Beau Yarbrough


Beau Yarbrough

Phone: (909) 483-9376

Beau covers education and politics for The Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Recent articles

  • Education

    Teachers turn solar eclipse into the ultimate teachable moment

    Monday’s solar eclipse — the first at least partially visible from all 50 states since 1918 — is what educators call a “teachable moment.”“This is a huge event,” said Wendi Rodriguez, who teaches middle school science for Snowline Joint Unified in Phelan. “For some of these kids, it might be once in a lifetime.”Southern California is about 657 miles from seeing the sun be fully eclipsed by the moon, as it will be in...

  • Politics

    Riverside County GOP endorses Melissa Melendez for Assembly GOP leader

    Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, lost the support of the Riverside County Republican Party Thursday night, exactly one month after his vote in support of California’s cap-and-trade program.About 300 Inland Empire Republicans crowded into the Grand Parisian Ballroom at Riverside’s Mission Inn to hear Mayes explain his cap-and-trade vote. They also heard Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announce she is challenging him for the GOP leadership...

  • Education

    These five Inland Empire teens spent their summer vacations trying to change the world

    For many of their peers, the summer vacation after high school graduation is a time for theme parks and the beach before the grind of the work world or college begins.“This is my last summer before I go to college,” said Apple Valley’s Samantha Stackelhouse, who graduated earlier this year from Excelsior charter high school in Victorville. “Every summer for the last four years, I have been in a program or an internship. I kind of wanted this summer to just...

  • Education

    Longtime dance teacher at Fontana’s A.B. Miller High wins $20,000 grant

    FONTANA >> Nicole Robinson never intended to spend 22 years at A.B. Miller High School in the Fontana Unified School District.“I started working here as just kind of this period between college and maybe wanting to pursue some things professionally,” she said. “So, I was just like, ‘This could work; I’ll have health insurance and I can just figure out what I want to do.’ ”Newly graduated from Cal State San Bernardino...

  • Protests and demonstrations

    Why did the inflatable chicken with Trump’s hair cross the road? To get to a local protest

    SAN BERNARDINO >> You don’t have to go to Washington, D.C., to see a giant inflatable chicken with Donald Trump-like hair.The freaky fowl showed up across the street from the White House on Wednesday, but it was old news in the Inland Empire, where residents have seen such political poultry popping up during the past few months at

  • Education

    Site of San Bernardino school shooting gets facelift as students return to campus

    SAN BERNARDINO >> Four months after a teacher’s estranged husband shot her, two students and himself at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School, the campus has been redesigned to ease bad memories.When the school year begins Monday, staff and students will be returning...

  • Education

    Apple Valley Unified limits district police’s jurisdiction after Grand Jury report

    The Apple Valley Unified School District sharply curtailed district police power Thursday night, five weeks after a San Bernardino County Grand Jury report that raised questions about towing practices conducted on behalf of the district.The school board approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and the San Bernardino...

  • Education

    North Park staff returning following shooting because ‘you don’t leave your family in the middle of a crisis’

    SAN BERNARDINO >> There was never any question about whether North Park Elementary School Principal Yadira Downing would return to campus this year, four months after a teacher and student were killed in a classroom shooting.“We’re strong,” said Downing, less than a week before the start of San Bernardino City...

  • Education

    Rancho Cucamonga teen recognized for activism

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Maelin Aquino wasn’t going to wait to make the world a better place.Starting in middle school, Aquino worked with her family, putting together backpacks full of school supplies for less-fortunate students and collecting donations for impoverished communities in Africa.“My parents always stressed to me you can’t just take,” said Aquino, now 18. “You have to take and you have to give.”For seven years, she...

  • Education

    Parental pressure won’t keep Oxford Preparatory Academy open, district says

    CHINO >> Oxford Preparatory Academy parents took to email over the weekend to implore the Chino Valley Unified school board to give the high-performing charter school one more chance. “I am writing to you as your constituent asking/demanding that you all call a special meeting regarding OPA and vote on our renewal,” Chino resident Alicia Hedrick wrote in a typical email. “No more talks of hope, rainbows, or unicorns. The time has come to act and to do the...