A surge in farm hiring helped pull Kern County's unemployment rate down to a seasonally unadjusted 8.4 percent in April from 10 percent the month before, the state reported Friday.
California Resources Corp., one of Kern's largest oil producers, reported a $67-million loss in the first quarter, up from a $2-million loss during the same period a year before.
The federal Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comments on Plains Pipeline L.P.'s proposal to replace its 127-mile pipeline connecting offshore oil production platforms with refining operations in the San Joaquin Valley.
A local plastics recycling operation has been sued by the state over allegations the company processed toxic materials it was not authorized to handle.
Shareholders of a Canadian company that operate a gold and silver mine in eastern Kern County have voted to sell its 50-percent ownership of the facility.
A public auction of East Hills Mall has been rescheduled to next Monday at the request of the shopping center's former owner, according to information provided by the company handling the property's foreclosure.
The fate of a gold and silver mine in eastern Kern County may hinge on a shareholder vote scheduled to conclude this week.
A local company known for breeding table grapes announced Monday it has sold its Kern County farming operation as part of a move to focus more closely on developing new varieties of fruit for clients around the world.
All over the country, the effects of the emerging women’s empowerment movement can be felt. Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope, on the television show "Parks and Rec," might embody the movement better than real-life individuals. I always wish I could grab a stack of pancakes with Leslie, g…
California’s farm labor shortage is getting tougher, according to results of a new survey that says the situation worsened this year for most farmers struggling to find enough workers.
The cherry harvest gaining momentum in Kern County this week is serving as a good reminder why the crop has become such a risky proposition locally.
The parent company of Bakersfield-based Valley Republic Bank announced Thursday its first-quarter net income rose 27 percent year over year to reach $2.94 million.
The federal Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public comments on its draft environment review of potential Central California impacts of hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas stimulation technique also known as "fracking."
Pilot Flying J has scheduled an in-person and online hiring event for May 2 as it looks to fill more than 5,000 positions at its more than 750 travel centers in North America.
A new study says there's no more affordable place to live in the entire country than Bakersfield, though another report out Wednesday shows a different side of the picture: The poorest local residents are seeing their housing costs rise as the wealthiest watch theirs fall.
Maybe it's the celebrity factor or maybe it's the local success story. Whatever the reason, one of the biggest local events geared toward women in business appears to be experiencing a surge of interest.
The Monterey-based developer whose student housing proposal sparked a neighborhood outcry around the proposed site at Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway has apparently abandoned the project.
New uncertainty overtook California gasoline prices Monday as a sudden jump in oil prices overshadowed reports that some of the state's largest refineries may soon come back online, likely increasing the state's fuel supply.
The Bird scooter service that took Bakersfield by storm in December is adjusting its local fleet in a way that appears to have reduced, at least temporarily, the number of vehicles available for use.
The wellness movement, seeking to bridge the gaps left by western medicine, seems to be here to stay. A quick scan of the most popular shows on the subscription service Netflix reveals that we’re hungry for answers to health problems. I recently watched Forks Over Knives (promoting a plant-b…
Regulatory efforts to protect groundwater quality in western Kern are forcing two of the county's largest oil producers to spend many millions of dollars over the next several years moving or reworking dozens of disposal wells and other critical oil-field infrastructure.
As an engineering student at Stanford University in 1957, a young Chuck Haddad walked into a car dealership intent only on buying a car. Instead, he drove off the lot with a new career.
Fred Starrh, a longtime Shafter cotton farmer and industry leader whose landmark legal victory over a Bakersfield oil producer earned him local renown, died Tuesday at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke.
A former board member at Clinica Sierra Vista has sent a letter of resignation highly critical of the community health center network's leadership, raising some questions about its ability to serve those in need.
Water access and reliability was a top concern of businesses responding to a recent poll by private-sector advocacy organization BizFed Central Valley.
Construction recently began on a 390,000-square-foot distribution center expected to open during the fourth quarter of this year along Interstate 5 at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center.
It seemed for a long time like one of Frank St. Clair's Bakersfield apartment complexes would never fill up. But these days it's completely occupied.
The gradual improvement that has characterized Bakersfield single-family home sales in recent years is widely expected to carry on this year, or possibly accelerate, even as higher-price markets cool elsewhere in the state.
Bakersfield carrot giant Bolthouse Farms will be sold to a Los Angeles-based private equity firm for $510 million in cash — roughly a third what it went for seven years ago — and welcome back its former CEO under a pending transaction announced Friday.
Bakersfield's two decade-old Volvo dealership has closed, apparently as a result of an agreement with the manufacturer, making it at least the city's third high-end new car lot to close this year.
Unless the developer who proposed dorms at the site files an appeal — and there's still no sign he will — it may soon be time to revisit the decades-old question of what should be built on the last piece of vacant land at the busiest intersection in Bakersfield.
A controversial proposal to build five-story dorms at Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway was rejected Tuesday by a unanimous vote of Bakersfield's Board of Zoning Adjustment.
An Alabama real estate investment company specializing in health-care facility acquisitions announced Tuesday it has purchased property occupied by 47-bed Bakersfield Heart Hospital for $49 million.
A controversial plan to build twin, five-story student dorms at Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway has failed to win over Bakersfield city planners.
A bill pending in the state Legislature would divert fines from the theft of tractors and other agricultural equipment to fund law enforcement activities in Kern and other rural areas where such crimes have long been a problem for farmers.
There's nothing wrong with the climate-control system inside Rabobank Arena. Even so, anyone attending this weekend's professional bull-riding competition might want to bring a jacket or a sweater.
Refining problems at half a dozen California refineries helped push the average price of unleaded gasoline in Bakersfield up 3 cents Monday, raising it to $3.57 per gallon, an increase of 13 cents in the past week.