"Per AT&T customer phone service a tower near Samuel P is "degraded due to storm" Crews are repairing it and hope to restore service by 3:00 a.m. Meanwhile wireless still works fir email and texting ." (Thx RD)
ROAD CLOSED: Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Dr and Nicasio Valley Road
Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Drive and Nicasio Valley Road due to downed trees and power lines. PG&E has been called and will respond to the location to handle the lines. Once they have been rendered safe the tree can be cleared from the road. There is no ETO at this time.
Drivers wishing to travel to or from this area of West Marin are encouraged to take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Nicasio Valley Road.
Ok, hopefully by now you know that this weekend is going to bring SERIOUS rain. A flood alert has already been issued: North Bay Flash Flood Watch from 1/7/2017 4:00 PM to 1/8/2017 7:00 PM. This is a MAJOR storm. Please prepare now, make sure you're prepared for power outages, stock up on food, charge cel phones, go talk to your neighbors, etc. I compiled some emergency resources in this list: http://thewestmarinfeed.com/resources.php feel free to add others in the comments here and I'll update. TWMF will be providing updates as they come in, you can always contact us with updates via Facebook or text me at 415-786-4703.
Paul Korhummel won the Sunrise Contest of the Year and its only January 6th. Incredible shot. I knew it was special this morning, but my car windows were iced shut and I couldn't rally. Great job Paul!
Wind has gone next level now in Inverness. Just heard a report that a tree is down blocking a lane on Sir Francis Drake right before the boatel in Inverness (thx MM). NWS says this system will be strong until midnight and hopefully taper off after that.
Two great interviews on KWMR today with Dan Eilerman, the Assistant County Administrator and Doug Pittman, the Marin County Sheriff, about what effects the new administration may have on local affairs. Pittman also discusses the legality of people living in their cars in areas like Point Reyes and Bolinas. A very informative series. LINK: http://kwmr.org/broadcasts/6725
The shuttle begins on Saturday! "Gray whales and elephant seals will be a main attraction for visitors in the coming weeks along the Point Reyes coastline, while scientists ponder whether humpbacks could appear again in San Francisco Bay in the spring in another “Whale-palooza” event. The Point Reyes National Seashore will begin offering a shuttle to view the whale and elephant seal activity beginning Saturday and running through early April. The bus can be boarded from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, running in good weather on weekends and holidays. Children 15 and younger are free, with the cost for adults at $7." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20161226/point-reyes-migrating-whales-return-to-action-after-last-seasons-phenomenon
STORM UPDATES: Deputies in West Marin reporting Platform Bridge Rd near Sir Francis Drake Blvd under several feet of water. Highway 1 between Pt Reyes Station to Olema reported as currently "impassible" by sheriff's deputies due to flooding.
STORM UPDATES: Sheriff's deputies working side by side with residents evacuating their homes along Castro St in Forest Knolls/Lagunitas due to flooding. Lucas Valley Road will be closed until tomorrow morning.
ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: Rt. 1 in Tomales is closed. Lucas Valley Road is closed due to powerlines down. Rt. 1 at Olema is also closed due to flooding and the Green Barn in Point Reyes is also flooding. Facebook stinks for rapid updates because they don't show updates by time they were posted. For up-to-date info, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at our web site at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
"NORTH BAY: Hwy 1 at Tomales Rd.....The road is flooded (3 feet of water) and at least one vehicle is reportedly stuck on the roadway." - Reports are that hwy 1 is closed at Tomales, plan accordingly. Do not drive through standing water!
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas in Marin County. This advisory is in effect until 6:00 AM PST Thursday
Heavy rain will develop tonight and continue Thursday. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory area. This advisory will be extended through Thursday morning. If conditions worsen it may need to be upgraded to an urban and small stream flood warning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. (Thx RD)
Maybe this was the source of the large explosions everyone has been hearing? Doesn't explain the bomb squad being out here though...
Over the last two weeks the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad detonated a large amount of deteriorated explosives on the northern Sonoma County coast. A person found these explosives, which consisted of blasting caps, detonation cord and dynamite, after a family member passed away.
It was highly common for ranchers to possess explosives as it was largely unregulated prior to 1970. Ranchers mostly used these explosives for mining rock and getting rid of unwanted tree stumps.
The Sonoma County Bomb Squad responds to over 100 calls per year stemming from calls like this with old, deteriorated explosives to recovered military ordinance and homemade destructive devices.
The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is trained and nationally certified to deal with explosives of this magnitude. They are a regional asset and assist other Sonoma County cities and surrounding counties with explosive related calls.
News from the Point Reyes Light: Blue Waters Kayaking shutting down Marshall operation and Moonrise Kingdom compound in Inverness approved with some tweaks.
Trevor Trainia in the Moonrise story, "“I think there’s no small amount of irony that we are the out-of-towners,” he said. “We see the not-so-subtle digs at the wealthy people from out of town coming to Inverness. There is no small amount of irony that we are the ones trying to preserve what independent experts have told us are architecturally significant, as well as locally beloved, structures, and the so-called Inverness Association are the people advocating for the destruction of these valuable buildings. How this dynamic occurred is puzzling to me.”
Via Jared Huffman, "I just received the sad news that Gary Giacomini, former Marin County Supervisor and longtime community leader, died last night. This is the passing of a legend. Gary had such a profound impact on our environment and quality of life in Marin County and beyond. He was one of the most colorful, strategic and irrepressible characters I've ever met -- right out of the Phil Burton political mold. You had to get to know him to understand that beneath a sometimes gruff or even brash exterior was a man with an enormous heart that guided his public service and community work throughout his remarkable career. I'm honored to have known and worked with Gary, and to count him as a friend." (thx EW) (2007 picture of GM from MarinIJ)
Lots of holiday events happening this weekend. Scroll down below to see them all. Support our local shops and artisans!
Friday - The Annual Path of Lights tree lighting ceremony starts at 6:30pm in downtown Point Reyes - Reception for Carlos Porrata and Daniel Dietrich's amazing nature photos at Tobys from 5pm to 7pm - MMMM! Mothers, Maidens and Melodies Market music and handmade goods made by at Ink.Paper.Plate starting at 6:30pm - The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair starts from 4pm to 9pm
Saturday - Community Land Trust or West Marin has its gingerbread contest and silent auction at Little Yellow House in Point Reyes from 10am to 2pm - The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm - A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm - La Liberta CD release party at Yoga Toes at 7pm
Sunday - The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm - A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm - Open house and community party at The Gables at the Inverness Library and Jack Mason Museum celebrating 30 years. From 1pm to 4pm - Santa Claus arrives by water sleigh at Nick's Cove at 3pm
For those interested in voicing your opinions about the 'Moonrise Kingdom' project that is being built at the top of Vision Road by San Franciscans Trevor and Alexis Traina, the public hearing is Thursday, Dec 1 at 9:00am at the Civic Center in San Rafael.
"The applicant is requesting approval to restore and retain three existing residential structures, demolish two residential structures, and construct a new single-family residence on the 6.04 acre property. The proposed single-family residence would consist of a 25 foot tall, two-story structure comprised of 3,993 square feet of floor area and 4,481 square feet of building area. When combined with the existing structures on the property (to be retained), the total proposed floor area is 7,619 square-feet, for a floor area ratio of 3% and a total building area of 8,544 square-feet. "
From the New Yorker this week. "Frédéric Lefebvre had been convinced all along that Trump could win. He spends two weeks of most months in Paris and two weeks travelling among his constituency, in an area that is forty times the size of France. “A year ago, I was in San Francisco for the weekend,” he said. “I went to Point Reyes to see the whales and then to eat oysters at Marshall, and I met many, many Americans during this moment of pleasure. I remember I met a young woman—she was thirty-five years old, had two daughters, and was working all day doing valet parking at a restaurant. It was just after Trump said some horrible things about women, and she told me, ‘I will vote for Trump, because I want to change this system.’ ” FULL STORY: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/28/what-the-french-have-learned-from-trump
"IN THE SLEEPY Marin County town of Inverness, on a remote wooded ridge that overlooks the wide blue sweep of the Tomales Bay, sits a modest, low-slung redwood cabin that the late multidisciplinary artist-craftsman J.B. Blunk built entirely by hand."
"An eight-mile section of Fairfax-Bolinas Road will reopen on Friday, November 18, after undergoing extensive repairs and safety improvements by Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW). The stretch of road between Ridgecrest Bouelvard and the Meadow Club in Fairfax, a key artery for many West Marin residents, has been closed since March 2016 because of heavy mudslide damage." (thx DJ)
There are two events happening tonight for people who want to connect about their concerns about the election. One at the White Barn at the Giacommini Wetlands at 5:15pm (please arrive early and quietly) and one at 6:00pm at Chicken Ranch Beach.
Here is the breakdown of the County of Marin voting results. They don't include what the Props were, they just have the numbers. In the race most people were probably watching locally, Rodoni won for supervisor.
A picture of the fire on Via De La Vista in Inverness today courtesy of the Point Reyes Light (via KWMR). Thanks to our local firefighting crews for responding so quickly and getting this under control.
More information about the recent explosions and bomb squad sightings from Richard James. "I led a Sierra Club litter pickup group last weekend and the group found two of these on south beach. The proper thing to do I am told is to not touch them (phosphorus is very unstable when it has dried, will burn when it contacts air), put a warning line around them if possible and contact county dispatch asap at 415-499-7233. They will call NPS LE who will then call the travis air force base EOD bomb squad. The folks then come down and blow the items up in place."
Apparently a bunch of them have washed up, so be careful if you find one and report them! And the waves will continue to be huge this week, so be safe at the beaches!
Marin County Sheriffs's Notice -Gas Station Skimmer Warning
On November 3rd, a skimmer device was found at a gas station in unincorporated Mill Valley. A gas station attendant found the device and it is thought to have been placed there some time during the night. This is the only such report the Sheriff’s Office has received but we want to take the opportunity to inform our residents what a skimmer device is and how to protect their personal information.
Some of these devices are not visible unless the gas pump key pad is opened and some utilize Bluetooth technology and is used by criminals to steal credit card information. The thieves never have to come into physical contact with your card; they merely have to be close enough to capture the data from the skimmer remotely.
While not all skimmers operate this way, all are simply devices added to the pump and connected to the card reader to steal credit and debit card info and defraud the consumer. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office offers the following advice to help you avoid becoming a victim of these thieves:
• First look at the overall condition of the gas pump. Is there anything attached to it that appears out of place? Is there more than one card reader? Any visible wires on the outside of the machine? Is there tape holding objects on the pump? • If possible, avoid gas pumps that are out of view of the store employee. These pumps could be more easily compromised with a skimmer since employees will not be able to see activity around the pump. Use the pumps that are within view of the employee these will probably have a reduced risk of being compromised. • Check to see if the pump has a seal placed on the access door. If this seal is broken or gone, move on to another pump if possible. It could mean that the pump has been compromised. If the seal is missing or broken notify the employee immediately. • If you notice anything attached to the outside of the pump that appears out of place or brand new in appearance compared to the pump itself, it could be a skimmer or camera to video your PIN. Externally placed skimmers will allow the transaction when placed over the pump card reader, but will also steal your information at the same time. • Some skimmers are blue-tooth capable so the crook will not even have to come and get it! Others that are externally attached may have to be retrieved by the crook at some point in time. • If you see people hanging around gas pumps after business hours or pretending to be maintenance workers, inform the employees or call the police. • Finally, check your credit card or gas card statements regularly for any irregularities or unusual charges.
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Sergeant Nina Snyder from Marin County Sheriff's Office · Photo from Sergeant Nina Snyder
Did anyone see or here a huge explosion on Limantour Beach around 6:30pm last night? A surfer out at Drakes Beach saw the explosion and then a huge column of smoke rise up. Very strange. Maybe more flares?
"The Land I Love", watercolors, photographs and ceramics by local artists Barbara Whitt, Michael Whitt and Whitman Shenk. The opening reception is Saturday (tomorrow), Nov 4 from 2pm to 4pm at the gallery in Tobys in Point Reyes. This is a great show, highly recommend checking it out.
A couple of people saw the bomb squad go through Point Reyes yesterday. Here's why. "My husband and I were walking near sculpture beach yesterday and found what looked like two explosives taped together. They read do not touch and had instructions on how to arm them. We were told by a ranger out looking for them that they were probably high powered flares." from Judy Miller who then notified the bomb squad. Glad everyone is safe, great work Judy.
"There is a high surf advisory starting Thursday. Waves will be very large and dangerous all the way through the weekend into next Monday. Be super careful at the beaches, stay away from the shore, use common sense."
"Today, November 1st from 2 - 5 pm there is one last West Marin flu immunization clinic being held at the Point Reyes Library. The flu immunizations are free as this is a collaboration of Marin County - West Marin Health & Human Services, Coastal Health Alliance, Kaiser and Dominican University Nursing Department." - (thx KR)
"Stay away from the steps at the Mouth of Devil's Gulch Creek. There is a HUGE Yellow Jacket nest in one of the stairs. My son and I along with our dog were attacked within seconds and followed us back into the car. Stay away!!!" (Thx KPM)
"Let's continue to bring our community together! Join us this Sunday Oct 30th as we join our local Pr. Reyes Firefighters at this year's 30th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Pt. Reyes Public Safety Building. Come and meet your local firefighters, Sheriff's Patrol Deputies and members of the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team. Come ride in a fire truck, meet Smokey the Bear, watch & learn the skills of a Search & Rescue team member in addition to many raffle prizes and silent auction. I hope to see you there!" - Doug Lt. Doug Pittman Your local Sheriff (This event supports and benefits the West Marin Disaster Council.)
"Bear Valley Rd closed between Fox Drive and SFDB. Wires on the road by Silverhills Rd." I've also been hearing reports of people having trouble with their Internet connections in parts of Inverness Park. Perhaps related. (Thx CW)
"After a months long search for new owners for their beloved Bay Area bookstore, Kate Levinson and Steve Costa announced that they have selected two experienced San Francisco booksellers to take over the store. Out of 27 serious letters of interest that Levinson and Costa received, they chose Stephen Sparks and Molly Parent. “They represent the next generation of creative and energetic booksellers, and we couldn’t be happier to have such capable and likeable stewards for Point Reyes Books,” said Costa and Levinson in announcing their decision." FULL STORY: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/71818-two-green-apple-booksellers-buy-point-reyes-books.html