King tides, and warning to travelers, coincide with winter holidays

King tides occur when the earth, the moon and the sun are aligned, exerting the maximum gravitational pull on the tides, and this year they are coinciding with the holidays. The county’s flood control and water conservation district, which includes eight zones managed by voluntary advisory boards, released a notice...

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...

MUSSEL denied appeal of trust's plan

The Bolinas Community Land Trust held onto its coastal permit to develop a vacant property on Overlook Drive this week, after the county rejected an appeal brought by neighbors who argued the project violated development and environmental laws—and threatened their quality of life. Planning commissioners, who considered the appeal on...

Bolinas neighbors in suit over greenbelt

Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, the Oscar-winning acting and directing duo who have participated in community life since purchasing a home in Bolinas in 2005, sued their neighbors last month amid a years-long property line dispute. The lawsuit, filed in Marin Superior Court on Oct. 31, alleges that Donna and...

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...

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,...

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...


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