Category: Environment

Hiker rescued by Sheriff’s Aviation on the Pacific Crest Trail

Big Bear, CA – On Wednesday, May 31, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Sheriff’s Volunteer Forces contacted the Aviation Unit regarding a hiker who activated a Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) on Pacific Crest Trail, near the North Fork area. The GPS coordinates from the activation showed the hiker, identified as Jared Lee Ewing, was approximately 6 miles south of Onyx Peak. 40 King 2, with a crew of two Deputies, responded to the GPS coordinates to search for Ewing. As soon as the crew arrived they immediately located Ewing, who was near an open area at the bottom of the canyon....

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Spring Snow in Big Bear

Big Bear, CA – Mother Nature did not disappoint and gave us her usual spring snow yesterday with a couple inches of the white stuff accumulating. The snowfall was off and on throughout the day yesterday and at times was falling quite heavily. There’s a reason the long-timers remind us to not plant our gardens till after Mother’s...

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Arson Suspect Arrested Following Extensive Search

Crestline, CA – On Monday, May 1, at about 8:07 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male attempting to start a fire on Highway 18 just below the Highway 138 cut off in the area of Crestline. Officers from both agencies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire and US Forestry Fire. Numerous additional 911 calls were received reporting the subject was armed with a firearm and carrying an ax. The subject also threw rocks at a vehicle on the highway. The subject ran down the highway, fled over the side, and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon. The subject lit an additional fire in the dense brush of the canyon, below the highway. Highway 18 was closed and all traffic was evacuated due to the fire and armed subject. Multiple law enforcement agencies including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks and Central Stations, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire Investigators, US Forest Service Officers, and K9s from both the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police responded. A perimeter was established as helicopters from the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol used FLIR to search for the subject in the dense brush. The subject, identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, a 27 year old resident of Cedar Glen, was located on the side of Highway 18, within...

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo Celebrates with May Discount

Big Bear, CA – Big Bear locals are invited to celebrate spring with a discounted admission rate at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo the first week in May. With construction of the new zoo well underway, there’s much to celebrate. From May 1-5, locals can visit the zoo for only $5. The local discount provides an opportunity for people to view the current zoo before the zoo transitions to its new location, which is scheduled for completion in early spring of 2018, and is a thank you to locals for supporting the zoo. The special discount will apply to the...

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Big Bear Greenthumbs seek Volunteers for 2017 Season

Big Bear, CA – The U.S. Forest Service and their partner, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, are seeking volunteers of all ages who would enjoy working both in the forest and in their commercial size greenhouse to benefit the ecological restoration program. For over 20 years, Volunteers in the USFS Greenthumbs Program have restored disturbed lands across the San Bernardino National Forest. The volunteers work in the Native Plant facilities at the Mountaintop Ranger Station in Big Bear, to grow and then out plant thousands of native plants to improve habitat and watershed conditions across the Forest. Volunteers learn native...

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