Author: Catherine Sandstrom

Fourth of July Fireworks Over Big Bear Lake on Sunday Night; Boat Ramps Closed During Event

Big Bear Valley, CA — The City of Big Bear Lake and the Rotary Club present the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza over Big Bear Lake–one of the best displays in all of Southern California!  Fireworks launch near the South Shore’s Pine Knot Avenue area, but can be seen from most locations on and near the lake, as well as surrounding San Bernardino National Forest areas. The show is scheduled to begin after 9pm, and revelers will want to tune to KBHR 93.3 FM for music synchronized to the fireworks display. If launching onto Big Bear Lake to view the fireworks from a boat, both public launch ramps on the North Shore will be temporarily closed at 8pm Sunday, and will reopen to vessels at 10:30pm, once the fireworks show is complete. Those going onto the lake are reminded that a Quagga Mussel inspection is required, and yet is offered free of charge from the Big Bear Municipal Water District which operates the two public launch ramps, the Carol Morrison Public Launch Ramp just west of Stanfield Cutoff on the North Shore and the Duane Boyer Public Launch Ramp also on the North Shore and located just west of Fawnskin. Both ramps open daily at 6am. The MWD anticipates busy days on the lake over the holiday weekend but, per General Manager Scott Heule, “If everyone is patient...

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CHP Reminds Travelers to Buckle Up; All Available Officers on the Road for Holiday Weekend

As with most major holidays, the Fourth of July weekend marks the implementation of a Maximum Enforcement Period for the California Highway Patrol. All available CHP officers will be on the road, as of Friday, July 2 at 6pm and through midnight on Monday the 5th. The CHP points out that during last year’s Fourth of July weekend, 24 people were killed on state highways and, of those, 80 percent were not wearing a seatbelt; during that same MEP, over 1,200 arrests were issued to those driving under the influence. Given these statistics, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow reminds, “The CHP wants your holiday memories to be happy ones. Please be sure to take a few simple precautions to ensure that your family and friends have a safe Fourth of July.” Among those precautions, all are reminded to refrain from driving if drinking; always wear a seat belt, even if on short trips; watch your speed on the road, and allow extra time to accommodate the holiday...

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District Ranger Tangenberg Plans for Additional Fuels Reduction on Forest; SBNF Visitors Encouraged to Be Fire-Safe Over Holiday

Big Bear Valley, CA/San Bernardino National Forest — District Ranger Scott Tangenberg has been overseeing the Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest for over a year now, having officially assumed the position in September after serving as acting district ranger upon the promotion of Kurt Winchester last spring. “I am basically the local supervisor,” he tells KBHR. “I supervise 150 employees and am the local decision-maker on ranger district projects.” Among those projects are the plans for additional fuels reduction along the Big Bear Valley, to increase the defensible space along the wildland-urban interface. “We call it the South Big Bear Project,” explains Tangenberg, “and it basically goes from Bear Mountain Resort to the Big Bear dam, and up to the ridgetop from the back of the community. What we are finishing up right now is the planning, which will authorize several years’ worth of implementation.” Though a specific start date has not yet been determined for the South Big Bear Project, it is likely that in the spring of 2011 fire crews will take to the ridgeline with chain saws to implement additional fuels reduction. To date, the San Bernardino National Forest has completed a fuel break along the ridgeline and cleared defensible space boundaries, up to 300’ deep, between the southern border of the community and the forest. “What we’re authorizing right now,” adds the...

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Escrow Closes on New Zoo Property; Community Input on Relocation Project to Be Sought in August or September

Big Bear Lake, CA — County Supervisor Neil Derry has just announced the purchase of a 10.4 acre parcel of land in lower Moonridge, to relocate and expand the Moonridge Animal Park, as escrow on the $2 million property closed this week. For nearly a decade, the zoo relocation project has been in various stages of discussion and implementation with action in earnest occurring over the last five years, per Derry’s office. The parcel was financed with San Bernardino County funds that had been set aside over several years, as well as matching state funds from Proposition 40. Various bureaucratic obstacles had impeded progress on the project, per a statement issued by Supervisor Derry, and the county was at risk of losing the state’s matching funds had it not acted. Per Derry, “The zoo was a pipeline project in grave danger when I took office and I expressed my commitment and support for the relocation to the curator and county staff. This was a true collaborative effort, and I am very proud of the results and excited about the zoo’s future.” The Moonridge Animal Park, home to over 150 birds and animals, is one of only two alpine zoos in the country and is entirely self-sufficient, via ticket sales and fundraising efforts overseen by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. In its current location, at the south...

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Though Closures, Adjournments for Upcoming Holiday, Boulder Bay Park to Open for Fourth of July

Big Bear Valley, CA — In light of the upcoming holiday, some meetings will be adjourned and offices closed. The Big Bear Municipal Water District will not be holding their regular meeting this Thursday, and the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission will not be meeting on Wednesday the 7th. Offices for both the City of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear City Community Services District will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day; with that, the CSD Board meeting has been adjourned for Monday as well. There is, however, one generally closed facility that will be open specifically for the holiday: the Boulder Bay Park at Big Bear Lake’s west end will be open for the Fourth of July weekend. At this week’s City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Mathieu announced that Boulder Bay Park will be accessible, for a sneak preview early opening to include new landscaping and fishing dock, with a grand opening celebration of the lakeside park to be held in...

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