A word of caution to my fellow West Marinites...Today marks the first day of school out here in West Marin, that said, I given direction to my deputies to provide a strong presence around our schools in the coming weeks. If you want to avoid a potential $600+ ticket all you have to do is drive 25MPH through our school zones.
Just remember, by the time you see a deputy and his/her radar gun pointed at you, its too late. I strongly suggest that if you have a desire to donate $600 to the government, give it directly to the schools where it is needed most.
Meteors are flying in the skies tonight and tomorrow night. The bad news is that the bright supermoon is interfering with this year’s 2014 Perseid display, washing out all but the brighter Perseid meteors on the peak nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13 (we give the nod to the night of August 12-13). The good news is that, according to NASA, the Perseids have more fireballs – or bright meteors – than any other annual meteor shower.
Huge show tonight in Point Reyes. Local musical hero Jesse DeNatale performs with very special guests Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkin. Music starts at 7 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. Tickets are available for a $20 donation at the door and in advance at slimspresents.com or by calling Toby’s at (415) 663.1223. A raffle and silent auction will be held during the evening; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Here is a video of Jonathan Richman and his band, The Modern Lovers, which recorded the legendary 'Roadrunner' in 1972. And I don't say legendary lightly. Don't miss it.
Two big events tomorrow: The Inverness Fair by the Inverness library from 9am to 3pm. Music, food, books and all sorts of great stuff. Later, The Lucid Art Foundation presents “Night of Rhythm and Poetry: From Formless to Form,” featuring poetry and recitations by Fariba Bogzaran and Kim Rosen alongside Middle Eastern, Persian and classical Indian music, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace.
A letter released today shows that twelve ranchers resigned on July 25th from the Point Reyes Ranchers Association. If anyone has any further details on the story, please let me know. Here is the letter.
Well. I was trying avoid DBOC talk this week but signs are getting spray painted, emotions are running high and there is quite a brouhaha breaking out over at the Point Reyes Light FB page. Apparently half the Point Reyes Ranchers Association resigned recently in response to the handling of a letter to Cicely Muldoon. The resignation letter is posted there along with a full explanation (see the comments on the post). Would love to hear what else people know about this because it probably won't be published in either of the local papers (or at least it hasn't yet from what I can tell). Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pointreyes.light/posts/812648178780243
"National parks in Marin County brought $496 million in spending to the area and helped employ 5,505 people in 2013, according to the study. In 2012 the figure was $469 million. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods National Monument generated about one-third of the overall $1.5 billion visitors spent in association with national parks in California in 2013." http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26269492/marin-national-parks-rake-money-despite-last-years
"On August 5, 1973, Park Ranger Kenneth Patrick was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at Point Reyes National Seashore, California. The vehicle that he stopped contained several members of a militant group, known as the Black Panthers. One of the men opened fire on Ranger Patrick with a 9 mm handgun as he approached the car, wounding him. Ranger Patrick was wearing a winter coat and was unable to draw his weapon. Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/10420-park-ranger-kenneth-carmel-patrick#ixzz39aA8JsY1
Via Richard Dillman, "More Point Reyes Potties - Marin County ranger installs screening behind which lurks a row of porta-potties along the south wall of the Grandi Building. Rejoice, ye visitors with full bladders!" I've noticed these things springing up around town...
Via Phoebe Bryan, "Hello. My families dog went missing today From my dad's shop blue slide art tile. We think he might have gotten picked up by someone because he didn't have a collar. Here is his picture."
Lots of great photos of old school Marin and some of West Marin in a new Facebook page called 'Lost Marin'. We should start something like this for out here. Hmmmmm. (thx Marc). https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostmarin/
From the police reports this week. Wild baby pig? Lost baby pig? Dangerous baby pig? Reminds me of rabbit sketch from Monty Python's The Holy Grail: Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum? Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones! King Arthur: Go on, Bors. Chop his head off! Sir Bors: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!
It's going to get wild today! We've got the Farmer's Market in the morning, then Far West Fest in the afternoon and an after party at the Old Western Saloon. Plan your travels around town accordingly and we'll see you out at Love Field! More information here: http://farwestfest.org/
"Allies of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Friday they had secured an agreement with the National Park Service to give the embattled Marin County oyster farm 30 days’ notice before ordering it to shut down operations in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The agreement “ensures the status quo,” enabling oysterman Kevin Lunny’s company to continue harvesting oysters until a competitor, Tomales Bay Oyster Co., can get its case before a federal judge, possibly in September, said Stuart Gross, a San Francisco attorney representing Tomales Bay." http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/2435732-181/drakes-bay-oyster-companys-allies
The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM) is holding their annual meeting tonight with a special discussion about the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes. Please attend and be a part of the conversation. 6:30pm at The Dance Palace.
The new Black Mountain Circle Film Series starts tonight with a screening of the Sundance award winning film, "A River Changes Course" at 7:30pm at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church. A Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening. Point Reyes Books created the series, it is curated by West Marin filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Sausalito Film Festival Co-Director Allison Faust. More info here: http://www.ptreyesbooks.com/events/black-mountain-circle-film-series-river-changes-course
A new lawsuit has been filed by a number of local businesses led by the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Margaret Grade, Stellina and the Saltwater. Apparently they're seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop the closure of the DBOC before July 31. The filing is here, that's an impressive list of defendants: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/4:2014cv03245/279168
Point Reyes Farmer's Market today! At the Chef's Booth they've got pastry chef Chrisin Anderson baking pies with kids, and on the Music Stage Fran Guidry returns to sweeten the air with Hawaiian slack key guitar. Such Sweetness! Both events at 10 a.m. Market opens at 9 for early shoppers.
"The federal government has given Drakes Bay Oyster Company until July 31 to shut down the cannery and oyster shack and remove its personal property from the shores and waters and Drakes Estero, according to farm owner Kevin Lunny. That property includes the cannery equipment, 20,000 oyster bags containing millions of oysters and five miles of oyster racks—though the farm and the National Park Service disagree on who is responsible for the latter, which has a longer 90-day window for removal." http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/oyster-farm-close-shack-and-cannery-julys-end
This Friday (7/11) at 8:30 am on KWMR, Supervisor Steve Kinsey and TAM Executive Director Dianne Steinhauser will talk about transportation in West Marin, including a discussion of an innovative ridesharing program using the free smartphone app Carma. More information is on http://car.ma/sfbay.