7:47am Via Burton - "If anybody is near Tomales Bay right now, a boat hit-and run accident just occurred and the perpetrator needs to be brought to justice as the victim is being rushed to the hospital."
Spotted yesterday by The Marshall Store. I think there may be a boat under that mast. #daveyjoneslocker
8:49am - There is a significant rock slide on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road this morning. Be aware, drive safely. If anyone gets a picture of it, please send it over.
"There is a sailboat that came loose from it's mooring washed up in the cove between teacher's beach and shell one. It has a mustard colored hull. I couldn't get to the stern to see the name, but the number on the bow is CF 2313 GS." thanks SK
Christmas West Marin style. Santa arrives at Nick's Cove on a beautiful Sunday evening.
Be prepared, this sounds like a pretty major storm with heavy winds and flooding possible. Please share with others.

"THIS STORM IS ALSO FORECAST TO PRODUCE STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS. SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND BECOME STRONG AND GUSTY BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. STRONGEST WINDS ARE CURRENTLY EXPECTED FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY."

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/MTR/SPSMTR
The 44th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, textiles, artwork, ceramics, cards and more, plus food and drinks for purchase from The Farmer’s Wife, at the community center in Point Reyes Station. Support your local artists!
Think Blue Marin: "We’ve had an exciting couple of weeks on Lagunitas Creek with lots of both rain and fish. In that time we’ve received over eight inches of rain and Lagunitas Creek flows increased from 20 cubic feet per second to a peak of 1,800 cfs. During a break in the rain on Monday we observed 63 coho, 28 Chinook, and one chum salmon."

http://www.marinwater.org/Blog.aspx?IID=16#item
The Toby's Christmas is tonight! Santa arrives at 5:30pm.
Question: In what year do you think this boat will dislodge from the sandbar due to rising sea levels? #canaryincoalmine
Major high tide today on Tomales Bay. This is a dock near Chicken Ranch. #thetideishigh #butimholdingon
A full house tonight at the Inverness Association meeting to discuss the 'Hidden Dragon' house plan on Balboa. Kathy Maxwell expresses her concern about the scale of the house.
A community meeting about the proposed development at 135 Balboa Avenue, including a presentation by the owners, a Q&A session and a discussion, starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Inverness Yacht Club. Hosted by the Inverness Association. Unfortunately the owners of 135 Balboa won't be there this evening, but may still come to another meeting in the future.
10:02pm - Power is being reported out in parts of Inverness Park. You can get up-to-date info here: http://www.pge.com/myhome/outages/outage/
7:11am - Weather Services issues "significant weather advisory" for Marin re new storm moving in with rain, wind, maybe hail and thunder
7:05am - Needless to say, the roads are extremely wet this morning. Please drive safe, look out for flooding.
Tree down on Drakes View Drive. Road is closed for at least an hour, probably more.
8:18pm - Just heard there is a tree down with live wires on Drake's View Drive in Inverness Park. If you're in the area, be extremely careful.
7:54pm - The storm window is open. The rain is thick. How is everyone doing out there?
7:36pm - If you have shoes on the porch, I'd bring them in before going to bed. We're about to get our rain on.
The Point Reyes lighthouse was lit for the first time 144 years ago today! Happy Birthday! - via Point Reyes NPS
4:41pm - Heard a rumor that folks spotted a baby whale swimming off of Chicken Ranch this afternoon. Did anyone else hear this? Or see the whale?
A big Oak came down on Balboa Ave. last night taking out a Volvo. Pacific Slope Tree Co. was on the scene this morning cleaning it up. With the rain comes the mud. (Thx élan)
Just had a fantastic latte from June at the new Saltwater cafe (assist from Leroux). Equator coffee! Sandwiches! Soup! Check it out!
The Inverness boat is cool, but is it one of the world's most amazing abandoned sights? I'm not so sure. Seems like there should be more news then that today.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/slideshow/Abandoned-98371.php
Tule Elks feeling the love this morning in Point Reyes. #kissingelks #nuzzles
A magic ending to a magic day in West Marin. We give thanks for having the incredible good fortune to be able to live here. #happythanksgiving
"It’s Madeline Hope’s modeling of an engaged, caring, go-getter resident of West Marin—who has put “a lot of heart and soul” into countless projects over the 19 years that she’s lived in the area—that led to her winning the Pacific Sun’s 2014 Community Spirit award."

http://www.pacificsun.com/heroes/heroes-of-marin-madeline-hope-community-spirit/article_6718dbe0-7108-11e4-bd03-5b3fd153d569.html?mode=story
Don't call it a comeback! "5 day rain forecast shows more than 1" possible in the North Bay. Next chance of rain after Thanksgiving."
"Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, the oldest business in Marin County, has a new owner, Leila Monroe, a 35-year-old San Francisco lawyer, the first woman in its colorful, 163-year history. That's the news in this happily isolated coastal hamlet, ending months of rumor and speculation, but it isn't the story. The story is that in a town famously mistrustful of outsiders, no one is calling her a carpetbagger. Quite the opposite, in fact."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26999122/smileys-schooner-saloon-bolinas-marins-oldest-business-has?source=rss
The Old Western Saloon. Where memories are born. Good luck to you mystery couple. #saturdaynight
"Dan Mankin, who has led the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center since founding executive director Carol Friedman retired in 2008 after 37 years, will vacate his post on Dec. 15 after the board decided this month to let him go."

http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/dance-palace-terminates-director-citing-new-goals
Nice day for a sail in Tomales Bay until this happens. Boat overboard! #wetandcold
Full house tonight at the Ranch Management Plan community gathering hosted by the Point Reyes National Seashore tonight. Hopefully no one gets called an a**hole like last time: http://westmarincitizen.com/letter-to-the-editor/build-consensus/
It keeps coming. Rain today, Friday and Saturday. The roads are extremely slick, drive safe. Get a tarp over the firewood. Stay cozy.
Bolinas continuing to be Bolinas.
Here is some incredible video shot last night by Aaron Ely of the Point Reyes Youth Hostel fire: "A special thanks to Jim Fox who stood guard in our tinder box of a leech field and called up some reinforcements to help with the embers. He had to race out the door while cooking his dinner at home."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTd9LORbkkQ
A shot of the brush fire in Point Reyes by the youth hostel this evening. The winds were heavy and the local firefighters and NPS did an incredible job putting it out quickly. That could have been ugly.
Via Fiona O'Kelly: "It's a brush fire caused by a downed power line on the left hillside between the Youth Hostel and the Clem Miller Center. Julia and I went down there and talked to the responders on scene, who were waiting for PG&E to arrive to shut off power so that they could begin fighting it. They weren't too worried, and no structures (meaning Clem Miller Center, Laguna lot houses, or youth hostel) were immediately threatened. As Julia and I were leaving about 5 minutes ago, PG&E arrived on scene, which means that soon they can begin putting it out. I will say that my heart rate has been up around 130 bpm for the past hour or so. DAMN scary."
Someone just reported a lot of sirens headed out to Limantour Beach, maybe a brush fire, anyone have details?
Legislation giving Marin County the first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes for affordable housing was introduced Wednesday by San Rafael Rep. Jared Huffman.

Under Huffman's "Point Reyes Coast Guard Housing Conveyance Act," the 22-acre Coast Guard complex, up for sale at a federal auction next year, would instead be sold to the county at fair market value as determined by an appraiser "based on the use required by this act."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26925036/huffman-bill-paves-way-affordable-housing-point-reyes?source=rss
Flashback: On July 22, 2008 I happen to be coming down Balboa Ave. when they were moving the Orthodox Church, piece by piece, from the site where the 'Pandora' compound is being debated.
Apparently this isn't the first time the 'Pandora' architect, Tom Kundig, has had some controversy with his work:

"Descriptions of the cabin by opponents in interviews for this story, on a Facebook page and in local media have included “an extended third finger,” a “boil,” a “blight” and a “wart” to a Mazama area that has no “ridgebuster” dwellings atop hills."

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024765926_methowhutxml.html

For those of you not familiar with the story, it's really starting to get some media traction, here is coverage on Valleywag and SFGate:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pandora-founder-s-mansion-plan-irks-Point-Reyes-5883734.php

http://valleywag.gawker.com/
Ok, so don't take photos off the Internet. The amazing photo of the Great Blue Heron was shot by local photographer Daniel Dietrich. You can see (and buy) all of his amazing work here. I apologize for the confusion. (thx CP)

http://www.danieldietrichphotography.com/
This got lost in my inbox, but the Point Reyes U12 soccer team won their division last week. Congrats! Let me know how the other teams do...
3:39pm - Truck in ditch across from Laurel on Sir Francis Drake in Inverness Park. (Thx AW)
The Battle for Balboa: "Tim Westergren, the multi-millionaire founder of Pandora, the country's top Internet radio service, has his heart set on building a new home that many believe would be the largest private residence in rural West Marin County. This has not been music to his new neighbors' ears."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26898879/pandora-founders-hidden-dragon-estate-fires-up-west?source=rss
Sometimes these things happen.
Tim Weed and his band do a great job closing out the last Point Reyes Farmers Market for 2014.
"Deputies in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter rescued a 55-year-old woman Friday from the Point Reyes National Seashore after she fell off a horse, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred in an area with limited vehicle and emergency resource access. The Henry 1 crew found the 55-year-old woman with a National Park Ranger, who was assisting her, on a trail surrounded by a dense canopy of trees, deputies said."

http://sfbay.ca/2014/11/07/helicopter-rescues-woman-at-pt-reyes/

(Archive photo of Henry 1)
Posting this a little late, but heard a report that the CHP was posted up by Inverness Fire Station today giving out friendly reminders to people to not roll the stop sign back there.
"The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has bought the former Borello Ranch, an 864-acre piece of property on Tomales Bay, from a real estate developer ensuring it will remain as farmland."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26886653/malt-snags-land-slated-development-along-tomales-bay?source=rss
Absolutely stunning full moon tonight. Get out there and check it out!
Don't forget to support KWMR during their current pledge drive and be sure to catch the always entertaining local all star band, The Haggards, tonight at 6:30pm on the radio. http://kwmr.org/
Author James Nestor will be on KWMR this morning from 10am - 11am. He will be talking about his latest book, "Deep" which explores the world of free diving. Much of it was written while he holed up in a cabin in Inverness. And don't forgot, it's also the KWMR pledge drive happening right now! Support your local community radio, we're very fortunate to have such an incredible resource available to all of us.

James Nestor: http://mrjamesnestor.com/
KWMR: http://www.kwmr.org
Let the crab season begin! Someone is going to eat well tonight. #crab
Anyone recognize this guy? This photo was captured by a hidden camera of a suspect wanted in connection with stealing a bus for elderly and handicapped persons in Bolinas late this past Thursday night. If he wasn't responsible I'd sure love to hear his side of the story....

Doug
Your local Sheriff
(415) 747-2191
Dpittman@marinsheriff.org
8:26pm - Heard that the power is down in parts of Inverness, anyone have any details?
The Dungeness sport crab fishing season started today. Be sure to be nice to your crab fishing friends! The commercial season starts on November 15. Sadly, I would bet that the capsized vessel in Bodega was out crabbing.

Crab season:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_26825324/dungeness-crab-sport-fishing-season-opens-saturday

Bodega boat accident:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/01/4-dead-1-rescued-when-boat-capsizes-near-bodega-bay/
11:40am - Coast Guard is reporting a vessel capsized off of Bodega Bay, four people drowned, one survivor. Large swell today, be very careful near the ocean.
11:16am - One of those days. Tree down on Sir Francis Drake west of the Inkwells, blocking both lanes. Proceed with caution.
9:20am - Rock slide reported blocking all lanes of SR-1 south of Stinson Beach. CHP and CalTrans on the way.

via https://twitter.com/CHPMarin
Rain! Roads are super slick, drive safe! Especially if you're going to the Giants parade.
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The not so secret scary spot of the day (with fresh paint!) Do you know where this is and do you know who made it?
West Marin celebrates the Giants' World Series victory with another stunning black and orange sunrise. (Thx DW)
One of the benefits of commuting in West Marin in the Fall is that the sunrises over the Nicasio Reservoir are stunning. #sunrise #goldenhour
A true sign of the times...deputies patrolling in Bolinas late last night discovered that Giant spirit is alive and well as some Halloween goblins are off to an early start showing their loyalty by making a few minor adjustments to the CalTrans electronic warning signs in town.

Don't think we'll start much if an investigation into this big capper

GO GIANTS!

Doug
(Your loca Sheriff)
Animal Report: A full grown adult mountain lion was seen last week back by Mesa Road in Point Reyes.
10:16am - Overturn vehicle crash 3800 Lucas Valley-slick roads, drive careful! pic.twitter.com/AU3UQJT2BS
9:16am - Just got a report from a local who got a ticket from the CHP for 'rolling' this stop sign by the Inverness Fire Department. Also heard CHP was reminding people to drive safely at Perry's too.
Nice article on Jack Kornfield, local spiritual legend, in the NY Times magazine this weekend. "Whether or not the latest wave of self-helping meditators or corporate practitioners of ‘mindfulness’ know it, the spiritual enlightenment sweeping America has strong ties to Buddhism, thanks in part to one huggable ex-monk in California."

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/buddhism-meditation-spiritual-mindfulness/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
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