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Huffman sends campaign funds back to sugar company

11/03/2011
Democratic Congressional candidate and California Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) returned a $5,000 contribution on Monday that he had accepted from the American Crystal Sugar Company Political Action Committee (PAC) on September 23, nearly two months into the associated organization’s lockout of 1,300 union sugar beet workers who voted against...

Bolinas pool could land 
in a ball field

11/03/2011
Bolinas residents are eager to take advantage of a newly proposed public pool in Mesa Park, but a contingent of critics argue that the project location, an unkempt regulation-sized baseball diamond, would displace Junior League baseball teams. Little League coach Dirk McCall, who learned of the proposal at a public...

Berkowitz brings echoes of Drakes Estero

11/03/2011
On Sunday, retired criminal investigator Paul Berkowitz stood before a sizeable crowd in the West Marin School Gym lamenting the tale of a rural, working class man reared on tradition, deeply respected among his peers, and eventually criminalized by the National Park Service. He was not talking about Kevin Lunny...

Co-compost project launched

11/03/2011
After more than a decade of planning and slogging through layers of legal, well, shit, the West Marin Co-Composting Project is finally operational. The project, which held a ceremonial first pitch forking on Friday, is the culmination of a public-private partnership between eight entities, including the Marin Resource Conservation District,...

200 plan to leave Wells Fargo

11/03/2011
By Saturday, some 200 or more West Marin residents plan to have withdrawn their funds from the Wells Fargo branch in Point Reyes Station. The residents, many of whom are involved in the ongoing Occupy Point Reyes protests, hope the act will signal to big multinational institutions such as the...

Family recovering from accident

11/03/2011
Eight-year-old West Marin resident Gabriel “Gabby” Diaz, who was severely injured last Wednesday after he lost control of his miniature dirt bike and swerved into oncoming traffic near Whitehouse Pool, is stable and recovering, family members say. “Gabby is doing well and he and his family are looking forward to...

Equestrian plan for comment

11/03/2011
A draft environmental analysis and plan for the improvement of four equestrian stables in Golden Gate National Recreational Area is now available for public review. The park currently manages three horse stables under permit at the Marin Headlands, Muir Beach and Tennessee Valley, as well as a fourth in the...

PRBO finds birds getting bigger

11/03/2011
Within the last 40 years, birds along the central coast of California have been expanding in size, most likely in response to climate change—which is counterintuitive, researchers say. A team of scientists from San Francisco State University and PRBO Conservation Science began tracking the trend years ago, after graduate student...

New idea for pharmacy

11/03/2011
West Marin Pharmacy owner Zsuzsanna Biran has an idea that she believes could sustain her business while offering members of her Point Reyes community access to affordable medicine. The idea is a buying club—sort of. She envisions it working like this: Members would pay a monthly fee—say $38 per month—and...

Mine no longer leaks into bay

11/03/2011
A 50-year-old now-defunct mercury mine remediated with natural vegetation in the late 1990s is no longer leaking toxic metal into Tomales Bay, officials say. The flow of mercury into the bay from the 14-acre mining site during rainy months became a major environmental concern after state researchers measured unusually high...

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