Category: Current News

Snowfall Expected to Continue Throughout the Day; Snow Levels Could Drop to 3000 Feet

The snow keeps coming down, as we have received several inches (as of 8am) since snowfall began again at roughly 4am. Snow is expected to continue through the day, with snow levels as low as 3000 feet. Today’s accumulation will be in addition to the roughly two feet of snow the Big Bear Valley has received since Sunday. For updated weather information, tune to KBHR at quarter past every hour for Ben Brissey’s local weather report on 93.3 FM. Update: As of noon, we have received nearly a foot of snow just today–and snowfall continues to be...

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Boxer De La Hoya Prepares for Saturday’s Bout Against Pacquiao With High-Altitude Training in Big Bear

Golden Boy of boxing Oscar De La Hoya is now in Las Vegas, in preparation for his welterweight fight (at 147 pounds) against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, though up until last week De La Hoya had spent the last couple months in Big Bear, enjoying—or sweltering through–the benefits of high-altitude training. At a recent press conference, De La Hoya, who had established a training facility here in the ’90s, said, “I didn’t realize how difficult training in Big Bear was until I came back. I think it’s been about six years since the last time I was here. I think it was the best decision I’ve made, at this point of my career. The thinner air is the difference, but the altitude is a killer. You have to work that much harder to get in shape.” During his training here on the mountain, the 35-year-old boxing champion did eight-mile runs over hilly terrain, chopped wood, and sparred at a local boxing facility, in preparation for the December 6 bout at the MGM Grand. Of the match versus his 29-year-old opponent, De La Hoya has said, “I’m scared—I’m scared of what I can do to him.” The De La Hoya/Pacquiao fight is available on pay-per-view, and though the two go head-to-head at 9pm, the HBO program begins at 5:30pm. To order through Charter Cable, at a cost of $54.99,...

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BBHS Class of 1956 Graduate and 21-Year BVUSD Employee Marie Wanke Passes Away on Monday

Longtime Big Bear local and former Woman of Distinction honoree Marie Wanke passed away on Monday, with her family at her side, including husband Gary, her Big Bear High School class of 1956 classmate and husband of nearly 49 years. Prior to her passing on November 3, Wanke, age 69, had worked for the Bear Valley Unified School District for 21 years (as secretary to the superintendent and the Board of Trustees), was named 2001’s Confidential Employee of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators, was a Board member to the Steven G. Mihaylo Foundation (up until her resignation just last Friday), and was a charter member of Soroptimists International of Big Bear Valley. Marie and Gary Wanke, along with daughters Sherri (Kirby) and Kelly (Ent), had hosted three exchange students and, says Kelly, “Anything to do with kids, she was there for it.” Wanke, also a grandmother of three, also served as the unofficial historian on BVUSD, often being of assistance to KBHR. Wanke’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Sunday, November 9, to be held at the Big Bear Convention Center at 2pm. Her family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Steven G. Mihaylo Foundation, in support of a Marie Wanke Scholarship. Mailing address is SG Mihaylo Foundation, P.O. Box 1529, Big Bear Lake, CA...

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Long-Standing Poplar Tree at Meadow Park Felled by Rec and Park Staff as Limbs Overhung Tot Lot

Passersby along Park Avenue this morning in the 7am hour may have noticed a large tree down in Meadow Park, near the playground or “tot lot” area off the tennis courts. As it turns out, a crew from the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District cut down the poplar tree, guesstimated to be about 70 years old, as a safety precaution, as had been the case with another, smaller poplar removed from the tot lot earlier this week. Per Reese Troublefield, Director of the Recreation and Park District, “We’re not in the tree cutting business, but in the tree growing business. We were not happy with the fact that we had to do that, but it was a proximity issue–not that the tree would have necessarily fallen on the playground, but the heavy snow on big limbs over the playground was an issue.” Troublefield tells KBHR that Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Fuerstenberg and two others from the Recreation and Park District attended a playground construction and safety training seminar in September, and have since felled some trees, including four at The Ranch in Erwin Lake, as a safety measure, and another two to allow more sunlight at the pool area. Asked if they have the authority to cut long-standing trees on park properties owned by the County of San Bernardino, Troublefield responded, “If it’s a safety issue on our...

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Baldwin Lake Volunteer Fire Department, County Fire’s Station #97, Extinguishes First Fire Yesterday

The Baldwin Lake Volunteer Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire’s Station #97 as of September 6, responded to their first call yesterday afternoon, September 7. Per Baldwin Fire’s Captain Larry Winslow, a banker by trade, “We were at our station chopping wood, when a neighbor came running down the the road, saying there was smoke. Turns out someone decided to burn their own brush.” After quickly extinguishing the small, backyard fire—as engines with firefighting crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Big Bear City Fire and County Fire’s Fawnskin Department were en route to Baldwin Lake–Winslow tells KBHR that they referred the homeowners to the chipping program, as a safer means of clearing the brush from their property. The Baldwin Lake Volunteer Fire Department is staffed daily and ’round the clock on weekends, starting at 8pm on Fridays, and of the 30 volunteers, Winslow says, “We have two goals: to expedite the call, and supplement the resources.” That said, the volunteer firefighters are not in place of, but an added bonus to, existing firefighting operations of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. County Fire’s Mountain Division Chief George Corley tells KBHR, “We are still the parent organization of that area. Every time there’s an incident in Baldwin Lake, engines from the Big Bear City Fire Department and County Fire in Fawnskin will be there. Once we get there, we take...

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