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Breaking News

Latest crime, courts and fire news.

City Beat

The latest scoop on City Hall.

Condors Talk

Sports reporter Mike Griffith on Bakersfield's hockey team.

Evans On Sports

Sports writer Jeff Evans tackles local and national sports.

The Health Beat

Californian reporters blog on health and wellness issues in Kern.

It's A Wheel Thing

From dirt tracks, to drag strips, salt flats, to paved bullrings, staff writer Mike Griffith weighs in with thoughts, news, and maybe even a little insight.

Kern Gusher

News for Kern County's oil industry.

Quirks of the County

County reporter James Burger on Kern news.

B Varsity

News and notes from Bakersfield, Kern County and California high school sports.

The Grade

The ins and outs of K-12 and college education in Kern County.

Topp Stories

Bits and pieces from one of Kern's news geeks.

Recent Blogs

  1. Man found dead outside courthouse named

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Sep 01 2014 06:00 PM

    The Kern County Sheriff's coroner's office, on Monday, released the name of a San Francisco Bay Area man found dead in front of the Kern County Superior Court Building Sunday.

    Christopher Wagstaff, 43, of Clayton was found at 7:05 a.m. Sunday in front of 1415 Truxtun Avenue.

    His name was not released until his family could be notified.

    The Bakersfield Police Department announced Monday that they are investigating the death as a murder.

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    REPORT: Carr to be Oakland starting QB

    Fox Sports is reporting Derek Carr, a graduated of Bakersfield Christian and Fresno State, will be Oakland's starting quarterback when the Raiders face the New York Jets in the Sept. 7 season opener.

  3. Motorcyclist crashes, dies Monday morning

    A Bakersfield man fell to his death from a freeway overpass Monday morning after taking an offramp at high speed and slamming into a concrete bridge rail. 

  4. BC football: No. 20 in state preseason poll; No. 9 in SoCal poll

    By Jeff Evans

  5. Man shot, killed in Bakersfield early Monday

    A man shot Monday morning on V Street died from his wounds. 

  6. Tehachapi man arrested in double homicide investigation

    Two men were discovered dead in a Tehachapi apartment, Monday, and a third man was arrested in connection with their deaths.

    Joaquin Balassa, 28, of Tehachapi was arrested on suspicion of killing two unidentified men after Tehachapi Police Department officers found the men dead in his apartment in the 600 block of Cherry Lane at around 4 a.m. Monday.

  7. Saturday night DUI checkpoint nets seven arrests

    A DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday night on north- and southbound Union Avenue resulted in seven arrests for driving under the influence.

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    Man found dead outside courthouse

    A man was found dead outside the Kern County Superior Court Sunday. 

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    Harvick wins Nationwide race in Atlanta

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win an unusually wreck-free NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

  10. Taft woman arrested on suspicion of drug possession

    Taft police arrested a 52-year-old woman in possession of 400 grams of suspected methamphetamine and $1,600 in cash during a traffic stop Saturday.

  11. CSUB volleyball splits Saturday matches

    Cal State Bakersfield's volleyball team split two matches Saturday to conclude its season-opening tournament at Sam Houston State.

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    Interim vice principal assigned to school following administrator's arrest

    An interim vice principal will begin working at Tevis Junior High on Sept. 8 following the arrest of Vice Principal Kent Williams for bringing a gun on campus.

  13. Pedestrian struck and killed by train Friday evening

    A train struck a pedestrian Friday evening on tracks by State Road and Airport Drive. Daily Deal!

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