Warrants issued in Big Sur Robbery

Five thieves seized a Kindle Fire, Bowie knife and cash Saturday from a Big Sur campsite, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon their return from hiking at 7 p.m., four campers were accosted by the five suspects — three men and two women. Although a gun was never brandished, one of the five claimed to be armed with a pellet pistol, the victims told deputies.

No one was injured in the incident. The stolen property was estimated at $360 in value.

Warrants have been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for Joseph Whitebear, 45; Rachel Ried, unknown age; Jose Vasquez, 43; Jason Barnes, 44; and Dawn Barnes, 43.

The investigation is ongoing.

I believe this is the one at Salmon Creek a few days ago. The suspects were driving a white, newer model pick-up truck, and police have the license number.

Heat Wave


A reminder that fire season is indeed upon us is a wind-driven wildfire in SoCal. It is in the Etiwanda Preserve, near Rancho Cucamonga. Mandatory evacuations have been issued. It started at 8:00 am, near a popular hiking trail.
Due to the current weather conditions, effective today at 8 am April 30, 2015 Mid-Coast Fire Brigade has closed the backyard burn season for our area.

Remember if you see smoke in the area from today on….please do not email the neighbors list and wait for a response, call 9-1-1.

Don’t forget your defensible space!

Cheryl Goetz
Fire Chief
Mid Coast Fire Brigade

Monterey County to adopt Fracking Ordinance

The Monterey County Planning Department will present its “interim fracking ordinance” to the Monterey County Planning Commission on Wednesday, April 30th.

The ordinance serves to regulate but not stop fracking. Regulations mean that fracking will continue to expand. Regulations do not go far enough to protect our people, our water, our economy, and our climate. To protect us and our livelihoods, fracking must stop altogether.

A full show of support is needed on April 30th to request a 45-day period for public review before this “Well Stimulation Treatment Ordinance”, (Planning File Number REF130051), is recommended for adoption by the Board of Supervisors.

Speak out for a moratorium on fracking until the risks are fully analyzed to understand the impacts on agriculture, tourism, the environment, and the health and safety of workers and our communities.

Email Monterey County Planning Commission Chair Luther Hert to request the 45-day extension for public review : hert@co.monterey.ca.us, and copy Project Planner Grace Bogdan bogdang@co.monterey.ca.us. Hert email does not work. I sent to Potter’s office)

Location and Time:

Monterey County Planning Commission, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Monterey County Government Center – Board of Supervisors Chambers
168 W. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901

The meeting AGENDA with the ordinance is posted online: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/planning/cca/pc14.htm

Thank you! Your actions matter, now more than ever.

Monterey County Against Fracking

Catherine Crockett

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Vegetation Fire Highway One and 46 west


3:00 pm – here is a photo from Michael Hardy. I am not sure when it was taken.

2:30 pm – They just called 3480 an 3482 back to the fire on hwy1 an 46 west…wonder what’s going on

2:00 pm – resources canceled
1:30 pm – A friend just heard a dispatch for a veg fire on hwy 1 an 46 west….B3411, A/A340, T74 & 94, Engs. 3466, 3469, 3472, 3480, 3482, WT 57, 2 crews out of questa, D3442 were all dispatched. Also,A/A340 an the two tankers were just dispatched. This is just south of Cambria, near the Cal Trans yard. I am in Morro Bay with a dog at the vet. I will be keeping an eye on this today, and keep posting, as I learn more.

CHP website reports:
Detail Information
1:25 PM 4 [10] TOT CALFIRE
1:21 PM 3 [7] [Appended, 13:24:56] FIRE IN SHRUBS
1:12 PM 2 [3] TOT CALFIRE
Unit Information
1:27 PM 2 Unit Assigned
1:27 PM 1 Unit Enroute

Blessed Rain

5:00 pm – rain is now up to 1/2 an inch, a lot more than I was lead to believe, and every last drop welcome, even the sudden downpour while I was trying to deal with a trespassing bicyclist. It was raining cats ‘n dogs several times according to my gauge.

Be careful if you find yourself on the road. Could face problems, hopefully minor.

Big Sur Marathon


Today’s Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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


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 27. The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 4:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Hwy. 1 will be closed 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. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

Structure Fire at Sea View Ranch

9:30 am – Confirmed, one structure a complete loss. The fire did not spread to the other structures. The solar system caught fire. The resident is employed at Ragged Point, and was only able to get out what was loaded in her truck.

Around 6:00 am this morning, a fire broke out at Sea View Ranch, up above Mud Creek, per Jim Kimball, monitoring the scanner. There was a full response by local and USFS fire engines. At 6:30 am, Cal Trans reported seeing large flames. It is believed that one of the structures on site was fully engaged. There has been little if any radio traffic since 8:00, but that area has poor transmission capabilities. I will report what I can, as information becomes available. Not a good start to the season, and WAY early!

Mike Heard, National Volunteer of the Year


Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Longtime Ventana Wilderness Volunteer Wins National Honor

GOLETA, CA, April 22, 2014….Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the U.S. Forest Service has selected longtime Monterey Ranger District and Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) volunteer Mike Heard as the national Volunteer of the Year. This recognition is especially noteworthy as it coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act.

For many years, Mike has been instrumental in repairing and maintaining remote wilderness trails overgrown by brush or damaged by fires, erosion, and debris slides. He played a valuable role coordinating and leading extensive on-the-ground trail work in the Cone Peak area of the Ventana Wilderness. Over the last two years, Mike volunteered nearly 3,700 hours of his time to project work in the wilderness.

“Mike exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated volunteer,” said Los Padres Interim Forest Supervisor Ken Heffner. “Mike’s had an enormous impact on our wilderness trail system, and this national recognition validates the importance of his work to the U.S. Forest Service.”

Mike took the lead in completing the necessary paperwork to finalize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for a critical trail reroute project. By recruiting professional botanists to conduct a volunteer survey of the trail project area, Mike gathered pertinent wildlife data and ensured the project was completed on schedule. Mike was also able to assist with capturing critical data accomplishments for volunteer reporting, Recreation Site Inventory, and the 10 Year Wilderness Stewardship Challenge.

“The district is deeply indebted to Mike for the enormous contributions he’s made,” said Monterey District Ranger Tim Short. “We’re extremely proud of Mike, and congratulate him on this prestigious award.”

The VWA will hold its Annual Gathering Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 4 pm at Toro Park in Salinas to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Mike’s award will be presented to him during this event.