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While on a surf check to the beaches, someone stumbled upon the wild dogs of #pointreyes. No owner in site, hopefully they made it home ok.
This Friday (7/11) at 8:30 am on KWMR, Supervisor Steve Kinsey and TAM Executive Director Dianne Steinhauser will talk about transportation in West Marin, including a discussion of an innovative ridesharing program using the free smartphone app Carma. More information is on http://car.ma/sfbay.
Terra Livingston just opened a new store in Petaluma called 'Opera House Collective'. Looks amazing.
Can you identify this mystery creature found at the beach in #pointreyes this weekend?
Caught off guard tonight by an epic sunset in #pointreyes
OYSTER UPDATE: I have know idea what any of this means. "It looks like the last oyster may finally be shucked at the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. by the end of December, judging by what both sides in the long legal fight over the future of the farm said in federal court Monday. Then again, maybe not."
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/End-may-be-near-for-Point-Reyes-oyster-farm-5605362.php
A lot of the sirens over the weekend were due to rescue crews going out to check on Will Schmidt who is SUPing from Canada to Mexico to support Wounded Warriors battling depression. Everything ended up being ok. Amazing journey for Will.
http://www.areyouinspiredyet.com/
Really nice art exhibit right now at The Wounded General in Inverness Park. Stop by and check it out.
Today at 2:00pm: "Join us for a conversation with stage and film actor Frances McDormand and writer and director Joel Coen, moderated by Commonweal board member, Eric Karpeles." Star power.
http://tns.commonweal.org/events/mcdormand-coen/#.U7mL2PldV8F
Black Toyota Tacoma being cleared from SFD by Dream Farm. All clear now. What a weekend for car mishaps.
"In Bolinas, Stinson Beach's men defeated Bolinas in 9.23 minutes, reclaiming the tug of war title they lost last year. Bolinas women, however, won their contest."
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26093976/marin-celebrates-fourth?source=rss
The sirens are for a car on its side by Tomales Bay Oysters on Rt 1 #pointreyes
I got the information for the Fourth of July races out of the Point Reyes Light. Some local folks have told me they start at 10 and there is no food. So I'm completely confused and apologize for other folks confusion.
Careful, car off the road just before Inverness on SFD. #pointreyes
"July Fourth festivities in Inverness take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the annual footraces and food for purchase in front of the firehouse." And by annual footraces, I mean the 'once-a-year opportunity to have your pride crushed' in front of everyone.
1:00pm - CHP on Novato Blv at Petaluma-Point Reyes road today. (Thanks Matt).
A temporary beach closure on the Great Beach between North Beach and Abbots Lagoon is in place from Friday July 4 through July 6th to protect nesting snowy plovers during this critical phase. In 2013, of 11 newly hatched chicks, only three survived past the 4th of July weekend. It is hoped the temporary closure will protect this threatened species. (via Loretta Farley)
Someone picked up a basket of tennis balls from in front of our family house in Inverness last night between 6:30 and 9:30. They were sitting in front of the gate at 98 Camino del Mar in Seahaven. Maybe this person thought the basket and balls were abandoned there? If so, would you please return them? My brother, Xerxes Whitney, a tennis coach and sixth grade P.E. teacher uses them to give lessons and in his classes at Windsor Middle School. Just please bring them back and leave them where you found them, no questions asked. (via Dakota Whitney)
A teenager was pulled into the beach break today at South Beach in #pointreyes and barely made it out (waves pic just before incident). Please remember to be safe at the beaches and don't be afraid to tell others to get out of the water. (Thanks to Kneelo for pics and story).
BREAKING NEWS: Point Reyes oyster farm denied Supreme Court hearing
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Point-Reyes-oyster-farm-denied-Supreme-Court-5589634.php
I happened to find this on the Twitter from this week's local papers. Is this a typo or just a very poorly written report? Or a miracle? Was a shark involved? (@daudig)
8:41pm - Anyone else hear all the gun shots on the bay? Hunting ducks or what?
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Saturday evening, 14 miles from Bolinas, Calif., in Marin County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:51 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-earthquakesa-earthquake-32-quake-strikes-near-bolinas-calif-fhnx6q-story.html
So this week the Point Reyes Light has a fantastic photo from Art Rogers of a Great White that was caught off of Point Reyes and displayed out front of Tobys in 1976.
http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/art-rogers-family-album-june-26-2014
AND they have a lead story on the 'mystery shark bite' in Tomales Bay a few weeks ago, on the list of suspects apparently is a Great White: "Ms. Ludwigsen’s bite has puzzled some of the nation’s foremost shark experts: the cuts are not deep enough to match the teeth of a vicious predator like a great white shark, but attacking a human would be unprecedented behavior from docile bottom-feeding sharks that breed in Tomales Bay. Many of the researchers had guesses, but no one was sure."
http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/tomales-bay-swimmers-shark-bite-puzzles-experts
Coincidence? I think not! It's Shark Week at the Point Reyes Light!!!
Tigger - the West Marin School cat has been missing since Tuesday night. He is easy to recognize as both his ears were removed to save his life from cancer. He is beloved by the staff and students of West Marin School where he has lived for many many years. If you see him please notify the school office, Point Reyes Animal Hospital (663-1533), or Planned Feralhood (663-8497) (via Kathy Runnion)
A big Eucalyptus branch down on Chicken Ranch today. (Thanks Eric)
The Point Reyes Farmer's Market kicks off tomorrow (Saturday, June 28th) and we've got some summer weather to go with it!
"After a cool start to summer this past week — with cloudy skies and highs in the 70s through much of Marin and the Bay Area — forecasters say we're due for the first warm wave of summer."
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26049586/warmer-weather-coming-marin-this-weekend
Timmy who? "West Marin's Colton Baldwin and Peter Gallagher combined on a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Novato South in a District 3 Little League 9-10-year-old game at Hamman Field. It came about three hours after Lincecum's gem in a 4-0 win over the Padres at AT&T.
http://www.marinij.com/ci_26036167/little-league-west-marin-pitchers-combine-no-hitter
A very interesting boat (ex-navy?) named 'Drake' on the Tomales Bay in #pointreyes. Anyone else seen it? (Thx Camille)
Happy Summer Solstice! Longest day of the year!
Power has been off in parts of Seahaven due to PG&E work since nine. Apparently they didn't tell anyone beforehand and people are bummed out. Hopefully it comes back on soon.
On November 29th, 2008, a man hiking in #pointreyes took this photo of a UFO. Anyone else have a good local UFO story? I heard that some folks had a very interesting encounter near Perry's back in the day.
Here is where I found that photo: http://space-man.de/straped/home.php?case=14231
"The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin and other local residents are mobilizing to purchase the 39-acre Coast Guard housing complex in Point Reyes when it will be sold next year by the federal government’s General Services Administration." Wow. That's a pretty big deal.
http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/locals-mobilize-buy-compound
Lost horse is getting an escort to nearby pasture by the Sheriff. #pointreyes #countryproblems
There is gelding Arabian horse that was found walking on the road by the boatel. Does anyone know who's it is? The sheriff is here. Let me know or come get your horse.
Just noticed this. Never a dull moment out here in the woods. #pointreyes #supremecourt
Terry Sawyer from Hog Island is on Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED right now talking about ocean acidification. Check it out. Should be archived later as well.
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201406180900
Classic #nicasioreservoir morning. Going to be a beautiful day.
6:33am - looks like another car commercial on Lucas Valley Road today. Expect delays, lots of CHP.
"Two hikers who died a few days apart in the same area of Mount Tamalpais both died accidentally, one from fall injuries and the other from hypothermia, the Marin County sheriff's department said Tuesday." So that should put that to rest.
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25981305/marin-coroner-mt-tam-hikers-both-died-accidentally
Today in the Past: The landfall of Francis Drakes Golden Hind on June 17, 1579 at #PointReyes (via @PRNSA). Assuming, you know, he actually landed here.
Just a family of crows hanging in their sweet nest at the beach in #pointreyes Is it a murder if it's a family?
Budget meeting today at 4 PM at West Marin School to begin floating suggestions for $1.2 million in needed cuts bit.ly/1uSqamM (via Christopher Peak, @CLPeak on Twitter)
Help local food producers Maggie Beth Levinger & Luke Regalbuto win a Whole Foods grant by voting for Wild West Ferments here:
https://www.facebook.com/WFMNovato?sk=app_303561899745219&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=chk-539c7c632d9c3
Injury accident in Olema at SFD and Rt 1. Rt. 1, SFD and Bear Valley Road temporarily closed. #pointreyes
Heard there was a helicopter rescue this afternoon at Dive Beach in #pointreyes. Does anyone know any details?
THEY FOUND HER!!!!! "Allie Rasmus KTVU @arasmusKTVU 1m
Family of Ida Rothschild going to command post. mom was smiling, crying, saying thank you to rescuers #KTVU pic.twitter.com/1Qm4dt0h0U"
Car accident on SFD just before Inverness this morning. No word on injuries. Traffic is slow. #pointreyes
"Allie Rasmus KVTU - Search&rescue from several #BayArea counties head out after getting search assignments for 9yo Ida Rothschild #KTVU pic.twitter.com/zt7aiJO27X
Still no sign of the girl. Fingers crossed this turns out ok.
From Sheriff Doug Pittman: "My fellow West Marin folks, PLEASE keep an eye out for missing 9 year old Ida Rothschild! Ida went missing today around 12:15 last scene in her campsite in Samuel P Taylor State Park. We have over 140 trained searchers combing the park and surrounding hills as I write. We (the Sheriff's Office) will not stop leading this huge search effort until we find her whereabouts. Yes, that means we will be here throughout the night, all night until we find Ida. Thank you to those who have generously dropped off water and snacks for our volunteer searchers...all is greatly appreciated. Prayers for The Rothschild family and the safe return of Ida. Sheriff Doug"
Search for Ida Rothschild will continue 24/7 until she's found according to Marin Co. Search & Rescue. @CBSSF pic.twitter.com/qkJjbkpTiG
Missing 9 year old girl at Samuel P. Taylor State park. Press conference coming up. More info after. @kron4news pic.twitter.com/BU1a3PiTRP
Search crews are fanning out across Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County to search for a little girl who went missing Friday afternoon.
http://abc7news.com/family/9-year-old-girl-missing-in-samuel-p-taylor-state-park/113025/
There's more. Wildcat Beach in Point Reyes voted in CNN as one of the best U.S. places to escape civilization. Hmmmm.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/13/travel/us-remote-vacation-spots/
Bolinas is on a roll. Voted one of the 'happiest beach towns of 2014' and has a big feature in the NY TImes (Thanks Marc).
http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/2014-happiest-seaside-towns
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/travel/bolinas-calif-the-town-that-didnt-want-company.html
Wow, it's a busy day today. "On Thursday, June 12th at 11:23am, a Severe Traffic Alert is in effect for CA-1 in the area of Tomales-Petaluma Rd. in Sonoma County. One way traffic control is in effect due to an overturned vehicle. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes to avoid the area. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway"
County fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini said fire crews had the blaze "10 percent" contained at 10:15 a.m. after having difficulty reaching the site a mile or so inside the park on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
"It's a long narrow fire," he said, adding fog prevented state aircraft from lending a hand. "We've got a lot of resources coming in," he added. "This will be a ground battle. It will be a long day."
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25948984/firefighters-battle-blaze-marins-sam-taylor-state-park?source=rss
DBOC on NPR today. Looks like those signs are paying off. And of course, a blistering discussion has broken out in the comments. Someone needs to let Sarah Rolph know.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/12/319069034/fight-over-calif-oyster-company-splits-chefs-and-land-defenders
BREAKING NEWS: Via Nels Johnson: "Fire burning now at Sam Taylor Park. Ten acres in park interior." Anyone else have any updates on this?
From Loretta Farley: "Grass Fire on Mount Barnabe this Thursday morning - approximately 10 acres as of 8:00 am - no structures are in danger watch for trucks and activity along Sir Francis Drake."
Spied this tree on a house on SFD yesterday. Is this new? Or is it a ghost house?
From the 'tweet-o-sphere': "Jean Marie Casados @Gypsyjeanmarie
@MacCocktail Why have a mimosa when you can have Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Sparkling Mead from Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station!!!"
Wow, that is quite a drink. And local too.
http://www.heidrunmeadery.com/
SUV CHP getting warmed up early on Lucas Valley Road this morning. #westmarin
After an epic day of sun, @karlthefog sneaks back into #pointreyes
Western Weekend in full effect in #pointreyes yeehaw.
@PRNSA - See you at the Limantour Beach at 10 am for #Trails & #Oceans Day!Come volunteer at the beach or on the trail! Meet at Limantour Beach 10 am
A Turkey Vulture reluctantly leaves a dead Elephant Seal in #pointreyes. A marine biologist who was studying the body told me it had severe head trauma and a lot of old buckshot wounds. Very sad.
It definitely 'shipping day' out at one of the ranches today. I was behind the whole convoy of cows going to meet their maker. One of the ranchers yelled out 'go eat a hamburger!' as I drove by.
Via Marc: "Friday, 10am Large empty cattle trucks headed out to the point (Reyes.) Somebody losing a herd? A ranch shutting down?"
I saw those too, Thought it was related to Western Weekend, but I'd say not. Maybe it's 'time for steaks' day?
The powerful documentary 'Seeds of Time' is screening tonight at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church at 7:30pm.
More info here: http://www.ptreyesbooks.com/events/sandy-mccleod
Trailer here: http://seedsoftimemovie.com/trailer.php
Via Kegan: "from dave brast: Beware! Automobile break-in and theft
I just received the following email from Judy Spelman and Rich Schiller: One of our cars was broken into while parked on Limantour Road, near Bear Valley Road and virtually everything in it removed through the window they shattered. Police expect more such break ins in coming days which is why we're sending this email. Our mistake, apparently, was having one side of the car close to roadside bushes, which gave the thief cover. Take good care!
js and rs"
This information came from the West Marin Commons forums. There is a ton of excellent information on there, be sure to go over and join: http://www.westmarincommons.org/online-forums
I just remembered to track this down. For the history buffs out there. I still think we should do a Kickstarter campaign to find the gold...
http://vimeo.com/84702412
New signs! With pictures! I think it's interesting that the sign technique is considered an effective means of swaying opinion. Do they work? Who are they aimed at? Tourists? Locals? Are the DBOC signs made by the same people? #signs #elk #pointreyes #questions
Via Sheriff Doug Pittman: "Looks to be a busy weekend in Pt. Reyes, warmer days and warmer nights, not to mention it's Western Weekend! Plenty of events throughout the weekend starting Saturday night through Sunday's Western Weekend Parade at 12 noon!
Highway 1 through down town Pt. Reyes Station will be closed off for Sunday's parade and other events not to mention some of the adjacent side streets. I wish everyone a great and fun weekend and please be safe as I expect lots of people traveling our roads on all kinds of bikes, trikes and automobiles to join us so remember to Share the Road!"
Apple has a crush on Point Reyes. First the ads in the New Yorker, now it's featured in their iOS8 preview material. Maybe we can get some discounted product?
http://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/spotlight/
Microclimate! Check out this really cool weather 'eddy' swirling right off the coast from us this morning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7e1JClGdm4
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