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Drakes claims violation of act

02/06/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a cross-complaint against the California Coastal Commission last week, claiming that its failure to process the oyster farm’s coastal permit application and the actions it has taken against the farm constitute a violation of the Coastal Act because of the law’s provisions safeguarding aquaculture. “The...

Levine asks for quick tule elk relief

02/06/2014
At the request of Point Reyes ranchers, State Assemblyman Mark Levine sent a letter to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Jan. 22, asking the agency to consider helping Point Reyes National Seashore producers affected by the intrusion of tule elk on agricultural lands. Since a free-ranging herd...

County renews smart meter ban

02/06/2014
A moratorium on the installation of Pacific Gas & Electric smart meters was renewed Tuesday by county supervisors to allow time for the state utilities regulator to develop policies for individuals, and possibly communities, choosing to opt out. Bans of the wireless meter now exist in over a dozen towns,...

Starfish struck by disease

02/06/2014
The night sky may still be full of them, but our tide pools are suddenly dark and empty. A disease known as sea-star wasting syndrome has caused significant harm to starfish along the West Coast, decimating the population in Marin, local scientists and beachcombers said. George Clyde, a Marshall resident,...

In new permit, park denies home to historic ranching family

02/06/2014
The National Park Service has denied a request by third-generation ranchers to inhabit a home on their historic ranch, a narrow 340-acre parcel that sits between Point Reyes Station and Olema. Virginia McFadden, whose family has ties to the land dating to 1918, and her husband, Jim, sought a permit to allow them to continue agricultural operations after their 25-year reservation of use of occupancy expired late last year. But the government says that because the McFaddens sublet the land for ranching by someone outside their clan while their son and his family lived in the residence in recent years, the two uses—agricultural and residential—have been irrevocably split. Mr. McFadden said his decision to return to the land was prompted in part by the Interior Secretary’s announcement when he decided to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company that the park...

Stable bids for GGNRA lease

02/06/2014
Maureen Pinto had been waiting more than 15 years to deliver a document to the National Park Service, a proposal for a lease in a public bidding competition she sent in before the deadline last Friday. As head of the nonprofit Ocean Riders of Marin, Ms. Pinto is asking for the right to continue managing the Golden Gate Dairy Stables in Muir Beach, a historic operation that predates the inception...

Miracle stay keeps Drakes afloat

01/30/2014
The fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company rests in the hands of the justices of the United States Supreme Court. The historic Point Reyes shellfish farm’s owners, employees and supporters might have thought a miracle occurred on Monday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the farm’s plea for...

Bikers want more as county backtracks on trails

01/30/2014
In recent revisions to the management plan for the Open Space District’s fire roads and trails—the first comprehensive strategy since the district’s creation in 1972—county staff dropped many proposed constraints on trail mileage and use after widespread public outcry, leaving lingering questions about the process and unaddressed issues for mountain bikers. At a rowdy public hearing characterized by...

Grant available for artists

01/30/2014
Emerging or mid-career visual artists in Marin County are eligible for a $25,000 grant from the Pirkle Jones Foundation. The fourth grant in the foundation’s history is meant to support a promising artist and may be used for any purpose, including living expenses. The deadline for application submittal is March...

Water samples show no radiation

01/30/2014
A project to monitor West Coast waters for radiation released from the 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has posted its first results with help from Bing Gong, the co-host of KWMR’s Post-Carbon Radio who raised money for sampling kits and buckets of water to be shipped...

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