• By Laura Liera
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Vision is something we don’t really think about. When it works well, it’s an afterthought. That is until it starts declining and then suddenly we do everything in our power to make it better.

  • By Laura Liera
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Nearly 22 years ago, a major breakthrough happened in the world of symptomatic coronary artery disease.

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It is said that the ancient Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions roughly 4,000 years ago during a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. They made promises to the gods to pay off debts – the predecessors to modern-day resolutions – and if they kept their word, the god…

  • By Richard Noel
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When I arrived in Bakersfield in 1971 as a fledgling psychology instructor at the new Cal State campus, I was fortunate to be invited to play tennis with most of the top local players – and there were many in those days.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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My initial assignment for this month’s “On the Road” column was the 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan. Though it’s handling and ride characteristics were considerably different than that of my 2015 Subaru Outback, I felt right at home behind the wheel, as the interior, controls and dash layout were n…

  • By Lisa Kimble
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It is no secret that some of the greatest health benefits come from our own fancy footwork through dancing – stronger bones, muscle strength and endurance to name a few. Locally, there are some 50 dance programs whose genres span the dance floor, like ballroom, square, Scottish, Basque and ballet.

  • Story and photo by Nina Ha Our family doesn’t consist of marathon runners, super athletes or fitness fanatics. We don’t have a set routine for working out but we enjoy having fun together, which oftentimes accomplishes that goal.
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Growing up, my husband and I played team sports, but it was tough maintaining that level of activity once adulthood took over and gave way to a more sedentary lifestyle. Since having children, we decided to be intentional about being active so we could be good role models for them.

  • By Rhiannon Stroberg
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The Probation Auxiliary County of Kern, a nonprofit organization associated with the Kern County Probation Department, is having its 28th annual Fog Run, Jan. 7 at 8 a.m., at Lake Ming that will benefit At-Risk youth and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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As our new president steps into the Oval Office, many taxpayers are wondering what to expect during the next four years. One of the buzz phrases tossed around before, during and after the campaign was “tax reform.” This seemingly ambiguous phrase has many asking how they will be affected. Wh…

  • By Ellen Ewing
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Rod Castillo’s gentle steadfastness, natural way of reassurance and compassion serves him well in his profession: He’s been in emergency medical services for 18 years.

  • By Kristen Beall Barnes
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If you’ve ever volunteered your time at a local charity, donated money to a cause you love or helped someone on the street, I’m sure you felt happy afterward. But research is showing that the benefits of giving extend far beyond instant gratification. Giving can actually have positive long-t…

  • By Stephen Lynch
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It would be easy for Justin McCall to get lost in the shuffle among all the highly successful basketball players in his family.

  • By Diana Greenlee
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Steve Saba says there are topics he and his pingpong buddies avoid. But when it comes to the game, they all agree.

  • By Julie Plata
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Kern County Hospital superintendent Franz Buckreus announced to the readers of the May 21, 1897, Daily Californian to, “Please keep your dog at home while visiting the hospital.” Twenty-five years later, the front page of the Jan. 18, 1922, Bakersfield Californian announced “Kern County Gene…

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1 Get a physical. Your body should always be a priority. A physical can help prevent health problems by identifying potential risk factors.

  • Photos and story by Laura Liera
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Acai bowls continue to be the latest trend. But while some spots have tried to imitate them, Rio Acai Bowls is tough to duplicate.

  • Richard and Lori Eskew
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This may sound like a cliche, but the meaning of Christmas to Santa and Mrs. Claus is the pure joy in a child's face when you walk through the door of their home to pay them a

  • By Rhiannon Stroberg
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A genuine love for cars and motorcycles turned into a hobby for local resident John Braun. From a young age, Braun had a fascination with both cars and motorcycles, but he didn’t start his collection until later on in life.

  • By Glenn Hammett Photos by Casey Christie When I learned that I would be test-driving a Lincoln Continental, it conjured up images of the behemoth lumbering luxury liner from the ’60s with its slab-like sides and unique rear-hinged suicide rear doors.
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The fourth-generation Continental, produced from 1961 to 1969, was a cultural icon. It was driven by Oddjob in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger” and was the road trip car in the 1979 classic “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” It was also, tragically, the car John F. Kennedy was riding in…

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  • By Mark Nessia Developed by Castle & Cooke, Highgate at Seven Oaks will feature a number of firsts for the developer with more than 26 years of experience building prestigious, high-quality gated communities in Bakersfield.
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Not only is Highgate Castle & Cooke’s first housing development that is drought-tolerant from the ground up, it will also be the first time the developer combines different communities into one basic area. When complete, Highgate will contain five communities – Square, Proper, Shires, Re…

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The concept at Craft Tap House & Grill is fascinating: You have a wide selection of beers and you get to choose how much or how little you’d like to drink.

  • By Glenn Hammett Photos by Mark Nessia
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As I was milling about the Bakersfield Hyundai showroom, waiting to pick up a 2017 Genesis G80 for a test-drive, a middle-aged couple accompanied by a salesperson walked through and the woman was drawn to the G80 like a magnet.

  • By Stephen Lynch
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Throughout his football career Derrick Vickers has demonstrated a propensity for scoring touchdowns by utilizing a rare combination of blazing speed and an exceptional ability to elude defenders.