It's a small sign of how different Black Friday will be this year that a shopper recently went to the Valley Plaza Macy's thinking she knew what she wanted for her fall wardrobe, only to find out she'd been all wrong.

In a feat witnessed Thursday by more than five dozen journalists and social media influencers, the Austrian-born celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck performed something few Westerners had imagined: He used pistachios as an ingredient in a savory dish as well as a sweet one.

Science has known for a while that ultraviolet light can destroy viruses and bacteria, and so now the process is used to sanitize air conditioners and hospitals. But what about a portable breathing apparatus as protection against the novel coronavirus?

Local oil producer California Resources Corp. this week recorded a $29 million loss, which widened to $55 million after excluding unusual or infrequent items, for the three-month period in which it entered and pulled out of a bankruptcy reorganization that shored up the company's finances.

Adventist Health announced Thursday it has appointed Daniel Wolcott, president of its hospitals in Lodi and Stockton, to oversee the organization's operations in Bakersfield, Delano and Tehachapi starting Dec. 1.

The "new stock" of local oil producer California Resources Corp. took a wild ride at its debut on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, dropping sharply in value before making a modest recovery that left its price down 25 percent.

California Resources Corp., a major employer in Kern, marked the end of a three-month financial restructuring process by unveiling a new board of directors and announcing its new common shares will begin trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CRC."

Conceptually it makes a lot of sense to farmers and oil producers alike: Use the latest filtration technology to turn one of Kern's most troublesome waste streams — oilfield produced water — into a safe irrigation source.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has accepted a reorganization plan for local oil producer California Resources Corp. that wipes away most of the company's massive debt and allows it to retain its core assets, thereby positioning the company to reemerge stronger — but leaves shareholders with nothing.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the United Farm Workers labor union and UFW Foundation says a recent Trump administration move to stop collecting certain wage data will lead unfairly to lower wages paid to the nation's agricultural workforce.

An environmental document central to Kern's push to reinstitute streamlined local oil permitting will be revised and put back out for public comment no later than early November, the county announced Friday.

The company that operates the Deja Vu Showgirls strip club has told local authorities it planned to lay off 84 people by the end of last month.

Farm groups reacted with skepticism but no great consternation to Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest climate-change executive order — his second in as many weeks — calling for concerted action to promote biodiversity, enhance resiliency and otherwise conserve California agricultural and other lands.

A local developer has confirmed plans to demolish and replace Bakersfield's Greyhound station with a four-story apartment building, giving downtown its second high-density housing project in recent decades and likely nudging the bus terminal a mile east onto a city-owned spot next to the Amt…