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Butter, cheese: Bivalve Dairy spreads out

07/10/2019
The owners of Bivalve Dairy brought the first batch of their new cheeses to the Point Reyes Farmers Market this month. They nearly sold out. “I had never made cheese before: It’s amazing what you will do to save your family’s farm,” said Karen Bianchini Taylor, a sixth-generation rancher whose...

June's heat wave cooked mussels

07/10/2019
The three-day heat wave in early June cooked tens of thousands of mussels in their shells in the intertidal zones along the Marin and Sonoma coasts. Preliminary data from the Bodega Marine Laboratory, where one researcher made the initial finding, shows an average 30 percent loss throughout the Bodega Marine...

With Marin's coastal commission seat, Katie Rice promises to protect coastal interests

07/10/2019
Katie Rice, the supervisor from Marin’s second district, was appointed last month to serve as one of 12 people governing California’s coast. She replaced San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin as the coastal commissioner from the North Central Coast region, which encompasses Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni,...

West of West realizes a sustainable fashion dream

07/10/2019
In a small shop tucked behind Point Reyes Station’s main street, one resident has brought her vision to life. Jacelyn Oshiro-Rodoni, a Hawaii native who relocated with her husband four years ago, opened West of West in April to feature her new clothing line for women, which uses exclusively eco-friendly...

Aided by volunteers en masse, Bolinas pulls off July Fourth without a hitch

07/10/2019
The Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas went relatively smoothly, thanks to its dedicated organizers and a groundswell of volunteers. Around 5,000 people came to town on the holiday, though 2,000 of those headed straight to the Palomarin trailhead. The fire department responded to seven emergency calls: a man who...

Grand jury calls on county to comprehensively list special districts

07/10/2019
Marin taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on special districts every year, but most residents are unaware of the various agencies that serve them, a recent civil grand jury report said. The jury is recommending the Board of Supervisors create a comprehensive online directory of the county’s special districts by the end of the year “to insure transparency and accountability.” Information on these districts’ purpose, budget, website, compensation for board members, geographic area served, contacts and 12 other informational details should be available in one place, the report states...

Tax could fund agency on wildfire readiness

07/10/2019
Marin is buckling down on wildfire preparedness. Following the key recommendation of a civil grand jury report, representatives from cities, towns and fire agencies throughout Marin have formed a working group to explore the creation of a joint powers agency that would develop and implement a new countywide wildfire prevention...

From lifesaving station to marine lab

07/03/2019
The ghostly College of Marin marine biology lab stands across from the Bolinas Lagoon, on Wharf Road. The shabby appearance of the buildings belies their important and colorful history, beginning as the United States Coast Station No. 321 from 1917 to 1947. Later, from 1964 to 2005, the buildings served...

Bull kelp recovery plan looks at ecosystem out of balance

07/03/2019
To address the drastic decline in bull kelp along the Northern California coast, the Greater Farallones Association released a recovery plan last month to inform future management decisions. Purple urchins play an important role in the plan: the species, booming since the die-off of sea stars on the Pacific coast,...

Memorial planned for gray whale deaths

07/03/2019
The gray whales that washed up along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers this spring prompted researchers to launch an investigation into the cause—but several authors and artists in the area are taking another route to grapple with the loss. The group will hold a memorial service for the 171...

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