The Kern County District Attorney's Office has opened an investigation of the North Kern South Tulare Hospital District in Delano. It is a public nonprofit entity that owns and operates the Delano District Skilled Nursing Facility for 141 residents, the Gloria Nelson Center Family Practice, …

Myrtle Avenue School in Lamont was abuzz with excitement last month as parents, teachers, staff and students crowded into the cafeteria on a Monday night. They had come to see and hear a show-and-tell presentation, but not from just any ordinary professional. This was an astronaut, as in an …

Expect the Kern Community College District to soon, real soon, name its new chancellor. A selection committee has been going through candidates and is expected to make a finalist list and then hand it to the KCCD board of trustees, which will make the final choice.

A group of community activists turned out for a special Kern High School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday morning trying to convince board members to consider outside candidates for the position of district superintendent. But as the district has done for decades, it limited its sel…

When I heard about a job opening at the Kern High School District, I decided to give it a shot. And why not? I figured that covering all sorts of issues and controversies at KHSD since 1988 makes me amply qualified to apply for the position of superintendent.

On a map, San José Avenue just west of Delano city limits appears to be a street. In reality, the half mile or so "avenue" is a dirt road riddled with potholes. Despite this, dwellings have sprung up as mostly low-income families have constructed homes. During the hot weather, dust blows all…

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines moral turpitude as an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community. It further states, "a quality of dishonesty or other immorality that is determined by a court to be present in the commission of a criminal …

"Lies have consequences," said Dominion lawyer Justin Nelson, speaking before a throng of media just outside the Delaware Superior Court. Fox "ý" had just agreed to pay nearly $800 million to settle a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems, which accused Fox of smearing its reputation follo…

A new relief program that got off the ground in January aims to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers who suffered pandemic-related health and safety costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture set aside $670 million for the program, called Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program, and el…

Acting Arvin Police Chief Alex Ghazalpour was pumped up when he told me recently about obtaining new equipment such as body cameras for all officers along with other modern technology that will bring the small department into 21st century policing.

She was 17 years old, pretty, energetic and lived in Shafter. But who and why would someone kill Maria Rodriguez in such a brutal and horrific fashion? This Aug. 2 will mark 32 years since her body was found at an isolated canal hangout visited by teens near Highway 46 and Interstate 5. Rodr…

Mario Lares was a husband of three years, a son who lived with his parents and at 31 years of age, he couldn't wait to start a family of his own. Those are the dreams he and his now-widow, Yuvani Lares, had planned for. But those aspirations came to an end rather unexpectedly last week when …

As things are appearing to return to some semblance of normal after COVID restrictions, a new club at ý College started this year. It's called Ballet Folklórico Ritmo y Sabor, under the direction of BC counselor Cynthia Zamora. She and some students tossed around the idea of starti…

The 8-year-old student was curios so she wrote a letter. In it, she introduced herself and wrote that her parents were immigrants from India and that she was in the second grade at McKee Elementary School in ý. And she mentioned that she wanted to maybe be a lawyer when she grew up…

For the past 32 years, Nellie Mesa has been the number one advocate for justice in finding the person responsible for the kidnapping and murder of her 4-year-old daughter, Jessica Martinez. During that time, Mesa has not idly stood by, content with letting police handle the investigation. No…

Some folks in Kern County are probably unaware of the rich farm labor history that was born right here decades ago. And some, I suspect, would rather it remain that way because much of it is not flattering in a way that was exposed in John Steinbeck's classic, "The Grapes of Wrath."

This past Sunday my family and I joined thousands of others at Lamont Park to celebrate La Guelaguetza, an annual indigenous cultural event from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is of deep cultural importance for the indigenous peoples, an example of having survived centuries of domination by…

Help wanted: Police chief for the city of Arvin, a small rural community southeast of ý with a population of about 21,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Candidate must be good-looking, hardworking, open to the community, preferably bilingual (English and Spanish) and above a…

On a summer evening in July 2020, a birthday party was being celebrated at a home on 22nd Avenue and Oleander Street in Delano. Around 7:20 p.m., a car drove up to the residence, and a man in a hoodie walked out and fired indiscriminately at people gathered outside. Two girls, 11 and 12 year…

One week ago today, I wrote about Fairfax School District Superintendent Regina Green and her plans to improve the ongoing chaotic situation among its school board for the benefit of students and staff. Today, however, Green is out of a job after she was fired on Friday.

The first thing you see when you enter the office of Fairfax School District Superintendent Regina Green is a collection of dozens of all sorts of ducks. There's even a Beatles duck. Sometime ago, a teacher gave her a little plastic duck and told Green she resembled the grace of how a duck g…

Delano Union School District Superintendent Rosalina Rivera is more certain than ever she made the right call in securing an officer from the Delano Police Department assigned as a school resource officer to the district. The same officer is also assigned to the Delano Joint Union High Schoo…

A Delano city councilwoman claims retired police chief Robert Nevarez retaliated against a police officer who is close to her. Vice mayor Veronica Vasquez claims the then police chief was "going after" the officer and accused Nevarez of "passive aggressive" behavior toward her. Further, she …

Fairfax School District has a lot of explaining to do in light of an eight-months-long "extraordinary audit" called by Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office at a cost of $44,000. The stinging report centers in large part on former board president and current board member of the Fairfa…