It is a privilege to serve as President of the BVRI Board and work with 14 other committed and well-informed Board members. As individuals, and as a Board, we are dedicated to support the betterment of the Bear Valley community that we all love so much.
Over the past two years we have been very pleased to support three key parts of our community that are a little outside of BVRI’s core focus. In particular we provided verbal and written support for the reopening of Bear Valley School. We were thrilled when the school reopened in August of this year. Secondly, we strongly encouraged Skyline to revamp and upgrade the General Store so that this core feature of Bear Valley could shine once again. As you all know the remodeled store debuted in Summer 2017. Finally when local businesses were unable to serve as the sponsoring business for our local CPU (contract postal unit), BVRI stepped forward to fulfill this role to help retain postal services for all local residents and visitors alike. These three components of our community serve to strengthen the local economy as Bear Valley continues the long climb back from the depths of the Great Recession.
Anyone who has come to Bear Valley for many years, or visits quite often in the winter, knows that in general snow falls much later than it used to, melts earlier in the spring, snow storms are typically smaller in quantity or only have snow at night, rain can fall in the middle of the winter, etc. How can our little town do our part to reduce carbon emissions so that 30 years from now there is a snow season? In addition, to helping the local economy, the three community components listed above also serve to reduce carbon emissions. Local schooling reduces multiple school trips up and down the highway to Arnold. Having a local store eliminates long-distance shopping trips for those smaller grocery outings. And retaining a Post Office in town prevents 150 box holders from having to travel 50 miles round trip to retrieve their mail. Future actions that would really help both our local economy as well as reduce carbon emissions are: (1) construction of employee housing to keep employees and their dollars in town and (2) encouraging skiers to stay in town for multiple days rather than making day trips from afar to visit the Mountain.
BVRI will continue to enforce the CC&Rs, maintain the treasured Bear Lake and its beaches, and keep the community apprised of ongoing local news. We welcome your input on all of these issues as we go forward.
Tom Fraser, President
Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
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Sites to check to see what’s happening in Bear Valley.
Mountain and Village Dining Schedule Go to Plan Your Visit, Dining in the Village
Keep your eye out for postings on Bear Valley Nextdoor.
Bear Valley Trails for information on ways to get involved in maintaining and building new local Bear Valley trails.