Foto Fridays and Photo Contest

As long as I have been running these header photo contests, people have sent in photos that won’t fit the format, no matter what I say or do. The same was true this time. Some of the photos have been absolutely stunning. I’ve decided to feature one or two “normal” photos rather randomly on Fridays, based on what I received that week. So if you have a photo that hasn’t lent itself to the header contest, now is your chance. Here is one from Dale Diesel (the rainbow) and one from Perry McCormick, both submitted for the contest.image


And congratulations to our winner, Marie!

Big Sur Fashion Show canceled for this year

Dear Fashion Friends and Fans,

We know many of you have been eagerly awaiting our 2015 date and the anticipated
call for designers announcement. Your fearless and dedicated team of BBBIS (Big
Big Sur Fashion Show) have been working diligently through the fall and
winter as we’ve been called to face new challenges for the show. Namely, the
challenge of a venue. While Henry Miller Library remains our fiscal sponsor and
most dedicated partner, our show has outgrown their beautiful space and we have
been doing a great deal of research for another Big Sur location where we can
safety and excitedly host the 800+ audience members, volunteers, sponsors and
participants that make up this amazing event.

After months of research without a clear solution emerging, we just made the
difficult committee decision that it is time for us to take a one year hiatus so
we can adequately to secure and plan for our new venue. After six years we are
taking a leap year!

We know this will be a disappointment to many of you, as it is to us. We didn’t
make the decision lightly, and it’s an incredible testament to you that we
simply can’t responsibly host this event anywhere with less than an 800 person
capacity. (After all, our tickets last year sold out in 7 seconds!) But we are
sooooooo pumped to take this amazing event to the next level in 2016, and our
Bohemian Recipes/ Flower Power themes will be waiting for us next spring.

We are prepared to move the show to Carmel or Monterey if the perfect Big Sur
spot is not revealed in 2016, although Big Sur is unquestionably our mission #1!
We very much welcome your ideas and input if you know of a public or private
property in Big Sur that can accommodate those numbers, with alcohol sales and

In lieu of the full affair this year, we are hosting a short series of catered
dinner theater evenings this spring at Henry Miller with inaugural screenings of
Lynette Tolentino’s full-length documentary about the big Big BIG Sur Fashion
Show, Ashes to Art. We are also still planning to host the Kid’s Fashion Show
costume workshops and runway event. Stay tuned for details!

We love you and are so grateful for your flexibility and patience as we leap to
new heights in 2016!

Ever yours,

Gaia Cascio, Lisa Goettel, Michelle Magdalena Maddox, Kendra Morgenrath, Katie
Newman, Jaime Oksas, Ashleigh Poland, Elsa Rivera, Rachael Short, Lynette
Tolentino, & Magnus Toren

Big Sur Fashion Show | | Big Sur Fashion Show | PO
Box 163 | Big Sur, CA 93920


Oscars Sunday Weather Report, South Coast Version

From my SLO Weathercaster:
An impressive (549-dm) upper-level low pressure system iforecast to move over the Central Coast tonight. This system is currently producing a few scattered rain showers this morning, however, convective showers will become heavier by tonight.

This system will draw cold air from the upper levels of the atmosphere and create an unstable atmosphere with the a possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon through tonight.
These thunderstorms can create gusty winds, hail and periods of heavy rainfall. Total rainfall amounts are expected to range between a quarter and three quarters of an inch.
However, if your location is near a thunderstorm, higher amounts of precipitation could develop.

Today’s maximum temperatures will range from the high 50s to the low 60s. Snow levels are expected to drop to near 4,500 feet in the Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi Mountains with up to nine inches of new snow above 5,000 feet.

Gas and Oil Extraction in Monterey County

From: “Bogdan, Grace x6414” <>
Date: February 11, 2015 2:54:33 PM PST
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: Second Stakeholder Oil & Gas Meeting

The second stakeholder meeting for amendments to the Monterey County Zoning Ordinance for oil and gas projects will be held in the Monterey Room on the second floor of the Government Center located in Salinas on February 24th from 6-8pm. This meeting is intended to gather input from stakeholders within the industry and general public at large. Please feel free to forward this invitation to any interested parties. A follow up email will be sent with the agenda for this meeting. Please contact Grace Bogdan with any questions at

February 24, 2015 from 6pm-8pm
Monterey Room
Government Center, 2nd floor
168 W Alisal St Salinas, CA 93901


Burn Status Number

All, please spread the word.

There are issues with the burn status phone number 800-225-2876. It may be fixed by tomorrow but until they get it fixed you can call their office number, 647-9411, push number 5 for the burn status. Or go online to the web site, at it is really faster….


Martha Karstens

1-831-667-2113 W
1-831-595-9461 C

Foto Friday and Photo Contest


I had planned on uploading the finalists tonight, for tomorrow’s post. I’m not sure I can. Some of you already know I lost a close friend today. It was sudden. She went to Stanford a week ago. They told her on Sunday the Cancer had rapidly spread beyond their ability to control it. They gave her 1 and 1/2 to two months. They released her Tuesday to her sister and set up Hospice care. She lasted two DAYS. Rose and I were going to see her Sunday.

LISA Sorenson was beloved by our community. We are all in shock and doing what we can to come to deal with this awful news. She was surrounded by family today and passed over just before 2 this afternoon. Her family will have a memorial BBQ for her in Cambria, where she and her sister owned a home, this summer.

Give me a week, and I should be able to get the finalists chosen and up. Thank you for your understanding.

Lisa, we love you and will see you on the other side.