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Healthy food at national parks

06/13/2013
Food like fish tacos and yogurt parfaits will now be offered as part of the National Park Service’s new Healthy & Sustainable Food Program guidelines for incorporating healthy foods in its national parks. Hot dogs and ice cream, however, can remain. Effective now, all new concession contracts and contracts up...

Farmers market opens next week

06/13/2013
The Point Reyes Farmers Market will kick off its 19th season on June 22 with a new membership program as well as a grant for matching purchase dollars spent through the Electronic Benefit Transfer system up to $10 per card. With few market customers purchasing through EBT, market manager Allison...

Body found in Tocaloma ravine

06/13/2013
The body of an East Bay woman was found in a grassy ravine in the old town of Tocaloma last Thursday morning, launching a homicide investigation by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Trisha Hopfe, 31, was spotted by a hiker on the Cross Marin Trail, separated by an embankment from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about a tenth of a mile north of Turtle Island Restoration Network and half a mile south of Platform Bridge Road. At the time she was discovered, Ms. Hopfe, who had a son and daughter ages 10 and 5 and lived throughout the East Bay, appeared to have been dead for a couple of days, Lieutenant Jamie Scardina of the sheriff’s investigative division said. She was at least partially naked and displayed suspicious injuries that did not include gunshot wounds. Investigators are interviewing witnesses but...

PRBO is officially Point Blue

06/13/2013
Amid a rebranding campaign, PRBO Conservation Science, a Petaluma-based nonprofit with a field station in Bolinas, has formally changed its name to Point Blue Conservation Science. Though the group calls the change a “redoubling of its mission,” the change triggered a minor uproar when plans were announced in April. Some...

Business leaders stand by DBOC

06/13/2013
Another statement of support for Drakes Bay Oyster Company came this week when a North Bay public-policy advocacy group called on the state to assert its aquaculture rights in Drakes Estero and on elected officials to investigate questionable science cited by the National Park Service. The North Bay Leadership Council,...

Uneasy access to herb irks jurors

06/13/2013
The looming closure of the only remaining medical marijuana storefront dispensary in Marin has prompted criticism from the county’s civil grand jury over diminishing access to the drug—in the face of the overwhelming support it has from county voters. In May, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities and municipalities...

Olema slide at last set for fix

06/06/2013
The section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Olema Hill, where traffic cones and provisional stop signs have created a one-lane road and slowed traffic for over two years, will finally be repaired. Construction to fix the road, damaged by storms in March 2011, will begin in late June and...

Bolinas bookstore robbed again

06/06/2013
A thief whose posterior was exposed to a surveillance camera stole the lockbox that collects donations at the Bolinas Book Exchange, where sales take place on the honor system, last weekend. A video posted to YouTube, which as of Wednesday morning had been viewed 85 times, shows the bandit, who...

SPAWN offers cash for fish-trap vandal

06/06/2013
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Restoration Network (SPAWN) believes recent vandalism to a trap box and fish net in San Geronimo Creek that may have resulted in the death of endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout likely stemmed from community anguish over pending streamside development restrictions that the organization has...

Quinceañera to be a community affair

06/06/2013
A traditional Latina coming of age ceremony for two teenagers will welcome members of the West Marin community next week. The Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center will hold the quinceañera, or fifteenth birthday celebration, as part of its Latino outreach program; Margarita Echeverria, office manager and bookkeeper at the center, hopes the event will promote cultural exchange. Two young women who live in Point Reyes, Stephanie Gonzales and

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