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Feinstein demands data review

09/29/2011
Senator Dianne Feinstein has inserted language into the 2012 fiscal year budget proposal for the Department of Science that requires the Marine Mammal Commission to respond to the latest Point Reyes National Seashore seal study. The proposal directs the commission to respond to “criticisms that the [2011 Becker] study: (1)...

Cosco Busan owners pay big for oil damage

09/21/2011
In what is touted as the largest oil pollution settlement reached in the history of law, state and federal officials announced this week that the owners of the Cosco Busan tanker that slammed into the Bay Bridge in 2007 and released 58,000 gallons of oil into local estuaries have agreed...

Marine areas challenged

09/21/2011
A last ditch effort by sport fishermen to repeal restrictions imposed by the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), including some 24 protected areas between Half Moon Bay and Point Arena, will be heard next week by the San Diego Superior Court. The lawsuit, which was filed in January by the...

Salazar backs park science

09/21/2011
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar struck a definitive tone in the debate over Drakes Estero this week by calling the science behind a much-anticipated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) “accurate.” In recent weeks, independent experts have criticized a study published by park scientists, which found that oyster cultivation resulted in seal displacement...

Ellsberg endorses Solomon

09/21/2011
Daniel Ellsberg, the anti-war and First Amendment advocate who leaked the historic Pentagon Papers, has formally endorsed democratic Congressional candidate and Inverness Park resident Norman Solomon and will join him on the campaign trail at a $200-a-head fundraising event on September 22, at a private residence in Mill Valley. The...

Bolinas Lagoon road restoration

09/21/2011
Caltrans has begun a project to repair 4,900 feet of rock slope protection and provide new paving along Highway One, near the Bolinas Lagoon. The $3.5 million project, located along a two-mile stretch in the north and south-bound lanes of the highway, is the first to incorporate recommended improvements from...

Marijuana raid in Hick’s Valley

09/21/2011
The Marin County Sheriffs Office’s Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) hauled 7,375 mature plants Tuesday from a property on the steep terrain of Hicks Mountain off of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road after deer hunters reported the elaborate grow operation about a week ago. Sleeping bags, personal items, a large power generator and...

Schools consider sharing resources

09/21/2011
Amidst recent state budget cuts, looming retirements and internal administrative reorganizations, the Shoreline Unified, Bolinas-Stinson and Lagunitas school districts and Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke convened at Walker Creek Ranch Monday for a special joint board meeting to explore options for personnel and resource sharing in the...

PRBO celebrates 45 years

09/15/2011
This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of PRBO Conservation Science’s local Palomarin Field Station. The station, located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore outside of Bolinas, has served as an important training facility for hundreds of nascent biologists with interests in birding and field study. Each...

MMWD makse big budget cut

09/15/2011
The Marin Municipal Water District cut the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by three percent, establishing an operating budget of $66.4 million and a capital improvement budget of $14.9 million. “The new budget is conservative, reflecting both today’s economic realities and the ongoing reduction in revenues MMWD has experienced,”...

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