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County funds new farmworker units

02/14/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $250,000 grant to help a collaborative project working to replace, improve and maintain dilapidated agricultural employee housing on the coast. The funding enables the replacement or construction of 20 units on 12 volunteering ranches, according to county Community Development Agency...

Marshall Tavern owners sue

02/14/2013
Owners of the Marshall Tavern late last week filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, claiming the agency has imposed unduly restrictive conditions on their attempt to restore a property whose vacancy stretches back more than two decades. The lawsuit, filed in Marin County Superior Court on Friday, challenges...

Agency findings add setbacks for oyster farm

02/14/2013
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday found Drake’s Bay Oyster Company in prolonged violation of state law and ordered the cannery to plan for unwinding their operations should their fight to remain open fail by a February 28 deadline. The regulatory agency’s ruling added yet another obstacle to oysterman Kevin...

Vacancies on county boards

02/07/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy each on the Marin County Access Appeals Board and the Marin County Building Board of Appeals; information about these boards, whose members are appointed by supervisors, can be found online at marincounty.org. The deadline for applications for both positions is 5...

Free tax advice at Dance Palace

02/07/2013
A free tax preparation session sponsored by West Marin Community Services, the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center and AARP foundation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the community center. Appointments are required, so please call the resource center at (415) 663.8361...

Soups and more at The Fork

02/07/2013
If January’s below-average temperatures tested your winter-recipe books, a soup-making class being offered this Friday in Point Reyes Station may offer the right boost to your cooking. The hands-on course, which includes lunch and a farm tour, is offered for $75 at The Fork, the culinary education and event space...

Oyster farmer appeals ruling

02/07/2013
Drake’s Bay Oyster Company appealed on Wednesday a U.S. District Court ruling that the company could not remain in operation while it wages a lawsuit against the Obama administration. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled on Monday that it was beyond the court’s jurisdiction to grant Kevin Lunny’s request...

District considers making preschools public

02/07/2013
A path to consolidating preschool education for Bolinas and Stinson Beach residents appeared to take shape last week, when more than two dozen parents and educators gathered to explore the possibility of merging two private preschools into a public school district facing shifting demographics and educational needs. The discussion, unfolding...

MALT saves more Barboni acres

02/07/2013
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) announced on Friday an agreement to preserve 1,194 acres of Hicks Valley ranch land. After four years of planning and fundraising, the Barboni Ranch, located four miles north of the Nicasio Reservoir, will be permanently protected from residential development. Fourth-generation rancher Bill Barboni II...

Chileno Valley breeders appeal

02/07/2013
An animal abuse case involving a Chileno Valley couple seeking to recover horses confiscated by the Marin Humane Society seemed all but decided late last week, when a judge once again ruled the society was justified in detaining a pair of horses it said were “affected to the point of...

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