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Historic Victory Cafe sign in Fresno’s Chinatown painted over by mistake
Call it an uh-oh moment. Read comments
23 Oct 2014 at 1:32pm

Judge says Harry Baker can visited assisted-living facilities
A judge ruled Thursday that former Madera County Supervisor Harry Baker can leave the Fresno County Jail to tour three assisted-living facilities, but he must return to jail once the interviews are over. Read comments
23 Oct 2014 at 12:53pm

Fresno city, county firefighting agencies hope to speed up response times
Fresno city and county fire agencies Thursday established an agreement intended to improve response times regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. Read comments
23 Oct 2014 at 9:33am

Watch this afternoon's solar eclipse at Fresno State planetarium
A free viewing of Thursday afternoon's solar eclipse will be held in Downing Planetarium at Fresno State. Read comments
22 Oct 2014 at 8:58pm

Dyer: Man who shot at Fresno police could face life in prison with third strike
Patrick Lee Hall, 34, didn’t want to go back to prison. Read comments
23 Oct 2014 at 9:41am

Two-alarm fire destroys central Fresno home
A vacant house was destroyed in a two-alarm fire in central Fresno on Wednesday evening. Read comments
22 Oct 2014 at 6:37pm

Fresno’s debt policies shine brightly in eyes of state agency
Fresno City Hall’s hard-won policies of financial penance and prudence are getting statewide praise. Read comments
22 Oct 2014 at 6:42pm

Crash on Highway 41 near Kings River leaves 8 hurt
A crash on Highway 41 just south of the Kings River on Tuesday afternoon left eight people injured, the California Highway Patrol reported Wednesday. Read comments
22 Oct 2014 at 2:47pm

Laid-off Chukchansi casino employees return to clean out lockers
Sitting in the passenger seat of her son’s car, a 56-year-old Merced woman who lost her job at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino said she probably would have to return to picking or packing fruits and vegetables. Read comments
22 Oct 2014 at 5:39pm

Fresno power outage hits KMPH, 240 other customers
An electrical equipment failure Tuesday evening cut the power to KMPH (Channel 26) during its evening newscast and affected about 240 other east-central Fresno customers, a PG&E spokesman said. Read comments
21 Oct 2014 at 10:51pm

'First Look': 'Bakersfield Life' has everything you need to know about cars

The November issue of "Bakersfield Life" magazine has everything you need to know about cars.

From what type of car you might put on your Christmas list to how to take care of it, the auto issue is jam-packed with 52 auto profiles.

24 Oct 2014 at 11:47am

'First Look': Bakersfield Police Memorial Run celebrates 32 years

Amber Sikola lost her father, Bakersfield Police Department Officer William Sikola, 31 years ago and talking about it still doesn't get any easier.

But Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Sikola joined BPD Detective Rick Dossey to talk about the 32nd annual BPD Memorial Run on Nov. 1.

24 Oct 2014 at 11:18am

'First Look': Cute, sweet pomeranian mix steals hearts, featured as Pet of th...

If you've been looking to adopt a friendly family puppy, Scrapps is the little critter for you. The 10-month-old pomeranian terrier mix has the sweetest face that will make you say "aww."

"He's a small, manageable dog and he doesn't bark," Julie Johnson, executive director of the Bakersfield Animal Care Center, said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

24 Oct 2014 at 11:12am

Ruptured southwest gas line shut down

A ruptured 34-inch gas transmission line that forced the evacuation of an 8-square-mile swath at Houghton and Wible roads Friday morning has been shut down.

About 1 million cubic feet of pressurized gas was leaking into the air per hour before the line was closed about 10:55 a.m., PG&E spokeswoman Katie Allen said.

24 Oct 2014 at 11:46am

'First Look': First News for Oct. 24

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

RABOBANK RENEWS ARENA COMPLEX NAMING RIGHTS: Bakersfield and Rabobank N.A. have renewed their vows for another decade, and the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center complex will be keeping its name. City and Rabobank officials joined representatives of AEG, which manages the complex and helped negotiate the pact, to announce it at a press conference Thursday afternoon. ...

24 Oct 2014 at 8:23am

Local Habitat for Humanity director dies

Dennis Vincent Wallace, who spent a lifetime making sure people had a home, including as executive director of Habitat for Humanity's Golden Empire affiliate, died Thursday of cancer.

He was 67 years old.

23 Oct 2014 at 7:00pm

City manager to be periodically out due to illness

City Manager Alan Tandy has let staff and elected leaders know he will periodically be out of the office for "personal medical reasons" he does not disclose.

The city's top appointed leader missed Wednesday's meeting of the Bakersfield City Council due to illness and remained out of the office Thursday, according to council members and a city memo.

23 Oct 2014 at 6:19pm

Lawsuit filed against pawn shop alleges harassment and discrimination

A Bakersfield pawn shop is being sued by a former employee for alleged harassment and discrimination including threats and derogatory comments regarding the plaintiff's sexual orientation and pointing a gun at him.

Adam Rendon is seeking compensatory damages from Bakersfield's Best Pawn including lost wages, bonuses and retirement benefits as well as general damages for mental pain, anguish and emotional distress. He's also asking for punitive damages to punish the pawn shop's owner and emplo...

23 Oct 2014 at 5:59pm

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

FOODIE: Another privately owned restaurant has opened downtown, this one a cozy bistro that features soft leather couches, a comfortable, homey interior, a wide selection of drinks, and light salads and sandwiches. It's called CraSh Lounge and it is located on Eye Street next to the Caribbean eatery Mama Roomba. Check out the Mephistopheles panini, but be warned: It is spicy. Opened by Muertos Lounge owner Shawna Haddad-Byers, CraSh should ...

23 Oct 2014 at 6:08pm

Rabobank renews arena complex naming rights

Bakersfield and Rabobank N.A. have renewed their vows for another decade, and the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center complex will be keeping its name.

City and Rabobank officials joined representatives of AEG, which manages the complex and helped negotiate the pact, to announce it at a press conference Thursday afternoon. It was approved the previous night by the Bakersfield City Council.

23 Oct 2014 at 6:18pm

Modesto Bee

Tree lot operators getting jump on busy season

It?s still the season of pumpkins, but on Thursday the Kesler family spent hours stringing lights and posting signs for an east Modesto Christmas tree lot.

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23 Oct 2014 at 7:32pm

Farm Beat: Drought downsizes Patterson corn maze

The drought has forced Fantozzi Farms near Patterson to reduce its corn maze by about half this year, but it?s still popular.

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24 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
by (John Holland)

Cooler weekend ahead for Modesto, with a chance of rain

After a warm, sunny Friday, a cooler, breezier weekend looms. And, according to the National Weather Service, the Modesto area has a 30 percent chance of rain.

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24 Oct 2014 at 6:57am

Vandal defaces parks, including Yosemite, with paint

The National Park Service is hunting for a serial vandalizer: a woman believed to have spent the last few weeks visiting parks in the West and defacing landmarks by painting…

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24 Oct 2014 at 6:41am

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department incidents for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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24 Oct 2014 at 6:28am

Modesto Police Department incidents for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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24 Oct 2014 at 6:26am

Good Egg Award goes to veterinary supplier

The Good Egg Breakfast on Thursday honored a supporter of the California egg industry and raised scholarship money for agriculture students at Modesto Junior College.

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23 Oct 2014 at 6:21pm
by (John Holland)

Work on long-delayed Virginia Corridor trail nears completion

Those eager to use the long-delayed addition to the Virginia Corridor the paved trail popular with walkers, bicyclists and joggers should not have to wait much longer. Modesto…

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23 Oct 2014 at 7:19pm
by (Kevin Valine)

Detective says no gang slurs, slogans or hand gestures in fatal Modesto park ...

An investigator continued his testimony Thursday in a Modesto murder trial, saying there were no gang slurs, slogans or hand gestures during an attack that killed an 18-year-old man at…

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23 Oct 2014 at 7:00pm
by (Rosalio Ahumada)

GOP tries to cover money tracks, Dems say

On the same day The Modesto Bee published a story about Democrats saying that Republicans are illegally laundering money to 21st Assembly District candidate Jack Mobley, the GOP amended Mobley?s…

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23 Oct 2014 at 6:47pm
by (Garth Stapley)

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Lodi sets ambitious goals for 2020
LODI — Identifying challenges including limited space for growth, low minority graduation rates and public health, Lodi’s business community is joining civic and government leaders in a plan for the city to achieve by 2020.Called Vision 2020, the 36-page report lists 55 specific action steps or goals, in five broad categories, to be reviewed annually by Lodi Chamber of Commerce leaders and that can be used as a litmus test for elected officials.The chamber [...]
23 Oct 2014 at 12:27pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Lodi Unified gets first taste of farm-to-table movement
LODI — Glinting in the sunlight, rows of tiny cups filled with olive oil left 14-year-old Joseph Douglass looking puzzled.“Do I drink this?” the Tokay High School freshman asked Corto Olive Co.’s John Larsen, wrinkling his nose Thursday as he prepared to take a swig.A sip of the Cortopassis’ Lodi-grown label didn’t go down quite as well as the fresh-fruit smoothies being snatched up a nearby table staffed by [...]
23 Oct 2014 at 1:00pm
by Elizabeth Roberts Record Staff Writer

Tracy administrative services director to become assistant city manager in Li...
TRACY — Tracy's administrative services director is leaving the post she's held for two years to become assistant city manager in Livermore, according to a news release from Tracy.Jenny Haruyama, who was the first administrative services director in Tracy history, is credited with helping to balance the city's general fund budget without the use of reserves, increasing the general fund reserves by 22 percent ($7.4 million) over the past two years, and implementing a [...]
23 Oct 2014 at 6:46am
by The Record

Lodi Memorial achieves Baby-Friendly classification
LODI — Lodi Memorial Hospital has been awarded the international designation of "Baby-Friendly Hospital" by Baby-Friendly USA.Sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, the Baby-Friendly movement is designed to improve maternal and child health.The designation means the hospital offers an optimum level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. Breast milk has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat to promote healthy growth. It's also [...]
23 Oct 2014 at 5:47am
by The Record

North Valley leads in property value gains
The northern San Joaquin Valley led California in increased assessed property valuations for 2014-15 from 2013-14, powered by the recovery in real estate value, new state Board of Equalization figures show.Stanislaus County was No. 1, with an 11.4 percent gain to $39.7 billion in total assessed valuation. Second was Merced County with a 9.3 percent gain to $19.4 billion.The Bay Area’s Contra Costa County ranked third with an 8.8 percent annual gain to $164 billion. And [...]
22 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm
by The Record

Carmichael pianist set to open the 28th Manteca Kindred Arts season
Jason Sia kind of giggled at the idea.“Yes,” he said tentatively. “Taylor Swift? Bruno Mars?”Sia does teach his young students to play piano versions of their favorite pop songs.Mostly, though, when it comes to “standards” and “favorites,” he’s talking about really serious classical music and compositions that are more generally familiar. It’s all good for a very soft-spoken San Francisco native who [...]
22 Oct 2014 at 10:45am
by Tony Sauro Record Staff Writer

Warning: Property taxes due on Nov. 1
One of the two proverbial certanties in life is due.As in property taxes.San Joaquin County Treasurer and Tax Collector Shabbir A. Khan is reminding property owners that the first installment of property taxes is due Nov. 1 and delinquent if not paid by Dec. 10.Those who do not receive a property tax bill should contact his office at 44 N. San Joaquin St., Suite 150, Stockton, CA, 95202, or call (209) 468-2133.
22 Oct 2014 at 8:32am
by The Record

Horror movie trilogy planned Sunday at Lodi library
LODI — On the one hand is humor, on the other is horror. And running the gamut is entertainment.Such is the goal of the Lodi Public Library, hosting a scarefest on Sunday with three films that run from funny to cover-your-eyes-in-terror.The fun starts at 11 a.m. Sunday with the 1988 movie Beetlejuise starring Michael Keaton. Two ghosts obtain the help of Keaton's character to try to scare away the new owners of their home.Next is a showing of the 1990 film [...]
22 Oct 2014 at 7:12am
by The Record

High school golf: Lodi ahead of schedule with TCAL title
STOCKTON — This figured to be a rebuilding year for Jackie Schmidt and the Lodi girls golf team.But the Flames’ future is now.Lodi captured the Tri-City Athletic League title by winning the league tournament on Tuesday at The Reserve at Spanos Park, breaking a tie atop the regular-season standings with Lincoln. On Tuesday, the Flames (14-1) shot 473, and Schmidt was the medalist with an 8-over-par 80. The freshman also made the all-league team with the best score [...]
21 Oct 2014 at 2:53pm
by Bob Highfill Record Sports Editor

New Lodi home project first in years
LODI — Construction on Lodi’s first new home development in years — a decade according to the developer — is well under way on the 230-home Rose Gate project at Lodi Avenue and Lower Sacramento Road.Tom Doucette, president of Stockton-based developer FCB Homes, said Tuesday that the improving economy and dwindling supply of existing homes contributed to the decision begin construction on the 50-acre site.“In Lodi, inventory is [...]
21 Oct 2014 at 2:41pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

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