New York Strips and Ribeye Steak, Alligator Dinners, Elk Steaks and Much, Much More Maricopa Community Flea Market, Yard Sale and Farmers Market Saturday, January 26 Mayor Harvey Hall to Speak at Taft Chamber Annual Installation Dinner Thusday February 7 Fort Preservation Society Membership Drive and Dinner Thursday, January 24 Rotary Super Bowl Saturday Youth Fund Raiser Pancake Breakfast February 2, 2008
Independent FREE The Taft www.taftindependent.com January 17, 2008 â€˘ Volume 2 Issue 29 Serving the West Kern County Community Also Inside: NEWS CALENDAR 93268 WESTSIDE WATCHER REAL ESTATE VIEW HOROSCOPES FAITH AND FAMILY CLASSIFIEDS and check out our website www.taftindependent.com City Proposes New Junk and Trash Storage Ordinance. Details in 93268 on Page 3 Sober Living in Taft . . . By Melissa Gonzales 2 TAFT INDEPENDENT January 17, 2008 The Tumbleweed Cafe and Bar Cocktails Full Bar New York Strips and Ribeye Steak, Alligator Dinners, Elk Steaks and Much, Much More Hap Mon py Hou r d 3 p.m ay - Frid ay . to 6 p.m. The Best Steaks on the Westside Mesquite Bar-B-Que North Highway 58 McKittrick Highway 33 Cafe Hours Monday - Wednesday 6 am to 2 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays 6 am to 9 pm TAFT X r ble Ba Porta ing Cater e5 rstat Inte Tumbleweed Bar and Cafe Derby Acres Highway 119 Just a Short Drive From Bakersfield 11 miles north of Taft on Highway 33 Bar Hours Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK RV and Trailer Parking Available (661) 768-4655 Bikers Take Your Next Ride to the Tumbleweed “Where Good Food and Good People Come Together” 24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres January 17, 2008 3 Inside This Week....... Calendar/Opinion............3 Westside Watcher............4 News Briefs.....................5 Main Feature Sober Living in Taft...........8-9 Real Estate View............10 Faith & Family..............11 Horoscopes��������������������12 Classified Ads ��������������13 The Taft Independent www.Taftindependent.com Locally & Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned and published community newspaper. It is a free weekly publication available at business and street distribution newspaper stands on the Westside of Kern County. Mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $6.00 per month or $66.00 per year. To receive mail delivery, please call 765-6550 to subscribe. Publisher Michael J. Long email@example.com Editor John LaConte firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Editor Dan Peterson Layout & Design Independent Graphics Printing Castle Print and Publication Contributing Writers Carolyn Ennis Matt Christman Steve Wright, Karri Christensen, Jennifer Bowling Wesley Morris, Fred Gruber TAFT INDEPENDENT Calendar Fort Preservation Society Membership Drive and Dinner Thursday, January 24 The Historic Fort will hold its annual Preservation Society Membership Drive and Dinner on Thursday, January 24th at 6 p.m. For reservations call 765-7371. Maricopa Gusher Hall January Event Thursday 24 Maricopa Gusher Hall will sponsor a covered dish pot luck late lunch on Thursday, January 24 at Noon. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. The event is a meet and greet with long time friends over lunch. A birthday will be served for all who have a January birthday. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available. Admission is your appetite and a covered dish. For more information call Gusher Hall at 769-9898. Maricopa Community Flea Market, Yard Sale and Farmers Market Saturday, January 26 Gusher Hall will sponsor a Flea Market, Yard Sale and Farmers Market on Saturday, January 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 2p.m. 10 x 20 spaces are available for $10. Parking is available. For more information call 769-9898 or 769-8279. Rotary Super Bowl Saturday Youth Fund Raiser Pancake Breakfast February 2, 2008 Taft Rotary will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 2 to help any Westside youth organization to raise funds for their activities. Any youth group on the Westside is invited to participate. This includes Taft, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Valley Acres, Dustin Acres or Tupman. The youth groups will be responsible for selling tickets and will receive all proceeds from their ticket sales after the pancake breakfast. Youth groups can contact Julie Franks at State Farm Insurance, 526 Center St. (765-7158) Clint Deckert (Day 765-7960 or evening 763-1824), Brock McMurray (763-7811), Ray Hatch (289-0176), Roland Maier (763-4236), or Lee Smith(765-5678) and name a contact with telephone number for their group. This contact person will be the Rotary club contact for that organization and will be responsible to pick up tickets and turn all money and unsold tickets into Rotary. Youth groups are asked to help serve at the pancake breakfast. It will run from 7 to 11 a.m. on the Saturday before the Super Bowl February 3, 2008 at the Taft Union High School cafeteria. One of the Taft Rotary’s goals is to support great youth activities on the West Side. Any organized youth group can sell tickets. The Rotary Club of Taft does not limit you on the number of tickets you sell. Sell as many as you can!!!! Mayor Harvey Hall to Speak at Taft Chamber Annual Installation Dinner Thusday February 7 The Taft Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting and officer installation dinner on Thursday, February 7th beginning at 6 p.m. at OT’s Cookhouse. The dinner will feature Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall as the guest speaker. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations or more information please call 765-2165. Please e-mail your calendar items to email@example.com or fax to 765-6556. 3 93268 Taft Junk Storage Resolution a Winner Kern County Should Adopt Similar Ordinance Let’s face it; some of us just don’t like to throw things away. We store, and pack, and put into boxes things that we probably will never use or see again - at least until that next garage sale. But some of us get carried away and never have that yard sale. For instance, some folks, when they run out space, start storing boxes, nameless and unidentified materials, and even trash in plan public view in the front, back and side yards of their home - and businesses - that negatively effect the community and impacts the public health and safety, and quite frankly leaves and ugly impression of what we think about our community. Last Tuesday, the Taft City Council (Kern County Board of Supervisors please take note) introduced a new ordinance that would more specifically define what junk is and give city code enforcement officials more effective means to remove trash and junk from private property. Junk sites like this are not uncommon in the county areas surrounding Taft Specifically, the new ordinance reads: “‘Junk’ means any castoff, damaged, discarded, junked, obsolete, salvaged, scrapped, unusable, worn-out or wrecked object, thing or material composed in whole or in part of asphalt, brick, carbon, cement, plastic or other synthetic substance, fiber, glass, metal, paper, plaster, plaster of paris, rubber, terra cotta, wool, cotton, cloth, canvas, organic matter or other substance, having no substantial market value or requiring reconditioning in order to be used for its original purpose.” We like this new definition because we don’t think any property owner - or lawyer - could find a loophole that would provide some excuse to store something left out of the new junk ordinance. The ordinance also makes it unlawful to store junk outside near any school, church, parks, business buildings or residences in the city of Taft. The Taft City Council and city staff should be applauded for the efforts they are making to improve the city’s appearance. This is one of many steps that needs to be taken by the city to attract new businesses and jobs to Taft. Unfortunately, the new ordinance does not apply to the county areas of Ford City and South Taft where the problem of outside junk and trash storage is chronic, ruining home values, neighborhood quality of life, and the public health, safety and welfare. As we have pointed out before, visitors to Taft don’t recognize the difference between Taft and the blighted county areas that surround our city. They just see the junk and trash, abandoned vehicles and lack of aggresive code enforcement needed in the county that leaves a lasting negative impression. The Kern County Board of Supervisors should be just as concerned about “junk” and pass a similar ordinace at the next board meeting. But, as you can guess, they don’t and they won’t. 4 Westside Restaurant Guide Mexican Food The Best Mexican Food Open 7 Days 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 101 E. Kern Street, Taft 765-7321 Mi Familia Mexican & Seafood Restaurant Sundays to Fridays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Corner of 10th and B Street, Taft 765-2911 American Food Tumbleweed Café and Steakhouse Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bar Open 7 a.m. to Close 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655 January 17, 2008 Thompson Camp Gearing Up, Collecting Endorsements “Your Official Guide to the Best Restaurants on the Westside” La Salsa Fresh Grill TAFT INDEPENDENT Westside Watcher Taft City Councilman Cliff Thompson expects to receive a formal endorsement from prominent Bakersfield businessman Stan Ellis as he gears up his campaign for Kern County’s fourth district supervisor position. Thompson has already received endorsements from Senator Dean Florez and Former Kern County Sheriff Mack Wimbish and expects a formal endorsement from Ellis in the coming weeks. Ellis has voiced support of Thompson’s campaign for supervisor but has yet to put anything in writing. The coming weeks will prove to be crucial for Thompson, as he prepares his campaign for the post “Super Tuesday” crunch leading up to the June election. Thompson will begin sending fundraising letters out next week and planning a “shoe leather” tour over the heavy voting areas of the fourth district including Southwest Bakersfield, Wasco and Frasier Park. Thompson will wait until after the Super Tuesday elections on February 5 to kick his campaign into high gear, so as not to cause confusion over when the actual election will be take place. “We Full Service Deli – Always Fresh Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. 3 p.m. 700 Kern Street, Taft 765-4143 Precision Bodyworks and Towing Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156 the only other candidate to enter the race so far. The election will be held on June 3, if there are no other competitors it will be decided at that time. If other challengers enter the race the top two vote-getters from the June 3 race will go head-to-head on the November ballot. From L to R Cliff Thompson, Mack Wimbish, Taft City Manager Bob Gorson and Senator Dean Florez Deli and Coffee House All In The Sandwich don’t want to have people going to the polls and looking for my name in February,” says Thompson. “The response so far has been overwhelming, when I first started I would have never imagined the support would come this quick, it’s been really wonderful.” Incumbent Ray Watson is Dave Gill, Owner 763-4420 or 763-1389 317 Main Street. Taft, CA 93268 The Wildlands Conservancy hosted a celebration of 100,000 Abandoned Vehicle of the Week children served at the Wind Wolves Preserve October 11. The conservancy has now provided free outdoor education programs to over 100,000 children. Located just outside of Maricopa off highway 166, the Wind Wolves preserve is the largest nonprofit wildlife preserve on the west coast and is home to elk, deer, bear, antelope, mountain lions, bobcats, golden eagles, and other birds of prey. The event was attended by Fourth District Supervisor Ray Watson along with representatives from the Wildlands Conservancy. Jacks Flower Shop 430 Center Street, Taft (661) 765-2442 teleflora’s etched with love bouquet Please Don’t Fence Me In. We found these three abandoned trucks in Ford City. We’re sure that the fence is not needed to keep thieves away, since demand for trucks without doors or hoods is low. January 17, 2008 News Briefs Ashburn Announces Senate Fellowships SACRAMENTO - Senator Ashburn today announced the availability of applications for the 2008 - 2009 California Senate Fellows program. The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2008. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and are paid a stipend of $1,972 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits. They earn 12 units of graduate credit from Sacramento State for the academic portion of the program. “Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” said Senator Ashburn. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training.” Fellows experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices. Responsibilities include researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent inquiries and casework, participating in meetings as the Senator’s representative, and performing other delegated tasks. A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative TAFT INDEPENDENT process, and major policy issues. Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2008, is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply. Applications may be requested from Senator Ashburn’s office at 5001 California Avenue, #105 in Bakersfield or by calling the program office at (916) 278-7693. Applications and brochures are also available on the program Web site (www.csus. edu/calst/senate). The deadline for submitting applications is February 27, 2008. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists. Senator Ashburn represents the 18th Senate District including Taft and the Westside communities. Assemblymember Fuller Recognizes Arts Education On Jan. 16 Assemblymember Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 88, which declares March 2008 as Arts Education Month. The measure is sponsored by the California Alliance for Arts Education, which proposes the resolution on an annual basis. The resolution encourages all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts. “This resolution is just a simple reminder that arts education be given the appreciation it deserves,” said Fuller. “Declaring an arts education month creates a little more awareness of the issue.” Arts education not only includes the visual arts, but also dance, music and theatre. The resolution notes the many educational benefits of the arts, from improved creative thinking to better academic outcomes overall. “Well rounded arts programs keep kids in school, develop natural talents and contribute to overall cognitive development,” Fuller added. “I am proud to be carrying this resolution this year and will always be a champion of arts education.” Fuller also received the “Outstanding Administrator Award” from the California Association for Music Education in 2006 when she was Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District. ACR 88 will await a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee. Assemblymember Fuller represents the 32nd Assembly District, which includes Taft and the Westside communities. Congressman McCarthy’s Website Wins Golden Mouse Award WASHINGTON – On Jan. 14 Congressman McCarthy’s website (www.kevinmccarthy. house.gov) was honored by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a non-profit and non-partisan organization, for having one of the best websites in Congress. Out of a total of 618 Congressional websites, Congressman McCarthy’s website was one of only 36 websites earning a 2007 gold medal. A full copy of the report, the 2007 Gold Mouse Report: Lessons from the Best Web Sites on Capitol Hill, is available on the Congressional Management Foundation’s Web site at www.cmfweb.org. “I designed my website to help provide the best tools, resources, and information to constituents in the 22nd District,” said Congressman McCarthy. “I am honored to win this award, will continue to make improvements, and encourage constituents in the 22nd District to check the website. I believe my website should not only be a gateway of information, but also shine light on the work of Congress to be transparent and accountable to our communities.” The 2007 Gold Mouse Report and Awards are part of the “Connecting to Congress” research project. Researchers from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, University of California-Riverside and the Ohio State University partnered with CMF to study how Congressional websites can be improved to better communicate with constituents. Highlights in the report re- garding the site include: “...the site offers constituents everything they typically seek from a quality veteran Member’s site, no small feat for a freshman office. From guidance on internship opportunities to FAQs about the Congressman’s positions on certain hot topics, the site is a helpful online resource for all its audiences. “The site puts the Congressman’s office at his constituents’ fingertips. The legislative content includes information about what’s going on in Congress as well as the aforementioned FAQ which allows users to stay up-to-date on the most recent developments on each topic ... it includes an RSS feed, interactive breadcrumbs, and a “Favorite readings” section. All are innovations that add value to the site.” 5 Obituary Rebecca L. Caples August 7, 1959 – January 16, 2007 Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Assembly of God Church (314 Asher Street – Taft) for Taft resident Rebecca “Becky” L. Caples. Rebecca was born on August 7, 1959 to Paul and Patricia (Strup) Riley, and passed away on Wednesday January 16, 2008 in Bakersfield, Ca. Rebecca was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Petroleum Club in Taft. Those who knew Becky, knew that she was full of life, always happy. Becky enjoyed not only spending time with her family, but she loved to sing karaokee, especially country music, she loved to dance, and we can not forget her love for Betty Boop. Becky is survived by her mother Patricia Riley; son Ronald Lemon and wife Shannon; daughter Rosina Caples; sister Dianna Leach of Fresno, Ca; sister Wanda Girvin of Rochester, New York; sister Pam Caples of Taft; sister Tina Wilson of Taft; sister Rosie Kollar of Derby Acres; brothers Paul and Roger Riley of Taft. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Christian and Adreona Caples and Emma Lemon, along with numerous aunts, uncles, neices and nephews. Becky is preceded in death by her father Paul Riley and nephew Michael Elmore. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, and her presence at all family gatherings will be greatly missed but not forgotten. For further service and floral arrangements, please contact West Side Memorial Services Porteous Family at 661-763-1594. You may sign the on-line guest book at www.westsidememorialservices.com. West Side Memorial Services – Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements. Letters to the Editor are welcomed by the Taft Independent. We will accept up to 300 words, but letters may be edited for clarity and concisness. All submissions become the property of the Independent. Submissions must contain the author’s name, address and phone number for confirmation purposes. Submissions can made by US Mail or e-mailed to Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com. TAFT RURAL MEDICAL GROUP Family Practice “Se Habla Espanol” By Appointment or Walk-Ins Welcome Adult Medicine • Pediatrics • Gynecology Immunizations • Physicals • Preventitive Medicine KERN FAMILY HEALTH CARE ACCEPTED Medi-Cal, Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted Serving All of Taft and West Kern (661) 763-5131 • FAX (661) 763-5137 501 6th Street, Taft, CA 93268 6 TAFT INDEPENDENT January 17, 2008 News Briefs Thompson Appointed to Regional Housing Board On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Kern County Council of Governments (Kern COG) appointed Taft City Councilman Cliff Thompson to be the COG’s representative to the San Joaquin Valley Regional Housing Trust Board of Directors. According to Kern COG, In June 2005 Governor Schwarzenegger established the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley to improve the San Joaquin Valley’s long tern economic prosperity and well-being. The partnership published a Strategic Action Plan in October 2006, with land use, housing and agriculture being one of the topic areas. A regional housing trust fund and organization was recommended for consideration as part of the Land Use, Agriculture and Housing Plan in the Strategic Action Proposal. Thompson said he wanted to be the rep to the Regional Housing Trust Board of Directors because “You work in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and I’ve developed a close relationship with Dennis Wallace from Habit for Humanity in Taft, and I just think it’s a really good way to do low income housing.” Thompson added “Ninety percent of the people who move into those houses take great care of them, so it really reflects well on the community.” The San Joaquin Valley Regional Housing Board meets once per month. This one did’nt get away. Sunday Dec 30th 2007, a Buena Vista Lake Park Ranger took this picture of Macayla Wells, 4-1/2 yrs old, who caught this trout that is 11 3/4 LBS and 27 inches long. She was fishing with her father David Wells of Taft, who blanked for the day. She picked out her own power bait (pink) at the local K-mart. The Park Ranger gave her a Jr. Ranger badge for landing the huge trout. Ashburn to Host Foreclosure Prevention Workshop State officials and lenders to participate in Bakersfield Event SACRAMENTO – Senator Roy Ashburn will be joined by State and Consumer Service Agency and Housing officials for a mortgage assistance forum and community workshop, January 24 in Bakersfield. “Rising mortgage interest rates continue to be a serious burden on California’s families,” said Senator Ashburn. “Fortunately there are steps that homeowners can take before they get too far behind in their monthly payments. That’s why we are bringing together lenders and borrowers in a forum like this to provide assistance and information to any one who feels they need some help.” Senator Ashburn, California State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary, Rosario Marin, and Californian Department of Consumer Affairs Director, Carrie Lopez will speak on the present mortgage crisis, home lending, and California’s economic outlook. “We are addressing this problem by facilitating these forums where borrowers can meet with loan counselors from their own creditor and find real solutions to their looming problem,” said Secretary Marin. “Keeping people in their homes benefits the community as well as the families facing possible foreclosure.” The workshop will be held Thursday, January 24 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Kern County Superintendent of Schools Board Rooms 1-A and 1-B 1300 17th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 Participating lenders will include: Carrington Mortgage Servicing, Countrywide, GMAC, American Home Mortgage Servicing, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo and Wilshire Credit. All attendees are encouraged to bring their loan documents and financial information. Spanish speaking representatives will be on-site to assist Spanish speaking homeowners. Afterward, credit counselors, loan servicers and lenders will offer on-site assistance and information on options available to homeowners faced with mortgage difficulties. Senator Ashburn represents the 18th Senate District including Taft and the Westside communities. INDEPENDENT DESIGN and GRAPHICS Graphic Design and Printing Professional Graphic Design • Posters and Brochures • Direct Mail and Fax Video Encoding • DVD Burning Internet Services and Web Design 20 Years Experience in Marketing Campaigns firstname.lastname@example.org 210 6th Street, Taft (661) 765-6550 West Side Rec District Community Theatre Hosting Auditions The next community theatre show is tentatively scheduled to be the musical “BIG” - based on the Tom Hanks movie of the same name. There will be parts for all ages! If you are interested or have more questions, please plan on attending the Informational Meeting and/or Auditions. Rehearsals will begin in late January or early February with plans for performances in late Spring. The informational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft. Auditions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 23 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft. Double Gold Medal Winner and Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30 to 5 pm. www.sagebrushannies.com 8 miles south of HWY 166 on HWY 33 in Ventucopa, Cuyama Valley, 4211 HWY 33. (661) 766-2319 January 17, 2008 TAFT INDEPENDENT Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!!! Taft Crude Coffee House and Deli Your Caffeine Connection Taftâ€™s Favorite Place for the Best Hot Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso and Gourmet Coffee Visit our Sandwich Deli made-to-order Fresh Sandwiches and Salads or try our delicious Breakfast Burritos and Breakfast Bagels Get A day o T ot By H p e o St rit o v a rF u o nk! Y i r eD e f f Co Open Seven Days 1010 6th Street Taft (661) 763-5156 7 8 TAFT INDEPENDENT January 17, 2008 Sober Living in Taft . . . By Melissa Gonzales Assistant Director Craig Gotcher and House Manager Jeff Humphrey of the Taft Sober Living Facility A sad truth in Kern County, like so many other areas, is everyone knows of a person who has in one way or another been plagued by addiction. The problem is rampant, but there are things people on the Westside can do to help. The community of Taft offers several options for those battling drug and alcohol addictions. One option for those struggling with an addiction is the Taft Sober Living Facility located at 118 Buena Vista Place. The mission of the facility is to provide a sober clean environment for addicts. Husband and wife Craig and Andrea Gotcher serve as assistant director and director, respectively. Jeff Humphrey is the house manager. Craig and Jeff are longtime friends and have been wanted to open a home for quite some time. After Andrea’s brother suffered from an addiction of his own and was helped by a home in Bakersfield, the trio found that burst of inspiration they needed to get the ball rolling. Despite all having full-time jobs, they opened the facility in May of 2007. The Taft Sober Living facility currently houses six residents and a live-in staff. Humphrey himself is a former addict and explains his desire to start the program, “We, as addicts, take so much from our friends, our family, our community, we feel this is a good way we can give back.” Andrea Gotcher adds that “We want to be positive to the community. Drugs are negative. We want to turn that around.” The facility keeps residents involved and does try everything they can to turn that negative into a positive. Residents are involved in an adopt an elderly person program, and the facility has recently adopted and cleaned a section of the Taft highway. Community clean-up and beautification of the area is a focus at the Sober Living Facility, residents participate in the clean-up of the alleys and roads surrounding the facility, and the facility itself stands out on the street as newly-beautified homes do one the Westside. It was recently remodeled to include a second bathroom and a third bedroom for residents. The founders goal is to do their part to rid the Westside of addiction and the stigmas that come with having addicts in a community. “We want to change things,” says An- drea Gotcher. “We don’t want to hear the bad stuff anymore.” There are a few requirements to those seeking admission to this type of facility. Those who have been convicted of arson, sexual offenders and those with other violent offenses are not allowed to be participate. Each would-be resident must submit to an interview. For placement it is important to determine if the person is really ready to make the commitment to living a sober lifestyle. “No one grows up wanting to be and addict,” explains Craig Gotcher. Humphrey and the Gotchers stress the fact that a lot of people undergoing treatment for addiction become anxious, and don’t know what they are going to do with their time after addiction has taken over so much of their lives. Gotcher reminds them, “You can still have fun, the only difference is that after recovery you’ll remember it the next day.” Once admitted to the program they have to follow strict rules. The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, also known as Proposition 36, closely governs facility rules. Generally the act allows first and second-time nonviolent drug possession offenders to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. Prop 36 requires that residents attend a certain number of meetings a week The facility itself also requires a certain number of meetings. The meetings deal with a number of things ranging from direct addiction issues to the aftermath. “Once you’re clean you’ll still have problems to deal with, but now you can do it with a clear head, call us, we’ll talk, we’re here to help,” Gotcher urges. “A lot of addicts don’t develop social skills,” explains Humphrey, “We help them with everything from waking up in the morning to getting and maintaining a job.” All residents have chores that they must complete, chores which are integral to the maintenance of the facility. The group hopes to open two more local facilities and eventually become not only a sober living facility, but also a rehabilitation facility with onsite professionals. Taft Sober Living is always looking for volunteers. If interested you can reach them at (661) 745-3288. Another option which many people trying to kick an addiction find successful is a January 17, 2008 faith-based approach to sobriety. Taft United Methodist Church pastor, Steve Hanusa, a 30-year-veteran in addiction treatment and a clinically trained social worker explains that, “There is a spiritual aspect to addictions. People are searching for something they don’t have, they’re lost.” New Life Center Pastor, Floyd Jordan, champions faith-based programs. “I think a TAFT INDEPENDENT 9 several volunteers she runs the Unity Thrift store located at 327 Center Street. The store is a non-profit business in which all proceeds go to those in need. They are always happy to accept donations. A substantial amount of the store’s resources also go to saving abandoned or unwanted puppies. According to Hodges on any given week as many as 30 puppies are brought into the store. She makes sure all the animals get to a no-kill shelter and helps spay and neuter those that need it. Hodges is also involved at New Life’s 12-step program. “We’re just here to help people unload,” she explains, “It’s rehab through speaking.” The program is heavily structured on the needs of the participants. Hodges explains, “It‘s based on a devotional, but it‘s very as we go and needs based. “Church really gave me the balance I needed to stay clean, I got support and I realized that there are others who are going through what I am going through,” she confides. Her advice to anyone out there struggling is to pick up the phone, “Call us, we know what it’s like.” You can reach Trixie Hodges at Unity Thrift store at (661) 765-4950 or via the Internet at http://www.unitythrift.com. Ignoring the drug problem on the Westside will not make it go away. The Sober Living Facility and programs like New Life’s are making a difference by suppling unfortunate demand whose origins are hard to explain, and whose effects are even harder for loved ones to understand. If you or someone you care about needs help or if you want more information contact the Taft Sober Living facility at (661) 745-3288 or the New Life Center (661) 765-7472. Floyd and Carol Jordan of New Life Community Church lot of other programs try to treat the symptoms and not the problem,” he explains, “A lot of the more secular programs are like a crutch.“ The New Life Center, located at 1000 6th St, offers a program every Wednesday night at six where people can come and get help for their addictions. The program is not restricted to drugs and alcohol. Anyone who is dealing with any type of addiction at all is welcome. New Life Center can be reached at (661) 765-7472. “We offer a place where people can get clean from whatever they are dealing with,” says Jordan. Pastor Steve Hanusa cautions, “A lot of times victims of addiction feel shame, guilt and unworthiness about having a relationship with a higher power.” Pastor Jordan makes it very clear that this is a not a judging environment and that they are there to help. The important thing is for people to get help, explains Hanusa, warning that not every program is for everyone. Faith-based is definitely an option, “. . . the people are different and flexibility is good.” Taft resident, Linda “Trixie” Hodges, a former addict now actively involved with the New Life programs, advocates the faith-based approach. “I found success,” says Hodges, “through a relationship with the lord.” And successful she has become. Trixie has been clean for 17 years, but it’s been a battle. “I never thought I would grow up and use drugs,” she says, “but I did.” Both Trixie’s parents were drug users, and by the time she was 13, she too had adapted the lifestyle. “I know what it’s like when people live in dysfunctional families. I’ve been there, done that.” A former victim of drug addiction, Hodges is now vigilant in doing all she can to help others who are fighting the same battle she once fought. Along with the help of Edwards Tree Trimming Service Great Prices and Great Service “We won’t leave you out on a limb” 763-3730 or 293-0582. Trixie Hodges (second from left) outside the Unity Thrift Store 10 Real Estate View by Stephen Wright and Karri Christensen How To Protect Your Home While Away When Planning Vacations or Prolonged Absence: With a steady increase of crime in North America, home safety is a big issue these days. When leaving your home, practice the following advice - it could pay big, big dividends during this year’s holiday stretch. Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes. Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy. Going to the Market or out to Dinner? A residence which presents a "lived-in" appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes that can inform a burglar that your house is unoccupied. Make certain all windows and doors are secured before departing. An empty garage advertises your absence, so close the doors. Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a give-away when no one is home. TAFT INDEPENDENT January 17, 2008 If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, DO NOT ENTER. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor’s phone immediately to summon police. Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence. Always Remember to: 1. Lock before you leave. 2. Trust a neighbor with a key. 3. Be a concerned neighbor yourself. Submitted by Stephen Wright and Karri Christensen Coldwell Banker America West 661-765-5274 Taft Real Estate Directory Becky Ashcraft Karri Christiensen Steve Wright Coldwell Banker America West 503 6th Street, CA 93268 (661) 765-5274 www.TaftHomes.com REALTOR®/Head CEO 434 Kern St. Taft, CA 93268 Office: (661) 763-3344 Fax: (661) 763-4497 304 Calvin Street - Carefree Living is what this nice property offers. 2 bedrooms 1 full size bath and over 800 sq ft, oversized garage and a nice patio area. New interior paint, window coverings and netural colors throughout. Priced to sell @ $130,000 Bill Lynn Properties When going out at night, leave one or more interior lights on and perhaps have a radio playing (TV sets should not be left unattended). Timers may be purchased that will turn lights on and off during your absence. Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place may be periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and blinds. Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious places. When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people's vacation activities. Property Management and Real Estate Sales 216 4th Street, Taft (661) 765-5434 Beverly Mitchell Coldwell Banker Amercia West (661) 472-8060 email: email@example.com 315 Buchanan Street - Handyman Special! Looking for something with alot of potential? Then this is one you will want to check out. 2 bedrooms 1 bath lots of windows, a covered carport, a detached garage, located on a great county lot. Call for more details. TO FIND OUT ABOUT ANY PROPERTIES ON THE WESTSIDE PLEASE CONTACT: BECKY ASHCRAFT – RE/MAX REALTOR 661-763-3344 OR 661-342-3054 OR 661-342-3058 A Wonderful Manufactured Home Becky Ashcraft RE/MAX 434 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-3344 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn Anderson Realtor\Loan Officer Windsor Capital Mortgage Corp. Pacific Real Estate Network (661) 747-8595 McDonald Young Real Estate Dedicated To Service 701 Kern Street (661) 763-1500 Website: www.beckyarealestate.com E-mail: email@example.com. Beverly Mitchell Realtor Wonderful manufactured home in lovely, well kept mobile home community! Home has 3 bedroom, 2 bath, living room and dining area. Utility room. Kitchen with dishwasher, disposal, range/oven, central air/heat. Also includes refrigerator, washer/dryer. $3000 allowance towards carpet & shed. $59,950 Call to see! REDUCED COLDWELL BANKER AMERICA WEST 661-472-8060 or (661) 334-4119 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Place Your Yard Sale Ad Free in the Taft Independent. Call 765-6550. January 17, 2008 Faith & Family by Jennifer Bowling Fourteen Years of Celebration Back in 1994 the doors unlocked to a small place within the community of Taft in a tiny room at the Historic Fort. No more than a few individuals joined together and decided to put together a Church. The founders of Westside Believers Fellowship (WBF) were Pastors Ron & Regina Griffith. This couple has been committed some 14 years to the God given vision that has inspired many to step up and embrace their God given potential in Christ Jesus. Starting out in the Historic Fort, Pastor Ron and Regina Griffith continued to fulfill the dream that God had placed within them along with an enthusiastic growing church body. Moving from the Taft Fort God gave them a wonderful facility on Main Street that seated many more than ever before. Seeing their passion and being a part of it, you could feel God’s powerful anointing and that anointing still burns today. As the Pastors stayed faithful, the church really began to grow, and people were coming in like flies. The church had to add a second morning service on Sunday due the great overflow of people. Because of this growth there came a time to move forward and find a larger facility. The entire church prayed over many buildings. They prayed about moving into the Bank of America building on Center Street that was empty but were prohibited by the City Council. They also looked in the possibility of purchasing the Safeway building and many other similar facilities but didn’t find anything that met their needs. Seeking God, the church decided to put a large tent in their parking lot at 307 Main Street. People would bring blankets while the heaters were running and in the summer the sweat was pouring off the worshipers like rain, but during this time the people were faithful and the church continued to grow. Through every transition you could always see the hearts of Pastors Ron and Regina seeking to follow after God’s will. They always kept their eye on the big picture, no matter what came their way. One of their favorite scriptures is Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV) which says “Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” It’s clear that their life represents this scripture because of the place God has brought them from and taken them to. And there is still so much more to come. After another period of time God moved the church body to 1000 6th St for roughly three and a half years. During that time the Lord brought many opportunities the body of believers, which has never been taken lightly. At that time the church received the opportunity to take over the Fitness Center from the Westside Recreation District. Renaming the facility the “The Foundry,” the Foundry became a wonderful hangout for kids and brought a great amount of enjoyment to the hearts of so many. It was a place Moms and Dads knew as a safe haven to bring their child. During this time WBF staffed the Foundry with volunteers who gave their time and effort to helping the kids of our community. Without their willing hearts and labor of love this could have never happened. According to Foundry Director Charlotte Risi, the spirit that TAFT INDEPENDENT built the Foundry still exists in the hearts of the church and WBF is excited to see what God is going to do next. Charlotte’s great enthusiasm to see God’s work done is inspiring and she’s very excited about what’s still to come. During all these years WBF has had a tremendous vision that goes well beyond the New Worship Center across from Kmart at 101 HWY 33. Pastors Ron and Regina want people to realize their full potential in Christ for his glory. After 14 years, you can see how God works in the lives of those who are obedient to him. Pastor Ron always says “this is only the beginning.” Sunday, January 20 marks WBF’s 14-year anniversary since the time at the Historic Fort, thanks to all God’s faithful people. Former WBF board member and longtime friend Keith Hershey of Mutual Faith Ministries in Mission Hills has been partnered with WBF from the beginning. Hershey is the President of Mutual Faith Ministries, a missionary organization here in California. Over the last 14 years Hershey has been faithful to attend WBF anniversaries and has partnered with Pastor Ron and the church body. Currently Hershey ministers in the most threatening parts of Africa, India, the Philippines, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and so many other parts of the world where people’s lives have been changed by the preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hershey is a humble and faithful man who trusts in Christ. It’s always an honor and privilege to have him with us in Taft. This is just a taste of how God has worked through the faithful people over the past 14 years. And with continued service to God there is still so much 11 more to come. So with great enthusiasm WBF wants to give everyone in our community an invitation to join the 14-year anniversary celebration on Sunday, January 20 at 10 a.m. WBF is located at 101 HWY 33 across from Kmart. Special guest Keith Hershey will bring a powerful message along with a great time of celebration. Like always, there will also be child care available; the WBF nursery and children’s ministries are a great place where children get a deposit of God’s word in them along with lots of fun. As a result, I believe that you, your family and friends will be encouraged and blessed. WBF looks forward to having each and every one of you. Come and let the Lord touch your life. I promise you won’t be sorry. Please let us know about special events being held at your church and we’ll run it in the Taft Independent. You can email us at taftindypublisher@ bak.rr.com, or fax us at 765-6556. You can also reach us at 765-6550. Building Stones Ministry Training Center 401 Finley Drive School of Ministry Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. Sunday Family Meeting @ 6 P.M. Pastors Dale and Kay Sullivan New Life Community Church Pastor Floyd and Carol Jordan 1000 6th Street Service Times 10:00 a.m. Sundays HOT MEALS & FREE CLOTHING Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at The Spot - 201 Harrison Street HIGH SCHOOL & JR. HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MEETINGS Wednesdays 7 p.m. at The Spot - 201 Harrison Street HELP WANTED Someone with Property Management Experience or someone who has worked in a property management office. (661) 745-3211 Free Hot Lunch and Free Clothing for those in need. 201 Harrison Street (next to Laborers of the Harvest) 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free Friendship and Conversation. Please call 765-9472 for more information. Lighthouse Foursquare Church 210 Harrison Street 763-1518 Home Of The Good News Bears Hugs On Wheels Food In The Park Code Blue Youth Sunday Service 10 AM Pastors Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons For More Information on Service Times Go To WWW.TAFTLIGHTHOUSE.ORG Trinity Southern Baptist Church 400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship. Sunday Bible Study Sunday Morning Worship Sunday Evening Worship Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study 9:45 am 11:00 am 6:00 pm 6:00 pm Any questions call Pastor Paul Wilson 747-8105 TAFT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 630 North St. 765-5557 OPEN DOORS Sunday Services 10 am Sunday School and Adult Group after services Pastor Steve Hanusa First Congregational Church of Maricopa New Hours Sunday 10 a.m. Bible Study Thursday Nights 7 p.m. 395 California Street, Pastor Maricopa, CA 93252 Bill LeBarron (661) 619-5372 Place Your Church Ad Here! Place your church’s bible study and church worship service schedule in the Faith & Family section of the Taft Independent. Call 765-6550 today to place your display ad. Everyone Reads The Taft Independent! 12 TAFT INDEPENDENT Westside Horoscopes by Jessy Bauer Aries (March 21-April 19): Don’t hold on to a relationship that isn’t working out for you. Platonic or romantic, it shouldn’t be this much work. Taurus (April 20-May 20): A very advantageous business offer is coming your way this week. Handled properly, this could be very profitable for you. Gemini (May 21-June 20): To get the security you want you’ll need to take a few risks first. Your safety net is a strong one, though, so it won’t be as scary as you think. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): A bill you had forgotten about will be making its grand entrance, but you can cover it easily with a few minor adjustments to your budget. Leo ( July 23-August 22): A recent offer from a friend or acquaintance could be the chance of a lifetime for you. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Some unexpected money is headed your way, and not a moment too soon. Be smart with it and it can go a long way for you. Libra (September 23-October 23): Be wary of a new relationship right now. Don’t let yourself be easily deceived by someone who isn’t what they seem. Scorpio (October 24-November 22): You’ll be sitting pretty if you take advantage of all the unique opportunities headed your way and stretch yourself to the limit. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): You have some good ideas on how to bring in more money, so what are you waiting for? Follow through on them. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): You need to start speaking up for yourself. If you don’t have faith in you, why should anyone else? Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Think twice before you spend your hard earned money this week. You’re very susceptible to scams right now, so be extra careful. New Life Community Church Pastor Floyd and Carol Jordan HOT MEALS & FREE CLOTHING Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at The Spot - 201 Harrison Street HIGH SCHOOL & JR. HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MEETINGS Wednesdays 7 p.m. at The Spot - 201 Harrison Street The congregation of New Life Community and Pastors Floyd and Carol Jordan invite you to our Sunday morning celebration service at 10 a.m. at 1000 6th Street. We are a church of restoration and “help bring healing to hurting people” with love, forgiveness, and acceptance through Jesus Christ our Lord. We have a contemporary stye worship service, led by Matt Ritter and have classes for children from birth through the 5th grade. We also offer mid-week classes several times per week in addition to women’s and men’s ministries. Weekly youth meetings with Matt and Lisa Ritter are at The Spot, 201 Harrison St. on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We host a free Hot Meal and Clothing Ministry at 201 Harrison St. in Taft on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.,m. to 1:30 p.m. This ministry has workers from several different churches in town and if you would like to help in this ministry, please call the church office at (661) 765-7472. Tuesday night we have Bible Study with Dave and Diane Cooper at the church office located at 1004 6th Street at 7 p.m. We also have a 12 Step Program that meets at 1004 6th Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays led by Trixie and Andy Hodges. They would love to meet you and help show you how God can change your life for the better! If you need a ride to and from church on Sunday mornings, please call John at 763-9059 or 549-9067 or before 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Taft Free Will Baptist Church Service Times Sunday - 8:30 am, 10 am, 11 am, & 6 pm Wednesday - 6 pm Pastor James K. Kilgore but you’re putting it to waste by not putting it to use. Bring those talents forth; you might surprise yourself. While you’d prefer to have all of the facts first, you’ll need to make this decision with your gut instead of your head. To do that, you already have all the answers you need. You just need to trust your own judgment. ROGER MILLER INSURANCE a division of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Group 1000 6th Street Service Times 10:00 a.m. Sundays Pisces (February 20-March 20): You have an artistic side, If your birthday is this week: January 17, 2008 510 Harrison Street, Taft Lois’ Call for appointment HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE Licensed and Insured 765-5847 6 Months Free Rent South Street Storage Store Your 100 South Street, Taft, CA 93268 • RV • Trailer • Truck • Boat Rich Miller License # 0707137 • (661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 • (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell E-Mail: email@example.com Your Hometown Insurance Store G&S CARPET CO Service & Selection Hours: 9-5 M-F 10-4 Sat Eve By Appt. Knowledgeable Sales •Carpet Experienced Installation •Vinyl •Hardwood •Laminants •Ceramic Tile 398-3044 7000 District Blvd Bakersfield Contractor’s Lic. #352844 HARRISON STREET AUTOMOTIVE 209 Harrison Street, Taft, CA 765-2505 Joyce Properties Service and Repair Tune-Up Diagnostics Muffler Front End Brakes Air Conditioning Fuel Injection GM Certified ASE Certified Making a Difference NOW PERFORMING SMOG CHECK Mike and Pedro Over 20 Years Experience with GM Same Great Service! New Owners Ken and Laura Shugarts WANTED: BULKY WASTE PICKUP Ford City Tuesday City of Taft – Taft Heights Wednesday South Taft Friday • REFRIGERATORS • MATTRESES • WATER HEATERS • STOVES • WASHERS & DRYERS • SOFAS If Missed… Call Office at 763-5135 All green waste must be bagged. Tree Limbs cut in 6’ length, and bundled. ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED Construction/Demolition Waste/Used Oil/ Hazardous Waste/Tires Westside Waste Management Co., Inc. Starting at $40 per month For Details Call Bill Lynn at (661) 765-5434 Ken Shugarts Contracting 30 years Contracting & Building Air Conditioning & Heating Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. License 808738 (661) 343-0507 Dine In or We Deliver • 661.765.4143 January 17, 2008 Classifieds Classified Ads are $3.00 per issue for up to three lines, $5 per issue for up to 5 lines, and $7 per issue for up to 10 lines. Yard Sale ads are free. Phone, fax, mail or drop off your ad to the Taft Independent. Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 lines, $16 for 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20 lines. Photo Ads. Car, truck or house for sale ads are $5 per week, or $10 with a photo. Email us (or bring to our office) a photo of your home, car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Classified ads deadline is Tuesdays at Noon. Phone: 765-6550 Fax: 765-6556 Email: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Taft Independent 210 6th St., Taft, CA 93268. YARD SALES Advertise your FREE yard sale ad. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by noon Tuesday before publication. Missionaries Leaving Sale. Saturday, January 19, 8 a.m. - ? Calvary Temple Parking Lot, 630 Kern Street. T.V. Microwave, Bookshelves, Misc. Raffle $5 for 12’ fishing boat. Pomegranate Jelly. Your choice of regular sugar or Spenda sugar i 1/2 pints $6.00. Also have pomegranate syrup in pint jars $10. Great on pancakes, waffles or whatever you desire. 612 N. Lincoln. EVENTS Taft Camera Club Meetings 7:30 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of every month from September to June at the Chevron Valley Credit Union Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St. Call 765-5858 for more info. Veteran’s Office will be open in Taft on the forth Tuesday of each month. Come to Supervisor Watson’s office at 315 Lincoln – Room #141, and visit Veteran’s officer Mike Penny if you’re a veteran who needs help. Hours are 9 a.m. until noon. ANNOUNCEMENTS Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 – 763-3856. BUSINESS SERVICES Steel Buildings. 20 x 20 ft. to 100 x 100 ft. Qualify for advertising discount up to 50% off. Can erect. (805) 646-6468. HOME SERVICES Seeger Maintenance Heating and Cooling. Need your heater serviced and your cooler winter serviced. Appliance installaton; electrical, plumbing and carpentry repairs aso available. Call Certified Maintenance Technician John Seeger at 765-1710 or 204-2571. HEALTH Shed those extra pounds. THE ENZYME DIET - designed to help you lose 25 lbs in 12 weeks. Call (661) 747-0638. Dealers wanted. MISCELLANEOUS LOST\ FOUND Lost. 2 small black shaggy dogs. One male and one female. Female has a limp. Lost near 314 S. 7th Street. 661-293-0495. Lost pet. 3 legged Calico kitten. Area of 400 B Street. 763-3666. Found small dog. Call 623-5216. REWARD Fender Mexican Stratacaster Guitar. Ser. No. MZ3202432. Burgundy in color, in a orange, grey and black gig bag labeled “First Act”. Stolen from my truck on or about Tuesday, 18th to Thursday, 20th December which was parked on Lexington Ave. in Taft. Police Report No. 07-355-2. Please call Wayne (661) 203-1682. HELP WANTED Cusomer Service Representative For regional Agricultural Pistachio Company. Sales and marketing skills a must. Computer skills a must. This is not a telemaketing job. You will be working with a great team of people in an office and wherehouse environment. Must have a car and valid CDL. 5 days a week full time work. Compensation based on skills and experience. Please fax resume to (805) 962-6200. Westside Security Now Hiring Part Time\Full Time. Guard Card Required - Clean DMV - apply 300 S. 4th Street. 12 p.m. - 5p.m. M/T/W/F, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m./1:30p.m. 4:30p.m. Thursdays. FOR SALE Kitchen Cabinets. New with stainless sink. Top and bottom. New home take-outs. Single sink bathroom vanity included. $1,500. (661) 342-2838. Pomegranate Jelly. Your choice of regular sugar or Spenda sugar i 1/2 pints $6.00. Also have pomegranate syrup in pint jars $10. Great on pancakes, waffles or whatever you desire. 612 N. Lincoln. Couch $30, chair $20, enter. center $15., gas stove $50, air mattress TAFT INDEPENDENT $20. 765-2713. Behringer vampire amplifier $125. 623-3432 or 765-6875. 3 Cubic ft. cement mixer. $100. 763-4775. Complete Sell Out Until Sold. All Christmas toys and ornaments, and decorations, 2 Christmas trees, many antique Christmas items. 27565 Taft Highway. Valley Acres. Call for info (661) 765-6064. TRAILERS Choodle, ugly as heck, but sweet as sugar! Chocolate female, spayed, all shots, dewormed, 1 yr. old, great personality. Needs loving home. $150. 293-0671. Free kittens to a good home. Variety of colors. Call 765-4346. Free animals. Frre to good homes. Red Chow Sharpee 3 yrs. 2 yr. old Rotweiler mix. 4 female kittens and cat. 623-0939. Mitsubishi Rear projection HDTV 55 inch LIVESTOCK Screen. $600. (661) 303-5278. Pigs and Goats for Sale. Puerco y chivas para Entertainment Center, carne. 769-8176. $1,100 obo. Sony Big Screen TV, $995 obo. Quarter horse – Line Almost 2 yrs. old. Call 293-0337 or 293-0213. Black Dun. 15 hands – 8 years old. Very gentle, loads easy. $1,800 obo. Bowflex gym. Home Call 661-496-4361. gym with leg station 310 lbs. of power rod FARM EQUIPMENT\ resistance. $200 obo. RANCH 765-4140. Entertainment Center, $1,100 obo. Sony Big Screen TV, $995 obo. Almost 2 yrs. old. Call 293-0337 or 293-0213. Color TV Black, $50. 763-1397. John Deer 318 Tractor, with impliments and attachments, $300. 763-4775. Keystone Western Saddle. 15” seat. Excel. Cond. $400 firm. 763-3293. Ladies Coyote Jacket AUTOMOBILES for sale. Paid over $1000. Will take $600 HARRISON STREET obo. Can be seen at 406 Taylor, 12- to 4 p.m. AUTOMOTIVE 765-2505 209 Replica chrome kitrchen HARRISON STREET. Smog check. Free tire table with 4 chairs, rotation with brake ‘50 style. $200 obo. inspection. Most cars 763-3207. front or rear disc brakes. $85.95 (labor only). A\C Washer and Dryer, service $125.00 (incl. microwave. First $200 takes it. You pick up. as 2 lb. Freon). Cooling system power flush is. 770-7020. $120.00. Like new microwave 1986 Suzuski Samuri. - $20, big chair w/ Top end rebuilt. connected ottoman $60, red line bike - $60. 5-spped, 4 wheel drive. $900 obo. Reg. 763-3567. non-operational. 661-745-3211. PETS Shih Tzu puppy, 14 weeks old, male, tricolor, registered, first shots, wormed, $300. (661) 747-0638 or 763-3222. 94 Cadillac 4 dr. SLS Northstar and a 1980 Buick Regal Limited. Package deal $2,300 or best offer. Contact 770-7037 for more info. UKC ‘PR’ Pitbull puppies, 1st shots, dewormed, some ears cropped. Rare bloodline. $500-$1000. (661) 770-7037. 1995 Saturn. Needs transmission. $750. 623-5036 or 763-4102. Free female Jack Russell Terrier. Looking for loving home. A sweetheart dog. Loves people. Spayed. Does not get along with other dogs. Cell (661) 213-2530. Chorkie puppies. 3/4 Yorkie and 1/4 Chihuahua. Females $400, males $350. Cuyama (661) 766-2428 or (805) 839-7270. Cash Only. TRUCKS 1955 Dodge pick-up, needs TLC, 623-2978. Ask for Pat. MOTORCYCLES 2000 Harley Davidson Dura Glide. 3,000 original miles, garage kept. $13,500 or best offer. 763-9323. RV’S 1981 Itasca Motorhome 30 ft. Needs TLC, $2,500 623-2978. 2001 Wilderness 24 ft. 5th wheel trailer. Very good condition. $9000 with generator or $8500 without. 203-5469 AUTO – TRUCK PARTS Complete set of rims and tires from 2007 Toyota Tundra, 5 lug. $1,000 or best offer. Swimming pool 16’ by 48” almost new with all accessories. $200 oe best offer. 765-4012. COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT ROOMS FOR RENT Looking for a room to Rent. New employee with city of Taft needs room to rent. 760-792-8980. 2 Bedrooms for rent. Taft. House privileges included. All utilities included. $400 each. 745-3295. APARTMENTS FOR RENT $700.00 2bd/ 1 1/2ba Apt Central Heat & Air 201 W. Ash St. Stephany 661-343-7119 HOUSES FOR RENT Large 1 bd. Indoor laundry. $500 mo. 343-0507. Advertise in the T A F T I N D E P E N D E N T 765-6550 13 Monterey Gardens $250 de descuento el primer mes. 2 recamaras, 2 banos, Patio privado, nueva pintura y carpeta. Llame 661-765-5434. TAFT COLLEGE TEMPORARY SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER $15.35 - $19.60 per hour. The hours for this position are flexible and will be based upon the needs of the student(s). Please note: Due to the temporary status of this position there are no guarantee of a set amount of hours and length of service, nor are health benefits provided. For information on how to apply you can access the college’s website at HYPERLINK "http:// www.taftcollege.edu" www.taftcollege. edu or you can contact the Taft College Human Resources Department at 29 Emmons Pk Dr. Taft, CA between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday or by calling 763-7805. DEADLINE FOR FILING: This position will remain open until filled. EOE TAFT COLLEGE POSITION AVAILABLE DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES Management/Supervisory Position For a complete job description and application forms you can access the college’s website at www. taftcollege.edu or you can contact the TC Human Resources Office, 29 Emmons Park Dr. Taft, CA 93268, Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by calling 661-763-7805. DEADLINE FOR FILING: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. EOE Shop Taft and Save Gas 14 TAFT INDEPENDENT For Sale 2006 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Beautiful Burgundy Red, CD\AM FM, Always Garaged, 12,000 Miles. $17,500. 763-9886 Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dine In or We Deliver • 661.765.4143 HELP WANTED TAFT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSTITUTE EMPLOYEES to work in Custodial, Food Service, Clerical, Instr. Asst., and others classifications as needed. Substitute Pay range is $13.25 p/hr. Substitute positions are paid hourly. NO hours are guaranteed. E.O.E. Employment process includes: Application and Resume, Written Exam, Interview, Background Clearance, DOJ Clearance, Physical, and Drug Screen. Applications, Job Descriptions and Salary Schedule are available at the TUHS Business Office, 701 7th Street, between 7:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. M-F. Applications must be received in the Business Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23rd. Please note that the District office will be closed on January 21st. Written test will be given to ALL applicants submitting an application. Test will be given in the TUHS IRC Lecture Hall on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. It Pays to A Christmas Card to Bob and me from our special friends Noodles and Katie. Crystal Lee's Valentines Day Gifts for Ladies 765-0080 522 Center Street Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advertise 765-6550 Shop Taft and Save January 17, 2008 BILL LYNN PROPERTIES 630 E Street No. C 2 bd. 1 ba. Rent $700 Deposit $700 218 4th Street No. 5 and No. 6 1 bd. 1 ba. Fully Furnished Rent $600 Deposit $600 519 Warren 1 bd. 1 ba. $250 off first month rent Rent $550 Deposit $550 105 Naylor 2 bd. 1 ba. Rent $600 Deposit $600 801 Philipine 5 bd. 3 ba. Rent $2,000 Deposit $1,000 765-5434 - 216 4th Street, Taft, CA Brokers DRE License #01183956 Wanted: A Few Good Writers for the Taft Independent. Writing skills a must. Must be able to spell correctly. Call 765-6550 for more information. Home Services Directory Automotive Harrison Street Automotive Complete Auto, Smog. 209 Harrison St. Taft 765-2505 Catering Taft Crude Coffee House & Sandwich Deli. Fresh made to order sandwiches, cold drinks, coffee service, full service espresso bar, mocha, cappuccino, latte, etc. Delivery available on large orders. 763-5156 Contractors Ken Shugarts Contracting Lic. No. 808738 343-0507 Graphic Design Independent Graphic Design 210 6th Street, Taft 765-6550 House Cleaning The White Tornado House Cleaning Services (661) 213-5373 Painting Lacy Painting P.O. Box 612, Taft 765-5253 Handyman\ Home Repairs Property Management Innovate 4 U Back by Popular Demand New Lower Rates (661) 477-5644 Bill Lynn Properties 216 4th Street, Taft 765-543 Infinity West Inc. Remodeling\New Garages 508 Center Street (661) 770-5700 Heating\Air Conditioning Insurance Services Lawn & Garden Eddie’ Lawn Service and Painting (661) 213-5373 Printing S & S Printing 606 Center St., Taft 765-5678 Driller Printers 220 4th St. Taft 763-3522 Pool and Spa Service Taft Pool and Spa Service 610 Center Street (661) 763-4302 Infinity West Inc. Honest Property Management 508 Center Street (661) 770-5700 Pest Control Roof Repair Top Quality Roofing Lic. No. 771597 101 6th Ave. Taft 765-7785 Storage Towing Service Precision Towing 317 Main St., Taft 763-4420 Waste Management and Trash Hauling Westside Waste Management 274 Cedar St. 763-5135 January 17, 2008 I can Make OFFER TODAY and CLOSE NEXT WEEK! 15% Off Fernando & Isabel Amorteguy David 818-381-3013 Chemicals, accessories, vacuum, vacuum Thursday - Saturday 11 am-4 pm Closed Sunday - Wednesday parts, grids, filters, filter cartridges, and hoses. Backyard tiki torches and fuel, decorative acces- Advertise in the Taft Independent 765-6550 it can be ordered without shipping & handling charges. Come in and check out our store! Valid 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Must present this Coupon. Expires 1-15-08 HELP WANTED TAFT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSTITUTE EMPLOYEES to work in Custodial, Food Service, Clerical, Instr. Asst., and others classifications as needed. Substitute Pay range is $13.25 p/hr. Substitute positions are paid hourly. NO hours are guaranteed. E.O.E. Employment process includes: Application and Resume, Written Exam, Interview, Background Clearance, DOJ Clearance, Physical, and Drug Screen. Applications, Job Descriptions and Salary Schedule are available at the TUHS Business Office, 701 7th Street, between 7:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. M-F. Applications must be received in the Business Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23rd. Please note that the District office will be closed on January 21st. Written test will be given to ALL applicants submitting an application. Test will be given in the TUHS IRC Lecture Hall on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. All shows before 6 p.m. - $6.50 Late Show Child and Senior $6.50 Adults $8.50 www.taftfoxtheaters.com 765-4802 514 Center St. I deal HONESTLY, with INTEGRITY and RESPECT! sories, and pool toys. If we don’t have it in stock, Valid on any Combo #1-11 THEATER NEW HOURS Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. I Love Fixer Houses and Non fixers! Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily 101 E. Kern Street 765-7321 FOX 15 Janie’s Mexican Food and Catering David BUYS Houses La Salsa Fresh Grill Mexican Food & Seafood Restaurant Rite Away Carpet Cleaning 765-4191 or 333-7929 Residential and Commercial TAFT INDEPENDENT Golf Repair Also Available 610 CENTER STREET, TAFT, CA 93268 661-763-4302 or 703-3504 Best Chile Verde in Town! Located at the Historic Fort 915 10th Street, Taft, CA (661) Shop Taft and Save For Sale Brand New Homes! Edwards Tree Trimming Service Great Prices and Great Service “We won’t leave you out on a limb” 907 Stanislaus St., Maricopa. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 Car Garage, with all appliances, $214,900. 100 Tyler St., Taft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 Car Garage, with appliances. $219,900. 763-3730 or 293-0582. Shop Taft and Save Gas Same Floor Plan at both locations. Able Builders. Contact: Lee Jackson (661) 714-2359 or Ron Jackson (805) 440-5255. OildaleTIRE -IN- TAFT NOW SHOWING at the Fox Theater - 27 Dresses - Cloverfield - In the Name of the King SHOWTIMES: Mon-Fri. 7 p.m. Sat & Sun. 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Tires for your Car, Truck and RV • Fleet Specialists 24 Hours Roadside Service 1355 Kern Street, Taft, CA On Highway 33 on the North side of town. (661) 763-1800 16 TAFT INDEPENDENT Christmas Sale FULL SERVICE SALON Melissa Thornsberry Master Colorist Salon - Supply - Clothing - Accessories Cut - Color - Nails - Massages Available 404 Center Street - Taft 763-GLAM Sunday to Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 765-2911 Orders To Go – Catering Services At the Corner of 10th and “B” Street’s A HINT OF CLASS Gift Shop - Floral Design Interior Decoration AtThe Historic Fort Monday - Friday 10 - 5 pm 915 N. 10th St. Ste. 28 Pamela Dudley 763-3831 / 444-5420 January 17, 2008 Personal Style Hair Salon & Boutique “Always a Personal Touch” FALL FASHIONS ARE NOW IN Western Shop Clothing - Jewelry - Shoes Purses - Hats - Accessories • GIFTS Delux Combo • JEWELRY Aquarium w/ Eclipse Top % • CLOTHING 12, 29 or 37 Gallon 25 Off 419 Harrison St. Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-2987 Advertise in the Taft Independent 765-6550 SHOP TAFT La Salsa Fresh Grill Mexican Food & Seafood Restaurant Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily 101 E. Kern Street 765-7321 15% Off Valid on any Combo #1-11 Valid 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Must present this Coupon. Expires 1-15-08 Year End Store Wide Clearance Sale 50% Off 423 Center Street - Taft (661) 763-3527 CINDY’S HAIR AFFAIR Rockin Round Girl Boutique PLUS SIZE FASHIONS SIZE 14 TO 30 From Trendy Everyday to Professional & Special Occasions Why Look Ordinary When You Can Look Extrordinary 411 North Street (661) 763-1117 The Tumbleweed Bar and Cafe The Best Steaks on the Westside Filet Mignon, New York Strips and Ribeye Steaks up to 24 r ble Ba Porta ing Cater Discount Kids Menu Cafe Hours Monday - Wednesday 6 am to 2 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays 6 am to p pm RV and Trailer Parking Available Hap 3 p.m py Hou . to 6 r p.m. Bar Hours Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (661) 768-4655 “Where Good Food and Good People Meet” Crystal Lee's Valentines Day Gifts for Ladies 765-0080 522 Center Street Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.