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Co-compost project launched

11/03/2011
After more than a decade of planning and slogging through layers of legal, well, shit, the West Marin Co-Composting Project is finally operational. The project, which held a ceremonial first pitch forking on Friday, is the culmination of a public-private partnership between eight entities, including the Marin Resource Conservation District,...

200 plan to leave Wells Fargo

11/03/2011
By Saturday, some 200 or more West Marin residents plan to have withdrawn their funds from the Wells Fargo branch in Point Reyes Station. The residents, many of whom are involved in the ongoing Occupy Point Reyes protests, hope the act will signal to big multinational institutions such as the...

Family recovering from accident

11/03/2011
Eight-year-old West Marin resident Gabriel “Gabby” Diaz, who was severely injured last Wednesday after he lost control of his miniature dirt bike and swerved into oncoming traffic near Whitehouse Pool, is stable and recovering, family members say. “Gabby is doing well and he and his family are looking forward to...

Equestrian plan for comment

11/03/2011
A draft environmental analysis and plan for the improvement of four equestrian stables in Golden Gate National Recreational Area is now available for public review. The park currently manages three horse stables under permit at the Marin Headlands, Muir Beach and Tennessee Valley, as well as a fourth in the...

PRBO finds birds getting bigger

11/03/2011
Within the last 40 years, birds along the central coast of California have been expanding in size, most likely in response to climate change—which is counterintuitive, researchers say. A team of scientists from San Francisco State University and PRBO Conservation Science began tracking the trend years ago, after graduate student...

New idea for pharmacy

11/03/2011
West Marin Pharmacy owner Zsuzsanna Biran has an idea that she believes could sustain her business while offering members of her Point Reyes community access to affordable medicine. The idea is a buying club—sort of. She envisions it working like this: Members would pay a monthly fee—say $38 per month—and...

Mine no longer leaks into bay

11/03/2011
A 50-year-old now-defunct mercury mine remediated with natural vegetation in the late 1990s is no longer leaking toxic metal into Tomales Bay, officials say. The flow of mercury into the bay from the 14-acre mining site during rainy months became a major environmental concern after state researchers measured unusually high...

Speakeasy will benefit nonprofits

11/03/2011
Popular local band El Radio Fantastique will headline a prohibition-themed benefit concert this Saturday at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station, for West Marin Community Services and Papermill Creek Children’s Corner Scholarship Fund. Fabulous food and drinks will accompany the eight-piece band, self-billed as “part rumba band in purgatory,...

House calls Seashore to Capitol Hill

10/27/2011
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has summoned seven officials involved in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) controversy to Capitol Hill for hearings set to begin November 7. National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis, Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon and...

After 50 years in film, John Korty is still true

10/27/2011
With his mussed white hair, nondescript jeans and worn New Balance sneakers, John Korty manages to belie the ostentation one would associate with a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has Oscar and Emmy wins to his name. Over his 50-year independent film career, which has spanned work in animation, documentary, drama...

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