Intent on shining a light on squalid conditions at immigrant detention facilities, Kern County residents showed up in greater numbers than expected for a protest rally Friday afternoon.
A campaign has been launched to build public support for the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposed $600 million hotel and casino half an hour south of Bakersfield, and its success could prove pivotal as the project proceeds through a series of state and federal approval processes.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of California's top oil regulator after environmental activists reported a recent spike in state fracking permits and allegations that senior officials within the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources own stock in petroleum companies they oversee.
Two professors at Cal State Bakersfield, through their work in education and interactions with teachers across Kern County, recognized there was a need to explore ethics, social-emotional learning and democratic areas in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms.
Developers of the Amazon distribution center under construction next to Meadows Field Airport are being required to carry out a number of substantial improvements to nearby roadways, plus pay $1.4 million into a regional transportation fund to help minimize the project's impact on local traffic.
PETA is calling for a criminal investigation of the California Living Museum for allegedly allowing animals to die from severe flea infestations and starvation.
Kern and every municipality within its borders stands to lose a degree of local control over their housing approval processes after state officials concluded not even one government in the county has made sufficient progress toward permitting affordably priced homes and apartments.
Recently, I found myself in a dialogue with individuals living outside of California saying the judgment of God was on California and advising us who live here to move out. This was due to the recent earthquakes. I was appalled by their stern and condescending remarks. Some pretend to have a…
This week, I would like to discuss this year’s 45th annual Philippine Weekend. Known as one of the longest-running Filipino cultural festivals in California, Philippine Weekend serves a purpose of preserving the city’s Filipino heritage. The city of Delano has the ninth largest Filipino popu…
On Monday, the Delano City Council failed to pass Mayor Joe Aguirre’s resolution to affirm and adopt the national motto “In God We Trust” and implement the public display on city property.
We are amazing tool makers. We have used our observations of the natural world and our reason to create technologies and devices that have taken us to the moon and linked us instantaneously across the globe. Yet for all this tool-making progress we have not learned how to respect and love ot…
I applaud Police Chief Robert Nevarez’s decision not to proceed with the proposed contract for implementing facial recognition and automatic license plate reading technology with Vigilant Solutions.
Had the ancestors of Sandra Hernandez not participated in the U.S. Census more than 100 years ago, things may have turned out very differently for this proud Native American Bakersfield woman.
They say, "It ain't over till it's over," and it looks like it's not the end of the line for thousands of students who applied to a Cal State University but were not admitted due to overcrowding.
RIDGECREST — Carmen Morena pulled out a mattress onto her front lawn, dressed it, and laid on top of it after the magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Ridgecrest on Friday night.
This week I want to talk about a new effort our office is undertaking to build trust in our District 4 communities. In particular, the sentiment expressed to our office is that some who may be a victim of a crime, or a witness, may be afraid to report crimes due to their immigration status. …
RIDGECREST — A Town Hall meeting held Sunday afternoon started with a calm but serious bit of instruction about keeping the aisles clear and how to exit safely in the case of another quake.
The McFarland Unified School District and Bakersfield College teams have been invited to present at the sixth annual California Coalition of Early and Middle Colleges Dual Enrollment Summit.
I grew up with an understanding of how to respect elders and those in authority. I learned to show common courtesy, say “thank you” or “excuse me” in proper situations. We opened the door for ladies. We were not to talk back to our parents or teachers in school. We stood in our classroom as …
Weather-related disruptions contributed to a substantial decline in California almond production this year, suggesting farmers of Kern's second largest-grossing crop may take a financial hit as well.
Delano High School's girls varsity volleyball team played its first five summer scrimmages of the season against various squads June 26 at Porterville High School.
The Kern River is more dangerous than normal — the water levels are higher from rain and snow melting and flowing into the river, and the water is moving fast.
July 4 brings the celebration of Independence Day. Most celebrate with fireworks. In short, the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colo…
On June 25, Bakersfield College hosted the first group of McFarland High School students who will enter high school next year fully “dual-enrolled” as both McFarland High School and Bakersfield College students.
Delano police officers along with agents from Kern County Probation, state parole and other police agencies made mid-afternoon house calls to some Delano residents who just happened to be on parole and probation.
For this day’s column I had in mind a couple of routes to go for the lead item until I ran across Andrew Mendoza and he alerted me to the death the day before of Anthony Martinez.
Did the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency violate the First Amendment rights of a Bakersfield College student when they arrested him 36 hours after he read a poem against the agency in a public forum?
I wanted to use this week to wish everyone a Happy and Safe July 4! We have a great country and a great county and this is the day to celebrate both, with our families and friends. My office so wants to be a part of this celebration across our district that we have helped sponsor Independenc…
The latest gasoline tax out of Sacramento, a levy of 5.6 cents per gallon took effect Monday, is fueling discussion locally over how to pay for road repairs, reduce traffic and otherwise improve the state's sprawling transportation infrastructure.
On this 243rd birthday of American Independence from British monarchical rule, it would be wise for Americans to read one of the more obscure speeches of a non-Founding Father.
Anthony Martinez Sr. — former Delano city councilman, mayor and founder of local chain Tony’s Pizza — has died at age 80, according to his family.
Remember when power outages happened because a motorist slammed into a power pole, electrical wires were blown down in a thunder storm, or aging equipment finally gave out?
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will allow deputies and civilian staff to place “In God We Trust” decals on their vehicles in another victory for advocates of the national motto.
One detainee has contracted chickenpox at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility, according to the Kern County Public Health Department, and officials at the detention center appear to be taking precautions to prevent the contagion from spreading.
Kern County Department of Human Services employees have reported widespread discontent with working conditions, and some say they fear for their safety after several recent incidents.