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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


    Supervisors approve new domestic violence program

    The deal went through without a hitch -- this time.

  2. Sandbags to fight flooding available at fire department stations

    Kern County residents concerned about flooding may pick up free sandbags at several local fire stations.

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    Cargo train derails early Tuesday

    Ten train cars derailed outside Tehachapi early Tuesday as the train traveled south from Brooklyn, Ore. to Los Angeles.

  4. Attorneys in Oliver trial to address jury about charges

    Attorneys at the request of jurors Tuesday morning in the Bryan Oliver trial will argue the difference between attempted murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

  5. Watsonville man wanted on murder charge arrested in Bakersfield

    A man wanted in connection with a double murder in Watsonville was arrested Monday in southwest Bakersfield.

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    Oliver trial: Jury can't reach verdict; judge declares mistrial

    Jurors in the Bryan Oliver school shooting trial were unable to reach a verdict Tuesday, resulting in Kern County Superior Court Judge John Lua declaring a mistrial. A retrial is scheduled for Jan. 26. Californian reporter Jason Kotowski was at the courthouse today covering the proceedings.

  7. Diversion program up for review at Supervisors' meet

    Supervisors will take up the domestic violence diversion program this morning - and a host of other items now and at 2 p.m. There's a lot of stuff that looks pretty routine that isn't on the consent agenda so we may see some surprises today.

  8. DMV cautions new driver license applicants to avoid scams

    New driver license applicants should be aware of scams alleging to expediate applications.

  9. The tip that he wasn't a U.S. Marshal was ...

    A man armed with a rifle who was stopping traffic Sunday night at 17th and K streets claiming to be a federal marshal was arrested, but only after Bakersfield police coaxed him down from the sixth floor of construction scaffolding at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools building.

  10. Electrical short causes SE Bakersfield apartment fire

    An electrical short Monday morning in a southeast Bakersfield apartment caused $25,000 damage but no injuries.

  11. Buttonwillow traffic stop takes down Canadian coke conspiracy

    A traffic stop a year ago in the Buttonwillow area led to a Canadian's guilty plea Monday in federal court for conspiracy to distribute and possess to distribute cocaine.

  12. Head of Bakersfield meth distribution network pleads guilty

    A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

  13. Bakersfield man, 33, pleads guilty to being a felon with a firearm

    A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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