"Like many artists, Gordon Bryan wondered how he’d make a living in the art world. Despite training under renowned California figure painter Elmer Bischoff, he decided not to continue with fine art and, instead, took a different path — clay. For the last three decades, the Point Reyes craftsman has created handmade tile at Blue Slide Art Tile, which he runs with his wife of more than 30 years, Pamela Bridges. Since 2001, they’ve operated out of a converted Chevron oil depot in Point Reyes Station." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/01/12/point-reyes-tilemaker-keeps-historic-craft-alive/
You never know who’s out there watching you.
"Please join us tomorrow for the Marin County Safe Routes to School stakeholder meeting at West Marin School . As stakeholders we hope to increase safety and update infrastructure for the youngest members of our community to safely travel to and from school by foot and/or bike.

Please know if you cannot attend the meeting, you can find comment cards at: the Point Reyes Library, the West Marin School, the The Lounge: Tomales Bay Youth Center and KWMR - West Marin Community Radio.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this important work with our representatives from Caltrans HQ, Marin County Department of Public Works, Marin County Safe Routes to School and Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to accomplish this important task. We are grateful. — with Kasandra Semorile and 5 others." - MH
Is anyone else having trouble with Verizon and their iPhone (or mobile phone) in West Marin? People are reporting the network is down and they can't make calls or text.
‪A newly born elephant seal in Point Reyes. Nature does not shut down. Please keep the park clean and do not mess with the animals. Thank you. #elephantseal #pup‬
BLUNK BROTHERS: PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES BY BRUNO AND RUFUS BLUNK - OPENING RECEPTION & GALLERY TALKS at the Bolinas Musuem / January 12, 2-5 PM. Show runs from January 12 – March 17, 2019 "Inspired by the work of their father, renowned California artist J.B. Blunk, Inverness-based artists Bruno and Rufus Blunk developed their own unique art practices. Raised on the Inverness Ridge in the hand–built home constructed by their parents, the brothers were influenced by the resourceful lifestyle that merged art, nature, and life into one seamless creative environment. The studios, homes and philosophies of family, friends, and artists Gordon Onslow Ford, John Anderson and Jack Wright fostered the brothers’ interest in history and art making. Though deeply connected to the place where they were born, the brothers had their father’s wanderlust. Both traveled for decades, and the colors, textures and forms of India, Africa, South America, Turkey, Russia and Nepal are revealed in their work. The artists live and create on their own terms, and the vibrant paintings and wooden sculptures presented in this exhibition reflect their curiosity, playfulness, and independence" SITE: http://bolinasmuseum.org/gallery-item/blunk-brothers-paintings-sculptures-bruno-rufus-blunk/
Solo car accident on Sir Francis Drake near Rannoch in Inverness. Hopefully everyone ok. Drive safe, it’s super slick out there. (Thx DL)
“Is anyone collecting food for our Marin County residents who are in the Coast Guard? Does this need to be organized?” - asked by Brittany Bell
Any from Point Reyes? "Special Delivery: After doing some trash cleanup at national park sites in their districts, @RepSpeier and @RepHuffman plan to hand-deliver some of the garbage that has piled up during the shutdown to the White House this afternoon." https://twitter.com/benyc/status/1082677041475002368
From Bay Area NWS: “WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TUESDAY TO 10 AM PST
WEDNESDAY. Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph along the coast and in the higher elevations. Local gust up to 60 mph will be possible in the region`s ridges and peaks.”
Rainbow snuck in between storms in Point Reyes today. #rainbow
From DC: “And now the Senate has adjourned until Tuesday afternoon. That means no action on the partial shutdown until next week.”

From PRNPS: “Restroom facilities remain limited, not serviced, and may not be available. Restrooms are currently not available at Bear Valley, Palomarin, Divide Meadow, Drakes Beach, & McClures Beach. Restrooms can close without notice. Please use the restroom before entering the park. Park regulations, including violations of a closure orders, wildlife harassment, pet restrictions, and improper disposal of human waste, remain in effect and are enforced.”
From Bay Area NWS: “Rain will return to the area this weekend as the first in a series of storms arrives. Additional systems will bring more rain and possibly gusty winds into the middle of next week.”
Green Hauling LLC out of Novato is donating time to come out to Point Reyes to collect trash at high impact areas starting today.
Trash piling up at Limantour Beach in Point Reyes. Photo by https://twitter.com/amychamarty
Found out at the beaches in Point Reyes.
From Marin Public Works: "What should you do with your old #Christmas tree?!? Don't let it end up in the #landfill, make sure it gets into the #compost! Each town/area in #MarinCounty has different #recycling requirements, so here's a helpful cheat sheet: https://bit.ly/2BHR7nR #ZeroWasteMarin #recycle"
“Visitors to West Marin who lodge in short-term rentals will have to pay a 14 percent transient occupancy tax starting Tuesday, thanks to the passage of Measure W. The tax, which was approved by 76.53 percent of the voters in November, is a 4 percent increase to the existing 10 percent transient occupancy tax. Campers in West Marin will now also be subject to a 4 percent TOT fee.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/12/30/west-marin-short-term-rental-rate-hikes-start-tuesday/
“The government shutdown is impacting services at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. On Sunday, park officials announced unsanitary conditions and public safety concerns are prompting the park to close more of its facilities. On any given day, the park has about 80 to 90 employees. It’s now down to 8 to 10 people on duty who are mostly park rangers.

With the lapse in federal funding, the park announced popular Palomarin parking lot and trailhead is now closed. Dirty restrooms there are creating a health hazard. Drakes Beach is also closed to protect pregnant elephant seals and the public from aggressive male seals.”

FULL STORY: http://www.ktvu.com/news/government-shutdown-affecting-the-sanitary-conditions-at-point-reyes
Spotted on the levee road outside of Point Reyes Station. Seems like a solid message for 2019. (Thx SP)
It wasn't our most popular post in 2018, but it was one of our favorites. Dream a little dream.
If you're looking for something to do tonight, local legends El Radio Fantastique are playing at The Western. If you do go out, please, be safe.
CONDITION UPDATE FROM Point Reyes NPS:
- Public access to the Palomarin Trailhead has been closed due to health and safety concerns. There is no vehicle access beyond the paved portion of Mesa Road.
Remember, restroom facilities and trash service are very limited throughout the park.
-Public Access to Drakes Beach south of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center is closed for public safety concerns.

Remember, restroom facilities and trash services are very limited throughout the park
Apparently the Marin County Sheriff handed out some tickets to bicyclists today on Rt. 1 in Marshall. Not sure about the details, but interesting to see that it does happen. (Thx ECV)
NWS: “Clear skies, light winds, and a dry air mass this weekend will allow temperatures to drop to some of the lowest values so far this season. Many areas will see temperatures fall into the 30s.”
Going to be windy tomorrow, batten down the hatches. From NWS Bay Area: "Northerly winds are forecast to increase Thursday morning, with widespread gusty winds expected by midday, especially in the hills and locally in northeast Contra Costa County. Winds will diminish at lower elevations Thursday Night but remain gusty in the hills."
Power is out in parts of Inverness Park this morning. PG&E has no estimated time of restoration yet. "Our preliminary determination is that your outage was caused by an equipment issue." Check status here: https://m.pge.com/#outages
“The community Christmas Eve Candle Lighting & Carols Service, led by members of the West Marin community, celebrates the universal meaning of the Christmas story. For the last many years it has been at the Dance Palace, but given that they no longer allow the lighting of candles, the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church has opened their doors for the service to be held in their sanctuary this year. It takes place on Monday evening, December 24th at 5:15 P.M.”
An update on that crash, “Not all heroes wear capes. This Poncia Trucking driver ditched his rig today to avoid a car that pulled out in front of him. Quite the Christmas gift.” We saw the other car in the ditch, a hero indeed. Thanks @timmy_the_drain
Bad accident on the PR/Petaluma Rd. Everyone looks ok, drive safe, it’s very slippery.
Another sign of the government shutdown in Point Reyes. #governmentshutdown #cypresstreetunnel
Bear Valley visitor centered closed. “During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Some Point Reyes National Seashore areas are accessible; however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, see nps.gov/pore/index.htm”
Medical emergency, Reach helicopter transporting someone from Inverness. Hopefully they’re ok.
No word on what shutdown means for the park, but the salmon are running. From PRNPS: “This year is the largest #coho run in Point Reyes in over a decade! Park biologists saw almost 100 adult coho and over 50 redds (nesting sites) while surveying Olema Creek yesterday. #ParkScience”
Happy Winter Solstice! And here’s to days getting longer! Sunset at the big beach in Point Reyes.
Tide was super high today at the boatel in Inverness. From Bay Area NWS: “Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 8 am to 12 pm tomorrow due to large tidal fluctuations (King Tides). High tides will occur mid morning followed by extreme low tides late afternoon. Exact height and timing will vary. Please visit: bit.ly/2AahDWO for specifics”
It’s elephant seal time in Point Reyes and this gentleman demonstrates exactly what not to do. Please keep your distance. #selfie
Anyone else see this in the sky tonight? This is from Nicasio. (Thx CL)
“The Trump administration signaled its support Wednesday for Rep. Jared Huffman’s controversial bill to extend the leases of several historic Point Reyes National Seashore ranches. The bill seeks to fulfill a 2012 promise of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the ranches to provide them longer leases so as to improve their economic security and decision-making.” FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/12/12/trump-administration-signals-support-for-point-reyes-ranching-bill/
Big thresher shark washed up on the beach in Point Reyes. #shark #beach (thx NW)
From NWS Bay Area. This is a serious one, be safe. "Very large WNW swell to arrive Sunday and Monday. Cold and unforgiving Pacific waters accompanied with large waves are life threatening. Keep a safe distance from the ocean. Please don't become a statistic. Every year we lose many people to the cold waters of the Pacific. On Sunday long period waves will arrive along the coast. These high energy waves will run high up on area beaches. Sunday nite and Mon seas in excess of 20 ft will pound the coast."
"The Geminid meteor shower, expected to peak late Thursday and early Friday, promises to be the astronomical apex of 2018. With hundreds of meteors sailing across the night skies, Earthlings are in for quite a sight. And best of all, Thursday’s weather in the Bay Area is expected to cooperate nicely: Forecasts call for clear skies with inland temperatures dipping into the mid-40s. The slow-moving Geminids are unique because they’re only one of two showers that originate from an asteroid instead of a comet. And with their full basket of meteors annually piercing the night sky for as many as eight hours, the Geminids are a favorite among astronomers." FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9067750-181/geminid-meteor-shower-to-light
Looks like a BMW slid off the road on Sir Francis Drake in Inverness by Redwood. Hopefully everyone ok. Road should be clear in a couple of minutes.
From a TWMF follower: "Gunshots detected twice in Inverness Park over the last few days. Friday night around 7pm, and last night around 10pm. As an avid hunter/sportsman, it sounds like a small caliber handgun coming from Carmencita or Laurel. One shot and done. Racoons? Remember, it's illegal to fire in a residential area. Know your target and beyond."
Super thick fog this morning, drive safe.
"A California sea lion tracked since its birth seven years ago was recently found dead with several gunshot wounds on a Point Reyes National Seashore beach (Kehoe), the national park reported Friday. It is one of hundreds of gunshot cases that have been documented by local marine mammal rescue officials over the years. John Dell’Osso, the national seashore’s chief of interpretation and resource education, said a visitor found the male sea lion a little more than a week ago and snapped a photo of it, which showed it had gunshot wounds." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/12/07/sea-lion-found-dead-on-point-reyes-beach-was-shot/
From local artist Whitman Shenk: "My ceramics exhibit opens Friday December 7th at Toby's and runs through the month. Opening reception is Friday the 7th, 4-7pm. I'm proud to share these pots which represent the last two years of my work. We will have cheese and wine for the adults and pizza for the kids, hope to see you there." MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/2456932504321623/?notif_t=event_aggregate¬if_id=1544202195698098
There has been a helicopter flying low for extended periods of time over Nicasio the last two days, anyone know why? Search and rescue? Commerical?
Keep it local! "Dance Palace Artisan Craft & Holiday Market in Point Reyes: This 48th annual event offers art and fine crafts from favorite local artisans and new offerings including an expanded holiday market and live entertainment. The festivities kick-off on Friday evening, November 30th will the tree lighting and Path of Lights where local Point Reyes merchants stay open late. Papermill Creek Children's Corner has delicious baked goods, and there will be hearty fare from Inverness Park Market and scrumptious Straus Organic Eggnog! On Saturday and Sunday the Dance Palace is alive with lively entertainment, local West Marin makers selling handcrafted treasures, a kid's make and take craft station, youth vendors and Santa just might make a visit! Free Admission."
"This Sunday (Dec 2) El Radio Fantastique will rock this benefit for our dear friends Stefanie Keys-Pisarczyk, and Michelle Lujan. Bring your love and goodwill, and let's help them heal. All Ages Food/Bar, Sliding Scale $10- $10,000 Roasted vegetables "pot au feu" over dolcini ranch polenta Turkey cooked around the clock over a mash of table top farm potatoes Mugs of Olema butternut squash soup pointed out by giant grissini Buffalo milk ice cream cones Super chocolate and rye brownies" LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/336772240243193/permalink/340684466518637/
Stunning sunrise between storms in Inverness. #sunrise
Tomorrow could be very windy and rainy. Lots of accidents out there today. Please stay safe. From NWS Bay Area. "Shower activity becoming more widespread as vigorous front approaches the coast. Locally heavy rain possible though the remainder of the evening and overnight. Gale warnings are in effect tonight through Thursday for the coastal waters, Monterey Bay, and northern San Francisco Bay. Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected. Winds will switch to westerly on Thursday."
UPDATE: Clear now. Looks like an accident on Lucas Valley in the turns. Traffic backing way up, use alternative route.
From PR Light “The Board of Supervisors has approved new speed limits for three sections of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Drivers traveling from Platform Bridge to Highway 1 in Point Reyes Station will have to slow down from 50 mph to 45 mph. The segment from the Marin County line to the McEvoy Ranch will see a decrease from 55 mph to 50 mph. From the Red Hill summit south to the Spaletta Ranch—a distance of less than half a mile—there will be an increase from 40 mph to 45 mph.” Be safe!
Black Saturday at The Palace Market in Point Reyes.
‪Open Studios in Point Reyes this weekend. A great way to spend a rainy day, see some cool spaces and excellent art. https://pointreyesart.com/
“Power outage in Nicasio. 115 affected.” Thx CL
Hope everyone is having a nice Thanksgiving, it you’re looking for something to do this Friday night, check out the Haggards Fifth Annual Black Friday Show at The Western starting at 8:00pm. Always s good time.
A reminder: “Thanksgiving Day is still garbage day West Marin, please have your cans out so your drivers do not have to come back. I am your commercial Garbage driver and I’ll be in Bolinas in the morning, so be sure not to park in front of any dumpsters please.” - Kirk
Smoggy skies lifted and a beautiful sunset snuck in at North Beach before the storm shows up. #sunset
Bay Area NWS: “Two storm systems are forecast to sweep across our region this week: The first is due in late Tuesday night and Wednesday and the second from late Thursday evening through Friday. Here are forecast rain totals for both systems combined.”
NWS Bay Area: “Latest HRRR smoke model output shows little improvement in air quality across the #BayArea through at least midday Saturday, with slight improvement forecast by late Saturday afternoon and evening. A significant pattern change appears likely starting around the middle of next week, with the potential for widespread periodic rainfall during the second half of the week.”

LINK: https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea/status/1063532758562217985?s=21
Smoke just seemed to really fill in through Inverness.
Air quality is predicted to be particularly bad today. San Rafael and San Francisco are in the 200 and above range. Haven’t seen a reading for West Marin yet, but Novato public schools, Marin Waldorf and San Domenico are closed. Stay inside if you can, wear a mask outside.
Brazzistance Samba & Bossa Nova @ Sir & Star in Olema tonight at 6:00pm.

Gil is a recent arrival from Rio where he played in the Musica Popular Brasileira band scene for many years. Gil plays guitar and vocals and writes many of the songs. Steve, poet, & percussionist, plays bossa londres beats on
djembe.

Featuring special Brazilian Cuisine from Sir and Star Chefs Daniel DeLong and Margaret Grade will be serving Feijoada Sumptuous Brazilian stew
to accompany the catchy beats and suave melodies of Musica Popular Brasileira
The meeting is tonight from 5pm - 7pm at The West Marin School gym in Point Reyes.

"The National Park Service announces a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a General Management Plan Amendment to address all lands currently under agricultural lease/permits within Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

With this announcement, the Park Service introduces a broad range of alternatives for the plan from twenty-year agricultural lease/permits with diversification and increased operational flexibility, to reduced ranching, no dairy ranching, and no ranching alternatives. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also include a range of alternatives for the management of tule elk in the planning area, from elimination to active management to expansion of the Drakes Beach herd.

The Park Service’s proposed action would allow existing ranch families to continue beef and dairy operations with twenty-year lease/permits, tule elk in the Drakes Beach area would be managed at a level compatible with authorized ranching, and the proposed action would identify improvements to the visitor experience, management strategies to protect park resources, and visitor carrying capacities within the planning area.

This announcement also initiates a thirty-day public comment period from October 31 to November 30, during which the Park Service will host two scoping meetings. The meetings will be identical in format and are intended to share information and gather public comments for use in shaping the plan."

https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/news/newsreleases_20181031_gmp_amendment_eis_public_scoping.htm
"Hey West Marin! PG&E called and told me today they were going to charge me $435 if I chose NOT to upgrade to a smart meter. Anybody else getting that notice?" - Bonnie Porter
PRNPS: “For those wondering if you can escape the smoke at the coast, it’s not likely. All of Point Reyes National Seashore is under a layer of smoke like the rest of the Bay Area. The air quality is expected to remain poor throughout the weekend.(mh) 📸:NPS Photo (closed road)”
West Marin looks pretty clear on this model. “The latest experimental near-surface smoke forecast continues to show smoke from the #CampFire impacting much of the Bay Area today and possibly into Sunday. #CAwx” full animation: https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea/status/1061284059500961792?s=21
Starting the day like we finished yesterday. Air quality is red, stay inside if you can and take care of yourself. #sunrise
"Air quality is Red (Unhealthy). People w/ heart/lung disease, older adults, children & teens: Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Keep outdoor activities short; Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them." For more info: http://www.airnow.gov
Marin County Fire: “Smoke from the #CampFire in #ButteCounty is heading our way. #MarinCounty, please only call 911 if you see visible fire or a building column of smoke within our own county. Our emergency dispatchers thank you.”
Election is finally over. Here are some highlights from Marin:
- Jared Huffman, Mark Levin and Mike McGuire won.
- Heidi Koenig and Tim Kehoe are on the Shoreline school board.
- Measure W, occupancy tax, passed by 73% vote.
- Bond Measure I, Shoreline bond, passed by 67% vote
The rest of the results are here: https://www.kqed.org/elections/results/marin
From Marin Public Works: "As part of our ongoing effort to improve roads conditions and safety in Marin County, we're wrapping up 3 road repair projects in West Marin, including 2 retaining walls. The third project repaved 5 miles of Lucas Valley Road, which was made possible by Senate Bill 1 funding! #SB1 funds allow us to address priority projects earlier than previously possible, thereby saving money in the long run by avoiding further roadway deterioration that would require more expensive repair projects."
Election is finally over. Here are some highlights from Marin:

Jared Huffman, Mark Levin and Mike McGuire won.

Heidi Koenig and Tim Kehoe are on the Shoreline school board.

Measure W, occupancy tax, passed by 73% vote.
Bond Measure I, Shoreline bond, passed by 67% vote

The rest of the results are here: https://www.kqed.org/elections/results/marin
An otter just ran in front of my car in front of Dixon Marine in Inverness.
This headline in the Point Reyes Light two weeks ago created confusion and concern among local residents: "Inverness water under scrutiny after tests show high lead levels".

Wade Holland published this post in the West Marin Commons clarifying the issue: "Anytime there is lead in drinking water, it is a cause for concern. There is no risk of lead in the water from our Inverness watershed, nor is any lead accumulating in the water during our treatment, storage, and distribution processes -- as the results of more than 20 years' worth of laboratory testing have demonstrated. From time to time, we are required to ask selected homeowners to take a sample of the water after it has sat for at least 6 hours in their plumbing and faucets (kitchen faucets, in particular). We test these samples to ensure that lead and copper are not being leached from the customers' interior plumbing to a degree that would constitute an exceedance of the EPA maximum level (which is 15 parts per BILLION). If this is occurring, we want to know about it because we may be able to help mitigate the issue by adding agents to our water that will reduce corrosivity and thus reduce the likelihood of lead leaching from customer plumbing and fixtures. In a recent round of such lead testing, we found three homes with slightly elevated lead levels, most likely caused by leaching from their kitchen sink faucet. We are working with these homeowners to replace the suspect faucets before we conduct the next round of testing (later this month). In the meantime, there is a simple workaround: When you need water for drinking or cooking, first let the water run for 30-60 seconds so the water you draw for use will not have been in the pipes or fixtures long enough to leach any lead. For a fee, we can arrange testing of water from your kitchen sink faucet (if you are an IPUD customer).
Wade Holland, Administrator
Inverness Public Utility District"

LINK TO FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/inverness-water-under-scrutiny-after-tests-show-high-lead-levels
The Fifth Annual Stinson Beach Doc Fest is happening from Nov. 9 - Nov. 11 with a really great line up of films including the Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc, "RBG" and the amazing climbing film "Free Solo". Benefiting the Stinson Beach Community Center. More information and tickets available here: http://stinsondocfest.org
There was a medical emergency at Limantour Beach earlier this evening, helicopter was dispatched. Didn’t sound too bad, hopefully everyone ok.
Just heard a report of an accident on Lucas Vallery Road. Lanes blocked now, but should be cleared soon. No word on injuries.
“The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 1 AM Saturday to 6 AM Sunday, November 4th.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong North East winds with gusts to 60 miles per hour and low relative humidity.

The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties above 1,000 feet.

The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin Open Space, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.

• Closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking Lot, Marin Municipal Water District
• Mount Vision Rd, Inverness (National Park Service)
• All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands
• All watershed land use permits are canceled
• Closures to Mount Tamalpais State Park - Roads north of Panoramic Highway are closed to motor vehicle traffic on Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard. All park use permits north of Panoramic Highway are suspended, including filming

Marin fire agencies will be increasing staffing as conditions change throughout the county during the Red Flag Warning.

Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.”
Wednesday, Oct 31, is the final day of KWMR's Fall Pledge Drive! Please support community radio by calling 415-663-9050 or online at www.kwmr.org. Not only does KWMR provide top notch local entertainment, but it is a critical part of our local emergency information network. Please support them. Trick or treaters also welcome to stop by on Halloween from 5-7pm, maybe you'll end up on the air!
“A Fairfax woman was arrested on DUI allegations Monday night after fatally striking a bicyclist in Woodacre, police said.

The collision happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, where a westbound Ford Explorer hit the cyclist near Railroad Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Medics took the cyclist to Marin General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Dixie School District officials identified the cyclist as Debra DiBenedetto, a second-grade teacher at Dixie Elementary School.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/10/29/west-marin-cyclist-dies-after-impact-from-car/
From the Point Reyes Light: “No turkeys will be served at the Dance Palace this Thanksgiving Day. The community meal that has existed in various forms for over 30 years is being temporarily shelved as its organizer, West Marin Community Services, devises a new version that can better serve locals.

According to executive director Socorro Romo, a few troubling trends have made organizers want to re-configure the tradition. In particular, participation by the have-nots has dwindled, while those-who-have have taken over. And, Ms. Romo said, of last year’s more than 300 attendees, “there were people from 30 towns. And that’s when we went ‘Wow, no. We really want to focus on locals and low-income locals.’”

“People who were donating the turkeys were like, ‘Why are we doing it for people from out of the area?’” said Angelo Sacheli, one of the event’s founders. He said that last year someone walked into the event, asked if it was free and subsequently cancelled a reservation at Sir and Star restaurant in Olema.”

FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/point-reyes-thanksgiving-hold
Missing cat. Quito, female 4 years old. Pretty friendly. Last seen Tuesday 10/23 on highway one near Tomasini Canyon Rd. If you’ve seen her contact Angela and Andrew at 415-350-9742. Thanks!
“The U.S. Coast Guard says that a man was rescued near the Farallon Islands after suffering from a shark bite. The bite was reportedly on his wrist and forearm.

He's been identified as Ron Elliot, a commercial diver and documentary film maker who has been diving at the islands for more than 30 years, according to a NOAA Greater Farallones spokesperson.

It's believed Elliot was filming underwater at the time of the attack. He was picked up from a vessel called NorCal 1 and then then transferred to Stanford Medical Center by helicopter.”

Full story: https://abc7news.com/amp/man-rescued-after-suffering-shark-bite-near-farallon-islands-officials-say/4542959/?__twitter_impression=true

Short film about Ron Elliot: https://www.nearmissfilm.com/
Great sunset this morning and this to come later.... “Enjoy the second full moon of autumn. The angle between the moon and horizon is narrower this time of year, so it rises faster. Watch the moon ascend at at 6:51pm tonight.”
“Just to let you know, you can stop by the Point Reyes Library/West Marin Literacy for flu shots today between 10:00 and 4:00 pm. Enter through the West Marin Literacy door. Sponsored by the West Marin Health and Human Services.” - thx JL
Does anyone know what this was? “Thare was some event near Nicasio last night, with hundreds of cars on the roads and an incredible number of cars parked on Lagunitas School Rd for a "Solstice Shuttle".”
Helicopter in Inverness taking someone to hospital, hopefully everything ok.
Sounds like there was a mobile home fire in Olema causing smoke and car accident at SFD and Hwy 1. Everyone seems to be ok. (Thx BE)
Lots of humpback whale action in Point Reyes as well today. #whale #whaletail
Was lucky enough to be in a boat off the coast of Point Reyes this morning when this 17 foot great white shark swam by. Shark season is here
The midterms are upon us. Two links you might be interested in. There will be an Election Night Event at Toby's Feed Barn on Nov. 6 from 5pm - 9pm to watch live results. Also, Wade Holland has published his guide to the Nov. 6 ballot.

Event Information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/882448641879370/

Ballot Guide:
https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/your-guide-nov-6-ballot

Elections matter. Please vote.
Couple of events happening this week. Parachute Days featuring local favorites El Radio Fantastique is on Saturday, Oct. 12. And the Audobon Canyon Ranch is hosting a very cool event for kids at the Martin Griffin Preserve in Bolinas on Saturday, Oct 12 as well.

Parachute Days:
https://www.facebook.com/events/238943896771457/

Martin Griffin Ranch:
https://www.facebook.com/events/451623648946413/
“Did anyone see the strange light in the sky about 10 minutes ago?” - from a local resident UPDATE: it was Space X launch
Was getting out of my car with my eight year old son in Point Reyes today when a single motorcycle was driving by through downtown way too fast. I gave a mellow slow down hand signal and he gave me the finger. Good times.
Sounds like a rescue crews responding to kayak situation in Tomales Bay right now. Super windy out there. UPDATE: Everyone ok.
“Looks like Significant roadwork on Lucas Valley Road from Nicasio Valley Road to Big Rock. Work expected to last through 11/2/18. Signs say to expect delays.” Work already in progress.
Car flipped over by Dream Farm Rd on SFD in Inverness. Everyone ok, expect delays. (Thx DW)
Rain!
It was reported to TWMF today that a bear was spotted two different times on Drakes Summit in Inverness Park on Wednesday. (Thx MM)
The Fine Arts Gallery at the College of Marin is showing the recurring Made in Marin exhibit featuring local artists Grayson Kent and Ido Yoshimoto starting this weekend. Reception is from 4pm - 6pm on Saturday, Sept. 29 and thw show runs through Oct. 25. The reception will feature a talk with Grayson and Ido moderated by Tung Chiang of Heath Ceramics. Don't miss it! MORE INFO: http://www1.marin.edu/fine-arts-gallery
Helicopter just flew right over our house in Inverness, anyone know what’s going on? Looked like Henry 1?
Epic moon rise tonight. Who got a good shot of it?
I’ve had this dream.
“Found a guitar today on Mesa Road - if this is yours or you know who it belongs to, you can call me 415-663-8156.”
The Waves to Wine benefit bicycle ride is heading through Point Reyes today. Be prepared, be safe. MORE INFO: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=29871&pg=informational&sid=13242
Friday trivia quiz. Name the artist who made the very groovy custom letters for the hardware store.
Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County
Warning to remain in place until Thursday afternoon.

Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 5 PM Thursday, September 20.

This supersedes the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong offshore winds with gusts to 35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 25-35 percent.

The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties.

The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin Open Space, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.

• Closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking Lot
• Closure to Mount Vision Rd (National Park Service)
• All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands
• All watershed land use permits are canceled
• Closures to Mount Tamalpais State Park - Roads north of Panoramic Highway are closed to motor vehicle traffic on Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard. All park use permits north of Panoramic Highway are suspended, including filming

Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking in open spaces.

The Mount Tamalpais State Park information number is 415-388-2070.
The Marin Municipal Water District information number is 415-945-1195.
The Marin County Fire Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.

To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmarin.org

To learn more about preparing for wildfire please visit: www.firesafemarin.org
"Debbie Viess, who, with her husband, David Rust, were astonished last week when they found fresh bear scat at Tomales Bay State Park. “We were hiking along Pierce Point Road when my husband and I found this rather fresh pile of bear scat,” Viess said. Judging by the photo — you can roughly determine the size and age of the bear by the diameter of the pellets, referenced by a pine cone in the photo — the best projection is that it was from a young bear, probably about 200 pounds." FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Marin-s-mystery-bear-shows-up-at-Tomales-Bay-13232594.php
So someone just found a syringe with a needle in it in the bank parking lot today. How does one dispose of this? Seems very dangerous with all the kids that play there. Also, have people seen this before?
"The biggest volunteer event of the year is tomorrow! Thank you for joining your neighbors at any of 1,000+ locations throughout California for #CoastalCleanupDay 9am-noon. It's not too late to make plans to help out! Visit http://coastalcleanupday.org"
From Hog Island: To celebrate Hog Island Oyster Co.'s 35th Anniversary we launched these Ocean Film Nights on the Farm, in partnership with San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

Our last Film Night is Saturday, September 22. 5:30 - 8:00 PM - featuring Blue Serengeti with guest speaker David McGuire. Tickets are $55 each which includes entrance to the film and reception with oysters, beer, wine and light 'snacks from the sea'. This is a fundraiser, with 100% of ticket sales donated to sharkstewards.org

Hog Island FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/395175854338044/?event_time_id=395175867671376

About Blue Serengeti
Blue Serengeti (USA), Robert Nixon, 2017 IOFF OCEAN SCIENCE AWARD. Vaster than the Great Serengeti Parks of Africa, the Pacific Ocean is brimming with its own predators who swim across the ocean to feed on the abundant prey in the waters of theCalifornia National Marine Sanctuaries. Renowned Stanford University marine biologist, Dr.Barbara Block, uses cutting edge camera tags to track the movements of marine creatures, giving us a rare, first-hand perspective on the life of a great white shark.
TRAILER: https://vimeopro.com/user21783508/blueserengeti
A nice sunrise over Olema post fire this morning.
“Investigators said the vegetation fire near the east border of Samuel P. Taylor State Park northeast of Lagunitas was caused by a downed power line at the base of the south side of Mount Barnabe around the Ridge Trail. It was reported around 7 p.m. Monday.” FULL STORY: http://amp.ktvu.com/news/fire-in-marin-co-caused-by-downed-power-line?__twitter_impression=true
What resources did you use during the Irving Fire and were they helpful? What could be improved? Please leave your answers in the comments. Some examples:
- Nixle
- Alert Marin
- Fire Public Information Hotline
- Twitter accounts (like Marin County Fire)
- Facebook pages (like CHP Marin)
- Friends Facebook posts
- Listened to scanner on Broadcastify
- Listened to KWMR
- The West Marin Feed Facebook page
- The West Marin Feed web page
- Anything else?
Thanks to all the incredible hard work by local and state fire agencies, it appears the Irving Vegetation Fire is under control with minimal damage. From Marin County Fire: “Update: all evacuation orders are now lifted! All roads have been reopened, though some homes will be without power until noon tomorrow, including the 200 & 300 blocks of Arroyo and the 100 block of Portola. Please contact @PGE4Me for additional outage info.”
A number of people have mentioned hearing this in the comments, “Heard 8 gunshots early this am in Inverness, around 4. Second valley. Very disconcerting. Anyone else hear them? or know anything about it?”
Via Marin Country Fire, "#IrvingFire Update: Sir Francis Drake has reopened between Nicasio Valley Rd and Platform Bridge Rd. Arroyo Road remains closed. Evacuation orders are still in place for Mountain King Road, Portola Ave and Alamo Way. Please stay out of evacuation area until orders are lifted."
Via Marin County Fire: "Fire suppression getting easier now that air support is available. Thanks to @CAL_FIRE @SantaRosaFire Tomales Volunteer Fire, Sonoma Valley Fire and @CHPMarin for their assistance today. #IrvingFire #WestMarin #MarinCounty"
Via Marin County Fire, “#IrvingFire Update: Lagunitas School is closed for the day, per school superintendent. School campus is unharmed, but many staff and students are evacuated and are unable report to work.”
If you haven’t already signed up for Alert Marin, NOW IS THE TIME! We use Alert Marin to send emergency alerts (like evacuation orders) to you via text, email, or cell phone. Sign up multiple numbers in your household. Get started at AlertMarin.org. #IrvingFire
Update on Sir Francis Drake road closure from Marin County Fire, “Re: road closures: students, parents and teachers will be allowed through.”
Lucas Valley Road is open and Nicasio Valley Road is open as well. Seems like cel service is down for much of Inverness Park and Point Reyes.
Via Marin County Fire: “#IrvingFire Update: Lagunitas School will be open for school with no restrictions. Current road closures: All of Arroyo Road; Sir Francis Drake between Nicasio Valley and Platform Bridge Road. #WestMarin #MarinCounty”
From Marin County Fire: “#IrvingFire Update: Fire estimated at 100 acres, 10 percent contained. Approx 150 structures are threatened, but none damaged so far. No new evacuation orders underway, though the upper part of Forest Knolls and Lagunitas are under a warning.” No word if SFD is open yet.
"They have also closed Sir Francis Drake just before E. Cintura. We went to try to get our cats out, and they wouldn't let us up. If anyone sees two kitties (one Calico and one with tiger stripes) near 30 La Vuelta, they belong to the Averbacks. Please DM if you think you have them." - Karintha Touton Averback
Last update until the morning. I'll be up at 6am. Thank you to all the firefighters working through the night to keep us safe. "Road Closures due #IrvingFire on Mt. Barnabe: All of Arroyo Road and Sir Francis Drake between Nicasio Valley and Platform Bridge Road. Please avoid the area. #WestMarin"
Sounds like 20-30 acres have burned so far. Its gone over the top and into some drainage. Some structures have been damaged. Multiple water tenders and bulldozers are being scrambled.
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