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- 02/27/15--12:07: Man in custody dies shortly after being released
- 02/27/15--12:50: CAPK expands youth readership with new affiliation
- 02/27/15--12:58: Caught on camera: School bus slap
- 02/27/15--13:53: Chihuahua adoption event in March
- 02/27/15--14:03: Lightsey headed back to death row
- 02/27/15--14:15: Taco Bell testing a new dessert in Bakersfield
- 02/27/15--14:33: No one home in southwest apartment fire
- 02/27/15--15:23: BPD looking for suspect accused of stealing a wallet
- 02/27/15--15:33: BPD looking for suspects wanted for grand theft
- 02/27/15--17:33: Express Transit resumes service after licensing issue
- 02/28/15--18:59: Prescribed burns with the U.S. Forest Service
- 03/01/15--17:48: Inspirational words shared by McFarland track team
- 03/01/15--18:19: McCarthy talks DHS funding
- 03/01/15--18:22: Injury collision sends two to the hospital
- 03/01/15--23:43: Local fiddler and living legend, Hughie Smith
- 03/01/15--23:46: Man killed in fiery crash identified
- 03/02/15--11:10: New Kaiser clinic in Tehachapi
- 03/02/15--11:51: New labs opening at CSUB will study human performance
- 03/02/15--12:18: Sinkhole in Taft approaches several homes
- 03/02/15--12:59: MS weeks kicks off downtown
According to fire officials at the scene, Smoke and flames were seen from the front of the single-level apartment unit and was contained quickly without spreading to other units in the fourplex.
No one was home at the time of the fire, according to officials.
The fire is under investigation.
17 News has learned that Express Transit has been operating for seven months without a license. The president of the company says he was unaware of the license status until Tuesday -- that's when express transit services stopped.
The California Public Utilities Commission suspended Express Transit's license in July and revoked it in October, for failure to file its annual workers' compensation insurance annual report.
CPUC spokesperson Chris Chow says from July 14, 2014 through Thursday, Express Transit was not licensed to operate vehicles to carry passengers for a fee.
Express Transit President Baldo Paseta says the company provided services during that time because he was unaware of the problem until Tuesday afternoon, but the CPUC says Express Transit, incorporated refiled its license application February 4.
The CPUC issued an operation permit Thursday to Express Transit and the company resumed operations again Friday morning.
Kern Regional Center uses Express Transit. KRC CEO Duane Law says nearly 700 clients were without service during the two and a half days express transit wasn't operating. He says other vendors supplemented those rides.
Law said, "All of the individuals were both collected and taken to their service sites and then brought back home. Some of them got there a little later than they usually do, because the routes were changed and of course the buses were different. By all indications, everyone was safely transported to and from."
Law says he didn't know Express Transit had been operating with out a license, but he will follow up on the issue.
Paseta says Express Transit is taking steps to avoid problems in the future.
Chow says any reports of a company operating without a license would be investigated.
It has been said in the midst of California's historic drought there is no off-season for wildfires, but regardless, there hasn't been a big one in Kern County since last August.
So what do the firefighters do when they aren't battling the big one?
You might find it interesting to know when United States Forest Service Firefighters aren't putting out massive wild-land fires, some of them are lighting fires in the forests to protect and deter the big ones from burning the forests down.
Fuels Battalion in the Kern River Ranger District, Ernie Villa said, "we are treating the hazardous fuels here with prescribed fire, and we've planned out this burn for several months. Hopefully over a period of time there will continue to be a lot less fuels on the ground and it will be a lot easier to manage fire as well as ecologically restore the forest back to where it should be."
The intricate plan that is set each morning must be followed to the "T" to prevent any flame from getting out of hand, and one key element that needs to be in constant check is the weather.
Firefighter Michael Hearons said, "we call it spinning weather, and it's usually done on the hour just to see the changing conditions in the weather environment and how that effects our fire. If we get close to what we consider a red flag for the day...too low in humidity's, too high in temperatures, things like that, then we spin it every half-hour to see the changes closer together."
Firefighters must be in tune with changing weather conditions to keep their controlled burn at a low intensity heat, so the fire can't climb up the trees and become uncontrollable.
U.S. Forest Service Firefighters work year round to reduce the amount of dead fuels on the ground to prevent the spread of massive wild land fires. On the day we went with them into the forests, they burned 20 acres of dead fuels.
Smith was born in Louisiana and started playing music at age four. "I just got hooked on music you know I didn't have no television, no radio or nothing, I just loved to play," said Smith. He never learned how to read music so he plays everything by ear. Smith sings and plays guitar, mandolin, piano, and his favorite fiddle.
In 1967 Smith came to Bakersfield to play at the blackboard nightclub, five nights a week. "I didn't really want to play music for a living, I wanted to do something else but everything I tried always blew up in my face," he said.
Despite the fight, music stuck with him, and Smith made Bakersfield home, playing music all over town with his 59 year old fiddle by his side.
Smith said his fiddle is a part of him. "Once you pick out the right one, you will never find another one, you become partners," said Smith. That fiddle has helped Smith win more than 400 contests, nine national titles, and three state titles. "I'm just going to see how long I can hang on, I'm going to work at it everyday I need the exercise, and keep practicing on the piano and fiddle both," said Smith.
Smith still competes and with a state competition around the corner, he's not slowing down. "I don't ever want to give up, the older you get the more you gotta keep moving, pretty soon you can't move," said Smith.
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The crash happened just before 5 p.m. Friday on Kern Canyon Road -- between Hillcrest Memorial Park and Bedford Green Drive.
According to the highway patrol, Riano was headed east when his truck drifted onto the right shoulder. He overcorrected and ended up in the westbound lane, where the truck hit a van and burst into flames.
Riano died at the scene. the driver of the van suffered minor injuries.
Kaiser Permanente says the new facility will be open by fall 2015.
The Medical Office will be supported by Registered Nurse Practitioners and physicians.
Laboratory services will be available on site. Radiology services will be available through a contract with the Tehachapi District Hospital and first-fill prescriptions will be available from Walgreens directly across the street from the facility, according to Kaiser.
The medical offices will be open Monday through Saturday, with evening appointments available.
The decision to put a permanent clinic in Techachapi was made after the success of the Mobile Health Vehicle that has been in Tehacachapi for the last three years.
They are calling them PEAK labs. PEAK stands for Physical Education and Kinesiology.
The Human Performance Lab focuses on physiological and human performance assessment as it relates to physical activity and sports. This lab features a variety of machines used to measure blood pressure, lung function, muscular strength and flexibility including a Bod Pod, a new machine that assesses body composition.
The Gait and Posture Neuromechanics Lab focuses on biomechanics and motor control as it applies to human movement. This lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art eight-camera Vicon motion capture system, AMTI force plates and a wireless electromyography system; capable of capturing the 3-dimensional perspective of the kinematic and kinetic components of motion as well as the sequencing of muscle activation.
Beginning Fall 2016, CSUB will change the name off the Physical Education and Kinesiology Department to the Kinesiology Department which will feature a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with concentrations in allied health, applied exercise science and physical activity leadership. The Kinesiology Department also will offer a master of science degree in applied nutrition, which is an advanced degree to gain competency in community nutrition, health promotion, disease prevention, leadership and program planning.
“The new PEAK labs will give our students an enhanced learning experience for our students and provide CSUB the opportunity to offer more services to the community,” said Kris Grappendorf, chair of the Physical Education and Kinesiology Department. “Our facilities will transform us into one of the best physical fitness labs in the region."
CSU Bakersfield will be hold a grand opening of the new labs in Science 1 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the CSU Bakersfield campus and providing an opportunity for the public to tour both labs. Free parking will be available in Lot B.
The building department will send out an engineer today to inspect a gas line beneath sinkhole, measuring about 200-feet in length, 2 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
Kern County Fire and the Building Department said it was ok for residents to remain in their homes.
The sinkhole runs alongside several homes in Taft on Van Buren Street.
Residents say it also happened back in December when there was heavy rainfall.
The sinkhole was filled with dirt then.
They met at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield Sunday to paint the town orange by tying orange bows around trees.
Orange is the signature color of the National M.S. Society.
Some of those suffering from the disease were on hand to express why raising awareness for M.S. patients is important because many are unaware of the struggles patients go through.
"People will look at you and you look fine but there's a lot of internal symptoms -- pain that people don't see and you know, we just trudge through it and get through our day. Yeah, it would be nice for people to be aware of it. maybe, like I said, be sympathetic once in a while to our cause," said M.S. patient Jariann Hudson.