BAKERSFIELD - The air we breathe is improving, but there is still a long way to reach the national standard for air cleanness.
In 2013, for the first time in recorded history, the San Joaquin Valley did not record any violations of the hourly ozone standard established under the federal Clean Air Act, according to a study called "California's Progress Toward Clean Air" released Wednesday. The study includes local and statewide air quality data from 2013.
The San Joaquin Valley exceeded the standard during 281 individual hours in 1996.
It also highlights the progress and challenges left for improving air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.
Kern County's air quality is among the worst in the nation and has been linked to everything from asthma to heart disease.
The report said San Joaquin has made significant progress in the last decade, but cites weather stagnation and lack of rain for the continued high numbers.
Early bird shoppers skip turkey for the sales
Early Black Friday deals are here and shoppers have waited weeks for Thanksgiving Day, as retail stores roll out those specials.
Shoppers prepare for early Black Friday deals
Hundreds of shoppers gathered outside of Best Buy in Bakersfield, waiting for all those early Black Friday deals.
Love For Thanksgiving feeds over 64,000 people
Love for Thanksgiving is the largest single feeding event in Kern County, and many would say it is one of the largest in the country.
Mission expected to feed nearly 500 people today
Volunteers with the Mission at Kern County are prepping to feed nearly 500 people this Thanksgiving.