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and the weekend!

Planners Get Earful On Future of Community Plans
Whose voice will come through the loudest in the effort to modernize the Local Coastal Plans while at the same time keeping the so-called flavor of the individual West Marin villages?   We’ll hear what Rae Levine of  the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin, or CLAM, and Fred Smith of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin told the Marin County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Bolinas Passes Along Parking Dilemma
As if the Planning Commission didn’t have enough on their plate, they have now been asked to enter the vortex called the Bolinas parking mess.  On Wednesday, the board of directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utilities District asked the County planners to include the town’s parking issues in their discussion of any Local Coastal Plan.

SG Valley Salmon Plan to Be Accepted by County, But Not Implemented – Yet
In spite of recent opposition from the San Geronimo Valley Creek Dwellers, a recently formed group that is opposed to the draft Salmon Enhancement Plan, the county plans  to move forward with the process of accepting the draft plan in its entirety – while at the same time assuring the public that it’s not a done deal till at least summer of 2010. It’s all in the name of avoiding a lawsuit that was threatened by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, a shaker and mover of the county’s draft plan.


 

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and Tuesday, November 3rd

Hope for New Life at Indian Beach
The Tidewater Goby is a rare and endangered fish that has lost most of its habitat due in the brackish coastal waters off of California.  On Thursday, three government agencies working together released some of the Goby at Indian Beach in Tomales Bay - where it is hoped that they will survive - and prosper. KWMR's Jacoba Charles was at the scene for the release.

Inverness Association Launches Chainsaw Attack on Invasive Pampas Grass Along the Highway
Last week workers along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. were dangling from safety lines as they used chainsaws to cut invasive pampas grass from the steep embankments along the highway.  Carlos Ramirez and Ramirez Sandovar of Inverness Garden Services describe the work, and Julie Monson of Inverness explains why the Pampas Grass needs to be removed and plans for a more ambitious attack next summer. George Clyde reports.

Irony in Shorline Schools Lunch Program
The Point Reyes Light reports in its current issue that local students are being fed food from over-the-hill distributors for their lunch programs while kids from school districts over-the-hill are reaping the benefits of locally grown foods from Marin Organic. 

Buy Organic Junk Food!

With tongue firmly implanted in cheek, Inverness resident Raul Gallyot expounds on the reasons that we should abandon hope  of eating healthfully- and just cave in to junk food. It's part of a KWMR listener segment called "To the Point."


 

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and Thursday, November 5th

 

KWMR Election Headquarters – How West Marin Voted
Will camping be made illegal on Bolinas Beach?  Who will win in the Tomales Community Services District contest?  The result from all of races from Tomales to Bolinas –  via Muir Beach and the San Geronimo Valley.  You can also click here for a complete list of election results from the Marin County Registrar of Voters.

 

Tomales CSD – a heated race with friendly candidates?
With five people running for three seats, the first contested election in the history of the Tomales Community Services District could have become something rather ugly.  Instead, it turned into an amicable affair, with candidate Dale Conroy even telling KWMR that he would have voted for any of his opponents. 

 

Nuisance and abatement meeting planned for Stinson Beach property
The Stinson Beach County Water District will hold a special meeting on Wednesday evening on a nuisance and abatement matter to address whether a home located at 12 Marine Way is out of compliance with local sewage regulations.

 

There’s Salmon in them there streams
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or SPAWN, was elated to find signs of life in the form of young salmon swimming during a recent creek restoration in Samuel P. Taylor Park.  You might spot some, too, if you reserve a space on a walk with their naturalist on November 14th.

 

Interior Secretary to decide on fate of Drake Bay Oyster lease
President Obama signed an appropriations bill on Friday that will allow the Secretary of the Interior to decide whether the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm can continue its operations after its lease with the Point Reyes National Seashore expires in 2012. We fill you in on the details.