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Charles Phoenix finds country charm in Bakersfield


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Bakersfield, California.


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The Big Shoe Shoe Repair in Bakersfield, Ca.

California Farmers Struggle With Ongoing Drought Conditions

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A crop sprinkler brings water to a field as drought conditions worsen on June 26, 2007 near Bakersfield, California.

From time to time we invite our friend Charles Phoenix in for a chat, to share his infectious enthusiasm about all the great things to see and do in Southern California. Today, Phoenix is pumped up about a town he loves that's less than 100 miles north of LA: Bakersfield. 

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