Former Rancho owner pled guilty to conspiracy

Bob Singleton, the former co-owner of Rancho Feeding Corporation, pled guilty on Friday to one count of conspiring to distribute adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. “Mr. Singleton regrets the harm this situation has caused his community,” his lawyer Pamela Davis said. “He has decided to cooperate with the government, as...

Nicasio sound man dead

Ted Rodden, the longtime sound engineer for Rancho Nicasio, was murdered in his backyard in Strawberry last Wednesday afternoon by his neighbor’s troubled son, 41-year-old Andreas Kreiden, who was found dead with a rifle at his side on the other side of the backyard fence the following day. Mr. Rodden,...

Geoff Hoyle’s Geezer

After exiting the stage in some productions of his one-man show, Geezer, Geoff Hoyle stations himself in the lobby. People shake his hand and thank him for bringing humor to aging, and when he listens to their confessions, he starts to feel like a parish priest. “I feel like I...

In Shoreline proposal, 12 jobs lost and Bodega school closed

The closure of Bodega Bay School, layoffs of one-eighth of the workforce and a temporary cancellation of summer school are the three pieces of a proposal Superintendent Tom Stubbs and other administrators presented at last week’s school board meeting for righting Shoreline’s troubled finances and fending off losing control to...

Dillon Beach water rates lowered

Residents of Dillon Beach who have paid increasingly unaffordable prices for water are getting some relief, after the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Water Service Company—a private company that serves half a million customers in the state—agreed to a settlement that will cut the community’s average water bill...

County cuts contractor with nuclear ties

Marin County’s Peace Conversion Commission added another company to the list of nuclear weapons contractors that face significant road-blocks to conducting business with the county. AECOM Corporation, an infrastructure and support services firm with 45,000 employees and annual revenue exceeding $8 billion, was blacklisted last week for its work on...

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

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

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

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...

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Bolinas bond spending

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...


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