School at the Seashore

School at the Seashore

By Donna Faure


As the embers wore down and the blue-tinged moon played peek-a boo-over our campfire, 41 middle school kids from West Marin School were invited look deep into the last campfire of our four-day-and-three-night sojourn at Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, located in Point Reyes National Seashore.


The kids were rapt and still. Eden Trenor, our campfire leader for the night, asked the children to choose something they were most grateful for from the visit, and to take home with them that reflection. Gratitude was a repeated theme, and around the campfire that week I’d heard the students express many beautiful takeaways:


“I’m grateful for the sunset we saw today on our way back from the beach.”

“I learned I’m friendlier when I don’t have my iPhone with me.”

“I’m thankful the good food, the kitchen volunteers, and all

the people who spent time with us.”

“I learned I like to hike…especially the downhill parts.”

“I’m grateful to Clem Woodnut Miller for starting this place.”


I looked deep into the fire and gave thanks for the beautiful week I’d shared with the students, teachers, National Park Service staff, naturalists, and parent and community volunteers who made possible this magical week of learning, exploring, celebrating and community building. I wear a lot of hats in my life and this was one of those rare times when many of the roles I play came together naturally.

As a professional fundraiser I learn about and make possible many important programs but I rarely have the opportunity to personally deliver the goods. Through the new Seashore Youth Ambassadors project I’ve been fortunate to see this project through all of its stages. Last spring I collaborated with NPS Ranger Dale Dualan in writing a grant request to the National Park Foundation to fund a project aimed at connecting more deeply local youth, especially underserved and minority youth, to the wonders of their local national park.


A 2011 Obama administration report cited a key reason why young people feel disinclined to spend time exploring parks: they don’t have an adult to guide and inspire them. Our grant application made the case that in spite of living so close to or within Point Reyes National Seashore, many of West Marin’s young people don’t know very much about the Park. While some spend a lot of time in the Park, others, because their parents are working multiple jobs, don’t have an adult to help them explore and enjoy the outdoors. With a student population that is 56 percent Latino, many of whom are first-generation immigrants, and with 61 percent of all students qualifying for a free lunch, West Marin School in Point Reyes Station met the grant criteria of an underserved school.


Over the summer PRNSA and the National Seashore partnered with the Tomales Bay Youth Center to host four excursions for teens and their families. In the fall we collaborated with West Marin School to bring the entire middle school on a special camping trip. From November 4-7, Point Reyes National Seashore Association and the National Park Service hosted all of the school’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for four days of fun and learning at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, the PRNSA-run 80-bed environmental education center located off Limantour Road. Jamie Shulander, our project coordinator and wilderness guide, worked with West Marin School staff, park staff, naturalists and parents to integrate all of the aspects of this new project.


Nestled in a meadow in the National Seashore’s Phillip Burton Wilderness and outfitted with rustic open beam cedar cabins, a commercial kitchen, dining hall and natural history library, the Education Center was the perfect base camp for the trip. The cabins have no electricity and the teachers, to their credit, banned all electronic devices and cameras from the trip. The focus was on experiencing each moment, not recording it, except in the journal that each student received at the beginning of the trip.


As a parent of a 7th grader, I volunteered to co-anchor the kitchen duty management with parent Imelda Macias; that’s how this fundraiser was able to see the fruits of her labor. While the kids bonded with nature, park staff, naturalists and each other, parents worked and learned from each other. This group was well-fed on pozole, potato tacos, spaghetti Bolognese, salad made from the bounty of the school garden and other hand-crafted meals.


The field trip centered on fun, interactive outdoor education led by naturalists and NPS staff representing a range of the park’s multiple specialty areas, along with free time to just play. Park Ranger John Eleby from the park’s Law Enforcement Division had the kids in stitches talking about search and rescue, including how not to get lost in the first place. He ended his session with a tug a war activity to demonstrate the strength of the rope and knots they had learned to tie. Park archeologist Paul Engel set up a mock excavation site for his workshop on ancient and modern history, while Amelia Ryan, a park plant specialist, led a botany walk on the Hidden Valley Trail. Rangers Loretta Farley and Doug Hee from the Interpretive Division focused on water conservation and water quality monitoring.


Naturalists and artists led activities ranging from animal tracking, botanical art, native skills, fire by friction, story telling, movement and safety while exploring the outdoors. Ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy led an epic seven-mile hike to Sculptured Beach where the kids met Park wildlife ecologist Dave Press, who led a tide pooling monitoring project with PRNSA-funded science educator Leslie Alder-Ivanbrook. The return trip to camp included a show-stopping sunset. A cornerstone of the each day was “sit spot” time where each child returned to a place of his or her choosing and relaxed, observed, and wrote or sketched in their journal.


Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon spoke with the students over lunch about the different parks where she has worked. Her key message was that national parks belong to all of us, that they are here for our enjoyment and will be here for generations to come. Another message throughout the trip was there are many career paths in the NPS and conservation fields.


This field trip focused on the natural and cultural resources located near the Education Center, as part of our grant we will be doing additional programming with local youth to explore ranching and the park’s unique pastoral zone with the support of rancher and school board member Tim Kehoe and the park’s rangeland ecologists. The possibilities of our local national park as an outdoor classroom are limitless and we intend to continue the exploration and the fun in the coming months and years.



Donna Faure, Development Director, Point Reyes National Seashore Association



How not to build consensus




At the Ranch Plan Workshop last night in Point Reyes Station sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and other groups, Nita and Will Vail told the story of how their family ranching operation on Santa Rosa Island was ended about 7 years before their lease with the NPS expired.  Their tale followed the talk by Tim Setnicka, given on October 23, in which Tim portrayed the NPS as bringing in various State and Federal agencies to harass the Vail ranch with environmental quality demands (water quality, species protection). Nita and Will did not repeat these details, but instead looked forward in time and recommended to the audience of local ranchers and others that, to improve the ranches’ position in the park planning, we need to:

1. Find a leader to bring people together.

2. Identify the objectives of the NPS in the Seashore and try to show that ranching can help to meet some of them.  These are sensible suggestions.


Their talk was then followed by a Q&A period. Corey Goodman denounced Neil Desai of the National Parks Conservation Association for suing the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and hastening their demise.  He also demanded that Neil, in the audience, take an oath that his organization would not sue the ranchers in the Seashore or the NPS to restrict ranching operations.  Corey and an attorney who had represented the Oyster Co. in their efforts to extend their lease had suggested that environmental groups take such an oath in their op ed piece in the Light on November 11.  Neil said that Corey was being “ridiculous.”  Many in the audience urged Neil to respond to this out of order challenge from Goodman.  Neil then spoke briefly, stating that his organization supported ranching in the park. This was only the warm up, however.  Phyllis Faber then spoke, saying that Neil “had always been an A-hole,” referring I presume, to the Oyster Co. struggle.  Neil did not respond to this provocation.  From all this, it seemed to me that the meeting was a set-up to defame Mr. Desai.


I have extensive experience in meetings with opposing interest groups concerning urban transportation lawsuits in which I was an expert for the environmental side, and have never seen such counterproductive and insulting behavior.  This display of emotional outbursts by two leading citizens can only damage the reputation of the ranchers in the park and the Chamber.  It is obvious that damning your opponents, especially in public, will not lead to consensus on issues being contested.  The meeting was televised and will be on local radio, too, as well as in the local papers.


I suggest that future meetings on this issue be chaired by someone with experience and that the rules be agreed on at the start.  Speakers who will not be positive should be cut off and invited to leave.  Otherwise, meetings degenerate and are not productive.


Referring to the Vail’s recommendations, the ranchers clearly need better leadership and they also need to get over the last war and focus on the NPS’ objectives in the upcoming Ranch Plan.


Robert A. Johnston, Emeritus Professor, U.C.

Goodman and Prows speak out after Nita Vail meeting




Last week, in the Point Reyes Light (reprinted here), we asked Neal Desai of the National Park Conservation Association and Amy Trainer of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin to ‘take the pledge’, to promise to the community that “neither I nor any organization I am a part of will ever participate in legal action to eliminate or restrict the ranches on Point Reyes.” We asked because in the late 1990’s, Mr. Desai and his organization (NPCA) successfully sued the National Park Service based on the federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act to get rid of the Vails’ ranch on Santa Rosa Island (aka Cowboy Island).


This past Tuesday evening, Nita Vail spoke to the community, and cautioned us that what happened at Cowboy Island could happen here. Mr. Desai was in the audience. During the Q&A period, one of us (CG) asked Mr. Desai to take the pledge. His answer, which should be a wake up call to the community, was to say that such a request was “ridiculous.” That single word makes the many words from Mr. Desai and Ms. Trainer in support of agriculture just that — hollow words.


Corey Goodman, Marshall

Peter Prows, Attorney and partner with Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP of San Francisco, the firm who represented the Lunny family. He writes this as a personal statement


CLAM Update regarding Coast Guard Housing Site



By: Kim Thompson, Executive Director, CLAM


Many in the West Marin community know that CLAM, the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin, has been investigating the possibility to acquire the Coast Guard housing site at the edge of Point Reyes Station. This site, now slated for auction in Spring of 2015 by the Coast Guard and General Services Administration, is a pre-existing neighborhood with 36 townhomes, open space, trails, picnic areas, and more. CLAM has pursued acquiring this site as an extraordinary opportunity to provide affordable homes and community assets that would strengthen our community now and for years to come.


The strength of the CLAM-led community group working on this and your support has been matched by the leadership of Supervisor Kinsey and Congressman Huffman, who are working politically on our behalf. Congressman Huffman will introduce legislation today that would take this site off the auction block and open up a direct negotiation between the US Coast Guard and the County of Marin for purchase. Should this occur, the County would then work with CLAM to put this site into the community’s hands for affordable homes. If the legislation is not successful, Supervisor Kinsey and CLAM will pursue other avenues for acquisition of this site.


On November 25th, the County Board of Supervisors will consider passing a resolution that supports the upcoming legislation. It is an opportunity for the BOS to affirm the effort, and recognize the need for affordability in West Marin. We invite you to join us at this meeting.


To date, CLAM has solicited and received letters of support for this effort from local organizations that support the concept of this site being put in the community’s hands for affordable homes. Many realize it is increasingly difficult to find affordable places to rent or own, a reality which threatens the viability of this community.


We also want to hear from you. We recognize that this is an effort that is possible only with community input and support; we also recognize that we are at the very beginning of something that will take multiple years, and with no guarantees.


Thank you for your consideration. The sustainability of West Marin’s rural coastal communities is at a crossroads, amidst forces both within and beyond our control. We believe this Coast Guard housing site presents an extraordinary opportunity for us to work together to ensure that a pre-existing neighborhood, home to many families for over 40 years, can now be utilized as an anchor for this community’s sustainability.


Tim Setnicka and Santa Rosa island


The embers of the dying fire of controversy surrounding the future of agriculture on the Point Reyes National Seashore were stirred again last Thursday when former Santa Rosa Island Park Superintendent, Tim Setnicka, gave a lecture sponsored by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (ALSA), and the Marin County Farm Bureau.


But Setnicka may have been comparing apples to oranges.

Setnicka expressed concern over the way in which the National Park Service (NPS) handled the final removal of the ranching operation on Santa Rosa Island. While the two areas do share some similarities, there are also significant differences both in the legislative language used to establish the Channel Island Park and the seashore and in the priorities of management assigned to each.


The first line in the establishing legislation for the Santa Rosa Island Park states that the Park is being created “in order to protect the nationally significant natural scenic wildlife, marine, ecological, archeological, cultural and scientific values of the Channel islands.”


While cultural aspects of Native Americans are singled out for protection there is no mention of preserving agriculture on the island. From the Santa Rosa Island Park inception the emphasis was placed on the ecological rather than the man-made aspects on the island.


No such   language appears in the code establishing the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS). It does refer to the duty of the Park Service to “maintain without impairment” the area’s natural values while providing for recreation, education, historic preservation, interpretation and scientific opportunities. In addition it provides for the possibility of hunting and fishing on Seashore lands and for the continuation of agricultural uses.


The Santa Rosa Island agreement called for a definite 25 year period of agricultural use, while the PRNS code establishes available leasing options offered after the initial occupancy period ends to be offered first to the “person who owned such land” at the time of acquisition. The NPS has interpreted this to mean that the families of the original owners have the first right to lease back agricultural, ranching or dairy producing lands.

The Point Reyes National Seashore Statement in Support of Ranching, published by the NPS between 2008-2012, shows grazing acreage within the boundaries has remained relatively stable since the PRNS was created. The report lists 22 operators and 34 permittees still working within the boundaries of the PRNS and the Golden Gate Recreation Area North District. Most of the leases are generally offered for a five-year term but can be renewed for an additional five-year term. They may be offered for a longer period if required to allow for financing of large capital improvements.


Only the families who owned them at the time the park was established do not currently operate two of the original ranches. The Lupton Ranch lease was terminated when the family did not wish to continue their ranching operation. At that time the land could have been designated for another use but instead it was leased to the adjacent permittees, the Stewarts, and continues to be used as grazing land.


When a family dispute ceased ranching activities on “D” ranch the Park exercised its right to remove part of the land from grazing to preserve two large freshwater ponds and a watershed area. However, more than 60 percent of the original ranch remains in agricultural use by two separate permittees (Nunes and Spaletta).

The report also lists investments totaling $2,650,000 in ranch management, water improvement, investments in infrastructure and maintenance of historic structures in the year between 1999 and 2008. These included extensive work on implementing Best Management Practices (BMP) to meet state required water quality levels, major road repair and wastewater system construction as well as preservation repairs to ranch structures. The years between 2009-2012 also show extensive financial assistance provided by the Park Service to the ranchers totaling $2,963,000 in historic structure preservation, rangeland resource and facilities management.

The agricultural activity within the boundaries of the park is clearly recognized for its historical significance and has a great deal of local support. Many of the ranchers working within the boundaries have maintained a viable partnership with Park Service staff. The wide range of comments submitted during the Park’s information gathering process over the past few months included a 32- page letter from the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association as well as individual ranchers.


Agriculture in West Marin also has support from local, state and national politicians, the subject of the next installment in this series next week.


To get more background information and details plan to attend the next discussion series to be held on Tuesday, November 11, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the West Marin School Gym, 11550 State Route 1, Pt. Reyes Station. Speakers Nita Vail, chief executive officer of California Rangeland Trust, and her cousin, Will Woolley, will present a program on working landscapes within units of the National Park Service. They will share the history and stories of their family ranch, the last cattle ranch on Santa Rosa Island, part of Channel Islands National Park. A short question and answer period will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (ALSA), and the Marin County Farm Bureau. Free of charge. Spanish language translation provided.”


Dewey Livingstone contacted the Citizen to make a correction concerning the Vail discussion. He was erroneously listed as a speaker and the PRNS historian. Dewey is not the PRNS historian and is not a speaker at the event.

And the beat goes on…….



Welcome to show biz, Mr. Schultz.


Having someone point out that you are frolicking in history’s dustbin actually does come with the territory.


I have long since passed the point of being intimidated by those prone to scolding everyone around them for not being intelligent, compassionate or exquisitely environmentally sensitive enough.


You seem surprised that people resist being told they don’t know what is best for them, and that they need to make do with less and like it that way.


If you are trying to sell an idea, insulting the intelligence, character and motivations of those who don’t subscribe to your vision seems like a piss poor way to do it.


Because of that aspect of your confrontational style, I’m not sure that it is possible to reconcile our positions.


Mine is fairly simple.


It is one of optimistic, cornucopian, libertarian leaning conservatism.


I believe that government is a necessary evil, but still fundamentally corruptible and evil, and as such should be limited to its core functions and kept as small and unobtrusive as possible.


I believe that we should be taking advantage of ALL sources of cheap and abundant energy, and that the benefits to society far outweigh the manageable risks.


I know that virtually all of the environmental panics that have come down the pike since Rachel Carson discovered that a comfortable living can be made by promoting them have been wrong, often spectacularly and sometimes catastrophically.


I believe that wallowing in collective guilt is a self serving and transparently fascist concept.


Finally. I know that things have never been better for more people in the history of the planet, and the future could be much brighter, if only pessimistic, morally superior, busy body do-gooders would mind their own business.


Paul Lesniak

Stinson Beach



West Marin Sheriff’s logs

Monday November 3
Forest Knolls 12:29 am Woman reported that a “guest” was being loud and uncooperative with staff. Man eventually calmed down and agreed to go to sleep.
Inverness 9:37 am Credit card fraud reported.
Bolinas 10:25 am Man left a cooler, his tackle box and cutting board at the end of the wharf for over an hour and was surprised to come back and find his belongings missing.
Inverness Park 1:02 pm Reporting party stated that a woman was trying to enter her property.

Tuesday November 4
Stinson Beach 1:54 pm Man reported missing by his employer after leaving van bound for Stinson Beach and failing to rejoin group on beach. Man reportedly got car sick and subsequently disappeared.
Woodacre 4:40 pm Woman reported that her neighbor is dumping leaves into a creek next to their property. She believes this may be illegal and would like advice.
Bolinas 8:54 pm Mom believes that her 16 year old son was being argumentative and feels he may have threatened her. Issue abated upon arrival of deputy.

Wednesday November 5
Dillon Beach 10:53 am Man reported that he had heard secondhand that his trailer had been broken into and items removed by an unknown intruder.
Point Reyes Station 2:54 pm Woman reports that her front window is broken and that there is blood on her back door. Culprit was most likely a misguided deer or other animal that also left hair throughout the property.
Nicasio 5:54 pm An employee at the local jail heard from a woman that she was assaulted by her on and off again partner.
Forest Knolls 8:01 pm A man returned from work and found a man and a woman heavily intoxicated at his residence. Man yelled at all parties to leave. Woman was transported to her residence and other party ran off into the night.
Point Reyes Station 10:46 pm Caller reported seeing two juveniles on the roof of the public bathroom.

Thursday November 6
Lagunitas 12:53 pm A man reported that a juvenile in his neighborhood stole his golf cart and returned it damaged, while also damaging another vehicle on his property. Parents of juvenile stated that they would “handle” it, but no one has gotten in touch with homeowner.
Woodacre 1:28 pm Man called a mortgage company that promised to give him $3,500 if they couldn’t reduce his mortgage payments. Company failed to reduce his payments and is also not giving him $3,500. Man is upset on both fronts.
Point Reyes Station 2:16 pm Reporting party is a tenant at a property in escrow and has been given a court date of 11/15 to leave property. Tenant alleges that incoming tenants cut a lock from tenant’s storage locker and stole $3,000 worth of property.
Friday November 7
Bolinas 11:19 pm Man reported that his ex-girlfriend had stolen his computer and then returned it to him. Computer is now missing documents and pictures that were previously stored in hard drive. Man wished to press charges of theft and unlawful access of a computer network.
Stinson Beach 2:48 pm Man reported that a waste management company had dropped off a dumpster in front of his residence. Man called company number and they denied it was their dumpster. Search continues for rightful owner.
Tomales 2:49 pm Two juveniles were caught at school with undisclosed drugs. Parents were notified.
Inverness 7:16 pm Man reported that a neighbor had put their dog outside and it has been barking constantly. Man tried contacting neighbor with no success. Deputies were quickly able to contact dog owners who brought the barking canine indoors.
Bolinas 10:47 pm Girl reported that she was punched in the face and beaten up by another female teenager. Accused was wearing a jean jacket and was located at the beach with a large group of friends, arrested and charged with assault.

Saturday November 8
Forest Knolls 12:28 pm Mom called deputies to report that her baby’s father had showed up unannounced. Dispatcher heard man threaten to beat up the woman. A judge immediately granted woman an emergency protection order. Man was charged in absentia for issuing threats.
Dillon Beach 10:24 pm A woman went to an adjoining trailer and asked the men inside to turn off their radio. Men gave her “grief” and soon after one of the men came to her trailer door to report that their generator wasn’t on. Deputies came and gave advice to both parties.

Sunday November 9
Woodacre 12:31 pm Man called to report fraud on his Comcast account. Man had filled out Comcast’s forms and wanted to know if he should do anything else. Deputies attempted to call him with information but man was unavailable.
Forest Knolls 12:44 pm A man in his 30’s was reportedly walking through the park drinking and talking to himself. Man was contacted and asked to leave the park.
Dillon Beach 1:40 pm Man reported that his tire was slashed sometime in the night. Man suspected it was one of the campers parked in the area.



To the editor:


Thanks so much to the wonderful people who attended the Food Pantry Benefit Dinner last weekend.  West Marin Community Services (WMCS) is so inspired by the support from this caring community for our daily Food Pantry and for the people who use it.


Sasha Abramsky gave a masterful presentation on poverty in America today, and Socorro Romo brought it home with local numbers.  With a snapshot comparison of the busiest month each year, Socorro noted that in March, 2010, we served 87 families/275 individuals; in March, 2014, we served 135 families/317 individuals.  This is a significant increase despite the fact that two new pantries opened in our service area during that time (Tomales and Bolinas, though only a few hours a week).


Socorro also highlighted some of the gaps in service – a need for more protein and dairy products, as well as more variety and freshness in vegetables.  Both Sasha and Socorro spoke about the loneliness and isolation poverty brings and how welcome anyone and everyone is at WMCS.


To all those who asked how you can help:  think of the food pantry when you’re shopping and get some items to drop off at WMCS (canned tuna, peanut butter, yogurt, cheese) and donate what you can to help us sustain the program.


Thank you for your compassion.  And thank you to Point Reyes Books, all our local media, Zuma, Good Earth Natural Foods, and the local cooks who prepared the food for this event.


Pamela Campe, President

Wendy Friefeld, Executive Director

WMCS Board of Directors


Today Millerton Creek Ranch is owned by MALT – and will be protected as farmland, forever.


Millerton Creek RanchMALT has been working to protect this phenomenal 864-acre ranch on the east shore of Tomales Bay since 1992. Formerly known as Borello Ranch, the property is rich in agricultural potential and natural resources.


Its stunning views and convenient location on Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station made it a tempting spot to build upscale homes and, despite MALT’s best efforts, the ranch was sold to a private developer in 2009.


Fortunately for our farming community, those homes were never built. Instead, MALT stepped in and bought the ranch, and will lease it for agricultural use while we raise the funds necessary to protect it forever with a MALT agricultural conservation easement under new ownership.


MALT is working with two local ranchers on this project. Mike Giammona grew up in Point Reyes Station and has dreamed of owning this ranch since he was 12. A longtime beef cattle rancher, Mike is a careful land steward and will help MALT bring Millerton Creek Ranch back to its former glory. He also owns a septic pumping company and will upgrade and operate the ranch’s permitted septic treatment ponds to once again serve the West Marin community.


Andrew Zlot is a newcomer to farming, but he’s found a niche raising water buffalo and turning their rich milk into his Double 8 Dairy gelato. He, too, is ready for the challenge of restoring the ranch.


This is the first time since 1991 that MALT has purchased a ranch outright rather than protecting the land with an easement. MALT jumped at the opportunity to take this farmland out of the hands of a developer and was able to act quickly thanks to a loan from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


Mike and Andrew will initially lease the land from MALT, then purchase the ranch from the organization, subject to an agricultural conservation easement, within four years – a “buy, protect, sell” conservation strategy. During that time, MALT will look to our supporters and public agency partners to raise the funds needed to purchase the easement, which will permanently protect Millerton Creek Ranch.


MALT took a bold first step in buying a threatened ranch. Now we begin the task of restoring this stunning and productive land, and raising the money to protect it forever.

With deep appreciation,


Jamison Watts

Executive Director

West Marin Sheriff’s Logs

Monday October 20

Nicasio 4:50 am A man refused to leave a house where he was no longer wanted. Issue abated prior to arrival of deputy.

Forest Knolls 7:37 am A dead body was reported and the coroner contacted.

Bolinas 8:28 am Reporting party stated that a woman was camping on their property without permission.

Inverness 8:56 am Man called to state that his ex-girlfriend was on her way to his house to pick up some of her belongings. Man states that they have issues and would like a deputy standing by.

Woodacre 1:23 pm Woman turned in shotgun shell she found while walking. Demolitions expert set up to destroy unexploded ordinance.

Bolinas 5:16 pm Woman reported earlier for camping on subjects property returned. She was advised by deputies to move on.


Tuesday October 21

Wednesday October 22

Woodacre 1:08 pm Caller annoyed that someone had parked in front of his propane tank so that propane company couldn’t access tank. Deputies left a note on parked car and also at the car owner’s place of employment.

Point Reyes Station 4:06 pm Employer reported that an employee allegedly inquired if a customer wanted cash back with purchase. This employee might have run the customer’s card with an additional withdrawal of the ‘cash back’ and kept the cash. Employer is investigating.


Thursday October 23

Point Reyes Station 11:53 am Woman stated she needed report for damage to her truck. Woman refused to state what the damage was but with further interrogation, woman admitted that she had torn off weather stripping on her ’96 pick truck because she didn’t like how it looked.

Forest Knolls 2:09 pm Man stated that he believed that someone had broken into his house. A screen in his house appeared as if it had been moved. Man stated that he simply wanted more patrols in the area even as he mentioned that a dog probably knocked his screen loose.

Tomales 5:21 pm A woman came into the front lobby of the Police Department and stated that she had been sexually assaulted at a local hotel. She asked if the Marin County Sheriff’s Office wanted to handle the case.

Friday October 24

Forest Knolls 12:19 am Man stated that he confronted two individuals in a blue Subaru parked in his driveway. Man stated that both occupants, a man and a woman, were heavily intoxicated. Man was arrested for driving under the influence and his female companion was arrested for public drunkenness and resisting arrest. Couple had stated that they were just trying to make it to Samuel P Taylor Park.

Woodacre 2:20 am One of many calls throughout the week regarding issues with cars parked in the area.

Point Reyes Station 2:01 pm Employer reported having just terminated an employee. Employer stated that there was no evidence of theft and that former employee did not admit to any theft. No charges filed.

Stinson Beach 1:43 pm Caller reported that another man was planting a tree on his property against his wishes. ‘Johnny Appleseed’ was contacted and advised to stop planting trees on other people’s property.

Saturday October 25

Woodacre 5:19 am Man reported that he had intimate knowledge regarding a local man’s plan to blow up government buildings in San Rafael. The alleged bomber was contacted and no bomb making materials were found in his apartment. Man admitted that he had spoken to reporting party about model rockets and their propulsion systems.

Stinson Beach 7:56 am A woman in her 40’s-50’s was reported running around screaming in front of surf shop. She was reportedly delusional and left her belongings unprotected in front of surf shop. Employees are concerned about her belongings and her general welfare.

Lagunitas 12:58 pm Deputy encountered a man on probation who, while not drunk, had been drinking alcohol. Report of behavior forwarded to his probation officer.

Forest Knolls 4:01 pm Man was upset at another man for refusing to drink more beer.

Forest Knolls 4:39 pm Woman reported that there were black dogs attacking and killing a deer in her backyard.

Lagunitas 10:39 pm Man reported two loud explosions that he thought might be attributed to fireworks after the SF Giants world series win.

Olema 7:30 pm Man called from Canada and reported that he hadn’t heard from his brother in a year. Man admitted a truck had hit him sometime in the past and his memory has been affected. Brother was contacted and advised to call his brother.

Forest Knolls 10:22 pm Possible gunshots or fireworks heard in the area.