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    OLIVIA GARCIA: 'Lone Survivor' author speaks at local gala

    By Olivia Garcia
    Sunday, Apr 26 2015 06:47 PM

    It may have only been in its second year, but the Red White & Blue Gala held last week at the Crystal Palace showed that Bakersfield truly cares about supporting families who have lost someone in the military.

    Kudos to E&B Natural Resources Management, a local independent oil and gas company, for putting on the second annual event that featured retired U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of "Lone Survivor" (which was made into a movie featuring Mark Wahlberg), and Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

    Luttrell shared his experiences of growing up in Texas and of his and his twin brother's desire to become U.S. Navy SEALs. But he touched the audience when he discussed his...

  2. OLIVIA GARCIA: Nominations sought for 20 under 40 contest

    The nominations for the third annual Bakersfield Life magazine's 20 under 40 People to Watch contest are steadily streaming in. I want to thank readers who have entered submissions. However, there is still time to nominate local residents...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Youth program at Camp Pendleton seeks applicants

    A nonprofit group is seeking local youth between the ages of 14 and 17 to apply for a summer program that will involve them spending 10 days at the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton base in Southern California. Local teens who are...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB unveils plans for student center

    Former and current Cal State Bakersfield students gathered last week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the student newspaper, The Runner. CSUB journalism professor Jennifer Burger organized the event that featured former and current...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Tax-filing season arrives with changes

    Tax season is beginning and one big change is that for the time, filers will be asked to provide individual or family information related to health insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tax filers will...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Hispanic chamber to honor locals at 30th anniversary event

    It's been a whirlwind January for Bakersfield Realtor Blodgie Rodriguez as she prepares for her recent appointment by the governor to the county fair board while preparing to lead the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which turns...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Local causes seek support this season

    Christmas is only a few days away and while many of us are busy planning gatherings and exchanging our gifts of appreciation to friends and families, local charities are also hoping to be included on the to-do list. Charity giving comes...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Race challenges athletes in round-the-clock run

    Imagine running for 12 hours straight in Bakersfield. Or dare to run for a record of 24 hours. Heck, being a watcher of these two races could be daring enough. And you can be a part of this rather interesting experience starting at 8 a.m....

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Honor military men and women this week 

    If there is one special week that I look forward to the most, it is this one. When else could I celebrate the Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day and my 19th wedding anniversary all in one week? For many of us, taking time to pay tribute...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB preps for ‘Wrath’ academic conference

    In its continuing plans to honor the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” Cal State Bakersfield will hold “The Cultural Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath,” an interdisciplinary academic conference on Nov. 7 and 8....

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Fair hopes to find homes for sheltered animals

    Here is a neat opportunity to help our furry little four-legged friends: Attend the Kern County Pet Fair, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Harvest Hall located inside the Kern County Fairgrounds. The free event was...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Young Marines visit Navajo Code Talkers

    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...

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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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