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PRBO celebrates 45 years

09/15/2011
This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of PRBO Conservation Science’s local Palomarin Field Station. The station, located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore outside of Bolinas, has served as an important training facility for hundreds of nascent biologists with interests in birding and field study. Each...

MMWD makse big budget cut

09/15/2011
The Marin Municipal Water District cut the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by three percent, establishing an operating budget of $66.4 million and a capital improvement budget of $14.9 million. “The new budget is conservative, reflecting both today’s economic realities and the ongoing reduction in revenues MMWD has experienced,”...

Tsunami diggers visit the estero

09/15/2011
A group of geologists recently completed fieldwork within Drakes Estero as part of a federally funded project that will comb the coastline from Cape Mendocino to the border of Mexico for sedimentary evidence of prehistoric tsunamis. While a substantial amount of paleo-tsunami research has been conducted around Humboldt County and...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Pot raids in Nicasio, Walker Creek

09/08/2011
The Marin County’s Sheriff’s Office eradicated 500 marijuana plants last Wednesday on private property near Nicasio Valley Road after contractors notified the homeowner of the grow operation, according to Lieutenant Doug Pittman. The removal effort followed two other discoveries the week before, involving 1,600 plants near Walker Creek and another...

CLAM loses executive director

09/08/2011
Sam Grant, an admired organizer who has long-championed the cause of affordable housing, announced on Wednesday his resignation as executive director of the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM). Grant, who intends to continue his duties through the end of this month before moving with his wife and young...

Seal study 
debunked by scientists

09/08/2011
Independent scientists and scholars are concerned that the latest Point Reyes National Seashore study linking oyster cultivation to seal displacement in Drakes Estero relies on insufficient and unsupported data, and ignores one key event involving an extraordinarily aggressive elephant seal in 2003. Their reviews, which come days before the release...

EAC creates Drakes Estero position

09/01/2011
The Environmental Action Committee (EAC) of West Marin has appointed Peter Brastow as its first-ever conservation director. Brastow, a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles’ geography Master’s program, will focus on a number of advocacy efforts, including Drakes Estero and its pending lease renewal. “My experience is a perfect...

County second guesses $46K subdivision fee

09/01/2011
Three years ago, Inverness resident Jack Matthews set out to accomplish what would seem a simple task: split his land in two and give half to his next of kin. Matthews, 65, a self-described working-class man, had received the 5.3-acre parcel from his parents and saw the act as a...

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