Stony Fire Grows Quickly at Ft. Hunter Liggett

June 19, 2014

A wildfire broke out a little after three this afternoon in Stony Valley on Ft. Hunter Liggett, likely as a result of military activity in the area. By 4:30 a large smoke column was visible from much of the Salinas Valley, and the fire has now reportedly grown to 2,500 acres. There is still zero containment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cone Peak Directissima: Going Sea to Sky on Big Sur’s Stone Ridge

June 16, 2014

Big Sur’s Cone Peak rises out of the ocean about as steeply as any mountain on the planet. It’s summit, at 5,155 feet, lies less than 3 miles, as the condor flies, from the beach. This delivers an average gradient of around 33%; steeper than the rise of Mt. Whitney from the floor of Owens Valley. Making the journey from the beach to the summit on foot takes only a little over 5 miles, thanks to the open slopes of Stone Ridge. And it’s one of the most spectacular walks in Big Sur. Which is saying something.

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Measure O Defeated/Local Economy Stimulated

June 4, 2014

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Water and the Monterey Peninsula

The election is finally over and the voters of the Monterey Peninsula, as expected, have made it crystal clear that they don’t want to know whether or not owning their own water system would make economic sense. The preliminary count shows 8,826 no votes on Measure O to only 6,827 in favor (56.39% to 43.61%).

In achieving this result, Cal-Am has doubtless smashed all previous records for Monterey Peninsula elections, both in terms of total spending, and on the basis of dollars per vote. We don’t know the final total yet, but it was up to around $2.4 million, or better than $271.00 dollars per vote attained, at last count. Read the rest of this entry »