Via Marin County Fire, "An evacuation order is in place for Mountain King Rd, Portola Ave and Alamo down to Barranca. Residents in that area should evacuate immediately to the Lagunitas School and wait for further information. Alamo Rd. will be closed until further notice." LINK: https://twitter.com/marincount
More reports: "Fire is 5-7 acres (8:47pm), slow rate of spread. Potential updated to 30-50 acres." People in Inverness Park can see the flames from their house. Someone on SFD coming through Fairfax could see flames in the hills in certain spots. Apparently it has taken down some power lines and is moving down into higher fuel areas. But it is moving slow and they think they can get ahead of it. PG&E is starting to disconnect power lines.
Via Marin County Fire, "Residents are encouraged to monitor local news media outlets and follow any further instructions if given by Marin County Fire or Marin County Sheriff. Smoke may be strong in the San Geronimo and Fairfax communities. The Fire Public Information Hotline 415-473-7191." Also turn on Nixle on your cell: text zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts Lagunitas 94938 Forest Knolls 94933
Current reports. KWMR says “Fire now reported 1 to 2 acres with potential for 40 to 60 acres” another report says “Fire safe Marin reports Fire is now (7:58pm) 3/4-1 acres, slow rate of spread. Very difficult location to access.” Thx SD
This was the helicopter that flew over Inverness last night. I think he’s still missing. “Search and rescue efforts were underway near Bodega Bay Friday night after a man on a commercial fishing boat fell overboard, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Athena Stricker said. A crew member aboard the white 40-foot salmon trawler reported the incident to the agency at 7:48 p.m. using a high-frequency radio.
The commercial boat was about two nautical miles from Bodega Bay, south of Doran Beach, at the time of the incident. The missing man, who was not identified, was fishing without a life vest on when he fell into the ocean, Stricker said.”
Saturday night dance party at The Dance Palace. "Boot scoot on down and kick up your heels. Bring your family and boogie to the swinging sounds of Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Delicious BBQ by Black Start Pig Co. food truck and drink available for purchase starting at 5 PM. Music and dancing from 6 - 9 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults / under 18 are free. Call (415) 663-1075 or go to dancepalace.org to purchase tickets or for more information. Sponsored by the Dance Palace, Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery, Five Brooks Ranch, Side Street Kitchen and KWMR Community Radio."
Jared Huffman, a Marin Democrat, introduced surprising legislation with Rob Bishop, an staunch anti-environment Republican from Utah. Does anyone know why? Even the ranchers seemed to be taken off guard.
"A bill that would preserve the working ranches of the Point Reyes National Seashore by amending the park’s enabling legislation has moved to the floor of the United States House of Representatives.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources decided unanimously to press forward with H.R. 6687, introduced by Representative Jared Huffman and co-sponsored by a Utah Republican, which directs the Interior Department to maintain the ranches in the seashore and the northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
“I’ve been clear on this for a long time—this is what Congress intended,” Rep. Huffman told the Light.
The Natural Resources Committee made fast work of the bill after it was introduced last week. In a rare partnership, Rep. Huffman co-sponsored the bill with Representative Robert Bishop of Utah, the committee chair."
"A woman suffered moderate injuries this morning when she fell about 40 feet from a Mount Tamalpais trail into a creek in Marin County. The woman and some friends were hiking at about 10:40 a.m. today on the Cataract Trail near Cataract Falls, about 2.5 miles north of Stinson Beach and four miles northwest of Muir Woods National Monument, when she fell off the trail and down into the creek. She was located by a CHP air crew in a helicopter, and by Marin County firefighters. A paramedic was lowered down to the woman in the creek using a helicopter. The woman and the paramedic were then hoisted out of the ravine and flown to a waiting Marin County ambulance, said CHP Flight Officer-Paramedic Shaun Bouyea." VIDEO: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ba
"Hi there, this sweet little kitty showed up at my friends house two days ago (on the corner of highway 1 and sir Francis Drake) would you mind posting her picture to see if anyone’s missing her? She doesn’t act like a house cat but they just want to make sure no ones missing her. Thanks!"
"Rep. Jared Huffman has introduced a bill that would bolster the continuance of dairy and beef cattle operations within the Point Reyes National Seashore. “This bill provides a measure of support for the continuation of sustainable ranches and dairies as part of the fabric of our spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore, without compromising any environmental standards and consistent with the current General Management Plan update process,” Huffman wrote in a statement last week." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/0
For the commuters, “REMINDER: If you ride the 7:50AM Larkspur-SF trip or the 5PM & 6:30PM SF-Larkspur trips, plan to arrive to the terminal early. We're running the smaller Del Norte on these trips for about the next 2 months & the trips may fill up. #Marin #SF goldengate.org or 511”
From the Marin County Sheriff, "It’s a mic drop 🎤 Lt. Doug Pittman has retired. The twitter 🌎 will remember him as our PIO and the leader of connecting us to our communities through social media. We thank Doug for his 33 years of service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement." Thank you Doug Pittman for your service to our community.
West Marin is full of beautiful surprises—and one of the richest is the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s proto-feminist comedy Taming of the Shrew, a play known for its inexplicable about-face toward the end when the fierce and independent female lead, Katherina, suddenly decides to go along with the assigned role of submissive wife.
Hosted by Inverness’ St. Columba Episcopal Church in its restored 1920s amphitheater, Sharon Drake and friends present the Shrew, led by real-life married couple Katie Jay and Stephen Horvat.
‘Taming of the Shrew’ runs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25–26, and Saturday–Monday, Sept. 1–3, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. All shows, 4pm. $25.
Northern California Fires Affecting Marin Air Quality: Health Tips for Marin Residents from the Marin County Sheriff's Office:
Smoke from fires in Mendocino County and further north is affecting our air quality and has created a potential health hazard in Marin County.
For the General Public: Please be aware that with active wildfires and shifting winds air quality can change in a short period of time. Smoke from wildfires can affect health. The most common symptoms are eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Follow these precautions to protect your health. Those with health problems, especially heart or respiratory conditions, should take extra caution:
- Minimize outdoor activities - Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible - Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors - Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you experience symptoms related to smoke exposure
For Outdoor Workers: - Limit exertion - Take frequent breaks - If prolonged outdoor activity is unavoidable, proper masks (for example N95 masks) properly fitted may protect against harmful exposure - Consult with your employer if you have specific concerns
For Schools: - When air quality is Unhealthy, activities such as athletic events or practices should be cancelled or rescheduled. Unhealthy is defined as an Air Quality Index (AQI) above 150. See below for local AQI information. - Outdoor activities should be limited - Windows and doors should be kept shut as much as possible - Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine close at hand
When to Seek Medical Attention: - Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms that do not improve after moving indoors or into a safe air quality environment: - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - Wheezing - Chest tightness or pain - Palpitations - Nausea or unusual fatigue - Lightheadedness and/or feeling faint
As always, if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Via Kathy Runion. Listen to the audio, I've never heard anything quite like it. Not for the faint of heart. "I had a pack of coyotes real real close in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure, 1am Saturday night/Sunday morning. I managed to record their vocals, and it does sound like they got an animal. I pray that all pet owners are keeping their animals in at night. I have even had a coyote approach our fencing in the middle of the day in the past. Went out with a flashlight and could hear some rustling in the woods and a very short subdued vocal. This is the fourth time in two weeks I have been startled awake by coyotes in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure. Inverness Park Portola neighborhood. Keep your animals safe in an enclosure, inside, or closely monitor. Could be that they have a den close by."
A middle aged man had a heart attack while surfing in Bolinas today and was found floating face down in the water. Other surfers brought him to shore where they administered CPR and he was helicoptered out to a hospital. No word on his condition. We hope everything is ok.
From Point Reyes NPS: “Sometimes its not just people that need rescue. Park Rangers & Firefighters from @marincountyfire & Inverness Fire Department responded to a fallen horse that was unable to stand. With great teamwork, the horse was safely moved down the trail to an area where it could stand up.”
A local just contacted me and said a huge peloton just powered through Inverness, up to 75 riders, fully blocking a lane going high speed. This person was stressed and called the sheriff. Anyone else see them?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is closed for restoration & construction until Oct 5. No public access beyond the parking lot. It will be getting a $5 million face-lift that has been two decades in the planning. Full Story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/ba
Reminder, the Inverness Fair is tomorrow in Inverness by the fire station. Books, crafts, raffles and more all to support local non-profits. Always a good time. Pancake breakfast starts at 8am, fair is from 10am - 3pm.
Marin County Fire tweeted: “Good news: the #BridgeFire is 100% contained! Cause of fire is still unknown. We expect the investigation to take some time. In the meantime, please help us prevent future fires by incorporating fire safe practices in your community. Visit FireSafeMarin.org for details.”
Via Marin County Sheriff as of 7:50pm: “The following road closures will remain in effect until further notice while fire crews remain on scene: Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Shoreline Highway and at Platform Bridge Road. Residents and visitors are requested to stay away from the area and use alternate route to access Point Reyes Station and Olema.”
Black Mountain in Point Reyes post fire. Thank you to all the local and county emergency crews who did an amazing job responding to and containing what could have a very nasty fire. Marin County Fire Department CAL FIRE Marin County Sheriff's Office
“Currently, no structures are threatened by the #BridgeFire and no evacuation orders are in place. Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Platform Bridge Road and also at Shoreline Highway. Please avoid the area and keep roadways clear for firefighting personnel. At #BridgeFire, our Deputy Chief Mark Brown is calling it 10 percent contained and 35 acres. Five fixed-wing aircraft are refilling retardant at Santa Rosa airport.” - Marin County Fire
“The fire at Black Mountain in Nicasio is up to 25 acres and more engines are on the way. “It’s moving at a moderate to rapid rate of speed and has the potential of 30 to 40 acres." -- #MarinCounty Fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown, on the fire near Nicasio.” A fire helicopter couldn’t come from SF due to fog. Bulldozers are being scrambled to build breaks. Flames started at the road and have shot up to the top of the mountain.
Via KWMR, “Vegetation fire reported on Point Reyes Petaluma Road in the vicinity of Platform Bridge Road. Fire personnel are responding. Traffic control will be in effect. KWMR updating every 15 minutes.”
Via KWMR “Much of West Marin lost power early this morning (8/8) due to a tree that fell on power lines and a blown transformer. PG&E cut power remotely to the area to avoid further issues. Highway 1 was closed for a short time while Fire Crews cleared the tree. PG&E is still repairing the outage in Olema. Highway 1 is open. Live programming will resume on KWMR at 8am.”
TWMF will be on vacation and offline for a couple of days, so no updates until next week. Hopefully things stay quiet and safe. One note, “Marin Century this Saturday will mean major disruption for anyone using Petaluma Rd, Nicasio Valley and Lucas Valley Road.” - Thx JS
“Shoreline Unified School District invites the public to join a facilities needs prioritization meeting on Tuesday, July 31st, at 6:00 pm at the Tomales History Center. We will also discuss funding options for the facilities projects, including a possible general obligation bond. Projects under consideration involve all five school sites. Please join us.” - via Madeline Hope
"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/plany
“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.”
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!"
"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
"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."
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.”