You couldn’t have asked for a better real-life, real-time example of how much Northern California’s pollution affects the valley than we got last Monday from the Soberanes Fire burning near Monterey.
It wasn’t more than two minutes between the time I was told about the unique benefits Rebecca Arnold, DVM, has brought to the Kern County Animal Services shelter and when I got to see those benefits in action.
Turns out the case against Denis Desmond, who ran a barricade during the Erskine Fire on June 23 to get to his wife, nearly went to trial because of a “failure of communication within the District Attorney’s office.”
It looks like legislation that would have shrouded how child protective agencies handle abuse and neglect cases where children nearly die has been amended to keep the public in the loop.
By now, I shouldn’t be amazed (disgusted) at the lengths to which some government agencies will go to keep the public’s business out of the public’s eye.
If you’re my age and remember the TV commercial with the crying Indian standing in garbage, I’ll bet that, like me, you’d sooner stab yourself than toss a wrapper in the street.
Almost a year ago to the day I warned you that the public would have to keep its eyes peeled for another attempt by the state Department of Social Services to try and tuck child death records away from public inspection.
A labor dispute that erupted on a blueberry farm near McFarland over Monday and Tuesday illustrates the complexities and hardships of a difficult business not just for farm workers, but farmers as well.
The mess unraveling at the Vineland School District illustrates exactly why, of all the beats I’ve covered in my career, I have avoided the education beat like the plague.
After five years and millions of dollars in attorneys fees, the North Kern Water Storage District won an appellate court decision last week that, basically, says Bakersfield must continue selling it Kern River water when it has water to spare.
Initial testing of grapes and nuts that have been irrigated for the past 20 or so years with water produced from nearby oilfields shows (drum roll) a...BIG...FAT...NOTHING.
If you want to glimpse a small bit of rational thought occurring in Congress, tune in to the Energy and Commerce Committee at 7:15 a.m. our time Thursday for a hearing on H.R. 4775, which aims to tweak the Clean Air Act.
I’ve been seeing this happen for decades but still my jaw dropped when I read about a county official’s proposed raise that would, on its own, be a darn good annual salary for a lot of working folks around here.
Perhaps I'm grasping at a silver lining over the recent Gruner Awards to distract myself from the fact that I'm a BIG FAT LOSER this year.
In the realm of larger-than-life lawmen, it doesn't get much bigger than Harry W. Bludworth, a renowned "man tracker" with the Kern County Sheriff's Department.
A couple of separate, but kind of related, efforts to tar the long-running Chevron-Cawelo water program popped up on the Internet recently.
Water may be falling from the sky these days but for a number of residents in northwest Bakersfield, getting it out of the ground was a serious problem this summer.