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Dance Palace's Bonnie Guttman: Up to and up for the challenges

10/30/2019
When executive director Bonnie Guttman speaks about the Dance Palace—its long history, the myriad activities currently offered and those she envisions for the future—this normally reserved woman catches fire. Two and a half years into the position, she revels in challenges and hard work. “When I took the job, I...

Fire crews extinguish chimney fire at Olema House

10/26/2019
Adding to an already busy week for West Marin fire personnel, engines from Marin County, Inverness Volunteer and Bolinas Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a chimney fire at the Olema House, formerly the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, on Friday, October 25 just after 11 p.m. It took over three hours...

Homeless on coast double, testing county solutions

10/23/2019
Renewed efforts to address homelessness in Marin in recent years have not reached the coast: although the number of homeless people has steadily dropped countywide since 2015, the number in West Marin has more than doubled. Representatives from Marin Health and Human Services and a partner charitable organization joined a...

Big benefits from fences on Olema Creek

10/23/2019
A study published this month by the Point Reyes National Seashore and the University of California’s Marin cooperative extension shows that fecal coliform levels in the Olema Creek watershed have dropped by 95 percent over the last 19 years—the result of local ranches implementing new best management practices around streams...

Trust fails to sway golf measure language

10/23/2019
The language of a March 2020 ballot measure that would require the county to seek voter approval before eliminating golf as the county’s stated primary use at the San Geronimo Golf Course property was approved last Tuesday, despite objections from the property’s owner, the Trust for Public Land. The golf...

Lunny visits the White House

10/23/2019
Kevin Lunny, the former owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, visited the White House this month as a guest of President Donald Trump to criticize the federal government for forcing his oyster farm out of business. On Oct. 10, after Mr. Lunny and other business owners who have faced costly...

Study shows mouse eradication would benefit ashy storm petrels

10/23/2019
The presence of predatorial burrowing owls on the Farallon Islands deep into winter is harming the survival of adult ashy storm petrels, according to a study published by Point Blue Conservation Science. Owls arrive in the Farallones around mid-October, when the islands’ invasive house mouse population is at its peak...

Mammoth molar found on bay beach holds clues

10/16/2019
Ornithologist and Alaska transplant Sarah Warnock made a special find during a recent walk on the beach in the Cypress Grove Preserve: the molar of a mammoth. She knew what she was looking at because she had seen it before. “Up in Alaska, with the permafrost melting, people are finding...

Ordered to demolish, Garside sues

10/16/2019
Longtime Bolinas resident Ralph Garside has sued Marin County, appealing an administrative judge's mandate to demolish the structures on his blufftop property, which is crumbling off the edge of the Big Mesa. In late August, a judge from the state’s office of administrative hearings gave 85-year-old Mr. Garside 30 days...

New book illuminates Gordon Onslow Ford

10/16/2019
The first major work on Gordon Onslow Ford, a 1930s surrealist painter who spent the last 40 years of his life in Inverness, was released last month by the Lucid Art Foundation, titled “A Man on a Green Island.” The 348-page fine press book spans from Mr. Onslow Ford’s first...

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