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Dick Velloza, who drove diesel to ranches, dies at 89

08/21/2014
Richard “Dick” Velloza, a lifelong West Marin resident who built a house and a family in Point Reyes Station while delivering gas to ranches and tinkering for a water utility, died, on August 1 at age 89. Dick’s father, Richard Velloza, Sr., was a Portuguese native who grew up in...

Rancho boss charged with conspiracy, bad meat and mail fraud

08/21/2014
A federal grand jury indicted three Rancho Feeding Corporation employees last week for deliberately selling meat from cancer-afflicted cows, a criminal action that instigated a nationwide recall. Jesse “Babe” Amaral, the 76-year-old co-owner of the Petaluma slaughterhouse and the manager of daily operations, allegedly directed his employees to slaughter cattle...

Leaving home: Danielle Steel’s $9 million listing

08/21/2014
Bestselling romance novelist Danielle Steel’s adoring, 12-year love affair with her home at 164 Seadrift appears to be coming to an end with a listing for sale last week. But like some divorcées, Ms. Steel won’t be leaving the relationship empty-handed: her 3,425 square-foot home with four bedrooms, a solarium...

Election 
centers on 
Bolinas bond spending

08/21/2014
In the first contested election in eight years, a business consultant and mother of two will challenge three incumbents this November for a spot on the Bolinas-Stinson school board as the district readies itself for a facilities overhaul. Christine Cunha, an active member of the Fiscal Oversight and Facilities Planning Advisory Committee since 2011, wants a seat on the board after becoming so “vested” in...

Fatal plane crash sparks wildland fire on ranch

08/21/2014
A pilot was found dead after his single-engine passenger plane crashed on a ranch north of Hicks Valley on Monday night, sparking a brush fire that consumed 40 acres of hilly terrain before sheriff’s deputies and firemen discovered it in the wee hours Tuesday. The Marin County Communications Center received...

Waldorf charter finds home in west Fairfax

08/21/2014
Marin parents interested in a Waldorf education now have a second public option with the opening this September of Wise Academy, a charter school launched by former families of the Lagunitas School District’s Waldorf-inspired program. On Monday the elementary school announced it secured a home at the Henry Bothin Youth...

Stinson water board 
approves ration plan

08/21/2014
The Stinson Beach County Water District approved a rationing ordinance on Saturday that includes a quickly escalating fine system and allowances for full-time residents and residences with second units. The ordinance, whose terms were drafted over several months, will take effect only if the town’s supply drops below 70 percent...

Federal prosecutors allege Rancho owners deliberately sold sick cows and concealed evidence

08/18/2014
A federal grand jury indicted three Rancho Feeding Corporation employees last week for deliberately selling meat from cancer-afflicted cows, a criminal action that instigated a nationwide beef recall in January. Jesse “Babe” Amaral, the 76-year-old co-owner of the Petaluma slaughterhouse and the manager of daily operations, allegedly directed his employees...

México: reformas estructurales aprobadas

08/14/2014
El 11 de agosto, Enrique Peña Nieto, presidente de México, decretó las leyes finales de la reforma energética, concluyendo un serie de 11 reformas estructurales económicas, políticas y sociales de su gobierno, un logro sin precedente en la historia del país. Las propuso en diciembre de 2012, al iniciar su...

Machete brandished at deli

08/14/2014
A man who couldn’t get a straight answer about the time of day at the Whale of a Deli last Saturday evening threatened a customer with a machete before darting across the highway ahead of passing cars, said Lt. Doug Pittman, the sheriff’s office’s new public information officer. At around...

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