New Exhibit of West Marin history at the Jack Mason Museum

Come to an open house on August 9, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Jack Mason Museum, located at Inverness Way and Park Avenue, Inverness.

Radio Personalities of West Marin, is one of several exhibits, activities and talks around Marin County marking the one hundredth anniversary of the transmission of the first message from Guglielmo Marconi new stations in Marshall and Bolinas. With that message, the small agricultural communities of West Marin became part of a new communications network that would soon cover the globe.


The exhibit looks at the individuals who were part of the wireless industry in West Marin. It begins with Marconi himself, moves on to a boy who dropped out of high school after the Titanic disaster to be a shipboard wireless operator, presents the man who first heard of the Pearl Harbor attack, and ends with many local people who made the stations so successful.




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Opening reception for artist Ralph Stein

(A)Ralph Stein

Members of SAFE honor a friend

Artist Ralph Stein never had a one-man show during his lifetime, but thanks to a group of West Marin supporters, that one-man show is happening in the lobby of the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station from August 1 through September 14, 2014.

The opening reception and memorial for Ralph will be Saturday, August 9, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Although Ralph lived all over the United States and in West Marin for just a few years he had a big impact on the community, judging by the outpouring of support he has received. Kathy Hart, who is spearheading the support team organizing the show and reception, has some thoughts about who he was. “I think of him as a kind of an itinerant Renaissance man who represents a period in my past; He painted, he was a photographer, he shot videos, he was an actor, he was an early opponent of the Vietnam War – he was an old hippy.”


He quickly endeared himself to the long established senior group, SAFE, when he became a member. He was more than six feet tall with a shock of white hair, so was easily recognizable as he rode around town on his bike with a high seat, or in his old VW bus painted in psychedelic colors. As one of the women at a recent SAFE meeting commented, “He had a certain dash about him.”


Shirley Salzmann, an artist herself, is curating the show of his work which had until recently been residing in a storage locker in Marshall.


According to his online bio, Ralph Stein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1928. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, studied acting at the famed Goodman Theater in Chicago, and acted in stock companies in Milwaukee. In 1948, he moved to New York City to further his acting career.


As his interest in painting increased, he became a member of the Art Students League in Greenwich Village. He hung out with a number of well-known artists of the time including Jackson Pollack, William deKooning, Hans Hoffman and Robert Motherwell. He realized that he loved painting in the abstract expressionist style of Jackson Pollack. He moved to Sausalito for several years where he worked as a boat technician. Several years later he moved back to New York, then spent time in Nevada, and eventually returned to Sausalito and finally settled in West Marin.


This poem by Jody Farrell one of the support team for the reception seems to sum up Ralph’s personality:






In Memory of Ralph Stein 1928-2014

bike rider

long strider

avant painter

liberal debater

trail blazer

star gazer

green gazer

late arriver

gone too soon







Area code alert.

The County of Marin would like to remind local residents that a new telephone area code – 628 – is being added to the area served by the existing 415 area code to accommodate demand for new phone numbers.


The 415 area code, which generally covers most of Marin, the County of San Francisco and a small portion of San Mateo County, will have to be included when 415 customers are calling within that area code starting in February 2015. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the 415 Public Education Program Task Force is urging Marin residents to start using area codes when dialing all numbers beginning Aug. 16.


The change has been in the works since 1998, when the CPUC was first petitioned for the new 628 area code. Number conservation efforts extended the life of the existing 415 area code since then. Marin has been in the 415 area code since it was first established in 1947.



From Fukushima to Solartopia

At the Dance Palace, Church Space, Sunday August 10, 5:30 pm.

A talk about Fukushima and its local effects that you aren’t hearing about in the mainstream media with Harvey Wasserman, author, journalist, historian and co-founder of Musicians Untied for Safe Energy.


Jim Heddle of EON will show a sneak preview of their forthcoming documentary SHUTDOWN: The California – Fukushima Connection and

present science-based tips for increasing your body’s resistance to the effects of ongoing Fukushima fallout.


Dan Sythe, CEO of International Medcom in Sebastopol and John Bertucci Co-founder of Fukushima Response, will speak about citizen monitoring of air, food and ocean radiation levels.


Discussion about strategies and further actions. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beverages will be served Sponsored by Cultural Potholes and Ecological Options Network, EON.



Local cats gone missing-coyotes suspected

Ideas for safe outdoor runs for cats
Ideas for safe outdoor runs for cats


Planned Feralhood, the charitable organization that looks after the

welfare of West Marin feral cats, has been tracking multiple occurrences

of coyote sightings and missing cats.

The disappearance of Tigger, the West Marin School cat who has been missing

since June 24, spurred Kathy Runnion, founder and director of Planned

Feralhood, to post many notices on Facebook media sights as well as West

Marin Share. These postings led to multiple reports of coyote sightings in

our neighborhoods coinciding with the disappearance of several beloved cats.


Two cats have gone missing around Walnut Place and the end of B Street

where a coyote has been seen multiple times. A resident near the old

Creamery complex has sighted a coyote in her yard who jumped the fence. A

cat’s body was found in pieces near the Green Barn where the cat’s guardian

and many friends spent time together. A resident on Carmencita in Inverness

Park reported his cat missing on July 15. A coyote was on the road and on

the edge of his property just before the cat disappeared.


Other reports have been made of coyote sightings up and down Mesa Rd. and

at the end of Manana Way. These coyotes are in clear sight during daylight

hours, bold and brazen in yards and walking down the middle of the road.

There are also reports of bobcats taking chickens.


The best quote I heard was “It is much easier for a coyote to take a cat or

small dog than to sit over a gopher hole for three hours.” One painful

report was a most likely young and inexperienced coyote taking down a fawn

in a neighborhood. Coyotes will also playfully invite a bigger dog to run

with them and then take them to the group who then perform a pack kill.


Planned Feralhood implores pet owners to be alert and protect your pets.

Keep them with you when they are outside and be watchful. If pet guardians

want to allow their animals outdoor access, consider building some type of

enclosure.  Go to Planned Feralhood’s Facebook page: for ideas on

enclosures and catios. They can be very simple or elaborate. Planned

Feralhood sanctuary cats have Purrfect Cat Fencing  – it goes underground

two feet so it cannot be dug under, and is eight feet high with a topper

that the cats cannot climb over. This keeps the cats and the wildlife safe.


Please – protect your pets.