The most valuable part of an almond tree is still the nut. But the rest is slowly catching up.
Nine years after Kern government agreed to seek out foraging habitat for hawks displaced by an Antelope Valley solar energy project, the county is still fending off accusations it mishandled the task and should never have gotten involved in the first place.
A major cotton merchandising firm based in Bakersfield, 78-year-old Jess Smith & Sons Cotton LLC, has reportedly been acquired by a large, international agri-business company based in Singapore.
Bakersfield's Valley Republic Bank is expected to be acquired by the end of this year by a much larger institution based in Chico under a proposed transaction observers say would probably make more and bigger loans available to local businesses.
Valley Republic Bancorp posted record earnings of $4.55 million in the second quarter of this year, an increase of almost 24 percent from the same period a year earlier, even as the company is seeing more troubled loans and setting aside additional money to cover them if necessary.
“Jennifer and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Campas as they mourn the tragic and senseless loss of this dedicated public servant. Deputy Campas’ heroic service to his community will not be forgotten.” — Gov. Gavin Newsom
Kern County hospitals are rolling out new pricing information, behind schedule for the most part, as part of a federal push to give prospective inpatients a better look at estimated charges for standard services.
A jury trial is about to begin in a years-long dispute between two Kern County oil companies accusing each other of damaging their property and limiting production on a scale of tens of millions of dollars.
Aera Energy LLC has filed a 59-page appeal of the state's high-profile decision July 8 to deny the company permission to perform 21 fracking jobs on oil wells in western Kern.
Work is nearing completion on a $17.5-million apartment complex in northeast Bakersfield offering 80 one-, two- and three-bedroom units to military veterans and others with incomes less than the area's median.
Racial equity may soon become a guiding principle at a powerful state agency that helps mediate water disputes and directs taxpayer investments in troubled Central Valley water systems.
The director of the new Bakersfield Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Commercial Service will discuss programs available to help local small businesses during a free webinar starting at noon Wednesday.
The $600 million casino and hotel proposed near Highway 99 south of Bakersfield took another step forward Monday with the announcement of the project's design and construction team, all three members of which have experience with gaming and hospitality facilities.
The new slogan used by Maricopa oilman Chris Hall speaks to the direction small, independent producers like him may be headed with recent political currents. If it sounds fatalistic, it's also conscientious.
Mettler almond grower Kyle McClintock isn't trying to be ironic when he speaks optimistically about the recent drought conditions that have forced others in the business to uproot entire orchards for lack of irrigation water.
A Wisconsin-based operator of homes for people with intellectual disabilities has informed Kern County authorities it will close its two Bakersfield facilities later this year.
The man was camped outside the entrance to her business, and no matter how many times Kim McAbee-Carter asked him to leave, he refused.
Controversy has again soured relations between local growers and environmental-justice activists, this time over concerns related to a three-county study of pesticides' effects on rural air quality.
The head of Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will host a free webinar starting at noon Wednesday that will share business reopening strategies and go over pandemic relief programs that continue to offer opportunities for local enterprises.
When oil prices rise as high as they have lately, there's usually something of a lag before they prompt significant new activity in Kern County oilfields. But not like this.
At the center of many efforts to address homelessness is the simple notion that, if society wants to get people off the streets, there need to be more homes and apartments people can afford.
California's top oil regulator, acting ahead of a proposed statewide ban on fracking, this week denied a series of applications to use the controversial oilfield technique in western Kern — a decision the Newsom administration said was taken "to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions a…
Speculative development is picking up across Kern County's industrial real estate industry, evident most recently in a large warehouse now under construction along Interstate 5 at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center.
This year's Kern County Energy Summit will return to being an in-person event this year after going virtual during the pandemic, its organizer announced Wednesday.
Bank of America announced Wednesday it has donated $385,000 to be divided among nine Kern County nonprofits as part of its new focus on helping people gets jobs instead of its earlier emphasis on providing emergency money.
One of two partners behind Aera Energy LLC is looking to pull out of the Bakersfield-based oil producer, according to a report last week that relies on comments made by four unnamed sources.
The head of the Kern Economic Development Corp. will discuss the outlook for local oil production during an hourlong webinar starting at noon Wednesday.
Efforts are advancing in Kern to establish a locally based financial institution that would help an underserved part of the county's economy by making modest-size loans available to young and very small businesses that often struggle to get the financing they need.
Researchers in Riverside and Maryland may have come up with a breakthrough in the fight against a pest-borne bacterial disease threatening to wipe out California's citrus industry.
First-time homebuyers may be able to receive a grant of $2,000 toward their transaction's closing costs under a program unveiled Wednesday by the Bakersfield Association of Realtors in cooperation with the Housing Authority of the County of Kern.
Collaborators in Kern County's B3K economic development initiative came together Tuesday afternoon to share ideas about what strategies they should pursue as a way of improving local job-creation efforts.
Two local economists will offer an analysis of local economic conditions at a noon Wednesday webinar hosted by Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center.
A sustained effort by one of Kern's largest private employers has helped produce one of the county's highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the remote town of Lost Hills.
A Southern California-based real estate development partnership has paid about $7.2 million for the former East Hills Mall, reviving hopes that the dilapidated property in northeast Bakersfield can be put to good use after years of disuse.
Kern County growers welcomed — and the United Farm Workers union shrugged off — a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that sided with California agriculture businesses in their challenge to a state regulation giving unions access to private property in order to organize workers.
In another clash with Gov. Gavin Newsom over energy and environmental policies, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 with one absence Tuesday to formally object to a state regulatory proposal that would ban oilfield well stimulation treatments such as fracking starting in 2024.
A locally produced webinar starting at noon Wednesday will go over delays in the federal government's $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund and strategies for reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
One of Bakersfield's hottest real estate trends is helping rehabilitate a commercial property south of Bakersfield that suffered a devastating fire four years ago.
Environmental attacks on Kern County oil and gas production are increasingly being met with industry calls to move forward with carbon-burying technologies seen as helping the state achieve its climate goals while also creating substantial local employment opportunities.
Kern County’s jobless rate improved in May to 10.1 percent from a revised 10.6 percent in April, and as usual, the biggest change was a month-over-month fluctuation in local farm employment — in this case the addition of 5,500 jobs.
Adventist Health Bakersfield disclosed plans Friday for a roughly $10 million ambulatory care and medical office building at its new property along Coffee Road as part of a regional investment strategy that would also include a new, five-story tower at its existing hospital campus downtown a…
Kern took a big step toward pre-pandemic normality Tuesday with the start of an honor system allowing fully vaccinated people to forgo masks and social distancing at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and grocery stores, even as employees will still be required to abide by California's COVID-…
Assistant Kern County Administrative Officer Teresa Hitchcock will join a webinar presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday to talk about hiring employees in the county and resources available to employers amid challenging conditions in the local job market.