1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake

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    Big Bear Lake, CA, February 15, 2014 - Frank Brown and Hiram Barton rode into Big Bear Valley on horseback in May of 1883. They quickly concluded that if they built a dam at the narrow west end of the valley, they would create a lake five and a half miles long that could supply much needed water to thirsty communities down … [Read more...]

Snow or Shine, the Race is on

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Big Bear Lake, CA, February 14, 2014 - One slogan of our annual snowshoe race is, “If you can walk you can snowshoe,” and given our dry winter, this year’s competitors may actually be on foot. Organizers say the 7th Annual Snowshoe the Bear will go on February 22nd at 10:00 a.m., even if turns out to be a trail run. Event producer Karen … [Read more...]

Ghosts in the Bear…

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      Big Bear, CA,  February 8, 2014 - Perhaps you've seen movement out of the corner of your eye from time to time, or the flash of a misty figure on a dark night. Or maybe you've found your dog staring at something you couldn't see. If you've had one of these experiences, you may have met one of the many ghosts that … [Read more...]

“Celebrate Your Love” of Nature at the Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, February 4, 2014 - The Southern California Mountains Foundation is presenting a "Celebrate Your Love" Benefit for the Discovery Center this Saturday, February 8th, at the Discovery Center, as a culmination of their holiday fund raising campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to continue the high level of service, programming and … [Read more...]

Big Bear Airport Has a ‘Bumpy’ Start

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   Big Bear City, CA  January 25, 2014 - In 1916, Waldo Waterman, a pilot from Ontario, landed an aircraft in a field just east of Big Bear Lake, opening up a new era for the valley.  In 1924 Waterman laid out Big Bear’s first airfield just east of the lake. He used a 5 seat, single engine plane to provide passenger service … [Read more...]

Sierra Club Leads Hikers to Recognition on the PCT

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Big Bear City, CA, January 8, 2014 - The Sierra Club Big Bear Group leads group hikes every year on local trails. In 2014, it's participating in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section B Award Program, in which each hiker who completes all 101.4 miles receives a recognition patch and attends the annual awards party. This section of the PCT is … [Read more...]

Mussels Invade Ventura County

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 3, 2013 - In a major development with an aquatic invasive species the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD) has been on guard against, quagga and zebra mussels have been found for the first time in a Southern California water body that does not receive water from the Colorado River. The mussels were discovered on the … [Read more...]

Bike Organizations Cycle Money Back Into Community

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Big Bear Lake, CA, December 10, 2013 - Big Bear Cycling President Craig Smith announced this week that his organization and the 2013 Tour de Big Bear will invest a combined $35,000 into local cycling projects next year.  Tour de Big Bear had already committed over $50,000 in funding over the past two years. Funding will benefit the … [Read more...]

Planning End-of-Year Giving? Send a Burn Survivor Child to Camp.

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Big Bear Lake, CA, December 9, 2013 - For the past ten years, the Fire & Burn Foundation has been providing winter camp for burn survivor children ages 5-17 in the San Bernardino Mountains. Over four days, 60-85 kids--typically from Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties--get the counseling and social support needed to re-establish … [Read more...]

Forest Recreation Sites Closed by Government Shutdown

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, October 9, 2013 - The Federal lapse in funding is officially restricting some recreation in the San Bernardino National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has provided the following list of closures. All Campgrounds and Yellow Post sites are closed: In the Big Bear Area, this includes Serrano, Pineknot, … [Read more...]

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