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and Tuesday, June 30

Pt. Reyes Farmers Market Opened Saturday
The popular Saturday morning at Toby’s Feed Barn has opened for the season, with shopping, socializing, speeches, and country music.  We speak with Oscar Gamez of Toby’s Feed Barn, with organizers Amy Whalen and Steve Costa, and with organic farmer Peter Martinelli.  We hear some praise of “slush funds” from Supervisor Steve Kinsey, and enjoy a bit of music from Tim Weed’s banjo.

A New Parcel Tax for the Lagunitas School District?
A parcel tax to maintain and expand programs in the Lagunitas School District could be on the ballot in November, if approved by the District’s Governing Board Tuesday night.  The 2009-2010 budget is also on the agenda.

Launch-for-Hire Boathouse Deed Restrictions May be Revised
The Inverness Association is considering revising the deed restrictions on the historic boathouse to help the owners solve permitting problems and avoid potential liability for the Association.  Co-owner Madeline Hope explains the hurdles they face.  Association attorney Martha Howard will be drafting some proposed revisions.

Inverness Water Rates Increased
The Inverness Public Utilities District has approved a 9% rate hike.

KWMR Wins Grants for Service and Efficiency
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has recognized KWMR’s local service and its efficiency in awarding two competitive grants totaling $32,500.  Kay Clements says that the grants come at a critical time as donations are down and the station needs to make some key hires.

Thanks to Charlie Docherty of Bolinas for providing the musical breaks this week.


 

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and Thursday, July 02

Serious Fire Danger From Sudden Oak Death
West Marin faces heightened fire risk as sudden oak death kills local tanoaks.  New research shows that recently diseased trees pose more fire risk than the old dead trees. Inverness is expanding its chipper program to address the problem. Jacoba Charles reports.

Boat Tours of Tomales Bay Launched
Nick’s Cove in Marshall offers boat tours of Tomales Bay on weekends, starting on July 4, with the boats and cruises provided by Boat Goombas, LLC, which takes responsibility for compliance with Coast Guard requirements, potential liabilities and permits.  The boats, which accomodate up to eight guests, feature up-close viewiing of harbor seals, beaches, and other Tomales Bay attractions. More information and contact numbers for reservations in the Nick’s Cove press release.


 

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and the July 4th Weekend

First Marin County Swine Flu Death as Disease Spreads
A 33-year-old woman from East Marin County died this week of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the first Marin County fatality from the disease. There has been an increase in swine flu cases in Marin County over the past two weeks, which is expected to continue.  For more information about the disease and prevention, see the Marin County Swine Flu webpage.

KWMR Joins Local Deputy Sheriff on a Ride-Along in West Marin
Deputy Rich Johnson patrols from Pt. Reyes Station to Muir Beach with KWMR.  He gives a behind-the-scenes look at the famous “Sheriff’s Calls”, and offers crime-stopping advice to the West Marin community.

A New Containment Boom Will Protect Bolinas Lagoon
In light of multiple failures of booms to prevent bunker oil from the Cosco Busan from entering Bolinas Lagoon, the Marin County Open Space District has received funding for a new 1000-foot boom, with equipment and funds for training.  An exercise is scheduled for July 15.

West Marin Stage Coach Schedule is Wrong
The last departure times for the Route 61 Stage as published in the current schedule are wrong.  The correct schedule is here, and further information is at (415) 526-3239.