Category: Community

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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BVUSD Board to Conduct Interviews to Fill Vacant Seat

Big Bear, CA, January 30, 2017 – At the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, which is Wednesday, February 1st, during open session, the Governing Board will conduct interviews of the three qualifying candidates who applied for the current vacant position on the Governing Board.  The three candidates include Stirling Elliott, Barry Roth and Sudie Smartt.  The vacant position was created by the resignation of former board member Paul Zamoyta.  Following the interviews, the Board will take action to appoint the new member by a majority vote immediately followed by the administration of oath to...

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Be Careful in the Backcountry

Mount Baldy, CA, January 27, 2017 – On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 4 people had to be rescued by hoist via helicopter in two separate incidents in the Mount Baldy area. On Wednesday, January 25, Sally Morley, 61years old of Temecula and Ellen Coleman, 63 years old of Riverside were hiking down a snow-packed ridgeline into San Antonio Canyon at the 8500’ level. Despite having appropriate snow hiking gear, they realized the terrain was too steep and the snow was turning to ice. They were unable to climb out from their location and were in need of...

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Mom & Dad Project Receives Grant to Provide Free Car Seats

Big Bear, CA, January 26, 2017 – In August of 2016, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District’s Mom & Dad Project applied for a grant to provide car seats to help parents and caregivers abide by the new car seat law effective January 2017. According to California Highway Patrol, effective January 2017, “Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of...

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