Here it comes people. This Saturday (July 25) is the annual benefit concert known as Far West Fest. Ozomatli is headlining and local acts such as Arann Harris and the Bad Farmers and El Radio Fantastique are representing. Tickets selling out fast, get on it now! Plus a rocking after party show with The Haggards at The Western.
In the two decades since the Straus Dairy in Marshall was the first in the West to become certified organic, most others in the region have followed, creating a cash cow that gets bigger every year. With 25 of Marin’s 29 dairies now organic, the value of organic milk production is soaring, rocketing 61 percent last year to $33.6 million for the milk product equivalent of about 12.6 million gallons. At the same time, the value of conventional milk production in Marin plummeted 57 percent to $5.7 million in 2014.
Sharron Drake is not only putting on a local production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' but is also aiming to revitalize the long forgotten St. Columba's amphitheater in Inverness. And she could use some help. If you're interested in supporting this very cool local project, check out her Kickstarter page.
The annual meeting for the Inverness Assocation is tonight, Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 7:30 PM at the Inverness Yacht Club. Sounds like it will be an interesting one including some updates on the 'Launch for Hire' boathouse discussion.
"A Stanford University analysis shows California’s rate of shark attacks has declined by 91 percent in the past six decades compared to the higher population in the state and increased aquatic recreation. There have been 15 shark attacks off Marin between 1950 and 2013 — the period analyzed in the study — which is 17 percent of the attacks in the state. None of them were fatal." Less sharks = less attacks. I'd rather have more sharks personally.
Will be a beautiful full moon tonight rising up over the bay AND Venus and Jupiter almost on top of each other in the Western sky. I saw it last night, and it was incredible. Be sure to get out there and have a look.
Very cool. Paleontological fieldwork at Point Reyes National Seashore has resulted in the discovery and collection of a rare marine mammal fossil. “The fossil specimen discovered at Point Reyes National Seashore is a small, short-beaked dolphin and probably represents a new species,” said Boessenecker.
Young Hoon has been standing at Rt 1/Point Reyes-Petaluma road since 9am looking for a ride to Point Arena. Apparently he's having muscle issues and can't ride his bike right now. If you know a way to help him out, please do. - via Peggy Day (if you do help him, let us know what happened, thx)
Fascinating article about air traffic over Point Reyes: "That's because the new system is effectively steering jetliners onto new superhighways in the sky. These new aerial freeways are concentrating commercial jet flights over certain areas — including Point Reyes National Seashore — that are now being forced to shoulder disproportionate levels of noise pollution."
"You would not build a freeway offramp in Point Reyes National Seashore," said Michael McEneany, a resident of Inverness, a small town adjacent to Point Reyes. "So why on God's green earth would you propose building an aerial freeway right through the middle of the wilderness area? It's absurd."
Tomales Bay Revival: "When the "heart of the estuary" was restored in 2008, scientists expected to see wildlife return. But Tomales Bay's remarkable renewal in just seven years has exceeded expectations." Yes!
EAC’s 45th Annual Members Dinner is tonight at the Dance Palace. Congressman Huffman and our new state senator Mike McGuire will be speaking. RSVP required and current membership. More info: http://eacmarin.org/events/
School board meeting tonight at 6pm at the West Marin School. The two items parents want done are: Add back Reading Intervention into the FY15/16 School Budget (funded with the 50k per year we could save eliminating Board benefits) and Create an Equitable School Board Meeting Location Policy.
David Clarkson, who owns Point Reyes Jewelry Store, posted this letter on The West Marin Commons and I asked him if I could re-publish it because it is such a positive response in the face of an ugly incident. And it made me smile, poor Diamond.
You have probably heard that I was robbed at gunpoint in my shop on Saturday morning about 11 o'clock. Three youngish, 30-year-old maybe, white males. One pointed a gun at me, another one handcuffed me and duct taped my legs and put me in my shop office while they helped themselves to everything I have worked for many years. I am not hurt except for some bruises and swollen wrists from the handcuffs. As you can imagine, it was kind of traumatic although I was calm throughout. I found out that Diamond, my little Jack Russell terrier, will not defend me, at least not in this sort of situation. Right now, seven hours later, I guess I am in a little bit of a state of shock. Don't quite know what to do with myself. They took my cell phone, keys, wallet, Etc.. So I am lost without a few important data points in my life.
I'm telling you this now so that I won't have to tell the story over and over on the street. I will appreciate your concern and by all means, express your sympathy but please remember that I don't want to go over it with everyone. Thank you, I will appreciate that.
I am definitely not "ruined" although this is definitely a setback. But it is a heads up to all of you that our lovely little community is on the map. Not a good map to be on.
Good luck to us all, as Sandy Westrom used to say. It's a good phrase.
What is going on today? The jewelry store was robbed at gun point this morning and I just got a message that two cars had their windows smashed at the Estero trailhead in the parking lot and had stuff stolen. (thx MB)
BREAKING - Marin County Sheriff - June 13, 2015 - Point Reyes Jewelry Store Robbed by Three Suspects On June 13, 2015 at about 11:16 AM, Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a possible robbery at Point Reyes Jewelry located at 11101 Shoreline Hwy.Pt. Reyes Station. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the store owner and confirmed he was robbed by three men, one of which was armed. The victim stated that a white male entered the store and asked to look at some diamonds. Several minutes later two additional white males entered the store. One of the suspects pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him into a back room. The suspects used duct tape to bind the victim’s hands and feet then took his cell phone, jewelry from several display cases and the safe. After approximately 20-30 minutes the victim was able to attract the attention of a gentleman who came into the store and freed the victim. At approximately 12:50 PM evidence linked to the jewelry store was located in a trash can at the Shell gas station located at 834 Irwin St. San Rafael. All three suspects were described as white males in their 20s between 5 -6 and 5-9 tall. Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-479-2311. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. (Thx PD)
A celebration honoring EZ Powell’s end of treatment, takes place tomorrow (Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Yellow House in the Point Reyes Station Town Commons. Includes live children’s music by Irena Eide of Little Folkies and Amber Hines and Michael Pinkham, lemonade, popcorn, a cake walk, a photo booth, sun-printing and tassle bead garland-making. Free, but donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Rhabomyosarcoma research will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers also needed, if you're interested, sign up here: www.volunteersignup.org/73TAK
BREAKING: Officer Larson of the Sheriff's department informed us that another house burglary occurred earlier today at a house on the corner of Manana and Hwy 1. A 2006-07 Silver Jetta is believed to be involved - please contact Officer Larson if you notice this car or other suspicious activity. Thank you! - via The West Marin Commons, check back there for more info. http://www.westmarincommons.or
In case you somehow missed Western Weekend, Dave Mitchell posted a blog with pictures and commentary. "Towtruck driver Tim Bunce (right), who entered a 1953 Farmall Tractor in the parade, photo-bombs Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman’s picture. Bunce took first in the Farm Vehicle division and first in the best-vehicle division." http://www.sparselysageandtime
Nice article about Savilia Blunk in the MarinIJ yesterday. "The 16-year-old will be the lone rider representing Marin when she competes in the USA Cycling international race camp in Ontario. She will be competing against the top 15-18-year-old girls beginning on Sunday during the Canada Cup Series." Good luck! http://www.marinij.com/sports/
Kaki McLachlan writes, "He's looking for a place to stay the night. He's just coming into town if anyone can offer a spot. His names Kevin and he's walking to raise awareness for kids cancer." I mean, come on! And get him on stage with The Haggards!
WESTERN WEEKEND! Lots of events happening: - Friday: El Radio plays at The Western at 9pm - Saturday: 4H Fair at Tobys: 10am - 1pm - Saturday: Barn Dance at Tobys, 7pm - 10pm - Saturday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm - Sunday: Parade at noon in Point Reyes - Sunday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm
Mercury News laying it on thick. Point Reyes: A picturesque Northern California retreat. "Hey, Elizabeth," a handsome farmer in a white truck called out as he slowed. "We're going clam digging with the kids!" For a moment, I felt like Angela Lansbury in Cabot Cove with the incredible urge to jump on an old bicycle with a basket and wave back. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay
Summer Brennan presents an interesting perspective on the Sheriff's calls, curious to hear what others think, "Brennan, who spent five months reporting for the Light in 2012, also told a story about her grandmother, whose death in 1997 followed a long and painful illness; the death was reported in the Sheriff’s Calls. “There it was, between humorous anecdotes about escaped cows and neighborly squabbles,” Brennan wrote. “I felt something like a rock falling in my heart to see it there, presented as entertainment. I felt sad and exposed. I wished fervently that it hadn’t been included. No one had asked us.”" http://www.slate.com/articles/
Well, that's not a nice way to say thank you. "An intoxicated man suffered a head injury Tuesday night after falling from rocks on the south side of Stinson Beach, and was arrested when he became combative with fire rescue personnel, the CHP said." https://www.youtube.com/watch?
"A man who was abalone diving with four other men died in Tomales Bay Tuesday morning, a National Park Service spokesman said. The men began CPR and eventually called for help, Dell’Osso said. They got the stricken diver back in the boat and brought him to Lawson’s Landing. Marin County paramedics continued resuscitation efforts, but the diver was pronounced dead." http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.c
An informational meeting discussing a proposed re-design and renovation of the Health and Human Services’ West Marin Service Center takes place tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the small gym at the West Marin School, in Point Reyes Station. Learn about the project from the architects and provide input.
This is nice, and at the same time very sad. Libraries should be open all day, seven days a week. "Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Inverness branches no longer closed for lunch. Thanks to funding from a tax measure, the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) has expanded hours at three West Marin branches, marking the first time in the 87-year MCFL history that the branches will stay open for a full day of service." http://www.marincounty.org/mai
Sir and Star makes Bauer's "Six Must-Visit Restaurants In Marin" list. "Margaret Grade is a neuropsychologist by profession and a poet at heart; her husband, Daniel DeLong, is a wizard in the kitchen." And who is that family in the photo, wait a minute, they look familiar... http://www.sfgate.com/travel/a
A community meeting addressing strategies for navigating local housing takes place tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, with presentations by the Bolinas Community Land Trust and the Bolinas Community Action Network. A $5 dinner prepared by BoBOP follows the meeting; bring your own plate and utensils.
A potluck celebration of the life of West Marin’s beloved Donna Sheehan takes place today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with live music by El Radio Fantastique, Danny Vitali and others. Bring finger foods, beverages, flowers from your garden, photos, mementos and notes for a communal altar and memories to share. Photo by Dave Mitchell from his blog: http://www.sparselysageandtime
Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Grandi Building in downtown Point Reyes? Some guy named Shawn Clover went exploring one weekend and took these photos. Bonus trivia: there have been two hardware stores in the Grandi Building in the past, can you name one or both of them? **WARNING: it is illegal to go into the Grandi Building and we do not condone such action, you could end up arrested and/or injured. http://shawnclover.com/2012/12
This will be a wild show, TWMF recommends checking it out. "Extra Action Marching Band plays punk march, with special guest Jessie Evans, at 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. $5." Watch this vdieo to see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
4:41pm - "There's an accident blocking traffic on Sir Francis Drake headed west just past Papermill Creek Saloon and before you head into Lagunitas. Emergency vehicles on scene. No traffic is currently being let through." (Thx FK)
Slate.com shows the love: "The Point Reyes Light publishes a few dozen such items each week as part of its Sheriff’s Calls column. The column, which is written by the paper’s editor-in-chief, Tess Elliott, chronicles the worries, fears, misfortunes, and mischief that prompt the residents of West Marin to alert the authorities. It is the best police blotter in America, or at least the best one I’ve ever read."