November is Native American Heritage month, and for the past four weeks, Cal State San Bernardino held virtual events focused on building a safe space for students to celebrate their history, traditions and culture.

“Something I’m working on is the greeting from my Native language," said Amanda Rose, a graduate student and Native American peer mentor at Cal State San Bernardino. "I can’t do it, but it’s really exciting to just know that other people are doing that too.”


Like nearly every tradition this year, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Riverside had to adapt their 30-year tradition of giving out Thanksgiving food baskets. A normally indoor community event was shaped into a drive-thru service.

Second in the car line for her 3 p.m. pick-up time was Thelma Lewis, a 73-year-old Riverside resident, who said she received a call to sign up for the service this year.

“Any little bit helps because so many people is in need," said Lewis. "And so many people are missing families and being able to share and be with their families.”

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Denise Woods, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health Counselling and Wellness at UC Riverside. Dr. Woods talks about California COVID Notify, a smartphone app that notifies the user when they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Presently, students and others connected to the University of California system are testing this technology.

You can learn more about California COVID Notify at  https://campusreturn.ucr.edu/california-covid-notify


The General Services Administration, the federal agency that deals with the formal transition process for transfers of power, has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump Administration is ready to begin the process after weeks of stalling. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with inland Democratic Representative Mark Takano of Riverside.

Takano says he’s relieved the transition is now happening, but he feels that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy acted inappropriately in waiting so long to do it.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are asking residents to gather responsibly this Thanksgiving as COVID-19 numbers rose quickly in November.

At a press conference Tuesday, Riverside County Public Health Director Dr. Kim Saruwatari urged residents to plan "smaller, shorter and safer" holiday celebrations.

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San Bernardino National Forest officials warn peak fire season is not yet over and are asking residents to keep on guard while enjoying the forest this holiday week.

A combination of dry vegetation and forecasted Santa Ana winds Thanksgiving weekend means wildfires could still easily ignite and be difficult to control. 

To reduce fire risks, the forest service will continue to prohibit campfires, smoking, and target shooting.

Also, access remains closed for the burn areas of the recent Apple, El Dorado, and Snow fires.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

1. Assemblymember James Ramos holds town hall recognizing survivors of suicide loss.
2. Audubon California mapped how turkeys and other birds will fare under three different climate warming scenarios.
3. Governor Gavin Newsom gave a COVID-19 briefing from his house where he and his family is in quarantine.

As the pandemic rages on, public trust in institutions is down and disparities across society are up. A panel of U.C. Riverside and U.C. Merced social scientists met virtually on November 19 to dig into why.

During the two-hour panel they shared the ways COVID-19 is worsening existing inequalities across sectors like health, education and the work force. Several panelists pointed to the question of who has the power in policy decision-making and if they are asking the right questions.

Assemblymember James Ramos, who represents much of San Bernardino County in the California Assembly, held a virtual town hall today recognizing International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is “an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.”


Just In From NPR:

Hailed as heroes during the pandemic, essential workers have cared for the elderly in nursing homes and kept food supplies moving from farms to supermarkets. But thousands of these workers are also undocumented immigrants facing this choice to keep their jobs: ride a crowded bus or drive without license.

Four French police officers have been suspended and are in custody after a video that shows them brutally beating a Black man was posted online Thursday.

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A top Iranian scientist believed to be responsible for developing the country's military nuclear program was killed Friday, causing outrage in Iran and raising U.S. concerns over potential retaliation.

North Korea is taking increasingly harsh measures to stop the coronavirus from entering the country, including executing an official in August who violated anti-virus rules, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Friday.

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