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Independent The Taft


December 17-23, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 25

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

Maricopa’s Night Out With Santa

Santa Visits Taft Primary Taft Independent 2011 Calendar

Scott Niblett and Barry Jameson Join the West Kern Water District

Taft’s New Water Boys... West Kern Water District Get’s Two New Board Members The Best Beer Selection on Tap in Taft! Black Gold FREE Coffee House and Deli Taft Oilworker Monument

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December 17-23, 2010

Inside Community Events.........3

News Briefs.......................3


Westside Watcher............4 Painting Class Every Thursday Night til December 23rd

Westside Society...............................5 . Westside News.................6 Westside News..................7

Painting Class beginning November 11th until December 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. $10 per class. Acrylic paint is the suggested media. Students are responsible for their supplies. Please call for supply list. (Supplies available at Michaels or Aaron Brothers in Bakersfield.) Demonstrations and work time from 6pm to 8:15pm, class criticism from 8:15pm to 9pm. Class limited to 13 students. No class on Thanksgiving, November 25th.

Community Voices..........8

3rd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th

Westside Horoscopes......9

The Chilled and Grilled is hosting their 3rd annual Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th. Pre-register $30 per bike or car, $5 for additional rider or passenger. Day of event $35 per bike or car, $10 for additional rider or passenger. Sign ups begin at 7am on the day of the event at Chilled and Grilled, located at 621 Center Street. The ride will start at 9am at Chilled and Grilled and end at the Fifth Street Plaza, between Center and Main Street. There will be a BBQ with hot dogs, chips and soda after the ride with a bounce house for the kids and a special guest...Santa Claus will be there! 50/50 raffle, drawing for prizes $1 or 6 for $5. Poker cards will be handed out, lowest and highest wins, and a shoe boz auction. Food donations are also welcome and remember all donations stay in the Taft area. For more information call Chilled and Grilled at 765-2000.

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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 3,500 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.

Taft Manna 4 U is planning their 4th annual Christmas Dinner and toy give-away to be held at the Spot located at 201 Harrison Street on Tuesday, December 21st from 11:00 am to 1:30pm. Last year Taft Manna 4 U fed over 350 hurting people, and gave away over 400 toys. If you are hurting, lonely, or in need of help, you are invited to join us for this meal. Santa Claus will be there to give toys to kids in need age 10 and under. This will be a traditional Christmas Buffet Dinner with turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, fresh baked rolls and dessert. Seating is limited, so be early and please surrender your chair after eating so that others can sit and enjoy a meal. Taft Manna 4 U is asking for volunteers from the community to help serve dinner to our guests. We are also asking for donations of turkey, stuffing mix, instant potatoes and the all important pies. This is your chance to help your friends and neighbors who are having a hard time by showing your love and compassion to others. Remember “Feed my Sheep” and “We are known by our deeds not our words.” Taft Manna 4 U is a 501 non profit public benefit group, so all donations are tax deductable.

To all MAGIC TOUCH & MAGIC TAN family and customers,

As of Jan.31st 2011 our salon’s doors will be closed. Our shop will be joining the beauty team at Special Effects. Please contact your beauticians for their departure dates as each may vary. To our Magic Tan customers please come in and use any unfinished packages as they cannot transfer over to Special Effects. Please come take advantage of our Special Effects tanning facilities. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and would like to say thank you for being a part of our family through the years. Again, THANK YOU so much and we are all looking forward to starting a new year with you at Special Effects.

Shredding on Santa’s Sleigh SKATE/ROLLERBLADE COMPETITION - this Saturday, Dec 18 at 10:00am, Taft Skate Park. $10 entry fee. Pre-registration required in the District Office by Thurs 12/16. Co-presented by The Garcia Spot. DJ, Raffles, Giveaways and Food!

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Taft Resident Painting Show for January or February Call for Taft artists to participate in a Taft resident painting in January or February at the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. Each participating artist will be given 6 to 8 feet of wall space. Each artist can invite friends and family to the opening where refreshments will be served. The work will be displayed for 1 1/2 months. If you are interested in showing your work please call Jane at 765-4790. Musicians who would like to perform at the gallery please contact Jane also.

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CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday December 21, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA (661) 763-1222


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Taft Manna 4 U 4th Annual Christmas Dinner

Shredding on Santa’s Sleigh Skate & Rollerblade Competition Saturday, December 18th

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December 17-23, 2010

Letters to the Editor

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Recall Petitions Begin Circulating Against Judge Craig Phillips It’s not easy being Judge. Take Taft’s Superior Court Judge Craig Phillips for instance, reported to be one of the friendliest, easy going and fair judges on the bench. (Yes, we had a few tickets before him, but he is always fair and we did forget to put on that seat belt that the CHP noticed a few months ago). The good Judge is always kind and inclined to reduce fines for traffic violations for first time offenders. Well, seems that Judge Phillips forgot to reduce the fine for Mr. J. Kerry Fritz II and about 18 other misguided citizens of Kern County. Seems Mr. Fritz got so mad at Judge Phillips for an apparent ruling he made against Mr. Fritz II that he up and went down to the Kern County Courthouse and started a recall petition campaign against Judge Phillips. Yes, all Mr. Fritz II has to do is get about 41,000 valid signatures from registered voters from Kern County (we’re willing to buy lunch for the Midway Driller staff if he can do it) to get the recall against the judge on the ballot next November. In case your interested, here’s the charges that Mr. Fritz II has leveled against Judge Phillips: -He has violated his oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic - He has violated time-honored standards to stay independent from the executive branch and not legislate from the bench - He is addicted to caffeine - He has rejected the will of the voters, abused his discretion, and reduced the respect for Kern County Courts to an empty shell - He has created his own reality and is a judicial tyrant, violated and dishonored our system of justice, and is unfit for office... Well, you get the idea. These 18 people and Mr. Fritz II don’t know the judge, and we figured out that the Judge just didn’t rule in Mr. Fritz II favor on a matter of legal issues before him as presented by Mr. Fritz II - you see Mr. Fritz II is one of the most prolific non-lawyers in Kern County, always threatening to sue someone for something for some perceived failing - and Mr. Fritz II sees to it that he always writes the legal briefs and acts as his own lawyer before any court, city council or Kern Board of Supervisors meetings that he avails himself to. It’s quite something to see Mr. Fritz II ramble about all things unfair and how he has been wronged. Seems Mr. Fritz II, who lived across from the Tumbleweed Cafe in Derby Acres (owned by local businessman Orchel Krier) use to call the Sheriff ’s Department at least 3 or 4 times a night complaining about loud noises coming from Orchel’s restaurant. The calls and complaints went on for months. Mr. Fritz even had restraining orders placed on many customers of Orchel’s restaurant that soon almost no one who lived in Derby Acres could go to the restaurant because of the restraining orders. Well, that not being enough (since Mr. Fritz II’s apparent goal was to shut down Orchel’s restaurant) Mr. Fritz II decided to take Orhcel - who also happens to be the nicest, most generous guy you ever want to know - to court in front of (you guessed it) Judge Phillips. Well, Judge Phillips saw what Mr. Fritz II was up to and he had a real nice surprise in store for Mr. Fritz II.


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Your November 5th Westside Watcher article was disgraceful. It disparaged law enforcement in Maricopa. The rule of law is one of the blessings that keeps the USA from becoming a third world country. Whether the Maricopa city hall and police are enforcing their laws to raise revenue for their city is irrelevant. I doubt that raising revenue is the only reason for them doing so. The impounding of cars from unlicensed drivers, speeders, stop sign runners, drug runners, human traffickers, cars with burned out tail lights, is a good effort that helps make makes a safe and peaceful community. Enforcing the law sets a higher standard of living within a community. Law, order, and peace attract people to a community and maintain a setting for neighborly and healthy living and community growth. People who respect and obey community laws generally do so out of respect for their neighbor. People who violate and disrespect laws, are either thoughtless or disrespectful toward their neighbors and their community. Lawless behavior degrades a community, and causes law-abiding people to leave it. Those who willingly disrespect and disobey the law are literally outlaws. A aggregation of outlaws in an isolated, rural setting is not one that attracts most people, including tourists, potential new residents, and businesses. Joel Lehman Instead of closing down Orchel’s restaurant and seeing things Mr. Fritz’ way, Judge Phillips determined that Mr. Fritz II was delerious and that Orchel could have a restraining order against Mr. Fritz II - a restraining order that kept Mr. Fritz so far away from Orchel’s restaurant that he could not even go into his own home across the street because it was within the restraining order boundary. Oh well, Mr. Fritz has until April 18th to get his 41,000 signatures - don’t hold your breath - to get his recall on the ballot. It won’t be easy.

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Westside Society Night Out with Santa in Maricopa The Maricopa Police Department, the City of Maricopa and local merchants hosted a “Night Out With Santa” at Maricopa Gusher Hall on Saturday. Hundred of community members and children turned out for the holiday event. Almost every child received a soccer ball and a second gift. Seven bicycles were also given away. Plenty of refreshements and lots of food was on hand thanks to donations from the community. Maricopa Mayor Gary Mock bar-b-qued for all the guests. All members of the new city council were also on hand. Photo’s courtesey of MPD.

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December 17-23, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs West Kern Water District Gets Two New Board Members

By Kent Miller Two lifelong residents of Taft will be joining the West Kern Water District’s Board of Directors at the agency’s Dec. 28 meeting. Barry Jameson, 44, and Scott Niblett, 46, ousted incumbent board members Tom LeClair and Stephen Steinhoffer in the November General Election and were sworn into office on Tuesday.


“I like community involvement,” Jameson said. “And there is something about water. It is a precious commodity around here. “I’ll do what I can to make water available to the area for the most reasonable rate.” Both Jameson and Niblett said there were no central issues that prompted them to run for the board. He has no major concerns with the operation of the district, Niblett said. “It’s part of doing business,” he said. “I see new wells going in for a continuing supply of water.” Niblett’s reason for seeking his first elected position was “mostly my concern for our water supply for our community and conservation purposes,” he said. “I am pretty big on conservation. “We have always had a good water supply and I want to see that it remains that way. It’s a big part of our community and industry.” Jameson said: “I have been here all my life and I want to live here until I retire. I want to make sure we have plenty of good, clean water for my kids and grandkids to enjoy, just as much as we have.” First election Neither new board member has previous experience in a publicly-elected position. Jameson has been on the city Planning Commission for eight years, including four years as chairman. Commission members are appointed by the City Council. “It’s still up in the air as to whether I will stay with the Planning Commission,” Jameson said. “I may continue. Hopefully I will, because I like being on there.” Niblett served on the board of the Taft Petroleum Club and was its president from 2000 to 2005. Both Jameson and Niblett attended local schools through Taft Union High School. Jameson also has an associate of arts degree from Taft College. Goals “What I want to do on there (the board) now is just get on there and learn as much as I can,” Jameson said. “There are books to read. There is a lot to learn. I am up for the challenge. “You don’t just learn it all at one time. You continue to learn as you go.”

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West Kern Water District offers a quality product and he wants to keep it that way, Niblett said. “Most of the goals I have are to keep our quality of water as it is,” he said. “I want to keep the quality of water for many years to come. “There is not a problem with the water. It is very good.” Election signs While some signs posted in the Taft area promoted Jameson and Niblett as a team, they ran independently. “I know Scott, but we were not the ones who put the signs up,” Jameson said. “I don’t know who put the signs up. We didn’t run as a team.” As for the board members they will be joining, “I know Gary Morris because I work with him here at the high school,” Jameson said. “I don’t know the other two (Charles Comfort and David Wells) very well.” Niblett said he “pretty much knows them all. I’ll have no problem working with them.” Jameson has worked for the last 18 years as grounds maintenance lead person and also as a bus driver at Taft High. “I’m in charge of all the grounds at Taft High,” Jameson said. “And I’m also head coach for the high school cross country team, for eight years. “One of hardest parts is to get kids out for the sports. We start in the summer and it is hard to get kids out for it because of the heat. Once they come out they have a good time and tell their friends. “And I have been on the Relay for Life. I volunteered for that. I worked with that project for the last two years. I was logistics chairman for the event for two years.” He was vice chairman for the former Westside Recreation Foundation, a foundation to raise money to provide help to youth in the area. The foundation provided funds for building picnic areas and basketball court lighting when the city Recreation Department didn’t have enough money for the projects, he said. “We raised the money for it,” Jameson said. Niblett is a construction superintendent for Black Hall Construction, a company that handles major state projects and large commercial construction.

Center Street Merchants Not Happy With Timing and Closure of Center Street

A film crew of more than 60 people decended on Center Street on Monday this week to film a Dr. Pepper commercial, and many merchants and buisness owners were not happy with the closure of the 300 and 400 block of Center Street during the holiday shopping season. Business owners complained that the city council, which approved the street closure a week earlier, should not have approved the closure of Center Street during the busy holiday shopping season. Some promised to raise the issue at the next council meeting. During the filming, a Taft Independent photographer was told by a crew member to leave the scence of the filming on Center Street and threatened to call the police if he did not leave. The crew member pointedly told the photographer that if he

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Hollywood Invasion. A photo of the Dr. Pepper film set on Center Street. A film crew member told an Independent photographer that he could not take picture of the filming and threatened the photogapher with arrest if he did not leave the public street saying that the filming was a “closed scene”. did not leave the public street, police would be contacted and he would be removed by police. The photographer left the set after taking the photograph above.

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December 17-23, 2010



Westside News and Business Briefs Woman Says Maricopa Police Drew Weapon During Traffic Stop

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By Kent Miller Members of a farm-worker family from Porterville appeared at Tuesday’s meeting of the Maricopa City Council, claiming that a police officer pointed his weapon at the female member of a trio of people in a car during a traffic stop Dec. 11 in the city. But the three people in the car at the time of the incident – mother Ramona Arevalo and her sons Abraham and Erasmo – didn’t show-up for a meeting Thursday afternoon with City Manager Daniel Ayala and “they refused to talk with us,” said Police Chief Derek W. Merritt. Attempts to reach the Arevalos at a Porterville telephone number were unsuccessful. There was no answer and a recorded message said a voice mailbox was not set up yet.

Investigation “I will let the investigator handle it,” Merritt said Wednesday evening. “They refused to talk with us. Without a comment from them I can’t comment.” On Thursday evening, Merritt added: “There are people from the community who witnessed the incident. They are all indicating they have nothing negative to say about us. “The day they (the Arevalos) came in we tried to sit down and talk with them.. They weren’t interested in talking with us.” On Wednesday, Ayala said that he talked with the Arevalos briefly on Tuesday night and that they were to met with him on Thursday afternoon. “I talked to the people briefly and they were suppose to file a complaint and meet with me,” he said. “They have not finalized their report to the city.” But on Thursday evening, Ayala reported that “they didn’t call me back. We are doing our own investigation. We will get to the bottom of it.” Available “We will make ourselves available (to them),” Ayala said. “I will be out of the office until Tuesday, but they have my (cell) phone number. “Anytime they want to meet with me I will be more than glad to meet with them. “I have spoken to the chief. There is no indication a gun was pulled or anything of that nature. That is the primary accusation. The officer denied it and we have witnesses supporting him. “We will do everything to make sure the city is responsive and doing things in accordance with proper law. “An investigation is part of our review. There is nothing to add until we complete the investigation. “A full response will come from the city at that time.”

On Tuesday, December 14th The Needs Center held their annual Christmas Party for needy families from the community. More than 200 people turned out for the event at the popular Needs Center located on Main Street.

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The family’s claim On a Maricopa Police Department Statement of Incident form signed by Abraham Arevalo, the family stated that at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 the trio was headed to work but became lost because they were not familiar with the Maricopa area. They drove through the town, realized they had gone too far and turned around, Abraham Arevalo wrote. “As we entered the town once again we were pulled over by a police officer,” he wrote. “Erasmo Arevalo was the driver. He had a suspended license so my mother tried to get off (out of ) the car. “That was when she was pointed with a gun by the officer. My mother, frightened by this, got back in the vehicle.” The officer then went to Erasmo Arevalo and asked for his license and the vehicle registration, according to the report. The driver told the officer his license was suspended but that his mother – the owner of the vehicle -- has a valid license, the report continues. The officer took both licenses and soon a community service officer who spoke Spanish arrived. Mrs. Arevalo told the community service officer that she was not feeling well and had her son drive so that they could get to work. Soon afterwards, a tow truck arrived and hauled the vehicle away, Abraham Arevalo wrote. Erasmo Arevalo was cited for speeding but in the report Abraham Arevalo claims they were traveling at or below the legal speed limit.

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December 17-23, 2010

Community Voices


A Socialized Christmas


By Dr. Harold Pease

TUES.-FRI. 10:00-5:30 SAT. 10:00-4:00

Take 25% OFF Regular Priced Holiday Fabric! I do not usually write satire but here is a scary proposition that could come true as witnessed by other extreme laws recently passed. The country is now 13½ trillion dollars in debt and it is incorrectly believed, by the less informed—mostly socialists—that the only way to solve this problem is to increase taxes. Congress recently discovered how unfair Christmas really is as some get more presents than others. To correct this injustice a 1,500 page law called the Christmas Equalization Act is working it’s way through judiciary committees in both the House and Senate and will be on the floor of both houses very soon. Members are not likely to read it, as on other long-winded laws, but they are likely to pass a conceptual document instead from which lawyers spin the actual words—now an all too common practice. Under the new law, to begin next year, shoppers buying for loved-ones are required to identify receivers at check out for each gift and it’s amount. Retail stores are to then fill out form13,208, The Affidavit of Christmas Gifts, passing that information to the IRS for national list tabulation. The total allotment per Christmas per person is 20 gifts. Totals exceeding this number in intervals of 10 will be assessed a gradual value added tax up to 70% of the value of the gifts in excess. This amount will be given to those suffering from Christmas Depravation Syndrome, recently discovered by psychologists to inhibit the development of ambition and drive. Overall value is also taxed if exceeding a total of $200 beginning at 25% and at $50.00 increments ending at 100% for any total exceeding $400.00 dollars. This information is submitted on The Affidavit of Excess Christmas Value (Form 13,209). If you have problems following these formulas so do the lawyers who made them up but it does help ensure full employment for them for decades to come sorting it out. Those applying for benefits could do so in the same place and same way they get food stamps or any other benefits. One idea receiving strong support is to turn it over instead to ACORN or some other reputable organization already in existence. The more likely option, however, is to create a whole new department, as the necessary monitoring would require at least 15,000 new federal agents to oversee. It certainly would create much needed employment, which would stimulate the economy. Recipients, however, would have to fill out another simple10 page form called the Underprivileged Christmas Affidavit (Form 13,210) which also allows participants to identify favorite gifts. Recipients would not be limited to 20 gifts as it is certain that they have been “gift deprived” for some time, nor would they have a total value limit placed upon them for the same reason. The excess taxes are thought to be sufficient for funding the under-gifted, but critics are skeptical about it’s ability to fund the 15,000 federal agents as well. Some say that gift givers will lower the number to the 20 gifts thus avoiding the excess tax altogether, leaving the taxpayer to fund both the “under gifted” and the agents thus, increasing the national debt. Proponents say that such is just uncompassionate rightwing extremist talk. Other legislation on the table is to tax excessive tree length, Christmas decorations, and turkey size. There are so many injustices to alleviate. Some few have even suggested making the holiday illegal. Lawmakers hope to expand the legislation to Hanukkah next year for the same reasons. Merry Christmas, my liberty loving friends. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his articles, please visit



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December 17-23, 2010



News & Business Briefs

District Board Awards $1.2 million For New Technologies

New grant program encourages emission-reduction innovation The Valley Air District’s Governing Board has awarded $1.2 million in the first round of funding for new technologies that will reduce emissions in innovative ways. The Technology Advancement Program (TAP) awards funding for projects in renewable energy, waste to energy and mobile sources. Six proposals, submitted during a competitive Request for Proposals process last summer, were approved at the Dec. 16 board meeting: · Engine, Fuel, and Emissions Engineering, Inc – $151,499 to demonstrate an improved compact selective catalytic-reduction system for use on a dairy biogas system · Tenneco Automotive Operating Company, Inc. – $300,000 to demonstrate a hydrocarbon lean NOX catalyst system in off-road construction engines · Terex Corp. – $258,000 to convert a wheel loader to plug-in hybrid operation, and identify fuel savings and emission reductions · City of Fresno – $140,000 to retrofit parallel hydraulic hybrid drive trains onto one existing and one new liquefied natural gas-powered refuse trucks · Solar Storage Company – $250,000 to demonstrate a renewable solar power-generation system as an alternative option for remote, diesel-powered, agricultural irrigation-pumping systems · FlexEnergy – $100,501 to demonstrate an ultra-low NOX system capable of accepting lowquality gas “Our hope is that, with this investment in the Valley’s economy, we will be able to promote the area as a top choice for green jobs and businesses,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. The initial funding included $900,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Governing Board also authorized an additional $1.4 million in funding to be available in 2011 (including $400,000 from the EPA). The District will open another competitive RFP early next year. “This program is a valuable tool to stimulate innovation in ways that will directly help to improve the Valley’s air quality, and to also support the Valley’s dynamic and growing alternative energy-development community,” said Samir Sheikh, the District’s director of Strategies and Incentives. Complete information and guidelines for TAP are available at Programs/TAP/tap_idx.htm. For more information about the Air District, call a regional office in Modesto (209) 557-6400, Fresno (559) 230-6000, or Bakersfield (661) 392-5500.

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Al periodico Taft Independent nos complace introducir una nueva seccion de informacion para la comunidad hispana. Esta incluira listas de negocios, eventos de la comunidad, eventos para recaudar fondos para obras beneficas, reuniones, anuncios de cumpleanos, venta de yarda y listas clasificadas tal como: Casas de renta y venta. Autos en venta, cuidado de ninos, anuncios de “SE VENDE” y “SE SOLICITA AYUDA”. Tambien servicios como limpieza de casas, jardineria, y cualquier tipo de reparaciones. Correo Electrónico:, fax 765-6556, teléfono 765-6550.

Agreement Protects 1 Million Acres of Roadless Areas in SoCal Forests- Home to California Condors, Arroyo Toads, Other Imperiled Species San Francisco — Four national forests in Southern California — home to condors, arroyo toads and other rare species — will benefit from an agreement announced today between conservationists, the state of California, off-road vehicle users and the U.S. Forest Service to protect more than 1 million acres of roadless areas from development. The agreement is awaiting approval by federal district court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel. The deal concludes a federal case brought by conservation groups challenging Forest Service management plans for four Southern California national forests that failed to assess cumulative damage to the forests caused by road, trail and unauthorized route construction in pristine roadless areas. The challenged plans designated more than 900,000 roadless acres for possible road building or other development. In 2009 a federal district court agreed with the groups, ruling that the plans violated the National Environmental Policy Act. The parties agreed to negotiate a settlement. More than 1 million acres of roadless areas within the Angeles, Los Padres, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests are surrounded by some of the most rapidly urbanizing areas in the United States. Under the agreement, federal and state agencies, conservationists and ORV users will work together to improve and protect the roadless areas. The Forest Service will reconsider protecting several of the areas permanently as wilderness. Parties will identify roads and trails that are degrading roadless areas; the Forest Service will prioritize these for decommissioning and restoration. While the agency reconsiders the management plans, it will protect all roadless areas from harmful activities, including those that could prevent them from being recommended as wilderness in the future. The environmental groups represented by Earthjustice attorneys Erin Tobin and Trent Orr in the suit are the Center for Biological Diversity, Los Padres ForestWatch, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, California Native Plant Society, California Wilderness Coalition and The Wilderness Society. “Under this agreement some of the most wild and pristine areas of Southern California’s national forests will be better protected from potential damage,” said Ileene Anderson, a Center for Biological Diversity biologist. “These areas provide critically important strongholds for endangered species such as steelhead, California condors and arroyo toad; especially during this time of climate change.” Earthjustice attorney Erin Tobin said, “Southern Californians need and want wild areas, wildlife, healthy forests and clean drinking water. That’s what these national forests have to offer and they will be better protected going forward because of the agreement we’ve reached.” Kim Delfino, the California program director for Defenders of Wildlife said, “California’s national forests are some of the last remaining wild places in our state, and smart planning is essential to protecting the forests’ resources, especially vital wildlife habitat.” “John Muir called for the protection of all wild places,” said Joyce Burk of the Sierra Club’s Southern California Forests Committee. “We are a step closer to protecting some of Southern California’s wild places with this agreement.” “As the Southern California population pushes past 15 million, wild lands are even more critical to the region because they provide drinking water, clean air and outdoor recreation,” said Annette Kondo, spokeswoman for The Wilderness Society’s California office. “Any additional wilderness will be a life-enhancing gift for future families.”

Tickets Now Available for Annual State of the County Event Challenges and opportunities facing Kern County will be the focus of the thirteenth annual State of the County event, sponsored by the Kern County Board of Trade. The event, highlighted by the annual State of the County Address, is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center. The evening’s keynote speaker will be the incoming chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, who is scheduled to be named in early January. “The State of the County event provides our community with the opportunity to hear directly from our leaders,” said Board of Trade Executive Director Rick Davis. “This interaction between leadership and the public is unique to Kern County, and something we believe is invaluable.” Doors will open at 5 pm for a no-host networking reception. Dinner follows at 6:30 pm with the program – highlighted by the State of the County Address – starting one hour later. Tickets are priced at $45, with a limited number of 10-seat reserved tables available for $450. Tickets must be purchased in advance, with none sold after January 12.

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Fire Leaves Two With Minor Injuries Elk Hills, Ca - Monday, December 13, 2010 at 5:37 A.M. Kern County Fire received a call for a possible well on fire near gate 2 on the Elk Hills oil field. Approximately 17 firefighters responded to the incident to include a Kern County Hazardous Materials Team and Environmental Health. On arrival, crews found two 500 barrel tanks containing well operation fluids involved with fire along with a nearby two inch natural gas line leaking, but not involved with fire. Both tanks have been extinguished. Crews will continue to cool the tanks and inject foam to suppress any flammable vapors preventing further ignition. Once the tanks are cooled crews will manually shut down the gas line to allow any clean-up. Two minor injuries have been reported but refused transport. The cause of the fire is under investigation. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Information Officer at (661) 330-0133. For further updates visit



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Merry Christmas!

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Full Bar - Restaurant - Catering - RV Parking Available

We Cater Your Place or Ours Full Bar Available For You Special Event

24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations