Future Farmers ducks state funding cut

The Future Farmers of America dodged a financial setback this week after Governor Jerry Brown decided not to cut funding for the program in next year’s budget. “This is really good news,” said Bill Costanzo, who’s helmed Tomales High School’s program for the last 11 years. “All the support that...

Strangles solved in Olema

Two last horses are recovering at Five Brooks Ranch from an outbreak of equine distemper, a bacterial infection often called “strangles” because it can swell lymph nodes in the throat to the point of suffocation. Over the past month, the ranch, located on parkland in the Olema Valley, fielded over...

Local director named for public preschool

The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has named the director for its new 4-year-old preschool program: Victoria Maier. The Bolinas resident and mother of one had been involved at the Bolinas Children's Center for the last four years, working as an assistant teacher before becoming the lead teacher of the toddler...

Fear, frustration and FAQs in Planning Commission hearing on S.E.I.R.

Planning Commissioners on Monday listened to and shared their own comments on a draft of the Countywide Plan’s supplemental environmental impact report, which focuses on potential cumulative impacts from development in the San Geronimo Valley on salmonids and streams. Homeowners and commissioners alike expressed concern about the document’s build-out scenario,...

Bodega Bay fish release held up after widespread calls for further review

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife pulled the plug on a planned release of 250,000 chinook salmon scheduled for this month in Bodega Bay—a project the Golden Gate Salmon Association coordinated to boost fishing prospects—after local environmental groups and a trove of state and federal agencies requested the agency...

Seashore superintendent on assignment at GGNRA

Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore, left her post in April to step in as the acting superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a position that hasn’t been permanently filled since last August. According to seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso, Ms. Muldoon will return in about...

Coyuchi service will divert cotton from landfills

Coyuchi, the Point Reyes Station-based organic bedding company, sells tens of thousands of pounds of organic cotton each year; once used, some of it inevitably winds up in a landfill. But the company has a creative solution...

Plover nests make surprise appearance at Limantour Beach

At least two snowy plover nests have unexpectedly appeared on Limantour Beach. Though that could signal an exciting happy comeback—the federally threatened birds have been absent from the beach since 2000—Point Reyes National Seashore biologist Dave Press has a concern: the eggs may hatch this weekend. The park has erected...

Locals register concerns about bridge project

Residents and business owners who will be affected by the replacement of Point Reyes Station’s Green Bridge spoke out at a public meeting last Wednesday night, when Caltrans presented a draft environmental impact report for the project. The over 400-page document, released in late April, details the specifics of the...


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