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A yearslong headache of a project south of Rosedale Highway is coming to a head as the owner of the former Big West oil refinery pushes to finish converting the plant to produce renewable diesel.

An outdoor food and entertainment park is being proposed downtown that would lease unconventional storefronts to startup vendors alongside performance and recreational spaces, all anchored by an extension of west Bakersfield's Sonder bar and restaurant.

The State Small Business Credit Initiative will be the focus of a locally produced webinar Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will host from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

State regulators said Friday natural gas along with crude oil contaminated west Bakersfield's drinking water this week when one or more valves were left partly open during preparations for a pressure test required by a recent emergency order against a local petroleum producer.

The company suspected of mistakenly allowing crude oil to backflow into Bakersfield's municipal water system this week, leading to business closures and prompting an advisory to avoid tap water south of Lake Truxtun, is a local oil producer with a history of regulatory problems.

A former auto body shop downtown is being demolished this week as part of a state-monitored cleanup of contamination believed to have originated with the property's use as a manufactured gas plant as many as 136 years ago.

Investors frustrated by Tejon Ranch Co.'s sluggish stock performance signaled their impatience this month by voting in large numbers against the company's annual election slate following a campaign led by an East Coast group advocating change at the Lebec-based agribusiness and real estate d…

The community of Lost Hills moved toward greater self-determination Wednesday with initial approval of a revised plan to create a community services district 鈥 at聽226,369 acres, Kern's largest聽鈥 focused on parks and recreation in the county's unincorporated northwest corner.

AT&T Inc.'s proposal to stop offering landline service in places like rural Kern appears headed for rejection after an outpouring of public opposition and an absence of service providers volunteering to take up the phone company's obligations as a "carrier of last resort."

A local subsidiary of ag giant The Wonderful Co. launched a legal attack Monday against a landmark California labor organizing tool central to the company鈥檚 escalating dispute with the United Farm Workers union.

The national debate over how to expand rural access to broadband internet service came to downtown Bakersfield on Friday as Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony on the benefits and drawbacks of renewing federal subsidies introduced during the pandemic.

Recession worries have generally abated among owners of small and mid-size U.S. businesses, according to a new Bank of America survey report that points to relative optimism in the face of lingering concerns about election-year politics, inflation and higher interest rates.

Amazon is preparing to open its third distribution center in Kern County聽鈥 a "last-mile" hub at the former Kmart shopping center on Wilson Road聽鈥 after a two-year delay that was part of a nationwide development pullback preceded by lagging sales.