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
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."
"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
"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)
"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."
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/chpma (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
"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!"
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.p
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/event
"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)
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)
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."