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.
Trice Harvey had a gift — a willingness, an eagerness even, to look outside that comfort zone and connect with people whose stories were different from his. Democrats, city folk, even journalists.
In recent years, communities in Connecticut, Florida and, yes, California have borne the awful toll of mass shootings. Few, if any, have touched Bakersfield.
Before Tara Crews could even open her eyes, she became a bit of a local celebrity — gracing the pages of The Californian Jan. 2, 1972, under the headline: “Year’s First Tot Arrives at Memorial.”
The most notable breaking news stories of the year are often a variation on a regular, almost expected theme.
I don't get to as many concerts as I'd like, but I go to the ones that count. This year, the one that counted most was Chris Stapleton at Rabobank Theater, just weeks after the death of Merle Haggard in April.
If the scenario sounds like a country song, maybe it's because it actually became one: Singer returns to the hometown he loved/loathed/ultimately escaped to make peace, relive his earliest memories of home and family, and say goodbye.
The election of Donald Trump as president was of course the biggest political story of the year. But our annual list is decidedly local, so he appears only tangentially here.
The Californian remembers the people we lost this year who helped shape the city’s identity and inspire us. Reflections on country music great Merle Haggard and activist Helen Chavez begin our special commemoration