"Motorists discovered human remains down an embankment near Point Reyes Station on Friday evening. The drivers noticed something suspicious and stopped to investigate. The remains they found had been wrapped in some sort of plastic material, but had been left out there for quite some time, Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell'Osso said. Dell'Osso said that it remains unclear whether the remains were moved from another location. Also, the gender of the body is still unknown." FULL STORY: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/FBI-Marin-County-Sheriff-Investigate-Body-Found-Near-Point-Reyes-Station-414165043.html
UPDATE: "Platform Bridge Road between Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is now OPEN to all traffic."
"MEDIA enroute to Platform Bridge Rd incident are asked to stage @ Sir Francis Drake Blvd @ Platform Bridge Rd. to meet with NPS PIO." Via Marin County Sheriff
This is sort of strange: "Temporary Road Closure of Platform Bridge Road in West Marin is due to on-going criminal investigation, there is NO threat to community." Via Marin County Sheriff
UPDATE: Traffic being let through PR/Petaluma Rd now. Platform Bridge Rd closed due to flooding.
UPDATE: Point Reyes/Petaluma Road closed from Route One to the Graffiti Bridge because of a tree down. Platform Bridge Road also closed due to flooding.
The Point Reyes/Petaluma Road is closed right now due to a tree down traffic is backed up on both sides. No word when it will open back up. (thx MM)
Well, it feels like Groundhog Day, but more rain coming Sunday through Tuesday. "Monday's storm will bring more heavy rain and increased risk of #CAflood concerns. Be prepared for any potential impacts"
West Marin merchants plan to participate in their own version of a national strike planned Friday against the Trump administration. The nationwide boycott calls on people to skip work, avoid spending money and take action in protest of President Trump’s agenda. In Point Reyes Station, at least 15 businesses will stay open and plan to donate a percentage of all sales to groups that promote civil liberties, environmental causes and movements that counter Trump’s message. “Everyone is excited,” said Susan Hayes, owner of Susan Hayes Handwovens, a co-organizer. “(Shop owners) feel it’s more proactive than closing. They have to consider employees. It’s getting a lot of buzz. People are feeling very, very positive and they are happy to participate.” FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170213/west-marin-businesses-to-protest-trump
"The forecast precipitation for the next three days show another dose of heavy rainfall for the west coast starting by Wednesday."
Joel Whitney is speaking about his new book 'Finks' at the Point Reyes Bookstore tonight at 7:00pm. Very apropos given our current state of affairs. "When news broke that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved. The story continues to unfold, with the reputations of some of America’s best-loved literary figures—including Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Richard Wright—tarnished as their work for the intelligence agency has come to light." http://ptreyesbooks.com/events/joel-whitney-conversation-norman-solomon
Via Carlos Porrata: "Abbotts Lagoon area around the bridge received a lot of damage from the storm. The lagoon is open to the ocean and dropped over 15 feet in depth, both upper and lower lagoon. Lots of erosion beyond the bridge and there are cracks where more material is going to go down. Be very careful. NPS notified."
After a long wet week, then sun came back and started to dry things out. Happy Friday everyone. And a full moon! #sunset #westmarin
UPDATE: The Levee Road in Point Reyes is now closed due to high tide. Cars got stuck in it last night. Don't be 'that person'. Use Bear Valley Road instead. (thx BE)
"The Levee road is pouring over. Almost didn't get through at 7:20pm" Road isn't closed yet, but proceed with caution. Photo from 5:00pm when flooding started. (thx FP and JS)
"#MarinCounty Road UPDATE: Panoramic Hwy, between Hwy 1 & Throckmorton Fire Station, is now cleared & OPEN."
Flooding on Rt 1 at the usual spot south of Tomales. (Thx RJ)
The Station House Cafe closing at 3pm today and the Bovine closed at noon.
"Shoreline Highway is closed 1 mile south of Tomales due to flooding. Shoreline Highway in Point Reyes Station near the bank is reported flooded due to a clogged drain." - via KWMR
"Did anyone hear a train whistle blow in downtown Point Reyes at 8:82 am this morning? My whole office is confused."
More school closures tomorrow due to weather.
"School Cancelled for Shoreline Unified tomorrow." (Thx FP)
Levee Road is open this morning and easily passable as of 6:32am. Tide gets very high later this morning Nicasio Valley Road and Lucas Valley Road all clear too.
Just got a report from the Levee Road that it is still flooded and its still closed. But there was a car stuck in the middle with its blinkers on. And people were still trying to plow through the water. The CHP showed up to help, and people were still trying to plow through the water and the CHP was yelling at people that the road was closed and to turn around. Seriously. People get into their cars and morph into crazy. LEVEE ROAD IS CLOSED, DON'T DRIVE THROUGH STANDING WATER. (thx FP)
Trying to confirm a report that Sir Francis Drake Blvd is now open. Does anyone know? Twitter is quiet.
Update on power situation in Lagunitas.
TRAFFIC ALERT via Marin County Fire, "Sir Francis Drake Closed at Samuel Taylor Park. Expected to be closed till late tomorrow".
"Creek water is right up to and starting to get onto one lane of the Point Reyes Petaluma Road between the Graffiti Bridge and Highway One." If this road floods out, we have a problem because SFD is closed right now too. (thx AF) (3:22pm)
TRAFFIC ALERT: "Sir Francis Drake Blvd between Lagunitas and Platform Bridge Rd will remain closed for between a day and a day-and-a half." - according to PG&E via Burton (1:51pm)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Tree cleared, traffic getting through on SFD by White House Pool now. (12:29pm)
"The Levee road is now blocked by flood water that has left motorists stranded in flood water. Closed! Stay home if you can." - via Burton (12:41pm) AN photo
Huge tree blocking Sir Francis Drake by White House Pool. Traffic blocked both lanes. Via Richard Dillman and KWMR (12:16pm)
UPDATES: Nicasio Valley Road past LVR open to one lane. SFD by White House Pool blocked both lanes. Water continuing to rise, all creeks at limits, flooding all around Point Reyes Station. Be safe. (Thx DL) (12:23pm)
Road Closure: Panoramic Highway is closed between Highway 1 & Pantoll, due to downed trees & debris. #MarinStorm #CAstorm (as of 11:44pm)
Lucas Valley Road is still open, but major delays due to Nicasio Valley Road being closed and the stoplight on LVR.
"Heads up for all those traveling in West Marin: Sir Francis Drake closed for wires down in the area of Lag market.
Platform Bridge Rd closed due to flooding.
Nicasio Valley Rd between Lucas Valley Rd and SFD closed due to tree down." - at 7:00 am (thx CB) Also, I'd say platform bridge closed soon, it's really close. (TWMF)
"Flood sirens in Fairfax!!" - via twitter at 7:03am
TRAFFIC ALERT "Nicasio Valley Rd is also closed due to power lines down in the area of the Shadows." - reported at 6:37am by Burton. No further info at this time.
Sir Francis Drake Road closed at Olema, power lines down. - reported at 6:43am
"@PointReyesNPS @NWSBayArea has also issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Point Reyes area, starting at 10pm, due to potential heavy rains"
The rain refuses to stop raining. Be prepared for another wet week. "Two warm and very wet storms on tap for #NorCal this week. Renewed #flood concerns across unregulated rivers, small streams." - via NWS Sacramento
"Marin waste management officials expect the sale of a major North Bay garbage hauler to have little effect on services in Novato and West Marin where the company holds franchises. Late last month, the Santa Rosa-based Ratto Group agreed to sell off its waste and recycling operations to Recology, a San Francisco company. Ratto Group handles garbage and recycling services for eight of Sonoma County’s nine cities as well as services in Novato and West Marin. In West Marin, the county’s Waste Management Division overseas the Ratto Group franchise Redwood Empire Disposal, a company Ratto co-founded in the 1960s." FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170203/novato-west-marin-garbage-hauler-franchises-sold
"Novato blvd closed 3 miles or so north of Novato car off road" (thx DA)
Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at the Cowgirl Creamery and the Marshall Store yesterday. #celebrity
UPDATE: Nicasio Valley Road is now open. Power is still out on Vision Rd. 10:30am estimate time of restoration.
Power out in most of Inverness. PG&E web site estimates restoration at 5:00am.
"Road Closed - Nicasio Valley Rd from Sir Francis Drake to Lucas Valley Rd, large tree in roadway with power lines." (Thx FP)
"There is a tree that took a power line down on Nicasio Valley Road, about 1 mile past Roy's Redwoods. Power line is down on top of a white truck. Responders are on their way but there is no passing either way." (Thx MO)
Rollover at the Cheese Factory. Traffic control in place, should be clear soon. (Thx DW)
Via Point Reyes NPS, "Trail section at Tomales Point has collapsed. Area is still unstable. Remember cliffs are hazardous, stay back from the edge. Hike safely!"
From Marin IJ: "The Marin County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that could mean new restrictions on vehicle dwellers.
The ordinance imposes no new parking rules immediately, but it gives supervisors the ability to do so in future by resolution. The new rules could be tailored by neighborhood or even by street to address complaints of people living in their vehicles or parking oversized vehicles.
The ordinance gives supervisors the option of banning parking at all times; banning all overnight parking; banning overnight parking of all vehicles except cars, motorcycles and pickups; or banning overnight parking of “oversized, commercial vehicles.”
Violators could be subject to a $100 fine for each overnight violation.
Several residents of Point Reyes Station, however, said some people living in their vehicles there have become a big problem.
Marty Knapp of Point Reyes Station said, “A group of people have started living adjacent to the Giacomini wetland in vans, cars and motor homes. There are human feces migrating into the county trash can from people who are living on the street.”
Tom Quinn of Point Reyes Station said his community’s quality of life has been stolen by an invasion of large tour buses and a “rolling slum of homeless” who have moved in.
“This new slum is made up of vagrants and transients,” Quinn said. “Some of them are mentally unstable, some are staggering drunks, thieves, vandals, needle queens and serious environmental polluters.”"
FULL STORY: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170130/marin-supervisors-ease-toward-crackdown-on-vehicle-dwellers
Someone stumbled upon this a couple of days ago in West Marin. Pretty cool, probably gone now. (Thx BP)
Huge storms toss huge things on the beach. I think this is a boiler from a boat? Found on North Beach in Point Reyes today. #flotsam #westmarin #beach
via KWMR: Fiona Pettigrew is doing a senior honors thesis and looking into how community members in West Marin view ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. She needs to collect some data about people's opinions if you're intereseted in helping her out, you can fill out this survey: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_dhfW6tW9K3sS0At
UPDATE 1/24/17....BETTY HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS SAFE! A huge shout out to Deputy Shawn Maykel of the Marin County Sheriff's Dept and fellow officers for not giving up and negotiating with the person who took Betty to safely turn her in...she's currently at The Tracey Animal Shelter where her family will be reunited with her by 2pm tomorrow. Her family is elated she is safe and they can not express their gratitude enough to the Marin County Sheriff's Dept and all Betty's new friends...because of the social media pressure it put enough heat on the individual who took Betty to finally do the right thing and turn her in. FULL STORY: https://www.facebook.com/LostDogAlert/photos/a.491944707508490.98515.280777455291884/1255666587802961/?type=3&theater
That kind of week. "My lost dog was spotted by Madrone camp today, by a ranger. I hiked quite a ways and called him but no luck. So he is in Lagunitas and I'd appreciate any eyes on - my number's on his tag, or ping me by PM here. Please help. Cayenne Woods"
Road Update: Platform Bridge Road, which goes thru Sam P Taylor State Park, has been cleared & reopened.
"Nicasio Valley Re. One lane, bend just north of Roys Redwoods. Car off side of road." (Thx LP)
"There's water flowing across Levee Road but it is quite passable and whitehouse pool parking is currently closed. PGE doing work on a splintered power pole north of Drakes View on SFD. also, I heard that Hwy 1 around the Lagoon is very full of debris and down to one lane in places." (Thx WS)
#MarinCounty Road Closure: Platform Bridge Road through Sam P Taylor State Park is closed due to flooding.
"Partial lane blockage on Ottenger's Hill by a slide." - Burton
If you know McClures Beach in Point Reyes, you know how big this is. Massive swell pounded the coast today. Off the charts.
"There is a local march to the Wells Fargo bank area happening now in PR." (thx AO)
mportant information from our local Sheriff, Doug Pittman.
Had a rough day today? Want to connect with folks in the community to re-energize? There is a 'celebration of unity through food, art and auction' at 5:30pm at West Marin School with a potluck, bilingual speakers and conversation.
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline School District closed today (Jan 20th) due to road closures and flooding." (Thx LM)
"WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 AM PST FRIDAY. High Surf Warning in effect from noon on Fri. to 4 pm on Sat. for large waves, rip currents, & sneaker waves."
"Badger crossing on B Street in Point Reyes, near Cowgirl Creamery, just now. I didn't get a pic as I had my arms full of newborn, but I'm pretty sure Dr. Whitt snapped one. He was headed towards the lawn. Is it good luck if a badger crosses your path?" - via Laughty
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Novato Blvd. is now open, tree cleared. Tree also cleared on Rt. 1 by Tomasini Canyon.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Big tree down blocking south bound Hwy 1 between Tomasini Canyon and Campolindo." (Thx LM)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Novato Blvd is closed in the area of Stafford Lake." (Thx BE)
Roads are clear for now. Lots of lights flickering clearing though. "34 MPH peak winds! Park crews have already cleared some trees from the roads. Drive carefully this evening." - Point Reyes NPS
From NWS Bay Area: "A series of storm systems will affect the area this week. The first will arrive Weds afternoon and last into thrs. Not as strong as the last storm, but its going to be wet."
"Abbott's Lagoon has breached and there was a rip-roaring current on the outgoing tide yesterday. No access to the south." (Thx AR)
Expect the planes to be back on Sunday. "Five C-17 Globemaster III transport jets took off Saturday morning from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield to practice in-flight refueling and formation flying, said Technical Sgt. John Ayre, a spokesman at Travis. Crews from the South Carolina base where the C-17s are based were in the Bay Area to collaborate with California-based pilots and train together. It appears they did some training over the coastline and then took a non-standard route, Ayre said. From the sounds of it, they requested to do a little bit of a flyover over the Golden Gate,” he said." (Thx SP) LINK: http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Noisy-Air-Force-transport-jets-startle-Marin-10858353.php
Ok, seven huge military planes just flew down Tomales Bay in a very strange formation. Anyone else see that? Or know why?
SFD at Sam P Taylor now re-open after car flipped over. (Thx BE)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed in Samuel P Taylor State Park for a vehicle accident blocking both lanes. No Injuries. Should be reopen in 15 minutes. (Thx BE)
The torrential downpours and flooding we've seen lately might be good for the parched, drought-stricken lands of California, but it's disastrous for endangered salmon. In the North Bay, creeks are muddy and swirling, raging torrents that destroy neatly-laid salmon eggs and provide no shelter for salmon coming in to spawn. "We have eggs that were just recently laid in Lagunitas Creek and other tributaries which have gotten washed away," said Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District. "We also have fish prepared to go into the ocean which hatched a year ago, and they are struggling to find refuge from the high flows. LINK: "http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-recent-storms-are-devastating-10854297.php
Amazing moonrise over Tomales Bay tonight in Point Reyes. #moonrise
Single car accident outside of Point Reyes. No injuries. Road open. (Thx RJ)
Serious slide on SFD in Sam P Taylor. I almost slammed into it, be careful.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Several landslides on SR 1 between Stinson Beach and Bolinas. CHP and @CaltransD4 on scene clearing. Expect delays - via CHPMarin
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake is now open, tree removed. Highway One closed from Shoreline and Panoramic to Muir Beach due to slide below the road, Muir Woods Road has reopened.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: According to KWMR, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is still closed due to a tree down in Samuel P. Taylor. Plan accordingly, no ETO.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Update: Levee Road in Point Reyes Station is now open and passable by low clearance vehicles." - via KWMR. No word on SFD yet though.
Trees are still falling, creeks are swollen, roads closed, but the sun did peek out for the first time today. And with the sun, comes rainbows! (Thx KS)
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Sir Francis Drake Blvd closed b/w Sam P Taylor's Lagunitas entrance & Hwy 1 at Olema, for downed trees. No ETO, could be awhile.
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD at Leo Cronin fish viewing area closed due to down tree. No ETO, could be awhile.
Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes flooding this morning. Proceed with caution. Use Bear Valley Road if too high.
Not a lot of information about the roads available this morning. Does anyone out there have any updates? Flood waters should be receding, but major high tide around 9:30am.
SCHOOL UPDATE: Papermill school is also closed tomorrow.
Jim Fox just officially closed the Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes until flooding recedes. Use Bear Valley Road to go around. Here is White House Pool parking lot. (Thx RJ)
SCHOOL UPDATE: "Shoreline Unified has CANCELLED school tomorrow. Phone calls and emails going out now." Please pass along. (Thx CG)
Huge tree down across from the Olema Inn taking out power lines and knocking out power in Olema. (Thx DM)
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AF) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow TWMF on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed
or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Levee Road on SFD in Point Reyes is very flooded. Cars are going through, but it looks very sketchy, proceed with caution or go around to Bear Valley.
UPDATE: "Big transformer blowout on Highway One just north of Cypress. Big fireworks! PG&E has been contacted." Power is out in much of Point Reyes. My lights flickered hard four times when this happened. (Thx AN) If you want instant updates (unlike FB) follow is on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/westmarinfeed
or at http://thewestmarinfeed.com
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just drove through levee road flooding. Sheriff was there supporting people getting through but suggested driving around. Looked like the were going to close it." (thx MV)
ALERT: "FLOOD SIRENS now sounding in Ross Valley/San Anselmo/Fairfax. Water is now over capacity in Corte Madera Creek." - Marin Sheriff
If you're on SFD tonight: "Base of whites hill, fairfax side, water mud and rocks are spread over road from a small creek that jumped its bed. Right at Lefty Gomez field. It's gotten worse in the last hour, and now folks are out with shovels to fix but hard to see in dark. Comes up sudden, since many take that route on SFD, might mention." (Thx LP)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Road Closure: Shoreline Hwy between Sir Francis Drake and Bear Valley Rd closed due to tree and lines down. No ETO" - via PointReyesNPS
TRAFFIC UPDATE: "Just saw a report on KTVU that SFD is closed in both directions at Shafter Bridge outside Lagunitas." (Thx SD)
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Platform Bridge Road is now closed.
STORM UPDATES: All Shorline Schools out early today (2pm)... ETA for power restoration on the Point Reyes Mesa and Hwy 1 area is not before 3pm... power out for most of the park... Traffic controls in place at Tomasini Canyon road for PGE work and water on the road in Tomales (thx LM)
SCHOOL UPDATE: All Shoreline schools out early today (2pm). (thx LM)
Crews removing a tree from SFD in Lagunitas. Road will be open shortly. Be careful out there everyone! (Thx RJ)
King tides pushing through Tomales Bay this morning. When does that thing float away?
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Re: Tree down on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Roadway is clear and now open for use. nixle.us/97LWB
Via Burton - "West Marin residents will want to leave by way of Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd today. SFDB is closed in the park. Going to be a couple of hours."
TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic Alert - Tree down blocking Sir Francis Drake Bl in Samuel P Taylor Park. Waiting for emergency equipment.
TRAFFIC REPORT: West Marin Feed: Good passage LUCAS VALLEY ROAD all the way to 101 (Passed at 5:30 AM)
In Point Reyes:
Power outage Mesa area at 5:15AM, maybe restored now PGE working AT THE Tomasini creek on 101 at that time. Only Mesa road flooded in the low areas. (Thx AV)
TRAFFIC ALERT: SFD closed both directions until car that crashed trying to avoid tree is towed. Then tree will be removed. (Via KWMR)
Stop sign in place on Lucas Valley Road where side of road fell apart today. Down to one lane. Hopefully it holds. (Thx FP)
One lane traffic control in Tocaloma on SFD while PG&E does one heck of a job getting a power line back up
Via CHPMarin: "Alert!! Lucas Valley Rd just east of Nicasio Valley Rd is down to one lane due to a small slide. We are currently on scene with the Marin County Fire Department and Marin County Department of Public Works to evaluate. We are conducting one way traffic control while a plan to fix the road is developed. There is currently no ETA to have the entire roadway open. If you need to get to or from West Marin, use either Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Novato Blvd. as an alternate."
Levee Road is open and not flooded right now and passable. High tide is at 10:00pm so tread lightly.