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Where Bakersfield and the web collide.


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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.

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

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    Week 9 Kern County Scoreboard

    BY TREVOR HORN The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Oct 30 2014 11:26 PM

    Once again, we have three games tonight broadcasted live at

    Bakersfield at Stockdale - Adam Resendez
    Centennial at Liberty - Louis Amestoy and Trevor Horn
    Tehachapi at Ridgeview - Zach Ewing and Justin Roberts

    You can also tune into the BVarsity Game Night, where Vance Palm will take you around all three games and also check in with our reporters throughout the county. That starts at 7 p.m.

    Then, from 11 till midnight, it's BVarsity Postgame, where slap-happy and exhausted reporter, editors and broadcasters go round-table style on all of tonight's happenings and what they mean. You can also feel free to call in at 661-395-7386.

    It's all on tonight.

  2. Juvenile corrections officer arrested for alleged sexual assault of detainee

    Bakersfield police arrested a juvenile corrections officer Thursday who is accused of sexually assaulting a Kern County Juvenile Hall detainee Sept. 30.

  3. Police: Man admitted to killing person whose body was found in recycling bin

    The man charged with the murder of 34-year-old Efren Ramon Estrada and dumping his body in a recycling bin told investigators he killed Estrada after confronting him over a perceived threat from a month before, according to court filings.

  4. Gang member sentenced to life without parole for murder, attempted murder

    A gang member convicted of murder and attempted murder in two separate shootings in February 2013 was sentenced Thursday to life without the possibility of parole.


    DA's office gets grant for DUI prosecution

    The Kern County District Attorney's Office recently received a grant for $425,889 for the prosecution of crimes related to driving under the influence.

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    Nobody beats the Wiz on Condors Puffy Shirt night

    The Puffy Shirt nameplate lottery took place Thursday morning in Rababank Arena where Condors players picked the Seinfield character name they wanted to be for the special night on Nov. 16. 

  7. Man arrested on suspicion of seven child sex crimes

    A 47-year-old Shafter man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of molesting two girls.


    Former Condors coach Mann gains U.S. citizenship

    Former Condors coach Troy Mann is now a U.S. citizen. The Campbellton, New Brunswick native has worked in the U.S under a green card since 2005 and passed his citizenship test on Tuesday. Nice write-up on, incuding some good quips by former Condors assistant coach Ryan Murphy, who now serves in that capacity to Mann in Hershey.

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    Zach Ewing's Week 9 previews and predictions

    It's one of those lovely weeks of the year when sports intersect. Baseball is ending (probably has ended by the time I'm done writing this), hockey season is young, a new basketball season has just been born.

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    County defeats Chevron in landmark tax case

    Kern County scored an important court victory against Chevron USA Inc. this week in a landmark property tax case that had threatened a key source of local government funding.

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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    GARDEN GROWS GOLDEN BELL: The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will receive a Golden Bell award in large part for a school garden created at Buena Vista Elementary School, the district announced in a news release Tuesday.

  12. Deputies searching for suspect in mail, card theft

    Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for a man suspected of breaking into mailboxes in Lamont and using a stolen ATM card to make withdrawals.

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    Statiscally speaking: local volleyballers part of block party

    According to stats compiled by MaxPreps, local volleyball players are racking up blocks at a state-high level.

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