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CCC pushes back against poison plan

07/18/2019
The plan to eradicate house mice from the South Farallon Islands met resistance last week, when the United States Fish and Wildlife Service failed to convince the California Coastal Commission that dropping rodenticide from a helicopter is the best and only way to go. Advocates and opponents of the eradication...

Siren calls coming to a bay near you

07/18/2019
Odysseus, homeward bound, told his men to seal their ears with beeswax so they wouldn’t be lured to their deaths as they passed the island of sirens. Yet he bound himself to the mast of his ship so he could hear the irresistible song of half-women, half-birds. Residents of West...

Marin lays rules for small cell networks

07/18/2019
An urgency ordinance passed last Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors implemented several rules for the deployment of small-cell infrastructure on public roads, including procedural and aesthetic guidelines. The rush came in advance of applications expected within the month by telecom companies looking to build out 4G networks,...

Census work group tackling West Marin challenges

07/18/2019
As Marin County continues to ramp up its census outreach efforts, it is specifically targeting West Marin as an area that is difficult to count. Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized a $120,000 grant to the Canal Alliance to conduct outreach for all of the county’s hard-to-count populations. As...

Public presses sheriff over ICE transfers

07/10/2019
In a room full of immigrant advocates, Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act,...

Butter, cheese: Bivalve Dairy spreads out

07/10/2019
The owners of Bivalve Dairy brought the first batch of their new cheeses to the Point Reyes Farmers Market this month. They nearly sold out. “I had never made cheese before: It’s amazing what you will do to save your family’s farm,” said Karen Bianchini Taylor, a sixth-generation rancher whose...

June's heat wave cooked mussels

07/10/2019
The three-day heat wave in early June cooked tens of thousands of mussels in their shells in the intertidal zones along the Marin and Sonoma coasts. Preliminary data from the Bodega Marine Laboratory, where one researcher made the initial finding, shows an average 30 percent loss throughout the Bodega Marine...

With Marin's coastal commission seat, Katie Rice promises to protect coastal interests

07/10/2019
Katie Rice, the supervisor from Marin’s second district, was appointed last month to serve as one of 12 people governing California’s coast. She replaced San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin as the coastal commissioner from the North Central Coast region, which encompasses Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni,...

West of West realizes a sustainable fashion dream

07/10/2019
In a small shop tucked behind Point Reyes Station’s main street, one resident has brought her vision to life. Jacelyn Oshiro-Rodoni, a Hawaii native who relocated with her husband four years ago, opened West of West in April to feature her new clothing line for women, which uses exclusively eco-friendly...

Aided by volunteers en masse, Bolinas pulls off July Fourth without a hitch

07/10/2019
The Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas went relatively smoothly, thanks to its dedicated organizers and a groundswell of volunteers. Around 5,000 people came to town on the holiday, though 2,000 of those headed straight to the Palomarin trailhead. The fire department responded to seven emergency calls: a man who...

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