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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.

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. Woman who injured fiance's child sentenced to six years

    Friday, Dec 19 2014 05:59 PM

    A woman who pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse in connection with harming her fiance's 2-year-old child was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday.

    Ashlynn Westbrook, then 18, was arrested in August after the child's mother noticed bruising, scratches and multiple bit marks on the boy after he returned from a visit with his father and Westbrook.

  2. Bakersfield woman who died in traffic accident is identified

    The woman who died in a Tuesday accident has been identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Lopez.

  3. Boy, 16, accused of indecent exposure at Plantation Elementary

    Bakersfield police arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday who was found with his pants down in front of a computer at Plantation Elementary School.

  4. Missing person located

    Karen Ortiz, who was reported missing Thursday, has been located, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

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    Fire season ends, but vigilance still urged

    Kern County's mountain areas will be able to transition out of fire season Friday thanks to recent rains and cooler temperatures, but residents still need to be vigilant and prevent sparking blazes, the Kern County Fire Department said Thursday.

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    Deputies seek missing person

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing person.

  7. Police seek Tuesday bicycle thief

    Bakersfield police are searching for the man wanted for stealing a bicycle Tuesday morning.

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    Taft elementary schools superintendent resigns

    Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant resigned his post after pleading no contest to two counts of driving under the influence.

  9. CSUB basketball: Rough start to season for WAC teams

    Cal State Bakersfield begins a three-game tournament at Utah State on Thursday. At 1-8, the Roadrunners need a win in one of those games to avoid the worst start of a season in the program's history.

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    Man killed in shooting Wednesday identified

    The man shot and killed in southwest Bakersfield on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 37-year-old John Cooper.

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    Three men indicted after law enforcement finds 12 pounds heroin

    A grand jury indicted three men Thursday who were reportedly found in possession of 12 pounds of heroin.

  12. Central Bakersfield fire causes $50,000 in damage to home

    A house fire in central Bakersfield left one home with $50,000 in damage Wednesday evening.

  13. Cause of Gage Street fire considered suspicious

    Bakersfield fire crews responded to a Wednesday evening blaze that resulted in $35,000 in damage to a single-story home.

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