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Serving the Kern River & Isabella Lake Communities

Denver Pranzo, age 7 of Lake Isabella makes a last minute request and gets a photo taken with Santa on December 24 at the Food Pantry in Lake Isabella where 135 food boxes with toys were handed out. Destination Donation, organized by Kathy Kaehler and Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross, collected and distributed clothes, shoes and toys to 65 families on the 21st also at the Food Pantry. Michael Batelaan Kern River Courier


A year to remember

It is all a matter of opinion whether 2012 was a good year or a bad year for the Kern River Valley. But one thing that is for sure many that many things took place, some usual and some new. Here is a recap of the stories 2012.

Jan. In January, one of the

valley's most active organizations, Kern River Valley Revitalization received a Regional Award of Merit for Community Involvement from the Kern Council of G o v e r n m e n t s (KernCOG), honored for its annual Living Green in the KRV Festival. KRVR was one of 14 organizations, programs and individuals that were honored for making major contributions to Kern County's quality of life. Also in January, KernCOG held workshops, to improvements to the Kern Bicycle Plan for unincorporated parts of Kern County. At the end of January, the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Richard Rowe and people



Smitty Glass as the Man and Woman of the Year for 2012.

Supervisors' First District seat came up for grabs. In February six candidates announced In February, Kevin intentions to actively Elliot was selected as the pursue the seat held by new Sequoia National current supervisor Jon McQuiston, after he announced September 2011 not to seek another term. There were three candidates from the Kern River Valley, two from Ridgecrest and one from Delano. Whiskey Flat Mayor candidates Dave Freeland, Capt. Mick Forest Supervisor and a Gleason, ret., Debbie luncheon was held Hess, Marshall "Chip" February 1 to introduce Holloway, Sam Ramirez, him. Daures Stephens and Whiskey Flat Mayor Roy Ashburn all to run candidates Calamity Jule, in the June Primary. and Flower Filly announced their schedThe drama program ules in preparation for at KVHS geared up for Whiskey Flat Days another exciting year February 17 through 20. with their spring musiThe Jeanette Rogers cal, "The Secret Erickson Heart Walk Garden," that ran 2012 was held on February 24 and 25 Saturday February 25 at March 2 and 3. Kern Valley High School Volunteers jumped and Wallace Middle into icy waters on March School. The new perma- 10 to benefit the summer nent General Kern Valley Aquatics Practitioner, Dr. Carlos Program. Montes, MD/Ob/Gyn The Rotary Club held was introduced. a Golden Jubilee Kern County Board of Celebration March 10,


celebrating 50 years of service. Sunday, March 11 through Sunday, March 25 the 4th annual Living Green Kern River Valley Festival had over 30 events. The 23rd Annual 2012 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby was held on March 31, April 1, and April 2. The 2013 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is scheduled for April 20, 21, 22, 2013.

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Department held Hazard Reduction meetings









Annual derby fish planting throughout April to discuss with communities the importance of keeping a fire safe community and the upcoming 2012 fire season. A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reached agreement on a tentative plan for risk reduction at nature



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the Isabella dam project. The team planned to submit a Draft DSM report for agency technical review by April 20. During the 45-day public review period, the Corps hosted three public hearings to discuss the status of the remediation project, present the results of the draft EIS, and encourage public questions and comments on the project in Kernville, Lake Isabella, and Bakersfield. The 2012 Kern River Festival hosted by the Kern Valley River Council on April 21 and 22 at Riverside Park in Kernville was the 48th year for the Kern R i v e r Whitewater Races. The Annual Trout Fest was hosted by the California Department of Fish and Game on April 28. The events introduce people of all ages to the joy of fishing and responsible angling through hands-on experience. Three Kern River

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weekend weather Friday high 48° Mostly sunny Friday low 29° Mostly cloudy Saturday high 50° Partly sunny Saturday low 33° Partly cloudy Sunday high 53° Mostly sunny Sunday low 34° Partly cloudy National Weather Service

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Plan for the week ahead using the Courier Calendar.

Isabella Lake 2013 Derby trout have arrived!

Bodfish Bob is a meat and potatoes guy.

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

kern river water data: Wednesday 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 83,070 acre-feet Reservoir peak 220,365 acre-feet Pool maximum 568,075 acre-feet Pool safety limit 360,000 acre-feet Upper Kern Kern Inflow at Kernville 480 cfs (5-hr avg.) Lower Kern Outflow 200 cfs Borel Canal Outflow 0 cfs (stopped) Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Lakeshore Farmer's Market Closed December 29

Nuui Cunni Farmers Market December 29 The Kern River Paiute Council invites

Regular activities Fridays

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


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


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


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


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11:30a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E.

you to visit the Nuui Cunni Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your produce needs. Now accepting WIC. Local honey, fresh eggs, healing native plant salves and teas, plus locally grown produce. The market is located at 2600

Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-376-4249. ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District. Public invited. 760-376-2189. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-1830. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606 or 760-258-5272. ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville United Methodist , room 4 760-379-2556. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ Noon, Eagles Lunch/Shuffleboard, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-4249. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 5:30 p.m., Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church. 760-267-4693. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Room, Lake Isabella. 760-3795086. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Wed.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, 631 E. Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 a.m., Al-Anon, Christ's Fellowship Church, Wofford Hts.. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312


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

Bingo Guide

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

Hwy 155 in Lake Isabella between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. For more information contact the Cultural Center 760-549-0800. VFW breakfast December 30 Have breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday date at the Kern River Valley VFW Post 7665 Hall, 2811 Nugget Ave. (behind McDonald's), Lake Isabella. For information call 760-379-3877. Annual KRV Christmas bird count December, 30 through January 1 The Kern River Preserve is managed by Audubon California for the National Audubon Society. Over the past 112 years, the National Audubon Society has compiled data from a growing list of Christmas Bird Counts. In 1949, Kern County bird watchers began counting wintering birds as part of this holiday tradition. Today birders test their identification skill between December 14 through January 5. Each individual bird is counted in a pre-designated 15-mile circle during a 24-hour period. For information, go to: On Saturday, December 31, 2011, the 21st annual South Fork Valley Christmas bird count takes place, call compiler Denise LaBerteaux at 760-3784278 and on Sunday, January 1 the 34th annual Kern River Valley Christmas bird count, call compiler Alison Sheehey at 760-417-0268. Whiskey Flat Kickoff dinner January 4 The Whiskey Flat Days "Music on Movie Street" Kick-Off Dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Friday Jan. 4. Social hour is at 5 p.m., BBQ dinner at 6 p.m., and square dancing, raffle and more at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and available in the Chamber office. Call 760-376-2629. An Evening of Romantic Music January 11 Well known pianist Helen Smoot will be presenting a benefit concert, An Evening of Romantic Music. Suggested contribution, at the door, is $10, $7 for students with ID; children under age 12 are free. The concert is at 7 p.m. at the Kernville United Methodist Church, 251 Big Blue Rd, Kernville. For information, call Pastor Chuck White, President, Kern River Valley Education and Cultural Foundation. 760-379-0764 or email Those who previously paid for the concert originally scheduled for November 17, will find their name listed at the door. KRV Friends of the Library luncheon January 14 The Friends of the Library will hold its annual Officers Installation Luncheon at the Lake Isabella library on January 14 at noon. Members and those who wish to become members are cordially invited to attend. The Library is located at 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd. KRV Chamber installation/Man and Woman of the Year dinner January 14 The installation of officers and Man and Woman of the Year presentation will take place at Paradise Cove on Monday Jan. 14. Call the Chamber office for ticket information at 760-379-5236. To include your event in the Courier Calendar, send the information to us by e-mail or on paper, either in person or by mail (our address listed on page 2). Submissions must be received by Tuesday at 1 p.m. in order to make each Friday's issue. Events must be open to the public and the cost if any, must be listed. Listings are printed in chronological order by event date and may be shortened for content and space available. Submitted items deemed mostly or entirely business advertising will not be accepted.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Things I have noticed...


Save our schools Robin Shive Superintendent of Kernville Union School District Shive Thank you for supporting our schools and our youth! Over the past six months you have been bombarded with opinions of how ballot measures and candidates will affect your life. One specific measure, Proposition 30, was on such measure that would negatively impact schools if not passed. Your choice to vote for Proposition 30 affirmed the value that our community places on our schools and the public education system. We are now able to continue with current funding and not look at how to cut more from the children as was planned through a shorter school year and less transportation, larger class sizes and other negative impacts on our children's education. Instead we will maintain flat funding from last year to this year. Our focus will switch to strengthening our programs while bringing back and keeping staff and increasing the student to adult contact ratio, maintaining 180 day

Father or Mother Time? school year and current transportation! New reality Where will the money go from the taxes? As a reminder, the governor has a huge debt to the schools due to the deferral of payments. The tax initiative pays down this debt. The money isn't due to come to the schools until May or June. So schools will be very prudent with the cash and budgets. The governor is also looking at overhauling the way schools are paid. This plan includes more local control and a weighted formula that allocates more funds for "at-risk" areas. The schools will also be paid for the mandated jobs the state has put upon them beyond teaching the educational standards. In addition the plan is estimated to increase per student program funding up to $2600 per student! As we watch the plan unfold we will remind the legislators of their promise to the schools. We are excited that we are able to continue the high quality education that you have been accustomed to in the Kern River Valley. As you pay that fourth of a penny for every dollar you spend, remember that you do so with the best of intentions to improve our public education system while improving the future of the Kern River Valley. Thank you for allowing this to happen.

Dam question of the week: At the request of our readers, the Kern River Courier is publishing responses to the most frequently asked questions of the Corps of Engineers regarding the Isabella Dam safety Modification Study. For additional information see:

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Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist There is some confusion about Father Time and the New Year Baby. Many think that Father Time is that years baby, grownup and aged by that years events. Middleworth Imagine this as true and then throw in a gender change and you get a story like this: I just had a visit from Father Time. He was concerned, because he couldn't find and hadn't heard from Baby New Year. "I've got lots to tell him," he said. "I haven't seen him," I said, "and I do have a question for him or you, that's bothered me for some time. Why can't there be a Mother Time? She couldn't be as bad as some Fathers we've had, and might be a refreshing change." Father Time looked at me and said, "That is a possibility; the Mother Coalition is pretty strong and they have been hoping to get a Mother Time. Their biggest concern is the outfit that the incoming Year wears. It's nothing but a tiny silk sarong which is embarrassing and drafty. If they could change that to a small pantsuit, they would be satisfied. Also the Mothers

What is the rational for the 85,000 acre feet lowest lake level mentioned by the Kern River Water Master and the 74,000/85,000 acre foot construction pool level? Is there any relation between the two? The datum conversion gets a little tricky when trying to communicate elevations and associated storage at Lake Isabella. The Operations and the Water Management Section at the Sacramento District use the Isabella Project Datum (IPD) to communicate elevations and storage on their website. The original design, construction, and regulation manual were all completed using IPD. The dam safety design team uses the NAVD 88 datum to communicate elevation and storage at Isabella Lake. NAVD 88 is more accurate and the current industry standard. The difference between IPD and NAVD 88 is 3.76 feet. Operations and water managers will continue to use IPD until the Dam Safety Modification Project is completed. The goal is to convert everything, including Operations of the Project to NAVD 88 once construction is complete. Elevation 2543 feet in NAVD 88 that was stated during the visit on 16 August 2012 equates to elevation 2539.24 feet in IPD. The storage at this elevation is approximately 72,237 acre-feet. The storage of 85,000 acre-feet was an approximation as the team did not have the conversion in hand during the site visit. However, 2543 feet IPD equates to approximately 85,564 acre-feet of storage, which is where the 85,000 acre-feet reference came from.

Got Used Oil? Cranes Waste Oil Inc. is accepting closed top containers up to 5 gallons and a drained used oil filter. At 15412 Highway 178, Southlake, between the hours of 10am & 2pm or by appointment Monday to Friday. Closed Holidays " We are located 2 blks east of the Fire Station. (Maximum 20 gallons at one time).

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say they would want a meeting with the world leaders to lay down their time restraints and rules. Another thing the Mothers expect is that all household duties should be suspended during that year. None of this 'washing the dishes' while worrying about 'Global Warming'! Another item the Mom's want, is the option for a second term. Every other year Mother Time would come in as an adult. She would look glamorous wearing a Christian Dior outfit with glass slippers, and wearing a petite Timex watch for keeping track of time. Father said that the Mother Time Lobbying Group is still new and probably won't get a hearing 'til next year. He went on to say that he would like some changes also. For instance the scythe he has to carry is heavy and should be changed for something light, like a slingshot or a pea shooter. Says, he never could figure out why he had to carry the darn thing anyway, and of course there is the possibility he might cut himself! Suddenly Father Time turned around and said, "Wait a minute! I just got a text on my IPad, from Baby New Year who wants to meet me now, so I'll see you later!" But as he left, he did ask that I wish everyone The Happiest New Year Ever! And so I will: May you all have the happiest New Year ever!


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Jack Duitsman, Pastor Father’s Heart Foursquare Church, Kernville "Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Duitsman - Luke 2:10-11 For all the times this verse has been proclaimed throughout the past two thousand years (nearly), the powerful impact continues to resonate deep within the human heart. While the question of our acceptance is always at the forefront of the Father's desire to bring us salvation, the coming of that Savior is no longer an unknown part of the equation. Humanity needed and continues to need a Savior, and the advent season speaks of the miraculous entrance of Jesus who is forever the Savior of humankind. We who believe may wonder why all do not believe, yet the very existence of those who would say salvation's coming is but a grand illusion allows the affirmation once again that this entire process of necessity warrants faith. Historical documents may testify to the veracity of what you and I

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hold to, yet the studies of history prove themselves to be a quest for shadows that are furtive at best. History after all is tainted by the purpose of the one seeking to validate yesterday's news, and the universality of humanity's need for a Savior would of course could never allow for all who have ever lived to be present in Bethlehem's stable, surrounding the Lord Jesus throughout His lifetime on earth, or in attendance at the death, burial, and ultimate resurrection of our Savior. Indeed you and I may read through the nativity narrative as a historically accurate account of Jesus laying aside His divinity and taking the form of humanity He had come to save, but this conviction is an outworking of our gracious salvation through faith, and not the other way around. No wonder then there are such ferocious naysayers to what we hold so precious, for the spirit of antichrist is alive in every age. Humanity needed, still needs, and forever will need a Savior. The message of the Father's heart is that He lovingly sent Jesus to be that Savior. As yet another Christmas season heralds this blessed truth, may our hearts affirm again and anew the love of God that has reunited our hearts with His. May we renew our desire to be filled with the expressions of the Father's heart of love for those who have yet to find life in Jesus. The message from the angels to the shepherds was that the Savior's coming would be for "all," and is an open invitation to all hearts everywhere.

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

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

Lake Isabella Enforum the Church 3615 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-812-7020 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. Wed. 5:30 p.m. Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday 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 11 a.m. 760-379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Worship Sunday 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 760-379-5819

Mountain Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 760-379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 4 p.m. 760-379-6360

Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday Services 8:30 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 8:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964 Church listings are free. Please contact the Courier office.






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Wofford Heights Park

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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Kern River Valley information Emergencies


■ Ambulance ■ Fire ■ Law Enforcement ■ Search & Rescue ■ Lake Patrol ■ Forest Service


Sheriff/CHP Substation 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Business calls only, 760-549-2100

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

Kern Valley Hospital Emergency Department McCray & Laurel Mountain Mesa 760-379-2681

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

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

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Antler, Fin & Feather Report

2013 derby trout have arrived Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas” yelled Santa as he left our valley. Yes, Christmas has passed and I hope that everyone received everything on their wish list. Now we Mencarini try and decide what we are willing to change when that silly little man with the Top Hat and Diaper helps us bring in the New Year. Whatever you decide, take it easy on yourself and keep it simple. For all of you Derby enthusiasts, you will be glad to know that your Derby trout have arrived and are doing fine. Things are different this year as far as the Derby fish are concerned. The fish this year come from the San Joaquin Hatchery to the Kern River Hatchery where they were given some special attention by Marvin Waters and Danny Zide. After the layover, the hatchery staff trucked them to French Gulch Marina where they were carefully unloaded into the fish pens where they will be well taken

care of by the volunteers from the Fish and Game Habitat Club until derby time. I believe this new program will give our lake and those that fish the Derby the best chance for the healthiest fish possible. Kudos to those involved in making that decision. For those of you who have not yet taken the time to walk or at least look at the lake at this extremely low water level, the clock is ticking. You are really missing a great chance to see what the lake bottom looked like prior to being a lake. The lake may not get this low again for a few

years. 2005 was the last time it was very low but not like what we experienced in 2012. This wet weather that we have been having this past week, will jump start the new filling cycle. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a avid fisherman. For questions or comments you can reach him through the Kern River Courier, office@kern

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Woody Allen in "To Rome With Love" This won't make it to the Woody Allen Hall of Fame, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed. The casting is quirky, to say the least. Some actors I usually like just seemed awkward and unconvincing in their roles. What really matters is that the performers find their groove in the delivery of Allen's signature one-liners. "The Possession" (PG-13) -With all of these movies about little girls possessed by demons, some real cliches are starting to solidify. This movie decided to use all of them. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play parents who are too consumed by their divorce to notice that their daughter has been acting strange ever since she bought an old wooden box at a yard sale. The one twist this time around is that the demon comes from Hebrew folklore, and thus demands rabbinical exorcists. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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AARP Driver safety program to be held The Next AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Wednesday January 16 and is an all day class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Lake Isabella at 2931 Erskine Creek Rd. Participants must attend the entire day. The course does not involve driving, but does emphasize safe driving procedures for older drivers. In California, a certificate of course completion usually entitles the participant to a reduction in their auto insurance for three years following the date of the class. All materials and workbooks have been updated and include the latest driving information. Fees are $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Class size is limited and time is short, so call today. To learn more, or to enroll, call instructor Gene Verbeet at 760-417-0579.

REVA pet calendars available at Farmer’s Market REVA, Inc.'s 2013 Pets of the Kern River Valley calendars go on sale starting Saturday, Dec. 15 at Lake Shore Farmers' Market in Wofford Hts., and will be available at local valley business locations. $10 each, or $18 for 2, this is a great gift for out-of-town family and friends, plus a year-end tax write off. The calendar includes beautiful KRV landscapes, unique pet pictures and their stories. For more information, call Jesse at 760-378-3101, or cell 760-299-3222. Responsible Ethical Volunteers for Animals, Inc. is a tax deductible [501(c)(3) public charity] raising funds to equip a non-profit, lowcost spay/neuter mobile veterinary mobile clinic for KRV. You can learn more at or

Free family strengthening group to begin College Community Services in Lake Isabella is offering a no-cost family strengthening group focusing on developing life skills, parenting skills, and strengths in families dealing with current or past substance abuse issues. The program is designed to work with both parents and their children in a positive, cooperative, non-judgmental group environment. The group lasts for twelve sessions. The program starts on January 7 and will meet for 12 Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be served at the first meeting so RSVP now so you can be counted in on this awesome opportunity, at 760-379-3412. Ask for Karen at x1013. College Community Services is located at 2731 Nugget Ave, behind McDonald's.

State Farm coat drive continues through December Gary Charlon, Agent for State Farm here in Lake Isabella, will be collecting gently used or new coats/sweaters for those in need for the KRV. There is a drop off box at the Lake Isabella State Farm office at 6047 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella. Drop off from now until end of year. Distribution will take place weekly or whenever the box is full. For more information, call 760-379-2500.

Whiskey Flat Kickoff dinner announced The Whiskey Flat Days "Music on Movie Street" Kick-Off Dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Friday Jan. 4. Social hour is at 5 p.m., BBQ dinner at 6 p.m., and square dancing, raffle and more at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and available in the Chamber office. Call 760-376-2629.

Food drive to benefit Optimal Hospice Care patients It's time once again for the Optimal Hospice Care Holiday Food Drive. Each year they identify families under their care who can use a little extra support to provide holiday meals for their loved ones. They donate food bags at the holidays and they need your help. From now until the end of the year, they are accepting donations of non-perishable food items, and grocery store gift cards. Please help us to provide a better holiday season for those who are going through a difficult time. There will be a donation box in the Lake Isabella Hospice Office located at 6504 Lake Isabella Blvd. Ste. E Lake Isabella. Call 760-379-5038 for more information.

Social Secuity announces new Compassionate Allowances conditions Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 35 additional Compassionate Allowances conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200. Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children. "We have achieved another milestone for the Compassionate Allowances program, reaching 200 conditions," Commissioner Astrue said. "Nearly 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the program since it began in October 2008." By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to fully develop the applicant's work history to make a decision. As a result, Social Security eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list. Social Security has held seven public hearings and worked with experts to develop the list of Compassionate Allowances conditions. The hearings also have helped the agency identify ways to improve the disability process for applicants with Compassionate Allowances conditions. For more information on the Compassionate Allowances initiative, please visit


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Health Insurance Matters

Costs Going Up for Seniors adjustments in the spring. The most popular and least expensive plan in Kern County tends to be Anthem Blue Cross' Plan F. They have announced a 5% rate increase effective March 1. This is half of what I expected, so I am elated. This policy will pick up that $1,184 deductible for each hospital admission and will pay the entire $147 for your first uses each year of Part B medical services. The actual cost of Medicare monthly premiums are also going up. While most people have paid through payroll taxes during their working years for Medicare Part A, those who are (legally) new to this country (5 year waiting period) will pay $441 per month for Medicare Part A (Hospital) and most people will pay $104.90 for the Part B Medical. People with incomes over $85,000 (individual) and $170,000 (couples) will pay more for their Part B. This is based on 2011 tax returns. If you are subject to Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount you will also pay an additional cost for Medicare Part D (Prescription Coverage) in addition to your plan's monthly premium.

Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist Last week I wrote about the cost of health insurance going up for most people which generated many calls from clients and locals alike wanting to know about Medicare and its costs. Like most Thal things, Medicare will be having increased costs in 2013. To enter the hospital, if you are not on a Medicare Advantage HMO or have a good Medicare supplement, be prepared to shell out $1,184 for the Part A deductible per admission (increase of $28). The annual Part B deductible will rise $7 so your out of pocket before many benefits will start will be $147 for 2013. The Medicare Advantage HMO plans have a different schedule, and on most, you will be paying from $0 to up to $200 per day for hospitalization (usually a maximum per stay of 5 - 7 days before 100% coverage). Those people who have a Medicare Supplement plan F will see a small increase in their monthly premiums. Each insurance company has "rate adjustments" (a euphemism for increases) annually. Some companies will have their 2013 rates effective January 1, while most will have their



Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker (0621106) and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. He is on the Nat. Assoc. of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board and may be reached at 760-376-2100, thal@ or at



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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Shutting people out to avoid distractions, even under a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead, return calls and emails, and explain why you need a zone of privacy for now. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Although your keen Bull's eyes usually can discern what's fact from what's faux, that upcoming decision will need really solid data before you can risk a commitment. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As your confidence grows, you should be able to work toward your goals with more enthusiasm. Open your mind to suggestions. Some of them might even work for you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Reconnecting with someone from your past stirs up that old sense of adventure. But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those still-lingering questions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a

meeting so you can get things out in the open. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if you're not careful with other people's feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see your side of the situation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, you'll need more facts to back up your actions later on. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. You'll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Beware of fraudulent "Fire Inspectors"

Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Crazy Crafty Creations (2012 B6700) Street address of principal place of business: 10113 Pinnacle Ridge Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 10113 Pinnacle Ridge Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93311. REGISTRANT: Sharon K. Trent, 10113 Pinnacle Ridge Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Sharon K. Trent. This statement filed on 11/26/2012. Expires 11/26/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier December 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Patino's Food Service (2012 - B6705) Street address of principal place of business: 4011 Jewett Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Mailing address of business: 4011 Jewett Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. REGISTRANT: Bueno Bonito Barrato, Inc., 4011 Jewett Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Corporation. Date the business commenced: 11/26/2012. 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: John Ghazale, Secretary. This statement filed on 11/27/2012. Expires 11/27/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier December 14, 21, 28, 2012 and January 4, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Pit Stop Vending (2012 - B6941) Street address of principal place of business: Tejon Pass Safety Roadside Rest Area on Interstate 5, between Frazier Mtn. Park Road and Lebec Road. Mailing address of business: 6820 North Chance Avenue, Fresno,

CA 93710. REGISTRANT: Lawrence Shoemaker, 6820 North Chance Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710. 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: Lawrence Shoemaker, Owner. This statement filed on 12/06/2012. Expires 12/06/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier December 14, 21, 28, 2012 and January 4, 2013. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF THELMA LORYN WHITE S-1501-PB-62277 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of THELMA LORYN WHITE. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: STEPHEN L. WHITE in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that STEPHEN L. WHITE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: March 28, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. P, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any

petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Stephen L. White P.O. Box 635 Weaverville, CA 96093 (530) 623-1987 (Published: Kern River Courier: December 28, 2012, January 4 and 11, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Wallys Tailor Shop (2012 - B7058) Street address of principal place of business: 122 East Tehachapi Boulevard, Suite E, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Mailing address of business: 9300 Aspen Avenue, California City, CA 93505. REGISTRANT: Walter Salguero, 9300 Aspen Avenue, California City, CA 93505. Individual. Date the business commenced: 11/30/2012. 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: Walter Salguero. This statement filed on 12/13/2012. Expires 12/13/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier December 28, 2012, January 4, 11 and 18, 2013.

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Courier Release The Kern County Fire Department has found that individuals and a fire protection company posing as firefighters are performing unnecessary inspections at local businesses. These subjects will enter a business suggesting they represent the department and state that they are going to perform the "quarterly fire inspection". After these fraudulent inspections, businesses would receive an invoice for

services that were allegedly performed. This is then followed by "aggressive and professional collection efforts". The Kern County Fire Department conducts fire inspections in all Kern businesses once per calendar year. Business owners, do not let anyone inspect your fire extinguisher, sprinkler system or alarm system, unless you know they are legitimate or until requested by Kern County Fire Department personnel. Help them combat this fraud in our community.

Social Security office changes hours Courier Release The Bakersfield Social Security office will now be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a reduction of 30 minutes per weekday. In addition, beginning January 2, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits,

signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing Social Security of a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available at or by dialing the toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number, 1-800-3250778. The Social Security office that serves the Kern River Valley is located at 2575 Haley Street, Bakersfield. You can call them at 1-866-9558..

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2012, Continued

from page 1

Valley organizations won grants from the county to to increase tourism here. Grants went to the Kern River Valley Art Association, the Kern River Tubatulabal Paiute Tribal Council andthe Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. On April 22 after three days of air, ground and vehicle searches, the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue suspended the search for a missing Kernville man. John Fowler, 84, was reported missing on Friday April 20. Periodic searches have been conducted for the rest of the year with no results.

May Southern

California Edison started installing smart electric meters in the Kern River Valley. Starting May 9, customers had the option to opt out by telephone. The 16th annual History Day Celebration was held May 12 at the Kern Valley Museum learning about what life was like in the old west. A California Highway Patrol officer was shot twice May 6 while working radar on Highway 178 near Borel Road. No suspect was ever arrested. Seven year old December 28, 2012

Jasmine Bellino of South Fork Elementary was honored May 10 at a South Fork Woman's Club Luncheon for raising $272 in a project that is ongoing at the South Fork

Jul. Kern County Fire Department announced

Woman's Club called "Pennies for Pines" which helps to replant Plantation Pines among others to disaster areas in need of trees. The First Annual Kern Valley Airport Day took place on May 26 with free airplane rides for ages 8 to 18.

the opening of a Seasonal Fire Station in the community of Alta Sierra on July 2. On July 5, California Water Service C o m p a n y requested approval to increase rates in 2014, beginning an 18month water rate review process mandated by the independent state agency responsible for setting the utility's rates, the California Public Utilities Commission. The Kern River Fish Hatchery underwent renovations during the months of July and August to enable them to once again raise the Kern River Rainbow Trout.

honored the best in local journalism at its annual awards dinner June 21. The Kern River Courier, won two of the 16 professional awards that were given in the areas of television, print media and public relations. The Courier awards were for best page layout/design and for best feature photo.

in August a series of free concerts was organized by the Kern River Valley Education and Cultural Foundation in Kernville's Riverside Park. Local motorcycle endurance rider Wendy Crockett from Cyclesmiths in Kernville once again competed in the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association 10 in 10

August 16 Dam tour

Jun. The Kern Press Club Aug. Every Friday

Challenge. The bills came in August from a law passed requiring 825,000 Californians within the State Responsibility Area, or SRA, to pay a new annual tax of $150 for every habitable structure found on their property. The Kern Valley, also within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency, received a reduction of $35 per habitable structure. On August 16, members of the Corps of Engineers met with members of the press, at the Corps' office overlooking the lake, to discuss their plans, introduce a timeline and answer questions. The meeting was hosted by

Dam Safety Modification project. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced in August the sentencing of the former hospital administrator of Kern Valley Health District, a rare case in which a hospital administrator is being held criminally responsible for conduct by a lowerranked employee.

Sep. The Lake

Isabella Dam Task Force held a public meeting September 12 at the Kern Valley Moose Lodge to share what was learned on August 14 from the more than a dozen senior officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who were brought to town by Congressman K e v i n McCarthy. Over 150 Kern Valley High School alumni from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s gathered at the Kernville October 1 water utility town hall Inn during the weekend of September Congressman Kevin 28 for Reunion 2012. McCarthy, following a morning tour of the dam. On October 1, State The Dam Task Force was Senator Jean Fuller hostcreated to assist local cited an informational town izens understand and hall meeting regarding effectively participate in water utility issues. the public process relatThe Kern River Valley ed to the Lake Isabella Art Association celebrat-


ed 50 years of promoting the arts in the Kern River Valley at the Painted Rock Resort on October 20.

Nov. Ashburn and Gleason

faced each other in the November run-off election. Gleason will take office in January. On November 13, local area nonprofit Honor Flight Kern County was bound for Washington D.C. Four Kern Valley veterans, Mel Wayne, Joseph Scotti, Arthur Rodriguez and James Ash were among those veterans going to visit the World War II memorial. Last fall, several groups joined together in a loosely organized home-grown effort to glean potatoes left over from commercial harvesting to help feed the hungry. The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Christmas Parade was on Saturday, November 24. The theme for this year's parade was "Giving Joyfully."

Dec. The Kern Stop Meth

Now Task Force gave a short training to local businesses at the December Lake Isabella Chamber of Commerce general meeting. The mission of the Task Force is to create a road map to reduce and prevent methamphetamine use and its impact in Kern County.

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