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Independent The Taft

February 25 - 3, 2011



February 25 - 3, 2011 • Volume 5 Issue 35

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

Chevron Donates $25,000 to Taft College STEM Program

New Pipeline for Taft

Remembering Sandra Cothrun

The Place 4014 Highway 33

Beautiful Downtown Ventucopa (661)766-2660

Bringing Water To The West Kern County Communities

Saturday, February 26th


All You Can Eat Fish Fry 5pm til its gone!

Fish Fry, coleslaw, rice pilaf and corn bread


$1.50 Domestic Drafts 5:00pm to Close

By Kent Miller GlassPoint: Commissioning of The World’s First Commercial Solar Steam Generator for Enhanced Oil Recovery Comes To The Westside



February 25 - 3, 2011

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Monday to Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm

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Voted Best Pizza 4 Years in a Row!

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Hair & Skin Care Products • Salon Services Synthetic Hair Wigs & Human Hair Extentions Hair Accessories • Jewelry • Pictures & Prints • Massages Glam Squad on Premises

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February 25 - 3, 2011



Community Events

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

Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

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

Westside Watcher............4 Westside News.................5 WKWD Pipeline...............6 Westside News.................7

Monday Afternoon Drawing Class from 1pm to 3pm End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their drawing class on Monday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. Please bring a good quality drawing tablet about 12 by 16 inches or larger, various pencils (soft lead preferred) several sticks of charcoal and a kneaded eraser. A drawing board approx. 20 by 24 inches, is most useful. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes. For more information please call 765-4790.


Tuesday Night Painting Class from 6pm to 8pm

Westside Horoscopes......9

End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their painting class on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm. Please call 765-4790 for supply list. Acrylic paint is the preferred medium. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes.

Classified Ads.................10 Westside News...............11 Negocios Hispanos.......11

VFW Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 5:30pm The VFW will hold Bingo Night every Tuesday at 6:30pm at 600 Hazelton Street in Maricopa. Doors open at 5:30pm, buy in is $5 a pack, food will be served. Come on out, bring a friend and support our vets! Thursday Afternoon Watercolor Class from 1pm to 3pm

The Taft Independent 508 Center Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550 Fax (661) 765-6556

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. 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 Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Skidgel Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins

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End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their watercolor class on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. Please bring a watercolor block approx. 12 by 14 inches, a good quality set of water colors, palette, brushes and water can. Also, please bring a board about 16 x 20 inches on which to work. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes. For more information please call 765-4790. Stop Smoking Seminar Monday, February 28th This FREE, two week seminar will begin February 28th at 7pm at the Adventist Church. For more information or to register please call 763-4482. Local Art Auction Friday, March 4th The End of Times Gallery will host a gala Art Auction on Friday, March 4th from 4pm to 7pm. Work can be previewed during gallery hours from 10am to 3pm from February 25th through March 3rd. Refreshments of wine, cheese, crackers and punch will be served. There will also be a door prize. Artists who would like to participate should bring their work to the gallery located at 428 Center Street. A $5 entry fee per piece will be charged. Artists are asked to set a minimum bid for each entry. This protects them from having their work sell for too little money; it must sell above the minimum amount or remains the property of the artisit. Each artist can submit up to three pieces. This is a unique opportunity for art lovers to acquire original art work and for artists to introduce their work to the public. Call 765-4790 for information or make an appointment to submit your work. Raise the Roof Outreach Meeting Saturday, March 5th Raise the Roof Outreach organizational meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 6:30pm at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28 Emmons Park Dr.(across from the public library.) All Christians interested in outreach ministry, musicians, drama, hospitality, technicians, prayer partners, and more, are encouraged to attend. Contact: 765-1182 or Next Friday Art of the Car Friday, March 11th Calling all car enthusiasts. Bring your classic car to Center Street on Friday, March 11th. We are celebrating the art of the car March 11 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the 5th Street Plaza. For more information email Taft’s Got Talent Dinner & Show Saturday, March 12th

News Briefs Taft Union High School Festival Choir Concert Wednesday, March 2nd Taft Union High School will present its festival choir concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the high school auditorium. The concert, under the direction of choir teacher Amanda Locke, is free and open to the public. The festival concert serves as a practice run for the many festivals the choirs will attend this spring. The choirs will perform a variety of songs in Latin, Italian, French, and Hebrew, and a couple of spirituals. Kim Alita and Edwin Cazares will be the featured soloists.

Dubost Vineyards Wine Tasting at Black Gold Cafe Thursday, March 3rd On Thursday, March 3rd Black Gold Cafe and Deli will be holding its monthly wine tasting event featuring Curt Dubost wines of Dubost Vineyards. Cost is $20 per person. The event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy these great San Luis Obispo wines. For reservations or for more information, please call 765-6550.

Senator Jean Fuller to Speak at Chamber Breakfast Friday, March 4th On Friday, March 4th at 7:30 a.m. Senator Jean Fuller will be speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Taft Chamberof Commerce at Jo’s Restaurant. Tickets are on sale at the Taft Chamber of Commerce, located at 400 Kern Street. Please call 765-2165 for reservations.

Next Friday Scheduled For March 11th Taft is a town that loves cars. Many members of the community invest their time, energy and resources restoring and customizing their vehicles. For March’s Next Friday we are celebrating the art of the car. If you have a classic or custom car you are invited to bring it down to Center Street and 5th Street Plaza. Share your hard work and dedication with those around you. If you don’t have a classic or custom car but love them come down and appreciate the hard work that others have put in to their vehicles. As a bonus, cruising will be encouraged. So come down to 5th Street Plaza on Friday March 11 between 5 and p.m. and enjoy the art of the car. Please email with any questions.

St. Andrews Pancake Supper Tuesday, March 8th at 5pm The community is invited to join the people of St. Andrews Episcopal Church for a traditional pancake supper in observance of Shrove Tuesday. Come for fellowship, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee! Donation $4.00. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of the Epiphany season. This, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, was traditionally the last day for eating luxurious foods before the austerities of the Lenten fast, when most such things were forbidden. Pancakes were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar before the fast began. It is also called Fat Tuesday in English, Mardi Gras in French, or Carnival (from the Latin carne vale, farewell to meat) in many of the Mediterranean languages. The literal meaning of the English word shrove comes from “shrive,” to confess. It was originally a day for going to church and confessing one’s sins before Lent. St. Andrews is located at the corner of 5th and Woodrow. For further information call 765-2378

WCMA is hosting a dinner and talent show on Saturday, March 12th at 5pm at First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street. Cost is $20 per person for deep pit full dinner, drink and dessert. Call 763-4196 for details or tickets.

CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday March 1st, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.

Homespun Happenings and Art Show Wednesday, March 30th


Join in a community show and tell at the Homespin Happenings and Art Show with Salad Luncheon. Show time 9am to 2pm. Lunch served 11am to 1pm at the Peace Lutheran Church located at 26 Emmons Park Dr. There will be door prizes. For more information call 765-2488 or 765-6855.

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

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

Asian Experience

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

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Paik’s Ranch House Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Where Everybody Meets Dinner by Reservation Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa Open 7 Days (661) 766-2319 Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm Taft Crude Coffee House 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday El Jacalito 6:30 am to 5pm. Authentic Mexican Dining Saturday 7 am to 2 pm We do Catering for any Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm Special Event! 1010 6th Street, Taft Orders to go. 763-5156 Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Black Gold Cafe & Deli Friday and Saturday Pastas - Sandwiches 10:30 am - 9:00 pm Espresso - Beer - Wine 101 B. Street, Taft Open Monday to Saturday 763-9890 Lunch served 11am-1pm 763-9892 fax Dinner served 5pm - 8pm Wine Tasting on First Thursdays 508 Center Street 765-6550

Westside Entertainment

Get Your Events in the Westside Entertainment Guide. Call 765-6550 or fax 765-6556

Your Restaurant Chilled & Grilled Listed Here. Asian Food and Pizza Breakfast served Asian Experience Call Lunchand and Dinner Saturday Sunday Tuesday - Friday 765-6550. 7am-11am 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Brunch served Saturday 4 p.m. -Sunday 9 p.m. Starting as low 7am-2pm Live Music Saturday Nights as $12 per Lunch served daily 11am-4pm week! Dinner served daily 4pm-9pm 765-2000 215 Center Street 763-1815 621 Center Street Always

Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street


Sagebrush Annie’s

Mon. - Fri. 10am 2;30pm

Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation

Taft, CA

Award Winning Wines

766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa


Westside Watcher

Synagro Wins Coveted California 2010 Waste Reduction Award Synagro Recognized For Recycling More Than 800 Million Pounds of Organic By-Products Synagro, a leading provider of Essential Environmental Solutions, was recently recognized by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as a CalRecycle2010 Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) winnerfor its environmentally sound business strategies and enhanced recycling efforts. In 2010, Synagro recycled more than 800 million pounds of organic waste generated by California residents into soil amendments and compost which is marketed to agricultural, horticultural and landscape professionals. “Synagro is committed to running our business in accordance with basic tenets of strong environmental stewardship,” said Bill Massa, president and CEO, Synagro. “Synagro prides itself on providing services and operational practices that conform to both regulatory requirements and that address proper, sustainable protection of the environment.” CalRecycle is the California’s leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. Officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California’s vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability. CalRecycle’sWRAP award provides an opportunity for California businesses and nonprofit organizations to gain public recognition for their outstanding waste reduction efforts and lets the community know the business takes waste reduction seriously. Synagro shares the honor of receiving this award with other 2010 winners such as the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park, which instituted a Green Team to work with fans to separate recycling and composting and Costco Palm Desert that diverted nearly five million pounds of waste in 2009 through composting, recycling and reuse.


Ranch House Restaurant “Where Everybody Meets” Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Open 7 Days

Taft Petroleum Club

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wild Game & Exotic Meat Dinner

200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca.

Every Friday is Ribeye Steak & Chicken Dinner Night

On Saturday, February 26th the club is having a wild game and exotic meat dinner and we will do the drawing for the AR 15 and 12 gauge shotgun. We will be serving Deer, Elk, Boar, Buffalo, Rabbit, Pheasant, Quail, Snapping Turtle, Alligator and lots of west coast fish. And for you that might not enjoy the wild game we will also be doing Tri-Tip and chicken. Social 6pm, dinner is at 7pm Tickets on sale now at the Taft Petroleum Club Limited to 100 tickets

450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close

February 25 - 3, 2011



Residential • Commerical • Senior Discounts Interior and Exterior • Specialty Coatings • Floors Wrought Iron • Power Washing P.O. Box 612 • Taft,CA 93268

(661)203-6677 CA License # 784342

The Taft City Council will receive a proposal from staff to finance a a downtown storefront renovation program that would provide government funding for restoring building facades in the 200 to 1000 block area of Center Street. Up to $300,000 will be made available leaving up to $25,000 per business to restore or renovate building front area. Sidewalks and landscaping is not eligible. Up to $25,000 per business may be made available to eligible participants.

THE CITY OF TAFT IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED TRANSIT DRIVERS $12.96 - $16.04/hour The City of Taft is looking for qualified Full-Time and Part–Time Transit Drivers for the dial-a-ride and fixed route services. Must be dependable and able to work varied shifts including split-shifts and weekends. Minimum Qualifications: - High School diploma or GED certificate.

Must Possess a State of California Class B Driver’s License with passenger endorsement. As well as a school bus driver’s license or a General Public Paratransit Vehicle (GPPV) operator certificate. Applications will not be accepted from applicants who do not possess one of these certificates. Application Process: - Application and job description may be picked up at City Hall, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, or on our website Final Filing Date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2011. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of application. Postmarked applications will not be accepted. EOE.

CITY OF TAFT DISPATCHER/MATRON $15.28 - $18.57/hr. Under general supervision, receives calls for police and fire services and dispatches personnel and equipment according to established procedures. Qualifications: Two years of general work experience including operation of telephone and standard office machines. Valid CA driver’s license. Must be able to perform matron duties for female prisoners. Application: Application and complete job description may be picked up at Taft City Hall, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, CA or contact the Personnel Department at (661) 763-1222 ext. 14. Final filing date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2011. Complete City of Taft application must be in the Personnel Office by the filing deadline. Postmarked applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of City application. EOE.

February 25 - 3, 2011


Westside News & Business Briefs Invisible Children Make Appearance At Taft Union High School

Taft Sportsmen’s Club To Work With Kids At 2011 Boat & RV Show

Geoffrey Komakech knows about the evil rebel leader Joseph Kony and his terrorist band of kidnapped child soldiers, the misnamed Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Komakech, a 25-year-old Ugandan, spent his childhood successfully avoiding Kony’s clutches. Komakech would travel to the city at night to sleep beside hundreds of other transplanted children to avoid the rural night raids. He traveled halfway around the world to tell his story to Taft Union High School students Friday, Feb. 18 in the auditorium. Komakech and two American women presented a documentary on the issue of child soldiers. They are volunteers for San Diego-based Invisible Children, an organization that travels across America speaking to high school and college students and church groups. The eight-year-old group was successful with its first goal of getting a bill passed in Congress and signed into law by President Obama seeking to stop Kony and save the child soldiers. Invisible Children has been so successful that Kony had fled Uganda. Unfortunately, he has expanded his rape, pillage and murder campaign to an even larger area throughout Africa’s Congo. He campaign of evil has survived for 25 years because he avoids assassination by surrounding himself with children. Invisible Children now has a three-pronged approach: radios, rescue and rehabilitation. They are raising money through donations and by selling Ugandan products to buy and install radio transmitters to serve as an early warning system to alert potential victims of impending LRA raids. They are also rescuing child soldiers who manage to desert and they have a center to rehabilitate them before reuniting the traumatized children with their families. The group also is educating young Ugandans to raise the country’s future leaders. They are encouraging supporters to observe April 25 as a day of silence to acknowledge the ongoing tragedy that Invisible Children co-founder Laren<cq> Poole calls the worst of the 21st century. The documentary said Kony has abducted 30,000 children and killed tens of thousands of Africans. “No life should be taken in vain,” Poole said. “We have to answer even if we are not to blame. The injustice is so great, you have to put skin in the game.” Komakech added, “We must stop this war. We can stop this war.”

The 2011 Central Valley Sportsmen’s Boat & RV Show will be held at the Bakersfield Fairgrounds on February 25, 26, & 27, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Taft Sportsmen’s Club will start on Friday, February 25 beginning at 3:00 pm. Some special features of this show are the Kid’s Trout Pond where the Taft Sportsmen’s Club will be working, Splash Dogs will be back, Bako Sand Blast, Super Cruise Car Show, wildlife displays, youth archery, to name a few plus hundreds of RVs, boats, SUVs, and ATVs. The Taft Sportsmen’s Club has again been invited back by promoters, Mike Hatcher and Bob Morrison who head up this big event, and they asked the Taft group to work at the large trout pond set up specifically for the kids. Fish will be supplied in order to fill this huge pond. Many kids have never had an opportunity to catch a fish, and this trout pond will provide them with that experience. Some of the fish in the portable pond range from ½ lb. to 10 lbs. Each year the pond gets larger, and we’ve been told that the pond is even bigger and better this year. Helping kids out in order to catch that “big fish” or even that “first fish” is the goal of the club. This pond is designed to give kids the real feeling of fishing. Poles will be provided to the young fishermen by the Taft Sportsmen Club, and they will also be providing a portable fish cleaning station so that they can get their fish cleaned. This event is a lot of fun for the kids, and it introduces them to the sport of fishing. There will be a photographer on hand to take pictures, and club members will be on hand to help the kids and also to sign up anyone interested in joining the club. If you have any questions, call Taft Sportsmen’s Club President, Tom Brown at 765-2704. Come out and support your local sportsmen at the show. It’s going to be one of the best!

Community Garden Work Day. Thanks to help from the TIL students from Taft College, the weeds are gone! Yeah! The raised beds have been readied with a fresh soil mixture and we have some seeds to share with you. Rent this year is $40 per bed. Call Melia at 623-1802 they are going fast

TIL Students from Taft College at the Taft Community Garden. The Taft Community Garden is located on 9th Street across from True Value.

Natural Gourmet Spices & Extracts Natural & Plant-Based Remedies Personal Care Home Care & Supplements

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We would like to give special thanks to all who supported our raffle, and for supporting our travel dreams. Congratulations to the Winners! The Gill Family, A.J Johnson, Johnny Simpson and John Mounce Thanks Again, Aimee Milner & Jaycee Fivecoat ANNOUNCEMENTS

Geoffrey Komakech, of Uganda, with Invisible Children roadies, Brian McGill of San Diego, Chelsea Steele of Orlando, Fla., and Elissa O’Dell of Tampa, Fla. at a booth in the TUHS quad Friday.

Taft Community Garden Ready For Spring


Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Trustees of the West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District for the following equipment: SOLD “AS IS” 1998 Chevy S-10 4x4 Ext. Cab 2001 Ford Ranger ID# 1FTYR10U51PA78297 ID# 1GCCS14X5WK184935 V-6 Engine, Auto V-6 Engine, Auto P/S, P/B, Air & Cruise P/S, P/B, Air & Cruise 79,805 miles 84,061 miles Maintenance records available Maintenance records available Minimum Bid: $2,500.00 Minimum Bid: $3,000.00

Available for inspection at West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District yard, 7004 Gas Company Road, from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Minimum acceptable Bid for each vehicle will be as stated. All bids must be in the District office by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011. All bids will be opened at 7:00 p.m., March 17, 2011 at the regular scheduled Board of Trustees meeting at the District office. The District reserves the right to reject all bids. Signed: Board of Trustees, West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District 7004 Gas Company Road Taft, CA 93268



February 25 - 3, 2011

Westside News & Business Briefs New Pipeline For Taft Bringing Water to the Westside

to the Pacific Ocean. Areas that do have groundwater supplies – like the southern San Joaquin Valley – are also able to feed the groundwater supply when a heavy rainfall year produces an abundance of surface water. The surface water is allowed to percolate into the groundwater table where it is protected and can be withdrawn when needed.

By Kent Miller If crude oil is black gold, then water is clear gold. And West Kern Water District is investing heavily in clear gold. In late 2010, the district purchased 500 acres of farmland west of Interstate 5 and south of Stockdale Highway for $15 million. The purchase wasn’t for the high quality farmland – it will lie fallow. What the district wanted was the 100,000 acre feet of water that lies below. The water was banked but stranded in that area. “(The purchase was) to develop a water banking project,” said Harry O. Starkey, general manager of West Kern. “The ground won’t be farmed. There will be five new wells to go into the existing (West Kern) system.” Water banking is storing water in aquifers below ground. Not all areas of California can call on groundwater sources. For instance, in Los Angeles the cement-lined riverbeds send rainfall quickly on


Cookhouse & Saloon 205 N. 10th St. (661)763-1819

Specializing in Steak & Seafood



Tuesday - Friday Tuesday - Thursday 4p.m. - 9p.m. 11a.m. - 2p.m. Friday & Saturday 4p.m. - 10p.m.


OT Cookhouse Daily Specials (For the week of 3-1-11 thru 3-5-11)

Tues. 3-1-11 Lunch

Chicken Pot Pie


Tues. 3-1-11 Dinner

BBQ Beef Ribs


Wed. 3-2-11 Lunch

Hot Turkey Sandwich


Wed. 3-2-11 Dinner

Beef Tips with Noodles


Thurs. 3-3-11 Lunch

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Veal Liver with Bacon & Onions


Thurs. 3-3-11 Dinner Fri. 3-4-11 Lunch Fri. 3-4-11 Dinner Sat. 3-5-11 Dinner


Hot Beef Sandwich


$15.95 Small/ $18.95 Large

Prime Rib

$15.95/ $18.95

Grilled Ham Steak



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Pipeline to Taft from an earlier time. Dam expensive By comparison, the other way to store surplus water until it is needed is behind dams. But dams are: controversial due to their impact on the environment; and costly to build and maintain. An example is Lake Isabella. It has a maximum storage level of 568,000 acre-feet. But the lake has been cut to 60 percent of maximum capacity since 2006 when the auxiliary dam was found to be too unstable to hold the full level of water. It will take 10 to 15 years and possibly millions-of-dollars to complete studies and repairs on the auxiliary dam. And the larger main dam bisects what recently has been determined to be an active earthquake fault. When the main and auxiliary dams were planned in the late 1940s and completed in 1953, the fault was considered inactive. Lake Isabella has a maximum surface area of 11,000 acres that includes former ranch and crop land and the original towns of Kernville and Isabella. First phase West Kern has budgeted $35 million for the first phase of the project to bring the 100,000 acre feet – plus increases in banked water from recent and future rains – to the district’s system. The $35 million includes the cost of the farmland, Starkey said. The first phase is the land, wells and the pipelines to connect into West Kern’s system, about two miles southwest of the district’s Station A, which is on the south side of Highway 119 between the California Aqueduct and Tupman Road. The start date for the first phase – construction of the 36-inch Ductile Iron transmission main line that is approximately 5 miles in length from West Kern’s North Recharge and Recovery Project to the existing South Recharge and Recovery facilities – was Sept. 30, said Troy T. Turley, the district’s operations/engineering administrator. So far, the first phase is coming in under budget and should be completed by December, said J.D. Bramlet, director of operations for the district. “The rains have impacted it a little bit,” Bramlet said. “There was a couple of weeks’ delay because of the December rain. But we are glad to have it.” The pipeline that is being laid by Lyles Construction will run from the 500-acre site to where the 36-inch line will tie-in with

existing line that runs the two miles to the district’s Station A, he said. Phase two is still in the development stage, due to a change in plans. “We are looking at phase two now, getting estimates,” Bramlet said. “We may start as soon as possible. The change is a second line from the South Well Field to Station A. “We’re still working on the estimates for phase two because it is a change. We are rethinking ... (about) recharge ponds at the North Well Field and putting the pipeline off until later. It will be very difficult to do phase two through the Coles Eco System. “We will spend phase one cost savings on phase two. That will determine how much of phase two we can do.” Water supply West Kern’s district boundaries encompass 300 square miles and more than 7,500 customer accounts. It includes Taft, Ford City, Fellows, Derby Acres, McKittrick, Maricopa, Dustin Acres, Valley Acres, Tupman, and the oilfields and power generating facilities on the Westside. Water currently travels 17 miles to serve the Taft area and overall there are 250 miles of water pipeline in the district. According to a report from Oct. 1, 2009, the district supplies its customers with 23.4 million gallons a day of water, or nearly 72 acre-feet. That is about 26,210 acre-feet of water a year. The district has an annual state water entitlement of 31,500 acrefeet. But in 2009, that allocation was cut to 40 percent, or about 12,600 acre-feet. An acre foot is defined by the volume of one acre of surface area to a depth of one foot. Since the area of one acre is defined as 66 by 660 feet, (a chain by a furlong), the volume of an acre-foot is 43,560 cubic feet. An acre foot contains about 325,850 gallons of water. Frequently an acre-foot of water is said to be enough water to cover a football field – 100 yards (300 feet) long from goal line to goal line by 53.3 yards (160 feet) wide – to a depth of nearly one foot. One acre-foot is taken to be the planned water usage of a suburban family household nationwide annually, except in the desert Southwest, where water conservation is often followed and may even be enforced. The state of Montana assumes 1 acre-foot per year for a family of five. In contrast, the Santa Fe, N.M., rate averages 0.25 acre-feet per year per household. Groundwater Groundwater is a significant water supply source, according to the Web site and the National Ground Water Association. “The amount of groundwater storage dwarfs our present surface water supply,” the Web site states. “At any given moment it is 20 to 30 times greater than the amount in all the lakes, streams, and rivers of the United States. “Groundwater is also an important source of surface water. It also adds about 492 billion gallons per day to U.S. surface water bodies. Its contribution to the overall flow of rivers and streams in the U.S. may be as large as 50 percent, and it is a major source of water for lakes and wetlands. “Groundwater is tapped through wells placed in water-bearing soils and rocks beneath the surface of the earth. Of the total 341 billion gallons of fresh water the United States withdraws each day, groundwater is estimated to be 79.6 billion gallons, or 23 percent. “There are 15.9 million water wells in the U.S., supplying groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes. “The National Ground Water Association has determined that 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply from either a public source or private well. In the Asia-Pacific region, 32 percent of the population is ground water dependent; in Europe, 75 percent; in Latin America, 29 percent; and in Australia, 15 percent. “There are 107,848 community supply wells in the United States. These are wells for 40,301 community distribution systems. In comparison, there are 13.2 million occupied American households served by private wells. Approximately 800,000 boreholes are drilled in the U.S. annually. The construction of these vitally needed water supply systems involves the use of more than 18,000 drilling rigs by an estimated 8,100 groundwater contracting firms. The U.S. is one of the largest water well markets in the world.”

February 25 - 3, 2011


Westside News & Business Briefs Remembering Sandra Cothrun

“A Beautiful and Funny Light Went Out.”

By Jessica G. Miller Sandra Cothrun was an unforgettable woman who touched and influenced the lives of so many. Her passing leaves a gaping hole in our community that will never be filled by anyone. She was a fierce, strong, intelligent and hilarious woman, who was loved and cared for by all who crossed her path. Her service to the community through Soroptimist and the Fort were substantial and a very proud aspect of her life, but above that was her love and devotion to her husband, Dr. David Cothrun. Here, in his words, is the story of the wonderful woman he loved: “She was born in Roswell, New Mexico 69 years ago. She went to the schools there, graduated from high school and went to Arizona State University and stayed there about three years. From the time she started to when she got her BA was 29 years, she was very proud of that and at six universities. She has two daughters, Meagan is the youngest, Brogan is the oldest. Lots of relatives in Roswell, she has an older sister who lives in Texas and a younger brother who lives in Santa Fe. She was involved with New Mexico Military Institute for a number years, it started out in high school dating cadets. She worked there for a good number of years. The last one she was in the development department. Along the way she learned a lot about computers. I had been the Dean of Instruction there, the Academic Dean they called it. I had brought in a high school classmate of mine and he turned out to be one of the best math teachers you ever saw. He really got into computers and he got re-

Dr. and Mrs. Cothrun at her Installation as Soroptimist President. ally smart and developed software for small colleges, whole systems for admissions, registration, financial, the things you need to run a school and he was very successful. He was the Computer Center Director for New Mexico Military and a local millionaire offered him a chance to start his own business and it was called POISE – People Oriented Informational Systems for Education. After Sandra left the institute, she went to work for him for POISE. She became one of their premier installers. She would be teaching people how to use the software. She was just excellent at it. I left New Mexico came out here in 1980 and we had a very inadequate computer system. By then we’d known each other for 7 or 8 years. I had her come out and we bought that [POISE] software for Taft College and so did Taft High and she taught people how to use it. She had been into the Black Oil Country of Canada, an all black

Seventh Day Adventist church in Alabama, and one of the six branches of Maharishi International University which was in Iowa, she just had some really interesting adventures while she was also a mother and raising her daughters and doing fine. She and her first husband got divorced and two months later I invited her to come out here and I had a job for her at Westec so she could be on her own and do things. Somewhere along the line I said, “Will you marry me?” And it was the best thing that ever happened to me when she said yes. We actually had two weddings. We were out, must have been July, we were out in the swimming pool and there’s a knock on the door and here’s a bunch from the college to do a marriage ceremony and so there’s pictures of us in our swim suits sitting in here [in the living room] and Dennis, the librarian at Taft College at the time, he was the priest. Oh, it was a fun thing. It was a wonderful time. After a year, maybe two years at Westec she got offered a job to go to Taft High and so she spent 20 years there. Jerry Dragoo was the Computer Services Manager and when he got promoted to Business Manager, she got promoted to his job. She had a good ride. She really did. And she retired five years ago, almost six and we had a really nice retirement time.” Former co-workers at Taft High, Stacy Meadows and Tom Brown remember Mrs. Cothrun as a mentor and so much more. “She was just a great, patient teacher,” Meadows said. “She taught us a lot about work and life.” “She was a mentor, a mother figure and a friend,” Brown said. “She was an extremely hard worker but she knew how to play, too.

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Sandra in Computer Services at TUHS. She was kind hearted and funny and you always knew where you stood with her.” Janet Miller, a very close friend and former co-worker explained that it was hard to put into words exactly how she felt for her friend. “It’s hard to quantify. She was like a mother and a sister and a friend all rolled into one. I was always in awe of her and so honored to be her friend. I knew I could tell her anything.” Dr. Cothrun continued, “She loved her grand kids, she flew off to Kansas to be with Meghan and take care of the grand kids and secretly feed their dog. Which is a no-no. Molly, the dog, would mourn when she left. In 1995 she became a Soroptimist and that became a real meaningful thing to her. She was especially proud of the program they call their Critical Care Transportation. It’s the best, most respected community service performed by any service club. Hands down whips everybody. They’ve got about $80,000 into it by now. Raised all the money by themselves and she was really, really proud of that. She was there in the start. Charmayne Brooks was a big organizer there. They started out with the Tumbleweed which was a classic, second hand store. Really neat stuff but it wore them out trying to keep it running all the time so they finally let it go but they found other ways to support the Critical Care Program. She was the treasurer for Soroptimist for two years. They sandbagged her into becoming president and she had some trepidation about that but she was just a natural for it, you know? They talked her into and were so glad to have her. I made signs for her to put around on the tables for lunch that said, “Vote for Sandra,” Yeah, that tickled them all. And she loved doing that.” On her decision to “campaign” for the presidency, her daughter Meghan said, “I think that it was about “if I’m going to do this I’m going to do this right,” and nobody wanted to be president at that time and Mom just kind of had this sense of it was the right thing to do at the right time.” Fort Director, Edith Laurin, a close friend and fellow Soroptimist member, remembers Mrs. Cothrun fondly. “She was just hilarious. Any chance she got she told us funny stories of her past. We had so much fun together. She was a wonderful person and Continued on Page 8

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Obituary Ferrel Glade Roundy Ferrel Glade Roundy, age 78, returned peacefully to his Heavenly Father on February 21, 2011, with family members and friends at his bedside. He had valiantly dealt with serious illness for the past few years. Ferrel was born January 26, 1933, in Escalante, Utah, to Alda Schow and Wallace Glade Roundy. He lived most of his youth with his grandparents, Joseph Ira and Leatha Porter Schow, in Escalante. Ferrel graduated from Escalante High School with honors and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He served for 2 ½ years in West Germany as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and 3 years in the U.S. Army, 2 of those years were in Germany. Ferrel married Heidi Axman in the Salt Lake Temple on November 18, 1960. They lived in Lawrence, KA and Terra Haute, IN as he pursued his PhD. He and Heidi moved to Taft, CA, where they raised their 4 children. Ferrel taught 40 years, 35 at Taft College, encompassing English, French, German and Music Appreciation from July of 1966 until his retirement in May of 2001. Ferrel and Heidi divorced in 1983. He then married Carol Joy Shirts. They later divorced. He then married Nancy Shurtz Krough. Ferrel is survived by his wife, Nancy; he and Heidi’s children, Lora Lee (Mark) Bell of Bakersfield, CA, and their children, Nickolas, Christopher, and Shaylee; Quinn Ferrel Roundy of Bakersfield, CA; Kara Lyn Roundy of Salt Lake City, UT; Dr. Darryl William (Carrie) Roundy of Gig Harbor, WA, and their children, Emma and Will; a brother, Paul Michael (Karen) Cardon of Ithaca, NY; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Alda Schow Cardon; his father, Wallace Glade Roundy; and sisters LaDean Stojakovich, and Joan Cardon Wagner Mulando. In addition to his teaching, Ferrel was a prolific writer of fiction and poetry. He published eight novels, two volumes of facts, history, and humor about his hometown of Escalante, UT, and literally hundreds of poems, sonnets, and free verse. He also enjoyed music and penned numerous song lyrics, many of a religious nature. He also served in many “callings” in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ferrel loved the Escalante area in southern Utah and dreamed of building a small, comfortable home and retiring there. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 11:00 am in the Taft Ward, LDS Chapel, 101 Church Street; Taft, CA. Services will be under the direction of Bishop Gary Ammeraal. An additional funeral service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 1:00 pm in the Escalante 1st Ward, LDS Chapel, 80 South Center, Escalante, UT. Services will be under the direction of Bishop Brent Cottam. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 12:00 to 12:45 pm prior to the service. Interment will be in the Escalante Cemetery with military rites by the Escalante American Legion Post. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, UT.. Online guestbook:

Rosetta Joy Warren In loving memory of our mother and our friend, Rosetta Joy Warren It’s love that makes the sunny days a little brighter yet, It’s love that makes our memories too precious to forget. It’s love that makes our sorrows easier to bear, Love that makes the joys of life so wonderful to share. For all her friends and family she loves us all very much. We will miss her. In memory of, pot-luck get together, to be held at the Maricopa VFW Hall on Sunday, February 27th at 4pm. 600 Hazelton Street, Maricopa All are welcome, please come. Joy will be there.


Sandra Cothrun Continued from Page 7 very dedicated to The Fort and Soroptimist. Sandra was a very gracious woman and very sophisticated but she knew when she could let her hair down.” Charmayne Brooks, another close friend and Soroptimist member said, “Sandra was the kind of woman who left footprints on your heart. She was so easy to get along with and she was just…awesome in every sense of the word.” Charmayne’s daughter, Michele Tillery, who was close with the Cothruns and even spent Oildorado with them said, “I had a lot in common with Sandra. We meshed well because we both say it like it is even if it’s not always pretty. I loved her.” Dr. Cothrun continued,”I started working at the Fort in 2003 and whenever we had events she would be pitching in there. She loved doing that. She loved to work in the garden. We have the lawn service but she exempted them from touching the hedge… that was her job. I guess one of the neatest things about her was her sense of wonder. She loved living critters. She loved pretty flowers and leaves. At A Street Park there’s a couple trees over there that have monster leaves and she would get those and hold them and look at them. If you had an earthworm, she looked at it. She didn’t have any kinds of fears of critters. She was something to live with. She had an incredible quickness in a retort. If you said something you might get a slam back you couldn’t believe. It would just be BAM! like that. I introduced her one time as my last wife and she said, “You damn sure better believe that.” The Soroptimist loved her for her sense of humor.” Jan Ashley, another good friend of Mrs. Cothrun said, “What can you say? A beautiful and funny light went out.” Bill and Dee Wickwire echoed similar sentiments, “We’ve lost a special friend who was fun and honest.” Chelle Koerner, another fellow Soroptimist member, friend and one eulogist at Mrs. Cothrun’s service said, “She was totally dedicated to being inclusive and not in the negative kind of way. She made everyone feel like they were a part of the group. She was genuinely to the core inclusive. She was so receptive to human beings and interested in them and cared for them on every level.” Dr. Cothrun continued. “We had a fun life together. We did. I put something into her obituary that’s so true. She was my reason for living. She made life worth living.” It’s a sentiment the rings true for everyone who knew Mrs. Cothrun. Her service was not a sad affair. It was a true celebration of her amazing life, it was tremendous homage to her and all who attended knew we were so lucky to have known her and to have been a part of her life in some small or grand way. She will be truly missed in all avenues of life, as a mother, friend, sister, aunt, Soroptimist member and wife. Thank you to everyone who shared their stories with me and especially Dr. Cothrun and his family.

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HOMES FOR RENT West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500. Lic # 01525550 www. FOR RENT 302 E. San Emidio 3/2+ pool! 420 B St. 3/2 + 1/1 101 North St. 2/2 + 1/1 307 Philippine 1/1 FOR SALE Why rent when you can buy for almost half the cost?! 2123 Brummett Way 3/2 on 5 acres!! 430 Philippine 3/2.75 + HUGE Basement! Contact us for details and a complete list of homes for Sale! ___________________ 405 Polk. 3 \1, covrd front porch, and covrd patio, W\D hook ups, pvt. yard with shade trees front and back. Avail nonw. $925. mo. 115 Kern St, 3/1 on

double lot. BIg living rm and kitch. $790. mo. Mark King (805) 6894122 2bd 1ba. Maricopa. $600 mo. $600 Dep. 1/2 off 1st mo. rent. 7699597 lv. message. 3bd 1 ba. Dn Rm, ldry rm, Garage, $750 mo. + dep. $700 402 Pierce. 623-5188. 210 Naylor St. 3 bd. 1 ba. Remodeled house. $700 mo. plus dep. 909-239-8337.or 661717-9056. $100 move in. 108 Center Street. 1 bd., 1 ba. apt. (661) 8466403. 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.

February 25 - 3, 2011

Business Services Cleaning Services 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


2 bed 1 ba. Apt. in duplex. newer and very nice. central heat and a/c. fence yard w/ privacy $675. mo. plus dep. u pay utilities. washer\dryer. nonsmoker only. ref. credit check. Avail 1/5/11. call 623-4296 for appt. Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr. Courtyard Terrace

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Taft Heights 701 1/2 B St. 1 bd/1ba large unit. Auto sprinklers, will consider small pet. $500 + dep. (626)485-7852


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Maricopa 2/1 Garage, fenced yard, storage bldg. Stove, refrig, w&d provided $700 mo. 661-301-0754

We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists

Apts. 1 and 2 bdrm’sPool,lndry rm.,1210 4th St. Apt. 1. Sec. 8 OK. (661) 7631333.

2bd, 1ba, condo 533 Front St. W&D hookups + yard. $850 mo + dep. 661-577-7020

501 Klipstein in Maricopa 2bd/1ba + den & fenced yard $650 mo. + $850 dep. (805)929-3185

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661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase West Side Recreation and Park District currently has openings for five (5) part-time SUBSTITUTE Maintenance positions. Hours not guaranteed. On substitute and/or project basis. $12.10/hr starting wage. Job description and application available at the District Office, 500 Cascade Place or online at www.wsrpd. com. All applicants must complete a District application form and provide a DMV report. Applications close at 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 and may be submitted in person or via email to Fingerprint and physical exam required upon offer of employment. West Side Recreation and Park District currently has openings for one (1) part-time Custodial position. 15-20 hours/wk. $11.07/ hr starting wage. Job description and application available at the District Office, 500 Cascade Place or online at www.wsrpd. com. All applicants must complete a District application form and provide a DMV report. Applications close at 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 and may be submitted in person or via email to Fingerprint and physical exam required upon offer of employment.

Yates’ Detailing 600 Center Street Taft, California

(661) 623-0827 (661) 765-1171

All your detailing needs! Wash, Wax, Shampoo, Buffing and Window Tinting. Call for Appointment Today! Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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High Speed Rail Discussion for League of Women Voters of Kern County

The League of Women Voters of Kern County is pleased to have Ms. Fran Florez as our general meeting speaker on Wednesday, March 16 at the Petroleum Club to discuss the high speed rail. Ms. Florez is a board member of the California High Speed Rail Authority, the state agency responsible for planning, building and operating a high-speed train system for the State of California. Elected to the Shafter City Council in 1996, 2000, and 2004, Ms. Florez served two terms as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem and is past chair of the Community Development Agency and Joint Powers Authority for the City of Shafter. Ms. Florez is active in the community serving as past president of the Shafter Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. After retiring from the banking industry after 35 years, Ms. Florez continued to work in the community as the liaison for PG&E’s Contribution Program for Kern County and as a business development consultant for Mission Bank. She served on the Bakersfield College Foundation Board and in 2005 chaired the High Speed Rail Authority as well as served as vice chair in 2003, 2007 and 2008. Ms. Florez was also Vice President of the Kern County Association of Cities, Vice Chair of the Kern Council of Governments and served on the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council. She has earned recognition for her work on the Shafter City Council and received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Public Service from the Kern Council of Governments and was honored with the Woman of the Year award from the Democratic Central Committee of Kern County. Dinner is $22 and begins at 5:45 pm at the Petroleum Club, 5060 California Avenue, 12th Floor. Please call the League-Line for reservations at (661) 634-3773 for dinner or to attend the meeting only at 6:30 pm at no charge. You may also email Patti Jepsen to reserve your seat at patti. The League of Women Voters of Kern County is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Tending the Fires of Spirit with Barry Brailsford from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Tautahcho Muhuawit, and Warren Brush at Quail Springs Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3, 2011 Join us on this two-day journey of the heart where we will be exploring the mutual interdependence of humans and spirit and how we can tend this relationship as a way to feed all that gives life. Join Barry, Tautahcho, and Warren as they weave together storytelling, prophecy, ceremony and hands on origins skills from the Waitaha of New Zealand, the Chumash of central California and from other peoples of the world who nurture their indigenous soul while tending to the fires of spirit. Barry says we are much more than we think we are. Chosen by Maori elders to carry ancient lore to sustain us in today’s world he speaks of abilities, understandings, powers and truths seeded by our ancestors that we can access today. What we have forgotten, nay even denied, are wells of wisdom that still reside in each of us. He says he offers nothing that we don’t already carry deep inside, that he merely opens doors into our knowing which we already hold in our DNA, or ancient memory. We are space travelers hurtling through the universe at the call of the sun and lit by the moon. That journey and all it offers today has been woven into our ancient families over eons of time. We are the sum of all that has ever been, we are the ancestors. Barry Brailsford, New Zealand, graduated MA (Hons) in History from Canterbury University, was a member of the NZ Archaeology Association Council and a Principal Lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education. In 1990 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to education and Maori scholarship. Since 1990 he has been writing full time. Barry’s work is a journey through the wisdom traditions of indigenous Pacific peoples. His books include, The Tattooed Land (1982, new edition 1997), Greenstone Trails (1984, new edition 1996) and Song of Waitaha (1994) Song of the Stone (1995) The series of five novels, The Chronicles of the Stone (1996 –98), Wisdom of the Four Winds (1999), Song of the Old Tides (2004), and In Search of the Southern Serpent (2006). Learn more about Barry at: Tautahcho Muhuawit: Wot’ka (chief ) Elder of Spirit Pine Sanctuary, is

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Rosy’s Closet

Hombres y Mujeres Ropa y Zapatos 401 Center Street Mar. - Sáb. 10am-8pm Dom. 11am-8pm Cerrado los Lunes

The Cell Fone Store Móviles y Accesorios y alimentos y más 510 Finley Drive 661-765-2500

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Pierda Peso y Pongase en Forma Entrenamiento Personal Classes de baile Boxeo Classes de aerobics Llame a 661-205-5579 506 Center Street

CASA DE RENTA Lista Feb. 2 cuartos, 1 bano $700 mes + $200 dep. 623-2934 or 623-2152

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Su anuncio aquí! Las bajas tasas! Llame hoy mismo! 765-6550

El Tintero

Hello and Happy New Year Feliz y Prospero Ano Nuevo

Esperamos que el 2011 sea un ano mejor para todos. De seguro se estaran preguntando de donde viene el titulo de esta columna “El Tintero Del Rancho”. Pues de nino, yo era muy estudioso y me gustaba leer y escribir. Entonces de alli mi tia, Nellie Herrera, de Zacatecas, me dio el apodo “El Tintero Del Rancho”. Mi tia contaba que alla en su pueblo, cuando la gente necesitaba ayuda para leer o escribir una carta, llegaban con el tintero del rancho para solicitar sus servicios. La Ciudad de Taft, ha notado que la comunidad Hispana ha crecido bastante con nuevos negocios y servicios para hispanos. La Camara de Comercio de Taft les da la bienvenida a todos los negocios Hispanos y esperamos su membrecia para apoyar a los negociantes que tienen la meta de incrementar sus negocios. La membrecia por un ano es de $100. Para mas informacion porfavor comuniquese al (661) 765-2165. Martha Rodriguez estara alli para atender su llamada. La seccion de la comunidad para anuncios de Quinceaneras, Bautismos, Cumpleanos, y Matrimonios se puede hacer aqui. Marque al (661) 765-6550 para recibir una cotizacion. Felicidades al Sr. Felipe Gonzales, quien fue elegido al puesto de Presidente del Comite Directivo de Oaxaca para el 2011. Gracias a todos sus paisanos que trabajan en el campo, son quienes ayudan a poner los alimentos en nuestras mesas. Estamos agradecidos.

Pleas how Sprin of the Muhu Clan, from the Chumash, Ohlone, and Zapotec indigenous tribes. Born into the Owo Kuou (“White Oak”) family, Tautahcho was raised by the family clan mother on and off the Zanja Cota Reservation. Tautahcho is a keeper of Ancient Ways of spirit worship passed down from his ancestors. He is honored to share what he has learned with you, so that all children to come will inherit this knowledge and wisdom. Warren Brush is a mentor, storyteller, permaculture designer and educator. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable and respectful manner. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Trees for Children and True Nature Design. He has devoted many years to mentoring youth and adults to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner steeped in integrity and in spirit. Cost: $245 ($195 early bird registration by March 1) To register or for more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 805-8867239

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Wine Tasting

Friday through Sunday 11am to 5pm at the Winery Wines can also be tasted at Black Gold Cafe & Deli 508 Center Street • Taft Mention this ad and receive a 10% Taft Discount on all purchases

Dubost Winery 9988 Chimney Rock Road • Paso Robles, CA 93446 • (805)226-8463

Nancy’s Meat Market & Carniceria Bakery • Mini Market Renta de Mesas y Sillas

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Free Smog Repair Restrictions Apply

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Qik Smog & Tune (661)763-4445

No Appointment Needed for Smog Check! Certified C.A.P. Station General Automotive Repairs

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Black Gold Cafe and Deli

February 25 - 3, 2011

Wine Tasting on Next Fridays!

Pastas • Sandwiches • Espresso • Beer • Wine

Daily Specials!

Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm

Monday: Tuna Sandwich on toasted sourdough bread, chips and drink $7.50 Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with red sauce $8.95

Lunch Served from 11am to 1pm Dinner Served from 5pm to 8pm


Sagebrush Annie’s Award Winning Wines

Tuesday: Roast Beef Sandwich on wheat or white bread, chips and drink $7.95 Baked Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli $9.95 Wednesday: California Turkey and Avocado Sandwich, chips and drink $6.95 Spaghetti and Meat Balls $10.95


Thursday: Ham and Cheese Sandwich on wheat or white bread, chips and drink $7.50 Spaghetti and Meat Balls $10.95 Friday: Tri-Tip Sandwich, chips and drink $8.50 10” Beef or Polish Chili Dog $4.50

508 Center Street

western shop & PET SUPPLY

Randy’s Trucking, Inc. Cart-Away Concrete Mix Trailer • Hydraulic Rotation and Tilt for Mixing and Dumping • Mixes Concrete While Traveling • Large Internal Blades Rear Operator Control Panel

Spectra 7 Dog Vac. Spectra 5 Puppy Vac.

Shaw’s Pet Wash Flea and Tick Removal Dogs and Cats

$9.95 ea.

Large dogs always welcome! The bigger the better!

Pet Flea & Fly Products

15% OFF

Nails clipped and filed $12 Each additional dog $9

Feb. 9th: New Hampshire Red & Barred Rock Pullets Feb. 23rd: Americana & Cuckoo Maren Pullets

(661) 763-4773 • 1050 Wood Street • Taft

Daily Lunch Specials American and Mexican Food Exotic Cusine

Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-3

419 Harrison St. Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-2987

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

Located in the Heart of Oil Country On the Petroleum Highway

Open 7 Days a Week

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

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

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

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