Bolinas park and school hope for blue whale specimens

Rising out of the sand, the bones of the blue whale on Agate Beach are still layered with ribbed flesh, flaky and graying in some places, thick and greasy in others. Its putrid smell is all but forgotten, and even the remaining, scattered gulls seem apathetic. But for the scientists...

Marshall man honored for volunteer efforts in the Greater Farallones

A Marshall resident has been named volunteer of the year by the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary for his contributions to habitat restoration and limiting the disturbance of wildlife around Tomales Bay. George Clyde, who said he was surprised and honored to be selected, helped develop a strategy to protect...

Local groups start rapid response hotline for support after ICE raids

Two community groups have collaborated to create a rapid response phone line designed to notify West Marin residents of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity and provide immediate support to families in the event of a raid. The Immigration Action Committee of West Marin Standing Together has linked up with...

West Marin woman helping to fund investigative stories from Latin America

Teri Mattson was on her fourth day of rummaging through old photographs when she came upon it: an amber-hued photo of a motorcycle carrying two riders as they approached a checkpoint in Central America. Their backs are to the camera and a dusty haze surrounds them as they edge closer...

Marin sued over pending LCP rule

A lawsuit brought by the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation over a proposed policy in Marin County’s Local Coastal Program threatens to stall the already eight-year-long process of updating the critical planning document. Last Friday, the foundation filed suit on behalf of Willie Benedetti, a second-generation turkey and chicken farmer in...

Oysterman missing on Tomales Bay

Tod Friend, an owner of Tomales Bay Oyster Company, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon, sparking a search and rescue effort that continued through Wednesday. An employee of Hog Island Oyster Company spotted his unmanned motorboat driving in circles near Cypress Grove Preserve at around 3:15 p.m. A 911 call indicated that...

Shellfish growers may write best practices

Under a tentative state plan, oyster farms would develop individual best management practices based on state guidelines meant to curb the environmental impacts of California’s 16 shellfish leases. At a public meeting on Monday at the Marconi Conference Center, representatives of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department...

County hears input on short-term rentals

Turnout from West Marin residents on Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors hearing to discuss the possibility of regulating short-term rentals hosted by services such as Airbnb or VRBO was tremendous. The board heard a presentation of a county-specific report on the effects of short-term rentals, recommendations from its staff...

Trump cuts would make funding more scarce for SPAWN projects

An important source of support for local watershed restoration and salmon conservation efforts may dry up in fiscal year 2018, as the Trump administration’s proposed national budget cuts millions of dollars from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget. On the chopping block is the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund,...


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