Kern County city gets hit with triple whammy: Lockdowns, oil slump and prison closing

McKittrick oil field
The McKittrick oil field in the town of McKittrick in Kern County on State Route 33, has over 1,100 producing wells. With the falling price of oil, some pump jacks that need repair are being left idle.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

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Susanne Rust is an award-winning investigative reporter specializing in environmental issues. She is based in the Bay Area.