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Full Closures on Arctic Circle to Begin Monday October 3rd

Big Bear, CA, September 9, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, will close State Route 18 in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday, October 3, to October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No closures are scheduled for Friday, October 14. The closure limits are between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam. The full closure will take place during daytime hours due to safety considerations and additional work. Caltrans will be completing annual routine maintenance in preparation for winter. Some of the work items that will be completed are: rock climbing and bank scaling, turnout clearance, drain cleaning, and...

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1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake

    Big Bear Lake, CA, February 15, 2014 – Frank Brown and Hiram Barton rode into Big Bear Valley on horseback in May of 1883. They quickly concluded that if they built a dam at the narrow west end of the valley, they would create a lake five and a half miles long that could supply much needed water to thirsty communities down the hill. For economic reasons, they decided on a stone arch dam 52 feet high, built of hand cut granite blocks weighing as much as 5 tons each. The dam was finished in 1884 at a cost of $75,000., creating the largest man made lake in the world at the time. In 1910, due to the growing citrus industry in the valleys below, it was decided a new, larger dam was needed to increase the capacity of the lake. An unusual, multiple-arch design was built by John Eastwood about 300 feet further downstream. Cement and supplies were hauled up the mountain from Victorville by teams of horses. It was finished in 1912, costing $138,000. The new design did not inspire public confidence. However, it proved it’s strength when it withstood a large earthquake in 1921 without a crack. The new dam, which was 20 feet higher than the old 1884 dam, increased the the size of the lake from 1800 acres to 2500 acres and...

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Ghosts in the Bear…

      Big Bear, CA,  February 8, 2014 – Perhaps you’ve seen movement out of the corner of your eye from time to time, or the flash of a misty figure on a dark night. Or maybe you’ve found your dog staring at something you couldn’t see. If you’ve had one of these experiences, you may have met one of the many ghosts that are said to inhabit Big Bear right along with us. Our most famous ghost is undoubtedly George, the accountant at the Captain’s Anchorage, who died long ago under mysterious circumstances. Long time employees tell stories of their clothing being tugged on, whispering in their ears, bottles falling off shelves, and music playing when no one is there.There’s a woman in Sugarloaf who claims that a group of Serrano Indian spirits walk through her kitchen on a regular basis. And of course there is the story of the Indian maiden who threw herself off Castle Rock when her warrior prince didn’t return from battle. Hikers and rock climbers have reported seeing what are thought to be echoes of the moment she fell. Some of the other spooky spots in Big Bear where you might have your own encounter include the Miss Liberty Tour Boat and the Big Bear Mountain Brewery. Miss Liberty is docked near the spot where two children are thought to have died...

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New Daylight Headlight Section On SR-18

Crestline, CA, September, 28, 2012, 6am – Caltrans is in the process of installing nine “Daylight Headlight Section” signs at various locations on State Route 18 from Crestline Cutoff to the Big Bear Dam. Caltrans worked in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol to install the new signs, which will enhance safety for mountain drivers who use the two-lane highway. Motorists will benefit from better detection of oncoming vehicles with headlights on during the day. The CHP will have a 30 day grace period while the signs are being installed, but after that, according to CHP Public Information Officer Benjamin Baker, the fine for failure to obey a regulatory sign could be as high as...

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Big Bear Lake Resident Arrested on Felony Charges of Battery on a Peace Officer

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 22, 2012, 5:00pm – According to a news release from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at approximately 4:40 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a stranded motorist at the Big Bear Dam.  The vehicle was parked on the bridge with a male occupant inside the car who was later identified as Gary Payne, a 44-year-old resident of Big Bear Lake.  During contact between Payne and the deputy, Payne attempted to reach for something in the ashtray of the vehicle.  Payne was not compliant with the deputy’s instructions to step out of the vehicle and a struggle ensued.  Payne became combative with the deputy, kicking the deputy in the face before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot, jumping over the west side of the bridge into a snow embankment and tumbling to the bottom of the ravine.  The deputy climbed down the side of the mountain to the bottom of the ravine where Payne continued to be non-compliant and was tasered by the deputy.  Payne was then taken into custody without further incident and was transported to Bear Valley Community Hospital and treated for moderate injuries from the fall.  The deputy who was assaulted by Payne received minor injuries.  Suspect Gary Payne was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of battery on a peace officer...

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