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Isolation from what had been a pretty normal life during retirement has changed me in some weird way.  

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Andrew Cruz, a third-term Chino Valley school board member, described a “vivid dream” during the April 15 meeting involving a nun, a woman in an accident, and a man who told Mr. Cruz he could not render aid because he wasn’t wearing a mask. Mr. Cruz said the dream meant he should speak up ab…

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The Chino Valley has a great number of fire stations within its vast boundaries.  Seven stations spread throughout Chino and Chino Hills serve the nearly 200,000 residents that call the area home.

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Now that my kids are in high school, I can compare the differences of high school today, compared to when I attended high school in the 1980s.  I started attending Don Lugo High School my sophomore year in 1986. In addition to the typical educational requirements of English, math, history an…

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Chino Valley school district communications director Imee Perius has accepted a job closer to her home in Los Angeles. She was employed with the district for four years. Public information officer Andrea Johnston is handling all communications until a replacement is hired.

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Spring is upon us.  I am smelling the wildflowers, listening to music from the past and looking through old photographs. I cannot help but reminisce about things have changed over time. Many sentimental memories enter my mind and I become very nostalgic.  What my boys call the olden days, I …

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Sometimes I happen upon a photo from the Champion archives that really draws me in.  My eyes fixate on the details of each building, the cars parked on the street and the people walking by. 

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As mentioned last month, Soquel Canyon, between Carbon Canyon and Telegraph Canyon, is more isolated and relatively unknown than its neighbors.  As happened at the end of the 19th century, there was continued oil exploration into the first years of 20th.  

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Pizza before a movie...pizza after a Little League baseball game...pizza on a Friday night after work...pizza for a birthday party...pizza has always been a popular meal that is loved by most everyone.  Chino has had many great places that served pizza, and some of the best were/are the dine…

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Easter will feel much different this year as churches prepare to celebrate services both indoors and outdoors. Supervisor Curt Hagman said he is thrilled that fewer restrictions will be imposed this year and the weather outlook is good for small, mixed household outdoor gatherings. He said u…

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It’s good news that the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to slow down as vaccines and previous exposures are moving us to herd immunity.  As we obey the rules and continue wearing masks, there is a new option for those of us already vaccinated. 

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It’s hard for me to accept that Al McCombs is gone. I worked for and was later partners with him for 20 years.

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Chino lost an icon last week, when Al McCombs passed away on March 12, 2021.  Many have called him “Mr. Chino,” “The Face of Chino,” and other various names relating to his true love of our city.  I called him mentor, and friend.  I originally wrote the story below in October 2020, as an adm…

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1987 brought the city of Chino an exciting new shopping center, built on the south side of Philadelphia Street, between Central Avenue and Benson.  Chino Town Square was the largest shopping center in Chino, and offered many dining choices, a deluxe movie theater and large department stores …

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Living in quarantine during this pandemic has really taken a toll on me.  Being cooped up when so many activities are off limits has dulled my faculties.  Some people have lost their sense of taste and smell.  I think I lost my sense of humor.  Though a few critics chided me, "how can you lo…

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Sometimes in life you meet a person who inspires you, without them even knowing they did.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Dick Ferguson, also known as Mr. Ferguson, or Coach Ferguson, former teacher and principal at both Chino High School and Ramona Jr. High School, when he began atte…

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Five deer were observed Monday leaping through an area where barbed wire had been cleared two weeks ago in the Chino Hills State Park when more volunteers returned to continue fence removal. The group has grown to more than 25 volunteers who are trying to remove as much barbed wire exposed f…

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Baseball has long been America’s favorite pastime, and can be traced in Chino to the early 1900s.  The city had it's own team, which would play other city teams, and was a popular weekend activity for those living in Chino.  These were times of no radio or television, making live sports the …

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When asked if Big League Dreams intends to open after COVID, managing director Jeff Odekirk replied that as soon as the facility is cleared to do so, it will resume hosting leagues and tournaments as quickly as possible. He said the sports park, located on Fairfield Ranch Road, is currently …

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19th century America’s burgeoning population and the explosive popularity of game hunting was such that the conservation of certain species became a major concern and dovetailed with the growing movement to protect natural wonders and encourage outdoor recreation. In California, it was a sho…

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Before Chino was known as a dairy community, it was an agricultural mecca.  The soil was good for growing most any crop, of which the quantities were regularly reported in the Chino Champion. “Where Everything Grows” was the city’s motto, and the crops it produced proved it to be true.  I re…

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The Chino Hills City Council adjourned Tuesday’s meeting in memory of former Planning Commissioner Abraham Hovsepian who died last month. Mr. Hovsepian served on the Public Works Commission for two years and the Planning Commission for nine years until he was 83. He volunteered for numerous …

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It took less than 20 minutes for all 3,500 appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations to be filled for the Feb. 2 super-sized event at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, reported county officials. After long lines were causing a traffic backup on the 210 freeway, the California Highway Patrol di…

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