1. Sonoma State University Associate Professor and specialist in Point Reyes National Seashore history, Laura A. Watt talks with host, Kelly O'Mara about the origins of the seashore, at times, breaking with conventional myths about the creation of the park. Did the movie, "Rebels With a Cause" bet some facts wrong? Did the ranchers gladly welcome the National Park Service? Why did they sell their ranches to the NPS? Was the Drakes Bay Oyster Company supposed to continue operating past 2012?

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  2. Seriously Now Special Edition.
    Robin Carpenter interviews Ed Kilduff and Francine Shaw about commonalities between their community on the San Juan Islands and the West Marin Community. In particular, the rifts between community members within each community and the similarities between the Friends of the San Juans and the Environmental Action Committee of Marin. Both speakers offer suggestions for addressing the conflicts.
    Ed Kilduff has been an environmental consultant for over 20 years. Kilduff has worked on environmental cleanups for the Navy and the Department of Energy in both California and Washington, where he is licensed as both a hydrogeologist and engineering geologist. He has particular experience with groundwater monitoring and cleanup in shoreline areas, including fate and transport of chemicals and radioisotopes. He earned a BS in Geology and Mathematics from Tufts University, an MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
    Francine Shaw graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She works in Washington State land use planning, implementing federal and state land use laws and local regulations, including the Planning Enabling Act, the Growth Management Act, Local Project Review, the Shoreline Management Act and the International Building Codes.  For two years Francine was the Deputy Director of the San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department.  She is a private land use planning and permitting consultant, serving property owners of San Juan County.

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    Kramer Herzog to Appear in International Film Festival
    Marin Mammal Center Releases Sea Lions On Coast
    Jason Walsh, Editor of Pacific Sun with Kelly O’Mara, State of Marin News
    Community Wellness Center in Fairfax - Affordable Alternative Health Care
    Herb Kutchins’ Summary of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Hearing

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  4. Phyllis Faber who was instrumental in the founding of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, California Coastal Commission, Environmental Forum of Marin speaks at length with Kelly O'Mara. She recently sued the California Coastal Commission along with ALSA (Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture) for violating both the Coastal Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.
    Answering Martin Griffin's letter to several Marin papers calling her lawsuit 'frivolous', Phyllis offers an explanation for the basis of the lawsuit.

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  5. Saturday, January 22nd 2012 was a day of celebration! Almost 500 people came out to share their support for the workers at the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm.

    The community of West Marin reacted to the decision by Secretary Salazar to evict the Drakes Bay Oyster Company by ... dancing! Like any community under pressure, residents jumped into action by initiating two campaigns to raise funds to help the 31 endangered workers, half of whom live at the oyster farm and to support the legal fund to challenge the Secretary's decision.

    The Oyster Solstice!

    Two major contributors to the physical, spiritual and mental health of West Marin are Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell. They are the leaders of 4 non-profit organizations local non-profit organizations designed to bring health and harmony to the towns around the Tomales Bay and along the coast.

    Soon after the decision, Donna & Paul organized a benefit dance, food and wine extravaganza that was attended by nearly 500 people to raise funds for the workers. Donations of food and drink were made by many local businesses.

    Here are a few glimpses of the fabulous evening.

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