Monday, September 28th, 2020
The Glass Incident Fire in Napa County that started early Sunday has grown to 800 acres and is 0% contained, according to Cal Fire. The County of Napa has issued evacuation orders for thousands of people. Officials have confirmed that the Adventist Health Hospital in St. Helena was being fully evacuated.
More than 2 thousand fire personnel are on the Complex Fire to our North. That wildfire has grown to about 150 thousand acres and is at 44% containment at last report.
A woman was critically wounded after being accidentally shot by a 2-year-old relative this morning. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said at around 8:30 a.m., and found a woman who had suffered a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is in critical condition, according to the department. While conducting the investigation, KCSO said deputies learned that the 2-year-old found a handgun in the apartment and accidentally fired it, hitting the woman.
As of yesterday mornings reoport, the Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 47 new COVID-19 cases. Those numbers bring the county’s total to 32,004 cases and 369 deaths. An update will be available around 10 this morning.
During the Saturday night protest for Breonna Taylor in front of Bakersfield Police Department headquarters, police said one woman was arrested. The woman was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, vandalism and possession of prohibited weapons. Police said they observed the woman vandalizing the exterior wall of the BPD headquarters in downtown Bakersfield. The woman fled from officers while armed with a baseball bat and was arrested after striking an officer said the department.
President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. He campaigned for office as a billionaire real estate mogul and successful businessman.
One man is in critical condition following a shooting in Wasco Saturday evening. According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a shooting where they found a victim of multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was airlifted to a hospital where he remains in critical condition, KCSO confirms. Suspect information is not available at this time.
The state's fight against COVID-19 continues as California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly delivered some concerning updates. Friday, doctor Ghaly explained that California is now seeing the impacts of Labor Day weekend. That was two and a half weeks ago. In late August, the numbers were declining and now the trend in new cases is are flat at best, but most are heading upward.
Friday, September 25th, 2020
California's largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames. The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles northwest of Sacramento.
Rain showers fell on the northwestern edges of fire-ravaged California on Thursday but forecasters are warning residents to not be fooled. A new round of hot, dry and windy weather is expected this weekend. Another front expected Friday will bring needed rain to lingering fire areas in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, but will only slightly delay the development of high pressure that sends air flowing along the surface from the interior toward the California coast.
Inmate visitation will be canceled Saturday for all Kern County Detention Facilities due to computer upgrades, sheriff’s officials said. The cancellation includes Lerdo Justice Facility as well as the Central Receiving Facility.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported six new COVID-19 deaths and 80 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,875 cases and 367 deaths. The department is reporting that 15,867 people have recovered from the virus and 4,347 are presumed recovered. An additional 11,182 are isolated at home and 102 are isolated at a hospital.
Amid rising frustration with the challenges of online learning, new data suggests allowing students to return to classrooms might not pose as high a risk for coronavirus transmission as previously feared, but experts say school districts should still exercise caution in adjusting their education plans.
Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment. Edison says it has turned over a section of an overhead conductor from the utility’s facility near a dam in the area where the Bobcat Fire started Sept. 6. The initial report of fire was near Cogswell Dam at 12:21 p.m. Sept. 6.
Yesterday afternoon, the Kern County Fire Department said it has stopped forward progress of 'Eagle Fire', burning near Havilah. KCFD said the fire origin was determined to be a mobile home that was destroyed. The cause is still under investigation.
The Complex fire to our north is quickly approaching 145 thousand acres and is currently reported at 35% containment. More than 15 hundred personnel are on the scene.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported one new COVID-19 death and 73 cases yesterday morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,795 cases and 361 deaths.
In Michigan and beyond, states are seeing record-breaking interest in mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic. But controversial changes at the Postal Service have compounded long-standing delivery delays nationwide and sparked concerns among election officials and voters alike over the agency’s ability to deliver this fall. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows postal districts across the country are missing by wide margins the agency’s own goals for on-time delivery, raising the possibility that scores of mailed ballots could miss deadlines for reaching local election offices if voters wait too long.
Today and tomorrow, the South Fork Woman's Club is having a yard sale in Weldon. Watch for signs on Highway 178. The yard sale is from 7 am to Noon.
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported one new COVID-19 death and 73 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,795 cases and 361 deaths.
California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. The proposed rule would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks.
Federal investigators are looking into whether the Bobcat wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment, according to the company. A circuit at a nearby substation experienced a "relay operation,” indicating its equipment detected some kind of disturbance or event. Edison will assist the U.S. Forest Service in its investigation of the fire that has burned more than two dozen homes and other buildings on its way to becoming one of the largest blazes in Los Angeles County history.
The Bakersfield city council on Wednesday night approved waiving a special permit fee for small businesses looking to expand services outdoors. In July the city began issuing special event permits for businesses impacted by COVID-19, allowing them to take their services outdoors. Part of the process was an $86 permit fee.
New US jobless claims reach 870,000 last week as layoffs remain elevated 6 months after the coronavirus pandemic struck the economy. This is roughly the same number as the week before who filed new claims.
According to a Hotel & Lodging Association survey, 74% of hotel jobs could be eliminated if additional federal funds are not dispersed to the hospitality industry. Of those surveyed, 69% of operators said that hotel stays have been cut by more than half.
California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. The proposed rule would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state. Kern County CAO Ryan Alsop stated on Twitter that this latest announcement could cost the county $197 million in property tax revenue generated by the oil and gas industry for Kern County, incorporated cities, school districts and special districts.
Kern County Public Health is urging residents to get tested for COVID-19 to help slow the spread of the virus and help the county move into the next tier of reopening. The department said Kern County has achieved a case rate of 6.3 percent, below the 7 percent limit to be eligible for moving forward into the next tier. However, the rate has been adjusted by the state up to 7.2 percent due to testing in the county being below the state’s average.
Almonds finally overtook grapes as Kern County's most valuable crop, according to a new report that contained a few surprises pointing to fundamental shifts in local farming. Not only did the tree nuts move past their perennial No. 2 ranking, but industrial hemp debuted at the 14th spot while cotton — "king cotton" as it was long known in the county — failed to make the top-20 list for perhaps the first time.
The South Fork Woman's Club is having a big yard sale Friday and Saturday from 7 am to Noon in Weldon. Just follow the signs on Highway 178 to the sale. Face masks are required.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
The Complex Fire is nearing 145 thousand acres with almost 1500 personnel on the wildfire. At last report, containment was at 33% and full containment expected by the end of October.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported three new COVID-19 deaths and 65 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,722 cases and 360 deaths.
More of California was cleared to reopen additional businesses Tuesday, including most of the San Francisco Bay Area and one of Southern California's largest counties, as coronavirus infection rates have fallen to their lowest level of the pandemic.
Finland has deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a four-month trial of an alternative testing method that could become a cost-friendly and quick way to identify infected travelers. Four dogs of different breeds trained by Finland’s Smell Detection Association started working at the Helsinki Airport as part of the government-financed trial.
A California state audit finds that the University of California wrongly admitted at least 64 wealthy students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends.” California State Auditor Elaine Howle also found in the audit released Tuesday that campus staff falsely designated 22 of the applicants as student-athlete recruits because of donations from or as favors to well-connected families.
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit near Ridgecrest this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the earthquake struck 10.4 miles east northeast of Ridgecrest at around 7:17 a.m.
The California Living Museum announced they are reopening with modifications this morning. The zoo will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. under California public safety guidelines. Guests are required to wear face masks or face coverings. Social distancing measures will be in place, CALM asks each group to keep a 6-foot distance from other groups. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available.
The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a letter of resolution containing several demands for Governor Newsom at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The letter expresses the county’s frustration and dissatisfaction with the state’s reopening blueprint. Chief among the nine demands for the governor is the board's demand for “increased clarity, consistency, and continuity in his directives to counties.”
After receiving $25 billion in relief during the early days of the pandemic, U.S. airlines are pressing Congress and the White House for even more assistance that they say will prevent tens of thousands of layoffs at the end of the month. Lawmakers in both political parties have voiced support for the measure but economists say there is no reason to give the airlines another bailout.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 yesterday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. One sample of perspective is that the number of dead in the U.S. is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 3 new COVID-19 deaths and 75 cases yesterday morning. These numbers bring the county’s total to 31,657 cases and 357 deaths.
Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop announced that nail salons throughout the state, along with Kern County, may begin indoor operations with adaptations. Alsop said it does not matter what the tier status of the county is, nail salons will be able to reopen as long as they follow state and county health guidelines. In other words, bring a mask.
According to multiple media outlets, steakhouse chain Sizzler has filed for bankruptcy amid the pandemic. CNN reported the California-based chain filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which only covers 14 company-owned restaurants, not its international locations or more than 90 franchised restaurants in the US.
Today is another day to get free Covid 19 testing. Until 2 this afternoon, you can drive through the testing site next to the Mountain View Health Center in Mtn. Mesa on Birch Street. There is a quick information form to fill out and then the test. Results we be given to you and keep in mind this is at no cost to you.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 (Welcome to the 1st day of Autumn)
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 3 new COVID-19 deaths and 75 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,657 cases and 357 deaths.
Two children are being treated after they were shot while riding in a car in South Bakersfield early Tuesday morning. The children were in a car that was on Highway 58 and exiting onto the Chester-South H Street off-ramp. Police say an SUV pulled up on the passenger side of the car and opened fire. Two children, a 3-year-old and 9-year-old, were hit by bullets. A 5-year-old, who was also in the car, was not hit. All suffered minor to moderate injuries and are expected to survive.
Kern County Public Health reported that as of yesterday, 20 schools have been granted an Elementary School Waiver. This allows the local health officer to open an elementary school for in-person instruction. The waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. Out of these 20 schools, 17 are private.
The U.S. surpassed 200,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University. The deaths — all of which have occurred since February — out-total the number of Americans lost to World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War combined.
The latest numbers regarding the Complex Fire North of us show the wildfire has consumed nearly 142 thousand acres. More than 14 hundred personnel are on the scene and the containment is now at 33%. Complete containment still not expected
20 select elementary schools in Kern County have been granted the ability to start having in-person class sessions during the pandemic. The schools applied for the TK-6 School Waiver through the county. 17 of the 20 schools are private schools.
North Beach and Oceano Campgrounds at Pismo State Beach are reopened to the public. Between the two campgrounds, there are 167 camping spaces. Beach camping and the off-road areas of the Dunes will remain closed. The Oceano Dunes will not be reopening yet.
Tuesday marks the first day of autumn and it comes as the United States crosses the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths. Public health experts have warned since the early days of the pandemic that the change in seasons from summer to fall could bring even greater risks when the coronavirus pandemic collides with the flu season. Experts have said it's too soon to tell if the recent spike in Corona Virus infections is the start of a seasonal trend.
Officials say California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alaska race officials say the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will continue as scheduled. So far, 61 teams have signed up for the 1,000-mile competition, which is expected to begin in March 2021.
New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, may be at risk of losing federal funding after the Justice Department labeled the three cities as “jurisdictions permitting violence and destruction of property” on Monday. The federal agency’s announcement comes in response to President Donald Trump’s memo earlier this month, calling for the review of federal funding to “jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence and destruction in America’s cities.”
Tomorrow from 7 am to 2 pm, you can get free Covid 19 testing in Mtn. Mesa next to the Mountain View Health Center. It's a drive thru and a little paperwork and few seconds of test gathering is all that's needed. The test results will be sent to you and it costs you nothing.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 63 new COVID-19 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,582 cases and 354 deaths.
A Kern County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was involved in a fatal traffic accident on Saturday with a motorcyclist on State Route 178 near the Upper Richbar campground. According to CHP, a motorcyclist was traveling east on State Route 178 while a KCSO patrol vehicle was traveling west. The motorcyclist lost control, laid the motorcycle on its side and slid into the eastbound lane directly in the path of the KCSO patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle struck the rider, who was provided medical aid before being pronounced dead at the scene.
Monday, September 21st, 2020
The Complex fire in the Golden Trout Wilderness to our North is now approaching 138 thousand acres and is reported to be 18% contained. Nearly 15 hundred fire fighting personnel are on it with the containment date, according to this morning's report, is October 30th.
California is experiencing massive wildfires that are putting off a lot of smoke, causing us to see worse air quality than usual. Not only that, but this time in September is known to be a difficult period for those with asthma. It’s referred to as peak week. The face covering you’re wearing to protect yourself from the novel virus may not help with the smoke. It’s recommended you use a N95 mask, as they work best to filter those particulates.
Officials say California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state announced the two-week pause on Saturday.
North Beach and Oceano Campgrounds at Pismo State Beach are reopening to the public. Both campgrounds were originally closed earlier this year in compliance of coronavirus guidelines. Between the two campgrounds, there are 167 camping spaces. Beach camping and the off-road areas of the Dunes will remain closed. The Oceano Dunes will not be reopening at this time.
The CDC is updating their guidance on the transmission of COVID-19 through the air and warning about poorly ventilated situations, now saying that is ““thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit early this morning near Lake Elsinore. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake happened at around 6:20 a.m. about 6 miles west of Lake Elsinore.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 63 new COVID-19 cases this morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,582 cases and 354 deaths.
The Bakersfield Police Department in partnership with the California Highway Patrol conducted a joint "street racing enforcement operation" in the Bakersfield area overnight Saturday resulting in numerous citations, impounds and three arrests. Both agencies cited 27 people, impounded 12 cars, and arrested three people, one of which was for driving under the influence according to Bakersfield police.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 130 new COVID-19 cases yesterday morning. These bring the county’s total to 31,519 cases and 354 deaths.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene by CHP according to officer Brandon Richards. Richards said around 11 a.m. officers responded to the canyon and found a deceased motorcycle rider who had hit a Kern County Sheriff's vehicle. The man was riding his motorcycle westbound on Highway 178 and the patrol vehicle was driving eastbound and for unknown reasons, the motorcycle rider went into the opposite lane and they crashed, said Richards.
Fun new for us old folks. Vinyl album sales brought in more money than CDs in the first half of 2020, and that's the first time vinyl records have exceeded CDs for the same period since the 1980s, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.
On Wednesday, the California Living Museum Zoo is reopening its gates for the first time since COVID-19 state guidelines shut down the business in March. When COVID-19 hit, zoo manager Lana Fain said they had to cancel some of their biggest events of the year. Face masks will be required while you’re inside the zoo and guests will be asked to stay “mountain lion length” apart from each other.
Wearing a face mask might provide better protection against COVID-19 than a vaccine, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during Wednesday's Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. He said, quoting..."I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID-19 than when I take a COVID-19 vaccine." end quote.
The wildfires out west continue to rage on. Multiple fires in California, Oregon, and Washington have burned almost six-million acres, killing at least 36 people including a firefighter. Rain is expected in some areas and it may help in the fight -- but it can also add another level of concern. Debris slides and lighting strikes can come with the rain.
Feeding off one of the largest crowds at a sporting event during the pandemic, Kevin Harvick steamrolled his way into the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs in a championship that is clearly his to lose. Harvick held off a charging Kyle Busch over the final 40 laps Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his career-best and Cup Series-high ninth victory of the season. He did it in front of a sold-out crowd of 30,000 spectators, the most Bristol was allowed to admit and the largest crowd since March.