"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
"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)
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.”"
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"
"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)
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.
"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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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."
"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