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Possible exemption for ASBS

11/27/2011
The California State Water Resources Control Board is currently evaluating the feasibility of its staff recommendation to allow 27 municipalities, agencies and other entities, including the Point Reyes National Seashore, to receive approval for the illegal but uniformly practiced discharge of storm water into Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)...

Stinson comes to the rescue for the Tasu

11/27/2011
A salvage company contracted through a mix of county, federal and private funds began working this week to remove the Tasu, a 47-foot wooden fishing vessel that errantly ran ashore near Stinson Beach two weeks ago and has sat, beached in controversy, ever since. Residents and onlookers became infuriated when...

Commission finds data “stretched”

11/23/2011
For the second time, a national scientific report has found no conclusive negative impact from Drakes Bay Oyster Company on harbor seals inhabiting the coastal inlet in which it operates in Point Reyes National Seashore. The report, conducted by the Marine Mammal Commission and a panel of independent experts, assessed...

Purity versus viability for farmers’ market?

11/23/2011
For years the Point Reyes Farmers’ Market has served as the sunlit visage of a region that prides itself in having championed a return to eating locally. But beneath its stalls, which are becoming progressively fewer in number, a quandary continues to brood: is such stiff provincialism economically viable? The...

Conservationists say yes to oysters

11/23/2011
A leading local environmental group that previously opposed the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Company past 2012 has announced its support of the business’ longevity, with caveats. Marin Conservation League President Susan Stompe said her organization endorses allowing the farm to operate at its current level of output for ten...

Braves advance to semifinals

11/23/2011
The Tomales football team handled Emery 70-6 at home last Friday in the first round of the North Coast Section Division V playoffs and will advance to the semifinals against second-seeded St. Bernard’s of Eureka at home this Saturday at 7 p.m. Third-seeded Tomales (8-2-1) rushed for a total of...

Tree ordinance meets protest

11/23/2011
A proposed ordinance that would require property owners adjacent to streams and wetlands to file for permits before removing protected and heritage trees—unless they meet exemptions for disease, fire safety, or potential structural damage—has raised the ire of the San Geronimo Valley Stewards (SGVS), many of whom live in homes...

Cocktail hour with 
the NPS

11/20/2011
Poster boards and golden nametags surrounded a crowd of some 200 Tuesday evening for the first of three open houses hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore on the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. The event, which took place at the Dance Palace, in Point Reyes Station, was marked by...

Ralph Grossi on future of farming

11/17/2011
West Marin rancher and former president of the American Farmland Trust Ralph Grossi will talk about the future of food production in the United States on Sunday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Marin School, in Point Reyes Station. Grossi, who was an original board member Marin...

Crab may be small but plentiful

11/17/2011
Tuesday marked the beginning to what is expected to be another sterling commercial crab season---good news for local fishermen still reeling from the year’s limited salmon yields. But first, they and buyers have to agree on a price. Lawson’s Landing co-owner Willy Vogler said on Wednesday that commercial fishermen had...

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