“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)
"The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a motorcyclist in West Marin. The crash happened shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday on Highway 1 just south of Fairfax-Bolinas Road. A witness reported that the motorcyclist slid off the road and into a rocky area of Bolinas Lagoon, the CHP said." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
"Many of you know Byron, who for many years ran the kite shop, Into the Blue" here in Point Reyes. Our friend Byron needs a caregiver 7 mornings a week. He has advanced Parkinson's disease. Right now he can only afford a caregiver 3 mornings a week. He has been recently hospitalized after having a bad fall while alone over Memorial day. We want to be sure that Byron has the care he needs when he comes back from the hospital. This is urgent and we need the funds as soon as possible."
“Please join us for the 70th Western Weekend celebrating the rural roots of West Marin on June 2nd and 3rd and be a part of the fun! Pick up your entry forms for Sunday's Parade at the Building Supply now! And this year, you can buy some raffle tickets there as well, which help support our Jr. Grand Marshall Program. Also selling raffle tickets is Mollie Donaldson, currently our only Jr. Grand Marshall applicant, though applications will be accepted through May 21 (see TBYCLounge.org for application information).
On Saturday June 2, the Point Reyes-Olema 4-H Club will kick-off the weekend at 1pm with the West Marin Fair. This year they will have many projects and display, some small animals, along with food, fun & games. Then stick around for GRO Artists in the Schools opening celebration, the Salsa Tasting contest, West Marin Choir and Children's Choir, Taco dinner, Barn Dance, announcement of Grand Marshall, Jr. Grand Marshall and raffle winners and more!
The Western Weekend parade begins at noon Sunday June 3rd. The parade is followed by the usual events at Toby’s Feed Barn including live music, the Farm Bureau’s famous Chicken Barbecue, 4-H Desserts, Halleck Creek-Cow Flop, The Rotary of West Marin-Chili Cook-Off and Sacred Heart's hosting a Mexican food both this year as well!
We are still working out the details for the Non-Profit EXPO to follow the parade--contact Madeline Nieto Hope at 415-446-8587 for questions and suggestions!
We are pleased to have community collaboration for this annual activity and acknowledge the West Marin Lions Club for hosting this annual celebration with great support form West Marin Rotary, the Farm Bureau, Toby's Feed Barn and many, many others.
Madeline Hope and Rhonda Kutter on behalf of West Marin Lions Club”
“As of 1:30 PM, CHP reports that there is a severe traffic alert and an accident with injuries on CA-1 at Fairfax Bolinas Rd in Marin County. A one-way traffic control is in effect. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.”
If you're in the East Bay, go check out the J.B. Blunk exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. "Discover northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art’s inseparability and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk’s muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California" LINK: http://museumca.org/exhibit/jb
“KWMR Is 19. Come celebrate with us at Lagunitas Brewing Company on Monday, May 14 from 5:30 -8:30pm. West Marin School Rock Band and Gospel Singers open for Marble Party. Bridget is making a cake and The Bodega Food truck will be there! Gonna be a fune one. $5 at the door, kids under 10 are free!”
"PLEASE SLOW DOWN! It is that time of year and fawns are darting across many park roads. Drive slower so we can give the black-tailed deer a chance to survive. Thank you." - via PRNPS. Photo by Maria Kacavas via Point Reyes Safaris.
Cover story of the East Bay Express: "After being reintroduced to the park in 1978, Tule elk are now numerous at Point Reyes National Seashore. While naturalists view their comeback as a success, local ranchers consider the large deer pests that compete with their cattle for food." FULL STORY: https://www.eastbayexpress.com
Bill Press discusses his life as a political commentator, columnist, and radio and TV personality on Thursday, May 3 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Presbyterian Church in Point Reyes. He will talk about his hometown and family, his studies of philosophy and theology, and his long commitment to politics and media.
A benefit for Indivisible West Marin and West Marin Standing Together. Books will be available at the event by Point Reyes Books.
A West Marin ranch and couple featured on the cover of the NY Times magazine this weekend. "Peggy Rathmann and John Wick on their Marin County ranch, where an atypical approach to land conservation led to unexpected success." FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0
Two emergency incidents today. A bicyclist was injured on PR/Petaluma Road around noon and people reported seeing a lot of police activity on Route One north of Point Reyes around 7:00pm. Not much information available on either incident, hopefully everyone is ok.
"This Underwater Drone Could Find The Lost Plane Clint Eastwood Crashed In 66 Years Ago: In 1951, the future film star went down off the California coast in a Navy Skyraider. The plane’s been missing since then–but that could soon change" Whoa. FULL STORY: https://www.fastcompany.com/40
On March 11, 2018 at the Dance Palace Community Center Organized by Kathy Hartzell, Inverness Association Moderated by Dick Spotswood Sponsored by the Inverness Association, Marin County Fire Department, Fire Safe Marin, West Marin Rotary, KWMR, Point Reyes Village Association, and Audobon Canyon Ranch. Here is the audio of that session, a lot of very important information in here, highly recommended: http://kwmr.org/post/7491
Via CHPMarin Facebook page: "This morning at about 1AM we received a call of a vehicle in the submerged in water on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness. The call came in from a citizen who had picked up the driver and driven them home. When our officer arrived on scene and found the nearly completely submerged vehicle, we determined it would be safer for everyone to recover the vehicle during daylight.
This morning, we called the total experts at Diego Truck Repair and they came out with all the needed equipment...swim trunks and a huge truck and were able to recover the vehicle."
“At the library, reports are coming in of a dog that looks very lost by the Green Barn in Point Reyes. Description is a medium built, black shaggy dog ( might have some border collie) with some white markings running around, scared of people trying to help it. Hope the owner sees this!” (Thx NH)
“The National Park Service was forced to close a parking lot at Stinson Beach for the weekend Saturday after it was heavily damaged by flooding. The heavy rain Friday night caused the small creek that normally runs through and underneath the parking lot to flood.” FULL STORY: http://abc7news.com/weather/st
Nice story about the original Point Reyes Life Saving Service by KQED: “I think they were kind of a different breed of individuals,” says Dell’Osso. “So I'm not sure if they were frightened, or they were, like, gung-ho to go out.” STORY: https://www.kqed.org/news/1165
User Report: “I just drove into Bolinas and flooding is pretty bad between the nursery and past the school up toward Mesa Road. I got through driving a mid-sized car, but wasn’t sure I was going to get through. There was fire personnel down by the school.” (Thx RG)