The city will be closing lanes on some bridges in town for repairs.

From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning May 30 and ending June 7, there will be reduced lanes on Stockdale Highway as it crosses over the Valley Canal and as it crosses the Kern River.

On June 1 for the same hours, there will be reduced lanes for three bridges. One is on Monitor Street at the Arvin-Edison canal as well as Ming Avenue as it goes over the Arvin-Edison canal. Lastly, there will be closures where Buck Owens Boulevard crosses the Calloway canal.

Motorists will have access to one lane in each direction during road work.


Bike Bakersfield and the City of Bakersfield are working together to hold a Street Story: Self-Reporting Transportation Safety Issues event on June 9.

The information session will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. The session will inform the public about Street Story, an online platform that allows residents to report transportation safety concerns through text, photos, voice recordings and other methods.

The goal is to provide additional data so that law enforcement and other agencies can have a better idea of where there are issues.

The new program is being piloted and will be widely available in the fall.

The event is being held in partnership with UC Berkeley.

For more information, call 321-9247.


Houchin Community Blood Bank is giving a free pint of ice cream from Baskin-Robbins to anyone who donates a pint of blood through the end of the month.

Donors can schedule an appointment at either 5901 Truxtun Ave. or 11515 Bolthouse Drive. Both centers are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment go to hcbb.com or call 661-616-2505.


Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, has announced the graduation of two cadets and a midshipman from the U.S. Service Academies.

Ensign Kyle C. Mathes Orr graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering on Friday. He is a graduate of Tehachapi High School.

He will now attend naval pilot training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Fla.

Second Lt. Noah DeMoes will graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical science on Saturday. He is a graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield.

After graduation, he will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Second Lt. Gabriel Glazer will graduate from the U.S. Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree in information technology and cybersecurity on Saturday. He is a graduate of Independence High School.

After graduation, he will attend signal school at Fort Gordon, after which he will be stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga.

“These sharp, bright students have taken great steps to further their education and serve our nation,” McCarthy said. “I congratulate each of them for their achievement, thank them for their sacrifices and commitment, and am excited to see them further grow in America’s armed forces.”

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Donna Semar

Note: “Valley Canal” should read “Cross Valley Canal”.

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