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Pushin’ Up Daisies: SURVIVING WEEKS FOUR THROUGH EIGHT

By Kern Valley Sun / March 11, 2020

By Tracy LeeSpecial to the Sun After living through funeral week and enduring the two weeks of company and well-wishers that follow, the survivor may think they are ready for a break from social supporters. Unfortunately, the lack of social support makes weeks four through eight some of the toughest the survivor will experience. These […]

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Spring training for a fisherman

By Kern Valley Sun / March 11, 2020

Just like the big league ballplayers, I like to spend February and early March getting in shape for the upcoming fishing season. I gave my wife a fit bit for Christmas. She tells me daily how many thousands of steps she has taken. Her reporting on her steps has me wondering how many casts I […]

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Cop Tales: I wept and was thankful to be alive

By Kern Valley Sun / March 4, 2020

By Brian Smith Special to the Sun Being a law enforcement officer is a rewarding career, but also extremely dangerous and deadly. We all know this every day when we put on the uniform. I wore a second uniform though. It was a 100-pound explosive bomb suit. About three years into my bomb squad career […]

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Letters to the Editor

By Kern Valley Sun / March 4, 2020

In the March 2 issue of the Bakersfield Californian, there is a Legal Notice requesting comments on the plan to designate a HUGE area (from Texas to California) for the endangered yellow-billed cuckoo. I reviewed the information on the Internet and the Kern County lands are Unit 64 (Pages 559-562.) It is referred to as […]

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Clearing a path: Whiskey Flats Trail

By Kern Valley Sun / March 4, 2020

By Jesse ArmstrongSubmitted to the Sun After seeing the difference between a well-cleared trail and an overgrown one, I really wanted to be a part of the effort but wasn’t sure how to get involved. So last Saturday I did something totally new for me and joined Stewards of the Sequoia in clearing the Whiskey […]

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Pushin’ Up Daisies: Enduring Weeks Two and Three

By Kern Valley Sun / March 4, 2020

By Tracy LeeSpecial to the Sun Weeks two and three see one’s reality returning into focus. The survivor begins to feel the extreme pain of their loss. Some have labeled this a task called acceptance. I, however, label it an inhospitable awakening. The survivor begins to understand that he/she must now survive without the companionship […]

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Pushin’ Up Daisies: Grief Recovery Milestones I- Funeral Week

By Kern Valley Sun / February 26, 2020

Tracy LeeSpecial to the Sun Last week I assisted two families in laying their loved ones to rest. As I was working with the widow of the first family, I noticed that she was particularly dismayed. She seemed frail and commented several times that she just did not know how she would survive without her […]

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Cop Tales: Ok, you can call me a replacement now

By Kern Valley Sun / February 26, 2020

By Brian SmithSpecial to the Sun As I was packing my desk on my final day before I would report to a new office as a Captain for the highway patrol, I was notified of a serious accident. I responded to the scene where an SUV swerved off the freeway, rolled and came to rest […]

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Writing Out Loud: To The Tin Woman

By Kern Valley Sun / February 26, 2020

By George StahlSpecial to the Sun This Saturday is a day that, for the past 21 years an event has been taking place here in the valley that has become something more than a tradition, more than an annual happening, and so much more than a fundraiser. It has grown into an epic gathering and […]

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Oral Health and the Opioid Epidemic

By Kern Valley Sun / February 26, 2020

By John Chang and Gary MendellSubmission to the Sun For approximately 5 million people each year, wisdom-teeth removal is part of the rite of passage into adulthood. But for some, wisdom-teeth extraction represents a first exposure to opioids, and a recent study from Stanford University found that teens can end up in a battle with […]

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