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Muir Woods tops visits in 2011

02/28/2013
Tourists who visited local national parks spent more money there in 2011 than in the year prior, accounting for $262 million in spending around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, according to a new study commissioned by the National Park Service. Muir Woods...

Draft creekside rules released

02/28/2013
County planners earlier this week released a draft of revisions to a stream-conservation ordinance that retains many building regulations near waterways but eases restrictions on property owners seeking minor improvements that do not affect the nearby habitat. The proposed ordinance, which applies to all properties in unincorporated areas that are...

New Point Reyes tracking school

02/28/2013
Local tracker Richard Vacha, who has under his belt a lifetime of wandering in Marin’s open spaces, this month launched the new Point Reyes Tracking School in what he calls the “culmination of a long-held dream.” The school is offering a multitude of classes and workshops, but the core curriculum...

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company granted emergency injunction

02/25/2013
An appellate court issued an emergency order on Monday that will allow Drake's Bay Oyster Company to continue doing business while the embattled cannery wages a legal battle against the Obama administration. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted oysterman Kevin Lunny's eleventh-hour...

Ranchers say park plan will blanket pastures in sand

02/22/2013
European beachgrass, long favored by natural resource management agencies as a means to stabilize shifting sands, has fallen out of fashion with the National Park Service. Not so with local ranchers. In a letter sent to the superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore last week, the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers...

Gun owners gobble up District Attorney’s buyback monies

02/22/2013
After he learned he could not repair an old hunting rifle he inherited from his grandfather, Bob McClure tucked it away in his Inverness home. The next time he picked up the more than 100-year-old .22-caliber Remington, it was to hand it over to law enforcement officers. “It’s not dependent...

Central Coast Coho Salmon Federal Recovery Plan released

02/22/2013
The director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Chuck Bonham, told thematic jokes to a crowd of 100 gathered on Monday at the San Geronimo Golf Course to mark the release of the final Central Coast Coho Salmon Federal Recovery Plan, a collaboration with the National Oceanic and...

Deal will keep Tomales Bay open

02/21/2013
County officials struck a deal with California last week ensuring short-term funding for three state parks slated to close last year in Marin, setting the stage for dozens of similar deals sought by the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation to reverse plans for deep budget cuts. The nearly $2...

Oyster fans hold vigil as lawyers appeal

02/21/2013
After lawyers submitted what could be their most consequential arguments yet to an appeals court, supporters of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company prepared to gather Friday at an around-the-clock vigil for the embattled cannery and its 31 employees. An eleventh-hour appeal to save the oyster farm rests on three judges agreeing...

Anti-SmartMeter groups oppose settlement with utility commission

02/21/2013
A coalition of activist groups across the region staunchly opposed to the installation of wireless utility meters are not softening calls for harsher penalties against multiple Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) employees and other utility officials implicated in an ongoing investigation into privacy violations. The groups last week filed...

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