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Holiday goings on in Point Reyes

11/15/2012
The 15th annual Path of Lights—that evening of shopping in downtown Point Reyes illuminated by paper lanterns lining Mainstreet—returns Friday, November 30. The large pine towering over Wells Fargo will be lit in a ceremony led by West Marin Senior Services as usual, and the bank will serve cocoa. Building...

Dramatic rescue at mouth of Tomales Bay

11/08/2012
Seven people were pulled from the chilly surf at the mouth of Tomales Bay on Sunday after a 25-foot motorboat capsized, leaving two children trapped inside the cabin of the sinking craft. Officials said none of the boaters were wearing life jackets and that the children inside the cabin, ages...

Goodman requests investigation into claims of Ragen misconduct

11/08/2012
Corey Goodman has filed his sixth complaint with the federal government concerning the application of science at Point Reyes National Seashore, this time targeting Marine Mammal Commission Director Tim Ragen. In a letter sent Wednesday to the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce, the Marshall scientist accused Dr. Ragen...

Burglary spree ends in arrest of Oakland man

11/08/2012
A spree of burglaries in the last week across West Marin has left law enforcement trying to tie two unsolved incidents to a suspect arrested Monday in relation to a burglary at Diekmann’s General Store in Tomles, authorities said Tuesday. Tyrone Brennen, 27, of Oakland, was arrested Monday night after...

Drakes Cove named landmark

10/25/2012
It was of little surprise to a group of historians and scholars when the federal government recognized a medieval sea captain for harboring near a bay that now bears his name. In fact, for Edward Von der Porten and other members of the Drakes Navigators Guild, the proclamation last week...

Stargazing ends in fiery display

10/25/2012
What began like any other outdoor stargazing lesson by Bolinas-Stinson middle school teacher Don Jolley last Wednesday ended in a surprising fiery display. Twenty minutes into the naked-eye astronomy lesson, Mr. Jolley, along with a group of eighth-graders gathered on the school’s athletic field with eyes fixed on the night...

Post office hours may be reduced

10/25/2012
Two post offices in West Marin may reduce operating hours as hundreds of other small-town locations in the Bay Area and around Sacramento face similar cutbacks to continue operating with limited finances. U.S. Postal Service officials this week sought public input to alternatives presented at a meeting in San Geronimo...

Duck hunting on Tomales Bay raises debate

10/18/2012
Waterfowl hunting in Tomales Bay opens Saturday for the season, and two camps, one pushing for a ban on hunting, the other endorsing the state-regulated and historic pastime, are gearing up. A newly formed group, Action Tomales Bay, has argued that hunting in the 483-acre Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve disrupts...

California urges oyster lease renewal

10/18/2012
The director of the California Department of Fish and Game, Charlton Bonham, has urged the National Park Service to Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operating permit, which expires at the end of November. In a letter sent to Superintendent Cicely Muldoon last week, Mr. Bonham wrote that the company produces 40...

Taxpayer group challenges legality of rural Cal Fire fee

10/11/2012
A controversial new fee for fire prevention services in rural areas is being challenged in a lawsuit filed last week by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a conservative activist organization. The fee, which benefits the state agency Cal Fire, is widely opposed by politicians, fire departments and others in Marin...

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