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- 06/05/15--19:19: _History in print
- 06/06/15--12:26: _Summer reading chal...
- 06/06/15--12:31: _Beale library servi...
- 06/06/15--17:30: _Driver walks away a...
- 06/06/15--17:49: _Rodeo royalty visit...
- 06/06/15--18:47: _Man killed Saturday...
- 06/07/15--18:18: _Public invited to c...
- 06/07/15--18:26: _Delano family displ...
- 06/07/15--18:29: _BPD investigating a...
- 06/07/15--23:38: _Bakersfield's Black...
- 06/07/15--23:46: _Kern County Fire Ex...
- 06/08/15--09:58: _Fatal shooting near...
- 06/08/15--10:05: _Cooling center loca...
- 06/08/15--11:44: _CHP "Start Smart" p...
- 06/08/15--18:34: _Details from Mira M...
- 06/09/15--07:00: _BPD community meeti...
- 06/09/15--11:12: _Two dead after doub...
- 06/09/15--12:34: _Audition tonight fo...
- 06/05/15--18:07: Wildfire threatens homes in Lebec
- 06/05/15--18:55: Top California regulator resigns his post
- 06/05/15--19:19: History in print
- 06/06/15--12:26: Summer reading challenge now at Kern County libraries
- 06/06/15--12:31: Beale library serving up free lunches for kids
- 06/06/15--17:30: Driver walks away after truck crashes into house
- 06/06/15--17:49: Rodeo royalty visit with children at Memorial
- 06/06/15--18:47: Man killed Saturday morning identified
- 06/07/15--18:18: Public invited to community meeting with BPD
- 06/07/15--18:26: Delano family displaced after fire
- 06/07/15--18:29: BPD investigating a suspicious death
- 06/07/15--23:38: Bakersfield's Black Hole holds bone marrow drive
- 06/07/15--23:46: Kern County Fire Explorer Program
- 06/08/15--09:58: Fatal shooting near east Truxtun and 21st St.
- 06/08/15--10:05: Cooling center locations
- 06/08/15--11:44: CHP "Start Smart" program
- 06/08/15--18:34: Details from Mira Monte principal investigation revealed
- 06/09/15--07:00: BPD community meeting held Monday night
- 06/09/15--11:12: Two dead after double shooting in Arvin
- 06/09/15--12:34: Audition tonight for performing arts camp
Emergency crews from Kern and Los Angeles counties were fighting the fire from the ground and in the air.
The fire started just after 4 p.m. along Lebec drive.
Fire officials said 300 to 400 homes could be in danger downrange. Sheriff's deputies were helping evacuate houses on Circle Drive, near the post office in the center of the village. Residents were being evacuated to Frazier Mountain High School.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost as of 6:30 p.m.
There is no estimate on when the fire will be contained and no report yet on what started it.
The Los Angeles Times reporting that Mark Nechodom, director of the California Department of Conservation resigned Thursday.
Nechodom oversees the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, or DOGGR. Nechodom, Governor Jerry Brown and several major oil companies are named as defendants in a RICO complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court by a Kern County farming group, alleging they conspired to allow illegal injections of oilfield waste water into protected groundwater.
The lawsuit claims the conspiracy resulted in the loss of millions of dollars worth of almond and cherry orchards in and around the Bakersfield and Shafter areas. Nechodom gave no reason for his departure in a brief letter to the Brown Administration, and regulators aren't commenting.
Bakersfield attorney George Martin, one of the plaintiff's attorneys in the RICO suit, said it's about time Nechodom stepped down and he expects more resignations to follow.
"Wilberforce, he changed the entire course of his life," said Stump.
Stump, a history buff, made headlines last year, winning national history day with her research on Henrietta Lacks. This year, she chose William Wilberforce, the man who abolished Britain's transatlantic slave trade, as her subject.
"I have always been really interested in vulnerable populations, people that don't have a voice to speak out for themselves, people who need a champion and need a leader," said Stump.
Stump studied reference books, marking every detail for her project. But, she needed more. The eighth grader talked her way into the Oxford Library in London to explore, where no one under 18 is allowed. Her family traveled to Wiblerforce's hometown and interviewed his direct descendants for her research.
"Jessica is always looking for those types of stories," said Jillian Fritch-Stump, Jessica's mother. "And when people say to her, well you're amazing or you did this, she says, you know I really didn't. This is something God's been doing and I'm just here to tell his story."
And people get to hear his story before National History Day. She was asked to write an article on Wilberforce for The Washington Times. Thursday, there it was along with a picture of Jessica and her brother, Charlie, at Wilberforce's memorial.
"I totally freaked out and I was like, oh my gosh! That's me, that's my little brother, that's my writing," said Jessica.
"It's like a dream come true to be able to do something like that with your daughter," said Jillian.
"Change can happen in one lifetime. It doesn't take six generations for change to happen. William WIlberforce is proof of that, that one person can change the world," said Stump.
Jessica was also invited to speak at the William Wilburforce Awards dinner. That's happening just before National History Day in the nation's capital, June 14-19.
Two-year-old, Kai Anguiano, has leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow donor. Local Raider fans heard Anguiano needed a match and stepped in to help.
The shooting left another man wounded. It happened in the parking lot of the La Mariscos Bar and Grill. A security guard said the two victims were inside a gold GMC SUV.
The security guard says the band was just about to finish playing around 1:40 a.m. this morning when patrons heard shots fired.
The security guard says the victims appeared to be heading east on east 21st St. when confronted by the suspect. He did not see the suspect or another car.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.
SAN JOAQUIN AND KERN RIVER VALLEY CENTERS
Buttonwillow Recreation and Park District, 556 Milo, Buttonwillow, Closed today
East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield, Open today
East Niles Senior Center, 6601 East Niles Street, Bakersfield, Open today
Kern River Valley Senior Center/Veterans Building, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, Closed today
Gusher Hall, 271 California Street, Maricopa, Open today
Taft Veterans Building, 213 Taylor Street, Taft, Open today
Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Avenue, Shafter, Closed today
Wasco Veterans Hall, 1202 Poplar Avenue, Wasco, Open today
Hummel Community Building, 2500 20th Street, Rosamond, Closed today
Inyokern Senior Center, 1247 Broadway, Inyokern, Closed today
Allegations against Quiñónez brought to the board in March prompted the investigation. The allegations in the report included: bullying behavior, gender discrimination, retaliation from participating in a sexual harassment investigation, hostile working environment, changing grades, targeting of employees and interference with concerted activity. According to the document all except gender discrimination was sustained. "This information being let out early we believe is a violation of his privacy rights and we believe there may have been some time of Brown act violation," said Godinez.
This is the written response from the Kern High School District Information and Communication Manager, Lisa Krch, "The Kern High School District's Board of Trustees reassigned the principal of Mira Monte High School. The reassignment has yet to be determined. The district cannot comment further on this personnel matter."
Quiñónez's salary as Mira Monte principal was $121,439 last year. He will be relocated to another certificated position in the district. Godinez says he and his client are waiting to see what steps the district takes before making a move. However Godinez says he will address the issue of the document being released prematurely. "Essentially this will force us to possibly take additional steps, possibly an additional claim, possibly a lawsuit against some individuals, once we get to the bottom of how and why this was disclosed," said Godinez.
Last night's meeting, put together by Faith in Action Kern County, gathered together law enforcement and dozens of community members to help build a more trusting relationship with the public.
Several people gave their testimonials and expressed their concerns to the BPD while standing at the pulpit of Compassion Christian Center in central Bakersfield.
Residents also listened to the BPD's ongoing strategies to bridge the communication gap with residents.
Assistant Chief Lyle Martin stepped in for Chief Williamson due to a family emergency. He encouraged the community to keep the discussion going by contacting the department with any concerns.
The BPD says they will be holding six more meetings come Fall.
UPDATED 11:50 a.m.
According to Arvin Police there was an argument inside the El Potrero Bar in Arvin involving 3 people and the suspect.
Police say the suspect shot all three victims. Two died at the hospital and a third, Manuel Morales was taken to surgery. His condition is unknown.
Police say they think all three victims knew each other but that is still part of the investigation.
One woman has been arrested in connection to the shooting but police say she is not the shooter. Police are still looking for the person they believe fired the fatal shots.
Two men are dead after a double shooting in Arvin late Monday.
Arvin police said it happened just before midnight in the 100 block of Bear Mountain Blvd.
Arvin Police have not released any information so far, but the coroner says two men were shot and later died in the hospital.
The victims are 34-year-old Jorge Zavala, and 37-year-old Federico Zuniga Moreno.
Both were Arvin residents.
American Idol's Amy Adams and Garden Pathways are combining forces for the Garden Pathways Performing Arts Camp 2015.
The camp will offer week long camps in singing, dance, and theater all taught by professionals.
Kids 12 to 18 are welcome to audition for the camp Tuesday evening.
Auditions will be held on June 9-dance at 5:30 p.m., singing at 6:30 p.m., and theater at 7:30 p.m. at Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center 1130 17th Street Bakersfield.
Youth should wear appropriate dance attire, be prepared to sing two songs a cappella, and/or be prepared with a monologue of their choice.
To reserve a spot for the audition, call Garden Pathways Downtown Education Center at (661) 633-2302.
Tuition is $175 for the singing and dance camps; and $325 for the two-week theater camp. Some scholarships are available with verification of need. Youth selected for the singing and dance camps will be assigned to a session.