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 close the former Albertsons at 8200 Stockdale Highway in two months.

The closure is among 27 stores that will be shuttered in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Most were acquired by Haagen earlier this year as part of a deal in which Albertsons and Safeway divested 146 stores. 

Haggen said last week it hadn’t determined how many people would lose their jobs.


The Bakersfield Heart Hospital is branching out into brains and spines with a new center that will officially open Thursday.

The Bakersfield Heart Hospital Brain and Spine Center is designed to bring doctors with top-notch and wide-ranging neurosurgical skills to Bakersfield, saving patients trips out of town for care, said hospital spokeswoman Laura Sabedra.

Five neurosurgeons/spine surgeons, some of whom will live here, some of whom will commute, will practice out of the center, which is across the street from the Heart Hospital, at 3008 Sillect Ave.

They will start out treating the following conditions, then expand into others: degenerative spine disorders; neck and arm pain disorders; back and leg pain disorders; traumatic spine injuries; spine tumors; revision spine surgery; and failed back syndrome. They will perform surgeries at the Heart Hospital.

The Heart Hospital has branched out before, specifically into wound care and orthopedics, Sabedra said.

“The physicians wanted a place here in Bakersfield to do these procedures,” she said.


A Newport Beach-based company said it paid $2.5 million in cash and stock to acquire rights to all 1,100 acres of the Kern Bluff Oil Field near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon.

Publicly traded Citadel Exploration Inc. recently purchased rights to the field from a San Diego-based group that drilled a single well in the field. Citadel said it plans to develop the field with 20 to 30 new vertical and horizontal wells next year.

The field was discovered in 1947 and operated initially by Gulf Oil. It has produced 12 million barrels, or about one-fifth of the oil it was originally estimated to contain.