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LOIS HENRY: How far will our water let us build?

New development in northwest Bakersfield isn't slowing down even during some of the driest years in Kern County's history.

Perhaps it seems crazy that Bakersfield has actually ramped up home construction during one of the worst droughts in California history.

Especially crazy since the city’s river rights dried up last summer, bringing 20,000 residents harrowingly close to running out of water.

Add to that the fact that we have a boatload of development left over from the pre-recession days already approved.

Oh, and we sit atop one of the most over-pumped aquifers in the state, something new law aims to change.

Yet from 2012 through 2015, the drought years, Bakersfield issued

One hundred tanker cars formed a mile-long train waiting to be unloaded in early December 2014 at Plains All American Pipeline LP's new rail-to-pipeline near Taft. The train carried about 70,000 barrels of oil, or about 3 million gallons. The facility was designed to handle two such trains per day.

Oil train projects stall in their tracks

Remember the hubbub a couple of years ago about trains hauling in mile-long oil shipments from other states, and how this was going to create hundreds of local jobs and reduce the need for imported petroleum but possibly risk explosions along Kern County railroads? Well, never mind all that.

Boys wore dresses and girls dressed like boys at Buchanan High School last week to protest the Clovis Unified School District's board of trustees' refusal to amend its dress code, which has different rules for boys and girls.

LOIS HENRY: Tongs and a face mask are handy when opening my email

Time for a look in the old mailbag. I got a lot of responses to my column on the Clovis Unified School District’s sexist (yup, I said it again) dress code, which has different rules for boys and girls on things like hair length and earrings. For background, William Pleasant, a senior at Buchanan

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