When it comes to shielding our communities from natural disasters, early warning systems have proven results. Similar warning systems could prevent human-made disasters, like the recent mass pesticide poisonings in Bakersfield, Salinas, and Watsonville. We can’t do much about protecting farm…

Shannon LaBare left her corporate job of seven years, and work that spanned the country, to focus on her community. She should have left earlier, she said, but, as a graphic designer and marketing professional, she believed the lie that her talents wouldn’t be needed here because “there aren…

Three months have passed since President Trump announced his intention to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. And three months later, we find ourselves no closer to a legislative solution than we were in September.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

Last week, we took the photo for the family Christmas card. Although it sounds simple, given the digital pool of pictures from which to choose, a good family photo may be more difficult to produce than getting into vet school.

“Be careful not to let amiable discussion turn into contradiction and argument,” writes etiquette expert Emily Post. “The tactful person keeps his prejudices to himself,” and, “if he finds another’s opinion utterly opposed to his own, he switches to another subject for a pleasanter channel o…

For 26.2 miles, through leafy streets, up Panorama Drive, along the parkway next to a water-filled Kern River and finally to the Cal State Bakersfield campus, runners made their way through the course of the Bakersfield Marathon last month. Around 1,800 people participated in a variety of ru…

November is one of my favorite months of the year. Maybe it's because of Thanksgiving, a time to enjoy with the family while feasting and catching up on things. Or maybe because it's my birthdays. Yes, I said "birthdays."

A few days before opening day of the waterfowl season a few weeks ago, my son Steve and I drove up to my hunt area to start water into the duck club I share with hunting partner Joe Covello.

RIP JOHN ROUS: Our community lost one of our best with the death of John Rous, a kind and gregarious man who died earlier this week while riding his bicycle near Ethel's Old Corral. Rous was killed when his bike was hit by a woman driving a late model Scion around 10:30 a.m. He was a lifelon…

My youngest brother Bobbie played the song “Sabor a Mi” on his cell phone. As my other siblings and spouses watched from our tables, my baby sister Nancy danced with my older brother Willie to my mom’s favorite song. We were on the patio deck of the Asylum Restaurant in Jerome, Ariz.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.