From Ann Abbott Hildeggard, "what resources are there for those who live on the levee road? I need somewhere to stay..live in the downstairs unit 3rd house down from the green bridge. cold and wet from leaving. please post any info or PM me" Does anyone have some info for her?
From West Marin Share: “If you or someone you know "scored" a stainless steel stand for a table top last week, on the sidewalk by the old Creamery building - BRING IT BACK! It wasn't for "free" - it was CLAM's new table stand for our new table, and we took it out to the sidewalk to CLEAN IT. Can you imagine all the work that went into finding the right table, getting it from over the hill, cleaning it up - so that we might have a nice office to receive visitors? And doing this in the midst of all our other work - and then, when we're ready to put it all together....the stand is gone? Literally, disappeared? Our hearts dropped to the floor. No shame or guilt - we all put things out for free here in West Marin. But this wasn't that. Please drop it back by the CLAM office ASAP. We'll give you a free ceramic CLAM chowder bowl and spoon for your effort. Thank you! - Kim”
“Updated rainfall forecast. Heaviest rain expected from Monday afternoon through Tuesday night, with highest rain totals forecast across the North Bay. A Flood Watch is in effect for #Sonoma, #Napa, and #Marin Counties from Monday afternoon through Wednesday night.”
Inverness water update: “Boil Water Order Cancelled. The State’s Division of Drinking Water has notified us that two rounds of lab results show that tap water in all areas served by the I.P.U.D. Water System is now potable and safe for drinking and cooking. Thank you for your cooperation!” More info: https://www.invernesspud.org/
Update on the Inverness water situation: "Monday, feb. 18, 2019: as of 4 p.M., the boil water order is still in effect for the 185 affected customers. Water samples sent to the lab yesterday all came back negative for bacterial contamination in our water mains and a second round of samples is now at the lab. We hope that if they also come back negative on tuesday morning, the water board’s division of drinking water will give us the all-clear to cancel the boil water order. Check the link below (which has been updated) to see if your property is in the affected area." For latest information and affected areas, go here: https://www.invernesspud.org/
WATER EMERGENCY UPDATE: "2/14/19 – A WATER MAIN BREAK HAS DRAINED PART OF OUR SYSTEM AND SOME CUSTOMERS MUST BOIL WATER FOR 5 MINUTES BEFORE USING IT FOR DRINKING OR COOKING. THIS AFFECTS ONLY THOSE CUSTOMERS WHO EXPERIENCED A WATER OUTAGE EARLY THIS MORNING (FEB. 14). IF YOU DID NOT HAVE AN OUTAGE THIS MORNING, YOU ARE NOT AFFECTED AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE BOIL WATER ORDER. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, CALL US AT 415-669-1414. STATUS UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AT THE INVERNESS POST OFFICE. (SEE BELOW LINK FOR LIST OF AFFECTED AREAS)." LINK: https://www.invernesspud.org/
"Portola Ave is closed near Balboa Ave in Inverness Park outside of Point Reyes Station. Downed tree and power lines. Once power lines are addressed by @PGE4Me, our road crews will handle clearing the road."
INVERNESS WATER EMERGENCY: BOIL WATER NOTICE in Inverness. A major water main break has occurred early today (Thursday, Feb, 14) in the service area of the Inverness P.U.D. Water System. Some areas of town are without water. ALL CUSTOMERS of the I.P.U.D. Water system are advised: DO NOT DRINK THE WATER without first boiling it for five minutes. - via Wade Holland and IPUD
Via Marin County Sheriff: The following are known road closures in unincorporated Marin County: 153 Carson Rd., Woodacre Hwy 1, South of Stinson Beach Hwy 1, between Tomales-Petaluma and Marshall-Petaluma Rd. Lucas Valley Rd between Los Gamos and N/B Hwy 101 onramp Ocean Parkway, Bolinas; between Sycamore and Opal Rd. Panoramic Hwy--Closed Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness between Mt. Vision Rd. and Pierce Point Rd. (high clearance vehicles only) Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness; between Rannoch and Woodhaven (1/2 roadway blocked by tree down)
Basically, avoid the park today. “Road Alert: Pierce Point Rd at Kehoe Beach trailhead is now closed due to road conditions.” Photo is of the flooding by Mt Vision Rd on SFD (by old oyster farm). A car had stalled after going through deep water. Be safe everyone.
Via NWS Bay Area: "Wet weather returns midweek in a big way. What makes this storm unique is its slow-moving nature. The atmospheric river looks like it will stall out just a bit, creating a second, extended wave of precipitation. It will start Tuesday evening then there will be rounds of heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday. It's longer duration increases concerns for flooding. Two to three inches are predicted in the North Bay." Be prepared.
This is a mess if you commute, “#BREAKING: Both the eastbound lowerdeck and westbound upperdeck of the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge are closed after big chunks of concrete reportedly fell from the upper deck onto the lower lanes.”
According to Marin County Sheriff's Office: "It’s snowing on Mt. Tam ❄️. Here’s a view from West Point Inn looking towards Muir Woods." A possibility of more snow in West Marin tonight and into tomorrow.
"In January, on a hike with friends, in a remote part of the park (off Pierce Point Road but not at Kehoe), we found a WWII practice bomb. One of the kids spotted it. It was mostly buried in the sand with just a tiny bit of the back fins sticking out. Initially I thought it was fishing or marine debris, but once we unearthed it, it looked clearly like a weapon. Since we did not know if it was “live”, we left it (it is also illegal to remove things from the park). The Visitor’s Center was closed due to the shutdown, so I called the Sheriff's non-emergency number to report it. I quickly got a call from one of the NPS rangers on duty. The NPS ranger went out for it immediately (a huge thank you to the rangers working during shutdown!). An expert confirmed for the NPS it was an MK 43 practice bomb, which did originally have a charge. The pin was out of this one. Never expected to find WWII weapons (practice or otherwise) in the Park!" - Sarah C. Killingsworth
Drakes Beach (or rather parking lot) re-opened today. It will be open from 9 to 5 on the weekends to see the elephant seal mayhem. A lot of rangers, park staff and volunteers working hard to make this happen. Thank you. Point Reyes National Seashore
ALERT: West Marin folks should be prepared for a very high wind/storm event this afternoon into tomorrow morning. Look out for trees falling and debris in roads. Stay away from downed power lines. Get ready for the power being out. Do not drive into standing water. "In coastal NorCal and even parts of coastal SoCal, this could be strongest wind event in at least several years. Rapidly-deepening surface low near NorCal coast close to historical analogues for major CA winter windstorms. Widespread significant impacts likely."
Get ready. Be safe. From Bay Area NWS: "FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT, Heavy rainfall over a short amount of time will likely inundate storm drains with rapid rises on small creeks and streams. HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT WINDS... Southeast 25 to 40 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph."
Skunk mating season is upon us which means the males who have bad eyesight get crazy and run into the road. Someone put this very sweet sign up in Point Reyes as a reminder to be careful. #skunk #mating #loopy
"In the absence of heavy visitor traffic and regular staff wildlife management, the burgeoning elephant seal colony that has been drifting along the shoreline from Chimney Rock for several years appears to have gotten a foot-hold at Drakes Beach. By Monday, there were about 50 females with 40 pups and more on the way, as well as a dominant bull and several subordinates. Some of them in recent weeks had been found up in the parking lot, under picnic tables and even on the ramp up toward the visitor center, having clambered over a wooden fence and leaving it in pieces. For the moment, the road to Drakes Beach from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is temporarily closed to all motorized and foot traffic, and the shuttle service itself is in question, though park administrators and scientists are trying to work out a plan that would allow the public some opportunity to view the new pupping group safely without disturbing them." FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/local/9221142-181/point-reyes-national-seashore-reopens
Good news via Point Reyes NPS: "We're back online! The park will resume operations on Sunday, January 27,2019 with the Bear Valley Visitor Center reopening at 9am. It will take some time to return to regular operations (eg. clearing trails). Please be patient as we work towards that goal. Stay tuned."
"The county is pressing ahead with new overnight parking regulations on C Street in Point Reyes Station, answering a call from homeowners near the Giacomini Wetlands trailhead to address unlawful activity. The county’s deputy zoning administrator approved a coastal development permit last week, submitted by the Department of Public Works at the request of the Point Reyes Station Village Association for a new parking ban on C Street between Third and Sixth Streets from the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Assuming no one appeals the coastal permit before Jan. 22, the county will set a date for the resolution to come before the Board of Supervisors, the ultimate decision-makers." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/c-street-ban-moves-forward
Community Potluck Fundraiser at the Dance Palace on Saturday, Jan 26 starting at 6:00pm. Share in our community’s kind-heartedness and consideration of those in need at a community potluck fundraiser for local community members, Leah Fritts and Arron Wilder whose families lost their homes and businesses due to the Camp Wildfire. Bring a dish to share and donate what you can afford. Lasagnas - vegetarian or meat options - will be provided. Live music will be provided by Danny Vitali and Friends. RSVP: By Wednesday, January 23, contact Danielle Fogel or email email@example.com.
"A pair of PG&E workers are being credited Thursday with rescuing a man who had fallen down a 30-foot cliff and lost consciousness in a swollen creek in West Marin, according to county officials. At about 4 p.m., the PG&E workers witnessed the man fall along Lucas Valley Road and rushed to his side. Supervisor Todd Beesley, 47, of Antioch, was with lineman Daniel Linn, 40, of Brentwood, and they saw the man fall and hit his head on a rock, the county said. The two workers went down the cliff and found the man face-down in the flooded creek, Marin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeremey Pierce said. They pulled him from the water and rendered aid until emergency responders arrived at the scene, about three miles east of the village of Nicasio. The unidentified man was transported in serious condition to Marin General Hospital. He had stepped out of a vehicle just before he fell, the PG&E workers said." FULL STORY: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/2-PGE-Workers-Credited-With-Saving-Injured-Man-in-Marin-Creek-504529311.html
"Tomales Bay Illness Closure lifted on January 17, 2019, at 12:49 PM. Hog Island Oyster Co. and all other oyster growers in Tomales Bay received an email from California Department of Health (CDPH) Environmental Management Branch on Thursday, January 17, stating that results from the Food and Drug Laboratory reported oyster meat samples collected from Tomales Bay came back negative for norovirus. CDPH has lifted the illness closure for Tomales Bay. Tomales Bay remains closed due to heavy winter rains. Harvesting will resume when the standard rainfall closure is lifted. Hog Island Oyster Co. locations in Marshall, San Francisco and Napa remain open during the closure, selling oysters purchased from trusted shellfish growers in Washington State, and beyond." FULL STORY: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-department-of-health-lifts-tomales-bay-illness-closure-300780670.html
From Marin DPW: "Road Update: Lucas Valley Road is open but is down to one lane near the 6000 block. @CHPMarin is controlling traffic through the one lane section. @PGE4Me still working on power lines. Expect traffic delays. Use alternative routes."
Shoreline Hwy between Olema and Point Reyes is extremely flooded. Use caution if you have to go that way. Should probably be shut down soon. Also, Tomales-Petaluma Road is closed between Shoreline Highway and Twin Bridge Road due to a tree down. #marinstorm
Important info for the morning commute: "Marin County Fire estimates that Lucas Valley Road will remain closed through Thursday evening to complete the work needed to repair the PG&E power lines in the area."
SIGN UP FOR NIXLE ALERTS. Tell everyone you know to sign up for Nixle: "NWS issued Flash Flood Watch for Marin County from 1/16/19 3 pm to 1/17/19 3 am. Time to prepare. The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Bay Area and Central Coast of California. From Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. A strong cold front will bring heavy rain Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning. Urban and small stream flooding will become likely along with rapid rises on main stem rivers. Small creeks and streams may rapidly rise near or above bankfull. Take action now to protect property by sand bagging flood prone locations.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
• Heavy rain may cause mud and rock slides onto roads and areas of urban flooding
• Strong winds may cause travel impacts and areas of downed trees, power outages and property damage"
"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/
"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
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/
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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
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
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”
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”
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”
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
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."