"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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)
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."
"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."
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.
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
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.
Congratulations to Eve Love for being the 1000 person to 'Like' The West Marin Feed! Thank all of you for your support! If you have ideas on how to make the feed more useful, let me know. And remember, if you don't want to be involved with Facebook, you can always go directly to the site at http://www.thewestmarinfeed.com
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
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."
From Doug Pittman: "A reminder to all my fellow West Marinites...today between 1-6pm at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, Marin County Health & Human Services will be providing FREE influenze vaccinations for the upcoming 2014 flu season. I know I will be one to get my flu shot today and I hope others come by to receive theirs..please note that just because I will be there doesn't mean everyone can line up to poke the Sheriff."
Brickmaiden Bread, a local company run by Celine Underwood, just launched an amazing Kickstarter campaign to upgrade their oven. The 'rewards' for supporting the cause are incredible. They're also having a party today from 4pm - 8pm at their bakery in downtown Point Reyes (by the Commons) to celebrate. Food, drink and oysters! Be sure to check out the campaign and the party!!!!
The SF Chronicle weighs in on the elk issue. "But there isn’t much celebrating going on in the picturesque hills, where elk can regularly be seen loping proudly through pastures that seven organic dairies use for their cattle. The wild elk and domestic cows simply do not mix, according to the ranchers who lease the fields from the National Park Service, which administers 28,000 acres of agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore. The ranchers say the competition from the elk for scarce vegetation threatens their very existence after three years of drought."
Two local surfers on their stand up paddle boards had a 'very large' Great White Shark swim under them out at Drake's Bay this weekend. It's that time of the year. I've also heard that the local shark researchers have spotted lots of Great Whites outside the mouth of Tomales Bay as well. Geepers.
Total eclipse of Blood Moon tonight! This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses.
BREAKING: The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Monday it has settled its lawsuit against the federal government, signing a legal agreement with the National Park Service to allow it to keep harvesting oysters until the end of 2014 and then close.