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Agriculture at Historic High

05/24/2012
The 2011 Marin County Livestock and Agricultural Crop Report shows the highest value ever recorded for all production, at $70,076,404. Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Stefan Parnay said the biggest factors contributing to the increase were higher valued pastureland, an increase in wholesale milk prices and greater survey participation. Overall production value...

Judge Rules No Fast Track for SPAWN

05/24/2012
Marin Superior Court issued a preliminary judgment last week on the 2010 lawsuit brought by Forest Knolls-based Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) against the county, alleging that a 2007 countywide plan failed to protect salmon habitat in the San Geronimo Valley, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act...

The Final Voyage of the Barbara Faye

05/24/2012
When a salmon trawler washed up on Limantour Beach last week, West Marin residents were reminded of an age-old story—that of a man, a boat and the unforgiving sea. Captain Duncan MacLean set out last Sunday morning from Half Moon Bay with the hope of a good catch. He’d struggled...

Funding Uncertain for 
Tsunami Debris Cleanup

05/24/2012
Along the West Coast, anyone with eyes on the water has been urged by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to keep a lookout for flotsam from the March 2011 tsunami that devastated much of Japan’s coastline, sweeping 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific. But in Point...

Shoreline Board Looks to Future

05/24/2012
In an open letter to the Shoreline Unified School District community, the district’s board of trustees apologized for disruptions caused by the decision that resulted in Principal Anne Harris leaving mid-year, and gave assurances of its continuing efforts to provide the best education for students. In the letter, which was...

District torn over Waldorf petition

05/17/2012
It was standing room only last Thursday evening in Lagunitas School’s multipurpose room and emotions were running high as parents, teachers and administrators commented on the controversial petition to turn the popular Waldorf-Inspired Program (LWIP) into a charter school. While supporters said the move to “go charter” is a last-ditch...

Dorothy Medin, caring matriarch and chef, dies at 90

05/17/2012
Dorothy Medin, a real-life Rosie the Riveter, longtime Vladimir’s chef and devoted great-great-grandmother who always put her family, animals and garden first, passed away on April 16 at age 90. She spent her final days in the Inverness home she shared with her children and grandchildren for more than half...

Trawler beaches at Limantour

05/17/2012
A 43-foot commercial salmon trawler ran aground at Limantour Beach, south of Coast Camp, just after sunrise on Tuesday. Captain Duncan MacLean, who said he was coming in to anchor when he “fell asleep at the buoy and woke up on the beach,” walked over three miles to the Point...

Park to fund new oyster review

05/17/2012
In the wake of mounting criticism over the integrity of science used to evaluate Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, the National Park Service has confirmed that it will fund an independent analysis by the National Academy of Sciences of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the oyster farm. That analysis...

Bolinas nudist found guilty

05/17/2012
Bolinas resident and nudist Donald Holmes, 63, was found guilty Tuesday of willfully appearing naked in a state park, resisting a peace office and deterring an executive officer from performing a duty. A jury that began deliberating Friday found Holmes guilty of the misdemeanor offenses, which took place last August...

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