This happened a week ago Inverness. "A bobcat just climbed up to our neighborhood osprey nest (they come every year to the same spot) and killed the female who has been sitting on the nest for the last couple of weeks. Heartbreaking. Honestly, I love bobcats, but I also love our ospreys and was looking forward to the new brood." Apparently it was the female osprey in the nest while the male was gone. The bobcat snuck up on her. Story and photo by Raven Gray.
Sounds like PG&E is trying get the breakers that tripped back up and are bringing in some huge generators to try and restore some partial power tonight. But power will probably be up and down for at least the next 24 hours depending on the load. So prepare accordingly. (Thx RJ)
Crazy story: "Investigators now believe several hundred thousands plants (native succulents called Dudleya farinosa) worth tens of millions of dollars on the Asian black market have been torn illegally from bluffs along the Northern California coast over the past several years, in some cases stripping whole areas of the plant species, said Adrian Foss, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife." LINK: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9327697-181/plant-smugglers-take-massive-toll
Anyone know what kind of gun this was? Via the PRNPS, "Park Rangers need your help! If you visit the park, you may have noticed the new message boards placed around the park. Unfortunately, the one located at Pierce Point Rd and Sir Francis Drake was vandalized by gunfire late last week. The vandalism occurred in the overnight hours of 2/28. Park Rangers are asking anyone with information regarding this illegal act to send us a direct message, or contact Point Reyes National Seashore Dispatch at (415) 464-5170. Thank you to all who help us protect Point Reyes and report incidents they see throughout the park. (mh)"
"Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed between Platform Bridge Rd and the entrance to Samual P Taylor State Park due to a large tree down. Marin County Fire Department crews are working to cut up the tree but it will likely take at least an hour. Use alternate routes. Update: @marin county department Marin County Public Works is on scene and estimating the road will be closed until 10AM. Use an alternate route." - CHPMarin (thx LP and BE)
“The next storm system will bring rain and wind to the area Tuesday through Wednesday. Impacts include minor flooding of roadways and small streams, small rock/land slides, and isolated power outages.”
Happening today, March 3, from 3pm to 6pm: "Please join us in a celebration of the life of Byron Muntyan. We will be gathering at the Dance Palace to enjoy music, food, and memories of Byron. If you would like to help with setup at 2:30 or clean up after the event, please let us know."
A rainy Sunday afternoon puzzle. A reader sent in the cover of this book published in Inverness (1976?) and is about Inverness. Does anyone know anything more about the book or the author? Some of the text from the book in the comments.
Storm clean up continues in Inverness where a clogged culvert is causing water flow issues. Thanks to Marin Public Works for being on it (and cleaning up that huge slide across from the boatel). (Thx SC)
The water on Levee Rd. has subsided but the 'road closed' signs are still there and apparently the CHP is asking people not to drive on the rode until DPW has a chance to clear off the debris from the flood. Apparently driving over it now with the debris damages the road. I heard that CHP had stopped some folks who drove through and asked them not too.
Levee road is closed. Bear Valley Rd is open. You can get to Point Reyes from Olema on Rt 1 (minimal flooding). PR/Petaluma Rd is open. Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax open. Lots of slides and debris, drive safe. Thank you to Marin Public Works for getting up super early and clearing slides and trees.
This is an incredible story from West Marin resident William Barrett that happened on Lucas Valley Rd. on Monday night. Drive safe everyone. Thank you to all the emergency crews in West Marin who keep us safe. "Rainy night. Dark country roads. Overturned car in a rapidly rising creek. Got there just before all the emergency crews. Me and my little flashlight looking for anyone in the car. The door on the downside, in the water, was open and I was dreading seeing a body further down the creek. Luckily (?) the lone occupant was caught up in their seat belt and still in the car but unable to get out. Heroes arrived and I left. Whew." MORE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/william.barrett1/posts/10156979155942726
Bear Valley Rd is open and passable but getting to Point Reyes via Rt 1 gets challenging right at Marin Sun Farms. We saw cars drive though, but it’s risky. Trucks are going through Levee Rd, but not advised.
"Point Reyes Hostel is welcoming all evacuees of flooded homes from West Marin we will comp tonights' stay. Please call the office for details 415 663 8811 or if you make it up here just turn up by 10pm!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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"