Sunday: August 23: Summit Fire Burning in Big Bear

Thank you to Laura Dyberg, head of the  Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council,  for her information on the Summit Fire which is burning in U.S. Forest Service property south of Big Bear Lake. The fire was reported at 12;25 and it has burned approximately 10 acres. The fire is burning with moderate spread into heavy fuels (large trees, ect.). There are mandatory evacuations for the area from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south to Pennsylvania Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and it was reported at 12;25 p.m. The fire is burning south of the Snow Summit Ski Resort and it has burned, to this early update, from 20 to 25 acres in brush and timber.

Update: Fire units on scene or those who are supplying help in some way include Cal Fire, Big Bear Fire Department, Running Springs Fire Department, Arrowbear Lake Fire Department and assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino Fire Department.


Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Purchases Finalized

Just waiting for enough snow.....keep the faith! It will come and you can be ready  for some great skiing at Snow Valley. For the website log onto: for all the information. Pray for will come!

I don’t have much information yet on the very recent finalization of the purchase of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake. The new owner has begun considering upgrades to the locations so I’ll stay up on this local Running Springs area San Bernardino mountains skiing information.

Fortunately those of us in the Rim of the World communities have Snow Valley right around the corner on Hwy. 18 and it is basically owned by one man who has owned it for years and years. W.R. Sauey loves Snow Valley and even when times are tough he continues to support this local ski area with his funds, his heart and his soul.

We, who live in the Rim of the World areas are lucky to have a man who loves Snow Valley and supports it to the “enth degree.”



Congratulations, Big Bear Middle School et All!

Minnie Mouse with Birthday cakeThis year Big Bear Middle School has been selected as one of 14 San Bernardino County middle and high schools for the California Department of Education’s “Gold Ribbon Awards.”
This special designation is temporarily taking the place of the Distinguished School program because of the changes to the state’s accountability and assessment systems. That being said, the new “name” doesn’t change the fact that this local mountain high school earned this coveted award.

“I want to congratulate this year’s Gold ribbon schools, who represent the best in academic practices and programs that are taking place in our public schools,”  said County Superintendent of School Ted Alejandre.

JM: Congratulations to all the students and teachers for these great awards. Minnie Mouse is also proud “All of you winners simply Take the Cake,” she said.

Local Entrepreneur Jennifer Kellum Open New Art Gallery in Big Bear

artists palletLongtime Running Springs resident Jennifer Kellum (and owner and creator of Artisan’s in Running Springs) has another great project underway. Jennifer will soon be opening another art gallery, this one located in Big Bear. One of the things that makes her efforts so great is that she showcases local artists and artisans of many different skills.

She is terribly excited about this venture and I know that the artists and artisans involved will be as well.

Here’s a bit of history from many years ago….Jennifer was honorary mayor of Running Springs back in the 1970s or 1980s.

Good luck, Jennifer.I know you’ll do as well in Big Bear as you do in Running Springs.

Mountain Transit Offering Veterans Reduced Fares

How about the guy who drives the busses? In big or small towns it's a big job. Thanks!

Effective last August, veterans became eligible for a 50 percent reduced fare for all Mountain Transit Fixed Route, OTM (Off the Mountain) and DAR services.

To received the reduced fare, veterans must show either a Veteran ID or a Mountain Transit Veteran Discount Card.

Veterans who do not have a government issued ID card may obtain the Mountain Card by presenting their separation papers or other proof of service at either of the Mountain Transit offices between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Office locations are 41939 Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake or at 621 Forest Shade Road in Crestline.


Hiker Rescued by Helicopter Near Bear Mountain Ski Resort in Big Bear

On Wednesday, October 29, Big Bear resident Dillion Holman, 23, suffered a non-life threatening injury while hiking in the mountain area of Bear Mountain Ski Resort in Big Bear and he was airlifted to the hospital with the help of personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The helicopter flight crew included Pilot Deputy Jim Landry, Crew Chief Deputy Mike Ells, San Bernardino County Firefighters Captain Steve Simpson and paramedic Eric Sherwin. They were dispatched to the area to assist the Big Bear Fire Department in locating and helping the injured hiker.

Holman was located east of the ski resort at about the 8,200 foot level. He was in a wooded area with steep terrain and was surrounded by 80 foot high trees, making the rescue more challenging. Due to the terrain and the wooded area the crew decided that a “hoist rescue” would be required.  To accomplish this maneuver a rescue hoist that was on the helicopter was used and Sherwin was lowered down about 100 feet to reach the victim. The hiker was treated and stabilized for his injuries during the short flight to the landing zone in the Bear Mountain Ski Resort parking lot.  After the initial stabilization he was transported to Bear Valley Community Hospital by the Big Bear Fire Department.


The Last Reminder About the Hwy. 18 Closure Between Big Bear and Snow Valley

Don’t forget that there will be a “full closure” of Hwy. 18 between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam from  Monday, October 6  to Thursday, October 30. The hours for the closures will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fridays the highway will be open to traffic.

Alternate routes are available on SR 38 from Mentone and SR 18 from Lucerne to Big Bear Lake. A paving/guardrail project is in process on Hwy. 38 so motorists using that route can expect flagging and minor delays while using the detour during the daytime hours.

The area where the work will be done is traditionally known as the “Arctic Circle” and during winter months the storms loosen rocks and boulders that can easily drop down onto the highway, causing extremely dangerous conditions for drivers. This long repair project will remove loose rocks and boulders which hopefully can help keep drivers safe during the upcoming winter months.