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Stinson fire spares fine art gallery

12/05/2013
Claudia Chapline, an art gallery owner in Stinson Beach, poured the refreshments at her book club meeting on Monday. Before biting into a chocolate torte with raspberries, she went to turn off a noisy heater and noticed bright flames engulfing a tool shed in the garden. Ms. Chapline handed a...

Federal brief argues court cannot rule on Salazar decision

12/05/2013
In a court brief filed on Monday, government lawyers rebutted arguments made by Drakes Bay Oyster Company and said the federal case involving the company’s special use permit does not set any precedent necessitating full panel review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 September ruling in favor of...

Drones to test bird surveys at Tomales Bay

12/05/2013
This year, waterfowl migrating to their winter feeding grounds in Tomales Bay will be tracked by Ravens and T-Hawks, two types of drones operated by the federal government. From next Monday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Dec. 13, scientists from the United States Geological Survey and the Fish and Wildlife Service...

Waste conversion benefits Bolinas and Haiti

12/05/2013
They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and for Mr. Hulls, a Point Reyes Station resident and project director with the Carbon Cycle Institute, the aphorism could not hold more true. For the last several years, he has been developing procedures and protocols to safely convert human excrement into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. He hopes to revolutionize sanitation systems across the world...

State resumes control of Tomales Bay State Park

11/27/2013
An agreement reached last week between a Marin nonprofit and the state will result in the latter once again officially operating Tomales Bay State Park about eight months after relinquishing the role. Friends of China Camp has run three state parks in the county since March: China Camp, which will...

Shoreline task force still lacks insight on program

11/27/2013
Parents and administrators in the Shoreline Unified School District are anxiously awaiting recommendations from an advisory panel about the feasibility of a bilingual language immersion program. The task force, whose grant from First 5 Marin runs out next month, was convened in August 2012 in response to growing concern about...

SPAWN sues over interim stream ordinance

11/27/2013
What critics called a “poison pill” clause in the recently approved interim stream conservation ordinance for unincorporated Marin has proven to be just that: environmental groups last week sued the county over the rules, rendering them null. The lawsuit, filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network and the Center...

Huffman asks for drug sentences

11/27/2013
Congressman Jared Huffman penned a bipartisan letter to the United States Sentencing Commission last week urging a revision of guidelines for criminals charged with trespass drug cultivation on both private and public lands. Mr. Huffman, who represents largely rural northern California, pointed to the growing presence of industrial-scale marijuana operations...

Sea lion escape short-lived

11/27/2013
The Marine Mammal Center released a sea lion at Chimney Rock on Friday, after a previous attempt to return the pinniped to water resulted in a dramatic, though temporary, escape. The sea lion, which was named Lou Reed after he was found malnourished in San Mateo on Nov. 2, just...

Psychotherapist to lead grief class

11/27/2013
As the darkest time of the year draws nigh, some people’s minds turn to holiday shopping; others turn to death and dying. A gathering with soul-centered psychotherapist Francis Weller might be what the latter need come winter. Entering the Healing Ground—The Sacred Work of Grief, a day-long event sponsored by...

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