A Chapter in Big Bear History Closes With Today’s Passing of Tim Sweet

Sweet moment: Tim and Kim Sweet, here with friend and producer Rick Keppler, at the Big Bear dam in 2004 for filming of one of 24 episodes of the "Big Bear History Show." (Photo courtesy Rick Keppler)

Big Bear City, CA -- The Valley has lost one of its champions of Big Bear history with today’s passing of Tim Sweet. Sweet, a sewer foreman for the Big Bear City Community Services District, had lived most of his 55 years in the Big Bear Valley and, with wife Kim, made countless contributions to the Big Bear Historical Museum, where they served … [Read more...]

Swap, Sale and Deed: Community Services District Excited About Property Exchanges With County and Park District

Marge McDonald, who serves as Big Bear City Community Services District President

Big Bear City, CA -- During agenda items for the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, President Marge McDonald announced, “I could not be happier with these things listed under Old Business.” The business item at hand, at the March 1st CSD meeting, addressed the reassignment of East Valley properties--via sale, … [Read more...]

Lighthouse Project’s Vision Includes Make a Million Smiles Campaign; Author Owen Encourages “Cowboy Ethics”

Girl twirl: As with Vision Summit #2, this year's offering included many young dancers, brightening the stage at the PAC. The group performed to "Each of Us Is a Flower," during a video highlighting the Peace Garden at Big Bear Elementary.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Community leaders and those in child-involved groups were welcomed to participate in the third annual Vision 2010 Community Summit, hosted by the Lighthouse Project at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center last night. Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris opened the evening of inspiration and motivation to continue with … [Read more...]

Since Learning to Ride in Big Bear, Olympian Shaun White Goes Gold

For more on Shaun White, see his website at ShaunWhite.com.

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s Olympic highlights from Vancouver, Shaun White took gold again in the snowboarding half-pipe and, what you might enjoy knowing is that the gold medalist from San Diego started his snowboarding adventure right here in Big Bear when he was just six years old, though he started on skis at age four. Big Bear Mountain … [Read more...]

At 57″ and Counting, January 2010 Snow Totals Are Over Four Times the Average

January 2010 will be one for the record books!

This last series of storms--which prompted a local state of emergency given the dumping of five feet of snow--has now been ranked as comparable to the legendary winter of 1969, though resources in 2010 have allowed the Big Bear Valley to be better equipped to deal with such extreme circumstances. But, in terms of snow totals, it should be noted … [Read more...]

Pow! Longtime Local Dick Kun Compares Our Recent Snowstorms to the Legendary Winter of 1969

Pow Pow! See, there is plenty of sweet snow to be skied and snowboarded at Snow Summit. (Photo courtesy BBMR)

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Longtime Big Bear resident Dick Kun has been watching the snow fall for over 60 seasons and, as president of Big Bear Mountain Resorts, he’s become an expert on snow in the Big Bear Valley. He says that this last series of storms, which included four fronts over the course of a week, is as intense as the legendary storm of … [Read more...]

Big Bear Valley in Recovery from Epic Storm; Monday Morning Update on Power, Roads, Schools, Mail, Emergency Shelter

The "storm of the decade" has made for an adventure in rugged (yet beautiful) mountain living.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Last week’s storms were epic, in that we received five feet of snow in the Big Bear Valley, prompting a state of emergency to be declared by the County of San Bernardino. Though we had a beautiful, sunny weekend, many of us (if not most of us) have gone hours or even days without power, phone, cable, Internet, water and … [Read more...]

Paula Fashempour Assumes MWD Presidency, Making Her First Woman to Do So in District’s 45-Year History

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The Big Bear Municipal Water District’s appointment of Division 2 Director Paula Fashempour as president is history-making as, per General Manager Scott Heule, “She is the first woman to be president for the district in 45 years, which is an exciting thing. Paula will bring a unique perspective to the presidency, as would any new president.” … [Read more...]

Local Journalist Roger Beck Succumbs to Ravages of Age, Per His Self-Written Obituary

“Roger Beck, prominent local journalist and public relations counselor, has died. He was 88 years old. According to his widow, Barbara, Beck succumbed to the ravages of age.” This is per the obituary that Roger Beck had written for himself this past year and, as wife Barbara tells KBHR, he passed away on Tuesday afternoon December 15, at home … [Read more...]

50+ Years on the Slopes: Recreation and Park District Offers Ski and Snowboard Program in January

As of last ski season, the iconic B was replaced with a chevron.

Sign-ups are now underway for the decades-long tradition of ski school lessons through the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. The program has evolved over the years since being established by Norm Bachelor and Ed Hole in the early 1950s, and though snowboard school is also offered these days, the popular felt Bs, introduced by Rec and … [Read more...]