When the Creek Fire erupted on Sept. 5 and chewed through the forest toward Southern California Edison’s Big Creek power system, little did anyone know how that might affect grape growers in Delano nearly a month later.
A Kern County groundwater bank proposal just at the starting blocks has been hit with 1,2,3-TCP contamination.
The big kahuna of California water — Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — has stopped taking supplies from one Kern County groundwater bank because the water is heavily tainted with a cancer-causing agent that is pervasive in Central Valley’s aquifers.
Residents will soon be able to scoot, cycle, jog or hike on the bike path all the way from the middle of Bakersfield to Buena Vista Lake.
Retired Shafter farmer David Bell snapped a photo of what appears to be a young mountain lion as Bell was biking on the Kern River Parkway early Tuesday morning.
A Kern County water agency is facing a wall of opposition against its plan to harvest up to 12,000 acre feet of water from the South Fork of the Kern River above Lake Isabella and bring it to valley farms.
The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s help identifying a residential burglary suspect. The burglary occurred in the 3200 block of Kaibab Avenue on June 6 around 10:27 a.m. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 40 years old, with a black mustache, wearin…
Water is flowing through the heart of Bakersfield in the Kern River and local water managers are shaking their heads in disbelief and frustration.
Tom McCarthy, head of the Mojave Water Agency, was named as the new general manager for the Kern County Water Agency at its board of directors meeting Thursday.
After months of fireworks over lowball pumping numbers and concerns that some groundwater agencies wouldn’t get on board, Kern’s last groundwater sustainability plan was approved Wednesday with barely a murmur.
The relative lull in lawsuits over Kern River water was broken Dec. 11 when Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District filed a complaint against the city of Bakersfield.
Water managers trying to bring groundwater into balance in the severely overdrafted Indian Wells Valley basin near Ridgecrest laid out a draft plan last month that would essentially mean the end of large-scale agriculture in that desert region.
San Joaquin Valley farmers have pumped the basin’s groundwater so furiously and for so long that parts of the valley are sinking, endangering roads and bridges and even breaking one of the main canals that brings in water to support local agriculture.
I love that the California Public Utilities Commission is coming to Bakersfield in August, after the second-hottest July on record, to hold a hearing about how PG&E should spread the pain of its latest rate increase.
From a taxpayer’s perspective, the downhill slide of several affordable housing projects in southeast Bakersfield really ticks me off.
Last August, Kern High School District trustees narrowly shot down a contract for $380,000 to hire a local public relations company.
Judy and John Florian’s arrival in Bakersfield was heralded in the old “city hostess” column by Dottie Hiatt along with a slew of other new arrivals.
What can I say to the recent letter from the Center for Biological Diversity about my column on a recent court ruling, except “Hey! Thanks for proving my point.”
Why did it take Hall Ambulance more than 20 minutes to arrive at the scene of a terrible motorcycle accident in metro Bakersfield?
When you first meet John Vidovich, everything from his ball cap to his dirty boots tells you he’s a farmer.
Time to play column catch-up. This is where I catch you up on a number of issues I’ve touched on in past columns.
I listened closely to a radio piece last week about San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Director Seyed Sadredin and couldn’t believe my ears.
It’s really hard to write about California City’s headlong plunge into the marijuana business without being a little snickery.
Fair warning to all of you planning to shoot off illegal fireworks this 4th of July: L.O.I.S. will be watching.
When a friend asked if I’d like to meet a group of teenage boys who A) had read “The Big Thirst” and B) were inspired to engineer a water reclamation process because of what they’d read, you KNOW what my answer was.
It’s hard to know what’s more disheartening: That two more local law enforcement officers abused the trust of this community to commit crimes and enrich themselves; or the downright obsequious manner in which the “authorities” have dealt with all these dirty cops.