Bakersfield

Change Of Destination Expected For High Speed Rail

Feb 18, 2016
California High Speed Rail Authority

A big change appears to be in the works for California’s high speed rail project. Valley Public Radio’s Jeffrey Hess has more. The original plan was to connect cities in the Central Valley to Burbank in Southern California with the first functional stretch of track. Now according to multiple media reports, the High-Speed Rail Authority appears ready to run the first trains from Bakersfield to San Jose. The rail authority is expected to release a report tomorrow detailing the need for the...

KMC / Kern County

Kern Medical Center has a new name. But that's actually the smallest change the venerable public hospital is set to undertake in the next year. After being run by Kern County for over a century, the hospital - now branded simply as "Kern Medical" - will be spun off later this year to a newly created, independent hospital authority. Kern Medical CEO Russell Judd says the new name reflects a new era for the nearly 150 year-old institution. Judd: "This is a symbolic way of us communicating...

Study Links Oil And Gas Activity in San Joaquin Valley To Earthquakes

Feb 4, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Scientists have linked wastewater disposal from oil and gas activity to earthquakes in California for the first time. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the new study looked at earthquake activity in the southern Central Valley. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined an area in the southern San Joaquin Valley along the White Wolf Fault. It found increased injections of oil wastewater in the area in 2005 were followed five months later by a swarm of...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The City of Bakersfield is searching for ways to tighten its fiscal belt thanks in part to lower oil prices. Over the past twelve months, city sales tax revenue has been nearly 5 percent below budget expectations. That’s left the city council considering mid-year budget adjustments, seeking to trim $1.4 million from this year’s books. In a report presented to the city council on Wednesday, city manager Alan Tandy outlined a possible slate of cuts. They could include a reduction in spending on...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

As 2015 comes to a close, Valley Edition asked two local journalists to help us take a look back at the top stories of the year. Evan Onstot of KSEE 24 and Robert Price of the Bakersfield Californian joined us to talk about the biggest news events of the past twelve months, with an eye towards stories to watch for 2016. Among the stories that stood out to our panelists: The "Year of the Almond" as ag water use took center stage in national media Kevin McCarthy's bid to be Speaker of the House...

KGOV / KGOV

California lawmakers gathered in Bakersfield today for a State Senate hearing on how to prevent pipeline “dig-in”accidents like the one in Kern County that killed an Earlimart man last month. FM89’s Joe Moore reports. By using the 811 hotline excavation companies can call utilities before they dig and have them mark the location of buried pipelines. But there’s two problems. According to the Public Utilities Commission, in many cases excavators simply don’t use the service. Still, in about 30...

http://www.bakersfield.com/thebakersfieldsound

Kern County is known around the globe for the way it revolutionized American music. In Robert E. Price 's new book " The Bakersfield Sound ," he recounts how a generation of displaced Okies altered musical history. The book remembers household names like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard as well as lesser known names that influenced American music. Price joined KVPR's Joe Moore for an interview about the book and the the reasoning behind Bakersfield's unexpected musical prominence. To hear the...

The Guardian

A new report from the British newspaper The Guardian says Kern County leads the nation when it comes to use of deadly force by law enforcement. According to numbers published by the paper, 13 people have died this year in connection with the use of force by law enforcement in the county. That’s higher than the total for New York City, which has ten times the population. There have been one and a half deaths for every 100-thousand residents in Kern County this year, three times higher than...

LinkedIn

A Bakersfield police detective is under arrest today after he allegedly took bribes from a drug dealer. The FBI and US Department of Justice allege that detective Damacio Diaz accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from a drug dealer. In exchange, the FBI alleges Diaz tipped the dealer off to law enforcement activities and the confidential names of informants. In a 16-count indictment, Diaz is also charged with retaining seized narcotics with the intent to distribute, disclosing the contents...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Kern County Board of Supervisors has approved new rules that supporters say will streamline oil and gas production. The unanimous vote by the board Monday endorses a new environmental report that will make most surface production activities go through a process similar to the one to get a building permit. The state will still regulate subsurface operations. The proposal was backed by the local oil industry but drew considerable opposition, not just from groups like the Sierra Club, but...

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