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Oyster FEIS under fire for content and timing

11/29/2012
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Drakes Bay Oyster Company was released last Wednesday, and with it a laundry list of negative impacts the National Park Service said would result from the company’s continued operation. Largely unchanged from a draft version that was criticized in a report by the...

Scenic status sought for Lucas Valley Road

11/29/2012
Homeowners in Lucas Valley and other parts of the county showing support for a petition meant to designate Lucas Valley Road as the county’s first scenic route could once again block development plans along the same road. The effort, which could lead to building and other restrictions along the entirety...

Salazar pays visit to Point Reyes

11/21/2012
Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is paying a visit to Drakes Bay Oyster Company and meeting with what his office called “community stakeholders”—representatives of an environmental movement that in recent weeks has been pounding the virtual pavement with petitions and mass emails calling for the closure of the...

Achievement gap widens at Shoreline

11/21/2012
Shoreline Unified School District trustees trying to reverse a learning gap between Anglo and Latino students were confronted last week with a school report revealing a sliding performance among disadvantaged students. The largest drop was among English learners, according to the annual report compiled by WestEd, a nonprofit research agency...

Marshall Tavern owners told to build public pier

11/21/2012
The latest plans to turn the historic Marshall Tavern into a bed and breakfast on the shores of Tomales Bay are inching forward as the owners and the Coastal Commission negotiate terms, including the placement of a public pier mandated by the commission. A hearing on the merits of the...

MALT announces new director

11/21/2012
Marin Agricultural Land Trust announced the appointment of a new executive director on November 20, 2012, concluding a nationwide search to fill a role that has worked to preserve thousands of acres across the county for nearly 20 years. Wildlife biologist Jamison Watts, who now serves as the executive director...

Point Reyes rancher dies in reservoir crash

11/15/2012
A bouquet of flowers on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road now overlooks the spot where a member of a well-known ranching family fatally crashed into the Nicasio Reservoir earlier this week. Rich Giacomini, 71, of Point Reyes Station, was traveling southbound when his pickup truck swerved and crashed through a guardrail before...

Flea Market on hold following complaints of competition

11/15/2012
A small group of Point Reyes Station residents concerned about a flea market that has begun appearing regularly in the center of town turned a community meeting late last week into a debate over whether such a recurring commercial activity befits a public gathering space. The discussion, led by more...

Tea purveyor seeks escape from county demolition

11/15/2012
A legal tug of war between county officials and a Lagunitas homeowner who is trying to hold onto a home he has built outside of county regulations appeared to give way late last week, after a county court denied an appeal by David Lee Hoffman to keep the county from...

Oakland man accused of string

11/15/2012
Sonoma and Marin investigators are still trying to tie an Oakland man currently in custody on several burglary charges across Sonoma County to a string of unsolved burglaries reported earlier this month in West Marin. Tyrone Brennen, 27, of Oakland, is being held at Sonoma County Jail with a $500,000...

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