Author: Catherine Sandstrom

Big Bear Feels 5.4 Quake in the Desert; 2.1 Magnitude Tremor Near Big Bear City

Big Bear Valley, CA — Yesterday evening’s big rattler, centered near Borrego Springs at 4:53pm, has (since our 5pm newscast) been downgraded to a magnitude 5.4 earthquake, per the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been followed by countless aftershocks in the area about 25 miles south of Palm Springs. Specific to the Big Bear Valley, we did have one earthquake centered about four miles north of Big Bear City last night, July 7, at 8:51pm; this quake registered a magnitude of 2.1. Per the County’s Office of Emergency Services, Wednesday’s 5.4 magnitude tremor wasn’t “the Big One,” but don’t let yourself be unprepared when it does occur. Earthquakes can strike at any time and it is always wise, notes the OES, to have an emergency supplies kit, a family disaster plan, and a supply of food and water for at least three days and, ideally, two weeks or more. For more information on earthquake preparedness, see our earlier “Quake Up Call” story, or visit the website of the Office of Emergency Services. Additional earthquake stories can be accessed by using the “Earthquake News” tab below. Update: Since posting this story, we have had a 1.6 magnitude earthquake, centered five miles north northwest of Big Bear City, at 10:32 am July...

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City of Big Bear Lake Seeks Residents for Appointment to Planning Commission, DWP Board

Big Bear Lake, CA — The City of Big Bear Lake has two vacancies to fill—one on the Planning Commission, the other on the Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners—on terms that extend through June 2013. The Planning Commission is a five-member body, appointed by City Council, and meets on first and third Wednesday afternoons to make recommendations to Council on matters related to growth and development, such as General Plan amendments, specific plans and zone changes, as well as addressing development applications, such as conditional use permits, plot plan reviews, subdivisions and condominium maps. For these efforts, current Commissioners Anne Zimmerman, Jim DeGroot, Craig Smith and David Caretto receive a $400 monthly stipend. The DWP Board of Commissioners–which presently includes Big Bear Lake residents Steve Foulkes, Fred Miller, Bill Giamarino and Robert Tarras, each of whom also receives a $400 monthly stipend–meets on the third Tuesday morning of each month. Responsibilities of DWP Commissioners include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution and sale of water and related services. Full-time Big Bear Lake residents interested in serving on either commission must be registered voters, and complete an application, available either at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center (at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard) or online at The application deadline is Wednesday, July 21 at 5pm. The City Council will interview prospective candidates for appointment to...

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Airport District and School Board Hold Public Meetings Today, July 7

Big Bear Valley, CA — There are two public meetings scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 7), the first of which is this afternoon’s monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Airport District. Today’s 2:30pm meeting, to be held in the airport pilots lounge at the Big Bear City Airport, will include two follow-up items from the June meeting: a second request for retraction of comments printed in The Grizzly and discussion on, and potential approval of, the covenants, conditions and restrictions of Evergreen Properties, the company which owns three-fourths of the airport building. Later today, the Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District convene for their regular board meeting, with open session at the school district offices scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. This evening’s BVUSD meeting will include a summary of the district’s 3rd interim report from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and may also include continued discussion on budget cuts made during the school board’s June 23rd...

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Despite Influx of Crowds for Fourth of July, Sheriff’s Captain Reports, “We Had Relatively Few Incidents”

Big Bear Valley, CA — This year’s Fourth of July weekend in the Big Bear Valley was marred by the July 5 drowning of an 18-year-old from Yucca Valley, though, given the influx of crowds here for the holiday, local law enforcement and fire agencies report that it was a relatively calm weekend. In addition to an extra 20 deputies on patrol, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station’s law enforcement efforts included boat patrol, bike patrol, reserves on duty, and the volunteers of the Citizens on Patrol and Sheriff’s Explorers. Sheriff’s Captain Greg Garland’s crew made 11 DUI arrests and two for boating under the influence; there was also one assault with intent to rape and one rape over the weekend, though officials tell KBHR that both of these incidents were between acquaintances, neither of whom are local. Within the Big Bear Valley, there were also several traffic-related incidents, and a few injuries and searches for lost tourists on the San Bernardino National Forest. Other incidents included petty thefts, given belongings left behind on the lakeshore or in vehicles but, all told, Captain Garland tells KBHR, “While we had a large number of people in town and traffic was heavier, we had relatively few incidents over the weekend.” Local fire agencies attended to at least 27 medical aid calls, both on land and water, and extinguished some small open fires...

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