Thanks to everyone who commented on the wild animal post I put up this morning to help quickly debunk it. I should have fact checked that before posting. Lesson learned. Here is better information: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Wild-animals-fleeing-wildfire-on-your-doorstep-12271373.php
Via Amanda at KWMR - "Important info regarding wildfires: The City of Santa Rosa, FEMA, and the California Office of Emergency Services, the County is opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at 427
Mendocino Ave. A LAC is a one stop shop for people who have been impacted by these terrible fires, to access critical resources such as:
○ A FEMA Disaster Response Center to provide direct assistance,
○ DMV services to help people to obtain documentation that may
have been destroyed,
○ Insurance claims,
○ Small Business Administration Services,
○ and a cadence of County Services.

The site will be wheelchair accessible and Spanish translators will be available and will be open from 9:00AM until 7:00PM for at least the next
two weeks and likely longer.
● Buses will be available at Safeway at Hwy 12/Calistoga Rd. for anybody who needs alternate transportation.

● Shelters are not checking immigration status, however they may ask for identification. The purpose of this is to locate missing persons. You do
not have to provide identification and you may only share your name if you choose.

● Call 707-565- 3856 to report a missing person or a person who has been found.


SPANISH:
La Ciudad de Santa Rosa, FEMA y la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia de California, y el Condado están abriendo un Centro de Asistencia Local (LAC) en 427 Mendocino Ave. LAC es una ventanilla única para personas que han sido afectadas por estos incendios, para acceder a recursos críticos como:

Un centro de respuesta desastres de FEMA para brindar asistencia directa,
Los servicios del DMV para ayudar a las personas a obtener documentación que fue destruida,
Reclamos de seguro,
Servicios de administración de pequeñas empresas,
y una cadencia de servicios del condado.

El sitio estará accesible para sillas de ruedas y habrá traductores españoles disponibles. Estará abierto de 9:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. durante al menos las próximas dos semanas y probablemente más largo.

Autobuses están disponible en el Safeway situado en la Hwy 12 y Calistoga Rd. si necessita transporte alternativo.

Los refugios de emergencia no están revisando el estado migratorio, sin embargo, podrían pedir para identificación. El propósito de esto es localizar a personas desaparecidas. Usted no tiene que proporcionar identificación y sólo puede compartir su nombre si lo desea.

Llame a 707-565-3856 para reportar una persona desaparecida o una persona que ha sido encontrada."
At the beach in Point Reyes and there is a huge plume of smoke visible to the north east. Anyone know what fire that's from?
The SFChronicle has put together a very useful interactive fire map with air quality overlay: http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2017/interactive-map-wine-country-fires/ The Wifire map is also very good: https://firemap.sdsc.edu
"We are trying to determine how many evacuees are are staying in homes in our communities (Inverness, Inverness Park, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Marshall (not including Marconi CC). We want to get information to them as we get it. We need help from homeowners that have housed evacuees in their homes with them or in rentals they own. This may be a fluid number, changing a lot, but the count we are looking for is how many heads are on your pillows at midnight! We do not want your name (may be unavoidable if in your email), your address, your guests' names or addresses. All we need is a, "Yes I have (# of evacuees), (# pets)." Please reply as soon as possible to: lynnaxelrod@hotmail.com(link sends e-mail). Thanks in advance. Lynn, Point Reyes (West Marin) Disaster Council"
"Winds continue from the NE (offshore) this afternoon pushing the thickest smoke into Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. #NorthBayWildfires" - https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea/status/919347458098032640
UPDATE: Per the Emergency Operations Center, the Novato staging area at Fireman's Fund has been shut down. fb.me/3n3vRTBgc
"#NorthBayFires Evacuees: If your nearby shelter is full, a temporary evacuation staging area is available in Novato: 777 San Marin Drive." - https://twitter.com/maringov/status/919207604022214656
"Ordered a HEPA air purifier with delivery expected Monday. My daughter was a month in to her viral cough when she was exposed for 24 hours to ash and smoke Sunday 11PM- Monday 11PM. She's in distress even after a week shut tight indoors pumped full of herbal tea and resting. Anyone have a spare, small HEPA air filter to loan for the next few days? Our cabin is tiny; any spare small HEPA will do. Something ugly this way blows. Just smelled it 3/4 up up here on Drakes View Drive." - Deirdre Nemmers
From Lynn Axelrod, our disaster preparedness coordinator.....

Help is needed to relieve the volunteers at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall for dinner prep/cleanup TONIGHT! And for weekend shifts this weekend if you can swing it. The original set of volunteers need a break.

Dinner prep/serve is 4 to 6:30pm
Clean up runs until 8:30pm

PLEASE CONTACT LYNN IF YOU CAN HELP - give her your name, email and phone contact and when you can work
her email is best - lynnaxelrod@hotmail.com
then cell phone - 415-663-8400
"A new Red Flag Warning has been issued for the North and East Bay Hills and is valid from 5 PM Friday through 11 PM Saturday."
Here is a list that is being updated regularly of ways that you can help fire evacuees: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14ZhXDNaL260p5OempaFbCrsYBe_5pvNvDqV7xcwn95s/mobilebasic
All Marin public schools closed on Friday, Oct 13 Press Release: goo.gl/hUSQ7X
TWMF had not been able to keep with with latest evacuee/volunteer situation in West Marin. Does anyone have updates? I know there were many families in town last night looking for shelter. AirBNB has put together this program: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/northerncaliforniafireevacuees
"Lucas Valley road .... truck overturned Again! Near the switchbacks east of big rock." (Thx LKL)
Air quality looking much better this morning, but it all depends on how the wind shifts later today. Stronger winds also increase fire danger and spread. https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=317
Via Debbie Daly - "Evacuation shelter update from the Dance Palace: I just spoke with Bonnie. They served over 200 people in the past two days with shelter, meals, clothing, etc, thanks to the wonderful help of many people in the community. Starting tonight, the shelter operation is in the process of being moved up to the Marconi center, where evacuees are being provided with comfortable rooms and their pets are allowed to stay with them. Dance Palace is serving dinner tonight and is staying open in case anyone else shows up tonight. Donations of food and supplies are no longer needed, however volunteer help will be needed at the Dance Palace tomorrow (Wed) to lend extra hands to a big cleanup operation and to help transport supplies up to Marconi and to return other borrowed supplies. Dance Palace have been working around the clock, sleeping at work etc. Staff from West Marin Community Services have also been instrumental. Thanks to these pillars of our community! Donations are in order and are appreciated at dancepalace.org and westmarincommunityservices.org."
Air quality is progressively getting worse today. Please protect yourself and those most vulnerable. Stay indoors if possible. https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=317
"Arson is suspected in a hillside fire that scorched about half an acre in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael on Tuesday morning. San Rafael firefighters battled and rapidly extinguished the blaze that broke out around 8:15 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing from the scene, said San Rafael Battalion Chief Jeff Rowan. Anyone with information was encouraged to contact authorities." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20171010/arson-suspected-in-terra-linda-hillside-fire
From The Dance Palace: "Right now we are serving lunch and dinner for the evacuees. Regarding donations, we can still use facemasks and individual bottled water."
"The San Geronimo Community Center needs toiletries, paper towels, towels and blankets." (thx LN)
per @CHPMarin , Lucas Valley Rd is now open.
AirNow is a good resource to monitor air quality. Here are current conditions. https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=317
"Lucas Valley Road update: Current estimated time of opening, per @CHPMarin is approximately 8:30"
"Latest Napa and Sonoma County large Fires per Cal Fire as of Tuesday morning."
"Lucas Valley Road closed east of Big Rock due to stuck big rig, ETO 4-6 hours. Use alternate routes! #WestMarin #traffic." - Marin County Fire
Looks like tanker truck made it to the gas station in Point Reyes and some pumps are open. (Thx JS and JS)
Someone who is currently down at the Dance Palace told me they could use donations of bedding, bottled water, snacks and volunteers. (Please let me know if I have that wrong, this is unofficial).
"Just received word that fire evacuees are walking around Pt. Reyes with cats and no carriers. We could help with that. Please notify Kathy at Planned Feralhood if you see someone in need of help with their cats. 415-663-8497 or 415-634-8324 cell." - Kathy Runion
The Dance Palace is temporarily sheltering people until the school is open. If anyone is able to donate the following it would be very much appreciated:
-Adults diapers
-children's diapers size 4
-dog food
Also, if anyone is going over the hill we have had many requests for face masks (the hardware store in town is out)

More info: https://www.facebook.com/thedancepalaceptreyes/posts/1693341520739497
"Urgent PSA for anyone with a horse trailer in north bay. Chalk Hill Ranch near Healdsburg needs emergency help. They have 54 horses in dire need of transportation to get off the ranch. Phone number is 707-433-1804 if you can help."
"More fire evacuee shelters: Presbyterian Church in Tomales, Marconi Conference Center in Marshall, Community Center in San Geronimo Valley." - via KWMR, stay tuned to 90.5 for more updates on the radio
"Fire Evacuee Info: Dance Palace still has room for limited # of evacuees at 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. Camping is also available at the Bear Valley visitor center and parking lots, but there are no emergency supplies available there. Please let people who are looking for assistance/space know."
"Evacuees are arriving in Tomales and are being provided with basic services at the Presbyterian church" - via KWMR. Tune into KWMR for updated info (90.5 in Point Reyes)
Gas has run out in Point Reyes. Lots of evacuees in town, very little parking.
Marin emergency crews going to help with fires. Hopefully damage and loss kept to a minimum. https://twitter.com/markpradoij/status/917397734621011968
Current fires as of 7am. Smoke is thick across North Bay into San Francisco.
From Marin County Sheriff "Calls are overwhelming our 911 center due to Napa Co. 🔥 & winds are pushing smoke into Marin. Please call 911 only if you see 🔥 near your 🏘"
NWS Bay Area: "Updated #GOES16 satellite imagery around 12:45 AM Monday shows wildfires continue to spread in N Bay, including #AtlasPeak Fire in Napa Co. Fires being fanned by strong/dry northeast winds. Colors in image represent heat with oranges/reds signifying hottest parts of fires. #cawx"
via CHPMarin - SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: "Thank you everyone for all of the tips and information regarding the bicycle collision on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road on Saturday morning. Your help has proven invaluable yet again. We received numerous tips that lead us to a house in Novato where our officers located the vehicle involved in the collision. Shortly before midnight, approximately 12 hours after the collision, Marin CHP officers along with members of our Investigative Services Unit placed the driver under arrest." FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/photos/a.1195930167092718.1073741829.1180462451972823/1709643989054664/?type=3&theater (thx SD and SL)
HELP NEEDED: "Four bicyclists participating in a group ride in West Marin on Saturday were struck and injured by a vehicle that fled the scene. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a midnight blue, crew cab Dodge Ram that is believed to have intentionally struck the bicyclists participating in the organized bike ride. The injuries suffered varied among the bicyclists, whose identities were not available Saturday afternoon. One cyclist who suffered “major injuries” was taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20171007/four-west-marin-bicyclists-injured-when-hit-by-vehicle-driver-flees
Sounds like a very bad accident at Hicks Valley Rd by Cheese Factory. Hope everyone is ok. Roads are a mess today, be safe.
Sounds like a very bad accident at Hicks Valley Rd by Cheese Factory. Hope everyone is ok. Roads are a mess today, be safe.
During the Chris Robinson (of the Black Crowes) interview on the Howard Stern show a week ago:

Chris: "Weren't you at Point Reyes the other day?"
Howard: "I was"
Chris: "We live right up the street, why didn't you call?!"
"Update: Possible sighting today on Chimney Rock Trail. We received a phone call from a good samaritan indicating they may have seen dog in the distance while hiking Chimney Rock Trail. My husband went straight there, he happened to be in Sebastopol at the time, but could not find anything. People in the area please keep your eyes peeled!"
I'm guessing this is a joke. Found on SFD by Inverness. We applaud your spirit, tough location though.
From Marin County Sheriff: "Recently, we received a report of wildlife that was found dead of mysterious causes. The wildlife was located in different areas of open space throughout the county. Based on past experiences, we've found the cause is often illegal marijuana growers that use toxic chemicals that impact our environment. The Marin County Sheriff's Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) responded with an eradication mission along with our partners: State Park Rangers, National Park Rangers, and Fish & Wildlife. Together, we were successful in locating two different growing sites that contained fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation tubing, growing marijuana, and garbage. We confiscated the plants along with the harmful chemicals to limit additional environmental damage and wildlife deaths. We appreciate our partners and the positive difference we make together." FULL STORY: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1938756623047003&id=1646535668935768
Nice shot of Sean Hayes playing at the benefit block party in Point Reyes tonight. (Thx DW)
Looks like Henry 1 helicopter just landed in Inverness, anyone know what's going on?
Sean Hayes and El Radio Fantastique Benefit for Michelle Lujan
Saturday, Sept 30. This is an "all ages" block party from 7 to 10 p.m. Sean Hayes will start at 7pm sharp.on outdoor stage!! El Radio Fantastique will follow. .. The music will continue inside, from 10 p.m. onward, for those 21 and over
More Info At: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429070843874730/1447166578731823/?notif_id=1506540187102906¬if_t=plan_mall_activity&ref=notif
"Sounds like a fire north of PRS. Air attack on the way, engines on scene." Sounds under control now? What a week.
"‪"Pg&e just called and said 1200 people without power right now. Estimate time back on is 10pm"‬"
"Marin County Fire Department
Marin County Fire Department There is a small fire on Shoreline near Olima. The fire progress is stopped. No evacuations no road closures." Photo by Dave Leslie.
Fire in Olema, air support on way. There may be two fires. Also power out in Inverness and Inverness Park. Not sure if related. Anyone have info?
"Ground and air assets are fighting a vegetation fire near Shoreline Highway 1/2 mile south of Point Reyes Station. Forward progress halted." Power is out in Point Reyes, Inverness Park and Inverness. (Via KWMR)
Some sort of medical emergency happening in downtown Inverness. Sounds like they may bring the helicopter in for transport.
"The Red Flag Warning (Fire Wx Warning) has now been extended through Wed.(9/27) afternoon, and now includes the East Bay Hills."
"Big wreck on Tomales Petaluma Rd. @ Cereni Rd. Closed, Tomales + Route 1 backed up. Pickup and sedan, car off road." (Thx CHM)
Someone passed this along. I'm not sure what the whole story is, but sounds a little hectic. Anyone know more details?
Sounds like fire on Olema Hill is under control. A huge thank you to local fire teams for an incredible response. With that wind today, that could have been a disaster. (Thx DP for photo)
Forward progress has been halted on this #wildfire in #Olema, in #WestMarin. Percent containment up to 30 percent.
"There are five engines, two water tenders, one bulldozer, one medic unit, and two battalion chiefs at the #Olema wildfire."

https://instagram.com/p/BZUoMaXhwk3/
"Shot of the #wildfire in #Olema in #WestMarin. Holding firm at about 10 acres."
Amazing shots of tenders pulling water from Nicasio Reservoir for Olema fire. (Thx RJ)
Fire on Sir Francis Drake Blvd by Olema, fire crews rushing to scene. Heavy wind. Expect delays on SFD. (Thx EVL)
Highway One South of Stinson Beach apparently will not be open for another year. Here is the latest from Chief Kenny Stevens:
"The latest construction project has started. Red Rock beach parking lot is closed. The Spring water tap is off limits. No Bicycle, hiking allowed on roadway. This project is larger than what has been happening already . The bad news is they say the highway will not open until after summer of 2018. I have contacted Supervisor Rodoni and have also talked to Chief Anita about the upcoming winter and the effects this is going to have on our commuters should Panoramic have to close. I and Anita will be trying our best to get the word out for any delays. We will also be trying trying to get some signage for when there is a closure. Maybe get a sign board in Tam Valley to warn people , before they get up the mountain. Hopefully a mild winter happens and they can get it done sooner. Kenny" (thx GFS)
"Anyone else get rudely awakened by the race cars whipping through our communities at 12:30 and then again after 3am? Hope this isn't "a thing."" - via AJE
TWMF trivia question of the week. What role does this car play in West Marin? Bonus points, who's driving it right now?
"Small fire on route 1 between bivalve and bob giacomini" Looks like it's under control, thanks to local fire departments. (thx RJ and JS)
Road closed on rt 1 north of Point Reyes while fire crews mop up end of fire. Should be open soon. (Thx RJ)
An important alert that was posted on WM Share: "Sexual Predator Alert White House Pool - Female swimmer followed and watched intensely for 30 minutes and then approached and spoken to by a menacing man as she exited the water on Tuesday, September 12th from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

The same female swimmer was again followed and watched and spoken to by the same man at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 16th. He was partially obscured in the bushes close to the eastern end of the public trail that runs along the creek.This time the man thrust his pelvis into view and began unbuckling his belt buckle.

In both cases, the man's actions were threatening. He is a well-dressed white man, likely in his 40s. On Tuesday, he wore a white billed cap (not a baseball hat), a white tucked in nice T shirt, dark pants (jeans?) and a dark, lightweight jacket. He wore reflective sunglasses, perhaps aviator-style. He has a deep voice. On Saturday, he wore the same white cap. The bushes obscured the rest of him, but his voice was recognizable. His belt appeared to be a medium brown leather, with a simple brass colored buckle.

This man should be considered dangerous. Please call the Sheriff if you see him in the vicinity of White House Pool or other isolated areas. He may park on Sir Francis Drake and enter and exit the path east of the parking area."
Something going on in hills above Sir Francis Drake just past Inverness Park Store. Maybe a fire or medical emergency? Lots of emergency vehicles, road is still open though. (Thx DD and MM)
Your clothes can actually reverse climate change! We know-- what?! Well, West Marin's very own Fibershed crusades tirelessly to help farms transform from polluters into entities that positively impact the climate-- yes, that is possible, and Fibershed knows how! Those farms then create textiles to make clothes in a way that helps, instead of hurts, our planet. Fibershed has an upcoming gala and fashion show on September 23 in Bolinas (with goodie bags and delicious local food)-- you can buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fibersheds-climate-beneficial-fashion-gala-tickets-35088640067?ref=ebtn
New sign out at Shell Beach. Heard one was spotted on a night camera near there a couple of months ago.
Thursday night films happening at Ink.Paper.Plate in Point Reyes. Tonight is 'The Piano'. MORE INFO: http://www.inkpaperplate.com/2017/09/11/sept-movie-nights-musical-madness/
"The 998-acre Evans-Giacomini ranch just outside Point Reyes Station is closer to agricultural preservation now that the Board of Supervisors pitched in for the purchase this week.

The supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the use of about $1.6 million in Measure A sales tax funds to help pay for a $3.28 million Marin Agricultural Land Trust easement on the property. MALT will contribute the remaining $1.6 million. An agricultural conservation easement is a recorded restriction on title that prohibits subdivision and limits the use of the land to agricultural purposes."

FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/business/20170912/marin-supervisors-approve-16m-to-preserve-998-acre-ranch
Classic shot of Tomales Bay from Marilyn Beck. https://instagram.com/p/BY4qOWLhpE8/
All the sirens are for a possible fire out at A Ranch in Point Reyes. No word on the scale yet, doesn't sound too bad though.
Amazing photo from last nights lightning show by Sabrina Pelayo behind the Inverness Store.
Pair a photographic storm with a photographic place... https://instagram.com/p/BY5_zbQje_U/
Amazing video of that huge lightning strike in West Marin by Ido. https://instagram.com/p/BY7H4fJB5bC/
"NWS significant weather warning for rain, lightning, and hail" At the beaches now and huge front with lightning moving in!
Wind caught us off guard last night. Possible rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow. Good looking sunrise today.
So the Point Reyes Light ran this very mysterious photo of a shark at Abbotts Lagoon this week. Anyone know more about this? Was it recent? What kind of shark?
"The pilot who died in a crash at Point Reyes National Seashore last week had recently left his Houston home after Hurricane Harvey flooded his basement, his wife said Saturday.
John R. Wilson, an oil and gas industry consultant, was found dead when search crews discovered his wrecked Cessna 172 amid thick brush at the Marin County park. He was 58." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Pilot-killed-in-Point-Reyes-crash-had-fled-12185651.php
Local author Erin Rodoni won the prestigious Montreal International Poetry prize for $20k. Congratulations! http://montrealprize.com/2017-winner/
"The wreckage of an aircraft that crashed last evening north of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in Bolinas has been located by searchers. The wreckage is in very difficult terrain. SAR and Tam Fire Crew personnel are still trying to reach the scene." Via KWMR
"A search for a possible missing plane is under way south of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a spokesman said. A signal was transmitted from an emergency locator transmitter to the U.S. Coast Guard around 1 p.m. Thursday, according John Dell'Osso, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Education at Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Coast Guard searched two miles offshore but nothing was found, Dell'Osso said. A signal from another transmitter was received from the south end of the Point Reyes National Seashore in the Bolinas area, and 20 to 30 people searched on land until 3 a.m. Friday, Dell'Osso said. The land search resumed around 8 a.m. Friday, Dell'Osso said." (thx LP) FULL STORY: http://m.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Search-For-Possible-Missing-Plane-Under-Way-Near-12183420.php
Car went off the road by Big Rock on Lucas Valley just now. Expect some delays when they come to pull it out. Everyone ok. Roads are slick from light rain, drive safe! (Thx SP)
New crosswalk in Point Reyes. (Thx JS)
"TRAFFIC ALERT: SR-1 north of Nick's Cove is blocked by a rollover collision with injuries. Unknown ETO at this time." Marin County Sheriff
Limantour and Palomarin parking lots closed because of crowds. SFD closed at South Beach, no more parking. Someone got hurt at Drakes Beach boogie boarding which is all the sirens. Hopefully not too bad. Traffic very bad everywhere, going to get worse. Shelter in place!
A nice end to a hot, messy day in Point Reyes.
Did anyone see those five helicopters just fly down the bay? What was that all about?
Traffic is already a total mess getting into Point Reyes. All the beach parking lots are full. Shelter in place!
Another scorcher today. Those sirens were for heat related injuries at Pierce Point. Heart's Desire parking lot is full and people are parking all along the road. Shell and Chicken Ranch beaches are already overwhelmed too. Drink water, take care of yourself and lay low.
Getting all sorts of crazy temperature readings from around West Marin. Someone reported 107 in Inverness and 103 in Tomales. Also reported power outages in Tomales and perhaps Point Reyes? How is everyone doing out there?
"A head-on collision on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just west of Fairfax sent eight people to the hospital in non-critical condition early Friday. The incident, reported after 6 a.m. on White’s Hill, triggered a mass emergency response because more than five people were injured, said Marin County fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue. The collision involved a pickup truck with three passengers westbound and a Volkswagen sedan carrying five people heading east, both traveling at about 40 mph, McTigue said.

Impaired driving was not believed to be a cause, but fatigue may have played a role, said CHP Officer Andrew Barclay. Isabelle Meckfessel, 21, of Point Reyes was reported as the driver of the sedan, with Davis Porter, 21, of San Rafael said to be behind the wheel of the truck."

“There are no preliminary reports from the drivers that indicate excessive speed,” he said. Passengers of both vehicles were wedged inside, requiring extrication. All occupants were removed from the vehicles within 30 minutes, authorities said.

FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170901/drake-boulevard-two-car-crash-sends-eight-to-hospital-friday-morning
There was a head on collision this morning on SFD by Whites Hill. The road is closed at Whites Hill and they're turning people around for now.
"My bestest friend in the whole wide world is in need of support. Leilani FittsMartin and I met at papermill creek preschool 25+ years ago. Her husband and she have been a part of the West Marin community for many years. Tyler worked for Blue Water Kayaks, Leilani being from Marshall and Point Reyes has deep roots through out West Marin. She and Tyler met at the Marshall Store. Tyler was recently diagnosed with ALS. It has proven to be a difficult diagnosis quickly. My family and I are throwing them a fundraiser September 22nd where all the profits will go to Tyler Fitts. Please attend if you can! This will be a very fun light hearted event, with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Thank you. This cause is so near and dear to my heart."
"We're donating a portion of this weekend's sales to the @HoustonFoodBank. Thanks to our friends at @BrazosBookstore for the tip." - Point Reyes Books
Very smokey over the hill. "Marin is experiencing smoke from N CA fires. Call 911 only if you see a fire or a visible building column of smoke." - Marin county Sheriff
A "red flag alert" heat wave is predicted for this weekend starting on Friday. Prepare accordingly. Temperatures will be lower near the coast, but still dangerously high. We're probably going to see some crowds too.
From the Nicasio Historical Society: "Our next event begins with an illustrated talk by Edward Von der Porten, foremost authority on Sir Francis Drake’s 1579 landfall, about the research and the story of Drake in California in 1579, at the Bear Valley Visitors’ Center Theater on September 16, 11:00 am to noon. Guests will then drive to Drake’s Beach, enjoy their picnic lunches and join Mr. Von der Porten on a 1.25 mile hike at low tide to Drake’s Cove, now a National Historic Landmark, ending back at the parking lot by 4:00 pm. Reserve your place by mailing a check for $10 to NHS. Payee: NHS / For: “DRAKE”. NHS, POB 111, Nicasio, CA 94946 This event is limited to the first 30 people who reserve. BYO picnic lunch, dress in layers with wide-brim hat. Local historian & author Dewey Livingston considers Mr. Von der Porten a GENIUS."
From Molly Myerson's IG page. The farmstand is that nice booth by the gravel pit on PR/Petaluma Rd.: "Someone trashed the farmstand last night. They broke both windows, threw quail eggs on everything, stole my cooler, broke the scale and calculator and ruined just about everything. But I think the worst part is that they knocked down the swallow nest with the babies still in it. Found a dead fledgling outside the stand this morning. It's all a pretty big bummer #feelingsad" LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYUQl1wjp0R/?taken-by=little_wing_farm
Some very creative sand castles this year out at Drakes.
Traffic still packing into the park, going to be a mess when it all comes flooding out. Be prepared. (parking at chicken ranch) thx XW
Does anyone know what's going on here? Strange scene in town today.
Busy weekend:
- The Twelfth Night is being staged at the St. Columba Church theater on Sat and Sun at 4:00pm (and next weekend too) in Inverness (local actors).
- Parachute Days concert is happening at Love Field starting at 2:00pm until 10:00pm on Saturday.
- The sand castle contest at Drake's Beach is happening this Sunday from 9am - 3pm.

More Info:
Twelfth Night:
https://www.facebook.com/events/776375019188711/

Parachute Days:
https://www.facebook.com/events/305176939923179/

Sand Castle:
https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=E2B83641-155D-4519-3E75679623E4C84F
Anyone know what's up with the private jet and the propeller plane flying in circles over West Marin tonight?
Does the Side Street Kitchen open tomorrow? Are we ready for this? (Thx JS)
"Starting Monday, August 21st through Monday, August 28th, a section of Highway One, north of Tomales between Fallon-Two Rock Road and Valley Ford Road at the Sonoma County border will be closed to traffic for replacement of a bridge. The Caltrans sign did not state there would be a detour, but there probably will be. Plan your driving time accordingly if you are headed that way." - via West Marin Commons
Retired Arann Harris leads an inspired cakewalk at the Inverness Fair. A great event for the community today.
The Inverness Fair is tomorrow from 10am - 3pm (Pancakes at 8am). Hosted by the Inverness Association, (IA) the Inverness Fair brings together local agencies, residents, visitors and members of the local community for a day of live music, food, raffles and family fun. Please join us! MUSIC: Tomales Bay String Band, Ingrid Noyes & RETIRED ARANN HARRIS
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2007758532791768/
Heather Abrams found this very cute little white dog in Inverness yesterday by the school. If you know the owner, the dog is at the Point Reyes Vet right now.
"Jerry has been found! I heard him crying around 8:00 this evening and Ryan was able to make his way to him. He was in the creek in the willows between Knob Hill and Mesa Road. We are so happy to have him safely home! Thank you all for your help! Karen Rodoni" YAY!
"Our very old, 17 1/2, fox terrier, Jerry, slipped out of the gate this morning and is missing. He is nearly deaf and blind. Mostly white with black markings. We live on Ridge View Lane, in Point Reyes Station, near Viento Way and Knob Hill. We've been trying to look in the nearby gullies but the vegetation is dense. If you see him, please call 415-663-8249. Thank you, Karen & Fred Rodoni"
"Supervisor Dennis Rodoni brokered a compromise Tuesday between a San Francisco couple — who seek to build a 3,993-square-foot weekend house in Inverness — and the Inverness Association, which asserted that the building proposal was out of character with the community. A Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday concluded with the Trainas withdrawing the proposal to build the new house for the time being and the supervisors granting them approval to restore and preserve Howard’s House, the “windmill” structure and the barn. The Trainas did so with the understanding that they would be allowed to build a new house of about 2,000 square feet resulting in a grand total of about 5,500 square feet of living space." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20170808/NEWS/170809811
"Bolinas' Star Route Farms, the oldest continuously certified organic grower in California, has been sold for $10.4 million to the University of San Francisco, which plans to use the property for research, field learning and community education." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170808/usf-buys-star-route-farms-in-bolinas-to-sustain-organic-farm-education
Morning approaches in Point Reyes. #sunrise
Highly recommended by TWMF: "For those of you that don't know, every Saturday morning during Farmers' Market Season Point Reyes Historic Walking Tours leads a tour a 10am. Tickets can be purchased at the Farmers' Market at Toby's between 9 and 10 AM. This joint project hosted by Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History and Tomales Bay Youth Center brings community members and youth together to share some history of our little village. All guides are trained by local historian Dewey Livingston. (Note no tour August 12--we will be at the Inverness Fair) Please visit http://PRSHistoricWalkingTours.org for details! (thx RK)
SFGate profiles local bars in West Marin. Hmmm. "Fourteen miles away, the Old Western Saloon occupies the ground floor of a building once home to a brothel. Model Conestoga wagons parade across the cabinet behind the bar. The wooden bar itself is as lined and cracked as the faces of the old dairy farmers and oystermen one imagines once bellied up to it. On weekend nights, women in designer dresses and sweaty suited men with shirttails hanging out — more wedding party survivors — cha-cha in front of the stage as a blues band plays, the dancers almost-tripping on the stove in the middle of the room. On a Wednesday morning, though, a manager-type works out the weekly schedule over a glass of wine. He makes a rich, balanced, Worcestershire-heavy Bloody Mary, a drink often ruined by too much horseradish or vodka. A young bartender with a shaved head is off to run errands, but before she leaves, he shows her video of a Roger Waters show he’s just attended. “Here’s when the mushrooms kicked in,” he cackles as the music presumably swells." FULL STORY: http://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/In-West-Marin-the-past-lives-on-through-dive-bars-11508132.php
"West Marin dairyman Albert Straus said this month he has come full circle in his effort to use agriculture against climate change with the addition of an all-electric feed truck to his farm fleet. “I’ve closed the loop,” said Straus, CEO and founder of Straus Family Creamery in Marshall, explaining that the truck is powered by cow poop. “The cows power the truck, and the truck feeds the cows.” Good stuff! FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/environment-and-nature/20170726/straus-family-creamery-fuels-electric-feed-truck-with-cow-gas
"Please come join us for NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st, 4:30-7PM. A crime prevention and community policing celebration organized by your local law enforcement and community groups. Just as I hope to meet you and others from throughout the community, I truly hope you will come and meet the med and women behind the badges who proudly serve and protect you everyday and night.

Did I mention we will have hamburgers, hotdogs and an ice cream social? 🍔🌭🍨😊

Hope to see you there!
Lt. Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff"
A young woman on her bike was seriously injured in Inverness this afternoon. Unclear whether she hit or was hit by a car, but the driver of the car drove off after the accident leaving the woman lying, bleeding in the road with serious head injuries. If you saw this accident or have any information about it, please contact the local authorities. Our hearts go out to her and her family.
"Dear family and friends,
We wanted to let you know that Tod was found this afternoon and brought to shore surrounded by those who love him. We are deeply saddened by his loss but also heartened by the outpouring of love from all of our extended family and friends. Please know how very much we appreciate all of the support we've been given over these last, very difficult days. We look forward to celebrating Tod's life with all of you soon and will let you know when arrangements have been made.
Much love,
Heidi, Shannon, Kim, and Cathryn"
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