• Soberness Fire reaches 30 -day milepost

    August 23, 2016

    At 6:45 this morning, Cal Fire announced that the Soberness fire had grown to 87,316 acres and is 60% contained. There are no new structures involved and no new injuries. Evacuation orders remain the same. Personnel fighting the fire now stand at 1,988 on this, the 30th day of the fire. Read the rest of this story »

    Sec. of State trying a new career as a barista?

    August 22, 2016

    Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Starbucks are partnering to promote voter registration at Starbucks locations across California. Secretary Padilla will work a shift at the Starbucks in North Hollywood, Read the rest of this story »

    Local Coastal Program Update: Meet this week

    August 22, 2016

    The PlanningCommission canceled the regularly scheduled meetings on August 4 and 18, 2016 and will continue discussions on the Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan and Implementation a Special Meeting on August 25, 2016 at 6pm. Read the rest of this story »

    Voter Registration Counts Are Up for Major Parties and ‘No Party Preference’ Voters

    August 19, 2016

    California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released the first voter registration report for the November 8, 2016 General Election. The report is a compilation of voter registration numbers reported by California’s 58 county elections offices. The report reflects registration data as of July 7, 2016 and likely reflect the “convention bump” expected after national conventions were over. Read the rest of this story »

    The Morning of the Fourth Week

    August 19, 2016

    Update 6:45 AM 8/19/16

    Soberanes Fire grew overnight: Now 81,396 acres – 60% contained

    Personnel now at 2,690. Read the rest of this story »

    Sobernares: 79,000 acres, 60% contained

    August 18, 2016

    Monterey Fire personnel were released from the Soberanes fire on August 15, 2016. Crews moved directly from the Soberanes fire to various other wildland fires around the state: Read the rest of this story »

    August 15, 2016

    Soberanes Fire 7 AM update 8/15/16 Acres 74,604 Containment 60% Personnel 4102. Hwy 1 has closed again due to a hazardous tree.

    Warm and dry weather conditions forecast, fire growth and interior burning continue and smoke production is expected to increase. Winds from the north and northwest will give most communities in the fire area some relief from smoke. Read the rest of this story »

    Soberanes fire update

    August 14, 2016

    Updated: 8/14/16 @ 12:45 PM
    Acreage/Containment: 72,566 acres – 60% contained. Photo of damaged trees by Kent Speed

    Singed trees by Kent Speed

    Singed trees by Kent Speed

    #SoberanesFire update 8/14/16 7 AM

    August 14, 2016

    72,566 acres burnt 60% containment 4263 personnel

    hat;s about 800 acres overnight. Per CHP this morning: Hwy1 Ventana to Palo Colorado thru BigSur will CLOSE Sun., 8/14 from 2PM until 5AM Monday for a backfiring operation.

    Soberness Fire update

    August 13, 2016

    Sat., Aug. 13 @ 6PM update on ‪#‎SoberanesFire‬ is: Burned, 71,860 acres – 60% contained. No new structures burned, nor injuries. Holding their own.

    Giants update

    August 13, 2016

    The Dodgers won today, 8/13, by a score of 8 to 4 over the Pirates. Tonight the Giants have to fight to hold on
    to sole position of first place, Madison Bumgarner is on the mound against Baltimore . Stay tuned.
    Bob Silverman

    Quadrangle Courtyard at Carmel Mission Renovated in Time for Car Week

    August 11, 2016

    The Carmel Mission Foundation is pleased to announce that the $2,000,000 renovation of the Carmel Mission’s Quadrangle Courtyard has been completed on time and under budget.IMG_1928-2

    This project was funded by the Carmel Mission Foundation and performed by the same Preservation Team and general contractor, Blach Construction, that performed the award-winning Basilica restoration.  Its completion comes just in time for the Carmel Mission Classic Car Show to be held in this courtyard next Wednesday, August 17, during Car Week.

    This is the second major Mission preservation project funded by the Foundation, which has now provided a total of $7,500,000 in grants to the Carmel Mission to preserve this historic treasure.

    Congressional Candidate Casey Lucius will not support Donald Trump

    August 11, 2016

    In an exclusive interview with KSBW Casey Lucius made it emphatically clear, “I do not support Donald Trump for President.” Read the rest of this story »

    Fire Update Thurs. Morning

    August 11, 2016

    #SoberanesFire grows 1139 acres to 69,837 acres w/55% containment! 4,822 people assigned per Natl Forest Svc. Air is terrible. Don’t jog, don’t make your dog run.

    MST discounting bus passes during Roundabout construction

    August 10, 2016

    If your commute could be affected by the upcoming Holman Highway 68 Roundabout construction, try taking the bus. And now you can do it for less if you live and/or work in certain areas. Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove, Carmel Schools Start the Year in Degraded Air Quality

    August 10, 2016

    As students start classes today in Pacific Grove and Carmel, the National Weather Service reports that a directional change in transport winds is pushing smoke northward today. Big Sur reports very unhealthy air while Carmel Valley is unhealthy and Monterey, Toro Park and Ft. Ord are described as “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” Read the rest of this story »

    Giants’ Manager Bochy Released from Hospital

    August 9, 2016

    Bruce Bochy was released from a Miami hospital this morning and is expected to manage tonight’s game. The Giants’ win on Monday must have helped. The particular problem causing the manager to feel ill on Monday is not known at this time. Bochy is reported to be improved and ready to return for today’s game.

    -Bob Silverman

    Giants Mgr. Bochy hospitalized

    August 8, 2016

    Miami, Florida – This morning, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy was admitted to University of Miami hospital after feeling ill. He is being checked at the hospital and will be monitored overnight. He is resting comfortably and is expected to return tomorrow. Bench coach Ron Wotus will serve as manager tonight for the Giants.

    Aquarium Hosts Record-Breaking Benefit for Soberanes Fire Relief

    August 8, 2016

    It was the largest night event on record at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read the rest of this story »

    How are the Condors faring under threat of the Soberanes Fire?

    August 8, 2016

    The San Jose Mercury News has an excellent article about the well-being of the endangered California condors which make Big Sur their home.


    Soberness Fire update Mon. 8/8/16

    August 8, 2016

    The Soberness Fire grew overnight and is now 60,400 acres and 45% contained. Backfires will continue as more than 5,000 firefighters are on the line. Read the rest of this story »

    Soberanes Fire Updates 8/7/16 at 3:30 PM

    August 7, 2016

    After a night of low relative humidity and changing winds which cause the fir to jump fire breaks, Big Sur residents were awakened by Reverse 911 calls at 3:15 this morning warning them to evacuate. As of this afternoon, some mandatory orders were reduced to warnings, but businesses remain closed. Read the rest of this story »

    Soberness Fire update Sat. 8/6 8:30 PM

    August 6, 2016

    ‪#‎SoberanesFire‬ [update] is now 56,500 acres & 45% contained.

    Fish Hopper, Old Fishermans Grotto and Scales Restaurants Donate Lunches to the Salvation Army to Feed Victims of the Soberano Fire

    August 6, 2016

    This week through Saturday, August 6 The Fish Hopper, Old Fishermans Grotto and Scales Seafood & Steaks restaurants are feeding lunch to victims of the Soberanes fire through a donation to the Salvation Army.  Read the rest of this story »

    Fire update as 3rd week begins

    August 6, 2016

    update: 8/6/16 @ 6:54 AM Acreage/Containment: 55,600 acres – 40% contained/ No new structures, outbuildings reported burned or damaged. Thankfully, only 1 fatality and 2 injuries.

    Montage Health donates $70,000 and supplies to three local agencies for firefighting and recovery efforts plus $4000 in poison oak treatment for firefighters

    August 5, 2016

    Closure Order Expanded for Soberanes Fire Area: Violation carries $5,000 Penalty and/or six months in jail

    August 5, 2016

    The SPCA is caring for a tiny wild bird rescued from the Soberanes fire

    August 5, 2016

    On Tuesday, August 2, a firefighter fighting the Soberanes fire arrived at the SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center with a Starbucks cup. Inside the cup was a tiny fledgling Pacific Slope Flycatcher.

    The firefighters found the tiny bird at the fire line near Old Coast Road in Big Sur. The fire team believed the tree containing the young bird’s nest had burned in the fire, so they rescued him and brought him to the SPCA.

    Fledgling Pacific Slope Flycatcher is improving

    Fledgling Pacific Slope Flycatcher is improving

    When the flycatcher arrived, he was holding his left eye closed, likely due to irritation from the smoke. Today, he is bright, alert, and responsive, eating well, and perching. SPCA Wildlife Rehabilitators expect him to recover and be successfully released back into the wild.

     In addition to this young flycatcher, the SPCA is sheltering 180 pets displaced by the fire, including 44 cats, 33 dogs, 65 chickens, 6 goats, 6 ducks, 5 turkeys, 4 guinea hens, 5 horses, 3 donkeys, 3 parakeets, 1 rabbit, 1 lamb, 1 turtle, 1 tarantula, 1 king snake, and 1 leopard gecko. An additional 13 cats and dogs were sheltered and have been returned to their owners. We are also providing free food, supplies, and emergency evacuation services to hundreds more. As needed and when conditions allow, our disaster team is working to rescue animals from evacuated areas. SPCA dogs are also visiting firefighters at Rancho Canada and Toro Park to give kisses, snuggles, and love.

    The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. We operate under permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Your support is extremely important to us, as we do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agency.  Each year, The SPCA Wildlife Center admits over 2,500 animals for treatment and care. Read the rest of this story »

    Soberanes Fire Updates: Two Weeks Into the Battle

    August 5, 2016

    Last updated: 8/5/16 @ 7:00 AM

    Seen in Carmel

    Seen in Carmel


    Acreage/Containment: 53,690 acres – 35% contained
    County: Monterey
    Location: Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, Palo Colorado, north of Big Sur
    Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest

    Structures Threatened: 2,000
    Structures Destroyed:  57 homes, 11 outbuildings
    Structures Damaged: 3 structures, 2 outbuildings
    Injuries: 1 fatality
    Cause: Illegal Campfire

    Read the rest of this story »

    Giants Update

    August 2, 2016

    The Giants’ new third basement Eduardo Nunez is set to start at third base today when the Giants play in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. Madison Bumgarner is set to start for the Giants this evening. Matt Duffy has been traded to Tampa Bay. Game time is 4:05 PM on CSN TV. Hunter Pence will start again in right field. Joe Panik starts at second base. Look for a Giants’ win tonight.

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