A team of middle school students from Bakersfield won the regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl this past weekend and will advance to compete in the national finals this spring in Washington, D.C.

St. John's Lutheran School won the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored regional event, which focuses on science, technology, and engineering.

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math. St. John's won one of the 113 regional middle school and high school tournaments held across the country.

The finals will be held April 26-30. The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. 

It was a big weekend for St, John's, whose students also took home the gold in both the 5th and 6th grade division and the 7th and 8th grade division at the 5th annual Bakersfield Christian High School Knowledge Bowl on Saturday.

Cal State Bakersfield’s student newspaper, its website and its broadcast program received national and statewide recognition this past weekend at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National Convention, held in Long Beach.

In the ACP’s Best of Show awards, CSUB won first place for best broadcast for its October 2017 edition of Runner News Network. That online broadcast led with the impact on the Bakersfield community of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Also in the Best of Show awards, The Runner newspaper won second place for best less-than-weekly newspaper for its Dec. 6, 2017, issue, which featured in-depth coverage of crime statistics at CSUB. The Runner prints every other week during the semester.

Also at the convention, the California College Media Association held its annual awards banquet, where The Runner won two statewide awards. The Runner Online won first place for best mobile website at therunneronline.com. Former Editor-in-Chief Esteban Ramirez also won an honorable mention for his story “Building a D-1 legacy,” which detailed the CSUB men’s basketball team’s journey to the national stage.

CSUB, which recently surpassed the 10,000 student population tier, competed against large California schools in the CCMA contest for the the first time.

The Water Association of Kern County will host its second Kern County Water Summit on Wednesday.

It'll feature a full day of discussion about California’s most critical water issues — The California WaterFix, groundwater regulations, water rights, a proposed urban tax, a new water bond initiative among other topics.

A panel discussion featuring farmers from other states who are operating under groundwater regulations will be featured. The lunch keynote speaker is Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies and the end of day keynote speaker is Jim Mayer, executive director of California Forward.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., takes place at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court in Bakersfield. Visit www.wakc.com for reservations. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Bakersfield College Women's History and More Committee will present a film featuring Dolores Huerta on March 12.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Levan Center, with a discussion following the film, which examiness Huerta's role in women's activism and her involvement in the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she created. The event is free and open to the public.

The National Park Service is initiating public scoping on two projects that would convert two existing administrative corrals to visitor stock use facilities at Wolverton and Mineral King in Sequoia National Park.

These projects would increase overnight front county stock facilities to accommodate equestrian access to park trails and wilderness. The projects would convert two existing administrative corrals to visitor stock use facilities, expand the parking areas to allow for truck and trailer parking and turnaround space, divide the existing corral space to accommodate one to two stock groups, and provide one to two campsites for short-term use. The campsites would be included in the NPS reservation system and would be open to visitors with stock.

People may comment on the projects online: for Wolverton, go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_Wolverton_Corral; for Mineral King, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/MK_Corrals

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