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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. Officers sweep more than 70 checks on sex offenders

    Thursday, Jan 29 2015 11:43 AM

    More than 70 Kern County sex offenders were surprised with compliance checks Jan. 23 by probation officers, resulting in nine arrests.

    The Kern County Probation Department used about 45 officers in the sweep of offenders who are on felony probation or post release community supervision.

    Officers also seized methamphetamine, heroin and two illegal firearms found during the checks.

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    THE GRADE: It was another 'grand night for music'

    IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR MUSIC: Nearly 800 high school orchestra, band and choir students performed Tuesday in It's a Grand Night for Music, an annual honors music festival at the Rabobank Theater and Convention Bureau.

  3. Two trailer fires in southeast Bakersfield cause $10,000 damage

    Two travel trailers caught fire early Wednesday in southeast Bakersfield, resulting in $10,000 in damages.

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    Man wanted for stealing packages from residential porch

    Police are searching for the man responsible for stealing three UPS Inc. packages off the porch of a southwest Bakersfield home last month.

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    Men wanted for burglarizing La Mina Cantina

    Three men remain wanted by police after forcing entry into the La Mina Cantina restaurant in northwest Bakersfield and stealing cash.

  6. VIDEO: Garces girls beat Liberty 68-28

    Garces moves to 18-1 overall and 3-0 in Southwest Yosemite League play with a 68-28 win over Liberty on Tuesday.

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    Sun World puts focus to grapes

    Bakersfield-based Sun World International LLC announced Monday it will exit the citrus, pepper and strawberry markets to focus more specifically on grapes.

  8. Shoplifting suspect identified

    Police have identified a shoplifting suspect who stole items from a Kmart in the 3600 block of Wilson Road earlier this month.

  9. Suspects rob 'cash for gold' business

    Two men robbed a "cash for gold" business Tuesday afternoon, pistol whipping an employee and prompting a lockdown at a nearby elementary school.

  10. Suspect assaulted woman in southwest Bakersfield park

    A woman was assaulted earlier this month while walking in a southwest Bakersfield park and the suspect remains at large.

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    Suspects brandish knife during CVS robbery

    Two suspects robbed a CVS store and brandished a knife at employees who tried to stop them.


    Business roundup: Valley Republic, business park, Dollar General

    Valley Republic Bank reported earning $2.7 million in 2014, or 78 cents per share, a 32 percent increase over the year before.

  13. Deputy who fatally shot Wasco man identified as Robert Reed

    The Kern County deputy who shot and killed a Wasco man Monday morning has been identified as Senior Deputy Robert Reed.

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