In 2014 we celebrate all things Marin, especially Mount Tam: the majestic centerpiece of our county draws more than 800,000 visitors a year with its 60 miles of trails and elevation of 2,571 feet. We also repeat our Tastemakers story and feature five gorgeous farmers’-market-inspired pieces by Lynda Balslev — all with easy-to-follow recipes. We revisit Novato’s Buck Institute for an inside (as in cellular level) look at what its award-winning scientists are up to and end the year with our traditional features on cars and bars (not to be enjoyed together, of course).


JANUARY “They were high-speed electric-powered trains, the first of their kind in the world, that ran through much of Marin from 1903 until 1941,” says author Fred Codoni in Looking Back.

FEBRUARY Referring to the annual herring season and the Sausalito Herring Festival, we report that 79,000 tons of the fish are estimated to have spawned in the bay in 2013.

APRIL Erika Heineken joins her brother as a world-champion kite surfer and as a Marin Magazine interviewee in our Currents Q&A.

JUNE Tim Porter revisits his 2008 tourist photo essay, now focusing exclusively on the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course we see a lot more cell phones and even a selfie-stick or two this time.

JUNE We meet the charming Jim Simon, flight surgeon at Gnoss Field, in On the Job. Soon after the article is published, Simon is involved in a road rage incident that almost puts him in jail. He is still facing charges of negligence and assault.

JULY Calin Van Paris revisits the controversy over the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company in “Shell Games.” The company is forced to close later that year after it is denied a U.S. Supreme Court hearing.

SEPTEMBER Writer Laura Hilgers delves into why Marin County has the highest vaccine-refusal rate in the Bay Area. Nearly a year later, Jon Stewart turned his satirical eye on this topic as it relates to Marin.

OCTOBER We publish our first ever Mill Valley Film Festival guide where writer Peter Crooks reveals that the first film shot in Marin was called Salomy Jane and was made in 1914.

NOVEMBER Chef Todd Shoberg toasts colleagues and farmer friends as they celebrate the imminent opening of his restaurant Molina.

DECEMBER “Old, rickety, cluttered, cozy, comfy. This building is more than a century old; fortunately we have lots of ventilation,” owner Rick Adams says of the Silver Peso in “Dive Bars.”


The May issue gets a bit of an edge thanks to Brian Gaberman’s stunning skateboarding photos in the story “Shredding Marin,” where writer Rina Neiman looks into the local history of the sport.

“You have 80 percent of Marin in favor of medical marijuana, but no one wants it in their backyard.” Attorney Scot Candell, in our medical marijuana story
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