Category: Current News

One Victim Identified in Saturday’s Fatal Plane Crash

According to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday, July 29th, at approximately 10:30 pm, deputies from the Apple Valley Police Department were requested to respond to the Apple Valley Airport in search of a vehicle belonging to the victim.  The reporting party stated the victims were flying in from Big Bear and were overdue.  Deputies located the vehicle at the airport and contacted the Aviation Division for assistance.  An aerial search began immediately covering the area between the Big Bear and Apple Valley airports. On Sunday, July 30th, at approximately 9:30 am, the crew aboard 40K3 located a single engine aircraft down in the county area of Big Bear Mountain.   A flight crew member was hoisted to the wreckage and located two deceased; an adult male and female. The female has been identified as 28 year old, Rebecca Joan Raymond.  Rebecca was a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Barstow Sheriff’s Station and, had been with the department since September of 2016.  The name of the male victim is pending identification and notification of next of kin. FAA and NTSB were contacted and have responded to assist the Sheriff’s Aviation Division with the investigation.  The cause of the collision is unknown at this time and the investigation is...

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Dancing For The Lake 2017

Big Bear, CA – The second annual ‘Dancing for the Lake’ charity event is a celebration of Big Bear Valley culture and entertainment that features local dignitaries dancing alongside professionals in a gala night of wine, food, silent auction and Ball Room Dance competition. Last year, Dancing for the Lake raised $21,000 that was donated to 12 Big Bear Charities. Nancy Gonzalez, owner of Hacienda Grill, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award and also took home the trophy as Best Female Dancer. Dan McKernan won Best Male Dancer. This year’s dancers will be Erika Wheeler Harris, Mary...

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1st Annual “Conquer the Wall” Running Event at Snow Summit

Big Bear, CA – The first annual ‘Ryan Hall’s Conquer the Wall’ endurance running event will be held at Snow Summit on July 30th at 9:00 a.m. hosted by the Big Bear High School Cross Country team. Participants of all ages are invited to test their endurance on the famous “Wall” climb that former Olympian runner Ryan Hall used to train on while growing up in Big Bear. The current high school cross country team in Big Bear still utilizes this course every summer for their training, hoping to reach the heights that Ryan Hall established. Three State Champions later….it...

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Fatal Accident Shuts Down Highway 38 on Friday

Big Bear, CA – On Friday, July 21, at approximately 2:23 pm, Arrowhead Area Officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision on SR-38, East of Angelus Oaks. Mr. Frank J. Zuppinger, a resident of Big Bear City, was driving a gray, 1994, Jeep Grand Cherokee, westbound on SR-38, east of Angelus Oaks. For unknown reasons, the Grand Cherokee left the roadway and entered onto the south shoulder of SR-38 where it overturned. Mr. Zuppinger was trapped and would later be extricated by witnesses. After extrication, it was determined Mr. Zuppinger was not breathing and CPR was performed by witnesses until relieved by San Bernardino County Fire personnel. An airship was requested and the solo driver was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the collision is still under...

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Fire Tax Fee Dropped for Rural Areas of California

The much debated and often labeled as an illegal and redundant tax will soon be dropped as part of Assembly Bill 398 — the Global Warming Solutions Act.   Although not linked to global warming the fire tax elimination was a method to garner more votes from rural assembly members on both sides of the political spectrum.  For a large number of property owners in Big Bear they will be overjoyed with the news as many considered it an unnecessary fee derived in order to help shore up weakened state budgets.    Several state lawmakers including Retired State Senator George...

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