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Fire activity decreased overnight, and containment of the Apple Fire has grown to 45%. Fire activity has slowed enough that fewer resources are needed as crews push towards containment. While the efforts may not be visible from far away, firefighters continue to work to keep the fire in established control lines. In the north, crews are securing the perimeter by building fireline and carefully inspecting the area for any hotspots. In some areas, specialized crews will be using suppression strategies with the least environmental impacts in the wilderness.

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Current Situation (Inciweb 8/9/2020):

Rick Dulock - KVCR

According to inciweb’s Saturday morning update, the Apple Fire, which started Friday, July 31 near Cherry Valley has now burned 32,412 acres and is 35% contained. Three people have been injured and four homes have burned. The number of personnel assigned to fight the Apple Fire has increased to 2,845. This includes 42 hand crews, 276 engines, 24 dozers, 40 water tenders, 18 helicopters and two airplanes.
The Current Situation (inciweb  8/8/2020 at 9:10 a.m.):

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Alfredo Cruz review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

Forum - A New Statewide Call In Show for Listeners of 91.9

Aug 6, 2020
Mina Kim - Host of Forum 10am Hour / KQED

The Inland Empire has joined a growing number of communities around California who now have access to a statewide conversation on public radio called Forum. Now airing on 91.9 KVCR from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, listeners are connected to conversations led by journalists, with experts and newsmakers, addressing issues and topics that are important to California residents. Listener calls and comments are a key part of the show.

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In the spring, as COVID-19 halted the economy, automobile use plummeted. And so did greenhouse gas emissions. Now, a whitepaper from the University of California Riverside's(U.C.R.) Center for Economic Forecasting and Development says this will not last and, instead, California’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions may be out of reach. 

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

  1. The “Festival of Lights” in Riverside will go ahead as planned during the Christmas season, but with limited city funding.
  2. Youth sports are allowed to resume in Riverside County amid Coronavirus protocols.
  3. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made the decision to cancel California’s largest pow wow which was planned for October.
  4. New research shows that atmospheric rivers and snow droughts could become more common.

Like so many annual events, California’s largest pow wow is facing cancellation this year due the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an announcement by the San Manuel Pow Wow Committee on August 4, the members say they made the decision to cancel this year's event with a heavy heart.

The pow wow was planned for October at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. But the committee says cancellation is the most responsible decision in order to protect the health and safety of their tribe and traveling guests.

8/5/20 – Dr. David Lo Discusses Vaccines

Aug 5, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. David Lo, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences and the Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Lo reviews the history of vaccines and discusses the vaccine situation regarding COVID 19.

For more information about Dr. Lo, visit profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/davidlo

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

The Apple Fire - Tuesday Afternoon Update

Aug 4, 2020

The Apple Fire north of Cherry Valley is now at 15% containment and 26,850 acres as of Tuesday afternoon.

Evacuation orders for the following areas in Riverside County are lifted: all areas east of Oak Glen Road in Riverside County all areas west of Potrero Road and north of Wilson Street in Riverside County.

The evacuation warning for the following areas of Riverside County remains in effect: all areas east of Potrero Road, north of Morongo Road, and west of Whitewater Canyon.

Staff Sgt. Kassie McDole/15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The U.S. Marine Corp has now identified the Marines killed during a training accident off the coast of San Diego on July 30th. This includes two Marines from Riverside County.

Among the nine Marines killed are 18-year-old Pfc. Brian Baltierra of Corona and 21-year-old Cpl. Cesar Villanueva of Riverside.

Their unit was on a routine shore-to-ship training exercise when their amphibious assault vehicle started taking on water a half mile from San Clemente Island.

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

  1. The Apple Fire, which started Friday afternoon near Cherry Valley, is continuing to spread with 26,850 acres burned.
  2. Health officials advised San Gorgonio Pass residents to avoid outdoor activity to minimize spoke exposure and ash from the Apple Fire.
  3. Cases of COVID-19 in LA have surged since June and many suggest that the Black Lives Matter protests are to blame for the increase.

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The Apple Fire which started on Friday afternoon is continuing to spread to the north across the head of the Mill Creek Canyon, and east into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. As the fire burns into the wilderness the vegetation is becoming sparse limiting fire intensity. The fire remained active Monday night into Tuesday morning. Overnight, firefighters were able to complete construction of fireline on the southwest corner of the perimeter. This and other work along the southern and southeastern perimeters increased the percentage of fire containment to 15%.

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The Apple Fire, which started near Cherry Valley around 5:00 PM on Friday, has burned over 26,450 acres and there is currently 5% containment.  Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles.  Firefighters continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Alfredo Cruz review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

Rabid Bats Confirmed in SB County

Jul 30, 2020
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National Park Service/United States Fish and Wildlife Service

On Thursday it was confirmed that rabid bats in San Bernardino County including four within the past two weeks had been identified in in the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Apple Valley. Confirmation is determined based on testing that's done at the public health lab. San Bernardino County Public Health is urging the public to protect themselves and their pets from interactions with unfamiliar, stray or wild animals.

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

  1. Some state lawmakers want to raise taxes on the wealthiest Californians to boost funding for schools and unemployment benefits.
  2. Governor Newsom announced a broad plan to help prevent future water challenges.
  3. California lawmakers advance three bills spurred by the coronavirus.
  4. Some California schools want waivers to allow classroom instruction despite the coronavirus.

7/29/20 – Dr. Patrick Porter Discusses Sleep

Jul 29, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Patrick Porter, a neuroscience expert and founder of BrainTap. Dr. Porter discusses the importance of sleep and some of the challenges faced when it comes to sleeping.

For more information, visit braintap.com

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

Preliminary results from a COVID-19 antibody testing study reveal that 175,000 people may have been infected with the coronavirus in Riverside County. 

The number comes from a randomized study by the Riverside University Health System released Monday.

The study of 1,726 randomly chosen residents showed 1,621 tested negative and 101 had developed COVID-19 antibodies.

Based on that data, it is estimated there have been between 118,000 and 175,400 infections in Riverside County.

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

91.9 FM Online Stream Maintenance

Jul 27, 2020

91.9, KVCR’s online stream is currently experiencing intermittent disruptions. In an attempt to correct this problem, tonight between 7 and 10 p.m., our technical team will be working to upgrade the software that should improve our streaming capacity, so that you can continue enjoying KVCR where ever you might be listening to our digital service. We thank you for your support and for your patience through this process. We’ll be back solid, and streaming online very soon. Thank you!

The Inland Empire Funders Alliance is partnering with the Black Equity Initiative of the Inland Empire to launch the Black Equity Fund, a regional fund with a goal of raising $5 million to support long-term investments in Black communities.

The I.E. Black Equity Fund brings together regional funders, private donors, and corporate philanthropy to partner with the Inland Empire Black Equity Initiative.

They’ll work on key issues affecting the Black community in the Inland Empire, including housing, criminal justice, and labor issues.

Homicide detectives have confirmed that the suspect who shot a U.S. District Judge’s son in New Jersey this week is the same suspect responsible for the murder of a men’s rights lawyer in the San Bernardino Mountains in July.

On Monday, detectives began working with investigators in the Newark FBI office to determine if there was a connection to the murder of Marc Angelucci and members of Judge Esther Salas’ family in New Jersey.

On Wednesday, the FBI confirmed there was evidence linking the two murder cases.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Alfredo Cruz review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1. The Riverside County Board of supervisors has approved a series of recommended policing reforms.
2. The Cal State Universary system, including CSUSB, may require all students to take ethnic studies and social justice.
3. Voters in two IE cities will be asked to approve sales tax increases this November. 

 

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the city of Moreno Valley for approving the World Logistics Center, a sprawling mega-warehouse that they say would worsen air quality and other environmental indicators in the region. 

The 40-million-square-foot World Logistics Center, which will be about the size of 700 football fields, has been in the works since 2012.

After being tied up in legal challenges since then, the city of Moreno Valley approved it again last month with a revised environmental impact report – one of the project’s main sticking points.

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

  1. A fire in Banning that burned for nearly three hours destroyed a business before being extinguished.
  2. The FBI confirms investigation into men’s rights lawyer who was found dead in the San Bernardino mountains.
  3. False and misleading claims on Facebook say that wearing a mask can be harmful to one’s health.
  4. People of color are leading the charge to protect 30% of California’s public land and oceans by 2030.

The FBI has confirmed they are investigating a possible connection between the shooting of a men’s rights lawyer in the San Bernardino Mountains to the suspect in the ambush shooting of a federal judge's family in New Jersey. 

Attorney Marc Angelucci was shot to death in his home in Cedar Pines Park in the San Bernardino Mountains on July 11.

Federal authorities said Wednesday they have evidence this shooting is linked to the Sunday shooting at the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas which claimed the life of Salas’ son.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Robert Villegas, spokesperson for Southern California Edison, and Kristine Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager for SoCalGas, about relief programs in place to help customers pay utility bills during the pandemic.

For more on reduced electricity rates, call the Customer Service number on your electric bill or visit sce.com

For more information on assistance programs and more from SoCalGas, you can visit socalgas.com or call 1-800-427-2200.

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