08/02/16 - Tuesday at 04:31pm
"Law enforcement is searching for a motorist who abandoned a vehicle after striking a power pole in Inverness, resulting in a loss of power for more than 1,220 residents. Power is still out for 126 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Inverness and Point Reyes Station, while California Highway Patrol officers seek the driver of the red 2002 Subaru Outback left at the scene at 11 Drake View Drive." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
08/02/16 - Tuesday at 01:21am
UPDATE: Car accident on SFD by Perrys took power lines out. Power out in Inverness and Inverness Park. Someone reported seeing two bright flashes in Sir Francis Drake by Perry's before power went out. Anyone else have info?
08/01/16 - Monday at 08:40pm
Spotted in West Marin today. Keeping it real.
07/31/16 - Sunday at 05:31pm
There is a pod of about 15 whales a mile out from South Beach in Point Reyes breaching, spy hopping and generally being wild. Perfect viewing conditions, grab your binos and get out there!
07/28/16 - Thursday at 10:59pm
"Norman Solomon, the veteran left-wing activist (from West Marin), is good at his job. He knows there are thousands of reporters in Philadelphia eager to write stories about restive Sanders delegates at the convention. So he formed a group of restive Sanders delegates, the Bernie Delegates Network, and is staging a press conference each morning on their behalf at the Marriott in downtown Philadelphia The actual Bernie Sanders campaign, which at this point really just wants to have a nice convention and help Democrats win in November, has nothing to do with this group, which is here to make trouble." FULL STORY: http://www.vox.com/platform/am
07/28/16 - Thursday at 10:17am
A very sad ending to this story. "Bones found by hikers on the sweeping shoreline of Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in April were identified as those of a missing UC Berkeley graduate student, officials confirmed Wednesday." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/
07/27/16 - Wednesday at 10:42pm
"An alert Sheriff's Sergeant Damon Davis observed a suspicious vehicle parked on Lucas Valley Road just east of Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Looking inside the car Sgt. Davis observed numerous cans of spray paint and other items that are used in "tagging" or more commonly known as vandalizing other persons property.
Sgt. Davis now joined by Deputy Chellson checked the area and found 2 water tanks close by that had fresh "tags" painted on them (one pictured below). As the deputies began to search more closely 2 subjects suddenly stood up from where they were hiding in the grass and fled from the deputies up the hillside.
More officers arrived to assist with the search for the 2 suspects including CHP officers, a CHP helicopter, and 2 canines, one from Novato PD and another from San Rafael PD. The canines, only used to track down the suspects successfully located 1 of the suspects hiding in the grass. The second suspect was not located and it is assumed he continued his flight cross country to who knows where by the time the search was called off.
The suspect caught was identified as James Oliver Browning, 23 year old Novato resident. The second suspect got away but his days of freedom are numbered as we have been able to identify who is is during the course of our investigation and plan to be "catching up" with him soon.
If your home or property has been tagged by what we call a moniker ("BERG") like the one shown in the attached photograph, please call us at 415-473-2311 to report it as we can include it in our prosecution of these 2 individuals. It is our belief these two may have vandalized property not only here in West Marin County but also in many of our adjacent counties.
Lt. Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff
07/27/16 - Wednesday at 10:56am
07/26/16 - Tuesday at 10:28pm
What's with all the gunshots across the bay tonight? Target practice? Deer hunting? Quail for dinner?
07/26/16 - Tuesday at 10:29am
We are lucky to have such incredible rescue resources in Marin. Helicopter rescue of stranded kids in Bolinas. Great work.
07/25/16 - Monday at 08:15pm
Car hit power lines on SFD past Balboa. Power is out. Traffic is blocked both ways for at least an hour.
07/25/16 - Monday at 08:02pm
Car hit power lines at Balboa at SFD. Traffic stopped at Perrys for now.
07/25/16 - Monday at 07:46pm
Car crash blocking SFD by Inverness, power lines down and power may be out.
07/25/16 - Monday at 03:48pm
This should be interesting. "Due to the recent wild Soberanes Fire in Big Sur we are moving this year's WOODSIST FEST to Point Reyes, CA. The new Fest site at Love Field in Point Reyes will be wonderful and ALL attendees are now able to camp on site as part of their ticket purchase." Dates: Tuesday July 26 and Wednesday July 27. Jonathan Richman in the line up! FULL STORY: http://www.montereycountyweekl
07/23/16 - Saturday at 07:35pm
A rare day when they're handing out parking tickets at Shell Beach for blocking the fire lane.
07/23/16 - Saturday at 12:54pm
Low tide brought out geometric beauty last night on the Estero Trail.
07/20/16 - Wednesday at 05:13pm
Blimp! Who saw it?
07/20/16 - Wednesday at 10:33am
"A lawsuit targeting dairy and beef cattle operations in the Point Reyes National Seashore can move forward, a federal court has ruled. Senior U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong rejected a legal motion by the National Park Service to dismiss a lawsuit brought by conservation groups seeking an updated general management plan and assessment of the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at the Point Reyes National Seashore." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article
07/19/16 - Tuesday at 10:40pm
Full moon tonight, should be a good one. Can anyone get a good picture of it? I never can. "The full moon of July will rise tonight (July 19), bringing us a lunar charm commonly known as the Full Buck Moon which symbolizes the time of the year when male deer, known as bucks, start to grow their new antlers." FULL STORY: https://www.yahoo.com/news/ful
07/17/16 - Sunday at 10:46pm
"Emergency units are responding to a report of a vehicle roll over Shoreline Highway north of the Point Reyes Vineyard mile marker 31.34" - via KWMR
07/17/16 - Sunday at 05:34pm
The Point Reyes Light is reporting that, "The epic rope swing that once hung from a large fir tree at Bass Lake came down when the tree fell recently." But naked people are still jumping into the lake. (photo by Ape Do Good)
07/15/16 - Friday at 11:35pm
If you haven't experienced Big Time before, I highly recommend. A very special event, right in our own backyard.
Fun Fact Friday - 36th Annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo is Saturday, July 16. Park at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and Trailhead and it is a 10-minute walk to the recreated Coast Miwok Indian village called Kule Loklo. Parking will be in short supply.
Before the Europeans came to California, the Coast Miwok people were the inhabitants of what we now call Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. They knew and blended with this bountiful land for thousands of years, developing a rich economy based on gathering, fishing and hunting. Village communities of 75 to several hundred people developed in sheltered places near fresh water and plentiful food. “Kule Loklo” (meaning “Bear Valley”) is a recreated village. It stands where no village ever was, but where one might have stood.
#NPWest #FindYourPark #PointReyesNPS
07/15/16 - Friday at 05:03pm
"Marin Co Fire on-scene of wildland fire on Petaluma Pt Reyes Rd @ Novato Blvd...road closed both directions."
07/15/16 - Friday at 02:19pm
"CHP reports Sir Francis Drake blocked in the vicinity of the Lagunitas store due to a three vehicle accident." - via KWMR
07/15/16 - Friday at 10:50am
"Hunting rifles, shotguns and an all-terrain vehicle were found stolen from a ranch in Point Reyes Station on Monday morning, just two days after a man who may have had a gun evaded police during a manhunt at Point Reyes Vineyards. The suspect, Jose Antonio Martinez Gonzalez, who is in his late 20s and may live in Petaluma, has not yet been located. The incident began on Saturday morning, with a report of a Latino man on top of a car on Mesa Road threatening someone inside the vehicle. Soon after, a group that apparently included the same man showed up at the tasting room at Point Reyes Vineyards."
FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
07/14/16 - Thursday at 10:38pm
Wondering what is going on at Love Field right now? Its a giant parachute structure being built by Gabe Kordy for Danny Vitali's "Invernesia" record release party this Saturday from 4pm - 10pm. Lights, dancing, food, music and good vibes. See you there! MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/event
07/12/16 - Tuesday at 06:43pm
A site you don't see often, recreational jet skis flying across Tomales Bay. (Thx LN)
07/12/16 - Tuesday at 12:07am
"Parkman believes, and he has a growing body of evidence to prove that mammoths and other large Ice Age creatures once used these very rocks near Duncan's Landing, along the Sonoma Coast State Beach, to scratch their backs. He claims the giant mammals rubbed so much that large swaths of rock have been buffered smooth." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/
07/10/16 - Sunday at 05:24pm
Hit and run on the sheriff's new car. Smooth move.
Just in case you forgot to leave a note or maybe you might have seen someone side swipe one of our brand new patrol vehicles , either way it's not too late to call and point out who might be responsible needless to say even us cops can become victims
07/07/16 - Thursday at 07:19pm
Air support dumps a load on a fire at Pelican Point fire on Tomales Bay. Very difficult access. Slow rate of burn though. Boat and a helicopter also assisting. Ground crew making there way in. (Thx SG)
07/07/16 - Thursday at 06:34pm
Fire out at Pelican Point on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. All units, water and air units responding. (Thx SG, AN)
07/07/16 - Thursday at 10:32am
From local photographer extraordinaire, Carlos Porrata. "Today turned out to be a very special day. I was blessed with the experience of observing an Anna's Hummingbird fledgling being fed. I had never seen that before in my life."
07/06/16 - Wednesday at 10:34pm
Two pickup trucks, a white one and an old rusty one just dumped this range at the tennis courts in Second Valley in Inverness. WTF. Anyone see anything?
07/06/16 - Wednesday at 10:06pm
"Wedged into a rolling West Marin landscape not far from Tomales Bay is a road lined with salvaged trunks and stacks of wood piled high. Arborica is Shively’s lumber yard, mill, and showroom, which has become a prized resource for craftsmen and designers alike." FULL STORY: http://www.gardenista.com/post
07/05/16 - Tuesday at 10:39am
What will $3,000,000 get you in Stinson Beach? A beachfront cottage with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. FULL STORY: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07
07/04/16 - Monday at 07:37pm
"Sheriff's & CHP teamed up today to catch a car load of 5 young adults who apparently set out on their day to create some road rage against cyclists today in West Marin.
All started when the car load of young "adults" fired paint balls at a cyclist on Shoreline Hwy near Sir Francis Drake Blvd. The cyclist was able to catch up to the car load of delinquents where threatening comments and gestures were made at one another. The car load fled from the scene at which point a deputy (oh yea me) happened to drive by where a small crowd who witnessed the incident described the car and the direction of travel of which it fled. One witness, a biker who happened to see this incident occur had the presence of mind to video the incident which by the way...included a great picture of the suspects vehicle and its license plate!
A radio broadcast was given to deputies, Rangers and Highway Patrol officers working in West Marin. Deputies spotted the vehicle and all its occupants traveling southbound on Shoreline Highway near Dogtown and eventually stopped it near Bolinas.
Deputies detained all involved, eventually locating beer, whiskey, a little weed, and other drug paraphernalia inside the car. Initially all denied knowledge of any paint ball guns or rifles but found it a little difficult to lie their way out of what really happened when deputies located orange paint balls matching the color of those used to shoot at the bicyclist and, oh yea, the videos taken of them at the time of the attack...at which time their memories began to return to them.
CHP officers assisted in the investigation as did National Park Seashore Rangers leading to great team work and the successful apprehension and arrest of those responsible.
The Sheriff's Office and our allied law enforcement agencies have ZERO tolerance for this kind of irresponsible behavior that endangers all who share our roadways.
Lt. Doug Pittman
your local Sheriff"
07/03/16 - Sunday at 04:42pm
Traffic getting serious in Inverness. Going to be hectic around 6 or 7 when the mass exodus occurs. Plan accordingly.
07/03/16 - Sunday at 10:38am
"Shoreline Highway is blocked in both directions in Stinson Beach by vehicles lining up to enter the park, early opening has been requested." - plan your day accordingly, could get wild out there. (Via KWMR)
07/03/16 - Sunday at 12:17am
The float at Shell Beach is back on the beach. Anyone know what is going on? (Thx SK)
07/02/16 - Saturday at 05:19pm
"Palomarin Trailhead closed at Commonweal on Saturday, July 2 at 2:30 pm." - Thx LF
06/28/16 - Tuesday at 01:30pm
Sadly, no Far West Fest this year. "Greetings, Friends. Thank you for your patience regarding a Far West Fest update. In short, we are not able to host a festival in 2016. There is a detailed explanation below, and on our website. We appreciate your your support, and welcome your engagement as we look toward the future." FULL STORY: http://us5.campaign-archive2.c
06/27/16 - Monday at 09:31am
The float, which had been blown on to the rocks in high wind, is back in place at Shell Beach. All is right in the world.
06/26/16 - Sunday at 11:58pm
"Believe it or not, Babe Ruth actually played in a semipro baseball game in the small West Marin hamlet over 80 years ago. One afternoon in 1926, the team from Point Reyes, which featured Marin resident and future New York Yankee Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Gomez, was taking on a team from San Francisco. Ruth was in the City visiting friends and he knew that the Point Reyes area was a favorite spot for wealthy city folk who liked to hunt and party, two of the Babe's favorite activities. Taking the ferry to Sausalito and then the train to Point Reyes, Ruth arrived in time to join the festivities, much to the excitement of the local folks who were taking in the game." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article
06/25/16 - Saturday at 11:55am
"Hello all, *** need help if possible . The other day while at shell beach (shell one) my wedding band fell off while I was drying off. It's is a solid black band. I would appreciate any help or if some one comes across it to contact me via Facebook or come by The Station House Cafe as I am employed there. Thank you so much in advance ." - Joshua Calderon FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/joshu
06/25/16 - Saturday at 11:22am
Today is the opening day of the Point Reyes Farmer market. Hours are 9am to 1pm. Get out there and get your produce on! Luke Regalbuto is doing the opening toast, Claudia Russell providing music and free ice cream cones from Strauss!!! MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/point
06/23/16 - Thursday at 07:04pm
SFD looks like a mess, not sure if this related to earlier accident, but lots of emergency vehicles just before Lagunitas. Traffic being diverted, avoid area. (Thx SP)
06/23/16 - Thursday at 05:49pm
"Sir Francis Drake is blocked at the west end of Samuel P Taylor park due to a vehicle rollover" - via KWMR
06/22/16 - Wednesday at 07:08pm
"Vegetation fire south side of White's Hill about 1/2 acre slow rate of spread. Air assets arriving on scene, Bolinas-Fairfax Road to be closed." - via KWMR
06/20/16 - Monday at 11:06pm
A spectacular sunset over West Marin tonight. Anyone else get some pictures? Summer Solstice and a full moon! First time in 19 years.
06/19/16 - Sunday at 11:57am
PRNPS just tweeted that the Palomarin trailhead parking is already full. Probably going to be a very busy today around West Marin. Be prepared.
06/18/16 - Saturday at 11:29pm
Those sirens were for a car accident in the park out by the lighthouse. Injuries but didn't sound too bad. They cancelled the Reach helicopter.
06/18/16 - Saturday at 03:26pm
A fantastic art show opens at the Bolinas Museum today with an opening party on Sunday from 5pm - 7pm. "Founded by Eric (Buzz) Besozzi in 1963, the Bolinas surfshop is widely considered to be the first surf shop north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This exhibition celebrates the rich history of the shapers, surfers, skaters, and artists that thrived due to its presence, and provides a porthole view into the grit of the community’s multifaceted relationship with the sea." LINK: http://www.bolinasmuseum.org/c
06/16/16 - Thursday at 09:50am
A moody morning over Tomales Bay as a cold front passes through bringing drizzle.
06/14/16 - Tuesday at 04:09pm
Good news: The raft is back in at Shell Beach. Bad news: The raft has broken loose and is washed up on the rocks right now. Nooooooooo. SOS, SOS. (thx SM)
06/12/16 - Sunday at 10:21pm
Kitty Alert. "help...our 3 month old kitten, Henry, uncharacterlistically disappeared mid morning today. He is a tiger striped male with white tipped paws and a white hour glass on his nose. He would have been in the vicinity of Mesa and Cypress Road on the Point Reyes Mesa. Please let us know if you have any info. Many thanks, Laura and Art Rogers and family. 415-663-8579."
06/12/16 - Sunday at 03:01pm
Sailboat in distress on Tomales Bay north of Shell Beach. Rescue units responding.
06/11/16 - Saturday at 11:51am
WARNING: Dry summer-like weather today: Red Flag Warning begins 5 am today to Noon Sunday North Bay Mtns. 4 AM temps seasonable, upper 40s to mid 50s. The Mountain Play at Mt. Tam has been cancelled. Be extremely careful with fire related activities. FULL WARNING: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_
06/09/16 - Thursday at 04:39pm
Baby skunk time! This guy was getting frisky. (Thx AN)
06/09/16 - Thursday at 12:47pm
"Shoreline Highway is blocked in both directions between Stinson Beach and the Bolinas Wye due to an overturned dump truck with spilled dirt" - via KWMR
06/08/16 - Wednesday at 12:45pm
Results are in from last night. Dennis Rodoni is our new supervisor! Congratulations! And Hillary edged out Bernie in Marin... ALL RESULTS: http://www.marincounty.org/dep