PRNSA hushes staffer, citing defamatory posts

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association issued a cease and desist letter to the nonprofit’s bookstore manager earlier this month over what it calls defamatory statements made on Facebook. The manager, Devin Currens, has accused his employer of abuses, and has specifically called out the organization’s executive director, Samaria Jaffe...

Bracken Auto Services closes garage doors

The steel workbench in the back of Bracken Auto Services is splattered in dark grease stains from past automotive projects, but on Tuesday a new oily substance joined the mix: juices from rock cod and beef kabobs. Over a dozen friends and close customers gathered for a barbecue to celebrate...

Inverness Park woman loses son in Oakland beating

An Inverness Park woman has seen more tragedy in the last several years than many of her neighbors may see in a lifetime. Linda Sturdivant was speaking to her caregiver at home on July 18 when the phone rang bearing a 510 area code. East Bay numbers came with an...

County renews contract for rape victim exams by expert team in Vallejo

The contract that funds a team of counselors, nurses and law enforcement officers that provides sexual assault victims with post-trauma and legal aid was renewed last week by the Board of Supervisors, at a higher cost than previous years. The Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, will continue to provide...

Sam Shepard musical helped unite Point Reyes hippies and establishment

Sam Shepard’s plays have been produced in New York City and London, but it was a Point Reyes Station production that helped unite a community grappling with a changing identity. Mr. Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who died last week at age 73, lived in Mill Valley from 1974 to...

Park settlement leaves concerns over future

Two weeks after a settlement agreement was announced by the National Park Service and three nonprofit environmental groups over the future of ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the fate of the historic landscape remains uncertain. Though both sides characterized the agreement as a victory, concerns continue to swirl...

Grand jury on the barriers to affordable housing

Marin residents experience the high cost of housing in many ways, including financial strain, heavy traffic, problems associated with homeless people and the likelihood that the next generation will leave the county, according to a recent report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury. The report, titled “Overcoming Barriers to...

Body of missing oysterman recovered in Tomales Bay

Four days after oysterman Tod Friend disappeared on Tomales Bay, friends located his body, which was pulled from the waters on Saturday afternoon. The cause and manner of his death are pending toxicology results and the conclusion of an investigation by the Marin County coroner’s division. Family members, friends and...


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