It's Feb. 1 and all Marilyn Whipkey can think about is Christmas.
Maybe that's not completely fair.
It's Feb. 1 and all Marilyn Whipkey can think about is how to get more Christmas gifts to more needy kids.
That's why last month the Bakersfield resident started the Twelve Months of Christmas Program, with the idea of buying one gift a month for a year and then donating all 12 come December.
"The goal is to have the program and get gifts donated to the community no matter where they're donated," said the 57-year-old Whipkey, a mother of two grown sons.
No sentence lasting much more than 10 seconds, local high school students rattled off speeches at the California We the People competition Saturday like they had been practicing since summer. And many of them had.
It's hard to overstate how stupid California can be sometimes.
Bakersfield Girl Scout troop leaders spent Saturday morning filling their SUVs, minivans, pickups and trailers with 148,000 colorful boxes of cookies for the sweet sales that start Sunday.
Scott MacDowall rang the doorbell of a neat northeast Bakersfield cottage and waited. And waited. And waited some more.
American 15-year-olds have, since 2003, fared worse than their peers internationally on a special test comparing math literacy of students in dozens of countries.
Reader: Your indignation that someone might find you biased in your reporting is evidenced in your sarcastic response to Jill Grant's ... (complaint that you deleted the pertinent party affiliation -- Democrat --from the Jan. 23 article "N.Y. Speaker Sheldon Silver amassed millions in graft, prosecutor said."). You seem to prefer being regarded as inept rather than biased.
Dear Action Line, I recently learned my brother has terminal cancer. He is in no condition to deal with business matters. He is not married and has no children, so everything is left to me to do.
Morro Bay: If you're in the mood to sit, sip a coffee and glance over a magazine, Morro Bay has a new location where visitors might enjoy the peacefulness.
During her lifelong campaign to uplift and support, Jan Fulton found a lot of creative ways to do both: championing the city and its neighborhoods, promoting the arts, filling bellies with her famous Cambrian salad at the Spotlight Cafe. And if that failed? She'd rely on her endless reserves of cheer.
Low-cost cat and dog vaccinations and free pet microchiping are coming to southeast Bakersfield.
Students at Owens Primary School played in eight piles of the closest thing they could get to actual snow Friday in a snow day for transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.