Author: Rick Herrick

Triumph and Tragedy, Downhill Gold Medalist Bill Johnson dies at 55

Big Bear Lake, CA. 1/22/16 – Triumph and tragedy, Downhill Gold Medalist Bill Johnson dies at 55.  Bill Johnson grew up in Los Angeles and previously told his fans that “he was not an athlete but just someone who loved skiing including water skiing”.  It was obvious that he also loved to go fast.   Prior to his 1984 downhill Olympic gold medal win in Sarajevo, he won in the Euro Cup and a Downhill Gold at Wengen Switzerland.  After his astonishing Olympic Gold Medal win he went on to win twice at Whistler and Aspen.  He was often criticized by the european press for his brash american attitude and criminal past which included getting caught stealing cars.  The judge in his case  insisted that he attend a ski academy, which he did at the Mission Ridge Ski Academy in Washington where he kept on getting faster.    Bill Johnson suffered a severe racing crash in 2001 while on a downhill training run at the U.S. championships at Big Mountain near Whitefish, Montana.  He suffered severe brain injuries which left him with memory loss and required training just to walk again.   More recently he suffered from a series of strokes.  Megan Harrod, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Alpine team, said Johnson was at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Oregon where he died Thursday.   ABC Sports Bill Johnson profile...

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Deep Snow – Challenging Road Conditions – Power Outages

Big Bear Lake, CA January 7, 2016 -The weather phenomenon El Nino has produced a major pacific storm that has and is still pumping deep snow conditions on Southern California mountains. Snow Summit is reporting two feet of powder has fallen over two days and the snowfall will continue as the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Warning until early Friday morning. Call yourself lucky if you can get to the slopes for a day of powder skiing. For others the roads around Big Bear are a challenge for even experienced mountain drivers with deep snow, accidents and...

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Early Morning Big Bear Lake Fire Claims Four Lives

Update 10:00 am, December 26, 2015 – Medic Engine 281 and assisting rescue crews attempted to rescue multiple victims inside, but were forced to pull back due to impending roof collapse.  As a result there were four fatalities, 1 adult female and 3 minor children.  With the assistance of the Running Springs Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire and Cal Fire, the structure fire was knocked down at 06:23.  At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Update 10:15 am –  Jeff Willis Fire Chief for Big Bear Fire Department is reporting that the home was occupied by...

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Fund to Help Chris Lawson’s Hospital Expenses Following Tragic Traffic Accident

Big Bear, CA, December 20th, 2015 – Chris Lawson, Co-Owner of Mercer Automotive in Big Bear City, was involved in a very serious car accident on December 15th.  This tragic accident claimed the life of Jimany Misouk, and now Chris is suffering from several broken bones, internal injuries, and severe head trauma. He currently is in a comatose state at Arrowhead Regional Hospital.  Family, friends and well wishers are donating  through Go Fund Me to help pay expenses related to this accident.  https://www.gofundme.com/fjfrhyus.   Mercer Automotive is also accepting donations in person at 225 W Big Bear Blvd or...

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