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Wind turbine rules stall at Pink

07/29/2010
Environmental groups and concerned citizens discussed a draft ordinance that would slacken regulations on installing smaller private wind turbines on Tuesday. The county has been considering the ordinance since early June, and plans to continue the discussion on August 10. Those opposed to the current draft, which exempts small turbines...

County cuts mediation, more

07/29/2010
Fifteen county employees, two low-income health services and $5.4 million were cut on Monday as supervisors scrambled to meet the proposed $437 million budget. Marin Mediation Services was dissolved, but supervisors say some of its responsibilities will be absorbed by the District Attorney’s consumer protection operation. The county gynecology program...

Ranchers comment on CCC

07/29/2010
The California Farm Bureau Federation and California Cattleman’s Association have asked the California Coastal Commission for more local control over land-use decisions. In letters sent during a public comment period on the Coastal Commission’s draft of a four-year assessment and strategy document, both groups said the commission has taken a...

Nicasio cow-share available

07/29/2010
Care to milk your own milk? Two shares in a Jersey cow are up for purchase in Nicasio, where four-year-old Rosy Belle offers her milk to a handful of families who co-own her. “It’s like a tiny cooperative or partnership,” said Eleanor Despina, who bought Rosy from rancher John Taverna...

Humpback dies in sanctuary

07/29/2010
The carcass of a young humpback whale was found in the Farallone Islands on Sunday by a team of researchers from Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science (PRBO). The whale displayed large gashes on its side—most likely the result of strikes from a boat propeller. Officials with Gulf of the...

After 30 million deaths, farmer seeks new seed

07/29/2010
Three weeks ago, when Drakes Bay Oyster Company owner Kevin Lunny went out to check his five outdoor cultivation tanks, each containing six million oyster larvae, he got a nasty shock: the larvae were dead. Months of work and $10,000 were gone. Complete larval failure has recently become common for...

Desalination vote may stall and confuse

07/29/2010
Marin County voters will have to choose between two ballot measures concerning a proposed $105 million desalination plant in San Rafael—one measure that gives Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) a green light to proceed with the planning process, and a citizens’ measure that requires another vote before the district can...

Valley artist protests clearing

07/22/2010
A San Geronimo artist famous for photographing nudes draped in the limbs of pine, cypress, oak and eucalyptus trees, now hopes to protect a grove of redwoods slated for removal along Highway One in Humboldt County. Jack Gescheidt is seeking volunteers to join the latest Tree Spirit Project photograph, which...

West Marin cheese blazes way

07/22/2010
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company won Best in Show at the State Fair this month, a recognition of the hard work the company has put into its ten-year-old product. Co-owner Lynn Straye said the win validated a generation of hard work. The company also won gold in the semi-hard cheese...

Fire, paramedic tax seek ballot

07/22/2010
County officials hope to create a ballot measure to raise fire and paramedic taxes in West Marin by 50 percent. Residents of San Geronimo Valley, Olema, Point Reyes, Inverness, Marshall, Tomales, Nicasio, Hicks Valley and Chileno Valley—as well as in Throckmorton and Marin City—would see parcel taxes raise to about...

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