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New superintendent for Shoreline

05/23/2013
Shoreline Unified School District’s new superintendent, Thomas Stubbs, whose appointment was announced at a board meeting last week, is looking forward to working with staff to “figure out the direction we want to take the district,” he told the Light this week. Mr. Stubbs, who said he does not yet...

Solo crash kills Hog Island worker

05/23/2013
Petaluma resident Abraham Jesus Avalos, who worked in West Marin, passed away on Monday in a tragic car crash in the early hours of the morning. Mr. Avalos worked at Hog Island Oyster Company for four years, quickly moving his way up from part-time retail salesman to a full-time position...

Coalition to request easier oyster leases

05/23/2013
A public-private partnership to restore aquatic habitat and increase the number of oyster farming operations in Tomales Bay and statewide will be proposed for the first time next month, backers of the so-called California Shellfish Initiative said Sunday. Hog Island Oyster Company co-founder John Finger announced the initiative at a panel in Inverness promoting small-scale oyster farming. He and other industry advocates modeled the effort on nationwide efforts as well as a plan currently under development in Humboldt Bay, the state’s largest oyster supplying region. It will be presented at the June 28 Sacramento meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council, a policy advisory group. Mr. Finger, political consultant Warner Chabot and other...

Sobering center not for supes

05/16/2013
The stand-alone sobering center for public drunkards that was recommended by the county’s independent watchdog did not earn support last week from the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The board’s decision not to consider such a venue came in its official response to the chief recommendation of a report issued...

Dimitri Storm found in Berkeley

05/16/2013
He was wanted as a suspect in at least a half-dozen northern California counties. He was the target of a dragnet that caused schools in San Geronimo Valley to enter a lockdown. A poster displaying his face is posted around West Marin. And when he was finally caught authorities said...

Palace: brew, blues and oysters

05/16/2013
America’s musical traditions, from blues to Western swing and R&B, will be represented next Saturday and Sunday during the 38th annual Dance Palace Silent Auction and Blues, Brews and Oysters festival, the community center’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Blues musician Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review will headline...

USGS misrepresented report, scientist finds

05/16/2013
A scientist and entrepreneur friendly to Drakes Bay Oyster Company has filed a new scientific misconduct complaint alleging that the government manipulated data that was used, last year, by the National Park Service to find adverse impacts on harbor seals from Drakes Estero oyster farming. Dr. Corey Goodman said the...

More Marshall homes group poop

05/16/2013
Twenty homes in Marshall soon will be connected to a sewage treatment program that aims to improve water quality in the area. Marin County received a $750,000 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board to build sewage treatment facility to add the homes—the second phase of a community wastewater...

Inverness Park man dies in Sonoma traffic

05/16/2013
Linda Sturdivant has quit smoking, but on Wednesday she picked up cigarettes again as she talked about her companion of nearly two decades—Terry Gray—who died last week. The 54-year-old Inverness Park resident was killed in a traffic accident on Friday in Rohnert Park while picking up cigarettes on the way...

Creekside rules please nobody

05/16/2013
An expanded environmental ordinance affecting over 3,600 parcels of land in Marin has pitted environmental groups against San Geronimo Valley property owners who believe their rights are being trampled. The Marin County Planning Commission met on Monday to hear public comment on a proposed ordinance that would expand a streamside conservation area and voted unanimously to recommend its approval by the Board of Supervisors. The board will consider the ordinance in June. The last substantive Stream Conservation Area (SCA) ordinance was adopted a decade ago and applied to undeveloped parcels. The current regulations up for debate would bring in conventionally zoned properties or those with residential houses already on them. Members of a property-rights group and a realtors association spoke out against the proposal Monday. While...

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