Big Bear, Ca, January 19, 2011, 12:00pm – Assemblyman Paul Cook has taken an interest in Big Bear, and the Mountain Communities, and is making an effort to let others know that Big Bear Lake and Running Springs remain open for business.  Assemblyman Cook’s office sent out a press release this morning, advising that three routes to Big Bear remain open despite the collapse of portions on Highway 330.  Several portions of Highway 330 collapsed during last month’s storms. The largest collapse occurred near Running Springs, removing a portion of the hill and taking a section of Highway 330 with it. The highway will be shutdown at least for the remainder of the winter. There is significant concern about the viability of local businesses due to the loss of this major route into the mountains. Chamber officials emphasized that despite the loss of Highway 330, mountain businesses remained open. Big Bear Chamber of Commerce President Sara Russ stated, “Though Highway 330 is closed, there are three open and available routes to get to Big Bear that are easily accessible. It has been a beautiful winter season in Big Bear and we welcome everyone to come and enjoy what we have to offer at 7000 ft.  We are open for business!”