San Gabriel Mountains to be Designated as a National Monument

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San Dimas, CA, October 10, 2014 - President Obama is expected to make a statement today at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, announcing his plans to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument which would encompass 350,000 acres of public land. Stretching from Santa Clarita to San Bernardino County, the San Gabriel Mountains provide outdoor … [Read more...]

Trout Plant Today in Big Bear Lake

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  Big Bear Lake, CA, Oct. 1, 2014 - 3600 pounds of Trout were added to Big Bear Lake this morning just in time for Troutfest this weekend. Overseeing the fish plant was MWD interim GM Mike Stephenson along with Big Bear lake Mayor Jay Obernolte, Mayor Pro-Tem David Caretto, and City Councilman Rick Herrick, as well as MWD Board members … [Read more...]

Medicine Wheel: A Native Approach To Restoring Balance

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Big Bear City, CA, September 28, 2014 - This month marked the ten-year anniversary of the Big Bear Medicine Wheel that was led by an Eastern Shoshone elder during the severe drought of 2004. At the time, local government agencies were debating cloud seeding--a method of increasing precipitation by dispersing substances such as dry ice or silver … [Read more...]

Weather in the Big Bear Valley

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Big Bear, CA, Sept. 27, 2014 - According to the National Weather Service, the warmest month in Big Bear is July, with a daily average temperature of 65 degrees. The coolest month is January, with a daily average temperature of 34 degrees. There are an average of 2 days each year with highs over 90 degrees with the highest temperature ever recorded … [Read more...]

New Water Use Regulations Coming?

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 11, 2014 - Governor Brown is expected to sign several bills, approved by the state legislature, into law this month, requiring local agencies to set up long term groundwater management plans. These new laws would allow state and local governments to intervene in groundwater use if necessary. California draws close to 60 … [Read more...]

Wildlife in the Big Bear Valley

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Big Bear, CA, Sept. 6, 2014 - Wild animals are a fairly common sight in the Big Bear Valley and surrounding mountains. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even coyotes are seen every day. There are other animals that we share our home with that we are rarely lucky enough to see. Big Bear was named after the huge Grizzly Bears that roamed the … [Read more...]

Knickerbocker Creek Trail Gets the Go Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2014 - The Big Bear Lake City Council, in a 2 to 3 vote, gave the nod to move ahead with the Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. The Council had previously directed city staff to reject all 'over budget' bids and then renegotiate in order to lower costs. The total project price tag of $1,725,000. will be … [Read more...]

MWD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Big Bear, CA, August 16, 2014 - In the late 1950s and early 1960s, southern California was in the midst of an extended drought. Due to large demands on water from Big Bear Lake for irrigation down the hill, the lake had been reduced to little more than a large mud puddle. Although the dam was originally constructed to provide irrigation water … [Read more...]

School District Launches Pilot Program for Vertical Farming

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Big Bear City, CA, August 11, 2014 - The Big Bear Valley is keeping step with what’s become a national mainstream trend: growing local, organic food. Last April, educator Stephen Ritz brought his message of healing the food system to the annual Lighthouse Summit--inspiring many audience members to ditch fast food in favor of more fresh produce. … [Read more...]

The Highest Peak in SoCal

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Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2014 - Just a few miles south of the Big Bear Valley is the highest peak in Southern California. San Gorgonio Mountain, or as it's known locally, Mount San Gorgonio, was named by Spanish Missionaries in the early 17th century after Saint Gorgonius, a Christian martyr who died in 304 AD. At 11,503 feet, it can clearly be … [Read more...]