Groups pushing to phase out in-state oil production are increasingly promoting oilfield remediation and well-plugging work they contend, despite industry skepticism, can create jobs that will be part of a "just transition" toward a carbon-neutral California economy by 2045.
Bakersfield's largest hotel has been quite fortunate despite its awful luck during the pandemic, and the same thing could be said about the entire city's lodging industry.
The new head of Bakersfield-based oil producer Aera Energy LLC on Thursday condemned growing calls to end California petroleum production, charging in an exclusive interview that the industry's opponents are ignoring science and confusing people into supporting a "dangerous idea" that would …
In a county like Kern where it's not hard to find a restaurant or bar operating in apparent violation of California's 11-month-old pandemic health order, the agency responsible for coming down on offenders hasn't been shy about pursuing criminal charges. But neither has it been successful.
Nearly $2 million in state cap-and-trade money has been set aside to help Bakersfield College work with other local organizations on a workforce training program intended, in part, to lessen Kern's economic reliance on petroleum production.
Bitwise Industries plans to hire and train 60 to 70 people in Bakersfield with some of the $50 million it has received through a new investment that also allows it to expand for the first time outside California.
A local business webinar Wednesday will look at temporary changes to the federal Paycheck Protection Program and the city of Bakersfield's new Microenterprise ReStart Grant Program for companies with fewer than six employees.
Local oil producer California Resources Corp. said it is laying off 50 Bakersfield workers in positions ranging from administrative support positions to engineers, scientists and technicians.
To stumble across the local almond bloom on the internet is to awaken to a magical, fleeting phenomenon some writers insist is best beheld in person despite the risks and what is for many a long drive to Kern County.
Members of a committee set up to tackle air quality issues in Shafter are increasing pressure on Kern County's agricultural commissioner after he refused last month to turn over farmers' plans for applying certain dangerous pesticides.
Amazon announced Thursday it plans to open a "fulfillment center" in Shafter by the end of this year that will become the e-commerce company's second large distribution facility in Kern County.
A bill introduced in the state Senate Wednesday proposes to halt several oil production techniques common in Kern County by Jan. 1, 2027 and incentivize well-remediation contractors to hire anyone the ban leaves jobless.
Two companies connected to local oil production have agreed to pay penalties totaling $380,000 after an investigation found they, and possibly others, were sending hazardous materials to a Bakersfield facility that wasn't permitted to receive them.
A fixture in local agriculture has made a substantial strategic investment in a Central Coast-based farmland-development company that uses soil-ripping technology developed in Australia to prepare fields for fertilizer application and planting.
A one-hour webinar offering tips on how local businesses can get financial help during the pandemic will focus Wednesday on new details including a one-page loan forgiveness form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers.
Sometimes the most telling measures of Bakersfield's real estate market are not the ones cited most frequently — home prices, for example, or apartment vacancies — but the more obscure indicators like personal storage rates where supply and demand find their own unique balance.
It'd been years since residential developer Steve Hair built new apartments — and with good reason: They don't easily "pencil out," he said. But with interest rates low he gave it a shot.
Every year about this time beekeepers drive to remote, unguarded almond orchards in Kern County and drop off tens of thousands of dollars worth of beehives, then drive off to do the same thing somewhere else.
Kern's Planning Commission voted 4-0 Friday, with one abstention, to recommend the county Board of Supervisors reestablish a streamlined oil-and-gas permitting system opposed by environmentalists around the state.
Speakers at an online public hearing Thursday night staked out opposing positions on Kern County’s proposal to reestablish an over-the-counter system of oil permitting.
The Kern County Farm Bureau issued a "call to action" this week asking local growers and ranchers to participate in a series of upcoming meetings that will influence the role California's agricultural lands will be expected to play, or continue to play, in fighting climate change.
More than 7,000 people signed a petition submitted Wednesday asking Kern's Board of Supervisors and Gov. Gavin Newsom to halt the county's push to reinstate streamlined oil permitting.
A restaurant consultant specializing in profitability and human-resource matters will join a weekly webinar Wednesday offering advice and resources to local businesses trying to survive the pandemic.
Kern County business developers have seen a surge of interest lately from companies looking to build waste-to-energy projects that could create hundreds if not thousands of new local jobs in producing fuels that cut greenhouse-gas emissions.
Quentin Schulman, the 28-year-old head of a Santa Barbara pressure-washing business, had never invested much outside the stock market and it took him two years scouting opportunities before he decided late last year to buy a modest duplex in north Bakersfield.
Another clash of opinions is all but assured next week as a revised environmental review central to Kern's efforts to reinstate streamlined local oil permitting heads for a public hearing in front of the county Planning Commission.
Both of Bakersfield's locally based banks got through 2020 in good shape, posting impressive year-over-year financial results, thanks in part to government-sponsored recovery programs that have helped prop up small businesses during the pandemic.
Tulare's annual World Ag Expo will go on after all — online, that is — with expectations for participants and exhibitors from around the world.
When members of the Hodel family say they're "going fishing" by putting up a for-sale sign on the northern 2.99 acres of their Knudsen Drive campus, they mean just that.
An eight-year legal battle over $21.6 million in West Texas cotton losses may finally be nearing an end for a Bakersfield-based marketing cooperative burned by the commodity's global price shock in late 2010 and early 2011.
Anyone tuning into a free local webinar Wednesday can learn and ask questions about the federal government's latest Paycheck Protection Program and round two of the California Relief Grant program that opened Tuesday and closes Monday.
President Joe Biden's executive order placing a moratorium Wednesday on new oil and gas leasing on federal land revives a years-old battle in Kern County even as it's unclear whether the move will have any effect on recent local controversies.
Efforts to better protect Shafter residents from accidental exposure to pesticides appear to have hit an impasse after local talks broke down late last year and Kern's ag commissioner this month rejected a senior state official's attempt at intervention.
The guy who on Thursday morning provided the very first review of the new In-N-Out Burger on Rosedale Highway appeared to know what he was talking about.
A new report showing greater use of pesticides in Kern and other Central Valley counties has rekindled a discussion about whether enough is being done to protect local communities from health risks presented by certain agricultural practices.
Participants in a local webinar starting at noon Wednesday can learn key details about four government pandemic relief programs: the Paycheck Protection Program, the Employee Retention Tax Credit, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Shuttered Venue Operator Grants.
The federal government has granted new independence — and with it, a substantially bigger budget — to a local organization teaching women, minorities and veterans how to launch and grow new small businesses.
California's petroleum industry kicked off a public campaign Wednesday aimed at fending off efforts in Sacramento to scale back in-state oil and natural gas production.
The director of Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will take a deep dive into the latest phase of the federal Paycheck Protection Program during a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Bakersfield-based Safe 1 Credit Union announced Tuesday it has earned a five-star rating from financial institution ratings firm Bauer Financial for the 38th consecutive quarter.
Local small businesses are about to line up again for federal dollars to help them through the pandemic, and this time the emphasis is on companies that missed out before and those classified as disadvantaged, as well as micro-businesses, membership-based nonprofits and hospitality-type ente…
Climate change priorities spelled out in Gov. Gavin Newsom's new budget plan have drawn criticism he's still not doing enough — and conversely, that he's again doing too much — to restrain California oil production.
Plans for building up Bakersfield's small computer software industry recently took a big step forward — despite the COVID-19 pandemic and in a way because of it — with the city's finalization of a $750,000 contract with Fresno-based tech hub Bitwise Industries.
A Kern County Superior Court judge declined Wednesday to issue an injunction sought by local restaurant owners looking for legal clearance to resume outdoor service.
Recent real estate negotiations centered near Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace raise the intriguing possibility that Amazon may be planning to add not one but two Bakersfield distribution hubs.
A free, locally produced business webinar starting at noon Wednesday will examine recent changes to federal loan forgiveness guidelines and related tax implications.