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Salmon rebound in watershed

12/27/2012
Salmon numbers in the Lagunitas Creek watershed are on track to meet the average of the last 17 years—a significant rebound from the low counts of recent years, Municipal Water District announced last week. District and community volunteer surveyors have already counted 160 federally endangered coho salmon and 80 redds,...

Grandi building loses permits

12/20/2012
The county has revoked permits for the renovation of the historic Grandi Building following a discovery that one of its departments had issued a renewal in error—that is, without valid accompanying planning permits. Tom Lai of the Community Development Agency said a letter from a citizen concerned with parking around...

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The federal government has rescinded demands that Drakes Bay Oyster Company refrain from planting seed and that it remove buildings, including all employee housing, by the end of February.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...

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