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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Young Marines visit Navajo Code Talkers

    By Olivia Garcia
    Sunday, Sep 07 2014 04:51 PM

    About 10 Bakersfield Young Marines learned a critical piece of military history and the significant role of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II when they got a chance to meet with the veterans in Window Rock, Ariz.

    They were among some 220 Young Marines who traveled from different parts of the country to connect with and honor the veteran Navajo Code Talkers in Arizona last month. In California, six of the Young Marines units attended, including those from Bakersfield and Camp Pendleton. Seventeen veteran Navajo code talkers were praised at the National Code Talker Day.

    Michael Smith, coordinator of Navajo Code Talker Day and son of Samuel Smith, Navajo Code Talker, said the event served as an opportunity to educate the Young...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps triumphs

    A few columns back, I wrote about this group of students who spent the dog days of summer under the stubbornly hot sun rehearsing nonstop, practically into the evening hours, at Bakersfield College. Their sizzling hard work paid off for...

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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...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB's new student arts facility on cutting edge

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join Cal State Bakersfield’s School of Arts and Humanities Executive Advisory Council and Richard Collins in touring a new campus gem, the CSUB Art Center. Collins, who is the dean of the School of...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Event recognizes Filipino workers who had role in historic Delano grape strike

    They were young men who had emigrated from the Philippines to the heart of California during the 1920s and '30s, with the hope of finding decent work in the agricultural industry. However, anti-miscegenation laws prevented them from...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Second chances mean new stars at event

    In the words of Bakersfield community advocate Magda Menendez, there are times “when people will encounter roadblocks and obstacles in life and feel they can do nothing to help themselves.” But with a little support in teaching them new...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Janitor-turned-businessman to speak at luncheon

    He began as a janitor for Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and of course, like many, he dreamed of bigger things. Today, Richard Montanez leads the Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions across PepsiCo's North American division...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: High school seniors dream, develop community projects

    If you ever wondered about the caliber or future of our Bakersfield youth, then you need to sit in on a Dream Builders Awards Night, which honors high school seniors involved in a local leadership program. The program is run by the Jim...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Loss of beloved pet allows time for reflection

    Last week I experienced one of the most difficult days of my adult life. I said goodbye to one of the first members of our family, our strong but loving German shepherd, Kita. She was 14 years old. Kita led a fruitful life but her health...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: BC student newspaper to hold reunion May 10

    Every now and then, when I visit Danny Edwards, a journalism professor at Bakersfield College, inside The Renegade Rip campus office, I can't help but remember. More than 20 years ago, I walked into that very same location of The Rip, as...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Military ball to raise money for local wounded veterans

    Family, friends and supporters of those in the armed services and veterans are encouraged to attend the fourth annual Military Ball, a full-dress uniform and black-tie affair, sponsored by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Military Order of the...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Realtor among honorees for Hispanic chamber award

    Blodgie Rodriguez may have her hands in many community activities, but she is one who seeks little spotlight. The Bakersfield Realtor is often behind the scenes helping put events together and fundraise for worthy local causes. And even...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Charities hope new year brings new support

    Many people look to the New Year with new goals and hopes. Local charities are feeling much the same. Several charities in town, which rely on local support to exist, are hoping that the goodwill of area businesses and residents continues...

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