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October 9, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southwestern Kern County is not the kind of land that inspires poets, at least not during the day at the end of a dry summer. It is flatland scrub with six-foot-tall saltbushes and stunted grass. The mighty Kern River, far from its source, is dry bed. About the only thing moving is the water in the concrete sluice of the nearby California Aqueduct.
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October 9, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southwestern Kern County is not the kind of land that inspires poets, at least not during the day at the end of a dry summer. It is flatland scrub with six-foot-tall saltbushes and stunted grass. The mighty Kern River, far from its source, is dry bed. About the only thing moving is the water in the concrete sluice of the nearby California Aqueduct.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Los Angeles challenged a recently passed Kern County law that bars the city from dumping some 250,000 tons of sewage sludge annually on farm fields near Bakersfield. The ban was overwhelmingly approved in June by Kern County voters, who were convinced that the processed human waste from Los Angeles can contaminate underground water reserves and lead to serious public health problems.
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August 20, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The steel milking carousel in Ken DeGroot's dairy barn is bigger than a carnival ride, allowing him to milk 54 rotating Jerseys in a matter of minutes. His neighbor, Rob Hilarides, has ordered one just like it, only bigger, accommodating 80 cows at a time. By "super-sizing" their dairies and introducing such high-tech innovations as this monster milker, California dairy farmers have managed to thrive, even as federal price supports have eroded and milk prices have dropped.
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