Twenty years ago Bakersfield started arranging seats at the table for what would be the longest, broadest, most detailed exercise in self-reflection in city history.
Each passing year is unique to all of us. For me, 2019 has been memorable for the things that have happened to me, and more importantly, the things that didn’t.
Plenty happened in 2019, from homelessness in Bakersfield and accomplishments on local athletic fields to academic achievements at the high school and college levels. Our staff photographer Alex Horvath was there at every turn of the way. Here are some of his top images from the past year.
A lot happens in a year. With 2019 nearly in the books, here's the big news that defined Bakersfield and Kern County over the past 12 months:
Much like the name of the festival that put a spotlight on Kern County, we captured a little lightning in a bottle in terms of entertainment and cultural events.
Raphael Avenue just might have the best view in all of Bakersfield and, by extension, the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Anyone who knows about the livestock competitions at the Kern County Fair knows how coveted a belt buckle is.
Today is School Days and Wild Wednesday: Free admission for children (preschool through sixth grade) from 9 a.m. to noon. For those with a voucher from Les Schwab Tires, admission is $6 from 3 to 9 p.m. today.
Today is School Days and Feed the Need: Free admission for children (preschool through sixth grade) from 9 a.m. to noon. From 3 to 9 p.m. receive one free admission with the donation of four or more nonexpired canned food items. (The effort is a partnership with the Community Action Partners…
Today is Gospel Day: Performances run all day on the Frontier Stage: Maurice O'Dell, 1:30 p.m., Deedra Patrick, 2 p.m.; Bread of Life Deliverance, 2:30 p.m.; The People's Missionary Baptist Church, 3 p.m.; Valley Baptist, 3:30 p.m.; Church of Christ Christian Ministries, 4 p.m.; St. John Voi…
Many children from across Kern County who had just hopped off school buses were antsy as they waited in line outside of the Kern County Fair on Thursday morning for Special Friends Day.
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.
It's mid-September, fall is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing: It's fair time. Festivities kick off Wednesday for the 2019 Kern County Fair, which runs through Sept. 29. All hands were on deck at the fairgrounds Monday as vendors, carnival workers and food and beverage conces…
There’s always something new at the Kern County Fair and this year is no different. Along with metal detectors at the entrances, there is more in store for the fair’s 103rd year, from entertainment and rides to new food and places to eat it.
This year’s fair theme — The Food. The Fun. The Fair! — could use a slight modifier because it’s fried food that is coming in hot among the new additions to the Kern County Fair. Along with a number of new concessions, fair fare that’s had a dip in the deep fryer is going to be what you’ll w…
One day 20 years ago, a slightly flustered UPS driver asked Margaret Hoover for directions. She’d seen him drive past her house three times already, so she wasn’t surprised when he stopped. “So,” he said, trying to get his bearings. “This is 621 Walnut Drive?”
Many fundamental questions about valley fever remain a mystery, but if a new study by the Kern County Public Health Services Department is successful, one may soon have an answer.
As Ridgecrest, Trona and Inyokern residents continue to clean up damage to their homes and towns following earthquakes that recently hit the region, three local men have come together to put on a relief concert to help victims.
During the third trimester of her pregnancy, Ashley Villegas could put a name on what was making her feel miserable, more than just the usual pains that come with pregnancy.
RIDGECREST — Nearly a thousand people took a seat in the Burroughs High School gymnasium Friday morning to hear an update from Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s leadership.
The city of Ridgecrest continues to assess widespread damage caused by two earthquakes last week, but all levels of government have aligned to help the community’s ongoing recovery efforts.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake still remains “mission unsustainable until further notice” following the 6.4 magnitude Independence Day earthquake and the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that followed Friday night.
RIDGECREST — Richmond Elementary School aboard Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was in shambles Tuesday morning. Cracks were visible in the floors and ceilings. Books were strewn across the floor.
RIDGECREST — Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake still remains “mission unsustainable until further notice” following the 6.4 magnitude Independence Day earthquake and the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that followed Friday night.
Kern County residents are being warned by District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer about illegal price gouging or charitable solicitation fraud following last week's earthquakes just outside of Ridgecrest.
Businesses and homes in the Ridgecrest area suffered major structural damage during last week's earthquakes, according to preliminary assessments officials say will be followed later this week by inspections that will determine how much state and federal money will be set aside to support ea…
As aftershocks continued to roll through Ridgecrest on Monday, the city slowly began to try to find a sense of normalcy following two large earthquakes that occurred over Fourth of July weekend.
RIDGECREST — Public safety officials at a press conference on Sunday at Ridgecrest City Hall said that now things appear to have settled down following a set of powerful earthquakes on Thursday and Friday, the time has come to reflect on what occurred and move forward.
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.