Category: Current News

Overturned Dumptruck Closes SR-330 For Several Hours Yesterday

Big Bear, CA, August 24, 2016 – Yesterday, at approximately 8:40 am, Police Officer A. Gunnoe, was traveling northbound on SR-330 when he observed a three axle Peterbuilt dump truck traveling southbound on SR-330 at 40 to 45 MPH, smoking from all of its wheels. Officer Gunnoe turned around and attempted to catch up to the dump truck. As the Officer was approaching, he observed the dump truck through a cloud of smoke and dust starting to travel sideways on the highway. Consequently, the dump truck overturned onto its right side and slid into a white, 2004 Toyota Sienna,...

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BVCHD Announces Permanent CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 23, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Garth Hamblin as the permanent Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Hamblin has served the District as the interim CFO for the past 11 months, and the Board voted unanimously to keep him with the district as the new permanent CFO. Garth Hamblin was born and raised in southern Idaho where he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, and graduated with an Associate Degree. He continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where...

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Frontier Communications Landlines Down

UPDATE : August 23, 2016 – The cause of yesterday’s loss of phone service was due to a damaged fiber-optic cable providing service for Frontier Communications. Multiple agencies including Bear Valley Electric Service, Southwest Gas, Frontier, and CalTrans are working on projects on Big Bear Boulevard.  Yesterday early afternoon, a third-party construction contractor was digging equipment and damaged the underground fiber optic cable on Big Bear Boulevard near Stanfield Cutoff causing a temporary interruption of telecommunication service for Frontier’s customers.  Frontier technicians responded to assess the damage and restore service.  All services were restored by 5:11pm.  If Frontier customers are still...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional...

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Blue Cut Fire – Incident Commanders Ask For Public’s Help

Big Bear, CA, August 20th, 2016 – The Blue Cut Fire remains under investigation, however, the Unified Incident Commanders have determined that the public’s assistance is needed. Anyone who may have been in or around the area of southbound Interstate 15 between Cleghorn and Kenwood Roads or along Old Cajon Boulevard through this same section on Tuesday, August 16th, between 10:00 am and 11:00 am and believe that they may have seen something suspicious is asked to share that information. If you believe you have information, photos, or video of this area in this time frame, please call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or on the web at www.wetip.com The Blue Cut Fire started on Tuesday, August 16th, and has so far burned 37,020 acres, destroyed 105 homes, 216 outbuildings and is at 40% containment. All calls can remain confidential. Thank you for your assistance in this ongoing...

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