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This week on Couch’s Corner, I’d like to recognize an organization, The True Love Tribe, and its third annual awards banquet held on Sept. 28. True Love Tribe may sound like an odd name for an organization but it is what it sounds like: an organization that fosters goodwill and social inclus…

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Health officials have raised concern over the use of e-cigarettes and vaping due to a number of reported illnesses and lung damage linked to the use of this product. As of the writing of this article, there have been at least 1,080 injuries and 18 deaths connected to e-cigarettes, battery-po…

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To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving 30 million children each day, Delano Union School District schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week through Friday.

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When you sit down for a conversation with Joanna Trigo, science teacher and academic coach for the Delano Union School District, you can see why many teachers describe their work as a calling or a vocation: she has a missionary-like passion for what she does — this is someone who loves scien…

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The private company that runs Taft Correctional Institution, a minimum security federal prison, announced the federal government will shut down the prison as of Jan. 31, 2020.

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I recently learned of the Housing Authority of Kern’s (HAKC) concept of using farm labor camps it owns in Shafter and Lamont to house about 50 homeless women from Kern County temporarily this winter. Having no more details than that, I let a member of the Shafter community know. Within days,…

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I remember a saying that goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” As I grew older, that phrase is not true for everyone. Words can either heal or wound.

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McFarland Unified School District has recently begun serving on the Community Advisory Boards for both North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison.

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It’s encouraging to see others reporting on the good work happening in the Delano community. Hats off to Bryana Lozoya for her excellent article in the South Kern Sol recently about some Kern County road improvements planned in the Delano area, in particular Lytle Avenue. She gives credit to…

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Have you ever opened up to someone thinking you could trust them? Then you later find out they spread your information to people who have no business knowing your business. Such individuals have zero respect for any confidential information you shared with them. Trust and confidentiality are…

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Remember the headline on the cover of The Californian's June 2 edition? Placed beside a picture of what was thought to be harmless industrial hemp, it read, "Relax. This is not actually weed growing near Arvin."

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Kern County recorded its second hospitalization for vaping-related illness on Sept. 25 and local officials issued a call for all county residents to heed state and federal warnings and stop vaping immediately.

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This week on Couch’s Corner, I want to share details about a specific volunteer opportunity to benefit the Delano community. As we wrap up the summer and move toward the fall and winter seasons, the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching fast. During the Thanksgiving holiday, giving back to tho…

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I grew up with moral ethics. I was taught to respect my elders and show common courtesy to others. Even if I strongly disagree with another individual, I was not to engage in a witch hunt.