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Past articles by Lia:

Coroner: Missing boater’s death ruled accidental drowning

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Officials confirmed that a boater, who vanished in Isabella Lake on June 9, drowned. Search and Rescue says 36-year-old Spencer Makaza jumped from a boat at French Gulch Marina, and never surfaced. The search continued for seven days. Then, on Saturday, June 15, around 7:45 a.m., Search and Rescue found the […] → Read More

Community Policing Workshop, addresses use of deadly force

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Police Department is addressing the use of deadly force and they’re inviting the public to get in on the conversation. BPD is once again partnering with Compassion Church and Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance for a public forum. They’ll go over the departments protocol for deadly force and offer simulations […] → Read More

Kern County Animal Services closer to becoming full ‘no kill’ shelter

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County Animal Services says it is making progress toward becoming a no-kill shelter. In 2015, Animal Services pledged to the Board of Supervisors it would be a no kill shelter by December 2020. On Tuesday, director Nick Cullen told county supervisors as of 2018, 75% of the animals at their […] → Read More

Waste Hunger Not Food, rescues over 300,500 pounds of healthy food

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — County supervisors received an update on a much-needed public health program at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. “Waste Hunger Not Food” is a public health program that gathers uneaten food from restaurants, schools, and markets – and distributes it to those in need. The program now has dozens of drop-off sites for […] → Read More

College athletes host 5-day swimming clinic at BC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — College athletes will be hosting a five day swimming clinic at Bakersfield College. The Developmental and Stroke Clinic will run from Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 for an hour each day starting at 7 p.m. It is to help swimmers develop competitive skills and technique training by working with […] → Read More

Celebrate the fourth of July at River Walk, free fireworks show

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A free fireworks show will be returning to the Park at River Walk to celebrate Independence Day. The annual Bakersfield tradition will have live entertainment featuring performances by Truxton Mile and Wilfredo Cruz, Jr. starting at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided by El Churro Loco, Pita Paradise, Fuego’s […] → Read More

Founder’s Day 2019: Serving our community

Each year Nexstar Media Group sets aside one day for the entire company to give back to their communities. The effort is about serving our neighborhoods and our viewers that we appreciate so much. The day is intended to shift our employee focus from being a television station serving the community to our employees volunteering […] → Read More

Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — It was a big day to celebrate a major milestone in American History. The community came together to celebrate ‘Juneteenth’ at Martin Luther King, Jr. park on Saturday. Juneteenth is an annual event that praises the end of slavery in the United States. Several locals kicked off the festivities by enjoying […] → Read More

Community agencies creating a safe park for Oildale residents

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — It was a public declaration for several agencies and all were dedicated to taking back McCray Park on Saturday. Kern County Public Health, North of the River Parks and Recreation, animal services and Supervisor Mike Maggard gathered to tell the residents of Oildale – their park is their own. Agencies recently […] → Read More

Local schools, libraries offering free meals for kids this Summer

Kids and teens who get free or reduced lunch during the school year can get free meals this summer. Any child 18-years-old and younger can eat free at designated sites across the country. The summer food service program, also known as the summer meals program, is a federally funded state administered program. In 2018, the […] → Read More

Families celebrate dads with a brunch at Padre Hotel

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Father’s Day celebrated across Kern County. The Padre Hotel and Restaurant hosted a brunch for all fathers and father figures. Families indulged in a variety of foods including seafood and chicken, fruit and for anyone with a sweet tooth – unlimited cookies and cupcakes. Happy Father’s Day! → Read More

Father’s Day Run at the Park at River Walk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — It was the first of its kind in Kern County – a run to honor all of the fathers and father figures. Hundreds of runners grabbed their sneakers for the inaugural Bakersfield Father’s Day Run on Saturday at the Park at River Walk. The event was put on by ZERO Prostate […] → Read More

Man’s body found in Lake Isabella

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Crews have found a man’s body in the water at the French Gulch boat ramps at Lake Isabella early Saturday morning. According to Kern Valley Search and Rescue, the man was found around 7:45 a.m. near the boat docks. Earlier in the week, a boater had gone missing near the French […] → Read More

One person arrested during DUI checkpoint

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — One person was arrested for driving under the influence on Friday during a DUI checkpoint held by the Bakersfield Police Department. Police say they screened 1167 vehicles in the 3000 block of New Stine Road Friday between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. According to BPD, one driver was arrested for driving […] → Read More

Deadline for talent contest extended until June 30

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The deadline has been extended for kids wanting to participate in a contest for country music. Valley PBS and Bank of America teamed up for a talent search. Kids aged 5 to 17, who can sing, dance or play the genre can apply. Submit a video at Country Music Talent Search. […] → Read More

‘Sports Car at the Museum Car Show’ at Kern County Museum

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Corvettes, porsches and mustangs…oh my! The “Sports Car at the Museum Car Show” is at the Kern County Museum on Saturday – just in time for Father’s Day. The entry fee is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. The event will be Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 4 […] → Read More

Fans collected during drive handed out to seniors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The first fans from Wednesday’s “Keep Kern County Cool” fan drive were handed out Friday. Seniors showed up at the Volunteer Center to the fan they signed up for. Brenda Ratliff, Executive Director of the center, says the summer heat can be deadly for older adults. About 300 seniors signed up […] → Read More

Police investigate collision involving pedestrian in Southwest Bakersfield

Bakersfield police are investigating a collision involving a pedestrian in Southwest Bakersfield on Friday night. The collision happened near the intersection at Stockdale Highway and California Avenue at around 9:45 p.m. according to a city of Bakersfield traffic advisory page. There is no word on injuries to the pedestrian. We will update this story as […] → Read More

Man mows lawns for veterans in all 50 states

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man says he has completed his quest to mow lawns for veterans in all 50 states. Rodney Smith Jr. tweeted Friday that he’s headed home from Hawaii after cutt… → Read More

County works to create safe parks for Oildale community

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Multiple county agencies have a plan to create safe parks for the community in Oildale. Kern County Public Health, Supervisor Mike Maggard, North of the River Parks and Recreation and other various partnering agencies will be hosting a press conference, followed by a celebration at McCray Park on Saturday. The event […] → Read More