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It was welcome news for Kern County farmers, but word last week that the process of fixing the Friant-Kern Canal has finally begun may have obscured the fact that a great deal of work lies ahead — including finding money to complete the job.

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California's plan to curtail in-state oil production as a way of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions relies on questionable economics and might not be the wisest path to achieving climate-change benefits, according to several economists familiar with the proposal.

Some of Kern County's most promising young entrepreneurs came together Saturday for the finale of a two-month contest in which teams of computer coders came up with, or worked to perfect, business enterprises that might one day turn into Silicon Valley-style startups.

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Eastern Kern County's vast renewable-energy potential will shine brightly Friday as corporate and government leaders celebrate the completion of an eight-year, roughly 1,400-acre photovoltaic project designed to generate enough electricity to power more than 150,000 homes in the Los Angeles area.

New solar energy installations may be headed to the valley portion of Kern County as investors, government officials and advocacy groups weigh options for reusing land that will have to be taken out of production as a result of state restrictions on groundwater pumping.

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New homes are on the upswing across Bakersfield as a shortage of resale properties, combined with financial incentives and creative amenity packages, persuades shoppers to take a second look at some of the city's newest neighborhoods.

Kern County’s unemployment rate fell again last month, dropping more than a point to a seasonally unadjusted 6 percent, even as farming payrolls shed 1,500 positions, according to a state report out Friday.

A pair of oil leaks that opened up last weekend near McKittrick are the latest indications of the challenges facing Chevron as it works to come into compliance with recent state rules prohibiting uncontrolled releases of crude and water known as surface expressions.

A farmworker housing bill signed into law Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom is aimed at addressing what advocates say is a shortage of quality, affordable lodging for California ag laborers.

Rio Bravo Ranch capped its oil harvest Monday by pressing the locally grown fruit into extra-virgin oil at its property near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. The event was attended by buyers and members of the family that owns the company. RBR's olive oil has won top awards in California.…

An agreement announced Wednesday is expected to phase out use of the potent but highly toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California by the end of next year, heading off a legal battle state officials say could have lasted years.