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Tonight the West End Celebration will kick off with a talk by Michael Nesmith. The annual arts gathering in Sand City continues through the weekend. 

Nesmith, who was a member of the 1960s pop band The Monkees, also has deep roots in the Sand City art scene and still has a studio there.   I recently spoke to him about that and his new book, Infinite Tuesday.

Erika Mahoney

Seawalls have been the most common response to coastal erosion in California over the last 50 years. And when they break, they are usually repaired. But organizations like the Surfrider Foundation say these little fixes are becoming a big problem in the face of sea level rise.

Noel Freitas

If you haven’t hit the road by now, then you probably aren’t planning to see Monday’s solar eclipse in totality. The closest states to view it are Idaho and Oregon.  

But locally you still can see a partial eclipse, as long as morning clouds and fog don’t block your view.

Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination.  But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it.

So the Library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now its Executive Director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent.

Krista Almanzan

Joe Erwin and I stand on land that didn’t exist before the Mud Creek Slide.  The ocean is at our backs.  In front of us, a semi-truck hauling enormous boulders makes its way down an access road carved into this new hillside.

“You know when you first see it you are overwhelmed by how big it is.  And you think what can we possible do,” says Joe Erwin, Project Manager with CalTrans.

Erika Mahoney

A new health clinic opening on the former Fort Ord will serve both active duty military and veterans. It’s an early effort by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to work together on health care.

courtesy John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that fell on Highway 1 in Big Sur earlier this year is to not clear it.  Instead CalTrans will build a road on top of it.

Erika Mahoney

Areas of Big Sur that have been nearly impossible to access are opening up. Adding to the growing list of businesses and State Parks, you can now visit the Esalen Institute.  It reopened Friday after the longest closure in its history.   

courtesy of C. King/SIMoN/MBNMS

Update: The public comment will be re-opened on Monday, July 31st.  It will end on Monday, August 14th.

Wednesday is the last day to submit a public comment on a Presidential Executive Order on ocean energy exploration, which includes a review of part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Steven L. Shepard, Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs

The Pentagon is pushing Congress to shut down more military bases. The objective is to save money, just as it was 20 years ago when Fort Ord closed. 

Many lawmakers don’t like the idea because it means cutting jobs in their communities. So Congress has fought base closure for more than a decade.

Military communities like Monterey, have used that time to get ready.

California Coastal Commission

The nation’s last coastal sand mining operation will close.  Thursday the California Coastal Commission approved an agreement with CEMEX to end its operations on the beach in Marina.  

Erika Mahoney

A new campground is coming to a former Fort Ord firing range.  The California Coastal Commission approved a permit for California State Parks to build the campground in Fort Ord Dunes State Park. 

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Doug McKnight

Since the day it opened last year, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery has been a cemetery that lacked in-ground burials.  Right now, it only has space for cremated remains.  But that will change with a new infusion of funds. 

Erika Mahoney

Surfers in Santa Cruz and around the world will honor the life of Jack O’Neill with a paddle out this Sunday, July 9th.  The surfing legend and wetsuit pioneer died last month.  He was 94.  

Erika Mahoney

Davenport is on the verge of running out of water.   At issue is who should pay for repairs to the main water pipeline that serves the small community north of Santa Cruz: the cement plant that owns the town's water infrastructure or residents.  

Krista Almanzan

A shuttle service launches in Big Sur Saturday, July 1st.  It will give visitors a way to access businesses on the south side of the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, an area locals call “the island”.

Erika Mahoney

Maintaining historic buildings is expensive and often relies on the goodwill of donors and volunteers. In many places, that model is failing. So the National Trust for Historic Preservation is trying something new. And it’s starting with a historic building in Monterey.  

California Coastal Commission

The CEMEX sand mine on the beach in Marina will close after being targeted for violating the California Coastal Act.  That’s according the a proposed settlement between the California Coastal Commission and CEMEX. 

Erika Mahoney

The Monterey International Pop Festival half a century ago was iconic.  It launched the careers of some legendary musicians and created a blueprint for future music festivals. The producers of this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop never set out to recreate the original, but did find ways to celebrate it. And they also set the festival apart from other music festivals today.   

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