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Chevron USA Inc. on Thursday announced an agreement with San Francisco-based Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC to fund a large dairy digester in Chowchilla that would produce renewable natural gas for fueling movement of goods across the Central Valley.

In an online forum with local business leaders Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom's senior adviser on economic development defended the administration's strategy for shielding Kern from state climate policies expected to hit the county harder than anywhere else in California.

Optimism sounded from every corner of Bakersfield's real estate industry at an annual outlook event Tuesday, though some sectors were giddier than others as the pandemic has uneven effects on different kinds of local property.

Renewable fuels production is becoming a bigger focus in Kern lately as investors launch projects that reinforce the county's prominence in biofuels and advanced facilities are proposed for deriving bioenergy from local waste streams.

Published startup guru Rhonda Abrams will share tips for kicking off the new year right during an interactive webinar being hosted from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday by the Small Business Development Center at Cal State Bakersfield.

Early-stage engineering work has begun on a next-generation solar thermal energy project in eastern Kern that would partially replace natural gas and reduce emissions at an existing mining operation, possibly pointing to greater use of renewable power in industrial processes.

Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a mix of investments Monday to support California's — and specifically Kern's — transition from petroleum to renewable power, including $83 million toward construction of an energy innovation center at Cal State Bakersfield and $215 million to train displaced oil…

Kern County will soon invite the smallest of local businesses to apply for grants of $2,500 apiece from a nearly $1 million fund set up to help vulnerable enterprises that missed out on earlier pandemic-relief programs.

Now that snow is piled high on the Sierra Nevada, water concerns appear to have been overtaken by logistical headaches as the top worry facing Kern County almond growers this year.

After towering over the intersection of Chester Avenue and 17th Street largely unchanged for 94 years, change was finally coming to the Haberfelde office and retail building in downtown Bakersfield.

A variety of financial and marketing tips is on the agenda as the director of Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center delivers a year-end update starting at noon Wednesday.

Construction could begin soon near Rosamond on a 2,317-acre photovoltaic solar farm whose Southern California-based developer is seeking permission to run a 6.5-mile electrical transmission line through part of Edwards Air Force Base.

Bakersfield's appetite for at least trying out national restaurant chains has attracted another local dining option, this one a homestyle diner known for its Southern food, big front porch and retail component.

Black Santa turned out to be quite a dancer, not to mention an adept spinner of holiday soul records, so it's no surprise he stole the show Wednesday. But for those able to take their eyes off him, there was a bigger message at the event he deejayed inside Upstart Village on New Stine Road.

Kern’s unemployment rate improved by almost a full point in November to hit a seasonally unadjusted 7.4 percent as hiring in education and retail helped make up for payroll cuts at local farms, restaurants, construction sites and manufacturers, according to data the state released Friday.

Bakersfield real estate professionals lamented declining affordability within the local housing market during an online forum Monday that laid the blame on lack of inventory, state building requirements and rising demand from outside the area during the pandemic.

California farmers frustrated with congressional inaction on farmworker immigration and guest-worker reform have settled on another way to nudge their workforce toward U.S. citizenship.

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.

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…

As the clock ticks for federal employees and contractors to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or face weekly testing, Rep. David Valadao sent a letter Monday calling on President Joe Biden to set aside the mandates for economic reasons.