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Fresno man falls to death climbing in Yosemite
A Fresno man fell to his death while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park last weekend. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 1:15pm

Parlier man dies when vehicle hits pole, dives into canal
A 24-year-old Parlier man was killed early Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash near Sanger, the California Highway Patrol reported. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 11:53am

Coroner IDs Fresno woman killed in Highway 180 collision
A woman killed Monday in a collision on Highway 180 east of Fowler Avenue was identified by the Fresno County coroner as Emilia Carrasco, 54, of Fresno. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 11:35am

Man with measles visited Fresno hospital’s maternity ward, Fashion Fair mall
Fresno County health officials said a man with measles may have exposed county residents, including mothers and babies in the labor and delivery area at Community Regional Medical Center. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 2:50pm

Driver dies, another seriously injured in chain-reaction crash that scatters ...
One driver died and another was seriously injured early Wednesday in a crash that involved two Foster Farms trucks on northbound Highway 41 south of Fresno, the California Highway Patrol reported. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 6:25am

List of school districts on foggy-day schedules
Central Unified Plan B Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 5:55am

Local leaders to hold small business town hall meeting in Clovis
State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto will hold a town hall meeting Feb. 5 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium to help small-business owners avoid lawsuits due to noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read comments
27 Jan 2015 at 8:35pm

Fresno County portion of southbound Interstate 5 lane to close for repair
The right lane of southbound Interstate 5 near the Jayne Avenue overcrossing just east of Coalinga will close Wednesday for a slab repair project. Read comments
27 Jan 2015 at 8:25pm

Volunteers begin homeless count in Fresno/Madera counties
Volunteers began counting homeless people in Fresno and Madera counties on Tuesday evening as part of a three-day initiative aimed at better understanding the homeless and helping get more individuals off the streets. Read comments
27 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Fresno wants to sell Chukchansi Park’s little-used $330,000 stage for $25,000
Fresno City Hall’s ill-starred mobile entertainment stage will finally get a chance to shine — after it leaves town. Read comments
28 Jan 2015 at 6:45am

SOUND OFF: Why did we cut (D) from story on accused Dem?

Reader: Your indignation that someone might find you biased in your reporting is evidenced in your sarcastic response to Jill Grant's ... (complaint that you deleted the pertinent party affiliation -- Democrat --from the Jan. 23 article "N.Y. Speaker Sheldon Silver amassed millions in graft, prosecutor said."). You seem to prefer being regarded as inept rather than biased.

You admit that you edited out the paragraph in the Los Angeles T...

30 Jan 2015 at 10:11pm

Action Line: When death approaches, estate action needed

Dear Action Line, I recently learned my brother has terminal cancer. He is in no condition to deal with business matters. He is not married and has no children, so everything is left to me to do.

I don't know how to take care of his personal business. He is not a wealthy man, but he does own a house and has some savings. I saw a bunch of fliers in the hospital waiting room for estate planning, but I don't have a clue whom to call.

30 Jan 2015 at 5:39pm

BEYOND BAKERSFIELD: News from around Central California

Morro Bay:  If you're in the mood to sit, sip a coffee and glance over a magazine, Morro Bay has a new location where visitors might enjoy the peacefulness.

Morry Bay has created a pilot "parklet," joining a trend found in San Francisco, Chicago and other major cities, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

30 Jan 2015 at 5:47pm

Champion of arts, civic pride dies

During her lifelong campaign to uplift and support, Jan Fulton found a lot of creative ways to do both: championing the city and its neighborhoods, promoting the arts, filling bellies with her famous Cambrian salad at the Spotlight Cafe. And if that failed? She'd rely on her endless reserves of cheer.

Hers was a life fully and optimistically lived, but it came to an end just after midnight Friday when Fulton succumbed to the pancreatic ca...

30 Jan 2015 at 5:39pm

Community roundup: Low-cost animal vaccination clinic coming up

Low-cost cat and dog vaccinations and free pet microchiping are coming to southeast Bakersfield.

Kern County Animal Services will host a low-cost clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at Rexland Acres Park.

30 Jan 2015 at 10:27pm

PHOTO GALLERY: School 'snow day' a chance to learn, play

Students at Owens Primary School played in eight piles of the closest thing they could get to actual snow Friday in a snow day for transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Close to 200 students, with help from parents and Stockdale Christian High teens, packed shaved ice into snowmen and sipped from cups of hot chocolate.

30 Jan 2015 at 5:37pm

Funeral Services for Jan. 31

Services scheduled

Robert Lee Smith, 59, Bakersfield, Jan. 27. Visitation 4 p.m. Feb. 4, Basham Funeral Care; Rosary 6 p.m. Feb. 4, Basham Funeral Care; Service 11 a.m. Feb. 5, Basham Funeral Care; Cemetery, Union Cemetery. Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St.Services pending

30 Jan 2015 at 4:07pm

Bakersfield hosting state We the People competition

Students from four local high schools will compete in the statewide We the People competition Saturday at Golden Valley High School.

The contest, which runs like a congressional hearing, tests students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and their ability to apply democratic principles to current and historical issues.

30 Jan 2015 at 10:58pm

POM Wonderful loses labeling challenge

WASHINGTON -- POM Wonderful, the company that makes juice from San Joaquin Valley pomegranates, lost a labeling challenge Friday in a high-profile case over the limits of commercial free speech.

In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit largely rejected claims by POM Wonderful that the Federal Trade Commission went too far in targeting the company's aggressive and allege...

30 Jan 2015 at 1:06pm

Police: No credibility to report of person with handgun on BC campus

A man with a gun was reportedly spotted in the northeast area of Bakersfield College's Panorama campus Friday morning, but police later determined there was no credibility to the report.

A BC news release said Bakersfield police and college public safety officers searched the campus and interviewed the witness, who couldn't verify the person had a handgun. Police called off the search and determined the situation was a domestic dispute.

30 Jan 2015 at 11:05pm

Modesto Bee

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Economic recovery to continue for state, SJ County
STOCKTON — Slow economic growth should continue in California and San Joaquin County this year, although a still sputtering housing industry, global economic woes and ongoing drought could slow or reverse the gains, University of the Pacific economists said Friday.Overall, California is expected to see 3.3 percent growth in real gross state product through 2015, the same as last year, and nonfarm employment increase 2.3 percent, a little stronger than the 2.2 percent rise [...]
30 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Biennial homeless count gives voice to those without shelter
STOCKTON — A long line formed inside St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room on Thursday morning, but this line wasn’t for a hot meal.The Department of Motor Vehicles was there to provide free identification cards. It was an added feature at the dining room on Thursday, part of a three-day count that happens every two years to put a number on the homeless population in San Joaquin County.The main target was those people without shelter, but there were a [...]
29 Jan 2015 at 12:00pm
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

Chinese students, staff to visit Manteca
MANTECA — Students and staff from Beijing’s Runfeng Elementary/Middle School will visit Woodward Elementary on Tuesday to mark a new partnership that ultimately could offer student trips to China as well as a teacher exchange between the new sister schools.The 65 visitors from China’s capital city will meet with students and staff at the Manteca Unified school, see musical performances and hold a symbolic signing ceremony to signify the educational [...]
28 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm
by The Record

Water managers propose emergency actions after driest January on record
STOCKTON — A city that normally sees well over 2 inches of rain in January will likely finish the month with two-hundredths of an inch.But Stockton won’t be the only community to record its driest January ever. Indeed, hopes that the drought was loosening its grip on California are quickly evaporating.While some areas saw slight improvement after a wet December, the San Joaquin River [...]
27 Jan 2015 at 12:15pm
by Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer

Boomerang buyers may add pop to S.J. housing market
Boomerang buyers, homeowners who fell into foreclosure or sold homes short during the housing crisis, may well emerge as a new force in the U.S. housing market over the next eight years as their credit report black marks fade into the past, RealtyTrac surmised Tuesday.The Irvine-based residential information firm estimated 7.2 million boomerang buyers may re-enter the home market this year through 2022, including 50,000 in San Joaquin County.Certainly the so-called Millennial [...]
27 Jan 2015 at 11:00am
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Miller remains chairwoman of SJ County Board of Supervisors
STOCKTON — For the second time this month, a split San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors picked Kathy Miller to lead the board this year as its chairwoman.When the five-member panel first chose the former Stockton City Council member to the chairmanship on Jan. 5, it raised eyebrows and some concerns from critics of the decision to pass over Supervisor Carlos Villapudua, who would have taken the position of the board had kept using a rotation that had been followed since 2002. [...]
27 Jan 2015 at 4:54am
by The Record

Tracy man found dead on train tracks
TRACY — A man in his 20s was found dead after being struck by a train locomotive Saturday morning in south Tracy.The victim was identified as Conner Elliott Kelly, 25, of Tracy, according to the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office.Kelly was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics with American Medical Response who found him lying unresponsive next to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks about 1,000 yards west of South Tracy Boulevard, according to information [...]
26 Jan 2015 at 6:58am
by The Record

SUSD knocks down expulsion rate
STOCKTON — Mirroring a statewide trend that saw a dramatic drop in school expulsion rates, Stockton Unified cut the number of students expelled in 2013-14 by nearly 50 percent from the year before and is on track so far this year to see that number fall by nearly half again.Making those inroads over the past decade has taken a strategic, multi-tiered approach requiring buy-in from the top all the way down to the youngest kindergartner, [...]
25 Jan 2015 at 2:00pm
by Elizabeth Roberts Record Staff Writer

San Joaquin County officials prepare for biennial homeless count
STOCKTON — Once every two years, volunteers and service workers organize to try and count the homeless population of San Joaquin County, a necessary endeavor to preserve federal funding and better plan how to help the hundreds of men, women and children without a place to live.But it can be hard to find them, particularly those who sleep on the streets, make camp under bridges or otherwise remain outside shelters, which is why [...]
25 Jan 2015 at 12:00pm
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

Knitting group makes warm donation to homeless
MANTECA — When picking out which kind of yarn to use for hats she made for the homeless, Beth Matsuyama started out with something thick — it can get pretty cold out on the streets in San Joaquin County.She wanted the yarn to be soft, too, and a dark enough color that the hat would still look nice if it needed a wash. And she picked a simple watchman-style for the hats she made for the men, with brims that can fold up or down.She wanted a good hat in a [...]
24 Jan 2015 at 12:00pm
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

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