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Bolinas homeowner decries planning, felled trees

10/06/2011
Twenty-five years ago Serena Castaldi watched as her small home on the Little Mesa, in Bolinas, slowly fell victim to cliff erosion. She was forced to abandon the property but soon rebounded, purchasing another lot not far from the first and erecting a modest one-story that overlooked a lush, sloping...

Stagecoach eliminates coastal route, adds Valley bus

10/06/2011
Facing low ridership and increasing cuts to federal funding, Marin Transit has announced plans to eliminate the West Marin Stagecoach’s coastal route 62, which runs from Point Reyes to Bolinas and Stinson Beach—a trip that can cost the agency almost $60 per rider. Weekend service on south route 61 from...

Oyster farm damned by draft EIS

09/29/2011
Point Reyes National Seashore moved one step closer to shuttering Drakes Bay Oyster Company last week with the release of a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that says the farm’s continued operation would bring numerous adverse impacts to the “biological, physical, and cultural environment in and around Drakes Estero.” Though...

San Geronimo families eschew measles, pertussis vaccinations

09/29/2011
A cadre of anti-vaccination parents at San Geronimo Valley Elementary School have remained steadfast in their medical decisions despite a ten-year high of measles cases across California and one of the top three statewide counts in the nation. In 2010, the school ranked third in Marin County for rates of...

Park employees moving on

09/29/2011
Three park employees have or are about to depart Point Reyes National Seashore: John DiGregoria, the current range ecologist; Bill Shook, a planning and IT specialist; and Harold Geritz, a longtime equestrian manager at the Morgan Horse Ranch. Shook and Geritz are both retiring after long tenures; Shook previously served...

Black bear roams at Mount Tam

09/29/2011
Marin Municipal Water District officials announced that a black bear is roaming on Mount Tamalpais land after one district employee and a couple of visitors reported large quantities of scat near Kent Lake. Apart from its size, the scat’s content was also consistent with the animal’s diet. “It had a...

Feinstein demands data review

09/29/2011
Senator Dianne Feinstein has inserted language into the 2012 fiscal year budget proposal for the Department of Science that requires the Marine Mammal Commission to respond to the latest Point Reyes National Seashore seal study. The proposal directs the commission to respond to “criticisms that the [2011 Becker] study: (1)...

Braves defeated for second time

09/29/2011
The Tomales Braves faced their second trouncing of the season when they lost 47-8 to undefeated Division IV team, St. Helena. Tomales (1-2-0) only managed to score one touchdown in the 4th quarter on an 18-yard pass to senior receiver Luke McFadden. Coach Leon Feliciano said it’s beneficial to play...

Schools consider sharing resources

09/21/2011
Amidst recent state budget cuts, looming retirements and internal administrative reorganizations, the Shoreline Unified, Bolinas-Stinson and Lagunitas school districts and Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke convened at Walker Creek Ranch Monday for a special joint board meeting to explore options for personnel and resource sharing in the...

Cosco Busan owners pay big for oil damage

09/21/2011
In what is touted as the largest oil pollution settlement reached in the history of law, state and federal officials announced this week that the owners of the Cosco Busan tanker that slammed into the Bay Bridge in 2007 and released 58,000 gallons of oil into local estuaries have agreed...

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