Lois Henry

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    LOIS HENRY: Look at the difference an hour a week can make

    Thirteen years ago, Katie Wright was at a crossroads. The then 6-year-old, second grader was struggling to read. She was so embarrassed by her lack of ability, she refused to read with her mom and tried to hide her reading difficulties...

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    LOIS HENRY: There are more rights to the Kern than water

    OK, so the Kern River is “oversubscribed” by 631 percent, according to a couple of University of California researchers. Sounds scary. What’s it really mean? Not a lot, as far as the actual water goes. But the politics behind that...

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    LOIS HENRY: PUC needs a reboot, new appointee says

    I wish Michael Picker luck. But I hold out very little hope. Picker is a newly minted California Public Utilities commissioner, appointed in January to fill out the term of departing Mark Ferron, who left for medical reasons. Picker was...

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    LOIS HENRY: Did deputy get good 'ol boy justice? Maybe not

    When I heard about the "punishment" handed down to Kern County Sheriff's Deputy John Swearengin, my first thought was: Good ol' boy justice strikes again. But, actually, the 480 hours of community service and three years probation...

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    LOIS HENRY: Our spay/neuter bus is gassed up, ready to roll

    OK, so we've had a few stutter steps since the county gave several local non-profits $80,000 to get the spay/neuter ball rolling. In a weird way, though, the stutter steps may have landed Kern in a better position, spay/neuter speaking....

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    LOIS HENRY: KHSD must commit to protect disabled kids; bomb party antics another nail in fireworks' coffin

    I have some updates on my recent rants. Kern High School District and the autistic girl KHSD is doubling down on its position that a severely mentally disabled girl wasn't harmed when she was possibly sexually assaulted in a bathroom at...

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    LOIS HENRY: A fireworks disaster you may not have heard about

    So, a guy hosted a big 4th of July party out on Stockdale Highway where he shot off countless illegal fireworks and ended with a "grand finale" that involved accidentally blowing up himself and three friends. Jim Trino was the party host...

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    LOIS HENRY: How many ways can you botch an assault response?

    There's so much wrong with how a possible sexual assault at a local high school was handled, it's hard to know where to start. In October 2009, an Independence High School teacher's aide found two autistic teens in a school bathroom naked...

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    LOIS HENRY: County planners not thrilled with groundwater bills

    Don't look now, but someone isn't exactly on board with the state's groundwater regulation plans. And that someone is -- ta-DA! Kern County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose two groundwater regulation bills...

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    LOIS HENRY: Even upriver, water is as valuable as wet gold

    I’m convinced that water has become the most seductive element on earth. Its lure is stronger than oil or even gold, especially in California these days. Water’s siren song appears to have drawn the Rosedale Rio-Bravo Water Storage...

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

    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...

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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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