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LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC MEETING: 

FEB 4, 2021 | 6 PM

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) IS ONLINE,  THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021 AT 6:00 PM

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WINTER WEATHER WATCH


Today   Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.


Tonight   Mostly clear, with a low around 36. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Wednesday   Snow showers likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Areas of fog after 10am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.


Wednesday    Night A chance of snow showers before 10pm. Areas of fog before 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 32. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.


Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 38.


Friday   Sunny, with a high near 61.


Friday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 37.


Saturday   A slight chance of showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.


Saturday Night  A slight chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.


Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 51.


Sunday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.


Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.Tonight  Clear, with a low around 35. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

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MARCH 03, 2021
Full Lake Elevation:             5106.70' 
Current Lake Elevation:       5103.27'
Lake Level BELOW Full:          -3.43'
Water Surface Temperature:   45.2°

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At the Saturday, January 25, 2020 Arrowhead Lake Association Board Meeting held at the Burnt Mill Beach Club, the Board voted to approve an "Annual Fishing Pass."  The Pass will be required for all Arrowhead Woods property owners including but not limited to ALA Members who wish to fish on Lake Arrowhead. The fee for the annual Pass will be $100.00. This is the first time in ALA's history that a fee will be charged by the association for fishing on the lake. The State of California will still require a State issued Fishing License for those 16 years of age and over.


The Pass will be required to be worn while fishing on ALA property. At the meeting, the majority of members who spoke to the Annual Fishing Pass were against the proposal while only one member of the ALA Fishing Committee spoke in favor it. There was discussion between the Board and members regarding the lack of notification to the membership concerning the Fish Pass proposal and funding for the Aquaculture Program (fish farm). Both the Fishing Committee and the ALA Finance Committee recommended approval to the Board.


Only 1 Pass will be issued per Membership or APN. According to ALA, all fees from the Fishing Pass will go towards the “ALA Aquaculture Program.”  All Passes are valid from April 1st to March 31st.  There will be a Grace Period until June 30, 2020, thereafter, all individuals must have an ALA Fishing Pass while fishing on ALA property. A $50.00 fine may be imposed for fishing without a Fishing Pass. A violating member will be required to purchase a $100.00 Fishing Pass within 30 days. The Fine Schedule does not address Arrowhead Woods property owners who are not members. A $25.00 fine may be imposed for a Fishing Pass purchased, but not in possession.


In material provided by ALA at the January 25th Board Meeting, it stated that the Aquaculture Program is necessary to insure a supply of fish will be available for stocking Lake Arrowhead. It also stated that the fish hatcheries available to ALA is limited, because it is a private lake. Members at the meeting also expressed concern that if the hatcheries are unable to provide fish to Lake Arrowhead for stocking, how can they provide fingerlings for the proposed fish farm? The Board stated that it will evaluate the Fish Pass program and Aquaculture consultant contract in 6 months, in order to ascertain the level of interest by the members.


A complete set of the Fish Pass informational materials which includes its rules and fines are available on the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org or call 909 337-2595.

ALA BOARD APPROVES NEW $100.00 FISHING FEE

UPDATE!

During the February 27, 2021 open ALA Board meeting held online, President Gary Clifford announced that the proposed Aquaculture Program is being placed on hold, and there will be no Fishing Pass requirement for the 2021 season.  For those Members who purchased the Fishing Pass, an $80.00 credit to the Members account will be issued. The Member can use that credit towards their ALA dues or donate the $80.00 to future fish stocking.  

 

At the Saturday, January 25, 2020 Arrowhead Lake Association Board Meeting held at the Burnt Mill Beach Club, the Board voted to approve an "Annual Fishing Pass."  The Pass will be required for all Arrowhead Woods property owners including but not limited to ALA Members who wish to fish on Lake Arrowhead. The fee for the annual Pass will be $100.00. This is the first time in ALA's history that a fee will be charged by the association for fishing on the lake. The State of California will still require a State issued Fishing License for those 16 years of age and over.


The Pass will be required to be worn while fishing on ALA property. At the meeting, the majority of members who spoke to the Annual Fishing Pass were against the proposal while only one member of the ALA Fishing Committee spoke in favor it. There was discussion between the Board and members regarding the lack of notification to the membership concerning the Fish Pass proposal and funding for the Aquaculture Program (fish farm). Both the Fishing Committee and the ALA Finance Committee recommended approval to the Board.


Only 1 Pass will be issued per Membership or APN. According to ALA, all fees from the Fishing Pass will go towards the “ALA Aquaculture Program.”  All Passes are valid from April 1st to March 31st.  There will be a Grace Period until June 30, 2020, thereafter, all individuals must have an ALA Fishing Pass while fishing on ALA property. A $50.00 fine may be imposed for fishing without a Fishing Pass. A violating member will be required to purchase a $100.00 Fishing Pass within 30 days. The Fine Schedule does not address Arrowhead Woods property owners who are not members. A $25.00 fine may be imposed for a Fishing Pass purchased, but not in possession.


In material provided by ALA at the January 25th Board Meeting, it stated that the Aquaculture Program is necessary to insure a supply of fish will be available for stocking Lake Arrowhead. It also stated that the fish hatcheries available to ALA is limited, because it is a private lake. Members at the meeting also expressed concern that if the hatcheries are unable to provide fish to Lake Arrowhead for stocking, how can they provide fingerlings for the proposed fish farm? The Board stated that it will evaluate the Fish Pass program and Aquaculture consultant contract in 6 months, in order to ascertain the level of interest by the members.


A complete set of the Fish Pass informational materials which includes its rules and fines are available on the ALA website at www.ala-ca.org or call 909 337-2595.

LOCAL WINTER COAT DRIVE

MANY DONATION LOCATIONS

One Man's Mission: Keep Folks Warm 

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

Hot on the heels of a very successful Christmas toy drive, Josh Luker and his band of volunteers are collecting coats and other warm clothing throughout the month of January.

“This really is a special place to call home,” Luker wrote on Facebook. “The people that lay down roots here are cut from a different cloth. We aren't afraid of a challenge. We aren't scared of a little hard work. And we all possess what my grandaddy calls ‘true grit.’

“But we also have another inherent quality – our commitment to our community. I have lived in quite a few different places, all over the country, before settling down here. I have NEVER experienced a sense of community like I have here. All we need is an opportunity to show it. And you guys really showed up this time!! The tremendous amount of generosity that you all have shown is nothing short of incredible.”

The Christmas toy drive impacted 92 children. All of them, Luker said, had multiple gifts to unwrap on Christmas Day.

But that wasn’t all. More than $4,000 in cash was raised. With that cash, Luker and his volunteers purchased gifts for 17 high school students. Their requests, he noted, “were a little more substantial.

“Through our connections with the school district, we were able to find kids who were excelling academically, despite their tremendous economic struggle,” Luker said.

In addition, Luker and his elves bought $100 grocery store gift cards, which they gave to the parents when they came to pick up the gifts.

“This one simple gesture brought almost every parent to tears,” Luker reported. “They were now able to fill the fridge for Christmas.”

The group had more than 100 gifts left after their distribution. Those they donated to County Fire’s Spark of Love toy drive. 

With the onset of colder weather and snow, Luker has turned his attention to keeping folks on the mountain warm. With the pandemic, he noted, most churches and organizations have abandoned their annual coat drive. This, he said, leaves a huge demand from mountain families.

Following the toy drive, he left the donation boxes in place. They are now accepting anything that will keep folks warm – coats, jackets, gloves, scarves, beanies, sweatshirts, socks, boots.

Luker has been in contact with John, the owner of Cedar Glen Laundry, who has committed to sanitize all of the used donations. “This will ensure,” Luker said, “that any donations we receive will be clean and risk free,” as he expressed his gratitude for John’s generosity.

The drop-off locations include: The Lakefront Tap Room and the Lake Arrowhead Pizza Deli in Lake Arrowhead Village; the Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company by Burnt Mill Beach Club; and The Parlour Room in Skyforest.

The coat drive will run throughout the month of January. Distribution will take place on Jan. 30 at Sandals Church. Folks requesting a coat will still be asked to pre-register by filling out a form in advance.

“Thank you all,” Luker said. “Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your tremendous dedication to this community. And thank you for allowing me to be part of such an incredible family. “Now, go dig into those hall closets and find me some coats to donate!”

 

  

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR BRIAN HALL RESIGNS

On the front page of the  Arrowhead  Lake  Association  website, Wednesday,  January 27, 2021, it was  announced  that  ALA  Director 

Brian Hall has resigned his position as a Board Member. The reason for his sudden resignation is unknown at this time.  Hall was re-elected to a four year term last September by a slim margin over candidate Dr. George “Bud” Macer for the West District seat.  

ALA President Gary Clifford issued the following statement on the ALA website:

To our Valued ALA Membership,

The Board of Directors announces that our West District Director Brian Hall has resigned from his position as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead Lake Association.  As a collective group, we thank Brian for his years of service especially as it relates to our fishing programs and our forest improvements. We also wish Brian well on his further endeavors.

As we are in the winter there is no immediacy in filling this position, and we will update you as soon as practical on the process for members that may be interested in serving on the board from our West District. If you have any questions please contact our General Manager Bob Mattison.  Your Board of Directors values your continued support as we move forward.

Respectfully Submitted on behalf of the Board of Directors,

Gary M. Clifford

Lake Arrowhead News will update this story as more information becomes available.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY UPDATE ON

SHORT-TERM RENTALS

UDATE ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

The State has now added short-term lodging to its language regarding hotels under the new regional stay-at-home order.  The language states hotels and short-term lodging operators "cannot accept or honor out-of-state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired."  It also limits in-state reservations to essential purposes.

 

Here is a link to the information from the State:  https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-foressential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order

 

As to enforcement of the State's orders, the County will continue to educate and engage with businesses and organizations on a cooperative basis on safe practices and current health orders, and respond to complaints about violations as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. 

If you have any questions about the State's orders with regard to short-term rentals, please contact the State of California or your state representative. The State's COVID-19 website is https://covid-19.ca.gov/.

MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL

GROUPS CHALLENGE THE CHURCH OF THE WOODS "SONRISE" PROJECT

Three San Bernardino mountain environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the County's approval of the Church of the Woods "Sonrise" project in Rimforest.  If and when Lake Arrowhead News receives a response from the Church of the Woods, we will publish that response on this website.  The following is the Press Release issued by the environmental groups:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov 23, 2020

 

Contacts:                     Hugh Bialecki, Save Our Forest Association, (909) 336-7504

                                    Peter Jorris, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, (909) 867-3536

                                    Steven Farrell, San Bernardino Mountains Group, Sierra Club, (951) 777-9150 

San Bernardino Mountain Environmental GroupsnChallenge Destructive Project in Rimforest

 

Rimforest, CA – On Friday, November 20, 2020,  the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, the San Bernardino Mountains Group of the Sierra Club and the Save Our Forest Association, Inc, (SOFA)  filed a legal action against the County of San Bernardino’s approval of the destructive “Church of the Woods” development in Rimforest, CA. The lawsuit cites numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the project’s inconsistency with the County’s General Plan and Lake Arrowhead Community Plan.

 

The project would devastate a tranquil forest refuge just east of Rimforest. A wooded hilltop along scenic State Route 18 would be graded flat. Old-growth trees and habitat for rare and sensitive wildlife would be permanently lost. Hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of dirt would be dumped across the headwaters of Little Bear Creek, which drains into Lake Arrowhead. The project’s massive grading across steep slopes in this headwaters area raise serious water quality concerns. The County also ignored independent experts’ warnings that the project would create traffic hazards and add to wildfire evacuation problems.

 

"We appreciate the Church's efforts in support of our community; but not with this project, at this location.  It is too disruptive.  The County is violating the law by accepting this proposal's flawed Environmental Impact Report (EIR)," said Steven Farrell of the Mountain Group Sierra Club. "Even with its significant shortcomings, the EIR identifies severe impacts to the public and to the site that are wrongly declared to be of no consequence."

 

"We support the Church of the Woods congregation in their desire for a larger facility, but cannot allow the County to ignore the laws and policies designed to protect public safety, quality of life, our unique forest environment and imperiled plants and animals," said Peter Jorris of the Audubon Society. "The County of San Bernardino needs to follow its own guidelines more faithfully and to accurately assess the full impacts of this project to avoid permanent harm to our community, visitors, the forest and its wildlife."

 

After the San Bernardino County Planning Commission approved the project on January 23, 2020, Audubon, Sierra Club, and SOFA appealed the approval to the County Board of Supervisors. The Board voted on October 20, 2020, to deny the appeal and grant final approval for the project in spite of its many significant environmental impacts.

 

The County’s final approval leaves no alternative for those opposing the project except to seek a legal remedy. A legal defense fund has been established to fund this legal challenge, and the local environmental protection groups are seeking the public's help to support this critical effort.  Donations to the Save Rimwoods Fund can be made at uxstrategy.wixsite.com/saveourforest/sonrise and by mail to Save Our Forest Association, Inc., PO Box 126, Rimforest, CA 92378.

THE LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) MEETING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021

The Lake Arrowhead MAC met on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.

The community was invited to attend this online MAC Meeting. Our First Responders, Caltrans, Local Community Group representatives and more were in attendance.

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

SNOW REMOVAL TOPS AGENDA AT BOTH MAC MEETINGS

 

By Mary-Justine Lanyon and Rhea-Frances Tetley

 

Snow removal led the discussions at both the Crest Forest and Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council meetings last week. Shane Massoud of Caltrans thanked the residents for their patience “as our crews worked 12-hour shifts clearing the roadways and maintaining chain control.” Since the storms ended, maintenance crews have been assessing any damage done, repairing guardrails, clearing out any plugged culverts, checking the integrity of embankments and the road bed, clearing shoulders of debris.


In talking about Caltrans’ proposed CMS (changeable message signs) project, Massoud said that, of the 20 proposed signs, they hope to expedite two to mitigate prolonged traffic issues. One would be placed northbound at the intersection of Highway 18 and 40th Street to advise motorists of snow matters. The other would be at the 210 and 330 interchange.


These signs, Massoud noted, “would give drivers the opportunity to exit if not properly equipped to handle the road conditions ahead.” He added they hope to have those signs operational by Fall 2022.


Representatives from the county’s Department of Public Works presented a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation that detailed the number of miles of road they have to clear, the equipment they have available and the guidelines they follow as they plow snow.  Of the 2,769 miles of road maintained by the department, 290 are in the 2nd Supervisorial District, which includes the mountain communities.


Angel Lemus, a supervisor with the department, told the Crest Forest MAC that they have 39 routes with between 68 and 97 pieces of equipment to remove snow. Both she and Melissa Walker, the deputy director of operations, defined the progression of opening roads: A road is defined as “passable” when it has less than eight inches of snow on it. It is said to be open to travel with a properly equipped vehicle, one that has chains on all drive wheels. When a plow has made at least one pass on a road, it is deemed “open.” And a road is called “clear” when a plow has made at least two passes and has been plowed to a width that allows two-way traffic.


Primary roads take priority over secondary roads. “The first course of action during large events,” Walker said, “is to open primary roads with one pass, to provide access for emergency personnel. Full width and secondary roads will be completed within 48 hours.”  Both Lemus and Walker referred residents to the department’s website (sbcounty.gov/dpw), where they can view interactive maps to determine where their roads fall and get additional information on snow removal.


With storms as intense as those the mountain recently experienced, a primary road will get a dedicated plow, with work continuing on secondary roads. The equipment used includes graders, loaders, snow blowers, dump trucks and plow trucks.  A major issue for the plow operators, Lemus and Walker noted, is cars parked on the street. In addition, they said, many property owners have items such as trash cans within three feet of the roadway, making it difficult for the operators to clear the road. Walker suggested that homeowners flag their fences or plants so operators know where they are.


The Department of Public Works does cinder select roads to improve traction on icy roads; this, however, is not done until after plowing has been completed.


Two things that DPW does not do, Walker advised, is clear driveways or haul snow away. She also suggested waiting for two passes by the plow, if possible, to clear your driveway to help avoid a berm.  “If we could avoid creating a berm, we would,” she said.


Jennifer Cusack of Southern California Edison told both MACs that they are continuing their wildfire mitigation efforts. They plan to replace 125 poles this year and will be installing 125 miles of covered conductor.  Covered conductors, Cusack said, “are important to reduce wildfire risk. If a branch or Mylar balloon hits the wire, it reduces the chances of a spark.”


Lt. Michael Salinas of the CHP reported to the Crest Forest MAC that, during the storms and recent weekends, they had issued 251 snow tickets, towed 177 vehicles, arrested 61 for DUI and aided 1,100 stranded motorists. Officers came from as far away as Los Angeles and Indio to assist the mountain-area officers.  When a resident asked CHP Public Information Officer Jacob Griede at the Lake Arrowhead MAC if there was a way to cut off how many cars come up, Officer Griede said that “we cannot limit the mountain to just residents. We have to keep it open to everyone.”


CREST FOREST MAC
Brendan Biggs, deputy director of the DPW, showed a PowerPoint presentation on the proposal to turn narrow San Moritz Drive into a one-way street, as requested by some area residents. DPW had sent out a survey and is waiting for more responses before making a recommendation to the board of supervisors.


LAKE ARROWHEAD MAC
School trustee Cindy Gardner reported that the Rim school district is still in distance learning “because the county is “still in deep purple.” 


As the students have been learning online longer and longer, “they like distance learning less and less as do parents and staff.” Gardner said they are hearing of increasing mental health issues on the part of the students. “They are exhibiting anxiety and depression. The students are not in a good place. I hope as we plateau and the numbers go down, we can see some kind of opening.” Gardner added that the seniors “are devastated – they’ll have no prom, no grad night, no homecoming. All those usual memories are gone.” She noted that a subcommittee from PTSA is working with student leadership on some alternative activities

The next meeting will be held on Zoom on Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BURRTEC WASTE INDUSTRIES

Burrtec Waste Provides Uninterrupted Service Through COVID-19 Crisis

FONTANA, CA (March 27, 2020) – Burrtec Waste is committed to continuing to serve customers throughout Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“As a community partner in the region, we will maintain trash and recycling collection every day,” said Cole Burr, the company’s President and CEO.

 

As an essential public service that remains operational, the company has taken steps to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 and is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize potential transmission.

 

Customers are encouraged to use alternatives to in-person bill payments by using Burrtec office drop boxes, U.S. mail, or going online at burrtec.com. Customer service representatives remain available by phone to answer questions and address concerns.

 

“Waste collection is an essential service, especially during these difficult times when people don’t need one more thing to worry about,” Burr said. “Our company’s mission is ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and that hasn’t changed with the current situation.”

 

Burrtec is continuing to work with communities it serves throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Imperial counties, to provide residential and commercial recycling and solid waste services. 

 

About Burrtec Waste Industries

Burrtec provides curbside service to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 109 communities across Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Imperial counties, and operates five recycling and transfer facilities and a landfill. The company also provides event and customized services and is an expert on California regulation and legislation regarding recycling, refuse, and the environment.

CALTRANS SLOPE STABILIZATION PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 173

 

Caltans District 8 Public and Media Affairs Chief Terri Kasinga has issued the following Press Release regarding the Slope Stabilization project on Highway 173 in Lake Arrowhead:

 

SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began preliminary work in advance of a slope stabilization project on State Route 173 (SR 173) between Hospital Road and Cedar Glen Road in Lake Arrowhead. The purpose of the project is to stabilize the slope below SR 173, which is eroded and failing above Lake Arrowhead. The project will realign the roadway, construct a soil nail wall, rebuild the slope below the road, and replace guardrail mounted on a fifteen-foot concrete barrier.

 

The $11.6 million project will begin in spring 2020 and will be complete in fall 2022. Preliminary work was required in advance of the actual beginning of the construction project to remove twenty-five identified trees to make room for the slope repairs. Caltrans Maintenance crews began work this week to expedite the tree removal in advance of the actual project start date to avoid the bird nesting moratorium, which takes place each spring into summer, and to avoid delays to the project start date.

The remainder of the tree removal will be completed the week of January 27. The tree removal work and actual construction project requires lane closures with flagging for the duration of the project, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Caltrans staff have coordinated with the nearby hospital for emergency response.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Emily Leinen at (909) 383-4631 or TTY 711 by January 31, 2020.

A PEACEFUL PROTEST IN

BLUE JAY DRAWS A LARGE CROWD

A peaceful protest supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was held Friday, June 5th from 12:00 am till 3:00 pm in Blue Jay Village.

According to sources, approximately 500 participants showed up at the intersection of Highway 173 and North Bay Road. The protesters lined up on the sidewalk in front of the Blue Jay Cinema and across the street in front of the former McDonalds. The well organized crowd was made up of mostly supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement with a small number of counter protesters present. There were speeches and an 8 minute moment of silence to honor George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street. There was a noticeable number of law enforcement present providing the community with protection should any unlawful acts occur. Captain Don Lupear of the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station circulated within the protesters insuring a safe as possible environment for those present.

The peaceful protest was organized by local resident Ava McDonald. In response to a concerned community about the potential for violence or vandalism, McDonald posted a statement on Facebook: "To my fellow mountain residents, please know that we hear your concerns. We stand for non-violent support, and have created guidelines to insure a peaceful gathering exercising our 1st amendment rights. To those who have stood up for the movement: thank you. Your support means everything."  In a published set of guidelines, the organizers of the protest wrote, "We are here to be peaceful.  We are here to honor George Floyd and the innumerable number of people of color who have fallen victim to racism. We will not obstruct vehicle traffic, or disrupt businesses in any way. We will stand peacefully to spread support and information for the #BlackLivesMatter movement."

On June 3rd, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon issued a statement in part saying "We stand alongside those who stand up against social injustice and remain committed to working with those determined to improve the quality of life for every member of society."

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QUESTIONS ABOUND OVER PROPOSED AQUACULTURE PROGRAM

UPDATE:

At the February 27, 2021 ALA Open Board Meeting held online, President Gary Clifford announced that the proposed ALA Aquaculture Program is being placed on hold.

LAKE ARROWHEAD DAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Questions abound over proposed aquaculture program

 

By Mary-Justine Lanyon

 

When Bob Mattison, general manager of the Arrowhead Lake Association, made a preliminary presentation to the Lake Arrowhead Dam Advisory Committee (CSA 70 D-1) about ALA’s proposed aquaculture program on June 22, several questions arose.

ALA was invited back to the committee on Aug. 17 to make a more comprehensive presentation. Mattison was accompanied at the Zoom meeting by Brian Hall, chair of the ALA Fish Committee; Tony Vaught, a fishery consultant; and Emil Marzullo, a retired director of county Special Districts who advises ALA county-related matters.

ALA had been granted an aquaculture registration by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to place two pens in Lake Arrowhead in which to raise fingerlings. After concerns were raised about the location of the pens, ALA turned its sights on Papoose Lake as a more appropriate location. Since the June 22 meeting, ALA received a registration from Fish and Wildlife to place four pens in Papoose Lake.

In addition to concerns raised about fish waste and food possibly contaminating Papoose Lake, two of the main questions revolve around who owns the water and whether ALA can use a taxpayer-funded facility for private use.

Committee member Jim Grant Jr. asked if ALA has the right to the water or only the land underneath it. “ALA does not own the water,” was Mattison’s reply. “We stock state-owned water with fish. The land under the water is owned by ALA.”

Committee chair Nancy Noble added that “nine different water agencies have had claim to that water over time.”

Committee member Jeff Rigney said that, when he was involved with Special Districts, “We tried to keep Papoose Lake separate with no activities on it.” The issue that needs to be looked at, he said, is the public-private concern.  “The dam is public,” Rigney said, “owned by the people, put in by public financing, which turned into property tax collected to maintain the lake. If there was no dam, there would be no Papoose Lake. We need to know if this is even something that is possible. This would be a private entity using a public entity to make a profit.”  Rigney went on to note that, under the proposed project, ALA would grow fish in Papoose Lake and move them to Lake Arrowhead, where ALA members would have access to them. “There would be no public benefit from this. I think it would take more agreements to make this happen. It’s premature for anyone to make a recommendation one way or the other on this.”

Scott Rindenow, chair of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, echoed Rigney’s concerns. “I heard great concern from many residents in the community about placement of a private fish farm facility on a property paid for and constructed with public funds. There are many unanswered questions on this project: ecology issues, safety issues, legal issues. There are many hurdles to jump over before the project can become a reality.  “The Fish Committee has been moving forward with plans as if it’s a done deal,” Rindenow added. “It’s a case of the proverbial cart before the horse.”  Rindenow also expressed concerns about the health of the fish being raised when fire helicopters draw water from Papoose Lake. “I have to believe the amount of turbulence and wake created when the fire choppers hover over the water to fill their tanks would be detrimental to the small fish being raised in pens.”

THE AQUACULTURE PROJECT

Aquaculture, Hall told the committee, “is the cleanest way to raise fish, the most ethical, sustainable and responsible way.” The need for ALA to have a sustainable supply of fish is the driving force behind the project, he said.“  As a private lake, we cannot get fish from the state. We are left with private hatcheries as the only source.” Those hatcheries, Hall noted, have been beset with bacteria that has caused them to euthanize their fish.

Four net pens – each approximately 20 feet long and 10 feet wide – would be suspended from a dock to be built on ALA property just off Highway 173. ALA owns 20 percent of the land at Papoose Lake; the rest is owned by the county.  The fish, Hall said, would be confined to the steel pens, which would have plenty of water flowing through them.

Consultant Vaught, noting he has been working on aquaculture for four decades, said this would be “good for the fish, the community and the environment. Concerns here should be very low. It would not be a big farm, polluting, creating problems.”  Mattison agreed, adding that “the number of fish we would be raising are so far below limits, it shouldn’t raise environmental concerns. If we were threatening the environment, we wouldn’t want to do that.” The registration issued by Fish and Wildlife has a cap, Vaught said, of 20,000 cold-water fish.

Marzullo added that this project is designed as a demonstration project – a feasibility study – to last five years or maybe a few years longer. The idea, he said, is to determine the efficiency and commercial viability.  “ALA is looking at, do we buy fish or raise our own. Will the fish live?”

Currently ALA is purchasing fish from the Lake Shasta area so the fish have to be transported hundreds of miles in a tanker truck. The die-off factor is expensive, considering ALA pays $5 a pound for the fish.

Under CEQA, Marzullo said, this demonstration project is exempt from any environmental review. However, baseline studies of preexisting conditions before any fingerlings are put into Papoose Lake would be conducted, collecting data on chemical components and oxygen levels.

As the fingerlings grow, Marzullo noted, they would be moved up to the next pen so like-sized fish are housed together.

Mattison said there is “a lot of excitement in people wanting to use this as an educational platform.” ALA brought to the meeting letters from Dylan Matteson, director of the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, saying they are interested in the program “both from sustainability and educational standpoints,” and from Rim High science teacher April Maier, who wrote they would like to provide student volunteers to help with the project.  “This possible aquaculture project would further support learning for science and engineering practices such as collecting and analyzing data, asking questions and defining problems,” Maier wrote.

Trevor Leja and Luther Snoke of the county’s Special Districts department both said their concern is the safety of the dam.

“It is not our responsibility to opine on whether it’s a good or bad idea,” Snoke said. “That’s what you guys are here for.” Snoke also raised concerns about downstream impacts. “If there were some unintended consequences, people may try to get financial relief. We need to protect the dam, CSA 70 D-1 and the county.  “I don’t think there’s a clear path as to the right process,” Snoke said. “Fish and Wildlife plays a role. Feedback from the Division of Safety of Dams would help us feel more comfortable. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is another agency that should chime in on ownership of the water and whether this is an acceptable use.”

Grant raised concerns about the “number and variety of people intended to be on the dock at different times – members, members’ children, college students, high school students. I’m really concerned about liability.”

He went on to say that “you are calling it a trial project. We have seen a lot of warm, fuzzy letters. We have not seen a single document that outlines the timeline and goals of the project. It sounds like you have the pieces. It would be nice to have a full project plan so the public can be aware.”

As the meeting drew to a close, Noble noted that “for nearly 50 years, Papoose Lake has been pristine. It’s easily monitored because no one belongs there.” A lot of people have asked for access to Papoose Lake – canoes, row boats. “This is one of those proposals, asking us to open the lake for the first time – with a dock.  “Where there’s a dock, there’s a boat. The whole character of Papoose Lake would change. In its understated way, Papoose Lake has been doing its job.”  Noble listed three purposes the lake serves: To shore up the Lake Arrowhead dam. To provide water for firefighting efforts. To defend the private designation of Lake Arrowhead.  “Papoose Lake is a public lake,” Noble said. “Anything we open the lake for must be opened to the public. As long as the waters are not comingled, Papoose Lake stays public, Lake Arrowhead private.”

Mattison took exception to Noble saying that ALA had gone ahead with the project without the Dam Advisory Committee weighing in on it.  “We had an application in to Fish and Wildlife that was approved,” Mattison said. “Even if we didn’t legally require your approval, we want to be good neighbors.  “if this is going to be really problematic, we can go back and rethink Papoose Lake. I’m a practical guy. I don’t want to say two years from now we’re still in the process. ALA will consider going back to Lake Arrowhead.”

LAKE ARROWHEAD ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

Lake Arrowhead Lighted Boat Parade

 

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, Lake Arrowhead held its annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade. With over 50 boats participating, the event was a huge success. Beginning at 8:00 PM in the Marina, the lighted boats and their ALA  Lake Safety Patrol boat escort circled the lake. There were countless undecorated boats who also joined in following the parade of lighted boats as they made their way around the lake in the 5 mile an hour zone. All along the shoreline there were cheering crowds on docks, at their lake front homes and at the Village cheering on the parade boats as they passed by. In spite of the lack of promotion by the Arrowhead Lake Association, the annual Labor Day Weekend Lighted Boat Parade was enjoyed by hundreds on the lake. With so many part time residents staying at their mountain homes, this was a great event during these times of isolation. Participants commented that next year, with more promotion, this event will be even bigger and better.

RIM OF THE WORLD SPECIAL ATHLETES FOUNDATION 

The primary objective of Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation is to provide a recreational experience that is safe and positive for adaptive individuals. It provides year round activities for adaptive athletes, serving veterans and individuals from our mountain communities and beyond.

Founded by Lake Arrowhead resident Jack Cooperman, Rim Special Athletes are individuals with visual and hearing impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain Injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism, as well as many other cognitive and physical disabilities.

At Snow Valley Mountain Resort during the winter Rim Special Athletes provides Adaptive skiing and snowboard lessons, including bi-ski and mono-ski. During the Spring, Summer and Fall we have weekly golf clinics.       Year round we provide yoga.  During the summer Rim Special Athletes’ water sports program includes kayaking, aqua biking, stand up paddle boarding, boating, biking, fishing, hiking and outings.  Our objective is to have the adaptive athletes have fun, learn a new skill, and develop self-confidence from the experience. 


There are many ways you can get involved and help the Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation:

If you would like to volunteer in any of our programs, we would like to hear from you.   If you are a PSIA instructor certified in adaptive techniques please contact us.

The Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation is a qualified 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  Our funding for the specialized equipment and many of the activities comes from donations.  If you would like to be a financial sponsor of the Foundation or would simply like to donate to the foundation, you can go to this link: https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=14108 or send checks payable to:

 

Rim of the World Special Athletes Foundation
PO BOX 1914
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352

Website:   rimspecialathletes.org

RimSpecialAthletes@gmail.com

Call:  909 336.1535   Fax:  909 582.2800


 

 

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

DUE TO COUNTYWIDE RESTRICTIONS, EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED.

PLEASE CHECK WITH EVENT SPONSORS.

JANUARY 1  FRIDAY

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

JANUARY 5  TUESDAY

RIM AREA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MEETING 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE 8:00 AM

JANUARY 7  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

JANUARY 13  WEDNESDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION FISH COMMITTEE MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

2:30 PM  |  909 337-2595

JANUARY 23  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

FEBRUARY 6  SATURDAY

POSTPONED

13TH ANNUAL POLAR ROTARY BEAR PLUNGE 

   LAKE ARROWHEAD RESORT AND SPA BEACH   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 10:00 AM

FEBRUARY 4  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

FEBRUARY 19  FRIDAY

RIM OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY BBQ

SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER

RIM OF THE WORLD MASONIC LODGE

26012 HWY-189, TWIN PEAKS, CA 92391

Only $10!     909 999-7112

DINE-IN OR DRIVE-THRU  |  5 PM to 8:30 PM

FEBRUARY 27  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

MARCH 2  TUESDAY

RIM AREA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MEETING 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE 8:00 AM

MARCH 4  THURSDAY

LAKE ARROWHEAD MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL 

   VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME | 6:00 PM

MARCH27  SATURDAY

ARROWHEAD LAKE ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

MEETING HELD ONLINE | WWW. ALA-CA.ORG 

9:00 AM  |  909 337-2595

JULY 4  SUNDAY

ALA FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

LAKE ARROWHEAD  | 9:00 PM

JULY 11  SATURDAY

11TH ANNUAL LAKE ARROWHEAD BREWFEST

TAVERN BAY BEACH CLUB  |  LAKE ARROWHEAD 

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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