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PG&E begins removing soil from former power plant

This is PG&E's former power plant along Coffee Road. The property has been demolished since this photo was taken, but soil remediation work remains.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced this week it has begun removing soil as part of an environmental remediation project at its former Kern Power Plant along Coffee Road south of Rosedale Highway.

Starting at the site’s northeast tip, PG&E said the job entails excavating and removing about 3,575 cubic yards of soil during the next six weeks or so. Toward the end of the operation, the work is expected to involve as many 25 trucks coming and going per day.

The power plant began commercial operation in 1948 and closed in 1985. When it was running, the plant used

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with an infant's death in a mobile home fire in the 100 block of McCord Avenue in Oildale on Jan. 24.

Family of infant killed in Oildale mobile home fire files lawsuit

The family of a 5-month-old girl who died in an Oildale mobile home fire has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners, managers and operators of the trailer park where they lived. The lawsuit filed Wednesday against Nijjar Realty Inc., Pama Management Inc., Cobra 28 No. 7, LP and IE

In this file photo, an almond orchard blooms along 7th Standard Road, near the Target Distribution Center. This is a high dynamic range image that combines five exposures of the same scene to capture the tonal range of both the orchard and the sky.

Kern's almond dominance threatened by neighboring county

Fresno County cut further into Kern’s almond dominance last year, according to a new report detailing continued expansion of California farmland dedicated to producing the nut. Kern added almond acreage overall in 2015, but it did so at a much slower pace than it did in 2014 and 2013. During the

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