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Solomon to picket Pelosi party

07/11/2013
Norman Solomon, progressive political activist and media critic, is planning a protest this Saturday outside a Belvedere residence where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has supported the Obama administration’s classified national surveillance program, will appear at a private reception fundraiser billed at $2,000 to $32,000 a ticket. Mr. Solomon,...

One acre burns on Mount Tam

07/11/2013
A Fourth of July wildfire that scorched one acre on Mount Tamalpais could have been far worse had it not occurred in the shorter grasses of a fuel break created several years ago, Marin County Fire Department officials said. The fire, not traced to holiday fireworks but to arcing power...

Marin County road repair bonanza

07/11/2013
This summer, scores of West Marin’s roads will be repaved and resurfaced as part of a $17 million county plan that aims to elevate Marin’s highways and byways from their current “at-risk” status. Wharf and Horseshoe Hill Roads in Bolinas, Madrone Avenue in Woodacre, Portola Avenue in Inverness Park, Laurel...

Marin County may delay oyster suits

07/11/2013
A preliminary ruling in Marin Superior Court last week paused a lawsuit between the California Coastal Commission and Drakes Bay Oyster Company and its supporters after a judge decided to wait for a resolution to pending litigation between the oyster farm and the federal government. In April, both oysterman Kevin...

County staff call for more flexibility in LCP

07/11/2013
A new county staff report on the program that will regulate development in Marin County’s Coastal Zone reveals some of the environmental, agricultural and procedural issues still being hammered out before a July 30 public meeting, when the Board of Supervisors could decide to send the plan to the California Coastal Commission for approval. The Local Coastal Program amendments, five years in the making, will affect development, agriculture and the environment from Dillon Beach to Muir Beach. They constitute the plan’s first overhaul since Marin’s LCP was created in 1981, and their authors must weigh a host of considerations—though balancing environmental concerns and the hardships of agricultural producers presents the primary struggle. The staff report, released last week...

Point Reyes squatter linked to burglaries

07/11/2013
Over 100 marijuana plants and a horde of stolen goods from at least four different burglaries in Marin County were found in a Point Reyes Station home in which a man, who has not yet been apprehended, was allegedly squatting. Sebastien Roger Agajan, 30, a Marin man without a stable...

Marin Organic hires new director

07/03/2013
Marin Organic announced on Monday the appointment of Jeffrey Westman, a Sebastopol resident, as executive director. The Point Reyes Station-based nonprofit promotes sustainable organic agriculture in a county that has grown its organic acreage from 200 to 20,000 since the group’s inception in 2001. Mr. Westman has broad goals of...

Writers’ retreat gets fresh energy

07/03/2013
Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in Point Reyes Station, announced the appointment of a new executive director this week. Susan Page Tillet formerly led a Chicago retreat for writers, where she raised more than $10 million to diversify the program, restore historic structures and develop community outreach, according to the...

Bank bends to village complaints

07/03/2013
Wells Fargo has acceded to requests from the Point Reyes Station Village Association to modify the look of the only corporate-owned presence in town. To the bank’s plans to make a number of changes to the building, including the color of the awnings and outside walls, the association had two...

Snowy plovers, with helping hands, increase in seashore

07/03/2013
In spite of ravens, wind and sprawling invasive grasses, Western snowy plovers’ nests have nearly tripled at Point Reyes National Seashore since last year. Still, the seashore’s snowy plover biologist, Carolyn Campbell, worries. Half of the federally threatened birds’ 20 nests have failed this breeding season, which began in March. Just two of seven failed last year. Ms. Campbell surveys a roughly six-mile stretch from Kehoe Beach to North Beach five days a week, combing the sand for nests, called scrapes. Around the most vulnerable sites, she sets up a 5-foot-wide by 5-foot–high circular cage, known as an exclosure. Though the breeding season ends in September, it can take 60 days for a snowy plover’s offspring to reach maturity: about three to nest, three to mate and lay eggs, 28 to incubate the eggs, and...

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