Tag: Airport

Helicopter Crash at Big Bear City Airport Causes Minor Injuries to the Pilot But the Helicopter is Totaled

Big Bear City, CA, July 24, 2010, 10:30am – Saturday morning at 10:07am, at the Big Bear City Airport, a single Bell JetRanger helicopter crash resulted in the sole occupant walking away from the accident with minor cuts to his head and elbow.  He refused medical attention from the paramedics on the scene.  According to the pilot and registered helicopter owner, Bob Miars from La Verne, lost tail rotor effectiveness as he was hovering just above the tarmac at the south side of the airport waiting for a Cessna airplane to pass.  A portion of one of the helicopter blades separated during the crash and flew into the window of a vacant house on Fairway causing minor damage.  The helicopter crashed upright into a drainage ditch on airport property.  As described by the pilot, the 1975 Bell 206B2 is a total loss.  Mr. Miars is an extremely experienced pilot with 6600 hours of helicopter hours having flown F4 Phantom fighters in the Air Force.  Coincidentally, three FAA inspectors out of Riverside were having breakfast at the airport when the crash occurred.  An investigation is...

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Airport District Grants Easement for Construction of Big Bear Disposal Facility

Big Bear City, CA — The Board of Directors for the Big Bear Airport District, led by third-round President Jay Obernolte, convened for their monthly meeting this week and, among other items, addressed three ongoing topics. Among those, the revised Directors Policy Manual, which also outlines committee responsibilities, was approved. Airport staff, led by General Manager Pete Gwaltney, is working on updating the personnel manual and will then draft the airport’s first operations manual, which will be a go-to guide in the case of fire, fuel spill or other emergency. The Airport Board also completed their portion of terms and agreements with regard to the shared ownership of the airport building with Evergreen Properties (which owns 76% of the building, specifically the second floor and the two south wings). Upon completion of the preparations for the condo map, Evergreen will submit to the County, thereby opening the doors for potential transfer of ownership (of buildings, not the airport itself). The third ongoing item was with regard to comments made by Marge McDonald and printed in The Grizzly; though McDonald was not present this round, Director Butch Waymire reiterated the airport’s request for a retraction of erroneous comments by McDonald. The Airport District Board also took a field trip, across the runway, during the meeting of July 7. In response to an easement request, to allow for North Shore drainage...

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Fifteen Local Seats on November Ballot; Candidate Filing Begins Monday, July 12

Big Bear Valley, CA — Come Monday, July 12, those interested in running for local office in the November General Election may file candidate papers with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. The November 2, 2010 election will include federal, state and county offices (with candidates nominated in the June Primary Election), as well as 15 offices specific to the Big Bear Valley. Offices open to candidates Valley-wide include two seats on the board of the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District, two seats on the board of the Big Bear Airport District, and two seats on the school board for Bear Valley Unified School District. Residents within the City of Big Bear Lake* are potentially eligible for one of three seats on the City Council. There are also zone-specific seats available on the Big Bear Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors; two of these, Districts 2 and 3, in Big Bear Lake and one in District 1, which includes Fawnskin and Baldwin Lake. East Valley residents living within the service area of the Big Bear City Community Services District have opportunity to run for one of four seats up for election on the five-member CSD Board of Directors. Prospective candidates have until Friday, August 6 to file candidate papers with the Registrar of Voters in order to be included in the November General Election. Upon obtaining papers, candidates...

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City of Big Bear Lake Seeks Residents for Appointment to Planning Commission, DWP Board

Big Bear Lake, CA — The City of Big Bear Lake has two vacancies to fill—one on the Planning Commission, the other on the Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners—on terms that extend through June 2013. The Planning Commission is a five-member body, appointed by City Council, and meets on first and third Wednesday afternoons to make recommendations to Council on matters related to growth and development, such as General Plan amendments, specific plans and zone changes, as well as addressing development applications, such as conditional use permits, plot plan reviews, subdivisions and condominium maps. For these efforts, current Commissioners Anne Zimmerman, Jim DeGroot, Craig Smith and David Caretto receive a $400 monthly stipend. The DWP Board of Commissioners–which presently includes Big Bear Lake residents Steve Foulkes, Fred Miller, Bill Giamarino and Robert Tarras, each of whom also receives a $400 monthly stipend–meets on the third Tuesday morning of each month. Responsibilities of DWP Commissioners include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution and sale of water and related services. Full-time Big Bear Lake residents interested in serving on either commission must be registered voters, and complete an application, available either at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center (at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard) or online at citybigbearlake.com. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 21 at 5pm. The City Council will interview prospective candidates for appointment to...

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Airport District and School Board Hold Public Meetings Today, July 7

Big Bear Valley, CA — There are two public meetings scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 7), the first of which is this afternoon’s monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Big Bear Airport District. Today’s 2:30pm meeting, to be held in the airport pilots lounge at the Big Bear City Airport, will include two follow-up items from the June meeting: a second request for retraction of comments printed in The Grizzly and discussion on, and potential approval of, the covenants, conditions and restrictions of Evergreen Properties, the company which owns three-fourths of the airport building. Later today, the Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District convene for their regular board meeting, with open session at the school district offices scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. This evening’s BVUSD meeting will include a summary of the district’s 3rd interim report from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and may also include continued discussion on budget cuts made during the school board’s June 23rd...

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