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...]

CalTrans Installs New Changeable Message Sign in Big Bear Lake; CMS Should Be Operational by Christmas

Those traveling along Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake today may have noticed that new signage has been installed in front of the Big Bear Lake Fire Department at Main Street. The new sign, which looks like an electronic freeway sign, is actually a permanent CMS, or changeable message sign, which was installed by CalTrans this morning, and is on … [Read more...]

San Bernardino Man Charged With Murder and Arson for the Old Fire of October 2003

Fowler's bail was set at one million dollars today.

It was just about six years ago, on October 25, 2003, that the Old Fire broke out at Old Waterman Canyon Road and Highway 18, ultimately resulting in the evacuation of 30 communities, including the Big Bear Valley, and the burning of 91,000 acres, damage to nearly 1,000 homes and six deaths from heart attacks, five of those said to be directly … [Read more...]

New Jersey Institute of Technology Celebrates Installation of Big Bear Solar Observatory’s New Solar Telescope, the Largest in the World


The Big Bear Solar Observatory is an iconic image on Big Bear Lake, yet it is also an internationally recognized facility, boasting the largest solar telescope in the world. Over the last year, an international team of experts has been assembling the solar aperture telescope, which boasts an 1.6 meter mirror, under the direction of astrophysicist … [Read more...]

Much-Missed Valley Residents Fred Ransom and Mike Kompaniez to Be Remembered in Two Separate Celebrations at Snow Summit

Fred Ransom was honored to have been painted by renowned local artist Ed Runci; the portrait now hangs in the Teddy Bear Cafe in the Village.

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Big Bear Valley lost two special, longtime residents and, in coming days, each will be remembered with a memorial service at Snow Summit. This Saturday, October 10, friends and family of Chautauqua High School teacher and ski coach Mike Kompaniez will celebrate his 56 years of life. Attendees are asked to, like Mike, … [Read more...]