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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...

Supply store and vet suffer losses

09/19/2013
A burglary in Point Reyes Station in the wee hours Sunday morning left the animal clinic bereft of roughly $10,000 worth of flea medication. A deputy driving by the Point Reyes Animal Hospital around 3 a.m. espied a broken window; as it turned out, the perpetrator had thrown a brick...

Anne Dick’s new book of letters

09/12/2013
Point Reyes Station Bed & Breakfast owner Anne Dick, a former wife of science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick, has released a new book under her publishing company Point Reyes Cypress Press. Letters of my Grandfather, Moses Perry Johnson, 1911—1928 traces a rich cross-section of the life Ms. Dick’s maternal...

Tax amnesty for lodging operators

09/12/2013
The advent of the Internet has made it easy to for pretty much anyone to offer short-term vacation rentals—and over 200 of these operators in Marin, many of whom are renting their homes, are either unaware of, or are ignoring, a county tax. Over the last year, the finance department...

Parking plan for Muir Woods

09/12/2013
Federal, state and county agencies last week announced a collaborative effort to remedy parking problems at Muir Woods National Monument, where traffic is compromising both public safety and enjoyment. Congestion at the monument and in nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park, combined with gaps in trail and pedestrian systems, is resulting...

Seals thrive in estero in 2013

09/12/2013
Disturbances of harbor seals by oyster boats in Drakes Estero have been the subject of the most heated arguments over the environmental impact of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Scientists at Point Reyes National Seashore have for years claimed a correlation, if not a causal relationship, between increased shellfish harvest and...

Leashes ahead for dogs at beaches

09/12/2013
The second draft of a dog management plan for the sprawling Golden Gate National Recreation Area was released last Friday with some concessions for pet owners and sizable protections for bird watchers, picnickers, runners and other visitors intent on a dog-free experience. The proposed rules for 22 areas of federal...

Locals save historic Olema butcher shop

09/05/2013
Fast-acting residents preserved the historic Gamboni butcher shop in Olema last Friday after an errant driver hit a power pole, dropping lines onto a field and igniting a brush fire along Highway One. With emergency vehicles stuck behind a pole blocking both lanes, a handful of locals wielding garden hoses,...

Appeal denied, Drakes Bay presses for more judges

09/05/2013
Drakes Bay Oyster Company suffered a blow on Tuesday when a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to deny the farm a preliminary injunction that would have allowed it to stay open while battling the federal government. The historic farm’s efforts to continue to cultivate oysters on Marin’s coast—a battle that has attracted the attention of famous chefs, conservatives, environmental groups, members of Congress and the local community—has stoked fears among

Diversity seats open on county community development groups

09/05/2013
Marin County is inviting residents to apply to be members of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee and its Local Area Committees, which oversee the county supervisors’ allocation and distribution of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program funds. The CDBG and HOME committees are undergoing an expansion with the...

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