Catching Up: October 14-Murder/Suicide in Arrowbear Lake

On Tuesday, October 14 two bodies were found in a home in the 32000 block of Arrowbear Drive in Arrowbear Lake. The bodies were discovered at approximately 7:41 a.m. by deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station. The sheriff’s department had received a report of a possible missing person and when they arrived on the scene deputies entered the home and found two bodies with apparent gunshot wounds.

Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detail, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The investigators determined that Jessee Robert Fisher, 24, of Running Springs shot Zakery James McCoy, 23, of Arrowbear and then he subsequently shot himself.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Detective Gary Hart or Sgt. John Gaffney at (909) 387-3589. Callers who wish to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-tip website at:

Rim Students Support “Red Ribbon Week” and “Say No! to Drugs!”

Red ribbon Week2For over 20 years schools in the Rim  of the World Unified School District have joined thousands of schools all around the country to celebrate “saying no to drug” through the program called Red Ribbon Week. I remember when Red Ribbon Week began in the mountain communities and those same traditions continue today. At Charles Hoffman Elementary School in Running Spring the visible signs of Red Ribbon Week can be seen on trees and fences that are festooned with bright red ribbons. Throughout the years the activities that surround this special, important message of not getting involved with drugs has taken many different forms.

Many years ago one of the school principals and I scaled a tall ladder and we crawled across the roof of one of the buildings so I could get a great picture of the children who were lined up on the playground. The colorfully dressed students were helped by their teachers and school staff to line up and once in place, from my (very scary) vantage point on the school’s roof, it was easy to see that the students were spelling out a huge “no” as they lined up on the asphalt. That was also the one and only time I did anything that crazy.Red ribbon Week, CHE

While students across the country know it’s Red Ribbon Week and it stands for saying no to illegal drugs few people know how this nationally-celebrated week even began so I did some digging and found the following information. Out of something horrific came “Red Ribbon Week.” The information printed her is from the Red Ribbon Coalition and is approved by the foundation.

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. The agent had been working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico for over four years and his efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuaha, Mexico. The successful eradication of this and other drug production operations angered leaders of several drug cartels who sought revenge. As a result, they murdered key informants and then, on February 7, 1985, they kidnapped Agent Camarena and his pilot Captain Alfredo Zavala-Avelar on the same day.

After DEA Agent Camarena and Captain Zavata-Avelar were kidnapped, the DEA launched a massive investigation. The agents found local law enforcement uncooperative at best, DEA Administrator Jack Lawn and U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese sought greater support from Mexican officials, including the Mexican Attorney General but to no avail. Orders from US Customs Commissioner Edwin von Raab effectively closed the US/Mexico border for days putting pressure on the Mexican government to assist.

Red Ribbon Week 2014Soon, representatives of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police (MFJP)  presented a tip to DEA Agents claiming that Agent Camarena had been mistakenly kidnapped by a man and his three sons. The MFJP informed the agents that a raid of the man’s ranch in Angostura would take place the following morning and invited them to come. However, the MFJP raided the ranch before DEA agents arrived. During the raid, they shot and killed five individuals. Not long after, a passerby discovered the bodies of both Agent Camarena and Captain Zavala-Avelar by the side of the road not far from the ranch.

The DEA’s investigation revealed that Agent Camarena had been tortured extensively before he was murdered. Audiotapes of the torture showed that medical doctors actually kept Agent Camarena alive in order to continue the interrogation. Evidence collected revealed that both Agent Camarena and Captain Zavala-Avelar were initially buried in one location and then moved to the ranch where they were found.

The dramatic events that followed Agent Camarena’s disappearance were chronicled in national media in the U.S. The publicity exposed the dark world of drug trafficking, including how far drug traffickers would go to maintain power and control.

In Agent Camarena’s home town of Calexico, California, the public outpouring of support turned into an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and illegal use of legal drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the honorary chairpersons.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention and treatment services. It is the largest most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

For more information log onto:






Local Running Springs Stores Welcoming Trick or Treaters

Halloween_girl_w_pumpkinSeveral Hilltop Blvd. (Hwy 18) businesses will be waiting for trick or treaters from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween night, October 31. Have fun everyone! Members of the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a booth by Cut Above on Hilltop Blvd. Have a fun night, everyone. Hopefully the rain (or snow, or both) will hold off until Halloween is over.


Fall Fishing Derby at Lake Gregory Last of the Year’s Events

boy-go-fishing-free-clipartOn November 8 the Crestline Chamber of Commerce will host their  last Trout Fishing Derby of the season at Lake Gregory. The fun will begin at 7 a.m. and registrants will pay a $20 entry fee. Boats will also be available to rent or participants can fish from the two and one-half mile shoreline. The derby will end at 3:30 p.m. with the “fish weigh in” and the awards ceremony.

In addition to the $2,500 grand prize that’s available out there somewhere there are also nine other tagged fish and if you’re lucky and catch one you might be the lucky one to pick up the $100 tag that these fish carry. The fun day will also feature other prizes including a $100 cash award for the largest catch of the day, a $50 cash award for the total catch weight. $25 will also go to the person who catches the largest fish in the 16-and under age category as well as in the “senior” division for fishermen and women 65-years and older.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Goodwin’s Market, the Seven-11, Lake Drive Ace Hardware and the Crestline Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets can be purchased at the event up until 10 a.m. Have fun!

For more information contact the Crestline Chamber of Commerce by logging onto: or call (909) 338-2706.


Celebration of Life Service for Steve Cannata Planned for November 2

beautiful cross with flowersA celebration of life to honor longtime resident Steve Cannata has been planned for November 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Robert Hootman Community Center on Running Springs School Road (off Hwy. 18). To everyone’s shock Steve died yesterday. He fought the great fight and although he endured a lot of pain he still had a smile and a welcoming attitude. Oh my gosh, will he be missed!

Steve was such an asset to our local mountain communities and he was respected and loved by so many people. He was one of those incredible people you could count on to help and help he did. He was funny, caring and I know his family and friends will miss him terribly. As a longtime member of the Arrowbear Lions Club Steve was active for many years and his death will leave a void in the organization and in the lives of his friends and family.

The family is requesting that friends take pictures of Steve so they can b e added to a memory wall. They are also asking his friends to “wear something with camouflage” on your attire because he loved nature so much.

A lunch will be catered by Blondie’s Restaurant in Arrowbear so please plan to attend and honor this man who was such a part of our communities.


Coat Distribution Set for Nov. 11

Hearts & Lives 3The next Hearts and Lives coat distribution will be held Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church which is located at 351 South  Hwy. 173.

Hearts and Lives currently has some “gently used” coats as well as some new coats. The new items were made available through a generous donation by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club, a 10 percent discount from T.J. Maxx and outstanding prices through Fallas Discount Store in Victorville,

Remember, we all need a little help in some ways throughout our life. If you have gently-used coats, warm mittens or other “winter wear”  call Hearts and Live at (909) 338-3222  to donate to helping other mountain residents who need a little help. The Hearts and Lives office is located at 24028 Lake Drive, Suite ! (near Goodwin’s Market).

Please remember that when you give you not only give of your resources but you are giving with your heart and that makes it all worthwhile.


Smokey the Bear Volunteers Needed!

Even Smokey knows the fire danger is huge so pay attention and be careful. We need our forests intact!

Smokey Bear is getting tired so he needs your help. He needs a vacation so a new “Smokey” needs to step forward to attend events and help the forest service.

Everyone on the planet has heard of Smokey Bear but he needs your help. Yes, you! “Smokey” is getting a little tired these days, and just like you and me, he’s getting older by the day so he’s offering you, yes you, a special opportunity. You, too, can be Smokey Bear and just think of the love and hugs you’ll get from children and adults when you “step out” to go to events. Everyone loves Smokey so if you want excited children to run up and hug you or even “big children” to hug you this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

You, too, can consider volunteering to be Smokey Bear….our  nation’s “favorite bear.” Smokey gets to ride in the 1924 Model T forest Patrol in parades throughout southern California. He attends fairs, festivals and special events. In the winter he visits Snow Valley (and gets to ski and snowboard following his appearance). I bet Smokey just loves rolling around in the snow.

There are guidelines for donning the official “suit” and the Wildfire Prevention Volunteers are holding a training session on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in San Bernardino.

The Forest Service needs you! Smokey needs you! The children need you!

For information visit

Remember, don’t play with matches in the forest or Smokey will be most unhappy!

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