A local committee's efforts to improve air quality in Shafter by spending some $40 million in state money have run up against a familiar ideological divide pitting environmental activism against the interests of Kern County industry.
Despite a surge in farm hiring, Kern's jobless rate rose to 8.4 percent in July as the local service sector shrank and local education employment declined, according to seasonally unadjusted state data released Friday.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the sprawling military base near Ridgecrest in eastern Kern, suffered $5.2 billion in damage during the series of powerful earthquakes centered in the area last month, according to an assessment released publicly this week.
Mind your appetite, Bakersfield, because two new restaurants are coming to the corner of California Avenue and Stockdale Highway, where Mexicali West used to be.
Specialized apparel retail chain 5.11 Tactical has scheduled a grand opening for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at its new Bakersfield location, 2150 Wible Road, near Valley Plaza mall.
Jay Tamsi, president and CEO of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has been named 2019 Chamber Executive of the Year by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.
The Small Business Development Center at Cal State Bakersfield has scheduled the Kern Capital Summit for 4 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday at The Tower Craft Bar & Grill, 1200 Truxtun Ave.
The annual shaking of the almond trees has begun as local growers start harvesting a crop that could be especially promising this year for Kern County.
Producers of the HGTV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have selected a Bakersfield family to receive a home that's likely to change its members' lives for the better. In other words, the easy part is done.
This much is clear about San Francisco's plan to withdraw itself from Kern County oil production: It isn't going to be cheap. Question is, who's going to pay for it?
When Amazon was trying to get approval to build a massive distribution center next to Meadows Field Airport, the company's approach was so stealthy that senior Kern County officials reviewing its permit application did not know they were actually dealing with the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved California's request that the federal government make disaster assistance available to businesses and residents affected by the large earthquakes that struck the Ridgecrest area last month.
Public hearings scheduled for next week will allow Bakersfield-area residents a chance to offer input on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s request to substantially raise the rates paid by its 16 million customers in Central and Northern California.
It’s a town almost unnoticeable on a map, a dot signifying a place 18 miles west-northwest of Bakersfield: Shafter, population not-quite 20,000.
For decades, the gift Alfred Fuhrman bestowed on his beloved San Francisco worked just as he hoped it would, paying for upkeep at Golden Gate Park and helping fund the city's library system.
A tactical gear and apparel retailer specializing in clothing for law enforcement and other first responders plans to open a store in Bakersfield.
Since it started growing seven varieties of olives on 42 acres in about 2012, Rio Bravo Ranch has won a series of top awards at statewide olive-oil competitions. Its products are sold in stores across Bakersfield and the company has a limited distribution in the Los Angeles area.
At the mouth of the Kern River Canyon, in a relatively small corner of a legacy growing operation, sits one of Kern agriculture's most delicious ironies.
Taking the position it needs more specific instructions from regulators, Chevron has filed an appeal of a state order calling on the company to "take all measures" to prevent further flows of oil and water at California's largest and most visible petroleum-related accident in years.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaking with reporters in western Kern after a tour of California's largest oil spill in years, withheld judgment on the incident Wednesday and said he must balance the state's low-carbon future with the needs of communities economically dependent on petroleum production.
Four years ago, after reading about the excitement surrounding the country's "coworking" trend of shared office space, Bakersfield businessman Phil Rudnick decided to go check it out first-hand.
The median sale price of an existing, single-family home in Bakersfield rose by 4 percent in June as both supply and demand continued to decline in what is increasingly a seller's market.
Charter Communications Inc. has closed its Bakersfield call center, resulting in layoff notices to about 75 employees, the company said Tuesday.
A prominent think tank is holding up a local model of workplace-based health services as an effective approach to reducing rates of type-2 diabetes.
Chevron records show the large, McKittrick-area oil leak that has shone an unflattering light on Kern County petroleum production probably originated with an idle well being worked on at the same time the company was injecting high-pressure steam just 360 feet away, a combination that indust…
Even though hiring outpaced layoffs, Kern's official unemployment rate actually rose to an estimated 8 percent in June from a revised 7.2 percent in May.
A "low rate" flow of oil and water resumed Wednesday at Chevron's months-old Cymric Oil Field leak near McKittrick, the company said Thursday.
Kern County has proposed a 20-year, $218 million deal with the Tejon Indians to provide fire, law enforcement and other services at the $600 million casino and hotel the tribe and Hard Rock International plan to open half an hour south of Bakersfield.
Kohl's is about to kick off a hiring spree that it says will bring a surge in new employment to its store in northwest Bakersfield.
Tapping the persuasive power of free beer and a live DJ, Fresno tech catalyst Bitwise Industries followed last month's big splash in Bakersfield with a more intimate event in downtown Wednesday introducing its software development arm, Shift3 Technologies, to local businesses, educators and …
Local car dealer Jose Arredondo, an immigrant who worked his way up to own several local dealerships, has died from stab wounds he suffered while in Baja California, his pastor confirmed Tuesday. He was 60 years old.
After more than 100 years in farming, and 50 in the almond business, the Billings family had done a lot to bring laser focus to its business. But still it lacked a direct connection to its end customers, the people eating its products.
California's top oil regulator, losing patience with Chevron's response to the uncontrolled release of thousands of barrels of oil near McKittrick, has ordered the company to "take all measures" to make sure petroleum, water and steam do not resume rising to the surface after previous effort…
The atmosphere was friendly at Thursday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Downtown, and after the formalities — a solemn invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance — inside jokes came one after the other.
A multiagency earthquake damage assessment taking place this weekend will determine whether Ridgecrest-area residents and businesses receive access to grants or low-interest federal loans designed to help them recover, and whether federal money will be given out to assist in rebuilding local…
Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of California's top oil regulator after environmental activists reported a recent spike in state fracking permits and allegations that senior officials within the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources own stock in petroleum companies they oversee.
California regulators have issued a notice of violation against Chevron and ordered a limited ban on nearby production after a steaming operation in the Cymric Oil Field produced a pool of oil 250 feet long and 20 feet wide near McKittrick.
Developers of the Amazon distribution center under construction next to Meadows Field Airport are being required to carry out a number of substantial improvements to nearby roadways, plus pay $1.4 million into a regional transportation fund to help minimize the project's impact on local traffic.
A campaign has been launched to build public support for the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposed $600 million hotel and casino half an hour south of Bakersfield, and its success could prove pivotal as the project proceeds through a series of state and federal approval processes.
Kern and every municipality within its borders stands to lose a degree of local control over their housing approval processes after state officials concluded not even one government in the county has made sufficient progress toward permitting affordably priced homes and apartments.
A local water district is developing a novel, market-based groundwater trading program that, if successful, could be expanded or copied to help Central Valley farmers cope with new state restrictions against over-pumping the region's aquifers.
Concerns are mounting that transportation corridors just north of Bakersfield will have to be expanded or otherwise adjusted to address an increase in truck traffic from continued development of distribution centers along 7th Standard Road and its eastern extension, Merle Haggard Drive.