Category: Community

2016 Firefighter of the Year

Big Bear, CA, July 27 – On July 12, 2016, the Big Bear Lake Elk’s Lodge hosted a Firefighters Appreciation Dinner for the Valley’s firefighters. Following the dinner, Fire Chief Jeff Willis recognized Captain John Arden as 2016 Firefighter of the Year for his dedication and excellent service record at the Big Bear Fire Department. With 26 years of service to the Fire Department, Captain John Arden has had numerous contributions which include apparatus and equipment maintenance, along with various upgrades, maintenance and remodeling to the Department buildings. Captain Arden is a three-time recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award. First, as a Firefighter in 1994...

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Pacific Crest Trail & Santa Ana River Trail Re-Open within the Lake Fire Closure

Big Bear, CA, July 23rd, 2016 – Forest Service officials have re-opened a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest closed in 2015 as a result of the 31,359 acre Lake Fire.  The areas reopened includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Santa Ana River Trail and the East Flats near Barton Flats. Trail crews rehabilitated the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail within the burned area, for foot traffic with the following conditions:   Hikers must possess a Pacific Crest Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit. Equestrian use is not recommend. Hikers must stay on the Pacific Crest Trail within the...

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BBC CSD Celebrates 50 Years

Big Bear City, CA, July 21, 2016 – The Big Bear City Community Services District is having a celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the District. The event will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016, at 5:00 pm at the Big Bear City CSD District office in Big Bear City. There will be equipment, including trash trucks, for public viewing, along with fun, goodies, and treats. The Big Bear City CSD was formed in 1966. Originally, it was 3 separate agencies; the Big Bear City Sanitation District, the Big Bear City Fire Protection District, and the Big Bear City Street Lighting District. In 1967,...

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The Adventure Pass is Back

San Bernardino, CA, July 20 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. On May 19, 2016, the district court granted a joint motion by the plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service to accept the settlement agreement, which resulted in the 2014 judgment being vacated. Standard amenity recreation fee sites provide amenities such as designated developed parking, picnic tables, toilet facilities,...

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Early Morning Fire Burns Residence in Big Bear lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire on Timberline Trail in Big Bear Lake at approximately 1:42 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Upon arrival of fire crews, the garage and single-story home were well-involved with active flames visible. Crews were unable to make entry due to the intensity of the fire; an exterior attack was taken and fire was suppressed within a short period of time. Once the flames were knocked down, crews were able to make an interior search. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire was first...

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