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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    By Richard Beene
    Thursday, Jan 29 2015 05:29 PM

    CLINICA: The east side of town has an important new health center that will open on Monday. It’s called the East Niles Community Heath Center and it represents the latest venture by Clinica Sierra Vista to expand its coverage for underserved and low-income residents.

    I toured the facility this week with Clinica CEO Steve Schilling and his board chairman, local plaintiffs attorney Matt Clark, and left impressed with the color and vibrancy of the new facility, which represents the future of local health care. The goal: provide an attractive, modern facility to get folks out of hospital emergency rooms and into comprehensive health care plans.

    The East Niles building will also house the family practice residency that used to operate out...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    CRIME: Jack and Jane Skaggs have lived in the Olive Drive area for years, enjoying their quiet street and a 7-foot-tall, globed light fixture in their front yard that they would routinely decorate for Christmas and Halloween. The other day...

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    GLOOM: This was a gloomy, fog-shrouded weekend here, but I found one way to follow the sun. Accompanied by six friends, we drove up the Kern Canyon with our mountain bikes in tow, hit crystal blue skies and temperatures in the 60s, and did...

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    ENERGY: Keep an eye on a new organization that is working on behalf of our oil and gas sector here in Kern County. Founded by Tracy Leach, the Kern Citizens for Energy is focused on countering some of the misinformation being put forth by...

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    GROWTH: The intersection of Panama Lane and Gosford Road is positioned to be the "epicenter" of growth in the southwest and could eventually be as large a retail center as the Northwest Promenade. That's according to Vince Roche, a partner...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    EAST SIDE: Marilyn Sullivan is a proud resident of the east side, but she is frustrated by the lack of services in the area. “Take a drive out 178 on our in-progress freeway. You can’t help but notice the complete lack of commercial...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    DAWN WALL: The 19-day ascent of El Capitan up the Dawn Wall ­certainly captured our ­attention, but I was more impressed with how climber Kevin Jorgeson described it in an interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show: “Tommy (Caldwell)...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    PENSIONS: I probably shouldn't be surprised by this, but half of that $6 billion tax increase sold to us by Gov. Jerry Brown to support public schools is instead being diverted to bolster the teacher pension system. That's according to a...

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    SWIFT: It's hard to think of things getting worse for former NBA player Robert Swift, but they have. In case you missed it. Swift, who graduated from Bakersfield High and went to the NBA straight out of high school, was arrested in Seattle...

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    MARRIAGE: So does being married make you ­happier? Or is it simply that happier people are more likely to be married? Those were the questions put to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which came to this conclusion: “Being married...

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    CANCER: I am not sure if this is good news or bad, but researchers now say that, in most cases, coming down with various types of cancer may just be plain bad luck. In fact, random genetic mistakes may account for "two-thirds of the risk...

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    FRACKING: In the disinformation war on hydraulic fracturing, I was interested to read that President Obama's chief custodian of federal lands thinks that regional bans on fracking are misguided and not supported by science. KernTax passed...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    GIVING THANKS: As we wrap up 2014, there is a lot to be thankful for in this community of ours. Here's to all those who volunteer their time for others, who give generously to the charity of their choice and who awake every day committed...

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