03/14/16 - Monday at 10:40am
Westbound lane of Lucas Valley Road in the woods closed due to a small but persistent land slide. Proceed with caution. (Thx DW)
03/13/16 - Sunday at 07:27pm
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!
03/12/16 - Saturday at 08:43pm
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.
03/12/16 - Saturday at 06:27pm
Busy day! Both lanes blocked on SR-1 north of Point Reyes by Marconi Cove. (Thx RJ)
03/12/16 - Saturday at 05:13pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: SR-1 at Bear Valley Rd is blocked by a fallen tree onto power lines. Avoid the area.
03/12/16 - Saturday at 04:58pm
"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
03/11/16 - Friday at 11:12pm
Cascade Falls in Fairfax is a good place to go feel the power of the rain.
03/11/16 - Friday at 03:24pm
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.
03/11/16 - Friday at 08:41am
"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
03/10/16 - Thursday at 01:25pm
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!
03/09/16 - Wednesday at 02:12pm
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.
03/08/16 - Tuesday at 11:31pm
Tuesday Quick Quiz: Where was this photo taken? #surferonpotatochip
03/06/16 - Sunday at 11:52am
Boom. Nicasio Reservoir is overflowing! El Niño delivers as promised. (Big thx to LF)
03/05/16 - Saturday at 08:25pm
Absolutely howling wind at Drakes Beach today. Sounds like power out in much of Bolinas. How's everyone holding up?
03/03/16 - Thursday at 11:09pm
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/ar
03/02/16 - Wednesday at 11:42am
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!"
03/01/16 - Tuesday at 01:27pm
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/environ
02/29/16 - Monday at 10:38pm
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.
02/28/16 - Sunday at 01:21pm
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.
02/27/16 - Saturday at 01:02pm
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/ar
Other links worth reading (to see how the news covered this):
Daily Mail (??):http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tra
Here is a 'steel wool instagram contest' someone sent in:http://ink361.com/app/users/ig
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...
02/25/16 - Thursday at 11:06pm
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)
02/23/16 - Tuesday at 04:50pm
"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/
02/22/16 - Monday at 10:16pm
""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
02/22/16 - Monday at 03:49pm
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/perma
02/20/16 - Saturday at 08:11pm
Wayward elephant seal at Drakes. Owning it.
02/17/16 - Wednesday at 01:09pm
Ok, this is big news. Serious parking paint in front of Tobys! No more messing around. (Thx AN)
02/17/16 - Wednesday at 08:16am
Almost a direct hit! Heavy wind last night, anyone else have any damage?
02/15/16 - Monday at 09:08pm
"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-v
POINT REYES LIGHT ARTICLE: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
02/14/16 - Sunday at 04:08pm
You knew it was coming. Holiday traffic is here, don't leave the house if you don't have to...
02/12/16 - Friday at 10:26pm
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
02/11/16 - Thursday at 11:36am
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/sci
02/10/16 - Wednesday at 11:44pm
"The California Coastal Commission fired its executive director Wednesday, defying more than 1,000 people who packed a meeting to support a man they called one of the state’s most important guardians of public access to the coastline." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/science/
02/10/16 - Wednesday at 08:13pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day! A West Marin love story (in SFGate no less). "Claire Herminjard did not want to date a meat guy. When she met David Evans in 2010, she was looking for business advice. The two felt a flash of connection when they realized how much their ideals about agriculture, and life, lined up. They probably even fell in love that day. But the timing wasn’t right because Herminjard had made it a rule: Do not get involved with a meat guy." FULL LOVE STORY: http://www.sfchronicle.com/rec
02/09/16 - Tuesday at 11:58pm
Tomorrow is the big showdown in Morro Bay over the removal of the California Coastal Commission's Executive Director Charles Lester. "The (removal) campaign was spurred by (those) who would prefer a less restrictive approach to coastal development projects and are hoping to replace Lester with someone more compliant to their will." Legions are expected to attend Wednesday’s 10 a.m. hearing on the Central Coast, prompting staffers to move it to a larger venue. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
02/09/16 - Tuesday at 05:14pm
A reader shared this: "Kent Lake is spilling. A guy from MMWD told me: 'We're in great shape.' Now if we can just take the rest of the state with us...." So will the Nicasio Reservoir spill over too? And will it ever rain again? (thanks BE)
02/08/16 - Monday at 10:27pm
I heard that someone sighted a mountain lion near the Nicasio School this weekend. While doing research I discovered the 'triple crown' which is where you see a mountain lion, a bobcat and a lynx all in one day. Apparently Miles DeGraffenreid did just that in Walnut Creek recently. Amazing. FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors
(photo by John Richards of a mountain lion in Palo Alto)
02/07/16 - Sunday at 07:07pm
Did anyone catch this??? "Hey @CBS, don't show video of Point Reyes and call it Big Sur. #SuperBowlFail"
02/05/16 - Friday at 04:04pm
Interesting piece of prose from former SF Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll about West Marin. "The place names of West Marin have a totemic quality for me. I can say “Palomarin” or “Estero,” over and over, and they never lose their power." FULL ESSAY: https://joncarrollprose.wordpr
02/04/16 - Thursday at 08:29pm
Name this spot in Point Reyes that was handling the massive swell today. No takers. (thx AN)
02/03/16 - Wednesday at 09:26am
Great sunset this morning, anyone else get a picture?
01/31/16 - Sunday at 05:24pm
It's windy in West Marin! A tree and power lines down on Inverness Way in Inverness. Proceed with caution.
01/31/16 - Sunday at 11:12am
I think Panoramic Highway is still closed today, anyone have details? "A mudslide on Panoramic Highway caused a daylong closure Saturday, cutting off access to parts of Mount Tamalpais State Park. The slide of mud and rocks spilled onto the thoroughfare between Pan Toll Road and the Throckmorton Ridge fire station at about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, California Highway officials said. No one was injured." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
01/28/16 - Thursday at 08:46pm
Thursday! I present you this message from the clever folks in Bolinas. (Thx KH)
01/24/16 - Sunday at 04:09pm
Two rangers pulling the old 'tarp' trick on a wayward elephant seal at Drakes Beach. They bluffed him back to the beach without incident.
01/24/16 - Sunday at 12:01pm
The rain is gone for now, a gorgeous sunrise this morning over the Estero brings back the light.
01/23/16 - Saturday at 10:13am
"Powerlines down on White's Hill on SFD by Fairfax. One-way traffic control in place." If you're heading over hill. (Thx CC)
01/22/16 - Friday at 12:20pm
King tide and heavy swell bringing all the big boys out of the water at Drakes Beach today.
01/21/16 - Thursday at 11:34pm
High surf advisory and coastal flood advisory tomorrow due to another storm and king tides. Stay dry. Be safe. Don't drive through standing bodies of water. Send any updates to TWMF (road closures, etc.)
01/21/16 - Thursday at 11:47am
A coyote has been attacking cars at night on Route One by Slide Ranch. "It is possible, but not probable, that the coyote has eaten something—perhaps a fly agaric mushroom (amanita muscaria) which has hallucinogenic properties." What? Slow news week? FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/upfront-
01/20/16 - Wednesday at 05:53pm
"Apparently, the National Park Service has decided that the money would be better spent in other ways. So unless something changes, or an outside donor drops a significant pile of cash in the near future, Point Reyes’ Morgan Horse Ranch will cease operation once the last horse dies."
FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/feature-
01/19/16 - Tuesday at 01:50pm
Its not what's in this picture that's important, its what NOT in this picture that's important. Any guesses? Good stuff. (thx SP)
01/19/16 - Tuesday at 10:35am
This just in: "Park rangers and fire units are on scene with an overturned grain truck on Sir Francis Drake at B ranch". Beyond that, haven't heard word of any other road closures. If you have some information, or any other storm updates, post it here. (update via KWMR)
01/18/16 - Monday at 11:52am
Blue sky and fog after the storm.
01/17/16 - Sunday at 05:19pm
Blast from the past. If your passing through Inverness early in the morning, there's a good chance you'll see Banana walking down the side of the road...
01/16/16 - Saturday at 11:08am
IMPORTANT ALERT: The 'cheap' gas station in San Anselmo that many of us use when over the hill had a credit card scammer machine on the pumps and at least 20 people have had money stolen from their bank accounts. If you've bought gas from there in the last 60 days, check your bank activity. Please share. FULL STORY: http://abc7news.com/news/skimm
01/15/16 - Friday at 03:11pm
"An overturned tractor-trailer has dumped its load of soda drinks into creek on Panoramic Hwy at mile marker 6.28 near Pan Toll. EB lane shut" via KWMR Radiohttps://twitter.com/KWMRradio/
01/15/16 - Friday at 01:21pm
Well, we've had big storm predictions before, but they seem pretty sure about this one. A 'yellow' alert has been issued for Marin for the next 72 hours meaning flooding is possible. Stay dry, stay safe. Here is the forecast:
Fri Jan 15: Rain likely after 4 PM otherwise partly sunny. Between 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sat Jan 16: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 AM to 10 AM. Approximately 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sun Jan 17: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 PM and 10 PM. Approximately 1” of precipitation and over 1.75” possible in coastal and higher terrain locations.
Mon Jan 18: Rain likely. The rain could be heavy at times.
01/13/16 - Wednesday at 10:37pm
Ashley Steward is a teacher who lives in Bolinas, teaches in Bodega Bay and desperately needed help with her car. Its an amazing story with a great ending (her goal was met! in one day!) and illustrates the power of a strong community. I wish there was more of this. FULL STORY: https://www.gofundme.com/teach
01/13/16 - Wednesday at 04:10pm
"The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what it describes as a “suspicious” death in Bolinas. The body was found floating in the surf Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said the body is a man and thus not the missing University of California student whose car and belongings were found over the weekend near the Point Reyes Lighthouse."
FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general