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It’s the time of year when thousands of newly minted high school graduates look ahead and see nothing but open road, dreams to chase and endless possibilities. But for the rest of us, it’s a time to look back (and for the most senior of us to look back, back, back). Californian staffers sat …

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Our granddaughter competed in a barrel race in Porterville on May 21 to benefit the Wounded Warriors. She was lucky (and talented) enough to place and win almost $500. Imagine what a 13-year-old could do with that kind of money, yet she donated every penny of it back to the Warriors. What a …

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We were at Lake Ming watching the boat drags on May 20 when at about 1:30 p.m. we spotted a wisp of smoke on a hilltop just north of the lake. It wasn't long before it started expanding and we were getting ready to call 911 as it appeared to be not far from an oilfield tank and a house, mayb…

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I am quite upset and expect better from our Kern County Courthouse. Are we living in Germany or Italy? When you call, the outgoing voice mail says "Press one for English." I am thinking, Is this not Bakersfield in the USA? Why do I have to choose English? What does the future hold? How many …

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MISS: The Bakersfield City School District has lost its elder statesman: Ray Gonzales, who stepped down this past week because of health concerns.

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VISALIA — Jeff Wedel is a rough and ready oil guy who grew up in Wasco, played for the Tigers more than two decades ago and now makes a living at Halliburton.

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VISALIA — Rick Sawyer played thousands of games in his lifetime, including four years in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres.

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