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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...

Five contend for Stinson water board

10/11/2012
For the first time in decades, citizens are vying for the limited seats on the Stinson Beach Water District board of directors. Five candidates, including two incumbents, will compete this November 6 for three open seats on the board, one of which was held by board president Elizabeth Sapanai, who...

No consensus for Point Reyes history book

10/04/2012
It has been a long road to publication for a book on the history of the Point Reyes Peninsula that is slated to arrive in bookstores later this month. An Island In Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore has been making a local stir for its coverage of...

Oyster farm awaits word from DC

10/04/2012
Fewer than 60 days remain before Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s 40-year reservation of use and occupancy expires, and owner Kevin Lunny is feeling glum. His workers are wondering whether they’ll be jobless and homeless by winter, and the possibility of having to kill the millions of juvenile oysters growingd in...

Supervisors weigh in on propositions

09/27/2012
Albert Straus walked into a Marin County Board of Supervisors meeting with a six-pack of milk bottles. It sounds like the opening line of a joke, but in fact he was there to ask the board to endorse a proposition requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. The bottles had...

Tomales High farm proposed

09/27/2012
The agriculture teacher at Tomales High has a vision for the empty field lying behind the school’s tennis courts: Bill Costanzo sees a livestock barn, a small greenhouse and apple and pear orchards. The trustees of Shoreline Unified School District, who heard the proposal at their regular meeting last Thursday,...

The new West Marin Review

09/20/2012
Literary journals are always a labor of love, and the West Marin Review is no exception. The fourth edition of the sleek little volume has just been published by a small all-volunteer staff. It took two years to produce. “It’s a huge amount of work,” Doris Ober, the review’s editor,...

Market for heirloom varietals booms as interest grows

09/20/2012
A brilliant sea of fruits and vegetables filled a hall at the Sonoma County fairgrounds last week, where grotesquely oversized pumpkins lurked like sumo wrestlers along a far wall. Table after table was dedicated to a rainbow of produce: fluorescent pink dragonfruit, mahogany-colored eggs and hundred of apples. One long...

Foodshed brings bulk to Inverness

09/20/2012
By the end of September, a small room behind the Inverness post office will be transformed into a new food cooperative. It is the latest addition to the renaissance of a sleepy town that has gained a coffee shop, an oyster bar and this newspaper’s offices in the last two...

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