• By Julie Plata Photos courtesy of Kern County Museum

    By Julie Plata Photos courtesy of Kern County Museum

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The Kern County Museum has been the keeper of the history of the people and places of the county for over 70 years. It is an important piece in the quilt of the community that started as an endeavor of the Kern County Historical Society in 1940.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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Owing money to the IRS can be unsettling to say the least. Ignoring it is even worse. If you are surprised with an unexpected tax bill, but cannot afford to pay, you have options. Most importantly, face the issue and address the problem so you are not in this position again. Burying your hea…

  • By Nina Ha
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Ahoy, matey! Ye and yer pirate crew have just been captured and held prisoner aboard the Crimson Storm, a mystical ship with the power to control the seas. You must find the source of its power, the Crimson Heart, buried deep within its hull.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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Fit Pantry just keeps growing and evolving. What started as meal prep to fuel a fitness competition hobby has turned into a full-blown fast-casual restaurant in the northwest serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, complete with a drive-thru window. The most recent changes include opening at 7 …

  • By Mark Nessia
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Anticipation grew as Spencer Shoemaker sat next to her boyfriend, Andrew Lewis, watching the sun set over the Cayucos horizon, its swan song dispersing an array of orange, yellow and red through the clouds.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
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Just like fashion, interior design undergoes major changes year in and year out with trends coming and going and fads taking the scene by storm. The inside of Bakersfield homes are as unique as the homeowners themselves, acting like an extension of their personalities, making the possibiliti…

  • By Julie Plata
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As the servicemen returned home from World War II, the nation experienced both a baby boom and a housing boom. Planned communities dotted the landscape and the GI Bill, with its promise of VA loans, made the dream of homeownership a reality for many veterans and their families.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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Brown rice and whole wheat have been well integrated as pantry staples over the last decade, and even quinoa is getting easier to pronounce. What makes one grain better than the other? We talk to, Pooja Vyas a registered dietician, to get to the bottom of what makes whole grains better than others.

  • By Marcos and Lotta Rodriguez
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The rolling hills, crisper air and each home showcasing its unique character, these are just a few qualities of the Bakersfield Country Club neighborhood in northeast Bakersfield. To natives, this northeast neighborhood is a hidden gem and to the newcomers, it’s a pleasant surprise as they m…

  • By Olivia Garcia
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I’ve been looking forward to Women’s History Month since last semester when I began working with my Bakersfield College colleagues, history professors Erin Miller, Tina Mendoza, Rosa Garza and a host of other trailblazers, in planning key events for campus this March.

  • By Nina Ha
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The first home I can remember was a large house in Chungli, Taiwan, built by my dad for our entire paternal family. Plentiful plants adorned the weathered wooden doors and raw concrete floors of the three-story building. It was the perfect playground for me and my trusty tricycle.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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The overarching goal of health care and hospitals is to get patients healed as soon as possible. Time is a devious element in all wings of the hospital. But with biomedical technological advancements, that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing brighter and brighter.

  • Stories and photos by Mark Nessia
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Housing over 3,000 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened, across 125 acres, the Phoenix Zoo is an entertaining and educational way to take advantage of Arizona’s cooler temperatures while getting your 10,000 steps for the day.

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When you walk into Blue Elephant, the first thing that jumps out at you is the elegant, intimate feel of the room. It’s a cozy little spot, perfect for date night or a quiet, relaxing meal.

  • By John Karlik
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Shade trees in Bakersfield have a range of appearance, from the pleasing to the grotesque. Unlike fruit trees, pruning for shade trees, usually done in autumn, should not be considered an annual necessity, especially if structure has been established when trees were young. We recall that tre…

  • By Kasey Meredith
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The Belle Rae has been brewing since Shannon Hough and Michelle Meadows’ days at West High School. But the Belle Rae is more than an event space that daylights as a coffee and flower shop – it’s an extension of Hough and Meadows’ home.