Via Fiona O'Kelly: "It's a brush fire caused by a downed power line on the left hillside between the Youth Hostel and the Clem Miller Center. Julia and I went down there and talked to the responders on scene, who were waiting for PG&E to arrive to shut off power so that they could begin fighting it. They weren't too worried, and no structures (meaning Clem Miller Center, Laguna lot houses, or youth hostel) were immediately threatened. As Julia and I were leaving about 5 minutes ago, PG&E arrived on scene, which means that soon they can begin putting it out. I will say that my heart rate has been up around 130 bpm for the past hour or so. DAMN scary."
Someone just reported a lot of sirens headed out to Limantour Beach, maybe a brush fire, anyone have details?
Legislation giving Marin County the first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes for affordable housing was introduced Wednesday by San Rafael Rep. Jared Huffman.

Under Huffman's "Point Reyes Coast Guard Housing Conveyance Act," the 22-acre Coast Guard complex, up for sale at a federal auction next year, would instead be sold to the county at fair market value as determined by an appraiser "based on the use required by this act."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26925036/huffman-bill-paves-way-affordable-housing-point-reyes?source=rss
Flashback: On July 22, 2008 I happen to be coming down Balboa Ave. when they were moving the Orthodox Church, piece by piece, from the site where the 'Pandora' compound is being debated.
Apparently this isn't the first time the 'Pandora' architect, Tom Kundig, has had some controversy with his work:

"Descriptions of the cabin by opponents in interviews for this story, on a Facebook page and in local media have included “an extended third finger,” a “boil,” a “blight” and a “wart” to a Mazama area that has no “ridgebuster” dwellings atop hills."

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024765926_methowhutxml.html

For those of you not familiar with the story, it's really starting to get some media traction, here is coverage on Valleywag and SFGate:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pandora-founder-s-mansion-plan-irks-Point-Reyes-5883734.php

http://valleywag.gawker.com/
Ok, so don't take photos off the Internet. The amazing photo of the Great Blue Heron was shot by local photographer Daniel Dietrich. You can see (and buy) all of his amazing work here. I apologize for the confusion. (thx CP)

http://www.danieldietrichphotography.com/
This got lost in my inbox, but the Point Reyes U12 soccer team won their division last week. Congrats! Let me know how the other teams do...
3:39pm - Truck in ditch across from Laurel on Sir Francis Drake in Inverness Park. (Thx AW)
The Battle for Balboa: "Tim Westergren, the multi-millionaire founder of Pandora, the country's top Internet radio service, has his heart set on building a new home that many believe would be the largest private residence in rural West Marin County. This has not been music to his new neighbors' ears."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26898879/pandora-founders-hidden-dragon-estate-fires-up-west?source=rss
Sometimes these things happen.
Tim Weed and his band do a great job closing out the last Point Reyes Farmers Market for 2014.
"Deputies in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter rescued a 55-year-old woman Friday from the Point Reyes National Seashore after she fell off a horse, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred in an area with limited vehicle and emergency resource access. The Henry 1 crew found the 55-year-old woman with a National Park Ranger, who was assisting her, on a trail surrounded by a dense canopy of trees, deputies said."

http://sfbay.ca/2014/11/07/helicopter-rescues-woman-at-pt-reyes/

(Archive photo of Henry 1)
Posting this a little late, but heard a report that the CHP was posted up by Inverness Fire Station today giving out friendly reminders to people to not roll the stop sign back there.
"The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has bought the former Borello Ranch, an 864-acre piece of property on Tomales Bay, from a real estate developer ensuring it will remain as farmland."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26886653/malt-snags-land-slated-development-along-tomales-bay?source=rss
Absolutely stunning full moon tonight. Get out there and check it out!
Don't forget to support KWMR during their current pledge drive and be sure to catch the always entertaining local all star band, The Haggards, tonight at 6:30pm on the radio. http://kwmr.org/
Author James Nestor will be on KWMR this morning from 10am - 11am. He will be talking about his latest book, "Deep" which explores the world of free diving. Much of it was written while he holed up in a cabin in Inverness. And don't forgot, it's also the KWMR pledge drive happening right now! Support your local community radio, we're very fortunate to have such an incredible resource available to all of us.

James Nestor: http://mrjamesnestor.com/
KWMR: http://www.kwmr.org
Let the crab season begin! Someone is going to eat well tonight. #crab
Anyone recognize this guy? This photo was captured by a hidden camera of a suspect wanted in connection with stealing a bus for elderly and handicapped persons in Bolinas late this past Thursday night. If he wasn't responsible I'd sure love to hear his side of the story....

Doug
Your local Sheriff
(415) 747-2191
Dpittman@marinsheriff.org
8:26pm - Heard that the power is down in parts of Inverness, anyone have any details?
The Dungeness sport crab fishing season started today. Be sure to be nice to your crab fishing friends! The commercial season starts on November 15. Sadly, I would bet that the capsized vessel in Bodega was out crabbing.

Crab season:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_26825324/dungeness-crab-sport-fishing-season-opens-saturday

Bodega boat accident:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/01/4-dead-1-rescued-when-boat-capsizes-near-bodega-bay/
11:40am - Coast Guard is reporting a vessel capsized off of Bodega Bay, four people drowned, one survivor. Large swell today, be very careful near the ocean.
11:16am - One of those days. Tree down on Sir Francis Drake west of the Inkwells, blocking both lanes. Proceed with caution.
9:20am - Rock slide reported blocking all lanes of SR-1 south of Stinson Beach. CHP and CalTrans on the way.

via https://twitter.com/CHPMarin
Rain! Roads are super slick, drive safe! Especially if you're going to the Giants parade.
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The not so secret scary spot of the day (with fresh paint!) Do you know where this is and do you know who made it?
West Marin celebrates the Giants' World Series victory with another stunning black and orange sunrise. (Thx DW)
One of the benefits of commuting in West Marin in the Fall is that the sunrises over the Nicasio Reservoir are stunning. #sunrise #goldenhour
A true sign of the times...deputies patrolling in Bolinas late last night discovered that Giant spirit is alive and well as some Halloween goblins are off to an early start showing their loyalty by making a few minor adjustments to the CalTrans electronic warning signs in town.

Don't think we'll start much if an investigation into this big capper

GO GIANTS!

Doug
(Your loca Sheriff)
Animal Report: A full grown adult mountain lion was seen last week back by Mesa Road in Point Reyes.
10:16am - Overturn vehicle crash 3800 Lucas Valley-slick roads, drive careful! pic.twitter.com/AU3UQJT2BS
9:16am - Just got a report from a local who got a ticket from the CHP for 'rolling' this stop sign by the Inverness Fire Department. Also heard CHP was reminding people to drive safely at Perry's too.
Nice article on Jack Kornfield, local spiritual legend, in the NY Times magazine this weekend. "Whether or not the latest wave of self-helping meditators or corporate practitioners of ‘mindfulness’ know it, the spiritual enlightenment sweeping America has strong ties to Buddhism, thanks in part to one huggable ex-monk in California."

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/buddhism-meditation-spiritual-mindfulness/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
Lots of people reporting that the CHP are very active in Inverness and IP today reminding people to drive safely. They were all over Lucas Valley yesterday too. (thx mm, dw, iw)
9:48pm - WOW. Did any see that huge blue meteor just go over towards the north? Streaked right up the bay towards Marshall. Unbelievable.
Celebrity Sighting of the Weekend: Michael Pollan at Saltwater on Friday night. Did he eat some food. Not too much. And mostly plants? Inquiring minds want to know.
Here comes the sun in Point Reyes #sunrise #gold
Today is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Giants were in the World Series then (and the A's), just as they are now. Where were you when it happened?

Check out this nerve wracking clip from that broadcast: http://youtu.be/Z8ExMR0c0aM?t=4m15s

And more importantly, are you prepared for the next one?
From Doug Pittman: "A reminder to all my fellow West Marinites...today between 1-6pm at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, Marin County Health & Human Services will be providing FREE influenze vaccinations for the upcoming 2014 flu season. I know I will be one to get my flu shot today and I hope others come by to receive theirs..please note that just because I will be there doesn't mean everyone can line up to poke the Sheriff."
Brickmaiden Bread, a local company run by Celine Underwood, just launched an amazing Kickstarter campaign to upgrade their oven. The 'rewards' for supporting the cause are incredible. They're also having a party today from 4pm - 8pm at their bakery in downtown Point Reyes (by the Commons) to celebrate. Food, drink and oysters! Be sure to check out the campaign and the party!!!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1934292491/brickmaiden-breads
7:51 - Friendly speed check reminders happening at Perry's this morning. (Thx Mm)
9:06am - The CHP is patrolling around Inverness this morning doing speed safety checks to help remind everyone to drive slowly and safely.
The SF Chronicle weighs in on the elk issue. "But there isn’t much celebrating going on in the picturesque hills, where elk can regularly be seen loping proudly through pastures that seven organic dairies use for their cattle. The wild elk and domestic cows simply do not mix, according to the ranchers who lease the fields from the National Park Service, which administers 28,000 acres of agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore. The ranchers say the competition from the elk for scarce vegetation threatens their very existence after three years of drought."

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Reintroduced-tule-elk-compete-with-cattle-on-5816969.php#photo-6987258
1:36pm - a CHP speed trap reported in Inverness Park. Drive slow. Drive safe. "The is no 'way to the speed limit', there is only 'the speed limit'". (thx MP)
3:38pm - car flipped over on Sir Francis Drake by Samuel P Taylor. Emergency crews on way, proceed with caution (thx KS)
Two local surfers on their stand up paddle boards had a 'very large' Great White Shark swim under them out at Drake's Bay this weekend. It's that time of the year. I've also heard that the local shark researchers have spotted lots of Great Whites outside the mouth of Tomales Bay as well. Geepers.
Magic moonlight in Point Reyes tonight.
One of our local reporters just sent this photo in. Anyone else seeing smoke out in West Marin today? Anyone know what it is? (Thanks JWS)
Gray whales migrating south for winter are now passing the San Francisco Bay Area, and rangers at Point Reyes National Seashore observed 41 whales last Sunday, and another 25 Friday.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/12/27/whale-watchers-spot-dozens-off-point-reyes-each-day/
Total eclipse of Blood Moon tonight! This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-hunters-moon-october-7-8-2014
BREAKING: The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Monday it has settled its lawsuit against the federal government, signing a legal agreement with the National Park Service to allow it to keep harvesting oysters until the end of 2014 and then close.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26673170/drakes-bay-agrees-cease-oyster-operations-plans-open
Fun fact of the day. If you follow Bay Area sports, you probably read Ann Killion in the SF Chronicle. And did you know her brother is the celebrated local artist Tom Killion? No, I bet you did not.

"My famous brother's art in these Levi's windows. Very cool."

https://twitter.com/annkillion/status/331490452182274048

http://annkillion.com/

http://tomkillion.com/
Setting up to be another epic day on the bay in Point Reyes.
If you live in Bolinas and know the young dudes who surf, tell them that waxing the cars of Point Reyes surfers is not cool. We don't wax their cars when they surf here. Sheesh. Kids these days. #getoffmylawn
CHP found this old wreck off of Ottinger's Hill today in Point Reyes. Looked like a 50's station wagon. Anyone?
4:30pm - Electric line down on PR/Petaluma road. One lane traffic control. Be aware. (thx AN)
Via The Point Reyes Light: "Hikers on Sky Trail in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Tuesday morning discovered two dead bodies, one of which has been identified as Thomas Fletcher, a 62-year-old from Petaluma. The park service has not yet released further details, but the sheriff’s log from Tuesday shows that at 9:33 a.m. someone who had spent the night at Sky Camp reported seeing two people—a man and a woman—who appeared to be dead."

http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/two-bodies-found-seashore
Whoops. "After arrests of Inverness couple this week, SWAT team discovers large grow site and firearms at the top of Drakes View Drive." - Tess Elliott @PointReyesLight
"The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a heat advisory for most of the northern and central California coast beginning at noon Thursday and running through 9 p.m. Friday, as temperatures inch toward the high 80s and low 90s in most coastal cities and the upper 90s and even low 100s in some inland areas. Those temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year, according to the weather service."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26645089/warm-temperatures-and-winds-put-marin-fire-notice?source=rss
9:00pm - Someone reported SWAT teams seen in Point Reyes this evening? Anyone have any info? (Thx LM)
There will be a 7 acre prescribed control burn at the Estero Trailhead from 10am - 3pm today assuming conditions are optimal.
12:51pm - CHP doing their thing at White House Pool. Drive safely. Be mindful. Drive safe. Mahalo.
Two fun events today. Apple cider pressing in the Commons in Point Reyes from 3:30 to 6:00. And a printmaking open house for musicians at Ink.Paper.Plate with Sirima. Get out there! Info below...

More apple info:
http://www.westmarincommons.org/event/community-apple-pressing

More printing info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/559183024207669/
Secret spot of the day! Do you know where this is? #pointreyes #mrtoad (thx IW)
6:39pm - On Sir Francis Drake just east of Samuel Taylor Park a station wagon has hit a large tree which fell over onto the car and on the road. 911 has been called and emergency vehicles on the way. Proceed with caution, hopefully everyone is ok. (thx MM)
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