Lois Henry

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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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    LOIS HENRY: You thought war was bad? Try obtaining VA care

    The news is appalling, of course, that more than 40 veterans died while awaiting care from the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital. And you have to hand it to the VA doctor who ended his career early in order to get the information...

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    LOIS HENRY: Here's how to heal killers long before they can act

    While the post-mass-killing tragedy debate loudly rages, yet again, about gun control, sexism and how law enforcement deals with the mentally ill, I'd like to draw your attention to a quiet little program here in Kern County. It's been...

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    LOIS HENRY: Tejon Ranch now officially qualifies as water baron

    Told you so. Back in November when we learned that Tejon Ranch had purchased a chunk of what I call “the Nickel water” for its proposed Grapevine village, I said with all the water the ranch had been buying in recent years, it was...

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