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/recipes/article/A-rare-romance-blossoms-in-Bay-Area-s-niche-6821617.php#photo-9344227
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/news/5203235-181/battle-over-coastal-commissions-charles
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)
Did anyone catch this??? "Hey @CBS, don't show video of Point Reyes and call it Big Sur. #SuperBowlFail"
Name this spot in Point Reyes that was handling the massive swell today. No takers. (thx AN)
Great sunset this morning, anyone else get a picture?
It's windy in West Marin! A tree and power lines down on Inverness Way in Inverness. Proceed with caution.
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-news/20160130/mount-tam-mudslide-chokes-panoramic-highway
Thursday! I present you this message from the clever folks in Bolinas. (Thx KH)
Two rangers pulling the old 'tarp' trick on a wayward elephant seal at Drakes Beach. They bluffed him back to the beach without incident.
The rain is gone for now, a gorgeous sunrise this morning over the Estero brings back the light.
"Powerlines down on White's Hill on SFD by Fairfax. One-way traffic control in place." If you're heading over hill. (Thx CC)
King tide and heavy swell bringing all the big boys out of the water at Drakes Beach today.
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.)
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-coyote-crazy/
"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-end-of-the-trail/
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)
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)
Blue sky and fog after the storm.
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...
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.
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/teacherneedscar
Secret art spot of the day. Do you know where to find this gem? Bonus points if you know who did it.
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/5563218/?sub_id=833116
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/NO/20160106/NEWS/160109881
I'd be curious to hear what other people think, its an interesting dialogue about private versus personal information, community news, social media, etc.
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."
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
Lots of rain and lots of birds at Chicken Ranch Beach. Anyone know why? Sitting out the storm? Herring?
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-news/20160104/body-found-near-mcclures-beach
(thx to Richard James for photo)
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"
A dramatic sky in Point Reyes tonight with whales spouting everywhere. (Sorry for re-post, technical issue)
The first sunset of 2016, here's to a good year! (Thx AN)
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.
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/eacmarin/
"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/environment-and-nature/20151227/marins-coho-salmon-run-off-to-very-busy-start-for-season
The cold front moving in made the sky look like a painting tonight out at North Beach in Point Reyes. Amazing colors.
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)
Look for the rare Christmas full moon tonight. First one since 1977. The "Full Cold Moon".
Some hearty carolers brave the cold in Inverness to bring some local Christmas cheer tonight. (Thx DW)
Very important warning, please share. Let's not have another Arch Rock situation.
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).
A pretty epic sunrise this morning before the rain moved in.
The Point Reyes Light wins the week with this cover shot by Brian Ojalvo. King Bolete!!!
Almost opening day and things are getting all force be with you on Nicasio Valley Rd. (Thx AN)
Rama Day shared this photo of some storm damage from Saturday in downtown Point Reyes. A close call indeed.
Lots of wind and rain today, sounds like power is out in parts of Stinson. Upload any other storm related reports in the comments...
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."
@MarinSheriff - "7200 Block of Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach temporary closed both directions due to fallen tree in roadway. Stinson Beach Fire on-scene."
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)
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.
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/article/safe-and-cash-taken-marshall-business-again
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)
Photo Quiz: What is this giant lump spotted on Drakes Beach today? Hint: First one of the season to show up here.
Apparently it's rainbow season. Where's the pot of gold?
For real rain! Drive safe out there. (Thx AN)
Shannon Gregory spotted this epic sunrise double rainbow this morning over Tomales Bay. What a start to the morning...
TWMF went back to Pierce Point at sunset and it was incredible. There were whale spouts everywhere, elk wandering around, Northern Harriers hunting and a gorgeous sunset. We are thankful to be able to live in this beautiful place.
@KWMRradio: Emergency units are responding to a report of an overturned vehicle on Shoreline Highway in the vicinity of Tomales Bay Oyster Company
Lots and lots of whale spouts up and down the Great Beach in Point Reyes today. A surfer reported seeing a Great White Shark at North Beach yesterday afternoon. The ocean is alive!
King tides swept through Tomales Bay this morning. Lots of debris in the water, very little beach. Also a full moon tonight, the 'flower moon'.
Missed Love Connection in Point Reyes: "On a Saturday October afternoon, I was riding up to Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes on my bike. Well-meaning coupled friends always tell their single friends. . . "when you least expect it." I had stopped believing that. You proved me wrong. With a glance you have transformed a hope-LESS romantic into a hope-filled one. Thank you for being at the right place at the right time. The odds of ever meeting you again are slim. That being said, although memories fade, I would recognize you instantly. And I would not look away." READ THE FULL POST HERE: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/mis/5328336115.html
"MCSO and CHP units responding to a to a vehicle roll over in the SB lane of Shoreline north of Nick's cove. Described as a feed truck at the location of the earlier milk truck off the road, SB lane blocked"https://twitter.com/KWMRradio
We found this boat gone adrift by Kilkenny Beach on Tomales Bay. Looks like the mooring got loose.
"The three young drifters accused in the killings of a hiker in Marin County and a backpacker in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges Thursday in Marin County Superior Court. “We are in the early stages of this tragic case,” said Brown, Lampley’s attorney. “No evidence has been presented. Our young client, Morrison Lampley, is presumed innocent. We ask that everyone withhold judgment until the court process is complete."http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Three-drifters-plead-not-guilty-in-two-Bay-Area-6644247.php
The beach season is officially over when Roberto pulls in the rafts from Shell Beach. Noooooooo. (thx JWS)
Apparently the hospital ship USNS Mercy was anchored in Drakes Bay this weekend to ride out the storm. Did anyone get a picture of it? Here is a photo from San Diego.
Sounds like a whole bunch of kayakers had to be rescued today in Tomales Bay.
Another incredible rescue by our local emergency units in Stinson Beach last night. "Rescue crews extricated two people from a car that had plunged off a cliff into the ocean Friday night on Shoreline Highway south of Stinson Beach, the CHP said. While battling the rising tide and waves crashing against the rocks and the vehicle, crews were able to extricate the male driver and female passenger, both of Stinson Beach, and prepare them for transport." Click link for more info.http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20151114/crews-save-pair-after-car-plunges-off-west-marin-cliff
Heavy traffic on Bear Valley Road today due to construction. Plan accordingly. (thx MM)
Bear Valley Road looking quite cold and festive this morning.
A mystic sunrise in Inverness. And plenty of Jack Frost to go with it.
A coyote and her kit photographed yesterday in Point Reyes. I've never seen that, pretty cool. (thx MS)
Dumping rain on SFD through Samuel Taylor with all sorts of lightning. Game on! Drive safe today. (Thx KM)
Kirsten Sheehan spotted this epic double rainbow over Tomales Bay this afternoon. Felt like rainbow weather today. Anyone else spot any? Post your picture in the comments.
This is horrible. "California's crab fiasco is worse for sea lions then humans. An unusually deep layer of warm water in the Pacific has fueled a Pseudo-nitzchia bloom like scientists have never seen. Sea lions eat crabs, in addition to all those little algae-feeders like sardines and anchovies—all packed with domoic acid because of the monster bloom. And there’s no way to warn them of the poison lurking in their meals."
Where is that 'do not like' button?http://www.wired.com/2015/11/californias-crab-fiasco-is-worse-for-sea-lions-than-humans/
For those keeping score, Measure G passed yesterday. "The Inverness Public Utility District is asking voters to increase its appropriations limit through the 2017-8 fiscal year. Measure G, which is on the Nov. 3 ballot, requires a simple majority to pass. The routine measure, required under the state constitution’s so-called Gann amendment, will allow the district to use all of the local tax revenue it collects." Yay.http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20150926/NEWS/150929844
There was a structure fire on Miwok in Inverness last night around 3am. We were woken up by the fire trucks and watched the lights from across the valley. Not sure how bad it was, anyone else know the details?
Fiona over at the Point Reyes Farmer's Market shared this Halloween message with us, spot on. Don't forget, only two markets left! And the Haggards will be playing a very special Halloween show at The Western tonight, should be a blast. And if you have good Halloween photos from tonight, share them in the comments! Be safe, have fun!
Whoa, new restaurant in Inverness, when did this happen? Anyone have details? A menu? Sir Francis Drake was a privateer?
UPDATE: @KWMRradio: RV fire extending into the vegetation mile marker 3.60 Shoreline highway at Panoramic south of Muir Beach multiple units responding. Shoreline to be closed at Panoramic. Aircraft requested.http://m.twitter.com/KWMRradio
The Tomales Bay Watershed council posted their testing results for this week and Chicken Ranch Beach does not meet the 'contact recreation standards'. If you're more interested in what this means, check out their web page then go to their annual meeting on Nov. 3 at the Yacht Club in Inveress at 3pm. (thx RD)http://www.tomalesbaywatershed.org/beach-water-quality.html
"Locals beware of the car off to right side of road, just south of Samuel P on Sir Francis Drake, go slow!!!! Blind curve." (thx VLB)
"An hours-long search for a missing boater in (Tomales Bay) stopped Monday evening, but rescue crews say they are not giving up hope just yet. Monday evening, the fog made the search very difficult, but they'll be back out again on Tuesday morning.
The man was last seen Monday morning off the waters of Tomales Bay. That's when a distress call went out that all three men on board the small fishing boat were in the water. One of those men is dead and the other survived the ordeal."http://abc7news.com/news/search-to-resume-for-missing-boater-off-tomales-bay--/1052570/
My California Dark Dream in the NYTimes this weekend. "Eyes wide open, here,” says Terry Sawyer, co-owner of the nearby Hog Island Oyster Company, where the big issue is excess atmospheric carbon dioxide raising ocean acidity so fast that oyster larvae struggle to build shells. “The California dream of us being wet and making a living and enjoying ourselves may be threatened,” he says. “I have kids, and I want that dream intact for them, but it may not be the same dream. I may not be growing the same organism. I am hopeful, but I am extremely concerned."http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/opinion/sunday/my-dark-california-dream.html?_r=0
Secret graffiti spot of the day. Do you know where this is?
The annual pancake breakfast happening at the Point Reyes Fire Station this morning. Come on down and support your local firefighters!
A cluster of some 20 great white sharks was recently spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard off Pacifica and Ocean Beach, an unusually large gathering that has heightened concerns about the safety of local swimmers, wind surfers and kayakers. “This is the first I’d heard of near-shore aggregating in such an urban area,” said Schramm, who could not recall ever seeing so many large sharks in one place.http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Large-cluster-of-great-whites-surprises-concerns-6587610.php
From the NWS Bay Area. Wednesday could be our first major 'precipitation' event in quite a while. Prepare accordingly. "SPREADING RAIN ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE ON WEDNESDAY. MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO BE INTENSIFIED AS THIS SYSTEM TAPS INTO REMNANT MOISTURE FROM HURRICANE OLAF. WEDNESDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TIMING FOR THE MAIN RAIN EVENT." (thx RB)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDMTR&wfo=MTR
Now is a great time to go check out the elk in the park. Huge, beautiful, pointy antlers.
A biblical level sunrise this morning at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes.
Very sad news. After more then 20 years, the Pine Cone Diner is closed for business. A West Marin institution and Joanie is the best. Leave your best Pine Cone memories in the comments. (Like this if you miss it, especially the pancakes...)
More controlled burning happening today: "The controlled burn started Wednesday on 122 acres of the Historic N Ranch near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and will resume Thursday, the National Park Service said in a press release. The burns are part of a park service effort to control Scotch broom and maintain open grasslands between large tracts of dense forest on the Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge."http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4617734-181/fire-in-point-reyes-national
The annual Orionid meteor shower isn't due to peak until October 21-22, but I was up at 6:00 am this morning and saw a beautiful meteor shoot across the sky right where they say to look (by Orion's Belt). So get out there late or early and let us know if you see one!
Everything you need to know about the Orionid meteor shower:http://earthsky.org/?p=27937
Not sure where this blog found the Linders, but they are a West Marin treasure. "Mort and Virginia Linder have been married for over 53 years. When I asked them what the their secret is Mort answered," Just be extra nice to each other I don't think I've ever been mad at Ginny for over 10 minutes. We feel like we've been on a magical mystery tour. Ginny said, "I miss him even when he goes to the post office. We've had a happy life and I like that he can fix my car." (thx AP)http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/2015/10/mort-and-virginia-linder.html
Here is a sunset chaser from tonight in Bolinas to help wash away some of the sadness from this week. Nice place to live. (Thx AN)
Things that happen while you sleep. A marine salvage project out at the Great Beach in Point Reyes last night. I hope they had insurance. Did anyone see when they towed the boat parts through town today? (thx IY)
To all my friends and family in West Marin, I can't begin to express my appreciation for all your help and support over the past 48 hours.
I have been involved a number of horrific and unimaginable crime investigations over my past 30+ years but the senseless murder as this one is just baffling to me.
Thank you for all the kind words of support and more importantly I need to thank all of you for your willingness in becoming involved as a community to support one another.
There is no question in my mind that without the support of citizens from across West Marin and throughout the entire county in providing key tips and information that led to a quick and safe apprehension of three heartless individuals, we would still be searching for each of these three individuals. Without your help and support my job would be almost impossible, however as we all witnesses this week, working together in partnership in achieving the same goal can be unbeatable.
Thanks to you my fellow Westmarinites for all you've done in helping to keep our community safe as you have once again proved to me this week. - Doug Pittman
BREAKING: "Three suspects were arrested Wednesday in Portland, Ore., on suspicion of murdering tantric therapist Steve Carter on a Marin County hiking trail, the county sheriff’s office said."
"Doug Pittman said detectives were helped by citizens and a trail of evidence, including photographs and videos taken at a convenience store, school and gas station. He showed one photograph taken 30 minutes after the shooting at a gas station in Point Reyes Station. It showed the three suspects with the stolen vehicle."
Here is an update on the Fairfax hiker murder. "The killer fled the scene in the victim’s silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta station wagon with California license plate 6PPG662"
"A man found shot dead on a scenic hiking trail in Marin County with his wounded dog still attached to a leash on his hand was a prominent Tantra teacher, yoga and massage therapist who was staying with friends while he cared for his cancer-stricken wife, authorities and his brother said Tuesday.
The body of Steve Carter, 67, was discovered shortly after 6 p.m. Monday by a hiker in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve north of Fairfax, off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard."http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Man-found-shot-to-death-with-wounded-dog-on-Marin-6553740.php
For those of you wondering what all the police activity on Sir Francis Drake just before Fairfax was this morning. "The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent homicide on a hiking trail just outside Fairfax. A hiker found the gunshot victim was discovered at about 6 p.m. Monday, said sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman. The victim was on a trail called the Gunshot Fire Road, which is on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the area of the Loma Alta Preserve near Baywood Canyon Road."http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20151005/marin-deputies-investigate-apparent-homicide-near-fairfax