Cranes for a Cause

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Books open up whole new worlds for children by introducing them to new people, new adventures and new cultures. Sometimes the knowledge gained creates a lasting impression. For 9-year-old Eden Coughran, her reading adventure would change not only her life but also the lives of so many others.  When Eden read "Sadako and the Thousand Paper…

Downtown Street Ambassadors

Like many American cities, Bakersfield has been searching for innovative ways to revitalize its long-ignored, heavily vacated downtown in the wake of the '70s-'90s migration to lifestyle centers. But that can pose significant challenges and costs. Fortunately for the city, there are enough committed citizens that saw an important vision and mission for the future. It’s a team effort that’s…