Hello Big Sur!
It’s A Wild Life is, by far, the best feature length nature film ever made about Big Sur. Kennan and Karen Ward are generously making it available tonight as a fundraiser for the Ventana Wildlife Society. Tonight you can see it outdoors, under Big Sur skies, in a cathedral of redwood trees at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

Kennan and Karen will introduce the film and Ventana Wildlife Society wildlife biologist Joe Burnett will discuss their participation in the film and the plight of the condors in Big Sur. It’s A Wild Life is about the dynamic ecosystems of Big Sur that support black bears, mountain lions, bob cats and the rich diversity of life created where the Pacific ocean, teaming with life, meets this plunging land mass we call Big Sur.

It’s A Wild Life
Feature film by Kennan and Karen Ward

The Pacific Ocean creates a rich environment along the coast of California.
EXPLORE the remote wilderness where a family of endangered Condors raise a chick high in a redwood tree.
WITNESS a one-eyed bobcat as she learns new hunting techniques in a struggle to survive
EXPERIENCE the beauty of this wild coast with a man who has made this steep environment his home for thirty years.
DISCOVER the unique and hidden secrets of this wild land we call Big Sur.

A benefit for Ventana Wildlife Society’s Big Sur Condor Project
Friday & Saturday, JUNE 12-13,2015
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Big Sur, California
Outside Theatre 7:30 PM
Tickets; $15.00 http://www.ventanaws.org/events/
View It’s A Wild Life trailer here https://vimeo.com/119487857
HML: 831.667.2574

CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, June 10, 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 #4*

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 21. 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. 101 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.

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
Follow us on Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caltrans-Central-Coast-District-5/165870670118622>

It’s A Wild Life
Feature film by Kennan and Karen Ward

The Pacific Ocean creates a rich environment along the coast of California.
EXPLORE the remote wilderness where a family of endangered Condors raise a chick high in a redwood tree.
WITNESS a one-eyed bobcat as she learns new hunting techniques ina struggle to servive
EXPERIENCE the beauty of this wild coast with a man who has made this steep environment his home for thirty years.
DISCOVER the unique and hidden secrets of this wild land we call Big Sur.


A benefit for Ventana Wildlife Society’s Big Sur Condor Project
Friday & Saturday, JUNE 12-13,2015
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Big Sur, California
Outside Theatre 7:30 PM

View It’s A Wild Life trailer here https://vimeo.com/119487857

http://www.henrymiller.org
For tickets, please call 831.800.7422
Or email cathyhamilton@ventanaws.org
Get Tickets Online at http://www.ventanaws.org/events/

Posted by: Stan Russell | June 4, 2015

State Park Activities June 6-14

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sponsored activities run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Junior Ranger, and Ranger Cubs program and activities.

State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Help us celebrate World Oceans Day!

SATURDAY, JUNE 6
10:00 a.m. JUNIOR RANGERS-Sea Otters (children ages 7-12 only)

Have you ever seen a sea otter? Discover why they are so special during this fun one hour program. Meet Sara 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, art projects and games. Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

8:00 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, JUNE 7
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.

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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– ECOLOGY(children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering the plants and animals of Big Sur and how they are all connected. Meet 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, games and a short walk. Meet Sara at the Campfire Center.

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 use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one). Meet at the Campfire Center.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14
10:00 a.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.

3:00 p.m.
River Walk “Dam Busting”
Meet Sara at Day Use Lot #1 for a peek into the secret life in the Big Sur River. We will discover steelhead rainbow trout and find out how you can help these threatened fish in the their natural habitat. Wear your river shoes for this half-hour program.

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS 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, 1/4 mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

TOURS
Summer Hours:
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Admission
Adult: $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.
Whale Watching Tour; Friday, April 3.
Moonlight Tours begin April 4. See schedule on their website.
http://www.pointsur.org

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 and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.
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 and Sunday 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. http://www.ventanaws.org

CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, June 3, 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 #3*

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 14. 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. 101 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.

Posted by: Stan Russell | June 3, 2015

Miracle Condor Receives Veterinary Care at Oakland Zoo

Miracle Condor Receives Veterinary Care at Oakland Zoo
A California condor named Miracle has arrived at Oakland Zoo for veterinary care.

Miracle on Scale

“Despite such a high blood lead level, Miracle is feisty and alert,” said Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo. “Hopefully, this rapid intervention will lead to rapid release back to the wild.”

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) June 03, 2015

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
June 3, 2015
Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org

Miracle Condor Receives Veterinary Care at Oakland Zoo
Oakland, CA – A California condor named Miracle has arrived at Oakland Zoo for veterinary care. The female is the first condor to be treated for lead poisoning in 2015 at Oakland Zoo. Upon capture by biologists, Miracle’s lead levels were too high to register on the in the field test kit, thus she was immediately brought to the Zoo. Oakland Zoo’s Condor Care Team examined and x-rayed her, then began chelation treatment to remove the lead from her body. “Despite such a high blood lead level, Miracle is feisty and alert,” said Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo. “Hopefully, this rapid intervention will lead to rapid release back to the wild.” She will continue to be treated at the Zoo’s Steve and Jackie Kane Condor Recovery Center for one to two weeks and will be released back into the wild in Big Sur, California when her lead levels are lowered through treatment. The public can check in on Miracle as she recovers via the FedEx Condor Cam: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Condor_Cam.php?cam=Oakland_Zoo

***Media Advisory***
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Oakland Zoo will be offering the media photo and video opportunities of Miracle. Executive Director, Kelly Sorenson of Ventana Wildlife Society and Veterinarian Andrea Goodnight of Oakland Zoo will be available for interviews. If you plan on attending, please contact Nicky Mora at (510) 632-9525, ext 130 or email nmora(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org. Media should meet at the Lower Entrance of the Zoo and look for a Green Golf Cart that will be parked at the ramp, near bus stop. The condor can also be seen via live streaming video: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Condor_Cam.php?cam=Oakland_Zoo

Miracle was the first completely wild chick born in over a century in Big Sur, California. She was born on May 23, 2009, and her appearance was a truly miraculous event in the history of the condor recovery program. “Back then, it was a ‘miracle’ but now we know that condors can and will survive without our help as long as lead poisoning can be significantly reduced,” said Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director at Ventana Wildlife Society. This condor was hatched, reared, and fledged without management or intervention; therefore, she was named Miracle by Ventana Wildlife Society. Miracle can be seen flying and exploring a wider range of the Central Coast, which includes trips to Pinnacles National Park.
It was during a routine condor check at Pinnacles National Park, where California condors are trapped and tested for lead semi-annually that biologists captured Miracle. On May 27, 2015, she tested positive for lead poisoning and was immediately transported to Oakland Zoo for treatment. “When a bird’s blood levels are high, it’s critical for us to take them in for veterinary care,” said Rachel Wolstenholme, Pinnacles Condor Program Manager.

During the evening of Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Oakland Zoo will also host a Conservation Speaker Series called, “Action for Condors.” The public is invited to attend the evening engagement presented by Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director of Ventana Wildlife Society and Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Veterinarian of Oakland Zoo. This talk will give the public an in-depth look at the history of the California condor, including how Ventana Wildlife Society has dedicated more than 20 years into efforts to save the species from extinction. Dr. Goodnight will offer a veterinary perspective on treating a critically endangered animal and will share her incredible experiences being a part of the California Condor Recovery Program. The Conservation Speaker Series will take place in Oakland Zoo’s Zimmer Auditorium, located at the Lower Entrance of the Zoo. Parking is free and admission for the evening’s speaker presentations is $12.00 – $20.00 per person (sliding scale). All proceeds from this event will be donated to Ventana Wildlife Society. For additional information about Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series, please contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director, at amy(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR:
In 2013, Jerry Brown, Governor of California signed into law a phase out of lead ammunition throughout the state for all hunting. Lead from spent ammunition is the most significant problem for California condors and this new law gives hope for condor survival in the future; however, the new law, AB711, does not go into effect until 2019. Condors are scavengers and feed upon carcasses they find across the landscape. Carcasses shot using lead ammunition may contain tiny fragments of lead, which are inadvertently eaten by scavenging wildlife. “Hunting and ranching operations can be important sources of food for scavengers, such as condors, when carcass remains are left on the landscape,” said Rachel Wolstenholme, Pinnacles Condor Program Manager. “However, for these to be safe food resources, non-lead ammunition needs to be used.” In 1987, the last wild California condor was taken into captivity to join the twenty-six remaining condors, in an attempt to bolster the population through a captive breeding program. Through the efforts of the California Condor Recovery Program, there are now about 232 California condors in the wild. For decades Ventana Wildlife Society and Pinnacles National Park have made it a mission to save the bird from extinction by regularly trapping and treating condors suffering from lead poisoning. Prompt treatment has saved the lives of many condors. Nests are monitored to ensure the greatest protection possible from potential threats to productivity.

Being actively involved in the California Condor Recovery Program is very important to Oakland Zoo. To learn more about Oakland Zoo’s involvement, go to http://youtu.be/7Bhm3k_OINA

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR RECOVERY TEAM:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service California Condor Recovery Program (Recovery Program) is a multi-entity effort to recover the endangered California condor. Cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Los Angeles Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Oakland Zoo, California Department of Fish and Game, the Peregrine Fund, Ventana Wildlife Society, the Center for Scientific Investigation and Graduate Studies in Ensenada, La Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAP), Pinnacles National Park, Santa Barbara Zoo, the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City and many others. The Recovery Program is currently focusing its efforts on the captive-breeding and reintroduction of California condors to the wild in the hopes of establishing a self-sustaining population.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.

ABOUT VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY:
Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society led the way to successful reintroduction of the Bald Eagle and the California Condor, two of the most iconic birds in the world, to native habitats in central California. Through the course of their work, they developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration and regularly found ways for both wildlife and people to benefit from one another. VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California. http://www.ventanaws.org.

ABOUT PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK:
Pinnacles National Park became the fifth California condor release site in the US in 2003. Working closely with Ventana Wildlife Society, the park monitors the Central California condor flock for survival and nesting. One of our highest priorities is building a self-sustaining condor population through outreach and education about the dangers of lead to wildlife. The park works with the Institute for Wildlife Studies as well as Ventana Wildlife Society on this issue. http://www.nps.gov/pinn/learn/nature/condors.htm

CALTRANS
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 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*UPDATE #1*

DISEASED PINE TREE REMOVAL NEAR CARMEL AND CARMEL HIGHLANDS ALONG SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 NEXT WEEK

MONTEREY COUNTY – A pine tree removal project at Highway 1 and Atherton near Carmel and along a 1/4-mile section of southbound Highway 1 just south of Point Lobos Park near Carmel Highlands will take place Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4, Caltrans officials have announced.

Tree removal at Atherton will take place Monday, June 1 only. Tree removal just south of Point Lobos Park will take place Tuesday, June 2 through Thursday, June 4. Roadwork consists of one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers from 9 am to 3 pm each day. Work should be completed by Thursday, June 4.

NOTE: There will be Electronic Message signs alerting motorists and the CHP will assist with traffic control.

This roadwork is being performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance and Salinas Maintenance Tree Crews as a safety precaution to provide motorists and cyclists a safer route to travel. A 17-foot wide crane needs to be used to remove a dozen diseased pine trees from their existing location.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction 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 freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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.

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