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Drakes Bay oyster workers grapple with loss of jobs, homes

07/17/2014
On Friday afternoon, a week after the Supreme Court rejected Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s appeal, Isela Meza sorted baby oysters in the hatchery’s tanks, immersing her hands in water pumped from the estero. Ms. Meza, or “Rosa”...

Felon wields blades, baseball bat

07/17/2014
Sheriff’s deputies following up on a reported domestic violence incident found the suspect the next evening behind a barn on Tomasini Canyon Road, bloody, inebriated and threatening his family with a baseball bat. John McFadden, 47, a gray-haired electrician from a historic ranching family, is being held on $300,000 bail...

Awards for Woodacre author

07/10/2014
The Infinite Song, an award-winning children’s book written and illustrated by Woodacre resident Andrea Freeman, seeks to reawaken the magic of being. In the allegorical story-poem, which the author says “reminds readers to celebrate life as peaceful, loving stewards of the Earth and to honor their connectedness to one another,...

Bird singing at Big Time Festival

07/10/2014
The upcoming Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo will honor indigenous festivals when tribes would come together in summer months to trade wares and celebrate marriages. This year’s festival in the Point Reyes National Seashore will feature informational booths about native cultures; vendors; demonstrations of basket weaving, flint knapping and...

Nine arrests during raucous July 4

07/10/2014
The three-day Independence Day weekend was no holiday for Marin’s law enforcement as a spirited display of fireworks and alcohol kept patrol units on alert. Countywide, from Thursday evening to Sunday night, California Highway Patrol made nine arrests, including one Saturday afternoon D.U.I. near Stinson Beach. Seventeen cars crashed over...

Debra Gray, 1961 - 2014

07/10/2014
Debra Gray, an introverted woman known for her devotion to her extended family who quietly supported herself on earnings in restaurant kitchens and at gas station counters, passed away last month. She was 52. Sandy blond, Ms. Gray was born in San Diego on September 14, 1961. Her mother, Luella...

How Frances and Joel 
entered the world’s stage

07/10/2014
Actor Frances McDormand met filmmaker Joel Coen when she auditioned for the lead role in the 1984 film “Blood Simple.” It was his first film with his brother Ethan, in which a cuckolded husband hires a hit man to kill his wife and her lover. Ms. McDormand wasn’t trained for...

Park rangers taser 
camper at Muir Beach

07/10/2014
A man illegally camping on Muir Beach was subdued with a taser last month after reportedly assaulting a park ranger and fleeing on foot toward a Buddhist retreat center. On Saturday, June 28, two Golden Gate National Recreation Area rangers approached a man and his Doberman pinscher in a wildlife...

Oyster farm to close shack and cannery at July’s end

07/10/2014
The federal government has given Drakes Bay Oyster Company until July 31 to shut down the cannery and oyster shack and remove its personal property from the shores and waters and Drakes Estero, according to farm owner Kevin Lunny. That property includes the cannery equipment, 20,000 oyster bags containing millions...

Dillon Beach shooter will face lesser charges

07/03/2014
The man who shot and killed a teenager in Dillon Beach in March should not face murder charges but instead be charged with manslaughter, a Marin judge ruled last week. Ken Neville, 56, who has no previous criminal history, killed 19-year-old Stachaun Jackson in what he has said was an...

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