The parks that are open during the shelter in place order

The Point Reyes National Seashore is staying open during the coronavirus lockdown, but its visitor centers and campsites are closed. And while Marin County Open Space preserves are open, county parks are closed, including the Forest Knolls playground, Toby's Playground in Point Reyes Station, White House Pool, the Bolinas tennis...

Meteor flies over Bay Area

A meteor entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean just after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and began a quick descent toward North America, passing over the Marin Headlands. It broke the sound barrier in the process, creating a boom followed by a deep rumbling heard by people across the Bay...

Tomales postal worker retires

Julie Martinoni, who has worked at the post office in Tomales since 1989, will retire this Friday. A West Petaluma resident, Ms. Martinoni said simply that she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Elephant seals at Drakes Beach

Over a dozen male elephant seals have returned to Drakes Beach, where they await pupping females. Although the section of beach abutting the parking lot is open, this week visitors had to navigate around a wall of barriers, not to mention the shifting beasts.

Floodplain creation to be studied on Walker Creek

David Sherwood is among several property owners along a stretch of Walker Creek that the Marin Resource Conservation District will study with help from a $345,000 state grant. The assessment, focused on enhancing habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout, will include designs for floodplain resotration projects on the critical...

StuArt sketches at the Bolinas World Craft Fair

Bolinas troubadour StuArt made two-minute sketches of visitors to the Bolinas World Craft Fair on Sunday. West Marin's holiday fairs have passed, and the holidays are around the corner. The Light wishes you all a merry Christmas and happy Hannukah!

Newt brigade acts after rains

Volunteers with the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade spent their nights this week ferrying newts across a mile-long stretch of road. The team was organized by rancher Sally Gale, who reported finding hundreds of dead California newts crushed by cars last winter. The brigade will meet most nights this winter to...

Pump Espresso raises funds for move

Cheyenne Young and Bill MacBeath played on Sunday at the Papermill Creek Saloon, where a benefit party for Pump Espresso Bar brought in $2,000. The nearly four-year-old Forest Knolls establishment is vacating its space next to the farmstand at the end of the year and relocating to the site of...

PGE sets up resource center for non-outage

Contractors for PG&E set up a community resource center and charging station in the West Marin School parking on Tuesday night in anticipation of a planned power outage that never came to fruition: it was cancelled for West Marin on Tuesday afternoon. No resource centers were set up in West...

New chips at playground

A contractor for Marin County Parks shoots a fresh layer of cedar chips onto Toby's Playground in Point Reyes Station on Tuesday.