11/13/15 - Friday at 02:07pm
Heavy traffic on Bear Valley Road today due to construction. Plan accordingly. (thx MM)
11/12/15 - Thursday at 11:35am
Bear Valley Road looking quite cold and festive this morning.
11/11/15 - Wednesday at 09:48pm
Amazing archival footage of a shipwreck in 1931 off of Point Reyes out by Chimney Rock. (thx TM)https://www.youtube.com/watch?
11/11/15 - Wednesday at 10:24am
A mystic sunrise in Inverness. And plenty of Jack Frost to go with it.
11/09/15 - Monday at 09:25pm
A coyote and her kit photographed yesterday in Point Reyes. I've never seen that, pretty cool. (thx MS)
11/09/15 - Monday at 09:11am
Dumping rain on SFD through Samuel Taylor with all sorts of lightning. Game on! Drive safe today. (Thx KM)
11/08/15 - Sunday at 07:23pm
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.
11/08/15 - Sunday at 12:31pm
"Mystery light streaking across Bay Area skies was a test missile." Who saw it last night? Here is a picture that Alex Porrata took from Marshall around 6:15pm on Saturday night. Heard a couple of reports from people who saw it. Very strange.http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/
11/07/15 - Saturday at 10:00pm
Lots happening in the restaurant world in West Marin. Chef Jon Helquist leaves Osteria Stellina after five months. Ed Vigil just left the Inverness Park Store. The Pine Cone closed down and The Privateer in Inverness has soft opened already. Update your scorecards.
11/06/15 - Friday at 04:13pm
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/c
11/04/15 - Wednesday at 05:51pm
For those who dig beer. "Oysters and beer have long been a perfect pairing, but we wanted to combine the two in a truly local collaboration for a great beer with a great story,” Freccia added. Brewed with Hog Island Oyster Company, Marooned on Hog Island oyster stout will be shucked into cans on November 13, making its return for the first time in three years."http://brewpublic.com/bay-area
11/04/15 - Wednesday at 12:45pm
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
11/02/15 - Monday at 10:28am
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?
10/31/15 - Saturday at 06:01pm
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!
10/31/15 - Saturday at 05:45pm
Whoa, new restaurant in Inverness, when did this happen? Anyone have details? A menu? Sir Francis Drake was a privateer?
10/30/15 - Friday at 06:25pm
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
10/30/15 - Friday at 02:15pm
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
10/28/15 - Wednesday at 04:36pm
"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)
10/28/15 - Wednesday at 12:23pm
The things that crop up on eBay. "Vintage California Lighthouse at Point Reyes 1870 Blueprint 21" x 23" (255)".http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/2
10/27/15 - Tuesday at 01:22pm
"A man who died in a Tomales Bay boating accident was identified as a Roseville resident Tuesday while authorities continued searching for another missing man ahead of the approaching storm. Ananiy Malinovsky, 55, died Monday morning after the 20-foot boat carrying him and two other men capsized near Tomales Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore."http://www.marinij.com/general
10/27/15 - Tuesday at 09:57am
"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/searc
10/26/15 - Monday at 07:17pm
"One boater is dead, one is missing and a third was found alive at the mouth of Tomales Bay in Marin County Monday morning, a National Park Service spokesman said." Anyone else have other details?http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.c
10/26/15 - Monday at 02:51pm
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
10/25/15 - Sunday at 03:34pm
Secret graffiti spot of the day. Do you know where this is?
10/25/15 - Sunday at 11:02am
The annual pancake breakfast happening at the Point Reyes Fire Station this morning. Come on down and support your local firefighters!
10/24/15 - Saturday at 03:43pm
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/art
10/23/15 - Friday at 10:47am
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_
10/19/15 - Monday at 09:31pm
Now is a great time to go check out the elk in the park. Huge, beautiful, pointy antlers.
10/18/15 - Sunday at 04:42pm
A biblical level sunrise this morning at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes.
10/17/15 - Saturday at 10:20pm
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...)
10/15/15 - Thursday at 11:01am
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/n
10/14/15 - Wednesday at 10:54pm
Tonight was the Lagunitas Creek Bridge informational meeting at the Dance Palace. Anyone go? Thoughts? (Thx SC)http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/la
10/14/15 - Wednesday at 01:14pm
"Marin County Fire reports that they have started ignition on the control burn at Drake's Estero."https://twitter.com/KWMRradio/
10/13/15 - Tuesday at 11:31pm
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
10/11/15 - Sunday at 11:14pm
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.
10/08/15 - Thursday at 09:52pm
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)
10/08/15 - Thursday at 03:50pm
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)
10/08/15 - Thursday at 08:08am
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
10/07/15 - Wednesday at 04:51pm
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."
10/06/15 - Tuesday at 05:25pm
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/art
10/06/15 - Tuesday at 01:24pm
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
10/05/15 - Monday at 10:07pm
A cool story about West Marin native and filmmaker, Jenn Nelson, who made a documentary about corporations owning the right to 'Happy Birthday', ended up fighting for the rights, and won.
"But as Nelson began researching her documentary on the song, she came across a research paper that claimed Warner Music, which had collected millions of dollars in fees over the years, may not have ever had the right to charge for it.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Los Angeles agreed, handing a victory to Nelson and the assorted group of filmmakers and artists who had sued Warner, claiming the song belonged in the public domain."
LA Times story:http://www.latimes.com/local/l
Seen originally in the Point Reyes Light:http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
10/05/15 - Monday at 03:53pm
Has anyone else started having trouble with AM radio reception in West Marin? KNBR 680 is now almost un-listenable along Sir Francis Drake. A couple of other people have reported this. Richard Dillman is looking into it, he says there is a large cloud of 'electric crud' north of Point Reyes.
10/04/15 - Sunday at 02:35pm
"The use of life jackets prevented potential tragedies Saturday when high winds on Tomales Bay prompted the Marin County Fire Department to conduct two water rescues.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the fire department was alerted to a 32-foot sailboat in distress near Ten Mile Beach off the Point Reyes National Seashore. A man and a woman had left Bodega Bay and were headed toward Berkeley when the winds caused the mast to break. The occupants boarded a dinghy, which quickly capsized.
At about the same time, a 14-foot Hobie Cat sailboat overturned on Tomales Bay about a mile south of Nicks Cove in Marshall. Two men, also wearing life jackets, were spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and plucked from the water by MCFD personnel using rescue watercraft. Both men were evaluated by paramedics and did not require transportation to a hospital."
Thank you MCFD!http://www.marincounty.org/mai
10/04/15 - Sunday at 02:35pm
"Emergency vehicles are on scene at a vehicle crash on a curve at 12250 Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Traffic control in effect."https://twitter.com/KWMRinfo/s
10/04/15 - Sunday at 12:41am
Anyone see all the lightning across the bay in Marin? Strange night, light rain in Inverness right now.
10/03/15 - Saturday at 09:30pm
Our hearts go out to the family of Park Ranger Nate Knight who died unexpectedly last week leaving behind a wife and two children. Nate was a constant presence around the park and a friend to many here locally, he will be missed. If you'd like to support his family, you can contribute to the Nate Knight Memorial Fund here: https://life.indiegogo.com/fun
10/03/15 - Saturday at 07:15pm
Power lines down and in road at Portola and Vallejo in Inverness Park, use caution.
10/03/15 - Saturday at 05:32pm
The wind is crazy today, gusts up to 45mph in the park, the ocean is a frothy mess. Be safe out there, stay away from the water.
10/01/15 - Thursday at 07:19pm
if you commute on Sir Francis Drake, you probably already know, but traffic by Woodacre is a complete mess. Stuck on the hill now, take alternate routes until later. Not sure what day they're done with this, anyone?
09/30/15 - Wednesday at 09:20pm
Ok, open thread, who took a picture of the sunset tonight? Post it in the comments. Every night has been magic.
09/30/15 - Wednesday at 09:37am
"During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Phillip Dick lived in Point Reyes Station with his third wife, Anne. It was there that he wrote The Man in the High Castle, his Hugo Award–winning masterpiece recently adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios. In a 2010 New York Times article on Dick's time in West Marin, the writer Jonathan Lethem said in an interview it was Dick's most productive time. Lethem included five novels from Dick's time in Point Reyes Station in the Library of America anthologies that he edited."
Bonus points, where did he live in Point Reyes?http://www.bohemian.com/northb
09/27/15 - Sunday at 10:34pm
Very sad, we've seen a bunch of sad looking murres at the beaches in Point Reyes recently. "San Rafael wildlife center sees surge of starving murres. The thin-billed, sea-loving birds, which bear a bit of a resemblance to penguins with their black wings and white bellies, seldom show up on the beach when healthy. But this year, WildCare took in 33 in the first two weeks of September, compared with 34 for the entire year of 2014."http://www.marinij.com/environ
09/27/15 - Sunday at 02:31pm
Does anyone smell a really weird chemical smell in Inverness? We're in Seahaven and can barely go outside right now.
09/27/15 - Sunday at 02:31pm
Hopefully its clear! "This coming Sunday night (September 27), observers around the world are set to be in for a treat as two celestial events combine. In a rare occurrence, the Moon will reach its closest point to Earth (known as a supermoon) at the same time as it undergoes an eclipse, the first such alignment since 1982 – and the last until 2033.
During the event, when the Sun will be directly behind us in respect to the Moon, the lunar surface will appear a deep red color. Lunar eclipses are fairly common, with 16 occurring this century already, but only five supermoon eclipses have taken place since 1900."
09/26/15 - Saturday at 05:58pm
Claire Ptak who owns the Violet Cakes bakery in London was featured on CBS This Morning today. ""Well, my mother's a great baker, my grandmother's a great baker. And where I grew up in Inverness, just north of San Francisco, it's rural, and we had wild blackberries and apple trees. And so there was a lot of emphasis on baking with fruit that was in season," Ptak said."http://www.cbsnews.com/news/th
09/25/15 - Friday at 06:03pm
"Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near Shoreline Highway is back open now after earlier accident."
09/25/15 - Friday at 05:22pm
"Emergency units are responding to a vehicle roll over reported to be on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near Shoreline Highway. One lane closed." - via KWMRinfohttps://twitter.com/KWMRinfo
09/24/15 - Thursday at 09:07am
A good start to Fall this morning.
09/23/15 - Wednesday at 11:27pm
"Plans to expand the county health department’s West Marin Multi-Service Center will proceed in downtown Point Reyes Station despite opposition from neighbors."http://www.marinij.com/governm