Lois Henry

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    LOIS HENRY: U-turn sets two men on collision course

    Daniel Raue is no saint. He's a 79-year-old man who's led a colorful life. And he has a mouth that can run a major blue streak, I'm told. Even so, he sure as heck didn't deserve to be laid out as he walked down the sidewalk at F and 21st...

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    LOIS HENRY: Fixing the problem one voucher at a time

    Vouchers. Vouchers. Vouchers. Get enough of them in the hands of the right people and we might, just might, make a dent in our animal overpopulation problem. I mention this for a couple of reasons. First, because the deadline is fast...

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    LOIS HENRY: Desert aquifer overtapped and needs urgent care

    Kern County planners accidentally made a big boo-boo on the desert 10 years ago that has resulted in a potential groundwater catastrophe so large it could threaten the existence of the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. Yeah, big boo...

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    LOIS HENRY: Best kind of civics lesson is the hands-on variety

    Absolutely none of my schooling prepared me for the job I have. Specifically, navigating government agencies. Sure, I paid attention to national headlines. But understanding the inner workings of school boards, planning commissions, or...

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    LOIS HENRY: Here's one public servant who exits the right way

    Good for Jackie Denney. I'm normally not so effusive about that particular name, as I do so hate writing it out on those checks I send the county twice a year, but I'm glad to give credit where it's due. Denney, Kern County's...

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    A minute (more or less) with Lois Henry: Introducing a water deputy

    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 went to an assembly that teaches kids about water conservation. And she now has a...

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    LOIS HENRY: Councilman says he's dealing with city staff's 'fabrications'

    Bakersfield City Councilman Terry Maxwell's numerous and often extremely detailed questions regarding the widening of 24th Street haven't been free, nor cheap. The money part of this tale is interesting. But I think it leads to a larger...

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    LOIS HENRY: Novel set in B-town looks at the importance of loss

    A novel set in Bakersfield is getting a lot of buzz lately. We're talking movie buzz. That may get some people to fire up the Kindle, or what not, and buy "Counting by 7s" by Holly Goldberg Sloan. But after the first few pages, it's the...

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    A minute (more or less) with Lois Henry: Water, and discovering an old article

    When columnist Lois Henry is not exposing corruption, incompetence and greed, she can often be found pondering the great mysteries of life. This week, it's water, and an old story she found at the Kern County Library on this very topic....

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    LOIS HENRY: How 60-plus singles can find a little romance

    I don't care what people say, they're never ready to hang it up when it comes to love. Even after a divorce, or death, the old ticker -- no matter how old -- can suddenly sputter to life with that familiar pitter pat when you least expect...

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    LOIS HENRY: Count on every drop of water being counted these days

    Water deals that rarely, if ever, got noticed before are coming under a lot more scrutiny as supplies tighten. And not by regulators or yours truly. It's the agricultural water world itself that's putting nearly every movement of every...

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    LOIS HENRY: Paperwork for thirsty water districts, but no solutions

    In the torrent of drought news engulfing us daily, I recently saw a bit that struck a chord. Seventeen rural water districts throughout the state will likely run out of water in the next two to four months. Since I am a board member on a...

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    A minute (more or less) with Lois Henry: You can quit smoking too

    When columnist Lois Henry is not exposing corruption, incompetence and greed, she can often be found pondering the great mysteries of life. This week marks 22 years since she quit smoking. And if she can do it, so can anyone.  

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