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First Bolinas farm MALTed

11/26/2014
Paradise Valley Ranch, one of the oldest organic farms in the state, became the first ranch in Bolinas to be protected under an agricultural conservation easement—worth over $5 million—by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Peter Martinelli, who took over his family’s business, then known as Fresh Run Farm, in 1999,...

Shoreline hires chief business official

11/26/2014
It’s tempting to think that Bruce Abbott, the business manager at Lagunitas School District, is jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted on Thursday to hire Mr. Abbott to replace Susan Skipp, the district’s chief business official who is retiring...

Fire burns over an acre near Point Reyes Hostel

11/20/2014
A fire sparked by a downed power line near the Point Reyes Hostel on Monday night burned about 1.6 acres of brush but luckily left the hostel undamaged, according to Point Reyes National Seashore rangers. Hostel manager Hannah Morris said she and her husband, Aaron Ely, noticed something was amiss...

Bolinas faces million-dollar Big Mesa access question

11/20/2014
Bolinas residents at once pledged support and raised questions about a plan to save Terrace Avenue at Surfer’s Overlook, a road local officials stressed to a crowd of over 60 on Saturday morning would be unpassable within three to five years unless the community raises $500,000 for a short-term fix...

EAC defends position on agriculture in letter

11/20/2014
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin responded to a recent opinion piece in this paper written by Corey Goodman and Peters Prows, in which the authors said they were “skeptical” that groups like the E.A.C. supported ranching. In an email to its listserv, the group argued it has no...

Devil’s Gulch neighbors suing over rights to ranch road

11/20/2014
A rancher in Nicasio could lose access to the only road that reaches his home, animals and crops if a judge finds merit to a neighbor’s lawsuit challenging the legality of a 138-year-old easement. The suit, filed against Mark Pasternak by neighbors Kathleen and Joseph Jolson, is squarely focused on...

Dance Palace terminates director, citing new goals

11/20/2014
Dan Mankin, who has led the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center since founding executive director Carol Friedman retired in 2008 after 37 years, will vacate his post on Dec. 15 after the board decided this month to let him go. Board president Ann Emanuels declined to elaborate on exactly...

At Tomales Bay water quality and shellfish meeting, a call for more meetings

11/20/2014
The possibility of leasing more acres in Tomales Bay for shellfish cultivation—and the attendant water quality concerns—were discussed and debated among dozens of attendees at the first Tomales Bay Shellfish Technical Advisory Committee meeting in years, held at the Inverness Yacht Club on Tuesday. The committee had taken a hiatus...

State closes portion of Hog Island lease

11/13/2014
The California Department of Public Health has banned harvest in a portion of one of Hog Island Oyster Company’s leases in Tomales Bay after two water quality tests taken during the last year failed to meet safety levels for fecal coliform bacteria. The prohibition took effect in September, and a...

Volunteers sought for community Thanksgiving

11/13/2014
Over 30 years ago, Angelo Sacheli said, about a half dozen of his friends and their mentor Bob Rammell got together at the Olema Campground for Thanksgiving because they had nowhere to go for the holiday. (“We were a bunch of young guys who hung out with Bob because we...

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