controversy

Remembering the Running Fence, 40 Years Later

Mar 10, 2016

  The Running Fence, Sonoma County’s most iconic artwork, embodied some curious contradictions.  It was public art created without public funds, and took ten times longer to erect that it actually stood. Yet despite—or perhaps because of that short physical existence, it lives on vividly, in both artifacts  and memory.

  While the Running Fence was striking and unusual, SSU Art History professor Michael Schwager says it can also be seen as part of the Earth Art movement that began in the mid-20th Century.  

Managing the Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Sep 29, 2015
John Wall

The conflict between wilderness and commercial uses of land within the Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up again—this time the focal point is competition for food between cattle and a protected species of elk.

  The roots of the current conflict between elk and cattle reach all the way back to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore, reports Bay Nature writer Alison Hawkes. But finding a balance between the two has become increasingly difficult for the park's managers. 

New Sonoma Plaza Flap Unfurls Over A Flag

Mar 12, 2014
Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Remember the outcry over the pink door at the ice cream parlor facing the Sonoma Plaza? The door has been allowed to stay, unchanged, so that particular fuss has been settled, just in time for a new one to flare up. This time, though, you could say the issue is black and white.

You can read Don Frances’ full report on this burning issue here.