Loss and regrowth in metal and wood at the farmstand

From the remains of his family home that burned down last year, Bolinas sculptor and jeweler Kurtis Major has created an art exhibit using metals, woods, wax and concrete to capture the feeling of uncontrollable loss, on display at the Gospel Flat Farm gallery. Last November, Mr. Major woke up...

Point Reyes Thanksgiving returns, next Saturday

The longstanding community Thanksgiving celebration in Point Reyes Station is back on the calendar this year, with some key changes. West Marin Community Services, the event’s organizer, took a hiatus last year in order to address challenges, including that two-thirds of attendees were traveling from outside of West Marin. Preparation...

School kids locked down at Sonoma ropes course

West Marin School’s annual eighth-grade field trip to the Westminster Woods challenge course took a frightening turn last Friday, when the class was placed on lockdown and escorted out in armored vehicles. As students were wrapping up a day developing leadership and team building skills at the rural west Sonoma...

Ranchers criticize park's plan for ag, urge changes

According to some of the ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the park service is poorly versed in the management of sustainable agricultural lands—and that is both a serious threat to their operations and a missed opportunity. In a letter submitted this fall to seashore superintendent Cicely Muldoon, the...

Marshall Tavern gets permit, neighbors worry

The use permit for the Marshall Tavern’s conversion into a bed-and-breakfast was approved by Marin County last week, but not without objections from neighbors over a pier and boat launch mandated by the California Coastal Commission. The tavern, built in the early 1900s, has sat vacant for the last 37...

Renovated lighthouse back open to public

The light is restored. After a $5.7 million, 13-month rehabilitation project, the Point Reyes National Seashore last Friday re-opened the lighthouse that has marked the rocky edge of the Point Reyes peninsula since 1870. The project, funded by visitor use fees, included a restoration of the original, Fresnel lens, whose...

Study highlights problem for visiting sea otters

Southern sea otters, the species that has historically inhabited California waters, have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since the ‘70s but have yet to re-establish an enduring population in the waters off Marin County. A new study published in August by scientists primarily from the University of California,...

Bolinas land trust projects fully funded

With a donation of up to $10 million and two grants, the Bolinas Community Land Trust has secured all of the funding it needs for two affordable housing developments: downtown townhomes and farmworker housing next to the fire station. A $400,000 grant that county supervisors approved this week will be...

A glimpse of West Marin's publishing history

Coastal Marin boasts a rich history of local newspapering and publishing over the past century, as documented in a new archive assembled by Lagunitas graphic designer and writer Nicole Lavelle. For the past six months, the surfaces in Ms. Lavelle’s attic office in Olema have been covered in yellowing newsprint...


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