Though questions remain about whether San Joaquin Valley towns and farms that rely on water from Millerton Lake could be cut to zero, as they were in the last drought, water managers are moving ahead as if that won’t happen.

CORCORAN, Ca. — In California’s San Joaquin Valley, the farming town of Corcoran has a multimillion-dollar problem. It is almost impossible to see, yet so vast it takes NASA scientists using satellite technology to fully grasp.

The big kahuna of California water — Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — has stopped taking supplies from one Kern County groundwater bank because the water is heavily tainted with a cancer-causing agent that is pervasive in Central Valley’s aquifers.

A person died early Thursday in a vehicle fire in Caliente on Highway 58 east of Bena Road, the Kern County coroner's office announced.

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s help identifying a residential burglary suspect. The burglary occurred in the 3200 block of Kaibab Avenue on June 6 around 10:27 a.m. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 40 years old, with a black mustache, wearin…