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Conservationists say yes to oysters

11/23/2011
A leading local environmental group that previously opposed the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Company past 2012 has announced its support of the business’ longevity, with caveats. Marin Conservation League President Susan Stompe said her organization endorses allowing the farm to operate at its current level of output for ten...

Braves advance to semifinals

11/23/2011
The Tomales football team handled Emery 70-6 at home last Friday in the first round of the North Coast Section Division V playoffs and will advance to the semifinals against second-seeded St. Bernard’s of Eureka at home this Saturday at 7 p.m. Third-seeded Tomales (8-2-1) rushed for a total of...

Tree ordinance meets protest

11/23/2011
A proposed ordinance that would require property owners adjacent to streams and wetlands to file for permits before removing protected and heritage trees—unless they meet exemptions for disease, fire safety, or potential structural damage—has raised the ire of the San Geronimo Valley Stewards (SGVS), many of whom live in homes...

Cocktail hour with 
the NPS

11/20/2011
Poster boards and golden nametags surrounded a crowd of some 200 Tuesday evening for the first of three open houses hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore on the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. The event, which took place at the Dance Palace, in Point Reyes Station, was marked by...

Seashore ends leases 
in Duck Cove

11/17/2011
Point Reyes National Seashore denied requests this month for nine private lease extensions in Duck Cove, a remote hamlet on the western banks of Tomales Bay, claiming that such extensions are at odds with the “purpose for which the park was established.” The leaseholders, whose 40-year use reservations will expire...

Workers in limbo at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

11/17/2011
The fate of dozens of oyster workers and their families now rests in the hands of one man, guided by a voluminous federal document that describes their contributions as “minimal.” Should U.S. Secretary Interior Ken Salazar decide not to authorize Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lease extension—a subject of five years...

Stinson addresses housing crisis

11/17/2011
With young adults and workers hard pressed to find inexpensive rentals in Stinson Beach, residents are exploring the possibility of establishing an affordable housing program. At a community meeting on Tuesday, Stinson Beach Fire Chief Kenny Stevens said the problem has reached such a crisis point that soon the fire...

Ralph Grossi on future of farming

11/17/2011
West Marin rancher and former president of the American Farmland Trust Ralph Grossi will talk about the future of food production in the United States on Sunday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Marin School, in Point Reyes Station. Grossi, who was an original board member Marin...

Crab may be small but plentiful

11/17/2011
Tuesday marked the beginning to what is expected to be another sterling commercial crab season---good news for local fishermen still reeling from the year’s limited salmon yields. But first, they and buyers have to agree on a price. Lawson’s Landing co-owner Willy Vogler said on Wednesday that commercial fishermen had...

Dispensary dodges crackdown

11/17/2011
Operators of Fairfax’s Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana moved this week to prevent a federal mandate that it close its doors and remove all trace of the substance by November 21. The order is part of a national crackdown on marijuana growers and licensed dispensaries, which prosecutors believe often mask...

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