Watch condor chick #799 navigate her nest via live-streaming webcams.

High up in an ancient redwood tree, condors #167 (aka Kingpin) and #190 (aka Redwood Queen) are raising a chick in the wild. These adult condors were released by Ventana Wildlife Society in Big Sur in the late 1990’s and have been nesting at this site since 2006. Now nearly twenty years old, these condor “elders” are contributing to the next generation.

The couples chick #799, will capture an adoring fanbase as we all watch her grow on the new nest cam. But condor chick #799 needs a name. For every donation of $25 or more, the donor will be able to submit up to three name suggestions. When #799 fledges from the nest (October), VWS staff will collate the name suggestions and submit 5 finalist names. Those who donated will be sent an email link, so they can vote for their favorite finalist name. Donors who voted for the winning name will each be awarded an Adoption Certificate for condor #799.

Condors in the wild still need our help, so please consider making a contribution. Through successful breeding and releases in the wild, the condor has been “saved” from near extinction, but they are not yet “free”. Our goal is for the condor to be free from human intervention because the threat of lead poisoning from spent lead ammunition in their food supply will be a thing of the past. We look forward to the day when we are no longer needed but until then, we have a job to do.

Thanks to you, Ventana Wildlife Society supporters, Oakland Zoo, FedEx, and HDonTap there’s a third condor cam, but this one is high up in the trees in a chick’s nest! This awesome technology allows everyone (not just the tree climbing field staff) to witness a condor chick in real time via a live-streaming webcam. Help us watch what is going on in the field and enjoy the wonders of an endangered species making a comeback.

http://www.ventanaws.org/condor_cam/

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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 #15*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES–HIGHWAY 1 CLOSED OVERNIGHT NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE UNTIL NOVEMBER

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

Construction this week will include the continuation of drilling and placing of metal piles. This phase of the project continues with full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point which began June 22 is tentatively scheduled through the end of November, weather permitting. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 10 pm until 7 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 10 pm.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this roadwork.

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.

Photo of drilling hole to place pile.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #1*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 31

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime 1/2 mile project to construct a viaduct along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from south of Big Creek Bridge to South of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur was postponed and will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, Caltrans officials announced today.

Cow Cliffs work for this week will consist of shoulder widening and consists of flagging at the existing traffic signal overnight from 8pm until 6am Sunday through Thursday (Friday morning). Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time during daytime roadwork. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December, after the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall overnight closures have been completed.

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 regular 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 of Cow Cliffs area with existing 24/7 traffic signal.

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.

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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Posted by: Stan Russell | August 19, 2015

David Price Presents at HML BOGOWIE/GODS

Wednesday, September 2
Henry Miller Memorial Library
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Big Sur’s David Price Presents:
BOGOWIE / GODS

The extraordinary true story of brave, pioneering Polish heart transplant surgeon Zbigniew Religa in Poland in the 1980s. The Solidarity movement is on the rise but times are tough for ordinary people living under martial law, and the collapse of communism is still a long way off. Brilliant cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa (Tomasz Kot) labours under intolerable restrictions. Although heart transplant surgery has been performed in the west since 1967, it is seen as an act against nature in Poland. Undeterred, Religa sets out to break this moral, religious and cultural taboo. He assembles a young team to take on his mentors in a battle that is to have both soaring triumphs and tragic setbacks. This powerful, award-winning biographical drama about the man regarded as the father of Polish heart transplant surgery also focuses on the personal cost of Religa’s ambition. Tomasz Kot contributes a towering central performance, ably supported by a talented ensemble cast.

This film has received huge accolades throughout Europe but it is yet to be distributed in the US. We are now able to see it here in Big Sur courtesy David Price! (Pictured above)
Please join us for this special night! BYOB – we’ll have coffee, tea and popcorn!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
You wouldn’t think a film about cardiology in Poland would be such a kick, but Bogowie (“Gods” in Polish) is a fast-paced, soapy pleasure, sort of like ER or Grey’s Anatomy, but with the 1980s setting adding a judicious dollop of iron-curtain period kitsch.
~ Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

TICKETS
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bogowie-gods-presented-by-david-price-tickets-18220610336

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogowie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3745620/

Have questions about Bogowie (Gods): Presented by David Price? Contact Henry Miller Library.
831.667. 2574
http://www.henrymiller.org

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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

###REMINDER###
HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 24

MONTEREY COUNTY– A primarily daytime ½-mile project to construct a viaduct along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from south of Big Creek Bridge to South of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur will begin on Monday, Aug. 24, Caltrans officials announced today.

Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time during daytime roadwork. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December, after the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall overnight closures have been completed.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for regular 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.

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

For more information, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/ or contact the Hwy. 1 Cambria to Carmel Toll-Free Hotline at 888-836-0866, or Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3138.

Hello Big Sur!

Today (right now and all day!) you can watch NAUTILUS LIVE STREAMING online as scientists explore the wreck of the U.S.S. Macon off the coast of Big Sur. Presently they are at 1437 meters and mapping the search site.

Live stream here – plenty of ongoing scientific banter
http://www.nautiluslive.org

Monterey County Weekly article here
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/watch-live-famous-explorer-robert-ballard-to-seek-out-wreck/article_ee95ad0c-453b-11e5-a8a2-c75d396353e1.html

You’re welcome!

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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 #14*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES–HIGHWAY 1 CLOSED OVERNIGHT NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE UNTIL NOVEMBER

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

Construction this week will include the continuation of drilling and placing of metal piles. This phase of the project continues with full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point which began on Monday night, June 22, tentatively scheduled through the end of November, weather permitting. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 10 pm until 7 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 10 pm.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during this roadwork.

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.

Electronic message signs will be activated at the following locations:

  1. Northbound US Highway 101, just south of the Hwy. 46/Hwy. 101 intersection in Paso Robles;
  2. Westbound Hwy. 46/ Hwy. 101 intersection in Paso Robles;
  3. Hwy. 1 in Cambria/San Simeon;
  4. Hwy. 1 at Coast Gallery up the coast to inform motorists of these highway closures.

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.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, 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 | August 13, 2015

Feathers in Flight Fundraiser :: Ventana Wildlife Society

Ventana Wildlife Society Fundraiser

Feathers in Flight
DATE: September 12, 2015
TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Rancho Grande, Big Sur

Spend the afternoon with GOLDEN EAGLES along with various hawks and falcons!
Stroll around this gorgeous property while savoring the ocean views, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, 10SPAN wine, locally brewed beer, and tantalizing dessert. Special attractions include live music, live and silent auctions for unforgettable experiences, unique condor themed gifts, and much more! You might even see a live condor soar overhead. We welcome children; our staff of educators will provide activities especially for them.

As a local, non-profit organization, Ventana Wildlife Society is in the unique position of managing a critically endangered species along the central coast with no federal financial support. We work towards our goal of a self-sustaining condor population by treating condors exposed to lead poisoning, providing a supplemental food supply, monitoring nest success, and collaborating to reduce risks of power line collisions, among other threats. Our education programs, focused on underserved youth, inspire future generations of conservationists.

TICKETS: $90/person, FREE for ages 17 and under
Email CathyHamilton@ventanaws.org
Or call (831) 800-7422 or securely online
http://www.ventanaws.org/events/

If you would like to become a Feathers in Flight Supporter, please contact Cathy Hamilton.

Posted by: Stan Russell | August 13, 2015

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 24

Today’s Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
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

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY, AUGUST 24

MONTEREY COUNTY–A primarily daytime ½-mile project to construct a viaduct along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from south of Big Creek Bridge to South of Dolan Creek Bridge, 18 miles south of Big Sur will begin on Monday, Aug. 24, Caltrans officials announced today.

Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. Traffic will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time during daytime roadwork. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December, after the Elephant Trunk Retaining Wall overnight closures have been completed.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for regular 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.

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

For more information, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/ or contact the Hwy. 1 Cambria to Carmel Toll-Free Hotline at 888-836-0866, or Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3138.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Registration Open! Close to One Million Dollars Donated

Big Sur River Run XXXV

Saturday, October 24th , 2015
Race begins at 10am sharp

Starting line: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Big Sur, CA 93940
PR Contact: Chelsea Davey 831-238-0214

Over the last 34 years the Big Sur River Run has raised $915,000 for the Big Sur Health Center and Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. This year the race committee has set a goal of reaching the $1,000,000 mark! Nepenthe, the event’s main sponsor for the past 25 years, has organized a challenge grant of $25,000 in hopes to rally the local community, businesses and participants to support the event and reach the one million dollar goal.

The number of visitor’s to Big Sur has been increasing exponentially and has reached near critical mass. Both of the beneficiaries are working overtime to keep the community members and visitors healthy and safe. The drought stricken coastline is susceptible to forest fires and both the BSVFB and BSHC are critical during times of natural disaster. Overall, the Big Sur River Run is a fun way to experience and support the Big Sur community in times of need while enjoying the surrounding beauty.

The Big Sur River Run’s 5k walk and certified 10k courses are flat, black-top loops that follow the Big Sur River through towering redwoods. Founded in 1980 the Big Sur River Run (501c3) is a fun community oriented fund raiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Big Sur Health Center. Nearly two years after the destruction of the Pfeiffer Fires that claimed 32 homes, the BSVFB and the Big Sur Health Center are more in need of support than ever. Both organizations rely on the community to help raise funds to continue maintaining the health and safety of Big Sur residents and visitors.

Registration is available online at: http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or in person on the day of the event. We ask that runners requiring day-of registration to please arrive early to register. Limited to 1,000 participants. Registration fee includes long sleeve t-shirt with an annual design.

Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers, as well as first, second, and third place male and female finishers for each age division.

Interested volunteers are welcome to contact us to learn how to get involved: volunteer@bigsurriverrun.org
To help sponsor the event, contact Meredith Gafill at sponsorships@bigsurriverrun.org

Visit http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org for more information about lodging, restaurants and shopping while visiting Big Sur.

The BSRR is an all-volunteer operation that has raised $915,000 for the two beneficiaries thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, race participants and volunteers. This year is no exception.. thank you to our sponsors.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Belle Davey
831-238-0214

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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 #13*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES–HIGHWAY 1 CLOSED OVERNIGHT NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE UNTIL NOVEMBER

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

This week, drilling and placing metal piles continues. This phase of the project continues with full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point which began on Monday night, June 22, tentatively scheduled through the end of November, weather permitting. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from 10 pm until 7 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 10 pm.All local businesses along the coast will remain open during the roadwork.

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.

Electronic message signs will be activated at the following locations:

  1. Northbound US Highway 101, just south of the Hwy. 46/Hwy. 101 intersection in Paso Robles;
  2. Westbound Hwy. 46/ Hwy. 101 intersection in Paso Robles;
  3. Hwy. 1 in Cambria/San Simeon;
  4. Hwy. 1 at Coast Gallery up the coast to inform motorists of these highway closures.

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.

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, 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.

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