The Zoo’s Nine Wolf Pups Celebrate Their First Birthday


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April 6-9: This Week’s Community Calendar Includes Book Sale, Tree People and a Wolf Party


Big Bear Valley, CA -- In addition to the regular, first-week-of-the-month meetings*, the Soroptimists’ Man About Town festivities, and “The Odd Couple” at the PAC, there are a number of goings-on in the Big Bear Valley this week. On Tuesday, there are two public meetings, both of which begin at 6:30pm. “Tree People” will be featured at … [Read more...]

Former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers Passes Away Today at Age 86

The portrait of Mayor Bill Speyers still hangs in Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Valley lost one of its more distinguished contributors with this morning’s passing of former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers, who died in the 4am hour with Paddy, his wife of 65 years, at his side and one of his beloved boxer dogs nearby. Speyers had, citing health reasons, resigned from his post as Treasurer … [Read more...]

Blues for the Zoo Concert

Friends of the Moonridge Zoo host the 50-year Moonridge Animal Park anniversary concert; proceeds from Blues for the Zoo benefit wildlife rehabilitation programs. Concert takes place lakeside at Swim Beach, at 41220 Park Avenue in Big Bear Lake, and will feature headliners Delta Guitar Slingers, as well as Guy Davis and Cafe R&B. Pre-sale … [Read more...]

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

Marge McDonald, who serves as Big Bear City Community Services District President

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, … [Read more...]

Advisory Commission of, Now, Five Meets to Review Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, Which Includes Zoo

Big Bear Valley, CA -- The Advisory Commission for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District will convene for their first regular meeting since November, however, for this evening’s 5pm meeting at the Big Bear Senior Center, there will only be five commissioners, those being Jennifer McCullar, Don Pletcher, Kathryn Poole, Gloria Rose and … [Read more...]

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...]

Update on New Additions to Moonridge Zoo to Be Addressed in Meeting of the BBVRPD’s Advisory Commission

The Moonridge Animal Park has had many animals brought in to the zoo for rehabilitation, and some of those recent feathered and furry additions include two young hawks, two infant opossums, two infant raccoons and two young grey foxes, some of which will ultimately be returned to the wild. The Moonridge Animal Park also has a new catfish exhibit, … [Read more...]

Swim Beach Open for the Summer; Family Season Passes Available


As of today (June 18), Swim Beach at Meadow Park is open with expanded hours for the summer season. Open each day (except Tuesday) from noon to 5pm, Swim Beach features a white sandy beach, BBQs and picnic area, showers, certified lifeguards and, soon, a new 16 foot slide. For those who plan to spend their summer swimming, the Big Bear Valley … [Read more...]

Friends of the Moonridge Zoo Offer Docent Training Sessions, Starting This Thursday

The Friends of the Moonridge Zoo are providing their final Introductory Adult Docent Program of the year, which will be held on three consecutive Thursdays, from 11am to 1pm, starting June 18. Those who enjoy learning about wildlife, and working with those who feel the same, are encouraged to participate in the three-class series; the first two … [Read more...]