Oyster lawsuit paused by county

A Marin Superior Court judge on Tuesday finalized a ruling that pauses the lawsuit filed by Drakes Bay Oyster Company against the California Coastal Commission pending the resolution of the oyster farm’s federal litigation. Judge Lynn Duryee’s ruling protects Kevin Lunny’s operation from fines levied by the commission during that...

Motorcyclist found in Keys Creek

The body of a 26-year-old Novato man was found floating in Keys Creek on Monday after an apparent motorcycle accident. According to Andrew Barclay of the California Highway Patrol, the accident is believed to have been speed-related and did not involve another vehicle. Mr. Barclay said that the victim, Justin...

Lighter touch to fire prevention debuted in county vegetation plan

A draft biodiversity and vegetation management plan that will guide the management of 16,000 acres of county open space was unveiled on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Open Space District board amid concerns over its approach to fire fuel management. The district argued...

Lunny quarry sued over water quality, 
oyster farm up next

A Sonoma County-based environmental group with a litigious history is suing Lunny Grading and Paving and has announced its intention to file suit against Drakes Bay Oyster Company, both over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. River...

Forest Knolls fire destroys one home

One trailer burned to the ground and three others were damaged at a Forest Knolls mobile home park during the wee hours Friday morning in a fire whose origins are yet unknown. Bill Everett, the owner of the trailer that first caught fire, screamed out for help at around 1 a.m. “I hear someone screaming, ‘I’m dying, help me, help me,’” said Denise Bowman, the manager...

Vacancies on county boards

Volunteers are being sought to serve on the Marin County Mental Health Board to represent mental health consumers, family members and the public interest. Board members are appointed by county supervisors to represent and advocate for the mental health needs of the people of Marin and to promote education, prevention...

Solomon to picket Pelosi party

Norman Solomon, progressive political activist and media critic, is planning a protest this Saturday outside a Belvedere residence where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has supported the Obama administration’s classified national surveillance program, will appear at a private reception fundraiser billed at $2,000 to $32,000 a ticket. Mr. Solomon,...

One acre burns on Mount Tam

A Fourth of July wildfire that scorched one acre on Mount Tamalpais could have been far worse had it not occurred in the shorter grasses of a fuel break created several years ago, Marin County Fire Department officials said. The fire, not traced to holiday fireworks but to arcing power...

Marin County road repair bonanza

This summer, scores of West Marin’s roads will be repaved and resurfaced as part of a $17 million county plan that aims to elevate Marin’s highways and byways from their current “at-risk” status. Wharf and Horseshoe Hill Roads in Bolinas, Madrone Avenue in Woodacre, Portola Avenue in Inverness Park, Laurel...

Marin County may delay oyster suits

A preliminary ruling in Marin Superior Court last week paused a lawsuit between the California Coastal Commission and Drakes Bay Oyster Company and its supporters after a judge decided to wait for a resolution to pending litigation between the oyster farm and the federal government. In April, both oysterman Kevin...


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