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New Coastal Commission head

09/15/2011
The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously last week to appoint Dr. Charles Lester as its new executive director. Lester, 49, has served as interim executive director since Peter Douglas announced his medical leave and retirement in August. He is the fourth individual to head the influential agency, which was established...

Former counselor shot in Mendo

09/15/2011
Forty-five-year-old Matthew Coleman, a longtime naturalist and former counselor at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes National Seashore, was shot and killed on August 11 outside Westport, in Mendocino County. More than a dozen local, state, and national law enforcement agencies, including the Marin County Sheriff’s Office,...

Abalone season may be closed

09/15/2011
After confirming reports of dead red abalone and sea stars in coastal areas of Sonoma County, including Bodega Bay, and evaluating an impact statement prepared by California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) divers, the California Fish and Game Commission will consider issuing an emergency closure of the abalone season...

PRBO celebrates 45 years

09/15/2011
This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of PRBO Conservation Science’s local Palomarin Field Station. The station, located at the southern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore outside of Bolinas, has served as an important training facility for hundreds of nascent biologists with interests in birding and field study. Each...

MMWD makse big budget cut

09/15/2011
The Marin Municipal Water District cut the budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by three percent, establishing an operating budget of $66.4 million and a capital improvement budget of $14.9 million. “The new budget is conservative, reflecting both today’s economic realities and the ongoing reduction in revenues MMWD has experienced,”...

Tsunami diggers visit the estero

09/15/2011
A group of geologists recently completed fieldwork within Drakes Estero as part of a federally funded project that will comb the coastline from Cape Mendocino to the border of Mexico for sedimentary evidence of prehistoric tsunamis. While a substantial amount of paleo-tsunami research has been conducted around Humboldt County and...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Tomales Braves look forward to the season

09/08/2011
After opening the season with Saturday’s non-league 36-0 shutout loss to Mission High School at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium, the Tomales High School football team, which has clinched five-straight league championships and has appeared in the playoff finals as recently as last season, could interpret the game as a...

Pot raids in Nicasio, Walker Creek

09/08/2011
The Marin County’s Sheriff’s Office eradicated 500 marijuana plants last Wednesday on private property near Nicasio Valley Road after contractors notified the homeowner of the grow operation, according to Lieutenant Doug Pittman. The removal effort followed two other discoveries the week before, involving 1,600 plants near Walker Creek and another...

CLAM loses executive director

09/08/2011
Sam Grant, an admired organizer who has long-championed the cause of affordable housing, announced on Wednesday his resignation as executive director of the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM). Grant, who intends to continue his duties through the end of this month before moving with his wife and young...

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