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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, April 25 ,2020 at 8:36pm
"On behalf of the Stinson Beach & Bolinas, Briones Lions Club, we regretfully announce the cancellation of this year's Annual 4th of July Celebration, and its events, in Bolinas, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions." - Louisa Newcomb, President
 Friday, April 24 ,2020 at 7:43pm
Hi. So the West Marin Feed is me, Christian Anthony. I live in Inverness with my wife and two children. We were just informed that we have been in contact (in a socially distanced manner) with someone who has a family member in Inverness Park who has tested positive today for COVID-19.

The person we had contact with has been tested and is waiting for the results. The person who tested positive is an elder community member who was following all of the guidelines and had limited interaction within the community. This person has contacted everyone they were in contact with. They feel fine for now, but they are being monitored closely. We are self quarantining and waiting for all the results to come back.

The reason I am posting this is because it has been a very sobering moment for myself, my family, and the community of people I know and love here in West Marin. COVID-19 is here. Among us. Now. It is not the flu. It travels easily. You do not want it. I do not want it. We do not want it to spread through our community. So please continue to shelter in place, wear your masks, wash your hands. Do not take chances.

Thank you. Be safe. We will get through this together.
 Friday, April 24 ,2020 at 4:57pm
Just got a report from Stinson Beach that there are a lot of cars there. Point Reyes was pretty crowded today. A lot of traffic on SFD. Shelter in place is hard to do for this long and with nice weather. Please respect the people on the front lines in our stores and our communities. Wear a mask. Stick to the essentials. Stay local. We're not through this thing yet.
 Friday, April 24 ,2020 at 2:50pm
Extensive fire damage to Forester's Hall in Point Reyes Station today. Apparently it was a propane tank on a porch. Fortunately no injuries, thanks to all the firefighters who quickly responded.
 Friday, April 24 ,2020 at 12:38pm
Fire at Forester's Hall in Point Reyes. Sounds like fire department on it and under control.
 Thursday, April 23 ,2020 at 7:56pm
From Elisabeth Ptak "Just a week ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I was concerned that staff at the Point Reyes Station and Inverness post offices were working behind jury-rigged plastic sheets for coronavirus protection at their customer counters. Headed by Suzanne d'Coney, an ad hoc group of townspeople decided to do something about it. We consulted with the Inverness and Point Reyes Station postmistresses as well as the buildings' owners to find a solution. On Wednesday, a polycarbonate shield was installed in Inverness, and on Thursday, one will be installed in Point Reyes Station. Each one was designed and fabricated to suit the sites' individual needs and to provide a greater degree of protection for both postal staff and customers. Special thanks go to Suzanne d'Coney, Marshall Livingston, and Carol Friedman!

Some folks mentioned that they would like to help, so we're appealing to the community to help cover the cost of materials and labor, estimated to be about $1500. Any amount is welcome. You can send checks payable to Carol Friedman to Box 644, Point Reyes Station 94956. Contributions can also be made online via Venmo to: @SuzanneDconey; or via PayPal to:

Contributions in excess of the amount needed will be donated to West Marin Community Services for its ongoing efforts to assist those impacted by the pandemic."
 Thursday, April 23 ,2020 at 4:29pm
People have been asking me questions about things in West Marin that I can't answer, maybe someone here can. Did anyone hear about a car chase with Lamborghinis on Rt. 1 on Tuesday with a helicopter involved? Yesterday a helicopter tried to land for an emergency airlift, but I think was turned around because of fog. And today I've heard reports of low flying planes? I see lots of contrails in the sky but haven't seen any planes. Weird times.
 Monday, April 20 ,2020 at 12:54pm
Support our local businesses if you are able:

Check it out! Hog Island is offering local delivery in Marin and Sonoma Counties through their online store. Purchase, oysters, clams, meal kits and more and choose local delivery at check out. Use code THANKYOU15 at check for 15% off oyster orders!

Earth Day pop up Market on Wednesday!
Visit Osteria Stellina between 3-6pm to stock up on fine local goods while simultaneously supporting local farms and businesses at a time when it is needed most.

Sign up here for Brickmaiden Bread's email to get their pick up menu:
Take Away Only - Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays 8am -2pm
Order 48 hours in advance

Station House Open FRI/SAT/SUN 12-6PM for pickup & delivery!
 Sunday, April 19 ,2020 at 11:21am
The MarinIJ weighs in on the free Bolinas covid testing project. "In the 1970s, Bolinas gained a measure of notoriety when the quirky characters who lived here successfully halted new development and became the subject of the book, "The Town that Fought to Save Itself."

Now, nearly 50 years later, the remote seaside village is fighting to save itself once again "” this time from the threat of coronavirus. Starting Monday, a privately funded guerrilla-style operation will be underway to test the entire town of 1,680 people for the deadly virus. It's an extraordinarily rare privilege at a time when most of the country is desperate to get a handle on the extent of infection, but hamstrung by a lack of available tests.

But this time, instead of counterculture hippies taking the lead, it's the high-tech multimillionaires "” including a venture capitalist whose wife founded Flickr, a biotech entrepreneur and the founder of Zynga games "” who either live or have weekend homes in the reclusive West Marin community."

 Friday, April 17 ,2020 at 10:23pm
"We just found this dog this evening on Sir Francis Drake between Laurel St. and the Inverness Park Market. If you could help put the word out, we'd appreciate it!" - Alexi Erenkov
 Friday, April 17 ,2020 at 3:49pm
On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a new public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. The new order will go into effect at 12:00p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:

- Inside public spaces or waiting in line to enter public spaces
- Seeking health care
- Waiting for or riding on mass transit or other shared transportation
- In common areas of buildings, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
- Workers at businesses physically open and in areas where the public is present, likely to be present, or at any time when others are nearby.
- Workers in any space where food is being prepared and/or packaged for sale.
- Drivers/Operators of public transit.

LINK: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
 Friday, April 17 ,2020 at 3:49pm
A open letter from Dr. Whitt, who practiced medicine in Point Reyes Station for decades: "Disturbed by the number and behavior of cyclists in the Palace Market and on the sidewalk by the Bovine, in violation of the statewide order to shelter at home, I contacted Supervisor Rodoni and he told me that "the Bay Area Health directors are the people in charge of this order and from the beginning they allowed travel by bike essentially freely". I then wrote Dr. Lisa Santora and expressed my concerns. She replied: "The intent has always been support the optimization of social distancing. And as you know, we have strengthened county orders to reduce possible transmission in West Marin from nonresidents. We will review with our team."

Traveling between communities by any means and mingling with residents not only violates the order but cannot be justified epidemiologically and risks spreading the virus to West Marin residents. I wrote back and stressed there could be no scientific basis for excluding cyclists from the sheltering in place order and asked her to immediately extend the order to include cyclists. Neither Supervisor Rodoni or Dr. Santora has responded to my emails since. I did, however, notice in the IJ yesterday (4-15.20) that the shelter at home order had been extended to May 3rd. No mention was made that cyclists were now included in that order and would be subjected to the same fines as drivers.

As a doctor in this community for almost 50 years, the presence of cyclists from over the hill in West Marin communities presents a clear and present danger."
 Friday, April 17 ,2020 at 8:11am
Residents in Inverness join together at 8:00pm every night to howl their appreciation for everyone on the front lines of this crisis.
 Wednesday, April 15 ,2020 at 5:03pm
Via The Palace Market in Point Reyes: "Calling our local makers, farmers, foragers and fishers: The Palace has a long history of supporting our local producers. If you or someone you know needs somewhere to sell your wares PLEASE reach out to us! We would love to add more delicious hyper-local food to our shelves. Find contact info at the bottom of this post. Phone: 415-663-1016 Email:"
 Wednesday, April 15 ,2020 at 4:46pm
From PRNPS: "Please note that Pierce Point Road beyond its junction with L Ranch Road is closed to all traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians."

 Tuesday, April 14 ,2020 at 5:02pm
From Chedas in Point Reyes: "As automotive repair is an "essential business" we hope to remain open for our usual hours during the duration of the shelter in place. We will clean/disinfect your vehicle when we receive it and again when we are done working on it.

You may drop off/pick up your car outside, pay over the phone with a credit card - all without having to come into the garage. If you feel comfortable coming into the garage, we'll be observing the 6 foot social distance guidelines.

Please call Cheda's Garage at 415.663.1227 to schedule an oil change, brake inspection, tire rotation, diagnostic etc....and feel free to pass this information along to any other local friends.

Hilary Cheda"

Please support our local businesses so they're still here when this is all over.
 Tuesday, April 14 ,2020 at 12:21pm
"The Board of Supervisors has voted to choose CLAM and Eden Housing as partners to develop a 32-acre property in Point Reyes Station as affordable housing. It used to be a United States Coast Guard housing complex."
 Monday, April 13 ,2020 at 7:17pm
West Marin Spring Curbside Clean-up!
Week of April 13th "“ April 17th, 2020
Free of charge "“ West Marin residential customers in good standing may place clean-up materials from their homes at the curb for collection.

Get that old couch out there!

Here are the guidelines: https://41k4p01v6nzq13r4y42jb9...
 Monday, April 13 ,2020 at 1:58pm
"Online Community Conversation about Potential Hospital Surge: Join us for a virtual town hall meeting with some of Marin's top experts in public health and emergency planning. This community conversation event will review what hospital surge means and how COVID-19 is currently affecting our hospitals. In addition, the panel of experts will answer questions about how the County's medical network is prepared for a rapid increase in future coronavirus cases.

WHEN: Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM

"¢ Supervisor Katie Rice, President, Marin County Board of Supervisors
"¢ Lisa Santora, M.D., Deputy Public Health Officer, County of Marin
"¢ Dustin Ballard, M.D., Kaiser Permanente
"¢ Mark Brown, Deputy Fire Chief, Marin County Fire

Watch live online at or on Comcast Ch. 27 (Ch.30 in Novato)."

Also this is a great resource for tracking COVID-19 cases in Marin:

(Less then 10 cases in the Point Reyes/Inverness area)
 Monday, April 13 ,2020 at 11:05am
"Through a collaborative effort between Coastal Health Alliance, the Bolinas Fire Department, Marin County Department of Public Health, Mesa Park, volunteers, and UCSF Infectious Disease experts, all residents of Bolinas aged 4 and up can safely be tested for COVID-19, free of charge. Two Bolinas residents were motivated to make testing available to all in Bolinas. They presented the idea to UCSF Infectious Disease experts who felt that it would be very important to study a community like Bolinas that is rural (in addition to an urban community) to get an understanding of how COVID-19 has spread in California. There is no charge to be tested, but the study is being funded by donations from local Bolinas residents."

 Saturday, April 11 ,2020 at 1:35pm
From a local: "This morning, about 10 to 15 high-end black vehicles, mostly sports cars, Porsches, BMWs, Teslas, were drag racing along Nicasio Valley Road from Point Reyes to Nicasio. They were recklessly passing people in slow zones, blind double yellow line curves, and were a danger to not only themselves, but to those of us who are also on the road. They went towards Fairfax about 11:45 PM. Please report them to the CHP if you see them driving recklessly." (Thx MH)
 Saturday, April 11 ,2020 at 1:35pm
WMF missed this story, but apparently there was some discussion about whether this pole spotted on the Point Reyes /Petaluma road recently was related to 5G. According to Dennis Rodoni, "Our PG&E Public Safety Specialist responded very quickly. It is a power pole for the 60 kilovolt transmission line in West Marin. It is a replacement pole and part of their infrastructure hardening initiative." (thx RL)
 Friday, April 10 ,2020 at 1:23pm
"While Marin residents continue to abide by the Stay At Home order and help flatten the curve, a stream of vacationers and visitors continue to occupy short-term rentals throughout the county. This increases the chance for community transmission of COVID-19 and is considered non-essential travel. After substantial guidance from the Marin Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[External] and the California Department of Public Health[External], a new Health Order restricting the use of short-term lodging facilities will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. on April 9, 2020 through May 3, 2020"

 Friday, April 10 ,2020 at 8:07am
"With the Easter weekend forecast calling for sunny skies, public officials are hoping to prevent another crush of West Marin beach visitors defying the coronavirus sheltering orders.

Acting as the Marin County director of emergency services, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni issued an emergency parking resolution Thursday designating no parking zones around parks and open space in unincorporated Marin.

"We are attempting to address specific issues of noncompliance by posting, warning, and ultimately citing violators," Rodoni said in an email. "We all as individuals, have a (role) in social distancing and sheltering in place, to protect our families, neighbors, and communities."

The new rule, which imposes a $100 fine on violators, aims to stop non-essential driving and parking in coastal Marin, Marin County sheriff's Sgt. Brenton Schneider said."

 Thursday, April 9 ,2020 at 4:08pm
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "PRNS continues to see visitors driving to the park. While Marin County encourages getting outside, do so near your home by non-motorized means. Walk or bike, but do not drive/park unless displaying a valid disabled person parking placard or license plate. If in the park by non-motorized means, maintain social distancing and follow all park regulations. Rangers will be on patrol enforcing parking and resource violations. #ShelterInPlace #StaySafe"
 Wednesday, April 8 ,2020 at 9:34pm
"The Double 8 Dairy, located near Point Reyes has begun delivering 1,200 gallons of milk to the San Francisco-Marin Foodbank. To keep these deliveries going we need your help. Your donation will purchase milk for families who need it and is tax deductible. This is a no profit, no margin activity- it's just the bare minimum to cover our cost to produce and deliver this milk."

 Tuesday, April 7 ,2020 at 8:28pm
The pink super moon over Tomales Bay tonight. #moon #supermoon
 Tuesday, April 7 ,2020 at 4:00pm
"Get out your binoculars and look out the window as tonight's full moon, dubbed the pink moon, will occur at 10:35 p.m. EDT, about 8 hours after reaching perigee, the nearest point from earth in its orbit. this results in a "˜supermoon' or a full moon that appears 7% larger than an average one. the moon will appear full for about three days around this same time, from monday night through thursday morning." MORE INFO:
 Sunday, April 5 ,2020 at 6:50pm
I apologize for being a little bit late with this post, but if you're in the mood, Sir and Star in Olema are doing their take out Sunday meal tonight.

"We are taking orders and payment by phone only
We will assign pick up times when order is placed
Pick up will be at the back kitchen door at the parking lot"
 Sunday, April 5 ,2020 at 8:24am
If you are looking for some bread to get you through this rainy day, Brick Maiden Breads is open until 2pm on Sunday. You can also call to order 48 hours in advance. Their whole menu and hours are here:
 Saturday, April 4 ,2020 at 10:49am
Heard a report that the West Marin Pharmacy was broken into last night. This is a huge shame on many levels, they were already struggling and this makes it that much worse. If you have any information or leads, please let the Marin County Sheriff's Office know. Losing the pharmacy would be a major loss for this community, especially during this crisis.
 Friday, April 3 ,2020 at 9:58pm
This is to keep your micro droplets away from other people: "In response to new guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Bay Area health officials are recommending that residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel, such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. Resident face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. Home-sewn fabric coverings, bandanas, a "DIY" mask from an old t-shirt and neck gaiters are examples of acceptable face coverings, especially because they can be washed and worn again."

FULL UPDATE: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...

 Friday, April 3 ,2020 at 5:46pm
"ªAccident on Point Reyes/Petaluma Rd at the reservoir. Traffic backed up both ways. Proceed with caution "¬
 Friday, April 3 ,2020 at 8:41am
From Chedas in Point Reyes: "As automotive repair is an "essential business" we hope to remain open for our usual hours during the duration of the shelter in place. We will clean/disinfect your vehicle when we receive it and again when we are done working on it.

You may drop off/pick up your car outside, pay over the phone with a credit card - all without having to come into the garage. If you feel comfortable coming into the garage, we'll be observing the 6 foot social distance guidelines.

Please call Cheda's Garage at 415.663.1227 to schedule an oil change, brake inspection, tire rotation, diagnostic etc....and feel free to pass this information along to any other local friends.

Hilary Cheda"

Please support our local businesses so they're still here when this is all over. I had my car worked on this week at Chedas, it was a very safe and expedient process.
 Thursday, April 2 ,2020 at 9:14pm
Another long week that still isn't over. Thank you to everyone on the frontlines who are putting their lives on the line for us. Please support your local businesses and restaurants if you can. Stay safe. Stay at home. Extremely cute badger photo by renowned local photographer Carlos Porrata.
 Wednesday, April 1 ,2020 at 9:34pm
via CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations
"**Near Drowning Stinson Beach**
This evening CHP H-30 responded with Stinson Beach Fire and Marin County Fire Department to a report of a drowning at Stinson Beach. Fire arrived at the scene as the patient was pulled from the water. The 20 year old male was unresponsive at the scene.

H-30 landed on the beach and transported the patient to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where the patient is currently undergoing treatment.

**We are happy to report that due to a quick response by Stinson Beach Fire and rapid transport by helicopter, the patient was alert and talking when our crew left John Muir.**"
 Wednesday, April 1 ,2020 at 3:19pm
If you're around this afternoon, worth a listen:

"Epicenter" at 5pm:

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni discusses:
🏠 Home Order Extension
💸 Measure W funds used for rental relief
🌲 Parks closure updates

Tune in at, KWMR's App, or the FM dial.

Or you can stream it later.
 Wednesday, April 1 ,2020 at 3:04pm
NWS Bay Area: "Updated rainfall forecast for this weekend. Two storms. One Saturday and another Sunday = Wet Bay Area Weekend. #NotJoking"
 Tuesday, March 31 ,2020 at 2:20pm
From Marin County Sheriff's Office - "Today, Marin County Public Health issued a superseding, extended and revised Public Health Order and revised Park Closure Order that is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020. Some of the highlights from the new park closure order include, but are not limited to:

All agencies and jurisdictions operating public outdoor recreation areas, including but not limited to parks, campgrounds, and open spaces (hereinafter, "Park Facilities"), within Marin County (the "County") are hereby directed to cease all operations and services related to facilitating the public's motorized access to all Park Facilities located within the County. This applies to all Park Facilities within the County, regardless of ownership.

Individuals may continue to responsibly access those Park Facilities that are local to their residences and readily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities as defined in the March 31 Order, including outdoor exercise.

Violation of any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both."

 Tuesday, March 31 ,2020 at 1:20pm
"California Governor Gavin Newsom is making an urgent appeal for anyone with health care experience to join the coronavirus fight. He has launched the California Health Corps, inviting medical retirees, part-timers and students to apply.

"If you're a nursing school student, a medical school student, we need you," said Newsom. "If you have just retired within the past five years, we need you."

The goal is to hire nearly 40,000 new personnel, from managers to paramedics, dentists to psychologists. It will require the relaxation of some licensing protocols and expand the scope of what some providers can do.

"We'll get you up and running and get you out the door so you can support the needs of the people of California," Newsom said at a Monday news conference."

Interested? More info:
 Friday, March 27 ,2020 at 8:14pm
Via MarinIJ: "BREAKING: A 70-year-old man who was the first Marin County resident to contract the coronavirus died this afternoon. It is the first death from COVID-19 in Marin. The man had been hospitalized for three weeks after returning from a cruise to Mexico on the Grand Princess. There are now 68 confirmed coronavirus cases in Marin County, with three new positive tests reported Friday. Nine people have been hospitalized."
 Thursday, March 26 ,2020 at 4:14pm
Two important notices from Marin County:

"Do #MarinCounty #PropertyTaxes still have to be paid by April 10 to avoid a penalty? Yes, they do. Here's why."

"Residents shouldn't lose their homes because of a pandemic. Effective immediately, residential and commercial tenants in Marin County may not be evicted because of income loss tied to #COVID19. Thank you
 Thursday, March 26 ,2020 at 11:49am
"SOUND ON Speaker with three sound waves: Every night at 8:00, residents in Mill Valley cheer on the healthcare workers, first responders, and everyone on the frontlines battling the pandemic. THANK YOU!"
 Thursday, March 26 ,2020 at 10:53am
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "More park closures are in effect--including motorized access to roads and parking lots at Bear Valley, Palomarin, Five Brooks, Abbotts Lagoon, North Beach, South Beach, Tomales Point, Headlands including Chimney Rock & Lighthouse--consistent with Marin County orders."
 Wednesday, March 25 ,2020 at 10:31pm
Dramatic sky over West Marin tonight. #inverness #tomalesbay #sunset
 Wednesday, March 25 ,2020 at 5:16pm
via Dallas Smith "Do you know anyone that is at risk and needs groceries or errands in the West Marin area? If so, Elizabeth Wilhelm and I have plenty of free time and are happy to help."
 Wednesday, March 25 ,2020 at 4:46pm
"Marin County has aligned with seven Bay Area county health officers, and county superintendents to make a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.

School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and the county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged."

 Wednesday, March 25 ,2020 at 2:52pm
How to disinfect your groceries.
 Monday, March 23 ,2020 at 3:09pm
From the Palace Market in Point Reyes: "Attention all! Starting tomorrow we will offer two senior (age 70+) only shopping hours: 8am-9am, Tuesday and Friday. We look forward to seeing you all bright and early. :)"

Also "Hi! Bovine Bakery is happily baking today and asking for donations only. We don't have everything we usually have, BUT we have a lot. I'll be doing this all week until dairy, eggs and humor runs out. ❤️❤️❤️"
 Monday, March 23 ,2020 at 9:34am
'Go home!' Bolinas residents plead with visitors on Sunday to turn around as crowds flock to beach towns during shelter order.

 Sunday, March 22 ,2020 at 8:30pm
No word on PRNS yet. "The Public Health Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an order March 22 for the immediate closure of all Marin parks to stem the tide of visitors during the COVID-19 emergency.

The closure will affect agencies and jurisdictions who operate parks and open space in Marin County. Visitors may continue to use paved pathways maintained by the County of Marin, such as the popular Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway along Richardson Bay and the Corte Madera Pathway along Corte Madera Creek, as long as people follow guidelines on social distancing.

The order comes one day after Bay Area residents flocked to Marin locations for recreation, putting vulnerable residents at risk because of unsafe social distancing and traffic that clogged the roads in beach communities. Sgt. Brenton Schneider of the Marin County Sheriff's Office said grocery store workers and restaurant personnel were inundated with visitors who were not respecting public health guidelines on keeping six feet away from other people."

 Sunday, March 22 ,2020 at 1:43pm
A reminder that local restaurants are open to serve locals with 'to go' food. Sir and Star has a special Chinese food menu tonight if you're in the mood for something different.

Sir and Star:

Link to all local restaurants and services:
 Saturday, March 21 ,2020 at 9:55pm
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "After unprecedented visitation and to slow the spread of COVID-19, starting tomorrow March 22, Point Reyes National Seashore will close gates at Limantour Access and Mt. Vision Roads, Drakes Beach and Drakes Estero. There will be limited access at Palomarin Trailhead beyond the Commonweal entrance, Pierce Point Road as well as Lighthouse and Chimney Rock parking lots. Please follow local public health guidelines. Marin County Sheriff's Office #StayLocal #ShelterInPlace (bp)"
 Saturday, March 21 ,2020 at 5:41pm
For people concerned about the situation in Point Reyes today, "One thing that locals should know is that they should not contact the park. Feds can't close county roads. And pretty sure that the guidance is still that we have to run closures up to Washington. People should contact Dennis Rodoni and Jared Huffman. The park is down to a skeleton crew with the SIP order and they obviously have their hands full."
 Saturday, March 21 ,2020 at 4:03pm
We just came back from Kehoe Beach where it was more crowded then we've ever seen it. I heard the same about Bear Valley. And downtown Point Reyes is packed and I'm sure everyone coming from the beaches will swamp it later. While I understand people need to get out and into nature, and that local businesses need business, this is not sheltering in place and increases the risk of transmission for everyone. I am so grateful for all of the checkers and workers who are on the frontlines today, making sure we can have food and services, literally putting their lives at risk. If you are coming to the park, please think about the people who live and work here, and be safe and respectful. It would be a shame to have the park closed, but what is happening now seems extremely dangerous. (Photo of Bear Valley Visitors Center thx IW)
 Saturday, March 21 ,2020 at 8:11am
"Tax Day in the United States is being moved due to the coronavirus crisis. People and businesses will have until July 15 to file and make payments without interest or penalties, U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin says."

 Friday, March 20 ,2020 at 11:29pm
Here is a list of restaurants and services available in West Marin during lockdown. Please add anything I missed in the comments.

Link here:

Point Reyes Restaurants

Osteria Stellina "“ Call 415-663-9988 to take-out

Side Street Kitchen "“ Call 707-477-5469 for take-out and delivered curbside.

Station House Café "“ Call 415-663-0303 for take-out and delivered curbside Friday "“ Tuesday only.

Cafe Reyes - 415-663-9493 Open for take out.

Marshall Restuarants

Hog Island Oyster Company - at the Farm Retail Window is open for to-go sales of shellfish, lots of oysters and clams for you.

Nick's Cove "“ Saturday and Sunday Only Take-Out, Please see menu here and call 415-663-1033.

Tony's Seafood "“ Call 415-663-1107 for take-out and delivered to parking lot.

Bolinas Restaurants

Eleven - 415-868-1133 Open Thursday - Monday for take out including beer and wine

Lagunuitas Restaurants

Arti's Indian Food - 415-488-4700 Call for take-out food

Tomales/Dillon Beach Restaurants

Food Pantry at Tomales Town Hall - happening each Thursday from 2:00-2:45pm

William Tell - 707-879-2002 Offering delivery to Tomales and Dillon Beach areas

Point Reyes/Inverness Groceries/Other

Palace Market - Regular hours 8am - 8pm

Brickmaiden Bread Bake Shop - 415-663-1203 Open for to go Thursdays, Fridays, Sunday 8am - 2pm. Credit card only.

Cowgirl Creamery Catina - Open. limited menu, pick up at doors Weds - Sunday 11-4pm

Inverness Park Market - 415-663-1491 Kitchen/Tap Room open for take out orders, curbside pickup, groceries open normal hours

Olema Campground - Open. Laundry 24/7. Propane from 9am - 5pm.

McPhails Fuel Company - 707-285-3525 Open. Main office closed, but business hours answering phone.

Building Supply Hardware Store - Open Mon - Sat 8am - 1pm (closed Sunday)

Point Reyes Gas Station - Open until 6pm, pumps 1 and 2 always on
 Friday, March 20 ,2020 at 3:37pm
When you're in such a hurry to get out to the beach in Point Reyes and you try and make the one way bridge into a two way bridge. Social distance everyone!
 Thursday, March 19 ,2020 at 7:30pm
A message from Hog Island Oysters: "Our restaurant in San Francisco is temporarily closed and as result, we have a 100 kits of prepared food we do not want to go to waste. You can come pick it up, for free, tomorrow (Friday, March 20), at Tony's Seafood in Marshall between 8am and 11am. It will be packaged up for families of four. We have a chowder base with clams and pescatore with mussels. All the food is prepped and just needs to be cooked. First come, first served. Thank you!"
 Thursday, March 19 ,2020 at 8:44am
Happy First Day of Spring! Apparently this is the earliest the Vernal Equinox has occurred in the U.S. nationwide in 124 years. Those secret daffodil patches are probably due for a visit in a social distancing kind of way.

 Wednesday, March 18 ,2020 at 11:02pm
The Point Reyes Gas Station will remain open, but it is changing its closing time to 6pm (instead of 8pm). Pumps 1 and 2 will still be open during off hours.

The Coastal Health Alliance is working to protect our community and keep patients safe during Covid-19. In this effort, we are converting non-urgent medical appointments to phone appointments, closing our Bolinas site until further notice, and reducing Point Reyes Staff to a skeleton crew. This is in support of the extremely important public health recommendation for people to stay at home.

A local said that they were out of propane but unable to get a hold of McPhails. Is anyone else in a similar situation or have any advice?

Many restaurants are offering take out which is a great way to support local businesses in these tough times. I know that Stellina, Arti's and Side Street Kitchen are, do folks know others? Also, you can buy gift certificates and do some online shopping at certain stores like the Point Reyes Bookstore.

Stay safe everyone. Thx MM for the photo.
 Tuesday, March 17 ,2020 at 9:10am
"Following guidance from the CDC & public health officials, & to comply with the shelter-in-place legal order in seven Bay Area counties, Point Reyes National Seashore's visitor centers & campgrounds are temporarily closed. Visit for more information."
 Monday, March 16 ,2020 at 6:35pm
A heavy cloud hangs over West Marin this evening.
 Monday, March 16 ,2020 at 1:05pm
BREAKING: "Six counties in the Bay Area are ordering residents to stay at home in an effort to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

All residents in these counties should only leave their homes for essential needs. Necessary government functions and essential stores will remain open. The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in place for three weeks.

List of counties:
San Francisco
Santa Clara
San Mateo
Contra Costa

The shelter-at-home order comes as scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease.

"Temporarily changing our routine is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic," said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer. "The Health Officers from the largest jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area are united and we are taking this step together to offer the best protection to our respective communities."

Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include:

Health care operations
Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
Fresh and nonperishable food retailers (including convenience stores)
Child care facilities
Gas stations
Laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence.
In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action."

 Monday, March 16 ,2020 at 12:04pm
"Nearly 100 individuals were tested over March 12 and 13 through Marin County's drive-through testing site. Of these, 6 test results were positive. Regionally, there has been a dramatic increase in cases, with nearly 300 cases Bay Area wide. Total cases in Marin: 9."

"All Marin County Free Library Branches are closed until further notice. Our Book Drops/book returns will be locked. Please keep all borrowed physical materials at home. Please access available online materials at"

"All classroom instruction at our Shoreline Schools will be suspended, beginning Monday, March 16th for at least two weeks. All students are to remain home until we are notified that the classroom suspension is lifted. Meals will be delivered by buses and available at the schools for those who are on the federally assisted meal program. Check with your local school for more details"

Marin COVID Update: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
 Sunday, March 15 ,2020 at 6:26pm
The Palace Market in Point Reyes was busier then usual today but not crazy. Looked like the out of town traffic had picked up with some "multiple cart" folks stockpiling. The only thing that struck as odd was this aisle, I'm guessing that's where the toilet paper was. Why are people stockpiling toilet paper? Was that CDC guidance?
 Saturday, March 14 ,2020 at 11:21pm
WMF is putting together a guide to local information and general resources around coronavirus. For local updates (besides news sources) the links below is all I've been able to find, do other people have sources they could share? Most useful are things that are being updated and kept current. Thank you.

Marin Health and Human Services

National Park Service

Here is the full page of information which will evolve:
 Saturday, March 14 ,2020 at 10:04pm
"An adult Sonoma County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first person here who has contracted the virus through unknown community transmission, county health officials announced Saturday night.

The new case, marking an escalation in the local battle against a highly contagious infectious disease that has put the world on edge, was detected through the county Department of Health Services' enhanced surveillance testing, launched Thursday to help determine if the virus was being transmitted in the community without anyone knowing it."

 Friday, March 13 ,2020 at 10:13pm
In other news, these two were cuddling on Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today.
 Thursday, March 12 ,2020 at 10:53pm
"ª"FROM BOLINAS-STINSON SCHOOL: Bolinas-Stinson School will be closed for two weeks beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Due to a COVID-19 related school closure at Tam High school we will join in closing school to prevent further spread of the infection.""¬
 Thursday, March 12 ,2020 at 8:02am
Nice story from Bolinas: "Self-sufficiency is like perfection, said Lloyd Kahn, the guru of guerrilla architecture and dean of all things D.I.Y. "You never quite get there, but you're moving toward it all the time." Before cabin porn and van life were hashtags on Instagram, before tiny houses were a movement, Mr. Kahn, now 84, was the indefatigable champion of their funky, D.I.Y. antecedents." (Thx MM)

 Wednesday, March 11 ,2020 at 9:16pm
"As of March 11, 2020 the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that two additional Marin residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, bringing the local total to three.

Both individuals lived with Marin's first reported case, who was a passenger on the Grand Princess "“ Mexican Rivera cruise ship that experienced an outbreak of COVID-19. The newly diagnosed cases had been isolated in their home and are experiencing mild symptoms but do not require hospitalization. Marin HHS will not release additional information about the patients or the treating hospital to protect the medical privacy of the patients and family.

While Marin HHS is not issuing cancellations of large gatherings at this time, it is recommending that older adults and those with conditions that may weaken their immune system consider refraining from attending large gatherings of 100 or more people."

 Wednesday, March 11 ,2020 at 10:44am
Medical emergency in Inverness requiring Henry 1 helicopter transport. No word on details.
 Tuesday, March 10 ,2020 at 7:36pm
Sunset chaser from North Beach In Point Reyes after a long day of virus stress. Stay safe everyone. Wash those hands, #sunset
 Monday, March 9 ,2020 at 10:29pm
MiniQuake. Did anyone feel this? 7:05pm tonight?

Twitter link:
 Monday, March 9 ,2020 at 10:00pm
"Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19 - The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with medical staff at a local hospital to treat a Marin resident diagnosed with COVID-19[External], the novel coronavirus.

The individual diagnosed was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship that returned to San Francisco from Mexico on February 21. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified this cruise as a source of exposure for COVID-19. The patient is an older man who is being treated in a Marin County hospital. Marin HHS will not release additional information about the patient or the hospital to protect the medical privacy of the patient, family, and hospital staff.

Public health officials have identified those who have been in close contact with this patient. Those individuals have been isolated and are being evaluated."


There was also a possible exposure at Marin Catholic, but the details are very limited.

"A principal in Marin County has reported a "possible student exposure" to the novel coronavirus in a statement sent out Tuesday. Marin Catholic High School Principal Chris Valdez said no one in the school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Nonetheless, Valdez said he wants to share as much information out as possible, including what steps are being taken by school leaders."

 Saturday, March 7 ,2020 at 8:37pm
We were walking back from a sunset session in Point Reyes when out of nowhere a magic piece of sand artwork appeared during the big low tide. Looks like a piece from the master, Jim Denevan, but not sure. It's already gone now. Whoever it was, thank you!
 Saturday, March 7 ,2020 at 7:50pm
"ªVehicle rollover on Bear Valley Rd in Point Reyes. Proceed with caution."¬
 Saturday, March 7 ,2020 at 10:08am
Events this weekend:

Opening reception for new exhibit at Jack Mason Gallery in Inverness about the Bear Valley Ranch takes place from 1pm - 3pm on Sunday.

A memorial for Russell Chatham will be held at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes from 2pm - 4pm on Sunday.
 Friday, March 6 ,2020 at 6:51am
Apparently the bomb squad was called to Black Mountain in Point Reyes yesterday to explode a stick of dynamite that a worker found. People had reported seeing the truck on Lucas Valley Road. (thx DW/IW)
 Wednesday, March 4 ,2020 at 6:39pm
Single car crash on Shoreline Hwy in front of the Giacomini dairy. Sounds bad. One lane closed, expect delays.