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This is the latest local news happening right now in Bakersfield CA. The sources of these stories are from BakersfieldCalifornian.com the local news paper, TurnTo23.com KERO 23 TV news station, BakersfieldNow.com 29 Eyewitness News, and KGET.com KGET TV 17. The feed is updated every fifteen minutes, checking for more Bakersfield news! Click the title to read the whole news story and see videos.

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Verizon Phone Service Out In Western Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Folks living in western Kern County who have Verizon landline service for their phone may have trouble making a phone call. 

Deputies say the service in western Kern County is down due to a cut cable.  What's making matters more difficult, McFarland Police Department has no landline phone service or 9-1-1 service.  So the sheriff's department is handling emergency and non-emergency calls for the department. 

Verizon is working on repairing the outage.  There have not been any cellular outages reported. 

Citizens in affected areas can call the Sheriff’s Office for service on cellular phones in most areas. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call 661-861-3110. When calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone keep in mind the call taker in the communications center will not have information on the location you are calling from so that information will have to be provided by the caller.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 3:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

North Of The River To Modify Spray Park Schedule

In a release Tuesday, North of the River Recreation and Park District said it will be modifying the irrigation schedule for its parks as well as adjusting the schedules of the eight water spray parks within the district.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 2:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Phone Service Outage In West Kern County

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public of an ongoing phone service outage.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 2:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Four Nor Spray Parks Shutting Down

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Officials with the North of the River Recreation and Park District (NOR), say because of  the drought resolution passed by the State Water Resources Control Board July 15, they will be modifying the irrigation schedule for its parks as well as adjusting the schedules of the eight water spray parks within the district.

The following water spray parks will close for the season on August 1st:
Emerald Cove Park - 4303 Patton Way
San Lauren Park - 4101 Mohawk Street
Sears Park - 444 Norris Road
Silver Oak Park - 15855 Opus One Drive

The remaining four spray parks will operate on a reduced schedule from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. until September 1st. Those parks are:
North Meadows Park - 3300 McCray
Madison Grove Park - 10115 Norris Road
Riverview Park - 401 Willow Drive
Polo Community Park - 11801 Noriega Road

Irrigation on general turf areas will be reduced by two thirds by August 1 and they will be reducing water on athletic fields by varying degrees, depending on their usage and conditions, as well as to ensure safe playing surfaces for their participants. “NOR shares the concern of every resident within the state in regard to our perilous water situation,” says David McArthur, General Manager. “We will work hard toward keeping our facilities in good shape, with the safety of our participants always in the forefront, while still observing the state water mandate.”

For more information, please contact the District Office at 661-392-2000.
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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Mandatory Water Regulations Go Into Effect Early

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Mandatory water restrictions that were supposed to take effect August 1, has taken effect Tuesday, according to the State Water Resources Board. After getting an emergency approval, the water board decided to do enforcement earlier than planned.

With this regulation, all Californians are expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. The regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances.

Larger water suppliers are required to activate their Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a level where outdoor irrigation restrictions are mandatory. In communities where no water shortage contingency plan exists, the regulation requires that water suppliers either limit outdoor irrigation to twice a week or implement other comparable conservation actions. Finally, large urban water suppliers must report water use on a monthly basis to track progress beginning Aug. 15.

Local agencies could ask courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement the conservation requirements of the regulation, in addition to their existing authorities and processes. Compliance with prohibitions and water agency restrictions on customer water use will be locally enforced. The State Water Board could initiate enforcement actions against water agencies that don’t comply with the new regulations. Failure to comply with a State Water Board enforcement order by water agencies is subject to up to a $10,000 a day penalty. To report state agency water waste, visit http://www.saveourh2o.org/report-water-waste


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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Mandatory Water Regulation Goes Into Effect

A mandatory water conservation emergency regulation went into effect Tuesday, according to the State water officials.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Aaa Experts Recommend Travel Health Insurance

Something you normally don't think about while planning a summer vacation-what if I get hurt?

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

'first Look': Sports Night At Luigi's Brings Retired Pro Athletes Together For Fundraiser

From the Yankees to the Phillies to the Olympics. Local athletes who made it big back in the day are coming together for a meet-and-greet and Sports Night at Luigi's.

The event hopes to raise funds for the Kern Adult Literacy Council and help the organization continue to make significant strides in reducing illiteracy. Path to Full Story

Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Photo gallery: santa Delivers Christmas In July To Hospital

Dressed in his summer attire, Santa visited San Joaquin Community Hospital Tuesday with gifts for children, and to draw attention to Toys for Tots.

Santa worked with Marines to pass out presents to kids in the hospital. People could also drop off items for Toys for Tots to pass out in December. Path to Full Story

Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

To Brick Or Not To Brick; What's Your Solution?

Bakersfield officials have, for now, decided to postpone the Aug. 4 removal of 5,349 commemorative bricks and teal-colored tiles from Centennial Plaza.

But before the City Council votes on Aug. 13 about what to do with the bricks, we want to hear your suggestions. Path to Full Story

Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

'first Look': Richard Beene Discusses Solution To Centennial Plaza Bricks Removal

Each engraved brick and tile in front of the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center has a story behind it. Whether it's in loving memory of a family member or in honor of a wedding anniversary, the bricks are more than just clay squares.

When the city's Public Works Department announced the bricks would be dug up without consulting residents, many people had something to say. Path to Full Story

Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 1:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

North Of The River Modifying Spray Park, Watering Schedules

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Officials with the North of the River Recreation and Park District (NOR), say because of  the drought resolution passed by the State Water Resources Control Board July 15, they will be modifying the irrigation schedule for its parks as well as adjusting the schedules of the eight water spray parks within the district.

The following water spray parks will close for the season on August 1st:
Emerald Cove Park - 4303 Patton Way
San Lauren Park - 4101 Mohawk Street
Sears Park - 444 Norris Road
Silver Oak Park - 15855 Opus One Drive

The remaining four spray parks will operate on a reduced schedule from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. until September 1st. Those parks are:
North Meadows Park - 3300 McCray
Madison Grove Park - 10115 Norris Road
Riverview Park - 401 Willow Drive
Polo Community Park - 11801 Noriega Road

Irrigation on general turf areas will be reduced by two thirds by August 1 and they will be reducing water on athletic fields by varying degrees, depending on their usage and conditions, as well as to ensure safe playing surfaces for their participants. “NOR shares the concern of every resident within the state in regard to our perilous water situation,” says David McArthur, General Manager. “We will work hard toward keeping our facilities in good shape, with the safety of our participants always in the forefront, while still observing the state water mandate.”

For more information, please contact the District Office at 661-392-2000.
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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 12:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Mandatory Water Regulations Goes Into Effect

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Mandatory water restrictions that were supposed to take effect August 1, has taken effect Tuesday, according to the State Water Resources Board. After getting an emergency approval, the water board decided to do enforcement earlier than planned.

With this regulation, all Californians are expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. The regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances.

Larger water suppliers are required to activate their Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a level where outdoor irrigation restrictions are mandatory. In communities where no water shortage contingency plan exists, the regulation requires that water suppliers either limit outdoor irrigation to twice a week or implement other comparable conservation actions. Finally, large urban water suppliers must report water use on a monthly basis to track progress beginning Aug. 15.

Local agencies could ask courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement the conservation requirements of the regulation, in addition to their existing authorities and processes. Compliance with prohibitions and water agency restrictions on customer water use will be locally enforced. The State Water Board could initiate enforcement actions against water agencies that don’t comply with the new regulations. Failure to comply with a State Water Board enforcement order by water agencies is subject to up to a $10,000 a day penalty. To report state agency water waste, visit http://www.saveourh2o.org/report-water-waste


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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 12:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Wb Sr58 Closed At Keene Due To Overturned Bigrig

Westbound SR58is closed at Keene due to an overturnedbigrig loaded with hay, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 12:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Crash Kills Pedestrian In Southwest Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Police are investigating a Tuesday morning crash that killed a pedestrian in southwest Bakersfield. 

Officers were dispatched just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to the area of Wilson Road and Edgemont Drive.  Police say a 2011 Chevrolet 2500 pick-up was being driven by a 29-year-old man westbound on Wilson Rd. when, for as yet unknown reasons, the driver left the road way onto the north sidewalk, across Westholme Blvd. where the driver struck and killed an adult male pedestrian. It has not yet been determined where the pedestrian was positioned when he was impacted by the vehicle.

Police say the truck came to rest between a tree and a residence on the northwest corner of Wilson Rd. and Westholme Blvd.

It does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in this collision.  The investigation is on-going.  If you have information regarding this case, call Officer Tim Berchtold at (661) 326-3967 or Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111.
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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 11:45 AM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

2 Tornadoes Touch Down In Denver Metro

The 24/7 Weather team says at least two tornadoes touched down in the Denver metro area Monday.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 9:30 AM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Pedestrian Killed Near Castle Elementary

A portion of Wilson Rd. is closed after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a truck early Tuesday morning.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 9:30 AM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Bpd Warns Of Multiple Scams Taking Place

The Bakersfield Police Department has been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams occurring in the community.

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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 9:30 AM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Keeping Kids Safe In And Around Cars

BAKERSFIELD,CA- Tuesday morning, the Department of Human Services is requesting the board of supervisors to proclaim August as purple ribbon month. It's an effort to curb the number of children who die of heatstroke after being left in a hot car.

Under Kaitlyn's Law, no child in California under six can be left in a car unattended without the supervision of someone 13 years or older.

The law is named after 6-month-old Kaitlyn Marie Russell who died after being left alone in a hot car.

A 10-month-old from Kansas is the latest victim of heatstroke after being left alone in a hot car.

"There have been 18 fatalities so far nationwide. Sadly, that includes two in California and one of those fatalities sadly was here in Bakersfield," said Heidi Carter-Escudero with the Department of Human Services.

Carter-Escudero said temperatures in a car can jump 30 degrees in half an hour.

To give you an idea of how quickly it can get dangerously hot, we tracked the temperature inside a car with a sensor.

The starting temperature once the a/c in the car was turned off was 77.7 degrees which was 20 degrees cooler than outside.

A half hour later the temperature inside jumped nearly 20 degrees to 94.2.

According to the website KidsandCars.org, an advocacy group that promotes child safety in and around cars, 44 children died of heatstroke after being left alone in a vehicle last year.

"51 percent of the time an adult has accidentally left a child behind," said Carter-Escudero.

Carter-Escudero says parents should create habits to avoid an accident.

"Put your cell phone in your purse or your brief case or your lunch bag back in the back seat with the baby because you're never going to forget that when you are going into work. In spite of the fact that your child is more important, it's all about habits."

Six hundred and six children left in hot cars have died of heatstroke in the United States since 1998.

According to a study by San Fransisco State University, of those, 29 percent were playing in a car unattended and a child was intentionally left inside 18 percent of the time.

"Time yourself the next time you're just going to jump into the grocery store and pick up a few items. Because I've never been able to go in and out in less than 20 minutes just about anywhere. Twenty minutes can be fatal," said Carter-Escudero.
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Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 8:45 AM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

'first Look': First News For July 29

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

STRIKING BUS DRIVER FERRIES RIDERS ON HIS OWN TIME: Golden Empire Transit driver Scot Knoy hasn't been behind the wheel of his bus for two weeks, not since he and his fellow drivers went on strike July 15. But that hasn't kept him from helping two elderly customers get around town in a much smaller vehicle -- his own car. Knoy helps the two elderly locals load up on food at the grocery stores and may even make a quick stop at Walmart. When it appeared a strike was inevitable, Knoy, a GET driver for six years, told the two women to call him whenever they needed a ride. Path to Full Story

Posted: Tuesday Jul-29-2014 8:00 AM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News