Posted by: Stan Russell | December 1, 2022

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Family Activities December 3 & 4

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
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Ventana Wildlife Society presents GIANTS OF BIG SUR: California Condor Stories

In 1997, the stories of the California Condor and Ventana Wildlife Society became forever intertwined. Twenty five years later, we created a series of award winning, short films so that we could bring these stories to you.

Our passion project, Giants of Big Sur: California Condor Stories, provides an in-depth look at what Ventana Wildlife Society, and our partners in conservation, have done, and continue to do, to save the critically endangered California Condor. The road has not been easy, and there is still more to be done, but we continue to make great strides towards saving this majestic species. We look forward to sharing the story of our journey with you.

Join us for the in-person premiere at Lighthouse Cinema in Pacific Grove, CA, or via livestream, on Saturday, December 10th at 4:00PM (PT). Stick around after the screening for a live Q&A session with film Director and Host, Ross Thomas, the series’ Director of Photography, Mike Buffo/Houseof8Media and Ventana Wildlife Society. We look forward to answering your questions!

Be Well,
Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
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Posted by: Stan Russell | November 18, 2022

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Family Activities

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Stan Russell
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

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2022
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841
andrew.madsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fin Eifert named new Monterey District Ranger

U.S. Forest Service officials announced the selection of John “Fin” Eifert as the new District Ranger for Los Padres National Forest’s Monterey Ranger District. Eifert has served as the Natural Resource Officer on the Monterey Ranger District since October 2018. He succeeds Tim Short, who transferred to become District Ranger of the Ojai Ranger District.

Eifert began his federal land management career as a field technician with the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado before joining the U.S. Forest Service in 2014 as a range technician on the Grand River Ranger District of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in North and South Dakota. Following that assignment, he transitioned to the Klamath National Forest’s Goosenest Ranger District where he served as Range Management Specialist until coming to Los Padres.

In his previous positions, Eifert gained valuable experience navigating complex public land management issues by exploring new ways to lead, organize, innovate, and interact to bring about the solutions we collectively need. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Colorado State University, and his Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Norwich University in 2018. Eifert is pursuing his Ph.D., focusing on better understanding how Forest Service leaders can effectively navigate rising complexity in modern public land management work environments.

A native of Washington, Eifert is an avid supporter of the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks. In his spare time he enjoys the art of cooking, attending live music events, and riding his bicycle.

“I am honored to be named Monterey District Ranger and am eager to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the dedicated district employees and amazing stakeholders to find meaningful solutions to the challenges that lay before us,” Eifert said.
Eifert will assume his new duties effective December 5.

Download Press Release PDF

John “Fin” Eifert

Stan Russell
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
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Posted by: Stan Russell | November 10, 2022

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Activities 11/12 & 13

Stan Russell
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

Big Sur Health Center Free Community Immunization Clinic
Friday, November 11, 1pm-4pm

Big Sur Health Center is holding a free vaccine clinic Friday, November 11 between 1:00 PM and 4 PM. There is a PDF of these flyers, English and Spanish, located at the bottom of this page. If you have a public place where you can post this, that would be greatly appreciated.


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Download a PDF of these flyers, print and post in a public place.

Stan Russell
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 | October 14, 2022

Halloween Bal Masque at Nepenthe October 31, 6PM – Midnight

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BAL MASQUE TICKETS
from $15.00

Halloween Bal Masque
October 31st, 6pm – Midnight

Tickets Prices:
$40 for Adults
$15 for Children 12 and Under
$1 processing fee per ticket

Tickets available for purchase on-line and in The Phoenix Shop until 5pm 10/31/22.

Get your tickets early as this wonderful event does sell out!

All proceeds from the event benefit Big Sur Fire,

Come in costume! Tickets are limited (and required for entry) so make sure to get yours soon!

We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone for an incredible evening for a wonderful cause!

Live music provided by 60 EAST
Performance by BiG SuRCuS

Of course, one of the main events of Bal Masque is the costume contest, so come best dressed for a chance to win some great prizes.

* Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Once purchased, you can pick up your tickets at The Phoenix Shop before the event OR at will call the evening of the event. Please bring your ID.

The Bal Masque is Halloween Night, October 31, 6 pm-midnight, rain or shine!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ON-LINE PURCHASE UNTIL 5PM ON OCTOBER 31ST – AFTER THAT THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT. TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND THIS EVENT TYPICALLY SELLS OUT!

If you cannot attend this year’s event – please consider donating to Big Sur Fire! We are grateful for their bravery in keeping Big Sur safe for all of us. Donate HERE.

ANNUAL BAL MASQUE AT NEPENTHE
For many years Nepenthe has been the site of Bal Masque, a fund raiser for Big Sur Fire, our volunteer fire brigade, with 100% of the ticket sales going to Big Sur Fire.

THE MISSION OF BIG SUR FIRE IS TO PROVIDE DEPENDABLE FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR BIG SUR WITH TEAMWORK, RESPECT, AND INTEGRITY.

Come enjoy an evening of food, beverage, music, and dancing. A full service bar, free Ambrosia and Vegetarian burgers, and an unparalleled setting overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean, make this the best party of the year in Monterey County.

Stan Russell
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

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Alexa Bertola or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALIFORNIA CHALLENGE BIKE RIDE TO MOVE THROUGH
SANTA CRUZ, MONTEREY, SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES NEXT WEEK

CENTRAL COAST – The California Challenge Bike Ride will move through Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties next week. The group of 30 to 40 injured veterans and first responders will use portions of the state highway system in the following locations during the daytime hours.

  • Day 1, Monday, October 17: Santa Cruz to Monterey:

The cyclists will begin their 5-day ride in Santa Cruz using local roads off the
state highway system to reach Monterey.

  • Day 2, Tuesday, October 18: Monterey to San Simeon:

The cyclists leave Monterey and will use Highway 1 to arrive in San Simeon.

  • Day 3, Wednesday, October 19: San Simeon to Pismo Beach:

The cyclists will head south from San Simeon and will use portions of Highway 1 to reach Pismo Beach.

  • Day 4, Thursday, October 20: Pismo Beach to Solvang:

The cyclists will leave Pismo Beach on southbound Hwy. 1 and will reach Solvang primarily using city streets and county roads.

  • Day 5, Friday, October 21: Solvang to Santa Barbara:

The cyclists will leave Solvang and will travel along Highway 154 to reach Santa Barbara.
The group will be escorted by police and CHP when available to ensure the safety of cyclists and motorists. Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about the cyclists and support vehicles.

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: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
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Posted by: Stan Russell | October 11, 2022

FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITY TOWN HALL October 25, 2022

FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITY TOWN HALL October 25, 2022

Please join us for the first Fire Adapted Community Town Hall for the Big Sur community! Tuesday, 6 – 8 pm, October 25, 2022, at the Big Sur Grange.

  • Fire-adapted communities strive for fire resiliency – fire resiliency means that our homes and businesses don’t burn when wildfire enters the community. Attend this town hall, and you’ll learn about fire resiliency activities currently under way in Big Sur, including: Fire Adapted Communities Initiative – Fire Adapted Community Steering Committee
  • Emergency Response Plan – Big Sur Fire
  • Coastlands Fuel Reduction Project – Community Association of Big Sur
  • Post Creek Water Collaborative – Community Association of Big Sur
  • Fuels Reduction Plan for Alila Ventana Big Sur – TSS Consulting
  • Los Padres Strategic Community Fuelbreak Collaborative Project – Resource Conservation District of Monterey County
  • Firewise USA® Recognition – Fire Safe Council of Monterey County

Presentations to be followed by a 30-minute dialogue between a panel of subject-matter expert speakers and you – we’ll make every effort to answer your questions.

This event is being brought to you by the Community Association of Big Sur, in collaboration with Big Sur Fire. For further information, email info@fireadaptedbigsur.com or visit www.fireadaptedbigsur.com.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at the Big Sur Grange!

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

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2022
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841
andrew.madsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Forest Service begins work on
Strategic Community Fuelbreak Project

SOLVANG, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials announced that initial work has begun on the Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement project on the Monterey Ranger District. The purpose of the project is to re-establish and maintain a series of fuelbreaks to enhance protection for at-risk communities and firefighters, preserve wilderness character, and reduce suppression costs. These historically used and effective strategic fuelbreaks extend in and out of the Ventana Wilderness.

The funding for this project comes from a Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration grant award, a collaborative partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to invest in restoration efforts to mitigate wildfire risk through thinning, hazardous fuels treatments, and fuelbreak implementation.

The first phase of project work is occurring along North Coast Ridge Road where 158 acres are being treated using hand tools and chainsaws to cut and pile dead and decadent vegetation. These piles will later be burned by fire crews during cold and wet winter months to reduce the fuel load on the forest floor.

This project resulted from collaborative engagement at the community level and is intended to improve effectiveness and efficiency in protecting communities from wildfire. The project will also minimize future impacts to wilderness by maintaining fuelbreaks prior to a wildfire when bulldozers are often deployed for emergency suppression. By proactively designing and establishing strategic fuelbreaks during a non-emergency environment, the Forest Service can reduce the reliance on mechanized equipment and subsequently reduce the adverse fire suppression impacts on the wilderness landscape.

“Fuelbreaks and thinning work are absolutely essential to better protecting our firefighters, communities and forest health in the face of a changing climate,” said Monterey District Ranger Tim Short.

As additional funding becomes available, other sections of the Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement project will be implemented on the Monterey Ranger District.

Download Press Release PDF

Stan Russell

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
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