Despite opposition from health officers, the State Assembly unanimously passed two bills Thursday authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that could streamline and standardize case reporting of valley fever, a respiratory disease endemic to Kern County and the southwestern United States.

Advocates for valley fever research give Bakersfield Assemblyman Rudy Salas an “A” for effort for what they call the most robust legislative effort to address the disease in California history. But public health officials and disease experts are split on whether the remedies proposed by Sala…

Apparently undaunted by Gov. Jerry Brown's October veto of legislation that would've brought new disease reporting guidelines and funding to the little-known respiratory disease known as valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas has introduced an even more robust legislative package aimed at tack…

State public health officials suspect cases of valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, have increased so far this year by at least 34 percent statewide — which could make it the worst year for valley fever in the disease’s recorded history, according to new da…

If you're really, really, really into Halloween, you're probably really, really, really into the whole haunted house thing. But how does one indulge that proclivity in an ordinary city like Bakersfield? We don't have any old, creaky castles! Ah, but that's where your 10 Things team comes to …

TBC wants to see your photos from the Kern County Fair. They can be from this year or previous years. They can even be the strip of photos you took at the fair photo booth. Send your images with a detailed caption to photos@bakersfield.com. We will compiled them into a photo gallery online a…

Statistics show that within the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Think about it. Take it in, roll it around and name eight women, regardless of age that you know. Visualize their faces, remember the sound of their laughter, the way they brush their h…

This October, our community will once again raise awareness for breast cancer in a variety of ways. Rush Air Sports and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of American Cancer Society are partnering for a monthlong campaign aiming to raise money for breast cancer awareness.