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ANNUAL BAKERSFIELD STATE OF THE CITY

ANNUAL BAKERSFIELD STATE OF THE CITY

Bakersfield City Manager Christian Clegg says the city is a very resilient place, despite obstacles thrown our way by the state, and he is hopeful new laws will be approved to improve people’s quality of life. Clegg was one of two main speakers at Wednesday’s State of the City luncheon at the Marriott Convention Center.…Read More

WOMAN PULLED FROM KERN RIVER JULY 4 IDENTIFIED

WOMAN PULLED FROM KERN RIVER JULY 4 IDENTIFIED

The Kern County Coroner’s Office says the 32-year old woman whose body was pulled from the Kern River was Luisa Fernanda Gomez of North Hills. She was submerged in the water near Keysville North on July 4th, the same day she went missing. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of death.Read More

SUSPECTED MURDER SUICIDE IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD

SUSPECTED MURDER SUICIDE IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD

Police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Bakersfield. Officers were dispatched for a shots fired call on Langston Street Thursday morning around 9:00, and used a drone to view the suspects’ home near Faith Avenue. Officers eventually located a man and woman inside the home who were both suffering gunshot…Read More

MAN FACES LIFE SENTENCE AFTER 9TH ROBBERY CONVICTION

MAN FACES LIFE SENTENCE AFTER 9TH ROBBERY CONVICTION

A 60-year-old man with eight previous convictions for robbing banks could spend the rest of his life in prison for a hold up in Bakersfield. Deputy District Attorney Joseph Kinzel says Ray Green used a note to threaten a teller at the Wells Fargo on California Avenue in 2021, and then led law enforcement on…Read More

KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPANDING WORKFORCE

KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPANDING WORKFORCE

Kern County Fire is expanding its workforce as crews deal with extreme temperatures across the region. Spokesman Andrew Freeborn says they make sure everyone has access to shade, water, and place to rest as crews rotate in and out of a working fire. About 100 personnel are in place above normal staffing levels. Kern County…Read More

STRUCTURE BURNS IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD TWO-ALARM FIRE

STRUCTURE BURNS IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD TWO-ALARM FIRE

Firefighters braved the heat to battle a two-alarm fire on horse property along Brimhall Road between Verdugo Lane and Calloway Drive. It was burning in the dry grass when crews arrived just before 1:00 Sunday afternoon, where the flames destroyed a structure and damaged a corral. No horses were hurt, according to 17 News, and…Read More

BODY RECOVERED IN KERN RIVER SEARCH

BODY RECOVERED IN KERN RIVER SEARCH

Sheriff’s search and rescue teams in the Kern Valley have found the body of a woman who was last seen entering the river Thursday afternoon, but a man who also went into the water around 1:00p.m. is still missing. The original report said the couple were “in distress,” but there’s no clarification on what that…Read More

CHP BEGINS  MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD INDEPENDENCE DAY

CHP BEGINS MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD INDEPENDENCE DAY

All available CHP officers will be working to keep our highways safe this long holiday weekend, starting at 6:00 Wednesday night. The Maximum Enforcement Period will last through Sunday night, with officers looking for speeders and other unsafe drivers. A news release says 68 people died in crashes across the state during the July Fourth…Read More

BUCK OWEN’S CRYSTAL PALACE FOR SALE

BUCK OWEN’S CRYSTAL PALACE FOR SALE

A big shakeup is in the wind, with the announcement that Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace is up for sale. Former and longtime KUZZ news director Mark Howell says the Bakersfield venue has seen many great performers over the years. The Crystal Palace opened in 1996 after years of dreaming and planning by KUZZ founder Buck…Read More

TOXIN PRODUCING ALGAL BLOOMS AROUND LAKE ISABELLA

TOXIN PRODUCING ALGAL BLOOMS AROUND LAKE ISABELLA

Kern County Public Health is urging people to take precautions around Lake Isabella, where dangerous algal blooms have been found. Spokeswoman Michelle Corson says they tested 17 areas around the Lake Children and dogs are most likely to feel the affects of the toxins because of their smaller body size and increased potential to ingest…Read More

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