pastures preserved

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) can add the Moretti Dairy in Tomales to its list of protected farmland, after rapidly raising $530,000 to purchase development rights for the dairy’s neighboring ranch. Mike Moretti, a second-generation dairyman, has grazed his cows for 16 years on his absentee neighbor’s 126-acre property. “It...

Fair exhibits Marin County’s diverse agricultural bounty

A group of men in suits and fedoras tour Ed Mitchell’s potato crop in Tomales; a young Boyd Stewart plants oats from atop his John Deere tractor in Nicasio; and, on a tract of land where the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course now stands, horses pull a mower through a...

Wendy Schwartz’s serene and teeming creative life

Painter Wendy Schwartz doesn’t like stormy weather, but she loves the look of a tumultuous sky. And if the 22 paintings now on display at Toby’s Gallery are any evidence, she also loves skies where the clouds have just cleared, skies that turn the dry grasses pink, and skies spreading...

One man’s paddle journey around Point Reyes

Each time Inverness resident Josh Berry looks out from his backyard, he sees the splendor of California’s wild coast embodied in Tomales Bay. He is also reminded of the countdown to his next adventure — a paddle around Point Reyes, from Drakes Bay to Bolinas. “Everyone says I’m crazy and...

Principal for West Marin School

Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees announced that Matt Nagle will take over as principal of West Marin School. Mr. Nagle, who has served in that role at Juana Briones School in Palo Alto since 2009, has been an elementary school principal for 10 years. His wife, Claudia Penalosa,...

Woodacre man arrested on beach

Woodacre resident Ashley Sanderson was arrested at Stinson Beach last Sunday after allegedly pulling down his Speedo thong, mooning people and rubbing himself, according to Marin County Sheriffs Sergeant Brian Fay. Deputies found Mr. Sanderson in the water and arrested him after he returned to land, charging him with indecent...

Fund helps water quality testing

The recently established West Marin Fund has awarded its first loan to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation, in the amount of $48,000, to help further the council’s water quality testing project through September. The move is part of the fund’s initiative to provide bridge loans to coastal Marin organizations...

Lagunitas manager resigns

The business manager for Lagunitas School District, Amy Prescott, has resigned, district superintendent Larry Enos announced this week. Ms. Prescott has accepted a position as the district business official at the Old Adobe Union School District, in Petaluma. “While I know that all of you are as disappointed as I...

Creating community on the web

Do you need a new Macbook power adapter, a mohair throw blanket, or a Spanish interpreter to accompany you to traffic court? The West Marin Commons’ online Commons Connect forums have been helping local birds of a feather flock together via its Google groups — West Marin Share, Soapbox, Marketplace...

Bolinas man pleads guilty in bar fight

Thoren Manetta, the 25-year-old Bolinas man who served prison time for the 2008 mob beating of street musician Ricky Green, pled guilty to an assault outside Smiley’s Saloon in late March that left two men wounded. Prosecutors dismissed one of the charges against him that would have resulted in another...


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