Oysters and cheese recalled

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company has instituted a voluntary recall of certain shucked and unshucked oysters it suspects may be carriers of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring bacteria that can cause stomach distress and, occasionally, serious illness. The affected shucked oysters are labeled with lot numbers 363 through 421. The affected...

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Before catching the biggest fish of the 47th annual Bolinas Rod and Boat Club Fishing Derby, Peter Smith played a game of golf. “I finished the game and then ran down to the dock, jumped in the boat, and only went fishing for about 20 minutes,” Mr. Smith, who is...

Hog Island tracks sea changes

Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer has teamed up with researchers to track rising temperatures and acidity in Tomales Bay—changes that are affecting him and other farmers whose fates are linked to that of the Pacific Ocean. Last week, Mr. Sawyer installed a sub-surface fluorometer to measure PH, temperature...

Oyster farm files data complaint

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company owners Kevin and Nancy Lunny and scientist Corey Goodman have filed a complaint with the National Park Service requesting the expedited correction of information contained in two documents issued by Point Reyes National Seashore officials. The complaint alleges that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for...

Woodacre collective grows healing, less psychoactive herb

Synergy Wellness’s medical marijuana farm is tucked away in a leafy corner of Woodacre. Healthy cannabis plants bask in the afternoon sun on the property’s back deck, but most of the operation is carried out inside a specially-built grow house. Sequestered in a long windowless room, the 50-some plants are...

In private letter, Tim Ragen admits no evidence for seal study

Occasionally in the rush to get out the news, journalists miss the story. This was the case with our article of two weeks ago concerning a now widely-viewed private letter sent by Tim Ragen, director of the Marine Mammal Commission, to Corey Goodman, scientist and critic of the ongoing effort...

Design rules on the drawing board

Love shingled homes but hate stucco? Feel strongly about where new buildings should position their parking spaces? Unincorporated Marin will soon have design guidelines dictating the appearance of new multifamily and mixed-use development, and is asking residents to help set the standard. The guidelines, which are expected to improve “sustainable...

West Nile detected nearby

Two groups of mosquitoes trapped near Wilfred Avenue in Rohnert Park have tested positive for West Nile virus, whose activity has occured earlier this year than last. Spokesperson for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District Nizza Sequeira said that dairy ponds are favored hatching grounds for the carrier mosquitos...

Mount Tamalpais vegetation plan

The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) announced it will release a draft of its Vegetation Management Plan for watershed lands this Friday. A contract for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report will appear on the agenda for the district’s August 15 board meeting. The draft vegetation plan has three...

Roadwork in Samuel P. Taylor

The first of three phases of the long-awaited rehabilitation of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard began this week. The first phase consists of repairing a slide along the edge of the roadway west of Shafter Bridge; preliminary work, such as the installation of portable message boards and fencing to protect sensitive...


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