Author: Vanessa Finney

Body Found East of Baldwin Lake

Baldwin Lake, CA – September 16, 2014 – A group of horseback riders discovered the body of a deceased male adult over the weekend, near U.S. Forest Service road 2N02. Big Bear Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the east valley location Saturday afternoon and reportedly found no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident. The Big Bear Station’s Search and Rescue team helped recover the body. The Coroner’s Division will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of his family. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Detective Siebert at (909) 866-0100. Anonymous reports can be made by calling at 1-800-78-CRIME or online at...

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High School Senior Crowned Miss Big Bear 2015

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 14, 2014 – [Reported by Cathy Herrick] The annual Miss Big Bear Pageant took place at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center Saturday night, giving 23 young women a chance to practice their poise and public speaking. The evening’s entertainment included a dance number with all of this year’s contestants and songs from 2014 Miss Big Bear Jessica Brasher and 2013 Miss Big Bear Tori Waner. The scholarship competition required each contestant to introduce herself and her sponsor, and to dress first in a style that reflected her interests, then to wear an evening gown. For the first time in the history of the pageant, a Miss Teen Big Bear category was added for high school juniors. The six hopefuls were asked questions such as, “Would you rather be liked or respected?” The judges narrowed the field down to two, naming Dalaney Doyle as 1st runner-up and Brandy Murphy as the first-ever Miss Teen Big Bear. The judges selected five Miss Big Bear finalists from a field of 17 and posed questions to them, ultimately crowning Marcella Pfiefer. The full 2015 court consists of 1st runner-up Hannah Renick, 2nd runner-up Taylor Waner, 3rd runner-up Madison Waner and 4th runner-up Hannah Burak (sponsored by Rick and Cathy Herrick of KBHR). Alexi Egerer won the Miss Photogenic award and Emily Ploense won the Miss Congeniality and Spirit of Miss...

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Zoo Benefits Every Year From Fundraising Concert

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 12, 2014 – Internationally recognized musicians will be playing lakeside this month to raise money for our local animal sanctuary. Since debuting in 2010, the annual Blues for the Zoo concert has raised about $25,000 for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Now in its fifth year, the series that grew out of the Open Sky Music Festival has a loyal following that knows it can expect world-class talent. New this year is a September date instead of August, which its organizers say offers better access to performers who are busy during the summer touring season. The nonprofit organization promoting the concert is Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which supports the facility through fundraising, volunteer coordination and education. The zoo is a licensed care and rehabilitation center currently housing over 180 injured and confiscated animals, and it successfully releases back into the wild most of the rehabilitated animals. This year’s new additions are two partially blind Snow Leopards. The concert–along with food booths and an artisan fair–is scheduled for Saturday, September 27 at the Big Bear Lake Swim Beach Outdoor...

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The remnants of Hurricane Norbert cause flooding concern

Big Bear City, CA, September 7, 2014 – A Flash Flood Watch continues through Monday for local mountains, deserts and inland valleys. The main threat of flooding will be in steep canyons and in foothills in the afternoons and evenings. To help ensure public safety, forest officials have temporarily closed recreation areas near Forest Falls through Monday night. The public is reminded to avoid crossing fast-flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle, and to watch out for falling rocks and debris along Highways 18, 330 and 38. A boulder on Highway 38 scraped open a vehicle’s oil pan Sunday morning, causing a minor oil spill and a traffic...

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Flood Watch Prompts Trail Closures

Forest Falls, CA, September 7, 2014 – As Tropical Storm Norbert moves northwest off the coast of Baja California this weekend, the National Weather Service is warning of widespread thunderstorms. The showers are forecast to start late Saturday night and continue through Monday night over Southern California.  Heavy precipitation could pose a significant risk for mountain communities in flash flood prone areas, bringing up to two inches of rain per hour. In response, forest officials are closing some popular recreation areas in the San Bernardino Mountains. Specifically, the following locations/trails near Forest Falls will be closed to all public use, from midnight Saturday September 6 through midnight Monday, September 8: • Falls Day Use Area • Momyer Trail 1E06 • Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 • Big Falls Trail 1E13 Forest visitors are reminded to NOT try to cross flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle, and to move immediately to higher ground when flash flooding is imminent. They are also encouraged to call the appropriate number before visiting to check on location conditions and restrictions: • Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790 • Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922 • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851 • Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2881 • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center (760)...

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