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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.

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. 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.

  4. Pedestrian killed Oct. 4 in Oildale identified

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  8. 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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    ICYMI: Complete game video from Moorpark Game

    After beating Citrus College on Oct. 11, Bakersfield College would need to win on the road again but this time they faced the potent offense of Moorpark College. After a slow start, Bakersfield pulled itself together and won a dramatic 50-47 shootout against the host Raiders. Here's the complete video footage, including pregame and postgame shows, from Saturday's game.

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    Girls tennis: BCHS, Independence get top seeds; Stockdale local hope in D-I

    If Kern County is going to win a Central Section girls tennis team title in Division I, it's almost certainly going to have to be the Stockdale Mustangs — again — who deliver it.

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    Men charged for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into prison

    Two brothers faced federal charges Monday for schemeing to smuggle drugs into prison.

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    Man wanted for suspected indecent exposure

    Police are seeking the man wanted on suspicion of indecent exposure in southwest Bakersfield on Oct. 12.

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