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  1. Tague appointed by governor

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Apr 01 2015 04:59 PM

    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that James Tague, 51, of Bakersfield, has been reappointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, where he has served since 2012.

    Tague has been senior vice president of finance and planning at E&B Natural Resources Management Corporation since 2012, where he was vice president of finance and planning from 2008 to 2012. He was manager of corporate planning at Murphy Oil Corporation from 2001 to 2008 and a petroleum engineer and senior planning analyst at Chevron Corporation from 1997 to 2001.

    Tague served as a lieutenant and naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1995. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Tague is a Republican.

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    VIDEO: Kern County Economic Summit

    From the Kern County Economic Summit at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield, video presentations of today's events. Today's agenda:   7:40am – Panel:  Local Economic Conditions and Trends Moderator, Mark Evans, Ph.D., Professor and...

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    Two Bakersfield Fresh & Easy stores closing

    Two Bakersfield Fresh & Easy stores will close by early April as part of a massive overhaul of the grocery chain's offerings. It's closing 30 stores in Southern California alone and will redesign the rest down there, a spokesman said....

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    Buses stop to honor former GET driver

    Public buses came to a mid-morning halt across Bakersfield Thursday as Golden Empire Transit District workers paid homage to a 28-year employee who died earlier this month. A 10:45 a.m. announcement on GET's radio dispatch system asked...

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    New extended-stay hotel coming to Bakersfield

    Value Place, an extended-stay hotel brand, has signed an agreement to build a 124-unit, four-story hotel in Bakersfield. The expansion, announced Monday by Value Place, will be with Bhattal Enterprises, a Bakersfield company already...

  6. Local biomass facility among 3 in enforcement action

    District attorneys from eight California counties announced Thursday the settlement of a civil environmental enforcement action against three subsidiaries of a New Jersey-based company. The settlement covers Covanta Energy LLC's Kern County...

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    Lightspeed Systems key player in education technology

    Bakersfield can't compare to Silicon Valley in high-tech industry but it does boast a key player in education technology, a home-grown company with 182 employees and about $40 million in annual revenue. Even though Lightspeed Systems moved...

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    Hundreds of shoppers lineup early for doorbusters

    How badly did cousins Brandon Laguna, of Los Angeles, and Luis Laguna, of Bakersfield, want the privilege of paying $200 a piece for as many 50-inch televisions as they could get their hands on? So badly, they said, they'd taken turns...

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    Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Bakersfield

    Whether it’s the confident pronouncement of an ambitious franchise or a backhanded compliment, Dunkin’ Donuts sees Bakersfield as its kind of town. On Monday, the Massachusetts-based restaurant chain announced a Newport Beach partnership...

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    Competitors weigh ethical dilemmas

    How do you know you've made the right ethical call in the course of a controversial business decision? Eight three- and four-person teams weighed that and other questions at the second annual Ethics Team Competition, held Tuesday at Cafe...

  11. Buckley Broadcasting says sale of Bakersfield stations 'rumors'

    The president of Buckley Broadcasting, owner of four Bakersfield radio stations, said Monday there was "nothing definitive" pending with the sale of any of its stations. Joe Bilotta, president of the Hartford, Conn.-based company, said any...

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    New quarantine as citrus pest is detected

    Agriculture officials are holding a community meeting Wednesday to educate the public about a citrus quarantine and treatment program in the Pumpkin Center area after the second detection of a dreaded agricultural pest in a year. The...

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    College Night fair targets foster students

    Bakersfield High School junior Sarah Mans packed a yellow plastic resource bag with college brochures Monday at the 15th annual Kern County College Night. The three-hour-long College Night at Rabobank Convention Center attracted 116...

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