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When the Louisville Courier-Journal won a Pulitzer Prize this week for its breaking news, reporting hundreds of legal pardons issued by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin during his final weeks in office — which the Pulitzer Committee described as “marked by opacity, racial disparities and viol…

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After the loss of my parents, I felt the need and desire to work with the elderly. I was hired as an assistant activity director for a memory care facility. This position may sound easy to many people as it did to me, but keeping residents active, happy, and content is not an easy task, beli…

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I am contacting you because I recently read an article in the Chino Valley Champion about how the school board is adding 30 minutes to school days, and five minutes to each class for high school. I do not think this is fair to the high school students because it will take away time that they…

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Flags were flown at half-staff at the Chino Hills Police Department and all San Bernardino County buildings, in memory of 43-year-old Sgt. Dominic Vega, a 17-year veteran with the sheriff’s department, who was shot and killed at the end of a pursuit with a motorcyclist in Yucca Valley. Addit…

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In 1930, the Chino American Legion Post created a monument to honor those who served and died in World War I. The monument, made of stone with an eagle at the top, was installed next to Chino’s Community Building on 10th and B Streets. A letter written by Chamber of Commerce President Elmer …

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As Memorial Day approaches, I am reflecting about my son’s service to his country as a Marine. Watching him step off the plane as he returned home from Iraq was a proud moment and a day that will never be erased from my mind.

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I served on board the U.S.S. Blue Ridge LCC 19 from 1970 to 1972. She was the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, and CTF76 (Commander Task Force 76).

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I moved to Chino Hills in the Los Serranos community not too far away from the Los Serranos Country Club in December 1989 before the houses in Butterfield Ranch were constructed.

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Residents complain often on social media about their Spectrum service but the situation was real last Saturday night and Sunday May 14 and 15. Vandals cut the fiber lines and engineers worked around the clock to repair the lines and restore services, according to a Spectrum spokesman.

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Losing your parents is not easy no matter how old you are. It can be an emotionally difficult and life-changing experience. Even though it has been over 10 years since my parents left, I miss them tremendously.

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The homeless team attached to the Chino Hills Police Department will reach out to the individual who resides in a dumpster enclosure who was featured in last week’s Champion. Capt. Garth Goodell said the team has reached out to him several times with offers of alternative housing and he has …

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For over thirty years, William Henry Cline (1832-1901) was a stock raiser in the southern end of the Chino Valley, but he also earned notoriety as a prolific hangman who claimed to have participated in 16 executions and “witnessed” twice as many more from roughly 1850 to 1890.

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Chino Valley Fire Chief Tim Shackelford is planning to retire at the end of the year. The news was revealed by Chino city councilmember Karen Comstock during Tuesday’s meeting. After Chief Shackelford gave a report on the May 15 weed abatement deadline, Ms. Comstock called him back to the po…

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I am fascinated by old buildings and signs, and have been known to stop my car and have my family wait on me as I snap photos of random buildings or signs. I wonder to myself what the history may be, and what life the walls may have lived in the decades before I passed by. Chino has some rea…

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In April 1937, the City of Chino celebrated its 50th anniversary with a series of events including a parade and pioneer barbeque and much was made of the ranching and equestrian history of the area. During the downtown procession, it was reported that there were 1,200 horses and riders parti…

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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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