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Winter Storms 2017!
With three storms lined up to hit Southern California, rain is expected to begin Wednesday night, Jan. 18, 2017, into Thursday, with a more powerful storm moving in Friday and the third storm slated to hit from Sunday to Monday. The first storm will move over the region Wednesday night through Thursday, accompanied by moderate rain and mountain snow. The snow level will be near 5,000 feet, with 4 to 8 inches of snow expected above that elevation. A more powerful storm is expected Friday, bringing moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow, with 6-16 inches of snow above 5,000 feet. Snow levels may drop to 3,500 to 4,000 feet, creating winter driving conditions over major mountain passes. Gusty south winds are also expected. Details on the third storm, expected from Sunday to Monday, remain unclear, but it is expected to pack the potential for heavy rain, mountain snow and strong south winds, according to the National Weather Service.The mountains have been fortunate to receive much needed rain this winter. With 3 storms scheduled to hit the Lake Arrowhead area this week, 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.We are now at the same lake level we were at this time in 2016. 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.
LACSD: IRRIGATION SEASON IS NOW OVER!
The Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (our water company) reminds us that irrigation season is now over. If you have been running your irrigation system this year, the last day of the irrigation season was October 14, 2016. Please turn off your automatic timers and begin making plans to protect your system for the winter. Irrigation season will start again in the beginning of May 2017.If you are a part-time home owner or are planning to be gone during the colder months, remember to winterize your home when you are not occupying the property. Here are some tips to remember; 1) Leaving your heater on to prevent frozen pipes might be a good secondary measure but shutting the water off is the best practice. 2) Just because your pipes didn’t freeze last year, you are not exempt this year. Keep in mind your pipes are now one year older. 3) Don’t forget to protect your hose bibs. These can freeze and crack causing large water loss. 4) Download Dropcountr.com and manage your water use from the comfort of your home, office or while on vacation.
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.