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  1. 'First Look': First News for July 29
  2. 'First Look': First News for July 29
  3. ASK EMILY: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category
  4. Zip-lining victim critical after 3 surgeries
  5. Zip-lining victim critical after 3 surgeries
  6. Striking bus driver ferries riders on his own time
  7. Striking bus driver ferries riders on his own time
  8. Work on high-speed rail moves forward
  9. Bakersfield woman witnessed fatal lightning strike at Venice Beach
  10. Bakersfield woman witnessed fatal lightning strike at Venice Beach
  11. GET strike negotiations stuck in neutral
  12. July 29 community sports announcements, accomplishments
  13. July 29 community sports announcements, accomplishments
  14. City postpones Centennial Plaza bricks removal
  15. City postpones Centennial Plaza bricks removal
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    Top trending story on bakersfield.com this Tuesday morning: A striking bus driver ferries riders on his own time. http://bit.ly/1Aup3xv

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  10. Property values rise in Tehachapi area, Kern County

    An increase in property values throughout Kern County also has spread into the Tehachapi area as well.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  11. Rape case court date pushed to Aug.

    The case of a defendant facing rape charges was postponed until August following a hearing on July 23 at the Mojave branch of the Kern County Superior Court.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  12. Old Tehachapi police station to be repurposed

    With Tehachapi's police department established in its new station, the city has its eyes set on reproposing the building at the corner of East "F" Street and Robinson that once housed City Hall, the old Tehachapi Police Department and the sub-station for the Kern County Sheriff.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  13. Stallion Springs Drive to be repaved

    Stallion Springs' main drag will have a fresh face lift for the first time in decades, according to the community service district's general manager.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  14. Changes coming to Kern Regional Transit stops

    Old Towne route discontinued Riders will find new changes waiting for them beginning Aug.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  15. Water conservation: City, CSDs work to follow state mandates

    State fines can be hefty When California's State Water Board passed its emergency drought regulations earlier this month, it raised awareness of the seriousness of the state's water shortage.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
  16. Dianne Hardisty

    Sacbee - Obamacare at center of debate over California health insurance initiative http://t.co/ud4pVQl2zA

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  17. Local seats up for grabs; few have filed

    The local election season has opened and potential candidates are popping up for the general elections on Nov.

    about 1 hour ago via TehachapiNews.com
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    Bakersfield Californian: Medicare finances improve as health care inflation slows http://t.co/DE9jjCS8LF

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    'First Look': First News for July 29

    Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: STRIKING BUS DRIVER FERRIES RIDERS ON HIS OWN TIME: Golden Empire Transit driver Scot Knoy hasn't been behind the wheel of his bus for two weeks, not since he and his fellow drivers went on strike July 15. But that hasn't kept him from helping two elderly...

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    ASK EMILY: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act.   It used to be that your health plan's annual out-of-pocket maximum was more like the safety net under a high wire: You sure were glad it was there, but you didn't actually plan to use it. These days, it could take...

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    Zip-lining victim critical after 3 surgeries

    Bakersfield resident Brian Hodges has had three brain surgeries since being transported Saturday to California from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where he sustained life-threatening injuries in a zip-lining accident. "He is still critical and fighting for his life," said Enjoli Black, whose family accompanied the Hodgeses...

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    Striking bus driver ferries riders on his own time

    Golden Empire Transit driver Scot Knoy hasn't been behind the wheel of his bus for two weeks, not since he and his fellow drivers went on strike July 15. But that hasn't kept him from helping two elderly customers get around town in a much smaller vehicle -- his own car. "He told us any time we needed to go to the...

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    Work on high-speed rail moves forward

    Construction in the Fresno area of the 114-mile-long California high-speed rail stretch to Bakersfield will begin by the end of the year, the Kern Transportation Foundation board of directors was told Monday. The acquisition of property from Madera to Fresno is continuing, said Diana Gomez, Central Valley regional...

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    Bakersfield woman witnessed fatal lightning strike at Venice Beach

    It has been a beautiful day as the Roquemore family traveled from their southwest Bakersfield home Sunday to Venice Beach, battling freeway traffic and overflowing parking lots. They finally arrived in the early afternoon for several hours of fishing and swimming. But in the 30 minutes it took to find a parking spot...

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    Worth noting in business: Tejon buys out development partner

    Tejon Ranch Co. has paid $70 million in cash to acquire full ownership of Tejon Mountain Village LLC, the 26,000-acre resort-style residential community it has been developing near Lebec with Arizona-based DMB Associates Inc. The move to buy DMB's interest in the fully entitled project reflects the Lebec company's...

  2. Kern's jobless rate rose slightly in June

    Kern County's unemployment rate held nearly steady in June, increasing slightly to a seasonally unadjusted 10.2 percent, despite the addition of some 3,500 farm jobs, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday. The department said Kern lost a total of about 1,000 non-farm jobs after taking into...

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    State allows two oil field injection wells to resume operation

    State oil regulators announced Friday they have lifted emergency shutdown orders on two of the 11 Kern County injection wells closed last week out of concern they may have contaminated protected groundwater. One of the wells allowed to resume operation belongs to Longbow LLC, and the other is owned by Pace...

  1. Dignity settles with government over drug probe

    Dignity Health has agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims it mishandled controlled substances at its hospitals and clinics. Dignity is California's largest hospital provider and the country's fifth largest health system. In Bakersfield, it operates Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and Mercy...

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    More retail: New shops at River Walk open in February

    Just weeks before the grand opening of a massive new outlet mall at the base of the Grapevine, real estate developer Castle & Cooke has announced a slew of new tenants at its Shops at River Walk and Gosford Village shopping centers. The company confirmed rumors that a 35,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack is set to open...

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    Outlets at Tejon prepares for a big opening

    If it seems like there's a lot of work to be done in the three weeks before the Outlets at Tejon opens to the public, be patient: It's no small task knocking the socks off a quarter million people. And that's exactly what the project's developers intend to do on opening weekend, Aug. 8-10. Headlined by factory...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Foundation salutes stand-up peace officers

    When Kern County deputy sheriff Brad Bays stepped in to assist the Ridgecrest Police Department in a criminal investigation last fall, he probably didn't envision the life-threatening steps that would rapidly play out. As a police officer, he knows the moment he steps outside his home, he puts himself in harm's way...

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

    SCAM: More on those telephone scams going on around town. From Alice Merenback: "Today, I received 11 phone calls (obviously their machine jammed because it was the same message each time). The caller had a very strong foreign accent and told me that my house and bank accounts were going to have a lien on them within...

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    LOIS HENRY: Even upriver, water is as valuable as wet gold

    I’m convinced that water has become the most seductive element on earth. Its lure is stronger than oil or even gold, especially in California these days. Water’s siren song appears to have drawn the Rosedale Rio-Bravo Water Storage District into what is shaping up as a classic water war on the South Fork of the Kern...

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    SOUND OFF: Digital push doesn't mean we dismiss paper fans

    Reader: Today, after reading "Sound Off" in the paper edition, I decided to try the e-edition. Have any of you tried to read a screen on a tablet measuring 4-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches? Didn't think so. Anyway, I tried my best to read just one headline and that was impossible. No matter how hard I tried to find the...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: My new dog needed me to need her

    If a week ago the world's greatest psychic had predicted that I would be getting a new dog, I would have told him that he should seriously consider another line of work. Bringing in a new dog is something I give a lot of thought to, and for the last few months I've had more pressing matters on my mind, such as losing...

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

    TRAGEDY: Horrible news out of Cabo San Lucas, where a Bakersfield man was severely injured in a zip-lining accident. Brian Hodges and his wife, Shimeaka, were in Cabo celebrating a year of marriage when Brian broke his neck after slamming into the side of a mountain while zip lining. He is currently in a medically...

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    July 29 community sports announcements, accomplishments

    Baseball Taft Longhorns 11U team will be holding an open tryout Saturday at the Franklin Field Sports Complex, 281 E. Cedar St. Taft, 93268. Seeking experienced players who will be no older than 12 on April 30. Bring cleats, hat, glove, bat and water bottle. Contact coach Les Clark (661) 805-5315 or by email:...

  2. Grand slam helps Rawhide top Blaze

    Rudy Flores hit a first-inning grand slam to help the Visalia Rawhide to an 8-7 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze on Monday in a California League baseball game at Sam Lynn Ball Park. Breland Almadova added three hits and two runs scored for Visalia, which opened a 5-0 lead in the first and padded their lead with a...

  3. BETTE ADDINGTON: Don't let summer heat get to your bowling ball!

    Have you recently lost your favorite bowling ball to a crack that spans all around the shell? If not, you're lucky or maybe you're taking good care of your equipment keeping them indoors at a consistent moderate temperature. The last five years have shown a steady increase of bowling balls cracking two thirds or more...

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    Gordon races to fifth Brickyard win; Harvick finishes 8th

    INDIANAPOLIS -- With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

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    New job as Lakers coach is fulfillment of dream for Scott

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three NBA titles as a...

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    Ryu stays sharp, Crawford provides RBI triple as Dodgers complete sweep of SF

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Don Mattingly hardly considers a late-July sweep in San Francisco a turning point to put his Dodgers in the driver's seat atop the NL West. Yet coming off consecutive series losses at St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Los Angeles needed some sort of spark as August approaches. The Dodgers found it in...

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    Violinist hits the right career notes

    Bakersfield-born violinist Paul Cartwright had dreamed since childhood that one day he would play with a major orchestra. Instead, Cartwright, 33, has become a first-call studio player, a respected jazz artist, and the "signature sound" of such TV hits as "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and now the pirate adventure...

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    PETE TITTL: No need to catch a flight for a Bit of Germany

    Couldn’t afford a trip to Europe this summer? I’m in that club. But I can always take comfort from the transatlantic escape afforded by Bit of Germany. The restaurant is celebrating a big anniversary this year — 35 years, all at the same location, just down the road from East Bakersfield High and right across the...

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    Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you

    Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant reports in its regular e-newsletter that the 2010 Silver Oak Alex Cab is being offered on a pre-sale basis through the end of July for $62 per bottle -- "the lowest price we could find in the nation." Imbibe will honor that price until the end of the month, with the wine expected to...

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    HERB BENHAM: A short life that cast a long shadow over Taft

    It’s time for Lee Patterson to get to know his father, a phenom of track and field who died when the Taft businessman was a baby. There’s just one problem: He can’t bear to open the biography, written by Kern County native Gerald Haslam, that celebrates his dad and all his many athletic accomplishments — though he’s...

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    On the Town: Have a Krush on elegance?

    The Krush hush or the Krush rush? The energy and pulse of a bar can change with the day of the week, and nowhere is that more true than at Krush Wine Bar, a new restaurant/watering hole in northwest Bakersfield. My first and second visits couldn’t have been more different, which proves that just as you can’t judge a...

  3. Drive-in entrepreneurs land premiere

    There are a lot of snacks in Jason and Seggan Sanders’ kitchen. Not just a Snickers bar here, a bag of chips there and a dozen soda cans in the fridge, but entire shelves of various candies, a dozen boxes of sodas and enough popcorn, nachos and giant pickles to feed an army. No, the Sanderses aren’t in need of an...

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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Voters should pass Prop. 44's rainy day fund

    Leave it to the governor and state legislators to take a good idea and screw it up. That's what happened with the plan for a rainy day fund on the November ballot. Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers, and that deserves voter support. The unacceptable additions are contained...

  2. MICHAEL GERSON: The party of reform?

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three....

  3. Worry about victims, not killers

    Why is everyone so concerned with the "botched" execution in Arizona? I believe it was justice served. He now knows what his victims went through. Everyone needs to stop worrying about the individual that commits capital murder and start worrying about the victims. No one convicted of a death-penalty crime should...

  1. Counselors are not the answer

    I read with interest the article regarding remedial education courses and community colleges. As a student off and on all of my adult life, I can tell you that hiring more counselors will not solve the problem regarding getting students up to speed relative to program goals. In my experience, the counselors were...

  2. History, family stories are found in Plaza bricks

    I have just learned of the plans to remove the bricks from Centennial Plaza ("Maxwell joins Johnson in decrying plan to remove bricks, tiles from plaza outside Rabobank center," July 28). My family and I purchased four bricks in the good faith that we would always be apart of the city and the plaza. When my husband...

  3. Sad commentary on our schools

    If I read reporter Lauren Foreman's article correctly, more than 80 percent of incoming students to Bakersfield College need remedial English or Math -- or all three ("Remedial ed costly for students at community colleges," July 27). What a sorry commentary of our high school administrators, who get evaluated on the...

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  1. Police warn public about scams

    Bakersfield police have been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams and are urging the public to be careful. Police said never provide unsolicited personal identifying information over the phone, don't send money based on a request made over the phone or on the Internet, don't purchase a pre-paid debit...

  2. Marijuana operation results in 46-month sentence

    Jose Luis Garcia Villa, 22, of Michoacán, Mexico, has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a toxic marijuana cultivation operation in the Sequoia National Forest. Garcia was also ordered to pay $3,328 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for damage sustained to public land...

  3. Arvin man pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns

    Federico Garcia Garcia, 45, of Arvin, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of filing false claims with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in connection with a scheme to obtain tax refunds. Between October 2007 and December 2008, Garcia caused 147 false federal income tax returns to be submitted to the IRS in the names of...

  1. Crash closes I-5 connector for couple hours Monday afternoon

    A big rig was involved in an injury crash on Interstate 5 and went off the roadway and into an oil pumping rig Monday afternoon. The 2:35 p.m. crash closed the northbound I-5 connector at Highway 99, according to the California Highway Patrol. Lanes reopened about 5 p.m.

  2. Q Street fire damages storage shed, 3 cars

    A Monday afternoon storage shed fire south of downtown that spread to three cars was controlled by Bakersfield firefighters before it could damage two nearby homes. The 12:22 p.m. fire in the 900 block of Q Street caused $25,000 damage. The cause of the fire is unknown.

  3. Kern County firefighters assisting in battling Northern California blaze

    A group of Kern County firefighters spent 24 hours straight battling the Sand Fire in Northern California before getting a rest Monday. The 17 firefighters out of Kern County protected structures and worked with hand crews securing fire lines, Capt. Eric Coughran said. The team left Saturday and is expected to stay...

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Editors' picks from the last week

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    Course closes amid worries about golf’s future

    The Sycamore Canyon Golf Course in Arvin has been sold to developers who intend to plant an almond orchard there and convert the clubhouse into a wedding venue. It’s the latest in a string of regional golf courses that have shuttered in recent years, raising concerns among some about  the future of the game. The...

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    Along for the ride, Westside Parkway turns one

    A classic car parade Aug. 2 opened Westside Parkway for business, but a year later the freeway segment remains part of more futuristic plans to merge Bakersfield with the national highway system. Residents instantly dubbed it a “freeway to nowhere,” and the “Westside Barkway,” for its copious use of woodchip...

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    LOIS HENRY: Even upriver, water is as valuable as wet gold

    I’m convinced that water has become the most seductive element on earth. Its lure is stronger than oil or even gold, especially in California these days. Water’s siren song appears to have drawn the Rosedale Rio-Bravo Water Storage District into what is shaping up as a classic water war on the South Fork of the Kern...

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    Outlets at Tejon preview sparks ticket frenzy

    Santa Monica nonprofit The Painted Turtle wasn't used to a lot of phone calls coming from Bakersfield -- until about two weeks ago. Then it was nonstop. People weren't calling specifically to help with the organization's camp activities for kids with serious medical conditions. They wanted tickets to the Aug. 6...

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    PETE TITTL: No need to catch a flight for a Bit of Germany

    Couldn’t afford a trip to Europe this summer? I’m in that club. But I can always take comfort from the transatlantic escape afforded by Bit of Germany. The restaurant is celebrating a big anniversary this year — 35 years, all at the same location, just down the road from East Bakersfield High and right across the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore

    With another heat wave in the San Joaquin Valley this week, scores of people will once again be trekking to the Central Coast to cool off. That's a given, but a lot of folks are also heading over there simply to wet their lines. The entire Central Coast, from Santa Barbara north to San Simeon, has recently erupted...

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  1. Police warn public about scams

    Bakersfield police have been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams and are urging the public to be careful.

  2. Marijuana operation results in 46-month sentence

    Jose Luis Garcia Villa, 22, of Michoacán, Mexico, has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a toxic marijuana cultivation operation in the Sequoia National Forest.

  3. Arvin man pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns

    Federico Garcia Garcia, 45, of Arvin, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of filing false claims with the U.S.

  4. Crash closes I-5 connector for couple hours Monday afternoon

    A big rig was involved in an injury crash on Interstate 5 and went off the roadway and into an oil pumping rig Monday afternoon.

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