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2:06pm - CHP is very active on SFD in and around Inverness today. I was followed closely all the way from Perry's to Chicken, wondering what I did wrong and how much it was going to cost me. Instead he went into the park to have lunch I presume. Phew.
Nice article about the history of mountain biking in West Marin with a hand drawn map of the famous 'Repack' course by Dewey Livingston. But why no mention of Steve Potts?

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-hippie-daredevils-who-were-just-crazy-enough-to-invent-mountain-biking/
Caught this huge red ant in the house today. Could it be a Queen Carpenter Ant? Has anyone soon one before?
Don't forget the Shoreline School Board meeting is today at 6:00pm at the Tomales High School.
Your Thursday fuzzy wuzzy. Looks like a pretty nice place when you dress it up like that. This photo is by Attilio Ruffo, more of his work can be found here: http://www.attilioruffo.com/landscapes/thumbs/
The Sheriff went blazing by me at 6am this morning heading out to Pierce Point Road. Heard that might have been an accident out there, does anyone have any details?
"A federal court judge rejected an injunction request Tuesday that would have helped keep the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. open. In a tone that was sometimes harsh, U.S District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers rejected the argument, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to bring a request for the injunction "given the lack of merit."

Rejecting virtually all of the coalition’s arguments, Rogers told their attorney, Stuart Gross of San Francisco, that she had considered issuing sanctions for bringing a frivolous lawsuit based on the “complete lack of merit” in the case.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26500324/injunction-keep-drakes-bay-open-rejected-by-judge?source=rss

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/2732113-181/judge-rejects-firms-bid-to
Hay truck flipped over on Ottinger's Hill in Point Reyes this morning. I wondered if that ever happened (thx David).
Apparently there was an animated meeting last night about the budget reductions and the Shoreline School District. The scheduled school board meeting is this Thursday at 6:00pm at the Tomales High School. School Superintendent Tom Stubbs will be interviewed on KWMR at 5:00pm today to discuss the details.
The annual trans bay swim took place this morning off of Shell Beach. Sounds like there was quite a crowd getting wet.
Gene Fisher was looking sharp in this shirt yesterday. Anyone have a good story about that place?
Point Reyes dairy farmer John Taylor has cut the size of his herd by a third since the California drought started, and unless sufficient rainfall arrives by December, he will have to sell more of his 400 cows and calves. "On December 1, we're going to evaluate the rainfall and based on that we may have to make some more tough decisions," said Taylor, a six-generation dairy farmer.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26483662/marin-farmers-and-ranchers-deal-water-shortage-rising?source=rss
Rocking out in downtown Point Reyes this afternoon.
4:22pm - Wow, who saw those two fighter jets just scream over PR? Looked almost like a dogfight. It's not Fleetweek yet...
A follow up on yesterday's post, the CHP have been very active in the Point Reyes and Inverness for some reason. Someone reported getting a $300 ticket for doing a "California" stop on B Street yesterday. So be mindful, be safe and keep your money in your pocket.
The PRNSA is looking for volunteers for its upcoming 'Dinner on the Pacific Plate' fundraiser on September 20th at Bear Vallery. If you're interested in supporting this important event, there is more info here: http://bit.ly/1pEZ6rG
"Shoreline Unified school officials are hustling to cut $1.5 million — about 11 percent — in operating expenses, in hopes of avoiding bankruptcy and a possible takeover by the county Office of Education."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26469687/west-marins-shoreline-school-district-facing-major-budget
Accident on SFD in Inverness. Black Saab eaten by ditch. Hopefully everyone is ok.
3:01pm - "Two car injury crash reported SFD at Vision Road, Inverness" - reported by Richard Dillman on the West Marin Citizen FB page.
1:11pm - Lots of people reporting CHP is at Perry's handing out tickets. Drive safe, as you always do.
"The search for a 21-year-old Sacramento area man who vanished while swimming at Drakes Estero was scaled back Wednesday but national park rangers continued to patrol beaches for any sign of the man."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26460948/search-scaled-back-swimmer-who-vanished-at-drakes?source=rss
Two stingrays chilling at Chicken. (Thx dw).
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Has anyone seen a newer model red dodge charger seemingly parked or abandoned out here in West Marin. Car is believed to have new dealer paper license plates or even possibly an out of state license plate. Can't give specific details but I have a great interest in finding this car. Trust me, it doesn't belong out here... Thanks, Doug (your local Sheriff)"
Search crews are back out at the Estero looking for the missing swimmer this morning. Our hearts go out to the family and friends.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26448952/swimmer-goes-missing-drakes-estero-near-inverness?source=rss
On a more happy note, Mr. River Otter heading out to Drakes to grab a bite to eat. #otter #pointreyes #sneaky
4:55pm - Emergency rescue happening out at the Limantour Spit right now. Four young men were swimming across the Estero, one is missing. Local surfers assisted them. Helicopters and jet skis combing the area.
Traffic is gridlocked at the Levee Road in Point Reyes. Do not leave your house unless you have to!
Winner of the sand castle contest at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes.
Complete madness at Drakes Beach today. Hard to believe. #fauxsocal
A birder counted 15 Mola Molas out at the Point Reyes Lighthouse on Friday. Very cool. (via @PointReyesNPS)
Point Reyes Wild is an exhibition and sale of landscape paintings of Point Reyes National Seashore by the BayWood Artists.
The show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act passed by Congress in 1964 and is a fundraiser for Point Reyes National Seashore Association's mission

It is the result of a year-long effort by these accomplished plein air artists to depict some of the park’s best-known landmarks and species, as well as special remote locations. The show opens with an artist reception and light refreshments at noon on Saturday, August 30 at the Red Barn Classroom and Art Galley at Point Reyes National Seashore. Admission is free.

Also as a part of this event, at the Yellow Commons house this weekend they are selling some of Carlos Porata's photographs.

http://www.ptreyes.org/events/point-reyes-wild-baywood-artists
I had no idea someone was missing. "No clues have surfaced in a months-long search for a prominent Inverness physician whose BMW was found in a parking lot in the Point Reyes National Seashore, officials said."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26433129/no-clues-found-search-missing-inverness-physician
Twitter thinks this image is 'sensitive'. After staring at it for a long time, I guess it could be seen that way. I mean, if you really want to go there. Geez. #algorithmsgonebad

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/15-things-that-look-dirty-but-arent
"A series five aftershocks, one registering a preliminary magnitude 3.9, rattled Napa in between 5:30 and 7 a.m. Tuesday." Heard that some folks in Inverness felt them, anyone else? I didn't.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/08/26/3-aftershocks-hit-napa-largest-quake-since-sundays-6-0-earthquake/
Construction delays in PR/Petaluma rd and CHP being very sneaky in Lucas Valley Rd early. Drive safe.
Food foraging fan Suzanne Taylor of Inverness has the chance to share her farm-to-fork philosophy with the world Wednesday when she makes her television debut on the Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli" show.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26404493/inverness-woman-featured-cooking-channel-show?source=rss
The South Napa Earthquake was a reminder to make sure your preparedness plans are up to date. Here are some good resources to look into:

http://www.sf72.org/

http://www.marinsheriff.org/about.aspx?gi_id=60

If anyone has any others, feel free to post them. And remember to tune into KWMR when disaster strikes, that's why they're there.
TRAFFIC WATCH: I'm pretty sure the 'pipeline project' starts tomorrow morning around 8am on the Point Reyes/Petaluma Road just outside of Point Reyes. Not sure how long the delays will be, but plan your commute accordingly. Anyone else have better details?
12:42pm - BREAKING NEWS: CHP Marin - Hit and run- vehicle into building. Suspect: Silver SUV, Minnesota plate #562MDE, heading towards PT Reyes from the 10k block Shoreline. (Be safe, call the police if you see the car)
Cal OES official says since the 6.0 Napa quake was so shallow its impact was more like 7.0-- was felt farther away.
The USGS said the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock in the next seven days is 54 percent.

The last significant quake to shake Marin was a 5.0-magnitude temblor recorded in Bolinas on Aug. 17, 1999 along the San Andreas fault. It was the same segment that moved so powerfully in 1906.

http://www.marinij.com/ci_26397018/reported-6-0-quake-shakes-marin-awake-at?source=rss
Wow. Who felt that? @earthquakesSF 3m
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 3.73mi WSW of American Canyon, California. Details: http://eqbot.com/aTF Map: http://eqbot.com/aTr
Mr. Wilder's Magic Farm Stand in Point Reyes. Check it out next time you're in town. Honor system veggies.
A strange sky the other night in #pointreyes #sunburst
CHP is active in Inverness Park this afternoon. Be safe. Be slow. Be mindful. Be the ball, Danny. (thx DM)
The Black Mountain Circle Film Series screens their second film, "The Genius of Marian" tonight at 7:30pm at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10. More info at: http://www.ptreyesbooks.com/events/black-mountain-circle-film-series-%E2%80%9C-genius-marian%E2%80%9D
Secret spot of the day. If you've been here, you've earned it. #pointreyes #mysteryrocks
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.

Be Wise, Be Safe!
Doug (your local Sheriff)
Trader Joe's recalled some of their Almond Butter because of a possible salmonella contamination. If you know anyone who eats such things, you might pass along to them.

http://www.traderjoes.com/about/customer-updates-responses.asp?i=110

More info here: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/national/peanut-almond-butter-recalled-salmonella-risk/ng5f7/
Graffiti, Marin style, at the Farm House Restaurant at Point Reyes Seashore Lodge. Xerxes Whitney Motivational Speaker, Teacher & Coach is that you?

http://instagram.com/p/ryC4cbpLH0/
Secret Spot Of The Day: Woodshop! #pointreyes #wood #saw #ssotd
The trail cameras of mountain lions never get old.
Here's the truck that got stuck and closed Lucas Valley Road today for six hours. As one commenter noted, seems like they should warn drivers about size limits on the road. #toomuch #toobig
7:39pm - @CHPMarin: Lucas Valley Road has reopened!
5:00pm - @CHPMarin: Recovery of big rig off side of Lucas Vly Road continues. ETO extended to approximately 6 PM. Use alt routes.
1:24pm - Lucas Valley Road closed for an hour east of Big Rock due to single non-injury accident. (Thanks Doug Pittman)
I think they should have used 'Nicasio' as the example, not 'Point Reyes'. (cc Matt Gallagher). And RIP Robin Williams. Ugh.

http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2014/08/11/youre-saying-it-wrong-how-to-pronounce-bay-area-streets-towns-and-landmarks/
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.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/perseid-shower-best-between-midnight-and-dawn
Incredible photo by Richard James of the woman trapped in her car this morning. More photos at: http://t.co/ApaiTFjpGp
@NWSBayArea: #supermoon tonight - moonrise at 801 PM PDT. Inland/High Elevation areas best visibility.
10:19am - Its a solo non-injury accident. Flipped car. Traffic backed up. (Thx yp)
10:01am - Bad accident on Sir Francis Drake before Inverness. Traffic control in place.
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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy88-5pc7c8
"Deputies Arrest Suspect for Threatening Customers
at Whale of a Deli with 26” Machete". Yikes. Full story at the Citizen: https://www.facebook.com/westmarincitizen/posts/817199744964892?ref=notif¬if_t=notify_me
12:15pm - If you're headed over the hill, SFD having problems. "@CHPMarin: One-Way traffic control on Sir Francis Drake Blvd in #SanGeronimo #Marin due to earlier crash into power pole."
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.

Photos from last year's fair: http://www.sparselysageandtimely.com/blog/?p=20502
1:32pm - CHP is staked out at IP this afternoon. Keep your Friday cool, calm and safe.
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
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