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January 20, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
From land or sea, the Big Sur coastline dazzles. This 90-mile stretch of rugged Central California landscape draws millions of visitors annually, most of whom are content to pull over at Highway 1 viewpoints to catch a quick glimpse of the rocky Pacific shoreline. But I wanted more. I wanted a window on the sea. The bed High above the ocean, Ragged Point Inn & Resort offers a spot of green in a landscape of browns and blues. The 17-acre park-like resort (19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point; [805]
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April 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve. The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it. Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that's hard to beat: California. For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire raging in the Big Sur area has grown to 917 acres, but more than 1,000 firefighters on scene have the blaze 79% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. Crews, struggling with difficult terrain, had managed to increase containment from 74% the day before, aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity brought on by a recent weather system. The Forest Service said that crews made progress overnight strengthening containment lines "in all areas of the fire.
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December 22, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A devastating wildfire that burned more than 900 acres in Big Sur has been fully contained, fire officials said Sunday. The Pfeiffer fire started last Monday and burned 917 acres, destroying 34 homes and four outbuildings, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Full containment was declared Saturday but crews remained on scene to mop up Sunday. Members of the close-knit Big Sur community came together to house and gather donations for those who fled the fire. Residents of the Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge and Front Hill areas were allowed to return home Saturday.
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December 22, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A devastating wildfire that burned more than 900 acres in Big Sur has been fully contained, fire officials said Sunday. The Pfeiffer fire started last Monday and burned 917 acres, destroying 34 homes and four outbuildings, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Full containment was declared Saturday but crews remained on scene to mop up Sunday. Members of the close-knit Big Sur community came together to house and gather donations for those who fled the fire. Residents of the Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge and Front Hill areas were allowed to return home Saturday.
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June 19, 2013 | By Maria La Ganga
MENLO PARK, Calif. - In their first joint interview since their multimillion-dollar Big Sur wedding drew controversy and a $2.5-million Coastal Commission fine, billionaire Napster founder Sean Parker and his newlywed wife, Alexandra Lenas, said they tried to do everything right to ensure their event was environmentally sensitive. For the former Facebook president's June wedding, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest near the Ventana Inn & Spa. The one thing they did not do was apply for a permit.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews fighting a wildfire in Big Sur hoped to seize on improving weather conditions to gain an upper hand on the largely uncontrolled blaze. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, had grown only slightly overnight Monday to 550 acres, but it was only 5% contained, officials said. PHOTOS: Big Sur fire rages uncontrolled As of Tuesday, about 100 people had been forced to evacuate near state Highway 1 after the blaze destroyed at least 15 homes, including one that belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.
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July 5, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Tassajara, a Zen temple and retreat center in Big Sur that welcomes guests in the summer, will complete the installation of an ingenious roof sprinkler system designed to keep the center safe from wildfires. The center was in the path of a massive fire in 2008 that burned 162,818 acres of Los Padres National Forest in and around Big Sur. This new system taps water pumped from the creek that runs along the south side of the remote enclave. An early, jury-rigged version of the system, affectionately known as “Dharma Rain,” was tested by a contingent of monks and practitioners who stayed at Tassajara to prepare for the approaching Basin Complex Fire.
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December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire that has scorched more than 800 acres in the Big Sur area was 74% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday night. Ground crews made good progress containing the Pfeiffer fire and were hopeful that a cold storm system moving over the Monterey County area Wednesday night would further aid efforts to combat the fire, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze, which broke out Monday in the vicinity of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Los Padres National Forest.  Earlier Wednesday, firefighters on the ground were aided by four water-dropping helicopters, the Forest Service said.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of additional firefighters have been called to battle a wildfire in Big Sur that has consumed 500 acres and destroyed 15 homes. The ranks of 400 firefighters on the lines Monday were increased to 625 by Tuesday morning. U.S. Forest Service officials said they had no containment of the fire and do not even have an accurate count of acreage burned because of the heavy smoke and rough terrain. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, has also forced about 100 people to evacuate near state Highway 1, officials said.
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December 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A wildfire in Big Sur that has burned more than 900 acres and destroyed two dozen homes is nearly contained, with crews aided by a short burst of wintry weather on Thursday. The Pfeiffer fire was 88% contained by Thursday night after having burned 937 acres, according to the  U.S. Forest Service. Full containment of the blaze, which started overnight Monday  near Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, was expected Friday. With more than 1,000 firefighters getting a better grip on the blaze, many were being sent back home, local media reported.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire raging in the Big Sur area has grown to 917 acres, but more than 1,000 firefighters on scene have the blaze 79% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. Crews, struggling with difficult terrain, had managed to increase containment from 74% the day before, aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity brought on by a recent weather system. The Forest Service said that crews made progress overnight strengthening containment lines "in all areas of the fire.
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December 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
An Iraq war veteran who blamed post-traumatic stress disorder for choking and stabbing his 22-year-old girlfriend to death was sentenced Thursday to 26 years to life in prison. Allowed by his attorney to apologize for the first time since the January 2011 fight that led to the death of Eileen Garnreiter, the 25-year-old veteran, Tymarc Warren, told the court that he lost control. “I am sorry,” Warren said over the audible cries of his father. “This one incident got out of control really fast.” Warren served two tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army.
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December 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BIG SUR, Calif. -   A late-season wildfire in Big Sur that has burned 769 acres and 22 structures is expected to be fully contained later this week as crews are assisted by cooler temperatures and the chance of rain showers. The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, was 20% contained by Tuesday afternoon - up from 5% earlier in the morning - and full containment was expected by Friday, according to U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez.
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December 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire that has scorched more than 800 acres in the Big Sur area was 74% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday night. Ground crews made good progress containing the Pfeiffer fire and were hopeful that a cold storm system moving over the Monterey County area Wednesday night would further aid efforts to combat the fire, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze, which broke out Monday in the vicinity of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Los Padres National Forest.  Earlier Wednesday, firefighters on the ground were aided by four water-dropping helicopters, the Forest Service said.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Crews fighting a wildfire in Big Sur hoped to seize on improving weather conditions to gain an upper hand on the largely uncontrolled blaze. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, had grown only slightly overnight Monday to 550 acres, but it was only 5% contained, officials said. PHOTOS: Big Sur fire rages uncontrolled As of Tuesday, about 100 people had been forced to evacuate near state Highway 1 after the blaze destroyed at least 15 homes, including one that belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens.
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August 2, 2009 | Elaine Woo
In the patch of paradise called Big Sur, Billy Post was the last cowboy. A direct descendant of one of the early settlers of El Sur Grande, the 19th-century name for the coastal wilderness south of Monterey, he herded cows, built roads, trapped bobcats and sold the fur.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Writer-director Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical novel "Big Sur" - chronicling the "On the Road" author's addiction-fueled post-fame crack-up - is a somber peculiarity among the recent glut of Beat-centric movies. Although no less fawning and indulgent about its self-centered subject, played by Jean-Marc Barr (who also narrates, run-on style), the muted emptiness of the ill-fated sojourn wills its way toward something like existential meaningfulness.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of additional firefighters have been called to battle a wildfire in Big Sur that has consumed 500 acres and destroyed 15 homes. The ranks of 400 firefighters on the lines Monday were increased to 625 by Tuesday morning. U.S. Forest Service officials said they had no containment of the fire and do not even have an accurate count of acreage burned because of the heavy smoke and rough terrain. The Pfeiffer fire, so named because it started in the area of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, has also forced about 100 people to evacuate near state Highway 1, officials said.
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December 17, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BIG SUR, Calif. - It's a season that residents in this storied coastal community of rugged hills and spiritual beauty normally associate with floods, not fire. But as a fine rain of ash fell on the northern stretch of Big Sur on Tuesday, old-timers, new-timers and business owners took it all in with a fierce resolve to help one another, as they have in just about every other disaster. And there have been plenty. The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, grew to 769 acres Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez said at an afternoon community meeting.
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