Brush fire burns east of Tomales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Scientist links D to breast cancer

Point Reyes Station scientist Kathie Dalessandri has found that Vitamin D may be a key to discovering why Marin County women have one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world, a new study has shown. The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reported that Dr. Dalessandri and...

Oysters and cheese recalled

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company has instituted a voluntary recall of certain shucked and unshucked oysters it suspects may be carriers of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring bacteria that can cause stomach distress and, occasionally, serious illness. The affected shucked oysters are labeled with lot numbers 363 through 421. The affected...

 derby reels 
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Before catching the biggest fish of the 47th annual Bolinas Rod and Boat Club Fishing Derby, Peter Smith played a game of golf. “I finished the game and then ran down to the dock, jumped in the boat, and only went fishing for about 20 minutes,” Mr. Smith, who is...


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