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Ordered to close, oyster farmer sues federal government

12/06/2012
A government watchdog group filed a lawsuit on behalf of Kevin Lunny on Monday alleging that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision to close Drakes Bay Oyster Company violates the United States Constitution and the American Procedure Act, and that the release of the controversial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the...

Storm inundates region

12/06/2012
A succession of storms that swept across the region in the past week left hundreds of homes without power and parts of major roads obstructed by fallen trees and branches as emergency crews and volunteer firefighters rushed to clear roads and barricade homes during the first major storm system of...

Salazar chooses to close Drake Bay Oyster Company

11/29/2012
The debate over whether an oyster farm at the end of its lease should remain in a national seashore reached a crescendo last week, when supporters and opponents made final appeals to a Cabinet member who is hours away from announcing the fate of one of the state’s largest oyster...

Salazar visit provokes old and new arguments

11/29/2012
The debate over whether an oyster farm at the end of its lease should remain in a national seashore reached a crescendo last week, when supporters and opponents made final appeals to a Cabinet member who is hours away from announcing the fate of one of the state’s largest oyster...

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...

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