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The Taft

Friday, May 22, 2009 • Volume 3 Issue 47

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

5th Street Plaza Will The Downtown Finally Get Its Public Plaza?

by Michael Long

Purple Warriors Tribe in The Westside Recreation and Park Report

Memorial Day at West Side Cemetary This Monday

City, Developers and Designers Work Towards Fulfilling An Old Idea

Erickson and Brown Celebrates 70 Years In Taft

Taft Community Gardens Gets $1,000 From City Council and Plants a Tree in the Community Garden

5th and Center Street: Creating a Public Plaza on 5th Street Between Center and Main Could Bring New Life To Downtown Taft

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Where Do You Get Your Independent? Do you get your Independent at Albertsons? Paik’s? Or, do you look for our red boxes around town? The Taft Independent is your local newspaper and we are there for you when you want it and when you need to know what is happening in your local community. The Taft independent is distributed every Friday to over 150 locations in Taft and the surrounding communities on the Westside, including the Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Fellows, Maricopa, Dustin Acres, Valley Acres and Derby Acres. Our red boxes are located at Taft College, True Value, Roger Miller Insurance, The Taft Post Office, and in front of our office at 210 6th Street. Or, you can pick up your copy of the Independent at any of these locations.

The Taft Independent Best of Taft 2009

What’s your favorite Restaurant? Who makes the best pizza? The best hamburger? Who is your favorite sales clerk or waitress? Or, what is your favorite business. The Independent is seeking your vote for the Best of Taft 2009. Submit your nomination and vote today for the following categories or make up one of your own.

Vote your choice for The Best of Taft 2009 Best Pizza_____________________________________________________ Best Mexican Restaurant ________________________________________ Best Burrito_____________________________________________________ Best Hamburger ________________________________________________ Best Coffee ____________________________________________________ Best Breakfast _________________________________________________ Best Restaurant ________________________________________________ Best Place to get a drink _________________________________________ Best New Business ______________________________________________ Best Salon ____________________________________________________ Best Stylist ____________________________________________________ Best Mechanic or auto body shop __________________________________ Best Health Club/ Gym __________________________________________ Best Teacher ___________________________________________________

Shell Food - Enos Lane Valley Acres Market Shaws FastTrip 6th Street 7-11 6th Street Outpost Store Taft Independent Trends/ Soleil K-Mart Dollar Tree Glamorous Jacks Flower Shop Hamptons Natural Health KC Photo Personal Style Kids Fantasy Emy’s Varity Ultimate Lady State Farm Julie Franks Acme Jeweler Miller’s Beauty Supply Crystal Lee’s Cardio Gym Pizza Factory Chilled and Grilled 332 Club S & S Printing West Side Furniture Your Cheating Heart Tattoo La Villa Carniceria Mi Casita City Hall La Salsa\Toppers Artz Liquor Taft Chevron Vicente’s Restaurant Kern Street Shell Little Caesars

Paik’s Restaurant Friends Cigarettes Kern Donut FastTrip Kern St. Asian Experience Taft Post Office OT’s Restaurant Jug and Rose Cali’s Albertson’s Shopping Super Toms Taco de Mexico Foster Donuts State Farm - Herm Blockbuster Video Radio Shack Kern Schools FCU Albertsons Mall Cigarettes Rite-Aid Taft Nails Chevron Valley Credit Union KFC Magic Tan Pappa Murphy’s Carnicera Market Suzettes Cleaners Lucky 7 10th Street Heritage Park Gas Wars Napa Auto Parts True Value Dairy Delight Asher Street Market Taft College Bookstore United Security Bank 99 Store Hot Stone Pizza Goodwill Hacienda Grill

Domino’s Taft College Center Street Café Maricopa Shell Tina’s Diner Sandy’s Rock Shop Maricopa Quilt Maricopa Post Office Maricopa PD Super 8 Hotel Maricopa Senior Ctr. La Salsa Restaurant McKittrick Hotel McKittrick USPO Mckittrick Store Rosy’s Café Fellows USPO Tumbleweed Oildale Tire Auto Zone Taft Crude West Coast Cash Holland Inn Good Year Tire Devon’s Body Shop Sampson’s Gym Joe’s Restaurant The Fort A Hint of Class Roger Miller Insurance Westside Office Supply Taft Chamber All in the Sandwich Santa Barbara Pistashio Sagebrush Annie’s Cuyama Store Duff Hardware The Place

Best Sales Clerk ________________________________________________ Best Waitress __________________________________________________ Best Tourist Destination _________________________________________ Best Property Management Firm __________________________________ Best Bank _____________________________________________________ Best Real Estate Agent ___________________________________________ Best Convenience Store __________________________________________ Best Customer Service/Friendliest Business ___________________________ Best Place for Home Improvements _________________________________ Best Credit Union ______________________________________________ Best Non Profit Organization______________________________________ Best ___________________________________ You Create Your Own Category Best of Taft Rules: Submit your nominations to the Taft Independent on this official form. Mail this form to our office located at 210 6th Street, Taft, CA 93268 or drop in our door mail slot, or fax the form to 765-6556. Nominations will only be accepted on this form. DEADLINE to file your form is Wednesday, May 27, 2009 WINNERS will be announced on Friday, June 5, 2009.

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City Councilman Cliff Thompson at his home, and was arrested a second time after confronting Thompson at a local restaurant over a domestic dispute. Robert Patrick Acorn was arrested by Taft Police on May 14th shortly after Acorn alledgedly tried to enter Thompson’s home, making threats and breaking a window. Thompson, according to Taft Police, brandished a handgun to ward off Acorn who fled. Acorn was later arrested by Taft Police and released on $100,000 bail. On Tuesday morning, May 19th Acorn alledgedly accosted Thompson at the Oasis Bar over the dispute. Thompson contacted Taft Police and Acorn was arrested for witness intimidation. Acorn remains in jail.

Westside Watcher.............4 5th Street Plaza................5 Relay for Life...............6-7

The Taft College Friends of the Library Sponsor Booksigning At Oil Museum

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News Briefs

Man Arrested for Threatening Taft City Councilman Memorial Day Ceremony at West Side Cemetary A Taft man was arrested on May 14th for vandalism and threatening Taft Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m., Mayor Noerr to Speak

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A special public Memorial Day Observance Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. at the West Side Cemetary in honor of those who died in service of the nation. Taft Mayor Dave Noerr is the featured speaker. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. More about Memorial Day can be found at South Taft 6th Annual Clean-up Saturday May 30th South Taft will hold its 6th Annual Clean-up on Saturday, May30th beginning at. 7 a.m. This years theme is “Cleaning our Neighborhood, Building Our Park”. For more information please call 577-7040. Old Time Radio Show at Oil Museum May 30th The Pine Mountain Players will present an Old Time Radio Theater program live at the West Kern Oil Museaum on Saturday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature the firt esisode of the Flash Gordon Radio Show and the classic “Who’s on First” from the Abbott and Costello Radio Show. Admission is freee. A donation will be solicited at the end of the show. For more information please call 765-6550. BLM Announces Meeting On Proposed Plan for Carrizo Plain National Monument The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting June 12 to discuss a Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The meeting will run from 2-4 p.m. at the old Farm Bureau building, located about one mile east of Soda Lake Road on Highway 58 north of the monument. The monument includes about 206,000 acres of public lands administered by the agency’s Bakersfield Field Office in San Luis Obispo and Kern counties. “We will review comments received on the Draft RMP/EIS and discuss the Proposed RMP/Final EIS being developed,” said Johna Hurl, monument manager. The plan was developed in cooperation with BLM’s Managing Partners - The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game - the Monument Advisory Committee and the public, she added. Comments ranged from livestock grazing; energy and mineral development; motorized vehicle use and wilderness. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations should contact Carrizo RMP

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long

The Taft College Friends of the Library held a book signing and heard about Taft history from noted Taft historian Pete Pete Gianopulos and author Larry Peahl. Both were honored by the group for their work on researching and recording the history of Taft.

Erickson and Brown Celebrates 70 Years in Taft, Chamber cut the Ribbon Taft’s Erickson and Brown Funeral Home celebrated 70 years of doing business in Taft by hosting a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Ceremony in honor of their longstanding business. Charles and Jennifer Landwehr and Agnie Milner of Erickson and Brown hosted Chamber members at their business at 501 Lucard Street in Taft. The Landwehr’s can be reached at 765-4111.

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Westside Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside

Asian Experience

Asian Food and Pizza Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

Tumbleweed Café and Steakhouse

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-8:30pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 9:30pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Hot Stone Pizza Pizza, Subs, Ice Cream Family Arcade Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm Lunch Buffet Monday-Friday 11am-2pm 407 Finley Dr. 765-6424

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765-2000 621 Center Street Food and Pizza Asian ExperienceAsian Lunch and Dinner Sagebrush Annie’s Tuesday - Friday The Place 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation

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Westside Watcher Juana Espinoza and Kimberly Rahe were the big winners at Honors Night Thursday May 14th. To the applause of an auditorium full of her peers and their parents and friends, Espinoza, a Taft Union High School senior, walked off stage with $18,950 in college scholarships, $12,000 of which was from the Confidence Foundation, originally Whittier Oil. She also received $1,500 from Berry Petroleum, and $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp., Petroleum Production Pioneers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Rahe received $11,200 toward her college education, including $10,000 from the Masonic Foundation Scholarship. Altogether, 62 students received 248 scholarships from 69 donors totaling $154,900. The Taft College Merit Scholarship was the biggest donor, chipping in $29,400. Other big winners were: —Loren Kolb with $5,950, including $1,500 from the Class of 1952 and $1,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp. —Dakota Bailey with $5,850, including $4,000 from the George & Helen Stewart Memorial Scholarship. —Jaime Valdez with $5,450, including $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp., Petroleum Production Pioneers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. —Blaine Reich with $5,250, including $1,000 each from the Class of 1950 and the Mathew Dragoo Memorial Scholarship.

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—Christina Cloud with $5,200, including $1,500 each from the Class of 1952 and Berry Petroleum, and $1,000 from Oxy-Elk Hills. —Jessica Martin with $4,700, including $2,000 from the Class of 1949 and $1,000 from the Class of 1950. —Chelsey Sinden with $4,700, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp. and Oxy-Elk Hills. —Kenneth Neher with $3,500, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 from Watkins Construction. —Briana Lemmons with $3,550, including $1,000 from the True Grit Scholarship. —Austin Kindred with $3,450, including $1,000 each from the Norman Cooper Memorial Scholarship and Holmes Western Oil Corp. —Cassandra Walrath with $3,450, including $1,500 from the Chevron “Humankind” Scholarship. —Kalyn Valentine with $3,400, including $1,000 each from National Health Services and the WestSide Hospital Auxillary. —Breanna Macaulay with $3,200, including $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp. and the Association of Energy Services. —Martin Lopez with $3,200, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum.


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Soroptimists Recognize, Award Local Girls

by Kayleigh O’Neal The Soroptimist International of Taft feel that they should recognize local students for their excellence, recently meeting to present a “Girls of Achievement” award to 17 girls for their exceptional academics and moral standards. The meeting, held at OT’s restaurant, provided a lunch for the girls, students from seventh grade to college, and their guests. The ceremony lasted only an hour, but it was very informative and personal. The Soroptimists--which mean the best for women-have been fighting for women and their rights for years. They seek to improve the lives of women and girls all over the world. “A lot of women live through nightmares, day after day,” soroptimist Linda Stubblefield mentioned as she addressed the entire room. Her speech discussed the fight and hardships women have gone through, and how they keep fighting for themselves and for others. When the awards were given out, each girl approached the podium and introduced herself and her plans for college and future career. They were each given an award and a boquet of flowers. The girls awarded are as follows: Alyssia Line - Taft College Kaylee Fowler and Alix Cordova - Midway School Leslie Tacza and Sierra Melton - McKittrick School Chelsi Perry and Kaitlin Brown - Lincoln Junior High School Escarleth Herrera, Sheri Frazier, Toni Geer, and Britney Anderson - Maricopa School Kayla Houston and Emily Phillips - Maricopa Elementary School Hadley Pitman, Karla Lopez, Hannah Koerner, and Cassie Walrath - Taft Union High School The Soroptimists also present scholarships to young women. At the upcoming TUHS Honors Night, they will present one girl from the S Club, the high school’s young soroptimist club, with a $500 scholarship, and will award one girl who doesn’t have to be a member with a scholarship as well. They also award a Maricopa student and a TC student with Ranch House Restaurant scholarships.


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MAY 22, 2009



Taft’s 5th Street Plaza Coming Soon? There is a new vision coming to Taft’s Historic Downtown. The City of Taft may be in store for a major redevelopment project. The goal is to plan and design a beautiful downtown plaza that will bring new life and vitality for the community to enjoy. Gary Joyce, a local business owner of Joyce Properties joined Taft’s Shawn Hagstrum, partner of S&K Engineering in the design of 5th Street Plaza. Joyce explains that Taft’s plaza is meant to be a special place to appreciate Taft. It is a place to gather, visit with a friend, sit in the shade, walk the dog, ride your bike, listen to a concert, enjoy local dining and shopping. It is a destination and a corridor to the rest of the community and the expanded downtown

like the plaza to “We should move forward if attract people we can come up with the grant the area.” money,” Noble said. City Asked if having a downtown Manager is important to the Taft Bob Gorson community, Noble said “The recently told a downtown is the heart of any gathering at the community and we need to Taft Chamber reestablish the downtown to of Commerce bring people together.” that the public “A revitalized downtown is plaza project a commitment to business and Businessman Gary Joyce talks with Councilman Craig was a good our community,” Noble added. Noble on the site of the proposed 5th Street Plaza. example of Debbie Turner, a downtown redevelopment businesswoman supports the be a commitment by the city of downtown Taft. idea of a public plaza. to revitalize key areas of the And while the city does not “We are a small and safe city and stimulate the local have the funding to build the community, ” Turner says. economy. The idea of a 5th Street Plaza “The time has come for the 5th Street Plaza was first proposed in 1981 project. The Plaza will create an outdoor when the city conducted a study on design guidelines for a atmosphere where people can relax, visit an event, historic downtown district. an art show, or a farmers market.” The idea was raised again in Taft City Councilman Craig Noble 1994 in the city’s Downtown

“We will make the downtown a source of pride and new life.” Taft Businessman Gary Joyce redevelopment area. “Ideally, we will connect the community from Taft College to Taft Heights, from South Taft to Ford City,” said Joyce. “We will get out of our cars and come together in a downtown plaza rich with park benches and planters, water spouts and fountains,” Joyce added. Joyce believes that beautification works, and that public and private investment

plaza, Noble supports seeking grant dollars to finance the project.

“Anything to bring people back downtown.”

According to Lucille

Holt, the Taft City Grants Administrator, the city is seeking funds for the project. “The grant funds are out there, we just have to capture them,” said Holt.

“We will make the downtown a source of pride and new life,” Joyce said. Joyce wants to see the city clean up the downtown and bring people back.

Downtown businesswoman Debbie Turner, owner of Jack’s Flowers located on the corner of 5th and Center Streets supports the idea of a public plaza. “We are a small and safe community,” Turner says. “Anything to bring people back downtown.”

Is such a thing possible? Of course, Joyce says. He says that the community can do this by working together.

If all goes well, Taft may have a public plaza on 5th Street before Oildorado 2010 and more people may start visiting the downtown.

Specific Plan, but past city councils did not act on the suggestion. Recently, interest in the idea surfaced again when Joyce and Hagstrum drafted a plan of what the project might look like and shared it with the city. Councilman Craig Noble likes the concept and is a proponent of downtown redevelopment. Noble says that the plaza would make for a more pedestrian friendly

City Manager Bob Gorson recently told a gathering at the Taft Chamber of Commerce that the public plaza project was a good example of redeveloment of downtown Taft. will restore and strengthen the local economy. “The downtown has blight and commercial activity is sagging,” Joyce said. “It is time for new life.” In 2007 Joyce petitioned the City Council to designate the downtown as a historic district. Joyce says it would

area with benches, pleasant walkways, trees and plenty of outdoor seating. “The time has come for the 5th Street Plaza Project,” Noble said. “The Plaza will create an outdoor atmosphere where people can relax, visit an event, an art show, or a farmers market. We need something

Looking north down 5th Street from Main Street (left). The Plaza would fill in the entire block from Main to Center Street where numerous outdoor activities could take place such as art shows, theater, a farmer’s market and other outdoor public events attracting residents to the downtown. The side of Pioneer Mercantile Building (center) on 5th Street where building owner Gary Joyce would like to see outdoor dining underneath awnings along with a water feature and public art. Joyce supports the idea of the Plaza that could serve as a nexus between the downtown and the Rails-to-Trails redevelopment project. Joyce hopes the city can locate grant funding to create the Plaza and have the project completed before Oildorado in November 2010. Looking south (right) from Center Street, the Plaza could include a stage for outdoor public entertainment.

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MAY 22, 2009

Taft Relay For Life - Remem

Taft Relay for Life

They came by the hundreds. The very young, the very old and the Some came because they were survivo Some came because they take care of Some came because they wanted to fi But all were driven by a common goa tragic toll cancer takes on society. Taft’s inaugural American Cancer So to be an overwhelming success. It brought out more people and raise A lot more. Co-chair Patti Moon called it “Taft’s head, added “what an amazing response. we’ve had from this community.” Local organizers had hoped to raise $ of 25 teams who would commit to walkin for 24 hours to raise money to fight cance They had hoped to attract 50 cancer night by taking the first lap. The actual numbers were, well, impre Teams: 34 Survivors: 125 Walkers: more than 500 Locks of Love donors: 39 Money raised: $75,058.42. Co-chair LaNell Howell was the one But when Lori Morrison, the Cancer it to her, she was speechless. “I am so proud to be a part of birthin stayed around for Sunday morning’s closin lap. “We had some labor pains along the w best baby relay in California right here in Many people camped out on the infie But the heat wave didn’t wilt the enth Not even for cancer survivor Pascual day Sunday carrying a banner for the final cancer, he also walked laps on Saturday. Fight Back Committee chair Jennifer Howell and the other behind-the-scenes p “The success of this event is in so man spirit and passionate commitment to your Music and entertainment were a big p On-air personalities from all three Ba They included Channel 17 news anch emceed the opening ceremonies; Channe raised $400 with a stint in the dunk tank; who emceed the Taft Idol talent contest th

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mbering and Fighting Back

Exceeds Expectations

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The Family of Dan Brockett would like to express our gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The family would like to thank all who sent flowers, plants, food and cards, and every act of kindness shown to us. Also, a special thank you goes to: Deputy Jeff Eveland, Angie Milner, Joann Bledsoe and the staff at First Baptist Church for their compassion shown to our family.


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by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): You’re feeling a little unsettled this week, and it’s no wonder why – your life’s gone from zero to sixty in no time flat. Make sure you take a minute or two to breathe. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You can get everything you want this week, but you’ll have to be willing to fight for it – and fighting clean may not be an option.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20): This is the time to take unexpected action. So much support is lining up on your side, you’ll have a lot of help in reaching your goals.


Cancer ( June 21-July 22): As rewarding as it is to take chances, it’s much easier (and not to mention smarter) to do so when you already have a strong, and well-tended foundation. Leo ( July 23-August 22): What you’re doing is the equivalent of never watering a plant and wondering why it dies – it is going to take effort on your part for this relationship to grow. Virgo (August 23-September 22): There will be some family problems this week, but there’s nothing you can do about that. Just hunker down and ride out the storm. Libra (September 23-October 22): Sometimes you have to make your own opportunities. Don’t be afraid to stick your flag in the sand and start building from the ground up. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): It’s time to step out of the bubble you’ve trapped yourself in. Very important people in your life have been neglected and you have some wrongs to right. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): It is imperative that you lend your support where it’s needed this week. You have the ability to make all the difference in the world for a loved one.

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19): You know that you’re better than this. Why you keep settling for less makes no sense to anyone, least of all you. You deserve much, much more.

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Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Your impulses are right on the money this week, so it would be a great idea to act on them. You won’t be sorry.

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Pisces (February 20-March 20): Sometimes the best way to take control is to voluntarily put yourself in a situation where you lack control. You have nothing to lose so go for it. If your birthday is this week: It’s not what you want to hear, but right now you need to sit back and let others take the reins for awhile. The sooner you realize you can’t control everything, the happier you’ll be. As wrong as it feels at first, you’ll soon see how right it can be to get out of your comfort zone and just let go.


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MAY 22, 2009

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Classified Ads Ads are are $3.00 $3.00 per per issue issue for for up up to to three three lines, lines, $5 $5 per per Classified issue for for up up to to 55 lines, lines, and and $7 $7 per per issue issue for for up up to to 10 10 lines. lines. Yard Yard issue Sale ads ads are are free. free. Phone, Phone, fax, fax, mail mail or or drop drop off off your your ad ad to to the the Sale Taft Independent. Independent. Taft

Saturday, May 30th 8 a.m. Call 745-4892 or 577-7136 for Information.

Boxed\outlined\bolded classified classified ads ads start start at at $12.00 $12.00 for for 88 Boxed\outlined\bolded lines, $16 $16 for for 12 12 lines, lines, $20 $20 for for 15 15 lines, lines, $25 $25 for for 20 20 lines. lines. lines,

319 and 319 1/2 Kern St. $650. deposit 650 2/1 1-866-367-8171

Crane and Transportation Service Pumping Unit Repair

Photo Ads. Ads. Car, Car, truck truck or or house house for for sale sale ads ads are are $5 $5 per per week, week, Photo or $10 $10 with with aa photo. photo. E-mail Email us a photo photo of of or us (or (or bring bring to to our our office) office) a your home, home, car, car, truck truck or or motorcycle motorcycle and and we’ll we’ll do do the the rest. rest. your

319 1/2 kern st taft, ca 2/1 $650.00 Deposit same. 1-866-367-8171 email AlinTaft@Yahoo. Com

Classified ads ads deadline deadline is is now now Thursday Wednesdays 2 p.m. Classified at 2at p.m. Phone: 765-6550 765-6550 Phone: Office (661) 765-6182 P.O. Box 1113 Lic. # 887301 Fax (661) 765-6155 Taft, CA 93268

Fax: 765-6556 765-6556 Fax: Email: E-mail: Payment can can be be made made by by cash, cash, check, check, or or credit credit card. card. Payment Taft Independent Independent 210 210 6th 6th St., St., Taft, Taft, CA CA 93268. 93268. Taft Refrigerator. $125. 769Valley Credit Union, YARD SALES Advertise your FREE yard sale ad. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by 2 p.m. Thursday. Yard Sale 216 Shattuck Ave. In the Alley. Sat 5/23 8am- noon. Lots of stuff! Yard Sale. 503 Fillmore Street. 80-gallon acrylic aquarium, men’s & women’s clothing, metal shelving unit, 2 BBQ’s, miscellaneous items. 7:30 a. m. - ??

EVENTS 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.

LOST Silver Bracelet. engraved on back “Sweet 16” Please call to return (661)763-3618

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Decorative landscape curbing machine. Be the only one in town to provide this service! Complete turn key operation. Reasonable offers will be considered. Possible $500 hr profit. Contact 330-7012 or 428-0575

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Westside Humane Society needs foster homes! Call 745-3297 for application. 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 YARD SALE ADS ARE FREE IN THE TAFT INDEPENDENT. CALL 765-6550.

Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. And 3rd Thursday at First Baptist Church. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 220 N. First St. Free and open to the public. Info call 7164000.


For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 – 763-3856.


COMPUTER SERVICE Taft PC Services. Spring Special. PC Tuneup $25. Exp. 5/31/09. See price list at 623-5188.

HELP WANTED Driver- Must have clean DMV. Class A and CDL required. Pre employment and drug screen required. Hazmat and tanker EN. Send resume, dmv printout and salory requirement to HR. PO Box 1076 Taft, CA 93268 Lifeguard wanted at the New Cuyama Aquatics Complex. $14.00/hr visit for details. Need class A Drivers for a small vaccuum truck company and hiring for a dispatcher postition. 661-859-8426

FOR SALE Misc. Tools, handyman tools, plumbing tools, and more. (661) 5777636. Havoc M5 off road go cart. Subaru engine 126 cc-5.0 hp good condition, runs great. Asking $700 623-0527 Coolers, downdraft and sidedraft, insulation available. 623.4063. Like new oversized tan couch, love seat, chair with ottoman $500. Round clear glass coffee table with 2 end tables $50. 763-3949

Moving most sell 1999 Quad CabvDodge PU, 79000 mi $5,850 OBO; 2006 Thuro-bilt 2 Horse Trailer, pulled 10 times, $7,550 OBO; Oak Computer Armoire, $750 OBO 661-3389723

Trash hauling @ Cleanups. Yards, homes & lots. Land scaping, sprinkler repair, flower & tree planting. (661) 205-1203.

WANTED Wanted. Reasonable priced, in good condition tredmill. (661) 7633494. Junk Cars! Cash Paid (661) 805-0552

LOST\FOUND PETS Black French Brittany. Little brown on face, white chest. Freckels on his legs. No tail. Answers to Ozzy. Very Friendly. 768-4959. REWARD!

PETS Free lab-mix puppy. David 978-4159. Goats for sale. All ages and sizes. (661)7698176 Free Pug Puppies. 7634491.

527 D Street. Remodeled, 2bd. 2 ba. with one car garage. $950 plus $950 deposit. No pets, no sec. 8. Includes wsher and dryer hookups, kitchen nook, stove, micro, and dishwasher, gardner and pest control. 5490154.

Chiuaua puppies, beautiful, pure bred. 8 weeks. Teacups and Tiny Toys dewormed, 1st shots and registered. $150-$300. 903-0724 Playful kitty needing purr-fect home, neutered mle, first shots, (661) 765-5858.

LIVESTOCK Goats for sale. All ages and sizes. (661)7698176

AUTOMOBILES 1998 Oldsmobile Cutless. 75,000 original miles! Runs Fantastic.... Rarely Used! Power Seats and Windows. Leather seats! $3,000. (661) 599-4845. For Sale ‘79 Bronco, ‘77 Ranchero $500 each, ‘91 Kawasaki Jet Ski $400 661-623-5810 Hobby stock race car. 76 Pontiac Le Mans, 95 percent race ready. 350 motor, 350 trans. with car trailer. $2,500. (661) 763-3494 or 695-3429.

TRUCKS 1999 Chevy Blazer LS. 115,000 Miles. Power seats and windows. CD Player. $4,210 or best offer. (661) 599-4845 Trailer. 8 x 5 covered $2,500. 763-5495 or 623-1281. For Sale. 2001 Ford F-150 4x4. Fully loaded. Tow package. crew cabAsking $11,000 or best offer. Call 661-7684517

Taft Construction Air Conditioning and Heating Solar Power Specialist

Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists

30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

1986 FORD TRUCK F-250 SERVICE BOX WITH 8 TOOL STORAGE GREAT FOR HANDYMAN JOB. run super strong 97,000 miles 1700.00 including tag and smog. or without tag and smog for discount ok email

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas. CRIME FREE HOUSING Brokers Licence 04417057 661-745-4892

ROOM FOR RENT $100 per month. $275 to move in. Cuyama area. Avail. Feb. 1st. (805) 868-5381.

MOBILE HOME 2 bd 2 ba, in Maricopa $600 + deposit. (661)623-1985 24 x 60 Mobile in BV Park. Xlt. Cond. 2 bd. 2 ba. All new carpet. Xlt. Price $30,000 obo. (661) 623-2102 or 7453217.

APARTMENTS 1bd apartment. 400 Woodrow in Tradewinds. $625/ month. 763-1168

HOUSES FOR RENT 3bd 2 ba, in Maricopa. $900 + deposit. (661)623-1985 3 bd. 1 ba., dining room, laundry rm and garage. $950 mo. plus deposit. 402 Pierce St. (661) 623-5188. 3 bd. 1 ba. remodeled, $700 mo. and 1 bd 1 ba. $550 mo. (661) 6234063. Clean 3bd. 201 Lucard $750/month + deposit. 765-4644 or 363-3005

HOUSES FOR SALE West Valley Real Estate WOW, 5/3 on 2 lots w/ pool, 3 car garage, granite, like new! Parkview Village, 4/2, new tile & carpet, super clean! Updated Model Home Standards, 3/2, hardwood floors, granite, pool! (661) 763-1500. www.

Business Services Cleaning Services My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 340-8611 Lic. No. 007657 Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191 Sp. #30 BVMHP. 2 bd. 2 ba. Formal L/D plus den. Call to see @ 7652989 or 805-1168. Price reduced.

TAFT COLLEGE POSITION AVAILABLE DIRECTOR, FOUNDATION & DEVELOPMENT 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 by calling 661-763-7805. DEADLINE FOR FILING: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

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Absolutely wonderful turn-key home! Living room, formal dining area, large kitchen with bar, 2 bedroom, 2 bath lovely master bathroom. TV or office room. Many upgrades, dual pane glazed windows, plaster walls, newer carpets with fans in all rooms. Newer storage shed. Lovely landscaped yard. Extra nice carport. Energy efficient home! This home has had TLC! $54,500 Call to see!

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MAY 22, 2009

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Amber Street Homes

Brand New 3 bedroom and 2 Saturday bath homes Monday-Friday 9-5:30, 9-3 415Street Harrison St. Taft,6th CAand 93268 765-2987 (Front between 5th(661) Streets) Amber Street Homes

(on front street between 6th and 5th Streets)

e Showing Call 763-3517 Brand New Homes in Taft rmation Please Call 3763-3517 New Homes 3 Bedroom, 2 bath For Private Showing or For More Information Call Colston Construction at 763-3517

BARRON PROPERTIES Management/Sales “PuttingManagementbackintoyourProperty”

Ethele M. Barron 325 Kern Street (661) 763-9000 • Fax: (661) 763-9001 DRE# 01812075


LACY PAINTING PARTNERS IN PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT “Exterior Paint Specialist” Interior and Exterior • Commercial and Residential P.O. Box 612 Taft, CA 93268

(661) 203-6677 CA License #784342

A Hint of Class Inside The Historic Fort

Pamela Dudley 763-3831 444-5420

Gift Shop- Floral Design Clothing Boutique

915 N. 10th St. Ste. 34 Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 3pm


City, Developers and Designers Work Towards Fulfilling An Old Idea 5th and Center Street: Creating a Public Plaza on 5th Street Between Cent...


City, Developers and Designers Work Towards Fulfilling An Old Idea 5th and Center Street: Creating a Public Plaza on 5th Street Between Cent...