From the Marin County Sheriff's Office: "Please shelter in place in Woodacre due to police activity: Crescent Ave, Oak Grove, Castle Rock Ave, and Railroad Ave." Anyone know what's going on? Stay safe... (thx KA)
Not sure if this will effect West Marin, but the power utilities are preparing people for possible power shut downs this summer. "What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff? In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff." MORE INFO: https://prepareforpowerdown.com/
Sadly, this show is already sold out, but you can watch the trailer which I highly recommend. "Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is to Dylan what Cassady was to Kerouac: a fountainhead for countless followers and admirers for whom he is proof that an authentic, self-invented life is possible. This film is the story of Jack’s life as seen by Jack himself, documented over four years by friend and filmmaker Oleg Harencar. Jack recounts his life through numerous stories of sailing ships, adventures and an incredible entourage of friends and acquaintances. We follow Jack in his element, be it on horseback or minding a sail, hanging with ordinary folks as well as demigods of politics, the arts and music." TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTpbvjSrSZ4&feature=youtu.be WEB SITE: https://www.ramblinjackbeyondthemusic.com
Via PRNPS about Drakes closing this week due to resurgence of Elephant Seals: “Drakes Beach area has re-opened. A few elephant seals are still on the beach, so please stay at least 25 ft away from them. Park staff & docents will be onsite this weekend to ensure the safety of the seals and visitors. Check back for updates in case beach access changes.”
A benefit for Stefanie Keys-Pisarcyzk. This will be an amazing show and it will sell out, get tickets now. “A night of professional stand up comedy, funk music, delicious local food, Lagunitas beer, Frey Organic wine and sparkling company. At Tonys Feed Barn in Point Reyes. Doors open at 7. Come early to enjoy dinner and drinks. All attendees be there by 7:30p. Comedy starts at 7:30, & band will follow. Plan to stay late and bring your dancing shoes!” TICKETS: https://m.bpt.me/event/4203669
This group show closes this weekend: “We all grew up in marin and the show is about our relationships to our grandparents and their influence on our lives. Three of the artists grandparents live in west marin.”
"The Nicasio Spring Fling is this years major fundraising event for the Nicasio School Foundation, which provides the financial backing for enrichment programs at Nicasio School, including Art, Performing Arts, Spanish, Poetry, Physical Education and Field Trips. These are all important programs that are critical to providing a well-rounded education for children, but are no longer funded by the State of California or the county. The proceeds generated from this Nicasio Spring Fling will directly fund the enrichment classes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year." MORE INFO: https://www.nicasioschoolfoundation.org/index
From PRNPS: "Lots of humpback whales have been seen around Point Reyes the past few days!! The best places to view them are Chimney Rock Trail and Sea Lion Overlook. Some have been seen off the Great Beach, too. 🐋"
"KWMR Presents: West Marin Kids Who Rock" is TONIGHT! Featuring all-youth bands 🤟from West Marin 📍@lagunitasbeer Taproom in Petaluma 🕒 5:30-8:30 PM 😀 Family friendly Eat🍕 Drink 🍺 Support 🎵 in the schools $10 🎟 at the door Kids 🆓”
“An unusually wet spring weather system is forecast to impact our area later this week. Preliminary forecast rain totals from Tuesday night thru Friday range from 0.5-1.5 inches. Most of that rain expected Wed. Night and early Thurs. Impressive rainfall amounts for mid May!”
"With a new transient occupancy tax (TOT) for West Marin in place since the start of this year, a public working group is being formed to help recommend uses for the tax revenues to support community housing needs. Applications are being accepted until May 28 for the Measure W Working Group, convened and overseen by the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA). To learn more about the Working Group and to access applications visit:www.marincounty.org/measurew-ch"
Once again we have done it. Spc. Jake Robert Velloza scholarship recipients have been selected. This year Susan Velloza has selected seven THS seniors that will receive a total of $17,000.00 in scholarships. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and donors for making this possible for the seventh year in a row, with your generous donations we will be awarding five recipients the Spc. Jake Robert Velloza scholarship This year we had 16 applicants apply for Jakes scholarship, Susie Velloza has selected five recipients and they will be announced Saturday, May 18th during the ceremony around 3:45. Thank you again for honoring our hero Spc. Jake Robert Velloza.
The over 40 alumni game starts at 1 & the under 40 alumni game starts at 3:30pm!
There will also be scholarships awarded to two THS seniors in memory of Jake Velloza and Jeremiah McClerrry that will be given out by the members of Jake and Jeremiah's troop. The total amount given out in seven years in $67,000.00 If you would like to contribute to the scholarship please message us and we will get you the information. BRAVE PRIDE!!
Free microchipping: “The West Marin Pet Hospital in Fairfax is helping some children at Lagunitas School with a Change Project that hopes to microchip all of the pets in West Marin, in preparation of a natural disaster (fire, earthquake ect). We have had a large amount of microchips donated to us, and are hosting a free microchipping event for dogs this Saturday 5/11 from 10-1pm at San Geronimo Community Center.“
“Marin Sun Farms re-opened today. We’ve been closed since February for refreshing and redoing the kitchen. We have an all new culinary team and some new items on the menu, as well as some of the old favorites.”
Another tragic story. The beaches are dangerous. "On Saturday, May 04, 2019, at approximately 10:54 AM, 9-1-1- was contacted reporting a male subject, who had been fishing with friends in the area of South Beach, inside the Point Reyes National Seashore-West Marin, had possibly drowned. Reportedly the subject was digging for sand crabs alone on the beach with his back facing the water when he was presumably struck by a wave, which knocked the subject into the water. The subject did not have a personal flotation device (PFD) in place and had been wearing bib-style fishing waders, which filled with water preventing his return to the shoreline. The subject’s friends having returned to the beach from the parking area a short time later, discovered the subject floating face down unresponsive in the surf. Attempts to rescue the subject met with negative results. A United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter in the area completing unrelated training was immediately diverted to the scene in addition to other multiple First Responder agency personnel to render aid and complete a rescue of the subject. A USCG Rescue Swimmer was deployed from the helicopter and brought the subject to the shoreline, who remained unconscious and lifeless. Emergent resuscitative medical aid including CPR was immediately administered. Due to the remote area, the subject was then airlifted to the Point Reyes Beach South Parking area, where the subject was met by awaiting paramedics. Paramedics provided additional resuscitative medical aid to no avail. Despite the aforementioned efforts, the subject’s death was pronounced on the scene at 12:04 PM." LINK: https://www.marinsheriff.org/community/news-press-releases/south-beach-west-marin-water-rescue-fatality-identity-released
“Many thanks to the Inverness Fire Department for facilitating major tree removal and chipping on Rannoch Way. There are many rounds of black acacia trees that are on the side of the road for anybody to take, either for firewood or any other purpose. Please take them away!” - NS
"On Saturday, May 4, Marin County residents will be able to bring their household hazardous waste (HHW) to the Pt. Reyes Toxic Away Day for safe and free disposal. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the Pt. Reyes Fire Station at 4th and B Streets in Pt. Reyes Station.
Appointments are required for residents who wish to participate in the event (but people will not be turned away if they do not have one). Examples of HHW that will be collected include old computer monitors, household batteries, paints, stains, thinners, fertilizers, pesticides, adhesives, gas, motor oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, and household cleaners. No waste from businesses will be accepted.
Residents can bring a total of 15 gallons of liquid waste or 125 pounds of dry waste.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-207-8222 and press 204; or, alternatively, call 1-916-351-0456 and press 204. Space is limited to a 60-car maximum.
For additional information about the event, please contact David Catalinotto with the San Rafael Fire Department at 415-485-3309."
Via PRNPS: “On April 22, an off leash dog killed a Guadalupe fur seal (a threatened species) on North Beach. This took place in a snowy plover nesting area where dogs are not allowed. This is an unfortunate reminder that dogs MUST be on leash in designated dog areas. We thank the visitor for reporting the incident and @TMMC for responding to the report of the attacked animal and conducting the necropsy. We want visitors to experience the beauty of Point Reyes, but ask everyone to please follow the rules to have an enjoyable and safe experience & help us protect the wildlife. If you see a violation happening in the park, please find a park ranger or contact 415-464-5100.”
From SFGate: "Christina Milne was driving along a road near the Nicasio Reservoir in West Marin Thursday when she saw a pickup truck pulled over with its flashers on, the driver waving for help. She pulled over and discovered the man had struck and killed a mother deer by mistake, only to discover her two newborn babies by the side of the road, still alive. The two fawns had been born so recently their umbilical cords were still wet, according to wildlife rescue organization WildCare. The fawns were taken to WildCare's wildlife hospital in San Rafael and given a full body exam, fluids, and blankets, to counteract shock. WildCare asks that people take care while driving and alert their hotline at 415-456-7283 should you see injured wildlife or potentially orphaned baby animals around the Bay Area." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Truck-kills-mother-deer-just-after-her-two-fawns-13795926.php
“Get ready for warmer temperatures. A strong warming trend is expected during the first half of the work week. Temperatures are forecast to reach their peak at the coast and in the coastal valleys on Tuesday, and in the interior valleys on Wednesday.” - NWS
Another water rescue today. Sounds like they found everybody. The wind is supposed to be very strong all day. People should not be on Tomales Bay today unless you know what you're doing and have your life jackets on.
"The Waldos were supposed to meet up at 4:20pm to go find an abandoned pot patch by the Point Reyes Coast Guard Station." Or so the story goes that gets retold every year. Local favorites The Haggards are playing The Western tonight at 8:30pm on 4/20. Always a good time.
You are warmly invited to this unforgettable evening of film plus live storytelling with the great folk tale artist Ane Carla Rovetta and other special guests, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers - myself and local underwater legend Ron Elliott. This event also features a pop-up store of sustainable beach goods by Marlin Ray.
Profits from this event will benefit a couple of awesome local West Marin nonprofits!
"Be ready on June 9th for the 25th annual Recycle Circus. Wow! has it been that many years. Holy smokes. This will be the same event but in June. It will be as wonderful as ever. We ask that you come even more organized and prepared to share your quality, clean and reusable materials with your neighbors and friends from West Marin. Please call 415-446-8587 for information. Madeline"
"No more moo? It seems ages since I've heard the noon rooster/cow from The Western, the sound that famously scared Prince Charles' security detail. What's up with that? I'm willing to help fund the repair of this Point Reyes tradition." - via Richard Dillman
That time of year. "We have a swarm of bees happening in a high shrub in the corner of our yard. Any expert bee-keepers out there who would like to attempt a removal? Anyone with suggestions as to who to call?-- please email me as i dont check this often enough. email@example.com. Thanks!"
"Marin County Fire is reporting that one person has died at Tomales Bay near Clam Island this afternoon around 1 p.m. following a water rescue near Lawson's Landing that involved two helicopters. Another person who was rescued was treated at the scene and released." TWMF was out of town today but we heard it was extreme winds on the bay? Did anyone see the rescue operation? Our hearts go out to the family and friends, this has been a very difficult few weeks in West Marin. LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/04/09/one-dead-one-injured-in-tomales-bay-water-rescue/
From the bird list. Didn't realize we had black vultures too. "Today at 11:20 AM while in Point Reyes Station we observed a black vulture being harassed by a red-shouldered hawk while in a kettle with several turkey vultures. It circled for a minute or so before peeling off to the south." The difference: https://centerofthewest.org/2016/12/13/turkey-vultures-or-black-vultures/
Visitors to West Marin often think they've seen a mountain lion when its actually a bobcat. This video shows the difference. Hopefully people are clear on what a bear looks like. (video via Aududon Canyon Ranch, shot in the Mayacamas Mountains)
Two men have died in unrelated crashes in less than two weeks on Mt. Tamalpais. The victims died at the same curve along Ridgecrest Boulevard, says CHPMarin. One of the men was from Inverness. Our hearts go out to all of the family and friends. Please be safe out there.
“Model trends over the past several days have scaled back on rain amounts for Friday. With that said, though, expect light to moderate rain, particularly during the morning hours, with lingering rain showers into the afternoon.”
The Point Reyes National Seashore announced this weekend that the new Point Reyes lighthouse restoration will include a Shake Shack restaurant. In an effort to expand revenue streams for the park and provide more food options for visitors, the park cut a deal with the extremely popular fast food company after months of negotiations. The location will be down at the point right next to the lighthouse and will become the crown jewel of the Shake Shack westward expansion.
”We couldn’t be more pleased,” announced a park spokesperson, “the lighthouse is the most visited spot in the park and now we’ve teamed up with one of the most popular food establishments in the country. Imagine how incredible it will be to hike down the stairs to our newly renovated lighthouse and be able to enjoy an amazing chocolate shake and a tasty hamburger with one of the greatest views in the world.”
The menu at the Shake Shack will be very similar to other locations around the country, including the newly opened location in Larkspur. Because of the uniqueness of this location, there will however be daily specials suited to the region like deep fried oysters, organic elephant seal shakes and free range elk burgers, all locally sourced. “We’re still working out the details,” the park spokesperson said, “but once we get it all sorted, it will be a big win win for everyone.”
Access from parking lot to the observation deck and the Shake Shack will be ready by late May/early June.
(Rendering of the new Shake Shack provided by the architects of record, April One)
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but early weather models show the chance of another "atmospheric river" event late next week (April 5/6). So start thinking about prepping now. Clean the gutters (again). Sign up for Nixle alerts. Get some food and candles stored away. Just in case.
The recent car fire in Inverness on Ottinger's Hill on SFD was not an accident it turns out. If you are having suicidal thoughts, there is always someone willing to talk at 1-800-273-8255.
"After talking with the driver, however, deputies learned he was recently unemployed and "trying to navigate a rough patch in his life. His vehicle catching fire was no accident, but rather an attempt to take his own life," deputies said.
Some smokey haze in the air from a barn fire at the Giacomini Ranch late last night. Apparently you could see the flames from across the bay. Thanks to local firefighters for handling everything last yesterday! (Thx BE)
This happened a week ago Inverness. "A bobcat just climbed up to our neighborhood osprey nest (they come every year to the same spot) and killed the female who has been sitting on the nest for the last couple of weeks. Heartbreaking. Honestly, I love bobcats, but I also love our ospreys and was looking forward to the new brood." Apparently it was the female osprey in the nest while the male was gone. The bobcat snuck up on her. Story and photo by Raven Gray.
Sounds like PG&E is trying get the breakers that tripped back up and are bringing in some huge generators to try and restore some partial power tonight. But power will probably be up and down for at least the next 24 hours depending on the load. So prepare accordingly. (Thx RJ)
Crazy story: "Investigators now believe several hundred thousands plants (native succulents called Dudleya farinosa) worth tens of millions of dollars on the Asian black market have been torn illegally from bluffs along the Northern California coast over the past several years, in some cases stripping whole areas of the plant species, said Adrian Foss, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife." LINK: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9327697-181/plant-smugglers-take-massive-toll
Anyone know what kind of gun this was? Via the PRNPS, "Park Rangers need your help! If you visit the park, you may have noticed the new message boards placed around the park. Unfortunately, the one located at Pierce Point Rd and Sir Francis Drake was vandalized by gunfire late last week. The vandalism occurred in the overnight hours of 2/28. Park Rangers are asking anyone with information regarding this illegal act to send us a direct message, or contact Point Reyes National Seashore Dispatch at (415) 464-5170. Thank you to all who help us protect Point Reyes and report incidents they see throughout the park. (mh)"
"Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed between Platform Bridge Rd and the entrance to Samual P Taylor State Park due to a large tree down. Marin County Fire Department crews are working to cut up the tree but it will likely take at least an hour. Use alternate routes. Update: @marin county department Marin County Public Works is on scene and estimating the road will be closed until 10AM. Use an alternate route." - CHPMarin (thx LP and BE)
“The next storm system will bring rain and wind to the area Tuesday through Wednesday. Impacts include minor flooding of roadways and small streams, small rock/land slides, and isolated power outages.”
Happening today, March 3, from 3pm to 6pm: "Please join us in a celebration of the life of Byron Muntyan. We will be gathering at the Dance Palace to enjoy music, food, and memories of Byron. If you would like to help with setup at 2:30 or clean up after the event, please let us know."
A rainy Sunday afternoon puzzle. A reader sent in the cover of this book published in Inverness (1976?) and is about Inverness. Does anyone know anything more about the book or the author? Some of the text from the book in the comments.
Storm clean up continues in Inverness where a clogged culvert is causing water flow issues. Thanks to Marin Public Works for being on it (and cleaning up that huge slide across from the boatel). (Thx SC)
The water on Levee Rd. has subsided but the 'road closed' signs are still there and apparently the CHP is asking people not to drive on the rode until DPW has a chance to clear off the debris from the flood. Apparently driving over it now with the debris damages the road. I heard that CHP had stopped some folks who drove through and asked them not too.
Levee road is closed. Bear Valley Rd is open. You can get to Point Reyes from Olema on Rt 1 (minimal flooding). PR/Petaluma Rd is open. Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax open. Lots of slides and debris, drive safe. Thank you to Marin Public Works for getting up super early and clearing slides and trees.
This is an incredible story from West Marin resident William Barrett that happened on Lucas Valley Rd. on Monday night. Drive safe everyone. Thank you to all the emergency crews in West Marin who keep us safe. "Rainy night. Dark country roads. Overturned car in a rapidly rising creek. Got there just before all the emergency crews. Me and my little flashlight looking for anyone in the car. The door on the downside, in the water, was open and I was dreading seeing a body further down the creek. Luckily (?) the lone occupant was caught up in their seat belt and still in the car but unable to get out. Heroes arrived and I left. Whew." MORE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/william.barrett1/posts/10156979155942726
Bear Valley Rd is open and passable but getting to Point Reyes via Rt 1 gets challenging right at Marin Sun Farms. We saw cars drive though, but it’s risky. Trucks are going through Levee Rd, but not advised.
"Point Reyes Hostel is welcoming all evacuees of flooded homes from West Marin we will comp tonights' stay. Please call the office for details 415 663 8811 or if you make it up here just turn up by 10pm!"