Dancer/Painter Combines Art Forms at Month-Long Exhibit

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July 21, 2014, Big Bear Lake, CA - The Gallery in the Village is brimming with talent, with this month’s Featured Artist George Gootson--a respected local landscape painter--and Guest Artist Elizabeth Szymczak on display through August 13. The public is invited to a free reception to meet them and discuss their work on Saturday, July 26th from … [Read more...]

Astronomical Society Explores Cosmos

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Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2014 - Visitors to Big Bear often comment on how bright the stars are at night, and there’s a couple of reasons for that. Our altitude of over 6700 feet gives us excellent transparency, and the lack of many street lights keep the skies appropriately dark. Given those conditions, our mountain is the perfect place to … [Read more...]

First Mountain/First National Deal Falls Through

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 17, 2014 -- First Mountain Bank announced today the termination of the definitive agreement with First National Bank of Southern California that provided for the acquisition of First Mountain Bank by First National Bank of Southern California. A condition of the transaction required First National Bank to obtain regulatory … [Read more...]

BBL City Council Awards Capital Improvement Contracts

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 16, 2014 - During Monday nights' meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, several capital improvement contracts were awarded with one large project in particular, rejected.  Contracts for the Knickerbocker parking lot, the Paine to Bartlett sidewalk and sewer lift rehabilitation were awarded.  But a 1.5 million dollar … [Read more...]

Dogs From Hoarding Case Available Now at Weekend Adoption Event

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Devore, CA, July 12, 2014 - On July 2, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control rescued dozens of dogs from a neglectful hoarding situation near Phelan. They transported them to a veterinarian for examination and care for at the County’s Animal Shelter in Devore. Some of the dogs had such severely matted hair, it was hard to distinguish the … [Read more...]

July 4th Wrap-Up

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 - The lake level is about 9 1/2 feet down this week, and according to the Municipal Water District, the number of boats on the water was down over July 4th, compared to past years. Despite Independence Day falling on a Friday, there were only 349 vessels counted after 3pm. By comparison, there were 996 counted on … [Read more...]

City Council Seats Up For Election

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 - Three seats on the Big Bear Lake City Council are up for election in November. They are the seats of current Mayor Jay Obernolte, Mayor Pro Tem David Caretto, and Councilmember Rick Herrick. Persons interested in running may take out candidate filing papers beginning July 14. David Caretto and Rick Herrick have … [Read more...]

Power Outage Caused by Remote Controlled Airplane

Big Bear Valley, CA, July 8, 2014 - Yesterday at about 8:30 am, many areas of the Big Bear Valley experienced a power outage that lasted approximately 30 minutes. This was due to a radio controlled airplane striking power lines in the Sandalwood area. When the plane struck the lines it opened a circuit which then shut down the power. In normal … [Read more...]

Quakes, Floods and Slides

Big Bear City, July 5, 2014 12:09 p.m. - Not to be outdone by fireworks displays, Mother Nature put on a show of her own Saturday morning, with earthquakes, rock slides and floods. A cluster of earthquakes ranging from 2.7 to 4.6 hit west-northwest of Big Bear Lake at approximately 10 a.m. Rocks and boulders that are always unstable on the … [Read more...]

The Evolution of a Forest

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, July 5, 2014 - Long before recorded history, this area was home to Native Americans--in fact, 616 prehistoric archaeological sites remain--and then to Mexicans and Europeans in the early 1800s. Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848, just a few years before the discovery of gold in the San Bernardino … [Read more...]