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Public flocks to first park open house on draft EIS

08/29/2019
How should the National Park Service manage land that has hosted private cattle ranching and dairying operations for the greater part of two centuries? Is ranching detrimental or beneficial to the environment? How should ecologists help maintain a healthy population of tule elk, a native species reintroduced to the Point...

Seabirds saw bad year at Farallones

08/29/2019
Seabirds had abnormally low breeding success this year at the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where biologists with Point Blue Conservation Science observed one of the five worst breeding seasons on record for most species. A variety of weather conditions in California brought on by El Niño made incubating an...

Book on San Geronimo Valley joins nationwide history series

08/29/2019
Owen Clapp, a Woodacre native in his 20s, is the latest contributor to the nationwide history series, Images of America, with his comprehensive account of the past two centuries of life in the San Geronimo Valley. A professional bass player who moved home to Woodacre after graduating with a degree...

Supes call for compromise on streamside renovation

08/21/2019
There’s no relief in sight for Adrienne Terrass and her husband, Aldo Tarigo, homeowners in the San Geronimo Valley who have been trying to obtain permits to renovate their house since 2011. Last week, the Board of Supervisors pushed the couple to further compromise with county staff and once again...

Shoreline staff close to new contract

08/21/2019
After more than three years of negotiations and six years since their last raise, Shoreline Unified School District’s classified staff has a tentative three-year contract, but not without some disappointment over delays in finalizing the agreement. The contract, signed in June, could have been approved by trustees at last week’s...

Oyster study shows nuances in changing Tomales Bay

08/21/2019
Oysters that grow in estuaries and bays face a particular set of challenges with a changing climate, according to a recent study led by the University of California, Davis conducted on Tomales Bay. Two seasonal phenomena that are believed to intensify and become more frequent with climate change—ocean upwelling during...

Bolinas singer Rainy Eyes releases first solo album

08/21/2019
“Moon in the Mirror,” the first album by folk Americana singer-songwriter Irena Eide, has a melodic and dreamy sound, but its songs are borne from a tumultuous time in the artist’s past—and the inspirations of a decade living in West Marin. Under the name Rainy Eyes, Ms. Eide released the...

County finalizes analysis of cumulative development impacts in the valley

08/21/2019
The Board of Supervisors this week certified a final assessment of the cumulative impacts of future development on the threatened and endangered salmonid species in the San Geronimo Valley watershed. The county has been working on the document—a supplemental environmental impact report to the 2007 countywide plan—since 2014, when the...

Tomales Bay Oyster Co. gets retroactive permit to remove subletter's gear

08/21/2019
The California Coastal Commission has granted an after-the-fact permit for Tomales Bay Oyster Company to dispose of abandoned aquaculture gear and marine debris pulled from three acres it formerly leased to a small grower. The permit, approved on Aug. 6, grants permission for multiple clean-up activities that have already occurred:...

Friends seeking funds for longtime saloon owner and publisher, Don Deane

08/21/2019
Don Deane, the longtime owner of Smiley’s Schooner Saloon who for decades published a monthly newspaper in Bolinas and was a foster and adopted parent for many local youths, needs help covering his health expenses. Three months after undergoing brain surgery for a condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus, Mr. Deane...

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