Eric Rowden isn't from Kern County, but he's been visiting the Rivernook Campground in Kernville since he was a child. Traveling every year from Orange County to camp and raft, he said he knows the Kern River like the back of his hand.
Bakersfield College students didn't hesitate to speak up when word spread that federal immigration agents had detained a fellow student. Less than 24 hours after ICE detained Jose Bello, students, faculty members and Bakersfield residents mobilized to voice their thoughts to the public.
Like any other fifteen-year-old, Angelina Cho likes playing video games, participating in clubs at her school and gardening. But unlike other teenagers and high schoolers, she has earned a perfect score on the ACT, or American College Testing. "I was jumping up and down when I got the letter," Angelina said.
Paige Atkison was trying to get better. During what would have been her junior year at Independence High School, she was trying to study for tests and navigate the obstacles high school is chock-full of, while battling something bigger: an eating disorder coming for her life.
Bakersfield is thousands of miles away from Tennessee, but local curiosity about whiskey is starting to rival that Southern stronghold of spirits. To wit: Last December, Wade Bowen of Bowen's Spirits announced he was moving into the old Vincent's Building to open a distillery, expanding his reach onto 18th Street.
Lindsay Jordan remembers struggling to find a job at 18 years old, but knew that if she wanted to go to college, she'd need financial support. Jordan had received some scholarships, but because her parents made just enough income, she didn't qualify for financial aid.
Isaac Kim didn't think reading an article on the link between memory, the elderly and music would lead him to front a nonprofit when he was a high-school freshman Music of Bakersfield is a group of volunteers that plays classical music at nursing and retirement homes in Bakersfield.
Eliza Lyday didn't expect a theater program to be therapeutic, but it ended up being exactly what she needed. Lyday has been to traditional therapy sessions here and there, but being able to see her troubles on stage, as an outsider, she was able to navigate and open up to her friends about her mom going through cancer treatment.