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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Paying tribute to law enforcement officers

    The past couple of days have been a trying time for the community as it mourns the loss of a young Bakersfield Police Department officer. Officer David Nelson died early Friday in a fiery crash at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive, near Bakersfield College, while in pursuit

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Local talent vies for Miss California title

    Over the past few weeks, I have spotted Izamar Olaguez at a number of local community events. The 23-year-old Bakersfield product, performing artist and currently Miss Yosemite Valley, has been busy promoting her platform, "Knowledge is Power: Promoting Higher Education." Through her

  • OLIVIA GARCIA: Preparations underway for annual menudo fest

    Jay Tamsi, CEO/president of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is unusually extra busy at this time as puts in the final touches of the 17th annual Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off. The annual event will be held May 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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

    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

  • 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 who you feel should be recognized for their efforts in

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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 interested in gaining more skills on leadership, self-confidence,

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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 Runner student staffers, reflection on the Runner's

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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 be asked to indicate if they had health coverage in 2014.

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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 30 this year, as its board chairwoman. I chatted with

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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 in many forms, whether it's a monetary donation or in-

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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 created to help find adoptive homes for animals currently

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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 some 220 Young Marines who traveled from different parts

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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 Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps from Bakersfield

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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

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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 where he formulates best practices internally and

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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 Burke Education Foundation and as part of project, 32 local

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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 complications and old age would remind me that our lives