Column: Sculpture of dog in RC has critics sniffing

A sculpture of a 12-foot dog, made of steel, slightly abstracted and painted bright yellow, stands outside Rancho Cucamonga’s new Bark at Central Park dog park. It’s got its detractors, both online and at the dog park, but some admirers too, including me. I round up opinion, speak to the artist and tell the tail, er, tale in my Sunday column.

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Column: A coffee origin story, as Klatch marks 30 years

Klatch Coffee started in Rancho Cucamonga 30 years ago (as Coffee Klatch — do you remember?). For its anniversary, I talk to the family behind the seven-shop chain to hear how they got started in 1993, before coffee was a thing and before people carried phones and laptops into coffeehouses with them. See what’s brewing (zing!) in my Wednesday column.

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Column: For fans, Shake Shack’s arrival in IE is a smash

I’m one of those fans, and I ate during a preview event Sunday with a few others at Victoria Gardens. The NYC-based chain opened to the general public the next day. I write about my love for its food and why Rancho Cucamonga gets first-in-the-IE chains in my Wednesday column. (I feel like I’ve been preparing to write a pro-Shake Shack column my whole life…or at least since 2014, when I first ate at one.)

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Column: Etiwanda High’s class of ’02 soars in arts, media

The class has produced directors of opera and ballet, plus a TV news meteorologist. Also, two Inland Empire spots for frozen custard are listed, the Dodger fan base around St. Louis is characterized as “annoyingly large,” a new angle to Rancho Cucamonga’s cityhood is offered, local references in the new movie “The Guilty” are cited, and a rap supergroup is headed to Ontario. All that is in my Wednesday column.

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