Kern's ambitious list of carbon burial proposals has lengthened with the addition of an early-stage, relatively inexpensive plan for reusing an idle biomass plant near Delano to combust local ag waste then burying the byproduct gas while generating small amounts of electricity or hydrogen.

Memorial Hospital announced this week it will apply to become a teaching hospital serving up to 30 graduates per year from the Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black medical college in Atlanta, under an $8 million to $10 million initiative that could help address the southern Cen…

As the clock ticks for federal employees and contractors to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or face weekly testing, Rep. David Valadao sent a letter Monday calling on President Joe Biden to set aside the mandates for economic reasons.

Small Business Saturday, the one day in 365 that shoppers are asked to prioritize local stores above national retailers, is taking on special significance this year because of the tough times independent shop owners have experienced during the pandemic.

Kern County educators will undergo training this weekend on how to teach their students about the potential for fighting climate change through a locally promising process called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS.

Leaders within California's petroleum and renewable-energy capital gathered Wednesday to highlight technologies with the potential to forestall climate change, even as some warned that the substantial investments necessary won't happen if Sacramento policymakers don't face certain business r…

Bakersfield College delved deeper into the challenges and opportunities of carbon capture and sequestration during a webinar Tuesday focusing on what is shaping up to be an indispensable technology for achieving carbon neutrality statewide by 2045.

A veterans business development officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration will join an hourlong webinar starting at noon Wednesday to discuss programs and services the agency makes available to former members of the military.

A recent national report warning of problems in Bakersfield's housing market has come under fire from local real estate professionals who suggest the study's concerns are badly overblown and that, if anything, conditions are stable if not improving.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is inviting members of the public to comment on a locally significant proposal to develop a statewide system for disseminating advance notice of farmers' plans to treat their crops with dangerous chemicals near homes and other sensitive sites.

During the past year the state has put together a long list of ideas for meeting Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order to employ agriculture and other nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change. Some of the proposals Kern farmers will probably like, others maybe not so much.

In another outgrowth of the B3K Prosperity economic development collaboration, Kern County filed an extensive application this week for federal money that could help fund a formal aerospace industry cluster bringing together public and private stakeholders in eastern Kern and northern Los An…

In a sizable series of transactions that speaks to looming uncertainties in local ag, a Wasco farming family recently sold 2,400 acres in west Bakersfield — and with them, options to buy 45,000 acre-feet of water banked by the Semitropic Water Storage District — to a Virginia-based investmen…

Coronavirus Cases widget

  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 158,270

  • Deaths: 1,828

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 150,950 

  • Percentage of all cases that are unvaccinated: 92.04

  • Percentage of all hospitalizations that are unvaccinated: 92.62 Updated: 12/3/2021.

  • Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department

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