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Jury fears future of Marin’s trash

05/23/2013
Unused paper plates, crumpled wrappers from long-gone hamburgers, a Starbucks cup, a cracked CD, tattered plastic bags: These were just some of the debris atop the roughly 17 million cubic yards of waste at the Redwood Landfill (RLI) in Novato, the contentious subject of a Marin Civil Grand Jury report...

Sanctuary seeks ban of new bay invasives

05/23/2013
Federal officials are proposing scaled-down regulations to close a loophole they say is threatening more than 300 square miles of federally protected coastal waters in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary with the introduction of non-native and genetically modified species. The proposed restrictions, which were endorsed by the Gulf of the Farallones’ advisory council on Wednesday, have been pared back from an 2008 proposal that would have put a cap on Tomales Bay mariculture. The current proposal would allow current and future mariculture with introduced species like oysters, mussels and clams in all 10.3 square miles of Tomales Bay—as well as catch-and-release of the non-native striped bass throughout the sanctuary and in another protected area off of the coast of Monterey. Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members of the advisory council have said that aquaculture operations—a nearly $4 million annual harvest in Tomales Bay—are at odds with the agency’s mission to protect and preserve natural habitats. Those statements...

More Marshall homes group poop

05/16/2013
Twenty homes in Marshall soon will be connected to a sewage treatment program that aims to improve water quality in the area. Marin County received a $750,000 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board to build sewage treatment facility to add the homes—the second phase of a community wastewater...

Inverness Park man dies in Sonoma traffic

05/16/2013
Linda Sturdivant has quit smoking, but on Wednesday she picked up cigarettes again as she talked about her companion of nearly two decades—Terry Gray—who died last week. The 54-year-old Inverness Park resident was killed in a traffic accident on Friday in Rohnert Park while picking up cigarettes on the way...

Creekside rules please nobody

05/16/2013
An expanded environmental ordinance affecting over 3,600 parcels of land in Marin has pitted environmental groups against San Geronimo Valley property owners who believe their rights are being trampled. The Marin County Planning Commission met on Monday to hear public comment on a proposed ordinance that would expand a streamside conservation area and voted unanimously to recommend its approval by the Board of Supervisors. The board will consider the ordinance in June. The last substantive Stream Conservation Area (SCA) ordinance was adopted a decade ago and applied to undeveloped parcels. The current regulations up for debate would bring in conventionally zoned properties or those with residential houses already on them. Members of a property-rights group and a realtors association spoke out against the proposal Monday. While...

Judges grill both sides of the oyster

05/16/2013
Lawyers faced rounds of tough questioning from appellate court judges on Tuesday as the battle between the federal government and oysterman Kevin Lunny reached a decisive moment in which a court will decide if farming can continue while litigation continues. An emotionally pitched battle for the future of Drakes Estero has turned almost completely to the legal arena, with lawsuits pending in several courts contesting overlapping legal issues that one judge who heard the case on Tuesday said were analogous to a Rubik’s cube or Russian matryoshka dolls. “Everything seems to be wrapped up inside each other,” Ms. Margaret McKeown said. Ms. McKeown and Paul J. Watford, who sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, joined...

Nicasio cell tower plan ill-received

05/16/2013
A cell tower designed to look like a water tower has caused some consternation among local residents concerned about Nicasio’s pastoral landscape. The Nicasio Design Review Board met with an AT&T representative on Friday evening to discuss plans for a new cell tower. The facility, which would be designed to look like a water tower and located on the Dolcini Ranch near the intersection of Point Reyes-Petaluma and Nicasio Valley Roads, drew concerns and questions on Friday. Board members told the telecommunications company that they did not see how the current design and location could meet the board’s design standards and asked AT&T to investigate moving it to an unobtrusive location. Bill Harrison, a longtime Nicasio resident and board member, said the project as proposed “doesn’t fit our guidelines in spirit or in technicality,” and disturbed the scenic area. One...

Quake device hits Inverness

05/16/2013
The Inverness Public Utility District is participating in a seismic monitoring program sponsored by the United States Geological Survey, the district announced last week. During earthquakes, a small seismograph the size of a shoebox bolted to the floor in a storage closet at district headquarters will send seismic data through...

Sobering center not for supes

05/16/2013
The stand-alone sobering center for public drunkards that was recommended by the county’s independent watchdog did not earn support last week from the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The board’s decision not to consider such a venue came in its official response to the chief recommendation of a report issued...

Dimitri Storm found in Berkeley

05/16/2013
He was wanted as a suspect in at least a half-dozen northern California counties. He was the target of a dragnet that caused schools in San Geronimo Valley to enter a lockdown. A poster displaying his face is posted around West Marin. And when he was finally caught authorities said...

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