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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- A stranger buys your coffee.  Or your movie rental is already paid for.  These might just be the good deeds of Chive On Kern. "We're just out to make the world 10% happier is our motto," said Sara Brus, chive on kern.   

    Sara Brus runs chive on kern. The group formed in June 2013 and has grown to over 300 members, each joining for their own reasons.

    "This group is from all walks of life. It's anything from business owners to to cooks at restaurants to the unemployed to, I mean everything," said Wilson Rose.  

    "There's never a thank you needed. You just know you are helping somebody else you are changing somebody else's life," said Dream Weaver.  

    "Just making someone's day someone's minute it's just heart warming," said Danny Sosa.   

    Members meet up weekly- and try to do random acts almost daily.  They give time and money, big and small through fundraisers and feeds. "And there was actually a lady there and she started crying when I gave her the food, said Weaver.  

    Chive on Kern mailed out holiday care packages to our troops. And they delivered water to Porterville when wells were running dry.  "I didn't realize how desperate those people are for water," said Danielle Ambrose.   

    Members tucked toys under the KGET Christmas tree, collected for kids who would otherwise have nothing to open this year. And the list of good goes on.  "Donated money to the Alpha House in Taft to help pay their PG&E bill," said Weaver. 

    "We raised money to help the parents offset travel costs," said Brus.  

    "There was a family that we sponsored for Christmas that we brought everything from Christmas trees to truck loads of food," said Rose.  

    Each random act-creates the precise happiness they intend, in hopes each target, will pass it on.  It's the snowball effect and just seeing a lot of people out there just trying to make other people happy," said Brus.  

    Someone did something for me that made a huge impact. It was a random act of kindness and I said it in my head, I'll pay someone back for this," said Sosa.   

     

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving six children between the ages of one and seven. Officers say none of the kids was in a car seat or wearing a seat belt, and two of them are in critical condition.

    The crash happened Tuesday just before 6:00 p.m. on Alfred Harrell Highway, near the Goodmanville Road exit, just west of Hart Park. According to the CHP, the driver, 27-year-old Ashley Burns, lost control of her Ford Mustang on a curve.

    CHP officials say Burns was speeding when she hit the curve, spinning the car off the road and crashing into a dirt wash. She told CHP officers she tried to slow down, but said the brakes didn't work.

    Burns and a passenger in the front seat, 22-year-old Amber Watson, were wearing seat belts -- but six children who were riding in the backseat of the Mustang, that's meant to carry two people -- were not wearing seat belts or in safety seats.

    CHP Public Information Officer Robert Rodriguez said, "It's just completely irresponsible for someone to have that many people within a car and not provide them the adequate restraint system so that they can be safe."

    A one-year-old boy, who was thrown from the car, and a two-year-old boy are being treated at Children's Hospital in Madera for major injuries. Burns, Watson and a two-year-old girl were also injured. Three other children were not injured in the crash.

    CHP officials say charges will be filed, but Burns has not been arrested. They are inspecting the car to see if there were any issues with the brakes.

    State law requires children who are younger than eight and below 4'9" tall to ride in a safety seat.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - We heard from Charlotte West, she wants to recognize their friend for taking care of her husband after having major surgery, since she is disabled.

    Charlotte says after her husband came home he needed to change his bandages twice a day. But Charlotte is disabled and couldn't help him so their friend Sandra Akers volunteered to help out. "She does everything so selflessly, and didn't make any difference whether it was day or night all I had to do was call and say Sandy I need you and she'd be right here, she's the reason he stayed out of the hospital," said West.  

    "They are my friends and when the time came that Larry needed someone to take care of him at home and be on call I volunteered," said Akers.  


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Thirty French students visiting California hot spots are getting ready to leave Bakersfield behind. The students came to Bakersfield ten days ago from Amiens, a small town in Northern France, to experience life as an American teen. The trip was organized by Horizons Du Monde, a French company who organizes home stay programs worldwide.

    If you would like more information on the Horizons Du Monde program, log on to: 
    http://www.horizonsdumonde.org/





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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Optimal Hospice is looking for volunteers.  They're holding a new volunteer orientation training on Thursday, March 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at their Bakersfield Office ~ 1675 Chester Avenue, Ste. 401, Bakersfield CA 93301.

    Optimal officials say they are looking for caring individuals who are interested in donating a little time to hospice patients and their families. Bi-lingual speakers, hair stylists, seamstresses, karaoke singers, pet therapy teams, veterans and other individuals in the Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, Tehachapi, Delano, McFarland, Lamont/Arvin, and other Kern County communities who just want to make a difference in the lives of others are encouraged to call.

    Every person has something to give. Training is provided free of charge and they'll work around your schedule.

    If you would like to save your seat or get more information about the programs offered, call the volunteer department at 661-716-4000 or email rfrankhouser@optimalcares.com.

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  • 03/04/15--18:37: Every dog has its day
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA - They say every dog has its day. Friday is the day for one shelter dog that has spent nearly her entire life, three years, in a kennel at the Bakersfield SPCA. Her name is Minnie.

    "Every thing people really want in a dog, she has. And yet, she's never been able to get out of here," said Julie Johnson, Executive Director of the Bakersfield SPCA.

    Minnie came to the Bakersfield SPCA as a puppy. She was adopted out for nine days, but the adopters returned her. Too high energy, they said.

    Since then, Minnie presses for pets through her metal cage. Her dark kennel has been her home in spite of efforts.

    Last year, KGET featured Minnie at the Unleash Your Love adoption event, but nothing. But this week, Wings of Rescue called and Minnie got a chance.

    "Right away, we said, oh my gosh, Minnie," said Julie Johnson.

    Wings of Rescue is a non-profit that takes animals needing the most help and flies them to areas where there are few shelter pets and more are wanted.

    "They were just heart broken to think that a dog had spent pretty much their whole life here," said Julie Johnson.

    "Minnie's story is very special and very touching. And, if anybody deserves to fly to freedom, it's going to be her," said Yehuda Netanel, Wings of Rescue Founder and pilot.

    Wings of Rescue has already featured Minnie and her story on its Facebook page. People reading it are saying things like, "You have just made me cry."

    They will be tears of joy because the non-profit has named Friday's flight to the Pacific Northwest "Minnie's Freedom Flight." Her plane will have an insignia with her name on it. And, no more cages for Minnie. She will ride shotgun in the co-pilot's seat.

    "It is the biggest reward we can have as pilots and that's what gives us the motivation to keep on doing it," said Yehuda Netanel

    "They have made such a hype about Minnie, there are already people lined up waiting to adopt her. So this is just not going from one place to another. This is Minnie is going to a home," said Julie Johnson.

    Instead of waiting for someone to chose her, Minnie will pick her family, leaving a locked cage for a loaded life of love.

    "She needs that other home to get into and be a loving family dog and this way we finally get her that chance," said Julie Johnson.

    The flight is this Friday morning. It's not open to the public, but we will be there to see Minnie and the others off. Along with Minnie, Wings of Rescue is flying more than 100 other pets from our local shelters to their new homes.

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    If you're looking for a new job, there's a local resource you should take advantage of.

    You can also ge resume assistance and job leads available weekdays at all DHS locations in Kern County. Visit www.KCDHS.org for location information. The JobFest series continues through June, 2015.

    • Lake Isabella JobFest will take place on Thursday, March 12th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at The Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. The Unemployment rate in the Kern River Valley is 11.8%.

    • Shafter JobFest will take place Thursday, March 26th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Avenue. Shafter’s unemployment rate is 17.9%.

    • Taft JobFest takes place on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at The Historic Fort, 915 N. 10th Street, Taft. Taft’s unemployment rate is 9.7%

    • Ridgecrest JobFest will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at the Kerr McGee Center, 100 S. California Ave in Ridgecrest from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ridgecrest’s unemployment rate is 5.5%.

    • Bakersfield JobFest will take place on Thursday, May 21st at The Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Bakersfield’s unemployment rate is 6.8%.

    • Delano JobFest will take place on Thursday, June 18th at Cesar Chavez High School, 800 Browning Road, in Delano, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Delano’s unemployment rate is 27.9%

    Employers with current job openings are invited to participate at no cost. Contact Brandon Evans at 661.631.6041 to receive an Employer Participation Commitment Form for your local job fair.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Art lovers have a unique chance to see local young artists display their work.

    March is Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education.

    According to the Council, the event emphasizes the value of art education and encourages people to support art programs in school.

    The Bakersfield display for Youth Art Month will will be open to the public from March 6th- 27th.

    The Younger Gallery is hosting the display and will have a reception March 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

    Admission is free and awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

    This year's participating schools include:

    Bakersfield High School

    Foothill High School

    Garces High School

    Highland High School

    Independence High School

    Liberty High School

    North High School

    South High School

    Stockdale High School

    Vista Continuation High School

    For more information, please contact: Hank Washington or Rita Torres at 661-831-3680 or e-mail wash33@khsd.k12.ca.us

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- NASA’s airborne science mission is making its last flights.

    This will be the fifth and final year of flights for the Global Hawk research aircraft.

    It is remotely controlled and will track the transport of water vapor into the upper atmosphere.

    The mission continues to focus on the transport and exchange of greenhouse gases, in particular water vapor, in the tropical tropopause region of the atmosphere.

    Studies show that even slight changes in the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere can warm the surface temperature by absorbing thermal radiation rising from the surface.

    Scientists consider the tropical tropopause to be the gateway for transport of water vapor, ozone and other gases into the stratosphere. For this mission, the Global Hawk will fly in the tropical tropopause layer (from altitudes of 45,000 to 60,000 feet) near the equator over the Pacific Ocean, providing measurements in this critical atmospheric layer.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Bakersfield Police are looking fro the public’s help in finding two forgery suspects.

    According to police, the man and woman team went into the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Rosedale.

    Detectives said the man used a stolen credit card to make a purchase.

    Police said the pair fled in a U-Haul truck.

    The male suspect is described as a: white male late 30’s to early 40’s, 5’10”, heavy build, short black balding hair, dark beard, wearing a grey hood sweatshirt with logo on the front blue jeans and black work boots.

    The suspect’s female accomplice, who is wanted for questioning only, is described as a: white female, late 30’s, 5’8”, medium build, wearing a black sweatshirt with large logo on back, dark pants, black and white athletic shoes with a dark backpack.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Andrew Burich at (661) 326-3543 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.


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    (NBC News) Under fire for using private instead of government email when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday asked the State Department to make all of her emails public. 

    Clinton sent a tweet Wednesday night shortly after 11:30 reading "I want the public to see my email. I asked state to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."

    The recent disclosure that Clinton used a private email address for official government business has shadowed her potential presidential campaign.

    Wednesday night's tweet was the first time she publicly commented on the controversy. 

    The House Select Committee on Benghazi issued subpoenas Wednesday for some of Clinton's emails, which were housed on a private server in her home, not on secure government servers. 


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    LOS ANGELES, CA- Actor Harrison Ford was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a single-engine plane he was piloting crashed onto a Venice golf course shortly after takeoff.

    Residents are being asked to avoid the area near Penmar Golf Club in the 1200 block of Rose Avenue in Venice.

    Aerial footage showed a small single-engine plane crashed on the ground, and one person being treated by paramedics and being transported to a hospital.

    TMZ first reported that the plane was piloted by Ford, a longtime pilot. The information was later confirmed by NBC4.

    Ford was piloting a vintage World War II training plane.

    "We saw this beautiful plane. It looks like a plane I see often, leaving from Santa Monica Airport. Must have hit top of tree," said Howard Teba, who was at the golf course when the plane crashed.

    Teba said it appeared that the pilot was the only person on board the plane.

    The plane crashed on the golf course just west of the airport shortly after takeoff from the Santa Monica Airport, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

     


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  • 03/05/15--16:13: Police seek theft suspect
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA- Bakersfield police are looking for a man they say stole from a local Salvation Army Store.

    Police say the suspect went into the store and took clothing without paying.

    The suspect is described as a: white male, late 40’s, 5’8”-6’0”, 180-200 lbs., tattoos on arms, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Dave Jordan at (661) 326-3561 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.


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    (NBC)- A train loaded with crude oil derailed, catching some of its cars on fire, in Illinois Thursday while traveling through a rural area of the state, authorities said. There were no injuries reported, but at least two of the 103 train cars carrying crude oil were set ablaze.

    The train derailed at around 1:20 p.m. local time (2:20 p.m. ET) near Galena, a town of about 3,400 people in the northwestern part of the state near the Iowa border, BNSF Railway said in a statement. At least five of the train cars derailed, emergency officials said.

    The scene of the derailment is near the Mississippi River, and there is a concern that oil and other materials on the train may spill into the waterway, a spokesperson for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said. State and federal EPA officials were en route to the scene of the derailment Thursday afternoon.

    BNSF on Thursday evening couldn't immediately say how many train cars derailed, and said the cause of the accident was not yet known. The company said the train consisted of 105 loaded cars, and all but two of those contained crude oil; the other two were buffer cars loaded with sand. The company did not say how much oil was on the train.

    The Federal Railroad Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to the scene of the crash. Galena City Administrator Mark Moran said the crash site is about 3-and-a-half miles south of the city. There were no evacuations ordered and there is no threat to any structures, he said.

    "Protection of the communities we serve, the safety of our employees and protection of the environment are our highest priorities," BNSF said in a statement.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Oilfield service giant Baker Hughes is warning county supervisors layoffs are coming to the company's plant in Shafter.

    In a letter to the board of supervisors dated February 26, Baker Hughes said some 50 employees in California will get pink, slips including some in Shafter.

    The letter did not specify how many or the types of positions involved, but the layoffs were expected to come down between February 26 and March 12, 2015.

    The company had blamed the layoffs on lower crude oil prices.



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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Optimal Hospice is looking for volunteers. Whether it's a skill or just time, organizers say everyone has something to offer.

    Assistant volunteer coordinator Karen Budnick says volunteers play an important role in hospice.

    Budnick said, "They're able to give family members a break so that they can step away and some times it's just so they can go to the grocery store or go to a doctor's appointment."

    Thursday morning, new volunteers learned more about their role.

    "It's end of life, which I think that a lot of us are not comfortable with the end of life, but when you realize that it's living life to the fullest and helping somebody do that, it really captures your heart," said Budnick.

    Volunteer Tim Brewer said, "There's a whole lot of satisfaction in just giving, period."

    Brewer is part of the veteran to veteran program, providing support to patients and family members who served in the military.

    "We would love to have more veteran volunteers, pet therapy, really any type of volunteers. We have volunteers that cut hair, massage, visit, listen to wonderful stories," said Budnick.

    No matter what your specialty, the compassion is welcome.

    If you'd like to get involved, call Optimal Hospice volunteer department 661-716-4000.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Bakersfield man convicted for the beating death of his wife was sentenced today to 15 years to life.
         
    Prosecutors said Jorge Aceves-Cortez killed his wife Maria in October 2013 in front of their children.
         
    They say Maria Cortez was trying to leave the abusive relationship when she was killed.
         
    Aceves-Cortez was convicted of second-degree murder.
         
    Aceves-Cortez received the maximum sentence.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Bakersfield city councilman is hoping to follow in Taft's footsteps by establishing a citywide ban on the use of the designer synthetic drugs bath salts and Spice.

    At the city council meeting on March 4, Councilman Chris Parlier asked the legislative and litigation committee to consider crafting a new ordinance prohibiting the sale of both drugs in Bakersfield.
         
    Bath salts are a synthetic stimulant sometimes sold in convenience shops with the warning "not for human consumption," but when taken can have similar affects to amphetamines or cocaine.
         
    Spice is a form of synthetic marijuana, marketed as a "safe," legal alternative to the drug. 
         
    In addition to Taft's passage of a similar ordinance last month, Parlier cited a ride-along he took with the Bakersfield police department as inspiration for the idea.

    During that ride, he encountered a person under the influence of bath salts.

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  • 03/06/15--13:06: New GET facility postponed
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA - Golden Empire Transit has put off plans to build a new transportation building for now.

    According to GET spokesperson Gina Hayden, the board voted this week to temporarily halt the $39 million project so staff can produce a risk assessment.
         
    In December, the city of Bakersfield reached an agreement with the high speed rail authority to review a proposed new route that will have less enviromental impact on Bakersfield.
         
    But the planned route would impact GET's new transporation building.
         
    The rail authority confirmed it may take up to two years for them to reach a decision.
         
    Hayden said a new site for the transportation building may be chosen by summer 2016.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern High School District has announced today that Centennial High School has a new head varsity football coach. Chad Brown will take over coaching duties for the Golden Hawks this season. Brown is currently the head varsity football coach at North High School.

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