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Evans 
secures Rancho

02/27/2014
After a difficult winter of drought, beef recalls and slaughterhouse closures, West Marin’s ranchers finally have some news to celebrate. Marin Sun Farms CEO David Evans is purchasing the embattled Petaluma slaughterhouse facility that centered in Rancho Feeding Corporation’s massive recall of 8.7 million pounds of meat earlier this month...

Organic pastures get break from USDA

02/26/2014
The United States Department of Agriculture eased some organic certification requirements for Marin and 52 other California counties earlier this month at the request of two organic certifiers in the state. It’s the second exception in two years; Marin producers also got a reprieve back in 2012. The so-called variance,...

Nimans fight blanket recall

02/20/2014
If there is one steak you can trust in a marketplace dominated by factory farming, it comes from Bill Niman’s 800-acre ranch in Bolinas. The owner of BN Ranch, Mr. Niman has toiled for decades to set the highest standards in the beef industry, verifying the source of all his cattle, spurning antibiotics and growth hormones and overseeing each animal’s slaughter and butchering. But no matter how many...

Nicasio seeking crisis water

02/20/2014
The village of Nicasio does not lie far from Marin Municipal Water District’s second largest reservoir, but in times of drought, there is no succor to be had from the neighbor. The town, which is outside the district’s boundaries, relies solely on a couple hundred private wells. Now, as a few homeowners are facing urgent shortages, others are expressing interest in a collective emergency water supply. At a community meeting scheduled for Feb. 27, residents could approve the purchase of water in bulk; a longer-term solution that would likely involve Marin Municipal Water District is on hold during the drought, and the stresses it is placing on the district...

Seats on Cordell Bank council

02/20/2014
Three of the 14 seats on the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary advisory council are open to applicants representing the general public, conservation and maritime activities. The council ensures public participation in the management of the marine protected area, located 42 miles north of San Francisco, and provides advice to...

Council bats for Stinson preschool

02/20/2014
The Marin County Child Care Commission mailed a letter last month asking Bolinas-Stinson Union School District board members to take measures to ensure the Stinson Beach Montessori Preschool can continue without an interruption. The privately operated preschool has rented a classroom on the Stinson campus since 2004, but the preschool’s...

Grants for nonprofit needs

02/20/2014
The West Marin Fund is now accepting applications for its third round of small grants for nonprofits serving coastal Marin County. The one-time grants, no larger than $5,000, may be used for whatever organizations need most to do their work, including fundraising training for staff, legal assistance, web development or...

Drakes pleads for due process

02/20/2014
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is asking a Marin Superior Court judge to invalidate orders issued last February by the California Coastal Commission. The farm says it did not receive a fair trial because evidence it submitted was not entered into the official record, and it was not permitted to cross-examine...

Egret failure prompts closure

02/20/2014
A wildlife sanctuary on Bolinas Lagoon announced on Wednesday that it would delay its public season until scientists observe pairs of breeding egrets on the 1,000-acre preserve. Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve last year faced a complete nest failure—the first time in its 46-years history. The preserve could open...

Salmon make last run of the season

02/20/2014
Coho salmon appear to have made the season’s last run in creeks brimming with rainwater from recent storms. Marin Municipal Water District ecologists surveyed areas in Lagunitas and San Geronimo Creeks after flows subsided, counting roughly 200 more between the end of January and early February. The additional fish bring...

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