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Miracle stay keeps Drakes afloat

01/30/2014
The fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company rests in the hands of the justices of the United States Supreme Court. The historic Point Reyes shellfish farm’s owners, employees and supporters might have thought a miracle occurred on Monday, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the farm’s plea for...

Bikers want more as county backtracks on trails

01/30/2014
In recent revisions to the management plan for the Open Space District’s fire roads and trails—the first comprehensive strategy since the district’s creation in 1972—county staff dropped many proposed constraints on trail mileage and use after widespread public outcry, leaving lingering questions about the process and unaddressed issues for mountain bikers. At a rowdy public hearing characterized by...

Grant available for artists

01/30/2014
Emerging or mid-career visual artists in Marin County are eligible for a $25,000 grant from the Pirkle Jones Foundation. The fourth grant in the foundation’s history is meant to support a promising artist and may be used for any purpose, including living expenses. The deadline for application submittal is March...

Water samples show no radiation

01/30/2014
A project to monitor West Coast waters for radiation released from the 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has posted its first results with help from Bing Gong, the co-host of KWMR’s Post-Carbon Radio who raised money for sampling kits and buckets of water to be shipped...

Park oversight seats start to fill

01/30/2014
West Marin conservationist Bob Berner is one of three citizens the Board of Supervisors appointed on Tuesday to a committee that will oversee an annual audit of Measure A expenditures, which support parkland and farm conservation easements. The committee, comprised of five community members and two parks and open space...

Dance Palace invites comment

01/30/2014
The Dance Palace Community Center is seeking input from locals as it embarks on a new three-year plan that will help guide the nonprofit, establish new goals and dictate which programs should be expanded, maintained, created or cut, said Executive Director Dan Mankin. An annual members meeting on Monday, Feb...

Rancho Feeding reopens

01/30/2014
Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma slaughterhouse that is the last place to harvest cattle in the Bay Area, reopened on Monday following recalls of more than 42,000 pounds of beef and a two-week suspension ordered by the United States Department of Agriculture. “We’re back open, and we’ve implemented different procedures...

District moves to limit water in Soulajule

01/30/2014
Marin Municipal Water District this week began looking into amending its state and federal requirements for creek releases—part of a plan to feed thirsty customers from two reservoirs, one of which is reserved for emergencies. But the prospect of diminished releases into Walker and Lagunitas Creeks has some concerned about...

Emergency response broadened by Mount Barnabe repeater

01/30/2014
Mount Barnabe has helped protect West Marin since 1940, when the county fire department established a lookout on the 1,466-foot summit to spot threads of smoke below. Since then, antennas fostering quick communication for county and federal agencies have been mounted there, too. Last Friday, communications engineer Richard Dillman added...

Egg producers welcome demise of farm bill amendment

01/30/2014
The latest version of the federal farm bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, omitted a provision that would have banned state laws such as one requiring poultry eggs entering California to meet the state’s animal welfare standards. Local producers say competition with eggs from states in...

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