Posted by: Stan Russell | April 27, 2017

AT&T Network Upgrade Notification

To the Big Sur Community:

As you may already know, AT&T has been working diligently to upgrade its network in Big Sur. One of the critical elements in the network upgrade was the replacement of the microwave reflector on Manual Peak. We are happy to report this work is near completion and is ready to go online. This involves switching over from the old system to the new. During this phase of the switchover, there are some critical dates and times we would like to bring to your attention:

AT&T will be switching over to the new microwave reflector the week of May 8th. The reflector will be flown up and constructed May 8th and 9th, and switched over and aligned on May 10th or 11th between the hours of 10am and 2pm. As the week progresses, the exact day of alignment may change, so we will provide a second email notification prior to the switchover taking place. During this process, there is a minimal possibility of a short service interruption as we align the equipment. While this is not likely, we will be prepared with proper personnel and equipment, and we are taking necessary precautions to ensure emergency communications continue, including coordinating with first responders.

We will provide another update closer to the date of the actual switchover. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Bettye J. Saxon Ed.D.
AT&T External Affairs
401 W. Franklyn
Monterey, CA 93940
Office 831.649.2086 | Fax 831.658.0471

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THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY; THE ONLY ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC REMAINS THE SAME AND IS SHOWN IN BRACKETS BELOW.

· [Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.]

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*New additional access times for Paul’s slide—FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY*

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

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· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

· Mud Creek access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5 AM TO 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM TO 8 PM—Sat.–Thurs.

o Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM to 8 PM

· Another update will be provided mid-day on Monday, May 1.

This was a collaborative effort with Unified Command and Caltrans.

Susana Z. Cruz

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Officer

Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas

para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

805.549.3138

805.549.3326–fax

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director
831-625-6226 / Julie@bsim.org

Traffic Delays Expected On California Highway 1 For Big Sur International Marathon

The 32nd annual Big Sur International Marathon is Sunday, April 30th. The 26.2-mile foot race, a major sporting event on California’s Central Coast, necessitates the temporary closure of California Highway 1 from south of Carmel to Big Sur for a half day. Highway 1 traffic throughout the Monterey Peninsula north of Rio Road will not be affected.

Though Highway 1 is closed to through traffic south of Big Sur, residents needing to access their homes and travelers wishing to view the coastline and village of Big Sur are able to do so only in CHP-escorted caravans at designated times between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. The highway will be re-opened to through traffic at 1 p.m.

Thousands of runners and walkers from 49 states and 35 countries will be traveling north on a point-to-point course along Highway 1 from Big Sur toward the finish line at Rio Road in Carmel. The inland lane of Highway 1 will be used for emergency vehicles and the car caravans between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Southbound traffic along Highway 1 to Big Sur will be restricted south of the Carmel Highlands beginning at 4 a.m., though travel to the Carmel Highlands is open until 7 a.m. For Monterey Peninsula residents and tourists needing to head south after this time, CHP-escorted convoys will leave from the Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel at 8:45 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Northbound traffic from Big Sur will be closed at Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park at 3 a.m. All others traveling north from Big Sur Village must leave by 6 a.m. or enter into a northbound caravan leaving from Big Sur at 7:20 a.m., from Pt. Sur at 9:50 a.m. or from Palo Colorado at 11:55 a.m. All times are approximate and subject to delays.

Race spectators wishing to enjoy the excitement of at the Marathon finish line can travel from Highway 1 onto Carmel Valley Road and south on Carmel Rancho Blvd. to nearby public parking areas. The finish line can be best viewed from the west (ocean) side of Highway 1 just south of Rio Road. Runners and spectators can also gather in the “Marathon Finish Village,” the location of participant service tents offering food, massage, merchandise, entertainment, awards and more.

The Big Sur Marathon’s By-the-Bay 3K taking place on Saturday morning, April 29, will also result in minor short-term street closures and delays in the city of Pacific Grove. The By-the-Bay 3K for local school children and their families will take place along Ocean View Blvd. heading west from Lovers Point to Coral Street beginning at 8 a.m. Ocean View Blvd will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. between Fountain and Coral to accommodate the gathering of 5,000 children and adults registered for the race. Post-race festivities in Lovers Point Park will conclude by 11 a.m.

For a copy of the car caravan schedule or questions on access and travel delays, please contact the Big Sur International Marathon office, 831-625-6226 or info@bsim.org

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Posted by: Stan Russell | April 25, 2017

Big Sur All Strings/Fiddle Camp June 19-25, 2017

Big Sur All Strings/Fiddle Camp June 19-25, 2017

We are in the middle of sign-ups now. We have space for 15 more students, preferably, but not restricted to the ages of 11-24. I hope to have sign-ups complete by May 15th.

The new website and registration is found at www.bigsurfiddlers.com.

We have 16 stellar instructors from as close as Big Sur and as far away as Russia.

Community and friends save the date for The Big Sur Fiddle Camp Concert on June 24th – second poster to follow in late May.

Applicants can Write me here or at info

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Posted by: Stan Russell | April 25, 2017

New additional access times for Paul’s slide

CALTRANS

*New additional access times for Paul’s slide*

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY; THE ONLY ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC REMAINS THE SAME AND IS SHOWN IN BRACKETS BELOW.

  • [Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.]

· Starting tomorrow, Wednesday April 26th there will now be a noon time opening for traffic.

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

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· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

· Note: Mud Creek access hours remain unchanged.

· Another update will be provided mid-day on Friday, April 28.

This was a collaborative effort with Unified Command and Caltrans.

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

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***Tickets for the BIG SUR FASHION SHOW: IN YOUR DREAMS go on sale this Monday, April 24th at high noon (12 pm PST) HERE. ***

(The show will be Fri, May 19, 2017, 6 pm at the BARNYARD SHOPPING CENTER in Carmel, California!)

Get ready! Set your timers! Tell your friends! Don’t hesitate for a minute! TOMORROW IS THE DAY TO ACT!

WE WILL SELL OUT!! MORE IMPORTANT INFO AFTER THE PHOTO!

Our audience theme this year is “Chasing the Rainbow.” We invite you to wear your favorite color or rainbow attire. Please join in the fun!

Live entertainment at the Reception/Will-Call/Glamour/Music/Bar hang-out from 6:30-7:30PM in the Barnyard Gardens before moving to the plein air main venue for the Main Show starting at 8PM with the Big Sur Fashion Kids Show!

Remember, this is a FUNdraiser with 2/3 of the net proceeds going to the CPOA’s Big Sur Relief Fund of the show and 1/3 going to The Henry Miller Library!

Please consider joining us this year with a personal or business sponsorship!!!

Your sponsorship is not only an opportunity to generate focused attention for your business to an ever-growing, devoted fan base, but directly supports, in a one-of-a-kind-way, an event that beautifully delivers a grassroots arts program to all ages, serves as a leadership development platform for community members, and supports a vibrant, joyful arts community in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula.

(You will also get some great perks with your sponsorship!) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

We are happy to announce that Treebones is our title sponsor!

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017

Waste Management services/schedule update for Big Sur

Here is updated information regarding Waste Management services/schedule for Big Sur:

  • Businesses and residents north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will be serviced on schedule with no delays.
  • Businesses and residents south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will have their material picked up every other week on Friday. The next pick up day is tomorrow, kskromme (831-796-2220) to process an adjustment.
  • Roll off dumpsters are placed north and south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and are available to be used by residents and businesses. On Friday, April 21st WM, Inc. will be sending another covered 40 yard roll off box south of the road closure.
  • Credit adjustments are available to businesses and residents south of the road closure. Please contact Kristin Skromme (kskromme@wm.com (831-796-2220) to process an adjustment.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey
831-796-3092

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017

Slide at Chimney Chute has been cleared

From Caltrans:

The slide this morning at Chimney Chute, PM 20, was not large. As a result the Caltrans Willow Springs Maintenance group just reported that the slide has been cleared and all lanes are open near Limekiln.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5) All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.
It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.

There is a reported slide on State Route 1 at Chimney Chute, PM 20, just south of Limekiln on Thursday, April 20 at 11 am that closed both lanes.

We hope to provide an update when there is more information to report and when the slide is cleared.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area. It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5)

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge

by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.

It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.

Subject: HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE UPDATE: FROM RAGGED PT. (SLO MON 72.87) TO MULTI-AGENCY FACILITY “MAF” (PM 46.35)–NEXT RESUPPLY OPPORTUNITY IS FRIDAY, APRIL 21

*Same information as Tuesday, April 18, with new information on parking area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge noted above*

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35).

• As roadwork to restore Mud Creek (PM 8.9) gets underway, effective Monday, April 17, residents going through Mud Creek (PM 8.9) will have an access window similar to Paul’s Slide, but longer to allow passage through both work sites. Resupply schedule on Fridays is also slightly longer.

• Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public. Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north.

• Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:00 am – 9:30 am, and 5:00 pm – 8 pm. Delivery

vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

• Residents have unlimited access between Gorda and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight

at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall

(PM 22.42). Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

• As of Monday, April 17, there will be limited resident access through Mud Creek due to major restorative work above the roadway; access is limited to 5 am – 6:30 am and 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

• For now, unlimited resident access will continue to be allowed daily if they are in between the gated areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s, or north of Paul’s Slide to south of the Pfeiffer Canyon

Bridge closure.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

• As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; resident access is limited to 5:30 am – 6:00 am and 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This will be for a minimum six

to eight weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

• For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

• Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5):

• All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.

• Demolition of the bridge is complete: The final span (span 1) came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon is nearing completion and utility relocation has begun. ** Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

• All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

• Due to changing weather conditions, sections of State Route 1 may be closed at any time in the interest of public safety.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

• Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

• Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Monday, April 24 or sooner if conditions change.

• NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or

Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm.

• **Caltrans wishes to thank all the agencies that have been working with us to help expedite the repairs and reconstruction of the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast—especially and most recently,

utility companies PG&E and AT&T for their expedited work and support in the reconstruction efforts at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Jim Shivers

Acting Manager

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Office

(805) 549-3237

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