E ureka!, with its mixture of retro cocktails, craft beers and high-end hamburgers, has been one of the fastest growing regional restaurant chains in recent years. Now it has its first locally owned imitator, Flame Burger, which opened earlier this month in the old Juicy Burger location near…

I hope you had a chance to read our in-depth, semi-official commemoration of The Bakersfield Californian’s first 150 years, published in Sunday’s editions. It only stands to reason, I guess, that today’s edition marks the first day of our next century-and-a-half as this city’s preeminent new…

Last week was a good week for solar system exploration. Earlier in the week, the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko finally located the Philae lander, less than 30 days before the Rosetta mission ends on Sept. 30. Back in mid-November 2014, the Philae lander became t…

September feels like a good month for resolutions, as it is a kind of a new year, at least for anyone whose daily life is affected by the school calendar. In September, our babies go off to kindergarten, kids start new grades, teens move up in the high school hierarchy, college students retu…

A couple of days ago, I forgot my belt. After showering at the pool, I reached for the black belt in the backpack and it wasn’t there.

Two days ago Maggie Baker loaded her parents’ purple 1995 Honda Odyssey van with clothes, photos, succulents she bought at the swap meet, Nana’s blanket knitted a long time ago and her running spikes, said goodbye to her parents and drove away from her home on Round Mountain Road, where she …

Friday morning, I walked by Rabobank Arena. The circus was in town but at 5:15 a.m., the circus was asleep. The parking lot south of Rabobank was filled with red trailers and semis with “Ringling Brothers, the Greatest Show on Earth” written on the side.

Comedian Tim Meadows might be best known for his “Saturday Night Live” character Leon Phelps, the titular Ladies Man of the 2000 film “The Ladies Man.” But for those expecting his set next Thursday at Temblor Brewing Company to be an hour or so of “The Ladies Man’s Greatest Hits,” put down t…

Public reaction to revelations that Kern High School District administrators spied on students and others by tapping a law enforcement database has run from outrage to condemnation to “What else is new in this district?”

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FRACKING NOTES: There is good news for the oil and gas industry out of Colorado. According to The Wall Street Journal, two measures to allow communities in Colorado to ban hydraulic fracturing have failed to make the fall ballot. The Journal says this is "the most high profile defeat to date…

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I wrote letters before I went in and in case I didn’t come out: One each to the kids, Sue and the grandchildren, in case Sue remarried and the interloper moved in on grandchildren territory and swept my photos from the top of the dresser.

It turns out reader Patrick Steele and I aren’t the only guys who think that automotive repair shop located right in front of Bakersfield High School must go. The Kern High School District agrees that the commercial parcel at the northwest corner of California Avenue and H Street ought to be…

In our capitalistic system, you must adapt to changing trends or you end up like Bennigan’s, Burger Chef, Naugle’s, Chi-Chi’s, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Howard Johnson’s, Pioneer Chicken or Wyatt’s Cafeterias. Some of those defunct chains had restaurants in Bakersfield once, but they’re all gone now.