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Bolinas youth sought for fire cadet program

04/12/2018
The Bolinas Fire Protection District is looking for six local students ages 16 to 18 to participate in a pilot cadet program to learn what being a firefighter is all about. “It is a mutually beneficial opportunity for kids coming into the program, and for us,” said Anita Tyrrell-Brown, the...

Short salmon seasons recommended by fishery council

04/12/2018
This week the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations—which will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval by May 1—for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. The short seasons reflect poor ocean and river conditions in recent years. For commercial fisheries,...

Public input sought for state aquaculture report

04/12/2018
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on a marine aquaculture programmatic environmental impact report that is scheduled for completion this year. The report will outline a framework for managing a program that would oversee the culturing of shellfish, algae and fin fish on state water...

Rebates for energy efficiency upgrades

04/12/2018
Homeowners in Marin can make use of a statewide rebate program by making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. According to a county news release, the program offers rebates of up to $5,500 from Energy Upgrade California while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and utility bills, improving the building stock and fostering...

Federal funding for Pierce Point Road rehabilitation

04/05/2018
The county has received funds to rehabilitate nine miles of Pierce Point Road that begins at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and heads west into the seashore, a stretch that sees over 600 cars a day. The Federal Lands Access Program awarded an $11 million grant to Marin’s department of public...

Banned exotics added in amendments to county animal ordinance

04/05/2018
The working relationship between the Marin Humane Society and the county, which has been in place for over four decades, was extended for another three years by the Board of Supervisors last week, allowing the organization to continue its mission to provide animal control services throughout the county. The agreement...

Marin ranks top in state for health, but internal disparities are wide

04/05/2018
Take a good look in the mirror, Marin: the county has been ranked the healthiest county in the state by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reclaiming the top spot after scoring second last year behind San Mateo County. Historically, the county has maintained good shape—adult smoking and obesity levels are...

Park firm sorts GMP comments

04/05/2018
A private firm has sorted the nearly 3,000 comments submitted last fall on the initial concepts for the amendment to the general management plan for the Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The New Jersey-based firm Louis Berger Group, which was...

County looks at budget cuts

04/05/2018
The Board of Supervisors met for three days last week to hear recommendations by county departments that must pitch in to help close a projected budgetary gap of $5.6 million over the next two years. The purpose of the hearings, County Administrator Matthew Hymel said, was for the board to...

Bill targets ag coastal permitting

04/05/2018
Earlier this year, Assemblyman Marc Levine, who represents Marin and southern Sonoma Counties, introduced a bill intended to spare farmers in the coastal zone the hassle and cost of obtaining permits through the California Coastal Commission. Though the bill could offer West Marin farmers relief from proposed restrictions in the...

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