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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Foundation salutes stand-up peace officers

    By Olivia Garcia
    Monday, Jul 28 2014 08:54 AM

    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 in the name of keeping the community safe.

    Yet it was his heroic actions in the Ridgecrest incident where he exchanged fire with a fleeing homicide suspect who held two victims hostage in his trunk -- ones Bays helped rescue -- that made the deputy deserving a recent award.

    Earlier this month, Bays was honored with the Officer of the Year Award presented by the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation. The nonprofit raises...

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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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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Job seekers, be wary of identity theft

    The beauty of searching for a job in the high-tech world we live in is that we can easily upload our resume to various job websites, in addition to company sites. However, there is danger lurking. Scammers have zeroed in on online job...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Residents, Red Cross aid typhoon victims

    It's been a little more than a week since the horrendous Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through Philippines, affecting 13 million men, women and children. And although the incident is more than an arm's reach from Bakersfield, that hasn't...

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