08/16/15 - Sunday at 09:51am
A smoky sunrise over Point Reyes this morning. Sounds like it's going to be another hot and hazy day today.
08/15/15 - Saturday at 11:54pm
Does anyone else hear fireworks being set off tonight on the bay? Doesn't seem like a great idea during fire season.
08/15/15 - Saturday at 05:51pm
You may have noticed that TWMF went on a six day 'no digital' cleanse, which we highly recommend. Upon our return three things caught our eye. 1) The park is up to something out at the light house 2) A mountain lion was spotted in Lagunitas (thx RW) 3) Local biotech entrepreneur Corey Goodman ripped into local author Summer Brennan's new book 'The Oyster Wars' on HuffPo and all hell broke out in the comment section. Just like old times! Including a personal attack on Summer's love life! Have we hit rock bottom yet? I think we're getting close. Can't wait for her book reading on September 3 at The Dance Palace. Should be a real good time. Vitriol is good for sales right?
And what about the buskers singing DBOC songs in a BART station???? (thx AP)
Corey Goodman review:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Summer Brennan reading:http://ptreyesbooks.com/events
The Manna Tease live at BART:https://www.youtube.com/watch?
08/15/15 - Saturday at 05:37pm
Tree down at the Bear Valley visitor center (thx MM).
08/08/15 - Saturday at 05:30pm
Mark Rafferty, 62, of Bolinas, died this this week.
"Rafferty was a former site manager at Commonweal, a nonprofit educational and health center in Bolinas, from 1999 until leaving last year.
"We will remember him for his kindness, his sense of humor, his passion for music and song-writing, and his dedication to our work," said Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal. "We are holding Mark and his family in our thoughts and prayers.""
08/06/15 - Thursday at 11:30am
Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow really likes West Marin. Or someone wants to make it look that way. (Thx LW)
08/04/15 - Tuesday at 11:43pm
A Bolinas man was arrested on allegations he intentionally rammed a bicyclist with his car during a road-rage incident in West Marin. "The cyclists passed without stopping, and one displayed an intemperate hand gesture as Rafferty yelled. Then Rafferty allegedly got back in his car and accelerated toward Keane-Zirepolo, rear-ending his bike, crushing his back wheel and ejecting him into a dirt hillside." The cyclist declined treatment.http://www.marinij.com/general
08/04/15 - Tuesday at 05:29pm
And that my friends, is what is known as 'artistic license'. Can you tell me what's wrong with this painting by Stan Angel (thx MM)http://fineartamerica.com/feat
08/04/15 - Tuesday at 01:32pm
Has the cypress tree tunnel in the park always been popular? Or is this a new thing? The 7 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
08/03/15 - Monday at 01:26pm
"Sections of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Point Reyes-Petaluma Road are lined up to be resurfaced and receive other safety upgrades now that a contract has been authorized.
Ghilotti Construction Co. of Santa Rosa will receive $2,049,895.50 from the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Fund to improve 3.74 lane miles (both directions) of Drake Boulevard through the San Geronimo Valley and 1.38 lane miles of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road near Nicasio Reservoir. Awarding of the contract was authorized on July 28, and the money will not affect the County’s General Fund. Engineers supervising the project expect work to start in mid-August and be completed by late November."http://patch.com/california/no
08/02/15 - Sunday at 01:02pm
An interesting interview with Merrel Roca, the last Coast Miwok on Tomales Bay, who lives in Marshall. "My son and his wife live in this house 5 feet away. I’ve got my trailers. My grandfather came from Italy all the way to Ellis Island and then here, to Tomales Bay. There were a lot of Italians here. He was a rum-runner during Prohibition. My grandmother grew up in this A-frame across the road, it was built in 1864. I didn’t even know my grandmother was half Indian, Coast Miwok. She never mentioned it until she was on her deathbed." (thx SD)http://www.ozy.com/true-story/
07/31/15 - Friday at 02:16pm
The moon rises over Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, England on July 30, 2015. Tonight it will happen again and be called a Blue Moon. The last time this happened was in 2012 and there isn’t due another until 2018.
Bonus: 46 years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon!http://www.theguardian.com/sci
07/30/15 - Thursday at 11:13pm
This guy was out in the park this evening. Also a large whale spy hopping right off the beach at South Beach. No blue moon sightings though, too much fog.
07/30/15 - Thursday at 09:30am
Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez's quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands was thwarted Wednesday by a great white shark just 3-1/2 miles from his rocky goal.
After 18 hours in the cold ocean, the 49-year-old Australian reluctantly but wisely climbed into his support boat when his 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, spotted what was estimated to be a 12- to 15-foot great white circling the boat and swimming toward her father.http://www.marinij.com/general
07/28/15 - Tuesday at 10:59pm
All that smoke made for an amazing sunset, anyone else get some good shots?
07/28/15 - Tuesday at 10:30pm
Accident on 13 turns in Bolinas. Minor injuries, one lane closed.
07/28/15 - Tuesday at 08:33pm
I heard that the large plume of smoke coming over Black Mountain is from the two fires in Napa. Anyone else know anything about it? Is that right?
07/28/15 - Tuesday at 10:44am
Point Reyes dairy rancher Joseph H. “Joey” Mendoza Jr. was known for his black cowboy hat, his ability to easily make friends and his loyalty to his alma mater, Tomales High. Mendoza died Thursday at his home near Petaluma after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Today’s services included a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Petaluma. The family prefers donations to the Tomales High School Boosters Club or the Tomales Friends of Ag.http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
07/27/15 - Monday at 11:55am
NYTimes food writer Mark Bittman visited Hog Island: "Ocean acidification, like everything associated with climate change, is probably going to get worse before it gets better. But in addition to gathering data that Hog Island can use to protect their crop, understanding the impact of climate change and ocean acidification — in this case, oysters that will most likely become more expensive — can help us make those connections less theoretical and more real."http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07
07/25/15 - Saturday at 07:15pm
Far West Fest in full effect today.
07/23/15 - Thursday at 03:48pm
Milk truck down on SFD just outside of Inverness. No injuries, one lane closed. (thx dw, sc, be)
07/23/15 - Thursday at 02:56pm
Lucas Valley Road currently closed near Big Rock due to a fatal motorcycle accident. No word on estimated re-open time. If anyone else has any info, let us know (via @MarinCountyFire)
07/22/15 - Wednesday at 09:54pm
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.http://farwestfest.org/https://www.facebook.com/event
07/21/15 - Tuesday at 11:34pm
Seen on the levee in Point Reyes today. Can anyone explain the meaning? Pro-bike? Anti-bike? #bikelame
07/20/15 - Monday at 05:27pm
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.http://www.marinij.com/busines
07/19/15 - Sunday at 10:29pm
Heard there are some rainbows happening this evening, anyone else seeing them. What a night. This is from up on the ridge (thx SC).
07/17/15 - Friday at 12:47pm
TRAFFIC ALERT: Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd. closed between Novato Blvd. and Nicasio Valley Rd. due to collision and downed power lines. Estimated time to open is three hours.
07/15/15 - Wednesday at 11:54pm
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.https://www.kickstarter.com/pr
07/14/15 - Tuesday at 09:47am
This was spotted yesterday at a local hiking spot. Vigilante trail signage. Wonder if it will have an impact. (thx LN)
07/12/15 - Sunday at 10:03pm
Anyone else see that giant military plane just fly right down Tomales Bay? Earlier there were two other ones flying in formation up higher. President in town? What's up? (thx SG)
07/11/15 - Saturday at 07:04pm
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.http://www.invernessassociatio
07/10/15 - Friday at 10:35pm
So many layers here.
07/10/15 - Friday at 12:56pm
Remember Stormtrooper guy who passed through Point Reyes? HE MADE IT TO SAN DIEGO! And what a story. (thx JA)http://www.washingtonpost.com/
07/09/15 - Thursday at 11:34pm
"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.http://www.marinij.com/environ
07/05/15 - Sunday at 11:07pm
Not sure what to make of this...
07/03/15 - Friday at 07:15pm
Scuba diving at Chicken Ranch? Treasure? Fishing?
07/01/15 - Wednesday at 09:38pm
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.http://earthsky.org/tonight/se
07/01/15 - Wednesday at 11:23am
Local farmer Molly Myerson featured in this month's issue of 'modern farmer'. http://modernfarmer.com/
06/29/15 - Monday at 05:33pm
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.http://www.sfnps.org/paleontol
06/24/15 - Wednesday at 06:21pm
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)
06/23/15 - Tuesday at 10:14pm
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."
Probably a good article to share with others...http://www.eastbayexpress.com/
06/22/15 - Monday at 10:01pm
This was spotted in Point Reyes today, it's apparently owned by Roma Gypsies who put on quite a show last night at the Olema Campground. Anyone know if they're still around? (Thx LN and JM)
06/22/15 - Monday at 12:34pm
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!https://baynature.org/articles
06/21/15 - Sunday at 11:59pm
Perfect way to end the longest day of the year out at the beach in Point Reyes.
06/19/15 - Friday at 01:01pm
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/
06/18/15 - Thursday at 11:39am
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.
06/16/15 - Tuesday at 08:23am
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.
You can find the West Marin Commons/Share at: http://www.westmarincommons.or
06/13/15 - Saturday at 08:22pm
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)
06/13/15 - Saturday at 08:07pm
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)
06/13/15 - Saturday at 08:43am
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
06/12/15 - Friday at 05:01pm
From the highly praised Sheriff's Calls in the Point Reyes Light this week. Feels like a test to see if anyone actually reads them to me. Chimps rarely make calls after 8pm, everyone knows that.
06/10/15 - Wednesday at 07:02pm
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
06/09/15 - Tuesday at 04:04pm
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
06/09/15 - Tuesday at 09:40am
Anyone know what's happening in Second Valley? I heard there have been chainsaws and heavy equipment going up there since 4am. Big tree down?
06/08/15 - Monday at 09:01am
Super model Chrissy Teigen bringing some West Marin cheese love. (Thx AP)
06/07/15 - Sunday at 04:57pm
06/07/15 - Sunday at 09:39am
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/
06/06/15 - Saturday at 10:42pm
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!
06/06/15 - Saturday at 06:24pm
A 14-foot great white shark was spotted by a surfer cruising through the line up today at North Beach in Point Reyes. They're back already? Or maybe they never left...