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Fresno EOC to host Easter community event Saturday
Fresno EOC will host its third annual Hippity Hoppity Healthy Easter Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 8:39pm

Tulare County highway connector scheduled for maintenance repair
The connector between westbound Highway 198 and southbound Highway 99 west of Visalia will be closed Saturday morning for maintenance repairs, Caltrans announced. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 7:59pm

‘Roller coaster’ heat to continue through weekend
Breathe easy: the worst of the Valley’s abnormal record-setting spring heat has passed and will give way to breezy and cooler weather by Tuesday, putting an end to a “roller coaster” set of days. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 7:32pm

Dinuba council member must pay city in lease dispute
A doctor who lived in Clovis but moved to Dinuba and was elected last year to the Dinuba City Council has been ordered by a jury to pay the city $47,900 for a building he leased. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 5:34pm

Fresno military chaplain gains traction in discrimination case
Fresno resident Pierre Saint-Fleur once earned distinction as California’s most deployed military chaplain. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 2:00pm

Several Fresno freeway ramps to close
Several highway ramps in central Fresno will close Saturday for guardrail repairs. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 1:35pm

Yosemite will open Glacier Point Road on Saturday
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season at 6 a.m. Saturday, but high-elevation Tioga Road remains closed, park officials said Friday. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 12:58pm

Tzu Chi Free Clinic looking for volunteer providers
Tzu Chi Free Clinic Mobile will offer free medical, dental and vision services April 18-19 in Fresno at Gaston Middle School, 1100 E. Church Ave. Read comments
27 Mar 2015 at 11:41am

Leaders address criminal justice reform at Fresno forum
A group of elected officials and community leaders addressed criminal justice reform in a packed southwest Fresno church on Thursday night. Read comments
26 Mar 2015 at 10:41pm

Record-shattering heat expected in Fresno on Friday
The National Weather Service in Hanford forecast a high of 91 degrees in Fresno for Friday, a staggering 22 degrees above the average for this time of year. Read comments
26 Mar 2015 at 9:43pm

VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video

A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day. The man died at the scene and was later idendified as Adrian Hernandez, who police say raped a woman and set fire to a home in southwest Bakersfield.

The couple, who asked not to be identified, said they were heading to their northea...

28 Mar 2015 at 5:29pm

LOIS HENRY: Money, politics and nature conspire against Kern ag

Perhaps you were busy last Wednesday and couldn't attend the water panel I moderated at the Kern Economic Summit.

No worries, I'll recap the juicy stuff for you now. (Oh, read it, you'll sound all smarty pants at your next cocktail party!)

28 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

Documents reveal long trail of library privatization talk

A lot of ground work went into plans to privatize Kern County's libraries long before the concept came to the public's attention earlier this month, documents obtained by The Californian show.

They reveal that Library Systems & Services LLC Vice President Robert Windrow was talking to Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman Leticia Perez's office and the County Administrative Office in early June of 2014.

28 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

Bakersfield Police Department struggles to diversify

The Bakersfield Police Department is twice as white as the city it serves.

More than 69 percent of BPD's sworn force is Caucasian. Hispanics comprise just 25 percent of a police department that protects and serves a city that's almost half Hispanic.

28 Mar 2015 at 5:46pm

Police academy's biggest hurdle: written test

More Hispanics than whites applied to enter two Bakersfield Police Department academies last year but more whites were accepted -- perhaps because Hispanics had more trouble than any other ethnic group with the written entrance exam.

Hopefuls were scored on everything from turning in their application to passing background checks and written, agility and oral exams.

28 Mar 2015 at 3:00pm

How other police forces rank on diversity

Diversity isn't just an issue for the Bakersfield Police Department. Statistics from a sampling of other law enforcement agencies around the state show they, too, are majority white.

This includes the Kern County Sheriff's Office, whose 884 sworn employees are more diverse than BPD but still more than half Caucasian.

28 Mar 2015 at 3:00pm

ASK EMILY: Millions need to be alert for Medi-Cal renewal

Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act.

I spend the majority of my time (and space) writing about the new state health insurance exchange, Covered California.

28 Mar 2015 at 3:36pm

Artist's epiphany 'like flipping a switch'

There's a spot not found on any map that is miles off the beaten path, light-years from the paved highway, made of imagination, dreams, hard work and experience.

For most of his life, Bill Clark had no idea he was headed there.

28 Mar 2015 at 3:48pm

HOW OUR LAWMAKERS VOTED: Budget pacts, same-sex spousal rights, paid sick leave

Key Votes Ahead

28 Mar 2015 at 1:00pm

Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night.

The county coroner's office confirmed Saturday that the man who police killed in a hail of gunfire in the 4000 block of Union Avenue was Adrian Hernandez, the 22-year-old suspected of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

28 Mar 2015 at 5:50pm

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Five strange wildlife encounters in area
We all remember Humphrey the Humpback whale. Not once, but twice he entered San Francisco Bay and amused residents with his forays into fresher and fresher Delta water, eventually reaching Rio Vista in 1985. Finally lured back to the sea with recordings of happy Humpbacks feeding, Humphrey returned to the ocean. He reappeared in the Bay in 1990 and was chased by boaters making scary sounds behind him (banging pipes, etc.) while simultaneously lured by more happy Humpback recordings ahead of [...
26 Mar 2015 at 3:37pm
by Barbara Zumwalt Record Staff Writer

'Tracy Bear' released again to the wild
TRACY — Still groggy, perhaps, from seven hours of tranquilizer-induced slumber, “Tracy Bear” was in no hurry to leave her cage and return to the wild.“Give her a minute,” a man is heard saying on a short video clip released by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday.Sure enough, a few seconds after the door to her cage opened, her head poked out and she carefully hopped to the ground, taking a few hesitant steps toward the trees. [...]
26 Mar 2015 at 12:14pm
by Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer

Fallen officer named Hero of the Year
LODI — Add “Hero of the Year” to the legacy of the late Stockton cop Jimmy Pendergrass.In his view, however, as expressed by the Pendergrass family, the honor bestowed posthumously Wednesday morning during the American Red Cross Gold County Region’s annual Heroes Breakfast for San Joaquin County should go to someone else, anyone else.“He would not understand what everybody was making such a fuss about,” said Kristina Pendergrass, [...]
25 Mar 2015 at 2:53pm
by Joe Goldeen Record Staff Writer

Hundreds applaud bear's rescue from tree
TRACY — In the end, it was as much a story about the people as it was about the bear herself.When the third tranquilizer dart finally kicked in late Wednesday and that young bear tumbled safely out of her tree at a random intersection in the heart of the city, a crowd estimated at 500 or more erupted into spontaneous cheer.They swarmed closer as firefighters loaded the sedated bear into a cage. Parents lifted their kids onto their shoulders to get a peek. Hundreds of [...]
25 Mar 2015 at 2:50pm
by Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer

Keeping the faith: Home is where the family is in new Bible-based musical
Nancy and Jeff Craig are — appropriately — keeping the faith with their church’s name and calling.Nancy Craig said it’s “awesome” that her husband, son and daughter bond as a family during a musical being produced at The Home Church in Lodi.They’re involved in staging “Who Do You Say I Am” — reprising a 2014 performance of the Bible-based musical and reinforcing the church’s mission. Perhaps providing [...]
25 Mar 2015 at 10:20am
by Tony Sauro Record Staff Writer

'Our financial house is in order'
STOCKTON —  Looking back on recent history, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Miller said the San Joaquin County government had been able to pass through the “Great Recession” in better shape than other local agencies that were hit hard by the slowdown.Looking to the future, Miller said the county has been working with businesses and other public agencies on projects and ideas that will help bolster the county’s economy in the years the come. [...]
25 Mar 2015 at 4:32am
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

Lodi co-op buying Modesto cannery for $175 million
Pacific Coast Producers, the Lodi-based grower-owned cooperative that operates fruit and tomato canneries in Lodi, Woodland and Oroville, has agreed to purchase Seneca Food Corp.’s fruit processing plant in Modesto for $175 million.The sprawling plant at 2801 Finch Road, Modesto, is expected to boost Pacific Coast Producer’s annual revenues by about 30 percent, said Matt Strong, the cooperative’s chief financial officer.During the peak season, the plant [...]
24 Mar 2015 at 1:41pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Bear spotted in Tracy
TRACY — Police searched this morning for a bear that evidently wandered into the city and was sighted Monday night and then again early today.The first sighting took place about 8:45 p.m. Monday in a residential neighborhood near Lowell Avenue and Orchard Parkway in northwest Tracy, police said.The second sighting took place just before 2 a.m. today at Grant Line and Corral Hollow roads, an area [...]
24 Mar 2015 at 4:13am

Review: 'Mary Poppins' production delights young and old
Stepping into Sierra Repertory’s East Sonora Theater for a matinee performance of “Mary Poppins” on Saturday was like stepping back to 1964 when, as children, we dressed up to see a movie in a theater and were especially excited that it was with and for kids.There were plenty of children in their Sunday best for the musical stage production, and if the play wasn’t the sweet Walt Disney version of the P.L. Travers books, it was equally entertaining. [...]
23 Mar 2015 at 4:23am
by Lori Gilbert

Infected bat found in San Joaquin County home tests positive
A bat found in a San Joaquin County home has tested positive for rabies, health officials said last week.Such cases have become increasingly rare in recent years.Last August, a feral kitten tested positive for rabies. The bat and the kitten are the only confirmed rabies cases since 2011, when there were four such cases.A human hasn’t tested positive for rabies in San Joaquin County since 2006, and the person in that case was exposed to the disease in another [...]
22 Mar 2015 at 1:15pm
by The Record

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