• By Alfonso Garcia
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Cirugia Sin Fronteras (Surgery Without Medical Insurance) was created in 2011 to help uninsured and low-income individuals attain affordable medical care and surgeries.

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About the organization: Bakersfield Heart Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease as well as a wide range of other medical and surgical procedures. For 2017, Bakersfield Heart Hospital has been ranked by CareChex as being in the top 10 percent in the…

  • By Mark Nessia
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About the organization: Dedicated to meeting the needs of the community, Bakersfield-based Houchin Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit service organization that has been serving Kern County since 1951. Houchin is committed to being the provider of a safe and adequate blood supply for area ho…

  • By Katherine Ross
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Technology is great, but it can also be nice to curl up with a nice book. Why not peruse an informative book on health? The Kern County Library has many books, on many different aspects of health, for all ages, written by experts and celebrities. The following list gives some idea of our div…

  • By Joel Bock
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While the House of Representatives approved legislation to repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (e.g., “Obamacare”) in early May 2017, at the time of writing this article, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been unable to garner sufficient votes to p…

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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A computer virus that infected systems throughout the world earlier this year caused millions of dollars in damages to companies in nearly every industry. It also demonstrated that hospitals may be particularly vulnerable to such attacks.

  • By Karen Bonanno
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Blaming unfavorable agricultural and commodity prices, as well as “tepid” crude oil prices, an iconic Kern County ranch this spring announced layoffs and a reorganization. Just a few days later, a local grower and food processor announced moves to streamline its operation and reorganize.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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In June, a 45-year-old fired employee of an Orlando RV accessory manufacturing plant returned to the business and opened fire on former co-workers. He killed five people before shooting and killing himself.

  • By Jose M Granados
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Mental health self-care is becoming part of everyone’s life in an effort to manage the number of psychological stressors faced every day. For those in the labor force, these stressors multiply quickly — from personal problems to work-related issues. If you are feeling a little stressed and o…

  • By Greg Gallion
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More than three decades ago, the Executive Association of Kern County was formed to help local businesses grow. The focus of the group is on business and on creating a support network that helps the more than 75 member entrepreneurs succeed.

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About the company: Aera Energy is a respected and responsible California oil company accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s oil production. Headquartered in Bakersfield, Aera is known for excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of c…

  • By David Lyman
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Art is everywhere in downtown Bakersfield. Because our city’s population is larger than that of Pittsburgh, St. Louis or Honolulu, it is easy to miss all the public art on display. Visit Bakersfield recently completed the first-ever comprehensive inventory of public art and art galleries in …

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About the company/organization: The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy. China Lake is the principal land test range and weapons…

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara
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With all the oil, gas, wind and solar energy Kern County produces, it is an economic powerhouse that is huge on energy innovation and technical development. According to Kern Economic Development Corporation Marketing and Research Coordinator Tamara Baker, a major key to thriving and growing…

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About the company: Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides gas and electric service to Kern County residents. More than 400 PG&E employees live and work in the Kern division.

  • By Steven Van Metre
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About a year ago, I read “Too Poor to Retire and Too Young to Die,” a heart-wrenching newspaper article about 79-year-old Dolores Westfall, a Northern California retiree who fell through the cracks of the 2008 Great Recession, lost her house and set out across the country looking for work in…

  • By Kelly Fargo
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Curran Middle. Fairview Elementary. Horace Mann Elementary. North Beardsley Elementary. Foothill High School. Garces Memorial High School. Roosevelt Elementary. These are just a handful of the local school lockdowns we’ve heard about in 2017.

  • By Joel A. Bock
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Have you ever received a threatening phone call from someone purporting to represent the Internal Revenue Service? Well if you have, you’re not alone.

  • By Robin Paggi
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When District Attorney Lisa Green announced she would not run for re-election in 2018, she also suggested who ought to replace her. According to The Bakersfield Californian, Green said the potential candidate was the right person for the job because of his skills as a prosecutor and because …

  • By Cheryl Scott
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The face of the U.S. workforce was forever changed more than 70 years ago when 12 million men (and more than 350,000 women) were called to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Women across the country stepped up to fill the jobs left vacant on the homefront, positions includin…

  • By Fiona Lytle
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Ever wonder how big companies like Aera manage hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment that are used to safely produce oil and natural gas? Those lonely oil-pumping units that dot Kern County’s landscape may look like they’ve been turned on and forgotten, but, in fact, they are monitore…