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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. Burglary suspect found hiding underneath desk in bank offices

    Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 06:10 PM

    A burglary suspect was caught hiding under a desk on the second floor of a bank on California Avenue early Tuesday morning.

    Norberto Lopez Jr., 35, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property, Bakersfield police said.

    Officers responded at 2:04 a.m. to the Valley Republic Bank administration offices at 5000 California Ave. for a burglar alarm. Police found a smashed window on the second floor of the business, and then found Lopez under a desk.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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    Three arrested in connection with residential burglaries

    A mail carrier who heard an alarm and saw two men run from a residence to a car was able to get a license plate number and description of the vehicle, information that helped police make an arrest.

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    Farmer faces up to 30 years in prison following convictions

    FRESNO — Even as some of her loved ones came apart emotionally, the former office manager for the defunct Bakersfield real estate firm Crisp & Cole remained outwardly calm here in U.S. District Court as she listened to the jury's stunning verdict Tuesday.

  4. Police to conduct traffic checkpoint Saturday

    Bakersfield police will conduct a checkpoint Saturday searching for drivers who are under the influence and those without valid driver's licenses.

  5. Deputies find $14,761 cash, and 3.15 ounces of suspected meth

    Kern County sheriff's deputies found $14,761 cash and 3.15 ounces of suspected methamphetamine inside a Taft home Tuesday.

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    Photographed animal is just a bobcat, biologist says

    Any livestock in west Bakersfield can heave a sigh of relief.

  7. Woman left with stitches inside her mouth after fight, deputies say

    A 47-year-old woman was left with stitches to the inside of her mouth, a possible concussion and bruising after a Saturday domestic fight, authorities said.

  8. Man arrested on suspicion of meth following report of argument

    A 34-year-old Taft man was arrested Saturday after police said they found him in possession of 1.6 grams of methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe.

  9. Driver in alleged DUI that hit a bystander was former police officer

    The man accused of driving onto a center median, running through two red lights, jumping a curb and driving into a Shell gas station parking lot -- seriously hurting a woman -- while drunk was a former Bakersfield police officer.

  10. Restaurant manager allegedly staged Carl's Jr. robbery

    Investigators solved a burglary allegedly hatched by a Carl's Jr. manager and a buddy in about as much time as it takes to serve a Western Bacon Thickburger.

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    Man injured in quad accident

    A 29-yerar-old man suffered major head injuries Monday night after he was thrown from his quad after hitting a rock as he was riding in a field about 1/4 mile east of Cottonwood Road at the end of East Planz Road in south Bakersfield.

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    A conversation with Garces football coach Tim Antongiovanni

    A couple of weeks ago, I transcribed a conversation I had with new Stockdale football coach Brett Shelton on his attitude about taking the job, the challenge that lay ahead and his plans.

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    Gang homicides are down, but violence continues

    The number of gang-related homicides and shootings was down during the first three months of this year compared to the same time last year, although a recent spate of violence has erased much of that positive trend, a Bakersfield police official said Monday. Daily Deal!

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