Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back, oh, let's just say 30-plus years.   Back then, after short stints in commercial radio in his native state of Washington, he broke into public radio as news director and local Morning Edition host for public station KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska.  In the mid-1980s, he returned to Seattle and over the course of the next 25 years worked a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  At, let's just say, a certain age, he happily fled Pacific Northwest weather to return to a place where he lived briefly when he was younger: Southern California.  Now here at 91.9 KVCR for the past let's just say 6-plus years, Ken has considered himself very fortunate to have a job with hours that allow him to bypass rush-hour commutes in order to report on rush-hour commutes.  Hear Ken Vincent do Inland Empire traffic, weather, news, and feature interviews weekday mornings on 91.9 KVCR's Morning Edition.  Hear, read, and see local, state, and NPR News and podcasts at kvcrnews.org

calfirebdu@blogspot.com

Even though 5 of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California this week are at or near full containment, the director of Cal Fire - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - is preparing the agency for a year-round fire season.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has that story, and an update on the status of Southern California wildfires.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership economist John Husing continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent comparing and contrasting U. S. Census Bureau demographic and economic statistics for Riverside County and San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing zooms in on the two counties' sales tax bases. 

Jeff Hall for Cal Fire via Wikipedia

Of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California over the past week, 1 is completely contained, 2 are nearing complete containment, and another is nearly 90 percent contained.  That remarkable feat has come because of the non-stop effort of thousands of firefighters and the deployment of hundreds of ground and air units, which has nearly depleted Cal Fire's annual firefighting budget.  Details on all of this in a report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

pinterest.com

At the same time wildfires were raging throughout Southern California, skiers and snowboarders were hitting the slopes at Big Bear.  More about the opening of the Inland ski season from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

KGTV News 10 San Diego via Cal Fire Twitter

Here's an 8:30am Friday wrapup of details on the six major wildfires burning in Southern California, including two new inland fires.

You Tube

Strong Santa Ana winds continue to fan the flames of a handful of major wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed scores of homes and other structures, and resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Southern California neighborhoods.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this updated rundown of active Southern California wildfires.

cannabizu.net

While most local governments in the Inland Empire continue to cling to moral or public safety arguments against permitting the sale of legal pot in their jurisdictions, some inland cities and towns have decided to take advantage of the opportunity for big public revenue gains from the growing commercial marijuana industry.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

twitter.com/@NBCLA

As of this morning (Wednesday), firefighters are battling five major wildfires in Southern California.  One of them is in the Inland Empire.  We get more from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Dave Toussaint for Cal Fire Riverside

As of Tuesday morning, firefighters were battling 3 wildfires in Southern California.  The biggest regional blaze is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.  In Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire started last night and quickly ripped through acreage in the San Fernando Valley.  And in the inland Empire, a smaller fire being called the Riverdale Fire is being fought in the Santa Ana riverbed in Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent comparing and contrasting Riverside County and San Bernardino County's economic and demographic data.  In this segment, Dr. Husing compares the two counties' tax bases.

newsroom.ucr.edu

A former California lawmaker is being charged with illegally helping his wife - popular UC Riverside professor and administrator Pamela Clute - end her life.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

alphacoders.com

The National Weather Service has put out red flag warnings for a high risk of wildfire danger in the Inland Empire and elsewhere across the region, thanks to gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity, and rising temperatures expected for the next several days.  More from KVCR 's Ken Vincent.

Brian Whitehead, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

Two years after it happened, several local residents paid respects to the 14 people killed in the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside Police Department

An Inland teenager who turned himself into police confessed to molesting some 50 children over the past several years across Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Wikipedia

The California Legislature has paid out nearly $2 million for sexual harassment complaints over the past 25 years.  They involve seventeen elected officials or key aides.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

  1. The Redlands City Council selected an appointee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Councilwoman Pat Gilbreath.
  2. A coalition of three public interest groups is suing a federal agency over the approval of a controversial desert water project.
  3. Inland cities are repealing restrictions they enacted on where registered sex offenders can live.

Careena Chase/Idyllwild Town Crier

The U.S. Forest service is looking for volunteers to help take the annual census of eagles in our local mountains.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Doug Ernest / twitter.com/CALFIREBDU

A brush fire that started in the community of Oak Glen near Riley's Farm on Wednesday is being held to 50 acres, with no injuries or structures damaged.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

linkedin

The median price of a home in Riverside County has risen significantly in the past year, outpacing rising home prices in other housing markets in Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Source:  City News Service

San Francisco joins San Diego in becoming one of the few big cities in the state of California to finalize rules that will allow the commercial sale of marijuana when it officially becomes legal in January.  Other cities big and small throughout the state - including in the Inland Empire - continue to struggle with the voters' mandate to legalize pot.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Source: AP 

KVCR weekly commentator John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about new demographic data comparing and contrasting Riverside and San Bernardino's individual and combined economies.  In this segment, Dr. Husing traces the region's housing market comeback .

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

1. A second Colonies defendant is demanding that San Bernardino County compensate him for legal costs in the scandal surrounding a $102 million settlement given to a developer.

2. The Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors announced there will be no state of the County address this year.

3. Holiday travel predictions are looking good for Ontario International Airport.

compare.com

Public officials in Texas like to brag that their belief in limited government and low taxes is a better way to run a state than high-tax, big-spending California.  Turns out that California is expecting an $8-billion surplus in state budget revenue next fiscal year, while Texas is looking at an $8-billion dollar budget deficit which, in spite of accounting gimmicks, could further lower the Lone Star State's budget reserves.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR weekly contributor John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent comparing and contrasting economic and demographic statistics from Riverside County with San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing compares housing data from each of the two inland counties, and also contrasts Inland Empire housing statistics with the coastal counties.

patch.com

Riverside County supervisors will receive a report today detailing the many budget shortfalls, department deficits, and overspending in various county departments that seem to be heading the county into a financial hole before the fiscal year is even over.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

daisymtnvets.org

Seven Inland Empire veterans of overseas wars will today (Monday) get the high school diplomas they gave up decades ago when they left high school to serve their country in war.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

commons.wikimedia.org

As a second woman alleges that she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Los Angeles County Democratic state Senator Tony Mendoza, the California state Senate has announced it will hire an outside law firm to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment in state government, and to recommend disciplinary measures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

Screenshot from KTLA 5 TV, Los Angeles

Earlier this morning (Friday), scores of volunteers spread out across the more than 900-acre grounds of the Riverside National Cemetery to make sure that each of the more than 200,000 graves has a miniature American flag planted next to it in time for Veterans Day ceremonies at the cemetery on Saturday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Pages