Via Marin County Sheriff as of 7:50pm: “The following road closures will remain in effect until further notice while fire crews remain on scene: Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Shoreline Highway and at Platform Bridge Road. Residents and visitors are requested to stay away from the area and use alternate route to access Point Reyes Station and Olema.”
Black Mountain in Point Reyes post fire. Thank you to all the local and county emergency crews who did an amazing job responding to and containing what could have a very nasty fire. Marin County Fire Department CAL FIRE Marin County Sheriff's Office
“Currently, no structures are threatened by the #BridgeFire and no evacuation orders are in place. Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Platform Bridge Road and also at Shoreline Highway. Please avoid the area and keep roadways clear for firefighting personnel. At #BridgeFire, our Deputy Chief Mark Brown is calling it 10 percent contained and 35 acres. Five fixed-wing aircraft are refilling retardant at Santa Rosa airport.” - Marin County Fire
“The fire at Black Mountain in Nicasio is up to 25 acres and more engines are on the way. “It’s moving at a moderate to rapid rate of speed and has the potential of 30 to 40 acres." -- #MarinCounty Fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown, on the fire near Nicasio.” A fire helicopter couldn’t come from SF due to fog. Bulldozers are being scrambled to build breaks. Flames started at the road and have shot up to the top of the mountain.
Via KWMR, “Vegetation fire reported on Point Reyes Petaluma Road in the vicinity of Platform Bridge Road. Fire personnel are responding. Traffic control will be in effect. KWMR updating every 15 minutes.”
Via KWMR “Much of West Marin lost power early this morning (8/8) due to a tree that fell on power lines and a blown transformer. PG&E cut power remotely to the area to avoid further issues. Highway 1 was closed for a short time while Fire Crews cleared the tree. PG&E is still repairing the outage in Olema. Highway 1 is open. Live programming will resume on KWMR at 8am.”
TWMF will be on vacation and offline for a couple of days, so no updates until next week. Hopefully things stay quiet and safe. One note, “Marin Century this Saturday will mean major disruption for anyone using Petaluma Rd, Nicasio Valley and Lucas Valley Road.” - Thx JS
“Shoreline Unified School District invites the public to join a facilities needs prioritization meeting on Tuesday, July 31st, at 6:00 pm at the Tomales History Center. We will also discuss funding options for the facilities projects, including a possible general obligation bond. Projects under consideration involve all five school sites. Please join us.” - via Madeline Hope
"It is with great sadness that I must announce that Planned Feralhood will no longer be able to offer the service of our TNR - Trap/Neuter/Return/Feed & Monitor program for feral cats. Nor will we be able to provide a foster and adoption program for kittens.
Planned Feralhood has provided these services to the West Marin community, primarily around Point Reyes Station, free of charge and on a voluntary basis for the last sixteen years. We succeeded in bringing an explosion of feral cat colonies in 2002 to a zero population in 2017. This was achieved through the constant monitoring of cat movement in our community, and the immediate response of trapping any new cats and kittens who appeared, having them neutered, and getting them adopted or safely placed. Every year I have tended to several new cat and kitten appearances, and kept the feral cat population at zero.
Sadly… last October a business owner in Point Reyes Station started a new colony of un-neutered cats when the female they brought onto their property as an outside cat had kittens. This person refused the free services of Planned Feralhood to spay, neuter, and vaccinate the group, and ignored the information that we gave them on how these cats would proliferate, move out into town, and lead into a new feral cat population explosion in a matter of months. Now those kittens are having kittens, and the reports are coming in that they are appearing and spreading throughout the town.
At the same time, Planned Feralhood and I have been sued for taking back an adopted cat who had suffered abuse and neglect. This suit has been very taxing.
I have been on my own doing this work for the last ten years. Over the course of the sixteen years Planned Feralhood has been in operation, I built a sanctuary for the cats I encountered along the way with no other options for a place to go. These cats are special needs, elderly, and behaviorally compromised. I am unable to take any more cats into the sanctuary. My mission now is to ensure that these cats are cared for and are able to live out their lives in safety and peace. This takes all my strength and attention, and any funds that we are able to raise need to go toward food, sanctuary, and veterinary care. Due to health issues and finances, I simply am not able to start all over again with the TNR and kitten program.
If there is anyone in the West Marin community who would like to do any portion of this work, I can provide some training, resources, and equipment. Otherwise you may find help through Marin Friends of Ferals, Marin Humane, and Jake’s Place Cat Rescue. All have web pages and Facebook pages.
The Point Reyes Animal Hospital has participated in a feral cat voucher program provided by Marin Humane, where trapped feral cats may be brought in for spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations free of cost. You should talk to Dr. Whitney ahead of time and make a plan for trapping and bringing the cats in. Contact Keri Fennell at Marin Humane for vouchers.
For more information on Trap/Neuter/Return and humane feral cat management, please Google Alley Cat Allies.
I want to thank each and every person who has supported Planned Feralhood over all these sixteen years. We could never have accomplished saving thousands of cat lives without it, whether it be donations, service, or just spiritual support. Dr. Mary Whitney at the Point Reyes Animal Hospital deserves recognition for her invaluable contribution to the neutering and care of all the cats that went through our program. Thank you to Keri Fennell and Marin Humane for supporting the feral cat program and for their vouchers which made it possible to use our own local clinic. Thank you Marin Friends of Ferals for all you do. Thank you to Dr. Lilliam Alfaro at The Loving Kindness Veterinary Clinic in Stinson Beach for her help.
We are still a 501(c)(3) non profit public charity who is supporting forty cats in sanctuary with us, so we will continue to ask for donations for that aspect of our work as we continue forward. My hope is that others in West Marin will carry on this most satisfying work of the humanitarian care of feral cat colonies. Please…. when you see a cat in need, seek help and guidance from the resources I have listed above. If each neighborhood will take care of its own homeless cats, then there will be no more feral cats."
Thank you, Kathy Runnion Founder & President Planned Feralhood Point Reyes Station, CA
"Point Reyes National Seashore invites you to the 38th Annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10 am to 4 pm. Please join us for this traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Coast Miwok and other local American Indians at a variety of informational booths." LINK: https://www.nps.gov/pore/plany
“It appears West Marin voters will get to decide in November whether they want to approve an increase in the area's transient occupancy tax.
On a first reading Tuesday, Marin County supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to put a measure proposing the tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot. The board is scheduled to take a second and final vote on the ordinance on July 31.
The proposal would boost the transient occupancy tax (TOT) from its current 10 percent level to 14 percent for any hotel or short-term rental in West Marin. The measure would also include a 4 percent TOT for private campgrounds in West Marin.”
Heard lots of chatter about a huge boat in Tomales Bay last week. David Kramer sent over a photo of it (on the left). The boat left and I didn't think much about it until it showed up during the SF Giants game on TV over the weekend. Living large. Anyone else see it when it was here?
"FOUND: Keys w/ Red Key Chain, Lock, and a Metal Part (Possibly to a Toolbox or Lock?)
Hello Neighbors! We found the keys w/ red key chain attached, lock, and metal part (pictured below) TODAY (Thursday 7/12/18) at approximately 1:30pm in the crosswalk at the intersection of Bodega Avenue & Washington Avenue here in Sebastopol. We took the keys etc. directly to the Sebastopol Police Department, so if they're yours, you'll find them there. (We also posted on Nextdoor.) Please SHARE – thank you!
Edit: ➡️ Chris W. on Nextdoor commented: "That is a hitch lock for a fifth wheel hitch. The keys look like typical trailer hatch keys. Somebody is gonna really miss these!"
Edit: ➡️ Jim N. on FB commented: "The bar goes to a hitch lock... guessing for a boat since the key has a floater! Don't think a fifth wheel can have one of these!"
"Coast Guard Housing Meeting This Thursday! We’re getting ready for Thursday’s public listening session about how to turn the closed U.S. Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station into affordable homes. The session starts at 6:30 p.m. in West Marin School’s large gymnasium (11550 State Route 1). We’d like to tell you more about what we have in store before, during and after this bilingual meeting.
We’ll have presentation materials in English and Spanish online at www.marincounty.org/coastguard. At the meeting, there will be remarks by Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and a representative of Congressman Jared Huffman followed by a panel discussion, all translated into Spanish. The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube and archived in its entirety for later viewing. If you’d like to follow this issue, subscribe to receive e-mailed updates about the Coast Guard property from the County of Marin.
Light snacks and child care will be provided at the large gym at the West Marin School during the session and starting at 6 p.m. We hope you’ll join us. We will be listening!" - Marin County Community Development
"A motorcyclist was pronounced dead after a collision with a vehicle Monday (July 10) afternoon east of Tomales. The collision was reported at about 3:30 p.m. on Tomales Petaluma Road near Twin Bridge Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
An off-duty paramedic came upon the scene and reported that the motorcyclist was dead, said Battalion Chief Bret McTigue of the Marin County Fire Department. No significant injuries were reported in the vehicle, a Toyota Highlander that sustained major front-end damage, according to the CHP."
Via PRNPS: "A Limantour Road fire update 9 PM - We had successful drops of water from the helicopter and were able to more accurately estimate the size between 2-3 acres.We have a hose lay around the perimeter but have not dug a line around the whole area yet. We will have crews overnight on watch. Cause of fire was a motorcycle accident; rider is okay."im
Via PRNPS “An update as of 6:54 PM - there is a helicopter on scene available to drop water along with several engines. Crews from @PointReyesNPS , @marincountyfire working on this fire. Still ~ 4 acres and over 60% contained.”
From PRNPS: “A small fire off of Limantour Road between Muddy Hollow and Bayview is now up to 4 acres and is not fully contained.” It’s about a quarter of a mile from the youth hostel. Guests were originally told to evacuate, but are staying for now. Lots of smoke. (Thx AE)
Via KWMR: "Fire units are responding to a vegetation fire at Limantour road reported to be 1/4 acre with slow rate of spread." Anyone else have details? I've heard reports of spotter planes on the scene.
Apparently there is an aggressive bird on 3rd street near the trees next to Caballine in downtown Point Reyes that is attacking people. I've heard three reports about this, anyone else been a victim? I'm assuming a mother guarding a nest?
🔥High Fire Danger🔥 today. No beach fires. Info: go.nps.gov/19wxa1 Remember, all 🚫FIREWORKS are illegal🚫 on NPS lands and in Marin County. Help protect your National Parks by following all applicable fire regulations. Have a safe weekend and enjoy the holiday.(mh)
IMPORTANT: "FYI- Point Reyes Gas Station is closed Friday and will reopen Saturday am. The transfer of ownership happened at noon today and all the computers/gas pumps and inventory is being changed over. There should be plenty of gas for 4th of July week." (thx SS)
"Greenbridge Gas & Auto, the only gas station along Highway 1 from Bolinas to Bodega Bay, is changing ownership next month. Redwood Oil, a California company that owns 23 stations from Cotati to the Oregon border, has purchased the company and the property, which includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot building that houses four businesses and three residential units. Kentfield resident and president of Redwood Oil Julie Van Alyea said residents of Point Reyes Station can expect “business as usual.” There are no plans to change rental agreements for any of the tenants and the only changes planned for the gas station are a number of minor upgrades. The station’s three current employees will all keep their jobs." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a
Point Reyes Farmers Market starts today: “Join us to sound the opening bell and toast to a brand new season! We will hold our traditional front porch toast at 9AM with beverages from Wild West Ferments. At 11AM, following Christian Caiazzo’s Chef Booth Demonstration, Michael Pollan will be inside the barn at Toby’s Feed Barn signing copies of his new bestseller, “How to Change Your Mind.” Books are now available for purchase at Point Reyes Books and will be available inside the barn on Saturday.”
“The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth's people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and Fête de la Musique celebrations.”
"A collision with a ship is likely to blame for the death of a blue whale that washed up on a Point Reyes beach Monday afternoon. The whale was first spotted Saturday near the Farallon Islands by a whale watching tour group. Pictures showed the blue whale stomach extremely bloated as seagulls scavenged the animal's remains. Two days later, the carcass washed up south of Limantour Beach, where scientists were able to examine the 62-foot juvenile female. They found the blue whale had a severed spine and bruising to its ribs and jaw. The Marine Mammal Center said injuries of those kind were likely caused by a ship collision."
Still time to get to Ez’s lemonade stand inOlena, hurry! “Yup. We’re at it again. And this time we’re setting up our stand at Sea to See in Olema! This Sunday, stop by for a cold glass of lemonade and toast remission with us. It’s been 4 years since EZ finished 52 weeks of chemo, 50 radiation treatments and countless dressing changes, pokes and blood draws. I’m thankful each day for his health but keenly aware that most cancer kids are not as fortunate. To date, we’ve raised $17,644. That’s 353 hours of research! Link in bio for donation page. 💯 tax deductible! 🍋#alexslemonadestand #lalovesalexs #rhabdomyosarcoma #ropo41 #zekeisyoda”
"No, unexpectedly, the toughest part of the 7.5-mile Dipsea, a topographically schizophrenic romp which was first run in 1905, could be mental. It is knowing that the slowest runners are given head starts and the fastest ones begin at the back. It is like unloading a zoo’s worth of animals in reverse order of mobility and releasing the cheetahs at the end." FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0
Saw them at the farm stand on the Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd, anyone know what they were looking for? “This weekend was a very busy for the Marin Sheriff's SAR Unit. We had 24 members working a large area evidence search with Solano County SAR in West Marin.”
"Heal The Bay, which annually rates water quality at beaches along the U.S. West Coast, just gave Marin County a near perfect score from 31 weekly samples taken last year." LINK: https://healthebay.org/beach-r
This rare blue-eyed coyote spotted in Point Reyes could be one in a million. “I’ve never seen this,” says Juan J. Negro, a senior researcher at the Spanish Council for Research in Seville, Spain, who has studied animal coloration for over 25 years." FULL STORY: https://news.nationalgeographi
The Mariners from Point Reyes won the West Marin Little League AA championship last night over the Diamondbacks at Warner Field in Woodacre. It came down to the very last pitch, crazy game. (Full disclosure, I’m on the coaching staff of the Mariners)