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and Tuesday, December 8th   

 

A West Marin Crime Wave?
A follow-up report on several crimes in the Point Reyes area that remains unsolved. 

 

Dune Restoration May Help Endangered Birds, Frogs, and Plants
The Point Reyes National Seashore is embarking on a dune restoration project.

 

Alien Turtle Turned Away from Gated Community
Talk about being lost – a sea turtle that is usually found in Mexico made its way up to Seadrift in Stinson Beach. 

Dairy & Beef Cows have different standards to be certified organic
A clarification to a November 25th story about Organic Standards. 

 

Gibson House to get Makeover
The Bolinas Community Land Trust was awarded $45,000 from the Marin Community Foundation for restoration of its dilapidated affordable housing project at the former Gibson House building. 

 

RIP Gary Abler
Longtime Bolinas resident and bon vivant Gary Abler has died. 


 

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and Thursday, December 10th

Guilty Pleas in Bolinas Cocaine Case
Two Bolinas men have pleaded guilty to cocaine sales and distribution in a case that stems from a Major Crimes Task Force sting operation. 

 

Death Cap Mushrooms Not Just Lethal to Humans
Are your dogs at risk while for getting poisoned while hiking about the Point Reyes National Seashore with you? They could be if they consume any Death Cap Mushrooms, which are out in force along various paths in West Marin.  The Marin County Humane Society says to keep your dog close so he or she won’t gobble up any of the poisonous pods. The phone number for the ASPCA Poison Control Center is 888-426-4435.

 

Alternative Energy Diffused With Grand Jury Recommendation
What will come of alternative energy in Marin after the Marin County Grand Jury issues a report that does not support the County of Marin a plan to provide alternative energy sources to residents?  We may never know. But for information on alternative energy from local groups and individuals that are doing something, please click on the following links.  Transition West Marin, Solartimes.org, Finding the Responsible Path.

 

Park Service Gets ARA Dollars to improve local wetlands
What is all that commotion over at the Giacomini Wetlands overlook? It turns out that with the help of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that the area is a getting an extreme makeover.


 

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and Tuesday, December 15th

The F&G Commission Corrects Error to Allow Clam Growing on Lunny’s Drakes Estero Lease
At a contested hearing in Los Angeles where both Kevin Lunny of Drakes Bay Oyster Company and Gordon Bennett of the Sierra Club appeared on Thursday, the California Fish and Game Commission agreed to correct a clerical error that omitted Manila clams from Lunny’s 1993 lease, legalizing the clam growing which has gone on for years. This was in spite of an 11th hour request from Pt. Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher that the hearing be postponed. But that may not be the end of the battle over the F&G lease and the clams – “not by a long shot”, says Bennett.  George Clyde reports for KWMR.

Colony Collapse Disorder Spurs Increase in Local Beekeepers
The plight of honey bees in the past few years has garnered great public interest and awareness after it became known that something was causing strange and unusual die-off in hives across the country. The phenomenon, known as CCD --  Colony Collapse Disorder – was the topic of  discussion two years ago at Apimondia  -- the biennial international gathering of beekeepers and scientists.
Links: http://www.americanbeejournal.com/site/epage/79414_828.htm

Marin Beekeepers Association <marinbeekeepers@mayach.com>

 

Annual Christmas Bird Count coming on Saturday
Next Saturday is the 40th Christmas Bird Count in Pt. Reyes and Tomales Bay areas, when over 100 volunteers will be out counting the land and seabirds in the area, from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. We hear from John Longstreth of Inverness, a Co-compiler, about the history of the count.  And there are still opportunities to join the group. For information on how to join in the tradition, email to ptreyescbc@gmail.com, or visit: http://www.forestdata.com/cbc/ .