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‘Old West’ lives again
Valley weekend weather forecast Fri.: 60% chance rain. High 43. Fri. night: 50% ch. showers. Low 35. Sat.: 30% chance showers. High 44.
Kernville holds annual celebration Feb. 13-16
Sat. night: Chance showers. Low 36.
Mike Devich Kern River Courier
Sun.: Rain likely, high 51.
The Kern River Valley town of Kernville has a history that stretches back to the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, and every year it relives its storied past as it returns its roots when it was known by its original name, Whiskey Flat. The celebration is known as Whiskey Flat Days, and it has been going on every February since the idea was conceived over a half-century ago by Kernville businesspeople. Winter is a slow time for the local area, business-wise, compared to the summer. That’s when motels and restaurants teem with visitors partaking in the warmweather recreation opportunities for which the Kern River Valley is justifiably famous. Whiskey Flat Days brings the summer crowds up to enjoy the special winter atmosphere of the valley. That usually brings many of those visitors back in the off-season when they realize there’s always plenty to see and do here. Welcome and come back soon.
Sun. night: Chance showers, low 37. Mon.: Chance showers, high 48. Sun. night: Chance showers, low 38 Weather forecast from National Weather Service
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Snow going A surprise snowstorm hit the valley Monday afternoon, with some areas getting more snow than others. On Wofford Heights Hill, two women were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their car flipped over. There were at least three other disabled vehicles on the hill at the same time.
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Whiskey Flat, Calif.
What in tarnation is Whiskey Flat Days?
Weekend events include festival and much more Mike Devich Kern River Courier
Is it about flat whiskey? No, it’s about Whiskey Flat Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper
So what is this Whiskey Flat Days celebration all about, anyway? Well, here’s the lowdown. It’s all about remembering Whiskey Flat, a Gold Rush-era town built by prospectors way back in the 1860s. The modern-day town of Kernville traces its ancestry back to Whiskey Flat. How, you ask? New Kernville is only a few miles away from the historic site of Old Kernville, and Old Kernville was called Whiskey Flat for the first five years of its life (1860-64). So Whiskey Flat Days is when we pay tribute to our long history, which spans almost 150 years. And now we’ll tell you about some of that history. The great California Gold Rush started in the late 1840s near Sacramento. As gold played out up north, prospectors began seeking gold farther south. In 1860 gold was found here in good quantities, and a town grew up around a mining camp called Whiskey Flat, which was built on a little flat spot by the Kern River. The new town kept the name until 1864, when it was changed to the more respectable name of Kernville. Kernville in its original location existed for almost 100 years until the early 1950s, when it was moved north about five miles to a new site. A government flood control reservoir was coming into the Kern River Valley, and the towns of Kernville and Isabella had to move to
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higher ground or be drowned in the rising lake. Many of the old homes were moved north to the Burlando Ranch. Others were moved southwest to the new community of Wofford Heights, which was developed out of the old Wofford Ranch. New Kernville has its own charm and has built its own 50-year history. But each year, the townspeople of New Kernville put on their Western duds and prepare to greet many thousands of visitors who come to join in the celebration that remembers the 1860-64 days of Whiskey Flat. People come from all over to see the Whiskey Flat Days Grand Parade and the shoot-’em-up shows, take part in the many contests such as the old-time costume contest or the frog jumpin’ contest, partake of the carnival rides, enjoy the shenanigans of the Honorary Whiskey Flat Mayor contest (during which the candidates try to out-joke each other), eat some great food, or just walk around and enjoy the clean mountain air in one of the nicest little towns you’ll ever see. In the summer Kernville is the headquarters for the many whitewater outfitters that host rafting trips on the Kern River, which is swollen with snowmelt every spring and summer. The reservoir rises and becomes another playground for water enthusisants, with water skiing,
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The three candidates for Honorary Whiskey Flat Mayor are, from left, “Straight Shootin’ Carter Cash” (Carter Pope), “Gentleman Jim Dandy” (James Crawford) and “Bronco Bob” (Bob Van Helden). The winning candidate will be revealed at the Whiskey Flat Days festival Feb. 13-16.
Vote more than once for a change Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper
Vintage photo courtesy of Chuck Barbee
At right is the Kernville Hotel, built by N.P. Petersen in Old Kernville. The hotel and 22 houses burned down in 1891. See more old-time photos of the original Kernville inside this collector’s issue.
When a Whiskey Flat Days mayor candidate approaches you while carrying a rifle and asks you to hand over money, you’d better cooperate-- or risk being considered a party pooper. The candidates are raising money for good causes -- and to get into office, of course. Here are this year’s hopefuls, in alphabetical order, and who they are raising money for. “Bronco Bob” (Bob Van Helden) is a bus driver for the local schools. He is raising money for the Kernville School PTC and the Wallace Middle School Boosters. “Gentleman Jim Dandy” (James Crawford) is a local contractor who is raising money for the Kern Valley Youth Center in Lake Isabella. And “Straight Shootin’ Carter Cash”
(Carter Pope) is a regional manager for AltaOne Federal Credit Union. He is raising money for Kern Valley Youth Football. Vote early and vote often for your favorite candidate (or what the heck, vote for all of ‘em) with your dollar bills. The Whiskey Flat Mayor race began way back in the late 1950s, and many of the Kern River Valley’s illustrious folks have run for the coveted office. They run in there and hide from the tar and feather committee, that’s what they do. Actually, there is no “office” for them to run to. No big leather chair, no stogies in a wooden humidor, no secretary. All who run for the office are considered winners, even though they may not have gotten the most money. The fact that they raised money for the cause of their choice means they’re big winners. Stock up on dollar bills!
Who’s absconding with the money?
A year-by-year history of Old Kernville (formerly Whiskey Flat) 1853: Prospectors start looking for gold in area south of future Whiskey Flat/Old Kernville. Gold Rush had been on since 1848. 1855: A 42-ounce gold nugget is found in area now known as Hungry Gulch/Boulder Gulch Campgrounds, just south of the future Whiskey Flat/Old Kernville. Gold fever is on in Kern River Valley. Over 5,000 men make their way here. 1860: A man named Lovely Rogers finds a rock with flecks of gold in it just north of what would soon be called Whiskey Flat. Rogers works his claim. (This
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Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper
What would Whiskey Flat Days be without the Honorary Mayor contest? The Honorary Mayor is the head cowpoke, the big trail boss of Whiskey Flat Days. Each year the mayor from last year presides until the Sunday of the festival, which is when the new one is revealed. What gets a Whiskey Flat mayor into office? Well, money, of course, exactly how people have gotten into every office over the years. In the case of the mayor candidates, they work selflessly and pretty much continuously for a solid month, glad-
handing anyone they run into while simultaneously picking their pockets for dollar bills. Those bills and donations from merchants are turned into the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, and the candidate who has skimmed the most money gets into office. But that’s not the whole story. While the Chamber gets to keep some of it for the expense of putting on the show, a lot of the money goes to a cause or causes picked out by the candidates. See the accompanying story to see who’s running this year and what cause they’re raising money for.
Going to Whiskey Flat Days? Be sure to stop by the information booth and pick up a copy of the Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper, your guide to the festivities with a complete event schedule and a map in the center. Read all about the history of Whiskey Flat (Old Kernville). It’s free and it’s put out for your convenience by the friendly Kern River Valley newspaper, the Kern River Courier. Subscription information inside. For a condensed festival schedule, see page 3 in this issue.
Talk about a perfect storm. That was a multi-layered pun. Showery weather is just one thing happening this weekend, Feb. 14 and 15. There are many others. We’ll have the big Whiskey Flat Days festival happening in Kernville. (See the schedule highlights on page 3.) And don’t forget to pay special attention to your honey on Saturday night. It’s Valentine’s Day. If you still don’t have enough things to do this weekend, check these out: • All weekend – AudubonCalifornia’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon will be joining in with the nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count by having an expert naturalist from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every morning from Friday to Monday, Feb. 13-16. Meet at the Preserve, 18747 Highway 178. This will be an outdoor event. Wear appropriate lay-
ered clothing and bring your binoculars, field guide and a lawn chair. “We will learn how to identify the birds on the feeders,” said Outreach Director Alison Sheehey. “The preserve has extra binoculars for rent if you do not have a pair.” • Saturday night, Feb. 14 – The REVA Co-op, a local effort to get a pet spay/neuter clinic here, will put on an authentic ‘50s/’60s Sock Hop at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 6 to 10 p.m. This will be a non-alcohol event. There will be a live band. It’s a family affair for ages 14 and up. Relive the past as the Kern Valley Hot Rod Association puts on a display of vintage cars. There will be prizes for hula hoop, limbo, dance contest and best era outfit. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 378-3101 for more information about the REVA Co-op. Check our advertisers’ messages in this issue for more special events happening in the valley this weekend.
Kern River Valley traffic alert The Bodfish exit #42 on Highway 178 will be closed from February 13th through the 28th during the day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ramp repair and road maintenance. Motorists are advised to use the main Lake Isabella exit while the work is in progress.
Jim Woodley caught this fine string on the North Shore of the lake.
Kern Valley Hospital celebrates 40 years of serving the valley.
Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 125,604 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Peaked at 258,239 ac-ft. June 16. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 350 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 349 cfs Borel Canal flow 319 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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Kern River Valley – the place for fun esque mountain town returns to the years of the early 1860s when it was called Whiskey Flat. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629, or visit the Chamber’s Web site at www.kernvillechamber.org.
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Courier Calendar KRV Woman’s Club Whiskey Flat Days luncheon Feb. 13 The Kern River Valley Woman’s Club will be hosting a special luncheon to celebrate the opening of Whiskey Flat Days on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Elks Lodge in
Regular meetings and 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. • 5 p.m. - Kern River Hot Rodders Cruise Night, Circle Park, Kernville, 3rd Fri. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.
Saturdays • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.
Sundays • 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877.
Mondays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 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. • 3:30-5 p.m.- Substance Abuse Family Support & Community Education, College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. 379-3412. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 3764461. • 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 3762066.
Tuesdays • KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 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. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.
Wofford Heights at 10 a.m. For more information, call Marian at (760) 376-4578. Whiskey Flat Days Festival President’s Day Weekend Feb. 13-16 Whiskey Flat Days is Kernville’s annual Old West celebration, during which the pictur-
Wednesdays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 379-5236. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Highland Chapel Methodist Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 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., third 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. 3762410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.
Thursdays • 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. Third 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 meets, Paradise Cove. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 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. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. • 6 p.m. - Wofford Height Community Assoc. meets at Family Life Center, Wofford Heights. 2nd Thurs. 223-1058. • 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, 12:30 p.m. - Eagles Bingo, Eagles Hall, Mt. Mesa Saturday, 12 p.m., 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.
REVA Co-op to put on Sock Hop Feb. 14 at Senior Center There will be a Sock Hop on Feb. 14 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 6 to 10 p.m. to benefit a low cost spay/neuter clinic in the valley, being organized by Jesse Martinez of the REVA Co-op. This will be a nonalcohol event. It’s a ‘50s/’60s Sock Hop Dance, with a live band. It’s a family affair for ages 14 and up. Relive the past as the Kern Valley Hot Rod Assoc. puts on a display of vintage cars. There will be prizes for hula hoop, limbo, dance contest and best era outfit. Get tickets by Feb. 10 for $8 or they are $10 at the door. Call 378-3101. Special Whiskey Flat Days dinner Feb. 15 On Sunday, Feb. 15, Kernville Elementary School will be having their annual Whiskey Flat Dinner fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. The dinner this year is deep pit beef and the cost of tickets is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The evening includes music by the Jazz Tones, a silent auction and bake sale and a drawing for a family trip for four to Monterey. This is an incredible trip that includes two nights lodging, whale watching, aquarium tickets, food vouchers and a gas card. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each and are available from Kernville Elementary students, Kernville Elementary school office and Candy Carousel in Lake Isabella. KVHS Musique Club to hold Dinner/Concert Feb. 19 The Musique Club will be holding a Dinner/Concert, open to the public, on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Fine Arts Building. The evening will include performances by all the KVHS Music classes, an Art show sponsored by the FFA and Library Media Center, and a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $6 at the door the night of the event. For more info contact Melissa Slagueiro at 379-2611. BLM holds public workshop assessing routes Feb. 25 The Bureau of Land Management is planning a public workshop to discuss management of travel over their land. The workshop will be held in Lake Isabella on Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 6732 Lake Isabella Blvd. All written comments on the route inventory will need to be received by March 13 to be incorporated into the comment database. For further information on travel management and the public workshop, contact DeWitt at (661) 391-6120 email@example.com SNF holds public workshop assessing routes Feb. 28 The Sequoia National Forest is planning a public workshop on Feb. 28 to display maps and information and explain key features of the Draft Environmental Impact
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Friday, February 13, 2009
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Things I Have Noticed...
Love those expressions Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist
A friend of mine and I were chatting about some of the things we say for effect and if thought about, need further explanation. Things like “I'll give it a lick and a promise." Lick what and promise who? How about "It’s raining cats Middleworth and dogs." Where, and do they bark and meow? After a rainstorm, are the animal catchers busy? How did they get into the clouds, and do they get wet? “Ponderful” thoughts are these! Or how about this: He was like a Bad Penny. Couldn't he be like a Defective Dime, or a Rotten Nickel? And how bad do you have to be to become illegal tender? There's the old "A stitch in time saves nine." What kind of stitch, and what if it saved 10? The real question is, saving nine of what? And do you use a basting or an embroidery stitch? What about this saying: "It's a forgone conclusion." Does that mean if it’s not quite as important, it could be a “three gone conclusion” or if it’s very important then could it be a “five gone conclusion?” Heavy stuff!
Here's another: "Dead as a doornail." Now this is one you can ponder on. First off, what does a doornail look like, and if you find one, how do you know it’s dead? Or conversely, what does a live doornail look like? And of course, does it hurt to hit them with a hammer and if so, it’s no wonder they're dead! Along these same lines is the saying "You can't get blood out of a turnip." But what if you could? What type blood would it be? Would you use a “tournipquet” to stop any bleeding? Serious questions for sure. Still another saying that begs for explanation is this one: "He slept like a log." Really? What kind of log? Ash, pine, redwood, elm? Do they each sleep differently and do they snore? Loud? And of course, which kind of log would you sleep like? If you are the kind of person who worries, then the questions above could keep you awake. And here's a final question. How high is "Knee High to a Grasshopper?" Imagine trying to measure a hopping grasshopper with a yardstick while asking yourself, “What am I doing and why?” Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.
CALENDAR continued from page 2 Statement concerning designated travel routes for wheeled motorized vehicles on the forest. The DEIS was released Jan. 30 and there will be a a 60-day public review period which will end on March 31, 2009. The meeting place is not yet determined, but it will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. in the Lake Isabella area. There are five meetings scheduled, the other four outside the valley. For details, call Mary Chislock, Public Affairs or Mary Cole, 559-784-1500. Heart Walk for Kern Valley Hospital Foundation Feb. 28 The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation will hold a Heart Walk event on Feb. 28 as a fund-raising event and a heart-healthy experience as well. Individuals or teams are encouraged find a sponsor and get out in the fresh air and participate. Awards will be given. For more information, call Jeanette Rogers at (760) 376-4419. American Red Cross First Aid class to be taught by CERT Feb. 28 Dean Ott from KRV CERT will be teaching the American Red Cross First Aid Class for anyone interested in the training or who needs refreshing. The class will be held Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the class with certificate is $20. To register, call Tom Klein at 379-2797.
Here are some highlights of Whiskey Flat Days schedule Mike Devich Kern River Courier
The complete schedule to Whiskey Flat Days is included in the center of the Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper, your guide to the festivities with much information about the event. They are available at the information booth in Circle Park. In case you can’t get one, here is a digest of some of the major events. (This is not all that’s happening, by far!) Thursday night, Feb. 12: • Cowboy Auction, Ewing’s on the Kern in Kernville, 5 p.m. to whenever. This is a change in location from the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. • Melodrama at Kernville Elementary School, Kernville, 7 p.m. $7 for adults, 12 and under $5, lap kids free. Friday, Feb. 13: • Cowboy and Indian Encampments, across from the rodeo grounds, open at noon with showtimes at 2 and 4. Free to watch. • Melodrama at Kernville Elementary School, Kernville, 7 p.m. $7 for adults, 12 and under $5, lap kids free. Saturday, Feb. 14: • The Grand Parade starts at 11 a.m. near the corner of Kernville Road and Sierra Way. Get your spot early along the parade route, which runs along Kernville Road, Kern River Drive by Riverside Park, and around Circle Park. Stay out of the street itself. Free to watch. • Cowboy and Indian Encampments, across from the rodeo grounds, open at noon with showtimes at 2 and 4. Free to watch. • Rodeo starts at 1 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Admission fee. • Gunfighting skits start at Circle Park at 1:45. Another at 3:30 p.m. Free to watch. • First heat of the frog jumping contest starts at 2 p.m. at KRV Novelty at Tobias St. and Kernville
The Friends of the Libraries are looking for used book donations for their book sales. Drop off your used books at the Kern River Valley branch library in Lake Isabella. Please mark the boxes “Friends of the Libraries.” The next used book sale will be in May.
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Keyesville Classic for mountain bikers on weekend of March 15 The annual Keyesville Classic is a mountain bike race put on each year by the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association in the beautiful hills of the Keyesville Recreation Area. For more information, see http://ssfta.com/
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Road. Free to watch. • Melodrama at Kernville Elementary School, Kernville, 7 p.m. $7 for adults, 12 and under $5, lap kids free. Sunday, Feb. 15: • Cowboy and Indian Encampments, across from the rodeo grounds, open at 9:45 a.m. Free to watch. Old West outdoor church service at 10. • Gunfighter skits at Circle Park at 10 and 3:30. Free to watch. • Final heat of the frog jumping contest starts at 11:30 a.m. at KRV Novelty at Tobias St. and Kernville Road. Free to watch. • Contests in the afternoon – Costumes, Pet Parade, Pies, Jams and Jellies. Also Whiskerino. Circle Park. Free to watch. • Rodeo starts at 1 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Admission fee. • 2009 Mayor of Whiskey Flat announced at 3 p.m. in Circle Park. Free to watch. • Deep Pit BBQ dinner at Kernville Elementary School at 4 p.m. Music, silent auction, bake sale. Continues to 7 p.m. $8 for adults and $5 for children. Drawing tickets $1.
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Parenting classes begin on March 12 at Family Resource Center Parenting classes begin on Thursday, March 12. Classes will be two hours in length, 10 a.m. to noon, and run weekly for 10 weeks ending on May 21 (there will be no class during the week of Spring Break; April 610). All classes will be held at the KRV Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella. Participants will learn about controlling anger, seeking new behavior methods, talking to your children about problems, and how to provide a safe and loving home. Charge is $55 for ten two-hour classes. Course is limited to first seven people to enroll. Weekly parenting classes meet court and CPS requirements.
Sweet Adelines Friends & Family Night March 19 The Kern Valley Sweet Adelines female barbershop harmony singing group will be having their Friends and Family Night on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. For more information, call Cheryl at (760) 376-4124.
Originally, there was a Concert By The River scheduled for 1 p.m. in Riverside Park on Saturday and Sunday with one act, Set In Stone. That has been expanded quite a bit. Here is the new schedule: Saturday, Feb. 14 1-3 p.m. Set In Stone 3-4 p.m. Off Track 4-5 p.m. Lost Then Found Sunday, Feb. 15 10-11 a.m. Off Track 11 a.m.-noon Bodfish Blues 1-3 p.m. Set In Stone 3-4 p.m. Lost Then Found
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Trout better after a full moon Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist
Crappie are coming in strong at French Gulch Marina again. Mostly little ones are biting, but a few big ones are starting to show up now. Out of a limit of 25, maybe 4 Jim ot 5 are coming in at over says he a pound. has been I hear that night fishing seeing off of Engineer more and Point is producing lots of more catfish. No really big ones, Thumpers but plenty of jumping. good eating pansize cats --Jack are being Bustamante caught. The trout bite continues to be strong all around Isabella Lake. Now that we’ve gotten through another full moon, it continues to get even better. Jim Woodley brought in another stringer of nice twopounders. An inflated nightcrawler with Power Bait is Jim’s bait of choice. Fishing along the North Shore, Jim says he has
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Could it be true? NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) made easy? The Sequoia National Forest and a group called the Washington Office Ecosystem Management Coordination Publishing Arts recently launched a pilot project called ePubPlus, which could streamline the way NEPA and other documents are published and enhance public participation through the use of innovative Web-based software. ePubPlus aims to test the efficacy of Limehouse Software’s ucreate™ and uengage™ Web-based products in the development and production of environmental impact statements (EISs) and analysis of public comments for the new Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM) Management Plan, slated for implementation in 2010. The integrated software, hosted on a non-Forest Service server, will enable numerous document writers and editors in different locations to work collaboratively online and will reduce the amount of time needed for review and revision. ePubPlus also will test application modules that provide the public with geo-survey capabilities and the ability to import data from Forest Service maps and other databases. The content can be compiled, formatted, and published in a variety of ways — from a traditional printed paper copy to
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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Giant Sequoia National Monument pilot project could streamline NEPA interactive online versions or portable CDs — virtually at the push of a button. The content can easily be updated and re-used for other purposes. The service also enhances the ability of the public — including citizens, employees, and other stakeholders and partners — to fully engage in the process through a consultation portal and social networking opportunities. The application has the potential to improve the ability of the Agency to analyze, report, and respond to public comments in a cost-effective and consistent way. The Giant Sequoia is the first Forest Service unit to use Limehouse. The GSNM project was considered an ideal pilot project because of its uniquely collaborative process (which involves both the public and the scientific community) and its diverse, geographically dispersed interdisciplinary team. The successful testing of Limehouse for the GSNM Management Plan could result in new ways to improve content authoring and collaboration; comment capability, analysis, and response; GIS-interface; and publishing capacity throughout the Agency for the NEPA process and also for a host of other publishing and public engagement needs. For further information, contact Publishing Arts Program Manager Madelyn Dillon, (970) 295-5734; or Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell, (559) 7841500 x 1111.
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Jim Woodley proudly holds up a great string of trout.
been seeing more and more Thumpers (lunker trout) jumping, but hasn’t landed one yet this year. Big trout are coming up from the deeps and into the shallows, so let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, near the Wofford Heights Post Office.
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By Cindy Elavsky Q: Is it true that actor Jonny Lee Miller was married to Angelina Jolie? How long were they married? Is he in a serious relationship now? -H. in Alabama A: Jonny, 36, was indeed married to Angelina from 1996-99. He is currently married to actress/model Michelle Hicks, who gave birth to Buster Timothy in Jonny Lee Miller December 2008. Jonny's most recent project was the critically lauded drama "Eli Stone," which ABC has decided not to pick up for the second half of the current season. He is currently starring in the political thriller "Endgame," which also stars William Hurt and is based on the book "The Fall of the Apartheid." It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, with Jonny receiving excellent reviews for his role as Michael Young. In 2005, Jonny was in the running to be the new James Bond, with the role going to Daniel Craig. *** Q: I rarely see pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin together in public. Are they still together? -- A Reader, via e-mail A: Gwyneth and Chris are still very much a married couple, and proud parents of Apple and Moses. The couple feel that the key to a healthy and strong relationship is not to put your marriage on display for the public, which is
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Kern Valley Hospital celebrates 40 years Mike Devich Kern River Courier
Kern Valley Hospital got its start in the late 1960s with the donation of a plot of land by Bill and Grace Kissack. Forty years later, the successes of what is now one of the valley’s largest employers, the Kern Valley Healthcare District, were celebrated at a gala invitation-only dinner event on Saturday. The prime rib dinner was served by Kern Valley High School’s ECHO Academy students. The ECHO Academy has been one of the biggest successes to be seen locally. Students are trained for health-related careers in this partnership program between KVHS and the Kern Valley Healthcare District. In an area such as the Kern River Valley, the program has given many local students the chance to graduate to much-needed jobs in the health care industry. Kern Valley Healthcare District CEO
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(L-R) Rex Moen, field representative for State Sen. Roy Ashburn; California Assemblymember Jean Fuller, and KVHD CEO Rick Carter. Rick Carter emceed the event. The speakers and guests of honor were U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, California Assemblymember Jean
Fuller, and Kern County First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston. California State Senator Roy Ashburn was invited but could not attend. His field represen-
tative Rex Moen spoke in his behalf. The crowd of about 100 filled the hospital’s cafeteria, and the food service staff did themselves proud by preparing a tasty prime rib dinner with asparagus and red potatoes. Jeanette Rogers, who organized the event, was recognized several times for her Herculean efforts on behalf of the health care district. All of the political representives jokingly said that whatever Rogers wants, they jump to do. Rogers beamed as she was spoken about. Also recognized was Lynda Kissack Watkins. The Kissack family has many members across the Kern River Valley. Certificates were presented from the political representives. Fuller and Moen gave the audience a laugh when they presented just one, which was from Fuller and Ashburn. “We’re saving you money!” Fuller said.
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Every year about this time, insurance companies are sending out notices to their insureds advising them of a "rate action." This is usually an industry euphemism for a rate increase. Harry Thal But not this year, when many people open their mail from Anthem Blue Cross. They have re-evaluated their territories and tier structure. What this means is that while some people are going to get rate increases, others will see a reduction in their premium. This is a very good new system. Rather than people seeing very dramatic rate hikes every five years as they age into another rating band, the increases will be gradual, with increases annually. The effect of the change is that younger people in a rate band, say those who are 30, 31 or 32 (or 40, 41, 42) may see a small decline in rates, while those in the older end of the band will see a higher rate. It will be much easier in the future years. *** Now people on Medicare have a different way to save premium dollars. As we have learned, all plans are the same due to federal legisla-
tion – a plan F is a plan F is a plan F. So, since all the supplements provide the identical benefit, it is easy to shop for the best price. With all insurance, this is easy when you are in great health, but many older seniors on Medicare may not have the luxury of a clean medical record. For them, California has a great law called the "birthday rule." The birthday rule allows you to change to a like or lesser plan for the 30 days following your birthday each year. This is a little advertised rule. After all, what insurance company wants to encourage a sick person to join their ranks? But, the law not only makes them accept you on a guaranteed issue basis, there is also no waiting period. You could even change while you are in the hospital! With the prices continuing to climb, at certain ages and zip codes, the difference can be as great as $50 a month. Not a bad deal. So if you have medical problems, , you can buy yourself a birthday present … a lower cost supplement for the same benefits you presently have.
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Big parade coming up Saturday morning. I’ve got to decide whether I’m going to drive my old pickup (Ol’ Yeller) in the parade with my trusty doggy Princess Molly Labrador at my California Joe side. 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, you might want to 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Matt Freeman experiences do not. They are priceless and 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 buyers 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 full-time
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, client mailer drives all of this 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. Your 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.
Hospital Thrift Store to close Tuesday for remodeling work Mike Devich Kern River Courier
The Hospital Thift Shop in Lake Isabella will close to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 17 so that it may complete an exhaustive remodeling and expansion. It will reopen Monday, March 16. The project has been a long time coming, according to Alicia Audette, president of the Kern Valley Hospital Auxiliary. The store is staffed by members of the Auxiliary, who regularly volunteer their time to help the hospital buy needed equipment. Over the years the volunteers have
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raised many thousands of dollars for the hospital. If you would like to volunteer, call Audette at 379-5696. Audette reported that she was given the go-ahead recently at a hospital board meeting, so the project has moved from planning to reality. A storage room has already been prepared to convert to selling space. The front door has already been replaced with a sturdy new one and the entryway has a new wooden floor. Some of the work still to be done is new carpeting and painting. Audette asked the public to refrain from bringing donations to the store until March.
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Onyx Apartment - for rent in quiet neighborhood. 2 bd, 1 ba. Close to park & store. $550/mo incls. water & trash.References required (661) 477-7091 __________________________
Archie Logsdon Carpentry Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail." (760) 223-6624
Rent to Own - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park.$595/mo.Includes space rent. + deposit. 760-379-2092 _________________________
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CKC Registered Chihuahua puppies. Females: 1 Teacup blue fawn. 1 Tiny Toy gold fawn. Current shots. Pad trained $250-$350 Senior discount 379-1403 __________________________
LOST - 2 pit bulls from Goat Ranch Rd. So. Lake. One male, tan w/white on throat & chest w/red collar - answers to Dank. One female, caramel w/pinch of white on chest w/orange collar - answers to Sissy. Please call 378-4217
SPACES FOR RENT Wofford Heights Mobile/RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Free rent on the 6th month. Call Able 760-379-5479. After 3pm & weekends, call Ralph @ 310-387-7136
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Southlake - 2 Bedroom Duplex w/garage, laundry room, fireplace, dishwasher, $600/mo + $600 security deposit. 378-3374 _________________________ South Lake - You will not find anything that compares to this custom home perched on a hill top w/beautiful views in all directions. 2,200 sq ft 3bd/2ba, w/300 sq ft 1 bd/1ba guest house. Tile floors, stainless appliances, ceiling fans, granite, attached 2 car garage & detached 4 car garage/ workshop. $1,600 mo. (760) 223-1434 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2 Bd w/garage, wood burning stove, fenced yard, trash & water for lawn paid. $575/mo +$500 security deposit. Call 378-3374 COMMERCIAL BUILDING TO SHARE. 1700 sq ft. Off street, paved parking. Wofford Blvd, Wofford Hts. Near Post. Will consider trade ~ your time for part of rent. Terms negotiable. Contact Stephanie 376-4884
Land For Sale 40 Acres Flat Nevada Ranchland. 200 mi NE of Reno. Buildable horse property. Walk to river & store @ I-80. $399 down, $399/mo, $39,900 sale price. Owner financing. No qualifying. 775-453-3724 _________________________ Isabella Highlands - One acre w/old trailer & outhouse. Mostly flat w/power at prop line. Xlnt investment or for weekenders. $13,995. (818) 426-1700
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Cabin For Sale - Cabin on 1/3 acre lot at 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus, fixer upper for $68,000. 661-428-1108 __________________________ 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 __________________________ Beautiful furnished park model on Kern River. 2+1 with barn-style Tuff shed & charming side yard with porch. Asking $16,000 (818) 426-1700 SWEETHEART OF A DEAL Walk to river & town. Short drive to lake, boating, fishing, water sports. Snow resort nearby. Enjoy it all from this cute 2 bd+ home on tree studded lot. *Newly updated kitchen, large windows, lots of natural light * Home newly painted inside * Oversized 2 car garage w/built in cabinets. Reduced to $219,999. Call Rita, C21. (760) 379-7585
Wanted to Buy Always buying antiques & collectibles, 19th year in the Kern River Valley. Highest prices paid, one piece or a house full. Don't give it away at a yard sale! Ghost Town Relics @ Silver City. (760) 379-5146
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Voices of Faith
Love and affection Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville
The place was called grammar school. The teacher explained that the boys were to give a Valentine’s card to each girl in the class, and so on with the girls. I considered the practice a waste of time. Forced card offerings were meaningless. Each boy already knew which girls loathed him and Semonious which ones tolerated him. Since the cards were shared openly with some passed around, there would be nothing extra written on the card except the recipient’s name. In later school years, offerings of affection were not Valentine’s cards – these were much more appreciated. Consider just three of God’s offerings of affection. God sent Jonah to Nineveh with a warning of doom. Since Jonah knew the Ninevites, he could predict that they would stop their evil ways and God would forgive them. It happened that “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. Jonah 3:10. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. Jonah 4:1. Jonah revealed his displeasure with God in an ‘I told you so’ prayer. In the last seven verses of the book, God demonstrated to Jonah just why he took pity on Nineveh. God had demonstrated his love for both Nineveh and Jonah.
There was another man, Naaman, who was commander of the army of the king of Syria. Naaman was part of a raiding party who captured a little girl from Israel. The girl was assigned as a slave to his wife. The girl knew that he had a serious problem; he was leprous. Of all the possible reactions she could have had, “She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:3. Naaman arranged to have a letter of introduction sent to the king of Israel along with gifts. The king saw the letter as a provocation because in his mind, leprosy was incurable. “But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:8. After speaking arrogantly to Elisha, Naaman agreed to do as instructed. He was cured an so he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. 2 Kings 5:15. Notice that a little girl, who had every reason to be bitter, delivered the love of God to a powerful person – so “a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6. Thirdly, in Jesus, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17.
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Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 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
Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands. –Immanuel Kant
Be sure to take part in the Old West church service at the Whiskey Flat Days Cowboy Encampment Sunday morning at 10 a.m. across from the rodeo grounds in Kernville.
Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Simon in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 1 Samuel 3, whose voice did Samuel think it was when he first heard God calling him? Jonathan, Saul, Ahiah, Eli 3. How many chosen men of Israel did Saul take with him to the wilderness of Ziph to search for David? 12, 100, 200,
Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. Service and applications at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. TSA feeds the hungry lunch Monday through Friday. Assistance is offered to persons or families who are having difficulties paying utility bills, in need of food, clothing, spiritual and other counseling. 760379-5100.
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Answers to puzzles on pages 12-13:
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 7:00 a.m. & 9:00 a.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.
3,000 4. The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any ...? Tongue, Knife, Two-edged sword, Wit 5. From Genesis 26, where did Isaac stay when there was a famine in the land? Gerar, Endor, Sychar, Lydda ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Eli; 3) 3,000; 4) Two-edged sword; 5) Gerar
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Courier chuckle of the week: “The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.” Al Goodman
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Salomeâ€™s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Try to say as little as possible about the work you're doing through the end of the month. Then you can make your announcement and accept your well-deserved plaudits. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You face a more difficult challenge than you expected. But with that strong Taurean determination, you should be able to deal with it successfully by week's end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Before you act on your "feelings" about that upcoming decision, it might be wise to do a little fact-checking first. You could be very much surprised by what you don't find. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A recent workplace success can open some doors that were previously closed to you. On a personal level, expect to receive some important news from a longtime colleague. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Put your wounded pride aside and do what you must to heal that misunderstanding before it takes a potentially irreversible turn and leaves you regretting the loss of a good friend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) One way to kick a less-than-active social life into high gear or rebuild an outdated Rolodex file is to throw a gettogether for friends and associates. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Getting out of an obligation you didn't really want to take on can
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be tricky. An honest explanation of the circumstances can help. Next time, pay more attention to your usually keen instincts. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Use your Scorpion logic to push for a no-nonsense approach to a perplexing situation. This could help keep present and potential problems from creating more confusion. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A friend's problem might take more time than you want to give. But staying with it once again proves the depth of your Sagittarian friendship and loyalty. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The Sea Goat can benefit from an extra dose of self-confidence to unsettle your detractors, giving you the advantage of putting on a strong presentation of your position. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might want to ask a friend or relative for advice on an ongoing personal matter. But be careful not to give away information you might later wish you had kept secret. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Use the weekend for a creativity break to help restore your spiritual energy. Once that's done, you'll be back and more than ready to tackle a challenge. BORN THIS WEEK: You get great joy out of creating beautiful things and sharing them with others who appreciate them. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: What U.S. state does the Kennebec River flow through? 2. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you"? 3. MOVIES: In which movie was the following line uttered and by which character? "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." 4. ANATOMY: What human gland produces growth hormones?
1. Maine 2. Will Rogers 3. "Animal House" (Dean Wormer) 4. Pituitary.
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The Glamour Room Salon & Boutique held a Grand Opening Saturday at 5116A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella. Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier
January 28, 2009: Two Lake Isabella males, one 24 years old, the other 50 years old, were arrested in the area of Hwy 178 and Borel Road, A digest of arrest reports from Lake Isabella on suspicion of various public safety agencies in the being under the influence of a Kern River Valley area controlled substance and possession of marijuana. January 29, 2009: A Lake Isabella 25 year old female was arrested at the Kern Valley Substation on warrants charging her with being under the influence of a controlled substance, theft and failure to appear in court. January 30, 2009: A Lake Isabella 53 year old male was arrested in the 2500 block of Crestview Ave., Lake Isabella on suspicion of transporting illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. February 2, 2009: A 44 year old North Hollywood male, was arrested in the 1000 block of Hwy 155 at French Gulch, Lake Isabella on suspicion of driving without a license and lying to a peace officer. A Lake Isabella male, 32 years of age, was arrested in the 7000 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on suspicion of public intoxication and violation of a court order.
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Historical Society to hold dedication of Pack Station The Kern River Historical Society has prepared a tour of the Walker House in Kernville on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. with a Dutch oven luncheon for members. Call the Kern Valley Museum for details. The dedication of the Bill Jenkins Pack Station, the beautifully completed structure in the back of the museum (an outdoor theater featuring western displays), will be Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the museum. Come one, come all. Refreshments will be served. Diane Bach will be the hostess. February features the artistic woodworking of Gordon Delano on
display in the Art Room at the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out our web sites: krvhistoricalsociety.org and kernvalleymuseum.org. The Society’s General Meeting will be Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., Senior Center. It will feature guest speaker Reid Hopkins, who has volunteered to present his drug sensing, protective K-9 with a demonstration of the dog’s ability to serve and protect. Scheduled for March 24th General Meeting will be Harvey Malone and his slides of the big 1966 flood.
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HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 resources at a new festival in the valley, “Living Green in the KRV.” This “expo”-like festival will have many booths and lots of information about living green. The location will be the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights. For more information, call Richard at (760) 333-4561 or go to www.krvr.org. 5K Run to be part of Living Green event March 28 The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., right after a kids 1K fun Run. Wofford Heights Park, end of Williams St. at E Evans Road, Wofford Heights. The 5K course adjacent to Lake Isabella is flat and entirely on dirt with two small stream crossings. In addition to the usual gender and age splits there will also be a "Mom & Stroller" Class, as well as a Clydesdale Class for the 225lb+ runners. Entry fee: $25 (includes a eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle & race T-shirt). Online Registration. Sponsored the Wofford Heights Community Association & by Run-4-A-Way, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness & wellness in the Kern Valley community. INFO: Darby (760) 376-1067 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike (760) 3764405 email@example.com. Geneaology seminar to take place March 28 The ClanDiggers Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, March 28 at the Kern Valley Bible Church in Lake Isabella. The speaker will be Certified Genealogist Nancy Ellen Carlberg, who has worked in the field since 1979 . She began her career assisting Alex Haley as he prepared his television docudrama “Roots.” She also worked on the TV show “Queen” and on a mini-series called “Palmerstown, USA.” She then began to write books on the subject of genealogy and history and now has produced an impressive library. Carlberg is coming prepared to answer all of your questions about researching and about available sources. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Tickets at $20 per person are available from Marian DeMars at 376 4578 or Don Keiffer at 379 8152.
Big Isabella Lake Fishing Derby to be held April 4-6 The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby attracts thousands of anglers from all over to try to catch the tagged trout worth $10,000. This year, however, there will be ten $10,000 trout! And, in addition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the derby, there will be a $20,000 trout! And there are multitudes of other prizes, including cash awards for 1,000 other tagged fish. You must be pre-registered to be able to win. The derby is put on by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce with major help from the Kern River Valley Fish and Habitat Club and many national sponsors. Also, new this year is a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Kern River Valley Youth Center. Call Dave at 376-4430 about the raffle. For derby information, go to http://derby.kernrivervalley.com/ or call the chamber at (760) 3795236. American Red Cross CPR class to be taught by CERT April 18 Dean Ott from KRV CERT will be teaching the American Red Cross CPR Class on April 18 at the KRV Youth Center, 3640 Golden Spur St. in Lake Isabella from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the class with certificate is $20. To register, call Tom Klein at 379-2797. Kern River Festival whitewater races put on April 18-19 The Kern River Festival has been going on since the 1960s and features races by kayaks and rafts on the mighty Kern River in Kernville. It’s fun to watch, but you can participate as well. It is put on by the Kern Valley River Council. For more information, visit http://www.kernfestival.org/ or call (818) 340-3083. Information for most items from the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. 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 Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.
Legal Notices NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF PAUL A. MULDER S-1500-PB-58626 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of PAUL A. MULDER. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: FRED T. MULDER in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that FRED T. MULDER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: February 26, 2009 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. E, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a
person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: BRIAN L. FOX, Atty. 290 Maple Court, Suite 206 Ventura, CA 93003 (805) 658-9204 (Published: Kern River Courier: January 30, February 6 and 13, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SOUTH FORK ENTERPRISES (2009-B0279) Street address of principal place of business: 4586 Kelso Creek Road, Weldon CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Ted D. Scott, 4586 Kelso Creek Road, Weldon CA 93283 and Patricia A. Scott, 4586 Kelso Creek Road, Weldon CA 93283: I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 12/01/1998. 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 (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (01/13/2014) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. SOUTH FORK ENTERPRISES. This statement filed on 01/13/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By G. Durward (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier January 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Piute Pump Co. (2009-B0488) Street address of principal place of business: 4571 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Richard Gonzalez: A, Individual. The
date the business commenced: 03/14/2004. 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 (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (01/22/2014) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. PIUTE PUMP CO. This statement filed on 01/22/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By M. Rodriquez. (34993)Published by the Kern River Courier January 30, February 6, 13 and 20, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: RedMountain TradingPost.com (2009B0401), DBA#2: Red Mountain Trading Post (2009B0402), Street address of principal place of business: 405 North Ranch Road, Havilah, CA 93518. REGISTRANT: Susan Reinke, 405 North Ranch Road, Havilah, CA 93518: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. 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 (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (01/20/2014) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. REDM O U N TA I N T R A D I N G POST.COM, RED MOUNTAIN TRADING POST. This statement filed on 01/20/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By G. Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier January 30, February 6, 13 and 20, 2009. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name being
abandoned: America Lives, NUMBER 2004-B5997; Street address of business: 120 Dodger Street, Bodfish CA 93205; Mailing address of Business; P.O. Box 2, Bodfish CA 93205; REGISTRANT(S) WHO WISH TO ABANDON BUSINESS NAME: Eugene Verbeet, P.O. Box 2, Bodfish Ca 93205; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 09/13/2004. The Statement of Abandonment filed on: 01/23/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk by G.Durward, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published Kern River Courier January 30, February 6, 13, and 20, 2009. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JAMES ANCEL PARK aka JAMES A. PARK aka JAMES PARK S-1500-PB-58695 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JAMES ANCEL PARK aka JAMES A. PARK aka JAMES PARK. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: DONNA GEORGE in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that DONNA GEORGE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the
petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: March 19, 2009 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. P, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JAMIE P. GELBER, Atty. Law Offices of Gelber & Anderson 6435 Lake Isabella Blvd., P.O. Box 2810, Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-2604 Published: Kern River Courier: February 13, 20 and 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: All About Travel, (2009-B0888), DBA#2: Debra Wiruth Fine Art Gallery (2009B0889), Street address of principal place of business: 11006 Kernville Rd, Kernville CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 69, Kernville CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Nick Wiruth, 1037 Burlando Road, Kernville CA 93238, Debra Wiruth, 1037
Burlando Road, Kernville CA 93238. I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 03/01/1990. 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 (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (02/04/2014) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time.ALL ABOUT TRAVEL/DEBRA WIRUTH FINE ART GALLERY. This statement filed on 02/04/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Sacred Mountain Massage School, (2009-B0919). Street address and mailing address of principal place of business: 14654 Caliente Creek, Suite 4, Caliente, CA 93518. REGISTRANTS: Kevin Smith, 421 Piute Meadows Road, Caliente, CA 93518, and Wendy KrausSmith, 421 Piute Meadows Road, Caliente, CA 93518 I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 04/09/2007. 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 (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (02/05/2014) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. SACRED MOUNTAIN MASSAGE SCHOOL. This statement filed on 02/05/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By N. Hawley (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier February 13, 20, 27, March 6 2009.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
The Kern River Valley’s Bird World
House Wren found here but all over the U.S. as well River Valley. #1 RECOMMENDED bird ID guide: "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America" by David Allen Sibley, 2003. Until next week, happy and productive birding.
Bob Barnes Kern River Courier Columnist
This is the last in a series on Kern River Valley's seven wren species. The House Wren is a common resident or nesting species found from southern Canada south to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America. It is found across the northern three quarters of the United States and in southern Canada during nesting season. In winter, it retreats from this Canadian and northern U.S. range to the southern U.S. and points south. The House Wren is a yearround resident species in southern California and parts of the southeastern United States. In the Kern River Valley, House Wrens are very common, arriving from wintering grounds the second half of March through April. They are abundant at AudubonCalifornia's Kern River Preserve in Weldon. House Wrens are uncommon to common in the KRV's foothills and mountains. If you have a bird nest box up in a rural yard, such as in Bodfish, Havilah, Riverkern, along Tillie Creek, or at the edge of the town you live in, you may find it put to use by a pair of House Wrens. Most House Wrens depart the Kern River Valley for win-
Reprinted from the Kern River Courier, Feb. 17, 2006. Bob Barnes, a well-known expert on birding (and former president of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce) now lives in Ridgecrest and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Our thanks to renowned nature photographer Bob Steele for allowing us to use his stunning photos. Visit his Web site at www.bobsteelephoto.com.
Bob Steele/Special to the Kern River Courier
The House Wren is the last of seven species of wrens to be studied in Bob Barnes’ series in the Kern River Courier. House Wrens are abundant in nesting season, scarce in winter.
ter, although a few may linger. One to a dozen individuals are observed annually on about 75 percent of local Christmas Bird Counts. The House Wren is 4.75 inches in average length. It is the plainest appearing of the seven
KRV wrens, being pale brown and not conspicuously marked. The House Wren makes up for its plain coloration with a bubbly song. This concludes the series on the seven lively members of the wren family found in the Kern
“Most House Wrens depart the Kern River Valley for winter, although a few may linger. ” – Bob Barnes
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