Local Bakersfield News

Mathews: California should lead the national COVID response

America, I see you flailing — and failing — to respond to this pandemic. Why don’t you just let California handle it? No joke. In normal times, you wouldn’t want Californians running anything. While we are strong at creating culture and technology, our elected leaders typically struggle to manage schools, housing and traffic. In our […]

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Coronavirus complicates California wildfire preparation

LOS ANGELES — With the traditional start of California’s dreaded wildfire season rapidly approaching, the spread of the coronavirus has threatened to complicate state firefighting efforts. Although top emergency officials say they are hopeful that the spread of COVID-19 will taper off by the time serious fire weather arrives in the fall, the outbreak has […]

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Possible Hazmat Crash Snarls I-5 in CA Mountains

LEBEC, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 5 was shut down Wednesday morning in the mountains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield due to a crash possibly involving hazardous materials, the California Highway Patrol said. The Kern County Fire Department was on the scene near Lebec in Tejon Pass, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of downtown Los […]

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Baloian Farms to kick off 2020 California Bell pepper season

April 03, 2020 As a leader in West Coast pepper production, Baloian Farms along with its Coachella partner, Belk Farms, will celebrate their 32nd season together in the Coachella Valley by starting harvest on their spring green Bell peppers. The fresh supplies of California Bell peppers will likely be exciting news for customers, as availability […]

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Bitwise rolls out statewide jobs website during Bakersfield project delays

The Fresno tech hub looking to replicate its success in Bakersfield has landed at the center of a high-profile employment initiative designed to connect newly laid-off workers in California with help including jobs in local sectors such as ag and logistics that are suddenly short on employees. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a series of shoutouts […]

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‘Disaster’ feared if sick moved to California nursing homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California directive that could open the way for some patients sickened with COVID-19 to be sent from overburdened hospitals to nursing homes is being criticized by industry officials who fear vulnerable, elderly residents would be placed at risk. The California Association of Health Facilities, which represents most skilled nursing homes […]

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KUZZ/Bakersfield Hosts Online Meet And Greets

KUZZ/Bakersfield BUCK OWENS PRODUCTION CO. Country KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD, CA has partnered with several artists to bring listeners virtual Meet & Greets. Starting MONDAY, APRIL 6th, listeners will be able to win a one-on-one ZOOM conversation with an artist to ask questions, grab a screenshot meet and greet photo and more. JORDAN DAVIS will be the first […]

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10 tips for safe shopping, from the California Grocers Association

The California Grocers Association released a list of 10 tips for safe shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here they are: Only visit the store when it’s essential. Then buy only what you need for one week or a little more. There is enough for all if shopping patterns remain normal. Wash or disinfect your reusable grocery […]

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