I'm sorry I missed this meeting with Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle about ICE, especially with the potential ICE raids that may happen this weekend. Would be interested to hear thoughts from people who attended. "In a room full of immigrant advocates, Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act, which restricts local law enforcement's cooperation with ICE but still allows it when certain crimes are charged." FULL STORY (may be behind paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/public-presses-sheriff-over-ice-transfers
"Deputies and @marincountyfire are responding to a reported vegetation fire, approximately 1/4 acre in the 28000 block of Shoreline Highway in Tomales. First engine just arriving on scene. Report of multiple fires on the side of the road at this time. Air resources airborne. Highway 1 in shutdown between downtown Tomales and Fallon Two-Rock road at this time. Please avoid the area. 3 separate fires. Low potential for further spread. Largest fire is 1/2 acre."
"The gray whales that washed up along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers this spring prompted researchers to launch an investigation into the cause—but several authors and artists in the area are taking another route to grapple with the loss. The group will hold a memorial service for the 171 whales found dead along the Pacific coast, including 37 in California, at Dillon Beach on Saturday, July 20. “Our intention is not to make a political statement, but simply to offer an opportunity for people to meet together and share our grief and sense of loss at what’s happening,” said Larry Robinson, an author from Sebastopol and one of the event’s organizers. For information about the memorial, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., write to Elizabeth Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is $10." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/memorial-planned-gray-whale-deaths
This is as crazy, sad and scary a story as you’ll ever read. “Betai Koffi, a software engineer at YouTube and a San Francisco resident, perhaps consumed more LSD than he should have while on vacation in Bodega Bay — downing an extra couple hits, according to friends, after initially freaking out on his first two. And he is now charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, and suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound from police.” FULL STORY: https://sfist.com/2019/07/06/bodega-bay-lsd-crime-spree/
The recent major earthquakes in Southern California are another stark reminder to make sure that you're prepared for when it's our turn. Here are two links to help out. And don't forget to sign up for Marin County and Marin Sheriff text alerts. (Photo from Ridgecrest, CA by Jake Harless)
The WMF team is back from traveling. First thing we noticed coming into town was this nice boat quietly nested north of White House Pool. Lost its mooring? Also sounds like I missed a sailing school water rescue this week in the bay. And a rat poison on the Farallons debate. Happy Fourth of July everyone. Remember, no fireworks allowed in West Marin today. We don’t want any fires, especially with this wind.
Via MarinIJ: “Saturday is opening day for the seasonal Point Reyes Farmers Market, an all-organic, strictly local market with a bountiful harvest of produce, eggs, olive oil, meats, preserves, cheeses, prepared foods, flowers and breads. The market hosts a weekly chef’s booth from 10 to 11 a.m. with a rotation of featured guests who showcase and utilize market produce and products. The singing chef, Chris Waldeck (who goes by Tina Carella on stage), croons as she shares the secret to perfect gnocchi this week using an old family recipe. A taste follows.
The market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Toby’s Feed Barn at 11250 CA-1 in Point Reyes Station. For details, go to pointreyesfarmersmarket.org.”
Via KWMR: “Fire units are responding to a reported vegetation fire on Vision Road in Inverness. Units on scene report the situation is confined to a downed power line smoldering in a tree.” (TWMF is out of town so a little slow on the updates)
Please help Water Dogs find a lifeguard so they can run the program this summer. “Waterdogs Seeks Open Water Lifeguard Enjoy the beach while you make $30-40/hr. This unique opportunity is from July 15th to July 26th, 12:30- 3:30pm., at Shell Beach II, in Inverness CA. The Tomales Bay Waterdogs Swim Program is low cost Red Cross certification program that has been West Marin tradition since 1946. For more information please Contact the resource center. email@example.com
Please call Martha at 415.663.8361 if you're interested in this position and are open water certified to lifeguard.”
From Marin Public Works: “To improve safety during wet weather, we'll be resurfacing a 1 mile stretch of Sir Francis Drake Blvd w/ high-friction material near Whites Hill. #Construction is expected to start in mid-July, w/ 1-way #traffic control. Details: bit.ly/2IyM9NA”
“Drake Fire final update: Forward progress of fire stopped. 75% contained. Firefighters will remain at scene overnight moping up. 2.2 final acres.” Thank you to all the fire and emergency crews who keep us safe. Photo by Paella del Reyes.
“Point Reyes National Seashore is issuing a superintendents’s emergency closure order to all public access effective immediately along the perimeter of the park boundary starting from Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Mount Vision road to the gravel portion of Vision Fire Road.”
If you’re coming home tonight. “They’re only letting residents into Inverness past Vision Rd with physical address proof. So if your license has your PO Box you need to have physical proof of residency.”
Via Bay Area NWS: “Enjoy Friday's weather because it's going to really heat up this weekend. By Sunday temperatures will be well above normal with interior temperatures soaring over 💯🌡️This weekend will be the hottest temps so far this season.”
Interesting perspective on Point Reyes from the NY Times this weekend. "Packing for a beach weekend on this Marin County peninsula isn’t like packing for beach weekends back East. Yes, I always bring a bathing suit, maybe even a sundress, but I don’t always wear them. Woolly hats and hoodies and hiking shoes, though? Every time. Point Reyes isn’t for lazing in the sun (which is inevitably steamrollered by the fog anyway). It’s for braving the cold of the Pacific, trekking through herds of tule elk and slurping barbecued oysters on Tomales Bay. And on a rare superhot, Cape Cod-level-crowded Saturday: trying to find your friends, sans cell service, for sunset on Limantour’s endless stretch of sand.
Who goes there: Yoga-bending and bay-swimming retirees; couples who consider kayaking more romantic than wine tasting; and families who’ve owned creaky cabins for generations."
I posted a photo of 'black mountain' yesterday and called it 'elephant mountain' (based on a discussion with a local resident). People corrected me in the comments so I did a little research. From the very active and informative Sparsely, Sage and Timely blog, "Mary Black Burdell was married to dentist Galen Burdell and was the daughter of rancher James Black of Nicasio. Black Mountain, which provides the backdrop for Point Reyes Station, is named after him. In 1961, the site of Black’s ranch house was inundated by the completion of Nicasio Reservoir, but whenever the reservoir runs dry during droughts, the house’s foundation can still be seen on the western shore." Anyone know where the name 'elephant mountain' came from? What about 'knuckle mountain'? FULL BLOG POST: http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=13519
Western Weekend is here. "The Haggards have the tradition of playing at the Old Western Saloon on Saturday night (in Point Reyes) and it’s usually the craziest show of the year,” says Danny Vitali, who co-formed the band with Horvat, Dylan Squires and Gene Fisher." MORE INFO: https://pacificsun.com/rural-roots/
From the Marin County Sheriff's Office: "Please shelter in place in Woodacre due to police activity: Crescent Ave, Oak Grove, Castle Rock Ave, and Railroad Ave." Anyone know what's going on? Stay safe... (thx KA)
Not sure if this will effect West Marin, but the power utilities are preparing people for possible power shut downs this summer. "What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff? In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff." MORE INFO: https://prepareforpowerdown.com/
Sadly, this show is already sold out, but you can watch the trailer which I highly recommend. "Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is to Dylan what Cassady was to Kerouac: a fountainhead for countless followers and admirers for whom he is proof that an authentic, self-invented life is possible. This film is the story of Jack’s life as seen by Jack himself, documented over four years by friend and filmmaker Oleg Harencar. Jack recounts his life through numerous stories of sailing ships, adventures and an incredible entourage of friends and acquaintances. We follow Jack in his element, be it on horseback or minding a sail, hanging with ordinary folks as well as demigods of politics, the arts and music." TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTpbvjSrSZ4&feature=youtu.be WEB SITE: https://www.ramblinjackbeyondthemusic.com
Via PRNPS about Drakes closing this week due to resurgence of Elephant Seals: “Drakes Beach area has re-opened. A few elephant seals are still on the beach, so please stay at least 25 ft away from them. Park staff & docents will be onsite this weekend to ensure the safety of the seals and visitors. Check back for updates in case beach access changes.”
A benefit for Stefanie Keys-Pisarcyzk. This will be an amazing show and it will sell out, get tickets now. “A night of professional stand up comedy, funk music, delicious local food, Lagunitas beer, Frey Organic wine and sparkling company. At Tonys Feed Barn in Point Reyes. Doors open at 7. Come early to enjoy dinner and drinks. All attendees be there by 7:30p. Comedy starts at 7:30, & band will follow. Plan to stay late and bring your dancing shoes!” TICKETS: https://m.bpt.me/event/4203669
This group show closes this weekend: “We all grew up in marin and the show is about our relationships to our grandparents and their influence on our lives. Three of the artists grandparents live in west marin.”
"The Nicasio Spring Fling is this years major fundraising event for the Nicasio School Foundation, which provides the financial backing for enrichment programs at Nicasio School, including Art, Performing Arts, Spanish, Poetry, Physical Education and Field Trips. These are all important programs that are critical to providing a well-rounded education for children, but are no longer funded by the State of California or the county. The proceeds generated from this Nicasio Spring Fling will directly fund the enrichment classes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year." MORE INFO: https://www.nicasioschoolfoundation.org/index
From PRNPS: "Lots of humpback whales have been seen around Point Reyes the past few days!! The best places to view them are Chimney Rock Trail and Sea Lion Overlook. Some have been seen off the Great Beach, too. 🐋"
"KWMR Presents: West Marin Kids Who Rock" is TONIGHT! Featuring all-youth bands 🤟from West Marin 📍@lagunitasbeer Taproom in Petaluma 🕒 5:30-8:30 PM 😀 Family friendly Eat🍕 Drink 🍺 Support 🎵 in the schools $10 🎟 at the door Kids 🆓”
“An unusually wet spring weather system is forecast to impact our area later this week. Preliminary forecast rain totals from Tuesday night thru Friday range from 0.5-1.5 inches. Most of that rain expected Wed. Night and early Thurs. Impressive rainfall amounts for mid May!”
"With a new transient occupancy tax (TOT) for West Marin in place since the start of this year, a public working group is being formed to help recommend uses for the tax revenues to support community housing needs. Applications are being accepted until May 28 for the Measure W Working Group, convened and overseen by the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA). To learn more about the Working Group and to access applications visit:www.marincounty.org/measurew-ch"
Once again we have done it. Spc. Jake Robert Velloza scholarship recipients have been selected. This year Susan Velloza has selected seven THS seniors that will receive a total of $17,000.00 in scholarships. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and donors for making this possible for the seventh year in a row, with your generous donations we will be awarding five recipients the Spc. Jake Robert Velloza scholarship This year we had 16 applicants apply for Jakes scholarship, Susie Velloza has selected five recipients and they will be announced Saturday, May 18th during the ceremony around 3:45. Thank you again for honoring our hero Spc. Jake Robert Velloza.
The over 40 alumni game starts at 1 & the under 40 alumni game starts at 3:30pm!
There will also be scholarships awarded to two THS seniors in memory of Jake Velloza and Jeremiah McClerrry that will be given out by the members of Jake and Jeremiah's troop. The total amount given out in seven years in $67,000.00 If you would like to contribute to the scholarship please message us and we will get you the information. BRAVE PRIDE!!
Free microchipping: “The West Marin Pet Hospital in Fairfax is helping some children at Lagunitas School with a Change Project that hopes to microchip all of the pets in West Marin, in preparation of a natural disaster (fire, earthquake ect). We have had a large amount of microchips donated to us, and are hosting a free microchipping event for dogs this Saturday 5/11 from 10-1pm at San Geronimo Community Center.“
“Marin Sun Farms re-opened today. We’ve been closed since February for refreshing and redoing the kitchen. We have an all new culinary team and some new items on the menu, as well as some of the old favorites.”
Another tragic story. The beaches are dangerous. "On Saturday, May 04, 2019, at approximately 10:54 AM, 9-1-1- was contacted reporting a male subject, who had been fishing with friends in the area of South Beach, inside the Point Reyes National Seashore-West Marin, had possibly drowned. Reportedly the subject was digging for sand crabs alone on the beach with his back facing the water when he was presumably struck by a wave, which knocked the subject into the water. The subject did not have a personal flotation device (PFD) in place and had been wearing bib-style fishing waders, which filled with water preventing his return to the shoreline. The subject’s friends having returned to the beach from the parking area a short time later, discovered the subject floating face down unresponsive in the surf. Attempts to rescue the subject met with negative results. A United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter in the area completing unrelated training was immediately diverted to the scene in addition to other multiple First Responder agency personnel to render aid and complete a rescue of the subject. A USCG Rescue Swimmer was deployed from the helicopter and brought the subject to the shoreline, who remained unconscious and lifeless. Emergent resuscitative medical aid including CPR was immediately administered. Due to the remote area, the subject was then airlifted to the Point Reyes Beach South Parking area, where the subject was met by awaiting paramedics. Paramedics provided additional resuscitative medical aid to no avail. Despite the aforementioned efforts, the subject’s death was pronounced on the scene at 12:04 PM." LINK: https://www.marinsheriff.org/community/news-press-releases/south-beach-west-marin-water-rescue-fatality-identity-released
“Many thanks to the Inverness Fire Department for facilitating major tree removal and chipping on Rannoch Way. There are many rounds of black acacia trees that are on the side of the road for anybody to take, either for firewood or any other purpose. Please take them away!” - NS
"On Saturday, May 4, Marin County residents will be able to bring their household hazardous waste (HHW) to the Pt. Reyes Toxic Away Day for safe and free disposal. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the Pt. Reyes Fire Station at 4th and B Streets in Pt. Reyes Station.
Appointments are required for residents who wish to participate in the event (but people will not be turned away if they do not have one). Examples of HHW that will be collected include old computer monitors, household batteries, paints, stains, thinners, fertilizers, pesticides, adhesives, gas, motor oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, and household cleaners. No waste from businesses will be accepted.
Residents can bring a total of 15 gallons of liquid waste or 125 pounds of dry waste.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-207-8222 and press 204; or, alternatively, call 1-916-351-0456 and press 204. Space is limited to a 60-car maximum.
For additional information about the event, please contact David Catalinotto with the San Rafael Fire Department at 415-485-3309."
Via PRNPS: “On April 22, an off leash dog killed a Guadalupe fur seal (a threatened species) on North Beach. This took place in a snowy plover nesting area where dogs are not allowed. This is an unfortunate reminder that dogs MUST be on leash in designated dog areas. We thank the visitor for reporting the incident and @TMMC for responding to the report of the attacked animal and conducting the necropsy. We want visitors to experience the beauty of Point Reyes, but ask everyone to please follow the rules to have an enjoyable and safe experience & help us protect the wildlife. If you see a violation happening in the park, please find a park ranger or contact 415-464-5100.”
From SFGate: "Christina Milne was driving along a road near the Nicasio Reservoir in West Marin Thursday when she saw a pickup truck pulled over with its flashers on, the driver waving for help. She pulled over and discovered the man had struck and killed a mother deer by mistake, only to discover her two newborn babies by the side of the road, still alive. The two fawns had been born so recently their umbilical cords were still wet, according to wildlife rescue organization WildCare. The fawns were taken to WildCare's wildlife hospital in San Rafael and given a full body exam, fluids, and blankets, to counteract shock. WildCare asks that people take care while driving and alert their hotline at 415-456-7283 should you see injured wildlife or potentially orphaned baby animals around the Bay Area." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Truck-kills-mother-deer-just-after-her-two-fawns-13795926.php
“Get ready for warmer temperatures. A strong warming trend is expected during the first half of the work week. Temperatures are forecast to reach their peak at the coast and in the coastal valleys on Tuesday, and in the interior valleys on Wednesday.” - NWS
Another water rescue today. Sounds like they found everybody. The wind is supposed to be very strong all day. People should not be on Tomales Bay today unless you know what you're doing and have your life jackets on.
"The Waldos were supposed to meet up at 4:20pm to go find an abandoned pot patch by the Point Reyes Coast Guard Station." Or so the story goes that gets retold every year. Local favorites The Haggards are playing The Western tonight at 8:30pm on 4/20. Always a good time.
You are warmly invited to this unforgettable evening of film plus live storytelling with the great folk tale artist Ane Carla Rovetta and other special guests, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers - myself and local underwater legend Ron Elliott. This event also features a pop-up store of sustainable beach goods by Marlin Ray.
Profits from this event will benefit a couple of awesome local West Marin nonprofits!
"Be ready on June 9th for the 25th annual Recycle Circus. Wow! has it been that many years. Holy smokes. This will be the same event but in June. It will be as wonderful as ever. We ask that you come even more organized and prepared to share your quality, clean and reusable materials with your neighbors and friends from West Marin. Please call 415-446-8587 for information. Madeline"
"No more moo? It seems ages since I've heard the noon rooster/cow from The Western, the sound that famously scared Prince Charles' security detail. What's up with that? I'm willing to help fund the repair of this Point Reyes tradition." - via Richard Dillman
That time of year. "We have a swarm of bees happening in a high shrub in the corner of our yard. Any expert bee-keepers out there who would like to attempt a removal? Anyone with suggestions as to who to call?-- please email me as i dont check this often enough. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!"
"Marin County Fire is reporting that one person has died at Tomales Bay near Clam Island this afternoon around 1 p.m. following a water rescue near Lawson's Landing that involved two helicopters. Another person who was rescued was treated at the scene and released." TWMF was out of town today but we heard it was extreme winds on the bay? Did anyone see the rescue operation? Our hearts go out to the family and friends, this has been a very difficult few weeks in West Marin. LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/04/09/one-dead-one-injured-in-tomales-bay-water-rescue/
From the bird list. Didn't realize we had black vultures too. "Today at 11:20 AM while in Point Reyes Station we observed a black vulture being harassed by a red-shouldered hawk while in a kettle with several turkey vultures. It circled for a minute or so before peeling off to the south." The difference: https://centerofthewest.org/2016/12/13/turkey-vultures-or-black-vultures/
Visitors to West Marin often think they've seen a mountain lion when its actually a bobcat. This video shows the difference. Hopefully people are clear on what a bear looks like. (video via Aududon Canyon Ranch, shot in the Mayacamas Mountains)
Two men have died in unrelated crashes in less than two weeks on Mt. Tamalpais. The victims died at the same curve along Ridgecrest Boulevard, says CHPMarin. One of the men was from Inverness. Our hearts go out to all of the family and friends. Please be safe out there.
“Model trends over the past several days have scaled back on rain amounts for Friday. With that said, though, expect light to moderate rain, particularly during the morning hours, with lingering rain showers into the afternoon.”
The Point Reyes National Seashore announced this weekend that the new Point Reyes lighthouse restoration will include a Shake Shack restaurant. In an effort to expand revenue streams for the park and provide more food options for visitors, the park cut a deal with the extremely popular fast food company after months of negotiations. The location will be down at the point right next to the lighthouse and will become the crown jewel of the Shake Shack westward expansion.
”We couldn’t be more pleased,” announced a park spokesperson, “the lighthouse is the most visited spot in the park and now we’ve teamed up with one of the most popular food establishments in the country. Imagine how incredible it will be to hike down the stairs to our newly renovated lighthouse and be able to enjoy an amazing chocolate shake and a tasty hamburger with one of the greatest views in the world.”
The menu at the Shake Shack will be very similar to other locations around the country, including the newly opened location in Larkspur. Because of the uniqueness of this location, there will however be daily specials suited to the region like deep fried oysters, organic elephant seal shakes and free range elk burgers, all locally sourced. “We’re still working out the details,” the park spokesperson said, “but once we get it all sorted, it will be a big win win for everyone.”
Access from parking lot to the observation deck and the Shake Shack will be ready by late May/early June.
(Rendering of the new Shake Shack provided by the architects of record, April One)
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but early weather models show the chance of another "atmospheric river" event late next week (April 5/6). So start thinking about prepping now. Clean the gutters (again). Sign up for Nixle alerts. Get some food and candles stored away. Just in case.
The recent car fire in Inverness on Ottinger's Hill on SFD was not an accident it turns out. If you are having suicidal thoughts, there is always someone willing to talk at 1-800-273-8255.
"After talking with the driver, however, deputies learned he was recently unemployed and "trying to navigate a rough patch in his life. His vehicle catching fire was no accident, but rather an attempt to take his own life," deputies said.
Some smokey haze in the air from a barn fire at the Giacomini Ranch late last night. Apparently you could see the flames from across the bay. Thanks to local firefighters for handling everything last yesterday! (Thx BE)