The Inland

Shareen Awad

Many people in the Inland Empire know that the Mormon Church has a big presence in the area — with around 75,000 church members. Some might be surprised to learn that Mormon colonists established the city of San Bernardino in the mid 1800s. But why did they trek to the Inland Empire from Utah?

That’s what KVCR listener Lupe Gutierrez was wondering when she asked our community reporting project, The Inland, to investigate. KVCR’s Shareen Awad took a deep dive into early IE history and has this report on why the Mormons first came to the area and their lasting impact.

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If you live in the Inland Empire and are driving on the 60 Freeway from Riverside towards Los Angeles, you might have seen the HUGE steel "elephant"-like statue looming in the distance on the hill above the freeway.  Many people don't know it's acutally a sculpture of an ancient mammoth. Lots of drivers have wondered what it is, how it got there, and why it sits on that Jurupa Valley hill.  As part of our listener-interactive reporting project, The Inland, KVCR's Shareen Awad went on a mission to find out more.

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The population of the city of Beaumont has nearly quadrupled over the past two decades.  That prompted KVCR listener Mario Gonzalez to ask us: with all the people moving to Beaumont, what are the plans to build more schools and infrastructure to keep up?  In Part 1 of our series, we reported on Beaumont's plans to build more schools. In part 2, we're looking at plans to build more infrastructure in the aftermath of a major public corruption scandal.

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Over the past 20 years, the population in the city of Beaumont has nearly quadrupled.  That prompted KVCR listener Mario Gonzalez to ask us: with all of the people moving to Beaumont, what are the plans to build more schools and infrastructure to keep up?  In Part 1 of a series, we're looking at Beaumont's plans to build more schools, and the challenges they've been facing. KVCR's Danielle Fox has the story.

Trisha Ahmed

Every month, the Empire Network’s community-reporting project, The Inland, answers your questions about the Inland Empire that have been submitted and voted on by the public. Our prompt: What do you wonder about the Inland Empire, its people and culture?

You Asked:

With all of the new housing going up and considering we’re in a drought area, how is local government going to provide enough water? – Joyce Paul, Rancho Cucamonga

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The Empire Network has a new public-powered reporting project to connect with our community to get story questions. On The Inland, we’re asking you to tell us what we should investigate next. What do you wonder about the Inland, its people and culture? With the midterm elections around the corner, we’re focusing on your questions about politics and elections.

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What do you wonder about the Inland Empire, its people or culture that you want us to investigate?

We’re launching a new community-driven reporting project, where you ask the questions and we turn them into stories that matter to you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. ASK: You ask a question — big or small, serious or silly! If you don’t have a question, don’t sweat it. You can always vote on which questions you think we should answer next.