Bakersfield has been given a glowing, if possibly underreported, opportunity. A large portion of Bakersfield has received a special designation by the federal government allowing private investors to take advantage of reductions in capital gains taxes. We should seize this opportunity.
California almond growers are on track to outdo themselves again this year, as record investment in acreage and surprisingly little weather damage raise expectations the state will see its largest-ever harvest this fall.
As rents rise in central Bakersfield and momentum moves eastward, a gallery and events business credited as being a catalyst for downtown's arts district is planning a half-mile move to the area known as Eastchester.
Local almond and pistachio growers are bracing for an open-ended trade conflict economists say will hit the Central Valley particularly hard, not only in the near term but potentially much longer because of their effect on hard-to-build relationships between buyers and sellers around the world.
The operator of the Mesa Verde immigration detention center on Golden State Avenue confirmed Thursday it will buy and bulldoze the nearby Bakersfield Dome events venue and El Morocco Motel, but denied the purchases are part of any plan to expand the federal holding facility.
The Bakersfield Dome, one of the more notable event venues in the city's history, will soon be sold and demolished to make way for a planned expansion of the nearby Mesa Verde immigration detention center on Golden State Avenue, the property's owner said Tuesday.
Picture your most interesting dinner guest — the one with the best travel stories, the most thoughtful perspectives on art and vivid descriptions of recent meals, the friend who’s first to volunteer tales of her own mistakes, the easiest to talk to, with grit and authentic wisdom, the most c…
Another Bakersfield golf course is fighting for survival after falling on hard financial times, as much a reflection of local economic conditions as the sport's fading popularity.
Frustration abounded locally after Wednesday's failure of another immigration bill in the U.S. House of Representatives — but so, too, did hopeful calls for substitute legislation addressing the needs of Kern individuals and businesses.
California City, Mojave, Ridgecrest and Wasco could switch to different ambulance service providers as a result of a recent decision by the state agency overseeing emergency medical services.
After a hard day of work in local vineyards, Teresa Ramirez offered a one-word commentary on the single-most divisive immigration reform measure being debated by Congress: "lies."
Walking is powerful. Studies show that the more densely urban and walkable an area is, the more economically valuable. It follows, then, that cities would be smart to promote urbanism and walkability in their central core; it helps the entire city thrive. It bodes well over time for business…
A pop-culture phenomenon some liken to the informal hot-rod meets of the 1960s and '70s plays out every Saturday night in Bakersfield parking lots, as owners of souped-up truck and import cars known as "tuners" or "ricers" gather to check out each other's rides and show off their skill at the racing style known as "drifting." Despite neighbors' complaints and an evolving approach by law enforcement, participants and spectators say the events will continue unless a suitable alternative venue becomes available.
This week's failure by Congress to pass either of two immigration reform bills has prompted California's leading agricultural trade group to reiterate, in polite terms, its longstanding demands for a solution to the state's chronic shortage of farmworkers.
State oil regulators on Monday rolled out new health and safety rules inspired by a 2014 Arvin gas leak that forced about three dozen people from their homes for more then eight months.
Wouldn’t you like to be a centenarian? Or better yet, a healthy, active, vital 100-year-old? (If I lived that long, I would at least hope to be physically, mentally and emotionally vibrant enough to enjoy the final years of my life.)
It’s one thing to avoid oranges and lemons grown outside Kern County. But should we also give up freshly squeezed juice from backyard trees in order to help local farmers stave off a potentially devastating pest?
T.L. Maxwell's Restaurant & Bar will prepare one last entree Saturday night, maybe serve a final dessert or an espresso, then it'll be time to hang up the chairs for good.
As anticipated years ago, a coalition of environmental and community groups this week appealed a court decision upholding Kern's 2015 move to streamline oil and gas permitting in the county.
It’s pretty remarkable, really. In the last two years, the number of local coffeehouses downtown has almost tripled. (Of course, we only had two in 2016, so there was room for growth). But we’re now up to five: Dagny’s (the classic), Farmacy Cafe at The Padre (a more upscale option) and newb…
Opportunities for advancement were slim back home in the Punjab region of northern India. Higher education was of limited use, as families typically chose between farming and hauling agricultural products to market.
It'll be another four months before a 10-acre kids' medical facility opens in southwest Bakersfield, but already owner Valley Children's Healthcare is ramping up the branding campaign.
A renewed legal challenge is targeting Kern County's 2015 regulatory attempt to resolve certain property disputes between local oil producers and farmers.
What if you could invest in a local cause that also had solid returns? What if you could grow your wealth while also helping to promote positive change in your own community?
It was one of those projects that takes years to get off the ground, then there's a flurry of activity and suddenly it seems like it's almost finished.
The good news is that six of Kern County's 10 largest property taxpayers are having a banner year. The bad news is, it's probably not going to last.
Kern farmworkers' wages have begun to increase as a result of a federal immigration crackdown, competition from growers to the north and improvement in the overall economy. Whether there are enough workers to staff the table grape harvest will become clear within about a month.
A former geologist at Chevron and Exxon Mobil has been appointed to lead the Bakersfield office of California’s primary oil regulation agency.
The skepticism is understandable: If you ask people to pay an extra penny for every dollar they spend in Bakersfield, they're going to want to know where the extra money goes.
State regulators are gathering public input before making an environmental recommendation that could have big implications for local oil production.
For nine years, the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House has offered three guest rooms where out-of-town families can stay for free when a child undergoes medical treatment locally.
Farmers receiving allocations from the State Water Project can expect a bigger allotment this year than they anticipated as recently as last month, thanks to late-season precipitation.
There is a quietly growing movement brewing in the interior of America. Pretty soon it will boil over. And it’s about time somebody covered it.
Diego Ramos's parents haven't started pestering him, yet, but as a graduating high school senior he'd like to pick up a little spending money. So, he's considering applying for a summer job.
Recent agricultural hiring combined with positive trends in oil, manufacturing and professional services helped lower Kern's unemployment rate by more than 1 percentage point in April to a seasonally unadjusted 8.3 percent, the county's lowest level since November.
FRESNO — Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board members voted Thursday to require an oil wastewater dump site operator in McKittrick suspected of polluting nearby groundwater to install a network of wells monitoring contamination. That falls short of environmentalists’ demands f…