04/28/17 - Friday at 12:25pm
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Fast action by Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) jumping so quickly to fix the sinkhole on Sir Francis Drake Blvd @ Pierce Point Rd just west of Inverness.
I just spoke to the DPW crew at the scene and they feel confidant that they can complete a temporary repair to the roadway today. They will be able to replace the broken drainage pipe below the surface of the roadway but will have to place temporary steel plates on the roadway until sometime next week when they will come back and repave the roadway.
Best news is that the roadway will be completely open for the upcoming weekend and all the anticipated tourists traveling back and forth from our beaches and lighthouse.
Huge words of praise to the DPW crew members teaming up with Ghilotti Construction getting this repair work done before the weekend! 👍👍👍
Lt. Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff
04/28/17 - Friday at 08:41am
TRAFFIC ALERT - Large sinkhole discovered this morning on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in the park that could impact traffic this weekend. This is right at the turnoff to Pierce Point. Not good. https://twitter.com/MarinSheri
04/28/17 - Friday at 08:40am
Via Doug Pittman. "TRAFFIC ALERT - A sinkhole in the roadway was discovered this morning on Sir Francis Drake Blvd @ Pierce Pt. Road just west of Inverness. The hole itself is only 3'x3' in diameter but closer inspection has found the earth below the roadway has been washed out creating an underground cavern that extends beneath both sides of the roadway. Marin DPW has just arrived and is now evaluating what needs to be done to fix the problem. Local residents should expect significant traffic delays until needed repairs are completed. We hope this problem can be at least temporarily repaired knowing we expect heavy tourist traffic this weekend. Lt. Doug Pittman Aka: your local Sheriff"
04/27/17 - Thursday at 09:07pm
That escalated quickly. "Besides the tip from West Marin Feed, seemingly no one noticed that the celebrities were in town." Way to go West Marin. FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/entertai
04/26/17 - Wednesday at 09:37am
Heard some rumors about this which were just confirmed: "Howard Stern was in Stellina last Thursday for lunch, AND Robert Plant in for dinner Tuesday night." Impressive.
04/25/17 - Tuesday at 08:31am
A good reminder about working off community service locally...
04/24/17 - Monday at 10:18pm
An update about Drake's Beach from PRNPS: "We've received a lot of questions about Drakes Beach Road over the past few days. As you can see in the photos, an old cattle tunnel that goes under the roadway failed and partially collapsed a section of the roadway. The steel plates that were installed prior to the collapse no longer have any structural support and can fail if driven over. We are working to get the road open as soon as it can be safely traveled. A repair plan is in progress, but we do not have a time frame yet. We will keep updating the status of the road as we gain more information. Please stay tuned." MORE PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/Point
04/21/17 - Friday at 11:41am
THIS SUNDAY: "The Recycle Circus is coming! The following are accepted items: books, electronics, sports equipment, clothes kitchen and garden supplies, and household items in useable condition. No toxins, car tires, large appliances, stuffed furniture, or mattresses. Please bring your items from 10 AM-2PM only. The Recycle Circus is brought to you free by the volunteer efforts of Waste Free Now. To volunteer, contact, contact Madeline at 415-663-9087."
04/21/17 - Friday at 11:41am
Earth Day is on Saturday. Lots of local park and beach clean ups happening. Also an Earth Day/Climate Change Demonstration in Point Reyes:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wells Fargo Bank, Pt Reyes Station
Unable to attend the Earth Day March in San Francisco on Saturday, April 22nd? Join other West Marinites from Noon to 1pm in front of Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Pt Reyes Station.
Bring your signs and celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day. Everyone welcome.
04/20/17 - Thursday at 10:09am
Lucas Valley Rd. down to one lane this morning in the curvy part. Plan accordingly. (thx SP)
04/19/17 - Wednesday at 04:44pm
Sentencing handed down in the West Marin drifter murder case. Such a needless tragedy. Still can't believe this folks were at the Greenbridge gas station. https://t.co/RkBhLA791I
04/18/17 - Tuesday at 09:17am
From the Bovine Bakery...
04/16/17 - Sunday at 09:11pm
The road down to Drakes Beach parking lot is still closed.
04/15/17 - Saturday at 08:16pm
Our hearts go out to John's family.
04/14/17 - Friday at 01:20am
We are all safer because of Burton...
04/13/17 - Thursday at 04:42am
Apparently this is happening in Point Reyes. A new walking tour? Is it working? (Thx DZ)
04/11/17 - Tuesday at 10:52am
"So great to meet author @AmyTan at Bear Valley Visitor Center & the #PointReyesNPS lighthouse! We heard you saw some whales! #FindYourPark" via https://twitter.com/pointreyes
04/10/17 - Monday at 04:54pm
Well, it was fun while it lasted. 😉 (thx AZ)
04/09/17 - Sunday at 12:23pm
Not sure what the emergency in the park was, but it required a helicopter at Chimney Rock. What a day, hope everyone is alright. (Thx RJ)
04/09/17 - Sunday at 11:56am
From PRNSA "Book Talk: Coyote America by Dan Flores - Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm Join us on Sunday evening, April 9th for a book talk with Dan Flores, author of the New York Times bestseller Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.
Called "a masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation" by the Wall Street Journal, Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal.
This is a free event which takes place at the Red Barn Classroom in Point Reyes National Seashore (1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Road). There will be a reception with wine and healthy snacks at 6pm, and the book reading will begin at 7pm."
04/08/17 - Saturday at 07:13pm
"Drakes Beach to remain closed for the weekend. No Shuttles tomorrow. Pls plan for limited parking at the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock." Get updates at: https://twitter.com/pointreyes
04/08/17 - Saturday at 11:28am
Not sure why it's closed. "Road Update: Drakes Beach Access Rd. closed & repair underway. No ETA yet on re-open." - https://twitter.com/pointreyes
04/06/17 - Thursday at 06:56pm
"Tree down on SFD between Motel Inverness and Inverness Park Market. Fire and Sheriff on the scene. Expect temporary delays." - thx MM
04/06/17 - Thursday at 03:33pm
"Marin County Fire Surf Rescue Operations class rescues dog after tragic loss on Monday. Dog survives four days stranded. Dillon Beach" https://twitter.com/marincount
04/04/17 - Tuesday at 05:31pm
NWS BayArea getting wacky and very literal with their graphics: "Storm door is opening!
Rainfall 1-3" N.Bay coastal Mtns. 1-1.5" urban areas 0.5" S.Bay. Gusty south winds 35 mph+ Thu pm-Fri. #cawx"
04/03/17 - Monday at 06:49pm
Our hearts go out to his family. "A man died when his boat capsized Monday in treacherous Tomales Bay waters in Marin County, officials said. Another man and two dogs were aboard the 13-foot Boston whaler when it flipped over on the west side of the bay north of Avalis Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore, a spokesman for the national park said." Full Story: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/ar
04/01/17 - Saturday at 02:35pm
It's one of those days. "Drakes Beach Parking is full. The road has been closed at Sir Francis Drake. Please consider alternate destinations."
04/01/17 - Saturday at 01:31pm
Here is some raw video from the car chase in Point Reyes last Thursday. Very sketchy. Contains NSFW language. Thanks to local law enforcement for handling this, glad no one was hurt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
03/31/17 - Friday at 08:44pm
More car chase details: "A Guerneville man wanted on two felony warrants was arrested Thursday after a pursuit and crash in West Marin. The driver was identified as Jesse Dylan Nielson, 25, said sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman. Nielson was arrested on suspicion of reckless evasion and additional allegations, plus the outstanding warrants, Pittman said. The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. after a deputy spotted a man driving erratically and on the wrong side of the road on Shoreline Highway near Olema. The driver accelerated when the deputy tried to stop him.
“He’s doing about 90 and he’s all over the road,” a sheriff’s deputy announced over the emergency radio.
At one point the suspect struck another vehicle. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into a fence at the Olema Ranch Campground and tried to run. Nielson was arrested at gunpoint. Deputies also detained a woman in his vehicle. Of the four occupants in the vehicles that collided, two were treated for injuries."
FULL LINK: http://www.marinij.com/general
03/30/17 - Thursday at 05:25pm
Update from Sheriff Doug Pittman on car chase, "The male subject currently being detained at Olema Campground is a person wanted for at least 1 outstanding Felony Warrant out of Sonoma County. There is no current threat to community as deputies and Federal Park Rangers have secured the scene."
03/30/17 - Thursday at 05:14pm
Just heard a report that two sheriff cars just chased a pick up truck at high speed through Point Reyes towards the green bridge. Anyone else see it?
03/30/17 - Thursday at 07:57am
Both lanes of Bear Valley Rd now open.
03/30/17 - Thursday at 06:53am
"Bear Valley Road closed due to live wires down use alternate route Unknown ETA to open" (thx NT)
03/30/17 - Thursday at 06:38am
"Bear Valley Road closed due to live wires down use alternate route Unknown ETA to open" (thx NT)
03/29/17 - Wednesday at 03:02pm
Hopefully the big rains are behind us, but good information to have...
03/28/17 - Tuesday at 01:52pm
"White's Hill down to one lane control at 1:30 pm." (Thx LM)
03/27/17 - Monday at 02:54pm
A water rescue happening up at Millerton Point right now. Helicopter involved. From what I could tell on the scanner, doesn't sound too bad. Anyone else have info?
03/26/17 - Sunday at 06:20pm
A good reminder to keep your eyes in the road in the Point Reyes National Seashore Park. No shoulders. Everyone ok here, just a long wet wait for the tow truck.
03/26/17 - Sunday at 10:18am
"Deputy onscene with a fishing boat that was pushed ashore 🌊at the end of Seadrift in Stinson Beach. All occupants are ok." Via https://twitter.com/marinsheri
03/24/17 - Friday at 08:02pm
Just another magic sunset at the beach in Point Reyes. (Thx AN) #sunset
03/24/17 - Friday at 04:19pm
Tree down on Bear Valley Rd both lanes blocked. Use alternate route. Doug Pittman
03/22/17 - Wednesday at 09:05pm
"To celebrate the West Marin's long, rich creative history, Isis Hockenos has organized “Rhizosphere: Celebrating Artists & Creative Legacy From 1960-Today,” an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by more than 60 West Marin artists, at San Francisco’s Midway Gallery. It opens Friday and runs through April 9." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/arts-an
03/21/17 - Tuesday at 05:16pm
Sir Francis Drake down to one lane at White Hil right now. Found out the hard way.
03/21/17 - Tuesday at 08:00am
Via Point Reyes NPS "Unfortunately, the rumor is true. Yesterday (Sunday) evening, Park Rangers responded to the Palomarin Trailhead after reports that 2 vehicles were burglarized. Park Rangers located evidence that up to 4 vehicles may have been broken into and an investigation is ongoing. If you have any info regarding yesterday's break-ins, please contact our park dispatch at 415 464 5170. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity at Pt Reyes Trailheads can report it to Point Reyes National Seashore or Marin County Sheriff's dispatch as soon as practicable and Park Rangers will investigate. (MH)"
03/20/17 - Monday at 08:44pm
Heard a report that cars were broken into at the Palomarin trailhead out to Alamere Falls over the weekend. Anyone else hear that? Or is that a 'local' rumor?
03/17/17 - Friday at 10:15pm
Great photo of Elephant Mountain to celebrate St Patrick's Day from Black Mountain Ranch (thx JR)
03/16/17 - Thursday at 12:52pm
Community Flavor: Come down to the Station House tonight (Thursday) and support our local youth sports teams. And then watch some most excellent little league baseball every Saturday and Sunday at the West Marin School.
03/16/17 - Thursday at 09:31am
"Marin ranchers and farmers will be allowed to slaughter a limited number of animals on their premises following a change in regulations approved by county supervisors Tuesday. The decision by the Marin Board of Supervisors was unanimous and came despite vocal opposition. Before taking a vote, supervisors listened to nearly three hours of public comment from dozens of speakers." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/busines
03/16/17 - Thursday at 07:58am
Via Point Reyes NPS - "First tule elk calf of the season seen this week! Just in time for #NationalWildlifeWeek! Most young are born in May and June. (sc)" https://twitter.com/pointreyes
03/15/17 - Wednesday at 02:31pm
Not a dramatic rescue, this was training on Tomales Bay this morning. My apologies. Photo by Richard James.
03/15/17 - Wednesday at 02:18pm
Dramatic water rescue on Tomales Bay today captured by Richard James (www.coastodian.org) Haven't heard any details of what actually happened, anyone know?
03/14/17 - Tuesday at 08:49pm
"The body of a Penngrove woman missing for more than two years has been found and her death is being investigated as a homicide, a Sonoma County sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday. The remains of Annie Bailly, 63, were discovered Feb. 17 by motorists in a Marin County car crash who spotted the body over an embankment at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Sgt. Spencer Crum said. Bailly was reported missing by her husband, Kerry Bailly, on Dec. 7, 2014. Her car, keys and purse were left at her Davis Lane home. A cause of death was not released but evidence suggests Bailly was murdered, Crum said." (thx AR/PD) FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
03/09/17 - Thursday at 09:30pm
"PARACHUTE DAYS is an outdoor space (at Love Field in Point Reyes) created to bring together the communities of West Marin, CA and the Bay Area. All events hosted under the parachute are curated to encourage social collaboration and the sharing of music, art, and culture." They're raising funds via IndieGoGo to have events this summer and are holding a special fundraiser this Saturday starting at 9:00pm at The Western. IndieGoGo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/proj
and the Western event page: https://www.facebook.com/event
03/09/17 - Thursday at 10:56am
I did not know this. "The directors of the Marin County Free Library and Marin County Parks teamed up and created a program that allows library patrons to visit parks free of charge. At 10 MCFL branches and the traveling Bookmobile, library card holders can check out passes to McNears Beach in San Rafael, Paradise Beach in Tiburon, Miller boat launch in Tomales, Stafford Lake Park in Novato and Black Point boat launch. The passes may also be placed on hold, making it a breeze to grab a book and head outside this spring." - http://marinmagazine.com/March
03/09/17 - Thursday at 08:53am
"#MarinCounty Road UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Baywood Canyon, White's Hill, IS OPEN. Have a smooth commute & a nice day, #WestMarin." https://twitter.com/DPWMarin/s