A bill that would create a program to help farmers find new life for farmland idled by coming groundwater restrictions had its own phoenix moment earlier this month when it was killed and almost simultaneously reborn — this time with money.

Andrew Murphy answered a call Friday afternoon hoping to hear welcome news about the imminent arrival of movers hired to transport cherished items from his Texas home to his residence in Northern California. Instead, the moving company told him the van, containing family belongings, was gone.

The Kern High School District has unveiled a dashboard on its website that notifies the public about positive COVID cases on its campuses and worksites, providing a snapshot of the largest district in the county.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued an air quality alert Tuesday that will remain in effect until smoke from the Windy Fire and KNP Complex Fire in Tulare County dissipates.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Saturday night in Weedpatch that left one man injured.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on suspicion of stabbing a man Sunday in Wasco. The 23-year-old victim died Monday afternoon, according to the Kern County coroner's office. 

The Kern Law Enforcement Association says a 45-year-old sheriff's deputy who worked out of Frazier Park has died from COVID-19.

The Bakersfield Police Department say a woman lying down in the roadway was struck by a vehicle Sunday evening in the 3000 block of Brundage Lane.

Four years after a federal appeals court ruled that 30-day vehicle impounds for unlicensed drivers are unconstitutional, some law enforcement agencies across California are still doing them.


Kern's first business accelerator outside metropolitan Bakersfield is scheduled to open next spring in Kernville as the latest outgrowth of the B3K economic prosperity collaboration and one of five of its backers wants to launch along the county's periphery within about three years.

The Kern County 999 Foundation, which recognizes and honors Kern County’s fallen peace officers who gave their lives serving citizens and provides support to the family members they left behind, will hold its 15th annual Kern County Officer Down Ride on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Several Bakersfield hospital CEOs share a key concern as COVID-19 cases continue to flood their hospitals: How much worse will staffing levels be when the California Department of Public Health’s Sept. 30 deadline for all staff to be vaccinated arrives?