10/08/15 - Thursday at 03:50pm
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)
10/08/15 - Thursday at 08:08am
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
10/07/15 - Wednesday at 04:51pm
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."
10/06/15 - Tuesday at 05:25pm
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/art
10/06/15 - Tuesday at 01:24pm
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
10/05/15 - Monday at 10:07pm
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/l
Seen originally in the Point Reyes Light:http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
10/05/15 - Monday at 03:53pm
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.
10/04/15 - Sunday at 02:35pm
"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/mai
10/04/15 - Sunday at 02:35pm
"Emergency vehicles are on scene at a vehicle crash on a curve at 12250 Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Traffic control in effect."https://twitter.com/KWMRinfo/s
10/04/15 - Sunday at 12:41am
Anyone see all the lightning across the bay in Marin? Strange night, light rain in Inverness right now.
10/03/15 - Saturday at 09:30pm
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/fun
10/03/15 - Saturday at 07:15pm
Power lines down and in road at Portola and Vallejo in Inverness Park, use caution.
10/03/15 - Saturday at 05:32pm
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.
10/01/15 - Thursday at 07:19pm
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?
09/30/15 - Wednesday at 09:20pm
Ok, open thread, who took a picture of the sunset tonight? Post it in the comments. Every night has been magic.
09/30/15 - Wednesday at 09:37am
"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/northb
09/27/15 - Sunday at 10:34pm
Very sad, we've seen a bunch of sad looking murres at the beaches in Point Reyes recently. "San Rafael wildlife center sees surge of starving murres. The thin-billed, sea-loving birds, which bear a bit of a resemblance to penguins with their black wings and white bellies, seldom show up on the beach when healthy. But this year, WildCare took in 33 in the first two weeks of September, compared with 34 for the entire year of 2014."http://www.marinij.com/environ
09/27/15 - Sunday at 02:31pm
Does anyone smell a really weird chemical smell in Inverness? We're in Seahaven and can barely go outside right now.
09/27/15 - Sunday at 02:31pm
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."
09/26/15 - Saturday at 05:58pm
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/th
09/25/15 - Friday at 06:03pm
"Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near Shoreline Highway is back open now after earlier accident."
09/25/15 - Friday at 05:22pm
"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
09/24/15 - Thursday at 09:07am
A good start to Fall this morning.
09/23/15 - Wednesday at 11:27pm
"Plans to expand the county health department’s West Marin Multi-Service Center will proceed in downtown Point Reyes Station despite opposition from neighbors."http://www.marinij.com/governm
09/23/15 - Wednesday at 03:47pm
The September 2015 equinox happens today! Which means – at each equinox – the sun rises due east and sets due west. And its also the first day of Fall! We love Fall!http://earthsky.org/tonight/su
09/22/15 - Tuesday at 06:11pm
"Fire units are responding to a possible water rescue people in the water across Tomales Bay from the Inverness Store. People reported clinging to a raft about 200 yards off the east shore of Tomales Bay." - via KWMRinfohttps://mobile.twitter.com/KWM
09/22/15 - Tuesday at 01:58pm
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.
09/21/15 - Monday at 09:42pm
Apparently the Coast Guard helicopter is just in the mood to circle around Tomales Bay this evening?
09/20/15 - Sunday at 10:41pm
A beautiful weekend says good bye with a dreamy sunset over the Pacific in Point Reyes. (Thx LNFN)
09/19/15 - Saturday at 09:27am
Come on people, don't steal stuff like this. What kind of fish is that anyway?
09/18/15 - Friday at 10:12pm
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/a
09/18/15 - Friday at 02:14pm
CHP is posted up at the store formerly known as Perry's giving friendly reminders out to people to slow down.
09/18/15 - Friday at 01:29pm
"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
09/18/15 - Friday at 01:29pm
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.
09/17/15 - Thursday at 03:29pm
Highway 1 about a mile north of Nick's Cove is currently closed right now due to a car accident. Emergency crew on the scene.
Via KWMRinfo twitter feed:https://twitter.com/KWMRinfo/s
09/16/15 - Wednesday at 06:48pm
And then, it rained! Drive safe everyone, it's been awhile, roads are going to be slick. (Thx dw)
09/16/15 - Wednesday at 10:24am
Traffic control on SFD while PG&E fixes power pole from accident last night.
09/16/15 - Wednesday at 08:53am
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.
09/15/15 - Tuesday at 04:34pm
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
09/15/15 - Tuesday at 08:46am
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.
09/14/15 - Monday at 03:15pm
"Stinson Beach fire units are on scene with an overturned pickup truck on Shoreline Highway at mile marker 15.5 between Stinson and Bolinas" - KWMRinfohttps://twitter.com/KWMRinfo/s
09/14/15 - Monday at 11:21am
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)
09/13/15 - Sunday at 10:10am
Vegetation fire at Seaheaven down by the bay. Under control now. Great response by fire dept.
09/13/15 - Sunday at 12:44am
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."
09/12/15 - Saturday at 10:12pm
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!)
09/11/15 - Friday at 07:20pm
Finally! Lucas Valley Road has reopened.
09/11/15 - Friday at 12:07pm
Sounds like there is a small vegetation fire in the park right now, fire units responding, possibly by K Ranch.
09/11/15 - Friday at 10:23am
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)
09/10/15 - Thursday at 08:09pm
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE #2: Lucas Valley Road will be back open at 10:00pm tonight. Cleanup will continue on Friday. There will be 1 way traffic from 7:30AM-1:30PM then CLOSED from 1:30PM-3:30PM. Plan your commute accordingly.
This is due to a big rig accident near Big Rock that spilled a whole bunch of paint and required Haz Mat clean up.http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news
09/10/15 - Thursday at 02:07pm
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)
09/10/15 - Thursday at 10:34am
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.
09/10/15 - Thursday at 09:20am
LUCAS VALLEY RD BLOCKED EAST OF BIG ROCK DUE TO OVERTURNED BIG RIG, UNK ETA TO REOPENING...
09/09/15 - Wednesday at 05:08pm
Some illegal "weed" being removed by Walker Creek this afternoon. (thx RJ)
09/09/15 - Wednesday at 02:28pm
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.
09/08/15 - Tuesday at 10:49pm
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.
09/08/15 - Tuesday at 06:05pm
Long distance electric skateboarder covering some ground in the park this weekend.
09/08/15 - Tuesday at 02:03pm
According to KMWR, the vegetation fire from yesterday has rekindled and fire crews are heading back out there.
09/07/15 - Monday at 01:58pm
Fire plane dumps retardant on fire outside of Point Reyes this afternoon.
09/07/15 - Monday at 01:26pm
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.
09/07/15 - Monday at 01:12pm
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.