“At the library, reports are coming in of a dog that looks very lost by the Green Barn in Point Reyes. Description is a medium built, black shaggy dog ( might have some border collie) with some white markings running around, scared of people trying to help it. Hope the owner sees this!” (Thx NH)
Nice story about the original Point Reyes Life Saving Service by KQED: “I think they were kind of a different breed of individuals,” says Dell’Osso. “So I'm not sure if they were frightened, or they were, like, gung-ho to go out.” STORY: https://www.kqed.org/news/11659308
User Report: “I just drove into Bolinas and flooding is pretty bad between the nursery and past the school up toward Mesa Road. I got through driving a mid-sized car, but wasn’t sure I was going to get through. There was fire personnel down by the school.” (Thx RG)
Late season “atmospheric river” coming on Friday into Saturday. Unclear how much rain it will bring, but be prepared in case it delivers. “Strong #atmosphericriver still on track to bring moderate/heavy rain to the Bay Area. Now is the time to get ready - clear gutters and nearby storm drains. #cawx #castorm”
An April 1 post here on TWMF lead to a discussion about great white sharks in Tomales Bay. The answer is, yes. Tim Tanner let me repost this photo he had of a great white that was caught in Tomales Bay in the 60's and put on display at Tony's Seafood in Marshall. IG link: https://www.instagram.com/timmy_the_drain/
Spotted late yesterday afternoon in Tomales Bay by a local photographer. It came up for about a minute, splashed around then disappeared. I talked to Scott Anderson and Dave Press about it, and they were both stumped. Great whites don't normally get this far up the bay, but the fins were too pointy for a juvenile humpback whale. I sent to the Academy of Sciences, hopefully they'll have more info. We're staying out of the water until further confirmation...
Don’t forget it’s the KWMR Spring Pledge Drive. We’re lucky to have such an amazing local resource for news, entertainment and emergency purposes. But they need your support to stay on the air. Donate today at: http://kwmr.org/
Trevor Traina is the owner of the much discussed 'Moonrise Kingdom' compound Inverness. "San Francisco native Trevor Traina’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Austria was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. The Foreign Relations Committee’s unanimous voice vote all but guarantees that the tech entrepreneur will win full Senate confirmation. Traina, a registered Republican, was nominated by President Trump in January to be ambassador to Austria. It’s the same post his grandfather, Wiley Buchanan, held under President Dwight Eisenhower. The job has been vacant since Trump took office." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-nominee-and-SF-native-Trevor-Traina-closer-12767240.php
“For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Claire, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.” TWEET: https://twitter.com/kensingtonroyal/status/976039352605335553?s=21
"A person who was collecting mussels over the weekend at Dillon Beach has been hospitalized for shellfish poisoning, according to the Marin County Public Health Department. The victim — who county officials wouldn’t identify — consumed mussels harvested Sunday in Dillon Beach and was hospitalized after suffering from neurological symptoms. Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis said the county’s public health staff was notified of the illness Tuesday. “The person is getting better,” Willis said. “Fortunately, the clinician was aware of the elevated (poison) levels in locally sport-harvested shellfish and made a timely diagnosis.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/health/20180313/dillon-beach-mussel-eater-gets-shellfish-poisoning
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and department. "A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a call near Point Reyes Station died early Thursday when he lost control of his patrol car and careened into a tree, authorities said. A sheriff’s department spokesman said the officer was responding to a call shortly after midnight of a crash on Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station. As he neared the accident scene, his vehicle went out of control as he entered a left curve in the roadway. Emergency personnel from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, and Marin County Fire responded to the scene and closed Highway 1. Fire crews worked to extract the deputy from the vehicle and an air ambulance transport the injured officer to a local trauma center." FULL STORY: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/03/15/marin-county-sheriffs-deputy-dies-in-crash/
"At approximately 5:10 pm firefighters from Inverness FIRE Department and Marin County Fire Department responded to assist a male who was having a reported cardiac emergency. While enroute to the patients location, an air ambulance was requested to respond. Unfortunately, the closest one was 55 minutes away. Due to the extended ETA of the air ambulance , a quick thinking Battalion Chief immediately requested a CHP helicopter to respond. H-30 responded with a 25 minute ETA to the landing zone. When firefighters arrived on scene with the patient, they determined that immediate advance life saving measures were needed to save his life. Due to the quick action of the Marin County Paramedics on scene, they saved his life. The patient was driven with lights and sirens to the waiting CHP Helicopter H-30 where he was in turn transported by a CHP Officer/Pilot and a CHP Officer/Paramedic to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The male patient is currently being treated at the hospital. This patient is alive due to public service agencies working together." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1804748412921086
"Meet Jennie and Harry. These two siblings are in need of a new forever home. They are only three years old and need to stay together. They were our grandma's kitties and love to cuddle and have never been around dogs. Please let us know if you you or someone you know is in need of this adorable pair of double the love. Feel free to share this or tag anyone you think would be a good match. Thank you!" - Sabrina Pelayo
TODAY: “The Inverness Foundation is coordinating a Fire Symposium designed specifically for West Marin which will begin at 1 pm on Sunday March 11th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes. There will be presentations and Q&A with fire experts from UC Berkeley School of Forestry, local Fire Departments, State and Federal agencies. Dick Spotswood, former elected official and Marin IJ contributor will facilitate public participation.” MORE: http://dancepalace.org/events
Anyone else have trash issues this week? "Wed. 3/7 Recology Co did not pick up our garbage yesterday. I live on Vision Rd. When I spoke with their office this am, I got some push back about them coming out today. If your garbage was also missed yesterday, call them and let them know or else be prepared to keep it till next week. Recology 800-243-0291" Sue Swanson. (TWMF did not have its trash in Inverness picked up on Tuesday. Recology said they would not send out another truck and we could put an extra bag in the trash next week.)
"In the late morning, I helped a Western Pond turtle cross Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the Nicasio Valley T- intersection. Since spring is upon us, I'm assuming she may have been looking for a nesting site away from the water to lay her eggs. Please drive cautiously in these sensitive areas. Thanks!!!" - Maricela Perdomo (photo from Wikipedia)
"Bandito, our beautiful Great Pyrenees has been missing from his home in Bolinas, CA. He was last seen on Horseshoe Hill Road on the night of February 28th. He is 5 years old, 90 lbs, neutered and has a microchip. Please help him find his way home. We miss him. Please call or text: 415-250-1261 or 415-868-1412. Many thanks!" - Joan
"It has been 42 years since “Running Fence” subdivided the rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma counties in Christo’s answer to the Great Wall of China. The 24-mile art installation lasted just 14 days before its materials were given to the ranchers whose property it crossed. Some of it is out there still, and this is how Point Reyes artist Madeline Nieto Hope came upon a swath of the white nylon fabric to turn into art of her own.Her two pieces, “Panel of Grommets” and “Fleeced,” are on display in a group exhibition dedicated to recyclables and junk at the Bartolini Gallery in the Marin Civic Center." DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/art/article/Fabric-from-Christo-s-famed-Running-Fence-12736047.php
"The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health notified Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis and other public health staff in Marin about a recent mussel sample from the Chimney Rock sentinel station, within Point Reyes National Seashore. That sample contained levels of paralytic shellfish poison at 37 times the “alert” level. That is the highest level detected in Marin in 20 years." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20180307/marin-waters-deadly-poison-found-in-shellfish
“South winds are increasing across the area ahead of a potent cold front. A wind advisory remains in effect until 10pm across the area. Be sure to secure loose outdoor objects and drive carefully, especially if driving east or west or in a high profile vehicle.” - Bay Area NWS
Via Weather West - “Upcoming storm will be run-of-the-mill in lowlands (widespread but not intense rain+wind), but could be one to remember in lower foothill/coastal mountain communities. Why? Rare combo of very cold air + sufficient moisture for hvy snowfall down to 1500 feet or locally lower!”
Atlas of Decivilization—an eclectic art show inspired by the Geography of Hope Conference—holds an opening reception on Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 8 PM. at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, The show will feature more than 20 contemporary artists. It runs from March 3–29. Additional installations will be sited throughout Point Reyes Station. Curated by Isis Hockenos. Artist Wyatt Hersey is working on this mural on the Grandi Building now.
Its really cold and the rain is coming. When was the last time there was significant snow in West Marin? 2002 according to these pictures from Tim Tanner. You can find more photos from him at: https://www.instagram.com/timmy_the_drain/
"CHP H-32 was assisting Stinson Beach Fire Units with a cliff rescue when a report of an injured 4 year old came in. The location of the injured child was on the Steep Ravine Trail near Whitegate Ranch Road Trail Head. H-32 responded and was overhead within 2 minutes. H-32 landed near the scene for the medical transport. It was reported that a 4 year old male fell approximately 30 feet from the trail and into a creek. The child was being treated by Marin County Fire Department units. H-32 paramedics transported the critically injured child to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he is undergoing treatment." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/posts/1861075520578176
“The retaining wall at Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is now complete! The project repaired old storm damage and installed safety measures to prevent future slides.” - Marin Public Works
This will be good: Inverness Garden Club Fundraiser for the Dance Palace - 02/16/2018 - 7:00pm - $20 adults, $5 children
SHARKS of the Sanctuary is a fundraiser for the Dance Palace by the Inverness Garden Club. Join us for an exciting family-friendly evening of shark stories, photos and videos and then enjoy the traditional dessert smorgasbord!
The program is presented by David McGuire, marine biologist and shark advocate. David McGuire is the director and founder of Shark Stewards. Also presenting is Scot Anderson, pioneering White Shark researcher for the Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators (GTOPP).
"Hi folks. Please drop off tires at the Nicasio Corporation Yard this week through Sunday February 18, 2018. This service is offered by Conservation Corps, North Bay and the National Park Service. We encourage residents to help remove tires roadsides, creeks and properties during this event period. Thank you CCNB and NPS for working together to make this service available to West Marin residents. Please let your neighbors know." - Madeline Hope
I'm confused, anyone else hear about this? "A Monterey County sheriff's deputy arrested three suspects Thursday who allegedly stole property from a business. On Thursday night, sheriff's officials received a call from a resident who saw three men break into a business in Point Reyes Station in incorporated Marin County. The resident said he heard a window break and loud noises coming from inside the store, sheriff's officials said. When a deputy arrived on the scene she allegedly saw three young men walking away from the business. One of the suspects was wearing a pair of rubber gloves, sheriff's officials said." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Deputy-Arrests-3-Suspects-Who-Stolen-Property-12605367.php
"West Marin’s new sheriff’s office watch commander, Lieutenant Jim Hickey, loves every minute of his commute from Novato to the Point Reyes Station substation. The Novato native permanently filled the post left by Lt. Doug Pittman, who has been on sick leave since last summer." Photo by Dave Briggs. FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/meet-station-commander-jim-hickey
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Two new stop signs will be installed on Muir Woods Road to control traffic and improve safety along a narrow stretch of the road. The 150-foot section will operate as an alternating one-way, single-lane roadway. This is a temporary measure until the $5.9 million Muir Woods Road Rehabilitation Project begins in spring 2020. The project, 88% of which is funded by #SB1, will repair 2.4 miles of the popular road. MORE INFO: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2018/dpw-muirwoodsrdsigns-020718
"I found what appears to be a wedding ring on the top of Mt Vision rd today. It was on the side of the road and looks a little beat up - it might have been run over by a car or two - but it looks like a gold wedding band. I’d love to return it to its owner. I’ll hold on to it for about a week in hopes someone sees this post and gets back to me, then I’ll probably pass it off to the sheriff’s office." - Anna Dodge
Our hearts are broken. A memorial fund has been started to support the family. "It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of Ricardo De Santiago beloved Son of Elvira De Santiago and Juan De Santiago, brother to Lorena De Santiago, Ishmael De Santiago, Juan De Sa tiago and Maya De Santiago. Ricardo's passing was sudden and unexpected please help this family meet their go fund me goal of $15,000 to cover the funeral expenses and other unforeseen costs. Thank you for your love and support." LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/ricardo-de-santiago-memorial-fund
No word if the road is open yet. Be prepared to be rerouted. "The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that killed one person Monday in West Marin. The crash was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Shoreline Highway between Point Reyes Station and Marshall. A tractor trailer or dump truck was blocking both lanes of the road, according to preliminary CHP reports." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20180129/west-marin-crash-kills-1-on-shoreline-highway
"The 30-foot whale that washed up at Point Reyes National Seashore last month had wounds that indicated it got tangled in something in the ocean before its death, researchers said Friday. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, which handled the necropsy of the juvenile humpback whale after it washed ashore Christmas Eve, said its team found indented marks and roughed-up skin on the corners of the whale’s mouth, around the back of its neck and in circles on its shoulder blade. Bloody tissue was found around the animal’s neck and head." FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7894651-181/whale-that-washed-up-on
Marin County Department of Public Works "Marin County Traffic & Project Update: The repair project on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) did NOT begin this morning due to early morning rain and overall level of soil saturation. The project is expected to begin this week, weather permitting."
NWS Bay Area: "Here is how rain is projected to develop overnight across the #BayArea, according to the HRRR Model. Rain is forecast to be mostly light to moderate in intensity, except locally heavy in the North Bay. #CAwx #BayAreaRain"
There is a government shutdown, but no official word from the PRNPS yet about what that means. According to SFGate: "National parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite National Park and other parks would make site-by-site decisions as to what to close. While many open-air sites would remain open, most visitor services would cease." Anyone else have updated info? SFGate story: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Here-s-what-shuts-down-in-a-government-shutdown-12511597.php
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Work on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 22. The construction zone will require the closure of one lane of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for heavy machinery access and crew safety. The lane closure will be in effect for the duration of the project, Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic flow will be maintained using alternating one-way access through the work zone, controlled by flaggers, during work hours. However, both lanes will remain open outside of the designated working hours. Travelers should expect delays during peak commuting hours and plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work towards improving the safety and functionality of the roadway.
The Point Reyes Light sheds more light on the recent shark attack in the park. It was exploratory. "Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to 12 feet long—white shark on Dec. 30 in the waters near Drakes Estero." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/drakes-estero-shark-bite-was-likely-investigative
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has opened their wood smoke rebate program for applications. If you have been thinking about removing your fireplace or wood stove or replacing it to a cleaner burning electric heat pump or gas insert, you can receive a sizeable rebate from the Air District. The County of Marin provides an additional rebate that you must apply to separately.
There’s a lively, hopeful display underway these days along Lagunitas Creek in west Marin County, where the return of winter rains has drawn endangered coho salmon up into the stream to spawn. After decades of watching Central California Coast coho stock diminish, it’s heartening to know 3-year-old fish have found their way back home to reproduce and keep the species going at least a while longer. Photo by Richard James. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7874146-181/coho-salmon-return-to-west
"Energetic long-period swell will begin arriving along our coast on Sunday morning and will continue to impact Marin area beaches through Tuesday. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the coast from Sonoma County south to Monterey County." - Marin County Fire
Do people have local rain fall measurements? I heard up to five inches in some West Marin spots. "Total rainfall for yesterday, January 8, 2018 at our weather station in Bear Valley was 3.85 inches!" (Via PRNPS)
Prepare accordingly. Good chance power will go out at some point with that wind. "A potent storm system will begin to spread rainfall over the area late Sunday night. Rain rates will intensify by Monday afternoon. Periods of heavy rain are likely from Monday afternoon through Monday night. Strong gusty winds expected on Monday." - via NWS Bay Area
Thank you to emergency crews for this rescue yesterday. "At approximately 3:40 pm CHP H-30 responded to assist the Marin County Fire Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff Helicopter Henry 1 with an injured hiker at Alamere Falls in rural Marin County. H-30 was airborne and already patrolling Marin County and arrived overhead in 6 minutes. After a brief search of the area H-30 located the injured party at the top of the falls. H-30 landed and a CHP Officer/Paramedic made contact with hiker. After assessing the hiker it was determined that his 6 year old daughter was also injured. The family had been hiking when the daughter slipped and slid down the falls for approximately 15 feet. The father attempted to catch the daughter and also slid down the falls. With the assistance of citizens at the scene the father and daughter climbed back to the top of the falls. Due to the remote location and no cell service the wife/mother of the hiked approximately 1 hour to obtain a cell signal! Due to multiple patients at the scene Sonoma County Henry 1 landed and transport the 6 year old daughter while CHP H-30 transported the father. All parties and were flown to Five Brooks in Marin County and transferred to a Marin County Fire Ambulance. All are expected to make a full recovery. Both rescue helicopters saved Marin County Fire personnel approximately 1 1/2 hours of hiking in to the falls and at least and additional 1 1/2 hour hike back to the trail head and Five Brooks." FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1726675667395028
I have not confirmed this but a reader sent this in tonight: "I was at the Point Reyes post office today and the post master said they will be opening the window to deliver packages tomorrow even though it's Sunday (Dec. 24)." (thx IW)
"A phone and credit cards belonging to Sophia Fenn were found on Forres road in Inverness today and brought to the sheriff station in Point Reyes. If you know Sophia, please tell her to find her stuff there, thank you."
NEW: Frost Advisory added to the San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma Coasts. While San Francisco is NOT included in any frost/freeze products, residents are still encouraged to take necessary actions for the cold weather. #CAwx
Want to buy some very cool local gifts for the holidays? Then check out the West Marin Pop Up Craft Fair today in Point Reyes from 11am - 5pm in the Point Reyes Surf Shop warehouse. MORE INFO HERE: https://m.facebook.com/events/146828452631551?
"In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the county’s contract with Redwood Empire Disposal, an affiliate of the Ratto Group that has serviced the area since 2008. Recology, an employee-owned waste management company that dates back to the 1920s in San Francisco and has pioneered the curbside collection of compostable material, will take over service in West Marin later this month." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/trash-contract-changes-hands
"A search for a 21-year-old Antioch man reported missing over the weekend on a trail south of Muir Beach will continue Tuesday, authorities said. Tyler Silva was on a hike with his girlfriend Sunday on Pirate's Cove Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when he ventured off trail and was separated, according to park spokeswoman Dana Polk. The girlfriend couldn't find him and called for help around 3:30 p.m., according to park rangers." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20171204/marin-rescue-team-seeks-missing-hiker-in-muir-beach
Update from Melinda who was looking for Lorenzo to give him his $100 back, "Hi there! I heard from the rightful Lorenzo and all is well. He suggested that I donate the $100 to a fire relief fund and so I gave it to Undocufund, to help those undocumented workers in Sonoma and Napa counties who lost their homes in the fires to rebuild their lives. Nice guy."
"Biologists working among the West Marin watersheds that compose one of California’s last spawning grounds for coho have spotted two other types of salmon rarely — if ever — seen in the area. The observers witnessed and photographed pairs of chum and pink salmon — also known as humpback salmon for their bowed backs — frolicking in the streams. Both types of fish are common in areas farther north from Oregon to Alaska but are foreigners in West Marin." FULL STORY: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Unusual-Salmon-Show-Up-in-West-Marin-Creeks-460812453.html
"I am looking for someone who lost some money that is now in my possession. It happened on Thanksgiving afternoon at the local bar where I had stopped after a hike with friends. A man named Lorenzo handed me a couple of bucks as I was queuing up some music on the juke box and asked me to out a certain band on. He disappeared before I realized he had mistakenly given me a hundred dollar bill. I would like to give it back to him but don't know how to find him. He has dark hair and a beard, is around 50-55, said he worked on a road crew and is a local. I'm from Sonoma County so I don't know many people in the area to ask. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Melinda Misuraca"
"Maybe I was seeing things, but I am pretty sure I just drove by three loose sheep grazing on the side of Levee Road a little past Love Field. Hopefully they stay out of the road, cars are zooming past!" (thx FOK)
"Marin County is the most racially unequal county in California, according to a new report by Advancement Project California, a Los Angeles-based civil rights organization. The report — which received funding from the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation and the Sierra Health Foundation — arrived at its rankings after examining California counties’ performance in seven key areas: democracy, economic opportunity, crime and justice, access to health care, healthy built environments, education and housing." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/social-affairs/20171120/report-marin-tops-state-in-racial-inequity?source=topstoriesrot