“**A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for the U.S. West Coast, including our area. Arrival time of waves: around 7:35 AM this morning**

A tsunami capable of producing strong currents hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures is expected. #cawx”

Link: https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea...
Has anyone else heard these? "Loud and repeated night-time booms have bewildered San Geronimo Valley residents for the past month. The explosions, heard and even felt from Woodacre to Lagunitas, have prompted discussions on Nextdoor and multiple calls to the Sheriff’s Office, but so far remain unexplained.

“[It’s] definitely a mystery that people in the valley are following closely because it’s so loud and perplexing,” valley resident Becky Bond said. Some neighbors have pinpointed the noises, which usually occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight, as coming from near the former San Geronimo Golf Course or the Roy’s Redwoods Preserve."

Full Story: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...

The West Marin Feed Weekend Newsletter is out now for more news, events and weather. Spoiler: the weather is going to be really nice this weekend:

Get caught up and then subscribe!
Mystical sunset over Point Reyes tonight. They keep getting more intense. Anyone else get photos?

Time lapse here:

Or here:
We’re on a two day
We especially need kids and coaches from West Marin so we can have teams out here!

"West Marin Little League Spring 2022 Season: We are excited to announce that Registration is Open for the Spring 2022 WMLL season! Come be a part of the amazing baseball community we have created in San Anselmo, Fairfax and West Marin. From our Opening Day Parade through downtown Fairfax, to our annual night games under the lights in Fairfax, Nicasio and Woodacre, you can count on WMLL to provide great baseball instruction and lots of fun!

Registration fee scholarships/discounts are available for players in financial need.

Sign up now for the Spring 2022 season of WMLL and play baseball with your friends on the most beautiful ball fields in Marin County."

Register now at www.westmarinlittleleague.com
Crazy day in Point Reyes topped off by a gorgeous sunset. Anyone get a photo of it?
Sunset coyotes are the best coyotes. A stunner in Point Reyes tonight.
So much to catch up on in the last couple of days. Check out the last two email updates for the latest news and photos:

Roll into this Week Edition:

Weekend Edition:

Some of the stories covered:

- The whales are back, via Point Reyes NPS: Whale count: 12 grays, 2 humpbacks. A blue whale also reported! Seen from the observation desk at top of lighthouse stairs.

- The western monarch butterfly, a migratory population that overwinters on the California coast, has both delighted and befuddled conservationists this year with an apparent surge after last year’s low numbers.

- Skeletal remains found in a remote area of the Point Reyes National Seashore were identified late last month as belonging to a Petaluma man who went missing nearly a decade ago.

- The chief of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Thane Kreiner, resigned last week after just nine months in the position.

- Lots of sunshine and not much rain for at least the next two weeks.

Photo of Point Reyes by The West Marin Feed.
If you're looking for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, they are available tomorrow (Wednesday, January 5) at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center from 10am to 1:30pm. Appointments required.

If you're looking for PCR tests (these aren't rapid), one option is Curative. You can search on their site for locations: https://curative.com/
From the Lawson Landing Fishing Report blog about that water rescue on Saturday: "Three crabbers in a 12 foot boat were cruising down the channel off of Sand Point when the boat came to a sudden stop. Water immediately started coming over the transom and within seconds the boat sank.

The three crabbers were able to swim to shore on Tomales Point and were brought back over by the Marin County Fire Department and the CHP helicopter.

From the third-hand account I heard, it sounds to me like they ran over a crab rope and buoy that were held underwater by the ripping outgoing current, and that ripping outgoing current then washed over the now stern-anchored vessel.

That'll sink you quick. I'm guessing that the 48 degree water is probably not conducive to continued human life, so good on those guys for getting to shore quickly." (Thx TB)

LINK: https://fishlawsons.blogspot.c...
This week's "Roll into the Week" email newsletter includes:

- COVID is surging across the country, the state and in Marin County. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Get tested if you think you've been exposed. Testing happening Monday and Wednesday 3pm to 5pm at West Marin Community Services. And Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to noon at the former golf course in San Geronimo. (See newsletter for more details)

- King tides hit Marin this week (Chicken Ranch Beach pictured here).

- Local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata was profiled in the MarinIJ.

- The forecast is for less rain and lots of sun, but not this week apparently. Raining in Inverness now.

Plus so much more. Read the email newsletter here, then subscribe:

We got up on the ridge today in Point Reyes to get a new perspective for 2022. WMF wishes you all a safe, productive and happy new year.
We pulled into Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today and saw an elephant seal sitting in the middle of the parking lot in danger of being hit by cars. Two park employees showed up, blocked the area off and with a simple tarp, guided the big boy back to the new lagoon. Good job!
IMPORTANT NOTE: West Community Services is NOT doing COVID-19 testing this week.

WMF was going to wait for this update until holiday numbers are calculated, but the backlog is causing a delay. Omnicron is here and spreading like wildfire. Get vaccinated. Get your booster. Wear a mask indoors around other people. More info in the links below. Follow the CDC guidelines.

"Across the Bay Area, signs now point to the current surge in coronavirus cases, driven by the highly infectious omicron variant, topping the peak in delta cases over the summer and becoming the region’s second worst wave of infection since the pandemic began.

And with a backlog of testing results from the Christmas weekend still being counted, the spike in new infections is expected to grow quickly.

Case rates in at least two Bay Area counties — San Francisco and Marin — have already crept past their delta zenith.

Still, in a state where more than 70% of people are fully vaccinated, hospitalizations remain relatively low, with about 4,400 people now hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to more than 8,700 in August during the delta surge.

But hospitalization numbers, even in the highly vaccinated Bay Area, are beginning to creep up, and it’s unclear when they might level off."

MARINIJ Article:

Marin County Coronavirus Data:

Marin County Coronavirus Testing Info:

CDC Info:
Merry Christmas and happy holiday. A nice rainbow spotting in Point Reyes today (Thx AN). Hearing lots of reports of positive COVID tests. Stay safe, get vaccinated, get your booster, wear a mask.
Thursday (Dec. 23) is the last full shopping day before Christmas. If you are still searching for a perfect gift, here are some great local options to check out. You can also get gift cards from local restaurants and shops.

The hoodies in the photo are available at the Tom Biagini Gallery in Inverness.

Point Reyes Station:
Sea to See
Toby's Feed Barn
Monk Estate
Cabaline County Emporium & Saddlery
Loose Joint Records
Captain Oko
OCN Culture
Vita Collage
Point Reyes Surf Shop
The Little Store
Susan Hayes Handwoven
West Marin Community Services Thrift Store
Point Reyes Books
Point Reyes Jeweler
Monk Estate
The West Marin Pharmacy
Ace Building Supply
Palace Market
Heidrun Meadery
Cowgirl Creamery
Brickmaiden Breads
Bovine Bakery
The Station House
Toby's Coffee Bar

Inverness Park:
Spirit Matters
Inverness Park Market
Tom Biagini Gallery
The Inverness Store
Saltwater Oyster Depot

The Marshall Store
Tony's Seafood
Hog Island
NIck's Cove

Sir and Star

Buy someone a subscription to the Point Reyes Light.

I know I didn't get everyone. Feel free to add on to the list in the comments.
Happy Holidays!
Ever wonder why the average tank levels go down in Inverness what its raining? Wade Holland, the customer service manager at IPUD (Inverness Public Utility District), explains why. "To the extent it is possible, we avoid operating the treatment plants while it is raining and the creeks are roiled up, because the turbidity in the incoming water overloads and clogs up the membrane filters. Cleaning the filters is laborious and time-consuming (and reduces their life, and they are quite expensive to replace). So, we typically shut the plants down during rainy periods and while the source streams are stirred up. During these times we have to live off tank storage.

Sometimes while it is raining continuously we will go two or three days without putting any new water into the system. This means the tanks are being drawn down at exactly the time when there is abundant water falling from the sky. Fortunately, these events occur during the time of the year when demand is lowest, so we can go much longer in the winter living off the tanks than would be the case during the summer (of course, the turbidity problem does not occur during the summer dry season).

Recently, we've also been juggling operational complexities related to the work on replacing the Tenney tanks, a consequence of which was that we had to let the overall tank levels fall. The first of the two new tanks is now operational and the other tank has been taken offline and is being dismantled. Because we are now anticipating rain on a daily basis for perhaps as long as a week, we expect to continue to see the tank levels' percentage dropping. We would, of course, start processing turbid water if that should become necessary to keep up with customer demand."

We have an amazing (and fragile) water system in Inverness run by an extremely dedicated staff. You can learn more about it and get the latest data at the IPUD web site:
- The holidays are here, and so is the rain. Expect more of it this week. Lots of COVID testing options available if you're spending time with people over the holidays.

- The very talented local chef, Dave Cook, is having a one time dinner pop up at the Tomales Bay Resort (12938 Sir Frances Drake Blvd, Inverness) this evening (Monday, Dec. 20) from 4pm to 7pm. Sesame crusted Ahi Tuna and, "Mary's" roast sage chicken. Beverages sold separately with a corkage fee. No reservations.

- It's also 'locals night" at the Saltwater in Inverness (every Monday) with football on the screen and darts along with some affordable (and delicious) eating options.

- WMF also just bought a very stylish Cheda's Garage t-shirt and baseball cap as stocking stuffers. Remember to support your local shops, artisans and community members this holiday. And be safe!

For more news, events and updates read the WMF email newsletter here and subscribe:
Wild West Ferments took this video of salmon spawning in Lagunitas Creek along SFD yesterday. Apparently there are a lot of them. So that’s something.
A week ago the water level was nowhere near the lip of the spillway at the Nicasio Reservoir. Today this is where it was. Amazing.
Photos never do rain justice, but we drove out to Pierce Point at sunset in Point Reyes. It was dumping rain with gusts up to 47mph. Wild. Much stronger storm then I expected and it’s still going!
Anyone else see that amazing rainbow this morning?
Wet and windy weather continues through today. Lots of trees down and there was an accident last night on SFD and Bear Valley Rd. Drive safely! (Photo by a local resident of tree down on Vision Rd. in Inverness this morning)

WEATHER: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
Anyone see the fish going crazy at White House Pool in Inverness Park at sunset today? Jumping fully out of the water. Someone thought they were steelhead salmon.
The WMF Weekend Edition:
- The atmospheric river returns on Sunday, forecasted to bring up to 4.5 inches or rain to West Marin. Get ready!
- Prince Andrew Andreevich Romanoff, an Inverness artist and descendant of Russian tsars, died on Nov. 28. He was 98 years old. Buy the Point Reyes Light this week to read about one of the most interesting people ever to live in West Marin. Legendary.
- So many amazing events happening this weekend. Be sure to support your local shops, artisans, farmers and workers!

Get more details about all of this and more, here:

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"Why buy when you can swap? In December, we are hosting a clothing swap for local families at the Tomales Bay Youth Center (TBYC) located at the West Marin School in Point Reyes Station.

Please bring your gently used, clean clothes to TBYC from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday. We are accepting clothing donations through the end of the swap. You can also bring your clothes on the days of the swap.

Youth volunteers in our after-school program will sort donated clothes and get them ready for swap days. In exchange for their help, they can pack a bag of clothes to take home before the event.

Everyone is welcome to bring and take clothes on the days of the swap, which are:

Friday, December 10, 2021, 3-6 pm

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 9-3 pm

Friday, December 17, 2021, 12:30-6 pm

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9-3 pm

This is a fun circulation event that brings us together, keeps us looking good, and develops our resiliency skills for climate action."

LINK: https://www.tbyclounge.org/new...
This threat was posted at the Papermill Creek Saloon in Forest Knolls on Friday, December 3rd. If you have any information about this, call the number on the flyer. There is also a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual.
Lots going on this weekend. Remember to support your local shops when thinking about holiday gifts.

1. There is an open-air holiday gift fair at Toby's Feed barn in Point Reyes Station on Saturday and Sunday.
2. The Haggards play at Smileys in Bolinas on Saturday night.
3. Santa Claus makes an appearance, by boat no less, at Nick's Cove in Marshall at Sunday around 3pm.
4. Tides are really high (Chicken Ranch Beach disappears) Dec. 2 - Dec. 7.

Check out more details about these events, geeky weather info and news of the week in the West Marin Feed email newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/3c5ad993819...

Then subscribe!
Super low tide in Point Reyes tonight. We had the good fortune to discover Andres Amador working on a large scale beach art piece. Its probably gone already…
Today is Giving Tuesday. "Señora Guadalupe Garcia is well known around Point Reyes Station for her tamales. For just $2.50 apiece, her handmade tamales have fed locals, out-of-towners and tourists until recently. Lupe suffered a stroke in early October and has been at home in recovery ever since. Now, her friends are seeking donations to help cover the costs of medicine, treatment, food, living expenses and transportation to doctor visits. “She is an indomitable person with an extraordinary life,” Mark Switzer, a frequent customer, said. “The family doesn’t have the resources that I would have. She needs our help.”"

You can support Lupe and many others in need in the community by supporting West Marin Community Services.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to West Marin Community Services, P.O. Box 1093, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956; non-tax-deductible donations can be made to Wells Fargo account 6569199281 or mailed to Guadalupe Garcia, P.O. Box 1222, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
"Ann Bertucci, our cheerful, helpful, hard-working librarian, is being transferred to the Civic Center branch this month. A celebration of Ann’s extraordinary service to our community is being held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11am - 1pm, in the Inverness Library garden." (Thx FA)
Welcome to Monday. More sun this week, rain forecast still looking a little iffy for December. Fog rolled in fast on this painter in Point Reyes on Sunday night (he had to put away the colors).

Locals night is back at the Saltwater in Inverness on Monday, go check it out.

Get all the info for the week with the WMF weekly newsletter here and then subscribe: https://mailchi.mp/d7dd0fabbc3...
Support your local shops, restaurants, farmers, non profits, artisans and workers this holiday weekend. "Point Reyes Open Studios! Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Twenty-one local artists are opening their studios, most for all three days but some for only Friday and Saturday. Details and a map are available on our website. Brochures are available from local merchants. Masks required, please."

Open Studios Link: https://pointreyesart.com/
"JOIN THE BENEFIT (DONATION) PADDLE, 100% of your payment donated to Holiday Food and Gift Program of West Marin Community Services

Next Sunday November 28th 9:30-1:30pm

You’re invited to join Blue Waters Kayaking for an incredible opportunity to support the Holiday Food and Gift program of West Marin Community Services while enjoying a fully guided kayak tour on Tomales Bay on next Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Sign up on this page, Register for the Holiday Donation Kayak Tour, Sunday Nov 28, 2021 or by calling the Blue Waters Kayaking office at 415-669-2600, 9am-5pm.

100% of your contributions will be used directly to purchase food and gifts for our local families and kids.

For over 30 years West Marin Community Services has been bringing joy during the holiday season with the Holiday Food and Gift program. This program serves an average of 100 families with food and toys for over 260 children. This year it is projected that WMCS will serve more community members since many are still recovering from the pandemic.

Can’t join the kayak tour?

Please consider a contribution to this wonderful program through this link https://westmarincommunityserv... with the note “Holiday program”.

For any questions, please call Blue Waters Kayaking office at 415-669-2600, 9am-5pm or email info@bluewaterskayaking.com

Many thanks!"
Perfect weather for the annual West Marin School TurkeyTrot on the Bear Valley trail today. All the kids went for it and that’s not an easy run.
Photos from US Coast Guard Bodega Bay of their rescue of three people on a capsized boat off of Point Reyes this morning. Keeping us safe. Always remember to wear your life jackets! (Thx KR)

Sounds like a water rescue happening near McClures Beach in Point Reyes. Overturned vessel with three people in the water.
A gorgeous day in Point Reyes on Sunday. Heard a story that some people on the trail out to Kehoe Beach saw a mountain lion and were telling people to watch out. Other people thought it was a really large coyote. Was anyone else out there and hear about this? I left right before all the excitement but did get a nice shot of this hawk.
Via PRNPS “Breaking news!
A prescribed burn happening near Point Reyes Station today.
From Wayne Patton: "So, we live in Forest Knolls and I woke up today to what we are 99% sure was a Mountain Lion kill about four feet outside of our kitchen window.

Last night at about 11:15 pm, I heard some small murmuring or whining and at first I thought there was a dying rat or something in the wall and then I opened the window to the upstairs bathroom and it was more pronounced. I then heard the sounds of a cat and dismissed it as a cat fight as we hear those often out here. Turns out right outside the window was a Mt Lion feasting on this deer.

I took pictures of the scat too and this was confirmed as Mt Lion scat. We have the county coming out to remove the carcass as Mt Lions will return for their kill and we have two small children at home, a cat, dog, and chickens.

This is very scary and too close. I know we live in nature and this is their house and I respect that we just have never really had an “encounter” like this. Wakes you up a bit and we aren’t going to be letting our 4 year old play outside alone any longer. I just wanted to warn you all that this Mt Lion is in the area. I may set up a video cam now out back. I hope you all stay safe!"
I drove by this skeleton on a bike in Inverness yesterday and had a nice chuckle. It's the same street with the very sweet solar powered dog snack vending machine. According to a local resident, the skeleton was recently stolen (the bike was meant to given away for free but is still there). If you have the skeleton or know where it is, please return it and keep some good cheer in the neighborhood. Thank you.
Who saw the crazy BMW club that blew through West Marin this afternoon? They were running people off the road in Inverness and almost took me out in the North Beach parking lot. Hopefully law enforcement caught up with them.
A family of seven otters swam under us today in Point Reyes then had a big cuddle pile in the dunes.
Remember, Lucas Valley Road is closed until 5pm today. Plan accordingly. For more traffic updates and more, got to the WMF Twitter feed or our web page:


Via Marin County Sheriff: "There is a large tree down across both lanes of Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes. Both lanes will be blocked for an extended amount of time. Please use alternate routes." Power is also out in parts of Point Reyes Station. I think you can still use Mesa Rd. as a detour. (Thx GE)
Took the kids out to scout a rumor about elephant seals returning to Point Reyes. And they sure are. Caught this interesting interaction between an elephant seal and a coyote. We’ve seen coyotes snooping around there before looking for snacks. Another special evening in the park.
From a local resident: "Rescue on Bear Valley Trail beyond the bike racks towards Coast Trail. Person stung by yellow jackets having a life threatening allergic reaction. 2 Park Ranger vehicles and an ambulance and other Marin Fire Department vehicles responded. CHP helicopter and Reach helicopter landed at the Bear Valley Trail head, but didn’t transport the patient." (Thx AF)
Fascinating story by Grant Marek, the SFGate Editor, about a dangerous short cut to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes thats on the AllTrails app. Has anyone taken the short cut?

"The shortcut in question takes you underneath a canopy of trees, along an exposed path with loads of poison oak, scrambling down a few boulders, across the creek (where you have to step on the same four or five rocks that the 6-year-old fell on) and down an extremely dangerous shale crevice that takes you from the top of the cliff (about five stories up) to the beach. Because that final crevice is entirely made of shale, the walls crumble when you try to grab them for support, and the rock sheets you’re scrambling down (which are covered in the crumbled shale pieces) make slipping and sliding an almost guarantee.

I’m on the phone with Point Reyes National Seashore spokesperson Christine Beekman the day after the hike. She tells me the shortcut leads to probably two dozen rescues every year (other estimates have it as high as one emergency rescue per week).

In just the past decade, news sites are littered with wild rescue stories linked to the shortcut, including a 50-person rescue effort to save two men trapped halfway down the cliff (and a third trapped by the tide), a CHP helicopter crew-assisted rescue of two men stuck in the exact same spot, a Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter rescue of a man who had fallen from the cliffs, a helicopter rescue of a 16-year-old girl who fell off the cliff and broke her leg and a harrowing rescue of a 6-year-old who slipped and slid down the falls for 15 feet."

Photo by Charles Russo/SFGATE

FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/califor...

PRNPS Page and warnings: https://www.nps.gov/pore/plany...
Fascinating story by Grant Marek, the SFGate Editor, about a dangerous short cut to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes that's on the AllTrails app. Has anyone taken the short cut?

"The shortcut in question takes you underneath a canopy of trees, along an exposed path with loads of poison oak, scrambling down a few boulders, across the creek (where you have to step on the same four or five rocks that the 6-year-old fell on) and down an extremely dangerous shale crevice that takes you from the top of the cliff (about five stories up) to the beach. Because that final crevice is entirely made of shale, the walls crumble when you try to grab them for support, and the rock sheets you’re scrambling down (which are covered in the crumbled shale pieces) make slipping and sliding an almost guarantee.

I’m on the phone with Point Reyes National Seashore spokesperson Christine Beekman the day after the hike. She tells me the shortcut leads to probably two dozen rescues every year (other estimates have it as high as one emergency rescue per week).

In just the past decade, news sites are littered with wild rescue stories linked to the shortcut, including a 50-person rescue effort to save two men trapped halfway down the cliff (and a third trapped by the tide), a CHP helicopter crew-assisted rescue of two men stuck in the exact same spot, a Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter rescue of a man who had fallen from the cliffs, a helicopter rescue of a 16-year-old girl who fell off the cliff and broke her leg and a harrowing rescue of a 6-year-old who slipped and slid down the falls for 15 feet."

Photo by Charles Russo/SFGATE

FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/califor...

PRNPS Page and warnings: https://www.nps.gov/pore/plany...
Tree and power lines down at the corner of Vision and SFD in Jnverness, be very careful.
Power off in a large part of Inverness this morning.
The Annual 'Black Hat Classic' flag football game was held today in Tomales between West Marin School and Tomales Elementary. The 'Black Hat Classic' games are in honor of Joey Mendoza, an alumunus of Tomales High, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2015. It was an exciting back and forth battle ending with 26-19 comeback win by the West Marin Wildcats.
They're not making a big deal of it, but Marin County lifted the indoor mask mandate today.


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Spied this coyote chilling post beach snack in Point Reyes this morning.
Wires down on Rt 1 north of Point Reyes Station. Rt 1 is blocked, expect traffic delays. (Thx KD)
A lot of Halloween action happening in front of the Inverness Store today. (Thx LR)
Get ready for a busy (and spooky) weekend in West Marin with the WMF weekend edition. Sounds like the weather will behave for trick or treaters. Yay. WMF was in the park after the last big storm and spotted this very inquisitive badger working on his house.

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Heard a helicopter this morning over Tomales Bay in the thick fog. Anyone know why? Is that unusual? REACH helicopters don’t land with this kind of fog.
Massive waves in Point Reyes tonight. We also saw some huge water surges unexpectedly coming way up the beach. Use extreme caution if you’re heading to the coast tomorrow.
The rain came! Did you know you can get WMF updates emailed to you twice a week? News, weather and events. Easy access without relying on the Facebook algorithm. Read this week's edition here and subscribe: https://mailchi.mp/703d1b630c1...
Levee Rd. between Inverness Park and Point Reyes Station is open this morning. West Marin School is open today. (Thx MN)
Hard to see from this photo, but Levee Rd between Inverness Park and Point Reyes Station is starting to flood at a number of different spots. I watched a car go through deep water by the White House pool parking lot and I turned around. Be careful out there tonight, make good choices. Hopefully it recedes by the morning.

Anyone else make it through there tonight?
Via Marin County Sheriff: “Shoreline Highway in Olema closed from Sir Francis Drake/Hwy 1 to Sir Francis Drake/Hwy1 in Point Reyes due to flooding.”

Link: https://twitter.com/marinsheri...
Marin County Sheriff: "7000 block of Lucas Valley Road is closed both directions due to downed Power Lines. Fire resources at scene. Avoid the area."


Rt 1 between Point Reyes Station and Olema has a lot of water on it, take caution if you use it, especially later tonight. Olema campground flooded.
Rain continuing to fall at a steady pace. Hearing various reports about the amount. Five inches in Point Reyes Station in the last 48 hours? A huge tree is down over the Panoramic Highway by Stinson Beach closing that road. I've also heard reports that the Olema Campground is starting to flood.

"Panoramic Hwy between 4-corners intersection and Throckmorton Fire Station is closed due to a downed tree & power lines. PG&E is handling situation due to power lines. Road is expected to reopen by end of today."

Any other updates?

Tam photo by Josh Redner:

Marin Public Works:

Water flow for Lagunitas Creek in Samuel P Taylor:
Sunday morning in West Marin. Steady rain with some really heavy wind gusts. Just missed the person updating the Inverness water capacity sign. That is a committed individual.
Power just went off briefly in Inverness. Back on now, not sure what happened, but there is a new power pole being installed on SFD by Inverness, so expect traffic delays and possibly another power outage? Anyone else have more details?
"A tree fell and is blocking the road on Sir Francis Drake about 2 miles from Lagunitas on the way to Olema." (thx SR)

It will probably be cleaned up soon, but a lot more rain and unstable weather is on the way, so please drive safely.

"Lingering showers continue today, but we're watching Storm #2 develop off the Pac NW Coast. Storm #2 will bring another round of steady rain Thursday night through Friday."

"A very large WNW swell train will arrive alongside the atmospheric river and likely result in hazardous conditions in the surf zone & area beaches late Sunday into Tuesday."

Weather tweets:

Might be worth interviewing drivers at this point to try and figure out how they end up on LVR and why they ignore all the signs. There is some psychological phenomena at play here. "#Alert! #Road closure: Lucas Valley Road in #WestMarin near Big Rock trailhead is closed due to an oversized truck that is stuck at a tight turn. @CHPMarin is handling the situation. No estimated time for reopening yet."

Marin Public Works tweet: https://twitter.com/DPWMarin/s...
Huge news from Brickmaiden Breads in Point Reyes Station. From their Instagram: "There is a lot of beauty, heart and soul in these walls and in this space. We celebrated 21 years of Brickmaiden yesterday! Changes are ahead. As owner and founding baker I am ready to step down and make space for new talent and maybe take a bit of a rest before seeking the next adventure. Brickmaiden Breads is for sale! We are at a high point where all the dedication and hard work of so many have made this business a success, and with gratitude I will be saying a bittersweet farewell. Until then we will be working round the clock to bring all of this deliciousness to you each day ❤️❤️❤️❤️."

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CV...

Celine also wrote a heartfelt letter in this issue of the Point Reyes Light.

We ❤️ Celine and all the amazing staff past and present at Brickmaiden and are so grateful for being spoiled with the best bread you can get anywhere in the world right here in West Marin. Thank you.
I can see a lot of emergency vehicles across Tomales Bay for this accident. Hope it’s not too bad. Anyone know what happened?
A crisp sunrise over Tomales Bay in Inverness. Feeling the autumnal vibe with some magic light.
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Vegetation fire in the area of the 680 trail above lucas valley - Top of Loma Alta Ridge. Units responding."

Tweet: https://twitter.com/MarinSheri...

Camera: http://www.alertwildfire.org/n...
"Red Flag Warnings are now posted for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay hills and valleys as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Mountains, and the interior mountains of San Benito and Monterey Counties." for Sunday night into Tuesday.

Make sure you have gas in your car, your evacuation plan and supplies ready for you and your pets, signed up for all the alerts. Just in case. It's going to get windy, very good chance power gets knocked out somewhere.

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...

Alert Marin sign up:

Wild fire cameras:
Sharks made their presence known this week. The photo above was taken on Monday off the coast of Point Reyes. You may not know it, but there is a dedicated group of shark researchers based out of West Marin who need your support. You can fund their research here:


If you ever wanted to know what a shark attack feels like, then read this incredible interview with the surfer, Eric Steinley, who was bitten by a shark in Bodega last Saturday:

“I reached down with my right hand and touched its massive face,” he said, recounting the shark attack just north of Bodega Bay that left him with severe injuries. “Then I grabbed it in the eye, not so much aggressively, just trying to figure out what it was.”

You can read the full interview here:

A GoFundMe has also been set up for Eric here:
"MCFD is at the scene of a vegetation fire on the West side of Whites Hill. “Hill Fire” currently 1 acre, no evacuation orders. Sir Francis Drake Blvd closed in both directions between Baywood and San Geronimo."

LINK: https://twitter.com/marincount...

PHOTO: https://twitter.com/leahkcat/s...
More details about the surfer who was bit by a shark in Bodega and sustained critical injuries but is in stable condition. This is a photo of the surfboard with the bite mark on it. (thx LN)

A nice profile of local artist Ernesto Sanchez here:

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Have a great week everyone.
Salmon Creek is just north of Bodega Bay which is north of Point Reyes Station. "Reach helicopter en route for a shark bite at Salmon Creek, male surfer with a shark bite wound to his thigh out of the water."

TWEET: https://twitter.com/SonomaScan...
From a local around 10:30pm last night: "A boat seems to be fishing, is trawling slowly south on the bay toward the Inverness store. Their lights are so powerful they’re lighting up the whole bay as well as every house along Edgemont Way. We’ve never seen anything like this — Wow! Could this kind of fishing (if that’s what it is) be legal?"

We also saw it around 11:30pm. And earlier this summer we saw it when we were camping on the bay. Anyone know what's going on here? The lights are crazy. We thought they were filming a movie or something. (Thx BH/MSJ)
Local law enforcement reminding people to drive safely this morning in Inverness Park.

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The sunrise coming up over Inverness Park. A warming and drying trend will begin today and continue into the upcoming weekend and then there is a chance of precipitation after that.

WEEKEND FORECAST: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...

RAIN OUTLOOK https://twitter.com/DroughtGov...:
Get your week started right with the WMF week summary: Drizzles, stuck trucks, regenerative farming debate and more.


This photo of Sue Taylor's rugs taken at her memorial this weekend. (Thx AW)
Via Marin Public Works: "#Alert! #Road closure: Lucas Valley Road in #WestMarin near Big Rock trailhead is closed due to an oversized truck that is stuck. @CHPMarin is handling the situation. No estimated time for reopening yet." (Photo by CJ)

TWEET: https://twitter.com/DPWMarin/s...
Via EAC Marin: "ADVISORY - AVOID WATER CONTACT: Green Bridge, Inkwells, and White House Pool all exceed state limits for recreational exposure to E.coli and Enterococcus for the week of September 20th."

"The water samples are processed by the Napa-Solano-Yolo-Marin County Public Health Lab. The tests utilized, quantify the most-probable number of Total Coliform, E. coli, and Enterococcus bacteria present in the water sample. The water samples represent a "snap shot" in time. The bacteria themselves are generally not pathogenic, but are used as indicators of the potential presence of other pathogenic bacteria that are linked to human illness.

Advisories are provided for informational purposes only and are based on one sample per week therefore they do not provide current conditions. Water sample processing requires 24 hours so the information is at least one day old when posted."

Tweet: https://twitter.com/EACWestMar...

Info: https://www.marincounty.org/de...
More magic light this morning, good ready for a hot one. ☀️
Ok. "Marin County water officials are thinking of buying three desalination plants to bolster local supplies, but they’re facing an unlikely competitor — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Marin Municipal Water District, which might deplete its reservoirs by next summer if the drought continues, had considered renting two portable desalination plants for nearly $30 million from Osmoflo, an Australian company. Last week, the district staff said a third plant has become available and that purchasing them might be less expensive than renting.

However, bin Salman wants the same plants for his controversial, futuristic megacity of Neom on the Red Sea, according to Paul Sellier, the water district’s operations director. Bin Salman created a company, also named Neom, to build the city, and he is chairman of the board.

Bin Salman’s proposed $500 billion city envisions a 10,000-square-mile utopia with lavish amenities such as a “huge artificial moon, glow-in-the-dark beaches, flying drone-powered taxis, robotic butlers to clean the homes of residents and a Jurassic Park-style attraction featuring animatronic lizards,” according to reports from the Guardian last year."

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

Neom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Not a UFO. "The International Space Station is expected to appear in San Francisco skies Monday night with no forecast cloud coverage, making for optimal viewing of the orbiting laboratory as it drifts over the Bay Area region.

It will appear above the western horizon at 7:36 p.m. and rise, eventually reaching a maximum altitude of 32 degrees above the horizon at 7:44 p.m. before it vanishes in the northeastern sky. The station will be visible for six minutes, according to NASA, and better yet, it’s bright enough that you won’t need to seek out a specific spot to take in the views, said Ben Burress, an astronomer at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland."

LINK: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ar...
Via CalFire: “Red Flag Warning in effect for the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills and Valleys, & Northern Sierra and foothills for Sunday night through Tuesday morning due to gusty winds and low humidity. This is Critical Fire Weather so use caution outdoors.”

Tweet: https://twitter.com/cal_fire/s...

For more information: http://nixle.us/D4MTE
Trying so hard to rain in Point Reyes today. Was there measurable rain in West Marin?
The Weekend Edition is here.

1. There might be some small but measurable rainfall Saturday night into Sunday morning.

2. PG&E explains why there have been more frequent power outages in parts of West Marin.

3. A great white shark ate a seal in Point Reyes.

4. The Point Reyes National Seashore released their big ranch and elk plan and lots of people had lots of opinions about it.

5. A 43-foot fishing boat sank in Tomales Bay near Marshall, was recovered, then smashed up and put into a dumpster. (Anyone have a photo of the smashing?)

6. Lots of beach and road cleanups happening this week around West Marin.

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Did I miss anything?
A local resident observed this creative parking strategy in Point Reyes Station yesterday. (Thx JW)
Via the Coast Guard: "#USCG, partner agencies are responding to the Marian, a 43-foot fishing boat, Wednesday after it sank in Tomales Bay near Marshall, CA. Containment and absorbent boom were placed around the boat Tuesday evening. CG is overseeing the refloating and defueling of the boat."

LINK: https://twitter.com/USCGPacifi...
A large great white shark was observed killing and eating a seal down by the Estero in Drake's Bay in Point Reyes yesterday. Fall is here!
The Point Reyes National Seashore has released their ranch and elk plan:

Via MarinIJ: "The National Park Service plan includes several changes from what was released under the Trump administration in 2019.

These changes include new mandates for ranchers to make specific plans and investments to protect wildlife, water quality and the environment; reducing the number of tule elk that park staff would be allowed to kill; and limiting the ability for ranchers to diversify their livestock.

Ranch leases would still increase from five-year terms to up to 20 years as originally proposed.

Park staff would also still be allowed to shoot elk in one of the park’s free-roaming herds to keep the population at a maximum of 140 elk. Park staff originally proposed limiting the herd to 120 elk.

An additional 580 acres of existing ranch land would be converted to a protected area for elk. A total of 2,580 acres of existing ranch land will be retired under the plan.

Park service staff said the changes were made in response to concerns raised since the park first released the proposal in 2018, including tens of thousands of opposition letters and concerns raised by California coastal regulators earlier this year."

MarinIJ story:

PRNPS press release:

PRNPS plan:

Photo from last night by WMF.
Roll Into the Week - September 13

Trash company Recology to pay $36 million for bribery. A Recology subsidiary serves Novato, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, West Marin and Point Arena.

EAC's annual Litter Bugs Me, a 20+ annual roadside clean up effort in West Marin is happening this Saturday. Sign up here:

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My neighbor and I in Inverness just saw a lightning flash. Lightning tracker says Santa Rosa. Going to be a long night. Anyone else see it?
30 second rain in Inverness tonight.
Many of you are familiar with Daniel Swain who is a climate scientist and runs a blog called Weather West. He has been flagging the potential for a lightning event this Friday/Saturday.

"Just wrote a quick post focused on the increasing potential for lightning (possibly dry) across a broad swath of NorCal from later Thursday into Friday. Depending on how things evolve, fire weather concerns could be quite high."

Here is the link if you want to get into the details:

Hopefully this won't turn out to be anything, but prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Have gas in your car, have a plan in case of evacuations, sign up for Nixle alerts, make sure your house and lawn are cleaned up and fire safe and get the word out.

Nixle alerts:

Alert Marin:
Happy Tuesday. If you want to get caught up with the weekend news and get prepared for the week, check out the 'Roll into the Week' feature on WMF (and you can get it in your email by subscribing). News, events and weather.

The weekend news summary include (sadly) a dead whale in Point Reyes, a crazy weekend in town, and what started the Lucas Valley fire. Another nice week of weather coming up on the coast, hotter inland and good air quality.

Any stories I missed?

LINK: https://mailchi.mp/28e6ec39e8d...
Sadly, a dead humpback whale washed up in Point Reyes today. Photo by Burr Heneman.
Nice to see you again Tamál-Húye. Looking forward to see what those big high tides in winter do.
It’s a mad house in Point Reyes Station. Park filling up fast. SF Chronicle ran big story about West Marin spots to visit. If you live here, get your supplies and hunker down. Props to guy who works at the gas station who rushed out to help this motorcyclist who went down in town. Stay safe everyone.
Via CA Fire Scanner: "Marin Co: First engine reported 2 acres in grass & trees w/ slow rate of spread, but since said fire is running up the ridge & requested a full CAL FIRE response w/ aircraft. Located near 22 Mt Lassen Dr. 2-3 acres w/ potential for 50 acres. Localized/select evacuations in progress per the @SanRafaelPolice Nixle @ https://nixle.us/D3AES"

LINK: https://twitter.com/CAFireScan...
People have asked about the park being open, via PRNPS: "While all of California's national forests have been closed through September 17th, Point Reyes National Seashore, as a whole, is open. There are some trails & areas within the park that remain closed at this time though, check https://go.nps.gov/pore/closur..."

Sunset photo by WMF from last week in the park.
Via El Radio Fantastique's Giovanni Di Morente, "About a month ago YoYo Ma was out here in Inverness, dining at Saltwater restaurant. He was asked if he could do a little impromptu cello playing. He didn't have a cello. Phone calls were made, and somehow, my very inexpensively constructed cello, ended up in his hands. He graciously signed the bridge to me, and my friend, and bandmate, Noelle Boucher, who facilitated this weird, and wonderful, occurrence." Photo of YoYo Ma by Nancy Beck.
Gas station posted this last week. It’s past noon but someone said they’re not open yet? Any word?
Point Reyes National Seashore park officials investigate illegal dumping and a bunch of folks hike water in for the elk. Read the weekend update, see upcoming events and get the weekly weather forecast with this edition of 'Rolling Into The Week'. Then subscribe!

A traffic accident in the park by the lighthouse today which is what the sirens and the helicopter are responding to. Hopefully everyone ok. Yesterday there was a hiker injured on the Estero Trail and another medical emergency by Five Brooks, both requiring air support.

Stay safe everyone.
Power outage in Nicasio and Woodacre. Restoration forecasted to be midnight. No word on the cause. Apparently PG&E helicopters were flying in the area.

Helicopter rescue, Point Reyes Station well appeal, events, weather and another reminder to vote. Get all the info you need to start the week in West Marin in one handy place:


(Sticker by Drew Madden and I think you can buy them at The Palace Market: https://www.riverstoseasticker... )
A little late in the summer to be asking this, but does anyone know why there wasn’t a raft at Shell beach? Will there be one next year? Anything that can be done to help the return of the raft?
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From the Point Reyes Light: "A historic property on Point Reyes Station’s main street sold this month to a West Marin resident. The buildings that house Zuma, Black Mountain Artisans and the Marty Knapp Photography Gallery—one of which is believed to be the oldest surviving building in town—were originally put on the market in 2016 with a listing price of $925,000; they went on the market again in March for $750,000 and sold on Aug. 6 to Claudia Tomaso, a corporate recruiter with a San Geronimo address.

Over the years, the building has been home to various shops—a barbershop, a meat market, an insurance office and more. The building where Zuma operates was added in 1914, and in the 1920s, Amanze Angeli—known as “Angie”—ran a cigar store there. Around 1930, he and his wife, Tina, moved next door to the larger building and opened a bar and restaurant named Angie’s, which Mr. Dewey Livingston said is rumored to have been a speakeasy during the later years of Prohibition."

Story by Victoria Dodge
Photo by David Briggs

LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
Anyone know what's up with these unusual messages in the classified section of the Point Reyes Light?
Smoke drifting in to West Marin today. Air quality is forecasted to stay in the ‘moderate’ level today and tomorrow. Hope that’s true.
Via NWS Bay Area: "Dry northerly winds over northern California will transport smoky/hazy conditions over the Bay Area through midweek. While some smoke may mix down to the surface, @AirDistrict forecast air quality to remain at moderate levels."

TWEET: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...

Power off in Inverness. Restoration estimated at 12pm. Anyone know what's going on?

Is your registration up to date? Name or address change? Check your voter status now: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov...

All California registered voters will receive Vote-By-Mail ballots the week of Aug 16-21.

Be sure to complete your ballot, put it in the envelope provided, SIGN YOUR NAME on the outside of the envelope and mail it before 5pm on Tuesday, September 14th.

Or drop off your ballot at your polling place on Sept. 14th.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, Sept 14th from 7am to 8pm. Find your polling place on back of your Voter Information Guide.

Need to register to vote? Have a problem or question? Lose your ballot? Want to vote in person before Sept. 14th? Contact your County Registrar for help. Google “County Registrar of Voters” and your county’s name to get the help you need.
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Some highlights:

Some residents have reported this PG&E phone scam.

If you haven't bought a Flume water meter yet, which WMF highly recommends, and you live in Inverness, you can get a discount by buying one through IPUD.

Speaking of water, On Wednesday, August 25, 9 a.m., the IPUD Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on activating water rationing.

The good news from IPUD: "It is with great relief and appreciation that we report to you that a 16% reduction in demand for water in recent days has enabled us to get our tanks in much better shape than they were last week. We’re not getting full up, but we are managing to keep the tank levels at close to 75%."
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Reports of some sort of fire happening near 2 Rock by Tomales. Apparently planes already on scene dumping retardant. Low cloud cover on Tomales Bay so I can't see much from Inverness. Anyone else have info? (Thx TW)

LINK TO WILDFIRE CAM: http://www.alertwildfire.org/n...
A new movie called "Im Charlie Walker" is being released documenting story of Charlie Walker, the man who fought racism and made $5M when oil flooded the SF Bay and Stinson Beach.

"Some strange ocean patterns took hold of the oil, blowing most of it out to the Potato Patch by the Farallon Islands. The currents then changed again, sending the oil northwest, where it hit Stinson Beach hard, and Walker had the contract.

The contract said Walker was boss, and he hired dozens of white truckers to clean the sands, remove tar from birds and make some money off the back of Standard Oil.

“It has been 50 years since the devastating oil spill of 1971 in the San Francisco Bay changed my life forever,” Walker, now 88 and still living in Hunters Point, told SFGATE. “I had one truck to my name and had to fight a billion dollar oil company who hired me to clean up their mistake, but no one was going to stop me from finishing the job. I made $5 million in 30 days.”

FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/sf-cult...

FILM CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/CWMovie197...
Via Marin County Sheriff: "Reported vehicle and vegetation fire near east peak on ridge crest near Mt. Tam East Peak. Firefighters and deputies on scene of a reported quarter acre vegetation fire that originally started from a vehicle fire. No evacuations at this time. Avoid the area. Additional air resources en route."

LINK: http://nixle.us/CZKDL

CAM: http://www.alertwildfire.org/n...
Via FEMA: "Reminder: At 11:20 AM PST today, we will conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System in coordination with the FCC. The test will appear on televisions & radios, while specially configured cell phones will receive an emergency alert test code message."

LINK: https://twitter.com/fema/statu...
If you live in West Marin and have children, here are two things you might be interested in:

The West Marin Youth Soccer league has extended their sign up until August 15. If you know a child that is interested in playing soccer, now is the chance to sign them up. The Point Reyes/Bolinas teams are looking for players. If you have questions about how to sign up, let me know.


The Emerald Heart Forest School is a place-based nature program for children ages 3 to 6 in Inverness/Point Reyes. Now enrolling for fall 2021.

Contact Taira Restar at:
and on Instagram at @ourforestlife
No mention of West Marin in here though. And lots of alternative ideas like shipping water by train. "The Marin Municipal Water District is shelving plans to rent two desalination plants to avoid the potential depletion of water supplies by next summer and will instead focus efforts on a pipeline across San Francisco Bay.

Aside from the desal project’s estimated price of $30 million to $37 million, the two temporary plants the district found would only be able to generate a quarter of its daily water needs if reservoirs go dry, said Ben Horenstein, the district’s general manager.

“It isn’t too attractive if that’s your only option,” Horenstein said.

By comparison, the proposed 5- to 6-mile pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge could carry the 10 million to 15 million gallons a day the district says would be needed for vital indoor water uses."


Story by Will Houston.
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