Inverness landowner nominated as ambassador to Austria

President Trump has nominated Trevor Traina, the San Francisco tech entrepreneur whose restoration of a property on the Inverness Ridge stirred local controversy in recent years, to serve as ambassador to Austria. The Senate must approve the nomination to the post, which has been vacant since former Ambassador Alexa Wesner,...

In Tomales, three days with experts in children’s book publishing

It seems to happen now and then: someone weaves a story fit for a children’s book that enchants family and friends but, with no experience in publishing, the author watches her hopes wilt. Squandered stories no more! This month in Tomales, two visiting illustrators from the East Coast bring their...

Bolinas artist circles themes of destruction in new publication

“Hello 2018—let’s find the starfish in our brains.” So begins Bolinas artist, musician and woodworker Charlie Callahan’s new publication, “See Life,” and for the next several thousand words, readers are brought into the author’s swirling manifesto. Locals may know him as a drummer in various bands or through his exhibit...

Higher numbers of salmon and trout bring speculative hopes

The Marin Municipal Water District reported average to high numbers of spawning salmonid species in Lagunitas Creek in January, with the month’s storms finally allowing the spawners to migrate into the tributary streams following a dry stretch late last year. Over a four-day period in January, the district said it...

EAC and others win in suit against state over programmatic pest plan

A superior court judge ruled largely in favor last month of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and a suite of environmental organizations and others that sued the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture over its plant pest prevention and management program in 2015. Judge Timothy M. Frawley for...

Environmental study on floodplain restoration available for comment

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is moving forward with a project to restore floodplain and riparian habitat along one mile of Lagunitas Creek—which hosts one of the largest populations of endangered coho salmon in the state—where the communities of Jewell and Tocaloma once stood. Late last month, the National...

Teenager dies in Marshall car crash

Eighteen-year-old Ricardo De Santiago died on Monday afternoon in a car crash on Highway 1 that officials believe involved driving under the influence. Mr. De Santiago, a Marshall resident and graduate of Tomales High School, was the passenger in a car driven by Lucas McFadden, a 23-year-old Petaluma resident. Both...

Locals call for farming revival on golf course

An effort has sprouted in the San Geronimo Valley to convert part of the bygone golf course’s 157-acre property into farmland, returning the property to its agricultural roots, regenerating soil stripped by pesticide use and providing mentorship opportunities to young farmers. A committee of agriculture and sustainability advocates, largely from...


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