Category Archives: Norco

State Approves Norconian Property For National Register

Staff Reports

Norco – The California State Historical Resources Commission unanimously voted to expand the current Lake Norconian Club Historic District to encompass the property’s World War II Naval hospital and Cold War guided missile laboratory-related buildings and grounds. Many Norco residents have supported Norco’s David and Goliath efforts and praised the Commission’s decision – a decision that completely reversed a previous denial by the State Office of Historic Preservation. The nomination cited four areas of historic significance: health/medicine, military history, social history, and architecture.

Norco’s nomination was produced by Norco’s Cultural Resources Consultant Bill Wilkman, who was hired by the City Council more than three years ago to prepare the documents to support the City’s nomination efforts. The nomination took three years to compile and was based on 10 years of comprehensive and painstaking research.  Nearly 20 letters were sent from leading local and national historians and historical organizations supporting the City of Norco’s nomination. Significantly, these included letters from the California Preservation Foundation, the Society for the History of Naval Medicine, and former California State Historic Preservation Officers Wayne Donaldson and Dr. Knox Mellon.

The State Commission praised the nomination and strongly declared the historic site was important to both local and national history and needed to be preserved. Council Member Kevin Bash stated, “It was very gratifying to hear the Commissioners give proper due and respect to the Navy physicians, nurses, Corpsmen and other medical staff who pioneered so many medical advances and saved lives.”

Chair of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission Matt Potter noted, “Some Norconians may not realize how significant it is to have the State Historic Preservation Commission approve our nomination to the National Register with a unanimous vote despite objecting statements and testimony from two large influential entities. The Herculean efforts made by Bill Wilkman and Council Member Kevin Bash to document and preserve the Lake Norconian property should be commended.”

This nomination places Norco in a similar situation to 1996 when Navy historians found the Norconian Resort did not qualify for National Register listing. Disagreeing with this finding, the City of Norco hired respected historian Dr. Knox Mellon, who supplied substantial documentation to support the historical significance of the resort-related buildings and grounds. The result was the listing of the Lake Norconian Club Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Because of this listing, the Navy subsequently received a sizable grant to repair the beautiful lakeside pavilion.

As in the year 2000, the Navy’s Federal Historic Preservation Officer must endorse the expanded historic district before it can be sent to the Keeper of the Register for final approval to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper of the Register is the final arbiter of nominations to the National Register. Continued public support will be needed to assure the nomination successfully negotiates these final steps. Individuals interested in voicing support of the nomination are encouraged to visit the City’s website and social media accounts where news regarding the nomination’s status will be posted.


Andy Okoro, City Manager

(951) 270-5617


Norco College Offers Degrees to Prisoners

By Anthony Saude

Norco – There are seven rows of desk that seat 23 Norco College students, all men all dressed with the same blue shirts and pants. Does college have a uniform these days? No the shirts the men wear all have “CDCR prisoner” printed on them. Each one of these college students are actually inmates at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, a medium security prison on the grounds of the former Lake Norconian Resort.

Norco College formed an alliance with the prison in February of 2016 to make college degrees for these men available. The core mission of the College in Norco has always been to educate the historically under-served populations. The college is just continuing to follow their core mission statement with the prison for no other reason other than it is right in their own backyard.

One student Robert Beebe, 41, dropped out of his Norwalk high school in the ninth grade. He got involved in gangs at a young age and served two, two-year terms in prison in the 90’s. Ultimately he was arrested for attempted murder and he is now in his 19th year of a 20 year sentence.

Beebe, got his GED while in solitary confinement and has been moving in a positive direction ever since. Beebe got out of the gangs, changed his whole mindset and will be living somewhere different when he is released. He has already earned an associate’s degree in theological studies while in prison. He plans to earn his associate’s degree in business by the spring of 2018. That will take 6 months off of his sentence.

The warden shows his support to the men and their efforts by having a graduation ceremony twice a year for GED and vocations. He works in the prison’s plumbing department. He would use his degree and experience to start a business installing ornamental koi ponds and waterfalls.

A lot of these men just made some bad choices but have been committed to turning their life around since the day they were convicted. This type of program shows them that people do care and there is hope and love out there for them.

Norco College’s original plan was to start offering classes in the fall of 2018 that just wasn’t fast enough for the official’s at the prison. The wanted it to happen immediately so the college made it happen.

Prisoners who take part in an educational program are 43 percent less likely to return to prison says a 2013 RAND Corporation report.  They’re 13 percent more likely to get a job. The report also says that for every $1 invested in prison education save the taxpayers $4 to $5 after prisoners are released.

105 students enrolled this fall, all of them with 10 years or less left on their sentences. Giving prisoners vocational skills gives them hope and options other than committing crimes.

The college hasn’t had any trouble with finding faculty members to take part in the program. They are knocking down the administration’s doors asking them to pick their major. They don’t focus on the crimes committed only on helping them make a new life for themselves. They understand that there is a danger there but that what they are dealing with are human beings that made a bad choice or choices in their lives.


Norco College Military Recognition

By Anthony Saude

Inland Empire – Norco College has been recognized by two prestigious military organizations for their efforts to include programs centered on their military population. Norco College received recognition from Military Times for the third time in four years as one of the best colleges for veterans to attend. The college doubled up when Military Friendly® notified them that it has been named a bronze-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient for 2018.

Norco College President Bryan Reece reportedly said “We are so proud for these recognitions,” “This is a true testament of the exceptional service Norco College provides to the veteran community in their transition from classrooms to careers.”

Norco College was one of only three Community College’s in California to be recognized by Military Times, ranking them 16th overall. In 2015, NC ranked 20th on the Military Times list and 16th in 2017. The rankings were the most competitive they have ever been for 2018 with 218 colleges submitting an extensive, 150 question survey to be considered. Less than half of the schools that participated made the cut at all.

According to the Military Times, the rankings were more competitive than ever, a record number of schools participated in the annual survey, and less than half made the cut. The rankings were based on the college’s survey responses and data from the Federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. The recognition was based on five categories: culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, cost and financial aid. You can view the whole list of rankings at, as well as,, and

Military Friendly® recognized Norco College by awarding them with the Military Friendly school award for 2018. Over 1200 post secondary schools were designate as Military Friendly in November of this year. Only 541 of those schools were recognized for excellence in the categories of: academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention.

The names of awardees are published online at and will be printed in G.I. Jobs® and Guide to Military Friendly® Schools.

Find out more about Norco College’s award winning Veterans Resource Center at:

Community Events – Inland Empire



Where: Eastvale Community Center located at 13820 Schleisman Road, Eastvale.

Sneak Peek: Friday, December 1, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday December 2, 6:30 pm

The first ten shoppers at the Friday sneak preview will win a T. Marie Boutique swag bag. For more information about meetings and other JCSD programs and projects, please visit our website at or call (951) 727-3524.


Eastvale 5k, 10k, & 1 Mile Fun Run

Date:11/18/2017 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:Eastvale Community Park
Click here to register for Eastvale’s 9th Annual 5k/10k Run

Bib & T-Shirt Pickup Starts as Early as 6 A.M.
Race Begins at 8 AM!


Eastvale Health Fair

Hosted by JCSD

Date:11/18/2017 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location:Eastvale Community Park
12750 Citrus Street
Eastvale, California 92880


Public Safety Commission Meeting

Date:11/28/2017 6:00 PM

Location:Rosa Parks Elementary School
13830 Whispering Hills Drive
Eastvale, California 92880


Cops and Clergy

On behalf of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station invites local faith based leaders to an introduction to Cops & Clergy.

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station – 7477 Mission Blvd. Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

RSVP: Lt. Don Sharp at (951)955-2629 or




On the Go @ Stagecoach Park

Date:11/20/2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:Stagecoach Park
2125 Stagecoach Park
Corona, California 92880

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Join our On the Go team at a local park for stories, crafts and fun!


Recreation & Fitness Expo

Date:11/18/2017 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:Circle City Center
365 N. Main Street
Corona, California 92880

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The Library & Recreation Services Department is hosting a Recreation & Fitness Expo showcasing recreation classes and local fitness vendors focusing on building a healthy lifestyle. The event is FREE and you will receive a $5 off coupon on your next class registration, excludes Kids Club registration. Check our new website for updated information on the Expo. See you there!


THE SHOPS AT DOS LAGOS WELCOMES THE SEASON WITH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA CLAUS ARRIVAL!! On Saturday, November 18 beginning at 10:00am, The Shops at Dos Lagos invites the community to kick-off the holiday season at the center’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrival. The festivities begin at 10am with a FREE viewing of Santa’s arrival, and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Guests will have a chance to take photos with Santa! 10am – Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres FREE viewing of “The Polar Express” Central Plaza • Stilt Walker (4pm-7pm) (View Full Event Description Here:




November 15, 2017 Wednesday

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Open Equestrian Recreational Riding at Clark Arena 10am – 3pm

Open Equestrian Recreational Riding at Clark Arena. Riders under 18 years of age must wear a (ASTM) or nationally accepted equine standard helmet. Trainers are to contact the Parks & Recreation Office for Permit Use at 951.270.5632 or Patty Ireland at 951.545.7885



When:Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Type:Ingalls Park, Ingalls Park Events

Contact:Missy – 760.218.1980

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When:Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Type:Ingalls Park, Ingalls Park Events

Contact:ROBERT – 951.272.4679


Planning Commission Regular Meeting

Planning Commission Regular Meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco.

Located at the rear of City Hall.

For additional information, contact the Planning Department at (951) 270-5661

When:Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time:7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where:Council Chamber, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA, 92860

Event Type:Boards, Commissions and Committees, Planning Commission

Contact:Planning Department – 951-270-5661



Join us for the 11th Annual Taste of Flight Gala at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA on Saturday, November 18, 2017. It will be a night full of great food, pleasing libations, a fantastic Silent Auction, entertainment, and the presentation of the annual Planes of Fame Air Museum Achievement in Aviation Award, all for the benefit of the Museum’s Aviation Discovery Program. READ MORE



Goblins and Ghouls Beware

Norco Sheriff’s Office

It’s that time of year again when the ghosts, ghouls, and superheroes come out and enjoy the Halloween spirit! Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. Across Norco, children are preparing to dress up as their favorite characters and walk neighborhoods looking to score a bag full of treats.  With that in mind, the Norco Sheriff’s Office would like to share the following safety tips to keep Halloween safe for all families in our Norco community as they begin their “trick or treat” adventure.


  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult and older children should never trick or treat alone.
  • Visit homes that are well lit and never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Always stay on the sidewalk and only cross at corners; never cross in the middle of the street.
  • Trick or treat in well populated areas and never cut through alleys or parks for a short cut.
  • Do not eat candy that has not been inspected by a parent/guardian.
  • Never accept food or drinks from strangers.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all suspicious or illegal activity.


  • Do not let children eat any homemade treats or unpackaged foods.
  • Make sure all candy is tightly wrapped, look for pin holes, discoloring, and opened packaging prior to your children eating any of the items.
  • Remember Poison Control has a toll-free hotline 1-800-222-1222.
  • DRIVE SLOW!!! Be cautious in all neighborhoods for children and parents crossing streets.
  • Remember the posted speed limit is usually 25 mph in most residential areas.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all suspicious or illegal activity.

Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication and diligence. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. The Norco Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween and reminds all to never drink and drive.


Youth Basketball League-Register Now!

City of Norco

Is your child a basketball hopeful? Register her or him for the 2017-2018 Youth Basketball Season.  Register now!.

  • Pee Wee League (Co-ed):  Boys/Girls born 2012 & 2013
  • Instructional League (co-ed): Boys/Girls born 2010 & 2011
    Registration deadline for Pee Wee and Instructional has passed. 

For Ages 8-13 for “C”,”B”, “A” Divisions.

  • Boys and Girls “C” born 2008/2009
    (Boys and Girls born in 2007 and in the 4th grade are eligible-proof required)
  • Boys and Girls “B” born 2006/2007
    (Boys and Girls born in 2005 and in the 6th grade are eligible-proof required)
  • Boys and Girls “A” born 2004/2005
    (Boys and Girls born in 2003 and in the 8th grade are eligible-proof required)
    Registration deadline for Divisional leagues is Thursday, November 2, 2017.

    Registration Fees are $100 resident / $110 non-resident per participant. All games are held at Riley Gymnasium located at 3950 Acacia Ave, Norco 92860. NO REFUNDS issued after last day of registration. Please register at Parks and Recreation office at 2870 Clark Ave., Norco, CA Monday-Thursday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
    For more information please contact

Event Challenges Horse Trainers

By Ted Harbin bwmary-rose-full-pic-riding-paint

NORCO– For centuries, training horses has been a major part of ranch work worldwide. The key, all horsemen say, comes in the early stages of a colt’s development. Such is the foundation for Colt Starting Challenge USA, an association of two-day competitions that feature trainers utilizing Natural Horsemanship methods with young horses. The next event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24th, and continues at 6–10 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25th, at the George Ingalls Covered Arena in Norco, CA.  Tickets are $15 per night.

Sundquist is a five-time Champion Trainer who has excelled at numerous challenges, most recently at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo event in Denver, Colorado, where he walked away with the winning Champion Trainer Buckle. “In the first two days, the colt is able to learn new things really fast,” said Sundquist, 24, now in his sixth year of training professionally. That quick timeline becomes quite evident during the Colt Starting Challenge. Each trainer is matched with a horse via random draw; the colts have not been started and have never been saddled nor bridled. The trainers will work with the animals over the course of two two-hour sessions set up over two days, and judges will determine which of the trainers wins.

“We will have two hours of work the first day with a half-hour break in between,” said Russell Beatty, who founded the Colt Starting Challenge USA. “This is all done with an audience, and each contestant has a microphone so that when it’s their time to talk, they can say what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. “The second day has two 45-minute sessions with a break in between. After the second session, we tear down the round pens, set up our obstacle course and the contestants ride their horse through the obstacle course. The winner gets a buckle.” The contestants love the ideaFor more information see

Crime Re-cap for December

Staff Reports

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, including Eastvale Police and Corona Police, has done a great job combating crime in the area. Read a recap below to see what happened in the month of December.

Norco- On Thursday, December 22, 2016, at 5:45 A.M., deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 Block of Hamner Avenue in the city of Norco reference an unconscious male lying in a parking lot. Deputies arrived within minutes and located an adult male, deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates the deceased male may have been struck by a vehicle and the incident is being investigated as a fatal hit and run traffic collision. Traffic Investigators responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. Preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was initially struck by an unknown vehicle and the driver fled the scene without stopping and providing aid.

Eastvale, CA – The Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on December 16, 2016, at Hamner Ave. cross of Limonite Ave. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Results: 513 Vehicles Screened; 3 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested, 5 Arrested for warrants, 20 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, and 43 Citations issued.

Eastvale- On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded traffic enforcement operation as part of its commitment to public safety. This operation is one of many that will be conducted throughout the year. This operation was conducted at numerous locations in the city of Eastvale where major injury and fatal collisions have occurred. The purpose of this operation was to educate motorists about dangerous driving such as exceeding the posted speed limit, failing to stop at stop signs, and using cellular devices while driving to name a few. The operation was conducted from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The results ended in 35 citations being issued.

Jurupa Valley- On December 7, 2016, Jurupa Valley police officers received information the residents from an address in the 4000 block of Bain Street were involved in multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries. While surveilling the residence, deputies saw a silver Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck parked in the back of the property. A records check revealed the truck was stolen from a residence in Eastvale on December 2, 2016.

Deputies contacted the occupant of the stolen truck, Steven McCary (age 31 of Jurupa Valley) and detained him for possession of a stolen vehicle. With the assistance of the Jurupa Valley Police and Eastvale Police Special Enforcement Teams (SET), a wallet that had been stolen from an unlocked car in Eastvale on December 6, 2016, was also recovered. McCary was booked in jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and committing a crime while on bail.

Corona- On Dec. 28, the Corona Police Department received a call regarding an in-progress commercial burglary at Graziano’s Pizza, 333 Magnolia Avenue, in Corona. Officers responded to the area while CPD dispatch relayed information from the reporting party. The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Intrepid, was located in the area and a traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle failed to yield, which initiated a vehicle pursuit. The suspect vehicle was pursued to the 1600 block of Leeson Lane, Corona where the suspect vehicle drove over a curb flattening its tires. The officers located and detained two of the three male suspects, who were later identified as brothers Rodney Shorter II, 21-year-old, and Rodney Shorter III, 19-year-old, of Long Beach. The third suspect was not located.

The investigation revealed that the suspects burglarized Graziano’s Pizza, removing a safe and cash register drawers, and minutes prior they had committed another commercial burglary at Chronic Taco, 160 E. Ontario Avenue, in Corona. The safe taken from Graziano’s Pizza was recovered from the suspect vehicle. In addition, burglary tools, two cloth masks, and a stolen firearm which had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles County were recovered. Both suspects were booked for Commercial Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Evading a Police Officer.

First annual SilverLakes College Showcase event

By  Lelani Kroeker of SilverLakes  

Over 250 college coaches from around the country and representatives of the U.S. National Team Scouts were on hand to evaluate aspiring female soccer players for scholarship and national team opportunities.  Photo courtesy: Lelani Kroeker

Over 250 college coaches from around the country and representatives of the U.S. National Team Scouts were on hand to evaluate aspiring female soccer players for scholarship and national team opportunities.
Photo courtesy: Lelani Kroeker

NORCO– Several thousand young female soccer players descended on SilverLakes, the newly minted 130-acre soccer facility in Norco, California, for the three day SilverLakes’ College Soccer Showcase, November 25-27, 2016. The young athletes participating in this signature event hoped to seize the rare opportunity to have their athletic prowess assessed by college coaches from around the United States. The annual College Soccer Showcase is focused on welcoming college coaches as well as U.S. Soccer youth national team scouts, to evaluate the skills and abilities of aspiring young female soccer players as they look to earn scholarship offers and invitations to attend U.S. youth National Team camps. More than 2,500 players from more than 140 teams, including some of the top clubs from the Western Region, were on-hand for this unique event.  A highlight of the showcase was an All Star Game between the Canadian Whitecaps and USA All Stars.

“We are incredibly excited to host this first-of-its-kind showcase event for young women at SilverLakes. The participation by high-level coaches throughout the country, including among others, Stanford, Texas A&M, Cornell, North Western, UCLA, Cal Berkeley and the thousands of young women was incredible to see. It is often difficult for youth players looking to take their game to the next level to gain access to key coaches who will enable them to fully realize their abilities and play at the collegiate level. Our first annual College Soccer Showcase has already succeeded in providing this access and it is our hope that this experience will be a ‘game changer’ for these young people,” said R.J. Brandes, President, SilverLakes.

As SilverLakes continues to build a full offering of programs and events to fulfill its mission to empower young athletes to reach their full plans to add an event for men’s soccer in the near future.  The competition for more than $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships granted annually by the NCAA Divisions I and II schools is extremely competitive and often comes down to demonstrating an athlete’s skill to a select few, and hard to access, coaches and recruiters. SilverLakes hopes to tear down the barriers for student athletes by convening showcase events, such as the November 25-27, 2016 opportunity.


Roosevelt HS staff took advantage of a great day of team-building to give back to the community!

Roosevelt HS staff took advantage of a great day of team-building to give back to the community!

On August 10, the T-track students and staff started their first day of school! Teachers wished all the students, families, and staff a wonderful day and school year!!

On August 10, the T-track students and staff started their first day of school! Teachers wished all the students, families, and staff a wonderful day and school year!!

CNUSD welcomed their newest teachers!

CNUSD welcomed their newest teachers!

CNUSD held 9/11 Remembrance Assemblies


Photo courtesy: CNUSD School decorated the campus with American flags.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
School decorated the campus with American flags.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance, also dubbed Patriot Day, is held on September 11th in remembrance of the 2001 9/11 attacks.  Throughout CNUSD schools held assemblies and presentations in honor of the 2,977 people who lost their lives, and the service men and women who sacrificed their lives to help others implemented in the September 11th attacks. Students involved in the boys and girls scouts were asked to wear their uniforms while other students were encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their respect and support. Students also participated in activities and crafts with their grandparents in order to learn more about the events of 9/11.

Campuses were decorated with flags and posters titled “We Remember” in honor of those to who lost their lives. Some of our secondary schools held assemblies that featured retired service men and women. Students had the opportunity to with speak them, ask questions and learn more about what goes into protecting our country.

While some classes gathered outside their rooms as their choir sang patriotic songs and recited the Official Proclamation from former President George Bush, others told stories of what they were doing on September 11th, 2011. Students also participated in a flag salute and moment of silence led by their principals.


Chair Volleyball Scheduled at Rose M. Eldridge Senior Center

Staff Reports


Norco The Rose M. Eldridge Senior Center will host Chair Volleyball, on Wednesdays, beginning June 1, 2016, Noon to 1:45pm. Chair Volleyball is played with a beach ball and is great for all ages, but practically perfect for seniors! FREE for ages 50 and better!


Using badminton net, and a beach ball, this lively game is growing in the Southern California area. Come and be part of this fun fitness trend. It’s a great way to get some exercise!


Come by the Rose N. Eldridge Senior Center at 2690 Clark Ave. Norco, CA. 92860 and give it a try! For ages 50 and better! A minimum of 6-10 players are needed.


For more information, please call (951) 270-5647.



Competitive Coverage To Meet Your Family’s Needs

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Staff Reports


Norco – At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront.  Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.

A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable.  Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice.  As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think.  “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy.  That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.

More important than the care of your property is the care of your family.  Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.

And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you.  Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.

Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being.  Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return.  A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292.  They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

Norco College Turns 25!

Photo courtesy: Norco College

Photo courtesy: Norco College
Norco College students form the number “25” to help celebrate Norco’s Silver Anniversary

Staff Reports

NORCO– Norco College celebrated its 25th Silver Anniversary last month with a group photo, a time-capsule opening and a western-style jamboree.

Norco College, a branch of Riverside City College, first opened in 1991. Riverside Community College leaders first began to dream about a branch campus in the area in the early 1970s. On June 4, 1985, that dream was realized when more than 141 acres of U.S. government-owned land—the site of what would become Norco College—were acquired by RCCD for one dollar to build a satellite campus.

The campus was expected to open in 1989, but funding and construction delays pushed the date to 1991. On March 13 of that year, two classrooms in the Student Services and Little Theatre buildings were ready for students, and about 15 short-term classes in economics, philosophy, public speaking, and a handful of other traditional academic disciplines were held on campus that spring semester. (Approximately 100 other classes that began in January were taught in Norco area high schools and a church, as they had been for years.) The formal opening of the full campus (with two more classrooms: Science and Technology and Humanities) took place in the fall of 1991— coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Riverside City College.

The celebration, which included music, a snow cone truck, a birthday cake and real horses, brought in to represent the Norco Mustangs, was just part of the fun for students.  A large group of students had their photo taken on the quad as they stood in the shape of the number “25”.

Norco College freshman Jennifer Lyn, who was part of the photo, said that she “loves Norco College and its small feel.  All of the teachers and staff truly want to help students succeed.”

A time capsule left by the 1991-1992 Norco student body was opened on March 10.  Math Professor Bob Prior, who was also the Student Activities Coordinator in the early years of RCC’s Norco Campus, led the unveiling with special guest Pedro Argumendo, retired Grounds staff, who helped bury the time capsule in the 1990’s.  Included in the capsule were Norco College flags, a university-edition Bible, a student I.D., a photo CD and a convocation booklet, among other items.

On March 12, Norco College continued its 25-Year Anniversary celebration with a western-style jamboree that included individuals from the cities of Norco and Corona, RCCD Board of Trustee members, and current and past employees of the college.

Garretson Elementary Girl Heading to Scripps

Photo courtesy of CNUSD

Photo courtesy of CNUSD
Aisha Randhawa qualifies for National Spelling Bee

Courtesy of CNUSD

CORONA– Two-time CNUSD Spelling Bee Champion Aisha Randhawa finally achieved what she has dreamed about since the third grade: She is going to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aisha was the last speller standing in the 39th Annual Riverside County Spelling Bee at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. She will represent the county at the National Spelling Bee in May.

Competing against the top spellers in the county, Aisha overcame 18 grueling rounds of intense spelling, finding herself a little bewildered on “succulent” early on. She persevered and spelled toe-to-toe with her peers. In the 17th Round, 8th grader John Terry from Palm Springs Unified misspelled “obdurate”, setting the stage for Aisha’s win. She clinched the round by spelling “cologne”, and emerged victorious after spelling “ambrosia”, which means something very pleasing to taste or smell. After the final moments, Aisha shared, “I thought about it for a second but I was pretty sure I knew it.”

When asked about what she is most looking forward to in Maryland, she replied, “Probably competing at the event and maybe getting to see the Washington Monument.”

The Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place from May 22 to 27. The ESPN channel has been known to broadcast portions of the competition. Perhaps Garretson’s spelling wunderkind will make an appearance!


Norco: Special Ed Art Exhibit Draws a Crowd

Courtesy of CNUSD

Courtesy of CNUSD

Courtesy of CNUSD

NORCO– The CNUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee hosted their 11th annual art show at the District Office. This year’s theme was “My Imagination” and students created a variety of projects, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and transfer art.

The event drew parents, students and teachers and packed the room as they supported the students and their work. Each piece of art was given a number and attendees were asked to vote for their favorites in each age bracket (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, High School, Transition). All participating students received a certificate for their work.

Students enjoyed a dinner courtesy of Chick-Fil-A Norco, Crusty’s Pizza, and Vito’s Pizza.  They were entertained by a magician and had the opportunity to take pictures with Disney’s Rapunzel and Belle.

A mixed media collage by William Karim, a fifth-grader at Prado View took top honors and was named “Best in Show”.

Corona-Norco Unified School District K-12 Teacher Job Fair

By Nicole Leiva

On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Corona-Norco Unified School District held a job fair to recruit teachers for kindergarten through high school. When the district announced the event, they advised teachers to visit to complete an application before attending the fair.  Those who completed their applications on were given numbers that allowed them admittance to the fair before those who had not yet completed their applications online.

Throughout the morning, teachers arrived every few minutes and joined an already lengthy line. Attendees made up a diverse pool; both experienced teachers and new, young teachers came from various parts of Southern California.

One woman is finishing her schooling in Idaho, and wants to come home to Southern California and teach arts in high school.  Another teacher, from Los Angeles, has taught 6th grade for fifteen years. She came to the job fair to compare pay wages. A teacher from the Inland Empire, with ten years of experience teaching math, wanted to consider her options with Corona-Norco Unified.

One attendee, who moved to the Inland Empire from Kentucky, taught high school math and English and led school activities at her last school.  She said, “I really love teaching and seeing the students thrive and that is why I am here today!”

A young male teacher who attended has great passion for teaching special education in high school, which he has done for two years. He proudly stated, “I love teaching special education and would be happy teaching at-risk students as well.” This young, incredibly positive teacher has the potential to change many young lives for the better.

The success of this job fair can be credited to Administrative Director Glen Gonsalves and all the staff that made this happen. Mr. Glen Gonsalves said “this was an exciting job fair and really pleased to see all these people.” Additionally, he said “this was a great way to showcase the District as a great place to teach and work…” Glen and his staff didn’t anticipate the amount of interest in their district and the teaching positions, and were happy to see the fair was such a success.

Free Tax Preparation for Community Members

Courtesy of City of Norco


NORCO  AARP volunteers are ready to assist you with tax preparation beginning February 2, 2016 through April 12, 2016 (on Tuesdays only), at the Rose M. Eldridge Senior Center.  Appointments are available from 9:00a.m. to 1:30p.m, Each appointment is about 45 minutes in length.  AARP has provided a checklist of documents to help prepare for your appointment.

AARP volunteers are trained in basic tax preparation and are only available to do basic returns. This service is open to anyone over 18 years of age.

To make an appointment and receive a copy of the check list, please come by the Rose M. Eldridge Senior Center at 2690 Clark Ave. in Norco, or call 951-270-5647.


Inland Empire December Events


Jurupa Valley Winter Carnival

When: Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Jurupa Community Center, 4810 Pedley Road Jurupa Valley, California 92509

Details: Santa, breakfast, crafts and more.

Contact: (951) 361-2090.


Chino Youth Christmas Parade and Fair

When: Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade starts at 9 a.m., the carnival and family entertainment is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Santa’s Village is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The parade starts on the corner of Riverside Drive and Monte Vista Avenue and ends at Chino Avenue.  The fair will be in the Senior Center and Library Parking lots. The carnival and family entertainment is held at the Civic Center, and Santa’s Village is held at the Chino Youth Museum.

Details: Thrilling Rides, Entertainment, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, and more.

Contact: Contact the Carolyn Owens Community Center at (909) 334-3258 or email


Horse Town Parade of Lights and Winter Festival

When: Saturday Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center 3737 Crestview, Norco, CA 92860

Cost: Breakfast with Santa $5 per person. Activity wrist band $5 per person.

Contact: (951) 270-5632 or


Eastvale- WRCRWA Treatment Plant Tour

When: Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: WRCRWA Treatment Plant, 14634 River Road Eastvale, California 92880

Details: Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority invites you to a morning tour of their treatment plant and to learn more about the expansion and enhancements taking place at the facility.

Contact: (951) 571-7221.


Riverside Holiday Craft Fair

When: Saturday Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Dales Senior Center 3936 Chestnut St. Riverside, CA 92501

Details: Visit unique booths, watch featured demonstrations and purchase original art work from various vendors. Products include: handmade jewelry, holiday wreaths, fabric flower accessories, ceramics, quilts, handmade doll clothes and much more.

Contact: (951) 826-2047


Eastvale- 1st Annual Winter Fest

When: Saturday, Dec. 12

Where: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Details: Kids Kraft Korner, Vendors, DJ, Food, Train Rides, Snow Play, Pictures with Santa, $1 Booths, and special performances by the ERHS Dance Team, Cheer, Choir, Jazz band and Theatre. Bring an unwrapped toy ($5 value) for a FREE train ride ticket.

Contact: Jenny Tellez by email at


Victorian Christmas Open House

When: Sunday, Dec. 13

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Heritage House 8193 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92504

Cost: FREE

Details: This family friendly celebration features Father Christmas; a unique range of musical entertainment which includes caroling, autoharps, dulcimers, bagpipes, and a barbershop quartet; home baked sweets; and hot-mulled cider. Fresh-cut greens, handmade wreaths, and mistletoe will adorn the home and one can enjoy making holiday ornaments.

Contact: Brenda Flowers (951) 826-5273 or


2015 Blue Light Ceremony

When: Monday, Dec. 14

Where: County Administrative Center located at 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside

Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Details: Join the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in the “Blue Light Ceremony” to honor the brave men and women in law enforcement who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve their community.


Discovery Day

When: Wednesday, Dec. 16

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Riverside Metropolitan Museum 3580 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA 92501

Details: A Natural History of Christmas Trees. We’ll explore fun facts, flavor and the natural history of the common Christmas tree.

Contact: Danielle Leland (951) 826-5273 or

CNUSD School Resource Officers Honored

Courtesy of CNUSD

Corona/Norco – The School Safety Advocacy Council recently awarded the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) with the 2015 Exemplary School Safety Initiative Award for its Project Safety Net Program.

CNUSD was the only district in California to receive this award, and one of eight in the entire nation.

The Project Safety Net Program is a partnership between CNUSD and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, whose mission is to provide a safe and caring environment so students can excel in their academic studies. The principal goal of Project Safety Net is to identify and anticipate safety concerns and systematically address each concern through the application of best practices.

On Sept. 15, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored CNUSD and Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies Cooper, Huggins, and Thompson for receiving this prestigious award. These Deputies serve as school resource officers for Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Norco High School, and five middle schools in CNUSD.  Each of these Deputies utilized hard work, dedication, and integrity to serve the staff and promote a safe learning environment for the students.