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Three major events on tap Heart Walk, Green Fest, Fishing Derby all take center stage Kern River Courier

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Danny Zide, a technician at the Kern River Hatchery, holds a huge rainbow trout that was planted in the river along with 150 of its friends on Wednesday morning. Stocking by the state has resumed in the river. Also, trout are being planted in the lake by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce in advance of the Isabella Lake Fishing Derby March 27-29 (see story at left). Altogether, the Kern River Valley is a bonanza for anglers as beautiful trout will be available throughout the spring. See the fishing column on page 4 for more fishing news.

Turn on your lights when you turn on your wipers The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is utilizing its electronic message signs on freeways, Highway Advisory Radio and the media to remind motorists that it is now the law to turn on their headlights when driving in the rain. “Some drivers may not realize that it is now the law to turn on their vehicles’ headlights when it’s raining and wipers are on,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton. Some of the newer automobiles turn on the headlights automatically when the windshield wipers are turned on, but there are many cars still on the road that have to have their lights turned on manually in the rain. Let other drivers see you coming; turn on your lights on the rain.

So Whiskey Flat Days is over and you’re feeling blue over a lack of things to do? Never fret, there are three big events coming up in the next few weeks. The first is the annual Heart Walk this Saturday. As of press time, it looked though it might be a rainy day Saturday. If and when it does proceed, the Heart Walk will be a benefit for the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation. It’s an annual event that promotes healthy hearts and exercise while at the same time raising money for the Foundation. It is scheduled to take place starting at 9 a.m. at Kern Valley High School’s track on Saturday, Feb. 27. Come join the participants or just sit in the stands and root them on! The second big event is the “Living Green in the KRV” Festival, coming up March 17-21. Actually, some of the parts of the sprawling festival about how to reduce your waste and trash output and save ener-

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Big changes for local men Kern River Courier

Two people, two big stories. Carter Pope, who ran for Whiskey Flat Mayor in 2008, is now running for a much bigger office than that. He is running for California State Senate this year. Pope is a member of the Kern County Democratic Central Committee and a delegate to the California Democratic Party. Pope can be reached at or 760793-9053. The other story is that there is a new Pope director to serve Cerro Coso College’s KRV and South Kern campuses. Dr. Erie V. Johnson took the reins on Jan. 4. He came to the job from Astoria, Oregon where he worked at Clatsop Community

College. Johnson and his wife were both born and raised in California. When the position at Cerro Coso Community College opened they decided to apply to be closer to family and to move away from the 8 feet of annual rainfall that they Johnson experienced during the last three Oregon winters. The Johnsons reside in the Kern River Valley. Johnson works at the campus in Lake Isabella, refining educational services for the KRV region. He also works the South Kern portion of the center’s service area at Edwards AFB. The college will seek to expand education and training opportunities for the residents and employers, including feeder high schools located in the southern portion of Kern County.

Testing offered for state jobs Kern River Courier

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

KVHS drama teacher Sandra Hughes, right, surprised the crowd at the Sierra Performing Arts Whiskey Flat Days melodrama when she revealed she has a twin sister. The two performed a duet at the melodrama, which had a capacity house on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The South Fork Mosquito Abatement District is offering Vector Control Certification testing for selected applicants. Because of increasing threats of West Nile Virus, many positions are expected to be available throughout the state to those who pass the test and are certified. The district will pay for the basic testing for those selected. While successful completion of the test does not guarantee employment, those who pass the certification

requirements have a strong advantage for work with the local district and other vector control agencies in Kern County and throughout the State of California. Local opportunities are part time and seasonal, but other positions throughout the state may be full time with benefits. Testing will be given by the State Department of Public Health on May 20 in Visalia. Those who are selected for testing and those considering applying will find study and reference materials for it at

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Vol. 7 No. 4 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: Mostly sunny, high 67. Fri. night: Rain, low 41. Sat.: 80% chance showers, high 48. Sat. night: 20% chance showers, low 37. Sun.: Partly sunny high 59. Sun. night: Partly cloudy low 38. National Weather Service



and Brownshoe” gets DVD treatement


Another whole page of color photos of Whiskey Flat Days 2010.


Column on “Collecting” teaches you the ins and outs of antiquing.


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

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 137,856 acre-feet. (Low point was 101,857 ac-ft. Dec. 4. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 1222 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 310 cfs Borel Canal flow 279 Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Courier Calendar Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

The Heart Walk is attended by hundreds, as you can see in this photo from last year.

Ladies of Elks to hold Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 27 The Ladies of the Elks will hold a Scholarship Fund luncheon on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the lodge in Wofford Heights. Americanism Essay finalists include local middle school students Hallah Bonello, Spencer Harris and Aurora Sunderland. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for a Mexican-themed meal. For information call 376-2762.

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

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12th All-Valley Heart Walk scheduled for Feb. 27 Each year a Heart Walk is held to benefit the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation and to promote healthy hearts. The walk is an easy one on the flat track at the high school; the number of laps you walk (or run) is up to you. Sponsor a team today. To sign up or for more information, call Jeanette at (760) 376-4419.

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


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


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


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


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at

Ladies of Elks to hold Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 27 The Ladies of the Elks will hold a Scholarship Fund luncheon on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the lodge in Wofford Heights. Americanism Essay finalists include local middle school students Hallah Bonello, Spencer Harris and Aurora Sunderland. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for a Mexican-themed meal. For information call 376-2762. cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


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


• 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. 30rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 3rd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

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

Rummage Sale to be held by Eastern Star March 5 The Kern Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will hold a Rummage Sale on Friday March 5th from 8am to 3pm and Saturday March 6th from 8am to 1pm. The sale will be located at the former Dam Corner #1 store, at the corner of 155 and 178, across the street from the Shell station in Lake Isabella. Parks and Rec to hold Flotation meeting March 10 The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting a public meeting in the Kern River Valley to discuss the concept of requiring life preservers/personal floatation devices for access to public waters within Kern County on March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Vet’s Hall in Lake Isabella. Sweet Adelines hold Friends and Family Night March 11 The Kern Valley Chorus of the national Sweet Adelines organization will have their Friends and Family Night on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. No admission charge. For more information, call Cheryl at (760) 376-4124. KRV Astromony Club to hold Star Party March 13 Come observe the heavens over the Kern River Valley on March 13 at 7pm with the Kern River Valley Astronomy Club. Club members will share their outstanding telescopes (or bring yours or good binoculars). Drive about 13 miles north of Kernville, watch for orange traffic cones on your right to mark to turn in (dim your car's lights). For more information, call KRV Astronomy Club President Rich Burdge (at 760) 376-6290 or (760) 376-1291. Kern Valley Youth Football and Cheer to be held March 14 There will be a fundraiser for Kern Valley Youth Football and Cheer at El Portal II in Lake Isabella on March 14 from 10 am 2pm. Come and have a yummy brunch and support KV Youth Football and Cheer. Set clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time March 14 When you go to bed Saturday night March 13, set your clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time returns on Sunday March 14 at 2 a.m. “Living Green in the KRV” festival March 17-21 “Living Green” means to live while making as small a footprint upon the planet as you can. It can save you money, too! Learn all about recycling, composting, ways to save water and electricity,

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Kern River Courier

Winter play can be enjoyed in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

Things I Have Noticed...

‘Mr. Nice Guy’ gets tough Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

That's it. I've had it. No more "Mr. Nice Guy." I've made excuses for them, I've fed them, protected them, gave myself reasons for letting them live in my yard and the thanks I get are holes all over my property. Yes, I'm talking Middleworth about ground squirrels. Again! (Hereafter, I shall refer to them as “GS.”) As I look out my front room window, I can see them cavorting around the bird feeder, eating grain and sunflower seeds. I have noticed that when I go out onto the porch they dive into one of their freshly made holes and hide. The final straw occurred this morning when I went out to charge my trailer batteries. As I stood near the power outlet I felt myself slowly sinking into the ground. Suddenly I was ankle-deep in sand and mushy dirt. As I flopped around I could see that it was part of a series of GS tunnels criss-crossing the the yard and around the trailer. In fact, a wheel had sunk into a tunnel junction. So for the next three hours, I took a #3 golf iron (which I had ground into a point) and

stabbed the dirt, trying to locate all the underground GS habitat streets. I think I found most of them. Taking a steel bar made from an old auto axle, I destroyed the labyrinth of underground passageways. Next, I took several buckets of sand and filled all the ruts, holes, furrows, gullies, trenches, and ditches, and then stomped and tried to level the area. (Now the ground around looks like a war zone.) But, even though I am no longer a Nice Guy, I still don't have the heart to kill the little rodents. So I use a Have a Heart Trap, which humanely catches and allows me to release the GS as far away as Tijuana. Though I usually settle for Keyesville. I've done “catch and release” before. It works better with fish, but only half-heartedly and without vengence in my soul. But now it’s war. I will outfox the GS. I bought fresh peanuts and humongous sunflower seeds for bait. I washed the traps, and loaded them with the goodies and set all four in different places. I have a full tank of gas and my coonskin hat. Trapper Rod is ready. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

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Cross-country skiing, snow play and snowmobiling are popular activities during the winter months. The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument can be accessed. Specific winter activity areas accessible by highway are found on all the districts. Maps are available at each district office identifying routes for snowmobilers; trails for cross country skiers, and areas with unlimited snow-play opportunities. Visitors coming to spend time in the snow-covered mountains need to be prepared for winter conditions. Tire chains are required near the 5,000 foot elevation on most roads during the winter months, and will be required at lower elevations during snow storms. Snow chains should be carried in your vehicle at all times during the winter months, and please come prepared for cold weather by bringing along extra winter clothing, flash-light with fresh batteries, food, and water. On the Western Divide Ranger District, and extending to the Kern River Ranger District, five areas are maintained to provide winter access for recreational activities; Quaking Aspen is located on Highway 190 at Western Divide Hwy, Ponderosa is located ¼ mile south of the Ponderosa Lodge on Western Divide Hwy, Sugarloaf is located on County Road M-9, Parker Pass Drive (also known as SM-50) is open ONLY to 4X4 vehicles beyond Tyler Creek (no parking facilities are available at this site) and Greenhorn Summit, which

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is located along Hwy. 155 on the Kern River Ranger District. The Western Divide District provides over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile routes that connect winter trailheads from Greenhorn Summit to Jordan Peak. The groomed routes are open to everyone except wheeled vehicles. At all sites no overnight parking is allowed, in order to permit snow removal as needed. The Forest Service provides toilet facilities at Quaking Aspen, Ponderosa, the Parker Pass Kiosk (Information Display) area, and also at the Sugarloaf Trailhead. Snowmobiling is limited to designated roads in the Monument; many roads are posted and groomed for this use. Over-snow vehicles are allowed on all snow-covered roads, not just the ones groomed and/or marked. Funding for this program is provided by California State Parks, OHV Division and the Greensticker Program. All state vehicle code regulations still apply. If you decide to stop at a turnout along the highway for snow play, be sure your vehicle is parked completely off the roadway. Watch your children carefully to be sure they do not play in the road or sled into the roadway. There is no garbage or restroom services at highway turnouts, so be sure to clean up your garbage and deposit it in your trash bin at home. The turnouts can become very congested on the weekends, please do not block another vehicle in and prevent them from leaving.


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

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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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Kern River Valley information Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service

Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781

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6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Across from Senior Center Local: (760) 379-5236 Toll Free: (866) KRV4FUN

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11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville Corner Sierra Way & Kernville Road Local: (760) 376-2629 Toll Free: 866-KERNVILLE

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Sights Of The Valley

Above: Maryann Ryan caught a cloud pattern with her camera. Right: Log at the Whiskey Flat Days Indian Encampment.

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Valley basics The Kern River Valley is a broad valley in the Southern Sierra. The center of the valley is the age-old meeting place of two arms of the Kern River, the southernmost of the mighty Sierra rivers. This junction was chosen for the location of a pair of dams to form a reservoir from the river waters, the purpose of which was to provide flood control and irrigation water for Bakersfield. The reservoir that was formed is called Lake Isabella, or Isabella Lake. Two towns, Kernville and Isabella, had to be moved out of the way during the forming of the lake in the late 1940s and ‘50s. Isabella was moved south and renamed Lake Isabella, and Kernville was moved north. The town of Wofford Heights is closest to the location of Old Kernville; Old Isabella was near where the Auxiliary Dam is today. After the dams came in, realization came that although the water in the dam was not ours to keep, we may use it while it’s here. The area was promoted as a recreation destination and as a perfect area for retirement, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Later on, in the latter half of the 20th century, whitewater rafting became a huge sport here. Recently, the valley has become known as a premier mountain biking area, and a mountain bike manufacturer has relocated here. Recreation choices in the area are many. Water sports continue to dominate, anything from fishing to water skiing to Jet Skiing to kayaking. Dry land sports vary from dirt biking to hiking to climbing to touring the scenic roads to dark sky viewing to birding and observing nature at its finest. If you’re new to the valley, be sure to visit all the towns here. Ringing the lake are Kernville, Wofford Heights, Lake Isabella/Bodfish, and Mt. Mesa. In the South Fork Valley are Southlake, Weldon, and Onyx. Each has its own unique personality and its own story to tell. Leave your big-city ways behind; this is not the city. And we’re kind of proud of that. —– Kern River Courier

Courier Fishing Report

More trout in river and lake Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

Here is some great news for the local business owners and you anglers. Remember those beautiful trophy trout that were stocked at Riverside Park a couple of weeks ago? Well, this week the guys at the hatchery released 150 of those beauties in and around the usual planting spots in the river from Riverside Park to the power house. Again I will have the privilege of volunteering on the planting truck. The info that I have to date is the regular planting schedule will start in mid-March, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The lake shore fishing should

have been a little bit better, with the supplemental Alpers trout last week. A special thanks to those responsible. If and when all these extra fish the lake has received decide to cooperate, it should be good fun. For some extra fun, take the family to the hatchery and feed the fish. It’s open Monday through Thursday, and weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to take them to the natural history museum there too. (See the photo on the front page of one of the fish planted in the river. It was taken by hatchery manager Marvin Waters. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a volunteer at the Kern River Fish Hatchery.

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Friday, February 26, 2010


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Even ‘Tenspeed & Brownshoe?’

Kate Winslet to be on HBO

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of March 8: PICKS OF THE WEEK "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Rated R) -Gabourey Sidibe stars as Precious Jones, a 16-year-old, morbidly obese, illiterate, poverty-stricken girl who is pregnant for the second time after being raped by her father. Her first child (also a product of incestuous rape) was born with Down Syndrome. Precious's mother (played by Mo'Nique) physically and verbally abuses the teen, who has no friends, but retreats into a rich fantasy life, where she dreams of becoming a Gabourey Sidibe in pop star. With the help of a teacher and others, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for the girl, but before things improve, Precious's situation will first need to get much darker. "The Who: The Kids Are Alright" (Unrated) -- This is one of the greatest rock-n-roll documentaries ever made. Highlighting the band's tumultuous career from its rocky early '60s Mod roots to the death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978, this new Blu-Ray release has been beautifully remastered -- especially the sound of early TV performances where tape speeds were out of phase. This release includes more than 100 hours of extra footage, a documentary on the remastering of film and an interview with lead singer Roger Daltrey. "Civilisation: Complete Series" (Unrated) -- Two years in the making. More than 100 locations in 13 countries. A landmark television documentary event. First broadcast

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in 1969, Lord Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation, A Personal View" still ranks as one of the greatest series about Western culture ever produced. Using art, music, literature and architecture to illustrate the march of Western civilization, Lord Clark asks important questions such as: What is the difference between Art and Culture -- and are they worth saving? If you are a fan of James Burke's "Connections" and "The Day The Universe Changed" series, then this is one collection you need to add to your video library. "Tenspeed & Brown Shoe" (Unrated) -- Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen's short-lived 1980 detective comedy series finally gets a DVD release. Goldblum plays Lionel "Brown Shoe" Whitney, “Precious” a stockbroker who fantasizes about becoming a hard-boiled detective. Vereen is E.L. "Tenspeed" Turner, a grifter who plays on Brown Shoe's delusions in the hopes of making a big score. Hilarity ensues. TV SERIES "Walker Texas Ranger" The Complete Series Pack "Johnny Bravo" Season One "Wiseguy" The Collector's Edition "In Plain Sight" Season Two "Greek: Chapter Four" "Tremors" Complete Series "Hannah Montana" Miley Says Goodbye "National Geographic -- Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination" "Walker Texas Ranger" The Seventh Season "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" The Complete First Season "Matt Houston" The First Season "Silk Stalkings" Season One c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

"Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott (Pantheon, $26) Reviewed by Larry Cox

The first issue of Confidential Magazine rolled off the presses in December 1952. The bimonthly was the brainchild of Robert Harrison, who got the idea to publish a national scandal magazine while watching Sen. Estes Kefauver's televised hearings on organized crime. The new magazine promised confidential news involving Hollywood's biggest stars and the country's top political leaders. With its lurid red and yellow covers and screaming headlines, it attracted immediate attention. Tom Wolfe called Confidential "the most scandalous scandal magazine in the history of the world," while Time Magazine sniffed that it was "a cheesecake of innuendo, detraction and plain smut." Its writers would dig up one sensational "fact" and then embroider it for another 2,000 words. If the person written about was tempted to sue, he would quickly discover that the one fact might be true but the embroidery was not actionable under American libel laws. The magazine was printed on pulp paper and was considered so infamous, copies were often kept under the counter and sold only to adults who requested it. Its main draw was that it printed stories the fan magazines and more mainstream publications would not touch. For example, it claimed Bing Crosby was a wife beater, Rita Hayworth was a neglectful mother, Rock Hudson had boyfriends and Joan Crawford was involved in a backstreet romance with a hunky bartender. Henry Scott has written a fascinating book about the magazine, its founders and the impact Confidential had on society. Some of the more outrageous pieces are included word-for-word along with photos, just as they originally appeared in the magazine. His book helps explain why more than a half-century later, we continue to be obsessed with the scandals and foibles of the rich and famous. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Cindy Elavsky

sources within Summit Entertainment are confirming (although not officially yet) that "Breaking Dawn" will follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter series and be broken up into two movies. This should make everyone happy: Fans of the book series won't feel as if the conclusion is being rushed; fans of the movie series will get to see more Rob Pattinson; and the folks behind the scenes will get more cash in their pockets.

*** Q: I heard that Kate Winslet is going to star in a television show. Is that true? I can't imagine her leaving the big screen behind to be a TV star! Delilah M., via email A: Oscar-winning British actress Kate Winslet is indeed coming to a television set near you, but the move is definitely not permanent. Kate has signed on to star in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," which begins *** shooting in April. But Q: I was she is not leaving the shocked by the big screen behind. She sudden death has one as-yet-untitled of actress movie in the can (coBrittany starring the likes of Murphy. Before Gerard Butler, Naomi she passed, Kate Winslet Watts, Hugh Jackman was she workand Emma Stone) and ing on or had another feature film in she completed the works called "Contagion," any movies that we fans will get which stars Matt Damon, Jude Law to see her in, one last time? -and Marion Cotillard. Heather G., via e-mail A: Before her death in December, *** Brittany, 32, had completed work on Q: I am a big fan of "The a movie called "Abandon," which Twilight Saga," and I really co-stars Dean Cain and Mimi need to know if "Breaking Rogers. Anchor Bay Entertainment Dawn" is going to be one movie plans to release the thriller this sumor split into two. I don't see mer. how all that's in the book could ever fit into one movie. -- Livy *** T., West Palm Beach, Fla. Have a question for Cindy? E-mail A: It would be next to impossible her at letters@cindy elavsky. com, or to make "Breaking Dawn" as a sinwrite to her in care of King Features gle movie without losing a LOT in Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, the translation. Author Stephenie Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Meyer is of the same belief, and she (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. pretty much has the final say when it comes to the movies. Many

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Voices of Faith

Transformers are different now Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

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The "Sing Out Kids" chorus group has been practicing diligently getting ready for their first performance. Gary Geivet, choir director has been teaching rhythm and other musical techniques by using instruments such as: drums, bongos and the tambourine. The kids range in age from 5 on up and have had little to no previous musical training. Their first performance will be during the Living Green KRV Festival, March 17-21. The "Sing Out Kids" meet at Kernville Methodist Church corner of Sirretta and Big Blue Streets in Kernville at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Community Prayer Breakfast to be held The next Community Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3. Come and join us at 6:45 am, Los Palomos Mexican Restaurant for one hour of prayer and fellowship. For information call: 760-379-5100.

When I was a child, transformers were things that powered electric trains. On my way to becoming a man, I learned that transformers changed electrical power; they altered electrical power in useful ways. I also learned that butterflies and frogs were transformed from certain caterpillars and tad- Semonious poles in a process called Metamorphosis. In Bible class, I learned that Philippians 3:20-21 used that big word, “…our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will “transform” our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” I never thought that the truth of 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways,” would teach me more than just about maturity. Philippians 3:21 says Christ will transform (meaning change and includes “comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions and manner of life”) our lowly body (meaning body of humiliation) to be like his glorious body (being of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after He had achieved his work on earth.)

Group worships at Heart Walk Veronica Pearman Kern River Courier

It is just amazing how a community like our Kern River Valley comes together to raise funding to many organizations that are available to the public First Person t h a t helps to improve our needs in different circumstances. And at the same time to start a healthy life style, which is the Heart Walk coming up this Saturday the 27th of February. Our teams are so excited, because for the first time we are being part of the Heart Walk. We have been sponsored and been raising funds for the Joni and Friends organization Bakersfield Chapter and at the same time funding the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation. I'm one of four teams. Our team is called the "Dream Team", which consists of friends and family and of course my two sons Vincent and Adam. The rest of the teams are my wonderful coworkers from the transportation department at KCSOS. The KCSOS Divas, KCSOS Girls, and the KCSOS Crazy Drivers, we transport our special needs children. Kern County Superintendent of Schools, we take our job seriously, the children we transport we take good care of like if they were our own children. Which made sense to us to be part of Joni and Friends to help in funding their organization, because it is non profit, and they get funded by people like you that donate. For those of you that are not familiar with Joni and Friends, it is an organization that is focused in helping churches reach out to the disabled community of all ages and families. Another reason we chose this organi-

zation is because we are a family with a son whom is Down Syndrome, Adam, 11 years old. We were blessed by our church family friend that sponsored our family to attend one of the Family Retreats just last spring that Joni and Friends has been providing for families like us, whom feel that we are alone and the pressures of everyday life of caring for a disable family member. It helps because we get the support from other families and input that can help us in caring for our loved one. Most important to draw us close to the LORD and restore our spirit through daily worship and Bible study, centered around themes related to the challenges of living with a disability. It was just a refreshing experience for our family and fun activities for the children and adults and everyone was involved. I had not known about this organization until just last spring. Joni and Friends are celebrating their 20th anniversary. They have many other ministries like ""Wheels for the World, old wheelchairs collected and refurbished and sent to people all over the world. And of course they would receive the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The other ministry is "Through the Roof" which is a guide to assist churches in developing an effective disability outreach. These are just some of the ministries available, to learn more about Joni and Friends and how you can help or be involved and about Joni Tada whom started this organization through her life changing experience. go to or if you have any questions contact me @ (760) 379-1796 or @ Hope to see many of you participating in the Heart Walk and being of any assistance.

Paul warns against being drawn to those who, “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.” Philippians 3:18. (A walk comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions and manner of life.) I have a full-time job in making my walk “…toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.” Philippians 3:15. There may be sound theological advice in the old adage, “If it walks like a duck…” How does a “Christian duck” walk, you ask? Consider these statements from the Internet. James the Just, leading the church in Jerusalem, was thrown 100 feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. James the Great, Son of Zebedee, was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian. Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. Think being good is tough, try actually living and working your faith in The Transformer. Matthew 10:22.

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 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

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

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


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Heart disease a leading cause of disability Kern River Courier

Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer and a major cause of disability. February is American Heart Month in February, and the Kern River Courier is pleased to join health professionals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and community groups in raising awareness about the prevalence, severity and symptoms of heart disease. Many individuals can no longer work because of coronary heart disease (including heart attack), stroke, high blood pressure and heart failure—the four most common types of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. About every 25 seconds, an American will experience a coronary event, and about every minute

one person will die. Although not always fatal, coronary events often have a lasting affect on an individual’s ability to return to work. The Social Security Administration defines a cardiovascular impairment as any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the circulatory system (arteries, veins, capillaries and the lymphatic drainage). The disorder can be congenital or acquired. A partial list of cardiovascular impairments that may be severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity include: • Chronic heart failure—the inability of the heart to pump enough oxygenated blood to body tissues; • Ischemic heart disease—when one or more coronary arteries is narrowed or obstructed; • Peripheral vascular disease—

generally, any impairment that affects either the arteries (peripheral arterial disease) or the veins (venous insufficiency) in the extremities, particularly the lower extremities, or • An arrhythmia—a change in the regular beat of the heart. The heart may seem to skip a beat or beat irregularly, very quickly (tachycardia), or very slowly (bradycardia). A documented medical history of at least three months of observations along with evidence that, with few exceptions, the condition has been present, or is expected to be present, for a continuous period of at least 12 months, is usually necessary for a successful application. The effects of heart disease can be life-changing, but you can take steps to reduce your risk by following CDC recommendations to eat a healthy diet low in trans fat, sugar,

cholesterol and sodium, and getting 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity a week, along with muscle strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups two or more days a week. Being able to recognize signs of heart attack and stroke also is valuable. The sooner a person gets medical attention, the better the outcome. Take the time during American Heart Month to consider lifestyle changes that could improve your quality of life, reduce your risk of heart disease, and empower you to take action in case of a heart attack or stroke. The information provided is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional services. Legal or other expert assistance should be sought before making any decision that may affect your situation.

Diverticulitis attack requires change in diet to soft foods Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I need information on how to avoid flareups of diverticulitis. I am a 53-yearold female. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 2008 after suffering for months from discomfort that finally became unbearable. The doctor gave me an antibiotic that cleared the problem up. What I need to know is this: How long after eating a problem food does discomfort ensue? I've tried to tie discomfort to a particular food. I just can't figure out which ones cause the problem. For instance, if I have a problem on Tuesday afternoon, would that be from food I ate Tuesday morning, or the day before, or the day before that? -- D.F. ANSWER: You need a clearer picture of what causes diverticular pain. You're barking up the wrong tree. Diverticula are small bulges on the colon's outer wall. The bulges are the lining of the colon that has been pushed through the muscular colon wall and has popped out on its outer surface. They are pea-size to marble-size. When the necks of diverticula become obstructed, bacteria within the


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The Grand Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on the Saturday of Whiskey Flat Days weekend, which is always President’s Day weekend. Whiskey Flat was the original name of Kernville, and each year the town celebrates its Old West roots with a gala celebration that usually brings about 50,000 visitors to the Kern River Valley. Photo at top of page by Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: MEDICAL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS (2010-B0820) Street address of principal place of business: 9406 Aphrodite Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 13218, Bakersfield, CA 93389. REGISTRANT(S): Susan Ryall, 214 La Colina Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305 and Jennifer Juarez, 9406 Aphrodite Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306. H, Co-Partners. Date the business commenced:

00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this

statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Susan Ryall. This statement filed on 02/04/2010. Expires 02/04/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier February 26, March 5, 12 and 19, 2010.

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Going buggy The Old West encampments were a big hit during Kernville’s Whiskey Flat Days celebration a couple of weekends ago.

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Kern River Courier

THINGS continued from page 1 gy start much earlier than March 17: • March 1 to 27: There will be a free Recycled Art Project at the Kern County Library in Lake Isabella for both kids and adults. Call (760) 5492083 for more information, or check out the library's Living Green page on the Web. • March 7: From 10am to 2pm, there will be a free Living Green Film Festival at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights. 10am EarthDance shorts (92 min., from the 2009 Short Attention Span Environmental Film Festival); 11:50am “Simple Question: The Story of STRAW” (35 min); 12:30pm “The Yes Men Fix the World” (87 min.); 2:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” from The Fiddle & The Drum ballet (2 min). A 50/50 and a door prize raffle will help cover costs. • March 9: There will be a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Lake IsabellaBodfish Property Owners Association called “Major Water Issues in the KRV.” Panelists will include Chuck Williams, Kern River Watermaster; Lucinda Sue Crosby, Conservation Coordinator, Indian Wells Valley Water District; Chris Whitley, manager, CalWater KRV; Bob Robinson, Upper Kern Watershed Coordinator, Desert Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council; and Chuck Lackey, Kern County Engineering & Survey Services Director. There will be a moderated Q&A session. Kern River Veterans/Senior Center, 6 to 8 p.m. • March 13: At 7pm, 13 miles north of Kernville there will be a Star Party put on by the Kern River Valley Astronomy Club. Club members will share their telescopes (or bring yours or good binoculars). Watch for orange traffic cones on your right to mark to turn in (dim your car's lights). Call KRV

Astronomy Club President Rich Burdge at (760) 376-6290 or (760) 3761291 for more information. This is a regular meeting that has joined Living Green’s events. For a complete program guide to the festival, see or refer to the special publication “Green Living,” which the Courier produces in partnership with the festival. It will available in the Courier in the next week or two, and many extra copies will be available as well. Thousands will be distributed in outlying areas to make residents there aware of the festival. And the third big event, of course, is the weekend after Living Green. It’s the big annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby, held March 27 to 29. To help make the nation’s largest amateur trout derby the most exciting yet, four loads of Alpers premium trout will be planted in the lake by derby time. Therea are also 1,000 tagged derby trout worth money. There will be over $200,000 in prizes available. This year, there will be 11 trout with a prize value of $10,000 each, and to commemorate this being the 21st annual event, there will be one trout worth $21,000. To add to the fun, the award for the longest trout is back this year, with an added second and third place cash prize. You must register before the derby starts to be able to win any of the many cash awards and other prizes. Once the derby starts March 27 at 7 a.m., it’s too late. Register with the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call (760) 3795236 for more information or go to their Web site Also, look for the Kern Angler, another information-filled publication produced by the Courier staff, to coincide with the derby.

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Students invited to enter art contest Kern River Courier

Congressman Kevin McCarthy is inviting all high school students in the 22nd Congressional District to compete in the 2010 Annual “Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students. High school students from portions of Kern, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties who reside in the 22nd Congressional District can submit artwork on a wide variety of subjects and mediums. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 23. Entries will be accepted at McCarthy’s Bakersfield or Atascadero offices. The winning entry from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s 22nd Congressional District will be displayed in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year. The artwork must be an original concept, two dimensional and no larger than 30” x 30” (the measurement should allow for framing). Paintings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, etc.), computer generated art, pho-

tography, drawings, collages and prints (lithographs, silk screens, monotypes, woodcuts and intaglio methods) are acceptable. The winner of the overall competition will receive roundtrip airline tickets to travel to the exhibit opening in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 17, 2010. In addition to the overall winner of the competition, awards will be given to those who place first, second and third in the following three categories: photography, computer generated art, and artwork of all other mediums. All artwork will be exhibited to the public at Metro Galleries from Monday, May 3rd through Friday, May 7th, concluding with the awards reception on Friday, May 7th at Metro Galleries, 1604 19th Street in Bakersfield from 6:00 PM7:00 PM. For further information, please contact Congressman McCarthy’s office at (661) 327-3611 (Bakersfield) or (805) 461-1034 (Atascadero) or any high school art department in the 22nd Congressional District.

JOBS continued from page 1 upations/Pages/VectorControlTech nicianProgram.aspx Those wishing to apply for this testing opportunity should pick up an application form and more information at the Career Services Center offices located in the Senior Citizen Center complex at 6401 Lake Isabella Blvd., in Lake Isabella.

These jobs require walking and a certain degree of physical strength. Because of employment restrictions throughout the state, a clear driving record is required. Those with a felony criminal record are not eligible. Applications to be considered for testing through this program must be returned by March 10.




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Talking About Real Estate

Rental income great investment Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

One of the best real estate investments to make is on rental property. Why? Well, the properThroughout the years real ty itself has the same historic estate in California has always highs and lows just like any other had its ups and downs. Many type of real estate. What is differremember the boom in the ‘70s ent about rental property is the or the down fact that it literally pays for itself. market in the Usually there are higher down ‘90s after Desert payments involved and a bit Storm. What this higher interest than a primary market is going residence but that is pretty much through now is negated by the fact that if a not something rental property "pencils new. Through out"(meaning that it at least pays recession, for itself every month) it is a depression, war Matt Freeman great investment. A duplex, a 4 and strife real plex, something like that can estate values have huge advantages in this have always fluctuated but have kind of market environment always appreciated over the long because you can buy them cheap term. Take any 30 year period in right now and the property can the histomake you ry of money in Plenty of selection and great interest two ways. California rates make for a true buyer’s market. real The propestate erty itself values --Matt Freeman can go up and you in value will find and the an average appreciation of tenants are always paying the around 8%, through the ups and mortgage down for you. Pay downs. With stocks so down and cash for one and have instant CDs and Treasuries paying so lit- retirement income. Mortgage tle it is understandable why so one and let the tenants pay the many folks that do have money mortgage off. Either way, Win are buying up real estate right Win! now. Bank Owned Properties, Matt Freeman is a Realtor with declining values, plenty of selecFreeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) tion and great interest rates 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His make for a true buyer's market column is not intended to replace right now. legal advice.

6117 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-5915

CALL NOW... TO L IST O R B UY! #2210721 NEW LISTING! This place is a find! Bodfish Canyon is a very desirable area of large lots and horse property. Hard to find quality homes at a good price in the area. Not this time! Seller hardship has forced the sale of this property at below market value. The land is almost 1/2 acre in size, fully fenced and mostly level. Call for more details. ONLY $85,000

#2210650 Seller is in dire need of selling this place and has it priced for a quick sale. This tastefully laid out 2 b, 1 b home with 2 car garage, large fully fenced back and front yard. Interior has newer floors and fresh paint, move in ready. Renter in residence would like to stay with the property. Perfect find for an investor, weekender, or just a first home. This is a great one! ONLY $95,000

#2208959 Looking for 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths home? This is the one for you! Located in country classy Squirrel Valley. House sets on approximately .60 acres. Lovely open floor plan with large, step down livingroom. Seller MUST sacrifice. Bring any reasonable offer today! ONLY $220,000

#2210719 NEW LISTING! Hurry! This one won't wait. Take advantage of a great deal today right in Lake Isabella. 1972 Doublwide MH on it's own corner lot. Fully fenced with storage sheds and a large patio, 2 beds, 2 baths. Bring all reasonable offers, seller will even carry a note with 15K down oac, submit terms. ONLY $45,000

#2210628 Seller Financing on this cute getaway. MH has been updated with new flooring,tile and paint, fully fenced with trees, shed and garage or workshop. Great starter home or a great weekend get way. Room to park your toys. ONLY $65,000

Across from Isabella Market


Friday, February 26, 2010

California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

The kids will take over California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Daddy left me this property. He won it in the rain playing poker in the back of a truck. It's on the entrance road to Ft. Polk, La. It’s 35 ares of commercial and residential. I'm going to sell it now to Ronnie Redman, who's lived on two lots of that property for 30 California Joe years. His three sons will divide it up and build houses on it. Me, I want good people to have that land. I think they should have that land. Knowing Ronnie, he'll probably put a shop of some mechanical kind on the commercial front. Maybe sell off some of it when the time is right. I'll get a good price, about roughly half the amount I was offered once before, which is another real estate blues story. Take what you can get and run to the bank if you can find one stiill open! Which brings me to the living trust. Years ago I started to set up one. Now it's time to make it a reality. I plan to name my two sons as co-executors after Sue and I are history. If I go first she's the executor until she passes on to greater glory. Jack and Conrad work well together and should make something hap-

pen in the next few years. I'd like to see them all together on some piece of land along the Southern California coast. Perhaps Jack will start his own real estate firm and Conrad will manage the various propertiesI presently own. He'll need to acquire a California real estate license along the way. That should be no problem for an academically minded fellow like Conrad. One of my two sons is very bright and very quick but he often leaps before he thinks. That's where Conrad comes in. He's very steady and reliable and bright which is a ace in the hole in real estate. Together the two should do well in work in Southern California in the years to come. If the Good Lord is willing. So tomorrow I'll get up early and call Leesville, Louisiana. I'll speak with Susan Redman and ask her if she's found a surveyor yet. We need to get started on all this land business. I may have to go down there to close the deal. Not a good time to sell but I can put the money to good use if the deal goes through. If it doesn't I'll keep the land and let my heirs profit from it all. I think I'll get out the old guitar and rip off a little tune. It’s been long enough! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob third of the boiled mixture with the egg yolks; then pour the egg yolk mixture back into the pan with the boiled ingredients, and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly and, again, vigorously. Remove from heat, and add the butter. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to mix thoroughly. Pour into cooled, baked 9-inch pie crust and top with meringue (recipes follow), sealing meringue to edge of pastry. Bake in a 350°F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Meringue Bodfish Bob’s Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie 1-1/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups water 3 eggs, separated zest from 1 medium lemon 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from 1-1/2 medium lemons) 1 tablespoon butter 1 baked, cooled 9-inch pie shell Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine the sugar, flour, salt and water in a heavy saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Boil, stirring constantly and vigorously, for 1 minute. (A long-handled spoon to stir with really helps here to get you back from the heat.) Remove from heat. Slightly beat the egg yolks in a bowl with a fork. Mix about one-

3 egg whites, at room temperature 6 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat the egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add the cream of tartar, then gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the vanilla. Pile atop pie, and bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Some recent collectibles collectible

South Fork unique

Q: I collected 15 of the 24 entertainers in the Classic Clowns and Entertainers collection that was issued by Duncan Royale. Are they worth anything now? --June, Albuquerque, N.M. A: During the 1980s, Duncan Royale took the collectible gift market by storm when it issued its History of Santa Claus collection. That was followed by The History of Pirates and Buccaneers, African Kings and Queens, and an ebony series that celebrated AfricanAmerican culture. In 1987, the 24piece issue of the evolutions of entertainers and clowns was introduced. A reference book, The History of Classic Clowns and Entertainers, by James A. Bates, Danielle Aphessetche and Charles Stalter, also was published by Duncan Royale the following year. It should be helpful. To find out more about current values, I suggest you monitor the Duncan Royale sales on eBay. To learn more about the company and its various products, the official club site might be helpful: The Duncan Royal Collectors Club, 1141 S. Acadia Ave., Fullerton, CA 92531. *** Q: I have what I think is an Indian war club. Can you provide me with the name of someone who can tell me

more about it? -- S.S., Davenport, Iowa A: Michael D. Higgins has been dealing in American Indian art, Pre-Columbian artifacts and Mexican antiques since 1972. He is competent and respected in his field. He might be able to help you. His contact information is Michael D. Higgins & Son, 4429 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718;; and Q: I have an old recliner chair that was patented in 1857. I would appreciate an estimate on this chair. -- Tom, Chapel Hill, N.C. A: I am not a certified appraiser, so I am not qualified to give you an appraisal for your chair. As I often have stated in this column, a free appraisal is worth just about what you pay for it. If you feel your chair is valuable, hire a professional. Don't rely on a neighbor, a friend or even someone who writes a weekly antique column. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Last week I promised to answer the three questions that I posed. Did the readers figure out the answers? Remember, we were looking at a compositional chart designed to define soils. Is Decomposed Granite and Concrete a soil? They are not! Thus the diagram Ron Bolyard is not appropriate for DG and concrete! Other designed triangular charts are. The third question was that most of the soils shown on the soils compositional chart are concentrated along the South Fork Kern River. Why? In the sense of geology, the North Fork of the Kern River is considered primarily a "cutting" river, because it has incised the rocks that it passes through into the "V" shape Kern River Canyon that we know today. The continual incising does not allow for much deposition of soil types within its course. The main contributing factor is the steep gradient of the river that continues from its origin at Lake South America, on the north end, to the mouth of the Kern River Canyon in the San Joaquin Valley. In contrast, the South Fork of the Kern River has a very steep "cutting" gradient until it enters

the South Fork Valley near Highway 178 at Bloomfield Ranch. Upon entering the valley, the river gradient decreases to one or two degrees and it begins to meander across the valley floor. Having lost all of its "cutting" characteristics, it now enters a "Depositional" environment which is conducive to the formation of the soils described last week. The presence of the soils has nurtured all the flora and fauna that is present along its entire course until it enters Isabella Lake. With this fertility, farming and ranching has prospered for years. The Audubon Preserve takes significant advantage of the fertility of the soils nurtured by the water from the South Fork River. Our valley has the reputation of having the most diverse bird species within California and the United States. This is all due to the characteristics of the South Fork River! The past geological history of the South Fork Valley indicates that the South Fork Kern River has meandered entirely across the valley from deep in Kelso Valley to the granite wall along Sierra Way. A drive along Kelso Valley road to Kelso Creek road and returning back to Highway 178 gives an excellent view of the river scarp that was formed by the meandering South Fork Kern River 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.

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The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199

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POOL/SPA REPAIR SPECIALIST 20+ Years Experience CA. License #647258 (760) 376-4384 / (909) 210-3971 __________________________ LARRY SCHUPPAN'S Garage Doors & Openers. New Sales & Repairs. Handyman Service. Decks, Covers, Masonry, Electrical, Plumbing. (760) 3791430 or 760-417-2806 License #CL492150 __________________________ MERCER BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE In Bodfish - Will Travel! Personal, Business, Corporate (760) 549-0270 / (760) 417-0392 __________________________


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Ray's Painting & Decorating Interior & Exterior Painting Wall Covering Installed and Removed Lic. # C705814 - 760-417-9797 ARCHIE LOGSDON CARPENTRY Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail" (760) 223-6624 __________________________ HERITAGE CLEANERS - Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters. Tue & Thu afternoon pick-up. Mon-Fri 9am5pm, Sat. 9am-2pm. 760-379-4271 __________________________ ART'S ELECTRIC Locally owned - Free Estimates Always on Time! 25 years exp. - Lic. #560220 (760) 223-3648 __________________________ MARK'S Mobile Computer Repair We travel to your location Repairs - Upgrades - Tune-ups Call Mark @ 760-376-1214 Chuck Barbee - Still & Video PHOTOGRAPHY Portraits - Family Events Equestrian - Historical Photo Scanning & Restoration Transfers to DVD & CD 760-376-8784

Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Commercial & Residential - 2 bd, 1ba home inclds clean garage/shop w/office & half bath. $850/mo. Zoned for business, convenient for commuters. No pets. For app (760) 376-2436 ___________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Kernville - Studio Apartments available at River View RV Park. $400 month rent w/ utilities included. 760-376-2345 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Nice 2 bd. 2 ba house w/large attached garage in nice neighborhood. $800/mo. 1st + $1,000 security. Indoor pets req add'l sec. dep. 760-379-5439 _________________________ 1 Bd Mobile Home for 2 people, transportation assessable, $400 per mo includes utilities, fenced yard, good neighborhood. (760) 379-7699, Cell (760) 812-0841

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TAIL WAGGERS 2 males and 2 females from 10 wks to 4 mo. CKC-reg. Purebred Applehead Chihuahua puppies. Happy & friendly. Good bites, vaccinations UTD, wormed, health guarantee. Pad & crate trained. $225-$300. 760-379-1403

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228 _________________________ Wofford Heights Mobile / RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Call Jim @ (760) 376-6316

Lots for Sale *****3 LOTS FOR SALE***** Balboa South of Beechwood Scovern South of Crestview Starlight Off Old State Road $20K ea. (760) 223-2222

Canoe Old Town Camper 16 ft. Royalex with wood thwarts, two paddles, extra seats $400. 760-379-6344

Getaway Trip WEEKEND GETAWAY CASINO WEST Mar. 26-27-28 $60.00 ea. Incls. Bus, Motel Food Coups, Games on Bus. Yerington, NV. Call Shirley (760) 378-2614

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The Rich Pelletreau Gallery is now closed and the log cabin in Wofford Heights in which it was located is now for rent. For information, please call Marcy Hughes at 1-760-417-1953. _________________________ FOR SALE-Established Christian Book Store on busy highway. Everything stays. Step Right In! Call Sheila for info. 760-376-2665 or 661-979-0999


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Lake Isabella - 3,600 sq. ft. bldg on approx 3 acres for lease located @ 3615 Suhre Street (corner of Suhre & Hwy 155.) Excellent office space for medical, dental, school, church, or? Terms negotiable. Call (760) 417-0876

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Obituary Notice

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Obituary Notice

Dale L. Gibson

Beatrice Velardo


In loving memory

Dale L. Gibson passed away on Jan. 24, 2010 at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. He was 52 years old. Dale was born in Ridgecrest but grew up and went to school in Boron. In 1996 he moved to Wofford Heights, where he resided until his death. In July 1994, while employed by the Operating Engineers Union, he was injured in a massive explosion while working on the Metro Line tunnel in Los Angeles. Dale suffered burns to 95 percent of his body. After one year, 36 surgeries, and another 17 months of outpatient therapy, he became a burn victim survivor and had beat all the odds against a successful recovery. He credited the doctors and staff at Torrance Memorial Burn Center for saving his life. During his recovery period he decided to do something he never thought possible by taking flying lessons and getting his pilot’s license. He enjoyed flying, his Harleys, dirt bikes, cars and boats, which allowed him to spend time with his sons enjoying the outdoors. Dale is survived by his wife, Eva Gibson of Wofford Heights; sons Christopher and Daniel Gibson of Weldon; cousins Don Brock of Bakersfield and Joyce Marquez and husband Ed of Ridgecrest; his uncle Harold Reilly of Henderson, Nevada; and his niece Tiffany Smith of Ridgecrest. A memorial service was held on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wofford Heights Foursquare Church, 20 W. Panorama Drive, Wofford Heights, with a reception following the service.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes

Homes for Sale

Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Clean 1/bd MH w/add-on, pellet stove & window air. 224 Cypress Ln. Wof Hts. Walk to lake, space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $12,500. Owner may consider carrying. Gary (760) 376-3228 _________________________ Kernville - 1 bd, 1 ba MH w/covered patio. $2,950. $419 space rent + utilities. Call Kim @ (760) 376-2345 for details.

Wofford Hts - Nice renovated 2 bd. 1 ba. House and studio with 1 bd. 1 ba. On corner of Pine & Panarama. $158,000. Call (661) 979-0999

Personals PATTI & BRUCE CLAUDE FOREVER February 28, 1988 I Love You Always _________________________ VICTORIA STAR LOVE'S TOMMY CALHOON FOREVER ALWAY'S FEB 14TH 2010


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 @ CITY. (760) 379-5146


Wanted Wanted for Trade - Will trade brand new, in the package, Disney "Ratatouille" DVD for New "Cloudy with Meatballs" DVD 760-379-4860

Beatrice Velardo, 82, born in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii, passed away in her sleep on Feb. 10, 2010 after a long illness. She relocated to Wofford Heights to be with her daughter Maria Pearla and son-in-law Billy Black after her husband Benjamin Frank Velardo’s death in 2006. She was married to him for 57 years. She retired from Van Waters & Rogers and spent most of her time enjoying her grandsons Benjamin Keoki and La’a Pa’ahana, and her two greatgrandchildren Rain and Xander, who all reside in Hawaii. She would join her daughter at the Kern Valley Golf Course where is known as “Mom.” A celebration of her life will be held at the Kern Valley Golf Course Clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. Memorial services are pending in Hawaii. Services entrusted to Sierra Valley Mortuary. Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow; I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain; I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush; I am in the graceful rush Of beautiful birds in circling flight; I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom; I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing; I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I do not die.

EVENTS continued from page 2 reduce your waste output, and many more tips and business information. The “Living Green in the KRV” Festival will take place from March 17 to 21 in Wofford Heights. It’s free. See for more information. KV Community Faire to take place during fest March 21 Organizations and clubs are encouraged to take part in the first annual Kern Valley Community Faire at the Senior Center on March 21 during the Living Green festival. This is a perfect opportunity for your club or organization to share resources and successes with the community, seek new memberships, and thank current partners for their support. Spaces are $25. For more information, call Nancy Puckett at 379-2556. Nuui Cunni Center to join Living Green Festival The Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center in French Gulch will be offering an art show during the Living Green Festival, with a wildflower exhibit, demonstrations, kids activities, a Native Plant sale and more. The center will be open Saturday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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Kern Valley Community Orchestra to perform March 21 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Spring Concert at the Kernville Elementary School on Sunday, March 21, at 4 p.m. The selections to be performed include Go West, Blue Danube Waltz, Simple Gifts, Turkish March, Somewhere in Time, and more. Members of the orchestra will also be performing additional musical selections. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are admitted at no charge. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Rick Fankhauser at 760-223-1069. DAR chapter to hold dedication March 24 The Kawaiisu chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be having a Historical Marker dedication on Wed., March 24 at 1 p.m. at Cottage Grove Cemetery on Highway 178 near Onyx. There will be a reception following. The public is welcome. Isabella Lake Fishing Derby takes place March 27-29 One of the state’s biggest fishing derbies takes place in March, with over $200,000 in prizes offered for those registered. Top prizes in the 2010 derby include eleven tagged trout worth $10,000 and one tagged trout worth $21,000. Call the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce at (760) 3795236. Whitewater Festival to take place April 17-18 The Kern River Whitewater Festival is an annual paddling extravaganza. Starting in 1963, the festival has gained popularity year after year. The rushing whitewater is a pulse-pounding experience for kayakers and rafters. Races, slaloms and poker runs are just some of the fun events. See for details. Peter Lebec Rendezvous meets again April 21-25 The Peter Lebec Rendezvous is an old-style mountain man gathering that takes place every year in a remote location, away from 21st Century influences. All are welcome to attend. Period dress is highly recommended, but not required. There will be shooting events, a costume contest, jam session, dinner on Saturday night, a raffle and much more. The rendezvous event has a long tradition, back to the fur trading days. For location and more information, call Don Mills at (760) 382-8887 or visit To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

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Courier chuckle of the week: “A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.� - Evan Esar

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Change is still dominant for Rams and Ewes, both in the workplace and their private lives. This is also a good time to look at a possible relocation. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Doing things for others is what you do well. But don't forget that Bovines thrive on the arts, so make some time for yourself to indulge your passion for music and artistic expressions. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) While the Romantic Twin considers where to go for his or her upcoming vacation, the Practical Twin will start making travel plans now to take advantage of some great bargains. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your sensitive nature helps you deal with a difficult emotional situation. Be patient and continue to show your sincere support wherever (and for whomever) it is needed. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You're making progress as you move through some unfamiliar territory. Overall you're heading in the right direction. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Some good news arrives -- and just in time to remind you that you're making progress. Perhaps things aren't moving as quickly as you'd prefer, but they're moving nevertheless. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) This is a

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good week to step back and assess the facts that have recently emerged to see where they can be used to your advantage. Also, don't hesitate to make changes where necessary. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You should begin to experience some support from those who now agree with your point of view. This should help counter the remaining objections from skeptics. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Don't let your aim be deflected by trivial matters as you try to resolve a confusing situation. Take time to assess the facts before making any decision. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The possibility of moving to another location has come up. But before you dismiss it as unworkable, it's worth checking out. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) New relationships -- personal or work-related -- show mixed signals. Best to assume nothing. Let things play themselves out until you have something substantive to work with. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your ability to make needed changes without causing too much, if any, negative ripple effect comes in handy when dealing with a sensitive matter. BORN THIS WEEK: Although you like things to go smoothly, you're not shy about making waves when you believe the situation calls for it. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S. state is west of Ohio? 2. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel "Where the Red Fern Grows"? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin suffix "grade" mean? 4. SCIENCE: Who originated quantum theory? 5. MEDICINE: What does the notation "a.c." mean when it is written on drug prescriptions?


1. Indiana 2. Wilson Rawls 3. Walking or moving 4. Max Karl Ernst Planck 5. "before meals" or ante cibum in Latin

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Solutions to Kern River Courier puzzles on 14-15:

Floating along This is the KOA Saloon float in the Whiskey Flat Days parade, which, due to a mixup, was not identifed as the Sweepstakes award winner in last week’s issue. Also, the full list of all the contest winners was not available last week. The full list appears on this page. Congratulations to all the winners.

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EPITAPH ............................. MOST ORIGINAL 1st: Michael A Faffa BEST ARTWORK 1st: Emmett Corbitt MOST HUMOROUS 1st: Ginger Cambis

Whiskey Flat Days 2010 was a winner in anyone’s book. Speaking of winners, here are the winners of the contests.

FROG JUMPING ................. FROG CHAMPION: Travelin Frog sponsored by All About Travel

Whiskey Flat Days a winner PIES, JELLIES & JAMS ..... PIE 1st: Keith Ayers-Kernville Lime Pie JELLIES 1st: Linda Frey 2nd Keith Ayers JAMS 1st: Tina Brunbaugh 2nd: Linda Frey 3rd: JoAnn Brown HONORS- Linda Frey-Pomegranite Jam WHISKERINO ..................... LONGEST BEARD 1st: Anton Affentranger BUSHIEST BEARD 1st: Larry Isbell BEST GROOMED BEARD 1st: Terry Carmory LONGEST MUSTACHE 1st: Greg Plemon BUSHIEST MUSTACHE 1st: Glen Clairday BEST GROOMED MUSTACHE 1st: Robert Castagnola PET PARADE .................. THEME: Malachi Alley MATCHED PAIR: Cheyenne & Nicole Herron FUNNIEST: Amber Cox CHILDREN COSTUME ....... FRONTIER GIRL 1st: Kayla Combs FANCY BOY 1st: James Hollingsworth ADULT COSTUME.............. FRONTIER LADY 1st: Judi Dodd FRONTIER MAN 1st: Neal Rusell FANCY LADY 1ST: Erin woodward FANCY MAN 1st: Virgil Earp-R Gilpin AMERICAN INDIAN LADY 1st: Dee Dee Moore AMERICAN INDIAN MAN 1st: Charlie Pruitt AUTHENTIC INDIAN DRESS 1ST:Ruth Berkemeier BEST OVERALL FAMILY: Erin Woodward

WHISKEY FLAT OLD WEST ENCAMPMENTS ........... BEST OVERALL 1st: Randy Hoskins & Dennis Young-Chuck Wagon BEST CAMP 1st: Francis Moore BEST COSTUME 1st: Dave (Laughing Horse) & Kate Robinson BEST GUNFIGHTER 1st: Nathan Eddy Best MT. Man-Gene Gomes Best Mt Man Camp-Mike Bradley Most Authentic Costume-Ruth & Charlie Pruitt Best Authentic Costume-Charlie Pruitt RODEO…………… LOCAL TEAM ROPING 1ST: Darik McCullar & Skylar McCullar Time: 6.8 2nd: Tate Nagle & Louie Andreas Time 9.2 3rd: LJ Falk & Ethan Lusher Time 13.4+5 LOCAL BARREL RACERS Seniors-Tracy Bell Time: 16.49 Kelsey Arehart Time: 17.15 Julia Stevens Time: 17.37 Juniors-Kimberly Davis Time 19.90 Anaya Beham Time 20.88 WFD PARADE .................... SWEEPSTAKES WINNER: Lake Isabella KOA PARADE THEME: Exchange Club OLD WEST MOUNTED GROUP: Old West Mounted Possee MOUNTED GROUP: United States Marshal Posse MOUNTED INDIVIDUAL: Bill Nolt as Roy Rogers HORSE DRAWN WAGON: Spring Canyon Stage Company with KERO-TV Channel 23 OLD WEST WALKING GROUP: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West GROUP WALKING 1st:Sierra Perfoming Arts VINTAGE VEHICLES 1st:Kern County Shrine FANCY VEHICLES 1st: Model A Ford Culb Bakersfield NOVELTY: Historical Society with BMX bike park Kernville

Kern River Courier, February 26, 2010  

Kern River Courier, February 26, 2010