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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…