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Trawler debris remains on beach

08/02/2012
Beachgoers are advised to watch their step when wandering south on Limantour Beach, as barefoot amblers may get an unpleasant surprise. Rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore are set to investigate remaining debris left over from the Half Moon Bay salmon trawler that ran aground in May, which was subsequently...

Roadtrippers arrested in Stinson

08/02/2012
A 21-year-old Minnesota man was arrested in Stinson Beach last Saturday with a stolen car and two minors in tow. Jacob Engler, of Murdock, a town of fewer than 300 people in southern Minnesota, was booked in Marin County Jail; the minors, a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, were sent...

Health director to resign

08/02/2012
Rafael Gomez, executive director of the Coastal Health Alliance (CHA), has announced he will resign from the position at the end of this year in order to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Andreina, are expecting their second child in November. “It has been a privilege...

Inverness chipping and fire checks

08/02/2012
The season has come for fire extinguisher inspections and brush chipping in Inverness. Next Saturday, August 11, in conjunction with the Inverness Fair, the Inverness Fire Department will conduct inspections for residents, at variable costs. Fire extinguishers should be dropped off at the firehouse on Friday, August 10, labeled with...

Valley Ford vegetation fire

08/02/2012
A brush fire burned nearly 1.5 acres between the intersection of Fallon-Two Rock and Gericke Roads, just south of Valley Ford, Tuesday afternoon. A witness reported seeing two teenagers driving adjacent to the area in a white pickup. Firefighters contained the fire within half an hour after it was reported,...

Beleaguered state parks hid millions

07/26/2012
Advocates for cash-strapped state parks were shocked Friday at the announcement that California State Parks has been sitting on a “hidden” $54 million for the past 12 years. State officials said they have opened an investigation after learning of the stashed millions, which the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation...

First divers tell story of Cordell Bank

07/26/2012
The members of the first dive team to explore the Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary in the 1970s and 1980s are still the only known divers to have seen the reserve with their own eyes—and are now sharing their stories of the experience through the Cordell Expeditions Oral History Project. The...

Ragen rebukes scientist

07/26/2012
A 20-page letter sent by Marine Mammal Commission head Tim Ragen blasting a report by Marshall scientist Corey Goodman was released in the lead-up to the National Research Council meeting on Drake’s Bay Oyster Company in Irvine. Dr. Goodman’s report critiqued the 2011 Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) report evaluating the...

Group sues FDA over mercury

07/26/2012
Environmental and consumer organizations, including Forest Knolls-based Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s failure to implement stricter standards to protect the public from mercury in seafood. The lawsuit seeks a response to the 2011 petition filed by GotMercury.org, a project...

Elk growth threatens seashore zoning

07/19/2012
In Point Reyes National Seashore, ranchers and elk are finding themselves at odds, embroiled in a dilemma that has plagued elk reserves and their neighbors for close to a century: free-ranging 700-pound elk, minus predators or restraint, can equal one very big, very hungry problem. California’s tule elk have been...

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