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New Zoo Review: County Supervisors Approve Purchase of Golf-Course Adjacent Land for Moonridge Animal Park

Big Bear Lake, CA — After 50 years in Moonridge, the Moonridge Animal Park is moving—to Moonridge. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the governing body which oversees the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District responsible for the zoo, approved the $2 million purchase of a 10.46 acre parcel at the opposite end of the golf course in their meeting yesterday. The new site, on the corner of Clubview Drive and Moonridge Road, will more than quadruple the size of the existing facility, which is home to 150 birds and animals representing over 80 local species. The new acreage for the zoo is being purchased with over $1.5 million in Proposition 40 state park funds, and the remaining balance will be paid with previously dedicated County funds from the zoo’s CIP budget. In a statement from our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, he says, “For more than a decade, the County has been working to relocate this treasured asset. Finishing this project was a top priority of mine, since we were at risk of losing state funds if we did not act quickly.” Though the appropriation of funds for the purchase was approved on April 27, Reese Troublefield with the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District tells KBHR, “I don’t think it is in escrow yet, but it will be very shortly. When we acquire...

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David Pickard, Local Realtor for 34 Years and Father to Five, Passes Away at Home on Saturday

Erwin Lake, CA — David Pickard, owner of Boulder Bay Real Estate with wife Teresa and a realtor in the Big Bear Valley for 34 years, passed away at his home in Erwin Lake on Saturday, April 3. Prior to purchasing his own company in 2007, Pickard had worked for Spencer Real Estate and, in the early 1990s, had the foresight to design the agency’s marketing software program, which is still in use today. His former Office Manager Judy Harris, who worked with Pickard for 17 years, says, “Dave was a great professional and personally trained every Spencer agent. I would guess that more than half of the agents working in Big Bear today were trained by Dave. He was a very good person who was entirely dedicated to his job, and he had great professional integrity.” Pickard is also described as a great outdoorsman, taking his family cross-country to National Parks and, closer to home, hiking with stepchildren Anna and Micah Peckham, and horseback riding along the Pacific Crest Trail; he also captured the Big Bear Valley in photographs, many of which were used in Big Bear’s first real estate magazine. Pickard’s family, in addition to wife Teresa and Anna and Micah, also includes stepdaughter Erin Peckham (a PhD candidate at UCLA), daughters Jami Pickard and Jennifer Carlson and her family (husband Bob and daughter Rhiannon), as well...

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Note to Property Owners: Taxes Due by April 12 to Avoid 10% Penalty

San Bernardino County, CA — Homeowners are reminded that the second property tax installment is due in less than two weeks. San Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker reminds that taxes from property owners must be received by Monday, April 12 to avoid penalties, though many payment options are available. Property taxes can be paid over the phone at 387-8308 (which is without a fee if using an e-check from a checking or savings account; a fee is applied if paying by credit card). Online payments can be made via MyTaxCollector.com, which will also allow for viewing and printing of your bill. Property taxes can also be paid in person, at 172 W. Third Street, First Floor in San Bernardino (92415), or mailed; payments postmarked on or before April 12 are considered on time. However you choose to pay, just be sure that your property taxes are received by the County Tax Collector by April 12 to avoid a 10%...

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

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, swap and redeeding—between CSD, the County of San Bernardino, and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, as initially outlined in the Paradise Park Memorandum of Understanding drafted in 2007 (and, at that time, referred to as a “win-win situation” by Rec and Park’s Reese Troublefield). The properties at issue include the Erwin Lake Park (owned by CSD), the property beneath the Sugarloaf Fire Station (owned by Rec and Park), the former Bear City Park property on which the Lions Club building is situated, and CSD’s well #9 parcels, currently owned by the County. Though no action was taken last night (and the Rec and Park Advisory Commission will address the property swaps in a 4pm Thursday meeting), President McDonald thanked County Supervisor Neil Derry for his support before adding, “I see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Lions Club, and that makes me very happy.” As explained by CSD’s General Manager Mike Mayer, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is offering a 1.6 acre parcel...

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Community Services District’s Board to Discuss Properties in March 1 Meeting

Big Bear City, CA — As today marks the first Monday of the month, the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Community Services District, now overseen by President Marge McDonald, will convene for their regular meeting at 5:30pm this evening. Today’s meeting, at the CSD offices at 139 E. Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City, will include employee service recognition and paid call firefighter badge presentations, as well as discussion and possible action with regard to properties, including the Pan Hot Springs Meadow, and Bear City and Paradise Parks. CSD Board meetings are open to the...

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