Category: Community

Storm Event Causes Major Damage in the Cajon Pass

San Bernardino, CA – The California Department of Transportation is informing the traveling public that a section of southbound Interstate 15 collapsed Friday evening, February 17, during an epic storm event.  A dry creek bed that runs along the southbound side of the interstate overflowed and washed away the rock slope protection below the roadbed.  It then eroded the lower slope and caused the shoulder and number 5 lane to collapse for a 200 foot section of the route. A $3 million project was authorized to begin emergency repairs to I-15. Caltrans Construction engineers and Maintenance crews devised a plan to...

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City’s Mid Year Fiscal Checkup Good – Capital Projects $6.8 Million

Big Bear Lake, CA – This year alone, the City is investing $6.8 million in capital and infrastructure improvements.  Of that, $2.3 million in funding has been provided by Measure Y which is the advisory measure adopted by voters to set aside 2% of the TOT collected for capital improvements aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. Truly keeping our local dollars local and improving our community. At the February 13, 2017 Mid-Year Budget Workshop, City management shared with Council the news that the local economy continues to recover and major revenues are up 5%. As a result the City...

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Caltrans Signals “Get Prepared for the Next Storm”

    During winter storm conditions, motorists should anticipate unexpected delays and closures. Caltrans strives to reduce the frequency and the length of unplanned closures on state highways. The following tips will assist you in making your winter driving experience safe and pleasant: Allow enough time for your trip. Be observant of everything around you. Remember – black ice is nearly invisible! Keep your fuel tank full and your windows clear. Drive as conditions permit – slower acceleration, slower speeds, and slower braking in winter conditions. Reduce speed and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front...

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CAL FIRE Hand-Crews Clear Hydrants Buried by Winter Storms

Big Bear, CA, February 2, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department and CAL FIRE have teamed up to clear fire hydrants buried by last week’s series of big storms. Beginning, Monday, January 30, 2017, CAL FIRE put hand-crews on the streets of Big Bear Valley helping dig out the hydrants buried under huge berms of ice and snow. These hand-crews, dressed in orange jump suits, are part of the same inmate program CAL FIRE uses to battle wild fires. Big Bear Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma stated, “The digging out will begin where road departments have completed its...

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BVUSD Appoints New Board Member

At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, after interviewing three qualifying candidates, the Governing Board appointed Sudie Smartt to fill the Board’s vacated seat.  Ms. Smartt is a retired BVUSD teacher and will serve the term through December 2018.  Smartt tells Kbear, “I am honored and excited at the opportunity.  This will present a different perspective from being in the classroom.”  In other news, the school district was recognized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools with a Positive Certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations in the current...

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