Police activity at White House pool on SFD this morning. Heard one report that a car may have gone in, but that’s not confirmed. Anyone else know?
“At the library, reports are coming in of a dog that looks very lost by the Green Barn in Point Reyes. Description is a medium built, black shaggy dog ( might have some border collie) with some white markings running around, scared of people trying to help it. Hope the owner sees this!” (Thx NH)
“The National Park Service was forced to close a parking lot at Stinson Beach for the weekend Saturday after it was heavily damaged by flooding. The heavy rain Friday night caused the small creek that normally runs through and underneath the parking lot to flood.” FULL STORY: http://abc7news.com/weather/stinson-beach-parking-lot-badly-damaged-by-flooding/3313623/
“Flooded section of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. between the Estero Trail Access Rd. and Schooner Bay. Please use extreme caution. Be aware of vehicle limitations. If in doubt, do not proceed.” - Via PRNPS
Road repairs can’t come to soon. “The #lighthouse is closed today due to flooded road conditions on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. impeding reliable access to the headlands.” - via PRNPS
Nice story about the original Point Reyes Life Saving Service by KQED: “I think they were kind of a different breed of individuals,” says Dell’Osso. “So I'm not sure if they were frightened, or they were, like, gung-ho to go out.” STORY: https://www.kqed.org/news/11659308
User Report: “I just drove into Bolinas and flooding is pretty bad between the nursery and past the school up toward Mesa Road. I got through driving a mid-sized car, but wasn’t sure I was going to get through. There was fire personnel down by the school.” (Thx RG)
A user just reported this “Shoreline Unified including high school will be dismissed early today due to heavy rains. WMS 1:30 THS 1:00” I have not confirmed with Shoreline. (Thx SP)
“A fire engine has now gotten stuck in the flooded area of Shoreline just south of Tomales-Petaluma Road. If you are planning to be in the vicinity do not attempt to pass the flooded area.” - via KWMR
Car in a ditch by Inverness Park Market, emergency vehicles on way. Hopefully everyone ok. Drive safe everybody, it’s slick out there. (Thx SP)
Apparently a lot of location scouts in town today for some show called 'The OA' on Netflix. Very exciting. (Thx DW)
Late season “atmospheric river” coming on Friday into Saturday. Unclear how much rain it will bring, but be prepared in case it delivers. “Strong #atmosphericriver still on track to bring moderate/heavy rain to the Bay Area. Now is the time to get ready - clear gutters and nearby storm drains. #cawx #castorm”
Motorcycle hit a deer at 8:15pm on SFD by Inverness. Motorcyclist ok, deer not ok. Minor delay in traffic until they clear the area. (Thx SP)
An April 1 post here on TWMF lead to a discussion about great white sharks in Tomales Bay. The answer is, yes. Tim Tanner let me repost this photo he had of a great white that was caught in Tomales Bay in the 60's and put on display at Tony's Seafood in Marshall. IG link: https://www.instagram.com/timmy_the_drain/
Spotted late yesterday afternoon in Tomales Bay by a local photographer. It came up for about a minute, splashed around then disappeared. I talked to Scott Anderson and Dave Press about it, and they were both stumped. Great whites don't normally get this far up the bay, but the fins were too pointy for a juvenile humpback whale. I sent to the Academy of Sciences, hopefully they'll have more info. We're staying out of the water until further confirmation...
Canary in the coal mine. Going to be a crowded day, I heard last night some restaurants were too busy to do take out for locals. Shelter in place when traffic comes out of the park tonight.
"The Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with Touchstone Golf to operate the golf course on interim basis and accepted $150K grant from @CoastalConservancy for community engagement and planning. " Read more: https://bit.ly/2nXK2IC and https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/short-golf-lease-signed
Nancy Stine and Isis Hockenos putting the wave back in action. Win win.
Don’t forget it’s the KWMR Spring Pledge Drive. We’re lucky to have such an amazing local resource for news, entertainment and emergency purposes. But they need your support to stay on the air. Donate today at: http://kwmr.org/
March Miracle! #reservoir #overflow
So the story I was told was that PG&E replaced the pole and electric wires on SFD in Inverness, and this is how AT&T handles the phone lines. They tie a rope to the piece of old pole. Is this true?
El Radio Fantastique plays tonight at The Western in Point Reyes starting at 9:30pm. Always a great show.
El Radio Fantastique plays tonight at The Western in Point Reyes starting at 9:30pm. Always a great show.
Full rainbow!!!!
“Highway 1 just south of Tomales. DO NOT TRY IT.” (Thx CG)
Trevor Traina is the owner of the much discussed 'Moonrise Kingdom' compound Inverness. "San Francisco native Trevor Traina’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Austria was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. The Foreign Relations Committee’s unanimous voice vote all but guarantees that the tech entrepreneur will win full Senate confirmation. Traina, a registered Republican, was nominated by President Trump in January to be ambassador to Austria. It’s the same post his grandfather, Wiley Buchanan, held under President Dwight Eisenhower. The job has been vacant since Trump took office." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-nominee-and-SF-native-Trevor-Traina-closer-12767240.php
“For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Claire, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.” TWEET: https://twitter.com/kensingtonroyal/status/976039352605335553?s=21
Who spotted these large helicopters flying over West Marin today? Apparently they were on a training mission... (thx SP)
Local legends, The Haggards will be playing The Old Western Saloon on St. Patrick's Day (Saturday) starting at 9pm. MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/431943297234338/
"A person who was collecting mussels over the weekend at Dillon Beach has been hospitalized for shellfish poisoning, according to the Marin County Public Health Department. The victim — who county officials wouldn’t identify — consumed mussels harvested Sunday in Dillon Beach and was hospitalized after suffering from neurological symptoms. Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis said the county’s public health staff was notified of the illness Tuesday. “The person is getting better,” Willis said. “Fortunately, the clinician was aware of the elevated (poison) levels in locally sport-harvested shellfish and made a timely diagnosis.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/health/20180313/dillon-beach-mussel-eater-gets-shellfish-poisoning
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and department. "A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a call near Point Reyes Station died early Thursday when he lost control of his patrol car and careened into a tree, authorities said. A sheriff’s department spokesman said the officer was responding to a call shortly after midnight of a crash on Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station. As he neared the accident scene, his vehicle went out of control as he entered a left curve in the roadway. Emergency personnel from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, and Marin County Fire responded to the scene and closed Highway 1. Fire crews worked to extract the deputy from the vehicle and an air ambulance transport the injured officer to a local trauma center." FULL STORY: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/03/15/marin-county-sheriffs-deputy-dies-in-crash/
There was a very bad car accident on Rt 1 by Cypress Rd in Point Reyes late last night with a fatality. No other details at this time. Road is now open.
"At approximately 5:10 pm firefighters from Inverness FIRE Department and Marin County Fire Department responded to assist a male who was having a reported cardiac emergency. While enroute to the patients location, an air ambulance was requested to respond. Unfortunately, the closest one was 55 minutes away. Due to the extended ETA of the air ambulance , a quick thinking Battalion Chief immediately requested a CHP helicopter to respond. H-30 responded with a 25 minute ETA to the landing zone. When firefighters arrived on scene with the patient, they determined that immediate advance life saving measures were needed to save his life. Due to the quick action of the Marin County Paramedics on scene, they saved his life. The patient was driven with lights and sirens to the waiting CHP Helicopter H-30 where he was in turn transported by a CHP Officer/Pilot and a CHP Officer/Paramedic to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The male patient is currently being treated at the hospital. This patient is alive due to public service agencies working together." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1804748412921086
"Meet Jennie and Harry. These two siblings are in need of a new forever home. They are only three years old and need to stay together. They were our grandma's kitties and love to cuddle and have never been around dogs. Please let us know if you you or someone you know is in need of this adorable pair of double the love. Feel free to share this or tag anyone you think would be a good match. Thank you!" - Sabrina Pelayo
“Please keep your eyes open for my truck which was stolen sometime last night from my house in Inverness. Thanks!” - Aaron Ely
TODAY: “The Inverness Foundation is coordinating a Fire Symposium designed specifically for West Marin which will begin at 1 pm on Sunday March 11th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes. There will be presentations and Q&A with fire experts from UC Berkeley School of Forestry, local Fire Departments, State and Federal agencies. Dick Spotswood, former elected official and Marin IJ contributor will facilitate public participation.” MORE: http://dancepalace.org/events
Anyone else have trash issues this week? "Wed. 3/7 Recology Co did not pick up our garbage yesterday. I live on Vision Rd. When I spoke with their office this am, I got some push back about them coming out today. If your garbage was also missed yesterday, call them and let them know or else be prepared to keep it till next week. Recology 800-243-0291" Sue Swanson. (TWMF did not have its trash in Inverness picked up on Tuesday. Recology said they would not send out another truck and we could put an extra bag in the trash next week.)
"In the late morning, I helped a Western Pond turtle cross Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the Nicasio Valley T- intersection. Since spring is upon us, I'm assuming she may have been looking for a nesting site away from the water to lay her eggs. Please drive cautiously in these sensitive areas. Thanks!!!" -
‎Maricela Perdomo (photo from Wikipedia)
"Bandito, our beautiful Great Pyrenees has been missing from his home in Bolinas, CA. He was last seen on Horseshoe Hill Road on the night of February 28th. He is 5 years old, 90 lbs, neutered and has a microchip. Please help him find his way home. We miss him. Please call or text: 415-250-1261 or 415-868-1412. Many thanks!" - Joan
"It has been 42 years since “Running Fence” subdivided the rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma counties in Christo’s answer to the Great Wall of China. The 24-mile art installation lasted just 14 days before its materials were given to the ranchers whose property it crossed. Some of it is out there still, and this is how Point Reyes artist Madeline Nieto Hope came upon a swath of the white nylon fabric to turn into art of her own.Her two pieces, “Panel of Grommets” and “Fleeced,” are on display in a group exhibition dedicated to recyclables and junk at the Bartolini Gallery in the Marin Civic Center." DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/art/article/Fabric-from-Christo-s-famed-Running-Fence-12736047.php
"The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health notified Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis and other public health staff in Marin about a recent mussel sample from the Chimney Rock sentinel station, within Point Reyes National Seashore. That sample contained levels of paralytic shellfish poison at 37 times the “alert” level. That is the highest level detected in Marin in 20 years." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20180307/marin-waters-deadly-poison-found-in-shellfish
Remember those movie trucks stopping traffic at the Nicasio Reservoir a few moths ago? Here’s the end result. See you on the Peninsula Trail. (Thx FP) VIDEO: https://youtu.be/g_h6Jojip2Q
“Frances McDormand, who has been a part-time West Marin resident for more than a decade, won best actress for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a movie about a furious woman out for justice.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/arts-and-entertainment/20180304/marin-gets-partial-oscar-luster-with-frances-mcdormand-win
Via Point Reyes NPS - “Gray #whale count today:81. Last season’s high count was 67 on 4/9/2017. Thanks to #WinterWildlifeDocents for helping visitors see whales! Good night! (ca)”
“Around 4:30 PM the only bit of sun was hitting Bob Giacomini's house across the Bay. :)” - Carlos Porrata
So, lots of hail in Inverness right now. Anywhere else?
From Point Reyes NPS: "Celebrating and honoring #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth with reflections from Ranger John Eleby." Video: https://youtu.be/ArNFGh9bK6E
Sounds like power is out in Marshall right now. No estimate for return yet.
“South winds are increasing across the area ahead of a potent cold front. A wind advisory remains in effect until 10pm across the area. Be sure to secure loose outdoor objects and drive carefully, especially if driving east or west or in a high profile vehicle.” - Bay Area NWS
Via Weather West - “Upcoming storm will be run-of-the-mill in lowlands (widespread but not intense rain+wind), but could be one to remember in lower foothill/coastal mountain communities. Why? Rare combo of very cold air + sufficient moisture for hvy snowfall down to 1500 feet or locally lower!”
Atlas of Decivilization—an eclectic art show inspired by the Geography of Hope Conference—holds an opening reception on Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 8 PM. at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, The show will feature more than 20 contemporary artists. It runs from March 3–29. Additional installations will be sited throughout Point Reyes Station. Curated by Isis Hockenos. Artist Wyatt Hersey is working on this mural on the Grandi Building now.
Its really cold and the rain is coming. When was the last time there was significant snow in West Marin? 2002 according to these pictures from Tim Tanner. You can find more photos from him at: https://www.instagram.com/timmy_the_drain/
"CHP H-32 was assisting Stinson Beach Fire Units with a cliff rescue when a report of an injured 4 year old came in. The location of the injured child was on the Steep Ravine Trail near Whitegate Ranch Road Trail Head. H-32 responded and was overhead within 2 minutes. H-32 landed near the scene for the medical transport. It was reported that a 4 year old male fell approximately 30 feet from the trail and into a creek. The child was being treated by Marin County Fire Department units. H-32 paramedics transported the critically injured child to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he is undergoing treatment." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/posts/1861075520578176
MARIN SHERIFF: Vehicle accident cleared. Lucas Valley Road from Nicasio Valley Road to Westgate Drive is now OPEN
MARIN SHERIFF: Road closure: Lucas Valley - from West Gate to Nicasio Valley rd, due to vehicle accident. Will update when open. nixle.us/9Y2ZX
“The retaining wall at Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is now complete! The project repaired old storm damage and installed safety measures to prevent future slides.” - Marin Public Works
“Did you happen to see this in the sky today and curious what it was? It was the #SpaceX rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.” - CHPMarin - photo from SF
A mountain lion sighting on the Muddy Hollow Trail in Point Reyes. Behave accordingly.
Heard that the stop light on SFD in Samuel P Taylor was stuck on red and was very chaotic today. Was it fixed? Anyone else have issues? (Thx SC)
Sailboat Shiksa aground in Tomales Bay. (Thx KC/RJ)
This will be good: Inverness Garden Club Fundraiser for the Dance Palace - 02/16/2018 - 7:00pm - $20 adults, $5 children

SHARKS of the Sanctuary is a fundraiser for the Dance Palace by the Inverness Garden Club. Join us for an exciting family-friendly evening of shark stories, photos and videos and then enjoy the traditional dessert smorgasbord!

The program is presented by David McGuire, marine biologist and shark advocate. David McGuire is the director and founder of Shark Stewards. Also presenting is Scot Anderson, pioneering White Shark researcher for the Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators (GTOPP).

LINK: http://dancepalace.org/events/inverness-garden-club-fundraiser-dance-palace
"Hi folks. Please drop off tires at the Nicasio Corporation Yard this week through Sunday February 18, 2018. This service is offered by Conservation Corps, North Bay and the National Park Service. We encourage residents to help remove tires roadsides, creeks and properties during this event period. Thank you CCNB and NPS for working together to make this service available to West Marin residents. Please let your neighbors know." - Madeline Hope
"Bad car accident on Bear Valley Road near Olema Marsh. Road was closed a 4 PM. No update." thx VLB. hopefully everyone is ok.
I'm confused, anyone else hear about this? "A Monterey County sheriff's deputy arrested three suspects Thursday who allegedly stole property from a business. On Thursday night, sheriff's officials received a call from a resident who saw three men break into a business in Point Reyes Station in incorporated Marin County. The resident said he heard a window break and loud noises coming from inside the store, sheriff's officials said. When a deputy arrived on the scene she allegedly saw three young men walking away from the business. One of the suspects was wearing a pair of rubber gloves, sheriff's officials said." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Deputy-Arrests-3-Suspects-Who-Stolen-Property-12605367.php
"West Marin’s new sheriff’s office watch commander, Lieutenant Jim Hickey, loves every minute of his commute from Novato to the Point Reyes Station substation. The Novato native permanently filled the post left by Lt. Doug Pittman, who has been on sick leave since last summer." Photo by Dave Briggs. FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/meet-station-commander-jim-hickey
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Two new stop signs will be installed on Muir Woods Road to control traffic and improve safety along a narrow stretch of the road. The 150-foot section will operate as an alternating one-way, single-lane roadway. This is a temporary measure until the $5.9 million Muir Woods Road Rehabilitation Project begins in spring 2020. The project, 88% of which is funded by #SB1, will repair 2.4 miles of the popular road. MORE INFO: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2018/dpw-muirwoodsrdsigns-020718
Anyone know why a helicopter is going up and down the bay? Scanner is very quiet.
“We need help,” says Terry Sawyer of Hog Island Oyster Company. “That ‘canary in a coalmine’ analogy drives me crazy, but that’s what we are.” FULL STORY: https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2018/01/29/could-lowly-seagrass-save-the-100-million-oyster-biz-from-climate-change/
Unseen Point Reyes
Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin are showing landscapes at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station February 1 - 28
Opening party on Saturday, Feb 3 from 1-4 pm
More Info: https://pacificsun.com/event/unseen-point-reyes-by-richard-blair-and-kathleen-goodwin/2018-02-01/
"I found what appears to be a wedding ring on the top of Mt Vision rd today. It was on the side of the road and looks a little beat up - it might have been run over by a car or two - but it looks like a gold wedding band. I’d love to return it to its owner. I’ll hold on to it for about a week in hopes someone sees this post and gets back to me, then I’ll probably pass it off to the sheriff’s office." - Anna Dodge
Our hearts are broken. A memorial fund has been started to support the family. "It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of Ricardo De Santiago beloved Son of Elvira De Santiago and Juan De Santiago, brother to Lorena De Santiago, Ishmael De Santiago, Juan De Sa tiago and Maya De Santiago. Ricardo's passing was sudden and unexpected please help this family meet their go fund me goal of $15,000 to cover the funeral expenses and other unforeseen costs. Thank you for your love and support." LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/ricardo-de-santiago-memorial-fund
As of 7:00pm Shoreline Highway is still closed by Marshall due to a fatal collision. Use alternative routes. Our hearts go out to the families and friends. Please respect their privacy.
No word if the road is open yet. Be prepared to be rerouted. "The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that killed one person Monday in West Marin. The crash was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Shoreline Highway between Point Reyes Station and Marshall. A tractor trailer or dump truck was blocking both lanes of the road, according to preliminary CHP reports." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20180129/west-marin-crash-kills-1-on-shoreline-highway
Traffic Alert: "Shoreline Highway is closed between the Marshall Store and Tony's due to a dead on collision between a big rig and a passenger vehicle" - via KWMR
A brooding sunrise over Tomales Bay. #sunrise (thx ER)
"That is yet another incredible 16+ day zero precipitation donut hole over California (and the entire American Southwest). Very strong, persistent ridge signal in multi-model ensemble." TWEET: https://twitter.com/Weather_West/status/957389166009925632
Good news: "Marin County has received federal grants for two road repair projects costing almost $26 million, officials with the county's Department of Public Works said this week. A $17.7 million FLAP grant will improve 12 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Pierce Point Road near Inverness and Chimney Rock Road near Point Reyes Headlands." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Federal-Grants-Could-Pay-For-Improving-24-Miles-12521095.php
Hail storm! (Thx MM)
"Point Arena tide gauge @ Arena Cove showing a small #tsunami this morning. This small tsunami is working its way down the coast." - via NWS Bay Area. https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea/status/955819319954468865
Slept right through the tsunami alert last night due to a 8.0 earthquake in Alaska. Fortunately it has been lifted now. But a very good reminder to stay alert. Here is what it sounded like if you were in Alaska: https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/955763481130647552
"The 30-foot whale that washed up at Point Reyes National Seashore last month had wounds that indicated it got tangled in something in the ocean before its death, researchers said Friday. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, which handled the necropsy of the juvenile humpback whale after it washed ashore Christmas Eve, said its team found indented marks and roughed-up skin on the corners of the whale’s mouth, around the back of its neck and in circles on its shoulder blade. Bloody tissue was found around the animal’s neck and head." FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7894651-181/whale-that-washed-up-on
Marin County Department of Public Works "Marin County Traffic & Project Update: The repair project on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) did NOT begin this morning due to early morning rain and overall level of soil saturation. The project is expected to begin this week, weather permitting."
NWS Bay Area: "Here is how rain is projected to develop overnight across the #BayArea, according to the HRRR Model. Rain is forecast to be mostly light to moderate in intensity, except locally heavy in the North Bay. #CAwx #BayAreaRain"
Update on PRNPS: Rangers are on duty over the weekend but the visitors centers are closed. Elephant seal at Drakes this morning not fazed by any of this.
There is a government shutdown, but no official word from the PRNPS yet about what that means. According to SFGate: "National parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite National Park and other parks would make site-by-site decisions as to what to close. While many open-air sites would remain open, most visitor services would cease." Anyone else have updated info? SFGate story: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Here-s-what-shuts-down-in-a-government-shutdown-12511597.php
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Work on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 22. The construction zone will require the closure of one lane of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for heavy machinery access and crew safety. The lane closure will be in effect for the duration of the project, Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic flow will be maintained using alternating one-way access through the work zone, controlled by flaggers, during work hours. However, both lanes will remain open outside of the designated working hours. Travelers should expect delays during peak commuting hours and plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work towards improving the safety and functionality of the roadway.

FULL STORY: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2017/dpw-sliderepairs-121117
Patches of fog and no wind turned the Nicasio Reservoir into a time travel portal today.
The Point Reyes Light sheds more light on the recent shark attack in the park. It was exploratory. "Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to 12 feet long—white shark on Dec. 30 in the waters near Drakes Estero." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/drakes-estero-shark-bite-was-likely-investigative
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has opened their wood smoke rebate program for applications. If you have been thinking about removing your fireplace or wood stove or replacing it to a cleaner burning electric heat pump or gas insert, you can receive a sizeable rebate from the Air District. The County of Marin provides an additional rebate that you must apply to separately.

Step One: make sure you are in a designated high wood smoke impact area: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1v1YIQN-Nz6F_lKgS7JPXWbOkIkI&ll=38.03972719639034%2C-122.80464478295903&z=12

Step Two: register with the Air District BEFORE you start your project: https://grantapps.baaqmd.gov/

Step Three: once approved by the Air District, complete your project and save all documents.

Step Four: Submit your documents for your rebate.

Step Five: apply to the County of Marin's wood smoke program. You can download a copy of the application at www.maringreenbuilding.org on the Wood Smoke tab.

Learn more about the Air District's rebate program here: www.baaqmd.gov/woodsmokegrant
Learn more about the County of Marin's rebate program here: www.maringreenbuilding.org

Contact at the Marin County Community Development Agency: Kellen Dammann, kdammann@marincounty.org, (415) 473-2698.
There’s a lively, hopeful display underway these days along Lagunitas Creek in west Marin County, where the return of winter rains has drawn endangered coho salmon up into the stream to spawn. After decades of watching Central California Coast coho stock diminish, it’s heartening to know 3-year-old fish have found their way back home to reproduce and keep the species going at least a while longer. Photo by Richard James. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7874146-181/coho-salmon-return-to-west
Coast Guard and local emergency crews scrambling to find someone in the water right now it sounds like. Huge swell filling in. Anyone else know more details? Hopefully everyone stays safe.
"Energetic long-period swell will begin arriving along our coast on Sunday morning and will continue to impact Marin area beaches through Tuesday. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the coast from Sonoma County south to Monterey County." - Marin County Fire
Did anyone else hear fireworks at Chicken Ranch beach around 3am last night? What is that all about?
Accident just before Inverness, classic old blue car and silver golf. Hopefully everybody ok. Should be clear by now. (Thx SP)
Do people have local rain fall measurements? I heard up to five inches in some West Marin spots. "Total rainfall for yesterday, January 8, 2018 at our weather station in Bear Valley was 3.85 inches!" (Via PRNPS)
Not the greatest photo, but we spied a bald eagle walking around in the marsh end of the Nicasio Reservoir this morning. #baldeagle
From PRNPS: "Rainfall at Bear Valley since yesterday: 2.21". Still waiting for the wind to kick in.
Prepare accordingly. Good chance power will go out at some point with that wind. "A potent storm system will begin to spread rainfall over the area late Sunday night. Rain rates will intensify by Monday afternoon. Periods of heavy rain are likely from Monday afternoon through Monday night. Strong gusty winds expected on Monday." - via NWS Bay Area
Who felt that? 4.5 earthquake in Berkeley, CA at 2:43am. MORE INFO: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72948801#executive
Via CHP-Marin: "The section of SR-1 from Muir Beach to Stinson Beach that has been closed since February 17, 2017 will reopen tomorrow, January 4, 2018. Construction will continue but one way traffic control will be in place and CHP will be posted 24 hours a day to keep everyone safe." LINK: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/photos/a.1195930167092718.1073741829.1180462451972823/1803911202961275/?type=3&theater
Thank you to emergency crews for this rescue yesterday. "At approximately 3:40 pm CHP H-30 responded to assist the Marin County Fire Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff Helicopter Henry 1 with an injured hiker at Alamere Falls in rural Marin County. H-30 was airborne and already patrolling Marin County and arrived overhead in 6 minutes. After a brief search of the area H-30 located the injured party at the top of the falls. H-30 landed and a CHP Officer/Paramedic made contact with hiker. After assessing the hiker it was determined that his 6 year old daughter was also injured. The family had been hiking when the daughter slipped and slid down the falls for approximately 15 feet. The father attempted to catch the daughter and also slid down the falls. With the assistance of citizens at the scene the father and daughter climbed back to the top of the falls. Due to the remote location and no cell service the wife/mother of the hiked approximately 1 hour to obtain a cell signal!
Due to multiple patients at the scene Sonoma County Henry 1 landed and transport the 6 year old daughter while CHP H-30 transported the father. All parties and were flown to Five Brooks in Marin County and transferred to a Marin County Fire Ambulance. All are expected to make a full recovery. Both rescue helicopters saved Marin County Fire personnel approximately 1 1/2 hours of hiking in to the falls and at least and additional 1 1/2 hour hike back to the trail head and Five Brooks." FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1726675667395028
"The first day of 2018 brings a "Full Wolf Moon" — the biggest of two supermoons that will rise in January." MORE INFO: https://amp.livescience.com/61303-full-wolf-moon-supermoon.html?__twitter_impression=true
Reach helicopter in Inverness this morning, looked like everything was ok.
These keys were found at the top of Perth and were taken to the sheriff at Point Reyes. (Thx LM)
Point Reyes famous boat slowly sinking into King Tide today. #pointreyesshipwreck
BREAKING NEWS: "A surfer was bitten on the foot by a shark today near the mouth of Drakes Estero. Going into the water is CLOSED until further notice." Via PRNS, more details to come...
On a sadder note, this humpback washed up on the beach yesterday in Point Reyes. Not clear why. #whale
Merry Christmas from West Marin. Some groovy wave clouds from last night...
I have not confirmed this but a reader sent this in tonight: "I was at the Point Reyes post office today and the post master said they will be opening the window to deliver packages tomorrow even though it's Sunday (Dec. 24)." (thx IW)
"A phone and credit cards belonging to Sophia Fenn were found on Forres road in Inverness today and brought to the sheriff station in Point Reyes. If you know Sophia, please tell her to find her stuff there, thank you."
So cold and so beautiful. Anyone else get a good shot of the amazing sunrise this morning?
NEW: Frost Advisory added to the San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma Coasts. While San Francisco is NOT included in any frost/freeze products, residents are still encouraged to take necessary actions for the cold weather. #CAwx
Happy Winter Solstice! #sunrise #shortestday
"Today is an Extreme Fire Danger day. All wood & charcoal fires prohibited. Mt. Vision Rd. closed." Please be careful and watchful.
Want to buy some very cool local gifts for the holidays? Then check out the West Marin Pop Up Craft Fair today in Point Reyes from 11am - 5pm in the Point Reyes Surf Shop warehouse. MORE INFO HERE: https://m.facebook.com/events/146828452631551?
"With a @NWSBayArea warning in place for high winds coming this weekend, our chief has indefinitely suspended open burning within the county borders." INFO: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2017/fire-burnban-121417
This fin spotted at North Beach in Point Reyes on Monday. Is it a great white shark? (Bottom photo zoomed in and enhanced) (thx BE) #shark
"Four road slide repair projects will begin in early January across Marin County. One of the projects is Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Baywood Canyon, which is expected to experience traffic delays during construction hours." Get full details: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2017/dpw-sliderepairs-121117
"In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the county’s contract with Redwood Empire Disposal, an affiliate of the Ratto Group that has serviced the area since 2008. Recology, an employee-owned waste management company that dates back to the 1920s in San Francisco and has pioneered the curbside collection of compostable material, will take over service in West Marin later this month." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/trash-contract-changes-hands
Via WeatherWest: "Wow. That's an incredibly dry 16-day precipitation accumulation forecast for December along the West Coast! Ensembles & ECMWF very similar. #CAwx #ORwx #WAwx #BCwx"
"A search for a 21-year-old Antioch man reported missing over the weekend on a trail south of Muir Beach will continue Tuesday, authorities said. Tyler Silva was on a hike with his girlfriend Sunday on Pirate's Cove Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when he ventured off trail and was separated, according to park spokeswoman Dana Polk. The girlfriend couldn't find him and called for help around 3:30 p.m., according to park rangers." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20171204/marin-rescue-team-seeks-missing-hiker-in-muir-beach
Ten foot great white shark passed right under a man out on an SUP today at Limantour Beach. 'Tis the season.
Morning glory at Limantour today. #sunrise
Update from Melinda who was looking for Lorenzo to give him his $100 back, "Hi there!
I heard from the rightful Lorenzo and all is well. He suggested that I donate the $100 to a fire relief fund and so I gave it to Undocufund, to help those undocumented workers in Sonoma and Napa counties who lost their homes in the fires to rebuild their lives. Nice guy."
"Biologists working among the West Marin watersheds that compose one of California’s last spawning grounds for coho have spotted two other types of salmon rarely — if ever — seen in the area. The observers witnessed and photographed pairs of chum and pink salmon — also known as humpback salmon for their bowed backs — frolicking in the streams. Both types of fish are common in areas farther north from Oregon to Alaska but are foreigners in West Marin." FULL STORY: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Unusual-Salmon-Show-Up-in-West-Marin-Creeks-460812453.html
"I am looking for someone who lost some money that is now in my possession. It happened on Thanksgiving afternoon at the local bar where I had stopped after a hike with friends. A man named Lorenzo handed me a couple of bucks as I was queuing up some music on the juke box and asked me to out a certain band on. He disappeared before I realized he had mistakenly given me a hundred dollar bill. I would like to give it back to him but don't know how to find him. He has dark hair and a beard, is around 50-55, said he worked on a road crew and is a local. I'm from Sonoma County so I don't know many people in the area to ask. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Melinda Misuraca"
"Maybe I was seeing things, but I am pretty sure I just drove by three loose sheep grazing on the side of Levee Road a little past Love Field. Hopefully they stay out of the road, cars are zooming past!" (thx FOK)
Henry 1 in Inverness right now responding to a possible heart attack. Hopefully everyone is ok.
"Marin County is the most racially unequal county in California, according to a new report by Advancement Project California, a Los Angeles-based civil rights organization. The report — which received funding from the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation and the Sierra Health Foundation — arrived at its rankings after examining California counties’ performance in seven key areas: democracy, economic opportunity, crime and justice, access to health care, healthy built environments, education and housing." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/social-affairs/20171120/report-marin-tops-state-in-racial-inequity?source=topstoriesrot
"Tree down blocking right lane north of Inverness park at redwood on sf drake." (Thx SS)
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