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    Way Fire evacuations, road closures lifted

    All evacuations and road closures related to the Way Fire were lifted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

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    'First Look': Lois Henry shares opinion on new Public Utilities commissioner

    Californian columnist Lois Henry said she thinks Michael Picker, the new California Public Utilities commissioner, has good ideas on how to improve the organization.

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    'First Look': Local ALS chapter founder addresses disease awareness

    The local Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association has raised $900,000 in the past 10 years and this year the association wants to reach $1 million.

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    'First Look': Doctor discusses artificial disc replacement in the spine

    Science continues to evolve, turning invasive surgeries that require months of recovery to surgeries where a patient can go home the same day.

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    Way Fire takes turn for better, still a major threat

    The Way Fire that has burned 3,367 acres in Wofford Heights took a turn for the better overnight, but is still a major threat, firefighters reported Wednesday morning.

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    'First Look': First News for Aug. 20

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

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    GET service restart comes with mixed feelings

    Golden Empire Transit District buses returned to the streets Tuesday, five weeks to the day after the start of a labor strike shut down Bakersfield's public bus system for the first time since 1980.

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    LOIS HENRY: PUC needs a reboot, new appointee says

    I wish Michael Picker luck. But I hold out very little hope.

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

    MUSIC: I stopped by a free concert at Imbibe Wine and Spirits this weekend and was wowed by the vocals of Emily Danger, a band whose lead vocalist, Emily Nicholas, hails from Bakersfield but now lives in Brooklyn.

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    Three-Way Chevrolet funds new Honor Flight

    They fought what some have called the last good war.

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    County poring over draft report on Arvin gas leak

    Kern County officials are reviewing a draft of the human health risk assessment for the neighborhood of homes in Arvin that was evacuated due to a leaking gas line earlier this year.

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