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.
Local environmental activists sat down with Bakersfield oil company representatives Wednesday for a civil discussion about California's goal of managing the decline of the state's petroleum industry.
The steak prepared for breakfast at Wednesday morning's Kern County Energy Summit served as an apt metaphor for the 13th annual event in downtown Bakersfield.
From a farmer's perspective, Kern County's top-grossing crop is performing better this year than it did last year. But that's the end of the good news as far as local table grape growers are concerned.
The Houston-based developer of a 200-megawatt solar power installation near Bakersfield announced it has signed a 15-year deal to sell the plant's electricity to Shell Energy North America LP.
A locally registered hemp researcher has reportedly filed a $1 billion claim against Kern County over what he says was the "illegal and unlawful taking" of close to 500 acres of plants the sheriff's office said were actually marijuana.
A new report shows market conditions in local agriculture are generally stabilizing — though not improving much — as investors in Kern County farmland take in the bad news about upcoming restrictions on groundwater pumping and, to a lesser degree, lower commodity prices and a continuing labo…
The thinking started small and then grew much bigger at a gathering Tuesday in Bakersfield that was intended to provide a "survival toolkit" for farmers and water managers facing drastic restrictions on Central Valley groundwater pumping.
Charter Communications announced it has laid off 75 people at its Bakersfield facility at 4450 California Ave.
Caltrans says it is mostly finished resolving an east-west traffic bottleneck that has long frustrated Kern's ambitions of becoming a major distribution center, not to mention the headaches it caused county residents trying to get to or from Las Vegas.
One of Eastern Kern County's leading industries has received a big boost with news the area's largest mining company has discovered lithium — an integral building block of electric cars — in the local waste piles it has generated over the past 90 years.
Law enforcement officials bulldozed purported hemp fields near Arvin Monday after tests showed the plants were actually marijuana, according to people familiar with the multi-agency investigation.
New solar energy installations may be headed to the valley portion of Kern County as investors, government officials and advocacy groups weigh options for reusing land that will have to be taken out of production as a result of state restrictions on groundwater pumping.
Southern California Edison cut off power to more than 5,000 Kern County customers Thursday morning — and it put several thousand more on notice that they, too, could lose electricity — as hot, dry and windy weather conditions raised the risk of wildfires.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Wednesday it expects to cut power to 33 Kern County customers starting at 1 a.m. Thursday, down from the 75 it anticipated as recently as Tuesday.
If the owner of Sundale Country Club was looking for financially stable business partners, he chose the wrong guys. But if the goal was to buy time, his choices were effective.
New homes are on the upswing across Bakersfield as a shortage of resale properties, combined with financial incentives and creative amenity packages, persuades shoppers to take a second look at some of the city's newest neighborhoods.
Kern County’s unemployment rate fell again last month, dropping more than a point to a seasonally unadjusted 6 percent, even as farming payrolls shed 1,500 positions, according to a state report out Friday.
A pair of oil leaks that opened up last weekend near McKittrick are the latest indications of the challenges facing Chevron as it works to come into compliance with recent state rules prohibiting uncontrolled releases of crude and water known as surface expressions.
Another pesticide commonly used in Kern County agriculture has come under close scrutiny by state regulators after air monitoring equipment in Shafter and Parlier detected surprisingly high concentrations of the cancer-causing chemical last year.
A farmworker housing bill signed into law Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom is aimed at addressing what advocates say is a shortage of quality, affordable lodging for California ag laborers.
A federal jury has awarded nearly $5 million in damages to a former Wonderful Citrus Packing LLC manager in Delano after the company allegedly sent hundreds of employees emails wrongly accusing him of theft and embezzlement.
Rio Bravo Ranch capped its oil harvest Monday by pressing the locally grown fruit into extra-virgin oil at its property near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. The event was attended by buyers and members of the family that owns the company. RBR's olive oil has won top awards in California.…
Local farmers recently raised what seemed like a simple question: Anyone growing hemp legally in Kern County ought to be able to sell it on the side of the road just like growers of other crops, right?
Construction companies in Kern and certain other counties will be required to train their employees about valley fever risks and symptoms under a new law authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, and signed late last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
If pistachios were a football team — and sometimes it does seem like they compete against almonds — they would be climbing the tree-nut power rankings.
Records show pistachio acreage and revenues are on the rise in Kern, mounting a challenge to almonds, the county's second highest-grossing crop after table grapes.
National retail chain The Children's Place has signed a lease to open a 5,031-square-foot store at The Outlets at Tejon just north of The Grapevine in early November.
An operation thought to be the world's largest ice cream plant, the Nestle USA Inc. manufacturing facility at 7301 District Blvd., will soon shed nearly a dozen employees as part of a reorganization, the company has announced.
An agreement announced Wednesday is expected to phase out use of the potent but highly toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California by the end of next year, heading off a legal battle state officials say could have lasted years.
New co-owner Bob LaRue must not have been around the day the Marie Callender's restaurant at 3801 California Ave. closed two months ago for what everyone thought was the last time.