"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
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.
"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
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!
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.
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
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!"
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
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.
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.
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):
"I know one of the two people who accidentally set this landmark, and iconic photo location ablaze. He thought he was being careful, but physics took over and the unthinkable happened. The old shipwreck burned. He feels terrible and has admitted to his part. I'll admit the pics that came from the session he and his friend shot look cool. That said, I wish it didn't happen." - Matt Grans Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/
""The cause of the fire is unknown, but Chief Fox said, “Someone called up and wanted their names cleared from being the cause of it.” He added that as far as his department is concerned, the cause of the fire and who is to blame for it is likely to remain a mystery." We'll never know who set the fire, but we have learned what 'spinning fire wool' is. What a bummer. FULL MARINIJ STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
"An online petition to lure Dennis Rodoni of Olema into the 4th District’s supervisor race may bear fruit: Mr. Rodoni, a lifelong West Marin resident and the owner of Rodoni Construction, who challenged Mr. Kinsey for the seat over a decade ago, said he is considering a run. “I need to sit down and talk with family,” he said on Wednesday. “It’s a hard decision, because it’s a big commitment.” THE PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/the-v POINT REYES LIGHT ARTICLE: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
Uh oh. "A year after an oyster farm was forced to shut down at Point Reyes National Seashore, sparking a bitter controversy over the role of farming in national parks, a coalition of environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit over a bigger and more explosive target: thousands of dairy and beef cattle in the park. The groups say that park service officials are violating federal law because they are moving forward with a plan to renew 20-year leases to the ranchers without conducting adequate environmental studies on how the thousands of cows are affecting the seashore's scenic resources, including its tule elk." FULL STORY: http://www.mercurynews.com/sci
"The California Coastal Commission fired its executive director Wednesday, defying more than 1,000 people who packed a meeting to support a man they called one of the state’s most important guardians of public access to the coastline." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/science/
Just in time for Valentine's Day! A West Marin love story (in SFGate no less). "Claire Herminjard did not want to date a meat guy. When she met David Evans in 2010, she was looking for business advice. The two felt a flash of connection when they realized how much their ideals about agriculture, and life, lined up. They probably even fell in love that day. But the timing wasn’t right because Herminjard had made it a rule: Do not get involved with a meat guy." FULL LOVE STORY: http://www.sfchronicle.com/rec
Tomorrow is the big showdown in Morro Bay over the removal of the California Coastal Commission's Executive Director Charles Lester. "The (removal) campaign was spurred by (those) who would prefer a less restrictive approach to coastal development projects and are hoping to replace Lester with someone more compliant to their will." Legions are expected to attend Wednesday’s 10 a.m. hearing on the Central Coast, prompting staffers to move it to a larger venue. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
A reader shared this: "Kent Lake is spilling. A guy from MMWD told me: 'We're in great shape.' Now if we can just take the rest of the state with us...." So will the Nicasio Reservoir spill over too? And will it ever rain again? (thanks BE)
I heard that someone sighted a mountain lion near the Nicasio School this weekend. While doing research I discovered the 'triple crown' which is where you see a mountain lion, a bobcat and a lynx all in one day. Apparently Miles DeGraffenreid did just that in Walnut Creek recently. Amazing. FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors
(photo by John Richards of a mountain lion in Palo Alto)
Interesting piece of prose from former SF Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll about West Marin. "The place names of West Marin have a totemic quality for me. I can say “Palomarin” or “Estero,” over and over, and they never lose their power." FULL ESSAY: https://joncarrollprose.wordpr
I think Panoramic Highway is still closed today, anyone have details? "A mudslide on Panoramic Highway caused a daylong closure Saturday, cutting off access to parts of Mount Tamalpais State Park. The slide of mud and rocks spilled onto the thoroughfare between Pan Toll Road and the Throckmorton Ridge fire station at about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, California Highway officials said. No one was injured." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
High surf advisory and coastal flood advisory tomorrow due to another storm and king tides. Stay dry. Be safe. Don't drive through standing bodies of water. Send any updates to TWMF (road closures, etc.)
A coyote has been attacking cars at night on Route One by Slide Ranch. "It is possible, but not probable, that the coyote has eaten something—perhaps a fly agaric mushroom (amanita muscaria) which has hallucinogenic properties." What? Slow news week? FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/upfront-
"Apparently, the National Park Service has decided that the money would be better spent in other ways. So unless something changes, or an outside donor drops a significant pile of cash in the near future, Point Reyes’ Morgan Horse Ranch will cease operation once the last horse dies." FULL STORY: http://pacificsun.com/feature-
This just in: "Park rangers and fire units are on scene with an overturned grain truck on Sir Francis Drake at B ranch". Beyond that, haven't heard word of any other road closures. If you have some information, or any other storm updates, post it here. (update via KWMR)
IMPORTANT ALERT: The 'cheap' gas station in San Anselmo that many of us use when over the hill had a credit card scammer machine on the pumps and at least 20 people have had money stolen from their bank accounts. If you've bought gas from there in the last 60 days, check your bank activity. Please share. FULL STORY: http://abc7news.com/news/skimm
Well, we've had big storm predictions before, but they seem pretty sure about this one. A 'yellow' alert has been issued for Marin for the next 72 hours meaning flooding is possible. Stay dry, stay safe. Here is the forecast:
Fri Jan 15: Rain likely after 4 PM otherwise partly sunny. Between 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sat Jan 16: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 AM to 10 AM. Approximately 0.2” to 0.4” of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.
Sun Jan 17: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 PM and 10 PM. Approximately 1” of precipitation and over 1.75” possible in coastal and higher terrain locations.
Mon Jan 18: Rain likely. The rain could be heavy at times.
Ashley Steward is a teacher who lives in Bolinas, teaches in Bodega Bay and desperately needed help with her car. Its an amazing story with a great ending (her goal was met! in one day!) and illustrates the power of a strong community. I wish there was more of this. FULL STORY: https://www.gofundme.com/teach
"The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what it describes as a “suspicious” death in Bolinas. The body was found floating in the surf Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said the body is a man and thus not the missing University of California student whose car and belongings were found over the weekend near the Point Reyes Lighthouse." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
Make sure the gutters are clear. "In brief, the El Nino forecast calls for more rain Thursday and Saturday before a “super soaker” that amounts to a “firehose pointed at the North Bay” moves in late Sunday or early Monday, National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general