No word on PRNS yet. "The Public Health Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an order March 22 for the immediate closure of all Marin parks to stem the tide of visitors during the COVID-19 emergency.

The closure will affect agencies and jurisdictions who operate parks and open space in Marin County. Visitors may continue to use paved pathways maintained by the County of Marin, such as the popular Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway along Richardson Bay and the Corte Madera Pathway along Corte Madera Creek, as long as people follow guidelines on social distancing.

The order comes one day after Bay Area residents flocked to Marin locations for recreation, putting vulnerable residents at risk because of unsafe social distancing and traffic that clogged the roads in beach communities. Sgt. Brenton Schneider of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said grocery store workers and restaurant personnel were inundated with visitors who were not respecting public health guidelines on keeping six feet away from other people."

LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2020/hhs-covid-parksclosure-032220
A reminder that local restaurants are open to serve locals with 'to go' food. Sir and Star has a special Chinese food menu tonight if you're in the mood for something different.

Sir and Star:

Link to all local restaurants and services:
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "After unprecedented visitation and to slow the spread of COVID-19, starting tomorrow March 22, Point Reyes National Seashore will close gates at Limantour Access and Mt. Vision Roads, Drakes Beach and Drakes Estero. There will be limited access at Palomarin Trailhead beyond the Commonweal entrance, Pierce Point Road as well as Lighthouse and Chimney Rock parking lots. Please follow local public health guidelines. Marin County Sheriff's Office #StayLocal #ShelterInPlace (bp)"
For people concerned about the situation in Point Reyes today, "One thing that locals should know is that they should not contact the park. Feds can’t close county roads. And pretty sure that the guidance is still that we have to run closures up to Washington. People should contact Dennis Rodoni and Jared Huffman. The park is down to a skeleton crew with the SIP order and they obviously have their hands full."
We just came back from Kehoe Beach where it was more crowded then we've ever seen it. I heard the same about Bear Valley. And downtown Point Reyes is packed and I'm sure everyone coming from the beaches will swamp it later. While I understand people need to get out and into nature, and that local businesses need business, this is not sheltering in place and increases the risk of transmission for everyone. I am so grateful for all of the checkers and workers who are on the frontlines today, making sure we can have food and services, literally putting their lives at risk. If you are coming to the park, please think about the people who live and work here, and be safe and respectful. It would be a shame to have the park closed, but what is happening now seems extremely dangerous. (Photo of Bear Valley Visitors Center thx IW)
"Tax Day in the United States is being moved due to the coronavirus crisis. People and businesses will have until July 15 to file and make payments without interest or penalties, U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin says."

LINK: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-20/tax-filings-payment-due-date-extended-to-july-15-mnuchin-says
Here is a list of restaurants and services available in West Marin during lockdown. Please add anything I missed in the comments.

Link here: http://thewestmarinfeed.com/corona.php

Point Reyes Restaurants

Osteria Stellina – Call 415-663-9988 to take-out

Side Street Kitchen – Call 707-477-5469 for take-out and delivered curbside.

Station House Café – Call 415-663-0303 for take-out and delivered curbside Friday – Tuesday only.

Cafe Reyes - 415-663-9493 Open for take out.

Marshall Restuarants

Hog Island Oyster Company - at the Farm Retail Window is open for to-go sales of shellfish, lots of oysters and clams for you.

Nick’s Cove – Saturday and Sunday Only Take-Out, Please see menu here and call 415-663-1033. www.nickscove.com

Tony’s Seafood – Call 415-663-1107 for take-out and delivered to parking lot.

Bolinas Restaurants

Eleven - 415-868-1133 Open Thursday - Monday for take out including beer and wine

Lagunuitas Restaurants

Arti's Indian Food - 415-488-4700 Call for take-out food

Tomales/Dillon Beach Restaurants

Food Pantry at Tomales Town Hall - happening each Thursday from 2:00-2:45pm

William Tell - 707-879-2002 Offering delivery to Tomales and Dillon Beach areas

Point Reyes/Inverness Groceries/Other

Palace Market - Regular hours 8am - 8pm

Brickmaiden Bread Bake Shop - 415-663-1203 Open for to go Thursdays, Fridays, Sunday 8am - 2pm. Credit card only.

Cowgirl Creamery Catina - Open. limited menu, pick up at doors Weds - Sunday 11-4pm

Inverness Park Market - 415-663-1491 Kitchen/Tap Room open for take out orders, curbside pickup, groceries open normal hours

Olema Campground - Open. Laundry 24/7. Propane from 9am - 5pm.

McPhails Fuel Company - 707-285-3525 Open. Main office closed, but business hours answering phone.

Building Supply Hardware Store - Open Mon - Sat 8am - 1pm (closed Sunday)

Point Reyes Gas Station - Open until 6pm, pumps 1 and 2 always on
When you're in such a hurry to get out to the beach in Point Reyes and you try and make the one way bridge into a two way bridge. Social distance everyone!
A message from Hog Island Oysters: "Our restaurant in San Francisco is temporarily closed and as result, we have a 100 kits of prepared food we do not want to go to waste. You can come pick it up, for free, tomorrow (Friday, March 20), at Tony's Seafood in Marshall between 8am and 11am. It will be packaged up for families of four. We have a chowder base with clams and pescatore with mussels. All the food is prepped and just needs to be cooked. First come, first served. Thank you!"
Happy First Day of Spring! Apparently this is the earliest the Vernal Equinox has occurred in the U.S. nationwide in 124 years. Those secret daffodil patches are probably due for a visit in a social distancing kind of way.

MORE SPRING INFO: https://www.space.com/vernal-equinox-2020-earliest-spring-124-years.html
The Point Reyes Gas Station will remain open, but it is changing its closing time to 6pm (instead of 8pm). Pumps 1 and 2 will still be open during off hours.

The Coastal Health Alliance is working to protect our community and keep patients safe during Covid-19. In this effort, we are converting non-urgent medical appointments to phone appointments, closing our Bolinas site until further notice, and reducing Point Reyes Staff to a skeleton crew. This is in support of the extremely important public health recommendation for people to stay at home.

A local said that they were out of propane but unable to get a hold of McPhails. Is anyone else in a similar situation or have any advice?

Many restaurants are offering take out which is a great way to support local businesses in these tough times. I know that Stellina, Arti's and Side Street Kitchen are, do folks know others? Also, you can buy gift certificates and do some online shopping at certain stores like the Point Reyes Bookstore.

Stay safe everyone. Thx MM for the photo.
"Following guidance from the CDC & public health officials, & to comply with the shelter-in-place legal order in seven Bay Area counties, Point Reyes National Seashore's visitor centers & campgrounds are temporarily closed. Visit http://nps.gov/pore for more information."
A heavy cloud hangs over West Marin this evening.
BREAKING: "Six counties in the Bay Area are ordering residents to stay at home in an effort to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

All residents in these counties should only leave their homes for essential needs. Necessary government functions and essential stores will remain open. The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in place for three weeks.

List of counties:
San Francisco
Santa Clara
San Mateo
Contra Costa

The shelter-at-home order comes as scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease.

“Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer. “The Health Officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities.”

Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include:

Health care operations
Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
Fresh and nonperishable food retailers (including convenience stores)
Child care facilities
Gas stations
Laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence.
In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action."

FULL LINK: https://www.kron4.com/news/6-bay-area-counties-orders-residents-to-stay-at-home-to-reduce-coronavirus-spread/
"Nearly 100 individuals were tested over March 12 and 13 through Marin County’s drive-through testing site. Of these, 6 test results were positive. Regionally, there has been a dramatic increase in cases, with nearly 300 cases Bay Area wide. Total cases in Marin: 9."

"All Marin County Free Library Branches are closed until further notice. Our Book Drops/book returns will be locked. Please keep all borrowed physical materials at home. Please access available online materials at http://marinlibrary.org."

"All classroom instruction at our Shoreline Schools will be suspended, beginning Monday, March 16th for at least two weeks. All students are to remain home until we are notified that the classroom suspension is lifted. Meals will be delivered by buses and available at the schools for those who are on the federally assisted meal program. Check with your local school for more details"

Marin COVID Update: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/sites/default/files/Files/Updates%20(Spanish)/COVID-19%20Status%20Update%203-15-2020.pdf
The Palace Market in Point Reyes was busier then usual today but not crazy. Looked like the out of town traffic had picked up with some “multiple cart” folks stockpiling. The only thing that struck as odd was this aisle, I’m guessing that’s where the toilet paper was. Why are people stockpiling toilet paper? Was that CDC guidance?
WMF is putting together a guide to local information and general resources around coronavirus. For local updates (besides news sources) the links below is all I've been able to find, do other people have sources they could share? Most useful are things that are being updated and kept current. Thank you.

Marin Health and Human Services

National Park Service

Here is the full page of information which will evolve:
"An adult Sonoma County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first person here who has contracted the virus through unknown community transmission, county health officials announced Saturday night.

The new case, marking an escalation in the local battle against a highly contagious infectious disease that has put the world on edge, was detected through the county Department of Health Services’ enhanced surveillance testing, launched Thursday to help determine if the virus was being transmitted in the community without anyone knowing it."

FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10824424-181/first-sonoma-county-resident-infected
In other news, these two were cuddling on Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today.
‪“FROM BOLINAS-STINSON SCHOOL: Bolinas-Stinson School will be closed for two weeks beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Due to a COVID-19 related school closure at Tam High school we will join in closing school to prevent further spread of the infection.”‬
Nice story from Bolinas: "Self-sufficiency is like perfection, said Lloyd Kahn, the guru of guerrilla architecture and dean of all things D.I.Y. “You never quite get there, but you’re moving toward it all the time.” Before cabin porn and van life were hashtags on Instagram, before tiny houses were a movement, Mr. Kahn, now 84, was the indefatigable champion of their funky, D.I.Y. antecedents." (Thx MM)

FULL STORY: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/style/diy-lloyd-kahn-handmade-homes.html
"As of March 11, 2020 the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that two additional Marin residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, bringing the local total to three.

Both individuals lived with Marin’s first reported case, who was a passenger on the Grand Princess – Mexican Rivera cruise ship that experienced an outbreak of COVID-19. The newly diagnosed cases had been isolated in their home and are experiencing mild symptoms but do not require hospitalization. Marin HHS will not release additional information about the patients or the treating hospital to protect the medical privacy of the patients and family.

While Marin HHS is not issuing cancellations of large gatherings at this time, it is recommending that older adults and those with conditions that may weaken their immune system consider refraining from attending large gatherings of 100 or more people."

MORE DETAILS: https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus
Medical emergency in Inverness requiring Henry 1 helicopter transport. No word on details.
Sunset chaser from North Beach In Point Reyes after a long day of virus stress. Stay safe everyone. Wash those hands, #sunset
MiniQuake. Did anyone feel this? 7:05pm tonight?

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/earthquakesSF/status/1237197740699873280
"Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19 - The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with medical staff at a local hospital to treat a Marin resident diagnosed with COVID-19[External], the novel coronavirus.

The individual diagnosed was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship that returned to San Francisco from Mexico on February 21. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified this cruise as a source of exposure for COVID-19. The patient is an older man who is being treated in a Marin County hospital. Marin HHS will not release additional information about the patient or the hospital to protect the medical privacy of the patient, family, and hospital staff.

Public health officials have identified those who have been in close contact with this patient. Those individuals have been isolated and are being evaluated."

LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2020/hhs-covidcase1-030920

There was also a possible exposure at Marin Catholic, but the details are very limited.

"A principal in Marin County has reported a “possible student exposure” to the novel coronavirus in a statement sent out Tuesday. Marin Catholic High School Principal Chris Valdez said no one in the school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Nonetheless, Valdez said he wants to share as much information out as possible, including what steps are being taken by school leaders."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2020/03/09/first-coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-marin-community-spread-expected/
We were walking back from a sunset session in Point Reyes when out of nowhere a magic piece of sand artwork appeared during the big low tide. Looks like a piece from the master, Jim Denevan, but not sure. It’s already gone now. Whoever it was, thank you!
‪Vehicle rollover on Bear Valley Rd in Point Reyes. Proceed with caution.‬
Events this weekend:

Opening reception for new exhibit at Jack Mason Gallery in Inverness about the Bear Valley Ranch takes place from 1pm - 3pm on Sunday.

A memorial for Russell Chatham will be held at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes from 2pm - 4pm on Sunday.
Apparently the bomb squad was called to Black Mountain in Point Reyes yesterday to explode a stick of dynamite that a worker found. People had reported seeing the truck on Lucas Valley Road. (thx DW/IW)
Single car crash on Shoreline Hwy in front of the Giacomini dairy. Sounds bad. One lane closed, expect delays.
Full results from last night's voting. Wildfire Prevention passes, San Geronimo Golf Course does not. https://patch.com/california/sanrafael/real-time-results-2020-marin-countys-primary-election-races
‪Sounds like a bad car accident on SFD near Whites Hill. There are delays, plan accordingly.‬
LEAP DAY! The Haggards Leap Year Party at The Western Saloon in Point Reyes tonight. Always a good time.
"We only have one chance every 10 years to accurately count everyone living in Marin County. Pledge to respond to the census and be a trusted messenger to tell your family, friends and others and help us get out the count.

Solo tenemos una oportunidad cada 10 años para contar con precisión a todos los que viven en el condado de Marin. Comprometerse a responder al censo y ser un mensajero confiable para contarle a tu familia, amigos y otras personas conocidas porque participar en el censo es tan importante."

More info: https://marincensus2020.org
Via NWS: "Before you are soon inundated with dry February rainfall statistics. CPC 8 to 14 day outlooks continue to show rainfall around the second week of March. Graphics show a slight to moderate risk of heavy precipitation across the Central Coast and Bay Area."
via PRNPS: "Harbor seal pupping area closures start this Sunday, March 1, and go through June 30. Drakes Estero, Double Point, the end of Limantour Spit, and the eastern side of Hog Island are closed to human access during this time. Learn more: http://go.nps.gov/pore/hseals. #LeaveSealsBe"
"The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cyber Tip line Report that there was a possible suspect soliciting, sharing and/or receiving nude photographs/videos of minors via a web based platform. Through an extensive investigation, Detectives determined the activity was believed to be originating from a residence in Point Reyes, CA. On February 26th, 2020 detectives served a search warrant at a residence in Point Reyes, CA and arrested the suspect. A preliminary investigation into his personal electronic devices revealed thousands of images and videos depicting obscene matter of minors."

FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/MarinCountySheriff/photos/a.1658035211119147/2506492639606729/?type=3&theater
" The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today confirmed the transfer of one patient with laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County to a Marin County hospital. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) agreement with the Department of Defense requires any evacuee who tests positive to be moved from the base. Marin County and other Bay Area counties are accepting the patients to reduce the burden on the Solano County health care system."

LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2020/hhs-covidtransfer-022720

I highly recommend listening to this podcast to get some background on the virus: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus.html

How to prepare for the virus: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/health/prepare-for-coronavirus.html?smid=pc-thedaily
This dog is lost and thirsty on Lucas Valley Rd. Anyone know who he belongs to? (Thx EV)
This is a very local issue, but I live in Seahaven in Inverness and at some point in the last couple of days, especially noticeable at night, something started making a very low but loud humming noise. Like a battery or some sort of large electric device or conductor. Does anyone else hear it or know what it is?
‪This story is behind a paywall (although it worked on my iPhone), but worth reading because it gives the most detailed description of what happened to the lost couple I’ve read yet: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/23/are-you-really-real-volunteers-recounts-vivid-new-details-in-finding-missing-palo-alto-couple/amp/
Water rescue in progress on Tomales Bay by Marshall. Not clear on the details yet.
If you click through to this helicopter extraction video from Marin County Sheriff, you'll see just how deep the brush was where the rescued hikers were trapped: https://twitter.com/MarinSheriff/status/1231355537687580672?s=20
The press conference for hikers Carol and Ian who were lost and rescued in Inverness just ended. Basically, they went for a hike from their AirBNB on the Johnstone Trail. Got confused, went off trail and ended up trapped in extremely deep brush. SAR member Quincy Webster heard them yelling for help today during today's sweep on foot. Groot, one of the SAR dogs made first contact. The fact that they were able to survive eight days without food or warm clothes is nothing short of a miracle. Also attached is a satellite shot of the approximate location of the rescue. (Thx RD)
Here is Henry1 extracting one of the missing hikers from Inverness this morning. They were found in the woods in some sort of drainage ditch between the Johnstone Trail and Shallow Beach. There will be a press conference at 2pm today in Inverness where more details will be available. (Photo by Marin County Sheriff. Thx RD)
The couple has been found at Shallow Beach on Tomales Bay. They are in good shape but cannot walk. A helicopter is extracting them now then they will be transported to the hospital.
Via KWMR: “The missing hikers have been found alive. Rescue by land team and helicopter is underway.”
As most people in West Marin are aware right now, PG&E is out in force cutting trees all over the place. This is one observation from a local: "Yesterday (2/20) PG&E tree contractors cut this heritage oak to current codes, 12 feet away from power lines. It seems likely that this kind of tree work will continue today on Forres destroying one of the most idyllic walks in Inverness, a walk up through a tree-lined green archway that leads up to the water district."
Via ABC News: "As a Coast Guard helicopter makes several low passes over Tomales Bay on Thursday afternoon, the search and rescue effort for a missing Palo Alto couple has turned into a search and recovery mission.

Marin County Sheriff's Office says they received four "independent alerts from Cadaver K9 teams" near Shell Beach along Tomales Bay.

In a statement issued by the Marin County Sheriff's Office, they write: "We've worked tirelessly combing through all leads and areas surrounding the cottage they were vacationing at and are now calling this a recovery mission. We have been in close contact with family and will continue to search for Carol and Ian. Our thoughts are with the Kiparsky and Irwin family during this difficult time."
The search still going this morning for the missing couple in Inverness. The Marin County Dive team gearing up to look in Tomales Bay,
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Our search efforts today in Inverness have concluded. We have no updates on the location of Carol and Ian and our Detectives are continuing to investigate. There will be a search tomorrow conducted surrounding the waters edge near Inverness utilizing K9's and a boat."
Thick column of smoke coming up behind Point Reyes Station. Anyone know what's going on?
Still no updates on the missing persons search. The Search and Rescue teams are back at it again today. They just did a sweep of my street in Inverness and took a look in my backyard. I hope their luck changes today.
Via Marin County Sheriff: “136 search and rescue members from all over the Bay Area have commenced search and rescue efforts this morning in Inverness. We will be searching from both the air and ground today.” Anyone else have any updates? I heard there are helicopters in Seahaven.
Via Marin County Sheriff: “Our @MarinSAR team is currently looking for the pictured individuals in Inverness. If you have any information about there whereabouts, please contact us at (415)479-2311. Possibly hiking in the Inverness area.”
“SFDB closed at bottom of White Hill for major traffic collision. Avoid the area. (Thx BE)
Just got word the the Point Reyes Gas Station is having some issues with their credit card readers, and there is a chance they might be cash only this weekend. Plan accordingly.
Sounds like someone either jumped or fell off a cliff at Agate Beach in Bolinas. Lots of emergency equipment and the Henry 1 helicopter scrambled for the rescue. Sounds like they found the person alive. No word on injuries.
The high pressure ridge is back: “0" rainfall in San Francisco for Feb 2020 (leap year) so far tied with Feb 1864. A comparison to the top 3 driest Feb, period of record 1849 to current:
1.) Feb 1864 (leap year) 0"
2.) Feb 1953 0.04" (0.02" on Mar 1)
3.) Feb 1899 0.10" (0.22" on Mar 1)”
A big fir is down on Buena Vista in Inverness Park and another tree went down near Overlook in Point Reyes and power is out on the mesa for some folks. Extremely windy today. Drive safe. Look at for debris and downed branches. (Thx EW/SG)
“West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society at the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station 2 Sets! Come "deep dive into the catalogue for the sake of collective transcendence!"

Featuring Alex Bleeker, Jeffrey Manson, Nick Aives, Dylan Squires, Andrew Brennan, and Danny Vitali

Poster by Jeffrey Manson ft. majestic urchin by Charlie Callahan - $10 at the Door 21+ Music at 9 PM”
Not exactly sure if this little shrub planted between Wells Fargo and Palace Market in Point Reyes is an act of defiance or hope, but we applaud the effort. (Thx PD)
Batten down the hatches today. Be safe, watch for trees and debris. “Forecast wind speed & direction from early Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Note that strongest winds will be over the coastal waters and along the immediate coast where gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Strongest winds expected Sunday afternoon and early evening.”
For those who live in Seahaven in Inverness, last night PG&E was working all night to replace a power pole at the top of Via de la Vista. With very bright lights. I think its safe to say,myself included, no one in the area got much sleep.
Via PRNPS - “Mt Vision and McClures Beach Roads are now open! Our long-awaited repairs have been completed and these areas are once again accessible for your next adventure.”
Traffic situation on Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd this afternoon. (Thx AP)
Anyone know what the Merced K-9 patrol is doing at White House Pool today? Training? Manhunt? (Thx DW)
A local resident said the heard a very loud boom in West Marin around 4:50pm today. One theory is that it was a meteor. Another is that it was a jet. Did anyone else hear or see it? (Thx BP)
"Mike Moyle, a retired corporate lawyer living in Sausalito, has embarked on a quest: to identify all of the dairies that ever operated anywhere in Marin County. Working with Moyle on the project is Inverness resident Dewey Livingston, a historian and author who has written dozens of publications for the National Park Service. “I suppose the thing I’m most interested in is just visualizing what was here before,” Moyle said. “It’s really difficult living here in Marin to appreciate how much has changed.”' LINK TO THE MAP: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1jB6Ws5qc7tiRfajlXyW1lTOpKPYphDgu&ll=38.07338880373185%2C-122.72607199999999&z=11 AND TO THE STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/01/12/marin-historians-aim-to-document-every-local-dairy-ever/
TRAFFIC UPDATE: “Sir Francis Drake Blvd now open in both directions. The cement truck has been removed. Thank you for your patience.” - via Marin County Sheriff”
TRAFFIC ALERT: "Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is currently closed between Samuel P Taylor state park and Platform Bridge Road due to an overturned cement truck. Unknown time to open roadway. Emergency crews on scene. Use alternate routes." - Via Marin County Sheriff
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is currently closed between Samuel P Taylor state park and Platform Bridge Road due to an overturned cement truck. Unknown time to open roadway. Emergency crews on scene. Use alternate routes."
Just heard a report from a local that Sir Francis Drake Blvd is close in Sam P Taylor due to a cement truck being overturned. Can anyone confirm?
This local family could use your support if you are able: "On 12/11, Scott McMorrow suffered two strokes. He had two emergency operations followed by a cardioversion to reset his heart. He has been in hospital since, and we are not sure when he will be able to come home yet. At the moment—although he is making progress daily—our life is a jumble of chaos and nerves. Donations of any size towards our grocery bill would help." LINK: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/1gl93w/donate/
Quite the sunset tonight on Tomales Bay. Anyone else get a photo? (Thx NW)
"North of Silicon Valley, protected by the Point Reyes National Seashore, is the only operational ship-to-shore maritime radio station. Bearing the call sign KPH, the Point Reyes Station is the last of its kind. Stations like this once riddled the California coastline as part of a radio communication network. The operators who ran them were charged with watching over the Pacific Ocean airways, relaying messages to the sailors at sea." WATCH THE VIDEO: https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/18/the-last-radio-station/
Accident on Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd by Little Wing Farm. Roads are slippery out there, please drive safe! (Thx AP)
Sometimes you forget they’re around. This bat was spotted in Inverness last week. (Thx GK)
Gas station in Point Reyes Station will be closed on Tuesday, Jan 21. Plan accordingly.
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Early morning traffic collision closes Pt. Reyes Petaluma Road between Highway 1 and Platform Bridge Road. ETA per @PGE4Me to re-open is around noon. Point Reyes can still be accessed via Platform Bridge Road to Sir Francis Drake through Olema."
If you're in Point Reyes and want to support a good cause, there is a full schedule of local youth basketball games at the West Marin School gym and the 8th graders will be selling food to help fund their 8th grade trip to Sacramento. Games start at 11am and go through 3pm. Boys and girls! Should be fun! Admission is free!
Just heard a report that PG&E will be shutting power down today in Inverness, north of Argyle St. in order to do a pole replacement. I did not hear what the exact times would be or the duration. Anyone else have any info about this?
A really nice article on the history of water in Inverness. "Richard Plant, an IPUD director from 1980 to 1984, said that citizens prefer to tighten their water usage rather than give up Inverness’s independence. “It’s pretty good-tasting water, for one thing,” he said. “And for another thing, it’s a good feeling to have local control over something that’s so important, rather than having to deal with people as far away as Novato.” LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/inverness-40-years-independent-water
Paul Reffell, who touched many lives in West Marin and beyond, recently passed: "Our dear Paul Reffell is off to the great unknown. It is a huge loss to our community and the many many who knew him. He graced us with his loving being, intellect, talent, humor, and consciousness and concern for all things good. It was an honor to know and love him." - Rozalynd Roos Merrill on behalf of Sally Phillips. (Photo and text used from a GoFundMe page, now closed, for his green burial)
"What's in a name? On Jan 6, 1603, Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sighted the headlands on the day of the three wise men. The headlands were named for this day “la Punta de los Reyes" or Point of Kings. 417 years later the name still stands for this magnificent place." - via PRNPS https://twitter.com/PointReyesNPS/status/1214292402388684800
"9 southbound gray whales reported so far today! This one surprised us by being close in." - via PRNPS
Medical emergency in Inverness requiring a Reach helicopter transport tonight. Hopefully everyone ok..
Nice sunset on a nice beach in Point Reyes this evening.
From the Point Reyes Light: "Hoping to boost business at his Tomales Bay Resort, owner Jeff Harriman has ended Blue Waters Kayaking's lease at its launch of 20 years, leaving the company without a shoreside rental location as of December. Mr. Harriman has since embarked on a joint venture with Tomales Bay Expeditions, a start-up run by former Blue Waters employees Cooper Jolley and Brett Miller. The pair will have a smaller presence on the beach, where Blue Waters had served about 5,000 customers a year for the past four years. “At this stage, less volume of rentals is a better fit for the resort,” Mr. Harriman told the Light in an email." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/tomales-bay-resort-downsizes-kayaking
Power out on Balboa Ave in Inverness Park. Car hit a power pole. No estimated time of repair.
Is this cute kitty yours?
The Haggard's Decade Ender
Saturday Night, December 28th
Old Western Saloon
Point Reyes, America

"Let's bust out the vintage Fenders
Time to throw the Decade Ender"
- Glen 'Tinder Baker' Haggard
Nature can be rough. The alpha male elephant seals are at Drakes Beach now and there is some serious fighting going on. There was a huge male on the beach on Sunday when another male came out of the water and decided it was his beach. A vicious brawl ensued. The new male sustained a major injury to its nose and there was blood everywhere. Eventually the new male drove the other male off and then lay on the beach in its injured state. It was intense for all the holiday visitors who witnessed it. If you do go to the beach, stay a very safe distance away from these animals and be prepared for some serious nature happening. (Thx IW, NB, JG)
ROAD CLOSURE - “Early this morning a power pole fell across the roadway in the area of the 5000 block of Lucas Valley Rd., in Nicassio. Due to this Lucas Valley Rd., in this area will be closed, in both directions, for approximately 12 hours. PG&E and other crews are on scene working to get the road open again for traffic.” Via Marin County Sheriff
Just heard a report the Lucas Valley Rd is closed due to a power line down this morning. Can anyone else confirm? Marin County Sheriff's Office? (Thx JR)
"Clear skies and light winds tonight will result in very cool temps. Overnight lows are forecast to be in the low to mid 40s near the ocean, and in the 30s elsewhere, except upper 20s in the coldest inland valleys. Many areas away from the coast will see frost early on Fri." - Bay Area NWS
"A hiker was killed by falling debris caused by a toppled tree Tuesday on a trail in Muir Woods, the Marin County Fire Department said. The victim, a 29-year-old man, was found dead at the scene by emergency crews. A second person suffered minor injuries, and was taken to MarinHealth Medical Center. The identity of the hikers was not released. The incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. when a tree fell into other trees in the Hillside Trail area, causing debris to strike the hikers. The trail was closed for safety reasons at the time." LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/12/25/muir-woods-hiker-killed-by-falling-debris-from-toppled-tree/
That was an intense Christmas Eve. Rolling thunder!
Happy Holidays from the West Marin Feed. May you have a good one. Drakes Beach in Point Reyes this morning. #grateful
Happy Winter Solstice! May all your days filled with sunlight get gradually longer.
Tree blocking one lane just south of Inverness on SFD. Proceed with caution. It’s wet out here, drive safe everyone.
Those things that washed up on Drake's Beach in Point Reyes made it all the way to Saturday Night Live this weekend. So proud of all of us. (thx SD) @nbcsnl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgKE8yjEVyw&t=68
Things got a little awkward at the holiday party in Point Reyes this afternoon.
The big guys are back. And, three older women at the beach asked me where the penis fish were. I’m actually surprised there aren’t more people out there trying to find them. (Spoiler, they’re gone).
‪Big elections in Britain today. But Drakes Beach in Point Reyes with strangely shaped animals washed up on shore is the most shared story.‬ 🤔 (Thx CC)
I think I solved the mystery of why there were so many seagulls at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes the other day. Not exactly what I was expecting. Sorry I missed out on the thousands of stranded, pulsing penis fish. Anyone else see them? https://baynature.org/2019/12/10/naturally-2019-closes-with-thousands-of-10-inch-pulsing-penis-fish-stranded-on-a-california-beach/
Via The Station House in Point Reyes: "The inimitable Ms. Patricia Healy, may she rest in peace. Pat was a force to reckon with: Independent, ambitious, energetic, athletic and creative. She rolled into town after her jazzing-around days in Los Angeles, found her way and her place, and started a little restaurant called "The Station House Cafe" in 1974. They were big shoes to fill but we've done our best. Grateful to Pat for the vision and the opportunity. We're dedicating this week to her legacy. Please join us for a drink in her honor on Monday, December 16 for Happy Hour."
Apparently there was a car on fire on SFD on the top of the Olema hill this morning. Did anyone else see what happened? (thx MsA)
Every seagull in Northern California seemed to be at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today snacking on something in the surf. Anyone know what they were eating?
Point Reyes Gas Station is having a drawing for a huge holiday stocking. Stop by the station to enter, winner is chosen on Sunday, Dec. 20.
The Dance Palace Artisan Craft and Holiday Market is happening this weekend in Point Reyes. There are also holiday craft fairs happening in Bolinas, Muir Beach and San Geronimo this weekend as well. Weather should be nicer tomorrow for driving. Buy local. Buy sustainable.
If you build the helipad, he will come.
So tonight was supposed to be the Path of Lights in Point Reyes, but I think the weather has cancelled a number of the events including posole (rescheduled to Tuesday?) and light the candles at Wells Fargo. Are people still gathering at Tobys and other shops?
“A Wind Advisory has been issued for the Greater Bay Area, Central Coast, and San Benito County from 10 AM Friday until 7 AM Saturday. Note that there may be areas that are sheltered from advisory winds.” - via NWS Bay Area
“The rain has finally arrived and adult salmon have returned to the Lagunitas Creek watershed. After an unusually dry start to the season over five inches of rain fell during the last week. Stream flows are now high enough to allow salmon to migrate through Lagunitas Creek and into tributaries such as San Geronimo Creek and Devil’s Gulch. This is a good time to look for Coho Salmon jumping at the Inkwells, where San Geronimo Creek flows into Lagunitas Creek.” LINK: http://marinwater.org/Blog.aspx?IID=374#item
Via PRNPS. Sort of fitting in a way for the windiest spot on the West Coast. “Lighthouse and lighthouse stairs closed due to winds over 40mph! Due to inclement weather, we are sorry to say that tomorrow's lighthouse 149th anniversary celebrations are cancelled. Save yourself a drive and please stay safe!”
Local legends El Radio Fantastique will play tonight (Black Friday 11/29) at Western Saloon in Point Reyes at 9pm. Going to be a good one, last party before the "atmospheric river" hits. INFO: https://facebook.com/events/s/el-radio-fantastique-black-fri/783919925379105/?ti=icl&__mref=mb
Be prepared. Have supplies. Drive safe. “Strong winds are expected to develop with the next storm system this weekend. A High Wind Watch has been issued for our entire forecast area from Sonoma and Napa Counties south through Monterey and San Benito Counties. An atmospheric river will take aim on the Bay Area this weekend through early next week. Heavy rain at times and gusty winds are expected, with potential for localized flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and power outages.”
Update from Horizon Cable about their outage in West Marin:: "We are currently experiencing an Internet outage in all of Point Reyes, Inverness & Olema. No ETA for restoration at this point.Awaiting replacement equipment. Still hoping for late morning restoration of service"
Sounds like Horizon Cable is down which means many of the stores in West Marin are only accepting cash right now. I just ordered a breakfast taco at Inverness Park Market and had to pay cash.
Be prepared for some weather today. Drive safe. “Forecast precipitation intensity from Noon Tuesday through late Tuesday night. Rainfall will impact the evening commute. Heaviest rainfall will occur as the cold front moves through between about 5 pm and 10 pm.”
More details about the SFD accident: “The California Highway Patrol said one person died in a crash on westbound Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just west of Samuel P. Taylor State Park in the Olema area of west Marin County Monday afternoon. The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. and the coroner's office was summoned at 3:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

The victim's vehicle went down an embankment and hit a tree, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. The Marin County Fire Department responded and found the solo occupant of the vehicle dead, Barclay said. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is expected to be closed until at least 5:30 or 6:30 p.m., Barclay said.” (Thx LF) LINK: https://patch.com/california/millvalley/s/gxdvc/1-dead-west-marin-crash
From a local, have not heard from official channels: “I was just turned around leaving San Geronimo towards point Reyes, there was a fatal accident and SFD is closed ~next two hours.”
"The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has officially delayed the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season south of the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to Dec. 15, which means there will be no Dungeness crab for sale before Thanksgiving. The season had been set to begin last week, but the state moved it at the request of local crab fleets concerned about potential whale entanglements in their fishing gear.

In 2017, Oakland’s Center for Biological Diversity sued the state, alleging that Fish and Wildlife was not doing enough to prevent entanglement of endangered humpbacks and other whales in fishing gear. The case was settled in 2018, resulting in that year’s crab season ending three months early.

Crab fleets recommended the current delay because the settlement spelled out severe ramifications for entanglements — just one can result in harvest restrictions, or even prompt an entire season shut down."

FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Commercial-Dungeness-crab-season-officially-14856983.php
Fariba Bogzaran discusses her new book “Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.” 4 p.m. today (Nov. 24) at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station.
Boat rescue on Tomales Bay tonight. Helicopter and jet skis. Boat had mechanical issues, everyone safe.
Caught this cat out of the corner of my eye while driving around Inverness and realized it was not your average cat.
What is going on in Point Reyes school parking lot right now? Full “incident report” command center being set up? For wind and possible fires?
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