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Spring brings outdoors fun

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: Sunny, calm winds, high 71 Fri. night: Partly cloudy, low 45

Weekends to be full

Sat.: Partly sunny, high 65

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Weekend activities, now that winter is bowing out and spring is coming in, are bound to entice even the biggest homebodies of us to take in the outdoors. Saturday mornings on the weekends make one immediately think of the Farmers Market at Nuui Cunni, where you can buy all kinds of fresh, healthy produce and flowers. Get out and enjoy the clean air and the bounty of spring. This weekend there are a couple of other activities that will make you smile. The first is that gentle-hearted stage production of the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The title is a misnomer, of course, since Charlie Brown is not a man but a boy. Well, he’s not really that, either, he’s a cartoon character, who is supposedly a boy, but he’s being played in the musical by a young man... Well, it’s hard to explain, but it’s great entertainment with music and lots of fun. If you’re a fan of the “Peanuts” gang or their creator, the late Charles M. Schulz, or even if you’re a newbie to Linus and Lucy and the crew, you will be delighted by this production being put on by Kern Valley High School at their Fine Arts Center, at 7 p.m. tonight, April 9 and Saturday, April 10. Tickets are $10, with special pricing for those 10 or under and 55 or over. The musical is directed by KVHS’s Sandra Hughes. The second is a lot of fun as well. It’s Casino Night, being put on by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. For $25 you can have a lot of fun throwing around lots of play money and maybe winning some very nice prizes. Enjoy a Mexican dinner provided by Mt. Mesa

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Sat. night: Mostly cloudy, low 41. Sun.: Chance of showers, high 56. Sun. night: Chance of rain, low 39 National Weather Service

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Cedar waxwings gorge themselves on pyracantha berries in front of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce office last week.

Yard sale lover’s dream coming May 1 Kern River Courier

If you are a yard sale and garage sale-aholic, May 1 is going to be a red letter day. So put it on your calendar, because you don’t want to be out of the valley that day. For many years, the residents along picturesque Sirretta Street in Kernville have been holding yard sales in their front yards on the first Saturday in May. Each year, it seems more and more join in. People flock to the street and scoop up treasures. Many bring wagons and other wheeled carts to haul their purchases without having to move their cars, because Sirretta stretches for quite a few blocks. This year a new event is being added for May 1. It will be called the Isabella Blvd. Parking Lot Sale. This one will be held at the old RJR’s car lot across the boulevard from Isabella True Value. This one is being put on by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser. See the Courier Calendar on page 2 to learn how you can have your unwanted stuff picked up for the sale.

Snowpack just over average Kern River Courier

The southern part of the Sierra Nevada has about average snowpack for this time in the spring, according to the California Department of Water Resources. The average water content of the snowpack was 29 inches as of Wednesday, which was about 111 percent of normal for that date. The forecast is for more

showers to come in this weekend. Statewide, the snow water equivalent was 139 percent in the northern part of the Sierra, and 99 percent in the central part. In the Kern River watershed, the snow measured at the eight stations from Upper Tyndall Creek at 11,400 feet down to Beach Meadows at 7,650 feet ranged from 11 to 30 inches.

Ridgecrest to hold wildflower show

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Worshipers gather at the rodeo grounds in Kernville for an Easter celebration put on by Father’s Heart Foursquare Church.

The Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest is holding their Annual Spring Wildflower Exhibit on April 9, 10, and 11 – Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildflowers for the exhibit will be collected within a fifty mile radius of Ridgecrest with permits from the Bureau of Land Management. About 15 teams gather annual and perennial wildflowers from assigned locations. The Maturango Museum is located at 100 East Las Flores Avenue in Ridgecrest, corner of China Lake Boulevard. For further information call 760-375-6900.

Daffodil Days volunteer work done by local sorority chapter.


COBRA is not a bad thing when you’re talking about health insurance.


Powers Peak got a dedication plaque recently as many hardy folks made a steep climb.


Census jobs are still available, and the Courier has a list of places where classes will be.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 162,976 acre-feet. (Low point was 101,857 ac-ft. Dec. 4. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 1225 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 511 cfs Borel Canal flow 481 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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The Courier Calendar Healthcare District to hold Spring Health Faire April 13 The Kern Valley Healthcare District will offer a Lipid Panel Blood Draw at the hospital cafeteria on Monday, April 12 for $10. This will be followed by a Spring Health Faire the next day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Health providers will be there to read the results. For more information call (760) 376-4419.

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KRV Chamber’s Casino Night to take place April 10 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 1 p.m.- Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-6335 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 7:30 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 2236765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, canceled as of 12/06/09. • 3 p.m., Havilah Centennial Group meets, 1st Saturday, schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


• 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877. • 9 a.m. to noon - Eagles Breakfast, open to the public. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, 3rd Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5-7 p.m. Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 379-3394. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. K.V. Rovers meet at Kern Valley Museum, Kernville. 1st Monday. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club,

Isabella. A $25 buy-in gets you dinner (a Mexican feed by Jim Wyly) and scrip to play with. Lots of great prizes. Tickets are $25 at the door or in advance by calling (760) 379-8586.

E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 2- 6 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Light dinner. Open to public. 379-3394. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. 3rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 5 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Moose Lodge. 378-3602. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets, golf course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

Friday, noon. - Eagles Bingo, Eagles Hall, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, 6488 Fay Ranch Road. Sunday, 1 p.m. Moose Lodge Bingo, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed. All area codes are 760 unless otherwise noted.

Tea Party to be held on April 15 at old RJR Car lot There will be a Tea Party regarding big government and taxation and other topics on April 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 6047 Lake Isabella Blvd. (the old RJR’s/Hyer’s car lot). There will be speakers, bands and more. For more information call (760) 417-1847. McCarthy’s staff to hold local office hours on April 15 A Field Representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Lake Isabella on Thursday, April 15, at the County Complex in Lake Isabella from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Vince Fong at (661) 327-3611. Tent revival in Lake Isabella April 16 through 24 “The Last Call” tent revival will be back for the fifth year at the corner of Lake Isabella Blvd. and Webb Ave. from April 16 through April 24. Everyone is welcome. For details call 760-379-3926. Trail maintenance work party needed at Preserve April 17 PARTY! work that is - Trail Maintenance. We need you Saturday, April 17th from 8 a.m. to noon. Come on down to the preserve to help with another great project. We will be fixing up our two trails in anticipation of the Spring Nature Festival. Bring gloves, wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes/boots and safety glasses if you have them. Meet in the parking lot at the Kern River Preserve headquarters. Please RSVP. Contact Sean Rowe, or call 760417-1149, to RSVP. Whitewater Festival to take place April 17-18 The Kern River Whitewater Festival is an annual paddling extravaganza. Starting in 1963, the festival has gained popularity year after year. The rushing whitewater is a pulse-pounding experience for kayakers and rafters. Races, slaloms and poker runs are just some of the fun events. This year the festival is April 17 and 18. See for details. Gymkhana club to hold riding event April 17-18 The Los Vaqueros Gymkhana Club will be holding its first annual River Run April 17-18. Sign up by April 3. This event is open to members of the Gymkhana Association; riders may join the day of the event. Call Deanna Steinhoff for details, (760) 3783035. Denny Knight Memorial Roping event April 18 There will be a rodeo roping event on April 18 honoring the late Denny Knight, a Kern Valley High

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Things I Have Noticed...

No palaver with a cadaver

Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

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After graduating from the 8th grade, I noticed that all I could think about was the start of the next semester when I would be in the 9th grade – and I would get to take biology class. I had heard that we would be dissecting Middleworth various creatures, and rumor said we would even get to visit the city morgue, view a cadaver, and watch the morgue guy operate on it. I knew it would be gruesome, but the fascination was there. Upper classmen embellished the blood and guts part, but those of us taking the premed course, undaunted, could hardly wait for the new school year. When September arrived, there I was in the biology class, ready to become a doctor. Our teacher was a little old guy with big thick glasses and a squeaky voice. His name was Mr. Bugnee. He warned us that this was a pretty graphic class and if we were squeamish, we might be a bit uncomfortable doing the cutting and naming of the various parts of the whatevers we would be dissecting. I can still remember that first day. We eagerly stood, two to a

table, scalpels in hand. Then Mr. Bugnee brought a jar into the room and gave each of us a big dead worm. They reeked of formaldehyde. He said, "This week you will each dissect a worm. Note that it has 10 hearts." My partner and our little group of would-be doctors were less than excited. We had hoped for at least a rabbit, but here we were, stuck with an embalmed worm. Mr. Bugnee went on to say, "It's been brought to my attention that some of you are expecting a visit to the city morgue. Well, that is not going to happen. Each year that rumor floats around, but it’s not true. “So, after dissecting your worms, you will then check out a frog. By semester’s end you will be able to name all the internal parts of a cat." And that’s what happened. Worms, frogs and cats were the only things dissected that year. No cadavers. We were all, to say the least, disappointed. It was no wonder that many of us did not become doctors, but instead, in later years, pumped gas, worked in factories and became contributing columnists.

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(L-R) Debbie Tyler, Barbara Pigovat, Jane Tibbetts, Hazel Halloran, Jan Ridenour, Debi Creighton. On March 23, members of Laureate Iota Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at Kern Valley Hospital for their annual distribution of daffodils. For the past 12 years the organization has participated in the American Cancer Society's "Daffodil Days".

Corrections Regarding the story last week about a marker placed at Cottage Grove Cemetery, the late valley historian Bob Powers is not buried there, but at Kern River Valley Cemetery.

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General Drainage Area 2,093 Square Miles Capacity, Gross Pool 570,000 Acre-Ft. Surface Area, Gross Pool 11,400 Shoreline, Gross Pool 38 miles Length, Gross Pool 9 miles Main Dam Maximum Height 185 Feet Length at Crest 1695 Feet Auxiliary Dam Maximum Height 100 Feet Maximum Length 3,257 Feet Lake Construction Started March 1948 Finished April 1953

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Kern River Valley information Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service

Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781

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These scenes from the Isabella Lake Fishing Derby were taken by Murdoc Douglas of the Courier.

Courier Fishing Report

Back after sciatica Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

Congratulations to the fishermen who caught the big money fish (six of them won $10,000 each!) Let’s also give a big thanks to the derby officials and the KRV Chamber of Commerce who choreograph this complex event year after year. Kudos to all the sponsors from big to small, and a very special thanks to the many people who fed those fish on a daily basis all winter long since the 10th of November. It was quite a volunteer effort. Kudos to Fred and everybody else – you know who you are. It takes all of you to make it a success. OK, let’s get to the lake postderby. Although I’ve been having

a severe attack of sciatica, I managed a few hours on the lake Sunday morning. Freear has good water. The catfish are biting in the evening down at the big rock under the crosses. From Camp 9 to the big point north, the water is coming up pretty fast. If the river sustains 900 cfs and we get stable systems, the crappie should be wide open in the whole north end. So should the catfish and the bass by the third week in April (give or take.) Hopefully I can give a south fork report and update the trout plants next week. Some tagged fish may be worth money until April 28! Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a volunteer at the Kern River Fish Hatchery.

Valley history: the Borel Canal For many years before the lake was here, the Borel Canal, also known as the Edison flume, snaked through the Kern River Valley. The flume, or canal, carried water from the Kern River, dumped it through Borel Power Plant near Bodfish to run the generators, and then returned it to the river. (That was when there was only one river, not an upper and lower Kern, separated by the lake, as it is today.) Construction began on the canal’s intake, directly below the town of old Kernville, in June of 1897. The work to be done included 12.6 miles of canal and wooden flume to the Borel Powerhouse. It was a tremendous undertaking, considering the terrain and the amount of material moved and manpower that was employed. The power to complete the project was good old-fashioned muscle and mule-power. Cement had to be hauled to the site by wagon teams from Tehachapi; loads of machinery for the power plant were brought across the rugged country by freight wagon from the railhead at Caliente, nearly 40 miles away. Smaller teams of six mules or horses were used to pull the plows and scrapers that moved mountains of dirt and boulders to form the canal bed. There was a big celebration in the valley when the canal and powerhouse were completed in January, 1905. The completed project was transferred from the Kern River Company to the Pacific Light and Power Company on November 13, 1909, and then to the Southern California Edison Company on May 26, 1917. When the dams were built in the late 1940s, the Auxiliary Dam was placed right over the canal. Today, the water to run the Borel plant still comes from the flume, which takes it through the towns of Lake Isabella and Bodfish before it makes it to the power plant. —– information from books by Bob Powers

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Avatar’ makes it to DVD

‘Celebrity’ to go back to ‘nobody’

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of April 20: PICKS OF THE WEEK "Avatar" (Rated PG-13) -- Sam Worthington stars as Jake, a paraplegic soldier in the distant future who volunteers for a mission on the planet Pandora. With the use of a 9feet-tall "avatar," Jake is to infiltrate the Na'vi tribe and learn everything about the planet's indigenous peoples so that the human colonists can displace or destroy the Na'vi in order to obtain Unobtanium, a rare mineral that will solve Earth's energy crisis. Naturally, Jake "goes native," and leads the Na'vi in a battle against the humans. "Avatar" is the highest-grossing film of all time. From the smash Director James Cameron, using a revolutionary motion capture technology, 3-D and state of the art CGI has created a triumph of production design. In a 3-D theater, you actually feel transported to an alien world. The melding of live-action and computer generated characters and landscapes is seamless. Sadly, the dialogue is cringe-worthy, the plot hackneyed and the environmentalist/anti-corporate/antiimperialism allegory is ham-fisted -making "Avatar" the most beautiful mediocre movie you'll ever see. The DVD/Blu-Ray is being released on April 22 -- Earth Day -because nothing says "I Care About The Planet" more than the production of millions of non-biodegradable discs and cases. And this is a bare-bones release. No special features, no multi-disc special editions. Nada. I suspect the reason behind this is because "Avatar" is going to be re-released later this year with 2030 minutes of extra footage (which

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means yet ANOTHER DVD/Blu-Ray release) just in time for the holidays. So, if you really really really need to have "Avatar" in your home, then go ahead and grab this edition. But my recommendation is to wait for the multi-disc special editions that'll be out later this year. "Crazy Heart" (Rated R) -- Jeff Bridges delivers another top-notch performance in this intimate and compelling character drama about Bad Blake, a singer-songwriter playing juke joints and clubs while his protege Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell) is rockin' the stadium tours. Blake hooks up with a reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and begins a relationship with her and her son, while just around the corner a hit “Avatar” chance for stardom awaits. TV SERIES "Northern Exposure" Complete First and Second Seasons "Xena: Warrior Princess" Season One "Merlin" The Complete First Season "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" Season One "Everybody Loves Raymond" Seasons Five and Six "Monk" Seasons One and Two "F Word" Series Four "Battlestar Galactica" Seasons 2.0 and 2.5 "Victory at Sea" Deluxe Edition "Heartland" Season Two "Falcon Crest" Season One "Perry Mason" Season Five, Vol. 1 "Whispering Smith" 25 Episodes starring Audie Murphy c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

"The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer" by M. William Phelps (Lyons Press, $24.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox

Lizzie Bordon became famous for probably murdering her stepmother and father in turn-of-the-century New England. But a lesser-known contemporary, Amy Archer-Gilligan, is much more interesting. Amy dispatched two husbands and possibly as many as 66 others in a fashion reminiscent of "Arsenic and Old Lace," a Broadway play that was loosely based on her case. In his new book, M. William Phelps, tells the shocking, true story of this Victorian murderess in fascinating detail. In 1901, Amy and her first husband, James Archer, opened a nursing home for the elderly in Newington, Conn. It was one of the first facilities of its kind and was so successful that a second one was opened in nearby Windsor six years later. Mr. Archer died shortly after the move, and Amy soon found a second husband, Michael Gilligan. Even though he was the picture of health, he, too, died, but not before he had drawn up a will leaving his new wife all of his estate. The Archer Home for Elderly and Chronic Invalids became a rooming house of death. Patients who moved into the home paid $1,000 for what they were told would be lifetime care. The frequent deaths occurred whenever Amy received an application and needed a vacant room. To get that vacancy, she relied on arsenic. When a newspaper writer became suspicious, authorities were notified, and Amy was arrested. So began one of the most sensational investigations and trials of that era. Phelps -- whom Radio America calls "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer" -- conducted extensive interviews and sifted through official trial transcripts and newspaper files to bring readers face-to-face with the matron of what the media of the day billed as a "murder factory." (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Cindy Elavsky Q: This season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" is really good so far. I love the different personalities clashing as they try to work together on their challenges. I was wondering, who decides what the challenges will be? --Hank F., via e-mail A: Ivanka Trump, wunderkind daughter of mogul Donald Trump, recently revealed on Twitter that they all -- Ivanka, Donald and brother Donald Jr.-throw out ideas for all the different challenges and then decide collectively which ones they'll do throughout the season. Next season "The Apprentice" is going back to its original format of casting regular people to compete for a job within the Trump empire. If you are interested in auditioning, go to for all the details. *** Q: I read somewhere that KISS frontman Paul Stanley went to the "Fame" high school majoring in art. Is that true? --Matt H., Akron, Ohio A: Paul Stanley attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City. The "Fame" high school was the High School of Performing Arts, which later merged with the High School of Music & Art to form Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. I spoke with Paul recently, and he told me about his high-school experience: "It's funny, because when I first saw 'Fame,' and then I went to my school, I was expecting to see people dancing on the cars, but it wasn't hap-

pening. But I ended up putting art aside at some point, because for me, I'm just not a fan of being told what to do by somebody else. Some people are cut out for listening to authority, and some people are cut out for going their own way. I just sort of soured on art." Paul Stanley of But now, “Kiss” Paul is back in the art scene, but on HIS terms. You can see Paul's artwork at, and also check to see if he is touring with his art in your area. *** Q: "In Plain Sight" is one of our favorite shows. Will it be back for a third season?-Jackie D., via e-mail A: The USA Network's popular drama centering on a deputy U.S. marshal for the Federal Witness Protection program began its third season on March 31. The show has moved to Wednesday nights at 10/11 p.m. Central. Season Three will consist of 16 episodes -- and if you need to catch up on any previous episodes, season one and two are available on DVD. *** Have a question for Cindy? Email her at letters@cindy elavsky. com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Lighter side of faith

Friday, April 9, 2010

Voices of Faith

Praise for the one behind it all

Hymns for People Over 50 Give Me the Old Timers Religion Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up Just a Slower Walk with Thee Go Tell It on the Mountain, But Speak Up Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing Guide Me O Thou Great Lord God, I've Forgotten Where I've Parked The Car Count Your Many Birthdays, Count Them One By One Blessed Insurance It Is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt Late For Class A little girl, dressed in her "Sunday best" was late and running to her Sunday school class. As she ran, she prayed, "Dear God, please don't let me be late. Dear God, please don't let me be late." Then she fell. She got up, dusted herself off and saw that her dress was now dirty and had a little tear. She started running again, still praying, "Dear God, please don't let me be late." But this time she added, "But please don't push me, either!"

Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

“Praise the Lord” is easy to say; it is simple and straightforward. Well, maybe not so effortless to understand. Shall we begin by looking at Psalm 148:1? From where is one to Praise the LORD? “Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!” Add to that, Psalm 148:2 “Praise Semonious him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!” The Psalmist is not speaking of a host or hostess, but of, a mass of persons (or in a figurative sense, things), especially regularly organized for war. So, God has more than one army to praise him. But then the Psalmist addresses the sun and moon. “Psalm 148:3-4, “Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!” The “why” of it is explained in Psalm 148:5 “Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.” The writer did not explain the “how” of the sun and moon praising the LORD. Who or what else is included? Sea creatures, fire, hail, snow, mist and stormy wind fulfilling his word also are to praise the LORD. Psalm 148:7-10. In the original, praise includes to be clear; to shine; to make a show; to boast; …to celebrate; and even to give in marriage. Notice that the psalm says the stormy wind fulfilling his word are to praise the LORD. How often does one hear others judge weather

good or bad because it is clear or stormy? Maybe I am being too narrow when I choose which day I say, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. When you witness a storm, know that the LORD God put his name on it as surely as Ford Motor Co. put its name on a truck known as F100. 2 Chronicles speaks of Rehoboam saying, “Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. 2 Chronicles 12:13. There is an impressive list of which scripture commands, “Praise the LORD.” Not included in that list are those of whom Joel wrote, “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land…” Joel 3:2. He goes on, “Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.” Joel 3:12. As the news is broadcast, and if you would praise the LORD God, remember Joshua’s words, “…choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

“Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

Churches of the Valley

SPRING continued from page 1 Market’s Jim Wyly, that mainstay of great valley dinners for big crowds. It’s included in the price. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 with games afterwards. Buy your tickets at the door or in advance by calling (760) 379-8586. Weekend of April 17-18 The weekend of April 17 and 18 is going to be a real winner, too. That’s the weekend of the Kern River Whitewater Festival, to be held in Riverside Park in Kernville. This festival celebrating whitewater sports is one of the longest-running annual events in the valley, started by Kernville resident and early one-piece fiberglass kayak developer Tom Johnson in 1963. He’ll probably be there to greet his friends, too. He’s in his 90s now, but you can’t keep Tom very far from the whitewater. The Whitewater Fest will take place both April 17 and 18. Part of the fun this year will be a special Hooligan Race that is made of of boats that are... well, not boats. That’s the fun. Whatever will float

(at least for a while) will go down the river in a hilarious race that will start on Saturday, April 17 at 4 p.m. If you’d like to take part in the race, call Sierra South at 376-3745. For those who just want to watch and enjoy, it’s free. Another event that will make valley hearts glad is a signing party for a new book about the Kern River Valley by Larry Holochwost, Rich Zimmerman and Gene Verbeet. The signing is at the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville on Saturday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. The book is called “Kern Valley Perspectives” and includes beautiful and insightful color photos and paintings of Kern River Valley scenes. It’s a must-have for valley lovers. It’s $15, and talk is it might include a CD of Larry and Rich doing some of their cowboy singing, too. Attend the book signing for information about that. Or call 379-2747. And that’t not all that’s happening! Check the Courier Calendar on page 2 for more, and start making your plans.

Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 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. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 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 Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 7 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Health Insurance Matters

Most leaving their jobs can get COBRA Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

After working under difficult conditions, Richard says, "I quit!" Donald says to his employee Fred, "You’re fired!" George turns in his notice that he is retiring early. The first thing these men should recognize is that their leaving employment may have an insurance effect on their family members. Were they covered on the group plan? What is their health condition, and what is the leaving employee’s? All very pertinent situations which may have a definite effect on their ability to get health insurance in the immediate future. If there are no medical conditions for any of the family members either currently or in their medical history, it would be advisable to seek an individual or family policy. The rates are commensurate with the coverage. If

you can afford only the lowest of premiums, a catastrophic plan would be well advised. If there are family members who are unable to obtain insurance due to a medical problem, there is normally a benefit called COBRA. This is a federal law which requires your employer and their health Harry Thal insurance company to continue providing you and your covered family members' health insurance for the next 18 months. This law only applies to businesses with 20 or more employees. Only difference in the plan will be that you are now going to pay the cost yourself. If the employer had

a "small group", then the state of California created a similar law called Cal-COBRA. This regulation requires the availability of your staying on the plan for 36 months. So, if you fall under the federal 18 month rule, you can get an additional 18 months afterward. Move forward to almost 36 months. COBRA is about to expire. The person with the medial problems is still having problems and isn't able to qualify for coverage. HIPAA is another law to protect the consumer. It says that any insurance company selling individual policies in your state must offer to you their two most popular policies, no matter what your health. The law doesn't have a pricing schedule, so the monthly premiums tend to be high compared to the same plan available with medical underwriting. But, as you can turn around and have surgery the day

after the guaranteed issue, the higher price is well warranted. (Beginning in 2014 this will no longer be an issue with the new healthcare legislation.) If you are a Richard, Fred or George, the advice you seek should be as soon as you determine you are leaving employment. There is a very small window to elect a COBRA or HIPAA plan. Buying an individual plan takes time for approval, so seek a qualified health insurance agent who understands the regulations which will be affecting your situation. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and past president and president-elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

Overactive bladder can lead to bad social situation Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have to run to the bathroom all day long. If I don't make it in time, I have an accident. This has made me so nervous that I have given up on all thoughts of a social life. It's ruining my life. If we go to a restaurant, I must have a table near the restrooms, or I won't sit down. What can be done? I'll try anything. -P.G. ANSWER: Your condition is an overactive bladder. Sudden, inappropriate and forceful contractions of the bladder wall muscles make it imperative for you to rush to the bathroom or you lose control of urine. Such bladder muscle contractions shouldn't occur until the bladder is full or nearly full. For some reason, your bladder reacts violently when it's only partially full. Conditions like a bladder infection can be a cause. Often, however, muscle contractions take place without any cause ever being found. You have to see a doctor who can look for things that are easily treated, like an infection. If no cause is discovered, then you can reprogram your bladder to not react like this when it's only partially


filled. For two days, time the intervals between bathroom visits. Add 5 minutes to the shortest interval and hold off on urinating for that time interval for a week. On week two, increase the interval by 15 minutes. Keep this up for a month, and then increase the interval by half an hour. Every two weeks, add another half hour to the interval between bathroom visits. When you reach three hours, you can stop. You also can ask your doctor for prescription medicines that quiet bladder muscles. Detrol, Sanctura, Vesicare and Enablex are names of some of these medicines. Another technique involves injecting the bladder muscles with Botox. Botox weakens the force of bladder muscle contractions and allows you to hold urine for more-normal intervals. In extreme circumstances, a gynecologic urologist can advise you if a battery-operated device attached to the bladder is something you could consider. It stops frequent, unwanted and unneeded bladder contractions. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What causes hangnails? I have a crop of them. What can you recommend to prevent them? -- L.B.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Talking About Real Estate

Another foreclosure wave Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

be hit the hardest. There is just too much inventory right now and not too many buyers, which Well, it ain't over yet! It has drives down prices. The biggest been forecast now for over a year, foreclosure issues, however, are and unfortunately it is inevitable. being caused by a lack of lenders Looks like we are gonna get willing to re-negotiate loans. Or if another big wave they say they are willing, not of foreclosures making it easy to do so. this summer. Oftentimes banks prefer a foreNationwide closure over a Short Sale or a foreclosure invenloan modification because they tory, although not can start fresh and can write off currently at the all the loss. Unfortunately the time high we had President's attempts to mitigate in 2008, is on this with government intervention pace to come in Matt Freeman have been ineffectual at best. The as the second allprograms announced sound time high for good, but very few people either 2010. Right now banks are holdhave taken advantage of them or ing onto a lot of their inventory qualify for them. both due to a lack of organization So, looks like the current trends and in the hopes of stabilizing the are gonna continue for a while. market by releasing properties We don't get affected by forecloonto the market at a steady rate sures up in the local market here instead of all as much as at once. the big cities, Foreclosure inventory is on These polibut we will cies, along pace to come in as the second see an with other increase just alltime high for 2010. factors like --Matt Freeman like last time. unemployAt their peak, ment and they were slow growth in the economy, have only about 10-20% of our market contributed to the high number of up here depending on area. foreclosures that will be coming Next week, how you can take onto the market soon. advantage of this! Of course, hardest-hit areas are going to be large cities and areas Matt Freeman is a Realtor with that had very high pricing during Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) the real estate boom. L.A. Area, 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His colBakersfield, S.F. Area, Florida, umn is not intended to replace New York, these will most likely legal advice.

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California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

Gerald A. Brown Manager / Director FD1731

‘Other’ stories just as good California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Sometimes the people around the old gunfighters were as interesting as the gunfighters themselves. Take Martha Jane Cannary, for instance. She was born On May 1, 1852 in Princeton, Mo. Her family had a 200-acre farm. But her family pulled up stakes and moved westward in 1863. California Joe In 1869 this blue-eyed, sandy-haired woman known for her hard drinking, cigar smoking and tobacco chewing, met the gunman James B. (Wild Bill) Hickok in the vicinity of Abilene, Kan. They were married before the year was out. Later there was a girl child adopted and a brief fling in the army (Jane had enlisted as a man, until she was thrown out on her buckskinned butt.) On August 2, 1876, Hickok was shot dead while playing poker in Deadwood. It was Martha Jane Cannary who ran the assailant to ground in a butcher shop shortly thereafter. Martha Jane died of pneumonia in Terry, a small town near Deadwood, on August 2, 1903. She had asked to be buried next to Wild Bill Hickok, and so she was. Just as interesting a story

belonged to the man who killed ol' Wild Bill. Jack McCall had arrived at Deadwood sometime in the spring of 1876. He used the name of Bill Sutherland, accepted any laboring job that came along, and waited for Bill Hickok to make an appearance. When Hickok appeared in the No. 10 Saloon, McCall shot him dead. The following day McCall appeared in court and spun a yarn about how Hickok had killed his brother -- a completely nonexistent person! And he was acquitted. Afterwards McCall moved to Laramie, Wyoming and began to frequent saloons, grandstanding about his shooting of Hickok. One day a deputy U.S. marshal, after listening to this loose talk, put the collar on Jack, and Jack went to federal court at Yankton, Dakota Territory. He was charged with first degree murder and was found guilty. The evening before his execution in 1877 McCall wrote a "full and truthful account" of his motivation for the killing of Hickok, but he destroyed this document before anyone had the opportunity of reading it. Sometimes the lesser-known stories are as interesting as the betterknown ones! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at


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Public Meeting Announcement The Southern California Edison Company announces a public information meeting to be held for the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Resource Enhancement (Trust Fund). Date: April 19, 2010 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: U.S. Forest Service District Office 105 Whitney Road Kernville, CA 93238 Purpose: • Summary and status reports of current projects and funding. • Discussion of Trust Fund website: Upper Kern Fishery Management • Question/answer session re: Fund status and potential for funding projects • Discussion topics from the floor • Selection of October 2010 public meeting date Proposals and other materials are on file at these public access loctions for public review: Kern River Valley Branch Library 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Beale Public Library 701 Truxton Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 Hatchery Museum P.O. Box 1908 Kernville, CA 93238

Kern River Ranger District 4875 Ponderosa Drive Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Kern River Ranger District P.O. Box 9, 105 Whitney Rd. Kernville, CA 93238

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: CUSTOM JANITORIAL SERVICE (2010-B1659) Street address of principal place of business: 3303 Piute Hill Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 2195, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Michael Lanza, 3303 Piute Hill Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 06/25/1977. 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 Lanza. This statement filed on 03/10/2010. Expires 03/10/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: TAG'S-R-US (2010-B1658) Street address of principal place of business: 28150 Sunridge Avenue, Taft, CA 93268. Mailing address of business: 28150 Sunridge Avenue, Taft, CA 93268. REGISTRANTS: Mylous Odell IV, 28150 Sunridge Avenue, Taft, CA 93268 and Bethany Odell, 28150 Sunridge Avenue, Taft, CA 93268. I, Husband and Wife. 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 regis-

tered 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: Bethany Odell. This statement filed on 03/10/2010. Expires 03/10/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: JIMMARY'S GIFTS 'N SUCH (2010-B1676) Street address of principal place of business: 144 Rocky Road, Bodfish, CA 93205. Mailing address of business: 144 Rocky Road, Bodfish, CA 93205. REGISTRANTS: James Eddins, 144 Rocky Road, Bodfish, CA 93205 and Mary Eddins, 144 Rocky Road, Bodfish, CA 93205. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 03/01/2010. 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: Mary E. Eddins. This statement filed on 03/11/2010. Expires 03/11/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 2010. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: STAGE STOP RANCH AND LAND COMPANY, (2008-B7921) Street address of business:

14600 Caliente Creek Road, Caliente, CA 93518; Mailing address of Business: 14600 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 8, Caliente, CA 93518. REGISTRANTS WHO WISH TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Thomas G. Smith, 11338 Caliente Creek Road, Caliente, CA 93518 and Alvin Horwitz, 14600 Caliente Creek Road, Caliente, CA 93518; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 12/02/2008. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 03/24/2010. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk by N. Hawley, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: STAGE STOP RANCH AND LAND COMPANY (2010B2050) Street address of principal place of business: 14600 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 8, Caliente, CA 93518. Mailing address of business: 14600 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 8, Caliente, CA 93518. REGISTRANTS: Thomas G. Smith, 11338 Caliente Creek Road, Caliente, CA 93518 and Kevin Smith, 14600 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 8, Caliente, CA 93518. B, General Partnership. Date the business commenced: 09/22/2003. 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: Thomas G. Smith. This statement filed on 03/24/2010. Expires 03/24/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2010. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS

BUSINESS NAME Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: TL'S PORTABLE SINKS & WATER TRUCKS, (2008-B4982) Street address of business: 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella 93240; Mailing address of Business: 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANTS WHO WISH TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Elizabeth Martinez, 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 and Joseph A. Martinez, 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 07/17/08. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 03/02/2010. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk by N. Hawley, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: TL'S PORTABLE SINKS & WATER TRUCKS (2010B1593) Street address of principal place of business: 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Joseph Martinez, 3817 Seclusion Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 01/10/2000. 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: Joseph Martinez. This statement filed on 03/08/2010. Expires 03/08/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier April 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2010.

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Spring Nature Festival Schedule for Saturday, May 1 Free activities for visitors 9 am - 11 a.m. Kern River Preserve Bird Walk. A Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteer will lead a walk through a portion of California’s largest Fremont cottonwood and red willow riparian forest; a Globally Important Bird Area. Kern River Preserve Headquarters is the best place to study hummingbirds as they visit feeders in the yard. This trip will include a visit to the bird banding station. Meet at the Festival Information table at Kern River Preserve Headquarters in Weldon. Beginners welcome! FREE 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Festival Headquarters: Kern River Preserve, Weldon: Children’s activities, Information, Educational & Interactive Exhibits, Live animals, and more. Kern River Preserve Headquarters. FREE (Donations welcome).

File photo by Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

It’s a fun time under the big shade trees at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon when they have their Spring Nature Festival. Visitors may enjoy such experiences as bird banding and other celebrations of the wildlife we have here.

Spring Fest coming May 1 Kern River Courier

The big Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival is right around the corner, coming up May 1. Field trips associated with the festival take place over a longer period of time, April 29 through May 4. For a complete schedule of the field trips, how much they cost and how you can attend, visit For the casual visitor to the Kern River Valley on May 1, Preserve headquarters in Weldon (there will be a sign on Highway 178) will be a great place to enjoy many free events and activities. These activities will include such things as bird walks led by the Kerncrest Audubon Society volunteers, as well as workshops and exhibits, in the large, shaded front yard of Preserve Headquarters. There is no registration for or any fees for the May 1st exhibits, workshops, entertainment or walks held at Audubon's Kern River Preserve. There are fees for extra activities such as an Ice Cream Social, Evening Program, and Field Trips. All other activities are free although a donation to continue the ongoing support of the festival is requested. The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival is a celebration of our natural and recreational diversity at the height of spring abundance. Within our intimate wild mix of habitat types and floristic provinces (distinct major regions of life) may be found plants and animals of the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Californian Floristic Provinces. This grand mix is unparalleled anywhere else in the United States and Canada. The Kern River Valley is one of nature’s most diverse homes: 350 bird species (ca. 233 species per Nature Fest and over 200 nesting species.) Spring bird migration creates an exciting time for birders visiting the Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival. The last five festivals have averaged 233 bird species. The region centered on the Kern River Valley hosts 138 butterfly species (68%+ of California’s lepidoptera), 2,000+ species of plants (a third of California’s flora), and the highest mammal diversity in the United States (115 species).

The Kern River Valley has been recognized as one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the United States: bicycling, boating, camping, catch-and-release fishing, crosscountry skiing, downhill skiing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, hot springs soaking, kayaking, lake fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, river fishing, sailing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, spelunking, whitewater rafting, wild trout fishing, and wind surfing are among the myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities found here; many of them widely known as world-class. Our stunningly beautiful Kern Valley is a highlight in itself: 6000’8000’ southern Sierra Nevada peaks, the National Wild & Scenic North Fork Kern River, Audubon California’s globally important 3,000-acre Kern River Preserve, Sequoia National Forest’s 1,200acre South Fork Wildlife Area, California Department of Fish & Game’s 8,400-acre Canebrake Ecological Reserve, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. *** The clean, sharp smell of Great Basin Sage in the wind...a Scott's Oriole perched atop a Kern Joshua tree...mixed flocks of warblers foraging in a huge cottonwood...the call of a Wrentit bouncing over a dense stand of chaparral...the deep blue skies and towering pines of the Sierra Nevada... It is not unusual to encounter these things as you travel around California. It is unusual, however, to come across all of them within a few miles of one another - but - that's exactly what you can do in the Kern Valley. The Kern Valley is a unique place. Six major California ecological regions merge in the region around the valley: Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, Chaparral, Sierran Forest, and Great Valley Grassland; including the largest remaining contiguous riparian forest in the state. The Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival is a celebration of the miracle of nature at its best. Wildlife and wildflowers, and spectacular vistas of unique geological wonders make this a vacation paradise.

10 am - 10:30 am. Southwestern Pond Turtle Lecture. Learn about the Kern River Preserve's preservation efforts for this rare species. Darrell Barnes will talk about turtle biology and share photos and videos of the project. Question and answer session to follow. Kern River Preserve Headquarters FREE (Donations welcome). 10 am - 10:55 am. Live Music 10 am - 11:30 a.m. Habitat Enhancements and Stewardship at the Kern River Preserve. Join Preserve manager Reed Tollefson on a hike around the restoration sites of the Kern River Preserve. Learn about the ongoing efforts of habitat improvements and exotic plant removal that has contributed to greater numbers of nesting species of birds. Meet at the Kern River Preserve Headquarters. FREE 10 a.m. - 4 pm. Official United States Postal Service Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival Postal Station, Kern River Preserve, Weldon. Steve Kenton, Lake Isabella Postmaster, has once again arranged to set up an official USPS postal station at the Kern River Preserve offering Special Festival Cancellation, stamped envelopes. These stamped envelopes are the "real deal" and may be purchased for the price of a first class stamp. They may be used for first class mailings over the following month or added to collectors' stamp collections. Collectors from all over the world have contacted Steve to order Kern Valley Festival special cancellations from past years' festivals. You may also order and purchase envelopes with this year's Spring Nature Festival cancellation from Steve during regular hours at the Weldon Post Office. Contact Steve for the exact time period for picking up your order. Kern River Preserve Headquarters 10 am – 4 pm. Children’s Activities at the Kern River Preserve. Junior Ranger Program - Nature crafts, storytelling. FREE 10 a.m. - 4 pm. Live Native Amphibians & Reptiles. Educational presentations throughout the day by Herp-Ecology. On display will be a wide variety of California reptiles and amphibians. Kern River Preserve Headquarters. FREE 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Bird Feeding Workshop. Our bird feeding coordinator, Birdie Foster, will teach how to clean and maintain feeders and what type of feed attracts birds. FREE 11 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Live Music 11 a.m. - noon. - Native American use of Native Plants. Carol Wermuth, Native American expert brings back this ever popular talk about traditional uses of plants and discover how local Native Americans used, and use, native plants as sources of medicine and food. The land that the preserve sits on was Tübatulabal (the local Indian tribe) territory. Kern River Preserve Headquarters FREE Noon - 12:30 pm. - Wildlife Calling Contest 12:30 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Live Music 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. Native Plant Gardening Workshop. Native Plant Gardening Workshop. Marya Miller, local gardening and native plant expert, will talk about how to use native plants in your garden. Kern River Preserve Headquarters FREE 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Basic Bird Identification Workshop. Learn how to identify some of the common birds around the Kern River Valley, bring binoculars and field guides. FREE 1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Live Music 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Nature Walk. Learn about the plants, trees, birds and animals that are all part of the Kern River Preserve. Kern River Preserve Headquarters FREE 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Live Music 3 pm. - 3:30 pm. Green Birding Workshop. Are you concerned about your carbon footprint as you chase life-birds? Join Jim Royer to learn how you can see a whole lot of birds without using a single gallon of gasoline. FREE

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Powers Peak gets plaque

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Mass movement series ends Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

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On Saturday, April 3, many of the friends and family of the late valley historian Bob Powers made the arduous trip to the top of Powers Peak in Kernville to attach a plaque commemorating the new name. The mountain got the name Powers Peak in 2008 when it was officially dedicated by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Powers Peak is where the historic Harley Mine is located. Powers wrote nine books about the history of the Kern River Valley. He was a fifth generation valley resident.

The sixth and final example of the series of Mass Movement events are "Rockfalls." These are usually lower catastrophic events that do little damage unless you are directly under the falling debris. Rockfalls are a free fall of Ron Bolyard boulders, rocks, cobbles and fragments of any size from a cliff or escarpment. Through time, erosion by rain, frost and freezing water tend to

shatter the overhanging rocks into fragments and loosen them and they begin to cascade, in free fall, down to the bottom of a vertical cliff. They form Talus Cones and Scree at the bottom, which are the collections of the rock debris, etc. Talus cones are very common. Usually the cones have slopes around 35 to 40 degrees. Observers should be able to distinguish these areas as obvious problems. UNTIL NEXT WEEK ….. Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

Photo courtesy of Dave Freeland

EVENTS continued from page 2 School coach, at the John E. McNally Rodeo Grounds in Kernville. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 3762629. South Fork Woman’s Club to hold Chinese Auction April 23 The South Fork Woman’s Club will be holding Dinner and Chinese and Silent Auctions on Friday, April 23 starting at at 6 p.m. at their clubhouse on Fay Ranch Road across from South Fork School. Donation is $8 and it is open to the public. Bring lots of change! Peter Lebec Rendezvous to be held April 21-25 The Peter Lebec Rendezvous is an old-style 1840s mountain man gathering that takes place every year in a remote location, away from 21st Century influences. All are welcome to attend. Period dress is highly recommended, but not required. There will be shooting events, a costume contest, jam session, dinner on Saturday night, a raffle and much more. The rendezvous event has a long tradition, back to the fur trading days. For location and more information, call “Booshway” Don Mills at (760) 3828887 or visit Food commodities date to be Tuesday, April 27 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, April 27 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Times can start as early as 7 a.m. Isabella Blvd. Parking Lot Sale May 1 An ‘Isabella Blvd. Parking Lot Sale’ will be held on May 1st. at ‘Downtown Storage & RV’, on the old RJR’s car lot in Lake Isabella. Donations are needed by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Do you have stuff you haven’t used or even seen in years? Do you hate having yard sales but also hate throwing something away that still has value? If you have stuff to give to the sale, call Ron at (760) 379-6440 or Terry at (760) 379-8083. They will pick it up. Kernville’s Sirretta Street Sale May 1 The annual Sirretta Street Sale, a really large yard sale up and down Sirretta Street in Kernville, will be held on May 1 this year. Make your plans now. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds dinner May 11 Each year the Kern Valley Exchange Club honors their Book of Golden Deeds winner. We all know someone who unselfishly goes the extra mile in donating his or her time and energy; volunteers for the benefit of our community and local youth, and does it without any thought to personal gain. A dinner in the recipient’s honor will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at Paradise Cove. It is open to the public. For more information call Debbie Freeland at WestAmerica Bank, 379-2691. Havilah Days celebration is coming May 22 The Havilah Days history event this year will be May 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the courthouse replica in the center of town. To get to Havilah, drive south on Bodfish-Caliente Road for 10 miles. For more information, call (760) 379-2636. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, May 25 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, May 25 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Times can start as early as 7 a.m. To include your event in the Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.




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“ORIGINAL MARKETPLACE” (760) 376-2860 The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199

*bounce houses *water slides *sno cones & cotton candy machines *party supplies & more



POOL/SPA REPAIR SPECIALIST 20+ Years Experience CA. License #647258 (760) 376-4384 / (909) 210-3971 __________________________ LARRY SCHUPPAN'S Garage Doors & Openers. New Sales & Repairs. Handyman Service. Decks, Covers, Masonry, Electrical, Plumbing. (760) 3791430 or 760-417-2806 License #CL492150 __________________________ MERCER BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE In Bodfish - Will Travel! Personal, Business, Corporate (760) 549-0270 / (760) 417-0392 __________________________


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(760) 223-3648 __________________________ SPRING SPECIAL $10 off 1 hour massage $10 off color or highlights Mention this Ad 379-4518 __________________________ SWAMP COOLER SERVICE SPECIAL - $30.00 + PARTS CALL ROGER MASON 760-417-9020 __________________________

TERESA HENRICKS Notary Service Located in the KRV. 5 Year Notary. I will travel to your location. Available any time for your convenience. 760-985-1148

Talent Wanted GOT TALENT? Come & audi tion for the 2nd Annual Follies Variety Show. Singers, dancers, comics, any kind of talent! SatApr. 24 & Sat-May 1, 10am @ the Reel Cinema Theater, 6742 Wofford Heights Blvd. RSVP for an audition, call Frank @ 310-989-0325

Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 Bd, 1 Bath mobile available now. Trash & water paid. Quiet area. $650/mo + deposit. 760-376-6578 ___________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Onyx - 2 bd, 2 ba, 1440 sq ft on 1/3 acre. Fenced, 2 car garage, w/d, refrig, built-in stove/oven, new carpet, pergo floor, sunken bathtub. $650/mo + sec. deposit, pets ok, call 760-379-5787 _________________________ Mt. Mesa - 2 bedroom house, $600/mo, 1st + deposit. Call 760267-5950 for information. Available for showing on Saturday & Sunday.

Boat for Sale CANOE - Mohawk Solo 14, light,

agile, fun. Red with paddle and P.F.D. - $375.00 (760) 379-6344

Lots for Sale **** 3 LOTS FOR SALE **** Balboa South of Beechwood Scovern South of Crestview Starlight Off Old State Road $20K ea. (760) 223-2222

5430 Lake Isabella Blvd. 379-8144 Largest pool table in town!

Lah-De-Dah-Gifts, Collectables, Antiques. “If it’s not here, we don’t have it.” Sewing Center for Sewing Needs. 41 Big Blue Rd. Kernville. Call 376-6704.



TAIL WAGGERS 2 males and 2 females from 10 wks to 4 mo. CKC-reg. Purebred Applehead Chihuahua puppies. Happy & friendly. Good bites, vaccinations UTD, wormed, health guarantee. Pad & crate trained. $225-$300. 760-379-1403 _________________________ DOG TRAINING CLASSES Sign up Now 4 weeks for $60.00

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Ted Duane Scott Aka “Cheyenne” & “Ol' Nasty” June 5, 1928 – Nov. 15, 2009 Ted Duane Scott passed away November 15, 2009. A memorial remembrance of his life will take place on Saturday, April 17th at 11 am at Cheyenne's Restaurant in Riverkern. Come share your stories and photos as we remember a very unique man! Ted created Cheyenne's Restaurant in Riverkern and ran it for 21 years with his wife, Pat. Ted had no difficulty speaking his mind and standing up for all of the things he truly believed in. You never had to wonder where you stood with Ted – he always let you know! Ol' Nasty loved the desert (including his ranch in Weldon), golfing, writing, his cars, and most of all, his family.

More census jobs available, signups to be held • Mon., April 12, 1P.M. and 3P.M. @ Wofford Hts., Family Life Center • Tues., April 13, 10A.M. and 1P.M. @ Wofford Hts., St. Jude's Catholic Church Office, 86 Nellie Dent Rd. • Wed., April 14, 1P.M. and 3P.M. @ Kernville, Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship • April 19: Kernville. @ Hi Ho Trailer Park (club house), 11901 Sierra Way (1P.M. & 3 P.M. (north of airport & dump)--left off Kernville Rd. • April 19: Lake Isabella. @ United Methodist church, 5301 Lake Isabella Blvd. (1P.M.) • April 20: Wofford Hts. @ St. Jude's Catholic Church (office/library bldg.) (10A.M. & 1P.M.) North off Wofford Hts. Blvd., 86 Nellie Dent • April 21: Kernville: @ Hi Ho Trailer Park (club house), 11901 Sierra Way, (1P.M. & 3P.M.) (north of airport & dump)--left off Kernville Rd. • April 21: Lake Isabella. @ Woodrow Wallace Middle School, 3240 Erkskine Creek Rd. (6P.M.)

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - 1 bd, 1 ba MH w/covered patio. $2,950. $419 space rent + utilities. Call Kim @_________________________ (760) 376-2345 for details. Lake Isabella - 1968, 12x60, 2 bed, 1 bath mobile home on lot. Shed's & more. $15,000 down, $550 a month for 8 full yrs or 96 mos. Call 760-379-8670

Open Letter to IRS Dear Sirs: Please verify receipt of my 2009 tax return & payment. I understand from a newspaper article that the Pentagon is paying $171.50 for hammers and NASA has paid $600.00 for a toilet seat. I sent four toilet seats (value $2400) and six hammers (value $1029). This should bring my total payment to $3429.00. Please note the overpayment of $22.00 and apply it to the "Presidential Election Fund," as checked on my return. May I suggest you send the above mentioned fund a 1.5 inch screw." I was advised that HUD paid $22.00 for a 1.5 inch phillips head screw. It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year. Patriotically Yours, Cecil D. Dingbat Jr.

Like baseball? Like Ty? Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a booklet that was written by Ty Cobb and produced by Hillerich Publishing, "The Science of Batting." He was a neighbor of mine when I lived in California, and he signed this item to me personally, "To Joyce, my friend, Ty Cobb 8/26/49." Would you have any idea of its value? -Joyce, Sun City West, Ariz. A: It is probably worth more than you might think. I checked Sports Authority, an Internet clearinghouse for memorabilia, and discovered that a signed baseball by Cobb generally sells in the $5,000 to $8,000 range; a photo, $3,500 to $5,000; and a clipped signature, $1,000 to $1,500. You can contact this business at its e-mail address, At History for Sale, another Internet business specializing in autographs, a signed letter by Cobb was listed for $5,999. You can contact the firm at 1-800-4255379. Judging by these amounts, your booklet could be worth more than $5,000. The way to nail down a value is to consult with an expert. *** Q: I found a Knickerbocker beer tray. What is it worth? -Norm, Warwick, R.I. A: In recent weeks, I have received at least six or seven letters about beer cans, trays and related

brewery memorabilia. For Norm and the others who have contacted me, let me introduce Allan Aprea -a collector, appraiser and expert in U.S. and Canadian brewery items, including cans, trays, signs and lights. He can help you. His contact information is 24 Chestnut Road, Chatham, NJ 07928, and *** Q: I recently purchased two bronze statues at an antiques shop. I would like to know who sculpted them, when and values. -- Helen, Southberry, Conn. A: You should return to the dealer where you purchased your statues to see if he or she has any pertinent information about the pieces. If you strike out with the dealer, your next step should be to hire an appraiser who specializes in fine art. You can find appraisers in your region at and *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob Bodfish Bob's Dip with Imitation Crab

Homes for Sale

1 lb imitation crab 1/2 lemon juice 4 T mayo 16oz cream cheese 1 C sour cream 1 tsp dry mustard Garlic powder to taste 1 C cheddar cheese ( shredded)

Under Construction - ASHWOOD CUSTOM HOMES, INC. offers another quality home in the desirable SOUTH LAKE location. 1832 Plan featuring 4 bd/2bath, extra large living room, knotty alder cabinetry, granite countertops throughout, tall Tray ceilings, ceramic tile flooring, RV parking & more. Lot size is approx 15,000 sq ft & at the end of a cul-de-sac for added privacy. Act now & PICK YOUR OWN COLORS. $239,000. CoOp Welcome.Call for an appointment (661) 201-2141

Reward ALWAYS BUYING original art, bronzes, sculptures, paintings, Indian items, antiques, saloon, Civil War, old advertising, art pottery & more. HIGHEST PRICES PAID. Over 21 years exp. WE SELL TOO! Open daily. Ghost Town Relics @ Silver City Ghost Town. 760379-5146

Gambling Junket W EEKEND G ETAWAY C ASINO WEST Apr. 23-24-25 $60.00 ea. Inclds Bus, Motel, Food Coups, Games on Bus, Yerington Nev. Call Shirley (760) 378-2614

Mix together and top with cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve with crackers or corn chips. Bodfish Bob's Best Pineapple Orange Sorbet

Bodfish Bob’s Special Okra with Onions and Bacon 8 ounces bacon 1 large onion, diced 3 large tomatoes, diced 4 Cups whole-kernel corn, thawed, drained or cut from cobs 1 1/2 Cups fresh okra, washed, trimmed and sliced or a 10-oz. Package of frozen cut okra 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper

Fry bacon in a large, heavy saucepan until crisp. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Heat on medium and add the onion. Cook until tender, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, corn, okra, salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Crumble the bacon over the top just before serving.

1/2 cup water 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or Splenda) 2 cups orange juice 1 tbsp. Lemon juice 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple, crushed 2 tsp. Orange zest, freshly grated

In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. In a blender, puree pineapple with its juice until smooth. Transfer to a metal bowl, and stir in lemon juice, orange juice, and orange zest. Freeze until slightly firm, but not frozen and process mixture again in the blender until smooth. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at bodfishbob@hot-

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Courier chuckle of the week: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don't be put off by a seemingly too-tangled situation. Sometimes a simple procedure will unsnarl all the knots and get you in the clear fast and easy. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It's a good time to go through your work space and see what needs to be replaced and what can be tossed (or at least given away) without a second thought. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Someone who disagrees with your position might try to intimidate you. But continue to present a fair argument, regardless of how petty someone else might be. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might find yourself exceptionally sensitive to family matters this week. An issue could come to light that you had overlooked. Ask other kinfolk to discuss it with you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might have more questions about a project (or perhaps someone you're dealing with on some level) than you feel comfortable with. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It's a good time to clean up and clear out what you don't need before your tidy self is overwhelmed by "stuff." Then go celebrate the Virgo victory over clutter with someone special. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might

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feel a mite confused about why something you were sure couldn't go wrong didn't go all right either. Be patient. Things soon move into balance. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) At this decision point, you could be moving from side to side, just to say you're in motion. Or you could be considering making a move straight up. . SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your finances should be in an improved situation at this time, thrift is still the savvy Sagittarian's smart move. Advice from a spouse or partner could be worth heeding. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Taking on a new challenge brings out the Goat's skills in maneuvering over and around difficult spots. Best of all, the Goat does it one careful step after another. (Got the idea, Kid?) AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your well-known patience might be wearing thin because of a disturbing (and seemingly unending) problem with someone close to you. This could be a time to ask for help. Good luck. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful about a new venture that lures you into a "just-lookand-see" mode. Be sure that what you're being given to see isn't hiding what you should be seeing instead. BORN THIS WEEK: Aries and Taurus give you the gift of leadership and the blessings of care and concern for all creatures. .c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. MOVIES: Which one of the Seven Dwarfs is the only one wearing glasses in Disney's "Snow White" animated film? 2. BUSINESS: What does the "B.F." stand for in "B.F. Goodrich"? 3. PSYCHOLOGY: A xenophobic person would be afraid of what? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What was the prior name of the nation of Sri Lanka? 5. LANGUAGE: What is another name for comestibles? Answers:

1. Doc 2. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, company foundery 3. Strangers or foreigners 4. Ceylon 5. Edibles, or food items

Friday, April 9, 2010

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Solutions to Kern River Courier puzzles on 14-15:

got stuff? we’ve got the extra space! 2 Convenient Locations

Spring Move-In Special! 1/2Off... 1 st 3 months with ad, offer ends May 1, 2010

5’x10’, 10’x10’, 10’x15’, 10’x20’, 20’x20’ & 15’x30’ Sizes available On site management Facility lighting Move in assistance Best county rates Electronic gate controls Moving supplies Video surveillance “Store with us... Satisfaction Guaranteed!”

Downtown Storage Lakeside Storage

6047 Lake Isabella Blvd. 6740 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760.379.8083 760.379.1465

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Xander Lofty, 15 months, of Lake Isabella, can’t seem to let go of his cake so he can pick up an Easter egg at Burlington Assisted Living’s Easter fest on Friday, April 2.

Awareness Walk for National Pregnancy Prevention Month coming May 8 The Owens Valley Career Development Center is working with the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Kern River Valley, and Youth 2000 to host an Awareness Walk for National Pregnancy Prevention Month. The walk will be on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will begin at the Tribal TANF office across from the Lake Isabella Post Office and will end at Lake Isabella Park. Call Summer at 379-4770.

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