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    Almond growers lose trees to storm damage

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Dec 12 2014 05:02 PM

    Be careful what you wish for, right? The storm that hit the Central Valley late Thursday and early Friday may have helped ease the drought, but it also brought heavy winds that uprooted thousands of Kern County almond trees.

    In what some called the worst damage to California almonds in a decade or more, growers reported significant losses, especially in mature orchards.

    "We finally get our rain and it comes wrapped in brass knuckles," said grower Don Davis, who reported losing about 100 trees in his orchards west of McFarland.

    Ranch manager Geordy Wise said the storm uprooted more than 2,000 almond trees, or about 20 acres, in orchards he oversees in western Rosedale. He estimated the loss at between $200,000 and $500,000.

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    Chris Frank back on top at Bakersfield chamber

    A former top executive of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is temporarily back at the helm following Cindy Pollard's departure last week. Chris Frank, Pollard's interim replacement as president and CEO, served in the position...

  3. New local business offers healthy meals for consumers on the go

    Bakersfield natives Sarah Cornejo and Tarin Meadows have launched a food preparation and delivery business aimed at health-conscious consumers on the go. Fit Pantry's menu offers a variety of fresh meals, from breakfasts featuring fluffy...

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    Bako home prices down as drop in demand outpaces slipping supply

    A modest decline in Bakersfield's supply of existing, single-family homes failed to keep up with a much larger drop in demand last month, contributing to a 1.7 percent decrease in the city's median sale price, appraiser Gary Crabtree...

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    State clashes with railroads over handling of oil train information

    On the day before Thanksgiving, officials at Kern County's Taft fire station got a phone call advising them that a mile-long oil train would be arriving at a nearby pipeline terminal the next day. As important as that notification may...

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    Texas-to-Kern oil pipeline proposal resurfaces

    Houston-based Kinder Morgan is rekindling discussions aimed at opening a 200,000-barrel-per-day oil pipeline from Texas's Permian Basin to southwestern Kern County. A company executive brought up the proposal, dubbed the Freedom Pipeline,...

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    They're here: Oil pipeline terminal near Bakersfield receives first train shipment

    The unit trains have arrived. A mile-long train carrying some 70,000 barrels of oil sat waiting to be offloaded Tuesday near the new Plains All American Pipeline LP rail terminal about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield. Nearby, scores of...

  8. Environmental group pushes to close oil wastewater sumps

    In the latest salvo targeting California's petroleum industry, an environmental activist group called Tuesday for a statewide ban on the practice of using unlined sumps to dispose of water that comes up from the ground along with crude oil...

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    Local oil industry wonders about Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal

    Halliburton's proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes drew a cautious response Monday from members of Kern County's oil industry, where some worried about the agreement's impact on prices and quality of oil field services even as others saw...

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    Kern oil producer suit alleges state inaction on disposal well paperwork

    A local petroleum producer's recent lawsuit accuses state regulators of refusing to process its application for a Kern County injection well that would dispose of water that comes up from the ground along with crude oil. The suit...

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    Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery

    In a shift with implications for more than 100 good, local jobs, Alon USA Energy Inc. recently announced it might not restart its refinery on Rosedale Highway, even as it pledged to open a controversial oil-by-train facility at the plant...

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    County defeats Chevron in landmark tax case

    Kern County scored an important court victory against Chevron USA Inc. this week in a landmark property tax case that had threatened a key source of local government funding. A state appeals court ruling issued Tuesday supported the...

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    Oxy subsidiary posts 20 percent earnings drop despite record California oil production

    Despite record oil production, Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s California subsidiary on Wednesday posted a 20 percent third-quarter earnings drop attributed to higher energy costs. The report was the first earnings release from California...

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