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Annual report shows oyster farm didn’t bother seals

01/03/2013
Surveys of harbor seals in Point Reyes National Seashore last year produced no evidence of mariculture operations disturbing harbor seals in Drakes Estero. According to a National Park Service report released last August and dug up this week by lawyers working on behalf of oyster farmer Kevin Lunny, hikers were...

NOAA will expand marine sanctuaries

01/03/2013
After nearly a decade of trying to gain support for a bill to protect waters off the northern California coast, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s conservation efforts finally are starting to take shape—just as she ends her career in politics. Two weeks ago the White House authorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Oyster farm requests relief

12/27/2012
Attorneys for Kevin Lunny filed a request for a preliminary injunction with the federal district court of northern California last Friday in hopes of putting on pause efforts to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company until the pending lawsuit is resolved. The request states that Mr. Lunny, whose bid to...

Watch for ticks when out

12/27/2012
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is warning residents to take precautions while playing in the outdoors this winter, as ticks are out en force. The western black-legged tick, also called a deer tick, is most active from fall through early spring (the nymphs, or juveniles, are most active...

Vacancy on disabilities board

12/27/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy on the Developmental Disabilities Board, created by state law in 1969 to advocate for the civil, legal and service rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. This area board, representing Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, aims to...

USGS skewed estero seal report

12/27/2012
Marshall resident Corey Goodman has uncovered yet one more instance of the misrepresentation of science related to government efforts to close Drakes Bay Oyster Company—this time involving a United States Geological Survey (USGS) report. A USGS review of National Park Service photographs of harbor seals in Drakes Estero by Brent...

Founder of bird observatory dies at 67

12/27/2012
Richard Stallcup, a renowned bird observer whose lifelong connection with wildlife guided him in the creation of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory 48 years ago, died on December 15 from leukemia. He was 67. Mr. Stallcup, a Novato resident, garnered praise among birding and other conservation groups across the world...

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...

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