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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.
 Friday, January 23 ,2015 at 5:19pm
 Friday, January 23 ,2015 at 4:04pm
This guy was ruling the waves this afternoon at Drakes in Point Reyes. #microsurfer
 Friday, January 23 ,2015 at 11:42am
9:38am - Anyone know what's going with all the loud, gun-shot like noises on the bay this morning? Are those hunters? Using bazookas?
 Thursday, January 22 ,2015 at 11:14pm
High surf advisory starting Friday at 6am through the weekend. Very solid west swell with waves approaching 20 feet. If you go to the beach, stay away from the water, and let others know as well.
 Wednesday, January 21 ,2015 at 11:22pm
Local photographer and former park ranger Carlos Porrata has a photo show opening at The Dance Palace this weekend, the reception is at 1:00pm on Saturday. If you've seen his work, you know how amazing it is and how much he loves this place. This is a photo he shot this week of a Bobcat hanging with some Elk in Point Reyes. See you there!
 Tuesday, January 20 ,2015 at 9:47pm
 Tuesday, January 20 ,2015 at 9:03pm
"Officials with Point Reyes National Seashore will begin an experiment next week to reduce the invasive plant species on about 12 acres of national parkland, the officials said." Apparently they can't mow due to red-legged frogs being around and goats eat what cattle, elk and deer won't. The interwebs found this story mildly amusing and it's gone somewhat viral.
 Monday, January 19 ,2015 at 6:30pm
 Monday, January 19 ,2015 at 6:16pm
At the Palace Market this morning. I'm starting to see a theme here. (via Kathy Gower)
 Monday, January 19 ,2015 at 6:02pm
At the Palace this morning!
 Sunday, January 18 ,2015 at 11:41am
Elephant Seal frat party at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes. Quite the raucous crew. Lots of very cute pups out there too.
 Saturday, January 17 ,2015 at 4:35pm
Spotted in town this morning. Just another day in Point Reyes. (thx RH)
 Friday, January 16 ,2015 at 2:54pm
12:49pm - CHP sitting by Perry's reminding people to drive slow and safe.
 Friday, January 16 ,2015 at 12:51pm
"Dewey Livingston knew by the trees and surroundings that this was Inverness, and more specifically Tomales Bay State Park, and the woman looked to be conservationist Caroline Livermore. We concluded the date of the photograph was circa 1950." Turned out to be the dedication of the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial in 1952. Read the original article, good stuff.

 Thursday, January 15 ,2015 at 9:36am
7:21am - Accident on Olema Hill, one lane closed. Take alternate route if you can. (Thx BE)
 Wednesday, January 14 ,2015 at 6:09pm
 Wednesday, January 14 ,2015 at 2:36pm
Eric Ettlinger
Aquatic Ecologist, MMWD

What started off as an unusually large and early coho run in Lagunitas Creek appears to be coming to a disappointing end. We may see a few fish spawning in the next couple of weeks, but at this point a late surge is unlikely. To date we've counted 103 coho redds, which is similar to what we saw three years ago but barely half of average. What's most disappointing is that in 2013 we observed a robust emigration of coho smolts from the creek. We expected those relatively large fish to pack on some more weight in the restored Giacomini Wetlands and then survive well in the open ocean. It now appears that less than three percent of those fish have returned.

It's possible that we missed some spawning while 15 inches of rain fell and high stream flows kept us out of Lagunitas Creek in mid-December. If that's true, we should have found redds, live fish, or even carcasses when we returned to the creek, but we saw few of each. We also surveyed the tributary streams during that period and saw relatively few salmon for that time of year. There's little option but to conclude that this year's cohort survived poorly in the ocean.

On January 5 we saw our first steelhead spawner of the season and once the rain returns we should see steelhead numbers ramp up. We're still seeing a couple of Chinook salmon in the creek, and yesterday had the distinct pleasure of seeing a small mixed school of coho, Chinook, and steelhead holding in a deep pool. It wasn't much, but we'll take what we can get.
 Tuesday, January 13 ,2015 at 2:22pm
 Tuesday, January 13 ,2015 at 1:51pm
11:35am - There is a macaw that is in the eucalyptus trees near the "sand castle" (by the senior housing in Point Reyes Station). The hawks are going after it. (thx RH)
 Monday, January 12 ,2015 at 9:51am
7:45am - Heavy, heavy fog this morning. Drive very carefully, plan for delays.
 Sunday, January 11 ,2015 at 10:21pm
West Marin musicians Peter Rowan, Paul Knight and Blaine Sprouse were featured on this weekend's "Prairie Home Companion" radio show broadcast from and recorded in San Francisco.
 Sunday, January 11 ,2015 at 8:18pm
Love it! Rock on.
 Saturday, January 10 ,2015 at 10:49am
Wise Academy is currently open for enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year for grades K-5. We would like to invite you to our Open House January
11th from 2:30-4:30. Parents, students, family and friends are all
welcome. Join us at the beautiful Henry Bothin Center located at 3125
Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Marin County. Our Open House will consist of a
tour through our grades with classroom presentations from our teachers
that will give prospective families inspiration of how our Waldorf
methods program works. We hope you can attend!

Schedule of Events:

2:30-2:40 Parents welcomed in Little House by Ellie Jenkins, Director
- Refreshments/tea served

2:45-3:05 Kindergarten presentation

3:05-3:20 First grade presentation

3:30-3:50 2nd-3rd grade presentation

4:00-4:20 4th-5th grade presentation

4:20-4:30 Closing at Little House
- Registrations taken
- Refreshments served

Thank you,

Wise Academy
 Friday, January 9 ,2015 at 6:41pm
On a lighter note, I spotted this guy frollicking in the waves today out at North Beach in Point Reyes. Whales all over the place. And that's not a small whale, that's a big wave, be careful if you head out there.
 Friday, January 9 ,2015 at 4:58pm
Just in case you live way out in the woods and haven't heard this yet. The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed from midnight Friday night (tonight) until Monday at 4am. They're installing this nifty new moveable safety barrier and eliminating those brave dudes who drop the yellow cones in the holes. Kind of sad if you ask me. But hopefully safer for everyone.
 Friday, January 9 ,2015 at 12:53pm
10:46am - Haven't heard official word yet, but it sounds like the Pygmy Sperm whale that they found on a beach in Point Reyes yesterday isn't going to make it. Apparently he was a juveline, poor little guy. This picture is from KGO via SFGate.
 Friday, January 9 ,2015 at 10:35am
Press Democrat has a story today about the challenges of cleaning up the now defunct Drake's Bay Oyster Farm: "Ben Becker, the national seashore's marine ecologist, said he saw several hundred oyster strings on two wooden oyster growing racks during a snorkeling survey conducted from a 12-foot outboard motor boat this week, when the videos were taken."
 Thursday, January 8 ,2015 at 11:38pm
 Thursday, January 8 ,2015 at 10:51pm
 Thursday, January 8 ,2015 at 10:04pm
"A pygmy sperm whale beached itself in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday afternoon, according to the Marine Mammal Center. The 5- to 6-foot whale was alive at some point after it stranded, but its body was bloodied and it was unclear if the animal would survive." Please be respectful and leave it in peace so that scientists can examine it and learn what happened. A beautiful creature, very sad.
 Wednesday, January 7 ,2015 at 9:26pm
 Wednesday, January 7 ,2015 at 9:10pm
Surfer's ring, lost on Bolinas beach in 1979, returned after 35 years. Remember, there's always hope...
 Wednesday, January 7 ,2015 at 11:05am
"Biologists who monitor the seal population recently spotted the first pup of the season born on the beach at Point Reyes. Most pups are born in January, and initially are about 3 to 4 feet long and weigh about 60 pounds. "

Photo by Kent Porter at the Press Democrat:
 Wednesday, January 7 ,2015 at 12:58am
I lost my earring downtown Point Reyes on Monday. Just spreading the word in case anyone has found it.
 Tuesday, January 6 ,2015 at 6:59pm
Point Reyes officially entered Spanish maps on January 6, 1603 when Sebastian Vizcaino sighted the headlands on the Roman Catholic feast day of the three wise men. Following Spanish tradition, the headlands were named after these religious figures: "la Punta de los Reyes" or the Point of the Kings. (thx EP).
 Tuesday, January 6 ,2015 at 6:59pm
A digital camera in black bag was lost on or around the Kehoe trail or parking lot Sunday, January 4th. Reward offered. If you've seen it or know anything about it, please leave a comment below. Thanks. (LL)
 Tuesday, January 6 ,2015 at 6:28pm
"Point Reyes officially entered Spanish maps on January 6, 1603 when Sebastian Vizcaino sighted the headlands on the Roman Catholic feast day of the three wise men. Following Spanish tradition, the headlands were named after these religious figures: "la Punta de los Reyes" or the Point of the Kings. Spanish expeditions along the north coast continued. Later, sailors eventually found and entered Tomales Bay, where they would have seen the Miwok village at Segogolue or Toms Point. Amongst the kotças (sleeping shelters), the Spanish traded goods made of metal for finely woven Miwok baskets." (from"¦/historycu"¦/people_europeanexplorers.htm)
 Tuesday, January 6 ,2015 at 2:44pm
West Marin Mosquito Council meeting tonight. 7pm. Bolinas firehouse. Please attend to show the district that West Marin citizens still strongly support LOW toxic protocols for mosquito control.
 Tuesday, January 6 ,2015 at 2:28pm
West Marin community please come out to show support. West Marin Mosquito Council meeting tonight. 7pm. Bolinas firehouse. Please attend to show the district that West Marin citizens still strongly support LOW toxic protocols for mosquito control.
 Monday, January 5 ,2015 at 5:16pm
Interesting way to memorialize your very special day. At The Old Western Saloon on the bar. Love the guy sitting on the stool. Maybe this was all Ken Fulk's idea. Photo by B.J. Martin.
 Monday, January 5 ,2015 at 10:01am
 Sunday, January 4 ,2015 at 7:06pm
Full moon rising! Look for it! "The January 2015 full moon is the first full moon after the December 21 solstice. In North America, we often this full moon the Wolf Moon, Old Moon or Moon After Yule. Astronomically speaking, the moon is full at the moment that it's most opposite the sun in its orbit (180 from the sun in celestial or ecliptic longitude). For general reference, however, we can say the moon is full all night tonight, lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn." This picture is the same moon, tonight, in Italy.
 Sunday, January 4 ,2015 at 2:04pm
Here's some inspiration for the New Year. A great post about how Colin Carpenter built this gorgeous, completely off-the-grid house in Inverness a few years ago. Living the dream.
Maybe Ken Fulk and Hidden Dragon should take some notes...
 Sunday, January 4 ,2015 at 11:05am
3rd Spare the Air day in a row today. Yesterday morning when I walked out onto my deck first Valley was filled with smoke. Today is not quite as much. Quaint old Invernesians are hypocritically exempt? Wood now is my only source of heat ... Other than easy to find portable electric heaters that can be moved from room to room.
 Saturday, January 3 ,2015 at 10:45pm
Only Golden Gate Transit buses, emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross on Jan. 10-12. Golden Gate Ferry will expand its service.

By Bay City News Service:

The Golden Gate Bridge will close later this month for the installation of a 13,340-foot moveable median barrier to provide a safer trip across the bridge and eliminate head-on collisions, bridge officials said.

The 52-hour closure starts at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 10 and ends at 4 a.m. Jan. 12.

More than 3,200 steel-clad metal and concrete barrier units are already stacked at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza administration building off of Merchant Road, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman Priya David Clemens said.

The units are 12 inches wide, 32 inches high and filled with high density concrete. They will be connected in a line using steel pins to form a semi-rigid median barrier designed to stay in place through tension and their own weight. Each barrier weighs approximately 1,500 pounds, Clemens said.

In advance of the closure, blue dots are being installed on the bridge roadway, Clemens said.

The dots are guidelines for the two zipper trucks with Golden Gate Bridge logos that will move the barriers to different lanes to accommodate traffic flow.

The estimated cost of the project is $30.3 million, with $20 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission via the state of California, $1.3 million in federal funds and $5.1 million from Golden Gate Bridge toll revenues.

During the closure, Golden Gate Transit buses will still be allowed to cross the bridge and will run on their normal weekend schedule. Emergency vehicles also will be allowed on the bridge during the closure.

Vehicles traveling from the North Bay will have to use either the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge or Bay Bridge to get into San Francisco.

Golden Gate Ferry will expand its service to and from Larkspur and San Francisco to include late night trips.

There will be 15 departures from Larkspur to San Francisco starting at 5:45 a.m. Jan. 10 through 12:35 a.m. Jan. 11. Eleven of the departures from Larkspur to San Francisco will be half-hour high-speed runs.

There are 14 departures from San Francisco to Larkspur from 6:20 a.m. Jan. 10 through 1:10 a.m. Jan. 11. Eleven of the departures will be high-speed runs.

The Sausalito Ferry to and from San Francisco will operate on its regular weekend schedule. The trip takes a half-hour one way.

The bridge's east sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but the west sidewalk and parking lots at both ends of the bridge will be closed to the public.

San Francisco Municipal Railway 28-19th Avenue buses will be allowed to operate through the tunnel under the Bridge Toll Plaza.

Access roads that lead to the bridge will start closing at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 9.
U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County will close at the Marin City/Sausalito exit. There will be no southbound access from Marin City to the bridge and there will be no northbound access from Alexander Avenue. Access to northbound Highway 101 will be available from Spencer Avenue and Rodeo Avenue.

In San Francisco, the Highway 101 closure will be at Doyle Drive and Marina Boulevard. There also will be a closure at the intersection of Park Presidio Boulevard and Lake Street. There will be no northbound access to Highway 101 between those exits and the bridge.
 Friday, January 2 ,2015 at 11:28pm
Hadn't dawned on me that people might even try: "Point Reyes Visitors Warned Against Collecting Shellfish At Closed Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Site"


The company plans to hold one last party to thank those who have supported them over the years. The potluck, which is open to the public, will take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Reyes Station's Green Barn, at 540 Mesa Road.
 Friday, January 2 ,2015 at 10:59am
 Friday, January 2 ,2015 at 9:46am
New Year's Resolution: Where is the one place in West Marin you haven't been to in awhile (or ever) and are going to get to this year?

You could start here, what is the name of this spot?

Photo by Steve Bratman:
 Wednesday, December 31 ,2014 at 12:56pm
 Wednesday, December 31 ,2014 at 11:08am
Just (9 am Dec 31) had a chat with Will Thompson, who is our local CHP patrolman. He told me he had just had a discussion at the sheriff's office about the parking ticket issued to a local person at Chicken Ranch a couple of days ago. He told me they have decided to rescind the ticket and that no parking tickets should be issued at that location, where people park to go to the beach. Linda Petersen
 Wednesday, December 31 ,2014 at 9:40am
Comet Lovejoy will be the first naked eye comet of 2015, so check it out tonight when you're celebrating New Year's Eve, the green glow is amazing.
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 11:25pm
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 9:21pm
WIND ALERT: NWS has issued a wind alert from 7am Tuesday to 12pm on Wednesday. "A fast moving...Cold...And dry storm system will sweep through the area late tonight and tuesday morning. Strong and gusty north to northeast winds will develop beginning tuesday morning through midday wednesday. Strongest winds are expected in the hills of the north and east bay. The time period of strongest winds will be between late tuesday afternoon and late tuesday night. Winds will gradually subside on wednesday."

Plan accordingly, be safe.
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 12:43pm
So did anyone go? How was it? Star power in Point Reyes...
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 9:38am
7:28am - Intense fog going over the hill and CHP at the reservoir. Drive safe! And it's a spare the air day...
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:57pm
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:14pm
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:14pm
Has anyone ever gotten a parking ticket for parking at Chicken Ranch Beach?

Yesterday I got a ticket for parking on the shoulder of Sir Francis Drake Blvd just up from the beach. This is where I have been parking for ages to meet Carlos to go take photos, and where I see 100s of cars park weekly to visit the beach.

As you can see, I am parked facing the wrong way, though I am very far off the road. This cost me $61. To add to my pain, "PARKED ON SHOULDER/FREEWAY CVC 21718" was hand written on the ticket, raising my ticket to $106. SFD is a freeway?

I TOTALLY accept my violation and respect that the officer who wrote it was simply doing his/her job. So no friction, I totally understand. I am just curious of others experiences parking on the shoulder of SFD Blvd so I know for future reference.

Merry Christmas to me...
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 10:11am
Shaping up to be another epic day in Point Reyes. (Who sees the flying cloud bird?)
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 8:03pm
They said there were whales, and there were whales. We got to the Point Reyes Lighthouse around 8:30am and saw 11 whales in about an hour. Perfect whale watching weather right now.
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 7:02pm
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 6:46pm
Two Bull Elephant Seals just outside the old cafe at Drakes all day today
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 9:50am
95 #whales seen from the Point Reyes Lighthouse yesterday! Better watching conditions today...maybe we'll see a hundred! - via Point Reyes NPS
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 10:19pm
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 9:49pm
7:31pm - A couple of police cars just flew up Route One heading towards Marshall. Sounds like there may be a high speed chase in progress. Anyone see them go by?
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 8:04pm
A gorgeous sunset out at Limantour Beach caps off a beautiful day in Point Reyes.
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:33pm
Sounds like 'Hidden Dragon' might pale in comparison to what Ken Fulk is bringing to town: "Fulk is creating a summer compound in Inverness for philanthropists Alexis and Trevor Traina, with an old-time fishing-camp theme. "He imagines design like an Old World theater director," Alexis Traina said, "where every single detail is a rich, sensory experience that tells a piece of a great story hatched by Ken and his clients.""
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:33pm
12:18pm - "Traffic is now open both directions on Lucas Valley Rd after tree took out power lines Wednesday." Phew, hopefully that's the last post about that.
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:03pm
Anyone know the status of Lucas Valley Road now, at almost noon?
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 11:32am
9:28am - Repair crews still hanging power lines along Lucas Valley Road near Skywalker Ranch in #MarinCounty. Road remains closed to all but locals. - @maringov
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 11:04pm
Anyone know what sounds like gunfire or cannon shots occasionally in Lagunitas?
This is the third time I've heard a series of these pretty late at night, any ideas?
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 5:36pm
3:33pm - Early indication: it will be midnight before Lucas Valley Road is fully reopened. @CHPMarin could open a single lane sooner.
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 4:06pm
As of four hours ago, Lucas Valley Road still closed, anyone have any updated info? "Lucas Valley Road remains closed this morning because of downed power lines. Trees have been removed. Waiting on @PGE4Me." - @maringov
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 4:06pm
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 2:35pm
Anybody know for sure if Lucas Valley Road is open now? Thanks!
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 12:19pm
Merry Merry on a frosty Christmas morn.
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 10:34am
Jack Frost was in Point Reyes and Inverness this morning. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 10:34am
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 6:24pm
4:11pm - Lucas Valley Road between San Rafael and West Marin closed both directions due to large tree and power lines down. Closed until tomorrow. - via @MarinSheriff
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 6:09pm
4:00pm - Tree down north of Hog Island on Route One. Fire Dept. says it will take about two hours to clear, not sure if road is fully closed.
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 5:26pm
3:21pm - Just got a report that a power line is down on Lucas Valley Drive about 10 minutes away from 101, road is closed for now. (thx CJ)