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Armenian genocide: The 100th anniversary
Here are upcoming events organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial-Fresno Committee: Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 7:53pm

Sunday heat to give way to chance of rain, showers
Fresno will continue to be hot Sunday — with a predicted high of 90 degrees — but that heat is expected to precede an incoming low pressure system sure to bring cooler weather and chances of rain and thunderstorms. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 8:39pm

Keith Foster’s criminal case roils Fresno city government
•  Union chief Jacky Parks says Fresno Police Auditor Rick Rasmussen missed a golden opportunity by failing to interview rank-and-file cops before writing a report on the Police Department. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 5:34pm

Gas line was marked before tractor nicked it, igniting fireball near Highway 99
•  A natural gas line was clearly marked when a heavy equipment operator apparently nicked the line, sparking an explosion and fireball Friday near Highway 99. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 8:08pm

Armenian genocide significance resonates through three generations of Fresno ...
Though he narrowly missed it, Sarkis Sahatdjian considers himself an Armenian genocide survivor. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 7:00pm

100 years later, Armenian genocide still not universally accepted
•  More than 1 million Armenians died starting in 1915 after an Ottoman Empire-ordered deportation. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 8:42pm

Fresno American Indians get help controlling diabetes
•  A Fresno program helps American Indians eat healthier, move more. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 5:01pm

PG&E vents air from gas lines affected in NW Fresno explosion
PG&E will be venting air from northwest Fresno gas lines after a gas line ruptured Friday, sparking a massive blaze, to maintain reliable gas service to customers in the area. Read comments
17 Apr 2015 at 10:29pm

Fresno County supervisors criticize Selma-area land deal
• Fresno County wants to sell a piece of Selma farmland for $4.6 million. Read comments
17 Apr 2015 at 6:57pm

Gas line fireball erupts near Highway 99; 13 injured, 4 critically
More than a dozen people were injured, including four critically, when a gas line ruptured in northwest Fresno, creating a raging fire that halted Highway 99 traffic for several hours Friday afternoon. Read comments
18 Apr 2015 at 1:40pm

Use a rideshare service? It's supposed to get safer

As rideshare smartphone apps explode in popularity, including in Bakersfield, the industry is encountering new regulation and scrutiny to address mounting safety concerns.

The services connect riders with drivers who are independent contractors in private vehicles. Using smartphone GPS, they match drivers with customers nearby in exchange for a cut of the fare.

18 Apr 2015 at 8:01pm

An Uber driver tells his story

Hello, I'm Nick and I will be your Uber driver this evening.

That's usually the message I text to passengers when I meet them at the pick-up point. I'll be coming up on one year of being an Uber driver and I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you look back with me at my experience with the rideshare company.

18 Apr 2015 at 8:00pm

HOW LAWMAKERS VOTED: Estate tax repeal, healthcare changes, workers' tax debt


18 Apr 2015 at 7:00pm

INSIDE THE ACADEMY: Meet four academy recruits

Later this year, they'll likely graduate from the Bakersfield Police Department's current academy and join the agency as probationary officers.

But for now, the academy members whose career paths The Californian is following are just four faces among 35 in the academy -- working hard to learn new skills during the day, then doing homework and equipment preparation, sometimes until nearly midnight.

18 Apr 2015 at 6:30pm

INSIDE THE ACADEMY: Ethics lesson memorable to new class of police

Be humble, keep your grass cut, take the time to do the job right, and always carry a weapon.

These were among the many lessons imparted to members of the Bakersfield Police Department's current academy during one of its early lessons on ethics -- a core subject they'll need even during those infrequent moments when they're all alone in the world.

18 Apr 2015 at 6:30pm

Proposed state water regulations pinch Bakersfield users even further

Bakersfield residents will be expected to cut their water usage by 32 percent to 36 percent, depending on where they get their water, if proposed regulations are approved by the California Water Resources Control Board early next month.

Regardless of the new, higher reduction number, Bakersfield Water Resources Manager Art Chianello said he would not recommend more stringent measures above the three-day-a-week proposed outdoor watering restrictions set to go before the City Council on Wed...

18 Apr 2015 at 11:36pm

Another fire erupts on Kern River bottom

Another fire in the Kern River bottom erupted Saturday morning, according to the Kern County Fire Department. This is the third fire in the river since March 26.

Saturday's fire burned about two acres of grass, brush and trees just south of Golden State Highway

18 Apr 2015 at 7:53pm

PHOTO GALLERY: Everyone can be Scottish for a day at this gathering

It was time for the bagpipes and kilts — and even a handmade, 1,200-pound rocking unicorn — at the 20th Annual Scottish Games and Gathering.

Saturday's event was held at the Kern County Fairgrounds, and The Californian's Casey Christie was there to capture the festivites in photos.

18 Apr 2015 at 4:30pm

PHOTO GALLERY: Give me mac and cheese, please!

The second annual Macaroni & Cheese Festival served up many fine creations Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield.

Foodies had a chance to try all kinds of versions of the comfort food, plus wine and craft beer.

18 Apr 2015 at 4:19pm

Water usage rises at Kern High School District

The Kern High School District's water usage rose at almost every school and service site in it from 2012-13 to 2013-14, according to district data released Friday.

It increased from 628.6 million gallons to 676.1 million gallons, or 7.6 percent.

18 Apr 2015 at 2:00pm

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Pet of the Week: Meet Bambi
This sweet little girl has quite a distinctive look, and a personality to match. Bambi is very energetic and playful, and she’s yet to meet a toy that she doesn’t like! In fact, she likes them all so much that she’ll go from toy to toy to toy before finally choosing a toy to settle down with. Bambi loves to play fetch, and it’s quite entertaining to watch her chasing the ball down at full speed; Bambi also really enjoys playing with tug toys. Bambi really loves [...]
17 Apr 2015 at 10:20am

Students heard loud and clear
Liz Chavez definitely isn’t afraid to make her voice heard.That’s an empowering aspect of competitive speech and debate. Four years of it.“I found out that ‘pregnancy brain’ is real,” Chavez said. “It is a real concept.”She did some research in 2014. After her mom, Liz, learned she was expecting a child.Chavez formulated her newfound knowledge into “Pregnancy,” a 10-minute expository speech [...]
16 Apr 2015 at 11:35am
by Tony Sauro Record Staff Writer

Existing home sales on upswing
San Joaquin County existing home sales rose nearly 20 percent in March compared to the same month a year ago, the California Association of Realtors reported Wednesday.Average sales prices also are up, nearly 11 percent over the year to a median $272,500 for a single family home, the association said.Michael Blower, president of the Central Valley Association of Realtors and vice president of Grupe Real Estate in Stockton, said the regional market underwent a correction in 2014. [...]
15 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Foreclosures on downward slide
Foreclosure-related filings on San Joaquin County residential properties declined dramatically in the first three months of the year, compared to a year ago, RealtyTrac Inc. reported Thursday.The Irvine-based real estate research company reported 577 filings — notices of default, trustee sales and bank repossessions — in January through March, down 37 percent from 907 filings in the same period of 2014. It was up slightly from 560 filings recorded in the last [...]
15 Apr 2015 at 1:55pm
by The Record

Almonds really not that thirsty, supporters say
As California moves into the fourth year of a withering drought and Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water use restrictions on the state’s 39 million residents, attention has focused on its thirsty agricultural industry and, in particular, rapidly expanding almond orchards.Pundits point out more water was poured onto the state’s roughly 1 million acres of almonds than consumed for indoor urban uses.It takes about a gallon of water to produce a single almond, [...]
13 Apr 2015 at 12:40pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

Garbage truck overturns on freeway ramp
LODI — A garbage truck overturned this morning while making a turn from eastbound Highway 12 onto northbound Highway 99, Lodi Police reported.The only reported injury in the solo vehicle accident was a cut to the forehead of the driver in the garbage truck, operated by Waste Management.The accident occurred Monday morning, and by Monday afternoon police still were investigating and did not report a cause.
13 Apr 2015 at 11:09am
by The Record

Surplus food available to those in need in San Joaquin County
Low-income San Joaquin County residents can obtain free government-surplus food Thursday at 16 locations. The centers may run out of food before listed closing times.To receive the food, people must be residents of San Joaquin County, living in the appropriate ZIP codes, whose monthly income does not exceed $1,458 for one person; $1,966 for two; $2,473 for three; $2,981 for four; $3,488 for five; and $3,996 for six.Here are the distribution times and [...]
12 Apr 2015 at 2:51pm
by The Record

San Joaquin County births (April 12, 2015)
San Joaquin County births• Angulo: Suvanna Winstead and Ian Angulo, a son, Ian Jeremiah, April 2.• Crosby: Theresa Simpson and Michael Crosby, a son, Dash Minnis, April 2.• Maas: Breanne and Alan, a daughter, Alayna Brylee, March 30. [...]
11 Apr 2015 at 10:15am
by The Record

Deal made in water conflict ? again
First there was a deal. Then there wasn’t. Now the deal is apparently back on.It was that kind of week in south San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, where the struggle over scarce water intensified, with two agricultural water districts going so far as to briefly defy a federal order to provide flows for fish.This all started in late March, actually, when the South San Joaquin and Oakdale irrigation districts said they had reached a tentative deal with federal agencies [...]
10 Apr 2015 at 1:22pm
by Alex Breitler of The Record

Peace, outrage over sentence in fatal distracted driving case
MANTECA — A 20-year-old woman whose distracted driving caused major and fatal injuries to a group of teens was sentenced Wednesday to probation and other consequences, sparking a flurry of emotion from the victims’ families.While the lenient sentence caused outrage among the parents of two victims, one mother offered the young woman a warm embrace.Mia Sara Aguiar received five years' probation, a 30-day jail term that may be served through a work program and [...]
8 Apr 2015 at 1:46pm
by Jennie Rodriguez-Moore Record Staff Writer

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