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Word last week that Hard Rock International will develop and manage the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposed $600 million hotel and casino in Mettler is the latest in a series of steps laid out in laws regulating such collaborations — but by no means is the project a done deal.

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Nearly 1,000 high school graduates from the class of 2019 went through graduation ceremonies last week at Cesar Chavez, Delano and Robert F. Kennedy high schools to the cheers and acknowledgements of thousands of their family and friends.

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More than 600 Delano Union School District students were honored during three middle school graduation ceremonies held last week. Cecil Avenue Math and Science Academy, Almond Tree Middle School and La Viña Middle School held their commencements at Robert F. Kennedy High School's stadium.

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For McFarland High School, a lot will be different with its incoming freshman class and Early College curriculum partnership with Bakersfield College starting this August.

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Kern's oil industry took a pass May 21 on a public hearing focused on the environmental impacts of fracking, handing the day to dozens of anti-oil activists who convened in downtown Bakersfield to rail against the technique and the threat of climate change.

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Delano Union School District’s Albany Park II preschool received a visit from California’s first and current surgeon general during her visit to Kern County on May 23.

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A surge in farm hiring helped pull Kern County's unemployment rate down to a seasonally unadjusted 8.4 percent in April from 10 percent the month before, the state reported Friday.

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California Resources Corp., one of Kern's largest oil producers, reported a $67-million loss in the first quarter, up from a $2-million loss during the same period a year before.

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office held its annual countywide Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on May 16 at the Kern County Peace Officer Memorial on Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. The event was part of National Police Week as law enforcement personnel were being remembered and honored for the …