01/05/19 - Saturday at 05:18pm
Rainbow snuck in between storms in Point Reyes today. #rainbow
01/04/19 - Friday at 08:42am
From DC: “And now the Senate has adjourned until Tuesday afternoon. That means no action on the partial shutdown until next week.”
From PRNPS: “Restroom facilities remain limited, not serviced, and may not be available. Restrooms are currently not available at Bear Valley, Palomarin, Divide Meadow, Drakes Beach, & McClures Beach. Restrooms can close without notice. Please use the restroom before entering the park. Park regulations, including violations of a closure orders, wildlife harassment, pet restrictions, and improper disposal of human waste, remain in effect and are enforced.”
01/04/19 - Friday at 08:42am
From Bay Area NWS: “Rain will return to the area this weekend as the first in a series of storms arrives. Additional systems will bring more rain and possibly gusty winds into the middle of next week.”
01/03/19 - Thursday at 03:36pm
Green Hauling LLC out of Novato is donating time to come out to Point Reyes to collect trash at high impact areas starting today.
01/02/19 - Wednesday at 12:46pm
Found out at the beaches in Point Reyes.
01/02/19 - Wednesday at 12:46pm
From Marin Public Works: "What should you do with your old #Christmas tree?!? Don't let it end up in the #landfill, make sure it gets into the #compost! Each town/area in #MarinCounty has different #recycling requirements, so here's a helpful cheat sheet: https://bit.ly/2BHR7nR
01/01/19 - Tuesday at 11:53am
“Visitors to West Marin who lodge in short-term rentals will have to pay a 14 percent transient occupancy tax starting Tuesday, thanks to the passage of Measure W. The tax, which was approved by 76.53 percent of the voters in November, is a 4 percent increase to the existing 10 percent transient occupancy tax. Campers in West Marin will now also be subject to a 4 percent TOT fee.”
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/1
01/01/19 - Tuesday at 11:53am
“The government shutdown is impacting services at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. On Sunday, park officials announced unsanitary conditions and public safety concerns are prompting the park to close more of its facilities. On any given day, the park has about 80 to 90 employees. It’s now down to 8 to 10 people on duty who are mostly park rangers.
With the lapse in federal funding, the park announced popular Palomarin parking lot and trailhead is now closed. Dirty restrooms there are creating a health hazard. Drakes Beach is also closed to protect pregnant elephant seals and the public from aggressive male seals.”
FULL STORY: http://www.ktvu.com/news/gover
12/31/18 - Monday at 01:22pm
Spotted on the levee road outside of Point Reyes Station. Seems like a solid message for 2019. (Thx SP)
12/31/18 - Monday at 01:07pm
It wasn't our most popular post in 2018, but it was one of our favorites. Dream a little dream.
12/31/18 - Monday at 09:03am
If you're looking for something to do tonight, local legends El Radio Fantastique are playing at The Western. If you do go out, please, be safe.
12/30/18 - Sunday at 12:55pm
CONDITION UPDATE FROM Point Reyes NPS:
- Public access to the Palomarin Trailhead has been closed due to health and safety concerns. There is no vehicle access beyond the paved portion of Mesa Road.
Remember, restroom facilities and trash service are very limited throughout the park.
-Public Access to Drakes Beach south of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center is closed for public safety concerns.
Remember, restroom facilities and trash services are very limited throughout the park
12/29/18 - Saturday at 08:19pm
Apparently the Marin County Sheriff handed out some tickets to bicyclists today on Rt. 1 in Marshall. Not sure about the details, but interesting to see that it does happen. (Thx ECV)
12/28/18 - Friday at 08:48am
NWS: “Clear skies, light winds, and a dry air mass this weekend will allow temperatures to drop to some of the lowest values so far this season. Many areas will see temperatures fall into the 30s.”
12/26/18 - Wednesday at 09:51pm
Going to be windy tomorrow, batten down the hatches. From NWS Bay Area: "Northerly winds are forecast to increase Thursday morning, with widespread gusty winds expected by midday, especially in the hills and locally in northeast Contra Costa County. Winds will diminish at lower elevations Thursday Night but remain gusty in the hills."
12/25/18 - Tuesday at 08:22am
Power is out in parts of Inverness Park this morning. PG&E has no estimated time of restoration yet. "Our preliminary determination is that your outage was caused by an equipment issue." Check status here: https://m.pge.com/#outages
12/24/18 - Monday at 01:59pm
“The community Christmas Eve Candle Lighting & Carols Service, led by members of the West Marin community, celebrates the universal meaning of the Christmas story. For the last many years it has been at the Dance Palace, but given that they no longer allow the lighting of candles, the Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church has opened their doors for the service to be held in their sanctuary this year. It takes place on Monday evening, December 24th at 5:15 P.M.”
12/24/18 - Monday at 01:46pm
An update on that crash, “Not all heroes wear capes. This Poncia Trucking driver ditched his rig today to avoid a car that pulled out in front of him. Quite the Christmas gift.” We saw the other car in the ditch, a hero indeed. Thanks @timmy_the_drain
12/24/18 - Monday at 10:49am
Bad accident on the PR/Petaluma Rd. Everyone looks ok, drive safe, it’s very slippery.
12/24/18 - Monday at 08:42am
Another sign of the government shutdown in Point Reyes. #governmentshutdown #cypresstreetunnel
12/22/18 - Saturday at 03:01pm
Bear Valley visitor centered closed. “During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Some Point Reyes National Seashore areas are accessible; however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. For more information, see nps.gov/pore/index.htm”
12/22/18 - Saturday at 02:31pm
Medical emergency, Reach helicopter transporting someone from Inverness. Hopefully they’re ok.
12/22/18 - Saturday at 07:37am
No word on what shutdown means for the park, but the salmon are running. From PRNPS: “This year is the largest #coho run in Point Reyes in over a decade! Park biologists saw almost 100 adult coho and over 50 redds (nesting sites) while surveying Olema Creek yesterday. #ParkScience”
12/21/18 - Friday at 05:14pm
Happy Winter Solstice! And here’s to days getting longer! Sunset at the big beach in Point Reyes.
12/21/18 - Friday at 04:33pm
Tide was super high today at the boatel in Inverness. From Bay Area NWS: “Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 8 am to 12 pm tomorrow due to large tidal fluctuations (King Tides). High tides will occur mid morning followed by extreme low tides late afternoon. Exact height and timing will vary. Please visit: bit.ly/2AahDWO for specifics”
12/21/18 - Friday at 01:13pm
It’s elephant seal time in Point Reyes and this gentleman demonstrates exactly what not to do. Please keep your distance. #selfie
12/19/18 - Wednesday at 05:49pm
Anyone else see this in the sky tonight? This is from Nicasio. (Thx CL)
12/17/18 - Monday at 07:41am
“The Trump administration signaled its support Wednesday for Rep. Jared Huffman’s controversial bill to extend the leases of several historic Point Reyes National Seashore ranches. The bill seeks to fulfill a 2012 promise of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the ranches to provide them longer leases so as to improve their economic security and decision-making.” FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/1
12/15/18 - Saturday at 06:10pm
Big thresher shark washed up on the beach in Point Reyes. #shark #beach (thx NW)
12/14/18 - Friday at 08:48am
From NWS Bay Area. This is a serious one, be safe. "Very large WNW swell to arrive Sunday and Monday. Cold and unforgiving Pacific waters accompanied with large waves are life threatening. Keep a safe distance from the ocean. Please don't become a statistic. Every year we lose many people to the cold waters of the Pacific. On Sunday long period waves will arrive along the coast. These high energy waves will run high up on area beaches. Sunday nite and Mon seas in excess of 20 ft will pound the coast."
12/13/18 - Thursday at 07:41pm
"The Geminid meteor shower, expected to peak late Thursday and early Friday, promises to be the astronomical apex of 2018. With hundreds of meteors sailing across the night skies, Earthlings are in for quite a sight. And best of all, Thursday’s weather in the Bay Area is expected to cooperate nicely: Forecasts call for clear skies with inland temperatures dipping into the mid-40s. The slow-moving Geminids are unique because they’re only one of two showers that originate from an asteroid instead of a comet. And with their full basket of meteors annually piercing the night sky for as many as eight hours, the Geminids are a favorite among astronomers." FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/
12/13/18 - Thursday at 07:47am
Looks like a BMW slid off the road on Sir Francis Drake in Inverness by Redwood. Hopefully everyone ok. Road should be clear in a couple of minutes.
12/11/18 - Tuesday at 10:26pm
From a TWMF follower: "Gunshots detected twice in Inverness Park over the last few days. Friday night around 7pm, and last night around 10pm. As an avid hunter/sportsman, it sounds like a small caliber handgun coming from Carmencita or Laurel. One shot and done. Racoons? Remember, it's illegal to fire in a residential area. Know your target and beyond."
12/11/18 - Tuesday at 06:24am
Super thick fog this morning, drive safe.
12/08/18 - Saturday at 02:23pm
"A California sea lion tracked since its birth seven years ago was recently found dead with several gunshot wounds on a Point Reyes National Seashore beach (Kehoe), the national park reported Friday. It is one of hundreds of gunshot cases that have been documented by local marine mammal rescue officials over the years. John Dell’Osso, the national seashore’s chief of interpretation and resource education, said a visitor found the male sea lion a little more than a week ago and snapped a photo of it, which showed it had gunshot wounds." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/1
12/07/18 - Friday at 11:57am
From local artist Whitman Shenk: "My ceramics exhibit opens Friday December 7th at Toby's and runs through the month. Opening reception is Friday the 7th, 4-7pm. I'm proud to share these pots which represent the last two years of my work. We will have cheese and wine for the adults and pizza for the kids, hope to see you there." MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/event
12/02/18 - Sunday at 10:23am
There has been a helicopter flying low for extended periods of time over Nicasio the last two days, anyone know why? Search and rescue? Commerical?
12/01/18 - Saturday at 09:08am
Keep it local! "Dance Palace Artisan Craft & Holiday Market in Point Reyes: This 48th annual event offers art and fine crafts from favorite local artisans and new offerings including an expanded holiday market and live entertainment. The festivities kick-off on Friday evening, November 30th will the tree lighting and Path of Lights where local Point Reyes merchants stay open late. Papermill Creek Children's Corner has delicious baked goods, and there will be hearty fare from Inverness Park Market and scrumptious Straus Organic Eggnog! On Saturday and Sunday the Dance Palace is alive with lively entertainment, local West Marin makers selling handcrafted treasures, a kid's make and take craft station, youth vendors and Santa just might make a visit! Free Admission."
12/01/18 - Saturday at 09:08am
"This Sunday (Dec 2) El Radio Fantastique will rock this benefit for our dear friends Stefanie Keys-Pisarczyk, and Michelle Lujan. Bring your love and goodwill, and let's help them heal. All Ages Food/Bar, Sliding Scale $10- $10,000 Roasted vegetables "pot au feu" over dolcini ranch polenta Turkey cooked around the clock over a mash of table top farm potatoes Mugs of Olema butternut squash soup pointed out by giant grissini Buffalo milk ice cream cones Super chocolate and rye brownies" LINK: https://www.facebook.com/event
11/30/18 - Friday at 07:17am
Stunning sunrise between storms in Inverness. #sunrise
11/28/18 - Wednesday at 09:46pm
Tomorrow could be very windy and rainy. Lots of accidents out there today. Please stay safe. From NWS Bay Area. "Shower activity becoming more widespread as vigorous front approaches the coast. Locally heavy rain possible though the remainder of the evening and overnight. Gale warnings are in effect tonight through Thursday for the coastal waters, Monterey Bay, and northern San Francisco Bay. Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected. Winds will switch to westerly on Thursday."
11/28/18 - Wednesday at 08:24am
UPDATE: Clear now. Looks like an accident on Lucas Valley in the turns. Traffic backing way up, use alternative route.
11/25/18 - Sunday at 11:22am
From PR Light “The Board of Supervisors has approved new speed limits for three sections of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Drivers traveling from Platform Bridge to Highway 1 in Point Reyes Station will have to slow down from 50 mph to 45 mph. The segment from the Marin County line to the McEvoy Ranch will see a decrease from 55 mph to 50 mph. From the Red Hill summit south to the Spaletta Ranch—a distance of less than half a mile—there will be an increase from 40 mph to 45 mph.” Be safe!
11/24/18 - Saturday at 09:19am
Black Saturday at The Palace Market in Point Reyes.
11/24/18 - Saturday at 09:02am
Open Studios in Point Reyes this weekend. A great way to spend a rainy day, see some cool spaces and excellent art. https://pointreyesart.com/
11/22/18 - Thursday at 05:49pm
“Power outage in Nicasio. 115 affected.” Thx CL
11/22/18 - Thursday at 04:15pm
Hope everyone is having a nice Thanksgiving, it you’re looking for something to do this Friday night, check out the Haggards Fifth Annual Black Friday Show at The Western starting at 8:00pm. Always s good time.
11/21/18 - Wednesday at 07:03pm
A reminder: “Thanksgiving Day is still garbage day West Marin, please have your cans out so your drivers do not have to come back. I am your commercial Garbage driver and I’ll be in Bolinas in the morning, so be sure not to park in front of any dumpsters please.” - Kirk
11/20/18 - Tuesday at 05:47pm
Smoggy skies lifted and a beautiful sunset snuck in at North Beach before the storm shows up. #sunset
11/18/18 - Sunday at 08:56pm
Bay Area NWS: “Two storm systems are forecast to sweep across our region this week: The first is due in late Tuesday night and Wednesday and the second from late Thursday evening through Friday. Here are forecast rain totals for both systems combined.”
11/17/18 - Saturday at 07:27am
NWS Bay Area: “Latest HRRR smoke model output shows little improvement in air quality across the #BayArea through at least midday Saturday, with slight improvement forecast by late Saturday afternoon and evening. A significant pattern change appears likely starting around the middle of next week, with the potential for widespread periodic rainfall during the second half of the week.”
11/16/18 - Friday at 10:59am
Smoke just seemed to really fill in through Inverness.
11/16/18 - Friday at 06:37am
Air quality is predicted to be particularly bad today. San Rafael and San Francisco are in the 200 and above range. Haven’t seen a reading for West Marin yet, but Novato public schools, Marin Waldorf and San Domenico are closed. Stay inside if you can, wear a mask outside.
11/15/18 - Thursday at 02:47pm
Brazzistance Samba & Bossa Nova @ Sir & Star in Olema tonight at 6:00pm.
Gil is a recent arrival from Rio where he played in the Musica Popular Brasileira band scene for many years. Gil plays guitar and vocals and writes many of the songs. Steve, poet, & percussionist, plays bossa londres beats on
Featuring special Brazilian Cuisine from Sir and Star Chefs Daniel DeLong and Margaret Grade will be serving Feijoada Sumptuous Brazilian stew
to accompany the catchy beats and suave melodies of Musica Popular Brasileira
11/14/18 - Wednesday at 03:45pm
The meeting is tonight from 5pm - 7pm at The West Marin School gym in Point Reyes.
"The National Park Service announces a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a General Management Plan Amendment to address all lands currently under agricultural lease/permits within Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
With this announcement, the Park Service introduces a broad range of alternatives for the plan from twenty-year agricultural lease/permits with diversification and increased operational flexibility, to reduced ranching, no dairy ranching, and no ranching alternatives. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also include a range of alternatives for the management of tule elk in the planning area, from elimination to active management to expansion of the Drakes Beach herd.
The Park Service’s proposed action would allow existing ranch families to continue beef and dairy operations with twenty-year lease/permits, tule elk in the Drakes Beach area would be managed at a level compatible with authorized ranching, and the proposed action would identify improvements to the visitor experience, management strategies to protect park resources, and visitor carrying capacities within the planning area.
This announcement also initiates a thirty-day public comment period from October 31 to November 30, during which the Park Service will host two scoping meetings. The meetings will be identical in format and are intended to share information and gather public comments for use in shaping the plan."https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn
11/14/18 - Wednesday at 01:06pm
"Hey West Marin! PG&E called and told me today they were going to charge me $435 if I chose NOT to upgrade to a smart meter. Anybody else getting that notice?" - Bonnie Porter
11/10/18 - Saturday at 05:32pm
PRNPS: “For those wondering if you can escape the smoke at the coast, it’s not likely. All of Point Reyes National Seashore is under a layer of smoke like the rest of the Bay Area. The air quality is expected to remain poor throughout the weekend.(mh) 📸:NPS Photo (closed road)”
11/10/18 - Saturday at 08:34am
West Marin looks pretty clear on this model. “The latest experimental near-surface smoke forecast continues to show smoke from the #CampFire impacting much of the Bay Area today and possibly into Sunday. #CAwx” full animation: https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea
11/09/18 - Friday at 07:40am
Starting the day like we finished yesterday. Air quality is red, stay inside if you can and take care of yourself. #sunrise