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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

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    Police seek man in surveillance cameras theft

    Bakersfield police are seeking a man they say committed grand theft in the southwest.

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    Ryan Reed wins at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—With a spectacular last-lap move to the inside, not to mention a timely shove from Roush Fenway Raceway teammate Chris Buescher, Bakersfield's Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday’s Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

  3. Bicyclist struck Feb. 7 has died of injuries

    A 60-year-old Bakersfield man struck by a vehicle Feb. 7 in the southwest has died of his injuries, according to a news release Saturday from the Kern County Coroner's Office

  4. Body near Lamont identified as Bakersfield man

    A man whose body was found Friday morning in an orange grove north of Lamont has been identified as 32-year-old Jaime Puente of Bakersfield, according to a news release from the Kern County Coroner's Office.


    Live wrestling blog: Yosemite Divisional, Championship finals

    106: Ethan Leake, Buch, dec. Izzak Olejnik, Bak, 8-4
    113: Justin Mejia, Clov, dec. David Campbell, MO, 3-1
    120: Durbin Lloren, Buch, dec. Navonte Demison, Bak, 3-1
    126: JJ Figueroa, Bak, dec. Elijah Ozuna, Fron, 3-1
    132: Jaden Enriquez, MO, dec. Aaron Mora, CW, 2-1, 2OT
    138: Khristian Olivas, Clov, maj. dec. Dean Esquibel, Buch, 17-4
    145: Jared Hill, Clov, dec. Conner Francis, Buch, 5-3 OT
    152: Abner Romero, Buch, dec. Isaiah Hokit, Clov, 3-1
    160: Dominic Kincaid, Clov, dec. Sam Loera, Bak, 7-2
    170: Josh Hokit, Clov, dec. Cade Belshay, Buch, 3-2
    182: AJ Nevills, Clov, pins Erick Moreno, Sunny, 0:41
    195: Austin Flores, CN, dec. Adam Prentice, Clov, 5-3
    220: Seth Nevills, Clov, dec. Jaccob Lopez, RV, 10-4
    HWT: Zak Levatino, Buch, dec. Hexton Coronado, Clov, 5-2, 2OT


    Bakersfield teachers want more pay: What do they earn now?

    Scores of teachers, dressed in their union color, red, have for months been flooding the monthly Bakersfield City School District board meetings.


    UPDATE: Central Section basketball playoff seedings

    5:25 p.m. - We will have a fun look at the playoffs in tomorrow's edition of The Californian, but at this moment, the feeling around the basketball community is there was a serious mistake made in the Division I boys brackets.

  8. Officials keep mood light in groundwater spat

    The city of Bakersfield wants the Kern County Water Agency to delay connecting what would be its 42nd well in the west and pumping groundwater out, until California's historic drought eases.

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    Live wrestling blog: Yosemite Divisional, Day 2

    UPDATED, 4:22 p.m.: Here are team scores headed into the finals. It's not completely over, mostly because Buchanan and Clovis have five head-to-head meetings in the finals, but the Bears probably need to win at least four of those and then hope for help elsewhere to catch Clovis, which has 10 finalists.

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    BPD: Man cashes fraudulent payroll check

    Police are trying to identify and find a man who they say cashed a fraudulent payroll check at the Bank of America branch at 2700 Ming Ave. on Jan. 5.


    DUI/ license checkpoint to be held Saturday

    The Kern Avoid DUI Task Force will conduct a DUI/ driver's license checkpoint in an undisclosed area of greater Bakersfield on Saturday.

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    Hay fire expected to smolder two to four days

    A large stack of hay that caught fire Thursday evening is expected to smolder and produce smoke for the next two to four days.

  13. Taft man accused of kidnapping, attempted rape

    A Taft man is accused of kidnapping and attempting to rape an ex-girlfriend.

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