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Ranchers comment on CCC

07/29/2010
The California Farm Bureau Federation and California Cattleman’s Association have asked the California Coastal Commission for more local control over land-use decisions. In letters sent during a public comment period on the Coastal Commission’s draft of a four-year assessment and strategy document, both groups said the commission has taken a...

Nicasio cow-share available

07/29/2010
Care to milk your own milk? Two shares in a Jersey cow are up for purchase in Nicasio, where four-year-old Rosy Belle offers her milk to a handful of families who co-own her. “It’s like a tiny cooperative or partnership,” said Eleanor Despina, who bought Rosy from rancher John Taverna...

Humpback dies in sanctuary

07/29/2010
The carcass of a young humpback whale was found in the Farallone Islands on Sunday by a team of researchers from Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO). The whale displayed large gashes on its side—most likely the result of strikes from a boat propeller. Officials with Gulf of the...

After 30 million deaths, farmer seeks new seed

07/29/2010
Three weeks ago, when Drakes Bay Oyster Company owner Kevin Lunny went out to check his five outdoor cultivation tanks, each containing six million oyster larvae, he got a nasty shock: the larvae were dead. Months of work and $10,000 were gone. Complete larval failure has recently become common for...

Desalination vote may stall and confuse

07/29/2010
Marin County voters will have to choose between two ballot measures concerning a proposed $105 million desalination plant in San Rafael—one measure that gives Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) a green light to proceed with the planning process, and a citizens’ measure that requires another vote before the district can...

Wind turbine rules stall at Pink

07/29/2010
Environmental groups and concerned citizens discussed a draft ordinance that would slacken regulations on installing smaller private wind turbines on Tuesday. The county has been considering the ordinance since early June, and plans to continue the discussion on August 10. Those opposed to the current draft, which exempts small turbines...

County cuts mediation, more

07/29/2010
Fifteen county employees, two low-income health services and $5.4 million were cut on Monday as supervisors scrambled to meet the proposed $437 million budget. Marin Mediation Services was dissolved, but supervisors say some of its responsibilities will be absorbed by the District Attorney’s consumer protection operation. The county gynecology program...

Marin backs smart meter investigation

07/22/2010
Local installation of PG&E smart meters should halt, pending an independent investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission indicating whether or not the meters are effective, Marin County Board of Supervisors declared on Tuesday. Supervisors also called for a statewide hearing on health issues posed by electromagnetic frequencies emitted by...

New park service regional director

07/22/2010
National Park Service director Jon Jarvis has named Christine Lehnertz as the Pacific West regional director. Lehnertz will be responsible for over 3,000 employees and 58 national parks. “While the responsibilities of regional director are daunting, I am excited about taking on the challenge,” Lehnertz said. The appointment will take...

SMART rail to use old tracks

07/22/2010
As part of a project to widen Highway 101, CalTrans crews have embarked on a three-month effort to move 3,500 feet of rail line in San Rafael 50 feet to the west. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) hopes to use the old Northwestern Pacific railway for passenger train service...

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