Bakersfield

This jet powered DC-10 air tanker #910 makes a long drop of fire retardant on the Shirley Fire, Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the Alta Sierra area where the wildfire has consumed more than 800 acres. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

Bakersfield wildfire threatens some 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – More than 1,000 firefighters have been involved in the effort to control a central California wildfire that threatens more than 500 homes. The blaze, which started Friday, has burned through 3.1 […]

06/16/2014

An Erickson Air-Crane loads up from Isabella Lake Sunday, June 15, 2014 before making another water drop on the Shirley Fire west of Wofford Heights, Calif. The Kern County Sheriff's Office has called for the evacuation of about 500 homes in the Wofford Heights area. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

California wildfire expected to head toward homes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier […]

06/15/2014

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Bill would make it illegal to bar life-saving help

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would bar employers from having policies that prohibit offering life-saving medical help in an emergency. Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduced AB644 after […]

09/03/2013

An explosion knocks down one of the remaining towers at the old Kern Power Plant,  Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Autumn Parry)

Shrapnel from imploding plant injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators […]

08/03/2013

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Spectators injured after old power plant implosion

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Three spectators were injured Saturday by shrapnel sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in Southern California, police said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 […]

08/03/2013

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Hermosa Beach to consider renewing oil drilling

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Residents are debating whether to get back into the oil business, 80 years after this wealthy coastal town first banned drilling. An environmental review is scheduled to begin Wednesday on […]

07/22/2013

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Statement from family of elderly woman denied CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – Here is the statement from the family of 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless, who died last week of a heart attack after being denied CPR at a Bakersfield elder home:

03/06/2013

Bret Lewis

You have to pay the piper

Former All-Pro Linebacker Joey Porter has been released from jail in Bakersfield after paying the $70,000 he owed the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

12/26/2012

Bakersfield doctor retires at 96 after 73-year career

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A Bakersfield doctor whose career began before World War II is finally hanging up his white coat. KBAK-TV says Dr. Norman Levan, who was an Army doctor in the Pacific during […]

09/21/2012

Hockey team mocks opposing city's bankruptcy

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – A hockey game promotion poking fun at America’s largest bankrupt city has caused a tiff between fans and newspaper columnists in California’s Central Valley. The Condors, a Bakersfield minor league hockey […]

09/19/2012

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