"Hi, my name is Scoby and I’m fundraising for Barbara Keady (aka The Village Snipper in Point Reyes Station). Barbara took a tumble a couple of weeks ago, falling from her outside deck down onto paving stones. She broke her tibia in two places and her fibula in four. Besides that she injured three of the four sides of her “ankle box”. She is in good spirits, but is now focused on healing, which will take two or three months.
Obviously, she can’t work, while at the same time she is obligated to pay rent on her shop as well as her home. So this fundraiser is to help Barbara pay her rent and other basic expenses while she is healing and without income."https://www.gofundme.com/f/fyk...
Illegally parked cars blocked access for emergency crews who came to help someone who fell and was injured at Shell Beach in Inverness today. Please don’t park like that. (Thx IW)
Tomales High School has their Homecoming football game tonight in Tomales at 6pm against Roseland University Prep if you want to come out and support the local kids.
Photo by Minenna Photography
This bear was camera captured by Claudio Castillo in Forest Knolls five days ago.
Some noteworthy events this weekend:
- On Sunday, a memorial for Dave Brast takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. outdoors at the Dance Palace Community Center. Drinks and finger food provided; no alcohol, please. If you want to share a longer story, email David Clarkson at email@example.com.
- A grand reopening of the Borge Gallery takes place on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 221 B Street, in Point Reyes Station.
For more news and events, check out the WMF Weekend Update:https://mailchi.mp/298027bfcfe...
Unusual flight pattern over Point Reyes right now, anyone know what’s going on?
There was some crazy green foam tonight at North Beach in Point Reyes. Anyone know what that is?
Not a good scene in Point Reyes Station this morning. Someone in a silver SUV rammed into a bunch of parked cars in downtown. Hopefully everyone ok. Anyone else have more details? (Thx LR)
The car from the accident last night on Rt 1 north of Point Reyes Station hasn’t been towed away yet. No need to report it.
It’s raining in West Marin. Feels really good.
Accident on Rt. 1 north of Point Reyes Station by Millerton Point. Both lanes are closed. No word on injuries, but sounds like both lanes will be closed for at least an hour. Plan accordingly. (Thx WS)
"Hi, my name is Isabelle. I’m raising funds to help my mom with recovery from spinal surgery. Cecilia LeMieux is a hardworking single mother of 4 and the sole care provider for her 13 year old son. On September 4th she suffered serious trauma to her spine. She is receiving surgery to reconstruct her vertebrae. She has always supported her family and is now unable to care for herself due to this trauma. The money will be used to cover the cost of transportation, food, additional child care and assistance during recovery. Our mom has a big heart. As a nurse for the last 25 years she has always worked to help those in need."https://www.gofundme.com/f/u52...
Help out the Inverness preschool classroom...
Apparently this is why everyone got the earthquake alert a few minutes ago? Anyone in West Marin feel it?
Levee Rd is closed again for power line repairs. To see the latest WMF updates, go to the WMF web site at https://www.thewestmarinfeed.c...
and click on “Tweets”. Or just follow WMF on Twitter. (Thx DW)
From Marin County Sheriff “911 outage.If 911 doesn't work, dial 415-472-0911 (medical/fire), 415-479-2311 (law). Updates
911 outage only in Inverness. Do NOT call unless you have an emergency.”
Levee Rd in Point Reyes Station is open this morning. Power still out in Inverness and Inverness Park. Estimated restoration time is 2PM.
A big tree fell on power lines on Levee Td in Point Reyes Station (same one from last night). Levee Rd is closed, use Bear Valley Rd. Power out in Inverness and Inverness Park. Traffic is messy, plan accordingly. PGE said 6pm restoration, but I don’t know.
Wires tangled with branches on Levee Rd in Point Reyes Station seemed to have caused a power outage in Inverness and Inverness Park. Thanks to the kid on the bicycle he showed me the spot so I could let the sheriff know.
“Hello! My name is Paola, I am a technician at Point Reyes Animal Hospital and we just had a very nice woman drop off a dog who she found by West Marin school.
I was hoping you could help us get the word out.”
Remember the time in 2005 when King Charles visited Point Reyes Station and had a drink at The Western?
Lots of fun events happening this weekend. Smoke from big Tahoe fire will be drifting down our way and remnants from Hurricane Kay coming up from down south.
Learn more about it all in the WMF Weekend Update:https://us6.campaign-archive.c...
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Photo by Frederic Larson
A stunning sunrise over Tomales Bay this morning. Going to be another hot one, stay safe everyone.
"California's chance of power outages will grow in the coming days, as the state prepares to enter the most brutal stretch yet of an ongoing heat wave, officials said Sunday.
Energy demand is expected to outpace supply starting Monday evening, and predictions for Tuesday show the state rivaling its all-time high for electricity demand, said Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator.
Energy officials and power companies have been urging people since Wednesday to use less power from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. by keeping air conditioners at 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.5 degrees Celsius) or higher and avoiding using major appliances like ovens and dishwashers. Those so-called flex alerts have allowed the grid operator to keep the lights on so far.
On Saturday night, the state used about 44,000 megawatts of electricity, Mainzer said. By Tuesday, that's supposed to ramp up to more than 50,000 megawatts, nearing record levels of energy use set in 2006. But the state would rather curb demand to avoid that number than test the power grid's capability to respond."https://www.cbsnews.com/news/c...
It is a dangerous heat wave, but it also produced a pretty rare day in West Marin. Loads of traffic tonight leaving Point Reyes. Plan accordingly.
The big holiday weekend is here. And a major heat wave that gets hotter and hotter with peak highs supposed to be next Tuesday. Fortunately we've got the fog conditioner and some light NW winds in West Marin keeping us cool. The inland crowds may want that too and could head this way, so prepare accordingly. And if you live or are going over the hill, be safe!
This photo is of some locals reminding a boater out at Shell Beach in Inverness last weekend that it isn't safe to have a boat in the swimming area, because that's where swimmers are.
The Inverness Theater Production of The Miser wraps up this weekend and its the Tomales Festival. Get the latest news updates, photos, weather and events with the WMF email newsletter.
Read this week's edition here:https://us6.campaign-archive.c...
Got there a little late, but these two sand “sculptures” from the contest yesterday in Point Reyes were still looking good.
It's a fine line between order and chaos. Sand sculpture contest, outdoor plays and rambling jacks. Get in tune with what's going down in West Marin this weekend with the WMF Weekend Newsletter. Then subscribe!
This is happening in San Anselmo. Will probably cause a lot of traffic headaches for West Marin commuters. Plan accordingly. "#WaterMainBreak in #SanAnselmo ALL LANES ARE SHUT, alternate route - #CentralBLVD #SirFrancisDrake will be closed for HOURS."
Two great events coming up this weekend to make a note of:
A local production of The Miser starts this Saturday and Sunday (Aug 28/29) at the St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Inverness.
Tickets and info here:
Join Ramblin’ Jack & Friends for an afternoon of music! Featuring Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jesse DeNatale, Lowell Levinger & Paul Knight at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station on Sunday, August 28 at 4pm.
Tickets and info here:
Not exactly sure of the coverage area, but if you live in the Seahaven area of Inverness, there is a good chance your power will be shut off from 9am to 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 25) as PG&E replaces this damaged power pole on Camino del Mar. So plan accordingly.
Hey there, the West Marin grade 7/8 WMYSL soccer team needs a couple of more players for this season. If you have a child who wants to play or know someone who is, contact me and/or go register on the official web site. We had a really fun team last year and it's going to be a lot of fun this year, join us!
The tule elk sunset silhouette is a staple of the Point Reyes experience. No one captures it better then local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata. From this weekend.
You can find more of his amazing photos here:https://www.facebook.com/carlo...
There is a medical emergency at Heart's Desire right now in Point Reyes. Lots of sirens and a helicopter just landed to assist. If you want to know what's happening when there are lots of sirens you can:
Download the PulsePoint app which will show medical emergencies:https://www.pulsepoint.org/dow...
Follow WMF on Twitter, if I'm around, I usually will figure out what's happening:https://twitter.com/westmarinf...
If you don't want to be on Twitter, you can see the WMF Twitter feed on the WMF web site:https://thewestmarinfeed.com/w...
Generally there aren't too many details given out to be sensitive to the people involved and their family and friends. Please don't share these type of details on social media even if you know what's happening.
Hopefully the person at Hearts Desire is ok.
Lucas Valley Road and Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio is the fourth most dangerous intersection in Marin according to a new study by the San Francisco law firm Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger based on CHP collision data.
LINK (maybe paywall): https://www.marinij.com/2022/0...
From the PRLight: "Dave Brast, West Marin’s one-of-a-kind appliance repairman, died on Aug. 4. He was 86 years old. He had a degree in fusion physics and once worked for NASA, but he left aerospace behind to pursue the modest life of a down-to-earth handyman."
LINK (paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...
We will miss you Dave, you were a beautiful human being.
Lots going on this weekend.
Local legends, El Radio Fantastique, play at Rancho Nicasio tonight at 7pm.
The Inverness Fair is happening on Saturday. Pancakes at 8am, booths, crafts and music go from 10am to 3pm. WMF may be there for a short window with some very limited edition stuff.
From the PRLight "“I know that beauty is subjective. It is true that bells are the largest instrument in the world.” Father Pizzuto was defending himself from complaints that the new bell at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, which had been ringing a total of 177 times every day before going silent last week, ruptured the tranquility of Inverness.
Bell story here (paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...
WMF newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/7b91482d2a3...
Get all the latest news and events and then subscribe!
The “sturgeon” supermoon full moon coming up over Tomales Bay tonight. Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit
A McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender is circling over West Marin right now, no idea why. And that was a Northrop T-38A Talon that went straight down the bay earlier. Must be training day?
FLIGHT TRACKER: https://globe.adsbexchange.com...
The Inverness theatre project is back at the beautiful St. Columba's! Support local theater and purchase tickets now! In honor of Moliere's 400th birthday this year, they will be performing The Miser. https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...
Tree down across the road on Rt. 1 south of Marconi Center (north of PR Station). Expect delays. Plan accordingly (Thx Lu)
Lead story in the Point Reyes Light today. Didn't see that coming. Their amazing cheese is one of the reasons to visit Point Reyes Station. Bummer. "Red Hawk has only ever been produced in Point Reyes Station".
LINK (paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...
I was in Point Reyes at sunset when a whole pack of coyotes started howling. I sat and waited and eventually the pack of five popped up in front of me and crossed the road.
Apparently someone accidentally hit the porch of Toby’s in Point Reyes Station today with a fork lift. Fortunately no one was hurt,
This is such a bummer, Bill is a local resident and a standup guy. From his kids Maggie and William: "During a time of crisis, my dad Bill Majoue came to the city to help me and within 20 minutes, his truck and all of his tools were stolen. My dad is an electrician and these things were his livelihood. It would be incredible if the community that knows and loves him could help contribute so that he could continue to have what he needs to work and get around to his jobs to stay afloat. Thank you."
Close encounter of the first kind in Inverness this weekend. Monsoonal type weather, possible lightning and more.
This week's "WMF Roll into the Week" email newsletter is out:https://mailchi.mp/14edba95276...
Read it, then subscribe.
Very small chance of lightning, especially in West Marin, but everyone should be prepared regardless in case. We all remember what happened last time. "Isolated thunderstorms remain possible late tonight into Monday. Should thunderstorms develop here's a look at the most likely arrival times."
Couple of worthy local events to take note of today:
- The Point Reyes Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn. The Tomales Bay Mudflats perform at 9:30 a.m.
- A celebration of Malcolm Margolin’s “Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California” starts at 3 p.m. at Toby’s Feed Barn. Guest speakers include California Indian cultural leaders Gregg Castro, Michelle La Pena, Jennifer Bates and Theresa Harlan. Free. Hosted by Point Reyes Books. Information and registration at www.ptreyesbooks.com.
- The West Marin Grateful Dead Appreciation Society plays at 6 p.m. outdoors at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in Bolinas. $10 tickets at www.smileyssaloon.com.
Also, Twin Peaks was playing last night outside the Western. Good stuff. “I feel like I’m going to dream tonight.”
From Marty Frankel, "Connor, my brother's terrier mix long hair, was attacked by German shepherd yesterday while being walked on Roberts Drive in Paradise Ranch Estates in Inverness. He ran away and is now lost. Connor is a friendly dog, but may be injured and is very scared. Please call Jude if you've seen him at 707-320-8141. Thank you."
The week is upon us. South winds may bring Oak Fire smoke our way. Check in with the WMF Roll Into the Week newsletter to get yourself up to speed.
Brandon Barragan found this lost dog at West Marin School this evening. Does anyone know who’s it is? Loaded up with ticks apparently. What a cutie.
Nice shout out to the Point Reyes Farmers Market in the NYT CA newsletter last week. Couldn’t agree more about local chef Yuko Kaneko’s onigri. The market starts today at 10am.
Get ready for the weekend with the WMF Weekend Edition newsletter. Big south swell pics, overdue boat moving and so many cool events.https://mailchi.mp/256a8d1a96f...
A truck was stolen in SF and was found in San Anselmo. When the police tried to apprehend the robbers in the truck, they fled towards West Marin. Apparently they drove with one tire on fire down Sir Francis Drake, through Olema to Point Reyes Station with CHP chasing them and a helicopter overhead. Then they circled around Point Reyes Station a couple of times, the tires in the truck were blown out and they ditched the truck by the gas station. The two suspects then jumped out of the truck and were arrested. Video by Marc Matheson.
On Tuesday, July 5, my good friend Adam Neale lost consciousness while surfing at South Beach in Point Reyes. Five local surfers who were surfing with him, Lewis Samuels, Patrick Kent, Shawn Collins, Enzo Buckenmeyer and Cameron Wickliffe pulled him out of the water and began performing CPR. Oceanne Carriere, who was on the beach, called 911 and the local dispatcher coached them until the first responders showed up. Adam regained consciousness and was airlifted to a hospital in Santa Rosa where he made a full recovery. Those six people and the dispatcher saved his life and are true heroes. Thank you.
If you haven't been CPR certified, now is a good time to go do it. You might save a life someday.
From the Point Reyes Light, “Without cell reception to call 911, his friends agreed, he likely wouldn’t have survived. Mr. Collins said on Drakes Bay, or at Kehoe Beach, where cell phones don’t get a signal, his friend might not have been so lucky. A planned AT&T cell tower near the Point Reyes Lighthouse will expand service on the outer reaches of the seashore, but not for customers of other cell companies. Park rangers are planning to install four new beach safety stations at North and South Beaches, each equipped with rescue sticks, tourniquets and flotation devices. The rescue equipment could help bystanders rescue swimmers and surfers in an area where it often takes many minutes for emergency responders to arrive.”
Photo of Shawn Collins, Patrick Kent, Adam Neale and Lewis Samuels reuniting after the rescue.
FULL STORY (paywall): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...
From Jennifer Livingston: "Marshall (Livingston) has been working with Robert Terry at the State Park to get the raft and swim buoys back at Shell Beach. They installed the raft today! It has been quite a process over the last two months of finding the mooring for the raft (five attempts by snorkeling and finally retrieving it with a water proof metal detector I had up on my SUP while he wanded through the eel grass. Thackary Grossman also helped on snorkeling attempts. From the State Park: Robert Terry, Doug and Andrew as well as a lot of encouragement from our Director of State Parks, Armando Quintero!" Thanks also to Roberto Barajas, the eternal keeper of the raft. Summer has officially started!
WMF is back in town after a break. A lot happened while I was away, some sad news, some miracles and summer got underway. Going to be a beautiful day today, hug someone and tell them you love them. Sunrise over Tomales Bay.
WMF is going on a short summer break. We'll be back mid-July, so expect only sporadic Twitter updates until then. Hopefully everything stays mellow. Here are some fox kittens from Inverness this week to hold you over. (Thx SA)
If you don't have Twitter you can still see the updates here:https://thewestmarinfeed.com/w...
The West Marin Little League wrapped up this weekend with the championship games. Congrats to the Brewers, As and Giants who won the Juniors, Majors and AA divisions respectfully.The coaches, players, league staff and the parents worked so hard to put together an amazing season.
Congratulations to the West Marin School eighth grade graduating class of 2022!
I’m away from scanner but sounds like a vegetation fire on Rt1 north of Point Reyes Station. Anyone have info?
Apparently some people in Inverness got a letter from PG&E that there power we be should off tomorrow (June 7) from 8am to 4pm. Did anyone else receive this notice? Trying to figure out the coverage area.
The WMF Roll Into the Week weekly newsletter is out to get you prepped for the upcoming week in West Marin. This issue covers:
- Record rainfall (2.33" on Mt. Tam) this weekend which helped with fire danger.
- Marin Board of Supervisors meet about climate change mitigation projects.
- PG&E getting a lot of feedback about their E.V.M (Enhanced Vegetation Management) strategy and how many trees are being cut down.
- It was a great Western Weekend Parade on Sunday.
- A story in the New York Times about NIMBYs in Marin. "NIMBYs who used to be viewed as, at best, defenders of their community, and at worst just practical, are now painted as housing hoarders whose efforts have increased racial segregation, deepened wealth inequality and are robbing the next generation of the American dream."
Plus upcoming events and weather.
NYT article (paywall):https://www.nytimes.com/2022/0...
Steady light ran in Point Reyes Station as the town prepares for the Western Weekend Parade at noon. Going to be a good one today, and how about that RAIN! See you out there!
Via North Marin Water District "Construction has begun on a second well at the Gallagher Ranch that will increase the supply of high-quality groundwater to West Marin customers. This new well will avoid the need to use existing wells in Point Reyes Station that are prone to seasonal salt water intrusion. Thanks to California Department of Water Resources for fiscal support and Marin Agricultural Land Trust for working with NMWD to provide conservation efforts. Visit nmwd.com/news to read the full story on the project."
Three fighter jets coming in hot over Inverness. So loud. This is what showed up on the flight tracker.
Bear sighting in Inverness on Monday by Maria Bennett. Maybe don’t leave any food out.
A question for local folks. My wife, Dakota Whitney, says that she is unable to make calls on her cel phone on the weekends (we are on Verizon) and she thinks that it's because there are more people out here on the weekends which overwhelms that cellular networks. Others have said they have this experience too. Is this a universal thing? Do folks have degraded cel phone service on the weekends in West Marin?
Get your week started off right with the WMF Roll Into the Week email newsletter:https://mailchi.mp/f67fc6d15d8...
Stinson reacts to short term rentals, some rain and then a heat wave, Western Weekend on the way, a secret beach wedding, Cheda's antique road show and more.
Read then subscribe.
(This couple got married at the beach in Point Reyes over the weekend and everyone around clapped and cheered for them, photo by WMF)
Going to be windy today and that means a great day to check out all the amazing artists in West Marin at the Point Reyes Open Studios today and tomorrow.https://pointreyesart.com/
This 'rare' license plate was found recently on eBay and Hilary Cheda assessed its value for WMF: "The ones that are really rare say Cheda's Chevrolet on top and Pt Reyes Station on the bottom - sold up until the early 80's. We have one here at the garage that was off of our old blue El Camino. The one that was sent to you was sold until the 90's when my grandpa stopped selling Chevrolets and General Motors would no longer allow us to use the name Cheda's Chevrolet. At that point we changed the license plate frames to read Cheda's Garage." (Thx AF for the find)
Apparently there was a police chase by Bolinas at Rt. 1 this morning that ended in a crash in Muir Beach. Did anyone see what happened or have any more information? (Thx TB)
The WMF Roll Into the Week newsletter is out today. A lot going on. Warm weather and less wind on the way with temps peaking on Weds. Coyote pee, iconic Jerry Garcia/Grace Slick Bolinas surf house for sale and a rare bird sighting at the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
Read all about it here then subscribe:https://mailchi.mp/170983bf4b8...
Also, COVID is making the rounds again. Here is where you can get free tests. Wear your mask when in public indoor spaces to help keep everyone healthy:
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and Upon Request
Bolinas Community Center
14 Wharf Street
Bolinas, CA 94924
Point Reyes Station
Mondays and Wednesdays
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
West Marin Community Services
11431 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
San Geronimo Valley
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The San Geronimo Commons (formerly the golf course)
At the Drive-Thru Food Pantry
5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Geronimo, CA 94963
Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Tomales Town Hall (Food Pantry)
27150 Highway 1
Tomales, CA 94971
(Photo by AZ/AW)
Looking for some mellow bluegrass music? Check out Gilded Age at The Western in Point Reyes Station tonight. 8pm.
Someone spotted a coyote going pee at Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness today. Not necessarily big news, but I don't recall ever seeing something like, especially out in the open like that. (Thx ER)
Also, the WMF Friday newsletter is out if you want to get ready for a packed weekend of local events and catch up with the latest news from the week:
UPDATE: Just smoking in green vegetation. Got lucky with this wind — Vegetation fire on top of Drakes Summit Rd in Inverness Park as a result of downed power lines, No further details available at this time.
From Sara Jones, Assistant Director, Marin County Community Development Agency, "I’m going to be on KWMR radio at 5 pm today talking about short term rentals (of the AirBnB/VRBO variety) and the proposed moratorium on them in West Marin. You can listen online at KWMR. If you live in, like to visit, or own property in West Marin then tune in!"
You can also stream KWMR from their web site and this show will be archived later if you miss the live version.
Sara Jones Tweet: https://twitter.com/sbjinsfo/s...
Check out this new 'risk factor' calculator to see what the greatest risk is where you live. Surprisingly (to me) was that flooding is a greater risk then fire in Inverness (94937).
Put your zip code in here to find your risk:https://riskfactor.com
Put your location/risk in the comments below if you want to share.
The big 50th anniversary celebration is happening today at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. Incredible food and entertainment from 3pm to 9:30pm. Be there!
Been awhile since the West Marin Sunset Feed was out. Tonight was a beauty in Point Reyes.
Lots of fawns right now, be careful on the roads. We watched the mother of this very young fawn jump over a fence and leave it stuck by the side of a busy road in Inverness.
The WMF Roll Into the Week email newsletter is out if you want to get prepared for your week. News, events and more:https://mailchi.mp/e84dbce8978...
"Big news from Marin Community Development Agency:
Our housing strategy has to include both new housing and protection of the existing supply. We're proposing a halt on short-term rentals in West Marin to craft policies balancing visitor and workforce needs. On May 24, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a temporary moratorium on new short-term rentals. The pause aims to stabilize housing supply & study long-term impacts. Existing, registered rentals would not be impacted"
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.marincounty.org/ma...
The elk fawn was not injured. Do not remove animals from the park.
"On Friday evening, 4/29/22, a "concerned citizen" removed an elk fawn from the Tomales Point Elk Preserve fearing that it was gravely injured. The individual took the elk calf to the Marin Humane Society who then transferred it to WildCare. On Saturday, U.S. Park Rangers and biologists from the Point Reyes National Seashore were advised and responded to attempt to reunite the elk with its mother.
Fortunately, just before arriving at Tomales Point, precise GPS coordinates of where the calf was taken from were received. Park staff navigated to this point, through very dense fog, to find a lone female elk passing through the coyote brush and lupine. Staff quickly backed away from the area after the calf was released and the female elk went straight uphill to the calf. After reuniting for several minutes, with plenty of sniffing and licking each other, the two elk slowly trotted off together into the fog."
READ THE FULL STORY HERE: https://www.facebook.com/Point...
If you see a sick or injured animal, please leave the animal alone and contact our visitor center at 415-464-5100 for assistance.
Photo courtesy of WildCare
"The saloon keeper who had owned the Old Western in Point Reyes Station since 1977, Judy Borello, died two days ago." This sad news from Dave Mitchell who writes the Sparsely, Sage and Timely blog.
Here is an entry that Dave wrote about the Judy and the moo sound that emanates from the Old Western:https://www.sparselysageandtim...
Anyone know what was going on in Point Reyes Station around 11:30am? I heard reports of police and helicopter activity, but nothing on PulsePoint.
"For Bobbi Loeb, the decision to sign over the home where she raised two children to a land trust was both financial and ideological. In January, the 81-year-old finalized a deal to sell her Point Reyes home at a steep discount to the Community Land Trust of West Marin, better known as CLAM, which buys property off the high-priced private market and converts it into affordable homes. In Loeb’s case, it’s a deal that will allow her to live the rest of her life in the house with no monthly payment, then entrust CLAM to pay it forward to others in need of lower-cost housing."
FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/re...
Via CHP Golden Gate Air: "This afternoon, CHP H-30, Henry 1, MCFD, Inverness Fire, and CHP - Marin all responded to a report of two motorcycle riders down near the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Both Henry 1 and H-30 transported critically injured patients to Santa Rosa Memorial."
Car went off the road into Lagunitas Creek by Lagunitas.
Two motorcyclists down in an accident in Point Reyes.
Friday's WMF Weekend Edition newsletter:
- The wind for the week is over and back to very pleasant weather for the next week. Models are showing a possibility of rain in mid-May.
- Our hearts go out to the family and friends of "Van" Van Der Matten who passed away this month.
- A renovation project at Sacramento Landing, a small beach near Duck Cove where the Tomales Bay Marine Station has hosted scientists and interns since the 1990s, will expand living and laboratory space for years to come. (PRLight)
- CLAM says new residents will move into the project’s 51 affordable units in 2026 at the former Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station, two years later than its original estimate. (PRLight)
- Kerry Livingston was honored by the Board of Supervisors as “Staff Supervisor of Volunteers of the Year” this week! In her 30+ years, Kerry has fostered multiple generations of volunteers for the Stinson Beach Library.
To get links to these stories and a list of weekend events, read the full newsletter. You can also subscribe to get this in your email inbox.https://mailchi.mp/8fbf9bd2e6d...
From a local resident, "Question for folks living in Inverness. Ever since that power outage we had two weeks ago, our power clicks on and off a couple of times each our, like a mini power hiccup. Does anyone else notice something similar or is this just our house? We live in Seahaven."
Buckle up. "Breezy onshore winds will continue on Wednesday and peak on Thursday. The strongest winds will be near the coast and in the coastal hills/ridges where gusts may exceed 45 mph."
Structure fire on Nicasio Valley Rd.
From a local resident (WMF also had a coyote going through our raccoon distributed garbage in Inverness recently, which we don't see often):
"Stepped out my front door early this morning to find one of my cats squared-off against orange/orange, the colored ear-tagged young coyote that has been in and around Inverness the last few weeks. Chased him down the driveway and quite a ways up Mt Vision, showering him with all the unwelcome vibes I could muster.
I hope-but-doubt the unwelcome energy will really do much to keep him out of my yard and our neighborhood. A gentle reminder to other small pet owners to keep them (and their food bowls) close and/or inside and to be extra vigilant with keeping compost piles and garbage cans from becoming attractive nuisances. Wish the short-term rentals would do a better job in the garbage can department." (Thx TB)
Here's a link to the project that tagged orange/orange two years ago: https://www.nps.gov/articles/c...
Photo: Presidio Trust
Water rescue in Bolinas. Sounds like two boogie boarders pulled out to sea having trouble getting back to shore. Very large swell in the water right now, please use caution at the beaches. Beach hazard warning until 3am on Saturday.
Big rainbow energy in Point Reyes this afternoon. Who else got a picture?
Black/Knuckle Mountain hiding in the clouds in West Marin as we wait for the next round of rain. April showers!
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Tracey Beeman whose house burned down in Olema last month. "At this time donations are the most critical thing needed. Tracy's sister Colleen set up the account. Colleen is getting necessities to Tracy for the time being. She has no storage space for multiple items at this time. In the future when items can be sent I will update everyone. Thank you in advance for any donations that can be made. Your caring thoughts and kind words are so very appreciated at this time."https://www.gofundme.com/f/fir...
"The Rollin’ Root is essentially a farmers market on wheels delivering a host of farm-fresh produce to Marin County residents who otherwise might not have access to affordable, nutritious fruits and vegetables."
They just added a new stop in Marshall which will be on Mondays, 11:00am-11:30am at the Hog Island Parking Lot.
The rest of their West Marin stops on Monday are:
9am – 10am
Maine St. & Dillon Beach Rd.
2700 Highway 1, Tomales, CA 94971
12:30pm – 1:30pm
600 A St, Point Reyes Station
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Pump Espresso Bar
6825 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Forest Knolls
For more stops and more info, go to:https://www.agriculturalinstit...
PG&E crews working on power lines on SFD in Inverness. One lane. Restoration still set at 3pm.
"When the staff and students returned to West Marin School in Point Reyes Station yesterday after the spring break time off, they discovered that 17 of the student's Chromebook laptops, along with a teacher's iPad and various other supplies had disappeared. This incident has had a major negative impact, both logistically and psychologically for the school and students. If you have any information about where the missing equipment might have gone, please contact the West Marin School or the Marin County Sheriff. Thank you."
via USCGNorCal: "The Unified Command coordinated the tow of the Wan Hai 176, a 564-foot container ship, to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay, Sunday evening.
Due to more favorable weather conditions, the Delta Deanna, a 112-foot tug, was able to pass tow lines to the Wan Hai 176’s crew at its anchored location approximately seven miles off the coast of Point Reyes.
Once the lines and anchors were secured, the tug began towing the Wan Hai 176 with the tugs Stacey Foss, Delta Billie, Delta Deanna and Rachel Allen escorting the ship to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of San Francisco has ordered the ship to remain at the anchorage until the ship’s engines have been fixed and Coast Guard personnel have conducted an inspection of the ship."
That was a close one and I'm guessing people pulled off some heroic efforts to keep that boat from drifting into Point Reyes.
"Singapore-flag containership WAN HAI 176 remains stable at anchor northwest of San Francisco Bay (just off Point Reyes). Ship lost engine power 8 April en route to Oakland and drifted in heavy seas. 21 people, 783 containers and 39,000 gallons of fuel are aboard the WAN HAI 187"
Watch this incredible video of the containership in heavy weather with tug boats trying to assist:https://twitter.com/CavasShips...
"Greetings from Dream Farm Mushrooms!!
Our traveling farm stand will be back in front of Toby's Feed Barn Tomorrow, Saturday April 9th from 11 am to 3 pm, selling Lions Mane, Blue Oysters, Piopinni, and Black Kind Trumpets.
We are a new woman-owned mushroom farm growing culinary and medicinal mushrooms in Point Reyes. You can find our mushrooms at our traveling farm stand, pre-order for pick-up through our website (coming soon!), or join the wait list for our upcoming “CSA” program (Community Supported Agriculture) to subscribe to a box of mushrooms every week, fortnight, or month. We will also be offering workshops on a variety of topics including growing your own mushrooms at home or in the garden, making extracts, cooking, and more.
Please visit our website at www.dreamfarmmushrooms.com to learn more and get on our wait list for mushroom orders and workshops."
Here is a what the 564 foot motor vessel WAN HAI 176, that lost motor last night, looks like from the shores of Point Reyes. It’s not moving, so hopefully they anchored it. Howling wind and rough seas.
Haven’t heard any other updates since last night.
Via USCGNorCal "BREAKING: USCG and CalSpillWatch responding to the 564-foot motor vessel WAN HAI 176 after the vessel reported a power loss and was unable to anchor 7 miles off the coast of Point Reyes, Calif. USCG launched air assets and tugs are en route to assist."
According to Vessel Finder, the status of the boat is 'anchored' so hopefully they got it worked out. A very large swell is filling in right now which I'm guessing isn't helping.
A local found this fish washed up on the beach today in Point Reyes, anyone know what it is? (Thx AN)
Playing the National Park version of Monopoly tonight (which is really fun) and we noticed that Point Reyes didn’t make the cut as one of the properties. It is a Community Chest card however.
The sirens were for a bad car accident in the park that may have required extraction.
In a surprise decision today, the Coastal Commission announced it had approved a local wind turbine project in Tomales Bay in Inverness just behind the Inverness Store. The wind turbines will be placed there in June supplying up to 4 million KWh per year. While some of this power will be put into the local energy grid, most of it will power a Bitcoin mining farm being set up in some of the unused space in the Inverness Store by the Bitcoin mining company, Riot Blockchain. (Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive process with customized mining systems that compete to solve mathematical puzzles. The miner who solves the puzzle first is rewarded with bitcoin.)
In a statement by Riot Blockchain, they said "we are excited to start this new relationship with West Mare" and wanted to reach out to the local community by offering a discount on buying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, $Cats, Nyancoin, Coinye and Dogecoin. Locals will also be allowed to purchase beverages from the Inverness Store's incredible beverage section using Bitcoin. WMF is very excited about this new project and will be releasing its own crytpocurrency called the BurtonCoin which can only be redeemed if Burton ever shaves his beard.
This is happening tonight starting at 8:45pm in Point Reyes Station. Meet at the Third & C Street entrance to the wetlands.
WMF did it last month and can't recommend it enough, it will change the way you look at the night sky.
STARGAZING WITH DON JOLLEY
Each month, in concert with the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Point Reyes Station Village Association (PointReyesStaion.org) presents a benefit to support its work* to preserve the coastal nightscape. Join astronomy teacher and storyteller extraordinaire Don Jolley under the stars at the Giacomini Wetland to learn the names of planets, stars, constellations and hear spellbinding stories about billions and billions of celestial bodies.
Because local skies are often foggy, we’ll notify participants on the evening of the first clear night before the New Moon each month, and meet at the Third & C Street entrance to the wetlands to walk out toward the barn. (We sit partway up the path to the barn.)
Location: Giacomini Wetlands, Third & C Street, PRS (actual site is on the trail to the barn)
Donation $10-$20. Please bring exact change as it will be dark.
Important: Please be sure we have your private email and phone number so we may contact you on the night of the event.
What to bring:
· Warm clothes
· Chair, blanket, or sleeping roll
· Print out of night sky map with names on it.
· Flashlight prepared as in instructions below or red lamp
(If you bring white flashlight, please turn it off before entering event. We are allowing time for all eyes to dilate.)
· Your curiosity
Flashlight preparation: A headlamp with a red bulb option will work just fine. Or, modify an ordinary flashlight to be red-filtered: Cover the flashlight's lens with masking tape, and color the tape with a red marker, like a Sharpie or red crayon. It may take a few layers of tape and marker to get the light to quiet down. You'll want enough light to read your star chart in the dark, but not so much that it blinds your vision of the stars.
For more information, contact Peggy Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Arndt.
Overturned tree trimming truck on Lucas Valley Road a quarter of a mile from 101. Be prepared for delays, plan accordingly. (Thx EH)
Theresa Weber posted a heartbreaking story about Tracey Beeman's two dogs, Mo and Molly, who did not survive the house fire on Saturday night in Olema: https://www.facebook.com/there...
Here is a photo from the structure fire in Olema on Saturday night at a house just south of the Vedanta Retreat on Rt 1. We drove by in the morning and the structure was burned to the ground. Thank you to the first responders, our hearts go out to the owners of the house.
First photo from Marin County Fire, second WMF.
Update: Now 9am — “Marin County Fire is at scene of a structure fire in the area of the 9700 block of Shoreline Highway in Olema. Shoreline Highway is closed in both directions to all traffic. Anticipated reopening at 8 AM. Please use alternate routs.”
"CA State Parks is saddened to inform the public that the iconic Pioneer Tree at Samuel P. Taylor State Park is no longer standing. The tree was fully engulfed in flames earlier this morning. The Pioneer Tree and Cross Marin Trails are temporarily closed until further notice. Public advised to stay clear of area. The rest of the park remains open.
Via Marin County Fire “Crews responded to a vegetation fire that started at 11:30am today at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, on Pioneer Tree Trail. A large Redwood tree, approx. 8 ft in diameter, burned and fell, creating a 100’ x 40’ burn area. This required extensive mop up with large resource commitment. 3 engines and 1 hand crew will remain on scene until 2000 hours tonight (8:00PM). Cause is under investigation.”
Elephant seal pup and a great blue heron having a chat today in Point Reyes. "Feed me." would be my guess. (Thx NW)
"West Marin will be marching in San Francisco ... along with people all over the world ... to demand climate action now. This call comes from Fridays For Future and Greta Thunberg.
We'll form two carpool caravans -- to save on fossil fuel consumption -- from Whitehouse Pool. Meet there at 7:30 with your Covid test done that morning. Enjoy some goodies donated by Bovine Bakery. Perhaps take a sign prepared by Tomales Bay Youth Center. One caravan will go to the 8:50 Larkspur Ferry, the other to San Francisco.
After arriving at Embarcadero Plaza at 10 AM for the rally, look for the West Marin Climate Action banner. We'll march as one community in downtown SF. Questions or offers to help carpooling: email email@example.com."
"Panoramic Hwy CLOSED at Highway 1/Shoreline - OVERTURNED forklift off of a trailer. AND Northbound Hwy 1/Shorline Hwy is also closed, just north of Panoramic Hwy. Car overturned into a tree, tow truck enroute. Vehicles being turned around and rereouted."
Sheriff aware of Prius in ditch by White House Pool in Inverness Park. Driver is out and they’re waiting to tow it. No need to check on it or call it in.
A nice community event this evening at Point Reyes Park behind Toby's. The film Microplastic Madness will be shown at 6:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner, some pizza from Cafe Reyes will also be available.
“The Worm Moon will shine before dawn Friday. It's the last full moon of winter 2022.” Worm Moon coming up over Tomales Bay.
Jesse DeNatale, who is playing this Saturday at the Dance Palace (show is sold out but streaming options still available), is looking for tickets to the show if you happen to have some and can't go. Send WMF a message and I'll connect you.
Here is the link for streaming tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r...
"Join Ramblin’ Jack & Friends for a fun-filled night of music! The show will feature artists Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jesse DeNatale, Lowell Levinger and Paul Knight, playing two sets in the Dance Palace Main Hall."
Sounds like very bad accident on Lucas Valley Rd. Lanes going to be closed past Nicasio both ways for awhile, plan accordingly.