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

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue talking about the booming inland economy.  In this segment of our series examining the performance of the IE economy in 2018, Dr. Husing drills down on the Inland Empire's construction sector.

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Local public safety officials want to meet with Idyllwidl-area residents tonight to talk about the potential for flooding and mud and debris flows from the Cranston Fire burn area to impact local mountain communities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire - which started in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon Rd. and Holy Jim Rd. in Orange County - has been declared completely snuffed, after burning above Riverside County communities in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains west of Lake Elsinore and Temescal Valley.  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:

In spite of criminal indictmetns filed against him and his wife this week, Congressman Duncan Hunter's name will be on the November ballot.  On NPR's Morning Edition this morning (Thursday), Rachel Martin talked with the Republican who lost to Hunter in this year's primary election, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

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Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter  will be removed from his congressional committees as he and his wife prepare to appear in federal court Thursday to respond to charges of criminal campaign finance violations.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how Hunter's legal probelms could affect his re-election effort.

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A tanker train derailment north of San Bernardino Tuesday morning (8/21) has prompted a big public safety response - including evacuations - but, so far, no injuries reported.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department says that between 9 and 10am this morning (Tuesday), 13 tank cars went off the rails in a location half-way up The Hill, on the south side of Cajon Pass, between the northern corner of the San Bernardino city limits and the southern side of the Cajon Pass summit.

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An immigrant in the U.S. illegally who was picked up by immigration agents while taking his wife to a hospital  to give birth is the man wanted for a killing in Mexico.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the most important sectors of the IE economy performed last year.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains the intricacies of the IE's construction and real estate sector.

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The Holy Fire burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor between Corona and Lake Elsinore is 92 percent contained, as of Monday morning, 8/20.  More details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Criminal proceedings have been suspended in the prosecution of 51-year-
old Forrest Gordon Clark ... the man suspected of setting the Holy Fire ...
and the judge presiding over the case ordered that he undergo a pair of
psychiatric evaluations. Clark repeatedly disrupted his scheduled arraignment
hearing Friday ... when he was supposed to enter a plea.   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:

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UPDATED ON 9AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38. 

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UPDATED AT 9AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. 

Mary Fran McCluskey for KVCR

Should cities and counties that approve urban sprawl help cover the cost of putting out California wildfires?  It's a question rasied by the man who leads the agency overseeing utility companies in California.  More in this report form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California Republican Member of C ongress Kevin McCarthy - the second in command behind Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives - was met by protestors at a speech in Sacramento yesterday (Wedneday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATED AT 9AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

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UPDATED AT 10AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

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UPDATED 9AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Firefighters continue to increase containment of the Holy Fire, burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor.  As of Tuesday morning, the Holy Fire has burned 22,986 acres with containment at 59%.  There are nearly 1,500 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

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UPDATED 2PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

originally posted 9AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Although it still remains a threat to populated communities, authorities on Sunday reported good progress containing the Holy Fire, which has displaced thousands of Riverside County residents from homes since it broke out nearly a week ago.

Mary Fran McCluskey for KVCR

UPDATED 8:30AM SATURDAY, AUGUST 11,2018

Progress is being reported this morning (Saturday) containing the Holy Fire, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres and displaced thousands of residents evacuated from communities in and near Lake Elsinore.  

A tweet Saturday morning (Aug. 11) from the Cleveland National Forest Twitter feed reports that the #Holyfire  that has been threatening Lake Elsinore foothill  communities is now 29% contained at 21,473 acres.  

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 AT 7AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

The Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in the mountains west of Lake Elsinore has burned more than 18,000 acres - up from 10,200 acres Thursday -  and as of this morning (Friday) is still only 5% contained.  Worse yet, weather conditions Thursday pushed the blaze downslope into the I-15 corridor.  For a time yesterday, flames came dangerously close to homes in Lake Elsinore foothill neighborhoods, but were fought back by firefighters.

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UPDATED 7:30AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

The Holy Fire which broke out Monday afternoon near Holy Jim Canyon Road in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, has blackened 9,600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest, and as of this morning (Thursday) is only 5 percent contained.  And as the blaze continues to advance into Riverside County, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for several foothill communities south of Corona west of the 15 between Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore.

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UPDATED  6AM MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

With nearly full containment holding for several days now, officials are indicating the Cranston Fire itself is now less of a threat to Idyllwild-area mountain communities than the aftermath yet to come.

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 AT 6:30AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

The Cranston Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild is - as of last night’s (Thursday) briefing – 96% contained, and still held at just over 13,000 acres burned. 

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A Moreno Valley-area wild donkey who was shot and wounded with an arrow has had the wound treated and was due to be released back into the wild this morning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATED AT 6AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018                                                                               

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