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  2. Condors tie game with 0.8 left in regulation, beat Utah in OT to take 3-1 series lead
  3. Few surprises in 32nd Assembly District forum
  4. Few surprises in 32nd Assembly District forum
  5. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people
  6. PHOTO GALLERY: Marchers seek immigration reform vote
  7. PHOTO GALLERY: Marchers seek immigration reform vote
  8. Country Club gates proposal shelved for now
  9. Taekwondo: American Kicks
  10. CITY BEAT: Narducci's buys, plans to improve, parking lot
  11. Conservation agency votes to buy former Canyons development
  12. Conservation agency votes to buy former Canyons development
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  14. Sister of Facebook mogul tells women to dare
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    Condors tie game with 0.8 left in regulation, beat Utah in OT to take 3-1 series lead

    Cardiac finishes don't get any better than what transpired Thursday night at Rabobank Arena. First, Bakersfield's Collin Bowman did the improbable, tying Game 4 of the ECHL Western Conference first-round series against Utah with less than one second left in regulation. Then Andrew Carroll, who played a huge role in...

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    BVarsity Live Weekly, April 24 — On location from Pinnacle Performance

    We took our BVarsity show quite literally on the road this afternoon, hitting up Pinnacle Performance Institute on Allen Road for a little evaluation/training session with Kyle Jean, who's one of our sponsors. In the end, I bested the old man Louis Amestoy, in two of our three evaluation metrics (and yes, I know i...

  3. April 24 high school roundup

    Baseball Calvary Christian 8, Bakersfield Christian 4 At The Masters College; W: Knowles. L: Ladd (3-1). 2B: CC (Nixon). Notes: BCHS (Toothman 2-2). SSL W-L: BCHS 5-3 (15-9). Frontier 6, Bakersfield 5 At FHS; W: Keene. L: Reynier. 2B: BHS (Reynier); FHS (McCoy). HR: FHS (Douglass). Notes: BHS (Perryman 2-4, run, RBI;...

  1. Local report: CSUB signs JC forward

    Matt Smith, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward from Columbia State (Community) College in Tennessee, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Cal State Bakersfield. Smith played his freshman year at Mississippi Valley State, where he averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He scored four points...

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    Few surprises in 32nd Assembly District forum

    A 32nd Assembly District forum was short on surprises Thursday on the Central Valley's key issues -- including water, high-speed rail and the minimum wage -- but revealed a few clues to future strategies for the race's three candidates. Less than six weeks remain before the June 3 primary pitting incumbent Rudy...

  3. STEVE MERLO: Wind hampers Isabella trout derby

    Nearly 2,600 fishermen took part in last week's Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Trout Derby. With more than $100,000 up for grabs, including one tagged trout worth $25,000, hopes were high prior to the three-day event, but Mother Nature had other plans. But 20- to 30-mph winds raked the popular Kern...

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    Few surprises in 32nd Assembly District forum

    A 32nd Assembly District forum was short on surprises Thursday on the Central Valley's key issues -- including water, high-speed rail and the minimum wage -- but revealed a few clues to future strategies for the race's three candidates. Less than six weeks remain before the June 3 primary pitting incumbent Rudy...

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

    IRS: Did you hear the Internal Revenue Service handed out $1.1 million in bonuses to more than 1,100 employees who were behind on their own taxes? And they wonder why the public is so cynical these days. SCAM: Here’s the latest scam making the rounds, compliments of my friend Ken Barnes: “My phone rang this morning,...

  3. Officers bust open wrong door in serving search warrant

    Jessica Walker was drawing a bath for herself and her 7-month-old daughter late the evening of April 19 when her Chihuahua began barking loudly at something outside. Walker looked out the window and saw Bakersfield police officers huddled by her front door. As she walked from the bathroom to the top of the stairs the...

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Marchers seek immigration reform vote

    Farm workers and supporters from the United Farm Workers marched in Bakersfield Thursday seeking a House of Representatives vote on immigration reform legislation. They also went to the Bakersfield office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. According to a UFW news release, their message was, "I harvest for 10...

  2. Funeral services for April 25

    Services scheduled David Lee Moore, 78, Bakersfield, April 22. Rosary 9:30 a.m. with Mass at 10 a.m. April 28, St. Francis of Assisi Church. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors. Services pending Melinda K. Adams, 60, Bakersfield, April 22. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors. Clarice Ann Conard, 69,...

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    Country Club gates proposal shelved for now

    A plan to gate off a neighborhood near Bakersfield Country Club has been withdrawn from consideration on Tuesday's Kern County Board of Supervisors agenda. Sylvia Mendez, representing the neighbors on Wingfoot Drive and Pinehurst Drive in northeast Bakersfield, asked for the item to be withdrawn, according to Kern...

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    Pom Wonderful, a juicemaker with strong valley ties, has day in Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON -- Dual marketing disputes have ripened for the California-based makers of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, with Supreme Court justices sounding sympathetic Monday to some company claims. In the first of two key court cases, justices seemed Monday to accept Pom Wonderful's argument that Coca-Cola...

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    Farmer loses her composure during cross-examination

    FRESNO — Defense attorneys for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer rested their case Thursday following hours of intense testimony by the former Crisp & Cole Real Estate office manager, including her brief but dramatic breakdown under withering cross-examination by the lead federal prosecutor. Into the...

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    Defense witnesses: Farmer had limited authority, was ‘truthful and honest’

    FRESNO — Lawyers for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer opened their defense case Wednesday with testimony that the former office manager had limited authority at Crisp & Cole Real Estate, and that she has proved herself honest and dependably hard-working. On the trial’s sixth day of testimony, Jack...

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    Prosecution rests in Farmer fraud trial; defense up next

    FRESNO — After five days of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, federal prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer. As the day’s court proceedings were drawing to an end and the jury had been excused, the former office manager’s Fresno defense attorney,...

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    Account manager: Farmer knew about all sorts of fraudulent activity

    FRESNO — A former loan officer for the mortgage brokerage of Crisp & Cole Real Estate testified Friday that fraud defendant Julie Farmer was aware of four primary methods used by company officials to secure big home loans fraudulently. But under cross examination, Jerald Allen Teixeira, who did work for Tower...

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    Witness: Farmer helped move money to deceive lenders

    FRESNO — A former loan officer at Tower Lending — the mortgage brokerage of disgraced Crisp & Cole Real Estate — detailed in federal court Thursday how he believes defendant Julie Farmer deceitfully used money and straw buyers to secure home loans. Christopher Lance Stovall was testifying during the third day of...

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  1. STEVE MERLO: Wind hampers Isabella trout derby

    Nearly 2,600 fishermen took part in last week's Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Trout Derby. With more than $100,000 up for grabs, including one tagged trout worth $25,000, hopes were high prior to the three-day event, but Mother Nature had other plans. But 20- to 30-mph winds raked the popular Kern...

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    HERB BENHAM: Dust on the loafers my idea of cowboying up

    Cowboy hats and boots would have been the order of the day, but since I own neither, khakis, a polo shirt and loafers would have to do. Last week, Bart invited me to his Rotary meeting held at the Triangle D Ranch, owned by on Doug and Carol Williamson, on Wible Road. His pitch? "Doug is a world-renowned cutting...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: BC students show their stuff

    I enjoy seeing college students' artwork, for the simple reason that it's often adventurous. Most are willing -- and I'm sure encouraged by their instructors -- to take chances, to create something new and different instead of relying on the same old stilted still life of a vase of flowers. So far I have seen only a...

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    SCOTT COX: A happy Scott at Happy Jack's

    This week's salad was eaten at the request of not one but two nice folks who wrote me about it. And it was at Happy Jack's Pie 'N Burger, so it's not like anyone had to twist my arm. Did you know Happy Jack's has salad? Neither did I. But it turns out they do, and the one I had was a pretty good one at that. Like...

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    LOIS HENRY: Science behind air regs more sketchy all the time

    The more I learn about how certain air regulations were concocted, the more ludicrous it all seems. Tomorrow the California Air Resources Board will debate whether to extend the deadline for small trucking firms to comply with rules on PM2.5. (That's tiny bits of fine particulate matter contained in soot, dust and...

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

    COLLEGES: This is the time of year when high school seniors commit to the college of their choice, a white-knuckle period for both the students and their parents. And now comes word that for the first time ever, more Hispanic students were admitted to the University of California system than whites, reflecting our...

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    Condors tie game with 0.8 left in regulation, beat Utah in OT to take 3-1 series lead

    Cardiac finishes don't get any better than what transpired Thursday night at Rabobank Arena. First, Bakersfield's Collin Bowman did the improbable, tying Game 4 of the ECHL Western Conference first-round series against Utah with less than one second left in regulation. Then Andrew Carroll, who played a huge role in...

  2. Local report: CSUB signs JC forward

    Matt Smith, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward from Columbia State (Community) College in Tennessee, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Cal State Bakersfield. Smith played his freshman year at Mississippi Valley State, where he averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He scored four points...

  3. STEVE MERLO: Wind hampers Isabella trout derby

    Nearly 2,600 fishermen took part in last week's Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Trout Derby. With more than $100,000 up for grabs, including one tagged trout worth $25,000, hopes were high prior to the three-day event, but Mother Nature had other plans. But 20- to 30-mph winds raked the popular Kern...

  1. April 25 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: The winds have really hampered the crappie bite much of the week. KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair. AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Hot striper action. MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing. RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is good. HART PARK LAKE:...

  2. April 24 high school roundup

    Baseball Calvary Christian 8, Bakersfield Christian 4 At The Masters College; W: Knowles. L: Ladd (3-1). 2B: CC (Nixon). Notes: BCHS (Toothman 2-2). SSL W-L: BCHS 5-3 (15-9). Frontier 6, Bakersfield 5 At FHS; W: Keene. L: Reynier. 2B: BHS (Reynier); FHS (McCoy). HR: FHS (Douglass). Notes: BHS (Perryman 2-4, run, RBI;...

  3. Blaze blanks Nuts again

    MODESTO -- Jesse Winker went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run to highlight a 13-hit attack that led the Bakersfield Blaze to a 7-0 California League shut-out win over the Modesto Nuts Wednesday night. Winker added two doubles and finished with four RBIs. Wandy Peralta (1-2) scattered six singles with three walks and...

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  1. Fair disappoints young livestock exhibitors

    Instead of going to slumber parties or playing dolls with her friends, 8-year-old Ashtin Blinn has been hard at work for months taking care of the heifer she bought with her own money in November. She feeds the animal, cleans up after it and until recently was preparing to show it at the Kern County Fair. But all the...

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    Island breeze at Mill Creek Deli

    It's open, it's closed, it's open, it's closed, it's for sale, it's ... wait -- are those tables out front? The erstwhile Mill Creek Deli has always demanded a certain degree of flexibility from its loyal customers. But Brenda Sharp, who opened the restaurant five years ago in the building that once housed her beauty...

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    New chapter, new venture for bookstore

    When Robin Beatty was 5 years old, she couldn't learn to read fast enough. She devoured Nancy Drew books that summer with the help of an older neighbor girl, whose mother would be Beatty's first-grade teacher that fall. "I got so invested in Nancy Drew that I would ask to borrow the books," Beatty, now 55, remembers....

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    Troupe goes into the woods

    Fairy tales bring larger-than-life characters into existence, so it's no wonder The Empty Space went to epic lengths for its production of "Into the Woods." "It's a musical about telling stories, the stories we tell and how those stories can affect us," said director Brian Sivesind. "We took the storytelling and made...

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    A brew (and few) for you at festival

    For those of legal drinking age, it's about that time to head out to fundraisers and local gatherings with cold beer and hot entertainment. First on many lists is the annual Festival of Beers, May 3 at Stramler Park. "It's awesome, fun in the sun," said event adviser Nick Stobaugh. "Tasting great beers, wines and...

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    CESAREO GARASA: This guy's finger-pickin' good

    Doyle Dykes knew exactly when he wanted to be a musician. He was playing guitar in a church revival in Jacksonville, Fla., at 11 years old. "My family was very musical." Dykes said. "I was raised in church, so our lives pretty much revolved around that; my granddad was our choir director. My dad was a guitar player....

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  1. Rancher should be in jail, but now he feels entitled

    I have been somewhat surprised at our nation's reaction to a rancher in the state of Nevada who has chosen to break the law and not pay grazing fees to the federal government. I also have been surprised to hear criticism that the "armed" officers were considered "heavy handed." That might have had something to do with...

  2. Race seems like a 'no-brainer'

    In response to recent letters about the Kern County Assessor-Recorder's race ("Pondering the assessor's race," "Lifquist would keep integrity," April 17), this election seems like a no-brainer. Jon Lifquist has been an appraiser in the office for close to three decades, working in all areas of tax appraisal. He has...

  3. Johnson gets the job done

    In response to letters about the Kern County Assessor-Recorder election: Because of problems happening in our neighborhood for 10 or more years that had been plaguing and blighting our area -- and after we could not get any relief from calling code enforcement, etc. -- we recommend voting for Russell Johnson. Within a...

  1. Develop better recycling plans

    I read how we should recycle, but we keep throwing away the worst of the worst: plastic. Why don't the politicians make it easier or force us to recycle it? Add five cents for every clear plastic piece, and it can be turned in to any recycling place; and 10 cents for each color plastic piece. This would save our...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Obama finds another reason to stall pipeline

    Last week the Obama administration jumped on a court ruling in Nebraska to delay a federal decision one more time on the Keystone XL pipeline. You could almost hear the president saying, thank you Cornhuskers! Or in this case, Cornhusker, singular. In February, a district court judge in Nebraska ruled that lawmakers...

  3. LETICIA PEREZ: Energy efficiency program ushers green jobs into Kern

    The green economy has arrived in Kern County, and not a moment too soon. Kern faces an unemployment rate of more than 13 percent -- well above state and national rates. Our region has struggled since the recent recession, facing not only one of the state's highest unemployment rates but also deep cuts in property...

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    BVarsity Live Weekly, April 24 — On location from Pinnacle Performance

    We took our BVarsity show quite literally on the road this afternoon, hitting up Pinnacle Performance Institute on Allen Road for a little evaluation/training session with Kyle Jean, who's one of our sponsors. In the end, I bested the old man Louis Amestoy, in two of our three evaluation metrics (and yes, I know i...

  2. Man allegedly tries to sell 5 pounds of meth to informant

    A Bakersfield man was indicted Thursday after allegedly trying to sell 5 pounds of methamphetamine to a government informant. Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, tried to sell the drug on April 8, according to court records. When officers attempted to arrest Mayorga-Fajardo he drove off and a chase ensued. While...

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    CITY BEAT: Narducci's buys, plans to improve, parking lot

    NARDUCCI'S PARKING PURCHASE: Narducci's Cafe was cleared to buy itself a parking lot recently but not before its councilman, Ward 2 representative Terry Maxwell, asked a few questions. The occasion was a consent calendar vote at the April 16 Bakersfield City Council meeting -- which could have gone quickly with no...

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    Sister of Facebook mogul tells women to dare

    Randi Zuckerberg, founder of media production company Zuckerberg Mediaand sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, stood center stage at the 25th Bakersfield Women's Business Conference Thursday. A panel of women sat both to the left and right of the CEO, and flat screens hung above the heads of her audience — a...

  2. Children's car seat safety check scheduled for Saturday

    The California Highway Patrol is hosting a free child's car seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Stockdale Highway Target store. Child safety seat technicians will make sure the seat is properly installed, a CHP news release said. Parents are encouraged to bring their children along so...

  3. Trains running again after derailment

    Trains were running through the Tehachapi corridor late Wednesday evening following a derailment that morning. Clean up was still ongoing and the cause of the derailment was under investigation, according to a Union Pacific spokesman. Seven railcars of a Union Pacific freight train derailed 10 a.m. Wednesday west of...

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Editors' picks from the last week

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    State clears PG&E to finish demolition

    State regulators have given Pacific Gas and Electric Co. permission to finish the Coffee Road plant demolition job that went wrong last summer, severely injuring a spectator. The California Public Utilities Commission and Cal-OSHA had forbidden PG&E from resuming demolition of the former power plant pending...

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    Farmer faces up to 30 years in prison following convictions

    FRESNO — Even as some of her loved ones came apart emotionally, the former office manager for the defunct Bakersfield real estate firm Crisp & Cole remained outwardly calm here in U.S. District Court as she listened to the jury's stunning verdict Tuesday. Julie Farmer, the only one of 15 defendants who decided to...

  3. Country Club

    Country Club neighbors at odds over proposed gates

    Residents of a small cluster of high-end homes just outside the front gates of Bakersfield Country Club hope to secede from the surrounding neighborhood to shelter themselves from unsafe drivers and crime. But their proposal to gate off Pinehurst and Wingfoot drives has earned them the ire of surrounding neighbors...

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    Have we turned a corner? Local animal euthanasia rates plummet

    Every year for 11 years, The Californian has reported the grim tally of cast-off animals that had to be killed by the county of Kern and city of Bakersfield -- more than 250,000 total. This year there's something remarkable to report: a 19 percent year-over-year drop in the number of dogs, cats, livestock, birds and...

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    A brew (and few) for you at festival

    For those of legal drinking age, it's about that time to head out to fundraisers and local gatherings with cold beer and hot entertainment. First on many lists is the annual Festival of Beers, May 3 at Stramler Park. "It's awesome, fun in the sun," said event adviser Nick Stobaugh. "Tasting great beers, wines and...

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    CESAREO GARASA: This guy's finger-pickin' good

    Doyle Dykes knew exactly when he wanted to be a musician. He was playing guitar in a church revival in Jacksonville, Fla., at 11 years old. "My family was very musical." Dykes said. "I was raised in church, so our lives pretty much revolved around that; my granddad was our choir director. My dad was a guitar player....

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