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Beleaguered state parks hid millions

07/26/2012
Advocates for cash-strapped state parks were shocked Friday at the announcement that California State Parks has been sitting on a “hidden” $54 million for the past 12 years. State officials said they have opened an investigation after learning of the stashed millions, which the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation...

First divers tell story of Cordell Bank

07/26/2012
The members of the first dive team to explore the Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary in the 1970s and 1980s are still the only known divers to have seen the reserve with their own eyes—and are now sharing their stories of the experience through the Cordell Expeditions Oral History Project. The...

Elk growth threatens seashore zoning

07/19/2012
In Point Reyes National Seashore, ranchers and elk are finding themselves at odds, embroiled in a dilemma that has plagued elk reserves and their neighbors for close to a century: free-ranging 700-pound elk, minus predators or restraint, can equal one very big, very hungry problem. California’s tule elk have been...

Once-endangered birds leave surplus young to starve

07/19/2012
What is good news for California’s once-endangered brown pelican population is bad news to the thousands of young, starving birds dropping from the sky into streets, beaches or backyards near you. This month, record numbers of emaciated juveniles have been reported along the coast, from San Diego to Eureka and...

Charges dropped for Valley man

07/19/2012
Final misdemeanor charges against Woodacre resident Dr. Robert Ovetz, a political science professor arrested while observing the Occupy Oakland protest in January, have been dropped. His attorney, Matt Siroka, said that during his arrest the professor was beaten by police. Initially charged with felony assault on an officer, misdemeanor battery...

Nonprofits partner for students

07/19/2012
This week Marin Organic and Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) announced a new partnership aimed at expanding a farm-based educational program for Bay Area public and independent schools. The program, called Farm Field Studies, has ran for over a decade in partnerships with various organizations. Marin Organic says it hopes...

Ship routes to circumvent whales

07/19/2012
A recent uptick in ships colliding with whales has prompted federal maritime officials to approve a plan to reroute shipping traffic in and around the San Francisco Bay and establish better ways to track whale locations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced. Recent victims have included migrating blue,...

Kids swimming lessons in the bay

07/12/2012
Tomales Bay Waterdogs, the annual Red Cross swimming program for children ages 5 and up, starts Monday, July 30 at Shell Beach II in Inverness. Waterdogs is a safe and fun opportunity for youngsters to learn, from a certified Red Cross Water Safety instructor, how to swim or improve their...

Coastal ride benefits CHA

07/12/2012
This summer one man has decided to celebrate his 77th birthday by riding his bike 400 miles from Astoria, Oregon, to Crescent City, California. Joe Blumenthal, a cardiologist and instructor at University of California, San Francisco, has been bicycling extreme distances for years, riding 1,000 miles from British Columbia to...

Man dies at McClure’s

07/12/2012
The body of a 72-year-old man was recovered off McClure’s Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore Saturday after a presumed rogue wave pulled him into the water. Rim Lee, an East Bay resident, was fishing at the beach with family when he left to explore the south end of McClure’s...

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