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city (1990 pop. 174,820), seat of Kern co., S central Calif., at the southern end of the San Joaquin valley; inc. 1898. It is an oil, mining, and agricultural center and one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. Since the Kern River oil fields were discovered in 1899, almost all of the major oil companies have established refineries in Bakersfield. Gold was discovered in the region in 1855 and silver, borax, gypsum, and tungsten are now mined. Manufactures include chemicals, apparel, food and beverages, construction materials, fabricated metal products, paper and rubber goods, and computers. Cotton, citrus fruits, potatoes, nuts, and roses are grown in the area and there is dairying. California State Univ. Bakersfield is there, and there are major aerospace facilities, including Edwards Air Force Base. Sequoia National Forest is nearby.
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The second project, which began in April, included the installation of 4,205 feet of new Pmain near Bakersfield College.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital is an award-winning hospital located in Bakersfield, California, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease as well as a wide range of other medical and surgical procedures.
The structure of this acquisition results in a minority investment from the franchise to the north of Bakersfield, which covers the city of Fresno.
Police in Bakersfield did not respond to a request for comment while the Kern County sheriff's department said it would not comment, citing an ongoing investigation by the California public prosecutor.
He started his career in 1985 as a reporter at the Tulare (Calif.) Advance-Register and joined The Bakersfield Californian in 1988 as a copy editor.
Searchers spotted the wreckage southwest of Bakersfield about three hours after receiving an alert from the FAA about a missing plane that was last detected an estimated 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the city, the Kern County sheriff's office said.
Berkeley to Bakersfield is a two-disc set that aspires to the scope and gravitas of a novel.
I'll admit that I'm biased on this one because I'm the Bakersfield Chapter chair for the Grass Roots Committee, hut I believe that CPAs have to be more involved in the legislative process.
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And with the Carolina League filled, Cincinnati headed west to sign with the franchise Texas previously worked with, the Bakersfield Blaze.
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A study in the November issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases noted adjustable rate mortgages and the downturn in the California housing market caused a 300 percent increase in notices of delinquent mortgages in Bakersfield. Foreclosures then led to abandoned swimming pools, which the study authors linked to the dramatic spike in West Nile cases in humans.