Old Stockdale, that proud little bastion of winding, tree-lined streets and sprawling mansions spaced incongruously alongside quirky pastel bungalows and low, broad ranch homes, has a stubborn streak.
Forty years before the first bulldozer tore into Bakersfield's Westpark neighborhood, people were attempting to drive on the Centennial Corridor freeway.
Two groundbreaking mayors, a prominent political consultant, a beloved pediatrician and children's advocate, and a respected police chief were among the notable residents of Bakersfield who passed away in 2018. Some lived well into their 80s and 90s, and some were taken much too soon.
• "Those two jurors are heroes and Mr. Bratton, while taking umbrage with the 10 'killer jurors,' owes his very life not just to jurors 8 and 9, and not just Ms. Singh and I, but to the entire American jury system that has been a hallmark of our nation since the Revolutionary War." — Deputy …
NEW YORK — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
We had a handful of locals make it to the professional ranks, a Condors coach lose his gig and a local legend return home. And that's just the start of it.
Here are the players, personalities, teams and storylines that made the 2018 Kern County high school sports season one to remember:
Photographers with The Bakersfield Californian showed us our community with startling and poignant images during the past year. Here are some of their best from 2018.
Even for a last-minute town, we were still in shock when Neil Young announced in late April that he was getting the band back together — Crazy Horse — for just five shows in the Central Valley. In a year that brought us a hot new pastime, new restaurants and entertainment venues, new festiva…
Every year at this time, many in my profession, and perhaps yours, find themselves bidding the old, departing year a not-so-fond "don't let the door hit you on the way out."
When San Joaquin Valley Republicans awoke on the morning after Election Day, things didn't look too bad. The dreaded blue wave of Democratic victories had appeared to have missed most of the valley's GOP candidates.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of annual sales for major retailers. Stores have rolled out online and in-store discounts gradually, while shoppers have prepared by researching deals ahead of time and planning their moves.
Black Friday bargains can take so many different forms these days — free shipping, promotional codes, digital coupons — how's a shopper supposed to see beyond the price tag and spot the best overall deal?
The longest lines on Black Friday often lead to big-box retailers, which isn't surprising given the resources they invest in the start of the holiday shopping season. But they're hardly the only stores looking to rack up big sales this week.
When Jennine Ochoa became pregnant at the end of 2017, she didn’t know what to expect. At 42, she’d waited longer than most women to start a family. But she said her first five months were easy. “I had no morning sickness, nothing,” she said. “It was completely uneventful until May.”
Rob Purdie is an upbeat guy. You can hear it in his unfailingly positive statements, his voice tinged with a Central Valley twang from a life spent in Bakersfield.
Dinosaurs, "Star Wars" stormtroopers, "Harry Potter" wizards and "Halo" video game characters were all on display — sometimes in the same set — during Saturday's Lego/K'NEX competition at the Kern County Fair.
Both of Katie Redfeairn's young sons had done their part by raising pigs and selling them at the Kern County Fair. How could she deny them the pleasure of what she called "the dreaded ride day?"
Today is School Days and Wild Wednesday: There is free admission for children in preschool through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon. There are several activities available throughout the morning. People can pick up their Wild Wednesday voucher from Les Schwab Tires for $6 admission from 3 to …
Before the Kern County Fair gates opened at 9 a.m. for Tuesday’s School Days, a plethora of energy was seen and felt as children tried not to burst from excitement.
Today is School Days: There is free admission for children in preschool through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon. There are several activities available throughout the morning.
While Ferris wheels and concerts may attract much of the attention at the Kern County Fair, some four-legged creatures tucked away in small pens have garnered their own following.
Tucked away with the popular classic Kern County Fair food such as the corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and turkey legs — and local favorites such as the Boy Scouts' baked potatoes and the Basque and barbecue offerings — are lesser-known hidden gems that are awaiting more adventurous …
In the words of Templeton the rat and Goose from the children’s book "Charlotte’s Web," the fair is “a veritable smorgasbord” of food and the Kern County Fair is no different, offering a wide variety of delicacies ranging from sweet to savory to deep fried to meaty and more.
While many people are attracted to the Kern County Fair for its food, concerts and rides, livestock remains a major focus of the event for many.
William Cooper's laugh fills the animal barn at the Kern County Fair as he tells how much he enjoys going to the fair. He especially likes it on Senior Day when entry is free.
By the time you read this, you may have already been out to the Kern County Fair, which kicked off Wednesday. Then you would have certainly sampled some fair food favorites or maybe something new. For those who have yet to go — or plan to return for more — here's a closer look at some of tho…
It might not be the only day they come out to the Kern County Fair, but for those 62 and older, Senior Day is the best day to come. After all, free admission, health information and early access to all the fair favorites is hard to beat.
Today is Special Friends Day: Gates open at 9 a.m. for people with special needs. There are several activities available throughout the morning. The gates open to the general public at 3 p.m.
The food vendors at the Kern County Fair sell everything from deep-fried cheese to specialty gelato topped with the kind of things that could be desserts all on their own.
Even before the fair opened Wednesday, Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott had a colorful preview. While Brad's World Reptiles, one of the fair's new attractions, was setting up its display, some feathered friends from the show visited the man in charge.