Fatal plane crash sparks wildland fire on ranch

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sight Unseen: A visual artist’s unsettling journey

To walk into Ernesto Sanchez’s art studio is to be struck by a visual feast: headless angels covered in bronze nails, altars with mosaic mirrors that shatter and rearrange your reflection like a Picasso, bright masks with crystals for eyes. Everything seems to gaze right back at you. But in the last few years, the Point Reyes Station studio and gallery has taken on a special significance, as Mr. Sanchez has undergone a frightening visual journey of his own...

Letter splits ranchers 

Twelve ranchers involved in nine ranches resigned from the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association on July 26, saying a recent letter sent to the park service that requested consideration of the use of soon-to-be vacant Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s buildings lacked proper input from membership. That letter, drafted by a...

Marin looking to repossess troubled San Geronimo land

A seven-acre San Geronimo property that has seen the rise and fall of a marijuana kingpin through plans for a luxury home to an environmental lawsuit to bankruptcy hearings while its owner was in federal prison is now being eyed by the county for repossession after seven years in default...

County approves Hog Island water well

Hog Island Oyster Company cleared a major hurdle in its efforts to obtain a new water supply when the county zoning administrator approved its application for coastal permit on July 31 to dig a well in Marshall. (No appeals to the decision were filed to the planning commission by the...


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