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Oyster farm awaits word from DC

10/04/2012
Fewer than 60 days remain before Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s 40-year reservation of use and occupancy expires, and owner Kevin Lunny is feeling glum. His workers are wondering whether they’ll be jobless and homeless by winter, and the possibility of having to kill the millions of juvenile oysters growingd in...

Supervisors weigh in on propositions

09/27/2012
Albert Straus walked into a Marin County Board of Supervisors meeting with a six-pack of milk bottles. It sounds like the opening line of a joke, but in fact he was there to ask the board to endorse a proposition requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. The bottles had...

Tomales High farm proposed

09/27/2012
The agriculture teacher at Tomales High has a vision for the empty field lying behind the school’s tennis courts: Bill Costanzo sees a livestock barn, a small greenhouse and apple and pear orchards. The trustees of Shoreline Unified School District, who heard the proposal at their regular meeting last Thursday,...

The new West Marin Review

09/20/2012
Literary journals are always a labor of love, and the West Marin Review is no exception. The fourth edition of the sleek little volume has just been published by a small all-volunteer staff. It took two years to produce. “It’s a huge amount of work,” Doris Ober, the review’s editor,...

Market for heirloom varietals booms as interest grows

09/20/2012
A brilliant sea of fruits and vegetables filled a hall at the Sonoma County fairgrounds last week, where grotesquely oversized pumpkins lurked like sumo wrestlers along a far wall. Table after table was dedicated to a rainbow of produce: fluorescent pink dragonfruit, mahogany-colored eggs and hundred of apples. One long...

Foodshed brings bulk to Inverness

09/20/2012
By the end of September, a small room behind the Inverness post office will be transformed into a new food cooperative. It is the latest addition to the renaissance of a sleepy town that has gained a coffee shop, an oyster bar and this newspaper’s offices in the last two...

Bear Valley Trail closed for repair

09/13/2012
Bear Valley Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed to visitors for up to three weeks starting Monday, September 17 while rangers replace a damaged culvert and restore a small section of eroded bank on Bear Valley Creek, which provides habitat for the federally-threatened steelhead trout. Rangers will...

French broom burned at Lagoon

09/13/2012
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) announced plans to burn seven acres near the intersection of Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Highway One, across from the Bolinas Lagoon, next Wednesday, September 19, in an attempt to control French broom. The exact date may change due to weather conditions. According to the National...

Seals thriving in face of change

09/13/2012
For the last 31 years, Point Reyes National Seashore’s southern tip has provided a safe haven for a burgeoning northern elephant seal population. Early this year, observers with the National Park Service counted over 1,600 of the large pinnipeds, including roughly 800 pups. Despite those healthy numbers, seashore scientists remain...

Valley development put on hold

09/13/2012
A petition by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) requesting that Marin County rewrite an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat in the San Geronimo Valley was denied this week by a Marin County Superior Court judge. In her final ruling, Judge Lynn Duryee...

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