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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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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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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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Reva Salter, known as “Ma Chino,” one of the founders of the Chino Youth Boxing Club and a longtime Chino Planning Commissioner has died. The Chino City Council on Jan. 19 adjourned the meeting in her honor. Her news obituary will appear in next week's Champion. 

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Beginning today (Jan. 23) residents and businesses with the 909 area code must dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls. Calls will not be completed on or after that date without the new calling procedure. The change paves the way for an area code overlay that will add the new 840…

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Chino Hills Councilman Art Bennett has tested positive for coronavirus. Mr. Bennett had a headache, stiffness and cough, and went to McCoy Equestrian Center for testing Jan. 9. He received the results the next day. Mr. Bennett said his doctor has taken an aggressive approach with treatment t…

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School board member Andrew Cruz, an outspoken critic of mandatory public vaccinations, said at last month’s meeting that concerned teachers and school staff can hopefully get the coronavirus vaccine in March. An advisory committee with the Centers for Disease Control recommends that seniors …

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Laura Mancha, representing area school districts including Chino Valley on the San Bernardino County Board of Education since 2010, took the oath of office administered by her husband Manuel, to serve another four years. She was also elected vice-president by the board. The couple, married 4…

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Thirty-six hours after the City of Chino Hills installed caution tape and signs on playgrounds announcing their closure because of the governor’s new orders last week, crews returned to take everything down when the orders were revised. City officials said they didn’t need to take down most …

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Chino Hills City Manager Benjamin Montgomery is undergoing his first performance evaluation since being hired as city manager in April 2019 with a three-year contract. The city council is reviewing Mr. Montgomery’s performance in closed session meetings. 

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Josh Newman, the newly elected state senator for the 29th district that includes Chino Hills, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Mr. Newman told the Champion he was completely surprised because he has taken the virus seriously and has taken all precautions. His only symptoms were chills and m…

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which polices Chino Hills, has joined several state law enforcement agencies in California announcing that deputies will not actively enforce the statewide coronavirus curfew. The curfew will begin Saturday night and end Dec. 21 banning non-essenti…

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Chino Police sent five officers and an armored rescue vehicle to an Eastvale home early last Saturday morning to assist Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies with a man armed with a gun shooting at the deputies. Deputies returned fire and struck the suspect, who was transported to the hospital…

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The poetic signs posted on telephone poles asking residents to be careful on narrow English Road were removed by the City of Chino Hills Tuesday. Instead, the city placed a traffic message board on English Road west of Peyton Drive with words that flash alternately: “Share the Road. Watch fo…

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Kerry Cisneroz, who keeps an eye on local businesses for his Chino Memories Facebook, reports that Watches Plus, which opened with the Chino Town Square shopping center on Philadelphia Street in 1987, between See’s Candy and Penguins Yogurt, and remained there as those businesses and others …

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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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Garages and homes are no longer used for voting here. Eleven of the 16 polling centers in Chino and Chino Hills for the Nov. 3 election will be at Chino Valley district schools. A 12th will be at Woodcrest Junior High in South Ontario. The rest will be at religious sites, McCoy Equestrian Ce…

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As of Monday, 99.9 percent of U.S. housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census, with 33.1 percent counted by census takers and 66.8 percent of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail. Self-response and field data collection operations concluded Thursday.

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Eastvale, once part of the Chino Valley dairy area which boasted about being the largest milkshed in the world, is about to lose the last of its 80 dairies according to a report last week. The booming city just east of Chino is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Eastvale gets its name from th…

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The Chino Community Services Commission has recommended the name “Chino Rancho Park” for a new park at Phillips and Central.  Commission members said they wanted to include the city name and a historical reference. The Chino Rancho Ride was a former horseback riding event that began in 1937 …

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“B” was the lucky initial for state candidates in the Nov. 3 election, giving a ballot position advantage to Don Bridge in the 8-person school board election. Chris Flores has a position advantage over incumbent Paul Rodriguez in District 1 of the Chino council election, Anthony Honore is fi…

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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…