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March 28, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
" Hot Sur " (Hot South), the just-published novel by Colombian author Laura Restrepo, carries a disturbing dedication: "A Javier, que pasa los días de su vida en una cárcel de Estados Unidos" -- To Javier, who spends the days of his life in a U.S. jail. That's a pretty blunt and compelling way of opening a book. But if you're familiar with Restrepo's previous novels, several of which have been published in English -- "Leopard in the Sun," "The Dark Bride," "Delirium" -- you know that she specializes in hooking readers from the first page with dramatic set-ups that could've been lifted from a crime thriller or a telenovela . Then her taut, nuanced, ironic narratives quickly reel you in to confront the starkest and darkest of current realities: warfare, drug violence, desperate urban poverty, the embattled and fragmented modern Self.
March 23, 2014
Rosemary McClure made my week when I saw her piece on Nicaragua ["Revved and Ready," March 9]. My daughter has announced a destination wedding that all her "fun" relatives want to go to, but most are not "adventurous" travelers. So when they decided on San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, I definitely picked up an undercurrent of trepidation. They don't want to disappoint her, but their imaginations started working overtime. Some even remembered the Sandinistas! Enter stage left: McClure's wonderful report (and the pictures)
June 14, 1998 | By Susan Spano
BIG SUR, Calif. -- The Great Deluge of 1998 ended symbolically on May 21, when the California Department of Transportation announced the reopening of storm-ravaged California Highway 1 through Big Sur. At least that's what I took the announcement to mean (I'd just moved here from New York). So to celebrate, I bought a car, the first I'd owned in 20 years; packed a bag and headed north. I'd been to Big Sur before, but never in a new black Miata convertible. And never before was I so aware of what the Big Sur coast is: one of California's chief beauty spots, one of the world's.
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
December 24, 1986
On your article about mining in Big Sur (Nov. 29), I disagree with Steven Woolpert. I don't think that his company should be permitted to mine part of a national park. Why give up a scenic view for a sidewalk. PAUL LIU Los Angeles
July 5, 1998
We wish to congratulate Susan Spano, on her excellent article on Big Sur ("California Dreamin' ," June 7). Her ability to vividly describe its awesome beauty and to provide helpful travel information made us enthusiastic about visiting again this wondrous place. One slight disappointment was the omission of one of Big Sur's prime dining delights: Glen Oaks Restaurant, tel. (408) 667-2264, on California Highway 1, just north of Pfeiffer State Park. It has wonderful gourmet dinners and French provincial charm.
September 21, 1986
It is unfortunate that the article (Editorial Pages, Sept. 9) by George T. Frampton Jr. of the Wilderness Society, touting Sen. Pete Wilson's Big Sur National Forest Scenic Area bill, repeats Wilson's own deceitful promotion of this legislation. Frampton states that the legislation does not call for federal annexation of private or state property. In fact, the bill contains triggering mechanisms that are deliberately designed to allow for the condemnation of private and state lands.
November 9, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
Not long after James and Gwendolyn Jurney opened their men's store, Seize sur Vingt, in downtown Manhattan 15 years ago, a town car pulled up and, as they tell the story, a "nice man came in and started getting stuff. " Only when he was settling up did they realize he was a Hollywood titan. Now Jeffrey Katzenberg, a client ever since, doesn't have to go to New York to replenish his wardrobe with the store's signature slimly cut custom-tailored suits and shirts. In fact, he was the very first customer to be fitted at their new West Hollywood outpost on a quiet stretch of Melrose before they officially opened last month in suitably industry-related style with a party sponsored by the nascent Esquire Network.
May 14, 2002
Re "Big Sur Deal Will Save Nearly 10,000 Acres," May 10: I was thrilled to hear about the sale of 10,000 acres in Big Sur to the Nature Conservancy and the Big Sur Land Trust. This is an excellent example of successful collaboration among the private, public and nonprofit sectors. My congratulations and sincere thanks to all those involved. Although I now reside on the other side of the continent, I lived in Monterey for two years and fondly recall hiking and camping in the Santa Lucia Mountains and along the glorious coastline.
July 10, 2008
Re "Backfire is right and wrong," July 7 The only crime committed by the Curtis brothers -- who saved their homes and the homes of others from the Big Sur fires -- was doing something heroic for which the officers of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection couldn't take credit. Thanks to The Times for covering this event. Heroes like the Curtis brothers and their friends need to be recognized, not prosecuted by government officials who feel their performance is being threatened.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2009 | Scott Timberg
Big Sur, the 90 or so miles of rugged Pacific coast that unfurls south of Monterey, is known for pricey, reservations-only restaurants and as a capital of the New Age movement. It's a place, then, for well-fed people to get in touch with their inner selves in a spectacular natural setting. But before the arrival of $120 prix fixe dinners, before the human potential movement was founded at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur was associated with one of America's most austere and, for a while, famous artists.
April 4, 2010 | By Sally Horchow
WHERE TO STAY Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp; (888) 514-2167, The resort's best feature is its location just two miles outside of the south entrance of Yosemite. Doubles begin at $159 April 1-June 30 and at $285 July 1-Sept. 30. Ahwahnee Hotel, 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park; (801) 559-4884, Doubles start at $443 until Oct. 2. Glen Oaks Big Sur, Highway 1, Big Sur; (831) 667-2105, http://www.
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.
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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