Via Marin County Fire, "An evacuation order is in place for Mountain King Rd, Portola Ave and Alamo down to Barranca. Residents in that area should evacuate immediately to the Lagunitas School and wait for further information. Alamo Rd. will be closed until further notice." LINK: https://twitter.com/marincountyfire/status/1039370126871523328
More reports: "Fire is 5-7 acres (8:47pm), slow rate of spread. Potential updated to 30-50 acres." People in Inverness Park can see the flames from their house. Someone on SFD coming through Fairfax could see flames in the hills in certain spots. Apparently it has taken down some power lines and is moving down into higher fuel areas. But it is moving slow and they think they can get ahead of it. PG&E is starting to disconnect power lines.
Via Marin County Fire, "Residents are encouraged to monitor local news media outlets and follow any further instructions if given by Marin County Fire or Marin County Sheriff. Smoke may be strong in the San Geronimo and Fairfax communities. The Fire Public Information Hotline 415-473-7191." Also turn on Nixle on your cell: text zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts Lagunitas 94938 Forest Knolls 94933
View of the fire in Samuel P. Taylor from Forest Knolls.
Via Marin County Fire: “Vegetation Fire in the area of Samuel P Taylor State Park under Mt Barnabe Lookout. Incident Commander reporting 2 acres, difficult access.”
Current reports. KWMR says “Fire now reported 1 to 2 acres with potential for 40 to 60 acres” another report says “Fire safe Marin reports Fire is now (7:58pm) 3/4-1 acres, slow rate of spread. Very difficult location to access.” Thx SD
Via KWMR “Fire crews are responding to a grass fire about 1/2 acre in size in Samuel P. Taylor park”
This was the helicopter that flew over Inverness last night. I think he’s still missing. “Search and rescue efforts were underway near Bodega Bay Friday night after a man on a commercial fishing boat fell overboard, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Athena Stricker said. A crew member aboard the white 40-foot salmon trawler reported the incident to the agency at 7:48 p.m. using a high-frequency radio.

The commercial boat was about two nautical miles from Bodega Bay, south of Doran Beach, at the time of the incident. The missing man, who was not identified, was fishing without a life vest on when he fell into the ocean, Stricker said.”

FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8717896-181/fisherman-falls-overboard-near-bodega?view=AMP&__twitter_impression=true
Saturday night dance party at The Dance Palace. "Boot scoot on down and kick up your heels. Bring your family and boogie to the swinging sounds of Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Delicious BBQ by Black Start Pig Co. food truck and drink available for purchase starting at 5 PM. Music and dancing from 6 - 9 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults / under 18 are free. Call (415) 663-1075 or go to dancepalace.org to purchase tickets or for more information. Sponsored by the Dance Palace, Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery, Five Brooks Ranch, Side Street Kitchen and KWMR Community Radio."
Jared Huffman, a Marin Democrat, introduced surprising legislation with Rob Bishop, an staunch anti-environment Republican from Utah. Does anyone know why? Even the ranchers seemed to be taken off guard.

"A bill that would preserve the working ranches of the Point Reyes National Seashore by amending the park’s enabling legislation has moved to the floor of the United States House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources decided unanimously to press forward with H.R. 6687, introduced by Representative Jared Huffman and co-sponsored by a Utah Republican, which directs the Interior Department to maintain the ranches in the seashore and the northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

“I’ve been clear on this for a long time—this is what Congress intended,” Rep. Huffman told the Light.

The Natural Resources Committee made fast work of the bill after it was introduced last week. In a rare partnership, Rep. Huffman co-sponsored the bill with Representative Robert Bishop of Utah, the committee chair."

FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/bill-keep-ranches-park-heads-house-floor

Rob Bishop: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/opinion/republicans-conservation-bisho-environment.html
"A woman suffered moderate injuries this morning when she fell about 40 feet from a Mount Tamalpais trail into a creek in Marin County. The woman and some friends were hiking at about 10:40 a.m. today on the Cataract Trail near Cataract Falls, about 2.5 miles north of Stinson Beach and four miles northwest of Muir Woods National Monument, when she fell off the trail and down into the creek. She was located by a CHP air crew in a helicopter, and by Marin County firefighters. A paramedic was lowered down to the woman in the creek using a helicopter. The woman and the paramedic were then hoisted out of the ravine and flown to a waiting Marin County ambulance, said CHP Flight Officer-Paramedic Shaun Bouyea." VIDEO: https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Woman-Injured-In-Fall-Off-Trail-Lifted-From-13200594.php
"Hi there, this sweet little kitty showed up at my friends house two days ago (on the corner of highway 1 and sir Francis Drake) would you mind posting her picture to see if anyone’s missing her? She doesn’t act like a house cat but they just want to make sure no ones missing her. Thanks!"
"Rep. Jared Huffman has introduced a bill that would bolster the continuance of dairy and beef cattle operations within the Point Reyes National Seashore. “This bill provides a measure of support for the continuation of sustainable ranches and dairies as part of the fabric of our spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore, without compromising any environmental standards and consistent with the current General Management Plan update process,” Huffman wrote in a statement last week." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/09/01/huffman-bill-favors-agriculture-in-point-reyes-national-seashore/
For the commuters, “REMINDER: If you ride the 7:50AM Larkspur-SF trip or the 5PM & 6:30PM SF-Larkspur trips, plan to arrive to the terminal early. We're running the smaller Del Norte on these trips for about the next 2 months & the trips may fill up. #Marin #SF goldengate.org or 511”
Mellow sandcastle contest at Drakes Beach today, foggy and cold, but still some great entries. #sandcastle
From the Marin County Sheriff, "It’s a mic drop 🎤
Lt. Doug Pittman has retired. The twitter 🌎 will remember him as our PIO and the leader of connecting us to our communities through social media. We thank Doug for his 33 years of service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement." Thank you Doug Pittman for your service to our community.
West Marin is full of beautiful surprises—and one of the richest is the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s proto-feminist comedy Taming of the Shrew, a play known for its inexplicable about-face toward the end when the fierce and independent female lead, Katherina, suddenly decides to go along with the assigned role of submissive wife.

Hosted by Inverness’ St. Columba Episcopal Church in its restored 1920s amphitheater, Sharon Drake and friends present the Shrew, led by real-life married couple Katie Jay and Stephen Horvat.

‘Taming of the Shrew’ runs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25–26, and Saturday–Monday, Sept. 1–3, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. All shows, 4pm. $25.

preview:
https://pacificsun.com/stage-shrewd-move/

tickets:
invernessshakespeare.brownpapertickets.com
Northern California Fires Affecting Marin Air Quality:
Health Tips for Marin Residents from the Marin County Sheriff's Office:

Smoke from fires in Mendocino County and further north is affecting our air quality and has created a potential health hazard in Marin County.

For the General Public:
Please be aware that with active wildfires and shifting winds air quality can change in a short period of time. Smoke from wildfires can affect health. The most common symptoms are eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Follow these precautions to protect your health. Those with health problems, especially heart or respiratory conditions, should take extra caution:

- Minimize outdoor activities
- Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible
- Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside
Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors
- Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you experience symptoms related to smoke exposure

For Outdoor Workers:
- Limit exertion
- Take frequent breaks
- If prolonged outdoor activity is unavoidable, proper masks (for example N95 masks) properly fitted may protect against harmful exposure
- Consult with your employer if you have specific concerns

For Schools:
- When air quality is Unhealthy, activities such as athletic events or practices should be cancelled or rescheduled. Unhealthy is defined as an Air Quality Index (AQI) above 150. See below for local AQI information.
- Outdoor activities should be limited
- Windows and doors should be kept shut as much as possible
- Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine close at hand

When to Seek Medical Attention:
- Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms that do not improve after moving indoors or into a safe air quality environment:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing
- Chest tightness or pain
- Palpitations
- Nausea or unusual fatigue
- Lightheadedness and/or feeling faint

As always, if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Follow @MarinHHS for updates

For up to date information about air quality in the Bay Area go to: http://www.baaqmd.gov/ and https://airnow.gov/

For up to date information about fires in California go to: http://www.calfire.ca.gov/
2018.
Via Kathy Runion. Listen to the audio, I've never heard anything quite like it. Not for the faint of heart. "I had a pack of coyotes real real close in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure, 1am Saturday night/Sunday morning. I managed to record their vocals, and it does sound like they got an animal. I pray that all pet owners are keeping their animals in at night. I have even had a coyote approach our fencing in the middle of the day in the past. Went out with a flashlight and could hear some rustling in the woods and a very short subdued vocal. This is the fourth time in two weeks I have been startled awake by coyotes in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure. Inverness Park Portola neighborhood. Keep your animals safe in an enclosure, inside, or closely monitor. Could be that they have a den close by."
A middle aged man had a heart attack while surfing in Bolinas today and was found floating face down in the water. Other surfers brought him to shore where they administered CPR and he was helicoptered out to a hospital. No word on his condition. We hope everything is ok.
From Point Reyes NPS: “Sometimes its not just people that need rescue. Park Rangers & Firefighters from @marincountyfire & Inverness Fire Department responded to a fallen horse that was unable to stand. With great teamwork, the horse was safely moved down the trail to an area where it could stand up.”
Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ tomorrow.
A local just contacted me and said a huge peloton just powered through Inverness, up to 75 riders, fully blocking a lane going high speed. This person was stressed and called the sheriff. Anyone else see them?
Apparently all the sirens and helicopters were for a boat rescue. Everything is fine. (Thx BE)
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is closed for restoration & construction until Oct 5. No public access beyond the parking lot. It will be getting a $5 million face-lift that has been two decades in the planning. Full Story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Point-Reyes-Lighthouse-to-close-for-2-month-5-13131363.php
Hearing reports of a collision on Hwy 1 and Marshall-Petaluma Rd, but no details. Hope everyone is ok.
Reminder, the Inverness Fair is tomorrow in Inverness by the fire station. Books, crafts, raffles and more all to support local non-profits. Always a good time. Pancake breakfast starts at 8am, fair is from 10am - 3pm.
Marin County Fire tweeted: “Good news: the #BridgeFire is 100% contained! Cause of fire is still unknown. We expect the investigation to take some time. In the meantime, please help us prevent future fires by incorporating fire safe practices in your community. Visit FireSafeMarin.org for details.”
Via KWMR - “Point Reyes Petaluma Road is open. Just spoke to Marin Sheriff. 7:42 am”
Amazing footage of the Black Mountain fire in Point Reyes (#bridgefire) from the top of the mountain. https://twitter.com/nbcjeanelle/status/1027385621763911680?s=21
Via Marin County Sheriff as of 7:50pm: “The following road closures will remain in effect until further notice while fire crews remain on scene: Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Shoreline Highway and at Platform Bridge Road. Residents and visitors are requested to stay away from the area and use alternate route to access Point Reyes Station and Olema.”
Black Mountain in Point Reyes post fire. Thank you to all the local and county emergency crews who did an amazing job responding to and containing what could have a very nasty fire. Marin County Fire Department CAL FIRE Marin County Sheriff's Office
“Currently, no structures are threatened by the #BridgeFire and no evacuation orders are in place. Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Platform Bridge Road and also at Shoreline Highway. Please avoid the area and keep roadways clear for firefighting personnel. At #BridgeFire, our Deputy Chief Mark Brown is calling it 10 percent contained and 35 acres. Five fixed-wing aircraft are refilling retardant at Santa Rosa airport.” - Marin County Fire
“The fire at Black Mountain in Nicasio is up to 25 acres and more engines are on the way. “It’s moving at a moderate to rapid rate of speed and has the potential of 30 to 40 acres." -- #MarinCounty Fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown, on the fire near Nicasio.” A fire helicopter couldn’t come from SF due to fog. Bulldozers are being scrambled to build breaks. Flames started at the road and have shot up to the top of the mountain.
“Petaluma-Pt. Reyes Road is closed from Platform Bridge to Hwy 1, while @marincountyfire battles a fire on Black Mtn.” Via Marin County Sheriff
Just heard a report that there is a small but growing grass fire on Black Mtn by the gravel pit on PR/Petaluma Road. (Thx XW)
Via KWMR, “Vegetation fire reported on Point Reyes Petaluma Road in the vicinity of Platform Bridge Road. Fire personnel are responding. Traffic control will be in effect. KWMR updating every 15 minutes.”
Via KWMR “Much of West Marin lost power early this morning (8/8) due to a tree that fell on power lines and a blown transformer. PG&E cut power remotely to the area to avoid further issues. Highway 1 was closed for a short time while Fire Crews cleared the tree. PG&E is still repairing the outage in Olema. Highway 1 is open. Live programming will resume on KWMR at 8am.”
TWMF will be on vacation and offline for a couple of days, so no updates until next week. Hopefully things stay quiet and safe. One note, “Marin Century this Saturday will mean major disruption for anyone using Petaluma Rd, Nicasio Valley and Lucas Valley Road.” - Thx JS
“Does anyone know who took away the lovely new bench with the carved heart placed at the beginning of Shell 1? Perfect to dust off the sand and put on your shoes? Was it not "native" enough?” (Thx JL)
TWMF is out of town, but we heard there was a small earthquake in Marin just now. Did people feel it?
“Shoreline Unified School District invites the public to join a facilities needs prioritization meeting on Tuesday, July 31st, at 6:00 pm at the Tomales History Center. We will also discuss funding options for the facilities projects, including a possible general obligation bond. Projects under consideration involve all five school sites. Please join us.” - via Madeline Hope
“Lost Dog: French Bulldog found on Vision Road today and brought to Point Reyes Animal Hospital. Please call 415-497-7256 if you have an information.” - Mary Whitney
“Drift smoke from Northern California Fires in Marin County. There are no active fires currently in Marin.” Ross Valley Fire
"It is with great sadness that I must announce that Planned Feralhood will no longer be able to offer the service of our TNR - Trap/Neuter/Return/Feed & Monitor program for feral cats. Nor will we be able to provide a foster and adoption program for kittens.

Planned Feralhood has provided these services to the West Marin community, primarily around Point Reyes Station, free of charge and on a voluntary basis for the last sixteen years. We succeeded in bringing an explosion of feral cat colonies in 2002 to a zero population in 2017. This was achieved through the constant monitoring of cat movement in our community, and the immediate response of trapping any new cats and kittens who appeared, having them neutered, and getting them adopted or safely placed. Every year I have tended to several new cat and kitten appearances, and kept the feral cat population at zero.

Sadly… last October a business owner in Point Reyes Station started a new colony of un-neutered cats when the female they brought onto their property as an outside cat had kittens. This person refused the free services of Planned Feralhood to spay, neuter, and vaccinate the group, and ignored the information that we gave them on how these cats would proliferate, move out into town, and lead into a new feral cat population explosion in a matter of months. Now those kittens are having kittens, and the reports are coming in that they are appearing and spreading throughout the town.

At the same time, Planned Feralhood and I have been sued for taking back an adopted cat who had suffered abuse and neglect. This suit has been very taxing.

I have been on my own doing this work for the last ten years. Over the course of the sixteen years Planned Feralhood has been in operation, I built a sanctuary for the cats I encountered along the way with no other options for a place to go. These cats are special needs, elderly, and behaviorally compromised. I am unable to take any more cats into the sanctuary. My mission now is to ensure that these cats are cared for and are able to live out their lives in safety and peace. This takes all my strength and attention, and any funds that we are able to raise need to go toward food, sanctuary, and veterinary care. Due to health issues and finances, I simply am not able to start all over again with the TNR and kitten program.

If there is anyone in the West Marin community who would like to do any portion of this work, I can provide some training, resources, and equipment. Otherwise you may find help through Marin Friends of Ferals, Marin Humane, and Jake’s Place Cat Rescue. All have web pages and Facebook pages.

The Point Reyes Animal Hospital has participated in a feral cat voucher program provided by Marin Humane, where trapped feral cats may be brought in for spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations free of cost. You should talk to Dr. Whitney ahead of time and make a plan for trapping and bringing the cats in. Contact Keri Fennell at Marin Humane for vouchers.

For more information on Trap/Neuter/Return and humane feral cat management, please Google Alley Cat Allies.

I want to thank each and every person who has supported Planned Feralhood over all these sixteen years. We could never have accomplished saving thousands of cat lives without it, whether it be donations, service, or just spiritual support. Dr. Mary Whitney at the Point Reyes Animal Hospital deserves recognition for her invaluable contribution to the neutering and care of all the cats that went through our program. Thank you to Keri Fennell and Marin Humane for supporting the feral cat program and for their vouchers which made it possible to use our own local clinic. Thank you Marin Friends of Ferals for all you do. Thank you to Dr. Lilliam Alfaro at The Loving Kindness Veterinary Clinic in Stinson Beach for her help.

We are still a 501(c)(3) non profit public charity who is supporting forty cats in sanctuary with us, so we will continue to ask for donations for that aspect of our work as we continue forward. My hope is that others in West Marin will carry on this most satisfying work of the humanitarian care of feral cat colonies. Please…. when you see a cat in need, seek help and guidance from the resources I have listed above. If each neighborhood will take care of its own homeless cats, then there will be no more feral cats."

Thank you,
Kathy Runnion
Founder & President
Planned Feralhood
Point Reyes Station, CA
"Point Reyes National Seashore invites you to the 38th Annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10 am to 4 pm. Please join us for this traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Coast Miwok and other local American Indians at a variety of informational booths." LINK: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_bigtime.htm
“It appears West Marin voters will get to decide in November whether they want to approve an increase in the area's transient occupancy tax.

On a first reading Tuesday, Marin County supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to put a measure proposing the tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot. The board is scheduled to take a second and final vote on the ordinance on July 31.

The proposal would boost the transient occupancy tax (TOT) from its current 10 percent level to 14 percent for any hotel or short-term rental in West Marin. The measure would also include a 4 percent TOT for private campgrounds in West Marin.”

FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/business/20180717/west-marin-tax-hike-on-overnight-visitors-headed-to-ballot
Heard lots of chatter about a huge boat in Tomales Bay last week. David Kramer sent over a photo of it (on the left). The boat left and I didn't think much about it until it showed up during the SF Giants game on TV over the weekend. Living large. Anyone else see it when it was here?
"FOUND: Keys w/ Red Key Chain, Lock, and a Metal Part (Possibly to a Toolbox or Lock?)

Hello Neighbors! We found the keys w/ red key chain attached, lock, and metal part (pictured below) TODAY (Thursday 7/12/18) at approximately 1:30pm in the crosswalk at the intersection of Bodega Avenue & Washington Avenue here in Sebastopol. We took the keys etc. directly to the Sebastopol Police Department, so if they're yours, you'll find them there. (We also posted on Nextdoor.) Please SHARE – thank you!

Edit: ➡️ Chris W. on Nextdoor commented: "That is a hitch lock for a fifth wheel hitch. The keys look like typical trailer hatch keys. Somebody is gonna really miss these!"

Edit: ➡️ Jim N. on FB commented: "The bar goes to a hitch lock... guessing for a boat since the key has a floater! Don't think a fifth wheel can have one of these!"
New sign in downtown Point Reyes. How does that work with (or not with) the crosswalks? (thx SP)
Five years?
“Great work by @marincountyfire and @NovatoFireDist putting out this 1/2 acre vegetation fire early this morning off Point Reyes Petaluma Road.”
“Car in a ditch beginning of Lucas Valley Road emergency crew on scene already.” (Thx SP)
Good looking sunset in Point Reyes tonight. #sunset
"Coast Guard Housing Meeting This Thursday! We’re getting ready for Thursday’s public listening session about how to turn the closed U.S. Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station into affordable homes. The session starts at 6:30 p.m. in West Marin School’s large gymnasium (11550 State Route 1). We’d like to tell you more about what we have in store before, during and after this bilingual meeting.

We’ll have presentation materials in English and Spanish online at www.marincounty.org/coastguard. At the meeting, there will be remarks by Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and a representative of Congressman Jared Huffman followed by a panel discussion, all translated into Spanish. The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube and archived in its entirety for later viewing. If you’d like to follow this issue, subscribe to receive e-mailed updates about the Coast Guard property from the County of Marin.

Light snacks and child care will be provided at the large gym at the West Marin School during the session and starting at 6 p.m. We hope you’ll join us. We will be listening!" - Marin County Community Development

Details: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2018/cda-coastguardmeeting-061318

YouTube livestream link: https://youtu.be/4X_vaQE7YSs
"A motorcyclist was pronounced dead after a collision with a vehicle Monday (July 10) afternoon east of Tomales. The collision was reported at about 3:30 p.m. on Tomales Petaluma Road near Twin Bridge Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An off-duty paramedic came upon the scene and reported that the motorcyclist was dead, said Battalion Chief Bret McTigue of the Marin County Fire Department. No significant injuries were reported in the vehicle, a Toyota Highlander that sustained major front-end damage, according to the CHP."

FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20180709/NEWS/180709830
Via PRNPS: "A Limantour Road fire update 9 PM - We had successful drops of water from the helicopter and were able to more accurately estimate the size between 2-3 acres.We have a hose lay around the perimeter but have not dug a line around the whole area yet. We will have crews overnight on watch. Cause of fire was a motorcycle accident; rider is okay."im
Via PRNPS “An update as of 6:54 PM - there is a helicopter on scene available to drop water along with several engines. Crews from @PointReyesNPS , @marincountyfire working on this fire. Still ~ 4 acres and over 60% contained.”
From PRNPS: “A small fire off of Limantour Road between Muddy Hollow and Bayview is now up to 4 acres and is not fully contained.” It’s about a quarter of a mile from the youth hostel. Guests were originally told to evacuate, but are staying for now. Lots of smoke. (Thx AE)
Photo of grass fire on Limantour Rd. in Point Reyes. Last update was that it was 1 acre and not moving. (thx AC)
Via KMWR: "The Linantour fire now reported to be 1 acre and holding. Park visitors at the hostel and Clem Miller camp have been advised to remain in place."
Via KWMR: "Fire units are responding to a vegetation fire at Limantour road reported to be 1/4 acre with slow rate of spread." Anyone else have details? I've heard reports of spotter planes on the scene.
The very powerful trailer for the movie Beautiful Boy, based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, who are from West Marin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y23HyopQxEg
Tree down on SFD outside of Inverness Park, one lane, will be cleared soon. (Thx MM)
"The staff at Toby’s coffee bar have set up a projector and are keeping the World Cup games playing all day long." (thx AT)
Apparently there is an aggressive bird on 3rd street near the trees next to Caballine in downtown Point Reyes that is attacking people. I've heard three reports about this, anyone else been a victim? I'm assuming a mother guarding a nest?
“Big tree down on the west end of Bear Valley Road, blocking one lane.” (Thx RG)
Anyone what’s up with the coast guard helicopter? Nothing on scanner.
🔥High Fire Danger🔥 today. No beach fires. Info: go.nps.gov/19wxa1
Remember, all 🚫FIREWORKS are illegal🚫 on NPS lands and in Marin County. Help protect your National Parks by following all applicable fire regulations. Have a safe weekend and enjoy the holiday.(mh)
"California Tortoiseshell butterflies are having a population explosion in Point Reyes! We’ve been seeing LOTS on Bear Valley Rd and Limantour Rd. Please drive carefully!" via Point Reyes NPS
IMPORTANT: "FYI- Point Reyes Gas Station is closed Friday and will reopen Saturday am. The transfer of ownership happened at noon today and all the computers/gas pumps and inventory is being changed over. There should be plenty of gas for 4th of July week." (thx SS)
"Greenbridge Gas & Auto, the only gas station along Highway 1 from Bolinas to Bodega Bay, is changing ownership next month. Redwood Oil, a California company that owns 23 stations from Cotati to the Oregon border, has purchased the company and the property, which includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot building that houses four businesses and three residential units. Kentfield resident and president of Redwood Oil Julie Van Alyea said residents of Point Reyes Station can expect “business as usual.” There are no plans to change rental agreements for any of the tenants and the only changes planned for the gas station are a number of minor upgrades. The station’s three current employees will all keep their jobs." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/greenbridge-gas-sells-state-chain
Trees blown down and resting power lines on Inverness Way, workers on the scene. A tree also blocked traffic on SFD by Balboa earlier this evening. The wind is taking its toll.
Point Reyes Farmers Market starts today: “Join us to sound the opening bell and toast to a brand new season! We will hold our traditional front porch toast at 9AM with beverages from Wild West Ferments. At 11AM, following Christian Caiazzo’s Chef Booth Demonstration, Michael Pollan will be inside the barn at Toby’s Feed Barn signing copies of his new bestseller, “How to Change Your Mind.” Books are now available for purchase at Point Reyes Books and will be available inside the barn on Saturday.”
Take care this weekend, stay alert. "NEW: Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning 🚩, valid for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills from 11 am Saturday to 8 pm Sunday."
“The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth's people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and Fête de la Musique celebrations.”
"A collision with a ship is likely to blame for the death of a blue whale that washed up on a Point Reyes beach Monday afternoon. The whale was first spotted Saturday near the Farallon Islands by a whale watching tour group. Pictures showed the blue whale stomach extremely bloated as seagulls scavenged the animal's remains. Two days later, the carcass washed up south of Limantour Beach, where scientists were able to examine the 62-foot juvenile female. They found the blue whale had a severed spine and bruising to its ribs and jaw. The Marine Mammal Center said injuries of those kind were likely caused by a ship collision."

FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/cause-of-death-whale-farallon-islands-limantour-13010082.php
Another dead whale, this one looks like a blue whale, washed up at a beach in Point Reyes. (thx JS)
Still time to get to Ez’s lemonade stand inOlena, hurry! “Yup. We’re at it again. And this time we’re setting up our stand at Sea to See in Olema! This Sunday, stop by for a cold glass of lemonade and toast remission with us. It’s been 4 years since EZ finished 52 weeks of chemo, 50 radiation treatments and countless dressing changes, pokes and blood draws. I’m thankful each day for his health but keenly aware that most cancer kids are not as fortunate. To date, we’ve raised $17,644. That’s 353 hours of research! Link in bio for donation page. 💯 tax deductible! 🍋#alexslemonadestand #lalovesalexs #rhabdomyosarcoma #ropo41 #zekeisyoda”
Some sort of water situation happening on Tomales Bay, lot of people got dumped in the water, everyone ok now, but lots of sirens and a helicopter were scrambled.
"No, unexpectedly, the toughest part of the 7.5-mile Dipsea, a topographically schizophrenic romp which was first run in 1905, could be mental. It is knowing that the slowest runners are given head starts and the fastest ones begin at the back. It is like unloading a zoo’s worth of animals in reverse order of mobility and releasing the cheetahs at the end." FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/sports/dipsea-trail-running.html
Saw them at the farm stand on the Pt Reyes/Petaluma Rd, anyone know what they were looking for? “This weekend was a very busy for the Marin Sheriff's SAR Unit. We had 24 members working a large area evidence search with Solano County SAR in West Marin.”
“Firefighters making solid progress on San Rafael Hill fire. 7 acres in size, no structures damaged; no evacuations.” Via San Rafael Fire Dept.
In downtown San Rafael where a serious fire is picking up speed just above town, super scary. Fire season is here. Please be careful.
"Heal The Bay, which annually rates water quality at beaches along the U.S. West Coast, just gave Marin County a near perfect score from 31 weekly samples taken last year." LINK: https://healthebay.org/beach-report-card-2018/
This rare blue-eyed coyote spotted in Point Reyes could be one in a million. “I’ve never seen this,” says Juan J. Negro, a senior researcher at the Spanish Council for Research in Seville, Spain, who has studied animal coloration for over 25 years." FULL STORY: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/coyotes-animals-eyes-genetics/
Still time left to vote in Point Reyes! Get out and vote!
The Mariners from Point Reyes won the West Marin Little League AA championship last night over the Diamondbacks at Warner Field in Woodacre. It came down to the very last pitch, crazy game. (Full disclosure, I’m on the coaching staff of the Mariners)
Road is clear now on Bear Valley at White Hill Pool after a very bad accident.
“Bicyclist accident at White House pool and Bear Valley road; medics on scene, use caution Saturday at 4:45” thx LF
"The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a motorcyclist in West Marin. The crash happened shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday on Highway 1 just south of Fairfax-Bolinas Road. A witness reported that the motorcyclist slid off the road and into a rocky area of Bolinas Lagoon, the CHP said." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20180528/sf-man-dies-after-west-marin-motorcycle-crash
"Many of you know Byron, who for many years ran the kite shop, Into the Blue" here in Point Reyes. Our friend Byron needs a caregiver 7 mornings a week. He has advanced Parkinson's disease. Right now he can only afford a caregiver 3 mornings a week. He has been recently hospitalized after having a bad fall while alone over Memorial day. We want to be sure that Byron has the care he needs when he comes back from the hospital. This is urgent and we need the funds as soon as possible."

https://www.gofundme.com/caregiver-for-parkinson039s-patient
More events this weekend...
“Downed power line on Point Reyes Petaluma where road construction is taking place. Traffic is being taken on San Antonio road.”
“Please join us for the 70th Western Weekend celebrating the rural roots of West Marin on June 2nd and 3rd and be a part of the fun! Pick up your entry forms for Sunday's Parade at the Building Supply now! And this year, you can buy some raffle tickets there as well, which help support our Jr. Grand Marshall Program. Also selling raffle tickets is Mollie Donaldson, currently our only Jr. Grand Marshall applicant, though applications will be accepted through May 21 (see TBYCLounge.org for application information).

On Saturday June 2, the Point Reyes-Olema 4-H Club will kick-off the weekend at 1pm with the West Marin Fair. This year they will have many projects and display, some small animals, along with food, fun & games. Then stick around for GRO Artists in the Schools opening celebration, the Salsa Tasting contest, West Marin Choir and Children's Choir, Taco dinner, Barn Dance, announcement of Grand Marshall, Jr. Grand Marshall and raffle winners and more!

The Western Weekend parade begins at noon Sunday June 3rd. The parade is followed by the usual events at Toby’s Feed Barn including live music, the Farm Bureau’s famous Chicken Barbecue, 4-H Desserts, Halleck Creek-Cow Flop, The Rotary of West Marin-Chili Cook-Off and Sacred Heart's hosting a Mexican food both this year as well!

We are still working out the details for the Non-Profit EXPO to follow the parade--contact Madeline Nieto Hope at 415-446-8587 for questions and suggestions!

We are pleased to have community collaboration for this annual activity and acknowledge the West Marin Lions Club for hosting this annual celebration with great support form West Marin Rotary, the Farm Bureau, Toby's Feed Barn and many, many others.

Madeline Hope and Rhonda Kutter
on behalf of West Marin Lions Club”
“This bird showed up at Shallow Beach! Anybody know whose it is???”
Here comes another magic day. #sunrise #pointreyes
Parking lots are full at Limantour Beach and they’re turning people back. Be prepared for traffic jams later when everyone comes out of the park.
All lanes of SR-1 near Bolinas have reopened after earlier motorcycle fatality.
“As of 1:30 PM, CHP reports that there is a severe traffic alert and an accident with injuries on CA-1 at Fairfax Bolinas Rd in Marin County. A one-way traffic control is in effect. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.”
“A dead whale was stretched across the beach in Bolinas Wednesday, the third carcass since Friday to wash ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area.” FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/amp/dead-whale-California-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-fin-12941774.php?__twitter_impression=true
The new West Marin Health & Human Services Center in Point Reyes has its ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.
The royal wedding cake that was baked by local Inverness resident, Claire Ptak.
Medical emergency happening in Inverness right now. Not sure what happened, hopefully everyone ok. (Thx DW)
If you're in the East Bay, go check out the J.B. Blunk exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. "Discover northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art’s inseparability and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk’s muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California" LINK: http://museumca.org/exhibit/jb-blunk-nature-art-everyday-life
David Kramer captured this amazingly well timed photo in Point Reyes this week. #mothersday www.instagram.com/davidwkramer
Opening day of the Point Reyes Pop Up is today. Food, art and more.
Sunset at North Beach in Point Reyes. Happy Friday. #sunset #friday
Two hikers reported seeing a shark eat a seal just off the beach in Drakes Bay towards the estero this morning. :/
“KWMR Is 19. Come celebrate with us at Lagunitas Brewing Company on Monday, May 14 from 5:30 -8:30pm. West Marin School Rock Band and Gospel Singers open for Marble Party. Bridget is making a cake and The Bodega Food truck will be there! Gonna be a fune one. $5 at the door, kids under 10 are free!”
"PLEASE SLOW DOWN! It is that time of year and fawns are darting across many park roads. Drive slower so we can give the black-tailed deer a chance to survive. Thank you." - via PRNPS. Photo by Maria Kacavas via Point Reyes Safaris.
Sharron Drake will be putting on another theater production this summer and she needs your help. Visit the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/101168817/the-taming-of-the-shrew-at-st-columbas-inverness#
Cover story of the East Bay Express: "After being reintroduced to the park in 1978, Tule elk are now numerous at Point Reyes National Seashore. While naturalists view their comeback as a success, local ranchers consider the large deer pests that compete with their cattle for food." FULL STORY: https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/determining-the-future-of-point-reyes-national-seashore/Content?oid=15629533
“Effective immediately all open burning is prohibited in Marin County. Be fire safe and follow the rules. Fire season is once again fast approaching.” - from South Marin Fire
The Huckleberry Mayfaire is today from 11:30 - 2:00 in Point Reyes!
Bill Press discusses his life as a political commentator, columnist, and radio and TV personality on Thursday, May 3 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Presbyterian Church in Point Reyes. He will talk about his hometown and family, his studies of philosophy and theology, and his long commitment to politics and media.

A benefit for Indivisible West Marin and West Marin Standing Together. Books will be available at the event by Point Reyes Books.

Event Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bill-press-political-commentator-discusses-his-new-memoir-from-the-left-tickets-44827647701
I think all signs in downtown Point Reyes point to a television show being filmed near Wells Fargo tomorrow (Monday). Be prepared for some traffic and crowds.
El Radio Fantastique at the Western tonight...
Car commercial being filmed on Bear Valley Rd this morning. Plan accordingly.
A West Marin ranch and couple featured on the cover of the NY Times magazine this weekend. "Peggy Rathmann and John Wick on their Marin County ranch, where an atypical approach to land conservation led to unexpected success." FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/magazine/dirt-save-earth-carbon-farming-climate-change.html
Two emergency incidents today. A bicyclist was injured on PR/Petaluma Road around noon and people reported seeing a lot of police activity on Route One north of Point Reyes around 7:00pm. Not much information available on either incident, hopefully everyone is ok.
"This Underwater Drone Could Find The Lost Plane Clint Eastwood Crashed In 66 Years Ago: In 1951, the future film star went down off the California coast in a Navy Skyraider. The plane’s been missing since then–but that could soon change" Whoa. FULL STORY: https://www.fastcompany.com/40559697/this-underwater-drone-could-find-the-lost-plane-clint-eastwood-crashed-in-66-years-ago
The Recycle Circus happening this Sunday in Point Reyes. Call if you want to volunteer!
Anyone hear all the helicopter activity last night around 7:45pm over the bay? Or know what was up? Training?
On March 11, 2018 at the Dance Palace Community Center Organized by Kathy Hartzell, Inverness Association Moderated by Dick Spotswood Sponsored by the Inverness Association, Marin County Fire Department, Fire Safe Marin, West Marin Rotary, KWMR, Point Reyes Village Association, and Audobon Canyon Ranch. Here is the audio of that session, a lot of very important information in here, highly recommended: http://kwmr.org/post/7491
Very bad accident involving an ambulance on Sir Francis Drake by Drake High School. Road is closed both ways for now, use other routes. Hopefully everyone ok. (Thx BE)
Water rescue at the mouth of Tomales Bay. A kite surfed swept out the mouth of bay, but was able to make it to shore.
Via CHPMarin Facebook page: "This morning at about 1AM we received a call of a vehicle in the submerged in water on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness. The call came in from a citizen who had picked up the driver and driven them home. When our officer arrived on scene and found the nearly completely submerged vehicle, we determined it would be safer for everyone to recover the vehicle during daylight.

This morning, we called the total experts at Diego Truck Repair and they came out with all the needed equipment...swim trunks and a huge truck and were able to recover the vehicle."

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/posts/1914128051939589
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