kern county http://kvpr.org en 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 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 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 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 "Lost Hills" Photo Exhibit Shines Light On Rural Life http://kvpr.org/post/lost-hills-photo-exhibit-shines-light-rural-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2009, <a href="http://www.samcomen.com/">Sam </a></span><a href="http://www.samcomen.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Comen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a photographer from Los Angeles, began a five year photo journey in Central California. He originally wanted to parallel the effects of the recession to the Great Depression. So he turned to the San Joaquin Valley for photo opportunities.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:45:54 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32592 at http://kvpr.org "Lost Hills" Photo Exhibit Shines Light On Rural Life 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 Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-officials-hope-lure-embattled-sriracha-factory <p></p><p>Back in 2010, the city of Irwindale was so excited to lure the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce to their area, they helped finance the $40 million project.</p><p>But earlier this month that same city council designated this once desired business as a public nuisance, over complaints from residents about spicy odors and burning eyes.</p><p>Sriracha sauce creator David Tran is now being peppered with offers to relocate his plant to other states and counties, including the San Joaquin Valley. The move could create hundreds of jobs and bolster the local economy.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:11:39 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31655 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary http://kvpr.org/post/valley-political-races-heat-ahead-june-primary <p>California's June primary election is just over 40 days away. That means candidates are kicking their campaigns into high gear across Central California. So what are the hot races to watch? We recently spoke with the Fresno Bee's state and local politics reporter John Ellis to get his analysis of the most competitive races including:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:11:55 +0000 Joe Moore 31566 at http://kvpr.org Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary 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 Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-counties-score-poorly-new-health-ranking <p>A <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/california/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall">new ranking of health outcomes</a> in California counties has grim news for San Joaquin Valley residents. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Joe Moore 30361 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California http://kvpr.org/post/political-fight-over-fracking-takes-center-stage-california <div><p>California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.&nbsp; But some environmentalists say the regulations don’t go far enough to protect air and water quality.</p><p>Several local governments have enacted moratoriums; others are calling for an outright ban on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the politics are beginning to take center stage.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:00:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30209 at http://kvpr.org Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California Could Delano's Former VOA Radio Station Become A Homeless Shelter? http://kvpr.org/post/could-delanos-former-voa-radio-station-become-homeless-shelter <p>For over 60 years, a mammoth cluster of radio towers and transmitters just west of Delano beamed the Voice of America network to shortwave listeners across the globe.&nbsp;</p><p>Now according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.radioworld.com/article/voa-delano-station-goes-on-the-block/269252" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">trade publication Radio World,</a>&nbsp;the property could soon get a new use as housing for the homeless.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:38:14 +0000 Joe Moore 29477 at http://kvpr.org Could Delano's Former VOA Radio Station Become A Homeless Shelter? Do Man-Made Residential Lakes Make Sense In A Drought? http://kvpr.org/post/do-man-made-residential-lakes-make-sense-drought <p>California’s drought has communities up and down the valley looking conserve water. The City of Orange Cove has already banned outdoor watering this year, and later tonight the Lemoore City Council will hold a meeting to discuss ways the city can get residents to reduce their water use by as much as 25 percent.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:41:34 +0000 Joe Moore 29228 at http://kvpr.org Do Man-Made Residential Lakes Make Sense In A Drought? Valley Farmers Fallow Fields, Drill Wells, Auction Water To Cope With Drought http://kvpr.org/post/valley-farmers-fallow-fields-drill-wells-auction-water-cope-drought <p>Last Friday, the State Water Project took the unprecedented step of cutting projected water allocations for its contractors to zero. And other water users, including those who get supplies from the federal Central Valley Project are expecting severe cuts of their own.&nbsp;</p><p>The drought has prompted many farmers to fallow their fields, and growers of permanent crops like almonds, grapes and pistachios are scrambling to find backup supplies to keep their trees and vines alive this year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:10 +0000 Joe Moore 28039 at http://kvpr.org Valley Farmers Fallow Fields, Drill Wells, Auction Water To Cope With Drought California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/california-begins-sending-inmates-private-prisons <p>California is beginning to transfer inmates out of its state prisons. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the transfers are part of a court-mandated plan to reduce overcrowding in state prisons</p><p>California is sending 2,100 inmates to three private prisons within the state. James Black is with the GEO group, which operates the facilities. He says GEO’s prisons must meet the same standards the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation must meet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:39:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23653 at http://kvpr.org California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons Road Trip To Collect Dust Bowl Stories on 75th Anniversary of 'Grapes of Wrath' http://kvpr.org/post/road-trip-collect-dust-bowl-stories-75th-anniversary-grapes-wrath <p>A group of artists is gearing up for a cross-country road trip that will end in California. It&#39;s part of <a href="http://www.grapesofwrath75.org/">a project to mark the 75th anniversary</a> of John Steinbeck&#39;s novel &quot;The Grapes of Wrath.&quot; Steve Milne reports.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:07:06 +0000 Steve Milne - Capital Public Radio 22452 at http://kvpr.org Road Trip To Collect Dust Bowl Stories on 75th Anniversary of 'Grapes of Wrath'