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and Thursday, March 11

 

It’s Enviro Groups vs. Ranchers in LCP Showdown
Marin’s version of the Local Coastal Plan, which is presently in the revision process, is shaping up into a battle between the local environmentalist movement and longtime ranching families.  Both groups were well-represented on Monday at the Marin Civic Center as the County Planning Commission conducted an LCP meeting that focused largely on issues of agriculture, mariculture, and farmworker housing.

 

Planners Say No To “Domestic” Well Water in Bolinas
The Marin County Planning Commission turned down the application of Bolinas property owner Marc Dwailebee to turn three approved agricultural wells into wells that could be used for drinking water.

 

Dell’Osso to Take Reins at the Point Reyes National Seashore as Acting Superintendent and Will Likely Oversee Release of the Draft General Management Plan
John Dell’Osso will serve as Acting Superintendent of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore when Don Neubacher leaves for Yosemite this month.  George Clyde asks Dell’Osso about the long-awaited Draft General Management Plan for the Park, which is likely to be released this spring while Dell’Osso is serving as Acting Superintendent.

 


 

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and Tuesday, March 16

 

Salmon Fishing to Return after Two Year Haitus
After two years of being prohibited to fish for salmon off of California’s coast, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved three options for fishermen that would begin this Spring.  As if that weren’t enough, the fishery council also announced that they expect to see the return of a possible 245,000 chinook salmon to the coast – compared to the record low return of 39,000 chinook that returned last year.  KWMR Reporter George Clyde met up with local recreational fisherman, Tom Baty of Inverness, at the Marshall Boatworks on Saturday.

 

Statwide Ballot Initiative to Save Parks has roots in West Marin
There is no question that California’s state park system is in real trouble. A proposed ballot measure that is presently in the signature process is helmed by Bolinas resident Ken Masterton, and is getting help from dozens of locals.  KWMR reporter Mark Dowie interviews retired state park ranger Carlos Porrata about a statewide ballot initiative he is involved with that could help save the struggling state parks.


 

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and Thursday, March 18

 

Shoreline Dist. Sends Layoff Notices to Teachers; Looks at Reducing Hours of Principals
The Shoreline Unified School District has sent layoff warning notices to the five full-time teachers and is looking at reducing the hours of principals in its West Marin schools.  We talk with Shoreline District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Rosenthal about what it all means for students in West Marin.

 

Study Says Climate Change Killing Local Shorebirds
Are the Western Snowy Plover and an array of other shorebirds native to West Marin in danger of extinction due to climate change?  The answer is yes, according to a report that was issued last week by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services.  KWMR’s Marc Matheson provides details of the report, and we get reaction from John Kelly of the Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Cypress Grove Research Center in Marshall.

 

Memorial Service Plannned for Missing Nicasio Woman

A memorial service of sorts is planned this weekend for 77-year-old Silvia Lange, who went missing in late January after a walk on a beach at the Point Reyes National Seashore.

 

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