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Third medical doctor joins Coastal Health Alliance staff

04/10/2019
Pennsylvania native Steven Aussenberg, the newest family doctor at the Coastal Health Alliance, came West to work as a volunteer for the Marin Conservation Corps 15 years ago. One medical degree and a baby later, he was ready to make West Marin his home. “I’m not immune to the stresses...

Point Reyes Station garage to share road services for AAA members

04/10/2019
West Marin residents are likely seeing longer wait times for roadside assistance following the restructuring of a contract between Cheda’s Garage and the American Automobile Association—the oldest-standing contract in the country, dating to the 1920s. In February, the Point Reyes Station garage dissolved its agreement with AAA as the association’s...

Olema letter-writing social

04/10/2019
Sending a letter in the mail requires paper, postage, ink and time. That last factor might be why receiving a letter feels like receiving a gift in an age when missives by text or email prevail. For the attendees of a letter writing social held at Sea to See in...

CHA may fold into Petaluma Health Center

04/03/2019
The leadership at the Coastal Health Alliance has new plans to fold the nonprofit into Petaluma Health Center, a larger organization it hopes can both relieve the alliance’s heavy administrative burden—which it says is causing staff burn-out and turnover—and expand services for patients on the coast. It is not the...

In fire forum, agencies stress fuel reduction

04/03/2019
Residents gathered last Wednesday night to hear updates on fire preparedness in West Marin from the National Park Service and the Marin County Fire Department. The overall message was one of reliance upon community: representatives spoke of a lack of manpower within their own agencies and a resulting need for...

Bolinas Bay Hardware and Mercantile sells to locals

04/03/2019
When Tom and Karen Dibblee put their business, Bolinas Bay Hardware and Mercantile, up for sale last fall, they did so with conditions. The Dibblees, who owned the store since 2011, wanted to find new owners with both ties to the town and a plan to keep selling hardware. The...

National Poetry Month meets welcome venue at San Geronimo center

04/03/2019
April is National Poetry Month, and the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is celebrating with a host of events featuring literary artists from West Marin. Larry Rippee, the center’s arts and events coordinator, said that although the community center hosts monthly art shows, they are generally centered around visual arts...

Inverness utility district closes general manager gap

04/03/2019
On Wednesday afternoon, the board of directors of the Inverness Public Utility District voted unanimously to hire Shelley Redding—who has been part of the transition team covering the responsibilities of the vacant general-manager position since last November—to a nearly full-time administrator position. The board does not have current plans to...

Smiley's saloon sails into major rehabilitation

04/03/2019
Even Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, which touts itself as the longest-running bar west of the Mississippi, must shut its doors once in a while. Beginning May 13, Smiley’s, which may date back to 1851, will be out of commission for an estimated four to six weeks; the hotel tucked behind the...

Bolinas land trust unveils latest gifts

03/27/2019
The three staffers at the helm of the Bolinas Community Land Trust can barely keep up with their success. At a forum last Saturday, the trust’s board members and employees rolled out the details of the latest acquisitions—two empty lots, one adjacent to Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and the other on...

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