23 December 2016

Another Carbon Canyon Road Closure + A Bonus

It was brief, but about 6 a.m. today, Carbon Canyon Road was completely closed near Canyon Hills Road just east of Sleepy Hollow on the Chino Hills side of the canyon because a car, presumably traveling westbound, went over the side of the state highway.

There was no rain at the time, so who knows what caused the wreck.  It was early and dark, though.

Meantime, a familiar site/sight over on the Brea portion finds yet another crash into a guardrail at the former entrance to the La Vida Mineral Springs hotel.  The rail was just replaced a couple of months ago after yet another wreck, but a westbound car skidded into this replacement.

This one could be rain related, but there have been so many accidents here, it could also just be speed and inattention.

21 December 2016

Carbon Canyon Road Closed Until Midnight

A City of Chino Hills alert posted a little after 4 p.m. states that Carbon Canyon Road is closed until about midnight due to a downed power pole near Olinda Village on the Brea portion of the canyon.

SigAlert shows a reported crash at 2:11 p.m.  Brea's telephone hotline notification was at 3:30.

Olinda Village residents can only access their neighborhood by going all the way around to the Chino Hills side, with the state highway open only to that point.

Updates will be posted as they are made available.

12:18  a.m., Thursday, 22 December:

Carbon Canyon Road is still closed and there are no new updates from either Brea or Chino Hills about when repairs to the power pole will be completed.

Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reports that the accident was a DUI that took place at 10:40 yesterday morning.

To read the article, click here.

17 December 2016

Sleepy Hollow Artist: Hillary Miller (Plus Special Guest Kelly Tuggle and Zen Aardvark)

One of the many great aspects about living in Carbon Canyon and in the Sleepy Hollow community in particular is the tremendous variety of people who live here.

For many, the special attributes of the canyon are deeply meaningful and this is represented by the many artists who not only reside in the area, but are inspired by and responsive to our canyon.

Another Sleepy Hollow neighbor who expresses this sense of meaning in Carbon Canyon in her work is artist Hillary Miller.  She and her husband Dave, a mechanical engineering professor at Cal Poly Pomona, have lived in Sleepy Hollow for some thirty years and raised their two sons here.

Hillary studied at Cal State Fullerton, where she received her bachelor's degree in art, with emphases in drawing, painting and illustration. in 1984, followed four years later with her master's in drawing and painting.

Most of her work has been in oil, watercolor and pastel, though for the last fifteen years or so she has taken up silk painting, specifically with shawls, banners, scarves and tallitot, the latter being Jewish prayer scarves.

In addition to the tallitot, Hillary's expressions in Judaica include the ketubot, the Jewish marriage contract, and she indicates that her main works also include "landscapes, still lifes, the occasional portrait."

At the Miller home, Hillary has a remarkable studio that she and her husband added to their home, within several years of buying their beautiful property.  She not only works in the media mentioned above, but also has teamed up with her next-door neighbor,  Kelly Tuggle, who does her own work as well, in a cooperative venture they call Zen Aardvark.

Painting and decoration on furniture and found objects, home and garden pieces jewelry and other works are part of the Zen Aardvark enterprise and include many whimsical and remarkable productions described as "colorful, playful, earthy, zen-like."

A couple of weeks ago, Hillary hosted an Open Studio Holiday Sale to showcase her works, as well as those by Kelly and by the pair as Zen Aardvark.

It was not only a chance to view some remarkable works of art, but to purchase some as holiday gifts (to others as well as to self!), enjoy time chatting with Hillary and Kelly, not to mention friends and neighbors, and to see the studio.

The photos here show some of what was displayed and available--except the last image, which was an impromptu drawing that day by her father!

For more on Hillary and Zan Aardvark, check out Hillary's blog here and the Zen Aardvark Facebook page here.

16 December 2016

Carbon Canyon Road Full Closure This Morning

There was a full closure of Carbon Canyon Road this morning as a westbound drive through the canyon about an hour ago showed Chino Hills sheriff's department personnel routing traffic through a detour at Summit Ranch.  An accident occurred at 10:30 at the intersection with Old Carbon Canyon Road or the lower part of the S-curve.

Going westward into Brea, there were police units stopping eastbound traffic at Olinda Drive and having them turn around.

At 11:30 a.m., the all-clear went out and the road was fully reopened.