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Local reports on bird adventures

09/26/2013
Nora Livingston will do almost anything to catch a glimpse of a rare bird. The 23-year-old college student has spent the last year hopping throughout California as a field biologist; she will discuss her adventures and show pictures at the Stinson Beach Library on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m...

Marijuana eradication in Tomales

09/26/2013
Forty-two mature marijuana plants growing in plain view on a Chileno Valley ranch were eradicated Friday after a report of a physical altercation drew Marin County sheriff’s deputies to the property, where they inadvertently stumbled on the pot farm. The residents of the Silva dairy, located on Tomales-Petaluma Road at...

Whale app turns users into data sources

09/26/2013
Next time you are sailing in the Golden Gate and you spot a humpback whale jumping up against the horizon, fear not: there’s now an app for that. Bay Area scientists on a weeklong research expedition that began yesterday tested the “Whale Spotter” mobile application, which they hope can crowdsource...

Stinson man bulldozes dune

09/26/2013
How many grains of sand make a pile? After how long does that pile become a dune, an essential part of the landscape? And if you were to move that dune, would it be construction, demolition or simply maintenance? Most of all, would you need a permit? To Rollin Bruce, a homeowner in Stinson Beach, these questions are not mere thought experiments: they are worth up to $15,000 for each day...

Foodie guru to raise market funds

09/19/2013
Michael Pollan—the guru of foodies whose distinct blend of history, science and every other intellectual pursuit has been for many a revolutionary recipe for eating—will appear next month at Toby’s Feed Barn in a benefit for the Point Reyes Farmers’ Market. He will cover a range of topics with farmer...

Homebirth bill sails to governor

09/19/2013
A bill that enables licensed midwives to practice without physician supervision that secured assembly approval in May passed unanimously in the state senate last week. The problem with the current law, which requires official supervision, is that doctors fear losing their liability insurance if they served as supervisors, effectively leaving...

Gala to honor Enos & Hutchinson

09/19/2013
The fertile relationship between Lagunitas School District and San Geronimo Valley Community Center is the cause for celebration at the annual Heart of the Valley Gala on Sept. 28—and no one embodies that relationship better than Larry Enos and Sally Hutchinson. Mr. Enos is the superintendent of Lagunitas and Bolinas-Stinson...

Paused desal plant has court O.K.

09/19/2013
Last week, Marin Municipal Water District won a legal victory when the state supreme court declined to review an appellate court ruling that found its environmental impact report of a proposed desalination plant adequate. In May, the appellate court overturned a ruling by Marin Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee, who...

Car-sharing service arrives

09/19/2013
An online car rental marketplace known as RelayRides has taken root in West Marin, where a smattering of members are hoping to grow its presence. The group, on a mission to “revolutionize personal mobility,” was founded in 2010 by a Boston resident named Shelby Clark who conceived the idea on...

Coastal Commission loses bid to expand penalty powers

09/19/2013
The defeat of a piece of state legislation that would have made it significantly easier for the California Coastal Commission to fine violators elicited frustration last week from environmental organizations and accolades from agricultural groups. Assembly Bill 976 would have allowed the commission, made up of 12 appointed members, to...

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