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About the company: Aera Energy is a respected and responsible California oil company accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s oil production. Headquartered in Bakersfield, Aera is known for excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of c…

  • By David Lyman
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Art is everywhere in downtown Bakersfield. Because our city’s population is larger than that of Pittsburgh, St. Louis or Honolulu, it is easy to miss all the public art on display. Visit Bakersfield recently completed the first-ever comprehensive inventory of public art and art galleries in …

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About the company/organization: The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy. China Lake is the principal land test range and weapons…

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara
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With all the oil, gas, wind and solar energy Kern County produces, it is an economic powerhouse that is huge on energy innovation and technical development. According to Kern Economic Development Corporation Marketing and Research Coordinator Tamara Baker, a major key to thriving and growing…

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About the company: Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides gas and electric service to Kern County residents. More than 400 PG&E employees live and work in the Kern division.

  • By Steven Van Metre
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About a year ago, I read “Too Poor to Retire and Too Young to Die,” a heart-wrenching newspaper article about 79-year-old Dolores Westfall, a Northern California retiree who fell through the cracks of the 2008 Great Recession, lost her house and set out across the country looking for work in…

  • By Kelly Fargo
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Curran Middle. Fairview Elementary. Horace Mann Elementary. North Beardsley Elementary. Foothill High School. Garces Memorial High School. Roosevelt Elementary. These are just a handful of the local school lockdowns we’ve heard about in 2017.

  • By Joel A. Bock
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Have you ever received a threatening phone call from someone purporting to represent the Internal Revenue Service? Well if you have, you’re not alone.

  • By Robin Paggi
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When District Attorney Lisa Green announced she would not run for re-election in 2018, she also suggested who ought to replace her. According to The Bakersfield Californian, Green said the potential candidate was the right person for the job because of his skills as a prosecutor and because …

  • By Cheryl Scott
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The face of the U.S. workforce was forever changed more than 70 years ago when 12 million men (and more than 350,000 women) were called to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Women across the country stepped up to fill the jobs left vacant on the homefront, positions includin…

  • By Fiona Lytle
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Ever wonder how big companies like Aera manage hundreds of thousands of pieces of equipment that are used to safely produce oil and natural gas? Those lonely oil-pumping units that dot Kern County’s landscape may look like they’ve been turned on and forgotten, but, in fact, they are monitore…

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Edwin Hacobian has the heart of an inventor. Four years ago, the Bakersfield man’s “great idea” for industrial protective clothing brought him to the Small Business Development Center at California State University, Bakersfield.

  • By Jose M Granados
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The internet has changed the business landscape for all but the biggest change has been in favor of entrepreneurs and small businesses. It has leveled the playing fields. For example, digital technology has given small businesses easy access to free or low cost data, research and market insights.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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For more than three decades, Glenn Bland has been riding a “solarcoaster.” A solar industry pioneer, the Bakersfield businessman has been navigating his Bland Solar & Air through the highs and lows of an emerging technology that is buffeted by increasing competition and a constantly chan…

  • By Sara Mendez
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Consumers today are not looking for who smiles when they walk into a store or whose mailer has the best offer. Today, the consumer public is looking for convenience, connectivity and how engaged they can be with their selected products and services.

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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U.S. energy facilities are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, according to a recent report released by government and private security officials. Just one agency, the Department of Homeland Security, reported a jump in cases with its investigators receiving reports of 59 signific…

  • By Stacie Bailey
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The Composites Engineering Branch at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake is known for manufacturing ordnance and aircraft components using lighter, more durable layers of composite materials in place of metal. In early 2016, however, the team was asked to take a step in a di…

  • By Matt Kamlet
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With the number of general aviation aircraft in the skies increasing each year, the challenges of efficiency, emissions and costs of operation become more prevalent. NASA is exploring a way to meet these challenges through the development of technology that will demonstrate the ability to fl…

  • By Harry Starkey
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What a great water year we are having! Reservoirs are full, the Kern River is bursting at its banks and the snowpack is healthy. This is very encouraging and the drought-weary are smiling.

  • By Christine Zimmerman
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Even a casual follower of water issues in California is aware of the incessant claims of “perpetuation of misinformation” regarding water safety related to Kern County’s two largest industries: agriculture and petroleum.

  • By Cassandra Melching
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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is made up of eight counties in California’s Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the San Joaquin Valley air basin portion of Kern. The district is a public health agency whose mission is to i…

  • By Joel A. Bock
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As potential tax reform legislation is being crafted by politicians in Washington, D.C., it is worth taking a moment to analyze how an important provision of this legislation may impact the agricultural industry in Kern County.

  • By Mark Nessia
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About the organization: The Small Business Development Center at CSUB is one of five service centers within the University of California, Merced SBDC Regional Network, which is a partnership between the university and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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About the organization: For 52 years, CAPK has served Kern County with a range of basic services. CAPK serves newborns to seniors and everyone in between. Last year alone, our Food Bank brought 13.7 million pounds of food to Kern families’ tables. Communities rely on us for education, food a…

  • By Mark Bateman
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California’s High-Speed Rail Authority is engaged in a multibillion-dollar project, the goal of which is to construct a “transportation improvement” running through the Central Valley and connecting the major metropolitan areas of California. Many believe the high-speed rail project will fai…

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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There are years of drought and years of pounding rain. One year, crop prices can soar and the next, they can crash. And the government? Well, sometimes it’s really not there to help.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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I received a frantic call the other day from a new client we’ll call Bob with Acme Services. He found two negative reviews with one-star ratings posted in his business listing on Google. Bob wanted to know if there was anything he could do to fix it. And fast.