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News and information about what's new and what's happening on

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. Low-cost vaccine clinic for dogs Saturday

    Tuesday, Sep 02 2014 11:39 AM

    The Bakersfield Animal Control Divison is offering a low-cost vaccination, licensing and microchip clinic Saturday for dogs within the city limits.

    The clinic, from 8-11 a.m., will be at Kroll Park, 7500 Kroll Way.

    Low-cost distemper/parvo and rabies vaccines will be offered, along with licensing and free microchips.

    Rabies vaccinations will be offered to all dogs 3 months old and older. The vaccine cost is reduced but licensing fees are regular priced. Vaccines cannot be administered without the purchase of a license.

    For more information, contact the Animal Control Division at 326-3436. Information is also available at

  2. One killed in head-on collision on Highway 65

    A 63-year-old Delano man driving south in a northbound lane on Highway 65 died after colliding head-on with another vehicle Monday morning.

  3. Suspect in Tehachapi double homicide has half dozen previous cases listed against him

    A half dozen criminal cases are listed against Joaquin Balassa from the past decade, but nothing comparable to the seriousness of his most recent arrest.

  4. Motorist killed in crash Monday

    A Shafter woman died Monday after the SUV she was driving left the roadway and overturned on East Lerdo Highway just east of Driver Road.

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    Man found dead outside courthouse named

    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.

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    Carr named Raiders starting QB

    ALAMEDA — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.

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    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. 

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

    Bakersfield College's football team was ranked No. 20 in the California community college preseason football poll that was announced Monday.

  9. Man shot, killed in Bakersfield early Monday

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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. Daily Deal!

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