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County ups spending on SPAWN

02/14/2013
County supervisors in a protracted legal battle with a wildlife conservation group agreed this week to increase spending on a lawsuit already draining hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars from the county. The decision on Tuesday authorized the county counsel’s office to supply an extra $50,000 to Sacramento-based law firm...

Team program preserved at Tam

02/14/2013
Tamalpais Union High School District officials jettisoned plans to close a 22-year-old wilderness academy for juniors on Monday, defusing a standoff with thousands of supporters of the small-but-beloved Team program. School officials initially proposed to cut the 24-student program last month, saying the specialty academy designed for at-risk populations was...

Fund for Tomales Bay research

02/14/2013
Audubon Canyon Ranch announced last week the creation of a new endowment to provide financial support for the organization’s conservation work on Tomales Bay and its watershed. The Fund for Scientific Research and Protection of the Natural Resources of Tomales Bay was established anonymously in the memory of an anonymous...

Tam bioblitz volunteers sought

02/14/2013
The Marin Municipal Water District and the California Academy of Sciences are looking for people with an interest in botany, photography or data-gathering to help them catalog plant life in the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. Volunteers will be trained so they can join at least five botanists and two ecologists in...

Public input on salmon season

02/14/2013
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites the public to its upcoming annual salmon status update and outlook meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Sonoma County Water Agency, in Santa Rosa. The meeting commences a two-month collaborative regulatory process to establish sport and...

Sharks inch toward protection

02/14/2013
Calls by wildlife conservation groups pushing California to consider classifying great white sharks an endangered species were answered last week, when the California Fish and Game Commission agreed to take steps to determine whether one of the ocean’s most savage predators faces possible extinction. Last Wednesday’s vote, which drew unanimous...

County funds new farmworker units

02/14/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $250,000 grant to help a collaborative project working to replace, improve and maintain dilapidated agricultural employee housing on the coast. The funding enables the replacement or construction of 20 units on 12 volunteering ranches, according to county Community Development Agency...

Marshall Tavern owners sue

02/14/2013
Owners of the Marshall Tavern late last week filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, claiming the agency has imposed unduly restrictive conditions on their attempt to restore a property whose vacancy stretches back more than two decades. The lawsuit, filed in Marin County Superior Court on Friday, challenges...

Agency findings add setbacks for oyster farm

02/14/2013
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday found Drake’s Bay Oyster Company in prolonged violation of state law and ordered the cannery to plan for unwinding their operations should their fight to remain open fail by a February 28 deadline. The regulatory agency’s ruling added yet another obstacle to oysterman Kevin...

Vacancies on county boards

02/07/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy each on the Marin County Access Appeals Board and the Marin County Building Board of Appeals; information about these boards, whose members are appointed by supervisors, can be found online at marincounty.org. The deadline for applications for both positions is 5...

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