Pebble Plain Habitat… Only in Big Bear

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Big Bear Valley, CA, April 12, 2014 - When the glaciers receded during the Pleistocene Age, they created unique open areas covered with miniature rare plants found only in Big Bear. These areas are known as pebble plains and have a soil composition of quartzite pebbles, deposited over eons, which prevent conifers from taking seed, thus preserving … [Read more...]

From Wildlife Habitat to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

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Big Bear, CA, March 29, 2014 - In 1959 a forest fire engulfed the San Bernardino National Forest and in the aftermath, several injured animals were found that required care. A makeshift hospital and rehabilitation area called the Wildlife Habitat was set up where the zoo is currently located. Two bobcats and an orphaned baby black bear were the … [Read more...]

Guiding Teens Toward Healthy Relationships

Big Bear, CA, March 18, 2014 - According to a national survey, one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. In collaboration with Common Ground, DOVES will be educating parents, grandparents, teachers and community members on the warning signs of teen dating … [Read more...]

There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

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  Big Bear, CA, March 15, 2014 - In 1848, gold was discovered in northern California which brought thousands of people to the state from all over the world. One of these people was Bill Holcomb who tried his luck up north, but quickly decided to head to southern California. He heard rumors of gold in Big Bear Valley, but wasn't sure … [Read more...]

Special Olympics Athletes Benefit from a Jump in the Lake

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  Big Bear Lake, CA, March 11, 2014 - Nearly 500 people took a quick dip in the lake Saturday to benefit Special Olympics athletes in the third annual Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge. The goal for Plunge organizers was to raise at least $50,000. and it looks like they will more than double that. 44 teams and numerous individuals ran into … [Read more...]

Bald Eagles Return to Big Bear Year After Year

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Big Bear Lake, CA, March 8, 2014 - Migrating bald eagles love to winter in the San Bernardino Mountains with most of them choosing Big Bear Lake as their winter home. They're usually found near water because their diet is primarily made up of fish and ducks. Sometimes during particularly cold nights, Coots, a breed of bird on our lake, will get … [Read more...]

Xeriscape Garden Tour Highlights Beautiful Landscapes and Water Conservation

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  Big Bear, CA, March 4, 2014 - With Spring approaching, thoughts are turning to gardening and planting. 2013 was the driest year on record in California and aside from our recent storm, 2014 is shaping up to be another very dry year. Native and drought tolerant plants are definitely a wise choice for your garden. They may cost … [Read more...]

Senator Bob Dutton Running for SBD Assessor/Recorder

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San Bernardino County, CA, February 25, 2014 - On February 21st, Senator Bob Dutton (ret.) filed his nomination papers to run for San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder. Dutton, known to many here in the Big Bear Valley, has much support from elected officials, community leaders, and associations that represent the county. As an elected … [Read more...]

Hollywood Loves Big Bear

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  Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 - In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the … [Read more...]

Fireside Chat… with Strings Attached

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Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2014 - Four years ago, due to budget cuts, BVUSD had to cut funding for the Elementary Strings Program which provides free participation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students interested in learning to play in an orchestra. Due to the state altering their education funding formula this year, there is a possibility that the … [Read more...]