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Where Bakersfield and the web collide.


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.

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. No injuries in structure fire in central Bakersfield

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Sunday, Mar 01 2015 08:01 PM

    A fire in the 400 block of K Street damaged a residence behind a bungalow in central Bakersfield Sunday evening but caused no injuries.

    Bakersfield Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 7:06 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Danny Brown.

    They knocked the fire down in 11 minutes and found no one inside the residence. The incident remained under investigation late Sunday, but was not considered suspicious, Brown said.

    -- The Californian

  2. Two injured when pickup hits GET bus

    A Golden Empire Transit passenger was injured Sunday morning in south Bakersfield when a pickup truck hit a bus.

  3. One injured in southeast traffic accident

    A traffic accident shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday injured one person in southeast Bakersfield.

  4. Kern Canyon Road crash victim identified

    Kern County Coroner's Office officials released the name of a man killed Friday afternoon in a traffic accident on Kern Canyon Road.

  5. Report blasts quality of virtual schools

    In the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.,-based think-tank funded in part by labor unions, paints a grim picture of the state's largest provider of online public education.

  6. Southwest apartment fire suspicious in origin

    A recent fire in a vacant southwest apartment caused no injuries but is being investigated as suspicious in origin, a Bakersfield Fire Department battalion chief said Sunday.

  7. $5,000 loss, no injuries in Tehachapi garage fire

    A garage fire in Tehachapi Saturday night didn't injure anyone but caused an estimated $5,000 damage to a single-family house.

  8. Live wrestling blog: Central Section Masters, championship finals

    106: Isaiah Perez, Dinuba, pin Ethan Leake, Buchanan, 5:25
    113: Justin Mejia, Clovis, maj. dec. Javier Alaniz, Clovis West, 11-2
    120: Durbin Lloren, Buchanan, dec. Chris Deloza, Clovis North, 5-0
    126: JJ Figueroa, Bakersfield, dec. Fern Perez, Foothill, 4-0
    132: Greg Gaxiola, Buchanan, dec. Brandon Martino, Clovis, 3-0
    138: Ruben Garcia, Selma, inj def. Khristian Olivas, Clovis
    145: Jared Hill, Clovis, inj. def. Conner Francis, Buchanan
    152: Joseph Jauergui, Clovis East, dec. Abner Romero, Buchanan, 6-4
    160: Dominic Kincaid, Clovis, pin Sam Loera, Bakersfield, 1:18
    170: Josh Hokit, Clovis, dec. Michael Wright, Dinuba, 6-2
    182: AJ Nevills, Clovis, dec. Julio Fuentes, Golden Valley, 8-4
    195: Austin Flores, Clovis North, dec. Adam Prentice, Clovis, 3-2
    220: Seth Nevills, Clovis, pin Bevan Brandt, Bullard, 2:56
    HWT: Hexton Coronado, Clovis, pin Casey Jones, Sierra, 3:49

  9. Man killed on Kern Canyon Road

    A motorist was killed Friday afternoon after traveling into oncoming traffic on Kern Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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    Job agency struggles to reach oil workers before they're laid off

    Layoffs are never easy. But when they become unavoidable, employers can take simple steps to make sure their laid-off workers at least know about taxpayer-funded services designed to help them find a new job.

  11. Three arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

    Three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy and firearm charges Friday night, and a fourth suspect has not yet been identified.

  12. CEK prepwrestling_0223_05.JPG

    Live wrestling blog: Central Section Masters

    UPDATED, 5:51 p.m.: Here are the rest of the placewinners. Finals look like they're going to start around, oh, maybe 6:15. Zak Levatino of Buchanan, champion last week at Yosemite Division, fell to 10th place at heavyweight, but that's what's great about wrestling's postseason. Next week, he might come back and be in the state final. Who knows?
    I'll start a new thread for finals and post the link on Twitter and The California Wrestler. Be back shortly.

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    VIDEO: South boys soccer wins D-II section title

    Jefferson Escobar and Denis Rivas score first half goals to lift South boys soccer to the Central Section Division II championship.

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