The Magic of Big Sur Jade, a short story

•June 25, 2015 • 8 Comments

Yesterday, Rock Knocker went to his dentist in Morro Bay and called me after to let me know how happy he was with the cost of his new teeth.

 Today, I went to Home Depot in Atascadero. My dog sitter was with me. I took a piece of red oak plank to be cut. The young man who cut it complimented the dog sitter on the jade he was wearing. (Brought back from NZ for dog sitting.) I complimented him on the jade he was wearing. “Big Sur Jade,” he said. 

“We are from Big Sur, just above Jade Cove.” I said.

He whips out his cell phone to show me a photo of a nice blue jade piece. “This guy at the dentist’s office where my girlfriend works gave everyone in the office a pocket piece of Big Sur Jade yesterday.” 

“Does your girlfriend workin Morro Bay?” 

“Yes, how did you know?” 

“That guy is my ex, and current, Rock Knocker.” 

“Wow. What is your name?” Introductions and smiles all around.

Ah, yes. The Magic of Big Sur Jade.

Big Sur Wilderness Celebration

•June 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

  
NEWS RELEASELos Padres National Forest

For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres Forest Association to Host

Big Sur Wilderness Celebration

 GOLETA, CA, June 22, 2015….Los Padres National Forest officials today announced a Big Sur Wilderness Celebration will be held Saturday, June 27, from 10am to 4 pm at the Big Sur Visitor Center located along Highway 1 in Big Sur. The free event is hosted by Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA) and is open to the public. Activities will include live music, food, kid’s crafts, booths and local exhibits as well as a rock climbing wall. 

Throughout 2014, the Los Padres Forest Association joined with Los Padres National Forest and groups from across the country in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964.

 “We’re thrilled to kick off what we hope will be an annual celebration in Big Sur that is focused on the Wilderness Act,” said LPFA Director Bryan Conant. “Big Sur is a great example of the inter-connectivity between the lands, the creeks and the ocean, and how wilderness areas have a trickle-down effect that protects these valuable resources.”

Founded in 1979, the LPFA is the official non-profit 501(c)(3) of the Los Padres National Forest. The LPFA mission is to care for the Los Padres National Forest, ensuring it thrives and remains safe and open for the American public to use and enjoy. The LPFA shares the U.S. Forest Service motto of “Caring for the Land and Serving People.”

 For more information about the Big Sur Wilderness Celebration or how you can become involved with LPFA, visit their webpage at http://lpforest.org. For additional information about Los Padres National Forest and current conditions, visit the Forest webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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Parkhill Fire, Day 2

•June 21, 2015 • 2 Comments

7:00 am – Early morning reports put this fire at 1900 acres! correction, officially 1200 acres. Aircraft should start flying it within the hour. A photo by SLOStringer shows the ICP just after being covered with the orange stuff. Lost most of their paper maps. With no cell service out there, they have gone to satellite phones. Here is the morning briefing, photo by CalFire. I wonder if that is smoke or fog? Lots of fog on the coast, and temps MUCH cooler (only 70) with humidity up to almost 20%.

  

Parkhill Fire, SLO Co.

•June 20, 2015 • 4 Comments

10:00 pm update:

I get a local SLO station (actually several) and they are giving breaking news update throughout the evening, and I expect a full-blown report on the 11 o’clock news. Last report was as below. 3 homes have burned, 300-400 evacuations in place, a large air resource request is in for tomorrow, beginning at 7 am. My girlfriends are coming in from other states for a reunion of Big Sur ladies tomorrow, so other than a quick check-in tomorrow am, I will be off duty until early evening, unless something actually breaks in Big Sur. For additional info on the Parkhill Fire, a great source is SLOStringer’s FB page. If you like him, you will get updates on FB.  He has some great photos and video. He’s the “bigsurkate” of SLO Co. 😉

7:30 pm – 

From wildlandfire:

“In-between 1,000-1,200 acres 0% containment, forward spread has slowed as weather changes. Evacs still in place. Has not crossed Park Hill. Hoping to get it tied in tonight.”

A report from someone in the area …

“Not sure what to say… this fire is serious. Approaching or over 1000 acres as of 6:00. I’m leaving the fire now and will post more information picture and videos soon. Mandatory evacuations are in place in the area and a lot of people are refusing tieing up precious resources. Help the FFs help you. Tons more equipment incoming. Should have more info up by 7:30PM then heading back out. Multiple structures have been lost, I watched 2 or 3 burn to the ground myself. Animals everywhere. Shelter at Margarita Elementary. Large animal rescue on scene.

I will not be replying to messages or comments for the next foreseeable future.”

7:30 pm, 1000 acres. Another photo from Twitter, this one taken in Oceano

  
photo taken from Twitter, taken in Templeton

  
7:00 pm – So far today, first a structure fire in Atascadero (California Manor), now controlled,  then a vegetation fire in Parkhill, east of Santa Margarita,  currently underway, and a structure fire in Paso Robles just broke out. Structure fully involved and quite a column being put up, visible from the airport. Keep an eye out.

The Parkhill fire is currently at 500 acres and 10% contained. It has 6 tankers and a heavy helio working it, as well as numerous ground crews. I’m just gathering all the details. It started this afternoon, but I was busy painting.

Oh, and as reported by the Herald, a car over the edge yesterday at Soberanes. 67 year-old woman was conscience when they got to her.

Highways 1 and 17 in Santa Cruz to have overnight roadwork, with significant delays and detours

•June 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Today’s Date: Friday, June 19, 2015District: 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

         FOUR NIGHTS OF PAVING ALONG HIGHWAYS 1 AND 17 IN SANTA CRUZ–BEGINNING SUNDAY

SANTA CRUZ – Four nights of paving along Highways 1 and 17 in Santa Cruz will take place from overnight Sunday, June 21 through Thursday, June 25 in the morning in the following locations:

1. Northbound Hwy. 1 at the Fishhook on:

· Sunday night, June 21 from 8 pm to 6 am

· Both lanes closed; detour available

· Up to 30-minute delays are anticipated.

 

2. Northbound Hwy. 1 at the Fishhook on:

· Monday night, June 22 from 8 pm to 6 am

· Both lanes closed; detour available

· Up to 30-minute delays are anticipated.

 

3. Southbound Hwy. 1 to Ocean St on:

· Tuesday, June 23 from 7 pm to 5 am

· Off-ramp closed; detour available

· 10-15 minute delays are anticipated.

 

4. Northbound Hwy. 1, from Fishhook to Pasatiempo on:

· Wednesday, June 24 from 8 m to 6 am (Thursday)

· #2 (middle) and #3 (right) lanes closed; #1 (left) lane open

· Up to 30-minute delays are anticipated.

 NOTE: There will be Electronic Message Boards alerting motorists of the closures and the CHP will assist with traffic control.

 All roadwork is expected to be completed Thursday morning, June 25.

 This roadwork is being performed by Caltrans Santa Cruz Maintenance crews as a safety precaution to repair the deteriorated highway to provide motorists and cyclists a safer route to travel.

 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 Santa Cruz County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-423-0396 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#scr

SB 101 at Canal in King City closed due to Big Rig Explosion and Fire

•June 18, 2015 • 4 Comments

Incident: 00122 Type: Trfc Collision-No Inj Location: Us101 S / Canal Loc Desc: SB 101 AT CANAL ST Lat/Lon: 36.203056 -121.130000   Detail Information

10:09 AM 24 [40] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt to 1182-Trfc Collision-No Inj by CHP

10:07 AM 23 [38] 1039 CAMP ROBTS PD, SB 101 CLOSED, UNKWN ETO

10:06 AM 22 [37] 1039 FT HUNTER LIGGET PD, SB 101 CLOSED, UNKWN ETO

10:05 AM 21 [35] 1039 CALFIRE, SB 101 CLOSED, UNKWN ETO

10:05 AM 20 [34] 1039 MTY COMM, SB 101 CLOSED, UNKWN ETAO

10:03 AM 19 [33] SIG ALERT SENT

10:02 AM 18 [32] UNK ETA OF CLOSURE

9:59 AM 17 [29] 8-S2 ADVZ POSS REROUTING TRFC OFF CANAL TO FIRST / FULL SB CLOSURE

9:53 AM 16 [28] 1039 CALIF TOW 831-424-8615 W/SALVAGE BIG RIG

9:51 AM 15 [24] CALT ENRT FOR 1184 NOW ETA 10-15

9:49 AM 14 [21] SOLO VEH TC/ DRVR OO VEH

9:49 AM 13 [20] 1039 CT DIST 5 RD CLOSURE REQUEST

9:48 AM 12 [19] PER FIRE COMM – REQ CT SHUT DOWN THE FWY / AT THE SAN LORENZO BRIDGE AND 1/4M I JSO CANAL

9:48 AM 11 [18] MONT COM LL / INV PTY EXITED ONTO CANAL / UNK VEH DESC

9:48 AM 10 [17] BIG RIG CARRYING GRAPES / FULLY ENGULFED ON ITS SIDE

9:47 AM 9 [16] 1185 BIG RIG

9:47 AM 8 [15] FIRE 97

9:46 AM 7 [9] 1125 SB LANES

9:44 AM 6 [7] VEH INTO TREES \

9:43 AM 5 [6] VEH WENT OFF RDWY AND EXPLODED

9:43 AM 4 [4] LARGE FIRE

9:43 AM 3 [3] ADD VEH ON ITS ROOF

9:43 AM 2 [2] SEMI ON ITS SIDE

9:43 AM 1 [1] VEH COLLISION W./EXPLOSION

Nighttime slide removal Elephants Trunk to Gorda

•June 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

 

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State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE

Today’s Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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 (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Highway 1 from Elephant Trunk to Gorda

RESIDENT NOTIFICATION – ANNUAL SLIDE REMOVAL OPERATION

 Caltrans wishes to inform residents along Hwy. 1 between Elephant Trunk and Gorda, that a slide removal operation is expected to begin in the vicinity of your neighborhood on Monday night, June 22 at 10 pm.

 This slide removal operation will take place Sunday night through Friday morning for a three week period (June 22 through July 10) during the same overnight hours as the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall project closures, from 10 pm to 7 am.  

 Caltrans will make every effort not to disturb the residents in the area, however, residents are encouraged to prepare accordingly for this work.

 Questions about this project can be directed to Caltrans Public Information Officer Susana Z. Cruz at (805) 549-3138.                                                                                            

 This annual slide removal operation was postponed and scheduled at the same time of the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall project to minimize the impact to the local residents. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. This roadwork is necessary to avoid any highway closures in the winter.

 All local businesses in the Big Sur Area remain open for business during the project.

 For traffic updates on other state highway projects in Monterey County, motorists

can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 831-372-0862 or visit the District 5 website

at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm  

 

 

             

                                               

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 
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