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.

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. Kern firefighters attend crude oil safety training

    Eight firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department participated earlier this month in a Union Pacific Railroad training course on crude-by-rail safety.

  2. DA's Victim Services Unit helps 1,800 people

    The Victims Services Unit of the Kern County District Attorney's Office has provided services to more than 1,800 crime victims since Jan. 6.

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    Gunfire exchanged Tuesday at Union, 4th

    No one was injured Tuesday afternoon after gunfire was exchanged near the intersection of 4th Street and Union Avenue.

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    Death of prisoner due to heart disease

    The death of a 48-year-old Wasco State Prison inmate on Friday was due to heart disease, an autopsy determined.

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    BC football fans return to former seats

    Sandi Taylor, Bakersfield College's interim athletic director, said that the home side of Memorial Stadium for BC football games will return to the stadium's north side.


    Realtor, 'Sizzlin Single' to make bail following Tuesday hearing

    The parents of a Realtor accused of renting out vacant properties she didn't represent are putting up the collateral to secure their daughter's release from jail.

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    Early look at Centennial football

    This time last summer, Kevin Sneed wasn’t feeling well. Lethargic and not with the same pep in his step that he’s used heading into the football campaign, he soon was given news no one wants to hear - he had throat cancer.

  8. People in Monday I-5 crash identified

    Police have identified the people involved in the Monday crash of a big rig on Interstate 5 north of Highway 99 that closed portions of the connector for more than two hours.

  9. Verizon service restored in Taft, McFarland, Glennville

    Verizon customers with landline phones in Taft, McFarland and Glennville were without phone service Tuesday for several -- including 911 service -- and the Kern County Sheriff's Office had to handle all emergency and nonemergency calls for the McFarland Police Department.

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    Truck runs onto sidewalk, kills pedestrian

    Bakersfield resident Jesus Apolinar Rios-Gallegos was possibly out for a walk or a jog in southwest Bakersfield when he was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a truck that ran onto a sidewalk.

  11. Police warn public about scams

    Bakersfield police have been receiving numerous calls regarding a variety of scams and are urging the public to be careful.

  12. Marijuana operation results in 46-month sentence

    Jose Luis Garcia Villa, 22, of Michoacán, Mexico, has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a toxic marijuana cultivation operation in the Sequoia National Forest.

  13. Arvin man pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns

    Federico Garcia Garcia, 45, of Arvin, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of filing false claims with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in connection with a scheme to obtain tax refunds. Daily Deal!

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