Category: Community

Pong’s Restaurant Heavily Damaged in Early Morning Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 25, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported commercial structure fire at Pong’s Restaurant on Thursday morning, November 24, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Upon arrival, initial Big Bear Fire crews confirmed a commercial structure fire with heavy flames and smoke coming from the rear of the building. Thirteen firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze with the assistance of San Bernardino County Fire and Cal Fire personnel. Significant damage was present in the kitchen area and in the rear of the building. The restaurant was not open at the time of the fire....

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Bear Mountain Opens Friday

Big Bear, CA, November 24, 2016 – Both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have been blowing snow for more than a week now and Big Bear Mountain Resorts have announced that Bear Mountain will open Friday at 8:30 am with top to bottom runs on chairs 9 and 7. Hours through the weekend will be 8:30 – 4. The opening date for Summit will be announced very soon. Besides world class skiing and snowboarding at both mountains, there’s also great food and family fun to be had in a scenic, alpine setting. New at Snow Summit this season is...

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SBD County Sheriff Warns Public of Telephone Kidnapping Scams

San Bernardino County, CA, November 22, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division would like to warn the public of telephone kidnapping scams. In a typical scenario, people receive a phone call from a person who says a family member is being held hostage, and the caller vows to hurt or kill the hostage unless the caller’s demands are met. Family members will be ordered to collect personal items of value such as jewelry and money. Callers will demand items be left at a designated drop-off point or, to send money through a wire transfer. Family members will be instructed to check into a local hotel nearest the drop off point and wait for further instruction. Callers try to dissuade people from contacting their allegedly “kidnapped” relative. There are several warning signs to a possible kidnapping scam. The calls will come from a non-local area code such as 775 or 664 or from out of the U.S., not from the phone of the kidnapped victim. Callers will try to keep people on the phone for as long as possible. Investigators suggest asking to speak to the kidnap victim and to “listen carefully” to verify whether it is a family member. The public is urged not to send money or provide financial information to an unfamiliar person, especially unsolicited phone calls or emails. Do not provide names...

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It’s Snowing in Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, November 18, 2016 – Snowmaking has begun! On Wednesday, November 16, the snow guns at Bear Mountain Resorts fired up to take advantage of several days of cold weather. The conditions, dry and cold, are exactly what the resorts need to get a good start on their base. Bear Mountain is focusing their efforts on Chairs 7 and 9 while Snow Summit is keeping the guns trained on Chairs 2 and 4. Snow Play in Big Bear City has also been able to take advantage of our cold temps and started blowing snow last Friday and was able...

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BVCHD’s Emergency Department Receives Award for Extra Training

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 16, 2016 – Bear Valley Community Healthcare District has been awarded the Quest for Zero: Excellence in ED award from BETA Healthcare Group. BETA Healthcare Group is focused on improving reliability and reducing risk exposure in emergency departments. BETA provides member hospitals and medical groups the opportunity for significant reductions in ED premiums each year through their Patient Safety Initiative. As emergency departments demonstrate compliance with all elements of the first tier which focuses on education, they may advance to the second tier providing additional opportunities to enhance patient safety while further reducing ED premiums in...

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