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    Have we turned a corner? Local animal euthanasia rates plummet

    BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Apr 19 2014 06:00 PM

    Every year for 11 years, The Californian has reported the grim tally of cast-off animals that had to be killed by the county of Kern and city of Bakersfield -- more than 250,000 total.

    This year there's something remarkable to report: a 19 percent year-over-year drop in the number of dogs, cats, livestock, birds and other critters euthanized, according to city and county data analyzed by the paper.

    The total number of animals handled during the year was also way down at county and city shelters compared to 2012 -- by 18 percent.

    The question is, why? Animal advocates point to community momentum building behind government and nonprofit efforts to spay and neuter more animals, reducing the overpopulation that drives shelter intake...

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    LOIS HENRY: County hides behind patient privacy to avoid transparency

    This should come as no surprise, but I completely disagree with Kern County’s decision not to release ambulance response times for a particular incident last month in the Kern River Canyon. And, actually, I never even asked for the...

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    Number of Salas' staffer resignations climbs to six

    Six staffers have left the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, since his election, a number that rose Friday when an assembly official confirmed the departure of someone previously thought to be still employed. Salas -- a...

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    PETE TITTL: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean

    One of the most impressive new restaurants to open last year was Seoul Korean on Coffee Road. We visited with my in-laws and their boys since they had spent over a year in South Korea with the military. 'They were just as impressed with...

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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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    OUTLAWS: A look back at the hijinks that made Bakersfield's 1978 team

    M ore than three decades ago, the tone was pretty well set for the new, minor-league baseball team on its season-opening, six-game homestand at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The locals lost all six, giving up 68 runs in the process. And it got...

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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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    Art museum loses director -- again

    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...

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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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    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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