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Missing man’s car found in dropoff

04/03/2014
After nearly a month-long search for a missing 93-year-old man that included an Oakland helicopter swooping over Nicasio, a San Rafael patrol boat scanning the Marin coastline, another boat searching the Corte Madera Creek and a search and rescue team retracing the steps of Robert Leslie Davis, the man’s car...

Fungus gnat joins small genus

04/03/2014
A new species of fungus gnat discovered near Limantour Road in the Point Reyes National Seashore might be part of the genus Megophthalmidia, which contained just a single species until a scientist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced the discovery of it and seven others this month...

Bolinas satellite farm pushed back at edges to appease neighbors

03/27/2014
Bolinas farmer Mickey Murch met with a group of locals 10 times since last fall to address concerns about the four acres of public land, located below the town’s sewer ponds, that he has been cultivating since 2011 as an extension of his family’s Gospel Flat Farm. He met with them at the office of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, which owns the land, and on the land itself, where he farms vegetables without irrigation, a practice known as dry farming. They discussed possible setbacks of the row crops from trails, whether fencing would disrupt the wanderings of gophers and the feeling of open space versus the presence of farming machinery, among other things. After months of negotiation, last Wednesday the utility district amended Mr. Murch’s lease, which runs to 2016 at a cost of $100 a year. Under the new terms, Mr. Murch will not be able to...

Grant to study youth drug abuse

03/27/2014
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center was awarded a $5,000 grant from the county’s Health and Human Services Department earlier this month to develop a two-year plan for combating substance abuse among West Marin youth. The exploratory grant will fund a series of meetings between now and June for addressing...

Horvat packs characters into one

03/27/2014
About seven years ago, right before he moved to West Marin, Stephen Horvat wrote and acted in a production he titled “The Caligula Comedy Hour.” “It was based on the idea that Caligula had been reincarnated and decided to have his own talk show but he doesn’t have any power...

Stinson could levy big water fines

03/27/2014
If the Stinson Beach County Water District votes in May to enforce a draft rationing ordinance approved this week, residents will be limited to an average of 125 gallons a day, but the cap won’t be set in stone for full-timers. Those who live in Stinson for over half the...

Nimans denied sale of recall meat

03/27/2014
The United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspectors issued a final ruling last week condemning recalled meat from BN Ranch and other custom producers who slaughtered their cattle at Rancho Feeding and had their meat swept up in a blanket 8.7 million-pound recall last month. To clarify whether the...

Lagunitas terminates Waldorf program

03/27/2014
One of the few public Waldorf-inspired elementary programs in the country will be terminated at the end the school year, a decision the Lagunitas School District’s Board of Trustees made Wednesday night in a 4-1 vote. Persistent instability, frequent teacher turnover and the transfer of students out of the Waldorf...

Benjie Johnson, lifelong Drakes Bay oyster farmer, dead at 56

03/27/2014
Ben “Benjie” Johnson, an oysterman who struggled to find his way after his family’s farm in Drakes Estero was sold, died from complications of pneumonia in Oklahoma City this month. He was 56 years old. Many will remember Benjie’s long battle with alcoholism, but his close family will recall a funny and loving young boy. At 4 years old, his mother, Joan Clifton, said “he’d be outside playing with the other kids when he’d come running into the house. He’d grab me by the legs and say, ‘I love you, Mommy,’ and run back outside.”...

Two dead following Lawson’s Landing shooting

03/27/2014
A teenage boy was allegedly murdered by his lover’s roommate at Lawson’s Landing early Thursday morning, following months of reported domestic disturbances. Ken Neville, 56, was charged with murder in the shooting of 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson, for which he could face a life sentence. The victim’s 51-year-old lover, Eric Gillespie, has since committed suicide in another county, according to a report yesterday in The Marin Independent-Journal. The two older men apparently lived together in Hayward before they moved to Lawson’s Landing last summer. Mr. Jackson had begun to stay at the trailer a few months later, said Willy Vogler, the campground’s co-owner...

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