The east Westside Parkway off-ramp onto Truxtun Avenue will be closed Tuesday through Thursday for construction work, according to the city.

The closures will run from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. each night. Motorist are urged to use the Mohawk Street exit to access Truxtun Avenue during the closure. The city said the closure is needed so that temporary concrete barrier rail on the eastbound Kern River Bridge and the bridge crossing Truxtun Avenue can be built and placed.

After that is completed, the city said crews will begin removing the existing barrier rail on the bridges to allow for widening work. This will require lane closures on Truxtun in the vicinity of the bridges, according to the city. At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the project.


Kern County and several cities will be proclaiming the month of February as Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month.

The county Board of Supervisors will make the proclamation at their 9 a.m. board meeting on Tuesday. The Bakersfield City Council is set to make a similar proclamation at their Feb. 7 meeting. Delano, Shafter and Wasco councils are also expected to do so next week.

The Safely Surrendered Baby law, passed in 2001, allows parents or guardians to safely surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked.

Sixty-three babies have been safely surrendered in Kern County since 2006.


Bakersfield has only seen 1.10 inches of rain since October, according to the city.

The city said that between Oct. 1 and Jan. 25 of last year, Bakersfield got 5.79 inches of rain. According to the city, 2.88 inches is the average for the October-January period.


The city’s Recreation and Parks department will be installing about 200 new trees in the southwest part of town over the next two weeks.

The city said the project is part of an effort to replace 2,000 trees in town. Holly oak, Chinese pistache, crape myrtle, Canary Island pine, and Chinese hackberry trees will be planted.


Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals are being recognized for their efforts in encouraging people to become organ, eye and tissue donors.

The U.S.Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign awarded Dignity Health its platinum award for its awareness campaigns about the need for donations and its contributions in getting more people enrolled as donors.

Dignity Health was one of hundreds of hospitals nationwide that received the top award this year.


The Rosamond Community Services District has filed a measure with the Kern County Elections Office for the March 6 special election which, if passed, would implement a permanent parcel tax increase to pay for parks.

District General Manager Ron Smith said the money would fund renovations to the community’s current park and pool. It would also fund a new six-acre park.

Smith said the measure would charge owners of developed property an additional $119 per year while owners of undeveloped property would pay $99. He said the increase would bring in about $820,000 per year. The tax measure will require two-thirds voter approval in order to pass.

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