"Marin waste management officials expect the sale of a major North Bay garbage hauler to have little effect on services in Novato and West Marin where the company holds franchises. Late last month, the Santa Rosa-based Ratto Group agreed to sell off its waste and recycling operations to Recology, a San Francisco company. Ratto Group handles garbage and recycling services for eight of Sonoma County’s nine cities as well as services in Novato and West Marin. In West Marin, the county’s Waste Management Division overseas the Ratto Group franchise Redwood Empire Disposal, a company Ratto co-founded in the 1960s." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170203/novato-west-marin-garbage-hauler-franchises-sold
"Novato blvd closed 3 miles or so north of Novato car off road" (thx DA)
Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at the Cowgirl Creamery and the Marshall Store yesterday. #celebrity
UPDATE: Nicasio Valley Road is now open. Power is still out on Vision Rd. 10:30am estimate time of restoration.
Power out in most of Inverness. PG&E web site estimates restoration at 5:00am.
"Road Closed - Nicasio Valley Rd from Sir Francis Drake to Lucas Valley Rd, large tree in roadway with power lines." (Thx FP)
"There is a tree that took a power line down on Nicasio Valley Road, about 1 mile past Roy's Redwoods. Power line is down on top of a white truck. Responders are on their way but there is no passing either way." (Thx MO)
Rollover at the Cheese Factory. Traffic control in place, should be clear soon. (Thx DW)
Via Point Reyes NPS, "Trail section at Tomales Point has collapsed. Area is still unstable. Remember cliffs are hazardous, stay back from the edge. Hike safely!"
From Marin IJ: "The Marin County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that could mean new restrictions on vehicle dwellers.

The ordinance imposes no new parking rules immediately, but it gives supervisors the ability to do so in future by resolution. The new rules could be tailored by neighborhood or even by street to address complaints of people living in their vehicles or parking oversized vehicles.

The ordinance gives supervisors the option of banning parking at all times; banning all overnight parking; banning overnight parking of all vehicles except cars, motorcycles and pickups; or banning overnight parking of “oversized, commercial vehicles.”

Violators could be subject to a $100 fine for each overnight violation.

Several residents of Point Reyes Station, however, said some people living in their vehicles there have become a big problem.

Marty Knapp of Point Reyes Station said, “A group of people have started living adjacent to the Giacomini wetland in vans, cars and motor homes. There are human feces migrating into the county trash can from people who are living on the street.”

Tom Quinn of Point Reyes Station said his community’s quality of life has been stolen by an invasion of large tour buses and a “rolling slum of homeless” who have moved in.

“This new slum is made up of vagrants and transients,” Quinn said. “Some of them are mentally unstable, some are staggering drunks, thieves, vandals, needle queens and serious environmental polluters.”"

FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170130/marin-supervisors-ease-toward-crackdown-on-vehicle-dwellers
Someone stumbled upon this a couple of days ago in West Marin. Pretty cool, probably gone now. (Thx BP)
Huge storms toss huge things on the beach. I think this is a boiler from a boat? Found on North Beach in Point Reyes today. #flotsam #westmarin #beach
via KWMR: Fiona Pettigrew is doing a senior honors thesis and looking into how community members in West Marin view ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. She needs to collect some data about people's opinions if you're intereseted in helping her out, you can fill out this survey: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_dhfW6tW9K3sS0At
UPDATE 1/24/17....BETTY HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS SAFE! A huge shout out to Deputy Shawn Maykel of the Marin County Sheriff's Dept and fellow officers for not giving up and negotiating with the person who took Betty to safely turn her in...she's currently at The Tracey Animal Shelter where her family will be reunited with her by 2pm tomorrow. Her family is elated she is safe and they can not express their gratitude enough to the Marin County Sheriff's Dept and all Betty's new friends...because of the social media pressure it put enough heat on the individual who took Betty to finally do the right thing and turn her in. FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/LostDogAlert/photos/a.491944707508490.98515.280777455291884/1255666587802961/?type=3&theater
That kind of week. "My lost dog was spotted by Madrone camp today, by a ranger. I hiked quite a ways and called him but no luck. So he is in Lagunitas and I'd appreciate any eyes on - my number's on his tag, or ping me by PM here. Please help. Cayenne Woods"
Road Update: Platform Bridge Road, which goes thru Sam P Taylor State Park, has been cleared & reopened.
"Nicasio Valley Re. One lane, bend just north of Roys Redwoods. Car off side of road." (Thx LP)
"There's water flowing across Levee Road but it is quite passable and whitehouse pool parking is currently closed. PGE doing work on a splintered power pole north of Drakes View on SFD. also, I heard that Hwy 1 around the Lagoon is very full of debris and down to one lane in places." (Thx WS)
#MarinCounty Road Closure: Platform Bridge Road through Sam P Taylor State Park is closed due to flooding.
"Partial lane blockage on Ottenger's Hill by a slide." - Burton
If you know McClures Beach in Point Reyes, you know how big this is. Massive swell pounded the coast today. Off the charts.
"There is a local march to the Wells Fargo bank area happening now in PR." (thx AO)
UPDATE: Interior Department reactivates Twitter accounts after shutdown following inauguration. (thx EB) FULL STORY: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/20/interior-department-banned-from-twitter-after-retweet-of-smaller-than-usual-trump-inauguration-crowd/
mportant information from our local Sheriff, Doug Pittman.
This is a terrible and dangerous move especially with a severe storm bearing down on us today and massive waves at the beach. "National Park Service Banned From Tweeting After Anti-Trump Retweets" The PRNPS twitter feed provides vital road closure information. FULL STORY: http://gizmodo.com/national-park-service-banned-from-tweeting-after-anti-t-1791449526
Had a rough day today? Want to connect with folks in the community to re-energize? There is a 'celebration of unity through food, art and auction' at 5:30pm at West Marin School with a potluck, bilingual speakers and conversation.
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline School District closed today (Jan 20th) due to road closures and flooding." (Thx LM)
"WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 AM PST FRIDAY. High Surf Warning in effect from noon on Fri. to 4 pm on Sat. for large waves, rip currents, & sneaker waves."
"Badger crossing on B Street in Point Reyes, near Cowgirl Creamery, just now. I didn't get a pic as I had my arms full of newborn, but I'm pretty sure Dr. Whitt snapped one. He was headed towards the lawn. Is it good luck if a badger crosses your path?" - via Laughty
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Novato Blvd. is now open, tree cleared. Tree also cleared on Rt. 1 by Tomasini Canyon.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Big tree down blocking south bound Hwy 1 between Tomasini Canyon and Campolindo." (Thx LM)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Novato Blvd is closed in the area of Stafford Lake." (Thx BE)
Roads are clear for now. Lots of lights flickering clearing though. "34 MPH peak winds! Park crews have already cleared some trees from the roads. Drive carefully this evening." - Point Reyes NPS
From NWS Bay Area: "A series of storm systems will affect the area this week. The first will arrive Weds afternoon and last into thrs. Not as strong as the last storm, but its going to be wet."
Not something you see every day. A coyote and an elephant seal. I heard they sometimes look for dead pups, is that true? Via Deborah Lindley's twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DeborahSLDL/status/820497528114118656
"Abbott's Lagoon has breached and there was a rip-roaring current on the outgoing tide yesterday. No access to the south." (Thx AR)
Expect the planes to be back on Sunday. "Five C-17 Globemaster III transport jets took off Saturday morning from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield to practice in-flight refueling and formation flying, said Technical Sgt. John Ayre, a spokesman at Travis. Crews from the South Carolina base where the C-17s are based were in the Bay Area to collaborate with California-based pilots and train together. It appears they did some training over the coastline and then took a non-standard route, Ayre said. From the sounds of it, they requested to do a little bit of a flyover over the Golden Gate,” he said." (Thx SP) LINK: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Noisy-Air-Force-transport-jets-startle-Marin-10858353.php
Ok, seven huge military planes just flew down Tomales Bay in a very strange formation. Anyone else see that? Or know why?
"Bolinas-Fairfax Road is being assessed for #PublicSafety this weekend & is scheduled to reopen early next week."
via: https://twitter.com/DPWMarin/status/820060198530269184
SFD at Sam P Taylor now re-open after car flipped over. (Thx BE)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed in Samuel P Taylor State Park for a vehicle accident blocking both lanes. No Injuries. Should be reopen in 15 minutes. (Thx BE)
The torrential downpours and flooding we've seen lately might be good for the parched, drought-stricken lands of California, but it's disastrous for endangered salmon. In the North Bay, creeks are muddy and swirling, raging torrents that destroy neatly-laid salmon eggs and provide no shelter for salmon coming in to spawn. "We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away," said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. "We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows. LINK: "http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-recent-storms-are-devastating-10854297.php
Amazing moonrise over Tomales Bay tonight in Point Reyes. #moonrise
Single car accident outside of Point Reyes. No injuries. Road open. (Thx RJ)
If you've been on SFD in Fairfax, you've seen this mudslide on top of the car. Here is the full story: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170111/marin-ross-valley-firefighters-rescue-fairfax-family-trapped-by-mudslide
Serious slide on SFD in Sam P Taylor. I almost slammed into it, be careful.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Several landslides on SR 1 between Stinson Beach and Bolinas. CHP and @CaltransD4 on scene clearing. Expect delays - via CHPMarin
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake is now open, tree removed. Highway One closed from Shoreline and Panoramic to Muir Beach due to slide below the road, Muir Woods Road has reopened.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: According to KWMR, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is still closed due to a tree down in Samuel P. Taylor. Plan accordingly, no ETO.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Update: Levee Road in Point Reyes Station is now open and passable by low clearance vehicles." - via KWMR. No word on SFD yet though.
Trees are still falling, creeks are swollen, roads closed, but the sun did peek out for the first time today. And with the sun, comes rainbows! (Thx KS)
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake Blvd closed b/w Sam P Taylor's Lagunitas entrance & Hwy 1 at Olema, for downed trees. No ETO, could be awhile.
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD at Leo Cronin fish viewing area closed due to down tree. No ETO, could be awhile.
Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes flooding this morning. Proceed with caution. Use Bear Valley Road if too high.
Not a lot of information about the roads available this morning. Does anyone out there have any updates? Flood waters should be receding, but major high tide around 9:30am.
SCHOOL UPDATE: Papermill school is also closed tomorrow.
Jim Fox just officially closed the Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes until flooding recedes. Use Bear Valley Road to go around. Here is White House Pool parking lot. (Thx RJ)
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline Unified has CANCELLED school tomorrow. Phone calls and emails going out now." Please pass along. (Thx CG)
Huge tree down across from the Olema Inn taking out power lines and knocking out power in Olema. (Thx DM)
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AF) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow TWMF on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes is very flooded. Cars are going through, but it looks very sketchy, proceed with caution or go around to Bear Valley.
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AN) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow is on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just drove through levee road flooding. Sheriff was there supporting people getting through but suggested driving around. Looked like the were going to close it." (thx MV)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Redwood tree fallen across both lanes of Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Sam P Taylor Park entrance." Via https://twitter.com/dpwmarin/status/819020267951243265
ALERT: "FLOOD SIRENS now sounding in Ross Valley/San Anselmo/Fairfax. Water is now over capacity in Corte Madera Creek." - Marin Sheriff
If you're on SFD tonight: "Base of whites hill, fairfax side, water mud and rocks are spread over road from a small creek that jumped its bed. Right at Lefty Gomez field. It's gotten worse in the last hour, and now folks are out with shovels to fix but hard to see in dark. Comes up sudden, since many take that route on SFD, might mention." (Thx LP)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Closure: Shoreline Hwy between Sir Francis Drake and Bear Valley Rd closed due to tree and lines down. No ETO" - via PointReyesNPS
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just saw a report on KTVU that SFD is closed in both directions at Shafter Bridge outside Lagunitas." (Thx SD)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Platform Bridge Road is now closed.
"Platform Bridge road in West Marin is starting to flood, was passable at 2:30 pm" via https://twitter.com/stock_jenny/status/818953338293096452
Hwy 1 south of Tomales impassable to anything but a tall truck. Taking the long way home #marinstorm #cawx
via https://twitter.com/itsybitsyallie/status/818932774711107584
STORM UPDATES: All Shorline Schools out early today (2pm)... ETA for power restoration on the Point Reyes Mesa and Hwy 1 area is not before 3pm... power out for most of the park... Traffic controls in place at Tomasini Canyon road for PGE work and water on the road in Tomales (thx LM)
SCHOOL UPDATE: All Shoreline schools out early today (2pm). (thx LM)
Crews removing a tree from SFD in Lagunitas. Road will be open shortly. Be careful out there everyone! (Thx RJ)
King tides pushing through Tomales Bay this morning. When does that thing float away?
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Re: Tree down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Roadway is clear and now open for use. nixle.us/97LWB
Via Burton - "West Marin residents will want to leave by way of Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd today. SFDB is closed in the park. Going to be a couple of hours."
TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic Alert - Tree down blocking Sir Francis Drake Bl in Samuel P Taylor Park. Waiting for emergency equipment.
TRAFFIC REPORT: West Marin Feed: Good passage LUCAS VALLEY ROAD all the way to 101 (Passed at 5:30 AM)

In Point Reyes:
Power outage Mesa area at 5:15AM, maybe restored now PGE working AT THE Tomasini creek on 101 at that time. Only Mesa road flooded in the low areas. (Thx AV)
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD closed both directions until car that crashed trying to avoid tree is towed. Then tree will be removed. (Via KWMR)
Stop sign in place on Lucas Valley Road where side of road fell apart today. Down to one lane. Hopefully it holds. (Thx FP)
One lane traffic control in Tocaloma on SFD while PG&E does one heck of a job getting a power line back up
According to this article in the SFGate, Point Reyes received 6.8 inches of rain over the weekend.
LINK: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Storm-dumps-13-inches-in-72-hours-in-one-Bay-Area-10845023.php#item-44548
Via CHPMarin: "Alert!! Lucas Valley Rd just east of Nicasio Valley Rd is down to one lane due to a small slide. We are currently on scene with the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Department of Public Works to evaluate. We are conducting one way traffic control while a plan to fix the road is developed. There is currently no ETA to have the entire roadway open. If you need to get to or from West Marin, use either Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Novato Blvd. as an alternate."
Levee Road is open and not flooded right now and passable. High tide is at 10:00pm so tread lightly.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: CHPMarin just announced that Lucas Valley Road is now open. Yay.
Richard James captured video of the rising waters from around West Marin this morning: http://coastodian.org/singing-in-the-rain-8-january-2017-rain-event-in-west-marin/
For those wondering what the week looks like, here is the NWS forecast. More wind and some rain on Monday. Tuesday the rain and wind increase and finally it tapers down with lighter rain towards the end of the week. LINK: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.07332974717116&lon=-122.8446798418006#.WHL6T1MrLIW
SCHOOL UPDATE: School cancelled for all of Shoreline tomorrow (Inverness school, West Marin school, Tomales and Bodega Bay) (thx LM)
"There's a water craft adrift and beached (for the moment, while the tide is out) at Cypress Grove in Marshall." (Thx RM)
The Palace Market is closing early at 6:30pm today so their workers can get home safely.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Levy Road (SFD) now starting to flood at White House Pool. One lane is passable for now, proceed with extreme caution. People taking risks driving through deep water.
"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)
NWS: "We've extended our Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings through 6PM PST this evening."
Reported: "AT&T cell phone tower out. No cell service in Point Reyes." AT&T phones and Internet also out in Seahaven. (Thx AF)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Tree blocking Shoreline Hwy (SR1) south of Olema. No ETO.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Platform Bridge Rd between Sir Francis Drake and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd is closed due to flooding. (Photo of gravel pit by Richard James)
Hang on. "Spectacular satellite imagery of powerful #AtmosphericRiver this AM. Heaviest rain still offshore; will move across Bay Area shortly."
https://twitter.com/weather_west/status/818150162501488640
Lots of power outages in West Marin. Olema and Bear Valley HQ out. A lot of the valley out. Brown out conditions in Inverness Park and Inverness. (For latest storm updates without having to wait for FB, check out these links: http://twitter.com/westmarinfeed and http://thewestmarinfeed.com)
"Road closure in Forest Knolls on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Castro Street tree blocking both lanes" (For latest storm updates without having to wait for FB, check out these links: http://twitter.com/westmarinfeed and http://thewestmarinfeed.com)
Shoreline highway closed north of Stinson Beach Due to flooding.
SFD still closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Going to be closed for awhile, multiple trees down and a slide blocking road.
Have some good storm photos? Share them here. Sounds like we're going to get more wind then rain today in West Marin. Nick Whitney clears some brush in Inverness.
Traffic Updates: SFD open at platform bridge now. SFD closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Lucas Valley Road still closed.
Bolinas Fairfax Road is closed at the Meadow Club in Fairfax down to Hwy 1. Tentatively reopening 1/13/17.
LUCAS VALLEY RD CLOSED AT
NICASIO VALLEY AND WESTGATE DUE TO WIRES DOWN, PROBABLY OVERNIGHT
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.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road closed both ways east of Nicasio Valley Rd. due to tree and power lines down.
An update on the 'atmospheric river'.
Birds lining up in the defensive position in Inverness. (thx A)
"You can get sandbags at the following locations: Pt. Reyes Public Safety Building, Woodacre Fire Department and the Tamalpias Community Center (203 Marin Ave.)" - via the Marin Sheriff
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!
Two bald eagles playing with each other spotted off of Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness today. A good omen?
I missed the epic sunrise picture this morning (anyone else get one?), but saw that the Point Reyes Lighthouse Cam did a pretty good job of capturing the moment. Calm before the storm.
Major tree down in the Shell Beach parking lot in Inverness. Good thing no cars around. Be prepared for more trees coming down. (Thx KM)
"Closed in #NorthOfPointReyes on Hwy 1 SB between Marshall Petaluma Rd and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd", this just report came in. Can anyone confirm?
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.
Major power outages in the Valley as the wind and rain are really starting to surge now. Check for updates here: https://m.pge.com/?WT.mc_id=Vanity_outagemap#outages
Rain has slowed down but wind really picking up steam in Inverness. Local crews hard at work keeping roads clear. Any other reports?
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
More rain on the way! Heavy snow in Tahoe and there is snow in Healdsburg! Tomorrow will be very wet and very cold (snow for us?) Prepare accordingly, drive safe!
Last sunset of 2016 in Point Reyes. So grateful to be here for it. Happy New Years everyone! #sunset
Holiday traffic meets holiday traffic.
Here's a picture of accident on Lucas Valley Road by big rock. People say traffic not too bad now, tow truck on way. (Thx FP)
"Super icy on Lucas Valley. Car overturned eastbound below/before Big Rock. Everyone safe. CHP en route. Lane blocked with eastbound traffic piling up."
"The northbound lane of Shoreline Highway in the vicinity of the Bat House (mile marker 21) due to a vehicle rollover" - via KWMR
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
Right place, right time. Elephant rock in Point Reyes looking stoic this evening. (Thx SC) #pointreyes #sunset
The West Marin Feed is a curated collection of news, resources and information curated specifically for people living in West Marin with a focus on Point Reyes and Inverness.
Follow us on: