Notices

•November 13, 2013 • 29 Comments

The Big Sur blog that has been covering fires, the weather, road conditions, and other events since 2008. Send your news and photos, and we will do our best to post them. send to: kwnovoa@mac.com

HEADER PHOTO…is one of my own.

it’s time for a new header photo, preferably a fall-related theme. Must be one taken in Big Sur. I’ll pick the top ones, and then let readers decide on the final winner. I haven’t gone out and solicited a prize for this one, so no prize, but the knowing you are helping out a popular local blog😊 If it isn’t in the proper format for this blog, it will not be in the finalists. I’ll let you know the deadlines after the Jade Festival. Also, if it is too large a file for me to download, it probably won’t make the finalists. Winner will, of course, get credithere.

Remember, for entries, it is 760×151 pixels.

A tree grows in Big Sur

•October 21, 2014 • 5 Comments

Yesterday, I received this short article and photo from Howard Jones, and I liked it so much, I asked if I could reprint it here. I loved that it tells a story that is so indicative of Big Sur.

“The Winter after the 2008 Basin Complex Fires in Big Sur was wet, with any number of mudslides…falling branches, crashing trees, etc. Yet, it was no where near as catastrophic as we were prepared for…thank goodness . One of my favorite stories during that time was of a smallish Sycamore tree that had slid down a slope in a mudslide. Instead of discarding it, the men working that day moved the displaced tree to one of the larger dirt “pull-offs” along HWY 1 and set it up to bury its roots and rejoice in its new, and much safer, home. At the time, it was about 6-8 feet tall…
I had mentioned this story to my mother a few weeks back and today I was able to actually allow her to meet ‘face-to-face’ with ‘the tree that grows in Big Sur.’
I get a very special feeling whenever I drive by that tree and that spot. The Love & Renewal Energies cause my smile muscles to explode and a wave of
Cosmic…”ALL IS WELL!!!” washes over me.
As you can see, that little tree is alive, well and quite a healthy young adult!’
take care, Howard”
howard jones photography

By the way, he has some wonderful photographs of our coast and has had exhibitions from Ventana to Carmel.

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Highway One blocked?

•October 18, 2014 • 9 Comments
Photo by Sander Koning

Photo by Sander Koning

UPDATE – I drove through sometime between 6:15-6:30 and one lane was open with traffic control. It was actually just across from the Hawthorne Gallery. I tried to get a photograph, but they signaled me through before I could get my camera out. Amazing to see a 37′ fifth wheel laid out on its side like that. Kudos to our BSVFB and LPF who were the ones handling this mess. It had been almost three hours by the time I went through. We are lucky to have such an incredible local response, as I did not see any MCSO or CHP.

AS OF 8:30 pm, both lanes were open, with a mess left for Cal Trans in the morning.

There was another one just north of Lucia, but it did not block the road. What a drive home!

Local word has it, although it is not showing up on CHP, yet, that the road is blocked at HML due to an overturned RV. I AM HEADED TO RI to wait it out.

Okay, found it. Here is the “official word”

Detail Information
4:39 PM 15 [36] PER USA TOW THEY WILL HANDLE ACURA AS WELL
4:37 PM 14 [34] ALSO 1185 F/THE ACURA THE 5TH WHEEL LANDED ON, INQ W/USA TOW
4:33 PM 13 [33] A27-022 REQ’G B SHIFT UNIT WILL BE 10-6 A COUPLE OF HRS
4:21 PM 12 [32] PER USA TOW MED DUTY AND LONG BOY ENRT
4:16 PM 11 [31] 2ND 1185 POSS A MED OR HEAVY DUTY TO TURN THE 5TH WHEEL
4:08 PM 10 [27] A27-022 37FT 5TH WHEEL 1125 SB LN ON TOP OF A PARKED VEH
3:59 PM 9 [25] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 USA TOW 831 758 2599, USA CPZ ALL DETAILS
3:57 PM 8 [24] FIRE ADVZES 5TH WHEEL HAS BO AXEK
3:55 PM 7 [21] USA INQ IF IT’S JUST TO LIFT THE TRAILER OR TOW AS WELL
3:45 PM 6 [19] [Notification] [CHP]-FIRE 1097 CONFIRMED 1182, FIRE REQ 1185 FOR 25′ TRAILER ON IT’S SIDE, POSS SPECIAL TOW NEEDED
3:44 PM 5 [18] 1185
3:31 PM 4 [14] WHI FORD PK IS THE TOW VEH \
3:30 PM 3 [10] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1182-Trfc Collision-No Inj to 1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt by CHP
3:28 PM 2 [6] [Appended, 15:30:17] SB LN 1125 AND PTL NB
3:27 PM 1 [1] RV ON ITS SIDE BLKING SB
Unit Information
3:31 PM 5 Unit Assigned
3:31 PM 4 Unit Enroute

Rise Up Singing Concert

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Mal Paso Creek Bridge Repair

•October 17, 2014 • 1 Comment

I am publishing this EXACTLY as Susana sent it, but I must say that if this is “overnite” work, I’m not sure about the 3 pm time frame. Will correct, if necessary.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OVERNIGHT REPAIR PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 1 AT MALPASO CREEK BRIDGE SOUTH OF CARMEL IS UNDERWAY

MONTEREY COUNTY– An overnight construction project to repair and protect the concrete of Malpaso Creek Bridge on Highway 1 in Monterey began this week, Caltrans officials have announced.

Overnight roadwork hours are from 6 pm to 3 pm Mondays through Thursdays from midnight to 3 pm Fridays and from 8 pm to midnight on Sundays. Work consists of installing scaffolding for the first two weeks during daytime hours between 6:30 am and 3 pm. Motorists may experience delays of up to 20 minutes during the overnight work. Electronic Message Boards will be activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this project is to repair the damaged concrete, extract chloride and protect the concrete of Malpaso Creek Bridge. This bridge work is expected to be complete by the end of September 2015, weather permitting.

The contractor for this $994,000 project is Truesdell Corporation of California, Inc.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Foto Friday, 10/17 – Oops

•October 17, 2014 • 1 Comment

Sorry, I totally spaced out Foto Friday when I was in town yesterday. I’ll see if I can load a couple photos from home, but it is often problematic, so if I don’t … Tune in next Friday.

Big Sur River Run

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Big Sur River Run XXXIV
Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Contact Information:
Race information: The Treadmill Carmel- (831) 624-4112
Press Release Contact Information: Kirk Gafill Co-Race Director- (831) 667-7326

Details:
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Starting line: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Race begins at 10am sharp.

Overview:
The Big Sur River Run’s 5k walk and certified 10k courses are flat, black-top loops that follow the Big Sur River through towering redwoods. Founded in 1980 the Big Sur River Run 501(c)3 is a fun, community-oriented fundraiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Big Sur Health Center. Nearly one year after the destruction of the Pfeiffer Fires that claimed 32 homes, the BSVFB and the BSHC are in need of more support than ever. Both organizations rely on the community to help raise funds to continue maintaining the health and safety of Big Sur residents and visitors. Last year $38,000 was distributed to both BSVFB and BSHC (ie: $19,000 each). Over the last 33 years, $833,000 has been distributed to the Big Sur emergency and health services organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of each category. A 10 minute massage will be offered to 10k finishers and local musicians will play at the Start/Finish line of the race. Overall the Big Sur River Run is a great way to experience and support the Big Sur community spirit.

Registration:
Registration is still available online at: http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or in person on the day of the event. Participants requiring day of race registration should arrive no later than 9:00 AM to ensure a prompt start time. The races are limited to the first 1,000 participants. Registration fee includes long sleeve t-shirt with the annual design by local artist, Shell Fisher.

Volunteer & Sponsorship Opportunities:​
Interested volunteers are welcome to contact us to learn how to get involved: volunteer@bigsurriverrun.org
To help sponsor the event, contact Meredith Gafill at sponsorships@bigsurriverrun.org

The BSRR is an all-volunteer operation that has raised $833,000 for the two beneficiaries thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, race participants and volunteers. This year is no exception.

Thank you to our sponsors (list may be incomplete at this time):
Nepenthe: Main Event Sponsor
Big Sur Bakery, Big Sur Builders, Big Sur Deli & Taphouse, Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur Roadhouse, Blaze Engineering, Deetjen’s, Fernwood Resort, Glen Oaks, The Treadmill Carmel, Treebones Resort, Riverside Campgrounds, Rider Construction, Ventana Inn & Spa

Stay Tuned for Updates:
Follow the BSRR on Facebook for more exciting news and up to date information.

Information for Visitors:
Visit http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org for more information about lodging, restaurants and shopping while visiting Big Sur.

Fracking Regs

•October 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has sent out public notice regarding revisions to the proposed regulations for the use of well stimulation in oil and gas production. This public notice begins a 15-day public comment period which will end at 5pm on October 24, 2014. The regulations, which are to go into effect on July 1, 2015, are designed to protect health, safety and the environment, and supplement existing strong well construction standards. They address a comprehensive list of issues, including testing, monitoring, public notice, and permitting. To ensure the major requirements of SB 4 are addressed in the interim, DOC has had emergency regulations in place since January 1, 2014.

To read the proposed regulations or to learn how to make a comment on the proposed regulations that will go into the official rulemaking record, please visit http://www.conservation.ca.gov/Index/Pages/Index.aspx or http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/Index.aspx.

 
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