"Two big organized bicycling events are going to be on WM roads tomorrow. The Jensie Gran Fondo, a fundraiser for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the Wine to Waves MS ride. Roads impacted are Highway 1 (Shoreline) from Mill Valley to Tomales, Sir Francis Drake (east of Highway 1), Point Reyes Petaluma, Tomales Petaluma, and Hicks Valley. So, plan your road time accordingly. We are announcing this on KWMR. Also, there are rest stops in Stinson Beach, Olema and Point Reyes Station." - from Amanda Eichstaedt
Highly recommend this event. "Author Kirk Lombard will read from his book, “The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast,” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7pm, in the Red Barn at the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Point Reyes." EVENT DETAILS: http://ptreyesbooks.com/events FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar Photo by Todd Selby.
"A lawsuit served this month against five California Coastal Commission members — including Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey — could cost them millions of dollars in civil fines if the courts confirm hundreds of alleged transparency rule violations." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/governm
This very sad story back in the news. Still can't believe they were at the Greenbridge Gas Station in Point Reyes. "Details of Bay Area drifter killings emerge in Marin County hearing" FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/ar
The launch party for the fourth and final edition of the most excellent Inverness Almanac is going down tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 17th, 4pm - 10pm). They're blowing it out at Love Field making full use of the parachute stage sculpture set up. And they scored the cover of the Pacific Sun this week. Rock on. PARTY DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/event PAC SUN STORY: http://pacificsun.com/feature-
"Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and Environmental Action Committee of West Marin/Marin MPA Watch, will be sponsoring a beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The cleanup will take place from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a family friendly event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch and/or snacks, and their own water bottles. The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach sells merchandise and some pre-packaged food and drinks." MORE INFO: https://www.nps.gov/pore/plany
"The Sheriff's Office will be assisting the Marin County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, Sep 13, with the Gun Buy Back Program. Persons wishing to turn in any weapons may do so without questions at the Point Reyes Public Safety Building between the hours 11am-7pm. Some guns turned in may be eligible for a cash.
"This feed truck was in front of me this morning Thursday. It drove by Nicasio school going over 50 while kids were in the yard. I wanted to send this into the company but can't make out the name. Maybe someone knows. I think it is an important issue." from Fernando Y Sabrina Pelayo
LABOR DAY WEEKEND! Some hot tips: Go see 'A Midnight Summer's Dream' at St. Columbia's Church at 4pm Sat/Sun/Mon. If you have a kid who plays tennis, Xerxes Whitney having a mini-kid-tennis tournament Saturday at 4pm at Second Valley. The sand castle contest is at Drake's Beach on Sunday. It's going to be a mess, so unless your ready for traffic, avoid the area (this photo from last year). And there is a major wind event happening this afternoon.
"Amazing Shipwreck Gym in Pokémon GO! The Point Reyes in Bolinas Bay" Riiiiggghhht. I was wondering if there was Pokemon happening in Point Reyes. Now I know. At the famous shipwreck that was burnt up by Instagrammers. Of course. Anyone else experienced any Pokemania in West Marin? FULL VIDEO IF YOU DARE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Marin IJ: "Marin’s representatives in Sacramento this week side-stepped legislation expanding overtime pay for farmworkers.
Dominic Grossi, a West Marin dairy farmer, former Marin County Farm Bureau president, and candidate for county supervisor, said, “I would have voted against it.”
Grossi said Marin farmers would have to pay overtime because they are relatively small and typically employ no more than a handful of workers, while much larger farming operations in the Central Valley could avoid paying overtime by hiring more workers and giving each worker fewer hours.
“The people who are going to get hurt are the workers because they’re going to get their hours cut,” Grossi said.
Grossi said he employs two agricultural workers in his dairy, both of whom live on his farm.
“Almost every dairy up here supplies housing,” Grossi said. “It’s a significant cost that people don’t think about.”
Dennis Rodoni, who is competing with Grossi for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors, said that wages and housing for farmworkers need to be improved, “but I don’t know if this is the right bill because I really haven’t had a chance to study it.”"
UPDATE: Traffic getting through now with delays. TRAFFIC ALERT: There is an overturned milk truck on Sir Francis Drake between Drake's View Dr. and Inverness blocking both lanes. No word on when re-opening. (thx NT and SC)
"A rarely seen Baird’s beaked whale turned up on a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore this week, a possible victim of a strike by a ship. Scientists plan to perform a follow-up evaluation of the cetacean’s carcass Thursday to determine whether any vertebrae were fractured. Specialists will also determine the sex of the 35-foot animal, which feeds about 20 miles off the Marin coast." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environ
"Repairs are expected to start next month on an eight-mile section of a key road in Marin County that's been closed since a March mudslide, county officials said. The section of Fairfax-Bolinas Road between West Ridgecrest Boulevard and the Meadow Club country club in Fairfax has been closed since March 11.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a $305,692 contract on Aug. 16 with Engineered Soil Repairs in Walnut Creek for the repairs.
A large dead whale was floating about half a mile offshore of South Beach this morning with what appeared to be some sharks making a meal of it. Couldn't get a photo, did anyone else see it? Wonder if it was that minke whale from the Estero...
Inverness Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Theater returns to that really cool little stage at the St. Columbia Epsicobal Church this weekend. Dates: 8/27, 8/28, 9/3, 9/4 & 9/5, 4pm show times. Support your local thespians! MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/event
"Roadwork on Shoreline Highway near Dogtown resulted in the subcontractors dumping asphalt into a seasonable creek that feeds into Pine Gulch Creek watershed and located within Point Reyes National Seashore. Happy to report due to public response and complaints filed through CalTip, Marin County Sheriff, Caltrans and to the Point Reyes National Park resulted in Fish and Wildlife officer response and NPS fisheries biologist review. Status today: the asphalt has been removed and any residual damage needs to be assessed. Thanks BOC for the pic and heads up on this!" - via the EAC
Reposting this important story because I accidentally deleted it while trying to remove just the photo. ""The harsh lives of ranch workers in West Marin took center stage last week at a Human Rights Commission hearing held in Point Reyes Station, where workers and their advocates discussed long hours, precarious housing and virtually nonexistent access to mental health services, among other problems. Concerned citizens also spoke up about elder issues, housing problems and youth services." FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
Nature photographer extraordinaire Carlos Porrata captured this amazing photo of an elk from the Drake herd in Point Reyes having some issues with his antlers. I believe the park was able to free the poor guy from his predicament, anyone know more about this?
There are some folks who are such a part of the fabric of the community, it's easy to think that they'll be here forever. Long time Inverness resident Joe Marino was one of those people. He was 80 going on 30 with a huge smile and genuine heart of gold. Chicken Ranch Beach will never be the same without him. You will be deeply missed and forever loved Joe.
That time of year. "Today at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore I saw a shark breach. It was totally insane. It breached once which I caught out of the corner of my eye. I couldn't ID it as it was so fleeting. Then. A FULL breach, straight up, entire body out, tail and all, an arch in the air and the "SPLASH" down on its side. 5 seconds later, it hit the surface again and thrashed, seemingly like it had something in its jaws and was shaking it to death." via local nature photographer Daniel Dietrich
"The harsh lives of ranch workers in West Marin took center stage last week at a Human Rights Commission hearing held in Point Reyes Station, where workers and their advocates discussed long hours, precarious housing and virtually nonexistent access to mental health services, among other problems. Concerned citizens also spoke up about elder issues, housing problems and youth services." FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar (photo by Press Democrat)
"On Sunday, we were kayaking at Drakes Estero and came upon a live Minke Whale stranded on a sand bar. The whale was situated about a mile from the opening to the ocean and 3 miles in from the old oyster farm. We contacted the Marine Mammal Center to request help." (thx DC)
From a local reader: "Residents living in more rural towns may find that the U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail to their homes. Instead, those residents must obtain a Post Office Box in order to receive mail. Unfortunately, I have heard about people in this situation, in nearby communities and beyond, being charged a yearly fee for the post office box. If the U.S.P.S. refuses to deliver mail to your home, it must provide a no-fee PO box." FULL STORY: https://broadlandsspectator.co (thx JS)
"Several environmental groups are seeking an injunction to prevent the National Park Service from moving ahead with a ranch management plan seeking to extend leases to livestock operations that dot the Point Reyes National Seashore. The groups filed for an injunction Friday in U.S. District Court in Oakland to stop any work associated with the management plan. A judge could take up the injunction issue in October."
“Former Interior Secretary Salazar — a cattle rancher himself — unilaterally and out of the blue instructed the park service,” according to the filing. “Secretary Salazar’s surprise directive was not supported by any environmental analysis, nor informed by public notice and comment, as the law requires.”