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Mountain Resident Michael Neufeld Passes
Longtime mountain resident Michael Neufeld passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 after a brief stay at Mountains Community Hospital. Michael was News Editor/Managing Editor of ROTWNEWS.com. He was formerly with the Mountain News and the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce. Michael lived in Crestline and was originally from Porterville, California.On January 28, 2017, Michael posted on his Facebook page, “Just so you all know what is going on I am in the hospital with some major back issues. Trying to keep the ROTWNEWS site going with the help of some great volunteers. Please be patient and will be back to full speed soon.”Neufeld and his wife Susan are well known throughout the mountain for their community involvement. Michael covered the news of the mountain through the Rim of the World News website, ROTWNEWS.COM.From his Facebook page one friend wrote “Mike was a great treasure to the mountain communities (business, volunteer, citizens at large). He was always a positive, larger-than-life figure you could count on for a friendly greeting, a joke, and journalistic curiosity.” Michael Neufeld will be remembered by all who knew him by his grand smile and optimistic outlook. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 12 at 2:30 PM at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline.
SAN BERNARDINO FIRE CHIEF'S SON, 20,
FOUND DEAD IN LAKE ARROWHEAD
The body of a missing 20-year-old man from Rancho Cucamonga was discovered early Sunday morning January 29, 2017 by divers in Lake Arrowhead. Dawson Hartwig, the son of San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig, had last been seen about 5 p.m. Friday January 27, 2017 when he left a rented cabin near the lake and went for a walk. Hartwig did not take his cellphone or other personal property with him.More than 70 San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue volunteers, K9’s and dive team members searched for Hartwig over the weekend. Friends of Hartwig called the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station on Saturday morning after he did not return to the cabin, officials said. Search teams checked the area near the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club docks around 1:00 a.m. where Dawson Hartwig was found deceased in 30 feet of water, officials said.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at (909) 387-8313.
Winter Storms 2017!
The mountains have been fortunate to receive much needed rain this winter. Be aware that with the needed rainfall/snowfall, comes necessary precautions to help insure the safety and security of our mountain and lakeside properties. If you have any drainage issues around your home, sandbags properly place around your property can help divert water away from your home and help prevent unnecessary damage. Sandbags and sand are available at Fire Station 91 located near the entrance to the Lake Arrowhead Village. If your boat is still in the water, be sure that it is properly set up to handle heavy rain and the weight of very wet snow. Secure all furniture and unattached property that may be stored on your dock, slip, platform or on the shoreline which may move in a winter storm. You may want to consider a "Dock Watch" program offered by the registered Dock Builders on Lake Arrowhead. These programs help to monitor your docks during the winter season when you are not around. As the lake rises from the storms, it will have an impact on docks that have been pushed out or ramps/gangways that have been lowered or detached during the low lake level.Check the LakeArrowheadNews.comwebsite daily for the latest lake level information. With a steady stream of storms this winter, it will be possible to enjoy a full lake by spring time.
CHANGES AT THE “NEW ALA”
With the new year comes changes at the Arrowhead Lake Association. In late December, Shoreline Supervisor Ken Nelsen retired from the ALA, leaving his position to be filled. Prior to the new Board being seated on October 22, ALA accepted legal counsel Wayne Guralnick’s resignation. After a thorough search, The Board of Directors has hired Gregory Garrison as the new corporate counsel representing the Association. Garrison is the same lawyer that represented ALA Board Member Brian Hall in successfully suing the Association over a flawed board election in 2014. Also, in late December, former ALA President Patti McGonigle resigned from the Association. McGonigle was the subject of a member initiated recall attempt in 2016. The Board of Directors has the option to appoint a member to fill McGonigle’s vacant seat in the Grass Valley District or wait until the next election period in the summer of 2017.
SKYPARK AT SANTA’S VILLAGE IS OPEN!
SkyPark at Santa’s Village has been issued a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) by the County of San Bernardino that allowed the park to open December 2, 2016. Also, approval is subject to final inspection approvals from county fire, building and safety, planning and solid waste. The TUP runs until April 1, 2018, and can be extended upon request.The permit allows the re-opening of the original 18 Santa’s Village structures, but not the larger vision of outdoor-oriented activities that will turn the park into a year-around destination for locals and tourists. The park will operate from 9:00 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Santa’s Village features a log cabin community with two restaurants and a pub. The county temporary permit restricts all parking to the approximately 300 spaces adjacent to the amusement attractions, while excluding for now SkyPark’s 300 space parking area south of Highway 18. The TUP halts the use of trails outside the “amusement zone” of the original 72 acres of Santa’s Village.SkyPark’s management plans include the use of 153 acres of property including a fly-fishing stream and pond along with mountain biking, hiking trails and archery.SkyPark at Santa’s Village construction crews have been non-stop to open the 1955-era park by Thanksgiving weekend. A great deal of thanks goes to Project Manager, Bill Johnson for bringing this project to where it is today. Santa’s Village has been closed for 18 years.UPDATE FROM SKYPARK:LOCAL AFTERNOONS: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7 Days a Week!Calling all mountain residents! SkyPark now is offering local afternoons every day of the week, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Starting January 10, 2017 SkyPark at Santa’s Village will shift to winter hours. The park will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the other days of the week. For the locals rate, proof of residency is required, and local tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, pending availability and are not available for pre-sale.For only $10, you can experience the entire park at your pace. Whether pedaling a go kart through Arrow's Adventure in search of Santa's Magical Key, enjoying an ice cold brew or fragrant glass of wine at our Pedal Pub, or visiting the "big man in red" himself, Local Afternoons are our way of giving back to the community that supported this park from the very beginning.So please, by all means, come grab a burger, do some Christmas shopping or simply stop by to say "hi." Thank you for everything and we'll be seeing you soon. Oh and bring your ice skates!
THE “NEW ALA” BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS
At the Saturday, October 22, 2016 Arrowhead Lake Associaton Board Meeting, newly elected Board Member Jack Tingley was seated filling the seat vacated by Director Brian Hall. Hall who ran in West District was seated replacing Board Member Jane St. John. Following the seating of the new Board, elections were held for President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. ELECTED Roberta Rindenow - President Brian Hall - Vice President Jack Tingley - Secretary/TreasurerFollowing the election of officers, via telephone newly elected ALA President Roberta Rindenow said “ Your new ALA Board has new leadership and new energy. Rindenow went on to say “we will strive to earn your trust and confidence by demonstrating good stewardship over our resources, to insure a greater degree of transparency and accountablility in our decision making. We will be reaching out to members to join us in planning the future of “our” beautiful and glorious Lake Arrowhead, so our members will continue to enjoy our lake and facilities and be proud once again to say, I am a member of the “New ALA!” Roberta Rindenow also invited all ALA Members to the next Board Meeting at the Burnt Mill Beach Club, Saturday, November 19, 2016 to meet the new ALA leadership.
ALA DEMONSTRATION GARDEN RE-DEDICATED
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 a rededication ceremony was held at the Arrowhead Lake Association’s Demonstration Garden in honor of the late Lori Pearson, who designed and helped maintain the garden. Now known as the Lori Pearson Memorial D e m o n s t r a t i o n Garden, a large crowd of friends, family, the Soroptimists and members of the community gathered to honor Lori. In attendance was Lori’s son Brian, sister Elaine and life partner Jack Cooperman who spoke about Lori’s dedication to this garden. Located at ALA’s Tavern Bay Beach Club, the garden is open to everyone. Lori’s knowledge andexpertise in creating a beautiful garden, provides visitors with a setting of available native and adaptive trees, shrubs and ground covers for planting in our area. The garden also has a holding/nursery area for native trees to be used for reforestation on ALA property.
Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council The next meeting of the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council, (MAC) will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017at 6:00 pm. It will be held at Fire Station 91 in the Community Room. The MAC, is our local community forum created to provide a monthly meeting for our residents to hear about and comment on a number of local and countrywide topics. County officials, staff and other non-county agency staff utilize MAC meetings as an opportunity to provide the community with information or updates.Matters of public health, safety, welfare, public works, planning or issues that may affect the community are among the concerns for the MAC. Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to get involved.