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Cop Tales: Boy am I glad to see you

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

By Brian SmithSpecial to the Sun During the 1980s, I worked as a law enforcement ranger in a National Park. I patrolled 500,000 acres of mangrove islands (keys), waterways, basins, and creeks by boat. You might consider it a “dream job” and, for the most part, I would agree. Rescuing disabled vessels in lightning storms […]

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Writing Out Loud: IT’S THAT DAY AGAIN

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

By George StahlSpecial to the Sun Spring is only one month away. March 19 will be the first day of the four months of Spring. Winter will be over, and the year will be changing. A fresh feeling of rebirth and rejuvenation will rush across the valley. Flowers will begin to unfurl their pedals, and […]

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Health Care Matters: DON’T GET CATFISHED BY YOUR VALENTINE

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

By Harry ThalSpecial to the Sun I hold an insurance license in 27 states. This is primarily for the convenience of clients who move around, and then their new neighbors and friends. One of the side advantages I receive is bulletins from the Insurance departments. I recently received this from the Oregon Department of Insurance, […]

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Letters to the Editor

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

Good afternoon residents of the Kern River Valley. I had the privilege of watching the drama unfold Sunday, February 16, 2020, as the Whiskey Flats Mayor was announced and it was exciting. Skyrocket Jami and Firecracker Shawn pulled off the unthinkable as they raised $54,000 for their cause which is Fireworks over Lake Isabella. The […]

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Pushin’ Up Daisies: My Friend Alice

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

By Tracy LeeSpecial to the Sun I received a call early this morning, it was a friend of mine. She said her sister had died and needed me to come to pick her up. I usually don’t accompany first calls anymore. I have staff members who are responsible for that task. I spend most of […]

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The King of fish

By Kern Valley Sun / February 19, 2020

What fish is the King of fish in Lake Isabella? I would have this argument with a group of catfishermen while I was working at the Sierra Gateway Southlake Sporting Goods store. They all knew I loved to fish for bass. They would refer to my beloved bass as a weak sissy fish. I would […]

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Writing Out Loud: Why I Outta…

By Kern Valley Sun / February 12, 2020

By George StahlSpecial to the Sun There are 60,000 people gathered at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, cheering, jeering, applauding, and booing. It’s a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, January 15. The year is 1967, and they are all there to watch a football game. The game that day is the ‘AFL-NFL Championship Game.’ Each of these […]

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Cop Tales: Not on our beat

By Kern Valley Sun / February 12, 2020

By Brian SmithSpecial to the Sun One night on the graveyard shift, my partner and I were patrolling our beat on the freeway when we observed a vehicle parked on the right shoulder. When we stopped behind the vehicle, we noticed the trunk was tied down with a rope and we could see a hand […]

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Valley Voice

By Kern Valley Sun / February 12, 2020

My name is Judy Hyatt. I have been in and around Kern County government for over 23 years. I have lived and/or worked in the Kern Valley since 1993. I currently live in Bakersfield. At one time, I was Chief of Staff for First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston. I want to share with you why […]

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Letters to the Editor

By Kern Valley Sun / February 12, 2020

Already planned for the Canyon section of Highway 178 is the installation of rumble strips between the double yellow lines and along the edge of the highway where space will permit. These strips will warn drivers where it is safe to drive. Unfortunately, the date for this project is still under consideration and Fellow Travelers […]

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