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  1. Local biomass facility among 3 in enforcement action

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Thursday, Dec 11 2014 12:32 PM

    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 biomass energy facility in Delano, along with other company facilities in Mendota and Oroville.

    Kern County will receive about $75,000 as its reimbursement for costs and penalties out of Covanta's total fine of $536,211. Biomass energy plants burn forest, agricultural and urban wood fuels in order to generate electricity. They produce ash waste streams that are either sent to landfills or have other uses in road building or agriculture.

    The civil enforcement action was filed in Sacramento County and...

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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...

  6. 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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    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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