The big guys are back. And, three older women at the beach asked me where the penis fish were. I’m actually surprised there aren’t more people out there trying to find them. (Spoiler, they’re gone).
‪Big elections in Britain today. But Drakes Beach in Point Reyes with strangely shaped animals washed up on shore is the most shared story.‬ 🤔 (Thx CC)
I think I solved the mystery of why there were so many seagulls at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes the other day. Not exactly what I was expecting. Sorry I missed out on the thousands of stranded, pulsing penis fish. Anyone else see them? https://baynature.org/2019/12/10/naturally-2019-closes-with-thousands-of-10-inch-pulsing-penis-fish-stranded-on-a-california-beach/
Via The Station House in Point Reyes: "The inimitable Ms. Patricia Healy, may she rest in peace. Pat was a force to reckon with: Independent, ambitious, energetic, athletic and creative. She rolled into town after her jazzing-around days in Los Angeles, found her way and her place, and started a little restaurant called "The Station House Cafe" in 1974. They were big shoes to fill but we've done our best. Grateful to Pat for the vision and the opportunity. We're dedicating this week to her legacy. Please join us for a drink in her honor on Monday, December 16 for Happy Hour."
Apparently there was a car on fire on SFD on the top of the Olema hill this morning. Did anyone else see what happened? (thx MsA)
Every seagull in Northern California seemed to be at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today snacking on something in the surf. Anyone know what they were eating?
Point Reyes Gas Station is having a drawing for a huge holiday stocking. Stop by the station to enter, winner is chosen on Sunday, Dec. 20.
The Dance Palace Artisan Craft and Holiday Market is happening this weekend in Point Reyes. There are also holiday craft fairs happening in Bolinas, Muir Beach and San Geronimo this weekend as well. Weather should be nicer tomorrow for driving. Buy local. Buy sustainable.
If you build the helipad, he will come.
So tonight was supposed to be the Path of Lights in Point Reyes, but I think the weather has cancelled a number of the events including posole (rescheduled to Tuesday?) and light the candles at Wells Fargo. Are people still gathering at Tobys and other shops?
“A Wind Advisory has been issued for the Greater Bay Area, Central Coast, and San Benito County from 10 AM Friday until 7 AM Saturday. Note that there may be areas that are sheltered from advisory winds.” - via NWS Bay Area
“The rain has finally arrived and adult salmon have returned to the Lagunitas Creek watershed. After an unusually dry start to the season over five inches of rain fell during the last week. Stream flows are now high enough to allow salmon to migrate through Lagunitas Creek and into tributaries such as San Geronimo Creek and Devil’s Gulch. This is a good time to look for Coho Salmon jumping at the Inkwells, where San Geronimo Creek flows into Lagunitas Creek.” LINK: http://marinwater.org/Blog.aspx?IID=374#item
Via PRNPS. Sort of fitting in a way for the windiest spot on the West Coast. “Lighthouse and lighthouse stairs closed due to winds over 40mph! Due to inclement weather, we are sorry to say that tomorrow's lighthouse 149th anniversary celebrations are cancelled. Save yourself a drive and please stay safe!”
Local legends El Radio Fantastique will play tonight (Black Friday 11/29) at Western Saloon in Point Reyes at 9pm. Going to be a good one, last party before the "atmospheric river" hits. INFO: https://facebook.com/events/s/el-radio-fantastique-black-fri/783919925379105/?ti=icl&__mref=mb
Be prepared. Have supplies. Drive safe. “Strong winds are expected to develop with the next storm system this weekend. A High Wind Watch has been issued for our entire forecast area from Sonoma and Napa Counties south through Monterey and San Benito Counties. An atmospheric river will take aim on the Bay Area this weekend through early next week. Heavy rain at times and gusty winds are expected, with potential for localized flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and power outages.”
Update from Horizon Cable about their outage in West Marin:: "We are currently experiencing an Internet outage in all of Point Reyes, Inverness & Olema. No ETA for restoration at this point.Awaiting replacement equipment. Still hoping for late morning restoration of service"
Sounds like Horizon Cable is down which means many of the stores in West Marin are only accepting cash right now. I just ordered a breakfast taco at Inverness Park Market and had to pay cash.
Be prepared for some weather today. Drive safe. “Forecast precipitation intensity from Noon Tuesday through late Tuesday night. Rainfall will impact the evening commute. Heaviest rainfall will occur as the cold front moves through between about 5 pm and 10 pm.”
More details about the SFD accident: “The California Highway Patrol said one person died in a crash on westbound Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just west of Samuel P. Taylor State Park in the Olema area of west Marin County Monday afternoon. The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. and the coroner's office was summoned at 3:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

The victim's vehicle went down an embankment and hit a tree, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. The Marin County Fire Department responded and found the solo occupant of the vehicle dead, Barclay said. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is expected to be closed until at least 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., Barclay said.” (Thx LF) LINK: https://patch.com/california/millvalley/s/gxdvc/1-dead-west-marin-crash
From a local, have not heard from official channels: “I was just turned around leaving San Geronimo towards point Reyes, there was a fatal accident and SFD is closed ~next two hours.”
"The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has officially delayed the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season south of the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to Dec. 15, which means there will be no Dungeness crab for sale before Thanksgiving. The season had been set to begin last week, but the state moved it at the request of local crab fleets concerned about potential whale entanglements in their fishing gear.

In 2017, Oakland’s Center for Biological Diversity sued the state, alleging that Fish and Wildlife was not doing enough to prevent entanglement of endangered humpbacks and other whales in fishing gear. The case was settled in 2018, resulting in that year’s crab season ending three months early.

Crab fleets recommended the current delay because the settlement spelled out severe ramifications for entanglements — just one can result in harvest restrictions, or even prompt an entire season shut down."

FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Commercial-Dungeness-crab-season-officially-14856983.php
Fariba Bogzaran discusses her new book “Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.” 4 p.m. today (Nov. 24) at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station.
Boat rescue on Tomales Bay tonight. Helicopter and jet skis. Boat had mechanical issues, everyone safe.
Caught this cat out of the corner of my eye while driving around Inverness and realized it was not your average cat.
What is going on in Point Reyes school parking lot right now? Full “incident report” command center being set up? For wind and possible fires?
Its hard to keep up with the weather. NWS Bay Area: "Hot off the press from @NWSCPC: the latest 8-14 day precipitation outlook gives northern California slightly favored odds of experiencing above normal precipitation in the November 27-December 3 period." LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/1196918532371406849
"Marin County NOT to be affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff. On November 19th, around 1:30 PM, PG&E notified the Office of Emergency Services that Marin County is no longer going to be affected by a Power Shutoff. This information is subject to change if weather conditions change, but as of now Marin County will not be affected. We will continue to monitor the situation and update residents if this changes. We want to remind residents that critical fire weather and a red flag warning remain in effect until Thursday." LINK: http://nixle.us/BFKHB
“Per @PGE4Me : Bolinas, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Inverness, Lagunitas, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Novato, Olema, Point Reyes Station, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael, Stinson Beach, Woodacre will be affected by Shutoff.” - via Marin County Sheriff
BREAKING: PG&E has just notified people in Point Reyes and Inverness the power may go out in the next 36 to 48 hours. If this happens, this means the gas station will also stop working in Point Reyes. Be prepared. Get gas, food, water, candles, etc.
TRAFFIC ALERT: “Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Baywood Canyon east of Whites Hill currently blocked in both directions by a rollover vehicle accident. Use caution in the area, take an alternate route if you can.” Via Marin County Fire
Question from a local, “folks--who would you call to remove a large decaying deer, wedge in a bit, but near our road (SFD)??” (Thx WS)
As wolves will do.
Dry weather and offshore winds coming which could possibly result in more power outages. “Complex and honestly pretty bizarre weather pattern shaping up for California over next 10+ days. First, widespread record heat possible this weekend/early next week. Temperatures into 80s and even 90s in some spots.” MORE: https://twitter.com/weather_west/status/1195752212204376064?s=21
Twilight in West Marin today was pretty nice in spite of a foggy start.
"For all the astronomy enthusiasts out there: the Leonid Meteor Shower will peak overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. Although moonlight may obscure views of the meteors, skies should remain mostly clear." LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/1195488250242060288?s=20
"Fire management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore, in collaboration with Marin County Fire Department, Bolinas Fire Protection District, and numerous local fire agencies are scheduled the burning between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. November 13-15 but may reschedule depending on weather conditions. The area to be burned is in four property units that make up a total of 205 acres on the east side of Highway 1 approximately seven miles south of Olema and four miles north of Bolinas." LINK: http://nixle.us/BF7NC
#MarinCensus2020 will be in #PointReyesStation Thursday for an informational workshop on census jobs. We and @uscensusbureau are encouraging locals to apply. Positions are flexible and positions start at $25 per hour. #WestMarin #MarinCensus #MarinJobs
“Multi-model agreement that extremely dry pattern will continue across CA for next 7-10+ days (outside of poss. sprinkles in north). Ensembles suggesting about ~ 1 in 3 chance that Westerlies could break through ridge last week in Nov, bringing more widespread rain.#CAwx” LINK: https://twitter.com/weather_west/status/1193953035174567937?s=21
The Reach helicopter landed on Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Inverness. Neither incident appeared to be life threatening, but I’m sure people wondered what was going on. Also something happened in the park on Saturday near Five Brooks that required an emergency response. I never received any details.
Looks pretty spiffy. Wonder if there will be a rush out to see it this weekend. Anyone notice traffic today? "It took 13 months and $5.7 million to restore the Point Reyes Lighthouse to the shining beacon it once was nearly a century and a half ago. On Friday, the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County reopened its visitor center and gave tours of the refurbished lighthouse."
If you might be able to help this person out in Healdsberg: "I am in need of CATTLE people with experience and equipment. Two elderly pet bovines (a huge steer and a smaller heifer, both arthritic) who are not halter broke and have never hauled need to move from the Kincade burn zone off Chalk Hill Road to their new permanent home at a farm animal sanctuary also located in Sonoma County." READ FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270203390408097/permalink/556413361787097/
A visitor in Point Reyes reported that their car had been broken into while parked at Muddy Hollow trail this morning. Lock your car and hide your valuables. Also, unrelated, was there a burglary of a laptop and jewelry at a residence on Camino del Mar in Inverness on Monday?
Getting reports of very heavy traffic on Sir Francis Drake Blvd heading into Fairfax and backing way up towards West Marin, so plan accordingly. (thx MM)
"From all of us at the Point Reyes Gas Station...

We would like to thank the community of Point Reyes and the surrounding area for the patience and restraint shown by everyone as we all prepare for, lived through and reopened for business during the recent power outage.

hope halloween found you all well.

happy holidays ❣️

Point Reyes
Station Manager
& Crew"
In times of emergencies when the cell towers go down, mobile devices stop working and local info is scarce, our local radio station is there to help keep everyone up to date. But generators, staff and equipment cost money. Please support their fall pledge drive to keep this important local resource up and running:
"Our goal is to raise $60,000 in 10 days.
With YOUR help, we can DO IT.
🍰 Pledge online at http://kwmr.org
🍰 Call (415) 663-9050
🍰 Come by KWMR!"
“At long last, we are thrilled to announce that the Point Reyes Lighthouse will reopen to the public Friday November 8 after a major renovation and facelift!” - PRNPS
"Recreational Dungeness crab season begins today in the waters off Northern California, commercial crab season has been pushed back to Nov 23 due to concerns that marine life may become entangled in crab nets."
Cliffhanger. If anyone knows what happened, feel free to chime in. I’m not even sure who I’m rooting for here.
From Bay Area NWS: "Models continue to trend warm and dry through the long term forecast. It's becoming unlikely that we'll see any substantial rain until at least the middle of November."
“Another Freeze Warning has been issued for overnight tonight due to several hours of subfreezing temperatures. Sensitive vegetation may be damaged or killed. Ensure all animals have warm shelter.” - via NWS
Via Marin County Sheriff: "As of 4:30PM, 96% of #MarinCounty has regained power. Outages still affecting parts of Dillion Beach, Fairfax, Kentfield, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, and Tomales. PG&E crews continuing inspections."
So WMF was last to know, but Hilary Clinton was in Bolinas last week? Anyone see her?
Power may go off again, so if you need gas, go now. “Point Reyes Station gas wanted to say that they will stay open as late as 10 PM tonight as long as the power stays on. Also, for cash transactions they request exact change as they do not have the necessary change to make.”
‪Sounds like power just came back on in Point Reyes and Inverness. But for how long?‬ anyone else have power?
There is gas and power in Larkspur at 101. At least for the morning.
“Much of west county has been downgraded to an evacuation warning. This includes Sebastapol, Bodega Bay, Forestville, Guerneville, Cazadero and Rio Nido. Here's the latest evacuation map.”
Power still off in Point Reyes and Inverness. It sounds like there is power on in parts of Petaluma for those needing supplies and gas. Prepare for more wind tomorrow. “🚩 RED FLAG WARNING 🚩 Issued from Tuesday through Wednesday. Another round of gusty offshore winds will combine with very low humidity to create critical fire weather conditions.”
Shoreline Schools are cancelled today.
From Marin Sheriff: “Morning briefing in our Emergency Operations Center. We’ve received word from @PGE4Me that they are inspecting lines and working toward power restoration in Marin. No estimated time for restoration or if it will happen prior to next PSPS.”
Ominous sunset in Point Reyes tonight as smoke from Sonoma hangs in the air. PG&E is indicating power restart may happen tomorrow but there is another wind event coming on Tuesday.
Something shifted with wind and now parts of Point Reyes and Inverness are buried in thick smoke. Stay indoors. Be safe.
This happened yesterday: “A fire that started in the lobby fireplace at the popular Olema House hotel near Point Reyes late Friday damaged the lobby, attic and four guest rooms but caused no injuries, the Marin County Fire Department reported. Heavy smoke was pouring from the roof of the three-story hotel on Highway 1 when firefighters arrived shortly after 11 p.m.. Forty firefighters controlled the fire about two hours later.” LINK: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Fire-damages-upscale-Olema-hotel-14565134.php
Palace Market, the Bovine and Toby’s coffee bar all open in Point Reyes, but only accepting cash. It looks like Inverness Park Market will be open soon. The gas station is CLOSED, so if you don’t have a lot of gas, be careful. Looks like some folks already out of gas around town. This power outage could last for days, prepare accordingly.
“***NEW MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS*** Santa Rosa: Porter Creek Rd, Petrified Forrest Rd, Calistoga Rd and St. Helena Rd. Jam packed SB 101 of people trying to flee, as first responders rush North. “ Evacuation centers in Santa Rosa are now being evacuated. Evacuation centers in Petaluma are hitting capacity.
Kincade Fire is spreading fast towards Healdsberg. And a new fire threatening Windsor and this fire just started east of Petaluma. Be prepared, have a go bag ready. This is going to be a long day. “GOES-17 and fire cams show a new fire east of Petaluma near Temelec.”
Power just went off in Inverness Park.
Huge mandatory evacuation area right now. Also “We now show power off in parts of Novato, Fairfax, Woodacre, Lagunitas, San Geronimo, Nicasio.” via Marin County Sheriff.
Via KWMR “PG&E has advised that the time for possible power shut off for Marin has been moved to 5:00pm”
IMPORTANT: "Please note: Marin residents who are in need of medical care during this PSPS can receive care at MarinHealth Medical Center (formerly known as Marin General Hospital). Again, our Medical Center (including our Emergency Department) will remain fully operational.

For advice on how you can prepare for the upcoming PSPS, please visit this page: https://mymarinhealth.org/patients-visitors/community/planning-for-an-extended-power-outage/

~ MarinHealth Medical Center
1-415-925-7000
250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, 94904"
Because of the strength and direction of the wind event this evening, evacuation warnings have been extended all the way to the coast. In West Marin, we should be prepared for an influx of evacuees from the north. LINK: https://twitter.com/Weather_West/status/1188158216883982336?s=20
Latest update. "99% of Marin County to now be affected by PG&E Power Shutoff starting around 4pm - Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Marin County. The PSPS is confirmed in response to a strong wind event coupled with extreme fire conditions. The extended outage will begin as early as 4:00p.m. on Saturday, October 26, depending on weather patterns. The outage will continue through the duration of the weather event." LINK: http://nixle.us/BDSR4
West Marin's 28th Annual Day of the Dead will happen today in Point Reyes. It will start with a small procession through town at 4:30pm then a ceremony and some food at Tobys. A community altar is being installed in Toby's where you are encouraged to bring photos and mementos of loved ones past to place on the altar. MORE INFO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/point-reyes-dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-dead-tickets-65989469279
‪To receive localized Nixle emergency alerts and updates, text your zip code to 888777. This is very important for things like local evacuation orders.‬
The Bloodstones with Burton Eubank will be playing at the Point Reyes Farmers Market today. Pre power outage vibes.
“KWMR will broadcast on generator power if and when PGE shuts off the power. We plan to broadcast during the full broadcast day, and if there is only a power outage we will shut down overnight, starting again at 7 AM each day with updates. If conditions necessitate 24 hour broadcasting, we will bring you updates as we are able.”
Calm before the wind at the beach in Point Reyes tonight.
Gas station will probably close over weekend. From the coastal health alliance: “Coastal Health Alliance will be open on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 - 3:00. We have a backup generator so even if the power goes out - we will be open. We also expect to be open on Monday, October 28th from 9:00 - 5:00. We are closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1:30.” Be prepared. Tell others.
Ok. This is from the Inverness Disaster Council. This is happening. Get prepared. Please share with people. "As you all probably know, PG&E has determined high fire risk due to a major wind event starting Saturday evening through mid-day Monday. Based on information provided by PG&E, we anticipate there will be a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in virtually all of Marin County with loss of power for at least 24 hours. Outages may start as early as Noon tomorrow, and may last for several days.

Ongoing updates on the PSPS event in Marin will be posted at MarinCounty.org/emergency. You can also track updates via the Sheriff’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor). For information relating to PG&E’s PSPS program, please see:www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

Develop a plan at home
Many resources are available atReadyMarin.org and Prepareforpowerdown.com. Text “marinshutoff” to 898211 to receive automated information about resources. Remember that power outages may disable cellular, landline and Internet communications, so prepare today. For those with access and functional needs, you can find additional resources on Marin HHS’s Preparing for Extended Outages webpage or Ready.gov’s Access and Functional Needs webpage.

At minimum, to prepare for a PSPS outage at home:
Charge your cell phone, laptop, and other devices
Fuel or charge your personal vehicle
Have extra cash, medications, some water and non-perishable food on hand, and
Have a disaster go-bag, plan, and grab-and-go list

Note, Supervisor Rodoni is planning to keep his office hours scheduled for today 2-4pm at San Geronimo Valley Community Center and tomorrow (Saturday 10/26) at Muir Beach Community Center from 10am-1pm. Any changes will be posted on his Facebook page.
All sporting events at Tomales High School have been cancelled today because of air quality.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Join local Fire personnel from Marin County & Inverness Fire Depts on the cooking line, in a benefit for the Point Reyes and Inverness Disaster Councils. Raffle prizes from local & other businesses, fire truck rides, pancakes (incldg gluten-free), eggs, coffee, tea, juice, etc.) in a Green event with help from Madeline Hope & Youth Center kids. Point Reyes Station firehouse, 4th & B Streets, 8-11:30 am
Via the Marin County Sheriff's office: "Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it may activate its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocols in response to a high wind event and Red Flag Warning. At 7:30am this morning, PG&E said it could potentially initiate a planned power shutoff in parts of Marin County between 1pm and 5pm on October 26th, 2019. PG&E estimated that 86,813 metered locations within Marin would be affected by a possible PSPS. The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation. The Emergency Operations Center will be activated in the event of the Public Safety Power Shutoff.

“We are being proactive and mobilizing our resources due to the potential power loss and increased fire threat,” said Supervisor Kate Sears, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. “Public safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will focus our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our residents – especially those with access and functional needs whose health could be impacted by the loss of power.”

The planned duration of the possible shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E. “We’ll work alongside PG&E’s staff to communicate updates using all our outreach tools,” Supervisor Sears said.

PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

For non-emergency information and referrals, contact 211 Bay Area by calling 2-1-1 or text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents). In addition, vulnerable adults can check Marin County Health & Human Services’ online community resource guide for additional information.

911 VS 211
Call 911 for an immediate response from police, fire department, or emergency medical service teams, for crimes happening now, suspicious activity, and life-threatening emergencies.
Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.
Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:

Stay informed

Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

Review plans
Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov."
Winds are forecasted to be up to 80mph in places. Be prepared. “#PSPS outage map suggests that power cuts could extend across *most* of Bay Area this weekend in anticipation of extreme wind event (exception: SF proper & immediate bayshore)! This would likely be among most extensive #BayArea power outages in modern history.”
Via Marin County Fire: "#MuirFire Update: 50 acres in size, 10% contained. No evacuation orders have been issued. Hwy 1 remains closed between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach. Approx. 165 personnel are responding to the fire."
Via Marin County Fire: "Update: 50 acres in size. No structures are threatened; NO evacuation orders have been issued. Hwy 1 is closed btwn Muir beach and Stinson beach. Use alternative routes." From Slide Ranch: "Hi friends! As you probably have heard there’s a fire very close to Slide Ranch. We have evacuated all people and animals. Very stressful but hoping this situation will resolve soon. We hear prognosis is good. Thank you everyone for their messages!" Fire map estimate from Dave Toussaint.
Via Marin County Fire: "#MuirFire near @SlideRanch in #WestMarin is at 40 acres as of 11:35 AM. Wind is blowing offshore. Highway 1 is closed in the area."
Photo from a live feed of the fire near Stinson Beach by Slide Ranch. Apparently it is currently 4-5 acres and not threatening any structures at this time. LIVE FEED: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fire-in-Marin-County-Near-Stinson-Beach-563792211.html
Via Marin County Fire "The wildfire near @SlideRanch between #StinsonBeach and #MuirBeach in #WestMarin is at 4-5 acres and moving toward the ocean. The time of the first call was 10:45 AM. No structures are threatened. Travelers can expect inconveniences as crews respond."
A view of the Kincade Fire from Inverness last night. Didn’t realize you could see it from so far away. Hopefully firefighters make good progress today. (Thx KS)
From NWS, "Heads Up, Bay Area! Although the #KincadeFire isn't causing smoke issues over the Bay Area today, shifting winds tomorrow will likely cause the smoke to be directly over much of the region. Impacts to SFO may begin as early as 11am Friday" FULL ANIMATION: https://twitter.com/NWSCWSUZOA/status/1187405476935241728
As I left the house this morning in Inverness, a very warn and dry wind blew by my face. Going to be an interesting one today. Stay safe everyone. From NWS “Wow😮 Check out the number of weather stations around the Bay Area hitting or near Red Flag conditions.”
Someone in Inverness reported seeing this too. The Orionids are happening now, but it sounds more like space debris? “10.22.2019 @ 8:15pm...just saw a huge shooting star or was it part of the meteor shower? It was a bright green light in the sky -- came over the ocean and then right over Pacifica!” Anyone else see it?
One more cultural event this evening. Local thespian Gene Ptak will be reading poetry accompanied by Christina Stroeh and Kristen McDonald at Toby's in Point Reyes at 7:00pm. Free admission.
**Smoke and Traffic Advisory for West Marin** Please do not call 911. Today (Sunday) a 9.5-acre controlled burn will be conducted at Martin Griffin Preserve will commence at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:00 p.m. There may be smoke in the air for approximately seven hours. Martin Griffin Preserve’s property includes frontage along Shoreline Highway 1. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic.
There is a benefit on Sunday afternoon (10/20) in Bolinas at the hardware store for Miguel Angel Hernandez Salazar who died tragically in a car crash in Point Reyes. Miguel was the head chef at the Eleven restaurant in Bolinas and leaves behind a four year old daughter. There is also a GoFundMe here to help support his family. Thank you. https://www.gofundme.com/f/we-need-your-help-ocupamos-su-ayuda
IMPORTANT CORRECTION. The Point Reyes Light noted in their story about Roberto Barajas' retirement that the going away part is this Saturday. It is actually Friday. Thank you.
Coyote contemplating the ocean out in Point Reyes this morning.
"Our grey cat named rrramon went missing yesterday near the green bridge in Point Reyes and we haven’t been able to find him. Please call or text Danielle at 415-302-0970 if you see him. Thank you!"
Just came across this on bear valley road, no one in it, really hope they’re ok. Lots of deer and fog, please drive safe. Rangers notified.
Who felt the earthquake last night? I did in Inverness Park. “M4.5 020mi NE San Francisco, California 10:34 PM PDT near Walnut Creek, CA.” LINK: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/at00pzei47/executive
Sounds like a solo motorcycle crash on the Marshall/Petaluma Rd. Hopefully everyone ok.
This event is sold out, but it will be live streamed at various local venues. "Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP) will host a book reading and discussion with David Sheff and Nic Sheff, authors of the new book High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Krasny, host of Forum, a news and public affairs program on NPR-member radio station, KQED-FM. David and Nic Sheff have authored several New York Times best selling books on the realities of drug and alcohol use, including Beautiful Boy and Tweak. The 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nic, were adapted from both memoirs. Additionally Nic Sheff is the author of We All Fall Down and David Sheff authored Clean. The Sheff books will be on sale at the event, which is free, in support of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

This is an incredible chance for local parents and youth to understand the risks of experimenting with drugs and how stress, pressure and confusion can trigger adolescent substance use. David and Nic Sheff will share their experiences as father and son and discuss how addiction entered their lives. One in 10 kids will get addicted to substances over their lifetime and the earlier a child starts, the more likely they will have substance use issues later in life. This is also a unique opportunity to hear the realities of substance use specific to Marin County and create a dialogue about its impact on our community.

Marin County has significantly higher rates of alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use, both among youth and adults, when compared to the rest of California and across the county."

MORE INFO: https://www.bookpassage.com/event/marin-healthy-youth-partnerships-presents-evening-david-and-nic-sheff-angelico-hall-dominican
The flooded part of the road in PRNPS heading out to Drakes Beach and the lighthouse has been temporarily fixed with some very large gravel. Take care, go slow, especially with low clearance cars.
Heard lots of reports that a very low PG&E helicopter with a video camera was circling over Inverness and Point Reyes this morning which seems strange for a Sunday, (Thx LN)
Biologist finds ancient mammoth molar on on shores of Tomales Bay. “This theory of a “California Serengeti,” is supported by numerous mammoth remains already discovered at various places around the county. They include sites in Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen, Valley Ford, Graton, and on the Estero de San Antonio near Bodega Bay, as well as in Bodega Bay itself, where a mammoth tusk and lower jaw with an attached tooth were found near Bodega Head in 1972.” FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10135759-181/paleontologists-hopes-ancient-mammoth-molar
Jut heard a report that stoplights are out in San Anselmo and traffic is a nightmare. Plan accordingly. (Thx SP)
"UPDATE: PG&E crews are staged in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Southern Marin Counties. PG&E crews are waiting for an “all clear” based off of weather conditions to start inspections (prior to the restoration process). Inspections could take quite some time. We’ll keep you updated." LINK: https://twitter.com/ilike_mike/status/1182412108689883136
Here is the full article and video of local rancher Kevin Lunny's visit with the President which made it into the national press cycle today. “The president didn’t fail to bring up the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which his administration has been vehemently resisting. 'No American should ever face such persecution from their own government — except perhaps your president,” Trump joked before turning toward Lunny. “Don’t feel bad, Kevin. They treated you better than they treat me. I do believe that’s true.'” LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/10/10/video-trump-criticizes-drakes-bay-oyster-company-closure-before-signing-transparency-orders/
Politico reporter Carla Marinucci on Kevin Lunny's visit with the President today: "This may be the rare case where many Marin Co. residents agree w @RealDonaldTrump -- who today at WHouse highlighted case of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Owner Kevin Lunny had to destroy 20 mil oysters & close his popular business b/c Dept. of Interior refused to renew its permit." LINK: https://twitter.com/cmarinucci/status/1182067068562132992
"The Marin Municipal Water District is asking all customers to conserve water and to have a stored supply for their families during PG&E’s ongoing Public Safety Power Shutoff. The water district is asking all customers not to use water for irrigation or other outdoor uses, and to reduce their indoor water use.

Customers should store at least a three-day emergency supply of water of two gallons per person, per day. Remember to include extra water for those with special needs and for pets. PG&E estimated Wednesday that power shutoffs could last up to six days.

The Marin Municipal Water District has taken precautions to prepare for the PG&E power shutoff and has installed backup generators at water treatment plants to continue to provide water from its reservoirs.

The water district has also prepared a fleet of generators that are being placed at pump stations throughout Marin as needed to keep water tanks full and to ensure service is not impacted. Conserving water during emergencies such as power outages is critical to ease the demand on backup generators and ensure we have an adequate water supply for firefighting, drinking water and other essential needs."
I'm getting updates from the NYTimes about power outages right now. That's where we're at. "Second round of outages planned for the Bay Area was delayed." LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/us/pge-shut-off-power-outage.html
From Marin Public Works: "REMINDER! Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Pt Reyes National Seashore. Wed 10/9: One lane of traffic open during work. Thurs 10/10: SFD closed to traffic 7am-7pm; no access on SFD beyond Pierce Pt Rd."
Here is the current outage map for West Marin according to PG&E. Power is still on in Inverness Park but is out in parts of Marin like Marin City and Sausalito. Very few updates available beyond that at this time.
CRITICAL UPDATE: Power Outages in Marin - PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

At 2:45pm today, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) notified the County that it will conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) tomorrow in response to high temperatures, Red Flag conditions and high winds. This planned power shutoff will occur in/near areas of Bolinas, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Olema, Sausalito, and Stinson Beach by 4:00am Wednesday morning. The duration of the outage is unknown and will be determined by PG&E.

The decision to turn off the power and the speed at which it is restored is managed solely by PG&E. All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via pge.com/pspsupdates or and (866) 743-6589.

Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

For other, non-emergency questions related to available services in areas experiencing an extended outage, please call 2-1-1.

Public safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will focus our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our residents – especially those with access and functional needs whose health could be impacted by the loss of power. Seniors and vulnerable populations who may be adversely affected by an extended outage can contact Marin Health and Human Service’s resource line at (415) 457-INFO to access available resources. Fire agencies in Marin have increased staffing resources during the heightened threat. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation.

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:

STAY INFORMED
• Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
• Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
• Watch for wireless emergency alerts if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.
• Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
• Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

REVIEW PLANS
• Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
• Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
• Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
• Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
• Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
• Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
• Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
• Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
• Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
• For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov
Lesson learned from past fire seasons, be sure to fill up your gas tank on your way home (or go fill it up now if you are home). Having a tank on or close to empty is very stressful if unforeseen events happen. Grab some extra water and non-perishable food supplies for yourself and the pets as well.
We received a phone call in Inverness that PG&E will be flying helicopters inspecting power lines this week between 9am and 4pm. They will be flying between 300 and 400 feet. So if you see low flying helicopters in West Marin, that's probably them.
A perfect day at the beach today brought out all sorts of people.
Fire department investigating issue behind the station house in Point Reyes. Road temporarily closed until they finish
Early morning, low fog in Point Reyes.
Saturday sunrise. 🏆
“The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area above 1000 feet, which is in effect from 8 PM Saturday Evening to 10 AM Sunday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong off shore winds with gusts to 20-35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 18-28%.”
The Western v2.0
"Michael Mery Died September 28 at his home in Point Reyes Station, surrounded by family. He was 80. Michael's main interest was the local West Marin community and how to keep it vital. He was in on the ground floor, organizing, raising funds, and advocating for the West Marin Clinic, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, and the EAH affordable housing project. His parents Larry and Megan, were successive Inverness postmasters from 1936 to 1972. He attended West Marin schools, Tomales High School and Drake, before heading out of town for his undergraduate and graduate degrees." OBITUARY: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=michael-mery&pid=194037496
Hearing reports of traffic backing up in Nicasio tonight. Apparently they are shooting a commercial for Sylvania Headlights tonight and tomorrow night in West Marin. "The proposed filiming will take place from 7:30pm until 6:00am each on Monday, Sept. 31 and Tuesday, Oct. 1." They will be shooting around Nicasio and Point Reyes. So be prepared for stoppages at various times. (Thx RC)
A very sad ending to this story of the missing person we posted a few weeks ago (Andy Nakashima was last seen at the gas station in Point Reyes). Our condolences go out to the family and friends. Via Alyssa Fritz: "Thank you to all who have been concerned and have helped in our efforts to find Andy and bring him home. We learned recently from local police officers that Andy has passed away. We don't know all the details of his passing, but he was found in his car in a beautiful remote spot along the Mendicino coast under some pine trees close to the Pacific ocean where the sound of waves could be heard.

During this difficult time, please be respectful to the family who are mourning this loss.

We are planning a celebration of Andy’s life on November 2nd at Unity in Marin at 600 Palm Dr., Novato, CA, from 1:00-3:00 pm with a reception after. In the evening, those who want to continue the celebration, we are going to light a bonfire at Muir Beach at 5:30 pm.

Both old and new friends are welcome. No matter how long Andy was a part of your life, we would love for you to attend and share your memories of this extraordinary human being.

Please feel free to share and please RSVP so we can have an idea as to how many will be attending. Thank you."

https://www.facebook.com/events/2520509774837188/permalink/2522832251271607/
An eagle eyed WMF contributor was watching the Bodega Bay buoy camera when a humpback whale popped up. Very cool. (Thx TB) BUOY LINK: https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46013
“The RockSoberFest music festival, launched two years ago by Marin County producer/theater director Jeffrey Trotter, is coming to Petaluma’s fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 28. Described by Trotter as Northern California’s largest “fun and sober” music festival, the event was championed by the late Stefanie Keys, who was slotted to headline the Petaluma event, before passing away in July after a battle with cancer.” INFO: https://www.petaluma360.com/entertainment/10055057-181/good-clean-fun-at-petalumas
We are lucky to have a local pharmacy, so please support the West Marin Pharmacy when you can. They are having a sale this week "Save $$$!!! Say you saw it on FB! 10% off all purchases except rx and items already on sale, and the more you buy the more you save- If you spend $50.00- get 20% off!!! Hurry only until Sept. 24th!!!"
“Marin county fire reports that the west bound lane of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed in the vicinity of Nicasio Valley Road due to a multiple vehicle crash.” - via KWMR
What a day. Anyone have any temperature readings from West Marin? “94 at 4 pm in San Francisco broke today's previous record high maximum temperature 93 in 1954.” Hopefully back to normal tomorrow.
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