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Body was Stinson Beach transient

06/12/2014
The decomposed body of a man found by European tourists on federal park land in Stinson Beach last month has been identified as Raymond Caravacci, a chatty, on-and-off homeless man who lived in town. A fleece cap found at the scene was traced to a business in Berkeley; an employee...

More hurdles for Grandi permit

06/12/2014
The application to renew coastal and use permits for the Grandi Building, which has sat vacant in downtown Point Reyes for decades, still has a number of hurdles to overcome, according to county planners. Late last month, Ken Wilson, who owns the property, received a letter listing a litany of...

Drug war documentary in Bolinas

06/12/2014
The 2011 documentary El Velador (The Night Watchman) has no scenes of graphic violence, yet its subject is the unending drug war in Mexico. Nor are there interviews or voiceovers providing context. Instead, the film silently follows Martin, the guard of a grand mausoleum for deceased drug lords then under...

New art teacher at Bolinas School

06/12/2014
Bolinas-Stinson chose a new art teacher at Tuesday: Sarah Meyers, of Inverness Park, was recommended after a committee deliberated “quite rapidly,” Principal Elaine Doss said. Ms. Myers currently works at the West Marin Thrift Store, owns a glass mosaic company and has previously taught at the Branson School. She envisions collaborating on projects with teachers across subjects, like fashioning...

Artisan cheeses win top awards at state fair

06/12/2014
Seana Doughty has a case of O.C.D.: “obsessive cheesemaker disorder.” With a self-described “extreme nerdiness” in her scientific approach and a bit of creative flair, she operates Bleating Heart, a micro-creamery in Tomales that churns milk from 100 sheep and 10 cows on Marissa Thornton’s ranch into some of the world’s top cheeses. Approaching their fifth anniversary, Bleating Heart’s cheeses won top honors at this year’s...

Olema schoolhouse on the block

06/05/2014
Nearing its centennial, the onetime Olema schoolhouse is on the market for the first time in decades. Built in 1915, money for the one-acre property was donated by Emma Shafter Howard, a principled woman who wanted a memorial for her father and a means to save youngsters from “certain lowering...

Agriculture hit record high in 2013

06/05/2014
The gross value of agricultural production in Marin reached $84 million last year, its highest level ever and about $4 million more than in 2012, according to the county’s crop report released on Tuesday. Milk, which is the biggest commodity and accounts for 40 percent of the gross value, decreased...

Woodacre mail box exploded

06/05/2014
An early morning explosion that wrecked a post office collection box in Woodacre, perhaps as a graduation prank gone awry, has launched a full federal investigation and up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Neighbors reported hearing four or five loud bangs around 3:30...

Nicasio alpaca ranch first in county

06/05/2014
Twelve alpacas arrived at a Nicasio ranch on Monday afternoon, galloping out of a trailer to survey their new home, their long necks seeming to offer prime views of inland Marin. The ranch, which sells alpacas to breeders and fleece to fiber mills and artisans, is the first commercial alpaca business in the county. Fourteen females will arrive soon to join the 12 stud males that were brought in this week, said Sandra Wallace, who owns the ranch with her husband...

Farmers’ market wine bill attacked

06/05/2014
A contemporary reincarnation of the Anti-Saloon League is trying to woo legislators into opposing Assemblymember Marc Levine’s bill to allow wine and cider tastings at farmers’ markets. “‘Kids, you go on a pony ride while I taste the chardonnay’ is what you might hear a parent say at your local...

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