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Greg Kollenborn, former Kern River Hatchery manager who is now Central Region Senior Hatchery Supervisor in Fresno, dumps some very colorful fish in the upper Kern River, the first planted fish there in some time.

Visit Whiskey Flat Days Kern River Courier

So it’s your first time to Whiskey Flat Days and you’re wondering what exactly it is you’ve wandered into. Well, you have mosied into the biggest Old West celebration around these here parts. Whiskey Flat Days isn’t about flat whiskey, nor is it about drinking whiskey. It’s about remembering and commemorating the 1860-64 Gold Rush town of Whiskey Flat. You see, Kernville was originally named Whiskey Flat. Whiskey Flat, a real wild and wooly Old West gold-mining camp, existed for four years before the more gentrified townspeople decided to change the name to the less wild and wooly Kernville. Kernville existed in its original location for almost 100 years, from 1864 to 1949, when the Isabella Reservoir project began. The historic town of Kernville was then moved to where it is today. The former location is inundated most years by the rising reservoir waters. It’s just northeast of Wofford Heights. The place to go to learn about the history of the valley is the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville. It will be open all weekend. There are many pictures of Old Kernville (formerly Whiskey Flat) there. So that’s the reason for the name Whiskey Flat Days. You don’t have to be an imbiber of spirits to have a fantastic time. If you want to know a lot more about


Vol. 7 No. 2 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: 70% chance rain, high 54. Fri. night: 70% chance rain, low 40. Sat.: 70% chance rain, high near 52. Sat. night: 50% chance rain, low 37. Sun.: Chance of showers, high 52. Sun. night: Mostly cloudy, low 35. National Weather Service

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Trout return to Kern Kern River Courier

The watching crowd was exultant Wednesday when the California Department of Fish & Game planted a load of trout in the upper Kern at Riverside Park – something that hadn’t happened in 15 months, ever since a lawsuit was filed to stop the stocking. But the crowd had not yet heard about the latest lawsuit, filed that very same morning (see sidebar). Several DFG officials were present, including Kern River Hatchery manager Marvin Waters and former hatchery manager Greg Kollenborn, who is now Central Region Senior Hatchery Supervisor in Fresno. Helping stock were Kern River Hatchery volunteers Buck Jacob, Ted Panos

See FISH, Page 3

Second lawsuit filed The resumption of trout stocking on the upper Kern may be short-lived if the Center for Biological Diversity has its way. The center, based in Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Game and posted a statement about it on their Web site Wednesday morning. The Center finds fault with the DFG’s environmental impact statement filed last month, which paved the way

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Flat Stanley comes to valley Whiskey Flat Days Kern River Courier

Whiskey Flat weekend is a perfect time to present a story about another Flat -- this one is a “cutup” named Flat Stanley. If you haven’t heard about Flat Stanley, he was created in 1995 by a Canadian teacher as a simple tool to help children learn how to write letters. Flat Stanley is a “cutup” because he’s cut out of a piece of cardboard. The children’s story goes that Stanley was hit by a falling bulletin board, and that’s why he’s flat. But since he is flat, he slips perfectly into an envelope. And kids everywhere can Jackie Raffia/Special to the Courier send Flat Stanley to their friends and to people all over the world. They’re Kern River Hatchery Manager Marvin encouraged to keep a journal about Waters holds Flat Stanley. Stanley is wearwhere Stanley has been and what he’s ing his Whiskey Flat Days outfit. been doing. Bodfish residents Jackie and Mike Raffa were sent a Flat Stanley by their pity on him and give him a job. grandnephew Hunter, who is in Mrs. After Whiskey Flat Days, Mike Raffa, Hall’s 1st grade class at Hazelgreen a long-haul truck driver, will take Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. Stanley cross country in his truck. They’re helping Hunter by getting his So far in the Kern Valley, Flat Stanley Stanley photographed all over the val- has visited the dam, Silver City Ghost ley. Stanley’s even going to be in the Town, the museum, the hatchery and Whiskey Flat Days parade on Saturday the Courier office. (dressed in a tiny Western costume). He didn’t say much when he was in The Sheriff will arrest Stanley (because the Courier office, but the smile on his Stanley is “flat” broke), but he’ll take face proved he enjoyed it.

melodrama twirls mustache, cackles Kern River Courier

Sierra Performing Arts, a local group dedicated to the furthering of acting and singing skills, will put on its latest meloddrama this weekend for Whiskey Flat Days attendees’ enjoyment. The show is entitled “The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt, or . . . Always Wash Your Long Johns ‘Cause It Makes A Lotta Cents.” Come to Kernville Elementary School (cross the bridge, turn left) for laughing, ooohing, ahhhing, booing (for the villain, of course), and the sheer fun of the 2010 Melodrama. This production marks 13 years of Whiskey Flat Days and SPA association, which all started in 1998 with the production of “Phantom of the Op’ry,” a melodramatic spoof of the famous “Phantom of the Opera.” This year there will be two evening productions starting at 7 p.m. – one on Friday, Feb. 12, and another on Saturday, Feb. 13. And there will be an additional performance Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. for your Valentine’s enjoyment. – Chuck Smith contributed to this story


Tilda may be Conan’s doppelganger, Swinton capsulizes.


Living Green Festival to raise funds in a different way.


Pictures, maps of the area’s realigned roads available on new Web site.


Take a few minutes to relax with one of the Courier’s crossword puzzles.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 124,187 acre-feet. (Low point was 101,857 ac-ft. Dec. 4. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 303 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 233 cfs Borel Canal flow 204 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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Friday, February 12, 2010

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Don’t forget to visit the Whiskey Flat rodeo on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kernville recreates Old West President’s Day Weekend Whiskey Flat Days 2010 festival will take place February 12-15 on President’s Day Weekend. Kernville will recreate the days when it was called Whiskey Flat, from 1860-64, during California’s Gold Rush. There will be a grand parade, entertainment and more. Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629.

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Mike Mencarini Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $35 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2010 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Whiskey Flat Days Kickoff Luncheon Feb. 12 The Kern River Valley Woman’s Club will be holding their luncheon and fashion show on the first day of Whiskey Flat Days (see next entry) on Feb. 12 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, doors open at 10 a.m. For more information, call Marian at (760) 376-4578. Tickets available at the Kernville Chamber and at Lah De Dah in Kernville.

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 2236765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, canceled as of 12/06/09. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. Take out orders at 4 p.m. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


• 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877. • 9 a.m. to noon - Eagles Breakfast, open to the public. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5-7 p.m. Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 379-3394. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club,

Optimal Hospice to hold new volunteer orientation Feb. 12 Optimal Hospice is holding an orientation on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Optimal’s office at 6504 Lake Isabella Blvd. Ste. E for anyone interested in donating a little time and compassion to those affected by terminal illness in the valley. A light lunch will be provided. To reserve your seat at the training, call Karen at 1-888-5976115. E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Wed. 379-2303. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 4-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Open to public. 379-3394. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. 30rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 3rd Thurs. 379-2303. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

Friday, noon. - Eagles Bingo, Eagles Hall, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, 6488 Fay Ranch Road. Sunday, 1 p.m. Moose Lodge Bingo, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed. All area codes are 760 unless otherwise noted.

Congressman McCarthy’s staff to hold office hours Feb. 18 Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s staff will be holding office hours on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. For more information, call Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman McCarthy, at (661) 327-3611. Farmers’ Market to hold vendor’s orientation Feb. 20 The Nuui Cunni Farmers' Market invites you to attend a public meeting at the Indian Cultural Center, Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. for vendor information. Crafters and artisans, bring your ideas. Free vendor spaces will be available on Saturday, March 6th as part of our one-year celebration. Please contact market manager Anna Leon at 661-978-8712 for more information. Food commodities to be distributed Feb. 23 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Feb. 23 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights; Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Starting time may vary according to location. 12th All-Valley Heart Walk scheduled for Feb. 27 Each year a Heart Walk is held to benefit the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation and to promote healthy hearts. The walk is an easy one on the flat track at the high school; the number of laps you walk (or run) is up to you. Sponsor a team today. To sign up or for more information, call Jeanette at (760) 376-4419. Sweet Adelines hold Friends and Family Night March 11 The Kern Valley Chorus of the national Sweet Adelines organization will have their Friends and Family Night on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. No admission charge. For more information, call Cheryl at (760) 376-4124 “Living Green in the KRV” festival takes place March 17-21 “Living Green” means to live while making as small a footprint upon the planet as you can. It can save you money, too! Learn all about recycling, composting, ways to save water and electricity, reduce your waste output, and many more tips and business information. The “Living Green in the KRV” Festival will take place from March 17 to 21 in Wofford Heights. It’s free. See for more information. Isabella Lake Fishing Derby takes place March 27-29 One of the state’s biggest fishing

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Kern River Courier

Page 3 Trout are dumped from large buckets into the Kern River during Wednesday’s first planting in 15 months.

Things I Have Noticed...

Exaggerating is my game Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

Many readers have probably noticed that some of my columns have to do with my son and two daughters. The columns sometimes talk about the early years and include things that happened before and after they were born. I Middleworth have noticed that I have to be very careful of what I write, because I have heard more than once, "Dad, we didn't really do that, did we?" Or "Pop, are you sure that happened?" And sometimes, "How come you didn't tell us this before?" They all get copies of the Courier, which they read and check on the truthfulness of my column. (However, I still reserve the right to exaggerate and embellish.) A few years ago we bought our first cell phone at the urging of our youngest daughter, Esther. Just last week she and her sister showed us (again) how to take pictures with it and how to text. We are being urged by our son to get on YouTube and Facebook. I remind them all that we still have dialup on our computer and are in the dark ages for anything that requires downloading. Besides, we're not

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FISH continued from page 1 (who retired after 18 years with the DFG) and the Courier’s fishing columnist, Mike Mencarini. Also present was DFG fisheries biologist Christy McGuire, who prepared the reports that she said convinced the DFG that the planted fish the Center For Biological Diversity says are dangerous to native species are really not. The DFG released an environmental impact report last month that McGuire and Kollenborn said paved the way for Wednesday’s resumption of planting in the upper Kern. “We wanted the first one to be before Whiskey Flat Days,” said Kollenborn. He added, “(but) we didn’t get the OK until yesterday.” He said the next planting would

be next month, and then regular planting schedules would resume on the upper Kern. The towns and businesses on the upper Kern have been severely impacted financially by the stopping of the stocking. A few relieved Kernville business owners were visible among the crowd that was present while the fish were being dumped. A few in the crowd were anxious anglers, ready to catch the stockers. And one of them, Jerry Payne of Kernville, was elated to catch the first one. He then released it, to cheers from the crowd. “It’s been a long 15 months,” said Cheryl Borthick of Cheryl’s Diner of Kernville.

LAWSUIT continued from page 1 for the resumption of stocking. The first new stocking occurred at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Richard Rowe, a Courier columnist who was in Sacramento Wednesday with a contingent of other Valleyites to protest to the governor about the stopping of the stocking, called the Courier to let us know that the lawsuit had been filed. Rowe relayed that John

McCamman, director of the DFG, said in reaction to the lawsuit that the fish stocking on the upper Kern would continue unless the Center was able to get a judge’s injunction to stop it. This is the second lawsuit filed by the Center against the DFG in the stocking matter. The first one, filed in 2008, stopped the stocking of fish until the DFG compiled an environmental impact report.

WHISKEY FLAT continued from page 1 the history of Old Kernville, be sure to snag a copy of the Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper. It has loads of historical photos and stories about the old days in the Kern River Valley. The Claim Jumper is free, just like the Courier, and you can get one at the

Whiskey Flat Days information booth in Circle Park in Kernville. Enjoy the festival and come back again for some of the many events that happen here all year long. See below for Whiskey Flat Days event highlights.

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• Grand Parade Saturday morning at 11 a.m. right through the middle of town. Horseback riders, guns a-shootin’, floats, antique cars, and a lot more. • Authentic cowboy and Indian re-created encampments, adjacent to each other down by the river across from the rodeo grounds. Special shows are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m on Saturday. Open until sundown Friday and Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday. • Carnival this year is across the bridge, by the U.S. Forest Service Work Center. It’s a big one! Open ‘til late. • Rodeo Saturday and Sunday, both at 1 p.m., at the rodeo grounds. This is a real rodeo, folks, not a reenactment or a re-creation. • Whiskey Flat Mayor contest -- candidates will be wandering around selling “bribe” tickets. The one who sells the most will be ushered in as Mayor at the ceremony on Sunday at 3 p.m. Each candidate is sponsoring a worthy cause. • Frog Jumping Contest with first heat on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tobias St. and Kernville Road. Finals on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. • High Country Outlaws perform skits at Circle Park at 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Lots of really loud gunshots, so cover the ears of your kids. • Melodrama, Kernville Elementary School, Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13, both at 7 p.m. Another show has been added on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m. Practice your “boo’s” and “yays.”

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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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Above: Maryann Ryan got this picture of clouds on mountains. Right: Michael Batelaan took this shot Wednesday of Courier columnist Mike Mencarini tossing fish into the upper Kern River.

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Valley history: The Harley Mine Editor’s note: The mountain that the Harley Mine was located on was named for the late author and Kern River Valley historian Bob Powers, who told the story of the mine in his book “North Fork Country” (1974): One of the happy accidents that figure so often in stories of the early settlers occurred as a young troublemaker named Charles Harley wandered the hills on what was then called Mineral Mountain, fleeing, he thought, from justice, when he stumbled on a good-sized deposit of gold-bearing quartz. Imagine his dismay. All that quartz and nowhere to go with it. No one to tell about it. No way to get it down from the peak where he had found it. What to do? After a good deal of soul searching, self-reproach, and probably more than a few swear words, Harley realized that the only answer was to return to Kernville and take his medicine if he had to. Harley slipped into town as inconspicuously as possible, only to learn that the injuries of his adversary were so minor as to cast considerable doubt on the shooting ability of one Charles Harley. The ore was located 5,500 feet up the mountain. It would have to drop 2,000 feet in 1.5 miles to the site selected for the mill through some of the most rugged terrain in the West. Development began in 1877. The ore had to be packed out by mules at first, but the final solution was as beautifully simple in conception as it was staggeringly difficult in execution. Andrew Smith Hallidie of San Francisco was contacted to build an aerial tramway. The wire cable was over three miles long. Cable and the huge bullwheels were freighted by ox team from Visalia. The end of the Harley Mine came in 1882 when the tramway cable broke, and the ore buckets and cable came screeching down the mountain, banging and scraping against the rocks, emitting a stream of sparks that could be seen down in Kernville even though it was broad daylight. Two men working near the tramway were killed, cut to pieces by the madly whiplashing cable. —– information from books by Bob Powers

Courier Fishing Report

Trout back in river Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

(Editor’s note: Mencarini has been a volunteer at the hatchery for seven years.) After 15 months or a trout At this time I have no infordrought, a portion of the Kern mation on future plants, but I River has finally received trout will do my best to relate inforagain. mation on any future fish stockA truckload ing plans. of these welPlease enjoy come trout our river and I had the privilege were stocked please keep it Wednesday in of helping put the clean. The Courier the area of is a weekly publiRiverside Park fish in the river. cation and can be to the raft obtained every --Mike Mencarini Friday at most of launch just below the our local busipowerhouse. nesses. I had the privlege of helping put the fish in the river, along Mike Mencarini is a Wofford with my fellow hatchery volunHeights resident and a volunteers Ted Panos and Buck teer at the Kern River Fish Jacob. Hatchery.

Entertainment K E R N

Friday, February 12, 2010


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Damon is a comedian too

Julia has no time to have kids

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Feb. 23: PICKS OF THE WEEK "The Informant!" -- Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, a chubby executive turned FBI informant in this hilarious Steven Soderbergh comedy about the 1990s Archer Daniels Midland price-fixing scandal. I know. When I first heard that Matt Damon was going to star in a movie about a conspiracy concerning livestock feed, I thought, "What the heck?" But believe me, this is a movie that has all the wackiness of a Marx Brothers comedy combined with the same social awareness Matt Damon and passion that Soderbergh brought to "Erin Brockovich." Damon's character is brilliant: a pudgy buffoon who imagines himself to be James Bond, but he's really more Maxwell Smart. "The Informant!" is one of the best films of 2009, and after watching it, you'll agree. "The September Issue" -- For nearly a quarter century, Anna Wintour has been the head of Vogue magazine, the bible of the fashion industry. Her reputation for being a ruthless and strong-willed dynamo was the basis for Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada" and for Edna Mode in "The Incredibles." "The September Issue" is a brilliant, entertaining look at the chaos behind the scenes of putting together the September 2007 issue of Vogue -- the year's largest and most influential edition. If you love "Project: Runway," and dishy, catty drama, then this hot, two-disc mess is just for you.

On Books

"Motherhood" -- Uma Thurman stars as a stay-at-home mom who tries to pull it all together during one crazy day where she has to set up her 6-year-old's birthday party, keep her car from being impounded, save her bicycle, help her scatter-brained husband and get around to writing her blog about being a mom. It's all wacky, madcap fun for moms in the audience, but frankly, if Uma isn't bisecting masked yakuza, I'm not really that interested. "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" -- DC Comics has a solid track record with their directto-DVD animated films, and "Crisis on Two Earths" is yet another solid release. In this film, the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others) must travel to a parallel Earth where they must defeat the Crime Syndicate -- an evil version of themselves. It's kind of like that old "Star Trek" episode "Mirror, Mirror" without the goatees. TV SERIES "Jersey Shore" Season 1 "Nurse Jackie" Season One "Night Court" The Complete Third Season "Trailer Park Boys" Countdown to Liquor Day "Project Runway" Season Six "FlashForward" Season One, Part 1 "Human Spark With Alan Alda" "The Universe" The Complete Season Four "Ghost Hunters" Season Five, Part One "My Three Sons" Season Two, Vol. 1 "Adam-12" Season Four c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

"The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn" by Alison Weir (Ballantine Books, $28) Reviewed by Larry Cox

It isn't easy to blow the dust off five centuries of history and somehow make the period and its people relevant, but British historian Alison Weir has built a solid literary reputation doing just that -- fleshing out the intrigues and personalities of the Tudor era. Her latest book focuses on Anne Boleyn and her dramatic fall and eventual execution. Anne Boleyn made her first appearance in the English court in 1521, and although she wasn't beautiful, she had that certain magnetism that caught the attention of King Henry VIII. Henry, who had grown tired of his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was intrigued with Anne and wanted her to become his mistress. She refused, which set in motion the king's departure from the Catholic Church and his establishment of the Church of England so that he could arrange a divorce and marry Anne. Anne and Henry were secretly married in January of 1533. The following May, the marriage was announced. Within three months, Henry's passion for Anne had cooled and became even more so after the birth of a daughter (the future Queen Elizabeth) that September. When a stillborn son was born in January 1536, Henry had his wife arrested and brought to the Tower of London, where she was charged with high treason and eventually executed. "The Lady in the Tower" presents the full array of evidence of the charges brought against Anne Boleyn, as well as some fascinating new historical details uncovered by Weir's meticulous research. With Weir's marvelous gift for storytelling, the characters involved in this ill-fated relationship seem to leap off the page. Anne Boleyn becomes more than just a name in a history book; she becomes a living, breathing woman. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Cindy Elavsky

OK! Magazine -- while promoting her new movie "Valentine's Day" -that she and Danny are happy with three children in their brood. "I think we're going to stick with a trio. We just want to enjoy them and participate with what's going on with each of them." With another movie coming out this year, "Eat, Pray, Love," and nine more in production, I don't see how Julia could even find the time!

Q: My brother and I have an ongoing disagreement that I hope you can help with. He says that the child actor in Madonna's "Open Your Heart" video is a young Leonardo DiCaprio. I say it is someone else. Who's correct? -Summer G., Huntsville, Ala. A: Tell your brother that girls know best, because you are correct in this argument. Leo's breakthrough role was that of Luke in "Growing Pains" back in 1991 (his *** Julia Roberts movie breakthrough would come two Q: When years later opposite Robert DeNiro is the new "Parenthood" series in "This Boy's Life"). going to premiere? It seems The young boy in the Madonna like I've been waiting forever! -video is child actor Felix Howard. Faith G., via e-mail He is from the U.K. and was 13 A: Our wait is almost over. when he danced alongside the "Parenthood" is set to premiere on Material Girl. Felix soon left the actTuesday, March 2, at 10 p.m., just a ing world behind and went on to few days after the closing cereplay in bands and later became a monies of the 2010 Olympic Winter songwriter, writing songs for Amy Games. It was originally scheduled Winehouse, Kylie Minogue, Holly to air on Mondays at 9 p.m., but Valance and Beverly Knight. He since the cancellation of "The Jay then got into the business side of Leno Show," NBC has had to do the recording industry, and this past some major schedule shuffling to fill summer was promoted to head of in the 10 o'clock gaps. But don't A&R for EMI Music Publishing in even get me started on Jay -- I am the U.K. Team Conan all the way! *** Q: Does Julia Roberts plan to have more children? I thought I read somewhere that she wants to have a houseful of kids. -Jackie R., via e-mail A: The word on the street is no more kids for Julia and husband Danny Moder. Julia recently told

*** Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Lighter side of faith

Friday, February 12, 2010

Voices of Faith

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?" A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up!" *** One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning Alex." "Good morning pastor," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "Pastor McGhee, what is this?" Alex asked. "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was barely audible when he asked, "Which service, the 8:30 or the 11:00?" *** An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, "How do you expect to get into Heaven?" The boy thought it over and said, "Well, I'll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Jimmy, come in or stay out!'"

Loving is a conscious decision Jim Beilstein, pastor Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Lake Isabella

February is the love month. Love is the center of conversation and that is a good thing except the definition of love can be confusing. Our world would have us believe that love is a feeling that magically appears. I was watching the Beilstein movie "Pearl Harbor" last night and Danny, one of the leading men, tells his best friend that he just fell in love and he could not help it. The only trouble was that Danny fell in love with his best friend's girl. Now, the movie portrays Danny as a great guy and his romance is theoretically sound due to several circumstances that occur. But since he could not help falling in love, it seems to me his love was probably more lust than love. Love is a conscious decision and the loving feelings come from performing acts of love. One of the greatest acts of love ever recorded was not an act performed to enhance romantic love but an act of a servant's love. "Jesus…got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus came to Simon

Peter, Peter said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will." "No," Peter protested, "you will never ever wash my feet!" (John 13:3-11, NLT) In the culture at the time of Jesus, it was the lowest servant's task to wash the feet of those present at a meal. A selfrespecting Jewish rabbi would never wash the feet of others, but that is exactly what Jesus Christ did for his disciples. No wonder Peter protested this act of feet washing, which was beneath Jesus' status. Later as the disciples understood that it was actually God who washed their feet, we can only imagine the love they must have felt for Jesus their God and Savior. Jesus loves us and asks us to reflect his love to others by performing acts of love. Through Jesus we actually make a decision to love others and to perform kind and loving acts. I pray that during the month of February we would all make an extra effort to perform loving acts for others and experience all that the love of Jesus has in store for us.

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

Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m.

Bible verse of the week He covers the sky with clouds, he supplies the earth with rain, and maketh the grass grow on the hills. Psalms 147:8

Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 7 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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


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Health Insurance Matters

2.5 million people eligible for Extra Help Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

There is a program for people on Medicare that also have a prescription benefit. They may receive this benefit via a stand-alone Prescription Drug plan (PDP) or it may be part of a Medicare Advantage (MA-PD) plan, such as an HMO or PPO. Regrettably, many of these people are poor, but are not quite poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal. They are paying upwards of $90 a month for a single medication. Butthey may qualify for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) which will entitle them for "Extra Help". There is a federal program called "Extra Help", but many of these peo-

ple with marginal income still don't qualify because they have a life insurance policy, or were receiving support from family such as food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electric, water and property tax. Beginning Jan. 1, the rules have changed! Help from family members, called "In-Kind Support and Maintenance” (ISM), is no longer counted. Cash surrender value of life insurance will also no longer be counted for LIS eligibility. To qualify, you must reside in the 50 states, and as a couple, have resources of no more than $25,010 (or an individual $12,510.) Resources include things like bank account, stocks, bonds, etc. The value of your home and car are not counted. Income is limited to $16,245 for an individual and $21,855 for a married couple living together. If you have another family member living with you, such as a grandchild or a dis-

abled adult, there is a possibility you may qualify with a higher income. There are more than 185,000 Californians who will be receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) within the next three weeks. The mailing list is directed to people who had previously applied and were not qualified. They now may be. My contention is that there are more than double this number who qualify and never heard of the program. If your income is marginal, apply. There is no fee attached to applying, and if successful, your prescription drug costs are greatly reduced. Brand name drugs will have a co-pay of $6.30 and generic drugs, $2.50. By being in this program, the monthly premium of your plan will be reduced as well. Depending on the plan, it could be as little as $0 per month. Also, the donut hole is eliminated. The donut hole (or coverage gap) is that period

when you have consumed more than $2,830 in covered medications. Once in the gap, you pay the full insurance negotiated rate for the drug. You come out of this gap when you have spent $4,450. But, with LIS, when you would have emerged from the gap, your co-pays typically drop to $0. To apply for Extra Help/LIS you may go online to, or call Social Security 1-800772-1213 or go in to the Social Security office, 246 Bernard Street, Bakersfield 661-861-4330 Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is Past President and President Elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

Macular degeneration doesn’t come from scratch on eye Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Columnist


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it possible to get wet macular degeneration from a scratch on the left eye during cataract surgery, or could it have been a cyst that caused wet macular degeneration? I am 85, and my right eye is perfect. I had cataract surgery on that eye also. -- C. ANSWER: A scratch on the eye isn't likely to cause macular degeneration. The possibility of cataract surgery leading to macular degeneration is a remote one. More than 6,000 people who had had a cataract removed were followed for five years after the operation. Slightly more people who had the operation developed macular degeneration, dry or wet, in the operated eye than did a similar group of people who had not had an operation. This isn't proof that cataract surgery leads to macular degeneration. The same risks that cause cataracts also cause macular degeneration. The numbers that do develop it after cataract removal are small. A cause-


and-effect relationship has not been proven. I am not clear what you mean by a cyst causing the degeneration. In what part of the eye was the cyst? I have not seen a link between cysts and macular degeneration. The retina is the back layer of the eye, the layer that converts incoming images into nerve signals that can be transmitted to the brain so we can see. The macula is a small, round area of the retina where there's an aggregation of cells that are essential for central vision -- the kind of vision needed to read a paper, watch TV and drive. Dry macular degeneration, accounting for 85 percent to 90 percent of cases, is a wasting away of macular cells. Wet macular degeneration results from a sprouting of blood vessels in that region. Those newly formed blood vessels leak fluid and destroy macular vision. Procedures are available that can halt the progression of wet macular degeneration. The booklet on macular degeneration explains both kinds and what is available to help those with this common eye problem. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 701W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-

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Kern River Courier

Friday, February 12, 2010

Talking About Real Estate

Pick an experienced agent Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

When a seller has finally made the decision to sell a home or other property that decision is not take lightly. Especially for families, deciding to sell a home can be a long and sometimes painful process. A home has a value but memories and experiences do not, they are priceless and Matt Freeman cannot be replaced. So when the decision is made and the property is put on the market for sale it is important to find a real estate agent you can trust and believe in to do the job right. The last thing you want is a real estate agent that actually hampers the sale of a property through either selfishness, never being available or just having a general lack of experience. All of these things can really hurt a seller in their attempts to sell a home and it is especially important in a market like this where buyer's are hard to come by that you have a real estate agent that is competent and up to the task. Here are five rules to live by when picking a real estate agent: 1: Make sure they are a fulltime agent. A part time agent will give part time effort, no matter

how dedicated they are it is a matter of logistics. 2: Make sure they have a good marketing plan. Get someone who will do more than just put a sign in the yard and pray. Local neighborhood knowledge, their own website, flyers, newspaper ads and client mailers drive all of this. It is a must to get maximum exposure for a listing. 3: Make sure they have a good reputation. Ask for references, ask how long they have been selling. 4: Make sure they have the numbers to back up the talk. You agent should have recently closed sales and multiple listings that you can look over from a buyer's perspective to see just how effective their marketing of properties is. A good agent even in a down market sells 2 million plus in real estate every year. If they have not, ask why. 5: Make sure they have a good personality. This sounds weird but I have seen a lot of deals fall apart because of arrogant or inept agents or agents that seem more like they want to represent themselves then their clients. Personality matters, if you get a bad vibe about someone, trust your instincts and find someone else. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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Forest Service plans projects Kern River Courier

• The boat dock at Launch 19, located on the west side of Engineer Point, will be removed for repairs on Friday, Feb. 12. The Forest Service wants to make these repairs for public safety and to prepare for the upcoming Lake Isabella Fishing Derby. The Forest Service expects to have the dock repaired and operational by March 1. • The Forest Service is asking for public comments on a proposal to conduct repair and maintenance work on the Pacific Crest Trail bridge that crosses the South Fork of the Kern. The Sequoia National Forest constructed the bridge in

1984 to carry PCT foot and equestrian travel over the South Fork of the Kern River. Comments can be submitted to Bob Frenes, Kern River Ranger District, P.O. Box 9, Kernville, CA 93238 through February 24. • Forest Service fire crews plan do prescribed burns, if weather conditions permit, at Old Isabella and South Fork Recreation areas between Lake Isabella and Mt. Mesa. Smoke will be visible. • An environmental assessment is being prepared for a Forest Service fish rescue project at Profanity Flume near Borel. contact Art Colson at (760) 379-5646, extension 562 for more information.


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Army Corps ready to publish draft of EIS about dam repairs Kern River Courier

The Sacramento District of the United States Army Corp of Engineers (Corps), with their cooperating agency, the Sequoia National Forest, will soon publish a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The draft EIS will assess a federal action to remediate seismic, seepage, and hydrologic dam safety concerns at the Isabella Lake main and auxiliary

dams. The proposed action is being conducted through the Corps’ Dam Safety Assurance Program (DSAP) for the evaluation of existing dams. The NOI will be published in the Federal Register and may be accessed online at Sequoia National Forest Deputy District Ranger Brenda Ehmann said, “To accommodate the public, NOI copies will be available to the public at the Kern River Ranger

District Offices located at 4875 Ponderosa Drive in Lake Isabella, and at 105 Whitney Road in Kernville”. Public scoping meetings identifying the alternatives will be held in late April in the community of Lake Isabella and in Bakersfield. The meetings provide an opportunity to involve concerned individuals, and local, state and federal agencies. Details of the public scoping meeting places, dates, and times will

Letter to the Courier Dear Kern River Courier, We have received notice from Kern County Planning that Verizon intends to put up a 70 ft. cell phone tower and "wireless communication facility" in our neighborhood. The proposed tower will be on James Road above the James Market, near the Masonic Lodge. The Proposal reads: "A Conditional Use Permit to allow the installation of a wireless communication facility to include a 70 foot tall mono-pine and four equipment shelters each measuring approximately three feet by five feet in an E (1) District a. A Zone Variance to allow a reduced setback distance for the tower. This project has been found to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparation of environmental documents pursuant to Section 15303 of the State CEQA Guidelines." There are a number of reasons to object to allowing this conditional use permit and variance. • Many of us are concerned about EMR (electro magnetic radiation) effects of the tower given it's proximity to homes and Kernville Elementary School.

CERT classes in March • RF (radio frequency) liability issues • Fire hazard due to the possible use of lead-acid 48 volt batteries that contain sulfuric acid. • Devaluation of real estate Furthermore, the public hearing is not being held in our community. They should hold the meeting locally. Surely there are other less populated areas where a tower of this type might be installed. For more information please refer to A public hearing will be held at the Planning Commission office/ Chamber of the Board of Supervisors, 1115 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield. If you share our concerns please send a letter objecting to this zone variance and conditional use permit. Please reference: CUP #49, Map #17-15, ZV #29, Map #17-15 Kern County Planning Department 2700 M Street, Suite 100 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Erin Havrilesky Kernville

California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

The (KRV CERT) Kern River Valley Community Emergency Response Team will be teaching the Basic CERT training classes starting the first Saturday in March. These classes are for everyone who would like to learn how to prepare his home, family and neighborhood for a major disaster. Participates do not have to become part of the cert team but are welcome to join after completing the course. Classes will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3701 Suhre Street in Lake Isabella from 9am to 4:30pm each Saturday. The classes are free; the CERT Manual is $20. On March 6th the following classes will be taught: Preparing for a disaster, Fire Suppression and Hazardous Materials, Medical One and Medical Two. On March 13th, classes will be Light Search and Rescue, CERT and the Incident Command System, CERT Psychology, and CERT and Terrorism. On March 20th, will be hands on training with medical aid (splinting and bandaging), fire suppression, and cribbing. Then we will do a cert review before giving the final exam. If you are interested in taking this class please call Tom Klein (760) 379-2797 to register.

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Parade is a must California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Big parade coming up Saturday morning. And I should look in on the melodrama Saturday night to be sure they all know their lines (I never do). Yep, it’s Whiskey Flat Days! *** Hey, when you’re at the museum you might want to California Joe see if you can get a copy of “The Rough and the Righteous of the Kern River Diggins’” by Ardis Walker. Ardis was a grandnephew of Joseph Reddeford Walker, the mountain man for whom Walker Pass is named. The book tells the panoramic story of 16 folks who helped found this here valley. Many came here on foot with their blankets and provisions on their back. It was 300 miles from Stockton to the Kern River Valley and the majority who came went home the same way – on foot. One of my favorite stories in that book has to do with a Cherokee prospector named Lovely Rogers. In 1849, he left the school of Cane Hill, Ark. where he was being educated and lit out for the California mines and the Kern River diggings. He and others were to blaze what was to

be advertised. The Corps intends to issue a draft EIS in early 2011. Opportunities will be provided to submit comments, which will be addressed in the final EIS scheduled for late in 2011. Current and archival information regarding the Isabella Lake DSAP project can be obtained from the Web site ects/civil/Lake_Isabella_Dam/Index. html or by contacting Mitch Stewart of the Planning Division at (916) 5576734.

become known as the Cherokee Trail, crossing the Neosho at the Grand Saline, Cherokee Nation, and proceeding on a due northwest course until they struck the great road from Independence to Sante Fe. Later they crossed the Green River, then down to Bridger’s Fort, and subsequently over the Sierra Nevada to the California mines. Getting to the mines had taken four months and twelve days. On a Sunday morning in 1860 Lovely’s mule got a hankering fer some new wild grass and wandered off. Lovely, armed with lead rope and prospector’s pick, set out on the tracks of his mule. By early afternoon Rogers spotted his mule munching weeds contently on the slope of a hill above the bank of the Kern River. People who later heard the story claimed that Lovely picked up a rock to hurl at that dad-blasted mule when his eye caught a glint in the sunlight. The rock was speckled with flakes of gold. Lovely Rogers’ strike proved to be the richest and the largest in the history of the Kern River diggings. Soon a $600,000 stock company was formed and a 12 stamp mill was set up. And this coming weekend we’ll all sing songs and dance merrily around to celebrate Lovely’s find. California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

uncovered until chicken is opaque, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool 15 minutes. Shred chicken. Mix taco sauce and lime juice together in small bowl. Pour taco sauce mixture over chicken and toss. Place chicken on serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm. Warm taco shells or tortillas. Place in serving bowl. Cover with kitchen towel to keep warm. Make individual tacos or serve buffet style with condiments and side dishes. Makes 24 tacos. Bodfish Bob's Baked Chicken Delight Bodfish Bob’s Authentic Chicken Tacos 6 Skinless, Boneless Whole Chicken Breasts, halved 4 cups Fat-Free Low-Sodium canned Chicken Broth 1 whole Jalapeño Chile Pepper 2 large Garlic Cloves, crushed 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Dried Oregano Leaves 1/4 cup Medium or Hot Taco Sauce 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice 24 Taco Shells or Small Tortillas Condiments: 1 small Iceberg Lettuce, finely shredded 4-5 small Plum Tomatoes, diced 2 cups Fat-Free Sour Cream 1 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped

Trim fat from chicken breasts. Rinse chicken breasts thoroughly and pat dry. In large, deep pan or cast iron skillet, bring chicken stock, chili pepper, garlic, and oregano to boil. Reduce heat to low and add chicken. Simmer,

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Sign was a good investment

Tors weathering explained

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a 1934 cardboard window display featuring Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery. It measures 48 inches across and is still bright and colorful despite its age. Between the images of Cooper and Beery, there is a large picture of a bottle of Coca-Cola. I purchased it for $150 several years ago, when the contents of an old drug store were being liquidated. How much do you think it might be worth? -- Ben, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I found your sign referenced in Warman's Coca-Cola Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide by Allan Petretti (Krause Publications, $24.99). It was produced in 1934 and is worth about $4,500, according to Petretti. You got a bargain and made an excellent investment. *** Q: I have a number of old pocket knives and wonder if you can recommend a good price guide. -- Steve, Carbondale, Colo. A: Although there are several good price guides available, I especially like American Premium Guide to Knives & Razors: Identification and Price Guide, by Jim Sargent (Krause Publications, $24.99). This reference features more than 2,500 photos of classic knives, knife sets and straight razors, including issues by Case, LVKA/Crandall,

Queen/Schatt & Morgan, and Remington. Sargent has been a cutlery dealer since 1968 and is a former officer with the National Knife Collectors Club. His guide is easy to use and accurately reflects the marketplace. *** Q: I have an oil painting by Louis Gaspard Monte titled "Hudson Sunset." It was exhibited during the winter of 1919 at a gallery in New York City. Can you give me any information about this artist? -Virginia, Charlestown, R.I. A: I could not find any reference to Louis Gaspard Monte in any of my art books, including Hislop's Official International Price Guide to Fine Art edited by Duncan Hislop and published by House of Collectibles. I consulted two art dealers and they, too, were not familiar with this artist or his work. Your next step might be to hire a certified appraiser. You can find one near you at, and

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The three diagram below is the beginning stage of how the rocks become blocky with the formation of Tors. The unweathered granite mass with joints (b) were formed by possibly other processes. Other processes that Ron Bolyard can cause similar features are: 1) Hydrolysis (water reaction to some minerals in the rock); 2) Solution

(water dissolving rock salt); Oxidation (oxygen reacting to some minerals, i.e. iron); and Organic ( the minerals in the rocks are attacked by the organic acids in bacteria, lichens, mosses, and decaying plants. Other rock types, such as shales, sandstones, metasediments and igneous rocks, other than granite, are affected in similar fashion by the erosional processes. The end result of all this erosion, disintegration, and alteration of the original rock types is the formation of soil types, which is the subject for next week's discussion. UNTIL NEXT WEEK ….. Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

*** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Bird counting coming this weekend Here’s another thing to do this weekend, besides Whiskey Flat Days. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts Friday, February 12, and continues through Monday, February 15. It's easy and fun to participate. Just watch birds for at least 15 minutes at any location on one or more days of the count and report the highest number of each species you see together at one time. To help introduce you to area birds and help with the computer, there will be workshops on beginning bird watching each day at Audubon's Kern River Preserve during the GBBC. Come on out to the Preserve Friday through Monday between 9am-11am and learn how to identify birds and how to set up an online GBBC account. We will identify and count the birds in a discrete area (it doesn't just have to be a backyard). Then you will be taught how to will upload the results live onto the GBBC website. You can upload checklists from the preserve, your backyard or anyplace that you bird for at least 15 minutes in one day during the count period. You can upload multiple checklists from different locations each day. For more information and birding tips visit the GBBC website: and check out this year's great drawing prizes

for GBBC participants. You must do your bird counts over the four days of the GBBC but you have until March 1 to enter your information through the GBBC website and to send in your entries for the GBBC photo contest. Looking to find out about the birds in your backyard? Visit Audubon at website: for some tips. Tips are organized according to setting—urban, suburban, or rural. For more information call Alison Sheehey at 760-378-2029 or email: All of the Friends of the Kern River Preserve events are held outdoors at the Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters: 18747 Highway 178, Weldon. Please dress for variable weather, bring drinks, sunscreen and bug spray. Binoculars and a camera are always a good idea, if you have them. Directions to the preserve: On State Highway 178, the preserve is 57 miles east of Highway 99 in Bakersfield and 30 miles west of Highway 14 near Inyokern. Look for a large Audubon California sign at the entrance to the Kern River Preserve. The entrance is 100 feet west of Kelso Valley Road. Turn on the dirt easement road… drive 0.2 miles to the parking area inside the forest. Look for Lake Isabella on a map if you are coming from outside the immediate area.

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The library’s Wofford Heights Branch, 3766160, 6400-B Wofford Blvd, presents "Be My Valentine Storytime" Thursday, Feb. 11 at 3:00pm. The Kern River Valley Branch, 549-2083, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, is looking for "Gold in Them Thar Books! Storytime & Craft!" Friday, Feb. 12 at 3:45pm, wear your western clothes or costumes, Yee-Hah! Kernville Branch,376-6180, 48 Tobias St, is having a "Cowboy & Cowgirl Roundup Storytime" Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10:30am, wear your western clothes or costumes!

SCE proposes improvements at Borel The Sequoia National Forest is in the process of reviewing proposals submitted by Southern California Edison to make improvements at two locations adjacent to the Borel Powerhouse facility located in the Kern Canyon. Improvements to the Borel Hydroelectric facilities will include the following two projects: the Borel Forebay Rehabilitation Project involving replacement of the deteriorated intake and rack structures, and the Borel Switchyard Rehabilitation Project involving replacement of deteriorated equipment in the Borel Powerhouse Switchyard. Both projects are proposed to take 3-4 months beginning in August of 2010, and are contingent upon agency permits and approvals. Copies of the Proposals can be obtained by writing to the Sequoia National Forest Office (1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257) or by calling Roger Porter at (559) 7841500 x1136.

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Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Commercial & Residential - 2 bd, 1ba home inclds clean garage/shop w/office & half bath. $850/mo. Zoned for business, convenient for commuters. No pets. For app (760) 376-2436 ___________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Kernville - Studio Apartments available at River View RV Park. $400 month rent w/ utilities included. 760-376-2345 _________________________ Mt. Mesa - 2 bd. 1 ba MH w/2 storage sheds, patio, new carpet. In Harbor Light MHP, #34, $575/mo + dep. Inclds water & trash. 760-382-4826 _________________________ Mt. Mesa - 2 bd, 1 ba MH w/2 covered patios. In Harbor Light MHP, #19, $675/mo + dep. Inclds water & trash. (760) 382-4826 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Nice 2 bd. 2 ba house w/large attached garage in nice neighborhood. $800/mo. 1st + $1,000 security. Indoor pets req add'l sec. dep. 760-379-5439 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2904 Claire St., 2 bd 1 ba, fenced yard, garage, close to shopping. $700/mo + utilities, dep & credit check. Call 562-776-0498/cell 213-923-9299 _________________________ 1 bd Mobile Home for 2 people, transportation assessable, $500 per mo includes utilities, fenced yard, good neighborhood. (760) 379-7699, Cell (760) 812-0841 _________________________ Weldon Area - ROOMMATE WANTED - Old Mobile on Land. Fixed Income & Bad Credit O.K. $400 + util. Call 760-223-6395.


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The Rich Pelletreau Gallery is now closed and the log cabin in Wofford Heights in which it was located is now for rent. For information, please call Marcy Hughes at 1-760-417-1953. _________________________ FOR SALE-Established Christian Book Store on busy highway. Everything stays. Step Right In! Call Sheila for info. 760-376-2665 or 661-979-0999 _________________________ FOR LEASE 5116C Lake Isabella Blvd. 1,200 sq. ft Bldg. Next to Glamour Room Salon $550 + security deposit. Call Jeannie

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EVENTS continued from page 2 derbies takes place in March, with over $200,000 in prizes offered for those registered. Top prizes in the 2010 derby include eleven tagged trout worth $10,000 and one tagged trout worth $21,000. Call the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce at (760) 379-5236. Whitewater Festival to take place April 17-18 The Kern River Whitewater Festival is an annual paddling extravaganza. Starting in 1963, the festival has gained popularity year after year. The rushing whitewater is a pulse-pounding experience for kayakers and rafters. Races, slaloms and poker runs are just some of the fun events. See for details. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

McQuiston looking for help First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston is looking for local area residents interested in serving Kern County as a member of various Boards and Commissions. “Volunteers who serve on many of Kern County’s various boards, commissions, or committees play an important role in the way local government works,” McQuiston said. “Volunteers can help make a real difference by providing input and a citizen’s perspective to improve the way government provides services to the public.” For specific details on requirements, terms, responsibilities and an application please visit the county Web site http:// or call Kimberly Mullins at 661-868-3654.

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Fred Wynne Owen Fred Wynne Owen, 82, of Mt. Mesa, passed away on Feb. 5, 2010 at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. No services have been scheduled. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Cremation and Funeral Society, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

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Ernest Lloyd King, 73, of Wofford Heights, passed away on Feb. 6, 2010. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Cremation and Funeral Society, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

James M. Hall James M. Hall, 59, of Bodfish, passed away on Feb. 3, 2010 his residence. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Cremation and Funeral Society, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

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Stress Management New Stress Management Technique just released in latest psychology journal. This works and will improve your day. Follow each step closely: 1. Picture yourself lying on your stomach on a warm rock hanging out over a crystal clear stream. 2. Imagine that both your hands are dangling in the cool running water. 3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air. 4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic world. 5. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity. 6. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you’re holding by the neck under water.'re smiling, stress free, and completely relaxed now.

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2 Eggs, 2 Bacon, Choice of Potato & Toast Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 9:00am Under Construction - ASHWOOD CUSTOM HOMES, INC. offers another quality home in the desirable SOUTH LAKE location. 1832 Plan featuring 4 bd/2bath, extra large living room, knotty alder cabinetry, granite countertops throughout, tall Tray ceilings, ceramic tile flooring, RV parking & more. Lot size is approx 15,000 sq ft & at the end of a cul-de-sac for added privacy. Act now & PICK YOUR OWN COLORS. Co-Op Welcome. Call for an appointment (661) 201-2141 _________________________ Bodfish - Beautifully remodeled 1400 sq ft. cabin w/great view! $130,000. 661-428-1108

Mobile Homes Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Clean 1/bd MH w/add-on, pellet stove & window air. 224 Cypress Ln. Wof Hts. Walk to lake, space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $12,500. Owner may consider carrying. Gary (760) 376-3228

Reward ALWAYS BUYING original art, bronzes, sculptures, paintings, Indian items, antiques, saloon, Civil War, old advertising, art pottery & more. HIGHEST PRICES PAID. Over 21 years exp. WE SELL TOO! Open daily. Ghost Town Relics @ Silver City Ghost Town. 760-379-5146

1 $ 99 2

$ 99

1/3 lb. Hamburger* & Fries

Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 1:00pm

* H and p acked f resh g round b eef

6629 W offord B lvd, W offord H gts.

760-3 376-1 1600 Extra parking in back


661-325-3963 Fax 661-325-0240 800-894-8882

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: JERRY'S ELECTRICAL SERVICE (2010-B0165) Street address of principal place of business: 2221 20TH street West, Rosamond, CA 93560. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 477, Rosamond, CA 93560. REGISTRANT: Jerry Winfrey, 2221 20th Street, Rosamond, CA 93560. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 10/11/1973. 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: Jerry Winfrey. This statement filed on 01/07/2010. Expires 01/07/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier January 22, 29, February 5 and 12, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: FAY CREEK WELL WATER SYSTEM (2010B0470) Street address of principal place of business: 9617 South Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 438, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANT(S): Robert Lowe, 9617 South Fay Creek, Weldon, CA 93283, Todd Bastian, 121 North W Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 and Beth Mramor, 23422 Candlewood Way, West Hills, CA 91307. E, Unincorporated Association. 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: Robert H. Lowe. This statement filed on 01/21/2010. Expires 01/21/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier January 29, February 5, 12 and 19, 2010.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Courier chuckle of the week: “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” - Yogi Berra

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There could be some negative reaction to your tough stance when making a recent decision. But overall, your efforts result in well-earned recognition. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your financial situation seems confusing, even for the fiscally savvy Bovine. Maybe it's the conflicting advice you're getting. Check it out before things get too tangled. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A relaxed attitude goes a long way in helping you deal with any of life's irritants that might be popping up this week. You're also a role model for others in the same situation. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your aspect favors creativity, which should persuade you to work on your artistic projects. If time is a problem, prioritize your commitments. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Scrutinize all the job offers that interest you. Most are honest and worth considering. But a few might not be completely forthcoming about what the job is and what the salary and benefits are. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An unexpected snafu could delay the completion of a project you're eager to finish. Find out what's causing it, fix it, and if you need help, don't be shy about asking for it. Good luck.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) An idea that could be helpful to you comes from an unlikely source. Listen to it. Discuss it. If necessary, adjust it. If it looks as if it might work out, go ahead and use it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful about allowing someone to share a very personal secret with you. This could cause problems down the line with others who are involved in that person's private life. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A cooling down of a relationship could be the result of neglect, unintended or not. To save it from icing over, you need to warm it up with a hot dose of passion. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to get involved with a number of family matters that involve money and other issues that might jeopardize the closeness between and among family members. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Cheer up. That difficult person who appears to be deliberately stalling your project might just need to be reassured of the value she or he brings to it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Good news! Expect to feel re-energized now that you've gone through that stressful energy-depleting period involving a lot of changes. Now, go out there and show them what you can do. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a warm, giving nature that inspires many to follow your example. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. LANGUAGE: What country once was known by the Latin name of Caledonia? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Guadalcanal is part of which island group in the Pacific Ocean? 3. MOVIES: Which actors voiced the two main characters, Woody and Buzz, on the "Toy Stories" movies? 4. INVENTIONS: Who is credited with inventing the Hula Hoop? 5. TELEVISION: Who played the character Latka Gravas on "Taxi"? 6. MYTHOLOGY: What was domain of the Greek god Aeolus? Answers:

1. Scotland 2. Solomon Islands 3. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen 4. Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin 5. Andy Kaufman 6. God of the winds

Friday, February 12, 2010

(c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Solutions to Kern River Courier puzzles on 14-15:

Charlotte L. Ruse

“We Buy Gold & Silver!”

Recycling Makes $’s & Cents @

6429 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella

WEB Recycling

Legal Document Services • Notary

Lake Isabella • Weldon • Kernville

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In the Post Office Center

Coins & Jewelry 760-379-5200 Adjust • Exchange • Repair

South Fork Transmission (760) 379-8578

Clutches, Differentials, Brakes, Belts & Hoses 5300 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella


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March 27, 28, 29, 2010

Breakfast Specials Starting at 99¢ 59º or Lower and Hot Drinks are 59¢ Lake Isabella Blvd.“Next to DMV”


Cora Connors Josephine Peterson Irene Whitehead Tax Preparers 6439 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella 760-379-3489 Fax:760-379-5145

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Dianne Storm Owner Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennel • Pet Supplies

2100 Edith Street Lake Isabella, CA 760-379-4311

M & N AUTOMOTIVE L.L.C. new Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7am to 5 pm Saturday by appointment We have tires in stock. Check our prices before you drive out of town! 5448 lake isabella Blvd. Lake isabella 760-379-6349 Corner of Erskine Creek & Lake Isabella Blvd.

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The * Free personal ads are limited to one 5-line Marketplace ad per person, a resident of the Kern River Valley, contain contact information and must be from a legitimate source. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to refuse any advertising that it deems fraudulent, inappropriate or offensive in nature. Offer ends Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Good Luck!

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