Point Reyes laser meister cuts toys and more on supple wood

When he was a child, Kris Backenstose helped his father, a carpenter with a pilot’s license, build an airplane from scratch. It was his father’s lifelong dream to own an airplane, and the project took the pair years to complete. Today, Mr. Backenstose, an IT consultant living in Point Reyes...

Gallery showcases art from Wild Carrots workshops

Toni Littlejohn was working as a teacher for troubled students in San Francisco when she noticed how making art can calm a person. It was the seed of what became an eight-week mixed-media art workshop that has grown over the last 25 years; now, she offers several sessions of Wild...

The gardens around us

It is a great satisfaction to me to review and recommend Julie Monson’s new book, “Gardening on California’s Coast.” A former president of the Inverness Garden Club, a Master Gardener and a longtime columnist, Julie has befriended and mentored many gardeners like me who have appreciated her focus on our...

Nature Notebook, February 23, 2017

The longer, warmer days seem to tease us that spring is coming. Willows are budding with what are commonly called pussy willows; the male trees grow the bud as an upright catkin of yellow flowers that appear dusted with yellow powder (their pollen). The female willows have upright catkins that...

The American badger: A new mammal in town?

The Jan. 26 edition of the Light featured a photograph of a badger “headed to the old Pine Cone Diner” in downtown Point Reyes Station. Perhaps readers saw it and chuckled. But the badger was young—I estimate about a year old—and, ironically, it appeared malnourished. This new mammal in town...

Art Rogers Family Album, February 16, 2017

Baby of the Month OLIVE BRIGGS — BORN SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 Daughter of Tess Elliott and David Briggs and little sister to Elliot of Inverness Granddaughter of Suma Elan and Greg Eligian and Andrew Elliott and Olivia Klassen of Eugene, Oregon and Janice and Tim Briggs of Sunset, Louisiana

B.G. Bates: One step at a time, she became a West Marin expert

On a recent misty Monday, a fresh house in Bolinas went live on the real estate listing database Bay Area Real Estate Information Services. Within minutes of appearing online, B.G. Bates, a real estate agent whose digitalized Rolodex might just be big enough to justify using an external hard drive,...

Nature Notebook, February 9, 2017

Larger than usual tides accompany the full moon of Feb. 10, ranging from 6 to 6.6 feet. The recent storms and large waves have disrupted the neighborhood, with many elephant seals relocating from the main colonies of Chimney Rock to Drakes Beach. The National Park Service has closed the beach...

Harry Cohen: A life in service to abstract art

Every Tuesday morning at the Woodacre Country Market & Deli, the Gangsters meet for a morning klatch. They are painters, artists, sculptors and photographers, mostly over age 65. Their patriarch, Harry Cohen, playfully says their name derives from the fact that they’re all “hiding from police.” Late in January, Mr...