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Scattered rain in Valley expected through Tuesday, followed by ‘quiet’ weathe...
A storm system that passed by Fresno County without much rainfall on Saturday will give way to a second weather system Monday, bringing another slight chance of scattered showers in the area. Read comments
28 Feb 2015 at 7:45pm

Clovis woman, 23, remains in intensive care after hit by suspected DUI driver
A 23-year-old Clovis woman struck by a suspected drunk driver a week ago is still recovering in the intensive care unit at Community Regional Medical Center. Emily Krieghoff is in stable condition at the downtown Fresno hospital, but her road to a full recovery is still a “long, long ways away,” cousin Curtis Divona said Saturday during a news conference held by her family outside the facility. Read comments
28 Feb 2015 at 6:49pm

Transgender Selma doctor, a lifeline for Valley transgender community, moves on
In a region that often struggles to find enough doctors willing to serve rural patients, Dr. Jennifer Burnett was a rarity. She made a career of treating people in small towns, including for nearly a decade at Adventist Health Community Care in Selma. Rarer still, she developed a specialty in caring for transgender people — a specialty made dearer to her because she is a transgender woman herself. Read comments
28 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

Missing Fresno brothers located and are safe
Update, 7:30 p.m.: Fresno police are reporting that the brothers have been located and are safe. Read comments
28 Feb 2015 at 7:36pm

Caltrans plans highway sweeping work in Fresno
Caltrans plans to use sweeping machines to clear roadside debris on Highway 99 as well as freeway interchanges in Fresno, creating moving lane closures on Wednesday and Thursday. Read comments
27 Feb 2015 at 10:10pm

Fresno police: Man was lying on tracks when Amtrak train hit him
A southbound Amtrak train fatally struck a man in the area of Shields Avenue and Van Ness Boulevard in central Fresno on Friday evening. Read comments
27 Feb 2015 at 9:47pm

New wood-burning rules: Less smoke, possibly more confusion
The San Joaquin Valley’s air was cleaner this winter — maybe because it was a little stormier, foggier and breezier. Or maybe some people avoided their fireplaces because they were confused by the new wood-burning rules. Read comments
28 Feb 2015 at 5:00pm

Judgment reached in Madera County water dispute
A seven-year dispute over a water system in Madera Ranchos culminated with a court judgment earlier this month requiring Madera County to make repairs and finish planned improvements to the system at the Continental Estates Subdivision by April 24. Read comments
27 Feb 2015 at 7:43pm

Pickup smashes into Clovis apartment after accident
A pickup smashed into a Clovis apartment Friday morning after a female driver in another vehicle allegedly ran a stoplight with her baby in the car, said Janet Stoll-Lee, spokeswoman for the Clovis Police Department. Read comments
27 Feb 2015 at 3:18pm

Tangelo thieves hunted by sheriff’s deputies
Agricultural thieves hit a Sanger-area citrus grower hard as a result of the recent port strike, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is asking help locating stolen tangelos. Read comments
27 Feb 2015 at 1:51pm

'First Look': 'Eat a sub, make a difference' with Jersey Mike's Subs

Eat a sub and make a difference.

That's the slogan behind Jersey Mike's Subs fifth annual collaboration with the Children's Miracle Network.

4 Mar 2015 at 11:27am

'First Look': LightWave Education fundraiser to benefit literacy summer program

LightWave Education will be hosting its third-annual benefit concert featuring Nuhjume, the trio from the S.T.A.R.S., Friday at the Stockdale Country Club.

Money raised will support the Freedom School, a summer literacy and leadership program for children age 6 to 13 years old held at the Central Church.

4 Mar 2015 at 11:27am

'First Look': First News for March 4

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

BOMB THREAT LEADS TO EVACUATION OF DOWNTOWN BUILDING: A bomb threat closed down several streets and led to the evacuation of a building in downtown Bakersfield Tuesday morning but no explosive device was found. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said the threat was called in at 9:13 a.m. to the law office of Campbell Whitten at 1712 19th St. The building was evacuated and polic...

4 Mar 2015 at 7:32am

LOIS HENRY: ?Dusty closet? find brings more historical figures to life

My call for cool, old Bakersfield artifacts a few weeks ago hit pay dirt recently in more ways than one.

Local risk management consultant John Pryor read my story on an old map owned by Dan Araujo that showed Bakersfield most likely sometime between 1877 and 1889.

3 Mar 2015 at 9:18pm

Clinica Sierra Vista opens site in northeast Bakersfield

Clinica Sierra Vista has opened a new clinic in northeast Bakersfield and will hold a grand opening event Friday to celebrate.

The 14,000-square-foot East Niles Community Health Center has been up and running since Feb. 2, when there was a soft opening. A grand opening ­celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the clinic, 7800 Niles St. in northeast Bakersfield. Light refreshments will be provided.

3 Mar 2015 at 9:07pm

City Council to consider developing new website

The city’s 15-year-old website, which predates tablets, most smartphones, and both Facebook and Twitter, could get a redesign if the Bakersfield City Council approves the move at its meeting Wednesday.

Here’s a primer on what not to miss:

3 Mar 2015 at 9:51pm

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

ISRAEL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a blunt, 40-minute speech to Congress laying out the risks that Iran poses to the very existence of Israel. Was it political theater or an honest attempt to warn the world of the threat of a nuclear Iran?

Count Rep. Kevin McCarthy among those who welcomed hearing from Netanyahu, and McCarthy also was among dozens of lawmakers who showed up at the annual American Israel Public Aff...

3 Mar 2015 at 9:09pm

State shuts in a dozen more injection wells

Twelve more Kern County wastewater injection wells are being closed to safeguard federally protected groundwater, doubling the number of local disposal facilities shut in since early July, state regulators announced Tuesday.

Some of the wells have been active since the late 1970s, while the newest dates to July 2002. Together the dozen have injected nearly 9 billion gallons of "produced water," the salty solution that comes up along with oil during production.

3 Mar 2015 at 5:20pm

National homeless advocate praises progress

The man whose vision of how to end homelessness inspired work in Bakersfield visited the city a third time Tuesday, praising its progress in reducing homelessness and urging nonprofits to collaborate on solutions for the poor and disenfranchised.

Phillip Mangano, president of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness, opened the United Way of Kern County's 25th annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits by reminding ...

3 Mar 2015 at 9:33pm

Funeral Services for March 4

Services scheduled

Shirley Ann Holt, 74, Bakersfield, Feb. 27. Service 10 a.m. March 9, Greenlawn Cemetery. Greenlawn Funeral Home.

3 Mar 2015 at 4:42pm

Recordnet Stockton Local News

Sign of better economic times ahead
STOCKTON — There’s a new addition to the low and sparse skyline of south Stockton, but officials hope that it will be an added lightning rod to bring a little more economic electricity in and around the Stockton Metropolitan Airport.That new addition is a 35-foot-tall digital billboard approved by San Joaquin County officials last year to bring more attention to the county’s airport while bringing in some more revenue, too, once the actual electricity is [...]
3 Mar 2015 at 10:32am
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

More no-burn days in S.J. County
Another year, another record number of no-burn days in San Joaquin County.But it wasn’t that way for everyone.For the first time this winter, residents who had installed cleaner-burning fireplace inserts or gas stoves were almost always allowed to keep burning, even when their neighbors were not.How’d it turn out? The numbers tell the story: Those [...]
2 Mar 2015 at 12:00pm
by Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer

Off life support, hospital's condition improving
STOCKTON — With a new report showing San Joaquin General Hospital could end the year with a $68 million budget surplus, it looks like years of changes developing since it showed losses topping $20 million a year have helped shore up the county hospital’s finances.When the county entered years of recession-spawned cuts across the local government agency, the hospital required upwards of $20 million a year from the general fund just to keep the doors open. [...]
1 Mar 2015 at 12:20pm
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer

Venture lays down law with one-point win in Mock Trial
STOCKTON — Over the past two weeks, students from 10 San Joaquin County schools participated in a series of proceedings as part of the 2015 Mock Trial competition, an annual event in which students debate fictitious cases before presiding superior court judges.The event culminated with Saturday’s semifinals and finals, which featured Venture Academy and Tracy High School, two of the county’s perennial powers. In the case of People v. Shem, Venture prevailed [...]
28 Feb 2015 at 1:09pm
by Jason Anderson Record Staff Writer

Water withheld again
In a sign that the drought actually has worsened, federal officials on Friday announced an unprecedented second consecutive year with no water deliveries to many farms up and down the Central Valley.Even farmers in east San Joaquin County will be cut off this year, after receiving more than half of their requested supply from New Melones Lake last year.David Murillo, a regional director with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, called the situation “dire. [...]
27 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm
by Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer

13-year-old homicide victims identified
Authorities on Friday released the names of two young homicide victims who died over the past week after being wounded in separate shootings in Lodi and Stockton.The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office identified one of the victims as Eduardo Lagunas, 13, of Lodi. The Coroner’s Office identified the other victim as Rayshawn Harris, 13, of Stockton.Lagunas was dropped off at Lodi Memorial Hospital at 1:13 a.m. Feb. 17 with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities [...]
27 Feb 2015 at 12:00pm
by Jason Anderson Record Staff Writer

SJ County retargets farm-related crime
San Joaquin County’s agricultural crimes task force, nearly eliminated by recession-era budget cuts, has been brought back to full staffing and assigned to work more closely with farmers, ranchers and other rural residents.Farm leaders welcomed the changes, noting that the ongoing problem of metal theft is as bad as ever, and that rural burglaries and equipment theft continue as well.County Sheriff Steve Moore said the squad consists of a sergeant and six deputy sheriffs, [...]
25 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer

THE LIST: 14 common spots in homes where mosquitoes can breed
Mosquitoes can breed just about anywhere, as long as they have half an inch of water for more than five days. Officials with the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District said the warm weather this winter has started the population growing early
25 Feb 2015 at 10:51am
by Genette Brookshire

Blog: The 411 on 211
Today’s story was about a referral database that officials decided would be redundant when San Joaquin County gets a 211 system later this year. Basically, 211 is a phone number people can call to get hooked up to services. There’s a website, too. I’m told that San Joaquin is the largest county in the state [...]
25 Feb 2015 at 9:58am
by Zachary Johnson

Manteca oncologist to pay fine
A Manteca oncologist has agreed to pay $550,000 to the United States to settle allegations that he defrauded Medicare, the office of United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.Dr. Prabhjit S. Purewal billed Medicare, Tricare and Medicaid for administering chemotherapy drugs to his patients that had not been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Purewal has already paid $400,000.In the settlement, Purewal agreed that over a two-year period [...]
24 Feb 2015 at 11:43am
by The Record

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