Kern County's largest locally based financial institution is poised to launch a major geographical expansion and rebranding effort it sees as securing its long-term survival while also benefiting its existing membership.
Kern County's jobless rate went from a revised 6.4 percent in November to 7.2 percent in December, according to seasonally unadjusted data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
An inaugural "meet and grow" for Kern's burgeoning hemp industry Thursday night drew a standing room-only audience that included representatives from some of the county's most prominent farming families.
The video that a pair of plant-disease researchers played for the audience at a state almond conference last month would have worried almost anyone in the business of growing Kern County's second highest-grossing crop.
A sharp drop in the price of honey threatens new harm to an already battered industry that every year provides an integral service to Kern County's $1.2 billion almond industry.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of state agencies Friday in suing the Trump administration over its recent review of fracking impacts in the Central Valley, essentially calling on the courts to block the Bureau of Land Management from resuming lease auctions of fed…
Buying a home remains relatively affordable in Bakersfield, but renting an apartment in the city just got less so.
A senior state official in town Tuesday for a record-setting meeting on the future of Kern's oil and gas industry said Wednesday that Gov. Gavin Newsom's representatives will be back in the county soon to continue a dialogue on how to achieve California's climate-change goals without ruining…
Kern supervisors joined oil industry representatives, local politicians and residents Tuesday in warning state officials that Gov. Gavin Newsom's regulatory crackdown and moves to wind down in-state petroleum production gravely threaten the county's economy and tax base.
One of Bakersfield's two locally based banks has closed one downtown location, opened another and expects to wind down a branch in Greenfield as part of a consolidation reflecting changes in modern banking and a shift in how it cultivates business relationships.
Kern County officials say they're prepared for a big turnout at what could become a contentious meeting about the future of petroleum production in the heart of California's oil patch.
The father-son team behind downtown Bakersfield's first market-rate housing development in decades is doubling down with a similar project just two blocks away in a part of town observers say has greatly benefited from the investment.
An Arizona-based environmental group has again challenged plans for a large, master-planned community just north of the Grapevine, saying Kern County's amended environmental review of the project underestimates its potential impacts on wildlife and air quality.
Hemp production continues to spark the imagination of Kern County farmers, investors and government officials despite a high-profile incident that led to the destruction last year of close to 500 acres of the plant by the Sheriff's Office and a subsequent $1 billion claim against the county.
Adventist Health is moving again to outsource local hospital jobs, saying it will let go of 46 employees in Bakersfield and Tehachapi but that everyone affected will remain at their current place of work as employees of one of three outside companies.
Computer technology designed to protect honeybees from chemical threats is about to get its first big test as beekeepers from across the country prepare to descend on Central Valley almond orchards for the world's largest annual pollination event.
Barring further escalation in Middle East tensions, the modest surge in oil prices that followed Friday's U.S. drone strike against Iranian military officials in Iraq isn't expected to have much impact on Kern County's economy, property tax revenues or local gasoline prices.
Michael Roberts didn't set out to become a new-media show host exploring the ins and outs of small business success. He was just trying to finish a project for his local Toastmasters International club.
Jim Snider remembers what it feels like to take over the family business and immediately be underestimated because of a youthful appearance.
Bakersfield restaurateur Rick Mossman hadn't even finished drinking his daily cup of orange juice when he noticed a pair of customers sitting at the counter reading the newspaper and snickering behind his back.
An oilfield facility in western Kern County has emerged as a leading national candidate for demonstrating technology intended to bury carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere.
Management-level hiring has begun at Amazon's large new distribution center near Meadows Field Airport as the company prepares to launch local operations in spring or summer of 2020.
California's oil industry faces a familiar but growing regulatory challenge as the Newsom administration prepares to decide whether to establish buffer zones between petroleum production facilities and environmentally sensitive sites such as homes and schools.
A drop in seasonal farm employment darkened Kern's otherwise positive employment picture as the county's jobless rate rose 0.3 points in November to reach 6.4 percent, according to a state report released Friday.
The Kern-Tulare Water District stands to win a pair of interim contract renewals from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue serving the Cross-Valley Canal.
Two hundred eleven startup businesses made investment pitches. Only 18 were invited to make formal presentations. Of those, just six made the final cut, receiving a combined total of $385,000.
Local environmental justice advocates say they want their voices heard as Kern's Board of Supervisors looks to make the case in Sacramento that halting California oil production would devastate the county's economy.
After years of studying the environmental impacts of fracking, a decision this week by Bakersfield's office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management allows federal officials to resume leasing 1.2 million acres of public land in Kern and other parts of California for the purposes of oil and gas …
Kern ag giant Wonderful Citrus announced Wednesday it has selected its chief sales officer, Zak Laffite, to replace outgoing President David Krause, who will transition to take on the newly created role of advisor to Stewart Resnick, chairman and president of Los Angeles-based parent company…
A refinery in the Lamont area has agreed to pay half a million dollars to settle federal allegations it failed to properly monitor sulfur dioxide emissions from its main flare and neglected to report toxic chemicals leaking from its valves and other equipment.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to shrink and possibly phase out California oil production won't go unchallenged by politicians in the state's petroleum capital, Kern County's Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.
It was welcome news for Kern County farmers, but word last week that the process of fixing the Friant-Kern Canal has finally begun may have obscured the fact that a great deal of work lies ahead — including finding money to complete the job.
A farmworker bill moving through the U.S. House of Representatives has won rare bipartisan support with a compromise attempt at balancing legitimacy for immigrant ag labor with new certainty for industry employers.
It may have just lost a prominent tenant but the corner of California Avenue and Easton Drive remains on a winning streak that will soon bring new restaurants and a hotel to one of Kern County's busiest intersections.
There was a time not long ago when the only practical way to take a bus from Bakersfield to the Los Angeles Basin was to "catch the dog." Not anymore.
A turning point years in the making may finally arrive this shopping season as recent surveys show more consumers plan to do their shopping online rather than head out to malls and "brick-and-mortar" stores.
Shoppers returned to Valley Plaza Tuesday, some warily, following Monday's shooting at the mall as Bakersfield police searched for the gunman and continued combing through video footage that might yield clues about what gave rise to the incident.
California's plan to curtail in-state oil production as a way of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions relies on questionable economics and might not be the wisest path to achieving climate-change benefits, according to several economists familiar with the proposal.
State regulators are weighing new rules for making nighttime agricultural work — a risky activity with relatively few labor protections as compared with other industries — safer for those who perform it.
In time for holiday shopping, two new stores — The Cosmetics Company Store and The Children's Place — opened recently at the Outlets at Tejon.
Tech catalyst Bitwise Industries has provided images of what its new Bakersfield operations will look like. The Fresno company recently purchased two buildings near the corner of 18th and H streets downtown. The company plans to overhaul the buildings and use them for a coworking office spac…
Some of Kern County's most promising young entrepreneurs came together Saturday for the finale of a two-month contest in which teams of computer coders came up with, or worked to perfect, business enterprises that might one day turn into Silicon Valley-style startups.
Business owner Dixie Brewer had experienced a variety of problems with vandals, drug users and thieves at her store in downtown Bakersfield, but this one was different — in a good way.
Overall employment levels in Kern barely changed between September and October, according to a new state report showing the county’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate rose just one-tenth of a point last month to 6.1 percent.
Eastern Kern County's vast renewable-energy potential will shine brightly Friday as corporate and government leaders celebrate the completion of an eight-year, roughly 1,400-acre photovoltaic project designed to generate enough electricity to power more than 150,000 homes in the Los Angeles area.