Trash is not only unsightly in our communities, it enters waterways, polluting the water and hurting the environment and wildlife. Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) is partnering with local anti-litter coalitions, collectively referred to as Clean Marin, to put on the inaugural Trash Summit on Wednesday, November 1. The free event will be at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/ma
"The debate over the future of ranching in federal park lands in West Marin is underway and support for the practice was voiced this week as hearings kicked off. National Park Service officials held a pair of public sessions — one in Point Reyes, the other in Sausalito — to look at the various alternatives for ranching. The park service’s initial proposal would allow existing ranch families to continue beef and dairy operations with 20-year leases, the agency announced earlier this month." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/busines
From Bob Raines, Superintendent of the Shore Unified School District, "On the morning of Monday, October 30, 2017, the SUSD buses did not run. Early that morning, and the evening prior, all of the district's bus drivers except one called in sick. As soon as the district learned this information, a phone message was sent to all parents via School Messenger letting them know that there would be no bus service. In addition, various other classified employees, including most food service employees, also called in sick. The district has no further information at this time. Although the district and the classified union currently are involved in contract negotiations, the district does not believe the events of today are related because a sick-out or strike would be illegal and a violation of the good faith negotiating principle, neither of which we would expect from our dedicated and hard working staff. We took all steps necessary to minimize the impact on students, including providing food service. We sincerely apologize to the students and their families who rely on bus service and were unable to attend school today as a result. We are in the process of securing substitute bus drivers to prevent this situation from occurring in the future. Thank you."
"The Point Reyes Disaster Council invites everyone to the 31st annual Pancake Breakfast at the Point Reyes Station firehouse on Sunday, October 29, starting at 8 am. The benefit is sponsored by the Marin County Fire Dept. Our wonderful firefighters from the Marin County Fire Dept./PRS firehouse and from the Inverness Volunteer Fire Dept. will be cooking up pancakes and assorted breakfast eats. Come on down and help us thank them for their 24-7 protection of our community. As always, there will be a raffle and silent auction and various outdoor activities like fire truck rides, a fire safe house and, just possibly, Smokey the Bear himself!"
"Día de los Muertos in Point Reyes - Join us for this special annual community event featuring Aztec Dancers, Coro de los Muertos singers, a procession down main street, Day of the Dead pageantry, a blessing of the altar, Mexican food, drinks, and surprises. You are encouraged to dress in Day of the Dead finery.
2:30-4:30 Face painting at Ernesto’s Studio next to Cafe Reyes patio. 5:00-6:00 Procession down main street. Meet at Gallery Route One. Bring pictures and mementoes of loved ones to carry in the procession and place on the altar in the Dance Palace. 6:00-8:30 pm - Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Ceremony and Celebration at the Dance Palace, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station."
From the Southern Marin Fire District: "The severity of fires in our community has taken many lives, property, and most of all our spirits. For the past 5 years us local firefighters have created a bike drive for kids for Christmas. Due to what is happening we think now is the most appropriate time to pull together, donate bikes, and put a smile on families faces." GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/ptpvu FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/south
"Before a throng of bicycling advocates, including three of his alleged victims, a Novato man accused of intentionally striking cyclists with his pickup truck was handcuffed in court Thursday and thrown back into jail with an increased bail. “We are asking for full enforcement of the law,” said Jim Elias, executive director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. The man would face up to five years in prison if convicted of all the charges, said Assistant District Attorney Barry Borden." FULL STORY: http://www.mercurynews.com/201
Power outage stinson Bolinas. From Bolinas fire chief, Anita Tyrrell-Brown, Bolinas-Dogtown: "Cypress tree down with PG&E pole and lines. Horseshoe Hill road closed. PG&E will have to replace pole and wires, unknown time for power restoration or road opening."
This one is the real deal, be safe. "A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the entire coastline between Sonoma County and Monterey County between 6PM Thurs. and 6PM Fri. However, timing may need to be extended in later updates. #CAwx #highsurf #ripcurrents #beachwx #swell 🌊"
Thanks to everyone who commented on the wild animal post I put up this morning to help quickly debunk it. I should have fact checked that before posting. Lesson learned. Here is better information: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/
Via Amanda at KWMR - "Important info regarding wildfires: The City of Santa Rosa, FEMA, and the California Office of Emergency Services, the County is opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at 427 Mendocino Ave. A LAC is a one stop shop for people who have been impacted by these terrible fires, to access critical resources such as: ○ A FEMA Disaster Response Center to provide direct assistance, ○ DMV services to help people to obtain documentation that may have been destroyed, ○ Insurance claims, ○ Small Business Administration Services, ○ and a cadence of County Services.
The site will be wheelchair accessible and Spanish translators will be available and will be open from 9:00AM until 7:00PM for at least the next two weeks and likely longer. ● Buses will be available at Safeway at Hwy 12/Calistoga Rd. for anybody who needs alternate transportation.
● Shelters are not checking immigration status, however they may ask for identification. The purpose of this is to locate missing persons. You do not have to provide identification and you may only share your name if you choose.
● Call 707-565- 3856 to report a missing person or a person who has been found.
SPANISH: La Ciudad de Santa Rosa, FEMA y la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia de California, y el Condado están abriendo un Centro de Asistencia Local (LAC) en 427 Mendocino Ave. LAC es una ventanilla única para personas que han sido afectadas por estos incendios, para acceder a recursos críticos como:
Un centro de respuesta desastres de FEMA para brindar asistencia directa, Los servicios del DMV para ayudar a las personas a obtener documentación que fue destruida, Reclamos de seguro, Servicios de administración de pequeñas empresas, y una cadencia de servicios del condado.
El sitio estará accesible para sillas de ruedas y habrá traductores españoles disponibles. Estará abierto de 9:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. durante al menos las próximas dos semanas y probablemente más largo.
Autobuses están disponible en el Safeway situado en la Hwy 12 y Calistoga Rd. si necessita transporte alternativo.
Los refugios de emergencia no están revisando el estado migratorio, sin embargo, podrían pedir para identificación. El propósito de esto es localizar a personas desaparecidas. Usted no tiene que proporcionar identificación y sólo puede compartir su nombre si lo desea.
Llame a 707-565-3856 para reportar una persona desaparecida o una persona que ha sido encontrada."
"We are trying to determine how many evacuees are are staying in homes in our communities (Inverness, Inverness Park, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Marshall (not including Marconi CC). We want to get information to them as we get it. We need help from homeowners that have housed evacuees in their homes with them or in rentals they own. This may be a fluid number, changing a lot, but the count we are looking for is how many heads are on your pillows at midnight! We do not want your name (may be unavoidable if in your email), your address, your guests' names or addresses. All we need is a, "Yes I have (# of evacuees), (# pets)." Please reply as soon as possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Thanks in advance. Lynn, Point Reyes (West Marin) Disaster Council"
"Ordered a HEPA air purifier with delivery expected Monday. My daughter was a month in to her viral cough when she was exposed for 24 hours to ash and smoke Sunday 11PM- Monday 11PM. She's in distress even after a week shut tight indoors pumped full of herbal tea and resting. Anyone have a spare, small HEPA air filter to loan for the next few days? Our cabin is tiny; any spare small HEPA will do. Something ugly this way blows. Just smelled it 3/4 up up here on Drakes View Drive." - Deirdre Nemmers
From Lynn Axelrod, our disaster preparedness coordinator.....
Help is needed to relieve the volunteers at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall for dinner prep/cleanup TONIGHT! And for weekend shifts this weekend if you can swing it. The original set of volunteers need a break.
Dinner prep/serve is 4 to 6:30pm Clean up runs until 8:30pm
PLEASE CONTACT LYNN IF YOU CAN HELP - give her your name, email and phone contact and when you can work her email is best - email@example.com then cell phone - 415-663-8400
TWMF had not been able to keep with with latest evacuee/volunteer situation in West Marin. Does anyone have updates? I know there were many families in town last night looking for shelter. AirBNB has put together this program: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome
Via Debbie Daly - "Evacuation shelter update from the Dance Palace: I just spoke with Bonnie. They served over 200 people in the past two days with shelter, meals, clothing, etc, thanks to the wonderful help of many people in the community. Starting tonight, the shelter operation is in the process of being moved up to the Marconi center, where evacuees are being provided with comfortable rooms and their pets are allowed to stay with them. Dance Palace is serving dinner tonight and is staying open in case anyone else shows up tonight. Donations of food and supplies are no longer needed, however volunteer help will be needed at the Dance Palace tomorrow (Wed) to lend extra hands to a big cleanup operation and to help transport supplies up to Marconi and to return other borrowed supplies. Dance Palace have been working around the clock, sleeping at work etc. Staff from West Marin Community Services have also been instrumental. Thanks to these pillars of our community! Donations are in order and are appreciated at dancepalace.org and westmarincommunityservices.org."
"Arson is suspected in a hillside fire that scorched about half an acre in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael on Tuesday morning. San Rafael firefighters battled and rapidly extinguished the blaze that broke out around 8:15 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing from the scene, said San Rafael Battalion Chief Jeff Rowan. Anyone with information was encouraged to contact authorities." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general
"Just received word that fire evacuees are walking around Pt. Reyes with cats and no carriers. We could help with that. Please notify Kathy at Planned Feralhood if you see someone in need of help with their cats. 415-663-8497 or 415-634-8324 cell." - Kathy Runion
The Dance Palace is temporarily sheltering people until the school is open. If anyone is able to donate the following it would be very much appreciated: -Adults diapers -children's diapers size 4 -dog food Also, if anyone is going over the hill we have had many requests for face masks (the hardware store in town is out)
"Urgent PSA for anyone with a horse trailer in north bay. Chalk Hill Ranch near Healdsburg needs emergency help. They have 54 horses in dire need of transportation to get off the ranch. Phone number is 707-433-1804 if you can help."
"More fire evacuee shelters: Presbyterian Church in Tomales, Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, Community Center in San Geronimo Valley." - via KWMR, stay tuned to 90.5 for more updates on the radio
"Fire Evacuee Info: Dance Palace still has room for limited # of evacuees at 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. Camping is also available at the Bear Valley visitor center and parking lots, but there are no emergency supplies available there. Please let people who are looking for assistance/space know."
NWS Bay Area: "Updated #GOES16 satellite imagery around 12:45 AM Monday shows wildfires continue to spread in N Bay, including #AtlasPeak Fire in Napa Co. Fires being fanned by strong/dry northeast winds. Colors in image represent heat with oranges/reds signifying hottest parts of fires. #cawx"
via CHPMarin - SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: "Thank you everyone for all of the tips and information regarding the bicycle collision on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road on Saturday morning. Your help has proven invaluable yet again. We received numerous tips that lead us to a house in Novato where our officers located the vehicle involved in the collision. Shortly before midnight, approximately 12 hours after the collision, Marin CHP officers along with members of our Investigative Services Unit placed the driver under arrest." FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/chpma (thx SD and SL)