Emergency Crews Recover Vehicle Over Side of Highway 18′s Arctic Circle; Driver Survives With Only Minor Injuries

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While traveling on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18 yesterday, March 29, at about 2:45pm, a single vehicle went over the side of the mountain just east of Lakeview Point, dropping somewhere between 700 and 1000’ down. The single occupant of the vehicle, 18-year-old Larry Mullins of Running Springs, was driving toward Big Bear when his 2005 … [Read more...]

CalTrans Provides Update on Highway 330 Closure; Roadway Closed Since March 16 for Emergency Project

During his presentation before City Council, CalTrans liasion Dennis Green mentioned that the Big Bear bridge project on Highway 18 at the dam is over two months behind schedule, due to snow.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- It was during a routine “storm patrol” that a CalTrans employee discovered the damage to the Highway 330 culvert (from the 1940s) and erosion to the roadway, prompting the emergency repair project that got underway on Tuesday, March 16. In a presentation before the City Council of Big Bear Lake on Monday, CalTrans liaison … [Read more...]

Weekend Snowfall Results in Monday Morning Commute Chain Controls on Highway 18


Big Bear Valley, CA -- An inch or so of snow over the weekend brings our seasonal total to about 112 inches of snow for the winter season, since we received our first snowfall on Friday, November 13. As of this morning [Monday, March 8 at 8am], CalTrans only has chain controls in place on Highway 18, west of the dam, so those headed down the … [Read more...]

Blanket of New Snow Prompts Chain Requirements on Mountain Highways

Overnight snowfall was just enough to brighten long-standing snow berms.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Last night’s snowfall amounted to an inch or less here in the Big Bear Valley, but was just enough to blanket dirty snow berms with fresh, white powder and prompt chain requirements on our mountain roads. At present (8am, March 4), CalTrans has R2 chain requirements in place for Highways 18 and 330 down the front way, … [Read more...]

Weekend Snowfall Prompts Chain Requirements for Mountain Highways, and Schedule Changes

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Friday’s Winter Storm Warning did result in fresh snowfall here in the Big Bear Valley, with a powdered sugar-like dusting of snow to wake to both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a few inches since yesterday (February 21) making for snow totals of around 104 inches for the season (average snowfall for an entire season … [Read more...]

It’s Official: The Amgen Tour of California to Cycle Into Big Bear on Highways 18, 38 on May 21

Professional cyclists Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie and George Hincapie have committed to participate in this year's Tour of California, so they'll be coming to Big Bear!

Big Bear Valley, CA -- It’s official as of today: the 2010 Amgen Tour of California will be making its way from Pasadena to Big Bear on Friday, May 21st. The route for this, stage 6 of the eight-day race covering California and including the world’s top professional cyclists, including Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie and George … [Read more...]

StormWatch in the Big Bear Valley: Road Closures, Emergency Shelter, and Relocation for Angelus Oaks Neighbors

A Big Bear Emergency Shelter is scheduled to open at Big Bear Middle School in Big Bear Lake today and, per Big Bear Lake City Manager Jeff Mathieu, the plan is to have the shelter open before dark. “We will have basic services and refreshments,” he tells KBHR, “and the shelter will be staffed by volunteers and Red Cross personnel, and under … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Coroner Division Investigating Two Unrelated Highway 18 Deaths Over the Holiday Period

Julius Tinsley was found 300 feet over the side of Highway 18, four days after being reported missing from Arcadia.

Over the holiday period, there were two incidents, unrelated, in which vehicles were found on or near Highway 18, and the drivers were found deceased. On Tuesday, December 29, a county snowplow operator located a Jeep Liberty about 200 feet over the hillside, off the Old Waterman Canyon portion of Highway 18, west of the Crestline Cutoff. The … [Read more...]

Bear Valley Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Personnel in Recovery Effort Off Arctic Circle This Morning; Deceased Identified as 81-Year-Old Arcadia Resident

Bear Valley Search and Rescue volunteers got an early start this morning, as they have been assisting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in locating a missing individual off Highway 18 in the Arctic Circle area. At about 1:15am this morning, January 4, a California Highway Patrol officer located an empty vehicle, parked at Lakeview … [Read more...]

Filming on Arctic Circle Prompts Additional Delays on Highway 18

In addition to ongoing delays at the Big Bear dam for those motorists taking Highway 18 west of Big Bear Lake, intermittent delays of five minutes are possible on Arctic Circle this afternoon [Monday, December 21]. According to CalTrans, filming is taking place on this portion of Highway 18 (again, west of the dam and along Arctic Circle to … [Read more...]