"I found what appears to be a wedding ring on the top of Mt Vision rd today. It was on the side of the road and looks a little beat up - it might have been run over by a car or two - but it looks like a gold wedding band. I’d love to return it to its owner. I’ll hold on to it for about a week in hopes someone sees this post and gets back to me, then I’ll probably pass it off to the sheriff’s office." - Anna Dodge
Our hearts are broken. A memorial fund has been started to support the family. "It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of Ricardo De Santiago beloved Son of Elvira De Santiago and Juan De Santiago, brother to Lorena De Santiago, Ishmael De Santiago, Juan De Sa tiago and Maya De Santiago. Ricardo's passing was sudden and unexpected please help this family meet their go fund me goal of $15,000 to cover the funeral expenses and other unforeseen costs. Thank you for your love and support." LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/ricardo-de-santiago-memorial-fund
No word if the road is open yet. Be prepared to be rerouted. "The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that killed one person Monday in West Marin. The crash was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on Shoreline Highway between Point Reyes Station and Marshall. A tractor trailer or dump truck was blocking both lanes of the road, according to preliminary CHP reports." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20180129/west-marin-crash-kills-1-on-shoreline-highway
"The 30-foot whale that washed up at Point Reyes National Seashore last month had wounds that indicated it got tangled in something in the ocean before its death, researchers said Friday. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, which handled the necropsy of the juvenile humpback whale after it washed ashore Christmas Eve, said its team found indented marks and roughed-up skin on the corners of the whale’s mouth, around the back of its neck and in circles on its shoulder blade. Bloody tissue was found around the animal’s neck and head." FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7894651-181/whale-that-washed-up-on
Marin County Department of Public Works "Marin County Traffic & Project Update: The repair project on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) did NOT begin this morning due to early morning rain and overall level of soil saturation. The project is expected to begin this week, weather permitting."
NWS Bay Area: "Here is how rain is projected to develop overnight across the #BayArea, according to the HRRR Model. Rain is forecast to be mostly light to moderate in intensity, except locally heavy in the North Bay. #CAwx #BayAreaRain"
There is a government shutdown, but no official word from the PRNPS yet about what that means. According to SFGate: "National parks: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite National Park and other parks would make site-by-site decisions as to what to close. While many open-air sites would remain open, most visitor services would cease." Anyone else have updated info? SFGate story: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Here-s-what-shuts-down-in-a-government-shutdown-12511597.php
MARIN COUNTY TRAFFIC NOTICE: Work on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Baywood Canyon (Whites Hill) is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 22. The construction zone will require the closure of one lane of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for heavy machinery access and crew safety. The lane closure will be in effect for the duration of the project, Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic flow will be maintained using alternating one-way access through the work zone, controlled by flaggers, during work hours. However, both lanes will remain open outside of the designated working hours. Travelers should expect delays during peak commuting hours and plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work towards improving the safety and functionality of the roadway.
The Point Reyes Light sheds more light on the recent shark attack in the park. It was exploratory. "Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to 12 feet long—white shark on Dec. 30 in the waters near Drakes Estero." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/drakes-estero-shark-bite-was-likely-investigative
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has opened their wood smoke rebate program for applications. If you have been thinking about removing your fireplace or wood stove or replacing it to a cleaner burning electric heat pump or gas insert, you can receive a sizeable rebate from the Air District. The County of Marin provides an additional rebate that you must apply to separately.
There’s a lively, hopeful display underway these days along Lagunitas Creek in west Marin County, where the return of winter rains has drawn endangered coho salmon up into the stream to spawn. After decades of watching Central California Coast coho stock diminish, it’s heartening to know 3-year-old fish have found their way back home to reproduce and keep the species going at least a while longer. Photo by Richard James. FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7874146-181/coho-salmon-return-to-west
"Energetic long-period swell will begin arriving along our coast on Sunday morning and will continue to impact Marin area beaches through Tuesday. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the coast from Sonoma County south to Monterey County." - Marin County Fire
Do people have local rain fall measurements? I heard up to five inches in some West Marin spots. "Total rainfall for yesterday, January 8, 2018 at our weather station in Bear Valley was 3.85 inches!" (Via PRNPS)
Prepare accordingly. Good chance power will go out at some point with that wind. "A potent storm system will begin to spread rainfall over the area late Sunday night. Rain rates will intensify by Monday afternoon. Periods of heavy rain are likely from Monday afternoon through Monday night. Strong gusty winds expected on Monday." - via NWS Bay Area
Thank you to emergency crews for this rescue yesterday. "At approximately 3:40 pm CHP H-30 responded to assist the Marin County Fire Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff Helicopter Henry 1 with an injured hiker at Alamere Falls in rural Marin County. H-30 was airborne and already patrolling Marin County and arrived overhead in 6 minutes. After a brief search of the area H-30 located the injured party at the top of the falls. H-30 landed and a CHP Officer/Paramedic made contact with hiker. After assessing the hiker it was determined that his 6 year old daughter was also injured. The family had been hiking when the daughter slipped and slid down the falls for approximately 15 feet. The father attempted to catch the daughter and also slid down the falls. With the assistance of citizens at the scene the father and daughter climbed back to the top of the falls. Due to the remote location and no cell service the wife/mother of the hiked approximately 1 hour to obtain a cell signal! Due to multiple patients at the scene Sonoma County Henry 1 landed and transport the 6 year old daughter while CHP H-30 transported the father. All parties and were flown to Five Brooks in Marin County and transferred to a Marin County Fire Ambulance. All are expected to make a full recovery. Both rescue helicopters saved Marin County Fire personnel approximately 1 1/2 hours of hiking in to the falls and at least and additional 1 1/2 hour hike back to the trail head and Five Brooks." FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/1726675667395028
I have not confirmed this but a reader sent this in tonight: "I was at the Point Reyes post office today and the post master said they will be opening the window to deliver packages tomorrow even though it's Sunday (Dec. 24)." (thx IW)
"A phone and credit cards belonging to Sophia Fenn were found on Forres road in Inverness today and brought to the sheriff station in Point Reyes. If you know Sophia, please tell her to find her stuff there, thank you."
NEW: Frost Advisory added to the San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma Coasts. While San Francisco is NOT included in any frost/freeze products, residents are still encouraged to take necessary actions for the cold weather. #CAwx
Want to buy some very cool local gifts for the holidays? Then check out the West Marin Pop Up Craft Fair today in Point Reyes from 11am - 5pm in the Point Reyes Surf Shop warehouse. MORE INFO HERE: https://m.facebook.com/events/146828452631551?
"In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the county’s contract with Redwood Empire Disposal, an affiliate of the Ratto Group that has serviced the area since 2008. Recology, an employee-owned waste management company that dates back to the 1920s in San Francisco and has pioneered the curbside collection of compostable material, will take over service in West Marin later this month." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/trash-contract-changes-hands
"A search for a 21-year-old Antioch man reported missing over the weekend on a trail south of Muir Beach will continue Tuesday, authorities said. Tyler Silva was on a hike with his girlfriend Sunday on Pirate's Cove Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when he ventured off trail and was separated, according to park spokeswoman Dana Polk. The girlfriend couldn't find him and called for help around 3:30 p.m., according to park rangers." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20171204/marin-rescue-team-seeks-missing-hiker-in-muir-beach
Update from Melinda who was looking for Lorenzo to give him his $100 back, "Hi there! I heard from the rightful Lorenzo and all is well. He suggested that I donate the $100 to a fire relief fund and so I gave it to Undocufund, to help those undocumented workers in Sonoma and Napa counties who lost their homes in the fires to rebuild their lives. Nice guy."
"Biologists working among the West Marin watersheds that compose one of California’s last spawning grounds for coho have spotted two other types of salmon rarely — if ever — seen in the area. The observers witnessed and photographed pairs of chum and pink salmon — also known as humpback salmon for their bowed backs — frolicking in the streams. Both types of fish are common in areas farther north from Oregon to Alaska but are foreigners in West Marin." FULL STORY: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Unusual-Salmon-Show-Up-in-West-Marin-Creeks-460812453.html
"I am looking for someone who lost some money that is now in my possession. It happened on Thanksgiving afternoon at the local bar where I had stopped after a hike with friends. A man named Lorenzo handed me a couple of bucks as I was queuing up some music on the juke box and asked me to out a certain band on. He disappeared before I realized he had mistakenly given me a hundred dollar bill. I would like to give it back to him but don't know how to find him. He has dark hair and a beard, is around 50-55, said he worked on a road crew and is a local. I'm from Sonoma County so I don't know many people in the area to ask. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Melinda Misuraca"
"Maybe I was seeing things, but I am pretty sure I just drove by three loose sheep grazing on the side of Levee Road a little past Love Field. Hopefully they stay out of the road, cars are zooming past!" (thx FOK)
"Marin County is the most racially unequal county in California, according to a new report by Advancement Project California, a Los Angeles-based civil rights organization. The report — which received funding from the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation and the Sierra Health Foundation — arrived at its rankings after examining California counties’ performance in seven key areas: democracy, economic opportunity, crime and justice, access to health care, healthy built environments, education and housing." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/social-affairs/20171120/report-marin-tops-state-in-racial-inequity?source=topstoriesrot
"YELLOW LABRADOR FOUND SECOND VALLEY Yellow labrador retriever found by the tennis court on Vision Road betw. 4 & 5 pm Friday. Looks about 11 yrs old. Red collar. No tags (grrrrrowl...). Being taken care of by Noah Stroe at 415-669-7437" (thx SB)
via CHPMarin "Alert- Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is closed in both directions at Platform Bridge due to a collision involving and overturned cement truck carrying 60,000 lbs of concrete. A big rig tow is enroute to the scene but there is no ETA to open the road. Expect delays to and from West Marin."
"The owners of the property known to the community as the Town Commons in Point Reyes Station have given notice to West Marin Commons to vacate as of December 3, 2017. Thus ends nearly seven years of community use of the grounds as well as the "Little Yellow House" on the property. The decision by the owners should be understood in light of their need for the property to be better managed and controlled." FULL STORY: http://mailchi.mp/westmarincommons/town-commons-lease-termination
Lot of police activity tonight in Inverness. A truck ran off the road with arrests made and helicopter assist and then an issue with some folks who live down by Inverness Store. Lots of confusion and someone with serious hypothermia.
"The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday for the North Bay interior valleys and mountains, including the cities and communities of Angwin, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Napa, Novato, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, South Santa Rosa and Woodacre." FULL STORY: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=mtr&wwa=flash%20flood%20watch
"The commercial crabbing season will start on time off the Sonoma Coast this fall for the first time in three years, putting fresh Dungeness crab in local markets by week’s end and restoring long-held autumn and holiday traditions. “It’s a big deal,” veteran Dick Ogg said by phone Monday from the Karen Jeanne, as he motored to his favored crabbing grounds off Point Reyes with 239 metal crab cages on board. “It’s a very competitive fishery in the beginning.”" FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7635357-181/on-the-north-coast-dungeness?artslide=0
Final vote by the Board of Supervisors for the purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course happens on Tuesday, November 14 at 2:15pm if you want to be involved.
"The county would be expected to foot $3.91 million of the total purchase price, which could amount to $8.85 million. County park officials say much of the existing property could become a turnkey greenbelt park with a ready-made network of multiuse pathways that will allow hiking and biking between Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls and Lagunitas."
"The Marin County Board of Supervisors, in its role as the Open Space District’s Board of Directors, will consider creating a 1,000-acre agricultural conservation easement Tuesday morning. If approved, the land will be transferred to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. The Open Space District owns two adjacent easements over private property registered with Luiz Ranch Inc. and owned by Metallica co-founder James Hetfield and his wife Francesca." FULL STORY: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/10/marin-county-preserve-land-skywalker-ranch/
A downhill slide on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, located at milepost 18.76 in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, was sustained during last winter’s storms. Due to environmental regulations for fish activity in Lagunitas Creek, which bisects the park, the necessary regulatory agency permits were not issued in time to meet the work requirements this year. Permits will be sought in late April 2018 and repairs are expected to begin as early as May 2018.
In the meantime, the downhill slide within the park has been winterized to endure the rainy season, but requires the closure of one lane to maximize safety. For approximately the next three weeks, traffic flow on the single lane will be controlled with stop signs in both directions.
A temporary traffic signal will be installed in December and remain in place until early May. Traffic flow will be continually monitored and the signal’s timing will be adjusted to minimize congestion. It is recommended that travelers seek alternative routes during commute hours as traffic delays are anticipated.
Trash is not only unsightly in our communities, it enters waterways, polluting the water and hurting the environment and wildlife. Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) is partnering with local anti-litter coalitions, collectively referred to as Clean Marin, to put on the inaugural Trash Summit on Wednesday, November 1. The free event will be at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases/press-releases/2017/dpw-trashsummit-101817
"The debate over the future of ranching in federal park lands in West Marin is underway and support for the practice was voiced this week as hearings kicked off. National Park Service officials held a pair of public sessions — one in Point Reyes, the other in Sausalito — to look at the various alternatives for ranching. The park service’s initial proposal would allow existing ranch families to continue beef and dairy operations with 20-year leases, the agency announced earlier this month." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/business/20171026/west-marin-ranchers-on-edge-as-lease-talks-begin
From Bob Raines, Superintendent of the Shore Unified School District, "On the morning of Monday, October 30, 2017, the SUSD buses did not run. Early that morning, and the evening prior, all of the district's bus drivers except one called in sick. As soon as the district learned this information, a phone message was sent to all parents via School Messenger letting them know that there would be no bus service. In addition, various other classified employees, including most food service employees, also called in sick. The district has no further information at this time. Although the district and the classified union currently are involved in contract negotiations, the district does not believe the events of today are related because a sick-out or strike would be illegal and a violation of the good faith negotiating principle, neither of which we would expect from our dedicated and hard working staff. We took all steps necessary to minimize the impact on students, including providing food service. We sincerely apologize to the students and their families who rely on bus service and were unable to attend school today as a result. We are in the process of securing substitute bus drivers to prevent this situation from occurring in the future. Thank you."
"The Point Reyes Disaster Council invites everyone to the 31st annual Pancake Breakfast at the Point Reyes Station firehouse on Sunday, October 29, starting at 8 am. The benefit is sponsored by the Marin County Fire Dept. Our wonderful firefighters from the Marin County Fire Dept./PRS firehouse and from the Inverness Volunteer Fire Dept. will be cooking up pancakes and assorted breakfast eats. Come on down and help us thank them for their 24-7 protection of our community. As always, there will be a raffle and silent auction and various outdoor activities like fire truck rides, a fire safe house and, just possibly, Smokey the Bear himself!"
"Día de los Muertos in Point Reyes - Join us for this special annual community event featuring Aztec Dancers, Coro de los Muertos singers, a procession down main street, Day of the Dead pageantry, a blessing of the altar, Mexican food, drinks, and surprises. You are encouraged to dress in Day of the Dead finery.
2:30-4:30 Face painting at Ernesto’s Studio next to Cafe Reyes patio. 5:00-6:00 Procession down main street. Meet at Gallery Route One. Bring pictures and mementoes of loved ones to carry in the procession and place on the altar in the Dance Palace. 6:00-8:30 pm - Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos Ceremony and Celebration at the Dance Palace, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station."
From the Southern Marin Fire District: "The severity of fires in our community has taken many lives, property, and most of all our spirits. For the past 5 years us local firefighters have created a bike drive for kids for Christmas. Due to what is happening we think now is the most appropriate time to pull together, donate bikes, and put a smile on families faces." GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/ptpvu9-bikes-for-kids FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/southernmarinfire/
"Before a throng of bicycling advocates, including three of his alleged victims, a Novato man accused of intentionally striking cyclists with his pickup truck was handcuffed in court Thursday and thrown back into jail with an increased bail. “We are asking for full enforcement of the law,” said Jim Elias, executive director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. The man would face up to five years in prison if convicted of all the charges, said Assistant District Attorney Barry Borden." FULL STORY: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/27/bay-area-bicycling-advocates-swarm-arraignment-of-marin-hit-and-run-suspect/
Power outage stinson Bolinas. From Bolinas fire chief, Anita Tyrrell-Brown, Bolinas-Dogtown: "Cypress tree down with PG&E pole and lines. Horseshoe Hill road closed. PG&E will have to replace pole and wires, unknown time for power restoration or road opening."
This one is the real deal, be safe. "A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the entire coastline between Sonoma County and Monterey County between 6PM Thurs. and 6PM Fri. However, timing may need to be extended in later updates. #CAwx #highsurf #ripcurrents #beachwx #swell 🌊"
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."
"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: email@example.com(link sends e-mail). Thanks in advance. Lynn, Point Reyes (West Marin) Disaster Council"
"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 - firstname.lastname@example.org then cell phone - 415-663-8400
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-news/20171010/arson-suspected-in-terra-linda-hillside-fire