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For Yovani Jimenez, an Arvin High alum and a trustee who represents the community surrounding that campus for the Kern Community College District, a groundbreaking Wednesday was a “beautiful thing.”

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A prominent storefront next to one of Bakersfield's busiest intersections has finally been filled, six years after it was vacated, by a chain looking to break into the city's crowded market for indoor exercise venues.

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The ongoing water feud between two of Kings County’s biggest farming entities recently spilled into Kern County and up to Sacramento with allegations on both sides of misuse of water and other public resources.

Bakersfield Police Department officers are looking for two suspects involved in a shooting that took place at the Pelezzio Reception Venue in the 1900 block of Chester Avenue. 

The Kern County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrest of three men on suspicion of conspiracy and kidnapping charges as part of their investigation into a report of a burglary suspect who allegedly was detained and then beaten by a business owner and two of his sons.

The city of Bakersfield announced Real Road will be closed in both directions between Stockdale Highway and Elcia Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday to Friday. The closure is needed for the relocation of temporary concrete barriers.

Bakersfield's public bus operator announced Monday it has purchased vacant land in east Bakersfield for the purpose of relocating its headquarters to make room for a high-speed rail station.

Environmentalists advocating new state restrictions on oil and gas drilling have seized upon confirmation last week that two idle wells were leaking methane near a residential area in northeast Bakersfield decades after they were improperly abandoned.

The unemployment rate in Kern County was 6.8 percent in April, down from a revised 7.8 percent the previous month, and well below the estimate from the same time last year of 11.5 percent, according to recently released data from the Economic Development Department.

California lawmakers won’t be creating a state Election Day holiday this year. Nor will they be providing grants to local governments to convert public golf courses into affordable housing, or forcing health insurers to cover fertility treatments.

When it was time to put down roots and buy a home for their family, Bay Area residents Mandeep Kaur and Jimmy Singh decided it was time to leave their cramped apartment in Fremont and purchase a home in the San Joaquin Valley.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but even the bright Bakersfield sun could not compete with the blinding smiles of more than 1,600 students who graduated from Cal State Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday during three commencement ceremonies that celebrated the triumph of perseverance in the …