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A novel but somewhat contentious agreement announced Wednesday is designed to allow four utility-scale solar farms to be built in eastern Kern County by ending grazing on a separate swath of federal property measuring 215,000 acres.

The Tejon Indian Tribe has received final approval to move forward with a casino half an hour south of Bakersfield serving as the centerpiece of a $600 million resort hotel expected to create more than 2,000 permanent jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars per year in local economic benefits.

The temporary closure of a major pipeline carrying Central Valley crude to refineries in the Los Angeles Basin has forced Kern County oil producers to reroute shipments, find new customers for their barrels and, in some cases, accept significant price discounts.

One day after a judge ruled Kern County may resume local oil permitting, people on both sides of the case looked forward to what may lie ahead — increased oilfield activity, possible appellate outcomes, potential regulatory intervention — and revisited how the litigation has held up drilling…

A court ruling issued Wednesday allows Kern government to resume oilfield permitting — a big win for an industry that has seen a significant slowdown in local activity after a local judge identified problems with an extensive environmental assessment undergirding the county's review process.

Speculative development is still going strong in Kern's industrial real estate market with a pair of "tilt-up" warehouses under construction east of Highway 99 not far from Meadows Field Airport.

Rising interest rates that have already slowed the local home market are now spreading to commercial real estate, where Kern County brokers and investors worry the trend could hinder new projects — especially speculative developments still trying to get off the ground.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, unbowed in the face of local criticism while speaking to hundreds Friday morning during a surprise visit to Bakersfield, praised efforts in Kern to develop cutting-edge clean energy technologies that serve California's ambitious climate goals for transitioning away from pe…

Kern County leaders made their case Thursday — not once or twice, but over and over — on the opening day of the California Economic Summit in downtown Bakersfield.

It was a difficult conversation everyone agreed needed to happen. When finally it did, on Tuesday morning in front of hundreds of influential leaders in government and business gathered in downtown Bakersfield, common ground wasn't so hard to find after all.

Kern’s unemployment rate slid half a point to an unadjusted 6.2 percent in September as seasonal fluctuations drove a jump in teaching jobs and a small decline in farm work, according to state data released Friday.

Bakersfield College dove deeper into preparing the local workforce for a transition to cleaner energy with the start Monday of a non-credit course exploring Kern County's potential for producing bioenergy, wind, solar and even nuclear power.

A report released Tuesday showed Kern's ag industry last year topping $8 billion in farmer revenue for the first time, with little change at the top of local crop rankings but big variability in the underlying economics facing growers of some of the county's most popular fruits, nuts and veg…

In preparation for Economic Injury Disaster Loans coming due soon, outreach specialist Israel Lara Jr. with the Fresno District of the U.S. Small Business Administration will go over steps for setting up online payments during a free, hourlong webinar starting at noon Wednesday.

Kern government may repair flaws in the environmental assessment at the heart of its oil and gas permitting instead of having to throw out the massive document and start anew, a judge decided this week in the yearslong fight over the county's efforts to streamline local oilfield reviews.

Kern County government has prevailed in a little-noticed court ruling upholding its decision to accept more than $14 million to help a solar developer buy conservation easements as a way of helping soften a 650-megawatt project's impacts on an endangered raptor called the Swainson's hawk.

Monty Mann finally got the chance on Wednesday to test drive one of the electric heavy-duty trucks he's been hearing about. When he did, it was impressive in ways he expected — good acceleration, regenerative braking and a quiet ride — but surprising in a different respect.

The state's oil industry is back in Sacramento's crosshairs after a disproportionate jump in California gasoline prices last month led Gov. Gavin Newsom to suggest oil producers and refiners should pay a higher rate on profits above a set level.

The single-family home market in Bakersfield regained lost ground in August, swinging from small declines in median prices one month prior to gains in the low single digits for new and existing houses, according to a report released Saturday.

Apartment vacancies in Bakersfield rose this summer to their highest level in more than two years, even as rent prices increased along with them, according to a new quarterly update citing mixed messages in the city's multifamily housing market.

A new law making unionization easier for California ag laborers has delivered a key victory to Kern County-based United Farm Workers by adding tools where its efforts have largely stalled and reinforcing an almost emotional level of political support extending from the state's powerful Hispa…

Coronavirus Cases widget

  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 293,173

  • Deaths: 2,566

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 288,159

  • Percentage of all cases that are unvaccinated: 72.04

  • Percentage of all hospitalizations that are unvaccinated: 83.20

  • Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department

Updated: 11/10/22

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