05/12/16 - Thursday at 05:12pm
"Steve Kinsey, the chairman of the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday asked the agency's attorney to determine whether he should recuse himself from voting on a massive development along the Orange County coast after he held two unreported private meetings with project representatives." FULL STORY: http://www.latimes.com/local/c
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05/11/16 - Wednesday at 09:00am
"After three years of rehabilitation work, historic Motor Lifeboat 36542 is going home to Point Reyes at Chimney Rock where its crews once plucked people from treacherous seas. On Wednesday it will head to Point Reyes, where the boat first appeared in 1954, a year after construction, and will be used in a working exhibit at the Life Boat Station at Chimney Rock." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
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05/06/16 - Friday at 12:09pm
Tomorrow, SATURDAY MAY 7th, is Toxic Away Day in PR. A great opportunity to ditch all that gross old paint, weird car batteries and cans of oil you have stashed behind your shed in a safe manner. YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN APPT. THOUGH. (thanks MH)
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05/05/16 - Thursday at 11:51am
Anyone know what the blue gunk floating in the Nicasio Reservoir right now is? (thx SP)
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05/03/16 - Tuesday at 12:55pm
Bolinas Border Patrol has returned?
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05/02/16 - Monday at 11:54pm
Any thoughts on this? "Got the call this morning. My home insurance is being canceled supposedly due to fire danger. I pointed out my proximity to a fire hydrant and do the firehouse and we looked at The Google Street view picture together showing the defensible area around my house and around my two neighbors houses. She called the main company to plead my case and they refused to budge. Evidently most of Inverness or all of it will be subject to this mass cancellation of insurance policies." - Vecchio Nanner (Banana)
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05/02/16 - Monday at 01:15pm
I didn't realize that last Saturday was 'Independent Bookstore Day' but it was and here is a nice piece on our most favorite bookstore ever, Point Reyes Books. FULL STORY: http://www.thebookdesigner.com
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05/02/16 - Monday at 08:53am
Tree down on SFD by Inverness should be cleared soon for morning commute.
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05/01/16 - Sunday at 10:30pm
Hopefully this is the end of that. "Marin sheriff’s detectives arrested three East Bay residents in an alleged property crime spree in West Marin, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Mill Valley and San Rafael. Ashley Nicole DaSilva, 25, of San Leandro, her husband Michael Vincent Gutierrez, 33, and Peng Chear, 34, of Oakland, were booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of burglary related counts. They remained in custody Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article
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04/28/16 - Thursday at 01:15pm
BREAKING: Dogtown incident. @MarinSheriff pursuing man. White/silver Lexus 350RX hatchback. Plates: no front, Alabama back. Call 911 if see car/man. Via https://twitter.com/KWMRradio
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04/24/16 - Sunday at 10:09pm
Rescue crews trying to get to a kitesurfer in distress of off Tony's Restaurant in Tomales Bay.
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04/24/16 - Sunday at 08:36pm
Sounds like power is going off in various parts of Inverness Park and Inverness. Not surprising with this wind, plan accordingly.
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04/24/16 - Sunday at 04:23pm
"I work for blue waters kayaking and we have had a grey cat hanging around. Yesterday it showed up again with 5 little kittens in tow. Before we try to find homes for them. We wanted to see if anyone was missing a cat that was pregnant." - Phoebe Bryan
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04/22/16 - Friday at 09:28pm
Anyone feel this? I was in Point Reyes and didn't. "The United States Geological Survey recorded the tremor at 17.4 miles southwest of Inverness at 3:50 p.m."
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04/22/16 - Friday at 10:19am
Dumping rain in Inverness in April. Amazing.
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04/18/16 - Monday at 11:44pm
Bald eagles!
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04/18/16 - Monday at 02:12pm
Nice article about the late local artist, Clayton Lewis, in the LA Times. "In the spring of 1964, Lewis discovered Laird's. Tiller in hand, he sailed out of Marshall on a friend's boat. He was 49, visiting with his girlfriend, and about to discover his future in some shacks sheltered by cypresses on the beach." FULL STORY: http://www.latimes.com/local/c
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04/15/16 - Friday at 10:43pm
Sounds like there is a grass fire just north of Marshall, three to four acres. Anyone see it? Smells very smokey in Inverness.
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04/12/16 - Tuesday at 03:41pm
People are still asking TWMF about the osprey nest that was cut down on Sir Francis Drake heading into the park. Local photographer Daniel Dietrich has done extensive research on it and posted it on his blog which I highly recommend reading. According to Daniel, they knew there were eggs in the nest when they cut it down. READ BLOG POST: http://www.danieldietrichphoto
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04/06/16 - Wednesday at 10:36pm
TWMF is on vacation, so the posts will be slow until next week. If you have an important update, please post to the page. A local spotted this at The Pine Cone Diner, soon to be The Blue Heron BBQ???? (Thx IW)
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04/01/16 - Friday at 11:47pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: Fatal accident at SFD and Platform Bridge Road. Road closed, avoid the area.
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04/01/16 - Friday at 11:17pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: A truck flipped over on Sir Francis Drake in Samuel P. Taylor and both lanes are currently blocked. No time estimate for re-opening, plan accordingly. If anyone has an update, let us know. (thx KEP)
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04/01/16 - Friday at 12:08pm
From a reader: "Hi. Yesterday at 5:30pm I was at the Inverness School playground with my 3-year-old son when we saw a young mountain lion on the street. It was sitting calmly, looked over at us & then slowly walked into the woods." Has anyone else seen something similar in the area recently? Could it be a bobcat? (thx JD)
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03/31/16 - Thursday at 12:01am
Green Bridge Update

The Strategic Working Group (SWG) was formed in order to incorporate community input in developing and refining the range of alternatives for replacement of the existing Green Bridge prior to the development of the Draft Environmental Review report. The SWG has met twice so far. On March 22nd Caltrans mailed a newsletter to local residents and businesses regarding some of the results of the meetings to date. Subsequent newsletters will include further information on the project.

If you would like to see this newsletter, and did not receive one, you can view it on the Caltrans project website athttp://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/la">http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/la
Look for "Lagunitas Bridge Newsletter 3/21/16"

In addition, Meeting Summaries of the first two meetings of the Strategic Working Group will be posted shortly to this same website.

And, if you did not attend the October 14, 2015, Caltrans meeting at the Dance Palace, please read the poster boards available at that meeting as they contain lots of valuable information. They are also posted on the Caltrans project website. Look for "Oct 14th Meeting Materials."

Again that web address is http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/la">http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/la
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03/31/16 - Thursday at 12:01am
"Last Sunday local farmer Molly Myerson lost all of her tools and farm equipment to a fire, and most tragically, 300 newly-hatched quail that she was raising to move outside for her laying flock. In light of the fire, which demolished the barn but left her cultivated acre unharmed, Myerson’s landlord has given her 60 days to vacate the property." FULL STORY: http://modernfarmer.com/2016/0
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03/29/16 - Tuesday at 09:56am
Great job by emergency teams last night working late into the night in bad weather to rescue hikers trapped on unstable cliffs in a remote part of Point Reyes National Seashore. FULL STORY: http://m.sfgate.com/news/artic
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03/28/16 - Monday at 10:58pm
BREAKING: MarinSAR enroute to assist Bolinas & County Fire with rescue of 3 stuck on rock cliffs in Pt. Reyes Seashore.
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03/28/16 - Monday at 10:11pm
Orca were spotted at the Point Reyes Lighthouse this weekend. So jealous, what a rare treat! FULL VIDEO: https://www.instagram.com/p/BD
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03/28/16 - Monday at 06:46pm
"There have been several car smash and grabs today (I heard 6) the latest at Marin Sun Farms where the thieves stole 2 backpacks after breaking the rear seat window. The thieves dumped the packs in Olema and took off. Still on the run." Anyone hear about this? (Thx JS)
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03/27/16 - Sunday at 11:26pm
A large tree fell down at the top of Laurel Ave. in Inverness Park blocking the road and knocking down power lines. Early reports are that it hit a propane tank and propane is leaking as well. Stay clear of the area.
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03/25/16 - Friday at 12:33pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: Rangers and fire units are engaged in a cliff rescue near the lighthouse be alert for emergency vehicles on SFD and in the lighthouse area (via KWMR)
https://twitter.com/KWMRradio
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03/22/16 - Tuesday at 10:35pm
This tree blocked SFD this morning during the morning commute. Be sure to check TWMF for traffic updates and if you have a traffic update (or other news), message us on Facebook so we can get the word out. Thank you! You can also find more updates and photos on our Twitter and Instagram feeds. LINKS:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/westmarinf
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thew
Web Site: http://www.thewestmarinfeed.co
Email: christian@3580.com
(Thanks to Officer Greg Westwood for the traffic update today)
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03/19/16 - Saturday at 01:38pm
Here is the historic farm house that burned down in Shallow Beach in Inverness this morning. A terrible loss. Excellent work by local fire crews in tough conditions to keep the damage to a minimum. FULL STORY: http://www.marincounty.org/mai
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03/19/16 - Saturday at 09:21am
Scary situation, great work by local fire crews. "Fire destroyed a home in the West Marin community of Inverness early Saturday morning, displacing residents without causing any injuries. At 4:39 a.m., an emergency caller described a structure fire with flames shooting out of a roof in the 500 block of Pierce Point Road, located in the Shallow Beach area north of Inverness and adjacent to Tomales Bay State Park. Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said the structure, an older two-story farmhouse, was a total loss." FULL STORY: http://www.marincounty.org/mai
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03/18/16 - Friday at 10:20pm
Sad news. That osprey nest on SFD as you go up Ottinger's Hill into the park that I took a picture of with two ospreys nesting in it WAS CUT DOWN today by PG&E and Davey Tree. An osprey was in the nest this morning before crews arrived. According to reports, PG&E claims they had property owner and USFWS approval and that the tree was in imminent danger of falling on power lines (despite having survived last two storms). But cutting a nest down when the birds are clearly nesting in it and possibly have eggs? That seems like a very bad decision, how is that not illegal? Anyone else know the rules?
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03/18/16 - Friday at 04:52pm
All the moms are gone but a few elephant seal pups are hanging around Drakes Beach getting ready for their journey. Good luck you guys.
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03/18/16 - Friday at 11:40am
Always interesting to be driving through the park and the ranches in Point Reyes while a debate on the radio rages on about the park and the ranches in Point Reyes. The Forum on KQED had an extended discussion about it today with Jeff Miller, Nicolette Hahn Niman and Paul Rogers. Its live now, they'll put the archive up later. Highly recommend listening to it if you care about this issue. I let these cows listen to some of the show so they were in the loop. WEB SITE: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R2
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03/17/16 - Thursday at 02:49pm
The Wall Street Journal covers the lawsuit that is being brought against the park concerning ranching. FULL STORY: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ra
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03/15/16 - Tuesday at 09:53am
Fast motion cow herding out at the ranches in Point Reyes. Yeehaw.
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03/14/16 - Monday at 03:43pm
Car went off the road and into Tomales Bay just before Inverness this afternoon. Thanks to local rescue crews for being on it. Hopefully everyone is ok. (thx RJ)
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03/14/16 - Monday at 10:40am
Westbound lane of Lucas Valley Road in the woods closed due to a small but persistent land slide. Proceed with caution. (Thx DW)
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03/13/16 - Sunday at 07:27pm
Spring is here, kind of, well, almost. Either way, the ospreys are back and starting to scope out the available nesting opportunities. Good luck you two!
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03/12/16 - Saturday at 08:43pm
SR-1 still closed just north of Bear Valley Road in Olema due to tree on power lines. Power is out in Olema. Bear Valley Road is open as a detour.
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03/12/16 - Saturday at 06:27pm
Busy day! Both lanes blocked on SR-1 north of Point Reyes by Marconi Cove. (Thx RJ)
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03/12/16 - Saturday at 05:13pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: SR-1 at Bear Valley Rd is blocked by a fallen tree onto power lines. Avoid the area.
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03/12/16 - Saturday at 04:58pm
"Road Closure: Bolinas-Fairfax Road closed over Mt. Tamalpias between the Meadow Club, Fairfax and Ridgecrest Road due to multiple mud/rock slides. Engineers and road crews evaluating repairs needs, road expected to be closed through at least Monday afternoon. We'll keep you posted on this..." - Sheriff Doug Pittman
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03/11/16 - Friday at 11:12pm
Cascade Falls in Fairfax is a good place to go feel the power of the rain.
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03/11/16 - Friday at 03:24pm
SR-1 south of Tomales is officially closed right now, both lanes. Haven't heard any estimated time of opening. Looks like another solid shot of rain is coming in around 3:00pm with possible thunderstorms.
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03/11/16 - Friday at 08:41am
"The Shoreline Unified School District with schools in Tomales, Point Reyes and Bodega Bay in West Marin and Sonoma counties announced that the 500 students in its boundaries would also have no school on Friday because of the rain and flash flood warnings in effect." FULL STORY: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news
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03/10/16 - Thursday at 01:25pm
SR-1 is flooded south of Tomales, about a foot of water on road, proceed with caution, it may be closed. Blocking both lanes. I heard a report that West Marin and Tomales schools are closing early, be sure to confirm that with your school. Trees down all over the place, be safe!
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03/09/16 - Wednesday at 02:12pm
From NWS: "BOTTOM LINE...THURSDAY INTO MONDAY LOOKS VERY WET FOR OUR ENTIRE REGION ESPECIALLY FOR THE NORTH BAY. DUE TO THE RECENT RAINFALL AND SATURATED SOILS IN MANY SPOTS, SOME HYDRO PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY. PERSONS NEAR CREEKS AND STREAMS SHOULD PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LATEST FORECASTS. RAINFALL TOTALS BY MONDAY COULD BE NEAR A FOOT FOR SOME NORTH BAY MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS." No idea why they keep the caps key slammed down, but go get an umbrella if you haven't already.
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03/08/16 - Tuesday at 11:31pm
Tuesday Quick Quiz: Where was this photo taken? #surferonpotatochip
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03/06/16 - Sunday at 11:52am
Boom. Nicasio Reservoir is overflowing! El Niño delivers as promised. (Big thx to LF)
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03/05/16 - Saturday at 08:25pm
Absolutely howling wind at Drakes Beach today. Sounds like power out in much of Bolinas. How's everyone holding up?
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03/03/16 - Thursday at 11:09pm
The Privateer restaurant in Inverness is closed after three short months. Ouch. Apparently they have a five year lease and are looking for someone to sublet it to. FULL STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
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03/02/16 - Wednesday at 11:42am
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Did you see it? Did you hear it? At 8:11 this morning the Sherif's Office received a report of a woman behaving strangling, standing in the middle of the road on SF Drake Blvd on Olema Hill yelling and screaming at passing motorists. When deputies arrived to check on her welfare the woman ran to her car and fled from pursuing deputies. The chase continued Southbound on Hwy 1 towards Stinson. The woman attempted to evade the deputies making U-turns and finally 23 minutes later, coming to a stop where deputies were able to take her into custody.

Exactly what led to this behavior is yet unknown. The driver, a Stinson Beach resident, will be facing several severe charges for her actions.

On a side note, I want to thank Carla and other staff at Stinson Beach School who once notified of the chase and not knowing what the woman's intentions were, locked down the school at our request in Stinson Beach until we knew all were safe and that there was no threat to our children!"
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03/01/16 - Tuesday at 01:27pm
Don't be afraid to tell visitors this: "Adorable harbor seal pups are starting to dot Marin’s beaches and wildlife officials are urging people to leave them alone. The Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marine Mammal Center say harbor seal pups, born in late winter and early spring, could suffer permanent harm if they are moved or if their mothers are scared off."
FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environ
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02/29/16 - Monday at 10:38pm
From NWSBayArea: "Rain returns to #CenCal this week into next. @NWSWPC 6 day precip total shows inches of rain possible." Prepare accordingly. Sounds like really strong south winds on Saturday and Sunday too.
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02/28/16 - Sunday at 01:21pm
Amazing what you find when you clean out the West Marin Little League shed to get the season started. If you're interested in sponsoring the league and having your own sign on the home run wall, let me know.
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02/27/16 - Saturday at 01:02pm
The Point Reyes Light did a really nice story on the Case of The Burned Boat with solid quotes and historical context. Highly recommend reading it. Also, they scored the actual fire picture, so bonus points there (by Katie Eberle). Plus they mentioned TWMF, so double bonus points. PR LIGHT STORY: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar

Other links worth reading (to see how the news covered this):

Daily Mail (??):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tra

PetaPixel:
http://petapixel.com/2016/02/2

SFGate:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/art

7x7
http://www.7x7.com/culture/ico

BoingBoing
https://boingboing.net/2016/02

Here is a 'steel wool instagram contest' someone sent in:
http://ink361.com/app/users/ig

All the other Instagram links of boat steel wool photos are in the comments of previous posts. I'm not going to wade into that again, the stories above do a good job of summarizing all of that.

I also heard that George Clyde did a story on KMRW that says the state park owns that land the boat is on, not the federal park, but I can't find that anywhere on the Google.

Someone floated the idea of doing a nice art show with photos, paintings and remembrances of the boat to mourn the passing of the boat. Sounds good to me.

If I missed any other worthy news stories, throw them in the comments...
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