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!
"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." ðŸ˜•
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 ðŸ˜‚). 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."
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/
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 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!
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."
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?
"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. ðŸ‹
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."
"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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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 PortolÃ¡ "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."
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.
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...
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
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.
(ðŸ† 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...
Fir tree took out power lines and smashed a van on Laurel Ave in Inverness Park. Everyone ok but power out in the area. Stay off the roads if you can. (Thx AN)
A large branch blocking both lanes was just removed from SFD in Inverness near Drakes View Dr. Cars driving fast almost ran into it. Another tree down on Laurel Ave. Be safe, drive slow. Storm just picking up. Great work by Marin County Fire Department clearing things up quickly.
STORM COMING. BE SAFE. BE PREPARED. The atmospheric river is inching across the Pacific. It hit Hawaii yesterday with flash flooding and is heading right towards us. Be sure you're prepared for power outages, trees down and flash flooding. The wind and rain is forecasted to start this afternoon and pick up intensity into the night.
NWS Bay Area:https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
The very cool bridge on Inverness Way in Inverness was destroyed by that tree that came down yesterday. That's a bummer. (Thx SC)
A big tree fell down on Inverness Way in Inverness taking down power lines and knocking out power in Inverness. Not sure how that affects power in Seahaven, but it does. From PG&E "PG&E Alert: Outage including addr#45 affecting 109 customers Expect restored Jan 24 at 9:30PM"
A dramatic sunrise over Tomales Bay portends a dramatic week of weather. Rain is on the way. Be prepared. Drive safe. (Photo by Edison Anthony)
The last big rain storm didn't really manifest, but this one seems like it could be a solid one. So a good time to get prepared for stormy weather. "The biggest storm of the season so far is expected to soak the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday into Thursday, with rainfall amounts in urban areas ranging from two to four inches.
Meteorologists are calling the system an atmospheric river, a wet storm pulling a long plume of water vapor in the atmosphere "” 250 to 375 miles wide on average "” and often referred to as a river in the sky. On the West Coast, atmospheric rivers most often originate in the South Pacific, and as they travel from the tropics across the ocean, they collect incredible amounts of moisture."
Rumor has it a rare alpha goat is now leading the elk herd by Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. We spotted it yesterday at sunset.
Rumor has it a rare alpha goat is now leading the elk herd by Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. We spotted it yesterday at sunset.
Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd. is closed north of Novato Blvd. due to a car hitting power lines. The driver is trapped in the car because of downed power lines. Probably going to be closed for awhile. Plan accordingly.
Local wildlife photographer Sarah Killingsworth captured these incredible photos of a shark attack out at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes today.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "Drakes Beach and Drakes Beach access road is temporarily closed midweek to all vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic due to increased elephant seal activity.
More info on safe elephant seal viewing and the temporary beach closure here: https://www.nps.gov/pore/plany...
"Fifty years ago this week, Marin County and San Francisco residents woke up to one of the worst environmental disasters ever to occur in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the early morning of Jan. 18, 1971, two Standard Oil tankers collided in dense fog several hundred yards outside the Golden Gate and spilled more than 800,000 gallons of thick bunker fuel oil. Hours later, oil began to wash up on San Francisco and Marin County beaches and smothered more than 7,000 birds in the toxic fuel. All but a few hundred birds died despite extensive efforts to save them over the next several weeks.
Tens of thousands of volunteers "” from local residents to farmers to hippies and doctors "” flocked to beaches to attempt to protect cherished habitats such as Bolinas Lagoon and to save as much of the wildlife as possible.
"So it was up to an army of volunteers to figure out how to respond to this stuff," said Burr Heneman of Point Reyes Station, who was among the thousands of residents who volunteered.
"Responding to Tom D'Onofrio's urgent calls, resourceful locals, like boat builder John Armstrong, brought logs, trucks, boats, cable, lumber, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and gloves, while hundreds more gathered on the Stinson Beach side of the channel," Haworth wrote. "Toby's Feed Store and local horse owners rushed tons of hay and straw to the beach for boaters to pack along the boom, and others spread it along the shore."
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
Photo by Ilka Hartmann/Associated Press
We have had many unusual weather events recently. Last night was another one on the list. The strong, dry winds are forecasted to last throughout the day today and taper off this evening. Power is off in some parts of Inverness and Point Reyes Station.
Any reports of damage from the wind? Just a lot of debris in our yard.
Here is the PGE outage map:https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...
Hard to say how much wind West Marin will get. But be prepared for trees and power lines coming down and power being out. "Strong, damaging winds possible from later today into Tuesday morning. Warning sign Wind gusts of 80+ mph have already been reported in the peaks this morning. For complete details, visit http://weather.gov/BayArea
Traffic is absolutely bonkers in the Point Reyes National Seashore right now. So many cars. Good chance it will result in a massive traffic jam later this evening when everyone leaves. Plan accordingly. Shelter in place.
Wildlife cameras set up on a beach just north of Shell Beach in Inverness captured a very large male mountain lion on Thursday night around midnight. This was the same spot the cameras captured a mountain lion a few months ago. Other residents reported hearing a mountain lion screaming around 5pm on Wednesday evening. The sightings have been reported to the state and national parks. Be sure to use caution when hiking in the area around dusk or at night. (Thx SA)
Curious what a mountain lion scream sounds like? Listen to this: https://youtu.be/EfnTdF7ja9E
(UPDATE: The hats sold out. I'll let folks know when there are more) -- Want to support The West Marin Feed and a local shop at the same time? Head over to See to Sea in Point Reyes Station (next to the West Marin Pharmacy) and buy one of these very limited edition West Marin Feed 'beaches of West Marin' baseball hats. Or just say hi to the awesome owner, Maggie, and she'll hook you up with a free WMF sticker for your car, laptop or fridge.
The once stranded Limantour Beach faux military plane leaves the beach and passes through Point Reyes Station on its farewell tour. Goodbye plane.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "Drakes Beach in front of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to a large number of male elephant seals. Beach access will be restored as soon as the males move elsewhere. That could be tomorrow, a week from now, or longer. Check our social media feeds for up-to-date info."
The plane is finally leaving Limantour Beach in Point Reyes and going home. The extraction crew made some custom wheel sleds and got it near the parking lot for moving out tomorrow. (And thx to Dane for rescuing my camera.)
Drakes Bay (Coast Miwok: TamÃ¡l-HÃºye) in Point Reyes lit up by commercial crab boats staying protected from a big swell this morning.
Going to go with sunrises and sunsets for awhile. A quick flash of orange this morning on Tomales Bay by Chicken Ranch.
Via Marin County: "Join us for a conversation with Marin Public Health regarding the status of the Stay Home Order for the Bay Area and an update on COVID-19 Vaccine progress in Marin County.
Today at 2pm on Facebook and via zoom. More information can be found at http://marincounty.org/townhal...
Annie Duncan spotted this deer motoring along in Tomales Bay by Inverness yesterday. #aquadeer #submariner
Seems like a good day for a stunning sunrise. Tomales Bay in Inverness.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "Pierce Point Road is temporarily closed due to reaching capacity. The park is seeing heavy visitation on this New Year's Day. Please be patient and look for less crowded park areas to explore. Some locations are subject to intermittent closures due to parking availability."
Goodbye 2020. Last sunset in of the year Point Reyes. Thank you all for your support. Here's to a safe, healthy and happy 2021. Wear a mask. ðŸ™ â¤ï¸
"Earthquake this morning just off the coast of the SF Peninsula at 5:41 AM. Did you feel it?"
Those huge cranes parked off of Limantour Beach in Point Reyes made their way under the Golden Gate Bridge today. Amazing. I think the plane is still out there however.
Ask a Ranger: What it's like to be a marine mammal ecologist at Point Reyes.
SFGATE: What's one thing you wished everyone understood about Point Reyes that no one seems to get?
CODDE: I just wish people understood more about how their actions affect wildlife. A big thing that makes me sad is people running after birds or letting their dogs run after them. People don't realize the effect this can have, how stressful it is for the birds. They need rest just like we do.
The consequences of wildlife disturbance are a big emphasis for me and for this park. We're trying to pass on that message. I want people to enjoy Point Reyes and viewing the wildlife here, and to do it safely and responsibly.
FULL STORY: https://www.sfgate.com/califor...
Accident on SFD in Samuel P Taylor, expect delays. (Thx KM)
This is what it looks like when a car hits a cow. This happened in the dark before sunrise by Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. The driver was fine, the cow wasn't. Please drive safe.
Magnificent storm sunrise in Point Reyes today.
It was a crazy weekend and the West Marin Freed contributors showed up. Thanks to everyone who sent in photos and commented on various channels. Besides 'don't land your plane on the beach in the park', here are two other things we learned from WMF users:
About the giant ship with cranes off Limantour Beach:
Jennifer Megan: The 3 cranes are going to be delivered to the port of Oakland. Check out my IG: shipspottingsweetie and my Facebook page (shipspottingsweetie). I'm keeping daily updates on when the ship will go under Goldie and the Bay Bridge. They are going to be delivered to the Port of Oakland.
About the low flying and very loud jet that went over West Marin around 1:30pm on Saturday:
Justin Rubovits: That was an L-39 - a czechoslovakia military jet that can be bought and flown by civilians in the US. Saw it from the top of Tam. It flew low of the coast going south and then turned east and did a low fly looping pass over tam where we were parked. Amazing!
(Crane photo by Jennifer Megan)
Maria Bennett was on Limantour Beach yesterday when the plane landed. She shot some video and photos of them trying to get it back in the air with no luck.
Heard a report of a plane that landed on Limantour Beach this morning (thx RD) so we headed out. Sure enough, there was a fairly large airplane way down by the spit by the dunes. On the way back we saw the pilot and his wife talking with the rangers. It was unclear why they landed there, possibly engine problems, but it was clear they weren't going to be able to fly away. Sounds like they'll have to get a permit and have the plane removed by a helicopter. Did anyone else get a better picture of the plane?
Lots of big swell on the way. For a reminder of how dangerous and sneaky these swells can be, here is another intense video from the mouth of the Tomales Bay showing one brave boat making it past the waves, and two other boats re-evaluating their life choices. Be safe everyone. Make good decisions.
Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Be safe. Stay well. Wear a mask. ðŸ™
"We're monitoring 2 upcoming rainmakers: 1st one starts Christmas Day, 2nd starts Sunday. Here's a look at forecast rain totals. (red outlines are 2020 burnscars)."
Do you need help paying for rent between September 2020 and January 2021? The Marin County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently open and accepting applicants. (Thx EB)
PR/Petaluma Road blocked south of Hicks Road near The Cheese Factory. Will be blocked for hours. Plan accordingly. (Thx SD and EF)
No pets means, no pets. A park employee reiterating that message today in Point Reyes.
"Happy Winter Solstice! It's 2:02 AM PST on December 21 and the sun's rays are now directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. Today is the shortest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. More info at: https://weather.gov/cle/season...
From the International Space Station: "Hello San Francisco - video captured live from the @Space_Station 90 minutes ago from 260 miles above. #NiceWeather"
"The first coronavirus vaccinations in Marin will take place on Thursday, but a surge of new cases still threatens to overwhelm hospital intensive care units, the county's public health officer said.
"We know that community transmission is accelerating exponentially," Dr. Matt Willis told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. "Our hospitals are at or near full capacity, and case rates in Marin are four times higher than one month ago."
The county reported Tuesday that all the fully staffed intensive care unit beds at Marin's hospitals are now in use. Twelve of the 29 beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.
Across the Bay Area, 82.2% of the ICU beds at hospitals throughout the Bay Area were occupied Tuesday, Willis said. Statewide, 94.3% of ICU beds were in use.
"Historically when there were surges in one area or another we were able to redistribute resources from across the nation to meet the needs of those hard hit areas," Willis said. "That is no longer the case. Every jurisdiction is essentially on its own because they are all experiencing surges simultaneously."
Willis kicked off his presentation with a message from Dr. Laura Eberhard, chief of the critical care department at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center.
"As an ICU doctor I'm not scared by much," Eberhard said, "but I find the prospect of having a hospital and an ICU overflowing, and concern about not being able to take good care of our Marin residents, scary. Only our community can stop this epidemic."
MARIN COVID DATA: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
LA Times Tracker: https://www.latimes.com/projec...
Amazing photos by local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata in Point Reyes: "So today I am in the middle of the field checking out a Weasel when ,all of a sudden I looked up and two Coyotes are chasing a third Coyote out of their territory and they are coming my way at full throttle! They came by at full speed, although one of the two Coyotes doing the chasing saw me and stopped the chase and turned around. The other kept it up until the Coyote being chased crossed the road to safety. Exhilarating? It was a rush!! I had not seen a territorial dispute among Coyotes in a few years and I was never this close. These are the surprises that keep us wildlife photographers always coming back for more..... ðŸ™‚"
The dependable Geminid meteor shower is happening right now. Apparently there were lots of meteors to be seen last night. Be on the look out tonight!
"King tides" will be be happening from Dec 13 - 15. Fortunately no major storms hitting at that time, but Tomales Bay gets extremely high and bay beaches like Chicken Ranch all but disappear. It will also be interesting to see how all that new road work they've done on SFD in the park will hold up. Particularly at Schooner Bay (pictured here).
You can contribute photos to the California King Tides Project and learn more about it here: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/kin...
"Our dear friend, and community member, Jessica Raffo (Quattlander), needs your help. She was suddenly diagnosed with colon cancer December 4th, and just underwent major surgery to remove the blockage. The surgery went better than expected, but the healing process is taking longer than expected, and her additional results have not been received. She is recovering in the hospital currently. When we have more details on her her status, we will post them, but her and her family will need support in the next few months, which will be vital to her recovery.
The family asks at this time, to PLEASE DO NOT contact Jessica while she is in the hospital, she needs this time to rest.
On top of it, we are in a pandemic, which is tough on everyone, and makes it hard to visit. However, if you can help, it is needed. Use this site to curate and deliver a meal, or donate to help the family bridge the gaps in meals, groceries, childcare, or medical expenses. No gifts cards please. If you would like to donate funds outside of this platform, contact Justine or myself directly.
Jess has been a community member her entire life. Many of you know her from working at the Coast Cafe, the Sand Dollar, Hog Island, and the Western. She graduated from Dominican, and is now a 4th grade teacher in Rohnert Park, but has been on extended leave with the arrival of baby Cooper last February, and with the pandemic. She was married in 2016 to a Sonoma local Ernesto Raffo of Bosch Automative. They have two children (Enzo, 3 and Cooper, almost 1 in February). She will not be able to work during this time, or pick up her children, and Ernesto and the family can use your support."
If you are able to offer support: https://www.mealtrain.com/trai...
On December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations would be closed in regions of the state where less than 15% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available under a new Regional Stay-Home Order.
MORE INFO: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
Rather than waiting until ICU bed availability reaches critical levels and delaying closures that are inevitable, the Public Health Officers for the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley, jointly announced they will implement the state's Regional Stay-Home Order right away to slow the surge and prevent our local hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Beginning at noon Tuesday, December 8, the following sectors in Marin County must close:
Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
Indoor recreational facilities
Hair salons and barbershops
Personal care services
Museums, zoos, and aquariums
Bars, breweries, and distilleries
Family entertainment centers
Cardrooms and satellite wagering
Live audience sports
The following sectors will have additional modifications (in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing):
Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, other lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
Restaurants: Allow only for takeout, pick-up, or delivery.
Offices: Allow remote use only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
Gyms & fitness studios: Indoor operations must close. This includes yoga and dance studios. This order includes any other industries that follow the state's guidance for gyms & fitness studios, such as youth sports.
Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and "bubbles" are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible. Those that remain open must have appropriate infectious disease preventative measures in place, including 100% masking and physical distancing:
Non-urgent medical and dental care
A report from a resident in Inverness: "We were walking the road that passes over the creek at beach (north of Shell Beach) when we noticed a disturbance of the soil at the bank of the creek. A large paw print was evident and a lot of drag marks which continued up the road for at least 50 yards, with gouge marks on each side. We passed these clues on to Sarah Allen our neighbor. She and another neighbor went and confirmed the implications of this. The cat must have surprised a buck deer, and the horns made the gouges in the road as he dragged it off into the woods. Sarah put a motion camera up, and within a couple nights got a full on shot of the mountain lion back on the prowl."
You may want to pass this info on to others, who are regulars in Tomales Bay State Park, particularly around Shallow and Shell Beach and on the Johnstone Trail. Please be careful - especially early morning or early evening hikes. Very difficult to see more than 10 to 15 feet along the trail. Don't use headphones; keep alert.
Thank you MO, SA, FC, DP, SK
Bonus trivia, last time there was a resident mountain lion, its name was 'One Eye Jack'.
Via the Lawson's Landing Fishing Report: " So here's video of a good way to cross the Tomales Bay bar if you are tired of living. The fact that it worked for these guys is no way an endorsement. Luck is something that's difficult to copy. The proper way? When it is breaking, don't go. A hard landing can kill the engine. Then what do you do? Swim, if you're lucky. Have you seen the crab pots on the bar? Get one of those in the wheel while you're trying to cross. I find it unlikely that these guys didn't break bones or the boat. Thanks Wrybread for posting this."
These lights were spotted in the sky tonight. Anyone else see them? Apparently they are a part of Starlink, which is a satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access? (thx SC)
Two events coming together that can cause very dangerous conditions. Two huge swells are coming (this Thur/Fri and next Tuesday) plus there is no rain forecast for the first half of December. This means nice weather and lots of people at the beaches. Please be safe and stay away from the ocean.
"Warning signDangerous sneaker waves Water wave, increased rip currents and moderate to large breaking waves will impact W to NW facing beaches Wednesday-Thursday. These type of events claim lives each year along our coast so extreme vigilance is advised if visiting area beaches."
"Dry-cember. The outlook through the 16th. You've got to be kidding me."