kern http://kvpr.org en Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale http://kvpr.org/post/innovation-needed-crack-central-californias-monterey-shale <p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The much talked about oil boom<i> </i></span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">to come out of Central California is on hold, unless new technology finds a way to safely crack the Monterey Shale that could hold over 13 billion barrels of oil.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:55:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33124 at http://kvpr.org Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale On Valley Edition: Fresno Mayor; Meditation In High School; Kern & Madera Counties Water Exchange http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-mayor-meditation-high-school-kern-madera-counties-water-exchange <p>This week on Valley Edition host Joe Moore recaps the year with <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorSwearengin">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin</a>. The two discuss everything from high speed rail to law enforcement.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:48:52 +0000 Ezra David Romero, Joe Moore & Rebecca Plevin 26300 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno Mayor; Meditation In High School; Kern & Madera Counties Water Exchange In Kern County, Plans for Hydrogen Power Plant And Fertilizer Factory Ignite Debate http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-plans-hydrogen-power-plant-and-fertilizer-factory-ignite-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the small Kern County community of </span>Tupman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the 2013 pistachio harvest is well underway.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Chris Romanini's family has been farming this land, just west of Interstate 5, where the valley's fields meet the Elk Hills for decades.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:28:52 +0000 Joe Moore 21711 at http://kvpr.org In Kern County, Plans for Hydrogen Power Plant And Fertilizer Factory Ignite Debate Fight Over Alleged Radioactive Waste Involves Kern County Landfills http://kvpr.org/post/fight-over-alleged-radioactive-waste-involves-kern-county-landfills <p>Consumer Watchdog and other environmental groups have filed suit against Boeing and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control over what they claim is the illegal disposal of low-level radioactive waste from a retired Boeing facility in Ventura County.</p><p>The groups allege that the demolition of potentially contaminated buildings at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley is a threat to public health, and a violation of the state’s environmental laws.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 02:46:26 +0000 Valley Public Radio News 19672 at http://kvpr.org Environmental Group Sues State Over Fracking Regulation http://kvpr.org/post/environmental-group-sues-state-over-fracking-regulation <p></p><p class="p1">A prominent environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of California’s stance on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in the production of oil and natural gas.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Center for Biological Diversity says that the state’s Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources has failed to act on an existing state law that it says allows the regulation of the controversial practice. The lawsuit was filed today in Alameda County Superior Court.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:24:02 +0000 Joe Moore 9847 at http://kvpr.org Environmental Group Sues State Over Fracking Regulation EPA: Valley Facilities Top Statewide List of Toxic Chemical Releases http://kvpr.org/post/epa-valley-facilities-top-statewide-list-toxic-chemical-releases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two hazardous waste facilities in the San Joaquin Valley led the state in toxic chemical releases in 2011, according to a report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.</span></p><p>The Clean Harbors landfill in Buttonwillow in western Kern County ranked number one in the state in toxic releases, with nearly 10 million pounds in 2011. In Kings County, Chemical Waste Management’s Kettleman City disposal facility released nearly four million pounds in 2011, which ranked third in the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:07:07 +0000 Joe Moore 9489 at http://kvpr.org EPA: Valley Facilities Top Statewide List of Toxic Chemical Releases Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules http://kvpr.org/post/next-line-fracking-boom-california-looks-rules The controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing has created an oil and gas boom around the country. In states like Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado, there's been heated debate about rules that protect groundwater and public health.<p>California is now wading into that arena with the release of the state's first fracking regulations. The state's earthquake-prone geology, however, could bring particular concerns.<p>Fracking itself isn't new. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:53:00 +0000 editor 8435 at http://kvpr.org Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules On Valley Edition: Arvin 'Bucket Brigade'; Kern County Cancer Fund; Campaign Spending http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-arvin-bucket-brigade-kern-county-cancer-fund-campaign-spending <p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:49:43 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 5528 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Arvin 'Bucket Brigade'; Kern County Cancer Fund; Campaign Spending Obama Visits Keene to Dedicate Chavez Monument http://kvpr.org/post/obama-visits-keene-dedicate-chavez-monument <p></p><p>President Obama made his first visit to Central California today, as he dedicated the Cesar Chavez National Monument in the Tehachapi mountain community of Keene. The site served as headquarters for Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union for decades.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The President told a crowd of over 6,000 people that Chavez was a hero for all Americans in his fight for justice, and the site, called&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; "><em>Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz</em> (Our Lady Queen of Peace)</span>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em>La Paz</em>, is a tribute to his legacy.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:45:14 +0000 Joe Moore 5134 at http://kvpr.org Obama Visits Keene to Dedicate Chavez Monument President Obama to Visit Kern County, Declare César Chávez Site a National Monument http://kvpr.org/post/president-obama-visit-kern-county-declare-c-sar-ch-vez-site-national-monument <p>President Obama announced today that he will visit Kern County next Monday to declare the headquarters of the late United Farm Workers union co-founder César Chávez a national monument. The Chávez compound in the small community of Keene, located in the Tehachapi hills east of Bakersfield served as the home for both the UFW and&nbsp;Chávez&nbsp;for several decades.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:17:24 +0000 Joe Moore 4832 at http://kvpr.org President Obama to Visit Kern County, Declare César Chávez Site a National Monument Shuttle Endeavour Prepares For Final Flight Over California http://kvpr.org/post/shuttle-endeavour-prepares-final-flight-over-california <p>UPDATE: NASA now says the shuttle will leave Edwards AFB at around 8:15 a.m. Friday, an hour later than originally planned.</p><p>Residents of eastern Kern County will get to see the space shuttle Endeavour take to the skies one last time on Friday, as the aging spacecraft makes its final journey to a museum in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>The shuttle, carried on the back of a specially modified 747 jetliner landed this afternoon at Edwards Air Force Base, after taking off earlier in the day in Texas.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:47:29 +0000 Joe Moore 4315 at http://kvpr.org Shuttle Endeavour Prepares For Final Flight Over California Kern County to Pursue New Jail With $100 Million Grant http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-pursue-new-jail-100-million-grant <p>The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to accept a $100 million state grant that would help fund construction of a new jail at the existing Lerdo&nbsp;pre-trial facility. As a condition of the grant, the county also committed over $22 million in matching funds to support construction of the facility, which will house around 800 mostly medium security inmates.</p><p>The county had previously been awarded a similar grant in 2008, but had to reject the funding because it was unable to allocate the matching funds required the state.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:38:42 +0000 Joe Moore 3116 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Leads Nation in Employment Gains http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-leads-nation-employment-gains <p>Employment in California&rsquo;s largest counties rose between December of 2010 and December of 2011, but paychecks got smaller in most large counties. 24 of the 26 large counties in California saw employment increase.&nbsp;The US Bureau of Labor Statistics defines large counties as those with employment of 75,000 or more.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:45:36 +0000 Amy Quinton 1793 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Leads Nation in Employment Gains KMC to Consider Pact With Foreign Med School http://kvpr.org/post/kmc-consider-pact-foreign-med-school <p>The Kern County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal next Tuesday to allow a foreign medical school from the Caribbean to cycle 100 students a year through the clinical rotation program at Kern Medical Center.</p><p>The Ross University School of Medicine would pay Kern County $3.5 million a year for 10 years for the program, if it&rsquo;s approved by the board. KMC currently has students from UCLA and several other Caribbean medical schools in its program.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 19:51:46 +0000 Joe Moore 679 at http://kvpr.org KMC to Consider Pact With Foreign Med School Christo's Umbrellas still fresh in memory, 20 years later http://kvpr.org/post/christos-umbrellas-still-fresh-memory-20-years-later <p>Twenty years ago this month, the hills of Kern County became the focus of the international art community, with the temporary installation of over a thousand giant yellow umbrellas along The Grapevine. Now, two decades later, while the umbrellas are long gone, the event remains fresh in the minds of many. FM89’s Joe Moore has this report.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:36:33 +0000 Joe Moore 472 at http://kvpr.org Scandal rocks Maricopa, leaving uncertain future http://kvpr.org/post/scandal-rocks-maricopa-leaving-uncertain-future <p>Travelers are stocking up on snacks inside the convenience store at the Shell gas station in Maricopa on a hot Saturday afternoon. This is a town of about 1,200 residents in the oil-rich foothills of western Kern County. Bob Archibald&rsquo;s Shell station sits on the intersection of two highways, and his business counts on travelers heading to the Central Coast.</p><p>So last year, Archibald took notice when the Maricopa Police Department began an aggressive campaign to pull over drivers for minor traffic violations and to impound cars.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:24:39 +0000 Shellie Branco 713 at http://kvpr.org Scandal rocks Maricopa, leaving uncertain future On Valley Edition; Maricopa Scandal; Racial Profiling; Soul Food Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-maricopa-scandal-racial-profiling-soul-food-festival <p>On this Valley Edition, we look at the big problems facing the small Kern County city of Maricopa, we examine the controversial issue of racial profiling, and find out about an upcoming soul food festival at Fresno&#39;s African American Historical and Cultural Museum.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:52:55 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1206 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: State Prisons & County Jails; Chaffee Zoo Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-state-prisons-county-jails-chaffee-zoo-expansion <p>Segment 1 &ndash; County Jails &amp; State Prisons - Last month the US Supreme Court ruled that California must reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates by 2013, to improve inmate health care. And a new state law plans to shift much of that burden to county jails. We talk about the future of the state&#39;s corrections system and what it means for the Valley, with Kern County Sheriff Joel Youngblood, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and prisoner rights advocate Rebecca Evenson of the Prison Law Office.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 01:13:06 +0000 Joe Moore 1217 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: Kern River; Foreclosures http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-kern-river-foreclosures <p><strong>Segment 1: The Kern River Flows Through Bakersfield Once More?&nbsp;</strong>- The Kern River has long been known as one of the wildest rivers in the west. But far below Lake Isabella, as the channel makes its way through the city of Bakersfield, the days of a wild river, or for much of the year a river at all, are long gone. However, a new proposal from the City of Bakersfield aims to do what many thought would never happen, return year round water to the river through the city, creating a new community amenity.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:38:02 +0000 Joe Moore 1224 at http://kvpr.org