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and Tuesday, July 21

Town Hall Meeting on Bolinas Lagoon Restoration
The Bolinas Lagoon Restoration project is back in the news as the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary hosts a Town Hall meeting on July 30 in Bolinas to update the community.  Maria Brown, Sanctuary Superintendent, gives a preview.

Invasive Crabs + Snails = Oyster Death
In the southern areas of Tomales Bay, native Olympia oysters are at risk because of a mix of invasive crabs and snails, according to recent research and press reports. We speak with biologist David Kimbro and local oysterman Todd Friend.

Bolinas Celebration and Fundraiser for the Freebox
The Freebox, a Bolinas institution where rich and poor share unwanted clothes and goods, is celebrated.  StuArt Chapman gives the history, and Sheila O’Donnell reports.


 

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and Thursday, July 23

Manka’s Inverness Lodge Faces Foreclosure
Margaret Grade’s partnership that owns Manka’s Inverness Lodge is behind on its $707,000 loan, prompting Bank of Marin to file a notice of default in April, the first step towards foreclosure.  The loan must be brought current by Friday.

Board of Supervisors Approves Pesticide Ordinance Amendments
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the County Pest Control Ordinance in midst of controversy over the County’s illegal use of pesticides during the past ten years. We hear from SPAWN biologist Chris Pincetich,  Fred Smith of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, and Paul Apffel, who uncovered the County violations.  KWMR's  Alex Horvath reports.


 

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and the Weekend

Farmstay Operation Planned for Mendoza Ranch
The Mendoza Ranch in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, which just sold off its dairy herd in June, is planning to rent a home out to visitors, the first farmstay that will be allowed in the Park.  The Seashore is seeking comments by July 31. Joe Mendoza, John Dell’Osso and Gordon Bennett speak with KWMR reporter Alex Horvath.

Enviros vs. Ranchers at Dance Palace Monday
The Marin County Planning Commission comes to West Marin to hold a workshop at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station Monday from 1 PM to 5 PM.  The Commissioners will be considering controversial proposals to change the development rules for ranches and farmland as a part of the Local Costal Program.  Planning Commissioner Wade Holland and Marin County Senior Planner Jack Liebster comment. Links: Agenda, Issue Summary, and Public Letters; Email for Comments.