Via Marin County Sheriff: "Our search efforts today in Inverness have concluded. We have no updates on the location of Carol and Ian and our Detectives are continuing to investigate. There will be a search tomorrow conducted surrounding the waters edge near Inverness utilizing K9's and a boat."
Still no updates on the missing persons search. The Search and Rescue teams are back at it again today. They just did a sweep of my street in Inverness and took a look in my backyard. I hope their luck changes today.
Via Marin County Sheriff: “136 search and rescue members from all over the Bay Area have commenced search and rescue efforts this morning in Inverness. We will be searching from both the air and ground today.” Anyone else have any updates? I heard there are helicopters in Seahaven.
Via Marin County Sheriff: “Our @MarinSAR team is currently looking for the pictured individuals in Inverness. If you have any information about there whereabouts, please contact us at (415)479-2311. Possibly hiking in the Inverness area.”
Sounds like someone either jumped or fell off a cliff at Agate Beach in Bolinas. Lots of emergency equipment and the Henry 1 helicopter scrambled for the rescue. Sounds like they found the person alive. No word on injuries.
The high pressure ridge is back: “0" rainfall in San Francisco for Feb 2020 (leap year) so far tied with Feb 1864. A comparison to the top 3 driest Feb, period of record 1849 to current: 1.) Feb 1864 (leap year) 0" 2.) Feb 1953 0.04" (0.02" on Mar 1) 3.) Feb 1899 0.10" (0.22" on Mar 1)”
A big fir is down on Buena Vista in Inverness Park and another tree went down near Overlook in Point Reyes and power is out on the mesa for some folks. Extremely windy today. Drive safe. Look at for debris and downed branches. (Thx EW/SG)
Batten down the hatches today. Be safe, watch for trees and debris. “Forecast wind speed & direction from early Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Note that strongest winds will be over the coastal waters and along the immediate coast where gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Strongest winds expected Sunday afternoon and early evening.”
For those who live in Seahaven in Inverness, last night PG&E was working all night to replace a power pole at the top of Via de la Vista. With very bright lights. I think its safe to say,myself included, no one in the area got much sleep.
TRAFFIC ALERT: "Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is currently closed between Samuel P Taylor state park and Platform Bridge Road due to an overturned cement truck. Unknown time to open roadway. Emergency crews on scene. Use alternate routes." - Via Marin County Sheriff
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is currently closed between Samuel P Taylor state park and Platform Bridge Road due to an overturned cement truck. Unknown time to open roadway. Emergency crews on scene. Use alternate routes."
This local family could use your support if you are able: "On 12/11, Scott McMorrow suffered two strokes. He had two emergency operations followed by a cardioversion to reset his heart. He has been in hospital since, and we are not sure when he will be able to come home yet. At the moment—although he is making progress daily—our life is a jumble of chaos and nerves. Donations of any size towards our grocery bill would help." LINK: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/1gl93w/donate/
"North of Silicon Valley, protected by the Point Reyes National Seashore, is the only operational ship-to-shore maritime radio station. Bearing the call sign KPH, the Point Reyes Station is the last of its kind. Stations like this once riddled the California coastline as part of a radio communication network. The operators who ran them were charged with watching over the Pacific Ocean airways, relaying messages to the sailors at sea." WATCH THE VIDEO: https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/18/the-last-radio-station/
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Early morning traffic collision closes Pt. Reyes Petaluma Road between Highway 1 and Platform Bridge Road. ETA per @PGE4Me to re-open is around noon. Point Reyes can still be accessed via Platform Bridge Road to Sir Francis Drake through Olema."
If you're in Point Reyes and want to support a good cause, there is a full schedule of local youth basketball games at the West Marin School gym and the 8th graders will be selling food to help fund their 8th grade trip to Sacramento. Games start at 11am and go through 3pm. Boys and girls! Should be fun! Admission is free!
Just heard a report that PG&E will be shutting power down today in Inverness, north of Argyle St. in order to do a pole replacement. I did not hear what the exact times would be or the duration. Anyone else have any info about this?
A really nice article on the history of water in Inverness. "Richard Plant, an IPUD director from 1980 to 1984, said that citizens prefer to tighten their water usage rather than give up Inverness’s independence. “It’s pretty good-tasting water, for one thing,” he said. “And for another thing, it’s a good feeling to have local control over something that’s so important, rather than having to deal with people as far away as Novato.” LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/inverness-40-years-independent-water
Paul Reffell, who touched many lives in West Marin and beyond, recently passed: "Our dear Paul Reffell is off to the great unknown. It is a huge loss to our community and the many many who knew him. He graced us with his loving being, intellect, talent, humor, and consciousness and concern for all things good. It was an honor to know and love him." - Rozalynd Roos Merrill on behalf of Sally Phillips. (Photo and text used from a GoFundMe page, now closed, for his green burial)
"What's in a name? On Jan 6, 1603, Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sighted the headlands on the day of the three wise men. The headlands were named for this day “la Punta de los Reyes" or Point of Kings. 417 years later the name still stands for this magnificent place." - via PRNPS https://twitter.com/PointReyesNPS/status/1214292402388684800
From the Point Reyes Light: "Hoping to boost business at his Tomales Bay Resort, owner Jeff Harriman has ended Blue Waters Kayaking's lease at its launch of 20 years, leaving the company without a shoreside rental location as of December. Mr. Harriman has since embarked on a joint venture with Tomales Bay Expeditions, a start-up run by former Blue Waters employees Cooper Jolley and Brett Miller. The pair will have a smaller presence on the beach, where Blue Waters had served about 5,000 customers a year for the past four years. “At this stage, less volume of rentals is a better fit for the resort,” Mr. Harriman told the Light in an email." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/tomales-bay-resort-downsizes-kayaking
Nature can be rough. The alpha male elephant seals are at Drakes Beach now and there is some serious fighting going on. There was a huge male on the beach on Sunday when another male came out of the water and decided it was his beach. A vicious brawl ensued. The new male sustained a major injury to its nose and there was blood everywhere. Eventually the new male drove the other male off and then lay on the beach in its injured state. It was intense for all the holiday visitors who witnessed it. If you do go to the beach, stay a very safe distance away from these animals and be prepared for some serious nature happening. (Thx IW, NB, JG)
ROAD CLOSURE - “Early this morning a power pole fell across the roadway in the area of the 5000 block of Lucas Valley Rd., in Nicassio. Due to this Lucas Valley Rd., in this area will be closed, in both directions, for approximately 12 hours. PG&E and other crews are on scene working to get the road open again for traffic.” Via Marin County Sheriff
"Clear skies and light winds tonight will result in very cool temps. Overnight lows are forecast to be in the low to mid 40s near the ocean, and in the 30s elsewhere, except upper 20s in the coldest inland valleys. Many areas away from the coast will see frost early on Fri." - Bay Area NWS
"A hiker was killed by falling debris caused by a toppled tree Tuesday on a trail in Muir Woods, the Marin County Fire Department said. The victim, a 29-year-old man, was found dead at the scene by emergency crews. A second person suffered minor injuries, and was taken to MarinHealth Medical Center. The identity of the hikers was not released. The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. when a tree fell into other trees in the Hillside Trail area, causing debris to strike the hikers. The trail was closed for safety reasons at the time." LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/12/25/muir-woods-hiker-killed-by-falling-debris-from-toppled-tree/
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."
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.
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!”
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"
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
"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."
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
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
"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?
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.
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!"
"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."
“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."
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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
“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.”