Private gain to a few trumps public good for the many

Congress is in recess, but you’d hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that’s sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an opportunity to step back and ask...

Solo crescendo up Turkey’s Mount Erciyes

The pull-tab I pried from a discarded sardine can almost fit over the nut that secured the adjustable fittings of the crampons. I needed to widen the right crampon in order that my boot would fit snugly. Otherwise, my painstakingly planned sojourn up Erciyes was going to fall through altogether,...

Art Rogers Family Album, August 15, 2013

Baby of the Month MAKENNA JOANN PATTERSON — BORN DECEMBER 12, 2011 Daughter of Jennifer and Jeremiah Patterson and little sister to William. Grandaughter of Ann and Jim Patterson of Point Reyes Station and the late Marcia and Bill Rigsbee of San Anselmo

Living and dying with Alzheimer’s

Doris Ober’s latest book, The Alzheimer’s Years: A Mother and Daughter Reunion , offers a glimpse into the paradoxical world of a dreaded disease and its human impacts. The author promises that readers will often find themselves laughing and, true to her word, Ms. Ober delivers an uplifting and often...

Raising dough: Elizabeth Ü on 
financing food

A new book by a Marin native helps entrepreneurs navigate the complex and daunting task of financing their food ventures, whether they have only the vaguest notion of a void in the market they could fill or are seasoned producers looking to finance an expansion. Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Responsible Food Business will be the topic of discussion on August 20 at a free Dance Palace event in hopes of helping entrepreneurs as well as those seeking to invest locally. West Marin is no stranger to passion-driven individuals determined to contribute...

Art Rogers Family Album, August 1, 2013

“Blast from the Past” 3D SLIDE SHOW IN THE LIBRARY AT WEST MARIN SCHOOL -— DECEMBER 1979 This photograph can be seen in 3D with other vintage and new 3D Family Albums, beginning this Friday, August 2, 2013 at Toby’s Gallery • Viewing glasses will be available •

Getting the most out of your greens

Jo Robinson, a health writer and food activist, has just published Eating on the Wild Side , a book loaded with new and interesting ideas. The fruits and vegetables we grow, buy and eat today have been made more palatable than their wild ancestors by centuries of plant breeding. This...

Airing the issues on the state’s water future

We’ve all heard the cliché, “Everyone in West Marin is an environmentalist.” It’s true that many locals have strong opinions about environmental issues, and many have worked hard to protect the natural environment here and elsewhere. Jerry Meral, an Inverness resident, is one of the most widely recognized environmentalists in...

What you should know about the Marin RCD

Its name doesn’t roll easily off the tongue, or give a clue as to its importance to agriculture and the environment in West Marin. But the 54-year-old Marin Resource Conservation District, based in Point Reyes Station, has raised and spent tens of millions of dollars to help ranchers conserve their...

Old code, tapped by fans, lingers in park

Richard Dillman, co-founder of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, can tap out an impressive 25-plus words a minute in Morse code, his thumb and index finger almost imperceptibly flicking the red paddle of the semiautomatic telegraph key to the right for dots and to the left for dashes. About 30...