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    LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth

    By Lois Henry
    Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 08:26 PM

    Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July popping off all those super-fun fireworks. So sad it’s over so soon, huh?

    Well, not for Beth Kurtz it’s not. Not by a long shot. Some nameless, faceless moron’s inane need to see something go “boom” burned up Kurtz’s Campus Park house the night of July Fourth.Now Kurtz and her husband are camping at her brother’s house for at least the next six months while her house is essentially rebuilt from the inside out.

    “It’s something else when you get blown out of your house,” Kurtz told me. She agreed with me that fireworks should be banned.

    If you’re rolling your eyes saying, “Oh, there she goes again with her anti-fireworks rant,” do me a favor and put yourself in Kurtz’s place for a minute.

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    LOIS HENRY: On water issues, 1 vote each isn’t always fairest

    There’s so much going on with groundwater, it’s a whirlwind! OK, a whirlwind you can’t see and probably haven’t heard of, but a whirlwind nonetheless. It’s no secret that Californians have been abusing our aquifers for more than a...

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    LOIS HENRY: Yes, the U.S. Constitution applies to Kern County

    I apologize. I wanted to write a column about the people who were cited for illegal fireworks over the July 4th holiday. I failed. Though, in my defense, I had help. I only received the names of those cited by the Bakersfield Fire...

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    LOIS HENRY: Will Reynosa ever truly regret crash? Let's hope so

    Here's a switch: Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood had to counsel me on limiting law enforcement's power. Yeah, the irony wasn't lost on him either. I had asked if the Sheriff's office has discretion over whether certain inmates do...

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    LOIS HENRY: Add one to body count of a fatally flawed system

    I wish David Jacobson were alive to read “The Firehouse Journals.” I'm sure he would have gotten a huge charge out of it. Even, or maybe especially, the chapter that detailed how Jacobson’s body was handled by Wasco State Prison guards...

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    LOIS HENRY: Lower the boom on this idiotic practice

    Fireworks = bad. They are dirty, costly and pose needless danger to our community. They need to be banned. Yes, I'm doing it again, agitating for our alleged leaders to pull their collective heads out of the sand and realize fireworks...

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    LOIS HENRY: What's worse? Greed or flouting of disclosure law?

    I honestly don't know what I'm more appalled by. The mind-blowingly naked greed of two employees of the North of the River Municipal Water District or attempts by NOR's attorney to keep it under wraps. To a certain extent, I guess, it's...

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    LOIS HENRY: 'Shell game' with parkway well water?

    Seems a little controversy has cropped up around the so-called "parkway wells" again. The city has been watching for several months as those wells have pumped thousands of acre feet of groundwater into the Cross Valley Canal where it has...

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    LOIS HENRY: Water, theft and death threats

    Just when I thought the whole Oildale water fight was quietly gliding into history, BAM! No way. The war between Oildale Mutual Water Company and North of the River Municipal Water District (NOR) is hotter than ever. Now I find out there...

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    LOIS HENRY: Dry river beds run deep

    The Kern River through Bakersfield is dead as a doornail right now. But the quest for control of its waters is alive and kicking. Depending on who wins this tug-of-war, it could mean more water for the river permanently. A recent ruling...

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    LOIS HENRY: Study 'breath of fresh' air on asthma-air pollution link

    I'm sure a recent study looking at asthma and fine particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley will go over like a lead balloon for some. What it found was even as fine particulate matter (tiny bits of dust and soot also called PM2.5)...

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    LOIS HENRY: Hockey incident the latest volatile turn for Tandy

    You have to feel a little sorry for Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson. Wish as he might, he just cannot escape the foibles of his boss, City Manager Alan Tandy. Four years ago, Williamson ducked having to arrest Tandy for suspicion...

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    LOIS HENRY: Oxy is holding its cards close on secretive oil play

    I think Oxy is on to something. Something big. I don't know whether it's new finds or a technological breakthrough, or a combination. But Occidental Petroleum Corp. has been dropping wells and pulling up substantial oil -- Monterey shale...

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