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Special to the Courier Next month will mark the first year of operation of the Kern Valley "Safe Spot", a grass-roots program launched by community leaders after a rash of teen suicides. Experts say such suicides are often “Safe Spot” the result of bullying window sign and harassment. The Safe Spot Program has so far attracted sixteen local businesses who have pledged to provide a "safe spot" for people of all ages who believe they are at risk for bullying or other crimes. The group created a logo which participating businesses place at their entrance. "It lets people know that business is a safe spot to go in time of perceived danger," said Jason Houston, a civil and family court mediator. The next SSP training is scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in Lake Isabella. For information please call 760-376-3662.
New financial columnist joins Courier line up Kern River Courier The Courier is pleased to bring a new feature to our pages. Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, national radio personality and the author of three Dave Ramsey New York Times bestsellers which exemplify his life's work of teaching others how to be financially responsible, so they can acquire enough wealth to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others. Ramsey knows first-hand what financial peace means in his own life. By age 26 he had established a $4,000,000 real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age 30. Now he has rebuilt his financial life and devotes himself to helping people understand how to set things right financially, emotionally and spiritually. Ramsey offers financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated radio program which is heard by 5 million listeners each week. Ramsey is the creator of Financial Peace University, a program that helps people dump debt, get control of their money and learn new behaviors with money that are founded on commitment and accountability. The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 91 days after beginning FPU, and is completely out of debt - except for their mortgage - in just 18 to 24 months.
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The "Screaming Mimi," helicopter that was used in the TV action series Riptide (1984-1986) was called into action this past week for a Southern Califoria Edison pole replacement project. Riptide was about two Vietnam buddies who become private investigators. The show co-starred Joe Penny as Nick, the pilot of "Screaming Mimi," an old Sikorsky S-58T helicopter. Painted pink with a garish mouth on front, it was the shabby, unreliable US Army surplus part of the show. Southern California Edison sent out notices to Riverkern residents about planned power outages that began February 3 for the replacement of poles. Eight wooden poles were replaced with galvanized steel poles last Friday between the KR3 Power Plant and the Kernville Substation as part of scheduled capital maintenance. "The project will improve system reliability," said Cal Rossi, SCE East San Joaquin Regional Manager. The plan is to replace seven more poles in March. According to the notice, Edison says that planned power outages give the utility opportunity to complete ongoing maintenance and upgrade the grid with new materials and technologies. Edison says it is part of their long term plan to help revitalize Southern California's power grid. Summit Helicopters Inc. of Pacoima, CA, that does aerial crane and firefighting work was contracted for the project. Summit Helicopters has been assisting Southern California Edison since 2007 when they were called into service during the Santa Catalina Island fire where helicopters were used to bring in and replace burned poles. Edison also states that they use the opportunity to install smart grid technology that makes the power grid better able to handle the increasing demand that a growing population requires. According to Edison, "a smart grid moves electricity around the nation more efficiently. It draws intelligence from millions of technology components embedded in our generation, transmission, storage, and distribution systems, and it communicates in an ongoing flow of real-time information. With its advanced monitoring and control capabilities, the smart grid can identify problems instantly, and route electricity around them. In other
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kern river water data: Wednesday 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 170,298 acre-feet Reservoir peak 361,709 acre-feet Pool maximum 568,075 acre-feet Pool safety limit 360,000 acre-feet Upper Kern Kern Inflow at Kernville 387 cfs (5-hr avg.) Lower Kern Outflow 568 cfs Borel Canal Outflow 534 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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Whiskey Flat Mayor campaign events ‘Flower Filly’ Sue aka: Sue Rumsower supporting the Sheriff’s Activities League Friday, Feb 10: Dinner, B&B BBQ, 6 p.m. Kernville. Saturday, Feb 11: SAL Kids washing cars, Shell Station, 8 a.m. to noon, Lake Isabella. Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. check in, Lunch at turn. Kern Valley Golf Course. Sweetheart Dance, Blonde Faith from Bakersfield playing 8 p.m. Sportsman, Kernville. $10 per couple, $5 per single.
Thursday, Feb 16: Cowboy Auction, 6 p.m. Ewing's on the Kern, Kernville. Friday, Feb 17: Women's Club Fashion Show, 11 a.m. Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. Saturday, Feb 18: I'm All Over Kernville for the Whiskey Flat Celebration.
‘Calamity’s Jule’ aka: Julie Brueggeman supporting Every Teen Counts and Family Preservation Community Services Editors note: As of The Couier Calendar deadline, no new Whiskey Flat Mayor campaign events were submitted.
Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-1830. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606. ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.
■ 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. 760417-2272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Vets Hall, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0848. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 10 - 11 a.m., Hospice Grief Support Group, 6040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. Open to all. (661) 760-410-1010. ■ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Bingo and Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 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. ■ 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-8985.
■ 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 Groupy, 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. 760-379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.
■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, open to the public. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-3793394. ■ 10 a.m. - Al Anon, 113 Dawson Dr., Wofford Hts. 760-376-6136.
■ 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. ■ 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., membership), 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 Community Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-3764461. ■ 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. ■ 7 p.m., AA, 113 Dawson Dr., Wofford Hts. 760-376-6136. ■ 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon, Kern Valley Hospital Cafeteria, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760379-8985.
■ 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 - 11a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. 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
■ 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. 760-379-9921. ■ 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, 760379-2556. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5236. ■ Noon, Eagles Lunch/Shuffleboard, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 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. 760-379-5086. ■ 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., Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-8985. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts.
■ 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. ■ 9:30 a.m. (2nd Thu.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Rm. 1, Lake Isabella. 2nd Thurs. For women. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Woman’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. ■ 5 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republicans of Kern Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3783602. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, Ewing’s restaurant, Kernville. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 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. ■ 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon Kern Valley Hospital, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-8985.
■ Friday, noon, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa ■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club, Fay Ranch Rd., Weldon ■ Sunday, 1 p.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 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. noted.
Nuui Cunni Farmers Market, February 11 The Kern River Paiute Council invites you to visit the Nuui Cunni Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 11, for your fruit and produce needs. Local honey, fresh eggs, healing native plant salves and teas plus locally grown produce. There is still a great assortment of native plants that can be planted now. Located at 2600 Highway 155 between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. For more information please contact the Nuui Cunni Cultural Center, 760-5490800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lakeshore Farmers Market, February 11 The Lakeshore Farmers Market is holding a Grant Money Bake Sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 to raise money for a grant program for local entrepreneurs. Grants will be awarded to local residents who can prove they have the skills to start up a small business associated with a farmers market, but do not have the funds to pay for permits. The Kern Valley Growers Association, which operates the Farmers Market, will guide approved participants through the permit process with Kern County Environmental Health, and use the bake sale proceeds to cover permit fees. The Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Market features locally grown certified fruit, produce, eggs and honey, along with certified organic produce. Shade-grown, fair-traded coffee from Café Abundant Harvest Organics pick-up time is 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Heights Blvd., Wofford Heights. EBT/SNAP/CalFresh cards are accepted. For information, call David Dills 760-8127833 or email OnyxCollector@aol.com. Operation Christmas Child collection celebration, February 11 The celebration will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10:30 a.m until noon, with lunch provided. The Greater Kern River Valley, is celebrating the 1,140 shoe boxes packed. The KRV and Walker Basin individuals and groups can meet at Family Life Center in Wofford Heights at 9 a.m. or at the Park & Ride in Lake Isabella at 9:15 a.m. to carpool/caravan to the event. Please contact Irene Martinson, 760-417-2279, for reservations. Pregnancy Center Soup Bar fundraiser, February 11 The Lake Isabella Resource Center will be holding “Soup Bar” on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. The dinner consists of five different soups, plus salad, bread, dessert and drink. Presale tickets are $5, at the door $6, and children under 8 are $4. Contact Colleen Conner, 760-417-2209; Nancy Nelson, 714-9067755 or The Center at 760-379-8893. VFW Breakfast, February 12 Kern River Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7665 is hosting a breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the VFW Hall, 2811 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella on the second Sunday of every month featuring eggs benedict. On the third Sunday of every month, they feature crepes. For information call 760-3793877 or email email@example.com. KRV Garden Group Potluck, February 14 The Kern River Valley Garden Group meets at 10 a.m. in the Kernville Community Room (next to the Kernville Chamber office), off Sierra Way just west of Kernville Road in Kernville. Steve Anderson of the Forest Service will present a slide show about “Rare and Endangered Plants and Wildflowers of the Kern River Valley” and discuss the Community Garden Project. Anderson and his associates will also talk about propagation of shrubs and trees for reforestation efforts in our surrounding
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No such critter as ‘Dark Sky Ordinance’ I keep seeing references to “Kern County’s Dark Sky Ordinance” and about it being passed Nov. 8. I am a stickler about the truth, and the truth is: there is no such critter. Not only is there a need for one, it seems we need a Veracity League as well. What was passed was a most sorry set of revisions to the zoning rules and regulations that will only increase troubles and costs to taxpayers and home owners. It will not reduce existing or future light trespass by one photon. It is actually anti-green, anti-property rights and struck out the few protections already in code. Additionally the revision codified exclusions, exceptions and exemptions that take the cause for Dark Skies backwards, not forward. I will gladly debate anyone on this but they know better. They take potshots through newspapers that will not allow a response. If there was a workable ordinance why does the Museum’s astronomy club go out of county for its star parties and why does a fellow claiming to have worked on the zoning change and living in this county use tourism websites to promote those out of county tours? My photos of Local Dark Skies were used in newspapers locally since 2001 (“Meteor Shower Over The Canebrake”) and the 2007 Comet Photo in your paper. I would be doing handstands in Circle Park if we had protected skies. Want dark skies? email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Crockett Canebrake
Evolution weekend in the KRV Kernville United Methodist Church will join with hundreds of congregations from 10 countries and discuss the compatibility of religion and science. Chuck White, in response to an invitation to preach during Evolution Weekend, on Sunday, February 12, is bringing a sermon entitled "Evolution and interfaith dialogue: both contribute to a contemporary Christian life of faith." All those who are interested in a positive understanding of the relationship between religion and science, and in particular evolution are invited to the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Kernville United Methodist.
Volunteers jump into icy waters for a good cause Next month volunteers will once again plunge into the arctic waters of the South Fork Middle School pool to benefit this summer’s Kern Valley Aquatics Program. Last winter, several hardy souls dressed in costume or just in swimsuits and braved the chilly water. This year, the program is looking for more folks from the community to jump in and help raise money to provide swim lessons, a summer safe camp and Junior Lifeguard camp opportunities for the Valley’s youth. You must bring in at least $25 in order to join the plungers. You can do the plunge yourself, or create a team with your family, friends or co-workers. If you choose to wear a costume, it must be appropriate. The event takes place on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. The water will probably be close to what it is now -- a bone-chilling 42 degrees. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, most money raised and for someone foolhardy enough to swim the entire length of the pool. If you’re not into freezing your tush off, you can donate to a plunger. Or KVAP will also appreciate donations mailed to KVAP Polar Plunge, SFUSD 5225 Kelso Valley Road, Weldon, CA 93283. To pledge online or download a registration form, pledge form, and waiver, visit www.kvap.org. For more information, you can email email@example.com or call 760-299-2030.
McCarthy accepting internship applications Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program. “I began my career in public service as an intern, and I invite all interested college students and recent graduates to apply for internships in my offices,” said McCarthy. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about our nation’s legislative process, as well as to work to assist the people of California's 22nd District.” Summer Internship applicants must possess good writing and computer skills, be enrolled in college or recently graduated, and should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to residents of California’s 22nd Congressional District (which includes most of Kern and San Luis Obispo counties and part of Los Angeles County). However, all applications will be considered. Summer interns are responsible for their expenses, including transportation and lodging costs, but will receive a $1,500 stipend, before taxes. The summer internship program will be an 8week session; interns typically spend two weeks in the Bakersfield or Atascadero district office followed by six weeks in Washington, D.C. Interested students may download the internship application, or call the Bakersfield office at 661-327-3611 or the Washington, D.C. office at 202-2252915 to request an application. Students are also required to submit a resume and a 250-word essay detailing their interest in the program and what they expect to learn from the experience. Applications and supporting documents should be sent to Congressman McCarthy’s Bakersfield office at: 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, California 93309, or emailed to: Robin.Lake-Foster@mail.house.gov. Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Friday, Apr. 6, but applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible as decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Congressman McCarthy is also accepting applications for fall, winter and
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Hole in the Ground Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist It was 1973 and almost Christmas in Delano. The wife of my best friend, Gerry, the city manager, asked me to hide and store the Honda Trail 90 that she had bought as a Christmas pres- Middleworth ent for him. She asked me to ride it a bit and make sure everything was working and I did. After that first ride I wanted one. So much so, that a month after I took that ride I bought a Honda Trail 90 for myself, and one for my son Glenn. A few months later, Glenn, Gerry and I decided to trail ride to the high country for a weekend of camping. We invited the Bank of America manager, Jim, to ride with us on his trail 90 which he had won in a Chamber of 'Commerce contest, but had yet to ride any appreciable distance. We loaded Jim’s bike with all the food, and ours with the fishing poles, tents, spare parts, warm clothes and a first aid kit. We followed an old trail, using an ancient map to get to a place next to the Kern River called Hole in the Ground. Getting there meant going up steep, steep hills and down canyons. Because Jim was such a neophyte, he kept falling over and run-
ning into rocks and bushes. We finally got to Hole in the Ground late Friday afternoon. Looking around, we began to appreciate the beauty of where we were and the fun we had getting there. All of us except for Jim, who had bruises and scratches all over his body from his various trail wrecks. We caught a few fish, but only stayed one day, leaving early because Jim had ruined or lost much of our food during his crashes. As we were riding out, we realized again that we were missing Jim. So we stopped, shut off our motors and waited. Faintly we heard him coming down the trail getting closer. Suddenly, there was a crash, followed by silence and then multiple curse words. Jim had ridden off the trail into a manzineta bush. We ran back to help him and laughed while we got him out of the manzineta and back on the trail and eventually home. Jim sold his battered Honda not long after, and wouldn’t talk to us for a month. He said he was disappointed that we laughed at him in his time of distress. Eventually he forgave us but never rode any kind of a motorcycle again. It’s been 39 years since that trip, but for us the memory remains of the “Hole in the Ground Caper.” Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.
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Pre-sale Rodeo Tickets Golden State Surplus-Lake Isabella • James Sierra Gateway-Southlake • Riverside One Stop-Kernville Cheryl's Diner-Kernville • & the Kernville Chamber of Commerce - Adults $12.50 Child $7.50 Kernville Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 379 • 11447 Kernville Road Kernville, California 93238-0397 • 760-376-2629 • Fax: 760-376-4371 • www.kernvillechamber.org
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Chuck Smith/Special to the Courier Django Stauffer practices his violin preparing for his part of Billy in the Whiskey Flats melodrama "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch". Performances Feb. 17, 18, 7 p.m. at Kernville Elementary School.
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By Sam Struckhoff PICKS OF THE WEEK “Puss in Boots” (PG) — Before you throw this one into the heap with the Shrek sequels, know that this could, by all accounts, be considered a successful spinoff. Antonio Banderas returns to voice the titular Puss, the suave, swashbuckling cat who eventually befriends Shrek. This story focuses on his background, so the supporting cast and sagging quality of the Shrek franchise is thankfully absent, clearing the way for family fun with a talking, dancing, sword-fighting cat. There isn’t one of those timeless Pixar-style narratives, but Puss makes for a fine animated adventure. Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifinakis) plays the cat’s bumbling co-conspirator, and Selma Hayek voices Softpaws, a fellow cat/thief who runs with idea of a feline femme fatale. “J. Edgar” (R) — This bloated biopic comes off as more of a dispassionate history lesson than a delving portrait of an enigmatic figure. Directed by Clint Eastwood with Leonard DiCaprio in the leading role, the film follows J. Edgar Hoover from his early 20s until he’s way past 70, mostly focusing on his career. The performers labor under heavy servings of age-makeup, but there’s little payoff in the long story
Elizabeth Olsen of manipulation and paranoia. There are hints and little teasers of the personal drama of Hoover — whom people still argue about to this day — but no revelations. Hoover’s career is meaty enough to fuel a whole film, but Eastwood uses bits of Hoover’s personal life to propel the drama, only to jump back to career highlights before anything comes to a head. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R) — Newcomer Elizabeth Olsen plays Martha in this psychological thriller about a young woman who recently escaped a dangerous cult. Olsen’s performance hits the mark, as Martha’s paranoia and trauma keep her a complicated character. This is the big debut of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s kid sister, as well as Sean Durkin, the writer/director. This film looks good on both of them. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob remaining hot dog mixture. Stir in corn bread mixes. Add 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Spread into a shallow 3quart baking dish. Top with reserved hot dog mixture and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 12 servings. Bodfish Bob’s Mad Dog 1 hot dog 1 slice Cheddar cheese 1 slice bacon
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Whiskey Flat Special Saturday, February 18th BBQ Tri Tip Sandwich with Drink $6.00 with Coupon Redeem Coupon at Kernville Oddfellows Lodge 50 Tobias Street, Kernville
2 cups thinly sliced celery 2 T butter 1 1/2 cups sliced green onions 1 1/2 pounds hot dogs 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk 2 tsp rubbed sage 1/4 tsp pepper 2, 8 1/2 oz.pkg corn bread/muffin mix 2 8-oz pkig. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided In a small skillet, sauté celery in butter for five minutes. Add onions. Sauté for five minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Place in a large bowl; set aside. Cut hot dogs lengthwise into quarters, then into thirds. In the same skillet, sauté hot dogs for five minutes, until lightly browned. Add to vegetables. Set aside one cup. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sage and pepper. Add the
Preheat oven to 400°. Using a knife, make a slit along the entire length of the hot dog that is about 3/4 of the way through the hot dog. Break the cheese slice into two pieces and stuff each piece into the slit in the dog. Wrap the bacon slice around the hot dog in a spiral fashion, then secure all with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet or baking dish. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Bodfish Bob’s Pineapple Salsa 1/2 medium fresh pineapple, rind removed, cored and finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped 1 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Visit Bodfish Bob on the internet at www.bodfishbob.com or write to him at bodfishbob @hotmail.com.
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General Drainage Area 2,093 Square Miles Capacity, Gross Pool 570,000 Acre-Ft. Surface Area, Gross Pool 11,400 Shoreline, Gross Pool 38 miles Length, Gross Pool 9 miles Main Dam Maximum Height 185 Feet Length at Crest 1695 Feet Auxiliary Dam Maximum Height 100 Feet Maximum Length 3,257 Feet Lake Construction Started March 1948 Finished April 1953
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The Derby is on the way Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist
hopefully a little at a time. No deluges this year, please. But there is good news for the shoreline If you and the anglers. The trout bite is doing other outdoor well and producing some nice lovers with fish. The report out of Boulder whom you share Gulch is some fish up to 4 space with are pounds. Camp 9 is also producexperiencing a ing some nice fish. With the case of cabinnorth side doing well, I expect fever. I have just Red's Marina, Aux. Dam, the cure. It's that Paradise Cove and Kissack are 3 day fishing and hot spots as well. Tillie Creek camping event, should be a good spot also. we all know and Mencarini Power Bait seems to be #1 love as the choice, with many different colIsabella Lake Fishing Derby. This ors working well. year will be the 23rd annual event This is just an educated guess and should be better than ever, but the Upper River should get a with the possible cash payout of plant for Whiskey Flats Days. a quarter of a million dollars. For Also I am sure I saw the D.F.G. the price of big plant truck a movie leaving with the Isabella Lake “... there is good news for the family, you in the recent shoreline anglers.” can enter past. --Mike Mencarini Remember dry your family in the lines catch no Derby for fish. three days of fishing, camping, Good Luck and Happy and fun. So get your entry forms Hooking! in early and be sure to order your t-shirts, hats, hoodies early to Mike Mencarini is a Wofford avoid the rush. The dates for Heights resident and a volunteer Derby this year are; March 31 at the Kern River Fish Hatchery. through April 2. We will get to For questions or comments you more Derby later. can reach him through the Kern The lake is still at a winter low River Courier, office@kernriverlevel, we could use some rain, courier.com.
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Oldness and newness Jack Duitsman, Pastor Father’s Heart Foursquare Church, Kernville
But now we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in new- Duitsman ness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. - Romans 7:6
Sara Wakeman/Special to the Courier Bob Guidry, of Lake Isabella Cremation and Funeral Society, awards Shannon Smith, Wells Fargo personal banker, an Outstanding Public Service Award for excellent public service in setting up trust and pre-need accounts for the community. Previously called a P.O.D. (paid on death) account, a funeral trust account protects the customer and the funeral business better than a prearranged insurance can and the money is there when it is needed.
Profit Clarence Semonious, Pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville
Today, an attitude of anger attacks the blessedness of those of us who would trust the Lord. "Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, 'How have we spoken against you?' You have said, Semonious 'It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'" Malachi 3:13-15. Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. "They shall be mine," says the Lord of hosts, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will
spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him." Malachi 3:1318. Of those eight times the particular word variously translated as jewels and treasured possession, here are three: Deuteronomy 7:6 KJV: "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth"; Psalm 135:4 KJV: "For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure"; and Ecclesiastes 2:8 KJV: "I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts." Those who fear the Lord today are blessed and counted, by God as His jewels, His treasured possessions. "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" Luke 9:25.
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It is paralyzing to our faith when we attempt to compare and contrast ourselves to the supposed experience of those around us. Yet we measure ourselves by what we think we see in others, and in so doing, cripple the effect that faith is intended to have on what the Lord is working in us. Some comparisons seem to let us off the hook, as what appears to be weakness in another brings an illusion of strength to our own experience. Other comparisons leave us feeling small and insignificant as we shrink underneath the magnificence of other pillars of faith. Whatever the outcome, we err in this approach to spirituality, and ought rather to look longingly into the Word of life that is able to bring real freedom to our souls, and work powerfully and eternally within our spirits. Just about every glance we take at what we believe are the expectations of the Christian life, all draw the
same conclusions: Impossible! So we relegate our own perceived failures to be all we think the Father requires to alleviating our guilt through trying harder, or finding comparisons to others that will make us feel better. Of course when we do resort to comparisons, this often leads to a worsening of our condition when we fall under the unintended shadow of someone outstripping our own spirituality. So why not rather simply take the Word as the heart of the Father revealed to us, and embrace truth that is intended to set us free? In Jesus, we have died to the penalty of the law! The beauty in Christ-likeness is in its simplicity, and while the application might be a lifetime in the perfecting, the message of merciful grace is applied to our lives in unswerving diligence by the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to try harder, for serving the Lord in “newness of the Spirit” reveals a willingness of the Holy Spirit to bring about the Father’s image deep in our hearts. Comparisons too are fruitless as we are each on an individual journey and each on personal timetables that make comparisons moot. Taking the word of the Lord to us that 2012 is a year of “faith filled embrace,” we can be encouraged to hold fast to the Father’s love and promise to us, and grow into the people of faith we are called to be.
Valley places of worship 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 Service — 10:45 a.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. Wed. 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 9:30 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. 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 the
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â€œMan invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.â€? -- Lily Tomlin
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Salome’s Stars ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Your ideas are finally reaching those who can appreciate them. But don’t expect any immediate reactions. That will come later. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Your energy levels are rising, and you’re feeling restless and eager to get into some activity, whether it’s for profit or just for fun. In either case, the aspects are highly favorable, so go for it. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A relationship seems to be winding down from passionate to passive. It’s up to you to decide what the next step will be. But don’t wait too long to take the initiative. Delay could create more problems. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A decision looms. But be very sure that this is what you really want before you sign or say anything. Once you act, there’ll be little or no wiggle room for any adjustments. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Money matters improve, but you still need to be cautious with your spending. Also, set aside your pride and apologize for contributing to that misunderstanding. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A tempting financial situation could make you rush in before
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checking things out. Be alert to possible hidden problems. Get the facts before you act. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) It’s nice to know that you’re finally getting due credit for your efforts. You also should know that new opportunities will follow. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Any uncertainty that begins to cloud an impending decision could signal a need to re-examine your reasons for wanting to take on this commitment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You benefit from taking time out of your currently hectic schedule to do more contemplation or meditation. This will help re-energize you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Nursing hurt feelings can zap your energies. Best advice: Move forward. Success is the best balm for a painful ego. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A display of temperament surprises you, as well as those around you. It could be all that pressure you’re under. Consider letting someone help you see it through. PISCES (Feb. 19 to Mar. 20) Some things don’t seem to be working out as you’d hoped. Don’t fret. Instead, take some time out to reassess your plans and see where changes could be made. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
Sports Quiz By Chris Richcreek
1. The top two home-run hitters for the decade of the 1950s were both Dodgers (Duke Snider, 326 homers; Gil Hodges, 310). Who was No. 3 in the decade? 2. In 2010, Texas’ Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler became the second set of teammates to each hit three home runs in a playoff series of five or fewer games. Who was the first? 3. Which team holds the NFL record for most rushing TDs in a season? 4. In 2011, Illinois’ Demetri McCamey became the second player in Big Ten men’s basketball history to have at least 1,600 points and 700 assists for a career. Who was the first? 5. Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr won the NHL scoring title four consecutive years (1998-2001). How many different players have won it since?
1. The Braves’ Eddie Mathews, with 299. 2. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth did it in 1928. 3. The Green Bay Packers had 36 rushing touchdowns in 1962. 4. Michigan’s Gary Grant (1984-88). 5. Nine.
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Calendar Continued from page 2 areas. Volunteers are being sought to help in this project. Bring a potluck dish (side, salad or dessert). The Garden Group is not a club. There are no dues or initiation rites. It is an informal group of gardeners interested in promoting the use of low water, fire-safe and native plants. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, usually at private homes and gardens with a tour and meeting. For more information call Shirley Real at 760-379-1129. McCarthy mobile office hours, February 16 A field representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Lake Isabella at the Kern Administration Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. The mobile office hours provide an opportunity for people to share comments and concerns. For more information, contact Vince Fong, district director for Congressman McCarthy, 661-327-3611 and see Congressman McCarthy’s Website: http://www.kevinmccarthy. house.gov/. 55th Annual Whiskey Flat Days, February 17 to 20 Take a step back in time and celebrate life in the 1850s. This old-fashioned, western style festival includes a parade, gunfighters, carnival, music, vendors, a Whiskey Flat Encampment and more. Contact the
Kernville Chamber of Commerce Office at 760-376-2629 or email email@example.com. To include your event in our free Courier Calendar, send the information by email or on paper, either in person or by mail (our address is on page 2). Must be received Tuesday by 1 p.m. in order to make each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and if there is any cost, it must be listed. Items submitted for our free Calendar listings may be shortened. Listings are printed in chronological order by event date and space available. Submitted items deemed entirely or mostly business advertising will not be accepted. Some event information gathered from the chambers of commerce, KRVR or www.kernvalley. com
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REVA Calendars have arrived REVA’s 2012 “Pets of The Kern River Valley” 12-month calendar is now available to the public for $15. A bulk business discount is available. Included in this professional photographic work of art are local pets’ pictures and their stories, along with 12 unique seasonal scenes of the Kern River Valley. This fund raiser is to raise funds to equip a 32-foot non-profit, low-cost spay and neuter mobile veterinary clinic for the Valley. REVA, Inc. (Responsible, Ethical, Volunteers for Animals, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contact Frances at 760-299-3222 or 760-378-3101 or see revapets.org and facebook.com/revacares.
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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Outdoor Adornments (2012 - B0048), Street address of principal place of business: 6409 Charwood Place, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business: 6409 Charwood Place, Bakersfield, CA 93306. REGISTRANT: Sharon Richardson, 6409 Charwood Place, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A - Individual. Date the business commenced: 11/17/2009. 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: Sharon Richardson. This statement filed on 01/04/2012. Expires 01/04/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By J. Trujillo. Published by the Kern River Courier January 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2012. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME: Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: ALL KERN APPRAISALS (2007-B5135) Street address of business: 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311; Mailing address of Business: 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. REGISTRANTS WHO WISH TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Jenny Recondo, 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311, Debbie Wood, 15956 Opus One Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93314 and Michael Wood, 15956 Opus One Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93314. Original FBN Statement Filed on: 06/29/2007. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 01/11/2012. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk by M. Dominguez, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier January 27, February 3, 10 and 17, 2012.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: All Kern Appraisals (2012 - B0239), Street address of principal place of business: 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. REGISTRANT: Jenny Recondo, 9921 Grey Goose Street, Bakersfield, CA 93311. A - Individual. Date the business commenced: 06/29/2007. 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: Jenny Recondo. This statement filed on 01/11/2012. Expires 01/11/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier January 27, February 3, 10 and 17, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Lore's Loft (2012 - B0082), DBA#2: A Unique Boutique (2012) - B0083), Street address of principal place of business: 6 Tobias Street, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1165, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Lore Hiney, 2101 Anchorage Avenue, PO Box 39, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 and William Hiney, 2101 Anchorage Avenue, PO Box 39, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. I Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 04/01/2007. 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 state-
ment 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: Lore Hiney. This statement filed on 01/05/2012. Expires 01/05/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier January 27, February 3, 10 and 17, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Grace Family Community Church (2012 - B0458), Street address of principal place of business: 5945 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Mailing address of business: 5945 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308. REGISTRANTS: Dalton Lockman, 5945 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308 and Robert Smith, 5945 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308. E - Unincorporated Association. Date the business commenced: 01/15/2012. 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: Dalton Lockman. This statement filed on 01/23/2012. Expires 01/23/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By J. Trujillo. Published by the Kern River Courier February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Wicked Beautiful (2012 - B0453), DBA#2: Wicked Beautiful Salon (2012) -
B0454), Street address of principal place of business: 4138 Pico Trail, Frazier Park, CA 93225-1544. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1544, Frazier Park, CA 93225-1544. REGISTRANT: Malinda Chadwick, P.O. Box 1544, Frazier Park, CA 93225-1544. A Individual. Date the business commenced: 01/20/2012. 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: Malinda Chadwick. This statement filed on 01/23/2012. Expires 01/23/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Di Prima. Published by the Kern River Courier February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: RWS Construction (2012 - B0463), Street address of principal place of business: 12410 Home Ranch Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312. Mailing address of business: 12410 Home Ranch Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312. REGISTRANT: Richard Sergent, 12410 Home Ranch Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312. 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: Richard Sergent. This statement filed on 01/23/2012. Expires 01/23/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Di Prima. Published by the Kern River Courier February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Real Estate Evaluation Services (2012 B0523), Street address of principal place of business: 4040 Ming Avenue, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mailing address of business: 4040 Ming Avenue, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93309. REGISTRANTS: Alan Lifquist, 6708 Noah Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308 and Alicia Lifquist, 6708 Noah Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. B - General Partnership. Date the business commenced: 01/31/2002. 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: Alan Lifquist. This statement filed on 01/24/2012. Expires 01/24/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By G. DiPrima. Published by the Kern River Courier February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Sierra Smoker (2012 - B0585), Street address of principal place of business: 13432 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: 13432 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT: James Store, Inc., 13432 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. F Corporation. 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: Mark A. Preston, President. This statement filed on 01/27/2012. Expires 01/27/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. DiPrima. Published by the Kern River Courier February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Musgrove Tire Hauling (2012 - B0679), Street address of principal place of business: 2905 Edison Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Mailing address of business: 333 Oswell Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307. REGISTRANT: Lance Briggs, 333 Oswell Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307. A Individual. Date the business commenced: 02/01/2012. 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: Lance Briggs. This statement filed on 02/01/2012. Expires 02/01/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 2012.
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Health Insurance Matters
Don’t fall for same as cash offers
Why isn’t my medication covered?
David Ramsey Kern River Courier Columnist Dear Dave, My wife and I bought some furniture a while back on what we thought was a 24months-same-ascash plan. The original purchase price was $1,600. The other day, I Ramsey got a call from a collector saying that it was actually a 12-month plan, and the balance is now $2,800. We looked at the contract, and it was our mistake on the length of the plan. Still, that makes the interest rate about 30 percent. Is there anything we can do about this? Robert Dear Robert, This is one of the reasons I tell people to stay away from “same as cash” agreements. You may not have agreed to a specific percentage rate, and I’ll bet it’s something less when you factor in the time before and after the 12month period ended. When you signed the contract you probably did agree to have this thing convert to a financed contract if you didn’t pay it off in 12 months. These kinds of deals are really scummy. Not only have they charged you interest since the 12month period ended, they’ve also back-charged you interest for the entire length of the contract! These same-as-cash contracts are designed to mess you over big time. You can try to dispute it, but I've got a feeling you'll lose and have to pay
about $1,200 in stupid tax on this one. Lots of people think they can pull one over on a company with the “same as cash” deal, but stuff almost always comes up, even if you don’t misread the contract. I’ve said it a million times, Robert, If you play with snakes, you will be bitten! -Dave Dear Dave, My wife and I make about $85,000 a year. We're debt-free, and we have no kids. We'd like to start saving money to buy some land in the near future. What percentage of our savings should we put toward this? Dennis Dear Dennis, I don't know if there's necessarily a specific percentage for this kind of thing. Since you guys are already debtfree you need to make sure that you've got a fully-loaded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses in place, along with retirement funding. In your case, anything else you have sitting around is simply wealth. If you've got $50,000 sitting in a savings account in addition to these things, and you'd rather have $50,000 worth of dirt instead of a bank account, I'm cool with that. It's really more a matter of ratios than percentages. -Dave Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He offers financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, and created Financial Peace University. For more financial help visit daveramsey.com.
Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist
An interesting fax, with a telehone call followup came in this week. John has been taking Uroxatral, a drug that helps reduce the swelling of the Thal prostate. He received a letter from the insurance company advising him that he was allowed to refill his prescription this time, but the medication is not on the plan’s formulary (list of approved drugs) and he should talk to his doctor. Plans are allowed and do revise their formularies each year. By law, if you refill a prescription in the first 90 days of the year, the insurance plan must provide you with a 30-day supply to transition. As John’s insurance agent, I researched alternative medications in the same drug classification, and was able to suggest three medications which were on his plan’s formulary. While the Uroxatral would cost him $141.61 if he continued to buy it without the insurance coverage, the three alternatives have a co-pay of $0 at certain “preferred” pharmacies, or no more than $7 at “participating” pharmacies on his insurance plan. If no other drug will work for his situation, or if we learn that
other medications had either adverse side effects or didn’t resolve his problem, there is a process to get coverage in what is called a “formulary exception.” Each insurance plan has its own forms which are available online. The physician must complete it and fax to the company, and they must respond back within a few days maximum. An expedited response is in the law for emergency situations. When you do the math, John wants to know why his drug is so much more expensive. I told him that it takes a brand name drug. The pharmaceutical company has representatives talking to doctors and distributing free samples to get people started on the medication. Generic companies do not market their product that way, but offer a much lower price point. It is often advisable to discuss with your physician alternatives. Perhaps there is a lower priced medication which will reduce your cost, and even save the insurance company money. That in return keeps the monthly premiums down. 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 760376-2100, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him on the web at www.harrythal.com
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Presidents Day Weekend February 17 thru 20
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Friday February 17th 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Piute Drive-Kernville at Circle Park With Music by "Obsidian" CONCERTS BY THE RIVER - Riverside Park Schedule Saturday Sunday February 18th February 19th 12:30……….Les Bourgeois 11:00……….Gary McGrath 1:00…………Fight Like this 12:00……….Dos Guys 2:00…………Allasso 1:00…………Acoustic River 3:00………..Banned From Here 2:00………..Wonderland Soup Kitchen 4:00…………Jest Reason 3:00………..Terra Firma Kernville Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 379 • 11447 Kernville Road Kernville, California 93238-0397 • 760-376-2629 • Fax: 760-376-4371 • www.kernvillechamber.org
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Presidents Day Weekend February 17 thru 20
Contests Git yer sign-up forms at the Kernville Chamber Info Booth during Whiskey Flat Days. It ain't complicated ya barely have to know how to read! Turn in this form to the Kernville Chamber Info Booth by Sunday, February 19 ~ that's the day of them here contests! Then jest show up fer the judgin' ~ you might have to know how to tell time so you won't be late.
Sponsored by Pat Turnham Realty. Judgin' at High Noon on Thursday, February 16th. Pick up yer contest form at the AltaOne Federal Credit Union in Kernville, Pat Turnham Realty, or at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. Find somethin' for a tombstone and get real creative with yer epitaph. Turn in yer entry to AltaOne Credit Union in Kernville before noon on Thursday, February 16th. Judgin' will take place by the gals in the credit union and tombstones will then be placed on Boot Hill in the grass in front of the credit union for display all week-end. All contests listed below are judged on Sunday, February 19
Adult Costume Contest
Sponsored by Stella's, A Boutique & Beyond. Judgin' at 12:30pm - Dress in period-correct attire, be it men or women, frontier, fancy, or Indian. Do some homework to be sure it's period correct from the 1860's. Be careful. Don't carry one of them new-fangled cell phones. Ya jest might git disqualified. Havin' one of them phones ring durin' judgin' has been known to scare off them judges and some of 'em ain't been seen since! Win a gift certificate from The Pizza Barn.
Children's Costume Contest
Sponsored by The Pizza Barn. Judgin' at 12:30pm - Dress in period-correct attire for both girls and boys, frontier, fancy, or Indian. Prizes and ribbons awarded.
Whiskerino Contest sponsored by Val's Hair Salon. Judgin' at 2pm - All you mountain men, cowboys, miners, gentlemen, doctors, and lawyers, git up here and show us yer face! We got some real fine ladies judgin' this contest so ya might want to start right now growin' them whiskers. You might jest win yourself a gift certificate from Val's, so if yer lady is tired of them whiskers, Val kin trim 'em up or take 'em off!
Pet Parade Contest
Sponsored by All Creatures Feed & Supply. Judgin' at 2pm - All you folks out there, men, women, and children, grab one or more of yer four-legged, feathered, or scaley friends, dress 'em up (and yerself) real purdy, and parade through the pet contest. All pets, and possibly some adults, need to be on a leash. You'll have a whole lot of fun and laughs with the chance of winnin' some great prizes from All Creatures Feed & Supply.
Pies, Jams, & Jelly Contest
Sponsored by Cheryl's Diner. Judgin' at 2pm - This is the one contest where "everyone" wants to be the judge! "Here come the judge, here come the judge!...and another, and another". All you men, women, and even boy and girl homemakers out there report to your kitchens to whip up some of the best pies, jams and jellies this side of Lake Itchibelly. No fair enterin' any store bought goodies - judges will be checkin' yer hands fer flour and sugar. Bring yer goodies to the contest table in Circle Park before 2pm. Cheryl's Diner will be donatin' some mighty fine prizes fer the winners!
'Member, all these contests are FREE, so you have everything to gain and nothin' to lose, 'cept maybe yer dignity! Kernville Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 379 • 11447 Kernville Road Kernville, California 93238-0397 • 760-376-2629 • Fax: 760-376-4371 • www.kernvillechamber.org