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Independent The Taft

April 15 - 21, 2011



April 15 - 21, 2011 • Volume 5 Issue 42

“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

Beautiful Downtown Ventucopa (661)766-2660

Saturday, April 23rd $12.00

BLM StateOffering Of The City Cityof Taft Park Land at $10 Per Acre

541 Acre Park Site Located on Gardner Field Road


Fish Fry

coleslaw, cornbread and rice pilaf


5:00pm until gone! $1.50 Domestic Drafts 5:00pm to Close

Find Us on Facebook And Become A Fan of the Taft Independent To Get All The Breaking News!

ALSO INSIDE: Community Events West Side Rec Report TIL Wine Tasting Summer Savings

Illegal Dumping Continues at Future Park Site By Jessica G. Miller


Italian Cheese Bread* *With the purchase of a large supreme. Must have coupon. One coupon per family. OFFER EXPIRES 4-30-11

201 Kern Street • 763-9999

Black Gold

The Best Beer Selection on Tap in Taft!

508 Center Street • 765-6550

9am - 1pm 5pm - 8pm

Cafe and Deli

Open Monday For Lunch and Dinner



April 15 - 21, 2011


Kelly DeMoise Board Cetified Instructor

Yoga Classes

Friday 9:30am $5 per class for members $10 for non members No Contract Req.

(661) 205-5579

Anderson Business Services Bookkeeping and Income Tax Preparation

TAX TIME IS HERE! Make Your Appointment Early Get Your Refund on a Prepaid Mastercard!


Call For Appointment 765-7665 or 577-6790

Miller’s Beauty Supply Beauty Supply • Salon • Boutique Hair & Skin Care Products • Salon Services Synthetic Hair Wigs & Human Hair Extentions Hair Accessories • Jewelry • Pictures & Prints • Massages Glam Squad on Premises Barbara Van Pelt • Melissa Thornsberry Laci Rodart • Christine Dunning Carolyn Easley • Shop Manager - Jessica G. Miller Call for an appointment Today


Gift Certificates Available

Nail Services: Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star (we also treat ingrown nails)

510 Center Street • Taft

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


SAN JOAQUIN Automotive Center


(up tp 7 qts oil, filter, tax, haz waste fee)

F i n e

J e w e l r y

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1014 6th Street • Taft In the Save A Lot Shopping Center

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acme jewelry co. 14K Gold Sterling Silver Fine Jewelry • Gifts 14K• Gold • Sterling Silver Black Hills Gold • Jewelry Repair • Watch Black Hills Gold • Jewelry Batteries Repair Candies • Candles • And More!

Men & Seniors & Diabetics Welcome

Open 24 Hours!

506 Center Street

Passion For Nails



Cooling System Flush

(includes up to 2 gal coolant, flush kit, conditioner)

A/C Service

(includes up to 3oz of Freon, 2oz dye)

Overall Vehicle Inspection

Acme Jewelry will be closed on Tuesdays when Ray is in L.A. Please callSTREET first.• 763-5451 426 CENTER 661.763.5451 Thank You Store Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday

426 Center Street

Personal Style

Your One Stop for the Entire Family

Family Boutique & Salon


Billy Messenger Voted Best Mechanic for 2009 and 2010

(up to 3.75 gal oil, filter, tax, haz waste fee)

531 Center Street • 763-1123

Infants • Toddlers • Juniors Women & Men

Linda Cole Easter Special

(visual inspection of all external components) (tax, haz waste fee included)



For Short Hair Short Curly Perm $35 Short Curly Perm with Shampoo Set $40

Call and ask for Linda 423 & 421 Center Street • 763-3527 Specializing in Seniors

Edward J. Herrera Insurance Auto - Home - Health - Business - Notary Public

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WE Offer You Low Discounted Rates Our Friendly Staff

Estate and locally sourced premium wines

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

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

Ben’s Books FREE

Tire Rotation & Brake Check Plus We will check all fluids & tire pressure


*Most Cars & Light Trucks Up to 5 Qts.

Tire & Automotive Service Center

Oil & Filter Special 95* $


Plus Tax

$3.50 Oil Disposal Fee Exp. April 30, 2011

Must Present Coupon at Time of Purchase

The Largest, Cheapest and Only Used Book Store in Taft

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Get 1 FREE Paperback When you purchase 6 additional paperbacks of equal value

*Not applicable on credits or exchanges* 523 Finley Drive • 765-7147 • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-1pm 810 Center Street • (661)805-9813

April 15 - 21, 2011

Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs.......................3 Letters to the Editor.................................4


Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” VFW Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 5:30pm

Westside News..................6

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!

Westside News..................7

Thursday Afternoon Watercolor Class from 1pm to 3pm

Community Voices..........8 Westside News..................8 Westside News..................9 Classified Ads.................10 Westside News...............11 Negocios Hispanos.......11

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 Jessica Skidgel Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins, Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease

Member California Newspaper Publishers Association Printed in California

News Briefs

Community Events

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 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. Children’s Art Classes at End of Times Gallery 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 Union High School Fourth Annual Dinner Theater Friday, April 15th The Taft Union High School choir will host its Fourth annual Dinner Theater at 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the school cafeteria. The show features members from both choirs. For the first time, the event will feature dancing after dinner with music provided by the high school jazz band. Tickets cost $15 and must be purchased ahead of time. Contact choir director Amanda Locke at 763-2300, ext. 277 or

Taft Union High School Spring Fling Week Begins Monday, April 25th Taft Union High School students will have an action-packed week when they return from spring break next week, April 18-22. Spring Fling week begins Monday, April 25, with a western dress-up day. Tuesday, students will have the option of dressing in a horror theme, or in blue or pink for the afternoon Battle of the Sexes rally. Tuesday night, staff will face off against the seniors in a basketball game at 7 p.m. in Mullen gym. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, students can dress in a comic theme or wear their renaissance T-shirt for the afternoon renaissance carnival. Thursday, is action/camouflage day. . A public performance of Mock Rock — a lip syncing talent show — will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Admission costs $5. Friday, is Formal Friday dress-up day with Mock Rock in the afternoon.


Rotary Club of Taft Peddler’s Fair and Health Fair Saturday, April 16th

Tuesday April 19th, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.

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.


Assemblywoman Jean Fuller at Chamber Sit N Sip Monday, April 18th Please join us for Breakfast ($10 Cover Charge) Sit ‘n Sip Meeting on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at Jo’s Restaurant with Assemblywoman Jean Fuller. Seating is very limited, please RSVP to guarantee a seat. Please note this meeting replaces our regularly scheduled Wednesday Sit ‘n Sip meeting. For more information and to RSVP call the Chamber at (661) 765-2165. CASA Orientation Wednesday, April 27th Court Appointed Special Advocates is looking for you!!! Or someone you know to … “Stand up for children, so they’ll stand a chance.” Orientation for those interested in becoming CASA Volunteers Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Taft Chamber of Commerce, 400 Kern Street. Plan to attend this one hour meeting to learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in foster care. All volunteers must be screened and accepted to a 35 hour training program which begins in May. Call Kate Kenney at 631-2272 to RSVP and receive an application. Visit our website at for more information. There is a great need for advocates in the Taft area, and we are especially in need of bilingual English/Spanish and male volunteers. University of La Verne Information Meeting at Taft College Wednesday, April 27th Join us at Taft College in the Clubhouse to find out about completing your bachelor’s degree through University of La Verne, at Taft College! The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP contact Leighann Milazzo at lsmart@laverne. edu. Randel McGee Portrays Hans Christian Anderson Thursday, April 28th Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. in the Taft College Cougar Room: Randel McGee portrays Hans Christian Andersen! McGee portrays Andersen as he shares some of Andersen’s most loved stories. Andersen’s stories were full of satire and with as well as fantasy characters and so can appeal to audiences of children and adults on many levels of understanding. McGee is also an accomplished paper cut artist and is able to produce fascinating pictures and designs as he tells some of the stories, just as Andersen himself did. Randel McGee has performed as Hans Christian Andersen at storytelling venues from New York to Hawaii, Seattle to Singapore. This excellent program is brought to you for National Library Week by Westside Friends of Taft Branch Library and Friends of Taft College Library. Relay For Life Team All-Stars “Striking Out Cancer” Bunco Friday, April 29th Team All-Stars “Striking Out Cancer” is hosting a Bunco night at WSRPD (mirror room), 500 cascade Place in Taft on Friday April 29th starting at 5:00pm. Registration is $20.00 and should be purchased in advance. Food, drinks, and prizes are provided. Additionally, raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for the opportunity to win other homemade goodies, gift certificates, and gift baskets that have been donated to help raise funds for the cause! To register, contact Chrissy at 577-6833 or any of the other members of team All-Stars.


Tandem Skydive Certificate Raffle to be held April 29th 2011 Team All-Stars “Striking Out Cancer” is conducting a raffle drawing for the the chance to win a tandem skydive which has graciously been donated by Dave Chrouch the owner of Skydive Taft. Drawing will take place on April 29th 2011 and tickets can be purchased from now until then for only $10.00 each. To be entered in this drawing, Please contact Chrissy Rodart at 577-6833. (Must be 18 years of age to participate) *All proceeds will benefit ACS through Taft Relay for Life and Team All-Stars “Striking Out Cancer” Soroptimist Garden Affair Saturday, April 30th 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. Quail Springs Open House Saturday, May 7th Saturday, May 7, 201110am-2pm. At long last we’ve scheduled our Spring Open House (previously called Farm Tour)! Please join us to learn about permaculture design and how sustainability touches the ground here at Quail Springs. And share a delicious catered lunch at the farm. This is a daytime event, yet there are local options to dine and camp overnight in the Cuyama Valley - more info is available on the pre-registration page. Event Cost: $20/adult or teen, $5/child All ages are encouraged! Please pre-register a week or more in advance as these events tend to fill up. Taft High & Lincoln Bands Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast Saturday, May 21st The Taft High and Lincoln bands will be holding a buscuits and gravy breakfast on Saturday, March 21st from 7am to 11am at the Taft High Cafeteria. $5 per person. All proceeds go to support the bands participation in the Pearl Harbor Anniversary Celebration in Washington D.C. November 7-10, 2011. Taft Independent 4th Annual Community Yard Sale June 4th and 5th. It’s time to clean out all your old junk! Get your yard sale in the Taft Independent for the weekend of June 4th and 5th, to be a part of the Community Wide Yard Sale. A pull out map will be available on Friday, June3rd of all the yard sales that weekend. Deadline to place Yard Sale Ad is Wednesday, June 1st. For more info contact us at 765-6550.



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

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 Lunch and Dinner Saturday and- Friday Sunday Tuesday 765-6550. 7am-11am 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 4 p.m.Sunday - 9 p.m. served Starting as low Brunch Live7am-2pm Music Saturday Nights as $12 per Lunch served daily week! 11am-4pm

Dinner served daily 4pm-9pm 765-2000 215 Center Street 763-1815 621 Center Street Always Fresh! Sagebrush Annie’s

Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

Mon. - Fri. 10am 2;30pm Taft, CA

Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation Award Winning Wines

766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa

Taft Petroleum Club

Every Friday is Ribeye Steak & Pork Chop Dinner Night This Friday is Ribeye and Pork Chops, if you got one of the pork chops last Friday they were awesome. Come on down and try one or two. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for the Petroleum Hwy Poker Run last Saturday for scholarships for the students of the oil academy at Taft Union High School. We couldn’t have done it without these sponsors

Randy’s Trucking • LDL Services Arts Corner • G.F. Ink

Thanks to all the bikers that came out to support our local students. 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close


Westside Watcher BLM Offering City of Taft 541 Acre Park Site - Hidden Costs Could Kill What is an Excellent Idea It sounded to good to be true. The Bureau of Land Management was offering the City of Taft 541 acres of vacant land the BLM currently owns for $10 per acre. The offer is part of a federal program passed by congress in 1996 that sells or leases BLM to public agencies for an incredibly low price of $10 per acre. The land in question is a 541 acre parcel located on Gardner Field Road, about 1 mile past K-mart on the right side of the road. The parcel sits inside the city limits and would make a great regional park with many attractions including a water park, camping and RV parking, a nature center and other great public uses. Unfortunately, the cost far exceed the $10 advertised price. It seems that the BLM requires that the city purchase between 3 and 5 acres - the exact number has not been determined yet - for every acre it develops on the currently unused land. What that means is the city will have to find dozens if not hundreds of acres of land - off-site mitigation land - at a cost of $5,000 to $20,000 (the costs can vary) per acre in areas that the BLM and federal government want purchased and preserved for animal habitat.

This type of off-site land mitigation program is not new. Home builders all over the US have had to comply with these kind of off-site mitigation programs in order to build homes and commercial project in urban areas as a sort of penance for making a profit and creating growth and development. Just ask Bob Colston, local businessman and home builder what the government was requiring him to do to build homes near A Street Park. If fact, our local West Side Recreation and Parks District tried to purchase the land many years ago, and abandon the nearly completed purchase when the BLM told them of the land mitigation requirement. That quickly ended the sale. It odd to us that one government would ask another government to buy off-site mitigation land when 100 percent of the land offered for sale would be used for public benefit. What is the federal government thinking? Currently, the land has become a place where many people have been dumping trash, and there are no “No Dumping” signs or BLM police presence to prevent the dumping. City oversight of the land a potential development of the as a destination regional park would greatly enhance the community and offer many recreational opportunities for local residents. We hope that something can be worked out so that the city is able to secure the land - without the onerous 3 or 5 to 1 acre off-site land purchase requirement - and that local taxpayers might be able to enjoy what could be one of the largest urban parks in Kern County.


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

Open 7 Days

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.


200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca.

April 15 - 21, 2011 Photo Of The Week Photo taken by Herb Spencer of the recent storm clouds around Taft. This particular ray of light shines above 25 Hill.

The Taft Sportsmen’s Club Receives $20,000 From the NRA Foundation The Taft Sportsmen’s Club was the recent recipient of over $20,000 in grants from the NRA Foundation. The NRA Foundation is a non-profit organization which raises funds for local and national firearms related projects through their Friends of NRA dinner events. The Taft Sportsmen’s Club was awarded a $5800 grant for their annual junior pheasant hunt generally held in November. This is the eighth year that the NRA Foundation has awarded the TSC a grant for their pheasant hunt. TSC President Tom Brown stated, “This grant has been instrumental in helping provide for our junior pheasant hunt. We are really appreciative of all of the volunteers that make the hunt successful, but the NRA grant money is the reason the birds are in the air.” Brown also had praise for the LaserShot system the NRA Foundation provided a grant for last year. The LaserShot training system is available at the junior pheasant hunt and at the quarterly hunter’s safety courses and is an excellent tool for teaching proper firearms safety. President Brown said, “We needed an upgrade to some new software for the Lasershot system and the NRA Foundation provided us with an additional $2750 this year. With those funds we could update the software, get a few new guns, and even an archery system for training.” However, the largest grant awarded was for the new Action Pistol Program at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, a total of $12,500. The TSC has been sponsoring International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) matches at the TSC Range on Petroleum Club Road. With this grant, youth and first time ladies shooters can shoot for free. Additionally eligible youth can also receive free ammo to shoot at the match and the TSC has pistols available for loan. Taft IDPA coordinator Wesley Morris expanded on the program. “IDPA is a really fun and exciting shooting sport designed for the common shooter to get better at defensive pistol use. By using the NRA Foundation’s Grant process, we were able to buy everything we needed to start an IDPA youth shooting program like paper targets, target stands, and steel targets. However, the NRA Foundation didn’t stop there and we were able to buy four pistols for youth to use, all of the accessories, and ammunition. Basically if a youth gets over a 2.5 GPA, shooting IDPA won’t cost them a dime. You can see more details of this program and when our next match is at We have also received a lot of help from Rusty Risi at General Production Services to come out and do some earth work to create a safer range, Cynthia Benson from the Kern County Gun Club donated a sea train for storing our targets, and Dave Noerr from Huddleston Crane for moving the sea train for us. This really has been a great community project.” Brown summed up his experience with the NRA Foundation, “These Friends of NRA dinners are instrumental in helping us run these programs at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club. The next Friends of NRA dinner in Taft is on Thursday June 9, 2011 at OT Cookhouse and we encourage the entire community to head out to support these events. If you have an idea for a project that might use NRA Foundation grants, please check out our website at and we would be interested in helping create new youth involved shooting activities on the West Side.”

April 15 - 21, 2011


West Side Recreation Report Don’t forget… You can pay for your favorite programs over the phone using a credit or bank card. Call the District Office at 763-4246 for more details!

by Stephanie House

EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 16 10:00 a.m. SHARP! ‘A’ Street Park, Taft Ages 2-8 FREE! Bring a basket and be sure to show up at least 15 minutes early for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Kids will get to “hunt” for candy, plastic eggs, and prizes in different areas, divided by age groups. The Easter Bunny will also be there and the fun will take place rain or shine! KIDS FUN DAY Monday, April 18 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium Grades K-6 $8 per person ** registration deadline – April 15 Join us for a fun day of games, movies, crafts, lunch, snacks and more! The more the merrier, so be sure to sign-up with a friend! Pre-registration is required. SIDEWALK CHALK ART Tuesday, April 19 10:00-11:00 a.m. Community Center Parking Lot, 500 Cascade Place, Taft All Ages FREE! All young artists and creative minds are invited to leave their mark on our sidewalk. We’ll provide the chalk - you just choose a big spot to decorate as you wish.

BBQ LUNCH & MOVIE Wednesday, April 20 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades K-8 $3 per person Hot dogs! We’ve got hot dogs! Bring your appetite to this fun lunch outing. We will serve barbecued hot dogs, chips, drinks and watch the Disney movie “Tangled”. TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS Thursday, April 21 10:00-11:30 a.m. Community Center Activity Building Grades 4-8 $4 per person ** registration deadline – April 20 Bring a new, 100% cotton t-shirt and you will be able to tie-dye it some cool colors. Kids are encouraged to wear old clothes to work in. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. PIZZA PARADISE Thursday, April 21 3:00-4:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 7-11 $6 per person ** registration deadline – April 20 Aspiring chefs ages 7-12 will learn to make (and eat!) different types of pizza goodies and even a pizza dessert. Pre-registration is required. BOARD GAMES & LUNCH Friday, April 22 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades 1-8 FREE! Join us for a few hours of nothing but fun and games! Bring a sack lunch along for a short lunch break. BABE RUTH BASEBALL Who: Ages 13-15 Season: Practices start in May Fee: $40 per person Registration deadline: April 21 Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 24. S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 7634246. DISTRICT LATE FEE POLICY When registering/paying for a program, a $5 late fee will be assessed for: * Classes not paid by the 10th of each month * Any registrations, including scholarship applications, received after the program registration deadline. A more detailed copy of the Late Fee Policy is available on our website at

CANDY BAR BINGO Tuesday, April 19 2:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades K-8 FREE! Join us for an hour of Bingo fun where you can win candy prizes. Be sure to bring a friend!

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

NATATORIUM POOL PARTIES Make your reservation now! Reservations are now being accepted for private party rentals at the Natatorium swimming pool. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday between May 27 and August 21. Rental fees start at $165 for 2-hours. Call 763-4246 for more information.


HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE Monday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 4 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium $5 per person Register the first night of class. (next class: August 1-3, 2011)

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



April 15 - 21, 2011

Westside News & Business Briefs BLM Offering City of Taft Park Land at $10 Per Acre By Jessica G. Miller

It’s been made clear that there are ambitious happenings on the horizon for the city of Taft. With the Oil Worker’s Monument and the incredible success of last year’s Oildorado, Taft is quickly getting closer to becoming a destination city. At Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce Sit and Sip, another project was announced that will push Taft closer to this destination city goal.



& Saloon Specializing in Steak & Seafood 205 N. 10th St. (661)763-1819 Lunch Dinner

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 4-19-11 thru 4-23-11)

Tues. 4-19-11 Lunch Tues. 4-19-11 Dinner Wed. 4-20-11 Lunch

Jalapeno Burger with Pepper Jack Cheese Veal Liver with Bacon & Onions

$8.95 $10.95

Bleu Cheese Burger with $8.95 Onions & Bell Peppers

Wed. 4-20-11 Dinner

BBQ Beef Ribs


Thurs. 4-21-11 Lunch

Tri Tip Sandwich with Salsa BBQ Pork Ribs


Thurs. 4-21-11 Dinner Fri. 4-22-11 Lunch Fri. 4-22-11 Dinner Sat. 4-23-11 Dinner

$13.95 Half/ $15.95 Full

Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes Prime Rib

$15.95 Small/ $18.95 Large

$13.95/ $15.95 $8.95 $15.95/ $18.95

Pot Roast with Veggies $10.95


205 N. 10th Street . (661)763-1819

Steve Larson, the assistant field manager for the Bureau of Land Management, (or BLM), was in attendance at the meeting with Bud Rice and Bob Gorson from City Hall to give a presentation about an opportunistic parcel of land located off of Gardner Field Road behind K-Mart. “When we did the General Plan update, one thing that popped up was this BLM site,” Gorson explained. “It just jumped out at us and we brainstormed an idea that could turn this area into a major regional park.” The 541 acres of the area is impressive. As pointed out by Gorson, it’s larger than Hart Park in Bakersfield and it could accommodate any number of recreational and public uses. Through the Recreation and Public Purposes Act or buying the land outright, Taft could be given an opportunity to house a great area of land to not only bring in tourism but to enjoy on a daily basis. “This is a big part of our destination goal,” said Chamber president, Michael Long. “There are lots of benefits for everyone.” Since BLM will not have a hand in the development of the land, it’s up to the city to work with this tremendous blank canvas and create something beneficial to all who come to visit the, at this time, unnamed parcel of land. Some ideas tossed around at the Sit and Sip included reserving an place for a dog park, a water park, a camping area, an equestrian trail, solar farms and connecting the Rails to Trails path out to the property and eventually to Buena Vista Lake and the Riverwalk trail in Bakersfield. However, what was emphasized most was protecting the endangered flora and fauna. “It’s the perfect place to green up the hillside,” said Mayor Randy Miller. “This all can tie in very nicely. We want to do something like what they did with the Wind Wolves Preserve.” “Preservation and recreation are the key words here,” Gorson said. “We want to be able to accommodate the critters.” One idea that best kept the critters’ preservation in mind was creating a nature center or natural amphitheater run by the BLM, like the Goodwin Education Center at the Carrizo Plain National Monument, to educate people about the endangered species. “I can visualize what this could be,” he continued. Larson added, “It all starts with a vision. If you don’t dream it, you won’t achieve those dreams.” Bob Hampton of Westside Waste Management, who thinks the area is suitable for solar work, also pointed out that the area is very close to where people come from all over to fly their model airplanes, “The area is very well known for the flying space,” he said. “There is very little wind and it makes for excellent conditions to fly.” With the park coming in right next to that area, it will likely bring even more tourism into not just the park, but into Taft itself. While all of these ideas and dreams are definitely exciting, the reality of the situation is this - currently, the land is being used for illegal dumping of concrete, asphalt and various kinds of unwanted garbage. “It desperately needs to be cleaned up,” Rice said. It should be noted that those who have any kind of construction waste or other waste that won’t easily go into a dumpster, it can be arranged with Westside Waste Management to dispose of said waste at the city landfill. “If the land is developed and has value, people will respect it,” Larson explained. “Cleaning it up is something we can work towards.” Although, there is not a definite start time for the ground breaking of this tremendous opportunity, it’s definitely in the plans for Taft. However, the city will have to jump through some hoops in order to acquire the land. According to Rice, with the budget cuts the state and the country are facing, it could slow down the process as a lot of the development plans must be in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

Even though this regional park may not come about for a little while, it’s exciting to think about what the city and the Chamber of Commerce are doing to make Taft a nicer and more interesting place to live.

Illegal dumping continues at the future park site.

San Joaquin Automotive Center Offers Summer Service Specials

Jeff Cramer, Kyle Rice and Billy Messenger of San Joaquin. With the weather starting to warm up many people forget or neglect summer maintenance on their vehicles. San Joaquin Automotive Center wants to help you get your vehicle ready for the warmer weather and keep some extra cash in your pockets. Cooling and A/C servicing are some of the most common summer services with an overall inspection recommended. “An overall inspection can save a person a lot of money in the long run,” said Billy messenger, mechanic, “Many people neglect their vehicle and then it becomes one thing after another.” The overall inspection is to determine what shape your car is in. With costs going up in all areas from gasoline to food, San Joaquin does their best to keep you in budget with their everyday oil changes at $35.99 or less. The most common excuse for lack of maintenance is that people find it hard to make the time to get into the shop, San Joaquin Automotive is ready to accommodate you with their friendly and knowledgeable staff. San Joaquin is located at 531 Center Street and they can be reached Monday to Friday at 763-1123.

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Westside News & Business Briefs TUHS Honors Night Karla Lopez and Aaron Blackburn were the big winners at the Taft Union High School Honors Night Monday, April 11. To the applause of an auditorium full of their peers, parents and friends, Lopez and Blackburn walked off stage with $15,750 and $14,400, respectively, in college scholarships. Lopez received $12,000 from the Confidence Foundation, originally Whittier Oil. She also received $2,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp. Blackburn received $5,500 from the George and Helen Stewart Memorial, $1,500 from Berry Petroleum, and $1,000 each from Occidental Petroleum and Exxon Mobil. Altogether, 93 students received 308 scholarships from 64 donors totaling a whopping $193,350. The Taft College Merit Scholarship was the biggest donor, chipping in $44,400. Other big winners were: Estephanie Hinojosa with $9,000, including $5,500 from the George and Helen Stewart Memorial, $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp. Priscilla Figueroa with $7,150, including $2,000 from the Class of 1949, $1,500 from the Class of 1950, and $1,000 each from the Soroptimists Club and Chevron North America, San Joaquin Valley chapter. Oildorado Queen Vanessa Talavera with $7,050, including $2,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp. and $1,000 each from Oildorado, Occidental Petroleum and Exxon Mobil. Caleb Taylor with $5,750, including $1,500 from the Class of 1952, $1,250 from Rob Barrett, Class of 1958 and $1,000 from Chevron Valley Credit Union. Dylan Pitts, with $4,600, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp. Dalton Thornsberry with $4,400, including $1,500 from the Class of 1950 and $1,000 from the Mathew Brice Dragoo Memorial. Devin Capela with $4,200, including $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp. and the Westside Hospital Auxillary. Daniel Watts with $4,200, including $1,000 each from MTC/ TCI, Holmes Western Oil Corp. and Chevron North America, San Joaquin Valley chapter. Nicole Frost with $3,900, including $1,500 in honor of Robert Colston, Class of 1949. James Byers with $3,800, including $1,000 from Chevron Valley Credit Union. KasSandra Ramos with $3,700, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 from Exxon Mobil. Jeremias Xancale with $3,100, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum. Rigo Nuno with $3,000, including $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil Corp. and Chevron North America, San Joaquin Valley chapter.

Til Wine Tasting At The Fort By Jessica G. Miller

Taft College’s Transition to Independent Living Program put on a lovely Wine and Jazz Festival at The Fort on Thursday evening. Nice weather permitted outside seating for everyone to enjoy the company of friends and family while sampling a variety of red and white wines as well as appetizers catered by Taft College. It was a busy night filled with entertainment from lounge singer, Roger Martin along with two silent auctions and one live auction with special guest auctioneer Miles Muzio from channel 29. In all, it was a great night that benefited a tremendous cause for a very unique and seriously one of a kind program.

Personal Style Welcomes New Stylist

Personal Style Salon and Boutique would like to welcome their newest stylist, Linda Cole, to their team. Linda is a native Californian and a TUHS graduate from the class of 1961. Linda Cole Linda finds herself back in Taft doing what she loves the most, styling hair, after moving around with her husband and trying her hand at multiple careers in the transportation, restaurant and health care industries. “ I feel very at home to be back in Taft and welcomed,” said Linda. Linda specializes in hair styles for seniors and is offering a special for the month of April, just in time for Easter, short curly perm for $35 and a short curly perm with shampoo set for $40. Stop by the salon and say hello to Linda, 423 Center Street or give her a call at 763-3527.

New York Photographer Presents Exhibit in Taft

Susan Anderson and Jane McCabe, End of Times Gallery proprietor. A reception was held for New York photographer, Susan Anderson, last Friday at the End of Times Gallery to showcase Susan’s work. Her photographs will be on display at the gallery til May 6th.

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Community Voices What Does a Government Shutdown Look Like? By Dr. Harold Pease The paranoia with respect to a government shutdown is amazing. The hysteria peddlers using this terminology, and the media that purposely play to it, must know these two words emit such an extremist, emotional response. It appears designed to frighten the least informed either for or against the other party, thus the terminology and subsequent blame game. So what does a government shut down look like? Do the president and vice president resign now that the government ends? No? Does Congress fly out of Washington D. C. the following day and cease to draw their pay, and the Supreme Court cease to deliberate on constitutional questions? Does the army come home and cease to protect us? NO, No, No! Do states, counties, and cities no longer function? No again, they have their own tax base and cops, prisons, and teachers remain in place. There will never be a government shut down because none of these things will ever happen short of an overthrow of the government from within or a successful invasion from without. So cease the media frenzy and subsequent over-reaction. How do we know this? Because we had a five-day shutdown between November 14 and November 19, 1995, and a second one of 21 days, between December 16, and January 6, 1996, and none of these things happened. No! Not even one. In fact, the public as a whole didn’t even notice. So what did happen? “The Federal government of the United States put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services… (Wikipedia).” Essentially all went on as before except some paychecks were a few days late. Apparently the federal government does (when forced to do so) know what non-essential services are after all, and is capable of closing them if it has the will. So at worst a government shutdown is still really only a partial shutdown of non-essential services. So the federal government goes on a long overdue diet and gets back to the basics. This is precisely the Tea Party position (“cut it or shut it”) and the reason they do not fear such. If you have a budget of $3.7 trillion and you have taxes covering only $2 trillion simple math tells you that either you double taxes or cut half of your expenses. You simply can’t keep increasing the national debt, now nearing $14.300 trillion, which has been laid on the backs of our new slaves—our children. When you have cancer you must surgically remove the infected tissue. Of course it is painful, but the longer you wait the more painful, drastic, and life threatening it becomes. Most of the programs cut in both shutdowns, were not areas of clear constitutional authority as defined in Article I, Section 8, so in time such cuts should become permanent cuts or be subjected to the amending process for appropriate authority. Usually diets have some benefits in and of themselves. In the case of the federal government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, both parties benefited: Democrats, under President Bill Clinton, because thereafter he was credited with “the first four consecutive balanced budgets since the 1920’s” and Republicans because they retained control of both houses of Congress largely because of the popularity of their hard line on the budget (Wikipedia). So a government shutdown is really only a partial shutdown that may actually be healthy. Lets call it such in the future so that we don’t frighten the less informed? Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his articles, please visit


News and Business Briefs And The Prom King and Queen Are...

Taft Union High School Musical Godspell Starts May 5th The Taft Union High School Seventh Street Players, under the direction of drama teacher Kelly Morris, will present the musical, “Godspell” May 5 to 7. The musical is a modern retelling of the gospel according to Matthew. Characters use pantomime, clowning and dance to bring the Bible parables to life. The show is meant to help explain the teachings of Jesus Christ, Morris explained. Luke Shelby plays Jesus. Matt Maxcy performs as John the Baptist and also as Judas. Other important characters using their actual names, instead of character names, are: P.J. Peterson, James Byers, Sara Jewell, Isaiah Sharp, Ryan Hardy, Whitney Graham, Kelsie Burrows and Kayla Schuyler. The musical was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak. The music and new lyrics are by Stephen Schartz. The musical was originally produced on the New York stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh. The play will be performed in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, (Mother’s Day). Admission costs $7 for adults; $5 for children and seniors. Children under 3 will be Please join us for a admitted free. For the Sunday Mother’s In honor of Day matinee, moms will be admitted for Sunday, April 17th $5.

90th Birthday Party

Courtney Voliva and Sebastian Ramos The Taft High junior class hosted the “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” junior/ senior prom last Saturday, April 9th at The Historic Fort. Seniors Courtney Voliva and Sebastian Ramos were crowned the 2011 Prom King and Queen.

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Hosted by her children Wanda, Beverly and Ray Please come wish her a happy birthday Refreshments will be served

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The Oasis Serves Up Something For Everyone


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By Jessica G. Miller The Oasis on North Street has become some what of a hot spot for the night life in Taft. Since January, the bar and restaurant has hosted four stand up comedy shows and in April, they welcomed back White Boy James and the Blues Express for a fantastic night of music, drinks and entertainment. In February, the restaurant started serving dinner every night of the week. Head chef, Amy Sherrill has put together many fantastic meals, some even of her own creation. Nightly they serve BBQ ribs, tri-tip, steak and their infamous burgers as well as the items on their regular menu. They are also offering wraps, pasta and meals with vegetarian options. The restaurant is open to all ages until 9:00, when they stop serving dinner. Coming up in May, they will be having another hypnosis show and yet another comedy show and tonight they will be having Spring Break at the Oasis with a DJ and more entertainment.


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Gateway Temple

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Seven Sisters Quilt Show April 30th and May 1st At the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo



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NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday Services 10am UTURN Youth Service Sunday 6pm 1000 6th St. Weekly Classes Mon - Thurs Please call 765-7472 for info

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400 Finley Drive

Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

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Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Emmons Park Drive (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays

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ANNOUNCEMENTS COUNSELING & SUPPORT 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.

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West Side Recreation and Park District currently has one opening for a full-time Business Services Coordinator. Salary range is $34,237 to $45,881, plus an excellent benefit package. Job description and applications are available in the District Office, 500 Cascade Place in Taft or online at www. All applicants must complete a District application form and provide a current resume. Applications close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011 and may be submitted in person or via email to Fingerprint clearance is required upon offer of employment.

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Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool,

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.

April 15 - 21, 2011



Used to be Paul’s

1/2 Off Diagnostics


420 1/2 Center Street

Jason Anderson Donnie Schwerdetfager

Devon’s Body Shop

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

Bike Shop





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

Taft, CA 93268

Restrictions Apply

plus certificate

745-4919 Qik Smog Randy’s Trucking & Tune * must present ad at time of service

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


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

• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

Daily Lunch Specials American and Mexican Food Exotic Cusine

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

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

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

Negocios Hispanos

Sponsored by

Edward J. Herrera Insurance

Negocios de venta


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

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

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

Edward J. Herrera Insurance Auto - Casa - Salud - Negocio - Notary Public

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

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

Le Ofrecemos Los Mejores Precios Nuestro Personal Amable

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

SUMMER SAVINGS! Time To Get Your Vehicle Ready To Beat The Heat!



April 15 - 21, 2011

ce i v r e S We and s e k a All M els! Mod

Shop Local • Save Local • Support Taft A/C Service Tune Up Transmission Oil Change Fuel Injection

Radiator Service

Tire Balance & Rotation

Computerized Wheel Alignment

Ask for our FREE wash and multi point inspection with every oil change service! Welcome Joe Fuller Jr.

Our Service Team

Truck Load of Tires Sale

Joe Fuller Jr. Has Joined The Team At Taft Chevrolet!

Huge Inventory of Tires for all Kinds of Trucks and Cars!

TAFT Chevrolet Buick 661-763-4201

501 North Street Taft, CA 93268