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Where Bakersfield and the web collide.


News and information about what's new and what's happening on

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. Man dies after crashing into tree along Highway 99

    Saturday, Apr 25 2015 05:06 PM

    A Bakersfield man died Friday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a tree along northbound Highway 99.

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday that the man, 41-year-old Luis Antonio Mercado, died at 3:47 p.m. at the scene of the accident north of Bear Mountain Boulevard.

  2. KCFD: Fire alarm saves Rosamond family

    Firefighters credited a residential fire alarm for saving the lives of people whose Rosamond home caught fire early Saturday.

  3. Lake Isabella assault leaves man critically injured

    A Lake Isabella man suffered major injuries Friday night during an assault possibly committed by his younger roommate, the Kern County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday.

  4. Owner of Wasco pistachio plant takes plea in federal money transmittal case

    The owner of a Wasco pistachio processing plant recently reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to settle charges he illegally moved money between Iran and the United States, sometimes using a Swiss bank account he failed to tell the IRS about.

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    Person of interest sought in connection with burglary

    Police are searching for a man who may have information regarding a burglary that occurred in east Bakersfield.

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    Suspects wanted in connection with residential burglary

    Two suspects are wanted in connection with entering a residence in south Bakersfield and stealing property.


    BCSD board to appoint new board member

    The Bakersfield City School District board will soon appoint a new board member to replace exiting Trustee Bill McDougle.

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    Fire destroys vacant two-story building used by transients

    A vacant two-story building in east Bakersfield with a history of transient use and fires started in it was completely destroyed in a new fire Friday.

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    911 tape released in deaths of Shawn, Diane Carroll

    The Bakersfield Police Department released a 911 tape Friday from the March 10 deaths of Stockdale Estates residents Shawn and Diane Carroll, indicating the deaths of the couple in their 50s are still believed to be a murder-suicide -- but "many questions (are) yet to be answered."

  10. North's Tony Silver reaches baseball milestone

    North High baseball coach Tony Silver won his 500th career game Thursday in the Stars' 9-1 home victory against Foothill. He becomes the sixth baseball coach in the Central Section to reach the milestone, according to section historian Bob Barnett.

  11. Golden Valley gets crucial SYL baseball win over Tehachapi

    Sometimes, just getting a win is good enough to spark a late season push, no matter how ugly it is.

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    Suspect threatened Smart & Final employee

    A man threatened an employee at the Smart & Final store on Stockdale Highway with bodily harm earlier this month.

  13. Pedestrian struck and killed while crossing Highway 99

    A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday evening while crossing Highway 99 south of Highway 155.

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