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Independent The Taft

March 25 - 31, 2011



March 25 - 31, 2011 • Volume 5 Issue 39

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

The Place 4014 Highway 33

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Saturday, March 26th



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Kern County Human Relations Commission Holds Meeting in Maricopa

New York Artist To Exhibit Photographs AT Center Street End of Times Gallery

Sierra Club Takes On City of Taft General Plan

Black Gold Cafe and Deli

508 Center Street • 765-6550

By Kent Miller

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March 25 - 31, 2011

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Tuesday, March 29th 10am to 4pm

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March 25 - 31, 2011

Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs.......................3 Letters to the Editor.................................4 Sierra Club.......................6 Westside News.................7 Community Voices.................................8


Community Events Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Thursday Afternoon Watercolor Class from 1pm to 3pm 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. Thursday 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 Thursday 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.

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Westside News...............11 Negocios Hispanos.......11

End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is now accepting children for private and group art lessons. Available times are Wednesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 3pm and Saturday mornings from 10am to 11:30am. The cost is $40 per month, $10 per child per lesson, plus a $5 materials fee. If interested, please stop by the gallery or call 7654790. Taft’s Got Talent Dinner & Show Saturday, March 26th

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

WCMA is hosting a dinner and talent show on Saturday, March 26th 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. Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival March 26 - 27 The Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival wil be held on March 26 & 27, 2011 from 9 to 5 daily. Admission is Free . The event will be held at the Santa Margarita Auction Barn and Town in Santa Margarita. Celebrate the Wildflowers! Join us at the Festival, get your FREE Map to Wildflower sightings, then go visit them! Arts, Crafts, and Food vendors will be on hand. More information on all: 805-235-2129 Jill Gallagher. Event by 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. Raise the Roof 1st Event Friday, April 1st Raise the roof will be holding their 1st event Friday, April 1st from 7:00 - 8:15 pm. Everyone is invited and welcome to sing along! A fun, casual, family-friendly night of music, drama,and refreshments. Bring everyone and join us! A non-denominational event at Peace Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Drive (Across from TC and the public library) Questions? Call 765-2488 or 765-1182 Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven Performs Wednesday, April 6th On Wednesday April 6th Joe Craven will be performing in Taft. Joe is a Freestyle folk, world and roots music multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is a regular at the annual Strawberry Music Festival and has performed with Staphane Grappelli, Jerry Garcia, and The Persuasions to name a few. Joe will be performing at the First United Methodist Church, 630 North Street, at 7 p.m. Roll in the Good Times Taft ARC Annual Bunco Saturday, April 9th The Taft ARC is holding their annual bunco night on Saturday, April 9th at 5pm at the Taft ARC, 204 Van Buren Street. Cost is $20 per person. Bunco ticket includes dinner. Pre-sale tickets only, deadline is April 1st, call 763-1532 ext 11. Rotary Club of Taft Peddler’s Fair and Health Fair Saturday, April 16th The Rotary Club of Taft is holding their annual Peddler’s Fair and Health Fair Saturday, April 16th. The Peddler’s Fair is from 8am to 3pm at Bueana Vista HighSchool, 900 No. 10th Street, across from the Historic Fort. Admission is $2, 8 and under free. 50+ vendors! For more information call 979-8619. Free admission to the Health Fair from 8am to 12 noon. Free consultation by medical specialists. For more information call 765-4124. Soroptimist Garden Affair Saturday, April 30th

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A Garden Affair presented by Soroptimist of Taft will be held Saturday, April 30th. Visit the beautiful and unique gardens of the Taft area and then enjoy a salad luncheon at The Fort. 9:00am starts at King’s Nursery 9:30am to 11:30am Garden tours 12pm noon salad luncheon. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at King’s Nursery, Jacks Flowers, All in the Sandwich or from any Soroptimist member. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Critical Care Transportation program and other Soroptimist projects.

News Briefs Maricopa Gusher Days Begins April 1st The annual Maricopa Gusher Days celebration will be held April 1st, 2nd and 3rd from 8am to 11pm daily. You may contact the Maricopa Chamber Commerce at listed numbers below or for more information. The Chamber will also be offering the Lake View Gusher tours again. Local Oilman, Mr. Bruce Holmes, will once more be the historian/guide on the tour bus. The “Still Kicking” country band from Bakersfield will be performing Saturday evening for you dancing and listening pleasure. The rock climbing wall and the bounce houses will be back by popular demand. Come on out and bring the kids for an enjoyable family outing. For more information call 769-9329-Mel, 769-8361-Carl, or 745--3010-Mike. Due to Gusher Days there will not be a pancake breakfast in April at the Taft Veterans Hall. The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce apologizes to their customers and hopes to see everyone back again Saturday, May 7th.

Celebrate More Birthdays With Taft Relay for Life- Parking Lot Sale April 2nd By Jessica G. Miller It’s that time of year again – Relay for Life is just around the corner. April 2’s parking lot sale will be the first of many events leading up to the actual 24 hour relay. Thanks to Bob Colston’s generous donation of a storage unit, those involved with the relay have been able to collect a substantial amount of gently used items for the sale to be held at Sno-White Drive In. The event starts in the early morning and will last throughout the day. Pizza Factory will be getting involved, too. From 4:00pm to 8:00pm the local restaurant will be donating a percentage of their profits to the American Cancer Society. The theme for the day is, “Celebrate More Birthdays,” and along with slinging pizzas, they will be serving free birthday cake. More information can be found on Taft’s Relay for Life Facebook page, or you can call Amanda Strosnider at 623-7020.

New York Artist To Exhibit Photographs At End of Times Gallery April 5th Susan Anderson presents Passages, A Celebration of Light and Life. Passages is a selection of Susan’s color photographs shot on location in Greece and Puerto Rico. The exhibit of her photographs will be on display at the End of Times Gallery. The exhibit will be on display at the End of Times Gallery beginning April 5th until May 6th. Pasages is a celebration of natural light transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, animating objects and spaces with a single stroke of sunshine or a bold wash of shadow, embracing the light and darkness in our lives and within ourselves, compelling us to see beyond our everyday perceptions. Susan Anderson is a photographer, multimedia artist, and world traveler whose work has been displayed nationally and internationally including art collaborations shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, and the Madrid Film Festival, Madrid, Spain. Susan received her B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase where she studied with world-renowned artists Antonio Frasconi, Margot Lovejoy, Judy Pfaff, Jan Groover, Jed Devine, and Douglas Davis. She was awarded a rant from the Rockefeller Foundation to pursue postgraduate study in fine art. A native New Yorker, Susan continues to pursue her passion of creating art while expanding her personal vision on a global canvas. The public is invited to an artist’s reception at the gallery to meet Susan Anderson and view her photographs on Friday, April 8th from 4pm to 7pm. All photographs are available for purchase and are original C-Print photographs printed on premium Agfa archival photogrpahic paper. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm. For more information please contact the End of Times Gallery, (661)765-4790, 428 Center Street, Taft.



March 25 - 31, 2011 Dear Editor:

The Taft


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

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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

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1st ANNUAL PETROLEUM HIGHWAY POKER RUN Saturday, April 9th, 2011

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Westside Watcher

Letters to the Editor To the Editor: I don’t know how many folks have ever requested, by letter, a mailed agenda for forthcoming Maricopa Council meetings (The Brown Act §54954.1). I have…three times during the past year. I have never received one. Agendas, although posted at City Hall and our post office are not apparently seen by most of us in time. Also, (The Brown Act § 54956) requires meeting notices in “each” local media. I have requested that the Maricopa Council Meetings and agenda be noticed in The Taft Independent (FREE--locally owned by neighbor, Mike Long--published weekly), apparently the most widely-read& distributed newspaper in Maricopa and the west side. “The Indy”, due to some technical detail, seems not to be permitted to officially notice these Maricopa meetings. I save all the copies I can. However, official notices are purportedly placed with The Taft Midway Driller (50¢ a copy--$1.00/wk--owned by Gatehouse Media of Fairport NY--published semiweekly). I have read it once. Maricopa had its own local newspaper years ago, The Maricopa Weekly Oiler (10¢ a copy--locally owned by the Daniels family of Maricopa--published weekly), on Bush Street around the corner from my home. Is there a possibility that Mike could restart and fold this old journal into the Indy? A ‘meeting notice’ “letter to the editor” might be a nice touch by our city manager until the Indy is allowed to publish these notices, eh? Often we are unaware of a sudden “special council meeting” (as on Tuesday 8 March). It was rumored there were “Gate Postings” of the Maricopa Town Hall Meeting for 10 March, in addition to a “News Briefs” listing in the 4 March Indy. No gate notice was received and we learned of the Indy story and flyer at city hall. Nowhere did the Indy story tell of the sponsorship of the Kern Council of Governments and control of this meeting. Although the 8 March Council meeting was only discovered the day after, I did attend the 10 March COG-sponsored Gusher “Town Hall”. The February Council meeting slated a 10 March town hall at Gusher as a community forum--”round table”--to primarily discuss citizens’ concerns and the promised Maricopa website. It seemed to have mostly a COG-sponsored promotional agenda. I also wondered where our Chamber of Commerce was…as that 4 March Indy with the “News Briefs” had also featured a Taft Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast meeting for Senator Jean Fuller in a picture with a Maricopa Councilperson. This all reminds me of what President Ronald Reagan said in his First Inaugural address (1981): “In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”. All the best, Dick Albright Maricopa


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In early December 2010, I purchased a 100 year old home in Maricopa. I feel that I made a very good decision to move to the West Kern where I believe I belong. I was born in Taft many years back and raised in Bakersfield. My dad worked for Midway Oil Co., for a short time and decided to move to Bakersfield. He became Kern County Assessor for 33 years and naturally West Kern was his favorite area to cover during his career until his retirement. My dad would be thrilled to know my choice of Maricopa to live the remainder of my life out. So now why I sat down to pen this letter today. It is sad to see a lot in hardship, but when it is at your front and back door it may shake you up a little more. I was one of those resident to go to the town hall meeting, I was under the impression that this was input to the problem of the sewer and trash cost. I noticed especially the cost of the trash we pay through our taxes when I received my final escrow papers last year. I found we pay more than the city and county residents of Bakersfield. I couldn’t understand why Maricopa with low income, fixed income and many out of work. To my surprise this town hall meeting was far from what I expected. The pictures of past Maricopa great history of yesterday, its gone and will not be back anytime soon. Reality check. And to make plans for 2050 is a little out of my scope and probably many others. this meeting was out of order and very confusing and I was told there were more meetings to follow. I am sure that the outsiders who put this meeting together had good intentions and did have some experience. From where I sat they did not do their homework first before they came here. First, one on one not a crowded big hall with everyone talking at once. Second, don’t rush people to think what’s good and bad or needs and wants out of their town to solve all problems, like two freight trains on the same track headed towards each others, no surprise. Crash. I don’t plan to go to #3 this letter is already too long. But in a nutshell in my opinion this was a disaster and needs to go back to the drawing board. There are many wonderful residents here in Maricopa also very smart, educated, experienced and caring. All of them need to organize in an organized manner with residents, city council, city manager, city police, and business owners. Remember yesterday is gone, it’s history, today is almost yesterday, tomorrow is near and almost yesterday. For me to plan or anyone else to plan for this town’s 2050 is silly, we need short goals in a hurry to get results and move on to the next issue. Make goals doable and start to see progress, it is not impossible. My conclusion of this meeting was it was a waste, a failure, confusing and did not work. Please, do me a favor and probably to the others no more meetings like this! Sharon (Tarrence) Pelletier Maricopa Dear Editor, Now is the time to apply to be on the Kern County Civil Grand Jury. Applications must be in no later than April 15, 2011. I understand that there are some people in Taft that may feel the Civil Grand Jury is a bad thing, but it does a lot of good things and is a constitutional RIGHT and OBLIGATION. It is a privilege (California is the only state in our union where each county has a sitting Grand Jury) to participate in this Watch Dog organization. I say Watch Dog because the Civil Grand Jury watches where our (the tax payers) money is spent and if we, the people, are getting our money’s worth by investigating the county government, special districts, and the cities. If they find things that do not look right they can use their subpoena power to obtain information that may be in question. The Kern County Civil Grand Jurors are selected from applicants who are citizens of the United States, lived in Kern County for at least a year, are 18 years of age or older, have sufficient knowledge of the English language, have not served on a Grand Jury in any other County in California in the past year, have not been convicted of malfeasance in office or of a felony, and are not currently serving as an elected public official. You can apply by going to and filling out the application or you can call the Grand Jury at (661)6864797 to request an application be sent to you or receive answers to any questions you may have. I hope that some of the fine citizens of the Taft area will apply and qualify to be in the drawing for the 19 people that will serve on the 2011-2012 Kern County Grand Jury. Leone Harrison Tank Farm Rd., Taft

March 25 - 31, 2011


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March 25 - 31, 2011

Westside News & Business Briefs Sierra Club Takes on City of Taft General Plan By Kent Miller Sierra Club lawsuits are nothing new. The environment-conscious organization has accounted for the deaths of scores of trees to make the paper to print the lawsuits it has filed in the last few decades. Usually the club’s suits have something to do with forests, streams, rivers, lakes, a wilderness, the seashore. The Westside – with its scrub brush, tumbleweeds and barren landscape – wouldn’t seem to rank high on the target list of the club. But on July 22, 2010, the club filed a civil suit against the City of Taft, the Taft City Council and various John Does. “The Sierra Club petitions ... (Kern County Super Court) for a Writ of Mandate Order under Code of Civil Procedure ..., directing Respondents, City of Taft and Taft City Council to set aside the certification of the Environmental Impact Report that was



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prepared in conjunction with the City’s approval of a General Plan Update,” the suit prepared by club attorney Babak Naficy of San Luis Obispo states. “Petitioners also seek an order directing the city to set aside and rescind the approval (of ) the 2010 General Plan Update and to not reconsider the project until and unless it has prepared and certified a legally adequate EIR.” Mitigation In September, the city responded to the lawsuit with paragraphby-paragraph answers to the Sierra Club suit. Unfortunately, a typical response is: “Taft is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations therein, and on that basis denies the allegations of the paragraph. “Furthermore, this paragraph contains legal conclusions requiring no response. To the extent a response is required, the allegations are incomplete and accordingly Taft denies the allegations.” Then in mid-December, a 90-day mitigation period went into effect, due to end about next week. And while no one with the city can talk about the case, a settlement is expected soon, according to rumors. The results of the settlement will be good news for the city, according to the rumor-mill. Club concerns In its suit, areas of Sierra Club concern include: an initial plan for a much larger community, air pollution from a larger community and the water supply needed for a much larger community. The club asked that: * The court issue an alternative and peremptory writ of mandate commanding respondents to set aside, invalidate and void both the GPU and the city’s certification of the Final EIR; * A declaratory judgment be issued stating that the actions of the respondents in certifying the FEIR and approving the GPU were unlawful; * A temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and permanent injunction prohibiting any actions based on the FEIR or the GPU be issued; * There be an award of costs and attorneys’ fees (surprise!); * Such order and further relief as the court deems just and proper. Sphere The city’s initial Sphere of Influence expansion covered 157,570 acres, compared to the city limits today of 9,622 acres. The General Plan Update covers a much smaller 58,336 acres, which is still an increase of nearly 49,000 acres from the current city limits. Building out the 58,336 acres would add more than 16,300 homes and bring a population of 44,000 people, according to the Final EIR. According to the Web site, Taft’s population in 2007 was 7,569. Wikipedia puts the population of the Taft area at 18,000. Water supply West Kern Water District serves Taft and the Westside. 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.

An acre foot is defined by the volume of one acre of surface area to a depth of one foot. The volume of an acre-foot is 43,560 cubic feet and it contains about 325,850 gallons of water. 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. Obviously, a Taft with 44,000 people would require much more water than is currently supplied to residences on the Westside. West Kern is busy adding ground and surface water to its supply. Heavy rains in December that created temporary surpluses in areas north of Kern County made a lot of water available for the district to feed its water table. But December 2010 brought the area nearly a full year’s supply of rainfall and was a rarity. Earlier in 2010, the district purchased 500 acres of farmland west of Interstate 5 and south of Stockdale Highway for $15 million to get at 100,000 acre feet of water that lies below. The water was banked but stranded in that area. A pipeline is being built to bring that water west.

Taft City School District Kindergarten Registration Dates Announced Officials from Taft City School District have announced that registration will be held from 9:00 – 3:00 on March 21 – 25 at Conley (765-4117), Jefferson (763-4236), Parkview (763-4164) and Taft Primary (765-4151) for children entering kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year. At the time of registration, children will be required to present a birth certificate, immunization record (to include three Hepatitis B, MMR #2, and varicella or physician’s statement of having had chickenpox disease), record of a current physical exam (not to be given before February 22, 2011), proof of TB skin test within one year of current date, and proof of residency (current rent receipt, utility receipt, etc.). As of January 1, 2007, the pupil must have an oral health assessment by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. The assessment must be performed no earlier than 12 months prior to initial enrollment of the pupil. Physicals and immunizations may be obtained from your local physician. Eligible students must be five years of age on or before December 2, 2011. For students turning five between September 1 and December 2, 2011, a transitional Kindergarten two-year program will also be offered. More information will be available during registration. Please call your neighborhood elementary school for details. School officials encourage parents to register their student(s) on the above dates. Early registration helps in preparing for each school site’s needs for kindergarten classroom staff. Also for the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) before starting school on August 22, 2011. By law, students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school until proof is provided to the school. The tetanus-diphtheria booster shot, Td, will not meet the requirement.

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Westside News & Business Briefs Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Wreath

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Oasis By Jessica G. Miller

The Fort's St. Patrick Dinner on Thursday, March 17th which was attended by a very supportive crowd and was also the host for the Soroptimist St. Patrick Wreath Drawing. This is one of the fundraisers for the Soroptimist Critical Care Program. The Soroptimist in attendance were left to right, David Cothrun (our very number one Mr. SoroptiMister) and the drawer of the winning ticket, Edith Lauren, Lodema Hatch, Loretta Garcia Lipscomb, Carolyn Hosking, Jennifer Landwehr, Lucille Holt, President and also WINNER of the drawing. Lucille promptly returned the amount of $500.00 to Soroptimist for the Critical Care Transportation Project. THANK YOU Lucille! Also thank you to the Fort for sharing your fund raising evening with the Soroptimist for these last four years.

Guest Spaghetti Chef ’s Randy and Ginny Miller

Last Thursday evening proved to be an exciting night for those who attended the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at The Oasis on North Street. Traditional Irish fare along with chicken stuffed with mozzarella and spinach over fettuccini alfredo was served and while some ate, drank and were merry, others were competing in a Wii bowling tournament. Chef and event coordinator, Amy Sherrill was excited about the turn out. “I think everyone had a blast,” she said. “We sold out of the corn beef and cabbage.” The bowling tournament lasted for over three hours and those who played were cheered on as strike and spares were made. “The bar was filled with amazing friends and family,” bartender, Brandi Wheeler, said. “It was great keeping everyone smiling and having a good time.” The Wii tournament was just one of the great events going on at The Oasis. Coming up later this month on the 26th, the local bar will be hosting their third comedy show, this time featuring a hypnotist. Sherrill, who is happy to be cooking suppers in the restaurant, is excited for the coming events. “We just want to bring people together to have fun at The Oasis.”

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The Black Gold Café had a different pair of chefs on Tuesday night. Mayor Randy Miller and his wife, Ginny, made a delicious marinara sauce with ground beef, Italian sausage or elk and served it over noodles cooked to perfection. The restaurant was packed and buzzing with conversation and merriment. As always, it was a wonderful night spent out. “It is events like these that make me thrilled to be living in Taft,” said Chamber of Commerce Director, Dr. Kathy Orrin. The mayor was also thrilled to be at the helm. “It’s fantastic that people came down to support a local business.”

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Commissioners Edward Herrera and Jewelle Scales, with staff member Michael Goulart About 25 residents turned out for a Kern County Human Relations meeting in Maricopa Monday evening. Most spoke out against the police department’s strict traffic enforcement policies and called for the commission to take action. The Kern County Garnd Jury is looking into the departments policies and will issue a report by June 2011. Local businessman Bob Archibald told the commission that the department’s policies were “purely economic” and “blatant racial profiling”, and asked the commission to help alleviate the problem.

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Community Voices


From the Mayor

JOAQUIN PITTMAN June 17, 1932 to March 19, 2011

Hi Everyone, The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan is an absolute tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to all the people there. As good as they are at being prepared, how can you plan for a 9.0 quake?? That is a thousand times more violent than the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Then because it was offshore, who can out run a tsunami when you only have a half hour warning??. At this time, the death toll is remarkably low, but I’m sure that it will be rising as time goes on. To top it off, all the systems failed at one of their nuclear plants and the real danger of a meltdown and wind borne contamination is imminent. But what has all that got to do with Taft?? How prepared are you for a earthquake because that will be our natural disaster for Taft?? Tsunami’s, tornadoes, hurricanes, and snow are not going to be coming our way anytime soon. We live as the bird flies about 5-8 miles from the San Andres Fault. This particular part of the fault hasn’t seen any fault activity for a number of years. A geologist from Elk Hills came by the chamber office when I was working there and showed me a website that showed all the little dots representing earthquakes along the San Andres Fault line. There was a distinct gap along the Carisso Plains portion. He said that is where the next big one will hit. I’m not trying to scare you, but again how prepared are you?? Water, food, electricity, gasoline, cash, ammunition, communications, radios, batteries, shelter, clothing; these are all things you need to put in a central location, preferably in a trash can and where you can get at it if your home collapses. Don’t count on the government to come to your aid right away. The City has some contingency plans, but that is for City residents. Our police department has procured some surplus equipment and we are on the lookout for securing more in case of a disaster. We have to admire the Japanese on the way they are handling this tragedy, and how the people have come together to share and be patient and are respecting the property rights of others. Hopefully, in our time of need, our community will unite together and we all become one big family supporting one another. Be a good scout, get prepared. The past few months or so, I have had a small sore on my upper lip. I had been picking at it thinking, duh, it would go away. Of course, it didn’t. It only started getting bigger. After having had a carcinoma removed from my cheek, I went to see Dr. Tang who did a great job removing it and having it tested. Fortunately, it wasn’t cancerous, but it sure could have been. I told people the stitches were from a lip piercing gone bad; I think some people believed me. It looked ugly for a few days because it couldn’t be hidden by a band aid. My point is, if you have a sore and you find that it is irritating you, don’t wait, get it checked out right away. Early detection is the best cure for cancer. By the way, if you are over 50, get yourself lined up for a colonoscopy. I did and I had a cancerous polyp removed. Early detection saved me from more disastrous complications later on. Downtown Center Street is becoming the place to be. This past Friday Night was a Cruise Night sponsored by the Taft Arts Council, the City of Taft, and the Chamber. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but Mayor Pro Tem Paul Linder filled in for me. By all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves; the weather held up; and it was a good way to show how a community sponsored event can draw people to the 5th Street Plaza as envisioned by the Council and the Chamber. More events will be planned on each 2nd Friday in the coming months. Join in. Ginny and I were the guest chefs cooking our special sauce and spaghetti down at the Black Gold Deli on Tuesday night, the 22nd. It was an all you can eat event at a nominal cost of 8 or 9 bucks with part of the proceeds donated to the NEEDS Center. There were other guest chefs invited to participate, but after our spaghetti and sauce were tasted I am sure you are wondering if anyone else can even come close. LOL. We had a wonderful time and I hope you enjoyed yourself too. The City Council has made it a priority to have City staff start a more rigorous enforcement of our Civic Codes and Ordnances. We are intent on cleaning up Taft and asking you as a community partner and a good neighbor to clean up your property; get you RV’s and trailers off the streets; to start obeying our traffic laws; and for our youth to stay off their skateboards while they are in our business districts. These are all safety, health, and liability issues that we all should be worried about. This isn’t about generating fines and fee’s but more about show casing our community for tourists to enjoy and to impress future businesses to locate here. Besides we all want a clean and safe community; we already have the lowest crime rate in the County, then let us also be the cleanest community in the County. Please do your part; you can start by helping City crews get rid of the weeds on, near, and around your property while they are easy to remove. Spring is finally here, and the weeds are in full bloom. Do your part, we’ll all be grateful. I leave you with this: Every person is a darn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom is not exceeding that limit. Elbert Hubbard. Your humble but proud Mayor, Randy

JOAQUIN PITTMAN born June 17, 1932, to Delmer and Ethel Pittman in Duncan, OK passed away March 19, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorthy Faye Pittman, His Brothers and their spouses; Dale and Dee Pittman of Madera, CA and Gary and Vicky Pittman of Hayward, CA; his children and their spouses; Randy and Shirley Pittman of Buffalo, MO; Denise and John Schneider of Coalinga, CA; Joey and Sheryl Pittman of Taft, and Dallan Pittman of Coalinga and many grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Gloria Miller, and brother, Don Pittman. He also is preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Faye Miller of Vernal, Utah. Funeral Services for Joaquin will be this Friday, March 25 at New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison Street, Taft, CA. His son, Pastor Joey Pittman will be offficiating.

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News and Business Briefs Gas Prices Keep Rising

Cutting Federal Spending

Average retail gasoline prices in Bakersfield have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.94/g as of Sunday, March 20th. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Bakersfield during the past week, prices yesterday were 93.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 44.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 35.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 71.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. For more information or methodology, contact: Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst, Email: pdehaan@ or call (616)717-5618.

Many of us who have children in high school enjoy the discussions with them about what they plan to do after graduation. And no doubt, the decisions we make today will ultimately shape their future and the plans they have. In other words, what will our country look like two or four years from now when our children enter the workforce? I fundamentally believe that cutting federal spending will allow more private sector employers to invest in job creation and grow the economy. The more the government borrows, spends and regulates the harder it is for business to access capital and create jobs. With unsustainable deficits and a growing national debt, it is the next generation that will bear the burden of these costs, and that’s unacceptable. In the last four years, our national debt has grown from $8.67 trillion to over $14 trillion, a 63% increase. President Obama’s annual budget deficit is averaging 9.7 percent of GDP. As reported recently, very few deficits in American history have even exceeded 6 percent of GDP and all occurred during the Civil War, WW1, WW2 or under the Obama Administration. For 21 straight months unemployment has remained at or above 9%, and is even higher in our district, and since January 2009 nearly 4 million jobs have been lost. This cannot be allowed to continue, which is why House Republicans have taken immediate steps to repeal Obamacare, repeal the onerous 1099 tax requirement, and cut federal spending. You will see in the coming months a budget proposal that takes necessary steps to save and preserve social security, Medicare and Medicaid for future generations and will not fund Obamacare. We must have an open and honest discussion about this so we can kick Washington’s dangerous spending habits and bring economic stability to the private sector. Right now, for every dollar the government spends, 40 cents of it is borrowed money. It’s absolutely clear we cannot continue down this path, and just like families across the country, the government must tighten its belt. House Republicans will keep fighting for our families every day with common sense solutions aimed at getting people back to work. But this will not happen as long as Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration continue to sit on the sidelines on this year’s budget and long-term spending commitments. I have long been told that in any job, you should be first one in and the last one to leave. Operating under continuing short-term resolutions is not the best approach to governing, which is why Democrats need to step up to the plate and join us in taking serious steps toward getting our country back on the path to prosperity. The American people were clear last November that they want a new direction. And when the high school seniors of today enter our local economy, I am determined that they see a nation back on a path to a better future.

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Aries (March 21-April 19): If you’re feeling left out, it may be time to consider ending the deep freeze between you and a very dear family member. Forgiveness doesn’t have to be difficult. Taurus (April 20-May 20): A female co-worker is lying through her teeth to you right now, and for good reason. Even with this warning, you’re about to blind-sided like you wouldn’t believe. Gemini (May 21-June 20): Once you’ve given your endorsement on a situation, you can’t change your mind and take it back. What’s done is done and everyone else is happy, so join in. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Health issues are going to put a serious damper on your weekend plans. If you can suck it up, go ahead, but don’t complain if it makes you feel worse.

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Virgo (August 23-September 22): A loved one is putting an enormous amount of trust in you this week. If you let them down in this, it’s going to be very difficult to get back in their good graces.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 22): You may not realize how much your lack of trust hurts a significant other, but it’s doing far more harm than you realize. Have some faith. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Take a good long look in the mirror and just look at what you’re doing to yourself. You need a break, and you need some sleep. Take care of you. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): It won’t be easy to not hold a grudge, but trust me when I say that this is one definitely not worth holding. Just let go, and you’ll see what I mean. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): The tougher things get, the more faith you need that they can and will get better. Have some patience, and don’t let go of hope. You’ll get through this. Pisces (February 20-March 20): What you want more than just about anything is finally within reach. Just keep stretching those fingertips and you’ll grab hold soon enough. If your birthday is this week: It’s okay to admit your mistakes and to take your lumps in punishment for them, but after that you can stop making apologies. Don’t let anyone, especially you know who, continue to make you feel guilty when there’s nothing else that can be said or done at this point.

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Libra (September 23-October 22): There is no way you can be too aggressive here. You’re going to have to go all in and hold back nothing if you want to walk away a winner.

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Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791 If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available Angel Food Program Tues. 9am - 12pm Thurs. 3pm - 6pm

Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM Praise Team meets on Thursday at 6:00 PM


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ANNOUNCEMENTS Taft Widows. Are you a widow? Do you wonder what on earth am I here for? Widows meet twice a month on Tuesday 10 a.m. at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Club House. If interested, call June Selby 763-4845. Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. Info call 716-4000. Alzheimer’s Disease Association Of Kern County is offering Respite Care here in Taft. Call-Cathy Perkins at 760-3790848 for RESPITE CARE info. Respite Care is available every Thursday At the First Baptist Church located at 220 North St. from 9:00am—3:00pm. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 or 763-3856.

Truck Driver for fuel & oil deliveries. Experience preferred but will train. Class A, Tanker, Air brakes, Hazmat Endorsements & a clean DMV required. Must be able to pass physical, drug screen & background check. Please send resume to: Human Resources P.O. Box 1076 Taft, CA 93268

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MOBILE HOMES Moble Home For Sale. 3BD\2BA. 123 N. 10th St. Sp 68. $10,000 (661) 623-0460

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! 501 Klipstein. 2bd 1 ba. + den. Lndry rm and fenced yard. $700 mo.

3bd 1 ba. Dn Rm, ldry rm, Garage, $750 mo. + dep. $700 402 Pierce. 623-5188. 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. Maricopa 2/1 Garage, fenced yard, storage bldg. Stove, refrig, w&d provided $700 mo. 661-301-0754 Large 2bd/1ba+off. Fenced yard $850 mo + dep includes gardener 1019 Wood St 342-2485

APART. FOR RENT Studio one person 305 North Street. $400 including utilities (866)367-8171 1bd 1 ba. Upstairs. 155 1/2 2nd St. No kids, no pets. $475 mo. $475 dep. 661 477-9636. Studio Apt. $500 mo. $400 dep. 661-6234792. Taft. All Utilties and cable included. 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 now. Call 623-4296 for appt. Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr. Courtyard Terrace Apts. 1 and 2 bdrm’sPool,lndry rm.,1210 4th St. Apt. 1. Sec. 8 OK. (661) 7631333.


March 25 - 31, 2011

Business Services Cleaning Services My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 661.477.3455 Lic. No. 007657

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

Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507

Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191

30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634


Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street

Karri Christensen


LIC# 01522411 & #01333971

765-6550 AND GET IT SOLD!!

661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase

ROGER MILLER INSURANCE a division of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Group

Rich Miller

License # 0707137 • (661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell E-Mail: Your Hometown Insurance Store

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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March 25 - 31, 2011

Weeding Things Out


News & Business Briefs

Taft Manna 4 U Annual Yard Sale

Got weeds? Winter rains bring about a pesky problem, but City’s Code Enforcement Division has a few helpful hints: It’s time to dust off the Weed Eater and whack the unsightly brush and thorny weeds from your property. Failure to do so could hit City of Taft property owners where it hurts the most — in the pocketbook. Taft city’s weed abatement ordinance requires property owner’s to clear weeds from the property, including curbs, gutters, alleys, sidewalks and fence lines which help prevent safety hazards (i.e. breeding place for rodents, hidden trash such as cans and broken glass, etc.) The Taft Code enforcement Division is encouraging residents to take steps now to control weeds and grass before it becomes a problem. To help residents and business owners win the battle against weeds, Code Enforcement Division urge you to follow the following helpful hints from Valley horticulture experts: Keep grass cut and trimmed in your yard, along buildings and fences. Dig out already emerged weeds early before they get out-of-control. Use an herbicide (like Roundup) on large weed areas, but be sure to keep it away from other vegetation. Apply pre-emergent weed killers twice a year (fall and late winter before major rains is best). Stay on top of it! A little weeding twice a week will help you avoid a big job down the road.

Taft Manna 4 U the 501 C 3 group is preparing for their spring yard sale. Taf tManna 4 U is the group that provides free hot meals, and free clothing to all of the hurting people of Taft and the Westside. Since Taft Manna 4 U opened in May of 2007 they have provided over 30,000 hot lunches, and givn out over 72,000 items of free clothing. Taft Manna 4 U is not supported by any church or government agency, and all donations go girectly into the program as they have no paid employees. The proceeds from the Taft Manna 4 U yard sale this year will be to purchase food to feed the hungry and hurting. The food banks do a great job, but if you have no electricity or a place to live, what good is a bag of food products when you can’t cook or store food. The food banks do not give out clothing to wear to look for a job, or keep a job. The children also need clothing to wear to school that is clean ane well fitting, so that they are not teased by the other students. Any clothing given to our group will not be sold, but given to the peopple in need. Taft Manna 4 U will take any and all items for the yard sale; pots and pans, dishes, furniture, tools, sporting goods, toys and electronics of any kind. Please clean out your closets, garages, and storage bins. Food and of course cash donations are always welcome. A tax receipt will be given for all donations. For informatin and assistance please call 205-3376. Thank you Taft from the Manna 4 U Board of Directors and all of our clients.

Elk Hills Leaders in Life

Negocios Hispanos

Sponsored by

Edward J. Herrera Insurance

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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

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Móviles y Accesorios y alimentos y más 510 Finley Drive 661-765-2500

G and F Footwear

Athletic and Tennis Shoes Vans - Nike - Levis Adio and More! T-Shirts and Pants 405 Finley Street In the Pilot Plaza Phone 340-8609


Mucho Por Menos $ 10

Anuncios empezando a 508 Center Street 765-6550

a la semana

La Feria De Salud De Taft 2011 Sabado, 16 Abril de 2011 8:00am a las 12:00 Mediodia Buena Vista High School • 900 No. Calle 10 Consulta Gratis por Especialistas Medicos Alergista • Reumatologia • Cardiologia Neurologia • Gastroenterologia • Endocrinologia Dermatologia • Oncologia • Partera Ginecologia • Oftalmologia • Pulmonologista Higiene Dental • Odontologia Quiropractica • Podiatria • Audiologia Salud en Casa • Hospicio • Rehabilitacion Bajo Costo ($55.00) Para Los Analisis Panel Comprensivo De La Quimica De Sangre (Rinon • Higado • Tiroides • Colesterol • Azucar, Etc) (PSA $35.00 - Para El Cancer Prostrado) (Debe de Ayunar 1 noche antes) Exhibicion de Farmaceutico First 5 Kern Kern County Health Department Patrocinado Por: Rotary Club of Taft y Taft College

Attending the Leaders in Life Conference in Bakersfield on March 16th were seven high achieving students from Elk Hills Elementary School. From left: Mrs. Nancy Stephens, chaperone; Alejandra Cota; Nichole Galbreath; Denelle Hoffman; Haylee Thomas; Branson Holt; Morgan Wheeler and Cole Kashwer.

Taft Sportsmen’s Club Has Resumed Trap Shooting Taft Sportsmen’s Club has resumed their operating hours for their weekly trap shoots. They are held every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Trap Range on Petroleum Club Road. These shoots are open to the public, and kids under the age of 16 shoot for free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Now’s the time to grab the shells and guns, and come on out to the range and prepare for a challenging afternoon. Tom Brown, President, can answer any questions about this event or if parties are interested in becoming members of the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, just give him a call at 765-2704. The club always welcomes anyone interested in shooting at the range as well as any new members.

Edward J. Herrera Insurance

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420 Center Street Taft, Ca 93268 (661)745-4920 Lic. # 0277365


HARRISON STREET AUTOMOTIVE 209 Harrison Street • Taft (661)765-2505 or (661)763-1887 fax   

1/2 Off Diagnostics


March 25 - 31, 2011

Devon’s Body Shop

Used to be Paul’s Bike Shop


Ask about $500.00 for Smog Check Free Smog Repair ‘96 or Newer Restrictions Apply


420 1/2 Center Street Taft, CA 93268

plus certificate * must present ad at time of service


(661)745-4931 Jason Anderson Donnie Schwerdetfager


745-4919 Qik Smog & Tune

408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

Busy Bee Income Tax 325 Center Street Taft, CA 93268


No Appointment Needed for Smog Check!

Phone: (661)745-4900 Fax: (661)745-4925

Certified C.A.P. Station General Automotive Repairs

• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

Buzz on by and let us do your taxes!

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

western shop & PET SUPPLY 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

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street Daily Lunch Specials American and Mexican Food Exotic Cusine

Nails clipped and filed $12 Each additional dog $9

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

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

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