Bakersfield http://kvpr.org en Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-politicans-cant-escape-human-nature-when-it-comes-receiving-gifts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While their professional organizations discourage physicians from accepting gifts from corporations that may unduly influence their professional practice, no such strictures apply to gifting our politicians.&nbsp; In this &nbsp;edition of </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commentary series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield says the public should also be wary of the &nbsp;continues his earlier theme on the impact of the possible ramifica Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:32 +0000 Christopher Meyers 35450 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-man-recalls-kayak-trip-kern-county-sf-bay-30-years-later <p>This month CNN journalist John D. Sutter is on a&nbsp;mission to kayak the San Joaquin River from Fresno to San Francisco Bay. We <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco?nopop=1">spoke with him last week</a> on Valley Edition as he seeks to document the stories along what has been called America's most endangered river.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000 Joe Moore 35040 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book http://kvpr.org/post/gerald-haslam-recalls-tragic-story-athlete-leon-patterson-new-book <p>Author <a href="http://www.geraldhaslam.com/">Gerald Haslam</a> is something of a literary renaissance man. A historian, novelist, essayist and biographer, he is one of California’s most respected writers, and has devoted much of his career to telling stories about life in the Central Valley.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His writing is much like the region he comes from: direct, unpretentious, and often filled with surprising depth and color. </span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:14:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35029 at http://kvpr.org Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mccarthys-new-role-majority-leader-could-benefit-central-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Valley congressman is now one of the most powerful men in Washington. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports on what Kevin McCarthy’s new post might mean for the valley.</span></p><p>It's official. House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy as House majority leader.</p><p>The Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield and grandson of a cattle rancher will become the youngest person to serve in the second-ranking role. He’s 49.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:08:09 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34507 at http://kvpr.org McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation http://kvpr.org/post/shirley-fire-threatens-homes-prompts-evacuation <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; Update:&nbsp;As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze is 90 percent contained and has charred 2,646 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rapidly moving wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest has already engulfed 2,200 acres and is threatening 1,000 homes near the Kern County community of Lake Isabella</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. KVPR’s Diana Aguilera&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:33:07 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34309 at http://kvpr.org Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation One Drought Solution Is A Riddle: How Do You Make Water Run Uphill? http://kvpr.org/post/one-drought-solution-riddle-how-do-you-make-water-run-uphill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>California's severe drought is inspiring some creative thinking. With farmland going dry in the Central Valley, water districts are proposing something that's never been tried during a drought. They want to move water uphill by reversing the state's main aqueduct. As Lauren Sommer reports from member station KQED, it'll take a serious engineering effort.<p>LAUREN SOMMER, BYLINE: I'm standing near Interstate 5, just outside of Kettleman City in the Central Valley, right where the California aqueduct crosses under it. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:00:52 +0000 editor 34189 at http://kvpr.org Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy http://kvpr.org/post/cantors-defeat-presents-opportunity-challenge-bakersfields-mccarthy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday's surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary is having a ripple effect throughout the GOP. The "political earthquake" is extending all the way to the San Joaquin Valley, which is home to Cantor's chief deputy, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:11:31 +0000 Joe Moore 34045 at http://kvpr.org Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-10-san-joaquin-river-politics-john-ellis-mento-buru <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition </a>FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero paddles down the San Joaquin River to report on a more than decade long dispute over public access to the river, John Ellis from the Fresno Bee talks political races and Matt Munoz chats about his Spanish-Ska-Reggae&nbsp;style band Mento Buru.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:48:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33999 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-just-physicians-who-are-influenced-gift-giving <p>The same human characteristics that build community can also work against its well-being. As humans, we give back to those who are kind to us and we feel indebted to those who show us kindness. &nbsp;In this edition of FM89’s&nbsp;commentary series <em>The Moral Is</em>, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good.&nbsp;</p><p>----</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:29:02 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33962 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving Commentary: What Is Death? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-what-death <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? </span>Jahi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McMath’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:07:20 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33629 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: What Is Death? Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production http://kvpr.org/post/report-casts-doubt-potential-monterey-shale-oil-production <p>An anticipated oil boom in California may be delayed a bit, if it happens at all. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on some new estimates published today that could dampen the state’s fracking future.</p><p>Fracking is an oil extraction process that involves pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into rock. It had been estimated California may be able to recover more than 13 billion barrels of Monterey Shale oil.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:04:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 33063 at http://kvpr.org Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production Valley Edition: May 13 - Schools And Drought; Arvin Gas Leak; Amanda Renteria; Sam Comen http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-may-13-schools-and-drought-arvin-gas-leak-amanda-renteria-sam-comen <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> we talk about how drought and school attendance correlate, a major gas leak that forced Arvin residents to evacuate over two months ago and the photography of Sam Comen&nbsp;at an art exhibit in Bakersfield. Amanda Renteria&nbsp;for Congressional District 21 also joins the program.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:16:03 +0000 Ezra David Romero, Joe Moore & Diana Aguilera 32590 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: May 13 - Schools And Drought; Arvin Gas Leak; Amanda Renteria; Sam Comen Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center http://kvpr.org/post/amid-budget-woes-county-looks-new-future-kern-medical-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kern County Board of Supervisors met Monday to discuss the future of the county’s financially troubled Kern Medical Center. The Board met with hospital CEO Russell Judd and an outside consultant to outline new governance guidelines for </span>KMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which is losing around $3 million a month.</span></p><p>Supervisor Mike Maggard says the hospital is at a critical juncture.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 03:21:58 +0000 Joe Moore 32561 at http://kvpr.org Amid Budget Woes, County Looks To New Future For Kern Medical Center Bakersfield Jazz Festival Looks To Light Up The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-jazz-festival-looks-light-san-joaquin-valley <p>This weekend the CSU Bakersfield Amphitheatre will be filled with the sounds of some of the top jazz groups in the world for the 28<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.bakersfieldjazz.com/">Bakersfield Jazz Festival.</a> Top local talent like Mento Buru and the Kern County Honor Jazz Band will share the stage with headliners like Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and smooth jazz superstar Gerald Albright. Festival founder Doug Davis joined us on Valley Edition to talk about this year’s lineup.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 02:57:50 +0000 Joe Moore 32300 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Jazz Festival Looks To Light Up The San Joaquin Valley Event Asks How To Make Kern County More Walkable, Healthy http://kvpr.org/post/event-asks-how-make-kern-county-more-walkable-healthy <p>Across California, urban planners and health professionals are increasingly looking at the connections between the design of our communities and the health of the people who live there. Many neighborhoods that lack sidewalks and access to parks have dramatically different health outcomes than those that do. Correcting that problem is the focus of an event taking place on Thursday in Kern County called <a href="http://www.lgc.org/community-design-matters">“Community Design Matters &nbsp; - Building Walkable Healthy Livable Communities."</a> Dr. Wed, 07 May 2014 02:50:40 +0000 Joe Moore 32299 at http://kvpr.org Event Asks How To Make Kern County More Walkable, Healthy Valley Edition: May 6 - California Chrome; Drought And Friant Dam; Bakersfield Jazz Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-may-6-california-chrome-drought-and-friant-dam-bakersfield-jazz-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we talk about Kentucky Derby winner </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/kentucky-derby-favorite-california-chrome-owes-success-valley-roots" style="line-height: 1.5;">California Chrome</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, drought at </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-man-inside-fresnos-friant-dam" style="line-height: 1.5;">Friant Dam</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a health partnership in Bak Tue, 06 May 2014 18:35:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 32271 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: May 6 - California Chrome; Drought And Friant Dam; Bakersfield Jazz Festival Photos: Art Deco Architecture In The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/photos-art-deco-architecture-san-joaquin-valley <p>May is <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/preservation-month-2014-embark-inspire-engage.html">National Historic Preservation Month</a>, and the City of Fresno is celebrating with <a href="http://www.fresno.gov/News/PressReleases/2014/history.htm">a slate of events</a> that honor the city's unique architectural heritage. The events include a walking tour of <a href="http://www.fresno.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2D40DBCC-E313-4473-88D0-B1B2DBDBAE51/23133/HPCNewDealBrochure.pdf">New Deal-era Fresno</a>, and the many Art Deco landmarks that dot the downtown area. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:34:01 +0000 Joe Moore 31994 at http://kvpr.org Photos: Art Deco Architecture In The San Joaquin Valley Immigrant Rights Groups Criticize Kern County Sheriff Over TRUST Act http://kvpr.org/post/immigrant-rights-groups-criticize-kern-county-sheriff-over-trust-act <p>A trio of farm worker rights organizations protested outside the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Bakersfield Tuesday saying that Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood should follow the law by enforcing the TRUST Act that went into effect January 1.</p><p>Marichel Mejia with the United Farm Workers Foundation and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship was at the protest.</p><p><em>MEJIA: “We wanted to inform the immigrant community here in Kern County about their rights and to be on alert for any TRUST Act violations so the Sheriff is held accountable to his word.”</em></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:33:31 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31012 at http://kvpr.org Immigrant Rights Groups Criticize Kern County Sheriff Over TRUST Act Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill Valley Edition: April 1 - Snow Survey; Homeless Laws; College Sports Unions; Beer; Wu Man http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-april-1-snow-survey-homeless-laws-college-sports-unions-beer-wu-man <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This week on&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Valley Edition</a>&nbsp;FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero travels with a <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack">snow surveyor</a> to measure the April 1 snowpack, we talk about new homeless laws in Fresno and Bakersfield, Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:23:02 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30565 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: April 1 - Snow Survey; Homeless Laws; College Sports Unions; Beer; Wu Man