A caved-in structure in downtown Crestline, Calif., on March 11.

Anyone who knows me knows about the connection I’ve developed to the San Bernardino Mountains, located northeast of Los Angeles, these past few years. My partner moved up there from LA at the start of the pandemic, and we’ve spent a good part of each year living and working remotely from his rented cabin and various short-term rentals in the mountain communities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear ever since.

After a six-week stay in the desert this winter, we planned to move into a Lake Arrowhead rental – one that we previously stayed in for several months in 2021 and were excited to return to – the first weekend of March. However, the last week of February, a rare blizzard hit the mountains, dumping about eight feet of snow onto its communities and trapping many people in their homes. We postponed the move by one week to allow some time for roads to get plowed and essential services to resume.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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