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March 12-18, 2010 • Volume 4 Issue 37

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

Lincoln School and Conley School Look to Proposition 8 Grant Funds for New School Gym

City of Taft Honor’s Former Treasurer Art Carlton Taft College Holds Reception for Retiring Board Member John Miller Community Resource Center Feeds Families on Thanksgiving

Taft Soroptimists Announce Women’s Awards

Taft Oil-Technology Academy Students Receive College Acceptance

Lincoln School Assistant Principal Roland Maier, PE Coach Tessa Pilgrim and PE Coach Cris Flores Stand on Field Where New Gym Could be Built at Lincoln School

Dedication and Reception of the Pioneer Mercantile Building on Taft Community Gardens Wednesday, March 17th Plant’s for the Future from 4 to 6 p.m. Taft Community Gardens Receives $8,500 From Synagro, Donation of 30 Trees from Kern Tree Foundation

By Jessica Miller

Oilworkers Monument Site Gets Ready!



March 12-18, 2010

Help Plant Pease in the Assembly! 32nd District State Assembly Candidate Invites you to a fundraiser at

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Dr. Harold Pease Dr. Pease has taught about freedom through adherence to the Constitution to our students at Taft College for over 25 years. Come show your support for James Madison George Washington Thomas Jefferson his candidacy and enjoy an evening in Patriot $500 $3900 $1000 $75 celebration of liberty! * 2 tickets * 8 tickets * 4 tickets * 1 ticket California’s devastated economy is a direct * Recognition * Recognition * Recognition result of laws that have stifled our liberty. * All campaign events * All campaign events Dr. Pease is the only candidate with the Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (661) 770-7149, expertise to show the way back to liberty or in person at the Taft Chamber of Commerce Office 400 Kern Street, Taft (661) 765-2165. and prosperity in California! Paid for by the committee to elect Harold Pease for Assembly 2010 FPPC ID# 1322986

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Community Events

Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3


Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Coed Slowpitch Tournament March 13th

Westside Watcher...........4 Westside News.................6 Westside News..............7-8 Westside Horoscopes.....9

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Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,250 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. Subscriptions. Subscription home or mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550. Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long

Luck of the Irish Dinner at The Fort March 17th

Internship Overview: Hands-on service learning at Quail Springs’ 450 acre permaculture demonstration and education site in Southern California.

Early application is advised! As of early March, we have 3 out of 6 spaces open.

The Historic Fort is having their annual St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 17th. Social hour at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. For more information and tickets contact the Fort at 765-7371.

Maricopa Unified School District will hold its first annual Carnival and Car and Motorcycle Show during Gusher Days on the 20th from 11am- 3pm at 955 Stanislaus St. All proceeds benefit Maricopa Students. For more info contact Mel at 769-9329.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) to begin at Taft Branch Library. Free income tax help will be available at the Taft Branch Library starting now. Volunteers from the VITA program will be available on Wednesdays from 11;30 am to 6:00pm through March 31st. No appointment is necessary. Taxpayers wanting help should bring any tax forms they receive in the mail; records of income and deductions; a copy of last year’s return and their social security card. For more info call 763-3294. The Fort and TAPT Wine Tasting Night April 22nd The Fort will be holding their annual wine tasting evening with TAPT. Wine, hors d’oeuvers and Jazz music start at 5pm. For tickets please contact the Fort at 765-7371

Taft United Methodist Church 100 Year Anniversary April 25th Taft’s First Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1910. Save the date; April 25th. Taft United Methodist Church is celebrating 100 years of ministry. Help us with names and addresses. Come and help us celebrate! 630 North Street.

Activities include: permaculture gardening, farming and earthworks, seed saving, plant propagation, livestock care, milking, cheese making, yogurt, etc., butchering (not required), bread making, food preparation using fresh local ingredients, preserving the harvest, non-profit administration, general chores and community care. We also offer special segments covering a range of areas from natural building and watershed stewardship to carving, working with natural fibers, beekeeping, cooking in the earthen ovens, and more. The service learning time commitment is for 25 hours per week. The intern coordinator works with interns to match your area or areas of interest with projects on the farm. What we provide to interns: Hands-on skill building, mentoring, meaningful work, camping space (with your own gear), nourishing food, hundreds of acres of beautiful wilderness, swimming pond, reference library, a lively community atmosphere of all ages, and what many interns have deemed a treasured lifechanging experience. What we are looking for in interns: A desire to learn and to be of service, adaptability, mindfulness, desire to live & work in the outdoors, a sense of humor, self-care, ability to listen and to speak from the heart. Quail Springs’ Events and Courses: Quail Springs hosts enjoyable and informative public and private events in which interns may choose to participate. Interns are also invited to join educational courses at a 30% discount. Some courses offer partial work trade and scholarships as well. For the full Quail Springs programs calendar, visit Cost of internship: $500/month fee covers all meals, camping, facility use, and staff mentoring. A $250 non refundable deposit is required to secure your space. We offer a $300 discount if the full session is paid in advance. Partial work trade: These positions are limited. Please inquire early! Contact to learn more or apply for Farm & Garden Internship: jan@ or 805-886-7239

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News Briefs

Westside Recreation and Park District is hosting a coed slowpitch tournament Saturday, March 13th at 9am at Franklin Field. Ages 16 and up can participate. Fee is $150 per team. Teams must register by Thursday, March 10th. For more information please contact Les Clark att (661)763-4246

Maricopa Gusher Days March 19th, 20th, and 21st

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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

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft

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

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Government is Inefficient by its Nature By Dr. Harold Pease Every semester I ask my students how a small business gets rid of an unproductive employee. They usually realize that there is a relationship between productivity and job security. No business intentionally hires someone incompetent. They know that when such happens the response is a quick layoff and presume that the same is so of government jobs as well. It isn’t. The government job is layered to protect incompetency. Getting rid of ineptitude is well nigh impossible. To begin with, a government supervisor seeking to unload an incompetent employee must provide a written notice at least 30 days in advance of a hearing to determine incompetence or misconduct. The statement of cause required necessitates long term documentation indicating specific dates, places, and actions cited as incompetent or improper, so the employer must begin collecting evidence months before. The incompetent employee remains on the job during this investigative period. The accused has the right to a hearing and decision by an impartial official, with the burden of proof falling on the agency that wishes to fire the employee. At this hearing he has the right to have an attorney present and witnesses presented in his favor. This too takes time and by now he knows your intent, resulting in a hostile working environment that affects more than just the two of you. An adverse decision here is appealable to a Systems

Protection Board, where again the burden of proof rests on the agency seeking removal. This could take months. It’s probably best not to be in the same room alone together. By now he hates your guts. This too is appealable to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which again could take months. Meanwhile the incompetent employee has the right to remain on the job and be paid until all appeals are exhausted, thus ending the employer’s nightmare if the appeal ends in his favor. Every appeal, every involved party, and all of the time involved in this process are funded by your tax dollar, and are happening at the expense of productivity. Very few federal civil servants are ever dismissed from their jobs. Instead the employer simply hires a second person to do the work not done by the first—two people doing the job of one, and paid for by the hardworking taxpayer. The New American recently reported that “with about 2 million civilian employees, the federal government, excluding the postal service, is the nation’s largest employer.” Everything the government manages, state or federal, is either bankrupt or nearly so. Is it any wonder given the natural inefficiency of government? The answer to this inefficiency is to give the government as little to do as possible. Government is inefficient by it’s nature. This same government labors to create thousands of new laws to control our behavior each year. We must return to the basics of the Constitution or continue to lose our liberty at the hands of such ineptitude. It is as simple as that. After all, it’s about liberty.

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Pioneer Mercantile Building Dedication and Reception March 17th

The Pioneer Mercantile building will be hold a dedication and reception on Wednesday, March 17th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th. Gary Joyce (above) of Joyce Properties has restored the historic Taft building. The event is sponsored by the City of Taft, the Taft Chamber and Joyce Properties. The public is invited to attedn and tour the building.

Letters to the Editor City of Taft Planning Commission City of Taft City Council With reference to the proposed zone change 10-2, I am writing this letter in opposition to the proposed change. The property I own is at 712 Center St, and 710 Center St. The proposed zone change changes my property from General Commercial (GC) to Downtown Commercial (DC). It also affects the properties within the boundaries of 1st St (North side only), to 10th Street (South side only on 10th - and Main St (Eastside only on Main), and Kern St (both sides). There are some R-3 properties also involved. The businesses allowed in General Commercial zones, but not in Downtown Commercial zones, are the following: auto washing, auction houses, auto dealerships, auto rental agencies, auto paint and body, bail bond services, boat and RV sales, mini storage, shopping centers, vet offices, and ambulance services. Instead of putting further restrictions on new business coming to town, we should leave the zoning unchanged. The downtown area has many empty buildings that at one time had businesses that are on the excluded list. These include car dealerships, auction houses, auto washing, bail bond services, and a construction site of storage units that was delayed by the economy. We also have 3 body shops, an ambulance service, 3 auto washing businesses, a car dealership, and an auto rental agency that are operating within the proposed zone change area. They would be grandfathered in, but new businesses on the DC excluded list would not be allowed to open, if the zoning was changed. With a poor economy, and many empty buildings within the proposed zone change area, we should not put a limit on what types of business can open by changing the zoning. It would be a poor economic decision for the City of Taft and the property owners to change the zoning in the middle of a terrible recession! William H. Friend Owner of Friendly Antiques

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Lincoln and Conley Schools Look to Prop. 8 Grant Funds for New School Gyms by Jessica G. Miller The budget cuts that schools all over California are facing is a crucial matter, however, the availability of grants and funds is still out there. One such opportunity that Conley Elementary and Lincoln Jr. High in conjunction with the Westside Parks and Recreation District are taking advantage of is Proposition 84 or the, “Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.” Prop 84 is a $368 million grant project designed for public parks statewide to help create new recreation opportunities for communities lacking adequate facilities. The eligibility provisions are specific and stringent. For example the candidates must be in significant poverty, schools are not allowed to apply, only organizations like park districts, cities, counties, and non-profit organizations, and different members throughout the community must be involved. For Lincoln and Conley this opportunity could not passed by. Teaming up with WSRPD, both schools were able to apply for a $100 thousand to $5 million grant to build new athletic fields and courts, gymnasiums, playgrounds and the like. If either school is given this grant, not only will the school be able to update their equipment or lack thereof but the community will also reap from

the benefits, as another requirement of the grant is that the new facilities built must be open to the public. Conley Principal, Lisa Kindred, is confident in her school’s chance at getting this grant. “We meet the needs of the grant and our playground is so old and desolate,” she said. “We virtually don’t have much of a playground. Our highlight is the blue bars and that’s a big deal here.” Kindred explained that the set of parallel bars are the focal point on their playground for the children. With only the blue bars, two swings and two basketball hoops, the students don’t have many options. “We have 250 kids and there’s not a lot to do,” she said. “When it’s really hot, really windy or raining, we can’t play on the playground. We have to go into the library and watch a movie.” And since P.E. is affected by these circumstances as well, “they don’t have any activity,” she explained. If Conley is granted the funds, it will offer the Rec the ability to widen their range of

5 Lincoln’s proposed renovations, like Conley’s, will be available to the public. “The gym is going to be in the corner so the community can get into it,” Maier said. “That will be a real plus for when the community wants to use it, it’ll be available.” Technically, Lincoln and Conley are up against each other for the grant but they are also up against the other cities, organizations and districts throughout California. “I think Conley, because there is nothing around and no park area, would have a better chance at getting it [the grant],” Maier said. “Then if the money is still there and they allow two in one area then I think we’ll have a good shot.” Kindred, however excited for the great prospect for her school, has her fingers crossed that both schools will be chosen for the grant. “Lincoln’s plan is wonderful and very needed too,” she said. “I’m hoping we get them both.” Whether either or both schools receive the bond money, it will be an exciting event for all Taftians to have the new recreational activities and facilities made available.

Renderings of where a gymnasium, a new sports field and basketball court would be located on the Lincoln School campus (left), and where a gymnasium, soccer field, basketball court and playground equipment would be located at Conley School (above). The facilities, if built, would be open to the public. NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE family and sporting activities. Additionally, the school will have the chance to fulfill the “wish list” they have compiled with various representatives of the community along with the teachers and staff members. The list, which includes a completely new gym and modernizing the playground among several other amenities, will provide accommodations for not just the students but for the community as a whole, particularly the residents of South Taft who are in much need of any type of park facility. Kindred expressed that she is excited for her students, “It’ll be beautiful up here if it happens. It will be like Disneyland for us.” Lincoln’s Prop 84 plans are similar to Conley’s but not entirely. Assistant Principal, Roland Maier, is enthusiastic about the prospect of the generous grant and “wish list” created by the P.E. teachers. “We need to pursue it,” he said. “We have the demographics fit, everything fits and I think it’s a great opportunity.” The variations in Lincoln’s plans include reconditioning the soccer field, a new parking lot and building a state of the art gym on the south side of the school that would incorporate a classroom designed for possible anatomy and health classes. “We’re meeting the community needs but yet we’re still meeting ours,” he explained. “We’ll still use our regular gym but it [the new gym] will give us more flexibility.” Maier hopes to broaden the scale of athletics and start focusing on fitness, “I would like to see a weight room where the little gym is and have a nice set and treadmills so we can really teach kids how to take responsibility for their fitness.”


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of an unscheduled vacancy on the Planning Commission of the City of Taft, California, and that the Taft City Council is seeking an applicant to serve on the Planning Commission for a term commencing upon selection and expiring on June 30, 2011.

The appointment shall be made by the Taft City Council pursuant to Title VI, Chapter One, Section One of the Taft Municipal Code at the City of Taft regular Council Meeting on May 4, 2010. All applicants shall be registered voters and reside within the City of Taft at the time of filing a letter of interest for appointment. The appointee must remain a registered voter residing within the City of Taft during the entire term of the appointment. Candidates are advised that a Statement of Economic Interest Disclosure will be required upon assuming office and then annually.

All individuals interested in serving on the Planning Commission should submit a letter of interest to the City Clerk, City of Taft, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, CA no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2010.



March 12-18, 2010

Taft College Board Member John Miller Retires from College Board of Directors After 31 years, Reception Held in His Honor

Taft Oil-Tech Students Make College Acceptance

Taft College held a reception for retiring College Board member John Miller who served for over 3o years on the college board of directors. Miller was joined by staff and board Taft Oil-Technology Academy Seniors who have been accepted to one or more colleges or Universities so far. Front Row(l to r): Karlie Twisselman-Arizona St.,Mesa St.,U.C.Davis, Stephannie Heerdink-San Diego St., C.S.U.B., Kathy Lopez-Azusa Pacific University, Marissa McMahon-Univ. of Northern Arizona Back Row(l to r): Jonathan Guzman-San Diego St. ROTC, Blake Emberson-Colorado School of Mines, N.Arizona U.,Lewis&Clark,Univ. of Pacific, Jordan Vermillion-Oklahoma St. Univ., C.S.U.B., Kasey Kaszcycki-Colorado Sch. of Mines, Montana Tech.,Rocky, Jared Miller-C.S.U.Monterey Bay, C.S.U.B. “We are very proud of these Academy Seniors, as well as all of our Academy students,” said coordinator, Rick Woodson. These and all of our busy Academy Seniors are in the middle of their Senior Project and Job Shadowing Our Juniors just completed a field trip to AERA Energy facilities, and are starting on their Junior Debates. The Academy Sophomores are in the middle of their Engineering Project, constructing bridges made of toothpicks and White Elmer’s glue, that must hold a minimum of 50 lbs. 24 of our Academy students volunteered to help with the annual West Kern Oil Museum Recognition Dinner last Saturday.



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Remember Daylight Savings Time Chamber Committee Looking at This weekend, March 13 and 14, we will all be setting our clocks 5th Street Closure, Public Plaza to Daylight Saving Time. The time change is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association more than 66 percent of home fire deaths that occurred between 2003-2006 were in homes without a working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms alert people to fire in its early stages, giving them the time needed to escape safely. When working properly, smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. •Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years; aging smoke alarms do not operate efficiently, and are a cause of nuisance alarms. •A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all, so test your smoke alarm monthly by pushing the “test” button, if it has one. Even if your smoke alarm is hard wired the battery should be changed. •Place smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home, including the basement. Remember the garage too. •It is preferable to mount the alarm on the ceiling at the highest point, 4-12 inches from the nearest wall. •Make sure that everyone in the home knows the sound of the alarm and what to do when they hear it. Develop an escape plan with a safe meeting point and practice it.

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Since the beginning of the year, the Taft Chamber of Commerce has been on fire with advancements in technology, the revitalized newsletter, taking over AM radio, selling out their annual installation dinner and now taking Taft Chamber Director Fred Schell near the proposed action in 5th Street Plaza restoring our city’s historical downtown area. “Through the encouragement of the City of Taft and the desire of the business owners and citizens to accelerate the transformation of the Historic area, the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau formed a committee comprised of business owners and interested parties of the Historic Downtown District of Taft,” Chamber Director, Fred Schell said. He explained that the purpose of this Association is for the improvement of the entire community, concentrating on the downtown area and how, “its structure represents the cultural diversity that reflects the area.” In a meeting held on Monday, a decision was reached by the committee and other attendees that even though there are long term goals set for the revitalization of city there are some smallscale issues that could be taken care of right now. Starting with a “Clean Up” day on Center Street. “The intent is to obtain owners’ permission to enter buildings, repair broken windows, paint historic signs [like the Coca-Cola wall painting], clean store fronts and where possible conceal unsightly clutter with attractive posters and artwork ranging from quilts to school art projects,” Schell explained. Following the “Clean Up” day will be an art contest open to the schools to contend for the opportunity to have their design painted on a building in the community and other prizes. “As a part of the immediate plan, the Committee and Community formally request that the City of Taft close 5th Street from the intersections of Center Street and Main Street,” Schell expressed. “This request is made in anticipation of the permanent closure of this area designated by the City as the “5th Street Plaza”. The granting of immediate use of this area would be seen as a gesture of commitment from the City at zero to little cost with no negative impact.” With these plans and more to come, it will be exciting to see where this committee helps take Taft in the coming months and in perfect time for Oildorado.

March 12-18, 2010

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Unfortunately, sometimes the person who deserves it less gets the credit. You have the right to make your opinion known, but be very careful in how you do it. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Honesty may not necessary always be the best policy. You’ll have to be sure the truth never comes out however or things could get even worse than first anticipated. Gemini (May 21-June 20): Being able to admit when you’re wrong is a very admirable trait. In this case though, you’re actually being harder on yourself than you need to be. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): This week, you may be taking baby steps towards healing a damaged relationship. They are very important steps, small though they may be. Leo ( July 23-August 22): This is truly your moment to shine. Just sit back and try to drink in as much of this experience as you can. You don’t want to forget anything about this feeling. Virgo (August 23-September 22): You really need to start taking better care of yourself. How much more does your health need to suffer for you to make a few changes? Libra (September 23-October 22): Your social life could go through the roof this week if you let it. You may have to put that on hold for more important things right now though. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): If you don’t like something, then I suggest you say so. Keeping your mouth shut in this case will only hurt yourself, and badly. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): While a close family member really appreciates the help and advice you’re giving, be careful not to sound condescending in your delivery. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): It may hurt your pride to wait for the advice of someone you tend to butt heads with, but I promise you it will be more than worth the bruise to your ego. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Don’t be too quick to jump to the wrong conclusion. Maybe a friend kept something from you, but judging from your reaction their reasoning may be right. Pisces (February 20-March 20: If you know something is bad for you, and that it ultimately makes you feel miserable, why you continue to torture yourself by indulging is beyond me. If your birthday is this week: In your current endeavor, it’s almost impossible not to get ahead of yourself. Don’t sign anything before taking every last proper precaution though. You can let your imagination run as wild as you’d like as long as you don’t take action to match it. Even if your thoughts are anything but, you must act practical here.

BLM Advisory Council Plans Meeting in Bakersfield Land management issues for the Bakersfield Field Office will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management’s Central California Resource Advisory Council meets in Bakersfield on April 9. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive. Council members will take public comments from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Agenda items include resource management plans for the Carrizo Plain National Monument and BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office, an update of statewide BLM issues and reports from BLM Central California managers. The RAC Off-Highway Vehicle Subgroup will meet briefly before the RAC meeting to vote on whether to present screening criteria for land acquisitions for OHV use to the full RAC. “The advisory council provides a valuable forum for BLM and the public to exchange views on management of public lands,” said Kathy Hardy, BLM Central California District manager. On April 10, the advisory council will participate in the National Landscape Conservation System 10th Anniversary event at Carrizo Plain National Monument. The meeting and Carrizo event are open to the public, but reservations are required for the Carrizo event. For more information, contact David Christy, BLM Central California District public affairs officer, at (916) 941-3146. The 12-member council, one of 24 such advisory councils in the western states, is comprised of members who represent broad natural resource interests including livestock grazing, environmental groups, recreation, wild horse and burro management, history and archaeology, the academic sector, local government and the public at large.

Wildflower Hotline ready to bloom A wet winter is leading to high hopes for the 2010 Kern County wildflower season. With the anticipation of colorful growth comes the annual launch of the Kern County Board of Trade’s Wildflower Hotline. The hotline, a telephone number and web site offering updates on wildflower growth and locations, officially began operation today and will continue throughout the season. Wildflower information is available around-the-clock for callers to 661-322WILD or Internet users visiting the Board of Trade’s tourism web site at New this year is the addition of the Kern Wildflower Blog, which will allow nature enthusiasts to post information on the best places to see wildflowers and to share experiences with other wildflower devotees.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS As of 3-2-2010 I Roberta Howe am no longer affiliated with the Westside Humane Society. I feel that the WSHS mis-reprensented themselves not only to me but to my community as well. TUHS Class of 1985. Seeking Alumni for 2010 Reunion. Sherry 332-2229. TUHS1985@ TUHS Class of 1990. Seeking alumni contact information for 20-Year Reunion (October 8-10, 2010). Contact Stephanie at 331-7094

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March 12-18, 2010



Taft Community Gardens Taft Community Gardens received a check for $8,500 from Synagro on Saturday, March 6 along with a donation of 30 trees from the Kern Tree Foundation. Volunteers turned out on Saturday to prepare and plant the trees with help from Bakersfield College professor Linsay Ono who taught the 40 or more Taft College TIL Program students how to plant the trees. Joe Burke of Accelerated Services provided the back hoe that dug the holes for tree planting.

Lorrie Loder of Synagro presents a check for $8,500 to Kathy Johnson of Taft Community Gardens. Melissa Iger (2nd right) brought 30 donated trees from the Kern Tree Foundation. Linsay Ono ( far right) lent his expertise in tree planting to the volunteers.

30 fruit trees were planted orchard style at the garden Saturday morning. Taft College TIL Program students (below) help plant the trees, with help from Bakersfield College Professor Linsay Ono (photo right).

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