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2009 Small Business of The Year Volume 21, #13

Jan. 7 - 21, 2012

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Marley’s Mustangs? by: Adam Bailey and Susan Palm

Last week Zach Skow put on his cowboy hat and made a huge impact on the lives of twelve horses. You would think that Zach had enough to keep him busy with the challenges of owning and operating Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue based in the Tehachapi area. His mission to educate the public about animal welfare and to give abandoned dogs a second chance is an unending commitment. Although Marley’s Mutts is a labor of love, the struggle


to meet the cost of medical care, food, shelter and the demands of finding “forever” homes would be enough for most people to look the other way when another animal crisis became known; not so for Zach. Recently one of Zach’s good friends, Kern County Animal Control Officer Julie Sugg, was telling Zach about the horses that were accumulating at the Bakersfield Animal Shelter. Some were strays, continued on pg. 2 Horse Rescue


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Inside This Issue

Page 4 From the City Manager Page 5 ‘My’ Success Consultant • Children’s Acting Class Page 6-8 Adopt-A-Pet • In the Dog House Page 9 Wrangler Round-up • LaBella Amore Page 10 From Our Supervisor Page 11 Jennifer’s Thoughts... Page 12-13 The Forde Files Page 14 Bob - the ‘Wine Guy’ • Mortgage Matters Page 15 Daydreams • Short Flights Page 16 Financial Focus • Meet Your New Neighbors Page 17 On the Bright Side • Lost in the Stars Memories of the Mayor Page 18 Stay in the Loop Page 19 Ask the Advocate • Tehachapi Skywatch Page 20-21 Business Directory • Classifieds Page 22 *Money Savings Coupons* • Student of the Month • Mulberry Place Page 23 Healing Horses & Armed Forces Page 24 FX • CrossRoads • Constituent of the Month

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Horse Rescue others abandoned and several were seized. “There were at least 14 horses at the Shelter and they really aren’t equipped to deal with that,” revealed Zach. The Bakersfield Animal Shelter is one of the places Zach regularly goes to rescue dogs. He is there every week to visit his friends, colleagues and to help out where he can. Usually going home with a few canine pals who need a second chance. So, when Zach was at the Bakersfield Animal Shelter last week picking up dogs, Jessica Brigdon – an employee at the Shelter – showed him the horses that were going to be auctioned off on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. The outcome was most likely a death sentence. Although the slaughter of horses is illegal in California, buyers from other areas can purchase and transport the horses across state lines and to their deaths. There was no denying that these horses had no future and the auction was drawing near. Zach reached out to his friends and horse lovers he knew. Enlisting the help of Donna Marolt, a close friend and longtime horse owner; Erica Underwood and Anne Klein, both horse trainers who also work at The Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital; along with Linda Laing, who is involved with several local horse associations. They pooled their resources and a plan was put into action. Could they save even one of the horses?

The knowledge and insight of the group and the KCAC staff allowed them to evaluate each horse. Amazingly, they determined that twelve of the fourteen horses had enough potential to be rescued. An untrained horse is a dangerous creature and these were horses that the Animal Control Officers could not get close to, other than to feed and move. They were able to put halters and saddles on each one, and they watched how the horses reacted to various commands – ultimately deeming them trainable. After rounding up some volunteers with horse trailers, the lucky twelve were freed from the Bakersfield Animal Shelter on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Their vaccinations, shots and deworming are all complete but there are still many things they will need to aid in the horses’ rehabilitation. Particularly they will be needing donations and money for feed, halters, feeders and waterers – especially senior horse pellets. When faced with the challenge of the horses’ predicament, Zach and his friends stepped forward to make a difference, but they can’t do it on their own. With the help of friends and horse lovers throughout the community, a small individual effort can collectively bring about real change. Donations can be made at, the Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital or by sending a check to Marley’s Mutts at 22201 Amberwood Ct., Tehachapi, CA 93561.

Houchin Community Blood Bank’s January 2012 Donor of the Month

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contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of staff or management. All humor is strictly meant for fun and not intended to offend. All contents of are the property of Hilltop Publishers.

Mary Beth Garrison is well known throughout Kern County because of her longstanding involvement in politics, economic development, and community beautification. She is best known in the Tehachapi area where she serves as General Manager of the Stallion Springs Community Services District. To Houchin Community

Blood Bank, Mary Beth is known as a dedicated blood donor, just one unit shy of her fourth gallon, and the volunteer coordinator of the new Stallion Springs mobile drives which started in 2011. The June drive collected 20 units and the October drive collected 25, for a 25 percent increase in a small community. Christina Scrivner, Houchin’s Community Development Account Manager for Eastern Kern, reports that Mary Beth has been totally supportive of all the blood drives in the Tehachapi area which more than doubled in 2011 to 1188 units over 555 units in 2010. Mary Beth is a real advocate for blood donation, although not that long ago she was afraid to give because of the needles. The whole idea “kinda freaked” her out, until she had a friend in need with Stage 4 cancer at the City of Hope. “I thought to myself that if she can go through all the pain and suffering that she’s experiencing, the least I can do is conquer my fear and give blood. It was so easy that I’ve been donating ever since at Houchin [Blood Bank].”

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Good News Comes in Twos by Mary Clyde, Wordsmith

We all know that bad things usually come disorders. in threes. However local author Eve Geisler “Mental disorders include mood disorders, has discovered that good things come in twos. suicide, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, She recently discovered that panic disorders, obsessiveher book “Touched by God” compulsive disorder (OCD), secured her place as winner of the post-traumatic stress disorder inspirational category for the 2011 (PTSD), generalized anxiety Writers’ Digest national contest. disorder (GAD), social phobia, Then, to top it off, her book eating disorders, attention deficit “Second Chance” now has been hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), published. autism and Alzheimer’s disease,” “What a way to end the year,” Eve explained, “And there are Eve said. millions of people who fall into “While I submitted ‘Touched any one of these categories. by God’ to Writers’ Digest That’s a lot of folks suffering with myself, I forgot I had entered and something that no one likes to talk it never occurred to me that it about.” might actually win,” she said with Local author Eve Geisler “Touched by God” took a a smile. “I was totally surprised. I couple of months for research and had entered my mystery books before, but this writing, Eve said. “I worked very closely with was the first time I entered the inspirational the folks at FLC and included some additional category. Winners officially will be announced sections such as setting monthly goals and in April 2012 but, in the meanwhile, I’m even budgeting because it was important spreading the word.” Along with the winner’s to them. FLC is such a great resource for title, Eve received a $1,000 prize! our community and those who have family “Touched by God” is a tough sell, Eve members and/or friends working through explained. mental illness challenges,” Eve added. “FLC “No one really likes to talk about mental provides a caring atmosphere for learning and illness, but it’s a fact that we live with. My activities. We are really blessed to have them ‘Sweet Talks with God,’ a devotional for those right here in Tehachapi. dealing with diabetes, had just been published “Second Chance” revolves around a and I was doing some work with the Family women who is given the opportunity to Learning Center (FLC) here in Tehachapi. discover what it might be like if Jesus came for They encouraged me to write a devotional for the first time today. It originally was written those suffering from mental illness because back in 2006, Eve explained. “I was taking there is so little of an inspirational nature out a writing class and the idea just popped into there for them. FLC outlined the challenges my head and I wanted to share that Jesus can and successes their clients face on a daily change your life.” basis and it served as a springboard for When asked why the time delay between ‘Touched by God.’” its writing and being published, Eve shared Eve explained that the statistics for mental that she had sent many letters to publishers illness are overwhelming. An estimated 26.2 after it was finished and received “more than percent of Americans ages 18 and older, her fair share” of rejection letters. “About 90% or about one in four adults, suffer from a of such endeavors end up with these rejection diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. letters,” Eve laughed. “So it just sat on the (When this 26.2 percent is applied to the 2004 way-back burner. It was posted on a website U.S. Census residential population estimate that publishers go to, and then this summer for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to a publisher found it and now it’s a printed 57.7 million people!) reality.” While mental disorders are widespread Eve’s books include: “Canal Murder,” in our population, the main burden of illness “Local Boy Makes Dead,” “Sweet Talks with is concentrated in about six percent, or 1 in God,” “Touched by God,” “Mousetrap” (third 17, who suffer from a serious mental illness in the Claire Burton detective series) and (SMI). To take it a step farther, mental “Second Chance.” Copies of her books can be disorders are the leading cause of disability purchased at Books and Crannies right here in in the U.S. and Canada for ages 15 to 44. Tehachapi. In addition many people suffer from more Book signing at Books and Crannies than one mental disorder at a given time! 1121 W. Valley, Tehachapi Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. mental disorder meet criteria for two or more

The Lost Box

The owners of the Lost Box, Jill and Penny, would like to extend appreciation to all their customers for supporting their new business, which opened in April 2010. We want to thank Shirley Fuller, for allowing us to move into the vacant space next to Kohnen’s to give us more exposure for the Christmas season and to be able to spread our wings. We have now moved back into our original shop. The Lost Box has re-opened with some new product lines as well as our designer jewelry. Although our shop is small, we hope you will find our new design layout more comfortable to browse and shop in. Hope to see you again this New Year; remember good things come in small boxes.

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The Loop’s Real Estate Spotlight

Custom craftsman estate

Beauty of the old world and the efficiency and magnificence of the new!! This 2620 SF home has 3 MA suites with a bright open floor plan. Kitchen has Elmira appli., custom cabinets and granite counters. On 5 acres, pro. landscaping, and a separate 30 x 44 x 15 Ft. RV Garage, in addition to the 1800 SF attached garage. “THIS IS a dream come true.” $675,000. Text 36001 to 43766

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Sprawling custome home

2100 approx. SF home on 1.10 acres on quiet culdesac. Paver tile floors, awesome kitchen for the “chef” in all of us. Open floorplan, two FPs, one with insert. Beautiful views of valley, many trees. Drastically reduced to $109,900. Hurry this won’t last long.

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From the City Manager

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Year in Review

doing it all on time and on budget. Another year has come and gone. It’s We’ve also initiated a new branding exciting for me to look back at the past year campaign for the greater Tehachapi area. and the great things that are happening in This new initiative will this community, and it’s even help us to control and more exciting to look forward to improve our reputation as the wonderful things in the year a destination in our region to come. and a place where quality During the past year, I’ve of life is unsurpassed. Over been continually impressed by the next year, we’ll continue the quality and commitment to invite people to “Live of our City staff, City Up” in Tehachapi, in their Council, Planning and Airport personal and professional Commissioners, our local lives. agencies and non-profits. We Greg Garrett I’m sure that you’d agree have outstanding people all City Manager with me that, “If you create around us in this community who a place where people want are working daily to improve our to visit, you’ll create a place where people quality of life. want to live. And if you create a place where At the City level, we’ve been working people want to live, you’ll create a place smarter and experiencing continued progress, despite a poor economy. At the end where people want to work. If you’ve created a place where people want to work, then of our last fiscal year, we had a $780,000 you’ll create a place where employers have positive variance to the General Fund. We to locate.” That is the business model we will continue to operate “in the black” are pursuing and I’m sure we will reach our throughout 2012, and we are striving for goals. continued private investment and public On the private side, we have continued infrastructure development that helps keep industrial and commercial development us pointed in the right direction. that will provide jobs and retail choices for I’ve heard it said that, “continued Tehachapi residents. We are also working improvement is the only antidote to with the County to agree on a Wind Resource inevitable decline.” In that vein we’ve Boundary so that responsible alternative continued improving our City with energy can continue to be constructed in our successful grant funded projects. We’re region, and the City Planning Commission investing money into our airport, we’re has approved the redevelopment of the old making significant upgrades to our Mountain Crossing building. wastewater treatment facility and we’re

However it’s not just the City and the private sector that’s making improvements to our community. Local agencies and non-profits are continuing to offer great service and great physical assets to residents and visitors. The school district has moved facilities in order to rehabilitate two old school sites, the Recreation and Parks District is initiating a district-wide master plan, Main Street Tehachapi is positively pushing on through leadership changes and our Chamber and Rodeo association have held another spectacular Mountain Festival. More than that though, our community has created an active Tourism Commission that is committed to bringing dollars into the area, the Healthcare District is moving very close to constructing our new community

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hospital and the Economic Development Council is actively seeking new business recruitment and existing business expansion opportunities. It would be easy to look back sadly on a year filled with international and national turmoil but here in Tehachapi, things in our community are looking up more and more each day. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays and look forward with me to the outstanding progress that will inevitably occur in the coming year. As always, if you ever have any questions or comments regarding anything happening in the City of Tehachapi, I encourage you to call me at 661-822-2200 or contact me at

Tehachapi Veterans Recognized

Veteran representatives (left to right) Alex Athans, Richard Keehmer, Harriet Clendenin, and Dexter Reese accept a certificate of recognition of Tehachapi’s Veterans from Mayor Ed Grimes for Veteran service to the citizens of Tehachapi . Mayor Ed Grimes also declared Jan. 3, 2012 to be Tehachapi Heros Day.

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‘My’ Success Consultant

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This is It!

It is 2012! Everybody says it will be you need to act the way most will not! the year of change, so it is time to make If you have goals that you have not things happen! manifested, two reasons might be: you First let us start with did not do the work or you some cleaning, organizing did not know how to do and de-cluttering of the work. If you truly tried your office. Create an many things to make your environment that you love enterprise thrive according and thrive in; a space to your expectations and that serves, energizes you could not, it means that and motivates you daily. you do not know how to do Consider using colors it. So, leave the struggle that set you on fire and behind and sign up for the ref lect the nature of your “How to Increase Your enterprise. Express yourself Sales” seminar. If you do fully and decorate with so, I promise you, Jan. 14, objects, plants and lighting 2012 will be one of the most fixtures that inspire you. important days for your by Klaudia Kovacs Most of us spend more time business. in our office than at home, I will show you how to accordingly you want to “set the stage” turn your business around fast and become that ignites your success. a profit-making machine. I will teach you Your next step is to write down your how to start powerful marketing for your business goals for the New Year. Make business tomorrow. I will share with you sure they are specific and quantifiable. a simple system how you can attract new You need to be very clear on your weekly, customers. I will demonstrate strategy monthly, quarterly and annual sales goals. secrets of creating additional income. Dare to say what you really want! Do Finally get paid what your knowledge think as big as your desires: this is your and talents deserve! Reach the heights of life and you have the prerogative to be financial freedom that owning your own grand and have magnificent ambitions. business can deliver. Make notes on what you have to do Chamber of Commerce members to achieve your goals. There will be some receive a 75 percent discount from the goals that you will know exactly how to $600 cost of the seminar, making the price manifest and there will be some that you only $149. Non-members, but Tehachapi do not. Take a careful and honest look residents, will get 50 percent off and can at the items that have been re-surfacing, attend for $299. Written seminar material perhaps year after year. will be provided so that you may use it any Contemplate what those unfulfilled time later on for your business. business goals cost you emotionally, Space is limited, so hurry and sign physically and financially. How would up here: your life be different if you finally seminarT manifested those dreams? Would you If you are not 100 percent satisfied be happier, exuberant and freer? Would with my seminar the first hour, you may you be healthier, more energetic and leave the event and you will get a full headache-free? Would you be able to stop refund, no reason necessary. That is my worrying about money and put your kids promise! through college without any problem? See, I know it sounds hard to believe, but when people are honest with themselves, it is true: lives can turn on a dime with they start seeing the painful costs of their just a simple decision. I am confident that neglected goals - they realize that the signing up today will make this day one price is too high to pay! that you will remember for the rest of your My business consultant frequently life! says, “Money is not the most important thing but it touches everything that Much Success, is.” What are you going to do for your Klaudia Kovacs Business Success Consultant business in 2012 that will astound you? For you to have a life that only a few have,

Childrens Acting Class Starts Jan. 17

Tehachapi Community Theatre member, Monica Nadon, will hold a sixweek acting class for children on Tuesdays starting Jan. 17, 2011. Children will have fun while learning the basics of acting for the theatre, which includes audition techniques, diaphragmatic breathing, stage fundamentals, as well as improv games. Students will finish the course by participating in a small performance. Class dates are Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21. The classes will be held at TCT’s Second Space at 431 West J St. (next to Spirited Bead) from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children aged 8-18 years of age

may participate. The course fee is $60. Instructor Monica Nadon has a degree in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno and has studied film acting and improvisation in Hollywood. She has performed on the TCT stage in numerous roles. She has also directed many TCT shows including Little Women, Oliver, Cinderella and Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus. To register your child for the class go to the TCT web-site,, download the registration form and mail it in with your tuition fee made payable to TCT. For more information please call Monica Nadon at 661-886-4821.

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In the Dog House

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Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section!!

The Heart of Effective Training is Effective Communication

Each year I resolve to be a better dog So, until he is older, keep things out of reach. trainer. In thinking about what 3. Prevent unwanted that means, I realized that behaviors by controlling the it requires much more than dog’s environment. If your shaping and forming behaviors. dog guards the property overThe heart of effective training zealously, then limit his access to is effective communication. the front door, window or fence This seems simple enough until where the behavior is happening. you think about the challenges For example, if he jumps on the inherent in “speaking” with a sofa to check out pedestrians on non-verbal, completely different the sidewalk, close the curtains species! Yet dogs and humans so that he can’t attend to foot have co-existed amicably for traffic. thousands of years. In spite 4. Redirect your dog’s of missteps and mistakes, we attention from an anxietyare all able to forge trusting, producing situation. Small by Rosemary Evans loving relationships with those children, other dogs, bicycles, dogs entrusted to our care. So I thought and many other common environmental it appropriate to share a few training tips factors can provoke anxiety in some dogs. or New Year’s resolutions that will help Take advantage of these and turn them into you, and me, be better communicators and training exercises. Be prepared with treats trainers. that your dog loves. Refocus his attention 1. Keep training positive and fun on you by giving him a few treats and then for both you and your dog. Instead of putting him to work. Ask him to sit, lie punishing undesirable behaviors, use positive down, or watch you, and reward with treats reinforcement to teach the behavior you and praise. want. For example, to teach your dog to stop Positive reinforcement, training for jumping on you and/or your guests, teach success, controlling your dog’s environment him to sit/stay for a meet and greet. You’re and redirecting his attention are all methods your back on the jumping and ask for a sit. to help you bring out the best in your dog. Then, reward him with treats, toys and/or He will love working for you and with you. praise to reinforce the right behavior. This is an easy way to turn those New Year’s 2. Train for success; don’t set your dog resolutions into daily practice and improve up to do the wrong thing. For example, if you your communication with your canine have a six-month old puppy, don’t leave your companion! slippers lying around the house for him to For more training information, visit my chew. He will not make a distinction between website at www.thunderpawsdogtraining. the awesome fuzzy toy you bought him and com or email me at rosemary@ your furry slippers. They are all toys to him!



Good News!

Tehachapi Pet Network website is going live mid January 2012!

Details will be in our January 21 issue.


Business Directory Veterinarian

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Board By The Day, Week or Month

Owner: Lynn Wolfe 25731 Banducci Road

661-823-0616 Tehachapi, CA



WOLFE HAVEN This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes and in this issue we’ve added to it. Advertisers please call the The Loop today to find out how you can help to support this section. Remember, when thinking about adopting, that the adoption cost is a tax deductible donation! If you find a pet you want to adopt please call the number listed next to the pet or in their rescue’s information. All Dobie SOS dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and have received a veterinary exam. All adopted dogs come with one free bath at Canine Creek and one free grooming at Tehachapi Pet Lodge. You can see all of the Dobie SOS dogs waiting for homes at 661-886-1721 •

Jova Jova is a four-year-old purebred Doberman with natural ears and a docked tail. She is red and on the small side. Jova was found wandering and picked up by a good Samaritan. She had a registered microchip, but her owner did not want her back. We wonder why because she is a very sweet, soft and affectionate female. She is easy to handle and obedient. Jova is much more interested in her human companion than other dogs. She would be best as the only dog in a home or she could live with an tolerant male dog. Jova is crate-trained.

Angus Angus is a 6 month old male Doberman that was relinquished from a breeder who was unable to place the entire litter. He is an easy-going male that will probably grow to be quite large. He is very dog-social and loves to play with other dogs and he is friendly though a bit shy with people he does not know. Like all young Dobermans, Angus needs a home that will expose him to lots of places and things, so he can be well socialized. He has a good solid temperament and no known health issues. He will be available after he is neutered: sometime in January. Angus is crate-trained and knows how to use a dog-door.

by Sharon Cornelison


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Happy New Year to all…here is to having better times in everything in the upcoming year. In our last Newsletter to our membership we expressed the need for volunteers, and a few have come forward offering their help. I truly thank you, and will be getting back to you to find out where you can help. One of my personal New Year’s resolutions is to get organized! This seems to be an every year thing with me and lasts for a short while…I’ll have to work at getting it to stick. We recently were able to be “gobetweens” in finding a home for a 5 year old terrier/mix. Her owner had just died, and the owner’s family live in Hawaii so they were in need of help as they did not want their mother’s beloved “Sandy” to go to the shelter. As luck would have it a message on the same day came on the dog line asking about one of our rescues that kind of looked like Sandy. This rescue had already been adopted. I called these people and sent a

picture of Sandy telling them of her plight. They contacted Sandy’s temporary caregiver and took her into their home. I was so pleased to hear of this great outcome. I’m so happy when I know we were instrumental in finding homes for animals in need. Real blessings to us are the businesses that support us. We really appreciate this and want to recognize them, so please support them by giving them your business: Abbey Carpets, Beverly Billingsley, D.V.M., Bank of the Sierra, Al Hansen, General Contractor, Hitching Post Theater, Investigative Resources Group, Gerry & Carol Johnson, Greg & Diane Jones, Phyllis Kordes, Barbara Margolis Weiser, The Mold Detective, Richard Neumann, Oak Valley, Inc., Ranch Services & Supply, Roerunner Veterinary Mobile Service, Servicemasters, SkOO’kum H2O Monitoring, Inc., Charlotte Tathwell, Tehachapi Mini Storage, Tehachapi Pet Lodge & Outfitters, Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital. Have a wonderful New Year!

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Tehachapi Humane Society Calendar January 7 – Adoption Center 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. at Radio Shack/Books & Crannies *January 9 – Office is open 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. January 1 – Shot Clinic, 10 a.m.-noon, THS Office 21600 Golden Star Ave. (corner of Golden Star Blvd. & Golden Hills Blvd.) Dr. Beverly Billingsley, D.V.M. in attendance. January– Adoption Center 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. at Radio Shack/Books & Crannies *January 16 – Office is open 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. January 16– No Monthly General Meeting, Holiday *January 23 – Office is open 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. *January 30 – Office is open 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.

21600 Golden Star Blvd. Tehachapi, CA 93561. Write us at: 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3. Tehachapi, CA 93581. 661-823-0699 (menu #5 for dogs & #6 for cats)

Kandy Kandy is a 1-2 year old white and tan Terrier Mix. She is spayed, micro-chopped and current on all of her shots, house trained and also crate trained. She walks on a leash, but needs work on it. She is very good riding in the car. Kandy is shy when she first meets people but warms up very quickly and is loving. She gets along well with her foster brothers and sisters. We are not sure about cats. Won’ you please consider giving her a forever home?


See’s Candy @ Mountain Antiques & Tehachapi Automotive to help STOP save more dogs & cats in dire need of a 2nd chance at life ~ Be the change to make it happen ~ AND for good measure, be a volunteer, it is extremely rewarding & priceless! 661-823-4100, menu #2 (dogs); menu #3 (cats)

Munchkin Munchkin is a loving, adorable male Miniature Poodle mix puppy (8 weeks young), abandoned in an empty house by a “person” without a conscience. Munchkin is safe in STOP’s care and thriving now – All this sweet, innocent puppy needs is someone to love and take good care of him, always. As you can imagine, Munchkin is as cute as a button, quite playful (and in housetraining 101). Call Lynda at 661-821-0518 or STOP, 661-823-4100, menu #2, to adopt this tiny bundle of joy, Munchkin, in to your home, all the while knowing you will be saving a life and enriching yours at the same time ~ What a great way to start the year off right, how about it?


Kirby is my name; I’m a 1 year young, 13 lb. male Cairn/ Norfolk Terrier mix. My foster parents say I “speak” ~ Clearly, it’s better to be a talker, not a barker, bow-wow ~ Other good stuff: I’m housetrained, play well w/others and love going on long walks - Let’s begin our 2012 exercise program together, how about it? To adopt clever Kirby, by all means, call Aleshia, at 661-750-1409 or STOP, 661-823-4100, menu #2.

My name is Skippy and I’m a 2 year young, 12 pound male Border Terrier mix, a real love-bug, dog ‘n cat friendly, housetrained, not a barker, and have good manners, thank you. Adopt mellow-fellow, Skippy by contacting Marsha at 661-823-7868, pronto, how about it?


Willow is a grey tabby 4 years old who was returned to the THS because of catastrophic illness in the family. She is now looking for a quiet, loving home. Willow is a shy girl, but curious and able to make new friends. With a little time and patience, she comes into her own with ongoing conversations and demands for affection. She is a big kitty with a very regal bearing. She prefers to lie close to you and purr rather than being held tightly. She is not accustomed to small children and is still apprehensive around dogs. She has been well cared for, is spayed, and current on shots. Please find a place in your home and heart for this beautiful girl.

Rayleigh is a black tuxedo 4 years old who was returned to the THS because of catastrophic illness in the family. She is now looking for a quiet, loving home. She is a very sweet, gentle kitty, but very shy with strangers. With patience and understanding to help her through a change in environment, she would become a very loving addition to a quiet home. She has not been around children and is still apprehensive around dogs. She has been well cared for (loves to be brushed), is spayed and current on shots.

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Sweetie is a 9 mo. old Chihuahua/Pug mix plus. She has been spayed and is current on all of her shots and Micro-Chipped. She is house trained and crate trained. She walks on a leash and likes to go in the car. She gets along with her foster sisters but likes to sit on laps and and cuddle best. Come meet her.


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Foxy My name is Foxy, I’m a 2 year young, 9 pound female Pomeranian mix, super-friendly, playful, and I would be a nice addition to your family or as a great companion dog. To adopt this pretty Pom, call Lynda at 661-8210518 or STOP, 661-823-4100, menu #2.

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Visit our new Pet Adoption Center at 1121 W. Valley Blvd. Ste. C, inside Books & Crannies. We offer new/ used pet supplies, photography, antiques and collectibles for donations. We raise funds continuously with a variety of See’s and Dewar’s candy. To contact us leave a message at 661-750-2261 and your call will be returned.

Rainbow Rescue is a no-kill 501 (c) 3 dog rescue located in California City specializing in puppy rescue. Donations toward our high vet bills would be greatly appreciated through our Paypal account at Your donation would truly help us make their life differences possible. Our available pets for adoption can be seen on or by private appointment by calling 760-373-2907. So many sweet puppy kisses waiting to share with you!

Woodrow Woodrow is the most wonderful one year young, mixed Aussie Shep male pup who’s heart is completely filled with loving happiness sharing his life with yours! Instantly wonderful with cats, companion playmates, older children and families of all lifestyes. Woodrow loves his walks, sharing time with his playmates and family members, sleeping by their bed and even pulling his family members on their skateboards!

Little One

Little One is a young, male Poodle Mix who is our magical spirited tiny leprechaun who is so happy with all around him. His complete love, precious heart, licky licks kisses and sunshine personality will fill your hearts together with happy sunshine 24 hours a day. Little One is a very active little guy who constantly wants to cuddle, kiss, be held and spend happy energy running around the room playing with you like a little locomotive in a minute flat! Wonderful for all types of families, Little One has a happy heart ready to jump and melt into yours the very second you meet him!


Maccoy Maccoy – Male DSH black and white tuxedo DOB 8/26/11 Maccoy has perfect little markings and is just and sweet and lovable as they come. He was raised in a loving indoor home. He has an $85. adoption fee and that includes alter and microchip when old enough.

Sable Sable – DSH Female Grey Tabby DOB 4/1/11 Pulled from a shelter at 1week old. Sable was raised in a loving home with her mama and siblings, she is a petite 5 month who who for whatever reason is a little shy. She will warm up to you but will take someone who is patient with her. She is very sweet and affectionate with me, loves to sit on my chest and be pet, in fact she won’t leave me alone until she gets her loves. Sable has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.

Ginnie is our very special, loved fill heart Mixed Female Doxie Mix that is the meaning of full-time devoted love, companionship and friendship to your shared lifetimes. Beautiful, happy, always tail wagging & waiting to share loving cuddles & laptimes, Ginnie needs a quiet, older family to share her day and loving heart with filling your heart with her warm & smiling heart!

Petunia Petunia – Female Traditional Calico About 12 months old. She is a sweet, loving little girl who enjoys the company of other kitties and is a little shy until she gets to know you. But then she is very loving and playful and just pasically your perfect kitty. We would prefer for Petunia to go to an in indoor only home. She has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated and tested negative for Felv.

Marley’s Mutts Zach @ 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM


This is, by far, the cutest ugly-dog on the planet; if not the planet, certainly in my world. His name Sprout and he is a Brussels Griffon. This breed is actually quite rare but he definitely is a Brussels; from the beard to the cropped tail, to the under bite and bug-eyes. Speaking of eyes- he is blind as a bat, with cataracts in both eyes- but gets along very well, with little to no trouble. Sprout was found wandering (in the most literal sense of the word) in the Blair Ranch neighborhood of Tehachapi, and it seems that nobody is looking for him. It’s a real shame too, because he is an especially awesome dog who deserves to be treated with a little humility. He is capable of being a very good companion/lap dog. He is certainly “over the hill” as far as age but Sprout is looking to enjoy his golden years with a family that understands what it is to be aging in a new millennium and empathizes with his desire to take it easy and enjoy the rest of his life. Sprout would make a great helper to an older couple: he loves slow walks, gets a kick out of day time Soap Operas, is very gullible and enjoys writing checks to Grandchildren on their birthdays for 12 dollars. If you are interested in helping this little guy enjoy his golden years, please contact Zach@661-972-3852 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM.

Jan. 7 ~ 21, 2011

Rickie Rickie was adopted out as a little kitten and then returned to us recently due to her owner’s health problems. She is very good with dogs and slowly getting used to other cats. She smiles when she meows at you, and loves to play. She is about 9 months old and on the petite side. She has a beautiful short solid grey coat. Way back when her mamma had been tested and was negative for Feline Leukemia. Rickie has never been outside. We think she is probably a Russian Blue mix. She has been spayed, vaccinated and mircochipped. She has an adoption fee of $65.

Jan. 7 ~ 21, 2011

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It may sound icky, but there is hopes to have similar kids clinics once medical evidence that maggots can be a month. good for deep hoof wounds in Dunn also has individual horses. and group lessons clinic Medical maggots have planned for Jan. 21. It also been used to clean infected, will be at the Moonraker non-healing wounds in Ranch. Lessons will be the humans and they now topic of your choice and the also can be used for the cost is $45 per hour. For hoof wounds. At a recent more information on any of American Association these clinics, call Brandie of Equine Practitioners Dunn at 661-332-7249, or By Jill Barnes Nelson Convention, it was reported e-mail that there had been success Trainer Bill Cameron, with using maggots to treat punctures of also from Rosamond, has three the navicular bursa. horsemanship clinics planned at his The navicular bursa is a small, ranch on Jan 28, Feb. 25, and March 24. fluid-filled sac between the navicular Cameron, a World Finalist and member bone (behind the coffin bone) and of the Extreme Cowboy Association’s the deep tendon that runs over it. Hall of Fame, will work with all Puncture wounds to the navicular bursa types of riders to improve their cattle are difficult to evaluate, clean, and work and obstacles as well as general medicate. Puncture wounds here often horsemanship. Most will be related to go unnoticed until the horse becomes EXCA competition. severely lame. He also is hosting an EXCA race Medical maggots, which are on Feb. 26, which will be the first in greenbottle fly larvae, can remove dead, his Natural Born Racers Buckle Series. non-healing tissue without causing (Other dates to follow.) The divisions trauma to healthy tissues. They also and fees include Youth ($55), Novice disinfect the wound by killing bacteria. ($65) and Non-Pro ($90). So, if your horse has a wound that For more info, e-mail Evon Kurtz won’t heal, ask your vet about this type ( of treatment. It just may do the trick. Don’t forget, if you have any Rosamond trainer Jeremy Dunn information to report on the horse is hosting a clinic just for kids. The community such as tack sales, upcoming Clinic is Feb. 4 at the Moonraker Ranch events, clinics, raffles or if you’ve in Mojave. The cost is just $25 and won an award, please contact me at will run from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m. He 661.878.2932, e-mail

Horse Events Around the Area JAN 8 – ETI Corral 22, Doc Larsen Chili/Trail Ride, Ranger Park, Sharon, 661-268-0754, Antelope Valley Gymkhana Event, Doug, 661-944-6133, JAN. 14 – Jeremy Dunn Proagressive Clinic, Agua Dulce, Brandie Dunn, 661-332-7249. CHSRA District 9 Rodeo, Zamrzla Ranch, Lancaster, Jan. 15 -- ETI Corral 36, Malibu Canyon Progressive Horsemanship Workshop, debbie@ Jan. 21 – Jeremy Dunn Lesson Clinic, Moonraker Ranch, Mojave, Brandie Dunn, 661-3327249. JAN. 28 – Bill Cameron Horsemanship & Jumping Clinic, Cameron Ranch, Rosamond, Evon Kurtz, FEB. 4 – Jeremy Dunn’s Horsemanship Clinic For Kids, Moonracker Ranch, Mojave, Brandie Dunn, 661-332-7249. FEB. 11-12 -- -- CHSRA District 9 Rodeo, Zamrzla Ranch, Lancaster, FEB. 12 -- Antelope Valley Gymkhana Event, Doug, 661-944-6133, FEB. 25 – Bill Cameron Horsemanship & Cattle Work Clinic, Cameron Ranch, Rosamond, Evon Kurtz,

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La Bella Amore New Beginnings Well it’s here, 2012 that is. I for one can hardly believe it. When I was a kid I always thought of how old I would be in the year 2000, funny that I never really thought beyond that point, and even harder to believe that we are now twelve years beyond. And time marches on! Somehow we all survived 2011, some did well, some did ok, some made it by the skin of their teeth, and some are barely hanging on by their finger nails. I’m not sure yet which category I fit into, maybe somewhere between ok and the skin of my teeth. Whichever category I fit into, I thank God it’s not a worse one. Our “name that dish” contest has ended and we have a wide variety of interesting names to choose from. I will be making the decision and will announce in the next issue of The Loop who the winner is. Stop by and try our special, you’ll love it. Sundried tomatoes, spinach, walnuts, garlic and chili flakes sautéed together in a cream sauce and tossed with linguini, gorgonzola cheese and mozzarella cheese. It’s creamy and delicious. Even better if you add chicken! Like you, I am still anxiously awaiting the economic recovery we all keep hearing about. But I know, and you know, and I know that you know, that this elusive economic recovery is beginning to seem like a Unicorn…mythical that is. The good news is, that you can still dine out at La Bella Amore for a reasonable price. In most instances, dinner for two including beverages and dessert is still around forty dollars, not including tax and tip. Of course the sky is the limit if you aren’t on a budget, but if you are, we’re here for you. We don’t mind if you share a meal and have never added a surcharge for doing so. We don’t mind if you drink water to avoid the cost of beverages and we do offer a limited children’s menu for the wee ones. (under ten) The bottom line is that without you and your families, we don’t exist, so we want to make it affordable for you to continue to partake of our delicious food. For those of you who purchased the 2012 Bulldog card…The offer from La Bella Amore is for 10% off not $10 off. The error was on the part of the company who prints the card and was printed without them sending me a proof of the ad. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes my customers. Don’t feel like cooking? Don’t have time to cook a fresh nutritious meal for your family? Good news for you…La Bella Amore offers a variety of family size meals ready to go. Enough food to feed four to six people.

We offer Spaghetti with meatballs or Italian sausage, fettuccini alfredo with chicken or shrimp, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan and so on. Each dinner includes a main dish, a family size salad and garlic bread. You can’t beat the price and you can’t make it at home for less. Most family dinners are priced less than $30. Give us a call or stop by and we’ll have one ready for you in about fifteen minutes. That’s fast food time without the fast food taste! We also have a WeightWatchers menu for those of you who are looking to eat on the lighter side of things. We offer meals from four points to infinity and beyond. Ask for a menu. At La Bella Amore we also have a wonderful Vegetarian menu as well as several Vegan options. Our Marinara sauce is 100% vegan, so top some pasta with it and you’re all set. And if there is something you would like that is not on the menu, whether, regular, vegetarian, or vegan, just let us know and we will do our best to create it. We cook our food fresh to order so it’s never a problem. Drop by 209 S Green Street any evening after 4:30 for Tehachapi’s best Italian food, always fresh and homemade from scratch in my kitchen from my own original recipes. Try our fresh gourmet pizza, it takes a little longer than others, but it’s worth the wait. Choose one of our popular Italian staples like Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fettuccini Alfredo or Cannelloni. If you are a vegetarian or vegan come on over, we have a great selection of dishes for you too, like Pasta Primavera, Angel Hair Fresco, or our hot gooey Eggplant Parmesan. Every dinner entrée is still served with fresh house salad and garlic bread at no additional charge. Choose one of our original recipe homemade salad dressings or upgrade to our Tuscan Onion soup, spinach salad or caesar salad for only $2 more Every Friday and Saturday evening we feature live music by local musicians including The Pat Strong Trio, The Geezers, Craig Shaw, Alicia Hansen, Movin’ On, The Jug Band, and Maria Wier. After you’ve tried all the rest…come back to the best, Tehachapi’s oldest Italian restaurant. Since the owner of La Bella is also the executive chef at La Bella, the food is the same consistently delicious fare that has always been served at La Bella. Stop by for a meal, you’ll be glad you did!

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moved to August from June, which gave the Board of Supervisors and fiscal staff actual numbers, rather than just estimates, of the end-of-fiscal-year financial reports. The poor economy of the past few years has forced county departments to defer will see tax revenue of $21 million in the nonessential hiring and spending, including first year, and $400 million over the life needed equipment and maintenance. As a of these projects. Construction result of this fiscal prudence, continued on existing wind and an unanticipated $12 million turbines, and 306 have been in additional sales and use tax permitted and constructed in 2011. receipts from fiscal year 2010Back in February, the Board 2011, there is a carryover balance of Supervisors approved an of $23.3 million. ambitious renewable energy goal My colleagues on the Board of 10,000 megawatts in production of Supervisors and I strove by 2015. 2011 was a productive to balance spending between year, and has put the county services and capital needs. In the within striking distance of that July 2011 through June 2012 fiscal goal – over 7,000 megawatts of year, we have allocated $4 million Zack Scrivner solar and wind projects have been in infrastructure projects, ranging approved, with 3,900 of that in production. from critical road maintenance to new Next year, and well into 2013, will be the barracks at the dilapidated Lerdo county jail. year of construction of all these approved We also committed $100,000 in additional projects. money for the Kern County Library’s book When this 10,000 megawatt goal is budget. A few departments that were hard achieved, Kern County will have realized hit with budget cuts in the previous two 8,000 construction jobs, 1,500 permanentyears, such as Animal Control and the operations jobs, a $25 billion investment, Parks Department, received modest funding electricity for over 7 million people, and increases to improve their level of service to $150 million in new property tax revenue the public. We endeavored this budget year that will go to help keep sheriff deputies on to keep most discretionary and public safety the streets, our roads in good condition, and programs as intact as possible, preserve bolster our county’s reserves. current quality of life programs, provide Not only is it important to produce funding to prevent the further deterioration electricity, but it is also important to get of the county’s physical infrastructure, and that electricity on the grid. The Southern to bolster our reserves for any unanticipated California Edison Tehachapi Renewable costs. Some other good news in this fourth Transmission Project is already experiencing year of tight budgeting is that there was a transmission constraints because of all the small increase in assessed property values approved renewable projects. To address from last year, meaning projected property that, Kern County is partnering with the tax receipts will help the county cover some cities of Lancaster and Palmdale who, as the cost increases. Property taxes are estimated High Desert Power Authority, are working to to grow by $4.9 million, or a 2 percent develop another 2,100 MW transmission line increase over last year, mostly from oil and into Kern County. This new line will benefit gas valuations. The additional $12 million Edwards Air Force Base for development in sales and use tax receipts also came from of renewable energy, and eventually could petroleum products and equipment. form the basis for expansion of transmission There are some challenges facing the into the Ridgecrest area to benefit NAWS at county and its budget in this coming year, China Lake. however. Costs for our employees’ salaries While all of this new construction is and benefits are expected to jump in the exciting, and generates much needed jobs coming year by $19.6 million. This spike is and revenue for the private and public due mostly to increased retirement costs of sector, there have also been some projects approximately $17 million. Looking ahead to proposed within the Second District that next fiscal year, the pension costs are going were not a good fit for our community. to jump to an additional $22 million. Most TerraGen’s Pahnamid Wind Project and Helo county departments have absorbed employee Energy LLC’s Sand Canyon Wind Project cost increases by deferring needed capital raised significant concerns among local improvements and new equipment purchases, residents, and county planning staff and I and deleting or not funding departmental shared many of their concerns. Both projects positions. This year, 50 positions were deleted were ultimately withdrawn. It is important county-wide, many of which were vacant. to stress that our system of vetting and Because of the massive increase approving these projects has proven to work in employee costs, mostly in retirement well, and the county strives to keep the best payments, the county has had to defer many interests of our communities and businesses pressing capital and maintenance needs as the basis for every decision we make. for roads, parks, fire protection, and other I am looking forward to putting Kern important services to the public. These County on the map as the Energy Capital of deferrals have reached an estimated backlog California, and to continued success working of $400 million, and deferred equipment with everyone to ensure Kern County is a purchases now total at least $100 million. healthy place to live and do business. There is still much uncertainty from the unstable and unresolved state budget Kern County crisis. Cuts from the state budget that the county has incurred were taken into account Budget Adopted for this budget year. However, because of The Board of Supervisors adopted a the precarious state budget situation in new $1.48 billion budget for Fiscal Year Sacramento, further cuts may be made that 2011-2012 that sees no layoffs, and maintains the county will have to potentially deal with current service levels from last year. The in the near future. Any actions the county county’s operating budget is down by $29 can take to reduce its fixed costs continues to million, or about 2 percent. The county was be extremely important to ensure our longmuch better prepared to allocate funds this term fiscal stability. year because budget adoption hearings were

Year in Review

As 2011 comes to a close, I am grateful for the honor and privilege of serving Kern County's Second District on the Board of Supervisors. Together, we have accomplished much, and this newsletter focuses on some of the highlights for Kern County and District 2 this past year. From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. Warm regards, Zack Scrivner

November Visits

Lehr Brothers I toured the Lehr Brothers packing house in early November to learn more about the unique aspects of Kern County’s agriculture industry. A representative of Lehr Brothers gave me a tour of the nearby fields in Edison, and told me just how unique Kern County’s geographical location is for potato farmers. When other areas of the country are too cold to farm potatoes, Kern County’s unique microclimates offer a buffer for potato production that is important for stocking store shelves for Thanksgiving and Christmas with high quality product. Hyundai On Nov. 10, I toured one of East Kern’s newest industries - the Hyundai-Kia Proving Grounds just outside of California City. The proving grounds began operating in the East Kern desert in 2005. HyundaiKia brings all their new cars and SUVs here to test them out on a 6.5 mile oval track that simulates a freeway, with sections of concrete that are exact replicas of the 5, 10, and 710 freeways in Los Angeles to tune vehicle suspension’s for the utmost balance in comfort and driving feel. It was a very interesting trip, and a new business partner that has seen the unique benefits that East Kern has to offer.

Special Board Meeting in Mojave

On Sept. 22, the Kern County Board of Supervisors, at my request, held a special board meeting at the Mojave Air and Spaceport, receiving a briefing and tour of the facility. I wanted my colleagues on the Board to come out to Mojave and see the many exciting things happening in East Kern. Mojave and the entire eastern desert portion of Kern County is a jobs generator, a true bright spot for the economic recovery that our state and county need. The Board received a presentation from Mojave Air and Spaceport General Manager Stu Witt about the exciting aerospace opportunities becoming reality every day, as well as the new economic synergies the wind industry has brought to this town. This special meeting of all five County Supervisors in East Kern was historic, believed to be a first in our county’s history, and it was an honor for me that my colleagues supported my request.

Renewable Energy

2011 saw Kern’s renewable energy industry boom. In the past year, the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department approved an additional 1,333 megawatts of wind, and 1,570 megawatts of solar energy. These approved projects will create 5,500 construction jobs, and about 150 permanent, operational jobs. Kern County

Jan 7 ~ 21, 2012

2011 Roads Update Completed Projects:

Caliente Road Flood Repairs Paving at various locations along roadway (permanent restoration work). $115,418 FEMA Project. Construction complete. Shafter Road - from H Street to Wible Road - Asphalt Concrete Overlay/ Road Widening. Project includes widening Kern Delta Canal for safety improvement. $300,000 County Bond Project. Construction complete. Wheeler Ridge Road - Herring Road to SR 223 - AC Overlay Project - $700,000 Federal RSTP. Construction complete. Wheeler Ridge Road - David Road to SR 223 - Pave Dirt Shoulder Project -$1,300,000 Federal CMAQ. Construction complete. Woodford Tehachapi Road - from SR 202 to Country Club - Construct Bicycle Lanes. $300,000 County Bond Project. Construction complete. Woodford Tehachapi Road at Westwood and Old Town Roads - Construct Left Turn Channelization - $400,000 County Bond Project. Construction complete. Mojave Drainage (Phase 12) - Curb & Gutter between K & M Streets and from Panamint Street to Trinity Street. $418,000 CDBG Project. Construction complete. Union Avenue - at Pacheco Road Signal Improvements - $150,000 Federal HSIP. Construction complete.

Projects Under Construction:

Rosamond Boulevard at 15th Street West and Rosamond Boulevard at United (10 th Street West) - Construct Signals $570,000 Rosamond Impact Fee/Road Fund Project. Under construction. Woodford Tehachapi Road Bicycle Path (Phase 2) - Country Club Drive to White Pine Drive - Advertised for bid on Oct. 25, 2011; Bids opened Nov. 23, 2011. Should start work early 2012. $140,000 TDA Project.

Projects in Design for 2012 Construction:

Mojave Drainage Improvements (Phase 13) - Curb & Gutter installation on Inyo St, L Street & M Street; Anticipate advertising for bid in early 2012. $262,000 CDBG Project. Oak Creek Road - Koch to SR 14 Pave shoulders; Anticipate advertising for bid in early 2012. $270,000 TDA Project. Highline Road - Tucker Road to Dennison Road - Pave shoulders. Anticipate advertising for bid in Summer 2012. $500,000 CMAQ Project. Reeves Street - Alta Vista to State Route 202 - Pave dirt road. Anticipate advertising for bid in Spring/Summer 2012. ($230,000 CMAQ Project). 55th Street West - Rosamond Blvd. to Astoria - Pave dirt road; Anticipate advertising for bid in 2012. ($480,000 CMAQ Project). Astoria - 50th Street West to 60th Street West - Pave dirt road; Anticipate advertising for bid in 2012. ($375,000 CMAQ Project).

Funded Project (Future Construction):

Diamond Street Beautification Project - Rosamond - Streetscape/Lighting/ Pedestrian Improvements. Construction funding scheduled for 2014/2015. $1,300,000 TE Project. Antelope Run Bicycle Path Project Tehachapi - Pave existing Bicycle/Pedestrian. Construction funding scheduled for 2014/2015. $500,000 TE Project.

Jan 7 ~ 21, 2012

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Jennifer’s Thoughts...

The Income Tax Planning Landscape: 2011 At this time last year, income tax Alternative minimum tax (AMT) – planning was particularly challenging. While regular income tax rates and the Several tax deductions had already expired, maximum rates that apply to long-term and significant changes, capital gains and qualifying including new, higher income dividends were extended through tax rates, were scheduled to 2012, the latest AMT “fix” (in take effect at the end of the the form of increased AMT year. Legislation passed in exemption amounts) is effective mid-December, however, only through 2011. So, if you hit the “reset” button, think you may be subject to the reinstituting already-expired AMT this year, the good news deductions, and extending is that you know ahead of time major tax provisions – what the relevant exemption including lower rates – for an amounts are ($74,450 for married additional one to two years. individuals filing jointly, $48,450 As a result of the for unmarried individuals, by Jennifer Williams December legislation, 2011 $37,225 for married individuals tax planning takes place in an filing separately); the bad news environment characterized by something is that the AMT situation for 2012 remains that was missing last year – a relative up in the air. You can probably expect degree of certainty. That being said, here another AMT fix later this year, but as it are some things to keep in mind as you stands now, AMT exemption amounts will consider your current tax situation. drop significantly in 2012, dramatically increasing the number of taxpayers Tax rates/calculation ensnared by this parallel tax system. Federal income tax rates – The same six federal income tax rates that applied Temporary payroll in 2010 will continue to apply in 2011 tax reduction and 2012. So, depending on your taxable Available for 2009 and 2010, the income, you’ll fall into either the 10, 15, Making Work Pay tax credit was a 25, 28, 33, or 35 percent rate bracket. refundable tax credit equal to the lesser of Remember, though, that all of your taxable 6.2 percent of earned income or $400 ($800 income is not necessarily taxed at that for married couples filing joint returns); the rate–instead, the rate at which you pay credit was phased out for those with higher tax generally increases as your income incomes. The tax credit was not extended increases. For example, if you’re a single to 2011, but the December legislation individual with 2011 taxable income of created a new one-year 2 percent reduction $100,000, you fall into the 28 percent tax in employee Social Security payroll taxes bracket. However your first $8,500 of (the 2 percent reduction also applies to the taxable income is taxed at 10 percent, your self-employment tax paid by self-employed next $26,000 of taxable income is taxed at individuals). 15 percent, and your next $49,100 in taxable So, if you’re an employee, 4.2 percent income is taxed at 25 percent. Only $16,400 of your 2011 wages (up to the 2011 taxable of your taxable income is actually taxed at wage base of $106,800) is being withheld 28 percent. for your portion of the Social Security Rates for long-term capital gains and retirement component of FICA employment qualifying dividends – As in 2010 longtax instead of the 6.2 percent that would term capital gains and qualifying dividends normally be withheld. If you’re selfcontinue to be taxed at a maximum rate of employed, the 12.4% you would normally 15 percent through 2012; if your income pay for the Social Security portion of your (including any long-term capital gains and 2011 self-employment tax is reduced to 10.4 qualifying dividends) puts you in the 10 or percent. So, if you earn $100,000 in wages, 15 percent income tax brackets in 2011 and you’ll have an extra $2,000 in take-home 2012, a special 0 percent rate will generally pay for 2011. Consider opportunities to continue to apply. take advantage of this extra income by,

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for example, increasing your retirement savings; applying the extra money toward a long-term goal could extend the benefit of this temporary tax reduction beyond 2011. Other considerations IRA qualified charitable distributions – Unless Congress passes additional legislation, 2011 will be the last opportunity for individuals age 70½ or older to make qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) of up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualified charity. These charitable distributions can be excluded from your income, and count toward satisfying any required minimum distributions (RMDs) that you would otherwise have to take from your IRA for 2011. Depreciation and IRC Section 179 expensing–If you’re a business owner or self-employed individual, you’re allowed a first-year depreciation deduction of 100 percent of the cost of qualifying property acquired and placed in service during 2011. The “bonus” first-year depreciation deduction drops to 50 percent for property acquired and placed in service during 2012. Additionally, the maximum amount that can be expensed under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 179 for 2011 is $500,000; in 2012, the limit is currently scheduled to drop to $125,000. Small business stock–Generally, you can exclude 50 percent of any capital gain from the sale or exchange of qualified

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small business stock provided that you meet certain requirements, including a five-year holding period. For qualified small business stock issued and acquired in 2011, however, you’ll be able to exclude 100% of any capital gain from income if the qualified stock is held for at least five years and all other requirements are met. Energy efficient improvements – Though not as generous as it has been the last two years, a credit is still available to individuals who make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. You may be entitled to a 10 percent credit for the purchase of qualified energy-efficient improvements, including a qualifying roof, windows, skylights, exterior doors, and insulation materials. Specific credit amounts may also be available for the purchase of specified energy-efficient property: $50 for an advanced main air circulating fan; $150 for a qualified furnace or hot water boiler; and $300 for other items, including qualified electric heat pump water heaters and central air conditioning units. There’s a lifetime credit cap of $500 ($200 for windows), however. So, if you’ve claimed the credit in the past – in one or more tax years after 2005 –, you’re only entitled to the difference between the current cap and the total amount that you’ve claimed in the past. That includes any credit that you claimed in 2009 and 2010, when the aggregate limit on the credit was $1,500.

Please call me to find out more information, Jennifer Williams, President J. Williams Personal Financial Planning: 413 S. Curry St, Tehachapi, California Office Phone 661-822-7517 Office Email: Jennifer is a Registered Financial Consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Article is Courtesy of Forefiled, LLC Securities offered through NPB Financial Group, LLC. A Registered Investment Advisor/Broker-Dealer Member FINRA, MSRB, and SIPC.

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Jan. 7 ~ 21, 2012

No. 11

Here comes Edison!

Southern California Edison’s Highwind 220/66 kv. collector substation at Tehachapi Willow Springs Road south of Fwy. 58 will be under construction from Jan. 2011 to the first quarter of 2013. It’s the final piece of the $2 billion Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. Rendering courtesy of Southern California Edison

Smart meter installation, Highwind substation construction begins meter,” Hart said, “They will be seeing Edison trucks and contractors’ trucks installing new meters. Replacing an analog meter with a smart meter doesn’t take long, under an hour.” Prior to installation of a smart meter, customers will receive mailers with advance notice, and after installation, a door notice will indicate the job is done. In its entire service area, she said, Edison is replacing five million meters – “It’s now close to four million.” Tehachapi and the northern region of coverage is one of the last areas, she said. “They empower customers to be in control of their consumption,” Hart said. The utility suggests that such individual measures, Hart said, “may save 1,000 megawatts of power – or the output of a one major power plant.” The meters are read via a radio relay system at a central collection location and for most customers will not require in-person meter readers. Edison is transferring the meter readers to other jobs in the company. Some of the smart meters – a bit larger than the others – will serve as signal relays.

Giant public utility Southern California Edison launched two major projects on Jan. 1 in the Tehachapi area that will draw residents onto the wider grid and into the future. Both projects, triggered by the race to develop renewable resources and encourage efficient energy use, are the final lap of longterm planning. Edison’s $2 billion Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, which delivers renewable energy from the wind and solar farms of Kern County to the grid, will be completed with the construction of the Highwind 220/66 kilovolt (kV) collector substation on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road just south of Hwy. 58. The substation is smaller than its big brother Windhub 500/220/66-kilovolt substation 9.6 miles away on Oak Creek Road in Mojave, to which it will be connected by transmission lines. In it’s other big project – one that impacts customers on numerous levels – Edison has begun installing smart meters at homes and businesses in the Tehachapi area. The meters are replacing the existing analog

units and will enable homeowners to access real-time power usage data that can include information from “smart” appliances. Traditional electric meters measure total consumption and do not provide information as to when or how the energy is being used. The smart meters feed valuable information on customer usage back to the utility. In addition to enabling the utility to collect mounds of data, smart meters introduce new capabilities – primarily by means of fluid price tiers that can change throughout the day – to influence customer usage. Such features have given rise to fears of abuse and triggered efforts by utilities and government to develop safeguards that protect individual privacy. The utility presents smart meters as a way for every customer to participate in the larger – ultimately global – community effort to conserve energy and to be environmentally aware. Substation, east valley “Highwind is the last piece of the Tehachapi project,” said Cathy Hart, manager of local public affairs for Southern California Edison’s northeastern region, in a

conversation with Forde Files Dec. 22. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the transmission line project in 2007. Edison proposed the project in 2001. “It took us seven years to license it,” Hart said. Edison kept a close eye on Kern County’s wind farm developments before breaking ground for the Tehachapi substation. “We were waiting for the projects that were going to interconnect to come on board,” Hart said. “Now the projects are ready. We know which wind projects were proposed to interconnect.” The projects interconnecting with Highwind will bring power into the substation at 220 kilovolts, Hart said. The power will be carried at 220 kV over the hill to Windhub in Mojave. “At Windhub, it is stepped up to 500 kV to travel longer distances on 500 kV wire. The higher the voltage of line, the farther it can transport the load.” Trucks ahoy “Every Edison customer has an analog

Smart What?

• Smart meter radio frequency signals are similar or weaker than commonly used household devices such as cell phones, cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers, according to Edison. • The maximum signal strength of a cell phone at the ear is 5,000 microwatts per centimeter squared; a microwave oven signal strength at one foot is 800; a smart meter at three feet is 40; a Wi-Fi router at three feet is one; an FM radio/TV broadcast

is one. (California Council on Science and Technology smart meter study, 2011, from Edison material). • Tehachapi area residents will see trucks, yellow uniforms and identification cards of the Edison deployment contractor Corix as the meters are installed. • In a Pacific Gas & Electric case, the California Public Utilities Commission is mulling over terms of a possible customer “opt out” provision.

A twenty-first-century economy requires a modern electric power grid. The engagement and cooperation of all stakeholders – regulators, utilities, vendors, customers, and legislation – is a vital step. Everybody has to work together and help solve the challenges as they come up. — California Public Utilities Commission Staff

will result in a safer, more reliable, efficient, affordable and interoperable system.” As California’s energy goal is to phase out existing fossil fuel and nuclear power plants and never build new ones, the smart meter energy policy is based on the premise that consumers – faced with a controlled, if not dwindling, resource whose pricing is established to discourage use – will change their behavior to save money. “[C]onsumers have greater control over their utility bills if they log on to a utilities web site and sign up for alerts,” the PUC report says. “such as those that signal when

a customer moves to the next rate tier. The customer can use this information to change behavior and ultimately lower their monthly bills.” The PUC report says that smart grid privacy rules are based on the concepts set forth in the Fair Information Practice principles adopted by the Department of Homeland Security and are the basis for many other privacy rules. One of the smart grid rules requires that “upon a security breach affecting more than 1,000 customers, the electrical corporation notify customers within two weeks of such a breach.”

The new digital smart meter to replace current analog models. Picture courtesy of Edison.

The big picture of the big grid California is part of an interconnected Western grid that includes most of the 11 western states as well as portions of British Columbia , Alberta and Baja California (League of Women Voters energy update study guide). According to the California Public Utilities Commission in its Dec. 2011 report to the governor and the legislature on smart grid deployment, the existing creaky old power delivery system is neither efficient nor flexible enough to meet future demands – hence the concept of smart grid and smart meters.

“California’s ageing electric grid has been operating in much the same way for over 100 years,” the second annual PUC report says. “The grid must now be modernized to take advantage of innovative technologies, accommodate new supply resources and meet increasing consumer demands. “Without modernization, the existing grid is increasingly costly to maintain and is constrained to meet the growing demands that are being placed upon it. In addition, the design of the grid does not always take into practice the technological advances of the past decades. Creating a smarter grid

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Shedding light on local issues.

Articles by Tina Forde. email: • tel: 661-822-4515

‘Ownership and accountability’ in ER group

Following an enthusiastic presentation by Tehachapi Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Interim Chief Nursing Officer, the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors voted Dec. 21 to contract with Buena Vista Emergency Medical Services for emergency department and hospitalist services. An inspection and tour of the hospital by representatives of the Bakersfield group locked in the deal. “You could see their brains moving,” said Interim Chief Nursing Officer Juliana Kirby, RN. “They would be on our team.” The primary shareholders in the Buena Vista corporation are doctors Ron Ostrom, Dennis Martinez and Manish Amin. The selection team said they will be partners in building toward the new hospital. Buena Vista Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ostrom is an attending physician at Mercy and Mercy Southwest Hospital and medical director of Hall’s Ambulance. Martinez, the proposed Tehachapi medical director, is medical director at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. A military reservist, he recently returned from a tour in Iraq. Amin is an attending physician at Kern Medical Center. The hospitalist (a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients) of the group is Dr. Parikshat Sharma. “They’re local,” said Chief of Staff Dr. Susan Cribbs, DO. There’s more comfort, she said, in calling one of the group’s local doctors than a remote administrator in Florida from another physician group. The members of the Buena Vista group, Cribbs said, are “owners, administrators and

doctors in the ER.” “They have ownership and accountability,” Kirby said. “They have a democratic business model.” Growth in the Buena Vista company, she said, is based on productivity rather than seniority. The doctors will work with the rest of the hospital and they “know the transition between the hospital and the ER,” Cribbs said. The doctors are “100 percent board certified/board eligible physicians,” Kirby said. Cribbs said the emergency team is up to date on technical and computer innovations. The assessment team strongly recommended the Buena Vista group although they will charge $3,500 more a month than the current contract, saying “the difference in cost is minimal in the big picture of what Buena Vista brings to the table.” They are motivated, forward thinking and they can provide the care the community desires,” Cribbs said. “There is no reason for the community to go down the hill (for care).” Another group jockeying for the job did not impress. “The other group was a walking talking billboard,” Cribbs said. Buena Vista, on the other hand, she said, indicated “They’ll be working in the trenches.” Cribbs assured the board that Buena Vista would accept all existing hospital contracts. With a 90-day notice to the current vendor, the earliest Buena Vista can start is April 1.

Excited about new Tehachapi Hospital Emergency Department Physician Services contract, selection committee from left, Emergency Department Supervisor Lisa Bugé, RN; Interim Chief Nursing Officer Juliana Kirby, RN; Chief of Staff Dr. Susan Cribbs, DO. Photo by Tina Forde.

How to contact Pegasus

Readers who were interested in the last issue’s story on the United Pegasus Foundation, which cares for discarded race horses, may contact President Helen Meredith at 661-823-9672. The website is www. and the email is unitedpegasus@ Courtesy United Pegasus Foundation. She encourages Photo by Nick Smirnoff people to visit the

Tehachapi ranch and get actively involved with the horses. A horse can be sponsored by a tax-deductible $150 a month, and donations of any size are welcome ($20 buys a bale of hay). A gift shop at the ranch has some unusual horsey items. The address of the ranch in Tehachapi is 20411 Pegasus St., Tehachapi, CA 93561. It’s at the west end of Cummings Valley.

‘It really hurts…’

Healthcare director blasts group delaying hospital Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District Director Bill Steele, in remarks just prior to adjournment of the Dec. 21 board of directors meeting, unleashed a volley of criticism toward the group whose environmental lawsuit has halted construction of the new hospital. “Shame on you,” Steele said, addressing members of the Tehachapi Area Critical Land Use Issues Group, of whom one was publicly present. All but two of the group have chosen to remain anonymous. Steele said in November he had been at a state healthcare meeting at which he was “proud and happy” to report that Tehachapi was looking forward to the groundbreaking in December. “I was really saddened when I heard that a community group decided that they would try and put a stop to making forward progress,” Steele said. ”It really hurts.” Steele closed his remarks with an appeal to the petitioner group. “I would like to say to those who are trying to prevent this,” Steele said, “you are costing us $250,000 to $500,000 a month in delay costs and people aren’t going to hate us for trying to move forward with the new hospital, they are going to hate you for trying to stop things.

So basically, if you want people in this community to dislike you, continue to do what you are doing. Come up with some legitimate reasons and ideas and let us move forward and join us in trying to get this hospital built.” The timeline Using the tools provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to demand a full Environmental Impact Report on the Capital Hills hospital site, the land use issues group filed a petition for writ of mandate in Superior Court on Nov. 18. A law office in Santa Monica filed the suit. As a result of the lawsuit, the healthcare district cancelled the hospital groundbreaking, scheduled for Dec. 17. The board also cancelled the award of the first four construction contracts. The petitioner is in the process of gathering the administrative record, which is to be completed within 60 days of the Nov. 18 filing. After the petitioner submits the record, the healthcare district has 30 days to review it and make changes. When both sides declare the administrative record acceptable, a judge will set a hearing date. The judge could decide that the healthcare district board’s mitigated negative declaration of the project is

This chart, derived from the surveys done by the city of Tehachapi and North Star Destination Strategies in the development of the area’s new brand, shows the importance that residents place in the presence of a local hospital.

sufficient, or the judge could order a full Environmental Impact Report. In his report at the Dec. 21 meeting, hospital Project Manager Norm Clendenin said the district sent a letter to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Dec. 14 asking for an extension of the building permit. The new hospital was supposed to be under construction by Jan. 1, 2012 to stay on the state deadline for replacing the existing hospital based on seismic requirements. Clendenin said the construction team

is working with experts to put together figures for the upcoming CEQA hearing. He could not confirm the numbers Director Steele presented. The cost of delay will depend on how long hospital construction is postponed due to the legal action, he said. “We have no idea. It could be six months and they could appeal,” Clendenin said. “We are trying to establish how much it is going to cost.” The Jan. 3 Building and Planning Committee meeting was cancelled.

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Bob - the ‘Wine Guy’

Shocking Behavior

Good bye 2011. Hello 2009. Kind’a begs cellar conditions, even the size of the bottle. the question, has Bob the Wine Guy lost his All that being said, we are very excited ability to comprehend even simple math? to present our newest wine release, the 2009 No. What it Primitivo, which by really means is that all accounts – so far we say goodbye to a – promises to be our very challenging year best one yet. Please and say hello to our come out and see for newest wine to be yourself. Looking released – the 2009 back on 2011 and Primitivo Zinfandel. beyond it’s hard to This little baby has believe that we at been waiting to meet the vineyard have you for two years had five successful (that’s two years in harvests and by Bob the Wine Guy the barrel) and is now bottlings. We can almost ready to be only say thanks to consumed. Almost ready? Oh yeah bottle the wonderful people of Tehachapi for all the shock! support and encouragement they have always What the #$%&* is bottle shock given us in this great adventure (I need a anyway? “Bottle Shock” is a reaction that tissue). occurs in wine immediately after corking, Okay already, the wine word of the resulting from oxygen being absorbed during day is Garrafeira (no typos, this is really a the bottling process. This small amount of word). A Portuguese term for a reserve wine oxygen introduced during this process will with specific requirements of at least three not usually oxidize or ruin the wine, but years aging in oak and bottle before release. rather in the long run it helps during the Remember our 2009 was in the barrels for maturation process. two years, close but no cigar. Bottle shock is characterized by muted Oh this is such a good story. So my or disjointed fruit flavors in the wine. The Uncle Giuseppe is at a husband’s meeting at wine may have a flat flavor and aroma, and church when the priest asks him about his may sometimes be accompanied by an offupcoming 50th wedding anniversary. “Share putting odor. with us your secret about staying married Bottle shock can also be caused if sulfur to the same woman for 50 years?” Giuseppe dioxide is added during the bottling process, replies to the assembled husbands, “I treat also affecting the flavors and odor of the her nice, spend money on her, but best of all wine, commonly referred to as sulfites. Some I took her to Italy for our 25th anniversary.” of you students may recall that Tehachapi’s Then the priest says, “Giuseppe, you’re finest Souza Family Primitivo is unsulfited. amazing! Please tell us what you’re planning There are no solid rules for how long the for your wife for your 50th anniversary?” wine should rest in order for the bottle shock Giuseppe proudly replies, “I’m going back to to dissipate. Sources say a few days of rest Italy to pick her up!” Bada Bing... will cure bottle shock, but it can often take “Bono Natalia!” (Happy New Year!) a few weeks. The amount of time will vary BTWG (Bob the Wine Guy) Abbondanza Fortuna depending on the grape, venting process,

Jan 7 ~ 21, 2012

Mortgage Matters

It’s Time to Refinance Those ‘Big’ Loans

month. If the house appraised for $440,000, It seems like forever since we’ve had monthly savings might jump to $180 per home sales close for over $400,000 in the month. The difference is due to Tehachapi area, but recently the new loan’s mortgage insurance Bear Valley has seen a few expense, which goes down as the great closings. This could spell value goes up. opportunity for those of you You’d still want to calculate with mortgages up to $417,000 the tax implication of going who have not been able to from a “purchase” loan with MI, refinance in the past due to low in which the MI could be a tax appraisal values. deduction, to a refinance loan Last time we looked at an with MI, where the MI is not tax FHA streamline refinance for deductable. a loan amount at $370,000 and Inventories are still high, it wasn’t pretty. The new FHA by Tammy Engel, which means lots of houses for loan had a lower rate, but the Mortgage Advisor sale, which could keep prices primary mortgage insurance was and values depressed until demand outweighs so much more that it wasn’t worth rewriting supply. These recent high sales, coupled with the loan. today’s record-low interest rates, might just In that same situation, if the house be the combination you’ve needed to get your would appraise for at least $415,000 then refinance done. It’s worth checking into again a conventional refinance would work. The now. monthly savings could be just over $100 per Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage Advisor, and is the only lender in Tehachapi authorized to display the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. Reach her at 661-822-REAL with your questions about purchase, refinance, or reverse mortgage.

Congratulations Gloria Fifer from Sheryl Bovi

Congratulations to local resident Gloria Fifer, winner of the beautiful handmade railroad patchwork quilt and matching pillow sham, recently awarded by Friends of the Tehachapi Depot. This “one of a kind” design was created by local artisan Cathy Criger and donated by Marion Stephens, to whom we extend our heartfelt thanks. The quilt was offered to the public via a “chance” drawing which generated some much needed funds for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum. On behalf of our many dedicated volunteers and others who helped organize this effort, we’d like to extend our sincere appreciation and bouquet of thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for this cause. We’d also like to invite you all to visit the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum during our hours of operation: open Thursday thru Monday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. closed Tuesday and

Relay for Life Kick-Off! Tehachapi’s Relay for Life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Holiday Inn at 6 p.m. We encourage all team members and anyone interested on having a relay team to come out and join the fun.

Wednesday (Please note: extended hours during the holidays so call 823-1100 for details). In need of a unique railroad “goodie” for that special someone? Check out our gift shop, where you’ll find a variety of collectibles and souvenirs to choose from that won’t disappoint. From all of us at the Depot…here’s wishing you and yours a very happy New Year!

The Relay For Life will be held on Sat. July 14 and 15 at Jacobson Middle School at 8:30 p.m. For more information please contact Event Chair Barb Villaseñor at 661-332-4975.

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like they are being attacked. They are not When you hear the word ego, what being attacked but the image they have of comes to mind? Do you think themselves and their opinion of someone who is bragging, has them believe they are under arrogant, and stuck up – with a attack. big head? This concept really blew my Well I have some news mind because, when ever I say for you. Anything you identify something to someone in my life yourself with is ego. Whether (not naming names) about another it is your job, your car, your possibility; he or she gets this property, your position, or how look on his or her face like I have much you have in the bank. just cut off his or her arm. Nothing, in this world that you Things don’t make you possess or do not posses, defines worthy, better, or more valuable who you are. including your thoughts and Ego is the opposite of being Charisse Rudolph ideas. authentic. We are our best when ~The Leadership~ Understanding the ego is we are being authentic. Your having the awareness of your true self and anger is ego. If you ever have the thought “ your ego self. If you can learn to recognize it, How dare he or she” or “This shouldn’t be ego can be diminished. When your ego comes happening to me,” it is your ego. up, observe and recognize it, and then let it When your ego is steering you, it is fear go. The ability to know the truth of yourself of not being good enough just the way you and to have awareness is how you disconnect are. When you stray from the truth your ego from ego. Don’t live a lie, don’t speak a lie, takes over. That is when you are not being don’t be a lie. When you are not being true to authentic. yourself, you are operating out of fear, you not “Ego is false power. It cannot hold up operating out of the real you, and you can’t with the sands of time. We all have an ego be true to yourself unless you know who that that shows up when we least expect it. Ego person is. is a false sense of self, based on mental How does your ego show up in your life? concepts.” — Eckart Tolle It shows up every time you buy something Listen to this. When someone questions you cannot afford and didn’t need. It shows up someone else’s opinion and that other person gets angry and aggressive – that is when you extend your self – not authentically, also ego. The thought they hold is like a but out of guilt. Every time someone disagrees mental possession. Anyone who questions with you and you feel offended your ego is that possession becomes the enemy because your defense. Every time you are pretending their opinion makes the other person feel to be someone you are not it is your ego. Until the next time, “To Thy own self be true!” Today’s Quote: ~It is not possible for people to hurt me. They have their opinion, and I give it meaning.~ The next column, A Powerful New Year.

The Butcher’s Wife

Happy Holidays to all... family, friends, and fans, and best in large full slices and lay in bottom of iron wishes for a happy and healthy New Year! pot. Place seasoned beef on top of onion slices What better way to ring in the New Year in pot and then then with this delicious pot roast Sprinkle one (or two) recipe from my “Dear Gramma packages of onion soup mix over Clare” on how to cook up the top of beef. tastiest 7-Bone roast ever! I lift Add 2 cups of water over my wine glass now for. “A toast and around beef in a “moat-like” to the roast that’s the most!” (Yes, fashion. I boast!) Cook in 500 degree, preGramma Clare’s 7-Bone heated oven for about 20 minutes. Roast Beef Uncovered. Ingredients: Then take roast out and turn Choose a nicely marbled 3 to oven down to 275 degrees. Tony and Tomi Nuckolls, 5 pound, 7-bone roast Open can of Cream of Butcher and Wife 1 medium sized yellow onion Mushroom soup, pour over roast 1 or 2 packages of powdered and spread over it evenly. onion soup mix like Lipton’s Add more water if needed to keep water 1 can of cream of mushroom soup level at about 1 to 2 inches deep around roast. 1 tablespoon of garlic salt w/ 2 cups Cover pot and return to oven. Let it water “slow roast” at 275 for about four to six 1 Large iron soup pot (Dutch oven) with hours. (Depending on size of roast) Check Iron lid... (The “secret ingredient”)! occasionally to be sure water/juice level does Directions: not drop below ½ inch deep. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Now, sit back and sip a glass of wine. You Season both sides of roast with garlic can even add a bit to the pot if you’d like. I salt, pepper or other seasoning of your know I like! And that’s it! The delicious aroma liking. filling the house is reason enough to cook this You can also spread a bit of horseradish roast – to taste it is to love it! over top of meat too if you’d like. Don’t forget! The best cuts of beef to Place roast in a hot skillet and sear on prepare this recipe for roast perfection can be all sides first. Cut one medium yellow onion found at “The Butcher Shop.” The Butcher Shop is located on Hwy 202 and Woodford Tehachapi road in the new Grand Oaks Plaza, between the Shell station and Frosty King. Come on by and try our 100 percent natural Harris Ranch Beef or call us at 661-822-9600 We’re open seven days a week. This article is by Tomy Nuckolls and Leslie. Reynolds. See the front for our ad special!

Short Flights

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The Father of Alaskan Aviation

When America was drawn into World As our weather grows colder, I find War I, he saw his chance to fly and enlisted my thoughts drifting towards our friends in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Jan. 1918. in Anchorage, Alaska. I look at the weather Before his flight training was report in the newspaper each completed, the war ended and day and always check the America’s need for pilots ended temperatures in Anchorage and with the war. In March 1919 Fairbanks, Alaska. B-r-r-r-r-r! I Eielson was commissioned a usually feel much warmer after second lieutenant and received doing that! his discharge papers the same Whenever we visit day. Anchorage, we head to the He attended college to Alaska Aviation Heritage satisfy his parents, but also Museum next to Lake Hood did some barnstorming in the and become lost in the vintage Midwest for three years. In aircraft and old photographs of by Cathy Hansen 1922 he accepted an offer to the pioneering pilots of the far teach general science, English and physical north. education at a high school in Fairbanks, What incredible spirit these men had! Alaska. It is totally unbelievable to imagine the He was overwhelmed with the vastness suffering they endured in the bitter frozen of Alaska and saw a need for aviation in the arctic, yet they opened a new frontier and area. With his vision he was able to convince furthered aviation in a place that cried out to some Fairbanks businessmen that commercial their adventuresome spirits. aviation would be a profitable business Carl Benjamin “Ben” Eielson is known venture in the Alaskan interior. That is when as the father of Alaskan aviation history. He the Farthest North Aviation Company was arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska to work as a formed in 1922. school teacher in 1923. Eielson started the Eielson won a postal contract in 1924, “Farthest North Airplane Company” using a a 300-mile route between Fairbanks and 1917 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. McGrath. Unfortunately the contract was He flew the first airmail in Alaska, flying withdrawn in May of that year and, after a from Fairbanks to McGrath on Feb. 21, 1924, few more months as an Alaskan bush pilot; in a period of little over three hours. The same he enlisted in the Army Air Service and journey by dog sled took three weeks! Eielson spent a year at Langley Field in Virginia, received his flight training in the U.S. Army then returned home to North Dakota. Air Corps before going to Alaska. “After developing fame as an Alaska bush pilot, he was engaged by Arctic explorer Hubert Wilkins to pilot him. Eielson and Wilkins were the first two individuals to fly over both the Arctic and the Antarctic,” the book description from “Polar Pilot” by Dorothy G. Page. Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins, well known for exploits in the Arctic, enlisted Eielson for an expedition to the North Pole and a possible trans-polar flight from the northern coast of Alaska to Greenland. Two attempts were Carl Ben Eielson in 1924 standing next to his partially built made, but achievements of the trips JN-4 in Fairbanks, Alaska were less than satisfactory. The third attempt was a huge success and the two Beginning in July 1923, Eielson flew men flew 2,200 miles over the polar icecap his open-cockpit Curtiss JN-4 Jenny out of from Alaska, all the way to Spitzbergen Fairbanks. The Eielson Company constituted Island, Greenland. Later in 1928, Eielson the first commercial air service in Interior accompanied Wilkins on an Antarctic Alaska. expedition, and they became the first men to Eielson fly over both Polar Regions of the world in was born the same year. in Hatton, He was decorated with the Distinguished North Dakota Flying Cross and won the 1928 Harmon in 1897, and Trophy for the greatest American aviation – despite feat of the year. Eielson Air Force Base near an interest Fairbanks, Alaska and the Liberty Ship SS in aviation Carl B. Eielson are named in his honor. that went Eielson went on to become a famous back to his Alaskan and international air hero before childhood – the 18-year-old his untimely death in Siberia in 1929 trying to rescue stranded passengers and cargo Midwesterner aboard a freight ship caught in the ice off pursued a the Siberian coast. His Curtiss Jenny (JNlaw degree at 4) fuselage still exists and hangs in the his parents Fairbanks International Airport Terminal. If urging, at the you want to know more about this intrepid University of pilot, buy the book Polar Pilot: The Carl Ben North Dakota, Eielson Story by the late Dorothy Page of and later the Eielson, dressed for cold Wasilla, Alaska, and published in 1992. University of weather flying, leaning against the main gear of a Fokker F.VII Happy New Year! Wisconsin Tri-motor. See you on our next flight!

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Financial Focus

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When Should You Start Taking Social Security This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

If you’re of a certain age, the new year see into the future, but given your family means you’re that much closer to a day you history and general health, you can make may have anticipated with a combination an educated guess about your projected of humor and resignation – longevity. If you’re fairly specifically, the day you’re confident that – once you reach eligible for Social Security. Just 66 –, you’ve still got another because you can take Social two or more decades in front of Security, it doesn’t mean you you, you may want to consider must take it. So should you? delaying taking Social Security Before we get to that past age 62. question, let’s review the basic E: Your employment status rules governing Social Security – If you’re under full retirement payments. You can typically age – between 62 and 66 – then start collecting benefits at age for every two dollars you earn Ben Graham 62, but you’ll get only about 75 over $14,640 (in 2012), you’ll Edward jones percent of what you’d receive lose one dollar in Social Security Financial Advisor if you waited until your “full” benefits. In the months before retirement age, which varies according to you reach your full retirement age, for every your birth year but is most likely 66. You’ll three dollars you earn over $38,880 (again, get even bigger monthly checks if you delay for 2012), you’ll lose one dollar in benefits. collecting them until you’re past 66, and Starting in the month you reach your full you’ll “max out” on your payments once you retirement age, you can earn as much as you reach 70. want without losing any benefits. So the question boils down to this: N: Your need, including your other Should you start collecting Social Security sources of retirement income – however, early – thereby receiving smaller, but more if you have a pension or you’ve built numerous, checks – or later, when your substantial resources in your IRA, your checks will be bigger but fewer? 401(k) or other employer-sponsored If you really need the money once you retirement plan, and you can support your reach 62, you’ve already got your answer. income needs with modest withdrawals If you could potentially afford to wait, we from these accounts, you might decide it’s recommend you view your decision through worthwhile to delay taking Social Security a LENS: to maximize your benefits. Remember that L: Your projected lifespan – You can’t regardless of your Social Security decision, you typically would have to pay a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty if you started taking withdrawals from these accounts before you reach age 59½. S: Your spouse/marital status – If you’re single, you basically just need to think of yourself when making this decision. However it’s a different story if you’re married. If you die first, your spouse can keep receiving his or her own Social Security benefit or receive yours – whichever is larger. Consequently, you and your spouse will want to coordinate when you take Social Security benefits so that you can maximize the benefit for the spouse likeliest to live longer. The choice of when to start taking Social Security can affect your lifestyle throughout your retirement years – so weigh all the factors and make the choice that’s right for you.

Jan 7 ~ 21, 2012

Meet Your New Neighbors

Erika and Damian Chaney are new be a very bright young lady with lots of to us, coming from Abilene, Texas. Erika energy, so I have no doubt she will reach and Damian went to the same high school, her goal. but didn’t actually meet Amanda is into “extreme” each other until they began couponing, and says you must to hang out with mutual be careful to look at all details friends. of the policies in order to work Damian’s job as a wind it just right and get the most out technician with the wind of each coupon. I recently saw turbines brought them to a couple of ladies on TV that Tehachapi last November. were into couponing as though They have a busy little fourit were a job. In fact one of the year-old, soon to be five, ladies said she saved so much that mom Erika is able to on groceries that she was able stay home with while dad to be a full-time mom, and the by Evie Campbell-Best is at work. Erika is really family was able to get by on one Welcome Hostess into couponing. She says she income. does most of her searching I could hardly believe for coupons on line. my eyes watching them fill up several This is somewhat time consuming, but carts in the grocery store and paying well worth it when you can go shopping totals of like $36 for hundreds of dollars and get your groceries and sundries for as worth of groceries. They each had very little as half price and even free on some well organized pantries in their homes items if you work it just right. that resembled a small grocery store. I Erika and Damian are really enjoying say way to go, if you have the time and their new experiences in Tehachapi. energy to do this. We wish you much Welcome, to the Chaneys. success, Amanda, on your educational Amanda Emerson and Brad endeavors, and happiness to both you and Campbell are new to us from Texas. Brad in your new community. Amanda was born in Brownwood, Texas Arisa and James Mashore and and Brad was born in Little Rock, Texas. their adorable little James Jr. – age Amanda and Brad met through their 15-months – have come to Tehachapi from parents. Amanda’s father works at the Lancaster. Arisa was born and raised in Humane Society in Texas and Brad’s Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her father’s mother just happens to be Amanda’s job brought them to California when she father’s boss. was 16. James was born and raised in Brad and Amanda have known Monterey, Calif. They met each other in each other for eight years and of course Lancaster, Calif. have their parents’ blessings for their Arisa has recently gotten a job with relationship. Now that is a new slant on an insurance company in Bakersfield in getting your parents approval for your the claims department. James is a stayrelationship: I mean, having the parents at-home dad, and going to school online introducing their kids to each other just to get his certificate in copy editing. This has to be a good way to start out. job would allow him to continue staying Brad is a wind technician with the at home with James Jr. and do his editing wind turbines, and Amanda is going to job from home. I love to see the creative school online through the University ways that people figure out to make of Phoenix. She is currently working things work best for their family’s needs. towards preparing herself to work in the This is a sweet family and I hope they are administration end of medical records. able see their plans come to fruition and Her ultimate goal is to eventually earn everything works out well for them in a Masters in gerontology. She seems to their new community.

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On the Bright Side

Counting My Blessings Fridays. The good artisans at Gallery ‘N’ Looking back over the year 2011, I Gifts have also helped by covering my shifts can’t help but think about how hard it was. It that I haven’t been able to work. started out early with the death of a friend, I am also counting the followed by the deaths of two blessings of being in the uncles, and more passings capable hands of the physical of friends and loved ones – therapists at Stone Mountain including having to put my dog – Dan, Moe and Julie – and down – and more people I love the staff of Silka and Emily, facing various losses of their for they are getting me own. ready to stand on my own I myself had a particularly (literally) and their patience difficult challenge in the last and willingness to listen and part of the year with getting a fit a program to my particular new knee and trying to get back needs is invaluable. to walking normally and being by Mel White Now I am much better more active. Not to mention and much stronger and mostly getting off the that business wasn’t good for anyone last walker and using a cane (and looking forward year and I, like everyone else, am adjusting to a better every day), but some things are to doing with less and sometimes wondering still hard and these same people are still if and how I will be able to support myself. transporting me to and from physical therapy Through it all I also can’t help but and other errands, and helping in whatever remember all the blessings that I experienced ways they can. As independent as I tend to be through 2011 as well. The blessings are (I’m used to doing things for myself, thank always there, always happening, but you very much), these friends have been a sometimes they are hard to see through the blessing in the two different forms: lessons challenges. So today I’m making an effort to about accepting help when I need it as well remember all the good stuff. as the actual help that made me feel safe and Especially lately, through the knee comfortable and well cared for. operation and recovery, I’m thinking of These most recent blessings are the blessings I have in the form of friends foremost in my mind, but there have been – I don’t know what I would have done other blessings through the last year. Starting without them. Janet and Koko taking me to with friends and family, including pets, my the hospital and visiting me there during life is full and happy. I meet new people all those long days of recovery (all the way to the time who are fun and funny and loving Palmdale); Willie, Ruthanne, Leila, Ako, and a joy to be around. It’s easy to get Cheryl G and Amy visiting and bringing distracted, sometimes, by the people who me things I needed in the rehab center in are unkind or uncaring, but I feel blessed to Lancaster (not least of which were In-andknow that there are more loving people in my Out burgers and much needed laughter). life than the other kind, more people who lift Once I was home the help from these rather than try to keep me or others down, wonderful friends didn’t stop either as I more people who are open and generous than was mostly unable to take care of some those who are rigid and sometimes downright of the simplest things for myself. Janet, mean. Koko, Leila, Ako, and Lynne all took So I guess in thinking about and turns bringing me lunches and performing counting my blessings today I’m mostly household tasks or running errands (to the thinking about people. I have other blessings, grocery store, etc); Willie Ray and Cheryl of course, but the human relationships are the W cooked home-cooked meals for me (such ones that mean the most and count the most, a treat!); Lynne, Sherrie and Leila provided and I am thankful every day that I am so rich rides to the Antelope Valley for doctor in people. appointments and further procedures. I hope you’ll take a minute or two to In addition Cheryl G has kept things think about your own blessings, and here’s going at the Art Center and the artists of a wish for all of us that those blessings CrossRoads have stepped up to help with continue and multiply in this New Year. extra efforts for the past couple of First © Marilda Mel White Mel White, blessed since birth over 60 years ago, has been looking on the bright side for various publications since 1996; she welcomes your comments at

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Lost in the Stars

To Thine Own Self

Here in the new year, some of the events own minds, and inflate our egos. All too often, I’ve attended encouraged us to come up with we tend to tear ourselves down. We listen to a slogan for the new year. Something more our inner critic and let ourselves believe things general than a resolution, but a about ourselves that simply aren’t thought to guide oneself through true. Under this definition the the year. So I have selected the slogan starts to transmute into slogan of: “To thine own self be something more like Socrates’ true”. “Know Thyself”. This comes out of Hamlet However, as the physicist and comes at the end of a speech Richard Feynman noted, the by Polonious to Laertes. While easiest person to fool is yourself this piece of advice seems clear, – but you shouldn’t. So how there are actually different does a person keep from fooling interpretations. Today when themselves? Well Feynman’s we hear the quote we might answer is science. So perhaps the understand it as “Be yourself”. techniques of science provide a by Mark ‘Doc’ Fisher Many of us put on masks and way for us to be true to ourselves. facades giving the world a different impression So approach this as a scientific problem. of who we are than our own ideas of ourselves. What are the things you believe to be There’s a lot of good advice out there that to true? If those things really are true, what be happy you just need to “be yourself” and are some things that you can predict from end the pretense. them. Then test those predictions. When That’s not what Polonious probably your predictions come true, then you can feel meant. His advice, made a few centuries confident that your original beliefs are likely ago, in the context of other things said in to be true. However, just like in science, his speech is more likely to have meant that everything is subject to continual testing. his was encouraging his son Laertes to do When your predictions turn out to be the right thing. By doing the right things, false? Well, that means that your theory, in this he would be taking care of himself, and his case about yourself, needs revision. Sometimes reputation. Now this too is very good advice. this may end up meaning you’re not as good When we do the right things, we usually are at something as you thought. Often, given the making things better for ourselves and others. prevalence of inner critics telling ourselves we Too bad that the problem is determining what can’t do something, it will mean that maybe – the right thing is. just maybe – you’re better at things than you However “true” has many meanings. For thought. me it generally means reliable and accurate. So take this new year as a time to All to often we end up lying to ourselves. learn something new, something true, about Sometimes we’ll build ourselves up, in our yourself. If you would like to let me know what you think, send me an email at If you would like links to additional information visit my blog at

Memories of the Mayor

A Reflection of 2011 In my last memory I told the story about System and Quality of Life is all about. my Willy’s Jeep. This time I think I will I look at our school system and how we reflect back on 2011 and remember the good now have three distinguished schools, we (and bad) of it all. excel in academics and sports. Tehachapi is a thriving Last year over $220,000 were and growing city and with that given to students in the way of comes what we call “Growing Scholarships. Pains”. That can be bad or The issues of Wal-Mart good, and I guess it depends on and the new hospital are still your own personal perspective. on-going, but whatever happens Looking back to the beginning I know within my own heart of 2011, I knew as the new that we will all go on with life incoming Mayor that there and make the best of it because were issues that would have to that is how Tehachapians by Ed Grimes be dealt with. I also knew that the are. I also know that this year as Community would come together and Mayor I will have other challenges. make things happen in a positive way. While I don’t know what they will be but it will we as adults don’t always get our way, we can be dealt with in a positive and thoughtful agree to disagree. manner. While I don’t believe in New Year’s That is what makes Tehachapi live Up. I resolutions, mainly because they are never remember as a child when I didn’t get my way really kept, I do want all of us to think of I would sometimes say I will hold my breath ways we can interact in a more positive until you give in. That lasted about one minute manner – not with anger in our eyes. when I couldn’t hold it any longer. As an adult Sometimes the anger issue alarms me more we can only hold our breath so long and then than anything else. we must go on. For the most part that is what If we continue to think positive makes Tehachapi what it is. thoughts and not dwell on the negative, a lot Our value system and our Quality of Life of good things are going to happen. I have are far superior to that of most California always said my glass is half full, not half cities. I think of the Jon Hammonds, the Dick empty. If we fight the good fight, finish the Johnsons, the Novingers, the Sam Conklins, course, and keep the faith – good things are Mary Lou Vashons, and the countless others going to happen. Got to go but remember who really do form the basis of what our Value God is watching us...

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’Happenings round town‘

Local Entertainment Calendar

Schedules are subject to change. Please contact the venues to confirm. The Apple Shed 2nd Friday - Alicia Hansen - Violin 233 E. Tehachapi Blvd. - 823-8333 2nd Saturday - Geezers - Folk Music 1st Friday - Will James and Maria – 3rd Friday - Moving On - Multiple Celtic & Traditional Genres 1st Saturday - Jo Stone – Piano Music 3rd Saturday - Craig Shaw – Folk 1st Sunday - Moving On – Multiple Music Genres 4th Friday - Pat Strong – Country/ 2nd Friday - Geezers – Folk Music Ballads 2nd Saturday - Guy & Debbie Martin 4th Saturday - Jug Band – Mood - Acustic Guitar and Vocal Music 2nd Sunday - Craig Shaw – Folk Senior Center Music 500 E. F St. - 822-5412 3rd Friday - Tony Vice – Mondays - Dominos and Line Country Music Dancing 1-3 p.m. 3rd Saturday - Mountain Pass Oldies Tuesdays - Wood Carving, Pinochle at 11 a.m. and Bingo at 5:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday - Moving On – Multiple Genres Wednesdays - Wii Bowling 1-3 p.m. 4th Friday - Max Valentino – Thursdays - Bridge/Cards 10 a.m. Acoustic Guitar Fridays - Poker 4th Saturday - Pat Strong – Saturdays - Bingo Country/Ballads Tehachapi Mtn. Pub 4th Sunday - Craig Shaw - Folk Music 20717 South St. - 822-0788

City Slickers Restaurant & Saloon 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. - 822-4939 Wednesdays - Line Dancing Fridays - DJ Saturdays - Live Music Fiddlers Crossing 206 E. “F” Street - 823-9994 Open Mike on Wednesdays. Saturday, Jan. 14 - Blue Mustard Unplugged $15. Saturday, Jan. 21 - Patrick Ball, Irish Harpist & Storyteller $15. Saturday, Feb. 11 - Dave Stamey, Cowboy entertainer SOLD OUT. La Bella Italian Bistro 209 S. Green St. 822-7419 1st Friday - Moving On - Multiple Genres 1st Saturday - Maria Werth- Mix

Saturdays - DJ Tehachapi Christian Store 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. - 822-0626 Friday, Jan. 13 - 7-9 p.m. The “Fight Like This” band is playing. Free live concert. Veterans Hall 125 E. “F” St. - 661-303-3454 Fridays - Bingo Wine & Cheese Cellar 695 Tucker Rd. - 822-6300. Fridays, Saturdays - Live music. Last Sunday of the month - Live Music, call to find out who is playing. Main Street Tehachapi Events Call 822-6519 for details Saturday, Feb. 11 - 5:30-9 p.m. Main Street’s Valentines Wine and Chocolate Walk. Pick up tickets at the Apple Shed or Picture Perfect.

Tehachapi Karaoke Schedule City Slickers

Domingo’s Mexican Restaurant

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221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. - 822-7500 3rd Friday of the month 7 - 11 p.m. Karaoke with Eric Open to VFW members & guests only!

1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. - 822-4939 Every Tuesday and Thursday 8 to 11 p.m. with DJ Emma 123 W. “F” St. - 822-3889 Every Monday and Thursday: Phyllis Fisher & Travis. 5 p.m. ’til ?

20416 Hwy 202 - 822-7611 Wednesdays 7:30 - 11 p.m.


Club Meetings, Mixers and More

Monday, January 9

Tehachapi Mountain Quilters meets at 9:30 a.m. at BVS Church. Contact Judy Dobbins at 821-4056 for gate pass.

Wednesday, January 11

Free Health Seminar at Tehachapi Senior Center. R.S.V.P 823-7348 or 972-6895 Dr. Darren Robinson D.C.

Tuesday, January 17

Main Street Board Meeting Aspen

Builders conference room at 5:30 p.m. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday, January 18

Main Street Mixer at the Train Depot at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21 E-Waste Recycling at Monroe High School parking lot. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benefits go to Tompkins Elementary “After School Program.”

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Community News

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Installation & Recognition Gala

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner and Recognition Gala will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Villa La Paz at the National Chavez Center, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, Keene, CA. We will be installing the 2012 Board of Directors and the incoming Chairperson Lorraine Berry, as well as honoring our outgoing Chairperson Marty Pay and outgoing Director Kathy Carey. We will also be recognizing our 2012 Citizen of the Year “Mary Ann Hester”, our 2012 Small Business of the Year “Books & Crannies” and our 2012 Large Business of the Year “Aspen Builders, Inc.” The evening will be begin with the social hour at 5:30 p.m. (no-host bar) Dinner 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony immediately following. The cost is $50 per person. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday Jan. 13, 2012 by calling the Chamber at 661-822-4180. January Chamber Luncheon Please join the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce at our January Chamber Network Luncheon, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 Noon at Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory, 1100 Tehachapi Blvd, #A. Our guest speaker will be Chris Kirk with the City of Tehachapi. Chris will be providing an update on the “Tehachapi Community Branding.” What is a brand? According to the City of Tehachapi and their consulting team, Northstar Destination Strategies, its what people say about you when you’re not around. So how can the City and the greater Tehachapi community improve what people are saying about us? That’s exactly what the City and its partners, including the Chamber, have been working to figure out and now, they’re ready to share what they’ve found with you. The cost is $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for Non-chamber members, which includes lunch. Reservations are required. Please make your reservation by calling the Chamber at 661-822-4180. Reservation deadline is Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. AAUW Sponsors Event at BeeKay American Association of University Women (AAUW) is raising funds for local scholarships by sponsoring a special afternoon at the BeeKay Theatre. It will be held Feb. 5 and begins at 2 p.m. with the performance of Neil Simon’s Sunshine Boys. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and you will want to arrive early to buy tickets for the many items in the fundraising drawing. You will want to stay after the play is over and enjoy the delicious food and beverages which will be served in the lobby. This fundraiser is an annual event for AAUW, and it has become very popular with everyone. Tickets are $20 and have always sold out before the performance. Tickets are now available from Picture Perfect, ‘Hachapi Tees, and Bear Valley Country Store. You may also purchase them from any AAUW member or by calling Tommie at 661-822-1185. Those with season tickets may trade them in and

pay the difference between the purchased price and the event price.

Tehachapi Library Keeps on Rolling into the New Year!

The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library will keep on rolling into the New Year. The special event for the January will be National Book Week from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21. The Friends of the Tehachapi Library will serve coffee and juice to enjoy while spending some quality time at the library. Remember branch hours at Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other library activities will continue. Preschool Storytime is on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. The Sign Language Classes are on Thursday afternoons. The 4:30 p.m. class is for children and the 5:30 p.m. class is for adults. The Fiction Writers’ Critiques Group will be on Tuesday Jan. 3, 17, and 31. This group meets form 5:30pm to 7:00 pm. The Friends of the Tehachapi Library will be having a general meeting on Monday Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcomed. The Tehachapi Branch is located in the Tehachapi Crossing Shopping Center. Call 661-822-4938 for more information about these activities and any other services offered by the Kern County Library.

Supervisor Scrivner Community Meeting Regarding Ed Oakley Hall

BAKERSFIELD – Supervisor Scrivner announced a community meeting set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 6PM to determine local interest in the County of Kern selling or leasing Ed Oakley Hall to a private party, and to discuss that potential process. The community gathering place was closed down by the county because of budget cutbacks to the Parks Department. However locals in the Twin Oaks/Caliente area have expressed a desire to reopen the facility under private auspices. “It is important to me to get feedback from the area residents, in order to determine their level of support, as early as possible, and well before the county begins the process of selling or leasing Ed Oakley Hall to a private party,” said Scrivner. What: Community Meeting to discuss sale/lease of Ed Oakley Hall When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. Where: Ed Oakley Hall, Twin Oaks.

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Regular Worship is Important

~ Your Community News & Entertainment Guide, Since 2001

By Rev. Daniel Alsop, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Some people have asked me why it is important to regularly attend worship services. Sometimes they even say that they can pray to God just as well at home. It is true that God is everywhere and He has promised to listen to our prayers where ever we are. However there are many reasons to regularly gather together and worship with others who know Jesus as their Savior. God knows everything about us and always guides us to what is best for us. He

Tehachapi Valley Arts Association to Sponsor Photo Contest By Susanna Monette

The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association will be holding it’s semi-annual photo contest in February. Photos will be accepted from Jan. 23 to 30 at Gallery ‘N Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. in Tehachapi. Entries are $5 each with a maximum of seven photos from an individual. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photos must be mounted or matted not to exceed 11” x 14”. Full or part-time professional photographers who receive all or a majority of their income from photography are not eligible to compete. All others may enter – regardless of age or address, a digital shooter or a film lover, an outdoor enthusiast or a studio photographer – you can enter the contest. Winners will receive ribbons and cash prizes. Images will be judged on overall photographic and artistic quality. Categories that will be includes in the contest are: · Tehachapi · Travel / Architecture · Black and White · Digital Darkroom · Details & Macro · People/ Portrait · Flowers and Still Life · Youth Photography Applications along with instructions and a contest description are available at Gallery ‘N Gifts, online at or by calling 661-822-6062. An Awards Reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gallery ‘N Gifts. The photos will be available for viewing at the Gallery throughout the month of February.

said in the New Testament book of Hebrews, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” God loves us and wants us to live in the peace and joy that comes from having a close relationship with Him. God knows that setting aside time regularly to worship Him and learn more about His will for our lives will keep our faith strong and make us better servants in His kingdom. God created this world and sent His Son into the world to pay for our sins. God the Holy Spirit has come into our hearts and granted us faith and the assurance of eternal life in heaven. And God continues to provide for us and guide us each day. All of these things fill us with joy and a desire to regularly set aside some time to focus our attention on God and to offer Him our praise. The world today is filled with temptations. Each week we hear people encouraging us to put our hope for happiness on worldly things and to plan our future without considering God’s desires for us. We may not even realize that the message the world is sending us is that we should make obtaining possessions and pleasures our highest priority. So, it is vitally important that we take some time regularly to think about God and to remember what His will is for our life. The Bible says that regular worship of God is especially important as we realize that the Day of the Lord is approaching. This means whenever the signs of the Second Coming of Christ are happening around us we should remember that we need to stay close to God. Jesus said that wars, famines and earthquakes should remind us that the end could come at any time. All of these things are happening in our world each day. Since we do not know when our Lord will return, it is very important that we should, at all time, stay close to Him and stay ready for Him. The Bible also says that gathering for regular worship is not just about keeping our own faith strong. We also come to church to be a witness for other people. Even if you feel like your faith is strong enough, you can think about how your presence at a worship service would be a blessing for someone else. You would be there to offer encouragement to other people, as God instructs us to do. May God bless you as you discover and follow His will for you including regularly worshiping Him.

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Ask the Advocate How do I Prove That I’m Disabled?

Social Security’s Definition of Disability Other Things Social Security Considers Social Security has its own specific In many cases Social Security will also definition of disability. Other agencies’ look at your age, education, and past work decisions about disability (like experience – including any skills VA, the Department of Human you have learned at jobs you held Services in your County, or over the last fifteen years. Workers’ Compensation) are not Some people think that Social binding on Social Security. Security will decide that they are For most disability claims disabled if they can’t go back to (there are four different categories their old job. This is not always of Social Security disability true. Social Security will look at benefits, each a little different), your duties at your old jobs to see you must prove that you cannot if you learned any skills which do any substantial gainful work you might be able to use in another activity because of one or more easier kind of job, and then decide physical or mental medical whether you can physically or by Diana Wade, Disability Advocate problems, backed up with clear mentally do that kind of work. medical evidence. The younger and more This serious disability must last for at educated you are, the easier they think it will least twelve continuous months, or else be be for you to adjust to a new job. For this expected to result in death. You can file a reason it is somewhat harder for younger people claim before you have been disabled for twelve to get disability (although it is certainly not months, but you must be able to prove that your impossible), and easier for some older people to disability is certain to last that long in order to qualify. qualify. Social Security is not allowed to consider The Importance of Medical Proof whether you would be hired by someone, or You must have hard medical evidence the fact that you have not been hired when of some physical or mental problem, or you applied for a job. All they can consider combination of problems, which keeps you is whether jobs exist somewhere in the U. S. from working. which could be done by a person of your age, For this reason, it is very important to be education, and work experience with your under regular medical care at all times. Social medical conditions. Security must rely on medical information If there are jobs that you can possibly do, from a doctor, hospital, or clinic to measure you will be found not disabled. On the other how severe your condition is. No matter how hand, you do not have to be in a wheelchair or sick or hurt you say you are, Social Security is a nursing home to get benefits; you just have to not allowed to pay you benefits without a clear be unable to work. Whether you can actually medical explanation of why you are disabled. get a job does not count. An Accredited Disability Representative with more than 16 years experience, Diana Wade believes her clientele can be comfortable knowing that she is recognized by SSA and a charter member of NADR. To contact Ms. Wade call 661-821-0494, email or visit

Tehachapi Skywatch Signing Off for Now As some of you may know, I have an increasingly serious problem in my neck that now requires surgery. Until I recover, I have been ordered to stay away from the keyboard. Therefore this will be my last appearance in The Loop for a while. Until then, keep your eye on the sky! — Dale ‘Hawk’ Hawkins The Loop staff would like to thank Dale Hawkins for his contribution to our local paper. We won’t be the same while he is absent. Best wishes ‘“Hawk” and we wish you good luck with your surgery and recovery. — The Loop Staff

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Good Schepherd Preschool January 2012 Student of the Month Hi! My name is Avery and I am three years old. I was born several weeks premature, so sometimes I’m a little slower at learning how to do things than some of my other classmates, but I don’t let that bother me at all. Like walking … it took me awhile to figure that one out, but boy, oh boy, once I got the hang of it, everyone had to watch out! I was off like a speeding bullet. Now I hardly ever walk anymore because I discovered that running is so much more fun! I’m about three-feet tall and keep everyone busy from the time I get up in the morning until I wear everyone out and have to go to bed at night. I have light brown hair and I’m so full of fun that my eyes are brown! I have lots of “favorites.” Pink is my favorite color and when it comes to food, my very most favorites are yogurt and pizza — not necessarily in that order though. I have lots of friends: Kamy, Andrew, Holly, Keenan, Kendall, Noah, Matthew and Gage top my list. Besides my daddy and mommy and my grandpas and grandmas. I have two older sisters, Madison and Ingrid, and I have a younger sister too. Her name is Alexis. My favorite animal is a horse and I love to play with my sock monkey and toy school bus. My favorite thing to do is play and sing, especially the ABC song and “Five Speckled

Frogs.” I haven’t decided yet what I want to do when I grow up. There are just so many careers to choose from, I’ll just have to make up my mind later. I sure wouldn’t want to miss out on something new and exciting, ya know! If you get a chance, you should stop by the Good Shepherd Preschool and see me some time! Love, Avery

Success here at Mulberry Place Assisted Living Community by Jenifer Ashley

Over the past eight weeks since we’ve made “big”changes in our Executive Team, we here at Mulberry Place have focused on teaching our Residents in working with computers trying to help them in focusing and having the patience in working with special programs to keep their minds active. Daniel shown in this picture loves doing puzzles and looks forward to our Residents computer days. He has truly opened up, to the point where he is showing signs of improvement in his skills of communications. If you notice in the picture where Daniel is working on his puzzle, he has his water bottle sitting right next to him. Daniel will

now approach our hydration center and help himself, along with his friend and roommate Bruce where as before we would have to remind them or just fill up their hydration bottles for them. Bruce loves to sit and do cross word puzzles, solitaire and going to the Tehachapi Senior Center. We here at Mulberry will do whatever it takes to make sure our staff is trained proper to handle all types of conditions and make sure all of our Residents are taken care of and their needs are met at 100 percent. Please feel free to schedule an appointment to take a tour or join us for lunch anytime Monday through Friday.

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Charisse Rudolph from Rising Moon Ranch is amused after contact in the team was broken, and the consequence was blind folding two of the members.

The object was to catch and halter a horse, without breaking contact with the group. The Horse represented a dream or goal. The horses were running wild until they began to work as a team.

Healing Horses & Armed Forces By Charisse Rudolph

“What are you going to do with your ranch? It is so big, what are your plans? Are you going to board horses and train? Are you going to give lessons?” These are the questions I get all the time about Rising Moon Ranch. We looked at it and thought we could have made a paint ball area in the indoor arena. We thought about breeding horses. If we got the old Dressage Extension we thought about being the local veterinarian. ‘We could have concerts in there?’ Even my husband wondered and thought I was nuts after we bought this place and I would tell him we needed this or that. I would say, “When the people come we will need some crossties here, or something else over there.” He and our worker at the time kept saying, “You are nuts, there are no people.” But I knew! My husband Vic Martin and I held our first, “Healing Horses & Armed Forces” program on Dec. 17. Veterans from the Veteran Center in Bakersfield came out to experience Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) at no cost to them. Once again the community of Tehachapi came together to donate their goods to make the day really special for the Veterans. Red House BBQ donated a wonderful lunch, Witts Printing donated the cost of the certificates, ‘Hachapi Tees made T-shirts at half price. Carlos Donuts donated doughnuts for the morning. Community members of BVS made cookies and baked goods. We even had a wife donate her husband to help decorate the barn – Thanks Dave Hokanson. Channel 23 came out and filmed, and local photographer Robert

Lugibihl took photos. Our dear friends, Rhonda and Terry Brady, orchestrated much of the donations. Myself, Kelly Arbaut and two other professionals donated our skills in Equine Assisted Learning to facilitate the Veterans. It was a fantastic day! Oh you didn’t know that about me? This is what I have been doing since 1992, besides writing books. In fact I won The Leadership Award for Contribution to Women in 2002, doing EAL. I guess you would call me a motivational life skills coach, published author and horsewoman. What is next? On Feb. 19 I will be at the park next to The Apple Shed with the Mobile Veterans Center. We will be talking about the program, giving out brochures and Penny – one of our mini healing horses, who was the star of the day – will be accompanying me. That morning starting in Bakersfield at the Wall of Valor, two of the veterans who are double amputees who couldn’t make it to our program will be riding bicycles from the Wall of Valor to The Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. Pretty impressive if you ask me. My connection at the veteran center, Robert Fortner, is in charge of making sure all the returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan get the help they need with PTSD and MST. That is what we do at Rising Moon Ranch. If you want to know more about the program or want to donate time, or funding go to; Rising Moon is currently applying for a 501(c)3 charitable organization status. Our next program for our returning war heroes will be Feb. 25.

Senior Center Potluck Senior center is having a potluck and new Board installation dinner Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. We will be installing the new Board members for the year of 2012-2013. Please call the Senior Center and sign up for dinner. We will be having the Will James Band and 50/50 drawings. Call Danielle at 661-822-5412 to sign up for your favorite dish. A great time was had by all at our Christmas potluck party. Hope you can join us for the January installation dinner.

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Irish Storytelling and Music at Fiddlers Crossing Jan. 21 by Deborah Hand

In the world of storytelling, the Irish have no rivals. Their passion for wordplay and humor, their devotion to their mythical past, and their belief that the supernatural world could appear between one breath and the next have helped them survive through occupation and famine, deportation and oppression. Along with the storytelling, there was music – the jigs, reels and haunting airs that graced the spaces between the tales. Chief among Irish instruments was the harp. On Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., Fiddlers Crossing will present Patrick Ball in “Celtic Harp and Story,” a concert that rekindles the wonder of Irish music and storytelling. Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating storyteller. In spinning the old tales of wit and enchantment and playing the ancient brass-strung harp, Ball blends two of the richest traditions of Irish culture to create what one reviewer has called “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.” Although of Irish heritage, Ball was actually born and raised in California and thought he would grow up to be a lawyer like his father. While he studied music during his younger days, playing piano and guitar and annoying his college roommate with his tin whistle, it was his study of the lyrical, turbulent history of Ireland that fully engaged him. On a visit to the Emerald Isle, he fell in love with the eloquence and fire of the Irish oral tradition, and with the Celtic wire-strung harp with its crystalline, bell-like voice. In

his words, he “came to know that marvelous unity of Irish words, music and history” that would become his passion and livelihood. Upon returning to California, he received a Masters Degree in History from Dominican College and then set off to see the country. In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, his love for the spoken word was rekindled when he encountered the living oral tradition of the Appalachian storytellers. After another trip to Ireland, Ball was ready to create his vocation by combining the things he loved most – Irish history, the spoken word and music. His first step was to find a maker of the wire-strung Celtic harp and teach himself to play. Ball now tours extensively. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums that have won awards in both categories. He has also written and performed two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces on the life of the Irish harper O’Carolan, and a musical journey to Ireland’s Blasket Islands. What better way to spend a winter evening in Tehachapi than to experience the magic of Irish words and music with Patrick Ball? Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 E. F St., at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets are $15 and, as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please note: Fiddlers Crossing is a small venue and concerts sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.

CrossRoads Events by Mel White

Every month CrossRoads Gallery features a number of guest artists in themed shows, bringing a stream of new energy into the gallery on a regular basis. If you are an artist or artisan of any kind or medium – budding or established – you’re invited to be part of our monthly guest shows. Following are upcoming themes and duedates: February’s theme is “Love, Actually.” Art is due on Wednesday, Feb. 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only (the show opens on First Friday, Feb.3). Anything that shows love is suggested (between people, animals, animals and people, a man and his truck, just to name but a few). March will feature “Celebrations” which

can mean any kind of celebration (of the human body, of a special occasion, of a glorious day). Art is due on Wednesday Feb.29 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. only (the show opens on First Friday, March 2). Please note: Art in all media is acceptable for any given show; art must be ready to display (framed and wired ready to hang) and priced for sale. Standards for acceptance do apply and policies and procedures are available upon request at the gallery or on our website. Member artists are often chosen from the guest artist roster, and CrossRoads is always looking for new members. For more information, come by the gallery at 101 E. Tehachapi Blvd or check our website at

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Cathy Hansen - Constituent of the Year from Our Supervisor, Zack Scrivner

I am honored to name Mojave’s Cathy Hansen as the Second District Constituent of the Year. No one does more to promote Mojave and East Kern than Cathy. She is active in so many civic groups, and constantly extolling the opportunities and uniqueness of East Kern. Cathy is an avid fixed-wing craft and helicopter pilot. Cathy and her husband Al buy, sell, and restore antique and exotic aircraft – often renting them to movie and television production companies. Cathy also spearheads a bi-monthly “Plane Crazy Saturday” event at the Mojave Air and Spaceport, where the public is invited to come see historic and unique aircraft and learn about aerospace history. She has also served in almost every position on the Mojave Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, as well as the boards of the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian-Military Support Group, the East Kern Airport District, and the Bakersfield Navy League. She is a founding member of the Mojave Transportation Museum, which helps preserve the rich transportation of the Mojave and Southeast Kern County region. As if all this wasn’t enough, Cathy is also involved in recognizing East Kern’s outstanding students by organizing the annual “4.0 Dinner” to honor high school seniors from Boron, California City, Desert,

Mojave, and Rosamond High Schools who have maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Earlier this year, Cathy was honored with the Kern Council of Governments Regional Award of Merit for Lifetime achievement. Stuart Witt, General Manager or the Mojave Air and Spaceport, said, “Cathy is a staunch supporter of East Kern. She has a boundless supply of energy with a focus on supporting the interests of military and civilian aviators. We are lucky to have people like Cathy in the Second District.” Bill Deaver, of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, says of Cathy, “She is the hardest working, most community-minded person I know. She inspires others to work, does the job others won’t, and could make a lot of money in the big city planning events – I am so glad we have her here in Mojave.” Captain Mark Storch, President of the Indian Wells Valley Chapter of the Navy League in Ridgecrest, said, “I have worked with Cathy for the past nine years in the Navy League, and she is just an outstanding leader in the Navy League. I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to feed Harris Ranch beef to sailors on our carriers almost every year – that means a lot to our sailors. Cathy’s support of the Navy is second to none!” Thank you Cathy!

Applications for Kern County Planning Commissioner Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner recognizes the value of citizens serving on local boards and commissions in our communities. There are many opportunities throughout the county to serve, and Supervisor Scrivner has announced an opening for Kern County Planning Commissioner representing the Second District. The Planning Commission consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors with each Board member recommending one person. Each Board member's recommendation is not restricted to their respective districts. Members appointed to the Commission must be residents of, or be employed in, Kern County and must have the ability to attend evening meetings twice a month. The Commission serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on General and Specific Plan adoptions and amendments, zoning matters, and Williamson Act matters. The Commission serves as a decision making

body on tentative tract maps, conditional use permit applications, surface mine and reclamation plans, and secondary residential unit requests. There are no minimum skills and abilities that an applicant must have to be appointed as a Planning Commissioner. However, the following list has been identified as those skills and abilities that make a quality Planning Commissioner: attention to detail; patience, ability to think in abstract terms, open mindedness, willingness to listen and learn, and the ability to make decisions based on the best interests of the community. If you are interested, please visit the County of Kern web site,, under the Boards and Commissions tab, and fill out an application. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2012. Appointees will be required to submit a Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, with the Fair Political Practices Commission. If you would like an application mailed to you please contact Supervisor Scrivner's office 868-3660.

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