conflicts with the property owner Maggie Mcdonough—who runs her family’s business, the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company—over issues like trash management, noise and overcrowding...

Inverness family revives publishing company

11/22/2017
Consider the word “October” for a moment. Its root, okto, denotes the number eight: octagon, octopus, octave. So why is the tenth month of the year associated with the number eight? According to Inverness author Murray Suid’s book “Words of a Feather,” recently reprinted under a revived family label, language lagged behind the flow of history: October was the eighth month in the bygone Roman calendar...

Recent requests to ranch in park: A brief history

11/22/2017
With the public comment period on the Point Reyes National Seashore’s proposed general management plan amendment alternatives closing today, the Light looked back at recent requests made by former ranchers who were denied either renewals or new leases in the last 20 years. During a public scoping period in 2014...

MC Yogi on finding his true path

11/22/2017
So much in Nicholas Giacomini’s life is entwined with Toby’s Feed Barn. As the grandson of its founder, he got his first job there. It was where he married his wife, Amanda, and where the couple built a yoga studio. This fall, it was also the venue for the release...

Charting the near future for the San Geronimo Golf Course, step by step

11/22/2017
Last week, county supervisors voted to purchase the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course within one year from the Trust for Public Land, which signed an option-to-purchase agreement for a maximum of $8.85 million last month, with the idea of creating new open space. The county is hoping to find an...

Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

11/22/2017
On a train trip across the United States, the sight of millions of dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and Rockies is as shocking as the homeless encampments that have cropped up along Amtrak’s right-of-ways and on the sidewalks of cities like New York. I left the Bay Area in...

Caltrans ignored retrofit

11/22/2017
The Green Bridge is an ideal candidate for a retrofit. Yet for more than two years, Caltrans has not responded to several comment letters that included retrofit methods that would meet the same standards as the replacement bridge alternatives. My suggested methods are commonly used by Caltrans and would be...

Each week, valley heroes pull invasive broom

11/22/2017
Marin County has about 750 acres of French broom—a widespread and challenging invasive plant that broadcasts untold numbers of seeds a year—and in the San Geronimo Valley, a volunteer group meets weekly to battle the spread. The members of Broom Service, formerly called the Extractigators, have met nearly every Thursday,...