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and Tuesday, August 04

Bolinas Lagoon Restoration Moves Forward as CalTrans Plans Roadwork Next Summer
At a Town Hall meeting organized by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary last week, about 60 people heard reports of progress and plans for the months ahead. Chuck Morton tells of CalTrans’ plans to replace culverts under Highway One next summer, which will likely snarl traffic, and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey gives KWMR a comment on the restoration project.  George Clyde reports. There is more information on the project
here.  To learn more about the program to eradicate invasive crabs from the Seadrift Lagoon and the $200,000 “earmark” funding that Woolsey is seeking, listen to KWMR’s in-depth reports on July 29 and July 31, below.

Kehoe Ranch Wins Top Dairy Award
at Sonoma County Fair
The family-owned Kehoe Ranch, which leases its property in the Point Reyes National Seashore, was awarded the Top Dairy in the North Bay prize at Sonoma County Fair on Saturday. Rancher Tim Kehoe was there to accept the award and talked with KWMR’s Alex Horvath about what the prize means to him and his family, as well as the state of dairy farming in West Marin.

Teens from Arab Countries Kayak On Tomales Bay
On Sunday there were teenagers from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain kayaking on Tomales Bay, as a part of the
Ocean for Life cultural exchange program.  Jennifer Stock of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary describes the unique program, which is being conducted by the  National Marine Sanctuaries.  KWMR’s George Clyde reports.


 

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and Thursday, August 06

Summertime Blues for Bed and Breakfasts, Restaurants in West Marin
In spite of packed weekend streets and sidewalks, thousands of bicyclists, and no shortage of out-of-town motor vehicles, some local Bed and Breakfast operations are suffering. Joining them are local restaurants, many of which staffed up for a busy summer only to find many seats empty. We talk with the West Marin Chamber of Commerce’s Frank Borodic, for an insider’s perspective, as well as The Sand Dollar’s Sam Teemer, and Don Deane, owner of Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel.

A Park Kiosk with Picnic Tables in Inverness Park?

A group of Inverness Park residents has asked the Park to rehabilitate a vacant white building across from Perry’s Deli as a kiosk, bulletin board and mini-park.  Donna Larkin says that Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent, is interested after a meeting with the group, which is acting in an unofficial capacity, not as representatives of the Inverness Park Association, which is still being organized. George Clyde reports.

KWMR Gets New Board Members
KWMR Station Manager Kay Clements welcomes four new members to the station’s Board of Directors. The new Directors are Rebecca Dixon of Inverness, Gail Graham of Stinson Beach, Walter S. Murch of Bolinas, and Hilary Read of Bolinas.


 

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and the Weekend

Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor Parks officials in survival talks with Point Reyes National Seashore
The National Park Service has been in behind-the-scene talks with California State Parks to try and work out a solution to the probability of parks closing and the loss to the public of important services. Are the feds offering to pick up the slack? State Parks spokeswoman Sheryl Watson, and Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman, John Dell’Osso, confirm the talks.

Marine Life Protection Act has finally been approved by the California Fish and Game Commission
After months of debate from all corners of the environmental, science, and fishing communities, KWMR’s George Clyde talks about what it all means with Bolinas fisherman Josh Churchman and Point Reyes environmentalist Fred Smith, both of whom participated in the process. Info on Marine Life Protection Act.

Bolinas Beach Camping poll will likely exclude 12-15% of registered voters
A proposed ban on Beach Camping has been the talk of the town. The matter is set for the November ballot but only after the town’s Fire Protection District and the Bolinas Public Utility District lost a battle last week with the County Registrar of Voters over language in one proposal. The end result is that as many as 15% of registered voters in Bolinas will not be able to vote on the advisory measure. BPUD Director Vic Amoroso and Marin County Registrar of Voters Elaine Ginnold explain what happened.