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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, March 5 ,2016 at 8:25pm
Absolutely howling wind at Drakes Beach today. Sounds like power out in much of Bolinas. How's everyone holding up?
 Thursday, March 3 ,2016 at 11:09pm
The Privateer restaurant in Inverness is closed after three short months. Ouch. Apparently they have a five year lease and are looking for someone to sublet it to. FULL STORY:
 Wednesday, March 2 ,2016 at 11:42am
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Did you see it? Did you hear it? At 8:11 this morning the Sherif's Office received a report of a woman behaving strangling, standing in the middle of the road on SF Drake Blvd on Olema Hill yelling and screaming at passing motorists. When deputies arrived to check on her welfare the woman ran to her car and fled from pursuing deputies. The chase continued Southbound on Hwy 1 towards Stinson. The woman attempted to evade the deputies making U-turns and finally 23 minutes later, coming to a stop where deputies were able to take her into custody.

Exactly what led to this behavior is yet unknown. The driver, a Stinson Beach resident, will be facing several severe charges for her actions.

On a side note, I want to thank Carla and other staff at Stinson Beach School who once notified of the chase and not knowing what the woman's intentions were, locked down the school at our request in Stinson Beach until we knew all were safe and that there was no threat to our children!"
 Tuesday, March 1 ,2016 at 1:27pm
Don't be afraid to tell visitors this: "Adorable harbor seal pups are starting to dot Marin's beaches and wildlife officials are urging people to leave them alone. The Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marine Mammal Center say harbor seal pups, born in late winter and early spring, could suffer permanent harm if they are moved or if their mothers are scared off."
 Monday, February 29 ,2016 at 10:38pm
From NWSBayArea: "Rain returns to #CenCal this week into next. @NWSWPC 6 day precip total shows inches of rain possible." Prepare accordingly. Sounds like really strong south winds on Saturday and Sunday too.
 Sunday, February 28 ,2016 at 1:21pm
Amazing what you find when you clean out the West Marin Little League shed to get the season started. If you're interested in sponsoring the league and having your own sign on the home run wall, let me know.
 Saturday, February 27 ,2016 at 1:02pm
The Point Reyes Light did a really nice story on the Case of The Burned Boat with solid quotes and historical context. Highly recommend reading it. Also, they scored the actual fire picture, so bonus points there (by Katie Eberle). Plus they mentioned TWMF, so double bonus points. PR LIGHT STORY:

Other links worth reading (to see how the news covered this):

Daily Mail (??):





Here is a 'steel wool instagram contest' someone sent in:

All the other Instagram links of boat steel wool photos are in the comments of previous posts. I'm not going to wade into that again, the stories above do a good job of summarizing all of that.

I also heard that George Clyde did a story on KMRW that says the state park owns that land the boat is on, not the federal park, but I can't find that anywhere on the Google.

Someone floated the idea of doing a nice art show with photos, paintings and remembrances of the boat to mourn the passing of the boat. Sounds good to me.

If I missed any other worthy news stories, throw them in the comments...
 Thursday, February 25 ,2016 at 11:06pm
A TWMF supporter sent in a link to this audio tour of the ranches in Point Reyes. If anyone gives it a try, let us know if its worth the money. (thx RB)
 Tuesday, February 23 ,2016 at 4:50pm
"I know one of the two people who accidentally set this landmark, and iconic photo location ablaze. He thought he was being careful, but physics took over and the unthinkable happened. The old shipwreck burned. He feels terrible and has admitted to his part. I'll admit the pics that came from the session he and his friend shot look cool. That said, I wish it didn't happen." - Matt Grans Flickr Page:
 Monday, February 22 ,2016 at 10:16pm
""The cause of the fire is unknown, but Chief Fox said, "Someone called up and wanted their names cleared from being the cause of it." He added that as far as his department is concerned, the cause of the fire and who is to blame for it is likely to remain a mystery." We'll never know who set the fire, but we have learned what 'spinning fire wool' is. What a bummer. FULL MARINIJ STORY:
 Monday, February 22 ,2016 at 3:49pm
And the plot thickens. Forest DeSante posted this screen capture on his FB page of a photo that was posted last night. This explains the 'why', now time for the 'who'?
 Saturday, February 20 ,2016 at 8:11pm
Wayward elephant seal at Drakes. Owning it.
 Wednesday, February 17 ,2016 at 1:09pm
Ok, this is big news. Serious parking paint in front of Tobys! No more messing around. (Thx AN)
 Wednesday, February 17 ,2016 at 8:16am
Almost a direct hit! Heavy wind last night, anyone else have any damage?
 Monday, February 15 ,2016 at 9:08pm
"An online petition to lure Dennis Rodoni of Olema into the 4th District's supervisor race may bear fruit: Mr. Rodoni, a lifelong West Marin resident and the owner of Rodoni Construction, who challenged Mr. Kinsey for the seat over a decade ago, said he is considering a run. "I need to sit down and talk with family," he said on Wednesday. "It's a hard decision, because it's a big commitment." THE PETITION:
 Sunday, February 14 ,2016 at 4:08pm
You knew it was coming. Holiday traffic is here, don't leave the house if you don't have to...
 Friday, February 12 ,2016 at 10:26pm
From ABC News, "The recent rains have brought to life a gem in the Bay Area "“ Alamere Falls in the Point Reyes National Seashore."
 Thursday, February 11 ,2016 at 11:36am
Uh oh. "A year after an oyster farm was forced to shut down at Point Reyes National Seashore, sparking a bitter controversy over the role of farming in national parks, a coalition of environmentalists on Wednesday filed a lawsuit over a bigger and more explosive target: thousands of dairy and beef cattle in the park. The groups say that park service officials are violating federal law because they are moving forward with a plan to renew 20-year leases to the ranchers without conducting adequate environmental studies on how the thousands of cows are affecting the seashore's scenic resources, including its tule elk." FULL STORY:
 Wednesday, February 10 ,2016 at 11:44pm
"The California Coastal Commission fired its executive director Wednesday, defying more than 1,000 people who packed a meeting to support a man they called one of the state's most important guardians of public access to the coastline." FULL STORY:
 Wednesday, February 10 ,2016 at 8:13pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day! A West Marin love story (in SFGate no less). "Claire Herminjard did not want to date a meat guy. When she met David Evans in 2010, she was looking for business advice. The two felt a flash of connection when they realized how much their ideals about agriculture, and life, lined up. They probably even fell in love that day. But the timing wasn't right because Herminjard had made it a rule: Do not get involved with a meat guy." FULL LOVE STORY:
 Tuesday, February 9 ,2016 at 11:58pm
Tomorrow is the big showdown in Morro Bay over the removal of the California Coastal Commission's Executive Director Charles Lester. "The (removal) campaign was spurred by (those) who would prefer a less restrictive approach to coastal development projects and are hoping to replace Lester with someone more compliant to their will." Legions are expected to attend Wednesday's 10 a.m. hearing on the Central Coast, prompting staffers to move it to a larger venue. FULL STORY:
 Tuesday, February 9 ,2016 at 5:14pm
A reader shared this: "Kent Lake is spilling. A guy from MMWD told me: 'We're in great shape.' Now if we can just take the rest of the state with us...." So will the Nicasio Reservoir spill over too? And will it ever rain again? (thanks BE)
 Monday, February 8 ,2016 at 10:27pm
I heard that someone sighted a mountain lion near the Nicasio School this weekend. While doing research I discovered the 'triple crown' which is where you see a mountain lion, a bobcat and a lynx all in one day. Apparently Miles DeGraffenreid did just that in Walnut Creek recently. Amazing. FULL STORY:

(photo by John Richards of a mountain lion in Palo Alto)
 Sunday, February 7 ,2016 at 7:07pm
Did anyone catch this??? "Hey @CBS, don't show video of Point Reyes and call it Big Sur. #SuperBowlFail"
 Friday, February 5 ,2016 at 4:04pm
Interesting piece of prose from former SF Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll about West Marin. "The place names of West Marin have a totemic quality for me. I can say "Palomarin" or "Estero," over and over, and they never lose their power." FULL ESSAY: https://joncarrollprose.wordpr...
 Thursday, February 4 ,2016 at 8:29pm
Name this spot in Point Reyes that was handling the massive swell today. No takers. (thx AN)
 Wednesday, February 3 ,2016 at 9:26am
Great sunset this morning, anyone else get a picture?
 Sunday, January 31 ,2016 at 5:24pm
It's windy in West Marin! A tree and power lines down on Inverness Way in Inverness. Proceed with caution.
 Sunday, January 31 ,2016 at 11:12am
I think Panoramic Highway is still closed today, anyone have details? "A mudslide on Panoramic Highway caused a daylong closure Saturday, cutting off access to parts of Mount Tamalpais State Park. The slide of mud and rocks spilled onto the thoroughfare between Pan Toll Road and the Throckmorton Ridge fire station at about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, California Highway officials said. No one was injured." FULL STORY:
 Thursday, January 28 ,2016 at 8:46pm
Thursday! I present you this message from the clever folks in Bolinas. (Thx KH)
 Wednesday, January 27 ,2016 at 7:31pm
The 1970's exhibit at The Jack Mason Museum in Inverness looks awesome. MORE INFO:
 Sunday, January 24 ,2016 at 4:09pm
Two rangers pulling the old 'tarp' trick on a wayward elephant seal at Drakes Beach. They bluffed him back to the beach without incident.
 Sunday, January 24 ,2016 at 12:01pm
The rain is gone for now, a gorgeous sunrise this morning over the Estero brings back the light.
 Saturday, January 23 ,2016 at 10:13am
"Powerlines down on White's Hill on SFD by Fairfax. One-way traffic control in place." If you're heading over hill. (Thx CC)
 Friday, January 22 ,2016 at 12:20pm
King tide and heavy swell bringing all the big boys out of the water at Drakes Beach today.
 Thursday, January 21 ,2016 at 11:34pm
High surf advisory and coastal flood advisory tomorrow due to another storm and king tides. Stay dry. Be safe. Don't drive through standing bodies of water. Send any updates to TWMF (road closures, etc.)
 Thursday, January 21 ,2016 at 11:47am
A coyote has been attacking cars at night on Route One by Slide Ranch. "It is possible, but not probable, that the coyote has eaten something"”perhaps a fly agaric mushroom (amanita muscaria) which has hallucinogenic properties." What? Slow news week? FULL STORY:
 Wednesday, January 20 ,2016 at 5:53pm
"Apparently, the National Park Service has decided that the money would be better spent in other ways. So unless something changes, or an outside donor drops a significant pile of cash in the near future, Point Reyes' Morgan Horse Ranch will cease operation once the last horse dies."
 Tuesday, January 19 ,2016 at 1:50pm
Its not what's in this picture that's important, its what NOT in this picture that's important. Any guesses? Good stuff. (thx SP)
 Tuesday, January 19 ,2016 at 10:35am
This just in: "Park rangers and fire units are on scene with an overturned grain truck on Sir Francis Drake at B ranch". Beyond that, haven't heard word of any other road closures. If you have some information, or any other storm updates, post it here. (update via KWMR)
 Monday, January 18 ,2016 at 11:52am
Blue sky and fog after the storm.
 Sunday, January 17 ,2016 at 5:19pm
Blast from the past. If your passing through Inverness early in the morning, there's a good chance you'll see Banana walking down the side of the road...
 Saturday, January 16 ,2016 at 11:08am
IMPORTANT ALERT: The 'cheap' gas station in San Anselmo that many of us use when over the hill had a credit card scammer machine on the pumps and at least 20 people have had money stolen from their bank accounts. If you've bought gas from there in the last 60 days, check your bank activity. Please share. FULL STORY:
 Friday, January 15 ,2016 at 3:11pm
"An overturned tractor-trailer has dumped its load of soda drinks into creek on Panoramic Hwy at mile marker 6.28 near Pan Toll. EB lane shut" via KWMR Radio
 Friday, January 15 ,2016 at 1:21pm
Well, we've had big storm predictions before, but they seem pretty sure about this one. A 'yellow' alert has been issued for Marin for the next 72 hours meaning flooding is possible. Stay dry, stay safe. Here is the forecast:

Fri Jan 15: Rain likely after 4 PM otherwise partly sunny. Between 0.2" to 0.4" of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.

Sat Jan 16: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 AM to 10 AM. Approximately 0.2" to 0.4" of precipitation in coastal, northern, and higher terrain locations.

Sun Jan 17: Rain. The rain can be heavy at times, especially between 4 PM and 10 PM. Approximately 1" of precipitation and over 1.75" possible in coastal and higher terrain locations.

Mon Jan 18: Rain likely. The rain could be heavy at times.
 Wednesday, January 13 ,2016 at 10:37pm
Ashley Steward is a teacher who lives in Bolinas, teaches in Bodega Bay and desperately needed help with her car. Its an amazing story with a great ending (her goal was met! in one day!) and illustrates the power of a strong community. I wish there was more of this. FULL STORY:
 Wednesday, January 13 ,2016 at 4:10pm
"The Marin County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it describes as a "suspicious" death in Bolinas. The body was found floating in the surf Wednesday morning. Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said the body is a man and thus not the missing University of California student whose car and belongings were found over the weekend near the Point Reyes Lighthouse."
 Wednesday, January 13 ,2016 at 10:26am
Make sure the gutters are clear. "In brief, the El Nino forecast calls for more rain Thursday and Saturday before a "super soaker" that amounts to a "firehose pointed at the North Bay" moves in late Sunday or early Monday, National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said."
 Tuesday, January 12 ,2016 at 2:37pm
Cohos spawning in Olema Creek. Now is the time, pretty cool. Via Loretta Farley's Park Wavelengths email.
 Monday, January 11 ,2016 at 9:10pm
Allioooooop found this little guy down in Bolinas.
 Sunday, January 10 ,2016 at 7:38pm
Secret art spot of the day. Do you know where to find this gem? Bonus points if you know who did it.
 Saturday, January 9 ,2016 at 7:24pm
MISSING PERSON: "Shuqin Zhang, 22 year old, Asian Female, last seen in Berkeley on January 7 at 1:30 a.m. Shuqin's vehicle was found at Point Reyes near the lighthouse area. The vehicle was unoccupied and search efforts are underway. The National Park Service, US Coast Guard and Marin County Search and Rescue are currently looking for Shuqin. Berkeley PD investigators are on scene and coordinating with those agencies. We are asking anyone who may have seen Shuqin or her vehicle coming into the area to contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900."
 Friday, January 8 ,2016 at 7:49pm
Reposting this story about a local physican who worked at the Coastal Health Alliance in West Marin and recently had her medical license suspended. A few people felt posting her picture and story details was not appropriate on FB. If you wish to read the full story, you can go to the Marin IJ article here:
I'd be curious to hear what other people think, its an interesting dialogue about private versus personal information, community news, social media, etc.
 Thursday, January 7 ,2016 at 3:17pm
Lots of pictures of the 'ghost ship' of Point Reyes on social media, this one definitely stands out. Photo by Michael Graef.
 Wednesday, January 6 ,2016 at 8:52am
From CHPMarin at 6:47am: "Where there's flooding we usually find debris as well. Report of a tree down on Lucas Vly Rd near Nicasio Vly Rd. Avoid the area."
 Tuesday, January 5 ,2016 at 6:33pm
Storm number three (the big one) coming tonight: "Prepare today for tomorrows commute by planning to leave early. The @NWSBayArea has issued a flash flood watch for much of #Marin. #ElNino" - CHPMarin
 Tuesday, January 5 ,2016 at 10:10am
Lots of rain and lots of birds at Chicken Ranch Beach. Anyone know why? Sitting out the storm? Herring?
 Monday, January 4 ,2016 at 2:18pm
Very sad, thanks to the rescue crews for the time they put in. "Authorities believe a body found just south of McClure's Beach Sunday was that of a 62-year-old San Jose man reported missing the day before.Searchers discovered the body about 11 a.m. about 100 feet down a cliff, according to Lt. Doug Pittman, county sheriff's spokesman.Authorities think the man may have stumbled over the cliff." MORE INFO:

(thx to Richard James for photo)
 Sunday, January 3 ,2016 at 8:45pm
Breaking update from @pointreyesnps:
"Tolay, the elephant seal relocated from Highway 37, gave birth to a pup yesterday! The birth was observed from the elephant seal overlook at Chimney Rock. Photo by Winter Wildlife Docent, Jim Rolka"
 Sunday, January 3 ,2016 at 1:26pm
This is a big deal. "Veteran Supervisor Steve Kinsey's decision to call it quits without an heir apparent has triggered a behind-the-scenes political scramble. Only one candidate, Alex Easton-Brown, has declared an intention to run for the seat at stake on the June ballot, but several others are lining up, including Kinsey's political aide, David Escobar of Pittsburg." FULL STORY:
 Saturday, January 2 ,2016 at 11:29pm
A dramatic sky in Point Reyes tonight with whales spouting everywhere. (Sorry for re-post, technical issue)
 Friday, January 1 ,2016 at 11:22pm
The first sunset of 2016, here's to a good year! (Thx AN)
 Friday, January 1 ,2016 at 9:16pm
In spite of freezing cold temperatures, a 'spare the air' alert has been issued for tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 3). "First-time violators have the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class, online or by mail, in lieu of paying a $100 ticket. Second violations will result in a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts go higher."
 Thursday, December 31 ,2015 at 10:17am
ALERT! Super icy on the roads this morning, people are reporting sliding all over Sir Francis Drake. Black ice too. Use extreme caution when driving.
 Thursday, December 31 ,2015 at 10:01am
Here is Tolay, the wayward pregnant elephant seal, out at the elephant seal overlook in Point Reyes. Great job by everybody who worked really hard to make this a happy ending. She is tagged, so they'll be able to follow her general progress.
 Tuesday, December 29 ,2015 at 9:31pm
"Tolay" the unfortunate pregnant elephant seal who caused a major traffic jam on Hwy 37 the last two days was finally picked up and transported to Point Reyes to be released out at Chimney Rock. Good luck out there Tolay! - More:
 Monday, December 28 ,2015 at 10:06pm
Some members of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin were out at the elephant seal overlook in Point Reyes today when their fourteen year old son spotted this rare (and threatened) green sea turtle. Amazing. (Thx MP) EAC FB:
 Monday, December 28 ,2015 at 10:44am
"Endangered coho salmon are riding waves of rain into Marin in numbers not seen in a decade. "It's very busy, there are a lot of coho out there," said Greg Andrew, fishery program manager for the water district. "It's a very active time." The agency is documenting coho swimming by its antenna just upstream of Point Reyes Station. The antenna detects tags that were implanted in the fish when they were fry. Each tag has a unique number that allows identification and data collection."
 Sunday, December 27 ,2015 at 7:33pm
The cold front moving in made the sky look like a painting tonight out at North Beach in Point Reyes. Amazing colors.
 Sunday, December 27 ,2015 at 10:40am
Bird Report: Two bald eagles were seen by the Estero trail two days ago, there are lots of burrowing owls are in the park right now and a golden eagle was seen on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road last week. Yesterday folks spotted a ferruginous and a sharp shinned hawk by Abbotts. Get out there! (thx CP)
 Friday, December 25 ,2015 at 8:47pm
Look for the rare Christmas full moon tonight. First one since 1977. The "Full Cold Moon".
 Thursday, December 24 ,2015 at 9:45pm
The Christmas Asteroid! "Near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220 will pass safely, at more than 28 times the moon's distance, on Christmas Eve."
 Wednesday, December 23 ,2015 at 9:09pm
Some hearty carolers brave the cold in Inverness to bring some local Christmas cheer tonight. (Thx DW)