News

Jury fears future of Marin’s trash

05/23/2013
Unused paper plates, crumpled wrappers from long-gone hamburgers, a Starbucks cup, a cracked CD, tattered plastic bags: These were just some of the debris atop the roughly 17 million cubic yards of waste at the Redwood Landfill (RLI) in Novato, the contentious subject of a Marin Civil Grand Jury report...

Sanctuary seeks ban of new bay invasives

05/23/2013
Federal officials are proposing scaled-down regulations to close a loophole they say is threatening more than 300 square miles of federally protected coastal waters in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary with the introduction of non-native and genetically modified species. The proposed restrictions, which were endorsed by the Gulf of the Farallones’ advisory council on Wednesday, have been pared back from an 2008 proposal that would have put a cap on Tomales Bay mariculture. The current proposal would allow current and future mariculture with introduced species like oysters, mussels and clams in all 10.3 square miles of Tomales Bay—as well as catch-and-release of the non-native striped bass throughout the sanctuary and in another protected area off of the coast of Monterey. Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the advisory council have said that aquaculture operations—a nearly $4 million annual harvest in Tomales Bay—are at odds with the agency’s mission to protect and preserve natural habitats. Those statements...

Outdoor recreation on the rise

05/23/2013
There are new signs that outdoor recreational tourism remains strong in California, as more than 7.8 million people observed, hunted and fished the state’s wildlife in 2011, according to data released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Census Bureau. The most popular outdoor activity is wildlife viewing, with 6.7 million participants. There were 1.7 million fishers, mostly residents, who spent $2.3 billion. They spent an average of 14 days on the water, up from 11 in 2006. Nearly 400,000 hunters spent $2,419 per trip, $964 million in total, on equipment, licenses and other expenses on trips that averaged 17 days. Anglers spent $1,333 and wildlife watchers spent $533. The survey, which is released every five years, counts residents and non-residents over age 16 who went birding, photographed and fed wildlife, as well as those who hunted and fished game. The survey buttressed evidence from others that have shown 2011 and 2012 to be strong years for West Marin’s...

Fund issues second grant round

05/23/2013
KWMR, Bolinas Community Land Trust and Turtle Island Restoration Network are just a few of the 20 local organizations awarded funds from the new West Marin Fund in its second round of grants. The latest project, which doled out a total of $50,000, encourages youth to become involved in nonprofits...

Court asked to fine Kevin Lunny

05/23/2013
Marin Superior Court has been asked to fine Drakes Bay Oyster Company for what the California Coastal Commission (CCC) calls the “intentional and knowing” violation of state law and the agency’s orders. The commission’s filing came in response to two ongoing lawsuits on behalf of the oyster farm alleging that...

CCC backs down on tavern pier

05/23/2013
The California Coastal Commission has removed what the East Bay owners of the Marshall Tavern see as the “most egregious provision” of their coastal permit, which is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, the property’s attorneys said. Tavern owners Daniel Altman and Avi Atid say they can continue with their...

New superintendent for Shoreline

05/23/2013
Shoreline Unified School District’s new superintendent, Thomas Stubbs, whose appointment was announced at a board meeting last week, is looking forward to working with staff to “figure out the direction we want to take the district,” he told the Light this week. Mr. Stubbs, who said he does not yet...

Solo crash kills Hog Island worker

05/23/2013
Petaluma resident Abraham Jesus Avalos, who worked in West Marin, passed away on Monday in a tragic car crash in the early hours of the morning. Mr. Avalos worked at Hog Island Oyster Company for four years, quickly moving his way up from part-time retail salesman to a full-time position...

Coalition to request easier oyster leases

05/23/2013
A public-private partnership to restore aquatic habitat and increase the number of oyster farming operations in Tomales Bay and statewide will be proposed for the first time next month, backers of the so-called California Shellfish Initiative said Sunday. Hog Island Oyster Company co-founder John Finger announced the initiative at a panel in Inverness promoting small-scale oyster farming. He and other industry advocates modeled the effort on nationwide efforts as well as a plan currently under development in Humboldt Bay, the state’s largest oyster supplying region. It will be presented at the June 28 Sacramento meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council, a policy advisory group. Mr. Finger, political consultant Warner Chabot and other...

Sobering center not for supes

05/16/2013
The stand-alone sobering center for public drunkards that was recommended by the county’s independent watchdog did not earn support last week from the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The board’s decision not to consider such a venue came in its official response to the chief recommendation of a report issued...

Pages

Subscribe to News