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Independent The Taft


June 18 - 24, 2010 • Volume 4 Issue 51

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

Taft Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Rails to Trails Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Taft Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Rails to Trails Car, Truck, and Bike Show Saturday, June 12th


Teddy Spanke And The Tex Pistols

SATURDAY JUNE 26 8:30 PM “Come dance with our friends, as we rock Camp Scheideck with the best Country Band on the West Coast!”


Right on Target: Taft College Offering Concealed Weapons Permit Training Classes



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June 11 - 17, 2010

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June 11 - 17, 2010

Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4


Community Events Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Taft College Youth Baseball Camp Monday, June 21st

Rails to Trails Car Show..........................6

The annual four-day Taft College Youth Baseball Camp will begin Monday at 9 a.m. Held on Cougar Field – TC’s baseball field – the even will run daily from 9 a.m.-noon. It is designed for boys and girls ages 5-12, who will learn fundamentals and the finer points of the game from Cougar coaches and players. The cost is $75 per camper, $125 for two siblings, or $150 for three or more siblings. All proceeds will benefit the Cougar baseball program. RSVP by calling head coach Vince Maiocco at (661) 763-7822 or reaching him by email at

Faith and Family............8

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Pancake and Waffle Breakfast Saturday, July 3rd

West Side Recreation Report..........5

Westside Horoscopes.....9 Classified Ads................10

The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Pancake and Waffle Breakfast on Saturday, July 3rd froom 7am to 11am at the Taft Veterans Hall, located on the corner of Cedar Street and Taylor Street. The cost is $5 per person and the profits make it possible for the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce to award scholarships to students in the community and to send students to Camp Condor. New Hospice Volunteer Orientation Saturday, July 17th

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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 Assistant Managing Editor Advertising Sales Manager Jessica Wallis Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins Staff Photographer Sara Bravo Circulation Manager Jobe Edgar

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Optimal Hospice Care is offering a special Saturday New Volunteer Orientation Saturday, July 17 from 9am-2pm. A light lunch will be provided. To reserve your seat, please contact the Volunteer Department today! Call 661-716-4000 or Email us at We are located at 4700 Stockdale Hwy, Ste. 120* in Bakersfield. We are looking for caring individuals willing to offer friendship and support to Taft area families affected by terminal illness. Second Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival Saturday, July 31st Saturday, July 31st will be the 2nd annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival. Starting at 10am. Come on out for fun for the entire family! Raffle and prizes, must be present to win at 3pm. Horseshoe Tournamen, entry fee 9am. Car & Motorcycle show, no entry fee. Tumbleweed decorating contest 10am. Bounce house, dunk tank, music, games, Bloody Mary Contest, vendors, arts & crafts, t-shirts, food and more! If you would like to be a vendor there is no charge, deadline for entry form is July 1st. For more info call 745-4892 or 577-7136 Taft Sportsmen’s Club to Resume Trap Shooting Taft Sportsmen’s Club has resumed their operating hours for their weekly trap shoots. They are held every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Trap Range on Petroleum Club Road. These shoots are open to the public, and kids under the age of 16 shoot for free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. The club would like to give people a chance to look at their new Laser Shot system received through grants of the NRA and through the local chapter of the Taft Friends of the NRA. Now’s the time to grab the shells, guns, and come on out to the range and prepare for a challenging afternoon. Tom Brown, President, can answer any questions about this event or if parties are interested in becoming members of the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, just give him a call at 765-2704. The club always welcomes anyone interested in shooting at the range as well as any new members. 8th Annual Old Friends of Bakersfield Car Club’s “Fabulous Fifties Fun Car Show” Saturday, October 2nd Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9:00am - 3:30 pm (free to the public) To register a car call Gil Edmondson @ 661-703-4071, Rhonda Pierce @ 661- 8091500, or pick up forms at Zingo’s restaurant in Bakersfield. Registration: $30 by September 25th, day of car show $35. Includes one lunch ticket. Last year the show had 172 registered cars. Lost of raffle prizes, super raffle prizes, vendors, 50/50, dash plagues, goody bags, and more.....Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit MOVE International. Oildorado Kick Off Concert Friday, October 15th Tickets are on sale now for the Oildorado kick off concert! You can purchase tickets at West Hills Nazarene Church at 300 LASSEN 763-4196 or at


Super CPR Training Saturday, June 19th by Jessica G. Miller Every year, 985,500 people die from cardiac or respiratory arrest, many of which can be saved by the simple utilization of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR. The Red Cross has set out across the US in the last decade to provide a free, fast and easy way for anyone to learn how to administer CPR. Saturday, June 19, the Red Cross will be at the Rabobank Arena and Convention Center in Bakersfield hosting their annual Super CPR Saturday. Beginning at 8:00am and lasting until 1:00pm, they will be offering free adult CPR training along with reasonably priced classes for First Aid and infant and child CPR training. Super CPR Saturday is just one event in the many services that the Red Cross offers. Founded by famed Civil War nurse, Clara Barton in 1881, the charity has since expanded its operations around the globe providing disaster relief, support for those who serve or have served in the military, and programs for educating the masses on health and safety. Volunteers and donations are the life blood of the Red Cross and one local resident, Amy Sherrill, the coordinator of last month’s Red Cross fundraiser and blood drive at Skydive Taft’s drop zone, is stepping up to the plate by becoming the only trained Red Cross volunteer in Taft. “Once I finish my training, if there is a fire or some other disaster in town, I will be able to bring relief to the site immediately,” she explained. No pre-registration is required for the classes on Saturday, which will be offered in both English and Spanish. Classes in English will begin every half hour and classes in Spanish will start every hour on the dot. For more information on volunteering like Sherrill, donating and Super CPR Saturday, call the Kern County Chapter of the Red Cross at 661-324-6427 or visit their website,

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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Asian Experience Tumbleweed Café Asian Food and Pizza and Steakhouse

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

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

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Westside Watcher SUSTAINAIBLE DEVELOPMENT BEST PRACTICES The Draft Environmental Impact Report and the Draft General Plan Update will be considered at a joint public hearing of our Taft City Council and Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 22nd beginning at 7:00 pm at The Fort, 915 North 10th Street, Taft. Anyone interested in sustainable development is invited to participate! The attached Opportunity Site Map reflects other potential property that could be developed for hotel, commercial, industrial or residential land uses. We have a lot of opportunity sites for various land uses and the land is relatively inexpensive. We are especially interested in attracting destination entertainment, various residential products, quality restaurants and other commercial land uses. The TAFT DEIR and GPU have guiding principles, policy goals and sustainable objectives that we are planning to implement that will transform the City of Taft into a unique, sustainable and safe community that promotes a healthy, livable and pedestrianfriendly lifestyle. For example, the 47-acre Sunset Rails Landmark Mixed-Use project in the heart of our Downtown will have an exciting mix of uses including destination entertainment, hotel, various residential products, commercial, community college facility and multi-use buildings that will total almost 1.2 million square feet. We are also planning a Redevelopment Plan Amendment that will cover most of our planned growth areas. The expanded Project Area should capture significant new redevelopment property tax increment. Also, we


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have zoned enough industrial property to allow for at least 6,000 new jobs. For example, we are marketing a 72-acre industrial park and have a 27-acre city-owned industrial park that should receive $3.2 in Grant funding for the public infrastructure improvements. Finally, with the recent Enterprise Zone designation by the State of California, we should be able attract some quality light manufacturing, alternative energy, renewable fuels and other relative highwage businesses. We were also pleasantly surprised by the interest from the development community when the City of Taft had our first booth at the ICSC event in Las Vegas recently. We had a lot of interest, especially in the 47-acre Sunset Rails MixedUse project, but there was also interest in our Enterprise Zone and residential, hotel, workforce development, commercial and industrial opportunities at other opportunity sites. We are in final DDA negotiations with our Master Developer and Phase I planning is already complete and scheduled to start construction within the next several months. Phase I will be composed of a Hotel (probably a 70 to 80 bed Best Western), Workforce Housing Project, quality sit-down restaurant and one other commercial use. The Taft City Council has created a new “Vision” for the City of Taft and has laid the groundwork for an exciting future. Please contact me on my i-phone at 661.623.6077 if you want to discuss. We welcome your consideration and invite your review of these documents at the city website @ . Bob Gorson City Manager City of Taft Please plan to participate in the joint public hearing of our Taft City Council and Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 22 beginning at 7:00 pm at The Fort, 915 North 10th Street, Taft. Anyone interested in sustainable development is invited to participate! The Taft City Council has created a new “Vision” for the City of Taft and has laid the groundwork for an exciting future. Please contact me on my i-phone at 661.623.6077 if you want to discuss. Also, please encourage all community stakeholders interested in the future of the City of Taft to attend this important meeting!

June 11 - 17, 2010

West Kern Water District News By Kent Miller West Kern Water District’s Board of Directors adopted a budget of nearly $19.6 million for Fiscal Year 2010-11 and exercised an option to purchase 500 acres of farm land and the 100,000 acre-feet of water in an aquifer under the property. Both items were approved by 5-to-0 votes will little discussion at the board’s Tuesday night meeting. But a report that the Delta Habitat and Conservation and Conveyance Program will deplete its original $140 million budget in December and needs a commitment of an additional $100 million for the project to move forward could prove controversial. The item will be on the agenda for the board’s July meeting. WKWD’s portion of the additional funding would be about $400,000, said Harry O. Starkey, the district’s general manager. Education program The board also discussed the district’s Educational Reimbursement program. Director Gary J. Morris wanted assurance that an employee couldn’t use the program to have the district finance a bachelor’s or graduate degree and then have he worker leave for greener pastures cultivated by the higher education gained at district expense. Director Thomas M. LcClair and board President Stephen J. Steinhoffer pointed-out that the program’s guidelines require that any classes eligible for reimbursement must “develop the employee’s skills and upgrade an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or potential future duties.” Fiscal year budget The 2010-11 budget calls for total expenses of nearly $19.6 million, with estimated revenue for the fiscal year of just under $21.6 million. That leaves dedicated revenue of just over $2 million. Big expenditures are: water production (gas, electric and propane to power pumps), nearly $5.9 million; water purchases, nearly $4.8 million; long-term debt, nearly $3.3 million; and administration and general, nearly $3 million. Water sales and services for the coming fiscal year are expected to yield just over $21.1 million, with non-operating revenue at about $470,000. Water sales and services were just over $19.7 million in the 2009-10 Fiscal Year. For the coming 12 months, customers will use an estimated 28,000 acre feet of water. Nearly half of that total, 13,500 acre feet, will go to industrial users. Power generation will require 10,300 acre feet and residential users will require 4,200 acre feet. Land purchase The district had already deposited $1 million toward the purchase of the 500 acres of farmland west of Bakersfield. With the board approval, the remaining $14 million finalizes the deal. “(The purchase is) to develop a water banking project,” Starkey said earlier this year. “The ground won’t be farmed. There will be five new wells to go into the existing system. “It (the 500 acres) has 100,000 acre feet of water. It is banked but stranded in that area.” The district is paying $35 million for the first phase of the project, which includes the cost of the land, he said. The first phase is the land, wells and the pipelines to connect into WKWD’s system. The second phase includes developing the land to basins to recharge additional water and about two miles of pipeline to connect to the district’s Station A, at Highway 119 and the aqueduct.


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June 11 - 17, 2010



Taft College Offering Concealed Weapon Hand Gun Classes Graduates Eligible to Apply for California Concealed Weapons Permit

Taft College CCW class students practice their marksmanship at the Taft Sportman Club range on Petroeum Club Road.

Kern County Deputy District Attorney Chad Louie provides students with the leagl aspects of carrying a concealed weapon and the laws governing use of a hand gun.

Taft College has begun offering what is perhaps one of the most unique classes in the California Community College system. The college is offering a day long course that trains, educates, tests and provides the student with certification that makes one eligible to apply for a concealed weapons permit at a local police department or sheriff ’s office. “Kern County residents are able to take the class and eligible to apply for a concealed weapons permit with a local law enforcement agency,” said Taft College Vice President Henry Yong. A California concealed weapon permit allows individuals to legally carry a loaded pistol or revolver on their person concealed from view. The application process involves making a written application to your local police agency or county sheriff, paying a fee between $100 or $200 dollars, participate in an interview and a

Once students have completed the class, they have up to sixty days to apply for a concealed weapons permit. However, to apply for a permit, state laws says you must be able to prove that you are of good moral character, that you have good cause to justify the permit, that yo are a resident of the jurisdiction where you are applying, and that you have completed an approved firearms training class like the class offered by Taft College. Law enforcement agencies have complete discretion when issuing CCW permits. Some California police chiefs and county sheriffs have very restrictive policies are issuing CCW permits, while others are less strict. State laws prohibit permittee from carrying their weapon into bars, court houses and post offices. Busse also offers courses for students to get CCW permits in other states.

possible psychology evaluation. The college course, usually offered on a weekend, involves 8 hours of classroom and field instruction by weapons expert Don Busse who teaches students about the safe use and handling of firearms, and test students on their knowledge of state laws. In the second portion of the class, Busse takes students out to a shooting range and teaches and tests students on firing and targeting their hand guns. “We are the only CCW class in Kern County that gets into the shooting part of instruction,” said Busse. Busse is a special forces Air Force veteran and weapons expert. He has taught martial arts for over 28 years. Kern County Deputy District Attorney Chad Louie also teaches students about the legal aspects of using hand guns to protect yourself.

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Awards Nestle Purina The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce gave an award of appreciation to Paula Harris, Human Resource Manager from Nestle Purina Kitty Liter, for being a Platinim sponsor of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce and for all her help with different evets and programs that the Chamber is involved with.

Local Photographer Captures Memories at Rails to Trails Car Show

Class instructor Don Busse teaches students about firearm safety, the proper use of hand guns and teaches basic handgun marksmanship. Busse also offers advance classes through his Martial Arms training company. A former member of the air force special forces Busse has provided state of the science defensive, practical, tactical and realistic force on force firearms training to qualified civilians, law enforcement and military personnel since 1984.

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SATURDAY JUNE 26 8:30 PM “Come dance with our friends, as we rock Camp Scheideck with the best Country Band on the West Coast!” Local Photographer Arthur Tamayo submitted this photo taken at the Taft car show last Saturday. You can submit your photos to the Independent by emailing you photograph submissons to






June 11 - 17, 2010

Westside News Business Briefs Taft College Lincoln School Summer STEM Rocket Camp a Blast

By Kent Miller Science can be exciting. Science can be fun. Just ask Bailey Gill, 13, who will be in the eighth-grade at Lincoln Junior High School in Taft for the 2010-11 school year. Bailey is one of 34 eighth-graders-to-be from Taft and McKittrick who are participating in the first STEM Summer Camp at Taft College. The two-week camp started Monday and concludes on June 24. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “(STEM Summer Camp) is part of a larger vision of the overall STEM Program,” said Joe McFaddin, STEM outreach coordinator for the college During the 2010-11 school year and beyond, McFaddin will be taking the college’s STEM trailer with its interactive displays around the Westside to elementary, junior high and high schools to spur student interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, said David & Saloon Reynolds, Taft College Specializing in Steak & Seafood 205 N. 10th St. instructor. (661)763-1819 As part of the summer Lunch Dinner camp, which was made Tuesday - Friday Tuesday - Thursday 4p.m. - 9p.m. CLOSED 11a.m. - 2p.m. Friday & Saturday 4p.m. - 10p.m. possible by a $36,500 grant SUNDAY/MONDAY from Chevron, the students OT Cookhouse Daily Specials are being introduced to such (For the week of 6-22-10 thru 6-26-10) subjects as: rocket flight, Tues. roller coaster rides with a Lasagna 6-22-10 $8.95 scientific purpose, Newton’s Lunch Laws, genetics and DNA Tues. $9.95 6-22-10 testing. BBQ Beef Ribs Dinner Wednesday, the STEM Wed. Sauteed Shrimp campers launched self$9.95 6-23-10 assembled Avion model Lunch Sandwich rockets into the air from Cape Wed. BBQ Pork Ribs $13.95/ 6-23-10 Canaveral West – also known $13.95 Half/ $15.95 Full Dinner $15.95 as the Taft College parking lot next to the softball diamond. Thurs. Braised Beef $8.95 6-24-10 Some of the less-powerful Sandwich Lunch 14- to 20-inch rockets -including Bailey’s -- reached Thurs. Pot Roast $9.95 6-24-10 heights of about 200 feet with Veggies Dinner before returning to earth via Fri. parachute, McFaddin said. Fried Oyster 6-25-10 $8.95 More powerful rockets soared Sandwich Lunch to more than 300 feet, he said. Fri. $15.95/ Prime Rib Several of the rockets carried 6-25-10 $15.95 Small/ $18.95 Large $18.95 Dinner an altimeter to determine how high they had climbed. Sat. 6-26-10 Chicken and Dumplings $10.95 “A daycare one or two Dinner blocks away recovered one rocket,” McFaddin said. CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY However, some of the rockets didn’t soar quite as majestically into the sky, 205 N. 10th Street . (661)763-1819 instead following a more



Fellows Fire Station Closing? By Kent Miller Kern County Fire Department Station 23 in Fellows, along with KCFD stations in Stallion Springs and Woody, will not be closing for the 2010-11 Fiscal Year – maybe. “Everything seems to have worked out,” Derek Robinson, president of the Kern County Fire Department’s union, said late last week. There had been discussions on closing the three county stations, Robinson said. “But they found some money,” he said. “They (Kern County supervisors) will approve the budget.” There will be no station closures and no layoffs if the budget is approved as presented, he said. On Thursday, June 10, the supervisors passed a balanced budget. But the budget was balanced on the assumption that this summer-fall the county’s employee unions will approve major changes in pension and health care costs. Labor talks have started. The changes call for union-represented county employees to pay 20 percent of the costs for medical insurance and to pay the “employee share” of their retirement costs. Since most county employees are represented by a union, this represents a large county expense and the change would impact a number of workers. The union employees are also being asked to accept a freeze on wages or even a reduction in salaries of 13.5 percent. If the unions don’t agree, there will be layoffs in every county department to meet a deficit of more than $15 million, supervisors said. That was a change from earlier in the week. On Monday, June 7, at the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to hear public comment on the fiscal year proposed budget, KCFD Chief Nick Dunn said, “The fire department will not be closing any fire stations.” The county’s fire fund received an additional – and unexpected – $1.5 million in property tax revenue, Dunn said. The KCFD fire fund will use that money to keep the three stations open for the fiscal year, he said. At the public comment meeting, one person opposing the closure of the Woody station spoke. He was followed by speakers opposing the closure of the Stallion Springs station. There was still a line of people waiting to speak against any station closures when Dunn made his announcement, which was received with a long and loud round of applause from the audience. But on Friday, June 11, Chief Dunn stated that “there are too many driving factors” to say what impact the budget would have on KCFD. “It’s too early to even think about that,” Dunn said. “We don’t know (if stations still might have to be closed if the unions don’t accept concessions). There are so many factors yet to be determined.” Dunn mentioned property tax income and whether the state will increase or reduce funds for the county. For now, the stations will not be closed, he said. Reports of possible closure of the trio of rural fire stations spurred many county residents to action. A flyer with the headline “Your fire station may be closed! Kern County Fire Department Station 23, serving the Fellows area, may be closed!” was distributed on the Westside the week prior to the supervisors’ budget meeting. The flyer stated that closure of the Fellows station could cause delays in emergency response. The delays would be because of the greater distance engines from the Taft or McKittrick stations would have to travel to reach a fire or emergency situation in Fellows, according to the flyer. “It’s really pretty simple,” the flyer stated. “The longer it takes us to get there, the more time there is for a fire to burn (and continue to grow), an accident victim’s ‘Golden Hour’ to slip away or a heart attack victim to suffer permanent brain damage ... or death.” While the flyer states “it takes us to get there,” personnel at the KCFD station in Taft stated that county firemen did not distribute the sheet. They referred questions to union President Robinson.

horizontal flight pattern, scattering the campers and onlookers. On Tuesday the students used large slingshots anchored to benches in the Taft College quad to match-up angles and try to hit targets with rubber balls, Bailey said. After that exercise, the campers combined paper and duct tape into various forms to slow or speed the fall of an item dropped from roof-height, she said. On Thursday, the students’ search for knowledge lead them to Magic Mountain. There, they used instrumentation to check the speed and altitude of the rides at the amusement park – make that Magic Mountain scientific research facility. The information was downloaded into computers where the students could study the data. The data will be complied over the weekend and presented to the students on Monday, McFaddin said. Next week the campers will collect their DNA and thumb-prints; and then close out the camp with a visit to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum -- Discovery Center, in Los Angeles. “Sometimes I kinda like science,” said Bailey, who took the regular seventh-grade science class at Lincoln. And after STEM Summer Camp? “Yeah, I might go into science,” she said. What has she learned? “We built the rockets and launched them,” Bailey said. “And we learned about inertia and math; and some algebra and trigonometry; and angles. It’s pretty fun.” The program could have included more students. “The word didn’t really get out (to all the area’s seventh-graders)”, she said. “I’ll recommend it to others to take (next summer).” Editors Note: Video of the rocket launches map bee seen on the Taft Independent faceboo page, and the Taft Independent website -

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by Jessica G. Miller The Rails to Trails Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show hosted by the Chamber of Commerce last Saturday proved to be a day of fun and also of good fortune for one local family. After the eight- member Hampton clan traversed Center Street visiting businesses and collecting stamps as part of one of the raffles taking place during the car show, they were able to amass a substantial amount of raffle tickets. With those, Jeff, Yolan and their children, Seth, Hope, Jayden, Nicholas, Natalie and Jeffrey, were able to vie for various prizes. Their pile of tickets and chances at winning increased when an anonymous benefactor donated his raffle tickets to the children as well as two tickets to the gala during Oildorado for Mom and Dad. Later, while the Hampton family rounded up their winnings, the same man gave the family a gift certificate to Domino’s Pizza. “I wish I had [gotten his name] but things were just busy,” Yolan explained. Luck, for this family, did not stop there. Monday, they were informed that they had won yet another drawing from the car show, this time for a recliner from Westside Furniture. “We had a great time and we would have had a great time even if we didn’t receive a thing,” she said. “The cars were awesome and we had a fun time hanging out with each other.”

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Two interesting subjects related to personal liberty came up in the news this week that are worthy of discussing. Let’s start with the international news first. Sixteen year old Abby Sunderland was attempting to be the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the world without stopping. Her non-stop attempt was dashed early in her voyage when she had to make a few port calls, but she continued on attempting to be the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the planet. Tragedy struck last week when rough seas in the Indian Ocean toppled her sailboat and broke off her mast. After a tense two days, radio contact was established and she was eventually rescued. What interests me the most is that this sixteen year old had the knowledge, skills, and composure to make the right decisions, deal with unexpected adversity, and survive. What a testament to her character and training. However, many people don’t see it this way. The parents have been thrown into the limelight as irresponsible fame hounds that needlessly endangered their daughter’s life in a hair brained scheme. Calls for charging the parents for child endangerment have flooded the web. Clearly people have lost the idea of personal liberty and freedom. If Ms. Sunderland freely wanted to attempt this crossing, she should be able to. Yes she is technically a minor and under the age of 18, but she still has rights. One of those rights is to try and do things she enjoys. Some might argue the parents put her up to it or somehow coerced her. She was alone in a boat with complete navigational control. If she didn’t want to do it, she could have stopped at any time, so that argument just doesn’t hold water. What puzzles me is that people have become so enamored with the idea of safety that they are not only completely willing to sacrifice their liberty for safety’s sake, but they are willing to chastise others for trying to live a life of freedom. By its very nature, liberty is inherently risky. When people are free to make their own decisions, there is a risk that they might make a poor decision that might cause them or others harm. The purpose of government is to recognize this freedom and protect the liberty of all. The only time the government should ever legislate or step in is to protect the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of others. If Abby Sunderland decides she wants to sail around the world, that is her choice and as long as her trip doesn’t infringe on my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, she isn’t violating my rights. If she had happened to die during this voyage, her parents would not be guilty of violating her right to life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness either. Abby chose to make this trip with parental permission. Should we find parents who let their sixteen year olds drive cars, fly planes, ride motorcycles, or play high school sports guilty of child endangerment when they get into accidents or God forbid die in these pursuits? I don’t enjoy the idea of sailing. Without having ever tried it, I just don’t want to sail across gigantic oceans by myself. However, just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean others can’t. I could certainly respect the feeling of complete liberty sailing across the seas in a test of one’s own skills and fortitude. And that is the point of liberty. Even if I disagree with the point or the reasons for Abby Sunderland to sail the seas, it isn’t my call. She is free to make her own decisions and she will have to live with the consequences. If her parents are confident in her capabilities, then should be free to make these decisions too. Closer to home, summer is upon us and of course it is hot in Kern County. However, this nicer weather is not always welcome to anyone who has ever had to enforce a dress code. School employees, employers, and court officers all know too well the challenges of warm weather. Earlier this week, 63 year old Linda West reported to traffic court for a red light camera violation wearing a t-shirt, pants, and sandals. Once inside she was informed by a bailiff that flip-flops were not allowed. She had to leave the court and was issued a failure to appear for an additional fine.

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Now you would think a sixty-three year old would know that you should dress up a little for court, but still a discussion of the rules might be in order. First, there are numerous signs around the court and on appearance notices stating what is and what is not appropriate attire for court. However, traffic court did not appear to have signage banning flip flops. When pushed on the issue, court officials acknowledged that they actually placed temporary signs up stating “NO FLIP FLOPS” after Mrs. West’s incident. The court further admitted that not every dress code violation could be covered by the signage. According to the Bakersfield Californian court executive officer Terry McNally stated that dressing appropriately for court is “an issue of respect and decorum” for the court process. He added that judges do not want distractions or interruptions. At McNally admits there is not a set or specific dress code when it comes to the court because judges can use their discretion to determine what is or is not acceptable for their particular court. This issue can be a tough call for liberty advocates. I understand the need to have a court room free from distractions and certain styles of dress can certainly be distracting. The same argument is made in deciding what appropriate attire is for public school students. I think when you attend a function for the primary purpose of public education or civil or criminal court proceedings, your First Amendment rights to dress as you please may not trump the rights of others right to an education or a fair and speedy trial. I am alarmed that each judge can decide what appropriate attire for their specific courtroom is. The foundation of this country is based on laws that protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If a judge can arbitrarily decide what appropriate attire is, that isn’t consistent with the principle of written laws that are created by the people with legislative oversight. Additionally, like public school, how many rules are made completely outside the bounds of being distracting? Are flip flops or in this case sandals distracting? Are they a legitimate concern for the proper functioning of the court or a pet-peeve of a specific judge or judges? Further, are sandals considered flip flops? Again, where is the definition so people can know whether they are following the rules of the court or not? The argument is also made that wearing business attire is a form of showing respect for the court. Really? Does that mean if I show up in less than formal attire, will the judge base his or her decisions on my appearance instead of the facts of the case? Is justice dependent on my attire instead of whether I violated the law or not? If I disrespect the judge by wearing sandals will he look at me and my case differently? In my opinion the specific court houses are going to have to make a unified dress code specifically listing what is and what is not allowed. Since the entire court building is a controlled area, it isn’t reasonable to have different rules beyond the checkpoints for different court rooms. A citizen shouldn’t be able to get through the checkpoint and show up to the courtroom and be told they are in inappropriate attire if there are no signs warning people at the security entrance. Second, as the judges or court officials make these rules, they

9 should seriously consider what inappropriate attire is. They should consider whether sandals are classified the same as flip flops. Better yet, is either one really a distraction in the court room? The purpose of government should not be to make the lives of citizens more difficult, but to serve the needs of citizens. In this case, sandals are clearly not a distraction nor at the time were the rules posted. Leaving the rules up to the discretion of the individual judges in their court room is not in the best interests of our liberty based republic. This takes the power out of the people’s hands into the hands of government officials. Wes Morris is a history teacher at Taft Union High School and the president of Ten Percent Firearms. You can send him comments at or at the Taft Independent Newspaper Facebook page.

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My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 661.477.3455 Lic. No. 007657 Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191 SafeGuard Realty Investments Agent James Davidson 3744925.


West Valley Real Estate First time home buyer tax credit extended. Houses available from $13,000 to $370,000. Gorgeous 3/2 granite, pool, $217,000. Completely remodeled 3/2 with studio in back. $139,900. Residential commercial bank owned HUD and Investment. (661) 763-1500. www. 210 Naylor St. 3 bd. 1 ba. Remodeled house. $700 mo. plus dep. 909-239-8337.or 661717-9056. 3/1 Pets ok. Renter pays utilities, $700 mo. + dep. 745-3211 2bd, 1ba, office, laundry, fenced yard. 1100sq. ft. Avail. 7/1 $725 + dep. 342-2485 or taftmagic@yahoo. com 2bd, 2ba, new appliances, 2 car garage. $1,000 mo + $1,200 dep. 661-6230699.


Very clean. 1 bd. house. $475 mo. 661-623-5188


1 bd, 1 ba Apt completed remodel $500.00 a month Call Jeff 805.455.5403

NOW OPEN Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase --------------------Beautiful Condo, secure, cozy, easily maintained, all outside maintenance done by association, owner willing to work with right buyer Contact

Taft Construction, Air Conditioning and Heating We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists

Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507

30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634


Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase laundry hook ups, huge yard (dbl Lot) pet ok . Avail June 15th $900 Security Deposit. Call Mark King for Details and to see 805-6894122 406N Lincoln $675/mo 2bedroom house Indoor Laundry hookups Fruit trees in back additional Storage Pet Ok. Avail June 15 $900 Security Deposit. for Details and to see Call Mark King 805-689-4122 3 Bedroom 2 bath with garage, W&D hookups, fenced yard, AC, RV parking. Lawn care included $1200.00/ Month rent. $1,000 dep. Avail Now. 661-4281976 or 661-301-6944 1st Month Free! $100 move in. 108 Center Street. 1 bd., 1 ba. apt. (661)846-6403. Equal Housing Opportunity. FOR LEASE 2 bedroom 1 bath house in Taft heights washer and gas dryer hook ups $700 a month contact Rick at either (661)765-2328 or (661)342-5877 section 8 ok available now. 2bd, 1ba, condo 533 Front St. W&D hookups + yard. $850 mo + dep. 661-577-7020

Commercial Store fronts Next to Fox Theater. $ 450.00 month Call Jeff 805.455.5403

House for Rent - Clean 2 bedroom/1 bath $650 per month plus $500 deposit call (909)8514228.

Ice cream shop for sale.$ 25,000.00. Owner financing. Next to Fox Theater. Call Jeff 805.455.5403

Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr.

115 Kern St $675/mo Convenient location 2/1 +small office, Large living room indoor

Courtyard Terrace Apts. 1 and 2 bdrm’s. Pool, lndry rm.,1210 4th St. Apt. 1. Sec. 8 OK.


Place Your Classified Ad in the Taft Independent Today! $2 per line. The best Classified Ad price in Taft or the Westside. Call 765-6550 or email your classifed ad text to Publisher@

Taft Manna 4U Free Hot Lunches and Clothing Tuesday and Thursdays 11:30 - 1:30 201 Harrison Street (661)205-3376 (661) 763-1333.

ROOMS FOR RENT 2 furn. bdrms w/ bath. POOL. 765-7958

TAFT COLLEGE Dental Hygiene Bilingual Instructional Aide Welding Bilingual Instructional Aide Dental Hygiene Special Projects Office Clerk ~ location is Ridgecrest, CA For complete job descriptions and application forms you can access the college’s website at www.taftcollege. edu. DEADLINE FOR FILING: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

June 11 - 17, 2010



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$245,000 • 4 Bed/2.5 Bath • 208 Robin Way • Taft

4 Bedroom 2.5 bath home on a large cul-de-sac lot w/a court-yard entry, game room, 3 car shop w/cooler, pool, covered patio w/wet-bar and RV parking! Newer tile roof, paint, A/C, dualpane vinyl windows, granite in kitchen, custom oak cabinetry, banquet breakfast nook, formal dining room, indoor laundry, ceiling fans, sola-tubes, recessed lighting, tankless water heater & hardwood floors. A 1000 sq. ft. detached garage! Lots of storage including a 10x20 shed, pool storage structure and enclosed exterior storage!

Contact: (661) 809-1782



June 11 - 17, 2010

Stephen Wright

Tour of Homes Saturday, June 19th


DRE# 01415460

216 E. Lucard Street • Taft

10605 Odyssy Way • BV Estates

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath, 3 Car Garage $179,9000 Open House 11:00am - 11:45am

4 Bdrm, 2 Bath, 3 Car Garage, Spa $349,000 Open House 1:00pm - 2:30pm

503 6th St. Taft, CA • (661)765-5274 • South Valley Realty

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

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Anderson Business Services Greg Anderson

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Schedule of Services

Acknowledgments and Jurats $10 per signature Mortgage Documents $150 per set Mobile Notary Service $1 per mile Office: 661-765-7665 Greg’s Cell: 661-557-6032 Sandy’s Cell: 661-577-6790



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