“Drift smoke from Northern California Fires in Marin County. There are no active fires currently in Marin.” Ross Valley Fire
"It is with great sadness that I must announce that Planned Feralhood will no longer be able to offer the service of our TNR - Trap/Neuter/Return/Feed & Monitor program for feral cats. Nor will we be able to provide a foster and adoption program for kittens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/posts/1914128051939589
Police activity at White House pool on SFD this morning. Heard one report that a car may have gone in, but that’s not confirmed. Anyone else know?
“At the library, reports are coming in of a dog that looks very lost by the Green Barn in Point Reyes. Description is a medium built, black shaggy dog ( might have some border collie) with some white markings running around, scared of people trying to help it. Hope the owner sees this!” (Thx NH)
“The National Park Service was forced to close a parking lot at Stinson Beach for the weekend Saturday after it was heavily damaged by flooding. The heavy rain Friday night caused the small creek that normally runs through and underneath the parking lot to flood.” FULL STORY: http://abc7news.com/weather/stinson-beach-parking-lot-badly-damaged-by-flooding/3313623/
“Flooded section of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. between the Estero Trail Access Rd. and Schooner Bay. Please use extreme caution. Be aware of vehicle limitations. If in doubt, do not proceed.” - Via PRNPS
Road repairs can’t come to soon. “The #lighthouse is closed today due to flooded road conditions on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. impeding reliable access to the headlands.” - via PRNPS
Nice story about the original Point Reyes Life Saving Service by KQED: “I think they were kind of a different breed of individuals,” says Dell’Osso. “So I'm not sure if they were frightened, or they were, like, gung-ho to go out.” STORY: https://www.kqed.org/news/11659308
User Report: “I just drove into Bolinas and flooding is pretty bad between the nursery and past the school up toward Mesa Road. I got through driving a mid-sized car, but wasn’t sure I was going to get through. There was fire personnel down by the school.” (Thx RG)
A user just reported this “Shoreline Unified including high school will be dismissed early today due to heavy rains. WMS 1:30 THS 1:00” I have not confirmed with Shoreline. (Thx SP)
“A fire engine has now gotten stuck in the flooded area of Shoreline just south of Tomales-Petaluma Road. If you are planning to be in the vicinity do not attempt to pass the flooded area.” - via KWMR
Car in a ditch by Inverness Park Market, emergency vehicles on way. Hopefully everyone ok. Drive safe everybody, it’s slick out there. (Thx SP)
Apparently a lot of location scouts in town today for some show called 'The OA' on Netflix. Very exciting. (Thx DW)
Late season “atmospheric river” coming on Friday into Saturday. Unclear how much rain it will bring, but be prepared in case it delivers. “Strong #atmosphericriver still on track to bring moderate/heavy rain to the Bay Area. Now is the time to get ready - clear gutters and nearby storm drains. #cawx #castorm”
Motorcycle hit a deer at 8:15pm on SFD by Inverness. Motorcyclist ok, deer not ok. Minor delay in traffic until they clear the area. (Thx SP)
An April 1 post here on TWMF lead to a discussion about great white sharks in Tomales Bay. The answer is, yes. Tim Tanner let me repost this photo he had of a great white that was caught in Tomales Bay in the 60's and put on display at Tony's Seafood in Marshall. IG link: https://www.instagram.com/timmy_the_drain/
Spotted late yesterday afternoon in Tomales Bay by a local photographer. It came up for about a minute, splashed around then disappeared. I talked to Scott Anderson and Dave Press about it, and they were both stumped. Great whites don't normally get this far up the bay, but the fins were too pointy for a juvenile humpback whale. I sent to the Academy of Sciences, hopefully they'll have more info. We're staying out of the water until further confirmation...
Canary in the coal mine. Going to be a crowded day, I heard last night some restaurants were too busy to do take out for locals. Shelter in place when traffic comes out of the park tonight.
"The Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with Touchstone Golf to operate the golf course on interim basis and accepted $150K grant from @CoastalConservancy for community engagement and planning. " Read more: https://bit.ly/2nXK2IC and https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/short-golf-lease-signed
Nancy Stine and Isis Hockenos putting the wave back in action. Win win.
Don’t forget it’s the KWMR Spring Pledge Drive. We’re lucky to have such an amazing local resource for news, entertainment and emergency purposes. But they need your support to stay on the air. Donate today at: http://kwmr.org/
March Miracle! #reservoir #overflow
So the story I was told was that PG&E replaced the pole and electric wires on SFD in Inverness, and this is how AT&T handles the phone lines. They tie a rope to the piece of old pole. Is this true?
El Radio Fantastique plays tonight at The Western in Point Reyes starting at 9:30pm. Always a great show.
El Radio Fantastique plays tonight at The Western in Point Reyes starting at 9:30pm. Always a great show.
Full rainbow!!!!
“Highway 1 just south of Tomales. DO NOT TRY IT.” (Thx CG)
Trevor Traina is the owner of the much discussed 'Moonrise Kingdom' compound Inverness. "San Francisco native Trevor Traina’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Austria was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. The Foreign Relations Committee’s unanimous voice vote all but guarantees that the tech entrepreneur will win full Senate confirmation. Traina, a registered Republican, was nominated by President Trump in January to be ambassador to Austria. It’s the same post his grandfather, Wiley Buchanan, held under President Dwight Eisenhower. The job has been vacant since Trump took office." FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-nominee-and-SF-native-Trevor-Traina-closer-12767240.php
“For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Claire, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.” TWEET: https://twitter.com/kensingtonroyal/status/976039352605335553?s=21
Who spotted these large helicopters flying over West Marin today? Apparently they were on a training mission... (thx SP)
Local legends, The Haggards will be playing The Old Western Saloon on St. Patrick's Day (Saturday) starting at 9pm. MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/431943297234338/
"A person who was collecting mussels over the weekend at Dillon Beach has been hospitalized for shellfish poisoning, according to the Marin County Public Health Department. The victim — who county officials wouldn’t identify — consumed mussels harvested Sunday in Dillon Beach and was hospitalized after suffering from neurological symptoms. Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis said the county’s public health staff was notified of the illness Tuesday. “The person is getting better,” Willis said. “Fortunately, the clinician was aware of the elevated (poison) levels in locally sport-harvested shellfish and made a timely diagnosis.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/health/20180313/dillon-beach-mussel-eater-gets-shellfish-poisoning
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and department. "A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a call near Point Reyes Station died early Thursday when he lost control of his patrol car and careened into a tree, authorities said. A sheriff’s department spokesman said the officer was responding to a call shortly after midnight of a crash on Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station. As he neared the accident scene, his vehicle went out of control as he entered a left curve in the roadway. Emergency personnel from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, and Marin County Fire responded to the scene and closed Highway 1. Fire crews worked to extract the deputy from the vehicle and an air ambulance transport the injured officer to a local trauma center." FULL STORY: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/03/15/marin-county-sheriffs-deputy-dies-in-crash/
There was a very bad car accident on Rt 1 by Cypress Rd in Point Reyes late last night with a fatality. No other details at this time. Road is now open.
"At approximately 5:10 pm firefighters from Inverness FIRE Department and Marin County Fire Department responded to assist a male who was having a reported cardiac emergency. While enroute to the patients location, an air ambulance was requested to respond. Unfortunately, the closest one was 55 minutes away. Due to the extended ETA of the air ambulance , a quick thinking Battalion Chief immediately requested a CHP helicopter to respond. H-30 responded with a 25 minute ETA to the landing zone. When firefighters arrived on scene with the patient, they determined that immediate advance life saving measures were needed to save his life. Due to the quick action of the Marin County Paramedics on scene, they saved his life. The patient was driven with lights and sirens to the waiting CHP Helicopter H-30 where he was in turn transported by a CHP Officer/Pilot and a CHP Officer/Paramedic to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The male patient is currently being treated at the hospital. This patient is alive due to public service agencies working together." FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1804748412921086
"Meet Jennie and Harry. These two siblings are in need of a new forever home. They are only three years old and need to stay together. They were our grandma's kitties and love to cuddle and have never been around dogs. Please let us know if you you or someone you know is in need of this adorable pair of double the love. Feel free to share this or tag anyone you think would be a good match. Thank you!" - Sabrina Pelayo
“Please keep your eyes open for my truck which was stolen sometime last night from my house in Inverness. Thanks!” - Aaron Ely
TODAY: “The Inverness Foundation is coordinating a Fire Symposium designed specifically for West Marin which will begin at 1 pm on Sunday March 11th at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes. There will be presentations and Q&A with fire experts from UC Berkeley School of Forestry, local Fire Departments, State and Federal agencies. Dick Spotswood, former elected official and Marin IJ contributor will facilitate public participation.” MORE: http://dancepalace.org/events
Anyone else have trash issues this week? "Wed. 3/7 Recology Co did not pick up our garbage yesterday. I live on Vision Rd. When I spoke with their office this am, I got some push back about them coming out today. If your garbage was also missed yesterday, call them and let them know or else be prepared to keep it till next week. Recology 800-243-0291" Sue Swanson. (TWMF did not have its trash in Inverness picked up on Tuesday. Recology said they would not send out another truck and we could put an extra bag in the trash next week.)
"In the late morning, I helped a Western Pond turtle cross Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the Nicasio Valley T- intersection. Since spring is upon us, I'm assuming she may have been looking for a nesting site away from the water to lay her eggs. Please drive cautiously in these sensitive areas. Thanks!!!" -
‎Maricela Perdomo (photo from Wikipedia)
"Bandito, our beautiful Great Pyrenees has been missing from his home in Bolinas, CA. He was last seen on Horseshoe Hill Road on the night of February 28th. He is 5 years old, 90 lbs, neutered and has a microchip. Please help him find his way home. We miss him. Please call or text: 415-250-1261 or 415-868-1412. Many thanks!" - Joan
"It has been 42 years since “Running Fence” subdivided the rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma counties in Christo’s answer to the Great Wall of China. The 24-mile art installation lasted just 14 days before its materials were given to the ranchers whose property it crossed. Some of it is out there still, and this is how Point Reyes artist Madeline Nieto Hope came upon a swath of the white nylon fabric to turn into art of her own.Her two pieces, “Panel of Grommets” and “Fleeced,” are on display in a group exhibition dedicated to recyclables and junk at the Bartolini Gallery in the Marin Civic Center." DETAILS: https://www.sfchronicle.com/art/article/Fabric-from-Christo-s-famed-Running-Fence-12736047.php
"The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health notified Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis and other public health staff in Marin about a recent mussel sample from the Chimney Rock sentinel station, within Point Reyes National Seashore. That sample contained levels of paralytic shellfish poison at 37 times the “alert” level. That is the highest level detected in Marin in 20 years." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20180307/marin-waters-deadly-poison-found-in-shellfish
Remember those movie trucks stopping traffic at the Nicasio Reservoir a few moths ago? Here’s the end result. See you on the Peninsula Trail. (Thx FP) VIDEO: https://youtu.be/g_h6Jojip2Q
“Frances McDormand, who has been a part-time West Marin resident for more than a decade, won best actress for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a movie about a furious woman out for justice.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/arts-and-entertainment/20180304/marin-gets-partial-oscar-luster-with-frances-mcdormand-win
Via Point Reyes NPS - “Gray #whale count today:81. Last season’s high count was 67 on 4/9/2017. Thanks to #WinterWildlifeDocents for helping visitors see whales! Good night! (ca)”
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