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    Art museum loses director -- again

    BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor
    Tuesday, Apr 15 2014 07:02 PM

    Just a year after being hired to run the Bakersfield Museum of Art -- a beacon of culture in a city often derided for having too little -- the executive director has tendered his resignation, effective June 1.

    Citing concerns over his wife's health, John Lofgren, 70, announced his decision to the museum's executive board Monday and informed his staff Tuesday. Lofgren and his wife intend to move to the Coachella Valley, where they have a home.

    "My tenure has been way too short here at the museum, but the potential of this organization is unbelievable," Lofgren said when reached by phone Tuesday.

    Joe Hay, chairman of the museum's board, called Lofgren's resignation "sad news." "I wouldn't say it's a disappointment," said Hay, vice...

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    Winged warrior returns to Bakersfield

    When the nearly 70-year-old Boeing B-17 took flight above Bakersfield on Monday, engines rumbled and seats vibrated just as they would have in 1945. The interior of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress remained the same, with Army green...

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    Construction of water tank has neighbors feeling powerless

    Linda Burton has lived for two decades in a quiet neighborhood in northwest Bakersfield, where the lawns are green, the neighbors are friendly and the homes are in fine repair. It's not perfect, of course, but it's her version of the...

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    Zuckerberg blazing her own trails

    Though she recently crossed off the top item on her bucket list -- at age 32 -- Randi Zuckerberg isn't the type to coast. As founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor in chief of a technology and lifestyle website and author of two...

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    Don of the 'dale honored

    You never know what you'll find by delving into old newspaper clippings -- for me it's an adventure that often leads to unexpected pleasures. Apparently Jan Gary feels the same way. Her research has turned into a reason to honor the man...

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    Kessler holds onto USC starting QB job

    LOS ANGELES -- Centennial graduate Cody Kessler is still USC's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from freshman Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts. New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday...

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    2013-14 BVarsity All-Area wrestling selections

    Wrestler of the Year Bryce Martin * Bakersfield 170 pounds * senior * 39-2 Martin won his fourth Southwest Yosemite League title and successfully defended his Central Section championship and then reached the state final, where he...

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    Ballot initiative seeks drug testing for doctors

    As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on...

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    2013-2014 BVarsity All-Area girls basketball selections

      Player of the Year Celeste West * Garces 6-3 * sophomore * center Dominant post presence averaged 14.8 points and 13.9 rebounds per game, plus a combined 5 blocks and steals per game. The SEYL MVP led Garces to its second Central...

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    2013-14 BVarsity All-Area boys basketball selections

    Player of the Year Braxton Huggins * Mira Monte 6-4 * senior * guard The Division I talent scored 32.2 points per game to rank third in the state, according to MaxPreps. He did it efficiently, shooting 46 percent from the field, 36...

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Cast your line for trout — and maybe a prize, too

    It must be good if it's lasted 25 years. Anglers started casting their lines early Saturday morning during the Isabella Lake Fishing Derby, hoping to reel in some trout and maybe even one of 500 tagged money fish. Put on by the Kern River...

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    Amgen jersey: Bako guy won the race!

    The Amgen Tour of California is still a month away, but the race already has its first winner: Bakersfield architect Larry Aronat, who created the winning design in the tour's Breakaway from Cancer jersey contest. Prevailing over a field...

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    KHSD investigating whether photo violated anti-gang policy

    The Kern High School District is investigating whether a Spring Fling Week celebration turned into a gang policy violation. Ten students were photographed twisting fingers into what appeared to be gang signs and sporting what looked like...

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