News

First airing of oil and gas plan draws overflow crowds

Spectators fill the Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers at the first public meeting to discuss a new oil and gas permitting plan.

Monday turned into an oil industry love fest.

Kern County’s plan to streamline oil and gas permitting here got a sea of support Monday at a joint workshop before the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission.

One or two points of dissatisfaction expressed hinted at what is expected to come next — a very public showdown over the plan between the agricultural industry and oil and gas producers.

But Monday was all about the petroleum sector.

Oil and gas leaders, workers and supporters, wearing grey stickers with the tag line “I am

The blue Oldsmobile and mouse-colored Ford are correctly identified, but readers offered a new location for the site of this vintage 1950s photo postcard of downtown Bakersfield: 19th Street west of Chester Avenue.

CITY BEAT: About those historic postcards, folks

IT’S NOT H, IT’S 19TH STREET David Lyman, manager of the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and The Californian’s Christopher McCullah both correctly challenged the location of a 1950s postcard I wrote about last Sunday. It all hinges on three downtown locations: the former Nile theater,

Country singer Brantley Gilbert wears a shirt in honor of Officer David Nelson during a concert at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

Online store created in honor of BPD officer killed in line of duty

The family of a Bakersfield police officer who died in the line of duty last month has created an online store selling shirts to benefit a scholarship fund. The “Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Merchandise Store” was created “in honor of David’s legacy,” his brother, Erik, said

Video

    more

    More News

    • Everett Tracy, left, of T&T Truck & Crane Service goes over logistics with contractor Steve Moreland, center, and Jesus Salcido of  S&L Building. Tracy and Moreland will be instrumental in moving the 41-foot boxcar to the Kern County Museum on Wednesday. "This is history. You can't replace it," Tracy said.

      A moving story: How will they get Hag's boxcar to the museum?

      Some chain-link fencing, a few tree branches and assorted gas and power lines are just about all that’s left of the obstacles in a years-long effort to move Merle Haggard’s childhood home to the Kern County Museum. But the biggest impediment? “People, honestly.” That’s the prediction of Everett

    • NTSB releases cause of SpaceShip Two's fatal crash

      The breakup of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two over the Mojave Desert last year was caused by the co-pilot unlocking the feather locks — which brake the ship — 14 seconds before the flight manual minimum speed, according to reports released by the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday. The

    • Local state health exchange rates to increase

      Kern County consumers who buy health insurance through the state’s health exchange are likely to see premiums increase 4.3 percent next year, slightly more than the 4 percent average estimated increase statewide. Covered California’s third annual open enrollment begins Nov. 1. To prepare, health

    • Grammy-winning Spanish language performer Juanes, left, shakes hands with retired McFarland High School cross-country coach Jim White at the McFarland Christmas Parade in December. Juanes was in town to shoot a video for "Junto" for the Disney film "McFarland, USA."

      Juanes can't get enough of Kern County

      It may be a coincidence that Grammy Award-winning Latin artist Juanes has twice chosen to kick off a major tour in Bakersfield — but maybe not. It was in nearby McFarland that the Colombian superstar filmed the video for his single “Juntos” (Together), the theme song for Disney’s “McFarland, USA,”

    • KBAK evening anchor Kurt Rivera

      News anchor arrested on suspicion of spousal battery, false imprisonment

      A local Emmy Award-winning news anchor has been arrested on suspicion of spousal battery and false imprisonment.  KBAK Channel 29’s Kurt Rivera was arrested Sunday evening after deputies responded to an alarm call of a woman screaming she was being assaulted at a home in east Bakersfield,

    • Local businessman, Bob Bender, talks with simulcast host Scott Cox about the state of the modern record industry.

      FIRST LOOK: Bob Bender takes a look at record contracts

      On Friday’s third segment of “First Look,” Bakersfield native and Underground Production Studios President, Bob Bender, talked about the current state of the record label industry. “The business has changed so dramatically in the last ten or 15 years that you almost don’t need a record label