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Kern County Water Agency Director Bruce Hafenfeld dies at 73

 •  by Lois Henry

Bruce Allen Hafenfeld June 12, 1947 – January 19, 2021 https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bakersfield/obituary.aspx?n=bruce-hafenfeld&pid=197637854 A LIFE WELL LIVED Bruce Allen Hafenfeld was born June 12, 1947, Orange CA. to Bernard Norman Hafenfeld and Barbara Jane Crosier. He went to be in the arms of the Lord January 19, 2021 with his family by his side after losing a…

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Longtime Kern water leader leaving for private sector

 •  by Lois Henry

Kern County’s water community had a shake-up Tuesday when longtime Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District General Manager Eric Averett announced he is leaving to take a private sector job. This comes on top of the pending retirement of another key local water manager. Richard Diamond, General Manager of North Kern Water Storage District, announced he…

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WANTED: Water maven to lead Kern nonprofit

 •  by Lois Henry

A Kern County nonprofit is looking for a new executive director to help educate the public about its most precious resource — water. Beth Brookhart Pandol is retiring after leading the Water Association of Kern County for the past 10 years. She said the executive director doesn’t have to know a ton about water, but…

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New manager named at Kern Delta Water District

 •  by Lois Henry

Steve Teglia, a long time Assistant City Manager of the City of Bakersfield, has formally taken over the reins of the Kern Delta Water District. He was appointed to the position to replace retiring Mark Mulkay on May 16 and officially took over on Monday, June 1. “This is a great move for Kern Delta…

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Tom McCarthy named new head of Kern County Water Agency

 •  by Lois Henry

Tom McCarthy, head of the Mojave Water Agency, was named as the new General Manager for the Kern County Water Agency at its board of directors meeting Thursday. Agency directors approved a five-year contract for McCarthy including total compensation “not to exceed $415,000 annually,” plus $60,000 in relocation fees. “This was a very difficult decision…

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