Column: Here’s what to expect at Easter on the mountain

The sunrise service on Mount Rubidoux is back after two years off. I give a brief history of its unusual start in 1909 and ask the pastor what it’s like at the oldest continuous Easter sunrise service in the United States. Also: two trauma doctors from San Bernardino County’s public hospital are now also reserve police officers in Fontana, and the Joshua tree is part of a good news/bad news scenario, all in my (good?) Friday column.

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Column: Care of Turpin children still unknown midway into probe

I attended Tuesday’s Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, my first, to hear a report on the children rescued from their abusive parents four years ago. The oral report was even more inconclusive than I’d feared. But it was worth my going to draw more attention to the investigation. Also, the public comment portion of the meeting, which had nothing to do with the Turpins, was a scream. I write about it in my Wednesday column.

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Column: At Mission Inn Museum, visitors reflect on peace, war

I visit a Riverside institution for an exhibit on the Mission Inn owner’s peace efforts a century ago and am entranced by a wall of Post-Its on which people have tried to answer a question: What is standing in the way of peace? The answers are fascinating, sometimes sardonic, occasionally baffling. Also: more about the Mission Inn, an Upland museum, a boy’s knowledge of newspapers and wheelchair basketball’s local roots, all in my Friday column.

(Back from a short vacation, I really didn’t know what I might write about when I turned on my laptop Thursday morning. Then I remembered my notes and photos from two recent visits to the museum, unused so far, and that got me most of the way there.)

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Column: Centuries-old Buddha at Mission Inn gets enlightened care

Riverside’s Mission Inn has a lot of art treasures for a hotel, many accumulated by its founder, a traveler and collector. And these treasures have to be cleaned and maintained. I talk to Scott Haskins, the art conservator who’s working on a couple of jobs there, including a Buddha figure and an intimate wedding chapel, for Sunday’s column.

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Column: Owner’s sister was key to Mission Inn’s success

Alice Miller Richardson has always been overshadowed by her brother Frank, the visionary behind Riverside’s Mission Inn, but she managed the hotel for 62 years. I talk to the author of a new biography of Alice, which attempts to give her her due, for my Wednesday column.

This completes a sort of one-two punch for Riverside readers. Sunday, Mount Rubidoux: bam! Wednesday, Mission Inn: pow!

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