Jay Obernolte Assumes Third Round as Airport District President; Julie Smith Named VP

The Airport District Board (from left): Gloria Ann Greene, President Jay Obernolte, Butch Waymire, Vice President Julie Smith, and Chuck Knight--and their new, public-friendly computer monitor, for use during meetings. During Public Comment at the January 6 meeting, the Community Service District's Marge McDonald made many suggestions; among them, "Please adopt a dress code for your board." Just-elected President Obernolte said they would agendize the topic for discussion at their February meeting.

Two pilots will be steering the Big Bear Airport District, now celebrating its 30th year, given Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Directors, which includes Jay Obernolte, Butch Waymire, Julie Smith, Chuck Knight and Gloria Ann Greene. Jay Obernolte is, for the third time, president of the airport district, given a 4-1 vote with the support of … [Read more...]

Planning Commission and Airport District to Hold Board Reorganizations on Wednesday; Airport District Celebrates 30 Years

January signals board reorganizations for local agencies and districts, though the City Council of Big Bear Lake elected Liz Harris as mayor in December. On Monday, the Community Services District named Marge McDonald to the presidential post, though the secret ballot aspect of the election will prompt a new vote this month or next. As of tomorrow, … [Read more...]

Airport District Receives Favorable Audit, Reviews Air Fair in December Meeting

At this month’s meeting of the Board of Directors for the Big Bear Airport District, Directors authorized the purchase of a smaller plow—and already airport maintenance staff is putting the new plow, approved for purchase on December 2, to good use. As this plow is smaller, it allows for snow removal in tight quarters, such as the terminal … [Read more...]

Airport District Meets for Monthly Meeting Today; Planning Commission and MWD Adjourn This Week’s Meetings

The Board of Directors for the Big Bear Airport District meet for their regular monthly meeting this afternoon at 2:30pm in the Airport Pilots Lounge, at the airport in Big Bear City. Today’s agenda will include the financial report from August’s Wings Over Big Bear Air Fair, which was the Valley’s largest event, having drawn over 7,000 … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake, CSD, MWD and Airport District to Receive Proposition 1A Receivables in January; Districts Choose Bond Option Over State Payment in 2013

Given the State of California’s fiscal crisis, municipalities and districts entitled to tax revenues were this year given the option of selling eight percent of funds due them. The option available was to contract with the Proposition 1A securitization program, wherein these districts could sell the future funds through the California Communities … [Read more...]

CSD to Participate in Cooperative Effort to Provide POD Trailer to Big Bear Valley, for Use in Emergency Situations

The Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District met for their second regular meeting of the month last night, during which time CSD’s Water Department overseen by Tim Moran was awarded the district’s third quarter Safety Award. There were no action items on the agenda, though the Board did approve all items on the … [Read more...]

The Big Bear Airport Welcomes Aviation Professional Pete Gwaltney as New General Manager This Week

The Big Bear Airport welcomed new General Manager Pete Gwaltney this week, after a national search resulted in his hiring on October 16. Gwaltney, who has been working alongside interim GM Dick Lightner since Monday, comes to Big Bear from Colorado Springs, Colorado and boasts 15 years of aviation management experience. As he tells KBHR, he was a … [Read more...]

Airport Board and BVUSD Trustees Meet for First Wednesday Meetings; Planning Commission Adjourned Until November 18

As it is the first Wednesday of the month, there are some regularly scheduled meetings for today (November 4), though the Planning Commission of the City of Big Bear Lake will not be meeting at 1:15pm. As today’s meeting has been canceled, the next meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on Wednesday, November 18. At 2:30pm this … [Read more...]

Big Bear Airport District Board Appoints a New General Manager

The airport's new GM Pete Gwaltney

At this afternoon’s special closed session meeting of the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Airport District, the Board appointed a new general manager from the final list of seven candidates.  Pete Gwaltney, aviation professional with over 15 years of management experience, will be joining the Big Bear Airport team as GM on November 2nd.  … [Read more...]

Airport Board Planning to Select New General Manager in Friday Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Big Bear Airport District convenes for a special meeting tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. The closed session meeting is with regard to public employee appointment for the general manager position. In July, the Airport Board began advertising for the position, placing ads in regional publications as well as with the American … [Read more...]