Posted by: Stan Russell | January 14, 2016

SINGLE DAY ADVENTURES WITH VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY

Ventana Wildlife Society
Sign up today for Single Day Adventures (Ages 8-12)

Our knowledgeable naturalist instructors want you to know there are spaces available to sign up youth for a fun filled day of adventure learning about nature. Spend a day in the exciting outdoors exploring mysterious redwood forests, the beautiful coastline, or learning all about the magnificent, endangered California condor.

Whether you are being dazzled by amazing Monarch butterflies, practicing how to survive in the wild or discovering all the crazy types of invertebrates there are, it is certain to be a true adventure!

Full and partial scholarships are available. Spaces are available free of charge to youth who qualify for free or reduced school meals. To register, or find out more about scholarship opportunities or free programming, contact Alena Porte.

Below are programs and available dates
All programs run from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Single Day Adventures (Ages 8-12)
$45 per day, or $40 each for three or more per calendar year. (8:30 – 4:30)
http://ventanaws.org/education/single_day_adventures.htm

Winter/spring 2016

Feb 8th – Marvelous Monarchs
‘Tis the season when these winged jewels migrate for their annual reunion here in Monterey County. Clumping in the trees of Andrew Molera State Park and elsewhere along the coast, we will search for their roosts and watch as they are warmed by the sun to take flight.
(Drop off at Cesar Chavez Library, Salinas OR Laguna Grande Park, Seaside)

Feb. 15th – California Condors
Explore condor country and track down this magnificent endangered species. Learn to use radio telemetry and other field techniques. Watch for falcons, hawks and condors wheeling around the steep cliffs of the Central coast.
(Drop off at Kelton Park, Salinas OR Laguna Grande Park, Seaside)

Feb. 16th – Stayin’ Alive
Whether you want to add to your outdoor skills, or you are brand new to wilderness survival – this adventure is for you. Learn different ways to light a camp fire, make a nutritious wild tea, find clean water, create a shelter from a tarp, and more!
(Drop off at Kelton Park, Salinas OR the Crossroads, Carmel)

March 21st – Insane Invertebrates
Delve into the world of creepy crawly critters. We’ll check the Big Sur River searching for aquatic larvae and do a shrub shake of coyote bush – a veritable condominium for over 55 different types of insects! No stone will be left unturned.
(Drop off at Kelton Park, Salinas OR Laguna Grande Park, Seaside)

March 22nd – Coastal Quest
Explore the birds, plants, and animals of our amazing coastline. Wade across the Big Sur River Lagoon as it empties into the sea, Learn about the secret life of a seaweed pile, and wander one of the few accessible beaches in the region.
(Drop off at Kelton Park, Salinas OR Laguna Grande Park, Seaside)

Contact Alena Porte – Education and Outreach Manager for Ventana Wildlife Society
alenaporte@ventanaws.org
831-800-7421
http://www.ventanaws.org

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 12, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, January 12, 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 35*

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 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 the placement of lagging and ground anchors.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 just shows testing of a ground anchor on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #21*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

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

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week consisting of forms and rebar being placed for the bent caps and abutments of stage 1. Drilling and placement of piles for the columns and abutments for stage 1 (ocean side) was completed this month. Up to 10-minute holds may be in effect to ensure the safe delivery of materials. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately February, weather permitting, to place girders on half of the viaduct.

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 of poured bent cap and abutment—waiting for concrete to set up for new viaduct 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 | January 11, 2016

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF
Website:www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, Calif., January 11, 2016 — Recent rainfall across Los Padres National Forest has led to rising fuel moisture levels, prompting officials to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit, available free of charge on the Forest website, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. A list of Campfire Use Sites and information about how to acquire a campfire permit is available on the Los Padres National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf and at all forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of ten feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method. Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.

Under these lower fire restrictions, the Forest will begin disposing of accumulated fuels by burning brush piles at administrative sites within national forest lands. These sites include: developed and undeveloped campgrounds, ranger stations, fire stations, guard stations, lookouts, electronic sites, special permit sites, and miscellaneous piles along Forest Service administrative roads. These projects will occur when weather conditions and air quality are favorable to safely reduce these fuels.

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

· Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
· A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
· Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
· Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481 Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731 Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 8, 2016

2016 Big Sur Foragers Festival Almost Upon Us

2016 Big Sur Foragers Festival Almost Upon Us

Tickets on Sale and Going Fast!

BIG SUR, Calif., (January 2016) – Big Sur Health Center, a non-profit organization offering local, quality healthcare to the Big Sur community, will hold its annual Big Sur Foragers Festival, January 15-17, 2016.. Held in Big Sur along California’s central coast, the festival is a weekend-long celebration featuring an amazing array of wild foods, world-class wine and beer, expert-led foraging hikes and a friendly chef competition with celebrity judges. This year’s partners include Ventana Big Sur, longtime host of the Fungus Face-Off and the Grand Chef dinner, along with a new strategic partner, Post Ranch Inn, which will host several different events.

The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The three day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer. Guest Chef Suzette Gresham, Acquerello’s co-owner and Executive Chef from San Francisco’s Acquerello, will join Ventana’s own Chef Paul Corsentino to offer a memorable Grand Chef Dinner.

Saturday January 16th events include:

· Saturday morning – This year there will be two "Wild Foraging Walk and Talk" – one at Pfeiffer State Park (level beginner) and one through the Big Sur Wilderness (level intermediate). Cost per hike $35.00. (Saturday, January 16th 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

· Saturday afternoon – The “Fungus Face-Off" on the deck at Ventana Big Sur from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost per person is $60. A friendly competition among some of the area’s notable chefs featuring chanterelles and other fabulous fungi, along with a variety of wild foraged foods. Attendees also have an opportunity to cast their vote for "People’s Choice". (Saturday, January 16th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

· Winery and Brewery Partners Include:

§ Morgan Winery

§ Comanche Cellars

§ Holman Ranch

§ Bernardus Winery

§ Mesa Del Sol

§ Filipponi Ranch/Kelly McCleary/Peter Cron

§ Ventana Vineyards

§ Scheid Vineyards

§ McIntyre Wines

§ Chappellet

§ Mad Otter Ales

· Restaurant, Chef and Tasting Partners Include:

§ Chef Paul Corsentino, Ventana Big Sur

§ Chef Jon Cox, Post Ranch

§ Chef Tim Wood, Carmel Valley Ranch

§ Chef Steve Johnson, TusCA Ristorante

§ Chef Brendan Esons , Big Sur Roadhouse

§ Chef Matt Farmer, Coast Gallery

§ Chef Phillip Burrus, Esalen Institute

§ Chef Jacob Burell, Big Sur Bakery

§ Miguel Vargas, Fernwood

§ Adan Moeda Chavez, River Inn

§ Carmel Valley’s Quail and Olive (taste organic olive oils and vinegars)

· A silent auction full of culinary delights, hotel stays, tickets to explore the area, art and so much more will take place during the food and wine sampling. There will be more than 60 items this year! Purchase raffle tickets for $5 per ticket of $25 for 6 tickets. Enter to win your choice of 7 culinary delights or hotel packages! Raffle package values begin at $200 to $700! Tickets available for purchase at the event.

· Saturday Evening: The Big Sur Foragers Festival announces its Grand Chef Dinner at the Restaurant at Ventana Big Sur. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person. Guest Chef Suzette Gresham, Acquerello’s co-owner and Executive Chef, will join Ventana’s Chef Paul Corsentino to offer an unforgettable dining experience. (Saturday, January 16th, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm).

Tickets on sale now http://bigsurforagersfestival2016.eventbrite.com

New events for 2016 include:
Friday, January 15th:
· Cocktail reception and fungus presentation by Louie Schwartzberg followed by 5 course tasting menu prepared by Chef John Cox with wine pairings selected by Sierra Mar wine director Dominique DaCruz. $500 per person. Limited to 22 tickets. Reservations can be made by calling Post Ranch Reservations at 800 527 2200.

Sunday, January 17th:
· 11 a.m. Sunday morning – Property forage hike and lunch with Chef John Cox. Guest will enjoy an exclusive property wide tour of Post Ranch Led by Executive Chef John Cox followed by a 3 course lunch with wine pairing featuring items foraged on property and local wines. Limited to 16 people at $200 per person. Reservations made at 800 527 2200.This hike is weather permitting.

For more event details and information on other Foragers Festival weekend activities, including venues at Post Ranch Inn, please visit our website: http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bigsurforagersfestival.

Posted by: Stan Russell | January 6, 2016

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, January 5, 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 34*

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 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 the placement of lagging and ground anchors.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 just shows progress of the lagging and ground anchors on the south side of project State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-
*UPDATE #20*

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, 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week consisting of forms and rebar being placed for the bent caps and abutments of stage 1. Drilling and placement of piles for the columns and abutments for stage 1 (ocean side) was completed this month. Up to 10-minute holds may be in effect to ensure the safe delivery of materials. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December.

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 of concrete placement for new viaduct.

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 | December 29, 2015

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, December 29, 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 #33*

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 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 the placement of lagging and ground anchors.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.

Photo of retaining wall on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

*UPDATE #19*
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, 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week consisting of forms and rebar being placed for the bent caps and abutments of stage 1. Drilling and placement of piles for the columns and abutments for stage 1 (ocean side) was completed this month. Up to 10-minute holds may be in effect to ensure the safe delivery of materials. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December.

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 of concrete placement for new viaduct.

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 | December 28, 2015

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

Today’s Date: Tuesday, December 22, 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 #32*
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 County is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Daytime roadwork continues Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.All local businesses along the Big Sur 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. It is expected to be complete in winter 2016-17.

Photo of retaining wall on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

*UPDATE #18*
HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

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

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week consisting of forms and rebar being placed for the bent caps and abutments of stage 1. Drilling and placement of piles for the columns and abutments for stage 1 (ocean side) was completed last week. Up to 10-minute holds may be in effect to ensure the safe delivery of materials. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December.

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 late summer, weather permitting.

Photo of concrete placement for new viaduct.

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 <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 | December 16, 2015

Condors Released in San Simeon a Success

Ventana Wildlife Society
For Immediate Release
December 16, 2015

CONTACTS:
Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society, 831-455-9514
Email Kelly Sorenson: KellySorenson@ventanaws.org

Condors Released in San Simeon a Success
SAN SIMEON – Ventana Wildlife Society biologists released seven California condors in San Simeon, CA and all seven are adapting well to their environment. The first of seven condors were released on September 23 and by November 11, all seven out on the wing. “It’s a scary time for a young condor and for us as their caretakers when they are first released”, said Joe Burnett, VWS Condor Program Coordinator. The first condor releases in central California were in Big Sur starting in 1997 and by 2003 releases at Pinnacles National Park were underway.

“In our twenty years of experience, we’ve found that it’s best to just release one or two condors at a time and ensure they have no disturbances, said executive director Kelly Sorenson. For this reason, the location of the release site is being kept confidential to protect the safety of the birds. Condors have been flying through San Simeon since the early 2000’s when Ventana-released condors from Big Sur traveled south, something that has been happening more often over time and as the wild population has increased. The aim of the San Simeon release effort is to speed up this process of condors utilizing their entire range and “it’s working” says Sorenson.

For complete press release: http://www.ventanaws.org/pressroom/

The Tribune – San Luis Obispo


Seven young condors take flight in San Simeon hills
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/cambrian-opinion/article50055515.html

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 8, 2015

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, December 8, 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 #30*

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 is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

Roadwork continues with daytime work only and takes place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Construction next week will include the placement of lagging and ground anchors.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.

This photo shows the job site at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #16*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

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 began on Aug. 31, Caltrans officials announced today.

Cow Cliffs will have daytime roadwork next week consisting of forms and rebar being placed for the bent caps and abutments of stage 1. Drilling and placement of piles for the columns and abutments for stage 1 (ocean side) was completed yesterday. Up to 10-minute holds may be in effect to ensure the safe delivery of materials. Hwy. 1 at Cow Cliffs will have one-way signalized traffic control 24/7, which is already in place. However, full overnight closures will not take place until approximately December.

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: installing false work to support bent cap form

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 | December 3, 2015

Ventana Wilderness Alliance Newsletter

 

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VWA Fall 2015 Newsletter

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The Fall 2015 edition of Ventana Wilderness Watch is hot off the presses and on its way to your mailbox. This issue features a stunning original painting of a Townsend’s big-eared bat by nature illustrator Lucy Conklin. Inside you’ll find wilderness program updates, 2015 volunteer appreciation, a “virtual hike” in the Cone Peak high country, a map of the Cone Peak Trail Network and lots more. We hope this exciting issue inspires you to get out and give back to our spectacular central coast wilderness areas. Enjoy!
http://www.ventanawild.org/files/2015_vwa_fall_nl_final_web.pdf

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