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National Geographic proclaims Big Sur to be one of "50 Places of a Lifetime."

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PBS broadcasts NATURE Series Living Edens: Big Sur.

November 2, 2003
Indulge the senses
Dramatic scenery, luxury dominate Post Ranch Inn at California's Big Sur
Mark Zaretsky
Imagine winding your way through towering redwoods and dramatically folded peaks out to the edge of the continent. You look down from awe-inspiring cliffsides at blood orange sunsets, hidden beaches and the bobbing, glistening kelp beds of the deep blue Pacific. More-->

Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterfly photo by Spencer Weiner/LA Times

November 15, 2003
LA Times
Orange crush
Every fall monarchs lay siege to Central Coast trees. A squad of upstart butterfly sleuths is out to learn why, as Hilary E. MacGregor reports.
By Hilary E. MacGregor
"Everybody got binoculars?" scientist Sarah Stock calls out to her passengers. There's a neck check. All binoculars here. Clipboards too.
"I got a bit of a library" says right-hand man and fellow scientist Jason Scott, passing along some well-thumbed books on birds, butterflies and plants. (Online video of the monarchs) More-->

The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce thanks Joe Burnett, "Condor Joe" for all his great efforts in reintroducing the condors to Big Sur. Condor Joe, you will be missed. We wish you well in your new job at the Oregon Zoo.

Breeding hope
The Oregon Zoo plans to do more than boost the endangered California condor population: It wants to build a better bird
The excitement began, as one might expect, when the younger male displayed his charms for the older female.

The year was 1988, and AC4, as his featherless friends dubbed him, extended his wings, arched his neck and turned slowly side to side, so UN1 could admire all that her potential mate had to offer. Apparently, she approved, because by March of that year, California condor keepers at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, observing with the help of a hidden camera, spotted an egg. More-->

Fri, Nov. 21, 2003
Condé Nast salutes local spots
Post Ranch, The Lodge top readers' lists

Looking for the best hotel and resort in America? Don't bother booking a flight.

The 2003 Readers' Choice Award Poll in the venerable Condé Nast Traveler magazine rates the 30-room Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur as the nation's top hotel and The Lodge at Pebble Beach as the top resort. More-->

Best of California Television show
Includes streaming video of Big Sur.
Article by Sunset Magazine
Doing Big Sur
I love the sound of the name Big Sur. El País Grande del Sur, the Big Country of the South. Shortened and only partially translated, it is all cool hipster brevity, both light on the ear and heavy with associations. Big Sur conjures it all: redwoods, waterfalls, hot tubs, hippies, beatniks, Jack Kerouac, and Henry Miller, in no particular order. If ever a place represented the freedom and beauty of California, this is it. More-->

October 15, 2003
Post Ranch Inn
Conde Nast Traveler's 2003 REaders' Choice Awards Winners Announced
The highly acclaimed Post Ranch Inn proves once again that bigger doesn’t always mean better. Nestled between towering redwoods and the pristine beauty of the Big Sur coast, the intimate thirty-room hotel has received some of the most prestigious recognitions in the travel industry by the Condé Nast Traveler 2003 Readers’ Choice Awards Poll, announced during the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine all-star ceremony in New York. Post Ranch Inn has been announced as the #1 Hotel in North America and has tied for #1 for "The Best of The Best" in the World with the highest score of 98.4. More-->

September 24, 2003
Zagat Publishes New 2004 San Francisco Restaurants Survey and Map.
Top Decor and Service: Big Sur's "cliff-side" "destination" Sierra Mar at Post Ranch was named No. 1 for Decor... More-->

September 9, 2003
Gilroy Dispatch
Condors ready to be relased at Pinnacles
By Kollin Kosmicki
PAICINES - An ongoing national effort to reintroduce the endangered California Condor will take an important step locally Wednesday morning, when biologists and rangers plan to transport six birds to their newly built holding pen at Pinnacles National Monument. More-->

PBS Takes Top Honors at Emmy Awards
Washington Post, DC - Sep 4, 2003
-Editing: Beth Gallagher of PBS' "The Living Edens"
for "Big Sur: California's Wild Coast.". More-->

September 4, 2003
Monterey County The Herald
Scenic Trust
By Kevin Howe
The Big Sur Land Trust took its first big step toward the final phase of locking up the coastline between Rocky Point and Rocky Creek on the Big Sur coast by accepting an interest in the 360-acre Smith Ranch. More-->

September Issue
San Francisco Magazine
The Truth About Sleeping Around in Big Sur
By Lisa Trottier
If you think navigating Big Sur’s famously twisted highway is tricky, just try finding a place to stay. Down here, where rooms are as scarce as they are quirky, you have to know the lay of the land to get it right. And so, just in time for the clear days of Indian summer, a straight-talking guide to where to stay, hike, and eat on the most beautiful coastline in the world. More-->

August 25, 2003
MSN Editors Pick Their U.S. Favorites; Top 10 Quirky Hotels
- For people looking to escape the ordinary, these offbeat hotels are worth checking out. Post Ranch Inn collects more accolades. More -->

July 1, 2003
Mazda Announces Best Spots to Go Topless
Irvine, Calif., PRNewswire
As summer kicks into high gear and soaring temperatures cook the asphalt on roads across the country, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), the company responsible for the Mazda Miata, the best-selling convertible sports car of all time, today unveiled its best places to go topless this season. More-->

June 7, 2003
State sea otter count climbs; Census shows increased number, especially in Monterey Bay
By Cecelia Oleck
Monterey County Herald
A count of California sea otters this year yielded record-breaking numbers, especially in the Monterey Bay, where the increase was the greatest along the California coast.
Scientists on Friday did not release a statistical breakdown by region. But Brian Hatfield, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, said the number of Monterey Bay otters increased to about 500, up from 150 last year. More-->

June 5, 2003
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter
By Angelo Bruscas
BIG SUR, Calif.
-- Easygoing Aengus Wagner can run the 26 miles of heart-stopping California coastline from Big Sur to Carmel faster than it takes most sightseeing tourists to experience one of the most breathless drives on the Pacific Coast. More-->

May 23, 2003
San Jose Mercury
Oak trees killed by fungus add to wildfire worries
By Frank Sweeney
Killed by a mysterious fungus spreading through coastal California, tens of thousands of dead oak trees stand like unlit torches to make the Bay Area the potential ground zero in this summer's wildfire season. For the first time, the California Department of Foresttry and Fire Protection has tagged sudden oak death as a majore fire concern. More-->

May 22, 2003
Monterey Herald
County Planning Commission to consider house construction
Construction of an 8,500-square-foot house on the Big Sur coast will be considered by the Monterey County Planning Commission on May 28.
Sheldon Laube and Nancy Enge are seeking permits to merge two lots at 36240 Highway 1 at Kasler Point to build the house. County staff has recommended the matter be postponed for additional review.
The commission convenes at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers of the County Courthouse at Church and Alisal Streets, Salinas. The project hearing is scheduled at 9:15 a.m., May 28, 2003.

May 15, 2003
Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A hunter pleaded guilty to killing a rare California condor that wa spart of a $35 million captive-breeding program, an incident that drew national attention.

May 7, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Maria Alica Gaura
MYSTERIES OF THE ANIMAL WORLD SEA OTTERS: They're dying because their ocean is polluted
- cat scat is one culprit, study says. Scientists at UC Davis revealed Tuesday that the health of California's sea otter population is even more tenuous than previously thought -- and almost certainly worsened by polluted oceans waters, including contamination from the feces of the ordinary house cat. More-->

PLACES THE MAGAZINE FOR THE MODERN NOMAD presents the 1st Annual Modern Nomad Festival June 6, 7, & 8 in Big Sur California.
The Modern Nomad™ Festival is a fundraiser for Modern Nomad™ and the Henry Miller Memorial Library. Proceeds will also be used to establish a Nomadic Writer in Residence Program at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California, so that two young writers between the ages of 18-35 will have the chance to live and write in Big Sur for two weeks a year. This program will be co-sponsored by Modern Nomad™ and the Henry Miller Memorial Library. More-->

April 7, 2003
PG&E works to protect Big Sur Condors
San Jose Mercury News, CA
Big Sur --
The giant California condors which soar above the Big Sur wilderness have new protection from deadly power lines. More-->

Feb. 21, 2003
Condor carcass found in Big Sur
By Kevin Howe
The carcass of a California condor found Wednesday in Big Sur was one of nine that were released Dec. 12 by the Ventana Wildlife Society, and another endangered condor was shot to death by a poacher in Kern County last week. More-->

February 14, 2003
Traveler Editor Recommends Top Romantic Escapes
Heather Morgan for National Geographic News.
February is the perfect time to take a romantic getaway, whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or seeking a mid-winter escape. Here, Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows—a professional traveler who has seen many of the best places in the world—recommends 17 great places and experiences for couples, ranging from country retreats and urban getaways to idyllic beaches and unforgettable walks. More-->

February 3, 2003
UC Santa Cruz biodiversity workshop focuses on Santa Lucia Mountains
The Santa Lucia Range, rising steeply from California's Big Sur coast, is one of the most environmentally complex and biologically rich areas of the state. An all-day workshop held last week at the University of California, Santa Cruz, brought together representatives of the many governmental and nongovernmental agencies, private groups, and university researchers studying this remarkable landscape. More-->

February 1, 2003
Monarch Alert searches for tagged insects. Project seeks to track migration patterns.
By Greta Lorge
The Californian
If you happen to see a monarch butterfly with a curious tag on its wing, catch it.

You can let it go, but first, write down the number on the tag.

Those tags are part of project Monarch Alert, an effort to track migration patterns of western monarchs in California. Its success depends on enough tags being found. More-->

January 24, 2003
Owl Is Well
SPCA sets 16 rehabilitated birds free in wilderness
Against a backdrop of green mountainsides splashed with sunlight and brushed with misty clouds, 16 white-faced barn owls were released into the Big Sur wilds Thursday. More-->

January 6, 2003
California Experts Cite Multiple Threats as Sea Otters' Recovery Unravels
Cute and furry, Rosa and Mae are stars of the sea otter world. Every week, thousands of people crowd into the Monterey Bay Aquarium to watch these whiskered creatures as they frolic in a glass-paneled tank.
In a matter of years, aquariums could be the only place people regularly see sea otters, say many marine scientists. After a strong recovery for most of the last century, sea otters are declining in California and across much of their range, particularly in the remote Aleutian Islands of the North Pacific. More -->

Sat, January 4, '03
-- California's Monarch butterflies -- whose appearance in winter is a celebrated show of color and beauty that draws tourists from around the world -- have dwindled in numbers this year.
Sarah Hamilton of the Ventana Wildlife Society, a group that counts the orange and black butterflies as they spend the winter clustering in California's coastal groves of eucalyptus, pine and cypress, said the numbers are "dramatically fewer." More-->

Fri, Dec. 20, 2002
Bush signs legislation protecting federal land
President Bush on Thursday signed into law Rep. Sam Farr's legislation designating 54,473 acres of federal land on the Central Coast as protected wilderness, which will shield this acreage from any new development. More -->

Wed, Dec. 18, 2002
Possible treatment could save oaks
By Glennda Chui
Mercury News
In a small sign of hope for California's beleaguered oak trees, scientists reported Tuesday that they have found the first potential treatment for sudden oak death, which has spread to 22 plant species. More -->

Friday, Dec. 13, 2002
Public releases seven condors at Big Sur
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP)
Seven California condors have been released into the wild, and this time the public got a chance to do the honors - a first since biologists have been trying to save the birds from extinction. - More -->

October 21, 2002
Big Sur Oaks Dyings
Monterey Herald
By Helen Fields
Hundreds of oak logs are heaped in a tree graveyard near the campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Victims of a disease known as sudden oak death, they are waiting to be burned. More -->

June 24, 2002
A Whale of a Food Shortage
The Gray whales, which used to be growing in numbers, have plunged by a third in four years. Now scientists think they know why. More -->
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