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...

centers on 
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...

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...


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