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Supervisors approve budget, throw sheriff an extra $1.5 million

A recent Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisors approved Kern County’s 2016-2017 budget Tuesday and, for the most part, resisted demands for more money from the Kern County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices.

They rejected a request for an additional $630,000 for staffing in the D.A.’s office but agreed to shift $2.8 million from county reserves to the active budget on behalf of Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

The money won’t be Youngblood’s to control. The sheriff will have to ask the County Administrative Office — with which he exchanged tense words Tuesday

Kyle Carter, right, and Karen Goh at the mayoral forum held Tuesday night at the Kern Agricultural Pavilion.

Carter, Goh spar, discuss job of mayor at forum

Bakersfield’s two remaining mayoral candidates, ex-home builder Kyle Carter and former Kern County Supervisor Karen Goh, offered personal insights at a mayoral forum Tuesday night and glimpses at how their different types of business experience could enable them to lead the state’s ninth largest

Tamarixia radiata on leaf

Science non-fiction: parasitic wasps released to go after psyllid

Thousands of tiny, parasitic wasps originating from Pakistan are being released in residential areas throughout Bakersfield in the latest effort to protect Kern citrus from the dangerous and stubbornly reappearing Asian citrus psyllid. State and local agricultural officials began spreading

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  • Caltrans still intends to move this sign, on northbound Highway 99 near Panama lane, to outside city limits — and update it with an accurate count of Bakersfield's many exits.

    It's life in the "passed" lane for overlooked exits sign

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  • Missing teen Clay Weeks.

    Police searching for missing teen

    Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 15-year-old who is considered at risk because it’s the first time he’s gone missing.  Clay Patrick Weeks was last seen Tuesday in the 5400 block of Tejon Ridge Court, police said. He is described as white, 5 foot 7, 150 pounds, blond

  • Brooke Hartsell has a smile on her face while reaching for a freshly made Ben and Jerry's ice cream on a waffle cone during the Kern County Nut Festival in 2013. The board that runs Kern Pioneer Village will wait to gauge sponsorship enthusiasm before committing to another Nut Festival.

    Pioneer Village raises admission for children

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    Man convicted of shooting at homeowner during burglary

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  • The BHS water tower crosses 23rd Street before it turns onto Highway 178 early Wednesday morning en route to its new home at the Kern County Museum.

    WATCH: BHS water tower relocation

    An iconic water tower at Bakersfield High School that has stood on the grounds for more than eight decades has been taken to a new location. At around 2 a.m. Wednesday, construction crews gathered to pack the tower in a trailer and ship it off to its new home in Kern Pioneer Village. 

  • Women faced an uphill battle in their generations-long quest for the vote.

    What would Susan B. Anthony think? Program celebrates suffrage

    Fewer than 30 percent of Kern County residents eligible to vote participated in this year’s primary election. Clearly, Susan B. Anthony’s work isn’t finished. On Sunday, the Kern County chapters of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women will mark the 96th

  • Three men were sentenced Wednesday morning for beating a man last year. Their attorneys are standing near them. Pictured in the orange is defendant Rodrigo Sanchez, and standing to his right is defendant Leonardo Ortiz. The third defendant, Sergio Medina, is not clearly shown.

    Former U.S. Marines sentenced to prison in beating case

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    More evacuation notices as Cedar Fire grows

    An evacuation notice was issued for parts of Kernville on Wednesday as the Cedar Fire has burned another 1,216 acres for a total of 22,739 acres since the blaze erupted Aug. 16. Precautionary evacuations, meaning the fire may soon become a threat, were issued in Kernville on the west side of the

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    Public health officials upgrade Isabella algae warnings

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