The design of the Hageman Road/BNSF Railroad Grade Separation has won AECOM Technology Corp. a merit award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, California.

The Kern County Roads Department contracted AECOM to design the grade separations.

AECOM is based in Los Angeles. It provides technical and management support services to clients around the world.

Saturday to residents of the 93308 ZIP code. Advance registration is required.

Participants may receive free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and surge protectors from the Red Cross.

The event is set to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Assembly of God Church, 1510 McCray St. To register, call the Kern chapter of the Red Cross at 324-6427.

The local Charles Schwab branch has moved to 5555 Truxtun Ave., Suite 100.

The new office offers a larger floor plan and more space for workshops and client meetings. Patricia Daniels is the branch manager; the phone number is 864-3890.

The Kern County Wool Growers Auxiliary is seeking applicants for its annual $1,000 scholarship.

The group hopes to award the scholarship to a Kern student with at least a 3.0 grade point average who is looking to pursue the study of agriculture or a field related to it.

An essay is a key part of any application. For information, contact Janet Barreneche at 589-2926, or email her at

The federal Bureau of Land Management is asking for nominations to fill six openings on its Central California District Resource Advisory Council.

Information and nomination forms are available online at

Nominations are due March 1. They should be sent to David Christy, BLM Central California District public affairs officer, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. He can be reached by phone at 916-941-3146, or be email at

The state Department of Community Services & Development is reminding eligible taxpayers to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is an anti-poverty measure that averages $2,290 but which people often overlook on their federal tax return.

The department stated that more than 200,000 low- to moderate-income Bakersfield area residents may qualify for it.

The agency referred questions to Community Action Partnership of Kern County: 834-1724.