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.

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"Marin Co Fire on-scene of wildland fire on Petaluma Pt Reyes Rd @ Novato Blvd...road closed both directions."
"CHP reports Sir Francis Drake blocked in the vicinity of the Lagunitas store due to a three vehicle accident." - via KWMR
"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/article/suspect-still-lam-after-manhunt-and-burglary
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/events/299439013728277/?notif_t=event_aggregate¬if_id=1468511340947360
A site you don't see often, recreational jet skis flying across Tomales Bay. (Thx LN)
"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/article/Ice-Age-clues-near-Bodega-Scientist-thinks-2466058.php#photo-2640861 (thx AN)
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
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)
Fire out at Pelican Point on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. All units, water and air units responding. (Thx SG, AN)
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."
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?
"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/posts/the-ultimate-arborist-evan-shively-in-west-marin-2/
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/2016/07/03/realestate/compare-homes-in-stinson-beach-california-savannah-georgia-key-west-florida.html (thx MM)
"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"
Traffic getting serious in Inverness. Going to be hectic around 6 or 7 when the mass exodus occurs. Plan accordingly.
"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)
The float at Shell Beach is back on the beach. Anyone know what is going on? (Thx SK)
"Palomarin Trailhead closed at Commonweal on Saturday, July 2 at 2:30 pm." - Thx LF
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.com/?u=288bf7ac6e26c04180ed14136&id=3abb00a1a9&e=%5BUNIQID
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.
"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/ZZ/20080621/NEWS/806219968
"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/joshua.calderon.906
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/pointreyesfarmersmarket/posts/10157093149390113
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)
"Sir Francis Drake is blocked at the west end of Samuel P Taylor park due to a vehicle rollover" - via KWMR
"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
A spectacular sunset over West Marin tonight. Anyone else get some pictures? Summer Solstice and a full moon! First time in 19 years.
PRNPS just tweeted that the Palomarin trailhead parking is already full. Probably going to be a very busy today around West Marin. Be prepared.
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.
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/current_exhibitions_main.html
A moody morning over Tomales Bay as a cold front passes through bringing drizzle.
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)
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."
Sailboat in distress on Tomales Bay north of Shell Beach. Rescue units responding.
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_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=mtr&pil=RFW&sid=mtr&version=0
Baby skunk time! This guy was getting frisky. (Thx AN)
"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
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/depts/rv/election-info/election-results
"FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast" (thx Richard Dillman for post on this). FULL STORY: http://gizmodo.com/faa-warns-of-gps-outages-this-month-during-mysterious-t-1780866590
Don't forget to get out and vote! Here are some links for reference:

Live local West Marin coverage streamed tonight here:
http://cmcm.tv/liveedu

Press Democrat voting guides:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5704036-181/pd-editorial-endorsements-for-californias

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/multimedia/5654724-181/election-voter-guide-primary-2016#supervisor

Have thoughts? Leave them in the comments.

Photo by Eva Soltes/Baring Witness
Jason McClean fires up Western Weekend yesterday in Point Reyes. That was a very long parade...
Western Weekend is upon us. Saturday: Barn Dance at Tobys and The Haggards at The Western. Sunday: Parade. From the Point Reyes Light, "Last month, the West Marin Lions Club announced that it would nix the crown competition and instead select a Junior Grand Marshal. The change is an effort to make the program gender-neutral and more community-service oriented in a bid to create more fairness and draw more contestants." Nice. FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/western-weekend-draws-service-minded-highschoolers
A local reader had this question: "Point Reyes US Post Office is holding my mail until I can prove I live there!! Drivers license isn't good enough they need a utility bill but they all have my POBox. I have had this same box for 33 years! Is anyone else having this problem or is it just me??"
Found these car keys at North Beach this evening if someone is missing them...
"Traffic Advisory-Platform bridge road closed at mile marker 1.32 for about 1 hour due to trailer flip."
Signs, signs, everywhere signs. "Candidates for District 4 supervisor hoping to broadcast their names and messages have picketed West Marin in recent months with a flurry of political signs, many of which violate county and state rules that prohibit signs in rights of way. Some candidates reason that the illegal placement of signs is an unfortunate byproduct of a campaign machine that has unleashed a follow-the-pack political mentality. “Everyone’s been doing it. If everybody’s doing it, I’m going to do it,” said Wendi Kallins, of Forest Knolls." FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/candidates-took-sign-rules-lightly (photo by Beau Evans/Point Reyes Light)
Batten down the hatches, Memorial Day traffic has begun. Hopefully you've stocked up already on supplies. Shelter in place! (Thx FYP)
Looks nice to me, but is it in Inverness or Point Reyes? "Though not for sale, this "Bath House" in Inverness was recently renovated into a gorgeous tiny home. It sits among a cluster of farm buildings in Point Reyes, designed to blend in with the surrounding dairy farm." FULL STORY: http://sf.curbed.com/2016/5/27/11798568/tiny-house-point-reyes
"They finally put up a sign banning large vehicles on Lucas Valley Rd." Very nice, hopefully that helps prevent some accidents. (thx CL)
"Point Reyes Station will welcome a newcomer to its ranks this summer, with the addition of Blue Heron BBQ. Behind the casual barbecue spot is Sheryl Cahill, owner of the Station House Café, located just around the corner. Blue Heron takes over the former location of the Pine Cone Diner, which closed last fall after 19 years in business. Now it will offer low-key, "West Coast-style" barbecue to the locals and many tourists who stream through the small West Marin town." FULL STORY: http://sf.eater.com/2016/5/20/11723518/barbecue-point-reyes-marin
A gray whale mother and calf passing by North Beach in Point Reyes this evening. Good luck you two!
The Huckleberry Garden's May Faire is today at 11am outside of the Cowgirl Creamery and the Jake Velloza Annual Memorial Alumni Baseball Game is happening up in Tomales.
Huckleberry: https://www.facebook.com/events/759699934167086/
Velloza: https://www.facebook.com/The-Jake-Velloza-Annual-Memorial-Alumni-Baseball-Game-485289584863681/?fref=ts
Point Reyes made it into the SF Chronicle twice today. The big city is paying attention to West Marin. Bookstores and elk.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Point-Reyes-tule-elk-dilemma-7747188.php
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Point-Reyes-Books-up-for-sale-7767931.php#photo-10109163
Wind is howling today. This tree just went down outside of Inverness, drive with caution!
"Steve Costa and Kate Levinson, founders of Point Reyes Books, are announcing their intention to sell the independent bookstore which they have owned since 2002. After 14 years spent growing and cultivating what has become an integral part of the West Marin community, they plan to turn their attentions to new efforts, among them continuing to create events and retreats through their newly established Black Mountain Circle. Kate wants to expand her work with women's emotional relationship to money and work on another book." FULL STORY: http://ptreyesbooks.com/?mc_cid=9f0accc35f&mc_eid=46e5660612
"Cowgirl Creamery started in 1997 in Point Reyes by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith will merge with the far larger Swiss dairy company Emmi." FULL STORY: http://m.sfgate.com/food/article/Cowgirl-Creamery-sold-to-Swiss-dairy-company-7508019.php. (Thx JBE)
Seals taking a snooze out at Chimney Rock.
A resident of Olema sent this over: "The FBI was just here (in Olema) looking for this man. He's on the FBI most wanted list and expected to be in this area."
"Steve Kinsey, the chairman of the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday asked the agency's attorney to determine whether he should recuse himself from voting on a massive development along the Orange County coast after he held two unreported private meetings with project representatives." FULL STORY: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-commission-kinsey-20160512-story.html
"After three years of rehabilitation work, historic Motor Lifeboat 36542 is going home to Point Reyes at Chimney Rock where its crews once plucked people from treacherous seas. On Wednesday it will head to Point Reyes, where the boat first appeared in 1954, a year after construction, and will be used in a working exhibit at the Life Boat Station at Chimney Rock." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20160510/historic-lifeboat-makes-journey-back-to-point-reyes-after-repairs
Tomorrow, SATURDAY MAY 7th, is Toxic Away Day in PR. A great opportunity to ditch all that gross old paint, weird car batteries and cans of oil you have stashed behind your shed in a safe manner. YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN APPT. THOUGH. (thanks MH)
Anyone know what the blue gunk floating in the Nicasio Reservoir right now is? (thx SP)
Bolinas Border Patrol has returned?
Any thoughts on this? "Got the call this morning. My home insurance is being canceled supposedly due to fire danger. I pointed out my proximity to a fire hydrant and do the firehouse and we looked at The Google Street view picture together showing the defensible area around my house and around my two neighbors houses. She called the main company to plead my case and they refused to budge. Evidently most of Inverness or all of it will be subject to this mass cancellation of insurance policies." - Vecchio Nanner (Banana)
I didn't realize that last Saturday was 'Independent Bookstore Day' but it was and here is a nice piece on our most favorite bookstore ever, Point Reyes Books. FULL STORY: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/05/independent-bookstore-day-point-reyes-books/
Tree down on SFD by Inverness should be cleared soon for morning commute.
Hopefully this is the end of that. "Marin sheriff’s detectives arrested three East Bay residents in an alleged property crime spree in West Marin, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Mill Valley and San Rafael. Ashley Nicole DaSilva, 25, of San Leandro, her husband Michael Vincent Gutierrez, 33, and Peng Chear, 34, of Oakland, were booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of burglary related counts. They remained in custody Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20160429/NEWS/160429783
BREAKING: Dogtown incident. @MarinSheriff pursuing man. White/silver Lexus 350RX hatchback. Plates: no front, Alabama back. Call 911 if see car/man. Via https://twitter.com/KWMRradio
Rescue crews trying to get to a kitesurfer in distress of off Tony's Restaurant in Tomales Bay.
Sounds like power is going off in various parts of Inverness Park and Inverness. Not surprising with this wind, plan accordingly.
"I work for blue waters kayaking and we have had a grey cat hanging around. Yesterday it showed up again with 5 little kittens in tow. Before we try to find homes for them. We wanted to see if anyone was missing a cat that was pregnant." - Phoebe Bryan
Anyone feel this? I was in Point Reyes and didn't. "The United States Geological Survey recorded the tremor at 17.4 miles southwest of Inverness at 3:50 p.m."
Dumping rain in Inverness in April. Amazing.
Bald eagles!
Nice article about the late local artist, Clayton Lewis, in the LA Times. "In the spring of 1964, Lewis discovered Laird's. Tiller in hand, he sailed out of Marshall on a friend's boat. He was 49, visiting with his girlfriend, and about to discover his future in some shacks sheltered by cypresses on the beach." FULL STORY: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-point-reyes-preservation-20160418-story.html
Sounds like there is a grass fire just north of Marshall, three to four acres. Anyone see it? Smells very smokey in Inverness.
People are still asking TWMF about the osprey nest that was cut down on Sir Francis Drake heading into the park. Local photographer Daniel Dietrich has done extensive research on it and posted it on his blog which I highly recommend reading. According to Daniel, they knew there were eggs in the nest when they cut it down. READ BLOG POST: http://www.danieldietrichphotography.com/blog/2016/4/death-of-an-osprey
TWMF is on vacation, so the posts will be slow until next week. If you have an important update, please post to the page. A local spotted this at The Pine Cone Diner, soon to be The Blue Heron BBQ???? (Thx IW)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Fatal accident at SFD and Platform Bridge Road. Road closed, avoid the area.
TRAFFIC ALERT: A truck flipped over on Sir Francis Drake in Samuel P. Taylor and both lanes are currently blocked. No time estimate for re-opening, plan accordingly. If anyone has an update, let us know. (thx KEP)
From a reader: "Hi. Yesterday at 5:30pm I was at the Inverness School playground with my 3-year-old son when we saw a young mountain lion on the street. It was sitting calmly, looked over at us & then slowly walked into the woods." Has anyone else seen something similar in the area recently? Could it be a bobcat? (thx JD)
Green Bridge Update

The Strategic Working Group (SWG) was formed in order to incorporate community input in developing and refining the range of alternatives for replacement of the existing Green Bridge prior to the development of the Draft Environmental Review report. The SWG has met twice so far. On March 22nd Caltrans mailed a newsletter to local residents and businesses regarding some of the results of the meetings to date. Subsequent newsletters will include further information on the project.

If you would like to see this newsletter, and did not receive one, you can view it on the Caltrans project website athttp://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/lagunitascreekbridge/">http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/lagunitascreekbridge/
Look for "Lagunitas Bridge Newsletter 3/21/16"

In addition, Meeting Summaries of the first two meetings of the Strategic Working Group will be posted shortly to this same website.

And, if you did not attend the October 14, 2015, Caltrans meeting at the Dance Palace, please read the poster boards available at that meeting as they contain lots of valuable information. They are also posted on the Caltrans project website. Look for "Oct 14th Meeting Materials."

Again that web address is http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/lagunitascreekbridge/">http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/lagunitascreekbridge/
"Last Sunday local farmer Molly Myerson lost all of her tools and farm equipment to a fire, and most tragically, 300 newly-hatched quail that she was raising to move outside for her laying flock. In light of the fire, which demolished the barn but left her cultivated acre unharmed, Myerson’s landlord has given her 60 days to vacate the property." FULL STORY: http://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/little-wing-farm-fire/
Great job by emergency teams last night working late into the night in bad weather to rescue hikers trapped on unstable cliffs in a remote part of Point Reyes National Seashore. FULL STORY: http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Hikers-rescued-from-unstable-200-foot-cliff-at-7214903.php
BREAKING: MarinSAR enroute to assist Bolinas & County Fire with rescue of 3 stuck on rock cliffs in Pt. Reyes Seashore.
Orca were spotted at the Point Reyes Lighthouse this weekend. So jealous, what a rare treat! FULL VIDEO: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDeDPUZlJlV/?taken-by=pointreyesnps
"There have been several car smash and grabs today (I heard 6) the latest at Marin Sun Farms where the thieves stole 2 backpacks after breaking the rear seat window. The thieves dumped the packs in Olema and took off. Still on the run." Anyone hear about this? (Thx JS)
A large tree fell down at the top of Laurel Ave. in Inverness Park blocking the road and knocking down power lines. Early reports are that it hit a propane tank and propane is leaking as well. Stay clear of the area.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Rangers and fire units are engaged in a cliff rescue near the lighthouse be alert for emergency vehicles on SFD and in the lighthouse area (via KWMR)
https://twitter.com/KWMRradio
This tree blocked SFD this morning during the morning commute. Be sure to check TWMF for traffic updates and if you have a traffic update (or other news), message us on Facebook so we can get the word out. Thank you! You can also find more updates and photos on our Twitter and Instagram feeds. LINKS:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/westmarinfeed
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewestmarinfeed/
Web Site: http://www.thewestmarinfeed.com
Email: christian@3580.com
(Thanks to Officer Greg Westwood for the traffic update today)
Here is the historic farm house that burned down in Shallow Beach in Inverness this morning. A terrible loss. Excellent work by local fire crews in tough conditions to keep the damage to a minimum. FULL STORY: http://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2016/mcfd-invernessfire-031916
Scary situation, great work by local fire crews. "Fire destroyed a home in the West Marin community of Inverness early Saturday morning, displacing residents without causing any injuries. At 4:39 a.m., an emergency caller described a structure fire with flames shooting out of a roof in the 500 block of Pierce Point Road, located in the Shallow Beach area north of Inverness and adjacent to Tomales Bay State Park. Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said the structure, an older two-story farmhouse, was a total loss." FULL STORY: http://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2016/mcfd-invernessfire-031916
Sad news. That osprey nest on SFD as you go up Ottinger's Hill into the park that I took a picture of with two ospreys nesting in it WAS CUT DOWN today by PG&E and Davey Tree. An osprey was in the nest this morning before crews arrived. According to reports, PG&E claims they had property owner and USFWS approval and that the tree was in imminent danger of falling on power lines (despite having survived last two storms). But cutting a nest down when the birds are clearly nesting in it and possibly have eggs? That seems like a very bad decision, how is that not illegal? Anyone else know the rules?
All the moms are gone but a few elephant seal pups are hanging around Drakes Beach getting ready for their journey. Good luck you guys.
Always interesting to be driving through the park and the ranches in Point Reyes while a debate on the radio rages on about the park and the ranches in Point Reyes. The Forum on KQED had an extended discussion about it today with Jeff Miller, Nicolette Hahn Niman and Paul Rogers. Its live now, they'll put the archive up later. Highly recommend listening to it if you care about this issue. I let these cows listen to some of the show so they were in the loop. WEB SITE: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201603180900
The Wall Street Journal covers the lawsuit that is being brought against the park concerning ranching. FULL STORY: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ranching-at-california-seashore-comes-under-fire-1458156431
Fast motion cow herding out at the ranches in Point Reyes. Yeehaw.
Car went off the road and into Tomales Bay just before Inverness this afternoon. Thanks to local rescue crews for being on it. Hopefully everyone is ok. (thx RJ)
Westbound lane of Lucas Valley Road in the woods closed due to a small but persistent land slide. Proceed with caution. (Thx DW)
Spring is here, kind of, well, almost. Either way, the ospreys are back and starting to scope out the available nesting opportunities. Good luck you two!
SR-1 still closed just north of Bear Valley Road in Olema due to tree on power lines. Power is out in Olema. Bear Valley Road is open as a detour.
Busy day! Both lanes blocked on SR-1 north of Point Reyes by Marconi Cove. (Thx RJ)
TRAFFIC ALERT: SR-1 at Bear Valley Rd is blocked by a fallen tree onto power lines. Avoid the area.
"Road Closure: Bolinas-Fairfax Road closed over Mt. Tamalpias between the Meadow Club, Fairfax and Ridgecrest Road due to multiple mud/rock slides. Engineers and road crews evaluating repairs needs, road expected to be closed through at least Monday afternoon. We'll keep you posted on this..." - Sheriff Doug Pittman
Cascade Falls in Fairfax is a good place to go feel the power of the rain.
SR-1 south of Tomales is officially closed right now, both lanes. Haven't heard any estimated time of opening. Looks like another solid shot of rain is coming in around 3:00pm with possible thunderstorms.
"The Shoreline Unified School District with schools in Tomales, Point Reyes and Bodega Bay in West Marin and Sonoma counties announced that the 500 students in its boundaries would also have no school on Friday because of the rain and flash flood warnings in effect." FULL STORY: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sonoma-County-Braces-for-Possible-Flooding-Landslides-During-Weekend-Storm-371742541.html
SR-1 is flooded south of Tomales, about a foot of water on road, proceed with caution, it may be closed. Blocking both lanes. I heard a report that West Marin and Tomales schools are closing early, be sure to confirm that with your school. Trees down all over the place, be safe!
From NWS: "BOTTOM LINE...THURSDAY INTO MONDAY LOOKS VERY WET FOR OUR ENTIRE REGION ESPECIALLY FOR THE NORTH BAY. DUE TO THE RECENT RAINFALL AND SATURATED SOILS IN MANY SPOTS, SOME HYDRO PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY. PERSONS NEAR CREEKS AND STREAMS SHOULD PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LATEST FORECASTS. RAINFALL TOTALS BY MONDAY COULD BE NEAR A FOOT FOR SOME NORTH BAY MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS." No idea why they keep the caps key slammed down, but go get an umbrella if you haven't already.
Tuesday Quick Quiz: Where was this photo taken? #surferonpotatochip
Boom. Nicasio Reservoir is overflowing! El Niño delivers as promised. (Big thx to LF)
Absolutely howling wind at Drakes Beach today. Sounds like power out in much of Bolinas. How's everyone holding up?
The Privateer restaurant in Inverness is closed after three short months. Ouch. Apparently they have a five year lease and are looking for someone to sublet it to. FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/privateer-closes-after-three-month-run
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Did you see it? Did you hear it? At 8:11 this morning the Sherif's Office received a report of a woman behaving strangling, standing in the middle of the road on SF Drake Blvd on Olema Hill yelling and screaming at passing motorists. When deputies arrived to check on her welfare the woman ran to her car and fled from pursuing deputies. The chase continued Southbound on Hwy 1 towards Stinson. The woman attempted to evade the deputies making U-turns and finally 23 minutes later, coming to a stop where deputies were able to take her into custody.

Exactly what led to this behavior is yet unknown. The driver, a Stinson Beach resident, will be facing several severe charges for her actions.

On a side note, I want to thank Carla and other staff at Stinson Beach School who once notified of the chase and not knowing what the woman's intentions were, locked down the school at our request in Stinson Beach until we knew all were safe and that there was no threat to our children!"
Don't be afraid to tell visitors this: "Adorable harbor seal pups are starting to dot Marin’s beaches and wildlife officials are urging people to leave them alone. The Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marine Mammal Center say harbor seal pups, born in late winter and early spring, could suffer permanent harm if they are moved or if their mothers are scared off."
FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20160229/marin-wildlife-specialists-urge-beach-visitors-to-stay-away-from-harbor-seals
From NWSBayArea: "Rain returns to #CenCal this week into next. @NWSWPC 6 day precip total shows inches of rain possible." Prepare accordingly. Sounds like really strong south winds on Saturday and Sunday too.
Amazing what you find when you clean out the West Marin Little League shed to get the season started. If you're interested in sponsoring the league and having your own sign on the home run wall, let me know.
The Point Reyes Light did a really nice story on the Case of The Burned Boat with solid quotes and historical context. Highly recommend reading it. Also, they scored the actual fire picture, so bonus points there (by Katie Eberle). Plus they mentioned TWMF, so double bonus points. PR LIGHT STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/iconic-inverness-boat-burns

Other links worth reading (to see how the news covered this):

Daily Mail (??):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3465854/Heartbreaking-photos-reveal-charred-remains-iconic-Californian-shipwreck-loved-locals-tourists-alike.html

PetaPixel:
http://petapixel.com/2016/02/23/iconic-shipwrecks-fire-likely-caused-light-painting-photographer/

SFGate:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Photos-reveal-extensive-fire-damage-to-Iconic-6854709.php

7x7
http://www.7x7.com/culture/iconic-point-reyes-shipwreck-destroyed-amateur-photographer

BoingBoing
https://boingboing.net/2016/02/24/tourist-photo-attraction-likel.html

Here is a 'steel wool instagram contest' someone sent in:
http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-2292328216/steelwoollandmarks/photos

All the other Instagram links of boat steel wool photos are in the comments of previous posts. I'm not going to wade into that again, the stories above do a good job of summarizing all of that.

I also heard that George Clyde did a story on KMRW that says the state park owns that land the boat is on, not the federal park, but I can't find that anywhere on the Google.

Someone floated the idea of doing a nice art show with photos, paintings and remembrances of the boat to mourn the passing of the boat. Sounds good to me.

If I missed any other worthy news stories, throw them in the comments...
A TWMF supporter sent in a link to this audio tour of the ranches in Point Reyes. If anyone gives it a try, let us know if its worth the money. (thx RB)
LINK: https://voicemap.me/tour/point-reyes/a-drive-through-time-a-ranching-history-of-point-reyes-national-seashore
"I know one of the two people who accidentally set this landmark, and iconic photo location ablaze. He thought he was being careful, but physics took over and the unthinkable happened. The old shipwreck burned. He feels terrible and has admitted to his part. I'll admit the pics that came from the session he and his friend shot look cool. That said, I wish it didn't happen." - Matt Grans Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattgranz/25098942332/
""The cause of the fire is unknown, but Chief Fox said, “Someone called up and wanted their names cleared from being the cause of it.” He added that as far as his department is concerned, the cause of the fire and who is to blame for it is likely to remain a mystery." We'll never know who set the fire, but we have learned what 'spinning fire wool' is. What a bummer. FULL MARINIJ STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20160222/inverness-locals-burned-up-over-fire-that-damaged-iconic-fishing-boat
And the plot thickens. Forest DeSante posted this screen capture on his FB page of a photo that was posted last night. This explains the 'why', now time for the 'who'?
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10156744799165107&id=789510106&comment_id=10156744847685107&reply_comment_id=10156744850910107&ref=notif¬if_t=feed_comment_reply
Wayward elephant seal at Drakes. Owning it.
Ok, this is big news. Serious parking paint in front of Tobys! No more messing around. (Thx AN)
Almost a direct hit! Heavy wind last night, anyone else have any damage?
"An online petition to lure Dennis Rodoni of Olema into the 4th District’s supervisor race may bear fruit: Mr. Rodoni, a lifelong West Marin resident and the owner of Rodoni Construction, who challenged Mr. Kinsey for the seat over a decade ago, said he is considering a run. “I need to sit down and talk with family,” he said on Wednesday. “It’s a hard decision, because it’s a big commitment.” THE PETITION:
https://www.change.org/p/the-voters-of-marin-county-ask-dennis-rodoni-to-run-for-supervisor-in-marin-county
POINT REYES LIGHT ARTICLE: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/petition-draft-rodoni-county-supervisor
You knew it was coming. Holiday traffic is here, don't leave the house if you don't have to...
From ABC News, "The recent rains have brought to life a gem in the Bay Area – Alamere Falls in the Point Reyes National Seashore. http://abc7ne.ws/1o4vZzL"
Uh oh. "A year after an oyster farm was forced to shut down at Point Reyes National Seashore, sparking a bitter controversy over the role of farming in national parks, a coalition of environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit over a bigger and more explosive target: thousands of dairy and beef cattle in the park. The groups say that park service officials are violating federal law because they are moving forward with a plan to renew 20-year leases to the ranchers without conducting adequate environmental studies on how the thousands of cows are affecting the seashore's scenic resources, including its tule elk." FULL STORY: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_29504013/point-reyes-lawsuit-challenges-historic-ranching-operations-at
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