The Bloodstones with Burton Eubank will be playing at the Point Reyes Farmers Market today. Pre power outage vibes.
“KWMR will broadcast on generator power if and when PGE shuts off the power. We plan to broadcast during the full broadcast day, and if there is only a power outage we will shut down overnight, starting again at 7 AM each day with updates. If conditions necessitate 24 hour broadcasting, we will bring you updates as we are able.”
Calm before the wind at the beach in Point Reyes tonight.
Gas station will probably close over weekend. From the coastal health alliance: “Coastal Health Alliance will be open on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 - 3:00. We have a backup generator so even if the power goes out - we will be open. We also expect to be open on Monday, October 28th from 9:00 - 5:00. We are closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1:30.” Be prepared. Tell others.
Ok. This is from the Inverness Disaster Council. This is happening. Get prepared. Please share with people. "As you all probably know, PG&E has determined high fire risk due to a major wind event starting Saturday evening through mid-day Monday. Based on information provided by PG&E, we anticipate there will be a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in virtually all of Marin County with loss of power for at least 24 hours. Outages may start as early as Noon tomorrow, and may last for several days.

Ongoing updates on the PSPS event in Marin will be posted at MarinCounty.org/emergency. You can also track updates via the Sheriff’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor). For information relating to PG&E’s PSPS program, please see:www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

Develop a plan at home
Many resources are available atReadyMarin.org and Prepareforpowerdown.com. Text “marinshutoff” to 898211 to receive automated information about resources. Remember that power outages may disable cellular, landline and Internet communications, so prepare today. For those with access and functional needs, you can find additional resources on Marin HHS’s Preparing for Extended Outages webpage or Ready.gov’s Access and Functional Needs webpage.

At minimum, to prepare for a PSPS outage at home:
Charge your cell phone, laptop, and other devices
Fuel or charge your personal vehicle
Have extra cash, medications, some water and non-perishable food on hand, and
Have a disaster go-bag, plan, and grab-and-go list

Note, Supervisor Rodoni is planning to keep his office hours scheduled for today 2-4pm at San Geronimo Valley Community Center and tomorrow (Saturday 10/26) at Muir Beach Community Center from 10am-1pm. Any changes will be posted on his Facebook page.
All sporting events at Tomales High School have been cancelled today because of air quality.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Join local Fire personnel from Marin County & Inverness Fire Depts on the cooking line, in a benefit for the Point Reyes and Inverness Disaster Councils. Raffle prizes from local & other businesses, fire truck rides, pancakes (incldg gluten-free), eggs, coffee, tea, juice, etc.) in a Green event with help from Madeline Hope & Youth Center kids. Point Reyes Station firehouse, 4th & B Streets, 8-11:30 am
Via the Marin County Sheriff's office: "Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it may activate its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocols in response to a high wind event and Red Flag Warning. At 7:30am this morning, PG&E said it could potentially initiate a planned power shutoff in parts of Marin County between 1pm and 5pm on October 26th, 2019. PG&E estimated that 86,813 metered locations within Marin would be affected by a possible PSPS. The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation. The Emergency Operations Center will be activated in the event of the Public Safety Power Shutoff.

“We are being proactive and mobilizing our resources due to the potential power loss and increased fire threat,” said Supervisor Kate Sears, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. “Public safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will focus our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our residents – especially those with access and functional needs whose health could be impacted by the loss of power.”

The planned duration of the possible shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E. “We’ll work alongside PG&E’s staff to communicate updates using all our outreach tools,” Supervisor Sears said.

PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

For non-emergency information and referrals, contact 211 Bay Area by calling 2-1-1 or text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents). In addition, vulnerable adults can check Marin County Health & Human Services’ online community resource guide for additional information.

911 VS 211
Call 911 for an immediate response from police, fire department, or emergency medical service teams, for crimes happening now, suspicious activity, and life-threatening emergencies.
Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.
Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:

Stay informed

Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

Review plans
Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov."
Winds are forecasted to be up to 80mph in places. Be prepared. “#PSPS outage map suggests that power cuts could extend across *most* of Bay Area this weekend in anticipation of extreme wind event (exception: SF proper & immediate bayshore)! This would likely be among most extensive #BayArea power outages in modern history.”
Via Marin County Fire: "#MuirFire Update: 50 acres in size, 10% contained. No evacuation orders have been issued. Hwy 1 remains closed between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach. Approx. 165 personnel are responding to the fire."
Via Marin County Fire: "Update: 50 acres in size. No structures are threatened; NO evacuation orders have been issued. Hwy 1 is closed btwn Muir beach and Stinson beach. Use alternative routes." From Slide Ranch: "Hi friends! As you probably have heard there’s a fire very close to Slide Ranch. We have evacuated all people and animals. Very stressful but hoping this situation will resolve soon. We hear prognosis is good. Thank you everyone for their messages!" Fire map estimate from Dave Toussaint.
Via Marin County Fire: "#MuirFire near @SlideRanch in #WestMarin is at 40 acres as of 11:35 AM. Wind is blowing offshore. Highway 1 is closed in the area."
Photo from a live feed of the fire near Stinson Beach by Slide Ranch. Apparently it is currently 4-5 acres and not threatening any structures at this time. LIVE FEED: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fire-in-Marin-County-Near-Stinson-Beach-563792211.html
Via Marin County Fire "The wildfire near @SlideRanch between #StinsonBeach and #MuirBeach in #WestMarin is at 4-5 acres and moving toward the ocean. The time of the first call was 10:45 AM. No structures are threatened. Travelers can expect inconveniences as crews respond."
A view of the Kincade Fire from Inverness last night. Didn’t realize you could see it from so far away. Hopefully firefighters make good progress today. (Thx KS)
From NWS, "Heads Up, Bay Area! Although the #KincadeFire isn't causing smoke issues over the Bay Area today, shifting winds tomorrow will likely cause the smoke to be directly over much of the region. Impacts to SFO may begin as early as 11am Friday" FULL ANIMATION: https://twitter.com/NWSCWSUZOA/status/1187405476935241728
As I left the house this morning in Inverness, a very warn and dry wind blew by my face. Going to be an interesting one today. Stay safe everyone. From NWS “Wow😮 Check out the number of weather stations around the Bay Area hitting or near Red Flag conditions.”
Someone in Inverness reported seeing this too. The Orionids are happening now, but it sounds more like space debris? “10.22.2019 @ 8:15pm...just saw a huge shooting star or was it part of the meteor shower? It was a bright green light in the sky -- came over the ocean and then right over Pacifica!” Anyone else see it?
One more cultural event this evening. Local thespian Gene Ptak will be reading poetry accompanied by Christina Stroeh and Kristen McDonald at Toby's in Point Reyes at 7:00pm. Free admission.
**Smoke and Traffic Advisory for West Marin** Please do not call 911. Today (Sunday) a 9.5-acre controlled burn will be conducted at Martin Griffin Preserve will commence at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:00 p.m. There may be smoke in the air for approximately seven hours. Martin Griffin Preserve’s property includes frontage along Shoreline Highway 1. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic.
There is a benefit on Sunday afternoon (10/20) in Bolinas at the hardware store for Miguel Angel Hernandez Salazar who died tragically in a car crash in Point Reyes. Miguel was the head chef at the Eleven restaurant in Bolinas and leaves behind a four year old daughter. There is also a GoFundMe here to help support his family. Thank you. https://www.gofundme.com/f/we-need-your-help-ocupamos-su-ayuda
IMPORTANT CORRECTION. The Point Reyes Light noted in their story about Roberto Barajas' retirement that the going away part is this Saturday. It is actually Friday. Thank you.
Coyote contemplating the ocean out in Point Reyes this morning.
"Our grey cat named rrramon went missing yesterday near the green bridge in Point Reyes and we haven’t been able to find him. Please call or text Danielle at 415-302-0970 if you see him. Thank you!"
Just came across this on bear valley road, no one in it, really hope they’re ok. Lots of deer and fog, please drive safe. Rangers notified.
Who felt the earthquake last night? I did in Inverness Park. “M4.5 020mi NE San Francisco, California 10:34 PM PDT near Walnut Creek, CA.” LINK: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/at00pzei47/executive
Sounds like a solo motorcycle crash on the Marshall/Petaluma Rd. Hopefully everyone ok.
This event is sold out, but it will be live streamed at various local venues. "Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP) will host a book reading and discussion with David Sheff and Nic Sheff, authors of the new book High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Krasny, host of Forum, a news and public affairs program on NPR-member radio station, KQED-FM. David and Nic Sheff have authored several New York Times best selling books on the realities of drug and alcohol use, including Beautiful Boy and Tweak. The 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nic, were adapted from both memoirs. Additionally Nic Sheff is the author of We All Fall Down and David Sheff authored Clean. The Sheff books will be on sale at the event, which is free, in support of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

This is an incredible chance for local parents and youth to understand the risks of experimenting with drugs and how stress, pressure and confusion can trigger adolescent substance use. David and Nic Sheff will share their experiences as father and son and discuss how addiction entered their lives. One in 10 kids will get addicted to substances over their lifetime and the earlier a child starts, the more likely they will have substance use issues later in life. This is also a unique opportunity to hear the realities of substance use specific to Marin County and create a dialogue about its impact on our community.

Marin County has significantly higher rates of alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use, both among youth and adults, when compared to the rest of California and across the county."

MORE INFO: https://www.bookpassage.com/event/marin-healthy-youth-partnerships-presents-evening-david-and-nic-sheff-angelico-hall-dominican
The flooded part of the road in PRNPS heading out to Drakes Beach and the lighthouse has been temporarily fixed with some very large gravel. Take care, go slow, especially with low clearance cars.
Heard lots of reports that a very low PG&E helicopter with a video camera was circling over Inverness and Point Reyes this morning which seems strange for a Sunday, (Thx LN)
Biologist finds ancient mammoth molar on on shores of Tomales Bay. “This theory of a “California Serengeti,” is supported by numerous mammoth remains already discovered at various places around the county. They include sites in Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen, Valley Ford, Graton, and on the Estero de San Antonio near Bodega Bay, as well as in Bodega Bay itself, where a mammoth tusk and lower jaw with an attached tooth were found near Bodega Head in 1972.” FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10135759-181/paleontologists-hopes-ancient-mammoth-molar
Jut heard a report that stoplights are out in San Anselmo and traffic is a nightmare. Plan accordingly. (Thx SP)
"UPDATE: PG&E crews are staged in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Southern Marin Counties. PG&E crews are waiting for an “all clear” based off of weather conditions to start inspections (prior to the restoration process). Inspections could take quite some time. We’ll keep you updated." LINK: https://twitter.com/ilike_mike/status/1182412108689883136
Here is the full article and video of local rancher Kevin Lunny's visit with the President which made it into the national press cycle today. “The president didn’t fail to bring up the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which his administration has been vehemently resisting. 'No American should ever face such persecution from their own government — except perhaps your president,” Trump joked before turning toward Lunny. “Don’t feel bad, Kevin. They treated you better than they treat me. I do believe that’s true.'” LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/10/10/video-trump-criticizes-drakes-bay-oyster-company-closure-before-signing-transparency-orders/
Politico reporter Carla Marinucci on Kevin Lunny's visit with the President today: "This may be the rare case where many Marin Co. residents agree w @RealDonaldTrump -- who today at WHouse highlighted case of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Owner Kevin Lunny had to destroy 20 mil oysters & close his popular business b/c Dept. of Interior refused to renew its permit." LINK: https://twitter.com/cmarinucci/status/1182067068562132992
"The Marin Municipal Water District is asking all customers to conserve water and to have a stored supply for their families during PG&E’s ongoing Public Safety Power Shutoff. The water district is asking all customers not to use water for irrigation or other outdoor uses, and to reduce their indoor water use.

Customers should store at least a three-day emergency supply of water of two gallons per person, per day. Remember to include extra water for those with special needs and for pets. PG&E estimated Wednesday that power shutoffs could last up to six days.

The Marin Municipal Water District has taken precautions to prepare for the PG&E power shutoff and has installed backup generators at water treatment plants to continue to provide water from its reservoirs.

The water district has also prepared a fleet of generators that are being placed at pump stations throughout Marin as needed to keep water tanks full and to ensure service is not impacted. Conserving water during emergencies such as power outages is critical to ease the demand on backup generators and ensure we have an adequate water supply for firefighting, drinking water and other essential needs."
I'm getting updates from the NYTimes about power outages right now. That's where we're at. "Second round of outages planned for the Bay Area was delayed." LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/us/pge-shut-off-power-outage.html
From Marin Public Works: "REMINDER! Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Pt Reyes National Seashore. Wed 10/9: One lane of traffic open during work. Thurs 10/10: SFD closed to traffic 7am-7pm; no access on SFD beyond Pierce Pt Rd."
Here is the current outage map for West Marin according to PG&E. Power is still on in Inverness Park but is out in parts of Marin like Marin City and Sausalito. Very few updates available beyond that at this time.
CRITICAL UPDATE: Power Outages in Marin - PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

At 2:45pm today, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) notified the County that it will conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) tomorrow in response to high temperatures, Red Flag conditions and high winds. This planned power shutoff will occur in/near areas of Bolinas, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Olema, Sausalito, and Stinson Beach by 4:00am Wednesday morning. The duration of the outage is unknown and will be determined by PG&E.

The decision to turn off the power and the speed at which it is restored is managed solely by PG&E. All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via pge.com/pspsupdates or and (866) 743-6589.

Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

For other, non-emergency questions related to available services in areas experiencing an extended outage, please call 2-1-1.

Public safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will focus our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our residents – especially those with access and functional needs whose health could be impacted by the loss of power. Seniors and vulnerable populations who may be adversely affected by an extended outage can contact Marin Health and Human Service’s resource line at (415) 457-INFO to access available resources. Fire agencies in Marin have increased staffing resources during the heightened threat. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation.

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:

• Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
• Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
• Watch for wireless emergency alerts if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.
• Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
• Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.

• Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
• Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
• Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
• Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
• Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
• Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
• Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
• Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
• Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
• For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov
Lesson learned from past fire seasons, be sure to fill up your gas tank on your way home (or go fill it up now if you are home). Having a tank on or close to empty is very stressful if unforeseen events happen. Grab some extra water and non-perishable food supplies for yourself and the pets as well.
We received a phone call in Inverness that PG&E will be flying helicopters inspecting power lines this week between 9am and 4pm. They will be flying between 300 and 400 feet. So if you see low flying helicopters in West Marin, that's probably them.
A perfect day at the beach today brought out all sorts of people.
Fire department investigating issue behind the station house in Point Reyes. Road temporarily closed until they finish
Early morning, low fog in Point Reyes.
Saturday sunrise. 🏆
“The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area above 1000 feet, which is in effect from 8 PM Saturday Evening to 10 AM Sunday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong off shore winds with gusts to 20-35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 18-28%.”
The Western v2.0
"Michael Mery Died September 28 at his home in Point Reyes Station, surrounded by family. He was 80. Michael's main interest was the local West Marin community and how to keep it vital. He was in on the ground floor, organizing, raising funds, and advocating for the West Marin Clinic, the Tomales Bay Watershed Council, and the EAH affordable housing project. His parents Larry and Megan, were successive Inverness postmasters from 1936 to 1972. He attended West Marin schools, Tomales High School and Drake, before heading out of town for his undergraduate and graduate degrees." OBITUARY: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=michael-mery&pid=194037496
Hearing reports of traffic backing up in Nicasio tonight. Apparently they are shooting a commercial for Sylvania Headlights tonight and tomorrow night in West Marin. "The proposed filiming will take place from 7:30pm until 6:00am each on Monday, Sept. 31 and Tuesday, Oct. 1." They will be shooting around Nicasio and Point Reyes. So be prepared for stoppages at various times. (Thx RC)
A very sad ending to this story of the missing person we posted a few weeks ago (Andy Nakashima was last seen at the gas station in Point Reyes). Our condolences go out to the family and friends. Via Alyssa Fritz: "Thank you to all who have been concerned and have helped in our efforts to find Andy and bring him home. We learned recently from local police officers that Andy has passed away. We don't know all the details of his passing, but he was found in his car in a beautiful remote spot along the Mendicino coast under some pine trees close to the Pacific ocean where the sound of waves could be heard.

During this difficult time, please be respectful to the family who are mourning this loss.

We are planning a celebration of Andy’s life on November 2nd at Unity in Marin at 600 Palm Dr., Novato, CA, from 1:00-3:00 pm with a reception after. In the evening, those who want to continue the celebration, we are going to light a bonfire at Muir Beach at 5:30 pm.

Both old and new friends are welcome. No matter how long Andy was a part of your life, we would love for you to attend and share your memories of this extraordinary human being.

Please feel free to share and please RSVP so we can have an idea as to how many will be attending. Thank you."

An eagle eyed WMF contributor was watching the Bodega Bay buoy camera when a humpback whale popped up. Very cool. (Thx TB) BUOY LINK: https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46013
“The RockSoberFest music festival, launched two years ago by Marin County producer/theater director Jeffrey Trotter, is coming to Petaluma’s fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 28. Described by Trotter as Northern California’s largest “fun and sober” music festival, the event was championed by the late Stefanie Keys, who was slotted to headline the Petaluma event, before passing away in July after a battle with cancer.” INFO: https://www.petaluma360.com/entertainment/10055057-181/good-clean-fun-at-petalumas
We are lucky to have a local pharmacy, so please support the West Marin Pharmacy when you can. They are having a sale this week "Save $$$!!! Say you saw it on FB! 10% off all purchases except rx and items already on sale, and the more you buy the more you save- If you spend $50.00- get 20% off!!! Hurry only until Sept. 24th!!!"
“Marin county fire reports that the west bound lane of Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed in the vicinity of Nicasio Valley Road due to a multiple vehicle crash.” - via KWMR
What a day. Anyone have any temperature readings from West Marin? “94 at 4 pm in San Francisco broke today's previous record high maximum temperature 93 in 1954.” Hopefully back to normal tomorrow.
DUE TODAY! Public comments on the Point Reyes National Seashore's General Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This is the last stage of public involvement.
Comments must be received by 10:59 PM PST today.
LINK: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=97154
Connect the dots.
Reports of a car flipped over into a field near North Beach in PRNPS.
Accident at Rt1 and PR/Petaluma Rd. Hopefully everyone ok. Expect some delays.
Next week is going to be dry. “A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills & Diablo Range above 1000 feet from 9 PM Monday to 5 AM Wednesday due to dry/gusty offshore winds and low RH.”
Venus in Scorpio
A local West Marin band plays
Funky Northern California Soul
With DJ Ron Ison closing the night
At The Western Saloon
Saturday Sept 21st
9pm Tickets $10
Tickets available at the door

Band members include
Michael Pinkham-drums, Brian Wilkerson on Bass, Eli Carlton-Pearson on Guitar, Amber Hines and Kegan Stedwell on Vocals and Taylor Cutcomb on Keys.
Big bike ride today in West Marin. Be careful, be safe. https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=30204&pg=entry
If you get a chance, check out the "The Hog Island" episode of The Chef Show on Netflix. Actor/Director Jon Favreau and Chef Roy Choi get the inside scoop on Tomales Bay and oysters from Hog Island owners John Finger and Terry Sawyer. LINK: https://www.netflix.com/title/81028317
Via PRNPS: "Congratulations to the 26 new U.S. citizens from 16 countries that participated in the naturalization ceremony today at Point Reyes National Seashore!" (this actually happened yesterday)
More hot weather on the way. "Seasonably cool conditions will persist region-wide today with a warming trend to get underway beginning Friday. Look for even warmer temperatures by Saturday." - via NWS Bay Area
It feels like the creator of this surf guide to "Kehoe Beach" may have had one or two too many cold ones from the sponsor. If you watch the video, you'll notice a strange new bridge on the trail out there. Maybe best to just stick with Bolinas as an accessible and user friendly surf spot in West Marin in the future. Or just don't talk about surf spots at all. VIDEO: https://www.surfer.com/features/how-to-surf-point-reyes-kehoe-beach/
“West Marin's Day of the Dead! This beloved annual event has become the largest latino community celebration in West Marin. This unique multicultural and multigenerational community event honors our loved ones past, with a ceremony, pageantry, music, food,and celebration. Community members construct a large community altar for people to place photos and mementos of our loved ones. We are funded fully by private donations. Everyone that works on this event volunteers their time so we are able to keep the cost of the event low. Day of the Dead is free community event, all ages welcome, and some activities include face painting, a procession, a local chorus, children chorus, a heart warmingl ceremony, and a bowl of posole for ALL!” LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/f/day-of-the-death
"Marin supes authorize final purchase of Coast Guard facility." via https://twitter.com/HalsteadRichard/status/1174009501118189568
This was posted on a local community forum in Point Reyes this week. “Has anyone lost their raccoon and pigeon? The pigeon is quite large, plump and very well preened. And is wearing a blue leg band. Seems quite tame.
The raccoon is silver and black, very tame and appears to be travelling with the pigeon. And no...I haven't been smoking anything funny.”
ROAD WORK UPDATE & REMINDER: The safety improvement project on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at White’s Hill area will continue.

Please see the image for details regarding the newly scheduled NIGHT WORK for this project. The night work on Sir Francis Drake near White’s Hill will begin TONIGHT at 8:00PM, and continue on the nights of September 17, 18, 19 and 22.

The stretch of roadway will operate with single-lane closures with alternating traffic control in place between the hours of 8:00PM and 5:00AM each night.

Both travel lanes on Sir Francis Drake will remain open until 8:00PM each evening and both lanes will be opened no later than 5:00AM each morning.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience during this important roadway safety improvement project.

Marin County Sheriff's Office Marin County Government”
Accident on SFD just past Lagunitas. Expect delays.
There was a bug in the system which prevented this site from posting updates. Should be fixed now, I will repost the updates that did not make it to the web site. Thank you. (thx AN)
A spectacular heat wave moonrise over Point Reyes tonight.
Turned around and got the sunset twilight shot of hay bale shuffling by the reservoir.
Nice shout out to a local volunteer in the MarinIJ this week. "Volunteer of the week: West Marin Senior Services’ Dave Osborn - Dave is a volunteer we count on,” says Amena Hajjar, nutrition and communications coordinator. “He is generous with his time in two of our older adult programs. Dave arrives weekly at the community lunch to set up and then sticks around to clean up, always with a careful eye for details. Dave also volunteers to drive clients from Point Reyes to San Rafael to doctor appointments. He is generous and thoughtful. Thanks, Dave, for your ongoing support to West Marin older adults.” - Agency: West Marin Senior Services’ mission is to help seniors live safely and with dignity in our community. LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2019/09/04/volunteer-of-the-week-west-marin-senior-services-dave-osborn/
Via the Point Reyes Light: "West Marin natives Terra Livingston and Sierra Swenson opened up their new shop, The Little Store, in Point Reyes Station last Friday. They will sell vintage clothing jewelry and handmade items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays." Photo by Dave Briggs. LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/little-store-opens-point-reyes-station
Please help find a local lost cat. “Qusco has been missing since last night from Hwy 1 north of Point Reyes between Campolindo and Mesa Rd. He has an adorable smudge on the side of his nose. Toni 663-1313”
“Hit and run at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday in Pt. Reyes Station at stop sign in front of Wells Fargo heading North on Hwy One. Large Grey Dodge Ram Pick Up Truck with two yellow kayaks on top hit a Silver Tesla Model S. Pickup drove away recklessly north on highway one for at least 15 miles through Marshall. Please call Chris at 415-250-7371 or the California Highway patrol with information including the driver’s name or license number. Thanks!”
“New at Miller Boat Launch in Marshall, CA: Free life jacket loaning station. This safety project is a collaboration between Marin County Parks and the state Department of Boating and Waterways: @Boat_California”
‪Motorcycle down on HWY1 north of Nicks near Marshall, CA in the eucalyptus- one lane closed- sheriff directing traffic (Thx AZ)‬
Cheers to the cast and crew of the play “As You Like It” that just ended it’s run at @stcolumbasinverness. Well done!
I heard rumors there was a high speed chase in West Marin possibly Point Reyes today? Around 11:40pm? There was a helicopter flying around low and all sorts of sirens? Suspect possibly hit a tree? Clearly I did not get the full story. Does anyone else know what happened?
Sounds like someone was climbing rocks by Slide Ranch in Stinson Beach and was injured by falling rocks. Helicopter assistance was required to transport them out. (thx WS)
Just drove to Point Reyes from Inverness. Based on the weather, the inbound traffic and the vibe in town, WMF advises to quickly get your supplies and coffee (if you haven’t already) and shelter in place. Unless you’re going to see the play!
The fantastic production of "As You Like It" at St. Columba's Church in Inverness featuring a stellar local cast still has tickets available! You can buy tickets online or just show up at the door (tickets are $25). There are THREE shows left this weekend. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 4:00pm. WMF cannot recommend this show enough! MORE INFO: https://asyoulikeitinverness.bpt.me/
Feels like a good day to shelter in place if you live here. Inbound traffic is solid. Be prepared for late in the day traffic exodus.
‪A huge thank you to local fire crews and first responders who kept a potentially major fire in check with minimal damage up at Spring Coyote Ranch north of Point Reyes. (Photo by Spring Coyote Ranch)
UPDATE: Crews making good progress on containment. Forward progress - “MCFD resources are responding to #Marconifire , a 2 acre fire , Shoreline Highway near Marconi Conference Center, Marshal. No evacuation orders at this time. @CalFireNews assisting with response, including air resources and hand-crews.“ Photo via WMF
Dolores Huerta Coming to West Marin School, Point Reyes School

Friday, August 30th, 2019
5 pm to 8:30 pm
❖ Food and Mariachis - 5 to 6:30
❖ Main Event - Doors Open 6:30pm (Childcare Provided)

“WEST MARIN, ¡Sí se puede! - Yes, We Can!”

Come & share an evening with civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. “Sí se puede” (Yes We Can) is the motto she coined for the United Farm Workers which she co-founded with Cesar Chavez. In 2012, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Through the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Ms. Huerta inspires and organizes communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. Visit them at http://doloreshuerta.org
"Voters in Bolinas-Stinson Union School District and Inverness passed two ballot measures for special taxes in an all-mail election Tuesday.

The vote for Measure B, a renewal of the special parcel tax to support programs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, was 361 yes and 136 no. A two-thirds majority was required for passage.

The vote for Measure C, a special parcel tax to pay for road work in Inverness, was 18 yes and 1 no. Measure C also needed two-thirds majority to pass.

Measure B aimed to renew and increase the school district parcel tax of $300 per year by $18 for five years. The current parcel tax expires on June 30.

The tax was billed as a way to “continue funding quality educational programs.” The measure includes a senior citizen exemption option.

Measure C for Inverness Permanent Road Division No. 2 called for a special tax of $1,417 per improved parcel and $708 per unimproved parcel per year for 10 years."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/27/west-marin-residents-approve-two-tax-measures/
"Marin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected arsonist Tuesday in connection with a wildfire near Woodacre. Authorities said a Marin County Fire battalion chief was flagged down by the suspect near Spirit Rock, and claimed to have started the fire. The suspect admitted to setting personal effects on fire while on the ridge, but the fire grew out of control and he was unable to put the fire out." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/27/marin-crews-battle-5-acre-wildfire-near-woodacre/
Via Marin County Fire: “#SpiritFire holding at 16 acres, 60% containment with forward progress stopped. Crews will remain on scene overnight with continued mop-up tomorrow. Expect full containment late tomorrow. This will be our last update for the night.” (Thx Lavetta/Jojo)
Sir Francis Drake Blvd is open. Via KTVU “#SpiritFire in Marin Co. has slightly spread to 10 acres (up from 5). 30% contained. Fwd rate of spread slowed per @marincountyfire. Ross Valley Fire and Cal Fire are assisting with the response. Air attack crews and tankers are involved.”
UPDATE “Half way up ridge behind Spirit Rock-Approx 5 acres - Evac warning for E. Rancho Santa Margarita” - Via KWMR “Fire units are responding to a vegetation in the vicinity of Spirit Rock. Reported to be 2-3 acres.” Fire is growing. Heavy machinery and air support have been deployed, use caution in the area. (Thx LP)
Reminder from PRNPS: Join us this week for public meetings on the General Management Plan Amendment!

Tues, Aug 27, 5-7p
West Marin School Gym
Point Reyes Station, CA

Wed, Aug 28, 5-7p
Bay Model Visitor Center
Sausalito, CA

To formally comment: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/poregmpa
Some sandcastles from the contest at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today.
Via PRNPS: “A rare beaked whale was found on Drakes Beach by @GFNMS Beach Watch volunteers. Biologists think it might be a Hubb's beaked whale, but genetic testing is needed to confirm the species. Staff from the park & @calacademy recovered the carcass for further testing.📸G. Bennett.”
"Marin County is poised to purchase the former U.S. Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station for $4.3 million, clearing the way for the property’s use for affordable housing – a scarce commodity in West Marin.

“We currently have a signed offer to purchase from the U.S. Coast Guard to sell the property to the county,” Eric Lueder, chief property agent in the county’s Public Works Department, told supervisors this week. At Lueder’s direction, the supervisors Tuesday approved a resolution issuing a notice of intent to purchase the property."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/14/marin-county-to-buy-coast-guard-housing-for-4-3-million/
There is someone with some serious injuries in the park. Emergency crews on the scene.
A local resident sent in this very sad picture from North Beach in Point Reyes yesterday. A dead porpoise washed up with very gnarly gash on its left eye (most likely the start of scavenging). As Sue Pemberton points out in the comments, "when you find dead marine mammals: fresh dead cetaceans like this should be called into the Marine Mammal Centers rescue line at 415-289-7325, and/or the dispatch office at PRNS." (thx KO)
"A new show featuring legendary local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata, local wood artist Ido Yoshimoto and photographer Rich Clark is opening at Toby's in Point Reyes this weekend. Please come join them this Saturday, August 17 from 2 to 4 PM for an artists' reception."
WMF was at Chicken Ranch Beach last night (Thursday) at 6:00pm when a local resident's mini-van had their rear window smashed. There was also another reported window smash at the same spot on Wednesday which makes it three now. So something is definitely going on. The Marin County Sheriff has been notified, but if you are going to the beach there, do not leave valuables in your car. And let's all keep our eyes open and see if we can spot whoever is doing this. Someone driving by? Hiding in the bushes? It's very odd.
WMF went to bed earlier and missed the massive power outage. Thanks to everyone who reported it. Sounds like this might happen more in the future, so prepare accordingly. “Power was restored early Friday after a massive overnight outage turned out the lights to approximately 54,000 residents across Marin County, according to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The outage hit around 10 p.m. with reports of outages in Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere, Tiburon, Corte Madera, San Rafael, Novato and across to West Marin.

“I think we were definitely overwhelmed but we had the staffing to deal with it,” Marin County Sheriff Brenton Schneider said. “Overall, I think it’s a good lesson as this is going to happen more often with the planned shutoffs.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/16/marin-power-outage-affects-54000-people/
An amazing orange moon tonight over Point Reyes. Anyone else get a good picture of it?
Update on the accident from yesterday. "Teamwork had all hands on deck yesterday. Vehicle accident over the edge near Steep Ravine with poor 911 connection. CHP H30 located accident. Three transported to various hospitals. CHPMarin investigating."
I missed this earlier. Fortunately was contained. "Car Fire on Nicasio Valley Road appears to have spread to surrounding foliage. Single helicopter and multiple local agencies responding including Woodacre FD." (thx ALO)
Sounds like a car went off the cliff on Rt 1 by Stinson Beach and there is a major rescue operation underway. (Thx JM)
I believe this means the Green Bridge in Point Reyes is closed on Tuesday from 10am to noon. Plan accordingly.
Get out there! “Active between July 17 and Aug. 26, the show peaks around Monday night into Tuesday morning, or Aug. 12-13. The Perseids light up the night sky when Earth runs into pieces of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The dirty snowball is 17 miles wide and takes about 133 years to orbit the sun. Its last go-round was in 1992. Usually between 160 and 200 meteors dazzle in Earth’s atmosphere every hour during the display’s peak. They zoom through the atmosphere at around 133,000 miles per hour and burst about 60 miles overhead.” (Thx SH)

MORE INFO: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/science/meteor-shower-perseids.html
The many moods of Elephant Mtn in Point Reyes. Going to be a nice one today.
Couldn’t get a great shot, but there is a pod of humpback whales feeding off Point Reyes right now, some quite close to shore. #whales
‪Spotted this owlet in Point Reyes today.‬ (Thx SK)
Local favorites, The Haggards are playing tonight in Bolinas at Smileys. Show starts at 9:00pm. http://smileyssaloon.com/events/66959805581-the-haggards/
“A San Rafael man was arrested after allegedly robbing a West Marin grocery store and assaulting a cashier, authorities said.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 5 p.m. Tuesday about a robbery at the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station.

The caller reported seeing a man stealing items, assaulting a cashier and being chased out of the store by another employee, sheriff’s Sgt. Brenton Schneider said. The attacker did not display a weapon.”

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2019/08/07/san-rafael-man-booked-on-point-reyes-strong-arm-robbery/
Public comment on Park Service’s plan:

The public review and comment period is open until Sept. 23. The National Park Service will host two public meetings to share information and gather public feedback.

5 to 7 p.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the West Marin School, 11550 Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes Station.

5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

For more information and to comment:

Go to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=97154

Or write to:

GMP Amendment, c/o Superintendent
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

RANCH PLAN DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/New-Point-Reyes-management-plan-riles-up-14291769.php?psid=fn2fx#photo-13233832
"The annual Inverness Fair will take place on the Firehouse Green in Inverness on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a pancake breakfast set for 8 a.m. The Fair, produced by the Inverness Association, is a free community celebration with music, food, drinks, cake raffles, interactive activities, and legendary book and plant sales all benefitting local non-profits.

This year’s Fair starts with a pancake breakfast prepared and organized by the teens of the Tomales Bay Youth Center at 8 a.m. The Fair formally opens at 10 a.m. when the road closes on Inverness Way. The entertainment lineup includes a scene from the local Shakespeare summer performance of As You Like It, fiddle playing by Just Us and on-the-spot poems written by Silvi Alvicar. There will be three cake raffles with the best of the local baker’s cakes and pies as prizes, a postcard booth with local vintage postcards, a photo booth, button-making, and the Inverness passport game and raffle. Fair organizer Mike Parkinson has produced a passport just for the Fair that participants can travel around with, collecting passport stamps from all the presenters. Holders of full passports will be entered in a raffle.

The food, always a highlight, includes tostadas benefitting the Waterdogs swim program, hot dogs from the Inverness Yacht Club, local oysters by Saltwater, ice cream, pie and sweets by West Marin Senior Services & CLAM. Beer, wine, lemonade, and hot cocoa are also to be found among the various booths.

The Inverness Garden Club holds a vast rummage sale along with their hugely popular plant sale, and the book lovers of Inverness produce a used book sale that captures a large audience and moves hundreds of books out into the world."
In Point Reyes tonight! "Did you know that Tuesday, August 6, is National Night Out? One the first Tuesday in August everyone is invited to get out and join local law enforcement and public safety personnel and other first responders for block parties where you can learn about safety and crime prevention, and meet your neighbors." Point Reyes Substation, 101 4th Street, Point Reyes Station 94956: 4–8 pm
Reported by a local resident: “A couple (tourists), parked their car at Chicken Ranch beach this morning at 9:30am to take photos. When they returned to car 10 minutes later, their window were smashed and backpacks stolen. Sounds like a weird lying in wait type thing.” Anyone see this or hear about it? A lot of robberies in San Geronimo too. Keep your eyes open. (Thx BM/SM)
Please join Congressman Jared Huffman for a town hall in Point Reyes, CA on Monday, August 5, 2019. Rep. Huffman will give an update from Washington D.C., talk about his priorities for California’s North Coast, and respond to your questions.
When: Monday, August 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Dance Palace, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
MORE INFO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-huffmans-town-hall-8519-tickets-66360886197
Not sure why this was just published, but glad the whale is ok. "The Marine Mammal Center, NOAA Large Whale Entanglement Response Team and the U.S. Coast Guard joined forces with the Research Collective to free the whale about 40 miles off Point Reyes on July 10." (thx JS) FULL STORY: https://www.ksby.com/news/whale-tangled-in-fishing-gear-and-buoy-mooring-rescued-off-n-calif-coast
‪And here we are. I’m surprised it took this long.‬
Farmers market in Point Reyes, big concert at Love Field and a major bicycle ride happening around West Marin today. Lots of traffic, prepare accordingly. And this guy walking his pig. Seemed appropriate.
Andy's credit card was last used at the Point Reyes gas station. "Andy Nakashima has been missing since Sunday evening (July 21st). His phone has been off since and no one has seen or heard from him. I've known him over 10 years and I'm deeply concerned as well as his other friends, family, and clients. He has been known for going "off grid" before but in the past has always let someone know. This time is different. He just up and left. Please let one of us know if you've seen or heard from him. We're all worried sick.
His license plate number for the 1996 Silver 4 Runner is 5UFY027.
Alyssa: 415.320.4948
Fedor: 707.291.0513
Travis: 415.261.7374
His dad, David: 415.278.1088"
"For our longtime customers and friends of Brickmaiden, we are excited to announce our soft retail opening Thursday, August 1 & Friday, August 2, 8am - 4pm at 40 4th St., Point Reyes Station"
A local resident said they had a 'Ride the Trump Train' sticker put on their car while they were parked in the vicinity of Point Reyes. Anyone else have this happen? A new campaign strategy emerging? Or just a one time inspired act of passion? As you can see from the photo, it was serious hassle to remove.
KWMR is turning 20 years old! Help support this important local resource at www.kwmr.org.
"Investigators are still trying to determine why a gasoline truck that was too long to be driving on a popular Marin County road overturned this past weekend west of San Rafael, spilling 2,100 gallons of fuel and shutting down the road for nearly 24 hours. Cleanup of the spill is expected to take up to a week, during which motorists will be restricted to alternating one-way controlled traffic at the crash site on Lucas Valley Road west of Westgate Drive." FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/2-100-gallon-fuel-spill-in-Marin-County-14265084.php?psid=fm7RM
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