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Muir Beach pushes back on GGNRA

12/12/2013
How best to preserve the famed redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument is a question that’s been visited and revisited ever since William Kent donated the land to the government close to a century ago. Now the park’s federal guardian, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is facing criticism from neighbors that the demands of recreators may be trumping the protection of natural resources. Recent proposals to construct a 180-space parking lot on Panoramic Highway and a reservation system for those visiting the monument by car and public transport triggered complaints in southern Marin, including in the adjacent community of Muir Beach, where some also cite a lack of transparency and general indifference to the community’s needs. Gerry Pearlman, a longtime Muir Beach resident who was reelected...

Seashore will write new dairy and ranch plan

12/06/2013
The undertaking of a first-ever dairy and ranching management plan that the National Park Service says will address extended ranching permits, diversification of land use and tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore will either strengthen the future of local agriculture or lead to the demise of some ranches,...

Seats on oversight committee

12/05/2013
There are five openings on the community oversight committee for the implementation of Measure A funds, which come from a temporary sales tax and go toward parks, open space and farmland preservation in Marin. One volunteer position should represent the agricultural community and possesses experience in farmland preservation or knowledge...

No Thanksgiving for oyster debate

12/05/2013
The California Democratic Party debated—but did not ultimately weigh in on—the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company this month, which is fighting the federal government to continue operating in the estero where the bivalve has been cultivated for close to a century. Two resolutions, one in support of the farm...

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...

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