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The Taft

Friday, April 17, 2009 • Volume 3 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”

by Sherise Michell

Purple Warriors Tribe in The Westside Recreation and Park Report

Bicycle Rodeo Helmet Giveaway This Saturday Pappa Murphy’s Joins The Taft Chamber of Commerce

The Historic Fort Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Carrizo Plain National Monument Historic El Saucedo Ranch Tours

Business Feature: Miller’s Beauty Supply

The Together We Can Collaborative Helping the Community

Also Inside: Calendar, Westside Watcher, News, Business Feature, Horoscopes and Classified Ads.

Taft’s Family Owned Newspaper!

It’s Time For the Best of Taft 2009. Get your Nomination ballot Inside.



April 17, 2009

Business Feature - Miller’s Beauty Supply Miller’s Beauty Supply is more than just a beauty supply store. Miller’s offers professional salon hair and nail care products, ear piercing, wigs, hairpieces, extensions, one of a kind framed prints, purses, accessories and even salon services. Miller’s has been in Taft for 13 years by owner and grand master stylist, Barbara Van Pelt. Barbara is an experienced stylist who started her career at the age of 18 in Ventura, she has worked in Chico, Oxford, and Santa Barbara before moving to Taft. Barbara worked at a salon in Buttonwillow for 22 years where she also owned the salon for 13 years. Carolyn Easley, stylist and massage therapist, who currently works with Barbara at Miller’s also worked with Barbara in Buttonwillow. After her time in Buttonwillow, Barbara was an instructor at Federico’s Beauty College in Bakersfield for 2 years before she opened Miller’s in Taft. “With all the salons it’s what Taft needed,” Barbara said about opening Miller’s Beauty Supply. Barbara works as a stylist at Miller’s along with stylist and massage therapist, Carolyn Easley and sales clerk, Jessica Miller.

A Hint of Class

Pamela Dudley 763-3831 444-5420

Inside The Historic Fort

Gift Shop- Floral Design Clothing Boutique

Miller’s carries professional hair care products and supplies such as Bed Head, Redken, Joico, Chi, and the popular Tammy Taylor nail supplies for nail techs. Curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, clippers and shears are also available at Miller’s along with any style of wig, hairpiece and style of hair extensions. “We can order anything that you need if we don’t have it right in the store and we can have it available to you within the week,” said Jessica. Miller’s has recently been carrying a line of one of a kind prints that include framed pictures of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn. “These prints have become a big hit in Taft,” said Jessica, “The prints have been selling very quickly.” Carolyn Easley specializes in Swedish and hot stone massage therapy, hair extensions and Reflexology. Reflexology is an ancient technique that is a powerful health treatment that relieves stress as well as being effective to maintain general health and well being. This science is based on principles of reflexes or areas in the hands, feet and other parts of the body that relate to the internal organs and other structures of the body. Miller’s Beauty Supply is located at 510 Center Street and is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Come in and check out the great one of a kind prints or stop in for any of your hair care needs. To make an appointment call (661) 763-5445

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915 N. 10th St. Ste. 34 Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 3pm

Hot Stone Pizza All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet $6.93

11am - 2pm

+ tax

Monday - Friday Pizza • Salad Fried Chicken • Hot Wings BBQ Chicken • Potatoe Wedges Bread Sticks • Soda

407 Finley Drive In the Save-A-Lot shopping center 765-6424

Kids ages 2-5 $3.00 + tax ages 6-10 $4.16 + tax

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News Briefs

Calendar Kinder Health Checks on Saturday April 18 National Health Services will provide an immunization clinic, TB screening and physicals for children on April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Taft Community Medical and Dental Center, 1100 4th Street. Please bring a picture ID, immunization card, and (if applicable) medi-cal card, Kern Family Card, Insurance Card, and an emergency contact name and phone number. Please call 765-5044 to make your appointment. Soroptimist Annual Garden Tour and Luncheon Saturday April 18 Soroptimist will hold their Annual Garden Tour and Luncheon on Saturday, April 18th at the Historic Fort. Participants this year include Pam Dudley’s Hint of Class, The Historic Fort Olive Branch Gift Shop. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at King’s Nursery where you can pick up your map. Tickets are $25.00. For more information, please call any Soroptimist member or 765-6007.

City Negotiates Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Master Planner for Railroad Property, Downtown Area The Taft Community Development Agency has unanimously approved an agreement to allow master developer Geary Coats the exclusive right to negotiate the purchase, leasing, planning and development of the downtown railroad property on behalf of the city. The agreement gives Coats the authority to plan, manage and sell the city owned property with final approval on all projects reserved by the Taft City Council. Coats, who is Senior VP of Pacific Anchor, will work with the city CDA to draft a redevelopment plan for the 46 acre railroad property that city purchased last year from several railroad companies for $1.4 million dollars. In exchange, Coats will pay the city $5,000 for an initial 12 month period of the agreement and pay for all associated costs related to master plan development of the property including a marketing survey, and another $5,000 for a 6 month extension of the agreement if approved by the CDA. City official Paul Gorte told the Independent that the railroad property would be developed in phases due to economic factors.

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Rotary Club of Taft Peddler’s Fair & Health Fair April 18

and see our new

Taft Soroptimists Edith Lauren (left) and Sandra Cothrun get Rotary Club of Taft will host the Peddler’s Fair ready for the Taft Soroptimists and Health Fair Saturday, April 18 from 8AM to Garden Tour and Luncheon this 5PM at 900 N. 10th Street. Arts and Crafts, 50 Saturday which culminates at The Vendors and more. For info call 978-5758 Historic Fort at noon. The tour of 4 homes begins at 9:30 a.m. at King’s Bicycle Rodeo April 18th Nursery.

Virtual Issue of the Taft Independent

You See The Inependent exactly as you see it in Print. CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday April 21, 2009 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18th 9am-12 noon At the Rotarty Club Health Fair at Buena Vista High School. Free “cool” Bike helmets will be given out while supplies last. Drawing for FREE bikes, bicycle courses and FREE safety goodies.


Calling All Gardeners! Community Meeting April 21st 6 p.m. Do you want a part in planning Taft’s Community Garden? Plan to attend the Community Meeting April 21st 2009 at 6pm in the Taft College Cougar Room. For more information, please call Karen at 763-5187


Kindergarten Readiness Workshop for Parents April 23rd A free workshop will be presented for parents of children attendng kindergarten in the fall. Different aspects of kindergarten readiness will be discussed, along with procical ideas to help parents prepare their children for this big, important step! The workshop will take place at the Westside Recreation and Park District Assembly room on Thurday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Enrollments is limited. Pleae call the West Side Community Resource Center at 763-4889 ot 765-7281 to reserve your spot. The free workshop is for adults only, and is sponsored by First 5 Kern. Taft’s Arbor Day Celebration April 24 The city of Taft will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Ms. Chara Yochum’s Parkview Elementary 1st Grade Class will do a poem presentation at the event. Horiculturalist Lindsey Ono from Bakersfield College will make a presentation on Arbor Day. PAWS in the Park 2009 April 25 Westside Humane Society PAWS in the Park event at Veteran’s Memorial Park (corner of Hwy 119 and E. Kern), 11am to 3pm. Fort and TAPT wine and Jazz Fest April 30 Thursday, April 30 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm the Fort and Tapt will hold a Wine and Jazz Fest.Hors d’oeuvres, wines, misro-brews, and non alcoholic beverages will be available. Including microbrews from Lengthwise Brewing Company. Live and Silent auction with a raffle and entertainment by Nat Dove. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. RSVP by April 24 at 765-7371 Salvation Army Fundraiser BBQ Sunday May 3 Westside Christian Minister’s Association present a fundraiser BBQ May 3, 2009 to benefit the Taft Branch of the Salvation Army. 11:30 - 1:00 at Veterans Memorial Park at Kern Street and Hwy 119. Tri-Tip Sandwich $10.00 with chips, drink, and dessert. Make checks payable to WCMA

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

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 Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

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

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-8:30pm Taft Crude Coffee House Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 9:30pm Coffee House and Deli 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

Westside Entertainment 332 Club Chilled & Grilled Friday Night: Live DJ at 9pm Saturday Night: Beer Pong at 7:30 sign ups at 6:30

Sunday Night Karaoke 4-10pm

765-5982 521 Center Street

Benefit Run for Ron Taft Crude Coffe House Starky April 25th come in for details. Full Service 765-2000 Coffe House 621 Center Street Fresh Sandwiches

The Place Asian Food and Pizza “The Place Go in Experience Lunch and to Dinner Ventucopa” Tuesday Friday Sagebrush Annie’s 11 a.m. OPEN - 2 p.m.7 Days 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 763-5156 1010 6th Street Asian

4 p.m. - 9 p.m. FridaySaturday and Saturday Nights Live MusicOak Saturday Ribeye BBQNights and Sweetbreads Award Winning Wines Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 766-2319 Everything Homemade 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa 766-2660 215 Center Street 763-18154414 Highway 33, Ventucopa

Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation

Cali’s Restaurant


101 B Street 765-7610 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10:30am to 9pm Closed Tuesday Breakfast Served Sat. and Sun. 7:00am to 10:30am

Always Fresh! Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm Friday Dine In or We Deliver 10am - 3pm 765-4143 700 Kern Street


Thursday, April 30 FORT and TAPT WINE and JAZZ FEST

5:00-8:00pm Tickets $25 $30 at the door RSVP by April 24 765-7371 Hors d’oeuvres, wines, microbrews, and non alcoholic beverages. Live and Silent Auction and Entertainment by Nat Dove

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The Historic Fort 915 North 10th Street

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Westside Watcher Disconnected Councilman, And The Fireworks Show Is A Go

It was a short council meeting last week, as far as council meetings go. But it got down right depressing when the council starting talking about this year’s 4th of July fireworks show and how bad the economy was and that the show would have to be cancelled if the Chamber of Commerce could not raise the $18,000 grand to fund it. The Chamber was asking the city to give $2,500. The Chamber had already raised about $5,000 so far but things were not looking so good when Councilman-for-life Thompson said the city didn’t have any money, the economy was bad and all the council mostly agreed. But, by some miracle, the council voted to give the $2,500 if the chamber could raise the remaining $8,000 by Friday (within 3 days)...more here later. Then, the council turned to other business and considered the Chamber’s request of $1,500 for wireless internet at the Chamber of Commerce offices. The Chamber wanted to offer travelers, and others who needed to get connected with their laptops and Iphones, the opportunity to connect to the internet in the vicinity of the Chamber offices. This would be a great benefit to travelers (and residents) and everyone would think how great and progressive Taft is by offering this public service, and let them know that Taft is a business friendly town.

Feature Writer Wanted The Taft Independent is seeking a Feature Writer for Local and Community Oriented Stories. Poor Pay. Rich Experience. call 765-6550

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Councilman Thompson thought is was a such a good idea at the last council meeting that he suggested delaying approval of the request until he could check out the costs and feasibility of expanding the service to the downtown area of the city The well intentioned Spinman had made a great suggestion and was thinking of getting a bigger bang for city bucks if they brought wi-fi to the downtown. Well, turns out it was too expensive and now the council had to decide about funding the chamber’s request for its offices. So, the council moved to provide the funds, but for some reason, Cliffy was in a bad mood about the Chamber’s request and he went on to explain why he was gonna vote against the request because there was no money, and that he NEVER saw anyone using the computer information kiosk located in front of the chamber whenever he drove. Real scientific analysis if you ask me. Anyway, how can the Cliffman see anything when he is driving since he ALWAYS is talking on his cell phone? Well, thank God the council majority saw the wisdom of keeping the city “Energized for the Future” and decided to give the Chamber the money they asked for. Despite Boss Thompson’s vote against the project, those who travel through Taft can now get connected and think nice thoughts about our nice little town as they connect to the rest of the world. As for the fireworks, Bob Hampton has stepped forward and has very graciously offered $8,000 to ensure that the fireworks show will go on as planned this year. Thanks to Bob, the Taft City Council and the other major sponsors Aera Energy LLC, Elk Hills Power, United Security Bank, Chevron and McKittrick Waste Management for also contributing and keeping the show alive this year.


Ranch House Restaurant

“Where Everybody Meets!” Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Open 7 Days Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sun, Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

765-6915 200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca.


All shows before 6 p.m. - $7.00 Late Show Child and Senior $7.00 Adults $9.00 765-4802 514 Center St.

News Briefs Forest Service Announces Bargain Firewood Permits The Forest Service will offer a special reduced rate on firewood permits to encourage the public to remove dead and down wood along the Grade Valley road, 7N03. Permits to cut firewood in that area will be sold for the special rate of $30 for 4 cords while supplies last. Purchasers will be allowed up to 60 days to use their Grade Valley firewood permit. Normally firewood permits cost $25 for 2 cords and are limited to 30 days. Permits may be purchased at the Chuchupate Ranger Station at 34580 Lockwood Valley Road. Over the winter, Forest Service crews dropped dead trees along the shoulders of the Grade Valley road. The trees were killed in the Day Fire of 2006 and represented a hazard to travel until they were put on the ground. Both pinyon and Jeffrey pine firewood are available. Grade Valley road was closed to the public throughout the winter because of snow and adverse road conditions but is expected to be open by Saturday, April 18, 2009. The road begins at the southwest end of Lockwood Valley and is about 11 miles long, terminating at Mutau Flat. “Restoring the damage from the Day Fire has been a huge job,” said District Ranger Tom Kuekes. “The public can help us clean up this wood so it doesn’t contribute to a future wildfire, and get a bargain in the process.” Ranger Kuekes also noted that now is a great time to cut firewood to be ready for next winter, before high fire danger results in nocutting days when the weather gets hotter and drier. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Mt. Pinos Ranger District with questions on current conditions by calling (661) 245-3731.

Most Forest Roads to Reopen on Mount Pinos Ranger District The Forest Service announced that it expects to reopen forest roads in the Frazier Mountain and Grade Valley areas by Saturday, April 18, 2009. The roads have been closed since the beginning of winter due to snow and adverse road conditions. The roads that will reopen include Frazier Mountain road 8N04 and spurs, and Grade Valley road 7N03 and spurs. According to District Ranger Tom Kuekes, other roads and trails in the Alamo Mountain area will remain closed until further notice. “Thousands of trees were killed on Alamo Mountain in the Day Fire of 2006, and those trees present a hazard to travelers,” Kuekes said. “We have received funding for a contract to fall dead trees along roadsides on Alamo Mountain, and we will reopen those roads and connecting trails after the work is complete.” The roads and trails that remain closed on Alamo Mountain include Alamo Mountain road 8N01 south of Piru Creek, Sewart Mountain road 6N10, Miller-Lockwood jeep trail 8N12, Snowy motorcycle trail 19W04, Piru Creek motorcycle trail 7N13/20W07, and Yellowjacket OHV trail 7N15. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Mt. Pinos Ranger District with questions on current conditions by calling (661) 245-3731.

Kindergarten Readiness Workshop for Parents April 23rd A free workshop will be presented for parents of children attendng kindergarten in the fall. Different aspects of kindergarten readiness will be discussed, along with procical ideas to help parents prepare their children for this big, important step! The workshop will take place at the Westside Recreation and Park District Assembly room on Thurday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Enrollments is limited. Pleae call the West Side Community Resource Center at 763-4889 ot 765-7281 to reserve your spot. The free workshop is for adults only, and is sponsored by First 5 Kern.

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by Stephanie House ICE CREAM & MOVIE Wednesday, April 22 3:30-5:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 $3 per person Need to get out of the house for a few hours? Bring a friend and join us for an ice cream social. We will make sundaes and watch “Madagascar 2” on our “big screen.”

NATATORIUM SWIMMING POOL RENTALS We are now making reservations for private pool parties! Rental prices start as low as $165. The pool will be ready for parties as of Saturday, May 30. Spots fill quickly, so make your reservation now! More information is available by calling the District Office at 763-4246. NATATORIUM SWIM PROGRAM INFO Morning Lap Swim May 26 – August 14 Evening Lap Swim June 8 – August 14 Party Rentals May 30 – August 30 Saturday Open Swim May 30 – July 25 Daily Open Swim June 8 – August 14 Night Swim Mondays and Thursdays, June 8 – August 13 Swim Lessons first session begins June 15

BEADS & MORE BEADS Wednesday, April 29 3:30-4:45 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $2 per person Bring your imagination to this fun hour of designing and making a variety of projects using a variety of beads. We will have all of the necessary supplies you’ll need to create necklaces, bracelets and the popular fuse bead iron projects. THE ART OF SOAP Hands-on Workshop Using the Art of Melt & Pour Sunday, April 26 3:00-5:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 10 and older $30 per person ** keep your own creations (limit of 3) ** pre-registration required Instuctor: Carrie York Learn the techniques of blending fragrance and color, and using molds to create your own soaps. Just in time for Mother's Day! From 2000-2004, Ms. York & her mother, Mary, sold their handcrafted soaps and toiletries as Sweetwater Bath & Gifts, Inc. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 23. MOTHER/SON LUAU Saturday, May 9 7:00-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Boys ages 4-13 $30 per couple ** $10 each additional son Join us for the Inaugural Mother/Son Luau. Boys ages 4-13 may be accompanied by their mother, guardian or adult relative. The special evening includes music, photos, games, food and fun! Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, May 7. BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES Make your reservation now! New activities are now available! Need help planning a birthday party, bridal shower or baby shower? We can help! For one low fee, we will provide a room, plates, napkins, forks, cups, balloons and invitations – all to match your theme or colors. And for a little extra, we can help with activities, too! Package prices start at $110. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call the District Office at 763-4246. WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

MARK YOUR CALENDAR EAGLE MTN. BUS TRIP Monday, May 4, 2009 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus leaves from Community Center Ages 21 and older $3 per person Call 763-4246 to reserve a spot on the bus!

SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP Friday, May 8, 2009 5:00-11:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 15 and older $5 per person We provide the room – you bring your supplies!



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News and Business Briefs Special Effects Salon Celebrates 17 Years Special Effects Salon celebrated 17 years of business in Taft on March 31. Special Effects is located at 620 6th Street and was built from the ground up by owner, Linda Stubblefield and her husband Willie Stubblefield. “This salon is a labor of love to us,” said Linda, “We are happy to be a part of Taft and the community and we have confidence in the city as it continues to grow.” Special Effects is a full service salon that offers hair and nail services, facials, massages, and tanning. Call today for an appointment 765-5555.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Needed in Taft and Maricopa by Kate Kenney


Pictures of the location of Special Effects 17 years ago before it was remodeled into a salon.

Free Helmets at Bike Rodeo Saturday Kids can receive free “Cool Bike” Helmets at the Rotary Health Fair Bicycle Rodeo Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon. Kern County Deputy Sheriff Logan with (l to r) Stephanie Sanchez, Walker Maino and Dylan Huff with one of several bicycles that are also part of a free drawing for several bikes at a Bicycle Rode this Saturday at Buena Vista School from 9 a.m. to Noon. Children will also be given free bicycle helmets while supplies last. The event alos features a bicycle course and free safety goodies. The event is being sponsored by the Kern Couty Sheriff ’s Department, The Taft Police Department and the West Side Community Resource Center. For more information call 765-7281.

There are currently 30 children in the foster care system placed in the Taft/Maricopa area. Of those 30 children, five are assigned to a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Our goal is to find CASA volunteers for every dependent child in Taft and Maricopa. CASA volunteers make an 18 month commitment and donate 10 – 15 hours per month in their role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. No special education or background is required, just an desire to help a child who is at risk of falling through the cracks, to be the eyes and ears of the court and in many cases the only consistent, caring adult in a child’s life. This is the story of one child who needs a CASA. Max* is angry, and he has every reason to be. He was born to a 16 year old mother who had a history of drug and mental health problems. He never knew his father and when he was four he was abandoned at a bus station in Los Angeles. Since that time he has been in foster care and has lived in 21 different placements. Max is now 12, and he is in fifth grade. He doesn’t like school, he is much bigger than the kids in his class and he gets in fights. Although there have been social workers and teachers who have shown an interest in him through the years, he has no family that cares about him. There was an uncle who showed up once and made a lot of promises to Max, but he never came back. Max doesn’t think about his future because there is nothing to look forward to. Max needs a CASA. He was recently moved to a foster home in Taft where he doesn’t know anyone. He had been seeing a therapist who was finally making progress with his anger issues, and now he will start all over with someone new. Max wears glasses, and in the move they were lost, and so was his backpack with his favorite sneakers. He is wearing hand me down shoes that don’t fit, he can’t see the blackboard at school and he feels isolated and alone. A CASA volunteer would meet with Max once a week, take him out for a hamburger or to the park or the library. The CASA would also make contact with Max’s school, the social worker and anyone else who is involved in his life. Max needs someone to spend time with him, someone who understands what he’s going through and will help him get the services he needs and deserves. Whoever that someone is, he or she will need patience and compassion, but most importantly the desire to make a difference in the life of a child. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer in Taft, please attend an upcoming orientation on Friday April 17, 2009 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Taft College Administration Building, CC Conference Room. To RSVP, call Kate Kenney at (661) 631-2272. *Not his real name

State-mandated STAR Testing Continues at Taft High The state-mandated STAR (Standardized Testing And Reporting) testing continues next week with English and math tests. School will get out at 1:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Buses will run at 1:25 those days and sports practices will begin immediately after school. Friday, April 25, will be a regular school day bell schedule. School will begin at the regular time, 7:45 a.m., all week. The high school is providing a free breakfast for students on STAR testing days and next week will include a closed-campus nutrition break during which the school will provide snacks. Principal Mark Richardson said students should be well rested for the tests. Test results are an important measure of student progress. Results are used to place students in the correct class and to measure Taft High against others in the state. Students should do well on theses tests as a matter of personal, school and community pride, Richardson said.

Humane Society Car Wash Big Success Dan Schroeder - Owner Taft, CA 93268

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The Westside Humane Society dog and car wash held last Saturday netted the organization over $400. Pictured here are volunteers students Kathrine Whitman, Amber Strong, Daniel Loza, Cami Butler, Samantha Morrow, Travis Morrow, and WSHS Executive Board members Diane Van Trees, John Jackson, Dan Lee, Nancy Statler, Michael Long, and WSHS Auxiliary members Karen Stockton, Carol Newkirk, Marty Long, and Mascot Charlie. Not Pictured are Students Allison Jarvinen, Ashley Duke (AVID Teacher), WSHS Youth Auxiliary member Emily Gollehep and WSHS Trustee Kim Hagstrom.

April 17, 2009


The Together We Can Collaborative Helping the Community

Have you ever wished there was a way to vent your concerns about the community, but in such a way that would lead to something actually being done to alleviate those concerns? For over a decade, businesses, agencies, and citizens from Taft and the surrounding communities have joined together to create the “Together We Can!” Collaborative. Eleven years ago, a group of men and women began to meet together on a regular basis in order to think of creative solutions to the increasingly serious drug problem in Taft and Maricopa. “Linda Brooks was a driving force in promoting the collaborative and actively pursuing a funding stream, before she passed away,” explains Sandra Koenig, director of the Westside Resource Center and member of the “Together We Can” Collaborative. Currently, over 40 different Partners meet at these bi-monthly meetings in order to make a difference in this community. These meetings can range from discussing drugs and graffiti to creating community gardens. However, these meetings aren’t all talk. Solutions are thought of and discussed, funding is acquired if necessary, and then solutions are put into action through the next days, weeks, and months. The Collaborative eventually became accredited through Kern County Network for Children. The accreditation allowed the Collaborative to gain the support and authority to create the Westside Community Resource Center in Taft. The primary purpose of the resource center is to provide aid on every level to children and their parents that are in financial and physical need to acquire assistance and support to become healthy, stable families. The resource center provides families in need with a wide variety of help ranging from being linked to some local service agencies, attending parent education classes, sending their children to school readiness programs, and in severe situations, can provide clothing, utility assistance, prescriptions, and food. Sandy Koenig says, “We don’t just give these people things. We provide the resources and support the family needs to become a stable and active part of the community.” In the past, a portion of the funding that the Collaborative receives for their projects and solutions, one of which is the resource center, has come from Proposition 10, also known as the Tobacco Tax. Unfortunately, the funds from Prop 10 may soon no longer be available. “Prop 10 is on the table to be cut, which is one of the main sources of funding for the Westside Community Resource Center,” states Sandy Koenig. The resource center constantly provides resources and supportive services for children and families in need. Without the center’s continuous efforts to help make Taft a more healthy community, the quality of life in this area would begin to diminish. True to the spirit of the Collaborative, the partners discussed ways to obtain the funding to keep the much needed Resource Center going at their last meeting on April 8th. Sam Anaui suggested the Collaborative apply for 501C3 status, or in other words, to become a non-profit organization. Sandy Koenig explains, “Having a non-profit status would enable the Collaborative to pursue and obtain more funding opportunities. It would also open the door for the Collaborative to become a fiscal agent for local groups and resources, such as the Resource Center. But being a non-profit organization has certain requirements and responsibilities and we need to research the idea thoroughly before we commit to anything.” Facing a shrinking budget, Sandy Koenig, as the director of the Westside Community Resource Center, will be faced with some very difficult choices to make if a sponsor or another source of funding isn’t soon available. “Our staff is so small as it is, it is nearly impossible to let anyone go,” Sandy says sadly. Not only will the staff suffer, there may soon come a point when children and families that come to the center for help will be turned away due to lack of funds and resources. Sandra Koenig says, “It is necessary to have a blending of funds. We are writing grants, but the immediate need for funding is urgent,” she goes on to explain, “We don’t need a lot of money, just enough to cushion until more funds are received.” The Collaborative is working towards finding a solution, should the funding from Prop 10 no longer be available. If a business or citizen of this community is interested in becoming a sponsor or in contributing to and supporting the Collaborative and/or Westside Resource Center, please contact Sandy Koenig at 661-765-7281.


Carrizo Plain National Monument to Offer New Historic Ranch Tour In addition to the Painted Rock Tours currently being offered by the Carrizo Plain National Monument each Saturday two new tours to the historic El Saucito Ranch will be offered this spring. Tour dates are April 19 and May 3. Call (805) 475- 2131 for tour reservations and information. The tours meet at the Goodwin Education Center off of Soda Lake Road at 10 a.m. and will caravan up to the ranch. Visitors should bring a sack lunch to enjoy while sitting on the ranch house veranda at the tour conclusion. Historic El Saucito Ranch located in the Carrizo The El Saucito Ranch has the distinction of having the oldest standing historic house on the Plain National Monument Monument and is the only ranch on the monument to have been occupied from the pioneer period to modern time. Historic sites such as the El Saucito Ranch are special places that tell us a story about the heritage of California. The tour includes a short hike lead by a BLM employee around the grounds of the ranch, descriptions of the facilities and the operation of the historic ranch, and stories about the way life was 100+ years ago on the Carrizo Plain.

CURRENT YEAR CALENDAR FOR THE CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT DECEMBER 2008: 4 - Guy L. Goodwin Education Center opened (Hours: Thurs. – Sun., 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) MARCH 2009: 1 - Painted Rock closes. 6 - Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline Begins: (818) 768-3533, Email: Web: 14 - The Painted Rock tours begin, each Saturday through May 30, 2009. Call: (805) 475- 2131 for reservations. APRIL 2009: 19 - El Saucito Ranch history tour. Call: (805) 475- 2131 for reservations. MAY 2009: 3 - El Saucito Ranch history tour. 30 - Last Painted Rock tour of 2009 season 31 - Guy L. Goodwin Education Center closes for the 2008/09 Season JULY 2009: 15 - Painted Rock reopens to the public until March 1, 2010 SEPTEMBER 2009: 26 - National Public Lands Day: Contact the BLM Bakersfield Office at: (661) 3916048 for more information DECEMBER 2009: 3 - Guy L. Goodwin Education Center opens for the 2009/10 season JANUARY 2010: 2 - Christmas Bird Count

The Taft Branch of the Kern County Library cut the ribbon and joins the Taft Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Library Director Cathy Edgecomb welcomed chamber members to the library for a meet and greet membership gathering and discussed services the library offers the community. The library was built in 1955.


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April 17, 2009

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DAN HOWARD BROCKETT September 4, 1945 – April 13, 2009 A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dan Howard Brockett, 63. Dan was born in California on September 4, 1945 to Cliff and Eileen Brockett and passed away in Bakersfield on April 13, 2009. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1964. Dan has worked for many years as a mechanic in the oil fields and was last employed with Chevron. Dan loved riding his motorcycle. He is preceded in death by his father, Cliff Brockett. Dan's survivors include his loving wife of almost 40 years, Lou Anne Brockett of Taft; his children, Gerald Hart and his wife, Glenda of Hugoton, Kansas, Kris Funk of Watertown, New York, Ron Hart of Bakersfield and Sherri Dykes and her husband, Lance of Taft; his grandchildren, Kyle and Katie Hart, Mary Ellen Funk, Sherry Anne Vance, Lachelle Farewell, Kayla Morris, and Jacob Dykes; his greatgrandchildren, Julia and Seth Farewell, Nathaniel, Jacob, Tabitha, and Hannah Morris, and Gavin Dykes; his mother, Eileen Brockett of Bakersfield; his sister, Janet Fleming; and his brother, Phil Brockett. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

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Sunday Service 10 AM Pastors Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons For More Information on Service Times Go To WWW.TAFTLIGHTHOUSE.ORG

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April 17, 2009


Westside Horoscopes


Maricopa Quilt Company tues.-fri. 10:00-5:30 sat. 10:00-4:00

by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): Take extra care to protect your valuables this week as there’s a real possibility of theft. You can avoid being a victim by being aware at all times.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22): No matter how justified you may be, do not under any circumstances speed while driving this week. You will be caught and you will pay.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): You’re more than a little accident-prone this week, so try to be extra careful around activities that could cause injury, and even around those that couldn’t.

Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Something that you’ve been wanting for a very long time is finally within reach. As long as you’re willing to fight for it, it’s all but yours.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): If you were a number, you’d be number seven this week because you are lucky, lucky, lucky. It would definitely be worth it to buy a lottery ticket or two.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): It’s not enough that you know what you’re doing is wrong and that you’re sorry. You’re going to need to actually stop doing it – and the sooner the better.

Cancer ( June 21-July 22): You’re going to be receiving some extra money this week. But don’t spend it too crazily because it’s the last you’ll be getting for a long time.

Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): That thing you keep expecting to go wrong finally does this week. The good news is that it won’t be as bad as you thought it would be.

Leo ( July 23-August 22): If you’re honest about the mistake you made, then you shouldn’t have too much backlash to worry about. But if you’re not, well, you may want to start job searching. Virgo (August 23-September 22): There’s a lot more going on under the surface with health issues this week than it seems. So if you’re at all unsure, just go to a doctor. Libra (September 23-October 22): Whether you like surprises or not, there’s a doozy headed your way in the coming weeks. Just try to go with the flow as best you can.

Pisces (February 20-March 20): You have a lot of ideas and plans, but unless you do something about any of them that’s all they’re ever going to be. If your birthday is this week: It seems like everyone around you is propelling forward while you’re stuck in the same old spot doing the same old thing – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes change needs a little shove to get going, so go ahead and get pushy. Don’t wait for things to happen – make them happen.

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Community Yard Sale May 2, 2009 Place Your FREE Yard Sale Ad in our May 1st Issue that will have a map of EVERY Yard Sale in Taft on May 2nd! Deadline to Place Yard Sale Ad for this Issue is Wednesday, April 29th. Call Today! 765-6550

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Ford South Taft City of Taft – Taft Heights City Friday Wednesday Tuesday • REFRIGERATORS • MATTRESSES • WATER HEATERS • STOVES • WASHERS & DRYERS • SOFAS If Missed… Call Office at 763-5135

All green waste must be bagged. Tree Limbs cut in 6’ length, and bundled. ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED Construction/Demolition Waste/Used Oil/ Hazardous Waste/Tires Westside Waste Management Co., Inc.




April 17, 2009

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Classified Ads Ads are are $3.00 $3.00 per per issue issue for for up up to to three three lines, lines, $5 $5 per per Classified issue for for up up to to 55 lines, lines, and and $7 $7 per per issue issue for for up up to to 10 10 lines. lines. Yard Yard issue Sale ads ads are are free. free. Phone, Phone, fax, fax, mail mail or or drop drop off off your your ad ad to to the the Sale Taft Independent. Independent. Taft

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Classified ads ads deadline deadline is is now now Thursday Wednesdays 2 p.m. Classified at 2at p.m. Phone: 765-6550 765-6550 Phone:

Email: E-mail: Payment can can be be made made by by cash, cash, check, check, or or credit credit card. card. Payment Taft Independent Independent 210 210 6th 6th St., St., Taft, Taft, CA CA 93268. 93268. Taft Let me take a look. best Veteran’s Office will be YARD SALES Advertise your FREE yard sale ad. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by 2 p.m. Thursday. GET READY FOR THE TAFT INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALE ON SATURDAY MAY 2ND, 2009 FROM 7 A.M. TO 4 P.M. GATHER ALL THAT OLD STUFF IN YOUR GARAGE AND PUT IT ON SALE. THE INDEPENDENT WILL PUT YOUR YARD SALE IN OUR SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE PAGE CENTER SECTION MAP! Yard sale. 415 Mary St. Maricopa, Saturday April 18th. 8-am to 5- pm. New flags—American / Pow/Mia—Camo U.S. Marines. BBQ. New telephone. Lots of misc. goodies & collectables Yard sale. 312 Eastern. In Alley. Sat. April 18th. Misc items, baby items, and lots more. Yard sale. 401 A Street. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. 4/18. Furniture, womens and boys clothes, baby swinging car seat. Yard Sale. Sat. April 18. 7 a.m. to Noon. Taft College Parking Lot. Large Yard Sale. Emmons Park Drive. To help Taft College Dental Hygiene Students with State Board Costs. Yard Sale. Sat. and Sunday 18/19. 900 Wood Street. Moving, furn, fish tank with everything, baby cloths, Knick knacks, baby stuff, twin beds, dressers, dining Rm set. Yard Sale. Fri. and Sat. 17/18. 201 Jackson St. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early birds. in the back yard. Moving from large house to mall hous


open in Taft on the forth Tuesday of each month. Come to Supervisor Watson’s office at 315 Lincoln – Room #141, and visit Veteran’s officer Mike Penny if you’re a veteran who needs help. Hours are 9 a.m. until noon.

rates and service. Over 10 years experience. licensed and certified. I do maintenance, repair and upgrades. Want to learn more about your computer? 1 hour of instruction for 25 dollars. call 805-2649462



Silver Bracelet. engraved on back “Sweet 16” Please call to return (661)763-3618

Part Time - office experienced. Accts payable, payroll, resale foms. $10 per hour 1620 hrs per week. 661747-9345

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Decorative landscape curbing machine. Be the only one in town to provide this service! Complete turn key operation. Reasonable offers will be considered. Possible $500 hr profit. Contact 330-7012 or 428-0575

Need class A Drivers for a small vaccuum truck company and hiring for a dispatcher postition. 661-859-8426


80 gal. 13hp key/pull start. Gas engine. 4’x8’ fold up trailer 4’x6’ trailer (661) 808-8810

10 weeks. Distinctive black eyeliner in left eye. Brown spots on ears. 661 623-7068.

For Sale 2005 Four Winns 234 Funship. Fully loaded with trailer, like new. $32,000. 661201-8690 or 661-3981765


For Sale- Ca. King Size Pillowtop Mattress and Box Springs 2 Yrs. old, Perfect Cond. $200.00. Solid Oak Armoire with Two Drawers $75.00. Call 661-763-5591 Hutch $75. 745-4390 For Sale Venturo Hoist 8-14 ft. 661-619-2614

WORK WANTED\ LAWN\SPRINKLER REPAIR Trash hauling @ Cleanups. Yards, homes & lots. Land scaping, sprinkler repair, flower & tree planting. (661) 205-1203.


Musical Instruments. Amp., Ovation. Fender Banjo. 765-7958

Wanted. Reasonable priced, in good condition tredmill. (661) 763-3494.

Found young male cat in 500 block of Van Buren. Creme colored, white nose, gold eyes. 661-765-5858 Found a female pup on the 100 block of Tyler in Taft. Looks to be a pit or pit mix. Very sweet little girl. Call to indentify. 293-0029 Stud Service. Small Chiwinni dog. $60. 661623-3595

AUTOMOBILES For Sale ‘79 Bronco, ‘77 Ranchero $500 each, ‘91 Kawasaki Jet Ski $400 661-623-5810 Hobby stock race car. 76 Pontiac Le Mans, 95 percent race ready. 350 motor, 350 trans. with car trailer. $2,500. (661) 763-3494 or 695-3429. 2002 Silver Chevy Impala for sale. $3,000 OBO Call Sara at 661808-8339 or Ryan at 661-808-8361. We need this car sold fast.


Electric dryer $25, electric range $50. 7635776.

Junk Cars! Cash Paid (661) 805-0552

The Westside Humane Society needs foster homes! Call 765-3297 for application.

Piano. Upright. $100 852-1242



Closing Gift Shop. 6ft. Wire Grid 3 sided display tower w/48 peg hooks $75. Approx. 350 gift bags, beads, curly ribbon. Below cost $200 for all. 2 sm. counter top spinners with hooks $15 each. 4 book/display shelves $75 each or all for 4250. To see call 763-1970

Lost Husky 4/4/09. He has a black color with white paw prints on it. Goes by David. Full grown, blackish grey and white. Very friendly.

Business Services

Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. And 3rd Thursday at First Baptist Church. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 220 N. First St. Free and open to the public. Info call 7164000. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 – 763-3856.

COMPUTER SERVICE Taft PC Services. PC Tuneup $35, Evaluation $35. We can fix any problem. See price list at 623-5188. Computer running slow?

Quincy Air Compressor

covered patio. 402 Pierce. $950 mo. (661) 623-5188


3bdr. 2ba remodeled. front house on 2 ac. dog kennels, horse corrals, tack room, arena, rv parking, storage buildings. Dustin Acres $1,500/month + deposit. 661-293-0092 or 661293-0018

24 x 60 Mobile in BV Park. Xlt. Cond. 2 bd. 2 ba. All new carpet. Xlt. Price $30,000 obo. (661) 623-2102 or 7453217.

APARTMENTS 1bd apartment. 400 Woodrow in Tradewinds. $625/ month. 763-1168

Photo Ads. Ads. Car, Car, truck truck or or house house for for sale sale ads ads are are $5 $5 per per week, week, Photo or $10 $10 with with aa photo. photo. E-mail Email us a photo photo of of or us (or (or bring bring to to our our office) office) a your home, home, car, car, truck truck or or motorcycle motorcycle and and we’ll we’ll do do the the rest. rest. your

Fax: 765-6556 765-6556 Fax:

to move in. Cuyama area. Avail. Feb. 1st. (805) 868-5381.

Found female small dog black and brown looks like she is mixwd with australian shepard lovable found on 400 block woodrow call 661 745-4480 Lost. White male Boxer.

Taft Construction Air Conditioning and Heating Solar Power Specialist

Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists

30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

Tree Removal and Stump Grinding Call Tom at (661) 330-9576.

Cleaning Services My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 340-8611 Lic. No. 007657 Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191

Trailer. 8 x 5 vovered $2,500. 763-5495 or 623-1281.

CONDO UNFURNISHED. 1 bd. Ex. Large, Nice and clean, 2 car garage. $550 mo. + 150 Mo. assn. dues. Water/ garbage paid. 7654644.

For Sale. 2001 Ford F-150 4x4. Fully loaded. Tow package. crew cabAsking $11,000 or best offer. Call 661-7684517


1986 FORD TRUCK F-250 SERVICE BOX WITH 8 TOOL STORAGE GREAT FOR HANDYMAN JOB. run super strong 97,000 miles 1700.00 including tag and smog. or without tag and smog for discount ok email

319 and 319 1/2 Kern St. $650. deposit 650 2/1 1-866-367-8171

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT West Valley Real Estate For Rent 108 E. Calvin 3/1 $950 and 321 A. Street 3/1.75 $900 Bank Owned/Reo for sale 137 North Street $98,600 Call for Details. (661) 763-1500. www.

Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas. CRIME FREE HOUSING Brokers Licence 04417057 661-745-4892

ASSISTED HOME LIVING Keep your loved ones in Taft at our assisted living home. We have a single room for a male or female Senior Citizen, 24 hour care by trained and loving staff. Reasonable rates, Call anytime. 765-4368.

ROOM FOR RENT 2 furnished rooms w/ private bath. House privileges. Pool/spa. 765-7958

Clean 3bd. 201 Lucard $750/month + deposit. 765-4644 or 363-3005

319 1/2 kern st taft, ca 2/1 $650.00 Deposit same. 1-866-367-8171 email AlinTaft@Yahoo. Com 1 Bd. 1 Ba. $550. mo. and 3 bd. 2 ba. in Taft Hights. $700 mo. (805) 478-4295 or (661) 6234063. 3bd 1 ba. separate dining rm and laundry rm. 1 car garage,

HOUSES FOR SALE Sp. #30 BVMHP. 2 bd. 2 ba. Formal L/D plus den. Call to see @ 7652989 or 805-1168. Price reduced.

Advertising’s Easy! Advertise with the Taft Independent-We get it ready, and we get it right! Call Jessica Wallis at 765-6550

Stimulate Your Economy Place Your Yard Sale Ad FREE in the Taft Independent. Call 765-6550

TAFT COLLEGE Science Lab Technician For a complete job description and application forms you can access the college’s website at www.taftcollege. edu or you can contact the TC Human Resources Department by calling 661763-7805. DEADLINE FOR FILING: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

TAFT COLLEGE is Currently Accepting Applications for the Following Full time, Non-Tenure Track Position: Physical Science Associate Professor For more information about this position you can contact the Taft College HR Department at 661-763-7805 or by visiting our website at Deadline for filing is Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

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Crane and Transportation Service Pumping Unit Repair Office (661) 765-6182 P.O. Box 1113 Lic. # 887301 Fax (661) 765-6155 Taft, CA 93268

April 17, 2009



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Crystal Lee's New SPRING BOOTS, HOODIES, PURSES, JEANS, ITEMS! SWEATERS, ED HARDY. New Spring items in stock and more to come! Tuesday -Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Nominations are due Wednesday, May 27th Winners will be announced Friday, June 5th! Pick up Your Ballot In any Issue of the Taft Independent!  

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