Debra Gray, 1961 - 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

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

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

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

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...

Heavy enforcement plans for Stinson Beach

Independence Day celebrations in Stinson Beach will be carefully monitored by a coalition of government organizations to ensure all visitors “enjoy a safe and healthy celebration,” a Tuesday press release warned potential lawbreakers. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol said they would exercise “zero tolerance” over...

Fare thee well, Renaissance Pleasure Faire of olde

Fifteen years old, Andy Stasse was living in a Volkswagen van on Mount Tamalpais as he meandered through jobs—at a convalescent home, a garage, Herb and Joe’s in Fairfax—fabricating his age and work experience on applications. He drifted from place to place, inhabiting a water tower in the newly created...

District’s could cut field trips, close Inverness and Bodega Bay Schools

An ad hoc committee tasked with trimming $1.2 million from Shoreline’s three-year budget projections is reviewing suggestions for nearly 40 possible cuts or revenue generators, including closing schools, laying off teachers, reducing work days, eliminating benefits, cutting funding for athletics or food and ending summer school. None of the possible...

Supreme Court rejects plea from oyster farm

On Monday morning the United States Supreme Court rejected a plea from Drakes Bay Oyster Company to hear its case for remaining in operation while it battles the Interior Department’s decision not to renew its lease, almost certainly ending over 80 years of commercial oyster operations and eliminating a quarter...

Tomales principal resigns with settlement

Tomales Elementary School Principal Jane Realon’s resignation was officially accepted on Thursday at a meeting of the Shoreline Unified School District Board of Trustees, ending the employment of the district’s most senior administrator. The trustees unanimously approved a settlement agreement along with her resignation, which board president Jane Healy would...


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