AIDS/Lifecycle bicycle ride thru the Central Coast

Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2023
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Alexa Bertola
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237 



CENTRAL COAST – The AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride will move through Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties beginning Sunday, June 4. The approximately 2,200 cyclists will use various portions of the state highway system during the daytime hours between 8 am and 6 pm in the following locations:

  • Sunday, June 4, the riders will arrive in Santa Cruz County via Hwy. 1 arriving in the afternoon at Harvey West Park.
  • Monday, June 5, the riders will leave Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz and use portions of southbound State Route 1 and US 101 ending their day at San Lorenzo County Park in King City, Monterey County. 
  • Tuesday, June 6, the riders will leave King City and use a portion of southbound US Highway 101 before reaching the Paso Robles Fairgrounds in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Wednesday, June 7, the cyclists will leave Paso Robles using Hwy. 46 West to Hwy. 1 south through Cayucos and Morro Bay to US 101 reaching Preisker Park in Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County.
  • Thursday, June 8, the cyclists will leave Santa Maria headed towards State Route 1 ending their day at Riverbend Park in Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.  
  • Friday, June 9, the riders will leave Lompoc and use State Route 1 and US Highway 101 towards southern Santa Barbara County before ending their day at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura County.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to maintain a safe environment for everyone.  The riders will travel single file with the flow of traffic.  The riders will also use portions of city/county roads.

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website at: or for more information on this event you may visit:

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5. 

Moffat’s Lost Dog, 5/28/2023 – UPDATE, HOME!

Hi Kate,

My name is Molly Moffat. We live on the north coast ridge rd. Our dog Cu went missing yesterday. I was hoping he just chased a deer, but he hasn’t come home, and now I am worried hikers grabbed him. He is collared but no tags.  Was hoping you could help us by posting on your blog. Thank you so much!

If you see or find Cu, just drop me a line and I will put you in touch with Molly or Scott Moffat.

21 miles of Highway One opened at 3 pm



MONTEREY / SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES – Twenty-one miles of Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast reopened at 3 p.m. today, as the southern closure of Highway 1 moved north from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, to just south of Limekiln State Park in Monterey County.

Travelers arriving at the new southern closure will be directed to a flagged turnaround area placed just before the entrance to Limekiln State Park. There is no parking at the turnaround area and entry into Limekiln State Park is prohibited and the Park is closed.

This reopening was made possible after crews repaired a major washout of the road at Gilbert’s Slide just north of Gorda at Post Mile 10.6. Crews also made significant repairs to distressed conditions at Radio Point at PM 4.9, at PM 0.8, and at the county line at PM 0.1. 

Travelers on Highway 1 will continue to encounter signalized traffic control at PM 0.8 as crews complete drainage and guardrail work. Travelers may also encounter intermittent traffic control as repairs continue at various other locations.

Special recognition is made for the work of S. Chaves Construction whose crews have not only led the repairs of Highway 1 at the above locations, but at dozens of other areas of concern between Ragged Point and Limekiln.

Crews also continue to work at Paul’s Slide at PM 21.7. The current estimate for reopening the highway at Paul’s Slide is still several months. The massive undertaking to remove an estimated 500,000 cubic yards of material and to sculpt and stabilize the slope is being met by crews working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. A more refined estimate for a reopening date at Paul’s Slide will be made in early July.

Repairs to a major washout of the road also continue at the Dani Creek Slide at PM 22.6, with work now estimated to be completed by mid-July.

Special recognition is also made for Papich Construction and their crews for taking the lead on repairs at Dani Creek, Paul’s Slide, and several other locations on the coast this winter.

Travelers in the Monterey/Carmel area will continue to be able to drive south for 50 miles to enjoy the splendor of the coast and will then encounter their turnaround at Big Creek Vista Point at PM 27.

Travelers in Morro Bay will now have over 65 miles of coast to enjoy to the north as Highway 1 passes through Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Gorda, and points beyond, before arriving at the turnaround south of Limekiln.

With the movement of the southern closure today, only five miles of Highway 1 remain closed from Big Creek Vista Point to just south of Limekiln State Park. All coastal businesses remain open.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5 Social Media platforms: Twitter at: @CaltransD5, Facebook at: Caltrans Central Coast (District 5) and Instagram at: Caltrans_D5.

Updated Forest Closure Order, 5/25/2023

From the Los Padres National Forest:

Please see attached superseding Storm Damage Forest Order effective at 12 pm today 5/25/2023. Please distribute as appropriate.

Good news we are starting to be able to open some things up for this weekend. We after tomorrow when Hwy 1 Moves the Southern closure North will be to open Plaskett Creek Campground, Sand Dollar DUA but trail to beach remains closed, Willow and Mill creek DUA’s as well as many trails in the Silver Peak wilderness accessed in the Salmon Creek area. Additionally Pfeiffer Beach will be reopened now that the repairs to the parking lot and road have been completed.

On the Eastside we are able to open Memorial Campground thanks to the efforts of FHL public works to repair the road near Road 7.

Thank you all for your coordination, communication and engagement as we have navigated these unprecedented storms and repairs.

For a complete listing of the order’s appendix for other districts in the LPNF see:!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8ziDd1NPD1Mgg0MPLwsjA0Cg4IDfYKC3IwMDAz0w8EKQEwQcLQw8PfwCPML84EKGOhHEaPfAAdwJFI_HgVR-I33ImQBMASMinydfdP1owoSSzJ0M_PS8vUjcgry0vQjEnNSi0qKdfPySzKTU4uBbokCm4YvNAi5pyA3NDSiysfDINNREQCf1Rxa/dz/d5/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS80TmxFL1o2XzFHNElINFMwMEhKODMwUVJTUUxSUkYyMDAw/?navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&desc=alerts&forestname=

Housing Element Community Meeting

Join us on June 1, 2023, at 6:30 pm for a virtual meeting on the County’s Housing Element and learn how you can shape the future of housing in your community! 

The Housing Element is the County’s plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community by identifying plans, programs and potential changes to create opportunities for new housing. At the workshop, staff will provide an overview of the Housing Element progress and seek community input. We encourage you to attend, ask questions, and share your ideas. Please invite your friends and neighbors to attend! 

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¡Únase a nosotros el 1 de junio de 2023 a las 6:30 pm para una reunión virtual sobre el Elemento de Vivienda del Condado y aprender sobre el futuro de las viviendas en su comunidad!  

El Elemento de Vivienda es el plan del Condado para satisfacer las necesidades de vivienda de todos en la comunidad mediante la identificación de planes, programas y cambios potenciales para crear oportunidades de nuevas viviendas. En el taller, el personal proporcionará una visión general del progreso del Elemento de Vivienda y buscará la opinión de la comunidad. Lo alentamos a asistir, hacer preguntas y compartir sus ideas. ¡Por favor invite a sus amigos y vecinos a asistir! 

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Annual Library Book & Bake Sale


Saturday, Sunday, Monday May 27 – 29       10 am to 4 pm     Ripplewood Lawn

Presented by the Friends of the Library, Big Sur and the Big Sur Grange



We’re stocking up on used books for the Annual Book Sale this month.  If you have books to donate, please pack them in reasonable sized boxes, and drop them off during Library open hours only.  

Volunteers are needed to help set up on Friday and sell on the other 3 days.  Shifts: Friday–9 am until finished; Saturday, Sunday & Monday:  9:30am–1:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30 pm.  Please call 667-2292 with your name and phone number to volunteer. Come and find the books you never know you needed, all in aid of our fine library.

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Attention Community-minded Big Sur bakers!

    Wanted:  Scrumptious donations of home-baked goods for the Grange Bake Sale.  Goods can be dropped off the day before the sale at Ripplewood Store or on the 3 mornings of the sale.

    Best sellers: Cookies!  Pies!  Breads!  Cakes!  Muffins!  Scones!  Cupcakes! And even jams & jellies.  But, pleaseNOTHING THAT NEEDS REFRIGERATION

    Are you interested in working a three-hour shift at this fun event?Have questions?  Call Carol Shadwell (831-667-2143).  Proceeds help maintain and preserve the Grange Hall.