12/17/16 - Saturday at 02:36pm
"Thanks to #Lighthouse volunteer John, we just saw our first southbound gray #whale!" - Point Reyes NPS
12/16/16 - Friday at 08:35am
"As of 5:50 AM, Lucas Valley Rd. at Big Rock has reopened. There are currently no closures in Marin CHP jurisdiction. @MarinSheriff @maringov"
12/15/16 - Thursday at 08:10pm
STORM UPDATES: Deputies in West Marin reporting Platform Bridge Rd near Sir Francis Drake Blvd under several feet of water. Highway 1 between Pt Reyes Station to Olema reported as currently "impassible" by sheriff's deputies due to flooding.
12/15/16 - Thursday at 07:25pm
STORM UPDATES: Sheriff's deputies working side by side with residents evacuating their homes along Castro St in Forest Knolls/Lagunitas due to flooding. Lucas Valley Road will be closed until tomorrow morning.
12/15/16 - Thursday at 07:13pm
"More flooding at Platform Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Blvd." - thx BE
12/15/16 - Thursday at 06:25pm
Rt 1. is flooded at the Olema Campground. Sir Francis Drake and Rt.1 through Bear Valley is still open. Sorry about not clarifying that.
12/15/16 - Thursday at 05:39pm
ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES: Rt. 1 in Tomales is closed. Lucas Valley Road is closed due to powerlines down. Rt. 1 at Olema is also closed due to flooding and the Green Barn in Point Reyes is also flooding. Facebook stinks for rapid updates because they don't show updates by time they were posted. For up-to-date info, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/westmarinf
or at our web site at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
12/15/16 - Thursday at 05:24pm
Via KWMR: "Lucas Valley Road is currently closed due to a tree down and power lines - 1/2 mile west of Big Rock. This is a longer term closure, please take another route. 3:11pm 12/15/2016"
12/15/16 - Thursday at 04:26pm
"NORTH BAY: Hwy 1 at Tomales Rd.....The road is flooded (3 feet of water) and at least one vehicle is reportedly stuck on the roadway." - Reports are that hwy 1 is closed at Tomales, plan accordingly. Do not drive through standing water!
12/15/16 - Thursday at 11:45am
"West Marin and Inverness Schools are calling an emergency minimum day. Inverness gets out at 12:15 and West Marin at 12:30. If your kids don't take the bus, you need to pick them up." Thx LM
12/15/16 - Thursday at 11:01am
Power outages be trees down as rain moves into West Main. An other reports?
12/14/16 - Wednesday at 08:28pm
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas in Marin County. This advisory is in effect until 6:00 AM PST Thursday
Heavy rain will develop tonight and continue Thursday. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory
area. This advisory will be extended through Thursday morning. If conditions worsen it may need to be upgraded to an urban and small stream flood warning.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. (Thx RD)
12/14/16 - Wednesday at 11:17am
Anyone feel it? "4.7 mag earthquake - 8km WNW of The Geysers, California @ 08:12 on 12/14/16"
12/14/16 - Wednesday at 09:58am
Major rain coming this week. The Nicasio Reservoir getting very close to spillover time. Any guesses when it goes over? If someone gets a picture, please pass along.
12/11/16 - Sunday at 01:45pm
Get ready for another wild week. Perhaps historically wild. "More widespread rain later this week. Tuesday through Thursday looks very wet. Possible hydro issues."
12/09/16 - Friday at 06:47pm
Maybe this was the source of the large explosions everyone has been hearing? Doesn't explain the bomb squad being out here though...
Over the last two weeks the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad detonated a large amount of deteriorated explosives on the northern Sonoma County coast. A person found these explosives, which consisted of blasting caps, detonation cord and dynamite, after a family member passed away.
It was highly common for ranchers to possess explosives as it was largely unregulated prior to 1970. Ranchers mostly used these explosives for mining rock and getting rid of unwanted tree stumps.
The Sonoma County Bomb Squad responds to over 100 calls per year stemming from calls like this with old, deteriorated explosives to recovered military ordinance and homemade destructive devices.
The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is trained and nationally certified to deal with explosives of this magnitude. They are a regional asset and assist other Sonoma County cities and surrounding counties with explosive related calls.
12/09/16 - Friday at 06:16pm
"Traffic control is in effect on Lucas Valley Road east of Big Rock due to a multi-vehicle collision with a vehicle over the embankment" - via KWMR
12/09/16 - Friday at 11:14am
News from the Point Reyes Light: Blue Waters Kayaking shutting down Marshall operation and Moonrise Kingdom compound in Inverness approved with some tweaks.
Trevor Trainia in the Moonrise story, "“I think there’s no small amount of irony that we are the out-of-towners,” he said. “We see the not-so-subtle digs at the wealthy people from out of town coming to Inverness. There is no small amount of irony that we are the ones trying to preserve what independent experts have told us are architecturally significant, as well as locally beloved, structures, and the so-called Inverness Association are the people advocating for the destruction of these valuable buildings. How this dynamic occurred is puzzling to me.”
12/08/16 - Thursday at 12:40pm
Tree down on Panoramic near Pantoll.
12/08/16 - Thursday at 09:48am
"Magnitude 6.8 #earthquake strikes off the coast of California, the USGS reports. 115 miles west of Eureka. Tsunami NOT expected."
12/06/16 - Tuesday at 09:45pm
Going to be a wild week of weather. Its forecasted to get down to 29 degrees tonight. Bundle up! And be prepared for hazardous driving conditions the next couple of days. (thx MM)
12/03/16 - Saturday at 04:21pm
Via Jared Huffman, "I just received the sad news that Gary Giacomini, former Marin County Supervisor and longtime community leader, died last night. This is the passing of a legend. Gary had such a profound impact on our environment and quality of life in Marin County and beyond. He was one of the most colorful, strategic and irrepressible characters I've ever met -- right out of the Phil Burton political mold. You had to get to know him to understand that beneath a sometimes gruff or even brash exterior was a man with an enormous heart that guided his public service and community work throughout his remarkable career. I'm honored to have known and worked with Gary, and to count him as a friend." (thx EW) (2007 picture of GM from MarinIJ)
12/03/16 - Saturday at 12:36pm
Anyone just feel or hear a big explosion?
12/02/16 - Friday at 11:48am
Lots of holiday events happening this weekend. Scroll down below to see them all. Support our local shops and artisans!
- The Annual Path of Lights tree lighting ceremony starts at 6:30pm in downtown Point Reyes
- Reception for Carlos Porrata and Daniel Dietrich's amazing nature photos at Tobys from 5pm to 7pm
- MMMM! Mothers, Maidens and Melodies Market music and handmade goods made by at Ink.Paper.Plate starting at 6:30pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair starts from 4pm to 9pm
- Community Land Trust or West Marin has its gingerbread contest and silent auction at Little Yellow House in Point Reyes from 10am to 2pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm
- A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm
- La Liberta CD release party at Yoga Toes at 7pm
- The 46th annual Dance Palace Holiday Crafts fair continues 10am to 5pm
- A Standing Rock benefit art sale and auction at the Bolinas Gallery from 1pm to 5pm
- Open house and community party at The Gables at the Inverness Library and Jack Mason Museum celebrating 30 years. From 1pm to 4pm
- Santa Claus arrives by water sleigh at Nick's Cove at 3pm
Photo from this blog post by Dave Mitchell:http://www.sparselysageandtime
11/29/16 - Tuesday at 11:37pm
For those interested in voicing your opinions about the 'Moonrise Kingdom' project that is being built at the top of Vision Road by San Franciscans Trevor and Alexis Traina, the public hearing is Thursday, Dec 1 at 9:00am at the Civic Center in San Rafael.
"The applicant is requesting approval to restore and retain three existing residential structures, demolish two residential structures, and construct a new single-family residence on the 6.04 acre property. The proposed single-family residence would consist of a 25 foot tall, two-story structure comprised of 3,993 square feet of floor area and 4,481 square feet of building area. When combined with the existing structures on the property (to be retained), the total proposed floor area is 7,619 square-feet, for a floor area ratio of 3% and a total building area of 8,544 square-feet. "
Public hearing notice here:http://www.marincounty.org/dep
Background on why people are concerned here:http://www.ptreyeslight.com/ar
11/27/16 - Sunday at 11:18pm
From the New Yorker this week. "Frédéric Lefebvre had been convinced all along that Trump could win. He spends two weeks of most months in Paris and two weeks travelling among his constituency, in an area that is forty times the size of France. “A year ago, I was in San Francisco for the weekend,” he said. “I went to Point Reyes to see the whales and then to eat oysters at Marshall, and I met many, many Americans during this moment of pleasure. I remember I met a young woman—she was thirty-five years old, had two daughters, and was working all day doing valet parking at a restaurant. It was just after Trump said some horrible things about women, and she told me, ‘I will vote for Trump, because I want to change this system.’ ” FULL STORY: http://www.newyorker.com/magaz
11/27/16 - Sunday at 03:44pm
Go to this show! "One time West Marin resident, singer songwriter Jesse DeNatale, will give a Post-Thanksgiving Benefit Concert with his band at Toby’s Feed Barn in downtown Point Reyes Station Sunday Nov. 27th at 4pm. The proceeds will benefit the Tomales Bay Youth Center. Along with the show, there will be a raffle with tickets to some of the Bay." https://www.eventbrite.com/e/j
11/26/16 - Saturday at 03:06pm
Solid rainbow action over Tomales Bay just now. Anyone else see that one? That one had a pot of gold for sure.
11/25/16 - Friday at 08:12pm
The Haggards are playing a 'Black Friday' show at The Western tonight at 8:00. If you don't know what any of that means, just go, you will enjoy. https://www.facebook.com/event
11/25/16 - Friday at 04:06pm
Didn't realize Black Friday extended to Point Reyes. It's madness here. Shelter in place!
11/24/16 - Thursday at 03:32pm
Happy Thanksgiving from TWMF! #westmarin #thanksgiving #grateful
11/24/16 - Thursday at 03:32pm
"Heads up - Point Reyes gas station pumps are down." - thx LN
11/23/16 - Wednesday at 01:13pm
Apparently a reporter from Mother Jones was talking about this on KWMR this morning? First I had heard of any of this, anyone else know about these incidents?
11/22/16 - Tuesday at 11:18pm
Dumping rain in Inverness right now.
11/20/16 - Sunday at 08:10pm
After a good rain, the waterfalls in West Marin kicked into gear. #waterfalls (thx XW)
11/19/16 - Saturday at 10:01am
Plenty of rain and wind in Inverness in West Marin. How's everyone else holding up?
11/18/16 - Friday at 11:09pm
"IN THE SLEEPY Marin County town of Inverness, on a remote wooded ridge that overlooks the wide blue sweep of the Tomales Bay, sits a modest, low-slung redwood cabin that the late multidisciplinary artist-craftsman J.B. Blunk built entirely by hand."http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11
11/16/16 - Wednesday at 01:54pm
"An eight-mile section of Fairfax-Bolinas Road will reopen on Friday, November 18, after undergoing extensive repairs and safety improvements by Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW). The stretch of road between Ridgecrest Bouelvard and the Meadow Club in Fairfax, a key artery for many West Marin residents, has been closed since March 2016 because of heavy mudslide damage." (thx DJ)http://www.marincounty.org/mai
11/15/16 - Tuesday at 10:42pm
11/15/16 - Tuesday at 05:48pm
Standing Rock rally happening in downtown Point Reyes this afternoon. #noDAPL
11/14/16 - Monday at 01:22pm
Horrible traffic on Lucas Valley Road today due to construction. Plan accordingly. Anyone know what the construction schedule is?
11/13/16 - Sunday at 11:16pm
11/11/16 - Friday at 07:26pm
"Lucas Valley Road is blocked in
both directions due to a vehicle fire near Big Rock" - via KMWR
11/09/16 - Wednesday at 01:08pm
There are two events happening tonight for people who want to connect about their concerns about the election. One at the White Barn at the Giacommini Wetlands at 5:15pm (please arrive early and quietly) and one at 6:00pm at Chicken Ranch Beach.
11/09/16 - Wednesday at 11:43am
Here is the breakdown of the County of Marin voting results. They don't include what the Props were, they just have the numbers. In the race most people were probably watching locally, Rodoni won for supervisor.http://www.marincounty.org/dep
11/08/16 - Tuesday at 03:11pm
A picture of the fire on Via De La Vista in Inverness today courtesy of the Point Reyes Light (via KWMR). Thanks to our local firefighting crews for responding so quickly and getting this under control.
11/08/16 - Tuesday at 01:57pm
"Emergency units are responding to a structure fire on Via De La Vista in Inverness" - via KWMR
11/08/16 - Tuesday at 10:48am
Can't believe this is actually happening. Go vote!
11/08/16 - Tuesday at 12:03am
More information about the recent explosions and bomb squad sightings from Richard James. "I led a Sierra Club litter pickup group last weekend and the group found two of these on south beach. The proper thing to do I am told is to not touch them (phosphorus is very unstable when it has dried, will burn when it contacts air), put a warning line around them if possible and contact county dispatch asap at 415-499-7233. They will call NPS LE who will then call the travis air force base EOD bomb squad. The folks then come down and blow the items up in place."
Apparently a bunch of them have washed up, so be careful if you find one and report them! And the waves will continue to be huge this week, so be safe at the beaches!
Here is the data sheet:http://www.hfipyrotechnics.com
11/07/16 - Monday at 05:01pm
Marin County Sheriffs's Notice -Gas Station Skimmer Warning
On November 3rd, a skimmer device was found at a gas station in unincorporated Mill Valley. A gas station attendant found the device and it is thought to have been placed there some time during the night. This is the only such report the Sheriff’s Office has received but we want to take the opportunity to inform our residents what a skimmer device is and how to protect their personal information.
Some of these devices are not visible unless the gas pump key pad is opened and some utilize Bluetooth technology and is used by criminals to steal credit card information. The thieves never have to come into physical contact with your card; they merely have to be close enough to capture the data from the skimmer remotely.
While not all skimmers operate this way, all are simply devices added to the pump and connected to the card reader to steal credit and debit card info and defraud the consumer. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office offers the following advice to help you avoid becoming a victim of these thieves:
• First look at the overall condition of the gas pump. Is there anything attached to it that appears out of place? Is there more than one card reader? Any visible wires on the outside of the machine? Is there tape holding objects on the pump?
• If possible, avoid gas pumps that are out of view of the store employee. These pumps could be more easily compromised with a skimmer since employees will not be able to see activity around the pump. Use the pumps that are within view of the employee these will probably have a reduced risk of being compromised.
• Check to see if the pump has a seal placed on the access door. If this seal is broken or gone, move on to another pump if possible. It could mean that the pump has been compromised. If the seal is missing or broken notify the employee immediately.
• If you notice anything attached to the outside of the pump that appears out of place or brand new in appearance compared to the pump itself, it could be a skimmer or camera to video your PIN. Externally placed skimmers will allow the transaction when placed over the pump card reader, but will also steal your information at the same time.
• Some skimmers are blue-tooth capable so the crook will not even have to come and get it! Others that are externally attached may have to be retrieved by the crook at some point in time.
• If you see people hanging around gas pumps after business hours or pretending to be maintenance workers, inform the employees or call the police.
• Finally, check your credit card or gas card statements regularly for any irregularities or unusual charges.
Shared with Marin County Sheriff's Office in Crime & Safety
Sergeant Nina Snyder from Marin County Sheriff's Office ·
Photo from Sergeant Nina Snyder
11/07/16 - Monday at 09:03am
Benefit of daylight savings today. Incredible sunrise. #sunrise #westmarin
11/06/16 - Sunday at 10:03am
Did anyone see or here a huge explosion on Limantour Beach around 6:30pm last night? A surfer out at Drakes Beach saw the explosion and then a huge column of smoke rise up. Very strange. Maybe more flares?
11/04/16 - Friday at 11:46pm
"The Land I Love", watercolors, photographs and ceramics by local artists Barbara Whitt, Michael Whitt and Whitman Shenk. The opening reception is Saturday (tomorrow), Nov 4 from 2pm to 4pm at the gallery in Tobys in Point Reyes. This is a great show, highly recommend checking it out.
11/04/16 - Friday at 05:49pm
Some crazy running race on Point Reyes/Petaluma road right now. Runners and support vans everywhere. Drive safe and slow, it's a little hectic.
11/04/16 - Friday at 12:17pm
A couple of people saw the bomb squad go through Point Reyes yesterday. Here's why. "My husband and I were walking near sculpture beach yesterday and found what looked like two explosives taped together. They read do not touch and had instructions on how to arm them. We were told by a ranger out looking for them that they were probably high powered flares." from Judy Miller who then notified the bomb squad. Glad everyone is safe, great work Judy.
11/03/16 - Thursday at 10:10pm
Rain is gone and the sun put on a show tonight out at Drakes Bay. Other people get some photos? (Thx AN)
11/02/16 - Wednesday at 04:40pm
"There is a high surf advisory starting Thursday. Waves will be very large and dangerous all the way through the weekend into next Monday. Be super careful at the beaches, stay away from the shore, use common sense."
11/01/16 - Tuesday at 11:52am
11/01/16 - Tuesday at 11:12am
"Today, November 1st from 2 - 5 pm there is one last West Marin flu immunization clinic being held at the Point Reyes Library. The flu immunizations are free as this is a collaboration of Marin County - West Marin Health & Human Services, Coastal Health Alliance, Kaiser and Dominican University Nursing Department." - (thx KR)
10/30/16 - Sunday at 11:15pm
Capping a wet weekend off with a mellow sunset and this big old owl. #greathornedowl #pointreyes #sunset