My California Dark Dream in the NYTimes this weekend. "Eyes wide open, here,” says Terry Sawyer, co-owner of the nearby Hog Island Oyster Company, where the big issue is excess atmospheric carbon dioxide raising ocean acidity so fast that oyster larvae struggle to build shells. “The California dream of us being wet and making a living and enjoying ourselves may be threatened,” he says. “I have kids, and I want that dream intact for them, but it may not be the same dream. I may not be growing the same organism. I am hopeful, but I am extremely concerned."http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/opinion/sunday/my-dark-california-dream.html?_r=0
Secret graffiti spot of the day. Do you know where this is?
The annual pancake breakfast happening at the Point Reyes Fire Station this morning. Come on down and support your local firefighters!
A cluster of some 20 great white sharks was recently spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard off Pacifica and Ocean Beach, an unusually large gathering that has heightened concerns about the safety of local swimmers, wind surfers and kayakers. “This is the first I’d heard of near-shore aggregating in such an urban area,” said Schramm, who could not recall ever seeing so many large sharks in one place.http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Large-cluster-of-great-whites-surprises-concerns-6587610.php
From the NWS Bay Area. Wednesday could be our first major 'precipitation' event in quite a while. Prepare accordingly. "SPREADING RAIN ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE ON WEDNESDAY. MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO BE INTENSIFIED AS THIS SYSTEM TAPS INTO REMNANT MOISTURE FROM HURRICANE OLAF. WEDNESDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TIMING FOR THE MAIN RAIN EVENT." (thx RB)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDMTR&wfo=MTR
Now is a great time to go check out the elk in the park. Huge, beautiful, pointy antlers.
A biblical level sunrise this morning at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes.
Very sad news. After more then 20 years, the Pine Cone Diner is closed for business. A West Marin institution and Joanie is the best. Leave your best Pine Cone memories in the comments. (Like this if you miss it, especially the pancakes...)
More controlled burning happening today: "The controlled burn started Wednesday on 122 acres of the Historic N Ranch near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and will resume Thursday, the National Park Service said in a press release. The burns are part of a park service effort to control Scotch broom and maintain open grasslands between large tracts of dense forest on the Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge."http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4617734-181/fire-in-point-reyes-national
The annual Orionid meteor shower isn't due to peak until October 21-22, but I was up at 6:00 am this morning and saw a beautiful meteor shoot across the sky right where they say to look (by Orion's Belt). So get out there late or early and let us know if you see one!
Everything you need to know about the Orionid meteor shower:http://earthsky.org/?p=27937
Not sure where this blog found the Linders, but they are a West Marin treasure. "Mort and Virginia Linder have been married for over 53 years. When I asked them what the their secret is Mort answered," Just be extra nice to each other I don't think I've ever been mad at Ginny for over 10 minutes. We feel like we've been on a magical mystery tour. Ginny said, "I miss him even when he goes to the post office. We've had a happy life and I like that he can fix my car." (thx AP)http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/2015/10/mort-and-virginia-linder.html
Here is a sunset chaser from tonight in Bolinas to help wash away some of the sadness from this week. Nice place to live. (Thx AN)
Things that happen while you sleep. A marine salvage project out at the Great Beach in Point Reyes last night. I hope they had insurance. Did anyone see when they towed the boat parts through town today? (thx IY)
To all my friends and family in West Marin, I can't begin to express my appreciation for all your help and support over the past 48 hours.
I have been involved a number of horrific and unimaginable crime investigations over my past 30+ years but the senseless murder as this one is just baffling to me.
Thank you for all the kind words of support and more importantly I need to thank all of you for your willingness in becoming involved as a community to support one another.
There is no question in my mind that without the support of citizens from across West Marin and throughout the entire county in providing key tips and information that led to a quick and safe apprehension of three heartless individuals, we would still be searching for each of these three individuals. Without your help and support my job would be almost impossible, however as we all witnesses this week, working together in partnership in achieving the same goal can be unbeatable.
Thanks to you my fellow Westmarinites for all you've done in helping to keep our community safe as you have once again proved to me this week. - Doug Pittman
BREAKING: "Three suspects were arrested Wednesday in Portland, Ore., on suspicion of murdering tantric therapist Steve Carter on a Marin County hiking trail, the county sheriff’s office said."
"Doug Pittman said detectives were helped by citizens and a trail of evidence, including photographs and videos taken at a convenience store, school and gas station. He showed one photograph taken 30 minutes after the shooting at a gas station in Point Reyes Station. It showed the three suspects with the stolen vehicle."
Here is an update on the Fairfax hiker murder. "The killer fled the scene in the victim’s silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta station wagon with California license plate 6PPG662"
"A man found shot dead on a scenic hiking trail in Marin County with his wounded dog still attached to a leash on his hand was a prominent Tantra teacher, yoga and massage therapist who was staying with friends while he cared for his cancer-stricken wife, authorities and his brother said Tuesday.
The body of Steve Carter, 67, was discovered shortly after 6 p.m. Monday by a hiker in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve north of Fairfax, off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard."http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Man-found-shot-to-death-with-wounded-dog-on-Marin-6553740.php
For those of you wondering what all the police activity on Sir Francis Drake just before Fairfax was this morning. "The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent homicide on a hiking trail just outside Fairfax. A hiker found the gunshot victim was discovered at about 6 p.m. Monday, said sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman. The victim was on a trail called the Gunshot Fire Road, which is on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the area of the Loma Alta Preserve near Baywood Canyon Road."http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20151005/marin-deputies-investigate-apparent-homicide-near-fairfax
A cool story about West Marin native and filmmaker, Jenn Nelson, who made a documentary about corporations owning the right to 'Happy Birthday', ended up fighting for the rights, and won.
"But as Nelson began researching her documentary on the song, she came across a research paper that claimed Warner Music, which had collected millions of dollars in fees over the years, may not have ever had the right to charge for it.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Los Angeles agreed, handing a victory to Nelson and the assorted group of filmmakers and artists who had sued Warner, claiming the song belonged in the public domain."
LA Times story:http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-how-the-happy-birthday-song-was-set-free-20150923-story.html
Seen originally in the Point Reyes Light:http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/point-reyes-native-liberates-birthday-song
Has anyone else started having trouble with AM radio reception in West Marin? KNBR 680 is now almost un-listenable along Sir Francis Drake. A couple of other people have reported this. Richard Dillman is looking into it, he says there is a large cloud of 'electric crud' north of Point Reyes.
"The use of life jackets prevented potential tragedies Saturday when high winds on Tomales Bay prompted the Marin County Fire Department to conduct two water rescues.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the fire department was alerted to a 32-foot sailboat in distress near Ten Mile Beach off the Point Reyes National Seashore. A man and a woman had left Bodega Bay and were headed toward Berkeley when the winds caused the mast to break. The occupants boarded a dinghy, which quickly capsized.
At about the same time, a 14-foot Hobie Cat sailboat overturned on Tomales Bay about a mile south of Nicks Cove in Marshall. Two men, also wearing life jackets, were spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and plucked from the water by MCFD personnel using rescue watercraft. Both men were evaluated by paramedics and did not require transportation to a hospital."
Thank you MCFD!http://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2015/water-rescue-100415
Anyone see all the lightning across the bay in Marin? Strange night, light rain in Inverness right now.
Our hearts go out to the family of Park Ranger Nate Knight who died unexpectedly last week leaving behind a wife and two children. Nate was a constant presence around the park and a friend to many here locally, he will be missed. If you'd like to support his family, you can contribute to the Nate Knight Memorial Fund here: https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/nate-knight-memorial-fund
Power lines down and in road at Portola and Vallejo in Inverness Park, use caution.
The wind is crazy today, gusts up to 45mph in the park, the ocean is a frothy mess. Be safe out there, stay away from the water.
if you commute on Sir Francis Drake, you probably already know, but traffic by Woodacre is a complete mess. Stuck on the hill now, take alternate routes until later. Not sure what day they're done with this, anyone?
Ok, open thread, who took a picture of the sunset tonight? Post it in the comments. Every night has been magic.
"During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Phillip Dick lived in Point Reyes Station with his third wife, Anne. It was there that he wrote The Man in the High Castle, his Hugo Award–winning masterpiece recently adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios. In a 2010 New York Times article on Dick's time in West Marin, the writer Jonathan Lethem said in an interview it was Dick's most productive time. Lethem included five novels from Dick's time in Point Reyes Station in the Library of America anthologies that he edited."
Bonus points, where did he live in Point Reyes?http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/total-recall/Content?oid=2748999
Does anyone smell a really weird chemical smell in Inverness? We're in Seahaven and can barely go outside right now.
Hopefully its clear! "This coming Sunday night (September 27), observers around the world are set to be in for a treat as two celestial events combine. In a rare occurrence, the Moon will reach its closest point to Earth (known as a supermoon) at the same time as it undergoes an eclipse, the first such alignment since 1982 – and the last until 2033.
During the event, when the Sun will be directly behind us in respect to the Moon, the lunar surface will appear a deep red color. Lunar eclipses are fairly common, with 16 occurring this century already, but only five supermoon eclipses have taken place since 1900."
Claire Ptak who owns the Violet Cakes bakery in London was featured on CBS This Morning today. ""Well, my mother's a great baker, my grandmother's a great baker. And where I grew up in Inverness, just north of San Francisco, it's rural, and we had wild blackberries and apple trees. And so there was a lot of emphasis on baking with fruit that was in season," Ptak said."http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-dish-american-claire-ptak-violet-bakery-cookbook-london/
"Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near Shoreline Highway is back open now after earlier accident."
"Emergency units are responding to a vehicle roll over reported to be on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near Shoreline Highway. One lane closed." - via KWMRinfohttps://twitter.com/KWMRinfo
A good start to Fall this morning.
Someone sent me this map from Gwyneth Paltrow's (a TWMF favorite!) Goop web site. Apparently Sir and Star has moved to Mill Valley and Stellina to San Rafael. DOH.
Apparently the Coast Guard helicopter is just in the mood to circle around Tomales Bay this evening?
A beautiful weekend says good bye with a dreamy sunset over the Pacific in Point Reyes. (Thx LNFN)
Come on people, don't steal stuff like this. What kind of fish is that anyway?
From The Tomales Bay Oyster Company: "OUR PICNIC AREA WILL CLOSE ON OCTOBER 12th! Because of Marin County restrictions on our 1987 use permit, we can no longer allow recreational activities on our property. There will be no picnics, family gatherings, or parties. Starting on October 12th we will only sell oysters to go, and starting October 16th we will be closed Monday through Thursday. We will be open Friday 12pm to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm." More info at the link:http://tomalesbayoysters.com/app/story?keyword=picnic
CHP is posted up at the store formerly known as Perry's giving friendly reminders out to people to slow down.
"Found small computer this morning on a bench at the White House Pool County Park. Has been given to the Sheriff's office 415-479-2311." via Mary Mills
Tomales Bay was absolutely stunning this morning. Blue on Blue. Throw on 'Kind of Blue' for lunch. Or maybe 'Blue Train'. Photo by Shawn Collins.
And then, it rained! Drive safe everyone, it's been awhile, roads are going to be slick. (Thx dw)
Traffic control on SFD while PG&E fixes power pole from accident last night.
Wow. Missed all the action last night. Sounds like someone ran into a power pole at White House Pool around 11pm and knocked all the power out for a couple of hours. Power back on in Inverness, everyone else have power? Any more details on the accident? Everyone ok? Thanks for all the reports.
HOPEFULLY THE LAST LUCAS VALLEY UPDATE: @CHPMarin: The clean up of last weeks paint spill on Lucas Valley Rd. is complete! No further closures will be required. #MarinTraffic
TRAFFIC UPDATE: @CHPMarin: Alert- Lucas Valley Rd. will be closed between 11AM-1PM for the final cleanup of last weeks paint spill. Use alternate route to West Marin.
A shark sighting at Stinson Beach yesterday (Sunday), "There were about 10 adults, myself included, who saw it! Just popped up out of nowhere. Fin came up twice then left. We had seen one seal and two porpoises about an hour earlier. It was about half a kid size soccer field from where we were standing, so very close. Only a handful of kids in shallow water and two surfers waiting for waves who scrambled to shore." (thx CP)
Vegetation fire at Seaheaven down by the bay. Under control now. Great response by fire dept.
Yikes. KWMR reporting: "Fire and park units are responding to a report of more than 30 kayakers stranded on Hog Island and Pelican Point. Some hypothermic patients are being brought to Nick's cove, water units heading to Pelican Point."
The Inverness Almanac Volume II release part is tomorrow night at 7pm at The Dance Palace. Local SF band Vetiver will be playing, and for those not familiar, these guys are really, really good. That alone is worth showing up for, a rare opportunity. Danny Vitali and The Gospel Flatters will play as well (they're good too!)
Finally! Lucas Valley Road has reopened.
Sounds like there is a small vegetation fire in the park right now, fire units responding, possibly by K Ranch.
LUCAS VALLEY TRAFFIC REMINDER: One way traffic control on Lucas Valley Rd throughout the AM. Full closure expected this afternoon for recovery of HAZMAT. Use alt routes. (via CHPMarin) (Just talked to someone who went through on Lucas Valley at 8:15am and there were no traffic)
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Estimated time to open Lucas Valley Road is 10pm. Use alternate routes to West Marin.
A big rig collision spilled 14,000 gallons of paint requiring a massive Haz Mat clean up (see previous posts for more details).
(info and image via CHPMarin)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Lucas Valley Road is blocked east of Big Rock and both lanes are closed. There was a big rig collision and 14,000 gallons of paint spilled which is going to require extended Haz Mat clean up. No estimated time of re-open yet, plan your travel accordingly.
LUCAS VALLEY RD BLOCKED EAST OF BIG ROCK DUE TO OVERTURNED BIG RIG, UNK ETA TO REOPENING...
Some illegal "weed" being removed by Walker Creek this afternoon. (thx RJ)
URGENT UPDATE: This is an emergency message from the Inverness Water System. Stream flows and tank levels for our water system are critically low.
-Effective immediately, a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency is in effect for the customers of the Inverness Water System.
- Effective immediately, only hand watering is allowed for outdoor watering.
- It is prohibited to use at any time any sprinkler devices for outdoor watering.
- It is prohibited to use at any time any timer-activated automatic outdoor watering or irrigation systems.
If you have questions or need more information, please call Scott McMorrow or Jim Fox at 415-669-1414.
Anyone know what was going on tonight with the helicopters and Coast Guard? TWMF was Kehoe getting mauled by mosquitoes but heard there was a lot of activity happening over Inverness.
Long distance electric skateboarder covering some ground in the park this weekend.
According to KMWR, the vegetation fire from yesterday has rekindled and fire crews are heading back out there.
Fire plane dumps retardant on fire outside of Point Reyes this afternoon.
Here's a picture of the fire burning right now, right across from Chicken Ranch Beach by Marshall/Petaluma Road. Plane just made a huge drop on it.
BREAKING: "Units are responding to a vegetation fire near the 8000 block of the Marshall-Petaluma Road." via KWMR. Stay tuned to KWMR for more details.
Pretty much bumper to bumper traffic from Ottingers Hill in the park to Point Reyes right now. We don't advise going to town for some milk.
The pros were out early at Drakes Beach for the sand castle contest. The roads are total chaos, saw three near collisions, plan accordingly.
Not one, but two cars went off the road at this spot above North Beach today. Holiday weekend! Since everyone was ok, how about a caption contest? (Thx JW)
Some notes from tonight's reading by Summer Brennan's "The Oyster War".
"My family is in the audience tonight, so please keep that in mind." - Summer
Summer read a chapter from the book which was about the fallow deer issue and nothing about oysters which seemed to confuse people.
"How could you be so presumptuous to say this is the true story?" - Bob Stevens. No real answer to that.
Kevin Lunny is in the audience which is interesting.
So far everything is fairly mellow, I don't think anyone is interested in arguing, Kate did a good job of setting that tone early.
Sarah Rolph asked if Summer had read some reports, Gordon Bennett asked if she knew who cut the names off some of the maps. She skimmed the reports and did not know who cut off the names.
Things are getting wild down at Perrys for the big anniversary celebration. Better get down there...
From Scott Morrow, General Manager of IPUD: "Due to several years of drought and diminished rainfall last year, the stream flows in our creeks are much lower than usual for this time of year. We are entering a challenging period. Until the next significant rains come, we all need to be mindful of our water use and conserve. The IPUD water system has a 425,000 gallon storage capacity. This translates into about 5-7 days of water storage for this time of year. Given the near term weather forecast of no significant rain, we are asking that all IPUD customers cut back on water use."
IPUD is the Inverness Public Utility District.
I heard rave reviews about the La Mesa de Las Abuelas event last night at The Dance Palace. A true community gathering.
BREAKING: "Deputies and Coroner's Investigators on-scene of a body that has washed up on-shore near Seadrift north of Stinson Beach. Investigation is in its infant stages with no details I can provide yet. More to follow...." - Sheriff Doug Pittman
"Federal officials are interested in giving the county first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for low-income housing regardless of what happens with legislation requiring them to do so.
While a bill by Rep. Jared Huffman giving the county a leg up on buying the complex already has been approved by the House and is expected to get the blessing of the Senate, recent talks with federal officials indicate the county will be first in line in any event, Supervisor Steve Kinsey reported."http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150830/marin-supervisor-coast-guard-to-give-county-dibs-on-housing-site
Major tree fell down right by Chicken Ranch and missed Dakota in her car by about a foot. When the wind is up, watch out!
Look for it tonight! "Supermoon ahead! The full moon of August 29, 2015 will be the first of this year’s three full supermoons. It’s a full moon near perigee, or near its closest point to Earth for the month. Like it or not, modern skylore dictates that these sorts of moons are called supermoons."http://earthsky.org/tonight/august-29-supermoon-first-of-three-supermoons
Via KWMR: "Shoreline Highway is closed in both directions 1 mile north of Hog Island Oysters due to a two vehicle collision." Check radio for more updates.
The infamous Chronicle restaurant reviewer Michael Bauer comes back to town: "When I walked into Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station on a particularly warm summer evening, it was like entering a sauna. A few table fans worked futilely to circulate the leaden air, but it was clear the restaurant wasn’t prepared for a heat wave. Yet that was of little consequence, because once the food started to arrive, it felt like an oasis in an otherwise mediocre dining area."http://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Osteria-Stellina-captures-the-essence-of-West-6465300.php
Breaking News Via Sheriff Doug Pittman: CHO Pursuit in West Marin (Nicasio - Lagunitas) leads to arrest of Wanted subject out of Sonoma County. Suspect Jason Brown, WMA, 43 years old out of Santa Rosa made the mistake of driving way to fast on Nicasio Road just north of Nicasio School. Brown took off from CHP Officer Will Thompson at speeds in excess of 100MPH passing construction workers, numerous other drivers over double yellow lines and speeding past both Nicasio Valley and Lagunitas Elementary Schools. Already wanted and on probation out of Sonoma County for Domestic Assault and Public Intoxication, he now faces numerous additional traffic, misdemeanor and felony violations for his disregard for everyone else's safety.
Did anyone else see a six to eight foot white unmanned drone go over Point Reyes/Petaluma Road this evening? (Thx MJ)
The ocean is in full feeding mode today. Warm water and squid have got everyone crazy. Pelicans, bait balls, salmon, seals, porpoises and a seemingly infinite amount of shearwaters flying around. It's an incredible site, get out there and take a look!
Busy morning, sounds like we've got a car flipped over on SFD outside of Olema and a rescue happening in Stinson. Anyone know more details?
This is sad but inevitable. "For four decades, Nancy Hemmingway and Elizabeth Whitney have organized the annual Transbay Swim on the Sunday after Labor Day. This year, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hemmingway say they are retiring the early-morning swim—which, according to their count, drew over 100 people last year—due to safety concerns as well as the fear that its homegrown character is vanishing. They are spreading word that the swim is cancelled, and are not providing the boats that accompany swimmers. They have given away collected donations—about $140—to the Tomales Bay Waterdogs for scholarships. Ms. Hemmingway plans to donate the Transbay Swim yearbook to the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History." Photo by Dave Briggs/ptreyeslight.com
Unfortunately the story is behind a paywall on Point Reyes Light web site, so if you subscribe, you can read it at this link. Or for free at the library. Or while waiting for your latte at Tobys.http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/transbay-swim-over-organizers-say
BREAKING NEWS: The Inverness Park Store (otherwise known as Perry's Deli) will be closed on Tuesdays starting next week. Thoughts? Concerns? Where will we get donuts on Tuesday? Should we buy an extra West Marin Reuben on Mondays?
Highway to Shell: Tomales Bay Oyster Company a victim of its success. "They have troubles at land and at sea," says Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who also sits on the California Coastal Commission. At the land-bound county level, Kinsey says that the business' use permit "does not permit anywhere near the level of activity that they undertake on that site."http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/highway-to-shell/Content?oid=2738202
4.2 earthquake this morning based in Piedmont. SF felt it, anyone in PR feel it?
A smoky sunrise over Point Reyes this morning. Sounds like it's going to be another hot and hazy day today.
Does anyone else hear fireworks being set off tonight on the bay? Doesn't seem like a great idea during fire season.
Tree down at the Bear Valley visitor center (thx MM).
Mark Rafferty, 62, of Bolinas, died this this week.
"Rafferty was a former site manager at Commonweal, a nonprofit educational and health center in Bolinas, from 1999 until leaving last year.
"We will remember him for his kindness, his sense of humor, his passion for music and song-writing, and his dedication to our work," said Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal. "We are holding Mark and his family in our thoughts and prayers.""
Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow really likes West Marin. Or someone wants to make it look that way. (Thx LW)
A Bolinas man was arrested on allegations he intentionally rammed a bicyclist with his car during a road-rage incident in West Marin. "The cyclists passed without stopping, and one displayed an intemperate hand gesture as Rafferty yelled. Then Rafferty allegedly got back in his car and accelerated toward Keane-Zirepolo, rear-ending his bike, crushing his back wheel and ejecting him into a dirt hillside." The cyclist declined treatment.http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150804/bolinas-man-accused-of-ramming-cyclist-in-road-rage-conflict
"Sections of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Point Reyes-Petaluma Road are lined up to be resurfaced and receive other safety upgrades now that a contract has been authorized.
Ghilotti Construction Co. of Santa Rosa will receive $2,049,895.50 from the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Fund to improve 3.74 lane miles (both directions) of Drake Boulevard through the San Geronimo Valley and 1.38 lane miles of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road near Nicasio Reservoir. Awarding of the contract was authorized on July 28, and the money will not affect the County’s General Fund. Engineers supervising the project expect work to start in mid-August and be completed by late November."http://patch.com/california/novato/2-west-marin-roads-be-repaved-enhanced-0
An interesting interview with Merrel Roca, the last Coast Miwok on Tomales Bay, who lives in Marshall. "My son and his wife live in this house 5 feet away. I’ve got my trailers. My grandfather came from Italy all the way to Ellis Island and then here, to Tomales Bay. There were a lot of Italians here. He was a rum-runner during Prohibition. My grandmother grew up in this A-frame across the road, it was built in 1864. I didn’t even know my grandmother was half Indian, Coast Miwok. She never mentioned it until she was on her deathbed." (thx SD)http://www.ozy.com/true-story/how-was-your-day-last-coast-miwok-on-tomales-bay/39544
This guy was out in the park this evening. Also a large whale spy hopping right off the beach at South Beach. No blue moon sightings though, too much fog.
Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez's quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands was thwarted Wednesday by a great white shark just 3-1/2 miles from his rocky goal.
After 18 hours in the cold ocean, the 49-year-old Australian reluctantly but wisely climbed into his support boat when his 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, spotted what was estimated to be a 12- to 15-foot great white circling the boat and swimming toward her father.http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150729/shark-sighting-ends-swimmers-gg-bridge-to-farallones-quest
All that smoke made for an amazing sunset, anyone else get some good shots?
Accident on 13 turns in Bolinas. Minor injuries, one lane closed.
I heard that the large plume of smoke coming over Black Mountain is from the two fires in Napa. Anyone else know anything about it? Is that right?
Point Reyes dairy rancher Joseph H. “Joey” Mendoza Jr. was known for his black cowboy hat, his ability to easily make friends and his loyalty to his alma mater, Tomales High. Mendoza died Thursday at his home near Petaluma after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Today’s services included a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Petaluma. The family prefers donations to the Tomales High School Boosters Club or the Tomales Friends of Ag.http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4262944-181/longtime-point-reyes-rancher-joseph
NYTimes food writer Mark Bittman visited Hog Island: "Ocean acidification, like everything associated with climate change, is probably going to get worse before it gets better. But in addition to gathering data that Hog Island can use to protect their crop, understanding the impact of climate change and ocean acidification — in this case, oysters that will most likely become more expensive — can help us make those connections less theoretical and more real."http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/opinion/mark-bittman-what-oysters-reveal-about-sea-change.html?_r=0
Far West Fest in full effect today.
Milk truck down on SFD just outside of Inverness. No injuries, one lane closed. (thx dw, sc, be)
Lucas Valley Road currently closed near Big Rock due to a fatal motorcycle accident. No word on estimated re-open time. If anyone else has any info, let us know (via @MarinCountyFire)
Here it comes people. This Saturday (July 25) is the annual benefit concert known as Far West Fest. Ozomatli is headlining and local acts such as Arann Harris and the Bad Farmers and El Radio Fantastique are representing. Tickets selling out fast, get on it now! Plus a rocking after party show with The Haggards at The Western.http://farwestfest.org/https://www.facebook.com/events/1044638108881192/
Seen on the levee in Point Reyes today. Can anyone explain the meaning? Pro-bike? Anti-bike? #bikelame
In the two decades since the Straus Dairy in Marshall was the first in the West to become certified organic, most others in the region have followed, creating a cash cow that gets bigger every year. With 25 of Marin’s 29 dairies now organic, the value of organic milk production is soaring, rocketing 61 percent last year to $33.6 million for the milk product equivalent of about 12.6 million gallons. At the same time, the value of conventional milk production in Marin plummeted 57 percent to $5.7 million in 2014.http://www.marinij.com/business/20150718/organic-milk-steers-marin-farm-production-to-record-101-million
Heard there are some rainbows happening this evening, anyone else seeing them. What a night. This is from up on the ridge (thx SC).
TRAFFIC ALERT: Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd. closed between Novato Blvd. and Nicasio Valley Rd. due to collision and downed power lines. Estimated time to open is three hours.
This was spotted yesterday at a local hiking spot. Vigilante trail signage. Wonder if it will have an impact. (thx LN)
Anyone else see that giant military plane just fly right down Tomales Bay? Earlier there were two other ones flying in formation up higher. President in town? What's up? (thx SG)