Boathouse restrictions lifted

The Inverness Association voted this weekend to vacate a longstanding deed restriction that banned residential use of the historic, century-old Brock’s Boathouse, which bears the iconic “Launch for Hire” sign on the Inverness waterfront. The restriction was at cross-purposes with its coastal zoning and has prevented the owners from exploring new legal uses for the site. The 60 or so members present at Saturday’s annual meeting also discussed membership levels; though they jumped this past year, the association’s attention on other pressing matters has taken attention away from outreach that they hope to pursue. The owners of the boathouse—Madeline Hope, John Hope, Mette Qvistgaard-Hansen and...

Shortage of 
teens cuts beloved 

A dearth of interest in the Dance Palace’s Summer Stock Players, a teen theater program that for decades has staged an eclectic mix of productions, forced the nonprofit to cancel it this summer. They also severely scaled back a counselor training program for adolescents, which teaches skills like C.P.R. It’s a first for the nonprofit that executive director Dan Mankin attributes in part to a declining population of teens in West Marin and the difficulties that families with children face in finding affordable housing. Competition from other local programs for the dwindling...

Drakes Bay oyster workers grapple with loss of jobs, homes

On Friday afternoon, a week after the Supreme Court rejected Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s appeal, Isela Meza sorted baby oysters in the hatchery’s tanks, immersing her hands in water pumped from the estero. Ms. Meza, or “Rosa”...

Felon wields blades, baseball bat

Sheriff’s deputies following up on a reported domestic violence incident found the suspect the next evening behind a barn on Tomasini Canyon Road, bloody, inebriated and threatening his family with a baseball bat. John McFadden, 47, a gray-haired electrician from a historic ranching family, is being held on $300,000 bail...

Awards for Woodacre author

The Infinite Song, an award-winning children’s book written and illustrated by Woodacre resident Andrea Freeman, seeks to reawaken the magic of being. In the allegorical story-poem, which the author says “reminds readers to celebrate life as peaceful, loving stewards of the Earth and to honor their connectedness to one another,...

Bird singing at Big Time Festival

The upcoming Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo will honor indigenous festivals when tribes would come together in summer months to trade wares and celebrate marriages. This year’s festival in the Point Reyes National Seashore will feature informational booths about native cultures; vendors; demonstrations of basket weaving, flint knapping and...

Nine arrests during raucous July 4

The three-day Independence Day weekend was no holiday for Marin’s law enforcement as a spirited display of fireworks and alcohol kept patrol units on alert. Countywide, from Thursday evening to Sunday night, California Highway Patrol made nine arrests, including one Saturday afternoon D.U.I. near Stinson Beach. Seventeen cars crashed over...

Debra Gray, 1961 - 2014

Debra Gray, an introverted woman known for her devotion to her extended family who quietly supported herself on earnings in restaurant kitchens and at gas station counters, passed away last month. She was 52. Sandy blond, Ms. Gray was born in San Diego on September 14, 1961. Her mother, Luella...

How Frances and Joel 
entered the world’s stage

Actor Frances McDormand met filmmaker Joel Coen when she auditioned for the lead role in the 1984 film “Blood Simple.” It was his first film with his brother Ethan, in which a cuckolded husband hires a hit man to kill his wife and her lover. Ms. McDormand wasn’t trained for...

Park rangers taser 
camper at Muir Beach

A man illegally camping on Muir Beach was subdued with a taser last month after reportedly assaulting a park ranger and fleeing on foot toward a Buddhist retreat center. On Saturday, June 28, two Golden Gate National Recreation Area rangers approached a man and his Doberman pinscher in a wildlife...


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