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Native oyster plan urged by working group

08/07/2019
The only native oyster species found today on the Pacific coast, Ostrea lurida, is the subject of a new restoration effort on Tomales Bay. Last August, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s advisory council established a working group dedicated to developing recommendations to restore the species, not only to ensure...

Wild bee die-offs at center of new research

08/07/2019
The plight of honey bees has received nationwide attention for the past decade, as conventional agricultural practices, a changing climate and habitat loss have decimated their numbers. Yet the spotlight has largely passed over thousands of native bee species, whose populations have also declined. For Nina Sokolov, a Ph.D. candidate...

County to start revising streamside ordinance

07/31/2019
How do you assess and mitigate the cumulative environmental impacts of future development? That’s the question that Marin’s environmental planners and contracted scientists have been analyzing in the San Geronimo Valley over the past decade, particularly related to the area’s threatened fish populations. The effort was the result of a...

Weed delivery services get green light

07/31/2019
Two medical marijuana delivery services were granted licenses to operate in unincorporated areas of San Rafael, off Lucas Valley Road and San Pablo Drive, last week. “We’ve seen clearly that marijuana does treat many different illnesses,” Supervisor Judy Arnold said on Tuesday, when her board voted to approve the licenses...

At Garden of Eden, two decades of healing

07/31/2019
After 22 years running the Garden of Eden Apothecary in Point Reyes Station, the shop’s proprietor, Eden Clearbrook, is ready to pass the torch. Ms. Clearbrook is looking for an herbalist to take over the small shop, which offers remedies for a wide range of maladies—from cuts and sore muscles...

Chileno Valley brigade will ferry newts this winter

07/31/2019
On a misty night last December in Chileno Valley, Sally Gale and her husband, Mike, were on their way to dinner at a friend’s house when she noticed the newts. They were the same critters she had seen crossing the road for the past 15 years. “I had this sinking...

Tanker, surpassing limits on Lucas Valley, crashes on way to Greenbridge Gas

07/31/2019
An oversized fuel tanker spilled over 2,000 gallons of gasoline into a dry creek bed on Sunday morning when it overturned a mile east of Big Rock, closing Lucas Valley Road for nearly 24 hours while multiple agencies took on a massive recovery operation. The 50-foot truck should have never...

San Geronimo Valley hit with string of seven burglaries

07/31/2019
Seven home burglaries struck the San Geronimo Valley last week, echoing a similar string of break-ins this spring and stumping law enforcement. “Since those reports, we have tried to have more of a presence in that area, at night and during the day when people are working,” said Brenton Schneider,...

Parking ban's impact on coastal access concerns CCC

07/25/2019
The California Coastal Commission last week threw a wrench in the plans of Bolinas residents hoping to implement new overnight parking restrictions on oversized vehicles on downtown streets. In a letter to the county, commission staff argued that the proposed regulation—which passed by a 52-percent majority in an advisory poll...

North Marin shifts elections to by-district

07/25/2019
The North Marin Water District has divided its service area into five districts, a move ensuring that at least one board seat represents West Marin customers. Despite the shift to a by-district election system, all five current board members would be able to keep their seats should they be re-elected...

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