Seats open on personnel body

The Marin County Board of Supervisors is seeking to fill one at-large vacancy on the Personnel Commission, a planning and policy advisory body focused on the county’s personnel program. No specific qualifications are necessary; however, experience in corporate executive management or labor relations is helpful. The application deadline is 5...

Pianist delivers vintage tunes

Many of the songs on Jacqueline Schwab’s album of Mark Twain-era songs, arranged for Ken Burns’s documentary about the famed writer, are spirituals or other tunes traditionally accompanied by lyrics. But Ms. Schwab, who will play a selection of those songs as well as tunes from her new album, True...

Drakes asks court for 90-day stay

Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, asking the court to allow the farm to stay for at least 90 days as it appeals its case to the United States Supreme Court. On Jan. 14, the Ninth Circuit denied Drakes Bay...

Cookbook funds valley garden

Mary St. Pierre visits her plot in a community garden in San Geronimo at least once a week to tend to her vegetables, but sometimes she is drawn to her 16-by-16-foot parcel because it calms her down. “I worry about plants instead of worrying about life,” she said. But a...

Someone started Alpine Lake fire

The county fire department says a person either accidentally or intentionally started a one-acre wildfire near Alpine Lake, in Marin Municipal Water District land, last Friday. An investigation has ruled out all other causes for the fire, which was first spotted by a driver on Fairfax-Bolinas Road who reported seeing...

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...


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