Category: Youth Children Families

Land Trust Saves Big Bear’s Best Meadowland

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 22, 2016 – 32 acres, which include lakeshore and the old drive-in movie site has been purchased by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust. In two separate land deals funded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board, the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust purchased a total of 32.3 acres of critical meadow and wetland habitat on the south shore of Big Bear Lake. The site features several unique endangered plant species, most prominent being the Bear Valley checkerbloom — found only in Big Bear Valley. Equally important, the acquisition protects a vital patch of open space in this well-known populated part...

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Big Bear Valley Residents Keep Prescription Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands

Big Bear, CA, February 4, 2016 – Unused or unwanted medications that are stored at home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, and prescription drugs are the Big Bear Valley’s third most abused substance by youth, tied with ecstasy. The most common way prescription drug abusers obtain these drugs is by receiving, buying, or stealing from friends or family who have extra, unused or expired medications. In order to combat this problem the community came together in January 2015 to place a Prescription Drug Take Back Box in our community. Since the installation of Big...

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BVUSD Seeks Input on Possible Homeschool/Alternative Education Program

Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2016 – The Bear Valley Unified School District recognizes a need and desire throughout our community for a homeschooling/alternative education program. The District has the resources, teachers, and community support to create an outstanding program to serve our students and families. New Superintendent, Dr. Mary Suzuki stated, “Many families are interested in homeschooling and/or an alternative educational option for their children and Bear Valley Unified School District is excited to step up to this challenge. A program such as this will better serve our families and community.” The School District is interested in your ideas on how a homeschool program may benefit...

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Know Before You Go

Big Bear, CA, January 6, 2016 – Big Bear Valley offers many free snow play areas for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding.  Don’t let your winter fun be ruined – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  Free areas for snow play are available on open forest service land and trails only.  Snow play on private property (including vacant lots) is prohibited.  Violators are subject to citation or arrest for trespassing.  Make sure to park your vehicle in an authorized location so you don’t return from your day of fun to find a parking ticket or that your vehicle has been towed. Here are some safety tips for sledding in unmaintained areas: * Select a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop. * Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot. * Avoid hillsides that end near trees, boulders, fences or other hazards. * Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as rocks, trees, fallen branches, or trash/other debris. * Choose hills that are snowy, rather than icy.  An icy slope makes for a hard landing if you fall off your sled. * Sled during the daytime, when potential hazards are visible. Pay-to-Play tubing on maintained runs is also available at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play. DO NOT walk or play on the lake...

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LAUSD Schools Closed Due to Credible Threat

Big Bear, CA, December 15, 2015 – All schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are closed today due to the receipt of a “credible threat of violence.” Bear Valley Unified School District wants to assure everyone that they are following ongoing reports on this situation and will keep us informed of any circumstance that may affect students in the Big Bear Valley. Additionally, San Bernardino Valley College remains closed today due to the receipt of a credible threat on Monday, but has been cleared to reopen Wednesday, December 16, after a thorough search of the campus. BVUSD is in contact with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and will keep us apprised of any information pertinent to all of us in Big Bear Valley. The County Superintendent of Schools reports “in San Bernardino County, no K-12 school districts have reported being closed this morning.” Tiffany Swantek of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Department offered the following information: In Big Bear, at this time, we have had no indication or any reports of any threats to the Big Bear Valley. The Sheriff continues to ask people to remain diligent and watchful for any suspicious activity and to report any such activity right away....

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