A gas leak in a field forced officials to evacuate an 8-square-mile area near Houghton and Wible Roads. A piece of heavy equipment struck the 34-inch pipeline around 7:30 Friday morning. Panama Elementary and General Shafter Elementary schools were both evacuated as a precaution. PG&E crews stopped the flow of gas a few hours later.
Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy will be out of his office from time to time over the next few weeks. He missed Wednesday's city council meeting. Tandy has a vacation coming up and said he occasionally may miss work because of personal medical issues; however, he did not elaborate on what those are.
Police are investigating an injury accident in southwest Bakersfield that witnesses discribe as a possible case of road rage. Officers say two vehicles collided in the 6000 block of White Lane just before 7:00 p.m. Thursday. One person was pinned in, suffering moderate injuries, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The city council approved a new naming rights agreement with Rabobank to continue its sponsorship of the arena, theater and convention center complex downtown. The deal is for 10 years and worth about $1,000,000 more than the current contract.
The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny with highs in the 80s through Saturday. There’s a big cool down coming on Sunday with highs in the 70s through early next week.