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"
Reach helicopter landed in Inverness this afternoon. Possibly a stroke. Hopefully everyone is ok. (Thx FP and BE)
"Dear friends and community members,

We would like to send our love and appreciation for all of your efforts and well wishes. Here's an update on our continued search for Tod, aka Papa.

As many have heard, Tod fell out of his boat on Tuesday at 3 pm just off of Cypress Grove, north of Hog Island Oyster Company. Search and Rescue, Marin County, fellow local oyster businesses and many, many community folks went out looking for him immediately. While official search and rescue has suspended their search, friends and family are continuing their efforts to locate Tod.

Many people have asked how they can help. Thank you. We appreciate all the help we can get. The best way that you can help would be to continue to search on the water by boat or walking the shoreline. Please of course keep in mind your safety, wearing a PFD, paying attention to the tide and always aware of current weather conditions. Because of our location, the tide and wind could have taken him anywhere along the bay. All eyes, in all locations, is tremendously helpful to us. If anyone locates him, please immediately call 911.

While the family continues the search, business operations at both TBOC and The Marshall Store remain open and running as usual. Therefore, there is not a centralized check in area for search volunteers.

We would like to thank each and every member of the community and people from around the world for reaching out. This tremendously difficult time is made that much easier with all of your love and support. Thank you.

Love Heidi, Shannon, Kim and the TBOC and Marshall Store family"
"For the second consecutive year, a mountain biker from Marin is the winner of the USA Mountain Bike Championships over-17 short track title. Savilia Blunk, an 18-year-old cyclist from Inverness, crossed the finish line first to capture the national championship in her division. Blunk, who rides for the Marin-based Bear Development team, follows in the footsteps of Kelsey Urban, a Whole Athlete team cyclist, who won in 2016." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/sports/20170720/moumarin-briefs-inverness-cyclist-savilia-blunk-wins-mountain-biking-national-championship
A message from Shannon Gregory: "Big search going out tomorrow.. Heidi back now.. weather gonna be better.. all hands on deck...! Gotta bring him home." See you out there.
"The Marin County Sheriffs office has suspended its search for missing oysterman." via ABCnews.
Picture of barn fire in Nicasio via Marin County Fire.
"MCFD responding to a fully involved barn fire in the area of Nicasio. No spread to the wildland." - via Marin County Fire Dept
Via Marin County Fire about the missing boater in Tomales Bay: "Marin County Sheriff will continue searching the area this evening Additional resources first thing in the morning to continue search." Our hearts go out to the family. Please respect their privacy.
Confirmed, there is a search for a missing boater on Tomales Bay. A motor boat was seen going in circles at 3:13pm without anyone visible in the boat. US Coast Guard helicopters, CHP and Sonoma Sheriff's offfice and NPS all are providing support. If you have any information or see anything, contact local authorities immediately.
Sounds like there might be a missing boater(s) up on Tomales Bay. Helicopter and rescue boats doing recon.
"VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER tonight & tomorrow. Mt. Vision Rd is closed and no fires permitted. NPS fire info: go.nps.gov/19wxa1"
"Environmentalists, the National Park Service and ranchers have reached a settlement over disputed usage rights at Point Reyes National Seashore. The settlement, which was announced Wednesday, would give conservationists, ranch owners and others an opportunity to offer input on an amended general management plan for the rugged Bay Area peninsula. The National Park Service, which leases land for cattle grazing, must complete the plan by 2021." FULL STORY: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-point-reyes-park-settlement-20170713-story.html
"A 2nd fawn was just hit on Bear Valley Road in front the NPS Administration Bldg in the past week. Please drive slowly along this stretch." - Via PRNPS
This was spotted this in the Commons today. Looks like someone talked to a lawyer. (thx AJE) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210880611746335&set=a.1073051461530.2011702.1083459360&type=3&permPage=1
Via CHPMarin and Marin County Fire: "There is a 25-acre wild land fire burning in unincorporated West Marin County. No structures threatened. No evacuations. The fire is burning in the area of Hicks Valley, near the intersection of Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd. and Novato Blvd. Smoke is visible from Novato and parts of San Rafael. The Marin County Fire Department is on scene and air assets are being brought in from CAL FIRE. 6 engines; 3 crews; and aircraft assigned." MORE: https://www.facebook.com/chpmarin/posts/1619792588039805
"Much warmer weather will return to the #BayArea by this weekend. Return of #heatrisks and #firewx concerns." Via Bay Area NWS
Here is the location of the fire today (via Marin Country Fire). According to local sources it was a clandestine camp fire in a densely forested area. No suspects have been apprehended yet. Pictures of the fire are at the Point Reyes Light here: https://www.facebook.com/pointreyes.light/posts/1583172491727804?pnref=story.unseen-section
An injured osprey chick is stuck in a yard on Madrone in Inverness. Does anyone know what to do in this situation?
HUGE THANK YOU TO LOCAL EMERGENCY CREWS!!!! "The vegetation fire at Mt. Vision Rd and SFD has been contained. Firefighters are still on scene." Via KWMR
UPDATE: Fire on Mt. Vision. One acre, slow spread. People smelling smoke all over Inverness, anyone know what's going on?
There is a fire, undetermined size, under the canopy up by the outlook on Mt. Vision. Units are responding.
Fog burns off Tomales Bay this morning. #sunrise #westmarin
"Vehicle rollover area of McEvoy ranch Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd. Avoid the area." (Thx BE)
"The California Highway Patrol is investigating what caused a head on collision between a Marin County Sheriff patrol car and a passenger vehicle. It happened at about 10 Saturday morning on the Petaluma-Point Reyes road near Nicasio Reservoir." (Thx JS) MORE: http://abc7news.com/news/marin-county-sheriff-patrol-car-hits-passenger-vehicle/2172500/
"DId you know that WILDLAND FIRE is the greatest catastrophic threat to Marin County? Conditions are prime right now for a disaster right here in our own backyards and I have personally witnessed first hand the devastation caused by these fires in other counties over the past few years, not just chared landscape but homes, families and entire neighborhoods lost and torn apart.

Let's be good neighbors and THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU LIGHtT 🔥

Lt. Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff"
The mothership about to land in Point Reyes tonight. #sunset #pointreyes
Minor car accident on SFD by Launch for Hire. Expect delays until it's towed. Everyone ok. (Thx mm)
Via Marin County Fire: "We are fighting a #wildfire estimated at 10 acres in a remote area near Kent Lake, about two miles SW of Woodacre. There is no staging area for media heading to #PineFire in #MarinCounty. Please don't go past Meadow Club on Fairfax-Bolinas Road for now.Full containment of #PineFire in #MarinCounty is expected at about 6 PM and "under control" status should be by Wednesday morning. Fire and smoke from #PineFire in #MarinCounty is headed southeast, away from homes. No evacuations necessary, but please stay away for now." MORE UPDATES AT: https://twitter.com/marincountyfire
EVERYONE's INVITED so mark your calendars to our 2nd Annual West Marin National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st,, 2017 @ the Point Reyes Public Safety Building!
Come join us and your friends, neighbors and local community for an evening of appreciation and support for one another. Meet your local Sheriff's deputies, National & State Park Rangers who will be on-site to answer any questions and share the evening for only one purpose, to break down any barriers and build comraderie between us and you, the public we serve.
Food, beverages, and smiles will be on our menu 😊 I hope to see you there!
Lt. Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff 👮🏻
This seems like a big deal for West Marin. "Now, the ability to do that through a robust system of air ambulances is being challenged. A primary funding source derived from a $4 fee on traffic tickets is set to expire Dec. 31. And legislation meant to extend it appears hopelessly stalled. “We’re very concerned,” said Eric Freed, vice president for operations of Santa Rosa-based REACH Air Medical Services, which stands to lose millions of dollars and could close bases. “This affects many people, not just in the rural areas but in urban areas as well.” FULL STORY: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7096680-181/air-ambulance-companies-in-california (photo Press Democrat)
SFGate, otherwise known as the West Marin Travel Council. These stories must get lots of page views. LINK: http://m.sfgate.com/local/article/The-most-photogenic-vistas-in-the-North-Bay-11225984.php#11
Someone spotted a boat in the Nicasio Reservoir today. Official business or fisherman? (Thx AR)
"County sheriff's medivac helicopter rescued a young girl with heat issues in the park, and she was transferred to an ambulance in Bear Valley." Sounds like she's ok. Thanks to local rescue crews for their response. Remember to drink fluids and stay cool during this heat wave. (Thx MM)
A hiker is unconscious on the Mt. Wittenberg trail in Point Reyes. Henry 1 rescue helicopter is en route. (thx AN)
Summer Solistice today! Going to be an epic evening (if Karl the Fog doesn't show up). Go find a secret spot to commune with West Marin wilderness. Some fun facts here: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/19/15832952/summer-solstice-2017
Monday morning magic. Weekend survived. #sunrise #pointreyes
"Traffic update: Limantour Beach parking lot is full. South & North Beach would be good to visit at this time. Stay hydrated today." From PRNPS. Also heard a rumor that a local eating establishment was so slammed that they ran out of food yesterday...
Being on the front page of SFGate probably isn't helping our traffic issues either.
Parking at Shell Beach has officially maxed out. No more. Don't try. Tempers are flaring. Shelter in place.
We have visitors. "TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 3:15pm w/traffic heading over Mt Tam on Panoramic has been stop & go since Stinson Beach parking lots filled up @ 10:00am"
Nick Whitney, Mike Durkee, Jamaal Tyson and Brad Thurman won the KWMR golf scramble yesterday at San Geronimo.
Go check it out...
If you only see one art show this year, this is the one to see, "Summer of Love Reception for New Exhibitions - Join us at the Bolinas Musuem on Saturday, June 17th for a reception and concert celebrating the 50th Anniversay of the Summer of Love and the opening of the museum's Counter-culture & Creativity program spotlighting the 1960s & 70s. Gallery talks with artists and curators and reception 4-5 PM + Courtyard Concert 5-7 PM Maria Muldaur & Her Redhot Blusiana Band. PLUS local artist Sue Taylor will have her own exhibition of her own, truly exceptional, hand-knotted rugs." MORE INFO: http://www.bolinasmuseum.org/special_event10243.html AND https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/bolinas-museum-celebrates-counterculture (photo by David Mitchell)
Via CHP Marin Twitter feed: "UPDATED (7:55 PM)
At approximately 5:48 PM we received a call of a motorcycle versus a deer in the area of 9059 Marshall Petaluma Road. Callers advised the rider was unresponsive and life saving efforts were underway. Emergency responders from the CHP, Marin County Sheriff's Office, and Marin County Fire responded to the scene. Unfortunately, the rider succomed to his injuries on scene. Personnel are still on scene, conducting their investigation at this time. Any inquiries regarding the identity of the motorcycle rider should be directed to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Coroner's Division." (thx BE)
From NWS Bay Area: "A Heat Advisory has been issued for inland locations from Sat through Mon. Remember your heat safety."
Via CHP Marin: "FATAL COLLISION:We are currently on scene investigating a fatal traffic collision on Marshal Petaluma Road."
From the New Yorker, "In 2011, Steve Costa and Kate Levinson established what might have been the first C.S.B., at Point Reyes Books, in Marin County, California. Costa and Levinson were members of a C.S.A., and Point Reyes, like Blue Hill, relies on summer tourists—they started their program to address the same problem that Haskell was facing." FULL STORY: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-c-s-a-for-books
Congratulations to Luke Stevens, Jason Horick, Fernando Pelayo and the Blue Jays for winning the Double A West Marin Little League Championships. First West Marin Double A win since 2007.
Alexis and Trevor Traina defend their Moonrise Kingdom project in the Point Reyes Light: "This issue may be academic for some, but it is personal for us. After spending several years working closely with the county to ensure that our project was environmentally sensitive, the county granted its approval last December to replace one of the cabins with a new 3,900-square-foot home and to preserve three existing handmade cabins." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/defending-legacy
Posted on behalf of local residents: "You may have heard that the Inverness Association has appealed Marin County’s approval of a Coastal Development Permit for the Moonrise Kingdom project at the top of Vision Road, adjacent to the National Seashore. The approved project totals 10,786 square feet of development, with 15,421 sf of impervious surfaces. Like the controversial Hidden Dragon project on Balboa, this would not be the owners’ main residence, but a holiday home.

Our main concern is that this proposed development is way too big for Inverness. It rivals--and in many ways exceeds--the size of the now-withdrawn Hidden Dragon proposal. Marin County’s Single-Family Residential Design Guidelines state that “the floor area of the proposed development should not substantially exceed the median home size in the surrounding neighborhood.” Hidden Dragon was 4 times the size of the median home in the surrounding neighborhood. Moonrise Kingdom is proposed to be more than 5 times the median size.

The Staff Report ignores the Residential Design Guidelines and merely says “A residence of this size is not out of character with residences located in the surrounding Inverness community, nor is it out of character with the newer homes located throughout Marin County."

The Staff Report also repeatedly asserts, with no evidence, that the existing unpermitted buildings deserve to stay because they are of sentimental value to the community.

The Planning Commission will hear our appeal at 2 PM on Monday, June 12. The Inverness Association will be there to address the issue of size and other problems with the proposal. But without a clear message from the local community that West Marin is concerned about the negative impacts of the increasing number of properties bought as vacation homes, taken out of the rental market, and overdeveloped until no one but millionaires can afford to live here, they will tend to support the staff and the applicants.

Make no mistake, approval of this project without a serious reduction in size will set a precedent for a revived Hidden Dragon and will signal that Inverness is open to other super-sized development proposals.

The main thing is for letters to flood into the PC arguing that Moonrise Kingdom is too big for our community and the neighborhood. Send comments to:

Ana Hilda Mosher, for distribution to the Planning Commissioners (AMosher@marincounty.org), with copies to Marin County Planner Jocelyn Drake (jdrake@marincounty.org) and Supervisor Dennis Rodoni (drodoni@marincounty.org)

If you wish to receive a fact sheet on the size of Moonrise Kingdom and Hidden Dragon and a copy of the Staff Report, please email NancySteinart@gmail.com"
"Repairs of the Drakes Beach Road started this week. The ETO is still mid to late June. Stay tuned for more info." - Point Reyes NPS https://twitter.com/pointreyesnps/status/872134735505444864
Pulling donuts in the Second Valley parking lot and destroying the port-a-potty. I guess school is out? (Thx SP)
This year's Western Weekend had a lot of familiar faces and some new surprises. (thx SD)
"The windsurfer who was separated from his gear is ok, but he has lost his equipment in Tomales Bay. Its a red board with a green sail. Last seen north of Cypress Point around 7:00pm, drifting south in the water. There is a reward for the return, contact richard@coastodian.org if you find it. Thanks."
A REACH helicopter just landed in Inverness and it sounds like a windsurfer is in distress on Tomales Bay and a helicopter responding to that. Anyone know what's happening in Inverness?
From NPR Puzzle, "Next week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener David Herbst of Inverness, Calif. Name a well-known U.S. city with two words in its name. The second word sounds like the last name of a famous 20th-century writer. The first word is something found in virtually every work of this author. What is the city, and who is the author?" FULL STORY: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/04/531413242/sunday-puzzle-all-answers-have-alliterations-that-are-absolutely-necessary
CalTrans truck down on PR/Petaluma Road by the McEvoy Ranch. Road will be closed soon while they pull it out. Expect delays. (Thx RJ)
Posted at the Point Reyes post office today. (Thx RJ)
"Hog Island Oyster Co. will acquire neighboring business Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, which quietly closed this spring, reopening it in the summer and maintaining it as its own distinct brand." FULL STORY: https://sf.eater.com/2017/5/30/15716266/hog-island-oyster-co-buys-tonys-restaurant-tomales-bay-acquisition
"As part of the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, on Monday, May 29, 2017, Point Reyes National Seashore and the U.S. Coast Guard will honor the sacrifice of the surfmen who served to protect America's coast as a part of the United States Life-Ssaving Service. Visitors are invited to join the National Park Service and the United States Coast Guard at 1:30 pm for services at the Historic Life-Saving Service Cemetery located at G Ranch.

Following the ceremony, there is an open house at the Point Reyes Coast Guard Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock from 3 pm to 5 pm, during which attendees will have an opportunity to see the historic Coast Guard Motorized Lifeboat CG-36542." DETAILS: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_memorialday.htm
We went for a hike during low tide today on Tomales Bay and found this. So bummed. Who does this? Makes no sense.
Ken Fox plays "Dust in the Wind" as traffic pours into Inverness. Batten down the hatches. Shelter in place. Going to get ugly later.
Car flipped over on Rt 1 a mile south of Olema. Traffic control, be prepared. Hope everyone is ok. (Thx CM)
"A 79-foot blue whale washed up on Agate Beach in Bolinas on Friday morning. The cause of death remains unknown.
Scientists from the Marin Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences identified the whale as a sub-adult female. The scientists will return Saturday to perform a full necropsy, having taken preliminary skin tissue and blubber samples Friday morning." FULL STORY: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/79-foot-blue-whale-carcass-washes-up-on-Bolinas-11177352.php#photo-12981495
"FAIR WARNING to all my West Marin communities, traffic complaints related to unsafe drivers, riders and cyclists skyrocket over the holiday weekends. With Memorial Day Weekend beginning tomorrow #marinsheriff deputies and #marinchp officers already ramping up directed enforcement efforts that will continue throughout the weekend from Muir Woods all the way north to Tomales. Our goal is to eliminate injury accidents but we can only do it with your help and patience for those seem to not care about the safety for themselves or others.

Let's all have a safe and fun weekend because I think we all deserve one!

Doug Pittman
aka: your local Sheriff"
Because summer doesn't really being until Roberto gets the raft out. (thx BM)
"WESTERN WEEKEND is little over a week away with many special events Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4 in Sowntown Point Reyes Station. Come join your friends and neighbors as we celebrate the love for our one of a kind community.

Saturday's events include a 4-H Fair, Community Barn Dance, Taco Dinner, Salsa Tasting Contest and announcement of our own Junior Grand Marshall. Sunday's events are kicked off at 12 noon with the Annual Western Weekend Community Parade followed live music, incredible Mexican Food, infamous Farm Bureau Chicken BBQ, homemade desserts, and Annual Chili Cook-Off. A Sunday afternoon highlight is our own one of a kind Halleck Creek Cow Flop, something you must come see to believe yourself!

So please come and join all of us as we celebrate our local history, family, and community.

See you there!
Doug

aka: your local Sheriff"
The Point Reyes Disaster Council has a website that went live last week: https://www.pointreyesdisastercouncil.org/

"We hope everyone will use it for information, go-to resources and, for residents of the PRDC communities (full- and part-time in Point Reyes Station, Olema, Inverness Park and Marshall), the Household Information* form for your Neighborhood Liaison. These are for your safety, so please download and fill out as much as you possibly can. (*previously called Neighborhood Disaster Registry). We also always hope for more volunteers, especially as backup Neighborhood Liaisons, Area Coordinators, and on our PRS firehouse civilian radio room. ... Also, many thanks to Sequoia Web Design, based in PRS; and to Richard Blair and Dave Mitchell for use of their photos. Thank you, all..." - Lynn Axelrod
I wondered why so many birders out this weekend. "Birders scouring park for rare reported Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!" https://twitter.com/pointreyesnps/status/866358772972703744
Vehicle rollover on Lucas Valley Road on top of pass. Should be cleared soon. Sounds like no major injuries. (Thx MM)
Anne R. Dick, Memoirist and Writer’s Muse, Is Dead at 90 "She remained in the same house in Point Reyes Station for the rest of her life. In later years, as her jewelry business waned, she used it as a bed-and-breakfast inn. For about $100 a night, people could rent the room where Dick had worked on “High Castle.” In truth, though, most visitors were focused on hiking the nearby national seashore." FULL OBITUARY: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/books/anne-dick-dead-wife-and-muse-of-philip-k-dick.html?_r=0
In addition the the (now solved) Chicken Ranch burglaries, there have been some reports of houses being broken into in Point Reyes. Can anyone confirm or have any further info?
Michelle is a local resident who needs any type of assistance you can give. From GoFundMe: "My dear friend and mother of two beautiful children, Michelle Lujan , was just diagnosed with stage 4a ovarian cancer. She has just had major surgery and is at the beginning of a long journey of healing. She is going to start cancer treatment and needs funds to do this. She is not able to work and needs money to support herself and her two kids. Please lend your help!" HOW TO HELP: https://www.gofundme.com/michelle-lujans-cancer-treatment
Great show coming up in June at Ink.Paper.Plate, early bird tickets available now. "For the past ten years, the dynamic music duo known as Amendola vs. Blades have been conjuring various sonic deities of swingin' old-school jazz, funk, and rock, African, improvisational and free-form music to thousands of fans who've steadily shown up for one of their highly spontaneous and lively musical adventures." MORE: http://www.bandsintown.com/event/14537328?artist=Amendola+vs.+Blades&came_from=127
Marin County Sheriff FB page says they arrested the Chicken Ranch Beach thief: "Recently, we had two visitors come to our beautiful county to enjoy the open space of West Marin. Just as our guests were returning to their vehicle, they saw a man break the window of their car to steal their belongings. They confronted the man and he apologized and asked that they not call the police. The suspect got into his car and drove away. The visitors called 911 and gave an outstanding description of the suspect and the getaway car. We found the man in his getaway car, just outside of Pt. Reyes Station." FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/MarinCountySheriff/posts/1879832148939451
Good news.
The West Marin Feed made a mistake. We accidentally shared a post from Doug Pittman about speeding that actually happened in 2015. For some reason someone made a comment on it today, and since it was dated in May, I assumed it was new. I know this caused a lot of debate and I apologize to everyone, especially Sheriff Pittman for the error. I've taken the post down.
Another one happened this morning: "Just had car broken into at Chicken Ranch Beach. Police said this is on going problem. Do not leave anything inside car when parking." (Thx ES) Doug Pittman any thoughts?
Shakespeare is back in Inverness and only needs a couple of more dollars to make their goal, please help keep this great local event alive! "The third annual late summer Shakespeare at St. Columba's! Twelfth Night! A feast fools - if music be the food of Love, let's eat!"
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/101168817/inverness-shakespeare-2017
Two teenagers flipped over a sail boat across from Chicken Ranch Beach in Tomales Bay and couldn't get it back over this afternoon. They were in the water for about 30 minutes. Fortunately, thanks to local rescue crews, looks like everyone is going to be ok. Very cold, but ok.
Water rescue happening on Tomales Bay, capsized boat up by Tomales Bay Resort, two victims in the water. Hope everyone is ok.
#Lighthouse stairs just closed due to high winds! Be careful out there, esp. if you go on the water. - via NPRS
The annual May Faire benefit is happening today in Point Reyes behind the Creamery from 11 to 1:30. Stop on by.
"Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Olema has reopened. PG&E in the area working overnight to repair downed power lines. Drive carefully in the area!"
Electric lines down and a grass fire in Jewel by McIssac Ranch. Both lanes of Sir Francis Drake closed.
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