Be prepared for a very congested commute on Lucas Valley Road tonight. CHPMarin says: "Sir Francis Drake closure information: We have just been informed that it is likely that Sir Francis Drake Boulevard will remain closed at Whites Hill overnight and likely through tomorrow mornings commute. Please plan accordingly."
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Overflow traffic from SIr Francis Drake slide closure is overwhelming the traffic light at Lucas Valley Road in Nicasio. If SFD is not open today (no ETA on that), be prepared for a very messy commute on way home tonight. Traffic is backing up as far as eye can see right now at Nicasio Valley Rd and Lucas Valley Rd. CHP is on scene. (Thx FP)
On W. Marin Share from Rhonda Kutter Dear West Marin Neighbors, "We have just spoken with the department of Public Works staff about the closure of Sir Francis Drake Blv. at the east side of White's Hill. The Roads Division is reporting that the slide is actively moving and it is not safe to begin clean up or repairs. At this time the closure is indefinite. DPW is continually evaluating the slide and will commence clean-up as soon as possible, hopfully in the next few days. We will keep you informed.
Sheriff Robert Doyle: "The Marin County Sheriff's Office policy is clear; no person will be contacted, detained, or arrested solely on the basis of his or her immigration status. The sheriff's office does not, and will not participate in any generalized ICE enforcement efforts. In fact, our policy specifically forbids participation in sweeps intended solely to locate and detain undocumented immigrants." - FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/opinion
IMPORTANT: You are invited to a Community Life & Tourism Forum at the Dance Palace, Thursday Feb. 23; 6:00 pm social/ refreshments; 6:30 Forum
State Senator Mike McGuire will be moderator for this meeting. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni will also be present, as will: Bijan Sartipi, District 4 Director, Caltrans Robert Mota, Marin Commander California Highway Patrol Robert Doyle, Marin County Sheriff Nancy Cave, North Central District Manager, California Coastal Commission John Dell'Osso, Point Reyes Ntl Seashore Chief of Interpretation
The forum will address how villages are being affected by the dramatic growth of tourism in recent years and tourism-related problems such as traffic, parking, trash, litter and septic demand. What can county, state and federal agencies do to help us? We'll be asking them to start discussing possible solutions in a working relationship with us.
This is not intended to be an anti-tourist meeting (our local businesses depend on visitors) but a sincere start to letting the public agencies that affect our lives hear our voices and our (polite) insistence that they work together, with us and for us.
We know Supervisor Rodoni can speak for us to county agencies. We'll also be expecting that Senator McGuire will be our strong voice to state agencies during the meeting and in follow-up meetings; and that both officials will work together on keeping our voices in front of the agencies and to get timely, respectful responses – and help.
JOIN US! WE NEED A STRONG SHOWING OF VILLAGERS. THIS IS A RARE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO HAVE THE AGENCIES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT AFFECT OUR LIVES TOGETHER IN ONE ROOM. WE'RE HOPING IT WILL BE THE START OF A WORKING RELATIONSHIP TOWARD SOLUTIONS.
The Forum is hosted by the PRS Village Association in collaboration with East Shore Planning Group, Inverness Association, Inverness Park Association, Olema Valley Association, Bolinas Public Utility District, and Stinson Beach Village Association.
"Panoramic Highway is now closed at the Throckmorten Fire Station, at 816 Panoramic Highway, and at the intersection at Highway 1 in Stinson Beach. This closure is a temporary closure. Highway 1 also remains closed from Panoramic Highway to Muir Beach (no estimate when that will be fixed.) The closure on Panoramic Highway is estimated to last about 2 hours. However, for now it is a hard closure while slides are being cleared and will hopefully be open by 3 p.m. " - Marin County Sheriff
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Important commuter info: From Fairfax PD. In regards to the below "urgent alert" post re the closure of Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Baywood Canyon we have the following update from County work crews:
They have advised us that the roadway “may” be opened by 9:00am, but they cautioned that it could remain closed throughout the day. The main problem they are running into, is the side of the hill (rocks and other debris) is still continuously sliding down causing a hazard. Though most of the debris has been moved off the roadway, the threat of another slide is imminent. Power to portions of the west end of Fairfax are still out. This is in County jurisdiction. For further information you can contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Office at 415-499-7233. (Thx BE)
This is where things get dicey. Lucas Valley Road is hanging on by a thread, and now this: "Alert- Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Baywood Canyon (West of Fairfax) is closed due to a slide with power lines down. No ETO." - via CHP Marin
STORM UPDATE: Looks like the brunt of the atmospheric river went to the south and straight into the Sierras. We'll still get plenty of rain and there is a wind warning, but we may have got lucky on this one. Hope people in effected areas are safe. LINK: https://twitter.com/ericholtha
STORM ALERT. I have never seen forecasters talk the way they are about tomorrow's storm. I hope this is all hype, but BE PREPARED. "Here's what is causing so much concern: If the atmospheric river stalls, there could be up to a foot of rain in a span of about 36 hours over places that are already flooding—that's a rainfall intensity that isn't expected more than once a century, or even more rare." LINK: http://tinyletter.com/scienceb
Extremely hard to find updates about the situation in Bodega. From what I can tell, a SWAT stormed the residence looking for a suspect, but did not find who they were looking for. This person may be on the loose? Bodega roads apparently are open now. This is all unconfirmed if anyone has more information...
Three people in inflatable kayaks were rescued this morning when they were swept north trying to get back across Tomales Bay from camping. They were treated for hypothermia but sounds like they'll be fine. Thanks to local jet ski and helicopter rescue crews. Check the weather, respect the water and know your limits people. (Thx BM)
BREAKING: "Town of Bodega is shut down for law enforcement activity. Stay tuned" I've heard it might be a hostage situation, can anyone confirm? - via Bodega Volunteer Fire Department LINK: https://www.facebook.com/bodeg
Yesterday: "Today, Bill Johnston Jr took this photo of me with a plastic raven at lovely @PointReyesBooks. It’s ... Black Books meets Game of Thrones." - Helen Macdonald, author of 'H for Hawk'. LINK: https://twitter.com/helenjmacd
"Motorists discovered human remains down an embankment near Point Reyes Station on Friday evening. The drivers noticed something suspicious and stopped to investigate. The remains they found had been wrapped in some sort of plastic material, but had been left out there for quite some time, Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell'Osso said. Dell'Osso said that it remains unclear whether the remains were moved from another location. Also, the gender of the body is still unknown." FULL STORY: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news
Well, it feels like Groundhog Day, but more rain coming Sunday through Tuesday. "Monday's storm will bring more heavy rain and increased risk of #CAflood concerns. Be prepared for any potential impacts"