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.

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 27, 2014

Highway 1 Closed at Ragged Point for the night

Hello Big Sur!
Highway 1 is closed at Ragged Point. Although there appears to be confusion as to where the downed trees are located and which have been cleared… Be it on Highway 1 at Nacimiento-Fergusson Road or 1 mile up NF Road or South Coast Road. What is clear is that Highway 1 is closed for the night at Ragged Point, in addition to the closure at Coast Gallery.

Stan Russell

Here’s the CHP website information. Try to sort this out:

Detail Information
12:10 AM17[24] 1039 VICTOR MAGPUSAO
12:07 AM16[22] 1039 STATE PARKS
12:07 AM15[21] 1039 27-50G OIC VIA LL
12:06 AM14[20] 1039 ENTAC W/UPDATE
12:04 AM13[19] PER MTRY COM, 2ND TREE IS ON CONE PEAK 1 MI UP F/NACIMIENTO FERGUSSON RD *****NOT ON SR1 /// and MTRY COM IS WAITING FOR THEIR SGT TO ADV HOW THEY’RE GOING TO CLR THIS **** MTRY COM WILL CB and ADV
12:03 AM12[18] PER MTRY COM, CORR 1020 FOR TREE WAS SOUTH COAST RD / NOT SR1 X SOUTH COAST RD, and THIS TREE WAS CLR BY SO
11:56 PM11[17] 1039 MTRY COM W/INFO LINE 11
11:55 PM10[16] 1039 ENTAC OFCR CARTER
11:55 PM9[15] 1039 STATE PARKS W/INFO
11:50 PM8[14] PER OIC VIA LL, 1039 27-S5
11:45 PM7[12] 1039 OIC VIA LL
11:42 PM6[11] [Notification] [CHP]-1039 DOT DE ALBA, ADV THEY WILL NOT RESP TONIGHT, RDWY ALREADY CLOSED BUT WILL CLOSE IT UP AT RAGGED POINT
11:32 PM5[9] 1039 OIC AGUILAR VIA LL, HAVE 62B 1019 and PICK UP PARTNER and THEN RESP TO TREE BY NACIMIENTO FERGUSON RD
11:22 PM4[7] 1 MI UP F/NACIEMIENTO FERGUSON RD
11:22 PM3[6] 2ND TREE DOWN BLKG ACROSS THE RDWY / WILL NEED CHAIN SAW TO CLR
11:21 PM2[5] PER SO THE FIRST TREE WAS CLRD
11:14 PM1[1] TREE DOWN – 1125 BOTH LANES
Unit Information
11:20 PM3Unit Assigned
11:20 PM2Unit Enroute
11:42 PM1Unit Cleared

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 26, 2014

HWY 1 CLOSED AT COAST GALLERY by CALTRANS 9:30 PM 2/26/14

Hello Big Sur!

I just spoke with Susana Cruz, Caltrans. Highway 1 is closed at Coast
Gallery (MM42) by a “large land slide” and will be closed until morning. CHP
website is saying there are no cones, just signs.

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/

Be careful and stay off the roads if you can!

Regards,
Stan Russell

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 23, 2014

SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND WIND NEXT WEEK

SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND WIND NEXT WEEK!!! (Wednesday, February 26-28) A series of storm systems will impact the region during the second half of next week. The first one will impact the entire region by Wednesday afternoon, bringing at least a half inch to an inch of rain along with wind gusts between 10 and 20 mph. High confidence. After a brief break in between storms on Thursday, the second and more powerful storm will impact the region as early as Friday morning. This will bring another round of significant rain as well as much stronger winds to the area. Rainfall totals by early Sunday morning could easily reach between 4 and 5 inches along the coast and higher elevations. Wind gusts between 20 and 30 mph, with occasional gusts to 40 mph will be possible all day on Friday into Saturday morning. Moderate confidence. With saturated grounds, these winds could down power lines as well as trees. Please continue to monitor and share this information with your friends and family to keep everyone weather aware.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Henry Miller Memorial Library proudly presents: “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” hosted by author Christian McEwen, April 6-10, 2014 at the Big Sur Lodge.

A unique and acclaimed workshop that teaches participants to slow down and reconnect with their creative spirit in an ever-chaotic world.

Remember what joy feels like?

These days it can be buried pretty deeply…Omnipresent (and oppressive) technology. Juggling career with parenting. Recess cut from our kids’ school days. Basic things like friendship hacked by our frantic pace. Multi-tasking. Stress. Fragmented attention. It saps our sense of wonder. We forget what fulfills us. Or to quote the English band Blur: “Modern life is rubbish.”

If any of this resonates with you, hear us out. We have a proposal. Join is in Big Sur, April 6-10th for “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” an enriching workshop hosted by acclaimed writer Christian McEwen at the Big Sur Lodge.

Here’s what we can promise you:

* A uniquely structured workshop format that’s part meditation, part artistic retreat (testimonials here) led renowned writer, poet, and teacher Christen McEwen (The Nation, Village Voice, Scottish Poetry Library; biohere.)

 

Christien McEwen

* Amazing people (even friends for life!)

* The quiet of the redwood forest at the Big Sur Lodge – a world-famous artist’s retreat.

* A robust and illuminating workshop schedule that includes reading, writing, storytelling, movies, a talk from Sarah Rabkin of UC Santa Cruz, writer & environmentalist, and more! (Full schedule here.)

* Meals, entertainment, cocktail hour, four nights of lodging – and more!

Bottom line: Participants will learn how to find time. Write and draw in your private journal, draft poems, share stories, reconnect to the natural world, turn off your smart phone (we dare you!) and for goodness sakes, slow down!

There could be no better place than the peace and majesty of Big Sur to sink into this medicine for the heart.

For more information including registration fees, click here: http://slowworkshop.wordpress.com/register

Facebook even page here.

Questions? Call the Library at 831-667-2574!

And if you know anyone who could benefit from strengthening or reconnecting with their creative spirit in the most breathtaking place in the world, please send this along!

Thank you – and welcome!

https://www.facebook.com/events/246096822229250/?ref=22

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 31, 2014

Fort Hunter Liggett road closures

From Fort Hunter Liggett Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/FortHunterLiggett

Road closures begin TOMORROW – Friday, Jan. 31 – in support of training in progress involving the 2nd Battalion of The 75th Ranger Regiment, The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the 446th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve.

Where: Mission Road at Jolon Road, in the old main gate area, and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to Big Sur, California. See the map for details – all roads indicated between the letter points will be closed, as well as all training areas and dirt roads adjacent to them.

When: Two closures a day: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 3 and 5. The first one each day will be between noon and 1:30 p.m. and the second between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The closures could be as long as 45 minutes each but will be limited to the minimum time needed to maintain safety for the operations.

NO THROUGH TRAFFIC will be allowed during the closures, including access to and from Highway 1, the Los Padres National Forest, and into or out of the Fort Hunter Liggett cantonment area. Anyone arriving during the closure will be held in the old main gate area on Mission Road at Jolon Road or at the bridge which marks the installation’s western boundary on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Fort Hunter Liggett’s commuter buses to Salinas and Paso Robles will not be affected by the closures. Employees, visitors and others should be aware of the possibility of delay during these times.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 13, 2014

Fire Restrictions Take Effect in Los Padres National Forest

Public Affairs Office
Los Padres National Forest

NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fire Restrictions Take Effect in Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, January 10, 2014…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, January 11, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for 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 outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. 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 10 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.

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.

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.)

A list designated Campfire Use Sites is attached. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

2014_Jan10_Level_III_Fire_Restrictions.pdf

Date: Friday, January 10, 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 (805) 549-3189

MEDIA ADVISORY
BIG SUR HIGHWAY 1/PITKINS CURVE BRIDGE AND ROCKSHED PROJECT—
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY


WHAT:
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion and full opening of the $39 million Hwy. 1/Pitkins Curve Bridge and Rockshed Project

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
At the large turnout just north of the project, on the ocean side just south of Lucia (Post Mile 21.5)

SPEAKERS:
Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter; President of Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Kirk Gafill; Caltrans District Director Tim Gubbins

The Hwy. 1/Pitkins Curve Bridge and Rockshed Project, extends from just north of Limekiln Creek Bridge to south of Lucia and includes a rockshed, a bridge and a retaining wall.

The bridge and rockshed project improves access for local businesses and residents and reduces delays for vehicles that travel this section of Highway 1 every day.

# # #

Susana Z. Cruz
Public Information Officer/
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
805. 549.3138
805.549.3326–fax
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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 10, 2014

HWY 1 ROADWORK JAN 12-17

Date: Friday, January 10, 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 JANUARY 12 –
JANUARY 19

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, January 12, through Sunday, January 19, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur Coast: Jan. 13 – 17
Daytime drainage, slide removal, and utility work at multiple locations along Highway 1 between Pacific Valley and Big Sur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 1 – Granite Canyon Bridge: Jan. 17
Daytime pavement work on Highway 1 at Granite Canyon Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 1 – Yankee Point: Jan. 16
Daytime tree removal on Highway 1 between Malpaso Creek Bridge and Yankee Point Drive (North) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 1 – Point Lobos: Jan. 13 – 14
Daytime tree removal on Highway 1 between Jose Creek Bridge and Point Lobos State Reserve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 1 – Monterey: Jan. 15
Daytime pavement marker replacement on Highway 1 between Casa Verde Way and Del Monte Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 101 – Gonzales and Soledad: Jan. 13 – Jan. 17
Daytime drainage and electrical work on Highway 101 from La Gloria Road to Arroyo Seco Road will result in alternating lane and ramp closures—northbound and southbound—between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 101 – Salinas to San Benito County: Jan. 13 – Jan. 17
Daytime road sweeping along highway 101 from Airport Boulevard to the San Benito County Line between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 8 minutes.

Prunedale Improvement Project: Jan. 13 – Jan. 17
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.

San Juan Road Interchange – Cannon Road to Dunbarton: Jan. 13 – Jan. 17
Nighttime removal of bridge falsework will result in alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound Highway 101 between Cannon / Rocks Road and Dunbarton Road from 7:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
· Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

Highway 198: Jan. 13 – Jan. 17
Daytime slide removal along Highway 198 from San Lorenzo Creek Bridge to Griffin Road between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes.

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