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  • Katy Raytis

    HR managers to present bakersfield.com webcast

    Human resource professionals from around the state can take advantage of a unique one-day training session to be webcast live today on bakersfield.com. Saba Agency is teaming up with the California Society of Human Resource Managers, or CalSHRM, to produce a 90-minute webcast from The Bakersfield

  • Kern's job growth lags behind other Central Valley counties

    An economic forecast tailored for the Central Valley called out Kern’s “decelerating” job growth Tuesday, saying a decline in global oil prices is likely to blame for weak conditions here as compared with other counties in the region. Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner said in a teleconference

  • Steven Bohlen, state oil and gas supervisor for the California Department of Conservation from Sacramento, speaks to county residents at the Arvin Veteran's Hall.

    Regulatory reorganization would expand staffing at local oil office

    The number of oil regulators assigned to work in Bakersfield would grow by as many as 20, a 25 percent increase, as part of a statewide reorganization intended to modernize California’s oversight of petroleum production. State Oil and Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen proposed the staffing expansion as

  • Kern's overall jobless rate holds nearly steady despite shifts

    Kern’s unemployment rate inched upward to a seasonally unadjusted 10 percent in July, up from 9.9 percent the month before, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. This apparent stability belied significant shifts in the county’s labor force between June and July. On the

  • Haggen Foods on Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway in the Town & Country Village.

    Business roundup: Haggen closure to result in 36 layoffs

    Three dozen local jobs will be lost when Haggen Food & Pharmacy closes its new supermarket at Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road, the grocer has informed Kern local officials. In a letter last week to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, the Bellingham, Wash.-based company said it plans to

  • Top Crops 2014

    Almonds edge closer to grapes' dominance in Kern

    Almonds came close to overtaking grapes as Kern’s top-grossing crop last year, according to a new report detailing the county’s 12 percent jump in ag sales from 2013 totals. Although there were no changes in the overall rankings of Kern’s nine most valuable agricultural commodities, almond

  • Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

    Dignity Health joins bid for Bakersfield Heart Hospital

    The nonprofit owner of three local hospitals would receive partial control of a fourth under a proposed acquisition of Bakersfield Heart Hospital, a 47-bed for-profit whose majority ownership changed hands only three years ago. Dignity Health said Monday it has joined forces with Texas-based

  • The Haggen grocery store near the corner of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road will close over the next 60 days, company officials announced Friday. More locations may be on the chopping block. Bakersfield has two others.

    Haggen set to close Stockdale Highway grocery store

    Grocer Haggen will close its Stockdale Highway store sometime over the next 60 days as part of an overall corporate plan “to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position,” it was announced Friday. It’s among 27 closures announced in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington

  • Trucks line the Chevron fracking pad in Lost Hills during a hydraulic fracturing operation at the lease in this file photo. Chevron USA Inc. announced Wednesday that adverse market conditions have prompted it to lay off 56 workers in the San Joaquin Valley, or 3 percent of its Bakersfield-based business unit. Chevron did not says what kinds of jobs were subject to layoff.

    Chevron lays off 56 local employees

    Chevron USA Inc. announced Wednesday that adverse market conditions have prompted it to lay off 56 workers in the San Joaquin Valley, or 3 percent of its Bakersfield-based business unit. The move adds to the 1,200 or more oil-related jobs lost in Kern County since late last year as oil prices have

  • CEO steps down at Canadian company's Mojave gold and silver mine

    The owner of a Mojave-area gold and silver mine, British Columbia-based Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd., announced the resignation Monday of its chief executive, engineer H. Lutz Klingmann. Golden Queen offered no explanation as to why Klingmann stepped down, saying only that his

  • Scott LaPorta, appointed president and general manager of Bolthouse Farms in August 2015.

    Bolthouse appoints new president and general manager amid expansion push

    There’s a popular notion about Millennials — that text-happy group of night owls born between the early 1980s and 2000 — that farming executive Scott LaPorta is only too happy to dispel. The generation doesn’t wash down a strict junk-food diet with can after can of energy drinks. On the contrary,

  • State declares thousands of oil field injection wells safe

    A state review of nearly 6,000 oil field injection wells, almost 96 percent of them in Kern County, has concluded the vast majority pose little or no threat to groundwater, mainly because their operators treat the injected fluid to reduce potential contaminants. The finding by California’s

  • State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, attends a Senate Governance and Finance Committee meeting June 11 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

    Cap and trade: State senator a quiet force in the climate storm

    In a small hearing room decorated with paintings of birds and flowers, state Sen. Fran Pavley — the great-granddaughter of a three-time presidential candidate — sat down to present the bill that will likely cement her legacy as the California Legislature’s most accomplished environmentalist. As

  • A solar roof is installed in Sacramento funded by the cap and trade program. It was done during a show and tell gathering led by state Sen. Kevin de Leon.

    Cap and trade: Is California a leader or a loner?

    It was mid-morning one day in May and somewhere deep inside a 25-story tower in Sacramento, an auction, cloaked in secrecy, was about to begin. There was no gavel pounding. No shouting. No frenzy of traders running around. Instead, an unknown number of state workers surrendered their cell phones,

  • Outside view of the Clean Harbors plant in El Dorado, Arkansas

    Cap and trade: Little town in Arkansas and its California connection

    It was mid-morning one day in May and somewhere deep inside a 25-story tower in Sacramento, an auction, cloaked in secrecy, was about to begin. There was no gavel pounding. No shouting. No frenzy of traders running around. Instead, an unknown number of state workers surrendered their cell phones,