Posted by: Stan Russell | May 26, 2016

State Park Activities Memorial Weekend

State Park Activities

*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

Saturday, May 28th
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– ECOLOGY (children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering habitats of big sur and how they are all related. Meet Park Interpreter Sara for one hour of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)
Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, art projects and games. Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

8:30 p.m.
Campfire Program: Whale Tales
Join Sara for a glimpse into the underwater world of our marine giants. Learn which whales to look for along the Big Sur Coast and find out where they are going. Wear warm clothes, bring a flashlight and meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, May 29th
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS (children ages 7-12 only)
Geology Rocks!!!
Come have some fun with the rocks of Big Sur. Meet Park Interpreter Sara for one hour of activities and games at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)
Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, art projects and games. Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.

1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: “Big Sur through the Ages”
Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer’s Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

8:30 p.m.
Campfire Program “Creatures of the Night”
Join park interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals adapt to life in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (red if you have one) Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State park Campfire Center.

Monday, May 30th
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: “Valleys and Vistas”
Join Sara for a moderate hike and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur. See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is springing back. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck.

Saturday, June 4th
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– REDWOODS (children ages 7-12 only)
Come have some fun discovering our majestic California Coastal Redwoods and find out why they are so special. Meet Sara for this one-hour program of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)
Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, games and a short walk. Meet Sara at the Campfire Center.

8:30 p.m.
Campfire Program “Discovering the Past”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for some old time music and a photo history of this park. Learn who built the campground and the about people who have called this park home for the past 82 years. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, June 5th
11:00 a.m.
Children’s Nature Walk: “Flower Power- The plants of Big Sur”
Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking. Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow. All ages welcome, meet at the Campfire Center.
2:00 p.m. Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls” Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour. Meet at the Redwood Deck.

Ongoing Tours and Visitor Centers

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
“Walking Tour into the Past” Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300’. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited. Tours- Saturday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m., and Wednesday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

California Condor Discovery Center

Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 24, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

CALTRANS
NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 54*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include structural concrete barrier slab.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor pouring the structural concrete barrier slab on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.
-MORE-

*UPDATE #41*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week traffic will be shifted to the southbound lane to begin construction for the northbound lane of the viaduct. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photos shows installation of metal beam guardrailing on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 23, 2016

REMINDER: BSCC Mixer May 24, 5:00 – 6:30 PM, Caf Kivah

Hello Big Sur!

A quick reminder!

We are inviting you to the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce mixer. The Mixer will
be held May 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. at Café Kevah which is located
on the first level of Nepenthe, adjacent to the The Phoenix.

The first 15-20 minutes of the mixer will be a brief history of the Big Sur
Chamber of Commerce and to let you know we will be scheduling a membership
meeting in the next 30-60 days to address the need to elect Board of
Directors, evaluate current web site goals, address Big Sur visitation level
issues, etc. Afterwards the time is available to socialize and and enjoy the
panoramic views and to reintroduce ourselves to our business associates and
neighbors.

Many thanks to Kirk Gafill and to Café Kevah for their generosity in hosting
the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce mixer.

Please help us spread the word. We hope to see you all there.

Regards,
Stan Russell

UPDATE #1

Sigalert

Date/Time: 5-20-16 at 2:50 pm

Location: Southbound State Route 1 in Monterey County, approximately four miles south of Carmel Highlands at Granite Canyon Bridge (PM 66.66).

Description of Incident:

Big rig went over embankment last night. Southbound Highway 1 is under one-way reversing traffic control. Current traffic delays of 10-15 minutes. There will be about a 60-75-minute full highway closure between 4-6 pm to move the big rig off Highway 1. Motorists are advised avoid Highway 1 or to take alternate route until the big rig has been removed and road is safe to re-open. CHP and Caltrans working collaboratively.

Estimated Time of Opening

ETO approximately between 6 pm and 9 pm.

FOR UPDATES, PLEASE CHECK:
CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov <http://cad.chp.ca.gov>
Caltrans Quickmap: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

FROM KSBW
“California Highway Patrol officer Oscar Loza said the driver, Robert William Lane, was under the influence of drugs when he crashed.”
http://www.ksbw.com/news/southbound-highway-one-closed-south-of-carmel-highlands/39646246

CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE

Sigalert

Date/Time: 5-20-16 at 9 am

Location: Southbound State Route 1 in Monterey County, approximately four miles south of Carmel Highlands at Granite Canyon Bridge (PM 66.66).

Description of Incident:

Big rig went over embankment last night. Southbound Highway 1 is closed at this location and one-way reversing traffic control is in effect. Long delays are anticipated. Motorists are advised to take alternate route. CHP and Caltrans working collaboratively.

Estimated Time of Opening

ETO approximately 1600 hours (4 pm).

CHP Traffic Incident Information Page: http://cad.chp.ca.gov <http://cad.chp.ca.gov>

CALTRANS
NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
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*

SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT ALONG HIGHWAY 1 BETWEEN MOLERA ROAD AND THE MONTEREY/SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY LINE CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY – A lengthy, slide repair project along the Highway 1 coast between Molera Rd. and the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County continues, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork will take place Monday through Friday and consist of one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic message signs will be posted alerting motorists of the work. Below is a tentative schedule for the next few weeks but dates and locations are subject to change, depending on the time required to complete each section.

May 23 – 6.8 to 4.6 (Radio Point)
May 24 – 4.6 to 2.23 (Salmon Creek)
May 25 – 2.23 to County Line
May 26 **– County Line to San Carpoforo, two days

**Lane closure restrictions for Memorial day so we will resume with slide removal in Big Sur on June 6 to finish up remaining work.

The purpose of this roadwork is to improve traveler safety by making highway repairs. Roadwork is being done by the Big Sur and Willow Springs Maintenance crews. This project is scheduled to be complete in June.

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

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 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon.
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Posted by: Stan Russell | May 16, 2016

Amgen Tour of California traverses Big Sur Wednesday, May 18

Dear Residents and Business Owners,

From May 15-22nd, California will again host The Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional cycling race in North America. This is an eight-day race featuring the same teams and riders that will compete in this year’s Tour de France. Stage 4 will start in Morro Bay on Wednesday, May 18th at 10:10 a.m. and finish at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca at 3:45 p.m. The race moves at 25-30 mph so it should pass by any given point in about 5 minutes. The entire race caravan is about one mile in length. CHP will accompany the race and make every effort to minimize the impact on the residents, businesses, and traffic. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports to 200 countries around the globe.

The race route will provide a postcard of the best California has to offer for our global audience watching the race. The route up CA-1 will take racers past Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Big Sur, and the Carmel Highlands, before heading east on Carmel Valley Road.

Any event promoter knows the impact their event has on the local traffic, businesses, and residents. This is especially true for the route we are taking up CA-1. While this area is a national treasure, it is also heavily trafficked by tourists and the weekend cyclists. Our event has been grateful for the support the residents and businesses have provided through the years. We will make every effort to keep the race in a tight package and have CHP flow as much traffic before the race arrives.

The race will reach the Carmel Highlands at 2:45 p.m. If you have the need to head north on CA-1 from this area, we suggest you try and leave by 2:20 p.m. Traffic heading south on CA-1 will be pulled to the side of the road by CHP, as the race passes. Your hold time should be about 10 minutes

Below, are road closures that may impact your personal or business travel. Please plan accordingly.

Affected Roads with Temporary Closures (total road closure)
• The race will reach Gorda at 12:25 p.m., Luica at 1:00 p.m., Esalen Institute at 1:25 p.m.
• The race will reach the Nepenthe restaurant at 1:50 p.m. and the Bixby Bridge at 2:30 p.m.
• The race will reach Carmel Highlands at 2:45 p.m.
• The race will turn right at Carmel Valley Rd at 2:47 p.m.
• The race will turn left onto Laureles Grade Rd from Carmel Valley Rd at 3:20 p.m.
• The race will turn left onto CA-68 and then into Laguna Seca from Laureles Grade Rd at 3:40 p.m.

All times are approximate. All roads will reopen to normal traffic conditions as the race passes each intersection. You may be directed to pull your car to the side of the road by CHP to allow the race to pass by safely. If you find yourself behind the race, we will be moving at 25 mph so you can drive behind us, until you reach your destination.

Major Points for Residents and Business Owners: On-coming traffic toward Carmel Valley Rd will be stopped about 15 minutes before the race. Traffic going the same direction of the race will be allowed until the race approaches. All driveways exiting onto the course will be closed as the race passes. Traffic will be allowed to cross the course until the race is approaching. Emergency vehicles will not be affected by road closures. Residents should remain patient when driving in the area of the event. Everyone should drive cautiously and speeds should be kept down. All public facilities, parks, and businesses will remain open.

There is a free app that can be downloaded for your tablet or smartphone. It is called Amgen Tour of California Tour Tracker. It allows you to follow the race with live video and the exact location of the race

Please call 888-777-7517 with any questions. Visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com for more information.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 10, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE 52*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include structural concrete barrier slab.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this project.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal 24/7 except during overnight full closures. Traffic delays during the one-way traffic control will be 5-10 minutes.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

This picture shows the contractor working on a drainage on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.
-MORE-

*UPDATE #39*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 28), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 29), 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Next week traffic will be shifted to the southbound lane to begin construction for the northbound lane of the viaduct. There will be 10-minute traffic holds as needed. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will continue with one-way signalized traffic control 24/7.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

In order to minimize traffic impact as part of the project, there will be advance notification for motorists, residents and businesses via a traffic hotline, electronic message signs and email updates.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting.

Photo shows the placing of base on the southbound lane on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 4, 2016

Esalen Midsummer Festival July 2nd, 2016

Esalen Midsummer Festival July 2nd, 2016

Join us!

Celebrate summer at Esalen with a family friendly afternoon of music and dancing featuring live musical performances by Nahko and Medicine for the People, Diego’s Umbrella, and Samurai Gypsies.

The concert is included for all guests participating in the July 1-3 Magical Family or Midsummer Festival Time To Reflect workshops.

Festival Details

Saturday July 2nd, 2016
1:00 – 6:00pm
$85 per person
Free for kids under 12 years

Ticket price includes the concert, light snacks and access to the baths.

Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch/dinner, and please bring your own towel if you’d like to enjoy the baths!

To purchase tickets

http://www.esalen.org/page/esalen-midsummer-festival-july-2nd-2016

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 3, 2016

AMGEN BICYCLE TOUR IN SANTA BARBARA/MONTEREY COUNTIES

Today’s Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
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

AMGEN BICYCLE TOUR IN SANTA BARBARA/MONTEREY COUNTIES


CENTRAL COAST
– Stages Three and Four of The Amgen Bicycle Tour will move through Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties this month in the following locations:

  • On Tuesday, May 17, the cyclists will travel west on State Route 150 and State Route 192 in Santa Barbara County completing their ride on Gibraltar Road. The cyclists will begin at 11 am.
  • On Wednesday, May 18, the cyclists will travel north on State Route 1 from Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County to the Carmel area in Monterey County. The cyclists will begin at 10 am.

The CHP will oversee these rolling highway closures for this event. Caltrans will post electronic message signs and assist with traffic control so motorists are aware of the cyclists and support vehicles. The public may learn more about this event at: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/

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

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