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PRBO to become Point Blue

04/04/2013
What’s in a name? If you’re a Point Reyes wildlife conservation group, names matter a lot. While the scientists and advocates at the Petaluma-based PRBO Conservation Science are usually more focused on Latinate scientific taxonomy of birds and seals, they say they now see one of their core challenges as...

Another level of purity for Inverness Water

04/04/2013
Inverness residents have long been engaged with their village’s water supply. Intrepid locals helped wrest control of the district from a private company in the late 1970s and spoke out against sourcing water during dry spells from the North Marin Water District in the 1980s. But some may not be...

Stinson Beach water alert

04/04/2013
Stinson Beach residents and property owners are being asked to reduce landscape irrigation by 50 percent under a stage-two alert issued by the water district. General Manager Ed Schmidt told the Light in a phone interview that the district evaluates alerts on a monthly basis and explained that the district...

Louisiana Senator pens oyster rider

03/28/2013
A Louisiana lawmaker is continuing to press his case that Drake’s Bay Oyster Company deserves a second chance. Republican Senator David Vitter, who introduced legislation that would extend the embattled cannery’s lapsed Drakes Estero lease, is now questioning the Obama administration’s nominee to lead the Department of the Interior on...

Tam staff press board to impasse

03/28/2013
Tamalpais Union High School District’s unionized non-teaching staff planned to make a public appeal to the district’s board of trustees Wednesday night after 20 months of labor negotiations have deadlocked. The labor dispute involves 151 employees of the district—which serves students from Stinson Beach to the San Geronimo Valley—including secretaries,...

Olema lodge and restaurant on block for $9.75 million

03/28/2013
The Point Reyes Seashore Lodge and Farm House Restaurant and Bar are up for sale with a price tag of $9.75 million. “I’m just kind of getting older and there’s other things I’d rather do,” owner Jeff Harriman said. When Mr. Harriman built the inn with his brother, Tom, in...

Interior IG under House fire

03/28/2013
House Republicans unleashed a new attack on the government watchdog responsible for a criticized investigation into allegations of scientific misconduct in an environmental report that found major noise impacts from Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. Doc Hastings, the House Natural Resources Committee chairman, accused Department of the Interior Acting Inspector General...

Salmon spawning on rebound in Lagunitas watershed

03/28/2013
As county officials revamp streamside development rules intended to protect coho salmon, watershed officials released new numbers confirming an unexpected rebound in the number of the endangered fish’s nests in Lagunitas Creek. The 243 nests, known as redds, counted in the 2012-2013 spawning season represented the highest figure since 2007,...

Man arrested in antler standoff

03/28/2013
A Tomales man who has pleaded guilty to wielding a sharpened deer antler is facing a possible six-month sentence in jail, law enforcement officials said this week. Timothy Cornett, 22, pled guilty Friday to the charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon in a in a rude, angry, or threatening manner...

State rural fire fee postponed

03/28/2013
The $150 state fire fee imposed on residents of unincorporated areas like West Marin that set off a maelstrom of complaints and appeals has been temporarily postponed, according to California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Dennis Mathisen. Last year, when the fee was implemented by the...

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