and Tuesday, July 07
Fourth of July in West Marin!
West Marin Celebrates Independence Day with the usual flair. KWMR’s Brenda Kohn reports on the Inverness foot races and the traditional Declaration of Independence ceremony, with interviews with Aaron and Dan Silver, twins Fielding and Lily Neale, Rebecca Dixon and Gene Ptak.
Cutbacks Affect Critical West Marin Fire Lookout
The fire lookout station at Mt. Barnabe will be occupied by volunteers this season – and it may be unoccupied on some days – as the Marin County Fire Department eliminates its long-time positions for professional lookouts. We speak with MCFD Fire Engineer Don Keyon and 14-year veteran former MCFD lookout Lucas McMath, who offered to provide information on volunteer look-out associations. For more information on the Mt. Barnabe lookout station, see http://rntl.net/mtbarnaby.htm.
Historian Dewey Livingston on Our State Parks
Dewey Livingston gives some history of our local state parklands, which date back to the mid 19th Century, and which are presently threatened with closure because of the State budget crisis.
and Thursday, July 09
Jennifer Livingston Reinstated at Pt. Reyes Station Library
Jennifer Livingston will continue working in the Pt. Reyes Station Branch of the Marin County Free Library next year now that the County and the School District have found funds to pay for her position. But both County Librarian Gail Haar and Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who helped save Livingston’s position, warned of future staffing cuts as a result of the State budget crisis, and Kinsey wants to help pass a local library funding measure.
Lagunitas Voters to Consider Parcel Tax
The Lagunitas School District will ask voters in November to approve a $135 parcel tax to maintain its current programs and staffing. School Board member Richard Sloan explains what’s at stake. A two-thirds majority is required for passage.
West Marin Citizen Celebrates Its Second Birthday
KWMR interviews West Marin Citizen publisher Joel Hack as the paper marks its second anniversary and begins its third year of head-to-head competition with the Pt. Reyes Light.
and the Weekend
Kinsey Asks Supes to Support Feinstein Drakes Bay Oyster Rider
On Tuesday Supervisor Steve Kinsey will ask the Marin County Board of Supervisors to support Senator Dianne Feinstein’s rider to the Appropriations Bill that would extend the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Lease for 10 years. Carolyn Longstreth, President of the Board of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, gives a contrary view. KWMR will give a full report on the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting on the Wednesday West Marin Report.
Local Taverna Dairy Milk in Award-Winning Cowgirl Cheeses
The Cowgirl Creamery wins national awards for two cheeses made with organic Jersey cow milk from the Taverna Dairy Farm, which has been in the family for 100 years. Fourth-generation John Taverna discusses his operation, which only recently has become organic.
KWMR Goes “Gleaning” with Marin Organic
As a part of a new gleaning initiative of Marin Organic, volunteers at Star Route Farms in Bolinas harvest unwanted spinach to help schools and community organizations. KWMR’s Sandy Duveen speaks with Scott Davidson, Doug Gallagher and Helge Hellberg about the gleaning program. For info, contact Scott at (415) 663-9667, ext. 101.