Almost five years have passed since regional air quality regulators undertook a comprehensive analysis of pollution created by open burning of agricultural waste. What that means, under state law, is that it's time to do it again.
Discussions are underway between Delano officials and the Wonderful Co. to move the city's airport hundreds of yards to the east, potentially allowing the region's largest agricultural employer to expand and create new jobs in the area.
Kern County officials pilloried Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order Wednesday accelerating California's transition away from oil and gas production and calling for a ban on most in-state sales of new internal-combustion vehicles within 15 years.
Almonds finally overtook grapes as Kern County's most valuable crop, according to a new report that contained a few surprises pointing to fundamental shifts in local farming.
A series of free weekly webinars focused on helping Kern County small businesses survive the pandemic will feature tips Wednesday from marketing consultant Claudia Newcorn.
Picture different players in the local economy — businesses, labor unions, lenders, community advocates, entrepreneurs — pursuing a common vision for creating jobs that offer decent wages and opportunities for advancement.
The state reported Friday that hiring picked up in local farming, retail and government work as Kern's jobless rate dropped more than 3 points in August to reach a seasonally unadjusted 13.1 percent.
Charter Communications Inc. has opened a third Spectrum Store in Bakersfield allowing the company's local customers to expand or manage their internet, TV, mobile or voice services.
An environmental review critical to Kern's frustrated efforts to streamline local oil permitting has cleared another hurdle as it heads for what could be a final vote of the county Board of Supervisors by the end of this year.
Freelancer Nick Ellis used to drive all the way to downtown Bakersfield from his home in Taft to check out the latest in camera technology — to touch it, feel it in his hands — and, of course, ask a few questions of the experts at Henley's Photo Inc.
A free, one-hour webinar starting at noon Wednesday will examine the experiences of local businesses successfully navigating the COVID-19 epidemic.
Across from the landmark Fox Theater at one of downtown Bakersfield's busiest intersections, a commercial property sale earlier this summer is expected to mean the arrival of a new Mexican-style restaurant-bar combination and the departure of a juice bar and health-food store.
A solar array under construction at the local headquarters of oil field services giant Halliburton Co. is the latest sign of conventional and renewable energy coming together in Kern.
An uptick in home mortgage defaults and trustee sales in Kern County since April may suggest foreclosures stemming from the COVID-19 economic slowdown could slow an otherwise strong local single-family housing market.
A newly formed nonprofit working out of an office on Ming Avenue hopes to begin raising money for a series of housing developments in Bakersfield, Inyokern and Ridgecrest that would cater to seniors, veterans, foster youth and people looking to get off the streets.
Until the wind settles down or the smoke clears up, local air-quality officials are asking local agricultural and construction companies to pitch in for better air quality by minimizing operations that can kick up dust.
Valley Strong Credit Union announced Wednesday it will resume regular business operations at all of its locations, including reopening branch lobbies closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday.
One of Bakersfield's favorite lunchtime traditions changed with the times Tuesday, and fortunately for the people involved, a cool breeze blowing through downtown made the transition that much more pleasant.
The director of Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will provide updates and tips Wednesday on the government's response to economic damage caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Livestock mortality rates have spiked in the Central Valley this hot summer but Kern officials say local dairies and ranches have avoided a carcass-disposal crisis thanks to proactive landfill permitting policies and relatively low reliance on distant rendering plants.
Bakersfield fuel tank manufacturer Bryant Fuel Systems LLC was a 3-year-old startup with few sales under its belt when, in late 1991, it got its first big chance to dazzle U.S. Army brass.
I have a photo on my phone, taken right before the pandemic, of my toddler son laying on the floor in the middle of an aisle at the grocery store, playing with a toy car. Passersby chuckled as they scooted around him with their shopping carts. It feels like it was taken a lifetime ago. I ner…
Only time will tell but it's looking like the pistachio harvest just now coming into full swing in Kern County will set a new record this year — without a substantial drop in prices.
In a preemptive move against uncertain conditions ahead, the parent company of Bakersfield's Valley Republic Bank recently borrowed $20 million as a way of making sure it has enough capital to weather what it worries could be a developing economic downturn.
An environmental group known for its frequent use of lawsuits has vowed to challenge the first federal oil and gas lease auction in Kern in eight years.
Local businesses can learn all about California's new four-tier economic reopening process at a free, one-hour webinar starting at noon Wednesday.
KS Industries LP was having trouble getting its logo stitched neatly onto its uniforms and promotional apparel. Marketing companies said the image required too many threads over too small an area.
Bakersfield's microbrewery scene was still in the fermenting stages when COVID-19 hit, and it quickly became clear that adjustments would have to be made fast or a lot of craft beer would go down the drain — and along with it, substantial investment in local commercial brewing.
In an effort to better protect bees, state regulators are looking at new restrictions on the use of certain pesticides that have been valuable in helping protect California's citrus industry from a potentially devastating bacterial disease.
Local salon workers took to the streets Friday morning to protest state rules that have barred them from cutting or styling hair indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the list of numbers summing up Bakersfield's single-family home market last month, one figure better than any other explains why buyers are bidding up prices lately.
Guidance on how small businesses can make the most of federal recovery programs is on the agenda of a free hour long webinar set to start at noon Wednesday.
Local oil producer California Resources Corp. has indicated it plans to permanently lay off 55 people in Bakersfield, including in relatively high-pay job classifications such as engineers, because of lower demand for petroleum during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent power shut-offs in California and the threat of more to come are bringing national attention to state energy-sourcing priorities hotly contested by Kern's oil industry.
On top of limitations imposed by COVID-19 and the heat wave, local ag companies and their workers are now having to deal with extraordinarily poor air quality that has the potential to shut down outdoor work amid the ongoing grape and almond harvests.
Kern County's unemployment rate dropped again in July, ending the month more than a point and a half below its seasonally unadjusted peak of 18.1 percent in May.
Politicians gushed and a company official crowed but it was the little blue robots that stole the show Thursday as e-commerce giant Amazon pulled back the veil on the massive distribution center it has been working on in Oildale for close to two years.
Worried their patients may be needlessly putting off important checkups and cleanings, local dentists are trying to clear up confusion about cautionary guidance issued earlier this month by the World Health Organization.
A free webinar starting at noon Wednesday will address business topics including how soon organizations that received federal money through the Paycheck Protection Program might want to file for loan forgiveness.
High temperatures are making tough jobs harder for people working outdoors in Kern County, and recently high humidity and poor air quality aren't helping.
Four new restaurants are opening at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center, and although it probably goes without saying during the COVID-19 crisis, they all offer drive-thru service, takeout and patio dining.
A new report warns Kern County agriculture will face tough challenges in the decades ahead as climate change makes irrigation water scarcer and weather conditions more variable and intense.
State inspectors have determined the vast majority of restaurants in Kern County have closed indoor dining operations in compliance with orders put in place by Sacramento early last month to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Bakersfield's hospitality industry has recently begun to pick up — some hotels are even hiring again — as road-trippers and locals help put an end to a streak of slow business during the coronavirus pandemic.
Persistence has paid off for growers of Kern County’s No. 3-grossing crop after the federal government reversed itself and ruled pistachio growers do qualify for financial compensation during the pandemic.