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.

Jade Festival Photos

•October 13, 2014 • 6 Comments

What a weekend! I was too busy to get any but a couple of shots, but I have collected a few from others I wish to share. There were several world famous musicians who played.

Here is a phtograph of Danny Weis, one of the founding members of Iron Butterfly … photo by bigsurkate

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Here is a wonderful close-up of a piece of Jade by Howard Jones. More at

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I have a few more I will be adding throughout the day, but I must first add a thank you to the core members of the SCCLT who do the vast majority of the work in setting this up: Syd Carr for the incredible music and volunteers; Kirk Brock who brings the diverse array of vendors to us each year; Steve Finch, who was in charge of almost everything else; and Lisa Gehring who controls all the money. The school and PTO had a number of booths, not the least of which was the BBQ booth, led by Gordon Pfiffero and Josh Wilson. It was the best! And for one of the most important, and least recognized jobs of all – trash and recycling, Gail Dinsmore. To all who contributed in all ways great and small – we keep getting better each year due to the hard work you all contribute to this community event.

More photos later.
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The Jade Lady by Gary Gowdy, one of my favorite pieces, photographed by Kalamakuaikalani D.

Rain Forecast

•October 11, 2014 • 2 Comments

For the period of Oct 15-19 – looks like a 40% chance of above average precipitation for Big Sur.

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However, this morning’s forecast brings rain Tuesday night into Wednesday, and then the rest of the week is up for grabs.

” THE MEDIUM RANGE MODELS ARE STILL NOT IN AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE WEATHER BEYOND THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. THE GFS AND GEM MODELS HAVE GENERALLY FORECAST ADDITIONAL RAINFALL EITHER LATE IN THE WEEK INTO NEXT WEEKEND…BUT THE ECMWF CONTINUES TO BUILD AN UPPER RIDGE OVER CA NEXT WEEKEND AND KEEPS OUR AREA ALMOST ENTIRELY DRY AFTER WEDNESDAY. THUS THE FORECAST BEYOND THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK REMAINS VERY LOW CONFIDENCE.”

So far, Jade Festival weather yesterday was foggy in the am, then clear most of the afternoon before the fog rolled in late in the day. (I watched it from my ridge top all day for you!) now, it is down into the fog for me!

Foto Friday 10/10

•October 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

AFRICA, as they wouldn’t post last week.still can’t get ones I wanted up, but here are a couple.
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I will be working the festival the next two days, so hopefully will see you there! It has been socked in on the coast all morning. Will let you know if it burns off later today.

Jade Festival #23, 2014

•October 9, 2014 • 1 Comment

Featuring the Gem of the South Coast – Jade! It starts tomorrow at noon, until 6 pm, Sat. 10-6, Sun 10-5 at a Pacific Valley School, brought to you since 1990 by the South Coast Community Land Trust. (1996 festival was canceled due to The Wild Fire)

This is from the first festival:

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My, my, how we have grown!

Tanker Crash

•October 8, 2014 • 5 Comments

I am sure I have a photo of Tanker 81 out of Hollister from the Chalk Fire on my computer somewhere, but for now, I honor all the wildland firefighters, the family, and friends of all pilots, particularly this one, who risk their lives everyday.

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Here is a photo taken just after the crash by Ken Yager, who heard the crash, and snapped this.

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