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Commission set for vote on revision to LCP

05/08/2014
The California Coastal Commission has looked favorably upon the broader definition of agriculture proposed in Marin’s Local Coastal Program Amendment, which could support the preservation of family ranches and dairies. But in a staff report released Friday, the commission also recommended more stringent rules for development that could hamstring renovations...

At Rancho, inspector’s concerns were repeatedly ignored

05/08/2014
Newly disclosed documents about Rancho Feeding Corporation, the Petaluma slaughterhouse that closed operations after a sweeping recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef, reveal a cozy relationship between the plant management and the highest-ranking Food Safety and Inspection Service employee assigned to the plant. One inspector loudly called attention to...

Shoreline commences superintendent search

05/08/2014
What qualities should the next leader of the Shoreline Unified School District possess, a consultant began asking families and staff this week. In written surveys mailed Tuesday and four scheduled meetings with Scott Mahoney, the consultant recommended by Marin County Office of Education and hired by trustees last week, stakeholders are providing input about what past work experience and personal attributes are the most important qualifications for...

Kinsey gives discretionary funds

05/08/2014
Three high school graduation parties, trash collection and beach sweeps in Bolinas, free bus transportation for low-income families to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and workshops on safe mountain biking on trails with hikers and horses are some of the projects being supported through discretionary funds Supervisor Steve...

Kinsey gives discretionary funds

05/08/2014
Three high school graduation parties, trash collection and beach sweeps in Bolinas, free bus transportation for low-income families to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and workshops on safe mountain biking on trails with hikers and horses are some of the projects being supported through discretionary funds Supervisor Steve...

Indicted man found dead off cliff

05/08/2014
A man accused of fraud by federal prosecutors was found dead after his car slid off State Route 1 between Stinson Beach and Mill Valley and fell 350 feet down a cliff. After a call Tuesday afternoon identified a vehicle a quarter-mile west of Panoramic Highway, four agencies responded to...

Discussion, 
but no change, at Shoreline

05/01/2014
The leadership for the Shoreline Unified School District remains in limbo as the board simultaneously pursues two distinct options for next year’s superintendent. At a special meeting Tuesday at Tomales Elementary School, trustees formally commenced a search for a new superintendent, but also directed the board president, Jane Healy, to...

Don MacKay: A pioneer at the intersection of language and memory

05/01/2014
In 1957 a man named Henry Molaison, who became one of psychology’s most famous patients, had his hippocampus removed in an attempt to control his life-threatening seizures. After the surgery, he was unable to form new memories without years or even decades of effort. Many at the time believed the...

Restoring the bond between agriculture and the environment, one meeting at a time

05/01/2014
On Friday morning, ranchers and environmentalists sat side by side for a wide-ranging discussion of the most pressing challenges to the region’s agriculture at the first meeting of the Marin Conservation League’s new Agricultural Land Use Committee. For decades, a broad coalition like it—the forward guard in sustainable agriculture—would have been a familiar sight at the Marin County Farm Bureau office in Point Reyes Station. But recent controversy over Drakes Bay Oyster Company made last week’s gathering seem unlikely...

Warmer ocean spurs feasting along coast

05/01/2014
Large schools of baitfish off the coast of Point Reyes, presenting a feast for birds and sea mammals and a strange sight for locals last month, may have been lured north and inland because of warmer ocean temperatures this year. A fisheries scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was too early to tell if the oceanographic conditions might indicate a coming El Niño, since those conditions can be highly variable from year to year; however, last month NOAA reported that the chances of an El Niño event kicking off by this summer exceed 50 percent. An avian ecologist with Petaluma-based Point Blue said that “off the charts” numbers of pelicans in the area last month might also point to abnormal ocean conditions and a coming El Niño event.

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