The Small Business Development Center at Cal State Bakersfield has scheduled a free noon webinar Wednesday to share information about the federal government's latest rules for requesting forgiveness of federal stimulus loans.
Some stores are wide open, others are firmly closed. Some offer only curbside pickup while others allow unfettered entry with or without a protective face mask.
Unless there’s lightning or hail, when given the option by the host at a restaurant, I almost always choose a table outdoors. Even in the heat of summer, I prefer the outdoor option. I have a favorite patio spot at a few treasured local establishments. And now that we have two sons, the al f…
New data shows Kern's unemployment rate surpassed the Great Recession's peak by a full point in April as bars and restaurants took the brunt of the quarantine, followed in raw numbers by health care, farming, support services and construction.
It may have escaped notice during the quarantine, but gasoline prices are on the upswing again — and as often happens, the increase has come just in time for the holiday weekend.
A new study questions the wisdom of California energy policies aimed at fighting climate change, concluding that their economic toll has been steep despite achieving unimpressive greenhouse-gas reductions.
Local farmers will get a chance starting Tuesday to apply for some of the $16 billion set aside by Congress to help agriculture operations hurt by the COVID-19 crisis. But growers of certain specialty crops produced locally won't qualify unless federal rules change.
Salon owner Ramona Potts has already lost one customer who wouldn’t wait any longer and found someone else to do a hair-coloring treatment during the pandemic.
New data show Bakersfield's home market and that of the Central Valley as a whole are holding up better through the coronavirus crisis than most of the rest of the state.
Kern County's largest grower, long noted for its philanthropy in the southern Central Valley, recently spent millions of dollars expanding the direct support the company gives its workers and their families in the Delano and Lost Hills areas.
Preparations for a new computer tech hub in downtown Bakersfield are proceeding more or less on schedule despite the coronavirus crisis. But it's almost impossible to predict exactly when it will open.
In another sign of turbulence atop one of Kern County's most vital health care providers, a former senior official at Clinica Sierra Vista has sent a letter to its board of directors requesting an explanation for events surrounding the abrupt departure of former CEO Brian Harris on April 23.
California's primary oil-regulating agency has kicked off an effort to standardize buffer zones between oil facilities and sensitive receptors such as schools and homes.
The Torrance company that recently bought the former Big West refinery on Rosedale Highway said Tuesday it expects to reopen the plant by early 2022 with about 100 employees producing some 10,000 barrels per day of plant-based "renewable diesel," a fuel virtually indistinguishable from petro…
Local oil and gas producer California Resources Corp. this week sounded its most urgent alarm yet that the company might not survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
An hour-long webinar hosted Wednesday by the Small Business Development Center at Cal State Bakersfield will discuss loan forgiveness and employer retention credit under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act.
Permission to keep working as an essential activity during California's stay-at-home order has obviously made a big difference for the state's farmers. But that doesn't mean local growers are raking in money during the COVID-19 crisis.
About a month ago, local artist Yvonne Cavanagh foraged a bouquet of pink and yellow roses, Bird of Paradise blooms, lavender stems and clipped succulents, gathered them in a blue striped ceramic vase that she made and delivered the cheerful arrangement to a friend for her birthday.
Almost half of all COVID-19 deaths in Kern County are now associated with the Bakersfield nursing home where an outbreak of the disease has left 41 residents and more than 40 staff members positive for the virus, according to local and state authorities.
A Southern California renewable energy company announced Friday it has purchased the former Big West refinery on Rosedale Highway for $40 million — the same price paid the last time the property changed hands 10 years ago.
The Bakersfield nursing home at the center of Kern's only publicly confirmed COVID-19 outbreak has faced formal accusations of inadequate patient care more frequently in recent years than the state and federal averages.
Hospitals around Kern County reopened this week for certain nonurgent elective procedures, loosening restrictions imposed in mid-March as part of California's stay-home order.
Local businesses are invited to participate in a free webinar Wednesday about the availability of government financial relief and help with human resource matters during the pandemic.
In a first step aimed at reinstating a local oil-and-gas permitting system effectively struck down earlier this year in appeals court, Kern County this week began soliciting input on how to proceed with a comprehensive environmental review of drilling and other oil field activity around the county.
Fed up with sitting doing nothing during the quarantine, Wasco veteran Jessica Bell got on YouTube and looked up how to make an office desk and matching bookcase for her new home-based business growing ginseng.
Regal Cinemas has added its name to the growing list of local employers announcing pandemic-related layoffs, announcing 64 positions have had to be cut.
Kern officials are considering asking Gov. Gavin Newsom for permission to reopen parts of the local economy ahead of other counties harder hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Three more local employers have announced layoffs — 233 positions in all — bringing Kern's job cuts total to at least 4,921 since April 1.
At the same time it is dealing with a series of high-profile executive departures, Clinica Sierra Vista is also struggling with the more practical challenge of keeping the lights on.
The parent company of Bakersfield-based Mission Bank posted first-quarter net income of $3.5 million, a year-over-year increase of more than 12 percent.
It wasn't a stretch to assume that local apartment tenants would be late on their April rent — if they were able to pay at all — after California's stay-at-home order hit March 19 and the governor placed a moratorium on evictions.
Tumbling oil prices may have cost Kern oilfields hundreds of jobs in recent months, but if there's a bright side, it's the continuing decline in gasoline prices.
Kern County's COVID-19 layoff toll approached 5,000 Thursday after local authorities reported another 356 job cuts related to the coronavirus crisis.
The latest information about funding opportunities for local small businesses will be presented at a free, hour-long webinar set to start at noon Wednesday.
The unprecedented collapse in the nation's benchmark oil price this week is not expected to hurt Kern petroleum producers, local observers say, though it does reflect difficult market conditions weighing heavily on the county's economy and employment.
A local petroleum producer is trying to get two other Central Valley counties to replicate Kern's attempt at an over-the-counter oil and gas permitting system.
A week before California's stay-home order, unemployment in Kern had already jumped to its highest level in almost six years, according to new data pointing to a seasonal drop in farm work and the beginnings of a wave of layoffs at local restaurants.
Local health-care providers are turning away business for safety reasons during the COVID-19 crisis — but not all are ruling out non-emergency procedures as they balance health risks and surge preparations against patients' medical needs and financial considerations.
A $1-billion lawsuit filed Friday in federal court accuses Kern County and its Sheriff's Office of violating a local hemp grower's civil rights by wrongfully seizing plants for unscientific testing and then withholding public information about the crop's destruction.
The temporary closure of the Ross Stores Inc. distribution center in Shafter will cost Kern's economy 1,268 jobs, not including another 323 positions lost at company stores in Bakersfield and Delano, according to a layoffs report filed with county officials Tuesday.