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Mine no longer leaks into bay

11/03/2011
A 50-year-old now-defunct mercury mine remediated with natural vegetation in the late 1990s is no longer leaking toxic metal into Tomales Bay, officials say. The flow of mercury into the bay from the 14-acre mining site during rainy months became a major environmental concern after state researchers measured unusually high...

Speakeasy will benefit nonprofits

11/03/2011
Popular local band El Radio Fantastique will headline a prohibition-themed benefit concert this Saturday at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station, for West Marin Community Services and Papermill Creek Children’s Corner Scholarship Fund. Fabulous food and drinks will accompany the eight-piece band, self-billed as “part rumba band in purgatory,...

House calls Seashore to Capitol Hill

10/27/2011
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has summoned seven officials involved in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) controversy to Capitol Hill for hearings set to begin November 7. National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis, Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon and...

After 50 years in film, John Korty is still true

10/27/2011
With his mussed white hair, nondescript jeans and worn New Balance sneakers, John Korty manages to belie the ostentation one would associate with a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has Oscar and Emmy wins to his name. Over his 50-year independent film career, which has spanned work in animation, documentary, drama...

No Dillon Beach wind towers

10/20/2011
NextEra, the $15 billion Florida-based energy corporation that has been lobbying for over a year to construct two wind research towers near Dillon Beach, said this week that those plans are now scrapped. Company spokesman Steve Stengel gave no explanation for why the project had been abandoned, writing only that...

Arrest for Nicasio burglaries

10/20/2011
The primary suspect in a string of Nicasio burglaries was arrested last Friday in his Richmond residence after Marin sheriff’s deputies found him in possession of two rifles, jewelry, a laptop and flat screen TV that matched descriptions of items taken from homes in the area. Leonard Bradley, 54, was...

Bennett charges Dr. Goodman

10/20/2011
Save our Seashore President Gordon Bennett claimed last week that biologist Dr. Corey Goodman’s 144-page analysis of a recent Point Reyes National Seashore study used “faulty data, faulty analysis, baseless accusations, meaninglessly tautological statistics and unverifiable data withheld from NPS and other reviewers.” The accusations were part of a five-page...

West Nile in western Santa Rosa

10/20/2011
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that an adult mosquito sample from western Santa Rosa tested positive for West Nile virus. According to statistics maintained by the California Department of Public Health, this is the first such reported case in Sonoma County. Marin County still has no reported...

Bill aids salmon, grape growers

10/20/2011
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation last week that aims to improve water flow and salmon populations in local streams. Assembly Bill 964, proposed by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, is intended to aid grape growers in developing off-stream water storage projects and subsequently reduce strains on salmon habitats during winter...

Point Reyes Books pioneers member-supported model

10/20/2011
Point Reyes Books owner Steve Costa’s fiercest rival is not another West Marin mom-and-pop bookseller with more expansive inventory. His real literature-dealing foe doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar presence here or anywhere else in the world; instead, its bookshelves line the digital ether. The explosive popularity of online retail giant Amazon.com...

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