NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Thursday, May 28, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE #2*

HIGHWAY 1 RETAINING WALL PROJECT CONTINUES 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 is now underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

The next phase of the project consists of full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point and is scheduled to begin on Sunday night, June 7. 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) on northbound US Highway 101, just south of the Hwy. 46/Hwy. 1 intersection in Paso Robles; 2) at the westbound Hwy. 46/ Hwy. 101 intersection in Paso Robles; 3) on Hwy. 1 in Cambria/San Simeon and also 4) on 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2015
Contact:
Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director
831-625-6226 / Julie@bsim.org

Big Sur International Marathon Announces
Lottery Registration for 2016 Race

Five lottery options plus special categories are provided
to allow runners multiple opportunities for entry

With unprecedented demand for entries, the Big Sur International Marathon will feature a new lottery-driven registration plan for its April 24, 2016 event.

The annual race, set along California’s scenic Highway 1, is limited to 4,500 total marathon entrants including all special divisions and categories. The new registration plan provides a variety of entry options. The largest number of entrants will be selected through several lottery options: runners may enter applicable lotteries as a first timer or “bucket list” runner; as a loyalty runner (have finished at least one Big Sur Marathon); as a local (Monterey County) runner; or as a group runner, (2-6 in the group). Registration for these lotteries runs from July 15th through July 28th.

After the selected participants are announced in early August, there will be a Last Chance Lottery held for those not chosen or for anyone else interested in trying for a coveted slot. Some runners may be eligible to enter up to four applicable lotteries at a non-refundable fee of $2.50 each.

A total of 3,200 runners will be selected through these lottery options. Additional entries to reach the 4,500 marathon limit are provided to pre-designated charity entries including the BSIM’s own JUST RUN youth fitness program, the Runner’s World Challenge training and VIP program, and through a complete travel package organized by Marathon Tours. These registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting on July 15th, 2015.

The popular Boston 2 Big Sur division will also utilize a lottery for the first time. Registration for the B2B lottery will open in October following the close of Boston Marathon registration.

“With multiple opportunities to enter the race, we feel that this program will offer a better registration experience without the stress of being at a computer at a specific day and time,” said Doug Thurston, race director. “We are honored by the tremendous interest in our race. This program will give us, for the first time, a true sense of how many people want to run in our event.”

Named as one of the world’s top destination and scenic races by a variety of publications, the Big Sur Marathon also offers shorter distances along the “ragged edge of the Western World.” These distances include a four-person Marathon Relay, 21-Miler, 10.6-Miler, 9-Miler and 5K. Registration for each of these events will begin September 1, 2015, on a first-come, first-served basis. All race distances are expected to sell out as they did last year.

The marathon itself has a strict 6-hour time limit, a pace of 13 minutes and 45 seconds a mile on a challenging, hilly course.

“We want to provide a world-class and safe experience for all qualified marathoners,” Thurston said. “We strongly urge slower runners or walkers to consider one of our other race distances that have more generous time limits.”

For more information on the 2016 registration and lottery procedures go to http://www.bsim.org or contact info@bsim.org.

Today’s Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE #1*

HIGHWAY 1 RETAINING WALL PROJECT CONTINUES 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 is now underway. It is expected to serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

The next phase of the project consists of full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point and is scheduled to begin on Sunday night, May 31. Roadwork will take place Sunday nights through Friday mornings from tentatively 10 pm until 7 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 9 pm.All 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 on US Highway 101 in Paso Robles and Hwy. 1 in Carmel and Cambria to inform motorists of these highway closures. All local businesses will remain open during this project.

Note: The construction schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of local businesses and the Pacific Valley School.

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 of 2016.

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.

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 19, 2015

Hello Big Sur!

A quick reminder regarding Caltrans public meeting tomorrow to discuss the Elephant Trunk and Big Creek (Cow Cliff’s) project.
10:00 AM
Caltrans Willow Springs Maintenance Station (about 0.3 miles north of Gorda and 0.5 miles south of Treebones Resort)

Today’s Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*REMINDER*

HIGHWAY 1 RETAINING WALL PROJECT BEGINS 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 is now underway. It is expected to serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point are scheduled to begin in early June through early October, Sunday night through Friday morning from tentatively 9 pm until 6 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 9 pm.All 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 on US Highway 101 in Paso Robles and Hwy. 1 in Carmel and Cambria to inform motorists of these highway closures. All local businesses will remain open during this project.

Note: The construction schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of local businesses and the Pacific Valley School.

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 fall of 2016.

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.

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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NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fire Restrictions Take Effect in Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, May 6, 2015 Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, May 6, 2015. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for 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 outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download at the preventwildfireca.org website:http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/. You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

A list of designated Campfire Use Sites is attached. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

EXHIBIT A

Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District

Arroyo Seco Campground / Group Camp

Arroyo Seco Day Use Area

Bottchers Gap Campground

China Camp

Escondido Campground

Kirk Creek Campground

Nacimiento Campground

Mill Creek Day Use Area

Plaskett Creek Campground / Group Camp

Ponderosa Campground

Sand Dollar Day Use Area

Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground

White Oaks Camp

Santa Lucia Ranger District

American Canyon Campground

Baja Campground

Bates Canyon Campground

Brookshire Campground

Buck Spring Campground

Cerro Alto Campground

Colson Campground

Cumbre Day Use Area

Davy Brown Campground

Figueroa Campground

Friis Campground

Hi Mountain Campground

Horseshoe Spring Campground

La Panza Campground

Miranda Pine Campground

Navajo Flat Campground

Nira Campground

Pino Alto Day Use Area

Santa Barbara Ranger District

Falls Day Use Area

First Crossing Day Use Area

Fremont Campground

Live Oak Day Use Area

Los Prietos Campground

Lower Oso Day Use Area

Middle Santa Ynez Campground

Mono Campground

P-Bar Flat Campground

Paradise Campground

Red Rock Day Use Area

Rock Camp

Sage Hill Campground

Upper Oso Campground

White Rock Day Use Area

Ojai Ranger District

Holiday Group Campground

Middle Lion Campground

Pine Moutain Campground

Reyes Peak Campground

Rose Valley Campground

Wheeler Gorge Campground

Mount Pinos Ranger District

Aliso Park Campground

Ballinger Campground

Caballo Campground

Campo Alto Campground

Chuchupate Campground

Chula Vista Campground

Dome Springs Campground

Dutchman Campground

Halfmoon Campground

Kings Camp Campground

Marian Campground

McGill Campground

McGill Group Campground

Mt. Pinos Campground

Pine Springs Campground

Rancho Nuevo Campground

Reyes Creek Campground

Thorn Meadows Campground

Toad Springs Campground

Valle Vista Campground

Today’s Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Susana Z. Cruz (Bilingual)
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3138

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATE ROUTE 1 RETAINING WALL PROJECT BEGINS NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on State Route 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is now under way. It is expected to serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.
Full overnight closures on State Route 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point are expected to begin in mid-May through mid-September, Sunday night through Friday morning from 9 pm until 6 am.

Motorists traveling north/south of these closures are advised to reach their destinations before 9 pm.Access will be maintained for local residents and all businesses along the coast will remain open during the roadwork.

Motorists can expect one-way reversing traffic control via a temporary traffic signal Monday through Friday from 7 am until 4 pm with delays not expected to exceed ten minutes.

Electronic Message Boards will be activated on US Highway 101 in Paso Robles and Hwy. 1 in Carmel and Cambria to inform motorists of these highway closures.

All local businesses will remain open during this project.

This contractor for this $9.5 million dollar project is Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in 2017.

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

Posted by: Stan Russell | May 4, 2015

ROBINSON JEFFERS IN BIG SUR

ROBINSON JEFFERS IN BIG SUR

A celebration of a major American poet and the rugged Big Sur coast that inspired his greatest works.

at the Henry Miller Memorial Library

Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

$10 suggested donation – reserve your spot here.

This celebration of the power and beauty of Big Sur and the poet who wrote most vividly about it is for anyone who has never heard of Robinson Jeffers.

It’s for anyone who has heard of Jeffers, but has never read or heard a Jeffers poem. It’s for those who have read some Jeffers but didn’t get what he was trying to say.

And of course, it’s for those who LOVE Jeffers’ poetry because his keen observations of the natural world and his passion for preserving it touches something deep within you. (Photo courtesy of the Tor House Foundation.)

Come hear poems describing Jeffers’ early encounters with rugged Big Sur read by local treasure and teller of tales Taelen Thomas, well-known for his depictions of Mark Twain, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Dylan Thomas and many others.

Enjoy music by singer/guitarist Alisa Fineman and flautist Elise Rotchford. If you’re a Big Sur history buff, pore over historical photographs predating Highway One, mounted side-by-side with Jeffers poems describing those places.

Members of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance are eager to discuss the enormous influence the prophetic Jeffers had on the early environmental movement.

And to all local artists and photographers: You are invited to display and, if you wish, sell Big Sur-inspired paintings, prints, and photographs.

If you or your organization is interested in being represented in any way in this afternoon of poetry, drama, visual arts, music and fellowship, please contact Jean Widaman at 238-5102 (jean.widaman) or Magnus Toren at 667-2574 (magnus).

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is located at 48603 Highway One, Big Sur, California; 25 miles south out of Carmel, 1/4 mile south of Nepenthe Restaurant.

Questions? Call us at 831.667.2574.

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 27, 2015

Big Sur International Marathon Wraps 30th Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2015
Contact:
Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director
831-521-0704 / Julie@bsim.org

News Directors – B-roll and SOT is available on the Big Sur Marathon’s Digital Media Center.
https://bsim.digitalmediacenter.com/galleries/3#!folders/513
Also, photos attached. See captions below

Big Sur International Marathon Wraps 30th Year
9,000 runners compete under sunny, but windy skies

Runners in the Big Sur International Marathon typically have two natural elements to battle – the 16 hills along the rural, coastal route and the relentless headwinds coming off the ocean. Sunday’s race provided both, but under crystal clear skies and nearly flawless execution.

Defending champion Michael Wardian of Arlington, VA, battled shoulder to shoulder with two-time winner Adam Roach of Monterey, CA, for most of the race. Roach tucked behind Wardian for a wind break during much of the race and the two traded 1-2 spots a few times. Ultimately, Roach made a strong move at mile 23 and broke the tape at 2:30:48, three minutes slower than his 2013 victory. Wardian, who had run the Boston Marathon six days prior clocked in at 2:33:04. At 41 years old, Wardian was the Masters Division winner and also won the Boston2BigSur title for the second year in a row.

The women’s race was won by Malia Crouse of Edgemont, CO in a time of 2:57:02. The Big Sur competition was only her third marathon and she too commented that the “wind was brutal.” Christine Taranto, 30, a member of the US. Marine Corps Elite Athlete program currently attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, finished a strong second at 2:59:34. Third place was captured by Veronica Tysseland of Westport, CT, the 2010 champion of the Big Sur International Marathon.

The 30th Presentation of the annual April race was a nearly seamless production. Two thousand volunteers assisted to make this logistically-challenging race a positive experience for the 9,000 runners in six different events occurring simultaneously along the course. In addition to the marathon, distances of 21, 10.6 and 9 miles have their own races, plus runners and walkers participate in a 5K and a marathon relay. Four hundred of the marathoners were running in the Boston2BigSur or “B2B” Challenge, and had run the Boston Marathon six days earlier. Another 300 marathoners were taking part in the Runner’s World Challenge, which offers personalized training and VIP experience at key races around the country. Runners were from all 50 states and 30 countries.

"The 30th Big Sur International Marathon was another amazing day," said race director Doug Thurston. "The support of the community as volunteers, spectators, sponsors and participants was truly incredible."

Race founder Bill Burleigh sounded the start horn in Big Sur and was on hand throughout the week to reminisce about the past 30 years of the “footrace” he started. The initial Big Sur event was a marathon only, with 1800 participating.

The popularity of the event has grown so much that the 2016 race registration will happen via a lottery this summer. For details on the lottery, as well as race results, visit http://www.bsim.org. #bigsurmarathon @bsimevents

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
Adam Roach of Monterey, CA, breaks the finish tape at the Big Sur International Marathon
Clear skies made Bixby Bridge, one of the iconic elements of the Big Sur International Marathon, shine for the 30th Annual race

Adam Roach winner

Bixby Bridge

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: Thursday, April 16, 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

BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON TO BE RUN ALONG HIGHWAY 1 ON SUNDAY, APRIL 26

MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 26. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 6:00 am until 1:30 pm from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time. The CHP will also manage a closure for left turns from Carmel Valley Road onto southbound Hwy. 1 from 3:30 am until 1:30 pm. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

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

To find out further information about the marathon, please call (831) 625-6226 or visit the official race website http://bsim.org/

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 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

FROM THE BIG SUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce has a page with information supplied by BSIM which includes the Race Day Caravan Schedule, course map and more here: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/2015marathon.html

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