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Federal cuts could hit West Marin schools hardest

03/07/2013
The cautious optimism of school and national park officials, senior-service providers and other heads of federally funded agencies and programs across West Marin hoping to avoid a wave of spending cuts subsided as the reality of an abrupt loss of tens of billions of dollars in federal funding set in...

Public drinking strains county, jury finds

03/07/2013
When asked about a homeless man who apparently drank so much that he passed out in the park on Saturday, some residents and workers in downtown Bolinas have to think deeply about who exactly that could have been. There are a number of homeless people in the area, many who...

Salmon protection group will catch water in Tocaloma

03/07/2013
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is preparing to install new rainwater catchment cisterns around its headquarters near the western end of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, as it sets out on an agreement with the National Park Service over developing a temporary irrigation system to ensure the longevity of...

Watchdog submits oyster grievances to Congress

03/07/2013
A watchdog group participating in the legal defense for Drake’s Bay Oyster Company this week issued a report accusing the Department of the Interior of relying on flawed science in its decision to deny a new permit to the oyster farm. Cause of Action is currently helping oysterman Kevin Lunny...

Deputy helps fallen bicyclist

03/07/2013
A bicyclist who collapsed in San Geronimo Valley after developing a heart condition on Sunday was helped by an anonymous person who performed CPR, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Doug Pittman said the man, whose name was not released, was in improved condition and being treated in...

Coastal Commission will hear neighbor’s appeal of brandy farm

02/28/2013
A Marshall resident’s attempt to stop Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee from attaining a permit to develop a brandy distillery will head to a California Coastal Commission hearing in April. Adjacent neighbors Scott Kivel and Lia Lund said the 7,000 square-foot development on Mr. Magee’s 150-acre Highway One property...

Drake’s Bay to stay open until court hears appeal

02/28/2013
Drake’s Bay Oyster Company will live to fight another day. An appellate court on Monday ordered the Obama administration to allow oyster farming to continue in Drakes Estero just days before a government deadline would have forced the cannery to shut down. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth...

Marin bivalve shellfish toxic

02/28/2013
Recreationally harvested Marin County mussels, clams and scallops have been found to contain dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, the California Department of Public Health announced late Wednesday. The warning does not apply to commercially harvested shellfish. The naturally occurring toxins, which are not destroyed by cooking, can cause...

Coastal plan set to strike balance of interests

02/28/2013
Planning officials and seaboard residents who have negotiated a new development-regulations regime for half a decade will have to wait at least two more months before their proposed Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendments are sent to the California Coastal Commission. Divergent stakeholders are still weighing in as the Marin County...

Marin tourism industry improves

02/28/2013
Marin hotels saw more customers and increased revenue for the second consecutive year in 2012, suggesting that rising gas prices and a faltering economic recovery are having a muted impact on the county’s linchpin tourism industry. Hotel and motel occupancy grew to 73.1 percent in 2012, from 68.7 percent in...

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