Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!

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

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Thousands of visitors flocked to Lake Elsinore yesterday (Sunday) to get a look at the "super bloom" of poppies on hillsides around the city.  But the crowds grew so big that they overwhelmed Lake Elsinore public safety officials, resulting in authorities shutting the event down.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 8:00 pm outside of Cal Skate in Grand Terrace to remember Ryan Harsany.  Harsany, 43, owner of the Grand Terrace roller skating rink, died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital, after authorities responded to reports of a robbery and fire at the facility.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent. 

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Repairs are being made to a street in Chino Hills that buckled after a water main broke yesterday in the 1700 block of Rancho Hills Drive, affecting some 50 homes.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Backers of rent control are trying again  this year in the California Legisalture after lawmakers and voters rejected measures last year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A group of Democrats announced new bills yesterday (THURSDAY) that also include rent caps and eviction protections for tenants.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (BAHN-tuh) says it’s crucial to help renters who “face daily fears.”

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An environmentalis group is questionng the use of bulldozers to fight major wildfires, saying theyre ineffective and leaving lasting environmental damage.  KVCR 's Ken Vincent has details.

For the first time in more than 7 years, the state of California is drought-free.  A national academic center that studies drought produced a report that shows California has officially emerged from drought.  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:

Light rain and breezy conditions are expected in the inland valleys today (Friday), more rain in the mountain foothills, and snow in the Rim of the World communities could hinder driving on mountain highways.

Then, this low-pressure storm system leaves the region, and a weaker system moves in behind it through the weekend, leaving maybe some clearing amid showers off and on next week.

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Horses at Santa Anita Park were allowed to exercise on a small training track adjacent to the facility's main track.  The main track has been closed since Tuesday, after a 21st horse in less than three months had to be euthanized from injuries received working out on the track.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Racing remains suspended indefinitely,, but horses have resumed training this morning at Santa Anita Park. Training is restricted to the smaller inner dirt track, while the main outer race track remains closed, as tests continue on that surface. 

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Starting next year, people will be able to take special Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals in Indio.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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ARCADIA (CNS) - A 4-year-old filly was injured during training at
Santa Anita Park and subsequently euthanized today, the 21st horse to die at
the track since Dec. 26, prompting its unprecedented closure for racing and
training.
   The track will undergo what officials called ``additional extensive
testing'' during the closure. The Stronach Group, the track's owner, announced
late tonight it will conduct what it called ``a comprehensive evaluation of all
existing safety measures and current protocols,'' during the closure.

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:

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Two weeks after a huge storm dumped rain in the inalnd valleys and snow in the mountains, some storm-damaged roads are reopening, while others are still under repair.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Another storm will bring rain to the Inland Empire this coming weekend, but forecasters say it will be much tamer than the wild, record-breaking rainstorm that caused flooding and infrastructure damage two weeks ago.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A low-pressure system could bring light rain to parts of the Inland Empire today, before another storm system brings a potential for heavier rain through the weekend, forecasters said.
  

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Home Prices rose nearly 3 percent in Riverside County in January, compared to the same month a year ago.  But home sales across the county dropped by nealry 17 percent, according to real estate infromation service Core Logic.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Voter turnout in California among certain demograhic groups soared from the 2014 midterm election to last year's midterm election.  More from KVCR' 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:

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UPDATED 11AM FRIDAY 2/22

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A cold air mass lingering over the Inland Empire
this morning prompted the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning this morning for areas west of the mountains.

   The freeze warning, which applied to the entire Inland Empire, expired at 9 a.m. today (Friday).  Temperatures in some areas of the inland valleys dropped into the upper 20s this morning, forecasters said.

   The Coachella Valley wasn't included in the advisory, but temperatures there were in the mid-30s this morning.

San Bernardino County will pay about a million dollars to LGBT inmates who were incarcerated by the County Sheriff's Department in a so-called "Alternative Lifestyle Tank" at the West Valley Detention Center.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A cold, wet weather system is expected to reach the Inland Empire today (Wednesday) ... bringing precipitation throughout the region and the possibility of heavy snowfall in the mountains ... though it is still too early this morning to tell whether flooding might occur ... particularly in our local wildfire burn areas.  Meanwhile, several area roads remian partially or fully closed while emergency work is done to repair damage from last week's massive rainfall.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.
  

Interstate 15 at the California-Nevada  state line was shut down temporarily this morning (Monday) due to weather-related accidents. 

Caltrans tells KTLA 5 TV THAT Crashes and other incidents due to snowy or icy conditions triggered the closure of the 15 Freeway at the California-Nevada state line early this morning. 

Caltrans shut down lanes in both directions. They’re estimated to reopen in two to three hours, the agency tweeted just after 6 this morning.

“Find a warm place to pull off and hold on place,” Caltrans said.

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:

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Scattered showers are expected in Riverside County today following a powerful storm that caused flooding ... which left a homeless woman dead in Corona, while others had to be rescued from potentially deadly flash flooding ... the deluge threatened a home in Lake Elsinore , prompted evacuation orders around recent burn areas, and, sent  rivers of water running down urban streets resulting  in a patchwork of closed roads, and the storm washed out portions of roads and at least one major highway around the region.

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A woman drowned and eight people were rescued in separate operations today (Thursday)  in Corona stemming from the deluge impacting the region, and Stormwater has washed away a large section of state Route 243 in Idyllwild, opening a major sinkhole and rendering the road impassable.  Those are just the latest incidents in a day where heavy rainfall across the region caused mere headaches for some, and havoc for others.

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A low-pressure storm system is expected to reach the Inland Empire today ... bringing moderate to heavy showers as well as the potential for flash flooding and debris flows. More in this audio report from KVCR's Ken Vincent, with details below in a feature-length print story from City News Service.

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:

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:

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The statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack is now above normal, thanks to recent winter storms.  Should the state still be concerned about water conservation?  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Thousands of migrating birds have died at the Salton Sea this month.  Officials say they believe it is the result of an avian bacterial disease  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Legislature and new Governor Gavin Newsom are negotiating budget proposals on child poverty and juyvenile justice.  More in these reports from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Drew Sandsor.

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