Oysters face double threat

Olympia oysters, a California coast native decimated by overfishing in the late 1800’s, grow more slowly in acidified oceans—one of the consequences of global warming. But new research involving native oysters extracted from Tomales Bay, undertaken by the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, shows that the bivalve, which...

Herring fishermen denied in court

A federal judge has ruled against commercial fishermen seeking an injunction to cast their lines into the bay. Sound familiar? No, this is not a story about Drakes Bay Oyster Company. For that, see page 7. This case involves the San Francisco Herring Association, which last April filed a suit...

Fisherman dies at North Beach

A Napa County octogenarian tragically passed away on the beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday when he ran after his ice chest—and, we hope, a healthy catch—as it was swept into the ocean at North Beach. Silkapin Cruz, Sr., an 84-year-old who lived in American Canyon, was...

Districts urge conservation as state declares emergency

The drought declaration issued by Governor Jerry Brown last Friday that called on citizens to voluntarily curtail water use by 20 percent could ease the way for Marin ranchers to secure aid for parched operations. Meanwhile two local water districts—Marin Municipal Water District and Bolinas Community Public Utility District—are asking...

Rancho Feeding shut for alleged 

The Bay Area’s last slaughterhouse, Rancho Feeding Corporation, has been shuttered indefinitely by the United States Department of Agriculture, following recalls of more than 41,000 pounds of various beef products last week. Nearing its ninth decade in business, the Petaluma facility provides a key piece of infrastructure for the production...

immersion nixed by Shoreline task force

The contentious question of whether Shoreline Unified School District should implement a dual language immersion program appeared to have been laid to rest last week, when a task force convened in 2012 to look at the issue recommended against it at last Thursday’s school board meeting at Tomales High School...

Seadrift home, 
rejected by supes, sets new standard

Following two appeals, the Board of Supervisors issued a final decision Tuesday to reject the construction of a new home in Stinson Beach that would have been 3.32 feet over the county’s maximum height limits for homes in the coastal zone. After four months of debate over some 30-odd extra inches, the supervisors argued that their vote established an important precedent to slow the...

Bolinas stumped Ansel Adams

A local photographer has discovered an Ansel Adams photograph once thought to be taken in Olema was actually shot on Horseshoe Hill in Bolinas. Uri Korn, a collector of vintage photography, found an online auction of Adams memorabilia being sold by the family of Vincent Gleason, the former chief of publications for the National Park Service. Among old letters and famous photographs of Yosemite, Mr. Korn stumbled upon an obscure 8-inch by 10-inch print of a eucalyptus stump in front of a white barn. Under a clear sky, the remnants of the tree stand in the day’s first light. The branches have been slashed down to the trunk, and its bark stripped, leaving only a memory of the once-living tree. A wooden fence extends from the tree’s base leading down the road to a white barn, as if these wooden structures are the elongation of former limbs. Or maybe the need for wood had been the tree’s undoing. For Mr. Korn, who had moved to the area from Berkeley just that month, the picture was intriguing...

Supes to open meetings with song

The Board of Supervisors is initiating a new tradition to begin a meeting each month with an acoustic song. This week’s Tuesday meeting marked the kick-off with an instrumental guitar piece played by Anthony Lavezzo, a Tamalpais High School senior. “We have an abundance of musical talent in Marin that...

Author speaks on eating locally

Author Vicki Robins, of Whidbey Island, Washington, was a self-described “local food dabbler” for a long time. She would shop at the farmer’s market if she had the time, and she joined a community-supported agriculture program—which she later quit because she didn’t use all the vegetables that came her way...


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