An update about Drake's Beach from PRNPS: "We've received a lot of questions about Drakes Beach Road over the past few days. As you can see in the photos, an old cattle tunnel that goes under the roadway failed and partially collapsed a section of the roadway. The steel plates that were installed prior to the collapse no longer have any structural support and can fail if driven over. We are working to get the road open as soon as it can be safely traveled. A repair plan is in progress, but we do not have a time frame yet. We will keep updating the status of the road as we gain more information. Please stay tuned." MORE PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/Point
THIS SUNDAY: "The Recycle Circus is coming! The following are accepted items: books, electronics, sports equipment, clothes kitchen and garden supplies, and household items in useable condition. No toxins, car tires, large appliances, stuffed furniture, or mattresses. Please bring your items from 10 AM-2PM only. The Recycle Circus is brought to you free by the volunteer efforts of Waste Free Now. To volunteer, contact, contact Madeline at 415-663-9087."
Earth Day is on Saturday. Lots of local park and beach clean ups happening. Also an Earth Day/Climate Change Demonstration in Point Reyes:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Wells Fargo Bank, Pt Reyes Station Unable to attend the Earth Day March in San Francisco on Saturday, April 22nd? Join other West Marinites from Noon to 1pm in front of Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Pt Reyes Station.
Bring your signs and celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day. Everyone welcome.
From PRNSA "Book Talk: Coyote America by Dan Flores - Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm Join us on Sunday evening, April 9th for a book talk with Dan Flores, author of the New York Times bestseller Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.
Called "a masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation" by the Wall Street Journal, Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal.
This is a free event which takes place at the Red Barn Classroom in Point Reyes National Seashore (1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Road). There will be a reception with wine and healthy snacks at 6pm, and the book reading will begin at 7pm."
Our hearts go out to his family. "A man died when his boat capsized Monday in treacherous Tomales Bay waters in Marin County, officials said. Another man and two dogs were aboard the 13-foot Boston whaler when it flipped over on the west side of the bay north of Avalis Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore, a spokesman for the national park said." Full Story: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/ar
Here is some raw video from the car chase in Point Reyes last Thursday. Very sketchy. Contains NSFW language. Thanks to local law enforcement for handling this, glad no one was hurt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
More car chase details: "A Guerneville man wanted on two felony warrants was arrested Thursday after a pursuit and crash in West Marin. The driver was identified as Jesse Dylan Nielson, 25, said sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman. Nielson was arrested on suspicion of reckless evasion and additional allegations, plus the outstanding warrants, Pittman said. The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. after a deputy spotted a man driving erratically and on the wrong side of the road on Shoreline Highway near Olema. The driver accelerated when the deputy tried to stop him.
“He’s doing about 90 and he’s all over the road,” a sheriff’s deputy announced over the emergency radio.
At one point the suspect struck another vehicle. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into a fence at the Olema Ranch Campground and tried to run. Nielson was arrested at gunpoint. Deputies also detained a woman in his vehicle. Of the four occupants in the vehicles that collided, two were treated for injuries." FULL LINK: http://www.marinij.com/general
Update from Sheriff Doug Pittman on car chase, "The male subject currently being detained at Olema Campground is a person wanted for at least 1 outstanding Felony Warrant out of Sonoma County. There is no current threat to community as deputies and Federal Park Rangers have secured the scene."
"To celebrate the West Marin's long, rich creative history, Isis Hockenos has organized “Rhizosphere: Celebrating Artists & Creative Legacy From 1960-Today,” an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by more than 60 West Marin artists, at San Francisco’s Midway Gallery. It opens Friday and runs through April 9." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/arts-an
Via Point Reyes NPS "Unfortunately, the rumor is true. Yesterday (Sunday) evening, Park Rangers responded to the Palomarin Trailhead after reports that 2 vehicles were burglarized. Park Rangers located evidence that up to 4 vehicles may have been broken into and an investigation is ongoing. If you have any info regarding yesterday's break-ins, please contact our park dispatch at 415 464 5170. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity at Pt Reyes Trailheads can report it to Point Reyes National Seashore or Marin County Sheriff's dispatch as soon as practicable and Park Rangers will investigate. (MH)"
Community Flavor: Come down to the Station House tonight (Thursday) and support our local youth sports teams. And then watch some most excellent little league baseball every Saturday and Sunday at the West Marin School.
"Marin ranchers and farmers will be allowed to slaughter a limited number of animals on their premises following a change in regulations approved by county supervisors Tuesday. The decision by the Marin Board of Supervisors was unanimous and came despite vocal opposition. Before taking a vote, supervisors listened to nearly three hours of public comment from dozens of speakers." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/busines
"The body of a Penngrove woman missing for more than two years has been found and her death is being investigated as a homicide, a Sonoma County sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday. The remains of Annie Bailly, 63, were discovered Feb. 17 by motorists in a Marin County car crash who spotted the body over an embankment at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Sgt. Spencer Crum said. Bailly was reported missing by her husband, Kerry Bailly, on Dec. 7, 2014. Her car, keys and purse were left at her Davis Lane home. A cause of death was not released but evidence suggests Bailly was murdered, Crum said." (thx AR/PD) FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
"PARACHUTE DAYS is an outdoor space (at Love Field in Point Reyes) created to bring together the communities of West Marin, CA and the Bay Area. All events hosted under the parachute are curated to encourage social collaboration and the sharing of music, art, and culture." They're raising funds via IndieGoGo to have events this summer and are holding a special fundraiser this Saturday starting at 9:00pm at The Western. IndieGoGo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/proj and the Western event page: https://www.facebook.com/event
I did not know this. "The directors of the Marin County Free Library and Marin County Parks teamed up and created a program that allows library patrons to visit parks free of charge. At 10 MCFL branches and the traveling Bookmobile, library card holders can check out passes to McNears Beach in San Rafael, Paradise Beach in Tiburon, Miller boat launch in Tomales, Stafford Lake Park in Novato and Black Point boat launch. The passes may also be placed on hold, making it a breeze to grab a book and head outside this spring." - http://marinmagazine.com/March
Via Rhonda Kutter "I just got a text from the Sheriff's automated system saying that Sir Francis Drake is open at White's Hill! (If you text 888-777 and put your zip code in the message box, you will get updates on road conditions in your area from the Marin Sheriff’s Department.) Yea!"
"Currently @PGE4Me won't cut power until midnight. Sir Francis Drake will remain closed as we can't clear slide until power cut. 2400 customers in that area would be without power while our crews finish clearing the roadway." - https://twitter.com/dpwmarin/s