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    LOIS HENRY: UCLA’s immense power couldn’t squash this ‘David’

    The reality of our world is that sometimes David slays Goliath and sometimes he has to settle for giving the big Phillistine a black eye. Such is life when dealing with giants who have all the money and all the power. In this case,...

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    LOIS HENRY: Hiccups in the spay/neuter voucher program, but advances, too

    It's been almost a year since Kern County Supervisors agreed to give $80,000 to three local nonprofits to try and jump-start the county's targeted spay/neuter efforts. How's it going? Well, there's good news and bad. Good news: 1,149...

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    LOIS HENRY: ‘Dusty closet’ find brings more historical figures to life

    My call for cool, old Bakersfield artifacts a few weeks ago hit pay dirt recently in more ways than one. Local risk management consultant John Pryor read my story on an old map owned by Dan Araujo that showed Bakersfield most likely...

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    LOIS HENRY: Unchecked science no basis for onerous air rules

    New ozone regulations being proposed by the federal EPA would essentially force us all into electric cars and we probably still wouldn't come into compliance. Ho hum. Kind of the same old story for the San Joaquin Valley, where we're...

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    LOIS HENRY: One step forward, two back on fireworks

    Even Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez's self-serving, disingenuous and downright contemptuous ranting against a proposed ban of Piccolo Pete and ground flower-type fireworks wasn't nearly as stunning to me as Supervisor David Couch's...

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    LOIS HENRY: More overdraft doesn't seem like best plan for desert aquifer

    A plan that knowingly allows the Indian Wells Valley -- Ridgecrest -- groundwater basin to tip further into overdraft doesn't seem like excellent water management to me. But that's exactly what zoning changes being proposed by the Kern...

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    LOIS HENRY: PUC-PG&E entanglement gets even stinkier

    Back in September, I noted a certain stinkiness emanating from a smattering of emails between PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission then-President Michael Peevey regarding the Hydrogen Energy California project. Now that several...

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    LOIS HENRY: Tracking history through an old Kern map

    This turned out to be such a fun story, and with more elements than we could run the first time around, that we decided to give readers a second look at an old Kern County map. For background, Dan Araujo brought in an old map that’s been...


    LOIS HENRY: A (mystery) map for the ages

    At the risk of being self-indulgent (which I was recently called), I'm going back into Kern County's history -- again. Mostly, I just want to run this really cool map that Dan Araujo brought in after my last columns on the lengths the...

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    LOIS HENRY: Remorse? Well, that was very silly of me to expect

    Sometimes the road to justice can be long, painful and, frankly, a little strange. As of Friday afternoon, justice was finally served for David Jacobson, who the rest of the world knew as Jerry Crook. His murderers have all been...

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    LOIS HENRY: Lost to history: H.H. and undercover Land Co. saga

    Let's see, last I left you, "Operative H.H." had made inroads into Bakersfield society and was preparing to head out into the countryside to look for the nefarious hay-burning gang. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, no worries....

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    LOIS HENRY: Explosive case of 'distinction without a difference'

    It's hard to overstate how stupid California can be sometimes. In this instance, I'm talking about how state hazardous waste laws have led to an increase in illegal fireworks. I'll explain that in a sec. But the reason it came to mind is...

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    LOIS HENRY: Back when water barons hired undercover agents

    Indulge me while I share a fascinating fragment of Kern County history. And, wouldn't ya know, it has to do with water, sort of. As anyone who's read my columns knows, I love any and all info related to the Kern River. So, when Kern...

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