Kids swimming lessons in the bay

Tomales Bay Waterdogs, the annual Red Cross swimming program for children ages 5 and up, starts Monday, July 30 at Shell Beach II in Inverness. Waterdogs is a safe and fun opportunity for youngsters to learn, from a certified Red Cross Water Safety instructor, how to swim or improve their...

Coastal ride benefits CHA

This summer one man has decided to celebrate his 77th birthday by riding his bike 400 miles from Astoria, Oregon, to Crescent City, California. Joe Blumenthal, a cardiologist and instructor at University of California, San Francisco, has been bicycling extreme distances for years, riding 1,000 miles from British Columbia to...

Man dies at McClure’s

The body of a 72-year-old man was recovered off McClure’s Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore Saturday after a presumed rogue wave pulled him into the water. Rim Lee, an East Bay resident, was fishing at the beach with family when he left to explore the south end of McClure’s...

Academy reviews oyster facts

The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council held its only public comments session Tuesday at the University of California, Irvine as part of its review of the science contained in the controversial Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) on Drakes Bay Oyster Company. The final report by a committee of...

Supervisors say no morgue now

The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday responded to a recent civil grand jury report recommending changes to the way the county handles its deceased. The board said it would continue sharing the Napa County morgue for homicide cases and other suspicious deaths, and help local mortuaries update their...

Holstein 100 for senior health

On August 18, over 700 cyclists will huff, puff, sweat and pedal their way through 100 miles from Petaluma to West Marin, and back to Sonoma County. But this is more than just another scenic bike ride—the annual Holstein 100 helps feed the mouths of 214 local senior citizens, many...

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...


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