Big Bear Fire Department developing master plan for Bear Valley | Big Bear

The brief and anonymous survey is open to all community members and can be completed online at www.BigBearFire.org.   Big Bear Fire Department is planning for the future. The Department is in the process of conducting a master planning study to develop a Fire Protection Master Plan for the Big Bear Valley. The study will help the Department and its governing board evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of current fire services and develop a plan for the future. A survey has been developed for community input as a part of…

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Big Bear Municipal Water District researching construction of local fish hatchery | Fishery could be operational by 2018

Boardmembers for the Big Bear Municipal Water District recently traveled to the 49th state to visit the Anchorage-based William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. The MWD board is wrestling with the concept of creating a local fish hatchery on district property located behind its main offices now used as an RV park to raise sport fish for release into Big Bear Lake and other possible locations. The boardmembers visited to hatchery to learn more about the feasibility of such a project as that facility was constructed by the contractor they…

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How hard is it as an immigrant to enter the U.S.?

Constantly hearing from Trump that immigrants flow at will into the U.S. I checked to see what vetting those people currently undergo to enter the country. It did not seem possible that the U.S. had been left unprotected and was waiting to Trump to swoop in and save us from attack. Here, according to the Heritage Foundation, is the current process. With several high-profile terrorist attacks around the world, including Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., many have raised serious concerns about how thoroughly individuals entering the U.S. are screened. With…

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Ice on the roads – drive carefully

Recent storms have brought record amounts of snow to mountain communities during the month of January. Now with warmer temperatures during the day and below freezing temperatures at night, mountain roads have become extremely icy, especially during early morning hours and in shaded areas. Motorists are advised to use an abundance of caution and watch for black ice. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol have responded to numerous vehicle rollovers and traffic collisions just today. Below are some recommended safety tips for driving on icy road conditions:…

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How to dispose of your Christmas tree | Dispose of Christmas trees in Big Bear

When it’s time to dispose of your 2016 Christmas tree, Big Bear Disposal curbside customers should place their trees next to their bin at the curb. Trees must be cut in half or to lengths no longer than 4-feet. Residents of the city of Big Bear Lake only may take their old trees to Big Bear Disposal’s Recycle Center at 41970 Garstin Drive. There will be a container available for Christmas trees next to the Buy Back Center through January 15.

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The meaning of the Christmas Tree

The symbolic meaning of Christmas trees originates in pagan culture where the evergreen represents life, rebirth, and stamina needed to endure the winter months. Scandinavian and Norse traditions honored the winter solstice (December 25) by decorating evergreens. At this time fir trees were also burned to commemorate the life that stirs even in the most frigid grips of winter. These traditions also marked the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year. Pagan lore indicates the time between December 25 until about early-mid January is some of the coldest days…

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A local phenomenon: The rare, white Cushenbury Marble | Gems of the West

Gems of the West Rock Shop 40847 Big Bear Boulevard Big Bear Lake (909) 878-0415 www.gemsofthewest.co It’s almost a daily occurrence for someone to come into Gems of the West Rock Shop on Big Bear Boulevard east of Pine Knot Avenue in Big Bear Lake and ask for a “local” mineral. The request is hard to satisfy because of the complex geology of this region. Of course, some pyrite, or fool’s gold, can be found. “One weekend, an excited youngster aged about 8 came into the store with his father….

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Big Bear to host Amgen Tour of California Time Trial for Stage 6 in May 2017

Big Bear Lake has been chosen as the site of Amgen Tour of California’s first ever high-altitude Time Trial for its Stage 6 race. This marks the fourth time that Big Bear Lake has been named a host city for the Amgen Tour of California, which reaffirms the mountain resort as a world-class road cycling destination and the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.” The 2017 Amgen Tour of California men’s competition is set to begin in Sacramento on May 14, 2017. The women’s competition will conclude its four-stage race in…

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Big Bear Lake Fishing Association fishing for donations

  Big Bear Lake fishing now has an advocate working to enhance spot fishing through more frequent fish stocking, increased numbers of tournaments, sport fishing shows and much more. A group of more than 25 interested persons recently gathered and elected an interim board for the now newly-created Big Bear Lake Fishing Association. The interim board, consisting of John Cantrell, Susan Mraz Tuttle, Steve Raphael, Terry Snell, Mike Marzell, Trish Marzell and Aaron Armstrong, will now work to complete  the soon-to-be-established nonprofit association’s mission statement, to create by-laws and determine…

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