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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.

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. Oil industry huddles on ways to sway public opinion

    BY JOHN COX The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 07:27 PM

    Still stinging from last year's passage of California's first fracking law, petroleum industry representatives in Bakersfield Tuesday shared ideas for swaying public opinion to head off regulatory activity they warned could kill jobs, raise gas prices and increase reliance on foreign oil.

    The six-hour West Coast Industry Summit looked at various challenges -- tighter clean air and groundwater protections, constraints on well stimulation activity, greater scrutiny of oil shipments by train -- and concluded more effort was needed to counter the growing influence of environmental activists.

    It was the latest of several industry conferences highlighting the need to play more offense, but Tuesday's event focused more than others on strategies for winning over voters and lawmakers.

    Participants including four state legislators representing parts of Kern County urged greater use of social media, oil field tours, targeted philanthropy and focus groups to spread the message that oil companies are not the environmentally destructive forces they are often portrayed as.

    Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, asked industry players to step up or risk another law like 2013's Senate Bill 4, the only state law specifically regulating fracking, the controversial well stimulation technique also known as hydraulic fracturing.

  2. Probation officials conducting internal investigation regarding allegations against correctional officer

    Kern County Probation officials are cooperating with Bakersfield police and conducting their own internal administrative investigation regarding allegations a correctional officer sexually assaulted a teen girl at Juvenile Hall.

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    Rabobank on Gosford Road robbed Tuesday

    A Rabobank on Gosford Road was robbed at noon Tuesday.

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    Suspects abscond with Valero Corner Store stogies

    Sigmund Freud is alleged to have famously said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  5. Ridgecrest man convicted of felony child abuse with son

    A Ridgecrest man was convicted Tuesday in Superior Court of felony child abuse in a case involving his 2-year-old son.

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    Central Section football rankings, Week 8 (expanded)

    After a wild Friday night in which No. 1 Edison was knocked off at home, 15-14 by Sanger, and No. 2 Bakersfield needed a fourth-quarter rally to survive Frontier's upset bid, it was easy to expect upheaval in the BVarsity Central Section rankings. In fact, you can make a legitimate case for six different teams to be ranked No. 1 in the section.

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    Taft Union High civil trial set for next year

    A trial date has been set for next year in a civil suit tied to the Taft Union High School shooting that left a student critically injured last year.

  8. Pedestrian killed Oct. 4 in Oildale identified

    The coroner's office Tuesday identified a pedestrian who was killed earlier this month in Oildale.

  9. Family escapes house fire thanks to smoke alarms

    Smoke alarms are credited with waking a family on Kentucky Street early Tuesday morning allowing it to escape a house fire.

  10. Coroner IDs pedestrian struck by 2 trucks Friday

    A pedestrian struck by two trucks Friday morning in southwest Bakersfield and who died Sunday has been identifed as 31-year-old Pablo Antonio Metta.

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    Police seek 2 in theft from Smart & Final on Golden State Avenue

    Bakersfield police are searching for two suspects in connection with an Oct. 7 burglary at the Smart & Final store on Golden State Avenue.

  12. Illness sweeps through Condors

    It started with Josh Currie falling ill right before the home game on Saturday night against the Stockton Thunder and by Tuesday only a handful of Condors were able to hit the ice for practice.

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    5 plays that kept BC rolling against Moorpark

    With a five touchdown catch performance from Derrik Vickers, Bakersfield College got a dramatic win against Moorpark College. However, there were plent of important plays throughout the night. In fact, here's five we thought were key to the win.

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