Forest bathing in the seashore

Park ranger Carlo Arreglo pauses to listen to the sounds of the forest in a Shinrin-yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, walk held last Saturday on Mount Wittenberg Trail in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Another forest-bathing walk is scheduled for May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Freebox Follies brings in cash for community center

Patrons of the Bolinas Freebox showed off wares during the annual Freebox Follies at the Bolinas Community Center on Saturday. The community center, which maintains the Freebox, raised about $1,600 in entrance fees to the show, which will go into the general fund. Rotten wood and doors were recently replaced...

Bo Gas tank may be repaired

Groundwater seeped into one of three tanks at Bo Gas during repairs over the summer and the community land trust that owns the station is still waiting on expert help—and the dry season—to fix the problem. A spokeswoman said high levels of tourist traffic have meant an increase in sales...

New crosswalk planned for Point Reyes Station

Caltrans has another crosswalk planned for Point Reyes Station. The agency painted a white line last week in front of Building Supply where an ADA-accessible ramp was recently installed. A guardrail and crosswalk is also in the works to connect the ramp to Third Street.

Too many elephant seals lead to closure of part of Drakes Beach

An increasing number of elephant seals are hauling up at Drakes Beach in the last three years, prompting the park to close the stretch of beach that extends west of the parking lot all the way to Chimney Rock, through March 15. “As we have seen in the past, storm...

Albert Straus honored by farm bureau and supervisors

Dairyman Albert Straus was honored this week by the Board of Supervisors for his receipt of the annual Friend of the Farm Bureau award. Mr. Straus, founder of Straus Family Creamery, has been a leader and innovator in his field. He said the greatest threat to agriculture in Marin is...

Drakes Beach waters reopen after shark bites foot of surfer

People enjoyed New Year’s Day at Drakes Beach, where a few days earlier a surfer climbed ashore with a shark bite. At around noon on Dec. 30, Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and a former Point Reyes Light reporter, was bitten on her feet while trying to catch waves near...

Homeless camps removed from Martinelli Park

Rangers with Marin County Parks on Wednesday removed homeless camps from Martinelli Park in Inverness, where homeless people have for years made a home on the bay. Kathy Hartzell of the Inverness Association, which manages the park, said she gave the Sheriff’s Office permission to remove the encampment “in the...