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Local rancher Mike Giammona talks to KPIX about having to sell off his cattle because of the drought. I passed another truckload of cattle coming out of the park yesterday. The price of meat expected to rise by 30%.

VIDEO: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal....
Nice article in the Point Reyes Light about the return of the bald eagle: "A growing number of bald eagles are soaring the skies of West Marin, proof that fierce protection can save a species that once perched on the brink of extinction. Long endangered, eagles have established at least three huge nests in the region"”on the Inverness Ridge, at Kent Lake and perhaps at Walker Creek, according to Jules Evens, author of "The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula." Several youngsters that haven't yet settled down have also been spotted.

According to Mr. Evens, they likely all descended from a single pair that settled at Kent Lake in 2008. Kent Lake isn't traditional eagle territory; the reservoir was created in 1958 by drowning forests in a valley south of Lagunitas. But the nest marked the return of eagles to Marin County after more than a century.

Eagles' population expansion is impacting other bird populations.

"Bald eagles are scavengers and thieves, stealing food from other birds," said Nils Warnock, the interim executive director of Audubon Canyon Ranch.

Osprey populations have plummeted at Kent Lake. Once home to 40 to 50 nests, it now has only about 10."

Ospreys also seem to be declining along Inverness Ridge. "The bald eagles come in and they'll just snatch the osprey chicks right out of the nest," Dave Press, a wildlife ecologist in the Point Reyes National Seashore, said."

Story by Lisa Krieger
Photo by WMF

Buy the paper to read the full story:
https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
"With less than a year's supply of water stored and conservation efforts lacking, the Marin Municipal Water District might impose more severe water use restrictions, with fines up to hundreds of dollars.

One month after the district imposed a 40% conservation mandate, its 191,000 customers in central and southern Marin have fallen far short of the goal. Conservation only reached a peak of 8.9% in late May.

"I think where we are with supply and not seeing the conservation signal that we're asking for and we need, we may need to move to actions that do feel a bit more restrictive and even controlling," Ben Horenstein, the general manager, told the district board on Tuesday.

In response, the district intends to take a gradual approach and will consider tightening restrictions in the coming weeks, including limiting outdoor sprinkler use from two days per week to just one day on an assigned day. If the late fall does not bring more rain, the district will consider limiting households and businesses to a daily water allotment similar to the 1976-77 drought or set individual conservation targets that could be enforced by fines."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
"Accident Novato Blvd and Pt Reyes Petaluma road. Limited traffic going through." (Thx LP)
Medical emergency in Point Reyes Station tonight requiring helicopter support.
We're officially yellow tier. "Meanwhile, a move to the yellow tier will mean that many Marin businesses will be able to increase the number of customers they will be able to serve indoors.

Bars that do not serve food will be permitted to operate at 25% capacity indoors serving up to 100 people, or 37.5% capacity if patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity, or 75% if patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Their indoor operations will no longer be capped at 200 customers.

Wineries, breweries and distilleries will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity indoors but will still be limited to serving no more than 200 customers at a time. They will be allowed to increase to 75% capacity if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or a negative test.

Gyms and fitness studios will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity indoors, or 75% if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. They will also be permitted to reopen saunas, spas, and steam rooms."

PRESS RELEASE: https://www.marincounty.org/ma...

MARINIJ: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
How long has this sign been at Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness? I don't see many people following the "avoid contact with bay water" part. (Thx IW)
Via the Point Reyes Light: "The doors of the Point Reyes post office will be locked at night, thanks to persistent problems with people sleeping, defecating and smoking in the lobby. Postmaster Lanhua Zhou said the final straw came last week when she found poop on the walls and a smoldering fire in the wood chips outside. The change is posted as temporary, but Ms. Zhou says she is only waiting for authorization to make it permanent. Boxes will be inaccessible from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and from 5:30 p.m. on Saturday until Monday morning.
Video of that car fire on SFD on Olema Hill. Fortunately no injuries. (Thx MP)
Via KMWR "SFD closed in both directions on Olema Hill due to vehicle fire"
Marin Human Rights Commission's First Community Forum on AB 1185 : Civilian Oversight Of Marin County Sheriff's Office

Signed by Governor Newsom last year, this new law authorizes the Board of Supervisors or Marin County voters to institute civilian oversight of the Sheriff's office, by establishing an independent commission or an Inspector General's office. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on this new law, and to hear community input.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/c...
Was wondering about that bridge: "Starting May 26, 2021, construction crews will begin road patching and pavement preservation activities along secondary roads off Sir Frances Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes National Seashore. Delays are expected to be short in duration.

And as early as Tuesday, June 1, 2021, work will begin on the Schooner Bay Bridge on Sir Frances Drake Boulevard. Traffic control lights will be installed on either side of the bridge for safety. Work on this section of the road is expected to continue through August 31, 2021.

Construction crews continue to make progress on the Drakes Beach parking lot reconfiguration and wetlands restoration project. Drakes Beach will reopen to the public no later than August 31st."
Via the Point Reyes Light, buy the paper for the whole story: "Overstocking and a failure to maintain a healthy pasture led the National Park Service to end the grazing lease held by third-generation rancher Dan Genazzi, superintendent Craig Kenkel wrote in a letter last month.

Mr. Genazzi, whose grandfather immigrated from Switzerland to Tomales at the turn of the last century, leased around 300 acres just east of Point Reyes Station. The land is part of the northern district of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is managed by the Point Reyes National Seashore.

In annual letters extending his lease, superintendents said that Mr. Genazzi was nearly twice over his grazing limit of 60 animal units. He failed to maintain fences, and cattle escaped onto neighboring properties and into creek areas. His pasture was barren of plant material and suffering from an expansion of invasive weeds.

"We have directed you repeatedly to pursue specific actions to cure these concerns. Your failure to remedy these lease/permit violations has led to our determination to not renew your lease/permit," Mr. Kenkel wrote.

Mr. Genazzi, who lives and grazes cows on the neighboring 60-acre private property, declined an interview this week. He said he and the park service mutually agreed to end the lease, and there were no violations. "That stuff was blown out of proportion," he said."

Ranch #20 is the Genazzi Ranch.

Written by Braden Cartwright
Power is off in parts of Seahaven in Inverness this morning for repairs. Estimated restoration time is officially 4pm. The crew noticed this cracked support in front of our house while doing other stuff.

LINK: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...
"Tomales High School Leadership students have been working so hard to pull off a fundraising event this semester. THS has teamed up with The William Tell for a Dine and Donate event! Hog Island has also donated oysters in support of our students! We hope to see everyone at The William Tell on the 27th (right before a four day weekend!)"
WMF did not get up early enough to see the lunar eclipse this morning. Here is a photo from Marin by Scott Budman. Did any one see it and/or get a photo?

LINK: https://twitter.com/scottbudma...
Pray for clear skies tonight. "On May 26, 2021, the full moon will sweep through the Earth's dark umbral shadow, creating a total eclipse of the moon. This May full moon is 2021's closest (and therefore biggest and brightest) full moon of the year: a supermoon.

The eclipse will take place in the early morning hours, before sunrise, for those in western North America and at other times for people elsewhere on the globe.

This particular eclipse is also special because the totality, or total phase, is so short-lived, lasting less than 15 minutes.

Pacific Daylight Time (May 26, 2021)
- Partial umbral eclipse begins: 2:45 a.m. PDT
- Total eclipse begins: 4:11 a.m. PDT
- Greatest eclipse: 4:19 a.m. PDT
- Total eclipse ends: 4:26 a.m. PDT
- Partial umbral eclipse ends: 5:52 a.m. PDT

LINK: https://earthsky.org/tonight/t...
Via MarinIJ: "The Marin County Planning Commission voted on Monday to reject an environmental group's petition to block a West Marin water supply project over potential impacts to Lagunitas Creek flows and endangered wildlife.

The decision allows the North Marin Water District to build a new well that it says is necessary to ensure its West Marin customers have adequate water supply in the face of the worsening saltwater contamination at some of its existing wells.

"On behalf of our West Marin customers, I want to thank the commission for approving the project to allow us to move forward with constructing the well that will provide additional low-saline water available to our customers in a time of need and during this drought period," Drew McIntyre, the district's general manager, said after the commission's meeting. "This will be a big help."

The district's 1,800 customers in Point Reyes Station, Olema Valley, Inverness Park and Paradise Ranch are served by three wells. Two wells on a former Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station are at a lower elevation and prone to saltwater contamination."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...

Written by Will Houstoll Hou
This crazy UFO cloud was spotted over Point Reyes Station this afternoon by Whitman and Huck Shenk. 👽🛸👾
After postponing this event in February we are thrilled to announce that we have a new date! If you registered for the previous event, you do not need to register again.

Join members of the Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin for a panel discussion around their heritage, history, and current projects!

"The tribal council consists of documented descendants of the Coast Miwok people of Marin County, with roots in Marin that extend back thousands of years.

In addition to advocacy efforts, the council is dedicated to sharing their culture and history, and presents with organizations across the county.

Later on in the program, audience members are welcome to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the council.

Recently, members of the council visited the Lagunitas School District (over Zoom) for a presentation for students from all grades. This Sunday's event is geared towards adults, but open to people of all ages.

Narrated by Owen Clapp: Community Center Board Member, San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association staff, Founder of San Geronimo Valley Historical Society, Lagunitas School District employee, writer, musician and all around great SGV neighbor."

EVENT LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r...

IG: https://www.instagram.com/sgvh...
Don't forget it's toxic away day in Point Reyes Station until 1:00. Get all that eWaste out of the house.
That was a commercial for "Indeed" they were shooting today in Point Reyes Station. (Thx LW)
"The Dungeness crab season is ending early in Northern California.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has ordered crabbers to pull their last pots on June 1, six weeks earlier than anticipated.

The order came because whales get tangled in crabbers lines, so when more whales return to the California coast, crabbing has to shut down.

"So the department does a semi-monthly flyover. If they see too many whales, then they have the discretion to be able to close the season down to be able to protect the whales," explained Andy at Fish Emeryville.

"The whales seem to be back earlier this year. Whether there's more of them or they're just back early remains to be seen, but they're definitely more prolific than they usually are.""

FULL STORY: https://www.audacy.com/kcbsrad...

Photo by PRNPS.
An important write up in the Point Reyes Light this week about the severe drought we're in right now. Go buy a copy today to read the full story.

"Wade Holland, the district's first general manager, said water operators have an informal rule of thumb that if the creeks are flowing at 700 gallons per minute by the end of February, the supply will be more than enough that year. Less than that doesn't necessarily mean trouble, but this year, creeks were flowing at 110 gallons per minute.

On Wednesday, the creeks flowed at 50 gallons per minute. While individual usage is relatively low, the population of Inverness has increased during the pandemic and strained the system.

In Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness Park, the North Marin Water District is trying to reduce consumption by 25 percent this summer. Like Marin Water, customers will be prohibited from watering activities that are deemed nonessential from Jul. 1 to Nov. 1, after the board voted on Tuesday to enter a second stage of restrictions with stricter rules. Those who use more than 200 gallons per day, mostly businesses, will see a $2.50 surcharge for every 1,000 gallons they use."

FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...

Drought Tweet: https://twitter.com/kentphotos...

Point Reyes Light story by Braden Cartwright
That was a wild night. From NWS Bay Area: "Widespread gusty west to northwest winds such as (yesterday's) winds periodically occur mid to late spring. The winds become enhanced when the mid-latitude flow combines with peak afternoon (cold) ocean to (warm) land surface heating contrasts, resultant pressure gradients & winds."

Any damage reports?

Here are peak winds from 7pm last night.

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
Power outage this morning in parts of Inverness. PG&E estimates 4:00pm restoration time. Check https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c... for more details and updates.
Via MarinIJ: "Already bracing for its worst drought on record, Marin County will have even less water this summer after a major supplier announced plans to cut back on water imports by 20% beginning in July.

Sonoma Water, which provides about 25% of central and southern Marin's water supply and 75% of Novato's, will be reducing its Russian River diversions from July 1 through Oct. 31 in response to record-low supplies in its two main reservoirs: Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino.

"That is an unprecedented action and one that we don't take lightly but we're going to need to do it this time," Grant Davis, general manager of Sonoma Water, told the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

Marin water officials expect that conservation by ratepayers will allow them to weather the 20% supply reduction during those four months. However, they said mandatory water restrictions could be tightened if needed, especially if water imports are curtailed further.

"It's not catastrophic," Marin Municipal Water District director Larry Russell said about the cuts, "but it's not insignificant."

The decision comes as the Marin County Board of Supervisors is expected to declare a local drought emergency on Tuesday following two dismal rainy seasons in a row."

Worth reading the whole article:
https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...

Nicasio Reservoir Photo by Alan Dep
Written by Will Houston
Free vaccines tomorrow (Tuesday, May 18) at the Coastal Health Alliance in Point Reyes Station, CA. 9:30am - 2:30pm. Look for a van with a 'Marin County Mobile Vaccination Unit' sign.
Via the Point Reyes Light: "Bob McClure is closing his dairy operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore, putting an end to the largest and oldest dairy in the park and leaving the eight families who live on the land without housing or work.

The McClures have lived on the peninsula for four generations, longer than any ranching family on the point. But a number of factors"”with drought at the top of the list"”have pushed Mr. McClure to sell his herd of 650 cows and lay off his staff.

"I'm a dairy man to the core, but there's another life out there"”and I want to see it before I'm six feet under," he told the Light this week."

The full article goes into the economics of ranching in the park and the displacement of his employees who live on the ranch. Buy a copy of the Point Reyes Light to read more.

LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...

Story by Braden Cartwright. Photo by David Briggs
Via Barbara Heenan: "I found an iPhone in a green casing at the Inverness School this morning. It looked as if it had been dropped in the Handicapped Parking slot. I set it next to the office door."
Via Marin County Sheriff's Office: "A resident on Mesa Road in Point Reyes had the catalytic converter stolen from his Toyota Prius sometime overnight between May 13th and May 14th.

There is no description of the suspect.

Catalytic converter thefts have become extremely common in Marin County, although they usually occur in areas closer to Highway 101. They are generally committed at night and can be accomplished very quickly. Catalytic converter thieves sometimes work in pairs or groups and they usually use vehicles to get around due to the size of the catalytic converters and the tools needed to remove them.

If you see a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through your neighborhood in the middle of the night, please call the Sheriff's Office and let us know.

Thanks,

Deputy Michael Thompson"
Sounds like a possible water rescue happening on Tomales Bay. Anyone have any details?
Yesterday around 7:15pm there was a "daylight fireball" event that could be seen around California. I was at a baseball game in Woodacre and saw it clear as day. A big silver ball going across the sky, anyone else see it?

This screen capture of a fire camera video shows it in the upper right corner.

"A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation."

Link to camera shot:
https://twitter.com/925mlbfan/...

Meteor report:
https://twitter.com/amsmeteors...
Not local, but we've had some bears in the recent past and I wonder if this dude was making his way out here: "San Anselmo: A black bear is in a tree on Tamaulipas Ave. just a few blocks from the Hub. Police are working with wildlife response teams to get the animal out of the residential area. Photos from Dave Allen-Hughes, head of Ross Preschool who reported it to @centralmarinpa

San Anselmo Bear Update: Police waiting on @CaliforniaDFW to arrive and provide assistance getting 200 to 300 lb, male bear down from 40 ft up a tree. Fish & Game ETA 30 mins, per @centralmarinpa spokesperson Margo Rohrbacher. Officers making noise to keep bear from coming down."

Link: https://twitter.com/enzomorott...
If you want to check out the new record store (Loose Joints Records) in Point Reyes Station, this is happening: "Hey Yo! We will be opening the shop this week on Thursday (May 13) from 5-8 or 9 pm. Local folks... come down and hang. We will have some beer, wine and cheese, and of course records."
UPDATE: Sounds like a truck is stuck and they're turning people around. Plan accordingly -- Accident on Lucas Valley Rd. near big rock. Does anyone have any details?
For those living in Point Reyes and Inverness ""Starting this week, Ghilotti Construction will be removing a lot of excess material from the Pt. Reyes Seashore FLAP project (around 12,000 CY). The contractor is continually reminding the truck drivers to follow local traffic laws, including speed limits." (via MarinDPW)

Also, the red flag warning has been extended to Tuesday night at 6pm then cooler weather for the rest of the week.
Someone hit a power pole on Lucas Valley Rd. on the east side of Big Rock. Traffic control in place, definitely one lane closed, maybe two. Expect delays, plan accordingly. (thx AP/LP)
Was at a baseball game in Nicasio tonight when SpaceX's Starlink satellites passed by. Anyone else see them?
"The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay mountains above 2,000 feet from 11 p.m. Friday, May 7th, to 6 a.m. Monday, May 10th.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame for strong wind gusts and dry conditions. The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and East Bay counties.

The concerns with this weather system are that wildfires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Erratic gusty winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking.

All National Park Service beaches in Marin will remain open, but the following land-use restrictions will be in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), Mount Tamalpais State Park, and Marin County Open Space District preserves during the Red Flag conditions.

· MMWD closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), Leo Cronin Parking Lot,

· Closure of Fairfax Bolinas Road

· All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands

· Closures of Mount Tamalpais State Park; roads north of Panoramic Highway are closed to motor vehicle traffic on Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard.

· Mt. Vision Road in the Seashore will be closed.

· Pedestrian and cyclist access to Mount Tamalpias will remain open.

· All park use permits north of Panoramic Highway are suspended, including filming.

Helpful phone numbers:

· Mount Tamalpais State Park, (415) 388-2070

· Marin Municipal Water District, (415) 945-1195

· Marin County Fire Information Hotline, (415) 473-7191

Defensible space is essential to improve a home's chance of surviving a wildfire.

To register for emergency alerts, visit www.alertmarin.org. For current emergency status, visit https://emergency.marincounty..... To learn more about preparing for wildfire, visit www.firesafemarin.org."
Big changes coming to the Point Reyes Farmers' Market. Via the Point Reyes Light. Buy a copy today to read the whole story:

"The market's management is transferring to the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), a nonprofit that runs eight farmers markets in Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay.

That includes an increase in vendors; this year, there will be 35. That's up from 21 in 2019 and 17 last year.

So far, AIM has not finalized a list of vendors, though many will be returning. But the expansion gives AIM an opportunity to implement an initiative it started last year: a focus on racial equity. "People who are Black, Indigenous and other people of color are often under-represented at farmers markets," Mr. Naja-Riese (chief executive officer of AIM) said. "We'll be working on bringing in more diversity" in terms of producers, though there's no specific quota or benchmark.

Another big change: AIM will accept E.B.T., or electronic food stamps.

The market's hours are being extended in response to feedback from some vendors, so it will now run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Luke Regalbuto, co-chair of the steering committee and co-owner of Wild West Ferments, acknowledged that the change is significant. "The Point Reyes Farmers' Market has such a special place in my heart, and I know a lot in the community feel that way, too. I think that's largely due to the truly grassroots community effort that birthed it. There's really a lot of cool history behind the market. I know a lot of it started with those farmers," he said.

He added, "This is a new chapter. There will be a little bit of a transition to something slightly different."

LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
Vegetation fire by on Rt 1 by the Bolinas lagoon. Sounds like they have it under control. (thx MM)
Sabrina Pelayo found this purse in the middle of the road in Inverness Park yesterday. Maybe it fell off someone's roof as they drove away? If it's yours, let me know and we'll get it back to you.
From the Point Reyes Light: "The number of people living in their vehicles in Marin nearly doubled in the past two years, reflecting a chronic issue that is complex and expensive to address.

The latest toll of the crisis is 58-year-old Billy Spangler, who was found dead in his vehicle on Saturday with no signs of foul play, the coroner said. Mr. Spangler had five cars that he lived in between Bolinas and Point Reyes Station.

Andrew Loose, the owner of Five Brooks Ranch where Mr. Spangler worked off and on for the past 15 years, said Mr. Spangler was a good soul with a troubled past. He had a strong connection with the horses, but every now and then he would seem like he was in a different world, and Mr. Loose would have him take a break from work. Last Thursday, he brought Mr. Spangler a meal, and he looked pale and his voice was rough. Mr. Loose asked him if he was seeing a doctor, and Mr. Spangler said, "No, I'm a doctor."

"He was very special in his own way," Mr. Loose said."

Full story (or buy the paper): https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
Fire season is here. Get prepared.

Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop today at 5pm.

A series of virtual community workshops will cover a variety of topics including wildfire science, defensible space, home hardening basics, community preparedness, and personal preparedness and evacuations. All workshops will include discussion, Q&A, and the same topics, but each will also feature a guest speaker that can answer questions specific to each geographic service area of Marin County. These workshops will teach actionable skills that residents can use right away.

Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here:
https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/...

Event Date: Wed, May 05, 2021 5:00 pm
Event End Date: Wed, May 05, 2021 7:30 pm
Speaker: Jordan Reeser, Marin County Fire Department Captain

More info:
https://www.firesafemarin.org/...
WMF had a quiet moment with Drakes Beach in Point Reyes this morning. It will be closed starting tomorrow until Aug 31 for restoration. 🙌
When you look out the window at the corner you drive every day and the water deer are on the move in Inverness Park.
Bad accident on PR/Petaluma Rd by the platform bridge. Traffic being rerouted through Olema.
Apparently because the Nicasio Reservoir levels have dropped so low, a car that crashed in there 25 years ago was discovered, and now they're working to tow it out since that's drinking water.

Anyone else know any more details or have a shot of the car coming out?
"The potential for water shortages in Marin County has become so severe that the county's largest water agency is in early talks with East Bay officials to build a multimile pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to pump water into the county.

The drastic possibility "” which is in early discussions "” last happened during the 1976-1977 drought, at a time when Marin Municipal Water District cut back water use by 57% and faced running out of water within four months. The 6-mile pipeline gained statewide and federal attention and became a symbol of the state's drought of record.

Rebuilding the pipeline is one of several options being considered by the district, including adding a temporary desalination plant, should this upcoming winter be as dry as 2019 and 2020, said district General Manager Ben Horenstein."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
Memories of rain are gone and some magic sunset light drenched black mountain. Look out for the pink moon tonight.
12 hours.

"A controversial plan to continue cattle ranching while capping elk numbers in Point Reyes National Seashore passed a key hurdle Thursday night when the California Coastal Commission signed off on the arrangement.

The state agency was one of the last clearances needed "” and one that posed the most risk of obstruction "” before a largely procedural yet closely watched update to the park's management plan becomes official.

Critics of the plan, who say it puts the needs of ranchers before those of wildlife, mounted a far-reaching campaign to try to get the Coastal Commission to oppose the park's update. More than 40,000 comments were sent to the agency in advance of Thursday's virtual meeting. But in the end, the state agency's governing board endorsed the plan, with a handful of conditions, by a 5-4 vote.

While more than 100 people spoke at a marathon 12-hour hearing on the matter, with most calling for the Coastal Commission to reject the park's plan, the agency's approval was limited to a narrow issue: whether the plan would have spillover effects beyond the park. The state agency has no direct authority over federal property, and even if the governing board had withheld support, the park could have moved forward unilaterally."

FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/lo...
A special hearing of the Coastal Commission will be held Thursday (TODAY) at 9:00 am (PST) regarding a federal consistency determination of the General Management Plan Amendment for Point Reyes National Seashore & north district of GGNRA. Speaker signup, staff report, live stream it here:

LIVE STREAM LINK:
https://www.coastal.ca.gov/mee...

MarinIJ Story:
https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
"A National Park Service proposal, which includes whether to give cattle ranchers who rent the park's land longer leases and a plan to reduce the size of the park's iconic tule elk herd by killing some animals, is set to undergo a key vote before the California Coastal Commission at a special meeting Thursday.

The meeting will be one of the only times the plan will be vetted in a public hearing before the Biden administration renders a decision before its mid-July deadline.

While the coastal commission cannot disallow the park service from moving forward with its plan, the discussion on Thursday will focus on any "spillover" impacts the plan might have on the state's coastal areas and wildlife. Ranching impacts on water quality, such as runoff from manure or fertilizer making its way to creeks, is the standout issue, said Kate Huckelbridge, commission deputy director.

"This is the first time that the Coastal Commission has really taken a comprehensive look at anything at Point Reyes," Kate Huckelbridge, commission deputy director. "It's kind of a first chance we get to try to get what we think are really critical components and get improvements in the water quality."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
The Marin County, Mobile Vaccination Unit, will be giving FREE Vaccines in Inverness.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 10 AM"“2 PM

WHERE: Inverness Fire Station, 50 Inverness Way, Inverness, CA 94937
(Look for a van with a "Marin County Mobile Vaccination Unit" sign.)

WHO: Everyone aged 16 or older

200 doses available.

If you are not available on this day, please schedule an appointment online at getvaccinatedmarin.org or call 833-641-1988.

Requests for disability accommodations may be made by phoning (415) 473-4381 (Voice), CA Relay 711, or by e-mail at DisabilityAccess@MarinCounty.org.
From a local resident, "Last Thursday, 4/15, a friend was forced off the Bolinas-Fairfax Rd as she rode down to HWY 1 by two cars racing side by side "” one red, one brown. They didn't stop to help. She remains in the hospital with numerous serious injuries. There are reports these same vehicles were seen racing on the road the following day. Anyone who saw these cars and may have helpful information should contact the Sheriff."
Water rescue underway in Tomales Bay. Surf board and kite washed up on shore near Dillon Beach but they can't find the kite surfer. Crazy windy out there, hopefully everyone ok.
Via MarinIJ: "A dangerous hairpin turn on Lucas Valley Road, known as a notorious trucker trap where rigs often slip off the road, will soon receive a $2.25 million upgrade.

The Marin County Department of Public Works will begin seeking contractors for the job this week. Construction is expected to begin mid-summer and be completed by the end of the year.

The turn at milepost 5.08, just east of the Big Rock trailhead, will be realigned to soften the sharp turn where several crashes have occurred over the years. However, trucks longer than 36 feet will continue to be prohibited from the two-lane road.

The project calls for a new 135-foot-long retaining wall on the downhill side of the turn, allowing for the curve to be less sharp. There will also be storm drain improvements and a new guardrail.

When the Board of Supervisors approved the project in 2017, a study of the area revealed that from 2004 to 2014 there were 17 severe injuries because of crashes along the curve, including nine incidents in which vehicles ran off the road."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
This isn't a drought buster, and might be overhyped, but interesting forecast shaping up for next week via NWSBayArea: "We're looking at chances for substantial rain next Sunday into Monday. Here's one model's forecast for that time period."

Fingers crossed.

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
Via the Point Reyes Light: "Young bikers and skaters in Point Reyes Station are petitioning for a park where they could safely practice and hang out. The California Statewide Park Program identified the area as a critically underserved community in 2018, a designation that allows for competitive grant funding under Proposition 68.

Now, Madeline Hope, the director of the Tomales Bay Youth Center, is hoping to capitalize on the opportunity. "We'd like to make a case for young people getting some additional places to be that aren't being elbowed out by the visitor population, or traffic, or all these other competing stresses," she said. "The spirit of this petition is to say that kids want to be in the community, they just want to figure out how.

Local skaters are excited about the idea. Eduardo Romo, a Tomales High graduate, said he finds that it's easy to get sucked into substance use when there isn't much to do, and skating in the streets isn't safe, either. Multiple skaters have wiped out and been injured on the hill headed south from the school. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni said he supports the idea, though finding a location, along with securing funding and maintaining a park, present challenges."

To learn more about the petition, which has garnered 400 signatures, go to https://change.org/p/marin-cou...
Via Marin County "It's a beautiful day for COVID-19 vaccinations in Point Reyes Station! We've got about about 100 "first come, first served" walk up slots available starting at 8:00am. #GetVaccinatedMarin #DontMissYourShotMarin"

Over by the Dance Palace!

LINK: https://twitter.com/maringov/s...
"Drakes Beach will be closed from May 1 to Aug. 31 while construction crews reconfigure the parking lot and restore a wetland. The work is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore's two-year road improvement project, which is over 70 percent complete. About half of the two-acre parking lot will be removed, and the remaining area will be reconfigured with 314 spaces, down from 399. Three metal culverts will be taken out and surrounding upland areas will be excavated to create a two-acre wetland with mostly freshwater and some tidal influence on the south side of the lot." 😕

LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
Breaking news. The Palace Market in Point Reyes Station upgrading their check out situation and adding two self service stations.
Support our local businesses... The Little Store in Point Reyes Station is having a pop up today starting at noon in the commons area (near where the Inverness shipwreck is being move to 😂). Lots of stylish clothes and more.
Elk activists in Point Reyes today.
Via Marin Water "For #Throwback Thursday, here is an image of Nicasio during the mid-1970s drought. We are once again in a drought, and now is the time to do all we can to save our limited water supply. Visit MarinWater.org/conserve to learn more."

LINK: https://twitter.com/marinwater...
An update from PRNPS "There will be NO closures on Limantour Road next week."
Via PRNPS: "Daytime Limantour Road Closures:
Tuesday April 13-Friday April 16, 8am-5pm

Starting Tuesday April 13, 2021 Limantour Road in Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed from 8am to 5pm. This daytime closure will be in effect through Friday, April 16, 2021. The road closure is part of the park's 2-year https://highways.dot.gov/ and https://www.marincounty.org/de... road improvement project.

Drainage culverts are being replaced along Limantour Road. Most of the culverts require minimal road delays and one way traffic control. The installation of a deeper culvert, however, is more complex and requires full daytime closures for the crews to work safely and efficiently."
The boat that recently washed up in Point Reyes is quickly becoming a real ghost ship.

Photo by Richard James:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CN...
The Point Reyes Village Association has worked out a deal with the PRNPS to move the old shipwreck from Inverness to the former "commons" area in Point Reyes Station.

From the PRVA/PRNPS press release, "This is a win win. Tourists will have easier access to this very popular and beloved historical icon. The lighting will be better for social media users. And it will activate a underutilized space in downtown. So really a win win win."

This photo is a rendering of what the new home for the shipwreck will look like which was filed along with permits with the county last week.

The shipwreck will be wrapped in bubble wrap by the park and put on a flatbed truck to be moved as early as next week.

Looking forward to having this beacon of hope to look at every day for inspiration!
Someone made a web site that lets you put the ship that blocked the Suez Canal in any location. So someone put it blocking Tomales Bay. 😂

Site: https://evergiven-everywhere.g...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/marthas727...
This boat just washed up on South Beach in Point Reyes. The occupants and a dog were airlifted off the coast last week I've been told. Not sure what happens next.
Via Marin County Sheriff "For the last eight months, we've had limited staffing at our West Marin Substation due to budget cuts and staffing levels.

We are happy to report staffing levels have increased and we have resumed 24/7 staffing of our West Marin Substation as of March 28th, 2021."

Link: https://twitter.com/marinsheri...
WMF is out of town today and very sad to miss the Old Western Saloon yard sale in Point Reyes Station. If you are there and take any pictures or find anything interesting, please let me know.
An update on the status of the Old Western Saloon from the Point Reyes Light: "The owners of the Old Western Saloon put their building on the market this month for $2.2 million, and they say they will only sell to someone who will preserve the bar.

The historic two-story building consists of the saloon and two retail spaces downstairs, and 10 small offices upstairs. The liquor license is being sold separately. The Point Reyes Station Village Association is looking for a group of buyers who would keep local control.

Michelle Pelton, a member of the family trust that owns the Western, is preparing to reopen as soon as bars are permitted to have customers indoors at half capacity, and she is hosting a yard sale this weekend with 50 years' worth of stuff from the basement.

The Western joins a neighbor on the market: Two doors down, the property that hosts Zuma, Black Mountain Artisans and the Marty Knapp Photography Gallery is on the market for $925,000."

Go buy the paper to read more!
People have asked WMF about all the heavy trucks that are back on the road.

"(There is) earthwork and grading expected at Lawsons Landing between March 15 and April 2. This will involve hauling of clean excess dirt from Pt. Reyes National Seashore to Lawsons Landing by Ghilotti Construction. The dirt is from off-the-edge-of-road work inside the National Park, such as drainage swale improvements contracted by the National Park Service.

The trucks bringing this dirt will enter Lawsons Landing from the old Sand Haul Road (or back road) that starts near Elephant Rock on Dillon Beach Road. Thus, the trucks will not be coming through the town of Dillon Beach.

The earthwork and grading is a necessary element of the new wastewater system, a long awaited major component of Lawsons Landing's Coastal Development Permit. The Regional Water Quality Board also approved the wastewater system design. The specific details of the earthwork and grading was also permitted Feb. 19, 2021 by the California Housing and Community Development (HCD), who issue permits for improvements for Special Occupancy Parks like Lawsons Landing."

From Marin Public Works "Please note that all of the construction vehicles are operating within the single axle weight limitations of the California Vehicle Code as required by the California Department of Transportation. This is required to ensure that the impact of construction vehicles stays within the anticipated loading ranges that all roadways are designed to withstand. For details, see: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/tr..."

Additionally, all truck driving should adhere to traffic laws and regulations. If any transportation concerns arise, please contact the relevant law enforcement service."
A public assist on Tomales Bay right now across from Inverness. Sounds like some people stranded on the beach over there? Not sure why the helicopter is down there. Anyone else know?
Ever dreamed about owning The Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station? Now might be your chance.

https://myelisting.com/listing...
"We are VISIONS, a women-owned retail and community space in Point Reyes Station.

An important part of who we are to our community, is a space for learning, and our very first workshop is here!

We are very humbled to have a platform to share the knowledge from two of the most incredible teachers; Michael Cavette, longtime Cannabis Cultivator and Horticulturalist and Nicole Skibola, co-founder of craft cannabis company Cosmic View.

In this two-part workshop you will walk away with your own planted seed and a bottle of infused oil. As well as the knowledge to do this all yourself.

The workshop will be held outside in the fenced garden at VISIONS, with masks on.

The pricing format is sliding scale to make it super accessible.

Saturday March 27th
11am ~ 2pm
$75 - $150 per person sliding scale
Limited to 10 spots

If you are interested, reach out to us at hello@shop-visions to secure a spot or ask any questions.

For more info on the event, check out this link:
https://mailchi.mp/32fea389b7f...

For more info on VISIONS, check us out here: https://shop-visions.com/"
We saw our own version of the Western Weekend parade in Point Reyes yesterday.
Spotted six whales today in Point Reyes. It's happening. 🐋
Formation of what looks like old military planes circling over Point Reyes right now. Looks like they came out of Petaluma?
"Miller Boat Launch in Marshall is closed Monday, 3/15 through Thursday, 3/18. The launch is a staging area for the Coast Guard emergency response to a shipwreck."

and

"Unified Command for American Challenger response has ended emergency oil pollution response efforts. OSPR will now proceed as part of coalition of agencies that will address additional environmental concerns from the grounded vessel."

Miller Boat Info: https://www.marincountyparks.o...

OSPR Info: https://calspillwatch.wordpres...

Photo by Richard James
It was a protest over school #1327. "Neighbors and alumni of (the former Sir Francis Drake High School) in San Anselmo say they are not comfortable with the ongoing name change process and are going public even as voting continues.

Drake alumnus Bill Hamm led a car caravan Sunday morning along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from San Rafael to Drake's Beach in West Marin to protest what he called a waste of time and money."

LINK: https://www.mercurynews.com/20...

PRLIGHT: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
Question from local resident, "Yesterday driving back from north beach I saw about 20 cars with small blue/green flags but I couldn't make out what they were. Funeral? Protest?"
Cold morning on Tomales Bay and we're starting an hour later. Have a good Monday.
Word on the street is that the Point Reyes Roadhouse in Point Reyes Station is having a soft opening this weekend if you want to swing by and check it out (where Marin Sun Farms used to be on Rt. 1)
A medical emergency in Inverness requiring a helicopter transport. Hopefully it turns out ok.
Richard James, the Coastodian, is quoted in SFGate about the American Challenger which beached north of Tomales Bay on the coast of West Marin.

"I'm very concerned that they're going to pump the oil off and walk away," James says. "I've seen this happen before."

STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/local/a...

UPDATES: https://calspillwatch.wordpres...

COASTODIAN: https://www.instagram.com/p/CM...

(photo by Richard James)
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Lucas Valley Road remains closed between Westgate and east of Big Rock. @CHPMarin on scene working on clearing the roadway."
A number of people have asked what is about to open up at the building at the gravel pit on the PR/Petaluma Rd. Art gallery? Brewery? Coffee shop? Does anyone know what and when? (Thx LM)
From Marin County Public Works: "Construction truck activity related to Federal paving project. On behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Marin County Department of Public Works would like to notify you of the following activities:

The Federal project to improve Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Point Reyes National Seashore is progressing to the next phase of construction. The Federally-funded project, which is being conducted by the FHWA, is in the process of repaving approximately 12 miles of roadway through the National Park out to the Point Reyes Lighthouse on the West Marin coast.

Starting on Monday, March 15, construction trucks will be driving daily from near the Historic Life-Saving Station Cemetery to the intersection of Sand Haul Road & Dillon Beach Road, via Highway 1. The trucks will be making frequent trips back and forth on public roadways during weekdays and this activity will continue for several weeks.

Please note that all of the construction vehicles are operating within the single axle weight limitations of the California Vehicle Code as required by the California Department of Transportation. This is required to ensure that the impact of construction vehicles stays within the anticipated loading ranges that all roadways are designed to withstand. For details, see: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/tr...

Additionally, all truck driving should adhere to traffic laws and regulations. If any transportation concerns arise, please contact the relevant law enforcement service.

For detailed information on the FHWA project, please visit: https://highways.dot.gov/feder..."
An update on the grounded boat north of Dillon Beach via Cal Spill Watch: "An investigation is underway to determine the amount of fuel aboard the American Challenger. Overflights have observed a small amount of motor oil in vicinity of the vessel but there is no extensive sheen coming from the vessel. Teams will conduct cleanup operations if recoverable.

As a precautionary measure, 4,000 feet of boom was deployed to protect sensitive habitat, including oyster beds, in Tomales Bay. Additional booming will be deployed tomorrow.

Of the deployed boom, there will be a 100 foot gap for recreational boaters to transit at the deepest point of the channel south and east of Hog Island. If there is a threat to the oyster bed, the gap will be closed. USCG is broadcasting a Safety Marine Information Bulletin (SMIB) to inform public of protection operations in Tomales Bay.

All area beaches remain open, however Miller Boat Launch is temporarily closed to support response operations.

There have been no confirmed reports of oiled wildlife.

If oiled wildlife is seen, the public is asked not to approach the animal and instead call the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926."

MORE INFO: https://calspillwatch.wordpres...
Via Marin County Sheriff on NextDoor: "Last night around 9:00 PM, an unknown suspect attempted to steal the cash box from the Little Wing Farm Stand on Point Reyes Petaluma Road near Platform Bridge Road. Fortunately, a local resident stumbled upon the thief in the act and was able to chase him off.

The suspect was driving a dark colored Audi.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact me.

If you see suspicious activity near this business, or any business, especially late at night, please contact the Sheriff's Office.

Thank you!

Deputy Michael Thompson"
Update: Via CADFW - "The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Marin County Office of Emergency Services and the Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary established a unified command Saturday in response to a grounded vessel along the shoreline north of Dillon Beach.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report at 8:45 a.m. Friday about the 90-foot vessel, American Challenger, being towed southward by the Tug Hunter from Puget Sound, Washington, when the Tug Hunter lost propulsion due to rope entangling the propeller.

Watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill crew to monitor both vessels as deteriorating sea conditions and visibility caused towing to be unfeasible. The Tug Hunter was anchored and later towed to Sausalito by the Tug Scorpius. The Hawksbill crew remained on scene with the American Challenger and at 1 a.m. the crew reported the vessel grounded on rocks in a remote area south of Estero de San Antonio.

An investigation is underway to determine the amount of fuel aboard the American Challenger. Overflights have observed a light sheen from the vessel but it is unknown if the fuel tanks are compromised.
An environmental unit is assessing protection strategies for sensitive sites in the area, including Tomales Bay.

There have been no confirmed reports of oiled wildlife."

LINK: https://wildlife.ca.gov/

Initial Richard James report: "Large vessel aground near Estero Americano (north of Dillon Beach). Was being towed last night, cable snapped. Coast Guard is working to place booms around it. 7000 gallons diesel is/was onboard, status unknown. Wind is howling, large surf too."
No idea what's going on with the helicopters right now. One buzzed our house around 6:30am this morning, the Coast Guard helicopter just went down the bay. There were some other ones zipping around yesterday, maybe a news helicopter from Oakland? Nothing on PulsePoint or the scanner.

Big waves today, if you're going to be near the beach, stay away from the water.
So many questions.
Via NWS Tsunami Alerts "A distant, large earthquake, has occurred in the South Pacific near New Zealand. NTWC is watching for water measurements near New Zealand to determine the potential impact of this event for the US West Coast and Alaska. We expect to see important water level measurements in the next hour. Currently, a watch is posted for Hawai'i and an Advisory is posted for American Samoa. Refer to http://tsunami.gov for the latest information."

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWS_NTWC/s...
A lot of people heard a sonic "boom" today in Inverness around 11am. Anyone know what it was?
This wild story was told again by SFGate this week and is trending. When you find something in a muddy creek in San Rafael, could it also mean someone just made the story up?

"For centuries, historians had searched for Drake's plate, the only physical evidence of Sir Francis Drake's expedition to the California coast. The English privateer, fresh off raiding Spanish ships and towns along the Pacific coast, found safe harbor in the Point Reyes area in June 1579. While resting and restocking there, he claimed the territory for Queen Elizabeth I. He named it New Albion.

According to crew member accounts, Drake left an inscribed brass plate in the area to stake his claim. But in the 350 years since, no one had seen it.

Bolton was convinced it was still out there. Whenever his students said they'd be taking a weekend trip to the seashore, he asked them to keep an eye out for Drake's plate.

Now, he had it. It was not what he expected, sure, but Bolton had explanations for everything. He told the assembled crowd and the media there was no doubt this plate was real. Its craftsmanship and writing ("BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND IN THE NAME OF HERR MAIESTYQVEEN ELIZABETH OF ENGLAND AND HERR SVCCESSORS FOREVER, I TAKE POSSESSION OF THIS KINGDOME," it read in part) was consistent with the 1500s.

In addition, he said, a prankster would have left it near Drake's Bay. It made no sense to leave it near a muddy creek in San Rafael. This could only mean one thing: Historians were wrong. Drake had entered San Francisco Bay, almost 200 years before Gaspar de Portolá "discovered" the area.""

FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ed...
The full "snow moon" of February 2021 rising over West Marin. That was a good one.
Water rescue near Dillon Beach. Sounds like everyone ok. People made it out of the water and were stranded at Tom's Point.
A trail camera set up by Sarah Allen near Shell Beach in Inverness captured our resident mountain lion this week. That's a big kitty,
I'm going to let it go after this post, but a local asked me about it. The helicopter, registered in Santa Rosa, that repeatedly comes back and circles over Inverness was back tonight. No idea why this pattern, and/or why they keep repeating that pattern. There must be some aviation person that can figure this out. Uber Eats? Commuting? Picking up their girlfriend? Richard Dillman, we need you.
So this happened at Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay last Saturday. Cars don't belong there. That seems obvious, but apparently not.

Photo and story by Richard James: https://instagram.com/p/CLlPFU...
Here is a question for the aviation buffs out there. There has been a lot of interesting helicopter traffic in Point Reyes over the last couple of weeks. When I check it out on the Flightradar24 app, its often the same private helicopter doing what seems to be a very planned out pattern.

Surveying? Drone? Google mapping? Coast research?

Here is the flight track I saw yesterday.
There was a house fire on BlackBerry Lane last night in Inverness Park. Apparently huge flames that destroyed the entire house. Sounds like everyone was ok. Really lucky this happened when it was wet out. Sorry for the people who lost their house.
Art project or fumigation? Point Reyes Station trying out a new look today.
WMF was out of town today. Does anyone know what this was about? "At about 1:45pm today at Pierce Point historic dairy/parking lot: CHP helicopter, 2 Marin Fire units, at least 5 PORE SUVs, one trailing a beach-buggy. The units dispersed by 2:45-3pm without emergency flashers in use." (Thx BM)
Here are the top stories from this week's Point Reyes Light. Be sure to pick up your copy.

Roadhouse eatery to open in Point Reyes
A new eatery will open later this month at the corner of Levee Road and Highway 1: The Point Reyes Roadhouse. It's a project of Marisol Salgado, who grew up on the Point Reyes peninsula and has co-owned the Whale of a Deli for the past 19...

Bolinas septics to get upgrades for second units

Shoreline may annex preschools

Fast internet coming to Bo

Bolinas-Stinson School to fully reopen after midwinter break

North Marin outlines new water rate increase

Photo by David Briggs/Point Reyes Light
The Olema Campground is hiring for office positions if you're looking for work. Contact Eva Bell at 415-663-8106.
Stock up on bear claws now. "The Point Reyes Emporium Building (which houses the Bovine) is going to be tented and undergoing fumigation from Monday, 2/22 through Friday 2/26 and therefore all internal businesses will be not conducting business. The Bovine, however, must remove all food items pre-tenting which means when the building is reopen, we will probably need the weekend (2/27 and 2/28) to prepare for reopening."

From Point Reyes Books: "Our physical storefront will be closed from Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26 due to fumigation of the Emporium Building. Our online store remains open, but we will be unable to ship or fill orders until we are back in the store."
"New data is showing the impact of a concerted effort to vaccinate residents and staff against COVID-19 in long-term care facilities across Marin County.

After a multi-agency campaign to bring vaccines into facilities across Marin, cases have dropped more than 10-fold following the wave of second doses through January 2021 in both residents and staff.

Through January, there was an average of 60 active COVID-19 cases among residents of long-term care facilities across Marin. Thus far in February, that number dropped to a monthly average of four active cases, with no facilities experiencing outbreaks."

LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/ma...
Traffic was backed up on levee rd to White House pool in Point Reyes Station. Bear Valley Rd backed up too. Plan accordingly locals.
Top stories from the Point Reyes Light this week. Go and grab a copy today at a local store...

Bo to ration water
Water will likely be rationed for Bolinas residents starting March 1. The village has already halved overall water consumption since last summer through voluntary measures, but the utility district says scant rains threaten its ability to...

Following cuts, law enforcement collaborates to cover the coast
Law enforcement agencies are cooperating to make sure West Marin is still covered despite the closure of the sheriff's Point Reyes substation from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. since last July.

Vaccine coming to 65 and up next week
Marin boasts one of the highest rates of vaccine distribution statewide, but eligibility criteria have remained restricted to the needs of its aging population. Next week...

Affordable housing limited by zoning rules and hazards
The State of California is asking Marin to plan for thousands of new affordable homes in unincorporated areas, a goal that is stressing county planners and alarming supervisors, who don't believe...
Some heavy duty work going down at the Bovine in Point Reyes Station. No bear claws for a couple days it looks like.
This is from an Instagram post by the Point Reyes National Seashore: "At Point Reyes National Seashore, we don't typically see fresh shark bites on the large male elephant seals. But, recently, we have seen 3 subadult elephant seals with very fresh shark bites, and a photographer witnessed a white shark feeding on a harbor seal in Drakes Bay. So all of this leads us to believe there is a white shark hanging out in Drakes Bay. We know they are in the area at different times of the year, but we don't usually see them going after the large elephant seals. These three seals are the lucky ones that have survived a shark trying to make a meal out of them. Elephant seals have an amazing ability in healing their wounds, and these seals will most likely survive since the bite was only in their blubber layer."

NPS photos. NMFS Permit Number 21425.

LINK, STORY AND MORE PHOTOS:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CL...
WMF is late to this party. I have no idea who Active Norcal is or who writes their posts. But they should probably spend a couple of bucks on fact checking. Worth going to the post and reading the comments from locals.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/Activ...
Via Laura Arndt: "I spotted a large coyote around 5 pm going from Waldo's driveway(6th and C) in Point Reyes Station. Across the calving lot to the bag of Walnut Place and then towards the back of the red/ green barn. Looked fat and shiny, German Shepard size. Also I just learned that a large coyote has been spotted a few days ago around 10 AM on the trail at Wetlands. Keep your dogs leashed folks"
No idea how this car got so far down in a ditch on the PR/Petaluma road. But it did. Looked like everyone ok. Tons of traffic today, please drive safe.
Here is a preview of what's in this week's Point Reyes Light. Grab your copy today:

Push for pension reform rocks teachers:
Teachers are upset at the Marin County Board of Education for discussing pension reform in the middle of a pandemic without any feedback from labor unions. The county board considered a resolution last month that calls on state legislators to enact pension reform, proposing several possible solutions"”including weakening pensions by...

Undersheriff will run for top law enforcer:
After a quarter of a century and only one contested election, Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle will retire from his post in 2022. The race for the seat has begun: Undersheriff Jamie Scardina, who was endorsed by the sheriff after two decades with the county department, announced his run against...

New super for school district:
Adam Jennings, the principal of Tomales High School for the past eight years, will step into the role of superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District this summer. The district's board selected Mr. Jennings through a competitive process to replace Bob Raines, who is retiring after five years at the post...

Also:

Pair buys surf, herb shops

Marin collaborates on regional wildfire evacuation tool to help guide traffic

Supervisors to weigh rent freeze for northwest Marin through 2021

WEB: https://www.ptreyeslight.com?u...
A helicopter just landed at West Marin School in Point Reyes Station, but I'm not sure why. Nothing on PulsePoint or on the radar. Does anyone know what is going on?
This is very sad. Via the Point Reyes Light: "The pandemic has claimed another local business: Danny Morrissey's barber shop in Point Reyes Station. Mr. Morrissey cut hair next door to the Old Western Saloon for 22 years. Next door, Anne Kehoe is still cutting hair in her salon, Studio A, by appointment." Photo by David Briggs.
Fine. Today is sunrise and rainbow day. Dakota Whitney captured this colorful arc over Inverness on her way in to work. Happy Wednesday everyone. Be safe.
Nice way to start the day. Sunrise over Tomales Bay. Looks like back to sunshine for awhile.
I was putting out the trash the other day and heard quite a ruckus down by Tomales Bay. A local explained why, "There were more harbor seals in the bay than I've ever seen. I stopped counting after 60! They were so active catching spawning herring that they came very close to me numerous times." (Thx PJ)

Resident wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata went down and shot these photos of the herring feeding fest.
We were at North Beach in Point Reyes today with a medium size but solid swell in the water and a very strong current. Two young children were playing in the shore pound getting knocked down by waves. One big surge could have easily taken them out into the rip.

My wife ran down and told the parents how dangerous this was and that a girl died on Thanksgiving in the surf in Point Reyes.

They listened and got their kids away from the water.

There are no lifeguards. Do not go near the surf on the ocean side. Do not be afraid to tell people to get away from the surf. It will save lives.

(🏆 DW and Lu)
WMF has struggled for years to keep raccoons out of our garbage cans in Inverness. The worn out bungee cord just does not work plus it hurts your hand when it slips and snaps back at you. So I took a chance and bought this "Doggy Dare" device and it has completely solved the problem. Simple to use, no screws or messing with cans. Has an easy snap top. And best of all, it has been 100% raccoon proof so far.

If you have a better solution, leave it in the comments, would love to hear it.

Unfortunately they Doggy Dare doesn't have a web site. You can buy them on Amazon, but we're trying to cut down that. So here is another link: https://www.ospreybay.com/dogg...

Or better yet, see if Ken will stock them at the hardware store.

WMF has no affiliation with Doggy Dare and receives no financial benefit from this post. But we do accept GameStop stock.
Here are the top stories from the Point Reyes Light this week. Be sure to grab a copy to read more:

State lifts stay-at-home order as third surge subsides
California's stay-at-home order was lifted on Monday as the latest and most severe surge subsides. Yet Marin public health officials warned that the vaccine rollout remains too slow to prevent a fourth wave of Covid-19. Counties have returned to a four-tiered system and, like the vast majority of the state...

Meet Adam McGill, sheriff candidate
After a quarter of a century and only one contested election, Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle will retire from his post in 2022. The race for the seat has begun: Undersheriff Jamie Scardina, who was endorsed by the sheriff after two decades with the county department, announced his run against...

Marine lab gets permits
The abandoned college lab in downtown Bolinas is one step closer to being demolished and rebuilt, following the issuance of county permits last month after years of planning. The College of Marin now has the coastal permit, design review clearance and use permit necessary to raze the three structures and...

Sue Baty, 1931 to 2020
Sue Baty, a teacher known for her keen mind, adventurous spirit and inner strength, died in her home of over six decades in Point Reyes Station on Nov. 15. She was 89. Sue arrived in West Marin after her husband, David, took a job serving as a judge in a...

WEB: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/
Current power outages in Inverness and Inverness Park. Go to https://m.pge.com/#outages for more info.
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