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The $300 state grant Devon Graves got his senior year at Cal Poly Pomona was only enough for gas and groceries — it didn’t make his $20,000 in student loans any easier to manage. Still, it meant a lot to the teen from Murrieta, a commuter town on the edge of Riverside County.

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Bakersfield Police seized a stash of guns and arrested four people on suspicion of gang activity, conspiracy and other firearms charges when they served a search warrant in south Bakersfield Saturday night.

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Kern County Fire Department crews discovered one person dead inside a burning mobile home in Onyx Sunday morning.

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The other day I offered Kevin McCarthy a deal he just couldn’t pass up: a sponsored town hall discussion of Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We would make it invitation only, keep it to 30 guests, bar the doors and make sure a good portion of the participants…

  • BY HAROLD PIERCE hpierce@bakersfield.com
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You know that monthslong, at-times overwrought debate over whether guns should be allowed on Kern High School District grounds? The one that resulted in policies allowing certain teachers and other members of the public to carry?

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Senior Pastor Graham Bell stood, resigned, in the muddy brown water that had turned his New Life Church of God on Weedpatch Highway into an island. “This is the third time this year,” he said. Nearby, parishioners shuttled sandbags from the back of a truck to the church’s gates, working to block more water from entering the flooded parking lot. The midday Saturday sun was warm and the sky was robin’s-egg blue, filled with fluffy clouds. But the 4 inches of water that fell the night before on the mountains northwest of Tehachapi were now flowing around Bell’s church. “I don’t think we’ll be able to have services tomorrow,” he said.

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At Malaga Road Caliente Creek abruptly ends. Malaga becomes a river flowing north and south to Mountain View and Panama Roads then west toward Lamont where some people are prepared to deal with the water.

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Two people were arrested early Friday in possession of a large amount of stolen mail, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, police said.

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On Saturday February 18 Caliente Creek is running high as rain in the mountains east of Bakersfield supplies the creek with a torrent of water. Farmers watch the creek from Bena Road. The tamarisk tree line does its job keeping the water away from Arvin but at Malaga Road the creek dumps it’…

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After a series of storms in the mountains east of Bakersfield, Caliente Creek, which is usually dry, turned into a river dumping large amounts of water into Malaga, Panama and Mountain View Roads threatening the community of Lamont with flooding. Photos taken February 4 2017 show the damage …

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Harvey Hall, Bakersfield’s longest-serving mayor and who retired from office last year, will be awarded the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters at Cal State Bakersfield's spring 2017 commencement ceremony, college officials announced.

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An eastbound BNSF train with 98 mixed cargo cars derailed early Friday just after its lead engine entered Tunnel No. 9 at the Tehachapi Loop in the Tehachapi Mountains. No injuries were reported.

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The community is reeling after a 5-year-old was killed and a 7-year-old wounded when someone fired into the vehicle they were traveling in Thursday evening.

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For the first time since 2011, the U.S. Drought Monitor map, produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is showing Kern County to be virtually free of the drought that has plagued the county and the state for more than five years. But keep that champagne on ice a little bit longer.

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Reporter James Burger discusses the flooding of Caliente Creek and how it has affected surrounding areas. 

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Reporter James Burger discusses the flooding of Caliente Creek and how it has affected surrounding areas. 

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Reporter James Burger discusses the flooding of Caliente Creek and how it has affected surrounding areas. 

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The doors of J’s Place reopened Friday morning, the restaurant filled with people like it so often is but this time for a different reason: to honor and remember the restaurant’s late owner, Raymond Ingram, or Chef Ray, as he was called by his staff and students.

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The Californian won several awards Thursday evening at the 29th annual George F. Gruner Awards, which recognizes great print journalism in the San Joaquin Valley.

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A suspect is wanted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery in an incident that occurred last year at the intersection of Haley and Flower streets.

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A $60,000 grant to the Bakersfield SPCA will allow city residents to have feral cats fixed for free starting March 1 through a trap-neuter-release program.

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Well, there’s a Republican in the Oval Office, so it must be time again for the immigration conversation/ outrage/ protests. Isn’t it odd, how little of this we see when a liberal is at the helm? Oh sure, there were sit-ins, etc., by activists when President Obama was bragging about deportin…

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The owner of J’s Place, a popular Southern-style restaurant off Rosedale Highway, was shot dead in his southwest Bakersfield home Wednesday morning and a woman with whom he had a relationship has been arrested in connection with the killing.

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A 17-year-old male was arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found in an orchard earlier this month.