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Independent The Taft


July 23-29, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 4

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

2nd Annual Tumbleweed Festival Coming to Derby Acres Taft Camera Club Showcase

City Council Meets, Election Filing Opens for Local Offices

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July 23-29, 2010

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July 23-29, 2010


Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4 West Side Recreation....5 Tumbleweed Cafe..........6 Westside News................7 Community Voices.........8 Westside Horoscopes.....9 News Brief.......................9 Classified Ads................10

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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


Community Events Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Boys Basketball Camp July 26th- 30th Westside Recreation & Park District will be holding a Boys Basket Ball Camp to teach the basic fundamentals of basketball. Camp will be held July 26th - July 30th from 9am to noon at the TUHS Mullen Gym. $40 per participant. Boys ages 8-15. Registration ends July 22nd. The camp will be instruced by Taft High coach, Jeff Hughes. Guest speakers and more! For more info contact Les Clark at or 763-4246 Nutrition Class at Next Step Cardio Wednesday, July 28th

News Briefs Calling All Veterans The City of Taft is asking for your help as they are updating the Veterans Plaques at Veterans Memorial Park. If you know a Veteran that is not mentioned on the plaques or if you know of a correction that needs to be made please contact Craig Jones at or call The City of Taft at 763-1222

Shakespeare Melodrama Auditions Start Monday, July 26th Melodrama: Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek October 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2010 Sponsored by: Niagara Services, LLC

Next Step Cardio, located at 506 Center Street, will be hosting a Nutrition Class on Wednesday, July 28th at 6pm. The nutrition class will be given by Jerry Teixeira, Nutrition Specialist of D.S. Nutrition in Bakersfield. This class is free and open to the public, you do not need to be a member to participate. Come by and get your nutrition questions answered.

AUDITIONS: Monday, July 26 Wednesday, July 28 6:30 p.m.

Second Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival Saturday, July 31st

West Side Recreation Community Center (Assembly Room) 500 Cascade Place, Taft

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 Maricopa Chmaber of Commerce Pancake and Waffle Breakfast Saturday, August 7th The Maricopa Chamber of Commercewill be hosting their monthly pancake and waffle breakfast on Saturday, August 7th at the Taft Veterans Hall, located on the corner of Cedar and Taylor Street. Breakfast is $6 per person and children 6 years of age and younger eat free with a paying adult. Optimal Hospice Care is offering a combination Basic Orientation and Patient Family Support Training Wednesday, August 18th Optimal Hospice Care is offering a combination Basic Orientation and Patient Family Support Training Session for new volunteers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, from 10am-2pm. If you have always wanted to give back to your community and have not found the perfect fit - give hospice volunteering a try. We are looking for caring individuals who can provide companionship, crafts, hairstyling, pet therapy, karaoke singing, light house keeping, bereavement care, etc. etc. etc. Students are encouraged to fulfill their community service hours requirements by volunteering for hospice. If you have a heart for it - we have a home for you here in our program. We are actively searching for Registered/Certified Pet Therapy Teams in the outlying areas, including Kern Valley. Call the Volunteer Department today to reserve your seat or to inquire about the volunteer program. 661-716-4000 or email ARC Barbeque Saturday, August 21st The ARC will be having a BBQ on Saturday, August 21st from 11am to 2pm at 204 Van Buren St. Tri tip, salad, beans, roll, drink and dessert. Lunch ticket includes a drawing for Harris Ranch Meat Basket. $10 per plate. Raffle tickets for other prizes are available. 6 tickets for $15 or $1 each. 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.

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Oildorado Kick Off Concert Friday, October 15th

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Show information: * Cast size - 30 Parts Available: * Young girls (ages 10-12) - 3 parts to cast * Adult women (ages 18 & over) * Adult men (ages 18 & over) If you are interested in being a part of the show, please come to auditions on Monday, July 26 OR Wednesday, July 28. You do not need to attend both nights. We only need cast members from the age groups specified above. If you are interested, but not able to attend auditions, or if you have any other questions, please contact: Debbie Potaczala 661-765-5944 SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, October 20 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 21 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 24 - 2:00 p.m. General Admission - $6.00 (children 5 and under are free) Ah, Shakespeare in the ….Old West? Noble Hart, a conceited actor, arrives in the small mining town of Calamity Creek determined to bring culture to the locals. His troupe of actors is enough to make a playwright cry. The one exception is the lovely Sunny Day. She falls for Texas Ranger Johnny Lasso, who’s hot on the trail of a notorious crook masquerading under the name of Gentleman Dan, whose true identity is unknown. It’s almost as if he was a master of disguise like … an actor, perhaps? The troupe’s arrival thrills the townspeople, except Abagail Pettigrew, the richest person in town. She’s harboring a dark secret about her former occupation as Pogo, The Woman Who Can Walk Up and Down Stairs on Her Head. The town is also filled with some stranded dancers, a few would-be outlaws, striking gold miners, and many other crazy characters. The stage is set for a wild musical bonanza! Book by Tim Kelly. Music and lyrics by Bill Francouer Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado

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July 23-29, 2010

Letters to the Editor The Taft


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

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 El Jacalito Authentic Mexican Dining We do Catering for any Special Event! Orders to go. Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm 101 B. Street, Taft 763-9890 763-9892 fax

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Your Restaurant Food and Pizza Listed Here. Asian Night ExperienceAsian Every Wednesday Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday Bike Night! Call 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Drink and Appetizer 765-6550. Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Specials from 7-9pm. Live Music Saturday Starting as Nights low $1 Drafts!!! as $12 per 765-2000 week! 621 Center Street 215 Center Street 763-1815 Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

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Sagebrush Annie’s Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation Award Winning Wines 766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa

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Thanks from Taft Sportsmen’s Club for Supporting the 4th of July Fireworks Editorial

Westside Watcher “The Project” Underway in Taft Filming is currently underway for a new TV Series being produced in Taft. This Saturday and Sunday will mark the second weekend of filming for the production. The series has been created, written and directed by former Taft native and 2005-06 TUHS Drama Teacher, Regina (Bench) Ainsworth, in conjunction with Don Gillaspie of Chroma Teleproductions. Ainsworth has developed a one-hour musical dramedy in the vein of programming currently found on the ABC Family channel. Combining the multicultural and socioeconomic diversity and sense of melodramatic fun of “Glee”, the artistic variety of “Fame”, and the small town rooting-for-the-underdog lines of “Friday Night Lights”, the “Untitled Ainsworth Project” will feature local talent and a story that is sure to resonate within the community and hopefully throughout the nation. The premise of the story centers on a recession ridden town whose local school districts have been forced to eliminate all arts education budgets. The parents and business owners, standing behind their budding artists, create an after-hours program to give their youth a chance to flourish. “The Project” combines youth of all ages, from varying backgrounds and forms of artistry and becomes a rally point for the circumstances surrounding an area ransacked by “tough economic times.” Through the journey of “The Project” the town becomes revitalized. It’s the story of getting creative, paying it forward, and that in the giving comes the greatest reward. Regina Ainsworth has combined professional talent, utilizing connections she has made in the Entertainment Industry while working for Warner Bros. Television, the number one producer of programming. Currently traveling with her each weekend from the Los Angeles area is Scott Wright, Assistant Editor on Fox’s hit TV series “Bones”, Singer/Songwriter and Executive Producer Sarah Lubran who currently works for the CW network (her songs have sold to CBS for use in “90210”), and Freelance Costume Designer Carolyn Thacker, who has costumed many for both television and film. Some of her professional actors have appeared in hit TV series as well as independent and feature films, and theatrical productions. Dwayne Winstead has had recurring roles on Wayan’s brothers and Tyler Perry’s productions, and is concurrently filming a new TV series “Get Thee Behind Me” as well many national commercials. Roddy Kennedy has had several Broadway National Tours, including an International Tour of “Fame” and “Grease” and is currently playing the Emcee in “Cabaret” in Santa Cruz. William Michael Paul’s successful indy film is called “Poppies” and it’s received awards at both the Gig Harbor and St. Louis film festival circuits. Randy Castrejon is currently cast in both leading and supporting roles in the Long Beach Shakespeare Festival. The Ainsworth Project will bolster the talent of Taft by bringing in professionals in every area. In addition, this professional project upon completion will be a top-notch calling card for local businesses and locations in Taft, thereby bringing forth more exposure and filmmakers to the community and thus generating more revenue for the city. Finally, the reel footage will enable all parties involved to not only gain exceptional and practical experience, but will serve as a marketing and promotional tool to launch many careers. Interested in being a part of “The Untitled Taft Ainsworth Project” (aka “The Project”)? Please email Regina at regina.ainsworth. or contact Don Gillaspie at Chroma Teleproductions at (661) 763-4405. “The Project” is in need of local funding and volunteers for food donations. Ranch House Restaurant There is particular interest for local “Where Everybody Meets” philanthropic organizations to ‘host’ a meal during production Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner dates. We also welcome those that Open 7 Days are interested in joining us as part Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. of the crew or background, or that Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. have a location where filming could 765-6915 take place. No experience necessary. 200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca. Credit on the show, meals and reel copy provided as compensation.


Mike Donnelly, chairman of the 2010 fireworks booth for the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, would like to thank all club members, friends, and families for their outstanding support during the operation of this year’s fireworks booth. Also a big thanks to the following people and businesses: Tom Brown, Melanie White, James & Karen Chitwood, Chad Chitwood, John Miller, Clarence & Virginia Ferguson, Don & Tammy Peser, Larry & Barbara Buck, Adrien Baker, Steve Hill, Clint Deckert, Jeff Cribben, Kal Vaughn, Darrell Smith, James Donnelly, Paul Batson, Craig Johnson, Paul Burt, Owner, of Paul Burt Electric for installation all of the electrical for the stand and for the donation of two bikes for the club raffles, to Darrell Melton and Darrin Layton for generously donating the use of their property and electricity at the Arena Cross for the booth, and to Dale & Patti White and Sahib Mujahid of Excellent Fire Protection for charging our fire extinguishers. Winners of the box of American Pride Fireworks was the Kingston Family, a bicycle won by Kalyie Nishikubo, and the 2nd bicycle won by Kaleb Lamas. Congratulations to all our winners! We appreciate the members’ faithfulness to their club, all of our patrons, and to the wonderful people of Taft for their continued support of the Taft Sportsmen’s Club. Proceeds from this event will benefit local groups including Taft High School and Taft College wildlife conservation scholarships, habitat restoration, the annual Junior Pheasant Hunt, and donations to families in our community during the holidays or during times of need. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Taft Sportsmen’s Club or would like any information, please contact Tom Brown, President, at 765-2704.

Thanks from IOOF for Supporting the 4th of July Fireworks We the Independent Order of Oddfellows Taft Lodge # 426 and the Maricopa High School Class of 2011 would like to thank all the people who supported our Fireworks stand this year. We hope that next year you will continue to support our stand where ever it may be. We would like to say a special thank you to Mohmmed, Trish, Hussan and Cindy Quhshee owners of Jacob’s 24 hour Burger and their entire staff for the use of their parking lot, Dr. and Mrs. Steven Washington for their generous donation, Bob and Mozelle Connick for the use of their Travel Trailer for the night watchman, Gerald and Judy Hudson owners of Hudson Service Company, Vernon Moss, Rick Connick, Barbara Fox-Connick, Art and Noel Longoria , all the Parents, Staff of Maricopa High School and all the Volunteers for their countless hours of their time. Thanks again to everyone who helped us. Independent Order of Oddfellows Taft Lodge #426, And Maricopa High School Class of 2011


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West Side Recreation and Park Report Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web:

by Stephanie House OPEN SWIM Monday-Friday 1:30-5:00 p.m. Natatorium Swimming Pool, 821 4th Street, Taft Admission: $2 per person The William M. Thomas Aquatic Center at the Walter Glenn Natatorium is open for summer! All ages are welcome to stop by to enjoy the slides, brand new spray park and other amenities that have been added to the updated and renovated facility. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions SATURDAY SWIM Saturdays (through August 28) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission: $2 per person Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions NIGHT SWIM Monday and Thursday Evenings 7:30-8:45 p.m. Admission: $1 per person Don’t get a chance to swim during the day? Monday and Thursday nights are just for adults and families! Ages 17 and younger must attend with an adult family member. COOKIE WORKSHOP Friday, July 30 1:00-2:15 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 4 and up $3 per person Come create a jumbo sugar cookie! While cookies are baking, we will draw and color. Younger kids will need to bring along an older helper.

BOARD GAMES & PIZZA Wednesday, August 4 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 $3 per person Join us for a few hours of nothing but fun and games! Be prepared to play plenty of board games like checkers, Candy Land, Trouble, Connect Four, Uno and more. We will also have pizza for lunch. PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY The West Side Recreation & Park District’s Preschool program is now enrolling students for the upcoming 2010/2011 school year. Preschool Director is Nancy Buzzell and teachers are Rene Adamo and Stefany Ginn. Classes begin the week of August 23. The program is for children ages 3-5. Fees vary per class. As of now, there are still a few spaces available in each class. For more information, please phone 763-4246 or send an email to Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class (4-5 year olds): 9:00-11:15 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday Classes (3-5 year olds): 9:00-10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE Monday, August 2 through Wednesday, August 4 6:30-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft $5 per person (facility fee) With cooperation from the volunteer instructors Ray Mortimer and Larry Heptinstall, materials and instruction for obtaining a California Hunting license are available approximately every three months (February, May, August and October). Registration begins the first night of class and a minimum of 10 paid students is required or the class will be postponed until October 4-6. INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER Who: Ages 3-5 When: Practices on Mondays, Games on Saturdays Session: September 13 - October 9 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $25 per child Registration deadline: September 2 Kids will learn basic soccer skills with emphasis on fun and socialization with others their age. NFL YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Who: Ages 6-10 When: Practices on Tuesdays, Games on Saturdays Session: September 7 – October 16 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $35 per person Registration deadline: August 26 This league teaches the basic fundamentals of football. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. LATE FEE POLICY When registering/paying for a program, a $5 late fee will be assessed for: * Classes not paid by the 10th of each month * Any registrations, including scholarship applications, received after the program registration deadline. A more detailed copy of the Late Fee Policy is available on our website at

ART IS FUN! Monday, August 2 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $2 per person Drop by for an hour of painting, drawing, coloring and more! Kids are welcome to come create their own work of art using crayons, markers, pencils, paint and more. Be sure to bring your imagination!

WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

S.T.O.P. Strive to Optimize Participation Working with schools, churches and other organizations on the Westside, we want to target disadvantaged and disabled youth who may need a financial scholarship to participate in District programs. The S.T.O.P. Program enables youth who normally cannot participate in programs, a chance. A chance to be involved and take part in outstanding recreational opportunities. The West Side Recreation & Park District thrives on education, fosters human development and increases self-esteem. And with financial assistance from local companies such as Chevron and Synagro, is helping children become productive members of society and leaders of tomorrow, no matter what their circumstances. If you are the parent/ guardian of a child who would benefit from a S.T.O.P. scholarship, or if you know of other potential children, please contact the District Office. The application process is simple – just complete a Youth Scholarship Application prior to program/activity registration deadlines. S.T.O.P. Scholarships may be used to pay for classes, sports programs, swim lessons and other youth activities that require pre-registration.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR BINGO Thursday Afternoons Games start at 1:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 21 and older Buy-in varies, $10-15 average Cash pots! Pull-tabs also sold.

SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP Saturday, August 14 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 15 and older $5 per person Bring your own supplies!



July 23-29, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs

The 2nd Annual Tumbleweed Festival is Back by Jessica G. Miller

The Second Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival is being held next Saturday, July 31st at the Tumble Cafe beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited for a fun day for the entire family. The event will feature a kids bounce house,raffle prizes, a dunk tank, music, games, a horseshoe tournament, a car and motorcycle show, and the popular Tumbleweed decorating contest. for more information call Orchel Krier at 809-4634, The Tumbleweed Cafe is anything but a tumbleweed. Located in the heart of the oilfields off the Petroleum Highway, former Taft Chamber of Commerce President, Orchel Krier’s quaint establishment is a diamond in the rough. This charming joint rests off the beaten path but it is not a place to be missed. The exclusive cuisine of this Derby Acres gem is heavenly on the palate. From the best burgers in the West to more obscure delicacies like alligator steaks and frog legs, the Tumbleweed offers an array of choices, always prepared with efficiency, weaving in savory and sometimes exotic tastes for breakfast, lunch and, with reservations, dinner. Krier, a renowned globetrotter, brings to the grill his experiences from his vast and repeat visits to Western and Eastern Europe as well as his seasoned culinary background in barbecuing for various charities such as the Make A Wish Foundation and the Valley Fever Foundation. The warmhearted and attentive Tumbleweed crew not only serve meals on par with the best home cooked eats but they make it their mission to serve and treat their customers with the utmost care to make them feel at home. “We make people feel welcome here,” Krier said. “You come here, we take you in and we treat you like you’re royalty.” And they certainly do so with an unrivaled option: they will make anything their customers request when given a day’s notice. “Everything is made from scratch,” Krier explained. “We just want to give people the most unique dinner experience.” Inside the restaurant is just as warm and inviting as one could expect. The tables are arranged in a comfortable fashion leaving room to spread out and talk freely. The bar, which was recently remodeled, is one of the crown jewels of this institution and is a place of endless entertainment. With a state of the art jukebox and engaging locals, it’s somewhere you can take off your hat and have a cold and refreshing drink. “We try to be unique with our drinks by having a wide selection,” Krier said. This is an understatement. The drink selections are as vast as the Carrizo Plains. From the best of imported beers to almost any liquor & Saloon you can think of, they’ve got it and are happy to serve it. And Specializing in Steak & Seafood 205 N. 10th St. on Friday nights they feature not only their daily bar specials (661)763-1819 but they also serve ribs and hot wings. Lunch Dinner Being that they are situated right in the middle of the numTuesday - Friday Tuesday - Thursday 4p.m. - 9p.m. CLOSED 11a.m. - 2p.m. Friday & Saturday 4p.m. - 10p.m. SUNDAY/MONDAY ber one oil producing field in the country The Tumbleweed is able to service the oilfield workers with hearty meals to keep OT Cookhouse Daily Specials them going. They also cater and provide a bar or beer garden for (For the week of 7-27-10 thru 7-31-10) many events around town like the car show this past June and Tues. Grilled Salmon 7-27-10 $9.95





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July 23-29, 2010



Westside Business Briefs

Taft City Council Picks Power Company By Kent Miller The City of Taft is marking the 100th year of its existence in the middle of the oil patch by going solar. Tuesday night, city councilmembers, by a vote of 5-to-0, selected Pursol Solar Systems of Chula Vista to install solar photovoltaic systems generating Leigh Golling and Renae Ginther present their a total of nearly case for city support for an Arts Council Tuesday 800 kilowatt hours of electricity at Taft evening. Civic Center, the Police Department, Corporate Yard, Animal Shelter, Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant and the federal prison Waste Water Treatment Plant. Pursol and Enfinity Corp. of Sacramento submitted proposals for the six sites. A third company, SunPower Corp., submitted a proposal for only the Municipal WWTP because that location offered “the best value and the best economics to the city,” said SunPower spokesperson Kevin Ross. “Site-by-site, some are quite small. The cost yield is not in the city’s best interest.” Enfinity offered to “supply a majority of the city’s electrical needs at each of their facilities through a 20-year power purchase agreement.” Enfinity would finance construction of the system – which would supply about 80 percent of the city’s power needs – and sell the power produced back to the city under a 20-year agreement. Taft would face no up-front capital expense, and no maintenance or operations responsibilities during the 20 years, Enfinity and Pursol stated in their proposals. Cost savings would come to the city through lower electricity rates during the 20 years and the opportunity to buy the solar units at the end of the agreement. Enfinity’s power rates would climb at 3.95 percent a year, compared to an estimated annual Pacific Gas and Electric escalation rate of 5 percent (or possibly as high as 5.5 percent). The city could purchase the equipment at the end of the term at “fair market value,” The city would save more than $44,000 in electricity bills the first year and just under $200,000 in electricity bills during year 20, Enfinity forecast. Total 20-year savings in utilities would be more than $2.1 million, the company said. Pursol forecast a savings to the city of more than $64,000 in year one and more than $443,000 in year 20, with a cumulative savings in utility costs of more than $4.5 million over the 20 years. At the end of the 20 years, the city could buy the solar system for $1. In regards to the feasibility of solar systems operating economically at other than the Municipal WWTP, Enfinity spokesperson Mark Domine said: “We would find a solution that would work. It would be aesthetically pleasing. We would make it economically viable for all the systems.” Pursol spokesperson Robert Stoney Mayock III said: “We looked at the totality of doing all the projects. We would make city hall a showcase.” Mayock said Pursol is not as large a company as Enfinity or SunPower. “We are small and we are aggressive,” he said. “We have seven casinos in California with letters of consent (for solar projects). We have an experienced staff.” Municipal fee study Councilmembers considered a professional service agreement for consulting services on a municipal fee study and by a vote of 4-to-1 delayed decision on the matter. Councilmember Randy Miller opposed the delay and wanted to make a decision at the meeting between two finalists. Matrix Consulting Group of Palo Alto, with a bid of $46,660, and NBS of Temecula, with a bid not to exceed $65,000, were the finalists. Councilmember Cliff Thompson questioned the need for the service at this time. Councilmember Craig Noble agreed.

“Let’s wait to see when we recover (from the recession),” Noble said. Councilmember Paul Linder noted that “no two proposals (of the four received) were alike. (But) when we turn the corner, if we don’t have these things in place we will have to utilize costly city staff and be reimbursed at minimal rates. If we wait we will be behind the ball again.” Mayor Dave Noerr asked for a delay and then have the item brought back. “Then we will have a cleared picture of where we will be (economically),” Noerr said. Miller disagreed. “I’m ready to vote,” he said. “I don’t know why we should put this off.” But the other four councilmembers prevailed and the item will come back for a decision two weeks before the proposals expire. A donation Following in the footsteps of Mayor Noerr, who at the last council meeting returned stipend checks, Miller donated his latest monthly stipend of $273.75 to the city. After hearing from Noble that vandals had damaged plaques at Veterans Memorial Park and from Linder that some names on the World War II and Vietnam plaques were misspelled, Miller directed that his donation go toward restoring or correcting the plaques. It could cost $2,000 to $3,000 to correct each plaque, Linder said By a vote of 4-to-0,with Miller abstaining, the donation was accepted. Arts council Two proponents of the arts sought backing from the city in forming the Arts Council of Taft. Taft City Councilman Randy Miller is one “I remember of three city councilmen up for reelection this what Taft used to November. be when I grew up here,” said Leigh Golling, who holds a master of fine arts in acting. “I came back and the city is a lot different. “There’s a lot of excitement now (as Oildorado nears). But what happens on Oct. 25 when Oildorado is over? Do we wait 5-10-20 years to build up excitement? “Arts are the first item cut in school budgets. An active arts council can fill the gaps. Wouldn’t it be great to have more art around the community?” When asked what they wanted from the council, Golling replied that she and Renae Ginther, an art instructor and supporter of the visual arts, wanted to inform the council of their intent to form the non-profit council and were “seeking a nod from the council to go forward with the plan.” Councilmembers stated support for an arts council and offered suggests to help it get off the ground. “I think it is a great idea,” Thompson said. But he asked for “something a little more solid.” Linder added, “I would like to see a proposal.” Noerr pointed out that “Oildorado is a busy time. What better showcase (for the arts)?” Other matters In other matters, the council approved: * Taft Police Department service contracts with the Maricopa Police Department for dispatching, jail booking and animal retention. * A professional services agreement with Kern County for Taft Enterprise Zone reporting. * Expenses to send two councilmembers, as delegate and alternate, to the League of California Cities annual convention in San Diego in September. * The temporary, part-time position of planning information systems analyst be included in the 2010-11 budget, but not to exceed the money expended in the 2009-10 budget for the work without further council approval.

Want To Run For Elected Office? By Kent Miller Two city councils, four school districts, one water board and one health care district on the Westside are holdings elections for two or three of the five spots on their boards this November. The deadline to file for a board position is Aug. 6, unless one or more of the incumbents do not file for reelection. In that case, filing for that board will remain open through Aug. 11. Maricopa City Council Open seats are those of James Owens and Jeff Westenberger. Holdover councilmembers, who will be up for reelection in November 2012, are Andy Blakley, John Crump and Gary Mock. As of Wednesday, only challenger Virgil Bell had turned in election papers. The position of city treasurer, held by Dorine Horn, is also up for election this year. Maricopa Unified School District Open seats are those of Ted Destrampe, Linda Owens and Alberta Stubblefield. Holdover board members are Janette Rene Adamo and Donna Hamblin. As of Wednesday, only challenger Christine Higgins had turned in election papers. Taft City School District Open seats are those of Les Clark and Michael McCormick. Holdover board members are Dee Goodwin, Keith McElmurry and John Montgomery. As of Wednesday, no one had turned in election papers. Taft Union High School District Open seats are those of Stan Barrett, Jeremy Gregory and Carl Twisselman III. Holdover board members are George Harmer and Tom White. As of Wednesday, no one had turned in election papers. West Kern Community College District Open seats are those of Larry Buttke, Dawn Cole and Carolyn Hosking. Holdover board members are Kal Vaughn and Billy White. As of Wednesday, only Buttke and Hosking had turned in election papers. West Kern Water District Open seats are those of Tom LeClair and Stephen Steinhoffer. Holdover board members are Charlie Comfort, Gary Morris and David Wells. As of Wednesday, no one had turned in election papers. Westside Health Care District Open seats are those of Eric Cooper, Chuck Hagstrom and Barbara LaBrut. Holdover board members are Sheri Black and Teri Jordan. As of Wednesday, only LaBrut had turned in election papers Taft City Council Open seats are those of Paul Linder, Randy Miller and Cliff Thompson. Holdover councilmembers are Crair Noble and Dave Noerr. As of Wednesday, no one had turned in election papers.

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All of this resulted in Sunday 9am Sunday 10 a.m. a drastic taxpayer cut, and popularity of the law soon soared to 80%. The law has Everyone Welcome Bible Study saved lives with the drop in violent crimes. Illegals tended to move on to other VirDeacon Ricardo Barragan Thursday Nights 7 p.m. ginia counties, thus increasing their problems. As a result, and in spite of the fact Weddings - Baptisms 395 California Street, that they initially ridiculed the new law, Fairfax county, and Montgomery County, Pastor Quinceañeras Maricopa, CA 93252 4595 Highway 166 - New Cuyama MD soon implemented the same law as Prince William county. Bill LeBarron (661) 619-5372 (661) 766-2741 When asked how many lawsuits were filed against the police or county by citizens claiming discrimination after the law went into effect, the answer was none. “There NEW LIFE has not been one substantiated claim of racial profiling,” Stewart argued. COMMUNITY CHURCH Of some note is the lack of national attention when a county was enforcing fed“Connecting Lives” eral law, largely neglected by the Feds. It has also not been of particular interest to Pastor Floyd and Carol Jordan 308 Harrison Street the Media. But when Arizona wanted to put an end to the violence spilling over the 1000 6th Street 765-4572 border (Phoenix is now the kidnapping capitol of North America) all hell turned on them. Now the Federal Government, who is supposed to protect the states, is Special Father’s Day Service and Sunday Service at 10:00AM suing its own state because the state is doing the job the government is constitu4th Annual Car Show. UTURN Youth Group tionally required to do. Sunday, June 20th Tuesday 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At The Spot, 201 Harrison Street In response to this suit, thousands of small contributors are sending money to Bring your HotRods, Pickups, and support Arizona. 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Westside Horoscopes by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): For the first time in a long time, it seems like everything is really coming together exactly the way that it should be. Enjoy this feeling, enjoy this feeling, …. Taurus (April 20-May 20): While you are entitled to your reservations, and you may even have a few good points, what a loved one really needs from you now is your unconditional support. Gemini (May 21-June 20): It’s never a bad thing to take action asserting your independence, but how effective you are depends on your methods in doing so. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Don’t let other people’s grudges bother you. If they’re choosing to remain upset over something so juvenile, then that is and should remain their problem not yours. Leo ( July 23-August 22): Just because things seem too good to be true doesn’t mean that they are. Try having a little optimism and just enjoy the ride. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Even if you have every right to be mad, which is debatable, I think you need to try considering what good it’s actually doing you. Libra (September 23-October 22): What’s being displayed definitely doesn’t accurately reflect what’s going on under the surface with some friends this week. Don’t fall for the charade. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): You have a lot of natural gifts that will be a huge help to quite a few loved ones around you in the coming weeks; they and you will be sorely needed. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Things are changing at a pace that could make anyone’s head spin, so don’t feel badly if you want or need to slow them down a bit. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): While almost nothing is ever as perfect as it seems, in this case it comes pretty close. You can keep looking for the negative, but I doubt you’ll find it. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Don’t worry too much about that tingle of resentment. It’s only natural seeing as you’re human and all. Just don’t act on it or let it color your actions. Pisces (February 20-March 20): Creating goals is a noble and frankly smart move to make. However, following through on achieving them is a rather important and necessary step. If your birthday is this week: Recognizing that you have issues to work out is the first step toward doing just that. It may be a bumpy road ahead but you’ve got a lot of people ready and willing to walk it with you. Just keep that in mind whenever the going gets a little too rough to handle by yourself.

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Dozens of outstanding photos have been the product of a number of summer activities of the Taft Camera Club. At a recent meeting of the local club, members participated in a “Landscape/Seascape” Show-and-Tell, featuring several dozen images, that invited comment from viewers. They were also treated to a special Member Showcase which featured a patriotic theme for the July meeting including a number of outstanding July 4th fireworks images. The July meeting also included an illustrated tutorial on “How To Shoot Night Lights.” In taking pictures in low light, a tripod should be used while the photographer must also consider the three variables of proper exposure: Sensor, Shutter, and Aperture. Club members have also captured a number of great architectural images this summer with visits to the Taft College Library – shooting both exterior and interior images – and capturing interior and stained glass images at a local church sanctuaru. The next meeting of the Taft Camera Club will be held Tuesday, August 10th, at the Chevron Valley Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St, beginning at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend all club meetings.

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“Petitioner, Edwin Marcott, petitioned for dissolution of marriage. In the Matter of the Marriage of Edwin Marcott and Debbie Cataldo Petitioner, Edwin Marcott, seeks a Judgement of Dissolution dividing the parties’ personal property and vehicles and terminating the marriage. Notice to Debbie Cataldo: If you do not appear within 30 days of the last date of this publication a default Judgement may be taken against you dividing all personal property, including the respective vehicles of the parties. You should respond in writing to the Marion County Circuit Court at PO Box 12869, Salem, Oregon. 97309 and to the law offices of: James J. Susee at PO Box 2690, Salem, Oregon. 97308. Phone: 503-399-1678. “

Gardeners Wanted Taft Community Garden Raised Garden Beds for Rent. Partial Scholarships available. Call Kathy Johnson 770-7202

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July 23-29, 2010

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The Garcia Spot Celebrates Their Grand Opening Last Saturday, July 17th, The Garcia Spot opened their doors to the local skaters of Taft to celebrate their grand opening. Skaters and locals alike came to The Garcia Spot for hot dogs and soda and to participate in a little skate demo to show what kind of talent the local skaters have here. Stop by The Garcia Spot today, located at 210 6th Street.

It’s That Time of Year Again Time to Start Thinking About The Best of Taft 2010.....

The Taft Independent Will Begin Taking Nominations for The Best of Taft Starting Monday August 16th.

Somos una Agencia Independiente Con Varias Aseguradoras Prominentes Para Darle El Mejor Servicio

Lo Representamos A Usted Para Darle Un Excelente Servicio Como Usted Se Lo Merece

Le Ofrecemos Los Mejores Precios Nuestro Personal Amable

It’s Your Chance to Vote for your Favorite business, restaurant, community volunteer, teacher or other category.

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July 23-29, 2010

OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 25th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

This Condo is absolutely perfect for colleges students, retirees, executives, newlyweds, investors or anyone who is looking for a great deal on a beautiful little condo. This condo offers 2 bedroom, 1.7 bathrooms, 2 car detached garage, indoor laundry, covered/secluded patio, close to shopping, very well kept grounds, ceiling fans and vaulted ceilings.

Priced @ $109,888

313 S. 10th Street • Taft

• Up to 2,127 Square Feet • RV Parking • 3-5 Bedrooms • 2-3 Bathrooms

Stephen Wright Tour of Homes Saturday, August 14th

216 E. Lucard Street • Taft

DRE# 01415460

10605 Odyssy Way • BV Estates

6903 Catalina Creek Way on Old River Road, South of Panama Ln


Dedicated to the art of home building!

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath, 3 Car Garage $174,900. 11:00am-11:30am

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The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

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Located in the Heart of Oil Country On the Petroleum Highway


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