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Tulare issues additional evacuation warning for SQF Complex wildfire
Tulare County has issued an additional Evacuation Warning for the following communities: Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest, and Redwood Drive. The following communities continue to remain under an Evacuation Warning: Camp Nelson, Rodgers Camp, Coy Flat and Mountain Air.

The following communities continue to remain under an Evacuation Order: Ponderosa, Cedar Slope, Pyles Boys Camp and points in between. A temporary evacuation point has been set up at Porterville College Stadium at Gate 2 by the Red Cross.

Kern Recovers Nonprofit Grant Program helps with COVID-19
Nonprofit entities play an important role in supporting our local economy, addressing the unmet needs of the most needy in our society, and improving the quality of life in Kern County. Many of these entities rely on fundraisers and donations which have been eliminated or greatly reduced due to COVID-19.

This program is designed to support nonprofits that were financially impacted by COVID-19 and unable to participate in the Kern Recovers Small Business Forgivable Loan Program. The program utilizes the County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Relief Fund and was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 18.

The application period for this grant program will close on Sept. 30. For more information, visit

County’s household hazardous waste collection events for September 2020
The Kern County Public Works Department hosts monthly Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) Collection Events throughout the County of Kern. Residents can drive-up and drop off their hazardous waste free of charge at any of these one-day collection events. HHW collection events are for residential hazardous waste only.

No commercial or business waste will be accepted. The remaining schedule for these collection events for the month of September are as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 12, – Ridgecrest SWF, 3301 Bowman Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19, – McFarland-Delano Transfer Station, 11249 Stradley Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – Ridgecrest SWF, 3301 Bowman Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, – Lebec Transfer Station, 300 Landfill Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McCarthy, Cook, Garcia applaud action to streamline royalty rates setting
Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook (CA-08), and Mike Garcia (CA-25) released a statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior finalized a rule that allows the Bureau of Land Management to adjust the U.S. royalty rates for non-energy solid minerals to be more responsive to economic conditions and global competition:

“We want to commend President Trump and Interior Secretary Bernhardt for taking long-awaited action today to cut through red tape and bureaucracy to help ensure the U.S. minerals development industry remains robust. Granting BLM the authority to expeditiously adjust royalty rates for solid, non-energy minerals in order to compete in the global economy is critical. Soda ash producers, like those here in California, create hundreds of jobs directly and indirectly for our constituents and often face unfair competition from foreign companies that are state-subsidized.

“The [Bureau of Land Management} should be able to streamline the process to adjust royalty rates based on economic conditions to maximize responsible resources development, and this new regulation will help to ensure that our American producers of soda ash and other minerals are not at a disadvantage. Markets are constantly evolving, and this rule will help American producers remain competitive globally and bolster local economies.”

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