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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...

Grant available for newish artists

02/13/2014
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...

Goodman on state science council

02/13/2014
Biologist, biotech entrepreneur and Marshall resident Corey Goodman does not hesitate to lend his expertise to problems great and small. Before he became involved in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company debate, he helped locate the source of a virus contaminating Tomales Bay oysters and exposed a surreptitious plan to allow...

Supes critical of park’s dog plan

02/13/2014
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday critiquing the contentious and delayed plan to further limit off-leash dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The preferred alternative did not evaluate impacts on county parks from the imminent displacement of pet owners, and is generally too restrictive...

Commons to improve town corner

02/13/2014
The nonprofit On the Commons, which runs the downtown commons, will soon undertake a renovation to liven up the open space, much of which is now covered in wood chips, said Steve Costa, a co-chair of the project. The design for the renovation has not been finalized but will use...

Drakes sued over water quality

02/13/2014
A litigious nonprofit based in Sonoma County filed suit last week against Drakes Bay Oyster Company for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that the farm says are unfounded and likely related to its fight with the federal government. California River Watch claims the farm is discharging biological waste...

Stinson considers water rationing

02/13/2014
This Saturday the Stinson Beach County Water District will consider mandatory water rationing for the district’s 720 residential connections, as well as a resolution that would impose rationing on commercial users. Ed Schmidt, the district manager, said they will likely postpone action for another month so the board can evaluate...

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