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County endorses Dream Act

08/23/2012
At the request of Board President Steve Kinsey, Marin Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a resolution supporting recent state actions relating to the California Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the Dream Act. The package of laws allows children who were brought into the United States under...

Supes respond to Grand Jury

08/23/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors last week submitted responses to three Civil Grand Jury reports, on the potential for increased sharing of services among public agencies and special districts, restorative justice and alcohol abuse. The report on service sharing, called “Pre-Schoolers Learn to Share — Can Local Governments?” recommended...

Ire at $150 fire tax for rural areas

08/23/2012
Marin residents and officials are speaking out against a controversial new “fire fee” for unincorporated areas that will fund state fire-fighting services. The $150 fee was passed as part of a budget deal and has been called “highly flawed” by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, who said he voted to repeal it...

Brush fire burns east of Tomales

08/23/2012
Nearly 30 acres burned yesterday just east of Tomales, threatening five homes that stood within 20 feet of the flames. Fifty-five firefighters, as well as members of Cal Fire, Novato Fire District and the Coast Guard, responded to a report at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The fire, just north of...

Kent Island draft declaration

08/23/2012
A draft Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Kent Island Restoration Project on Bolinas Lagoon was announced this week by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Marin County Open Space District. The project seeks to reestablish “native dune communities and...

Audubon Canyon docents sought

08/23/2012
Audubon Canyon Ranch is searching for volunteer docents to help educate the more than 6,000 elementary school students who visit or learn about the Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon each year. A 22-week training program begins Wednesday, September 5 at the preserve, and will include classes on local birds,...

Listening for the origins of music in nature

08/16/2012
Recording late one night deep in the Amazon jungle, my colleague Ruth Happel and I were alone in the forest several kilometers from camp with no light apart from the beams of our flashlights. Hoping to record the night ambience at several locations, we walked the trail quite aware of...

Heat cure for sudden oak death

08/16/2012
Marin County, the epicenter of the sudden oak death disease that has devastated oak groves in California and Oregon, could now be the site of the trees’ salvation. Scientists at the National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University in San Rafael unveiled breakthrough “green” technology on Tuesday that uses a...

Petition for great white protection

08/16/2012
Three California environmental groups, Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and Shark Stewards, petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Monday, seeking to list the West Coast population of great white sharks under the Endangered Species Act. According to the petition, the northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great...

Vacancies on Bo Lagoon council

08/16/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for three seats on the newly-formed Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council through August 31. The vacancies include representatives of Bolinas and Stinson Beach, and one at-large representative. The council will advise supervisors, the Marin County Open Space District and Marin County Parks...

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