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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.

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.

Sacramento's shifting approach to reining in California oil production came into sharper focus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's weekend announcement that he had signed half a dozen bills regulating petroleum activities and appointed two senior officials — including a former Chevron engineer — to ove…

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.…

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.

One of Kern's largest oil producers has agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle accusations it hauled oilfield waste from six different local leases to a facility in Ventura County, where the company allegedly dumped the hazardous waste at a site not permitted for such uses.

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California oil regulators levied more than $2.7 million in fines against Chevron Wednesday for alleged violations related to a series of west Kern oilfield leaks that shone a harsh light on the industry even as the state said they caused minimal environmental damage.

Fausto Parra's pickup holds a lot of gasoline, so he may have gone more than a day or two between fill-ups. But it seemed to him that the price of a gallon of gas at the Delano station he normally goes to jumped from $3.19 one day to $3.75 the next time he stopped.

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Remember the headline on the cover of The Californian's June 2 edition? Placed beside a picture of what was thought to be harmless industrial hemp, it read, "Relax. This is not actually weed growing near Arvin."

While observing homes from the street in a single-family neighborhood, you would never know that a residence has a so-called “granny flat” in the back. The longer-term renters or vacationers come and go quietly, woven into the fabric of the neighborhood.

Kern County's primary business recruitment and retention arm examined its own performance Thursday and concluded it must do more to engage with the community if it is going to be able to continue carrying out its mission.

Hopes for a quick resolution of Sundale Country Club's fate faded Monday after a scheduled auction of the financially troubled Bakersfield golf course was again postponed, this time because one of its minority owners has filed for personal bankruptcy protection.

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As news settled in Wednesday that Kern had apparently lost its title as the nation's top-grossing agricultural producer, people whose jobs it is to track these things sifted through the official reports to figure out what had changed, and specifically, why Fresno County had suddenly broken K…

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It's a sign of how bad the situation with squatters has become in Irma Hall's neighborhood that twice in recent months a house near hers caught fire and both times people not authorized to live there fled amid the blaze.

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Prospective buyers of the boarded-up East Hills Mall recently reached out to Bakersfield city officials with a new vision for demolishing and redeveloping the property into a village-like mixed-use center.