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Fibershed surveys wool producers

03/14/2013
The San Geronimo-based nonprofit Fibershed, in collaboration with UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture interns, is mapping California’s fiber supply in order to understand the volume and quality of the state’s wool, as well as find ways to help farmers process their product. While California produces just under three million pounds of...

Hostel’s LEED building

03/14/2013
The Point Reyes Hostel’s new building, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as the California State Coastal Conservancy, has become the first LEED-designated hostel building in the country, according to a press release. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, offers certification for buildings that...

Cheese festival features locals

03/14/2013
A few West Marin cheesemongers will showcase their tangy products at the California Artisan Cheese Festival’s Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace, taking place at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma on March 24. Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. and Cowgirl Creamery from Point Reyes Station, Nicasio Valley Cheese Co. from...

Grants given to nonprofits

03/07/2013
A local community foundation this week announced the award of more than $54,000 in small grants to 27 nonprofits. The West Marin Fund—which raises “money from the community to invest in the community,” executive director Catherine Porter says—designated the funds for the enhancement of fundraising “through improved websites, social media,...

Record dry spell looking dismal for organic dairies

03/07/2013
Coastal ranches and dairies are hoping that a week of rainy weather will precipitate a change in fortunes following a dry, cold and windy beginning to the year that has left their pastures parched. West Marin saw its driest January and February in recorded history this year, local watershed managers...

Federal cuts could hit West Marin schools hardest

03/07/2013
The cautious optimism of school and national park officials, senior-service providers and other heads of federally funded agencies and programs across West Marin hoping to avoid a wave of spending cuts subsided as the reality of an abrupt loss of tens of billions of dollars in federal funding set in...

Public drinking strains county, jury finds

03/07/2013
When asked about a homeless man who apparently drank so much that he passed out in the park on Saturday, some residents and workers in downtown Bolinas have to think deeply about who exactly that could have been. There are a number of homeless people in the area, many who...

Salmon protection group will catch water in Tocaloma

03/07/2013
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is preparing to install new rainwater catchment cisterns around its headquarters near the western end of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, as it sets out on an agreement with the National Park Service over developing a temporary irrigation system to ensure the longevity of...

Watchdog submits oyster grievances to Congress

03/07/2013
A watchdog group participating in the legal defense for Drake’s Bay Oyster Company this week issued a report accusing the Department of the Interior of relying on flawed science in its decision to deny a new permit to the oyster farm. Cause of Action is currently helping oysterman Kevin Lunny...

Deputy helps fallen bicyclist

03/07/2013
A bicyclist who collapsed in San Geronimo Valley after developing a heart condition on Sunday was helped by an anonymous person who performed CPR, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Doug Pittman said the man, whose name was not released, was in improved condition and being treated in...

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