03/19/15 - Thursday at 10:20am
So sad. "A kayaker died in Tomales Bay on Wednesday after twice falling into the water, first from his own boat and then from the boat of a friend who tried to save him. The incident happened in the afternoon after the two kayakers had paddled from the Nick’s Cove area to Dillon Beach, Pittman said. As they were heading back, one man looked back to see that his friend had fallen from his boat in the rough conditions. He hoisted the victim into his own boat because the other was taking on water, but the victim fell back in again and was lost."http://www.marinij.com/generalhttp://abc7news.com/uncategori
03/18/15 - Wednesday at 08:21pm
6:16pm - "@abc7newsBayArea: JUST IN: Marin County Sheriff's say 1 kayaker has died during a rescue at Dillon Beach & others are being rescued."
03/18/15 - Wednesday at 07:22pm
5:07pm - Kayakers in distress off of Dillon Beach. Search teams and a helicopter have been scrambled. Hopefully it all works out.
03/18/15 - Wednesday at 02:38pm
From Dave Mitchell's blog: "Caltrans plans to hold a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, March 9, at West Marin School to discuss replacing the Green Bridge which carries Highway 1 over Papermill Creek in Point Reyes Station.Caltrans, which wants to spend $1.58 million replacing this bridge, says it has come up with four designs for a new one. The public will have a chance Thursday to comment on them."
The whole post is really worth reading, some great info on other local bridges: http://www.sparselysageandtime
03/18/15 - Wednesday at 09:21am
A Bald Eagle was spotted yesterday flying above SFD right by White House Pool with a huge clump of seaweed in its mouth. Keep your eyes open and on the sky (and the road)!
03/17/15 - Tuesday at 09:04pm
"A St. Patrick’s Day solar storm will send a torrent of green-hued northern lights across much of the United States on Tuesday evening, as a fierce solar storm impacts the Earth’s upper atmosphere. If it’s clear where you are, go outside. You won’t want to miss it. At its current intensity, San Francisco, Dallas, and Atlanta could see a glimpse—even as far south as northern Florida." Midnight on Mt. Vision anyone?http://www.slate.com/content/s
03/17/15 - Tuesday at 12:27pm
Found this posted on a "Lost Marin" FB page. Labeled as Pt Reyes Hotel 1906. The statue was on the roof before the earthquake.
Is this really the Grandi Bldg ?
03/17/15 - Tuesday at 10:25am
Seeing whales never gets old (especially with calves!), from the PRNSA: "150+ Gray whales counted this past weekend at the #PointReyes Headlands." I heard there are lots of dolphins out there too.
03/16/15 - Monday at 09:02pm
One of my favorite stories: "During an appearance last week at the Loyola Marymount University, Clint Eastwood talked about the "stark terror" he experienced during the 1950s when, as a soldier flying from visiting his parents in Seattle to Ford Ord in California, the Navy bomber on which he traveled crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes.
"What was going through my mind was just a stark fear, a stark terror, because (in the) first place, I didn't know anything about aviation at that particular time -- I was just hopping a ride," he said.
Depending on the source, Eastwood and at least one other soldier swam anywhere from a mile to three miles to shore."http://www.mercurynews.com/cel
(This is not Clint's plane, but one like it)
03/16/15 - Monday at 01:14pm
Via Paul Rampel: "Recently an exchange took place on the West Marin Commons' soapbox forum, between Jim Kravets and Tess Elliot, regarding Jim's of an acquisition discussion between Pt. Reyes Light and West Marin Citizen. My post regarding this exchange is as follows: (go to http://www.westmarincommons.or
for the entire thread)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tucked away in their rebuke of Jim for "jumping the gun, Linda, Tess & David ask all our help to make their deal happen. Fair enough: I agree we should all have a better understanding of the Point Reyes Light ownership - issues touched upon in Jim Kravet's blog before we endorse anything to do with this proposal.
For starters how about explaining the current structure of the Pt. Reyes Light ownership: The first sentence suggests that MMI will not be involved in the purchase - but this is hard to understand on its face. If MMI is the owner of the "Point Reyes Light Publishing Company L3C LLC" (PRL LLC"), and PRL LLC is the acquirer how can this not involve MMI, at least as a fiduciary, if not an active participant? MMI and PRL LLC are themselves opaque operations - since the founding of PRL LLC (see http://investigativereportingw
the role of Cory Goodman appears to be a constant in the operation as a recent check of the online records of the Secretary of State of California still show Goodman as the agent (see http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/)
yet there is no mention of Cory Goodman's role in this deal.
Reports have also appeared that state Mark Dowie is a part owner of the Light. This involvement appears to extend the role of Dowie beyond that of contributor, editor, and publisher into a new realm of involvement. (Citizen Dowie?) We should also be asking to understand the money - where exactly does the purchase price for the Citizen come from? Is this a payout based upon future expected cashflow of the combined operations, perhaps based upon unrealistic expectations of excess cash realized from "operating efficiancies" and increased (combined) advertising revenues, or is a separate investment being contemplated, and if so, from whom? For example, reports have previously circulated that Phyllis Faber was a major backer of MMI and PRL. Its time that we understand who the money players are. Yet, Tess et al suggest that the discussion is amongst Linda, Tess and her partner David.
This seems to be at best, incomplete disclosure - not a promising basis for an organization that is intended to provide a public service to the community.
03/15/15 - Sunday at 10:34pm
Thanks to everyone who participated in the TWMF 'secret treasure' contest two weeks ago. The mystery bridge is a new bridge Nick Whitney put in next to the tennis courts in second valley. Go check it out, and the secret treasure is still hanging from below it. While you're there, be sure to wander up the trail and see the amazing new stairs the Inverness Association has built. It's a great walk and a great way to see Inverness.
Congratulations to Kerry Livingston who found the treasure first and to Dave (and Prarie) Press, Felipe and Mike Durrie/Catherine Lucas who all found it. Nice work! More to come...
Here is the original contest post:https://www.facebook.com/54364
03/15/15 - Sunday at 10:19pm
"Seemingly doomed to dismiss teachers at the end of this school year as a result of budget problems, West Marin’s Shoreline Unified School District avoided layoffs by negotiating five teacher retirements instead."http://www.marinij.com/social-
03/14/15 - Saturday at 11:22pm
9:14pm - One lane still closed on SFD just before Inverness due to truck in ditch. Everyone is ok.
03/14/15 - Saturday at 11:06pm
9:00pm - Accident on Sir Francis Drake right before Inverness, car in ditch, one lane open. Drive carefully. (thx YP/AP)
03/14/15 - Saturday at 08:05pm
Sunrise this morning.
03/13/15 - Friday at 11:35pm
One of my more hazardous duties.... Searching the streets and downtown Point Reyes for a 12 year old yellow lab named Daisy who according to the owner walked away from home. I assured she doesn't bite but this is one fugitive I hope to locate tonight!
03/12/15 - Thursday at 09:23pm
Via Jim Kravets: "A tragedy is unfolding in West Marin. A community resource built by hundreds of people is quietly but hastily shutting down. It’s happening so suddenly that without this notice you almost certainly wouldn’t have learned about it until it was gone.
After some 400 issues and more than 8,000 pages spanning eight years, the community’s newspaper, the West Marin Citizen, will cease publication when the owner signs over rights any minute to the Point Reyes Light.
Follow this link to learn more:
Please forward this email to others who may care about West Marin's collective intellectual, cultural and spiritual prosperity."
I found this image on Dave Mitchell's blog in a post that describes the last time the Point Reyes Light and the West Marin Citizen had a close call.
03/12/15 - Thursday at 02:06pm
Greenbridge Gas says CHP has pulled over 3 people in the last 10 minutes. Be careful, as we should be!
03/12/15 - Thursday at 11:53am
Point Reyes and the Tule Elk are the cover story in The Bohemian this week. "Tule elk were thought extinct by 1874, when a wealthy rancher spared a few survivors he discovered while draining one of the Central Valley's once-vast marshlands. All of the approximately 4,000 tule elk in 22 herds on public and private land are descended from those."http://www.bohemian.com/northb
03/10/15 - Tuesday at 10:39am
You are warmly invited to the upcoming Inverness Almanac release party! On Friday, March 13th at 7 PM we will be hosting a Local Music Restoration Project show at the Dance Palace Church Space.
There will be readings by Almanac contributors as well as music by Mountain of Glow, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Dylan Squires. Come on out and celebrate with us as we release this project into the wilds of West Marin. Almanacs will be available for purchase and if you have already pre-ordered a copy you can pick it up.
$10-20, sliding scale.
In case you haven't heard, the Almanac is a new local print publication celebrating the land, art, and stories of West Marin. In addition to attending our upcoming event, please also consider making a donation to help us bring this project to our community.
The Almanac is also available for pre-sale on our website.
See ya there,
Ben, Jordan, Katie, Nina, Jeremy
03/09/15 - Monday at 09:42am
Inverness trying to be Santa Cruz? Do you know where this is and what a kook is?
03/07/15 - Saturday at 05:19pm
Local nature photographer extraordinaire Carlos Porrata took this photo of a Peregrine Falcon in Point Reyes yesterday. Bonus Bird Question: Do you know what's happening here? Hint: Even educated fleas do it.
You can see more of his work in the lobby of The Dance Palace until March 16th.https://dancepalace.org/events
03/06/15 - Friday at 01:44pm
Is there a Recycle Circus coming this year? Can't find any information on it for 2015.
03/05/15 - Thursday at 09:23pm
Tonight’s full moon is the smallest full moon of the year. We’ve heard it called the micro-moon or mini-moon. http://earthsky.org/tonight/mi
03/03/15 - Tuesday at 02:25pm
The full story of the cliff rescue this weekend, everyone involved are true heroes. There are good people in this world. "Joel Deering, 27, and Cody LaMonte, 26, hiked to the beach below the cliff and swam 30 meters to a rock outcropping where the injured man lay. They used a first-aid kit to splint the man’s broken bones and bandage his lacerations. They used blankets to keep him comfortable and held his head stable for 2 1/2 hours until a rescue team arrived in a helicopter.http://www.modbee.com/news/loc
03/01/15 - Sunday at 06:35pm
Anyone know why there are 1000s of sand dollars 1/4"-1" in diameter for 3 days now at Limantour...?
03/01/15 - Sunday at 04:19pm
An incredible rescue yesterday at Arch Rock in Point Reyes after a man fell 60 feet off a cliff and two others scrambled down to help him.
"CHP Officer James Andrews said a 24-year-old Gilroy man was hiking with a church group from Gilroy near Arch Rock when either the ground gave way or he slipped, falling some 60 to 80 feet to the rocks below.
The man hit the rocks and ricocheted into the surf, but Andrews said he was able to pull himself out of the water and onto a rock outcropping.
Two good Samaritans ran down a narrow goat trail to the beach and then swam to the rock to assist him, Andrews said. The surf was coming in quickly, stranding the three people on the rock, Andrews said."
02/28/15 - Saturday at 02:55pm
Tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, a benefit gathering for Javier Rodriguez takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with food, oysters and more. Donations will help support Mr. Rodriguez’s family.
02/27/15 - Friday at 10:22pm
Secret Spot of the Day: This beautiful bridge built by Nick Whitney. I hid something beneath this bridge today. The first person to correctly tell me what it is gets a special t-shirt I just designed, the next three get a hand screened print. DO NOT put your answer in the comments here (that will spoil it for others), go to this page and let me know: http://thewestmarinfeed.com/an
02/27/15 - Friday at 10:15am
Laughty found this on a local beach and posted on her FB page. There are some fantastic theories as to what it is (go check them out, Llewylln's in particular). Anyone have a guess? (thx LN)https://www.facebook.com/laugh
02/26/15 - Thursday at 09:56pm
Some visitors demonstrate how not to interact with wildlife this evening out at Drake's Beach. Ugh. (Thx AN)
02/26/15 - Thursday at 09:05am
Fire on the mountain in Point Reyes this morning.
02/25/15 - Wednesday at 09:00am
Must be West Marin month in the media. Marshall Store made the cover of Sunset magazine. Stellina mentioned inside.http://westphoria.sunset.com/2
02/25/15 - Wednesday at 08:28am
SFGate calls Drake's Beach in Point Reyes one of the cleanest beaches in the Bay Area in 2014.http://www.sfgate.com/travel/s
02/24/15 - Tuesday at 10:08pm
7:55pm - A helicopter has been going back and forth over Tomales Bay all evening, anyone know what's going on?
02/24/15 - Tuesday at 03:17pm
1:01pm - Both lanes of Sir Francis Drake closed at Tocaloma due to accident. Use alternate routes. (Thx BE)
02/24/15 - Tuesday at 12:49pm
It's 'blast from the past' day. This 1969 West Marin School footage was found on YouTube today. Does anyone recognize any of these people? Why this is being paired with music from an indie Philly band? So many questions. (thanks WS!)https://www.youtube.com/watch?
02/22/15 - Sunday at 08:22pm
"The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that several turkey vultures have been poisoned from the veterinary euthanasia drug pentobarbital in Marin County. Pentobarbital-poisoned birds appear to be dead. They have no reflex response and breathing can barely be detected. The birds appear intact, without wounds or obvious trauma. Anyone finding a comatose vulture should call WildCare’s 24-hour Hotline at (415) 456-SAVE (7283) immediately."https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com
02/22/15 - Sunday at 10:49am
A ghost ship in the lingering morning fog on Tomales Bay.
02/19/15 - Thursday at 11:04pm
"Two suspected antler poachers in the Point Reyes National Seashore were detained Wednesday after rangers spent much of the day tracking their activities. The suspects were spotted loading antlers into a boat near Tomales Point and then hauling them across the bay to the Dillon Beach area. Federal park rangers and sheriff’s deputies intercepted the men."http://www.marinij.com/environ
I've heard about this happening, but first time I've read about an actual operation going down. Dang.
02/19/15 - Thursday at 07:55pm
Just saw Batman on Nicasio Valley Road by the reservoir. Really!
02/17/15 - Tuesday at 05:52pm
3:45pm - Truck stuck on Sir Francis Drake at Dream Farm Road, traffic backed up with no turn arounds. (Thx AP)
02/15/15 - Sunday at 08:16pm
Just got back from an errand in Point Reyes Station. Long lines at our Highway One stop signs, at Bear Valley Road and here on Levee Road.
Wouldn't it be cool if the California Highway Patrol were posted at these intersections to direct traffic on holiday weekends like this one?
02/15/15 - Sunday at 02:55pm
From yesterday: @MarinSheriff advises so many visitors to West Marin beaches and parks have led to local restaurants running out of food yesterday,
02/14/15 - Saturday at 08:45am
BIRD ALERT: A Brown Booby was spotted out by Chimney Rock yesterday. If you don't have one on your list, now is your chance. (thanks TinyLongWing)
02/13/15 - Friday at 04:46pm
This crew was putting out some good vibes on gorgeous day in Point Reyes today. Did anyone get their band name? They left before I could ask.
02/13/15 - Friday at 10:18am
Lead story in the Point Reyes Light this week: "As the ranch’s manager, Rodney Martinelli, tells it, a cow with a festering bullet wound to the head leapt a corral fence and led him and two friends on an hours-long chase that ended with the cow’s death, and one man’s broken leg." Photo by Dave Briggs.http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar