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Last minute debut for 
indie radio

12/08/2011
The long-silent frequency of 91.5 FM crackled to life in Marshall Wednesday night, unseating KWMR as West Marin’s exclusive local radio broadcaster. But the nascent independent music station, KXCF FM, is not competing for listeners, and language in the lease contract for the antenna on Corey Goodman and Marcia Barinaga’s...

One man, his apartment building and a shrub

12/08/2011
Information regarding a certain despondent shrub in front of the four-unit apartment complex along Mesa Road, in Point Reyes Station, was unearthed on Tuesday, raising few concerns from anyone about anything remotely related. The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM), which owns the property and is planning to...

Federal report fails to stanch science debate

12/01/2011
Last Wednesday, at the height of rush hour traffic and just over 24 hours after the release of a federal scientific report, which in part supported the claim by Point Reyes National Seashore scientists that a positive correlation exists between mariculture output and harbor seal declines in Drakes Estero, Seashore...

PG&E offers paid meter opt-out

12/01/2011
Energy regulators have proposed a way for PG&E customers to opt out of using the utility’s controversial wireless smart meters—for a one time and continuing monthly fee. Under the proposal, drafted by California Public Utilities Commission President (CPUC) Michael Peevey, customers could have a digital meter lacking a transmitter for...

IJ cuts coastal newsstands

11/27/2011
There will no longer be issues of the Marin Independent Journal (IJ) for sale in racks or stores in Coastal Marin. Circulation manager Charles Long cited the “economics of the situation,” including plummeting sales, as the principle cause. But just this spring, an article published by the daily stated that...

Will Drakes Bay be a landmark?

11/27/2011
Marin County Supervisors approved a letter last week to federal officials supporting the inclusion of Drakes Bay as a national historic landmark. The drafting was proposed by supervisors Susan Adams and Steve Kinsey in part because recently “new archaeological evidence has emerged in the form of pieces of porcelain which...

Possible exemption for ASBS

11/27/2011
The California State Water Resources Control Board is currently evaluating the feasibility of its staff recommendation to allow 27 municipalities, agencies and other entities, including the Point Reyes National Seashore, to receive approval for the illegal but uniformly practiced discharge of storm water into Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS)...

Stinson comes to the rescue for the Tasu

11/27/2011
A salvage company contracted through a mix of county, federal and private funds began working this week to remove the Tasu, a 47-foot wooden fishing vessel that errantly ran ashore near Stinson Beach two weeks ago and has sat, beached in controversy, ever since. Residents and onlookers became infuriated when...

Lagunitas campaign complaint

11/27/2011
Woodacre parent and candidate for the Lagunitas School District board of trustees Robert Ovetz filed a formal complaint this week alleging that his challenger, incumbent Richard Sloan, failed to legally declare that he apparently exceeded a $1,000 campaign finance limit. In a document submitted to the California Fair Political Practices...

Conservationists say yes to oysters

11/23/2011
A leading local environmental group that previously opposed the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Company past 2012 has announced its support of the business’ longevity, with caveats. Marin Conservation League President Susan Stompe said her organization endorses allowing the farm to operate at its current level of output for ten...

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