Years before Europeans first stepped foot in California…

Decades before Martin Luther challenged
the foundation of the Western religious tradition…

A century before Galileo claimed that the earth revolved around the sun…

…a healthy coastal redwood grew in what is now Big Sur,
approximately 36.2703° N, 121.8064° W. …

…until December 2, 2012 when it slowly, ‘glacially,’ but not
without a fight, defiantly taking down a power pole,
telephone lines and other trees with it, fell to the ground.
Since that day the tree has been carefully harvested and
the wood is gorgeous.

On Oct 5, 2014 the Henry Miller Library will
auction off one dozen of the finest pieces.
Sign-up and slab inspection will be from 1 – 4 pm. Bidding starts at 4 pm.

You will not find redwood as beautiful anywhere: the way this
particular tree grew, in a huge curve, created pressures within the
core over hundreds of years resulting in an extraordinarily rich pattern.

Proceeds from the auction will help create a sustainable financial
future for the Library, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit community arts center.

For more about the auction and detail about the wood please
visit us online at http://bigsurredwood.org, call us at 831-667-2574 or,
the best alternative, stop by in person any day 11AM – 6PM.
Thank You!

The Library website is http://www.henrymiller.org
Wine by Heller Estates | Snacks by the Big Sur Bakery

The coast redwood naturally occurs in only one place in the world:
a 450 mi strip along the Pacific Coast of North America. This strip begins
in southern Oregon and ends just south of Monterey.

FYI,

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting drivers about a new law that requires them to give bicyclists, traveling in the same direction, three feet of clearance when passing. The Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect September 16, 2014. Read the full Assembly Bill No. 1371 below.

I’d also like to remind you that the CALIFORNIA CLASSIC COAST BICYCLE RIDE MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL COAST BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND

CENTRAL COAST – The California Classic Coast bicycle ride will arrive on southbound Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County on Saturday Sept. 13. This ride will continue next week in the following locations:

· Hwy. 1 in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14

· Hwy. 1 near Carmel to Big Sur in Monterey County on Monday, Sept. 15.

· Hwy. 1 from Big Sur to the San Simeon State Park in San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Assembly Bill No. 1371
CHAPTER 331
An act to amend, repeal, and add Section 21750 of, and to add Section 21760 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
[ Approved by Governor  September 23, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State  September 23, 2013. ]
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1371, Bradford. Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.
Under existing law, a driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction is required to pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to certain limitations and exceptions. A violation of this provision is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a first conviction, and up to a $250 fine for a 3rd and subsequent conviction occurring within one year of 2 or more prior infractions.
This bill would enact the Three Feet for Safety Act, which would require the driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway to pass in compliance with specified requirements applicable to overtaking and passing a vehicle, and to do so at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle, having due regard for the size and speed of the motor vehicle and the bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, and the surface and width of the highway. The bill would prohibit, with specified exceptions, the driver of the motor vehicle that is overtaking or passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway from passing at a distance of less than 3 feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a $35 fine. The bill would also require the imposition of a $220 fine on a driver if a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist causing bodily harm to the bicyclist, and the driver is found to be in violation of the above provisions. This bill would make these provisions operative on September 16, 2014.

Because this bill would create a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

DIGEST KEY
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: yes

BILL TEXT
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.
Section 21750 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
21750.
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth in this article.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on September 16, 2014, and, as of January 1, 2015, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2015, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

SEC. 2.
Section 21750 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21750.
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle, subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth in this article.
(b) This section shall become operative on September 16, 2014.

SEC. 3.
Section 21760 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21760.
(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Three Feet for Safety Act.
(b) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall pass in compliance with the requirements of this article applicable to overtaking and passing a vehicle, and shall do so at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle, having due regard for the size and speed of the motor vehicle and the bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and the surface and width of the highway.
(c) A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.
(d) If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to comply with subdivision (c), due to traffic or roadway conditions, the driver shall slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and may pass only when doing so would not endanger the safety of the operator of the bicycle, taking into account the size and speed of the motor vehicle and bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and surface and width of the highway.
(e) (1) A violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d) is an infraction punishable by a fine of thirty-five dollars ($35).
(2) If a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicycle causing bodily injury to the operator of the bicycle, and the driver of the motor vehicle is found to be in violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d), a two-hundred-twenty-dollar ($220) fine shall be imposed on that driver.
(f) This section shall become operative on September 16, 2014.

SEC. 4.
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Wild & Scenic Film Festival Saturday, September 13th
Celebrate 50 years of wilderness with fantastic films about wild things and wild places, guaranteed to inspire you to get out and give back! This third annual screening by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance features a raffle of great prizes from national and local sponsors, special guest speakers, and Master of Ceremonies, film and television actor Adam Scott.
http://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10

Ticket Information
Saturday September 13th, 2014 at 7PM at the Golden State Theater
http://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10 in Monterey, CA

$15 Advance Ticket Only
http://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10

$25 One-Year VWA Membership (Includes 2 Advance Tickets)
http://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10

$20 Ticket at the Door (While Supplies Last)

Buy Your Tickets Here!
http://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10

See more at:
http://www.ventanawild.org/#sthash.cOlwTKFh.dpuf

You’ll want to be sure to bring a few bucks for raffle tickets ($5 each or 5 for $20,) as local sponsors have generously donated some truly excellent prizes.

For instance-
Gift certificate to Synergy Organic Clothing
https://www.facebook.com/synergyorganicclothing ,

Men’s & women’s outerwear from PatagoniaSantaCruzOutlet
https://www.facebook.com/PatagoniaSantaCruz ,

Day pack, trekking poles & binoculars courtesy of REI
https://www.facebook.com/REI ,

Custom WSFF stainless steel water bottles from Klean Kanteen
https://www.facebook.com/kleankanteen,

Hiking guide book & 5 State Park day passes from California State Parks Foundation
https://www.facebook.com/calparks,

Books from Fulcrum Publishing
https://www.facebook.com/FulcrumBooks ,

iPad commuter bag from TOM BIHN
https://www.facebook.com/TOMBIHN ,

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
https://www.facebook.com/50thAnniversaryOfTheWildernessAct

Commemorative poster by artist Monty Dolack, framed by Frame circus picture framing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frame-circus-picture-framing/437633849666311

A gorgeous painting of 3 orchid species native to the Santa Lucia Range, donated by local artist Julie Himes! One luck raffle winner will take it home this Saturday!

Plus more to come!

http://www.ventanawild.org/component/content/article/94-hr4040/47-welcome.html
https://www.facebook.com/ventanawild

Ventana Wilderness Alliance is a grass-roots organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California’s northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast. All proceeds support conservation in the Big Sur backcountry; VWA Trail Crew, Volunteer Wilderness Rangers, Youth in Wilderness Program.

THE FILMS

SET 1

VWA Presents: A Tribute to the Wilderness Act
This 50th anniversary tribute establishes a context and emphasizes the ongoing relevance of the guiding legislation protecting millions of acres of America’s wild heritage. This locally produced film features commentary from Monterey Bay area wilderness advocates. (USA, 2014, 9 min)

A Life Well-Lived
Legendary Mountaineer Jim Whittaker talks risk, beauty, and adventure on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Mount Everest. (USA, 2013, 4 min)

Raptor Blues
This musical clay-mation piece explains the dangerous effects of rodenticides in a way that everyone can understand. (USA, 2013, 2 min)

Right Now: Living With Mountain Lions
This music video shines a light on public apathy towards mountain lions. It challenges us to consider and respect the wild animals around us as we all go about our daily lives. (USA, 2013, 5 min)

From the Ground to the Clouds
Fifty years ago Jane Goodall set out to study the wild chimpanzees of Tanzania with a pair of second-hand binoculars, some pencils and a notebook. Now her team uses mobile devices, satellite imagery and cloud-based mapping technologies to create a comprehensive picture of the conservation challenges in the Congo Basin. This transformational approach to habitat conservation is part of a global effort to monitor natural resources, and is giving hope to the survival of endangered chimpanzee populations. (Tanzania, 2013, 8 min)

Buffalo Wild
This music video based on a poem by John Trudell takes viewers on the historical, often tragic path America’s bison have traveled. (USA, 2013, 4 min)

Sacred Headwaters
Shared birthplace of three salmon rivers in Northern Canada, the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and home to an incredible ecosystem of large mammals, the Sacred Headwaters is at risk of losing all that makes it sacred. (Canada, 2012, 4 min)

Backyard
Backyard tells the stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their disparities, unnerving similarities emerge from shared experiences with the massive unseen “industry.” (USA, 2013, 27 min)

This 50th anniversary tribute establishes a context and emphasizes the ongoing relevance of the guiding legislation protecting millions of acres of America’s wild heritage. This locally produced film features commentary from Monterey Bay area wilderness advocates. (USA, 2014, 9 min)

A Life Well-Lived
Legendary Mountaineer Jim Whittaker talks risk, beauty, and adventure on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Mount Everest. (USA, 2013, 4 min)

Raptor Blues
This musical clay-mation piece explains the dangerous effects of rodenticides in a way that everyone can understand. (USA, 2013, 2 min)

Right Now: Living With Mountain Lions
This music video shines a light on public apathy towards mountain lions. It challenges us to consider and respect the wild animals around us as we all go about our daily lives. (USA, 2013, 5 min)

From the Ground to the Clouds
Fifty years ago Jane Goodall set out to study the wild chimpanzees of Tanzania with a pair of second-hand binoculars, some pencils and a notebook. Now her team uses mobile devices, satellite imagery and cloud-based mapping technologies to create a comprehensive picture of the conservation challenges in the Congo Basin. This transformational approach to habitat conservation is part of a global effort to monitor natural resources, and is giving hope to the survival of endangered chimpanzee populations. (Tanzania, 2013, 8 min)

Buffalo Wild
This music video based on a poem by John Trudell takes viewers on the historical, often tragic path America’s bison have traveled. (USA, 2013, 4 min)

Sacred Headwaters
Shared birthplace of three salmon rivers in Northern Canada, the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and home to an incredible ecosystem of large mammals, the Sacred Headwaters is at risk of losing all that makes it sacred. (Canada, 2012, 4 min)

Backyard
Backyard tells the stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their disparities, unnerving similarities emerge from shared experiences with the massive unseen “industry.” (USA, 2013, 27 min)

SET 2

VWA Presents: Mike Heard, USFS Individual Volunteer of the Year
In 2007, Ventana Wilderness Alliance Trail Crew volunteer Mike Heard took on a massive project to restore nearly twenty miles of backcountry trails encircling Cone Peak, the steepest coastal rise between Alaska and Patagonia. After spending six years facing challenging logistics, developing critical partnerships and donating thousands of hours of hard labor, Mike was selected as national Volunteer of the Year by the US Forest Service. This portrait of altruism on public lands will inspire volunteers of every stripe. (USA, 2014, 11 min)

El Campo es Vida
Javier Vera is a third generation gaucho living in Patagonia, Chile- a region significantly damaged by the agricultural abuses of previous generations. While maintaining a traditional lifestyle, Javier is one of many local young people working in conservation-based tourism initiatives across Patagonia that are serving as new models for protecting the region’s wild lands. (USA, 2013, 10 min)

Paramos
At 2,640 meters, Bogotá, capitol city of Colombia, is home to more than eight million people who depend on the surrounding mountain-top “Paramos” for water. This ecosystem is now threatened by mining, ranching and large-scale agriculture, and millions could suffer if it is not conserved. (Colombia, 2012, 8 min)

Gregg Treinisch: a MoveShake Story
National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Gregg Treinish combined his passion for adventure, his background in wildlife biology and “three seconds of courage” to found Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. A year of unpaid work and complete dedication was followed by a wave of support that continues to grow. (USA, 2013, 15 min)

Elk Grass
This haunting animation floats dreamily around lonely Elk Mountain, capturing the serenity and solitude accessible only in wild nature. (USA, 2013, 2 min)

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 10, 2014

The 2014 Movie Finale Reprise!

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

The 2014 Movie Finale Reprise!

Did you miss the Finale on Sunday, August 31? Do not fret. By popular demand, for those who missed it the first time, we are doing a reprise of the Gala Finale:

Friday, September 12 @ 7.30 PM!

We received over 1,000 films from over 50 countries this year. (Our ninth year!)
Tonight we screen the BEST OF THE BEST as selected by our jury (which includes Kirsten Dunst, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, etc.)

Note: doors at 7.30 pm.

Below is a list of the films that we screened in 2014. The best 4 or 5 of these will be shown at the event!

Remnants – USA
Baghdad Messi – Belgium/Iraq
Zela Trovke – Holland/Spain
Ekanth – India
Sonuncu – Azerbaijan
Love Love Love – Russia
Armen – Norway
Made Bed – USA
All Hallow’s Week – Finland
Sticky – Australia
A Fish Called Keith – UK
Fool’s Day – USA
Check Please – Norway
The Toll – USA
Exchange & Mart – UK
Hikari – Japan
Snow – Norway
Foad – Morocco
Videoboy – Norway
Misterio – Spain
Ja Vi Elsker – Norway
Brooklyn Farmer – USA
Money Back Please – Sweden
La Carnada – USA
Tundra Cowboy – Canada/Sweden
Short is Better – France
Godka Cirka – Somalia
Moments – UK
The Animals I Killed Last Summer – Sweden
Fear Of Flying – New Zealand
La Ragazza e la Gondola – Italy/USA
The most urgent longings of Eleonore Schwarz – Germany
Incident – USA
Una Hora Un Paso – Spain
Broken Heart Syndrome – USA
The Old Man and The Mountain Lion – USA
Lomax – USA
Short Is Better – France
The Hero Pose – USA
Burger – Norway
Me + Her – USA
The Theft – Iran
23 Weeks & 6 Days – USA
Elvis: The Lonely Hunter of Circle Beach – USA
Made Bed – USA
Helium – Denmark
Yearbook – USA
INCIDENT – USA
Videoboy – Norway
Faster – USA
Verbatim – USA

FRIDAY NIGHT!
7.30 – 8.00 PM
House Music and Meet and Greet time.

8.00 – 10.30 PM
The Gala Film Finale and some surprises!

Best Popcorn in the World plus good
Coffee and Teas!

Please let your friends, neighbors and guests know!

2015 will be our 10th year!

http://www.henrymiller.org

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival
Toby@bigsurfoodandwine.org
831-667-0800

September 8th, 2014

Year Six for Big Sur Food & Wine Festival 2014

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival celebrates its sixth year November 6-9, 2014.

Possibly the “longest” food and wine festival in the country, this small but unique festival has recently been recognized by Trip Advisor as “One of the Top Ten Food and Wine Festivals in the U.S.” states founder and president, Toby Rowland Jones. “And longest, we mean in distance…from the Carmel Highlands to almost the county border some 60 miles away at TreeBones Resort, we cover a lot of ground!”

The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival promises an impressive line-up of chefs and wineries for an event that is again committed to donate a portion of its revenue for local Big Sur nonprofits. To date, the Festival has brought international recognition to Big Sur as a culinary destination, and raised over $100,000 for the community in the areas of Health, Safety, Education, and the Arts.

Thursday’s opening night "Gateway to Big Sur", held at the iconic Hyatt Carmel Highlands, promises delectable preparations from 20+ chefs along with great selections from 40 top-flight wineries. Friday through Sunday events held in the “heart” of Big Sur, include Wine and Swine, Hiking with Stemware™, Magical Mystery Tours, and wine maker dinners at local eateries, and that’s not the half of it! Saturday’s Auction Lunch pairs chefs from Cachagua General Store, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and Dosa, (to name a few) with wines from Louis Roederer, Gonet-Medeville, Copain, Crocker and Starr, and Chateau Les Justices. This is always a fun-filled event offering exquisite and sometimes rare, auction items. Sunday’s Grand Public Tasting, always an epic close to the festival, will be held at the tree- lined, Pfeiffer State Park under the Big Tent.

“Be sure to check our website for the entire schedule of events, as you will want to enjoy most with your closest friends!” encourages Rowland-Jones.

Joining the committee this year as General Event Coordinator “The Alchemist” Kelli Foy of Foy Events who has helped put together a schedule of events that will compliment everyone’s palette.

Aengus Wagner, Vice President of the Festival, along with Matt Peterson, Wine Coordinator, have been busy inviting select chefs and wineries for this special weekend: “As has been our tradition, we always invite our chef friends and winemakers we know, appreciate and love, and we promise to have another great list this year.” On the culinary roster this year are the likes of Jerry Regester of the Preserve in Carmel Valley, Brian Overhauser of Cuvaison, David Lawrence of 1300 on Fillmore and Dyon Foster of Hahn Estate Winery and the list goes on! Each participating chef will be highlighted on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Rowland Jones comments on the local and international draw of the Festival: “Big Sur has really become a culinary destination for food and wine aficionados. Last year we sold out in record time. Our guests become our friends and plan their visits to the majestic Big Sur coast to come to play with us again each year. We are always delighted to meet new international guests, who may have never visited California but plan their trip her just to attend the BSF&W Festival.”

Many thanks to our current list of sponsors for Big Sur Food & Wine Festival 2014:
LandRover, Hahn Estate Winery, Firestone Walker Brewery, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Henry Miller Library, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company, The PinPoint Show, OutsidetheBox Media. Sponsor opportunities are still available.

The 2014 Big Sur Food & Wine Festival takes place in the Carmel Highlands and throughout Big Sur from Thursday, November 6 through Sunday, November 9. Information on tickets to all events can be found at http://www.bigsurfoodandwine.org . Or for more details or specific questions, please call 831-667-0800.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Thursday, September 4, 2014
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11th ANNUAL BEST BUDDIES CHALLENGE BICYCLE RIDE COMES TO THE CENTRAL COAST THIS SATURDAY


CENTRAL COAST
–The 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge bicycle ride will take place on Highway 1 beginning in Carmel in Monterey County and ending in San Simeon in San Luis Obispo County on Saturday, September 6.

Traffic control for this ride will begin at 6 am and consists of rolling closures by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In addition, Electronic Message Boards will be posted alerting motorists to ‘Share the Road’ with cyclists. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes.

This bike ride will begin at 7 am at Carmel Valley Road in Carmel. All riders will be off the road by 4 pm on San Simeon Road near Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

Caltrans reminds motorists to be aware of these cyclists and any support vehicles. For more information regarding this event, please visit the Best Buddies Challenge website at: http://bestbuddieschallenge.org/hc/

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 1, 2014

Pine Ridge Search for Arvin Nelson 9/1/14

Hello Big Sur!

Although there have been no new developments in the search for Arvin Nelson the search continues. Monterey County Sheriff Search and Rescue has posted some more photos of the search efforts early this evening and listed the agencies that have been contributing to the search.

The community of Big Sur is forever grateful and full of gratitude to all the people who have worked on this effort, those that have volunteered their time and skills, and to all the coordinated efforts of the County, State and Federal resources that have generously been provided.

Stan Russell

From the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue

Pine Ridge Search
Large searches like the one still underway for Mr. Nelson would not be possible without the coordination and cooperation of the mutual aid system. Thank you to Cal OES, the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Army National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Air National Guard, California Highway Patrol Central Division Air Operations, CAL FIRE, American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter, The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps, Monterey Fire USAR, Contra Costa Search and Rescue Team, Marin County Search and Rescue, San Mateo Co SAR, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU), San Luis Obispo County Search and Rescue, Santa Cruz Co SAR, CARDA, California Explorer Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, Ventura County East Valley Search and Rescue Team, Fillmore Search and Rescue Team, Placer Co SAR, Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue, Santa Clara County Search and Rescue, and El Dorado Search and Rescue.

To view images of the search and rescue efforts follow this link:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.794574757261401.1073741841.385951138123767&type=1

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 27, 2014

Feathers in Flight, Celebrating the California Condor

From Ventana Wildlife Society

Come meet "Dolly" the condor on Saturday, Sept 6. Tickets still available, call 831-455-9514. Proceeds go toward condor recovery in central California.

Feathers in Flight
Celebrating the California Condor
September 6, 2014
Rancho Grande, Big Sur, California

http:www.ventanaws.org

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 27, 2014

Henry Miller Library Gala Finale and The Sandpiper screening

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Mark your calendars!

Sunday August 31st at the Henry Miller Library: the 2014 Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series GALA FINALE!!!

We received over 1,000 films from over 100 countries this year. These are the BEST OF THE BEST as selected by our jury (which includes Kirsten Dunst, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, etc.) Note: doors at 7 pm.

Both nights are free admission but a $10 donation is kindly suggested per person. Questions? Call us 831-667-2574.

This Thursday, August 28, join us for a screening of The Sandpiper.

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 26, 2014

Los Padres National Forest Elevates Fire Restrictions

NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest Elevates Fire Restrictions

GOLETA, CA, August 26, 2014…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 26, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest; however, hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. (This restriction is in effect year-round.)

Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail, and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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