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Vol. 5 No. 23

This week in the KRV Explore the night skies over the KRV Saturday, July 12 Explore the night skies over Lake Isabella with Richard Burdge and members of the Kern River Valley Astronomy Club, when they present an astronomy program on Saturday, July 12, at the Tillie Creek Amphitheater in Wofford Heights. The program begins at 8:30 p.m. They will present a slide show tour of the night skies and a program that includes telescopes for viewing nebulae, star clusters, constellations and planets. The Amphitheater is located in Tillie Creek Campground in Wofford Heights. Bring a flashlight, blanket, and light sweater or jacket as the evenings can be cool. For more information about the program, please call (760) 379-5646. Wofford Heights town meeting Monday, July 14 Barbara Fassel of Grannie’s Trunk wants people to think of Wofford Heights as a shopping/eating destination, and she will be holding a town meeting to that end on July 14 at 1 p.m. at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights. Some of the ideas discussed will be a possible welcome sign; a stop sign; park improvements; a bike path; and more. Merchants and members of the public are welcome to contribute ideas and help. For more information call 223-1058. Discussion about proposed recreation fees Tuesday, July 15 The Town Hall meeting hosted by the Lake IsabellaBodfish Property Owners Association that was originally scheduled for July 8 was moved to Tuesday, July 15. The association received a request from fire authorities to coopt their meeting time and place to present an emergency meeting for the public to update them on the fires in our area. The association graciously decided to do so. By July 15, everyone will have had enough time to prepare for the meeting, which will discuss the Forest Service’s proposed fees around the lake, along the upper river and on Lloyds Meadow Road in the high country. The meeting will take place July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Forest Service representatives have indicated they will be there. Riverwalk “walkthrough” to be held Saturday, July 19 On Saturday, July 19, at 8 a.m., there will be a Kernville Riverwalk “walkthrough.” Jim Donovan with the National Park Service will there to meet interested parties and discuss the project. The group will meet across from the rodeo grounds on the street. Anyone who has an interest or opinion to attend is invited to attend. If you need more information please contact Chuck Barbee 760-376-8784.

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Worried residents pack the South Fork Middle School Community Room Monday as officials track the fire’s movement.

5 Havilah evacuated as blaze breaks fire lines Mike Devich Kern River Courier

winds today,” driving the fire northwest toward Bodfish Canyon. Erratic winds also threatThe atmosphere was tense ened Kelso Valley to the east. Monday night at a public meeting The crowd was worried about held by fire agencies at South their towns and residences. In the Fork Middle School line of the blaze, in Weldon. A crowd only a few miles Road closure away, were the officially recorded at 170 jammed the communities of notices community meeting Bodfish, Squirrel room. It was standValley, Southlake See page 3 for notices ing room only as Estates, Bella Vista of roads and areas closed fire and emergency and Kelso Valley. because of fire. agency officials Fire agencies explained that the had earlier made Piute Fire had the decision to jumped the fire lines and had construct dozer lines around spread west toward Havilah, and those areas as a precaution, they the small community was evacuat- said. ing just in case. However, what a difference a At the same time, Incident day makes. Commander Chris Hoff said, “We had unexpected southeasterly See EVACUATION, Page 8

Sequoia Nat’l Forest imposes fire restrictions for its lands U.S. Forest Service Kern River Courier

Murdoc Douglas/Special to the Kern River Courier

Two young rafters float on the Kern River near Riverside Park on July 4. It was was extremely crowded over Independence Day weekend in the Kern River Valley, with many people parked or pulled over in turnouts to watch the fireworks over the lake, sponsored by donations to the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. For a photo, see page 8.

Jim Jandrok and a fivepound trout he caught recently.

jellied petroleum, and pressurized liquid fuel outside of a developed recreation site or In response to the increasing designated fire exempt areas. fire danger and fires already Campfires and barbecue raging in California, the charcoal fires are only allowed Sequoia National Forest in developed recreation sites announced July 3 a declaration and designated fire exempt to impose fire restrictions for areas. A “fire exempt” area is all of the federaldefined as a ly protected cleared, undevellands within oped, posted area Forest Service their jurisdicwhere campfires offices: tion. and smoking are On the only allowed durKernville: S e q u o i a ing fire restric(760) 376-3781 National Forest tions. and Giant Fewer areas are Lake Isabella S e q u o i a considered fire (760) 379-5646 N a t i o n a l exempt this year Monument, this due to extreme fire declaration will conditions on the Forest. include forest lands located in Areas where visitors have Fresno, Tulare and Kern coun- traditionally been able to have ties. a campfire may no longer be During fire restrictions, visi- permitted. Please call the U.S. tors may only use a lantern; Forest Service office located portable gas stove using gas, nearest you for details.

New “Rambo” again leads list of this week’s top movie rentals.

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Fun and Games pages will keep you occupied with crosswords and more.

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Young Eagles enjoy a Blackhawk helicopter as it lands at Kern Valley Airport.

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Finches are a common bird, but there are three varieties of red ones here. Kern River Basin Data: Wed. 5 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 238, 463 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Peaked at 258,239 ac-ft. June 16. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville N/A cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Kern River 1491 cfs Outflow, Borel Canal 497 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.


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Kern River Valley – the place to have some fun Preserve, Weldon. www.kern.audubon.org Saturday, August 23 Rubber Ducky Races on the river, Riverside Park, Kernville. 376-4790.

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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 Sally Thornburg Debra Rundell Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Harry Thal Clarence Semonious Marya Miller Tony Rivera Dona Anderson 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 ©2008 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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Saturday, July 26Sunday, July 27 Personal Watercraft Races, Auxiliary Dam recreation area. 379-5405. Saturday, August 9 Hummingbird Celebration, Kern River

Regular meetings and activities Fridays • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, Fellowship Bldg, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.

Saturdays • 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., KRV CB’ers Breakfast, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 5-7 p.m. VFW dinner, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877. • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.

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

Mondays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 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. • 2-3p.m. Nicotine Anonymous, First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre (behind Dam Korner). 223-1422 or 379-5549. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5- 6:30 p.m.- Substance Abuse Family Support & Community Education, College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. 379-2412. • 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. • 7:30-Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.

Tuesdays • KRV Garden Club, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 6 a.m. - Kernville Walk/Jog/Run Club meets at Cheryl’s Diner, Kernville. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-

Saturday, August 30 Sunday, August 31 Stampede Rodeo, McNally Arena, Kernville. 376-2629. (This event may be canceled this year.) Saturday, August 30 Monday, Sept. 1 Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Kernville. (760) 378-4109. Friday, Sept. 19 Saturday, Sept. 20 2189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.

Wednesdays • 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, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, Paradise Cove, 2nd Wednesday. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Kern Valley Bible Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Wed. 376-8616 for location. • 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.-11 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.

All Valley Peddler’s Faire, Family Life Center, Wofford Heights. 376-4419 Friday, Sept. 26 Monday, Sept. 28 Turkey Vulture Festival, Kern River Preserve, Weldon. www.kern.audubon.org Thursday, Oct. 9 Sunday, Oct. 12 Kernville Rod Run car show, streets of Kernville, 376-3133. Friday, Oct. 10 Saturday, Oct. 11 Valley Fest, Lake Isabella. The Kern River Valley’s Oktoberfest celebration. 379-5236. (This event may be canceled this year.) Saturday, Nov. 29 Lake Isabella Christmas Parade. Santa Claus ushers in the holiday season. 379-5236.

Thursdays • 6 a.m. - Kernville Walk/Jog/Run Club meets at Cheryl’s Diner, Kernville. • 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. Third Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Ewing’s, 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club meets, Paradise Cove. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome.

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

Saturday, Dec. 13 Christmas Parade of Giving, Kernville. Santa Claus appears in Christmas Village. 376-2629. 2009 events: Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, (760) 376-2629, for dates January: Man and Woman of the Year banquet February: Whiskey Flat Days, Heart Walk March: Keyesville Classic, Isabella Lake Fishing Derby April: Kern River Festival Whitewater Races, Open Art Studio Tour, Butterfly Count, Trout Festival, Nature Festival May: History Days, Rotary Club Classic Car Show Event list courtesy Kernville Chamber of Commerce. All area codes are 760 unless noted.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

If I were to list things that I do not like to do, high on the list would be painting. It ranks right up there with washing windows and yard work. I don't know what there is about it, but I would suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, daily, to put off the inevitable time when, paint brush in hand, Rod I would be Middleworth forced to lay down a swipe of paint. Part of my reluctance is the preparation and, at painting’s end, the cleanup. For instance, when I am washing out a brush under a faucet, I am amazed by the amount of paint that continuously flows out of the brush and into the sink. If I don't get all the paint (and sometimes I don't), then the next day the bristles are as solid as a rock, and it’s usually too late to salvage the brush, necessitating a trip to the paint store for another. There is no earthly use for a brush that has undergone petrifaction with yesterday’s paint. Usually no amount of scrubbing can remove the dried residue.

Many closures in effect in area due to fires

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Painting a pain in the tush And if by some miracle you do scrape it clean, the bristles look like “before” in a Brylcream ad, and don't paint worth a toot. I've noticed that no matter how careful I am to get a smooth, even, full coverage coat of paint, I find missed spots (in the Navy we called them holidays), paint runs, and a generous number of little insects and flying gnats that follow me around and then jump onto the fresh paint. There is no cure for that. Paint color is another challenge. I usually try to get all the paint I need for the entire job. But invariably I'm a quart or so short. Now I have to match the color of the paint I've been using to this new batch. I don't know about you, but it never matches and usually I am forced to paint a whole wall with the new paint, just so it doesn't show that it didn't match. To round out my painting experience, I usually spill some paint or drip some paint or smear some paint. This is usually on the floor, counter tops, rugs, etc. No matter how carefully I cover the deck or furniture with a drop cloth, if there is one tiny spot that I didn't cover, guess where the paint will drip? Spilled paint on a rug or fabric surface defies cleanup, and I usually find myself spreading and smearing the offensive drips, making the spot even bigger.

See PAINTING, Page 4

E-mail us at office@kernrivercourier.com

M.L.

Ludiker

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On July 1, the Forest Service implemented a Piute Fire Area Closure. This area includes all access points west of the Pacific Crest Trail. BLM closures include Nichols Peak, Bright Star Wilderness Area, Cortez Canyon, Dry Canyon, Jawbone Canyon and Lynch Canyon, Piute Mountain Road, Saddle Springs Road, Erskine Creek Road and all routes of travel west of the Pacific Crest Trail, are now closed to off highway vehicles (OHV). Other road closures include McCray Road from the end of the pavement south, and Fawn Drive from the end of the pavement south. There is an area closure in effect for the Piute Mountains from Piute Mountain Road at Caliente Creek Road; Saddle Springs Road at Caliente/Bodfish Road; Jawbone Canyon Road south of Piute Mountain Road; Roads 29S02 and 29S03 and Erskine Creek Road at pavement. – U.S. Forest Service

Two Barbee films to be screened at Bakersfield Fox Theater on Aug. 1 Mark your calendars for Friday evening, Aug. 1 to enjoy a special event. The Kern River Valley Historical Society and the Kern County Museum are presenting two movies for the price of one, and both will add to our knowledge of the history of our area. The location is the refurbished oldtime movie house, the Fox Theatre in Bakersfield. One of the movies is about the historic Lopez Hill House. It was moved to the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield earlier this year. The filming of the entire move has been readied for the big screen by awardwinning cinematographer Chuck Barbee. This documentary short has been named “The House with Three Lives.” The double feature will be the first chance for many citizens to view Barbee's “Wild West Country,” a feature-length docudrama about the history of Kern County's rugged Southern Sierra, based on the books by the late cowboy/historian Bob Powers.

And the event just keeps getting bigger and better. At 6:30 p.m. the Downtown Business Association will close the street in front of the theater, which will then be filled with Western reenactors and possibly a few storytellers. At 7:30, the audience will enter the theater and view “The House with Three Lives,” covering the saga of the Lopez Hill House and its move to the Kern County Museum. Then “Wild West Country: The Lure of Gold,” both brought to us by award-winning filmmaker Chuck Barbee of Kernville. The evening is sponsored by the Kern County Museum and the Kern River Valley Museum and all profits will go toward refurbishing the Lopez Hill House, a piece of Kern County history. When calling vallitix.com for your tickets, mention the full title, “Wild West Country: The Lure of Gold.” – Kern River Valley Historical Society/Kern River Courier

Thank You

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he Kernville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the river outfitters, Mountain & River Adventures, Whitewater Voyages, Eagle Rafting, Kern River Outfitters, Kern River Tours, and Sierra South Mtn. Sports, for donating their employees, their time and equipment, and for being on stand-by to help with our 21st Annual Whitewater Wednesday on June 18th. Also, thank you to Cheryl's Diner, Burger King and Noble Smith for their contributions to the delicious barbeque lunch. Whitewater Wednesday was a huge success and great fun was had by all who participated and "Wet Their Pants on the Kern". Thanks to each and everyone for the tremendous help we received to make this annual event possible. Michelle Sweet & Ann Justice Kernville Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 397 11447 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238 760-376-2629

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760-376-2177

Come and See! Come as you are! A New Worship Time, Style and Place, 11:15am Sunday, in the Gymnasium

@ Mountain View Baptist Church

2959 Erskine Creek Road, Lake Isabella

760-379-4296


Adventures

Friday, July 11, 2008

Legend

Let’s Go Fishing

Trout are going crazy Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

There are still a lot of good reports on trout at B.S. Beach. Early, early morning bite has been producing some nice three to five pounders. About a 30-inch leader with garlic Power Bait has been most productive. Catching a nice limit of trout on the Kern in less than an hour is not hard to believe. Salmon eggs and nightcrawlers are bringing in stringers of beautiful fish. This season the Kern fisheries seem to be loaded with more quality and colorful trout. If you use spinners, check out the insects along the bank and flying over the water. Try to match the color and shape of the bugs. I have been having lots of luck right now on an orange Rooster Tail. Many a trout are still being caught on the stretch of the Kern between the old cemetery in Wofford Heights and Riverside Park in Kernville. Jim Jandrok caught a beautiful five pounder before a bear on the side of the road could get to it.

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Boat Launch Ramps ‡ Camp Grounds z Towns „ Hospital + Other Features 

Golf Course

M.L. Ludiker Artwork & Design

Wofford Heights

Kernville

Airport Wofford Heights Park

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

Tillie Creek Live Oak

North Fork Marina Camp 9 Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side

Water Ski Area

French Gulch

Jim Jandrok and a five-pound trout he caught recently. Nice catch, Jim. The trout are biting, so let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, near the Wofford Heights Post Office.

French Gulch Marina Pioneer Point

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Lake Isabella

Must See: Nuui Cunni Center The Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center is one of the jewels in the crown of our local area. Located at French Gulch (between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights), just north of the French Gulch Bridge, the Nuui Cunni (meaning “our house”) Center is a showplace for Native American artwork and cultural objects. The 3,150 square foot center is built on one of the most beautiful pieces of land in the valley, overlooking Isabella Lake with a spectacular view of Cook Peak across the lake. It houses a museum, library, gift shop, and visitors center. Managed and operated by the Kern River Paiute Council, the Nuui Cunni Center is dedicated to preserving, restoring and teaching the Native American culture, history and traditions by providing a facility available for educational, ceremonial and social activities for Native Americans (gatherings are held there regularly) as well as the interested public. There is no charge to enter and observe the center, although donations are appreciated. Hours of operation from May through October are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and during the winter (from November through April), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The building is also available for meetings, seminars, get-togethers, weddings, etc. at very affordable rates. For more information, call the center at 760-549-0800. – Kern River Courier

PAINTING continued from page 3 Fortunately, properly done, major painting chores are only needed every four or five years or so. By that time I usually have forgotten that painting is such a pain in the tush. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.

Rivernook Campground • Full Hookups • Modern Restrooms • Hot Showers • Shady Campsites • Tent Sites • Fishing • Free Cable • 3 Dump Stations • 30/50 Amps •Pull Thrus •Daily & Weekly Rates Year-round fishing, whitewater rafting, & kayaking nearby on the Wild & Scenic Kern River

14001 Sierra Way, Box 8, Kernville, CA 760-376-2705

Wildlife Area

South Fork Recreation Area

to Ridgecrest

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

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake

Mountain Mesa

Lake Isabella

Map courtesy Mike Ludiker www.kernvalley.com

Kern River Valley vacation directory Camping/Fishing Info

Everything stops when you are cleaning stains and drips. If you don't get it now, it'll be there forever. That's probably why, after new painting, we often buy new furniture and new rugs ... kind of a Catch-22. Yes, for these reasons, painting is on the list of things that, if possible, I let other people do for me. I'd rather go searching for aluminum cans and bottles in July than paint.

STATISTICS

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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

General KRV Info

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Across from Senior Center (760) 379-5236

Restaurants Airport Cafe at Kern Valley Airport Sierra Way, south of Kernville Breakfast & Lunch, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 7 days a week

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

Lakeview Motel 12090 Highway 178, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-8250 All rooms A/C and WiFi

Call 760-376-2860 for a $10 listing in this directory.

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JOAN MONTANO-GRANT Pastel, Oil & Sculpture Artist July & August 10:00am to 5:00pm Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Fri. Closed Sun. & Tues.

6700 Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights

760-376-1403 Fresh Live Bait*

Clams, Minnows Worms & Crayfish 21 historic buildings featured on The History Channel & The National Directory of Haunted Places. Antiques shops, museum displays, self & docent guided tours. 20 minutes from Kernville... 100 years back in time! Open Daily – 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment anytime. 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish, Ca. 93205 Ph: 760-379-5146

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*Crickets too! While supplies last.

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Night L ife

Friday, July 11, 2008

Celebrity Extra Superman gave up a Playmate?

Kern River Valley Nightlife Guide Kernville

Lake Isabella

Ewing’s on the Kern 125 Buena Vista Dr. Thurs. - Sat. - Music by Steve Kuhar 6 p.m. until closing

Arlie’s Club, 5430 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-8144 Wed. - Donna Ridgway 6 to 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat.- Karaoke by Music to Go from 8 p.m. Sun. - Jam Session with Ted & Jerry from 5 p.m.

The Hut 11340 Kernville Rd., 376-2314 Open jam every Wednesday night

Dave’s Sports Bar, 4108 Lake Isabella Blvd. Monday - Free Pool Tues/Thurs-Pool tournament 7 pm Wed/Friday-Karaoke 7pm, Saturday - Live Bands 9pm

Kern River Brewing Co. 13415 Sierra Way, 376-2337 Fri.- Out of the Blue, 8 - 10 p.m.

Wofford Heights

Kern River Saloon 20 Tobias, 376-4786 Fri. - Karaoke with Roy, 7-11 p.m. Sat. - Internet Jukebox Sun. - Pool Tournament, 2 p.m. McNally’s Fairview Restaurant Lodging, full bar Mt. 99, 18 miles north to Fairview. 376-2430 Call for musical entertainment

The Hideaway 7062 Wofford Blvd., 376-4717 Sat. evening - Pool tournament The Lode 6540 Wofford Blvd. Fri., Sat., Sun. and Wed. - Karaoke

8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

alta sierra Greenhorn Grill 10725 Pine Drive, 376-8900 Fine dining, full bar w/wide screen TVs.

Sportsman’s Inn 11123 Kernville Rd., 376-2556 Friday- Karaoke with Tina & Jesse Saturday - Internet Jukebox

Entertainment listings in the Night Life guide are free. No more than four lines. Call the Courier at 760-376-2860 or e-mail us your information at office@kernrivercourier.com

This week’s top movie rentals 1. Rambo (R) Sylvester Stallone (Lionsgate) 2. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (PG) Nicolas Cage (Disney) 3. Mad Money (PG-13) Diane Keaton (Starz/Anchor Bay) 4. Untraceable (R) Diane Lane (Sony Pictures) 5. P.S. I Love You (PG-13) Hilary Swank (Warner)

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Health Insurance Matters

Investigate health insurance before retirement Harry P. Thal, CSA Kern River Courier Columnist

Larry worked to age 67 and had health insurance provided by his employer. He now wants to retire, but Susie, his wife, is only 63 and is also covered by the plan. What can he do? One of the first questions Larry needs to answer is did he sign up for Part B of Medicare. If he did, then he will have no problem getting Medicare and a prescription drug plan (Part D). (If he did not sign up for Medicare Part B, he should have done so 90 days before his planned retirement date.) Susie can stay on the company's plan under COBRA and Cal-COBRA for up to 36 months combined. (There are complications, though.) There are many Larrys out there who stayed on the group plan after

retirement, thinking that it was the only way to keep their spouse insured. As Medicare Part B is not needed in large group plans (over 20 employees) and costs close to $100 a month, it is advisable not to buy Part B until needed. However, once no longer working, a retiree must have Part B or face difficulty in the future. Medicare Part Harry Thal B can be avoided only when employed and on a group plan. The moment you stop working, though still on the same insurance plan, you must sign up for Medicare. Another retiree, John, has been on

the COBRA plan from his employer for the past 18 months. As his employer had more than 20 employees, John never signed up for Medicare. His company has decided to cut back, and will no longer provide coverage for retirees. John called Social Security to enroll in Medicare. As he didn't sign up when he was first eligible (age 65) and did not sign up when he first left the workplace (retirement) he must wait until the next open enrollment. Medicare open enrollment is Jan. 1 to March 31 each year. His Medicare will not begin until the following July 1. So, John will be going 14 months without health insurance (in May he was hospitalized!) John is now taking several expensive medications which are also not covered. He will need to enroll in Medicare Part D between Nov. 15 and

Dec. 31. His drug benefit will begin Jan. 1. To add salt to the wound, John will be charged a 10% penalty for the year he hadn't signed up for Part B and a 1% per month penalty for the months he went without a prescription drug plan. These penalties will be assessed for the remainder of his life! You can avoid this by planning ahead instead of waiting until after retirement. Harry P. Thal, MA, Certified Senior Advisor, is a licensed insurance broker. He is a member of the Kern Valley Hospital Advisory Board and is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters, He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail harrythal@aol.com or visit him on the web at www.harrythal.com

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July is gardening time California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

It may be hot. I don't care. It's garden time in the Kern River Valley. I want the new Kern Valley Garden Club to see what I've struggled to accomplish on my own two small acres of rocks and rabbits and rattlesnakes. Up one hill is the Pink Flamingo Garden. And outside the kitchen and down a small ravine, is the beginning of California Joe Fred’s Garden. Two acres of large boulders, hundred year old pine trees, bears and cougars and deer, all huddled underneath the towering cliffs that mark the beginning of the high country of the Southern Sierra. Fred is a “wanna-be” ceramic alligator that Nurse Carol found in a Bakersfield gift shop. After paying a king’s ransom, Fred was transported home where today he huddles atop a large boulder deep in the garden ravine that today bears his name. So I'm off to the Kern Valley Garden Club meeting today. Yesterday, I did my annual jaunt to the South Fork and the "Iris Lady." She raises only irises and day lilies. Thousands of irises nodding gently in the sun- kissed field behind her little ranchero in Southlake. The Iris Lady came here from Thousand Oaks some 16 years ago with her husband, who had just retired from the construction game. They had traveled through here and

thought it would be a marvelous place to retire. She was a purchasing agent. He was a contractor licensed in four different building trades. She wanted a garden. And she loved irises! And I love garden sales! Every year when it comes, I get ‘em in the little pots and for a dollar a throw, I head out that-away! Time changes everything. After fighting off a series of strokes her husband is with the angels now. But the Iris Lady still has her beautiful garden. And her son comes over often. And yesterday, I carted off 40 or so irises in the small garden pots. I'll probably go back one more time this summer. The truth is I miss seeing her now and then. She's the kind of pioneer woman who took unused land and turned it into the kind of beauty that I, for one, can really appreciate. Norman Rockwell could have done a portrait of her outside in her garden, pausing just a moment before smiling and bending back to her labors. So I'm off to the Kern Valley Garden Club meeting. Finally, I'm going to go see what someone else has done to their place. Me I've been fighting off rabbits in the summer and brown bears in the winter and low flying helicopters in between. Been on this hill since '78. Up this bumpy old mining road that old man Plater built. Cleared some of it off and now and then some friendly folks come by to see what I'm up to. What I'm up to now is having the Garden Club come see what I've done. I can hardly wait! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at sscaljoe@aol.com

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EVACUATE continued from page 1 Tuesday night the same agencies noticed predatory animals around, pre-empted another public meeting coming down from the fire areas taking place at the Senior Center in looking for food. Residents were Lake Isabella and presented another cautioned to keep small pets and informational meeting to update cit- young children inside as much as izens in that area of the Kern River possible. Valley on the fire’s activities. Also asked was how many buildAnd this time it was different. ings had been lost, and how many of Hoff said, “We had a good day on those were residences. At the the fire. Winds were much lighter.” Monday meeting, a fire official said, Dep. Chief Brian Marshall of the “We don’t have a number of strucKern County Fire Department said, tures (yet); we’ve been working to “It was a great day today.” The contain the fire.” lighter winds meant that fire lines At the Tuesday meeting, there was held that day. more of an idea. Meeting facilitator Marshall added that after the Virginia Gibbons gathered some figevacuation of Havilah he had ures from some of the officials presordered 16 new strike teams, which ent, and said, “A barn used part time come with five engines each, from as a residence, an RV, a car and three other areas. Also available were outbuildings.” more ‘dozers A statement and other released later equipment. that night said, Precautionary evacuation: Some resi“Assessments The first stage. You are dents asked indicate five resiwarned that you need to leave. why all this dences, four outequipment wasbuildings, two Recommended evacuation: n’t available at vehicles and one Your last warning. There is an the beginning of private bulldozer imminent threat to your life the fire, but were either damand you must get out. Marshall said aged or that with so destroyed by the many fires fire's run south of burning in the West, it was an King Solomon’s Ridge.” “orchestrated” effort. Also, the statement said the Piute Several interesting points were Fire was up to 33,152 acres at that brought up in the question and time (the closest update available to answer session portion of the meet- press time) and was 28% contained. ing. The Piute Fire is located a few Sgt. Bob Romine of the California miles south of the Kern River Valley. Highway Patrol asked “lookyloos” to For up-to-the-minute information stay off of local roads, especially about evacuations or road closures, Erskine Creek Road, Caliente- see www.krvr.org or call 2-1-1. Bodfish Road and Kelso Valley Road, The Veterans/Senior Center in so that fire equipment could get in Lake Isabella is an evacuation center. and out. Companion pets may be accommoAnother citizen said that she had dated there as well. Murdoc Douglas/Special to the Courier

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Letters to the Courier Dear Kern River Courier, The following are clarifications of some misconceptions about the US Forest Service: 1. Over the past decade money allocated by Congress to the U.S. Forest Service for recreation has seen a steady increase, not a decrease. The problem is much of this money never makes it to campgrounds or picnic areas; rather it is getting eaten up in the Forest Service's vast bureaucracies, first in Washington D.C., then San Francisco, then Porterville. 2. The argument that fire fighting is swallowing up these funds is questionable: under the Forest Service's budget procedures, recreation money must be used only for recreation. Locally, over the past eight years, the Sequoia National Forest has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Kern River rafting companies. This money, as required by law, must go back into Kern River projects (with public input and oversight that Sequoia officials have actively denied) for such things that would include trash Dumpsters/pickup Porta-potties, etc. As anyone who attended the June 5, 2008 meeting in Kernville can tell you, Sequoia officials could not state how much money they have collected from the rafting companies over the past few years – other than that it has been

several hundreds of thousands of dollars – nor what has been done with the money. What they did tell people is that they just spent $20,000 on an accounting program so that possibly in the future they might be able to tell the taxpaying public what they are doing with the money they do receive. Sequoia Forest officials gave the same "I don't know" answers when asked about money collected over the last three years from the campgrounds around the lake. There's a bill that has been introduced in the Senate by Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (DMontana) which, if passed, would be the first step in returning financial responsibility and accountability on the part of the U.S. Forest Service's recreation budget. A similar bill may be introduced in the House soon, and our own Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is a potential co-sponsor. You can send a letter or email to Congressman McCarthy's office in Washington – (www.kevinmccarthy.house.gov). Regardless of how you feel about the U.S. Forest Service in general, or the Sequoia National Forest in particular, now would be a good time to let Congressman McCarthy know. April Karlberg Lake Isabella


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Talking About Real Estate How to purchase a bank-owned property Last time I talked about bankowned properties and their increasing popularity because of the fact that there are so many of them now especially in the larger cities. Up here in the Kern River Valley there is also an increasing number of bank-owned properties being marketed or in the process thereof. They can be a real advantage to the buyer because of the cost; usually they are at below market value for the area by quite a substantial margin. This being said, how do you buy one? The first thing to do is to find out details about what is on the market in terms of REO (banlk-owned) properties in your area. Banks are kind of

weird; they say they are so desparate to off these properties but they usually use out-of-area companies to sell them. Many times those companies, simply because they are so far away, neglect to put a sign, or flyers, or even to put the listing on the local MLS because they would have to become members. So the best way to Matt Freeman locate these

properties is to let your real dstate agent do the research for you because we have access to title reports and bank-owned listings direct from escrow and our networks. After you have found the property to purchase, have your agent contact the folks listing it or even the bank directly to write up an offer on the property. Be prepared for several things. First of all, these are foreclosures we are dealing with. A lot of times their condition leaves much to be desired and they may need substantial work. Secondly, banks love deadlines. They will give you one to close escrow on and if you go over it you will be penalized. One bank-

owned property penalized the buyer $100 a day if the escrow did not close in time. Thirdly, be ready to make a good offer. I know in this market it is instinct to offer lower than asking price, but remember REO properties are usually already at below market value. Make sure it is a good deal, of course, but offer to buy, not to get a counteroffer; because the bank won't counter, they will just move on to the next one. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 3795915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

Better solution needed for recreation fee management Talk with anyone at the local public meeting spots lately? Von's dairy section is where I'm usually cornered. The post office and bank are other impromptu town hall locations where the public really airs their opinions. Invariably, the agenda is dictated by the latest concerns affecting our local standard of living. After covering the individual ailment and medical issues, we touch on the difficulty of breathing and eye irritation from fire smoke. Then we get down to the "word on the street" matters. Lately, the word on the street (or Von's aisle 2) gets around to heated discussions about the Recreation Demo Fee Plan and the public outrage regarding those fees. "They're charging us parking fees…for what?" "It's double taxation without representation!" "They want us to pay for visiting our own property?" A passing shopper hears the discussion and chimes in, "Have you seen those campgrounds? What the h--- are we paying for?" The quotes vary with as many individuals. What is most surprising is that when you get past the "grab a gun" remarks, the bottom line is: most really don't care about the fees, per se. A vast majority feel that fees are a necessary evil and, if spent on recreation improvements and services, are actually acceptable. Money for upkeep has to come from somewhere, and the National Forests and Parks aren't really high on the government's funding list right now. But let's be clear. The resounding words here are "IF spent on improvements and services." That's where the line is drawn in the sand. The public rightfully expects that money given

for using recreation areas will be used for maintaining and improving those specific areas. History has proven repeatedly that this promise and its true results are foolhardy expectations at best. Unfortunately, at this time, the public can't even justify what they are paying Valley for right now. Case in point: Scene the atrocious condition of Camp 9 over the July 4th holiday. At one time it was a shining example of how to run and enhance an unpopular campground. It's now Mike Ludiker an embarrassment to the valley. We hear the complaints through email and posts on community forums and phone calls to the chambers of commerce. What distresses us most is the people who bought gas, came, paid fees, and had one miserable time on their family get-a-way and won't be back. Who are they going to complain to officially? The same people responsible for the condition of the campground? These visitors will, however, go that extra step and tell all their friends, neighbors and workplace associates about the horrific experience they had in the Kern River Valley. And that, my neighbors, directly affects our standard of living, property values, and any possible future economic growth. The current Forest system is completely flawed to say the least. Violations, or at minimum, loose interpretations of the Multiple-Use

Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 (the Congressional Act that directs how National Forests are to be administered) can be seen in local administrative examples. In Sec. 4 [16 U.S.C. 531] the Act describes Multiple Use as the management of National Forests resources “so that they are utilized in the combination that will best meet the needs of the American people.” Unfortunately, the needs of all the people have been relegated to the final opinion and ultimate decision of a few individuals who will arbitrarily decide what the public wants and ultimately impact our valley's future and our standard of living. And, of more concern, those decision makers don't even live here with most decisions coming from remote locations, unaware or uncaring of local community needs or concerns. Yes, we historically hear that we had ample opportunity to express our concerns and provide public input on the issues. But, does anybody really feel their input was ever actually taken into consideration in the socalled public workshops? How many feel that it was a done deal to start with and public input opportunities are just a show? Did talking with a fee workshop ranger who has never even heard of Lloyd Meadow Road raise a red flag? Does the threat of closing the campgrounds if fees are not forthcoming bother you? Here's the good news: It doesn't have to be this way and there are realistic options. While seeking an answer to a Canyon Connection reader's inquiry about concession bidding dates, I remembered that a local non-profit group was highly successful in oper-

ating Camp 9 for about five years. The group, Recreation Commonwealth, had unique operating skills that not only made the unwanted "asphalt campground" popular but solved all the trash, amenity and rowdy camper issues that make most of the area's campgrounds an eyesore. All improvements were made by re-investing the fees back into the campground itself and educating the public on their responsibilities while camping. Recreation fees remained here, visible to all as to where their money went. The Commonwealth no longer manages Camp 9. We won't go into the reasons here but they are highly disputed and could be resolved very easily in a public forum. I truly believe this could be a highly viable win-win for everyone involved. Actually, if people sit down and really think about it there might be other alternatives also. But, I do know the Commonwealth was proven, it's standing by and it can be re-implemented almost immediately. We, the American public, need to make it very clear that what best meets our recreation needs is not necessarily whatever some distant individuals or advisory committee capriciously decides is best for us (and then cannot be held accountable for their judgment). Something is very wrong here, but it can be fixed with a little action, understanding and cooperation. Mike Ludiker of Wofford Heights, a past president of the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, is publisher of the Canyon Connection and kernvalley.com Web sites.


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Wofford Heights Lakeview 3 bd, 2 ba house, 1600 sq ft., fenced yard, pets ok, handicap accessible, free Internet, $1,300 +_________________________ dep, call Dov 818-915-0605

WE BUY HOUSES Cash or Terms 1-760-379-5983 ANY AREA ANY CONDITION

Archie Logsdon Carpentry Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail." (760) 223-6624 losthills@communitymail.net

RV sites available @ Riverview RV Park, Kernville. $385 to $429 month + utilities, mo to mo, call 376-2345 for info. __________________________ 2 bd, 1 ba house @ 2904 Claire Street, Lake Isabella, $750/mo +_________________________ utilities. Call (562) 417-7160 2 bdrm - 2ba w/ stove, refrig, wood stove, walk in closets. Immaculate. Available in July. $650.00 mo. Call 760-376-6578 _________________________

Cabin For Sale - Cabin on 1/3 acre lot at 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus, fixer upper for $75,000. 661-428-1108 __________________________ 1 bd Mobile Home for sale by owner. Located in senior park in Kernville. New carpet in living room. New tile in bath & kitchen. Washer, dryer, stove & refrig included. Close to fishing, boating, hunting, and golf. Priced to sell at $25,000. Call: 909-238-4083

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Wanted to Buy I BUY JUNK CARS Running or Not Call Shawn (760) 379-8087

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Firewood For Sale "FIREWOOD" Camping•Cooking•Home Heat T HE F IREWOOD G UY 6400 Lake Isabella Blvd, #C Lake Isabella, 760-379-8087

Lost Pets $REWARD$ Male Huskey Shepard. 55 lbs, white w/grey, brown eyes. Named Cosmo. Call (707) 362-0137

Wofford Heights - 2bd, 1 ba house. Free Hi-speed Internet. Remodeled, clean, yard, carport. $775.00 + dep. 376-1273, 661-364-6981 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2 bedroom duplex, garage, wood burning stove, fenced yard, outside water and trash paid. $575/mo + $500 sec dep. Call 378-3374

Commercial Lease•Rent•Buy For Sale - Commercial Building, 3,000 sq. ft., Downtown Kernville 121 Piute, call 378-3945

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Voices of Faith

Discipline gets easier as time goes by Clarence Semonious Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship

Are you at the end of your rope? Are you are at the very limit of your endurance? Someone has said that it is there you will find Jesus, but you have to let go of the rope. That person may have had Jesus’ invitation in mind; Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Our God has been sending that invitation for centuries. When Moses saw the enormity of the task set before him, he asked Semonious God for help. God answered him: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14. Oh, did you just think, “Right! – I am not Moses and…” For those of us who are not Moses, remember that later, David assured those who looked to him for leadership, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:18-19. And, in telling Habakkuk that that he should write the vision God gave to him because, “the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3. It is then that God adds, “…the righteous shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4. That phrase, “righteous shall live by his faith” has two meanings. The obvious meaning comes from the statement God made about

Abraham, “…he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6. The second meaning is the same as the first but includes the fruits of that faith, “…when you go over the Jordan and live in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and when he gives you rest from all your enemies around, so that you live in safety…” Deuteronomy 12:10. Chapter 12 continues saying what they are to do and that they are to rejoice before the LORD their God. To make a long explanation short, the writer to the Hebrews explains, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11. Paul exhorts in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” That word, “weary,” carries the connotation, “omitted through cowardice to.” The way to not grow weary, then, is to trust the promise of God so that, “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31. Those who know God’s word and hold back need not apply.

The Kern River Courier encourages messages from all churches. E-mail them to office@kernrivercourier.com

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 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 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 Living by Faith Evangelist Outreach 6437 Isabella Blvd. (near Post Office) Sunday Services 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 379-8036 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church 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

Intergenerational Vacation Bible School now Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lake Isabella (where highways 178 and 155 cross) will be having their 4th unique Vacation Bible School. They will be meeting Thursdays in July: July 17, 24 and 31. It starts at 5:30 p.m. with a delicious supper, brief worship, Bible study, and crafts, ending by 7 p.m. This schedule allows the whole family to participate, from child to adult. The theme is “Friendship Trek Jesus, our forever friend,” as we examine Jesus’ methods to share. We invite everyone to attend. Please call the church at 379-2343 with a number of those attending so that they can adequately prepare.

Glasses, hearing aids, cell phones being collected What can you do with old glasses, hearing aids or cell phones? The Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella now has a Lions Club bucket to put them in. The glasses are given to Lions Club International for recycling in their Sight Program. The glasses are cleaned, repaired and categorized by prescription for use in its

Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 7:00 a.m. & 9:00 a.m 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. Service and applications at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. TSA feeds the hungry lunch Monday through Friday. Assistance is offered to persons or families who are having difficulties paying utility bills, in need of food, clothing, spiritual and other counseling. 760379-5100.

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clinics abroad. The Lions Club also accepts hearing aids for recycling for low income persons. The cell phones are for the Abused Women program. For more information, call Pat Armbruster at 379-3216, Carol Neal at (310) 937-3377 or Pete Peters at (310) 527-4313.


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Courier chuckle of the week:

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.� Plato

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Trivia Test ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your persistence pays off as the information you demanded starts to come through. The pace is slow at first, but it begins to speed up as the week draws to a close. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unwelcome bit of news jolts the Bovine, who would prefer that things proceed smoothly. But it's at most a momentary setback. A Leo brings more welcome tidings. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You need to pay close attention to the details before making a commitment. Don't accept anything that seems questionable, unless you get an answer that can be backed up. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Congratulations on getting that project up and running. But as exciting as it is, don't let it carry you away. Make sure you set aside time to spend with family and friends. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Be sure you're part of the discussion involving your suggestions. Your presence ensures that you can defend your work, if necessary. It also helps gain your colleagues' support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A misunderstanding needs to be dealt with, or it can grow and cause more problems later on. Be the bigger

person and take the first step to clear the air. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Set some strict guidelines for yourself so your heavier-thanusual work schedule doesn't overwhelm the time you need to spend relaxing with loved ones. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel a little uncomfortable being among people you hardly know. But remember that today's strangers can become tomorrow's valuable contacts. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Reward yourself for all that you've accomplished despite some annoying situations that got in your way. Enjoy a well-earned getaway with someone special. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Realizing that someone else is taking credit for what you did is bound to get anyone's goat, but especially yours. Be patient. The truth soon comes out. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Forget about opposites attracting. What you need is to find someone who thinks like you and will support your ideas, even if others say they're too radical. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Workplace problems can affect your financial plans. Be prudent and avoid running up bills or making commitments until things begin to ease up by the 25th. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the Flying Dutchman? 2. GEOGRAPHY: What nation controls the Madeira Islands as an autonomous region? 3. THEATER: Who wrote the play "Man and Superman"? 4. MEDICAL: The lack of what vitamin causes beriberi, which affects the nervous system? 5. HISTORY: Who founded the British colony that would later become Rhode Island? 6. MUSIC: What kind of musical instrument is a zither? Answers: 1. Ghost ship said to haunt the seas around the Cape of Good Hope 2. Portugal 3. George Bernard Shaw 4. Vitamin B1 5. Roger Williams 6. Stringed

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Last before restudy Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

For those readers interested in a follow up review of last week's discussion, I invite them to visit the Kern River Valley Museum in Kernville and view the excellent Kern Ron Bolyard River Drainage Basin Map displayed in the back room of the museum. This map is mesmerizing as to the extent of this system. The headwaters of the Kern River begin at Lake South America, northwest of Mount Whitney and extends to the old Lake Buena Vista lake bed southwest of Bakersfield. The shown cross section

shows a more detailed aspect of water transport across and through a Drainage Basin. The defined parameters are used by hydrologists to study the flow patterns of streams, creeks, etc. and to assist in the prediction and extent of floodwaters during periods of higher than normal rain and water flows. I will not attempt, at this time, to elaborate upon these parameters except to say that they are very important but are not the proper fodder for these articles. A restudy of the past three weeks of discussion and diagrams will prepare the reader for the following few articles. 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.

Clover Fire turned back over to SNF Mike Devich Kern River Courier

heat, both well within the fire interior, and seems to hold promise as another firefighting tool. The Clover Fire, which has been “Rehabilitation of fire lines, which burning north of Kennedy Meadows includes constructing erosion consince May 31, is now contained trol devices and returning the disenough that the national incident turbed area back toward a natural management team is turning it back condition, and backhauling of over to local equipment conjurisdiction. tinued along the The fire was northern perime70% contained ter. Pacific Crest Trail Update: as of July 8. It “Wednesday's has burned planned operaThe closure order for the 15,300 acres. tions include conPacific Crest Trail and the Full containtinued rehabilitaClover Fire Area was lifted as of ment is expecttion and backJuly 9. Hikers are urged to use ed on Tuesday, hauling of equipcaution in the fire area. July 15. ment. Aerial The Clover reconnaissance Fire managefor any existing ment team smokes will be issued an update on Wednesday, on-going. July 9. “At 6:00 this afternoon the com“A team of sawyers cleared the mand of the fire will be assumed by Pacific Crest Trail of hazardous the Kern River Ranger District and snags along the length affected by Type 3 Incident Commander Dave the Clover Fire in anticipation of Allen. reopening this section of the trail “All the members of today. An experimental unmanned Cook/Hutton's Northern Rockies drone aircraft operated by NASA Team want to thank the local comand outfitted with heat-detecting munities for their friendliness and equipment flew over the fire area patience during our stay in the yesterday. It detected two areas of Upper Kern River Valley.

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chips, sodas and water. The kids fixed their own ice cream sodas. The highlight of the day was to Young Eagles Day was June 25 at have Capt. Chavez and CW3 pilot Kern Valley Airport near Kernville. Gooding bring in a Blackhawk helChildren attending were from icopter from Fresno Army National South Fork Summer Camp, Boys & Guard to the airport. The kids had a Girls Club and Lake Isabella Youth great time checking everything out. Center. Thanks to The event Rotarian Rick was sponJones for The highlight of the day sored by the arrangement local chapter of this flight. was to have Capt. Chavez and of Rotary The EAA International. Young Eagles CW3 pilot Gooding bring in a M a r i e Program has Blackhawk helicopter from Rushton, been develpresident, oped to welFresno Army National Guard was due to come young finish her people into the to the airport. The kids had a term in a few world of aviadays. tion. EAA is great time checking everything Of the 58 an internaout. children tional aviation attending, 47 membership took turns association taking flights founded in with Dr. Denny Rushton, flying a 1953. The chairman is actor Bellanca aircraft and Office Robert Harrison Ford. Riggs, flying a Sundowner aircraft. To learn more about Young The Rotarians served hot dogs, Eagles, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA.

Robinson new watershed coordinator The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation & Development Council was recently awarded a three-year grant through the California Department of Conservation to hire a Watershed Coordinator to work in the upper Kern and South Fork Kern River watersheds to address water quality, quantity, erosion, and wildlife habitat issues, as well as watershed education. They have announced that Bob Robinson has been selected for the position. Bob was their pre-

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Courier community news Legal assistance returns to the valley July 22 Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance will be back in Kern Valley on Tuesday, July 22 at the Kern River Valley Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella (next to NAPA). If you have any questions or need assistance regarding Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, TANF, Landlord-Tenant-Evictions, Social Security/Supplement Social Security, or Guardianship, call 379-2556 to set up an appointment with a Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance representative. GBLA will be at the KRV Family Resource Center the fourth Tuesday of each month. International reception for thumbs coming July 25 There will be a reception on Friday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. celebrating the International Mail Art Exhibit: THUMB! This is the kick-off for the art show continuing through Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville. Participating artists have sent their mail art featuring thumbs from 22 countries and still counting. Contact Joan Desmond at chroma2@wildblue.net PWC Race to be held July 26 and 27 The 2008 Kern Valley Personal Watercraft Race Fundraiser, hosted by: employees of Southern California Edison and community volunteers, will be July 26 and 27 at Auxiliary Dam- Camp 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels, Search and Rescue, and high school scholarships. Saturday: head to head racing on closed course and slalom course. Sunday: Fun Day - challenge races, grab the ball, two course race and others. Contact: Randy 760-379-5405 or Pati 760-376-8008.. New South Fork recreation schedule posted The South Fork Summer Recreation Program at the South Fork Middle School Campus is as follows: Dates: July 7 - August 1 Tentative schedule - subject to change due to need and participation 12:00 (Monday-Friday) Senior Nutrition Program (Lunch) 2:00 – 4:00 (Monday – Friday) Public Swim 4:00-5:00 (Mon & Thu / Tue, Wed, & Fri) Swim Lessons 5:00 – 6:00 (Mon – Fri) Senior Aquatics / Adult Open & Lap Swim Saturdays and Sundays POOL RESERVATIONS ONLY For costs and more information, please call TANF at 379-4770 and South Fork School District Office for all pool activities at 378-4000. Kern Valley High School reunion in September The Kern Valley High School Reunion, for those who attended KVHS between 1941 and 1969, will be held September 26-28, 2008 at the Kernville Inn in Kernville. Information email kvhsalumni@aol.com or call 760-3763218. Use the Youth Center for your next event The Kern River Valley Youth Center’s building is available for your event, whether it be a birthday party, a church event, a bridal or baby shower, etc., for a nominal fee – only $25 per day or evening. Lighting, sound/music and a disk jockey can be accommodated as well. For further information, call 379-4360 or 549-3561. Report drug sales in your neighborhood to Target Program Are there drug sales in your neighborhood? Want to do something about it? By calling a local number, you can share your information and remain anonymous. Your information will be passed along to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Call the Target Program today at 379-1830 or 378-2849. Or call the Sheriff’s Dept. directly at 549-2100 and say, “this is a Target Program issue.” VFW needs your support The local VFW Post 7665 is trying to raise funds to keep the post open, according to Senior Vice Commander Charlie Lehmann. You can help the post by calling 379-3877. Be sure to call about the meals they have there.

Publish your FBNS with us! Only $40 for four times. Kern River Courier (760) 376-2860 Death notices Marion Kenneth Murphy Marion Kenneth Murphy, 77, of Wofford Heights, passed away at San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield on July 1, 2008. There was a military burial at Kern Valley Cemetery on July 7, 2008. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Kern County Sheriff’s Department: Crime reports from KCSD were not available this

Crime log A digest of reports from various public safety agencies in the Kern River Valley area

week by press time. We will print this weeks’ crime reports with next week’s crime reports in our next issue.

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The Kern River Valley Womans Club elected new 2008-2010 board members. Front row, seated, L-R: First Vice President Cindy Ott, President Judi Dodd, Parliamentarian Kathy Kappl. Back row L-R Marian DeMars, standing in for Second Vice President Pat Colbert, Treasurer Christine Burge, Auditor Ann Haney, Director Betty Rothert, Director and Newsletter Editor Virginia Snyder, Director June Washbum, Recording Secretary Laura Oreskovich and Corresponding Secretary Sally Partin.

Legal Notices Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control 4800 Stockdale Highway Suite 213 Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 395-2731 NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: May 16, 2008 To Whom It May Concern: The Names(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: LOZANO, FRANCISCO JAVIER LOZANO, SUZAN WYMAN The applicant(s) listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 11117 KERNVILLE ROAD KERNVILLE, CA 93238 Type of license(s) applied for: 41 - ON-SALE BEER AND WINE - EATING PLACE Published Kern River Courier, June 27, July 4 and 11, 2008 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF WILLIAM MICHAEL LORENZE S-1500-PB-58029 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of WILLIAM MICHAEL LORENZE. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: JO ANN M. SALAMPESSY in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that JO ANN M. SALAMPESSY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the pro-

posed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: JULY 31, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. E, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: MARILYN S. YEE Law Offices of Marilyn S. Yee 29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite G-533 Murrieta, California 92563 (951) 926-7900 (Published Kern River Courier: July 4, 11 and 18, 2008.) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Blue Flame Propane (2008-B4567) Street address of principal place of business: 12233 Highway 178, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANTS: Titan Propane LLC,

8801 South Yale Avenue, Suite 310, Tulsa, OK 74137: D, Limited Liability Company. The date the business commenced: 12/09/1996. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (06/26/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. BLUE FLAME PROPANE. This statement filed on 06/26/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By G. Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Mountain Propane Lebec (2008-B4568) Street address of principal place of business: 3409 Los Padres, Frazier Park, CA 93225. REGISTRANTS: Titan Propane LLC, 8801 South Yale Avenue, Suite 310, Tulsa, OK 74137: D, Limited Liability Company. The date the business commenced: 12/09/1996. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (06/26/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. MOUNTAIN PROPANE LEBEC. This statement filed on 06/26/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By G. Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 2008.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

The Kern River Valley’s Bird World

House finches are commonplace throughout the country Bob Barnes Special to Courier

the

Kern

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Three species of red-colored finches are found here CASSIN’S FINCH, PURPLE FINCH, and HOUSE FINCH. Although usually occupying different habitats and found at different elevations, all three species may be found together if conditions are right, especially at seed feeders some winters.

than the Cassin’s Finch or House Finch, including the hind neck. Look for it especially from 3500’ elevation on up. Although this species does not occur in

of the three red-colored finches (genus Carpodacus). It is found all across the “lower fortyeight” United States and southern Canada except for southern Florida. It is the common red-

Cassin’s Finch The CASSIN’S FINCH is most often found at the highest elevations and in dry pine forests. Places where it is routinely identified are Bald Mountain Lookout, Greenhorn Mountains (at high elevations), Piute Mountains, and Troy Meadow. The crown of the bird has a distinct, bright red cap. It is only found in the western United States.

streaked light brown and the belly is white. Female House Finches are brown on the upperside with brown streaking on the underside. Both sexes have short, stubby, triangularshaped bills used for cracking open seeds.They often nest on or near buildings. House Finches are readily attracted to seed bird feeders. The three species of redcolored finches found in the KRV usually require a bit of experience to tell apart. Keep at it an it will eventually come into focus for you. One of the best ways is by call notes. Cornell’s University’s “Bird Songs of California” 3-CD set has the call notes and songs of all three species. Until next week, Happy and Productive Birding.

Reprinted from the Kern River Courier, June 7, 2004. Bob Steele/Special to the Kern River Courier Permission granted by the The House Finch is the most common and widespread of the three red- author. Bob Barnes, a wellknown expert on birding colored finches found throughout the KRV. Purple Finch (and former president of the The PURPLE FINCH is Kern River Valley Chamber found nesting at middle eleva- much of the Great Basin and colored finch found throughout of Commerce) now lives in tions and up in the Kern River southern Florida, it is other- the Kern River Valley including Ridgecrest and can be reached Valley and southern Sierra wise widespread across the in communities and out in the at bbarnes@lightspeed.net Nevada. A few individuals con- United States. desert. Although usually red, Our thanks to renowned sistently winter at Tillie Creek the male House Finch may nature photographer Bob Steele Campground in Wofford House Finch instead be colored orange or for allowing us to use his stunHeights. This male of this The HOUSE FINCH is the yellow on the crown, throat, ning photos. Visit his Web site species is more red over all most common and widespread and chest. The sides are at www.bobsteelephoto.com.

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