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    New quarantine as citrus pest is detected

    BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer
    Monday, Sep 15 2014 05:26 PM

    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 Asian citrus psyllid is a winged, 1/8th-inch-long insect that resembles a moth. Some but not all of the insects have a bacterial infection called huanglongbing disease that is lethal to citrus trees.

    The most recent local capture of the psyllid was in a small grove on Sept. 5 along Highway 119, close to Pumpkin Center near Bakersfield. The pest was found in a grove of about 30 young trees at a private residence.

    Neither that insect, nor another one spotted at a residence in Wasco last year, was infected...

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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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    Annual trade show to feature business workshops

    The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 20th annual Business & Consumer Trade Show in downtown Bakersfield Thursday features a new twist: workshops. These six mini-seminars will focus on subjects including funding and financial...

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    Shoppers swarm to Outlets at Tejon grand opening

    The Outlets at Tejon didn’t officially open to the public until 10 a.m. Thursday, but shortly after 9’oclock there were about 500 people lined up to get into H&M, one of the many stores at the mall that are new to Kern County. Employees...

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    GET strike negotiations stuck in neutral

    GET Chief Executive Officer Karen King said Monday no date has been set for contract negotiations with the striking employees' union, leaving an estimated 20,000 riders without transportation heading into a third week. The strike began at...

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    Action Line: Don't get scammed by door-to-door sales

    Dear Action Line: A person selling a computer-assisted tutorial program recently knocked on my door. Since I have a daughter in middle school who's in need of a tutor I was interested in the program. I purchased the software but after a...

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    Debate over state oil severance tax continues

    There is little gray area in California's debate over whether to impose a "severance" tax on oil production. Once again, as occurred in 2013, a bill has been introduced to levy a tax of 9.5 percent on oil and 3.5 percent on natural gas...

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    Kern oilmen unfazed by reassessment of Monterey Shale

    It won’t cause an exodus from Kern County oil fields, but a lowering of federal expectations for petroleum production along California’s vaunted Monterey Shale may change the state’s fracking debate, which could add to its local...

  9. Missed paper? New delivery partnership will put an end to that

    Starting immediately, home subscribers of The Californian will have their newspapers delivered by a company that actually intends on making sure those papers arrive daily, on time and in a spot where readers can find them. Like their...

  10. Diamond Foods to pay $5 million in SEC deal over walnut costs

    Diamond Foods Inc. will pay $5 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission for its role in an accounting scheme. The SEC said Thursday that it charged the San Francisco-based snack maker and two of its former...

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    LOIS HENRY: If water's involved, progress can be drip by drip

    Time for a McAllister Ranch water banking update. If you're wondering why I keep such close tabs on this water banking proposal, I have two reasons. First, it's water. Any increase in water storage is of acute interest to this community...

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    Paramount goes head-to-head with its own success

    It's a tall order even for the branding geniuses who made Cuties a household name: top their own phenomenal success. Delano-based Paramount Citrus this week kicked off a five-year, $100 million marketing campaign to persuade consumers to...

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    Hurdle for high-speed rail: Where is the money?

    SACRAMENTO -- A judge's rulings this week ordered California's high-speed rail authority to rewrite its funding plan, bringing to the surface again one of the biggest hurdles facing the ambitious, $68 billion project: Where will the money...

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