A Bakersfield roofing company is offering a free roof to the local winner of the nationwide No Roof Left Behind campaign, which is designed to help struggling families who own their own homes.

Crespo Roofing of Bakersfield is now accepting nominations online through Feb. 28. After that, the public can vote for one of four finalists through March 31. Nominees must own the home they live in and be residents of Kern County. The recipient must also be current on their mortgage payments. The winner will be announced on April 6. 

"We are proud to be part of No Roof Left Behind," said Crespo Roofing owner Rafael Crespo. "The direct positive impact this initiative has on members of the community is something that can't be described. It is an honor to be able to launch this here. We look forward to seeing our neighbors and customers come together to help one of our own in need."

The No Roof Left Behind campaign works with local contractors across the nation to provide free roofs for those who need them the most. 

Nominations can be submitted at cresporoofing.com/kern-nrlb. For more information, call 472-0220. 


The state Department of Water Resources will conduct the first of five scheduled snow surveys in 2018 at Phillips Station, in the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento, on Jan. 3.

The Phillips snow course is one of hundreds that will be measured during the winter and early spring to support the California Cooperative Snow Surveys program. Water managers use measurements of the snowpack’s water content to help them anticipate runoff from the mountains during the spring snowmelt.


Bike Bakersfield's Grease, Gears and Girls event is set for Jan. 4.

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bike Bakersfield, located at 1708 Chester Ave. Technicians will be teaching bicyclists how to properly maintain their bikes — cleaning equipment, fixing flats, patching tires and more. 

The free event is geared more toward girls and women, but everyone is welcome. 

“This is a great event because it aims to teach about bike maintenance and cycling in a fun, non-intimidating way,” said Bike Bakersfield employee Natalie Barrett. “It’s going to be a blast. We always have a great time!”


Marley’s Mutts is holding mobile spay and neuter clinics in Wasco next week.

The clinics will be held Jan. 4 and 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Wasco Veterans Hall, located at 1202 Poplar Ave. The cost is $30 per dog. The fee includes the surgery, a microchip, pain meds and a rabies vaccine.

While the clinics are intended for Wasco residents, those from Shafter, McFarland and Delano are also welcome to come. For more information or to sign up for the clinic, call 556-7177 or visit marleysmutts.org/spayneuter.


The Downtown Business Association will hold its first Health and Fitness Expo on Jan. 13.

The free expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Total Woman Fitzone, located at 5329 Truxtun Ave. Local health professionals will be on hand to answer questions and provide some basic medical testing.  

Call the DBA at 325-5892 for more information.

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