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Bakersfield College celebrated its newly granted $1 million in funding for its rural initiatives programs in north Kern — Delano, McFarland, Wasco and Shafter — June 3 alongside Assembly Member Rudy Salas, KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke and trustee Romeo Agbalog, among others. Salas presented the…

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The members of Mariachi Mestizo are still glowing after landing a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., last month.

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Have you ever done a favor for someone and even did more than expected to help someone only to have them complain about you not doing enough for them? Ever loan someone money who came to you in desperation and after loaning them money, they are nowhere to be found on the date they agreed to …

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Even though many don’t care to admit it, there are tremendous benefits to large and consistent levels of immigration. In fact, most of the negative impacts of immigration to the United States are on older immigrant populations and individuals with less than a high school diploma: a shrinking…

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Kern County administrators believe they are well on their way to digging the county out of the hole it found itself in about three years ago, when crashing oil prices resulted in a $44.5 million deficit in the county’s general fund.

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The current ban on medicinal marijuana dispensaries will remain in place in Kern County for the time being after the Kern County Board of Supervisors took no action on a proposal that could have led to the establishment of seven legal medicinal dispensaries throughout the county at a meeting…

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Drug and alcohol addiction are a real battle. Such are mind-altering. This means it has a negative controlling effect on the mind, even causing a person to lose proper rationale.

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Every neighborhood in Kern County deserves beautiful parks, plenty of sidewalks and bright street lights. Sadly, low-income communities across our county lack these basics. Enough is enough. Now is the time to invest to create a healthy Kern County for everyone.

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Readers shared photos of their Fourth of July celebrations, and we wanted to share them with you. July is also National Ice Cream month, and we want to know where you like to get your ice cream and what you like to order. Send your images to photos@bakersfield.com with a caption. They will b…

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Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace hosted the Media Music Jam on Saturday night. The event — which raises money for the Kern County Cancer Fund to financially assist local patients — features live performances by TV, radio and newspaper personalities with backing band Thee Majestics, for whom Califo…

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The Kern County Homeless Collaborative has adopted a new 10-year plan to end homelessness in the county, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors has assigned a new coordinator to help get the job done.

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It may have been sold out, but table 23 deliberately sat empty last Saturday night at the Crystal Palace for this year’s Media Music Jam.

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This week's failure by Congress to pass either of two immigration reform bills has prompted California's leading agricultural trade group to reiterate, in polite terms, its longstanding demands for a solution to the state's chronic shortage of farmworkers.