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Feb 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

The fee...
Feb 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Lots of dirt, lots of big trucks -- what more could you want? Organizers are set to build more jumps at the Kernville Bike Park. They're looking for volunteers to help with the fun and the work.

Organizers say they'll rent a dump truck...
Feb 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation is gearing up for the annual Jeanette Rogers-Erickson Heart Walk. It's the 15th year for the event, and they're looking for teams to participate.

Teams should be made up of five individuals. Entry...
Feb 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM

According to organizers, Whiskey Flat Days, which is held every Presidents Day weekend, is a "leap back to the good ol' wild west days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers and trappers."

Event map and schedule >>
Feb 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving...
Feb 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The coroner's office has released the name of a motorcycle rider killed in a head-on crash with a pickup.

Johnny Richard Rankin, 64, of Lake Isabella, died Tuesday when he crashed on Highway 178 just...
Feb 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Schools in Kern County say they make every effort to respond to bullies. It's an issue drawing more attention than ever, and bullying may have even played a role in the recent shooting at Taft Union High...
Feb 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The Kern County Roads Department wants to know what you think, and you can let them know with your feet. Roads personnel want community input on plans to improve sidewalks and paths in Kernville's parks.

The county is getting ready to...
Jan 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County officials conducted a multiagency disaster drill Thursday, examining the county's response in the case of a major emergency.

The scenario: What is the Lake Isabella dams failed? The results...
Jan 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern High School District is slated to get millions of dollars more in Gov. Jerry Brown's optimistic budget proposal. Still, local officials are not overly excited.

Monday, district board members...
Jan 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Volunteers roamed the streets and set up census centers Thursday, taking count of the homeless population around Kern County.

The annual count is a snapshot of homelessness over a 24-hour period and...
Jan 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — See the best high school musicians and singers in Kern County next week at the annual It's a Grand Night for Music event.

The evening of music is 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Rabobank Theatre, according to the...
Jan 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Federal officials held an informational meeting Monday night for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Under the program, qualified applicants are eligible for a work permit, and...
Jan 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Statistics released by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office show that reported crimes increased in 2012. What they found is reason enough to keep both personal vigilance and a neighborly eye out for anything suspicious....
Jan 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

The Kern Valley Aquatics Program will host its annual "Polar Plunge" fundraiser at the South Fork Middle School. It's coming up on February 1 at 4 pm.

They urge brave souls to come out and support the program by taking the plunge. The...