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Water usage in California regions drops

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Waterboards showed a state-wide drop in water usage and some regions of the state exhibited a drop of up to 17%. The waterboard said at a statewide level in June of 2014 California residents used 131 gallons per capita daily (GPCD) compared to June of 2022 residents used 101 GPCD. In June of 2021 California residents used 112 GPCD.
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Local Flights and Bites for Wounded Heroes Fund

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Wendy Porter is executive director of the Wounded Heroes Fund in Kern County, she visits SUNRISE with an invitation to a first ever food and craft beer event to help the organization that helps our veterans. It’s 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Lino’s Venue. Thewoundedheroesfund.org.
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Water usage in Bakersfield drops 5.5%

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Waterboards showed a state-wide drop in water usage and some regions of the state exhibited a drop of up to 17%. The waterboard said at a statewide level in June of 2014 California residents used 131 gallons per capita daily (GPCD) compared to June of 2022 residents used 101 […]
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Power restored to more than 4.5K customers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Update: Power was restored as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. A power outage in east Bakersfield Wednesday is impacting 4,559 customers, according to the PG&E outage center map. The outage is affecting areas east of Highway 204/Union Avenue south to Virginia Avenue and east to Oswell Street and north to Lake Street […]
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Update: BHS and Bakersfield Adult School placed on lockout, now lifted

UPDATE: (12:30 p.m.) — The lockouts were due to an inmate escaping custody from Kern County Sheriff’s deputies near Adventist Health in Downtown Bakersfield. UPDATE (11:24 a.m.) — The Kern High School District says the lockout has been lifted. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) —Bakersfield High School and the Bakersfield Adult School have both been placed on […]
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Attorneys finish opening statements in trial over 2015 pipeline explosion

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A McFarland company preparing soil for almond tree planting in 2015 hit a natural gas pipeline, sparking a massive explosion, after PG&E failed to properly mark the line and didn’t send a standby inspector to supervise the scene as required under safety guidelines, an attorney said. Theodore “Tad” Hoppe, representing Big […]
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California’s largest earthquakes of the 21st century

CALIFORNIA (KTXL) — California is especially well-known for one type of devastating natural events: earthquakes. The California Department of Conservation has dated California’s earthquake legacy back to January of 1700, when an estimated 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake rocked California, Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia. In the 21st century, California continues to see devastating onshore and […]
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Local Kern County Republicans and Democrats react to Inflation Reduction Act

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The $750 billion dollar inflation reduction act would give Medicare the power to negotiate prices of certain prescription drugs and extend expiring healthcare subsidies for three years. The bill is supposed to reduce the deficit, through new taxes, including a 15% minimum tax on large corporations and a 1% tax on buybacks.
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Future repairs and replacements for destroyed church property in East Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) —Two Catholic churches in East Bakersfield that have seen tens of thousands of dollars in property damage from vandalism might be getting the destroyed property replaced. At the San Clemente Mission Parish, the statue of San Clemente might be getting replaced. However, all of this depends on the Diocese of Fresno. Parishioners […]
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LOIS HENRY: Effort to bring South Fork Kern River water to SJV farmland buffeted by lawsuits

Drought cut short a pilot program to bring South Fork Kern River water through Lake Isabella and down 60 miles to farmland northwest of Bakersfield. Now, a raft of lawsuits could upend the environmental impact report in support of the project, which has been a goal of the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District since it bought the old Onyx Ranch in 2013.
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Three Cities Make Headway Against Homelessness

Homelessness is among voters’ top concerns in cities across the country. But, three cities, Bakersfield, Columbus, and Houston, made dramatic gains in addressing the crisis. Representatives from each city shared their strategies to counter homelessness at a July 22 Ethnic Media Services. EMS Director Sandy Close commented, “We need to look at solutions to tackle homelessness which is currently a health, social, environmental, and political problem.”
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