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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. 

  • By Laura Liera
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There is a unique kind of pride that stays with you when you take the time to volunteer in your community. Whether it’s picking up trash around your neighborhood or painting over graffiti near a school, the feeling is like no other.

  • By Stephen Lynch
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It was a sad end of an era for a lot of local baseball fans when the Bakersfield Blaze decided to permanently close shop at the end of last season.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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There is something comforting about driving the 2017 GMC Terrain Denali. Maybe it is its sturdy, monolithic appearance or its smartly designed interior that makes the buttons and controls feel as though they are all in just the right place. Or it could be its smooth, sure-footed ride.

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara

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Dancing has always been a passion for Studio 9 owner and founder Debra Gonzalez but finding the time to “shake it” was always a struggle.

  • By Elizabeth Sanchez
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Swimming with dolphins has been on my bucket list since I was 7 years old when I went to SeaWorld for the first time. I was fascinated by the bond they created with their trainers and I wanted a chance to experience that for myself. So when I was invited on a cruise to the Bahamas in January…

  • By Laura Liera
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Attention Bakersfield residents: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your running shoes and help raise funds for the 4th Annual Mission Possible 5K benefiting The Mission at Kern County on Saturday, April 15.

  • By Elizabeth Sanchez
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You’ve probably figured by now that March is the “Home and Garden” issue. But since this is a millennial column, you would be safe to assume I have neither a home nor a garden of my own.

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara
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Grab your smart phone and a notebook and take a stroll around your neighborhood. Maybe you’ll hear a chirp, or a shriek or even a hoot. You might even find yourself face to face with a warbler or a California condor.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos courtesy of David Swann
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Located in northwest Bakersfield, the Tuscany community by San Joaquin Valley Homes offers an array of choices in floor plans and exterior designs.

  • By Mark Nessia
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A call to help those in need led Jennifer Jensen and her family to pack their bags and relocate to India in 1999. There was a lot of need around them – a lot of children and families who needed aid.

  • By Holly Bikakis Photos by Mark Nessia
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There are many Shangri- Las in history through songs, books and movies but there is only one in Bakersfield. Shangri-La Asian Bistro & Bar is a fusion of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines on Ming Avenue. Owner Mike Yang knows a thing or two about Asian foods as he also owns Kamisama Ra…