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  • A drone spotted over the Havilah fire temporarily grounded air attack efforts this weekend, fire officials said Sunday. But air operations were OK'd to continue once the airspace was cleared.

    Firefighters battle wildfires on three fronts in Kern

    Sometimes it seems as if all of Kern County is on fire. That sense of foreboding jumped to a sense of urgency early Sunday afternoon for residents along Caliente-Bodfish Road between School Road and Piute Meadows Road, who were informed they were subject to recommended evacuations for the Havilah

  • Sam Lynn ballpark during a recent Bakersfield Blaze home game in Bakersfield.

    EWING: Blaze meant a lot to this town — right?

    Will the last one to leave Sam Lynn Ballpark please turn out the lights? Someone has had to remember to perform that task every time for thousands of California League games, but tonight, there will be new meaning to it: The Bakersfield Blaze plays the Stockton Ports at 7:15 tonight in the final

  • Hogge caps Moshier Classic with victory

    The low groove was the quicker way around the third-mile clay oval at Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday night, but Bobby Hogge IV found just enough bite up high to propel him to victory in the IMCA Modified feature. Hogge was sixth after 25 laps of the split 50-lap feature and said during a 10-

  • Jacob Gaeta with the Blaze players at a Rush kids club event.

    Memories of Blaze and Sam Lynn Ballpark

    As a youth in Arvin around 1955, we were treated to free tickets on a Grocery Night. We crammed into Earl Hallum’s old Plymouth wagon and headed to Bakersfield. The game was more than a sellout due to the free tickets, and the standing-room-only crowd was seated in the outfield rather than standing

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    Two arrested at DUI checkpoint

    Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and 28 drivers were cited for having no driver’s license or driving on a suspended license at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint operated late Saturday night and early Sunday by the Bakersfield Police Department. Five

  • Funeral services for August 29, 2016

    Services pending Mabel Tacket, 93, Bakersfield, Aug. 28. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. TO OUR READERS: The Californian provides free listings of pending services using information supplied by local mortuaries. Services scheduled and the in-depth notices that follow are paid obituaries and

  • Blaze baseball will cease at the end of the season at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield.

    What's next for Sam Lynn?

    When the Bakersfield Blaze leave town for the Carolina League at the end of this baseball season, the team will leave 75-year-old Sam Lynn Ballpark empty. The County of Kern — which owns the park — will need to figure out what to do with it. Sam Lynn is part of the county’s Metropolitan Park

  • Scorekeeper Tim Wheeler worked every Blaze home game for 20 years, starting in 1995, before a cancer surgery this week ended his streak at 1,439 consecutive games.

    COMMENTARY: Longtime Blaze scorekeeper grieves

    The Bakersfield Blaze has long been on life support, and the plug has been officially pulled. With it, death has come to professional affiliated minor league baseball in the City of Bakersfield. When I first began my association with the ball club 22 seasons ago, the comments I heard on a daily

  • Californian community columnist Steve Flores

    STEVE FLORES: Catching summer's last wave

    I am not sure what to make of it. It happened this year on our annual camping trip to the beach with the Wavehogs. In case you missed it in my previous columns, our “Wavehogs” celebrated 31 years of camping together this year. The Wavehogs started 31 years ago when my brother “Big Foot” Ralph and

  • Centennial quarterback Will Alexander looks to throw during Saturday's game at Ventura College against St. Bonaventure.

    WITH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: St. Bonaventure pass game too much for Centennial

    VENTURA — Centennial’s season will not be defined by the first game played in August, but it still was not the way anyone in the program could have imagined. In the final game of a showcase in the Brothers In Arms Classic at Ventura, Centennial fell 45-13 to Ventura-St. Bonaventure in the stadium

  • Gary Dutton (78) races with Chris McKellar during Saturday’s IMCA Northern Sport Mods feature at Bakersfield Speedway.

    Spainhoward wins Sport Mod feature at Moshier Classic

    A wet spot on the track on turn one tuned the tide in the Sport Mod race on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. Water from a crash had not yet dried when the race restarted with two laps to go and it cost Chris McKellar. McKellar, who had led since the start, hit the wet area and got sideways.

  • Frontier quarterback Greg Youngblood busts through a hole as Cabrillo's Jesus Mendoza falls short in his effort to make the tackle. Other Titans are, from left, Koltin Anderson, (63), Connor Gettman, (23), and Greg Smith (64).

    Friday Night rewind: Liberty starts off season with big road win

    If anyone was wondering what Bryan Nixon and his coaching staff could do for an encore after the Central Section Division I championship last December, well, it was to start the season off with a big-time win. On the road against Clovis West, Liberty utilized a late defensive stand, a big night

  • Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller attempts to sack Rams quarterback Case Keenum during the first quarter of a preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday.

    Siemian, Lynch lead Broncos past Rams

    DENVER — Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch each led touchdown drives and the Denver Broncos beat the Los Angeles Rams 17-9 on Saturday night. Running back Ronnie Hillman, battling to retain a roster spot in the Broncos’ crowded backfield, finished Lynch's third-quarter scoring drive

  • Cowart's homer helps Angels defeat angry Tigers

    DETROIT — Kaleb Cowart's first home run of the season, a two-run fly ball to right in the third inning and strong relief pitching by scratched scheduled starter Jhoulys Chacin led the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 victory over Detroit in a game marked by two Tigers players, their manager and

  • Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signals from the line against the Titans during the first half at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on Saturday.

    Titans scoot past Raiders

    OAKLAND — If you like offense, the first half of Saturday night's Tennessee Titans’ 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders provided it. While neither team wanted to show too much of its hand, because they meet in week three of the regular season, both offenses showed enough in the first half

  • BC runners 8th in first cross country meet of season

    OXNARD — Bakersfield College opened its cross country season Friday by placing eighth out of 10 teams in the women’s 5-kilometer race and eighth out of 11 teams in the 4-mile men’s race. Sydney Roman was BC’s top finisher in the women’s race, placing 25th with a time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds.

  • \Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, is greeted by manager Dave Roberts, center, and bench coach Bob Geren in the dugout after a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

    Seager sets club mark as Dodgers upend Cubs

    LOS ANGELES — Escaping the first inning with minimal damage made all the difference in the world for Julio Urias and the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win Saturday over the Chicago Cubs. “The Cubs are very good in the first inning,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Their guys get on you early and