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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

  1. Forest fire near Frazier Mountain held

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Sunday, Sep 14 2014 05:17 PM

    A fire broke out around 2 p.m. Saturday in the Los Padres National Forest near Frazier Mountain and grew to around a half-acre, according to Andrew Madsen, an LPNF spokesman.

    A group of about 50 U.S. Forest Service firefighters were able get a handle of the blaze by late afternoon, however, with the help of air tankers.

    The fire, which was burning in a remote area near the border of Kern and Ventura counties, was expected to be fully contained Saturday evening, Madsen said.

    Its cause remains unknown.

    -- The Californian

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    High-risk sex offender located, arrested

    California City Police Department officers arrested a high-risk sex offender Saturday evening, hours after the Bakersfield Police Department announced he was wanted for failing to check in with his parole officer after being released from prison.

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    Campbell's 33-yard field goal seals BC victory

    Bakersfield College's Parker Campbell boots a 33-yard field goal to help seals the Renegades 44-35 victory over the visiting Golden West Rustlers.

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    Johnson's TD catch gives BC the lead, 41-35

    Bakersfield College quarterback Tarek Yaeggi tosses a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Johnson that gave the lead back to the Renegades in the third quarter.

  5. Vickers TD catch cuts Golden West lead, 35-34

    With a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tarek Yaeggi, Derrick Vickers helps cut Golden West's lead to 35-34

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    Police seek missing at-risk teen girl

    The Bakersfield Police Department needs the public's help finding Monica Romero, 13, who is missing and considered at-risk because of her young age.

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    With Golden West rallying, Dom Frasch electrifies BC crowd

    After a 20-0 start, Bakersfield College was on its heels in the second quarter as visiting Golden West rallied to cut the Renegades' lead to 20-14. Dom Frasch, however, would electrify the crowd with this sensational 99-yard kick return for a touchdown.

  8. BC's Xavier Williams TD run, 20-0

    Against Golden West, Bakersfield College's Xavier Williams punches in a 5-yard TD run for the Renegades, which extended their lead to 20-0 over the visiting Rustlers.

  9. Triton Douglas TD run for Renegades, 14-0

    Bakersfield College's Triton Douglas caps a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, which helped boost the Renegades lead to 14-0 over visiting Golden West.

  10. Derrick Vickers scores BC first TD of the season

    With a little 15-yard pass from quarterback Tarek Yaeggie, Bakersfield College's Derrick Vickers scores the Renegades first touchdown of the season in the first quater against visitng Golden West.

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    Oil companies square off over sinkhole death

    Neighboring oil producers in Kern County's prolific Midway-Sunset Oil Field are waging a court battle over whose steam injections may have created the sinkhole that swallowed a 54-year-old grandfather on the first day of summer 2011.

  12. Taft man arrested for alleged hate crime

    The Taft Police Department arrested a man on suspicion of committing a religious hate crime after it was asked to look into an act of vandalism Friday.

  13. Father allegedly turns deputy's stun gun against him during arrest

    A father accused of domestic violence was arrested at a Bakersfield motel Saturday morning as he was trying to evade efforts to take his 1-year-old into protective custody, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Daily Deal!

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