Fire detection cameras top West Marin peaks

FIRE PREVENTION: Cameras that will watch for wildfires were installed last week on four Marin hilltops—Mount Vision (above), Big Rock Ridge, Mount Barnabe and Mount Tamalpais. Using mathematical algorithms to detect smoke and equipped with technology to distinguish smoke from fog, the cameras supplement ongoing volunteer daylight lookouts on Mount...

Tandem bikers break down in Point Reyes

TRAVEL: Four friends riding a tandem bicycle from Canada to Mexico to raise money in support of greater access to early detection lung cancer technology in Canada slept in Point Reyes on Tuesday after a their rear hub broke. The people in West Marin were much nicer than in some...

Coupon clipping maven gives workshop in Bolinas

BIG SAVINGS: An intricate system of price-matching a given item’s lowest offering on the web to the same item in stores like Target, and combining that already deep discount with money-back coupons from sites like, allows Breeze Nakooka to bring home a year’s worth of toiletries for $4. She...

Two bodies found in seashore

Hikers on Sky Trail in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Tuesday morning discovered two dead bodies, one of which has been identified as Thomas Fletcher, a 62-year-old from Petaluma. The park service has not yet released further details, but the sheriff’s log from Tuesday shows that at 9:33 a.m...

Bernie Stephan leaves his radio post

Self-described revolutionary Bernie Stephan parted ways with his listeners during Monday’s Post Carbon Radio, a twice-monthly program he has co-hosted with his friend, the more moderate Bing Gong, for the last several years. Mr. Stephan said he felt he was “beating his head against the wall” and that his guests...

Tomales High Soccer on the rise

Sign-ups for Tomales High School’s soccer teams exploded this year, with combined rosters surpassing 40 kids. (The football team shrunk to only 14 players for their season opener last month.) The boys soccer team hasn’t lost a league game yet, ranking them at the top of their division conference and...

Dinner on the Pacific Plate

After an afternoon of hikes, guided walks and kayak expeditions, donors converged on Bear Valley Visitor Center Saturday evening to enjoy a cocktail hour of local cheeses, oysters, wine and mead and a dinner of braised duck leg at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s annual fundraiser, Dinner on the...

Mexican Independence in the commons

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE: Revelers consumed traditional foods, enjoyed a Mariachi band and danced with the members of Petaluma’s Ballet Folklorico Paquiyollotzin on Saturday in the Point Reyes Station commons, celebrating Mexican Independence in 1821, won after an 11-year war.

New bus stop in the San Geronimo Valley

After six months of planning, volunteers with the San Geronimo Valley Lions Club built and painted a bus stop and bench at the intersection of Meadow Way and Sir Francis Drake.

Iyengar gathering at Chicken Ranch Beach

Ellen Serber led the West Marin gathering of a nationwide tribute to B. K. S. Iyengar—an influential yoga teacher who authored the 1966 “Light on Yoga” and died last week at age 95—at Chicken Ranch Beach on Tuesday. Practitioners performed a series of asanas, then sat for several minutes. Ms...