Features

Barbara Williams, who sold Shaker furniture, dies at 89

03/02/2017
Barbara Williams, a longtime Inverness resident who loved to travel, ski and play guitar in her church band, died peacefully in her home on Feb. 9. She was 89 years old. Along with Thomas Williams, her husband of nearly 55 years, Ms. Williams owned and operated Shaker Shops West, a...

Field seminar explores secret caves and hidden beaches in seashore

03/02/2017
Waves crashing on the shores of the Point Reyes Peninsula are like a swinging door to a network of caves and beaches that few human visitors ever explore. These “secret caves and hidden beaches,” as park interpreter Frank Binney calls them in his Point Reyes National Seashore Association-sponsored field seminar,...

Holland and family planning

03/02/2017
On his first Monday in office, President Trump reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy, blocking U.S. federal funds for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services. The policy was implemented in 1984 by Ronald Reagan at a United Nations population conference...

When the cow crosses the road

03/02/2017
Ever since a farmer confined the first livestock inside a fence, cows have found ways to get out for that one sweeter blade of grass. Cows and bulls meander into roadways so frequently in West Marin that deputies and rangers know the difference between a Holstein, Jersey and Hereford and which ranchers raise which breeds. San Rafael dispatchers maintain a rancher home phone list...

Point Reyes laser meister cuts toys and more on supple wood

02/23/2017
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

02/23/2017
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

02/23/2017
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

02/23/2017
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...

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