Posted by: Stan Russell | April 17, 2014

BIG SUR MARATHON TO BE RUN ON HIGHWAY 1 SUNDAY, APRIL 27

FROM CALTRANS:

Today’s Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BIG SUR MARATHON TO BE RUN ON HIGHWAY 1 SUNDAY, APRIL 27

MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 27. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 4:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Hwy. 1 will be closed from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

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

To find out further information about the marathon, please call (831) 625-6226 or visit the official race website
http://bsim.org

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 7, 2014

Big Sur Fiddle Camp Concert, Saturday April 12

Join us for an intimate evening of acoustic music – bring a friend, bring your family, kids are welcome!

The Big Sur Camp Concert will be @ Lygia’s Barn on Saturday, April 12th @ 7pm (doors open at 6:30).
Suggested Donation: $15-20

Performers Include:
Casey Driessan Tristan Clarridge Tashina Clarridge Laurie Lewis Kristin Andreassan Mike Witcher
Winifred Horan and Mick Mccauley (founding member of the Irish supergroup, Solas) Paul Brown David Grier Dave Corey and others!

Feel free to call or email Grace Forrest with questions or to request directions. gracefiddler@gmail.com 1(831) 293-4619

See you there!

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 2, 2014

Big Sur Earth Day Fair Sunday, April 13 @ Henry Miller Library

From Ventana Inn & Spa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VENTANA EXHIBITION FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHY BY NANCY BERRY

DATE: 2/18/14

CONTACT: Lorrie Kempf (831) 667-4298, e-mail: lkempf@communehotels.com

WHAT: Ventana Exhibition featuring photographs by L.A. artist Nancy Berry

WHERE: The Gallery at Ventana, 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

WHEN: APRIL 6 – JULY 6, 2014

RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COST: Free

Big Sur, CA—Curiouser and Curiouser: An exhibition of photography by Nancy Berry opens at the Gallery at Ventana, 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The public is invited to meet the artist and view her work at a FREE reception on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and live music by Spanish guitarist Rodrigo Teague.

Berry’s photographs span from surrealistic self portraits to dreamy abstracts and landscapes—most originating in the Big Sur area. Relatively new to the world of photography (Berry is the former Vice Chairman of both Virgin Music Group Worldwide and Virgin Records America), she works with a large variety of cameras – new and vintage, digital and film. Obscure models, such as the digital infrared forensics camera she used in “Holding My Ground”, a self portrait of Berry prone in a field, create an otherworldly vibe, shrouded in cool tones of lavender.

She shoots almost exclusively outdoors, using only natural light, except for her rare night scenes, such as “The Dancer”, which she shot of herself, underwater, while holding the camera.

She makes and applies all colors and effects to the camera. In “Curiouser and Curiouser”, a self portrait of Berry looking through a magnifying glass, the applied effects create an aura of translucent reds and greens. She discards the effects after each session, so as not to duplicate the outcome.

Playing with light, texture, color, and contrast, Berry builds the sets she uses, mainly from things she finds in nature or in thrift shops. “A Book is a Garden to Dream In”, fuses Berry’s anonymous lower half, with a seemingly endless, gently cascading mountain of books. Her images include many different characters—a few influenced by personal experiences, but mainly they are fantasy—imagined tales. Each individual image belongs to a series of images—each series with its own story.

Photos: “Curiouser and Curiouser”, photograph, 2012, 40” x 60”; “A Book is a Garden to Dream In”, photograph, 2013, 30” x 40”; “Holding my Ground”, photograph, 2010, 40” x 60”

Hello Big Sur!

Four California condors to be released tomorrow beginning at 10:00 A.M., This monumental event will also be premiering the second live video stream from the remote Ventana Wildlife Society condor release pen. View the Wild Condor Cams simultaneously here http://ventanaws.org/condor_cam/ and read the full press release below.

From Ventana Wildlife Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2014 Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR Oakland Zoo (510) 632-9525 ext. 130 nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Contact: Steve Walker, Business Development CamZone Networks (858) 715-8500 ext. 1009 Steve@camzone.com

Contact: Joe Burnett, Senior Wildlife Biologist Ventana Wildlife Society (831) 455-9514 JoeBurnett@VentanaWS.org

Video available

See video and press release at http://ventanaws.org/pressroom/

Located at Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur

Oakland Zoo, CamZone Networks, and Ventana Wildlife Society Partner to Create a New Live-Streaming-Webcam for Viewing Upcoming California Condor Release into the Wild

Big Sur , CA – On March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. People around the world will have the ability to watch these endangered birds in real-time transition from captivity to life in the wild via a live-streaming webcam in Big Sur, California. “A typical condor release is largely uneventful as we want the birds to comfortably and slowly make this transition successfully. The actual release itself is just the opening of the enclosure door and is the kind of thing that is best watched over a period of days and even weeks since it is up to the condors what they do next” said Ventana Wildlife Society Executive Director, Kelly Sorenson.

This new viewing experience was made possible through collaboration between Ventana Wildlife Society and Oakland Zoo, with funding provided by FedEx and made possible through CamZone Networks. “Camzone was built on the popularity of animal cams, so partnering to help save the California Condors was a great opportunity for our team to give back,” said Steve Walker, Business Development at Camzone Network. “Getting a camera on the Condor release pen, in the wild was by far the most complicated job we have ever heard of. We are ecstatic with the finished product and honored to be part of such an amazing project. We are dedicated to continuing the support the Condors with our commercial free hosting and future projects to help bring awareness to the Condors plight.”

The Live-Streaming Webcam can be viewed at both Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society’s websites: http://http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Condor_Cam.php http://http://www.ventanaws.org/condor_cam/

One of the birds being released is condor #646 who suffered a broken wing in 2013 while still a chick. At just two months old, this female condor was recovered from the nest and taken to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment. She is now ready to be released less than a mile from her parents and the nest she was born into. “Conservation is a top priority at Oakland Zoo and being part of this project is exciting because we are directly involved with conveying the plight of the California condor to the public,” said Nancy Filippi, Managing Director. “This new camera and live release will give the public a chance to learn more about birds like condor #646, and stories like her’s help people have an emotional connection to saving this species from extinction.” The other three condors being released are SB#s 631 (male), 650 (male), and 652 (male). 646 and 631 were born in spring 2011 and are almost three-years-old. 650 and 652 are nearly two-years-old and were born in 2012. This particular condor release is significant because eleven birds in Central California were lost in 2013 due to lead poisoning and other causes. As of as of January 31, 2014, there are a total of 410 living condors, of which 232 are in the wild. Fifty-eight condors reside in Central California. Besides the release site in Big Sur, condors are also being released in Baja California, Mexico, Southern California, and in Arizona near the Grand Canyon.

This new webcam along with the webcam installed in October of 2013, are tools that have transformed how field crews at Ventana Wildlife Society monitor the health of condors on a daily basis. “It can be stressful keeping track of a handful of birds when you know the entire wild population in California rests at just 128 individuals, but the Condor Cams allow us to do our job more efficiently and effectively,” said Joe Burnett, Senior Biologist at Ventana Wildlife Society. Through radio tags and webcams like this one, biologists attempt to determine the status of every condor each day, which is critically important given how few condors exist. This daily status information is used for ongoing research projects focused on condor survivorship, breeding success, and other vital statistics.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR: In 1987, the last wild California condor was taken into captivity to join the twenty-six remaining condors, in an attempt to bolster the population through a captive breeding program. Through the effort of California zoos and the Ventana Wildlife Society there are now about 232 California condors in the wild. For more than twenty years, Ventana Wildlife Society has made it a mission to save the bird from extinction by regularly trapping and treating condors suffering from high blood levels of lead. Prompt treatment has saved the lives of several birds in the flock. They monitor nests to ensure the greatest protection possible from potential threats to productivity. In 2013, Jerry Brown, Governor of California signed into law a phase out of lead ammunition throughout the state for all hunting. Lead from spent ammunition is the most significant problem for California condors and this new law gives hope for condor survival in the future; however, the new law, AB711, does not go into effect until 2019.

Being actively involved in a conservation partnership with Ventana Wildlife Society is very important to the Oakland Zoo. To learn more about this partnership go to http://youtu.be/7Bhm3k_OINA

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

ABOUT CAMZONE: San Diego based CamZone Networks has been providing live streaming webcams for over a decade to Zoos and wildlife organizations across the United States. CamZone has established a proven track record engineering complex solutions for unique situations. Established in 1996, CamZone was a pioneer in the live streaming industry and continues to reach new milestones and breakthroughs to deliver the superb online experience expected in this day and age. If you can dream it we can stream it! http://www.camzone.com

ABOUT VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY: Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society led the way to successful reintroduction of the Bald Eagle and the California Condor, two of the most iconic birds in the world, to native habitats in central California. Through the course of their work, they developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another. VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California. http://www.ventanaws.org

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 6, 2014

First Condor Egg Laid This Year on Big Sur Coast Found Crushed

From Ventana Wildlife Society

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

March 6, 2014
Contact: Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director
Ventana Wildlife Society
(831) 455-9514
KellySorenson@ventanaws.org

First Condor Egg Laid This Year on Big Sur Coast Found Crushed

Big Sur, California – Biologists with Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Restoration Program discovered the crushed remains of a thin-shelled condor egg during a routine nest check on Thursday, February 27. The field team gave the condor pair a fake egg, made to look and feel exactly like the real one, in hopes that they continue caring for the egg long enough to bring back an egg from captivity to hatch in the wild. Female condor #222 laid the thin-shelled egg and, unfortunately, had already abandoned the nest before biologists were able to provide the fake egg.

Last year, female condor #171, laid an egg that was immediately crushed due to eggshell thinning but biologists at that time were able to give the fake egg in time (see photos provided). Biologists then returned with an egg in the process of hatching two months later and swapped out the fake egg so that the condor pair could raise a chick, which was successful. Unfortunately, condor #222 has only one more chance to reproduce this year but only if she lays another egg, called replacement clutching.

Eggshell thinning was first documented by a team of scientists led by Joe Burnett of Ventana Wildlife Society and published in the journal The Condor last year. As it turns out, many of the coastal dwelling female condors, as is the case for this one, lay thin-shelled eggs, which is most likely a result of exposure to DDE, a harmful breakdown chemical of DDT found in the marine food web. Condors regularly scavenge on the carcasses of Sea Lions, which can harbor dangerous levels of DDE and other marine contaminants. “We found that condor eggshells in Big Sur averaged 34% thinner than eggshells from the inland population in southern California”, said Joe Burnett.

Eggshell thinning is a significant problem but one that is going away without the need for additional regulations. In a majority of cases, eggshell thinning has led to failure, resulting in lower than normal hatching success, a level too low to sustain the population. Researchers remain optimistic despite the recent failures because data strongly suggests that DDE levels are slowly dropping in the California marine food web. Furthermore, biologists are confident in the techniques used to help breeding pairs with their egg problems until eggshells return to normal.

The Society’s Executive Director, Kelly Sorenson said, “the coast is critically important to wild condors because of low lead exposure from spent ammunition. What’s most important from a recovery standpoint is for condors to survive year after year and in time their eggs will return to normal.” “The problems condors face associated with lead poisoning far outweighs the problems we’re seeing of thin-shelled eggs on the coast”, said Joe Burnett.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE
Visit http://www.ventanaws.org/pressroom/index.htm to view this press release online and for press ready photos.

Condor #171 with her crushed egg in the foreground as discovered by VWS biologists in 2013.

VWS biologists immediately switched the crushed egg with an artificial egg and Condor #171 accepted it. Two months later she also accepted an egg getting ready to hatch. This was a remarkable event that allowed for a chick to be raised in the wild despite the problems associated with eggshell thinning.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR:
In 1987, the last wild California condor was taken into captivity to join the twenty-six remaining condors, in an attempt to bolster the population through a captive breeding program. Through the effort of California zoos and the Ventana Wildlife Society there are now about 232 California condors in the wild. For more than twenty years, Ventana Wildlife Society has made it a mission to save the bird from extinction by regularly trapping and treating condors suffering from high blood levels of lead. Prompt treatment has saved the lives of several birds in the flock. They monitor nests to ensure the greatest protection possible from potential threats to productivity. In 2013, Jerry Brown, Governor of California signed into law a phase out of lead ammunition throughout the state for all hunting. Lead from spent ammunition is the most significant problem for California condors and this new law gives hope for condor survival in the future; however, the new law, AB711, does not go into effect until 2019.

ABOUT VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY:
Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society led the way to successful reintroduction of the Bald Eagle and the California Condor, two of the most iconic birds in the world, to native habitats in central California. Through the course of their work, they developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another. VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California. http://www.ventanaws.org , http://www.mycondor.org

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Posted by: Stan Russell | March 3, 2014

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2 – MARCH 9

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Grant Leonard (TAMC)
Phone: (831) 775-4402

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2 – MARCH 9

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, March 2, through Sunday, March 9, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Multiple Locations: Mar. 3 – Mar. 7

  • Daytime drainage and pavement at multiple locations along Highway 1 between from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Locations are:
    • Lime Creek Bridge to Garrapata Creek Bridge: Drainage work.
    • Hurricane Point to Garrapata Ridge Road: Crack and Seal work.
    • Rocky Creek Viaduct to Bixby Creek Bridge: Graffity Removal.
    • Rocky Creek Viaduct to Palo Colorado: Crack and Seal work.
  • Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 1 – Tree Removal at Multiple Locations: Mar. 3 – Mar. 7

  • Four tree removal projects along southbound Highway 1 will take place Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7 in the following locations:
  1. Southbound Hwy. 1, Mesa Drive/South Carmel Hill Drive near Carmel on:

· Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 from 9 am to 3 pm.
· Southbound traffic will be re-directed to northbound lane with delineation
· Up to 30 minute delays are anticipated.

  1. Southbound Hwy. 1, Flanders Drive near Carmel on:

· Wednesday, March 5 from 9 am to 3 pm.
· Southbound traffic will be delineated to turn-pocket to get crane through
· Up to 20 minute delays are anticipated.

  1. Southbound Hwy. 1, Munras Off-ramp in Monterey on:

· Thursday, March 6 from 9 am to 3 pm.
· Southbound off-ramp will be closed at above location
· Up to 5 minute delays are anticipated.

  1. Southbound Hwy. 1, Fern Canyon on:

· Friday, March 7 from 9 am to 3 pm.
· Southbound closure with one way traffic control on northbound lanes with flagging
· Up to 10 minute delays are anticipated.

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

***SPECIAL NOTE: BIG SUR, CARMEL, CARMEL VALLEY AND CARMEL HIGHLANDS RESIDENTS TRAVELLING THIS AREA ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO USE LAURELES GRADE.***


Highway 101 – Gonzales and Soledad: Mar. 3 – Mar. 7

  • Daytime survey, median barrier, and striping work on Highway 101 from La Gloria Road to Arroyo Seco Road will result in alternating lane closures—northbound and southbound—between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 101 – Prunedale Improvement Project: Mar. 3 – Mar. 7

  • Nighttime work will result in alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound Highway 101 between Vierra Canyon Road and Tustin Road from 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 101 – San Juan Road Interchange: Mar. 3 – Mar. 7

  • Night work on Highway 101 will cause alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound Highway 101 between Dunbarton Road and Rocks / Cannon Road from 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.
Posted by: Stan Russell | February 28, 2014

Flash Flood Warning until 10 a.m. Saturday

US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California
Mid afternoon visible satellite image shows the storm center is still well offshore. The frontal rain band that produce heavy rain last night had moved east of our area by mid afternoon and was over the Central Valley. There will be a break in the action this evening before an area of showers and thunderstorms near the low center moves ashore late tonight. Most of the shower/thunderstorm activity late tonight and Saturday morning will be from Monterey Bay southward.

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 27, 2014

High Wind Watch & Predicted Rain through Saturday 3/1

Estimated storm-total rainfall from today through Saturday afternoon:

High Wind Watch
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
336 AM PST THU FEB 27 2014

STRONG AND GUSTY SOUTHEAST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE
COASTLINE AND ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT.

ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING CALIFORNIA WILL PRODUCE STRONG
WINDS… ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST AND HIGHER TERRAIN.

COASTAL NORTH BAY…INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-
EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE-SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY INCLUDING
PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK-NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-
SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-
336 AM PST THU FEB 27 2014

HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT FOR THE COAST AND THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE SAN
FRANCISCO AND MONTEREY BAY AREAS…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAS
ISSUED A HIGH WIND WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING: FROM 1 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH 4 AM SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS: SOUTHEAST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS: STRONG WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES AND POWER LINES. GUSTY
WINDS CAN ALSO MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS
HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 27, 2014

HWY 1 OPEN 6:15 AM, HIGH WIND WATCH AHEAD

A rock slide overnight on Highway 1 south of Big Sur near Coast Gallery @ Post Mile 42 has been cleared and the roadway reopened this morning with no restrictions.

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