Big Santa Anita News

Lila Adams Celebration of Life

DSC04231On April 12th, 2014 the family and friends of Lila Adams, co-proprietor of Adams’ Pack Station and caretaker of Big Santa Anita Canyon for over thirty years, gathered here at the pack station to celebrate her life (1919 – 2013).

Folks came from far and wide to remember together the woman who treated everyone with kindness and love. The celebration featured live music, good food, stories and reunions.

Lila’s family members planted a native Coast Live Oak in her honor, that she may live on at the place that she loved for decades to come.

Below are a few photos of shared memorabilia and videos of folks sharing stories about Lila…

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Lila Adams Memorial Party

Lila AdamsWe will be celebrating the life of Lila Adams on Saturday, April 12th

Here some bullet points for those planning to attend:

  • Please RSVP so that we have an approximate count. Email Deb at dburgess@adamspackstation.com.
  • The pack station will be open at 7:00 am, so come as early as you like. The party starts at noon with music by the Wild Mountain Mystics. The tree-planting ceremony (an oak tree because she was truly a mighty oak) and dedicated music will begin at 1:00 pm. Music continues until 5 pm with Chico’s Blues and The Subs.
  • Limited edition memorial t-shirts will be available for $10. The back will have an oak tree with the saying “She Was a Mighty Oak” and “Lila Adams 1919 – 2013″. It would be helpful if you can tell us how many shirts you would like. See the t-shirt design here (pdf)
  • Parking will be at a premium.  We believe that we can accommodate about 70 cars at the heliport on the heliport road, and a few at the pack station.  Please arrive early as we will need to shuttle up and down from the heliport.  We do not believe we can shuttle that many people in an hour so arrival by 11 would be helpful.  Parking will be $10.
  • We will be offering BBQ and Dutch-oven cooking (pulled pork and mac-n-cheese).
  • Snack foods, water, and cake will be provided at no cost.

Closed for Rain February 28 – March 1

Rain Feb 29 - Mar 1The pack station will be closed for heavy rain expected Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st.

Sunday Mar 2nd is forecast to be sunny, so we may be open and will update you here.

NOTE: crossing streams in the rain or the following days can be very dangerous. The water may be deceptively swift. There are a few hikes from Chantry Flat that do not involve stream crossings, including the San Olene Fire Road to Lookout Point and Upper Winter Creek Trail to Mount Wilson. There may be some snow accumulation at Wilson, so be prepared with proper gear and footwear.

Remember if you come up and we are closed, you can park in our dirt lot for $5 and you do not need a pass. The gate to Chantry Flat may be closed by the City of Sierra Madre if there are rock slides on the road. You can check the status of the gate by calling Sierra Madre Police at 626-355-1414.

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Student Dies at Hermit Falls

A Cal State Fullerton student who was hiking with a group of friends in the Angeles National Forest died after jumping from some rocks into a pool of water, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release Tuesday.

The group of 13 college students were hiking in the Hermit Falls area Monday when several of them decided to jump into the water from the adjacent rocks.

Friends tell KTLA News that 19-year-old Kevin La landed in the water, but when he surfaced he appeared to be unconscious.

Some members of the group attempted to use their cellphones to call for help while others performed CPR on La.

He was airlifted to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead…

Chantry Road and Pack Station Store is Closed

“The U.S Forest Service has shut down the Chantry Flats Recreation Area due to the Federal Furlough. It will remain closed until further notice and the gates leading up to Chantry will remain locked.” ~City of Sierra Madre

I have discovered that there are various level of awareness concerning the news and what is happening federally, as well as locally. So, I thought I would inform and clear up a few things.

First, if you do not pay any attention to the news, the federal government has shut down over a dispute regarding the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare). Neither side is budging and so they are at a stalemate.

That has resulted in many or most government agencies shutting down. Staff have been furloughed from such agencies as the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Veterans’ Administration, etc.

That has resulted in shutting down any developed areas of the Angeles National Forest which includes Chantry Flat and Mt. Wilson. Any area or facility that is developed and requires any level of maintenance (whether actually done or not) has been closed. The hiking trails are open but you have to walk to get to them.

That has resulted in closing Adams’ Pack Station.  As a small business that employees staff that live off the meager wages they earn from us, this is devastating. It could go on for weeks.

Permittees (cabin owners) are allowed to enter through the Chantry Gate as they do not require maintenance of facilities. They are not to let the general public in so don’t ask ;-o))

If you want to hike up or bike up the road, you may do so. However, please be cognizant that there ARE cars on the road (that would the residents and cabin owners). Keep your dogs under control (I almost hit one coming up tonight). Bike and hike on the correct side of the road, not in the middle.  Basically, just act smart.

I will keep you posted via Facebook and here on our website,
Deb Burgess

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Chantry Flat Temporarily Closed

“The U.S Forest Service has shut down the Chantry Flats Recreation Area due to the Federal Furlough. It will remain closed until further notice and the gates leading up to Chantry will remain locked.” ~City of Sierra Madre

Lila Adams Passes Away

Lila AdamsLila Adams, who ran Adams’ Pack Station for 35 years with her husband Bill, has passed away on September 22nd, 2013.

Bill and Lila were married and moved into the pack station in 1953, when it still had a crank phone to the city and an outhouse in back. They steadfastly upheld the packing tradition and a cordial attitude through many fires, floods, regulations and cultural changes that affected Big Santa Anita Canyon.

“This is a great loss. I find myself struggling with how to continue such a great tradition. Lila had such a kind touch. Everyone who knew her loved her.” ~Deb Burgess, owner of Adams’ Pack Station

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Rich Conforti 1952 – 2013

Rich ConfortiMany of you knew Rich as the guy who would cook you a “perfect canyon dog” or give you a hard time about not parking right, or tell a joke, or a story.

But that was only part of who Rich was. Rich loved to play golf, was an avid Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots fan, a wonderful father, great companion, and someone you could always call to cheer you up by making you laugh.

I have known Rich for 32 years. He was the love of my life and my very best friend in the entire world.

I miss him so much already.

Play well Rich. You are under par on your final hole.

-Deb Burgess

Angeles Fire Danger Level Raised to ‘High’

Release Date: Apr 25, 2013

fire-level-highARCADIA, Calif. – The lack of significant winter rain and the robust amount of tall dry grass has prompted the Angeles National Forest to raise its Fire Danger Level from “Moderate” to “High” effective Friday, April 26.

The new designation is to enhance public awareness that fire-risk conditions are intensifying. The vegetation-moisture readings have started to decline, grasses at lower elevations have begun to cure earlier then normal and recent fire activity has increased.

The designation of “High” is the third in a six-level, graduated fire-danger rating system, shown in the below graphic. Factors determining the levels include vegetation-moisture levels, weather conditions and available firefighting resources.

Despite the change, there are no new campfire restrictions. Open wood and charcoal fires will still be permitted in approved “developed” campgrounds and picnic areas. Propane or jelled gas stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a valid California Campfire Permit.

Forest visitors should check spark arrestors (required year-round) on off-road vehicles, chain saws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order. Drivers in the forest should stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass, to avoid the risk of starting a fire.

“Know Before You Go”to the Angeles National Forest. Find out about local conditions at your destination prior to leaving by visiting us online at: http://fsweb.angeles.r5.fs.fed.us/

Santa Anita Canyon Road Repair

Project No. C-3007

From the City of Monrovia, California…

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS & BUSINESS OWNERS

The City of Monrovia’s Public Works Department awarded a contract to D.J. SCHEFFLER, INC. to do the street repair at two (2) locations along Santa Anita Canyon Road. On December 10, 2012 we will start construction of the above project.

Anticipated completion date: April 2013.

The general scope of work includes excavation, drilling of pile shafts, installation of soldier piles and wood logging, grading, asphalt removal and replacement, drainage and street striping.

We understand that this construction project will impact residents and businesses in your neighborhood; we want to assure you that we will do everything possible to minimize this impact.

During construction one lane of the roadway will remain open, we will make every effort to maintain access to and from Chantry Flats property at all times, including emergencies, providing flagmen to assist us during construction activities.

Our work hours are from Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and no construction is anticipated during weekends.

For your safety, please observe and comply with all posted construction and traffic signs. The street will be open for traffic at the end of each work day, or whenever construction work is not in progress.

Please send the City of Monrovia’s Public Works Department an email at pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us or leave a voice message at (626) 932-5574 should you have any questions regarding this project. We will address your concerns promptly.

We apologize for the inconvenience during this process.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

(link to Monrovia site)

Construction Schedule Update:

We were told by the contractor that the road will be closed Monday, Feb 25 from 9 am – 12 noon.

Chantry Road Closed on Monday, February 25
The contractor will be bring up a skip-loader on a over-sized trailer on Monday. They cannot be on the roads until after 9 am and so will be on the Chantry road after that. The road will be closed until they can get up, unload, and get back down. Plan for 9 to 12. Don’t get stuck up the hill.

Mon, Feb 4 through Fri, Feb 8 2013 – Drilling piles at southern area. Intermittent lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Monday, January 14, 2013 – No work scheduled.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – No work scheduled.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Mobilize using intermittent traffic control for miscellaneous equipment and materials;  intermittent  lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Thursday January 17, 2013- Mobilize using intermittent traffic control for miscellaneous equipment and materials;  intermittent  lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Friday January 18, 2013- Mobilize using intermittent traffic control for miscellaneous equipment and materials;  intermittent  lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Mon. – January 21, 2013- Martin Luther King Holiday. No work scheduled.

Tues. – January 22, 2013- Mobilize misc. equipment. Installation of ¾” all-thread rods through the existing fieldstone wall at southern pile locations. Intermittent lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Wed. – January 23, 2013- Mobilize misc. equipment. Installation of ¾” all-thread rods through the existing fieldstone wall at southern pile locations. Intermittent lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Thur. – January 24, 2013- Mobilize misc. equipment. Installation of ¾” all-thread rods through the existing fieldstone wall at southern pile locations. Intermittent lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Fri.     – January 25, 2013- Mobilize misc. equipment. Installation of ¾” all-thread rods through the existing fieldstone wall at southern pile locations. Intermittent lane closure only as necessary for few minutes at a time. One lane of the roadway will remain open.

Note: Construction Schedule is subject to change depending on the actual field condition.

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