It once was a family home where lawns were mown, trees were trimmed and children were raised. But for the past decade and a half, the house on the edge of the Oleander-Sunset neighborhood has become a place where lawns are brown, trees are dead and children should never go.
As hundreds of new COVID-19 cases were being reported daily and Bakersfield hospitals were filling to capacity two weeks ago, two local doctors and their Bakersfield marketing representative were in the nation's capital sharing controversial claims about the virus in a video on the steps of …
State and local cooperation seen as key to bringing local industry into compliance with the latest COVID-19 restrictions has gotten off to a slow start despite hundreds of recent complaints that local businesses are operating in violation of rules issued by Sacramento.
Recent reports from local lenders paint a positive, if tentative, picture of how Kern County businesses and consumers are getting by financially through the COVID-19 crisis.
"I was a cholo in high school," said Cornelio Rodriguez, better known as simply "Corny" to friends and colleagues. For those of you who are culturally deprived, "cholo" is a slang term, which at one time was used by police and institutions to equate young people of Mexican descent who dresse…
After almost two and a half years, the Kern High School District's Career Technical Education Center, located adjacent to Independence High School, is nearing completion.
Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.
After 16-year-old Zoraide Santos was cited for selling flowers without a license last week in southwest Bakersfield, the outpouring of support she received has helped her find a new love for the community.
The Stagecoach wildfire in Havilah and Piute has burned about 7,760 acres and was 57 percent contained Sunday morning, according to the fire agencies working on the front lines.
Bakersfield Police issued eight citations and impounded eight vehicles for reckless driving Saturday night and Sunday morning as they worked to combat reckless driving and street racing.
Under the best of circumstances, tabulating the number, household size and ethnicity of 330 million people, spread across nearly 4 million square miles of prairie, desert, mountain and asphalt, is a formidable feat.
A state Senate bill authored by Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger, aims to provide safe drinking water by exempting small, disadvantaged communities from certain CEQA provisions, according to a news release from her office.
In yet another measure of the local housing market, property investment company RealtyHop says Bakersfield has the fifth most affordable housing in the country.
The city of Bakersfield has now approved 25 businesses — 21 food services and four others — for COVID-19 special event permits. Another 22 are in progress.
A nonprofit government watchdog group has filed a formal complaint with the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs alleging that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has exercised improper influence over the bidding process for a long-delayed VA health clinic in Bakersfield.
Starting a new job anywhere is a stressful and daunting task, but first-year teachers might take the cake while launching their careers in an unfamiliar distance learning format this fall.
Reader: First, I love The Bakersfield Californian — the comics, puzzles, many great columnists, and of course, news. My father was a newspaperman also. He owned his own paper, lost it in the Depression and then worked for several other papers, including lastly, the N.Y. Daily News.
Gary Ananian loves the Kern River Valley's rugged landscape and the ancient river that cuts through it, grinding boulders into rocks and rocks into sand.
All $30 million of Kern's pandemic recovery fund has been spoken for and no new applications are being accepted, though the county has indicated it hopes to put more money into the program soon.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kern County will be providing spaces for students participating in distance learning that may not have help from their parents in navigating online lessons.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has released a video with tips for parents related to internet safety in response to recent high profile incidents involving online child predators, KCSO said in a news release.
A federal surge testing site for COVID-19 at the fairgrounds will remain in Bakersfield an additional 12 days, county officials said this week.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is updating it’s “grab and go" meal service for at-risk and disadvantaged children in Arvin, Bakersfield and Lamont, according to a news release from the organization.
The Kern County Fire Department has reached 27 percent containment on the 7,000 acre Stagecoach Fire as of Friday morning, according to KCFD.
Canyon Hills Assembly of God church partnered with CityServe Kern County to host a Truck to Trunk food giveaway Friday. Approximately 1,800 boxes of fresh produce were supplied to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Far…
Paving crews will be working on 24th Street, between D Street and Chester Avenue, on Wednesday and Thursday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to a news release from the Thomas Roads Improvement Program.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning death of a 1-year-old child on Thursday evening in the 10900 block of Rosedale Highway.
Two former Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies pleaded no contest Thursday to felony charges related to stealing more than 350 pounds of marijuana seized by the KCSO in 2015, according to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.
Intensive care unit beds in local hospitals are over capacity, and help is officially here to assist those facilities experiencing the rush of patients desperately needing attention in their fight against COVID-19.
The Stagecoach Fire has burned 7,000 acres as of Thursday evening and is at 15 percent containment, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
A bill proposing to establish buffer zones between oil wells and public facilities in California, potentially costing Kern's economy billions of dollars, was narrowly defeated in Sacramento on Wednesday — but not before sparking frustration among supporters who later said the virtual public …
Retired Shafter farmer David Bell snapped a photo of what appears to be a young mountain lion as Bell was biking on the Kern River Parkway early Tuesday morning.
Securing personal protective equipment has been a challenge for some local hospitals, but small- and medium-sized practices have been hit the hardest during the coronavirus pandemic, preventing many from operating.
The Bakersfield Police Department is requesting community assistance identifying a 19-year-old woman reported missing in Mexico believed to have graduated from high school in Bakersfield.
The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a man Monday on suspicion of elder abuse, assault with great bodily injury and burglary in the 3000 block of Panorama Drive.
A federal judge has granted weekly rapid COVID-19 testing, no new intakes and a dorm for COVID-19 positive detainees at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center following a coronavirus outbreak at the Bakersfield facility, according to a news release from a California civil rights activist group.
Officials at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District are providing teachers, parents and students with trainings and other resources to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 24.