Author: Rick Herrick

Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Create Three New Southern California National Monuments

Big Bear Lake, CA February 12, 2016 – New legislation was proceeding to create Desert and Mountain protection spearheaded by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Cook in a bipartisan effort, yet the president unilaterally used Antiquities Act to create what is being called the California Desert Monument.   Recently, the Big Bear Lake City Council, in a letter, urged the legislative process to continue and address the concerns of all the stakeholders in this vast and diverse area.  Three regions are now designated including “Sand to Snow” which includes San Gorgonio and areas of the San Bernardino National Forest. The reactions...

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Shaun White Becomes Part Owner of Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Big Bear, CA, January 29, 2016 –  Action sports icon Shaun White is returning to his childhood stomping grounds with the deed in his hand. In a deal announced yesterday, White has joined the Mammoth Resorts’ ownership team as an investor, with an immediate focus on Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “It’s amazing that I’m now an owner of the mountain where I grew up riding,” said White. “As an owner I’ll be able to make changes and shape the future of the mountain and how people enjoy it–whether they’re beginners or professionals.” White’s presence will be felt everywhere from the...

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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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