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Marijuana raid in Hick’s Valley

09/21/2011
The Marin County Sheriffs Office’s Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) hauled 7,375 mature plants Tuesday from a property on the steep terrain of Hicks Mountain off of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road after deer hunters reported the elaborate grow operation about a week ago. Sleeping bags, personal items, a large power generator and...

Schools consider sharing resources

09/21/2011
Amidst recent state budget cuts, looming retirements and internal administrative reorganizations, the Shoreline Unified, Bolinas-Stinson and Lagunitas school districts and Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke convened at Walker Creek Ranch Monday for a special joint board meeting to explore options for personnel and resource sharing in the...

Cosco Busan owners pay big for oil damage

09/21/2011
In what is touted as the largest oil pollution settlement reached in the history of law, state and federal officials announced this week that the owners of the Cosco Busan tanker that slammed into the Bay Bridge in 2007 and released 58,000 gallons of oil into local estuaries have agreed...

Marine areas challenged

09/21/2011
A last ditch effort by sport fishermen to repeal restrictions imposed by the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), including some 24 protected areas between Half Moon Bay and Point Arena, will be heard next week by the San Diego Superior Court. The lawsuit, which was filed in January by the...

Salazar backs park science

09/21/2011
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar struck a definitive tone in the debate over Drakes Estero this week by calling the science behind a much-anticipated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) “accurate.” In recent weeks, independent experts have criticized a study published by park scientists, which found that oyster cultivation resulted in seal displacement...

GGNRA draft plan released

09/15/2011
Golden Gate National Recreation Area has released the draft of a new General Management Plan, which will serve as the park’s chief regulatory document for the next 20 years. The draft, available for public viewing and comment submission through November 7, recommends a series of moderate changes to trails and...

New Tomales Bay boat launch planned for Marconi

09/15/2011
Plans to build a recreational park and boat launch on five acres of vacant state land at Marconi Cove in Marshall moved forward last week as the California Coastal Commission approved a nearby CalTrans project that will funnel $266,000 into the park’s development funds. The proposed $1.2 million park would...

Braves shut down Miranda

09/15/2011
After a 36-0 loss in its season opener against Mission High School, the Tomales High School Braves (1-1-0) reversed its fortunes on the road with a 54-0 shutout win over South Fork High School of Miranda. “They’re inexperienced and we jumped on them,” said the football team’s head coach, Leon...

Farm worker housing funds

09/15/2011
The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) has established a $750,000 grant with the Marin Workforce Housing Trust (MWHT) for a new farm worker housing initiative. The majority of the money will go towards a cooperative pilot program that would work with individual ranchers to refurbish or construct new structures to serve...

Valley Gala to honor the Balacqs

09/15/2011
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center presents its annual Heart of the Valley Gala on Saturday, September 24, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the San Geronimo Golf Course. The fundraising event will feature great food and drink, live music and an eclectic mix of Valley residents. This year the...

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