TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road is blocked east of Big Rock and both lanes are closed. There was a big rig collision and 14,000 gallons of paint spilled which is going to require extended Haz Mat clean up. No estimated time of re-open yet, plan your travel accordingly.
From Scott Morrow, General Manager of IPUD: "Due to several years of drought and diminished rainfall last year, the stream flows in our creeks are much lower than usual for this time of year. We are entering a challenging period. Until the next significant rains come, we all need to be mindful of our water use and conserve. The IPUD water system has a 425,000 gallon storage capacity. This translates into about 5-7 days of water storage for this time of year. Given the near term weather forecast of no significant rain, we are asking that all IPUD customers cut back on water use."
Summer Brennan will be reading from her book 'The Oyster Wars' at the Dance Palace this Thursday. The Point Reyes Light wrote a piece (op-ed? book review? news story?) about the book this week and said it had many inaccuracies. Corey Goodman previously had written a Huffpo blog with similar allegations Summer responded to these charges this week with her own blog post. If you're going to the reading, or reading the book in general, probably worth reviewing these posts:
BREAKING: "Deputies and Coroner's Investigators on-scene of a body that has washed up on-shore near Seadrift north of Stinson Beach. Investigation is in its infant stages with no details I can provide yet. More to follow...." - Sheriff Doug Pittman
"Federal officials are interested in giving the county first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for low-income housing regardless of what happens with legislation requiring them to do so.
While a bill by Rep. Jared Huffman giving the county a leg up on buying the complex already has been approved by the House and is expected to get the blessing of the Senate, recent talks with federal officials indicate the county will be first in line in any event, Supervisor Steve Kinsey reported."
Look for it tonight! "Supermoon ahead! The full moon of August 29, 2015 will be the first of this year’s three full supermoons. It’s a full moon near perigee, or near its closest point to Earth for the month. Like it or not, modern skylore dictates that these sorts of moons are called supermoons."
The infamous Chronicle restaurant reviewer Michael Bauer comes back to town: "When I walked into Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station on a particularly warm summer evening, it was like entering a sauna. A few table fans worked futilely to circulate the leaden air, but it was clear the restaurant wasn’t prepared for a heat wave. Yet that was of little consequence, because once the food started to arrive, it felt like an oasis in an otherwise mediocre dining area."
Breaking News Via Sheriff Doug Pittman: CHO Pursuit in West Marin (Nicasio - Lagunitas) leads to arrest of Wanted subject out of Sonoma County. Suspect Jason Brown, WMA, 43 years old out of Santa Rosa made the mistake of driving way to fast on Nicasio Road just north of Nicasio School. Brown took off from CHP Officer Will Thompson at speeds in excess of 100MPH passing construction workers, numerous other drivers over double yellow lines and speeding past both Nicasio Valley and Lagunitas Elementary Schools. Already wanted and on probation out of Sonoma County for Domestic Assault and Public Intoxication, he now faces numerous additional traffic, misdemeanor and felony violations for his disregard for everyone else's safety.
The ocean is in full feeding mode today. Warm water and squid have got everyone crazy. Pelicans, bait balls, salmon, seals, porpoises and a seemingly infinite amount of shearwaters flying around. It's an incredible site, get out there and take a look!
This is sad but inevitable. "For four decades, Nancy Hemmingway and Elizabeth Whitney have organized the annual Transbay Swim on the Sunday after Labor Day. This year, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hemmingway say they are retiring the early-morning swim—which, according to their count, drew over 100 people last year—due to safety concerns as well as the fear that its homegrown character is vanishing. They are spreading word that the swim is cancelled, and are not providing the boats that accompany swimmers. They have given away collected donations—about $140—to the Tomales Bay Waterdogs for scholarships. Ms. Hemmingway plans to donate the Transbay Swim yearbook to the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History." Photo by Dave Briggs/ptreyeslight.com
BREAKING NEWS: The Inverness Park Store (otherwise known as Perry's Deli) will be closed on Tuesdays starting next week. Thoughts? Concerns? Where will we get donuts on Tuesday? Should we buy an extra West Marin Reuben on Mondays?
Highway to Shell: Tomales Bay Oyster Company a victim of its success. "They have troubles at land and at sea," says Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who also sits on the California Coastal Commission. At the land-bound county level, Kinsey says that the business' use permit "does not permit anywhere near the level of activity that they undertake on that site."
You may have noticed that TWMF went on a six day 'no digital' cleanse, which we highly recommend. Upon our return three things caught our eye. 1) The park is up to something out at the light house 2) A mountain lion was spotted in Lagunitas (thx RW) 3) Local biotech entrepreneur Corey Goodman ripped into local author Summer Brennan's new book 'The Oyster Wars' on HuffPo and all hell broke out in the comment section. Just like old times! Including a personal attack on Summer's love life! Have we hit rock bottom yet? I think we're getting close. Can't wait for her book reading on September 3 at The Dance Palace. Should be a real good time. Vitriol is good for sales right?
And what about the buskers singing DBOC songs in a BART station???? (thx AP)
Mark Rafferty, 62, of Bolinas, died this this week.
"Rafferty was a former site manager at Commonweal, a nonprofit educational and health center in Bolinas, from 1999 until leaving last year.
"We will remember him for his kindness, his sense of humor, his passion for music and song-writing, and his dedication to our work," said Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal. "We are holding Mark and his family in our thoughts and prayers.""
A Bolinas man was arrested on allegations he intentionally rammed a bicyclist with his car during a road-rage incident in West Marin. "The cyclists passed without stopping, and one displayed an intemperate hand gesture as Rafferty yelled. Then Rafferty allegedly got back in his car and accelerated toward Keane-Zirepolo, rear-ending his bike, crushing his back wheel and ejecting him into a dirt hillside." The cyclist declined treatment.
"Sections of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Point Reyes-Petaluma Road are lined up to be resurfaced and receive other safety upgrades now that a contract has been authorized.
Ghilotti Construction Co. of Santa Rosa will receive $2,049,895.50 from the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Fund to improve 3.74 lane miles (both directions) of Drake Boulevard through the San Geronimo Valley and 1.38 lane miles of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road near Nicasio Reservoir. Awarding of the contract was authorized on July 28, and the money will not affect the County’s General Fund. Engineers supervising the project expect work to start in mid-August and be completed by late November."
An interesting interview with Merrel Roca, the last Coast Miwok on Tomales Bay, who lives in Marshall. "My son and his wife live in this house 5 feet away. I’ve got my trailers. My grandfather came from Italy all the way to Ellis Island and then here, to Tomales Bay. There were a lot of Italians here. He was a rum-runner during Prohibition. My grandmother grew up in this A-frame across the road, it was built in 1864. I didn’t even know my grandmother was half Indian, Coast Miwok. She never mentioned it until she was on her deathbed." (thx SD)
The moon rises over Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, England on July 30, 2015. Tonight it will happen again and be called a Blue Moon. The last time this happened was in 2012 and there isn’t due another until 2018.
Bonus: 46 years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon!
Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez's quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands was thwarted Wednesday by a great white shark just 3-1/2 miles from his rocky goal.
After 18 hours in the cold ocean, the 49-year-old Australian reluctantly but wisely climbed into his support boat when his 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, spotted what was estimated to be a 12- to 15-foot great white circling the boat and swimming toward her father.
Point Reyes dairy rancher Joseph H. “Joey” Mendoza Jr. was known for his black cowboy hat, his ability to easily make friends and his loyalty to his alma mater, Tomales High. Mendoza died Thursday at his home near Petaluma after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Today’s services included a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Petaluma. The family prefers donations to the Tomales High School Boosters Club or the Tomales Friends of Ag.
NYTimes food writer Mark Bittman visited Hog Island: "Ocean acidification, like everything associated with climate change, is probably going to get worse before it gets better. But in addition to gathering data that Hog Island can use to protect their crop, understanding the impact of climate change and ocean acidification — in this case, oysters that will most likely become more expensive — can help us make those connections less theoretical and more real."
Here it comes people. This Saturday (July 25) is the annual benefit concert known as Far West Fest. Ozomatli is headlining and local acts such as Arann Harris and the Bad Farmers and El Radio Fantastique are representing. Tickets selling out fast, get on it now! Plus a rocking after party show with The Haggards at The Western.
In the two decades since the Straus Dairy in Marshall was the first in the West to become certified organic, most others in the region have followed, creating a cash cow that gets bigger every year. With 25 of Marin’s 29 dairies now organic, the value of organic milk production is soaring, rocketing 61 percent last year to $33.6 million for the milk product equivalent of about 12.6 million gallons. At the same time, the value of conventional milk production in Marin plummeted 57 percent to $5.7 million in 2014.
Sharron Drake is not only putting on a local production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' but is also aiming to revitalize the long forgotten St. Columba's amphitheater in Inverness. And she could use some help. If you're interested in supporting this very cool local project, check out her Kickstarter page.
The annual meeting for the Inverness Assocation is tonight, Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 7:30 PM at the Inverness Yacht Club. Sounds like it will be an interesting one including some updates on the 'Launch for Hire' boathouse discussion.
"A Stanford University analysis shows California’s rate of shark attacks has declined by 91 percent in the past six decades compared to the higher population in the state and increased aquatic recreation. There have been 15 shark attacks off Marin between 1950 and 2013 — the period analyzed in the study — which is 17 percent of the attacks in the state. None of them were fatal." Less sharks = less attacks. I'd rather have more sharks personally.
Will be a beautiful full moon tonight rising up over the bay AND Venus and Jupiter almost on top of each other in the Western sky. I saw it last night, and it was incredible. Be sure to get out there and have a look.
Very cool. Paleontological fieldwork at Point Reyes National Seashore has resulted in the discovery and collection of a rare marine mammal fossil. “The fossil specimen discovered at Point Reyes National Seashore is a small, short-beaked dolphin and probably represents a new species,” said Boessenecker.
Young Hoon has been standing at Rt 1/Point Reyes-Petaluma road since 9am looking for a ride to Point Arena. Apparently he's having muscle issues and can't ride his bike right now. If you know a way to help him out, please do. - via Peggy Day (if you do help him, let us know what happened, thx)
Fascinating article about air traffic over Point Reyes: "That's because the new system is effectively steering jetliners onto new superhighways in the sky. These new aerial freeways are concentrating commercial jet flights over certain areas — including Point Reyes National Seashore — that are now being forced to shoulder disproportionate levels of noise pollution."
"You would not build a freeway offramp in Point Reyes National Seashore," said Michael McEneany, a resident of Inverness, a small town adjacent to Point Reyes. "So why on God's green earth would you propose building an aerial freeway right through the middle of the wilderness area? It's absurd."
Tomales Bay Revival: "When the "heart of the estuary" was restored in 2008, scientists expected to see wildlife return. But Tomales Bay's remarkable renewal in just seven years has exceeded expectations." Yes!
EAC’s 45th Annual Members Dinner is tonight at the Dance Palace. Congressman Huffman and our new state senator Mike McGuire will be speaking. RSVP required and current membership. More info: http://eacmarin.org/events/
School board meeting tonight at 6pm at the West Marin School. The two items parents want done are: Add back Reading Intervention into the FY15/16 School Budget (funded with the 50k per year we could save eliminating Board benefits) and Create an Equitable School Board Meeting Location Policy.
David Clarkson, who owns Point Reyes Jewelry Store, posted this letter on The West Marin Commons and I asked him if I could re-publish it because it is such a positive response in the face of an ugly incident. And it made me smile, poor Diamond.
You have probably heard that I was robbed at gunpoint in my shop on Saturday morning about 11 o'clock. Three youngish, 30-year-old maybe, white males. One pointed a gun at me, another one handcuffed me and duct taped my legs and put me in my shop office while they helped themselves to everything I have worked for many years. I am not hurt except for some bruises and swollen wrists from the handcuffs. As you can imagine, it was kind of traumatic although I was calm throughout. I found out that Diamond, my little Jack Russell terrier, will not defend me, at least not in this sort of situation. Right now, seven hours later, I guess I am in a little bit of a state of shock. Don't quite know what to do with myself. They took my cell phone, keys, wallet, Etc.. So I am lost without a few important data points in my life.
I'm telling you this now so that I won't have to tell the story over and over on the street. I will appreciate your concern and by all means, express your sympathy but please remember that I don't want to go over it with everyone. Thank you, I will appreciate that.
I am definitely not "ruined" although this is definitely a setback. But it is a heads up to all of you that our lovely little community is on the map. Not a good map to be on.
Good luck to us all, as Sandy Westrom used to say. It's a good phrase.
What is going on today? The jewelry store was robbed at gun point this morning and I just got a message that two cars had their windows smashed at the Estero trailhead in the parking lot and had stuff stolen. (thx MB)
BREAKING - Marin County Sheriff - June 13, 2015 - Point Reyes Jewelry Store Robbed by Three Suspects On June 13, 2015 at about 11:16 AM, Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a possible robbery at Point Reyes Jewelry located at 11101 Shoreline Hwy.Pt. Reyes Station. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the store owner and confirmed he was robbed by three men, one of which was armed. The victim stated that a white male entered the store and asked to look at some diamonds. Several minutes later two additional white males entered the store. One of the suspects pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him into a back room. The suspects used duct tape to bind the victim’s hands and feet then took his cell phone, jewelry from several display cases and the safe. After approximately 20-30 minutes the victim was able to attract the attention of a gentleman who came into the store and freed the victim. At approximately 12:50 PM evidence linked to the jewelry store was located in a trash can at the Shell gas station located at 834 Irwin St. San Rafael. All three suspects were described as white males in their 20s between 5 -6 and 5-9 tall. Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-479-2311. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. (Thx PD)
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."