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Mussel quarantine starts early

04/25/2013
The annual quarantine on sport-harvested, non-commercial mussels is now in effect all along the California coast, including all inlets, harbors and bays. The California Department of Public Health instituted the quarantine earlier than its typical May 1 start date due to high levels of biotoxins detected. “The quarantine is in...

Support for ferments business

04/25/2013
A fermented-foods business run by an Inverness couple is receiving a loan from some members of the Mt. Vision Local Investment Opportunities Network (LION), the newly formed network announced this week. The $15,000 loan will help Maggie Levinger and Luke Regalbuto purchase new equipment and expand their business, which since...

Fishermen sue Interior and parks

04/25/2013
Herring fishermen filed suit last Thursday challenging a ruling by the managers of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) that would prohibit the historic commercial fishery from operating in San Francisco Bay. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, alleges the...

Oyster fight advances with state and feds

04/25/2013
The battles facing oysterman Kevin Lunny and his family business advanced in state bureaucracies and in federal court last week, as lawyers submitted their final briefs to push an appellate court to prevent the cannery from being shut down. On Monday Mr. Lunny’s lawyers argued to federal judges that the federal government overstepped its authority by attempting to convert to wilderness an estuary in which the state of California has reserved fishing rights. Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been pushing the Department of Fish and Wildlife to take a more assertive stance in defense of the oyster farm, and commissioners who oversee the department discussed their legal options in closed session at a meeting in Santa Rosa last week

Seashore ranchers await longer leases

04/25/2013
Some ranchers saw it as a show of good faith when former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asked the National Park Service on Nov. 29 to double the length of the 10-year use permits that the government previously supported. Yet despite that commitment, no ranchers currently operate on 20-year terms and...

Utility seeks rate hike for beleaguered Dillon Beach

04/18/2013
Marjon Row, a retired highway patrolwoman, had to make a choice: give up the Subaru she had bought a year ago or leave the home she was renting in Dillon Beach. But it wasn’t the rent that posed the problem—it was her hefty water bill that claimed the money she...

Supes delay vote on coastal program as EAC ramps up opposition

04/18/2013
The meandering process to update Marin’s coastal development regulatory regime took yet another turn Tuesday, when a local environmental group came out against the land-use plan and the county board of supervisors tabled its amendments for

Locals prevent Inverness speed-limit increase

04/18/2013
Friendly signs posted along the roadside in Inverness Park warn drivers to drive carefully. “Slow down and it relax,” the signs read. “Share the road,” says another. But the town’s limited-visibility driveways, many marked with convex mirrors, and its retail hub—a hive of pedestrian activity and a stopover for bicyclists...

Bicyclist dies after colliding with passing pickup in Inverness Park

04/18/2013
A bicyclist was swept under the wheels of a passing vehicle in Inverness Park on Friday, and he died of his injuries in the street as passersby and first responders near the cluster of shops along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard worked to revive him. California Highway Patrol and Marin Coroner’s...

Hunting will continue in wetlands

04/18/2013
The California Fish and Game Commission declined on Wednesday to take action on a petition by environmentalists and animal-rights activists to discontinue duck hunting at the state-run Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve. During a public hearing in Santa Rosa, officials heard from dozens of residents and received petitions from recreational hunters...

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