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Seals thriving in face of change

09/13/2012
For the last 31 years, Point Reyes National Seashore’s southern tip has provided a safe haven for a burgeoning northern elephant seal population. Early this year, observers with the National Park Service counted over 1,600 of the large pinnipeds, including roughly 800 pups. Despite those healthy numbers, seashore scientists remain...

Valley development put on hold

09/13/2012
A petition by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) requesting that Marin County rewrite an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat in the San Geronimo Valley was denied this week by a Marin County Superior Court judge. In her final ruling, Judge Lynn Duryee...

Citizens naturalized in seashore

09/13/2012
Fifty people from 20 countries, including Bolivia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Taiwan, Venezuela and Vietnam, will take the oath of allegiance under the oaks at Bear Valley Visitor Center, in Point Reyes National Seashore, on Monday, September 17. The naturalization ceremony is...

Bo-Stin kids cram campus for one year

09/06/2012
Increasing enrollment at Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, combined with the decision to extend a lease to a preschool, has triggered a classroom and student shuffle and left some parents frustrated over crowded accommodations and the temporary loss of a program. Several parents continued to voice their concerns at the district’s...

Academy finds oyster DEIS lacking

09/06/2012
An answer to whether or not Drake’s Bay Oyster Company is harming the environment remains elusive, as the National Academy of Sciences last week judged evidence in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued by the National Park Service to be insufficient. Of 14 possible “impact” categories, the DEIS alleged...

Celebrating Zen on the beach

09/06/2012
The dense, coastal summertime fog that often blankets Green Gulch Zen Center and organic farm are conducive for growing lettuce and other cool-weather crops. Each planting is handled with mindful care, and restaurants and hungry farmer’s market-goers alike seek out the produce. The neat rows of the farm’s fields stretch...

Bennett caught without permits

09/06/2012
Inverness resident and former Sierra Club representative Gordon Bennett has had his Sea Haven home red-tagged by the county for illegal building, county code enforcement officer Cristy Stanley said. Officials visited the property and issued the tag on August 3, noting that Mr. Bennett was attempting an unpermitted interior remodel...

Water district plan presented

09/06/2012
The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has released a new vegetation management plan, which it says incorporates many of the important lessons learned since the last plan, written 12 years ago. The district has included new management techniques it says are more effective and fiscally feasible. New information about fire...

Hearing on Countywide Plan

09/06/2012
The Marin County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on an amendment to the Countywide Plan at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Civic Center, in San Rafael. The amendment includes technical and clerical corrections to some policies and maps,...

Marshall gains weekend gallery

09/06/2012
Artist Lorraine Almeida is turning her Marshall studio into a weekend gallery, with an opening scheduled for October 13. Ms. Almeida was inspired by her interactions with the public when she opened her doors during a recent open studio tour. “I used to have a different attitude and a great...

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