Another opportunity for the public to weigh in on proposed high-speed rail routes through downtown Bakersfield will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K St., #101.

It's part two of a charrette, or workshop, put on by the Bakersfield Downtown Business Association along with other groups to comment by Oct. 19 on the California High-Speed Rail Authority's revised environmental impact report.

Opinions for and against the routes are expected to be sent to the rail authority, along with comments on possible labor agreements for the project.

For more information, call the DBA at 325-5892.

A grant program that replaces mobile agricultural equipment is accepting applications beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Fresno office. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible, according to an air district news release, tractors must:

* engage in agricultural operations as defined by the state Air Resources Board;

* operate annually 75 percent within California and 50 percent within the Valley air basin;

* be domiciled within the air basin:

* be in-use and operational;

* have a horsepower rating of 25 or greater;

* have an uncontrolled (tier 0) or tier 1 engine; and

* not receive funding from any other local, state or federal programs.

Additionally, new tractors must have a current model year emissions engine (tier 3 or tier 4i or cleaner) and must serve the same function as the old tractor. Applicants can't buy, make payments on or take possession of the new tractor until they have a contract with the air district.

For more information, call (559) 230-5800 or go to

Heading to Ridgecrest? Ridgecrest Cinemas, Ltd., has finished an upgrade of its eight screens to Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection technology and unveiled the changes Wednesday.

The theater has been locally owned and operated for 30 years, according to a news release from the theater. It opened in 1983 with two screens.