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Shoreline School Readiness program to address poverty

12/08/2011
For the past eight years, Shoreline School Readiness co-workers Alex Porrata and Maria Niggle have worked prodigiously to provide young children and their families in coastal Marin with the resources to live healthier, more educated and fulfilling lives. From their compact studio office in downtown Point Reyes Station, and under...

Federal report fails to stanch science debate

12/01/2011
Last Wednesday, at the height of rush hour traffic and just over 24 hours after the release of a federal scientific report, which in part supported the claim by Point Reyes National Seashore scientists that a positive correlation exists between mariculture output and harbor seal declines in Drakes Estero, Seashore...

PG&E offers paid meter opt-out

12/01/2011
Energy regulators have proposed a way for PG&E customers to opt out of using the utility’s controversial wireless smart meters—for a one time and continuing monthly fee. Under the proposal, drafted by California Public Utilities Commission President (CPUC) Michael Peevey, customers could have a digital meter lacking a transmitter for...

Lagunitas campaign complaint

11/27/2011
Woodacre parent and candidate for the Lagunitas School District board of trustees Robert Ovetz filed a formal complaint this week alleging that his challenger, incumbent Richard Sloan, failed to legally declare that he apparently exceeded a $1,000 campaign finance limit. In a document submitted to the California Fair Political Practices...

IJ cuts coastal newsstands

11/27/2011
There will no longer be issues of the Marin Independent Journal (IJ) for sale in racks or stores in Coastal Marin. Circulation manager Charles Long cited the “economics of the situation,” including plummeting sales, as the principle cause. But just this spring, an article published by the daily stated that...

Will Drakes Bay be a landmark?

11/27/2011
Marin County Supervisors approved a letter last week to federal officials supporting the inclusion of Drakes Bay as a national historic landmark. The drafting was proposed by supervisors Susan Adams and Steve Kinsey in part because recently “new archaeological evidence has emerged in the form of pieces of porcelain which...

Possible exemption for ASBS

11/27/2011
The California State Water Resources Control Board is currently evaluating the feasibility of its staff recommendation to allow 27 municipalities, agencies and other entities, including the Point Reyes National Seashore, to receive approval for the illegal but uniformly practiced discharge of storm water into Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)...

Stinson comes to the rescue for the Tasu

11/27/2011
A salvage company contracted through a mix of county, federal and private funds began working this week to remove the Tasu, a 47-foot wooden fishing vessel that errantly ran ashore near Stinson Beach two weeks ago and has sat, beached in controversy, ever since. Residents and onlookers became infuriated when...

Commission finds data “stretched”

11/23/2011
For the second time, a national scientific report has found no conclusive negative impact from Drakes Bay Oyster Company on harbor seals inhabiting the coastal inlet in which it operates in Point Reyes National Seashore. The report, conducted by the Marine Mammal Commission and a panel of independent experts, assessed...

Purity versus viability for farmers’ market?

11/23/2011
For years the Point Reyes Farmers’ Market has served as the sunlit visage of a region that prides itself in having championed a return to eating locally. But beneath its stalls, which are becoming progressively fewer in number, a quandary continues to brood: is such stiff provincialism economically viable? The...

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