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Friday, February 16th, 2018

Southern California's winter is flip-flopping again from cloudy, damp and cool to clear, warm and windy. The low-pressure system that brought some showers this week has moved east and will be replaced by warming Santa Ana winds in Los Angeles and Ventura counties  through today. Winter rainfall remains well below normal in the region. Downtown Los Angeles has recorded less than 2 inches since Oct.1, about 7 inches less than average.

A federal appeals court has found that President Donald Trump's latest ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that it examined statements made by Trump and other administration officials, as well as the ban itself, and concluded it is "unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam."

It is offcially Whiskey Flat Weekend and that means a lot of activity around the valley. The street dance will happen this evening from 6 to 8 pm. The parade will get underway tomorrow morning at 10am and the parks and streets will be filled with something for every age. Check out the Rodeo tomorrow and Sunday, the Western Encampment, the carnival, and the contests on Piute Street at Circle park. If you need to get to a business on Piute this weekend, there is 20 minute handicap parking on Tobias between Scodie and Piute. Enter from Scodie. If you want to see a full schedule of events, log onto Kern River Radio dot com with your smart device. Enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The latest United States Drought Monitor Report was released this morning and it's more bad news for Kern County. Most of our area is now classified as "Severe Drought" status. According to the report, "Exacerbating the situation has been the very poor Water Year, with precipitation-to-date totaling less than 25 percent of normal over large tracts of southern California and the Southwest; Severe Drought (D2) was expanded accordingly to reflect the driest areas."

Whiskey Flat Days are here and the Kern River Valley is going to fill with families and friends to experience a step back in time. There's the Friday Night Street Dance at Circle park with the the RiverWind Band. The parade begins at 10am Saturday and travels through town, the carnival will be set up at Riverside Park, the rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, the old west encampment, and vendors offering crafts and food will line the parks and the streets. Contests like the Whiskerino, costume contests, pet costume contest, and of course the frog races will happen on Piute on the back side of Circle park. Come out and enjoy. Our thanks of course to the Kernville Chamber of Commerce and all the volunteers that make this happen. 

Marijuana shop owner David Abbasi is fighting a lonely war against some of the most powerful, influential groups in Kern County. Supervisors, political consultants, county lawyers, county planners and opposing cannabis groups. He said they're all out to get him. Abbasi’s claims of bribery, influence peddling and retribution have widened an existing rift on the Kern County Board of Supervisors over the regulation of marijuana. His close friendship with Supervisor Leticia Perez and her husband Fernando Jara has only intensified the conflict. Abbasi says he has audio, video and other proof that his claims are real. But, despite repeated requests from reporters for detailed proof, he has been reluctant to release more than a few texts and readily-available public records.Abbasi said he is reserving that evidence for a corruption lawsuit against the county.

Want to be in a movie? Hot on the heels of filming at the Fox Theater for "Oildale" is news that a Hollywood production is looking for a few good extras. The production team for the upcoming “The Devil Has A Name," which will be in Bakersfield filming on March 5, would like some locals to fill out a couple of key scenes. The film is being directed by actor Edward James Olmos, who also stars in the comedy about love, life and the American Way, centered on an eccentric farmer, played by David Strathairn , who meets the enemy of a lifetime. Extras will be in scenes alongside stars Olmos, Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Pablo Shreiber and Haley Joel Osment.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Tuesday, the Kern County District Attorney's Office confirmed they are investigating "all allegations of criminal activity" involving the Kern County Board of Supervisors. Lisa Green, District Attorney, said there have been a lot of allegations including bribery and exploitation, and her office started its own investigation of the claims on February 8, 2018. This is a major development after about a month of claims of criminal activity swirling around the supervisors. The main targets of the allegations are Supervisor Mike Maggard and Supervisor Leticia Perez. At the center of the conflict is pot.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told CNN on Wednesday that the panel decided Tuesday night to launch an investigation.

Authorities say one person was killed when a car flew off Pacific Coast Highway and plunged into the ocean in Southern California. The California Highway Patrol says a dog was rescued from the submerged vehicle after the crash Tuesday evening near Mugu Rock in Ventura County. All lanes of the PCH were closed while crews pulled the wrecked car out of the water near the surfline. The person who was killed has not been identified.

American snowboarder Shaun White scored a 97.75 on his third and final run on Tuesday on the halfpipe to win his third Olympic Gold after failing to medal in the 2014 Games. The medal marked the United States' 100th gold medal in the history of the Winter Games. Americans have claimed Gold in all four of the snowboard events so far. 

Ready or not, here it comes. The 61st Whiskey Flat Days celebration. Thousands will be in the valley this weekend, so practice your tip of the hat and your best howdy to make everyone feel welcome. The parade will begin at 10 am Saturday so get there early to get a good seat. Remember that access to Sierra Way in and out of Kernville will be very limited from about 8am to 12 noon. Also, handicap parking will be available on Tobias Street by Circle park between Piute and Scodie. There is a 20 minute limit at the provided handicap parking. For a complete schedule and more information, log onto kern river radio dot com and click on the WFD link. 

There is still controlled traffic on 155 at the French Gulch Campground. Give yourself a few extra minutes, and be caution coming around curves in that area. You never know when a line of stopped cars may be around the bend. 

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

President Donald Trump yesterday launched what he calls a "big week" for his infrastructure plan, which envisions $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill a key campaign goal but rely heavily on state and local government budgets to become a reality. The administration's 55-page plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage local and state tax dollars to fix America's infrastructure, such as roads, highways, ports and airports.

Throughout the years, tattoo artists have recognized name tattoos as a popular Valentine's Day gift. Marc Deleon, Owner of Mad Dog Tattoos in Downtown Bakersfield says over the past 24 years, he's seen close to 5-10,000 people get some sort of a name tattooed on their body, but says sometimes people regret it. He said that If we tattoo 10 names, eight of them are getting covered up at some point. Be sure you are sure before you commit. 

Kern County Public Health Services held a news conference yesterday to urge people to choose heart health this Valentine’s Day while skipping the sugary treats. The reason is pretty obvious. Americans are consuming more "sugar added" foods than every before. 

By the way, Happy Fat Tuesday. If you see someone out and about in Mardi Gras style, now you will know why. 

Legal marijuana has turned Kern County government into a muddy mosh pit of criminal and ethical accusations over the past month. The story is complex and the stakes for those involved are high. Some politicians elected to office by the public have been accused of taking bribes and building inappropriately close relationships with special interest lobbying groups. Criminal investigations have been requested.

Police in California City say they're raiding another illegal marijuana-growing operation inside a home. This search is taking place Monday on the 7400 block of California City Boulevard. Police didn't release any additional information. This is the latest in a number of recent pot-grow raids in California City. Police there have reported more than a dozen raids, at least 18 arrests and the seizure of tons of marijuana.

211 Kern County is an information and referral service that transform the way you find resources. It connects people in need to 95,000 different services in Kern County, Merced, Maripose, Kings, Tulare and Stanislaus. The 211 number can help you find thousands of services. Services can include, physical and mental health programs, to finding support for children and families. It's free and available 24 hours, seven days a week.

 America's credit card debt is the highest it's ever been, surpassing one trillion dollars last year, most of which is concentrated in the Southern U.S. Creditcards.com found that San Antonio, Texas carries the heaviest credit card debt burden, with balances high and earnings average or below average. Los Angeles came in fourth in the U.S. 

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A man who attempted to burglarize a home in California City, before ending up in a fight with the home owner, is expected to be in court Wednesday. According to California City Police, 26-year-old Tyler Hanson was allegedly in the middle of burglarizing a home over the weekend. During the attempted burglary, the home owner showed up and got into a fight with Hanson. Police say Hanson suffered non-life threatening injuries and was carried out of the home by the owner until police showed up. The home owner did not suffer any injuries. Hanson now faces burglary charges. 

 Bakersfield Police is asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman who was last seen in southwest Bakersfield. Jessica Holley was last seen on December 23. She's described as white, 5'10", 135 pounds, with long brown hair, brown eyes and flowers tattooed on her lower back. Holley, 32, was last seen driving a dark gray 2001 Chevrolet Camaro. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police.

If you are a Winter Olympic watcher, you have probably seen the slow paced and tactical competition of Curling. Curling is all of a sudden a very popular sport to not only watch, but to participate in. The popularity of Curling has even caused some lessons being taught everywhere. On Saturday, the Hollywood Curlng Club had a pop up instruction class at Rabobank arena that hosted around 100 people. 

 Keep in mind that there is still controlled traffic at the French Gulch Campground area of Highway 155 as they continue the modifications as part of the dam project. 

This weekend is Whiskey Flat Weekend in Kernville. All of the usual mayhem and good times will be had. Keep in mind that Sierra Way going toward the transfer station will be unavailable Saturday morning and until around noon as that is the staging area for the WFD parade. 

The California City Police Department conducted a raid on Saturday morning and found more than 200 marijuana plants inside of a rental home. The home was found to have modified indoor grow lights which were using stolen electricity to be operated, according to CCPD. The home has been red-tagged due to unsafe living conditions. The damage caused to the home has been estimated at $20,000. No suspects were found during the raid and the investigation is on-going.

 The flu season has struck Kern County hard this year and numbers from the county's Department of Public Health Services prove it. Health officials confirm five people have been hospitalized in intensive care for the flu but no new deaths have been reported. The numbers come from a symptom tracking and reporting system from participating Kern County hospitals. County officials said the final week of 2017 had the highest proportion of emergency room visits for patients with flu-like symptoms with fever at 9.7 percent of all patients. The previous two flu seasons only had 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent of emergency room visits attributed to fever and flu-like symptoms for the same time of the year.