A celebration honoring EZ Powell’s end of treatment, takes place tomorrow (Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Yellow House in the Point Reyes Station Town Commons. Includes live children’s music by Irena Eide of Little Folkies and Amber Hines and Michael Pinkham, lemonade, popcorn, a cake walk, a photo booth, sun-printing and tassle bead garland-making. Free, but donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Rhabomyosarcoma research will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers also needed, if you're interested, sign up here: www.volunteersignup.org/73TAK
BREAKING: Officer Larson of the Sheriff's department informed us that another house burglary occurred earlier today at a house on the corner of Manana and Hwy 1. A 2006-07 Silver Jetta is believed to be involved - please contact Officer Larson if you notice this car or other suspicious activity. Thank you! - via The West Marin Commons, check back there for more info. http://www.westmarincommons.org/alerts
In case you somehow missed Western Weekend, Dave Mitchell posted a blog with pictures and commentary. "Towtruck driver Tim Bunce (right), who entered a 1953 Farmall Tractor in the parade, photo-bombs Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman’s picture. Bunce took first in the Farm Vehicle division and first in the best-vehicle division." http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=29059
Kaki McLachlan writes, "He's looking for a place to stay the night. He's just coming into town if anyone can offer a spot. His names Kevin and he's walking to raise awareness for kids cancer." I mean, come on! And get him on stage with The Haggards!
WESTERN WEEKEND! Lots of events happening: - Friday: El Radio plays at The Western at 9pm - Saturday: 4H Fair at Tobys: 10am - 1pm - Saturday: Barn Dance at Tobys, 7pm - 10pm - Saturday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm - Sunday: Parade at noon in Point Reyes - Sunday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm
Summer Brennan presents an interesting perspective on the Sheriff's calls, curious to hear what others think, "Brennan, who spent five months reporting for the Light in 2012, also told a story about her grandmother, whose death in 1997 followed a long and painful illness; the death was reported in the Sheriff’s Calls. “There it was, between humorous anecdotes about escaped cows and neighborly squabbles,” Brennan wrote. “I felt something like a rock falling in my heart to see it there, presented as entertainment. I felt sad and exposed. I wished fervently that it hadn’t been included. No one had asked us.”" http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/06/police_blotters_the_point_reyes_light_s_sheriff_s_calls_column_is_entertaining.html
Well, that's not a nice way to say thank you. "An intoxicated man suffered a head injury Tuesday night after falling from rocks on the south side of Stinson Beach, and was arrested when he became combative with fire rescue personnel, the CHP said." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU7I2AaNIwc
"A man who was abalone diving with four other men died in Tomales Bay Tuesday morning, a National Park Service spokesman said. The men began CPR and eventually called for help, Dell’Osso said. They got the stricken diver back in the boat and brought him to Lawson’s Landing. Marin County paramedics continued resuscitation efforts, but the diver was pronounced dead." http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/06/02/abalone-diver-dies-in-tomales-bay/
An informational meeting discussing a proposed re-design and renovation of the Health and Human Services’ West Marin Service Center takes place tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the small gym at the West Marin School, in Point Reyes Station. Learn about the project from the architects and provide input.
This is nice, and at the same time very sad. Libraries should be open all day, seven days a week. "Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Inverness branches no longer closed for lunch. Thanks to funding from a tax measure, the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) has expanded hours at three West Marin branches, marking the first time in the 87-year MCFL history that the branches will stay open for a full day of service." http://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2015/library-hours-052915
A community meeting addressing strategies for navigating local housing takes place tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, with presentations by the Bolinas Community Land Trust and the Bolinas Community Action Network. A $5 dinner prepared by BoBOP follows the meeting; bring your own plate and utensils.
A potluck celebration of the life of West Marin’s beloved Donna Sheehan takes place today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with live music by El Radio Fantastique, Danny Vitali and others. Bring finger foods, beverages, flowers from your garden, photos, mementos and notes for a communal altar and memories to share. Photo by Dave Mitchell from his blog: http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=6510
Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Grandi Building in downtown Point Reyes? Some guy named Shawn Clover went exploring one weekend and took these photos. Bonus trivia: there have been two hardware stores in the Grandi Building in the past, can you name one or both of them? **WARNING: it is illegal to go into the Grandi Building and we do not condone such action, you could end up arrested and/or injured. http://shawnclover.com/2012/12/30/inside-the-grandi/
This will be a wild show, TWMF recommends checking it out. "Extra Action Marching Band plays punk march, with special guest Jessie Evans, at 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. $5." Watch this vdieo to see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bbs9-RiIpU
4:41pm - "There's an accident blocking traffic on Sir Francis Drake headed west just past Papermill Creek Saloon and before you head into Lagunitas. Emergency vehicles on scene. No traffic is currently being let through." (Thx FK)
Slate.com shows the love: "The Point Reyes Light publishes a few dozen such items each week as part of its Sheriff’s Calls column. The column, which is written by the paper’s editor-in-chief, Tess Elliott, chronicles the worries, fears, misfortunes, and mischief that prompt the residents of West Marin to alert the authorities. It is the best police blotter in America, or at least the best one I’ve ever read."
"A dead whale washed up on a Point Reyes National Seashore beach today is the latest of many reported in Northern California this spring, but experts said Wednesday that the influx is probably caused more by strong winds and a large whale population in the area than by any increase in mortality."
"Last night Wharf Rd. was ‘tagged’ with some incredibly toxic and disturbing graffiti on both private and public property including folks' cars, fences, signage, etc. We understand that this has been happening throughout our community for some time, and not a first for Wharf Rd. residents. But last night the ‘taggers’ hit hard. And clearly from the messages they left behind, these are local town folks attacking their own. It’s time to react collectively as a Bolinas community, to reflect, to communicate, to identify the perpetrators, to make them stop this criminal behavior, pay for the damage, and perhaps perform some community work that services Bolinas." - from Bolinas Wharf Rd. Residents.
If you have any info about who might be doing this, please let the Marin County Sheriff know.
This only happens once a year: "The Vedanta Retreat hosts its annual Memorial Day retreat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, meditation, guest speakers Reverend Gwynn Guibord and Swami Atmavidyananda in the morning and a question-and-answer session with Swami Tattwamayanda, the minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, in the afternoon. The bookstore will also be open. All are welcome; leave pets at home. For information, visit sfvedanta.org"
A reminder that it is Memorial Day Weekend, so put on your best attitude and stock up supplies so you can avoid driving as much as possible. Its also Open Studios (art by Tom Killion) which is a great opportunity not just to see great art, but to meet local artists and check out their amazing spaces. More info at: http://www.pointreyesart.com/
Terrible. "Around $5,000 was stolen from the Marshall Store over the weekend, a burglary law enforcement has described as “unusual.” Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the store to find the bolt cut off the front door and, once inside, discovered that both the point of sales system and a cash register—which contained several hundred dollars—were missing. The employee later saw that a safe hidden in the store’s office was also gone, and with it thousands of dollars." - via the Point Reyes Light: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/marshall-store-break
"Legislation allowing Marin County to acquire surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for affordable housing was approved by the House of Representatives this week
Huffman said the legislation should have a “smooth path” in the Senate, where senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have introduced a companion measure. Huffman said there is no way of telling when the Senate might act because it “has its own schedule and rhythms,” but noted there is nothing controversial about the proposal. “I hope we can swiftly move this legislation to the president’s desk,” he added.
A nice story in Local Edition about Alexandra Hart who created the legendary book, Funk and Flash with some local faces you know in it. "In 1973, she teamed up with photographer Jerry Wainwright to make a book that chronicled interesting fashions and styles. Together, they interviewed and photographed people who were "making the most interesting, embroidered expressions on ordinary items," coining the term "funk and flash" to describe the innovative, sometimes outrageous, idiosyncratic style of personal decor." http://www.editionlocal.com/alexandra-hart-native-funk-and-flash
"The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin holds its annual meeting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, discussing, among other things, the potential Coast Guard property acquisition and amendments to the bylaws. Includes a light supper and music."
What should I say? As I left the Public Safety Building in Pt. Reyes the other morning, I watch a woman run a stop sign right in front of the station and then proceed at a high rate of speed NB on Shoreline past West Marin School...while a bunch if young elementary school children were walking home from their day at school!
I stopped the woman (local resident of Inverness) who seemed surprised that I had stopped her. After mentioning her failing to stop at the stop sign and driving over 50MPH past the school kids she quickly pointed out to me that it was OK for her to drive so unsafely explaining to me "But I live here, I didn't think the rules applied to me?"
Finding myself at a loss for words, I explained that there really aren't any "local exemptions in the California Driver's Handbook" I let her go on a warning.
Hi WMF, we have a last minute job opening on our staff for this summer at Point Reyes Summer Camp and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share it? The position is for an Assistant Cook who would be involved in all aspects of running our kitchen with our Chef and another Assistant. We make homemade, delicious food sourced from the best possible local and sustainable ingredients and are a really fun staff! The job announcement and application can be found at http://www.ptreyes.org/summer-camp/camp-job-opportunities
The TWMF does cover Bolinas: "i am wondering if WMF includes news of bolinas. we had a big fire threat last night 5/10/15, @ 3:00am and on into the later morning hours. it was a fire at jack's creek (i heard, unconfirmed) and many fire trucks from many different sources arrived. it is a very difficult location to fight a fire and a very big threat. so, does WMF include info and news of bolinas?" Thanks Jeffery.
It's been a very busy day in the parks today. There was a helicopter airlift for someone at Walker Creek earlier, then a helicopter airlift for someone extremely dehydrated on the Inverness Ridge Trail and now another person needing assistance at Heart's Desire Beach.
Yesterday I found my free ranging chicken dead and partially eaten, I think it happened between 9 and 11 AM. I put her body in the compost bin with a lot of weeds. This morning I found that critter(s) had removed her from the compost bin and eaten/taken her body away. The compost bin was closed and upright. I found an area near the bin with feathers but no body parts. I did some research and it seems that raccoons don’t eat the whole chicken. I’m wondering if it was a bobcat. Any ideas?
Can someone please explain what is going on here? "Shoreline Unified School District’s superintendent is resigning a year after he was let go by the school board and then reinstated by popular demand. Tom Stubbs, 61, said he tendered his resignation April 22 after the school board refused to give him a two-year deal because “I needed to know that I have at least two years to accomplish what’s needed for the district.” His last day will be June 30."
"Legislation giving Marin County the first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for affordable housing was approved by a congressional committee this week and shifts to the full House for consideration."
Jay Soladay, owner of the Point Reyes Surf Shop and Jayli Imports was in Nepal when the earthquake struck. From his Facebook page, "Fears, tears, rubble. Crushed cars, bodies and spirits. Survival and death. Haves and nots. Violent earth with persistent human assault. Staying safe, moving little, knowing what's above in a brick city. 48 hour pounding heart that never sleeps and is always hurting. Huge 6.8 today and a gnarly 5am wake up call. Shacked up now with seven friends glued together while trapped. 3 Nepali, one Danish, Palestinian, Spain and American. We jump and run together supporting all the time. Wish I could have done more!!!!!" Pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/jay.soladay/media_set?set=a.10153317683143707.1835645747&type=3 You can make donations here: http://www.gofundme.com/t9nptk
"Does anyone know why there is so much glass on the beach at Millerton Point? Was there a dump here at some point? I have been picking up glass every time I walk my puppy and today was my biggest haul... 78 pieces at low tide!" - Ciara Cox
Via KWMR: "Swerving Kirven tore it up and now Paul Flowerman with Gregory DeMascio are playing some funky jazz. We still have a $100 challenge grant to meet! 425-663-9050! Give a call!" Paul is one of the best, be sure to tune in and help them out...
The giant bird nerd festival thing is happening this weekend. Lots of great events for big and small people. It will also increase traffic, so take that into consideration when going to get snacks in town.
"An April meteor shower known for uncommon surges of up 100 shooting stars per hour is on tap for the next few days. This series of shooting stars known as the Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16 to 25, according to Around 10-20 meteors per hour can be expected, and about one quarter of those meteors will leave bright ionized gas trails that glow for a few seconds after the meteor has passed."
Missed this story by a day, the orgins of 420: "One day in the fall of 1971 -- harvest time -- the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member, Bill McNulty, who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of the free bud. The Waldos, who were all athletes, agreed to meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to begin the hunt."
A Coast Guard helicopter had a computer malfunction yesterday and had to land in the North Beach parking lot. Someone spotted it being towed out of the park last night. Not something you see every day... (thx SP)
"The bodies of two people believed to be part of a missing fishing party from Bodega Harbor were recovered Saturday from the waters off Tomales Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Coast Guard officials said. Authorities continued to search for two others that had been aboard the 21-foot boat, nearly 15 hours into the search in the waters from Bodega Bay to Tomales Point."
"Drought is likely the reason why more than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at the Point Reyes National Seashore during a two-year period. The National Park Service confirmed Thursday the elk died inside the 2,600-acre elk preserve on Tomales Point from 2012 to 2014."
The Point Reyes Light says, "The proposal for a roughly 9,000-square-foot development in Inverness Park that sparked ire in West Marin has been withdrawn, to give the applicant—Tim Westergren, a co-founder of Pandora Radio—more time to revise the design and provide additional information about impacts to trees and neighboring wells."
Join Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and Leave No Trace for a Drakes Estero Shoreline Clean Up on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will break into two groups to clean up the parking area and shoreline debris around the northern fingers of the bay, while learning about Leave No Trace ethics. Depending on the debris load, we may hike from .5 to 5 miles roundtrip in muddy marshes collecting trash. Harbor seal breeding areas will be avoided during the pupping season.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear layers, and bring a sun hat, sunscreen, mud boots, gloves, snacks and a water bottle. Limited space, pre-registration required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drakes-estero-shoreline-clean-…). All ages and groups encouraged. Children must attend with a guardian. Some additional driving to other entry sites may be required. Please meet at the Drakes Estero parking lot to check in, fill out volunteer forms and meet the crew.
Drakes Estero is a coastal estuary of five branching bays, representing the geographical and ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore and is a part of the Phillip Burton Wilderness Area, the only marine wilderness on the Pacific coast south of Alaska.
Questions? Call (415) 663.1200 x310 or email email@example.com.
It's interesting when things you take for granted suddenly blow up on the Social Medias. This photo has 6K likes on Instagram. I drive by that beautiful car every day. Classic. Photo by Finn Beales. https://instagram.com/finn/
Well, this solves one mystery from yesterday, "A couple from England misjudged a turn at Highway 1 and the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road Tuesday afternoon, and their motorcycle ran off the highway. The motorcycle traveled a short distance in a roadside ditch, careened over a driveway’s culvert and back into the ditch where it knocked down a 25 mph sign. Highway Patrol officer Will Thompson (pictured) said there was no evidence the motorcycle was speeding. Neither the husband, 55, nor his wife, 54, were injured although their rented motorcycle was damaged and their trip to Mendocino was interrupted." - via Dave Mitchell
Still no word on the condition of the cyclist on Lucas Valley though.
Via Dave Mitchell's blog: "One of Point Reyes Station’s best-loved merchants, Chris Giacomini, proprietor of Toby’s Feed Barn, suffered serious injuries Tuesday, March 31, when he fell from a loft in the building. Chris fell about 20 feet, landing on the cement floor, breaking a wrist and shattering an elbow and heel. He’s already had surgery and is scheduled for more this coming week, but he is recovering, according to his family and staff. Get well cards can be dropped off at Toby’s."
The MarinIJ interviewed Point Reyes Light Editor Tess Elliott. This sentence in particular stood out, "...I get the feeling that some people don’t grasp the point of journalism, so they blame the messenger." I think she is referring to what happened to Jim Kravets for his reporting on the Citizen/Light merger. Read more about that on his blog post below:
"On the day West Marin artist Alexander Carl Bratenahl was diagnosed with the AIDS virus that would take his young life, he went into his studio and painted what could very well be a self portrait - a sorrowful face with white hot tears streaming from sad green eyes."
Busy weekend: Easter, lunar eclipse, first full moon of Spring (Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, or Easter Moon) AND RAINNNNNNN. "Federal forecasters said a breezy Pacific storm will roll across the region early Sunday, bringing a quarter-inch of rain or more to the Bay Area."
Polish cyclists this morning: there is a great story here! Margit in the middle lives in Lagunitas and met Adela and Kris in Argentina a year and a half ago. Had not seen them or heard from them and then saw them on WM Feed this morning! And biked over to meet them!
Two Polish bicyclists, Adela and Kris, who have been biking around the world for the last five years will be at the Point Reyes Post Office today around 10:00am. If you see them, say hello (and take a picture for TWMF). I love these stories. More info about their incredible journey at: http://www.biketheworld.pl/
Marine Mammal Center officials released Percevero, the sea lion pup found wandering around Route One near Lake Merced in February, back into the water Monday at Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore. Center officials also released six other sea lions into the ocean at the same time. A rough year for pups.
Via Barbara Romanoff, "I Just learned of changes pending at Millerton Point: "The project is in the initial planning and early design phase... scope of work will include installing accessible parking spaces, restroom improvements, a path of travel upgrade to a mile-long segment of the existing park road and road realignment in order to protect native bird nesting areas, and the bay’s wetlands." The "community information session" was last week Thursday, did anyone attend? http://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/525
A local surfer lost his wedding ring in the beach break at Drake's Beach yesterday. He dropped it just before getting in the water and it disappeared right into the water and sand. Any advice on how to recover it? Has anyone had luck with a metal detector? Will the park let you use one looking for a lost item?
Old white dude with beard in white van let his dog loose at White House Pool this morning. Dog chases a buck and doe pair onto Levee Road. A speeding sedan hit the buck, throwing him 15 feet into the air; the doe ran into the marshes. The sedan never even applied it's brakes, just kept going.
Shortly after, the dog emerges from the bushes, frantic and wild-eyed. When the owner in his van pulls by, I tell him what happened. In a rural accent he says he hopes someone will "clean it up".
From the Sheriff's Calls: "POINT REYES STATION: At 6:01 p.m. a woman who had volunteered at a Geography of Hope event at Toby’s Feed Barn over the weekend said another female volunteer had thrown a rock at her." Almost sounds like The Onion.
An update from Scott McMorrow from the Green Bridge retrofit meeting: " I attended this meeting last night, and spoke with the engineer who designed the four options. He stated that the current bridge is seismically deficient, and invited me to get underneath it and look up. He said that the current bridge is supported by what amounts to angle iron. This is considered very unsafe in an earthquake. There is also significant damage to the abutments. He felt that a new bridge would be designed to withstand a 6.7 – 7 magnitude quake (a 1000 year event).
A question was raised about “Why now? Why not wait for ‘big one’ and get a new bridge then.” My take on that is that if there is a Bay-area wide quake that causes extensive damage, we will be at the end of the line for a replacement. Larger population areas will be given priority. With this currently proposed project, we are at the front of the line. There is a proposed one-lane temporary bridge to handle traffic during construction. Traffic will be controlled by traffic lights on the one-laner, and emergency services vehicles will have the ability to override the traffic signals to gain priority access. There will be inconvenience during construction, for sure.
Yet, image the inconvenience if we lose the current bridge during an earthquake. Those of us on the West shore will have to drive the platform bridge route to get to PRS. Emergency vehicles will add 16 or so minutes of response time from PRS to the West shore and Bolinas."
So sad. "A kayaker died in Tomales Bay on Wednesday after twice falling into the water, first from his own boat and then from the boat of a friend who tried to save him. The incident happened in the afternoon after the two kayakers had paddled from the Nick’s Cove area to Dillon Beach, Pittman said. As they were heading back, one man looked back to see that his friend had fallen from his boat in the rough conditions. He hoisted the victim into his own boat because the other was taking on water, but the victim fell back in again and was lost."