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School started Monday in the Kern River Valley. Motorists should be especially attentive in the early mornings and mid-afternoons for students walking or riding bikes.

Swimming program to hold fundraiser golf tournament Special to the Kern River Courier

The Kern Valley Aquatics Program will be having their 2nd Annual S.O.S. (Support Our Swimmers) Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. at the golf course in Kernville. Over 70% of the children in the valley under the age of 17 do not know how to swim, says the KVAP. In order to raise the much-needed funds to teach them through the program, it is necessary to raise funds. There will be a hole-in-one contest to win a car from Isabella Motors. You can win cash prizes as well. Entry fees for the tournament are $50 for non-members of the course and $20 for members. This fee includes the cart/green fees and lunch. You can register online at Sign up and pay at the golf course. Mail your entry (found on

the website) and your check made payable to KVAP, 5225 Kelso Valley Rd., Weldon, CA 93283. If you can't attend the golf tournament, KVAP is accepting cash donations in any amount as well as one-person $68 sponsorships to assist those students in financial hardships. All proceeds will benefit the swimming program and all donations are tax deductible. Kern Valley Aquatics Program (KVAP) offers swim lessons for any age. Their mission is to make every child and adult in the Kern River Valley water safe. Their motto is teaching excellence one stroke at a time. Kern Valley Aquatics instructors have over 70 hours of Red Cross Life Guard and Water Safety Instruction and are ready to teach you and your children to swim. For more information, visit their website at or call (760) 2992030.

High-speed Internet has wormed its way into all of our lives and is now as necessary as water, some say. But rural areas have had limited access to highspeed (or “broadband”) Internet. Eastern California, with its relatively sparse population and extreme distances, has been virtually ignored regarding broadband. But the light at the end of the tunnel is now being seen with last week’s award of more than $81 million in federal stimulus funds to the California Broadband Cooperative to provide the means for affordable high-speed Internet to a large swath of the state. The project, nicknamed “Digital 395,” will install 583 miles of fiber optic cable between Barstow, Calif. and Carson City, Nevada. It will directly connect 230 community institutions to broadband, including hospitals and schools. As many as

The big Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival will be held again, as always, on Labor Day Weekend, prefaced by a wine and cheese reception at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville on Friday, September 3. But this one will be a bit different, with a display of 20 giant, three-foot-tall, 80-pound painted concrete cowboy boots. The big boots have been dressed up with artistic colors and patterns by the Kern River Valley Art Association. They were painted recently at the home of Shirley and Jim Davis in Isabella Highlands. (Jim is president of the association). The designs on the boots reflect the activities, animals and plants indigenous to the area.

The boots will be exhibited for sale at the reception. “Be the first to join the artists in their endeavor to enhance the artistic flavor of the Kern River Valley by placing the boots on public display throughout the community,” said the association in a press release. “The boots can be used as planters as they have a hole through the sole for drainage. They will be sold for $150 per boot or $250 for two. The artists will custom design boots on consignment for $250 per boot or $450 per pair. The proceeds will be used for art education in the Valley,” the association continued. The reception will be held Sept. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The festival itself, with its giant art show, will be held in Circle Park and the Odd Fellows Hall, with hours of 9 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, and 9 to 1 on Monday, Sept. 5.

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Sat.: Sunny, high 86. Sat. night: Clear, low 54. Sun.: Sunny, high 81. Sun. night: Clear, low 55. Mon.: Sunny, high 85. Mon. night: Clear, low 64. National Weather Service


The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation gave cash to ECHO.


JeanClaude Van Damme didn’t want to lose.


Matt Freeman says that rental units are a great idea.

See BROADBAND, Page 14

Rubber Ducky Races Saturday, Aug. 28 If you see lots of people in Riverside Park in Kernville on Saturday, it’s the big Rubber Ducky Races on the Kern River. It’s put on by the Kern Valley Exchange Club. For a description of the event, see the Courier Calendar on page 2.

Wildly painted concrete boots to benefit local artists Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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The KV Bike Park opened with a bang. See photos from the event.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 224,457 acre-feet. (High point was 330,829 ac-ft. July 2. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 1025 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 1907 cfs

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“These boots were made for sellin.’” The giant boots, which are about three feet tall, were painted to make an artistic statement in your yard or home. They also serve well as planters. The boots were made as a fundraiser by the KRV Art Association for art education.

Borel Canal flow 596 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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The Courier Calendar meeting for October’s Kernville Stampede Rodeo. It will be Wednesday, September 1 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the Kernville Chamber community room. Call 760-376-2629 for more information.

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Exchange Club to host Rubber Ducky Races Aug. 28 The Kern Valley Exchange Club chapter will be holding their annual Rubber Ducky Races fundraiser in Riverside Park in Kernville on Aug. 28. This annual event pits hundreds of rubber ducks against each other in an exciting race down the Kern River. You can take

Regular activities Fridays

• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Alzheimers respite group meets at Vets Hall, Lake Isabella. 379-0848. • 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. 379-7318 or 549-3541.


• 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. 549-0800 • 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 Lake Isabella. 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. 3797318 or 549-3541.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 1 p.m. Epilepsy Support Group, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 3rd Tues. 376-1606. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-2189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

a chance on a favorite duck and be eligible to win prizes. Proceeds go to help the Exchange Club do their charitable community work. For more information, call 376-4790. Kernville Stampede Rodeo volunteer meeting Sept. 1 The Kernville Chamber of Commerce is having a volunteer 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 -11:30 a.m., Dam Quilters, senior apts behind Vons, 1st & 3rd Wed. 661-867-1603. • 9:30 a.m. - TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. (661) 867-2579. • 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- 2:30 p.m. - Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group, Vets Hall, Lake Isabella, 1st Wed. 379-0848. • 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. • 5:30 p.m. Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church, (760) 267-4693. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club, 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, 376-2410.379-7318 or 549-3541. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 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 Lodge, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, Fay Ranch Rd., Weldon Sunday, 1 p.m.. Moose Bingo, Moose lodge, 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.

Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival Sept. 3-6 in Kernville The Kern River Valley Art Association’s big annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, in Circle Park in Kernville. If you are an artist or a vendor, reserve your spot now. Call Judy at 378-4109. If you want to go, there is no charge to go and enjoy yourself and look at the creations. Seniors Summer Health Fair to be held Sept. 13 The Kern Valley Healthcare District, partnering with the KUSD Family Resource Center, will be putting on their 10th annual Seniors Summer Health and Information Faire in Monday, Sept. 13 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. There will be free skin cancer screening, a free foot care clinic, as well as a low-cost blood draw/lipid panel. There will be free handouts and information. For information call Sonia at (760) 3828385. Pitch in and help clean up the valley on Pride Day Sept. 18 If you like to see a sparking clean Kern Valley at the end of summer when it gets quiet again, consider joining one of the local groups who clean up around the valley on Pride Day each year. All cleanup volunteers are treated to a free lunch and a T-shirt. Call Thomas Refuse at 379-2618. Celebrate the Turkey Vulture in Weldon on Sept. 25 Fall is a special time in the valley. Celebrate the season of autumn and the arrival of the thousands of turkey vultures as they migrate through our valley. Come to the Kern River Preserve in Weldon on Sept. 25. For more information, call 378-2029. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, Sept. 28 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m. Peddler’s Faire coming to Wofford Heights Oct. 1-2 The popular annual Peddler’s Faire will be put on Oct, 1-2 at the Four Square Church Gym in Wofford Heights. For more information or to get a booth, call 760.376.4419.

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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Things I Have Noticed...

New cameras not like Brownies Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've noticed that for the last few months my previously old and faithful camera was old but no longer faithful. It had periods of shutting off right in the middle of a picture session. Occasionally it wouldn't focus and would wear out batteries for Middleworth no reason. But it was comfortable abd easy to use. It was simple, just point and shoot). And was like an old friend. But a couple of weeks ago it wouldn't turn on, and no amount of swearing, praying or slapping would bring it to life. It was apparent that I had to buy a new camera. So I did. The camera was a Fuji Fine Pix. It had all the bells and whistles that any competent photographer would want or ever need (far, far more features than I would ever use.) All of the things it could do were written in tiny letters on the box along with the wording that its operation was so easy and effortless that a child could work it. I want to meet that child. Is he related to Einstein? After taking the camera out of the box I knew I was in trouble.

The directions said that before I attempted to take a picture, I was to read all the instructions or I could damage the camera. Oh great. I was being scolded and I had barely opened the box! The instructions came in four languages. Finding English was the first chore. Secondly, the written instructions only covered the simplest method of taking your first pictures. Everything else, like removing the pictures from the camera, was covered in the enclosed CD. If you are not computer literate, everything stops there. Even if you are, the cyber instructions boggle the mind. It’s been several weeks and I am still trying to work it. I read the instructions anthology, then looked at the computer notes, then fooled with the camera. I can finally take pictures, but have yet to successfully download them to a file. Not to worry though. I have a 4-gigabyte memory chip in the camera, which allows me to take 1274 pictures before unloading. I figure by the 1273rd picture I will have figured how to get the pictures out for printing. One thing I know – I'm going to need a really big picture album. 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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(L-R) Joan Amos (president of Kern Valley Hospital Foundation), Dr. Jeanie Brachear (Kern Valley High School principal), and Tom Cormack (lead teacher of KVHS ECHO Academy). Amos and the Hospital Foundation presented a check to ECHO for their health care occupation program.

ECHO receives $12K check from Hospital Foundation Mike Devich Kern River Courier

A proud team of mentors for the next generation of health care professionals met Aug. 19 to celebrate a big donation for the education of the valley’s young people. The Kern Valley Healthcare Foundation was the conduit, under their tax-free status, to gather and distribute almost $12,000 to Kern Valley High School’s health care education program, the ECHO Academy. ECHO is an acronym for Exploring Careers in Health Occupations. There were many donations by a long list of individuals and entities. See next week’s Kern Valley Healthcare District ad in the Courier for a list of their names. Since 1998 KVHS’s ECHO Academy has delivered health care training to high school stu-

dents, in partnership with Cerro Coso Community College and Kern Valley Hospital, in preparation for their careers. It is a partnership that has borne fruit in the form of young people on a fast track to well-paying jobs in the health care industry. Tom Cormack, lead teacher for the ECHO program, said, “A critical shortage of health care professionals looms on the horizon as an aging population ... requires more medical attention.” The current need was for a Career Assistant position. The money was distributed to ECHO in the KVHS Fine Arts Building by Hospital Foundation president Joan Amos, with many onlookers in attendance, including Tim McGlew, CEO of Kern Valley Hospital; Erie Johnson, director of Cerro Coso College’s KRV site; KVHS principal Dr. Jeanie Brachear, educators and foundation members.

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Other Features

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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

County Dump Cyrus Canyon OHV Area Target Range ModelAircraft Controllers Stine Cove Robinson Cove Hanning Flat

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Valley history: town of Old Isabella The town of Lake Isabella is directly related to a previous town called Isabella, the site of which was inundated in the 1950s when the lake went in. Isabella was first known as Barton Junction, when Steven Barton homesteaded the site in 1886. He built a small home near where the roads from Havilah, Onyx, and Old Kernville met close to the junctions of the South Fork and the North Fork of the Kern. This is approximately where the Auxiliary Dam is today. Barton may have chosen the site for his town with the benefit of a little inside information. He had met Richard Keyes in White River some years before, and perhaps the two men had discussed the future possibilities of the Kern River area. Since he was a well-established surveyor, Barton may have heard rumors of the plans being made to acquire land and water rights along the Kern River for a power plant. Barton had surveyed the course for the Wutchumme Ditch, the first irrigation canal in Tulare County, and acted as superintendent during the construction. Barton was a man of many talents. Most of his known endeavors had been in the fields of geology and civil engineering. His success had largely been due to his early educational background and plenty of persistence and self-instruction. He was a 60-year-old bachelor when he homesteaded Barton Junction and began his new career as the founder of a town. In a valley known for its rough and rowdy names like Black Gulch, Whiskey Flat, Bear Trap, and Rattlesnake Creek, Barton showed his individualism by naming his new town . . . Isabella. In choosing that regal, feminine name, Steven Barton was deeply influenced by the patriotism of his forefathers and his love for America. In 1893, he completed his plans for the township of Isabella, laid out into 98 parcels, and recorded his plans in the offices of the Kern County Recorder. —– information from books by Bob Powers



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Friends of Hatchery need you Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier columnist

Dear readers, I would like to introduce you to a fine local “grassroots” organization. In 1994, due to cutbacks in the California state budget, the Friends of the Hatchery group was formed. It was a non-profit group formed by residents, conMike Mencarini cerned individuals and local businesses to help fund and support the hatchery. Over the last 15 years FOH has funded, along with outside grants and the generosity of its members, the construction and maintenance of a wonderful museum on the hatchery grounds. It houses some of the history of the Kern River drainage and basin along with some great animal mounts and fishing tackle of old, plus lots more. Members and volunteers work

side by side. Some do grounds keeping, some are docents in the museum, others help with the fish and their environment – occasionally some will help stock our local waters. FOH and its members help fund and support special events that are held on the hatchery grounds several times a year. You do not have to be a FOH member to volunteer at the hatchery, but your FOH membership, whether you volunteer your time or contribute monetarily, will assist in the future of the Kern River Fish Hatchery. FOH is an active growing group. If you think FOH might be for you, come and check us out. For more information, call Saul at (760) 549-3017 or you can email me at I am still a volunteer and have been for quite a few years. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a volunteer at the Kern River Fish Hatchery. For questions or comments you can reach him through the Kern River Courier,

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

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Released the week of Sept. 6: PICK OF THE WEEK "Tommy, the Movie" [Blu-ray] (PG) -- Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret and Roger Daltrey star in Ken Russell's trippy 1975 production of The Who's legendary rock opera about a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after catching his mother having an affair. Despite failed attempts by doctors and drug dealers to cure him and frequent episodes of physical abuse, Tommy grows up to become a Pinball Wizard and leader of a reliElton John gious cult. With over-the-top performances from Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Keith Moon and Elton John, this rockstravaganza (yeah, I said it!) shifts frantically between high camp, low art and electric mayhem. Fans of Ann-Margret will also enjoy the musical number where she wears a crocheted catsuit and writhes seductively amongst a tsunami of chocolate and baked beans. Meeow! "Playing For Time" (Unrated) -Based on the autobiography of Fania Fenelon, this Arthur Millerpenned 1980 production about the musicians of Auschwitz is possibly the best Holocaust film made for television. Vanessa Redgrave won an Emmy for her portrayal of Fenelon, a reknowned Jewish pianist who is spared from hard labor and placed in the death camp's female orchestra, where she and the other musicians are forced to play for their captors. "Playing For Time" is a heart-wrenching and powerful drama you simply must experience. And last but not least, two classic Peanuts TV specials are being released on Blu-Ray this week: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Three measurements critical Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The diagram illustrates how field geologists measure the attitudes of outcropping structural surfaces such as beds of sedimentary rocks, lava dikes, fracture patterns, striations, faults, etc. Strike, Dip and Bearing are three critical measurements that geologists must collect, Ron Bolyard in the field, to be able to make surface maps of structural surfaces progressing across a topographic landscape. A special device, called a Brunton Compass, is used to determine these parameters (see next article). Strike is the compass direction or trend taken by a structural surface, e.g. a bedding surface or fault plane, as it intersects the horizontal plane. Dip is the angle, e.g. a bedding surface or fault plane, makes with the horizontal, measured perpendicular to the strike of the structure. Attitude, hade and inclination are synonyms for dip. Bearing is the angular direction or trend of any place with respect to another measured as compared to the four cardinal compass directions. Block A demonstrates these relationships. The Strike along the shaded area is due North, while the Dip is the angle <cad> toward the east. On Blocks B & C, the

Strike is <ab> and the Dip is <cad> inclined downward toward the east. The Bearing of the shaded area is the same as the Strike <ab>. Confused? So am I. I will clarify further next week with practical applications. 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. Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

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Libraries announce fall story times Adriane Holguin Special to the Kern River Courier

Thanks to our FANTASTIC volunteers we are able to continue monthly Story Times at both Kern River Valley and Kernville Branches despite the cut to hours and staffing! The KRV Branch will continue story times on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30. Kernville Branch will have story times on the third Friday of each month at 10:30. The theme for September at KRV Branch is "Camp Out at the Library!" Bring your favorite blankie and cuddle up around our campfire to hear some great stories

about camping. We will have a craft and a snack of s’mores on Thurs., Sept. 9 at Kern River Valley Branch, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, 760-5492083. Story Time at Kernville is also Camping on Friday, Sept. 17 at 10:30, 48 Tobias St., Kernville 760376-6180. September is National Banned Books and Library Card Sign Up Month. Look for a special display and more information about banned books, past and present, at KRV Branch. For more info and to keep up with the latest on all our local libraries look for us on Facebook under Kern River Valley Branch Libraries.

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Creative Connection

TV show worth a watch Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier columnist

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Renegade Canyon near Ridgecrest is a wonderful spot to observe some Native American petroglyphs.

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If you’ve had a hankering to see the petroglyphs near Ridgecrest, your chance is coming. Petroglyph tours, sponsored by the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, are very popular. The tours always fill up fast, so early reservation is advised. Phone reservations are not accepted; visit their website to learn more or stop by the museum store. No children under 10 are allowed. Participants must be U.S. citizens, in good physical condition, and several forms of personal documentation are required. Tours cost $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers & member guests.

*** A tour to Renegade Canyon to see one of the highest concentrations of Rock Art in the Western Hemisphere will be Sunday, September 26. For more information on the Rock Art program, please contact Don Austin at or Alan Garfinkel at or call them at (661) 444-6029. Reservations with prepaid attendance will be accepted immediately. A Rock Art 101 program will be

The Kern County Library has joined public libraries from Kern to Merced counties to launch a new online resource for job seekers. The ten-member San Joaquin Valley Library System (SJVLS), which includes Kern County, has received a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant of $46,971 from the California State Library to “Put the Valley Back to Work” through Job and Career Accelerator, a comprehensive online job search database. The innovative online resource provides job seekers everything they need to find their next job, all in one easy-to-use application. The program is available free to library cardholders and can be accessed at their local library or from

any Internet-enabled computer by going to Kern County Library's website or to other SJVLS member library websites. Job and Career Accelerator provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels, including matching suitable occupations from more than 1,000 occupation profiles to finding available jobs in their area from more than five million postings. Users can also create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, improve work related skills, and prepare for occupation related exams. Job seekers can plan, tailor and track multiple job searches for the most efficient and effective job search possible. •Fishing Supplies •Ice Cream • Water Toys •Camping Supplies •Beer & Groceries

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Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,

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At 22, Abdhi Farah has become known as “ The Next Great Artist,” at least according to the judging panel found on the new Bravo television channel’s creative competition “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” As part of the wave of reality shows there seems no shortage for the Donna Fitch creative. The WA:TNGA show brought some of the best this form of viewing offers this season. With a minimum of back biting and with supportive and cooperative competitors, the unique personalities, points of view and talents (delivering fascinating and distinctive moments fit for a creative viewer) were well highlighted. It is the challenge ideas that captivate me and allow my imagination to go wild as to what I would do. That makes me a fan of some reality programs. Abdhi’s prizes were an artist’s dream– having a solo show at a New York Museum (he stars at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which opened on the 13th of this month) and a juicy check for $100,000. That should keep Abdhi in supplies for a while. Surrounded by artists, Abdhi constructed in team and individual tasks. One thing I really enjoyed was his drawing ability, which translated

into some of the strongest work, whether it was sculpture, a painting, junk art, or public art. Fourteen talented hopefuls displayed their quirkiness and exclusive processes. Using crushed rock found in his nature walk, Abdhi created a charcoal-like substance that was his base material for a reclining, life-sized selfportrait, which took him into the finale and propelled his win. Whether it was trash as their canvas, cover art for a classic novel, creating art that shocks, public functional art, or child play, we were given such gifts of creativity before another competitor left the show each week. A body of work drawing from their individuality (the final challenge) was built upon the previous episodes and was judged by a panel consisting of a New York gallery owner, a literary art contributor, a New York Magazine art critic and a respected curator and gallery owner, along with weekly guest artists. Host and art enthusiast China Chow, coupled with world renowned art auctioneer Simon de Pury, who acts as mentor to the artists, rounded out the show. All I can say is thank goodness for DVRs. Keep your eyes open and look for a heads up for the second season to begin. The show aired on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on the Bravo station. Take a look at some of the art at Create your own reality.

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In 2004, Allyn Amsk and I became partners in a new enterprise, KRV Publishing. Michael Batelaan worked with us in the design and layout, beginning with the first edition of the Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper. Mike Ludiker worked with us to give our business a firm beginning. The Kern River Courier was our second effort, ready in time to be distributed by Michael and Allyn during the Whiskey Flat Days Parade. The Courier was born of an idea. What, we asked ourselves, if a newspaper made a real effort to support a community, its organizations, schools, hospital and businesses. (Such a) paper was the best chance for a warm handshake to visitors. It was a chance to inform and even brag about what the community had to offer. We also thought that kind of community pride would be good for the children growing up there. The articles would highlight what was going on with the best of us. It could also show what our schools were doing and celebrate the good work of the community organizations. It worked. I was always happy to walk in to any restaurant in town on a Saturday morning and see everybody reading a Courier. We were delighted when we were finally able to be adjudicated and sell legal ads. We were the first new newspaper to be adjudicated in Kern County in 27 years. There was a lot to be proud of. We had a lot of support from a lot of local people. Many were not even advertisers or subscribers. One day, in the beginning, I was sitting at my

desk when one of our local neighbors came in and handed me a twenty-dollar bill. "Did you want an ad?" "No," he said. "I just want to make sure you survive." He turned and started to leave. "We're not a non-profit organization on purpose," I called after him. We shared a laugh about that ever since. It was because of that kind of support that Allyn and I still have so much gratitude to the Valley and the residents that we were was privileged to have as friends for those years. The Courier columnists were a major contribution. Most (were) local people who had their own areas of expertise. Some had never written anything before. I was proud then and even more so today. They were all great, and some have stayed on, continuing to develop their knowledge and style. I want to thank them again. I am so awed by their commitment. We sold the newspaper in 2007 mostly because of my health. I'm better now. The good news is that the new owners, Michael Batelaan and Mike Devich, have kept the tradition we worked to establish. We read the Kern River Courier this week and there it was, just as much a community partner as Allyn and I had imagined it just a few years ago. Times are tough for the newspaper world. Many major, big city newspapers have had to cut back or even close their doors. The Kern River Courier is responding to the challenges. We are impressed with the Kern River Courier and the community it serves. We are glad that the Courier is still "a warm handshake" to visitors, newcomers and the local community.

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California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

Tough to find gold California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

reside, lie the remnants of the Big Blue Mine. It once gave work to scores of miners who pitched tents all over the mountainside in those rude and unforgettable times. Working fifty pans of dirt in a ten hour day was regarded as a reasonable goal. But digging the dirt to fill those pans, sorting out, panning the more promising material with the whirling motion that would let water carry away the lighter, useless sand and separating the gold from the remaining heavy sand, came to far more work than most of the gold seekers had anticipated. In one form or another as much as $1,000 in gold could be washed from a single pan. But more likely ol’ Joe gleaned from half an ounce to an ounce of gold a day ($8 to $16), recognized as the minimum required to keep a miner at work, paying inflated prices for food and supplies and putting a little aside to get him back to his hometown someday. “Hometown” reminds me – I just sold my last remaining property in Louisiana. I fattened up my bank account, but I still want to go back there one more time to look around. Maybe next spring when the world comes around one more time and the mockingbird warbles his song. 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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ART continued from page 7 presented at the Heritage Inn in Ridgecrest on September 25 and 26 by Alan Garfinkel, Don Austin and Ken Pringle, who are all well known authorities on Rock Art. The program will include a combination of training classes and field trips. Lectures on Saturday will feature several topics including peopling of the Americas, What is Rock Art, Eastern California prehistory and the Coso Region chronology, classi-

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Talking About Real Estate

Rental units a good investment Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

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Courier chuckle of the week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The meek will inherit the earth- but not the mineral rights.â&#x20AC;? -- J. Paul Getty

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Salomeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Cupid is strong in the Aries aspect this week, with the cherub opening romantic possibilities for single Lambs, and strengthening ties 'twixt loving pairs already in a caring relationship. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your dramatic flair might make things more interesting as you recount an event to your colleagues. But be careful not to exaggerate reality to the point that facts and fancy combine to form fiction. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You love to talk, and this week you should get lots of chances to share your thoughts with people who will want to listen. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The pattern of recent changes could begin to shift from mostly workplace-related events to more personal matters. Continue to keep an open mind as you prepare to deal with them. LEO (July 23 to August 22) An opportunity for work-related travel could be just what the Terrific Tabby needs to get a new perspective on a balky situation. The trip could also prove to be rewarding. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might want to suggest resolving an old disagreement before it can affect a matter expected to come up for discussion. It's always best to start with a clean slate. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) The week

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favors combining dollops of creativity and practicality to work out both professional and personal problems. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprising facts could come to light if you decide to probe deeper into an "opportunity" than you might usually do. What you'll learn could determine what you'll earn. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone close to you might seek your counsel. Hear him/her out, but hold the line at giving actual advice until you get credible answers to all your questions. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) What seems to be an overwhelming workplace project can be dealt with quite well if you handle one category at a time. Things will soon begin to fall into place. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A personal matter might need more of your time than you had expected. Try to prioritize between your many outside commitments and your domestic responsibilities. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A developing situation still needs more time to grow, and more time to study before you can plunge in and make some attention-getting waves. Patience is best for wise Pisceans. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for organization that would make you a fine archivist. (Are you listening out there, Library of Congress?) (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. MEASUREMENTS: What period of years is described by the term "duodecennial"? 2. TELEVISION: What is the name of Homer Simpson's dog? 3. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is the scientific name of a turtle's shell? 4. MYTHOLOGY: What was the name of the Greek goddess of vengeance? 5. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: In what country is the airline company Aer Lingus based? Answers:

1. 12 years 2. Santa's Little Helper 3. Carapace 4. Nemesis 5. Ireland

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The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199 ELDER CARE Housekeeping, Errands Light Gardening Reliable & Trustworthy (760) 376-1913 __________________________ LARRY SCHUPPAN'S Garage Doors & Openers. New Sales & Repairs. Handyman Service. House Painting, Decks, Covers, Masonry, Electrical, Plumbing. (760) 379-1430 or 760417-2806 License #CL492150 __________________________ MERCER BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE In Bodfish - Will Travel! Personal, Business, Corporate (760) 549-0270 / (760) 417-0392 __________________________ LIGHTHOUSE ELECTRIC Quality Work Fair Prices Call Ross (760) 981-3361 License #708148 __________________________ PUBLISHING SERVICES Editorial • Graphics • Typesetting Brochures • Inserts • PR Articles Everything from Print to Internet KRV PUBLISHING 760-376-2860 __________________________


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ROYALTY POOL SERVICE Professional Quality Work Fair Prices Call Anthony Royal 661-549-2073 ARCHIE LOGSDON CARPENTRY Decks & Remodeling "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail" (760) 223-6624 __________________________ HERITAGE CLEANERS - Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters. Tue & Thu afternoon pick-up. Mon-Fri 9am5pm, Sat. 9am-2pm. 760-379-4271 __________________________ ART'S ELECTRIC Locally owned - Free Estimates Always on Time! 25 years exp. - Lic. #560220

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Stucco Repairs, Remodels, and New Construction Interior, Exerior, E.I.F.S 661-238-5931 Jon Guttry __________________________ CUSTOM WEBSITES & SEO Since 1995 - M.L. LUDIKER ARTWORK & DESIGN 760-376-2177 __________________________ CERTIFIED CAREGIVER for the elderly. Caring and reliable. 25 years experience. Call (760) 376-4707 __________________________


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REDUCED! Lake Isabella 2bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $640/mo - now $540/mo (inclds space rent) quiet 55+ park. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Kernville - 2 bd home, very private, pets accepted. $800/mo + deposit. Call (818) 532-8261 _________________________ Neatest Adult Park in the Valley Large Doublewide Living Rm w/woodstove. All new appliances,Air Cond. Corion Counter Tops, Master Bdrm, Office, Exercise Room, Work shop, & storage shed. $600. Must See! Pinewood Trailer Park, 99 Evans Rd. Wofford Heights. _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide w/30x30 workshop/garage & panoramic view of the Lake, $700/mo + deposit. Call (818) 532-8261 _________________________ Bodfish - Large 2 bd, 1 ba apt w/stove & frig. Water/trash pd. No pets. $500/mo + dep., discount w/lease. 760-223-3806 or 661-867-2018 _________________________ Weldon - 2bd/2ba house, inclds washer/dryer, stove & refrig. All new floors & carpet, big porch & yard. $700/mo + deposit. Call (562) 228-9519 __________________________ Kernville - Newly remodeled 1 bd, 2ba home on 3 secluded acres, hilltop view, water & high speed Internet paid. $1,000/mo. 760-417-1232

Open House 102 Hoebeck Rd. Bodfish, Sat, 8/28 & Sun, 8/29 8am till? Beautifully remodeled 1680 sq ft cabin w/great view! $129,000 661-428-1108

Lots For Sale *****3 LOTS FOR SALE***** Balboa South of Beechwood Scovern South of Crestview Starlight Off Old State Road $17,500 each. (760) 223-2222

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Freemans open new office

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Bike Park holds grand opening

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Freeman’s Realty in Lake Isabella has finally been able to accomplish what was just a dream a few years ago – they have nearly completed their new office addition. It’s difficult to remember when the last commercial construction was in the valley, so the Freeman addition is a welcome .. er, addition. The building process started in 2006,, and the actual building started in October of 2009. The addition is 1,500 square feet, with handicapped amenities, kitchenette, large bathroom, and an interconnecting door into the original building. “Everything has worked out and we are nearly completed. Should be finaled sometime next month,” said Nancy Freeman. The new part of the building is already being used and is nearly done inside. The Freemans moved to the valley in 1980 and opened Freeman's One-Stop and then a used car lot and car detail Photo by Mike Ludiker/Kern River Courier business. They got into the real estate business in 2002, and opened their own brokerage in 2005. “It's something we feel we needed to do to meet the needs of our agents and the community,” said Freeman.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes REDUCED! Lake Isabella Nice 2/bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $25,000 - now $14,995. Quiet 55+ park. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide MH w/30x30 workshop /garage & panoramic view of the Lake. Aprox 1 acre, xlnt cond. $125K. Call 818-532-8261 _________________________ MOVING? Across Town or The Nation Kernville Moving & Storage 760-379-2714 or 760-417-0465 CAL.PU.CT 189998 _________________________ Kernville - 1bd, 1 ba MH. Large sunroon, xlnt cond, in park. Beach access. $419 sp rent. $3,900. No reasonable offer refused. Call Beth Ubil @ C-21. Lic# 01768297, 760-376-2231 _________________________ 2 bd, 1 ba single wide mobile home w/2car garage, fenced yard, near bus trans. $67,000 OWC w/$10,000 down. (760) 379-7699 or (760) 812-0841

Bowlers Wanted Women Bowlers Needed For Wednesday Morning Women's League Starts Sept. 8th, 10:00 am. Call 760-379-2066 or 379-7765

Free HORSE MANURE Ultimate Growing Compound You load - You haul. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860

Wanted WE’RE ALWAYS BUYING Antiques & Collectibles 22ND year in the Kern River Valley. Highest prices paid, one piece or a housefull. Don’t give it away at a yardsale! GHOST TOWN RELICS @ Silver City, (760) 379-5146

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228

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The new community-built BMX bike park in Kernville next to the rodeo grounds opened with a barbecue party on Saturday. At right, Craig Harvey of Big Bear Lake makes a jump.

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Stimulus Lesson

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Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One from Chicago, another from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure, does some measuring, works some figures & says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, just leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700." The WH official, says, "You didn't even measure! How did you come up with such a high figure?" The Chicago bidder whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence." And that, my friends, is how the government stimulus plan works.

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BROADBAND continued from page 1 62,400 people stand to benefit, as do 2,500 businesses, according to the California Broadband Cooperative. In addition to the more than 400 jobs the CBC estimates the project will create, they say it will provide a foundation for economic growth and job creation for decades to come. Judy Hyatt, aide to county Supervisor Jon McQuiston, says this project will affect the Kern River Valley in a big way. “The importance of this project to the Kern River Valley is huge,” she said in an e-mail. She said that the project is not too far away to benefit our area. “This ... will bring enhanced capabilities to the entire Eastern Sierra Nevada.” “According to many familiar with the project, the deployment of the Digital 395 infrastructure compares to the Los Angeles Owens River Aqueduct and Highway 395 in its scope scale and regional significance,” said a

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New fund to help electric customers

CBC press release. A summary of the project is available at the CBC’s website at According to the Victorville Daily Press, the CBC is a non-profit organization based in Bishop. The California Public Utilities Commission approved a grant of $19 million of the $100 million project back in January, with the rest applied for through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said the Daily Press. (The ARRA is commonly referred to as the “stimulus program.”) The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration made the $81,148,788 award on Aug. 18. Hyatt said the effort to fund the project has taken about two years, and the governments of Kern, Inyo and Mono counties were instrumental in getting it through.

Special to the Courier

A new assistance program offers grants up to $1,500 for Southern California Edison customers with overdue bills. SCE encourages customers experiencing financial hardship to apply for assistance through the new state program called Temporary Energy Assistance for Families (TEAF). The program, administered by The Salvation Army, provides eligible families the opportunity to receive a one-time emergency energy credit of up to $1,500 to pay off past-due bills and avoid utility shut-offs. “We are always looking for ways to help our customers, and this funding (should come) as an enormous relief to those who need it the most,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE senior vice president, Customer Service. The bill credits will be available to qualifying California utility customers from a grant made possible

by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with additional funds from California’s investorowned utilities. SCE will have $10 million to help their customers in need. Applications will only be accepted through Sept. 21, so customers should apply as soon as possible. The grants are open to those customers of SCE who are in arrears and are parents or guardians of a child under 18 years old. Please call The Community Christian Service Center, The Salvation Army, today at 760-3795100 for additional information. The program has a short window of opportunity. Don't delay, call today. Office days and hours for this program are Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm. To learn more, customers may contact The Salvation Army at 1 (800) 933-9677 or

Solutions to puzzles on 10-11:

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 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

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819

F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except cinnamon; mix well. Pour into a glass baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Continue baking until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean, 20-25 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold. Plain or with light cream. Serves 6.

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 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10 a.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

Bodfish Bob's Fruited Curry Chicken Salad

Bodfish Bob’s Fresh Tomato Relish

20 W.

Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army The needy are helped by the local affiliate of this national organization. Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-5100.

1 cup tomatoes, chopped 1 hot pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper 2 Tbs. Sugar 2 Tbs. Vinegar

Mix together and refrigerate. Bodfish Bob's Rice Pudding 3 slightly beaten eggs 2 cups of milk 1 1/2 cup cooked white rice 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, broken 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt Ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cooked and diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 1 small apple - peeled, cored and chopped 1/3 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup seedless green grapes, halved 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 3/4 cup mayonnaise

In a large salad bowl combine the chicken, celery, onion, apple, raisins, grapes, pecans, pepper, curry powder and mayonnaise. Mix all together, tossing to coat. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight allowing flavors to blend. Serve on a croissant or pita bread as a sandwich or on a bed of lettuce.

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Courier news briefs Kern River Courier

The Camp Whitsett Divide Ride, a 60mile bike ride through tall trees, was originally scheduled for Oct. 9 but has been postponed until spring 2011. See for updates and details. *** 4-H is back in the Kern River Valley. The Kern Valley 4-H program is looking for students aged 9 to 19 who would be interested in learning new skills from cooking to raising an animal for the local county fair to just being part of the team. They are also looking for leaders for various programs. If you are interested, call Keila Crum at (760) 379-1267 or e-mail First meeting will be Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Wallace.

will be visible from most of the communities around Lake Isabella and the Kennedy Meadows area. Temporary road and trail closures may occur in and near the vicinity of the prescribed burn operations. *** The Kern River Valley Elks Lodge will be having their Hoop Shoot for kids on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Four Square Church and Family Life Center in Wofford Heights. All participants should arrive early for registration and must be accompanied by an adult. The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Contestant’s age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2011. All participants are required to present proof of age. For more information call Chris Perera at (661) 476-6812 or the KRV Elks Lodge at (760) 3766475.

*** *** There are free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar at the Veterans Hall in Lake Isabella the third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 2:30. Sponsored by Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. Call (661) 8620852 for more information. Subject to change due to holidays. *** The Forest Service says there will be prescribed burning in the west Kern Plateau area starting next week. The project area is located near Big Meadow and Cannell Meadow, about 20 miles from Kernville. About 300 acres are scheduled for burning this year, as part of an ongoing prescribed burning program. Smoke from the burn operation

The Tule River is not far northwest of the Kern River Valley, near Parker Pass. The Forest Service says a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9th to discuss their management of the Tule River Canyon. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sequoia National Forest Headquarters in Porterville, located at 1839 S. Newcomb (near the airport.) Trails and river access will be discussed. Also to be discussed is if visitors would accept a permit system in the future, and if they are willing to pay a fee. The public has requested amenities. For more information about the public meeting or to provide a comment, please contact David Ilse at 559-5392607 ext. 230 or send email to

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Smokey Bear, with his fur coat, really needed an Italian Ice at the very hot grand opening of the Kernville Bike Park.


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Medicare Season is starting Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

The Medicare Season is here. First I take all my tests and familiarize myself with all the new rules. Then I notify my clients and other seniors that I will need to update my records as to their current prescription needs. Even if they are taking the same medications as they have for the past year, I need Harry Thal to educate them that the plan they are on will have changed its monthly premium, may have changed the deductible, may have changed copays at the pharmacy as well as may have new restrictions on their medication. In some instances, their medication may not even be covered by their plan next year. So, each person's plan must be individually reviewed. Seniors are not allowed to change plans during the year except under very limited circumstances. 2011 will provide some additional challenges. Many of the plans that have been sold over the past 6 years will be discontinued in 2011. These are in the category of "Private Fee for Service" plans. They featured your ability to go to any willing provider. While these plans are

allowed to be sold, the reimbursement rate paid to the insurance by the government will greatly reduce. Therefore, many large insurance companies have made the decision to discontinue this type of insurance. People will need to select a new plan. If they fail to do so, they will automatically be returned to "Original Medicare", and would have to wait until next year to enroll in another Medicare Advantage plan. If they are fortunate to be in good enough health and can afford the premium, they may qualify for a Medicare Supplement. Seniors and Disabled people on Medicare have another new restriction in 2011. In the past, if you were in an HMO or Medicare PPO plan, you were allowed to make a change between January 1 and March 31. Now you can only drop a plan between January 1 and February 15, and not allowed to sign up for another plan until next year (2012). With November 15th still a while off, it is time to start thinking about what your plans will provide in 2011. As in the past, I provide a free service to assist readers in analyzing their best choices. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters and on the National Association of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

All Valley Comprehensive Long Term Care Planning Workshop for Seniors & Caregivers Kern Valley Hospital Cafeteria 6412 Laurel (off McCrae Rd.), Mt Mesa

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 5:30p.m. Please join our panel of local resources providing services in the Kern River Valley • Kern Valley Healthcare District • Kern Village & the Burlington Assisted Living • Sienna Wellness Institute • Hoffman Hospice • Home Instead Senior Care • Optimal Hospice • Genworth Financial, Long Term Care Planning Specialist • Harry Thal Insurance & Certified Senior Advisor • Jacquie's Gentle Exercise • Community Christian Service Center • Edward Jones Investments - Providing personalized strategies for retirement

Learn about resources available for seniors in the Kern Valley Space is limited; please RSVP Jeanette (760) 417-2555 or Sonia (760) 376-4419 Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served, sponsored by

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$65,000 MLS 2210830 Wofford Heights, E(1/4) Zone, 0.23 Acre 10,222 sq. ft. Single Family Lot, with utilities, Ready to build in Lakeshore Pines.

$72,500 MLS 2210750 Bodfish, 1440 sq ft, Mobile home 2Bedroom, 1 Bath, Fenced yard for your pet. Great for your first home, retirement, or weekender.

Properties (760) 417-2515


Lake Isabella Realty Kernville Office: 11000 Kernville Road, Kernville CA 93238

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

New! Early Bird Specials

Thursday thru Sunday 4-66pm. A wonderful home cooked meal & homemade dessert all for $7.25

Thursday Cajun Night

Serving authentic Cajun meals: Blackened Spicy Catfish, Jambalaya & Gumbo all prepared by Chef Elaine Kennedy.

Seafood Fridays

All You Can Eat, Beer Battered Cod Fish & Chips or Shrimp with Chips.

Saturday BBQ Night

With Ribs, Tri-ttip, Bratwurst Hamburgers & Hot Dogs all served with Bold Baked Beans &Potato Salad Sides.

Hot Wing W ing Challenge The Chatterbox Cafe Friday September 3rd Kicks off the new Hot Wing Challenge Attempt to be the first to eat 6 of the Hottest Wings ever. If you dare to try! and don't cry! The individual who completes the Chatter Box Hot Wing challenge receives a special shirt and their picture on the Wall of Flame. Be the first to beat the Chatterbox Challenge.

Breakfast: M on.-SS at.7-11 1am L unch: M on.-SS at.11am-22 pm Dinner: T hurs.-SS un.4-99 pm B runch M enu: S un.7am-22 pm Across from Chevron - Additional Parking in Back


6629 Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights 760-3 376-3 3400

Kern River Courier August 27, 2010  
Kern River Courier August 27, 2010  

Kern River Courier August 27, 2010