WESTERN WEEKEND! Lots of events happening: - Friday: El Radio plays at The Western at 9pm - Saturday: 4H Fair at Tobys: 10am - 1pm - Saturday: Barn Dance at Tobys, 7pm - 10pm - Saturday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm - Sunday: Parade at noon in Point Reyes - Sunday: The Haggards at The Western at 9pm
Mercury News laying it on thick. Point Reyes: A picturesque Northern California retreat. "Hey, Elizabeth," a handsome farmer in a white truck called out as he slowed. "We're going clam digging with the kids!" For a moment, I felt like Angela Lansbury in Cabot Cove with the incredible urge to jump on an old bicycle with a basket and wave back. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay
Summer Brennan presents an interesting perspective on the Sheriff's calls, curious to hear what others think, "Brennan, who spent five months reporting for the Light in 2012, also told a story about her grandmother, whose death in 1997 followed a long and painful illness; the death was reported in the Sheriff’s Calls. “There it was, between humorous anecdotes about escaped cows and neighborly squabbles,” Brennan wrote. “I felt something like a rock falling in my heart to see it there, presented as entertainment. I felt sad and exposed. I wished fervently that it hadn’t been included. No one had asked us.”" http://www.slate.com/articles/
Well, that's not a nice way to say thank you. "An intoxicated man suffered a head injury Tuesday night after falling from rocks on the south side of Stinson Beach, and was arrested when he became combative with fire rescue personnel, the CHP said." https://www.youtube.com/watch?
"A man who was abalone diving with four other men died in Tomales Bay Tuesday morning, a National Park Service spokesman said. The men began CPR and eventually called for help, Dell’Osso said. They got the stricken diver back in the boat and brought him to Lawson’s Landing. Marin County paramedics continued resuscitation efforts, but the diver was pronounced dead." http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.c
An informational meeting discussing a proposed re-design and renovation of the Health and Human Services’ West Marin Service Center takes place tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the small gym at the West Marin School, in Point Reyes Station. Learn about the project from the architects and provide input.
This is nice, and at the same time very sad. Libraries should be open all day, seven days a week. "Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Inverness branches no longer closed for lunch. Thanks to funding from a tax measure, the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) has expanded hours at three West Marin branches, marking the first time in the 87-year MCFL history that the branches will stay open for a full day of service." http://www.marincounty.org/mai
Sir and Star makes Bauer's "Six Must-Visit Restaurants In Marin" list. "Margaret Grade is a neuropsychologist by profession and a poet at heart; her husband, Daniel DeLong, is a wizard in the kitchen." And who is that family in the photo, wait a minute, they look familiar... http://www.sfgate.com/travel/a
A community meeting addressing strategies for navigating local housing takes place tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolinas Community Center, with presentations by the Bolinas Community Land Trust and the Bolinas Community Action Network. A $5 dinner prepared by BoBOP follows the meeting; bring your own plate and utensils.
A potluck celebration of the life of West Marin’s beloved Donna Sheehan takes place today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, with live music by El Radio Fantastique, Danny Vitali and others. Bring finger foods, beverages, flowers from your garden, photos, mementos and notes for a communal altar and memories to share. Photo by Dave Mitchell from his blog: http://www.sparselysageandtime
Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Grandi Building in downtown Point Reyes? Some guy named Shawn Clover went exploring one weekend and took these photos. Bonus trivia: there have been two hardware stores in the Grandi Building in the past, can you name one or both of them? **WARNING: it is illegal to go into the Grandi Building and we do not condone such action, you could end up arrested and/or injured. http://shawnclover.com/2012/12
This will be a wild show, TWMF recommends checking it out. "Extra Action Marching Band plays punk march, with special guest Jessie Evans, at 9 p.m. at the Old Western Saloon, in Point Reyes Station. $5." Watch this vdieo to see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
4:41pm - "There's an accident blocking traffic on Sir Francis Drake headed west just past Papermill Creek Saloon and before you head into Lagunitas. Emergency vehicles on scene. No traffic is currently being let through." (Thx FK)
Slate.com shows the love: "The Point Reyes Light publishes a few dozen such items each week as part of its Sheriff’s Calls column. The column, which is written by the paper’s editor-in-chief, Tess Elliott, chronicles the worries, fears, misfortunes, and mischief that prompt the residents of West Marin to alert the authorities. It is the best police blotter in America, or at least the best one I’ve ever read."
"A dead whale washed up on a Point Reyes National Seashore beach today is the latest of many reported in Northern California this spring, but experts said Wednesday that the influx is probably caused more by strong winds and a large whale population in the area than by any increase in mortality."
"Last night Wharf Rd. was ‘tagged’ with some incredibly toxic and disturbing graffiti on both private and public property including folks' cars, fences, signage, etc. We understand that this has been happening throughout our community for some time, and not a first for Wharf Rd. residents. But last night the ‘taggers’ hit hard. And clearly from the messages they left behind, these are local town folks attacking their own. It’s time to react collectively as a Bolinas community, to reflect, to communicate, to identify the perpetrators, to make them stop this criminal behavior, pay for the damage, and perhaps perform some community work that services Bolinas." - from Bolinas Wharf Rd. Residents.
If you have any info about who might be doing this, please let the Marin County Sheriff know.
This only happens once a year: "The Vedanta Retreat hosts its annual Memorial Day retreat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, meditation, guest speakers Reverend Gwynn Guibord and Swami Atmavidyananda in the morning and a question-and-answer session with Swami Tattwamayanda, the minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, in the afternoon. The bookstore will also be open. All are welcome; leave pets at home. For information, visit sfvedanta.org"
A reminder that it is Memorial Day Weekend, so put on your best attitude and stock up supplies so you can avoid driving as much as possible. Its also Open Studios (art by Tom Killion) which is a great opportunity not just to see great art, but to meet local artists and check out their amazing spaces. More info at: http://www.pointreyesart.com/
Terrible. "Around $5,000 was stolen from the Marshall Store over the weekend, a burglary law enforcement has described as “unusual.” Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the store to find the bolt cut off the front door and, once inside, discovered that both the point of sales system and a cash register—which contained several hundred dollars—were missing. The employee later saw that a safe hidden in the store’s office was also gone, and with it thousands of dollars." - via the Point Reyes Light: http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
"Legislation allowing Marin County to acquire surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for affordable housing was approved by the House of Representatives this week
Huffman said the legislation should have a “smooth path” in the Senate, where senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have introduced a companion measure. Huffman said there is no way of telling when the Senate might act because it “has its own schedule and rhythms,” but noted there is nothing controversial about the proposal. “I hope we can swiftly move this legislation to the president’s desk,” he added.
A nice story in Local Edition about Alexandra Hart who created the legendary book, Funk and Flash with some local faces you know in it. "In 1973, she teamed up with photographer Jerry Wainwright to make a book that chronicled interesting fashions and styles. Together, they interviewed and photographed people who were "making the most interesting, embroidered expressions on ordinary items," coining the term "funk and flash" to describe the innovative, sometimes outrageous, idiosyncratic style of personal decor." http://www.editionlocal.com/al
"As the great nephew of Czar Nicholas II, the last of Russia’s emperors, Andrew Romanoff was fourth in line to the throne, and now, at the ripe age of 92, the oldest living kin." Nice article on Andrew Romanoff in the Chronicle today. An incredible story all the way around. http://www.sfchronicle.com/hom
"The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin holds its annual meeting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center, discussing, among other things, the potential Coast Guard property acquisition and amendments to the bylaws. Includes a light supper and music."
"The body of the fourth missing boater from a doomed fishing party was found on the Marin County shoreline, ending a search effort of nearly a month." This is related to earlier post about the helicopter at Tomales Point which has been now taken down. http://www.marinij.com/general
What should I say? As I left the Public Safety Building in Pt. Reyes the other morning, I watch a woman run a stop sign right in front of the station and then proceed at a high rate of speed NB on Shoreline past West Marin School...while a bunch if young elementary school children were walking home from their day at school!
I stopped the woman (local resident of Inverness) who seemed surprised that I had stopped her. After mentioning her failing to stop at the stop sign and driving over 50MPH past the school kids she quickly pointed out to me that it was OK for her to drive so unsafely explaining to me "But I live here, I didn't think the rules applied to me?"
Finding myself at a loss for words, I explained that there really aren't any "local exemptions in the California Driver's Handbook" I let her go on a warning.
Hi WMF, we have a last minute job opening on our staff for this summer at Point Reyes Summer Camp and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share it? The position is for an Assistant Cook who would be involved in all aspects of running our kitchen with our Chef and another Assistant. We make homemade, delicious food sourced from the best possible local and sustainable ingredients and are a really fun staff! The job announcement and application can be found at http://www.ptreyes.org/summer-
The TWMF does cover Bolinas: "i am wondering if WMF includes news of bolinas. we had a big fire threat last night 5/10/15, @ 3:00am and on into the later morning hours. it was a fire at jack's creek (i heard, unconfirmed) and many fire trucks from many different sources arrived. it is a very difficult location to fight a fire and a very big threat. so, does WMF include info and news of bolinas?" Thanks Jeffery.
It's been a very busy day in the parks today. There was a helicopter airlift for someone at Walker Creek earlier, then a helicopter airlift for someone extremely dehydrated on the Inverness Ridge Trail and now another person needing assistance at Heart's Desire Beach.
Yesterday I found my free ranging chicken dead and partially eaten, I think it happened between 9 and 11 AM. I put her body in the compost bin with a lot of weeds. This morning I found that critter(s) had removed her from the compost bin and eaten/taken her body away. The compost bin was closed and upright. I found an area near the bin with feathers but no body parts. I did some research and it seems that raccoons don’t eat the whole chicken. I’m wondering if it was a bobcat. Any ideas?
Can someone please explain what is going on here? "Shoreline Unified School District’s superintendent is resigning a year after he was let go by the school board and then reinstated by popular demand. Tom Stubbs, 61, said he tendered his resignation April 22 after the school board refused to give him a two-year deal because “I needed to know that I have at least two years to accomplish what’s needed for the district.” His last day will be June 30."
"Legislation giving Marin County the first crack at acquiring surplus Coast Guard quarters in Point Reyes Station for affordable housing was approved by a congressional committee this week and shifts to the full House for consideration."
Jay Soladay, owner of the Point Reyes Surf Shop and Jayli Imports was in Nepal when the earthquake struck. From his Facebook page, "Fears, tears, rubble. Crushed cars, bodies and spirits. Survival and death. Haves and nots. Violent earth with persistent human assault. Staying safe, moving little, knowing what's above in a brick city. 48 hour pounding heart that never sleeps and is always hurting. Huge 6.8 today and a gnarly 5am wake up call. Shacked up now with seven friends glued together while trapped. 3 Nepali, one Danish, Palestinian, Spain and American. We jump and run together supporting all the time. Wish I could have done more!!!!!" Pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/jay.s You can make donations here: http://www.gofundme.com/t9nptk
"Does anyone know why there is so much glass on the beach at Millerton Point? Was there a dump here at some point? I have been picking up glass every time I walk my puppy and today was my biggest haul... 78 pieces at low tide!" - Ciara Cox
Via KWMR: "Swerving Kirven tore it up and now Paul Flowerman with Gregory DeMascio are playing some funky jazz. We still have a $100 challenge grant to meet! 425-663-9050! Give a call!" Paul is one of the best, be sure to tune in and help them out...
The giant bird nerd festival thing is happening this weekend. Lots of great events for big and small people. It will also increase traffic, so take that into consideration when going to get snacks in town.