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Trails Day on June 5 Day use fees waived

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The U.S. Coast Guard did several helicopter demonstrations over Memorial Day weekend, urging boating safety on Isabella Lake.

Summer prime time for scams Kern River Courier

Scam artists are victimizing anyone with a telephone and/or an Internet connection. And there are many more of these scams than there used to be. Here is a listing of some of the scams operating now that we at the Courier feel you should be aware of. Foreclosure/loan modification scams Nine men from Southern California were recently implicated in a boiler room scheme that fleeced hundreds of homeowners seeking relief from foreclosure. The boiler room (in which perpetrators sit, giving the same spiel over the phone to one victim after another) was tricked out in high-roller style with a roulette wheel and other casino equipment. More than 1,500 desperate homeowners were promised loan modifications but received no relief. Two of the nine were Gary Arnold Eisenberg, 71, of Westwood, a top telemarketer with the

company, and Ira Itskowitz, 58, a sales manager. They have each spent more than five years in federal prison for previous fraud convictions. The four principal owners of the business, Niv Iskin, 30, of Reseda, Reviv Karpman, 38, of Tarzana, Tomer Kogman, 29, of Reseda and Avraham Yechizkia, 34, of Encino; and a sales manager, Barel Iskin, 23, of Woodland Hills, are still being pursued by law enforcement. "This company was just a boiler room, long on promises and upfront fees but short on foreclosure relief," California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. said. "Its operators cruelly defrauded citizens trying valiantly to hang on to their homes." The Canoga Park-based loan modification business operated as Mason Capital Group, LLC and Gretchen Fox and Associates. When agents executed a search warrant at the office, they found a Las Vegas casino-

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It is finally time to tell the true story of the “falling cow” sign. What falling cow sign, you say? Well, that is quite a tale. In the Kern River Canyon, on the transition road between the new and old portions of Highway 178, there is a CalTrans road sign that shows the side of a cliff in silhouette, with rocks tumbling down. This is a sign in universal picture language that means “Watch for falling rocks.” You have probably seen these road signs everywhere you drive. Well, the one in the canyon is a bit different. Tumbling along with the rocks is the silhouette of a cow. The cow just seemed to magically appear on the sign

back in the 1990s. Another cow appeared on the “falling rocks” sign that was at the mouth of the canyon. W h e n t h e y appeared, the area was g o i n g through a wet winter. Cattle in the canyon (it’s an open range area) were having a tough time k e e p i n g their grip on the slick mountainsides and were falling onto the road. Since the signs appeared originally, the Internet has exploded into the vast cyberworld it is today. A photo of

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Sat.: Sunny, high 90. Sat. night: Mostly clear, low 65. Sun.: Sunny, high 92.

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Sun. night: Partly cloudy, low 65.

The local Kern River Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service welcomes everyone to hit the trails this weekend for National Trails Day. In celebration of NTD, District Ranger Rick Larson is waiving all day use fees around the lake for June 5 and 6. Around Isabella Lake, there will be no charge for day use at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella Road, South Fork Recreation Area, or Day Use at Camp 9. Overnight fees at these sites will still apply. "I'm happy to waive the usual dayuse fees for this event, but even happier that we offer many miles of maintained hiking trails that are always free for the public to enjoy," said Larson. Since its inception in 1993, the NTD has given people a reason to stretch out their tired muscles, tie up their boots, throw on their packs, and get outdoors. According to the American Hiking Society, "NTD inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails, to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in education

Mon.: Sunny, high 94.

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Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 5 The annual Kids Fishing Derby, headquarters Wofford Heights Park, will take place Saturday, June 5. Participants must be registered before fishing. For details see the Courier Calendar on page 2.

‘Falling cow’ sign started as joke, spread over Internet Kern River Courier

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the “falling cow sign” at the mouth of the canyon, taken by a tourist, was posted on the Internet and became a sensation. To d a y, there are many uses of the original photo as well as reproductions of it all over the Internet. A l i s o n Sheehey of Weldon took one that is prominently posted on So how did it get there? The time has come to ‘fess up. It came from the fertile imagination of Courier co-

owner Michael Batelaan. Since the statute of limitations has probably run out now on “altering” CalTrans property, he felt he could now tell the story. Batelaan thought the public should be warned about the falling cows, but he figured that a sign saying, “Watch For Falling Cows!” might generate too much hysteria. He went to Eddie Norris’s sign shop and got some scraps of black vinyl sign material. Then he took a photo of the cow featured on the “open range” cattle sign near the “falling rocks” sign, and used it as a pattern so he could cut out a cow’s shape. The first cows he stuck on the sign in the middle of the canyon were too small, but

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Mon. night: Partly cloudy, low 68. National Weather Service


History of the town of Isabella, starting in the 1800s.


This guy’s forte is birdhouses, says California Joe.


Two challenging crossword puzzles in the Courier instead of just one.


Solving heartburn can be easier than you think, in some patients.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 255,708 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 2745 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 2370 cfs Borel Canal flow 522 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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Friday, June 4, 2010

The Courier Calendar p.m. and June 5 from 6 to 9 a.m. All participants must be registered. Beyond Juice to have one-year anniversary Saturday, June 5 Beyond Juice in Kern Valley Plaza in Lake Isabella is having a one-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be prizes, drawings, games and surprises.

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 Mike Mencarini Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal

Book Corral’s hours change The Book Corral will be going to summer hours – Wed. 10-2, Fri. 106, Sat. 10-2. The Book Corral is in Mt. Mesa across from Builder’s Mart and is all-volunteer to benefit the Kern River Valley libraries.

Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux, Joanie Gardner Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $36 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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23rd annual Kids Fishing Derby Saturday, June 5 The Kids Fishing Derby, held by the KRV Fish and Game Habitat Club with its partners DFG, Forest Service and KRV Elks and the aid of local merchants and organiza-

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 1 p.m.- Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-6335 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 7:30 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 379-7318 or 379-8985.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 549-0800 • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, canceled as of 12/06/09. • 3 p.m., Havilah Centennial Group meets, 1st Saturday, schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


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


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, 3rd Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5-7 p.m. Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 379-3394. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. K.V. Rovers meet at Kern Valley Museum, Kernville. 1st Monday. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 379-7318 or 379-8985.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 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. 376-

tions, will be held at Wofford Heights Park on Saturday, June 5. Rules and entry forms are available at local merchants. For more information, call Derby Chairman Larry Templin at (760) 376-2470. Registration is June 4 from 3 to 6 2189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30 a.m. - TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. (661) 867-2579. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 2- 6 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Light dinner. Open to public. 379-3394. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 379-7318 or 379-8985. • 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. 3rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 5 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Moose Lodge. 378-3602. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets, golf course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

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

Sierra Performing Arts to hold concert Saturday, June 5 Sierra Performing Arts is presenting a Saturday Evening Concert on Saturday June 5 at 7 p.m. at Kernville United Methodist Church. The concert{ will highlight the vocal talents of Patricia Smoot and Allison Stutsman, accompanied by Helen Smoot. Also on the program will be flutist Beth Steude and Mark McGuire. Admission/donation is $5 at the door and children are admitted free. Artist Reception to be held in Kernville Saturday, June 5 Several new artists will be welcomed to A Stone’s Throw Gallery inside Kernville Antiques and Gifts on Saturday, June 5: workers in fine art, woodworking, ceramics, photography, jewelry and oils. The Celtic trio, Banshee in the Kitchen, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. The trio features Brenda Hunter on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Jill Egland on accordion and flute, and Katharine Edmonson on 6 and 12 string guitar. Refreshments will be served. No admission charge. Charity event for less fortunate at Sienna Wellness June 5 Sienna Wellness in Mt. Mesa will be having a “Celebration of Wellness” on Saturday, June 5 from 10 am to 2 pm to help raise food, funds and awareness for the less fortunate in the Kern River Valley. They will have local business vendors, raffles, Zumba demos, free foot exams, and lunch. Located at 6425 Lynch Canyon Drive, Mt. Mesa. All proceeds will be given directly to the Salvation Army, Food Pantry, and God’s Storehouse. For more information please contact Brandy at (760)-379-8630 ext. #24. A nonperishable food item is appreciated. Free diabetic workshop at Sienna Wellness June 9 Sienna Wellness Institute in Mt. Mesa is offering a free diabetic wellness workshop on Wednesday, June 9. Dr. Gross and Jim Gutzman will cover issues such as symptoms, diagnosis and treatment plans for diabetic patients. Seating is limited for this workshop so please call 760-379-8630 to reserve your seat. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. at the institute located at 6425 Lynch Canyon Drive, Mt. Mesa. Bridge players can brush up on their games June 10 at Elks Learn to play bridge or just brush up on your game at the KRV Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, June 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is a $3 fee for

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Friday, June 4, 2010

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Things I Have Noticed...

Sarah and the spider Recently my wife and I spent Mother’s Day at our daughter Esther’s home. Almost all of our grandchildren were there and our three greatgrandchildren. The grandchildren are not children anymore, they are fullbloom adults. But the greatMiddleworth grandchildren are just that ... children. Their ages are 2 years, 4 years, and 11 months. I've noticed that playing with them makes me feel young, but knowing how old I am makes me feel ancient. It's a paradox but still a lot of fun. Try chasing a 4-yearold around a lawn, or pulling a 2year-old around on a wagon. Then try it with two in the wagon. And then with three, all crying for me to go faster. Great-grandpas do not have the wind for extended pulls, but the kids don't know or appreciate that. Then after the extended wagon pull as I breathlessly fell to the ground, I was attacked by two screaming and vicious kiddies as the 11-month-old looked on clapping his hands. All of them had been eating chocolate ice cream, and during our romp, managed to wipe their face and hands clean on my oncewhite shirt.

But such fun. You have to take the time, now, to play with them and enjoy them. They grow up and away so fast, and all you are left with are adults and memories. In a nostalgic mood I got to thinking about our granddaughter Sarah, the mother of our 2year-old great-granddaughter Nixon. It seems like only yesterday that Sarah was about 6 and was sitting on the stairs of our porch. She had spotted a black widow spider and I was telling her that it was toxic and its bite very dangerous. I told her that it was called a Black Widow because after mating she would kill and eat the daddy spider. There was silence, and Sarah looked at me with big round eyes and said, "Wow, talk about spousal abuse!" Now I don't know where she learned the phrase “spousal abuse,” but she was right and I doubled up with laughter. We got rid of the spider and everyone was safe. Later that day I sent a note to Reader’s Digest with the story of my granddaughter and the Black Widow. But they never answered. Phooey on them! Nevertheless, it's been years but I still chuckle when I remember little Sarah and the abused Mr. Spider. 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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Courier file photo by Murdoc Douglas The pool is cool at South Fork Middle School.

Take the plunge with KVAP Lynette Thomas, KVAP Director Special to the Courier

The Kern Valley Aquatics Program has been working hard to provide new opportunities for the community at the valley's only public pool. Swim programs will start Monday, June 14 at the South Fork Middle School campus. For a detailed schedule visit our website at or call 760-2992030. Lap Swim hours have been increased to appeal to working individuals who would like to swim. 7:30- 9:30am T/Th and 5:00- 6:30pm M/W. The Senior Aquatics class will remain on M/W/Th at 11 am but the program has been revamped to provide multiple intensity levels to appeal to more seniors. KVAP has also incorporated a Junior Lifeguard Camp for ages 815 or who have completed level 3 Red Cross swim instruction. This course builds a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills that will prepare them for lifeguard training. Both sessions will consist of conditioning, lifeguard instruction, and activity days. Conditioning will include swimming, running, calisthenics and team-building

games. Activity days will include a rafting trip donated by Sierra South, open water swimming at the beach, introduction to kayaking, and a competition on July 16 at Paradise Cove. KVAP will also be offering a Recreation Swim Camp this summer. For only $50 a month or $125 the whole summer, anyone can come out a try out our new pool toys, like the 7ft inflatable basketball game or engage in a game of pool volleyball. There will open gym times for the campers as well. Rec camp is M-Th from 12-4pm. There will also be free seamless lunch and a snack for anyone under the age of 18. Rec Swim Camp is open for drop off of children over the age of 6. Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be morning and afternoon swim lessons M-Thurs this year. For a complete listing of times and to register for any of our programs, Visit our website at:, email us at: or call 760-299-2030. Kern Valley Aquatics Program offers swim lessons for anyone ages 0-99. Our mission is to make every

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

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


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

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

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Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

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

Emergencies - call 911 Kern Valley Substation

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Airport Cafe at Kern Valley Airport Sierra Way, 4 mi. south of Kernville Rd. Breakfast & Lunch, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Great food 7 days a week

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Sights Of The Valley

Valerie Minoux of Squirrel Valley, an advertising advisor for KRV Publishing and the Courier, took these great shots during a trip to the Trail of 100 Giants over the weekend.

Valley history: town of Old Isabella The town of Lake Isabella is directly related to a previous town called Isabella, the site of which was inundated in the 1950s when the lake went in. Old Isabella was first known as Barton Junction, when Steven Barton homesteaded the site in 1886. He built a small home near where the roads from Havilah, Onyx, and Old Kernville met close to the junctions of the South Fork and the North Fork of the Kern. This is approximately where the Auxiliary Dam is today. Barton may have chosen the site for his town with the benefit of a little inside information. He had met Richard Keyes in White River some years before, and perhaps the two men had discussed the future possibilities of the Kern River area. Since he was a well-established surveyor, Barton may have heard rumors of the plans being made to acquire land and water rights along the Kern River for a power plant. Barton had surveyed the course for the Wutchumme Ditch, the first irrigation canal in Tulare County, and acted as superintendent during the construction. Barton was a man of many talents. Most of his known endeavors had been in the fields of geology and civil engineering. His success had largely been due to his early educational background and plenty of persistence and self-instruction. He was a 60-year-old bachelor when he homesteaded Barton Junction and began his new career as the founder of a town. In a valley known for its rough and rowdy names like Black Gulch, Whiskey Flat, Bear Trap, and Rattlesnake Creek, Barton showed his individualism by naming his new town . . . Isabella. In choosing that regal, feminine name, Steven Barton was deeply influenced by the patriotism of his forefathers and his love for America. In 1893, he completed his plans for the township of Isabella, laid out into 98 parcels, and recorded his plans in the offices of the Kern County Recorder. —– information from books by Bob Powers

Courier Fishing Report

Fishing shouldn’t involve trash Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

I just have two suggestions for people. 1. If you visit our lake, take One down, two to go. out what you bring in. The first major weekend of 2. If you live here and you go the summer is now behind us. to the lake, take a bag with you The fishing pressure is off for and spend 10 minutes helping now. clean up. The You’ll forlake will thank Bring your catch to the give me if I you. write a short This week the H&E Mini-Mart in Wofford column this upper river will Heights to have it weighed. week, but I be stocked from Get a picture taken too. find that travRiverside Park eling around to Brush Creek. the lake on a Still no word holiday weekend really pushes on Alder, Cedar, Lloyd my patience. I really don’t mind Meadow or the Tule. The biolothe amount of people, but I gists are still surveying. mind the amount of trash they leave behind. It’s truly a mess. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford It’s hard to understand why Heights resident and a volunthey don’t get it. teer at the Kern River Fish I won’t try to figure out why. Hatchery.

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Eli’ a good popcorn flick

Guess the actor and win By Cindy Elavsky

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith

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*** Q: My mother and I are havQ: I was happy to read in ing a disagreement. We both your column about David can remember a series of James Elliott's new Hallmark Polaroid commercials from the Channel movie "Dad's Home." early 1980s that featured It got me to thinking that I'd Mariette Hartley and another love to see him in another actor, and they played a cute, series so I can watch bickering husbandhim on a regular and-wife team. My basis. Does he have mother insists the any plans to come actor was Rock back to television in Hudson, but I say a new series? -- Kim no. However, I T., St. Louis can't remember A: You're in luck. who it was. Can David co-stars in the you help? -- Genie summer series W., via e-mail "Scoundrels," which A: I can, Genie, I airs Sunday nights on can. But I also see this ABC. He plays Wolf as a perfect opportuniWest, the incarcerated ty to have another conDavid James Elliott patriarch of a family of test. Readers, here's small-time criminals. His your chance to win an wife (Virginia Madsen) autographed copy of must try to make ends meet as the Mariette Hartley's autobiography, family tries to go straight. "Breaking the Silence." Can you tell David is thrilled to try on this Genie who that actor was who conew role, telling me: "This guy, he starred with Mariette in those cute has a lot of me in him, and he's got '80s Polaroid commercials? a lot of people that I know in him. Send your answer (with your It's just a great opportunity that name and address) to: Cindy came along, and I'm just happy to Elavsky, Celebrity Extra, King be a part of it. He's completely difFeatures Weekly Service, P.O. Box ferent from Harmon Rabb (his 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. character on "JAG"), and that's Or go to www.celebrityextraondynamite." to enter. Entries must be received (or postmarked) by July *** 31. Five winners will be chosen Q: I know Alec Baldwin is and announced in a future column. very politically vocal, but is it true he is going to run for *** office? -- Paul T., Altoona, Pa. Write to Cindy at King Features A: According to Alec's Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, spokesman, Matthew Hiltzick, this Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail rumor is false. He told the New her at York Daily news that Alec has no For more news and extended intercurrent plans to run for office, but views, visit www.celebrityextraon"who knows what may happen in the future?" (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Property clearance for fuels reduction work must be completed by June 9th.

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Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Hi there everybody out in "Courier Land." Well, ol’ Bob has gone solar cooking. So far I have a Global Solar Oven. We solar folks call it GSO. I also got a-holt of a parabolic cooker, and have one of the world-renowned "Rocket Stoves." I would like to hear from folks who are into solar cooking, want to learn more, exchange recipes, have a show and tell, or maybe conduct a solar cook out. You can drop me a line at, or if you're not up to date, send a snail mail to Bodfish Bob at the Courier address. Happy Solar Days, Bodfish Bob Bodfish Bob's Solar Campers Beef Stew Use two solar oven pots. The idea for this dish is to prepare and start it before leaving camp in the morning. It will be done enough to eat in 3 - 4 hours, but it takes 5 - 6 hours of cook-

ing in good sun for the meat to break down and become “pot roast stringy”. Venison, elk, antelope or pork can be substituted. The Meat 1 lb. Beef (chuck is the most tasty) stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes 1 tsp. Dried thyme 1 tsp salt, or to taste 1 tsp. Fresh ground black pepper, or to taste The Vegetables 1 ½ lb. Baking potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 lb. Carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 medium onion peeled and coarsely chopped The Sauce 1 can diced tomatoes, drained Make the Dish No extra water is necessary and should not be added – the solar oven retains the moisture of cooking ingredients. Add all the ingredients to the pots and mix well. Put the top on the pots, the pots in the oven. Clip the clear lid to the oven. The oven should be aimed at the sun, so that the sun shadow is straight behind the oven. Next rotate the oven clockwise 30 degrees. There is no danger of fire and the oven will not overcook this dish so it may be left unattended for as long as necessary. It would help, but is not mandatory, to re-point the oven at the sun and then do another 30 degree rotation at about 1:30 p.m. to optimize sun power. Cooking Time: 3 – 6 hours. Serves 4.

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Depth increases temperature Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The attached curve is a reasonable depiction of the increase of temperature versus the depth below the surface of the earth. I say reasonable because we know that the core and part of the mantle are molten and humans have probed to around 55,000 Ron Bolyard feet with temperature measuring devices, so by extrapolation, the curve should be smooth and that temperature would increase in an exponential fashion. It is possible, but not likely, that there could be areas, at depth, that decrease in temperature due to shielding, isolation or insulation from heat sources. Hollywood has depicted

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such possibilities in films, but I have difficulty believing that to be true. I guess that I am old-fashioned. The importance of this temperature vs. depth curve is to use it in the studies of global subduction zones. As the rock materials are pushed to depth by subduction, they grow hotter the deeper they are pushed and ultimately are re-melted into molten mantle material. Due to the Continents Adrift Theory, these molten materials re-emerge at the oceanic Plate boundaries causing lava to pour out and new lava is deposited at the plate boundaries causing them to diverge away from each other. This cyclic process, as shown in many articles, says that rocks are destroyed by subduction and created at mid-oceanic ridges. As the song says, "And the beat goes on"! 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.

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Memorial Day came upon us once again last weekend, and that means the KRV Art Association show. California Joe Miz Sue and I rumbled down the hill and made our way to the little park called Circle Park right across the street from Kernville’s Drug Store. Twenty-five small white sheeted booths had braved the elements and were showing signs of new life judging from the enthusiastic crowd already swirling about the two-day encampment. There was the usual stuff to buy. Trinkets of this and that, paintings of sunbeaten old houses and sheds from old South Fork days. We made the rounds and were about to leave when I noticed one last booth with something different for sale – birdhouses. But these birdhouses were different. They were bigger in size and had a South American influence in the building of some of them. The larger ones were garlanded in rustic vines obviously gathered from the South Fork area. Mike Thompson and his wife Juanita were seated in two camp chairs at the rear of the small booth and they were more than willing to share their information as to how they came by this specialized kind of

house building. Seems Mike had retired from teaching fifth grade, and then third. He soon enough found a need to busy himself with something to do. So he started building bird houses. At first they were small and boxy but Juanita proved to be a more than willing builder herself and soon they were turning out some pretty fancy houses for the bird population of Kern County. Sunday morning I bought one that especially caught my eye.This fellow looked like he belonged on a South American plantation. Obviously this bird was planning to raise a large family and that was fine with me. I have a ravine down the hill near a small pond that’s ready for some birding life. I came back again on Monday, Memorial Day and bought two more. Juanita had designed one and it was a pretty good replica of the little barber shop right across the street from the park where crowds were swirling about. Mike’ll be back on Labor Day sitting in a camp chair with Juanita and I’ll probably buy another bird house. I’m already busily clearing hillside brush for my growing family. I’ve got one new tenant already moving in. This landlording business keeps me right on my toes! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

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Vacant land transactions Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

Vacant Land transactions are a significant part of the market up here in the Kern River Valley. Why is that? Well, we have a lot of vacant land! That is why we all love living up here and that is why folks love buying up here. Wide open spaces and some peace and quiet. We have that in Matt Freeman abundance up here. Buying a piece of plain dirt may not seem challenging, but there are some pitfalls to be avoided when you do. Land purchases can be significantly different than buying a home. Of course the differences depend on what type of land, the zoning, the location, but there are definitely some issues that you can find concerning land purchases that do not typically become problems when you are doing a home purchase. Here is a rundown: 1: Find out about zoning. Depending on what you want to do with the land, zoning is a huge issue. Don't buy any piece of dirt with just a dream and a shovel, or you may find after the close of escrow that the County Building Department does not share your dream! Know the zoning and know what is allowed in

that zoning. 2: Utilities. If you are buying a plot in a neighborhood, typically utilities are close or already on the property. If buying vacant acreage, utilities may be an issue. Once again, do your research. Don't assume anything. Use a competent real estate agent who knows how to get the answers to your questions, even if that answer is "I don't know but I will sure find out for you." Make sure you know where and how much for the utility hookups. 3: Flood and fire zones. A lot of land in this area is either one or both. Know if you are buying something in any of these areas. Pay attention to the Natural Hazard Disclosure that will be provided to you, very important stuff on there. 4: Financing. Banks have tightened the reigns on loans and getting a loan on raw land was hard in the first place. Cash is king when buying land. If you need financing it is out there, but make sure it is lined up before you write a contract offer or chances are the seller will just decline to answer until they know you have the means to purchase. Next week, differences between a Manufactured and a Mobile Home. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 2230880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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Kernville Chamber Whitewater Wednesday June 16 Whitewater Wednesday, sponsored by the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, will be held on June 16. Two thrilling whitewater rafting trips are offered, the Lickety Split for $27 or the Sequoia Spash for $47. Give this drenching treat to your employees, customers, family or friends. Log onto or call 760-376-2629 for more information. It’s a good introductory price if you’ve never been on a rafting trip before. McCarthy’s field staff to hold office hours Thursday, June 17 On June 17, a Field Representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Lake Isabella. Office hours will be held at the Kern Administrative Building - 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman McCarthy, at (661) 327-3611 for an appointment. To include your event in the 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.

Internet scams We’re wired to be social creatures, and sites like Twitter and Facebook have capitalized on this to great success. According to its COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook draws 175 million logins every day. But with this tremendous popularity comes a dark side as well. Virus writers and other cybercriminals go where the numbers are—and that includes popular social media sites. To help you avoid a con or viral infection, we’ve put together this list of the top 5 social media scams. # 5 Chain Letters You’ve likely seen this one before—the dreaded chain letter has returned. It may appear in the form of, "Retweet this and Bill Gates will donate $5 million to charity!" But hold on, let’s think about this. Bill Gates already does a lot for charity. Why would he wait for something like this to take action? Answer: He wouldn’t. Both the cause and claim are fake. # 4 Cash Grabs By their very nature, social media sites make it easy for us to stay in touch with friends, while reaching out to meet new ones. But how well do you really know these new acquaintances? That person with the attractive profile picture who just friended you – and suddenly needs money – could be some cybercriminal looking for easy cash. Think twice before acting. In fact, the same advice applies even if you know the person. Picture this: You just received an urgent request from one of your real friends who "lost his wallet on vacation and needs some cash to get home." So, being the helpful person you are, you send some money right away, per his instructions. But there’s a problem: your friend never sent this request. In fact, he isn’t even aware of it. His malware-infected computer grabbed all of his contacts and forwarded the bogus email to everyone, waiting to see who would bite. # 3 Hidden Charges "What type of ‘Star Wars’ character are you? Find out with our quiz! All of your friends have taken it!" Hmm, this sounds interesting, so you enter your info and cell number, as instructed. After a few minutes, a text turns up. It turns out you’re more Yoda than Darth Vader. Well, that’s interesting … but not as much as your next month’s cell bill will be. You’ve also just unwittingly subscribed to some dubious monthly service that charges $9.95 every month. As it turns out, that "free, fun service" is neither. Be wary of these bait and switch games. They tend to thrive on social sites. # 2 Phishing Requests "Somebody just put up these pictures of you drunk at this wild party! Check 'em out here!" Huh? Let me see that! Immediately, you click on the enclosed link, which takes you to your Twitter or Facebook login page. There, you enter your account info – and a cybercriminal now has your password, along with total control of your account. How did this happen? Both the Gerald A. Brown email and landing page were fake. That Manager / Director link you clicked took you to a page that FD1731 only looked like your intended social site. It's called phishing, and you've just been had. To prevent this, make sure your Internet security includes antiphishing defenses. Many freeware programs don't include this essential protection. # 1 Hidden URLs CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Beware of blindly clicking on shortCREMATION SERVICE ened URLs. You'll see them everywhere on Twitter, but you never know where FUNERAL DIRECTORS you're going to go since the URL LICENSE #1406 ("Uniform Resource Locator," the Web address) hides the full location. Clicking 201 H STREET on such a link could direct you to your BAKERSFIELD, CA 93304 intended site, or one that installs all sorts of malware on your computer. URL shorteners can be quite useful. Just beware of their potential pitfalls, and Fax 661-325-0240 800-894-8882 make sure you have real-time protection against spyware and viruses.



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Courier chuckle of the week: “Women can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.� -- Tim Allen

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Choosing to work with someone you once thought might have been disloyal is a courageous move. The logical next step is to talk things out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Take your time making a decision about a personal or work-related relationship. New facts are still coming in. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Expect to learn something new about an old problem. This could provide some insight into how the problem began, and why it still defies efforts to find a resolution.. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) An uneasy workrelated relationship can be eased with compromises by both sides. The parties might consider putting the agreed-upon changes in writing. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Oh, you lucky Felines: Your romantic aspects are in absolutely purrrfect form. The ladies and gentlemen in your life are going to be especially attentive this week. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Looking to prove yourself in a difficult situation is laudable. But try paying more attention to advice from experienced contacts. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A business decision seems easy enough to make based on what you know. But this week could bring new facts to

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light, and you might have to do some heavy rethinking. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Feeling sure about the steps you expect to take is great. But you may need to share a few dollops of that confidence with those who have doubts about your plans. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A sense of well-being dominates much of the week. A slightly depressed mood could set in on the weekend. But being with family and friends helps shoo it away. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You appear to be walking your life's path like the surefooted Goat you are. But someone might feel you could do better. Listen to the advice, but make up your own mind. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) With positive signs growing stronger, Aquarians could find themselves facing choices that are each too good to turn down. Best advice: Go for the one you feel most comfortable with. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Someone you know might need your comfort and wisdom during a particularly difficult period. Your encouraging words help restore self-confidence and rebuild strength. BORN THIS WEEK: Your kindness to all who need you is always appreciated and sets a fine example for others to follow. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: Who was the star of the cable series "The Sopranos"? 2. MOVIES: What kind of fish is Dory in "Finding Nemo"? 3. ANATOMY: What organ in the human body produces bile? 4. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was the first U.S. president to lose a re-election bid? 5. FAMOUS QUOTES: Who once said, "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." Answers:

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TERESA HENRICKS Notary Service Located in the KRV. 5 Year Notary. I will travel to your location. Available any time for your convenience. 760-985-1148 __________________________ CERTIFIED CAREGIVER for the elderly, caring and reliable, hours flexible. 25 years experience. Call 760-376-4707 __________________________ CUSTOM WEB SITES & GRAPHIC ART DESIGN Over 40 years of graphic art design with more than 15 years of Internet experience & awards. When your image is too important to risk, call us for a “No Obligation” quote. 760-376-2177

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Free HORSE MANURE Made Fresh Daily. No *&#@ You load and haul. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860

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 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Wofford Hts - Remodeled 3/bd, 2/ba home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house, mt view, stove, refrig + w/d hookup, Sec 8 ok. $900/mo + deposit. Call 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061 _________________________ Neatest Adult Park in the Valley 3 to choose from. $300 to $600. Just refurbished, deck over-looking Tillie Creek. Double pane windows, wood stove, new appliances, air cond, Corion tops, must see. Pinewood Trailer Park, 99_________________________ Evans Rd. Wofford Heights. Wofford Heights - 2 bd. 1 ba home w/commercial shop/ garage. $800/mo. For application, call 760-376-2436 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2BR. 1BA Doublewide 2 Covered decks, Stove, Refrig, Micro, Clean, Quiet. $600/Mo. + Dep. Sr. Discount call 760-376-6578

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Lake Isabella - 3,600 sq. ft. bldg on approx 3 acres for lease located @ 3615 Suhre Street (corner of Suhre & Hwy 155.) Excellent office space for medical, dental, school, church, or? Terms negotiable. Call (760) 417-0876 _________________________ Kernville- Storage-WarehouseDowntown - Private alley entrance, locked gate, high ceiling. 2 parking spaces, 820 sq ft. (17'x48') $395/mo. 1st & last. 760376-3024. Could also be a man cave or garage.

CHIHUAHUA PUPPY CKC-registered male. 8 weeks. Gold & white. All shots. Wormed. Health guarantee. Pad trained. Social & loving. Raised in home. Parents on premises. $250. 760-379-1403 _________________________ FREE KITTENS - 5-6 wks old, hand raised rescues. 1 blk, 2 tabby, 1 orange, 1 white/orange, 1 white/grey. 909-450-1368 or 760-417-0572

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 _________________________ Wofford Heights - Office/ retail spaces available @6749 Wofford Blvd. 1,500 sq ft-$700 (old Post Office) + 3 add'l spaces. Call 818209-0510 or 818-248-4688

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ALINA PLUMBING & ELECTRIC Sat & Sun Appointments Only (760) 223-1685 Lic.#885370 LOTS OF MISCELLANEOUS OFFICE EQUIPMENT (copier, fax printer, desk, etc.) @ KRV Cemetery. Call 760-3762189 for more info. _________________________ ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR (Drives Medical Designs) Like New. Used 3 times. $600. or best offer 760-378-3864

Motels MOUNT N' LAKE MOTEL 311 E. Evans Rd. Wofford Hts.

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Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: KERN VALLEY MAINTENANCE SERVICE (2010-B2866) Street address of principal place of business: 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 3847, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANTS: Kenneth Hamon, 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238 and Sandra Hamon, 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 01/06/1995. 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: Kenneth W. Hamon. This statement filed on 04/30/2010. Expires 04/30/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: ARENA MEDIA (2010-B3132), DBA #2: MEDIA ARENA (2010-B3133) Street address of principal place of business: 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Amy Arena, 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 05/12/2010. 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: Amy Arena. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: MORNINGSTAR (2010-B3144), Street address of principal place of business: 41 Big Blue Road, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 24, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Janice Luna, 769 West Santa Cruz, San Pedro, CA 90731 A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 04/21/2010. 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: Janice Sue Luna. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: FAY CREEK WELL WATER SYSTEM (2010-B3143), Street address of principal place of business: 143 South Webber Street, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1005, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Robert Lowe, 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Todd Bastian, 121 North "W" Street, Lompoc, CA 93283, Lora Storm,

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes 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 _________________________ Very clean & nice 1/bd w/extra room MH, Sportsman TP. 224 Cypress Ln, Sp 10, Wof Hts, walk to lake, sp inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $10,500. Owner may consider carrying. 760-376-3228. Other spaces also available!! _________________________ Kernville - 1 + 1 addition, Rivernook Campground on creek, remodeled, large fenced yard, turnkey, fully furnished. Weekender or retiree, over 40K invested. $22,500. 805-498-6777 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park. 2 - 3 bdrm. Beautifully remodeled homes for sale. Fantastic 55+ park w/ pool. Call for info. 760-379-2274 _________________________ 1 bd, 2 ba, Single Wide Mobile w/2 car garage. $67,000 Owner will carry w/$10,000 down. 760379-7699 or 760-812-0841

Reward ALWAYS BUYING ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES , 21st year in the Kern River Valley. Highest prices paid, one piece or a housefull. Don’t give it away at a yard sale! Ghost Town Relics @ Silver City. (760) 379-5146

Gambling Junket Weekend Getaway Casino West June 25-26-27 $60.00 ea. Incls. Bus, Motel, Food, Coups, Games on Bus. Yerington Nev. Call Shirley 760-378-2614

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228


June 5 - 8am. Pick up map outside Mt. Mesa Market - Hwy 178 & McCray Rd. after 7:30am on Saturday. _________________________ Multi-Fam Garage Sale, Fri, Sat, Sun, 6/4, 5 & 6. Furn, tools, bldg materials, windows, doors, misc. Must go, 8am till ?. corner of Powers & Vista Grande,Weldon. _________________________ Garage Sale Sat June 5, 8am3pm Some hand tools, collectibles, household objects & misc. 14 Gary St, Bodfish.

Observation It’s time to show more sympathy and support for the brave men and women who: • Leave family & friends behind. * Travel miles in horrendous heat. * Risk their lives crossing borders. * Don't get paid enough wages. * Do jobs that others won't do. * Live in strange/unsafe conditions among people who speak a different language. * Rarely see their families, and face adversity all day ~ every day.

No...not illegal aliens ~ We’re talking about our military! REMEMBER OUR TROOPS !

4831 East Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240, Dorothy Ray, 9613 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Carina Walker, 9727 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Beth Mramor, 9621 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Richard Violano, 9557 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283 and Naomi Tanner, 5118 Willow Estates, San Jose, CA 95135. E, Unincorporated Association. Date the business commenced: 02/19/2010. 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: Robert Lowe. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PRESERVE THE KERN RIVER VALLEY (2010-B3141), Street address of principal place of business: 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1082, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Robert Lowe, 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, JoAnn Steel, 8300 Fay Ranch Road, Weldon, CA 93283, Ben Rudnick, 300 Doyle Ranch Road, Onyx, CA 93255 and Jacquelin Cole, 15375 Sage Lane, Weldon, CA 93283. E, Unincorporated Association. Date the business commenced: 05/12/2010. 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: Robert Lowe. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: RAM M.V.P. PARTY RENTALS (2010-B3140), Street address of principal place of business: 235 Rock Haven Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 988, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Roger Mason, 111 Roby Lane, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 05/01/2010. 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: Roger Mason. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: N V PETS SALES AND MARKETING (2010-B3275), Street address of principal place of business: 2509 Oak Crest Court, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 9786, Bakersfield, CA 93389. REGISTRANT: Robert Vella, 2509 Oak Crest Court, Bakersfield, CA 93311. A, Individual. 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: Robert Vella. This statement filed on 05/19/2010. Expires 05/19/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 28, June 4, 11 and 18, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BY THE BOOK (2010-B3451), Street address of principal place of business: 38 South Oak Knoll Lane, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 784, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Royal Star Group LLC, 38 South Oak Knoll Lane, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. D, Limited Liability Company. Date the business commenced: 05/18/2010. 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: Shirley Anne Kobylski, Managing Member, Royal Star Group LLC. This statement filed on 05/26/2010. Expires 05/26/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By G Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: RIVER TOYZ (2010-B3153), DBA #2: FAST EASY SIGNS (2010-B3154) Street address of principal place of business: 11101 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1017, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Kern River Corporation, 11101 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238. F, Corporation. Date the business commenced: 07/01/2008. 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: Lucian Whitman, President. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By J. Trujillo. Published by the Kern River Courier June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2010.

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Lighter side of faith

Voices of Faith

Keep your trust in God Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

Elijah’s adventure because of God’s message to Ahab, seen from God’s hiding his own, also focuses on God’s intervention in the lives of those who trust him. When God gave Elijah a message for the king, “…there shall be neither dew nor rain these years,” 1 Kings 17:1. God also had a message for Elijah, Semonious “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.” 1 Kings 17:3-4. The suggestion is that God’s moving Elijah involved God’s timing. Pick any “natural” disaster. Hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes happen – and so does drought and death. But the account in 1 Kings appears to be the natural result of a disaster that happened on cue, from God. At this point, one might assume that God’s judgmental action produced a faulty divine intervention to save his prophet. But God hides his own from danger within his own timing, If the sinful actions of men are responsible for a modern day catastrophe and we don’t look to God for help, other sinful men, even though elected, will only complicate life further. But return with me now, to the exciting days of yesteryear to watch the power of God. Elijah is told, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” Sure enough, he found the widow,

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

Real church stories from the mouths of babes:

who told him, “I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” What would you say then to the minister who gave you advice to just “trust God.”? What Elijah told the widow was, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.” 1 Kings 17:13. She did as he said and found that each time she used the flour and oil, there was always enough for the next batch. Yes, of course yes. The lesson is that God provides for those who love and trust God. Except… After this the son of the woman became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. She confronted Elijah with, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” (How often do we respond by thinking “it must be something I did,” but refuse to confess?) Elijah knew where to turn; he prayed to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this child's life come into him again.” The boy lived. James explains, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Trust God.

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

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.

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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Casey asked her Sunday school teacher a question: "If the people of Israel are Israelites, and the people of Canann are Canannites, are the people of Paris called Parisites?" *** A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?" A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence. "I think I'd throw up!" *** A little girl became restless as preacher's sermon dragged on and Finally, she leaned over to her mother whispered, "Mommy, if we give him money now, will he let us go?"

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*** A father took his five-year-old son to several baseball games where “The StarSpangled Banner” was sung before the start of each game. Then the father and son attended a church on a Sunday shortly before Independence Day. The congregation sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and after everyone sat down, the little boy suddenly yelled out, "PLAY BALL!!!"

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the Book of Philemon in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Whose first verse is, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God"? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 3. Which "Mount" provided a contest scene between Elijah and the prophets of Baal? Calvary, Sinai, Bethel, Carmel 4. From Luke 6, who, with companions,

went through cornfields and picked ears of corn on a Sabbath? Jesus, Mark, Luke, Samson 5. Which city is often referred to as Zion? Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nazareth 6. Who was the first-born son of Jacob? Aaron, Joseph, Reuben, Simeon ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Mark; 3) Carmel; 4) Jesus; 5) Jerusalem; 6) Reuben (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Health Insurance Matters

Free medical transportation does exist Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

Susie has her share of medical problems, and her local doctor referred her to a specialist in Bakersfield. That was just the beginning of her problems. Her husband, George, can't see very well and he is Harry Thal unable to drive her to her doctor appointments. Susie depends on friends from church, but it is getting more difficult to coordinate trips with her appointments. To compound this, Susie has very little money. She receives

assistance from Welfare, and is on Medicare has never covered Medicare as well as Medi-Cal. dental, and Medi-Cal has very limDoctor's offices and Social Service ited benefits due to the state's agencies refer Susie types to me financial crisis. Her Medicare regularly. HMO plan provides her with two There is a medoral exams and ical insurance plan cleanings with “Her insurance plan that actually proup to two Xvides Susie's rays a year. will provide her with physician with a She also gets greater choice of vision services, free round-trip transspecialists to glasses and portation.” choose from. frames and one Many of these speroutine eye cialists are on the exam each insurance plan's – Harry Thal year. provider list, but Of course, not on Medi-Cal. she has heard With her Medicare HMO insurthe horror stories of the Medicare ance, Susie may now make a toll Part D prescription drug donut free phone call, and her insurance hole. This plan has no donut hole, plan will provide her with free and her medications cost her as round-trip transportation to her little as $0 or as much as $2.50 medical appointments! when using a plan participating

pharmacy. What makes this plan particularly exciting is that because she qualifies for Medi-Cal, she can enroll in this plan year round. She is allowed to change from her Medicare/Medi-Cal or from another Medicare HMO when she chooses. While not every physician is part of this plan locally, Drs. Finstad, Gross, Lee Ho, Nadler and Sawall do participate. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and 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

There is sometimes relief for heartburn without medication Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had acid reflux for quite some time, and doctors have prescribed different medicines, the last being omeprazole. Medicines were not relieving the burning pain. The best advice came from an online message board that said to "sleep on your left side." Figuring it wouldn't hurt to try this method, I began sleeping on my left side. Once my body learned to stay in that position, the pain does not bother me now at all at night. Why don't doctors share such simple methods for relief rather than prescribing medications? Please pass this information on to others. -- N.S. ANSWER: When it works, a change in sleeping position is a simple way to deal with a big problem. It doesn't work for everyone. In fact, it works for only a few, but it's still valuable advice and is something that should be suggested more often. A change in sleeping position also can work for snoring. Sleeping on the side, right or left, can open up the

throat and stop snoring. Redundant throat tissue, like a reed in a wind instrument, lies behind snoring. Sewing a pocket in the back of the pajamas and putting either a tennis ball or a marble in it keeps snorers off their backs. Other self-help tips for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn or acid indigestion -- all are the same condition) include staying away from foods that cause it. Onions, garlic, coffee, carbonated beverages, alcohol, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomato sauces, peppermint, spearmint and spicy foods are notorious troublemakers. Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated is another way to keep stomach acid in the stomach. Prop 6- or 8inch blocks under the posts at the head of the bed. In this position, gravity keeps stomach acid in the stomach. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, and saliva is a natural antacid. Don't wear tight garments or tight belts, both of which promote acid reflux. I managed to get through this answer without mentioning a single medicine, not even Tums. The booklet on GERD -- heartburn



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President of KRV Art Association makes appeal Much tourist money brought into the valley

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by trial and error, he finally arrived at the right size. Then he made another one for the sign at the end of the canyon. The original signs are long gone. Somebody snagged one of them by taking a chain saw to the post. But the cow has been reproduced on the sign, and she, today, is still suspended in mid-air, tumbling with those rocks. You can buy merchandise with the falling cow sign on it all over the Internet now. There are also falling cow signs in other areas, too. Batelaan has a coffee mug with a photo of the falling cow sign on it. He says about the whole affair, “I just wish I had copyrighted that sucker!”

Peter Langenfeld of San Diego contributed this panoramic photo taken from Kelso Valley Rd. in Weldon.

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This is an appeal to businesspeople, artists and citizens interested in enhancing the quality of life and the economic well-being of our community. Reach out to the Kern County Board of Supervisors and tell them not to eliminate the Arts Council of Kern and the Board of Trade. Our County Supervisor, Jon McQuiston, understands the value of commerce and art to our community. Ask him to reason with his fellow board members that eliminating these departments is an unwise fiscal decision.

There must be drastic action. Reduce the dollars to these organizations and let them do with less. These organizations operate mostly on non-county funds and generate much more dollars than they spend. These organizations add value to our community, enhancing commerce by bringing visitors to the Kern River Valley. Maintaining the Kern Arts Council and the Board of Trade keep the function of government intact and funds flowing to the Kern County from private and public sources to keep their hard-won programs alive. A vote to eliminate these organizations reduces the ability to sup-

not only Think Local First, we live it. The Board of Supervisors will vote next Wednesday to make a decision that should make fiscal conservatives stand up and cry foul. Their vote can eliminate the Kern Arts Council and Board of Trade as organizations. I urge you to contact the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Monday and Tuesday next week and telll them not to eliminate the Arts Council of Kern and the Board of Trade. Call the Clerk of the Board, see or send letters to Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 1115 Truxtun Ave., 5th floor, Bakersfield 93301. Jim Davis, President

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port local organizations like the Kern River Valley Art Association (KRVAA). Last weekend we had nearly 3,000 visitors to our annual Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival in Kernville supported by the Kern Arts Council and the Board of Trade. The Memorial Day and Labor Day events the KRVAA will spend $5,500.00 from the Board of Trade supported by the Arts Council of Kern in advertising throughout Southern California, (including) the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay area, bringing visitors to our community. Our artists sell their art to these visitors who eat in our restaurants, fill their gas tanks, buy fishing gear, and raft and play in the river. We

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