Kern County officials pilloried Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order Wednesday accelerating California's transition away from oil and gas production and calling for a ban on most in-state sales of new internal-combustion vehicles within 15 years.

The state reported Friday that hiring picked up in local farming, retail and government work as Kern's jobless rate dropped more than 3 points in August to reach a seasonally unadjusted 13.1 percent.

Freelancer Nick Ellis used to drive all the way to downtown Bakersfield from his home in Taft to check out the latest in camera technology — to touch it, feel it in his hands — and, of course, ask a few questions of the experts at Henley's Photo Inc.

Valley Strong Credit Union announced Wednesday it will resume regular business operations at all of its locations, including reopening branch lobbies closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday.

I have a photo on my phone, taken right before the pandemic, of my toddler son laying on the floor in the middle of an aisle at the grocery store, playing with a toy car. Passersby chuckled as they scooted around him with their shopping carts. It feels like it was taken a lifetime ago. I ner…

Only time will tell but it's looking like the pistachio harvest just now coming into full swing in Kern County will set a new record this year — without a substantial drop in prices.

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Bakersfield's microbrewery scene was still in the fermenting stages when COVID-19 hit, and it quickly became clear that adjustments would have to be made fast or a lot of craft beer would go down the drain — and along with it, substantial investment in local commercial brewing.

In an effort to better protect bees, state regulators are looking at new restrictions on the use of certain pesticides that have been valuable in helping protect California's citrus industry from a potentially devastating bacterial disease.

Local oil producer California Resources Corp. has indicated it plans to permanently lay off 55 people in Bakersfield, including in relatively high-pay job classifications such as engineers, because of lower demand for petroleum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Politicians gushed and a company official crowed but it was the little blue robots that stole the show Thursday as e-commerce giant Amazon pulled back the veil on the massive distribution center it has been working on in Oildale for close to two years.

Worried their patients may be needlessly putting off important checkups and cleanings, local dentists are trying to clear up confusion about cautionary guidance issued earlier this month by the World Health Organization.