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...

Thirteen year old takes CLAM gingerbread contest

A decorated 13-year-old chef from Mill Valley won the youth category in the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin’s third annual gingerbread house contest with this holiday homestead. Payton Pelaez, an eighth grader at the New Village School in Sausalito, has appeared in a baking competition on the Food...

Edgewood trail use to be decided

Two groups with opposing interests have sent proposals to Marin County Parks for a steep, half-mile trail that leads from Woodacre to the San Geronimo Ridge in the Gary Giacomini Preserve. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition wants to open Edgewood Trail to equestrian and bicycle use, while the Residents for...

Another home given to the Bolinas Community Land Trust

Longtime Bolinas resident Harmony Maia will leave her home to the Bolinas Community Land Trust. “This place has been a sanctuary for me,” she said. “Bolinas has given me so much, I want to give back now.” Her Big Mesa home will be the second residence given to the land...

Wells Fargo tree removed

There are two fewer trees in Point Reyes Station this week, after Pacific Slope tree company removed the large pine that towered between Wells Fargo Bank and the Palace Market—strung with illuminated globes at certain times of the year. Another tree was taken down between the bank and the gas...

Supervisor Rodoni reads to children

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and his aide Lorenzo Cordova read from the english and spanish versions of “Quackers” to the Papermill Creek Children’s Corner Preschool last Thursday. After the story, Rodoni and Bonny White, of the Marin County Free Library, handed out copies to the children, in the language of their...

Duck Cove demolition begins

A National Park Service contractor demolished houses at a former Tomales Bay enclave on Tuesday. The remaining buildings at Duck Cove, now part of the national seashore, will be removed in coming weeks. “The structures are riddled with termite infestation and little structural integrity is left,” spokesman John Dell’Osso said...

Pets are blessed at Sacred Heart

Father Rafael de Avila blessed the animals last Sunday at the Sacred Heart Church in Olema. Susanna Henderson and friends took part in the ceremony, which follows in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals.