Author: Catherine Sandstrom

Serrano Campground on Big Bear’s North Shore Nationally Ranked as a Top 100 Family Campground

Fawnskin, CA — Serrano Campground, located in Fawnskin on the San Bernardino National Forest, has just received the honor of being named one of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the United States. Almost 4,000 campgrounds throughout the country were reviewed by ReserveAmerica, a national recreation reservation and campground management service, before the final list of 100 was determined. Serrano Campground, which is situated across Old North Shore Drive from Big Bear Lake and is a short hike to the Big Bear Discovery Center, was selected for this distinction based on “family friendly” criteria. These factors included educational programs, visitor centers, campground amenities, and natural beauty and scenery. “Serrano Campground is one of the most scenic and popular campgrounds within the San Bernardino National Forest,” says Mountaintop District Ranger Scott Tangenberg. “We are pleased and honored by this...

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Airport District Grants Easement for Construction of Big Bear Disposal Facility

Big Bear City, CA — The Board of Directors for the Big Bear Airport District, led by third-round President Jay Obernolte, convened for their monthly meeting this week and, among other items, addressed three ongoing topics. Among those, the revised Directors Policy Manual, which also outlines committee responsibilities, was approved. Airport staff, led by General Manager Pete Gwaltney, is working on updating the personnel manual and will then draft the airport’s first operations manual, which will be a go-to guide in the case of fire, fuel spill or other emergency. The Airport Board also completed their portion of terms and agreements with regard to the shared ownership of the airport building with Evergreen Properties (which owns 76% of the building, specifically the second floor and the two south wings). Upon completion of the preparations for the condo map, Evergreen will submit to the County, thereby opening the doors for potential transfer of ownership (of buildings, not the airport itself). The third ongoing item was with regard to comments made by Marge McDonald and printed in The Grizzly; though McDonald was not present this round, Director Butch Waymire reiterated the airport’s request for a retraction of erroneous comments by McDonald. The Airport District Board also took a field trip, across the runway, during the meeting of July 7. In response to an easement request, to allow for North Shore drainage...

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Fifteen Local Seats on November Ballot; Candidate Filing Begins Monday, July 12

Big Bear Valley, CA — Come Monday, July 12, those interested in running for local office in the November General Election may file candidate papers with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. The November 2, 2010 election will include federal, state and county offices (with candidates nominated in the June Primary Election), as well as 15 offices specific to the Big Bear Valley. Offices open to candidates Valley-wide include two seats on the board of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District, two seats on the board of the Big Bear Airport District, and two seats on the school board for Bear Valley Unified School District. Residents within the City of Big Bear Lake* are potentially eligible for one of three seats on the City Council. There are also zone-specific seats available on the Big Bear Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors; two of these, Districts 2 and 3, in Big Bear Lake and one in District 1, which includes Fawnskin and Baldwin Lake. East Valley residents living within the service area of the Big Bear City Community Services District have opportunity to run for one of four seats up for election on the five-member CSD Board of Directors. Prospective candidates have until Friday, August 6 to file candidate papers with the Registrar of Voters in order to be included in the November General Election. Upon obtaining papers, candidates...

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Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus; County’s Public Health Department Recommends the Precautionary “Five Ds”

San Bernardino County, CA — A dead mockingbird that tested positive for West Nile Virus is, per the Department of Public Health, evidence that the disease is becoming more active in San Bernardino County. The County’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program received confirmation that a mockingbird collected June 18 in Redlands tested positive for WNV, so increased mosquito surveillance is underway; in the meantime, residents are encouraged to look for, and eliminate, any stagnant water on their properties. WNV transmission is an ongoing concern of the County’s Department of Public Health, which advises citizens to take the following precautions, billed as the “Five Ds”: drain or dump all standing water; at dawn and dusk, avoid time outside; or dress protectively, in shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored; DEET, as in apply insect repellant containing DEET; and the fifth D, doors, which should be closed along with unscreened windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. Horses are also susceptible to West Nile Virus, though veterinarians have a vaccine available for them. Should you find a dead bird on your property, the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program asks that you call the toll-free hotline at...

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