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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.

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. Police: Rape, arson suspect had tried drowning victim in bath tub

    Monday, Mar 30 2015 06:32 PM

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and setting her house on fire had also tried drowning her and had covered her in flammable liquid, police said Monday.

    The suspect, 22-year-old Adrian Hernandez, was shot and killed by police following a chase Friday night.

    Police said detectives learned that Hernandez tried to drown the victim in an upstairs bath tub after raping her. He was unsuccessful, and then bound her hands and doused her with a flammable liquid.

    Hernandez dragged the woman downstairs and she was able to free herself and escape the house in the 10000 block of Tungsten Street, police said. She and Hernandez had been roommates.

    Detectives recovered a medium- to-large-framed BB pistol similar in appearance to a handgun from Hernandez at the scene of the shooting in the 4000 block of Union Avenue.

  2. Man rescued in trench collapse

    Firefighters rescued a man who became trapped following a trench collapse Monday morning.

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    Big week for high school baseball in tournaments around the state, Nevada

    There are no days at the beach for Kern County baseball teams during spring break.
    In tournaments spread out from Sacramento to Las Vegas and Fresno, there is plenty of action to go around.
    Centennial, which is a candidate to unseat Clovis-Buchanan as the top-ranked team in the BVarsity Central Section top 10, is one of two local baseball teams playing in the Las Vegas-Durango Blazer Spring Bash.
    Centennial (13-1) has won six consecutive games since a 1-0 loss to No. 6 Fresno-Bullard is the lone lone for the Golden Hawks, which is 4-0 after the first two weeks of Southwest Yosemite League play.
    “We are hoping to continue to improve and come back to league better than when we left,” Centennial coach Dan Durham said. “I’m just looking forward to playing a few more games and to improve.”
    Centennial will play Carson of Nevada today at 2 p.m. and will play two games on Tuesday.
    Independence, under second-year coach Chad Shelton, is 9-3 and tied with Golden Valley for second place in the South Yosemite League at 3-2. 
    The Falcons, led by sophomore pitcher Kevin Larsen (2-1, 0.74 ERA) and senior Conner Schooler is hitting .500 (21-42) with a team-high 19 RBIs and as a 0.00 ERA in, playing Reno-Demonte Ranch today at 9 a.m.
    “We have been going to this tournament for three years,” Shelton said. “It’s a good experience and fun time. 
    Liberty and Stockdale head up to Sacramento to play in the Boras Baseball Classic. 
    Luke Andrews in his last two starts for Liberty has struck out 26 batters including 15 against Garces in a complete game win and shutout Bakersfield and allowed two hits and walked none in a 7-0 win. The Patriots play Pacific Grove at 4 p.m. and Stockdale will San Jose-Archbishop Mitty at 4 and either Clovis West or El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge at 7.
    The largest field of Kern County teams at a tournament is at the Fresno Easter Classic starting today.
    Garces, Golden Valley, North, Frontier, Tehachapi, Foothill and Taft all play today at different venues in Fresno and Clovis.
    Tehachapi and North will face off at 1 p.m. at Clovis East. 
    The Warriors (9-3, 4-1) are first in the SYL behind solid pitching from Cade Temple (4-1, 0.00 ERA) and Ryan Hanzel (3-1 0.78 ERA) and at the plate from Sagun Gainey (.465 avg.), who hit for the cycle against West on Wednesday.
    Bakersfield, Bakersfield Christian, Delano, Ridgeview, South and West are in the Pro-PT Tulare/Visalia Invitational that began on Saturday. 
    Full list of games today:

    Pro-PT Tulare/Visalia Invitational

  4. Law enforcement teams capture Seattle murder suspect in Taft

    Kern County Sheriff's SWAT team members captured an Arizona man wanted on homicide charges in Washington state following a day-long stand off Saturday in Taft.

  5. Bakersfield firefighters douse attic fire

    Bakersfield Fire Department firefighters knocked down an early-morning attic fire in a central Bakersfield home Sunday.

  6. Man rescued from house fire arrested for arson

    Bakersfield Fire Department crews were called to 805 Casino Street in southeast Bakersfield 3:59 p.m. Sunday to reports of a fire.

  7. Man dies in east Bakersfield, vehicles heard fleeing the area

    Kern County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a man's suspicious death in east Bakersfield that occured Saturday night.

  8. Man dies in hail of gunfire Sunday morning

    An early-morning shooting Sunday on Quincy Street in east Bakersfield left a man dead.

  9. Firefighters face tough blaze in commercial building

    A fire in a vacant commercial structure on Union Avenue presented a challenge to Bakersfield Fire Department crews Saturday afternoon.

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    VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video

    A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day. The man died at the scene and was later idendified as Adrian Hernandez, who police say raped a woman and set fire to a home in southwest Bakersfield.

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    Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night.

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    Panama-Buena Vista teachers OK 7 percent raise

    Teachers in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District approved a tentative agreement Thursday that would, if approved by the school board, mean a 4 percent raise next school year and a 3 percent raise the following year.

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    Attorney: There may be more victims of guards accused of sexual assault at Juvenile Hall

    An attorney who filed claims against Kern County this week on behalf of two girls allegedly sexually assaulted by correctional officers at Juvenile Hall says he knows of a third victim -- and there may be even more.

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