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- 06/11/15--16:24: _City holds swimsuit...
- 06/12/15--07:36: _Youth mental health...
- 06/12/15--08:22: _'Water 101' meeting...
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- 06/12/15--12:12: _VFW convention comi...
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- 06/12/15--12:48: _KCFD awards to reco...
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- 06/12/15--14:27: _Lawsuit filed again...
- 06/12/15--15:18: _Gov. Brown announce...
- 06/12/15--16:07: _KCSO arrest 20-year...
- 06/12/15--18:28: _Kern veterans need ...
- 06/12/15--19:34: _Kern County firefig...
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- 06/15/15--16:33: _Water meeting tonig...
- 06/15/15--23:22: _Impacts of new grou...
- 06/16/15--07:46: _Potential job oppor...
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- 06/11/15--16:24: City holds swimsuit drive for needy
- 06/12/15--07:36: Youth mental health training for Kern County agencies
- 06/12/15--08:22: 'Water 101' meeting to discuss new drought regulations
- 06/12/15--09:16: Plan to drain Lake Ming could save water treatment plant
- 06/12/15--12:12: VFW convention coming to Bakersfield
- 06/12/15--12:19: Senior water rights holders cutting back on water use
- 06/12/15--12:48: KCFD awards to recognize firefighters and community members
- 06/12/15--12:57: Pet of the Week for June 12
- 06/12/15--14:27: Lawsuit filed against Kern county detention deputies
- 06/12/15--15:18: Gov. Brown announces drought relief aid
- 06/12/15--16:07: KCSO arrest 20-year-old man for murder
- 06/12/15--18:28: Kern veterans need help
- 06/12/15--19:34: Kern County firefighters recognize their own
- 06/13/15--12:40: Free speech rights challenged at First Friday
- 06/15/15--16:33: Water meeting tonight for community members
- 06/15/15--23:22: Impacts of new groundwater legislation
- 06/16/15--07:46: Potential job opportunities heading to Kern County
- 06/16/15--10:46: Bakersfield to host NHL preseason game
- 06/16/15--11:11: Concert lineup for Kern County Fair announced
- 06/16/15--12:02: How to get a fan from the 17News Fan Drive
People who donate swimsuits on Friday June 12 will get to swim for free.
The donated swimsuits will be cleaned by Today Cleaners and distributed to those in need.
All city pools require swimsuits because the city says it's a safety requirement.
If you miss out on June 12, you can still donate suits throughout the month of June.
Friday, June 12
Public swim: 1pm-4:30pm
Jefferson Pool (Beale & Bernard)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool (east California & South Owens)
McMurtrey Aquatic Center (Q & 13th)
Public swim: 1-4pm
Silver Creek Pool (Harris & Reliance)
For more information, call 852-7430 or visit www.bakersfieldswim.us
The National Youth Mental Health First Aid program has been rolled out in Kern County for just under a month now.
Teachers, probation officers and public servants are now gathering together to find ways to better support young people in our county who may be battling mental illness.
There are countless emotional and social developmental stages of a teenager. These participants are learning how to get inside the mind of young people and throw away the labels that stigmatize mental illness.
The eight hour training teaches people from many local agencies not to diagnose mental illness, but how to detect when a youth may need help.
The training is free, thanks to a grant awarded to the Kern County Superintended of Schools. It teaches a five-step action plan to assess a situation, intervene and secure appropriate care.
The next training will be held on July 29. The location is to be determined. To sign up or to schedule a workshop for 20 people or more, contact the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.
The number is 661-852-5663.
That's where Dan Tanner found himself Friday. The Vietnam Army veteran went on Honor Flight in 2014, one of the first Vietnam survivors to make the trip. But now, he's asking for help, because he says a family member stole all of his money.
"I had enough money with me to make it until July, and I don't wanna say who stole it, but I know who stole my money and I'm kinda stranded," Tanner said.
After returning from Honor Flight last May, Tanner moved to Colorado with his son. He came back to Bakersfield to visit his grandchildren, and now he's broke.
Kern County Veteran Services director Dick Taylor says Tanner's story is not unique.
"The thing that happens most often is if a family member is a signer on their checking account, if they have a joint account, that can happen pretty easily," Taylor said.
Tanner has a place to stay, but no money to live on, nothing to buy food with until his next government check arrives in July.
"Just trying to get enough money to survive on, to eat on," Tanner said. "Or go back to Colorado. Because I can't make it here broke."
Taylor said his office is equipped to help veterans in need with anything from food to housing and benefits claims.
"We have a number of resources that the average citizen would not be aware of that we can refer them to," Taylor said. "The rewarding thing is that there are those resources available that some vets just aren't aware of."
The awards handed out include:
Medal of Merit - Captain Glen Maki - for exemplary, meritorious off-duty actions protecting lives and property during the Way Fire in Wofford Heights.
Lifesaving Medal - Community members Lisa Baker, Richard Brocker, and Shawn Gossage - for saving the life of a man
in cardiac arrest by providing CPR and defibrillation at a gym in Ridgecrest.
Community members Mario Taylor and Camille Szayer - for saving the life of a man in cardiac arrest by providing CPR when he was driven to a service station in Boron.
Fire Dispatcher of the Year - Fire Dispatcher II Blake Oxford - for excellent performance in public safety dispatching.
Engine Company 61 - Captain Moses Neal, Engineer Coleman Souers, and Firefighter Jacob Ricker for rescuing a man from an apartment fire in Bakersfield.
Letter of Commendation - Captain Butch Agosta - for demonstrating leadership and service in the development and training of structure firefighting tactics for firefighters.
Helicopter Pilot Scott Beck - for planning and coordinating the Southern California Inter agency Night Vision Goggle Fire Suppression Drill 2014, involving aircraft and crews from around the state in nighttime live-wildfire training in Tehachapi.
Engineer Geoffrey Van - for demonstrating achievement and service in the development of structure fire ventilation, thermal imaging camera (TIC), and tiller truck driver training for firefighters.
Good Samaritan Award - Community member Thomas Rockwell - for demonstrating selfless concern while helping people
involved in a vehicle accident in Weldon, followed by driving an uninjured couple home to Apple Valley, inspiring the establishment of this award.
Community members Hansel Borges and Celena Bertone - for supporting the efforts to save the life of a man in cardiac arrest at a gym in Ridgecrest.
It is designed to give a breakdown of new drought regulations to homeowners.
The water association of Kern County is hosting Water 101.
It's a chance for folks to learn more about new water regulations, how Kern County gets its water, and new groundwater legislation.
The meeting is free, and open to the public, tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers on Truxtun Avenue.
County Supervisor David Couch announced the need to create a plan for regulating groundwater, before one is forced upon us.
That announcement came during Monday night's "Water 101" educational meeting at the Supervisors Chambers. While most of the meeting centered on where Kern County's water comes from and how it is regulated, Supervisor David Couch went over the state's new groundwater legislation.
For the first time in history, the Golden State will regulate the amount of water that can be pumped from the ground under the "Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014".
County Supervisor David Couch said, groundwater regulations will affect everyone.
He said it was enacted to address groundwater depletions in many parts of the state, including Kern County.
But, if a portion of the groundwater supply is reduced, Couch said it will impact all sectors of the economy, whether it be agriculture, oil, manufacturing, or urban development.
He said one of the first things the county must do under the new legislation is form a "Groundwater Sustainability Agency" by 2017.
The agency will be tasked with developing a "Groundwater Sustainability Plan" to be approved by the Department of Water Resources by 2020.
David Couch said, "if we don't come up with a plan that is approved by the Department of Water Resources, they will come in to any basin that doesn't achieve those things, and they will tell you how you are going to run your business. They will tell you how much groundwater you are going to pump, when you are going to pump it, and how you are going to do it"
Supervisor Couch says he is confident Kern County can achieve what the state wants. And, the possibility of the state coming in to regulate our groundwater, serves as motivation for all water agencies and local governments to work together, and find a solution.
Yet the Kern Economic Development Corporation says new jobs may soon be coming to Kern County and industries with the most rising number of jobs may surprise you.
According to the Kern EDC, the unemployment rate in Kern County is 10.3 percent, much higher than the 6.3 percent state rate.
Yet the Kern EDC told me at least seven companies are actively considering moving their business to different parts of Kern County. The Kern EDC says these employers are attracted to the skilled workers who reside here.
People lined up around Rabobank Arena in May, hoping to get one of the 3100 jobs filled that day during the Bakersfield Job Fest. But the agency that recruits businesses to town says more jobs are on the way.
Kern EDC says they can't reveal company names, but five major projects in their pipeline have the potential to provide oil and Ag related jobs.
One, called Project Ash, has already leased property in Kern County and plans to hire 100 people within the next 9 months to a year. Hiring will eventually expand to 500 people.
Two other projects are in the fastest growing job sector in the county: retail and warehousing.
2500 jobs were added to distribution centers and retail stores in the last year. Restaurants and lodging saw an increase of 2000 jobs. Healthcare saw 1000 new jobs and the government sector increased by 1400 jobs.
The Ross distribution center in Shafter is hiring 500 employees right now.
Visit their website at jobs.rossstores.com. And the Delano Job Fest is this Thursday at Cesar Chavez high school in Delano.
Seventy local employers are expected from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
The Arizona Cyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings on September 21 at 7 p.m.
The Coyotes are the designated “home team” for the matchup, which will be the Kings first preseason game of the 2015-16 season.
Tickets for the game, which start at just $29, go on sale July 10th at 10:00 AM, and will be available at the Rabobank Arena Box Office, Charge-By-Phone at 800.745.3000, and at ticketmaster.com.
The 2015 Kern County Fair will open up with The Beach Boys on September 23, 2015 on the Budweiser Pavilion.
The 2015 Kern County Fair runs September 23 thru October 4, 2015 and has lined up a variety of music from classic rock and country to hot-latin, according to fair organizers.
All concerts are Free with the price of admission.
“We are thrilled with this year’s line-up and think fairgoers will have a great time,” said Mike Olcott, Chief Executive Officer of the Kern County Fair.
2015 BUDWEISER PAVILION CONCERT SERIES
· Wed. 9/23 BUD PAV – Beach Boys – Rock - 8:00pm
· Thur. 9/24 BUD PAV - Blue Oyster Cult – Rock - 8:00pm
· Fri. 9/25 BUD PAV - Ashanti - R & B - 8:00pm
· Sat 9/26 Bud PAV - John Anderson – Country - 8:00pm
· Sun. 9/27 BUD PAV - MARIACHI Campanas de America 8:00pm
· Mon- 9/28 - Parmalee - 8:00pm -
· Tue. 9/29 BUD PAV - Loverboy – R & B - 8:00pm
· Wed. 9/30 BUD PAV - Three Dog Night - R & B - 8:00pm
· Thur. 10/1 BUD PAV - Newsboys – Christian - 8:00pm
· Fri. 10/2 BUD PAV - Ozomatli – Latin Sound - 8:00pm
· Sat. 10/3 BUD PAV - Maddie & Tae – Country - 8:00pm
· Sun. 10/4 BUD PAV - Ezequiel Peña – Hispanic- 8:00pm
The drive collects new or gently used fans as well as cash and check donations. The goal is to help less fortunate people in our community keep cool during the summer months.
But how do you get one of the donated fans?
There are three ways to apply for a fan according to the Volunteer Center.
-You can call the Volunteer Center starting tomorrow (Wednesday, June 17) at 395-9787
-You can fill out a form at their office, located at 1420 H St.
-You can fill out a form at the drive tomorrow
(The Volunteer Center will also be taking applications until Thursday and Friday)
The phone line to request a fan will not open until Wednesday.