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    LOIS HENRY: Science behind air regs more sketchy all the time

    By Lois Henry
    Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 06:18 PM

    The more I learn about how certain air regulations were concocted, the more ludicrous it all seems. Tomorrow the California Air Resources Board will debate whether to extend the deadline for small trucking firms to comply with rules on PM2.5. (That's tiny bits of fine particulate matter contained in soot, dust and diesel exhaust.)

    Truckers will be fighting truckers over table scraps. What should happen is the whole silly rule should be chucked. And CARB should pay the poor saps who already retrofitted their rigs with filters that, by numerous reports, are a constant source of engine trouble. And I'm not even talking about the CARB-approved brand that caused a huge fire in Washington state a couple years ago and had to be recalled.

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    LOIS HENRY: County hides behind patient privacy to avoid transparency

    This should come as no surprise, but I completely disagree with Kern County’s decision not to release ambulance response times for a particular incident last month in the Kern River Canyon. And, actually, I never even asked for the...

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    LOIS HENRY: Proposed Kern River water shuffle eyed with suspicion

    When we have plenty of water, hardly anyone would sweat a couple hundred acre feet being moved around in the Kern River system. But we don't have plenty of water. Not even close. So the mere suggestion of moving a small amount of water...

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    LOIS HENRY: Was grand jury report supposed to be an apology?

    The Kern County grand jury should just stay out of the Oildale water fight. Really. Every time it comes out with a report on relations between Oildale Mutual Water Co. and North of the River Municipal Water District, it's either...

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    A minute (more or less) with Lois Henry: The quest for public records

    When columnist Lois Henry is not exposing corruption, incompetence and greed, she can often be found pondering the great mysteries of life. This week, she shares her quest to obtain public records as the Board of Supervisors made its...

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    LOIS HENRY: An unnecessary end to a troubled life

    Davon Mosley should not have died in an Alaskan jail cell. There are a lot of unanswered questions about Mosley's time in that jail: why he wasn't released when court papers appear to say he should have been; why he couldn't have visitors...

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    LOIS HENRY: New player in spay-neuter effort seeks Supes' blessing

    I admit it, I was disappointed and more than a little miffed when I first saw the county's recommendations for how to split up $80,000 among local non-profits for spay/neuter vouchers. I felt one of the non-profits, Friends of the Kern...

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    LOIS HENRY: Water crisis looks a lot like last one, only worse

    Groundwater has officially become the "new black" in California. As the drought drags on, it is this season's "must have." Wells are being dropped like mad, people are worried about subsidence and now the state is talking about ginning up...

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    A minute (more or less) with Lois Henry: Calls on a Saturday shift

    When columnist Lois Henry is not exposing corruption, incompetence and greed, she can often be found pondering the great mysteries of life. This week, she worked the Saturday shift, and received an interesting call from a veteran. Scroll...

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    LOIS HENRY: Mother Nature got help shutting down Hwy 178

    Mother Nature may have gotten a bad rap on those landslides that closed Highway 178 during the height of tourist season last August. A tremendous storm whipped through eastern Kern County and dropped heavy rains in the Kern River Canyon...

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    LOIS HENRY: Charges seem light for serious attack

    Charges were finally filed this week against James Gutcher for allegedly knocking down 79-year-old Daniel Raue after an apparent fit of road rage on Valentine's Day. But only one misdemeanor battery count, so far. After meeting with the...

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    LOIS HENRY: Air board wants truckers to pay for its mistakes

    There's the real world. And then there's the world the California Air Resources Board lives in. In CARB's world it's perfectly acceptable to force trucking companies to buy expensive, shoddy equipment that not only doesn't work, but poses...

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    LOIS HENRY: Ruling could have big implications for Tejon 'village'

    I know you've all been on the edge of your seats wondering what the heck that recent legal ruling on the Kern Water Bank really means. Here's the short answer: No one knows yet. But it could be big. Very big. Like, big enough to possibly...

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