Resort Life… in Turn of the Century Big Bear

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Big Bear, CA, May 31, 2014 - As soon as Big Bear Lake was created by building the original 'Rock Dam' in 1885, tourists started visiting  Bear Valley. In 1888, Gus Knight Jr. and John Metcalf purchased 80 acres on the south shore of the lake to build the valley's first resort, The Bear Valley Hotel. Despite the fact that it took two days by stage … [Read more...]

Big Bear’s Night Sky is the Star this Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 22, 2014 - The StarLight Festival comes to Big Bear Saturday and Sunday bringing a unique celebration of science and technology. Happening at the Northwoods Resort and Conference Center under the beautiful, clear Big Bear skies, people will be educated and entertained in an engaging atmosphere of music and art. Hours for … [Read more...]

Jim Miller crowned Man About Town

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Big Bear Lake, CA - 5/19/2014 - The annual fund raiser Man About Town raised a over $61,000 for Soroptimists International and women’s health issues in the Big Bear Valley.   Sunday night three contestants--Michael Natzic, Ray Hino and Jim Miller--made the final push for this years  Man About Town title.   With supporters, friends and family … [Read more...]

Santa’s Village: First in the Country

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, May 17, 2014 - When Santa's Village opened it's doors in 1955 in Skyforest, it was the first franchised theme park in the country, beating Disneyland's opening by more than a month. It was the first of three Santa's Villages built by developer Glenn Holland. In it's heyday, it was one of Southern California's biggest … [Read more...]

Big Bear Gives BIG

Big Bear, CA, May 9, 2014 - The Give BIG San Bernardino County 24 hour web-a-thon was a huge success, raising a total of $548,214 for 262 non-profits throughout our county. Supervisor James Ramos spearheaded the effort to have this online give day to support the local non-profits that serve the communities of San Bernardino County. He also … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 - Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG … [Read more...]

First National Bank of Southern California and First Mountain Bank Announce Merger Agreement

San Diego and Big Bear Lake, California, May 5, 2014 - First National Bank of Southern California and First Mountain Bank announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which First National Bank of Southern California will acquire First Mountain Bank for approximately $14.1 million in cash.  The purchase price is … [Read more...]

The Legend of Castle Rock

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Big Bear Lake, CA, May 3, 2014 - Rising out of the mountains at the southwest end of the lake, standing like a sentinel keeping watch over Big Bear, is Castle Rock. There is a Serrano Indian legend that surrounds Castle Rock from a time long ago when Big Bear was known as Yuhaviat, which means 'pine place'. The legend tells of a beautiful young … [Read more...]

MS Walk Raises Funds and Keeps Hope Alive

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 2, 2014 - For nearly a decade, community organizations in Big Bear have been working together to create a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS) via the annual Walk MS event. Past supporters will be gratified to know that local fundraising efforts are making a tangible impact by supporting direct programs and services for the … [Read more...]

The Road to Big Bear

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Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2014 - The first road into the San Bernardino Mountains, which was really just a trail, was built by the Mormons in 1852 and ascended Waterman Canyon. Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 and the only way up, other than a pack trail up Santa Ana Canyon, was a long arduous trip up Cushenbury Grade. To get to the Grade, visitors … [Read more...]