Mother and Calf in Big Sur

•April 17, 2016 • 6 Comments

This glorious shot was taken in the waters off the coast. It is by Dan Danbom. It is striking.

Happy Sunday!


Big Sur Grange Music Revue TOMORROW

•April 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This event is tomorrow, Sunday April 17, 2016. Just got the notice, so I hope you all can come out and support our local Grange.


BSMAAC Meeting Agenda

•April 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment



Also, for all agendas and minutes since 2012 go to: Link here



Rain Report, 4/9/16

•April 9, 2016 • 1 Comment

I was disappointed in the “rain” yesterday, as it was really a drizzle. I got a total of .07″ during the day, another .03″ last night/early am for a total of only a tenth of an inch. It did start raining about up here about 12:15, but still not very heavy, just enough to drive Missy inside. Hope you are fairing better, and that we get more this afternoon and evening. Have a great weekend!

Laureles Grade Slipout Repair

•April 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Monterey County – Laureles Grade Slipout Repair Project
Emergency construction work on Laureles Grade, 1.1 miles north of Carmel Valley Road, approximately between Miramonte Road and South View Lane.
The project consists of road shoulder and slope repair utilizing soil-nails and concrete to stabilize the slope.
Temporary traffic control measures to be implemented, reducing traffic in the construction zone to one lane only during the course of the construction. Laureles Grade will remain open to traffic during construction activities.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
Motorists should expect delays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Rainy Weekend on tap

•April 7, 2016 • 1 Comment

From Daniel Swain of Weather West, Two storms approaching. First one from the South and the second from the North. They are expected to collide over Central California sometime this weekend. I’m looking forward to it.

“The rainy season is apparently not over yet, however, as a series of fairly robust storm systems are expected to sweep across all of California in the coming days. As of this writing, an unusually positioned cut-off low well to the southwest of Los Angeles is slowly moving northeastward, spreading mid and high-level subtropical moisture across the state. This low will continue to move closer to the SoCal coast tomorrow, bringing an increasing chance of showers in the very moist subtropical airmass. On Friday, this moisture plume will continue to spread northward, and showers will likely develop across most of NorCal as well. At the same time, a somewhat weaker but much colder Pacific system will begin to approach from the northwest, eventually merging somewhere near central California over the weekend. This is a rather “messy” pattern–with two lows interacting/merging directly over our region of interest. While the details are still a bit difficult to pin down, there is pretty high confidence in a period of rather active California weather beginning late Thursday and continuing at least through Monday.”

BSMAAC Meeting & Overuse of Big Sur

•April 6, 2016 • 5 Comments

CPOA sent out the following letter to its mailing list. I would like to add one thing to what they have to say … That is PLEASE bring ideas for potential solutions to the problems we, as a community, are facing with this overuse. We must find a way to work together to RESOLVE this issue, not just complain about it. We all have stories about how bad it has gotten the last few years, but now it is time to share solutions, ideas, and ask our questions of the various agencies with whom we share responsibility for this unique place in the universe.

“Hello Everyone,

CPOA would like to encourage you to attend the next Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisory Council (BSMAAC) meeting on April 15, 2016, in the conference room in Pfeiffer State Park at 10AM.

On the agenda for this meeting, among other important issues, will be a discussion of the increased overuse of the natural resources within the Big Sur Coastal Zone. While this is not a new issue, the number of visitors has increased substantially over the recent years and this visitation is taking an ever growing toll on both State and Federal facilities as well as creating camping along roadsides often with illegal and potentially dangerous campfires.

While we want visitors to experience what is Big Sur, the quality of this experience is deteriorating as are the local resources they visit. For example, Sykes Camp has become anything but a wilderness experience and uncontrolled camping is polluting the area and threatens to pollute the Big Sur River. Nacimiento Fergusson Road, Willow Creek and Plaskett Ridge have become de facto campgrounds. These areas as well as most turnouts along the highway suffer from illegal campfires, increasing trash and a disgusting and dangerous amount of human waste.

This concern is being put forth to the various agencies at BSMAAC by the Big Sur and South Coast Land Use Advisory Committees and Big Sur Kate along with other concerned residents throughout the Big Sur Coast.

The California Coastal Commission has a dual mandate to protect and maintain the resources of the Coastal Zone to preserve them for future generations and to provide public access. They have prioritized public access. In the Big Sur area, the time has come to give greater emphasis on the management of that access and the preservation of the resource itself.

If you care about this issue and for the beauty and protection of Big Sur, then please attend this meeting on the 15th and let the respective agencies know how you feel. We have to let them know, the status quo is not acceptable.”

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