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come back to Cam­bria if she can find a suit­able rental.

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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.

VIC­TO­RIA GARAGLIANO

“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.

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