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Doug Landon of Kern County Waste Management Department and Mike Thomas of Thomas Refuse spoke at the Town Hall meeting Tuesday night. Story starts on page 3.

‘Travel Management’ meet gets new location Kern River Courier

A meeting regarding Travel Management that was originally set for another location is now to be held at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella, on March 23. A sixth meeting in a series as part of an ongoing effort for the Sequoia National Forest to designate a system of travel routes for wheeled motorized vehicles will be held on Monday, March 23 at the Lake Isabella Senior Center from 7-9 p.m. On Jan. 30 the U.S. Forest Service released a Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a 60-day public review period. This period will end on March 31. The focus of this meeting is to

communicate what is in the Draft EIS specific to the areas surrounding Isabella Lake. Our goal is to help the public understand the proposal, review the analysis, and help us identify issues and concerns regarding access around Isabella Lake. To date, five public workshops have been held throughout forest communities. The Travel Management Draft EIS examines five alternative ways to manage a designated system of existing routes, most which occur through the southern portion of the Sequoia National Forest. The Draft EIS describes these five alternatives, and the public input used to develop them, the analysis of the alterna-

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Edison to replace watercraft races with motocross event Will replace Personal Watercraft Races Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The annual Southern California Edison Personal Whitewater Races during the summer are no more, due to be replaced by a charity motocross event in the fall. Debbie Hess of SCE explained that attendance has been “waning” at the personal watercraft event, which has been held on the lake for the last 10 years or so. So, instead, a motocross

event has been planned. “As our employees have had a long history of supporting the Kern Valley,” said Hess, “we

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Vol. 6 No. 6

Sales tax to rise 1%

Fri.: Sunny, breezy. High 69.

Kern River Courier

Sat.: Mostly sunny. High 63.

Effective on the first of the month, April 1, the state sales tax rate increases by 1%. The temporary 1% tax rate increase will expire on either July 1, 2011, or July 1, 2012, depending upon whether voters approve the proposed Proposition 1A, Budget Stabilization Act, in a statewide election to be held May 19. Full details of the state budget, assembly bill, and proposition can be found by using the links on the state tax agency’s Web site, A “Special Notice, Sales and Use Tax Rate Increases on April 1, 2009,” which is being mailed to nearly 850,000 California retailers and out of state businesses with transactions in California, can also be found on the state Board of Equalization’s Web site. The complete address is df.

Art Walk will be in conjunction with Rotary Club car show The Kern River Valley Art Association is planning to hold an Art Walk on the sidewalks of Kernville during the Rotary Club’s car show on May 9. Kern Valley artists are invited to display and sell their paintings and photographs. Kernville merchants will host the artist participants in front of their businesses. There will be no fees to take part. For information and space assignment contact Nancy Walker at Kernville Antiques and Gifts, (760) 376-2239 or (760) 376-2676.

BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils Kern River Courier

The Bureau of Land Management in California announced it is seeking nominations for four positions on its Central California Resource Advisory Council, a citizen group that advises the BLM on public land issues and resources. The four Central California RAC positions open are in the following categories: Category One (one vacancy) - Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation. Category Two (one vacancy) - Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation

activities, and wild horse and burro organizations. Category Three (two vacancies) Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Native American tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-atlarge. Nominations should be sent to David Christy, BLM Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom, Calif. 95630, no later than April 13. For further information call Christy at (916) 9854474 or e-mail Nomination forms are

See BLM, Page 11

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather

Fri. night: Mostly clear. Low 40.

Sat. night: Partly cloudy. Low 40. Sun.: Mostly sunny, high 64. Sun. night: Partly cloudy, low 43. National Weather Service


Gerald Burton proves there are big trout at Paradise Cove.


James Bond in “Quantum of Solace” comes out on DVD, reviewed by DNA Smith.


$5.50 for a classified ad? Yes, it’s true! A Courier Marketplace ad is cheap and effective.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 136, 245 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Low point was 110,156 ac-ft. Dec. 12. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 421 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 421 cfs Borel Canal flow 0 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Kern River Valley – the place for fun Appalachia,” at Kernville Elementary School on Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The selections to be performed include Brahms First Symphony (Fourth Movement), Brandenburg Sinfonia, Waltz Intermezzo, Appalachian Festival, “Danny Boy,” “The Beggarman,” and more. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are free. Refreshments will be served.

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Courier Calendar Keyesville Classic weekend of March 13-15 The annual Keyesville Classic is a mountain bike race put on each year by the Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association in the beautiful hills of the Keyesville Recreation

Regular meetings and activities Fridays • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 5 p.m. - Kern River Hot Rodders Cruise Night, Circle Park, Kernville, 3rd Fri. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.

Saturdays • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 10 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 223-6765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.

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

Mondays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 3:30-5 p.m.- Substance Abuse Family Support & Community Education, College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. 379-3412. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 3764461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.

Tuesdays • KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.

Area. This year the races will be the weekend of March 13-15. For more information, see Orchestra to present spring show March 15 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Spring Concert, “Ireland to

Wednesdays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Highland Chapel Methodist Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., third Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 3762410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.

Thursdays • 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. Third Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club meets, Paradise Cove. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. • 6 p.m. - Wofford Height Community Assoc. meets at Family Life Center, Wofford Heights. 2nd Thurs. 223-1058. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291

Bingo Guide Friday, 12:30 p.m. - Eagles Bingo, Eagles Hall, Mt. Mesa Saturday, 12 p.m., South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, 6488 Fay Ranch Road. Sunday, 1 p.m. Moose Lodge Bingo, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information.

Sweet Adelines Friends & Family Night March 19 The Kern Valley Sweet Adelines female barbershop harmony singing group will be having their Friends and Family Night on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. For more information, call Cheryl at (760) 376-4124. Fuller’s staff to hold office hours locally March 19 Assemblymember Jean Fuller’ staff will hold office hours at the Kern County Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella on Thursday, March 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment with Assemblymember Fuller's staff, the community is encouraged to call Fuller's District Office at 661395-2995. A Taste of Kernville at Odd Fellows March 23 Sample food from Kernville eateries at “Taste of Kernville” at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville on Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. This will be after the Kernville Chamber of Commerce’s general meeting. Contact the Kernville Chamber at 376-2629 or Jeanette Rogers at 417-2555. Travel management meeting on forest to be held March 23 A sixth meeting in a series as part of an ongoing effort for the Sequoia National Forest to designate a system of travel routes for wheeled motorized vehicles will be held on Monday, March 23 at the Lake Isabella Senior Center from 7-9 p.m. “Living Green in the KRV” event coming March 27-30 Want to know how to reduce your “footprint” on the world? Learn about living responsibly, protecting our environment and conserving our resources at a new festival in the valley, “Living Green in the KRV.” The Expo portion will be held at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights and will have many booths and lots of information about living green. There are lots of other activities in other locations. For more information, call Richard at (760) 333-4561, go to or see the Courier’s “Green Living” section to be included in the March 20 edition. 5K Run to be part of Living Green event March 28 The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., right after a kids 1K fun Run. Wofford Heights Park, end of Williams St. at E. Evans Road, Wofford Heights. The 5K course adjacent to Lake Isabella is flat and entirely on dirt with two small stream crossings. In addition to the usual gender and age splits

See CALENDAR, Page 3

Friday, March 13, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

When test patterns ruled Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I was watching television last night and realized that I no longer marveled about having 150 channels to chose from. When TV first reared its head in the ‘40s we were lucky to get three black and white channels. On those channels we had Middleworth a limited number of programs and several hours of test patterns. A test pattern was a picture that filled the screen with geometric shapes when there was no current programming. Few stations had programs that filled the day, so if you wanted to watch something, you often watched patterns. Some folks would turn the TV on just to hear the background music that accompanied them. I can't help noticing that the test patterns then were better programming than some of the stuff that fills the airwaves today. The black and white sets we had in those early days were not reliable, and the tubes that made them work would often fail. But before we took a set to a TV repairman (many of whom couldn't fix them anyway), we would unplug the TV, take the back off,

reach in and remove all the tubes (except the picture tube). Then we would go down to the local drugstore and use their tube tester machine. One by one we would place the tubes in the tester and push a button that would light a dial that would tell us if the tube was good or not. There were about 15 tubes to test, and it seemed that many times it was the same tube that failed. I still remember the designation for that tube. It was an SN7 and it cost around four bucks. We would show the clerk the bad tube, he would sell us a new one and we would toddle home and put all the tubes back. Then we'd cross our fingers, turn on the set and sometimes it would work. If it didn't, then we took it to a repairman and waited a month or more for repair. Today we don't fix ailing TVs. There are no tubes to check any more. Instead, we throw the entire telly away. (Even that is difficult, because landfill operators don't want them.) And a new one costs a lot more than an SN-7. What a price we pay for progress... Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.

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Town Hall meeting addresses recycling, air quality concerns Living Green begins at home Jenny Hanley and Richard Rowe Specal to the Courier

A Town Hall meeting at the Senior Center Tuesday evening was called by the Lake IsabellaBodfish Property Owners Association to discuss local recycling and air quality issues. The meeting was chaired by LIBPOA president Ron Benoit and moderated by LIBPOA VP Carol Rutledge. It was attended by a number of concerned area residents. Panelists included Director of Kern County Waste Management Doug Landon; Mike Thomas of Thomas Refuse and Sierra Waste Transfer; Kern County Air Pollution Control Officer David L. Jones; and WEB Recycling's Pastor Bill Blanton. In turn, each panelist explained their part of recycling and explained the current state of recycling, much affected by the recent economic downturn. Recycling good in KRV Landon started by talking about what his agency covers. The Waste Management Department handles wood recycling, concrete/asphalt collection, tire collection, white goods (appliances), computer monitors and televisions. Waste Management does not deal with commodity recyclables (metals, glass, plastic). Those must be taken to a recycler like WEB Recycling or Thomas Refuse.

Mike Thomas of Thomas Refuse reported that to keep the costs of recycling down, it is important that consumers know what is recyclable, keep the recyclables clean, and that recyclables must be separated by like kind. He also noted items that are not to be placed in recycling bins, such as batteries, items containing mercury, E-waste, and sharp items, such as used needles and diabetic metering supplies. Pastor William Blanton of WEB Recycling said that California leads the nation in recycling. Blanton reinforced statements of Thomas in that items must be separate and clean, for WEB, too, must inspect the loads. If they must separate items on intake that slows down the process. Air quality no-no’s discussed David Jones, Air Pollution Control Officer, informed the group of the serious hazards of burning improper material in home fireplaces or residential burn barrels. The temperatures reached in home fireplaces are high enough to release dioxin, one of the most potent toxins known. These toxins remain in the air or end up on the ground surface and in plants where animals ingest the toxins. Homegrown fruit, vegetables and herbs can be tainted as well. The food chain is then contaminated. He stressed that we must never

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CALENDAR continued from page 2 there will also be a "Mom and Stroller" Class, as well as a Clydesdale Class for the 225lb+ runners. Entry fee: $25 (includes a eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle and race T-shirt). Online registration. Sponsored by the Wofford Heights Community Association and Run-4-A-Way, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness and wellness in the Kern Valley community. Info: Darby (760) 376-1067 or Mike (760) 376-4405 Geneaology seminar to take place March 28 The ClanDiggers Genealogical Society is sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, March 28 at the Kern Valley Bible Church in Lake Isabella. The speaker will be Certified Genealogist Nancy Ellen Carlberg, who has worked in the field since 1979. She began her career assisting Alex Haley as he prepared his television docudrama “Roots.” She also worked on the TV show “Queen” and on a mini-series called “Palmerstown, USA.” She then began to write books on the subject of genealogy and history and now has produced an impressive library. Carlberg is coming prepared to answer all of your questions about researching and about available sources. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Tickets at $20 per person are available from Marian DeMars at 3764578 or Don Keiffer at 379-8152. Big Isabella Lake Fishing Derby to be held April 4-6 The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby attracts thousands of anglers from all over to try to catch the tagged trout worth $10,000. This year, however, there will be ten $10,000 trout! And, in addition, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the derby, there will be a $20,000 trout! And there are multitudes of other prizes, including cash awards for 1,000 other tagged fish. You must be pre-registered to be able to win. The derby is put on by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce with major help from the Kern River Valley Fish and Habitat Club and many national sponsors. Also, new this year is a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Kern River Valley Youth Center. Call Dave at 376-4430 about the raffle. For derby information, go to or call the chamber at (760) 3795236. American Red Cross CPR class to be taught by CERT April 18 Dean Ott from KRV CERT will be teaching the American Red Cross CPR Class on April 18 at the KRV Youth Center, 3640 Golden Spur St. in Lake Isabella from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the class with certificate is $20. To register, call Tom Klein at 379-2797. Kern River Festival whitewater races put on April 18-19 The Kern River Festival has been going on since the 1960s and features races by kayaks and rafts on the mighty Kern River in Kernville. It’s fun to watch, but you can participate as well. It is put on by the Kern Valley River Council. For more information, visit or call


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

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Thumpers are running Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

With the end of another full moon and beautiful weather on the way we are in for some more great fishing at Isabella Lake. This is the time of year when more and more visi“Thumper tors come up to trout are share our fisheries coming into in the Kern River the shoreValley. It has line areas.” always been heart--Jack warming Bustamante to me to see how many of our local fishermen lend a hand to visiting fishermen who are unfamiliar with our waters. Keep up the good work, guys. It just goes to show you, it’s not only all about the catch, but sharing the great experience of fishing itself. Crappie are coming in a little bit bigger at French Gulch now. Chrome or chrome/blue Kastmasters are working best. Trout all around the lake are biting better and better.

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Gerald Burton got himself a huge thumper trout at Paradise Cove. Thumper trout are coming into the shoreline areas. Gerald Burton brought in a beautiful thumper at Paradise Cove. Get some new line on and get ready for some big ones. 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.

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Couch Theater

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007 strikes again in ‘Quantum’

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Previews of new DVDs By DNA Smith PICK OF THE WEEK "Quantum of Solace" -- Daniel Craig returns as superspy James Bond in this sequel to "Casino Royale." The film picks up right Daniel Craig after the events at the end of the previous movie, and we get a glimpse into 007's past and a key to who he is as a man. The movie then kicks into gear concerning a plot to control the water rights of a Third World country. OK, not the most intriguing plot for a Bond flick, but they can't all be about defusing nuclear bombs in underground lairs. "Quantum" is a much darker and moodier film than "Casino Royale," and some critics and Bond fans thought it didn't live up to its predecessor. I think it worked well as the second act of a much longer film -- a kind of "Casino Royale Part Deux." So, if you liked "Casino Royale," then I think you'll enjoy "Quantum," if you think of it as a continuation of the previous film and not as a stand-alone adventure. FOR THE COMICS GEEK "Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood" -This is a tie-in DVD release to the "Watchmen" theatrical film. This DVD set is basically two major set-

pieces that were made for the film but had to be cut for time. "Tales of the Black Freighter" is an "animated comic book" of a story-within-astory element of the original Watchmen graphic novel. "Under The Hood" is a live-action film that provides the backstory to how The Nite Owl and the other heroes from the film came together as a team for the first time. TV SERIES "Andy Richter Controls the Universe: The Complete Series" -Holy Moly. I feel like an angel has been sent down from heaven to give me a puppy. I LOVED this show when it originally aired in 2002, and I never thought it would ever be released on DVD. Fox didn't know how to market a show this original, so it kept changing its time slot from week to week. Then, after 19 episodes, it pulled the plug. "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" is one of those smart, funny, well-written shows like "Arrested Development" and "30 Rock" that you simply look forward to watching again and again. To try and describe this quirky, delightful show is almost impossible. Just watch it -- because you probably missed it the first time around. MORE TV SERIES "The Very Best of Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan" "Star Wars: The Clone Wars -A Galaxy Divided" "The Venture Bros." Season Three "The Riches" Season Two "Room 222" Season One "Voltron" Volume 7 "Runaway" The Complete Series (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

This week’s top DVD rentals 1. Nights in Rodanthe (PG-13) Richard Gere (Warner) 2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG) animated (DreamWorks) 3. Lakeview Terrace (PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson (Sony) 4. W. (PG-13) Josh Brolin (Lionsgate) 5. The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13) Queen Latifah (20th Century Fox) 6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (R) Seth

Rogan (The Weinstein Company) 7. Max Payne (PG-13) Mark Wahlberg (20th Century Fox) 8. Pride and Glory (R) Edward Norton (New Line) 9. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (PG13) Michael Cera (Sony) 10. Soul Men (R) Samuel L. Jackson (The Weinstein Company) (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Cindy Elavsky Q: We rented the movie "What Just Happened" over the weekend and thought it was really funny. I had a question about it though: Who played Robert DeNiro's teenage daughter? She looks really familiar. -Steph B. in Ohio A: Kristen Stewart, soon to be 19, made a critically lauded first impression on moviego- Kristen Stewart ers when she played Jody Foster's daughter in the thriller "Panic Room." Her career took off from there. Her most recent film is the box-office smash "Twilight," and she also stars in the recently released "Adventureland." Somewhere in between filming "New Moon" and "Eclipse," Kristen is set to play rocker Joan Jett in the biopic called "The Runaways." *** Q: I love to watch "Gilmore Girls" in reruns, and really wish it would

come back on the air. While I know that is wishful thinking, I would like to know what some of its stars are up to now, like Scott Patterson (Luke) and Jared Padalecki (Dean). -- Lydia G., Sonora, Texas A: "Gilmore Girls," the highly popular comedy-drama series that aired on The WB from October 2000 to May 2007, is still high on many people's "I wish it would come back on the air" lists. While "Gilmore" is gone, it is not forgotten, and neither are many of its stars. Scott Patterson, 50, has gone on to star in the horror films "Saw IV" and "Saw V," while Jared Padalecki, 26, also has gone the horror-genre route, starring in the CW series "Supernatural," as well as the feature films "House of Wax" and the most recent "Friday the 13th" movie. *** Have a question for Cindy? Email her at, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


FARMERS' MARKET ENJOY LOCALLY GROWN FRESH PRODUCE & MUCH MORE! The Kern River Piute Council, under special use permit from the Sequoia National Forest, is pleased to announce the opening of the Kern River Valley's first certified farmers' market.

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Those probably aren’t just pimples at age 78 DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 78-year-old male who recently experienced a breaking out on my face and around my nose. Pimples came up. My physician diagnosed it as rosacea. He prescribed tetracycline and MetroGel ointment. The area cleared up. I wonder if I can stop taking the prescriptions. Perhaps you might explain what rosacea is. -- O.L. ANSWER: Rosacea (rose-A-shuh) can happen to anyone, but it particularly singles out people who were or are prone to blush easily. The tip of the nose, the cheeks and the chin are the places where the skin stays red and on which pimples break out. In time, tangles of small blood vessels also appear on those places. Without treatment, the nose can become disfigured. For an image of end-stage rosacea, think of the nose of W.C. Fields.

Eye involvement is an unappreciated aspect of rosacea. The eyes feel gritty, water and become bloodshot. In a few cases, the eyes are the only manifestation of this disorder. Most often, rosacea is a chronic illness requiring chronic treatment. You can stop your medicines if your doctor agrees. The worst that can happen is that it will return. Stay out of the sun, and always wear sunscreen when going outside. Don't drink alcohol. Stay away from spicy foods. Hot beverages encourage breakouts. Contact the National Rosacea Society. The society is more than willing to answer any questions that might arise about rosacea. Its toll-free number is 888-NO-BLUSH, and its Web site is *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been suffering from pain that spreads from my left shoulder

blade, around my side and to just below my left breast. There is no skin rash. I wonder if this could be shingles. Do the shingles ever not come to the surface? If it is shingles, what is the treatment? -- B.K. ANSWER: A rare form of shingles called zoster sine herpete causes shingles pain without any skin rash. Its diagnosis is difficult. Proof lies in documenting a rise in antibodies to the shingles virus. A blood specimen has to be taken at the onset of the pain and again one or two weeks later. If the level of antibodies has risen, that's evidence that shingles has occurred without a rash. How long have you been suffering from the pain? Shingles pain that continues for more than a month after the appearance of the rash is postherpetic neuralgia and comes from nerve damage. Even though you never had a rash, if your pain has

been going on for six weeks, you might have postherpetic neuralgia. The Lidocaine skin patch can often alleviate this pain. Oral medicines like amitriptyline, Neurontin and Lyrica are also effective for some people. The shingles story is told in the booklet on that subject. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1201W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The public is invited to comment on the grant applications the Bureau of Land Management has submitted to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) for 2009. The public review and comment period will run from through Wednesday, April 1. The OHV grant applications are an annual process that is a key part of the partnership between BLM and the state of California, which issues grants to a variety of entities to improve or mitigate off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. Under this process, BLM applies for grants from the state each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV program. View the applications online at OHMVR's website at Copies are also available at BLM's field offices in Bakersfield and Ridgecrest, among others. Information is also available on BLM's website at g/recreation.html. The draft 2009 BLM grant applications encompass approximately 90 projects, ranging from law enforcement, facility developments, trails projects, restoration work and other OHV related projects proposed throughout BLM’s 16 field offices in the state. Jim Keeler, BLM OHV coordinator, said the BLM is also reaching out to interested publics through mailings, public meetings, personal contacts and through BLM-California's enewsletter, News.bytes. For further details on BLM’s grant applications, contact Keeler at (916) 978-4654 or email,

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Nice to visit L.A., nice to be back California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

We pull up in front of Anna’s house in Studio City. Miz Sue is going to take the two grandsons on a Sunday brunch, bowling, video game expedition. So back into two cars we jump. They go bowling California Joe and I thankfully head for the ol’ Super 8 on Laurel Canyon and Sherman Way where I blissfully crash on my king-size non-smoking bed with the TV baseball game blaring away. Some hours later Miz Sue arrives, and we begin the preparations for a dinner out on the town. Throw on some fancy duds and head down the stairs for the Honda and Lankershim and Ventura Blvd. Michili’s Italian Restaurant is our Sunday night destination, and we arrive there only to find ourselves thwarted by a circumstance we had never imagined in our wildest dreams. Curbside parking! Try parking your jalopy against a winding hillside! In the distance you can hear the sounds of tenors and sopranos filling the air with Roman madrigals, but you can’t get there because you’re trying to jam the car into this space between a VW and a Caddy and IT WON’T FIT. What follows is ten minutes of fender-almost-bending and paintalmost-scraping. Finally Miz Sue

declares the old beast parked. And we thankfully scurry off to a waiting restaurant bar and an ice cold vodka martini. None too soon, either! Our guests Barry and Kathlryn present themselves shortly and we soon find ourselves seated in a back booth for four and prepare for good food and conversation. WRONG! Too much noise. Some of it from the overly roiled-up singers and some of it from the large table of overly primed teenagers nearby. So we plead for help from the cheerful maitre-d, and we soon enough find ourselvesgratefully esconced in a new, less noisy location overlooking the main dining room. Finally a chance to talk with the stage producer I’ve been wondering about for lo these many weeks. What’s on Barry’s plate? Is he going into production with a new show? If so, how soon? Would he have any interest in a new and different show? What kind of theatre might be available at what cost? So I hand Barry my little red memo book and he writes down the three shows he’s considering and then I list the two I have in mind and we pass the little notebook back and forth and somehow it all works out. We pass a delightful evening of song and food. Next day we quickly head home to the peace and quiet of our mountaintop. Enough bright lights already! 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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Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob tortilla chips. Put a layer of kraut over the chips. Layer of cheese over the chips and kraut. Sprinkle basil and oregano over the top. Microwave for almost a minute or until you see the cheese bubbling. Bodfish Bob's Slow Cooker Ribs and Kraut 4-6 country-style ribs 1 lb. Sauerkraut with juice reserved 1 10 oz. Can stewed tomatoes 1 medium yellow or white onion Black or red pepper

Bodfish Bob's Sauerkraut Relish 1 lg can of sauerkraut 1/2 c celery chopped fine 1/2 c red onion chopped fine 1 bottle (10 to 12 0z) Heintz Chili sauce A little sugar to taste A little seasoned salt

Mix the ingredients together, omitting the salt and sugar. Put in a Tupperware-like container and chill overnight. The next day add sugar and salt to taste. Some people don't add any. Let it sit for an hour. If it's hot, put it back in the fridge. Serve over brats, hot dogs or hamburgers. Bodfish Bob's Sauerkraut Nachos 1 Can of Kraut Tortilla Chips Mozzarella Cheese Basil and Oregano

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Slice onion into long, thin strips. Brown ribs in a skillet or small pot. Deglaze the bottom with onion and sauerkraut juice. (Note: I like to use a little dry white wine, too.) Add all ingredients in a slow cooker like a Crock Pot and season with black or red pepper flakes to taste. Set crock to low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-2.5 hours. Longer may make the kraut like mush, so keep an eye on it.

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McCarthy announces art contest


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Congressman Kevin McCarthy is pleased to announce the 2009 Annual “Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students. High school students who reside in the 22nd Congressional District can submit artwork on a wide variety of subjects and mediums. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 17, 2009. Entries will be accepted at McCarthy’s Bakersfield or Atascadero offices. The winning entry from McCarthy’s 22nd Congressional District will be displayed in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year. The winner of the competition will receive three roundtrip airline tickets

to travel to the exhibit opening in Washington, D.C. on June 24. In addition to the overall winner of the competition, awards will be given to those who place first, second and third in the following three categories: photography, computer generated art, and artwork of all other mediums. All students who submit artwork can look forward to a reception hosted by Congressman Kevin McCarthy to be held in Bakersfield in May. Congressman McCarthy recorded a video for the art competition. You can view that video at For further information contact Congressman McCarthy’s office at (661) 327-3611 (Bakersfield) or (805) 549-0390 (Atascadero), or any high school art department in the 22nd Congressional District.

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Sell it for Free* in the Courier Marketplace during the month of March. Just submit your ad to us! Use our Marketplace ad form in this issue or contact information on page 2

Marketplace * Free Boat For Sale ads are limited to one 5-line Marketplace ad per person, you and your boat must reside in the Kern River Valley, contain contact information and must be from a legitimate source. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to refuse any advertising that it deems fraudulent, inappropriate or offensive in nature. Offer ends March 27, 2009. Safe boating!

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WASTE NOT continued from page 3 burn household waste, plastic, treated or painted wood, railroad ties, plywood, or particle board in home fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. All items can also cause harm to fireplaces and stoves and clog chimneys. Jones recommends one to burn only seasoned, dry, hard wood. Jones explained that there are grants available to improve air quality where we live. Non-county road pavement and vehicle replacement programs are available. A thankful Bodfish Canyon resident, Emily Diggles, pointed out that Meyers Road is currently Phase 5 as a result of these grants. The Air Quality District's vehicle replacement program has provided replacement vehicles for the Kern River Preserve and the Sheriff's Auxiliary. Information about the grants is available at: In the question and answer session, it was asked why recyclers use a weight system, rather than give back the exact 5¢ or 10¢ CRV fee paid by the consumer. Thomas and Blanton explained that the

state sets the weight price. The state mandates that weight basis is used for more than 50 of the same type item (like 50 beer cans) at one time. Under 50 and the 5¢ each can be done, but takes much more time and most consumers don't want to wait, so choose the weight method. Thomas and Blanton explained that they are reimbursed by the state only the exact amount they pay out to the consumer. They don't make more money by the piece or by the weight method. Cerro Coso's Carolene Bobo asked how students can help collect and recycle things not covered by the CRV drinking container fee. Landon pledged to work with her to see how that could be done. In closing, Blanton stressed the beauty of our valley and said the only way to keep it this way is for everyone to do their part – and that means to recycle whenever possible. He said, "Keep it simple, keep it clean, share the word with friends and neighbors, and save this valley."

Kate DeVries/Special to the Kern River Courier

It was a full house at the Recycling and Air Quality Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night at the Senior Center.


Talking About Real Estate

Agents should be on MLS I know I wrote a few weeks back about what to look for, good and bad, in a real estate agent. However, there is something I left out that is surprisingly important but that you probably would not think about as Matt Freeman a client – your real estate agent’s affiliations. There are several that are vital for your agent that can be the difference between selling your home as a seller or helping you buy the right home as a buyer. The first and probably most important is your real estate agent’s membership in the local association that has the Multiple Listing Service. Obviously for a seller, not having your listing on the MLS and still having a real estate agent makes no sense. Might as well just put a sign in the front yard yourself. Likewise for the buyer, if your agent is not a member of the MLS they are not able to show you anything for sale that is on said MLS without using a public access site which almost always have old information and limited accessibility for the listings. Not good. The next important affiliation for

real estate agents in California is CAR, the California Association of Realtors. Very important, CAR provides each agent with legal tools, training, and most of all the software and transaction paperwork and documents necessary to write offers and listings. You want to make sure all of the contracts you sign are with the latest updates for your own protection and the broker's as well. Lastly the NAR, or National Association of Realtors. A real estate agent can either be a real estate agent or a Realtor. They can only use the term Realtor if they are a member of the National Association of Realtors. Almost all agents in California are members of CAR and NAR because local MLS Boards and Associations prefer membership in those two organizations for all of their members because of all of the advantages. Your agent would be very hamstrung and have a much harder time either representing you for a sale or for buying a property without these three memberships. CAR and NAR are basically trade organizations essential to doing our job the most effective way possible. Make sure and ask your agent if they are affiliated with the MLS, CAR and NAR. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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We’ll float you a deal? The Kern River Courier will help you sell your watercraft by printing your "Boat for Sale" ad - up to 5 lines for FREE! Just submit it to us (contact info is on page 2) and we'll run it for 2 weeks in March. Some restrictions may apply.

Wofford Heights Mobile/RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Free rent on the 6th month. Call Able 760-379-5479. After 3pm & weekends, call Ralph @ 310-387-7136

South Lake - You will not find anything that compares to this custom home perched on a hill top w/beautiful views in all directions. 2,200 sq ft 3bd/2ba, w/300 sq ft 1 bd/1ba guest house. Tile floors, stainless appliances, ceiling fans, granite, attached 2 car garage & detached 4 car garage/ workshop. $1,600 mo. (760) 223-1434 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2 Bd w/garage, wood burning stove, fenced yard, trash & water for lawn paid. $575/mo +$500 security deposit. Call 378-3374 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 1,425 sq.ft. 2 bd, 2 ba home. Beautiful huge fireplace. LR, FR, completely remodeled. Large fenced rear yard. Short walk to grocery shopping, restaurants & banking. $900/mo + $900 security deposit. No pets. Call Paul @ 379-3686, Cell (661) 301-0017 or Linda @ 376-2635, Cell 417-0317

Wanted to Buy Want to Buy - 1 acre up to 5 acres with water & power. Zoned for mobile home. Call (661) 832-1104 leave message.

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Yard Sale HUGE YARD SALE - Hundreds of nice items for all ages @ reasonable prices. Sat, 3/14, 8am2pm. No early birds. 8 Alder Court, Kernville. From town, go North on Burlando, left on Rio Vista, right on Pine, left on Juniper, right on Alder.

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Voices of Faith

LOL, MHO, JK, and BRB Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

How many of these texting shortcuts do you know and use – “lol,” “mho,” “jk,” or “brb?” Texting is one of the more modern communication shortcuts. Remember hearing that “ain’t is not a word?” Later, people thought they were up to date by asking, “What’s the 411?” In communicating, there Semonious are also mnemonics (or memory aids). Early in Sunday school, many were introduced to “the Gospel in a nutshell.” Upon hearing that phrase, one recalled John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” I make use of “Nick at Night.” “Nick at Night” is a mnemonic to help one remember Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The conversation begins at John 3:1 and ends with verse 16. And, the sentence that ends the “Nick at Night” conversation is the whole message of the Gospel in a nutshell. An opening might consist of, “Do you need to call someone to repair your life?” The 411 for life repairs is 6:11 – but use the prefix; Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” If you set out to repair your life by dressing in armor, put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace as your shoes, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Actually, that is a tall order if you have not dressed that way before. Our three children needed help as they were learning to dress themselves. To succeed, find someone who knows the armor of God and how to put it on. Truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Spirit can be understood by finding out how they are used in scripture. For instance Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6 and James 2:23 all say that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” As you search for the meanings of these words, you will learn the lesson Nicodemus did.

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Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819

Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360

But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. –Job 32:8

BLM continued from page 1 available on the web at http:// The following must accompany all nominations: support letters from represented interests or organizations; a completed background information nomination form; and any other information that demonstrates the nominee's qualifications. Individuals may nominate themselves or others to the RAC. Nominees, who should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource decision-making, must be residents of the state. The BLM, which has 24 RACs across the West, will evaluate nominees based on their education, training, experience, and their knowledge of the geographical area of the RAC.

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Acts in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Proverbs 30, what will pluck out the eyes of anyone who scorns their parents? Demons, Ravens, Doves, Quails 3. Who wrote, "The love of money is the root of all evil"? Timothy, Isaiah, Moses, Paul 4. From Matthew 8, what Roman official asked Jesus to heal his servant?

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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.

ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Ravens; 3) Paul; 4) Centurion; 5) 11; 6) Beeri (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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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.

Marshall, Governor, Centurion, Jailor 5. How many times is the word "apple" or "apples" mentioned in the Bible (KJV)? 11, 14, 19, 37 6. Who was the father of Hosea? Uzzah, Beeri, Joash, Ahab

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Courier chuckle of the week: "I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons." Douglas Adams

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You'll want to discourage well-meaning but potentially ill-advised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine's welldeserved reputation for loyalty could be tested if you learn that it might be misplaced. But don't rely on rumors. Check the stories out before you act. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You've been going on adrenaline for a long time, and this unexpected lull in a recent spate of excitement could be just what you need to restore your energy levels. Enjoy it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Friends can be counted on to help you deal with a perplexing personal situation. But remember to keep your circle of advisers limited to those you're sure you can trust. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Security-loving Lions do not appreciate uncertainty in any form. But sometimes changing situations can reveal hidden stresses in time to repair a relationship before it's too late. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time for single Virgos to make a love connection. Be careful not to be too judgmental about your new "prospect" -- at least until you know more about her or him. LIBRA(September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice helps you resolve a problem that might have

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been unfairly attributed to the wrong person. Spend the weekend doing some long-neglected chores. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel justified in your anger toward someone you suspect betrayed your trust. But it could help if you take the time to check if your suspicions have substance. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Ignore distractions if you hope to accomplish your goal by the deadline you agreed to. Keep the finish line in sight, and you should be able to cross it with time to spare. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your creative self continues to dominate through much of the week. Also, despite a few problems that have cropped up, that recent romantic connection seems to be thriving. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) As curious as you might be, it's best to avoid trying to learn a colleague's secret. That sort of knowledge could drag you into a difficult workplace situation at some point down the line. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of spending too much time floundering around wondering if you can meet your deadline, you need to spend more time actually working toward reaching it. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a natural gift for attracting new friends, who are drawn to your unabashed love of what life should be all about. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. PHOBIAS: What kind of fear is represented by syngenesophobia? 2. MOVIES: Which award-winning actress starred in "Auntie Mame"? 3. TELEVISION: In which television sitcom did the character Reverend Jim appear? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the common birthstone associated with the month of February? 5. HISTORY: Which two early American cities were linked by the Natchez Trace route?


1. George Bernard Shaw 2. Rosalind Russell 3. "Taxi" 4. Amethyst 5. Nashville, Tenn. and Natchez, Miss.

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New music video shot at Silver City Ghost Town Mike Devich Kern River Courier

A music video was filmed at Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish on Feb. 28 for the Los Angeles area folk-rock band Dinosaur Horses. Fans of 1970s rock legend Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse will most likely enjoy listening to Dinosaur Horses too. Hailing from Topanga, Calif. the four talented young musicians formed the band last year. They already enjoy a loyal following of fans coast to coast, thanks in part to video sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace. The video for the Dinosaur Horses song “Seven Strangers” was produced by Carmel-based 180 Films. In

addition to filming at Silver City, additional footage was shot at Trona Pinnacles outside of Ridgecrest. The video’s director is Matt Millan and the producer, Erik Neil. “Silver City was an excellent location for the video. All of the band members commented on how perfect it was for the shoot,” said Neil, who is also the drummer for Dinosaur Horses. The cast and crew not only leased Silver City for the film shoot but also purchased food and supplies in the area. The video will be posted on the Internet when it is completed. The MySpace page for Dinosaur Horses: m?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&frie ndID=410050632

ROUTES continued from page 1 tives and the effects of implementing each one. Following the analysis of public comments, Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell will make a final decision and create a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). This decision is scheduled to be made late spring 2009. The Draft EIS, 10 maps representing the alternatives, and other project information are available on the Sequoia National Forest website at: hv, or a CD with the Draft EIS and maps can be requested by email from, or by

contacting Chris Sanders, Project Team Leader, at (559) 784.1500. This travel management project is part of a Forest Service initiative designed to address the impacts of unmanaged recreation on the health of national forests. The DEIS proposes to regulate and manage wheeled motor vehicle use in the Sequoia National Forest and to identify roads and trails where this use will be allowed. It also addresses seasonal closures of wheeled motor vehicle routes. Other National Forests in California are developing similar management direction. – U.S. Forest Service

Friday, March 13, 2009 Creative Connection

Expand your artsy recreation Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Recreation is as important to an individual’s health as is rest and relaxation. With art, we are celebrating and re-creating the artist’s experience, participating in it, as well as creating our own experience in the significant role as the audience. We are fortunate to have art and cultural events, incredible scenery to feed Fitch the senses, and water and natural sports and opportunities that abound here in our backyard. Yet, it is always a good thing to grow and expand. Situated within an hour from Bakersfield, we have occasion to break into new territory and widen our horizons. Here are some artsy ideas for a few hours or a day of recreating. The Bakersfield Art Association’s gallery at the East Hills Mall displays the work of 20 or more artists. There is plenty of variety to behold. They are open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11-5, except on the second Friday when it is open until 8 p.m. For information, call (661) 872-2806. A favorite of mine is the Bakersfield Museum of Art, found at1930 R Street. The works of featured artists grace the three main galleries, and the talent and creations continue throughout the entire museum. The gardens create their own beauty and gallery.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm; closed Monday and holidays. Admission: members – free; adults - $5; seniors (65+) - $4; and students - $2. Every third Friday of the month, all admission is free as are every other Sunday of the month for all seniors (65 and up). For information, call (661) 323-7219. The Arts Council of Kern, located at the Larry E. Reider Gallery, 2000 K Street, Suite 110, is presenting the art of Kern County high school art teachers until March 27, offering the chance to see the artistic talent of the art teachers who are educating and inspiring the artists of tomorrow. In their Younger Gallery, an exhibit of glass art will be featured from March 26 to May 27. Open Tues-Fri, 9am-5pm. The Arts Council of Kern and the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau offer an arts and culture map you may download online, at, to find out what is in the downtown Bakersfield arts district. It shows where to find arts, culture, galleries, music, dance, public art and theater venues that are in the district, as well as art-related venues in other areas. They are offering a downtown trolley that runs from Monday through Friday from 11-2 p.m. to these sites. If you drive yourself, look for the signs at the designated trolley stops. Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,

Our Valley, Our Earth

Plates, natural disasters related Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

As promised, I will begin with a description of a few past historical disasters to illustrate to the reader that the Plate Tectonic model and the geological observations that support its provability are alive and dynamic. These occurrences of earth movements and their resulting Bolyard damage are well-documented. The collected data and observations made before, during and after the occurrence have been confirmed by many experts within the geological and Earth Science community. So with that introduction, I will begin with the most noteworthy and documented earthquake that has occurred on the West Coast of the United States. The date was Wednesday, April 18, 1906. The time was 5:12 a.m. The earth at the interface of the land and the Pacific Ocean began to shake and rumble with tremendous pulsations. The Great San Francisco Earthquake was happening! A relatively dormant fault, thought to be insignificant, had just shown its destructive presence by releasing tremendous amounts of energy by two Tectonic Plates moving alongside of each other. The San Andreas Fault revealed its disastrous presence and power!

I know that most Californians have heard and read about the Great San Francisco Earthquake. But, have you considered the tremendous global impact that this earthquake has caused since that dreadful night in 1906? Upon detailed study and observations during the intervening years since the quake, this one example of global tectonics has drastically altered the standard old theories of Isotasy to a critical focus on the important motions of associated geologic plates, globally. Of course, many examples of plate movement have been studied since 1906, worldwide, and each has been found to conform and prove that they are also part of a very complex system of earth movements within the Earth's crust. I have discussed in past articles the how's and why's of the mechanism of Plate Tectonics, thus I will not attempt to describe it here. But, a review of the past few months of articles should refresh the reader on the subject. I wish to impress upon the reader the major significance of this one subject and how it is very important to convey that Plate Tectonics is no longer a theory, but a working model of total earth tectonics. Next week I will detail some of the findings of the 1906 earthquake that cause geologists to think of earth tectonics as globally related. 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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Feb. 9: A female, 53, from Lake Isabella was arrested in the 1900 block of A digest of arrest reports from Silicz Ave., Lake various public safety agencies in the Isabella on suspiKern River Valley area cion of possessing illegal controlled substance for sale, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics, possession of a dangerous weapon, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. Feb. 14: A Caliente male, 22, was arrested in the 6100 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on warrants charging him with driving under the influence. Feb. 20: A male, 51, from Los Angeles was arrested in the 8700 block of Scodie Park, Onyx on a warrant charging him with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. Feb. 22 A male, 18, was arrested in the 500 block of Hwy 155, Lake Isabella on suspicion of evading arrest, hit and run, vandalism, and driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Feb. 23: A Lake Isabella male, 39, was arrested in the 2800 block of Steensen Street, Lake Isabella on warrants charging him with driving on a suspended license. Feb. 25: A male from Mtn. Mesa, 49, was arrested in the 12000 block of Hwy 178, Mtn. Mesa on warrants charging him with public intoxication and failure to appear in court. A Weldon male, 19, was arrested in the 5500 block of Vista Grande, Weldon on warrants charging him with driving on suspended license. A female, 20, from Weldon was arrested in the 5600 block of Hooper, Weldon on suspicion of public intoxication. Feb. 26: A Wofford Heights female, 45, was arrested in the 200 block of Woodland Drive, Wofford Heights on suspicion of being in possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and being under the influence of controlled substance. March 1: A male, 22, from Wofford Heights was arrested in the 8500 block of Old State Road, Wofford Heights on suspicion of spousal battery. March 5: A Lake Isabella male, 41, was arrested in the 200 block of Hinson Street, Lake Isabella on suspicion of being in possession of illegal controlled substance and possession of marijuana. A Bakersfield male, 20, was arrested in the 6900 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on warrants charging him with possession of illegal controlled substance and driving without a license.

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At the Kern River Courier, we wind up with many great shots that we just don’t have the space to use. Here’s one taken at Whiskey Flat Days last month.

HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 (818) 340-3083. Spring Nature Festival springing up April 29-May 5 The Kern River Valley’s Spring Nature Festival celebrates the vibrant Kern River Valley and its beautiful flora and fauna (that’s plant life and animal life.) The Kern River Preserve in Weldon hosts numerous free events including bird walks, bird banding and information booths and exhibits located in the large, shaded front yard of Preserve Headquarters. All day, fee, birding and natural history field trips with expert leaders are offered. for more information, see Information for most items from the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

Death notices Eugenia K. Stewart Eugenia K. Stewart, 90, of Bodfish, passed away March 7, 2009, at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. Burial was at Greenlawn Northeast Cemetery on March 12, 2009. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 3795006.

June Stevens Wright June Stevens Wright, 89, of Ridgecrest, passed away March 4, 2009 at the Ridgecrest Care Center. There are no services scheduled. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Rosemary Decker Rosemary Decker, 88, of Lake Isabella, passed away on March 11, 2009, at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Claude Jeffery Jr. Yarbrough Claude Jeffery Jr. Yarbrough, 64, of Lake Isabella, passed away on March 11, 2009, at his residence. Funeral will be on Friday, March 13 at Kern River Valley Cemetery at 10 a.m. . Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Valley Excavating, (2009B1025). Street address of principal place of business: 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 538, Lake Isabella CA 93240. REGISTRANT: James Young, 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285 A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 06/01/1989. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (02/10/2014), or 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in this Statement other than a change in the residence address of the registered owner(s). A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. VALLEY EXCAVATING. This statement filed on 02/10/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By N. Hawley (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier February 20, 27, March 6 and 13, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: The Mother Lode, (2009B1016). Street address of principal place of business: 16 Tobias Street, Kernville CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 355, Kernville CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Juanita Darlene Young, 217 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights CA 93285 A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 07/01/1999. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof

14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (02/10/2014), or 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in this Statement other than a change in the residence address of the registered owner(s). A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. THE MOTHER LODE. This statement filed on 02/10/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By N. Hawley (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier February 20, 27, March 6 and 13, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: M&N Automotive L.L.C., (2009-B1225). Street address of principal place of business: 5448 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 43, Lake Isabella CA 93240. REGISTRANT(S): M&N Automotive L.L.C. , 5448 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. State of incorporation of organization: CA. D, Limited Liability Company. Date the business commenced: N/A. 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: Stephanie Hefner, President. This statement filed on 02/20/2009. Expires 02/20/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By G. Meza. Published by Kern River Courier, February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: DBA #1: MOTA'S FIREWOOD (2009-B1389), DBA#2: MOTA'S SOFT WOOD (2009-B1390), Street address of principal place of business: 15172 Sage Lane, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: 15172 Sage Lane, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANT(S): Alain Mota, 15172 Sage Lane, Weldon, CA 93283. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 01/03/2009. 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: Alain Mota. This statement filed on 02/27/2009. Expires 02/27/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 2009.

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A flock of seagulls (not the musical group by the same name) enjoys the rain in the Kern Valley Plaza parking lot recently. Rainy weather Monday gave way to sunny skies on Tuesday.

Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

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Living Green

Still throwing away plastic bottles? Richard Rowe Special to the Courier

lected, they are crushed, pressed into bales and offered for sale to recycling companies. If not sold, it ends up in a I got comments about the column landfill. China has been the largest I wrote recently about plastic water importer of recycled materials, like bottles. Those are made from PET PET plastic. Those crafty Chinese use (Polyethylene terephthalate). PET PET in the manufacture of consumer plastics are coded goods and packaging and then send with the code numback to us. It can't make sense to ber "1" inside the ship things halfway around the universal recycling world and back unless maybe we go symbol, usually back to sailing ships that don't burn located on the botoil. tom of the containSo, the main point I was making er. holds true. Refilling a reusable bottle Some could not from the tap requires no expenditure Rowe believe that of the of energy, and zero waste of 28 billion singleresources. At the Green Expo use plastic water bottles Americans Saturday, March 28 at the Family consume each year, 80% end up in a Life Center in Wofford Heights, we'll landfill. That statistic came from the have special green 26-ounce reusable EPA, but is stainless steel botnationwide, tles to trade for a not just donation of $8 We'll have 26-ounce California. toward Living reusable stainless steel bottles California Green 2010. leads the Those running in to trade for a donation of $8. nation in the Run for recycling. In Living Green that --Richard Rowe 2008, Saturday will get Californians one free. See turned in 7.5 billion beverage for more info on tainers (an increase of nearly 600 mil- Living Green in the Kern River lion in 2007). According to Valley. Department of Conservation (which oversees the California Redemption Richard Rowe is a retired City Value "CRV" fee program), from Planner, living in Wofford Heights. He January through June 2008, 63% of is website administrator of the PET plastic drinking bottles were for Kern River Valley Revitalization. returned for redemption of the CRV He is in charge of "Living Green in fees. For aluminum cans it was 85%; the KRV" taking place March 26-30. for glass bottles 79%. See or contact livAfter PET plastic bottles are

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