The Little Store opens in Point Reyes Station

West Marin natives Terra Livingston and Sierra Swenson opened up their new shop, The Little Store, in Point Reyes Station last Friday. They will sell vintage clothing jewelry and handmade items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Lagunitas tea purveyor reports progress in county settlement talks

Settlement discussions are underway between Marin County and David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident who faces mounting fines in his fight to preserve dozens of unpermitted structures on his property. At a hearing last Friday, both parties reported to Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson that their negotiations over...

Public flocks to first park open house on draft EIS

How should the National Park Service manage land that has hosted private cattle ranching and dairying operations for the greater part of two centuries? Is ranching detrimental or beneficial to the environment? How should ecologists help maintain a healthy population of tule elk, a native species reintroduced to the Point...

Seabirds saw bad year at Farallones

Seabirds had abnormally low breeding success this year at the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where biologists with Point Blue Conservation Science observed one of the five worst breeding seasons on record for most species. A variety of weather conditions in California brought on by El Niño made incubating an...

Book on San Geronimo Valley joins nationwide history series

Owen Clapp, a Woodacre native in his 20s, is the latest contributor to the nationwide history series, Images of America, with his comprehensive account of the past two centuries of life in the San Geronimo Valley. A professional bass player who moved home to Woodacre after graduating with a degree...

Photographing the sacred

How and where do you experience the sacred land of Point Reyes? That’s the driving question for a new exhibit coming to Toby’s Gallery next month, featuring the beautiful black-and-white nature photographs of Todd Pickering accompanied by essays from 15 community members: a rancher, a surfer, a poet, a doctor,...

Drakes Beach carcass believed to be deep-diving, rare beaked whale

Two locals patrolling Drakes Beach early last Monday morning—volunteers for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Association’s beach watch surveying program—found a nine-foot carcass of a sea creature ravaged by sharks. Biologists from the park and the California Academy of Sciences who responded to the scene hypothesize that the animal...

Supes call for compromise on streamside renovation

There’s no relief in sight for Adrienne Terrass and her husband, Aldo Tarigo, homeowners in the San Geronimo Valley who have been trying to obtain permits to renovate their house since 2011. Last week, the Board of Supervisors pushed the couple to further compromise with county staff and once again...

Shoreline staff close to new contract

After more than three years of negotiations and six years since their last raise, Shoreline Unified School District’s classified staff has a tentative three-year contract, but not without some disappointment over delays in finalizing the agreement. The contract, signed in June, could have been approved by trustees at last week’s...

Oyster study shows nuances in changing Tomales Bay

Oysters that grow in estuaries and bays face a particular set of challenges with a changing climate, according to a recent study led by the University of California, Davis conducted on Tomales Bay. Two seasonal phenomena that are believed to intensify and become more frequent with climate change—ocean upwelling during...


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