Author: Catherine Sandstrom

CalTrans Implements Maintenance Projects at Base of Mountain, and in Boulder Bay and Fawnskin Areas

Big Bear Valley, CA — In addition to the ongoing construction of the Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion next year, there are a few CalTrans maintenance projects slated for this week. Work resumes in the Highland area this week, which will affect those traveling on the 210 freeway and Highway 330 at the base of the mountain. From 8am to 4pm through Friday, July 9, the connectors from the 330 to the 210, both eastbound and westbound, will be closed, though detours will be available, with signage posted. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the connector from Highway 330 to the southbound portion of Highway 18 at Running Springs will be closed for excavation work; this closure will be from 8am to 5pm and, again, for just two days. Closer to home, there will be three different pavement maintenance projects, each of them scheduled to take one day, from 8am to 3pm. On Wednesday, July 7, motorists can expect flagging from Talbot in the Boulder Bay area west to the Big Bear dam. Pavement projects on Thursday and Friday are in the Fawnskin area, so expect flagging on the North Shore at Bruin Trail on July 8 and on the North Shore at Cherokee Street on July 9. There may also be minimal delays for those taking Highway 18 east toward the Lucerne Valley; from 8am to...

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County’s Annual Property Assessment Roll Decreases by 4.5 Percent; Declines for Big Bear Average 2.1 Percent

San Bernardino County, CA — San Bernardino County’s annual property assessment roll was signed by Assessor Dennis Draeger last week, and calculated a –4.5 percent net decrease in value for the nearly 820,000 parcels, totaling a value of nearly $163 billion, as compared to the assessment roll for the prior fiscal year. The Assessor’s office reviewed approximately 250,000 residential properties for decline in market value conditions and, ultimately, removed more than $4.6 billion in value from the County’s assessment roll which, for many taxpayers, will result in a savings of hundreds of dollars on their tax bills this year. Unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County saw an average decrease of –7.7 percent, while declines for the Big Bear area averaged –2.1 percent, per the office of the...

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Emergency Personnel on Scene in Boulder Bay July 5; Sheriff’s Dive Team Searching for Possible Drowning Victim (Updated)

Big Bear Lake, CA — Breaking news as of Monday, July 5, 11am hour: Big Bear’s emergency personnel are currently on scene in Boulder Bay, at Big Bear Lake’s west end, attending to a possible drowning incident. The Big Bear Municipal Water District’s Lake Patrol received the alert call at 10:48am and, in the 11 o’clock hour, responders have included Lake Patrol, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and all three local fire agencies: Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City Fire Departments and the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The Sheriff’s Department’s dive team has been in the water near Boulder Bay Park, searching for the victim, whose age, identity and gender have not yet been released. Water temperatures are in the low 60s in Big Bear Lake today. We will bring you more information on this incident as it becomes available. Update: As of 11:45am, a Sheriff’s Department helicopter is also on scene, to locate the victim, who has been identified as an 18-year-old male. He and two friends of similar age attempted the swim from the beach (just off Highway 18) toward the large boulders of Boulder Bay, about 100 yards away. The young man allegedly struggled with the swim, and apparently did not make it. Lake Patrol was on scene by 10:52am, after hearing the 911 call at 10:48. Update: Just before 1pm, the MWD...

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Freedom Isn’t Free: We Salute 35 Hometown Military Heroes on Independence Day

Big Bear Valley, CA — As we celebrate our Independence Day, our friends at the American Legion Post 584 remind that freedom isn’t free. Thirty-five of the Big Bear Valley’s sons and daughters have already served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and three of those sons–U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rex Kenyon, U.S. Army Specialist Adam Rosema, and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant Jared Landaker–have paid the ultimate price. Today, we salute those from our community who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan: with the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant Marc Little, Specialist 4 Ruth Nash, Specialist 4 Ruben Moody, Sergeant Selena Knowlton, Sergeant Josh Halverson, Specialist Zachary Baum, Specialist Erik Crisanti, Private First Class William Carroll, Sergeant Aaron Richert, Specialist 4 Dominic Solomon, Specialist 4 John Whalen, Specialist 4 Shannon McPherson, Private First Class Nathan Williams, Staff Sergeant Jacques Keeslar, Sergeant Gilbert Paiz and Sergeant Ben Siep; with the Air National Guard, Sergeant Al Groover; with the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer Third Class David Pickett and Navyman Brian Costanzo; and, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal Jason Mazur, Corporal Kevin England, Corporal Anthony Rasmussen, Corporal Matthew Shelby,  Corporal Christopher Romero, Lance Corporal James Algeo and Sergeant Aaron Botenhagen. On this Fourth of July, let us also celebrate six who, rather than at home in Big Bear, are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan: Sergeant Scott...

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