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. Man pleads guilty after DEA seizes 170 pot plants

    A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday after law enforcement agents found him with 170 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana and $68,173 cash.

  2. Pedestrian who stepped in front of car seriously injured

    A Delano man who stepped in front of a car in the Buttonwillow area early Friday morning suffered major injuries.

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    PHOTO GALLERY: More images from today's earthquake

    From the Los Angeles Times: Ninety to 100 homes in Northern California have been red-tagged — that is, labeled unfit to enter — after a 6.0 earthquake struck near Napa early Sunday, and there have been more than 50 aftershocks, but a large follow-up earthquake is now unlikely, state officials announced.

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    MERCURY NEWS: A 6.0 shaker destroying buildings, causing dozens of injuries and knocking out power

    The biggest San Francisco Bay Area earthquake in a quarter-century rattled the region early Sunday morning, with a 6.0 shaker destroying buildings in Napa County, Calif., causing dozens of injuries and knocking out power to tens of thousands of buildings.

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    Winemakers clean up, assess after Napa quake

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels of ruined wine as a result of Sunday's earthquake.

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    Napa officials say 15-16 building no longer inhabitable

    NAPA -- Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures.

  7. Man killed in motorcycle crash identified

    The Kern County Sheriff's Coroner's office has released the name of a Bakersfield man killed Friday when his motorcycle was hit by another vehicle on Highway 58.

  8. Police searching for teen burglary suspect

    Bakersfield Police Department officers are looking for one of four suspects in a pair of "door-kick" burglaries that took place near Louden Elementary School Saturday morning.

  9. Glennville resident dies in rollover crash

    A Glennville resident died Friday when their vehicle rolled down an embankment about two miles east of the Glennville fire station.

  10. Motorcyclist, 59, dies in crash on Highway 58

    A 59-year-old Bakersfield resident died Friday when their motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.

  11. Five arrested, one stolen vehicle recovered by task force

    A California Highway Patrol task force Thursday recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested five people as part of compliance checks on parolees and people on probation.

  12. Woman falsely claimed lost wallet

    A woman stole money from a lost wallet she falsely claimed as hers at a local convenience store, according to police.

  13. Two suspects at large in theft from CVS store

    Two people are wanted on suspicion of grand theft in connection with stealing merchandise from a CVS store last month. Daily Deal!

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