Staff Blogs


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

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    THE GRADE: Discipline program praised, criticized; more on scholarship offerings

    IS GREENFIELD'S PBIS WORKING? Six teenagers, laughing and talking (but mostly laughing), stood along the outskirts of an enclosed field Wednesday at Greenfield Middle School.

  2. Police searching for suspects in robberies, shooting

    Bakersfield police launched a manhunt throughout the city Wednesday for several suspects in two robberies and a shooting all believed to be related.

  3. Two killed on Highway 99 at Olive

    Two Bakersfield residents were killed in a car crash on northbound Highway 99 at Olive Drive Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

  4. Residents report other local beaver deaths

    The deaths of two other rodents on local roadways in the past week continue to cast doubt on whether the animal found dead early Tuesday on Mohawk Street was in fact the city's famed bike path beaver.

  5. VIDEO: Anthony Smith game-winning goal lift Liberty

    Liberty sophomore Anthony Smith takes a Ben Davis pass off the chest and into the back of the net for a game-winning goal with eight minutes left to advance the Patriots to the Division I boys soccer finals after beating Fresno-Central 2-1. 

  6. Former correctional officer sentenced to 30 months in prison for smuggling contraband

    A former correctional officer at the Taft Federal Correctional Facility was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday for conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison.


    Big night of playoffs, what to expect

    There are 26 playoff games that will have 32 local teams playing tonight in boys and girls soccer and the opening round of girls basketball playoffs.

  8. Teen arrested in connection with shooting that injured 13-year-old

    A teen gang member who allegedly injured a 13-year-old after firing a shot into a bucket was arrested Monday evening after his family found him walking the streets and brought him home.

  9. Fireworks bring a boom to Supervisor's meeting

    Some fireworks have gone off, at the last minute, around the proposed Kern County ban on two types of fireworks that are legal in California.

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    Talk of oil prices leads to regulatory discussion

    A Monday meeting promoted as a discussion of how low oil prices affect the local economy turned into a rallying cry against new and proposed oil regulations.

  11. Suspect arrested in connection with Bakersfield bank robbery

    A suspected bank robber who turned himself in to California Highway Patrol officers for robbing a bank in Rocklin is also believed to have robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Bakersfield.

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    Suspect wanted on suspicion of forgery, identify theft

    A suspect is wanted on suspicion of forgery and identity theft for using someone else's credit card at the Vape Zone store on Ming Avenue.

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    Suspect wanted for fraudulent use of credit card

    A woman fraudulently used a credit card to purchase items at the Kohl's on Rosedale Highway.

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