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Possible attempted abduction on Highway One

•May 22, 2015 • 5 Comments

“A woman was attacked by a man this morning while running. He grabbed the woman, who got away and then ran to his vehicle, a Silver Blue/grey Pathfinder, the lights were on. The Incident took place on HWY 1 South of Julia Pheifer Burns.” 

This was sent to me  by a concerned local. I was asked to delay reporting until it became “public,” by which I mean the police had been able to respond and take their report. But it should serve as an awakening that with the increased amount of people now traveling our highway, increased criminality cannot be far behind. Be situationally aware at all times, as this woman obviously was.

Official Cal Trans Notice re Elephant’s Trunk

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Today’s Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Jim Shivers 
Phone:  (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237


*UPDATE #1* 

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES – A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is now underway.  It is expected to serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.
The next phase of the project consists of full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point and is scheduled to begin on Sunday night, May 31. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from tentatively 10 pm until 7 am.  
Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 9 pm.  All businesses along the coast will remain open during the roadwork. 
Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.
Electronic message signs will be activated on US Highway 101 in Paso Robles and Hwy. 1 in Carmel and Cambria to inform motorists of these highway closures. All local businesses will remain open during this project.
Note: The construction schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of local businesses and the Pacific Valley School.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter of 2016.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Elephant’s Trunk Construction, South Coast Big Sur

•May 21, 2015 • 6 Comments

Yesterday, Cal -Trans held a community meeting at the Willow Springs Maintenace Yard regarding the 18-month long project at “Elephant’s Trunk” and “Cow Cliffs.” (I am going to work on getting Don Harlan’s paper on the various place-names for highway spots down here all on one page so that it will be easy to refer to.) It was well attended by both Cal Trans and the Community members. To accommodate businesses and locals, the times for the overnight closures have been changed to 10 pm-7am, Sunday nights through Friday mornings for a four month period which will begin on the first. The project will proceed well past that time, but like the Rocky Creek Viaduct, over night closures are necessary due to the narrowness of the road and the need to install the pilings.

Ever since the signals went in, even before they were operational, Rock Knocker expressed some misgivings about how well they would work, given the distance between them. Yesterday, just before 6 pm, we got a first hand demonstration of his concerns manifested. We were the 5th car in line when our signal turned green for us, the north-bound traffic, to proceed. We were all moving forward when a car came through toward us. We all stopped so he could wiggle through. We began to try to move forward, and again, another car came at us. Then another, and another, and another. All together, 12 cars proceeded south bound when the light was green for the north bound traffic to proceed. Either there was something wrong with the signals, or 12 different people decided to run the light. Given the length of this project, the length of the signaled area, and the curvy nature of the area, rendering oncoming traffic not visible until the last minute, it is only a matter a time before there will be an accident there, tying up traffic on Highway One for potentially a long time. I advise extreme caution when traveling through this area, north of Ragged Point. Even if your signal is green, proceed slowly and with caution.

Prescribed Burn at Camp Roberts

•May 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This one will be tomorrow, 5/20, and cover 8,000 acres, so will influence some areas within bigsurkate’ coverage areas.


Media Advisory 

Media Contacts: 

Camp Roberts                                SLO County Air Pollution Control District 
Suzi Thomas                                Aeron Arlin Genet 
Public Affairs Representative                Manager, Planning, Monitoring & Outreach 
(805) 238-8308                                (805) 781-5998 


Burning will not occur if weather conditions do not permit burning

What:                Prescribed burn of 8,000 acres of grasslands. 

When:        Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The burn is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. on a permissive burn day.   

Where:        Camp Roberts – Impact Area: The Impact Area sits on the northwest portion of the Camp and is west of the northbound Hwy 101 and south of the southbound Hwy 101 Rest Areas; approximately 4 miles northeast of San Miguel. 

Why:        The burn project is part of a Fire Hazard Abatement Burn at Camp Roberts to reduce the risk of a wildland fire during troop training activities. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from potential population centers.   
Who:        California Army National Guard and Camp Roberts Fire Department, in cooperation with the Monterey Bay Unified APCD, San Luis Obispo County APCD, and the California Air Resources Board in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. 

The burn is dependent on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. 

If the conditions are not as desired, the burn will be rescheduled.


Oil Spill near Refugio Beach north of Santa Barbara

•May 19, 2015 • 5 Comments

just before noon today, All American Pipeline, a 10 mile long, 24″ off shore pipeline began leaking oil, and it is affecting the beaches and wildlife in the area. They were able to control the leak by about 3 pm, but not before an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil leaked into the ocean. It is washing up on shore and affecting marine birds, fish, and mammals. Clean up is underway, but its impact is yet to be fully determined.

Tourist run over by her own rental car In Big Sur

•May 18, 2015 • 4 Comments

Per a news report from KION, A woman, and her family, visiting from China, stopped along the highway at JP Burns SP on Sunday afternoon. The husband and daughter ran across the highway to the SP. When the car began to roll, the woman ran back to it to try and stop it, but fell and was run over by the rental vehicle. She was declared dead at the scene. 

Lost Dog -FOUND

•May 17, 2015 • 4 Comments

UPDATE – Awesome was found at the SPCA and reunited with his owner. 

Awesome, a 3 year-old pit, sweet dog, wandered off From home on Palo Colorado Canyon, about 2 miles from Bottchers Gap Saturday Afternoon. He is about 65 lbs. No tags, and not wearing his collar. Here is his photo. Let’s bring him home. Call owner Mike at home, 831-622-0600 or cell 202-344-7331. (No cell reception at home, but owner in town today checking all local shelters.)

And while we are talking lost dogs, I was reading about a new app called Finding Rover – a facial recognition software for dogs. The app will emit a bark so one’s dog looks directly at the iPhone for a photo, then snap for a head-on shot. It will upload to Finding Rover, and if ever lost, can be sent out to local agencies. I understand MoCo SPCA is using this and thinks it will really help reunite lost dogs with their owners. I have not tried it yet, but will be downloading the app on my next wifi connection. 


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