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An almond harvester picks up almonds that have been shaken off trees.

Mark Nessia

Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital plan to picket Wednesday to draw attention to what their labor union says are inadequate staffing and unsafe working conditions at the medical center.

A news release Monday from the California Nurses Association said nurses employed at the hospital will stage the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the hospital at 430 34th St. It said they will ask management “to take immediate action to rectify the conditions that are compromising our patients’ care.”

Bakersfield Memorial did not respond to a request for comment.

The Almond Board of California on Monday announced a new partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a $105,840 project examining how recharging aquifers below almond orchards may affect water quality and movement.

Researchers assigned to the project are expected to use geophysical imaging, chemical testing and groundwater transport models to track the dynamics of groundwater recharge under various conditions.

The trade group says preliminary analysis suggests nearly 670,000 almond acres statewide may be suitable for flooding with seasonal floodwater. What remains to be studied is how such efforts affect almond trees, where the water ends up and how its chemistry changes.

Glenwood Square, a strip shopping center anchored by Delano’s only Starbucks, recently sold for $3.2 million.

Fresno-based Glenwood Cecil LLC sold the 6,808-square-foot center to a Los Angeles-based family trust represented by Sean Daryani of Re/Max in Valencia. The seller was represented by Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors Executive Vice President Bill Asher.

The center at 1607 and 1617 Glenwood St. also contains a Subway restaurant, a T-Mobile store, a Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shop and a Select Staffing employment office.

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