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  1. LOIS HENRY: Unchecked science no basis for onerous air rules
  2. ASK EMILY: Small business exchange offline and off target
  3. Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off
  4. Safety net hospitals hit hardest by Medicare fines
  5. Safety net hospitals hit hardest by Medicare fines
  6. Live wrestling blog: Central Section Masters
  7. Golden girls: Bakersfield Junior League at 50
  8. Golden girls: Bakersfield Junior League at 50
  9. PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown
  10. Salty's serves up "killer barbecue" on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"
  11. Fast-starting Hawks thwart Clovis North
  12. Fast-starting Hawks thwart Clovis North
  13. South boys soccer rises again, wins second straight section title
  14. South boys soccer rises again, wins second straight section title
  15. BCHS girls soccer comes up short in title game against Strathmore
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  1. Liberty falls short in D-I championship

    Liberty was rescued time and time again by 6-foot-3 goalie Trevor Peterson on Saturday against Clovis-Buchanan in the boys Division I section soccer championship, but his efforts alone weren't enough in a 1-0 overtime loss Saturday at top-seeded Buchanan.

    11 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  2. High school roundup for Feb. 28

    Boys basketball Central Section Division IV quarterfinal (Friday) No. 7 Porterville-Granite Hills 51, No.

    11 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  3. Scores from the Central Section Masters wrestling tournament

    Wrestling Central Section Masters Championships at East high; top 10 in each weight qualify for state tournament Team scores: 1.

    12 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  4. Drillers send 12 to state meet

    There are many important numbers in high school wrestling: Two points for a takedown, five seconds for three nearfall points, weights measured and sweated down to tenths of pounds.

    13 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  5. Mira Monte's Llanes takes third place at state meet

    VISALIA -- She still sat alone like she had three times before, eagerly awaiting the final match.

    13 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  6. Renegades have fast start, hold on for win

    For much of the first half Saturday night it looked like an easy playoff win for Bakersfield College.

    16 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  7. Weather forces postponement of Showdown

    Rain forced the postponement of the Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250 scheduled for Saturday night at Kern County Raceway until today.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  8. CYNTHIA ALLEN: Candidates must get over this 'gotcha' questioning

    In late 2013, a group of eager GOP Senate hopefuls landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside of Washington, D.C.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  9. CSUB hopes rest on Nickell, Fierro

    Plagued by injuries, Cal State Bakersfield heads into today's Pac-12 Wrestling Championships at Oregon State University a bit short-handed.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  10. Zach Ewing

    More team: 9. Mission Oak 41; 10. Golden Valley 34; 11. Foothill 32; 12. Clovis East 28; 13. Porterville 25; t14. Sierra Pacific, Lemoore 23

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  11. Zach Ewing

    Final team scores: 1. Clovis 306.5; 2. Buchanan 226; 3. Bakersfield 147; 4. Dinuba 69; 5. Selma 68; 6. CN 52; 7. CW 51; 8 Frontier 44

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  12. Trevor Horn

    RT @BVarsityLive: Mira Monte senior Angelica Llanes finished third at 106 pounds at state. A four-time state medalist. https://t.co/bZZLtPL…

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  13. BVarsityLive

    Mira Monte senior Angelica Llanes finished third at 106 pounds at state. A four-time state medalist. https://t.co/bZZLtPLbY7

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  14. Trevor Horn

    Mira Monte's Angelica Llanes all smiles after taking third at state. http://t.co/GPpeH2P5JH

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  15. Zach Ewing

    Heavyweight Masters championship Hexton Coronado, Clovis, pin Casey Jones, Sierra, 3:49

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  16. Trevor Horn

    RT @zewing: 182-pound Masters championship AJ Nevills, Clovis, dec. Julio Fuentes, Golden Valley, 8-4

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  17. Zach Ewing

    220-pound Masters championship Seth Nevills, Clovis, pin Bevan Brandt, Bullard, 2:56

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  18. Zach Ewing

    195-pound Masters championship Austin Flores, Clovis North, dec. Adam Prentice, Clovis, 3-2

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  19. TONY MESSENGER: Before he took his life, he called me

    He was my BFF. That's how my editorial board colleagues jokingly referred to my relationship with state auditor Tom Schweich, who on Thursday morning raised a gun to his head in his Clayton, Mo., home and shot himself dead.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  20. CHRISTINE FLOWERS: It's arrogance to brand adversaries as unpatriotic

    When I was about 11 or 12, I saw a made-for-television movie called "The Man Without A Country.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
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    LOIS HENRY: Unchecked science no basis for onerous air rules

    New ozone regulations being proposed by the federal EPA would essentially force us all into electric cars and we probably still wouldn't come into compliance. Ho hum. Kind of the same old story for the San Joaquin Valley, where we're never in compliance and we're constantly being told our "FILTHY AIR" is killing us...

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    ASK EMILY: Small business exchange offline and off target

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. California has been hailed as a national leader in implementing Obamacare, enrolling about 4 million people into Medi-Cal and Covered California since last year. But when it comes to our health insurance exchange for...

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    Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off

    Layoffs are never easy. But when they become unavoidable, employers can take simple steps to make sure their laid-off workers at least know about taxpayer-funded services designed to help them find a new job. That doesn't always happen. During the depth of the Great Recession, for example, a local job training and...

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    Safety net hospitals hit hardest by Medicare fines

    Hospitals that treat California's poorest patients, including local ones, are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act's drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health...

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    Paralympic athlete to local kids: You, too, can overcome adversity

    Jazmin Cervantes, a fifth-grader at Williams School, stood in front of about 90 of her peers and bent her right leg -- a request from a guest speaker talking to the group Friday. That speaker, Paralympic athlete Brent Poppen, is making his way to about 17 schools in the Bakersfield City School District to share his...

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    A struggle to preserve: Recreation destroying cactus habitat

    The lush grasses and sweeps of wildflowers cloak much of the damage to the small canyon in a blanket of ephemeral green. But Ellen Cypher and Erin Tennant can see it as they walk along a sandy route that has been churned into the bottom of the wash by motorcyclists and quad riders. Cypher points to a strip of...

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    Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off

    Layoffs are never easy. But when they become unavoidable, employers can take simple steps to make sure their laid-off workers at least know about taxpayer-funded services designed to help them find a new job. That doesn't always happen. During the depth of the Great Recession, for example, a local job training and...

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    Alon delays work on oil-by-rail terminal planned for Rosedale Highway refinery

    The owner of the idled refinery on Rosedale Highway told an industry gathering this week the company will start operating a rail terminal at the plant in 2016, not 2015 as previously announced, a legal-news service has reported. The report by legal news service Law360 offered no explanation for the delay other than...

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    Sprouts Farmers Market grand opening draws shoppers, protesters

    It was dark outside when John Skibinski secured his spot as first in line for the grand opening of Sprouts Farmers Market, a Phoenix grocery store chain that is new to Bakersfield. "I'm never first for anything," he said smiling as employees cut a big red ribbon and then opened the doors at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The...

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    Talk of oil prices leads to regulatory discussion

    A Monday meeting promoted as a discussion of how low oil prices affect the local economy turned into a rallying cry against new and proposed oil regulations. There was some talk of why prices have fallen by half since June, and how that leads to layoffs and lower tax receipts for local government. But the event's...

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    RUSS ALLRED: Trade show tricks for attendees

    A random promotional flier flutters on the wind across the grounds of the now vacant World Ag Expo-compound in Tulare. Just a bit ago it was abuzz with farmers, big equipment and ag vendors from around the world. It is easy to be mesmerized by the excitement of a trade show. Many attendees wander aimlessly with a...

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    Pixley biogas project 'a nice little fit' for ethanol plant, nearby dairy

    It may have sounded impossibly idealistic at one time, but there's no longer any debate about whether dairy waste can be converted into low-carbon energy, even on an industrial scale. The question these days is, under what conditions does it make financial sense? A new operation just north of the Kern County border...

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    LOIS HENRY: Unchecked science no basis for onerous air rules

    New ozone regulations being proposed by the federal EPA would essentially force us all into electric cars and we probably still wouldn't come into compliance. Ho hum. Kind of the same old story for the San Joaquin Valley, where we're never in compliance and we're constantly being told our "FILTHY AIR" is killing us...

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    PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown

    There are times when the hour wait for breakfast/lunch at 24th Street Cafe can be a bit impossible, particularly on a Sunday morning. They've got the patio, the staff is efficient, but some weekend days just have a honey-do list that makes the delay impossible. So consider ambling over to the original occupant of that...

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    HERB BENHAM: Roofer never looks down

    A description of Donna Amparano sounds like the punch line of a joke. If it were, she'd be the first to laugh, if not tell it herself. Amparano is a one-legged roofer with a three-legged dog. What are the chances? "The dog's name is Domino," Amparano said of the chihuahua. "And it's not because he falls over."...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    OIL BY RAIL: Environmentalists applauded when President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, but what did it accomplish? Not much, according to experts, who point out the oil extracted from our resurgent fields will simply find its way to market via rail cars, often through our most densely populated cities....

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    STEVE MERLO: Annual Outdoor Show has a little something for everyone

    The Central Valley Sportsman's Boat, RV and Outdoor Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend brings thousands of people through the gates to enjoy the best of camping, hunting, boating and fishing. This year's premium event will not be business as usual, according to show promoter Mike Hatcher. The three-day...

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    HERB BENHAM: A dried-in-the-wool laundry rookie

    For Christmas, Sue gave me a blue vest from Nordstrom, made of extra-fine Merino wool. It's a beauty, neither too thin nor too thick. The vest started as a large. I own three vests but the moths chewed two of them, leaving the third one intact. The remaining vest is long and hangs past my mid-section. Had the moths...

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    South boys soccer rises again, wins second straight section title

    Brian Smith loves his players, and those kids love their coach right back. With Smith back on the sideline for just the second time since he took a medical leave of absence in December, the South High boys soccer team beat Porterville-Monache 2-0 at home Friday night for the Central Section Division II championship....

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    Thorn sets track record, wins pole in Winter Showdown

    Derek Thorn made a statement Friday night at Kern County Raceway Park. The defending Spears SRL Southwest Tour champion would like to make an even bigger one tonight in the $25,000-prize Winter Showdown. Thorn qualified No. 1 with a track-record lap of 17.223 seconds around the paved half-mile oval and, with the...

  3. McFarland boys silence Kennedy for Div. V title

    McFarland -- Even though 80 minutes were played in the All-Kern County Central Section Division V championship match between No. 1 McFarland and No. 2 Kennedy, the outcome was decided in the eighth minute. McFarland freshman Irvin Gonzalez netted the first goal and sophomore Manuel Felix added an insurance goal in the...

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    BCHS girls soccer comes up short in title game against Strathmore

    STRATHMORE -- In a match-up of one team with a great defense versus another with a high-scoring offense, something had to give. Unfortunately for the Bakersfield Christian girls soccer team, it was its normally stellar defense that caved. The Eagles allowed a season-high number of goals in losing the Central Section...

  2. CSUB baseball scores upset of No. 9 Arizona State

    PHOENIX — Cal State Bakersfield scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning Friday to beat No. 9-ranked Arizona State 7-4 at the Phoenix Muni Classic. Earlier Friday, the Roadrunners beat Gonzaga 6-4. “Obviously this was a signature win,” CSUB coach Bill Kernen said in a news release. “We are very proud to beat...

  3. Mira Monte's Llanes still in hunt for state title

    Mira Monte senior Angelica Llanes leads a group of four Kern County wrestlers moving on to the second day at the CIF state girls wrestling championships at the Visalia Convention Center. Llanes, a 106-pounder, is the lone local wrestler in the championship bracket and is guaranteed to medal for the fourth time in her...

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    PETE TITTL: The other honest-to-goodness breakfast hub downtown

    There are times when the hour wait for breakfast/lunch at 24th Street Cafe can be a bit impossible, particularly on a Sunday morning. They've got the patio, the staff is efficient, but some weekend days just have a honey-do list that makes the delay impossible. So consider ambling over to the original occupant of that...

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    Golden girls: Bakersfield Junior League at 50

    Back in 1965, when the Junior League of Bakersfield was in its infancy, members were accustomed to being misunderstood. Once, when a lunch order for a board meeting arrived, the potato salad was in the shape of a baseball and bat. Comic moments like that are being resurrected and retold as the local nonprofit marks...

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    ANN CIERLEY: How to get started on wine journey

    I've been approached several times already this winter by earnest young adults who either ask me for recommendations for a good wine, or want to know where they can learn about wine. The ensuing conversation always has me telling them to go to wine stores and ask the clerks for assistance, since I don't know what...

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    Big changes at BMoA

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art announced several changes in leadership in a news release Thursday. Curator Vikki Cruz, who arranges the exhibitions at the downtown Bakersfield art museum, is leaving her post, effective Friday. She has accepted the position of curatorial administrator for the Chinese and Korean...

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    We grilled Salty's owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty's BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant's Friday debut on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a smoker. "We were one of the last ones," Jeff Salters said, referring to the list of...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for 'Plaid'

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with "Forever Plaid," a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. "The show is funny. It's poignant," said director Brent Rochon. "It's wholesome. It's very cleverly...

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  1. CYNTHIA ALLEN: Candidates must get over this 'gotcha' questioning

    In late 2013, a group of eager GOP Senate hopefuls landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside of Washington, D.C. Moments later, they were besieged by a gaggle of young, camera-wielding "trackers" yelling questions at them about abortion and rape -- two of the media's favorite topics for conservative neophyte...

  2. CHRISTINE FLOWERS: It's arrogance to brand adversaries as unpatriotic

    When I was about 11 or 12, I saw a made-for-television movie called "The Man Without A Country." It was based on a short story written by Edward Everett Hale, and told the story of a man who -- angered at being tried for treason against the United States -- spouted out in the middle of the trial, "I wish I may never...

  3. TONY MESSENGER: Before he took his life, he called me

    He was my BFF. That's how my editorial board colleagues jokingly referred to my relationship with state auditor Tom Schweich, who on Thursday morning raised a gun to his head in his Clayton, Mo., home and shot himself dead. We weren't actual best friends forever. We didn't vacation together. I didn't have his kids'...

  1. We've accommodated them enough

    Here we go again. The undocumented immigrants are moaning and whining because they may be deported due to the recent decision by a federal judge ("Rebuke by judge spurs delay in Obama's deportation relief plan," Feb. 18). I find it amazing that someone can live in this wonderful country -- and claim to love living...

  2. Immigrants, police can coexist

    On Feb. 16, an excellent column by Jose Gaspar appeared in this newspaper ("Politics put undocumented people in harm's way"). The column explained how undocumented immigrants can be victimized by wrongdoers because of the immigrants' fear of being identified. Congress addressed this issue by allowing undocumented...

  3. Fireworks ban punishes law-abiding citizens

    The argument to ban fireworks that are deemed by the state of California as "safe and sane" has about flashed out its last poof of smoke. To ban otherwise-legal fireworks because of what might be done with them is an argument based in fantasy. Do the proponents of this ban realize gunpowder can be bought year round?...

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  1. Live wrestling blog: Central Section Masters, championship finals

    106: Isaiah Perez, Dinuba, pin Ethan Leake, Buchanan, 5:25 113: Justin Mejia, Clovis, maj. dec. Javier Alaniz, Clovis West, 11-2 120: Durbin Lloren, Buchanan, dec. Chris Deloza, Clovis North, 5-0 126: JJ Figueroa, Bakersfield, dec. Fern Perez, Foothill, 4-0 132: Greg Gaxiola, Buchanan, dec. Brandon Martino, Clovis,...

  2. Man killed on Kern Canyon Road

    A motorist was killed Friday afternoon after traveling into oncoming traffic on Kern Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. In the 4:53 p.m. incident, an unidentified man in a 1987 Chevrolet Silverado was driving eastbound at an estimated speed of 65 to 70 mph hour on Kern Canyon Road, east of...

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    Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off

    Layoffs are never easy. But when they become unavoidable, employers can take simple steps to make sure their laid-off workers at least know about taxpayer-funded services designed to help them find a new job. That doesn't always happen. During the depth of the Great Recession, for example, a local job training and...

  1. Three arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

    Three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy and firearm charges Friday night, and a fourth suspect has not yet been identified. Police officers heard several gunshots around 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of South Real Road, police said. They found an adult male victim suffering from a moderate head...

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    Live wrestling blog: Central Section Masters

    UPDATED, 5:51 p.m.: Here are the rest of the placewinners. Finals look like they're going to start around, oh, maybe 6:15. Zak Levatino of Buchanan, champion last week at Yosemite Division, fell to 10th place at heavyweight, but that's what's great about wrestling's postseason. Next week, he might come back and be in...

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    VIDEO: South boys soccer wins D-II section title

    Jefferson Escobar and Denis Rivas score first half goals to lift South boys soccer to the Central Section Division II championship.  

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    A struggle to preserve: Recreation destroying cactus habitat

    The lush grasses and sweeps of wildflowers cloak much of the damage to the small canyon in a blanket of ephemeral green. But Ellen Cypher and Erin Tennant can see it as they walk along a sandy route that has been churned into the bottom of the wash by motorcyclists and quad riders. Cypher points to a strip of...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's a cancer of a part of the brainstem with a median survival rate of less than a...

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    Judge sentences Oliver to more than 27 years in prison

    Criminal proceedings in one of the most high-profile cases of the last decade in Kern County came to an end Thursday as school shooter Bryan Oliver was sentenced to 27 years and four months in prison. Oliver will be eligible for parole in less than 13 years under January’s plea deal in which he pleaded no contest to...

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    Silas Nacita 'deeply sorry' for violation

    Baylor walk-on running back Silas Nacita, who received national attention when people learned he had been homeless for a year, said Thursday he is sorry for breaking the rules by living with an acquaintaince. "The bottom line is that I broke the rules," he wrote on Twitter. "I should've never accepted the help and I...

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    Condors team name remains the same

    There was a thunderous ovation on Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena when the announcement was made: the Condors will be soaring next season when Bakersfield becomes part of the American Hockey League. There will be no name change for the team as Bakersfield begins play in a new five-team Pacific Division along with...

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    South boys soccer rises again, wins second straight section title

    Brian Smith loves his players, and those kids love their coach right back. With Smith back on the sideline for just the second time since he took a medical leave of absence in December, the South High boys soccer team beat Porterville-Monache 2-0 at home Friday night for the Central Section Division II championship....

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