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The West Marin Feed gained traction as a Facebook page and many of the local followers still find it there. Times have changed and Twitter has taken over as a better news medium, but WMF still posts on Facebook at least two or three times a week.

The best part about Facebook (if there is one) is that there is a lot of really good information that people are able to add to stories in the comments. Unfortunately, you have to go to the Facebook post itself to see these comments, they cannot be imported onto this feed.
 Tuesday, September 21 ,2021 at 7:37am
More magic light this morning, good ready for a hot one. ☀️
 Monday, September 20 ,2021 at 6:53pm
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/...
 Monday, September 20 ,2021 at 3:29pm
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...
 Sunday, September 19 ,2021 at 6:32pm
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
 Saturday, September 18 ,2021 at 6:57pm
Trying so hard to rain in Point Reyes today. Was there measurable rain in West Marin?
 Friday, September 17 ,2021 at 2:31pm
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.

You can find links to all of these stories plus events and weather here:
https://mailchi.mp/20f8960c195...

(And subscribe if you want this delivered to you every Friday via email)

Did I miss anything?
 Thursday, September 16 ,2021 at 8:50am
A local resident observed this creative parking strategy in Point Reyes Station yesterday. (Thx JW)
 Thursday, September 16 ,2021 at 8:50am
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...
 Tuesday, September 14 ,2021 at 11:04am
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!
 Tuesday, September 14 ,2021 at 8:54am
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:
https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...

PRNPS press release:
https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn...

PRNPS plan:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/d...

Photo from last night by WMF.
 Monday, September 13 ,2021 at 2:28pm
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.
https://www.northbaybusinessjo...

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

Want to get this news summary plus events and weather in your email? Sign up for the WMF newsletter here:
https://mailchi.mp/1aab8af0d1f...
 Thursday, September 9 ,2021 at 9:32pm
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?
 Thursday, September 9 ,2021 at 9:02pm
30 second rain in Inverness tonight.
 Wednesday, September 8 ,2021 at 8:59am
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:
https://weatherwest.com/archiv...

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:
https://local.nixle.com/signup...

Alert Marin:
https://www.marinsheriff.org/s...
 Tuesday, September 7 ,2021 at 11:09am
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...
 Sunday, September 5 ,2021 at 5:25pm
Sadly, a dead humpback whale washed up in Point Reyes today. Photo by Burr Heneman.
 Sunday, September 5 ,2021 at 2:01pm
 Sunday, September 5 ,2021 at 9:59am
Nice to see you again Tamál-Húye. Looking forward to see what those big high tides in winter do.
 Saturday, September 4 ,2021 at 1:30pm
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.
 Wednesday, September 1 ,2021 at 3:02pm
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...
 Wednesday, September 1 ,2021 at 8:57am
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.
 Tuesday, August 31 ,2021 at 8:53pm
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.
 Tuesday, August 31 ,2021 at 2:34pm
Gas station posted this last week. It’s past noon but someone said they’re not open yet? Any word?
 Monday, August 30 ,2021 at 4:29pm
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!

https://mailchi.mp/2446334772f...
 Sunday, August 29 ,2021 at 1:08pm
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.
 Wednesday, August 25 ,2021 at 10:11pm
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.

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...
 Monday, August 23 ,2021 at 8:54am
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:

https://mailchi.mp/b771ad11caa...

(Sticker by Drew Madden and I think you can buy them at The Palace Market: https://www.riverstoseasticker... )
 Sunday, August 22 ,2021 at 8:54am
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?
 Friday, August 20 ,2021 at 4:31pm
The WMF Weekend Edition is here! Click here for a news summary, upcoming events and the weather forecast to get you prepped. Then subscribe!

https://mailchi.mp/0fe28ec5797...
 Friday, August 20 ,2021 at 7:37am
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...
 Wednesday, August 18 ,2021 at 9:59pm
Anyone know what's up with these unusual messages in the classified section of the Point Reyes Light?
 Wednesday, August 18 ,2021 at 8:45am
Smoke drifting in to West Marin today. Air quality is forecasted to stay in the ‘moderate’ level today and tomorrow. Hope that’s true.
 Wednesday, August 18 ,2021 at 8:03am
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...

AIR QUALITY:
https://www.iqair.com/us/air-q...
 Tuesday, August 17 ,2021 at 8:41am
Power off in Inverness. Restoration estimated at 12pm. Anyone know what's going on?
 Monday, August 16 ,2021 at 4:10pm
VOTING INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH SPECIAL ELECTION

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.
 Monday, August 16 ,2021 at 1:42pm
Want to get ready for the week? Check out the WMF Roll Into the Week Edition and subscribe to the email list.

https://mailchi.mp/88012340d34...

Some highlights:

Some residents have reported this PG&E phone scam.
http://www.pgecurrents.com/202...

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.
https://www.invernesspud.org/f...

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%."
https://www.invernesspud.org/w...
 Friday, August 13 ,2021 at 4:03pm
Did you miss some news during the week? Want to get ready for the weekend? The WMF Weekend Edition is here to help you out:

https://mailchi.mp/b4ff1e1b655...

If you like what you see, subscribe and get it in your email inbox.
 Friday, August 13 ,2021 at 1:01pm
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...
 Thursday, August 12 ,2021 at 6:50pm
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...
 Wednesday, August 11 ,2021 at 2:47pm
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...
 Wednesday, August 11 ,2021 at 9:50am
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...
 Tuesday, August 10 ,2021 at 9:45am
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.

https://www.westmarinsoccer.or...

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:
https://www.emeraldheartkids.c...
and on Instagram at @ourforestlife
 Monday, August 9 ,2021 at 12:50pm
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."

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

Story by Will Houston.
 Friday, August 6 ,2021 at 1:06pm
Happy Friday! Couldn't keep up with the news this week? Want to know what the weekend has in store?

Click the link below to read the West Marin Feed Weekend Edition. Subscribe to have it delivered to your email inbox every Friday.

https://mailchi.mp/ff3df8cae12...

Photo of the sunset in Point Reyes last night by WMF.
 Thursday, August 5 ,2021 at 4:49pm
Via Bay Area NWS "Wildfire smoke returns today into tomorrow. Northerly winds in the wake of today's low pressure system will transport wildfire smoke from NW California into the region beginning today and more by tomorrow morning."

ANIMATION: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
 Thursday, August 5 ,2021 at 11:57am
The West Marin Equitable Communication needs your input to help them assess the communication gap in West Marin and come up with solutions. The communications project was spurred by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last spring, when organizations large and small had to react to and disseminate rapidly changing public health guidance which became quite challenging.

Take the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r...
 Wednesday, August 4 ,2021 at 3:32pm
"Thousands of West Marin residents could soon be placed under mandatory water rationing rules enforceable through service shutoffs and fines as large as $500.

The Stinson Beach County Water District will consider an ordinance on Aug. 21 that would limit households to a 125-gallon allotment per day if supplies dip low enough. The Inverness Public Utility District will consider adopting its own rationing rules on Aug. 25 but has yet to define what the allotment could be.

Inverness experienced its driest year on record in 2020-21, receiving only 15 inches of rain when it would normally get an average of 38 inches. The district, which serves 1,100 people, relies almost entirely on water from seven creeks on the Inverness Ridge for its supply.

“A couple of them are virtually dry now,” said Wade Holland, the district’s customer services manager. “It’s troubling.”

The creeks that replenish the district’s 10 storage tanks have dried out more quickly than anticipated, Holland said. While creek flows normally would keep the storage tanks at or near their full 440,000-gallon capacity, the tanks are now only filling up 75% and dropping lower every week.

How long the district has until it could run out of water is not clear, Holland said.

“It’s impossible to predict,” Holland said. “There is no historical model.”

To avoid this outcome, the district is in early talks to obtain supplemental water supplies. While Holland declined to provide more details, he said the discussions do not include trucking in water.

“We are looking to get supplemental water into the system itself,” Holland said.

“It doesn’t take long to get to the point where you’re just empty,” Holland said."

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

Photo by Alan Dep
 Wednesday, August 4 ,2021 at 9:45am
“OSPR crew monitoring grounded 38-ft pleasure craft near Point Reyes in Marin Co. Diesel sheen observed & est 100 gal. onboard. OSPR & federal partners working to assess incident site, in rocky area only accessible by water. Capt rescued this morning. No oiled #wildlife observed.”

LINK: https://twitter.com/calspillwa...
 Tuesday, August 3 ,2021 at 3:39pm
If you're in Point Reyes Station today, head over to the Point Reyes Public Safety Building (at 101 4th Street) between 4pm and 8pm for Night Out.
 Tuesday, August 3 ,2021 at 12:42pm
A whale washed up on McClures Beach in Point Reyes this morning. (Thx RW)

Also sounded like a boat may have got stuck on the rocks by Elephant Rock, does anyone know about that?
 Monday, August 2 ,2021 at 1:22pm
"Bay Area health officials reinstate indoor mask mandate starting Tuesday (tomorrow). Counties following this order include:
-Alameda
-San Francisco
-Contra Costa
-Marin
-San Mateo
-Santa Clara
-Sonoma

*This is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals"

LINK: https://twitter.com/TaylorBisa...
 Monday, August 2 ,2021 at 11:06am
Charlie Morgan passed this weekend. He was a fundamental part of the fabric of the West Marin community and will be missed. I have very fond memories of taking our two boys down to Love Field to watch the Venados play, eating hot dogs and listening to Charlie doing the play by play live at the game. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. (Photo from http://www.sparselysageandtime...
 Monday, August 2 ,2021 at 9:34am
We had power surge in Inverness last night and swaths of power still out in Nicasio. Anyone know what happened?

OUTAGE MAP:
https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...
 Sunday, August 1 ,2021 at 9:43pm
An absolutely stunning sunset at North Beach in Point Reyes tonight,
 Saturday, July 31 ,2021 at 9:45am
A big yard sale at 41 B street in Point Reyes Station today and tomorrow from 10am to 3pm. Between the fire station and dance palace. So much good stuff including Sue Taylor’s estate.
 Friday, July 30 ,2021 at 10:34am
Get ready for the weekend with the new West Marin Feed Weekend Edition email update. If you're not on the email list, sign up now!
https://mailchi.mp/82d38f6bd24...
 Thursday, July 29 ,2021 at 2:08pm
Via the Inverness Public Utility District: "Beginning Monday, August 2, 2021 you may not use System-provided potable water outdoors, except for spot watering by watering can or by handheld hose equipped with a positive-action nozzle.

Rapidly decreasing streamflows in the Inverness watershed necessitate activation of Stage 2 of the District’s Water Conservation Program.

Use of any of the following methods for outdoor watering will become a violation of Water System Regulation 117:

· Outdoor sprinklers
· Drip systems
· Irrigation systems
· Automated watering devices
· Timer-controlled watering systems

Use of water for washing vehicles is also prohibited."

LINK: https://www.invernesspud.org/o...
 Thursday, July 29 ,2021 at 6:56am
"A 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 75 miles SE of Chignik, AK. early this morning. No significant tsunami is expected. California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska - all clear. Strong & unusual currents may continue for the next several hours." Check your boats later today...

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWS_NTWC/s...
 Wednesday, July 28 ,2021 at 9:17pm
Anyone else catch those amazing clouds after sunset tonight?
 Wednesday, July 28 ,2021 at 2:34pm
"With the delta variant taking off around the country, the federal government Tuesday updated its masking guidelines for fully vaccinated people.

The new advice is to mask up indoors if you live in a place with "substantial" or high virus transmission. (The guidance for people who are unvaccinated remains the same: Always mask up indoors.)

So, whats the level of transmission where you live? Look up your county with the link below."

LINK: https://www.npr.org/sections/h...

Please get vaccinated. Not just for you. For everyone.
 Wednesday, July 28 ,2021 at 9:26am
“Due to heat and tight supply conditions, the California ISO has issued a statewide #FlexAlert for Wednesday, July 28, from 4-9 p.m. encouraging consumers to conserve energy to help alleviate stress on the #powergrid. Read the news release: ow.ly/95O550FF14m”

LINK: https://twitter.com/california...
 Tuesday, July 27 ,2021 at 1:16pm
A great story and photo from West Marin wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata: "I found the Bobcat I had spent time with last week. He was laying low sleeping so I gently parked to hurry up and wait. In about 20 minutes he got up and started to hunt. He did two attempts unsuccessfully and decided to move on. As he was slowly moving he did not notice that he was right next to a resting Coyote. I notice the Coyote before the Bobcat did and braced myself, expecting a hostile encounter among these two. Was I in for a surprise...they both stayed calm and collected and the Bobcat came as close as I have ever seen a Coyote and a Bobcat be from each other. It was a bit surreal to me since I was observing the opposite from what I expected. Live and learn. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me..... "
 Monday, July 26 ,2021 at 12:34pm
Another semi-truck stuck at Big Rock on Lucas Valley Rd. Expect delays (Thx STG)
 Monday, July 26 ,2021 at 8:22am
Power was out this morning in a large part of Inverness and the park today due to a tree falling onto power lines causing them to arc. An emergency power switch was activated immediately shutting power down to prevent any further sparks from starting a fire. Firefighters quickly sprayed water and foam at the site to prevent any chances of a fire starting. Power has been restored. Thank you first responders!
 Sunday, July 25 ,2021 at 8:14am
Want to get caught up on the week's updates AND get prepared for the weekend in West Marin? Then WMF has you covered. We're launching a new email list that will allow you to get summaries in your email inbox (and immediate updates when big news breaks).

Check out this weekend's edition by clicking the link below then and hit the 'Subscribe' button in the upper left hand corner to get on the list.

https://mailchi.mp/310edeb86f5...
 Saturday, July 24 ,2021 at 8:11pm
Medical emergencies in the park and in Point Reyes Station. There may be helicopter transport out of Inverness. I hope everyone is ok.
 Thursday, July 22 ,2021 at 1:05pm
Just heard a report that a semi trailer truck is stuck on Lucas Valley Drive where they are doing construction to stop semi trailer trucks from getting stuck. Sounds like road is closed. Anyone else know anything about this?
 Tuesday, July 20 ,2021 at 6:17pm
Via County of Marin: "Construction work is fully underway to realign the curve at milepost 5.08 of Lucas Valley Road. Traffic is flowing through a single lane with alternating access and is being controlled with portable traffic signals."

TWEET: https://twitter.com/DPWMarin/s...
 Tuesday, July 20 ,2021 at 8:56am
No one went to space this morning in Inverness, but it was still pretty nice here.
 Monday, July 19 ,2021 at 11:03am
An very sad update from PRNPS about the missing hiker. "Point Reyes National Seashore received a report of an overdue hiker on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:00 pm The missing person was last seen leaving the Bear Valley Visitor Center around 5:30 pm.

Park Rangers conducted a hasty search on the Bear Valley out to the coast. Marin County Search and Rescue conducted a hasty search on Bear Valley Trail, Coast Trail, Sky Trail, Rift Zone Trail. California Highway Patrol H30 also assisted with search efforts.

The body was spotted on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 6:00 am near the former location of Arch Rock. The investigation is ongoing. The name of the victim will be released pending notification of next of kin. Additional details are not available at this time."

Our hearts go out to her family and friends.
 Sunday, July 18 ,2021 at 6:59pm
"Some West Marin residents may need to line up to get their drinking water from a storage tank in Point Reyes Station as drought conditions worsen saltwater contamination in the main well-water supplies.

The North Marin Water District took the unprecedented step to install the 4,500-gallon water tank at the end of Commodore Webster Drive in case salt levels in well-water supplies reach higher concentrations that could pose a health risk to residents on low-salt diets.

“It’s already set up and ready to be implemented,” district General Manager Drew McIntyre said. “We have a trigger that we will activate once the sodium increases to 115 milligrams per liter. Right now it’s just a little bit under 50 milligrams per liter.”

Last year, salt levels reached 115 milligrams per liter in August but “every year is different,” McIntyre said.

Ken Levin, president of the Point Reyes Station Village Association, told the board that residents may soon have to line up with gallon jugs to get their drinking water because the district was prevented from beginning construction (on a new well) this summer.

“It’s not online because of one person who has had the tenacity to appeal every permit application on this,” Levin said."

(Photo of the 4,500-gallon water tank at the end of Commodore Webster Drive)

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
 Sunday, July 18 ,2021 at 11:51am
"The Point Reyes National Seashore announced Wednesday that it has delayed a decision on its controversial proposal to kill some of the park’s tule elk and extend how long commercial cattle ranchers can lease parkland.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court of Northern California on Wednesday, park Superintendent Craig Kenkel estimated that the park would need an additional 60 days before making a decision on the plan."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...

Story by Will Houston
Photo by Alan Dep
 Saturday, July 17 ,2021 at 5:55pm
Via NWSBayArea: "A Red Flag Warning has been issued due to the threat of dry lightning starting late Sunday morning and lasting through Monday afternoon. Be sure to stay weather aware and have a plan if a fire starts in your area."

TWEET: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
 Friday, July 16 ,2021 at 10:05am
Anyone know what this was about last night? Water rescue at the Nicasio Reservoir? Is there enough water left for that?
 Thursday, July 15 ,2021 at 2:58pm
Big news via The Point Reyes Light: "The Green Barn in downtown Point Reyes Station, owned for over two decades by Inverness resident Rip Goelet, sold last week to Bay Area real estate investor Vera Cort. As for what the future holds for the Green Barn, aside from a possible paint job? The possibilities are broad; the property is zoned for commercial and residential use. The Corts have mulled various ideas, including a small grocery, a restaurant and a brewery, though possible septic issues could make a brewery uncertain, he said. Mr. Cort said his family wants something both tourists and the community can enjoy, and they are open to suggestions and pitches—in fact, that is part of the appeal."

Story by Samantha Kinney
Photo by David Briggs

By a copy of the paper today or if youre a subscriber read more here: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
 Thursday, July 15 ,2021 at 9:22am
"There is a vaccine pop up site at the WMCS food pantry for this Thursday. We are making a big push to try and get some of our remaining 900 or so eligible unvaccinated people vaccinated in West Marin."

"Hay un sitio emergente de vacunas en la despensa de alimentos de WMCS para este jueves. Estamos haciendo un gran esfuerzo para tratar de que algunas de nuestras 900 personas no vacunadas elegibles restantes se vacunen en West Marin."
 Thursday, July 15 ,2021 at 9:05am
A man can dream.
 Wednesday, July 14 ,2021 at 5:08pm
Via Marin County Fire: "#dolcinifire mapped at 32.6 acres. 60% contained. One way traffic control to commence shortly between Novato blvd and Nicasio Valley Rd ok Point Reyes Petaluma Rd."

Amazing work by our local emergency responders today keeping us all safe. Thank you.

TWEET: https://twitter.com/marincount...
 Wednesday, July 14 ,2021 at 2:27pm
Marin County Sheriff: "Point Reyes Petaluma Road between Nicasio Valley Road and Novato Boulevard is currently closed due to the vegetation fire."

TWEET: https://twitter.com/MarinSheri...
 Wednesday, July 14 ,2021 at 2:27pm
This is not official information, via fire scanner: "#DolciniFire in Marin Co located on Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd just north of Nicasio Valley Rd is 12 acres, wind driven, potential for 50 acres. IC requesting 1 addl dozer, 2 handcrews & 8 type 3 engines. 2 addl tankers for a total of 4 (T85, T100 already dropped). No structure threat."

Also: "Point Reyes Petaluma Road between Nicasio Valley Road and Novato Boulevard is currently closed"

TWEET: https://twitter.com/CAFireScan...

CAMERA: http://www.alertwildfire.org/n...
 Wednesday, July 14 ,2021 at 1:56pm
via Marin County Sheriff "Deputies and Marin County Fire on-scene of a vegetation fire in the 6900 block of Point Reyes Petaluma Rd. No structures threatened. No evacuations at this time.

Avoid the area."

CAMERA: http://www.alertwildfire.org/n...

TWEET: https://twitter.com/MarinSheri...