STORM UPDATES: All Shorline Schools out early today (2pm)... ETA for power restoration on the Point Reyes Mesa and Hwy 1 area is not before 3pm... power out for most of the park... Traffic controls in place at Tomasini Canyon road for PGE work and water on the road in Tomales (thx LM)
SCHOOL UPDATE: All Shoreline schools out early today (2pm). (thx LM)
Crews removing a tree from SFD in Lagunitas. Road will be open shortly. Be careful out there everyone! (Thx RJ)
King tides pushing through Tomales Bay this morning. When does that thing float away?
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Re: Tree down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Roadway is clear and now open for use. nixle.us/97LWB
Via Burton - "West Marin residents will want to leave by way of Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd today. SFDB is closed in the park. Going to be a couple of hours."
TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic Alert - Tree down blocking Sir Francis Drake Bl in Samuel P Taylor Park. Waiting for emergency equipment.
TRAFFIC REPORT: West Marin Feed: Good passage LUCAS VALLEY ROAD all the way to 101 (Passed at 5:30 AM)
In Point Reyes:
Power outage Mesa area at 5:15AM, maybe restored now PGE working AT THE Tomasini creek on 101 at that time. Only Mesa road flooded in the low areas. (Thx AV)
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD closed both directions until car that crashed trying to avoid tree is towed. Then tree will be removed. (Via KWMR)
Stop sign in place on Lucas Valley Road where side of road fell apart today. Down to one lane. Hopefully it holds. (Thx FP)
One lane traffic control in Tocaloma on SFD while PG&E does one heck of a job getting a power line back up
Via CHPMarin: "Alert!! Lucas Valley Rd just east of Nicasio Valley Rd is down to one lane due to a small slide. We are currently on scene with the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Department of Public Works to evaluate. We are conducting one way traffic control while a plan to fix the road is developed. There is currently no ETA to have the entire roadway open. If you need to get to or from West Marin, use either Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Novato Blvd. as an alternate."
Levee Road is open and not flooded right now and passable. High tide is at 10:00pm so tread lightly.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: CHPMarin just announced that Lucas Valley Road is now open. Yay.
SCHOOL UPDATE: School cancelled for all of Shoreline tomorrow (Inverness school, West Marin school, Tomales and Bodega Bay) (thx LM)
"There's a water craft adrift and beached (for the moment, while the tide is out) at Cypress Grove in Marshall." (Thx RM)
The Palace Market is closing early at 6:30pm today so their workers can get home safely.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Levy Road (SFD) now starting to flood at White House Pool. One lane is passable for now, proceed with extreme caution. People taking risks driving through deep water.
"Per AT&T customer phone service a tower near Samuel P is "degraded due to storm" Crews are repairing it and hope to restore service by 3:00 a.m. Meanwhile wireless still works fir email and texting ." (Thx RD)
NWS: "We've extended our Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings through 6PM PST this evening."
Reported: "AT&T cell phone tower out. No cell service in Point Reyes." AT&T phones and Internet also out in Seahaven. (Thx AF)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Tree blocking Shoreline Hwy (SR1) south of Olema. No ETO.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Platform Bridge Rd between Sir Francis Drake and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd is closed due to flooding. (Photo of gravel pit by Richard James)
Shoreline highway closed north of Stinson Beach Due to flooding.
SFD still closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Going to be closed for awhile, multiple trees down and a slide blocking road.
Have some good storm photos? Share them here. Sounds like we're going to get more wind then rain today in West Marin. Nick Whitney clears some brush in Inverness.
Traffic Updates: SFD open at platform bridge now. SFD closed at Ottingers Hill going into the park. Lucas Valley Road still closed.
Bolinas Fairfax Road is closed at the Meadow Club in Fairfax down to Hwy 1. Tentatively reopening 1/13/17.
LUCAS VALLEY RD CLOSED AT
NICASIO VALLEY AND WESTGATE DUE TO WIRES DOWN, PROBABLY OVERNIGHT
ROAD CLOSED: Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Dr and Nicasio Valley Road
Lucas Valley Road is closed between Westgate Drive and Nicasio Valley Road due to downed trees and power lines. PG&E has been called and will respond to the location to handle the lines. Once they have been rendered safe the tree can be cleared from the road. There is no ETO at this time.
Drivers wishing to travel to or from this area of West Marin are encouraged to take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Nicasio Valley Road.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road closed both ways east of Nicasio Valley Rd. due to tree and power lines down.
An update on the 'atmospheric river'.
Birds lining up in the defensive position in Inverness. (thx A)
"You can get sandbags at the following locations: Pt. Reyes Public Safety Building, Woodacre Fire Department and the Tamalpias Community Center (203 Marin Ave.)" - via the Marin Sheriff
Ok, hopefully by now you know that this weekend is going to bring SERIOUS rain. A flood alert has already been issued: North Bay Flash Flood Watch from 1/7/2017 4:00 PM to 1/8/2017 7:00 PM. This is a MAJOR storm. Please prepare now, make sure you're prepared for power outages, stock up on food, charge cel phones, go talk to your neighbors, etc. I compiled some emergency resources in this list:http://thewestmarinfeed.com/resources.php
feel free to add others in the comments here and I'll update. TWMF will be providing updates as they come in, you can always contact us with updates via Facebook or text me at 415-786-4703.
Paul Korhummel won the Sunrise Contest of the Year and its only January 6th. Incredible shot. I knew it was special this morning, but my car windows were iced shut and I couldn't rally. Great job Paul!
Two bald eagles playing with each other spotted off of Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness today. A good omen?
I missed the epic sunrise picture this morning (anyone else get one?), but saw that the Point Reyes Lighthouse Cam did a pretty good job of capturing the moment. Calm before the storm.
Major tree down in the Shell Beach parking lot in Inverness. Good thing no cars around. Be prepared for more trees coming down. (Thx KM)
"Closed in #NorthOfPointReyes on Hwy 1 SB between Marshall Petaluma Rd and Point Reyes Petaluma Rd", this just report came in. Can anyone confirm?
Wind has gone next level now in Inverness. Just heard a report that a tree is down blocking a lane on Sir Francis Drake right before the boatel in Inverness (thx MM). NWS says this system will be strong until midnight and hopefully taper off after that.
Rain has slowed down but wind really picking up steam in Inverness. Local crews hard at work keeping roads clear. Any other reports?
Two great interviews on KWMR today with Dan Eilerman, the Assistant County Administrator and Doug Pittman, the Marin County Sheriff, about what effects the new administration may have on local affairs. Pittman also discusses the legality of people living in their cars in areas like Point Reyes and Bolinas. A very informative series. LINK: http://kwmr.org/broadcasts/6725
More rain on the way! Heavy snow in Tahoe and there is snow in Healdsburg! Tomorrow will be very wet and very cold (snow for us?) Prepare accordingly, drive safe!
Last sunset of 2016 in Point Reyes. So grateful to be here for it. Happy New Years everyone! #sunset
Holiday traffic meets holiday traffic.
Here's a picture of accident on Lucas Valley Road by big rock. People say traffic not too bad now, tow truck on way. (Thx FP)
"Super icy on Lucas Valley. Car overturned eastbound below/before Big Rock. Everyone safe. CHP en route. Lane blocked with eastbound traffic piling up."
"The northbound lane of Shoreline Highway in the vicinity of the Bat House (mile marker 21) due to a vehicle rollover" - via KWMR
The shuttle begins on Saturday! "Gray whales and elephant seals will be a main attraction for visitors in the coming weeks along the Point Reyes coastline, while scientists ponder whether humpbacks could appear again in San Francisco Bay in the spring in another “Whale-palooza” event. The Point Reyes National Seashore will begin offering a shuttle to view the whale and elephant seal activity beginning Saturday and running through early April. The bus can be boarded from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, running in good weather on weekends and holidays. Children 15 and younger are free, with the cost for adults at $7." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20161226/point-reyes-migrating-whales-return-to-action-after-last-seasons-phenomenon
Right place, right time. Elephant rock in Point Reyes looking stoic this evening. (Thx SC) #pointreyes #sunset
Happy Holidays from The West Marin Feed!
This car skidded off the road down into the bushes last night on Rt. 1 north of Point Reyes. Everyone was ok, but another reminder that the roads are slippery, drive slow and safe!
Rt 1 closed just north of Point Reyes because of car off the road. No estimated time to open. traffic totally stopped.
Intense skies out at the great beach in Point Reyes tonight.
Not exactly gushing yet, but we'll call it the offical 'spillover' at the Nicasio Reservoir. It will pick up speed as more water comes out of the hills. (Thx JS)
An uplifting holiday story...
Rolled into town just as someone let a little solstice pyre float down White House Pool. Happy Winter Solstice! Not sure it's a great idea, but pagans will be pagans.
"Traffic control in in effect on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in the vicinity of Perry's Deli due to a two vehicle collision" Via KWMR. Anyone have any details?
From the Point Reyes Light Sheriff's Calls. Hopefully the deer is feeling better by now.
Frosty day at the dock in Inverness in West Marin. #dock #westmarin #frost
Inverness Almanac art opening at Gallery Route One with Isis Hockenos and Madeline Hope today (Sun) from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
"Thanks to #Lighthouse volunteer John, we just saw our first southbound gray #whale!" - Point Reyes NPS
"As of 5:50 AM, Lucas Valley Rd. at Big Rock has reopened. There are currently no closures in Marin CHP jurisdiction. @MarinSheriff @maringov"
STORM UPDATES: Deputies in West Marin reporting Platform Bridge Rd near Sir Francis Drake Blvd under several feet of water. Highway 1 between Pt Reyes Station to Olema reported as currently "impassible" by sheriff's deputies due to flooding.
STORM UPDATES: Sheriff's deputies working side by side with residents evacuating their homes along Castro St in Forest Knolls/Lagunitas due to flooding. Lucas Valley Road will be closed until tomorrow morning.
"More flooding at Platform Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Blvd." - thx BE
Rt 1. is flooded at the Olema Campground. Sir Francis Drake and Rt.1 through Bear Valley is still open. Sorry about not clarifying that.
ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: Rt. 1 in Tomales is closed. Lucas Valley Road is closed due to powerlines down. Rt. 1 at Olema is also closed due to flooding and the Green Barn in Point Reyes is also flooding. Facebook stinks for rapid updates because they don't show updates by time they were posted. For up-to-date info, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/westmarinfeed
or at our web site at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
Via KWMR: "Lucas Valley Road is currently closed due to a tree down and power lines - 1/2 mile west of Big Rock. This is a longer term closure, please take another route. 3:11pm 12/15/2016"
"NORTH BAY: Hwy 1 at Tomales Rd.....The road is flooded (3 feet of water) and at least one vehicle is reportedly stuck on the roadway." - Reports are that hwy 1 is closed at Tomales, plan accordingly. Do not drive through standing water!
"West Marin and Inverness Schools are calling an emergency minimum day. Inverness gets out at 12:15 and West Marin at 12:30. If your kids don't take the bus, you need to pick them up." Thx LM
Power outages be trees down as rain moves into West Main. An other reports?
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas in Marin County. This advisory is in effect until 6:00 AM PST Thursday
Heavy rain will develop tonight and continue Thursday. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory
area. This advisory will be extended through Thursday morning. If conditions worsen it may need to be upgraded to an urban and small stream flood warning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. (Thx RD)
Anyone feel it? "4.7 mag earthquake - 8km WNW of The Geysers, California @ 08:12 on 12/14/16"
Major rain coming this week. The Nicasio Reservoir getting very close to spillover time. Any guesses when it goes over? If someone gets a picture, please pass along.
Get ready for another wild week. Perhaps historically wild. "More widespread rain later this week. Tuesday through Thursday looks very wet. Possible hydro issues."
Maybe this was the source of the large explosions everyone has been hearing? Doesn't explain the bomb squad being out here though...
Over the last two weeks the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad detonated a large amount of deteriorated explosives on the northern Sonoma County coast. A person found these explosives, which consisted of blasting caps, detonation cord and dynamite, after a family member passed away.
It was highly common for ranchers to possess explosives as it was largely unregulated prior to 1970. Ranchers mostly used these explosives for mining rock and getting rid of unwanted tree stumps.
The Sonoma County Bomb Squad responds to over 100 calls per year stemming from calls like this with old, deteriorated explosives to recovered military ordinance and homemade destructive devices.
The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is trained and nationally certified to deal with explosives of this magnitude. They are a regional asset and assist other Sonoma County cities and surrounding counties with explosive related calls.
"Traffic control is in effect on Lucas Valley Road east of Big Rock due to a multi-vehicle collision with a vehicle over the embankment" - via KWMR
News from the Point Reyes Light: Blue Waters Kayaking shutting down Marshall operation and Moonrise Kingdom compound in Inverness approved with some tweaks.
Trevor Trainia in the Moonrise story, "“I think there’s no small amount of irony that we are the out-of-towners,” he said. “We see the not-so-subtle digs at the wealthy people from out of town coming to Inverness. There is no small amount of irony that we are the ones trying to preserve what independent experts have told us are architecturally significant, as well as locally beloved, structures, and the so-called Inverness Association are the people advocating for the destruction of these valuable buildings. How this dynamic occurred is puzzling to me.”
Tree down on Panoramic near Pantoll.
"Magnitude 6.8 #earthquake strikes off the coast of California, the USGS reports. 115 miles west of Eureka. Tsunami NOT expected."
Via Jared Huffman, "I just received the sad news that Gary Giacomini, former Marin County Supervisor and longtime community leader, died last night. This is the passing of a legend. Gary had such a profound impact on our environment and quality of life in Marin County and beyond. He was one of the most colorful, strategic and irrepressible characters I've ever met -- right out of the Phil Burton political mold. You had to get to know him to understand that beneath a sometimes gruff or even brash exterior was a man with an enormous heart that guided his public service and community work throughout his remarkable career. I'm honored to have known and worked with Gary, and to count him as a friend." (thx EW) (2007 picture of GM from MarinIJ)
Anyone just feel or hear a big explosion?
Lots of holiday events happening this weekend. Scroll down below to see them all. Support our local shops and artisans!
- The Annual Path of Lights tree lighting ceremony starts at 6:30pm in downtown Point Reyes
- Reception for Carlos Porrata and Daniel Dietrich's amazing nature photos at Tobys from 5pm to 7pm
- MMMM! Mothers, Maidens and Melodies Market music and handmade goods made by at Ink.Paper.Plate starting at 6:30pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair starts from 4pm to 9pm
- Community Land Trust or West Marin has its gingerbread contest and silent auction at Little Yellow House in Point Reyes from 10am to 2pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm
- A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm
- La Liberta CD release party at Yoga Toes at 7pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm
- A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm
- Open house and community party at The Gables at the Inverness Library and Jack Mason Museum celebrating 30 years. From 1pm to 4pm
- Santa Claus arrives by water sleigh at Nick's Cove at 3pm
Photo from this blog post by Dave Mitchell:http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?tag=molly-prier
For those interested in voicing your opinions about the 'Moonrise Kingdom' project that is being built at the top of Vision Road by San Franciscans Trevor and Alexis Traina, the public hearing is Thursday, Dec 1 at 9:00am at the Civic Center in San Rafael.
"The applicant is requesting approval to restore and retain three existing residential structures, demolish two residential structures, and construct a new single-family residence on the 6.04 acre property. The proposed single-family residence would consist of a 25 foot tall, two-story structure comprised of 3,993 square feet of floor area and 4,481 square feet of building area. When combined with the existing structures on the property (to be retained), the total proposed floor area is 7,619 square-feet, for a floor area ratio of 3% and a total building area of 8,544 square-feet. "
Public hearing notice here:http://www.marincounty.org/depts/cd/divisions/planning/projects/west-marin/moonrise-kingdom-llc_cp_dr_p1295_in
Background on why people are concerned here:http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/moonrise-kingdom-plans-coalesce-inverness-association-worries-over-size
From the New Yorker this week. "Frédéric Lefebvre had been convinced all along that Trump could win. He spends two weeks of most months in Paris and two weeks travelling among his constituency, in an area that is forty times the size of France. “A year ago, I was in San Francisco for the weekend,” he said. “I went to Point Reyes to see the whales and then to eat oysters at Marshall, and I met many, many Americans during this moment of pleasure. I remember I met a young woman—she was thirty-five years old, had two daughters, and was working all day doing valet parking at a restaurant. It was just after Trump said some horrible things about women, and she told me, ‘I will vote for Trump, because I want to change this system.’ ” FULL STORY: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/28/what-the-french-have-learned-from-trump
Solid rainbow action over Tomales Bay just now. Anyone else see that one? That one had a pot of gold for sure.
Didn't realize Black Friday extended to Point Reyes. It's madness here. Shelter in place!
Happy Thanksgiving from TWMF! #westmarin #thanksgiving #grateful
"Heads up - Point Reyes gas station pumps are down." - thx LN
Apparently a reporter from Mother Jones was talking about this on KWMR this morning? First I had heard of any of this, anyone else know about these incidents?
Dumping rain in Inverness right now.
After a good rain, the waterfalls in West Marin kicked into gear. #waterfalls (thx XW)
Plenty of rain and wind in Inverness in West Marin. How's everyone else holding up?
Standing Rock rally happening in downtown Point Reyes this afternoon. #noDAPL
Horrible traffic on Lucas Valley Road today due to construction. Plan accordingly. Anyone know what the construction schedule is?
"Lucas Valley Road is blocked in
both directions due to a vehicle fire near Big Rock" - via KMWR
There are two events happening tonight for people who want to connect about their concerns about the election. One at the White Barn at the Giacommini Wetlands at 5:15pm (please arrive early and quietly) and one at 6:00pm at Chicken Ranch Beach.
A picture of the fire on Via De La Vista in Inverness today courtesy of the Point Reyes Light (via KWMR). Thanks to our local firefighting crews for responding so quickly and getting this under control.
"Emergency units are responding to a structure fire on Via De La Vista in Inverness" - via KWMR
Can't believe this is actually happening. Go vote!
More information about the recent explosions and bomb squad sightings from Richard James. "I led a Sierra Club litter pickup group last weekend and the group found two of these on south beach. The proper thing to do I am told is to not touch them (phosphorus is very unstable when it has dried, will burn when it contacts air), put a warning line around them if possible and contact county dispatch asap at 415-499-7233. They will call NPS LE who will then call the travis air force base EOD bomb squad. The folks then come down and blow the items up in place."
Apparently a bunch of them have washed up, so be careful if you find one and report them! And the waves will continue to be huge this week, so be safe at the beaches!
Here is the data sheet:http://www.hfipyrotechnics.com/military/Marine_Marker_C2A1_Data_Sheet.pdf
Marin County Sheriffs's Notice -Gas Station Skimmer Warning
On November 3rd, a skimmer device was found at a gas station in unincorporated Mill Valley. A gas station attendant found the device and it is thought to have been placed there some time during the night. This is the only such report the Sheriff’s Office has received but we want to take the opportunity to inform our residents what a skimmer device is and how to protect their personal information.
Some of these devices are not visible unless the gas pump key pad is opened and some utilize Bluetooth technology and is used by criminals to steal credit card information. The thieves never have to come into physical contact with your card; they merely have to be close enough to capture the data from the skimmer remotely.
While not all skimmers operate this way, all are simply devices added to the pump and connected to the card reader to steal credit and debit card info and defraud the consumer. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office offers the following advice to help you avoid becoming a victim of these thieves:
• First look at the overall condition of the gas pump. Is there anything attached to it that appears out of place? Is there more than one card reader? Any visible wires on the outside of the machine? Is there tape holding objects on the pump?
• If possible, avoid gas pumps that are out of view of the store employee. These pumps could be more easily compromised with a skimmer since employees will not be able to see activity around the pump. Use the pumps that are within view of the employee these will probably have a reduced risk of being compromised.
• Check to see if the pump has a seal placed on the access door. If this seal is broken or gone, move on to another pump if possible. It could mean that the pump has been compromised. If the seal is missing or broken notify the employee immediately.
• If you notice anything attached to the outside of the pump that appears out of place or brand new in appearance compared to the pump itself, it could be a skimmer or camera to video your PIN. Externally placed skimmers will allow the transaction when placed over the pump card reader, but will also steal your information at the same time.
• Some skimmers are blue-tooth capable so the crook will not even have to come and get it! Others that are externally attached may have to be retrieved by the crook at some point in time.
• If you see people hanging around gas pumps after business hours or pretending to be maintenance workers, inform the employees or call the police.
• Finally, check your credit card or gas card statements regularly for any irregularities or unusual charges.
Shared with Marin County Sheriff's Office in Crime & Safety
Sergeant Nina Snyder from Marin County Sheriff's Office ·
Photo from Sergeant Nina Snyder
Benefit of daylight savings today. Incredible sunrise. #sunrise #westmarin
Did anyone see or here a huge explosion on Limantour Beach around 6:30pm last night? A surfer out at Drakes Beach saw the explosion and then a huge column of smoke rise up. Very strange. Maybe more flares?
"The Land I Love", watercolors, photographs and ceramics by local artists Barbara Whitt, Michael Whitt and Whitman Shenk. The opening reception is Saturday (tomorrow), Nov 4 from 2pm to 4pm at the gallery in Tobys in Point Reyes. This is a great show, highly recommend checking it out.
Some crazy running race on Point Reyes/Petaluma road right now. Runners and support vans everywhere. Drive safe and slow, it's a little hectic.
A couple of people saw the bomb squad go through Point Reyes yesterday. Here's why. "My husband and I were walking near sculpture beach yesterday and found what looked like two explosives taped together. They read do not touch and had instructions on how to arm them. We were told by a ranger out looking for them that they were probably high powered flares." from Judy Miller who then notified the bomb squad. Glad everyone is safe, great work Judy.
Rain is gone and the sun put on a show tonight out at Drakes Bay. Other people get some photos? (Thx AN)
"There is a high surf advisory starting Thursday. Waves will be very large and dangerous all the way through the weekend into next Monday. Be super careful at the beaches, stay away from the shore, use common sense."