Nine years after Kern government agreed to seek out foraging habitat for hawks displaced by an Antelope Valley solar energy project, the county is still fending off accusations it mishandled the task and should never have gotten involved in the first place.

Bakersfield's Valley Republic Bank is expected to be acquired by the end of this year by a much larger institution based in Chico under a proposed transaction observers say would probably make more and bigger loans available to local businesses.

“Jennifer and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Campas as they mourn the tragic and senseless loss of this dedicated public servant. Deputy Campas’ heroic service to his community will not be forgotten.” — Gov. Gavin Newsom

Aera Energy LLC has filed a 59-page appeal of the state's high-profile decision July 8 to deny the company permission to perform 21 fracking jobs on oil wells in western Kern.

The $600 million casino and hotel proposed near Highway 99 south of Bakersfield took another step forward Monday with the announcement of the project's design and construction team, all three members of which have experience with gaming and hospitality facilities.

The new slogan used by Maricopa oilman Chris Hall speaks to the direction small, independent producers like him may be headed with recent political currents. If it sounds fatalistic, it's also conscientious.

Mettler almond grower Kyle McClintock isn't trying to be ironic when he speaks optimistically about the recent drought conditions that have forced others in the business to uproot entire orchards for lack of irrigation water.

One of two partners behind Aera Energy LLC is looking to pull out of the Bakersfield-based oil producer, according to a report last week that relies on comments made by four unnamed sources.

A Southern California-based real estate development partnership has paid about $7.2 million for the former East Hills Mall, reviving hopes that the dilapidated property in northeast Bakersfield can be put to good use after years of disuse.

Kern County growers welcomed — and the United Farm Workers union shrugged off — a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that sided with California agriculture businesses in their challenge to a state regulation giving unions access to private property in order to organize workers.

A locally produced webinar starting at noon Wednesday will go over delays in the federal government's $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund and strategies for reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Environmental attacks on Kern County oil and gas production are increasingly being met with industry calls to move forward with carbon-burying technologies seen as helping the state achieve its climate goals while also creating substantial local employment opportunities.

Kern took a big step toward pre-pandemic normality Tuesday with the start of an honor system allowing fully vaccinated people to forgo masks and social distancing at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and grocery stores, even as employees will still be required to abide by California's COVID-…

Assistant Kern County Administrative Officer Teresa Hitchcock will join a webinar presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday to talk about hiring employees in the county and resources available to employers amid challenging conditions in the local job market.