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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

Sonoma city council endorses oyster farm

06/06/2013
Sonoma became the first municipality to endorse Drakes Bay Oyster Company on Monday when its city council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the oyster farm in its battle to stay in operation and calling on politicians to take action to save the farm. The resolution noted the farm’s historic presence, California’s authority over the waters, the benefits of shellfish cultivation and National Academy of Science studies finding misrepresentations of science used to prove the farm’s environmental harm. It called on state and federal lawmakers to take action while also commending the farm for its “heroic efforts” to save California’s only oyster cannery, the jobs it provides and...

Growers seek correction of EIS

06/06/2013
The fifth Data Quality Act complaint since 2007 has been filed against the National Park Service in regard to science surrounding the oyster farm in Drakes Estero, this time in regard to the draft and final versions of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC). The...

Foster parents urgently sought

06/06/2013
Seventy to 90 children in Marin County are in need of foster care at any given time, Marin County Children and Family Services says, and the agency has only 28 families signed up to help. An orientation for potential foster parents will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the...

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