Dolores Huerta Coming to West Marin School, Point Reyes School

Friday, August 30th, 2019
5 pm to 8:30 pm
❖ Food and Mariachis - 5 to 6:30
❖ Main Event - Doors Open 6:30pm (Childcare Provided)

“WEST MARIN, ¡Sí se puede! - Yes, We Can!”

Come & share an evening with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. “Sí se puede” (Yes We Can) is the motto she coined for the United Farm Workers which she co-founded with Cesar Chavez. In 2012, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Through the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Ms. Huerta inspires and organizes communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. Visit them at http://doloreshuerta.org
"Voters in Bolinas-Stinson Union School District and Inverness passed two ballot measures for special taxes in an all-mail election Tuesday.

The vote for Measure B, a renewal of the special parcel tax to support programs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, was 361 yes and 136 no. A two-thirds majority was required for passage.

The vote for Measure C, a special parcel tax to pay for road work in Inverness, was 18 yes and 1 no. Measure C also needed two-thirds majority to pass.

Measure B aimed to renew and increase the school district parcel tax of $300 per year by $18 for five years. The current parcel tax expires on June 30.

The tax was billed as a way to “continue funding quality educational programs.” The measure includes a senior citizen exemption option.

Measure C for Inverness Permanent Road Division No. 2 called for a special tax of $1,417 per improved parcel and $708 per unimproved parcel per year for 10 years."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/27/west-marin-residents-approve-two-tax-measures/
"Marin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected arsonist Tuesday in connection with a wildfire near Woodacre. Authorities said a Marin County Fire battalion chief was flagged down by the suspect near Spirit Rock, and claimed to have started the fire. The suspect admitted to setting personal effects on fire while on the ridge, but the fire grew out of control and he was unable to put the fire out." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/27/marin-crews-battle-5-acre-wildfire-near-woodacre/
Via Marin County Fire: “#SpiritFire holding at 16 acres, 60% containment with forward progress stopped. Crews will remain on scene overnight with continued mop-up tomorrow. Expect full containment late tomorrow. This will be our last update for the night.” (Thx Lavetta/Jojo)
Sir Francis Drake Blvd is open. Via KTVU “#SpiritFire in Marin Co. has slightly spread to 10 acres (up from 5). 30% contained. Fwd rate of spread slowed per @marincountyfire. Ross Valley Fire and Cal Fire are assisting with the response. Air attack crews and tankers are involved.”
UPDATE “Half way up ridge behind Spirit Rock-Approx 5 acres - Evac warning for E. Rancho Santa Margarita” - Via KWMR “Fire units are responding to a vegetation in the vicinity of Spirit Rock. Reported to be 2-3 acres.” Fire is growing. Heavy machinery and air support have been deployed, use caution in the area. (Thx LP)
Reminder from PRNPS: Join us this week for public meetings on the General Management Plan Amendment!

Tues, Aug 27, 5-7p
West Marin School Gym
Point Reyes Station, CA

Wed, Aug 28, 5-7p
Bay Model Visitor Center
Sausalito, CA

To formally comment: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/poregmpa
Some sandcastles from the contest at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today.
Via PRNPS: “A rare beaked whale was found on Drakes Beach by @GFNMS Beach Watch volunteers. Biologists think it might be a Hubb's beaked whale, but genetic testing is needed to confirm the species. Staff from the park & @calacademy recovered the carcass for further testing.📸G. Bennett.”
"Marin County is poised to purchase the former U.S. Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station for $4.3 million, clearing the way for the property’s use for affordable housing – a scarce commodity in West Marin.

“We currently have a signed offer to purchase from the U.S. Coast Guard to sell the property to the county,” Eric Lueder, chief property agent in the county’s Public Works Department, told supervisors this week. At Lueder’s direction, the supervisors Tuesday approved a resolution issuing a notice of intent to purchase the property."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/14/marin-county-to-buy-coast-guard-housing-for-4-3-million/
Bodhi!
There is someone with some serious injuries in the park. Emergency crews on the scene.
A local resident sent in this very sad picture from North Beach in Point Reyes yesterday. A dead porpoise washed up with very gnarly gash on its left eye (most likely the start of scavenging). As Sue Pemberton points out in the comments, "when you find dead marine mammals: fresh dead cetaceans like this should be called into the Marine Mammal Centers rescue line at 415-289-7325, and/or the dispatch office at PRNS." (thx KO)
"A new show featuring legendary local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata, local wood artist Ido Yoshimoto and photographer Rich Clark is opening at Toby's in Point Reyes this weekend. Please come join them this Saturday, August 17 from 2 to 4 PM for an artists' reception."
WMF was at Chicken Ranch Beach last night (Thursday) at 6:00pm when a local resident's mini-van had their rear window smashed. There was also another reported window smash at the same spot on Wednesday which makes it three now. So something is definitely going on. The Marin County Sheriff has been notified, but if you are going to the beach there, do not leave valuables in your car. And let's all keep our eyes open and see if we can spot whoever is doing this. Someone driving by? Hiding in the bushes? It's very odd.
WMF went to bed earlier and missed the massive power outage. Thanks to everyone who reported it. Sounds like this might happen more in the future, so prepare accordingly. “Power was restored early Friday after a massive overnight outage turned out the lights to approximately 54,000 residents across Marin County, according to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The outage hit around 10 p.m. with reports of outages in Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere, Tiburon, Corte Madera, San Rafael, Novato and across to West Marin.

“I think we were definitely overwhelmed but we had the staffing to deal with it,” Marin County Sheriff Brenton Schneider said. “Overall, I think it’s a good lesson as this is going to happen more often with the planned shutoffs.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/16/marin-power-outage-affects-54000-people/
An amazing orange moon tonight over Point Reyes. Anyone else get a good picture of it?
Update on the accident from yesterday. "Teamwork had all hands on deck yesterday. Vehicle accident over the edge near Steep Ravine with poor 911 connection. CHP H30 located accident. Three transported to various hospitals. CHPMarin investigating."
I missed this earlier. Fortunately was contained. "Car Fire on Nicasio Valley Road appears to have spread to surrounding foliage. Single helicopter and multiple local agencies responding including Woodacre FD." (thx ALO)
Sounds like a car went off the cliff on Rt 1 by Stinson Beach and there is a major rescue operation underway. (Thx JM)
I believe this means the Green Bridge in Point Reyes is closed on Tuesday from 10am to noon. Plan accordingly.
Get out there! “Active between July 17 and Aug. 26, the show peaks around Monday night into Tuesday morning, or Aug. 12-13. The Perseids light up the night sky when Earth runs into pieces of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The dirty snowball is 17 miles wide and takes about 133 years to orbit the sun. Its last go-round was in 1992. Usually between 160 and 200 meteors dazzle in Earth’s atmosphere every hour during the display’s peak. They zoom through the atmosphere at around 133,000 miles per hour and burst about 60 miles overhead.” (Thx SH)

MORE INFO: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/science/meteor-shower-perseids.html
The many moods of Elephant Mtn in Point Reyes. Going to be a nice one today.
Couldn’t get a great shot, but there is a pod of humpback whales feeding off Point Reyes right now, some quite close to shore. #whales
‪Spotted this owlet in Point Reyes today.‬ (Thx SK)
Local favorites, The Haggards are playing tonight in Bolinas at Smileys. Show starts at 9:00pm. http://smileyssaloon.com/events/66959805581-the-haggards/
“A San Rafael man was arrested after allegedly robbing a West Marin grocery store and assaulting a cashier, authorities said.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 5 p.m. Tuesday about a robbery at the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station.

The caller reported seeing a man stealing items, assaulting a cashier and being chased out of the store by another employee, sheriff’s Sgt. Brenton Schneider said. The attacker did not display a weapon.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/07/san-rafael-man-booked-on-point-reyes-strong-arm-robbery/
Public comment on Park Service’s plan:

The public review and comment period is open until Sept. 23. The National Park Service will host two public meetings to share information and gather public feedback.

5 to 7 p.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the West Marin School, 11550 Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes Station.

5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

For more information and to comment:

Go to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=97154

Or write to:

GMP Amendment, c/o Superintendent
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

RANCH PLAN DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/New-Point-Reyes-management-plan-riles-up-14291769.php?psid=fn2fx#photo-13233832
"The annual Inverness Fair will take place on the Firehouse Green in Inverness on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a pancake breakfast set for 8 a.m. The Fair, produced by the Inverness Association, is a free community celebration with music, food, drinks, cake raffles, interactive activities, and legendary book and plant sales all benefitting local non-profits.

This year’s Fair starts with a pancake breakfast prepared and organized by the teens of the Tomales Bay Youth Center at 8 a.m. The Fair formally opens at 10 a.m. when the road closes on Inverness Way. The entertainment lineup includes a scene from the local Shakespeare summer performance of As You Like It, fiddle playing by Just Us and on-the-spot poems written by Silvi Alvicar. There will be three cake raffles with the best of the local baker’s cakes and pies as prizes, a postcard booth with local vintage postcards, a photo booth, button-making, and the Inverness passport game and raffle. Fair organizer Mike Parkinson has produced a passport just for the Fair that participants can travel around with, collecting passport stamps from all the presenters. Holders of full passports will be entered in a raffle.

The food, always a highlight, includes tostadas benefitting the Waterdogs swim program, hot dogs from the Inverness Yacht Club, local oysters by Saltwater, ice cream, pie and sweets by West Marin Senior Services & CLAM. Beer, wine, lemonade, and hot cocoa are also to be found among the various booths.

The Inverness Garden Club holds a vast rummage sale along with their hugely popular plant sale, and the book lovers of Inverness produce a used book sale that captures a large audience and moves hundreds of books out into the world."
In Point Reyes tonight! "Did you know that Tuesday, August 6, is National Night Out? One the first Tuesday in August everyone is invited to get out and join local law enforcement and public safety personnel and other first responders for block parties where you can learn about safety and crime prevention, and meet your neighbors." Point Reyes Substation, 101 4th Street, Point Reyes Station 94956: 4–8 pm
Reported by a local resident: “A couple (tourists), parked their car at Chicken Ranch beach this morning at 9:30am to take photos. When they returned to car 10 minutes later, their window were smashed and backpacks stolen. Sounds like a weird lying in wait type thing.” Anyone see this or hear about it? A lot of robberies in San Geronimo too. Keep your eyes open. (Thx BM/SM)
Please join Congressman Jared Huffman for a town hall in Point Reyes, CA on Monday, August 5, 2019. Rep. Huffman will give an update from Washington D.C., talk about his priorities for California’s North Coast, and respond to your questions.
When: Monday, August 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Dance Palace, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
MORE INFO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-huffmans-town-hall-8519-tickets-66360886197
Not sure why this was just published, but glad the whale is ok. "The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA Large Whale Entanglement Response Team and the U.S. Coast Guard joined forces with the Research Collective to free the whale about 40 miles off Point Reyes on July 10." (thx JS) FULL STORY: https://www.ksby.com/news/whale-tangled-in-fishing-gear-and-buoy-mooring-rescued-off-n-calif-coast
‪And here we are. I’m surprised it took this long.‬
Farmers market in Point Reyes, big concert at Love Field and a major bicycle ride happening around West Marin today. Lots of traffic, prepare accordingly. And this guy walking his pig. Seemed appropriate.
Andy's credit card was last used at the Point Reyes gas station. "Andy Nakashima has been missing since Sunday evening (July 21st). His phone has been off since and no one has seen or heard from him. I've known him over 10 years and I'm deeply concerned as well as his other friends, family, and clients. He has been known for going "off grid" before but in the past has always let someone know. This time is different. He just up and left. Please let one of us know if you've seen or heard from him. We're all worried sick.
His license plate number for the 1996 Silver 4 Runner is 5UFY027.
Alyssa: 415.320.4948
Fedor: 707.291.0513
Travis: 415.261.7374
His dad, David: 415.278.1088"
"For our longtime customers and friends of Brickmaiden, we are excited to announce our soft retail opening Thursday, August 1 & Friday, August 2, 8am - 4pm at 40 4th St., Point Reyes Station"
A local resident said they had a 'Ride the Trump Train' sticker put on their car while they were parked in the vicinity of Point Reyes. Anyone else have this happen? A new campaign strategy emerging? Or just a one time inspired act of passion? As you can see from the photo, it was serious hassle to remove.
KWMR is turning 20 years old! Help support this important local resource at www.kwmr.org.
"Investigators are still trying to determine why a gasoline truck that was too long to be driving on a popular Marin County road overturned this past weekend west of San Rafael, spilling 2,100 gallons of fuel and shutting down the road for nearly 24 hours. Cleanup of the spill is expected to take up to a week, during which motorists will be restricted to alternating one-way controlled traffic at the crash site on Lucas Valley Road west of Westgate Drive." FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/2-100-gallon-fuel-spill-in-Marin-County-14265084.php?psid=fm7RM
"With the deadline fast approaching, now is the time to register to vote in the August 27 election for those living in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District and the Inverness Permanent Road Division No. 2. Both ballot measures pertain to parcel tax assessments and require a two-thirds majority to pass." MORE INFO: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2019/elex-westmarin-072919
Bad accident on SFD by Blue Water Kayaks. Hopefully everyone is ok. Traffic control. Use caution.
Thank you Marin County Sheriff and Marin Public Works for working through the night to clean up this mess. - "TRAFFIC UPDATE: Crews worked diligently throughout the night and Lucas Valley Road is now open to one way traffic in both directions. The tanker truck has been removed, but one lane will remain closed for an unknown amount of time to facilitate cleaning and repair of the roadway surrounding the collision. Please drive slow as work crews will still be in the area." - via Marin County Sheriff
The Point Reyes Gas station is still closed because they're "out of gas". See earlier posts about the tanker truck for full explanation. Plan accordingly and be sure to fill up over the hill.
For those commuting tomorrow according to SFGate: ""Lucas Valley Road from Big Rock to Westgate Drive just northwest of San Rafael is now expected to be closed well into Monday morning continues after a tanker truck overturned Sunday morning, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said late Sunday afternoon." https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Update-Lucas-Valley-Road-To-Remain-Closed-Rest-14191555.php
‪Via @MarinSheriff - “Expect road closure on Lucas Valley Rd the remainder of today and throughout tonight from Big Rock to Westgate Dr. Multiple allied agencies are working on logistics to off-load the fuel safely before the wreckage can be removed and the road can be re-opened.”‬
Just heard a report that the gas station in Point Reyes is out of fuel and temporarily closed (see early posts about fuel truck tipping over). No word on when it will re-open, plan accordingly. If anyone has updates, please let me know.
Just drove from Point Reyes to Inverness and it is safe to say today is a day to shelter in place if you can. Watched someone almost drive off the road, someone have road rage at whale of a deli and this car inexplicably parked hanging off the shoulder with its hazards on causing traffic jam. Also, I heard a rumor that the fuel truck that tipped over was for the Point Reyes gas station and there is a possibility that the gas station may run out of fuel today. So plan accordingly. Always fill up before coming home, just in case.
‪Lucas Valley Rd update via @MarinSheriff “surrounding areas may smell odor of fuel due to prevailing wind. Approximately 6,700 gallons contained in vessel and approximately 200 gallons contained by Fire Personnel. Expect road closure remainder of the day.”‬
Is there some sort of motorcycle rally going on today? The Sunday ride? Maybe the bay is just extra calm and the sound from Route 1 is traveling well? It sounds like the MotoGP is in our backyard in Inverness.
#BREAKING @MarinSheriff Lucas Valley road closed to all traffic, including bicycles and pedestrians due to overturned tanker near Big Rock. The closure is between Big Rock and Bridgegate with no ETA to open. Photo by @nbcbayarea
TRAFFIC ALERT: A fuel truck has tipped over on Lucas Valley Rd in the turns spilling fuel. The road is closed and no word when it will re-open. Plan accordingly and take alternative routes. (Thx MP and EW)
Intense fog bank behind Chimney Rock in Point Reyes today. #fog
All the sirens earlier: “There was a vehicle fire that turned into a veg fire on Limantour Rd. Under control 👍🏼” (Thx RB and everyone else who posted)
Via the Point Reyes Light. Photo by Serena Jve. "Odysseus, homeward bound, told his men to seal their ears with beeswax so they wouldn’t be lured to their deaths as they passed the island of sirens. Yet he bound himself to the mast of his ship so he could hear the irresistible song of half-women, half-birds.

Residents of West Marin have an opportunity to reenact his story with an artist who sees the Greek legend as fodder for a radical experience of self-care.

In August, an immersive design artist from the East Bay plans to bring a two-story raft into Tomales Bay that she tours around in the summertime and calls “Siren Island.” The free weekend event will feature exfoliations, massage and treatments with olive oil and mud.

Visitors, who either have to swim or boat to the island, can expect a good time: spa treatments will include do-it-yourself offerings, and light refreshments will be served. There may also be a musical or theatrical performance, but participants will be free to do what they want. The events are only advertised through her website, where subscribers pay a $10 fee to know the next location."

FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/siren-calls-coming-bay-near-you
Heard there is a very good music show going down tonight at The Western if you're into that kind of thing.

Chris Cohen
Dear Nora
DJ Alex Bleeker
Light Show by Rob Moss Wilson AKA 'The illuminated Archives of Doctor Lumerlin'
at the Old Western Saloon, Point Reyes Station
Tuesday, July 23rd - Doors at 8 PM
21+ $10 advance tickets here, or $15 at the door

https://www.facebook.com/events/682836765465543/?__mref=mb
The MALT bike ride is today in West Marin so be on the watch out for bicyclists on the rode and everyone be safe! (thx LN) MORE INFO: https://malt.org/malt_events/tour-de-malt/
“Please join us for a new chapter of Big Time, a gathering that evokes the past while exploring the present and future of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Native California. Walk through Kule Loklo with an appetite for listening, talking, learning, and storytelling with demonstrators, allies, park staff, volunteers, and tribal members. Traditional dancers are scheduled to share dances. Learn more about the Coast Miwok and other local American Indians now and going forward at a variety of informational booths. Join park staff, partners, and volunteers in programs throughout the day to discuss questions of place, land, and belonging.” MORE INFO: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_bigtime.htm
Two car accident on SFD near Dream Farm Rd. Sounds like everyone is ok. Approach area with caution.
My attempt to capture that beautiful orange moon tonight over Tomales Bay. Other people get some good shots?
Just another Monday morning in downtown Point Reyes. (Thx AN) #mondaymood #monday
I'm sorry I missed this meeting with Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle about ICE, especially with the potential ICE raids that may happen this weekend. Would be interested to hear thoughts from people who attended. "In a room full of immigrant advocates, Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act, which restricts local law enforcement's cooperation with ICE but still allows it when certain crimes are charged." FULL STORY (may be behind paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/public-presses-sheriff-over-ice-transfers
A medical emergency in Inverness Park that required a Reach helicopter. Hopefully everyone is ok.
"Deputies and @marincountyfire are responding to a reported vegetation fire, approximately 1/4 acre in the 28000 block of Shoreline Highway in Tomales. First engine just arriving on scene. Report of multiple fires on the side of the road at this time. Air resources airborne. Highway 1 in shutdown between downtown Tomales and Fallon Two-Rock road at this time. Please avoid the area. 3 separate fires. Low potential for further spread. Largest fire is 1/2 acre."
Via KQED, “A controversial proposal that involved bombarding the Farallon Islands with 1.5 tons of rat poison to exterminate tens of thousands of invasive mice has been withdrawn. For now.” FULL STORY: https://www.kqed.org/news/11760328/feds-withdraw-plan-to-drop-rat-poison-on-farallon-islands-for-now
"The gray whales that washed up along the Pacific coast in record-breaking numbers this spring prompted researchers to launch an investigation into the cause—but several authors and artists in the area are taking another route to grapple with the loss. The group will hold a memorial service for the 171 whales found dead along the Pacific coast, including 37 in California, at Dillon Beach on Saturday, July 20. “Our intention is not to make a political statement, but simply to offer an opportunity for people to meet together and share our grief and sense of loss at what’s happening,” said Larry Robinson, an author from Sebastopol and one of the event’s organizers. For information about the memorial, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., write to Elizabeth Herron at poetherron@gmail.com. Parking is $10." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/memorial-planned-gray-whale-deaths
On a happier note, these two were looking very colorful on Tomales Bay yesterday. #seals
‪Not to stack up the bad news. Another dead whale in Point Reyes was found today. This one a 27' Humpback. ‬(Thx JS)
This is as crazy, sad and scary a story as you’ll ever read. “Betai Koffi, a software engineer at YouTube and a San Francisco resident, perhaps consumed more LSD than he should have while on vacation in Bodega Bay — downing an extra couple hits, according to friends, after initially freaking out on his first two. And he is now charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, and suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound from police.” FULL STORY: https://sfist.com/2019/07/06/bodega-bay-lsd-crime-spree/
The recent major earthquakes in Southern California are another stark reminder to make sure that you're prepared for when it's our turn. Here are two links to help out. And don't forget to sign up for Marin County and Marin Sheriff text alerts. (Photo from Ridgecrest, CA by Jake Harless)

Best Emergency Kits:
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/emergency-preparedness/

Earthquake Preparedness:
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-how-prepare-earthquake-20170909-htmlstory.html

Marin County Alerts:
http://alertmarin.org/

Marin Sheriff Alerts:
https://local.nixle.com/register/
There is another Parachute Day thing today happening at Love Field in Point Reyes featuring Cass McCombs and Rambling Jack Elliott from 2pm to 10pm.
The truck that plowed into the house on Nicasio by the baseball field. CHP said the driver was under the influence of drugs. No injuries but, obviously, a lot of damage. Photo by Maureen Hurley.
I heard that a car went right into that house in Nicasio by the baseball field on the corner this morning. The one that you always are worried that a car will run right into. Hopefully everyone ok.
The WMF team is back from traveling. First thing we noticed coming into town was this nice boat quietly nested north of White House Pool. Lost its mooring? Also sounds like I missed a sailing school water rescue this week in the bay. And a rat poison on the Farallons debate. Happy Fourth of July everyone. Remember, no fireworks allowed in West Marin today. We don’t want any fires, especially with this wind.
“The Jack Mason Museum will be open 10-1 during the Inverness 4th of July festivities. Drop by to see the exhibit Now & Then by the Latino Photo Project in the exhibit room at the Inverness Library.”
Via MarinIJ: “Saturday is opening day for the seasonal Point Reyes Farmers Market, an all-organic, strictly local market with a bountiful harvest of produce, eggs, olive oil, meats, preserves, cheeses, prepared foods, flowers and breads. The market hosts a weekly chef’s booth from 10 to 11 a.m. with a rotation of featured guests who showcase and utilize market produce and products. The singing chef, Chris Waldeck (who goes by Tina Carella on stage), croons as she shares the secret to perfect gnocchi this week using an old family recipe. A taste follows.

The market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Toby’s Feed Barn at 11250 CA-1 in Point Reyes Station. For details, go to pointreyesfarmersmarket.org.”
“Marin County Fire Crews are on scene of a small vegetation fire in Nicasio. The forward spread has been stopped.”
Via KWMR: “Fire units are responding to a reported vegetation fire on Vision Road in Inverness. Units on scene report the situation is confined to a downed power line smoldering in a tree.” (TWMF is out of town so a little slow on the updates)
Please help Water Dogs find a lifeguard so they can run the program this summer. “Waterdogs Seeks Open Water Lifeguard Enjoy the beach while you make $30-40/hr. This unique opportunity is from July 15th to July 26th, 12:30- 3:30pm., at Shell Beach II, in Inverness CA. The Tomales Bay Waterdogs Swim Program is low cost Red Cross certification program that has been West Marin tradition since 1946. For more information please Contact the resource center. info@westmarincommunityservices.org

Please call Martha at 415.663.8361 if you're interested in this position and are open water certified to lifeguard.”
From Marin Public Works: “To improve safety during wet weather, we'll be resurfacing a 1 mile stretch of Sir Francis Drake Blvd w/ high-friction material near Whites Hill. #Construction is expected to start in mid-July, w/ 1-way #traffic control.
Details: bit.ly/2IyM9NA”
Apparently there is a search happening for a swimmer that went missing off of Stinson Beach yesterday. Doesn’t sound good, fingers crossed.
“A broken tree limb that knocked over a power line is to blame for a 2.2-acre fire in the Point Reyes National Seashore near Inverness on Monday, Marin County fire investigators said.” FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/06/11/broken-tree-limb-into-power-line-to-blame-for-west-marin-fire/
A reminder that if the non-linear algorithm driven feeds of Facebook drive you crazy, you can always go to http://www.thewestmarinfeed.com for the latest updates or http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed if you do the Twitter thing. Thanks again to everyone who sent over updates, reports and photos. Team effort.
“Drake Fire final update: Forward progress of fire stopped. 75% contained. Firefighters will remain at scene overnight moping up. 2.2 final acres.” Thank you to all the fire and emergency crews who keep us safe. Photo by Paella del Reyes.
“Point Reyes National Seashore is issuing a superintendents’s emergency closure order to all public access effective immediately along the perimeter of the park boundary starting from Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Mount Vision road to the gravel portion of Vision Fire Road.”
“From MCFD/SO - Drake Fire in Pt Reyes National Seashore: forward progress stopped at 2 – 3 acres. No further threat to the public. Info line: 415-473-7191. This is the final update.”
If you’re coming home tonight. “They’re only letting residents into Inverness past Vision Rd with physical address proof. So if your license has your PO Box you need to have physical proof of residency.”
“Drake Fire Update: 50% containment. Fire under investigation.”
Fire crews on scene on Mt Vision Rd in Point Reyes where downed power lines may have started the fire. No evacuations this time. Photo via Marin County Sheriff.
Fire apparently on Vision Rd, perhaps power lines down. Fire is in the trees not spreading at this time. Emergency crews and air support on the way
‪A really nice sunset to close out a really nice day in Point Reyes today. #sunset #pointreyes‬
“MARIN SHERIFF: Marin County is currently getting drift smoke from a fire in Yolo County. There is no local danger. Red Flag warning is still in effect.”
Via Bay Area NWS: “Enjoy Friday's weather because it's going to really heat up this weekend. By Sunday temperatures will be well above normal with interior temperatures soaring over 💯🌡️This weekend will be the hottest temps so far this season.”
The Recycle Circus is happening this Sunday (June 9th) in Point Reyes. A once a year event. Get your stuff ready now and don't miss it!
Interesting perspective on Point Reyes from the NY Times this weekend. "Packing for a beach weekend on this Marin County peninsula isn’t like packing for beach weekends back East. Yes, I always bring a bathing suit, maybe even a sundress, but I don’t always wear them. Woolly hats and hoodies and hiking shoes, though? Every time. Point Reyes isn’t for lazing in the sun (which is inevitably steamrollered by the fog anyway). It’s for braving the cold of the Pacific, trekking through herds of tule elk and slurping barbecued oysters on Tomales Bay. And on a rare superhot, Cape Cod-level-crowded Saturday: trying to find your friends, sans cell service, for sunset on Limantour’s endless stretch of sand.

Who goes there: Yoga-bending and bay-swimming retirees; couples who consider kayaking more romantic than wine tasting; and families who’ve owned creaky cabins for generations."

LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/travel/25-writers-on-their-favorite-beach-vacations.html
Lucas Valley Road is open now, truck has been removed. Thank you for the updates everyone. It takes a village.
‪Jackknifed semi-truck blocking both lanes on Lucas Valley Drive. Looks like it will take some time to sort it out. Plan accordingly. (Thx PD)‬
I posted a photo of 'black mountain' yesterday and called it 'elephant mountain' (based on a discussion with a local resident). People corrected me in the comments so I did a little research. From the very active and informative Sparsely, Sage and Timely blog, "Mary Black Burdell was married to dentist Galen Burdell and was the daughter of rancher James Black of Nicasio. Black Mountain, which provides the backdrop for Point Reyes Station, is named after him. In 1961, the site of Black’s ranch house was inundated by the completion of Nicasio Reservoir, but whenever the reservoir runs dry during droughts, the house’s foundation can still be seen on the western shore." Anyone know where the name 'elephant mountain' came from? What about 'knuckle mountain'? FULL BLOG POST: http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=13519
Western Weekend in Point Reyes ends with the Sheriff on a red tractor.
A moody Elephant Mountain tonight.
Western Weekend is here. "The Haggards have the tradition of playing at the Old Western Saloon on Saturday night (in Point Reyes) and it’s usually the craziest show of the year,” says Danny Vitali, who co-formed the band with Horvat, Dylan Squires and Gene Fisher." MORE INFO: https://pacificsun.com/rural-roots/
Here is the official schedule for all of the Western Weekend events in Point Reyes. Cowboy. Hat. Weekend.
“The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard are looking for a Tomales Bay kayaker missing since Wednesday.

The search began in the evening after the man, a 54-year-old Marin County resident, failed to return home. His vehicle and his kayak were not at the residence.

Witnesses with potential information can reach the sheriff’s department at 415-479-2311.”

MORE INFO: https://www.marinij.com/2019/05/30/marin-rescuers-search-for-missing-tomales-bay-kayaker/
For those looking for a good activity for the kids this summer. Xerxes Whitney will put your child on the path to the French Open. Or at least the Inverness Tennis Club Labor Day tournament.
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)
There is a concert today at Love Field in Point Reyes under that cool parachute featuring Chris Robinson’s band, Green Leaf Rustlers and San Geronimo.
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/
Anyone else see the 190 foot superyacht parked off Drakes Beach this weekend? Kind of stood out.
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
Sounds like there is a boat overturned in Tomales Bay and rescue crews on scene. Anyone know more details?
Traffic starting to back up at 3:40pm at the green bridge in Point Reyes. Be prepared, plan accordingly. Bring water and snacks if leaving home.
Traffic starting to back up at 3:40pm at the green bridge in Point Reyes. Be prepared, plan accordingly. Bring water and snacks if leaving home.
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 thirteenth dead Gray #Whale has washed up on San Francisco Bay Area Beach, this time at Limantour Beach.” - photo by Justin Sullivan https://twitter.com/sullyfoto/status/1131684598277058560?s=21
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.”
”Howdy Neighbors -

The fundraising for this year's play, As You Like It has begun!

Heather Oakley will star as Rosalind and Jasper Starfire Thelin as Orlando. There will be many other fantastic castmembers to announce soon!”

LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sharrondrake/inverness-shakespeare-as-you-like-it
“Tree down on wires on San Geronimo Valley Dr. Power is out and no through traffic.” Thx CS
Two storms down. One more to go. Rainbow over Inverness tonight. Any other pictures of it? (Thx ER)
Sirens in Point Reyes are for a single vehicle rollover north of town by the vineyard. Sounds like everyone is ok.
The ocean water temperature is still warm and I've heard the mouth of the bay is absolutely choked with red jellyfish. Hail today in Inverness. Interesting May. (thx JS)
A local resident makes “the mail” section of The New Yorker this week.
There was actually some sun today out at the beach in Point Reyes right after sunset.
"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
Modern times.
Car flipped over on Lucas Valley Rd, no injuries. Traffic going through on one lane for now, should be open soon. (Thx AN)
Quite a storm tonight. Lights keep flickering in Inverness like it's February.
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. 🐋"
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