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Courier FYI California Water Service Company’s rates are set by the California Public Utilities Commission. Every three years, the CPUC thoroughly reviews Cal Water’s operations to ensure that water rates accurately reflect the cost of providing safe, reliable water service. The next step for the Kern Valley in Cal Water’s current application for an order authorizing it to increase water service rates for the next three years go before an Administrative Law Judge at the Public Participation Hearing in the Kern River Valley at 6 p.m. on April 30 at the Kern River Valley Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Public participation hearings are held to give the public a chance to learn about, or express their opinions on issues before the CPUC. In June the CPUC has scheduled an Evidentiary Hearing whereby parties of record provide testimony and are subject to cross-examination before the ALJ. This hearing will be in San Francisco. The ALJ will issue a draft decision and the CPUC may adopt, amend or modify all or part of the ALJ’s proposed decision as written.

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Rate payers are concerned as water rates continue to climb as seen by these highlighted monthly residential and business account summaries.

This is just one example of water system improvments that rate payer request increases go to pay for.

Read front page and related water stories on pages 1 and 12.

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California Water Service Group is the third largest investorowned water utility in the United States providing water services to approximately two million people through six subsidiaries. In California, water is provided through California Water Service Company. According to their 2011 annual report, California Water Group reported record revenues, increased their annual

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dividend for the 45th consecutive year and increased their net utility plant. They strive to be attractive to investors. Cal Water serves about 5,800 people through 4,300 service connections in the Kern River Valley area. The company has provided water service in the area since 2000. Cal Water states that water system infra-

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In response to the proposed water rate increases, Residents Against Water rates launched a campaign for petition signatures to get the signatures into the hands of the administrative law judge to go into the public record prior to the Cal Water rate increase hearing in San Francisco. RAW’s hope was to present the adminis-

trative law judge with petition signatures from the entire Kern River Valley community. According to the Cal Water application A1207007, filed July 5, 2012, before the California Public Utilities Commission, proposed Cal Water rate increases are as follows for the Kern River Valley: 2014, 33.5 percent, 2015, 4.8 percent and 2016, 3.7 percent which totals a 42 percent overall proposed water rate increase.

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the mining community. The mining groups never really recovered to pre1862. A couple of the biggest producers, like the Keyes and the Mammoth, were bought and sold, opened and closed, Mike Mencarini/Kern River Courier many times until the Equipment mired in rock and Bureau of Land sand as it can still be found today. Management, in 1969, returned all low water mark, flooding unpatented claims on some mines and washing public land to public away or completely domain, and so went the destroying all the stamp mines, their shafts, and mills along the river. This access to their rich histowas a devastating blow to ry.

[Part five of a five-part series on early gold prospecting and mining of what was to be called the Kern River El Dorado.] There were many productive mines with as few as one five-stamp, to as many as four fivestamps in our area. The area along the Kern River also had many working stamp mills. In 1862, due to severe rain storms, the river raised 50 feet above the

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There is a silver lining to this story. In the next set of articles we will try and show you how you can relive the prospecting of the placer deposits along the Lower Kern River and in the Keyesville area just like the old days, but using today’s technology. I would like to thank Bob Powers and his family for keeping the history of this wonderful period of time alive. Powers wrote a complete set of books on the history of the Kern River Valley. They can be purchased at the Museum in Kernville. nature

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Columnist Mike Mencarini, says fish are being caught.

This week Bodfish Bob never knows what will turnip.

Join in with all the fun & games on the Courier puzzle pages.

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Contractors for Cal Water replace 50-year-old water service to 42 homes and businesses of the Buena Vista tract in north Kernville.

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On March 1, Kern County attorneys filed a motion to become a party to the proceeding regarding the application of California Water Service Company authorizing an increase in rates for water service. The petition states that Cal Water is proposing water rate increases for 23 of its operational districts and

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kern river water data: Wednesday 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 87,688 acre-feet Reservoir peak 220,365 acre-feet Pool maximum 568,075 acre-feet Pool safety limit 360,000 acre-feet Upper Kern Kern Inflow at Kernville 448 cfs (5-hr avg.) Lower Kern Outflow 502 cfs Borel Canal Outflow 0 cfs (stopped) Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Tent Revival April 5 through 13 “Last Call Tent Ministry” is returning for the eighth year, starting on Friday, April 5 and running through Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. each night for its annual “revival

Regular activities Fridays

■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, Lake Isabella. 760-4172272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 661-393-8871. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Bingo and lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112. ■ 1 p.m., Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-6335. ■ 5 p.m. (1st Fri.) Kern Valley Cruisers and Hot Rods, Senior Center, Sierra Vista Restaurant, 16575 Hwy 178, Weldon. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Fri.), Kernville Baptist Church game night. Next to Pizza Barn. 760-223-1036. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA 12x12 study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8 p.m., AA, Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Rd., Kernville 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701

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■ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Center, French Gulch. 760-549-0800 ■ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 3 p.m. (1st Sat.), Havilah Historical Society, Havilah Schoolhouse. 760-379-2636. ■ 1 p.m. Darts, 3 p.m. Poker Pool 3p.m., Dinner 5-7 p.m. Eagles Lodge, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 a.m. (1st Sat.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Rm. 1, Lake Isabella. Barbara,760-378-3672 or Geraldine, 559-359-8953. ■ 2 p.m., Discussion. 7:30 - 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Pot Luck, 7 p.m. Speaker (3rd Sat.), AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 2 p.m. Alano Club, AA discusion, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Sat.) Alano Club, AA speaker, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella.

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■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, public welcome. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, public. welcom. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2nd Sun.), AA, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Hwy 178, Lake Isabella. Breakfast 10 a.m. / Speaker 11 a.m. 760-379-4112. ■ 2 - 3:30 p.m., AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 10 a.m., Exercise Class, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3206. ■ 2 - 3 p.m., Hospice Grief Support Group, 6040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. 661-410-1010. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760379-7312. ■ 1 p.m. (3rd Mon.), Kern Valley Democratic Club, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. ■ 1 p.m., Line dance classes, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0043. ■ 3 p.m. (2nd Mon.-Board/4th Mon.-Member ship), Kernville Chamber. 760-376-2629. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 760-379-3394. ■ 6 - 9 p.m., KRV Comm. Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-376-4461. ■ 6:30 - 8 p.m., Boy Scout Troup 690, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-812-7082. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Mon.), KRV Art Assoc., Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2844. ■ 6 - 7 p.m., AA, Mtn. View Baptish Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7:30 - 9 p.m., AA, Grace Chapel, 12308 Mtn. Mesa Rd., Mtn. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7:30 a.m., Al-Anon, KRV Hospital cafeteria, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11:30a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake

under tent” meetings. Evangelist, Joe Ferguson has a message for everyone in these troubled times. Everyone is welcome. The tent will be located at the corner of Webb Ave. and Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella.

Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District. Public invited. 760-376-2189. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-1830. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606 or 760-258-5272. ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville United Methodist , room 4 760-379-2556. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ Noon, Eagles Lunch/Shuffleboard, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-3138. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 5:30 p.m., Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church. 760-267-4693. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Room, Lake Isabella. 760-3795086. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Wed.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, 631 E. Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 a.m., Al-Anon, Christ's Fellowship Church, Wofford Hts.. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday Painters, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5329. ■ 9:30 a.m., (3rd Thu.), Fire Safe Council, Supervisor’s office, County Bldg., Lake Isabella. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Women’s Club meeting, Elks Lodge. ■ Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. ■ 1 p.m., (2nd Thu.), Clan Diggers, Lake Isabella Library. 760-379-2303. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., TANF Cultural Night, French Gulch Campground. ■ 3:30 - 5 p.m. (4th Thu.), Kern River Valley Collaborative, Veterans Hall, Rm. 1., Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556, ext. 601. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 760-379-3877. ■ 4-6 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republican Assembly of the Kern River Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-376-1462 or 760-379-0673.. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, KRV Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. 760-376-2844. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, NA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6:30 p.m., Sweet Adelines, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. New members welcome. ■ 7 p.m., (3rd Thu.), Kern Valley Astronomy Club, Museum, Kernville. 760-376-1291. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112.

Bingo Guide

■ Friday, noon, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa ■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Women’s Club, Fay Ranch Road., Weldon ■ Sunday, 11 a.m., Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Wednesday, 1 p.m., Senior Center, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Thursday, Early Bird 12:15 p.m., Regular 1 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, Hwy. 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is submitted to the Courier by the groups listed. Please call the phone numbers provided to check meeting times and location .

Aglow April 6 Aglow meets at the Lake Isabella Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come and be blessed. Call Barbara Pechy at 760-3783672 or Geraldine Smith at 559-359-8953 for more information. Nuui Cunni Farmers Market April 6 The Kern River Paiute Council invites the public to visit the Nuui Cunni Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 for produce needs. Local honey, fresh eggs, healing native plant salves and teas, plus locally grown produce are available. The market is located at 2600 Highway 155 in Lake Isabella between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. WIC is now accepted. For more information contact the Cultural Center 760-549-0800. Lakeshore Farmers Market April 6 Hosted by the Kern Valley Growers Association, this Market features eggs and honey, along with certified organic produce from various organizations and shade grown, organic coffee, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The market is at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights. EBT/SNAP/CalFresh cards are accepted. For information call David Dills 760-812-7833. Rotary Club golf tournament April 6 At 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Kern River Valley Golf Course, along the Kern River, at 9472 Burlando Road. Join the fun at the Kern River Valley Rotary golf tournament. This is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley’s humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. The fee is $45 each player, which includes golf cart and lunch. Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. To register, contact Paul Cromwell at 760417-1008. Habitat restoration workday April 6 Join Audubon Kern River Preserve staff and volunteers for the Habitat Restoration Workdays. This week is site maintenance and planting. Volunteers of all levels of ability and time commitment are welcome. Bring food and water and gloves. Wear long sleeves and pants, work shoes or boots. The preserve will supply the tools. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Alexander Restoration Site on Fay Ranch Road, 1/3 mi. north of Highway 178 in Weldon. Contact the Kern River Preserve Land Steward, Sean Rowe 760-378-2531 or email srowe@audubon.org to RSVP. Star Party April 6 Kern River Valley Astronomy Club holds a Star Party starting at sunset the Saturday night closest to the new moon at the Fairview Helispot, 12 miles north of Kernville (look for the orange cones about a mile south of McNally’s). Bundle up. Bring some hot chocolate or coffee, and a lounge chair. For more info, contact Rich Burdge at 760-376-1291 or 760-376-6290 or email him at richburdge@aol.com. It is best to call to check if haze, smoke or cloud cover might prevent this event from being held. KRV VFW breakfast April 7 Have breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday date at the Kern River Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7665, Hall, 2811 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. For information call 760-379-3877. Friends of the Library luncheon April 8 The Friends of the Library will hold their annual spring luncheon on Monday, April 8 at noon at the United Methodist Church, 251 Big Blue Road in Kernville. Bring your favorite salad to share and enjoy guest speaker Peggy Hickey, librarian and branch supervisor for our local libraries.

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Clarification made on local court closure Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason provides this clarification as it applies to all of the Kern County Courts that are being impacted by the State Budget reductions: The Courts system is not under County jurisdiction. The County at one time was responsible for the court system but the State took them over about ten years ago. The State made the decision to cut funding to the court system and take all savings that they had in their accounts. That is why they have to look at closing court rooms and laying people off. Terry McNally the Executive Director and the Presiding Judge met with Supervisor Gleason only as a courtesy since it was in his district. The decision was theirs and theirs alone. They are accepting public comment at WMAadmin@kern.courts.ca.gov. Supervisor Gleason passed along the information he was provided. The Board of Supervisors were not involved in the decision to close the Lake Isabella court, nor any other changes to the Kern County court system.

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Crime takes a bite out of sandwich On Friday, March 29th, I visited the Lake Isabella McDonald's and ordered three Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Upon arriving home I found one of the sandwiches had had a bite taken out of it. I called McDonald's and spoke to a female who identified herself as the manager. She was very apologetic. She offered to replace the sandwich if I returned the original. I declined her offer (I would have used more gas than the price of the sandwich). I told her I just wanted her to know she had someone in the kitchen who was really hungry, or else had a weird sense of humor. We were out a sandwich, but how could you not find this humorous? Bob McClaren Lake Isabella

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Cerro Coso names Campus Manager Lisa Stephens Cerro Coso Community College announced the appointment of Lisa Stephens to the position of Campus Manager for the Kern River Valley campus. Born and raised in Ridgecrest, Stephens is a 1994 graduate of Burroughs High School. She took classes at Cerro Coso while in high school and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University Bakersfield. Since moving to the Lake Isabella area in 2005 Stephens has served as both a social worker and business owner. She believes strongly in giving back to her local community and serves as a board member on the South Fork Union School District, a board member of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, and will serve as President of the Rotary Club beginning Stephens in July. Her familiarity with the community and volunteer activities has given her a wellrounded and comprehensive perspective on the higher education issues that matter to the residents of the Kern River Valley. "Lisa is well equipped to provide our KRV students with the leadership and direction needed to help them succeed in their educational pursuits, "stated Cerro Coso President Jill Board. "I am pleased she is joining our administrative team and eagerly anticipates her smooth transition in to the position." Stephens is married to Daures Stephens, a retired Kern County Deputy Sheriff and has two grown step children.

Woodcutting opens for 2013 season With a permit in hand, people can begin gathering wood as of April 1. Woodcutting permits for the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are available at Forest Service offices in Lake Isabella and Kernville. Wood permits are valid from April 1 through November 30. Woodcutting activities throughout the Forest are based on current road, weather and fire danger conditions. Check with your local Forest Service office for updates on conditions before cutting firewood. Wood permits cost $10 per cord with a minimum purchase of two cords per person. There is a maximum purchase of 10 cords per household. The cost of the permits is non-refundable. Customers will be provided with a woodcutting area map and instructions regarding policies when purchasing wood permits. It is the wood cutters’ responsibility to know and follow all regulations listed on their wood permit. Check with your local Forest office for more details: Kernville, 760-376-3781 or Lake Isabella at 760-379-5646.

Chipper days return in preparation for fire season Fire season will soon be here and the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council is, once again, coordinating “Chipper Days” with the Kern County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Start now to create, or improve, that defensible space around your house. Clear brush and trim up trees to reduce the chance of having your home destroyed by a wildfire. Chipper Days were started as a way to help individual property owners work together to make their whole community fire safe. Every community in the Kern River Valley and Walker Basin can participate. You just need to get at least 10 to 15 property owners working together to make it worthwhile so the chipper crew has a full day of work. A community coordinator needs to get on the Fire Safe Council’s website, krvfiresafecouncil.org, go to the chipper day link and request a chipper day, leaving several alternate dates and contact information. The coordinator will be contacted

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A tissue issue If I am lucky enough to pull just one, sometimes I have to pull out a second to clean my hand from nose stuff that escaped It seems that from the first tissue. soft tissues (in a Here’s another issue with the box) have been tissue. Most of my adult life I around most of have used them to clean my my nose-blowglasses and it has always ing life. worked well. But lately I find Used for that breathing on the lens and many things, wiping or just using water and I’ve noticed that drying with the tissue leaves a they have been a filmy residue. Reading the Middleworth staple in most directions on the box clears the households. But air (but not my glasses). It I’d like to air some thoughts I seems that some tissues are have about this product and the impregnated with a thin film of many other brands which emulotion and leave late the use a residue on my and need of a soft I am no longer a young man. I lenses. In absorbent have aged. I do things differently essence, what’s good for the paper. and yet, I expect things to stay nose is snot for First, let the same. the glasses. me set the So now if I stage. I am - Middleworth want to use tisno longer a sues to clean young man. glasses I hunt around in the I have aged. I do things differstore for the plain and simple ently and yet, I expect things to stuff for my glasses, and the stay the same. They don’t, and I hopped up stuff for my nose. notice that more and more. One last issue for the tissues Let me give you a few examis my warning to get all of them ples on just one product. Box out of your pants pocket. If not, tissues, as I remember from the when the pants are washed the days of my youth, were perfecttissue gets wet and breaks up ly capable of receiving my nose into a million pieces and sticks drippings and could be expectto all the other clothes in the ed to last for more than one wash. You have to use a vacublow. The tissues were bigger um to get the stuff off. and came in a large, oblong Life is not simple anymore. box which dispensed them one Things that were, aren’t. And at a time. None of this pulling you’ve gotta read the labels for out one and finding three more your own protection. dangling from the chosen one. Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

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‘Bapticostal’ celebration - First Baptist Church of Kernville and New Life Assembly of God of Wofford Heights gathered at the Kern Valley Golf Course Sunday for a Easter Celebration Service. Afterward the two churches hosted the Kern River Valley’s largest community egg hunt.

The seven deadly sins, 7 Janet Kutzner, Lay Eucharistic Minister St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Kernville This will conclude the series of the Seven Deadly Sins. So far we’ve examined Pride, Envy, Covetousness, Wrath, Lust and Kutzner Gluttony. The last is the sin of Sloth. What comes to mind when you think of the word Sloth? For me, I think of my mom telling me that I was messy and lazy as a teenager (sadly, a true characterization of my adolescence, which gives me hope for my son). Yes, laziness is a signature of the sin of sloth, but more specifically it refers to spiritual laziness. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologiae defines sloth as “sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good… it is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds.” Sloth has its roots in apathy which goes beyond indifference to willful indifference for one’s own spiritual well being and the well being of others. Still, the outward signs of sloth can be witnessed in laziness. This laziness can be seen in many forms such as: ■ The failure to say our prayers or read the scriptures (just didn’t get around to it), ■ The failure to care for family or

friends (too much stuff on TV), and ■ Procrastination of things that need to be done, but just don’t strike your fancy. Conversely, sloth can also mean that we spend inordinate amounts of time on “pleasurable” activities that may not be edifying to oneself or to the Lord: television, internet and games of chance. Indifference is the second side of the coin of sloth. This may be seen with the neglecting of our duties, such as caring for family, attending church and serving on a jury. This may be seen with the lack of concern for the poor, the sick and the lonely and our unwillingness to reach out to others, both near and far away. These are the things that we pray in confession when we say: “Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.” (Book of Common Prayer). We have just concluded Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the triumphal conclusion with the Easter Resurrection of Jesus Christ). I pray that the guidance of the Holy Spirit has shown us that even though we have missed the mark and fallen short of the Glory of God, it is at the foot of the Cross where Christ’s sacrifice and blood washed us clean of our sins - even a “deadly” sin, so that we may be made a new creation in Christ! Reprinted in part, from Bishop Eric Menees, of the San Joaquin Anglican Diocese.

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thing. Jesus said to Martha that day after Lazarus had died, “I am the resurrection and the life; …everyone who lives and believes in Me In Christian shall never die.” (John 11:25-26) circles, around That means, like John the Easter time, we Baptist proclaimed (John 3:36), “He often hear one who believes in the Son has eternal say, “The lord is life.” risen!” Then, in That’s present tense. Whoever response, anothbelieves in Jesus has that life now. er will say, “He is Sure, believers in Jesus will, at risen, indeed!” some point stop breathing, and Schlensker Then, everyone their hearts will stop beating, but within earshot at that point they will not experisays, “Alleluia!” ence death. It will simply be a Now that assertion and the change of address - to a much response it invites could be - to nicer neighborhood! borrow a techDeath, for nique from the Christians, is comedian on history, Paul Now that assertion and the the TV comsays in Romans response it invites could be...shortmercial-terser- ened... to something like, “He rose!” 6:3-4, “...all of us ated (i.e. short- and answered by “Yup, He did!” who have been ened); to baptized into However, that wouldn’t say quite something Christ Jesus have the same thing. like, “He rose!” been baptized and answered - Schlensker into His death[.] by “Yup, He Therefore we did!” However, have been buried that wouldn’t say quite the same with Him through baptism into thing. “He rose,” just says somedeath, in order that as Christ was thing happened in the past, as if it raised from the dead..., so we too were over and done with, and its might walk in newness of life.” effects might well also be a thing So don’t be surprised to hear of the past. any Christian, at any time, proHowever, “He is risen” express- claim, “He is risen!” and hear back es an existing condition, which “He is risen, indeed!” And all has been previously established God’s children yell, “Alleluia!” for and is currently having ongoing that speaks of the new, on-going effects. That’s more accurate. That reality Jesus brought through His means resurrection is a now resurrection at Easter.

Valley places of worship Kernville Father’s Heart Foursquare Church Kernville Elementary School, Kernville. Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-223-6704 First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville. Sunday Services 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 760-376-6403 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville. Worship Celebration, Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. 760-376-2751 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Service 10:30 a.m. 760-417-2014 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11876 Sierra Way, Kernville. Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6362 St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church Services held at Kernville United Methodist Church. Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Heights. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights. Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.760-376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights. Sun, Mass 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 760-376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights. Services: Sun. 10 a.m. and Wed. 6:30 p.m.760-376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights. Sun. 10:30 a.m.

Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 760-379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. Sun. 9:45 a.m. Wed. and Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella. 760-379-8672

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella. Services 11 a.m. 760-379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Services 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 760-379-5819

Mountain Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 760-379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 2 and 3 p.m. 760-549-3186

Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 760-378-3780 He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake. Services Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 760-379-6935 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964


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Camping areas open for Derby Cody Norris, USFS Courier Release The 2013 Fishing Derby is quickly approaching, and according to Forest Service officials there will be plenty of room for campers and anglers looking for overnight accommodations. Pioneer Point, Paradise Cove, Hungry Gulch, Boulder Gulch and Tillie Creek campgrounds are open and have first come, first served sites available at $20 per night. Camp 9 also has plenty of sites available at $17 per night. Group sites at Tillie Creek, French Gulch and Camp 9 are also available by calling 1877-444-6777 or through their website at recreation.gov. In addition, overnight camping is allowed at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella Road and South Fork Recreation, with a daily fee of $10 (or $50 for an annual pass). Passes can be purchased at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Sierra Gateway Market and Sporting Goods in South Lake, Sierra Gateway Market in Kernville, Red's Kern Valley Marina, and at the Lake Isabella and Kernville Forest Service offices. Stine Cove and Hanning Flat are also available for camping and are free of charge. For the fishing derby weekend only, the Forest Service has agreed to open

up additional areas for overnight camping. The following non-developed day use areas will be open to camping: Engineer Point, Paradise Cove (along the beach area below the campground), Boulder Gulch (along the beach, north and south of the campground), Kissack Cove, and Rich Gulch (between French Gulch day use and Boulder Gulch). For these areas, visitors can begin to set up campsites on Thursday, April 18 at 6 a.m. If visitors set up their campsites earlier they may be cited. The special camping areas will remain open until Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m. As a reminder, camping is limited to 14 days out of a 30 day period. Visitors can set up their recreation vehicles in developed campsites prior to the weekend event. However, visitors must occupy the site and may not leave a vehicle or trailer unoccupied for more than 24 hours. Extra dumpsters and portable toilets will be placed around the lake for the Derby. Locations include: Engineer Point, Stine Cove, Auxiliary Dam, Kissack Cove, South Fork Recreation, Old Isabella, Boulder Gulch, Camp 9, and at the Old Cemetery. Please make use of these restroom facilities and dumpsters to help keep our Forest looking beautiful.

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Kern County Fire Stations Kernville Station 76 11018 Kernville Road Kernville Business calls only, 760-376-2219 Lake Isabella Station 72 4500 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Business calls only, 760-379-2626 Southlake Station 71 9000 Navajo Ave. Weldon Business calls only, 760-378-3055

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Recreation information U.S. Forest Service Isabella Lake office: 4875 Ponderosa Drive. 760-379-5646 Kernville office: 105 Whitney Rd. 760-376-3781 (around the corner from the museum) Closed weekends.

General infomation Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella (across from Senior Center) Local: 760-379-5236 Toll Free: 866-KRV4FUN Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville (corner Sierra Way & Kernville Roads) Local: 760-376-2629 Toll Free: 866-KERNVILLE

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Fish come to the persistent ple of hot spots are the Lake Patrol docks, especially at night, and Paradise Cove, using small minnows both places. No matter how The bass had been moving shallow things look, low but with this cold front that just there is always went through, it may have spooked something good ole bucket mouth a bit. Let me try to balance things. and explain what might be happenHere is an examing in the lake during this low water ple of the proverevent. First let me tell you I am not a bial silver lining: biologist, so here goes my deduction. the wind has been When the water level is way down, howling, the lake Mencarini obviously the lake has less water to is lower than it's heat, so the water that is there been in a while, absorbs the sun's heat more quickly, but those fishermen who brave the the result of this heating is a sooner elements are being rewarded. than Gary Holmes of Anaheim and normal Mike Holmes of Bakersfield, (see spawnpicture) cousins and fishing parting ners, did well the other day with a tembetter than good catch of channel peracats. Fishing in the North Fork ture. area between Camp 9 and where Also North Fork Marina usually sits affectthis time of year, the Holmes duo ing this managed to boat ten cats in the two to three pound class. Mike Mencarini/Kern River Courier warmer temperFor those thinking that the ature is the lack of cold water inflow water may be shallow in the North due to the lack of a heavy snow accuFork you are only half right. The main North Channel is still about 20 mulation. Less snow means less melt which will have less of an impact on feet deep and still holding shad. I haven't been out in a boat to test the the already warmer water. So get out on the lake and take advantage of this standing timber in the North silver lining. The time to fish is now. Channel but a dime to a doughnut says there is probably a school of Mike Mencarini lives in Wofford crappie on every tree that's in 15 Heights and a avid fisherman. For quesfeet or more of water. tions or comments you can reach him Speaking of crappie they are biting well around the lake and are full through the Kern River Courier office@kernrivercourier. com. of eggs and ready to spawn. A couMike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist


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Continued from page 2 Hickey will speak about issues facing the local branches, services offered and upcoming summer programs. Beverages and deserts will be provided. KRV Garden Group April 9 The Kern River Valley Garden Group meeting, tour and potluck will take place Tuesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the home and garden of Christine and Bruce Vegter at 2738 Hughes Road, Lake Isabella. Call 310-293-9571 for more information. Bring a potluck dish and garden items for the usual raffle. 55 Alive April 9 The Next AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Tuesday, April 9 (an all day class) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church at 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville. Participants must attend for the entire day. To learn more, or to enroll, call instructor Gene Verbeet at 760-417-0579. Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited and time is short, so call today. Houchin Blood Drive April 9 The Kern River Valley blood drive will take place at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella, from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. When donating, bring picture ID with date of birth. Also, be free from all cold, flu, cold sores or symptoms of infection. Eat a meal at least three hours prior to donating. Remember to wait one year after tattoos and body piercings and you must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 lbs. Suicide Survivor support group April 10 This peer support group for people who have lost someone to suicide is a safe place to share your grief, find hope and achieve healing. Meets in the Library Room of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 760-2230845. First Baptist of Kernville game night April 12 Come join the fun and play board games, be in competitions and win prizes at the First Baptist Church of Kernville game night, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a snack to share and an appetite for play. Call John

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Cole for more information at 760-223-1036. Desert Wildflower Festival April 12, 13 and 14 Enjoy the Spring Wildflower Show at the Maturango Museum on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The rest of the weekend enjoy tours, wine, flowers, lectures and family fun. There are events all over Ridgecrest on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Go to ridgecrestdesertwildflowerfestival.com for complete details. Pony Up 4 Camp Keep dinner April 13 The “Pony Up 4 Camp Keep” dinner, sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley, is Saturday, April 13. It will be catered by Hodel’s. There will be a silent auction, music by BillHillyz and raffle to support our local 5th and 6th graders’ Camp Keep trip for both Southfork and Kernville school districts. Support our local youth and attend. Tickets are available at Kern River Motors, 760-549-0077, or call 503-298-9395 for more information. Star Party April 13 Kern River Valley Astronomy Club holds a Star Party starting at sunset the Saturday night closest to the new moon at the Fairview Helispot, 12 miles north of Kernville (look for the orange cones about a mile south of McNally’s). Bundle up. Bring some hot chocolate or coffee, and a lounge chair. For more info, contact Rich Burdge at 760-376-1291 or 760-376-6290 or email him at richburdge@aol.com. It is best to call to check if haze, smoke or cloud cover might prevent this event from being held. Living Green Festival April 13 to 22 Kern River Valley Revitalization is holding its Living Green Festival beginning with a Fundraising Dinner, “Pony up 4 Camp Keep” by the Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley. The 5th annual Living Green Kern River Valley Expo will be held Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kern Valley Senior Center. Contact Richard Rowe 760-333-4561 or email him at president@KRVR.org.

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Place butter and pieces of duck in a frying pan. Fry quickly until brown. Add the flour, stirring all the time. Add the water and let boil for three minutes. Place duck and gravy in a stew pan. Add onions, turnips, and seasonings. Cover. Let cook slowly for about 45 to 50 minutes, then serve. Bodfish Bob’s Turnip, Onion and Rice Soup 1½ cups rice, washed 2 turnips, washed, quartered 4 onions, peeled 7 cups water 1 cup milk, scalded seasonings to taste Boil all ingredients together, except milk, slowly for 1 1/2 hours. Mash well with a potato masher, add scalded milk and serve. If too thick, add more scalded milk. Visit Bodfish Bob on the internet at www.bobfishbob.com or write to him at bodfishbob@hotmail.com.


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Kern Valley Museum Art Room During the month of April, the works of Michael Batelaan will be on display in the Art Room of the Kern Valley Museum. Batelaan is an award-winning graphic designer, photographer and photojournalist with 20 years of photography experience and 30 years working in graphic arts. His work has been extensively published in local newspapers, the Bakersfield Californian and in commercial advertising. Each of his photos is an original work and is printed on premium photographic paper. They are signed, matted and framed. Stop by the museum in April and see the latest exhibit. Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Driver Safety Program Scheduled (AARP 55 Alive) The Next AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Tuesday, April 9 (an all day class) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Peters Anglican Church in Kernville (11900 Sierra Way, Kernville - across the street from the Hi Ho Trailer Park). Participants must attend the entire day. The course does not involve driving, but does emphasize safe driving procedures for older drivers. In California, a certificate of course completion usually entitles the participant to a reduction in their auto insurance for three years following the date of the class. All materials and workbooks have been updated and include the latest driving information. To learn more, or to enroll, call instructor Gene Verbeet at 760-417-0579. Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited and time is short, so call today.

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Medicare HMO Plans Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist This past February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a preliminary report on what they plan on reimbursing the Medicare Thal Advantage plans for 2014. CMS is currently in the process of collecting comments from stakeholders regarding the proposed changes. Currently, CMS (Medicare) sets aside a certain amount of money each month on behalf of each person on Medicare within a zip code. The rate is based on age and health and is in excess of $800 per month in California. When a person elects to join a Medicare Advantage plan (only HMO plans are available in Kern County), the monies that would have been used in the set aside are given to the insurance company of your choice to go towards your care. The actual amount received by the company depends on a “star rating” system. This ranges from $846.44 to $897.05, depending on the rating which is a factor of the quality of care. With an income of more than $800 per enrollee per month, the insurance companies in Kern (with a few exceptions) have been able to charge no additional monthly premium above what you pay for your Part B Medicare coverage. This may all come to a halt in 2014.

As of April 1, insurance companies will begin addressing the monthly premium and the cost of care issued. We may see a monthly premium beginning in 2014 on some plans as well as a change in the benefits. This may amount to larger co-pays and deductibles for some plans. The benefit package won’t be finalized by insurance companies until this fall. My guess is, based on the final reimbursement that CMS establishes. We will see some companies charging a monthly premium, while others will cut benefits or have higher co-pays when you use service, as this is a very competitive industry. Time will tell. A side note, if the plan benefits change significantly, you will be entitled to return to original Medicare and purchase a Medicare Supplement on a guaranteed issue basis. Though the Supplement will cost you roughly $150 to $300 per month (depending on your age) you will be able to go to any doctor and any hospital that accepts Medicare and have no out-of-pocket costs. Newsflash: CMS announced on Tuesday a reversal of its pending cut to Medicare Advantage (HMO plans). After thousands of letters from consumers, insurance companies as well as more than 100 members of Congress, the government has reversed their 2.2 percent cut to Medicare Advantage plans and will instead increase payments to insurance companies by 3.5 percent for next year. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker (0621106) and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, thal@ aol.com or www.harrythal.com.

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Online banking David Ramsey Kern River Courier Columnist Dear Dave, How do you feel about using an online bank for your emergency fund? Jared Dear Jared, I don’t think that’s a problem at Ramsey all in most situations. Just make sure you do a little research. Know who you’re dealing with and that they’ve got some strength. A bank that is known as a “click and mortar”-one that has a physical location as well as online would be my preference. Some of them have great debit card programs that includes debit card rewards and high-interest checking accounts, too. When it comes to an emergency fund, I like the idea of keeping it in a separate money market account. That way you get money market rates, plus you can attach check writing privileges to the account. Then when an emergency comes along, you don’t have to worry about shuffling money around. You can just write a check out of the account. - Dave Dear Dave, Our son is graduating from high school. We’ve saved cash to

pay for his first year of college, and we have enough in mutual funds to pay for another semester. When should we pull out the money to use for his education? Denise Dear Denise, I wouldn’t touch the money until right before you write the checks. However, I don’t want you to follow my advice just because I said so. My mutual funds have made a little more than 16 percent this year. If they stay at that pace, or if they make just 10 percent during the first part of 2013, I’d want it to just sit there a while longer. The biggest question is what are you going to do for cash after the first three semesters? Your son needs to make sure he’s working summers, and maybe even parttime during school, in order to fuel his education. And neither of you should borrow money to make it happen. You guys have gotten him off to a great start. So if he does his part there’s no reason for either of you to go into debt for his college degree! -Dave Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He offers financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated radio program, “The Dave Ramsey Show.” For more financial help visit daveramsey.com.


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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A little woolgathering is OK. But don’t let that dreamy state linger beyond midweek, when you’ll want to be ready to take on some new workplace responsibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Love rules the week for those seeking romance. Attached pairs also find new joy in their relationships. Friday should bring news about a business opportunity. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Home becomes the center of a new social whirl, as you show your talent for hosting great parties. You can expect to impress a lot of people who’ve never seen this side of you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might have to raise those powers of persuasion a notch to get a still-wary colleague to agree to go along. Finding more facts to back up your position helps. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Hold off trying to fix the blame for an apparent mishandling of a work situation. A full investigation could reveal surprising facts on how and why it really happened. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your ability to find details others might overlook gives you an

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Lake Isabella - 55+ Community, 2bd/2ba dble wide w/patio, completely refurbished. $575 mo + security deposit. (760) 964-2514 ____________________________ Onyx - 2bd/1ba, end unit of Triplex, new carpet & paint, yard, carport, water/trash paid, bus stops in front, $550/mo + dep. 760-220-8787 ____________________________ Wofford Heights - 2bd/1ba, Immaculate! large kitchen-dining area, $750/mo. Call for application. (760) 376-2436 __________________________ Bodfish - 2bd/2ba on 5/8 acre, fenced, water & trash included, $750/mo. (661) 435-1060 __________________________ Weldon-1/bd, 1/ba, large kitchen & laundry room. Large fenced yard. New carpet & paint. Water & trash paid, $525/mo plus $525 deposit. 20698 Highway 178 Weldon. Call Mike @ 949-2467731. Avail. imediately. Link w/ pics http://tinyurl.com/WeldonHouse 3 __________________________ Onyx - 2 houses on same lot •1st house-1bdrm, 1ba, 1,000 sf, lg fncd yd w/covered patio. Link w/pics: http://tinyurl.com/Cane Brake1 •2nd-small house, 450sf studio w/ kitchenette & bathrm, separate laundry room, covered porch. Link w/pics: http://tinyurl. com/ CaneBrake2. Water & trash pd by landlord. Both houses on same lot. Perfect for roommates or caregivers. $725/mo for both to same renter. Avail. immed. 7 miles East of Onyx PO on Hwy 178 / 35 miles West of Ridgecrest. Call Mike @ 949-246-7731

Mobile Homes/ Trailers for Sale Wofford Heights Sites available in quiet Senior Park, with laundry facilities & fish house. Walk to lake. $250/mo inclds water/trash. Call Jody-760-376-3228 __________________________ RV spaces available in Camp Kernville. Located within walking distance to downtown. Private Beach! Call for details (760) 376-2345

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Wofford Heights - $850/mo. Was an old motel. Open to all ideas, multiple possibilities. Zoned commercial (760) 220-8787 ____________________________ Downtown Kernville - Aircraft Garage w/2 offices, workshop & storage.Aprox 1,500 sqft - one yr. lease. (760) 376-3024. ____________________________ Wofford Heights - Two perfect professional office spaces available in Allen’s Plaza (W.Hts Post Office) New interiors & carpets. Call 760-376-2733 for details.

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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Sierra Satellites (2013 - B1451) Street address of principal place of business: 2191 Evans Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285-0188. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 188, Wofford Heights, CA 93285-0188. REGISTRANT: Gary Adkins, 2191 Evans Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285-0188. Individual. Date the business commenced: 11/01/1997. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Gary Adkins. This statement filed on 03/06/2013. Expires 03/06/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Oak Liquidators (2013 - B1562) DBA #2: Oak Liquidators Superstore (2013 - B1563) DBA #3: Oak Furniture Liquidators (2013 - B1564) DBA #4: Oak Furniture (2013 - B1565) DBA #5: Oak and Sofa Liquidators (2013 B1566) DBA #6: Sofa Liquidators Superstore (2013 - B1567) DBA #7: Sofa Liquidators (2013 - B1568) DBA #8: Extreme Value Rooms By Oak Liquidators (2013 - B1569) DBA #9: Extreme Value Rooms By Sofa Liquidators (2013 - B1570) DBA #10: Extreme Value Rooms (2013 - B1571) DBA #11: Extreme Value By Oak Furniture (2013 - B1572) DBA #12: Furniture Liquidators (2013 - B1573) DBA # 13: Extreme Value By Oak Furniture Liquidators (2013 - B1574) Street address of principal place of business: 3600 Stine Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 2629, Visalia, CA 93279. REGISTRANT: Winey-Bice, Inc., 3136 West Hyde, Visalia, CA 93291. Corporation. Date the business commenced: 11/01/1993. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Brandon Mason, President. This statement filed on 03/11/2013. Expires 03/11/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SAILS IX (2013 - B1417) Street address of principal place of business: 9801 Cheyenne Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312. Mailing address of business: 993 "C" South Santa Fe Avenue, #50, Vista, CA 92083. REGISTRANT: Supported And Independent Living Services (SAILS), Bakersfield, Inc., 1025 Service Place, Vista, CA 92084. A CA Corporation. Date the business

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commenced: 12/13/2005. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Ihab Shahawi, CEO/ President. This statement filed on 03/05/2013. Expires 03/05/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SAILS VI (2013 - B1420) Street address of principal place of business: 10117 Saint Albans Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 993 "C" South Santa Fe Avenue, #50, Vista, CA 92083. REGISTRANT: Supported And Independent Living Services (SAILS) Bakersfield, Inc., 1025 Service Place, Vista, CA 92084. A CA Corporation. Date the business commenced: 12/13/2005. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Ihab Shahawi, CEO/ President. This statement filed on 03/05/2013. Expires 03/05/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SAILS VII (2013 - B1419) Street address of principal place of business: 4013 Redford Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. Mailing address of business: 993 "C" South Santa Fe Avenue, #50, Vista, CA 92083. REGISTRANT: Supported And Independent Living Services (SAILS) Bakersfield, Inc., 1025 Service Place, Vista, CA 92084. A CA Corporation. Date the business commenced: 12/13/2005. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Ihab Shahawi, CEO/ President. This statement filed on 03/05/2013. Expires 03/05/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern

River Courier March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SAILS VIII (2013 - B1418) Street address of principal place of business: 4505 Chaney Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 993 "C" South Santa Fe Avenue, #50, Vista, CA 92083. REGISTRANT: Supported And Independent Living Services (SAILS) Bakersfield, Inc., 1025 Service Place, Vista, CA 92084. A CA Corporation. Date the business commenced: 12/13/2005. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Ihab Shahawi, CEO/ President. This statement filed on 03/05/2013. Expires 03/05/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 22, 29, April 5 and 12, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: ALPHA FIVE QUALITY GROUP (2013 - B1731), DBA #2: ALPHA FIVE ARCHERY (2013 - B1732) Street address of principal place of business: 7850 White Lane, Suite E, #206, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mailing address of business: 7850 White Lane, Suite E, #206, Bakersfield, CA 93309. REGISTRANT: David Davenport, 3512 Sweetbriar Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: David W. Davenport. This statement filed on 03/18/2013. Expires 03/18/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 29, April 5, 12 & 19, 2013. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF MICHAEL DOUGLASS CATHER CASE NO. S-1501-PB-62496 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the Will or Estate, or both, of MICHAEL DOUGLASS CATHER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: MICHAEL CHARLES CATHER in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MICHAEL CHARLES CATHER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take

many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 30, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. P, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: CHARLES A. SHULTZ SBN 170070 Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten 5567 Reseda Boulevard, Suite 330 Tarzana, California 91356 Telephone No. (818) 705-6800 - Fax No. (818) 996-8266 Published by The Kern River Courier: March 29, April 5, 12 and 19, 2013 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 12-2250 APN: 358-021-03 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11-102010. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On May 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm, Advanced Reconveyance, Inc., a California Corporation as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust recorded 12-06-2010, as Inst. No. 0210168240 of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Kern County, State of California, Executed by Mamie Hao, a Married Woman as her sole and separate property and Carolyn Ruth Wong, a Married Woman as her sole and separate property, all as Tenants in common, , WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) at: Outside the main entrance to the Wanda Kirk Library, 3611 Rosamond Blvd., Rosamond, CA 93560. All CASHIER'S CHECKS MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO ADVANCED RECONVEYANCE, INC. All rights, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: Parcel 1: The northwest ¼ of the Southeast ¼ of Section 6, Township 9 North, Range 14 West, San Bernardino Meridian, in the unincopoorated area, County of Kern, State of California, according to the official plat of said land approved by the Surveyor General February 19, 1856. Except ½ of all oil

and mineral rights, as excepted in Deed from Elizabeth S. Brain, a Widow, recorded August 2, 1960 in Book 3289, Page 879, Official Records. Parcel 2: An Easement for Public Road, Ingress and Egress and public utility purpose to be used in common with others over the Easterly 30 feet and Westerly 30 feet of the Southwest ¼ of the Southwest ¼ of Section 6. Township 9 North, Range 14West, San Bernardino Meridian, in the County of Kern, State of California according to the official plat of said land approved by the Surveyor General February 19, 1856. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: Vacant Land - directions may be obtained by written request within 10 days of the first publication of this notice from: Advanced Reconveyance, Inc., 43545 17th Street West, Suite 503, Lancaster, CA 93534. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said Sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated cost, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $65,030.96. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. Date: March 28, 2013. Advanced Reconveyance, Inc., As Trustee, 43545 17th Street W., Ste 503, Lancaster, CA 93534, 661945-5525, Vickie Durham, Trustee Sale Officer NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on the notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgages, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 661-945-5525 using the file number 12-

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2250. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet web site. The best way to verify the postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. (Published by the Kern River Courier April 5, 12 and 19, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: GETAWAY TRAVEL (2013 - B1823), DBA #2: CELL CITY (2013 - B1824) Street address of principal place of business: 2109 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Mailing address of business: 2109 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. REGISTRANT: Lifeworks Seminars Incorporated, 2109 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. CA Corporation. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Michael A. Collins, President. This statement filed on 03/21/2013. Expires 03/21/2018. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: E. Del Villar. Published by the Kern River Courier April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013.

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Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier According to Corey Wilford, Public Information Officer for the Kern County Fire Department, the fire up Erskine Creek, or formally known as the "Creek Fire", on March 28, ended up being around .25 acres and was in BLM Jurisdiction. The fire was brought under control and fully contained rather quickly, and all KCFD resources were complete in a little over one hour, having left care of the fire in USFS hands. Around 26 firefighters responded to the incident, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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service, administrative to provide accurate water bills and water system operations, to maintain and operate wells, pumps, and pipelines and respond to customer calls and provide 24-hour emergency service. For the Kern River Valley, Cal Water has proposed to purchase and install standby generators at pumping stations to allow continual service during power outages, upgrade piping at storage tanks to protect the tanks during earthquakes, replace about one mile of smaller-diameter and older water mains to insure reliability, construct a new well to enhance water quality and supply and construct two storage tanks to increase supply. On July 20, 2012, Cal Water requested a rate increase. If approved, rates for the typical residential customer would increase $12.12 per month (40 cents per day) in 2014, $17.13 per month (57 cents per day) in 2015, and $4.60 per month (15 cents per day) in 2016. To lessen the impact on customers, Cal Water is requesting that the necessary increase be phased in over three years.

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structure must be maintained and eventually replaced, like any mechanical system. The water company believes it has an obligation to provide safe water and reliable fire protection while meeting increasingly stringent water quality and environmental regulations, despite the current economic climate. To meet those needs, capital improvements must continue. They say the costs of operating and maintaining the water system, including preventative maintenance, chemicals, electricity, labor, materials, and water testing are all increasing faster than the pace of inflation. California Water Service Company asserts that customers are not simply paying for water, they are paying for the infrastructure and range of services required to get a clean, reliable water supply to the tap. The company says that they employ trained professionals in engineering to design and build infrastructure, water quality testing and treatment to conduct more than 300,000 water quality tests company wide per year for 146 contaminates in state-certified lab, supply planning, customer

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two of these districts are in Kern County, namely Bakersfield and the Kern River Valley. The petition states that, “The County is interested in opposing and minimizing Cal Water’s proposed rate increases for the Kern River Valley District because the customers in that district are already paying extremely high water rates. The imposition of Cal Water’s proposed massive rate increase for its customers in the

Kern River Valley District is not fair, just and reasonable. “In the area where the Kern River Valley District is located, the average income is low-to-moderate. Further-more, many of the customers in the Kern River Valley District are retired and live on fixed incomes or various types of disability payments… “The proposed rate increases will have a disparately harmful effect on Cal Water’s customers in the Kern River Valley District.”

Rate payer, Continued from page 1 RAW also solicited letters from individuals to enhance their position. The group maintains that it is also to the advantage of residents who are not Cal Water customers to sign the petition. If Cal Water rates increase by 42 percent over the next three years and their neighbors can’t afford the water bills, RAW belives it is possible the following chain of events could occur: ■ Property values could be affected by Cal Water customers not watering landscaping and trees because the water is too costly. ■ It has been reported that lower income residents are neglecting hygiene tasks such as showering due to their water bill being disporportionate to their income. ■ Neighbors might move away because they cannot afford the water bills. ■ Rental properties could be vacanted, leading to theft and vagrancy. ■ Property values could go down due to surrounding vacant properties. ■ Reportedly, landlords in Cal Water areas are having difficulty competing with with those that are outside of Cal Water in rent pricing and loosing tenants. ■ Real estate might not sell because the price of water is simply too high. Local real estate agents have reported that home buyers are requesting properties that are not serviced by Cal Water and avoiding those that are. Cal Water states that even though less water is generally being used due to the current drought; the economy and people striving to do the “right thing;” as well as state law SBx7-7, mandating water providers achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita water use by the year 2020; and the costs of providing a clean, reliable water supply are the same regardless of how much water is used.

There are also variable costs, that decrease when water use declines, and are reflected in the rates. Cal Water states that conservation results in longterm savings to the customer when it leads to less need of drilling new wells, or purchase of less imported water. Even though per unit costs need to increase, customer bills would still be lower than they would have been if water use had not declined. Cal Water says this makes water conservation essential.

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R.A.W. (Residents Against Waterrates) is made up of a twelve person board of Kern Valley residents who consider themselves a community citizens group. This week they filed a motion to become a party to the rate increase proceeding to enable them to be a party of record at the Evidentiary Hearing in San Francisco. R.A.W. has been soliciting letters from Kern Valley citizens for the past several months. They are particularly interested in the types of hardships that both residents and businesses are experiencing regarding both the current water rates and the proposed new rates, and hope that those who are not Cal Water customers will also respond and help. They now have a Facebook page. In addition to letters, R.A.W. has also been collecting petition signatures. R.A.W. hopes to present the administrative law judge with R.A.W. petition signatures from the "entire" Kern River Valley community.

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