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Where did summer go? Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: High 99. 20% chance T-storms Fri. night: Low 69. 10% chance T-storms Sat.: 20% chance Tstorms High 96. Sat. night: Low 69. 20% chance T-storms.

And so summer comes to an end. School starts this coming Monday, Aug. 24. It’s not the official end of summer, of course. Labor Day Weekend doesn’t come until Sept. 5-7, a couple of weeks after the students have been back in school. That’s the semi-official end of summer. The official end of summer comes on Sept. 21. The next day, Sept. 22, is the official first day of autumn. But this coming weekend, Aug. 22-23, will feel like the last weekend of summer, at least for everybody of school age. It’s important for drivers to be vigilant Monday morning, Aug. 24. School buses will again be running, and in addition, many parents will be making the trek to the schools, dropping off their children. And, of course, there will be the walkers. So drive carefully to avoid hitting children excited about the first day of school. The high school varsity football schedule is out (this page, below). Unfortunately, the first few games are away games. But many will be traveling to support the Kern Valley Broncs.

See FALL, Page 6 Children arrive at South Fork School on the first day of school in this file photo.

KVHS football 2009 9/4

McFarland away


Vasquez away


Boron away


Mammoth home


Whittier Christian home

10/16 Cal City home (homecoming) 10/23 Desert home 10/30 Bishop away 11/6

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Rosamond home

11/12 Frazier Mountain away

Dam siren goes off by mistake Mike Devich Kern River Courier

If you heard the dam evacuation safety alarm going off Tuesday morning, never mind. It was a glitch in the system. Sean Collins of the Kern County Fire Department explained it in a media alert sent out shortly afterward. “This was (supposed to be) a silent test of the system (but) inadvertently sounded the alarm,” he said. “It is during (regular) tests that malfunctions or errors in the system are found and can then be rectified.”

National Geographic Society to put Sierra Nevada region on map Kern River Courier

world-class destination, while contributing to the economic health of the region The National Geographic Society has by promoting sustainable tourism. partnered with the Sierra Nevada History buffs and adventurers, backpackConservancy and Sierra Business Council ers and foodies, birders and sightseers to capture the history and heritage of the can discover unique destinations based Sierra Nevada region. They will gather on recommendations from those who information in order to create an interac- know best — residents of the Sierra tive Web site and print map. Nevada. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project Sierra residents and visitors, communiseeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a ty organizations, tourism stakeholders and local businesses will nominate sites for potential inclusion in a print MapGuide and Upper Kern interactive Web site. selected as one Unlike any other of six National Geographic mapping project, a Adventure best favorite local restaurafting sites rant, farm, winery, hiking or biking See page 4 trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery are samples of the type of nominations National Geographic and its project partners will be seeking. The Web site will target a variety of growing travel niches — adventure and nature tourism, cultural heritage travel and agritourism – and allow for residents to select the one-of-akind places integral to a distinctive character of place. Mike Devich/Kern River Courier “The breadth of the beauty in the Sierra A view of the breathtaking Mt. Whitney area in See SIERRA, Page 8 the Sierra Nevada.

Sun.: Mostly sunny. High 98. Sun. night: Mostly clear. Low 67. National Weather Service


Richard Villalovos caught a great 3-1/2 pounder.


Harry Thal gives his thoughts on a government-run health plan.


Donna Fitch gives the history of color, from the very first pigments.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 146,704 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) High point was 250,461 ac-ft. June 3. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 686 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 685 cfs Borel Canal flow 536 cfs 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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Kern River Courier

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Courier Calendar Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux, Kelley Scarborough Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $35 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2008 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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a.m. McCarthy says that local small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. There will be many panelists from various agencies. You may register by visiting ov/events/, calling Congressman McCarthy’s office at (661) 327-3611, or emailing

Out Of The Blue performs at many local functions and events. Here they are playing at the Hummingbird Festival in Weldon Aug. 1. Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

Kernville Chamber to hold mixer Monday, Aug. 24 There will be a mixer on Monday, August 24 at 5 p.m. at the Chamber’s meeting room immediately following their general meeting. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. (Appetizer donations will be greatly appreciated, mostly necessary, and tremendously enjoyed!) New mem-

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 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., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • 5 p.m. - Kern River Hot Rodders Cruise Night, Circle Park, Kernville, 3rd Fri. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


• 7 a.m.- 1 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9-11 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 223-6765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. Take out orders at 4 p.m. 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.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third 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. • 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. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 6 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

bers will be recognized and welcomed. For more information, call (760) 376-2629. McCarthy to hold Small Business Forum Aug. 25 Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold a Small Business Forum at the Marriott in Bakersfield on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 9 to 11:30

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, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting dark for summer. Resumes Sept. 379-2303. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 3 - 4:30 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd., 2nd & 4th Wed. • 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., third 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. Third 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 meets, Paradise Cove. • 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. • 6 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 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 dates have changed.

Bloodmobile here to collect blood Tuesday, Aug. 25 The Houchin Blood Bank’s Bloodmobile will be here Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. behind the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. For information about donating, call (661) 327-8541 or (661) 323-4222. Government commodities distributed Tuesday, Aug. 25 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Aug. 25 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights; Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Annual Pride Day signup deadline is Aug. 28 Volunteers will be cleaning up trash along lake shore, upper and lower river, campgrounds and road sides, residential and business areas on Sept. 19. Groups meet at your chosen area to clean, bring your collected trash to French Gulch Group Campground to be counted and then enjoy a barbecue deep pit lunch and awards for most trash collected and largest groups. Sign up by Aug. 28 to receive a free tshirt. For more information, call Joyce Norris at (760)379-2618, extension 108. Rubber Ducky Races held by KV Exchange Club Aug. 29 The Kern Valley Exchange Club will be holding their annual Rubber Ducky Races fundraiser down the Kern River on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Riverside Park in Kernville. Participants can “adopt” one ducky or a whole family. There are many ways to win money and prizes. Call (760) 376-4790 for more information. Hawaiian Luau held by KV Rotary Club Aug. 29 The Kern Valley Rotary Club will be holding a Hawaiian Luau fundraiser at the Kern Valley Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Price of $25 includes dinner, dessert and no-host bar. Hawaiian music and entertainment, including the Kupuna Wahine O Dancers. For tickets call (760) 3761421. Volunteer orientation for Optimal Hospice Care Sept. 2 New volunteers are urgently needed for Optimal Hospice Care. Needed are massage therapists, hair stylists, life coaches and others. An orientation meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4700 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield, Ste. 120. Lunch will be provided. Call (661) 716-4000 to reserve your seat. Sierra Arts & Crafts Festival on weekend of Sept. 4-7 The annual Sierra Arts and Crafts Labor Day Weekend Festival will be held again this year in Kernville by the Kern River Valley Art

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

Read the itsy bitsy print Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

Yesterday I was reading my morning paper. To be exact, I was trying to decode the sports section. I'm still trying to get used to the fact that the Middleworth Bakersfield Californian has reduced the size of its paper to what they call a “tab size.”In doing so, they have reduced the size of everything else, especially the print. I'll admit that I'm beginning to think of myself as Cousin Weakeyes because of my difficulty in reading any kind of print. I've noticed that age has a sneaky way of reminding me that I ain’t what I used to was! And sight tops the list. It seems that as my eyes get worse, printers around the nation are conspiring to make print even smaller. All of this is leading up to what I saw yesterday on the fourth page of the sports section. It was a full page of the teeniest, tinyest print I have ever seen. At first I thought it was a mistake and that the paper’s printmaster had severely erred. After using a magnifying glass, I realized that the whole page was some kind of legalese and was intended to satisfy a

law requiring newspaper notification. I continued reading and found that it was a full page of “Notice of Trustees Sale” wording. It was an official notice to several poor souls that the property that they owned was going to be repossessed and resold. That's why that page of tiny legalese was printed. Printed, yes, but readable, no. First off, if you don't have a magnifying glass, you can't read it. And secondly, the chances of Mr. Defaulted Homeowner even seeing the ad is questionable. You must understand I am not saying that person isn’t deeply in arrears and shouldn’t face eviction. It is the sneaky way they are being legally notified – by microprint – of what is about to happen that bothers me. When the poor owner says, "You didn't tell me I was losing my house," the loan company can say, "Oh yes we did. Didn't you see our notification on page E4 in the August 5th sports section in teensy print?" Yes, it was legal, but was it fair? Conversely, if the type was big enough to actually be read, could it be understood? But that’s for another column. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Isabella Lake Patrol volunteers.

COURIER CALENDAR continued from page 2 in Kernville by the Kern River Valley Art Association. The group is expanding the festival this year to include a fine art show in the Odd Fellows Hall adjacent to Circle Park. Call Jim Davis at 379-2844 for more information. Rummage sale at Elks Lodge Saturday, Sept. 5 The Ladies of the Elks will hold a Labor Day rummage sale at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, next to Reel Cinema, on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kern River Preserve nature event coming Sept. 5 The Kern River Preserve on Highway 178 in Weldon will continue its monthly nature events, open to the public and free, with a special program Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Photographer Jim Steel will offer casual camera users information on the basics of using a camera and tips and tricks on capturing better images. Bring your camera. For more information, call Chana at (661) 428-2360 or visit Parenting classes begin in Lake Isabella Sept. 10 Parenting classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the KRV Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella. Classes will be 10 a.m. to noon, weekly for 10 weeks. Participants will learn about controlling anger and more. Charge is $60. Class size is limited to first seven people to enroll. For more information call 379-2556. Veterans River Run 4 to take place Sept. 11-12 The Veterans River Run 4 poker run will take place Sept. 11-12 starting at the VFW Post in Lake Isabella, on Nugget St. behind McDonald’s. This event benefits the National Cemetery just outside of Bakersfield. The poker run is a 128 mile scenic trip. The pre check-in party will be Friday night, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m., with signups starting Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. Music and food will be offered. For more information call the VFW Post at (760) 379-3877. Patriotic Barbecue to be held Sunday, Sept. 13 A special Patriotic Barbecue will be held in Squirrel Valley on Sunday, Sept. 13. It is being put on by Kawaiisu Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and it will be open to the public. Tickets are $15. Dinner will be cooked by Jim Wyly of Mt. Mesa Market. The event will start at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Squirrel Valley ranch of Steve and Maryellen Spradlin. For directions, tickets or more information, call Regent Dona Anderson at 379-2828. Annual Peddler’s Faire to be put on Sept. 18 and 19 The Kern Valley Peddler’s Faire, a big event put on every year to benefit the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation, will take place this year on Friday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3:30


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Learning center set to open Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Ron Johnstone, the longtime owner of Johnstone’s retail store in Lake Isabella, is set to open his new learning center soon. The classroom is located in part of Johnstone’s building at 6101 Lake Isabella Blvd. The room, which will be fully equipped with computers and a projection system, can handle 18 students at a time with an instructor. Classes can also be taken live over the Internet. The curricula offered range widely, but fall mainly into four main areas: computers, business, religion and academic subjects. You can learn about

anything from digital photography and how to sell on eBay to biology and earth science. There are three learning levels: Basics, Fundamentals (for people who know a little about the subject but who want to know more) and Skilled. To be held, classes must have a minimum of six students requesting a subject with the same level. The method of payment is by vouchers sold, each of which is good for a specific period of class time. Cost varies with the quantity purchased. Starting level is $35 for a two-hour class. For more information, go to the KRV Community Learning Center’s Web site at

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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

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Emergencies - call 911 Kern Valley Hospital McCray and Laurel, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-2681 Kern Valley Substation Sheriff’s Department and CHP 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. (760) 549-2100 Weekdays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Nat’l Geographic Adventure picks upper Kern The August-September 2009 National Geographic Adventire magazine has chosen the upper Kern as one of its six “Wild Bunch“ rivers – the best wild and scenic rivers in the U.S. for whitewater rafting. The Upper Kern is mentioned as “one of the most adrenaline-charged stretches of whitewater in the lower 48.” It has a series of five Class V rapids, which only experts even attempt. The other five rivers selected by National Geographic are located in Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Georgia/South Carolina. If you’d like to see the complete article on the Internet, see

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The bite continues in the Kern River Valley. Lots of nice fish are coming in all around Isabella Lake. Trout, bass, crappie and catfish are all more active in the early morning hours when it is cooler. Stine Cove and Camp 9 are “On the hunt seeing some for a hot good catfish spot?” action, only --Jack thing is that Bustamante you need lots of lead in order to get your bait out into deeper water. Hot dogs, nightcrawlers and shad are doing best as baits. In fact, quite a few anglers were dipping their nets into the flume this past weekend for shad. Crappie are still coming in around the rocky ledges and in brushy areas. The favorite jigs being used are mostly anything with white in it. Trout action around the lake is starting to pick up a little. The most action is still in the

Richard Villalovos brought in a nice limit, including a 3-1/2 pound trout. flume and between the North Fork and Kernville. Richard Villalovos brought in a nice limit with the largest trout weighing in at 3-1/2 pounds. On the hunt for a hot spot? Let’s go fishing. Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights.

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Friday, August 21, 2009


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Bogey rides one more time

Larry David’s surprise for us

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Aug. 31: "Clatterford: The Complete Season Two" -- "Clatterford" is one of those rare television gems that is so smartly scripted and beautifully acted that it transcends labels to become a genre in its own right. The show centers around the lives of the members of a women's social club in a tiny English village. It stars Jennifer Saunders ("French & Saunders," "Absolutely Fabulous"), Dawn French ("French & Saunders," "The Vicar of Dibley"), Joanna Lumley Dawn French ("Absolutely Fabulous") and an ensemble cast of extremely talented actresses. What makes "Clatterford" so special is that at the end of every episode you wonder how it was possible for you to laugh and cry so much in such a short time. It's funny, but not quite a "Britcom." It's heartwarming and sometimes sad, but not maudlin. And although "Clatterford" is about -- and marketed to -- older women, as a man, I am enchanted by the program. "Blacula"/"Scream Blacula Scream" -- Finally, the classic blacksploitation horror series is out in this great double-feature DVD. William Marshall stars as Blacula, an African prince bitten by Dracula in 1872 who is resurrected 100

years later in America and wreaks havoc in the 'hood. The sequel, "Scream Blacula Scream," co-stars the always delicious Pam Grier as a voodoo princess whom Blacula must save from some evil voodoo dudes. "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Murder Mysteries" -Turner Classic Movies has packaged four awesome flicks in an affordable (around $20) twodisc collection: "The Maltese Falcon," the classic Humphrey Bogart mystery; the film noir classic "The Big Sleep," also starring Bogart along with Lauren Bacall; "Dial M for Murder," the riveting Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Grace Kelly; and "The Postman Always Rings Twice," starring the lovely Lana Turner. TV SERIES "C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation" The Complete Ninth Season "Heroes" Season Three "Desperate Housewives" The Complete Fifth Season "Two and a Half Men" The Complete Sixth Season "People Like Us" The Complete Series "The Game" The First Season "Rescue Me" Season 5, Vol. 1 "Supernatural" The Complete Fourth Season "Brothers and Sisters" The Complete Third Season c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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inconsistencies, poor reviews and general lack of interest. Even a guest appearance by the original Michael Knight himself, David Hasselhoff, couldn't rev up its ratings. However, you can relive all of Season One's greatest moments, as the complete first season of "Knight Rider" came out on DVD over the summer.

Q: I haven't seen a new episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO in quite a while. Please tell me it hasn't been canceled! -Janice, Fort Worth, Texas A: Don't worry, Janice, HBO has picked up the Larry David comedy for its seventh season, which is sched*** uled to premiere Sept. 20. Q: I have a Cheryl Hines question has confirmed about a song she will return in a Visa to the show, as check-card will Vivica A. commercial, Fox, who has which sounds been Larry's an awful lot love interest in like the Season Six. Moody Blues. Will the two Is it? -ladies fight for Reggie H., via Larry's attene-mail tion? A: I believe Also, the the song you principal cast are referring to of "Seinfeld" -is "Tuesday Jerry Seinfeld, Afternoon," and Julia Louisit is indeed by ‘Seinfeld’ stars return to TV Dreyfus, Jason the Moody Alexander and Michael Richards Blues. The song comes from the -- will be appearing in several 1967 album "Days of Future episodes of the new season. Passed," and it was released as a "Seinfeld," as I am sure you single in 1968. It reached the No. know, was a Larry David cre24 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 ation. chart. "Tuesday Afternoon" was the follow-up to the band's *** megahit, "Nights in White Satin." Q: I really like the new "Knight Rider" and wonder Have a question for Cindy? Ewhy it isn't coming back. -mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. Dee Dee D., Anadarko, Okla. com, or write to her in care of A: Low ratings are what killed King Features Weekly Service, KITT, along with the latest incarP.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL nation of the popular 1980s TV 32853-6475. show. The 2008 version of (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. "Knight Rider" was riddled with

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Voices of Faith

Every Christian has sinned Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

Would you have a leader for your church who publicly denied that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah? Those who say yes may do so because they are also of that opinion. There are national organizations that sponsor local congregations because such is their position. Those who say no just eliminated St. Peter and all the blessings Semonious available through his leadership. But hear Jesus’ statement to Peter (Simon) before his temptation, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32. Later, when Peter said that he was ready to go with Jesus both to prison and to death, Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:34. After the arrest of Jesus, Peter did indeed fall to temptation. The third time he was asked if he was a follower of Jesus, he said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. Luke 22:60. After the resurrection when Peter asked for forgiveness, we praise Peter for his repentance. But should we, honestly? Luke reported that Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail – and that when he repented, he would strengthen

his brothers. Jesus’ prayer was completely answered. Peter failed, but his faith did not. No sooner had he spoken when he saw Jesus watching him. “And he went out and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:62. Peter and I have sinned, and not we two only; every Christian has sinned; you are included in the failure of sin. Jesus, our High Priest, prays for us as he did for Peter, that we turn again. The good news is that we are able to join with Jesus in praying for one another and especially for those who lead others, so that they “turn again.” I understand the emotion of justice served by that person being rejected. The apartness, the separation serves to introduce the sadness of Jesus’ eyes to the one estranged. Remember that the one who accuses will be, as is foretold in Revelation 12:10: “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Those who pray as did Jesus, are as the Bereans, who “…received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11. The test, the assessment of Peter’s repentance was that he actually did strengthen his brothers. So the prayers of the faithful should not diminish, as if “they lived happily ever after.” They have the opportunity to adjust their prayers, strengthening the prodigal to the end that he proves to be a blessing.

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

Churches of the Valley 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 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

That you may be justified in your words, and may overcome when you are judged. (Psalm 51:4).

Romans 3:4b

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Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Leviticus in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From John 3, what does Jesus say that everyone practicing evil hates? The light, Truth, The Lord, Believers 3. Who found an Ethiopian eunuch sitting in a chariot reading the words of Esaias (Isaiah)? Ahaz, Philip, Jotham, Uzziah 4. From Joshua 2, where did Rahab hide Israelite spies? Under table, In cave, On

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Health Insurance Matters

Thoughts on a government-run health plan Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

Last week I stated that the bill known as ObamaCare is 1017 pages, but with the very wide margins and double spacing, it isn't really as long as purported. I was Harry Thal wrong. However, it is very tedious reading. Also, it requires a law library at the reader's side; within HR3200 there are numerable references to other laws which are already in effect. So, the reading is slow and difficult. Needless to say, I will be reading and reporting on this bill for several weeks. Today my revelation is the impression that I got a few weeks

ago when President Obama was the guest at the AARP Town Hall Meeting. This was broadcast over the Internet. At this meeting, the President was asked a direct question by a woman in the audience. She asked, "Can I keep my present insurance under this plan?" The President's answer was a definite "yes," and he went on to state that it is not the intention of this program to change anything people are happy with, but to provide more options. Now, with the possible exception of the monthly cost, I daresay most of my clients are happy with their health plans. The coverage between clients varies significantly, as they have to option to choose benefits and premiums to determine what plan is best for their situation. There are dozens of plans to select from,

and many insurance companies are offering a wide variety of options. What President Obama neglected to say in his response is that the woman can keep her insurance policy, BUT – she is not permitted to change it. The policy will be grandfathered in. (Page 16 line 16-19.) If she wanted to change her individual policy, there would be nothing to change to, as the private insurance company is not permitted to sell individual insurance under HR 3200. If one thinks this through, will the insurance company still be in business? If they can't sell new policies, how long can they maintain coverage for their existing clients? And, as there is strict government oversight on rates and benefits, it stands to reason that the less healthy people who are on the grandfathered plans will require more benefits (expense) than the policy can afford. So, in the

long run, the insured person would have to join the government-run plan. The proposed legislation states that its purpose is "by building on what works in today's health care system, while repairing the aspects that are broken." (Page 4-5.) If the system is working, why not allow the lady to keep her current plan, and if she needs to change her coverage, why not? And what about her children, and their children? Should they not have the same rights and freedom of choice? Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is 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

Bladder infections are often reoccurring with women Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a problem with bladder infections. I have been getting one every month for the past three years. I am a 49-year-old female. My doctor gives me Cipro and the infection goes away, but it returns in a month. I have tried some other antibiotics with the same result. A doctor examined my bladder with a scope and found nothing wrong. Do you have any ideas on what I could do? -- L.H. ANSWER: Recurring bladder infections plague many women. They have to do with female anatomy. The female urethra -- the tube that drains the bladder -- is much shorter than the male urethra, and it opens to the outside world in a place where there is luxuriant bacterial growth. Bacteria can ascend up the urethra to the bladder with ease. Sexual relations contribute to the problem because contact massages bacteria into the urethra. Some steps should be taken. One is a culture of your urine to see if this is


the same recurring bacterium and to determine its sensitivity to antibiotics. You might have a resistant germ, one that no longer completely responds to Cipro or the other medicines you have taken. One way of handling this problem is to stay on a small dose of antibiotic daily or three times a week for a protracted period of time so that eradication of the bacterium takes place. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole with trimethoprim) and nitrofurantoin are two antibiotics often chosen. Or your doctor can give you a prescription for antibiotics to have on hand. You start them immediately when symptoms arise. Early treatment increases the chance of completely getting rid of the germ. A third option is to take an antibiotic after intercourse. Cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail) has helped many to stave off repeat bladder infections. The dose is 8 ounces a day (one glass). The booklet on urinary tract infections explains this common disorder in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1204W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no



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Talking About Real Estate

Pastor Gerry Goodman of First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella, left, baptizes Jonathan Harbaugh in the Kern River at Riverkern Sunday afternoon.

Have a home protection plan Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

coverage – if you pay an additional fee. Policy terms are usually for When someone year and they are renewable. thing malfuncThe annual cost of a policy varies tions in your but you might expect to pay home, wouldn’t about $250 for a moderate-size it be wonderful if home. Protection plans are availyou could pick able for both single-family resiup the phone, dences and condos. The plans request a service are offered in most states. call, pay a nomiHome protection plans are nal service popular in the home sale induscharge and have Matt Freeman try because they provide a relathe problem tively inexpensive way to take fixed? In theory, this is how a care of home defects that develhome protection plan works. op soon after the home sale closA home protection plan – also es. For example, let’s say the called a home warranty – is an water heater quits working the insurance policy that insures day after closing. Depending on homethe terms owners of the against agreedefects in ment, the “Home protection plans the major seller may are popular in the home sale be responsystems of their sible for industry.” home. replacing Precisely – Matt Freeman the water what is heater. covered However, will vary if there is from one company to the next. a home protection plan in place Most policies cover the heating, at closing, the water heater will plumbing and electrical systems probably be replaced for the along with built-in appliances nominal cost of a service charge. like the stove, dishwasher and garbage disposer. Some compaMatt Freeman is a Realtor with nies will moveable appliances like Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) the refrigerator, washer and 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His dryer for an extra charge. And column is not intended to replace some policies even include roof legal advice.

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I grabbed the first open seat I saw at the Kernville Chamber cookout at the fish hatchery a few weeks ago. It was next to the new (since February) manager of one the motels in Wofford Heights and her dog, Colliepaw. She calls him Colliepaw because on his right paw there’s a marking that looks like a collie. She adopted him from an animal California Joe shelter in another town. He’s four years old and very lovable and I want him to come over and meet Princess Molly. It’s been months since I went to any of the Kernville Chamber’s Monday afternoon meetings. I had been a bit under the weather and hadn’t bothered to go. But finally we did, and boy I’m glad because they’re a nice bunch of folks. So I got to meet Colliepaw the survivor, who someone no longer wanted. I really get ticked off with the way people treat their animals. I’ve been a dog owner now ever since my son was born. That was forty some years ago. And I’ve had doggies all the while. This gal, the manager of the motel in Wofford Heights, used to train

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dogs and horses up north and now she’s talking to property owners in Southlake about giving these horses an area where they can have a more permanent home. Sounds like an interesting story and I may look into it further. I forgot to mention the fact that we got free burgers and all the trimmings, plus cans of soda for just going over to the fish hatchery for this here late afternoon event. Your part was to bring a salad or dessert. There was a table ladened with all sorts of yummy homemade salads and desserts. The last time I went there, they had the program honoring the late Bob Powers. People spoke up and it was a nice moment, honoring a man who’s had a lasting impact on this valley through the many books he wrote. When we first moved up here, Ranger Powers had a hand in having us leave two different free campgrounds where we were illegally camped. I ran into Bob years later and we had a pretty good chuckle over it all. Incidentally, Bob’s books on the Kern Valley are easily found in any of the local libraries. I’m going to mention them to my new friend the Wofford Heights motel manager when she comes over for coffee Friday morning.

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Creative Connection

Plates moved to present positions

Pigments color your world

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

Plate Tectonics is better explained in this depiction than those in the past. The showing of the surface of the earth, the naming of the plates and particularly Ron Bolyard the direction and amount of motion of each plate makes for a better under-

standing of the overall picture. It explains, in one display, where the subduction zones are and the location of the spreading centers at the oceanic ridges. To reiterate, the study and use of the earth's earthquake seismicity for many, many years has been a key factor in the development of this worldwide view of the earth's surface. 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.


Pitcher is recent, not collectible Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have an item I would like to have appraised: a Coblentz patent leather purse. Can you recommend someone who can help me? -Barbara, Foley, Ala. A: I did some research about your pocketbook and discovered that the Colblentz handbag company began in 1935 and was originally located at 6 West 32nd Street in New York. According to promotional brochures, founder Louis Colblentz claimed his handbags reflected "Parisian smartness." According to one of his early catalogs, most of his bags retailed for about $5 each. The company relocated to 30 East 33rd Street in 1950. Instead of an appraiser, perhaps you should contact an expert in field. Roseann Ettinger, owner of Remember When, is the author of "Handbags" and is an authority on handbags and older purses. She has agreed to help you. Her contact information is 21-23 West Broad St., Hazelton, PA 18201; and *** Q: I have a set of Bulwer Lytton's novels and have been told they are quite valuable. They appear to be quite old. -- June, Campbell River, B.C., Canada A: Bulwer Lytton, born in

1803, was an English writer, poet and politician. He published dozens of novels and is best known today for the opening line of "Paul Clifford," his 1830 novel. "It was a dark and stormy night" quickly became a literary cliche. The value of Lytton novels is not all that great. According to two dealers I contacted, most sell in the $2 to $3 range. I suspect your set might not be worth much more than about $75 unless it has an exceptional binding and is a limited edition. *** Q: I found a ceramic pitcher in my late brother's belongings and wonder if you can tell me anything about it. It is marked "Santucci Deruta." -- Joan, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: Your pottery was made in Italy, probably in about 1980. It is not all that collectible. A quick check of eBay revealed that several pieces of Santucci Deruta pottery were available in the $10 to $15 range. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, 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) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Pigments are the basis of all paints and colors. Early pigments were simply ground dirt or charcoal mixed with spit or animal fat. In cave paintings, Fitch the pigments (often carbon black or ochre) stick to the wall partially because the pigment is trapped in the porous wall, and partially because the binding media (the spit or fat) dries, adhering the pigment to the wall. Prehistoric dwellers may have discovered that unlike the dye colors derived from animal and vegetable sources, the color that came from iron oxide deposits in the earth would not fade with the changing environment. Originally rocks, minerals, metals and other earthy materials provided pigment. The artists' palette was lacking in yellows and greens more than any other hue by the end of the 18th century, which led to experimenting with all types of substances including arsenic, parts of mummies, embalming fluids, cuttlefish and even urine from cows. Pre-19th century paint not sold in powder form came packaged in a pig's bladder, bound at the top with a

cord to keep air out. This was particularly important for the marketing of lead colors sold in the form of a partially ground paste, so as not to inhale dust in the air. Puncturing the bladder with a tack released the paint and the tack was used again to close the flow. The tendency of the bladders to leak overshadowed the apparent convenience. Modern pigments are often sophisticated masterpieces of chemical engineering. Paint consists of ground-up pigment in some sort of liquid. In a microscope, we see that paintings and other painted objects consist simply of pigments suspended in a substance -- like chips in a chocolate chip cookie. The "substance" can vary, from oil or egg yolk in paintings, to plaster in frescoes, or sophisticated plastics in automobile finishes. Today, the paint, plastics and other industries use synthetic iron oxide pigments extensively. Often these manufacturers use blends of (low cost) natural and (high quality) synthetic iron oxides to produce the best results. Color has evolved and flourished and we are more colorful than ever before. Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,






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in the Kern River Valley. Highest prices paid, one piece or a house full. Don't give it away at a yard sale! GHOST TOWN RELICS @ SILVER CITY. (760) 379-5146

$495/mo Introductory Offer in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 1 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + security deposit & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Studio Apt. $300/mo plus utilities. Suitable for one person @ Riverview RV Park, Kernville. Call 376-2345 for info. _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ KVHS grad seeking quiet & clean roommate to share 3bdrm., 2 bath house in good neighborhood near BC. $350 per month, split utilities. Furnished or unfurnished. Call or text Aaron at 760-549-3341 or e-mail _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2bd. 2ba duplex, lake view, 1600 sq ft. Fenced yard, pets ok. Handicap accessible, air conditioning. Free Internet, water/trash pd. $1,080 mo+dep. Call Dov 818-915-0605 _________________________ PRIVATE - 2 bd double wide mobile home IN W.Hts on 1 acre with panoramic view of the lake. $700/mo + deposit. Call 760-376-1944 weekends or 805-375-0047 weel days. _________________________ Lake Isabella - Female sought to share 3 bd, 2 ba house. $300/mo + deposit & share utilities. Credit check & references. (760) 793-9323 _________________________ Southlake - 2 bd/2ba, 2 car garage, fireplace & other extras. See to appreciate. $650/mo + $600 security deposit. (760) 378-3374 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2908 Clair Street 2 Bd, 1 Ba house with fenced yard. $700/mo + deposit. Credit check required. (562) 417-7129 Lake Isabella - Clean 2 bd, 1½ ba, 2 car garage, fenced yard, A/C & heating. Washer/dryer hookups. 4012 Canal St. (Lakeland Estates) $600/mo. Call Terri (property manager) @ (888) 994-7664. Option 3, Ext. 682 or Ross (owner) @ (916) 296-1082

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Natural Health - Bring in this ad for 5% discount. Add’l 10% discount to Seniors on selected items. Shaved Ice. 121 A Piute Drive, Kernville 376-3777

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NEW BOOK SERIES!! Tommy and the Magic Dictionary Series The Title of the First Book Tommy and the Butterflies only $9.99 + tax + shipping Juvenile Fiction - 95 Pages Email _________________________ 2 Cemetery Plots - Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield. Spaces 5 & 6. Lot 5601, Parkview Lawn. $5,000 ea. Call Taresa @ (760) 928-2582 _________________________ 2007 SUBARU FORESTER

Wofford Heights Mobile / RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Call Jim @ (760) 376-6316 _________________________ RV Sites Available @ Riverview RV Park, Kernville. $419 to $459 mo + utilities, month to month. Call 376-2345 for info.

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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.

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HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 turing merchandise, health services, crafts, antiques, representatives from businesses, and much more. The Whitman Dance Team will perform Saturday at 11:30, followed by a fashion show. No charge to come and browse and have a good time. Food will be available for a small price. Call 376-4419 for more. KVHS reunion of class of 1969 to take place Sept. 26 A reunion of the Kern Valley High School Class of 1969 (40th reunion) will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ewing’s On the Kern restaurant in Kernville. For more information or to RSVP, contact Louanna Coker Banducci at (661) 343-0329 or Linda Lambert Thomas at (760) 371-5436. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses is on this page) 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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Must See! - Freshly remodeled cabin w/permits to expand on 1/3 acre lot. 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus. $75,000 obo. 661-428-1108 _________________________ 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 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 3 bd, 2 ba house. Large double garage, close to shopping. $159,000. OWC w/small down. (760) 417-0876

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PICK A POCKET PUP CKC-registered Chihuahua pups. Female, 16 wks., white w/black markings, $300. Female, 12 wks., red w/white markings, $275. Male, 5 mo., white w/cream spot on back. Price reduced $200. Raised in home. Parents on premises. All shots, wormed. Crate, pad trained. 760-379-1403

Cute, cuddly & curly Cockapoo pups. 1 male, 1 female remaining. Available 8/22. Will grow to 15-18 lbs. $800. Registered. Shots.Wormed.Allergy friendly, non-shedding. Stew's Poos, 760376-7772 or _________________________ FREE ROOSTER! Includes about $10 worth of lay pellets and scratch. 760-223-2096 _________________________ FREE - AKC registered red miniature Pinscher. Male, 2 years old, good natured, very smart, highly energetic. Need responsible loving person w/common sense of dog training. Not for the meek (760) 378-4522 or 378-4333 _________________________ Dog Houses for Sale - Small to large for $10 to $50. Also - extra large. (760) 378-4522 or 378-4333

Specialty Stores DRESS ME UP 6437 Lake Isabella Blvd. in the Post Office Shopping Center. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 9-12. 379-8927 Children's Clothing and More

Garage Sales Moving Sale - Pine firewood (almost ½ cord) dump trailer in good shape $250 obo. (760) 378-4522 or 378-4333 _________________________ FUND RAISER Oddfellows Hall, Tobias at Scodie downtown Kernville Calling all garage sale shoppers! Ducky Sat. Aug.29, 9-2pm

40Ft RV Access w/hookups. Large 2bd. 2ba, Den+Formal lvg, 2-car garage+workshop. Corner lot+cul-de-sac. New roof, Lake view, fireplace + many upgrades. 8331 So. Lake Dr., Southlake. $139,000 (760) 379-7094 _________________________ Kernville - 2 mobile homes in Riverview RV Park, w/covered patios that could be converted into enclosed living spaces. 10x50 1bd, 1ba - $3,600 obo. 12x52 1bd, 1ba - $6,500 obo. Space rent is $419/mo w/discount if paid 1 yr in advance. Call Kim @ 760-376-2345

Land For Sale 4 Acre Lot For Sale in Weldon w/water meter installed. $75,000 OBO 661-428-0814 _________________________ Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $25,000. OBO Call (661) 428-1108 _________________________ Southlake - Lot ready to build. 8525 Sugar Pine Ct. 8,712 sq ft. Quiet cul-de-sac. Quality home in area, mt views in all directions, underground utilities. Curb & gutters already in. $390,900. Call 818-269-0507 or 818-299-1863 _________________________ 40 ACRES, Buena Vista Valley, NV. NE of Reno. Excellent views! $14,900. $900 Down, $280/mo. NO QUALIFYING! Owner Financing 1-530-249-4872

Help Wanted COOK Wanted - Must have 3 years restaurant experience. $10-$12 per hr. 25-40 hrs per week. Must be able to pass drug test. Call (760) 376-2525

Free FREE CHICKEN FEED! About $10 worth of lay pellets and scratch. Includes rooster. 760- 223-2096

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Judy Deems is caught painting a mural at 13427 Sierra Way in Kernville on the side of the building now occupied by Giant Sequoia Mercantile. The mural, when completed, will be 10 to 15 feet in height and the 35 foot length of the side of the building. The mural will consist of giant redwoods, a mountain and forest overview and the name of the business.

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Goods Tree Service (2009-B4792) Street address of principal place of business: 2821 Audrey Avenue, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: 2821 Audrey Avenue, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT(S): Patricia Good, 2821 Audrey Avenue, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. A, 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: Patricia Good. This statement filed on 07/23/2009. Expires 07/23/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2009. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JULIETTA RENE HASSETT S-1500-PB-59197 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JULIETTA RENE HASSETT. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: JULIE MEADOWS in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that JULIE MEADOWS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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 on: September 17, 2009 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 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: JAMIE P. GELBER Law Offices of Gelber & Anderson 6435 Lake Isabella Blvd., P.O. Box 2810 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 (760) 379-2604 (Published: Kern River Courier: August 14, 21 and 28, 2009) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: SOUTH FORK TRANSMISSION (2007B6863); Street address of business: 5300 Lake Isabella

Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240; Mailing address of Business; 5300 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240; REGISTRANTS WHO WISH TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Bernadette Elson, 5300 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 and James Elson, 5300 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 09/07/2007. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 08/13/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk by G. Durward, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier August 21, 28, September 4 and 11, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SOUTH FORK TRANSMISSION (2009B5223) Street address of principal place of business: 5300 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: 5300 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Kenneth Hewitt, 501 Evans Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, 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: Kenneth Hewitt. This statement filed on 08/13/2009. Expires 08/13/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier August 21, 28, September 4 and 11, 2009.

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Courier chuckle of the week: "There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and..." –Brad Ramsey

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful not to allow the backers of a new financial "deal" to pull the wool over the Lamb's eyes. It could hold fewer plusses and more negatives than you were first led to believe. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It's a good idea to finish all incomplete tasks so that you can devote your attention to next week's projects. The weekend could hold surprises. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A workplace suggestion you made a while ago could come back with a request to turn it from idea to reality. Your social life picks up considerably this weekend. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Someone from the past could return with an intriguing opportunity for a future project. Check into it, by all means. But don't neglect your current responsibilities in the meantime. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Keeping your claws sheathed and using good humor instead to counter someone who's bad-mouthing you isn't easy. But it's the best way to avoid more problems down the line. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A workplace situation could improve if you're less critical and more supportive of those who are just trying to do their best. Let them know you're there to help when necessary. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A job offer might not carry all the benefits you're seeking. Make

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sure you know what you're entitled to, what is off the table and what is negotiable before you make a decision. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A social obligation you would rather get out of could hold some surprisingly positive aspects. Why not go and see for yourself? A family member makes a curious request. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Before tackling that new project awaiting you at home or on the job, take time out for some much-deserved pampering to help lift your spirits and restore your energy levels. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your social calendar begins to fill up more quickly than you expected. And that's great. You deserve to enjoy some good fun after so much time spent on serious matters. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A domestic situation continues to improve, thanks to all the tender, loving concern you've shown. A colleague makes a questionable move that you might want to check out sooner rather than later. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A sudden turn in a romantic relationship calls for both a rational and passionate response. Keep the love level high, but also find out why the problem arose in the first place. BORN THIS WEEK: You often set high standards for others. But to your credit, you set the same expectations for yourself. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: What was the name of the frequently visited coffee shop on the sitcom "Frasier"? 2. U.S. STATES: What is the United States' northernmost state capital? 3. ASTRONOMY: What object in our solar system is about 110 times bigger than Earth? 4. ENTERTAINERS: What was entertainer Mel Brooks' last name at birth? 5. LANGUAGE: What is logorrhea?


1. Cafe Nervosa 2. Juneau, Alaska 3. The Sun 4. Kaminsky 5. Excessive talkativeness

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Kern River Courier

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thanks from Mule & Donkey Days We would like to thank all the people who donated their time and effort in making this year’s Kernville Mule and Donkey Days a wonderful event. Thank you to Steve Spradlin for extra parking. To Jim, Jessica and Julie Porter for starting and continuing the Mule & Donkey Days in the Kern River Valley. To Jeri and Joe Robertson and Stacey and Jon VanRensselaer for their extra hard work in getting the arena organized to hold this event and for getting our sponsors for the show. To Richard and Sandi Jacobsen of Jake's Place for preparing the arena and letting us hold the event at their ranch. To the FFA for their spectacular food booth. Also to our sponsors: Ewings on the Kern Shafter Hay & Cube Tiger Tanks Continental Services Sir Speedy Printing Jay Alexander Horseshoeing El Jacalito Mexican Grill Kern River Feed Sandy Bailey from Escondido

Riverside One Stop Rockin' Easy Ranch Kenny & Lisa Jones KRV Novelty Kern Valley Exchange Club Sierra Gateway Markets Spring Canyon Stage Company Turners from Porterville

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Cruise Night at El Portal will be on the first Friday of every month.

Cruise Night packs them in Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Those visiting the Sweet Adelines’ Ice Cream Social last Saturday night are wondering which flavor to choose.

The Cruise Night held last month was so popular, they’re doing it again. In fact, on the first Friday of every month. Buddy Teafatiller said the event was so popular that the entire El Portal Restaurant II Mexican restaurant (the location of the event) was filled up. It was the first time for the event, which features hot rods all lined up in a row in front of the restaurant. All proceeds the organizers made from the event were donated to the Kern Valley Little League. “We completely sponsored three Little Leaguers (with the money) from last time,” said Teafatiller.

That is a policy they are planning to continue, helping out Kern Valley Little League. The meet, which features shiny old hot rods from the 1950s, also has plenty of great old ‘50s music. And to emphasize the 50s theme, there is a 50-50 drawing, and there are raffle prizes too. The event, which starts at 5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, is sponsored by Buddy’s Hot Rod Shop, the Kern Valley Cruisers hot rod car club, and El Portal II restaurant, with special thanks to Car Quest. The restaurant offers 10 percent off of all food on Cruise Night. For more information, you can call Buddy Teafatiller at (760) 5493855.

Circle Park & Odd Fellows Hall Kernville Labor Day Weekend, September 4,5,6,&7 Opening Reception Odd Fellows Hall Friday Night 6 to 8pm

Answers to puzzles on pages 14-15: Circle Park Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm Monday 9am to 1pm

Odd Fellows Hall Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm Monday 9am to 1pm

Make it! & take it! Workshops Music by the Jazz Tones, Sweet Adelines, Do it Anyway & Others

Kern River Valley Art Association (760)-379-2844

When: Saturday September 19th @3:00pm Where: Woodrow Wallace Elementary Cost: Any donation for the local needy Call: 760-379-5100 for more information

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Kern River Courier August 21, 2009