After 50 years in film, John Korty is still true

With his mussed white hair, nondescript jeans and worn New Balance sneakers, John Korty manages to belie the ostentation one would associate with a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has Oscar and Emmy wins to his name. Over his 50-year independent film career, which has spanned work in animation, documentary, drama...

No Dillon Beach wind towers

NextEra, the $15 billion Florida-based energy corporation that has been lobbying for over a year to construct two wind research towers near Dillon Beach, said this week that those plans are now scrapped. Company spokesman Steve Stengel gave no explanation for why the project had been abandoned, writing only that...

Arrest for Nicasio burglaries

The primary suspect in a string of Nicasio burglaries was arrested last Friday in his Richmond residence after Marin sheriff’s deputies found him in possession of two rifles, jewelry, a laptop and flat screen TV that matched descriptions of items taken from homes in the area. Leonard Bradley, 54, was...

Bennett charges Dr. Goodman

Save our Seashore President Gordon Bennett claimed last week that biologist Dr. Corey Goodman’s 144-page analysis of a recent Point Reyes National Seashore study used “faulty data, faulty analysis, baseless accusations, meaninglessly tautological statistics and unverifiable data withheld from NPS and other reviewers.” The accusations were part of a five-page...

West Nile in western Santa Rosa

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that an adult mosquito sample from western Santa Rosa tested positive for West Nile virus. According to statistics maintained by the California Department of Public Health, this is the first such reported case in Sonoma County. Marin County still has no reported...

Bill aids salmon, grape growers

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation last week that aims to improve water flow and salmon populations in local streams. Assembly Bill 964, proposed by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, is intended to aid grape growers in developing off-stream water storage projects and subsequently reduce strains on salmon habitats during winter...

Point Reyes Books pioneers member-supported model

Point Reyes Books owner Steve Costa’s fiercest rival is not another West Marin mom-and-pop bookseller with more expansive inventory. His real literature-dealing foe doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar presence here or anywhere else in the world; instead, its bookshelves line the digital ether. The explosive popularity of online retail giant

NPS will keep state parks afloat

The National Park Service signed financial and operational agreements last week with California State Parks (CSP) that will keep Samuel P. Taylor and Tomales Bay state parks open, on reduced schedules, for at least a year past their planned 2012 closure date, with an option to extend the pilot program...

Cryptic phytoplankton may hold an answer

Once in a great while, a biologist finds herself at the confluence of a rare natural phenomenon. This often involves decades, or even whole careers, of observing and waiting in forests, deserts or coves for something—anything—to happen, if it ever happens at all. Sonoma State University biology graduate student Adele...

Solomon launches at Bovine

Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon formally announced his candidacy and launched his campaign on Monday with appearances in four counties of the reorganized 2nd District, which stretches from the Golden Gate to the Oregon border. The day began in the early morning outside Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station, where...


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