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...]

Water Restrictions Still in Effect

Big Bear, CA, July 30, 2014 - Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an Emergency Water Conservation Regulation that all Californians are required to follow. However, for the past decade, the Big Bear Lake DWP has had water restrictions in place that are already in line with the State Water Board's mandated restrictions. Water … [Read more...]

Logging in the Mountains

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, July 26, 2014 - Although Big Bear and the surrounding San Bernardino mountain communities are best known for recreation, outdoor locations for Hollywood productions, and the gold rush of the late 1800s, it was logging that was the big industry in the early 1900s. Logging in the San Bernardino Mountains was once done … [Read more...]

BBL City Council Awards Capital Improvement Contracts

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 16, 2014 - During Monday nights' meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, several capital improvement contracts were awarded with one large project in particular, rejected.  Contracts for the Knickerbocker parking lot, the Paine to Bartlett sidewalk and sewer lift rehabilitation were awarded.  But a 1.5 million dollar … [Read more...]

Power Outage Caused by Remote Controlled Airplane

Big Bear Valley, CA, July 8, 2014 - Yesterday at about 8:30 am, many areas of the Big Bear Valley experienced a power outage that lasted approximately 30 minutes. This was due to a radio controlled airplane striking power lines in the Sandalwood area. When the plane struck the lines it opened a circuit which then shut down the power. In normal … [Read more...]

The Evolution of a Forest

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, July 5, 2014 - Long before recorded history, this area was home to Native Americans--in fact, 616 prehistoric archaeological sites remain--and then to Mexicans and Europeans in the early 1800s. Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848, just a few years before the discovery of gold in the San Bernardino … [Read more...]

Critters vs. Litter

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Big Bear Lake, CA, July 2, 2014 - With year round recreation, the San Bernardino National Forest is one of the busiest in the country. But with more visitors comes extra litter, and the Forest Service is asking for public cooperation in keeping the area garbage-free. Some environmental effects are obvious. Plastics take decades to disintegrate … [Read more...]

The Ongoing Evolution of Stanfield Marsh

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 - A favorite scenic spot in Big Bear is the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Habitat that extends east from Stanfield Cutoff. Visitors can park in the southwest corner, stop by the wooden gazebo acting as an informational kiosk, then stroll along the water on the wooden walkway. The wooden walkway has a dual … [Read more...]

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