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Interior IG under House fire

03/28/2013
House Republicans unleashed a new attack on the government watchdog responsible for a criticized investigation into allegations of scientific misconduct in an environmental report that found major noise impacts from Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. Doc Hastings, the House Natural Resources Committee chairman, accused Department of the Interior Acting Inspector General...

Salmon spawning on rebound in Lagunitas watershed

03/28/2013
As county officials revamp streamside development rules intended to protect coho salmon, watershed officials released new numbers confirming an unexpected rebound in the number of the endangered fish’s nests in Lagunitas Creek. The 243 nests, known as redds, counted in the 2012-2013 spawning season represented the highest figure since 2007,...

Man arrested in antler standoff

03/28/2013
A Tomales man who has pleaded guilty to wielding a sharpened deer antler is facing a possible six-month sentence in jail, law enforcement officials said this week. Timothy Cornett, 22, pled guilty Friday to the charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon in a in a rude, angry, or threatening manner...

State rural fire fee postponed

03/28/2013
The $150 state fire fee imposed on residents of unincorporated areas like West Marin that set off a maelstrom of complaints and appeals has been temporarily postponed, according to California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Dennis Mathisen. Last year, when the fee was implemented by the...

New dress shop in Point Reyes

03/28/2013
Thrifty female shoppers got a new venue in which to buy and sell clothes last week with the opening of Bloom, Point Reyes Station’s only consignment shop. Owner Diane Phillips, who spent much of her childhood on a local ranch, said she wants to promote the values of “reusing and...

Jonathan Rowe book released

03/28/2013
Writer and co-founder of West Marin Commons, the late Jonathan Rowe, will be celebrated in May at a release party for a book of his collected writings, Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy that Makes Everything Else Work. In a review of the collection, Massachusetts-based author David Bollier wrote, “The...

Women sought by photographer

03/28/2013
Marin photographer Glen Graves is seeking at least 30 women age 40 and up to participate in his art project, “Women of Spirit,” which he started 12 years ago. He is also seeking venues to hang and exhibit the project. The series of nude photographs is an attempt by Mr...

Alice Waters joins oyster cause

03/21/2013
The doyenne of California cuisine, Alice Waters, has joined with nine other advocates, including the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Marin County Agriculture Commissioner Stacy Carlsen and local sustainable food groups in endorsing Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. In a legal brief filed last week the group argued that courts should allow...

Explosives suspect unfit for trial

03/21/2013
A Woodacre man arrested for leaving explosives in front of his estranged wife’s house is facing new charges that he told fellow inmates he would kill the woman after his release, Marin and Sonoma County law enforcement officials said. Mark VanMidde, 49, was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial during...

Changes to county library system make enemies within

03/21/2013
Voters overwhelming approved a temporary $49-a-parcel property tax increase in 2010 to stanch the county libraries’ dwindling revenues and state-government support. Halfway through the voter-authorized, five-year period, the Marin County Free Library is struggling not just to remain solvent in a high-tech world with new expectations of libraries but also...

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