Escaping the Smoke – An Interlude in the City & Beyond

June 29, 2008

By Friday, we were ready for a break from the smoke. Going to the city in search of fresh air might seem a bit counterintuitive, but a lot of things have been upside down this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Sur/Ventana Wilderness Fire News

June 23, 2008

This page (and the many pages that follow) contain our day by day, hour by hour, blow by blow account of the Basin Complex Fires that burned through the Santa Lucia mountains June – August 2008. For information on the Chalk Fire, which broke out on the South Coast Ridge the evening of September 27 and burned throughout the month of October, please see our Chalk Fire pages. Please be aware that we have left these pages pretty much as they were created – so some off-site links may no longer be active.

For the latest information on fire, flood & storm see our Big Sur/Ventana Wilderness Fire/Flood Links Page featuring weather forecasts, weather radar, stream & rain gauge monitors, webcams, local blogs and much, much more.

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Funnel Cloud Over Monterey?

June 21, 2008

It started out as an unremarkable walk at Soberanes. Just a bit warmer than usual … Read the rest of this entry »


The High Cost of Life in the Surf Zone

June 4, 2008

Life on the beach: Monterey’s Ocean House Condos

We’re thinking of starting a betting pool. Exactly how much money will owners of doomed Monterey Beach properties like the Ocean House Condos and the Monterey Beach Hotel spend on trying to save them – and how much time will that money buy them – before they’re forced to throw in the towel?

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Oh Happy Day: Monterey County Election Results June 2008

June 4, 2008

With everything counted but provisional ballots and mail ballots turned in on election day, Jane Parker is leading Ila Mettee-McCutchon 4,364 to 4,075. Read the rest of this entry »


Surf City Ride

June 2, 2008

Cyclists gather in Monterey for a ride to Surf City Coffee in Aptos. Read the rest of this entry »