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...]

Forest Service Plans Wild Burros Round-Up, the First in 12 Years

Big Bear's large burro population prompted a roundup of 90 burros in 1997; another roundup is underway, and wild burros will be available for adoption through the BLM's program in Ridgecrest.

Those in the Shay Meadows neighborhood and East Valley areas are likely familiar with the burros in the Big Bear Valley and, in fact, the San Bernardino National Forest says that, over the past year, a herd of burros has moved from forest lands east of Baldwin Lake and into residential areas including Erwin Lake and Sugarloaf. The influx of burros … [Read more...]

Old Miners’ Association Meets for Special Presentations and Election of Officers for 61st Year

In anticipation of next summer’s 61st annual Old Miners’ Days, the Old Miners’ Association will hold their annual membership meeting tomorrow, October 6—and attendees are encouraged to wear their old miners’ duds. Tomorrow’s annual meeting of the miners will also include the election of officers, and special presentations; all those who … [Read more...]


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Old Miners’ Days Parade Is Still Kickin’; Historical Society and Cowboy Gathering Take Top Honors for Floats

The Cowboy Gathering took top honors for their kickin' float.

This year’s Old Miners’ Days Parade, in celebration of 60 years of Old Miners’ festivities, included 140 or so entries that marched, rolled and trotted down Big Bear Boulevard and, for the first time in five years, the Village L as well. Given the theme “60 Years ’n’ Still Kickin’,” the 14 local floats played with the kickin’ … [Read more...]

Grand Old Miners’ Days Parade Marches Down Big Bear Boulevard on Sunday; Road Closures to Begin at 11am on August 2

This year's Old Miners' Parade will include equestrian units, marching bands, and floats from local groups--plus a flyover by the U.S. Navy!

The Old Miners’ Days Parade is this Sunday in Big Bear Lake, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Old Miners’ festivities—thus the theme, “60 Years ‘n’ Still Kickin’.” The parade starts at 12:30pm on August 2, and will begin at Summit Boulevard and, once on Big Bear Boulevard, will continue west toward the Village, then up Pine … [Read more...]

Fawnskin’s 33rd Doo Dah Parade Includes Old Miners, Flatlanders and Poop Busters

The flyover of the "Fawnskin Air Force" started the Doo Dah.

Saturday’s 33rd annual Doo Dah Parade got off to a flying start with the flyover of four small airplanes, billed as the “Fawnskin Air Force” (which included the Grand Poobah, Wolfgirl, Incognito and Ricochet) and a procession of firetrucks, including those of the County Fire Department’s station #49 in Fawnskin, the Baldwin Lake Volunteer … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake’s Planning Commissioners to Take Oath of Office Today, Before Reviewing Three Public Hearing Items

The Planning Commission of the City of Big Bear Lake meets for their regular meeting at 1:15pm in Hofert Hall today. This afternoon’s meeting will include a proclamation of appreciation for outgoing Commissioner Rick Hackney, and the swearing in of returning Commissioners Craig Smith and Richard Lambert and just-appointed Commissioner Jim … [Read more...]

B’s John Gorzik Takes People’s Choice in Old Miners’ Chili Cook-Off; Keli Homan to Do Second Round as Miss Clementine

The first of the Old Miners’ Days activities in this, the celebration’s 60th year, took place this weekend. Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off in the Village drew visitors and chili cooks from off the mountain, including Gene Bellar of Bakersfield who took the top cash prize of $500 for his first place batch of red chili; Jim LaTendresse and Mart … [Read more...]

Planning Commission Update: Old Miners’ Events Granted Approval, Decision Held on 42-Unit Apartment Complex on Knickerbocker Road

The Old Miners’ Days Parade on Sunday, August 2 will resume its former route, given approval by the Planning Commission of the City of Big Bear Lake. The Old Miners’ Association’s request to extend the Old Miners’ parade through the Village was approved at the July 1 meeting of the Commission, so the parade will begin on Big Bear Boulevard … [Read more...]