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Pushin’ Up Daisies: Alarming Suicide Rates

By Kern Valley Sun / July 3, 2018

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released staggering suicide facts last week. In all but one state (Nevada which saw a 1% drop in suicide rates), the overall rate increased across the board since 1999 with over half of the states seeing an increase of 30 percent or more. Furthermore, over half (54 […]

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Writing Out Loud: ROUTE 66 – WHERE ARE YOU?

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

By George Stahl An inanimate object with no sense of sight or touch that has become a part of the American landscape is being commemorated today. Even though it does not feel, breath or sense, it has been used by millions to have their lives changed or touched in some way. Today, 33 years ago, […]

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Letters to the Editor (Pub. June 27, 2018)

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

No More Taxes I thought that the KVHD would have realized that the taxpaying population was serious when it denied the prior tax increase. Apparently the message didn’t quite get through. KVHD is floating a trial balloon on raising annual taxes by $111 flat parcel tax to $146 per $100K of assessed value depending on […]

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Pushin’ Up Daisies: The Value of Rubies

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

By Tracy Renee Lee As designated by our government’s Standard of Living Index, she was not a woman of great wealth. Upon her death, entry-level merchandise was purchased for her burial. To those of us working at the funeral home, it seemed as though her funeral would be mediocre. Her family prepared their program, printed […]

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Health Insurance Matters: I’m Back!

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

Health Insurance Matters / Harry P. Thal Vacation was a blast. Stephanie and I spent three weeks touring Italy. I put on 12.5 pounds eating the best pasta ever, eating pizza available everywhere you turned, and gelato. I never cared much for gelato in the past, but in Italy it is soooo much better. We […]

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Reel Reviews: Jurassic Work: Fallen Kingdom

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins When Stephen Spielberg was charged with resurrecting dinosaurs for the silver screen in the late ‘80s, he started something that sent shockwaves thought out the film industry. In 1993, Jurassic Park came stomping into theaters and hearts the world over. The original trilogy of films, much beloved among its rabid […]

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Kern Valley Healthcare District Funding Option Survey

By Kern Valley Sun / June 26, 2018

Editor’s Note: Estimates for commercial properties are included below estimates for residential properties. Parcel Tax A parcel tax is a form of property tax assessed at a rate based on a unit of property (parcel) rather than a rate based on the assessed value of the property, which is the standard method of levying property taxes. The funds collected […]

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Fishing with Noble: The Fun of Pan Fishing

By Kern Valley Sun / June 19, 2018

Fishing with Noble / Noble Smith By pan fish, I mean a small fish caught that will fit in a frying pan. My brother, Jim, reminded me of this term recently. He was fishing near the bridge at Riverside Park. He caught a nice 10-inch trout using salmon eggs. At first I thought we should […]

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Stan “The Man” finds a hero

By Kern Valley Sun / June 19, 2018

By Josh Simpkins Special to the Sun Back in April, I wrote a piece on how comic book maestro Stan Lee, who for decades has been revered as a legend for his central role in creating the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and other beloved Marvel characters, had fallen prey to a venue of vultures […]

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Reel Reviews: Book Club

By Kern Valley Sun / June 19, 2018

Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins This may come as a surprise to some of those who read my writing, but I used to hate to read and write. Oh yeah, I just hated having to read a book then do a stinking book REPORT on it—ugh! I always loved movies, not so much when it […]

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