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Monday, Jan 27 2014 06:41 AM

'First Look': First News for Jan. 27

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

ARVIN COPES WITH DISRUPTED WATER SERVICE: About the only normal thing Monday morning in Arvin will be that the schools plan to open on time. Around the rest of the city restaurants will remain closed, no public water fountains or sinks will have drinking water and city officials will continue scrambling to return water service. Since 8 p.m. Thursday when a tree uprooted by winds caused a leak in a water pipeline, an estimated 18,000 people have been without potable water. Arvin residents have been told to boil water for drinking and cooking. They have been able to use water for showering. Read the full story here.

KERN CATTLE RANCHERS LOOK TO THE SKIES FOR RAIN -- AND HOPE: In a normal winter, fifth-generation cattle rancher Nathan Carver, said his herd would be feasting on natural and nutritious green grasses carpeting his winter rangeland about 30 miles north of Bakersfield. But this winter is not normal. Not even close. This land hasn't seen rain of any consequence since late November, when nearly 1 inch fell over a four-day period, according to the National Weather Service. Many are buying hay, and lots of it, to feed the animals whose "genetics" have been painstakingly bred over generations. Read the full story here.

ARENA BOWL ROSTERS FINALIZED WITH PLAYER DRAFT: In a banner year for Kern County high school football, the coaching staffs of the U.S. Army Arena Bowl had no trouble loading up their rosters with a plethora of talent during the game's player draft Saturday afternoon. Forty-eight of the county's top seniors were selected to play in the annual all-star game. This year's game is scheduled for April 4 at Rabobank Arena. Liberty lineman JoJo Hurtado (Black team) and BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus (Gold team) were the two first picks of the second/open phase of the draft. Read the full story here.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

IS BEVMO! COMING TO TOWN?: It's a little too early to say that BevMo! is coming to town. But just last week a company spokeswoman issued an update, saying a Bakersfield BevMo! will open in 2015. She declined to say where exactly the store will be located. The Concord-based beer, wine and spirits retailer acknowledged that Bakersfield is the largest California city without a BevMo!. A company executive said the chain hopes to remedy that soon with a 9,000-square-foot location somewhere in town. Read the full story here.

ARTHUR UNGER, A DOCTOR FOR PATIENTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, DIES: Dr. Arthur Unger, a longtime Bakersfield physician whose leadership of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club spanned three decades and encompassed issues involving endangered species, development, and water and air quality, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 79. Unger was a consensus builder in committees and earned virtually every award the local chapter bestows. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD MOTORCYCLE PASSENGER DIES IN ACCIDENT: A 29-year-old Bakersfield man died late Saturday when the motorcycle he was a passenger on crashed in Taft. The California Highway Patrol said the driver, 29-year-old Ronald C. Marshall Jr. of Taft was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested. The passenger, Christopher Charles Dross, died when the 1991 Suzuki GSXR 750 struck a guardrail about 11:30 p.m. on Highway 119 north of Midway Road. Dross died at the scene. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

MOBILE PAYMENTS: According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is making internal and external moves to expand its ability to handle mobile payments, stepping more deeply into a market where rivals would include PayPal and specialists like Square. Apple CEO Tim Cook has dispatched the iTunes and App Store chief to meet with industry executives to gauge their interest in having Apple handle mobile payments for physical goods and services. Internally, Apple created a new position for an executive to be in charge of a project to build a new payment system.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

FOOD LABELS: The Food and Drug Administration has come out to say that nutrition fact labels which were last updated 20 years ago need to change to more accurately reflect exactly what we are eating. Calories should be displayed more prominently, and added sugar and whole wheat content should also be included on labels, as well as a recommended serving size. Which means it's going to be even more difficult to kid ourselves about that guesstimated handful of marshmallows. Congress that first mandated the introduction of nutrition labels back in the early 1990s, and the new, updated versions have now been sent to the White House.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

ARENA BOWL ROSTERS FINALIZED WITH PLAYER DRAFT: In a banner year for Kern County high school football, the coaching staffs of the U.S. Army Arena Bowl had no trouble loading up their rosters with a plethora of talent during the game's player draft Saturday afternoon. Forty-eight of the county's top seniors were selected to play in the annual all-star game. This year's game is scheduled for April 4 at Rabobank Arena. Liberty lineman JoJo Hurtado (Black team) and BHS quarterback Asauni Rufus (Gold team) were the two first picks of the second/open phase of the draft. Read the full story here.

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