Caltrans: Highway 18 Closure Hours for Hwy. 18 Winter Preparations

Caltrans logoOctober 2-If you’re heading to or from Big Bear via Hwy. 18 you need to know that the some changes have been made by Caltrans relating to their extensive work on Hwy. 18 in the “Arctic Circle.”

The work will now be done Monday through Friday, October 12 to October 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The closure will be between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam. Due to the scope of the work and the safety considerations, as well as additional planned work, the closure will now take place during daytime hours. Clearing boulders off steep cliffs that abut the highway cannot safely be done during the night hours so it is important for the safety of all Caltrans workers in the area that some of these improvements be done in the daylight hours.

Caltrans will also complete annual routine maintenance in order to prepare for winter. This work  will include rock scaling, clearing turnouts and drains, guardrail maintenance and they will paint the recessed “fog lines” on the newly-paved section.

Motorists are advised to use State Route (Hwy.) 38 as an alternate route to Big Bear.

“Blood Moon” and Solar Eclipse September 27-Let the Kids Stay Up to Watch!

Be sure to get out that telescope or just use your eyesight on September 27 when a total lunar eclipse takes place. Just to add to the excitement this eclipse will spawn an unusual Blood Lunar Eclipse. The last one of these events occurred in 1982 and the next one won’t take place until 2033. If you’ve never seen one drink some coffee or other caffeinated beverage and stay up for this special event. Seeing a blood-red moon really is quite fascinating and teenagers will probably find it really “cool” so let them stay up to see this oh-so-infrequent event.

“Show Tunes and TaTas” Fundraiser for Soroptimist Mammogram Program!

Soroptimist International logoLocal musicians Chyrl Russell, Maxx Hill and YOU will have a great time when Soroptimist International of the Rim of the World holds their annual fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at the beautiful, historic UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

This event will celebrate the organization’s 11th year of the Mammo-Versary program that provides mammograms for mountain women residents who otherwise would not be able to afford one of this potentially life-saving scans. Soroptimist members are so grateful to Mountains Community Hospital for their interest and dedication in helping mountain women in need to receive this potentially life-saving scan.

Come and enjoy music From Broadway, movies and sing along and throughly enjoy this annual fundraiser.

This donation at this event is $40 per person. As part of the fun there will be delicious goodies, entertainment and a no-host bar.This is the eleventh year of this fabulous program that is a great coordinated effort between the Soroptimists and the hospital.

For information call Yolanda Douglas at (909) 337-0041. This fundraiser promises to be great fun as well as a fabulous fall event.

CHP Offering Free “Start Smart” Driving Program for Teens and their Parents in Running Springs

"The Line Up"-Five or six of the California Highway Patrol squad cars were lined up along the embankment on the side of the Hwy. 18 station so the parking lot was free to house a small car show and bounce house for the children.
“The Line Up”-Five or six of the California Highway Patrol squad cars were lined up along the embankment on the side of the Hwy. 18 station so the parking lot was free to house a small car show and bounce house for the children.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Traffic Safety over 68,000 teens have died in car crashes in the last decade. To help teens get a good start behind the wheel the California Highway Patrol, teenagers and their parents or guardians can take part in the Start-Smart program.

The goal of the class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. The class will also show how poor choices behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions,

On Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be presenting a Start Smart Class in Running Springs.  The location is Calvary Chapel Running Springs at 31575 Hwy. 18 in “downtown Running Springs.” There is no cost for attending the class. Parents and new drivers interested in attending the class need to RSVP with CHP Officer Quintero or Officer Rodman by September 18. To RSVP call (909) 867-2791.  Space is limited to the first 25 students and parents. Additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

This class has the opportunity to help teens get on the right track with driving and it could, ultimately, prove to be a life saver.






Important Communities Preparedness Open House Sept. 22 in Lake Arrowhead! GO!!!!!!

NewspaperMountain residents… you know which emergency preparedness and other important services are available in the San Bernardino Mountain communities? If not, you need to be at the annual Mountain Communities emergency Preparedness Open House and Town Hall Forum that is set for September 22. This important event can provide invaluable help to all mountain area residents. This important event will be held  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Even if you attended this important community event last year you need to go again to get updates and new information that could help in an emergency situation.

Among the events there will be presentations by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County Public Works. This event is one of those that at least a representative from each family should attend. Learning about how to take care of a family or families during and following a disaster. No one wants to think about what could happen but the reality is that earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters can, and do occur all the time.

This annual event will include information that literally has the possibility of saving lives. The first 150 families who attend will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Come and meet and talk with over 20 exhibitors and meet and talk with emergency responders and volunteers. This is a “learning event” and it is being offered (once again) in our local Rim of the World communities.

While it’s not easy to do the time to start preparing for a potential disaster is before it happens. Trying to plan for a disaster after it happens doesn’t do much good.

Come! Attend this event! You’ll come away with new ideas to help protect your family, your home and other information that truly can be lifesaving. Remember, what you learned last year may or may not be “up to date” and if you didn’t attend a previous open house you need to attend this upcoming one.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if Mother Nature could send out an e-mail to everyone around the world that a disaster is one the way? We would know when it would happen, where it would happen and how it would happen. We would all know what is coming…but that’s not reality. Don’t be caught. Be as prepared for  potential disaster as much as you can be. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that you have, at least, done what you can do to protect yourself, your family and perhaps your property.

For more information contact the San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services at (909) 356-3998.


Green Valley Lake Hosting Harvest Festival With Native American Dancing, Singing and Food!

GVL Garden Sept. 2015The wildly successful Green Valley Lake Community Garden just gets better and better. That being said, with fall right around the corner (or even here) the tall stalks of corn and other colorful flowers and produce will be slipping into fall.

With that in mind the people who are part of this delightful garden are hosting a Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m.

This event will not only be great fun but it will also be spiritual as the festivities will include Native American storytelling and music. This will definitely be a time to praise Mother Nature for her bounty and to honor our Native Americans who, throughout the centuries have had, and continue to have, such a meaningful, spiritual relationship with the earth.

The day will include a banquet of harvest dishes that will be prepared by the GVL community gardeners. Come and enjoy the Native American storytelling and music. Bring your heart with you (but I am warning you) that you may leave it in this delightful community that is located at the top of Green Valley Lake Road off Hwy. 18.

Come! Celebrate Mother Earth’s bounty. Open your heart to new ideas! Come and learn from our Native American friends whose spiritual nature has always honored Mother Earth.

The Green Valley Lake Community garden project operates under the umbrella of the Mountain Community Alliance which is a 501 (C)(3) organization.



Hearts and Lives: Helping Mtn. Residents Get Low-Cost Dental Services for Their Children

This cute squirrel could use some dental work. What big teeth he's got!
This cute squirrel could use some dental work. What big teeth he’s got!

Did you know that there are many different programs available for residents of the Rim of the World communities and many of them are offered to families through Hearts and Lives.

For newborns to five-year-olds, as well as pregnant mothers, free dental screenings are available through Hearts and Lives. Additionally, eligible health information, dental resources, a children’s dental care kit, fluoride varnish procedures for children and pregnant women are or can be arranged. It is important that parents book an appointment as soon as possible. As part of the “push” to help children learn more about taking good care of their teeth, when parents sign up for the free dental screening the children will receive a free book.

Hearts and Lives has been dedicated to helping local families for many years and this great outreach is only one example of how this organization helps families from Crestline to Green Valley Lake. The agency headquarters is located in Crestline. For information on this dental program for adults or children call (909) 338-3222.

Hearts and Lives began after the horrific Old Fire that desiccated so many areas of the mountains and burned so many homes. It remains one of the huge tragedies in the San Bernardino mountain communities and the impact of that horrific fire remains in residents’ minds and hearts. Without a doubt the formation of that organization has helped hundreds, if not a few thousand, part-time and fulltime residents throughout the years.