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Book on San Geronimo Valley joins nationwide history series

08/29/2019
Owen Clapp, a Woodacre native in his 20s, is the latest contributor to the nationwide history series, Images of America, with his comprehensive account of the past two centuries of life in the San Geronimo Valley. A professional bass player who moved home to Woodacre after graduating with a degree...

Photographing the sacred

08/29/2019
How and where do you experience the sacred land of Point Reyes? That’s the driving question for a new exhibit coming to Toby’s Gallery next month, featuring the beautiful black-and-white nature photographs of Todd Pickering accompanied by essays from 15 community members: a rancher, a surfer, a poet, a doctor,...

Drakes Beach carcass believed to be deep-diving, rare beaked whale

08/29/2019
Two locals patrolling Drakes Beach early last Monday morning—volunteers for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Association’s beach watch surveying program—found a nine-foot carcass of a sea creature ravaged by sharks. Biologists from the park and the California Academy of Sciences who responded to the scene hypothesize that the animal...

Lagunitas tea purveyor reports progress in county settlement talks

08/29/2019
Settlement discussions are underway between Marin County and David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident who faces mounting fines in his fight to preserve dozens of unpermitted structures on his property. At a hearing last Friday, both parties reported to Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson that their negotiations over...

Shoreline staff close to new contract

08/21/2019
After more than three years of negotiations and six years since their last raise, Shoreline Unified School District’s classified staff has a tentative three-year contract, but not without some disappointment over delays in finalizing the agreement. The contract, signed in June, could have been approved by trustees at last week’s...

Oyster study shows nuances in changing Tomales Bay

08/21/2019
Oysters that grow in estuaries and bays face a particular set of challenges with a changing climate, according to a recent study led by the University of California, Davis conducted on Tomales Bay. Two seasonal phenomena that are believed to intensify and become more frequent with climate change—ocean upwelling during...

Bolinas singer Rainy Eyes releases first solo album

08/21/2019
“Moon in the Mirror,” the first album by folk Americana singer-songwriter Irena Eide, has a melodic and dreamy sound, but its songs are borne from a tumultuous time in the artist’s past—and the inspirations of a decade living in West Marin. Under the name Rainy Eyes, Ms. Eide released the...

County finalizes analysis of cumulative development impacts in the valley

08/21/2019
The Board of Supervisors this week certified a final assessment of the cumulative impacts of future development on the threatened and endangered salmonid species in the San Geronimo Valley watershed. The county has been working on the document—a supplemental environmental impact report to the 2007 countywide plan—since 2014, when the...

Tomales Bay Oyster Co. gets retroactive permit to remove subletter's gear

08/21/2019
The California Coastal Commission has granted an after-the-fact permit for Tomales Bay Oyster Company to dispose of abandoned aquaculture gear and marine debris pulled from three acres it formerly leased to a small grower. The permit, approved on Aug. 6, grants permission for multiple clean-up activities that have already occurred:...

Friends seeking funds for longtime saloon owner and publisher, Don Deane

08/21/2019
Don Deane, the longtime owner of Smiley’s Schooner Saloon who for decades published a monthly newspaper in Bolinas and was a foster and adopted parent for many local youths, needs help covering his health expenses. Three months after undergoing brain surgery for a condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus, Mr. Deane...

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