Colton Courier

Thomas Robles sworn in as Valley College’s student trustee

SBVC student trustee Thomas RoblesSan Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) has endured tough times in recent months. Campus leaders, both at the administrative and student level, have confronted issues with accreditation, loss of student discount fees, and the potential loss of the campus bookstore to private management. Current student and Colton resident Thomas Robles, 23,…


CJUSD announces School Lunch and Breakfast Program

The Colton Joint Unified School District's Free Eligibility Scale    The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) announced that it will provide free and reduced-price meals for children who qualify under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2015-16 school year. Since 2013, the school district has been able to serve approximately 18,200 students…


Soccer League remaining strong and committed to youth

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U12 No Mercy girls soccer team during last year’s Commissioners Cup.As the start of the 2015 season comes nearer, the Colton Youth Soccer League continues to prepare by ensuring its coaches and board members are up to date with new statewide developments. A new measure instituted by the California Youth Soccer Association will help assist players who suffer from concussion…CONTINUE READING

Colton Community Coalition celebrates successful year

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<p>Mental Health Systems coordinator Mirza Martinez-Andrade (center) said on Wednesday July 1 that for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the City of Colton experienced dramatic improvements that have curbed underaged drinking and drug use.  Mental Health Systems coordinator Mirza Martinez-Andrade said on Wednesday July 1 that for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the City of Colton experienced dramatic improvements that have curbed underaged drinking and drug use. Under three initiatives–the Under 21 Think-O-No-Drink-O campaign, the Superhero Me youth program, and the Alcohol Free Quinceanera…CONTINUE READING

Underage drinking in Colton reduced by 65 percent

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Mental Health Systems coordinator Mirza Martinez-Andrade.Recent statistics demonstrated that the City of Colton experienced dramatic reductions in alcohol usage among teenagers. According to Mental Health Systems coordinator Mirza Martinez-Andrade, the city experienced a 65 percent reduction rate through 415 police calls (underaged drinking calls). Colton Community Coalition for Change founding member and Parks and Recreation…CONTINUE READING

Softball tournament to raise money to support family, friends of murder victims

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<p>Families and Friends of Murder Victims (FFMV), with the help of the Deuce Players Softball team, will receive donations to assist the families and friends of crime and murder victims.Families and Friends of Murder Victims (FFMV) Incorporated director Rose Madsen saw no end to her devastation and pain caused by the murder of her daughter, Jennifer LeAnne Balber, back in 1994. After two years of denying guidance or help from family, friends, and community members, Madsen attended a FFMV…CONTINUE READING

Immaculate Conception Church to hold Parish Fiesta

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<p>The Immaculate Conception Church is located at 1106 N. La Cadena Drive in Colton.The Immaculate Conception Church, located at 1106 N. La Cadena Dr. is holding their annual Parish Fiesta event on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7. According to church secretary Rosie Duran, the event is held to inform the community about the parish’s resources, as well as a means to…CONTINUE READING

Colton’s “top two” will study engineering at University of California

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<p>Colton High School valedictorian Crystal Mariano.  Colton High School’s two top students–Crystal Mariano and Roberto Ramirez, both 17—are  venturing into the world of engineering. Mariano, the school’s valedictorian, will attend UC Riverside in the fall and will study Bioengineering. Navarro, the salutatorian, will make the trek up north to UC Davis, where he will study…CONTINUE READING

Colton Library kicks off Summer Reading Program

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<p>Dr. Luis Gonzalez showcasing his instruments.The Colton Public Library will launch its annual Summer Reading Program with an “instrument petting zoo” event held by a city councilmember. Dr. Luis Gonzalez, who represents the city’s fourth district, intends on teaching young children and teenagers about different instruments, such as the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flute, recorder, and…CONTINUE READING

Second Annual Tamale Festival scheduled for October 17

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<p>Tamale Festival organizer Albert Zamora (right) with El Aguilar Mexican Restaurant owner Esperanza Cid.  A successful Colton Tamale Festival last year prompted Albert “Suavemente” Zamora to to embark on a second attempt to organize the day long event. This year’s festival will take place on October 17 at Fleming Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be sponsored by Remedy…CONTINUE READING

Free meals and snacks available through summer

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<p>Fruits and Vegetables Join the Movement: Picture from left to right are Summer Meals Program kick-off event volunteers Sean Power, 19, Meagan Kawahara, 19, David de Silva, 16, Ian de Silva, 21, and Mikaela Kawahara, 22.It’s summertime in the Inland Empire, which means school children have time off from school for several weeks. Where can one find access to meals and snacks needed in order to ensure their little ones are receiving the necessary nutrition? Thanks to the Summer Meals Program, individuals 18 years old…CONTINUE READING

Paul Rasso nominated for Men of Distinction Award

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<p>Paul Rasso (center-right) with his wife Elizabeth (center-left), his daugher Cecilia (right) and friend Stacy Ehresmann (left).Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) office repair technician and Colton Parks and Recreation commissioner Paul Rasso explained that it is in his nature to help others. The California School Employees Association (CSEA) member of the year said it is something he learned from his humble upbringing. “I get a…CONTINUE READING

Relay for Life succeeds in providing hope for survivors

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<p>Salvador Gomez-Maldonado, 4, of San Bernardino with his father (decline to state).Young Salvador Gomez-Maldonado, 4, of San Bernardino ran around Colton High School’s football stadium with full energy–hardly worrying about the harsh realities and consequences of a life-threatening disease. At such a young age he has already experienced chemotherapy in order to quell Leukemia. His mother Cynthia recounted the tough times…CONTINUE READING

District recognizes dedicated CSUSB students

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<p>Cooley Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School counselor Nina Torres (center) speaking about CSUSB’s Sociology Club’s commitment to the community during the CJUSD board meeting on May 6.Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) officials awarded and recognized Cal State San Bernardino’s Sociology Club with the Employee Recognition and Education Partner Award for continuing to assist and mentor its students. The award is given to faculty, staff, or community partners that have shown exemplary commitment to helping students…CONTINUE READING

Retailer to allow Instructional Tasting of Alcohol, Beer

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<p>Instructional Tasting demonstrations like the one featured in the photo will be allowed to take place at Wal-Mart due to a Conditional Use Permit modification approved by the city's planning commission.Wal-Mart’s conditional use permit (CUP) was modified during the Planning Commission meeting on April 28 to allow the tasting of alcohol products. The commission voted 6-0-0 in favor of the modification. The retail giant–whose Colton store is located at 1120 South Mt. Vernon Avenue–is now allowed to provide “instructional tasting”…CONTINUE READING

A golf club figures in brewery startup

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<p>3 Iron brewers Richard Morales (left), David De La Torre (center), and Robert Morales (right).When you have a ten gallon container full of wheat and liquid, it gets difficult to mash it all up and make it into beer. Just ask 3 Iron Brewing Company founder Richard Morales, who according to his business partner David De La Torre used a woman’s 3-Iron golf club…CONTINUE READING

Organization teaches teens about alcohol and drug use

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<p>Bloomington High School students participating in a house party simulator set up by the Community Coalition for CHANGE (Mental Health Systems) organizers.  It only takes one mistake for an underaged drinker’s world to turn upside down, according to Central Valley Prevention Program specialist Mirza Martinez. For the third consecutive year her organization will partner with Colton High School faculty and staff in an attempt to curb underaged drinking and drug use.…CONTINUE READING

New Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce to launch workshop series

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<p>Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce board members Martin Valdez, Linda Gonzales, Rolando Ortiz, Connie Avalos, Jorge Grajeda, and Regina Talamantez.The Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce (HIECC) will be launching their monthly workshop series beginning on May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Arrowhead United Way, located at 646 North D Street in San Bernardino. According to HIECC chairwoman Linda Gonzales, the workshops will cover a variety of topics…CONTINUE READING

Council urges residents to cut water use; rebates available

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<p>During the city council meeting on April 21, the city’s water conservation specialist Jennifer Shimmin provided details on the drought update, new regulations, the city’s efforts to curb water usage, and information on rebate programs for customers.  Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order issued on April 1 has prompted Colton city officials to look at different ways to conserve water. During the city council meeting on April 21, the city’s water conservation specialist Jennifer Shimmin provided details on the drought update, new regulations, the city’s efforts to…CONTINUE READING

Council unanimously approves athletics fee suspension

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<p>Elizabeth Davis Park, located at 1055 West Laurel Drive.  A resolution was passed by the city council on Tuesday April 21 that suspended the application of a fee for the use of athletic fields. City manager Bill Smith made the recommendation to the council to approve Resolution CRPC-15-01, which would suspend the current $1.00 per hour fee and…CONTINUE READING

Brothers take pride in military banner installations

Leo Lopez: United States Army  Four brothers–Amado, Joe, Leo, and Raphael Lopez celebrated the installation of military banners on April 7. They hang high on the westside of La Cadena Drive near the freeway underpass, just five blocks away from where they all grew up and played baseball as children. In the 1960s, all…CONTINUE READING

Colton trash rate hike big concern for residents

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<p>Mayor Richard De La Rosa (left) and councilmember Dr. Luis Gonzalez (right).  The possibility of receiving a “fully loaded” service deal that will provide street sweeping, tree trimming, and a clean up crew doesn’t justify a recent proposal from Republic Services that plans on increasing the residential base rate from $23.79 to $26.43 a month–according to resident Sandra Pedroza. “In my…CONTINUE READING

Bloomington hangs on to beat Colton 10-8

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Noah Johnson singles in the fifth inning for the Bruins.It was the comeback that wasn’t, and the Bruins are just fine with that. Bloomington held off a seventh inning rally by Colton to win 10-8 during the County Clash at San Manuel Stadium on Saturday, April 4. Starting pitcher Abraham Ramirez had been cruising throughout the…CONTINUE READING

 Colton Relay for Life recognized by American Cancer Society

Recently, the Colton Relay for Life committee received two awards from parent organization, the American Cancer Society. The nationwide honors presented to current committee co-chairs Randy Rivera and Vincent Castro last month recognized Colton for being among the Top 10 best relay events in the…CONTINUE READING

Wobbles team raises money for Relay for Life by hosting Car Show and Cruise

We’re approximately a month and a half away from the Eleventh Annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event that will take place at Colton High School on Saturday May 16. and Sunday May 17 So far the 54 teams participating this year have raised an…CONTINUE READING

IELLA provides free legal assistance every Monday at Gonzales Center

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<p>IELLA volunteers Eloise Gomez-Reyes (center) and Victor Herrera (right) helping Colton resident Raquel Zarate during the clinic that took place at the Gonzales Center on March 30.Did you know that residents in the Inland Empire can receive legal advice at no cost? The Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association Incorporated (IELLA) based out of Riverside has organized legal aid clinics since 1985, and is currently providing free legal services to residents in both…CONTINUE READING



Veteran’s story an example of early Chicano struggle

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<p>World War II veteran Gilbert Zamorano stands next to his medals and awards.Shipping out of Fort Dix, New Jersey on the Queen Mary in 1943, Gilbert Zamorano sang a mexican folk song that portrayed his sentiments of going to war. “Me voy de soldado raso, y ya tengo un rifle y pistola. Lo que puede dejar a mi madre…CONTINUE READING





Renovation plans for Colton stadium presented during board meeting

A few years from now, students at Bloomington and Colton High School may be strolling into new sports stadiums on Friday nights and during ceremonial events. The Colton Joint Unified School District made the modernization of the two venues their priority back in May 2014, and are…CONTINUE READING

Economic Development becoming a reality in Colton

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City of Colton Economic Development Manager Arthur Morgan.Since 2010, Colton’s Economic Development Department has seen slow, but steady, expansion in resident income levels, property tax revenue, and median housing prices that coincided with the development of new business and job opportunities across the city. Manager Arthur Morgan believes Colton’s continuing economic growth will depend…CONTINUE READING



“Crow” and Robert Rojas honored with Military Banners

Courtesy Photo: Tony "Crow" Rojas and his nephew, Robert, were honored with military banners on February 3.Tony “Crow” Rojas and his nephew, Robert, cruised around Colton and San Bernardino in the late 1960s in the former’s low rider—getting in occasional scuffles and hanging with good friends at the park. One of their main hangouts was the A & W restaurant (now Leno’s Ricos…CONTINUE READING