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
01/13/16 - Wednesday at 10:26am
Make sure the gutters are clear. "In brief, the El Nino forecast calls for more rain Thursday and Saturday before a “super soaker” that amounts to a “firehose pointed at the North Bay” moves in late Sunday or early Monday, National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said."
FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
01/12/16 - Tuesday at 02:37pm
Cohos spawning in Olema Creek. Now is the time, pretty cool. Via Loretta Farley's Park Wavelengths email.https://www.youtube.com/watch?
01/10/16 - Sunday at 07:38pm
Secret art spot of the day. Do you know where to find this gem? Bonus points if you know who did it.
01/09/16 - Saturday at 07:24pm
MISSING PERSON: "Shuqin Zhang, 22 year old, Asian Female, last seen in Berkeley on January 7 at 1:30 a.m. Shuqin's vehicle was found at Point Reyes near the lighthouse area. The vehicle was unoccupied and search efforts are underway. The National Park Service, US Coast Guard and Marin County Search and Rescue are currently looking for Shuqin. Berkeley PD investigators are on scene and coordinating with those agencies. We are asking anyone who may have seen Shuqin or her vehicle coming into the area to contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900."https://local.nixle.com/alert/
01/08/16 - Friday at 07:49pm
Reposting this story about a local physican who worked at the Coastal Health Alliance in West Marin and recently had her medical license suspended. A few people felt posting her picture and story details was not appropriate on FB. If you wish to read the full story, you can go to the Marin IJ article here: http://www.marinij.com/article
I'd be curious to hear what other people think, its an interesting dialogue about private versus personal information, community news, social media, etc.
01/07/16 - Thursday at 03:17pm
Lots of pictures of the 'ghost ship' of Point Reyes on social media, this one definitely stands out. Photo by Michael Graef.https://twitter.com/MikeyGraef
01/06/16 - Wednesday at 08:52am
From CHPMarin at 6:47am: "Where there's flooding we usually find debris as well. Report of a tree down on Lucas Vly Rd near Nicasio Vly Rd. Avoid the area."
01/05/16 - Tuesday at 06:33pm
Storm number three (the big one) coming tonight: "Prepare today for tomorrows commute by planning to leave early. The @NWSBayArea has issued a flash flood watch for much of #Marin. #ElNino" - CHPMarin
01/05/16 - Tuesday at 10:10am
Lots of rain and lots of birds at Chicken Ranch Beach. Anyone know why? Sitting out the storm? Herring?
01/04/16 - Monday at 02:18pm
Very sad, thanks to the rescue crews for the time they put in. "Authorities believe a body found just south of McClure’s Beach Sunday was that of a 62-year-old San Jose man reported missing the day before.Searchers discovered the body about 11 a.m. about 100 feet down a cliff, according to Lt. Doug Pittman, county sheriff’s spokesman.Authorities think the man may have stumbled over the cliff." MORE INFO: http://www.marinij.com/general
(thx to Richard James for photo)
01/03/16 - Sunday at 08:45pm
Breaking update from @pointreyesnps:
"Tolay, the elephant seal relocated from Highway 37, gave birth to a pup yesterday! The birth was observed from the elephant seal overlook at Chimney Rock. Photo by Winter Wildlife Docent, Jim Rolka"
01/03/16 - Sunday at 01:26pm
This is a big deal. "Veteran Supervisor Steve Kinsey’s decision to call it quits without an heir apparent has triggered a behind-the-scenes political scramble. Only one candidate, Alex Easton-Brown, has declared an intention to run for the seat at stake on the June ballot, but several others are lining up, including Kinsey’s political aide, David Escobar of Pittsburg." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/governm
01/02/16 - Saturday at 11:29pm
A dramatic sky in Point Reyes tonight with whales spouting everywhere. (Sorry for re-post, technical issue)
01/01/16 - Friday at 11:22pm
The first sunset of 2016, here's to a good year! (Thx AN)
01/01/16 - Friday at 09:16pm
In spite of freezing cold temperatures, a 'spare the air' alert has been issued for tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 3). "First-time violators have the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class, online or by mail, in lieu of paying a $100 ticket. Second violations will result in a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts go higher."
MORE INFO HERE: http://www.marinij.com/environ
12/31/15 - Thursday at 10:17am
ALERT! Super icy on the roads this morning, people are reporting sliding all over Sir Francis Drake. Black ice too. Use extreme caution when driving.
12/31/15 - Thursday at 10:01am
Here is Tolay, the wayward pregnant elephant seal, out at the elephant seal overlook in Point Reyes. Great job by everybody who worked really hard to make this a happy ending. She is tagged, so they'll be able to follow her general progress.http://www.marinscope.com/saus
12/29/15 - Tuesday at 09:31pm
"Tolay" the unfortunate pregnant elephant seal who caused a major traffic jam on Hwy 37 the last two days was finally picked up and transported to Point Reyes to be released out at Chimney Rock. Good luck out there Tolay! - More: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news
12/28/15 - Monday at 10:06pm
Some members of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin were out at the elephant seal overlook in Point Reyes today when their fourteen year old son spotted this rare (and threatened) green sea turtle. Amazing. (Thx MP) EAC FB: https://www.facebook.com/eacma
12/28/15 - Monday at 10:44am
"Endangered coho salmon are riding waves of rain into Marin in numbers not seen in a decade. “It’s very busy, there are a lot of coho out there,” said Greg Andrew, fishery program manager for the water district. “It’s a very active time.” The agency is documenting coho swimming by its antenna just upstream of Point Reyes Station. The antenna detects tags that were implanted in the fish when they were fry. Each tag has a unique number that allows identification and data collection."http://www.marinij.com/environ
12/27/15 - Sunday at 07:33pm
The cold front moving in made the sky look like a painting tonight out at North Beach in Point Reyes. Amazing colors.
12/27/15 - Sunday at 10:40am
Bird Report: Two bald eagles were seen by the Estero trail two days ago, there are lots of burrowing owls are in the park right now and a golden eagle was seen on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road last week. Yesterday folks spotted a ferruginous and a sharp shinned hawk by Abbotts. Get out there! (thx CP)
12/25/15 - Friday at 08:47pm
Look for the rare Christmas full moon tonight. First one since 1977. The "Full Cold Moon".
12/24/15 - Thursday at 09:45pm
The Christmas Asteroid! "Near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220 will pass safely, at more than 28 times the moon’s distance, on Christmas Eve."http://earthsky.org/space/chri
12/23/15 - Wednesday at 09:09pm
Some hearty carolers brave the cold in Inverness to bring some local Christmas cheer tonight. (Thx DW)
12/23/15 - Wednesday at 12:00pm
"Military officials say a streak of light seen burning across the sky last night was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere." Did anyone see it?http://www.sfgate.com/news/sci
12/22/15 - Tuesday at 08:40pm
Very important warning, please share. Let's not have another Arch Rock situation.
12/22/15 - Tuesday at 02:09pm
TWMF had our phone knocked out by rain, sorry for the slow updates. Looks like major flooding all around West Marin today with Stinson Beach having some problems with rock slides and downed trees. Haven't seen the parking lot do this in awhile. (Thx DW).
12/20/15 - Sunday at 10:09am
A pretty epic sunrise this morning before the rain moved in.
12/19/15 - Saturday at 06:56pm
The Point Reyes Light wins the week with this cover shot by Brian Ojalvo. King Bolete!!!
12/15/15 - Tuesday at 04:42pm
"The 330-acre Gallagher Ranch in Point Reyes Station, complete with redwood trees, salmon habitat and an old rail line that could become a key trail link, will remain in the family largely as open space under a $1.5 million conservation deal approved by Marin County officials."http://www.marinij.com/busines
12/14/15 - Monday at 06:28pm
Almost opening day and things are getting all force be with you on Nicasio Valley Rd. (Thx AN)
12/13/15 - Sunday at 11:05pm
Rama Day shared this photo of some storm damage from Saturday in downtown Point Reyes. A close call indeed.
12/13/15 - Sunday at 12:23pm
Lots of wind and rain today, sounds like power is out in parts of Stinson. Upload any other storm related reports in the comments...
12/11/15 - Friday at 09:14pm
Via Karen Hickey, "Hi neighbors! Around 6:30 this evening we saw a mountain lion lingering off our back deck in first valley Inverness. Please bring your pets inside for safety. — in ￼Inverness, California."
12/10/15 - Thursday at 10:51am
@MarinSheriff - "7200 Block of Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach temporary closed both directions due to fallen tree in roadway. Stinson Beach Fire on-scene."
12/09/15 - Wednesday at 06:24pm
Truck just rolled over on Lucas Valley Road. Hopefully everyone ok. Plan accordingly. Second rollover this week. Please drive slow and safe, the roads are slick. (Thx AN)
12/07/15 - Monday at 02:50pm
Massive waves at the beach today. Be careful if you head out there. "A large long period swell will produce hazardous conditions along the coast. Westerly swell of 20 feet is forecast. These large waves will produce exceptionally large surf and a heightened risk of sneaker wave activity along with strong currents. When visiting the beach on Monday please allow extra distance between yourself and the water. Never turn your back to the ocean when visiting the beach.
12/07/15 - Monday at 10:45am
This is not good: "The Marshall Store was burglarized for the second time this year on Sunday night, marking the third burglary of its kind in the area since May. Three or four thieves apparently pried open the oyster bar’s front door and took the safe, which was bolted to the ground, and the cash in the register, said owner Shannon Gregory. “We have some surveillance footage, but everyone [was] wearing hoodies and masks,” he said."
FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
12/07/15 - Monday at 10:02am
TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road is closed right now due to a vehicle rollover. I will update this post as more info comes in. (thx BE)
12/06/15 - Sunday at 04:03pm
Photo Quiz: What is this giant lump spotted on Drakes Beach today? Hint: First one of the season to show up here.
12/04/15 - Friday at 12:51pm
Apparently it's rainbow season. Where's the pot of gold?
12/03/15 - Thursday at 11:46am
For real rain! Drive safe out there. (Thx AN)