"Fifty years ago this week, Marin County and San Francisco residents woke up to one of the worst environmental disasters ever to occur in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the early morning of Jan. 18, 1971, two Standard Oil tankers collided in dense fog several hundred yards outside the Golden Gate and spilled more than 800,000 gallons of thick bunker fuel oil. Hours later, oil began to wash up on San Francisco and Marin County beaches and smothered more than 7,000 birds in the toxic fuel. All but a few hundred birds died despite extensive efforts to save them over the next several weeks.
Tens of thousands of volunteers — from local residents to farmers to hippies and doctors — flocked to beaches to attempt to protect cherished habitats such as Bolinas Lagoon and to save as much of the wildlife as possible.
“So it was up to an army of volunteers to figure out how to respond to this stuff,” said Burr Heneman of Point Reyes Station, who was among the thousands of residents who volunteered.
“Responding to Tom D’Onofrio’s urgent calls, resourceful locals, like boat builder John Armstrong, brought logs, trucks, boats, cable, lumber, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and gloves, while hundreds more gathered on the Stinson Beach side of the channel,” Haworth wrote. “Toby’s Feed Store and local horse owners rushed tons of hay and straw to the beach for boaters to pack along the boom, and others spread it along the shore."
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/01/18/marin-witnesses-recall-massive-oil-spill-of-50-years-ago/
Photo by Ilka Hartmann/Associated Press
We have had many unusual weather events recently. Last night was another one on the list. The strong, dry winds are forecasted to last throughout the day today and taper off this evening. Power is off in some parts of Inverness and Point Reyes Station.
Any reports of damage from the wind? Just a lot of debris in our yard.
Here is the PGE outage map:https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/
Hard to say how much wind West Marin will get. But be prepared for trees and power lines coming down and power being out. "Strong, damaging winds possible from later today into Tuesday morning. Warning sign Wind gusts of 80+ mph have already been reported in the peaks this morning. For complete details, visit http://weather.gov/BayArea
Traffic is absolutely bonkers in the Point Reyes National Seashore right now. So many cars. Good chance it will result in a massive traffic jam later this evening when everyone leaves. Plan accordingly. Shelter in place.
Wildlife cameras set up on a beach just north of Shell Beach in Inverness captured a very large male mountain lion on Thursday night around midnight. This was the same spot the cameras captured a mountain lion a few months ago. Other residents reported hearing a mountain lion screaming around 5pm on Wednesday evening. The sightings have been reported to the state and national parks. Be sure to use caution when hiking in the area around dusk or at night. (Thx SA)
Curious what a mountain lion scream sounds like? Listen to this: https://youtu.be/EfnTdF7ja9E
(UPDATE: The hats sold out. I'll let folks know when there are more) -- Want to support The West Marin Feed and a local shop at the same time? Head over to See to Sea in Point Reyes Station (next to the West Marin Pharmacy) and buy one of these very limited edition West Marin Feed 'beaches of West Marin' baseball hats. Or just say hi to the awesome owner, Maggie, and she'll hook you up with a free WMF sticker for your car, laptop or fridge.
The once stranded Limantour Beach faux military plane leaves the beach and passes through Point Reyes Station on its farewell tour. Goodbye plane.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "Drakes Beach in front of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to a large number of male elephant seals. Beach access will be restored as soon as the males move elsewhere. That could be tomorrow, a week from now, or longer. Check our social media feeds for up-to-date info."
The plane is finally leaving Limantour Beach in Point Reyes and going home. The extraction crew made some custom wheel sleds and got it near the parking lot for moving out tomorrow. (And thx to Dane for rescuing my camera.)
Drakes Bay (Coast Miwok: Tamál-Húye) in Point Reyes lit up by commercial crab boats staying protected from a big swell this morning.
Going to go with sunrises and sunsets for awhile. A quick flash of orange this morning on Tomales Bay by Chicken Ranch.
Via Marin County: "Join us for a conversation with Marin Public Health regarding the status of the Stay Home Order for the Bay Area and an update on COVID-19 Vaccine progress in Marin County.
Today at 2pm on Facebook and via zoom. More information can be found at http://marincounty.org/townhall
Annie Duncan spotted this deer motoring along in Tomales Bay by Inverness yesterday. #aquadeer #submariner
Seems like a good day for a stunning sunrise. Tomales Bay in Inverness.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore “Pierce Point Road is temporarily closed due to reaching capacity. The park is seeing heavy visitation on this New Year's Day. Please be patient and look for less crowded park areas to explore. Some locations are subject to intermittent closures due to parking availability.”
Goodbye 2020. Last sunset in of the year Point Reyes. Thank you all for your support. Here’s to a safe, healthy and happy 2021. Wear a mask. 🙏 ❤️
“Earthquake this morning just off the coast of the SF Peninsula at 5:41 AM. Did you feel it?”
Ask a Ranger: What it's like to be a marine mammal ecologist at Point Reyes.
SFGATE: What’s one thing you wished everyone understood about Point Reyes that no one seems to get?
CODDE: I just wish people understood more about how their actions affect wildlife. A big thing that makes me sad is people running after birds or letting their dogs run after them. People don’t realize the effect this can have, how stressful it is for the birds. They need rest just like we do.
The consequences of wildlife disturbance are a big emphasis for me and for this park. We’re trying to pass on that message. I want people to enjoy Point Reyes and viewing the wildlife here, and to do it safely and responsibly.
FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/california-parks/article/point-reyes-seashore-california-seal-selfies-whale-15834408.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-Editors-Picks
Accident on SFD in Samuel P Taylor, expect delays. (Thx KM)
This is what it looks like when a car hits a cow. This happened in the dark before sunrise by Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. The driver was fine, the cow wasn’t. Please drive safe.
Magnificent storm sunrise in Point Reyes today.
It was a crazy weekend and the West Marin Freed contributors showed up. Thanks to everyone who sent in photos and commented on various channels. Besides 'don't land your plane on the beach in the park', here are two other things we learned from WMF users:
About the giant ship with cranes off Limantour Beach:
Jennifer Megan: The 3 cranes are going to be delivered to the port of Oakland. Check out my IG: shipspottingsweetie and my Facebook page (shipspottingsweetie). I’m keeping daily updates on when the ship will go under Goldie and the Bay Bridge. They are going to be delivered to the Port of Oakland.
About the low flying and very loud jet that went over West Marin around 1:30pm on Saturday:
Justin Rubovits: That was an L-39 - a czechoslovakia military jet that can be bought and flown by civilians in the US. Saw it from the top of Tam. It flew low of the coast going south and then turned east and did a low fly looping pass over tam where we were parked. Amazing!
(Crane photo by Jennifer Megan)
Maria Bennett was on Limantour Beach yesterday when the plane landed. She shot some video and photos of them trying to get it back in the air with no luck.
Heard a report of a plane that landed on Limantour Beach this morning (thx RD) so we headed out. Sure enough, there was a fairly large airplane way down by the spit by the dunes. On the way back we saw the pilot and his wife talking with the rangers. It was unclear why they landed there, possibly engine problems, but it was clear they weren't going to be able to fly away. Sounds like they'll have to get a permit and have the plane removed by a helicopter. Did anyone else get a better picture of the plane?
Lots of big swell on the way. For a reminder of how dangerous and sneaky these swells can be, here is another intense video from the mouth of the Tomales Bay showing one brave boat making it past the waves, and two other boats re-evaluating their life choices. Be safe everyone. Make good decisions.
Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Be safe. Stay well. Wear a mask. 🙏
Do you need help paying for rent between September 2020 and January 2021? The Marin County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently open and accepting applicants. (Thx EB)
PR/Petaluma Road blocked south of Hicks Road near The Cheese Factory. Will be blocked for hours. Plan accordingly. (Thx SD and EF)
No pets means, no pets. A park employee reiterating that message today in Point Reyes.
"Happy Winter Solstice! It's 2:02 AM PST on December 21 and the sun's rays are now directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. Today is the shortest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. More info at: https://weather.gov/cle/seasons
"The first coronavirus vaccinations in Marin will take place on Thursday, but a surge of new cases still threatens to overwhelm hospital intensive care units, the county’s public health officer said.
“We know that community transmission is accelerating exponentially,” Dr. Matt Willis told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “Our hospitals are at or near full capacity, and case rates in Marin are four times higher than one month ago.”
The county reported Tuesday that all the fully staffed intensive care unit beds at Marin’s hospitals are now in use. Twelve of the 29 beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.
Across the Bay Area, 82.2% of the ICU beds at hospitals throughout the Bay Area were occupied Tuesday, Willis said. Statewide, 94.3% of ICU beds were in use.
“Historically when there were surges in one area or another we were able to redistribute resources from across the nation to meet the needs of those hard hit areas,” Willis said. “That is no longer the case. Every jurisdiction is essentially on its own because they are all experiencing surges simultaneously.”
Willis kicked off his presentation with a message from Dr. Laura Eberhard, chief of the critical care department at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center.
“As an ICU doctor I’m not scared by much,” Eberhard said, “but I find the prospect of having a hospital and an ICU overflowing, and concern about not being able to take good care of our Marin residents, scary. Only our community can stop this epidemic.”
MARIN COVID DATA: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-status-update-12152020
LA Times Tracker: https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/marin-county/
Amazing photos by local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata in Point Reyes: “So today I am in the middle of the field checking out a Weasel when ,all of a sudden I looked up and two Coyotes are chasing a third Coyote out of their territory and they are coming my way at full throttle! They came by at full speed, although one of the two Coyotes doing the chasing saw me and stopped the chase and turned around. The other kept it up until the Coyote being chased crossed the road to safety. Exhilarating? It was a rush!! I had not seen a territorial dispute among Coyotes in a few years and I was never this close. These are the surprises that keep us wildlife photographers always coming back for more..... 🙂”
"King tides" will be be happening from Dec 13 - 15. Fortunately no major storms hitting at that time, but Tomales Bay gets extremely high and bay beaches like Chicken Ranch all but disappear. It will also be interesting to see how all that new road work they've done on SFD in the park will hold up. Particularly at Schooner Bay (pictured here).
You can contribute photos to the California King Tides Project and learn more about it here: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/kingtides/gallery.html
"Our dear friend, and community member, Jessica Raffo (Quattlander), needs your help. She was suddenly diagnosed with colon cancer December 4th, and just underwent major surgery to remove the blockage. The surgery went better than expected, but the healing process is taking longer than expected, and her additional results have not been received. She is recovering in the hospital currently. When we have more details on her her status, we will post them, but her and her family will need support in the next few months, which will be vital to her recovery.
The family asks at this time, to PLEASE DO NOT contact Jessica while she is in the hospital, she needs this time to rest.
On top of it, we are in a pandemic, which is tough on everyone, and makes it hard to visit. However, if you can help, it is needed. Use this site to curate and deliver a meal, or donate to help the family bridge the gaps in meals, groceries, childcare, or medical expenses. No gifts cards please. If you would like to donate funds outside of this platform, contact Justine or myself directly.
Jess has been a community member her entire life. Many of you know her from working at the Coast Cafe, the Sand Dollar, Hog Island, and the Western. She graduated from Dominican, and is now a 4th grade teacher in Rohnert Park, but has been on extended leave with the arrival of baby Cooper last February, and with the pandemic. She was married in 2016 to a Sonoma local Ernesto Raffo of Bosch Automative. They have two children (Enzo, 3 and Cooper, almost 1 in February). She will not be able to work during this time, or pick up her children, and Ernesto and the family can use your support."
If you are able to offer support: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/4lzlm6/
On December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations would be closed in regions of the state where less than 15% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available under a new Regional Stay-Home Order.
MORE INFO: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-status-update-12042020
Rather than waiting until ICU bed availability reaches critical levels and delaying closures that are inevitable, the Public Health Officers for the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley, jointly announced they will implement the state’s Regional Stay-Home Order right away to slow the surge and prevent our local hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Beginning at noon Tuesday, December 8, the following sectors in Marin County must close:
Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
Indoor recreational facilities
Hair salons and barbershops
Personal care services
Museums, zoos, and aquariums
Bars, breweries, and distilleries
Family entertainment centers
Cardrooms and satellite wagering
Live audience sports
The following sectors will have additional modifications (in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing):
Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, other lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
Restaurants: Allow only for takeout, pick-up, or delivery.
Offices: Allow remote use only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
Gyms & fitness studios: Indoor operations must close. This includes yoga and dance studios. This order includes any other industries that follow the state’s guidance for gyms & fitness studios, such as youth sports.
Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible. Those that remain open must have appropriate infectious disease preventative measures in place, including 100% masking and physical distancing:
Non-urgent medical and dental care
A report from a resident in Inverness: "We were walking the road that passes over the creek at beach (north of Shell Beach) when we noticed a disturbance of the soil at the bank of the creek. A large paw print was evident and a lot of drag marks which continued up the road for at least 50 yards, with gouge marks on each side. We passed these clues on to Sarah Allen our neighbor. She and another neighbor went and confirmed the implications of this. The cat must have surprised a buck deer, and the horns made the gouges in the road as he dragged it off into the woods. Sarah put a motion camera up, and within a couple nights got a full on shot of the mountain lion back on the prowl."
You may want to pass this info on to others, who are regulars in Tomales Bay State Park, particularly around Shallow and Shell Beach and on the Johnstone Trail. Please be careful - especially early morning or early evening hikes. Very difficult to see more than 10 to 15 feet along the trail. Don't use headphones; keep alert.
Thank you MO, SA, FC, DP, SK
Bonus trivia, last time there was a resident mountain lion, its name was 'One Eye Jack'.
Via the Lawson's Landing Fishing Report: " So here's video of a good way to cross the Tomales Bay bar if you are tired of living. The fact that it worked for these guys is no way an endorsement. Luck is something that's difficult to copy. The proper way? When it is breaking, don't go. A hard landing can kill the engine. Then what do you do? Swim, if you're lucky. Have you seen the crab pots on the bar? Get one of those in the wheel while you're trying to cross. I find it unlikely that these guys didn't break bones or the boat. Thanks Wrybread for posting this."
Two events coming together that can cause very dangerous conditions. Two huge swells are coming (this Thur/Fri and next Tuesday) plus there is no rain forecast for the first half of December. This means nice weather and lots of people at the beaches. Please be safe and stay away from the ocean.
"Warning signDangerous sneaker waves Water wave, increased rip currents and moderate to large breaking waves will impact W to NW facing beaches Wednesday-Thursday. These type of events claim lives each year along our coast so extreme vigilance is advised if visiting area beaches."
"Dry-cember. The outlook through the 16th. You've got to be kidding me."
I hate when that happens.
A quiet calm falls over West Marin with a gorgeous full moon rising above Tomales Bay. Our hearts are so heavy. Be safe. Be well.
As you probably know, the waters off Point Reyes are home to a lot of great white sharks. What you might not know is that there is a small group of extremely dedicated shark researchers who live and work here and are world renowned for their work tracking these sharks. One of these researchers, Scot Anderson, took these photos of a massive female great white shark out at the Farallon Islands just a few weeks ago.
Sadly, the research funding to do their critical work has dried up due to Covid-19. They've created a GoFundMe campaign to support their fieldwork this fall/winter in the waters off of Point Reyes and Año Nuevo Island so they can continue monitoring California great white sharks. This funding will help them capture photo IDs of individuals and deploy electronic tags.
If you're interested in helping keep this important work going, here is their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/white-shark-population-monitoring-project
And if you haven't seen the movie 'Near Miss' about local urchin diver Ron Elliott (by local filmmaker Josh Berry) and his great white shark encounters, you should watch that too:https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nearmiss
This evening a young girl was swept off the beach at McClures in Point Reyes, but somehow got back to land despite huge surf. First responders applied CPR. We saw a Reach helicopter land on the beach and which we were told transported her to a local hospital. No further word about her condition. We send her and her family all our love. The West Marin emergency response teams are incredible. On a Thanksgiving no less.
Water rescue happening right now, near McClures Beach.
Water rescue off Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. Kayaker in distress. They’re still sorting it out. Hopefully everyone ok.
SUV rolled over on SFD by Drakes View Dr. in Inverness. Went into the deep shoulder and over corrected. Looked like everyone was ok. Scary though. Expect delays.
The burrowing owl is one of the coolest little creatures you can see in the Point Reyes National Seashore if you get lucky enough. Master wildlife photographer Carlos Poratta spotted this one yesterday. https://www.carlosporrata.com/
"The National Park Service announced Thursday that it has appointed a new superintendent for the Point Reyes National Seashore. Craig Kenkel is superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland. He has held several posts in the Bay Area during his 37-year park service career.
Craig Kenkel has been named new superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore. (National Park Service; contributed)
Kenkel will start his new job in January. He will also oversee the management of 15,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin north of Bolinas-Fairfax Road.
Kenkel held several jobs for the GGNRA between 2005 and 2017, including acting superintendent in 2017. Prior to taking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park post in 2014, he was superintendent of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park from 2010-2014 and a national park historical architect in San Francisco from 1989-1992."
Power was restored early this morning to Inverness and SFD is open after a tree fell on power lines last night.
Power lines down on SFD by Drakes View Drive. Avoid the area. Power off in Inverness as a result.
Please wear a mask. "Marin County is one of 40 California counties tightening restrictions per State of California mandates in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases across the state and region.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that Marin was moved from orange to red, to use common virus status terminology. The step back comes just three days after the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified local businesses and agencies about preemptive restrictions to stem the virus’ spread locally. But Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) officially moved Marin from orange-colored Tier 3 (“moderate risk”) to the more restrictive red Tier 2 (“substantial risk”) on its Blueprint for a Safer Economy."
LINK : https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-status-update-11162020
Marin Stats: https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/marin-county/
Get those gutters cleaned for the right reasons. “Widespread beneficial rain & mountain snow Tues-Weds across NorCal. Up to a couple inches in typical wet spots in foothills/North Coast, and up to half inch or so near SF Bay Area. This will be "fire season ending" rain in some areas--including portions of Bay Area! “
When you’re looking in the bushes for wild life in Point Reyes and a coyote walks right behind you. 😂
Anyone see those three planes flying very high and extremely fast today? Two were flying right behind each other. Drone? B21? X-45? We saw them from Limantour Beach.
Starting off the morning in Inverness with that “feels like we might get some rain today” vibe. Fingers crossed. Drive safe if we do,
Update: Now it is being called a vegetation fire - Possible structure fire on Rt. 1 in Marshall near the boatworks. Anyone know the details?
The Point Reyes Light reveals what actually happened with the telephone pole incident last week. "A truck carrying an asphalt grinder wreaked havoc on a portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness on Wednesday morning, hitting three power poles and numerous signs before the driver noticed his chute was unsecured. One power pole was severed in half, knocking out power to over 700 customers in Inverness for the day. The driver, an employee of Ghilotti Construction Company, which is rehabilitating the road in the seashore, said he only realized something was amiss when a couple out walking became wide-eyed and moved away as he approached. At that point, he looked in his rearview mirror and noticed the loose piece."
FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/truck-topples-signs-damages-power-poles
Whatever happened with the power lines this morning, it caused a lot of damage on SFD in Inverness. Power restoration for Inverness is now estimated at 5am on Thursday morning. PG&E has a huge crew out there working on two different spots tonight.
PG&E now estimates power will be back on in Inverness around 6pm.
One lane open on SFD now by Inverness post s accident.
Via KWMR "8:36 AM 11_4_20 Power pole down on SFD near N. Dreamfarm. Road blocked. Outage in Inverness. photo: Jennifer Livingston" Theoretically they should be opening up to traffic in the next hour, but you can see what a mess this is. Power is estimated to return around 12:30pm. Apparently whatever vehicle did this left damage in Inverness and on the road before hitting the power pole and then driving away.
SFD is blocked just south of Inverness, no traffic either way due to downed power lines, And power is out in Inverness. Road may be cleared for some traffic in next two hours. PG&E estimated power back on around 12:15pm. Power updates here: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/
A mystery vehicle crashed into a power pole just south on Inverness, taking out power throughout Inverness and causing major delays on SFD. Going to be awhile until traffic is let through. Plan accordingly.
The fog sucked into Point Reyes with shocking speed tonight creating a surreal landscape.
The moonrise will be at 6:26 PM tonight in Inverness, going to be a good one. “A full moon on Halloween? What in the 2020? Full moons on Halloween are rare — the last time this occurred was in 2001 and it won't occur for another 19 years. This full moon will also be a Blue Moon, meaning it is the second full moon in one calendar month.”https://twitter.com/joshuatreenps/status/1322214301243826176?s=21
There was a small vegetation fire in Bolinas this morning: "Update 10/31 @ 7:30 am , forward progress of the fire on Bolinas Ridge has been stoped. Crews will remain at the scene for the day. Fire is under investigation. -- Marin County Fire is at scene of a 2 acre fire in the area of the Bolinas Y (Bolinas Ridge). Resources are making access onto the Point Reyes National Seashore Property (NPS Land). No evacuation orders or warnings are currently in place."
Its a blue moon tonight and the parking in Point Reyes Station has mysteriously switched from vertical to parallel. Spooky. (thx WB)
"As everyone prepares to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the Marin County District Attorney's Office is encouraging the community to make this year’s festivities as safe as possible by planning lower-risk online, at-home and car-based activities.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the state’s Department of Public Health released safety guidelines[External] strongly discouraging traditional trick-or-treating and asks families to plan safer alternatives. These alternative celebrations include a candy scavenger hunt at home, online pumpkin carving and costume contests, and car-based tours of Halloween displays.
The health guidance also covers Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition celebrated in the Latinx community honoring the deceased. Día de los Muertos celebrations often include gatherings of extended family. Families are encouraged to place traditional indoor alters outside so others can view them from a safe distance and create virtual altars online." (thx EW)
This Día de los Muertos altar in Point Reyes Station created by Ernesto Sanchez and Elvira Xaxni. Join them for the virtual DofD ceremony next Monday, November 2nd at 5pm on Facebook Live.
Some good content from KWMR coming up:
There is a long history of broadcast radio in West Marin. On Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7-8 pm, PM Richard Dillman, KWMR’s own Transmitter Wrangler shares what he knows.
Register here: https://kwmr.org/post/11196
Friday Oct 30, 7-9 pm: "Dead Air - Chilling Radio Tales" ~
Spooky tales, performed by an all-local cast:
Bat 'A Knock at the Door'
Bat 'The House in Cypress Canyon'
Bat 'Sorry Wrong Number'
Bat 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
~ Tune in if you dare ~
With lots of local talent!
Stream it on: http://www.kwmr.org
Hard to not take a good picture this evening in Point Reyes. Fall magic.
Two days ago, robbers broke into The Farm Stand property at night and stole a brand new, $3000 inverter generator that had just been delivered the same day! Jim had saved up to invest in a reliable, quiet(er) generator to be able to keep serving the community in these crazy times like the outage we are about to go through.
Please, keep your eyes out for someone trying to sell a Power horse 7500 W inverter generator (picture below)! Whoever did it must have known it was there, as they didn’t go into the store but straight into the courtyard where it was stored. I hate to think of this. Any info would be much appreciated, please relay to Jim at (415)497-9496.
- Geneviève Le Goff
Not that anyone wants to hear this, but it is another weekend with extreme fire conditions. Be prepared. Have your go bag packed. Sign up for Nixle alerts. Let's hope it passes without incident.
Via Daniel Swain: "This is the fire weather forecast I was hoping wouldn't come to pass, given all that has already transpired in 2020: Very strong offshore winds, coupled w/exceptionally low humidity & record-dry vegetation, will bring extremely critical wildfire risk Sun/Mon. 1/3 "
Also: "Confidence increases regarding a significant offshore flow event late in the weekend - not just strong winds, but the very dry airmass with it. Comparing offshore gradients SFO-WMC.
2017 Wine Country Fires -17.8mb
2019 Kincade -16.3mb
2020 Model Fcst Sunday night -18 -20mb"
Sign up for Nixle:https://local.nixle.com/county/ca/marin/
Via Richard Dillman: "Lost German shepherd - Several of us in the Paradise Ranch Estates neighborhood in Inverness have spotted a large German shepherd in the area who seems to be lost. He's been seen on Sunnyside, Behr Lane and Drakes View Drive. No collar, sometimes whimpering. He seems to have gotten separated from his people. If anyone is looking for him a search of our neighborhood would be a good place to start."
"The new Ballot Drop Box was installed late this afternoon in Pt Reyes Station after concerns about the original one shared with Health and Human Services arose. The HHS Box, as you can see in one photo, has been taped shut and has a sign pointing to the Official Ballot Drop Box next to the entrance to the HHS Building.
Again, any of you who deposited your ballot into the HHS box, please be assured the County Election Officials did pick up your ballot and take it to the Registrar's Office to be counted. It is taking about a week for them to tell us our ballots have arrived due to the extraordinary number of ballots they have received, far in excess of normal this early in the election cycle. I have had lots of people tell me they deposited their ballots in the HHS box and have been notified by the Registrar's office that their ballot has been received."
- Cathleen Dorinson
If you see any voting issues, you can report them to: https://seesay2020.com/
Info about seesay2020: https://thedemlabs.org/2020/09/29/fight-voter-intimidation-see-something-say-something/
A response from the Marin County Government about the ballot box in Point Reyes Station: "Hi, everyone: Thanks for voicing your concern about the security of Marin County Elections Department's official ballot drop boxes. We want to assure you that our ballot drop boxes are more secure that described in the original post. Ballot Drop Boxes are constructed similarly to those used by USPS, FedEx and UPS. Ballot Drop Boxes are bolted on the inside into concrete or secured to an immovable object using industrial strength hardware. The opening is narrow and designed in a way that prevents tampering or retrieval of envelopes.
Ballots are collected on a regular schedule multiple times a week by deputized employees of the County Elections Department working in teams of two. Each Ballot Drop Box is inspected by the pick-up team for damage or evidence of tampering. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified of the locations so they can monitor Ballot Drop Boxes daily while on patrol. At this time, we have not seen any evidence of Ballot Drop Box tampering in PRS.
However, if you notice anything usual about the ballot drop box, please report it to Marin County Sheriff's Office or Marin County Elections Department. We have a detailed FAQ about our ballot drop boxes online: https://www.marincounty.org/.../dropbox/general-information
Thank you for being so engaged in this year's election. And remember: You can track the status of your ballot online: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
An unusual story that someone in PR said they witnessed. Did anyone else see this happening?
"This evening a man who said he's a lawyer and a member of the American Independence party was taking photos of the election box by HHS in Point Reyes, It was 7:15pm or so and it was dark so he had a large flashlight with him he used while taking photos of that box from every angle possible.
He gave me a name that doesn't come up on Google and said the box was vulnerable to vandalism and the votes inside it could be easily destroyed by fire or even a milkshake. He also said it wasn't bolted down securely so the whole box could be taken away."
October 2020 in Point Reyes station. (Thx WS)
"Someone’s boat slipped off its anchor (in Tomales Bay by Inverness) and floated toward the pier just north of the Inverness yacht club’s pier. My husband and our neighbors got to it before it crashed and tied it to the pier. A Park Service boat seemed to be looking for it but stopped short of where it’s tied up. Tried to call them but couldn’t get through to tell them what happened and where the boat is. Hopefully the owners will see it." (Thx AM)
“Power back on in the SG Valley. According to a neighbor, it was a Trump metallic helium balloon tangled in the wires by the SG Presbyterian church and a PGE truck was dispatched to remove Trump and restore power to the people. Seriously it was a Trump balloon.” (Thx RC and JF)
On crowded weekends like this, unfortunately, there are lots of emergencies and lots of sirens. WMF doesn't post them all on Facebook, but I do try and tweet them out on the WMF Twitter feed. So if there are sirens and you're wondering why, best to check either the WMF Twitter feed or the WMF web site (where the twitter feed is also).
Those recent sirens are an accident in Marshall:https://twitter.com/WestMarinFeed/status/1317582886082543616?s=20
WMF Web site:http://www.thewestmarinfeed.com
You can also download the PulsePoint app which will give you the same information in real time.
Spotted this week on Tomales Bay. Either it is the West Marin version of the Loch Ness monster or people in a small boat who took it upon themselves to tow in a large water hazard.
The #woodwardfire flare up at sunset from Limantour Rd. Marin County Fire is aware of it. It is within the perimeter and the fire is still 100% contained. (Thx HRM)
Via KWMR: “A large plume of white smoke is visible originating from within the Woodward fire area. Marin County fire says they are aware of it.”
Small road side vegetation fire in Point Reyes Station. Fire crews say they have it out now.
People reporting smoke in Point Reyes and there is a fire notification on pulse. No further news at this time.
“Yesterday's #fireWeatherWatch has been upgraded to a #redFlagWarning and now includes the addition of the North Bay Valleys and the East Bay Valleys. Strong offshore winds will be gusty, especially at higher elevations with dry conditions prevalent from Wed. AM thru Fri AM.”
News from the Point Reyes Light this week:
Relief on the horizon for dramatically salty Point Reyes water:
"The district is looking to build a second well on the Gallagher Ranch, so even less water is needed from the Coast Guard wells. The district board raised rates in 2016 to help pay for its construction, and after boring three test wells that didn't pump enough water, crews found a productive location on the pasture."
Park hopes for new loops on ranch roads:
"The proposed trail changes pertain to both the seashore and the northern district of G.G.N.R.A. The first is to use an old road grade to connect Pierce Point Road, which extends north across the peninsula, to L Ranch Road, thereby facilitating access between Tomales Point and Marshall Beach. The short, roughly mile-long road creates the opportunity for a new loop."
Inverness and Bolinas step up water restrictions, warn of rationing:
"IPUD, which uses water from streams and creeks that descend from the Inverness Ridge, has particularly limited storage capacity: its tanks turn over the water they contain every three days."
Medical emergency at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. Unclear what it is.
This cool little site from Vimeo lets you look out someone else's window for a little while. Look hard enough, and you might find one in Inverness, CA. https://www.window-swap.com/window
People asking about the helicopter in Bolinas: "CHP H-30 just assisted Marin County Fire with an overturned boat off the coast of Bolinas. All parties are accounted for and were rescued by Marin County Fire watercraft. Luckily none of the occupants were injured." (thx LW)
Car rolled over on PR/Petaluma Rd. No word on injuries. Please slow down. Please don’t text and drive.
It is critical to help conserve water in Inverness. Thank you.
A rough day today between the fires and the car accident. Here is sunset in Point Reyes. Be safe. Be loving. Life is short, (Thx SC)
"One driver was killed and another was injured in a head-on collision involving a big rig in West Marin on Monday, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported around 9:10 a.m. on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road just west of Novato Boulevard, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.
The driver of the station wagon was westbound when the vehicle drifted for unknown reasons into the eastbound lane and struck the truck head-on, Barclay said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene."
Via CHP Marin: "It seems that a few people on here have formed the opinion that this crash was caused by the big rig. In this situation, the station wagon that was traveling west on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road drifted over the center line and into the opposing lane of traffic where it struck the truck head on. We are speaking with a couple of witnesses that saw the station wagon prior to the crash and are providing more information for our investigation.
There is also a thread about the trucks impeding traffic as the traverse the back roads through Marin. We have handled numerous traffic complaints regarding these trucks, from going too fast to going too slow. If you have specific traffic complaints, please feel free to contact our office at (415)924-1100 so we know what's going on. We can't be everywhere at once, and we do enforcement along the entire Marin coast line, so letting us know of a specific place where there is an issue will help us conduct "targeted enforcement." We also bring the traffic complaints to the attention of the delivery coordinators on the jobs that they are driving to so that they can speak with their people.
Slow trucks are required to pull over to allow traffic to pass once there are 5 or more vehicles behind them, HOWEVER, only when it is safe for them to do so. Drivers are quick to judge when and where a truck should pull over, but there are more factors to worry about in a fully loaded gravel truck than in a normal vehicle. The truck needs enough space to slow down on the roadway, not the shoulder, and they need to be sure the shoulder can actually support their weight. Areas around the reservoir are great for that, but a lot of the areas east of that have very few, if any places to pull over. If they can't safely pull over somewhere it means everyone behind them needs to be patient until it's possible for them to allow everyone to pass. We've been stuck behind them as well, so we get the frustration, but we'd rather be caught in that delay than have a truck roll off the hill because they pulled onto a soft shoulder or ended up not being able to stop in time on a gravel shoulder."
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/09/28/west-marin-crash-forces-road-closure/
SFD Construction is scheduled until Fall 2021:https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/projects/ca/point-reyes
Via KWMR "Point Reyes Petaluma Road at the Cheese Factory closed both directions due to a traffic collision. Closures at Nicasio Valley Rd, and Novato Blvd."
Head on car v semi truck accident on PR Petaluma Rd. Might be a major injury requiring airlifting a patient out. Expect delays.
For those of you that heard the loud crash and sirens last night, it looked like a pickup truck missed the curve on SFD by Bear Valley Rd./white house pool and went into the ditch. Sounds like no one was injured.
“Update on fire near the lighthouse area:
75% containment as of 4 PM
Crews do not anticipate any further fire growth at this point.
Started:10:35am. Location: near the end of the LH Access Rd
Thank you to all participating agencies! Red Flag thru tomorrow evening.”
An iconic shot of the vegetation fire in Point Reyes today up. (Thx SP)
Elk activists protested in Point Reyes today outside of McClure’s Ranch.
A better view of the vegetation fire in Point Reyes out by the Chimney Rock caused by a downed power line. (Thx SP)
There is a vegetation fire in Point Reyes out by the Chimney Rock caused by a downed power line. One to two acres in low grass.
Water rescue underway off Dillon Beach for a kayaker missing since this morning.
Absolutely packed day in West Marin. Be prepared for a lot of traffic. And a medical emergency which required helicopter transport in Inverness. Hopefully that person ok.
"A man who was killed in a motorcycle crash in West Marin on Tuesday has been identified as Daniel Cameron Turchie, 19, of Pinole, the coroner’s office said.
The crash happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Shoreline Highway north of Point Reyes Station and about 300 yards south of the Giacomini Ranch, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division said.
Turchie was riding north when he failed to take a sweeping turn in the road, crossed into the other lane and struck a utility pole, the coroner’s division said.
He was found unconscious 30 feet down an embankment. Resuscitation efforts failed at the scene, the California Highway Patrol said."
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/09/23/marin-coroner-ids-motorcyclist-killed-in-point-reyes-wreck/
Fatal motorcycle accident on Rt. 1 just north of Point Reyes. Both lanes closed for now, please avoid the area. (thx BM)