Beyond Kern

Bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring deemed inactive

September 16, 2019 / By

After receiving much push back from environmental justice advocates, politicians pulled a bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring and reporting.

Investigators deemed odor at Cesar E. Chavez High ‘non-toxic’; school followed protocols, officials say

September 12, 2019 / By

The Kern County Agriculture Commissioner Office sent investigators to Cesar E. Chavez High Thursday morning after receiving reports of a concerning odor on campus and determined the odor was non-toxic, according to officials.

Delano residents hope to see improvements to roads in community

September 11, 2019 / By

After the board of supervisors allotted $1.59 million for park improvements to the 2019-20 county budget on Aug.

‘Water is life’: Delano residents express concerns about contaminated water

September 10, 2019 / By

After the Delano City water system recently failed to meet water drinking standards, residents voiced their concerns at Monday’s city council meeting.

‘A model for rural communities’: Early college program could transform education in the Central Valley

September 3, 2019 / By

In many rural communities, just getting kids to graduate from high school proves challenging.

But in McFarland, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School administrators are doubling down on efforts to ensure kids not only graduate with a high school diploma, but also take college courses and put them on a pathway to a degree.

Neighbors united at annual leadership conference

August 26, 2019 / By

Hundreds of people from across the Central Valley gathered at the Kern County Fair Grounds Sunday for the annual Vecinos Unidos Leadership Conference, hosted by the Dolores Huerta Foundation.