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Marine council wants more info on mice plan

11/21/2013
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan to eradicate invasive house mice from the South Farallon Islands met opposition and criticism during a meeting of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council on Wednesday. The Fish and Wildlife Service, which began scoping for a draft environmental impact statement...

Save Our Seashore voices concern over fences, trees

11/21/2013
Gordon Bennett, an Inverness environmentalist whose concerns about Point Reyes National Seashore have in the past helped spark reviews by federal agencies, has just voiced some new ones—that of electric fencing and tree removal and their respective impacts to wildlife. At least some of those concerns, ranchers say, are based...

Bolinas principal tries new election model

11/21/2013
While the elections in West Marin this November might have passed without much change, a student council election at the Bolinas-Stinson school last week took a creative approach to deciding who would represent the student body. No names appeared on the ballot; instead, students voted for the platform they liked...

Valley residents outraged by trails plan

11/21/2013
A plan to manage roads and trails in the Marin County Open Space District—the first comprehensive effort since a ballot initiative created the district in 1972—has ignited a firestorm of criticism about limitations to recreational access, particularly in the San Geronimo Valley and around Bolinas Lagoon, where the highest restrictions...

Push for supervisor term limits

11/14/2013
The leadership of the Marin County Republican Central Committee and Democrat Toni Shroyer, who plans to challenge District 5 Supervisor Judy Arnold, are attempting to place an initiative on next year’s November ballot that would impose term limits on county supervisors. The initiative, which needs 11,418 signatures to make it...

Bolinas drama satirizes foodies

11/14/2013
The original play “Taste,” written and directed by local Patrice Daley, will premiere at the Bolinas Community Center at the end of November. The two-act drama playfully satirizes “foodie” culture: celebrity chefs, the Food Network, organic stands at every corner and those who bring their preferred brand of salt for...

Drakes clears one court hurdle

11/14/2013
On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal government to respond to Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s petition asking for a rehearing before a larger panel of judges, known as an en banc review. After losing an appeal in September to continue operating in Point...

Stinson preschool pleads for district

11/14/2013
The Stinson Beach Montessori Preschool is continuing a search for a new location as it prepares for its eviction from a shared space with the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District next summer. Since 2004, the privately operated preschool has rented a classroom on the Stinson campus for roughly $5,500 annually, said...

Suzanne Rocca, 1936 to 2013

11/14/2013
Suzanne Rocca, a fixture of Point Reyes Station who worked at the Palace Market for 26 years, volunteered at Sacred Heart Church and was the first female president of the West Marin Lions Club, passed away on Oct. 17. She was 77. Suzanne had an unforgettable, unique laugh (“Teehee! Teehee!”)...

Raptors suspected in Audubon nesting failure

11/14/2013
The nesting season at the Martin Griffin Preserve just north of Stinson Beach started as most seasons do: the great egrets descended in April with their spindly legs, svelte necks and creamy plumage. In Picher Canyon on Bolinas Lagoon, they courted, bonded and began building nests in the tops of coast redwoods to cradle their turquoise eggs. But in May, nest building started to falter. By the end...

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