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and Tuesday, February 23

 

New Law Allows Guns at PRNS
As of Monday, licensed gun owners can bring their weapons into the Point Reyes National Seashore and any National Park.  We get reaction from people on the street in Point Reyes Station, including “Flower Power” store owner John Hyde.  The park’s John Dell’Osso tells us about a new law that has just gone into effect including some caveats that people should know about before packing heat in the Park.

 

Human Effect on Harbor Seals in Drakes Estero examined
The Marine Mammal Commission is in town to discuss the effects of human beings on the local Harbor Seal population.  The commission held an all-day public meeting at Park Headquarters on Sunday with presentations by an array of the usual suspects, including Dr. Corey Goodman, the Sierra Club’s Gordon Bennett, and Oyster farmer Kevin Lunny. The MMC will holding similar hearings and will be viewing the area through Wednesday.

 

KWMR programmers get top “Media Personalities” Award
Mike Varley and Amanda Eichstadt, the hosts of Bakersfield and Beyond on KWMR have been awarded the Best Media Personalities in the North Bay by the Bohemian Newspaper in their annual “Best Of” issue that is on stands now. You can listen to this Thursday at 6:40 PM (following the West Marin Report), and you can keep up with the program via their blog, which is http://bakersfieldandbeyond.wordpress.com/


 

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and Thursday, February 25

 

Possible Layoffs Coming to Shoreline District
The Shoreline Unified School District may begin sending out notices warning of impending layoffs in March to teachers due to the state’s budget crisis, a board member told KWMR.

Supply and Demand equals Water Rate Increase
In spite of all of the rain that we have had in recent weeks, rates for water may be going up!  The proposed rate increase will be the topic of discussion at the Marin Center on Thursday evening.

Kay and Pete to retire
KWMR Station Manager Kay Clements has announced that she will be leaving the station that she helped build at the end of March.

Marine Mammal Commission Meets in West Marin
The Marine Mammal Commission is in the area exploring the potentiality of humans effect on the local Harbor Seal population

To the Point – What is News?

Bolinas resident Michael Porter with a rollicking poem about the media and what makes news in our To the Point personal opinion segment.


 

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and the weekend!


MMC Meeting Update
The Marine Mammal Commission’s meeting in West Marin this week was an opportunity for an exchange of knowledge as well as a chance to clear the air – including outgoing Point Reyes National Seashore superintendent Don Neubacher and National Park Service scientist Sarah Allen, who both acknowledged that information they provided had been flawed. You can read the indepth report on the meetings written by Point Reyes Light editor Tess Elliott. The West Marin Citizen also provided coverage.

 

Stinson Beach Planning Fracas

The Marin County Planning Commission made a decision on Tuesday about a proposed 664 square foot house that neighbors in Stinson Beach have been up in arms about. However, this may not be the last of it as the appellants have till Monday to ask the Board of Supervisors to get involved.
 

Peace Café Coming to Bolinas this Sunday – a benefit for Haiti

A group of kindergarten, first and second graders from Bolinas-Stinson School lay still long enough to make face masks, which will be for sale at the Peace Café this Sunday in Bolinas – an event that will benefit Haitian earthquake relief. We hear from students Lorena Martinez, first grader Enzo Buckenmeyer, and kindergarten student Claudia Buckenmeyer, about what it was like to make the masks, as well as Lorena’s mom, Hermione Sanchez, who is helping to organize the event.