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  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Judgment, or the lack thereof, matters

    I will not vote for Cory Woodward for Kern County Superior Court judge, seat 34. I don’t think he deserves to be a judge. He lost any potential support he might have had from me when he had an affair with his clerk, then lied about it repeatedly when administrators tried to move the woman out of

  • Third-grade students in Tracy Arambula's class at Noble Elementary react using emojis to a story about Buddy, a dog who's neglected. The students are part of a pilot project in Bakersfield to teach youngsters about animal welfare.

    LOIS HENRY: Kids and animals, the right combination for a better future

    If you’re my age and remember the TV commercial with the crying Indian standing in garbage, I’ll bet that, like me, you’d sooner stab yourself than toss a wrapper in the street. That’s what happens when you ingrain the right message on a young mind. It sticks. That’s what the creators of a new

  • Workers at a McFarland area blueberry farm walked off the job Tuesday asking for better wages.

    LOIS HENRY: Labor dispute erupts on blueberry farm

    A labor dispute that erupted on a blueberry farm near McFarland over Monday and Tuesday illustrates the complexities and hardships of a difficult business not just for farm workers, but farmers as well. At issue is whether 60 cents is a fair price for the strenuous effort to pick a single pound of

  • Several shaman figures are carved into a rock high on the side of the Little Petroglyph Canyon wall. Scholars theorize the shaman were carved as part of spirit quests or perhaps as a rite of passage.

    Ancient rock art evokes mystery, reverence - even some controversy

    I’ve toured the Little Petroglyph Canyon on the China Lake Navy base twice now. Both times, I’ve had the same question as I wandered along the sandy floor looking up at countless images painstakingly chipped into the rocky walls: Why? The petroglyphs, considered the largest concentration of

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Denying settlement in sexual assault is wrong-headed

    OMG, just pay the woman. There’s so much wrong with Kern County lawyers trying to hold up a $1 million settlement to a sexual assault victim over a press release that I’m practically speechless. Word is county attorneys are so adamant about not paying they’re bringing the issue before the Board

  • Chelsea Tonneslan, supervisor of the Shafter branch of the Kern County Library, reads to a group of toddlers during storytime on Monday.

    LOIS HENRY: More reasons to love Measure F

    You know who really wins if Measure F passes? Well, everyone. But the really big winners will be residents in California City, Wasco, Buttonwillow, Wofford Heights, etc. You know, places that exist outside of Rome...er...Bakersfield. Yup, I’m still ranting in support of Measure F, the one-

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: The feds don't like our air? Let them fix it, then

    It only seems fair that if the federal government is going to set unreasonable air pollution standards it should shoulder some of the load for meeting those standards. Especially when you consider that 85 percent of pollutants in the valley come from tailpipe emissions, over which local air

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Libraries are there for you, it's time to return the favor

    If I could vote for Measure F twice, I would. The Board of Supervisors has let Kern County’s libraries wither on life support long enough. It’s only going to get worse with countywide cuts announced Tuesday. If our elected leaders don’t think providing the public with better — in some cases any

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Kids are the big losers in school district bickering

    The mess unraveling at the Vineland School District illustrates exactly why, of all the beats I’ve covered in my career, I have avoided the education beat like the plague. Whiny teachers. Whiny administrators. Whiny parents. The only good guys are the kids. And like most good guys, they seem to

  • A Sheriff's badge on a saddle during the Grave Memorial dedication for former Kern County lawman Harry Wrinkle Bludworth.

    Legendary Kern lawman finally gets a marker

    Former lawman Harry W. Bludworth may have died 103 years ago but you don’t have to look far to see his spirit, said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. “Look at our deputies and detectives today,” Youngblood said Friday morning during a ceremony to dedicate a headstone for Bludworth in Union

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: 'Extra' Kern River water is in the eye of the beholder

    After five years and millions of dollars in attorneys fees, the North Kern Water Storage District won an appellate court decision last week that, basically, says Bakersfield must continue selling it Kern River water when it has water to spare. Hmmm. Back in 2011, the two entities were in talks to

  • The Alvarez family on a trip to Morro Bay in early February. Left to right top row, Stephanie Alvarez,  Olina, 18, Elijah, 17. Bottom row David (in Stephanie's lap) 18 months, Christopher, 7 and Ciena 5.

    LOIS HENRY: Good news for Kern animals and a legendary lawman

    I have a few updates for you. ••• First, mark your calendars for Friday at 10:30 a.m. if you’d like to attend the dedication of a gravestone for a long forgotten, larger-than-life Kern County lawman at Union Cemetery. Harry W. Bludworth was a Sheriff’s deputy here from about 1875 to 1882. Even

  • Boomer gets a hug from Brandy Capra at The Lucy Pet Foundation's low-cost vaccination clinic and mobile spay/neuter event Aug. 2 in Oildale.

    Popular spay/neuter program suspended

    A popular voucher system for low-income people to get their pets fixed will be suspended as of Friday for lack of funds, according to Nick Cullen, director of Kern County Animal Services. Vouchers that have already been issued will be honored. “The voucher program has been super successful,”

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Another simplistic look at Kern's air by the Lung Association

    The American Lung Association is at it again, giving Kern County a big fat “F” for air quality. But wait, that’s not all. The Lung Association adds to its flim flam bad air grade by breathlessly (ha ha) exclaiming that the air in Bakersfield is “worsening” for both particulate matter and

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Testing shows food and oil field water are a good mix

    Initial testing of grapes and nuts that have been irrigated for the past 20 or so years with water produced from nearby oilfields shows (drum roll) a...BIG...FAT...NOTHING. TA DAAAAA! There was no chemical difference between fruits and nuts irrigated by oilfield-produced water in the Cawelo Water

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Time to take the chaos out of air quality

    If you want to glimpse a small bit of rational thought occurring in Congress, tune in to the Energy and Commerce Committee at 7:15 a.m. our time Thursday for a hearing on H.R. 4775, which aims to tweak the Clean Air Act. Why would you want to be alert that early for something as un-scintillating

  • Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Efficient air pollution district flummoxes Sacramento auditors

    Only in Sacramento. A special state audit came out recently that found the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District — well known for charging the lowest fees in the state and making extensive use of federal and state grants — charges the lowest fees in the state and makes extensive use of