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Decision to limit lakeshore driving to be discussed at public meetings Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Three public input meetings have been scheduled this month to discuss the recent decision by Sequoia National Forest to limit driving on Isabella Lake’s shoreline to certain areas. The 63-page Record of Decision, which was distributed to interested parties just before Christmas, culminates a multi-

year effort on the part of the Forest to define places where motor vehicles will and won’t be able to drive. The complete Record of Decision can be viewed on the Internet at the Sequoia Forest’s Web site at a/projects/travel-management-eis/index.html The document shows 16 open areas where street-legal vehicles

• Jan. 27, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville • Jan. 28, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Clarion Hotel, Bakersfield • Jan. 29, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Kerr-McGee Center, Ridgecrest

will be allowed to drive. There will be defined paths inside the open areas to allow vehicles to get down to the water’s edge. Once there, vehicles will be

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The Josh Esquibel family from McFarland enjoyed a day at the Alta Sierra Ski Park Saturday. The park, which offers skiing and snowboarding, is near Wofford Heights on Highway 155.

allowed to travel “parallel to and within 300 feet of the water’s edge.” During lower water level years, there may be times when vehicle access to the water’s edge will be nixed completely. Driving on the shore between Auxiliary Beach and the Old Isabella area will be prohibited, as well as many other areas. In 2009, public reaction was heated when it was discussed at public meetings that vehicles may be no longer allowed to have unrestricted access to the lake’s shoreline. There is no word yet what effect this decision may have on shoreline-intensive events such as the Isabella Lake Fishing Derby, which will be held March 27-29. Holiday weekends, during which Isabella Lake’s shoreline is usually packed with vehicles, have also not yet been addressed. OHVs A big aspect of the decision is that at Isabella Lake, non-highway-legal vehicles will no longer be allowed and will now “shift to Cyrus Canyon.” Only highwaylegal vehicles will be allowed in the 16 open areas around the lake. Terrell said, “With your input, particularly those of you who drew your favorite places on the Lake Isabella maps, we succeeded in allowing only highwaylegal vehicles around the lake.” The off-highway vehicle track at Cyrus Canyon, south of Kernville on Sierra Way, has seen improvements by the Forest Service over the past year.

Start working now to cope with fire later New H1N1 flu clinics to be held Sienna Wellness Institute in Mt. Mesa is offering vaccinations for the H1N1/Swine Flu on Friday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 22. You must call Sienna Wellness Institute for an appointment, 760379-8630. The vaccinations are being offered at no charge. Sienna Wellness Institute is located at 6425 Lynch Canyon Road in Mt. Mesa, not far from Kern Valley Hospital. Call 760-379-8630 for more information.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Are you still procrastinating over what New Year’s resolutions you want to follow? Here’s a great idea. Make this the year, if you haven’t already done so, to make your property Fire Safe. Take some time now to examine your property and identify what may turn into a fire risk later. Robin Little of the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council has compiled some great tips with the help of Capt. Brandon Smith of the Kern County Fire Department. The Kern River Courier will continue to provide these great tips throughout the winter and early spring to keep you informed about what you should be doing now to protect your property against fires later on.

These are some tips that you should be heeding at any time of year, but right now while winter keeps us indoors it’s good to make some plans: • Know two ways out of every room in case of an emergency. • Have a family fire drill periodically and pick an emergency meeting place outside. • Plan an emergency evacuation and shelter plan for your pets because they can’t stay at emergency shelters. Other good winter tips: • Make sure space heaters have good clearance from curtains, upholstered furniture and other flammable materials. Unplug when you leave your house. • Dispose of fireplace and stove ashes safely. Keep them in a safe container until

See FIRE SAFE, Page 13

Vol. 6 No. 49 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: Partly sunny, high 48. Fri. night: Mostly cloudy, low 42. Sat.: Mostly cloudy, high near 48. Sat. night: Mostly cloudy, low 40. Sun.: Partly sunny, high 48. Sun. night: Mostly cloudy, low 42. National Weather Service


Whiskey Flat Days shenanigans have already begun, it seems.


Things are looking up in real estate, according to Matt Freeman.


Mike Devich ponders the new ruling limiting vehicle access to the lakeshore,


The Courier’s comics and puzzles continue to delight readers.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 111,871 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 161 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 160 cfs Borel Canal flow 130 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 Courier

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Courier Calendar Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante 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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Two of last year’s Whiskey Flat Mayor candidates, Bronco Bob and Straight Shootin’ Carter Cash, joke at the kickoff dinner.

of Coffee;” 12:15 p.m. “The Real Dirt on Farmer John;” and 1:35 p.m. “Acid Test.” 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Courier file photo

Whiskey Flat Days kick-off dinner to be held Jan. 8 The Whiskey Flat Days 2010 kick-off dinner will take place on Friday. Jan. 8 at Ewing’s on the Kern. Starts at 5:30. Make your reservations now. Tickets are limited. Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Whiskey Flat Days is the annual Old West festival that brings thousands of visitors to the valley.

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • 5 p.m. - KR Hot Rodders Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9-11 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 223-6765. • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, canceled as of 12/06/09. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. Take out orders at 4 p.m. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


• 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877.


• 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. • 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 cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. (Dec.’s meeting will be on Dec. 15.) • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

Five free “green” films to be screened Sunday, Jan. 10 As part of the all-volunteer Living Green in the Kern River Valley efforts, Kern River Valley Revitalization hosts another series of free green films on Jan. 10 at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights. Films featured: 10 a.m. “Mama Earth: Eco Econ 101;” 10:50 a.m. “Energy Crossroads;” 11:50 a.m. “For the Price of a Cup

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, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 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. • 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. 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 meets, Paradise Cove. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 3rd Thurs. 379-2303. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

AARP’s “55 Alive” driver safety program to be held Jan. 14 The next 55 Alive/Driver Safety Program will be held Jan. 14 (an all day class) from 8 to 5pm at St. Peters Church, 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville. Participants must attend the entire day. The course does not involve driving, but does emphasize safe driving procedures for older drivers. In California, a certificate of course completion usually entitles the student to a reduction in their auto insurance for three years. Call instructor Gene Verbeet at 760-379-8037. ECHO Academy fundraiser at Burger King on Jan. 21 On Jan. 21 the Kern Valley High School ECHO Booster Club will be having a fundraiser at Burger King in Lake Isabella from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go toward CNA testing and scholarships. Congressman McCarthy’s staff to field questions Jan. 21 In January, a Field Representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Lake Isabella. Office hours will be held Thursday, Jan, 21 at the Kern Administrative Building - 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Vince Fong at 661-327-3611. KRV Chamber’s Man and Woman of Year dinner Jan. 25 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be honoring their Man and Woman of the Year, Lanny and Cheryl Borthick, on Monday, Jan. 25 at Paradise Cove. Cocktails at 5:30. Installation of Chamber Officers, dinner, and presentations to follow. Seating is limited. Cost is $23/person. To make reservations, contact Marsha Smith at 760-379-3667, ext 15. Whiskey Flat Days Cowboy Auction Feb. 11 The cowboy auction for Whiskey Flat Days (see listing below) will be Feb. 11 at Ewing’s on the Kern restaurant in Kernville. For more information call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Whiskey Flat Days Kickoff Luncheon Feb. 12 The Kern River Valley Woman’s Club will be holding their luncheon and fashion show on the first day of Whiskey Flat Days (see next entry) on Feb. 12 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, doors open at 10 a.m. For more information, call Marian at (760) 376-4578.

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.

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

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.

12th All-Valley Heart Walk to take place Feb. 27 Each year a Heart Walk is held

See EVENTS, Page 13

Friday, January 8, 2010

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

Man wants control of the TV Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've noticed that in the homes of most married couples, after the honeymoon is over, the question of who does what and when is usually decided upon. Who takes out the garbage, who washes the windows, who mows the lawn, who does the dishes, and who Middleworth does the cooking, with a host of other tasks, are all part of a division of labor. The jobs change over the years as responsibility for them moves back and forth between man and woman. This is as it should be! However, I am advocating that the one job that should not change, and must not be compromised, is whose job it is to be in charge of The Remote. Window washing, garbage takeout and gardening aside, we men, macho fools that we are, must keep something we can call our own. I say it’s our grasp on The Remote. It must be ours to control. If necessary, we should carry it to the table at dinner, place it on the sink when we shower, on the tank when we potty, and under the pillow when we sleep. It's a man thing. We have only a few of those man things left.

Guys have fallen prey to demands of the other sex and we find our manhood dissolving into a sea of “honey-do's.” About the only spark of control left for us is The Remote. Now, I'm not advocating that the only TV programs allowed are those that men want to see. No indeed, that would be anarchy, and home life could be destroyed, marriages torn asunder. Agreement on programming should still be an item for reasonable discussion. But make no bones about it, The Remote must stay in our hands (“our” means we men). If nicely asked, we might change stations, raise and lower the sound, operate the menu – but final control is ours as long as the remote stays with us. And stay with us it must! We should not give it up. We must not let it go. When the roll is called up yonder, and it will, St. Peter will want to know what that black object is that we men are gripping tightly in our grimy fists. And we will say, with pride in our voice, and conviction in our manner, "This is The Remote. It is ours, ours to operate!” Then we'll take St. Pete aside and ask him where he keeps the celestial TV. 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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Family Resource Center offers counseling classes Kern River Courier

Two different series of classes are being offered by the Family Resource Center, both starting Jan. 28. The KRV Loving Solutions and Parent Project begins Thursday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. and ends March 25. Parent training classes will be held at Woodrow Wallace School in Lake Isabella. Loving Solutions and Parent Project are designed for parents of strong-willed or out-of-control children. Loving Solutions is for parents with children 5-10 years of age while Parent Project is for parents with children 11-18 years of age. Classes have a materials fee of $20 (non-refundable). Participants must be pre-paid and pre-registered at

the Family Resource Center. A light dinner will be served. Parenting classes also begin on Thursday, Jan, 28. Classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and will run weekly for 10 weeks ending on March 25. 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 $60.00 for 10, two-hour classes. Course is limited to first seven people to enroll. Weekly parenting classes meet court and CPS requirements. For more information call the KRV Family Resource Center at 379-2556.

Stake your claim now! to Whiskey Flat Riches Rates vary by claim size, results are money in the bank! See one of these claim jumpers to reserve your place in the Whiskey Flat Claim Jumper. The rush is on! The deadline is Friday, January 15th. Ring: 760-376-2860

Corrections We gave a wrong phone number for the YMCA in Bakersfield in the Dec. 25 issue regarding the basketball program for kids they want to start here in the valley. The correct number is (661) 837-9622.

CA Lic.#887779

Service your furnace now for the cold weather ahead 7014 Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights 760-376-6112

Left to right: In the trenches at the Claim Jumper, Mike Devich, Sara Wakeman, Mike Ludiker and Michael Batelaan. Vintage Val The Answer Gal is not pictured, she’s not one to really get her hands dirty unless it’s collectin dirty bribe money.

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

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M.L. Ludiker Artwork & Design


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Wofford Heights Park

Tillie Creek Live Oak

North Fork Marina Camp 9


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

County Dump Cyrus Canyon OHV Area Target Range ModelAircraft Controllers Stine Cove Robinson Cove Hanning Flat


Friday, January 8, 2010

Kern River Valley information Recreation Info

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

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

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side French Gulch

French Gulch Marina Pioneer Point


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Water Ski Area

Lake Isabella South Fork Recreation Area

Lake Isabella

Mountain Mesa

Kern Valley Substation

Sheriff’s Department and CHP 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. (760) 549-2100 Weekdays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

McCray and Laurel, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-2681

to Ridgecrest

Old Isabella Rd Auxiliary Dam Engineer Point Paradise Cove LI Visitor Center Kissack Bay Main Dam Hospital

Emergencies - call 911

Kern Valley Hospital Kern Valley Healthcare District

General KRV Info

Wildlife Area

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

Kernville Chamber of Commerce South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

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

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The Kern River Courier’s

Sights Of The Valley

Photos by Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Above: an egret stands in the Borel Canal. At right: birds splash happily in the Kern Valley Plaza parking lot.

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Valley history: town of Bodfish In the late 1850s, before the town of Whiskey Flat was established a few miles north (later to become Kernville), George H. Bodfish came to the Kern River mines and set up a gold stamp near Keyesville. After the mill was destroyed in the 1861-62 flood, he moved up into the Piutes where he operated a store in the mining camp of Claraville. There is some speculation that a mining discovery in 1888 on Bodfish Creek may have brought George Bodfish back down into the Kern River Valley, but his name doesn’t appear on any official records. The mining activity on Bodfish Creek was mentioned in the State Minerologist’s report and stated only that a claim had been registered by Wales L. Palmer. By 1896, the claim had been named the Glen Olive Mines. There were seven claims, all under the ownership of Palmer. In 1892, a post office was established in the little town that lay in the foothills below what was known in the early days as Hot Springs Hill. It was called Bodfish, after nearby Bodfish Creek. The first Bodfish Post Office was in the home of Edward Vaughn, who also served as postmaster. The Vaughn homestead was located several hundred yards south of the present junction of Old Highway 178 and Bodfish Canyon Road. The post office continued to operate officially under the name Bodfish until 1895, when it was closed. It was reopened in 1897, but the township was now called Vaughn. Edward Vaughn resumed his duties as postmaster and served until 1904. During 1906 or 1907 the decision was made to rename the post office Bodfish. The name continues to draw amused glances from visitors and the routine question, “What kind of fish is a Bodfish?” Only the oldtimers remember the town was named for a man, not a fish. —– information from books by Bob Powers

Courier Fishing Report

Feeding frenzy at main dam Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

The trout bite seems to be warming, mostly on the south side of the lake. Lots of anglers at Red’s, Paradise Cove, Auxiliary Dam. No big ones yet but some nice keepers. The bass report is tough to get. If you fish winter bass, use larger baits and fish them slower in deeper water around just about any structure. Winter bass are not aggressive but they still need to eat. There has been a feeding frenzy around the main boat launch and main dam. It is apparent that the shad have schooled up in the deeper water and everyone is getting fed.

I am fortunate enough to fish French Gulch Marina. The winter crappie bite has been very good there, producing some nice nice fish, considering the fish we have been gorging themselves on the shad. They are so stuffed they are regurgitating them when landed. No doubt as are the trout. Trolling the boat launch and dam is a good bet. The fish are hungry, so rent a boat, buy one, or go with a friend. Just get your line wet, and remember to take a kid fishing. Support your local bait and tackle shops, and please don’t litter. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and an avid fisherman.

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Friday, January 8, 2010


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Get ready for Super Bowl

Yeah, that was Dwight

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Jan. 18: PICKS OF THE WEEK Super Bowl Sunday. One hour of actual football. 17 hours of commercials. To get you in the gridiron mood, here are some classic football films: "The Longest Yard" -- No, not the awful Adam Sandler remake, but the original Burt Reynolds Bmovie blockbuster. Reynolds stars as Paul Crewe, a disgraced pro quarterback sent to prison for stealing his girlfriend's car. While in stir, the crooked warden (played with relish by Eddie Albert) makes Crewe an offer he can't Burt Reynolds refuse: Coach the guards' semi-pro team to victory or else. Crewe assembles a scrimmage team from the inmates (called The Mean Machine) to play the guards, and the result is a bone-crushing film finale you'll never forget. "Rudy" -- Sean Astin stars as the titular Rudy, a working-class kid whose only dream is to play football for Notre Dame's Fighting Irish. But poverty and his small size mean his chances of realizing this dream are slim to none. But through hard work and sheer guts, Li'l Rudy makes it to Notre Dame and a spot on the practice squad -and finally a shot at playing for a few seconds in the last game of Rudy's college career. "Go Tigers!" -- This is one of my favorite documentaries. "Go Tigers!" is the true story of the 1999

season of the Washington High Tigers of Massillon, Ohio. This tiny town in the Buckeye State embraces high-school football with an almost religious zeal. Team supporters visit newborn babies in the hospital to scout prospects; promising players are held back in the eighth grade so that they'll be bigger and stronger when they reach high school; and the local funeral parlor offers Tigers caskets. The team's success even has an impact on the town's taxes. "Knute Rockne: All American" -- Pat O'Brien stars as the legendary Notre Dame coach who changed the game forever with the invention of the forward pass. Costarring is Ronald Reagan as George Gipp, the promising young halfback who dies of pneumonia and achieves immortality for the "win just one for the Gipper" line. TV SERIES "Weeds" Season Five "Damages" The Complete Second Season "thirtysomething" The Complete Second Season "Defying Gravity" The Complete First Season "Dallas" The Complete Twelfth Season "Law & Order" The Seventh Year "Jonathan Creek" Season Four "Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series" The Complete Series "Waking the Dead" The Complete Season Four "Girlfriends" The Final Season c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Whiskey Flat Days news We hear that although the characters runnin’ fer Mayor of Whiskey Flat this year won’t even be introduced until tonight’s kickoff dinner, the Courier ferreted out who they are and what they’re up to. Here’s the fundraisin’ event gossip we’ve heard so fer, in no perticalar order: • “Tenderfoot Tony” Plante will be at the Hungry Rancher from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 and El Portal for dinner from 5-7 p.m. the same day, both in Lake Isabella. • “Turncoat Chris” Brayman will be at the Pizza Barn in Kernville on Jan. 16. More to come on this varmint. • “Cimarron Cynthia” Burciaga hasn’t turned any events to us yet, but she is invited! We won’t even ask no money for a classy-fried ad. All old-fangled jargon aside, Whiskey Flat Days will take place in Kernville Feb. 12-15. It’s the annual festival during which Kernville returns to its original 1860-64 name, Whiskey Flat, and invites everyone to come and celebrate the Gold Rush days with them. The festival is put on by the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. A highlight of the celebration is the race for Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat. Each year two or more candidates vie for the coveted position. They visit valley establishments just about every day for over a month, selling “bribes.” The one who gets the most bribes and brings in the most money gets to claim the title of honorary mayor. Each year there is a carnival, recreations of Old West life with reenactors, shootouts in the streets (not real ones, hopefully), frog jumps, costume contests, mustache and beard contests, lots of wonderful food, and much more. It’s a treat! Hordes of people visit the valley. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629, or visit the Chamber’s Web site at

By Cindy Elavsky

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said that Charlie's second-degree assault charge is the most serious and usually carries potential jail time of two to eight years, with a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. Charlie's attorney, Richard Cummins, told People magazine of the couple's relationship: "They have two children together and they love one another, and they're going to work through what is a difficult time as privately as possible."

Q: I watched "Panic Room" with Jodie Foster the other night, and I wondered if that was Dwight Yoakam playing one of the robbers? He looked older, but his voice sounded just like Dwight's. -- Linda K., Columbus, Ohio A: That was indeed the country singer-turned-actor playing the part of Raoul, the most lethal of the band of robbers who threaten Jodie and a young Kristen *** Stewart in the 2002 Q: What has thriller. If you like "That Thing You what you saw in Do" actor "Panic Room," you Johnathan Schaech can also catch been up to lately? I Dwight in haven't heard much "Hollywood about him since his Homicide," divorce from the Charlie Sheen "Wedding wonderful Christina Crashers" and Applegate. -- Holly "Four Christmases," to name just a J., via e-mail few of his acting projects. A: He's been busy falling in love. Johnathan, 40, popped the question *** to actress Jana Kramer, 26. The two Q: I've read the reports met while filming the 2008 thriller about Charlie Sheen threaten"Prom Night." They got engaged on ing his wife, Brooke, with a Dec. 22 in Schaech's hometown of knife over the Christmas holiEdgewood, Md. This will be the day. What will become of him, first marriage for Jana, who and what of the couple's marpresently plays Alex Dupre on the riage and children? -- David G., CW's "One Tree Hill." She previousScranton, Pa. ly played Portia Ransom on the A: The "Two and a Half Men" new "90210." star has a long history of violence and brushes with the law. This lat*** est episode came when it had Have a question for Cindy? Eseemed the actor had settled into mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. family life and fatherhood. com, or write to her in care of King Prosecutors in the case have said Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box that they probably won't decide if 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. they will file charges against him (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. until just prior to his next scheduled court appearance on Feb. 8.

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Lighter side of faith

Voices of Faith

Take time and do it right Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

Eagerness is not an unwholesome trait. It can, though, divert or at least delay one from reaching his goal. One Internet writer told of a carpenter who hired a young apprentice. The apprentice was eager to get busy with building houses, too eager to take the time to learn the carpentry trade. “Very well,” said the carpenSemonious ter, “if you are so certain of yourself, go ahead and build.” Halfway through the construction project, the lopsided frame the young apprentice was erecting collapsed. He turned in his tools and shamefacedly said, “I have to quit. I’m not a carpenter. I can’t build anything.” “Excellent,” the carpenter replied. “Now you are ready to learn how to build.” The apprentice story provides an excellent point of view as we attempt to build a life using plans of our own making. Moses failed to help his fellow Hebrews, and then took another 40 years living as the apprentice being prepared by God for the task he had correctly concluded was his destiny. (Read about those 40 years of Moses’ life in Exodus 2:11 to 4:17) Later in Israel’s history, God gave Isaiah the task of explaining to Israel the punishment he had decreed because they chose to live according to their own wills. But God also gave them words of comfort and promised them his mercy, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1.

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Joel Chandler Harris suggested an answer to the problems men have trying to build a life; he adapted a Cherokee character named B’rer Rabbit. Remember that Mr. Rabbit sought safety in a briar patch because his enemies would not come in after him; talk about strange comfort zones. But it is no more strange than, “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17. Which is more difficult to accomplish; living in a thorn bush or always remembering you are an adopted child of God? At least in choosing St. Paul’s advice you will have the help of the Holy Spirit. Remember as a prayer, “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11. St. Paul specifically knew the power of the Holy Spirit as he wrote that passage in chapter 12; it came from Proverbs 25:21-22. Bible commentator Albert Barnes suggested this explanation of that passage, “The high priest on the Day of Atonement was to take his censer, to fill it with “coals of fire,” and then to put the incense thereon for a sweet-smelling savor. So it is here. The first emotion in another caused by the good done to him may be one of burning shame, but the shame will do its work and the heart also will burn, and prayer and confession and thanksgiving will rise as incense to the throne of God. Thus, ‘we shall overcome evil with good.’” Amen.

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

There was this Christian lady that had to do a lot of traveling for her business so she did a lot of flying. But flying made her nervous so she always took her Bible along with her to read and it helped relax her. One time she was sitting next to a man. When he saw her pull out her Bible he gave a little chuckle and went back to what he was doing. After a while he turned to her and asked, "You don't really believe all that stuff in there, do you?" The lady replied "Of course I do. It is the Bible." He said, "Well, what about that guy that was swallowed by that whale?" She replied, "Oh, Jonah. Yes, I believe that. It is in the Bible." He asked, "Well, how do you suppose he survived all that time inside the whale?" The lady said, "Well, I don't really know. I guess when I get to heaven I will ask him." "What if he isn't in heaven?" the man asked sarcastically. "Then you can ask him," replied the lady. *** At a church meeting a very wealthy man rose to talk about his Christian faith. "I'm a millionaire," he said, "and I attribute it all to the rich blessings of God in my life. I remember the turning point in my faith. I had just earned my first dollar and I went to a church meeting that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a couple of dollars and had to either give it all to God's work or nothing at all. So at that moment I decided to give all my money to God. I believe that God blessed that decision, and that is why I am a rich man today." He finished and there was an awed silence at his testimony as he moved toward his seat. As he sat down a little old lady sitting in the same pew leaned over and said to him: "I dare you to do it again."

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.

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


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Health Insurance Matters

January Medicare issues resolved Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

You would think that things would be quiet in January. All the changes and enrollments with Medicare ended with the annual enrollment period Dec. 31. But, the phone rings on. The most common issues arise from people wanting their ID cards. This can be people who signed up for a new prescription plan (Part D), a different HMO or PPO plan, or in some cases, people who made no change at all. The key question is, “I need to go to the doctor (or pharmacy) and I have not received my new ID card yet.”

Rule number 1. DO NOT use your old ID cards. In many cases it may work, but you will foul up the system. If you need to go to the doctor, bring a copy of your application. If you do not have a copy, call your insurance agent, who retains copies for 10 years. If you enrolled by telephone or over the Internet, you were given a copy or a confirmation number. If all else fails, tell your physician what plan you recently enrolled in. Pharmacy is even easier. In many cases you can call the insurance company or your agent and you can obtain a set of identification numbers needed by the pharmacy to fill your prescription. I actually had a lady call me for her numbers on Jan. 2. They were not available. Turns out she applied for coverage on Dec. 31. While her coverage will be retroactive to Jan. 1, it may be three weeks or

more until her ID card is issued. Remember the lines at the post office each April 15 nearing midnight? Last minute people abound all over the country, and while they will get covered, it takes several weeks for processing. If you need your prescription filled and don't have an insurance ID card yet, fill them by using a credit card. You will pay the full price. Save the prescription receipt. This is the receipt which has the cost, the Rx number and the name of the medication. Not the cash register receipt. When your ID card arrives, you return to the pharmacy. They will credit you the original retail price, and then charge you the appropriate price your insurance company requires. Even if you need to satisfy a deductible, your insurance account will be updated. There may be some people who

learn that the plan they continued with in 2010 isn't as good as it was in 2009. The HMO plans change from year to year. If you have a Medicare HMO plan and would like to change to a different HMO, or get a PPO, this is possible during the "Open Enrollment" period from Jan. 1 to March 31. Thereafter, you will be in Medicare "lock-in" and not permitted to change plans with only a few exceptions. It is a new year. I do hope it is a happy and prosperous one for all my readers. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is Past President and President Elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

The blanket term ‘heart disease’ covers a lot of territory Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Can you give me a good definition of "heart disease"? I find the phrase very confusing. -- A.T. ANSWER: It's confusing because it covers so much territory and deals with so many different conditions. The most prevalent form of heart disease is coronary (heart) artery disease -- CAD, a buildup of cholesterol, fat and other materials in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. The buildup obstructs blood flow to the heart muscle, and the result is angina (chest pain) with partial obstruction, or a heart attack with complete obstruction. Heart-valve disease constitutes another group of heart ailments. The heart has four valves that keep blood moving from one heart chamber to the next and prevent backflow of blood into the chamber it just left. A valve can narrow and present an obstacle to the free flow of blood, or it can leak and allow backflow of blood. For example, a narrowed mitral heart valve is mitral stenosis; a leaky mitral heart valve is mitral regurgitation.


The heart is a muscle. Diseases that directly affect the heart muscle are cardiomyopathies ("cardio" is heart; "myo," muscle; "pathy," disease). Some are inherited. Others develop on their own. This is another large group of heart diseases. Congestive heart failure arises when the heart becomes such a weak pump that blood backs up into the lungs, causing shortness of breath, and into the rest of the body, causing ankle and feet swelling. Congestive heart failure may result from any of the above three heart conditions. Heartbeat disturbances -- arrhythmias (uh-RITH-me-uhs) -- come about from a misfiring of the inborn electrical activity of the heart. Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia. Arrhythmias often disturb heart pumping and lead to heart malfunction. Congenital heart disease is another group of heart diseases. They are defects in the way the heart formed during embryonic and fetal development. Holes in the partitions that separate the heart chambers are examples of congenital heart disease. Congestive heart failure, a common consequence of heart disease, is discussed at length in the pamphlet on that

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Talking About Real Estate

Things are looking up Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

means a great buyer's market right now. Here locally we have been It sure was a crazy year last seeing kind of the same patyear in the real estate industry terns. We are getting more both nationally and here locally. foreclosures showing up. Most But now there is some good sell quickly but they are continnews! Looks like uing to drive prices down. we may be turnSellers here are frustrated ing the corner because the foreclosure properin 2010. I sure ties are selling fast and theirs hope so anyway. are not. There is a simple reaInterest rates son for that. Theirs are not are forecast to foreclosures! Unfortunately the stay low for the foreclosures are priced very first few months well most of the time and get of the year. If the lion's share of buyer's Matt Freeman you have not attention these days. No worrefinanced your ries though, I think that trend is home, do it quick. Rates are at gonna change. I think, based on or near historic lows right now. the data I have seen, that we Ain't gonna get better than are going to see values stabilize that. Sales are starting to turn and even come up slightly for around a 2010. It’s bit as well. already hapNationally pening I think that we are going sales are up somewhat in to see values stabilize and about 4.5% Bakersfield as a whole, even come up slightly for and other but that large cities. 2010. number has Hopefully, a lot of fac--Matt Freeman that will be tors that go the case with it. The here. Now thought is right now that sales we get to do the fun part – numbers are up nationally hurry up and wait! because of the glut of foreclosure properties on the market Matt Freeman is a Realtor and the fact that they are is with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty almost always a great deal. That (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. coupled with the real estate tax His column is not intended to credits currently available replace legal advice.

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Living Green

Green films this Sunday Richard Cayia Rowe Special to the Courier

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Eleanore Fahey, “Is Solar (or Wind) Power Right for You?” and “Making Green Cleaning Margaret Mead’s daughter, Products” by Kernville’s Vera Mary Catherine Bateson, said, Anderson. “We are not what we know but Anderson is on the committee what we are willputting the workshops together, ing to learn.” And along with her husband Ernie that is a central (who serves as chair), along with theme of our local Don Morrison and Jacqueline Living Green fesMorgan (who are putting up a tival organized by wind turbine sold by one of last Kern River Valley year’s Green Expo vendors). Revitalization We are looking for people (KRVR). who want to give a Living Green This Sunday, Richard Rowe workshop (about 45 minutes January 10th, long) on Saturday, March 20. we’ll show five more free Green Contact Green Workshop Films to explore various Living Committee chair Ernie Anderson Green concepts. And the Green (760) 376-3662 Film Festival committee is ing on the schedule of films for This year’s Green Expo chairs Feb. 7 as well as March 20 and are Luz and Ryan Polcik (661-80321 during the Living Green in the 2012) who are contacting the venKern River Valley Festival. dors we had last March to see if A key part of the festival is the they want a space again this year, Green Workshops to be held a then it’ll be open to other businessblock from es in the KRV the film (“Think Local festival at We are looking for people First”) and the Family lastly by green who want to give a Living Life Center businesses in in Wofford Green workshop. the county Heights and else--Richard Rowe where. (where the Green For more Expo will be going on). Many of information, check our website the Green Expo vendors will be giving workshops (things like Richard Rowe is a retired city “Grow Your Own Green planner, living in Wofford Business” by Havilah attorney Heights. He is website adminisJack Anderson, “Easy Ways to trator of for Kern River Go Green,” by Weldonite Valley Revitalization.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Friday, January 8, 2010

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Former beatnik reveals all California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Once upon a time I was 35 and sleeping on Venice Beach (after dashing into the truculent tide to rescue my dampish blue sleeping bag.) A Venice beach gang found me there while doing their nightly roaming thing and California Joe promptly suggested I and my old funky guitar and sleeping bag follow them back to their hallowed haven, an abandoned coffee house called The Gas House. And there on following Sunday afternoons, I could be found playing to a beach-bound audience of hippies and tourists wanting to see how runaway kids were living. Then I was spotted by a record company and subsequently cut a record album, which led to a nationwide TV show (“Camera Three,” a Sunday morning show on CBS devoted to the arts) and some college touring. Sundays at the Gas House came to an untimely end whenthe place was raided on a Saturday night by the Santa Monica police and partly burned down. It closed after

that. It’s been many long years since then. I still play my guitar and I still sing my songs. I got a wife and three kids and we all get along. Later on I went back to Venice Beach, to the sand and the sun. Back to my beatnik roots where I’d had all that fun. But the times they had changed and it seems so had I. The only things that hadn’t were the surf and the sky. Hey, I’m still making rhymes. Back to the hills and the river Back to the lake and the sky Back where I could breathe ‘Cause down below I might die! But down below it was getting worse. People were after your wallet or your purse. Cars slammed around without any care, Get in their way you’ld have reason to despair! I went to writing a column, now I do it all the time. I still got to figure how to make this rhyme. California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at This is an encore column from January 24, 2009. (California Joe hopes to get his computer back from the shop this week!)

Dollars and Sense

Don’t expect to clean up online David Huffington Courier Syndicated Columnist

There are probably more people using the Internet to find a job than there are going to employment agencies. From there, it's not a giant step from seeking employment to looking for ways to make money fast and easy on the Internet. Even if you've been on the Internet a long time, there's something about the possibility of "fast money" that can make even the most cautious person take risks. Here are some warnings about making money via the Internet. • Don't spend a single dollar on online programs that claim to teach you how to make millions. The way they make their money is by putting those ads on the Internet and selling that "secret" - which is how to put ads on the Internet -- to people like you. • Don't fall for those "make money at home" deals. Most are not legitimate. The ones that involve assembling crafts at home end up costing you money for supplies, and then your product will be deemed "not acceptable." Mystery Shopper is only good if you have time to spare and will settle for a few dollars. "Mail envelopes/send e-mail from home" will only net you a list of companies that might hire that kind of worker. • Don't choose this time to get into Multi-Level Marketing

(MLM). You'll end up spending money on products you can't unload, and you'll annoy your friends as you try to get them signed up as your downstream. • Don't pay an advance fee for anything. • Don't get involved in online auctions unless you're already savvy. Better to find a legitimate company in your area that can sell your items online for a fee. • If you must dabble on the Internet, go with an affiliate program (or a few of them, to maximize the potential) linked to real companies, such as In that case you would set up a Web site where you write about a topic you're well versed in. (Check for inexpensive Web sites and look for cheap Web hosting.) Then make links to books or products associated with that subject. Don't expect to actually make any money. If you do, you'll be surprised. If you don't, you're only out a few hours of the time it takes to set up a Web site. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Lemon pepper to taste 4 slices bacon, cut in half 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (190 C) Place the chicken breast halves in a baking dish, and drizzle evenly with honey and mustard. Sprinkle with lemon pepper. Bake chicken 25 minutes in preheated oven. Top each breast half with2 bacon slice halves, and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Continue baking 10 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear, bacon is crisp, and cheese is bubbly. Bodfish Bob’s Spare Ribs

Bodfish Bob's Huevos Rancheros 2 eggs 1/4/ cup medium or hot salsa 1Tbsp. Chopped jalapeno peppers 2-3 Tbsp thinly diced onion 1 pat butter 2 dashes Garlic powder

Saute onion in butter 5 min, or 'til clear. Add jalapenos, saute another min. Add Salsa and warm completley. Add eggs (don't break the yolk) , add dash of garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer (low heat) to desired doneness. About 3 min. for cooked but liquid yolk. Serve over warm tortilla or toast. Bodfish Bob's Mozzarella Chicken 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 3/4 cup honey 1/2 cup prepared mustard

1 TBSP Cider Vinegar 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce 2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper 1 tsp Chili Powder 1/3 cup Ketchup 1/3 cup Water (9th item) 2 pounds pork Spare ribs 1 Onion (sliced)

Combine the first 9 ingredients into a sauce. Put ribs in a roaster, topped with sliced onion. Pour sauce over ribs. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Baste occasionally and turn several times. Remove cover the last 15 minutes to brown. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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Creative Connection

Meriden jars are collectible

It’s all in a good day’s work

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a century-old Elgin pocket watch, and I understand that only about 2,000 of them were made at that time. What is the value of this watch? -- Katelyn, Menomonie, Mich. A: First, let's review a little history. The Elgin Watch Company was founded in 1864, and one of its first products was the 18 sized B.W. Raymond railroad grade watch. From about 1867 through the next 100 years, more than 60 million watches were produced by Elgin. This company might not have made the best watches in the marketplace, but it did provide consumers with watches that were durable and affordable. Elgin made its first wrist watch in about 1910. To find out about the value of Elgin watches , I recommend you visit *** Q: I have a porcelain jar with a silver top marked Meriden B Company. The piece was a gift to my parents in 1915. It is a beautiful heirloom, and I hope you can provide me with more information about it. -- Betty, Surprise, Ariz. A: The Meriden Company was founded in Meriden, Conn., in 1852. A decade later, the company was taken over by Meriden Britannia Company. The new com-

pany built its reputation for crafting pieces out of "black silver," a cheaper grade than sterling. Pieces are collectible. To determine how collectible, you need to contact a certified appraiser. You can find appraisers at and *** Q: I have a number of early Federal Reserve Notes and Silver Certificates. Where can I find out how much they are worth? -- Dick, Westminster, Colo. A: Since you are close to Denver, my first recommendation would be to show them to two or three of the better dealers in your area. With several opinions, you should get a fairly good idea of current values. If you would rather connect with a fast and easy online way to determine the values of your American currency, I recommend the Heritage Auction Galleries Web site, *** 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.

Our Valley, Our Earth

Meteorites are like hen’s teeth Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

To follow up the conclusion and statement of there is no KT Boundary in the Kern River Valley, I wish to add a brief concluding explanation. Erosion was the greatest factor with the disappearance of the actual boundary from the rocks of the entire Sierra Nevada Batholithic comRon Bolyard plex. As the Sierras arose, all the rocks that were deposited atop the granite were cleaved by erosional forces, leaving exposed the 400-million-year-old metasediments that were in contact with the rising molten and semimolten granite. The only Cretaceous rock present in our valley now is the exposed granite, which was formed by Cretaceous subduction of the Farallon Plate beneath the North American Plate. I suggest that those readers that require further inquiry into this subject should visit the local library and research the subject. A recent book on California geology would be appropriate. I have also been asked if meteorites can be found in our valley. The answer is a qualified "yes", with a huge caveat. Meteorites are very difficult to locate, particularly if they are small particles among other large rocks. Meteorites are extremely

magnetic and metal detectors respond to their metallic cores. In general, they have a dark outer surface with pits and burn holes due to their having been burnt upon entry into the earth's atmosphere. They are present thoughout the globe and are found everywhere. I have pursued them during many hikes throughout the western states and the vast regions of some grassland areas of the Mid-west. Was I successful in my quest? To date, I have found none. The absolute proverbial needle in a haystack! My conclusion is that luck is to best way to find them (or be hit by one. When you recover you still may not find that which hit you.) If the readers are so inclined, the following books might be helpful. • "Rocks from Space", 2nd edition, O. Richard Norton, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, 1998. ISBN 087842-373-7. • "Field Guide of Meteorites", 12th Anniversary Edition, Robert A Haag, 1997, ISSN 1053-8267. This last reference is a booklet written by "The Meteoriteman". Robert Haag is the foremost meteorite hunter in the world. He has a tremendous collection at his meteorite museum in Tucson, Ariz. His website is: I highly suggest that all interested readers access his website. 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.

Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Happy New Year! It is the time for hope and inspiration. When this thought came to mind, so did Grandma Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961). I’m almost certain you have heard of Grandma Moses even if you are not an art connoisseur or even know why you Donna Fitch know the name.. Maybe this will be an introduction. A beginner well into her 70s, her simple subjects and paint technique made her an instant and remarkable success, one of the leaders in the art world. Yet she just saw it as something she did; no big deal. Her quote “If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens,” gives me the impression that her accomplishments may have been as unremarkable as canning, preparing meals or the chores of farm work, as she saw it. This line of thinking is further substantiated when she said, "I look back on my life like a good day's work; it was done and I am satisfied with it." It is this simplicity and purity that she brought to her painting. Anna Mary Robertson, born a farm girl in 1860, married Thomas S. Moses, raised five children and was well familiar with cooking, cleaning, butchering and all the responsibilities of a rural life. Somehow, she found the time to embroider and

was talented enough to call it a career. However, it was not until her husband passed away in 1927, followed by the onset of arthritis, that made way for her phenomenal entrance into the art world. In her 70s Moses picked up a brush and oil paints, soon to make history. She started out selling her paintings at the county fair, along with her pickles, and had a drugstore’s window display of work. At collector Louis Caldor just happened to pass through the small town on a summer trip and bought the lot. Caldor recommended Moses’ work be included in a 1939 MoMA exhibition, which offered the launching pad for her soon-to-be success. She became a household name. She continued to paint to the end, generating over 3,600 pieces in three decades. This thrifty farmer never quite reconciled with the amount of money her original paintings eventually brought in. May I take a moment to wish you a creative, successful, peaceful, simple year filled with inspiration, love and all of your heart’s desires. We all have hidden talents; our job is to find them, not to discount them. Grandma Moses said, "Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be." P.S. Guess who was the inspiration for “Granny” on the Beverly Hillbillies? Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,




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“ORIGINAL MARKETPLACE” (760) 376-2860 The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199

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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 in the Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters & Leather. MonFri 8:30-5:00 Sat. 9:00-2:00 760-379-4271 Chuck Barbee - Still & Video PHOTOGRAPHY Portraits - Family Events Equestrian - Historical Photo Scanning & Restoration Transfers to DVD & CD 760-376-8784

Commercial 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

Chain Link - Barbed Wire - Vinyl Wood - Custom Gates - Repairs Free Estimates 760-223-1730 Serving the KRV since 1995


Quality Work Fair Prices Call Ross (760) 981-3361 License #708148 __________________________ CAMERON'S KUSTOM KLEAN 6620 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-5300 or 760-378-2925 We shine your ride! Outside wash-$10, Inside & outside$15. Hand was starts @ $40. Details start @ $69. We are also a mobile service & wash your vehicle @ home + driveways & windows. We also wash other building & parking lots.

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 _________________________ KVHS Grad seeking quiet & clean roommate to share 3bdrm., 2 bath house in good neighborhood near BC. $350 per month, split utilities. Furnished or unfurnished. Call or text Aaron at 760-549-3341 or e-mail ___________________________ Wofford Hts - 3bd/2ba re-modeled home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house. Mt. views, stove, frig + w/d hookup. Section 8 ok. $900/mo + security dep. 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061 _________________________ 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. 760-379-543 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 3 bd house with attached garage, fenced yard, covered patio. Near Vons. $750 per mo. 760-223-1056 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 1bd/1ba mobile home in quiet park. @295 mo. + $50 deposit. Call Clint @ 310-489-5990 _________________________ Kernville - Studio Apartments available at River View RV Park. $400 month rent w/ utilities included. 760-376-2345

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.

Kernville - Large room to rent w/private entrance & bathroom. Quiet location. $460/mo + deposit. Includes cable TV, utilities & garage. House privileges. Call 760-376-3340

Land for Sale


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Boats 1987 20' Champion Tournament Bass Boat - w/cover. 175hp Evinrude & Motor Guide 80# thrust. $6000.00 obo. 760-379-1870.

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The “Bring a Gallon of Water to Isabella Program” has not achieved its intended goal. We have launched another plan to bring the water level back from piddle to potential puddle. We are now organizing a massive rally of concerned citizens who will meet at the dam area with empty gallon jugs. We hope to fill the jugs at the deepest end of the lake, take them to the most shallow northern areas and dump the water there. If our calculations are correct this should raise the shallow end to a more realistic level. Due to a recent decision to close some shore access areas, (Map shown in last weeks Courier) only those specific areas noted in pink will receive any deep water transfers. Non shore access areas will be excluded from the program. Please refer to the new project as:

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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.

Each line equals 27 spaces or characters. Actual length of published ad may vary depending on combination of letters, spaces and words. Please read your ad as soon as it is published. If you do find an error, notify us immediately. The Kern River Courier will take responsibility for only one incorrect insertion and will not be responsible for more than the cost of one insertion. No further liability shall apply. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to reject any ad and may edit ads as needed. Payment is required prior to run. Phone orders are accepted with credit card only.

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EVENTS continued from page 2 to benefit the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation and to promote healthy hearts. The walk is an easy one on the flat track at the high school; the number of laps you walk (or run) is up to you. Sponsor a team today. To sign up or for more information, call Jeanette at (760) 376-4419. Sweet Adelines hold Friends and Family Night March 11 The Kern Valley Chorus of the national Sweet Adelines organization will have their Friends and Family Night on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. No admission charge. For more information, call Cheryl at (760) 376-4124 “Living Green in the KRV” festival takes place March 17-21 Living Green means to live while making as small a footprint upon the planet as you can. It can save you money, too! Learn all about recycling, composting, ways to save water and electricity, reduce your waste output, and many more tips and business information. The Living Green in the KRV Festival will take place from March 17 to 21 in Wofford Heights. It’s free. See for more information. Isabella Lake Fishing Derby takes place March 27-29 One of the state’s biggest fishing 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 springtime whitewater is a pulse-pounding experience for kayakers and rafters. Races, slaloms and poker runs are just some of the fun events whitewater enthusiasts can take part in. See for details. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

Co-Publisher’s Corner

Improvements or not? Mike Devich Kern River Courier Co-Publisher

Whether you’re “fer it or agin it,” the new ruling about restricting driving down to the lakeshore is going to change the face of the valley. I’m just afraid that we’re going to have another “Hornsby” and some campers will stop coming to Isabella. Mike Devich What’s a Hornsby? Back in the ‘80s, I believe, when the shoreline was still overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers, a Corps supervisor by the name of Henry Hornsby came to the valley. He decided to make Paradise Cove a priority project. He paved the dirt camping spots under the trees, installed the “parking lot” closer to the lakeshore, and put in the “guardhouse” at the entrance. The net result was that what was a very popular place for visitors became a very unpopular place. Campers just quit going there and went to Auxiliary instead, where they could park by the water and keep

their Jet Skis and boats in the water right next to their campers. Admittedly, before Hornsby paved Paradise Cove, emergency vehicles had a tough time getting to the shore when there was a Jet Ski accident down there. And there were pollution problems with the heavy usage. But after the pavers left, people were complaining that when the rural Paradise Cove was “improved,” the ruralness was gone forever. I remember one lady saying that she couldn’t take her grandchildren there any more because they burned their bare feet on the pavement. I wouldn’t want to have Tina Terrell’s job. She’s charged with implementing the rules mandated by the U.S. Forest Service. She has her bosses to please, while trying to please a divided public as well. On one hand are the vocal “leave it alone” folks, and on the other are the vocal “we want improvements” folks. Is it possible to manage a lot of visitors and still not have heavyhanded control over the locals who live here and go to the lake all the time? That’s a question to consider. Mike Devich is a Courier publisher emeritus. He can be reached at

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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 _________________________

Must See! - Freshly remodeled cabin w/permits to expand on 1/3 acre lot. 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus. $75,000 obo. 661-428-1108

Beautiful Refurbished 1 1/2 bd, 1 ba. MH w/den + add on. Quiet park, 224 Cypress Lane, Wofford Hts. Walk to lake, space inclds water/trash, laundry & fishhouse. $16,500, OWC. Call Gary (760) 376-3228

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they have cooled. If you are planning some home improvements to take place over the next few months, be sure to take heed of these tips: • Do not attach a wooden fence directly to a house/garage or barn. Separate using a masonry column or metal fencing material. Remember, if it’s attached to the house, it’s part of the house. • Use composite wood or other fire resistant materials to build decks. • Landscape with fire resistant, drought-tolerant plants that have a high moisture content. Use plants that do not accumulate dead leaves and twigs. Juniper and rosemary are NOT good choices. See

Some ideas of projects to do this winter: • Repair broken windows and damaged venting screens to prevent ember intrusion during a wildfire. • Display 6” legible house numbers at the end of your driveway and on your house. Reflective are best. • Enclose underneath decking with 1/8” metal screening after cleaning out all flammable debris. All structure vents must have 1/8” metal screening. • Cement in the end caps and roof ridge caps on your tile roof so birds can’t build nests under the tiles. Embers can ignite these areas. Remember: preparation now to make your home Fire Safe might save it later on in the year.

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: KERN RIVER VACATION TRAILERS (2009-B7259) Street address of principal place of business: 5686 Bronco Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 480, Pioneertown, CA 92268. REGISTRANTS: Milo Rose, 5686 Bronco Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268 and Marcie Rose, 5686 Bronco Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268. I, Husband and Wife. 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: Milo Allen Rose. This statement filed on 11/20/2009. Expires 11/20/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier December 18 and 25, 2009, January 1 and 8, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PRIMOS LIQUOR AND DELI (2009-B7664) Street address of principal place of business: 13435 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1846, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Dewayne Holland, 28 Rogers Road, Kernville, CA 93238 and Susan Holland, 28 Rogers Road, Kernville, CA 93238. I, Husband and Wife. Date the

business commenced: 11/01/2004. 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: Dewayne Holland. This statement filed on 12/11/2009. Expires 12/11/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier December 18 and 25, 2009, January 1 and 8, 2010.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Courier chuckle of the week: “God sneezed. I didn't know what to say to him!” - Henny Youngman

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Use that Arian charm to help make a difficult workplace transition easier for everyone. News about a long-awaited decision can be confusing. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Although you might well be tempted to be more extravagant than you should be at this time, You'll let your sensible Bovine instinct guide you toward moderation. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) An opportunity for travel could come with some problems regarding travel companions and other matters. So be sure you read all the fine print before you start packing. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Make an effort to complete your usual workplace tasks before volunteering for extra duty. Scrambling to catch up could create some resentment among your colleagues. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A financial matter could have you rethinking your current spending plans. You might want to recheck your budget to see where you can cut back on expenses until the situation improves. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) One way to make your case for that promotion you've been hoping for might be to put your planning skills to work in helping to shape up a project that got out of hand. Good luck.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Be careful about "experts" who have no solid business background. Instead, seek advice on enhancing your business prospects from bona fide sources with good success records. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Standing up to support a colleague's viewpoint -- even if it's unpopular -- can be difficult if you feel outnumbered. But you'll win plaudits for your honesty and courage. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While progress continues on resolving that recurring problem, you might feel it's taking too long. But these things always need to develop at their own pace. Be patient. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Someone close to you might have a financial problem and seek your advice. If you do decide to get involved, insist on seeing everything that might be relevant to this situation. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A personal matter takes an interesting turn. The question is, do you want to follow the new path or take time out to reconsider the change? Think this through before deciding. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Moving into a new career is a big step. Check that offer carefully with someone who has been there, done that, and has the facts you'll need to help you make your decision. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. U.S. STATES: What state lies directly north of Wyoming? 2. LITERATURE: Who was Sherlock Holmes' archenemy? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the traditional birthstone for April? 4. PSYCHOLOGY: What is the fear represented by "monophobia"? 5. MUSIC: What 1990s rock band had a hit album titled "Nevermind"? 6. GEOGRAPHY: What is the longest suspension bridge in the United States? Answers:

1. Montana 2. Professor James Moriarty 3. Diamond 4. Fear of being alone 5. Nirvana 6. Verrazano-Narrows in New York (4,260 feet)

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