Despite a surge in farm hiring, Kern's jobless rate rose to 8.4 percent in July as the local service sector shrank and local education employment declined, according to seasonally unadjusted state data released Friday.

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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the sprawling military base near Ridgecrest in eastern Kern, suffered $5.2 billion in damage during the series of powerful earthquakes centered in the area last month, according to an assessment released publicly this week.

Jay Tamsi, president and CEO of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has been named 2019 Chamber Executive of the Year by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

When Amazon was trying to get approval to build a massive distribution center next to Meadows Field Airport, the company's approach was so stealthy that senior Kern County officials reviewing its permit application did not know they were actually dealing with the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.

Since it started growing seven varieties of olives on 42 acres in about 2012, Rio Bravo Ranch has won a series of top awards at statewide olive-oil competitions. Its products are sold in stores across Bakersfield and the company has a limited distribution in the Los Angeles area.

Taking the position it needs more specific instructions from regulators, Chevron has filed an appeal of a state order calling on the company to "take all measures" to prevent further flows of oil and water at California's largest and most visible petroleum-related accident in years.

Chevron records show the large, McKittrick-area oil leak that has shone an unflattering light on Kern County petroleum production probably originated with an idle well being worked on at the same time the company was injecting high-pressure steam just 360 feet away, a combination that indust…

Local car dealer Jose Arredondo, an immigrant who worked his way up to own several local dealerships, has died from stab wounds he suffered while in Baja California, his pastor confirmed Tuesday. He was 60 years old.

After more than 100 years in farming, and 50 in the almond business, the Billings family had done a lot to bring laser focus to its business. But still it lacked a direct connection to its end customers, the people eating its products.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of California's top oil regulator after environmental activists reported a recent spike in state fracking permits and allegations that senior officials within the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources own stock in petroleum companies they oversee.

Developers of the Amazon distribution center under construction next to Meadows Field Airport are being required to carry out a number of substantial improvements to nearby roadways, plus pay $1.4 million into a regional transportation fund to help minimize the project's impact on local traffic.

Kern and every municipality within its borders stands to lose a degree of local control over their housing approval processes after state officials concluded not even one government in the county has made sufficient progress toward permitting affordably priced homes and apartments.