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Drakes Cove named landmark

10/25/2012
It was of little surprise to a group of historians and scholars when the federal government recognized a medieval sea captain for harboring near a bay that now bears his name. In fact, for Edward Von der Porten and other members of the Drakes Navigators Guild, the proclamation last week...

Stargazing ends in fiery display

10/25/2012
What began like any other outdoor stargazing lesson by Bolinas-Stinson middle school teacher Don Jolley last Wednesday ended in a surprising fiery display. Twenty minutes into the naked-eye astronomy lesson, Mr. Jolley, along with a group of eighth-graders gathered on the school’s athletic field with eyes fixed on the night...

Post office hours may be reduced

10/25/2012
Two post offices in West Marin may reduce operating hours as hundreds of other small-town locations in the Bay Area and around Sacramento face similar cutbacks to continue operating with limited finances. U.S. Postal Service officials this week sought public input to alternatives presented at a meeting in San Geronimo...

Duck hunting on Tomales Bay raises debate

10/18/2012
Waterfowl hunting in Tomales Bay opens Saturday for the season, and two camps, one pushing for a ban on hunting, the other endorsing the state-regulated and historic pastime, are gearing up. A newly formed group, Action Tomales Bay, has argued that hunting in the 483-acre Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve disrupts...

California urges oyster lease renewal

10/18/2012
The director of the California Department of Fish and Game, Charlton Bonham, has urged the National Park Service to Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operating permit, which expires at the end of November. In a letter sent to Superintendent Cicely Muldoon last week, Mr. Bonham wrote that the company produces 40...

Taxpayer group challenges legality of rural Cal Fire fee

10/11/2012
A controversial new fee for fire prevention services in rural areas is being challenged in a lawsuit filed last week by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a conservative activist organization. The fee, which benefits the state agency Cal Fire, is widely opposed by politicians, fire departments and others in Marin...

Five contend for Stinson water board

10/11/2012
For the first time in decades, citizens are vying for the limited seats on the Stinson Beach Water District board of directors. Five candidates, including two incumbents, will compete this November 6 for three open seats on the board, one of which was held by board president Elizabeth Sapanai, who...

No consensus for Point Reyes history book

10/04/2012
It has been a long road to publication for a book on the history of the Point Reyes Peninsula that is slated to arrive in bookstores later this month. An Island In Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore has been making a local stir for its coverage of...

Oyster farm awaits word from DC

10/04/2012
Fewer than 60 days remain before Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s 40-year reservation of use and occupancy expires, and owner Kevin Lunny is feeling glum. His workers are wondering whether they’ll be jobless and homeless by winter, and the possibility of having to kill the millions of juvenile oysters growingd in...

Supervisors weigh in on propositions

09/27/2012
Albert Straus walked into a Marin County Board of Supervisors meeting with a six-pack of milk bottles. It sounds like the opening line of a joke, but in fact he was there to ask the board to endorse a proposition requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. The bottles had...

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