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How to celebrate National Drink Wine Day in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Time to stop and smell the rosé. Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day!. Our very own evening anchor, Tim Calahan, has covered some of the best wines made right here in Kern County as part of our " Made In Kern County " series.


QUIZ: When presidents visited Kern County, what do you remember?

Every sitting president in the past 30 years has made a stop in Kern County — sometimes to campaign, other times to use the occasion to take some sort of official action. It’s fair to say that Bakersfield has had its share of Presidents Days, or more precisely, days with presidents.


Long night for motorists stranded in snow as storm hits Southern California mountains

Hundreds of drivers were stranded in the Grapevine when a powerful snowstorm closed Interstate 5 for hours. As of Monday morning, the southbound 5 was back open with California Highway Patrol escorts. Northbound 5 was still closed but could reopen later this morning.


California woman stabbed officer after driving over 100 mph on Interstate 5, police say

A California Highway Patrol officer was stabbed in the back on Friday after pulling over a woman who had been traveling over 100 mph on Interstate 5, officials said. Haile Neil, 25, is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing the officer during the traffic stop near the town of Williams, locat


Taft police arrest man wanted for skipping court date in alleged home invasion robbery case

Taft police say a man accused of skipping a court date for a home invasion robbery is under arrest after trying to elude officers on Saturday night. According to the Taft Police Department, officers arrested 24-year-old Eduardo Alcantar-Lopez who was wanted for skipping a court date stemming from an


Dodge commercial filming in Taft this weekend

Taft is turning into "Muscleville" for the weekend for the a Dodge commercial focusing on the Dodge's famous muscle cars. The Dodge Chargers and Challengers will be featured. The production started shooting Friday morning at about 8 a.m. at Sixth and Center Streets, City Manager Craig Jones said.


2 Southern California highways reopened after storm

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities have reopened two major Southern California highways that were closed because of ice and snow, stranding hundreds of motorists overnight. The California Highway Patrol says Monday that traffic started moving again around 11 a.m. Monday in northbound lanes of Interstat


CIF State wrestling: Pairings for all Kern County boys and girls wrestling championship this week at Rabobank Arena

The CIF State boys and girls wrestling championship begin on Thursday at Rabobank Arena. Here are the opening round pairings for all 28 Kern County boys wrestlers and the 18 girls wrestlers from the county competing this weekend, including seedings, if applicable.


Authorities identify body of man found near Edison Highway and Morning Drive

The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified the body of a man found "with obvious traumatic injuries" Valentine's Day at a southeast Bakersfield intersection. Kern County sheriff's deputies were called at about 7:15 a.m. Thursday to the intersection of Edison Highway and Morning Drive to a repor


Kern County Library Southwest Branch hosting Friends of the Southwest Library Book Sale

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Library Southwest Branch is hosting their Friends of the Southwest Library Book Sale to raise money for library programs. During the sale, visitors are able to purchase reading materials directly from the library. According to the Kern County Library Southwest B


California's gun seizure program hits hurdles

Authorities in California are struggling to enforce a state law that permits officials to seize firearms from people with previous criminal convictions or mental health issues – running into staffing and budgetary issues that have contributed to a massive backlog of guns marked for confiscation.


Lightning in a Bottle festival releases line-up of performers

The "Lightening in a Bottle" festival has released a line-up of performers. The five-day festival is set to frun from May 8 to 13 at the Buena Vista Lake in Kern County, located outside of Taft.


This new California law is supposed to protect immigrant home cooks. It may help tech giants instead

I’ve personally pondered this question because the number of dumplings I want to eat rarely corresponds with the recommended serving size. But this question also happens to come up when you read the text of California Assembly Bill 626, a new law decriminalizing the sale of home-cooked food.


California May Do Away With Speed Limits For Certain Lanes Of I-5 And Hwy. 99

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California may do away with speed limits for certain lanes on I-5 and Highway 99, in order to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases. Senator John Moorlach (R- Orange County) introduced SB 319 on Friday. If passes, it would require the Department of Transportation to built tw


California man faces hate crime charges after punching 7-Eleven clerk, saying he 'hated Muslims'

A homeless California man was charged with a hate crime after he allegedly punched and threw hot coffee on a 7-Eleven employee on Wednesday and claimed he "hated Muslims," officials said.


Southern California man arrested following death of 6-month-old daughter

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California man has been arrested following the death of his 6-month-old daughter. The Sun reports Alfonso Ornelas was arrested on suspicion of murder and assault on a child causing death after the baby died at a hospital Saturday.


California teen makes chocolate roses for every girl in school

LOS BANOS (KSEE) - A Los Banos teenager made hundreds of chocolate roses to make sure every girl in his school got one for Valentine’s Day. Daniel Herrera is an 11th grader at Pacheco High School.


Mountain lion removed from tree in California backyard

(CNN)Firefighters are well known for their cat-rescuing skills. But members of San Bernardino County Fire department faced a bigger challenge than your average trapped tabby when called to a home in California on Saturday.


Off-duty deputy killed in suspected DUI crash in California

CHINO, Calif. — Officials say an off-duty San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a traffic collision, and the driver of the other car was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.


18 trillion gallons of water has fallen in California so far this month

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - It's been a stormy 2019 for California so far, and we're only a little more than two months into the new year!. So exactly how much water has fallen in California this month?