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Whiskey Flat Days brings in crowds Weather, economy may have kept some away Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Whiskey Flat Days rolled back into Kernville this past weekend. The rodeo took place as scheduled, although a snowstorm of six or so inches took place the day before the rodeo started.

Not as many visitors came to Whiskey Flat Days this year, and that might have to do with both the economy and the weather. The weather was fine on both Saturday and Sunday, but weather reports of Friday’s snowstorm here might have scared some of the visitors from coming Saturday. Friday, as many vendors were setting up their booths in Circle Park, snow started to fall at around 10 a.m. At the Courier office in Wofford Heights the snow was not sticking on the pavement, but in Kernville it was a different story. In and around Circle Park the snow piled up fast, and several vendors who had their tents up were poking broomsticks up from the inside to knock the snow off before it collapsed their tent. One of them was Marge Powers, who sells her late husband Bob’s history books every year at

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Bronco Bob wins Mayor

Contest results delayed

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Bronco Bob (Bob Van Helden) won the office of Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat with a total take of $12,931.85. Van Helden was raising money for Wallace School and Kernville School so that the students would have enough money for field trips. The deputy mayors this year are Carter Cash (Carter Pope from AltaOne Credit Union) with $9,664.64 raised, and Gentleman Jim Dandy (Jim Crawford) with $7,033

Whiskey Flat Days was a winning time for many people taking part in the event’s contests. Although all of the results have not yet been released by the Kernville Chamber of Commerce (notably the parade winners) due to a glitch in the office, we do know who some of the honorees were. The winner of the mayor race was Bronco Bob (see separate story). And the frog jumping contest winner was Kick ‘Em Up Kel, the entry from Kellee Scott’s Farmers Insurance office in Kernville. Scott is also a former Whiskey Flat mayor. The lengthy list of winners of the Circle Park contests – Costume, Whiskerino, and the rest – has not yet been made available, nor has the list of rodeo winners. We do, however, have the list of winners from the Cowboy Encampment, thanks to Mike Woodward,

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Bronco Bob reacts when See BOB, Page 3 his name is announced.

Two similar route meetings to be held Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Two similar meetings will be held next week, three days apart, by two different governmental agencies, on basically the same topic. The first one will be the Bureau of Land Management’s public workshop to their “route inventory.” They’re looking for public comments about traveling on routes over their land, which, in the Kern River Valley, includes the Keyesville area and the Kelso Valley area. Their meeting will be held at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. While the BLM covers most of the

Kern River Valley land between the lake and the mountains, the U.S. Forest Service’s Sequoia National Forest covers most of the mountainous areas surrounding the Kern River Valley, including the Greenhorn area, the Kern Plateau, the upper and lower Kern and the Piutes. Their meeting will explore five alternative ways to manage existing routes on the forest. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville. (The location was TBA until last Friday.) BLM meeting: Peter DeWitt, (661) 391-6120. F.S. meeting: Chris Sanders, (559) 784-1500.

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‘Outside In’ art show a perfect weekend event Plan to attend the Kern River Valley Adult Resource Center’s “Outside In” art show on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center in French Gulch, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The show will feature more than 100 paintings, 11 masks and some 20 ceramic pieces made by people with developmental disabilities, clients of the ARC in Lake Isabella. The artists will receive money from the sale of their work, minus the cost of art materials and matting. For more information contact the Arts Council of Kern at 661-324-9000 or Jaye Lyn Martin at 760-379-5303.

Vol. 6 No. 3 Valley weekend weather forecast Fri.: Sunny, high 63. Fri. night: Partly cloudy, low 39 Sat.: Partly sunny, high 64. Sat. night: 20% chance rain, low 42. Sun.: Chance rain, high 62. Sun. night: Chance rain, low 41. National Weather Service


Jeff Baker lands a nice bunch of trout while scouting for derby spots


Dr. Donohue says that diverticulosis is much more common than you think.


CERT classes will be held in March, so register now.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 126,439 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 352 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 352 cfs Borel Canal flow 0 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Valley – the place for fun 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.

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Courier Calendar 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

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.

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. First Aid class to be taught by CERT Feb. 28 Dean Ott from KRV CERT will be teaching the American Red

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.

Parenting classes start 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 6-10). 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 twohour classes. Course is limited to first seven people to enroll. Weekly parenting classes meet court and CPS requirements. Keyesville Classic weekend of March 13-15 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. This year the races will be the weekend of March 13-15. For more information, see 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. “Living Green in the KRV” event coming March 27-30 Want to know how to reduce your “footprint” on the world? Learn about living responsibly, protecting our environment and conserving our 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 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 &

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Things I Have Noticed...

‘Four mistakes high’ is real high Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

As some of you know, I fly radio-controlled model aircraft twice a week at our club field. Part of our sport is flying, and part of our sport is repairing “pilot errors.” The errors can be as slight as a bent wheel. Or they can result in comMiddleworth plete and utter destruction. When we fly and try new maneuvers, we fly at a height called “mistakes high.” Four mistakes high means you are four times higher than you need in case you lose control. Such was my plight last week when I had a major crash in front of a good-sized group of club flyers. I fly electric-powered model planes, and on this day I was flying a large but light foam aircraft. This model is made to soar, flying in the lightest of breezes. Not content to have just a wimpy little motorized glider, I increased the battery and motor sizes. It still soared but could now do all kinds of aerobatics – aerobatics that it was never designed to do. It was at the bottom of a rolling loop (one mistake high) that the wing, which was not built to take any kind of G forces, didn't.

The wing folded, and the plane (sans wing) headed for the ground full bore with nothing for me to do but watch. When the fuselage hit the ground, it spread itself over a 6-foot area. As I picked up the pieces, I said to myself, "I can fix this! I have another motor and lots of epoxy. This is repairable!" So back to my shop I went. Laying out the pieces, I mixed my first batch of 5 minute epoxy. Five minute epoxy means you really have only two minutes before it sets. It gets on your fingers, shirt, pants, workbench and some maybe even on your plane. One by one I glued the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle. As the last piece was epoxied in place, I noticed the plane was flyable but looked like warmed-over death. But it flew and at a distance (four mistakes high) you couldn't see the scars. Today I reinforced the wings and am planning to again try the rolling loop. I am hoping that when it is only one mistake high it will pull out of the dive heading up, wing attached. If it doesn't, I have another batch of epoxy at the ready. 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.

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Piute Drive is a perfect place to watch the Whiskey Flat Days parade.

BOB continued from page 1 raised. All three can be considered winners, as the money they raised will be going to good causes. Pope’s funds raised will help the Kern Valley Youth Football League, and Crawford’s funds will help the Kern River Valley Youth Center. At the “coronation” ceremony Sunday in Circle Park, the three were jovial. Although they waged a battle against each other, they are each convivial and friendly towards the others. That doesn’t mean they don’t take pot shots at each other, though.

RESULTS continued from page 1 leader of that event:

CALENDAR continued from page 2 wellness in the Kern Valley community. INFO: Darby (760) 376-1067 or Mike (760) 376-4405 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 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 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.

“Well, I guess it’s not always that the best man wins,” joked Crawford. Van Helden was pleased with his new title as Whiskey Flat Mayor 2009. “I’m having trouble today ... I guess cowboys can cry.” The three have been out selling “bribe” tickets for several weeks now at local restaurants and other businesses. The Kernville Chamber of Commerce, which puts on Whiskey Flat Days, is another organization that benefits from the campaigns.

Best Overall: 1. Francis Moore (New Sherriff) 2. Breckinridge Buckskinners (Mountain Men) 3. Dave Ryskamp (Leather works) Best Camp: 1. Randy Hoskins (Chuck Wagon/Camp Cook) 2. Francis Moore 3. Keith and Sherry Pringle (Tepee) Best Costume: 1. Bruce Kratt (Buffalo Bill) 2. Gus Curry (Robert Duvall) 3. Francis Moore

Best Gunfighter: 1. Jim Suchin (Period Gun display) 2. Dave Ryskamp (Period Firearm camp story) 3. Mike Buss (Buffalo Bill sharpshooter)

Oh, and we know who one of the mayor raffle winners was. It was Sara Wakeman, our office manager, who won the $100 beef pack. We’re hoping that now she’ll throw a staff barbecue. The rest of the results will be printed in next week’s Courier.

BMX National Racing Series coming to Bakersfield The Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the American Bicycle Association are pleased to announce the U.S. Nationals - PRO Series is coming to Bakersfield May 1-3 at Metro BMX. The three-day event is scheduled to return annually through 2013. Children as young as six years old will participate in races with divisions for all ages of riders. Each day of racing will conclude with the PRO Series race. More information on the ABA can be found at For more information, please contact Chris Huot at (661) 852-7235.


Derby fish are getting bigger Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

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STATISTICS General Drainage Area 2,093 Square Miles Capacity, Gross Pool 570,000 Acre-Ft. Surface Area, Gross Pool 11,400 Shoreline, Gross Pool 38 miles Length, Gross Pool 9 miles Main Dam Maximum Height 185 Feet Length at Crest 1695 Feet Auxiliary Dam Maximum Height 100 Feet Maximum Length 3,257 Feet Lake Construction Started March 1948 Finished April 1953

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The 20th annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is only about six weeks out now. Within a couple of weeks, excited fishermen will begin to stake claims to the shoreline at VoluntAuxiliary Dam eers from and Old the Kern Isabella Road Valley Fish camping areas. & Game Get your Habitat RVs and tents ready for the Club are countdown. busy feedWith this ing the year’s anticiderby pated record trout in registration, shoreline real the holdestate is going ing pens to be scarce. at French Volunteers Gulch from the Kern twice a Valley Fish & day. Game Habitat Club are busy Without feeding the their derby trout in efforts, the holding the derby pens at French would not Gulch twice a day. Without be possitheir efforts, ble. the derby would not be --Jack possible. Bustamante Thanks again, guys. Where am I going to fish the derby? Jeff Baker has been busy scouting out spots along the North Shore.

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Landing another three beauties, Jeff has another possible hot spot. Nice catch, Jeff. Looks like we’re back to beautiful weather this weekend, so let’s go fishing.

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Little boys love mud more than bucking broncos, as this little guy is finding at at the rodeo Sunday.

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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Diverticulosis common in most older people DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 78-year-old female, active and in good health -- or so I thought. I eat right and never smoked or drank alcohol. Yesterday, a colonoscopy showed severe diverticulosis. The doctor prescribed Benefiber, then left and never returned. I am stunned. What do I do now? Will I have this forever? Am I unhealthy? How does one develop diverticulosis? What the difference between "osis" and "itis"? -- S.K. ANSWER: Your world isn't collapsing. You're healthy. You'll have diverticulosis forever. By age 60, half of the people in North America have it. By age 80, two-thirds have it. A diverticulum is a bulge of the inner colon lining through the colon's muscular wall to its outer

surface. A diverticulum looks like a remains silent for life. small soap bubble. It's only 1/5 to For a few, the diverticulum 2/5 inches (0.5 to 1 cm) in diameter. breaks and causes a local infection You can thank our diet for diverticin the colon -- diverticulitis. The ulosis. We refine flour and throw pain of a diverticulitis attack is usuaway its bran -- the outer coat of ally felt in the lower left corner of grain. the abdomen, In counand sometimes tries where people have You can thank our diet whole grains fever and chills (including along with the for diverticulosis.” the bran) are pain. The attack commonly is treated by rest--Dr. Donohue used, divering the tract and ticulosis is a by giving antibirarity. Bran otics. and other fiber hold water in undiWe're supposed to get 30 grams gested food. Without fiber, the food of fiber a day. Fruits (especially residue dries and becomes hard. those with edible skins), many vegThe colon muscles have to generate etables and whole-grain products a great deal of force to keep it movare the source of dietary fiber. If ing. That force causes the colon linpeople cannot get enough fiber in ing to pop through the colon wall as their diet, then commercial products a diverticulum. For most, diverticulike the one you're taking fill the losis is a silent condition that gap. Metamucil, Perdiem, Citrucel

and Fiberall are other examples. The booklet on diverticulosis explains the ins and outs of this very common disorder. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 502W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may also order health newsletters from (c) 2009 North American Syndicate Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The Kern County Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25, about future planning. The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a Parks Master Plan to better serve the residents of Kern County. As part of this process, they are holding a number of focus group meetings around the county and would like to invite you to attend the Kern River Valley Focus Group meeting. Your input in this process will help the Parks and Recreation Department provide a master plan that will serve the County for the next 20-years. The public workshop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lake Isabella Veterans Hall located at 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. An invitation-only meeting will precede the public workshop. Frequently asked questions Q. What does Kern County Parks and Recreation Department do? A. The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department manages 48 parks - 8 regional parks, and 40 neighborhood parks – as well as 26 public buildings, including community, recreation, senior and veterans buildings. The Department’s facilities also include three golf courses, fishing lakes, individual campgrounds, boating and sailing, a soccer park and museums. Current

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Country Living

Where’s the partygoers? California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

People are coming up the hill, parking everywhere. Here comes Rebecca, who owns a seven-acre retreat in Wofford Heights. She always brings a dish. Good cook! The living room is starting to fill up with hungry bodies.Everyone’s grabbing at the goodies on the living room table. Glad I brought in those extra folding chairs from the cowboy bunkhouse. The kitchen’s crowded too. Everyone staggers in there carrying their pot luck dishes and six-packs. I wave hello to Don and Jackie. He’s a retired doc. She’s a writer. Been up here about five years. No desire to be anywhere else. Not even in Ventura where they keep their 28-foot catamaran. Don says he’s had enough years of listening to other people talk. Now it’s HIS turn. Across the living room Shirley (Jim’s wife) sits quietly taking it all in. She paints, she writes, she teaches line dancing. And she listens carefully to each new person she meets. Meanwhile in the kitchen, gardener Jim is holding court describing how he has put in 100 feet of black plastic pipe all up and down this property. By Jimminy, we got a Whiskey Flat party goin’! Pretty good one, too.

It’s 5 o’clock. I’m either giving a party or a wake. Where is everybody? Outside all is deadly still. The hush in the middle of the storm. We’ve had a lot of rain and snow California Joe lately. Maybe they were afraid of the road. It’s not a long way to come, but it’s all uphill and the road is bumpy and gravelly. Will people remember to bring their potluck dishes and a jug of something to drink? It’s Whiskey Flat Sunday. You never know who’ll come. Maybe no one! No one ever bothers to RSVP you. Could be 50 folks or no one at all. Miz Sue leaves to bring some folks up the hill who didn’t want to risk the road. Uh-oh. Someone at the door. It’s Jim, gardener, artist, California Condor reestabisher. More people coming up the sidewalk. Heavy-duty operator Joe from across the lake. Here comes Mort and Francis. They take tickets and do refreshments at the K.V. Orchestra concerts. Hey, there’s Gary and Sue. Sue plays piano and keyboard at the Senior Center Wednesday nights. Says she has a ball!

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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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1. Write your message on the form. Please be neat. Ads start at 5 lines for $5.50 and only $1.00 for each additional line. 2. Total first five lines and $1.00 for each additional line. Multiply the total by the number of weeks you wish your ad to run. Fill in the blanks below. Payment must be with order. 3. Enter credit card #, or make check, money order payable to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, Ca 93285-1145 6392 B Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights, Ca 93285 Mail or deliver to above address. Ad must reach us by Tuesday 12 noon of the week it is to run.

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Courier chuckle of the week: "Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home." Bill Cosby

See Page 11 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Take time from your busy schedule to check out what's going on around you. You might find that someone has been secretly trying to pull the wool over those beautiful Sheep's eyes. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Once again, the Bovine's boldness pays off in uncovering the source of a disturbing workplace situation. Your personal life calls for patience, as a certain matter plays itself out. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Forget about going all out to impress someone in your personal life. Just being yourself is all that matters. A workplace decision will need more time. Don't rush into it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Some supersensitive Crabs might take offense at what they perceive as a slight. But a closer look points to a simple misunderstanding. The weekend holds a welcome surprise. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Sure, you can roar your head off over someone's failure to keep a promise. But the wiser course would be to ask why it happened. Be prepared for an answer that might well surprise you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A developing relationship needs time to find its direction. Please be patient and resist pushing things along. A recently cooled down workplace situation could heat up again. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your wellthought-out proposal seems to be working. Someone

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who hasn't agreed with you on most things in the past could turn out to be one of your major supporters. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Things seem to be going well. However, you can still expect criticism -- some of it pretty heavy. But as long as you can back up your position, you'll be able to rise above it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Getting together with people who care for you is a great way to get that ego boost you might feel you need at this time. Things start to look brighter by week's end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You should be able to continue with your plans once you get past those temporary delays. Surprise, surprise. An offer to help comes from a most unlikely source. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Prioritizing your tasks is important this week because of all those demands you have to deal with. The pressure eases in time for you to enjoy the weekend. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Save your energy and stay focused on what has to be done, despite all those distractions you're likely to face. You should see some evidence of real progress by week's end. BORN THIS WEEK: You are a generous, giving person who is always ready, willing and more than able to help others in need. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: What was the theme song to the sitcom "Friends" and who sang it? 2. GEOGRAPHY: The Yakima River flows through which U.S. state? 3. MUSIC: Who recorded the 1970s hit "The Boys Are Back in Town"? 4. COMICS: Which comic strip featured a character called "Dragon Lady"? 5. MEDICINE: What is meant by the term "palpate"?


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Our Valley, Our Earth

Magnetic forces at work in rock Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The block diagram from last time is fairly easy to understand, as it shows the various aspects of the oceanic spreading ridge, as discussed earlier. But, at first glance, the "zebra" block diagram is not as easy to neither comprehend nor understand. I will focus this discussion on the zebra diagram. Bolyard I must first give the reader a few facts about the nature of the rock (both solid and molten) from which the diagram is generated. Basalt is a very common, dark colored rock that can be seen along the highways through volcanic areas, such as Highway 395 from Ridgecrest to Bishop. This is the same rock that upwells at the mid-oceanic spreading centers around the globe. During the cooling of the basalt, a phenomenon occurs within the crystallization of the minerals that makeup the basalt. Cooling basalts contain small crystals of iron-oxide compounds, principally the mineral Magnetite (or Lodestone), Fe3O4 - which is highly magnetic. During the molten, plastic phase of their cooling process, these crystals tend to act as miniature compasses, swinging hither and yon in the still-viscous mix in a harmony that is extremely susceptible to the lines of magnetic force that radiate between

the earth's North and South Poles. Once the cooling is concluded and the magma has passed what is known as the Curie Point (582 degrees C, where the magnetism in the cooling lava becomes permanently fixed) and become solid, the alignment of the swarms of magnetic compasses become fixed, and is set for all time. And each, crucially, is then aligned to where the North and South Poles were at the time the rocks solidified. Thus these compasses become powerful forensic tools! They tell the earth scientists where the poles were in relation to the rocks, or the rocks in relation to the poles, eons ago. Scientists using a Fluxgate Magnetometer being towed behind a Coast Guard cutter collect and process millions of gigabytes of magnetic data and generate a Magnetic Topographic Map and then superimpose it over a actual topographic map of the sea floor and the result is a one to one correlation of the two maps. The matching intricate lines of contour and magnetic information form a trace of lines with some of the lines showing rocks that had certain properties and others indicating rocks that had properties that were precisely the opposite! So the traces began to arrange themselves in an unmistakable pattern of parallel and linear stripes, just like those found on the skin of a zebra or tiger. 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.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Obituary notice Billie J. Ludiker April 26, 1917 ~ February 3, 2009 Billie J. Ludiker passed away peacefully in Montebello, Calif. on Feb. 3, 2009 with family at his side. He was 91. Billie was born in Neosho, Mo. to Ida Marie and Troy William. He attended Elementary and High School in Spivey, Kansas. In 1941, after briefly attending college, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force and stationed in McGrath, Alaska during the war. While in Alaska, he met Marcella Blanton, a performer touring with a USO entertainment troupe, and they were married three days later on November 9, 1943, just prior to the ensemble's scheduled departure to another base. After the war he was briefly stationed at Tinker Field, Okla. before moving to Lynwood, Calif. The family would eventually reside in Pico Rivera, La Habra Heights and Kernville. They were married for 46 years until her passing in 1989. They had five children. After moving to California, Billie worked for Fibreboard Box Corporation, hired primarily for his softball pitching skills the championship company team needed. He would pitch for many semi-pro teams through the years. In the early '50s Billie changed careers by managing OK'eh Caterers, a pioneering company in the mobile industrial catering service. He served terms as president of the MICA Association, was an owner and managing partner of Best Maid and Courtesy Caterers, and retired in 1981. Billie was a highly active officer, director, trustee, and volunteer member of numerous organizations including the: Kern River Valley Elks #2358; Kern River Valley Masonic Lodge #827; Kern Valley Moose Lodge #498; and VFW Post #7665. Two loves who shared in Billie's life, his wife, Marcella, and long time companion, Mary Gorce, preceded him in death, along with two brothers, Ivan and Bobby; and a sister, Betty Jo DeWeese. He is survived by two brothers, Kenny and Larry Ludiker; his son, Michael; daughters, Marsha Wackeen, Michelle Ludiker, Melinda DeBold, and Marilyn Stoller; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and a large extended family, including in-laws; friends; and relationships lovingly acquired and cherished during his 91 gracious and generous years of life. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at Mountain View Southern Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd. Lake Isabella. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the City of Hope, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-256-HOPE (4673) or to the Elks National Foundation.

Creative Connection

This art has a mission Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Hidden in a valley, a halfhour past Alta Sierra, is our neighboring community of Glennville. It’s a town of 130, set among rolling hills and oak trees, a vestige from times past. Amid the terrain and wildlife, it is little wonder that this backdrop Fitch serves as artistic inspiration for artist Jill Iverson. “I wake up, walk out and thank God I’m here again today,” she said. Big art happens in this tiny speck of the world. Its indigenous plants, animals and scenery vie as favorite subjects. “All the ideas make me feel rich – contemplating which one I should do today,” she said. “In reflection, I’m copying God and I know I’m doing what I am supposed to be doing.” Greenhorn Mountain Arts, Jill’s business, found its name in the beauty of her thought-provoking surroundings. When asked about the mission or ideals behind the creation of her year-old art business, she responded enthusiastically, “I’m happy you said ‘mission,’ because that is its goal. It frees

me to contribute to children’s and Christian missions.” Fifteen percent of all sales from cards and commissioned works result in donations to various organizations. Oils, colored pencil, and the new open acrylics are her focus mediums. “I like making marks on paper; working with line,” which is one reason her stained glass design is frequently sought after. “If I try to describe an idea to someone, they will draw their own picture in their mind and think of the concept as pretty, but when I communicate through painting, there is no misunderstanding and it is like they are there with me and can share in the excitement.” You will enjoy viewing Jill Iverson’s art at Rich Pelletreau’s Wildlife Gallery in Wofford Heights. Bakersfield’s Stars Theater and the Bakersfield Art Association’s East Hills Mall Gallery are exhibiting her work as well. A winner of various competitions, Jill is rapidly gaining a name for herself in the local venues. Check out her Web site at www.greenhornmountainarts. Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,

Death notices Janice Rae Wilmot Janice Rae Wilmot, 68, of Weldon, passed away Feb. 13, 2009 at her residence. No services are planned. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

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Living Green

Arrest reports

Greening up your water bottles

A digest of arrest reports from

Richard Rowe Special to the Courier

When I brought a case of plastic water bottles to an early meeting of the Living Green Organizing Committee meeting, I was almost deposed as coordinator! I thought since those bottles were recyclable that they were green (wrong). Americans consume 28 billion single-use plastic water bottles Rowe per year. 80% end up in a landfill. The impact of that amount of trash is significant. Even the 20% that are recycled take energy and water to remake new bottles from the used ones. The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. Making all of the plastic bottles for the U.S. requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually. That's enough to fuel 100,000 cars. Then there are the health impacts of drinking water sitting in plastic bottles. The big worry is the chemical Bisphenol A (aka BPA). BPA has been linked to a host of ailments including increased risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and early

onset puberty. The use of BPA is being slowly phasing out, but why wait until they discover that another chemical in the plastic is harmful? Refilling your water bottle from the tap requires no expenditure of energy, and zero waste of resources. Umpteen studies show drinking filtered tap water is just fine (and a lot cheaper than bottled water). The Good Human environmental awareness blog has a guide which ranks bottle choices from worst to best. Turns out the best water bottle is made of a chemically inert substance, and you just can't beat stainless steel. So, for our Living Green event we have ordered custom shiny green 26 oz. stainless steel water bottles. We'll have those that aren't used for the Run for Living Green for sale at the Green Expo Saturday, March 28 in Wofford Heights. The Living Green event will be held March 27-30 at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights. Richard Rowe is a retired city planner, living in Wofford Heights. He is website administrator of for Kern River Valley Revitalization. He is in charge of a major new event planned for March 27-30, 2009 – "Living Green in the KRV." He can be reached at

various public safety agencies in the Kern River Valley area

Arrest reports were not available from the Sheriff’s Department by press time this week. The reports will be printed in the Kern River Courier when they are received.

C-21 Mt. Mesa office moves As of Sunday, Feb. 22, the Mt. Mesa office of Century 21 Lake Isabella Realty will be moved to the Lake Isabella office. The four agents that were housed in the Mt. Mesa office will be moved

to the Lake Isabella office at 6069 Lake Isabella Blvd., and business will continue as usual there. For more information, call the Lake Isabella Century 21 office at (760) 379-3684.

Notice The Courier received several letters to the editor this week about a float in the Whiskey Flat Days parade that had a political comment. Space is at a premium this week, and we will print them as space permits.

Legal Notices 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 (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. RED-

M 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. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Valley Excavating, (2009B1025). Street address of principal place of business: 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 538, Lake Isabella CA 93240. REGISTRANT: James Young, 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285 A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 06/01/1989. 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. (02/10/2014), or 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in this Statement other than a change in the resi-

dence address of the registered owner(s). A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. VALLEY EXCAVATING. This statement filed on 02/10/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By N. Hawley (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier February 20, 27, March 6 and 13, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: The Mother Lode, (2009B1016). Street address of principal place of business: 16 Tobias Street, Kernville CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 355, Kernville CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Juanita Darlene Young, 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285 A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 07/01/1999. 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. (02/10/2014), or 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in this Statement other than a change in the residence address of the registered owner(s). A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. THE MOTHER LODE. This statement filed on 02/10/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By N. Hawley (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier February 20, 27, March 6 and 13, 2009.

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Talking About Real Estate Your agent is your guide When you need to or want to sell your home, who will understand exactly what you’re going through? A good real estate agent knows about all the positives and negatives that can be associated with selling your home. Perhaps you’re under Matt Freeman the pressure of selling because of an unpleasant circumstance like divorce or ill health. Being overwhelmed by the issues that are forcing you to sell can sometimes cloud your judgment when it comes to making decisions about the real estate transaction. Maybe you have other concerns about selling or about looking ahead to your upcoming home buying experience. You want a safe neighborhood

or maybe you want privacy and seclusion. You want the most house you can get for the money, but maybe you’re not sure what you can afford. You made several improvements to your current home, but maybe you worry about pricing yourself out of the market. Be sure to fully explain all of your anxieties and your desires to any agents you interview to list your home. A good real estate agent can and has handled the ups and downs of the real estate market and will genuinely care about helping you through a sometimes complicated and confusing process. Even if you’re not sure what you want or need, your agent can offer solid information and guidance. You deserve nothing less!

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other concerns about selling or about looking ahead to your upcoming home buying experience. ”

--Matt Freeman

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.

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Snow was falling rapidly at around noontime on Friday as vendors were setting up for Whiskey Flat Days.

SNOW continued from page 1 Whiskey Flat Days. “It’s cold!” she said, shivering despite a small propane heater in her booth. The weather turned sunny on Saturday and Sunday. The parade took place on mostly dry streets with only a few patches of snow and ice left, although the rodeo riders had to slog through a lot of mud at the rodeo grounds. Monday it was back to wet weather again, with showers persisting through Tuesday. Much of the valley received snow, although in some of the lower eleva-

Bakersfield TV news anchors Jim Scott and Robin Mangarin were Grand Marshals in the parade.

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tions in the valley it didn’t stick on the pavement. A warmer evening on Friday melted much of the snow that had fallen earlier in the day. Whiskey Flat Days is Kernville’s big deal every year. It’s their annual whingding festival during which the town returns to the days of the Old West. It’s been put on since the 1950s. Some may question why the festival is held in the winter, but that was the idea of the Kernville businesspeople who started Whiskey Flat Days. The concept was to bring visitors to the valley in the off-season.

Familiar faces at Whiskey Flat Days Courier photos by Michael Batelaan



Courier columnist Richard Rowe on the Living Green float in the parade.

Caravan for Compassion’s float in the Whiskey Flat Days parade was a colorful affair with plenty of red balloons. The caravan goes around the valley picking up non-perishable food.

Kern River Courier February 20, 2009  

Kern River Courier February 20, 2009