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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.

Business Matters

Observations on Kern County's working life.

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.

Renegades Gameday

Tune in for liveblogging from the Renegades' games.

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. Council to mull watering cuts, 178 widening

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Apr 20 2015 05:34 PM

    A restrictive, three-days-a-week residential landscape watering schedule, Bakersfield's latest response to the historic four-year state drought, will likely become reality at Wednesday's meeting of the City Council.

    Here's what you need to know about a Bakersfield City Council meeting that also includes big decisions on local roads:

    * Emergency water ordinance coming: Residential landscape watering in Bakersfield will be limited to three days a week starting Thursday if the City Council approves an emergency ordinance.

    Residents with even-numbered addresses would only be able to water landscaping on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Those with odd-numbered addresses could water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  2. Police searching for driver of vehicle woman seen getting out of night before death

    Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle a woman got out of the night before she was found dead at the Villa Inn Motel on Union Avenue.

  3. Suspects robbed people washing cars at gas station

    Two men are wanted in connection with robbing people washing their cars at a Chevron station in southwest Bakersfield.

  4. Man robbed at gunpoint after answering front door

    A man who heard a knock at his front door early Monday opened the door to find a gun pointed in his face.

  5. Suspects wanted for using stolen credit card at Lowe's

    A man and woman suspected of using a stolen credit card at the Lowe's Home Improvement store on Rosedale Highway allegedly went back to the store the next day and committed a similar crime.

  6. Police asking for help finding teen runaway

    A 13-year-old girl left home Friday and is considered at risk because of her age and because it's the first time she's run away from home.

  7. Sheriff Donny Youngblood named 1st Vice President of California State Sheriffs' Association

    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has been named 1st Vice President of the California State Sheriffs' Association for 2015-16.

  8. Windows to businesses, residences shot out by pellet guns in Wasco

    Windows to at least 14 Wasco businesses and residences were shot out with pellet guns Sunday evening.

  9. Officer's fatal shooting of knife-wielding man determined within BPD policy

    A Bakersfield Police Department Critical Incident Review Board determined an officer's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man at a downtown hotel last month was within department police and state and federal guidelines.

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    VOTE: Kern County Driver of the Week fan choice April 19

    Vote for your favorite driver in our weekly Bako Motorsports Power Hour Fan Choice Driver of the Week. The winner will be announced at noon on Wednesday on the Power Hour, which is broadcast live on Watch it. Great field this week with drivers from all three tracks in the votes.

  11. Proposed state water regulations pinch Bakersfield users even further

    Bakersfield residents will be expected to cut their water usage by 32 percent to 36 percent, depending on where they get their water, if proposed regulations are approved by the California Water Resources Control Board early next month.

  12. Another fire erupts on Kern River bottom

    Another fire in the Kern River bottom erupted Saturday morning, according to the Kern County Fire Department. This is the third fire in the river since March 26.

  13. Water usage rises at Kern High School District

    The Kern High School District's water usage rose at almost every school and service site in it from 2012-13 to 2013-14, according to district data released Friday.

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