Tag: City of Big Bear Lake

Tragedy and Sadness Strikes Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA 11/26/14 – Last night, Cheri Haggerty Lawrence, Big Bear Lake City Clerk and wife of City Public Works Director David Lawrence, and her newborn son’s life ended tragically.  Events began on Tuesday evening just after 5pm, when Cheri collapsed in her office at City Hall.  Emergency CPR was performed almost immediately followed by transport by Big Bear Fire Department paramedics to the emergency room at the Bear Valley Community Hospital.  Jeff Mathieu, City Manager, with deep sorrow, expressed that fellow City employees, friends and family along with her husband David, agonized as emergency measures were taken to save both mother and child who was delivered by emergency c-section at the ER.  Neither Cheri or baby Declan survived.  “This is a shock to the entire City of Big Bear Lake family” said Jeff Mathieu, “it is impossible right now to comprehend that Cheri and her baby are gone.  In so many ways she represented the future of this City.  The loss of someone so young at the peak of life is not easy to comprehend.  The shock of this has left our small tightly knit community stunned”.  Cheri was the highly visible face of the City workforce serving as Public Information Officer, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, webmaster and City Clerk. She usually had a hand in every major community event, including the upcoming annual Christmas Tree Lighting...

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Angels Camp Reservoir Construction Complete

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 22, 2014 – On October 17, construction was completed on the Angels Camp Reservoir, adding gravity storage for operational efficiency and fire protection in the Sugarloaf system. Gravity storage eliminates the need for round-the-clock operation of the Barton and Magnolia Booster Stations in Sugarloaf that will now only be used in emergencies. This will save the DWP approximately $50,000. per year in electricity costs. In the spring of 2014, the DWP secured just over $4.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, in the form of a $1 million grant and the rest as a low interest loan. Besides funding the Angels Camp Reservoir project, this loan/grant has funded two additional projects as well.The Klamath Booster Station will increase the DWP’s ability to efficiently move water from the eastern to the western portion of its service area. The Arrastre Creek Well in Lake Williams will secure a long-term water supply, as well as improved water quality for residents in that area. Estimated completion of both projects is December...

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Big Bear Hosting Amgen Tour of California 2015 Time Trial

Big Bear Lake, Ca October 21, 2014 – As anticipated, the Amgen Tour of California announced that Big Bear will be a time trial stage stop on Friday May 15, 2015.   Although there have been many time trials at high altitude, what makes this event special for Big Bear Lake is that the start and finish for this stage will be in and around the Big Bear Lake Village.  Spectators will be treated to watching the best of the best pro cyclists begin then finish this stage within blocks of each other.  Individual time trials are an exciting form of racing as the last rider on the course is also the leader of the overall race.   In other words, the victor is unknown until the last cyclist crosses the finish line.  This years 8 stage tour begins in Sacramento on Sunday May, 8th and ends with a race from LA Live to Pasadena on Sunday, May 17. Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial) Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy Stage 8: Sunday,...

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Knickerbocker Creek Trail Gets the Go Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2014 – The Big Bear Lake City Council, in a 2 to 3 vote, gave the nod to move ahead with the Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. The Council had previously directed city staff to reject all ‘over budget’ bids and then renegotiate in order to lower costs. The total project price tag of $1,725,000. will be funded with a $510,000. grant from SANBAG as well as a $350,000. transportation/natural resources grant, plus $855,000. of local Measure Y funds, designated by voter approval for visitor enhancements. According to City Engineer David Lawrence, as much as 30% in additional labor costs is required because of state prevailing wage and grant requirements. And he also stated that without outside funding, this project would not be possible. The new Knickerbocker Multi-Use Trail will link Veterans Park at the lake, with additional parking near the heart of the newly refurbished village. Proposed bridges will cross the creek at the park and at the new parking facility, enhancing access to shopping and dining. In order to keep expenses down and in line, recycled village light posts as well as surplus pavers will be used in the project. Swapping concrete for wooden fencing has also helped cut costs. M.S. Construction Management Group will be awarded the contract and work should begin soon after the Labor Day holiday weekend....

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Power Lines to be Relocated Underground Along Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2014 – Starting today, Bear Valley Electric Service will begin work to move three miles of power poles and wires to underground conduits along Big Bear Blvd. This is being done in conjunction with sidewalk upgrades planned by the City of Big Bear Lake. Many of the power poles date back to the 1970s and need to be replaced, according to BVES Operations Manager Paul Marconi, and this project will improve safety, reliability, and aesthetics along Big Bear’s main tourist thoroughfare. Underground power lines last longer and are more immune to damage from Big Bear’s extreme weather, car crashes, and animals. The Boulevard Electrical Distribution Undergrounding Project will be done on and off along various stretches of the boulevard over the next 15 months. Phase 1, which involves digging trenches alongside and across Big Bear Blvd. between Paine and Pine Knot, begins today and should last about 4 weeks. This will involve temporary lane closures, however traffic controls will be used to minimize the project’s impact on drivers. Phase 2 is expected to begin next...

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