The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $20,000 for the replacement of an older diesel school bus in the Di Giorgio Elementary School District in Arvin. 

A total of $8.7 million is being given nationwide to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses, according to an EPA news release. 

Applicants replacing buses with engine model year of 2006 and older receive rebates between $15,000 and $20,000 per bus through Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding.

"These rebates are an innovative way to improve air quality across the country and provide kids with safe, reliable transportation to and from school," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in the release. 

Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants, the release said, which are linked to aggravated asthma, lung damage and other health issues.

Since 2008, the program has funded more than 700 clean diesel projects across the country and reduced emissions in more than 70,000 engines. 


The Bakersfield National Cemetery and the Bakersfield National Cemetery Support Committee are inviting the public to attend a ceremony that will provide full military honors to unaccompanied veterans who are buried at the cemetery and have no family.

The quarterly ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, located on Bear Mountain Boulevard/Highway 223 about a half mile south of Highway 58. 


The Bakersfield Police Department will host a "Coffee With A Cop" event on Saturday, giving residents a chance to voice concerns and get to know the officers who patrol their neighborhood.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the McDonald's at 4601 Coffee Road.


The Kern County Republican Party announced Thursday that the 2018 Lincoln Day Dinner will be held March 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The VIP reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:15 p.m., according to a news release. 

Fox News television host Judge Jeanine Pirro is the special guest and keynote speaker.

Tickets and sponsorships are available by calling the Kern County Republican Party at 327-9321 or by emailing Additionally, tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at

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