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Government cedes time to oyster farm

12/20/2012
The federal government has rescinded demands that Drakes Bay Oyster Company refrain from planting seed and that it remove buildings, including all employee housing, by the end of February. In a small victory for Kevin Lunny and his workforce, the Department of Justice, which is defending Interior Secretary Ken Salazar...

St. Columba’s bearer of the good news

12/20/2012
Before he left his hometown in Georgia for a job across the country, the Rev. Robert Weldy Jr. was told by an Episcopalian pastor that he was destined for priesthood. It was a prediction that came as a surprise to Mr. Weldy, who in the late 1990’s sought to build...

Bolinas mom dies in Highway one crash

12/13/2012
Barbara Rothwell, a single mother whose working hands held several jobs to support to her family, died on December 5 in a car wreck on Highway One near her home in Bolinas. She was 48. She was pronounced dead by county paramedics after volunteer firefighters, including members of Bolinas, Stinson...

County plods through coastal plan

12/13/2012
County supervisors working to update development regulations in coastal towns across West Marin offered responses Tuesday to a series of staff revisions to a management program that has remained unchanged for nearly three decades. The proposed amendments to the Local Coastal Program, a series of guidelines adopted by the county...

Enviros intervene in oyster farm lawsuit

12/13/2012
Four nonprofit environmental groups have petitioned to intervene in the lawsuit filed last week by Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which Interior Secretary Ken Salazar evicted at the termination of its 40-year lease. Amy Trainer of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC), Neal Desai of the National Parks Conservation...

Concrete plant to close

12/13/2012
Owners of Rich Readimix Concrete have stopped operations on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and will demolish the plant as early as next week. Established in 1958, the plant has seen decreased demand as a result of less new home construction and more competition. Manager Matt Lennon and his four workers will...

Liza Crosse joins water board

12/13/2012
This week Liza Crosse was unanimously voted onto the board of Marin Municipal Water District, where she will represent 37,000 residents, including her neighbors in the San Geronimo Valley, for the next two years. Ms. Crosse, an aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey, said her love of water and water issues...

Lunny requests restraining order

12/13/2012
On Wednesday four law firms working pro bono for Drakes Bay Oyster Company applied for a temporary restraining order with the federal district court in San Francisco. The filing states that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s order to shut down the oyster farm would result in the immediate loss of 2.5...

Buses to see whales and seals

12/13/2012
Point Reyes National Seashore announced the opening of the 15th season of shuttle bus transportation to the lighthouse and Chimney Rock, prime spots for watching for whales and viewing Elephant seals. The busses begin Saturday, December 29 and run through mid-April on weekends and holidays, in good weather. “Winter is...

Seat on fish and wildlife board

12/13/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy on the Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission for a conservation representative. The board advises supervisors on all matters pertaining to fish and game propagation, habitat and conservation and recommends expenditures from the county’s fish and wildlife propagation fund. Those interested...

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