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Highlighting some of Kern County's brightest minds as they prepare to graduate high school and head to college.

  • By Laura Liera
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While big changes happen when college starts, the number on the scale shouldn’t be one of them.

  • Story and photos by Glenn Hammett
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Since opening in November of last year, New Taj Palace Indian Restaurant has quickly gained favor among local Indian food lovers. I have had at least a half dozen acquaintances mention that the Ming Avenue restaurant is at the top of their list for local Indian cuisine. In particular, the ch…

  • By Laura Liera
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Chinese food has always been at the top of my favorite cuisines. Maybe it’s the sauces. Or the fact that their dishes start with a base of fresh garlic and onion. But let’s be honest, I think the secret might be in the wok.

  • By Holly Bikakis
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A pizza is only as good as its parts. Combine fresh, quality ingredients; dough that has fermented for 24-48 hours to the peak of perfection and hand tossed into shape; then baked in a brick-lined oven at 575 degrees. That, my friends, is a pizza from Cataldo’s Pizzeria at Stockdale Highway …

  • By Glenn Hammett
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To call the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo a luxury sport sedan is like calling Bill Gates well-off – accurate, but certainly not adequate. “Luxury” and “sport” don’t even begin to describe the creature comforts and performance found in Porsche’s newest incarnation of its flagship four-door.

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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican cuisine, Bakersfield is probably the city where you can drive a few blocks and find a local spot whose aroma of Mexican spices and dishes will call you in.

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The Goose Bar and Grill is a local spot in town you’ll keep going back to more often than you think. They’ll hook you on their top-notch cuisine and on the variety of beers and specialty drinks.

  • By Holly Bikakis Photos by Laura Liera
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The secret is out. As we pulled up to the Speakeasy Bar and Grill at 1933, the parking lot was packed. On our out-of-town trips, we look for full parking lots and people waiting outside restaurants; it’s a sign that locals love the restaurant. No different here, it was a full house. Locals k…

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1 There are currently three sororities and four fraternities at CSUB. Four are international organizations, one is national and two are local.

  • By Julie Plata
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On April 6, 1960, a special session of the California State Legislature convened to pass the Donahoe Higher Education Act. Also known as the California Master Plan for Higher Education, its provisions organized the state’s UC, CSU and community college systems to ensure the people of Califor…

  • By Glenn Hammett
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QwikCafe is a new venture by the owners of Sequoia Sandwich, the popular local sandwich shop with three Bakersfield locations. It occupies a beautifully remodeled space next to their downtown store on 18th Street, which also houses Sequoia’s central kitchen. Though QwikCafe’s menu is complet…

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Taste something better and maybe a little more at the 5th Annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 13, at the Cal State Bakersfield Amphitheater, hosted by the Benefit Bakersfield Foundation.

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The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 19th annual Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off, an event that draws thousands, even some from throughout the state.

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About the company: Valley Republic Bank is a local community bank based in Bakersfield. The bank opened in early 2009 with a commitment to revive a level of confidence and service to local professionals and to the business community. VRB was founded by a group of 24 local professionals who b…

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About the organization: The mission of the Kern County Farm Bureau is to represent Kern County’s agricultural interest through public relations, education, public policy and advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.

  • By Laura Liera
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Lacrosse feels out of place for a city loyal to football, basketball and baseball.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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A hobby can be a blast, but not when the IRS gets involved. You are waving a big red flag at the IRS if your business claims a net loss for too many years or it fails to meet other requirements. Why is this? The IRS may classify your business as a hobby if you can’t prove a profit motive. If…

  • By Nina Ha
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In my early 20s, I had the honor of meeting Ms. Dorothy Egg, a then-87-year-old lady who was my next-door neighbor when I moved to Washington state for my first reporting job.

  • Compiled by Bret Haney, City of Bakersfield General Services Division Chief; Larry Swan, General Services Manager; and John Laybourn, Planner
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1 Lake Ming is formed by the Kern River County Park Dam on a tributary of the Kern River. The reservoir was created in 1959 and named after Kern County Supervisor Floyd Ming.

  • By Julie Plata
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Thirty-one years ago, a CSUB music professor and composer coordinated a jazz festival in conjunction with Bakersfield College. Despite some early road blocks from Mother Nature, the Bakersfield Jazz Festival turned out to be a great success and has entertained thousands of spectators annuall…

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There is nothing more “Bakersfield” than trekking into old town and enjoying some fantastic Basque food in a historic building that has been around for more than 100 years.