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Scott Wells from the FFA Christmas tree lot in Lake Isabella loads a tree into a customer’s vehicle. The lot is open on weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Future Farmers of America is a school program for agriculture students.

“NBL” means one thing to basketball fans, but something else again to BMX racing fans. What is BMX? It’s bicycle moto cross, a fast-growing sport. The National Bicycle League is one of the big nationwide BMX groups, a non-profit organization started in 1974. Here in California, Golden State BMX holds a state series of races to form a team of riders to represent California at the NBL President's Cup, where racers will compete as a team, competing against other states. The state series also offers all riders who complete at least six qualifiers

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Lots of stories this week. One is that Terri Gallion’s service dog, Jenna, got into some antifreeze and had to go to the vet. Jenna is a special dog, trained to sense seizures and warn Gallion before they happen. Vicki Boyer was able to save Jenna, but it cost over $2,000. There will be a benefit bake sale to help with the bills at the Lakeshore Lodge’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning Dec. 18 starting at 9 a.m. People are welcome to drop off baked goods at the sale. Monetary donations can be dropped off either at the sale or at Kernville Animal Hospital at 32 Tobias in Kernville.

Cerro Coso College is gearing up for a new spring semester beginning next month. They are also adding new classes. One of them is a business class. Jerald Smith will instruct the course on Mondays from 6 to 9:10 p.m. via interactive television at the KRV campus. Fields of business that will be explored include management, operations, ethics, human resources, marketing, information systems, and accounting. The course is recommended as the first course to take for all business majors. All students are encouraged to see a counselor prior to registration and register early for best class selection. Call the college for more information at 760-379-5501. The Kern River Valley Campus will be closed during Winter Recess from Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31. Online registration will be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Try this easy and convenient way to register for classes. The spring schedule of classes is also available online. On-campus registration will resume on Monday, Jan. 3 on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is necessary. Spring semester classes officially start on Monday, Jan. 17 which is a federal holiday; classes will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Cerro Coso Community College is one of three colleges of the Kern Community College District (KCCD). For more information on spring classes and registration visit Cerro Coso's web site at

*** The Kern County Mental Health Mobile Evaluation Team will be available for the rest of the year in the Kern River Valley to discuss teen depression. They have crisis intervention workers at the hospital for the next week. It is open for all community members - anyone who wants to talk to someone. Just show up at the hospital in Mt. Mesa. *** Internationally recognized performer and recording artist Amy Arena, a Wofford Heights resident, is planning a CD listening party in Detroit, Michigan to celebrate the musicians there who helped her finalize her latest CD project, “Liquid Reality.” The evening in Detroit on Dec. 22 will include holiday classics sung as a duet with her husband, producer and keyboard player Jeremy Ellis, who is performing in Lucerne, Switzerland this week. Arena will donate $2 from every sale of her new CD made to Kern County residents to the mobile spay and neuter clinic being launched by Critter Sitters owner Jesse Martinez of Weldon. Arena will officially launch the album in 2011, but it's on sale now at *** St. Sherrian's Episcopal Church has moved. They are now holding Sunday services at Kernville United Methodist Church, 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville, at 11 a.m. *** The county is looking for applicants for seasonal firefighters to be in place by next spring. Applications must be completed electronically by going to the Kern County Personnel Department website at the following address:

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The winter season brings the highest number of home fires than any other time of year. Winter residential building fires result in an estimated average of approximately 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1,708,000,000 in property loss each year. According to the United States Fire Administration, there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. Tips for live Christmas trees • Select your tree carefully. You’ve probably seen video demonstrating how fast a live Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames. Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases. Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to

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Vol. 7 No. 46 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri: 70% chance rain, high 50. Fri. night: Rain low 44. Sat.: Rain, high 58. Sat. night: 90% chance rain, low 46. Sun.: Rain, high 57. Sun. night: Chance of rain, low 44. National Weather Service


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Santa appeared Saturday at his village in Circle Park in Kernville.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 159,735 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 365 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 365 cfs Borel Canal flow 0 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 Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Six scenes will be enacted live, with live animals. There will be free fun crafts for children and free refreshments. Remember to dress warm. Kern Christian Church is at 14900 Highway 178 in Southlake.

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Kids Christmas Party to be held for all at VFW Dec. 18 Everyone is invited to a Kids Christmas Party to be held on Dec. 18 at the VFW (behind McDonalds) in Lake Isabella from noon to 2 p.m. Auditions held by Sierra Performing Arts Dec. 18 Sierra Performing Arts is issuing a cast call for its new play "It's Never Too Late". This is a modern

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 Church, Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, 6048 L.I.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. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 549-0800 • 9 a.m.- 1 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. • 2 p.m. - BMX race, KV Bike Park, Kernville. Fees apply., 223-6165 • 5 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., Line dance classes, Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber, board 2nd Mon., 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. 3762410 or 376-2066.


• 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, 1st Baptist Church, LI. 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. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-2189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 6:30 p.m. Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield, 2nd Tues. 376-1606. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.

sophisticated comedy written by Constantine Trepleff. We are looking for two specific male partsone a mature man and the other a young man. Auditions will be held Saturday afternoon Dec. 18. Call Mary for location and appointment. 760-379-8718. Living Nativity to be presented in Southlake Dec. 18 Kern Christian Church will be holding a walk-through Living


• 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. 379-5086. • 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 or 376-2066. • 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. • 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon KV Hospital, Mt. Mesa. 376-2410 or 376-2066

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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.

Eagles Kids Christmas Party to be held Dec. 19 The Eagles Lodge in Mt. Mesa will hold a Christmas Party for kids 12 and younger on Dec. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be hot dogs, drinks, treats and gifts. Also a guessing game and a coloring contest. You must pre-register by Dec. 16 by calling Joan at 378-2855 or Petra at 378-2712. Elks Lodge to hold Christmas Party for Kids Dec. 19 On Sunday, Dec. 19, the Kern River Valley Elks will hold their Annual Children’s Christmas Party at 2 p.m. at the lodge. The Elk’s Lodge is at 6708 Wofford Blvd. in Wofford Heights. This year we will be limiting the amount of attendees to the first 150. Children 12 and under will only be the ones to visit with Santa and receive a gift. Also we ask that only one parent attend with their children. Any questions call the Lodge at 760376-6475. ‘Longest Night’ service in Kernville Tuesday, Dec. 21 Pastor Lauren Chaffee of Kernville Methodist Church invites the community to their "Longest Night" service on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6 pm. This night is winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and the service is intended for those who are hurt or grieving or unhappy during the holidays. Free Christmas meal to be offered Dec. 24 at My Place My Place Restaurant in Lake Isabella will again be offering a free meal on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers and food donations are needed. Call (760) 379-2563. Sponsored by My Place and VFW to offer free Christmas dinner to veterans on Dec. 25 The VFW in Lake Isabella (behind McDonalds) will offer a free dinner to all veterans on Christmas Day from 1 to 4 p.m. $7.50 for non-vets. Turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, Dec. 28 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, Dec. 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. Whiskey Flat Days Kickoff dinner to be held Jan. 7 Every February on Presidents Day Weekend the town of Kernville celebrates its Gold Rush roots when it was known as Whiskey Flat. This year the Whiskey Flat Days Kickoff Dinner, which is when the Honorary Mayor candidates are introduced, will be at Ewing’s on Friday, January 7th, with dinner at 6 pm. $25 gets you Deep-Pit BBQ, Lemon

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

When all fails, procrastinate Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

Any bushes or small trees left will have a drip system in place and I will have saved a bunch of water Up until the last couple of weeks and reduced my water bill. To conwe were all wondering where and cerned water users I will be a when winter was coming. hero. That's my plan. We need not Laying the plastic and the wood worry. It’s here, chips, of course, is to be done early and it’s here for next year. It’s easy to plan stuff the winter! We when the date is a ways off. Then are being told as you get close to the time, you that there is 125% can always move it a tad farther more water availout. able and that so I can find lots of reasons if I far the water year really don't want to do something. is looking good. For instance, I could say that my Middleworth But still we are back hurts and as soon as it gets asked to limit our better I will perform the work. Or, use of H2O. wood chips don't look good this Well, I'm doing my part to conyear; I'll wait for a better crop. Or, serve H20. What I did was quit my neighbor borrowed my hamwatering the lawn and let it die. mer and I can't work on the lawn Then I put some grass killer down without it and he is on vacation. for the extra Actually, I've sprouts that begun to notice “My neighbor borrowed tried to escape. that thinking up my hammer and I can't Early next year excuses to not do work on the lawn without when I am sure something seems it.” nothing is to use up more growing that energy than --Rod Middleworth doing what I'm even looks like a lawn, I am supposed to do. going to lay What's the word down some plastic sheeting and I'm looking for? Oh yes, procrasticover it with wood chips. That is nation. I'm good at that. Just ask my plan. (It was also my plan last my wife when it’s time to clean year and the year before). windows or put up Christmas decBut this time I am really going orations. to do the evil deed. I shall be ruthless, I will not waver. My front Wofford Heights resident Rod lawn (ex-lawn) will look like the Middleworth, a retired security Gobi Desert just prior to laying the manager for Pacific Bell, is an chips. After the chips are down it instructor for the local AARP should look pretty respectable. Driver Safety Program.

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County Christmas bird count annual tradition er date 12/20/10. The count circle covers Audubon's Kelso Creek Sanctuary down to Butterbredt Spring Bird Sanctuary. The official count began in 1977. Sunday, Dec. 19: China Lake, Kern County: Compiler: Pete Woodman, Phone: (760) 377-3466 - This count covers the Indian Wells Valley including Inyokern and Ridgecrest. It began in 1957. Saturday, Jan. 1: South Fork Valley, Kern County: Compiler Denise LaBerteaux, Phone: (760) 378-4278. The count circle covers almost all of Audubon's Kern River Preserve to just beyond Canebrake Ecological Reserve. The official count began in 1992. Sunday, Jan. 2: Kern River Valley, Kern County: Compiler: Alison Sheehey, Phone: (760) 378-2029. The count circle covers the far west end of Audubon's Kern River Preserve and throughout the Kern River Valley down to Borel Road & Old Kern Canyon Road. The official count began in 1979. Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skill level and endurance. A $5 participation fee is paid to the National Audubon Society and defrays a portion of the cost of tabulating and publishing the count results by National Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Find the schedule of all Christmas Bird Counts in California on this webpage: Contact each count compiler independently to join their count. Find a Google map of the centers of all CBCs in California at this URL.

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As the Christmas Bird Count season approaches, the air crisps and excitement builds to see what old friends, rarities and potential life birds might be found out in the valleys, mountains and deserts of this diverse county. For the 111th CBC season, Kern County has 11 fixed count-circles that fall in all or part of the county. The official count period is from Dec. 14, 2010 through Jan. 5, 2011. This sport requires skill and dedication to learn the almost 200 species of birds that can be found in the county each winter. This contest has been held for over 110 years, making it the longest-running citizen science effort in the country. In the 1800s and early 1900s hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt". The men would choose sides and go afield with their weapons; whoever killed the most birds and mammals won. On Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, of the new Audubon Society, proposed a different holiday tradition – a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds rather than slaughter them. Twenty-seven dedicated birders chose to go afield that Christmas Day in 25 areas throughout the country. This included a count in a 15-mile diameter circle around California's Pacific Grove. California has 131 individual CBCs scheduled this year, in areas all over the state. Here are some of the ones coming up in our vicinity: Saturday, Dec. 18: Butterbredt, Kern County: Compiler: Charles Bragg, Phone: (310) 454-9662. Alternate weath-


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large jigs. For those shore anglers, Boulder Gulch, B.S. Beach and As I sat down to write I realTillie Creek, to name a few, are ized that this week in December good places to catch those rainis my one-year anniversary writbows. Power Bait in garlic flavor, ing this column. rainbow and egg scented seem Time passes to work well. quickly when I have been asked several you enjoy what times why Isabella produces you do. I would such nice bass, even though like to thank there is at times a lot of fishing everyone who pressure. Isabella has lots of bass reads and folclub tournaments. Aside from lows the column the usual structure, lots of food and the staff at and plenty of quality places to Mike Mencarini the Courier for fish, the reason I find for giving me the Isabella’s success is the limited opportunity to express myself. amount of days every year when I just came off the lake from there is little or no wind. When crappie fishing. It was windy and it’s windy there are very few chilly but the crappie were in a boats that are fished safely and feeding mood. I am excited comfortable. I don’t have a figure about the size on windy of the crappie days but it’s a this winter. bunch. Every “Just came off the lake. The There doesn’t day no one’s crappie were in a feeding appear to be fishing is mood.” as many so another day far this year, for the fish to --Mike Mencarini grow. but they are worth the effort. Real Mike quality keepers. Mencarini is a Wofford Heights The bass fishing gurus (at resident and a volunteer at the least the ones who braved the Kern River Fish Hatchery. For windy lake conditions) are catch- questions or comments you can ing and releasing some very nice reach him through the Kern River largemouth, most between 6 and Courier, 9 pounds, tossing medium to

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Entertainment K E R N

Friday, December 17, 2010


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

It’s football fever time

Kardashian earns megabucks

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith New DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Dec. 28. PICKS OF THE WEEK We're winding down 2010 and barreling like a runaway train to New Year's Day 2011, and that can mean only one thing to every red-blooded American: Football! Yessir, Bowl Games out the wazzoo -and what better way to celebrate than with a marathon of Gridiron Greats. So here then, is a sampling of some of the best foot- Burt Reynolds in 1974 ball movies ever made. "The Longest Yard" (R) -Burt Reynolds stars as Paul Crewe, a former pro quarterback disgraced for shaving points. After being sent to prison for hitting his girlfriend and stealing a car, Crewe finds himself at the mercy of a sadistic warden (Eddie Albert), who tries to force Crewe to lead his semi-pro football team made up of the prison's guards. Crewe sets up a "friendly" scrimmage between the guards and his fellow prisoners -- leading to one of the greatest action sequences ever filmed. Adam Sandler remade the film a few years back, and although not as epic as the 1974 Reynolds original, it's still a pretty good flick. "Go Tigers!" (R) -- This 2001 documentary about the Masillon (Ohio) Tigers highschool football team is a grip-

ping account of how the success or failure of a local team can affect a small community. Voted by ESPN as one of the top six best sports documentaries of all time, "Go Tigers!" is an eye-opening portrait of the spirit of small-town America. "Paper Lion" (Unrated) -Alan Alda stars in this 1968 classic based on the a series of articles written by George Plimpton for Sports Illustrated. In 1963, Plimpton went undercover for the magazine to the Detroit Lions training camp to try out for the team. The result was the first-ever look into what goes on during NFL tryouts and training camp. What makes this film fun is the inclusion of many of the actual Lions players of the time: Alex Karras, Joe Schmidt, Pat Studstill and others. "Invincible" (PG) -- Mark Wahlberg stars as Vince Papale, a substitute teacher and bartender from Philadelphia who gets a one-in-a-million shot at trying out for the 1976 Eagles team. And somehow, for a guy who never played college ball, he makes the cut. What follows is classic Hollywood feel-good flick about overcoming the odds and the triumph of the Common Man who followed his dream. TV SERIES "Jersey Shore" Season Two "United States of Tara" The Second Season "Archer" Season 1 "Baccano" The Complete Series c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.





*** Q: How much do reality-television stars, people like Kim Kardashian, make? -- Frankie F., Washington, D.C. A: It depends on the star's popularity, as well as extracurricular activities, like perfume and clothing lines, books, etc. Kim, for instance, is the highest-paid reality star, raking in $6 million in 2010. Lauren Conrad is close behind, banking $5 million in 2010. ***

A: Nancy is thrilled by her latest career move. She told me: "It is such an honor (to be chosen to replace Mary Hart). Mary is such a TV icon. I remember Q: Will "Army watching it when it Wives" be back first debuted and anytime soon for a Nancy O’Dell thinking, 'Oh my new season? -God, that would be such a cool William S., via e-mail show to work for.' And here I am, A: Rest assured, Lifetime working for it! It is very exciting." Television's perennial hit drama "Army Wives" will be back for a *** fifth season with 13 all-new Q: I caught the tail end of episodes. "Army Wives" is what looked like a really good Lifetime's most successful series in documentary on Animal the 26-year-history of the network, Planet about men diving with so I'd say the show has quite a bit Nile crocodiles. Can you tell of life left in it. It will be back in me what it was called and 2011, however the exact date has when/if I can see it again? -not been announced. If previous Sam M., via e-mail seasons are any indication, it A: The show is called "Into the should be back by late spring to Dragon's Lair," which documents early summer. wildlife photographer Roger Horrocks and world-renowned Write to Cindy at King Features underwater cameraman Didier Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Noiret as they travel to Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail Botswana's Okavango Delta to her at capture never-before-seen behavFor more news and extended interiors to help broaden the world's views, visit www.celebrityextraonscientific understanding of these fearsome creatures. It is definitely a don't-miss show, and you can (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Top DVD rentals 1. Grown Ups (PG-13) Adam Sandler 2. Toy Story 3 (G) animated 3. Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) Zac Efron 4. Ramona and Beezus (G) Selena Gomez 5. Predators (R) Adrien Brody 6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) Michael Cera

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Health Insurance Matters

The ones who suffer are the ill Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

I have always thought that our government and the regulatory bodies within it were there to protect the interests of the people. I am beginning to wonder how true this is. Several years Harry Thal ago, Anthem Blue Cross's parent company, Wellpoint, was sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the regulatory agency that runs the Medicare program. Allegedly there were marketing rules broken, as I remember. The sanction forbid their selling any Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug plan for the remainder of that year. As the huge annual enrollment period had passed when they were sanctioned, this basically meant they were to sell no insurance of this type. (The sanction was lifted before the major annual enrollment period the following November.) This year Aetna was sanctioned, and their penalty has included the Annual Enrollment period (AEP) for 2011 plans. This has been a major blow to the company, as they had the expense of recruiting, hiring and training customer service personnel to accommodate the seniors who

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would be enrolling in their plan. Three weeks ago, in the middle of the AEP, HealthNet was sanctioned. Only the few applicants who were early enough were processed and covered. None of the other seniors and disabled on Medicare were permitted to choose this plan. Their "crime" was that 600 applications of 6 million processed nationwide in January 2010 had coding errors. CMS says they have a "zero tolerance" for this types of error. So, with the millions of dollars lost, with the employees out of work, who are the real victims of these sanctions? The seniors and disabled people on Medicare. Aetna offered one of the better HMO plans in Kern County. This year, HealthNet had a really great plan for people on Medi-Cal. Their HMO plan would pay for transportation to medical appointments. It also had one of the few prescription drug plans available for people on Medi-Cal with a $0 monthly premium. How sad it is that really good plans are kept from the people because of some clerical errors. 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


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Order nourishing food from Angel Food today Special to the Kern River Courier

Angel Food Ministries (, an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality food to those in need, is offering relief and joy to families in 45 states. In response to current economic conditions and lengthy unemployment lines, there is a greater need for Angel Food’s services nationwide and expansion of these services is one example of the amplified need for quality, affordable food, which is at the core of Angel Food’s mission. Angel Food provides individuals and families with fresh, brand name food for a fraction of the retail price. By purchasing food in bulk, directly from some of the top suppliers in the country, food is discounted by up to 50 percent of retail. Angel Food Ministries is now offering a new selection of prepackaged boxes with more protein items. They contain top quality food staples from every food group, including chicken or beef, milk, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Each of the regular boxes of food feeds a family of four for about one week or a single individual for almost a month. The menu selections vary each month, and consist of both fresh and frozen items, saving Americans money with no sacrifice to quality. There is even a box geared towards the nutritional for people on the go. Angel Food Ministries’ service is available to anyone wanting to stretch

their food dollars. There are no income requirements or program qualifications, and they accept SNAP. There are no limits to the quantity of boxes per individual, nor are there any applications or qualifications for eligibility. Anyone who wishes to learn more about how to utilize Angel Food’s services can call 1-888-819-3745 or visit to find the nearest host site. Type in your Zip Code to locate “Salvation Army”, your Kern River Valley Host site. About Angel Food Ministries Established in 1994 to provide relief for struggling families in the Monroe, Ga. area, Angel Food Ministries today serves hundreds of thousands of families across 45 states, recently welcoming Idaho to the roster where Angel Food’s benefits can be realized. Since inception, Angel Food Ministries has fed more than 22 million Americans. In 2008, AFM provided $120 million in direct food assistance to American families. The Salvation Army has provided Angel Food food services to our community since February 2009. You may order online or in our office at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. Office is open Monday to Wednesday taking orders from 9 am to 2 pm. Call 760-379-5100. We accept EBT (food stamp), Credit and Debit cards. Feeding families for about $4.45 a day, remember Angel Food Ministries.

To Your Good Health

Clogged arteries cause angina Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 56, a woman and have angina. I'd get chest pains if I hurried to catch a bus or to get on an open elevator. When it first started, my doctor gave me a medicine to put under my tongue when the pain happened. It worked well. Is that a good sign? Am I destined to have a heart attack? -- J.A. ANSWER: Angina is squeezing chest pain that comes on when a person is active and leaves when that person rests. Being active can mean walking, jogging, cleaning, doing the washing, weeding or digging. It comes about because one or more of the heart arteries is plugged with plaque -- a mound of cholesterol and fat on the inside artery wall. At rest, enough blood makes its way to the heart. With activity, the heart can't get enough blood because of the plaque. The heart makes its lack of blood known by chest pain that also might be felt in the neck, the jaw or the arms, or only in those places. Angina, one of the signs of coronary (heart) artery disease, affects 17 million Americans. Smoking, obesity, inactivity, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and a family history are some of the major factors that cause its development. In spite of controlling the above factors, many still have to take medi-

cines -- medicines that dilate arteries or make the heart beat slower, or ones that lower blood pressure or cholesterol. The medicine you put under your tongue was nitroglycerin. Long-acting varieties of that medicine might be the reason why you don't need nitroglycerin as much as you did. That is a good sign. Clogged heart arteries can be opened with a balloon-tipped catheter or bypassed with an artery graft. You might not ever need such procedures. You're not doomed to have a heart attack. The treatment you're getting is designed to prevent one. The booklet on coronary artery disease provides information on this illness. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.(c) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Friday, December 17, 2010


How ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet became a Christmas tradition King Features Syndicate

Each holiday season, many families attend the only ballet they'll see all year: "The Nutcracker." But how did "The Nutcracker" become such a popular tradition? And where, exactly, did it come from? The story itself is quite old, and the one we see onstage isn't even the original but a popular adaptation by the French author Alexandre Dumas, best known for writing "The Three Musketeers." Once the story made the leap from page to stage, though, history was in the making. Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky composed "The Nutcracker" as his final and least satisfying ballet, taking on the project with a marked lack of enthusiasm. So it is ironic that it would become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions of the 20th century. The ballet premiered in Tchaikovsky's native Russia in 1892, but "The Nutcracker" didn't exactly make an instantaneous mark in the annals of American Christmas tradition. In fact, it wasn't until 1944 that an American ballet company decided to perform the entire ballet. That year, the San Francisco Ballet took on the task, performing the ballet as an annual tradition. It was George Balanchine who really sent "The Nutcracker" on to popular fame. In 1954 he choreo-

graphed the ballet for a New York company, and not a year has passed since when the ballet hasn't been performed in New York City. Balanchine was the first to have the roll of Clara danced by a child, necessitating a much simpler choreography. By the late 1960s, other ballet companies across North America had jumped on the bandwagon, enthusiastically performing "The Nutcracker" to a receptive annual audience. Today, many cities have a production of "The Nutcracker." It has even become a tradition on TV. Ovation, the art and contemporary culture channel, hosts an annual "Battle of the Nutcrackers" every December. For a week, the network runs various productions of the ballet -- both traditional and modern interpretations -- and asks viewers to vote online for their favorite. The ballet with the most votes is revealed on Christmas Eve and a marathon of all the ballets runs Christmas Day. Whether you go to the theater or enjoy the performance from the comfort of your own home, "The Nutcracker" is a Christmas tradition the whole family can enjoy.

‘Merry’ had different meaning Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

As I was taking early steps toward practicing the art of understanding, my mother told me to make progress by turning a concept upside down, then inside out, and backwards. Today, my understanding convinces me that acts celebrating the nativity of the Christ, named Jesus, have become contaminated by a host of Semonious misunderstandings. This does not mean there should be a movement to reform long-held practices, just understand them. One such practice is a midnight, candlelight worship. A passage in the Apocryphal book, Wisdom of Solomon, 18:14-15, says, “For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word (logos) leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed.” (RSV). The season of Passover wherein the angel of death entered the country of Egypt was subject to man’s attempts to understand then current events. A result was the custom of the faithful attending church at the stroke of midnight


on December 24. While not giving Wisdom of Solomon, the same status as the four Gospels, I have to wonder if there was rightly a new chapter in His Story (history). To the extent the practice gives glory to God, it is very good. Another custom discussed in Introduction to the Apocrypha, by Bruce Metzger and Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, by Francis X. Weiser (no longer available), is “Merry Christmas.” The original expression, “Blessed Christmas,” was used to express wishes for spiritual and eternal joys. Evidentially, The word “merry” shifted in meaning, according to the Handbook, which also cited as “Merry England” and “God rest you merry, gentlemen.” Since this information is from the Rev. Phil Bohlken, with permission to use, there are no details about how the changes developed. Words such as “gay,” “hot” and “bad” have also shifted meanings. My prayer for you is that God would stir up His power, and help you using His mighty power, that the sins which weigh you down may be quickly lifted by His grace and mercy. Proverbs 30:4, asks, “Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name?” He makes a Blessed Christmas possible that includes spiritual and eternal joys; earthly strength to endure; and the comfort of knowing God is not the one making a list who is naughty and nice.

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Respond in affirmative Jack Duitsman, pastor Father’s Heart Foursquare Church, Kernville

Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true." Luke 1:38 (NLT) If you walk slowly through Luke's narrative of the exchange between Mary and the angel Gabriel regarding the announcement of the Savior's birth (Luke 1:26-38), there is a pivotal point that is reached in verse 31. This pivot can Duitsman be understood not so much with a firm handle on the intricacies of the classic Greek language, but rather a simple understanding of the use of tense in the modern English language. Let's see if I can explain is a somewhat lucid way. Up until verse 31, Gabriel is speaking in the present (and or past/present) tense: "you are highly favored . . . the Lord is with you . . . you have found favor with God," (vv. 28, 30) but in verse 31 there comes a change to the future tense. What Gabriel declared to Mary certainly would happen, but hadn't happened yet: "you will conceive and bring forth a son . . . the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." (vv.32,34) Oh man,

am I having flashbacks to my eighth grade English class! Forgive the grammar lesson if you can, and find your way to the conclusion of the conversation that is recorded in the above verse from Luke's gospel. What Luke 1:38 reports is Mary's "yes" to all that is presented to her from the Father's heart through the angel Gabriel. God's hearts can be trusted, and that freedom of choice is the Divine gift that guides our lives (innately we know this to be true by virtue of our own experience). What we are given then is a blueprint to be emulated in our own desire to see the working of God powerfully transform our lives. It was the indwelling Christ that forever changed Mary's life, and so it is with us as well. Mary's affirmative response to Gabriel (God) in this circumstance was the result of a pattern of affirmative responses, and literally serves as an encouragement to us to do the same. When you and I are confronted with choices as simple (seemingly) as responding to another in love rather than anger or hatred; or embracing the circumstances of life with trust in God rather than with fear or depression, we too are allowing the life of God to work in our own lives. How powerful this freedom of choice given to us by the Father, and how remarkable that He would use this power to extend His kingdom of love through us as we just say yes!

Churches of the Valley Kernville Father’s Heart Foursquare Church Kernville Elementary School, Kernville Service Sunday 9:30 A.M. (760) 223-6704 First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (760) 376-6403 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Worship Celebration, 9:30 a.m. (760) 376-2751 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m., Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. (760) 417-2014 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. (760) 376-6362 St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church Services held at Kernville United Methodist Church Sundays 11 a.m. Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. (760) 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (760) 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. (760) 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10 a.m. (760) 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. (760) 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. (760) 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. (760) 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (760) 379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella

Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. (760) 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (760) 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. (760) 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. (760) 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. (760) 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. (760) 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (760) 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. (760) 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. (760) 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (760) 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. (760) 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. (760) 378-3780 He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake Services Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. (760) 379-6935 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (760) 378-2321 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. (760) 378-4964 Church listings are free. Please contact our office.

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Bar mirrors are collectible Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a bar mirror made by Canadian Club saluting the Triple Crown winners through 1978. What is it worth? -Felipe, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I contacted several sportsmemorabilia collectors who seem to agree that your mirror is valued in the $30 to $50 range. This mirror was made by Canadian Club as a premium and was given to various bars and taverns. For a second opinion, you might contact a local expert, Sports Memorabilia and More, 800 Lomas Blvd. NW; and Sal's Sports Memorabilia, 1720 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, both in Albuquerque. *** Q: I have a July 1929 edition of the "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine. It is in fair shape with a tear here and there. Can you tell me if this magazine has any value? -Phyllis, Magnolia Springs, Ala. A: It's the "tears here and there" that concern me. As with most collectibles, condition is paramount. I suspect that your magazine is worth about $25. If the cover is illustrated by a famous artist it could be worth much more. A good reference is "The Antique Trader Vintage Magazines Price Guide" by Richard Russell and Elaine Gross Russell (Krause, $19.99). The format is a little goofy, but it has a great deal of help-

ful information. *** Q: I have a figurine of a sleeping cherub marked Llandro "Made in Spain." I would like to know its approximate value. -- Pat, Sioux Falls, S.D. A: The pictures you sent me were so blurry I could not determine exactly what I was seeing. You might see if you can find your figurine in "Collecting Llandro: Identification and Price Guide" by Peggy Whiteneck (Krause, $29.99). *** Q: While at a flea market in Iowa, I spotted a box of older fruit jars. Is there a price guide so I can determine if the ones I bought are rare? -- Lillian, Naperville, Ill. A: My favorite price guide is "1000 Fruit Jars, Priced and Illustrated" by Bill Schroeder, available through the publisher, Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002. 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.

FIRE continued from page 1 pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. • Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. • Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. • Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. • Do not leave your tree up for longer than two weeks. • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. • Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch. • Do not leave tree lights on unattended. • Never use lit candles on or near


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includes a cinch bag, a T-shirt, an embroidered hat, a lanyard, a dogtag, and a Silly Bandz custom bike wrist band. Starting in January, NBL members get “All-You-Can-Race” local racing at any outdoor NBLsanctioned track in the country with no entry fees on race day (races were formerly $10 each). That alone would save the dedicated BMX racer more than the $99 NBL 2011 membership. NBL offers a $35 disadvantaged youth discount. (In Lake Isabella, almost 20% of the families would qualify.) For a family of four, the current income limit is $2,389 a month. KV Bike Park is seeking sponsors to pay for memberships for Kern Valley kids. The bike park in Kernville was built by the community with a lot of help from the NBL, which provided an expert track designer/builder and lent the bike park money to complete the park. For more information, check out, KV Bike Park on FACEBOOK ( or call (760) 223-6165. (Thanks to Richard Rowe for much of this story.)

the tree. • When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. Other Fire Safe holiday tips • Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace. It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire. • If you use candles in your home (in places other than near the tree), make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. • Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Finally, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly, keep them clean and change the batteries every 6 months. In an emergency call 911. And remember to practice your home escape plan with the whole family. For further information visit

ean Ann Ellis and Dr. Scott Alexander Crosby were united in marriage on November 5, 2010, in Papeete, Tahiti. Their honeymoon was a 10-day cruise around the islands in French Polynesia. Jean is the daughter of Ron and Carol Ellis of Mt. Mesa and the granddaughter of Mabel Ower, longtime Southlake resident. The bride, a graduate of Burke High School (Omaha, Neb.) earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College (Omaha) and a Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia from the University of Texas at Houston. Jean currently works as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston. Scott is the son of Don and Joyce Crosby of Rochester, N.Y. The groom graduated from Greece Olympia High School in New York. He later received a Bachelor of Science in computer science and mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a Ph.D. in computer science from Rice University. He will start employment with Two Sigma in January. The couple reside in Houston, Texas, with their chihuahuas, Poncho and Chico.

BMX continued from page 1 (three weekends) and the Championship Race a state series custom jacket, a CA state number and matching plate, and cash for trip expenses to the President's Cup Race, if they choose to go. A rider is under no obligation to attend the President's Cup Race, held in various locations around the nation. The Kernville BMX Park has become Golden State BMX’s ninth official track in the state. Recently the Kernville course earned a special distinction. Golden State BMX has awarded the Kernville Bike Park the state’s first full weekend of 2011 state qualifier races, which will be held here in March. To race, riders must be members of the NBL, which provides them with important accident insurance coverage, as well as many other benefits, like 40% off AXO biking gear. NBL is overhauling its membership package. Local riders who joined the NBL since August should consider upgrading their NBL membership by the end of 2010 to take advantage of special offers and to save money. Any rider who signs up for a new NBL membership before January 2011 will receive a $50 gift bag which

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California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

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Mountain Men were fur trappers California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

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By the 1840s their era faded and they were through. But for a short while the Mountain Man was king of the hill when it came to “derringdo!” Two of the best at what they acomplished were Jedediah Strong Smith California Joe and Joe Walker. Smith led a party from Fort Kiowa into the Black Hills where he survived a close encounter with a grizzly bear. He nearly lost an ear but a party member sewed it back on for him. In 1830 he was trapping furs in present-day Montana and Wyoming. He and his partners Sublette and Jackson sold their business interests to a group led by Thomas Fitzpatrick and the famous mountain man Jim Bridger. While leading a wagon train of traders from Missouri to New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail on May 19, 1839, Smith rode ahead to find a water hole and was discovered on the Cimarron River by Comanches. He didn’t survive the attack. We know little about Joseph Reddeford Walker before his appearance at the Green River rendevous in the summer of 1833. He was 34 and a veteran of the Santa

Fe fur trade. He had led at least 100 men into the Rockies on two different occasions. With a commission from Captain Benjamin De Bonneville, Walker came to the rendezvous looking for 50 good men to blaze a trail through northern Utah all the way to California. His party recruited, Walker set out to follow the sun. He made it to the Great Salt Lake and then spent the winter of 1833-34 roaming the San Joaquin Valley. In the southern Sierras, north of Los Angeles, Walker discovered a pass that would be named for him. Walker Pass! Walker trapped for the American Fur Company from 1835-39. He guided John C. Fremont in 1842 and 1845 and was eventually drawn into the California Gold Rush of 1849. Finally he retired to ranching near Oakland, Calif. where he died in 1876. The mountain men were the epitome of rugged individualism. Their names will live forever in the lore of the Old West. There was Jim Bridger, who was married and widowed three times to women from the Flathead, Ute and Shoshone tribes. There was Hugh Glass, who survived a grizzly bear charge, and Joe Meek who also grappled with an angry grizzly bear. Next week the incredible story of the most famous of the mountain men, Kit Carson. 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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Courier chuckle of the week: “Sponges grow in the ocean. This bothers me. How deep would it be if they didn't?� -- Steven Wright

See Page 14 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle a potentially awkward situation by warming up your confidence reserves and letting it radiate freely. Also, expect an old friend to contact you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It's not too early for the practical Bovine to begin planning possible changes for 2011. A recent contact can offer some interesting insights. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A request for an unusual favor should be carefully checked out. Also check the motives behind it. Your generosity should be respected, not exploited. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Party time beckons, but for some Moon Children, so do some workplace challenges. Deal with the second first, then you'll be free to enjoy the fun time. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A warm response to an earlier request might be a positive indicator of what's ahead. Meanwhile, Cupid could pay a surprise visit to single Leos looking for love. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) How you respond to a proposed change in a project could affect your situation. Be prepared to show how well you would be able to deal with it. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) The rev-

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elation of a secret could cause some changes in how to deal with a workplace matter. It very likely also validates a position you have long held. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An attempt to get too personal could upset the very private Scorpio. Make it clear that there's a line no one crosses without your permission. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The savvy Sagittarian might be able to keep a family disagreement from spilling over by getting everyone involved to talk things out. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be careful not to push people too hard to meet your ideas of what the holiday weekend's preparations should be. Best to make it a cooperative, not a coerced, effort. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected request could make you rethink a position you've had for a long time. Meanwhile, plan a family get-together for the weekend. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Someone might find that it was a fluke to try to use your sympathetic nature to get you to accept a situation you're not comfortable with. Good for you. BORN THIS WEEK: You like challenges that are both mental and physical, and you enjoy always beating your personal best. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. ARCHITECTURE: What did ancient Roman aqueducts carry? 2. COMPUTERS: What does DPI measure? 3. GEOGRAPHY: Where does the Albemarle Sound lie? 4. MOVIES: Which well-known film director had planned as a teenager to enter the Roman Catholic priesthood? 5. GOVERNMENT: When was the Federal Communications Commission established? Answers:

1. Water 2. Dots Per Inch, which measures resolution in printing 3. Between North Carolina and the Outer Banks 4. Martin Scorsese 5. 1934 6. One line of poetry runs into another without any end punctuation

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Check out the Kern River Courier’s prices on legal ads. You will be impressed. For instance, we will print a full four-week run of your Fictitious Business Name Statement for only $40. Bring in a copy of your statement be published within 30 days of filing. We are next to the Wofford Heights Post Office.


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Don’t take it for granite Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The picture below shows a close-up of the outcrop that was discussed last week. My analysis concluded that this was an inclusion of metasediments entrapped in granite. It can be seen that the granite is difRon Bolyard ferent that the "cooked" metasediments. The contact is the obvious demarcation between the granite and the metasediments. The dark matrix is "altered" sediments that have been converted to dark minerals, such as Biotite, Phogophite, and Augite. It is conjectural what the original

sediment was, but it probably was a shale, mudstone or a siltstone. The lighter masses could be lesser altered sediments that escaped the more severe metamorphism. Or they could be a part of the flow structure caused by the movement of the granite. Or they could be several other possibilities. Other geologists with more expertise could venture an "educated guess" as to what they are and how they were formed. I challenge the readers to attempt an analysis of the genesis of this particular outcrop. UNTIL NEXT WEEK ….. Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

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EVENTS continued from page 2 Chicken, vegetables, potatoes & bread. Live Music by “Wild Blue Rose Band”. RSVP-760-376-2629.

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob powder. Wrap each piece of hot dog in a slice of bacon; secure with toothpicks. Arrange a layer of hot dog roll-ups in slow cooker. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the brown sugar mixture over the layer. Repeat, making 2 more layers, ending with the brown sugar mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, stirring gently a few times. Turn to LOW to serve.

KRV CERT to teach Red Cross First Aid and Adult CPR Jan. 8 Dean Ott of KRV CERT will be teaching the American Red Cross First Aid class on January 8 from 9am to noon and American Red Cross Adult CPR class from 1pm to 5pm at the First Baptist Church, 3701 Suhre Street in Lake Isabella. The classes are $20 each and the monies help support the Kern River Valley Community Emergency Response Team. Participants will get a Red Cross Card for each class attended. Please call Tom Klein at (760) 379-2797 to pre-register for each class. ‘Community in Crisis’ Part 2 to be held on Jan. 10 The followup meeting about the sources of help and support for despondent teens will take place Jan. 10 at 6 p.m at the Kern Valley Hospital cafeteria. For more information contact Holly at 760-223-0269. KRV CERT to teach emergency response class Jan. 15 KRV CERT will be teaching basic community emergency response team classes starting Jan. 15. The scope of this course includes: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety and Hazardous Materials, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT and the Incident Command System, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. Classes will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3701 Suhre St. in Lake Isabella from 9am to 4pm. The classes will be held on Saturday, January 15th, January 22nd, January 29th. There is a cost of $20 for the student’s manual. If you have any questions or want to register please call Tom Klein at (760) 379-2797. Mental Health Fair coming to Kern Valley Jan. 15 Mark your calendars for Saturday Jan. 15. That is the date selected for the Kern Valley Mental Health Fair. It will be held at the Wallace Middle School gymnasium. More details to follow as they become available. Feb. 26 Hospital Foundation Heart Walk wants signups The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation will again hold its annual Heart Walk at the Kern Valley High School track on Saturday, Feb. 26. There is a $50 fee for a team of four walkers and one manager, or you can walk individually for $10 per person. This entitles the walker to a free lunch for all walkers and managers. Additional meals are $4 each. The Foundation will receive 40% of the donation money and 60% goes to the charity of your choice. In addition, the Hospital Foundation is looking for businesses and individuals to be sponsors. Sponsorships can be purchased for $250 to $1,000 or more. The Foundation’s mission is to purchase needed dquipment for Kern Valley Hospital. Call Sonia at (760) 382-8385 for packets. To include your event in our free Courier Calendar, just send the information to us by e-mail, or on paper either in person or by mail (our addresses are on page 2), by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and if there is an admission price, it must be listed. Items submitted for our free Calendar listings may be shortened and will be printed in chronological order according to space available. Calendar items deemed entirely or mostly business advertising will not be accepted.

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Bodfish Bob's Sweet Rice

Bodfish Bob's Cilantro Egg Salad 5 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped 3/4 cup mayonnaise 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 stalk celery rib, finely diced 4 fresh mushrooms, finely diced Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, stir together the eggs, mayonnaise, cilantro, mustard, lemon juice, lime juice, celery, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on bread or toast. Bodfish Bob's Hot Dog And Bacon Roll-Ups 2 pounds hot dogs 20 slices bacon 2 cups light brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons chili powder

Cut hot dogs in half crosswise. Cut bacon slices in half crosswise. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, and chili

¾ Cup White Long Grain Rice 2 Cups Water 3 Cups Milk 1 Teaspoon Salt 4 Tablespoons Butter 2 Eggs 1 Cup Sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Cinnamon or nutmeg– optional to sprinkle on top

In a medium size pan, bring rice, water, milk, butter and salt, to a boil, turn heat on low for 45 minutes, stirring some. Remove from heat and beat eggs and sugar and stir into rice mixture, slowly. Add vanilla. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon. Raisins may be added if desired. This is good warm or cold. How to peel chestnuts When I bake chestnuts I make the criss cross cut on the top of the nut, the rounded part. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven on a cookie sheet until the shells start to curl and open, about 2030 minutes. Remove from oven and peel carefully (they will be hot). They aren't easy nuts o shell but the above process never failed me! Hope it works for you. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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Obituary notice Velda Lamb

Mike Ludiker Kern River Courier

surprised when the entire cost of their posters, cards and flyers was donated by Big Guy. Drew (Big Guy) Lander, 62, owner and I was proud to call Drew Lander my friend. operator of Big Guy Printing for nearly 21 He was all that and much more. On occasion years, a noted community partner and good we'd tell people we were brothers, argue over friend to many, passed away Tuesday, who mom liked best and then deny any such December 7, 2010, with his wife Shanna by relationship ever existed. The same mischiehis side. vous sense of humor and outlook about most Big Guy operated his things in general was what print shop in the old "Ma we enjoyed most. & Pa Country Store" traThis brief writing isn't dition. Everyone was welmeant as a eulogy by any “I was proud to call come and encouraged to Drew once told me, Drew Lander my friend.” means. stop by and chat (or "When I go, I don't want – Mike Ludiker any services or fuss, just argue) about local news, current events and poligive me a thought every tics. Lively discussions now and then." Well, Big about anything and everything were ongoing Guy, I and many in the valley will think about with some of the valley's more prolific charac- you more than often and I'm really not going ters found “sittin’ and jawin’” while the press- against your wishes here. This is just letting es ran. your many friends and neighbors know that As a local businessman, Big Guy was freyou've moved on before us. Rest well, my quently more interested in people and projfriend … my brother. ects than profit. On many occasions, printing prices would hinge on a group or individual's Note: Big Guy Printing will remain open to character or goal. Numerous valley school serve your printing and copy needs on groups, youth summer businesses and rodeo reduced winter hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, queen or princess contenders were pleasantly Monday through Friday. Drop by.

Jan. 24, 1928 – Dec. 8, 2010 Velda Lamb, a Wofford Heights resident for 15 years, passed away on Dec. 8, 2010. She was born in Lewiston, Idaho. She worked as a waitress for the past 40 years. She is survived by her son, Michael Murphy, of Wofford Heights. No services have been scheduled.

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Kern River Courier Legal Notices STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME: Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: TEXACO EXPRESS LUBE, (2002-B00195) Street address of business: 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. Mailing address of Business: 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. REGISTRANT WHO WISHES TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Hal S. Fairbank IV, 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. Original FBN Statement Filed on: 07/08/02. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 11/17/2010. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk by M. Rodriguez, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier November 26, December 3, 10 and 17, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: CALIFORNIA CITY CASTROL PREMIUM LUBE EXPRESS (2010B6960) Street address of principal place of business: 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. Mailing address of business: 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. REGISTRANT: Hal Fairbank, 20400 California City Boulevard, California City, CA 93505. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 06/29/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Hal S. Fairbank IV. This statement filed on 11/17/2010. Expires 11/17/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier November 26, December 3, 10 and 17, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BIG GUNS (2010-B7068) Street address of principal place of business: 7810 Hidden Crossing Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. Mailing address of business: 7810 Hidden Crossing Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. REGISTRANT: Jeremy Jackson, 7810 Hidden Crossing Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313. 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: Jeremy Jackson. This statement filed on 11/22/2010. Expires 11/22/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: FOUR SEASONS TRAILER PARK (2010-B7063) Street address of principal place of business: 206 West J Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Mailing address of business: 13864 Nisula Road, McCall, ID 83638. REGISTRANT: Todd Simpson, 13864 Nisula Road, McCall, ID 83638. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 06/10/2009. 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: Todd Simpson. This statement filed on 11/22/2010. Expires 11/22/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No. 10-2138 - APN: 258-130-05-00-2 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04-0504. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.

On December 29, 2010 at 11:00 am, Advanced Reconveyance, Inc., a California Corporation as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust recorded 04-12-2004, as Inst. No. 0204080544 of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Kern County, State of California, Executed by Edward Lee Gunter, a Single Man, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) at: The main entrance to the Wanda Kirk Library, 3611 Rosamond Blvd., Rosamond, CA 93560. All CASHIER'S CHECKS MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO ADVANCED RECONVEYANCE, INC. All rights, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1932 El Rey Street, Rosamond, CA 93560. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said Sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated cost, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $44,230.47. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. November 29, 2010. Advanced Reconveyance, Inc., As Trustee, 43545 17th Street W., Ste 503, Lancaster, CA 93534, 661-945-5525, Vickie Durham, Trustee Sale Officer (Published by the Kern River Courier December 3, 10 and 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: TC NOIR COMPANIES (2010B7064), DBA #2: COMPLETE BILLING SERVICES (2010-B7065), DBA #3: PROGESTERONE ADVOCATES NETWORK (2010-B7066) Street address of principal place of business: 30151 Sunland Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Mailing address of business: 25051 Bear Valley Road #345, Tehachapi, CA 93561. REGISTRANT: Shelly Black, 30151 Sunland Way,

Tehachapi, CA 93561. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 10/01/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Shelly Black. This statement filed on 11/22/2010. Expires 11/22/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BAKER MAPS (2010-B7227) Street address of principal place of business: 21533 Golden Hills Boulevard, Apt J, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Mailing address of business: 21533 Golden Hills Boulevard, Apt J, Tehachapi, CA 93561. REGISTRANT: Donald Baker, 21533 Golden Hills Boulevard, Apt J, Tehachapi, CA 93561. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/000. 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: Donald W. Baker. This statement filed on 12/03/2010. Expires 12/03/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: INDUSTRIAL WATER SERVICE (2010-B6919) Street address of principal place of business: 3232 H Street, Unit 6, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Mailing address of business: 3305 Spring View Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. REGISTRANT: Pamela Cole,

3305 Spring View Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 11/11/10. 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: Pamela Cole. This statement filed on 11/15/2010. Expires 11/15/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier December 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: JASON THOELE, BROKER (2010B7048) Street address of principal place of business: 5401 Business Park South, Suite 208, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 22202, Bakersfield, CA 93390. REGISTRANT: Angie Noteboom, 15401 Mabel Court, Bakersfield, CA 93314. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 10/28/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Angie Noteboom. This statement filed on 11/22/2010. Expires 11/22/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: KINGS CHEMICAL SERVICE (2010-B6951), DBA #2: JASON KING (2010-B6952) Street address of principal place of business: 6304 Bellorita Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business:

6304 Bellorita Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93306. REGISTRANT: Jason Bergstrom, 6304 Bellorita Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93306. 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: Jason Bergstrom. This statement filed on 11/17/2010. Expires 11/17/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier December 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: THE QUILTED QUAIL (2010B7079) Street address of principal place of business: 901 North Heritage Drive, #104, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. Mailing address of business: 901 North Heritage Drive, #104, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. REGISTRANTS: Marian Bruce, 627 Kevin Court, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 and Cynthia Klissus, 617 East Dana Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. B, General Partnership. Date the business commenced: 11/18/2005. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Marian Bruce and Cynthia Klissus. This statement filed on 11/22/2010. Expires 11/22/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 17, 24, 31, 2010 and January 7, 2011

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Must See: Kernville Fish Hatchery The correct name for the Kernville Fish Hatchery is the Kern River Trout Planting Base, because it no longer hatches trout. Whatever you call it (most people around here still call it the Hatchery), it has been a focal point of the Kern Valley since it was built in 1928. It is run by the California Department of Fish & Game. Originally it was built by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association, but in 1929 the DF&G took over the operation. In the 1940s the Wildlife Conservation Board provided funds to expand the hatchery to the third largest in the state. In 1979 the DF&G changed the Kern River Hatchery to a Planting Base. At that time they decided to raise trout in a few central hatcheries in the state and then ship them to the planting bases. In 1994 after further budget cuts the base was about to be closed completely. But happily it is still raising and planting trout for the enjoyment of the many anglers that come here to the Kern River Valley to fish. The hatchery grounds include a recently built natural history museum, which features displays of angling artifacts and local wildlife. Included is a display of two stuffed California brown bears perched atop rocks. The fish hatchery is located at 14400 Sierra Way, just opposite Camp Owen, and is free to visit. For more information, call (760) 376-2846.

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Lillian Macklin, 7 months, and Evan Macklin, 4, both from Trona, visit with Santa Claus after the Christmas Parade of Giving in Kernville on Saturday evening.

The Kern River Valley Salvation Army

Needs your help! ®

Your donation or volunteer service can make this holiday season a wonderful experience for those in need in the Kern River Valley.

To donate: Make checks payable to the Salvation Army P.O. Box 2786 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 To volunteer: For help with Bell Ringing or Angel Food distribution call 760-379-5100 or drop into The Salvation Army /Christian Service Center

The Salvation Army located at the Community Christian Service Center

6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. All donations are tax deductable and stay for use right here in the Kern River Valley.


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Kern River Courier December 17, 2010  

Kern River Courier December 17, 2010

Kern River Courier December 17, 2010  

Kern River Courier December 17, 2010