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Drakes counsel seeks correction

05/30/2013
As both sides in the battle over the future of Drakes Estero await a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, legal counsel for Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a letter with the court on Wednesday alleging that government lawyers made an incorrect assertion about the farm’s Environmental Impact...

Shop opens near Nicasio square

05/30/2013
Mother and daughter team Joanne Sollecito and Ruby Hackney describe their new store in Nicasio, Nutmeg, as eclectic country chic. The pair purchased the downtown building, a former barn with a corrugated roof, about five years ago and began reselling furniture that they refurbished, painted or otherwise fixed up. “People...

Lawson’s worker hit in gate bust

05/30/2013
Two men determined to camp at Lawson’s Landing were arrested on Saturday evening, one for assault with a deadly weapon after hitting a campground employee with the side of his truck and both for public intoxication. When told there were no empty campsites, Steven Reynolds and Ira Geist, of Yuba...

Iconic farm for sale in Bolinas

05/30/2013
The oldest continually certified organic farm in California is on the market with a $12.5 million asking price. The 100 acres that comprise Star Route Farms in Bolinas includes four potential building sites, farm buildings, a pond and riparian rights to Pine Gulch Creek, according to the real estate listing...

Water district wins desal appeal

05/30/2013
A desalination plant proposed by Marin Municipal Water District over a decade ago won a small victory when an appeals court this week struck down a Marin County Superior Court ruling that found the project’s Environmental Impact Review (EIR) inadequate. Research for the proposed desalination plant, which was given a...

Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research

05/30/2013
A handful of what looks like damp, grayish cereal sits in a plastic tub on Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer’s desk. It looks like small cornflakes, or maybe cooked quinoa. But actually these are spat: many hundreds of tiny “seed” oysters, each barely a millimeter wide. The hope is that each spat will grow into a tasty treat on the half-shell—but most of this batch is already dead. Like many terrestrial farmers, Mr. Sawyer buys his seed from distributors. In recent years, however, it has become harder to get and harder to grow. Since 2006, West Coast oyster hatcheries have suffered catastrophic collapses, which have led to widespread shortages. The reason? Ocean acidification, a phenomenon that many call the evil twin of climate change. “This has huge impacts, from...

Drakes Bay splits with Cause

05/30/2013
A controversial alliance between a government accountability group and Drakes Bay Oyster Company hit the chopping block on Friday when the company and three of its pro bono law firms split with Cause of Action. The conservative watchdog has stirred unease for both oyster farm supporters and wilderness advocates due...

Homes burn at Spaletta Ranch

05/30/2013
Two mobile homes on the Spaletta Ranch were destroyed Tuesday night in a fire that took the homes of nine people, including three young children and three employees of the organic dairy operating in Point Reyes National Seashore. Winds from the west pushed flames originating in the bedroom of the home of brothers Miguel and Carlos...

Jury fears future of Marin’s trash

05/23/2013
Unused paper plates, crumpled wrappers from long-gone hamburgers, a Starbucks cup, a cracked CD, tattered plastic bags: These were just some of the debris atop the roughly 17 million cubic yards of waste at the Redwood Landfill (RLI) in Novato, the contentious subject of a Marin Civil Grand Jury report...

Sanctuary seeks ban of new bay invasives

05/23/2013
Federal officials are proposing scaled-down regulations to close a loophole they say is threatening more than 300 square miles of federally protected coastal waters in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary with the introduction of non-native and genetically modified species. The proposed restrictions, which were endorsed by the Gulf of the Farallones’ advisory council on Wednesday, have been pared back from an 2008 proposal that would have put a cap on Tomales Bay mariculture. The current proposal would allow current and future mariculture with introduced species like oysters, mussels and clams in all 10.3 square miles of Tomales Bay—as well as catch-and-release of the non-native striped bass throughout the sanctuary and in another protected area off of the coast of Monterey. Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the advisory council have said that aquaculture operations—a nearly $4 million annual harvest in Tomales Bay—are at odds with the agency’s mission to protect and preserve natural habitats. Those statements...

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