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  • Clown With a Gun Reported in Southwest (Bakersfield, CA)

    10/12/2014 5:25:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Saturday, Oct 11 2014 | The Bakersfield Californian
    Clown with a gun reported in southwest The latest in a series of creepy clown sightings came shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when Bakersfield police officers near Valhalla Drive and Belle Terrace responded to a report of a person in a clown suit holding a firearm. Officers checked the area but were unable to find the person. The incident came after a week with numerous calls to police from residents reporting seeing scary or mischievous clowns. "We've had multiple of these clown sightings all over town," said Bakersfield police Lt. Jason Matson. "He was gone by the time we arrived."
  • Hero Cat -- Attack Dog Euthanized [Don't blame me, I didn't write the headline.]

    05/25/2014 11:51:21 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 82 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5/25/2014
    Every dog has it's day ... and in the case of the Lab/Chow mix that viciously attacked a little boy only to be scared off by hero cat -- his last day was Saturday. Sources at the Bakersfield animal shelter tell TMZ ... Scrappy was euthanized at the end of a 10-day hold following the attack. We're told the dog was aggressive during his stay at the shelter, even trying to bite a couple of employees. Scrappy was so ornery ... we're told he would try to attack staff even when they tried to give him food and water.
  • Demonstration Wednesday works to prevent impounding vehicles of illegal immigrants

    04/02/2014 8:26:52 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    .bakersfieldcalifornian ^ | Apr 02 2014 | RUTH BROWN
    When Delia "Dee" Dominguez's close friend had a vehicle impounded and was left stranded on the side of Kern Canyon Road she decided to take action. Police had taken the car because her friend, an undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license.It was that ordeal that inspired Dominguez to participate in a demonstration held Wednesday outside the offices of the Bakersfield Police Department. The demonstration was part of a statewide effort to create a moratorium on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed, illegal immigrants -- many of whom will be able to apply for licenses when a new law takes...
  • For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work.

    03/10/2014 3:22:28 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB. 26, 2014 | By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
    OILDALE, Calif. — The tanker trains loaded with crude oil still rattle down the tracks at the end of the alleyway where Merle Haggard, a living legend of country music, grew up in a boxcar that his father transformed into the family home. “The walls were thick: cool in the summer and warm in winter,” Lillian Haggard Rea, the musician’s 93-year-old sister, recalled of the boxcar that their father, James Haggard, a carpenter with the Santa Fe railroad, converted by hand during the Depression. It was, she said, “just a wonderful home to live in.” Like much of the music...
  • CA:Market clerk shoots robbery suspect in the head

    01/04/2014 5:12:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    turnto23.com ^ | 30 December, 2013 | Erin Briscoe
    A man is in critical condition after he was shot in the head by a store clerk, officials said. At about 1 a.m. Monday, Bakersfield police officers were sent to the Mi Tierra Market located at 300 South Owens St. regarding a robbery. Officials said the store clerk told them that he had shot one of the suspects. Officers said they found evidence that was consistent with one of the suspects being shot, but the suspects had since fled from the store. Officers said the clerk said three men entered the business and at least one of the suspects was...
  • Unfazed by Colorado recalls, California lawmakers press on with gun-control bills

    09/12/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/11/2013 | Josh Richman and Mike Rosenberg
    SACRAMENTO -- A day after furious Coloradans recalled two state senators who voted for new gun laws, California lawmakers pressed ahead with their own agenda Wednesday aimed at giving the Golden State the strictest gun control in the country. Colorado's recall elections and California's rush to pass gun bills in the final week of its legislative session quickly reignited the national debate over balancing public safety with constitutional rights. The Colorado votes sent a Rocky Mountain chill down the spines of lawmakers in other battleground states, but those in bright blue California seemed unfazed. "I don't see anybody switching teams...
  • Double homicide at medical marijuana shop

    07/17/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT · by umgud · 20 replies
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/17/13 | Henry A. Barrios
    Two men were fatally shot inside a medical marijuana shop on Chester Avenue Wednesday, marking what may be the first homicides to occur inside a pot dispensary in Kern County. Bakersfield police spokeswoman Michaela Beard said the department received a call at 9:49 a.m. of a shooting inside First Reliable, a medical marijuana collective at 217 Chester Ave. Officers found two people dead inside. Beard said a dark-colored SUV was seen speeding from the area with a black male driver and an unknown race female passenger.
  • Police accused of erasing cell phone footage of fatal beating

    05/17/2013 6:30:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 47 replies
    CNET ^ | May 15, 2013 | Chris Matyszczyk
    A woman says that she warned police she was filming a fatal encounter between six of them and another man. She says police took her phone before she could post the video to the Web. There are now suggestions the footage was deleted. Cell phones seem to be causing the police increasing unease. It's quite easy for ordinary people to film officers in the line of duty, and sometimes that duty can seem to be excessively dutiful. This seems to be the view of Maria Melendez, who says she used her phone to film a case of what appeared to...
  • Forbes lists Bridgeport as fourth-dirtiest city in U.S. ( Conn )

    12/12/2012 6:45:33 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ct post ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tom Cleary
    Citing blighted buildings, polluted property and poor air quality, Forbes Magazine named Bridgeport as the fourth "dirtiest city" in America. But look at the bright side Bridgeport residents: Your city is cleaner than Fresno, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Philadelphia. "Green" Mayor Bill Finch, who has frequently touted the BGreen2020 sustainability initiative to improve the quality of life in Bridgeport, was among many from the city to take offense to the ranking. ... The image of Bridgeport put forth by Forbes was similar to its portrayal on FOX's animated comedy show "Family Guy" two years ago, casting the Park City as...
  • 2-Year-Old Boy Found Floating In Pool Dies

    02/21/2012 2:35:33 PM PST · by Altariel · 8 replies
    KERO Bakersfield ^ | February 21, 2012 | Unknown
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A 2-year-old boy who was rushed to the hospital after being found floating in a pool has died. Bakersfield police officers were sent to a home at about 3 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Sherwood Avenue regarding a baby in the pool not breathing. **** The pool had no gate around it. There were alarms on the doors, but the doors were left open due to the nice weather, DeGeare said. It is unknown how long the baby was in the pool.
  • Kit foxes make themselves at home within Bakersfield city limits

    02/20/2012 8:33:45 PM PST · by thecodont · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | February 19, 2012, 6:38 p.m. | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
    Like lovers in Paris, San Joaquin kit foxes will always have Bakersfield. The rare little foxes come out mostly at night. They find fabulous food everywhere: chunks of cheeseburger from dumpsters, shreds of taco on windblown wrappers. And the accommodations: What can beat a cozy den in the student quarter — specifically, beneath portable classrooms in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District? The 17,000-student district isn't crazy about the foxes, especially when about one-third of its 23 elementary and junior high schools have to deal with them on a regular basis. Administrators have offered a wildlife biologist $25,000 for a...
  • Sarah Palin test drives 2012 message

    10/11/2010 1:29:55 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/11/2010 | Andy Barr
    Sarah Palin spoke publicly over the weekend about the 2012 race for the first time in months, mapping out what she sees as the themes for the presidential election. “These two elections, 2010 and 2012, go hand-in-hand,” Palin said Sunday at a business conference in Bakersfield, according a report from NBC. “The theme of 2010 has got to be rebuke their errors, reject, repeal; and then the theme of 2012 — it's renew, revive and restore.” Up until the weekend, the former Alaska governor had been deflecting almost all 2012 speculation by saying only that she was focused on November’s...
  • Business Conference: Lynne Cheney 'interviews' Dick Cheney

    10/10/2010 5:51:00 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Bakersfield.com ^ | 10-9-10 | Steven Mayer
    Close to 10,000 people crowded into the Bakersfield Business Conference's main tent to see former Vice President Dick Cheney be "interviewed" by Lynne Cheney, his wife of 46 years. Collecting that many people all under one tent roof is a sight to see, and Mrs. Cheney commented on what a great crowd the conference had brought together. "It's almost enough to make you want to run for office again," the former vice president quipped. "Almost." Dick Cheney worked with four of the five Republican presidents following the Eisenhower administration. With that in mind, Mrs. Cheney asked, "So who's your favorite...
  • Gingrich, Palin and Romney blast Obama, Dems at California event

    10/11/2010 10:59:32 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Oct. 11, 2010 | John Ellis, The Fresno Bee
    Three potential 2012 Republican presidential contenders tested their messages Saturday in the San Joaquin Valley, mixing patriotism with attacks on President Barack Obama and the political left for an appreciative crowd at the Bakersfield Business Conference. Obama and the majority Democrats in Congress were criticized as being anti-growth and anti-investment. They were vilified for building a "nanny state" that discourages innovation and encourages people to look to government to pick them up. Obama, in particular, was criticized for apologizing to the world for the nation's actions under former President George W. Bush. They also blamed Obama for creating the worst...
  • Sarah Palin attends Bakersfield GOP event

    10/10/2010 10:00:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/10 | AP
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Sarah Palin got the loudest reception among an array of Republican stars who assailed President Obama's agenda and marked the revival of the Bakersfield Business Conference. The former Alaska governor was introduced Saturday as "the next president of the United States" at the all-day celebration of all things GOP that featured appearances by former vice president Dick Cheney, ex-House speaker Newt Gingrich and strategist-turned-pundit Karl Rove.
  • Cheney returns to defend anti-terror policies

    10/09/2010 11:12:42 PM PDT · by txrangerette · 36 replies
    NBC News via msn.com ^ | October 9, 2010
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney addressed his health and offered another defense of Bush administration "necessary" but "controversial" anti-terrorism policies Saturday...at the Bakersfield Business Conference where he was "interviewed" by his wife, Lynne.
  • California man admits illegally working as Yemeni agent

    10/09/2010 2:01:05 AM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/10 | Associated Press
    Amen Ahmed Ali of Bakersfield pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally exporting military equipment, possession of stolen U.S. property and conspiracy to act as an illegal agent for a foreign country.
  • Cheney, Rove and Palin to attend California business event (Romney, Brazile and Beckel also)

    10/08/2010 12:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Centre Daily Times ^ | October 8, 2010 | John Ellis- The Fresno Bee
    After a five-year hiatus, the Bakersfield Business Conference is back, this time featuring a lineup of Republican heavyweights that includes Sarah Palin, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. As in past years -- when it was held annually -- the conference will feel more political than business. In fact, three potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates are on the bill: Palin, the former Alaska governor, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. "With very little advertising beyond our local community and past attendees, we've received a phenomenal response to our speaker lineup,"...
  • Cops: Calif doctor gets stuck in chimney, dies

    08/31/2010 4:23:45 PM PDT · by decimon · 104 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 31, 2010 | Unknown
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A doctor involved in an "on-again, off-again" relationship apparently tried to force her way into her boyfriend's home by sliding down the chimney, police said Tuesday. Her decomposing body was found there three days later. Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, first tried to get into the house with a shovel, then climbed a ladder to the roof last Wednesday night, removed the chimney cap and slid feet first down the flue, Bakersfield police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said. While she was trying to break in, the man she was pursuing escaped unnoticed from another exit "to avoid a confrontation,"...
  • Body of local doctor found in chimney flue

    08/31/2010 6:57:40 PM PDT · by traumer · 64 replies
    The badly decomposed body of a woman found in a chimney flue has been identified as a local doctor, authorities said Monday. Dr. Jacquelyn Kotarac had been missing since last week, a day after she went to the house of a man whom she had been dating, Bakersfield police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said. Kotarac went to the man’s house in the 4300 block of La Mirada Drive Wednesday evening and was reported missing by her office staff Thursday morning, DeGeare said. DeGeare said she wasn’t sure what the status of the relationship was — whether they had been broken up...
  • Kern County Tax Day Revolt-II and PreGame on Saturday. (Bakersfield)

    04/09/2010 9:04:45 PM PDT · by ResearchMonkey · 2 replies · 397+ views
    YouTube - promo video ^ | 4/9/2010 | PitchforkPatriot
    Kern County/Bakersfield has TWO events planned for this week: the second annual taxpayer revolt on April 15; and the Pre-Tea Party Street Rally on Saturday April 10. SATURDAY: Join us as we promote the biggest Tea Party this city has ever seen. We will meet on Saturday from 3pm-5pm 24'th Street and Oak (Beach Park - Cancer Survivor's Monument) to promote the BIG tax day tea party event to take place on Thursday, April 15. Join us for as little, or as long as you can. This is a meet and greet for people who will be helping out with...
  • Veteran pilots killed in plane crash

    03/18/2010 3:42:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | March 17, 2010 | Steve E. Swenson
    Two veteran pilots -- one a Bakersfield-based national champion in 2004 at a Reno air show -- were killed Wednesday in a World War II vintage airplane they've flown countless times before, according to friends at the crash scene in a canal and open farm field behind the Frito Lay plant. Al Goss, 68, the owner of the blue North American AT-6 (Advanced Training) "Texan" that was based in Shafter's Minter Field, and Steven Ballard, 54, a FedEx pilot from Anchorage, Alaska who worked on Goss's "Warlock team" at Minter Field, died at 11:34 a.m. when the AT-6 broke into...
  • Hazardous material found at California airport - Bakersfield (TSA says it was not a bomb)

    01/05/2010 10:27:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 673+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/5/10 | Sandra Maler
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hazardous material, but not a bomb, was found in a bag at an airport in Bakersfield, California, Fox News reported on Tuesday, citing the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Security jitters have hit the United States since a botched attempt on Christmas Day to blow up a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam using explosives smuggled on board. Washington, blaming the incident on a wing of al Qaeda, has ordered additional screening measures for passengers. Fox quoted the TSA as saying it had found a hazardous material in a checked bag at Meadows Field airport in Bakersfield, California, but that...
  • Suspicious Bag Closes Bakersfield Airport

    01/05/2010 10:09:57 AM PST · by NoRedTape · 41 replies · 2,130+ views
    kitv.com ^ | January 5, 2010 | kitv.com
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Transportation Security Administration officials and county authorities are investigating a suspicious substance at Meadows Field Airport that sickened two TSA officials. Authorities said they have tested the substance, and it is believed to be hazardous, so they have shut down and evacuated the airport, reported KERO-TV in Bakersfield. Kern County officials got the call Tuesday at 7:29 a.m. PT that a suspicious substance had sickened two TSA officials, causing some nausea and other sickening symptoms. Those TSA officials are being treated on the scene while the Kern County Sheriff's Department, the fire department, and a hazardous material...
  • Sarah Palin slated for Bakersfield Business Conference

    11/15/2009 5:28:04 AM PST · by euram · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Bakersfield.com ^ | 11-15-09 | COURTENAY EDELHART
    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and actress Goldie Hawn will be among the speakers at next year's Bakersfield Business Conference. The much anticipated one-day conference is returning Oct. 9 after a five-year absence, and organizers are announcing one or two speakers a week as headliners in business, politics and entertainment are confirmed
  • Kickoff Rally a Huge Success! TPXII (PLUS more reports!) Bakersfield and Fresno today!

    10/26/2009 1:04:51 AM PDT · by Syncro · 28 replies · 2,359+ views
    Tea Party Express II ^ | October 25, 2009 | Staff
    Kickoff Rally a Huge Success!Hi everyone!  We've now launched the Tea Party Express II: Countdown to Judgment Day with a giant rally in San Diego.  It was incredible!!  The crowd was huge - numbering in the thousands!  The sun was shining on this naval town with our rally on the water and the U.S.S. Midway serving as the backdrop.  Sorry Keith Olbermann and any critics of the Tea Party Express - but "We The People" came together in San Diego today and our voice was heard!I can't begin to tell you how exciting the event was and how meaningful...
  • CONGRESS CREATED DUST BOWL (food price is going to increase)

    07/25/2009 8:58:39 PM PDT · by 4rcane · 36 replies · 1,504+ views
    http://thecomingdepression.blogspot.com/2009/07/there-is-hunger-coming-like-run-away.html e driven the almost 400 mile stretch of Interstate 5 from L.A. to Sacramento dozens of times. Quite honestly, it's as boring as it gets. with only the usual gas stations, mini-marts, fast-food, home-cookin' restaurants, and strangely a newer batch of Starbuck's Coffee shops sprouting up everywhere. In between... farms, orchards, cattle, and dirt. On July 15th, as I began my trip to Utah, I came off the Grapevine decline and hit the flat 250 or so mile stretch of interstate which begins the farming belt in the valley. Almost immediately I noticed what I had only heard about...
  • Bakersfield California "Tax Enough Already!" protest

    04/15/2009 9:14:01 PM PDT · by Nateman · 15 replies · 726+ views
    free republic.com ^ | April 15 , 2009 | Nateman
    I came out early to see todays Tea Party in Bakersfield. It had a huge turnout. Hundreds at least with 5 lefties who wondered on in and then went to the fringe. (It got to crowded in the main square to move around by about 4:00 PM!). Congressman Kevin McCarthy came by along with local radio show host Jazz McKay. It got so packed I never even saw the two of them! I stayed pretty busy taking pictures so I have a sample of such below with running commentary.
  • House Minority Leader John Boehner - To Speak at Tea Party !

    04/14/2009 12:40:55 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 92 replies · 4,298+ views
    CBS 47 News Fresno ^ | 4-14-09 | cakid1
    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will reportedly headline the Bakersfield Tea Party !! No word yet as to why Boehner will speak at the Bakersfield event. Other speakers include..
  • Tea Party: Bakersfield, Ca.

    02/23/2009 7:38:58 PM PST · by jamndad5 · 7 replies · 1,061+ views
    02/23/2009 | jamndad
    How about it, Bakersfield?
  • Can anyone tell me about Bakersfield California?

    12/17/2008 6:36:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 48 replies · 1,433+ views
    Im travelling down to California in a few days. I was wondering if anyone can tell me about Bakersfield California? I heard multiple views, one that it was the most conservative major city in the state and a safe haven against liberalism, the other that it was the poorest and worst place in the country and the state and that there was nothing to do. Im moving through there and might plan to stay there on the way to Lancaster.
  • Vote John McCain for President

    11/02/2008 1:48:08 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 2 replies · 550+ views
    American troops fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, while America's relations with its allies falter. The economic suffering in the U.S. spreads. The challenges facing the next U.S. president are enormous. A strong, steady, experienced leader must steer us through these turbulent times. Republican John McCain is that leader. Tested, McCain has demonstrated personal and political courage. Voters should elect him our next president. In 2000, this newspaper proudly endorsed McCain when he challenged George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination. Like today, McCain was the most experienced and knowledgeable candidate, with the political courage to stand up to partisan...
  • Vote John McCain for president

    10/19/2008 4:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 636+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | October 18, 2008 | The Editors
    American troops fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, while America's relations with its allies falter. The economic suffering in the U.S. spreads. The challenges facing the next U.S. president are enormous. A strong, steady, experienced leader must steer us through these turbulent times. Republican John McCain is that leader. Tested, McCain has demonstrated personal and political courage. Voters should elect him our next president. In 2000, this newspaper proudly endorsed McCain when he challenged George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination. Like today, McCain was the most experienced and knowledgeable candidate, with the political courage to stand up to partisan...
  • Bad air could delay major freeway projects

    07/10/2008 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 10, 2008 | James Burger and James Geluso
    Dust storms that fouled Kern County’s air in May could mean months of delay for two major Kern County freeway projects. A project to widen Highway 46 from Holloway Road west to Highway 33 at Blackwells Corner will almost certainly be delayed for five months or more, said Ron Brummett, executive director of the Kern Council of Governments. And the Westside Parkway in Bakersfield, a freeway that’s to run west from a point near Highway 99 to Heath Road, might also be delayed if dickering over air quality standards goes on too long. The Environmental Protection Agency, Brummett said, is...
  • Bakersfield talk show host is in hot water over mock Obama stickers

    05/13/2008 11:44:50 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 16 replies · 533+ views
    radio-info.com ^ | 05/14/08 | radio-info.com
    KNZR-AM Bakersfield Talk-host Jaz McKay finds himself involved in a controversy over some phony Barack Obama bumperstickers posted on the station website. The graphics feature the Obama '08 graphic with phrases such as “Kill Whitey” and “Yes We Can…kill white folks” beneath the logo. McKay tells KGET-TV “It’s a joke, please get over it.” KTEG also reports that station management stands by the controversial host. Also: http://www.kget.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=52e9ca64-c1aa-4c64-bf94-6c85ab06b9e9 (Has video. Logos are off the website.) Local radio talk show host Jaz McKay is taking some heat after some controversial Barack Obama bumper stickers found their way onto the station's website. McKay...
  • Wildlife officials: Bakersfield development threatens cactus

    03/06/2008 1:15:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 199+ views
    State wildlife officials have told city planners that an approved development slated to be built on Bakersfield's northeast bluffs threatens an endangered cactus. The California Department of Fish and Game says a planned housing subdivision known as The Canyons would wipe out about 100 Bakersfield cactus plants, a species found only around the city. The agency said the cactus could not recover from the loss. If the project goes forward, the agency has threatened to void a 1994 agreement with the city allowing developers to destroy some endangered species in exchange for fees to conserve habitat elsewhere.
  • Bakersfield will spare the beaver blamed for gnawing down trees

    12/21/2007 6:46:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 255+ views
    Bakersfield plans to spare the life of a bothersome beaver blamed for gnawing down nine cottonwood trees along a popular bike path. Thursday, the California Department of Fish and Game announced it planned to exterminate the beaver, which lives near a path along the Kern River. Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department Director Dianne Hoover says she's asking the state wildlife agency to rescind a permit to kill the beaver. Instead, the city wants to relocate the animal or find another alternative solution. An animal welfare researcher at Indiana University is also talking with local officials to try to find a...
  • Need FReeper Assistance in Bakersfield, CA

    11/20/2007 2:54:20 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 11/20/2007 | Joe - MAF
    Hello fellow California FReepers! It's Joe here from Move America Forward. We are working on the final planning for the "Honoring Our Heroes at the Holidays" national pro-troop tour that takes place November 26 - December 17. We have a small problem, that I need some help from a Bakersfield-area FReeper. We are submitting our permit application to hold our Bakersfield event at Beach Park in the national pro-troop holiday tour. Our event in Bakersfield will take place on Wednesday, November 28th at 9:00 AM. But we have been told we need a live, human body to turn in the...
  • California School District to Vote Whether 'In God We Trust' Belongs In Classroom

    11/05/2007 2:56:49 PM PST · by Sopater · 33 replies · 124+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, November 05, 2007
    Trustees of a school district in Bakersfield, Calif., will decide Monday night whether to allow posters bearing the nation's motto — In God We Trust — and other historical documents to be displayed in district classrooms. Among the documents to be voted on are the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Kern County High School District trustees initially proposed the measure as a way of promoting patriotism. But the proposal has sparked contentious debate. Board President Bob Hampton, a former teacher in the district, told the L.A. Times that he'll vote against the posters because they reflect a "spiritual agenda." "The...
  • English won't be Bakersfield's official language

    09/27/2007 2:14:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 161+ views
    Bakersfield, Calif. (AP) -- A bid to make English the official language of this San Joaquin Valley city failed after much debate. The city council also shot down on Wednesday another proposal that would have made clear that Bakersfield is not a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, but it approved a resolution calling on the federal government to enact immigration reform. After the meeting, opponents of the English-only and the sanctuary resolutions praised the council for making the "morally correct" decision. . . . Famed labor leader Dolores Huerta, who spoke to city council members, called the defeated resolutions "hateful" and...
  • { Kevin McCarthy } Rising GOP star in Congress

    06/25/2007 8:25:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 965+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/25/7 | David Whitney
    Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy is building party clout and recruiting GOP candidates. WASHINGTON -- When House Republicans launched an early advertising blitz last month targeting 18 House Democratic freshmen elected from Republican-leaning districts in November, behind the scenes was Rep. Kevin McCarthy.Not only was the campaign McCarthy's idea, the Bakersfield Republican freshman helped finance it, writing a $10,000 check out of his ample campaign surpluses from his easy 2006 race to succeed former Rep. Bill Thomas.Democrats blasted the attack ads as "desperate and misleading." But according to Republican leaders, the ad campaign was a huge success and has added immensely...
  • Phony Money Circulating in O.C. (Maryland & KY, CA, AR, FL, WA)

    06/07/2007 11:55:55 PM PDT · by bd476 · 36 replies · 2,340+ views
    WBOC Fox 21 ^ | 06/07/2007 9:35 AM ET
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- Police are warning businesses in Ocean City to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. Ocean City police say they are investigating several cases where fake currency has been passed at local businesses in the last few days. Police say the first case occurred on May 19 in which three counterfeit $50 bills were discovered by a local merchant. On June 2 and again on Wednesday, six more cases of counterfeit $20 bills and one $100 bill were discovered by merchants and banks, according to police. The bills are described as good quality, with slight fading...
  • Actor Tom Sizemore arrested in Bakersfield (now on probation racks up 3 drug-related charges)

    05/08/2007 1:28:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 2,120+ views
    Veteran character actor and Hollywood bad boy Tom Sizemore is in trouble with the law again, this time in Bakersfield. Sizemore was arrested on three drug-related charges by Bakersfield police after the actor challenged a hotel desk clerk to a fight, Bakersfield Det. Greg Terry said. Sizemore, in town shooting an independent movie, was trying to check into the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on California Avenue Tuesday morning at about 7:30 a.m., Terry said. Sizemore and another actor, Jason Salcedo, got into an argument with hotel staff, Terry said, and after Sizemore challenged a clerk to a fight, the police...
  • Military families stop in Bakersfield to spread pro-troop message

    03/09/2007 8:16:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 598+ views
    KGET ^ | Mar 9, 2007 | Megan Trihey
    BAKERSFIELD - As Democratic leaders push for withdrawal, members of another group are pressing for greater support of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They began their national tour Thursday in San Francisco and held a rally in Bakersfield Friday, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom’s fourth anniversary. MoveAmericaForward.org is on its second day of a national “These Colors Don’t Run” trek across 25 cities. The caravan arrived at Heritage Park in Bakersfield displaying “These colors don’t run” support for troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deborah Johns’ son is serving in Iraq and has joined the pro-troop caravan to...
  • Patriotic caravan stops in Bakesfield

    03/09/2007 3:33:38 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 584+ views
    KGET ^ | Mar 8, 2007 | Liza Sullivan
    A patriotic caravan of military families arrived in Bakersfield on Thursday night, one of dozens of stops on their way to our nation's capitol. The group Move America Forward waved American flags as they arrived at the Doubletree Hotel around 9 p.m. Their journey began Thursday morning in San Francisco and will end on March 17 in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they plan to collect thousands of U.S. flags to show America's support for our troops who are fighting abroad. "These young men and women answered the call of duty after 9-11 to serve our country and we need...
  • Holiday Blues Man sets himself ablaze over use of 'Christmas'

    12/24/2006 8:46:28 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 45 replies · 1,408+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 23, 2006 | WorldNetDaily.com
    A 31-year-old man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in an apparent protest over a school district's decision to call winter and spring break, Christmas and Easter break. The protester, reportedly draped in a flag, ignited a decorated Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica that read "Don't Tread on Me" before pouring a can of fuel on himself in front of the Kern County Court Building in Bakersfield, Calif., yesterday afternoon. The man, whose name was not released, survived, thanks to the quick action of a sheriff's deputy and several court employees. (Story continues...
  • "Lost" in Louisiana jails, local man held 13 months

    12/06/2006 5:58:36 PM PST · by Ellesu · 12 replies · 712+ views
    kget.com ^ | 12/06/06 | kget.com
    BAKERSFIELD - A Bakersfield man has been freed after more than a year "lost" in the chaos of the post Hurricane Katrina Louisiana jail system. Pedro Parra, 44, was booked into the New Orleans jail on Oct. 13, 2005 and not brought to court until last week. He never had a lawyer and no charges were filed against him. He was simply "lost" for 13 months, an Orleans Parish prosecutor admitted in expressing the parish's "profound apology." "It's terrible," said the prisoner's lawyer, Daniel Rodriguez of Bakersfield. "It's just shocking. It’s just not forgivable for the system to ignore him...
  • Town Tells White Separatist Singers 'No Hate Here' (Prussian Blue twins)

    09/17/2006 4:22:33 PM PDT · by lainie · 247 replies · 6,331+ views
    AOL News ^ | 9/15/2006 | ABC News
    In the picturesque northwest corner of Montana only 30 miles from Glacier National Park, signs have begun to appear on windows in the city of Kalispell that proclaim "No Hate Here." ... The two teens are those spokeskids for white separatists, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who vaulted to international attention after they appeared on ABC's "Primetime" last year. The girls, their mother, April, and stepfather Mark Harrington recently moved to Montana from Bakersfield, Calif., after April told "Primetime" that Bakersfield was "not white enough." Now Kalispell has put the family on notice, "Not in my backyard."
  • Buck Owens: Legend laid to rest

    04/03/2006 10:21:03 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 12 replies · 1,017+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/3/06 | ROBERT PRICE, Californian staff writer
    Michael Owens thinks he knows what his father would have said if he'd had a chance to size things up at Valley Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. "So," Owens' 56-year-old son said, surveying the full house as he imagined his famous father might have, "you came to see ol' Buck." They did indeed, a good 2,000 of them. Fans, employees, business associates, music-business elite -- the people he'd touched in a half-century as a chart-topping megastar, weekly TV host, industry icon and civic booster without peer. Thousands more watched from home or listened via radio or the Internet. They praised Owens,...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...