come back to Cambria if she can find a suitable rental.
For details, go to www.gofundme.com/ help-sherry-rise-from-theashes .
Meanwhile, Mike O’Sullivan, Cambria contractor and brother of the home’s co-owner, Mary Hill of Belmont, is in charge of rebuilding the fire-destroyed home.
HEARST CASTLE PAINTING
It’s the kind of news that intrigues readers and sends art experts into a frenzy: Due to unusual illumination from late afternoon sunlight, two ultra-observant Hearst Castle guides saw previously unseen markings on a large painting in Hearst Castle’s Assembly Room.
The Latin monogram and inscription identified the painting as a work by Spanish artist Bartolomé Pérez de la Dehesa. The large artwork hangs in a prominent place over antique choir stalls to the left of the room’s fireplace, which is itself tall enough to stand in.
Thanks to the discovery by guides Carson Cargill and Laurel Rodger, and diligent research by Museum Director Mary Levkoff, the art world and visitors now know more about the large religious painting probably created in 1690.
“This is a major new discovery for the oeuvre of Pérez,” Levkoff said at the time, and other art experts seemed to agree.
The discovery even made it onto the pages of Smithsonian Magazine.
The artwork’s subject is the Annunciation, which is described in the Bible as being when archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, son of God.
HEARST CASTLE SOLAR PROJECT
A solar array in the Hearst Castle Visitor Center parking lot is now providing 100 percent of the power required by the entire base-of-the-hill State Park complex. Construction on the Ecoplexus project began April 24.
The project’s cost to the state? Zero, because the array is leased. At the end of the 25-year contract, the state can renegotiate the agreement or have the contractor remove the system.
Castle officials expect the system could save the state approximately $1 million over the course of the contract.
The project is the first leased power-purchase arrangement in a California State Parks unit, according to Dan Falat, superintendent of the parks district that includes the Castle. The state pays 11 cents per kilowatt hour, as opposed to the previous PG&E rate of 15 cents per kilowatt hour in the winter and 20 cents per kilowatt hour in the summer. Falat said the system is designed to provide 1 million kilowatt hours per year.
The more than 1,800 solar units are on overhead panels that also provide shade for vehicles parked underneath them, and have helped to reduce light pollution of the night sky, because night lighting comes from downward pointing LED lights under the canopy.
The project also had a landscaping component, with some nonnative cypress trees removed, to be replaced with low-growing native shrubs in the project area and about 200 trees around the parking lot’s perimeter.
BIG SUR RESCUE
A Morro Bay couple was honored recently by the state of California for their role in the rescue of an injured woman who’d been clinging to life and a Big Sur cliff for a week after her 2011 Jeep plunged 200 feet from Highway 1 to the surfline below.
Chad and Chelsea Moore received the California Emergency Medical Services Award after a meeting of the Commission on Emergency Medical Services in San Francisco. The award recognizes “exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering” in the state’s emergency medical system.
The story about the rescue received nationwide media coverage, and reports went viral online.
In July, Portland resident Angela Hernandez had been driving from Oregon to Southern California in her 2011 Jeep Patriot when she mysteriously disappeared.
The Moores were camping in Big Sur and hiked down a private bluff to a remote beach when they came across Hernandez’s empty Jeep. After gathering a few items to take back to authorities, they found Hernandez, who was injured but stable, The Tribune reported at the time .
Chad Moore stayed with Hernandez on the beach while Chelsea Moore ran back to the campground and called 911. Rescuers from the Big Sur Fire Brigade pulled her up the cliff.
“We’re super thankful for them and everything they do,” Chelsea Moore said about the Brigade. “It was the first time for us, for sure, to see a Jeep that had gone over a cliff, but it was not the first time they’ve seen a vehicle go over a cliff.”
Hernandez learned she had a brain hemorrhage, four fractured ribs, broken and fractured collar bones, a collapsed lung, ruptured blood vessels in both eyes and sunburn on her hands, feet and face.
The annual California EMS awards “laud noteworthy or extraordinary acts, and outstanding service while working as EMS certified or licensed personnel, administrators, educators, volunteers or civilians within the EMS system,” according to a news release from the agency.
Award recipients “epitomize the spirit of caring and commitment to quality healthcare that embodies these awards,” Howard Backer, Emergency Medical Services Authority director, wrote in a statement.
“Annunciation” by Bartolomé Pérez de la Dehesa hangs in the Assembly Room in Hearst Castle’s La Casa Grande. The painting’s creator was unknown until two guides noticed an inscription illuminated by late-afternoon light last fall.