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Poets to benefit literary journal

08/29/2013
Two prized poets will convene September 15 for a conversation, reading and ticketed supper hosted by Point Reyes Books and benefitting the area’s literary and art journal. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan, a MacArthur fellow and former U.S. Poet Laureate praised for her simple language, rhythm, rhyme and “sly wit,”...

Olema road slide repair complete

08/29/2013
A section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on Olema Hill that collapsed during a late-winter storm in 2011 is finally repaired, the Marin County Department of Public Works announced last week. The nearly $600,000 project, which began in late June after motorists for more than two years tolerated long weekend...

Breast cancer charity ride spurs talk of code enforcement

08/29/2013
Anxiety over an impending visit by a biker group known as the Brotherhood of Old Bikers, or BOOBs, for a breast cancer charity ride last Sunday spurred an online discussion that started with a complaint about unenforced noise rules and a call to protest, but turned to issues endemic to...

Volunteers to patrol marine protected areas

08/29/2013
A new program to collect data on swaths of Marin’s protected coastal waters will soon have volunteers scoping for unpermitted fishing and other human activity. Marin MPA Watch, billed as a broad effort to promote stewardship, educate the public and provide data for scientists to help evaluate the success of...

Ellie 
Genazzi dies in crash

08/29/2013
A young woman who grew up in Point Reyes Station died late Sunday night when her truck crashed into a tree near Sebastopol, according to California Highway Patrol. Ellen Genazzi, 21, passed away at the scene of the collision on Bloomfield Road. Ms. Genazzi, whose family has local roots stretching...

Vaccine rates, up in Valley, still lag

08/29/2013
San Geronimo Elementary parents leery of pharmaceutical companies and additives are far more likely to forgo immunizations compared to parents at other West Marin schools, according to data released by the state. Exemptions to vaccination requirements at the school, however, shrank for the second consecutive year. Still, nearly half of...

Cheesemakers host golf tourney

08/22/2013
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company hosts its seventh “non-serious” golf tournament benefitting local charities next Thursday, August 29. The four-person shamble, in which each player hits from the tee and the best ball starts the game, will be lighthearted and laced with comedy and alcohol. Still, the cheese company “takes...

Famed rural columnist to visit

08/22/2013
The quality of a literary work might not be linked exclusively to the quality of its sentences; then again, it might be. This October, Verlyn Klinkenborg, the author of the New York Times rural life column, a member of that newspaper’s editorial board and a renowned teacher of the writer’s...

Mice eradication plan at Farallon 
Islands weighs rodenticides

08/22/2013
A federal wildlife agency is enlisting public comments for a draft environmental impact statement that analyzes options to eradicate an invasive mouse from the South Farallon Islands. The draft EIS, produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with nonprofits Island Conservation and Point Blue Conservation Science, proposes...

Countywide Plan revision would ease Valley homeowner’s hardships

08/22/2013
A contentious ordinance to regulate streamside development that has sparked fervent opposition in the San Geronimo Valley may soon be implemented on an interim basis while supervisors amend the Countywide Plan to create more flexibility for homeowners. That’s what county staffers, working with a subcommittee that includes Supervisor Steve Kinsey, suggested on Tuesday, though it could be months before the board makes a decision on its path forward. The stream conservation area—believed by environmentalists to be critical for the restoration of decimated fish populations—is mandated by the CWP...

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