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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2014_Aug26_Level_IV_fire_restrictions.pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 25, 2014

The search for Arvin Nelson will be wrapping up with air searches

From Monterey County Herald
Search for missing hiker wrapping up with no leads
The search for Arvin Nelson will be wrapping up with air searches

By Ana Ceballos
aceballos@montereyherald.com @ceballosap on Twitter
POSTED: 08/25/2014 05:40:22 PM PDT
http://www.montereyherald.com/localnews/ci_26404279/search-missing-hiker-wrapping-up-no-leads#disqus_thread
UPDATED: ABOUT 2 HOURS AGO

The Army National Guard from Stockton loads members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team at the Carmel Valley Airport on Aug. 18 during the multi-agency search for lost hiker Arvin Nelson. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

Search and rescue volunteers Rachel Allen and Shanna Hoversten enter a Coast Guard helicopter at the Carmel Valley Airport on Aug. 18 during the search for lost hiker Arvin Nelson. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

MONTEREY >> It’s been 10 days since search and rescue teams started combing through steep terrain in Big Sur in search for Arvin Nelson, but leads have turned up nothing.

The search for Nelson began promptly and support from search and rescue teams from more than 10 different agencies grew strong.

Five days into the search, more than 50 ground searchers were out looking for Nelson. Some camped out for two days along the Camp China trails — where the experienced hiker said he would be — while others came back to Carmel Valley to rest for another eight-hour search the next day.

However, nothing hinting to Nelson’s whereabouts has been found.

On Monday, SAR officials re-evaluated the situation and determined ground searchers would no longer be used, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. John Thornburg said.

The search for Nelson will continue without ground searchers, but will persist by air.

A Monterey fire airplane and a helicopter will fly above the trails in search for leads or better — Nelson.

Thornburg said the search will likely be wrapping up Tuesday as leads to go on remain scarce.

"Unless something is found," Thornburg said. "But we don’t have any leads and we haven’t found him or anything."

The search has gone on for a while because authorities believe Nelson is an experienced hiker and would be able to survive a long time in the wilderness.

Nelson initially had planned for an eight-day backpacking trip starting on Aug. 6 and ending on Aug. 14, but he never came out of the woods.

By Aug. 16, one of his friends reported him missing. His friends told authorities he knew what he was doing and that he might be in trouble, Thornburg said.

Since he has been reported missing, none of his friends have heard from him either, Thornburg said, which means he hasn’t made it out yet.

Kevin Raskoff, one of Nelson’s Monterey Peninsula College professors, describes him as a character who "seems to have done just about everything at some point in time."

"He is a favorite with a lot of faculty at MPC, so we are all eagerly awaiting word about his safe return," Raskoff said.

Thornburg said SAR teams still have hope and despite the lack in leads, they believe Nelson is still alive.

"There’s nothing that makes us think he is alive or dead," he said.

The aid and abundance in volunteers helping in the search are not uncommon, but they may be costly.

Thornburg said the thorough search would not have been possible without the help of other agencies.

The cost of the search will likely be known by the end of the week, he said.

Ana Ceballos can be reached at 726-4377.
http://www.montereyherald.com/localnews/ci_26404279/search-missing-hiker-wrapping-up-no-leads

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 22, 2014

Regarding Arvin Nelson Search

Hello Big Sur!

I spoke with Commander Joe Moses, Monterey County Sheriff with Monterey County Search and Rescue team focused on searching for Arvin Nelson. Here’s an update:

A very active search is still in progress with 20 people in the field today. They have not discovered so much as a foot print from Arvin. Yesterday (Thursday) they "took a step back" to re-evaluate their search priorities and wrote up all new plans for the search through Sunday. This weekend will see an influx of volunteer help as well as Search and Rescue teams from Ventura, Santa Barbara, Placer County.

As far as we can tell, my friend Dennis English (Jack English’s son) was the last person to speak with and see Arvin. Dennis and Jack had gone out to visit their cabin in Pine Valley on August 6. A couple hours after they arrived Dennis was sitting inside the cabin playing guitar with his father, Jack English. He heard a voice outside asking to approach the cabin. It was Arvin who had heard the guitar playing and he came up and introduced himself. Dennis welcomed him in, befriended Arvin and they hung out and played music and hiked around Pine Valley for a couple days.

Dennis and Jack were picked up by helicopter on the 8th, leaving Pine Valley. Arvin saw them off. He told Dennis he was going to be staying through Saturday, the 9th and then hike the 11 miles to Sykes on Sunday morning, the 10th.

I know it has been rather quiet for a couple days so I wanted to let people know that the search efforts have not let up. In fact, Monterey County Search and Rescue are ramping up this weekend with a different approach and more boots on the ground. Ventana Wilderness Alliance has Steve Benoit, former backcountry ranger for Los Padres National Forest and key trail crew leader of the volunteer backcountry ranger program on scene as well as Betsy McGowan volunteer ranger and trail crew leader at the command center to show on maps where remote water sources are located, give insights into trails conditions and to help direct the efforts of those coming in from out of town. The best humanly possible team is in place to handle this thanks to the efforts of the Monterey County Sheriffs Search and Rescue leading the charge with their knowledge and experience in Big Sur.

The Monterey County Weekly, August 21, 3:31PM, posted " Cmdr. John Thornburg of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says the search team is using one airplane, three helicopters and about 30 ground searchers per day, with help from California Highway Patrol, the National Guard and the Coast Guard."

The search efforts continue.

Keep Arvin in your thoughts and prayers.

Regards,
Stan Russell

Arvin Nelson

Monterey County Weekly article.
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/the-search-for-missing-hiker-arvin-nelson-continues/article_d974a4c6-2982-11e4-b790-001a4bcf6878.html

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