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...]

Boat Launch Ramps Closed for Season to Allow for American Bald Eagle Habitat

December is for the birds—at least insomuch as the Municipal Water District’s boat launch ramps are concerned. As of today, December 1, and through March 31, both the Carol Morrison East Boat Launch Ramp, on the North Shore at Stanfield Cutoff, and the Duane Boyer West Boat Launch Ramp, just west of Fawnskin, on Big Bear Lake are closed to … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake Reconsiders Friendship and Sister Cities Alliances; Families in Favor of Continuing 25-Year Relationship With Abtenau, Austria

Big Bear Lake's former Mayor John Eminger, who signed the resolutions to establish Friendship and Sister Cities in 1984, supports the continuation of the programs. He told Council that he once incorporated all three communities, by taking the Abentau guests to Rosarito Beach.

The City of Big Bear Lake forged international friendships back in 1984, under then-Mayor John Eminger, aligning with Rosarito Beach, Mexico as our official Friendship City and Abtenau, Austria as our Sister City. Though interactions with Rosarito Beach have been limited in recent years, our Sister City in Abtenau has participated in a summer … [Read more...]

Forest Service Rounds Up 50 Burros in Shay Meadows Area in Recent Weeks

This burro opted not to join the others in the Forest Service's corral but, we're told, watched from afar.

Big Bear Valley’s burro population boomed in the 1990s, likely the result of the since-discontinued Old Miners’ Days burro races; following the days long race, burros would be released around Baldwin Lake and, over time, a herd of burros built up in that area. The U.S. Forest Service responded in 1997, and rounded up 90 wild burros and placed … [Read more...]

Community Celebrates Opening and Dedication of Valley’s First Emergency Operations Center

The Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750, well-represented here at the grand opening, will use the building for meetings and training of cadets, ages 12-21. For more information on the CAP cadets program, call Jim Gundred at 584-9195 or Bruce Black at 584-4120.

Thursday’s dedication of Big Bear Valley’s new Emergency Operations Center was an exciting day for members of Mountain Mutual Aid, who’d used the garage of the Big Bear City Fire Department to oversee emergency operations during 2003’s Old Fire, and members of the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750 which, per Commander Bruce … [Read more...]

Planning Commission Approves Name Change for Paine Road, Plans for More Trees at Moonridge Y

Big Bear Lake’s Paine Road is one step closer to being renamed Big Bear Boulevard, given yesterday’s Planning Commission decision in favor of the name change. Prompted by a request from the Village Business Association and as suggested by the City’s Redevelopment Director Lyle Haynes, Paine Road, which currently links Village Drive, Lakeview … [Read more...]

Emergency Operations Center Ready for Valley’s Use in Disaster Situations; Dedication Ceremony on Thursday

The Emergency Operations Center was dedicated in November of 2009.

It has been many years and volunteer hours in the making, but the Big Bear Valley’s Emergency Operations Center, and headquarters for the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750, is finally readied for its grand opening, with a building dedication ceremony scheduled for Thursday, November 19. In 2002, the Big Bear Airport District negotiated a lease with … [Read more...]