State review is officially underway on a major energy-storage project near Rosamond that would use compressed air, thermal engineering and hydrostatic force to even out delivery of renewable power and make the state's electrical grid more resilient.

Joe Aguirre was mayor of Delano in 2013 when the city was rocked by the disappearance of a 26-year-old mother of four young children. For the next few weeks, I recall being in Delano frequently, covering the search for Erika Lango as friends, family and others who did not know her personally…

Kern's ambitious list of carbon burial proposals has lengthened with the addition of an early-stage, relatively inexpensive plan for reusing an idle biomass plant near Delano to combust local ag waste then burying the byproduct gas while generating small amounts of electricity or hydrogen.

As superhero costumes go, El Chano’s is seriously lacking. His serape utterly fails as a cape, his sombrero looks straight out of a Tijuana T-shirt shop, his mustache appears to have been borrowed from a Super Mario Brothers Halloween outfit and the aviator sunglasses — what’s up with those?

The city of Bakersfield Animal Control unit is offering a low-cost drive-thru pet vaccine clinic. Vaccines and licensing are available to dogs living within the city limits. The clinic will be held at Jastro Park, at 2900 Truxtun Ave., Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission will soon make a decision on legislative boundaries that will shape California politics for the next 10 years. But as the commission approaches its decision, Central Valley advocates on both sides of the aisle have raised red flags about the p…

In the latest investment aimed at supporting local entrepreneurship, Cal State Bakersfield disclosed Thursday it has received a series of private pledges totaling more than $1 million for the launch of a new center to help prospective business owners create their own startups.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is automatically extending commercial driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, endorsements and special certificates expiring between March 2020 and February 2022 to the end of February 2022, the department announced Thursday.

Standard Middle School just opened a brand-new fitness room that would be the envy of any school. So far it includes machines for lifting weights, biking, benching and performing plyometrics. Inspirational quotes are on the wall, with TVs and a sound system on the way.

A Kern County jury found 36-year-old Jonathan Oliver Scroggins guilty Wednesday of a sex crime involving a minor 10 years or younger, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 and possession of child pornography.

A former librarian with the Kern County Law Library was sentenced Tuesday to 150 days in jail and 3 years of felony probation for embezzlement charges, according to the district attorney’s office.


SACRAMENTO — Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they've requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what's needed for critical health and safety, state officials announced Wednesday.

Memorial Hospital announced this week it will apply to become a teaching hospital serving up to 30 graduates per year from the Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black medical college in Atlanta, under an $8 million to $10 million initiative that could help address the southern Cen…

Coronavirus Cases widget

  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 158,270

  • Deaths: 1,828

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 150,950 

  • Percentage of all cases that are unvaccinated: 92.04

  • Percentage of all hospitalizations that are unvaccinated: 92.62 Updated: 12/3/2021.

  • Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department

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