Bakersfield has reclaimed first place in the “worst air pollution in the valley (nation)” category over the past four days. Pity that the huge Garces soccer tournament had to take place during this bad air episode. Hundreds of highschool boys and girls played games with the air in the “red zone” this weekend. Where was the Air Board? Smiling on billboards asking people not to light their fireplaces. Only problem with that is Friday (12.16.11) was a burn day across the valley. Too bad for residents of Fresno and Bakersfield that the Air Board missed badly on that decision.