🔥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)
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
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.”
“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."
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”
"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.”
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)
"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."
“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”
“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.”
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
“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.
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.
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.
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
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."
“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