Peninsula: Proposal announced for rare butterfly

The Bay checkerspot butterfly could have more room to live in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday a proposal to make 19,746 acres of habitat for it.

Four San Mateo County land units would protect the butterfly, totaling 1,673 acres. Critical Habitat is geographic areas with features essential to the conservation of an endangered species. The announcement opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposal that includes acreage in San Mateo County on Jasper Ridge, Edgewood Park, Pulgas Ridge and San Bruno Mountain.

S.F. AIRPORT

Stats say SFO popular for international travel

San Francisco International Airport is the ninth most-popular airport in the nation for international travel, according to federal statistics released this week by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

SFO has long had afollowing of international travelers — particularly for fliers headed to and from Asia and Hawaii — and has been able to corner the market for a while. Officials said that because international travel has met projections, they look forward to boosting domestic travel, which suffered after Sept. 11, 2001.

REDWOOD CITY

Man accused of molesting Oregon child to stand trial

A San Mateo Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered a San Mateo man to stand trial on charges he molested an Oregon boy he was attempting to adopt and then, after the boy was removed from his care, tried tracking him with a hidden Global Positioning System device, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Tarquin Craig Thomas, 41, will be arraigned in San Mateo Superior Court on Sept. 6 to set a trial date. He remains in custody on $1 million bail and faces a possible 16-year prison sentence if convicted, according to prosecutors.

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