ROBERT PRICE: Of an age that lives in two worlds
My generation of latter-day Baby Boomers takes up a lot of space in this country, substantially more than the generation that followed. Statistically speaking, that means outnumbered younger generations will either be supporting most of us or we'll be living out our final years in cardboard boxes down by the river. Sure, our retirement incomes are still steadily accruing -- ideally, from multiple sources -- but our generation, in addition t...
7 Dec 2013 at 11:00pm
Bakersfield students taste test the future at school cafeteria trade show
LANCASTER -- Robert Terrazas has strong opinions about the cafeteria food at CLC-Tech, an alternative school run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.
"Most of the time it's gross," said Terrazas, 17, frowning. "It's always cold cereal in the morning with some kind of cracker, and every Friday there's this pepperoni pizza that's all greasy.
7 Dec 2013 at 9:29pm
SR-58 closes again due to weather
The California Highway Patrol has closed State Road 58 for a second time.
Police announced the closure shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. Access is restricted eastbound at Tower Line Road in Bakersfield and westbound west of Mojave.
7 Dec 2013 at 8:29pm
Many Kern low income patients have an edge as 'Obamacare' nears
For more than a decade, Kern County has prepared for January 1, 2014, the landmark date when the country's health care system will undergo major changes decreed by the Affordable Care Act.
When the day comes, more than 9,800 people here will automatically moved into Medi-Cal, the state's version of the federal Medicaid insurance program for the poor, thanks to a program that connected thousands of Kern denizens with health care coverage i...
7 Dec 2013 at 8:29pm
LOIS HENRY: Puppies, my windows and foolish fracking news
A few random things that caught my attention this week.
7 Dec 2013 at 6:00pm
Funeral services for Dec. 8, 2013
Christopher K. Bardet, 58, Bakersfield, Dec. 4 in Bakersfield. Rosary 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Greenlawn Mortuary.
7 Dec 2013 at 4:39pm
High-speed rail officials insist plan is on schedule
SACRAMENTO -- California high-speed rail officials sought to allay concerns about the future of the project after a series of legal and regulatory rulings that appear to jeopardize some parts of the $68 billion plan.
Despite the recent setbacks, they said engineering work and state hiring are on pace and that construction will begin in the new year using federal money.
7 Dec 2013 at 1:00pm
CHP: I-5 over Grapevine, Hwy 58 reopen after closing due to snow, ice
The California Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Highway 58 through Tehachapi after closing them Saturday morning due to snow and ice.
Both opened about 1:30 p.m. after having been closed for several hours. Previously, the 58 had been closed heading east at Tower Line Road in Bakersfield, and heading west, at one mile west of Mojave.
7 Dec 2013 at 1:33pm
Felony probation sex offender at large
A sex offender was reported to be at large Friday night by the Kern County Probation Department.
He was identified as Michael Joseph Cacopardo, who failed to report to his probation officer. Subsequently, a no-bail, felony warrant was issued for Cacopardo's arrest, officials said.
6 Dec 2013 at 9:12pm
Jay Z tops Grammy nominations with 9
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Macklemore and Lewis’ gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year...
6 Dec 2013 at 10:21pm
Peripheral canal at a glance
Oh, that crazy canal.
7 Dec 2013 at 8:10pm
Lost and found
STOCKTON - As the sun streamed through the picture windows in the teachers' lounge at an otherwise deserted high school one afternoon this past summer, D'Angelo Garduno sat with visitors and spoke of his dreams and his hopes and of somehow emerging whole...
7 Dec 2013 at 7:59pm
Canal or tunnels, fight still the same
Somewhere in her rural home on Roberts Island, Delta activist Rogene Reynolds keeps a storage bin filled with mementoes from decades past.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:39pm
911 briefs -- Published Dec. 8, 2013
STOCKTON - Police investigators are searching for leads in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 35-year-old pedestrian on West Charter Way and Fresno Avenue early Saturday morning.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:33pm
911 calls -- Published Dec. 8, 2013
There were 73 bookings at the San Joaquin County Jail in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Saturday. At that time, there were 1,213 people held at the jail, which has an official capacity of 1,411.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:31pm
Proposed law needs remodel
If you are going through a hair-pulling home remodel now, you probably noted Stockton's proposed green building ordinance. It would add $2,500 to $5,000 to your costs.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:30pm
Storm brings snow to Mother Lode, Tahoe area
STOCKTON - Snowflakes failed to fall onto the streets of Stockton as forecasts earlier in the week predicted, but local rains combined with a cold snap made for some nice powder up in the foothills and up the road in Lake Tahoe.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:29pm
School out to change perceptions
STOCKTON - A student-made banner filled with handprints and a social media hashtag covers the front window on Delta Sierra Middle School's administration building, and similar signs hang on walls all over the north Stockton campus.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:28pm
Stockton homeless focus of Help-Portrait event
STOCKTON - Alexis Lowe sat with slightly slumping shoulders while her 4-year-old son Andrew stared at his shoes and refused to look at the camera early Saturday afternoon.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:27pm
Vote on year’s top stories
As 2013 comes to an end, The Record wants to know what you think were the biggest stories of the year.
7 Dec 2013 at 7:25pm