Inland Empire

Boyd Elementary teachers, staff reconnect with students during parade

Over two dozen vehicles meandered through a Rialto neighborhood Friday morning, April 3, steered by Boyd Elementary School teachers and staff in a spirited show of love to their students, waving and sounding the horn as they drove past. Photo MJ Duncan: A family waits eagerly as the sound of honking cars gets louder. From left: Toddler unidentified, Anna Salguero, Nathaniel Gutierrez (5th grade), Nicole Gutierrez (kinder), and Amanda Fernandez. “When we found out we wouldn’t see our kiddos again for the rest of the school year we wanted to let them know that we miss them and that we love them and we’re thinking about them,” said Boyd Principal Kaynee Correoso. Boyd Elementary School Strategist Sasha Lindblom who has worked at the school site for 22 years came up with the idea for the parade. “We want to let the kids know how much love we have,” she said emotionally. “This is a Bulldog family here… and this is my second family.” Myra Vera-Rizo brought her son Adan Vera (5th grade) and daughter Bella Vera (kinder) to greet teachers as they exited the school…

County to Receive Nearly $2 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Containment Funds

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors is slated next week to direct the Emergency Management Department to accept a $1.8 million federal grant to cover a range of costs directly tied to Riverside County’s coronavirus mitigation efforts. The allotment, which will be disbursed by the California Department of Public Health, is among the grant awards made available under the Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental Appropriations Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 6. “This one-time funding is intended to reimburse the county for COVID- 19 crisis response for the period March 5, 2020, through March 15, 2021,” according to an Executive Office statement posted to the Board of Supervisors’ agenda. “The funding is critical support from the federal government to assist in the response to the ongoing pandemic.” Almost 500 county residents have been infected, resulting in 14 deaths as of Thursday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The grant will cover costs stemming from resource obligations, supply acquisitions, including surgical gloves and masks, equipment acquisitions, including ventilators, and the procurement of food and basic office implements, according to the…

NBCares: Keeping Healthy with Clark’s Nutrition

Now, more than ever, we need to pay special attention to the health of our immune system. Clark’s Nutrition & Natural Foods Market has all the answers you need to make sure you are feeding your body what it needs. Calling it the “Clark’s Difference,” they were the first in the valley to offer early access shopping for seniors and disabled customers during the coronavirus pandemic. They now have special shopping hours for first responders and hospital workers as well. Shopping with Clark’s is like having your own nutritionist. In this segment of NBCares Michael Rehm, with Clark’s Nutrition, gives some tips on staying healthy during this time.  

Drive-thru coronavirus testing coming to San Bernardino for IEHP members

SAC Health System is offering drive-thru novel coronavirus testing at its San Bernardino campus for Inland Empire Health Plan patients. Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is by appointment only. To schedule a phone appointment, call 909-771-2911. Clinicians will evaluate members over the phone to determine if they need COVID-19 testing. If they do, members will be directed to the drive-thru clinic at 250 South G. St., San Bernardino. Related links San Bernardino County reports 50 more coronavirus cases, 2 additional deaths Amazon worker in San Bernardino tests positive for coronavirus San Bernardino County recommends covering face in public to avoid spreading coronavirus San Bernardino County drive-thru coronavirus testing event open in Victorville San Bernardino County coronavirus count grows to 111 cases Members do not need to be assigned to a SAC Health System to be evaluated or tested. The health system will share the test results with the member when they’re available, which is typically three to five days.

Kyle Turley, co-owner of Moreno Valley dispensary, told to stop saying CBD can cure coronavirus

The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission have warned the co-owner of a Moreno Valley cannabis dispensary not to claim that cannabidiol, known as CBD, can cure the novel coronavirus. Former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman Kyle Turley played football for Valley View High in Moreno Valley before playing for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Turley moved back to the Inland Empire in 2014 and is co-owner of Moreno Valley’s first dispensary, Shango Moreno Valley, which opened March 13. The Shango chain has licenses for dispensaries in California, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon and Nevada. Former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and business partner, Kyle Turley, left, and Founder and CEO Brandon Rexroad, sit in the lounge of Shango Moreno Valley, a new marijuana dispensary, in Moreno Valley on Friday, March. 13, 2020. On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission directed Turley to stop claiming that cannabidiol could protect consumers from the coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and business partner, Kyle Turley, left, and Founder and CEO…

Chino Hills man arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography

A Chino Hills man was arrested Thursday after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department accused him of possessing and distributing child pornography. Deputies from the sheriff department’s Chino Hills station found that child pornography was being distributed from a home in Chino Hills, officials said. Investigators served a search warrant at a residence at a residence in the 17000 block of Dandelion Lane on Thursday. Once there, investigators interviewed 36-year-old Felipe Amaya. “Investigation showed transferring of nearly 50 gigabytes, or 2600 files, of images and videos of child pornography,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “At the end of the interview Amaya was arrested.” Amaya was arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, officials said. He was booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino with a bail of $25,000.

Riverside County Public Health Officer orders golf courses closed

Local officials ordered the closure of all golf courses in Riverside County – both public and private – as part of the response to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The order was issued Thursday evening. “There was some confusion over the closure of golf courses, and we believe this order makes it perfectly clear that golf courses are not an essential business and people must stop gathering on courses,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said. “The governor’s stay-at-home order means exactly that,” Kaiser said. “Unless you’re the gardener, stay off the greens.” Following the governor’s stay-at-home executive order early last month, Riverside County issued guidance that public and private golf courses should be closed. This new order is one of several issued by Dr. Kaiser during the pandemic to slow the spread and flatten the curve. “Clearly and disappointingly, golf courses remained opened and put many people at risk,” Kaiser said. “That’s why it has come to this.” Riverside County health officials Thursday confirmed 64 more cases of coronavirus and an additional fatality, bringing the countywide case total to…

Riverside County Animal Shelters Change Protocol to Safeguard Against COVID-19

All four Riverside County animal shelters were closed to the public Thursday for an indefinite period to promote containment measures — but adoptions will continue with fee waivers, according to the Department of Animal Services. “Although the shelters are closed to the public, we’re still at the shelter caring and providing for the animals, and our animal control officers are in the field protecting our constituents and animals,” agency Director Julie Bank said. The Blythe shelter, San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms and the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley all fall under Bank’s closure order. The facilities underwent operational changes on March 17 in response to the countywide local health emergency tied to COVID-19, and only a limited number of visitors had been allowed into the shelters at a given time to maintain social distancing. The widely popular free pet vaccination clinics were also stopped because of crowding. Now all visitations will be denied. However, Bank said programs will continue under modified conditions that minimize person-to-person contact. “We have already been successful in placing more than…

Some Riverside County Courthouse Closures Continue

RIVERSIDE – Eight Riverside County courthouses will remain closed for an additional two weeks, and the remaining six will be open to the public for limited periods each day, as the Superior Court extends its operational reductions in response to the coronavirus emergency. “Amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to comply with federal, state and local guidelines, adhere to the Centers for Disease Control social distancing recommendations and abide by the shelter- in-place regulations, the court will be extending its temporary closures through Friday, April 17,” according to a statement released Wednesday night. County Superior Court Presiding Judge John Vineyard signed the curtailment order following direction from California Chief Justice Tani Cantil- Sakauye. Under the order, the Banning Justice Center, Corona Courthouse, Riverside Historic Courthouse, Hemet Courthouse, Moreno Valley Traffic & Smalls Claims Court, Palm Springs Courthouse, Riverside Family Law Courthouse and Temecula Courthouse will remain shuttered, while the downtown Riverside Hall of Justice will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with the Indio Larson Justice Center, the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, the Blythe…

How to enter Temecula Valley Genealogical Society’s essay contest

The Temecula Valley Genealogical Society is offering a $750 scholarship to the winner of its annual essay contest for high school seniors in the Temecula and Murrieta area. This year’s topic is “20/20 – Clear Vision of Our Past.” High school seniors are invited to enter essays of 500 to 1,250 words telling how the actions or achievements of an ancestor or close family friend have affected them or their families, according to a press release. The winner of the contest will not only receive a $750 scholarship but will also have the opportunity to read his or her essay at a meeting of the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society. Entries must be mailed or emailed to the Scholarship Committee by May 7. For complete contest rules, go to For questions, email

Riverside County orders golf courses closed due to coronavirus

Golf courses in Riverside County must close under an order signed by the county’s health officer as part of the effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order, issued Thursday, April 2, is meant to clear up confusion over whether public and private courses can stay open, a county news release states. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the public health officer, said golf courses are not considered to be essential businesses. “The governor’s stay-at-home order means exactly that,” Kaiser said in the news release. “Unless you’re the gardener, stay off the greens.” Related Articles Hospitals cope with coronavirus-mandated visitor restrictions Corona Art Association offers online kids’ art challenge during coronavirus isolation Alexander: When sports return, how different will they be? San Bernardino County reports 50 more coronavirus cases, 2 additional deaths Medical, nursing, EMT students eager to contribute during coronavirus crisis He added: “Clearly and disappointingly, golf courses remained opened and put many people at risk. That’s why it has come to this.” As of Thursday, the county had 493 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths.

Young Riverside County artists invited to enter Tobacco Control Project contest

Riverside County Tobacco Control Project and Reach Out invite Riverside County residents ages 11 to 20 to create artwork that illustrates how vaping and use of tobacco products affect local communities. Winning entries will receive up to $50 and be featured in a countywide social media campaign, according to a press release. Photographs of the artwork, or digitally created art, must be emailed by 11:59 p.m. April 17 to Posters on the theme “How Vaping and Other Tobacco Products Affect Our Community” may address topics including secondhand smoke, flavored vaping products, advertisements targeting the 11-20 age group for vapes and vaping products and how prevalent vaping is in the artists’ social circles and community. Although mixed media and digital artwork are welcome, the projects must be two-dimensional, no smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches and no larger than 22 inches by 28 inches. Those not creating their art digitally may use paper, canvas or other materials, but the finished product may not be more than one inch deep. Artists may use any materials, such as pencils, paint, markers and colored or patterned paper. The…

Corona Art Association offers online kids’ art challenge during coronavirus isolation

While people are isolated because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Corona Art Association has created an online art challenge for children and teenagers in the Corona-Norco area. Each Sunday, the Corona Art Association announces an art subject for the week at Children and teenagers may create art on that subject in any medium, surface or size, and parents email a photograph of the art to before 5 p.m. the following Sunday, according to a press release. The artist’s name and age must be included. The Corona Art Association will post the submissions on its website and social media. The final week of the challenge ends Sunday, April 26. Winners of the first-, second- and third-place awards and three honorable mention ribbons will be posted May 7 on the Corona Art Association’s website. The art will also be displayed later in the association’s gallery, which is closed until the end of the stay-at-home order. For information, go to

Final election results show San Bernardino councilwoman lost seat by 18 votes

Final results of the March 3 election show Bessine Littlefield Richard lost her San Bernardino City Council seat by 18 votes to challenger Kimberly Calvin. The councilwoman, who represented Ward 6, received 1,428 votes, or 49.69%, and Calvin received 1,446, or 50.31%, according to final certified results released Wednesday, April 1, by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. Genoveva Rocha, acting San Bernardino city clerk, said as of Thursday morning she had not received a request for a recount. Recount requests must be sent to her office by 5 p.m. Monday, April 6. County Registrar of Voters Bob Page said state and county laws do not require automatic recounts. Related links San Bernardino City Council candidates now separated by 7 votes Coronavirus leads to all vote-by-mail election for Inland state Senate seat San Bernardino council meeting closed to public by coronavirus concerns Coronavirus concerns lead San Bernardino to declare emergency, eviction moratorium San Bernardino council moves to reassign mayor’s staff after harassment claims Richard did not return a request for comment left Wednesday. The certified results show Councilman Juan Figueroa won reelection in Ward…

Rain, snow coming to Southern California next week

A storm reminiscent of last month’s weather in Southern California will bring a few days of rain with snow in the mountains as early as Sunday afternoon, National Weather Service officials said this week. Light rain could start by Sunday afternoon in Orange County and the Inland Empire, with heavier precipitation expected Monday and Tuesday, said Stefanie Sullivan, a meteorologist with the NWS San Diego office. Snow levels are expected to be as low as 5,500 to 6,000 feet elevation for most of the storm, with up to a couple of feet of snow above 6,500 feet, she said. “They could see some pretty significant snowfall up in the San Bernardino Mountains, spread out over a four-day period,” Sullivan said. Orange County and the Inland Empire could see up to 2 inches of rain for the same period, with possibly some light rain continuing to Wednesday, she said. In the greater Los Angeles area, at least a half-inch to an inch of rain is expected, with also some snow in the San Gabriel Mountains, said Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the NWS Oxnard office. The precipitation…

Garcetti calls in public-health cohort to bring home warnings against coronavirus spread

Mayor Eric Garcetti brought in some backup on Thursday, April 2, to spread his message to Angelenos that they should all be taking health and safety precautions seriously as the number of novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to ramp up. “Don’t take it from a mayor, take it from a doctor,” Garcetti said, before turning center stage over to Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. Ferrer urged people who are sick to self-isolate for at least seven days, with at least three of the days fever-and symptom-free. That means that people who are sick should keep themselves completely separate from others — which means not preparing meals or caring for others. Meanwhile, those who are in contact with a safe person should also be in quarantine, which means they ought not to go out to get groceries and medicine if they can manage that, Ferrer said. Ferrer also emphasized maintaining six feet of physical distance between people, saying that is not an “arbitrary” number, but an average of the distance that droplets travel from a person’s respiratory system. She said this was…

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