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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.
 Saturday, October 31 ,2020 at 9:15am
There was a small vegetation fire in Bolinas this morning: "Update 10/31 @ 7:30 am , forward progress of the fire on Bolinas Ridge has been stoped. Crews will remain at the scene for the day. Fire is under investigation. -- Marin County Fire is at scene of a 2 acre fire in the area of the Bolinas Y (Bolinas Ridge). Resources are making access onto the Point Reyes National Seashore Property (NPS Land). No evacuation orders or warnings are currently in place."
 Friday, October 30 ,2020 at 3:35pm
Its a blue moon tonight and the parking in Point Reyes Station has mysteriously switched from vertical to parallel. Spooky. (thx WB)
 Friday, October 30 ,2020 at 3:18pm
"As everyone prepares to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the Marin County District Attorney's Office is encouraging the community to make this year's festivities as safe as possible by planning lower-risk online, at-home and car-based activities.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the state's Department of Public Health released safety guidelines[External] strongly discouraging traditional trick-or-treating and asks families to plan safer alternatives. These alternative celebrations include a candy scavenger hunt at home, online pumpkin carving and costume contests, and car-based tours of Halloween displays.

The health guidance also covers Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition celebrated in the Latinx community honoring the deceased. Día de los Muertos celebrations often include gatherings of extended family. Families are encouraged to place traditional indoor alters outside so others can view them from a safe distance and create virtual altars online." (thx EW)

This Día de los Muertos altar in Point Reyes Station created by Ernesto Sanchez and Elvira Xaxni. Join them for the virtual DofD ceremony next Monday, November 2nd at 5pm on Facebook Live.

Halloween Guidance:
https://www.marincounty.org/ma...

Pumpkin patches:
https://www.marinmommies.com/m...
 Thursday, October 29 ,2020 at 12:43pm
Some good content from KWMR coming up:

Tonight:
There is a long history of broadcast radio in West Marin. On Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7-8 pm, PM Richard Dillman, KWMR's own Transmitter Wrangler shares what he knows.
Register here: https://kwmr.org/post/11196

Tomorrow:
Friday Oct 30, 7-9 pm: "Dead Air - Chilling Radio Tales" ~
Spooky tales, performed by an all-local cast:
Bat 'A Knock at the Door'
Bat 'The House in Cypress Canyon'
Bat 'Sorry Wrong Number'
Bat 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
~ Tune in if you dare ~

With lots of local talent!

Stream it on: http://www.kwmr.org
 Tuesday, October 27 ,2020 at 7:29pm
Hard to not take a good picture this evening in Point Reyes. Fall magic.
 Tuesday, October 27 ,2020 at 12:43pm
"Dear Valley,

Two days ago, robbers broke into The Farm Stand property at night and stole a brand new, $3000 inverter generator that had just been delivered the same day! Jim had saved up to invest in a reliable, quiet(er) generator to be able to keep serving the community in these crazy times like the outage we are about to go through.

Please, keep your eyes out for someone trying to sell a Power horse 7500 W inverter generator (picture below)! Whoever did it must have known it was there, as they didn't go into the store but straight into the courtyard where it was stored. I hate to think of this. Any info would be much appreciated, please relay to Jim at (415)497-9496.

Thank you!"

- Geneviève Le Goff
 Sunday, October 25 ,2020 at 5:31pm
Here is the updated PG&E power outage map. They've taken Olema off the map for now. At the top of the map is the wind forecast for Point Reyes Station. WindAlert is predicting the wind begins around 11pm tonight.

Outage map:
https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...

WindAlert:
https://windalert.com/map#38.0...
 Saturday, October 24 ,2020 at 9:55am
Here is the current PG&E PSPS planned outages map set to happen on Sunday at 6pm for Marin. Check here for updates:
https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.c...
 Friday, October 23 ,2020 at 11:40am
Not that anyone wants to hear this, but it is another weekend with extreme fire conditions. Be prepared. Have your go bag packed. Sign up for Nixle alerts. Let's hope it passes without incident.

Via Daniel Swain: "This is the fire weather forecast I was hoping wouldn't come to pass, given all that has already transpired in 2020: Very strong offshore winds, coupled w/exceptionally low humidity & record-dry vegetation, will bring extremely critical wildfire risk Sun/Mon. 1/3 "

Also: "Confidence increases regarding a significant offshore flow event late in the weekend - not just strong winds, but the very dry airmass with it. Comparing offshore gradients SFO-WMC.
2017 Wine Country Fires -17.8mb
2019 Kincade -16.3mb
2020 Model Fcst Sunday night -18 -20mb"

Swain:
https://twitter.com/Weather_We...

PSUWeatherman:
https://twitter.com/psuweather...

Sign up for Nixle:
https://local.nixle.com/county...
 Friday, October 23 ,2020 at 8:47am
Via Richard Dillman: "Lost German shepherd - Several of us in the Paradise Ranch Estates neighborhood in Inverness have spotted a large German shepherd in the area who seems to be lost. He's been seen on Sunnyside, Behr Lane and Drakes View Drive. No collar, sometimes whimpering. He seems to have gotten separated from his people. If anyone is looking for him a search of our neighborhood would be a good place to start."
 Thursday, October 22 ,2020 at 9:04pm
"The new Ballot Drop Box was installed late this afternoon in Pt Reyes Station after concerns about the original one shared with Health and Human Services arose. The HHS Box, as you can see in one photo, has been taped shut and has a sign pointing to the Official Ballot Drop Box next to the entrance to the HHS Building.

Again, any of you who deposited your ballot into the HHS box, please be assured the County Election Officials did pick up your ballot and take it to the Registrar's Office to be counted. It is taking about a week for them to tell us our ballots have arrived due to the extraordinary number of ballots they have received, far in excess of normal this early in the election cycle. I have had lots of people tell me they deposited their ballots in the HHS box and have been notified by the Registrar's office that their ballot has been received."

- Cathleen Dorinson

If you see any voting issues, you can report them to: https://seesay2020.com/

Info about seesay2020: https://thedemlabs.org/2020/09...
 Thursday, October 22 ,2020 at 10:08am
A response from the Marin County Government about the ballot box in Point Reyes Station: "Hi, everyone: Thanks for voicing your concern about the security of Marin County Elections Department's official ballot drop boxes. We want to assure you that our ballot drop boxes are more secure that described in the original post. Ballot Drop Boxes are constructed similarly to those used by USPS, FedEx and UPS. Ballot Drop Boxes are bolted on the inside into concrete or secured to an immovable object using industrial strength hardware. The opening is narrow and designed in a way that prevents tampering or retrieval of envelopes.

Ballots are collected on a regular schedule multiple times a week by deputized employees of the County Elections Department working in teams of two. Each Ballot Drop Box is inspected by the pick-up team for damage or evidence of tampering. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified of the locations so they can monitor Ballot Drop Boxes daily while on patrol. At this time, we have not seen any evidence of Ballot Drop Box tampering in PRS.

However, if you notice anything usual about the ballot drop box, please report it to Marin County Sheriff's Office or Marin County Elections Department. We have a detailed FAQ about our ballot drop boxes online: https://www.marincounty.org/.....

Thank you for being so engaged in this year's election. And remember: You can track the status of your ballot online: https://california.ballottrax...."
 Tuesday, October 20 ,2020 at 8:43pm
An unusual story that someone in PR said they witnessed. Did anyone else see this happening?

"This evening a man who said he's a lawyer and a member of the American Independence party was taking photos of the election box by HHS in Point Reyes, It was 7:15pm or so and it was dark so he had a large flashlight with him he used while taking photos of that box from every angle possible.

He gave me a name that doesn't come up on Google and said the box was vulnerable to vandalism and the votes inside it could be easily destroyed by fire or even a milkshake. He also said it wasn't bolted down securely so the whole box could be taken away."
 Tuesday, October 20 ,2020 at 5:16pm
October 2020 in Point Reyes station. (Thx WS)
 Saturday, October 17 ,2020 at 5:56pm
"Someone's boat slipped off its anchor (in Tomales Bay by Inverness) and floated toward the pier just north of the Inverness yacht club's pier. My husband and our neighbors got to it before it crashed and tied it to the pier. A Park Service boat seemed to be looking for it but stopped short of where it's tied up. Tried to call them but couldn't get through to tell them what happened and where the boat is. Hopefully the owners will see it." (Thx AM)
 Saturday, October 17 ,2020 at 5:42pm
"Power back on in the SG Valley. According to a neighbor, it was a Trump metallic helium balloon tangled in the wires by the SG Presbyterian church and a PGE truck was dispatched to remove Trump and restore power to the people. Seriously it was a Trump balloon." (Thx RC and JF)
 Saturday, October 17 ,2020 at 3:03pm
On crowded weekends like this, unfortunately, there are lots of emergencies and lots of sirens. WMF doesn't post them all on Facebook, but I do try and tweet them out on the WMF Twitter feed. So if there are sirens and you're wondering why, best to check either the WMF Twitter feed or the WMF web site (where the twitter feed is also).

Those recent sirens are an accident in Marshall:
https://twitter.com/WestMarinF...

WMF Web site:
http://www.thewestmarinfeed.co...

You can also download the PulsePoint app which will give you the same information in real time.
 Friday, October 16 ,2020 at 10:36pm
Spotted this week on Tomales Bay. Either it is the West Marin version of the Loch Ness monster or people in a small boat who took it upon themselves to tow in a large water hazard.
 Friday, October 16 ,2020 at 10:04pm
The #woodwardfire flare up at sunset from Limantour Rd. Marin County Fire is aware of it. It is within the perimeter and the fire is still 100% contained. (Thx HRM)
 Thursday, October 15 ,2020 at 9:05pm
Via KWMR: "A large plume of white smoke is visible originating from within the Woodward fire area. Marin County fire says they are aware of it."
 Thursday, October 15 ,2020 at 12:15pm
Small road side vegetation fire in Point Reyes Station. Fire crews say they have it out now.
 Wednesday, October 14 ,2020 at 1:58pm
People reporting smoke in Point Reyes and there is a fire notification on pulse. No further news at this time.
 Tuesday, October 13 ,2020 at 9:06pm
"Yesterday's #fireWeatherWatch has been upgraded to a #redFlagWarning and now includes the addition of the North Bay Valleys and the East Bay Valleys. Strong offshore winds will be gusty, especially at higher elevations with dry conditions prevalent from Wed. AM thru Fri AM."

LINK: https://twitter.com/nwsbayarea...
 Monday, October 12 ,2020 at 10:28pm
News from the Point Reyes Light this week:

Relief on the horizon for dramatically salty Point Reyes water:
"The district is looking to build a second well on the Gallagher Ranch, so even less water is needed from the Coast Guard wells. The district board raised rates in 2016 to help pay for its construction, and after boring three test wells that didn't pump enough water, crews found a productive location on the pasture."
LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...

Park hopes for new loops on ranch roads:
"The proposed trail changes pertain to both the seashore and the northern district of G.G.N.R.A. The first is to use an old road grade to connect Pierce Point Road, which extends north across the peninsula, to L Ranch Road, thereby facilitating access between Tomales Point and Marshall Beach. The short, roughly mile-long road creates the opportunity for a new loop."
LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...

Inverness and Bolinas step up water restrictions, warn of rationing:
"IPUD, which uses water from streams and creeks that descend from the Inverness Ridge, has particularly limited storage capacity: its tanks turn over the water they contain every three days."
LINK: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
 Sunday, October 11 ,2020 at 6:51pm
This video was shot by a dash cam two weeks ago on the PR/Petaluma Rd. I drove this road the other day and there were trucks everywhere and lots of cars driving very fast. Please drive safe everyone. (Thx CC)

LINK: https://twitter.com/westmarinf...
 Saturday, October 10 ,2020 at 5:51pm
Via PRNPS: "The #WoodwardFire is 100% contained but Warning sign STILL Red exclamation mark symbol BURNING No entry. Please continue to respect area closures to keep yourself and first responders safe.:

VIdeo of fire here:
https://twitter.com/PointReyes...

Closures here: https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn...
 Saturday, October 10 ,2020 at 5:08pm
Medical emergency at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes. Unclear what it is.
 Friday, October 9 ,2020 at 3:05pm
This cool little site from Vimeo lets you look out someone else's window for a little while. Look hard enough, and you might find one in Inverness, CA. https://www.window-swap.com/wi...
 Thursday, October 8 ,2020 at 8:39am
Unfortunate. "Rain chances previously forecast from late today through Saturday across the Bay Area have all but vanished. However, mostly cloudy sky conditions and cooler temperatures will prevail today through Saturday."

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
 Tuesday, October 6 ,2020 at 5:50pm
People asking about the helicopter in Bolinas: "CHP H-30 just assisted Marin County Fire with an overturned boat off the coast of Bolinas. All parties are accounted for and were rescued by Marin County Fire watercraft. Luckily none of the occupants were injured." (thx LW)

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGo...
 Friday, October 2 ,2020 at 9:06am
Car rolled over on PR/Petaluma Rd. No word on injuries. Please slow down. Please don't text and drive.
 Thursday, October 1 ,2020 at 3:16pm
"A pattern change possible by mid-October, Stay tuned." 🙏

LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSSacrame...
 Thursday, October 1 ,2020 at 8:52am
It is critical to help conserve water in Inverness. Thank you.
 Wednesday, September 30 ,2020 at 10:17pm
The community in Seahaven in Inverness got together and pitched in to buy two PurpleAir sensors. So now we have air quality sensors at Chicken Ranch Beach and further up the hill on Via De La Vista. Thank you ER and FC or hosting them!

PurpleAir link:
https://www.purpleair.com/map?...

Understanding the sensor numbers:
https://thebolditalic.com/unde...
 Tuesday, September 29 ,2020 at 10:11pm
Our hearts are broken for Todd Shoberg's family and friends. From his partner Kira: "Yesterday (9/28/2020) our world was shattered completely to the ground without any comprehensible way of bringing it back up. Todd Shoberg was involved in a head-on collision in West Marin and lost his life. Todd is survived by his partner Kira + his two daughters Charlie (2) + Ashlyn (8). In addition to being a loving partner + father, Todd was an incredible chef. Through his love of food + local agriculture, he was able to provide for his family as their main source of income." Here is a link if you wish to support his family:

GoFundMe Page:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-...

MarinIJ Story:
https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...
 Monday, September 28 ,2020 at 8:03pm
A rough day today between the fires and the car accident. Here is sunset in Point Reyes. Be safe. Be loving. Life is short, (Thx SC)
 Monday, September 28 ,2020 at 7:33pm
"One driver was killed and another was injured in a head-on collision involving a big rig in West Marin on Monday, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported around 9:10 a.m. on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road just west of Novato Boulevard, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

The driver of the station wagon was westbound when the vehicle drifted for unknown reasons into the eastbound lane and struck the truck head-on, Barclay said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene."

Via CHP Marin: "It seems that a few people on here have formed the opinion that this crash was caused by the big rig. In this situation, the station wagon that was traveling west on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road drifted over the center line and into the opposing lane of traffic where it struck the truck head on. We are speaking with a couple of witnesses that saw the station wagon prior to the crash and are providing more information for our investigation.

There is also a thread about the trucks impeding traffic as the traverse the back roads through Marin. We have handled numerous traffic complaints regarding these trucks, from going too fast to going too slow. If you have specific traffic complaints, please feel free to contact our office at (415)924-1100 so we know what's going on. We can't be everywhere at once, and we do enforcement along the entire Marin coast line, so letting us know of a specific place where there is an issue will help us conduct "targeted enforcement." We also bring the traffic complaints to the attention of the delivery coordinators on the jobs that they are driving to so that they can speak with their people.

Slow trucks are required to pull over to allow traffic to pass once there are 5 or more vehicles behind them, HOWEVER, only when it is safe for them to do so. Drivers are quick to judge when and where a truck should pull over, but there are more factors to worry about in a fully loaded gravel truck than in a normal vehicle. The truck needs enough space to slow down on the roadway, not the shoulder, and they need to be sure the shoulder can actually support their weight. Areas around the reservoir are great for that, but a lot of the areas east of that have very few, if any places to pull over. If they can't safely pull over somewhere it means everyone behind them needs to be patient until it's possible for them to allow everyone to pass. We've been stuck behind them as well, so we get the frustration, but we'd rather be caught in that delay than have a truck roll off the hill because they pulled onto a soft shoulder or ended up not being able to stop in time on a gravel shoulder."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...

SFD Construction is scheduled until Fall 2021:
https://highways.dot.gov/feder...
 Monday, September 28 ,2020 at 9:51am
Via KWMR "Point Reyes Petaluma Road at the Cheese Factory closed both directions due to a traffic collision. Closures at Nicasio Valley Rd, and Novato Blvd."
 Monday, September 28 ,2020 at 9:36am
Head on car v semi truck accident on PR Petaluma Rd. Might be a major injury requiring airlifting a patient out. Expect delays.
 Monday, September 28 ,2020 at 8:06am
For those of you that heard the loud crash and sirens last night, it looked like a pickup truck missed the curve on SFD by Bear Valley Rd./white house pool and went into the ditch. Sounds like no one was injured.
 Sunday, September 27 ,2020 at 6:50pm
"Update on fire near the lighthouse area:
Acreage: 5.6
75% containment as of 4 PM
Crews do not anticipate any further fire growth at this point.
Started:10:35am. Location: near the end of the LH Access Rd

Thank you to all participating agencies! Red Flag thru tomorrow evening."

Via PRNPS
 Sunday, September 27 ,2020 at 5:39pm
An iconic shot of the vegetation fire in Point Reyes today up. (Thx SP)
 Sunday, September 27 ,2020 at 2:10pm
Elk activists protested in Point Reyes today outside of McClure's Ranch.
 Sunday, September 27 ,2020 at 11:38am
A better view of the vegetation fire in Point Reyes out by the Chimney Rock caused by a downed power line. (Thx SP)
 Sunday, September 27 ,2020 at 10:53am
There is a vegetation fire in Point Reyes out by the Chimney Rock caused by a downed power line. One to two acres in low grass.
 Saturday, September 26 ,2020 at 3:56pm
Water rescue underway off Dillon Beach for a kayaker missing since this morning.
 Saturday, September 26 ,2020 at 1:06pm
Absolutely packed day in West Marin. Be prepared for a lot of traffic. And a medical emergency which required helicopter transport in Inverness. Hopefully that person ok.
 Friday, September 25 ,2020 at 5:38pm
URGENT: As you may have seen at the post offices, Inverness is in a Stage 1 Water Emergency Shortage . Please refrain from any outdoor watering Friday through Monday. (thx TB)

LINK: https://www.invernesspud.org/r...
 Friday, September 25 ,2020 at 5:09pm
If you would like to help support the Arti Cafe in Lagunitas which was vandalized last night, there is a GoFundMe page set up here:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/reb...
 Friday, September 25 ,2020 at 10:28am
If you have ever eaten at the Arti Cafe in Lagunitas, you know how kind and loving they are and how good their food is. Last night, in a despicable act of hatred and cruelty, someone vandalized their restaurant.

MORE PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/nicol...
 Thursday, September 24 ,2020 at 8:43am
"A man who was killed in a motorcycle crash in West Marin on Tuesday has been identified as Daniel Cameron Turchie, 19, of Pinole, the coroner's office said.

The crash happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Shoreline Highway north of Point Reyes Station and about 300 yards south of the Giacomini Ranch, the Marin County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division said.

Turchie was riding north when he failed to take a sweeping turn in the road, crossed into the other lane and struck a utility pole, the coroner's division said.

He was found unconscious 30 feet down an embankment. Resuscitation efforts failed at the scene, the California Highway Patrol said."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...
 Tuesday, September 22 ,2020 at 6:52pm
Fatal motorcycle accident on Rt. 1 just north of Point Reyes. Both lanes closed for now, please avoid the area. (thx BM)
 Tuesday, September 22 ,2020 at 10:30am
"The Point Reyes National Seashore released a final version of a controversial plan Friday to extend leases of historic ranches in the park and to cull some tule elk to prevent conflicts with private ranching.

In its final environmental review of the park's general management plan amendment, the National Park Service's preferred option is to extend leases for private ranchers from five-year terms to up to 20-year-terms. The 24 ranching families in the park and neighboring Golden Gate National Recreation Area would also be able to diversify their livestock beyond cows on a case-by-case basis to include other animals such as goats, chickens and pigs.

To address conflicts between the free-roaming Drakes Beach tule elk herd and ranches, the plan would allow park staff to kill some elk to keep the population to 120 elk. The herd had 138 elk as of the last count in late 2019."

"David Evans, owner of the D. Rogers Ranch lease in the seashore, said he was pleased with the park's proposal, saying it will ease the uncertainty of short-term leases, provide more economic security through livestock diversification, promote improved land stewardship and potentially allow visitors to access ranches."

"Fleur Dawes, communication director for In Defense of Animals, said the park service should expect more pushback including protests and other actions in the coming weeks."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...

FINAL PLAN: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/d...
 Monday, September 21 ,2020 at 4:06pm
Found by the side of the PR/Petaluma Rd near the olive ranch. Stolen? Trash? (Thx BM)
 Monday, September 21 ,2020 at 1:34pm
More fire weather coming. Make sure you are prepared. "Early indications is that this early Oct event will have potential to bring record heat to CA and possibly other areas. This will coincide with weak offshore flow, so should spread all the way to coast and bring extreme wildfire burning conditions once again."

Sign up for local alerts:
Marin County -www.alertmarin.com
Marin Sheriff - local.nixle.com

Get your defensible space ready:
https://youtu.be/otMDwt03E-o

Have a plan and a go bag;
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/em...
 Monday, September 21 ,2020 at 1:34pm
Very important voting info from Wade Holland in the Point Reyes Light: "The good news about November's general election is that voting in person at a polling station will be available on four days, from Saturday, Oct. 31, through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The bad news is that only three polling stations will be open in all of West Marin.

Covid-19 is impacting this year's election in many ways, including reducing the number of polling stations in the county from 89 to just 29. The three West Marin polling places will be at the Bolinas Community Center, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and the West Marin Health & Human Services Center on Sixth Street in Point Reyes Station. These centers will be open for voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

A major change this year is that Governor Gavin Newsom has directed that a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to every registered voter. Lynda Roberts, Marin's registrar of voters, recommends using the mail-in ballots rather than going to the polls. She also urges that completed ballots be mailed back well before Election Day. To be counted, vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by the county by Friday, Nov. 20.

Ballot drop-off boxes will also be available around the clock through Election Day at 12 locations in the county, including at the Bolinas Community Center and the Health & Human Services Center in Point Reyes Station.

Voter pamphlets will be mailed on Sept. 24, and the vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out on Oct. 5."

FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
 Friday, September 18 ,2020 at 1:31pm
Don't feed the coyotes please. "A woman was hospitalized this week after a coyote bit her leg on Tennessee Beach in the Marin Headlands, authorities said.

The woman told park rangers the coyote was acting aggressively as it approached her Tuesday afternoon on the remote beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. After the animal bit her, she walked the 1.7-mile trail back to Tennessee Valley Road and drove to a hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the National Park Service.

Using a piece of the woman's clothing, park officials are attempting to collect a sample of the coyote's DNA. The genetic information will be used to identify and track the animal as part of a new program that aims to address the growing problem of coyotes approaching people in search of food in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, said park service spokesman Charles Strickfaden.

He said park rangers have noted a "large increase" in reports of people feeding coyotes. As a result, "food-conditioned coyotes" are increasingly approaching visitors to beg for food."

LINK: https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...
 Wednesday, September 16 ,2020 at 7:35am
Car accident on SFD in Inverness by Dream Farm Rd. Hopefully everyone ok. Drive safe, the roads are slick today.
 Tuesday, September 15 ,2020 at 9:17pm
"Nearly one in three people here in Marin County will leave, part of the roughly 700,000 who his models suggest may abandon the broader Bay Area as a result of sea-level rise alone."

https://www.nytimes.com/intera...
 Sunday, September 13 ,2020 at 3:18pm
REMINDER: Areas closed to all visitors due to the Woodward Fire.

The area and all trails south of Limantour Road and Bear Valley Road, west of Highway 1 (aka Shoreline Highway), and north of Stewart Trail are closed to all visitor access until further notice.

These areas include, but are not limited to:

Limantour Road is closed to all visitor access until further notice.

The Bear Valley area is closed to all visitor access until further notice. This includes:
Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road
Bear Valley Visitor Center
Bear Valley Picnic Area
Bear Valley Trailhead
Earthquake Trail
Kule Loklo
Morgan Horse Ranch
Woodpecker Trail

Coast, Glen, Sky, and Wildcat Campgrounds are closed until further notice. Campers will receive a notification and refund via email.

Also closed are Bear Valley Trail, Horse Trail, Sky Trail, Laguna Trail, Glen Trail, Greenpicker Trail, and Coast Trail north of Stewart Trail.

MORE INFO: https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn...
 Sunday, September 13 ,2020 at 12:18pm
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "Happy 58th Birthday Point Reyes National Seashore!! On September 13, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the establishment of Point Reyes National Seashore. To learn more, visit nps.gov/pore." (Photo WMF)
 Sunday, September 13 ,2020 at 10:01am
"#WoodwardFire Update, 09/13/20 Firefighters will perform a burnout operation about 10 a.m. at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to provide a defensible space for the center's Morgan horses."

LINK: https://twitter.com/PointReyes...
 Saturday, September 12 ,2020 at 8:55am
This video does a good job of explaining why and when when the air quality will get better. Short answer: next week.

https://twitter.com/PaulKPIX/s...
 Friday, September 11 ,2020 at 9:23pm
[Sound On] At Kehoe Beach in @pointreyesnps hundreds of blackbirds gather around sunset in the thick fog and smoke.

LINK: https://twitter.com/westmarinf...
 Friday, September 11 ,2020 at 1:30pm
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "For those of you who have been asking about the wildlife in Point Reyes during the #WoodwardFire, we thought you might be happy to see that this bobcat was caught on camera just outside of Incident Command Post (where we coordinate as a team) yesterday."

LINK: https://twitter.com/PointReyes...
 Thursday, September 10 ,2020 at 12:30pm
It was orange yesterday. The smoke is so thick right now. Some additional information about all of that:

"To get a sense for how dark it was in CA yesterday, here are solar radiation observations from my backyard weather station for 3 recent days. Much darker than a typical foggy day, and it was effectively sunset ~3 hours too early."

"The orange skies this morning are a result of wildfire smoke in the air. Strong winds over the past few days transported ash from fires in northern California and the Sierra Nevada into the region.

These smoke particles scatter blue light & only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange. If smoke becomes too thick in a certain area, most of the light will be scattered & absorbed before reaching the surface, which may cause dark skies."

"Very little change in the smoke across the SF bay area the next 18 hours."

RADIATION LINK: https://twitter.com/feet_pinoc...

ORANGE LINK: https://twitter.com/AirDistric...

SMOKE UPDATE LINK: https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea...
 Wednesday, September 9 ,2020 at 5:44pm
Wires down on PR/Petaluma Rd past farm stand. Expect delays. Thx @alexporrata
 Wednesday, September 9 ,2020 at 2:56pm
"Effective today (9/9/20) at 4 p.m., the Marin County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Marin County Fire Department is lifting the remaining Evacuation Warnings in West Marin."
 Wednesday, September 9 ,2020 at 7:52am
Local Point Reyes Station radio station KWMR featured on the home page of the LATimes.com web site today.

"In a place where local news is otherwise a once-weekly paper or a conversation at the post office or local market, the radio station has long been a trusted source of knowledge when emergencies hit.

"There is a weird parallel between COVID and a wildfire in a way in that they are these dynamic situations but they are slow moving also," (Jeff) Manson said. "Stuff isn't changing hour to hour and yet people are really hungry for information."

He and (Amanda) Eichstaedt have learned if they don't put out facts, small town gossip will take over."

LINK: https://www.latimes.com/califo...
 Tuesday, September 8 ,2020 at 10:55am
An incredible shot of the #woodwardfire in Point Reyes. Taken Aug 20, 2020. (Thx FP)
 Tuesday, September 8 ,2020 at 10:55am
Some local residents have asked about the salinity intrusion that happened to the wells in Point Reyes Station. Here is the North Marin Water District's post from Aug 20th explaining what happened:

"Salinity Intrusion in West Marin System Source Wells
Unprecedented salinity intrusion has occurred in two wells which North Marin Water District uses as sources of drinking water in the West Marin system.

These two wells, located near the former Coast Guard housing property in Point Reyes Station, have experienced periodic and seasonal salinity intrusion for many years. In 2015, NMWD completed permitting and construction of a well and pipeline that brings water from a different source, out of the reach of tides. This third well is situated approximately a mile and a half east of Point Reyes station adjacent to the Gallagher ranch.

Unfortunately, the third well is unable to produce enough water to meet 100% of the volume demands of our customers in the summer months and the salinity intrusion at the Coast Guard wells has continued to worsen, likely due in part to sea level rise.
This year, under dry-year water conditions, we have seen the salt levels in the water produced from the Coast Guard wells rise to unprecedented levels. While there is no direct health concern from the salt for most people at this concentration, it does affect the taste. Customers that may be on sodium restricted diets should consult their physicians to see if the additional sodium is a concern for them.

Additionally, bromide, a component of the salt water that has increased, can also contribute to the formation of disinfection byproducts. We have taken every action available to keep disinfection byproducts as low as possible and continue to monitor their concentrations. If they rise to an unsafe level we will, in consultation with the California Division of Drinking Water, communicate this to our customers.

In order correct the situation, North Marin Water District is actively working to construct additional sources of water that are not prone to salinity intrusion. The acquisition of land, planning and permitting have been going on for two years. We hope to have this new source constructed and available for water supply in 2021.

Emergency water conservation measures remain in place and reduced water use decreases our dependence on wells impacted by salinity intrusion.

More information about water quality can be found at https://nmwd.com/your-water/wa...

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please call Pablo Ramudo, Water Quality Supervisor at 415-761-8924."

FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/North...

PR LIGHT ARTICLE:
https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
 Monday, September 7 ,2020 at 10:35am
The Point Reyes National Seashore is closed today, as are all of the local beaches like Shell Beach and Chicken Ranch. Someone reported seeing kayaks in the Nicasio Reservoir today, that is also not allowed. With COVID and the heat, these are challenging times. But we're also dealing with the #woodwardfire and a red flag warning and need to give first responders, law enforcement and fire fighters the time, space and focus to do their work. Thank you. Be safe.
 Monday, September 7 ,2020 at 9:53am
Here is the video update from the new #woodwardfire incident command for today.

"We saw an increase in activity last night. Not unplanned, cleaning up the unburned fuel, no threats to the containment lines. Today's plan is to have hand crews out cleaning up fire lines.

Prepared for the warm, windy day. Critical fire day today. Ridge tops never cooled off and primed us for another hot day today. Around 100.

This is the last hot day, pattern change, a storm system moves through the area which will bring us gusty winds this evening.

Then we will transition back to the marine layer putting the fire back into relative humidity.

Challenging weather for all the fires in the state with the wind coming. We have two strike team engines to be prepared.

Also potential power shut offs and safety shut offs, but not targeting Marin County as of now.

Might see a helicopter today keeping things cool and within the perimeter."

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...