Richard Vacha: Inside the tracker's mind

What goes on among coyotes in the seashore when no one is watching? What is the bobcat’s favorite trail, the rhythm of otter play, the strategy of the red fox that arrived during the drought? Richard Vacha, a Point Reyes Station resident with more than 30 years of local tracking...

Marin homeless counts down in biennial survey

Once every two years, before the sun rises, a team of volunteers make the rounds, attempting to account for all the people asleep without a roof above them—numbers required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides the bulk of Marin’s operating budget to address homelessness...

Newly discovered coral named for Cordell Bank

It’s bright yellow and fewer than five inches in diameter, and you’ve never seen it before: a new coral species, Chromoplexaura cordellbankensis. It’s named after Cordell Bank, where it was discovered last summer by scientists with the California Academy of Sciences and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Aboard the Bell...

Jury flags Marin wildfire danger, floats new tax for oversight

The hills are green, but some Marin residents are already seeing golden brown—and the imminent threat of wildfire. The Marin County Civil Grand Jury last month released a damning report on wildfire preparedness, chiefly recommending a new, countywide quarter-cent sales tax to strengthen efforts. The 20-member jury proposed a new joint-powers agency to manage the new funds, taking on the challenge of “remedying troubling gaps in preparedness and demonstrating political will to improve public safety.”

Rodoni launches 2020 campaign

Dennis Rodoni is rounding out his first term as Marin County’s fourth district supervisor, and his sights are set on 2020. Though he has yet to hear of challengers, he told the Light that he’s ready “to run a full-hearted campaign.” With support from several speakers, including State Assemblyman Marc...

Louise Dolcini, Hicks Valley school teacher, dies at 90

Louise Dolcini, who for years taught at Marin’s only one-room schoolhouse in Hicks Valley, died on April 8 at 90 years old. Louise, who raised six children with her late husband Peter, was a quiet, forthright, capable woman who gardened and loved the outdoors. She taught for many years at...

Starving gray whales turning up in extraordinary numbers

Gray whales are travelers, migrating the farthest of any other whale species, from Alaska to Baja and back again every year, but this spring California proved a dead end for some. Ten gray whales have washed up since March, primarily in and around the San Francisco Bay. The Marine Mammal...

Workshop on race builds trust at THS

A group of staff, parents, students and community members convened at Tomales High School last Tuesday to talk about race. The evening, funded by the Marin County Office of Education, was hosted by Dr. Lori Watson, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership for social justice. Dr. Watson has collaborated...

Draft plans show modern Bo marine lab

The College of Marin is securing permits to raze and rebuild its marine lab in Bolinas, which has been out of commission since 2006. At a public meeting last week at the firehouse, the college’s architect presented preliminary plans for the $3 million project. Addressing a crescendo of public concern...

Will Kent, builder, 1945—2019

Will Kent, a renaissance man who dedicated his life to maintaining and restoring the piers and foundations that keep bayside homes and businesses above water in Marshall, died on March 31 at his home in Albion. He was 73 years old. Will grew up in Southern California, dropping out of...


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