Damp spoils prescribed burn

Damp weather cut short the first prescribed burn in the Point Reyes National Seashore since 2015 last week: Just 20 acres of a planned 205-acre area between Olema and Bolinas were ignited before fire managers with the National Park Service called it quits. “We do plan on looking at future...

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...

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,...

Lawsuit led to stalled crab opener; state warns of domoic acid in viscera

Will there be crab on the table for Thanksgiving? California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife paired its opening of the recreational crab fishery last Saturday with an advisory from the public health department and, this week, announced it will delay the opening of the commercial fishery until Nov. 22 over...

Real solutions for Bolinas housing

On a recent visit to the post office I saw on the wall a desperate appeal by a longtime Bolinas father and son for a place to live. Later, sitting down at my computer, I saw another plea for housing from a family of five who will soon lose their...


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