Bakersfield

Chain Cohn & Stiles

Attorneys for the family of a Bakersfield man who died in custody of the Kern County Sheriff’s office three years ago have settled their wrongful death lawsuit with the county for $3.4 million. FM89’s Joe Moore reports. David Silva was arrested in May 2013 after he was found intoxicated, sleeping outside Kern Medical Center. He allegedly resisted arrest, was beaten by deputies, and was then handcuffed and restrained before he died. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says deputies did...

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Kern County marketing firm owner T.J. Esposito brings a unique personal story to his candidacy for Bakersfield mayor. In his youth, Esposito was a self-described cocaine and methamphetamine addict, was homeless for a time, and was convicted of several crimes, including burglary, assault and domestic violence. Since then Esposito says he has turned his life around, with a successful business and a family. Now he is one of 25 candidates who want a chance to lead Kern County’s largest city....

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Ezra David Romero reports on efforts to save the Tricolored Blackbird . KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the effort to revive Fresno's Manchester Mall . Fresno City Council candidate Jeremy Pearce also joins the program. Later Bakersfield Mayoral Candidate Karen Goh chats with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore. We also hear a story from StoryCorps Legacy in partnership with Hinds Hospice about a family remembering a toddler lost to leukemia. Ending the program Karana...

Vanguard Records

A cclaimed author Gerald Haslam grew up in the blue-collar Kern County community of Oildale in the 1940's, a child of the Dust Bowl migration to California. He went to school with another boy with a similar background, a child named Merle Haggard. After numerous run-ins with the law, and a stint in prison, Haggard went on to become perhaps the most acclaimed artist in the history of country music. But he never forgot his Oildale roots, or his friendship with Haggard. Haslam went on to write a...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

While the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are playing Oklahoma today in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, they aren't the only roadrunners in Kern County. FM89's Ezra David Romero visited the California Living Museum zoo, also known as CALM, to learn more about the speedy birds that call Southern California home and lend their name to CSUB's sports teams. CALM's curator of animals Don Richardson tells us a little more about these birds and what the basketball team means for the community.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation

Immigration advocates are starting a new outreach effort in Kern County to enroll undocumented children in Medi-Cal . This is the first year undocumented kids can enroll in the government-sponsored insurance program. There are an estimated 170,000 undocumented children living in California and a recent change in state law means that for the first time they can sign up for Medi-Cal insurance. The Dolores Huerta Foundation is launching an outreach effort called "Health For All Kids" to find and...

Bakersfield Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight

Mar 2, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we feature three soloists from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing live in the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. This week features harpist Dana Peck performing a piece by Handel; Garces High senior Johann Palo performing a piece by Stravinsky for solo clarinet; and Stockdale High freshman pianist Isaac Kim performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature two piano soloists from Bakersfield's Warren Junior High School, Anjolie Doan and Anna Jian. Both are students of piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer.

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Can you imagine Southern California without Hollywood? Or the Bay Area without Silicon Valley? No? History suggests that the identities of cities and regions are more fragile, and their central industries more perilous, than we care to admit. (Just ask former Detroit autoworkers.) So it’s well within the realm of possibility that Los Angeles’ entertainment industry, already struggling with shifting business models and technology that allows film production just about anywhere, could be a much...

California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High Speed Rail Authority has officially released an updated plan that makes big changes to first section of the bullet train. The plan confirms that the Authority wants to change the first functional section of track to run from Bakersfield to San Jose. The original plan was for the first working segment of track to run from the Central Valley to Burbank outside LA. The report leaked on Wednesday, but Thursday evening the Rail Authority released an official version of the...

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