Have a drink at the Penny Bar in Kern County | Bartell's Backroads

MCKITTRICK, Calif. — In Kern County oil is king. Somewhere around 70% of California’s fossil fuel is pulled from the county’s underground petroleum deposits. Oil is everywhere. Except for inside the McKittrick Hotel. Here, copper is king. That’s because the entire bar is covered in pennies. Ashley Plunkett is one...
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Daily Weather Forecast For Maricopa

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Maricopa: Friday, June 18: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Saturday, June 19: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Sunday, June 20: Sunny during the day; while clear overnight; Monday, June 21: Sunny during the day; while
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Amy Alteneder Killed in Crash on Highway 119 [Taft, CA]

Fatal Semi-Truck v Pickup-Truck Accident near Old River Road in Taft. The incident occurred around 2:00 p.m., on June 8. Emergency crews arrived shortly after. Per reports, a woman driving a tan pickup truck was heading north on Old River Road when she veered onto Taft Highway, and struck an eastbound semi-truck.
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Excessive heat warning for 110 temps

An excessive heat warning went into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday and cooling centers will be open during the hottest part of the day as extremely hot temperatures settle over the area. Thursday's high in Taft is expected to be near 107, then increasing to 110 on Friday and 109...
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Missing man rescued south of 25 Hill

A Kern County Sheriff's helicopter located a missing 88-year-old man who had been stranded in a remote area south of Taft in extreme heat. On Friday at 12:15 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call of the missing man who was last seen on June 17 in the 25 Hill area, south of Taft.
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Highland captures elusive section softball title with 9-0 victory over Shafter

SHAFTER — That collective euphoria that the Highland softball team felt as they celebrated Thursday night was four years in the making. On the heels of two disappointing playoff losses as the top seed and the cancelation of last year’s season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scots channeled those experiences into a dominant performance in this year’s postseason run.
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3 ideas for jumping on Thursday’s sunny forecast in Maricopa

(MARICOPA, CA) The forecast is calling for sun today in Maricopa. Here are three ideas for how to make the most of it, along with a four-day forecast. Have a picnic: Especially in the era of COVID-19 restrictions, a novel way to safely engage in the beloved pastime of a shared meal can be hard to find. Why not get creative and meet a friend somewhere pretty with a basketful of snacks and a blanket? Risk levels should always be taken into account along with advice from health authorities on gathering sizes.
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Murals spread art, hope across county

Some projects start with grand plans, but in the case of the "Dreams" mural in Shafter, it started with a simple observation. Five third- and fourth-graders — Sierra Albiar, Alondra Montalvo, Khloe Verdugo, Brinlee Swann and Seniya Schluter — were in the middle of a class at the Shafter Learning Center in October 2019 when inspiration struck.

Taft, CA – Contact STOP Restoration of Bakersfield for Smoke Damage Cleaning

Are you searching for a professional smoke damage cleanup service? Connect with STOP Restoration today and get your home or facility smoke-free immediately!. Cleaning up the stubborn soot and dust after a fire or traumatic event can be challenging to say the least. Smoke damage cleaning is a task only a few service providers are equipped to handle. Minimizing loss and restoring your home or facility to its pre-loss condition is difficult. And, while you recover from the unprecedented event, it’s best to leave the cleanup and damage repair to a professional service provider that knows what to do.
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Weather Forecast For Maricopa

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Maricopa: Wednesday, June 16: Mostly sunny during the day; while partly cloudy overnight; Thursday, June 17: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Friday, June 18: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Saturday, June 19: Sunny during
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2021 Graduate: Shafter High School - Nick Aguirre

Future Plans: Attend Bakersfield College and play for the BC Football Team. Then, transfer to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Forensics Science. Extracurriculars: ASB President, Homecoming King, Varsity Football Team, Track and Field (Regional Participant) Favorite Quote: “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” - Thomas...
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KCSO air unit rescues 88-year-old man in rugged area near Taft

The Kern County Sheriff's Office air unit rescued a missing 88-year-old man Friday in a rugged area south of Taft. He had last been seen at 12:15 in the 25 Hill area, and was found at 2 p.m. The man's vehicle was stuck in the bottom of a ravine, several miles south of 25 Hill Road, KCSO said in a news release.

CRA (California): Prince, Riser Win At Inaugural Event

Riser and Prince Clean House at Opening Round of CRA. [Buttonwillow, CA] California RoadRace Association (CRA) held its inaugural round of racing at Buttonwillow Raceway Park June 12-13, 2021. Racers from Northern and Southern California provided healthy grids for a great weekend of racing. CRA’s “Racers First” focus was felt...
Bakersfield Californian

Coroner identifies 2 Taft men who died in traffic collision

The Kern County coroner's office on Sunday identified two Taft drivers who died in a head-on traffic collision in Taft on Thursday. Derrick Taylor Peevy, 28, and Jose Martinez Jr., 38, both died at the scene of the 4:09 a.m. crash on Highway 119, just west of Sunridge Avenue in Taft.
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Timothy James Neher of Taft, passed away at home, at the age of 58, on June 4, 2021. Tim was born on March 20, 1963 in Bellflower, California to the late Kenneth and Ruth Neher. Tim Neher went to Fairfax Elementary School. He then attended Foothill High School in Bakersfield until his senior year. He next moved to Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1979. Tim continued his education at Taft College and earned his Associated Degree. Tim worked for the Daily Midway Driller where he covered all of the local news. His passion was covering Recreational Leagues, Taft Union High School, and Taft College Sports. His favorite sports teams were Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Twins, and Milwaukee Bucks. Tim played guitar and loved the 70’s music and he had a very large collection of Vinyl records. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Ruth Neher and by his brother, Johnny Alexander and his many Dalmatians. Tim is survived by his only son, Alexander Timothy Neher; two grandsons, Waylon and Evan; two brothers, Charles Alexander of Maricopa and Kenny Neher of Taft; and two sisters, Diana Wheeldon of Taft and Kathy Neher of Indiana. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the West Side District Cemetery.