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Visalia garage fire destroys classic cars
Two classic cars and a detached garage were lost in a fire in Visalia Saturday night, Visalia fire officials reported. Read comments
27 Jul 2014 at 11:55am

Volunteers help make mural bloom in Clovis
Volunteers helped paint a storage container in a design made up of images of water-wise flowers at the Clovis Botanical Garden on Saturday. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 11:01pm

Technology tracks movements of comatose Fresno mom (video)
KENTFIELD — Brian Lande leans over the railing of his wife's hospital bed and gives her a kiss. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 10:53pm

Merced County DA’s son arrested as suspect in triple homicide
The Merced County district attorney’s son has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in a triple homicide last year. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 10:40pm

Police: Mentally ill man wanders downtown Fresno with replica rifle
Fresno police officers intercepted a man carrying what looked like a high-powered assault rifle Friday evening on the Tuolumne street overpass near Highway 99. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 9:51pm

Ninjas in training at Clovis obstacle course
One day, Joe Maravsky was a weatherman in Connecticut. The next, he was an aspiring champion of the television show "American Ninja Warrior." Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 9:40pm

Lightning sparks fires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Recent lightning strikes have ignited four small fires in the Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Parks, a park service spokeswoman said Saturday. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 8:01pm

Grand opening Tuesday for Faith in Community office
Faith in Community -- made up of about 20 faith groups that do humanitarian work in Fresno -- will open an office in south-central Fresno, just north of Highway 180. A grand opening will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in their new space at 546 N. Fulton St. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 7:09pm

Yosemite fire chars 2,100 acres, prompts evacuations in Foresta, Old El Portal
The El Portal fire in Yosemite National Park burned 2,100 acres by 6 a.m. Sunday and was 5% contained, El Portal fire officials reported. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 5:54pm

In drought, central San Joaquin Valley water cops crack down on waste (video)
Fresno and other central San Joaquin Valley cities want residents to reduce water usage in light of the state's three-year drought. Read comments
26 Jul 2014 at 5:47pm

THE PULSE: Keeping tabs on health & wellness issues


Kern County youngsters are injured at higher rates than children in California as a whole, according to new figures released from

29 Jul 2014 at 9:01pm

Sales impact on area Dollar Tree, Family Dollar stores unclear

The purchase of Family Dollar Stores Inc. on Monday by Dollar Tree Inc. for $8.5 billion will likely impact the Bakersfield-area's 16 stores.

It's just too soon to know how.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:54pm

BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

BAD FORM: Linda Welch shared a story about a young panhandler who was standing in front of the McDonald’s on North Chester Avenue along with his dog. She happened to have a can of dog food in her car and handed to the man. “He looked at the can and said, ‘but lady this is dog food.’ And I said ‘yeah, and you have a dog.’ By the way, not one time did he say thanks,” she said. “So much for being taken in.”

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29 Jul 2014 at 6:51pm

LOIS HENRY: County planners not thrilled with groundwater bills

Don't look now, but someone isn't exactly on board with the state's groundwater regulation plans.

And that someone is -- ta-DA! Kern County.

29 Jul 2014 at 6:15pm

Airport director: It will take money to make money at Meadows Field

County Airports Director Richard Strickland had some sobering news for the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Debt is outpacing revenue.

29 Jul 2014 at 6:03pm

Couple married almost 62 years die four hours apart

Married for almost 62 years, Don and Maxine Simpson didn't let death keep them apart for long.

The two died within four hours of each other July 21 at the home of one of their granddaughters, where they'd spent their final days side by side. He was 90 and she was 87.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:23pm

Funeral services for July 30, 2014

Services scheduled

James R. Amos "J.R.", 97, Bakersfield, July 28. Visitation 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1, Greenlawn Southwest; interment to follow at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest. Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest.

29 Jul 2014 at 4:07pm

City spray parks closed as water bans begin

Emergency California water regulations approving fines of up to $500 a day for water wasters took effect three days earlier than expected Tuesday, and in response City Attorney Ginny Gennaro announced Bakersfield’s nine city spray parks will close Wednesday, two days earlier than planned.

Also in response to the impending state clampdown, which had been expected Friday, an official at the North of the River Recreation and Park District an...

29 Jul 2014 at 6:05pm

'First Look': Richard Beene discusses solution to Centennial Plaza bricks rem...

Each engraved brick and tile in front of the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center has a story behind it. Whether it's in loving memory of a family member or in honor of a wedding anniversary, the bricks are more than just clay squares.

When the city's Public Works Department announced the bricks would be dug up without consulting residents, many people had something to say.

29 Jul 2014 at 2:11pm

To brick or not to brick; what's your solution?

Bakersfield officials have, for now, decided to postpone the Aug. 4 removal of 5,349 commemorative bricks and teal-colored tiles from Centennial Plaza.

But before the City Council votes on Aug. 13 about what to do with the bricks, we want to hear your suggestions.

29 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Modesto Bee

Vintage Faire Mall gets preview of Modesto Grand Prix

Vintage Faire Mall shoppers got a sneak peek Tuesday of this weekend?s Modesto Grand Prix.

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29 Jul 2014 at 8:40pm

Homicide victim remembered at Modesto vigil

A vigil was held Tuesday evening in memory of Modestan Frankie Vargas, who was killed July 29 last year in front of his home.

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29 Jul 2014 at 10:00pm

Seniors, foster kids share “Frozen”-themed party

Hearts were warmed as residents of the Stratford at Beyer Park assisted-living community held a ?Frozen?-themed party for foster children Tuesday.

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29 Jul 2014 at 7:48pm

Stanislaus supervisor calls for relief for residents with dry wells

Stanislaus County Supervisor Bill O?Brien said the county should consider providing relief to residents whose wells have gone dry and needs an emergency action plan in case drought conditions worsen…

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29 Jul 2014 at 7:12pm
by (Ken Carlson)

West Modesto fire displaces three families

An elderly couple are grateful that their 12-year-old neighbor started pounding on their door to warn them that their home was on fire. Three families were displaced as a result…

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29 Jul 2014 at 2:14pm
by (Erin Tracy)

Modesto Irrigation District leaders hustling to get growers more water

Modesto Irrigation District leaders extended the irrigation season to Oct. 3 to help thirsty trees. The MID board also agreed to more farmer-to-farmer water transfers with a Sept. 2 application…

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29 Jul 2014 at 6:40pm
by (Garth Stapley)

Firefighters increase containment of El Portal blaze

The El Portal fire along the edge of Yosemite National Park had charred more than 3,000 acres and was 19 percent contained Tuesday, a jump from the 5 percent containment…

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29 Jul 2014 at 6:34pm

Police investigating home-invasion robbery in Modesto

Police are looking for three people involved in a home-invasion robbery in northeast Modesto early Monday morning.

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29 Jul 2014 at 6:22pm

Assyrians to rally Saturday to protest persecution of Christians in Iraq

Assyrians from Stanislaus County are helping organize a rally Saturday to protest the purge of Assyrian Christians from their Iraqi homeland by Islamic extremists.

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29 Jul 2014 at 3:25pm
by (J.N. Sbranti)

Landlord accused of starting fire near Turlock makes first court appearance

A landlord on Tuesday afternoon made his first court appearance since he was arrested Sunday on suspicion of starting a fire at a rural Turlock home with his three tenants…

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29 Jul 2014 at 5:10pm
by (Rosalio Ahumada)

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Not short on talent

STOCKTON - Daniel Robertson was the kid who could play every position on the diamond, his athleticism allowing the Southern California teenager to glide from third base to shortstop to second without hesitation.

29 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm

UFC makes Diaz comeback a showdown with Silva

Nick Diaz said he wanted to return to mixed martial arts to fight for championships and get involved in "super fights."

29 Jul 2014 at 8:59pm

Missing TB patient found and arrested

STOCKTON - In the type of case that goes to San Joaquin County prosecutors about once a year, a tuberculosis patient facing criminal charges for disappearing has been located and arrested in Kern County.

29 Jul 2014 at 8:20pm

Crime fighter

STOCKTON - Edison High School wrestling coach Carlos Soto was shot in the leg Tuesday morning while fighting off four intruders during a home-invasion robbery at his family's home in northeast Stockton, police reported.

29 Jul 2014 at 8:19pm

Police find loads of pot in traffic stop

STOCKTON - A simple traffic stop turned into a major drug bust in northwest Stockton late Monday night, authorities said.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:48pm

Man arrested after attack

STOCKTON - A bicyclist was attacked by a dog and its owner early Tuesday in south Stockton, authorities said.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:47pm

Four join Pacific board

STOCKTON - Four new regents have been added to the governing body of University of the Pacific, the university announced Tuesday.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:44pm

City meeting's focus turns to crime, protocol

STOCKTON - The Stockton City Council meeting Tuesday night started and ended with a lament for Misty Holt-Singh.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:41pm

Planned Parenthood backs Eggman

MODESTO - Michael Eggman has received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood in his effort to unseat Jeff Denham in Congress.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:39pm

Academy educates on sheriff's duties

FRENCH CAMP - The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office is holding another citizens academy, where it tries to forge stronger ties with the community through a 12-week course.

29 Jul 2014 at 7:38pm

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