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Hispanic Heritage Month in September recognizes the contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The U.S. Hispanic population was 60.6 million as of July 2019, making people of Hispanic orig…

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Chino Hills councilman Ray Marquez said he was concerned some residents lost power for more than 48 hours during the Labor Day weekend when temperatures soared to 114 degrees. He noted that cooling centers have limited hours and asked staff during Tuesday’s council meeting to develop a plan …

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With door-to-door visits by census takers underway, the Census Bureau is informing households they may receive a follow-up visit to ensure everyone is counted. More than 82.4 percent of all housing units have been accounted for as of Aug. 30.

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Fight Covid. Get Tested. It’s easy, painless, and free. This is the message on a series of billboards that went up last weekend in San Bernardino County. Anxious to get off the state’s monitoring list, county officials have partnered with General Outdoor Advertising billboard company to enco…

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Opening playgrounds in Chino Hills is the number one amenity request by residents, said city officials, especially since Chino’s playgrounds have been open for several weeks. State guidance on outdoor equipment requires that playgrounds must be cleaned after every user to be safe. City Manag…

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Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills wore an 8-lb. Kevlar military helmet while speaking to his flock in a video posted on his Facebook page to signify that the church is at war against government officials who are trying to destroy it. The pastor, who continues to hold church ind…

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Cleta Carroll, retired school district employee who died July 26, was the community’s “Greatest Mom,” in 1965. Her son Billy, then 10, won the Champion essay contest on that subject, which drew 220 entries. He won a $25 U.S. savings bond. She had five children, all surviving her.

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Gregg Fresonke, whose column is adjacent, has been visiting his father on his birthday up north. He sent the chief of the Shoreline Fire Department in King County, Washington, near Seattle information about his dad’s 90th birthday coming up, and they were rewarded with a FD driveby with engi…

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Parents of Chino Valley students in need of a computer and internet access must fill out a form on the school district’s website at chino.k12.ca.us by 10 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Damaged or lost equipment will cost $300, school district officials said. The school year will begin with online lea…

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To increase business activity and city revenues, Chino has waived its $37 commercial fee for promotional banners and extended the amount of display time from 90 days to six months.   

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For awhile it looked like Gov. Gavin Newsom had taken a Toastmaster’s Club course and gotten rid of the “ahs” that were messing up his lengthy speeches on the coronavirus, but they seemed to have crept back in.

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. According to the Census Bureau, there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776, slightly m…

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An online panel discussion June 20 featuring black leaders in Chino Valley hosted by a new group called Welcome 2 The Conversation was “Zoom bombed” with pornographic video clips and a song with racist lyrics when retired local basketball coach Mel Sims was speaking. The host apologized to t…

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Juneteenth was a popular celebration in Chino Valley for almost a decade. Chino Hills Parks and Rec commissioner Jennifer Holtkamp suggested Wednesday night that the city sponsor a Juneteenth celebration next year. She also asked residents to support local black-owned businesses in commemora…

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County officials announced this week that schools, gyms, bars, museums, family entertainment centers, campgrounds, hotels and satellite wagering facilities could reopen Friday, June 12 after meeting state-mandated coronavirus thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness. Busin…

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Local restaurants began opening up this past week. Casa Sanchez on Mountain Avenue below Philadelphia did it the hard way when an auto crashed into its front a week ago Friday.

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Chino American Legion Post 299 officials said the Legion Hall lost all of its wedding and party rentals this spring because of the coronavirus outbreak. They said the Legion desperately needs donations to re-open, and are asking the public to send donations of any size to Chino American Legi…

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World War II-era planes will fly in formation on Memorial Day Monday around Southern California to honor frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The 90-minute flight will conclude at 1:07 p.m. at Chino Airport after starting in Loma Linda. 

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A Chino Hills resident contacted the Inland Valley Humane Society after he saw a baby coyote as small as a cat running around his yard. After receiving no help, he attempted to trap the pup and return it to the open space. His dogs captured the coyote first, ending the challenge. 

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California Institution for Men staff members on all three watches received Chick-Fil-A restaurant gift cards, good for a free entrée. 1,400 cards were donated by Chick-fil-A Chino Hills owner/operator David Dinasan, who wanted to acknowledge staff on the front lines at the prison during the …

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Residents are still leaving valuables in their vehicles that are easy to see, creating an uptick in burglaries in Chino Hills, said Capt. John Walker of the Chino Hills Police Station. A social media campaign called #9pm is encouraging residents to take personal belongings out of their vehic…

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The city of Chino, San Bernardino County, the county’s Department of Public Health and Chaffey Community College are among local agencies to receive federal funding as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, approved by Congress in March. Chino will receive $330,471 and the county m…

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The Champion has received several letters from readers for the Forum. Because of a shortage of space, they will appear next week instead.

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San Bernardino County put out a get-tough message this week for people who ignore its requirements for avoiding COVID-19 virus, citing a law enforcement crackdown and possible fine and jail sentence. Public relations prevailed and it was quickly superseded by a softer message saying the coun…

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A proud family has installed outdoor lights on their home in the Chino Hills High school colors of green and blue to honor their senior who is graduating this year. With graduation ceremonies cancelled, there may be more such displays coming. 

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The Champion appreciated messages of support from readers who found out our newspaper is still being delivered physically and by email during the coronavirus outbreak. Like other businesses, your local newspaper has been affected by the slowdown, and had to do some cutting back, but its vete…

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All trails are closed at the Chino Hills State Park because of muddy conditions but the park is open for all other activities including hiking, biking and horseback riding. To protect visitors, staff and volunteers from the spread of the coronavirus, the visitor center on Carbon Canyon Road …

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Chino Hills recreation division will no longer offer Hiking the Hills classes because of declining participation. The program that began in 2009, where residents walked the trails led by a recreation leader, dwindled after hiking information appeared on apps and social media, including the c…

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According to new research, St. Augustine, Florida may well have well over a hundred years on Boston and New York, holding its first St Patrick’s Day celebration in 1600 and its first parade in 1601. Documents reveal that spring festivities which included a feast day of San Patricio (St. Patr…

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A rogue goose has been chasing residents at English Springs Park in Chino Hills on Grand Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway. The city’s public works director was pursued on the sidewalk. City officials said an incident report was taken after the goose bit somebody and took off skin. The Inland V…

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A fatal motorcycle accident in Ontario, near Chino, last weekend was overlooked by the local daily newspaper. The driver, speeding down Mountain Avenue north of Philadelphia, ran into the rear of a car making a turn into a parking lot, demolishing both the motorcycle and the car, killing the…

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The romantic holiday is one of the busiest days of the year for the San Bernardino County Clerk. On average, 18 marriage ceremonies are performed per day by staff, but on Valentine’s Day that number quadruples. The number of marriages for this year was not available at the Champion’s pressti…

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Two of the victims of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, included former Chino City Councilman Gary George’s daughter and granddaughter, Sarah and Payton Chester. The Chino council adjourned this week’s meeting in memory of those kille…

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Voters may need eye assistance for the fine print in the sample ballots and voter information guides mailed out this week for the March 3 Primary Election. There isn’t much exciting about the state’s primary, which was moved up from June to hopefully give California more say in who gets to r…

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“Medical Police,” a 10-episode tongue-in-cheek Netflix series about two doctors who are deputized as government agents to chase a bioterrorist around the world, was shot around Southern California, including Chino Hills. The satirical action series was also filmed in several foreign countries. 

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Mes Amis is returning to Chino Hills. The Lebanese restaurant that opened in 2010 and moved to Upland approximately two years ago will re-open in the Smart & Final shopping center on Chino Hills Parkway and Pipeline Avenue in a few weeks. Councilman Peter Rogers said he received hundreds…

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Chino councilman Mark Hargrove told Facebook friends last weekend that he was diagnosed Oct. 2 with stage IV colon cancer that has spread to his liver. He said he has been receiving chemotherapy and is tolerating it fairly well. “I have had the most overwhelming support I have ever had in my…

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As the nation rings in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau has projected the U.S. population to be 330,222,422 on Jan. 1, 2020. The nation started the new decade with an increase of 1,991,085 people, or 0.61%, from New Year’s Day 2019. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has gro…

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The California Department of Corrections is forging ahead with its plans to build a mental health facility at the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino and expects it to be completed in a few years, Chino Councilman Mark Hargrove learned while attending a recent CIM advisory committe…

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An official list of candidates for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election will not be released by the California Secretary of State’s office until Dec. 26, according to an official. The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters said it will not release an official list until after the Sec…

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Newly selected Chino Hills Mayor Art Bennett told the council on Tuesday not to expect him to be the social media mayor like Cynthia Moran, who is known for her frequent postings on Facebook and social media outlets. Mr. Bennett said he will be in touch with residents using other forms of co…

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The first installment of county property taxes is due Tuesday, Dec. 10. Electronic payments are accepted online at MyTaxCollector.com, and by phone at 387-8308, and can be made using a checking or savings account. Credit card payments are accepted but a fee is charged. 

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In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims -- early settlers of Plymouth Colony -- held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. Historians have recorded harvest ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North…

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A Thanksgiving pardon has been decreed by the City of Chino Hills to all residents who violate street-sweeping days beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27 to Friday, Nov. 29. Enforcement will resume Monday, Dec. 2. 

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Barbara Hale of Sycamore Academy charter school in Chino Hills said she refused the “extensive regulations” that came with the district’s proposal to provide the school with internet services and has purchased satellite services that were “up and running the same day.”  

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After questioning from Chino Hills Public Works Commissioner Bob Goodwin Wednesday night, Edison representatives said its policy has changed regarding release of contact information of critical care customers during a forced power outage.  

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California is among a handful of states with legislation pending on Daylight Saving Time. Seven states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington – have approved making it permanent but need approval of Congress. 

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Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o…

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More than eight tons of waste were removed from the Los Serranos community during a neighborhood cleanup Sept. 28 when the City of Chino Hills partnered with waste hauler Republic Services for the four-hour event. Six 30-yard bins were filled.

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Warden Molly Hill of the California Institution for Women in Chino will retire Dec. 1. Her replacement has not been named. 

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Lynn Haws, a Chino High graduate who has worked at the Champion since August 1979, retired as production manager at the end of September after 40 years with the newspaper. Ms. Haws managed the production department since 1984, during its conversion to computers and direct screen to press printing.