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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


    DUI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

    A DUI checkpoint will be held Saturday in the Bakersfield area in an effort to help prevent DUI-related crashes.

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    McKeown steps down as Independence football coach

    Sean McKeown has stepped down as the head football coach at Independence and accepted a teaching position at Bakersfield High and will become an assistant coach for the Drillers.

  3. East, West forced to forfeit next SYL games after bench-clearing fight

    As a result of a bench-clearing fight between the East and West boys basketball teams during the South Yosemite League opener Wednesday night at East High, both teams are forced to foreit the next game for each. 

  4. One-car crash on Hwy 46 seriously injures Bakersfield man

    A single-car accident Wednesday afternoon on Highway 46 seriously injured the driver and forced the closure of the road for about 90 minutes.

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    How does Bakersfield Brontos sound?

    I tried my best to ignore this nickname, but Condors broadcaster Ryan Holt just won’t let it go.

  6. Tehachapi beats Independence

    Video highlights: Tehachapi beats Independence 78-67 in SYL opener

    Tehachapi beat Independence in a wild 78-67 win over Indepedence in the South Yosemite League boys basketball opener. Jonny Saavedra led the Warriors with 28 and Isaiah Johnson had 26. 

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    THE GRADE: Eighth-grader and published author

    GOOD KNIGHTS: Isaac Bowers, 14, plays football every day. He's been playing the sport for seven years and earning straight A's in the meantime.


    Basketball league preview: SYL, boys and girls

    During the non-league slate of the schedule this winter, the South Yosemite League proved to be no second-fiddle to the Southwest Yosemite League this season in boys basketball. Ridgeview, West and Tehachapi all posted quality wins over larger programs and showed all three have a chance to make deep runs in the Central Section playoffs. 

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    Suspicious man enters home near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

    A man entered an unlocked residence Tuesday morning and spoke to a female inside as if they knew each other, placing his arms around her waist.

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    Motorist killed in head-on collision

    A motorist died Tuesday evening after crossing over a raised center median on Weedpatch Highway and colliding head-on with a big rig.

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    Video Highlights: Centennial girls beat Stockdale 55-33 in SWYL opener

    Mallory Dawson led Centennial with 17 points as the Golden Hawks open up Southwest Yosemite League action with 55-33 win over Stockdale.

  12. Kern oil producer partners on field wastewater treatment project

    A local demonstration project announced Tuesday would treat up to 136,500 gallons per day of oil field wastewater for reuse in agriculture and steam-based well stimulation.


    Area League Previews, SWYL openers tonight

    Note: We will have league previews of South Yosemite League and Southeast Yosemite League tomorrow. 

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