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    LOIS HENRY: Judge justified in closing Oliver jury selection

    Portions of two high-profile criminal trials were closed to public view recently. That's a big deal. Our open judicial system is, after all, one of the primary things that sets us apart from truly crummy countries. (Well, that and...

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    LOIS HENRY: How mustangs and PTSD vets can 'gentle' each other

    I admit it's hard to understand how this works -- wild horses easing PTSD for combat veterans simply by their proximity. But for veterans who've lost hope and been lucky enough to stumble on equine therapy, it has worked. Just ask them....

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    LOIS HENRY: Theater may soon be able to flush again

    Earlier this year, Lucy Spohn was going about life as best she could following the tragic suicide of her husband, Jim Spohn. The historic Granada Theater on Kentucky Street, which they owned, was going through probate. She was working...


    LOIS HENRY: Healing veterans with a wet nose and a tail wag

    One of the cruelest legacies of war is that the very thing soldiers crave most -- home -- is something they can often never truly regain. I've heard veterans explain their feeling as war seeming more "normal" than home. How do you go to...

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    LOIS HENRY: A comparison to Bakersfield? Ah, the kiss of death

    Whoa, whoa, WHOA! I've gotta call time out when a political campaign in a totally different county tosses Bakersfield under the bus. Yeah, that's right, a candidate running for San Luis Obispo County supervisor has put out mailers urging...

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    LOIS HENRY: More intrigue in the (say what?) assessor's race

    I feel like this column should come with a diagram, a portable fan and a stiff drink. Sigh. After a week of looking into this particular subject, here's my conclusion: The closer you get to election day, the stinkier things get. And the...

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    LOIS HENRY: B-town's good, bad and ugly, real ugly

    Thought I'd catch you up with a few tidbits from the "notes" file. Ombudsman program First, a huge thank you and kudos to the nearly 20 people who responded to my call for volunteers for the Kern County Long Term Care Ombudsman program....

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    LOIS HENRY: Need a worthwhile project? Consider this one

    I learned a very sad term the other day -- "the unbefriended elderly." These are mostly old folks in nursing homes or residential care facilities who have no one. No family, no friends. No one to help them through the difficult final...

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    LOIS HENRY: Stupendous achievements in spay-neuter program

    I don’t know what a spay/neuter crown would look like but all the folks at Critters Without Litters deserve one. As you read this, Critters will have fixed its 15,000th pet since opening its doors in October 2012. Critters is Bakersfield...

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    LOIS HENRY: Ruling would be uncharted waters for water judge

    In case you were wondering, the fate of the Kern Water Bank is still hanging in the balance. Sort of. Back in March, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled that the water bank's environmental impact report was inadequate...

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    LOIS HENRY: Oops, wrong beetle! May we get a refund?

    Kern County is no longer home to the threatened valley elderberry longhorn beetle, the VELB. Yes, our long national nightmare is over. You say you never heard of the VELB and couldn't care less? Well, consider this. This little bugger...

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    LOIS HENRY: Let's be realistic about GET's revenue challenges

    My take on the news over the past week: jaw dropping, eye rolling and "awwww" inspiring. First, could the Golden Empire Transit board have been any more tone deaf to public opinion when it gave CEO Karen King a $4,000 raise? Really, you...

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    LOiS HENRY: Expect turf battles over new groundwater legislation

    There will be stutter steps. And lawsuits. No doubt. But the groundwater legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday will ultimately go a long way to help get California's water house in order. The three bills set up an aggressive...

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