Is the increase in airplane noise at night over the valley driving you nuts? Reader Richard Sherman said he was told by Supervisor Curt Hagman’s office that he could complain to the FFA by leaving a voice message at (909) 544-5470, which is the Ontario Airport noise complaint line.

A project to install left turn phasing and equipment upgrades to three traffic signals on Edison Avenue at Monte Vista, Yorba and Ramona in Chino has been delayed because some of the project components are being redesigned. “We will not have estimated start or completion dates until the updated design is complete,” said Deputy City Manager Vivian Castro.

Five thousand Easter eggs were gone in 50 seconds and nobody was carried out on a stretcher. The inaugural night-time Easter egg scramble for adults that lasted less than a minute at Chino Hills Community Park April 12 sold out with 300 participants at $16 each. City officials said the dark event was so well-received it will return next year. )

The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently commended Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa for proclaiming April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” The alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, small airports, elected officials and others that support general aviation.

The recent vandalism of the Virgin Mary statue at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Chino led an article in The Epoch Times about attacks worldwide on Christianity. The statute was beheaded the first weekend in April, just five weeks after two statues at a Montclair Catholic church were vandalized. The Epoch Times was founded in 2000 by Chinese Americans associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement. The newspaper covers general interest topics with a focus on China and human rights issues there. 

Dwindling horse use at the McCoy Equestrian Center in Chino Hills has prompted city employees to visit horse facilities in surrounding cities. They learned that other facilities are facing similar problems. In Norco, 30 percent of the revenue generated by equestrian facilities is coming from dog events and competitions. 

It's both good and bad news for Chino Valley motorists driving north of the city on Central Avenue. The good news: Montclair is advertising for a contractor to rehabilitate Central between Phillips Boulevard and the 10 Freeway. The work will include repaving of the street, sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, installation of traffic signal poles, street striping and landscaping. The bad news: It will add to the traffic congestion on northbound Central Avenue for a while.

All San Bernardino County websites were down for about four hours Tuesday until 5 p.m. after a fiber optic cord was inadvertently cut somewhere in San Bernardino. 

A “challenge” fitness course and exercise stations are being considered by the Chino Hills Parks and Recreation Commission for the 1.4-acre vacant strip of land at the northern end of Pinehurst Park in Butterfield. The funding may be years away because other capital projects have priority. As an example, the artificial turf at Community Park is nearing the end of its life and will cost $3.3 million to replace.

Mike Spence, former mayor of West Covina and former chief of staff for Supervisor Curt Hagman, was found dead in a hotel room in Ontario April 11, apparently from a drug overdose. He had a prior problem with drugs.  He has received praise for his community service.

Area residents are being encouraged to complete an online survey regarding the future expansion of Prado Regional Park. Two community meetings have been held this spring to collect public input. A draft is expected in June. The link to the survey is

School board member Irene Hernandez said she could do nothing more than apologize to Nicholas Ceballos, an Ayala High grad who was arrested but not charged with threatening his former high school last year.  Speaking at the April 4 board meeting, Ms. Hernandez likened his situation to that of her son and former members of the Don Lugo freshman football team who over a year ago had been sexually bullied by other players. She said the district never apologized or followed up to check on these students, who remain affected by the experience. The district “needs to stop” retaliating against her and other employees who speak out about rights violations, she said.

The school board voted this month for the district to establish a committee of the arts to promote arts programs across all areas in schools. The district will post applications for volunteers with grant writing experience. Money could help start a choral program at Don Lugo High or improve the theater “space” at Ayala High, which despite improvements by dedicated volunteer parents has inadequate sound and seating.       

A Saturday Night Live sketch last weekend poked fun at the arrests of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, college admissions scandal actress Lori Loughlin and Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, who were portrayed as being locked up in the “Chino Correctional Facility.” Which one wasn’t specified. In a related item, a $4.5 million, twin-engine, four-seater jet said to have belonged to Mr. Avenatti was flown from Santa Barbara Airport to Chino Airport by federal agents as an asset forfeiture.

Longtime Chino resident Dean Conley, who died April 13, was a supporter of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs throughout his life, first as a youth showing animals and demonstrating agriculture mechanics and later as a member and officer of the Chino Junior Fair board. The covering structure outside Brinderson Hall at the Chino Fairgrounds was named Conley Pavilion in honor of the Conley family for providing all the labor and a large part of the money for the shelter. Their business donated greenhouses to Chino and Don Lugo high schools’ agriculture programs, as well as to Cal Poly Pomona.

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