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  • 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

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    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,”

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • 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: One family's harrowing tale and a glimmer of hope

    The good news is the seven (human) members of the Alvarez family are together and physically OK after surviving a devastating wreck on Highway 58 on their way to Indiana in mid-February. Even more good news is that one of the clan’s four furry members has been found safe near the wreck site. A

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    LOIS HENRY: Another day, another county official's horse-choking pay raise

    I’ve been seeing this happen for decades but still my jaw dropped when I read about a county official’s proposed raise that would, on its own, be a darn good annual salary for a lot of working folks around here. Kern County Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt didn’t quite get the raise she wanted, an

  • Events to help animals coming up

    A couple of local animal welfare organizations that do a ton of good work are having events you might want to check out.  Up the hill Tehachapi’s Have A Heart Humane Society always has a lot going on and the next few weeks are no exception. The group has been working to get a resale shop

  • Between 50 ando 60 pets come to Critters Without Litters daily to get fixed.

    LOIS HENRY: There is spay/neuter money to use, so use it

    I’ve become “that” person. Walking back from the courthouse the other day, I met a young guy and his, what I like to call “classic Bako-chi-mix” dog, named Marco. At the stoplight I learned the young man had rescued the pooch from a sketchy situation where he’d been uncared for and preyed on by

  • Kern County Sheriff'€™s N497E, which was involved in a crash in March 2014, orbits over a crime scene in this file photo.

    LOIS HENRY: Sheriff's helicopter safety shouldn't be left up to luck

    So, the NTSB recently issued its final report on exactly what caused a Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter to crash onto Highway 58 in the middle of the night two years ago. The sheriff's department prefers calling it a “hard landing.” Uh, no. The pilot was not trying to land on March

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    LOIS HENRY: Giving a voice to the frail, lonely and old

    If it seems like I crusade for certain things a lot, well, I guess I do. Here’s one of my favorites: the Kern County Long Term Care Ombudsman’s office. It needs volunteers again and I’m encouraging you to check it out. Ombudsman is kind of a weird name so just ignore it. It’s really just being

  • New homes are under construction in the Gossamer Grove development in Shafter.

    LOIS HENRY: Shafter homes are flush with Oildale water. Huh?

    Why should you care where 3,000 homes in Shafter are getting their water? First, DUH, it’s water. Second, how about if I told you the toilets and taps in those homes will be filled with water from Oildale? Third, and most importantly, what if Bakersfield — not Shafter — tax dollars paid for that

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    LOIS HENRY: Common sense, compassion sometimes more important than rules

    There's doing the right thing and then there’s doing things Brenda Barnette’s way. Barnette, director of Los Angeles City Animal Services, came to my attention after a horrible accident on I-5 Saturday night in which local rescuer Nancy Cathey was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver.

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    LOIS HENRY: It's not the size of the paper that determines its bite

    Perhaps I'm grasping at a silver lining over the recent Gruner Awards to distract myself from the fact that I'm a BIG FAT LOSER this year. Or, maybe there's truly something larger than an award with my name on it to celebrate. (Hmph!) For those of you who missed it, the Gruner Awards,