More Filming at Bixby tomorrow

Very little notice on this one, less than 24 hours.

Date:  4/27/2022

To: Big Sur Residents and Businesses 

From:  Kara Hobster, Muskrat Content/TagalongEntertainment

Re: Film Production Activity on Highway 1 in the Big Sur Area, 4/28/22

In an effort to better communicate with Big Sur residents regarding upcoming filming activities, this is to notify you of an upcoming permitted film shoot scheduled for 4/28/2022 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.  Our work will require intermittent traffic control (ITC) at and near Bixby Bridge and Hwy 1 (Mile Markers 49 to 60).  As per our permit, a portion of the Bixby Bridge turnout will be used for brief parking to make sure all parties are present. (No more than 50% of turnout will be used.)Otherwise we not require any parking until the filming has finished.

We will be hiring 4 California Highway Patrol officers to facilitate the ITC – ensuring public safety and access with only brief traffic holds of 5 minutes. 

We have taken all steps to ensure that the required permits have been obtained from Caltrans and Monterey County and will comply with restrictions necessary for a safe and efficient shoot. 

The production company would like to show its appreciation to the community with a donation to Big Sur Fire Brigade. Thanks for all you do to keep the coast safe and beautiful.

After the filming we are planning to park and dine at the Big Sur River Inn. Anyone who needs to be present with us for the filming is welcome to join us for dinner. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  I hope this advance notice is helpful for you to plan your day. 


Kara Hobster 

Muskrat Content/Tagalong Entertainment

Insurance Commission hosting town hall with Cal Fire and Local Fire Safe Councils

Good Morning,

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is hosting a Statewide Town Hall on May 3, at 1:00.  Joining us will be CAL FIRE and Local Fire Safe Councils.  Learn about what is occurring on the insurance front and local Fire Safe Councils will be sharing their best practices.

Help us kick start Wildfire Awareness Month by sharing the invite with your constituents.  You can register and submit questions HERE.


Mary Beth Bykowsky | Outreach Analyst

Community Relations and Outreach Branch

California Department of Insurance

(916) 492-3536 |

Forest Resiliency

President Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen America’s Forests, Boost Wildfire Resilience, and Combat Global Deforestation


New actions will protect against wildfire threats, support local economies, and reduce climate pollution

Today, on Earth Day, President Biden will sign an Executive Order to expand his Administration’s historic and bold efforts to tackle the climate crisis, make our nation more resilient to extreme weather, and strengthen local economies. The President will sign the Executive Order in Seattle, Washington—rounding out a trip across the West focused on lowering costs for families and protecting communities from intensifying climate impacts. Wildfires and extreme weather events are growing in frequency and ferocity, engulfing communities in the West and across the country and costing lives, homes, and money. Because President Biden knows the cost of inaction is too great, he is taking bold executive action and reaffirming his calls on Congress to address the climate crisis.  

America’s forests are a key climate solution, absorbing carbon dioxide equivalent to more than 10% of U.S. annual greenhouse gas emissions. Federal lands are home to many of the nation’s mature and old-growth forests, which serve as critical carbon sinks, cherished landscapes, and unique habitats. However, these magnificent ecosystems are threatened by the climate impacts that are already here, with intensifying wildfires demanding urgent action to protect our forests and the economies that depend on them. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides historic wildfire resilience funding and calls for prioritizing the restoration of old-growth forests.

See this link for the rest of the press release (thank you, Ian) /

We can always hope that those that make our policies will recognize that one three-month wildfire will create more greenhouse emissions than 8 million cars in a year.

Sunday Photos, 4/24/22

I had to go to town north last week. I allowed myself 3 hours to get there. I don’t stress that way, no matter what any idiot does. There was a great upside to that. The construction sites with the stop signs gave me the opportunity to stop in the middle of the highway and get some shots from a point of view I have not been able to get before. (Yeah, yeah, everyone else stops in the middle of the road, why not me?)

Here they are:

Big Sur International Marathon

Date:Friday April 22, 2022
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237 




MONTEREY COUNTY – The return of the Big Sur International Marathon on this Sunday April 24 will result in the closure of just over 27 miles Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast this Sunday from 4 am to 1 pm.

Highway 1 will be closed from the south at the start of the Marathon at Big Sur Station (PM 45.64) to just past the finish line at Rio Road (PM 72.92).

Only emergency vehicles and scheduled CHP-led caravans are allowed during the race. If travel is necessary between 4 am and 1 pm, travelers may join such a caravan. The caravan schedule is attached to this email and is available at the following link:

For additional information about the Big Sur International Marathon on Sunday April 24, please visit:

CHP will be on hand to lend their expertise in assisting with traffic control.

Message and directional signs will be in place to alert travelers.

Congratulations to all the race participants and their support teams.

It is a lull…

As is usual, it is Mining Ridge for the win.
From NOAA; 709 AM PDT Thu Apr 21 2022

.SYNOPSIS...A bit of a lull in the rain this morning. Periods of
rain with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. Heaviest rain
will be from San Francisco southward. Another round of showers
with isolated thunderstorms tonight into early Friday with showers
ending by midday. Warming trend this weekend as dry weather
returns through at least the middle of next week. of 07:15 AM PDT Thursday...Morning update...
Expect a lull in the storm activity through the morning before a
return of additional showers and isolated thunderstorms arrives
this afternoon and persist through tomorrow morning.

Earth Day Clean up

A small group of Big Sur locals are hosting an Earth Day litter pickup this Friday as part of a renewal of Weston Call’s LOVE Big Sur campaign. We’re hoping to spark discussions with locals and visitors alike, while doing some dirty work for our beloved Big Sur! 
We will be stationed at the pullout north of River Inn from 11am-3pm to assign groups to various hotspots along Highway 1.
Hope you can join us – we’ll have some supplies to share, but please BYO litter pickers, gloves, buckets, costumes, etc. Please see flyer for more details! Most unique trash “find” wins a prize!