Author: Rick Herrick

Southern California was blessed with a very late summer sub tropical rain storm on Tuesday evening courtesy of Hurricane Paine.  Although the rain did little to relieve our drought and expanding lake shoreline, it did give the forest and its residents a nice soaking.  Later that evening we were treated with a spectacular sunset and the fresh smell of rain in the air....

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Small Fire Near Bluff Lake

UPDATE 10:30 am The Fire was contained at 1.5 acres and is in the mop up phase and smoke may be visible from time to time as the mop up continues. This Morning around 7:00 am a fire was reported near the Castle Rock area in the south western region of the Big Bear Valley.   The Forest Service and Big Bear Fire Department was notified and dispatched to the scene.  Currently the fire is reported to be 1-3 acres burning in the Bluff Lake area of Big Bear Valley south of the Big Bear Dam in the vicinity of the...

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Steve Schindler, BBARWA GM, Announces His Retirement

BIG BEAR CITY, CA – Steven Schindler, the General Manager for the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA), announced he will retire as the head of the organization on May 1, 2017.  Schindler will leave the organization after serving as its chief executive for more than half of the Agency’s existence and longest tenured employee; with over 24 years at BBARWA and over 34 years serving the public in southern California; “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Big Bear Valley, the Governing Board and staff,” said Schindler. “Together we have made BBARWA a strong...

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James Ramos Wins – Election Rules Force Others to November Runoff

Although the nations’ campaigns for president have taken the spotlight for so many months the most important to the Big Bear Valley are the offices that have their roots closest to home.  With 100% of the precincts reporting the unofficial results of yesterday’s election are as follows. James Ramos has easily won his reelection efforts by taking 65% of the vote over opponent Donna Munoz for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Third District.  Robert Lovingood will face a runoff with Angela Valles for the first district and Josie Gonzales of the 5th district will return as she...

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Probationer Arrested After Crashing Stolen Vehicle into Boulder Bay

Big Bear Lake, Ca – On Monday, June 6 at around 8:12 a.m. deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of an overturned vehicle in the lake bed near Boulder Bay in Big Bear Lake.  Deputies located an overturned white Ford truck on the shoreline with debris and work equipment strewn about.  No one was found to be at the scene. Through investigation, deputies determined that the truck had been stolen from a residence in Arrowhead by an employee of the vehicle’s registered owner.  The suspect is identified as 38-year-old Shawn Kelly.  Deputies made...

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