Drought decimated new coho in tributaries, but Lagunitas count high

Recent counts of juvenile coho salmon in Devil’s Gulch and San Geronimo Creeks found essentially no “young of year” coho, fish that would have hatched from eggs laid last winter. The dearth is likely the result of extreme drought, said Marin Municipal Water District fisheries scientist Greg Andrews. Coho typically...

Bolinas pianist Bill Quist fundraises for albums

Bill Quist is a trained classical pianist, but at a fundraiser on Tuesday for a forthcoming release of two CDs, one attendee described his songs as “intergalactic.” The samples played for the small crowd gathered at a downtown inn were from improvisations he recorded on synthesizer; one was reminiscent of the depths of the sea (“Whale Tears”), another of spirits in the ether (“Angel Choir”). Many travel the world, too: in one piece, the keys sound like an human voice singing among birdsong in the jungle...

MALT buys Borello Ranch

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust purchased the 864-acre Borello Ranch from a developer this week, under an agreement to lease the Marshall property to two local ranchers who will buy it from the nonprofit within four years. MALT has rechristened the land Millerton Creek Ranch, named for the creek that...

Park reopens public 
comment on ranch plan

In an unusual step during an environmental assessment process, the Point Reyes National Seashore will hold two community workshops this month to draw more local input for its first ranching management plan, and open up another week-long public comment period. After a six-week public scoping period this summer, the park...

State’s draft pesticide program raises consumer questions

Agriculture is a vibrant industry in California. Over 80,500 farms and ranches in the state grow over 400 crops, see revenues totaling $44.7 billion a year and collectively generate upwards of $100 billion in related businesses. Many crops are exported; almonds are the top commodity, followed by dairy products, wine,...

Ravens likely feasted on snowy plovers’ young

Western snowy plovers, a threatened shorebird whose population the Point Reyes National Seashore has spent years trying to foster on sands from North Beach to Abbotts Lagoon, suffered a high rate of nest failure this year. Thirty of 45 nests that cradled eggs either never hatched, or produced chicks that...

Preliminary election results

Tuesday’s election had some surprising preliminary outcomes in local races, perhaps the greatest being the Marin Muncipal Water District Board race: Woodacre resident and incumbent Liza Crosse (who is also an aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey) lost to challenger Larry Bragman, a Fairfax town councilman, by less than two percentage...

Latinos fill first-ever 
empowerment training

Last month, on the second night of a two-evening empowerment training for the Latino community in West Marin, about three dozen participants drew pictures of themselves and scribbled painful, belittling comments or ideas they felt others might have about them around the contours of the image. Then everyone picked out...

Alternative evaluations sought at 

The Lagunitas School District administration will renegotiate two clauses of its contract with the teacher’s union concerning staff development and teacher evaluation. The announcement, made at a sparsely attended board meeting last week, comes a month after teachers announced their intention to renegotiate salaries, benefits and class sizes and at...

Retired Channel Islands superintendent delivers a cautionary tale

Tim Setnicka, the blunt-spoken former superintendent of Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California, told a crowd of over 60 people at West Marin School last Thursday that the National Park Service “has no soul.” Instead, he argued, it’s comprised of people maneuvering through a bureaucracy that...


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