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Ranch plan will balance mowing with bird nesting

02/11/2016
The harvest of silage, an important way some ranches curb costs and reduce their carbon footprints, impacts birds at three dairies in the Point Reyes National Seashore, according to a study released in December by Point Blue Conservation Science, a research-based nonprofit. The seashore commissioned the study as part of...

Huffman: “This land is your land”

02/11/2016
Housing supporters and a Congressional representative last Friday morning celebrated the passage of legislation that ensures the Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes Station is turned into affordable housing. The legislative mandate—part of the broader Coast Guard Authorization Act, which Congress passed two weeks ago and which was signed...

Bookstore presents day of reforestation conversation

02/11/2016
Trees are gatekeepers. Bridging earth and sky, they give us physical and emotional shelter—while filling myriad other ecological, aesthetic and spiritual roles. They inhale carbon dioxide, and lock it away in their wood. They turn the soil, catch the fog and slow the floods. They feed multitudes, human and otherwise...

Petition to draft Rodoni for county supervisor

02/11/2016
An online petition to lure Dennis Rodoni of Olema into the 4th District’s supervisor race may bear fruit: Mr. Rodoni, a lifelong West Marin resident and the owner of Rodoni Construction, who challenged Mr. Kinsey for the seat over a decade ago, said he is considering a run. “I need...

Coastal Commission fires director, citing lack of communication

02/11/2016
The California coastal commission voted 7-5 to fire executive director Charles Lester after a marathon 11-hour meeting on Wednesday, despite the reported 1,000 people—environmentalists, representatives of state legislators, the general public, and even coastal commission staffers themselves—who pleaded for Mr. Lester’s continued employment. Steve Kinsey, the chair of the commission,...

EAC appoints new director

02/11/2016
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin promoted from within to fill its executive director position: Morgan Patton, the former membership and development director, will now lead the nonprofit. “She works here, she lives here and her roots are here,” said the group’s board president, Bridger Mitchell, of the choice...

Seashore finds elk with gut disease

02/04/2016
Five free-ranging tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore have tested positive for a lethal gut-wasting infection called Johne’s disease, the first positive results since the seashore began testing elk over a year and a half ago as part of its forthcoming ranch management plan. Johne’s disease infects both...

Drugs added to county’s social host rule

02/04/2016
Amendments to the county’s social host ordinance that prescribe punishments for illegal drug use among minors at parties are poised to become law, following a first reading of the proposed changes that supervisors will vote on next Tuesday. Passed in 2006, the ordinance previously only prohibited adults at parties from...

Physicians encourage conversations on vaccines

02/04/2016
Physicians with the Coastal Health Alliance met with locals over the past week to provide information on how the nonprofit plans to approach changes brought about by Senate Bill 277, which ended personal belief exemptions of school-required vaccinations for all preschoolers, kindergarteners and seventh graders this year. Since the bill’s...

Point Reyes man arrested after attempted murder

02/04/2016
A 23-year-old Point Reyes Station resident, Jamare Saucer, has been charged with being an accessory to a murder attempt involving a brawl and shooting outside a 7-11 in San Rafael last week. Shortly after the shooting, Central Marin Police officers stopped and arrested Mr. Saucer, who was driving a vehicle...

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