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    A struggle to preserve: Recreation destroying cactus habitat

    BY JAMES BURGER The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Feb 27 2015 06:00 PM

    The lush grasses and sweeps of wildflowers cloak much of the damage to the small canyon in a blanket of ephemeral green. But Ellen Cypher and Erin Tennant can see it as they walk along a sandy route that has been churned into the bottom of the wash by motorcyclists and quad riders.

    Cypher points to a strip of parallel motorcycle ruts that cut down the hillside. Wheels have ground up grasses and flowers since the rains fell earlier in the week.

    Nearby she notices a small clump of cactus smashed by tires and half-buried in sand. Then Tennant and Cypher come to the fence line that cuts across the wide dirt trail.

    There is no gate here. But the fence that once blocked the wash has been cut and dragged to the side, clearing the way for...

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    Bakersfield boy's tumor could live on in medical research

    Nathan Street's parents were devastated when they were told early last year that the cause of their little boy's mysterious new crossed eye was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. It was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. That's...

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    Judge sentences Oliver to more than 27 years in prison

    Criminal proceedings in one of the most high-profile cases of the last decade in Kern County came to an end Thursday as school shooter Bryan Oliver was sentenced to 27 years and four months in prison. Oliver will be eligible for parole in...

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    Silas Nacita 'deeply sorry' for violation

    Baylor walk-on running back Silas Nacita, who received national attention when people learned he had been homeless for a year, said Thursday he is sorry for breaking the rules by living with an acquaintaince. "The bottom line is that I...

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    Condors team name remains the same

    There was a thunderous ovation on Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena when the announcement was made: the Condors will be soaring next season when Bakersfield becomes part of the American Hockey League. There will be no name change for the...

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    South boys soccer rises again, wins second straight section title

    Brian Smith loves his players, and those kids love their coach right back. With Smith back on the sideline for just the second time since he took a medical leave of absence in December, the South High boys soccer team beat...

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    Blades fall in final

    There are moments, especially in championship games, where a coach can go back and say, "only if." Trailing by a goal with less than five minutes left in regulation, East had a two-on-one breakaway with leading scorer Cee Cee Butler...

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    We grilled Salty's owner before TV debut

    Although the owner of Salty's BBQ & Catering loves talking barbecue, when it comes to discussing his restaurant's Friday debut on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," he was warned to close the lid as tight as he would on pulled pork in a smoker...

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    Sprouts Farmers Market grand opening draws shoppers, protesters

    It was dark outside when John Skibinski secured his spot as first in line for the grand opening of Sprouts Farmers Market, a Phoenix grocery store chain that is new to Bakersfield. "I'm never first for anything," he said smiling as...

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    Chilling 911 tape playing during opening statements in trial of accused serial rapist

    The 9-year-old girl managed to remove the duct tape from her eyes and break the zip ties fastened around her wrists. The man who bound her and had raped and was now washing her mother had asked where they kept the phones in the apartment....

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    Smith's late goal lifts Liberty over Central, into Div. I final

    Liberty started with a flash and ended with thunder to advance to the Central Section Division I boys championship. The host Patriots scored 45 seconds into the match Tuesday, held off a quick equalizer by Fresno-Central and scored a...

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    Dam shame: Bike path beaver may have bitten the dust

    The body of a large paddle-tailed rodent was found early Tuesday in the traffic lanes of southbound Mohawk Street north of Truxtun Avenue, suggesting Bakersfield's fabled bike path beaver -- scourge of local saplings -- may have died....

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    LOIS HENRY: One step forward, two back on fireworks

    Even Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez's self-serving, disingenuous and downright contemptuous ranting against a proposed ban of Piccolo Pete and ground flower-type fireworks wasn't nearly as stunning to me as Supervisor David Couch's...

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