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)
"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)
"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...
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 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Supervisor Dennis Rodoni (email@example.com)
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"
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you find it. Thanks."
"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
"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!
"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.
"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
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
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
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?
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.
According to the Point Reyes Light, "Caltrans will install a crosswalk at the south end of Point Reyes and pedestrian signs at both ends of town in the coming months. A request for a three way stop at Levee Road was denied." Isn't there one already at the south end? Or does this mean from the art gallery to the realtor? Also, does this mean those big blinking pedestrian signs?
This cat has been missing for the last 48 hours from a home near The Saltwater Depot in Inverness. His name is Shiloh and he has no chip and kicked his collar off. Have you seen him? If so, leave a comment or call Matt Sykes at 415-506-5051. Thank you.
CRIME ALERT: "A Fairfax woman parked at Chicken Ranch Beach and went for an hour stand-up paddle. When she returned she found her driver’s side window smashed, wallet taken and a key removed. Please everyone, keep valuables out of sight, be vigilant. Sherriff is on-site taking report right now." (thx RJ)
Apparently a motorcyclist was killed this morning on Rt. 1 between Stinson and Bolinas. There are no other details available that I've seen. Does anyone else have details? Our hearts go out to the person's family.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Fast action by Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) jumping so quickly to fix the sinkhole on Sir Francis Drake Blvd @ Pierce Point Rd just west of Inverness.
I just spoke to the DPW crew at the scene and they feel confidant that they can complete a temporary repair to the roadway today. They will be able to replace the broken drainage pipe below the surface of the roadway but will have to place temporary steel plates on the roadway until sometime next week when they will come back and repave the roadway.
Best news is that the roadway will be completely open for the upcoming weekend and all the anticipated tourists traveling back and forth from our beaches and lighthouse.
Huge words of praise to the DPW crew members teaming up with Ghilotti Construction getting this repair work done before the weekend! 👍👍👍
Via Doug Pittman. "TRAFFIC ALERT - A sinkhole in the roadway was discovered this morning on Sir Francis Drake Blvd @ Pierce Pt. Road just west of Inverness. The hole itself is only 3'x3' in diameter but closer inspection has found the earth below the roadway has been washed out creating an underground cavern that extends beneath both sides of the roadway. Marin DPW has just arrived and is now evaluating what needs to be done to fix the problem. Local residents should expect significant traffic delays until needed repairs are completed. We hope this problem can be at least temporarily repaired knowing we expect heavy tourist traffic this weekend. Lt. Doug Pittman Aka: your local Sheriff"
An update about Drake's Beach from PRNPS: "We've received a lot of questions about Drakes Beach Road over the past few days. As you can see in the photos, an old cattle tunnel that goes under the roadway failed and partially collapsed a section of the roadway. The steel plates that were installed prior to the collapse no longer have any structural support and can fail if driven over. We are working to get the road open as soon as it can be safely traveled. A repair plan is in progress, but we do not have a time frame yet. We will keep updating the status of the road as we gain more information. Please stay tuned." MORE PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/PointReyesNPS/posts/1427561483949833
THIS SUNDAY: "The Recycle Circus is coming! The following are accepted items: books, electronics, sports equipment, clothes kitchen and garden supplies, and household items in useable condition. No toxins, car tires, large appliances, stuffed furniture, or mattresses. Please bring your items from 10 AM-2PM only. The Recycle Circus is brought to you free by the volunteer efforts of Waste Free Now. To volunteer, contact, contact Madeline at 415-663-9087."
Earth Day is on Saturday. Lots of local park and beach clean ups happening. Also an Earth Day/Climate Change Demonstration in Point Reyes:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Wells Fargo Bank, Pt Reyes Station Unable to attend the Earth Day March in San Francisco on Saturday, April 22nd? Join other West Marinites from Noon to 1pm in front of Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Pt Reyes Station.
Bring your signs and celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day. Everyone welcome.
From PRNSA "Book Talk: Coyote America by Dan Flores - Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm Join us on Sunday evening, April 9th for a book talk with Dan Flores, author of the New York Times bestseller Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History.
Called "a masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation" by the Wall Street Journal, Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal.
This is a free event which takes place at the Red Barn Classroom in Point Reyes National Seashore (1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Road). There will be a reception with wine and healthy snacks at 6pm, and the book reading will begin at 7pm."
Our hearts go out to his family. "A man died when his boat capsized Monday in treacherous Tomales Bay waters in Marin County, officials said. Another man and two dogs were aboard the 13-foot Boston whaler when it flipped over on the west side of the bay north of Avalis Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore, a spokesman for the national park said." Full Story: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Man-dies-when-boat-with-friend-and-2-dogs-11047425.php
Here is some raw video from the car chase in Point Reyes last Thursday. Very sketchy. Contains NSFW language. Thanks to local law enforcement for handling this, glad no one was hurt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe6JcD6H2Wc
More car chase details: "A Guerneville man wanted on two felony warrants was arrested Thursday after a pursuit and crash in West Marin. The driver was identified as Jesse Dylan Nielson, 25, said sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman. Nielson was arrested on suspicion of reckless evasion and additional allegations, plus the outstanding warrants, Pittman said. The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. after a deputy spotted a man driving erratically and on the wrong side of the road on Shoreline Highway near Olema. The driver accelerated when the deputy tried to stop him.
“He’s doing about 90 and he’s all over the road,” a sheriff’s deputy announced over the emergency radio.
Update from Sheriff Doug Pittman on car chase, "The male subject currently being detained at Olema Campground is a person wanted for at least 1 outstanding Felony Warrant out of Sonoma County. There is no current threat to community as deputies and Federal Park Rangers have secured the scene."
Via Point Reyes NPS "Unfortunately, the rumor is true. Yesterday (Sunday) evening, Park Rangers responded to the Palomarin Trailhead after reports that 2 vehicles were burglarized. Park Rangers located evidence that up to 4 vehicles may have been broken into and an investigation is ongoing. If you have any info regarding yesterday's break-ins, please contact our park dispatch at 415 464 5170. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity at Pt Reyes Trailheads can report it to Point Reyes National Seashore or Marin County Sheriff's dispatch as soon as practicable and Park Rangers will investigate. (MH)"
Community Flavor: Come down to the Station House tonight (Thursday) and support our local youth sports teams. And then watch some most excellent little league baseball every Saturday and Sunday at the West Marin School.