Meteors are flying in the skies tonight and tomorrow night. The bad news is that the bright supermoon is interfering with this year’s 2014 Perseid display, washing out all but the brighter Perseid meteors on the peak nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13 (we give the nod to the night of August 12-13). The good news is that, according to NASA, the Perseids have more fireballs – or bright meteors – than any other annual meteor shower.
Huge show tonight in Point Reyes. Local musical hero Jesse DeNatale performs with very special guests Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkin. Music starts at 7 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn, in Point Reyes Station. Tickets are available for a $20 donation at the door and in advance at slimspresents.com or by calling Toby’s at (415) 663.1223. A raffle and silent auction will be held during the evening; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Here is a video of Jonathan Richman and his band, The Modern Lovers, which recorded the legendary 'Roadrunner' in 1972. And I don't say legendary lightly. Don't miss it.
Two big events tomorrow: The Inverness Fair by the Inverness library from 9am to 3pm. Music, food, books and all sorts of great stuff. Later, The Lucid Art Foundation presents “Night of Rhythm and Poetry: From Formless to Form,” featuring poetry and recitations by Fariba Bogzaran and Kim Rosen alongside Middle Eastern, Persian and classical Indian music, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dance Palace.
A letter released today shows that twelve ranchers resigned on July 25th from the Point Reyes Ranchers Association. If anyone has any further details on the story, please let me know. Here is the letter.
Well. I was trying avoid DBOC talk this week but signs are getting spray painted, emotions are running high and there is quite a brouhaha breaking out over at the Point Reyes Light FB page. Apparently half the Point Reyes Ranchers Association resigned recently in response to the handling of a letter to Cicely Muldoon. The resignation letter is posted there along with a full explanation (see the comments on the post). Would love to hear what else people know about this because it probably won't be published in either of the local papers (or at least it hasn't yet from what I can tell). Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/point
"National parks in Marin County brought $496 million in spending to the area and helped employ 5,505 people in 2013, according to the study. In 2012 the figure was $469 million. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods National Monument generated about one-third of the overall $1.5 billion visitors spent in association with national parks in California in 2013." http://www.marinij.com/marinne
"On August 5, 1973, Park Ranger Kenneth Patrick was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at Point Reyes National Seashore, California. The vehicle that he stopped contained several members of a militant group, known as the Black Panthers. One of the men opened fire on Ranger Patrick with a 9 mm handgun as he approached the car, wounding him. Ranger Patrick was wearing a winter coat and was unable to draw his weapon. Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/10
Via Richard Dillman, "More Point Reyes Potties - Marin County ranger installs screening behind which lurks a row of porta-potties along the south wall of the Grandi Building. Rejoice, ye visitors with full bladders!" I've noticed these things springing up around town...
On the sports front, former Inverness resident (and former Boston Red Sox) Jonny Gomes was trading to the Oakland A's this morning. He must be stoked to be back in the Bay Area. Oh yeah, and Cespedes was traded too. Trade:http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/ Gomes From Inverness story: http://www.marinij.com/marinne
Via Phoebe Bryan, "Hello. My families dog went missing today From my dad's shop blue slide art tile. We think he might have gotten picked up by someone because he didn't have a collar. Here is his picture."
For all of you not participating in the 'healing advocates' group hug, there is a farewell ceremony tomorrow at 11am at the Drake's Bay Oyster Company out in the park. It will last about an hour and parking is limited, so plan accordingly. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/pages
Lots of great photos of old school Marin and some of West Marin in a new Facebook page called 'Lost Marin'. We should start something like this for out here. Hmmmmm. (thx Marc). https://www.facebook.com/group
From the police reports this week. Wild baby pig? Lost baby pig? Dangerous baby pig? Reminds me of rabbit sketch from Monty Python's The Holy Grail: Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum? Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones! King Arthur: Go on, Bors. Chop his head off! Sir Bors: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!
It's going to get wild today! We've got the Farmer's Market in the morning, then Far West Fest in the afternoon and an after party at the Old Western Saloon. Plan your travels around town accordingly and we'll see you out at Love Field! More information here: http://farwestfest.org/
"Allies of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Friday they had secured an agreement with the National Park Service to give the embattled Marin County oyster farm 30 days’ notice before ordering it to shut down operations in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The agreement “ensures the status quo,” enabling oysterman Kevin Lunny’s company to continue harvesting oysters until a competitor, Tomales Bay Oyster Co., can get its case before a federal judge, possibly in September, said Stuart Gross, a San Francisco attorney representing Tomales Bay." http://www.pressdemocrat.com/n
Update on the warm water situation: "Wondering why our local ocean temps are so warm? Hint: not #elnino! Lack of upwelling the reason." Water temps are dropping fast right now. - via NWSBayArea https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea
Marin County authorities are warning hikers to beware of a man claiming to be a park ranger who in the past month has kicked dogs, taken photos of women with a cell phone and given out false information about dog rules. (thanks Sharron) http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/