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River rescues relentless

By Kathe Malouf / July 10, 2017

It’s been a busy and frustrating summer so far for members of Kern Valley Search and Rescue unit. Busy because this year the Kern River is high, swift, inviting and unforgiving. Frustrating because despite repeated warnings, people continue to jump in. And some don’t make it out alive. This past July 4th holiday proved to […]

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Schaeffer Fire continues to burn

By Kern Valley Sun / July 10, 2017

The Schaeffer Fire has been burning for more than two weeks now in the Sequoia National Forest. The fire started on Saturday, June 24, due to thunderstorm activity in the area. The Kern River Ranger District began working on the fire in an effort to keep it away from human civilization. On July 3, at […]

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SAR robbed at gunpoint

By Kern Valley Sun / July 10, 2017

Over the weekend, two volunteer members of Search and Rescue were robbed at gunpoint while they were responding to a medical distress on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT). The incident occurred on Saturday, June 8, in a segment of the PCT between Highway 58 and Kelso Valley Road. The two suspects were described as Hispanic […]

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County battles illegal fireworks

By Elise Modrovich / July 10, 2017

Bakersfield Fire Department Chief Doug Greener said his department was kept busy on the Fourth of July due to rampant use of illegal fireworks across the city. “There was more than enough illegal activity to keep our guys busy for weeks if we could get to everybody.” For weeks leading up to the holiday, Greener […]

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SAR called to Tulare for rescue

By Kern Valley Sun / July 10, 2017

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to Gold Ledge Campground, about 10 miles north of Kernville in Tulare County, for an individual stranded on the west side of the Kern River. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from KCSO SAR […]

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Business boost on July 4th weekend

By Kathe Malouf / July 10, 2017

How did our local businesses fare this past Fourth of July weekend, what with the extended weekend, the smoke from the Schaeffer Fire, and the national press coverage of the “Killer Kern”? Overall, very well. On the Kernville side of the lake, Mark Preston, owner of The Sierra Gateway Markets, said, “Every year it gets […]

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KRV assigned two additional deputies

By Kern Valley Sun / July 5, 2017

By Debbie Teofilo Special to the Sun Thousands of vacationers are coming to the Kern River Valley (KRV) to enjoy the newly filled lake and river this summer, making it difficult for already depleted Sheriff’s patrol units to handle the extra service calls this extra activity causes. Two additional deputies have been temporarily reassigned to […]

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Bomb squad called to deputy’s home

By Kern Valley Sun / July 5, 2017

By Clayton Huckaby Kern Valley Sun On the morning of Thursday, June 29, residents in the Scovern Street area of Lake Isabella were asked to stay in their homes as the bomb squad investigated a suspicious item that was left at the home of a local sheriff’s deputy. The package appeared to contain a pipe […]

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Kern County Sheriff’s Report: 06/26/17 – 07/02/17

By Kern Valley Sun / July 5, 2017

On 6/26/17, deputies arrested Stacey Lee Garcia, age 34, in the 300 block of Park Way, Bodfish, for felony accessory and obstructing a peace officer in the line of duty. On 06/28/17, deputies arrested Michael Lujan, age 33, in the 5600 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, for controlled substance paraphernalia and active warrants. […]

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A display of freedom

By Kern Valley Sun / July 5, 2017

By George Stahl Special to the Sun What would the 4th of July be without the annual Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce (KRVCC)? It just wouldn’t be the same for most people living in the Kern River Valley. The show has become a staple of the valley and people […]

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