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Interior finds draft oyster EIS adequate

03/22/2012
An independent peer review released Monday by the Department of the Interior has backed the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Drakes Bay Oyster Company while highlighting several of its shortcomings—and sparking claims that one author had conflicting interests and another had been misled by faulty data. A number of...

Late rains won’t stop ag emergency

03/22/2012
The rain that pummeled West Marin last week was a welcome boon to area ranchers and dairymen struggling from an exceptionally dry winter, but it was far from enough to allay fears of impending summer drought or stiflingly high feed costs, some contend. “We wanted that rain bad,” John Taylor,...

Parents turn out for equity talk

03/22/2012
An outpouring of sentiment at Shoreline Unified School District’s National Equity Project public forum last week revealed widespread community interest in tackling inequality. The forum, held at Tomales Elementary School, was part of Shoreline’s collaboration with the Oakland-based nonprofit to address equity-related issues, an initiative funded by a grant from...

Lagunitas Waldorf program to pursue charter school petition

03/22/2012
Representatives from the Lagunitas Waldorf-Inspired Program read an open letter to the Lagunitas School Board on Tuesday indicating their intention to submit a petition at April’s board meeting for independent charter school status. Once the petition is submitted, the board has 30 days to conduct a public hearing and 60...

Shoreline nearly rids bilingual teacher

03/15/2012
Bilingual teacher Judy Van Evera will keep her job at West Marin School, Shoreline Unified School District trustees announced Monday at the close of a two-hour special meeting in which co-workers and parents decried the loss a talented instructor from a school with over 50 percent Latino students. The meeting...

As census shows exodus, younger Inverness residents uproot

03/15/2012
Darby and Chip Johnson are fourth and third-generation Point Reyes residents. Her great-grandfather emigrated from Yugoslavia and was among the first commercial fishermen on Tomales Bay; his grandfather came from Washington State and started Johnson Oyster Company in Drakes Estero. Darby and Chip grew up in the same Inverness community...

NGO’s gush letters into seashore

03/08/2012
Last week Point Reyes National Seashore released over 52,000 public comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the future of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, casting a striking portrait of national sentiment—one that, without examination, could be misleading. Ninety-two percent of the comments support the Seashore’s proposal to shutter the...

SPAWN to pay for illegal development

03/08/2012
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), which has long advocated for strict development regulations along San Geronimo Creek, came under scrutiny last week for violating county building permits at a creekside home it is transforming into a training facility. Niz Brown, a Woodacre realtor with a listing near the...

Kinsey challenged on ballot

03/08/2012
Last week Point Reyes National Seashore released over 52,000 public comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the future of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, casting a striking portrait of national sentiment—one that, without examination, could be misleading. Ninety-two percent of the comments support the Seashore’s proposal to shutter the...

Green light for Lucasfilm compound

03/01/2012
Marin County planning commissioners voted unanimously Monday to back filmmaker George Lucas’s plan for a massive digital production studio on the old Grady Ranch in Lucas Valley. The vote came after nearly six hours of staff and public testimony, during which supporters lauded Lucas’s long history of stewardship and opponents...

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