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.

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


    New reports target fracking

    A pair of studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking, with one claiming oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other saying minority neighborhoods in areas including Kern County could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique.

  2. Red Cross to host fire safety seminar Saturday

    The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is giving away free smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and surge protectors Saturday in an effort to promote fire safety.

  3. Dead inmate identified

    The Kern County inmate who died Sunday has been identified as 50-year-old Reginald Glenn Hill.

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    Oil industry huddles on ways to sway public opinion

    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.

  5. 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.

  8. 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.

  11. Pedestrian killed Oct. 4 in Oildale identified

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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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