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New Coastal Commission head

09/15/2011
The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously last week to appoint Dr. Charles Lester as its new executive director. Lester, 49, has served as interim executive director since Peter Douglas announced his medical leave and retirement in August. He is the fourth individual to head the influential agency, which was established...

Former counselor shot in Mendo

09/15/2011
Forty-five-year-old Matthew Coleman, a longtime naturalist and former counselor at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes National Seashore, was shot and killed on August 11 outside Westport, in Mendocino County. More than a dozen local, state, and national law enforcement agencies, including the Marin County Sheriff’s Office,...

Abalone season may be closed

09/15/2011
After confirming reports of dead red abalone and sea stars in coastal areas of Sonoma County, including Bodega Bay, and evaluating an impact statement prepared by California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) divers, the California Fish and Game Commission will consider issuing an emergency closure of the abalone season...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Pot raids in Nicasio, Walker Creek

09/08/2011
The Marin County’s Sheriff’s Office eradicated 500 marijuana plants last Wednesday on private property near Nicasio Valley Road after contractors notified the homeowner of the grow operation, according to Lieutenant Doug Pittman. The removal effort followed two other discoveries the week before, involving 1,600 plants near Walker Creek and another...

CLAM loses executive director

09/08/2011
Sam Grant, an admired organizer who has long-championed the cause of affordable housing, announced on Wednesday his resignation as executive director of the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM). Grant, who intends to continue his duties through the end of this month before moving with his wife and young...

Seal study 
debunked by scientists

09/08/2011
Independent scientists and scholars are concerned that the latest Point Reyes National Seashore study linking oyster cultivation to seal displacement in Drakes Estero relies on insufficient and unsupported data, and ignores one key event involving an extraordinarily aggressive elephant seal in 2003. Their reviews, which come days before the release...

EAC creates Drakes Estero position

09/01/2011
The Environmental Action Committee (EAC) of West Marin has appointed Peter Brastow as its first-ever conservation director. Brastow, a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles’ geography Master’s program, will focus on a number of advocacy efforts, including Drakes Estero and its pending lease renewal. “My experience is a perfect...

County second guesses $46K subdivision fee

09/01/2011
Three years ago, Inverness resident Jack Matthews set out to accomplish what would seem a simple task: split his land in two and give half to his next of kin. Matthews, 65, a self-described working-class man, had received the 5.3-acre parcel from his parents and saw the act as a...

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