A potential three week road improvement project is expected to cause some delays on a portion of Highway 1 in Big Sur next week. Caltrans is slated to begin work on a temporary traffic signal along with a guardrail on Highway 1 just north of Big Creek Bridge near Lucia on Monday. Officials say the work is being done in an effort to stabilize the ocean side lane, until permanent repairs can be made, and could take up to three weeks to complete. Highway 1 and local businesses are expected to remain open during this time, and 10 minute traffic delays are to be expected. After the work is done, Caltrans says the roadway will have signalized reversing one-way traffic control 24-hours a day.
A Salinas man suffered a gun shot wound to the leg yesterday afternoon after he was mistaken for a gang member. Police say a 22-year old Hispanic man was sitting in a parked car with another man in the area of Calaveras Drive and El Dorado shortly after 4:30, when a man walked up to them and pointed a gun through an open car window. Police say the suspect called the victim by a wrong name, accusing him of being a gang drop out, when he shot him. The victim was taken and treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening wound.
The Santa Cruz County Coroner’s office has ruled that 17-year old Nathan Phillips of Aptos died from suicide. Phillip’s body was found at the bottom of the ocean off Seacliff State Beach near the cement ship on December 12th. He was reported missing from his family’s home on December 3rd, and later that same day, his abandoned bike was found near Seacliff State Beach. An autopsy concluded that he died from sea water drowning aided by a weighted backpack. Phillips was remembered by high school friends yesterday afternoon at Seacliff Pier. He would have graduated from Aptos High School next year.
MORE THAN 1 THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO CONTAIN THE 843-ACRE PFEIFFER FIRE IN BIG SUR, WHICH IS NOW 74% CONTAINED. 22 RESIDENCES HAVE REPORTEDLY BEEN DESTROYED, WHILE OTHERS IN THE FIRE ZONE WERE SPARED. SOME HOUSES AND OUTBUILDINGS IN THE PFEIFFER RIDGE AREA ARE STILL THREATENED. AN EVACUATION WATCH, ISSUED TUESDAY FOR THE AREA WEST OF HIGHWAY 1 (BETWEEN FERNWOOD RESORT AND THE RIVER INN) IS STILL IN PLACE. FIREFIGHTERS EXPECT TO HAVE THE BLAZE FULLY CONTAINED BY 6 P-M FRIDAY NIGHT.
A SERVICE CENTER OPENED AT FERNWOOD RESORT YESTERDAY, AND THE RED CROSS IS ON-HAND PROVIDING FOOD, SUPPORT, AND INFORMATION FOR DISPLACED BIG SUR RESIDENTS. THE RED CROSS 24-HOUR HOTLINE IS (831) 320-9989,
THE S-P-C-A IS AVAILABLE TO HELP EVACUATE PETS, THEIR NUMBER IS (831) 373-2631, AND MONTEREY COUNTY CRISIS COUNSELORS CAN BE REACHED BY CALLING (831) 755-4111.
CIBO RISTORANTE ITALIANO IN MONTEREY WILL DONATE 20% OF ALL OF THEIR FOOD AND BAR SALES (BETWEEN 4 P-M FRIDAY AND 1:30 A-M SATURDAY MORNING) TO HELPING THE BIG SUR COMMUNITY.
TO HELP OUT THOSE DISPLACED BY THE PFEIFFER FIRE, PEOPLE CAN EITHER DONATE TO THE MONTEREY BAY CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS, OR THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR MONTEREY COUNTY. SOME FAMILIES ARE SOLICITING ON: GoFundMe.com
A MASKED GUNMAN, WHO ROBBED A SALINAS PHARMACY THIS MORNING, IS BEING SOUGHT. THE ROBBERY OCCURRED JUST AFTER 8 A-M ON THE 300 BLOCK OF EAST ALISAL STREET. THE ROBBER WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING 5 FEET 8 INCHES TALL , AND WEIGHING 190 POUNDS. ADDITIONALLY, IT SEEMED HE WAS IN HIS 20’S, AND WEARING A DARK SWEATSHIRT AND BLACK MASK.