TODAY: “The Inverness Foundation is coordinating a Fire Symposium designed specifically for West Marin which will begin at 1 pm on Sunday March 11th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes. There will be presentations and Q&A with fire experts from UC Berkeley School of Forestry, local Fire Departments, State and Federal agencies. Dick Spotswood, former elected official and Marin IJ contributor will facilitate public participation.” MORE: http://dancepalace.org/events
Anyone else have trash issues this week? "Wed. 3/7 Recology Co did not pick up our garbage yesterday. I live on Vision Rd. When I spoke with their office this am, I got some push back about them coming out today. If your garbage was also missed yesterday, call them and let them know or else be prepared to keep it till next week. Recology 800-243-0291" Sue Swanson. (TWMF did not have its trash in Inverness picked up on Tuesday. Recology said they would not send out another truck and we could put an extra bag in the trash next week.)
"In the late morning, I helped a Western Pond turtle cross Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the Nicasio Valley T- intersection. Since spring is upon us, I'm assuming she may have been looking for a nesting site away from the water to lay her eggs. Please drive cautiously in these sensitive areas. Thanks!!!" - Maricela Perdomo (photo from Wikipedia)
"Bandito, our beautiful Great Pyrenees has been missing from his home in Bolinas, CA. He was last seen on Horseshoe Hill Road on the night of February 28th. He is 5 years old, 90 lbs, neutered and has a microchip. Please help him find his way home. We miss him. Please call or text: 415-250-1261 or 415-868-1412. Many thanks!" - Joan
"It has been 42 years since “Running Fence” subdivided the rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma counties in Christo’s answer to the Great Wall of China. The 24-mile art installation lasted just 14 days before its materials were given to the ranchers whose property it crossed. Some of it is out there still, and this is how Point Reyes artist Madeline Nieto Hope came upon a swath of the white nylon fabric to turn into art of her own.Her two pieces, “Panel of Grommets” and “Fleeced,” are on display in a group exhibition dedicated to recyclables and junk at the Bartolini Gallery in the Marin Civic Center." DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/ar
"The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health notified Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis and other public health staff in Marin about a recent mussel sample from the Chimney Rock sentinel station, within Point Reyes National Seashore. That sample contained levels of paralytic shellfish poison at 37 times the “alert” level. That is the highest level detected in Marin in 20 years." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environ
“Frances McDormand, who has been a part-time West Marin resident for more than a decade, won best actress for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a movie about a furious woman out for justice.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/arts-an
“South winds are increasing across the area ahead of a potent cold front. A wind advisory remains in effect until 10pm across the area. Be sure to secure loose outdoor objects and drive carefully, especially if driving east or west or in a high profile vehicle.” - Bay Area NWS
Via Weather West - “Upcoming storm will be run-of-the-mill in lowlands (widespread but not intense rain+wind), but could be one to remember in lower foothill/coastal mountain communities. Why? Rare combo of very cold air + sufficient moisture for hvy snowfall down to 1500 feet or locally lower!”
Atlas of Decivilization—an eclectic art show inspired by the Geography of Hope Conference—holds an opening reception on Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 8 PM. at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, The show will feature more than 20 contemporary artists. It runs from March 3–29. Additional installations will be sited throughout Point Reyes Station. Curated by Isis Hockenos. Artist Wyatt Hersey is working on this mural on the Grandi Building now.
Its really cold and the rain is coming. When was the last time there was significant snow in West Marin? 2002 according to these pictures from Tim Tanner. You can find more photos from him at: https://www.instagram.com/timm
"CHP H-32 was assisting Stinson Beach Fire Units with a cliff rescue when a report of an injured 4 year old came in. The location of the injured child was on the Steep Ravine Trail near Whitegate Ranch Road Trail Head. H-32 responded and was overhead within 2 minutes. H-32 landed near the scene for the medical transport. It was reported that a 4 year old male fell approximately 30 feet from the trail and into a creek. The child was being treated by Marin County Fire Department units. H-32 paramedics transported the critically injured child to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he is undergoing treatment." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/chpma
“The retaining wall at Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is now complete! The project repaired old storm damage and installed safety measures to prevent future slides.” - Marin Public Works
This will be good: Inverness Garden Club Fundraiser for the Dance Palace - 02/16/2018 - 7:00pm - $20 adults, $5 children
SHARKS of the Sanctuary is a fundraiser for the Dance Palace by the Inverness Garden Club. Join us for an exciting family-friendly evening of shark stories, photos and videos and then enjoy the traditional dessert smorgasbord!
The program is presented by David McGuire, marine biologist and shark advocate. David McGuire is the director and founder of Shark Stewards. Also presenting is Scot Anderson, pioneering White Shark researcher for the Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators (GTOPP).
"Hi folks. Please drop off tires at the Nicasio Corporation Yard this week through Sunday February 18, 2018. This service is offered by Conservation Corps, North Bay and the National Park Service. We encourage residents to help remove tires roadsides, creeks and properties during this event period. Thank you CCNB and NPS for working together to make this service available to West Marin residents. Please let your neighbors know." - Madeline Hope
I'm confused, anyone else hear about this? "A Monterey County sheriff's deputy arrested three suspects Thursday who allegedly stole property from a business. On Thursday night, sheriff's officials received a call from a resident who saw three men break into a business in Point Reyes Station in incorporated Marin County. The resident said he heard a window break and loud noises coming from inside the store, sheriff's officials said. When a deputy arrived on the scene she allegedly saw three young men walking away from the business. One of the suspects was wearing a pair of rubber gloves, sheriff's officials said." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ba
"West Marin’s new sheriff’s office watch commander, Lieutenant Jim Hickey, loves every minute of his commute from Novato to the Point Reyes Station substation. The Novato native permanently filled the post left by Lt. Doug Pittman, who has been on sick leave since last summer." Photo by Dave Briggs. FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Two new stop signs will be installed on Muir Woods Road to control traffic and improve safety along a narrow stretch of the road. The 150-foot section will operate as an alternating one-way, single-lane roadway. This is a temporary measure until the $5.9 million Muir Woods Road Rehabilitation Project begins in spring 2020. The project, 88% of which is funded by #SB1, will repair 2.4 miles of the popular road. MORE INFO: https://www.marincounty.org/ma
Unseen Point Reyes Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin are showing landscapes at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station February 1 - 28 Opening party on Saturday, Feb 3 from 1-4 pm More Info: https://pacificsun.com/event/u
"I found what appears to be a wedding ring on the top of Mt Vision rd today. It was on the side of the road and looks a little beat up - it might have been run over by a car or two - but it looks like a gold wedding band. I’d love to return it to its owner. I’ll hold on to it for about a week in hopes someone sees this post and gets back to me, then I’ll probably pass it off to the sheriff’s office." - Anna Dodge
Our hearts are broken. A memorial fund has been started to support the family. "It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of Ricardo De Santiago beloved Son of Elvira De Santiago and Juan De Santiago, brother to Lorena De Santiago, Ishmael De Santiago, Juan De Sa tiago and Maya De Santiago. Ricardo's passing was sudden and unexpected please help this family meet their go fund me goal of $15,000 to cover the funeral expenses and other unforeseen costs. Thank you for your love and support." LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/ricar
No word if the road is open yet. Be prepared to be rerouted. "The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that killed one person Monday in West Marin. The crash was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Shoreline Highway between Point Reyes Station and Marshall. A tractor trailer or dump truck was blocking both lanes of the road, according to preliminary CHP reports." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
"That is yet another incredible 16+ day zero precipitation donut hole over California (and the entire American Southwest). Very strong, persistent ridge signal in multi-model ensemble." TWEET: https://twitter.com/Weather_We
Good news: "Marin County has received federal grants for two road repair projects costing almost $26 million, officials with the county's Department of Public Works said this week. A $17.7 million FLAP grant will improve 12 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Pierce Point Road near Inverness and Chimney Rock Road near Point Reyes Headlands." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/news/bay
Slept right through the tsunami alert last night due to a 8.0 earthquake in Alaska. Fortunately it has been lifted now. But a very good reminder to stay alert. Here is what it sounded like if you were in Alaska: https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/s
"The 30-foot whale that washed up at Point Reyes National Seashore last month had wounds that indicated it got tangled in something in the ocean before its death, researchers said Friday. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, which handled the necropsy of the juvenile humpback whale after it washed ashore Christmas Eve, said its team found indented marks and roughed-up skin on the corners of the whale’s mouth, around the back of its neck and in circles on its shoulder blade. Bloody tissue was found around the animal’s neck and head." FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
Marin County Department of Public Works "Marin County Traffic & Project Update: The repair project on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) did NOT begin this morning due to early morning rain and overall level of soil saturation. The project is expected to begin this week, weather permitting."
NWS Bay Area: "Here is how rain is projected to develop overnight across the #BayArea, according to the HRRR Model. Rain is forecast to be mostly light to moderate in intensity, except locally heavy in the North Bay. #CAwx #BayAreaRain"
There is a government shutdown, but no official word from the PRNPS yet about what that means. According to SFGate: "National parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite National Park and other parks would make site-by-site decisions as to what to close. While many open-air sites would remain open, most visitor services would cease." Anyone else have updated info? SFGate story: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Work on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 22. The construction zone will require the closure of one lane of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for heavy machinery access and crew safety. The lane closure will be in effect for the duration of the project, Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic flow will be maintained using alternating one-way access through the work zone, controlled by flaggers, during work hours. However, both lanes will remain open outside of the designated working hours. Travelers should expect delays during peak commuting hours and plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work towards improving the safety and functionality of the roadway.
The Point Reyes Light sheds more light on the recent shark attack in the park. It was exploratory. "Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to 12 feet long—white shark on Dec. 30 in the waters near Drakes Estero." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has opened their wood smoke rebate program for applications. If you have been thinking about removing your fireplace or wood stove or replacing it to a cleaner burning electric heat pump or gas insert, you can receive a sizeable rebate from the Air District. The County of Marin provides an additional rebate that you must apply to separately.
There’s a lively, hopeful display underway these days along Lagunitas Creek in west Marin County, where the return of winter rains has drawn endangered coho salmon up into the stream to spawn. After decades of watching Central California Coast coho stock diminish, it’s heartening to know 3-year-old fish have found their way back home to reproduce and keep the species going at least a while longer. Photo by Richard James. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
"Energetic long-period swell will begin arriving along our coast on Sunday morning and will continue to impact Marin area beaches through Tuesday. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the coast from Sonoma County south to Monterey County." - Marin County Fire