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Nature Notebook, February 11, 2021

02/10/2021
A new moon on Thursday, Feb. 11 brings a spell of morning high tides in the six-foot range. Remember to look just above the moon this week for Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in conjunction. Chinese New Year arrives on Feb. 12; it is the Year of the Ox, whose qualities...

Nature Notebook, January 28, 2021

01/27/2021
Lunar conjunctions—when the moon and planets fall into a line—continue during the week of Feb. 8 to 14. The new moon rising on Thursday, Feb. 11 has been joined all week by four planets. Look for this group of sparkles—Saturn, Jupiter and Venus—in the evenings, with maximum viewing on Wednesday,...

Meet Adam McGill, sheriff candidate

01/27/2021
After a quarter of a century and only one contested election, Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle will retire from his post in 2022. The race for the seat has begun: Undersheriff Jamie Scardina, who was endorsed by the sheriff after two decades with the county department, announced his run against...

Sue Baty, 1931 to 2020

01/27/2021
Sue Baty, a teacher known for her keen mind, adventurous spirit and inner strength, died in her home of over six decades in Point Reyes Station on Nov. 15. She was 89. Sue arrived in West Marin after her husband, David, took a job serving as a judge in a...

My Covid story

01/20/2021
I’ve got Covid. I never thought I would say those words. My family has been in a bubble since last March, and now we all are ill. Four have positive tests. All have varying symptoms, none severe; two lost their sense of smell and taste. When I heard about the...

It's lambing season at Stemple Creek Ranch

01/13/2021
A lamb will be born on the rolling hills of Stemple Creek Ranch nearly every day through Valentine’s Day. Although the births rarely require assistance from fourth-generation Tomales rancher Loren Poncia and his crew, raising lambs on open, organic pastures involves vigilance, problem solving and care. The flock of around...

In winter, boost your health with our solar star

01/06/2021
Here in the West, Dec. 21 marks the beginning of winter, but in traditional Chinese medicine, the solstice brings winter’s pivot. At this time, we experience the world at its most yin: dark and inward. All elements of nature, including us, turn in. It is the time for the deep...

Substance use and your health: A fresh take for 2021

01/06/2021
As we embark on 2021, many of us find ourselves evaluating our choices regarding mental health and wellness. What in typical times may be a whimsical notion to shift a behavior may feel now, in light of last year’s challenges, more like battling a tsunami, especially when it comes to...

Elk Fence: the story behind the distillery

12/23/2020
Like many good stories of turning a passion into a profession, Gail Coppinger and Scott Woodson started out in a garage. They were brewing beer, learning the ins and outs of turning grain into liquor and falling in love with the craft—the art, the science and the smell. From this...

Joel Langdon: Plumber extraordinaire

12/23/2020
“A clogged sink waits for no one”—a venerable saying that pertains equally to cold showers and dripping pipes. When encountering such inconveniences, most of us turn to plumbing experts, and Covid-19 has not diminished our need for their help. Joel Langdon is such a professional. He can diagnose and repair...

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