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A “lie” is defined as “communicating a false message with the intent to deceive.” Others communicate lies through silence or by their body language. If a person lies in a court of law, it’s called “perjury” and can carry a severe penalty. It’s appalling how many will lie their way through li…

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At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 14, I have to admit I have never been more proud. The room was packed with citizens from all walks sharing their concerns and points of view on oil production in Kern County, with key officials from Sacramento present. While the state has been talk…

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There was a successful parent turnout at McFarland Junior High School for the Parenting Partner workshop program, which provided an opportunity for parents to learn about effective parenting strategies and to share laughs with one another.

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With projects ranging from if plants like certain types of music, to how earth’s layers filter water, to polar bear blubber, scientists from grades fourth through eighth around the Delano Union School District demonstrated their experimentation skills during the district's annual science fai…

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Much thanks to the Valley Ag Voice for its article, “Local Leaders React to Passage of USMCA,” in its January issue. For those of you who may not know, USMCA is an updated NAFTA, and stands for United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement. It was passed by the House of Representatives on Dec.…

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With every action, there is a reaction and even consequences if a bad choice or decision was made. Some who make bad choices won’t own up to their action and will resort to blame shifting. For them, it’s someone else’s fault for their wrong decision. As adults, we’re to be responsible for ou…

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There is an important decision coming up in Kern County that tackles a critical "wicked problem." A wicked problem, of course, is what two political scientists, Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber titled a poli-social issue that is forever incomplete, contradictory and never requiring just one solution.

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Popeye’s Chicken has taken out a conditional use permit from the city to place a business structure at the corner of Cecil Avenue and Princeton Street, 1603 Cecil Ave., taking the place of the Trujillo’s Automotive business.

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Some of you may remember my father, Vernon Valenzuela. He passed away in 2012 after serving as the first team leader for the Bakersfield Veterans Center. He was an ardent advocate for veterans and families, and just earned a distinct honor by having the new Veterans Resource Center at his al…

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Kern supervisors joined oil industry representatives, local politicians and residents on Jan. 14 in warning state officials that Gov. Gavin Newsom's regulatory crackdown and moves to wind down in-state petroleum production gravely threaten the county's economy and tax base.

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Hemp production continues to spark the imagination of Kern County farmers, investors and government officials despite a high-profile incident that led to the destruction last year of close to 500 acres of the plant by the Sheriff's Office and a subsequent $1 billion claim against the county.

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Computer technology designed to protect honeybees from chemical threats is about to get its first big test as beekeepers from across the country prepare to descend on Central Valley almond orchards for the world's largest annual pollination event.

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The New Testament records part of the life of Jesus Christ while He lived on earth. Those who professed to believe in God often misunderstood Him. The Bible paints a portrait of a loving and caring Heavenly Father. We read of His unconditional love for humanity. Yet there is a side to God ma…

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Today, I want to exhort all of you to tune into the 2 p.m. Jan. 14 Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting. As I stated in my letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Dec. 17, 2019, “our goal for the meeting is to promote dialog between (the state’s) Department of Conservation, the County of Kern, th…

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Who says staying up until midnight is the only way to celebrate the new year? Sometimes dancing the afternoon away, watching the ball drop hours before midnight and being tucked into bed all by 8 p.m. is the perfect way to say hello to 2020.

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Bakersfield restaurateur Rick Mossman hadn't even finished drinking his daily cup of orange juice when he noticed a pair of customers sitting at the counter reading the newspaper and snickering behind his back.

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The fight over the upcoming medical marijuana vote in March has already gotten off to a rough start. Local activists are protesting a decision by a Kern County Superior Court judge to change wording on the ballot argument Kern County officials claimed was misleading to voters.

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The way Chabad of Bakersfield's Rabbi Shmuli Schlanger sees it, there are thousands and thousands of good people going up against a few crazy people. The crazy people being those who kill people in a church or attack people at the home of a rabbi with a machete, both of which happened in Tex…

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great 2019 and are looking forward to 2020. It’s that time of year to look back at what we’ve accomplished and look forward to things we can do to make things better in all of the communities of our district. Accordingly, here are our resolutions for 2020:

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A new year has approached. Many slogans are being made in response to the new year. Goals are set with a renewed vision in mind. New sights and resolutions are made with good intentions. But how should the theist or the person who believes in God respond to a new year?

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Delano police officers were busy with their regular patrol work, as well as putting in time with community involvement activities and crime prevention, even with an uptick in gun violence this past fall.

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A Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant was approved to pave local dirt roads, said Zachary Wakefield, field representative for Kern County District 4 Supervisor David Couch. 

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With the arrival of a new year, a slew of new state laws will come into effect. As is the case every year, these laws will impact Bakersfield residents for the foreseeable future. Some of these new laws will be hugely consequential. Others may not make much of a splash. Below is a rundown of…