Posted by: Stan Russell | January 10, 2020

Recreational shooting ban extended for six months

U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Los Padres National Forest
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta CA 93117

News Release

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2020
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Recreational shooting ban extended for six months

GOLETA, Calif. – Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the Forest Order prohibiting recreational shooting has been extended until June 30, 2020, to provide for public safety due to increasingly high fire danger conditions in the extended weather forecast and the potential for a wildfire sparked by shooting.

Despite recent winter rainfall, live fuel moisture levels across the Forest did not significantly recover and are currently hovering just above the 60 percent critical threshold. Predictive weather forecasts indicate persistent, strong offshore wind events through April that will likely further reduce fuel moisture levels.

Long-range weather models have consistently shown well below normal precipitation and drier than average weather with a high likelihood of elevated temperatures through the spring months. If these forecasts are accurate, grasses will cure out earlier than normal and grass fire activity could occur weeks earlier this year.These conditions allow fire to burn readily and remain present in the larger dead and downed fuels in the landscape. Even with recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, live fuel moistures are slow to rise due to a state of dormancy in the brush.

Preventing accidental starts from recreational shooting under dry conditions is key to protecting life and property. Shooting ranges under permit by Los Padres National Forest monitor and implement preventative measures to avoid accidental starts.

Under this Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited except in the designated target ranges at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club. Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license are exempt from this Forest Order.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

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Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
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MONTEREY COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MARY L. ADAMS, SUPERVISOR – FIFTH DISTRICT
1200 Aguajito Road, Suite #1, Monterey, CA 93940
E-mail: District5
Phone: (831) 647-7755

MEDIA RELEASE
(Corrected Date)

For Immediate Release – January 9, 2020

For more information contact:
Yuri Anderson, Chief of Staff
Phone: (831) 647-7755
Email: andersony@co.monterey.ca.us

Supervisor Mary L. Adams invites Fifth District Residents to Chat
The issues don’t have to be ‘hot’ to share your thoughts with Supervisor Mary L. Adams at her upcoming Fireside Chat.

Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams will host her first Fireside Chat of the new year on Wednesday, January 15thfrom 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This Chat will be held in the Cypress Fire Station, located at 3375 Rio Road in Carmel. At this first meeting of the year, you are expressly invited to come and help shape the Supervisor’s priorities for 2020.

About Fireside Chats
Fireside Chats are informal meetings held by Supervisor Mary Adams throughout the 5thDistrict. Meetings are held in the evening to increase access of working people to their County Supervisor. All District residents are invited to bring any issue or concern of importance to them to discuss with Mary and her staff.

Other 2020 Fireside Chats are scheduled for:
· March 18, City of Monterey Fire Station – 600 Pacific St., EOC Room, Monterey, CA
· May 20, Monterey Regional Fire District Office – 19900 Portola Drive, Salinas
· July 15, Cypress Fire Station, Rio Road, Carmel
· September 16, City of Monterey Fire Station, Pacific Street, Monterey
· November 18, Monterey Regional Fire District Office, Portola Drive, Salinas

An RSVP isn’t necessary.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 8, 2020

Supervisor Mary L. Adams invites Fifth District Residents to Chat

MONTEREY COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MARY L. ADAMS, SUPERVISOR – FIFTH DISTRICT
1200 Aguajito Road, Suite #1, Monterey, CA 93940
E-mail: District5
Phone: (831) 647-7755

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release – January 8, 2020

For more information contact:
Yuri Anderson, Chief of Staff
Phone: (831) 647-7755
Email: andersony@co.monterey.ca.us

Supervisor Mary L. Adams invites Fifth District Residents to Chat
The issues don’t have to be ‘hot’ to share your thoughts with Supervisor Mary L. Adams at her upcoming Fireside Chat.

Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams will host her first Fireside Chat of the new year on Thursday, January 15thfrom 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This Chat will be held in the Cypress Fire Station, located at 3375 Rio Road in Carmel. At this first meeting of the year, you are expressly invited to come and help shape the Supervisor’s priorities for 2020.

About Fireside Chats
Fireside Chats are informal meetings held by Supervisor Mary Adams throughout the 5thDistrict. Meetings are held in the evening to increase access of working people to their County Supervisor. All District residents are invited to bring any issue or concern of importance to them to discuss with Mary and her staff.

Other 2020 Fireside Chats are scheduled for:
· March 18, City of Monterey Fire Station – 600 Pacific St., EOC Room, Monterey, CA
· May 20, Monterey Regional Fire District Office – 19900 Portola Drive, Salinas
· July 15, Cypress Fire Station, Rio Road, Carmel
· September 16, City of Monterey Fire Station, Pacific Street, Monterey
· November 18, Monterey Regional Fire District Office, Portola Drive, Salinas

An RSVP isn’t necessary.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 20, 2019

Los Padres to begin implementing prescribed fire activities

U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Los Padres National Forest
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta CA 93117

News Release
For Immediate Release
December 20, 2019
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres to begin implementing prescribed fire activities

GOLETA, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials today announced plans to begin implementing their annual prescribed burning operations on the Forest over the next few months. When favorable weather conditions are present, specific project locations and dates will be shared on the Forest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The objectives of the projects are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to people and communities, create conditions which offer a safer and more effective wildfire response, foster more resilient ecosystems, and minimize the effects of large wildfires on the landscape.

When implementing these projects, fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins. When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter and spring months as permitted by weather and other environmental factors.

Prescribed fires including both understory and pile burning are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation, such as needles, small plants, brush, and small trees which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Studies and experience have shown that prescribed fires stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife.

The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment and appropriate conditions. Prescribed burn planning and execution are closely coordinated with the National Weather Service and Air Quality Management Districts in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.

When these burns occur, information signs will be posted along the roadways to alert the public to the burning activity and subsequent visible smoke in the area.

For questions on the Los Padres National Forest prescribed fire program, please contact Fuels Management Specialist Rebecca Dykes at (805) 961-5764.

Today’s Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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

###REMINDER###
HIGHWAY 1 FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURE SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT FOR ONE NIGHT THIS WEEK

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A full closure of Highway 1 in both directions approximately two miles south of Ragged Point will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am, weather permitting.

This closure will extend from the traffic signals which maintain 24/7 traffic control north and south of the project area between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point.

Local resident’s will be able to proceed through the closed area when heavy equipment is not on the highway. Delays are anticipated not to exceed one hour. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public.

This full highway closure is necessary so that Caltrans can install pre-cast beams as part of a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall along this portion of Highway 1.

This $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Information provided by Caltrans and posted by:
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Hello,

Please see filming notification letter attached for filming this coming week.

Friday Dec 20th , 2019 – Hwy 1 (between Rocky Point Restaurant and The Big sur Lighthouse) with ITC

Best,

Alán Vasquez

Location Manager

T.831.402.5668

F.866.582.4904

Alan

www.LocationsScouting.com

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 14, 2019

Notification of Upcoming Film Activity in Big Sur

Hello Residents of Big Sur,

Please find the attached letter providing notification for an upcoming Commercial production on 12/19, 12/12, & 12/22 in the Big Sur Area. We hope to keep traffic delays at a minimum, and we welcome your feedback after the production is completed for how we can do better.

Thank You,

Big Sur Notification Letter 121919.pdf

Today’s Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
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

HIGHWAY 1 FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURE SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT FOR ONE NIGHT NEXT WEEK

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A full closure of Highway 1 in both directions approximately two miles south of Ragged Point will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19 during the overnight hours from 9 pm until 5 am, weather permitting.

This closure will extend from the traffic signals which maintain 24/7 traffic control north and south of the project area between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and south of Ragged Point.

Local resident’s will be able to proceed through the closed area when heavy equipment is not on the highway. Delays are anticipated not to exceed one hour. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public.

This full highway closure is necessary so that Caltrans can install pre-cast beams as part of a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall along this portion of Highway 1.

This $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at:  https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

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Wholehearted Chorus Presents Their Fall Concert: “Get Up!”
Featuring Special Guest Musician Edwin Huizinga on Violin
Wednesday, Dec 11, 7pm at the Grange Hall in Big Sur
What started as a few dedicated local Big Sur singers meeting weekly to sing together in 2008 has ballooned into Monterey County’s largest community chorus. Lisa G. Littlebird’s Wholehearted Chorus is now 150 members strong, with both a Big Sur and Monterey chapter, and they have prepared another wonderful, uplifting concert series to share with the local community.

A portion of the full chorus is presenting their fall concert at the Grange tomorrow at 7pm, in collaboration with one of North America’s most-versatile violinists, Edwin Huizinga. This event is inclusive and open to all and is not a holiday-themed event. This is not your average choir concert! You will often be invited to sing along, sharing songs learned by heart, direct from the heart.

Unlike traditional choirs, at Wholehearted we learn all our songs by oral tradition, without sheet music. The songs are a diverse blend of largely contemporary and original music, selected for their ability to soothe, empower and enliven. This event usually packs house, so early arrival and carpooling is encouraged. Tickets are $10 cash at the door (kids 12 and under are free.) A cash bake sale at the concert benefits the Big Sur Health Center.

The concert will be presented again with the full chorus on Friday, December 13th at 7pm at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley and on Sunday, December 15th at 3pm at the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for those, and advance tickets are recommended for both. They can be purchased at  www.wholeheartedchorus.org or in person at Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore in Carmel. Those concerts will also feature guest musicians Mike Marotta, a local legend on the accordion, and the remarkable talents of San Francisco musical artist Kid Beyond on vocal percussion.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11:15 am
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

**UPDATE #1–TRAFFIC ADVISORY**
HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK TO RE-OPEN AT 1 PM TODAY AND PAUL’S SLIDE TO RE-OPEN BY 5 PM TODAY; RAIN FORECAST IN THE COMING DAYS

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from the National Weather Service (NWS) data that the significant storms have passed in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

In addition, Caltrans Geotech, Design and Maintenance crews assessed all road areas within the closure limits again earlier today. Our crews have been busy clearing debris/slide material at both locations, including our contractor at Paul’s Slide, to make it traversable for public traffic. As a result, Highway 1 at Mud Creek will re-open at 1 pm today, Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Paul’s Slide will re-open today by 5 pm. (See photo below).

NOTE: Our maintenance crews will continue to monitor this location over the next few days and weekend and notify us if ground movement accelerates or site conditions change as more rain is in the forecast. In which case, an update will be provided.

As always, thanks to the Big Sur community and coastal travelers for their cooperation and patience.

Paul’s Slide with additional debris/slide material removal necessary for today’s 5 pm opening

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