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Hog Island tracks sea changes

08/16/2012
Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer has teamed up with researchers to track rising temperatures and acidity in Tomales Bay—changes that are affecting him and other farmers whose fates are linked to that of the Pacific Ocean. Last week, Mr. Sawyer installed a sub-surface fluorometer to measure PH, temperature...

Oyster farm files data complaint

08/09/2012
Drake’s Bay Oyster Company owners Kevin and Nancy Lunny and scientist Corey Goodman have filed a complaint with the National Park Service requesting the expedited correction of information contained in two documents issued by Point Reyes National Seashore officials. The complaint alleges that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for...

Woodacre collective grows healing, less psychoactive herb

08/09/2012
Synergy Wellness’s medical marijuana farm is tucked away in a leafy corner of Woodacre. Healthy cannabis plants bask in the afternoon sun on the property’s back deck, but most of the operation is carried out inside a specially-built grow house. Sequestered in a long windowless room, the 50-some plants are...

In private letter, Tim Ragen admits no evidence for seal study

08/09/2012
Occasionally in the rush to get out the news, journalists miss the story. This was the case with our article of two weeks ago concerning a now widely-viewed private letter sent by Tim Ragen, director of the Marine Mammal Commission, to Corey Goodman, scientist and critic of the ongoing effort...

Design rules on the drawing board

08/09/2012
Love shingled homes but hate stucco? Feel strongly about where new buildings should position their parking spaces? Unincorporated Marin will soon have design guidelines dictating the appearance of new multifamily and mixed-use development, and is asking residents to help set the standard. The guidelines, which are expected to improve “sustainable...

West Nile detected nearby

08/09/2012
Two groups of mosquitoes trapped near Wilfred Avenue in Rohnert Park have tested positive for West Nile virus, whose activity has occured earlier this year than last. Spokesperson for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District Nizza Sequeira said that dairy ponds are favored hatching grounds for the carrier mosquitos...

Mount Tamalpais vegetation plan

08/09/2012
The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) announced it will release a draft of its Vegetation Management Plan for watershed lands this Friday. A contract for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report will appear on the agenda for the district’s August 15 board meeting. The draft vegetation plan has three...

Roadwork in Samuel P. Taylor

08/09/2012
The first of three phases of the long-awaited rehabilitation of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard began this week. The first phase consists of repairing a slide along the edge of the roadway west of Shafter Bridge; preliminary work, such as the installation of portable message boards and fencing to protect sensitive...

Trawler debris remains on beach

08/02/2012
Beachgoers are advised to watch their step when wandering south on Limantour Beach, as barefoot amblers may get an unpleasant surprise. Rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore are set to investigate remaining debris left over from the Half Moon Bay salmon trawler that ran aground in May, which was subsequently...

Roadtrippers arrested in Stinson

08/02/2012
A 21-year-old Minnesota man was arrested in Stinson Beach last Saturday with a stolen car and two minors in tow. Jacob Engler, of Murdock, a town of fewer than 300 people in southern Minnesota, was booked in Marin County Jail; the minors, a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, were sent...

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