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Day to honor Vietnam Veterans March 30 Michael Batelaan Courier Spotlight

25 years of fishing The picture tells the story of the upcoming 25th Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby April 12 through 14.

"Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans Day" has been gaining steam for about a decade now. Founded by a Vietnam Vet and endorsed in 2007 by both Houses of Congress and the President, it is a way for a now-grateful nation to make up for the miserable and disrespectful homecomings that our troops received back in the day. While there's a little confusion on the actual date, those who recognize the day do so either on March 29 or 30 in memory of the final troop withdrawal. The day is recognized as a day of commemoration, reflection and respect to Veterans who sacrificed so much during the Vietnam War. Today, while opposition to the conflicts and continued American troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq is fierce, support and respect for returning soldiers is widespread. While today soldiers often travel in uniform-a uniform that, today, elicits high esteem from the publicVietnam veterans often trekked in plain clothes to avoid name calling and the like. In 2004, Jose Ramos, a Vietnam Medic, rode his bicycle from Whittier, CA to Washington, DC to campaign for a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." On March 30, 2008, California had its first celebration, which was a huge success, drawing over 4000 Veterans and family members. people

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George Stahl Fishing Derby Committee Courier Release The trout for the derby are ordered and set to arrive from Calaveras Trout Farm next week at Red’s Marina for Isabella Lake’s 25th annual Fishing Derby, April 12 through 14. The 3,000 farmraised rainbow trout, weighing from one to one and a half pounds each, will be acclimated to the lake’s waters in nets until they are

released on April 11, tagged, and ready to jump onto anglers’ hooks. In addition, the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s San Joaquin Hatchery will be stocking the lake prior the derby with more fish to ensure plenty of trout for the catching the weekend of the derby. The 500 pounds of food has already arrived and will be the only food used to feed the fish. The food left over, and there is expected to be plenty,

will be donated to the Kernville Hatchery. In spite of a lower lake levels due to draught conditions in California, there is still water in Isabella Lake. Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce president, Fred Roach, says that the prizes and the amount of tags will be numerous. This year, for the 25th annual Derby, the major prize will be a $25,000 trout sponsored by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. There

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will be five $1,000 tagged trout, and if caught while wearing an official 2014 tee shirt, they will be valued at $2,500. Also up for grabs this year will be five $500 trout, 246 $100 trout and 243 $50 trout. “We will also continue with the longest trout for $1,000, second longest worth $500, third and fourth longest worth $250 and $200 respectively," Roach said.

Corps presents acquisition process will have a major impact on the community short term, This week the but you will have a Army Corps of much safer dam in Engineers held the long run.” public information This week’s meetings about the meetings were real estate acquisigeared to the tion process to impacted property take place in conowners and tenjunction with the ants. During the Dam Modification formal part of the Project. hearing Real Estate During the Project Manager Michael Batelaan/Kern RiverCourier ongoing engineer- Zianno Paul Zianno ing and design walked the participhase for Isabella Lake estate specialist, property pants through the Corps’ Dam upgrades, the owners are encouraged time line from now until Corps identified twelve not to change, plan or do the start of the project in properties downstream anything in anticipation 2016. He and other Corps of the dam that will be of being contacted. The employees reassured the impacted by construc- twelve properties impact- participants that they tion. Impacted property ed include vacant land understand that everyowners have already and occupied property, one’s situation is different been officially contacted with the most notable and the relocation assisor notified by a Corps being the mobile home tance will differ with each real estate specialist as park just below the dam. person’s circumstances. part of the proces. Until Corps Senior Project Those being relocated officially contacted or Manager John Menniti will be offered options in notified by a Corps real said, “We realize that this a 50-mile radius.

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Conditions kern river water data: re-kindle Wednesday 6 p.m. Soda Fire Storage, Isabella Denise Alonzo, USFS Courier Update The Soda Fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest, has rekindled itself and continued its spread north and east despite rain and snow that fell earlier this month. Valley communities have been experiencing early morning smoke and the smell smoke poses health concerns for the public. See Soda, page 12

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■ Nuui Cunni Farmers Market March 29 The Kern River Paiute Council Nuui Cunni Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for your produce needs. The market is located at 2600 Highway 155 in Lake Isabella between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. For

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.,TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 760-417-2272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 661-393-8871. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112. ■ 1 p.m., Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-6335. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Fri.), Kernville Baptist Church game night. Next to Pizza Barn. 760-223-1036. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA 12x12 study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8 p.m., AA, Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Rd.,760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701

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■ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Center, French Gulch. 760-549-0800 ■ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 3 p.m. (1st Sat.), Havilah Historical Society, Havilah Schoolhouse. 760-379-2636. ■ 5-7 p.m. Dinner. (2nd & 4th Sat. - Karaoke @ 7 p.m.) Eagles Lodge, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 a.m. (1st Sat.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Barbara,760-378-3672 or Geraldine, 559-359-8953. ■ 2 p.m., Discussion. 7:30 - 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Pot Luck, 7 p.m. Speaker (3rd Sat.), AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 2 p.m. Alano Club, AA discussion, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Sat.) Alano Club, AA speaker, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella.

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■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, public welcome. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, public. welcome. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2nd Sun.), AA, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Hwy 178, Lake Isabella. Breakfast 10 a.m. / Speaker 11 a.m. 760-379-4112. ■ 2 - 3:30 p.m., AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 10 a.m., Exercise Class, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3206. ■ 2 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Hoffmann Hospice 040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. 661-410-1010. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center,Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 1 p.m. (3rd Mon.), Kern Valley Democratic Club, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. ■ 1 p.m., Line dance classes, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0043. ■ 3 p.m. (2nd Mon.-Board/4th Mon.-Member ship), Kernville Chamber. 760-376-2629. ■ 6 - 9 p.m., KRV Comm. Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-376-4461. ■ 6:30 - 8 p.m., Boy Scout Troup 690, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-812-7082. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Mon.), KRV Art Assoc., Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2844. ■ 6 - 7 p.m., AA, Mtn. View Baptish Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7:30 - 9 p.m., AA, Grace Chapel, 12308 Mtn. Mesa Rd., Mtn. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7:30 a.m., Al-Anon, KRV Hospital cafeteria, Mt. Mesa. 760-417-0199 or 760-379-7312

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11:30a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District. Public invited. 760-376-2189.

more information contact 760-549-0800.

■ Lakeshore Farmers Market March 29 This market is hosted by the Kern Valley Growers Association from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market is at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights.

■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-5552. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606 or 760-258-5272. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Tue.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-376-3178 ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist, 760-379-2556. ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-3138. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 6 p.m. (1st Wed.), American Legion Riders VFW, 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Rm. Lake Isabella. 760-379-5086. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m., Al-Anon, Christ's Fellowship Church, Wofford Hts.. 760-417-0199 or 760-379-7312

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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday Painters, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5329. ■ 9:30 a.m., (3rd Thu.), Fire Safe Council, Supervisor’s office, County Bldg., Lake Isabella. ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Women’s Club meeting, Elks Lodge. ■ Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. ■ 1 p.m., (2nd Thu.), Clan Diggers, Lake Isabella Library. 760-379-2303. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., TANF Cultural Night, French Gulch Campground. ■ 3:30 - 5 p.m. (4th Thu.), Kern River Valley Collaborative, Veterans Hall, Rm. 1., Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556, ext. 601. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 760-379-3877. ■ 4-6 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republican Assembly of the Kern River Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3695 or 760-376-1462. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, KRV Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. 760-376-2844. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, NA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 p.m. (45h Thurs.) KRV Gun Assc. Jan - Oct. Kernville Chamber, KRVGAnews@gmail.com ■ 6:30 p.m., Sweet Adelines, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. New members welcome. ■ 7 p.m., (3rd Thu.), Kern Valley Astronomy Club, Museum, Kernville. 760-376-1291. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112.

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■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Women’s Club, Fay Ranch Road., Weldon ■ Sunday, 11 a.m., Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Wednesday, 1 p.m., Senior Center, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Thursday, Early Bird 12:15 p.m., Regular 1 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, Hwy. 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is submitted to the Courier by the groups listed. Please call the phone numbers provided to check meeting times and location .

■ Operation Christmas Child March 29 Join us in Bakersfield on Saturday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m., at Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, as we share 2013 collection results and stories for Operation Christmas Child. Help fill others with our enthusiasm about this project for 2014. Invite a friend and contact Judy McMillin, area coordinator, 661-303-0748, or Irene Martinson, 760-417-2279, to RSVP, or for directions and carpool information. ■ Kern River Clean Up March 29 River Clean Up Day is Saturday, March 29. Meet at Halfway Campground on the river above Riverkern at 9 a.m. There are a few areas that need attention. There will also be some graffiti removal. If you want to help with that, bring a wire brush and some rags, everything else will be supplied as well as snacks and water. So bring a friend and a smile and come have a few hours of fun on the beautiful Kern River. ■ Zumbathon March 29 The Kern Valley FFA and Danica Vittoria will be hosting a two-hour Zumbathon on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to raise funds for endometriosis research. The proceeds will be donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. The Zumbathon will take place inside the fine arts building at Kern Valley High School. For information, call Danica Vittoria, 760-223-0657. ■ Keyesville Classic March 29 and 30 The 26th annual Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike Stage Race takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. ■ Fairview Helispot star party March 29 On Saturday, March 29, Kern River Valley Astronomy Club is holding a Star Party starting at sunset at the Fairview Helispot, 12 miles north of Kernville (look for the orange cones about one mile south of McNally’s). Bundle up, bring some hot chocolate or coffee and a lounge chair. For more info, contact Rich Burdge, daytime, 760-376-1291. ■ Missions Moment Fundraising Event, March 30 Come join Dr. Rob Jones, who does missionary work related to the medical field, a guest speaker at Kernville United Methodist Church Sunday, March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be combined with a $7 spaghetti dinner (spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert) and silent auction. All proceeds will go into the KUMC Missions Fund. This fund is used to support missionary work at the local, national and international levels. ■ Prayer Breakfast April 3 Each month The Salvation Army, Lake Isabella Service Extension Unit, invites the community to join us in prayer for our community, the state and our nation. The Prayer Breakfast is held the at Chef Serape Restaurant in Lake Isabella at 7 a.m. Families and members of the Kern River Valley community are welcome to come and join us in prayer. Please arrive early so as not to interrupt prayer in progress. Breakfast is optional. For more information call The Salvation Army at 760-3794600. ■ Kill Fake Birds, Save Real Lives April 5 Kern Valley Search and Rescue invites you to Kill Fake Birds and Save Real Lives in its 1st annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday, April 5, from 7 a.m. to noon at 5 Dogs Shooting Range. All of the proceeds go to the ongoing rescue operations of Kern Valley Search and Rescue. Cost is $75 per shooter or $375 per 5-shooter team.. A barbecue lunch and T-shirt is included. Sponsorships are welcome. For more information, visit kernvalleystar.com. ■ First Baptist Church Game Night April 11 Come join the fun and play board games,

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Spaghetti feed/fundraiser Kernville United Methodist Church is having a Spaghetti feed on Sunday March 30th at 5 p.m. The Bakersfield Health Hero, Robert Jones, MD is their speaker. Jones has traveled to Tanzania for the last several years and spent several weeks there operating at no cost to the patients. He has also been to Haiti, since the 2010 earthquake, helping out there as well. He will be making a presentation on his travels to the faraway places. You are welcome to join in on the evening, but need a reservation phoned to 760-376-2751, to insure there is enough for all.

Prayer by phone The Kern River Valley Prayer Rooms are offering a new Prayer Request Phone Service. On March 1, the KRVPR opened a 24-hour, seven day a week prayer request phone line to the Kern River Valley residents. The Prayer Rooms of the Kern River Valley have been serving the KRV for more than nine years, providing a weekly in-person location where anyone needing prayer could come and have elders from several churches pray for them as per James 5:14-15. If you have a prayer need, call any time: 760-417-6161. Your prayer request message will be prayed over by the prayer teams. If you desired personal prayer, consider visiting The Prayer Rooms of the Kern River Valley, any Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 5105 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella at The Community Christian Service Center. For additional information, call 760-379-5100, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Onyx Red Cross event: Free smoke detectors On Sunday March 30, there will be three hour-long fire prevention presentations at the Weldon Methodist Church for residents of Onyx. The first is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the second is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the third is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. At these presentations Onyx residents will be informed on what they need to know about fire safety, from installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, to making an home evacuation plan and how to use and maintain a fire extinguisher. At the end of their meeting they will take home a goodie bag that contains a free smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, surge protector and a fire extinguisher. Onyx residents may register for these presentations by e-mailing Samantha Minks at samantha.minks@redcross.org or by calling 661-324-6427.

Public input on OHV recreation invited The public is invited to comment on applications the Bureau of Land Management submits to the California State Parks and Recreation OffHighway Vehicle Motorized Recreation Division. Preliminary applications are available on the division website at ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment through Monday, April 7. The website also provides detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary application and submitting comments. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR and to the appropriate BLM field office by Monday, April 7. Comments or questions on the BLM Bakersfield field office applications should be submitted to Jamie Jalving, outdoor recreation planner, at jjalving@blm.gov or 661-391-6120.

Fire wise, water wise Native Plant Sale The Desert-Mountain RC&D is holding the 13th Bi-annual Native Plant Sale. Plants are fire resistant, water efficient California natives. Order forms, plant lists with photos and description are available at both the Kernville and Kern River Valley Chambers of Commerce offices, Nuui Cunni Cultural Center at French Gulch, and Watershed Coordinator's office in the Assessor's office at the Lake Isabella County Government Center and on line at desertmountainrcadd.org or at krvr.org. Orders are prepaid and must be received by March 31. Plants will be available for pickup April 26 through 28 between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. at the Kern River Valley Nature Festival at the Kern River Preserve Headquarters in Weldon located on 178 approximately 2 miles east of Sierra Way. Profits will support Watershed Coordinator projects and activities. For more information, contact Bob Robinson at 760-549-2131.

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Invitation to Easter Sunrise Serice Three Churches in Mountain Mesa and Weldon, invite you to attend an Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 20 at 7 am. Christian Assembly Church, Grace Chapel and Kern Christian Church welcome you at our second annual Easter Sunrise Service. The service will be held immediately next to Harbor Light Trailer Park off of Highway 178, in Mountain Mesa. We welcome your participation in

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1. Is the book of Deuteronomy in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In which book's 10:30 does it say that God keeps numbered the very hairs of your head? Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, Mark? 3. From Leviticus 11, which of these were Israelites permitted to eat? Camel, Hare, Swine, Cow? 4. Who tried to take a Beersheba well away from Abraham? Abimelech, Samson, Ezekiel, Pekahiah? 5. From biblical and current times, what type of creature is a coney? Donkey, Rabbit, Viper, Locust 6. According to Proverbs 16, what is it better to get than gold? Mate, Health, Wisdom, Saved ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Matthew; 3) Cow; 4) Abimelech; 5) Rabbit; 6) Wisdom Comments? More Trivia? Visit www.TriviaGuy.com © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Walking it out Jack Duitsman Courier Columnist . . . and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench Duitsman all the fiery darts of the evil one. - Ephesians 6:15-16 Life is about the journey. Not completed in a day, but patiently walked over the long span of time that is our lives. Not defined by one or two twists in the road, but carefully woven together from the vast stretches of experience that makes up the entirety of time we are given on earth. Not defined by a moment in the sun, or an event that may be more akin to the valley of the shadow of death, life’s story is told in the sum total, all of the above, and most especially in the seemingly mundane, the apparent minutia that often gets filed away in the unimportant. The above passage describing the footwear of the believer in Jesus is for the express purpose of just such a life journey, and has lovingly been provided to us by the Father of love who knows better than anyone what life’s journey will entail. Were all of life’s experiences meant to traverse the primrose path, the soft meadow trail, or the slightly down hill trail along a quietly running stream, the necessity

of sturdy footwear might be minimized, but you and I know full well this is not always so. There are moments when life’s journey takes us to the rock strewn byways of hospital corridors, up the steep crags of relational or financial distress, and among the thorns and bramble choked tracks of costly mistakes, and grievous choices. It is in all these places where the importance of properly shod feet cannot be understated, and why we are invited to a life of walking out the power of the Gospel. It is in all of these moments where the reality of life in Jesus comes fully into focus and for all of these moments that we are called by the Savior to walk with Him. The practicality of the peace-filled nature of the Gospel cannot be overemphasized, and the capacity of the life of Jesus to bring overwhelming victory to us as believers in the face of withering opposition must be embraced. Should we fail to grasp the application of faith to our everyday affairs, or the ongoing and very real determinations of hell to diminish at best or destroy at worst our very faith, we will be ill equipped in those moments where salvation most has its outworking. In offering us footwear that is characterized by “The gospel of peace,” we are encouraged to be pilgrims committed to walking the journey set before us, and walking that path in such a way that declares the God of all power and grace is walking right beside us. Jack Duitsman pastors Father’s Heart Foursquare Church in Kernville.

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■ Father’s Heart Foursquare Church 11000 Kernville Rd., (Old Centry 21 building) Kernville. Sunday 9:30 a.m. 760-223-6704 ■ First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6403 ■ Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville. Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. 760-376-2751 ■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Service 10:30 a.m. 760-417-2014 ■ St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11876 Sierra Way, Kernville. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6362 ■ St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church At Kernville United Methodist Church. Sunday 11 a.m

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■ Faith Community Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Hts. Sunday Service 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 760-376-6719 ■ New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Hts. Sunday 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.760-376-6402 ■ St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights. Sun, 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 760-376-2416 ■ Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Hts. Sunday 10 a.m. and Wed. 6:30 p.m.760-376-8789 ■ Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Hts. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Lake Isabella/Bodfish

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■ First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. School 9:45 a.m. 760-379-5615 ■ Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:45 a.m. Wed. and Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 ■ Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 ■ Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella. Sun. 9:00, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4296 ■ 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. Services 11 a.m. 760-379-2343

■ Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 ■ Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2062 ■ Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 ■ Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. ■ Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 ■ Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., and 5 p.m. Wednesday 6 p.m. 760-379-5819 ■ Salvation Army The local national affiliate Mon. 9 am - 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760379-5100. ■ SGI - USA Buddhist Lotus Sutra based discussion and meetings Call 379-6162 for dates and times. Mountain Mesa ■ Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 ■ Church of Jesus Christ/Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 ■ Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4093 ■ Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 ■ Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday 2 and 3 p.m. 760-549-3186

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■ Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 760-378-3780 ■ He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 760-379-6935 ■ Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. Sunday 8:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 ■ Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964


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Derby, Continued from page 1 This year the major prize raffle will be for a 19-foot travel trailer provided through DC RV Center in Bakersfield, from “idea sport” model i18, valued at more than $18,000. “Along with the travel trailer, we will still have our various other raffles and free give aways,” Roach said. “Even with the lower water levels, we are still one of the largest amateur trout fishing derbies in the state of California. With over $100,000 in cash and prizes this year, we are offering a fantastic weekend getaway for the whole family and appreciate all of the support from the Valley and beyond. Come on down, we want to give this money away," Roach said. With the draught and low water levels, many Valley residents thought that maybe there would be no Derby in 2014. It is no secret that California is entering its third driest year in a row. There are no less than 12 of the states reservoirs sitting at water levels 50 percent

below their capacity. Isabella Lake is not an exception. As of March 14, the measured water level was at 61,033 acre feet. That is 22,591 acre feet below this time last year. This is keeping in line with lakes with capacities either comparable to ours or below throughout the state. Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency according to the director of California Water Resources. Last week, the Kern County Board of Supervisors was urged to make a similar declaration on behalf of local water resources. “Everyone is hoping and praying for a sizable amount of snowfall in the higher elevations during the next few months. This will at least give us a fighting chance for a fuller lake in the spring,” said Fred Roach, president of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 760379-5236 or on their website, kernrivervalley.com.

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Bass, crappie and catfish! Oh my! and willing to take a hook. This will last until the largemouth ladies take up nesting. The crappie have been doing Last Saturday, their thing on the south side of the the Lake Isabella lake, which warms up sooner than Bass Club held a the north side. The bite should get tournament on better any day now because the Isabella Lake and water temp is real close to where it by all accounts it needs to be for them to spawn. The was a success. preferred bait seems to be live minMencarini The L.I.B.C. is a nows. The small ones work best. grass roots Jigs with a bobber also work well. organization that promotes six The catfish should be on the scheduled tournaments on our lake move with the each year. warmer days and Saturday’s tourney nights. Isabella has was won by the fish are healthy and an abundance of Bakersfield’s hungry and willing to be blue and channel James Ranger, caught by anyone willing to catfish that can be sometimes known fish for them. caught almost anyas “The Fishing where on the Father.” He and - Mencarini lake’s shoreline. I Jim Ranger (a have to tell you father and son that I’m impressed with our lake. team) caught a limit of five bass, With the level of water being tipping the scales at 23.8 pounds extremely low, the fish are healthy (see picture) for second place. I’m and hungry and willing to be sure that had to be a special time caught by anyone willing to fish for the Ranger family. for them. Congratulations James and Jim. If you fish, now is a great time The bass and crappie bite has to gather the family and give it a been good but not yet consistent. try. Pass down the fishing tradition The bass are still hanging on the as it was passed down to you. points staging for the spawn. It appears that our lake has a grip of Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights 5- to 8-pound largemouth bass. resident and avid fisherman. For quesWhat makes them even more excittions or comments you can reach him ing is, for now they are hungry through the Kern River Courier. Mike Mencarini Courier Columnist

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Recreation information ■ U.S. Forest Service Isabella Lake office: 4875 Ponderosa Drive. 760-379-5646

■ Kernville office: 105 Whitney Rd. 760-376-3781 (around the corner from the museum) Closed weekends.

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Calendar, Continued from page 2 be in competitions, and win prizes at the First Baptist Church of Kernville’s Game Night, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a snack to share and an appetite for play. Call John Cole for more information at 760-223-1036. ■ Lake Isabella fishing derby April 12 through 14 The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is now in its 25th year. With more than $100,000 in prizes, everyone has a chance to win. There will be one tagged trout worth $25,000, and if not caught during the Fishing Derby, it will be worth $1,000 from April 15 to Sept. 1. For additional information call 760-3795236 or e-mail info@isabellafishingderby. com. ■ Habitat restoration workdays April 12 Join Audubon Kern River Preserve staff and volunteers for a Habitat Restoration

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Reclaiming a kingdom By Sam Struckhoff Pick of the Week “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (PG-13) — Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions continue their quest to defeat a dragon and reclaim a kingdom in the second piece of the trilogy. When last we left Bilbo, he had just picked up the golden Ring from Gollum. Now the short crew continues through hostile elven woods, into the town of Lake-front, and then on to the Lonely Mountain for the first face-off with Smaug the dragon -- with a lot of cameos and action in between. If the first film was all packing luggage and pointing at maps, then this film is all water-slides and daring escapes. The story includes much more Middle-Earth lore than Tolkien ever included in the novel. A new character, an elven huntress named Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) is one of the more galvanizing additions. “August: Osage County” (R) — In a dusty old Oklahoma home, the dour relatives of the Weston family gather together in a time of hardship. This

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makes them easier targets for the acidtongued, viper-eyed, knife-twistingly sadistic quips of the family’s matriarch, Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). While all members of the family get their fill at the table, it’s the oldest daughter, Barbara (Julia Roberts), who shows that she’s learned the most from her mother.This is pitch-dark comedy about the unbreakable bonds of family love, and how they can be used to suffocate one generation after another. The movie is adapted from a PulitzerPrize winning stage drama. Expect to be emotionally drained in exchange for a few laughs. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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New to Medicare, Part 3 Harry P. Thal Courier Columnist In the past two weeks, I have discussed how to obtain a Medicare Card and the insurance options available once you Thal enroll. The Medicare Card lists two areas of Medicare: Part A, the hospital benefit and Part B, the medical benefit. There are other letters used in discussing Medicare that are not on the card, C and D. Last week I talked about the socalled Part C, called Medicare Advantage, or here in Kern County, the Medicare HMO. There are a number of these plans to choose from. During the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annually) you may pick a plan, and switch between plans. There may be very justified reason to switch plans. Example: Several local clinics will lose their contract with an HMO this April. No fault of the clinic, just business decision by the insurance plan. Conse-quence: Either no coverage or they will have to change medical providers until the next AEP. Just before the AEP each year, by Sept. 1, the insurance plan you are on must send you an “Annual Notice of Change.” This is a thick

booklet of the changes in the plans for the coming year. Along with this may come a list of the drugs that will be covered in the coming year, the new prices and changes, if any, in the deductible. Another publication may be a list of pharmacies covered. To be a good consumer, you really need to wade through these several pounds of documents, as there can be significant changes, and once the AEP ends, there is little opportunity to change. For the most part, people tend to just glance at this overwhelming mailing and ignore it, making the wrong assumption that things will remain the same. They won’t. There are a few exceptions worth noting. Some people have “Special Needs” that can’t wait for the next AEP. Locally, people with certain heart problems and diabetes can enroll year-round in specialized HMO plans that emphasize the special treatment needed for these chronic conditions. Also, people with financial hardship that qualify for MediCal can get and change coverage year round. Next week I’ll tackle Prescription Drugs. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker in California (0621106) Thal is on the National Association of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board. He may be reached at 760-376-2100,

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Ways to get agents to show your home first Matt Freeman Courier Columnist When selling a home, there is a lot of difference between efficient and effective marketing. As a seller you want to have a Freeman plan laid out with your agent in order to maximize the property’s potential, unique features and desirability. So here are five tips for sellers to set their listings apart, and get real estate agents to show their properties first. 1.) Make sure your house is easily accessible for showing. With so much inventory, real estate agents will pass right on by if they have to call first or schedule an appointment. It is human nature to go down the quickest and easiest road. Have your real estate agent put a lockbox on the house and offer access at all times. As seller, you even have the choice of using a lockbox that emails us when the house is shown and tells us when and who showed it. 2.) Have a large internet presence. Make buyers see your house first so they tell their real estate agent about it first. Make sure your agent is on realtor.com and zillow.com and trulia.com. Those are the big three Real Estate websites for the industry. 3.) Offer to assist with closing costs. This draws people to see your home because, depending on the loan product, the seller can contribute between three to six percent

of the home purchase price towards the buyer’s closing costs. This opens up the listing to a larger pool of buyers since they will be able to utilize USDA, VA and FHA financing as well as regular conventional financing. 4.) Take advantage of all forms of advertising: such simple things as a sign and some flyers in the front yard. I have also found that advertising in old school ways like in the local newspapers still works. Little things can seem insignificant but really do work. You just need that one right person to see the home and they can come from any source. 5.) Offer increased commission or a buyer’s agent bonus. The old trick of appealing a bit to people’s pocketbook still makes sense and still works. Offer a nice agent bonus to whichever agent sells the property or offers the buyers a cash bonus even out of escrow, or extra work on the house such as new carpet and appliances for free with an accepted offer up to a certain dollar amount. You don’t want to just make the property easy to sell, you want the property to be easy to buy, in other words, desirable and with features no one else is offering and with no fuss and muss to gum up an escrow. What are a few extra bucks ultimately if it gets your house looked at and sold as opposed to just on the market? Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty 760-379-5915 or 760-223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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‘Outside In’ resumes March classes Terri Vellutini, KRVAA Courier Arts & Culture The Arts Council of Kern has given a grant for $1,500 to the Kern River Valley Art Association to help resume the “Outside In” art classes. The KRVAA requested this grant to fund two 6-week programs for the “Outside In” program. The “Outside In” program teaches art to the developmentally disabled adults in the Kern River Valley. We will hold art sessions for six weeks in the spring and six weeks in the fall. The students learn to express themselves through art and show the community what they can do. When the sessions are over they will have an art show to sell their art to the community at the

Nuui Cunni Cultural Center. The “Outside In” also participated in the Christmas fair this year. There are three member artists who teach the program: Pat Brown, John Miller and Melody Lindley. The program goals are to provide vocational training and access to creative outlets that otherwise are not available to this demographic population in this community. These sessions are two and a half hours long and meet twice a week with 12-15 people in attendance. They learn many types of Media such as oils, watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink and watercolor pencil. The KRVAA would like to thank the Arts Council of Kern for their generous grant.


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ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) A suggestion from a colleague on how to work out a problem might not sit too well with you. But before you suspect his or her motives, why not just accept it as a friendly gesture? TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) An associate might seek your counsel on a workplace dispute with another co-worker. Listen to what she or he has to say, but withhold advice until you’ve heard the other side of the story. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Use your gifts for creativity and practicality to score points in landing an opportunity that could open doors to a new career. Someone returns after a long absence. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Although things are pretty hectic through much of the week, some quiet time with loved ones helps restore balance. An unexpected visitor brings welcome news about a mutual friend. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Getting used to change isn’t always easy for you. But make the adjustments gradually, and soon you’ll hardly remember when things were any different from how they are now. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Continue to stay the course you’ve chosen, and avoid distractions that could throw you off track. Some knowledgeable

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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: JINA MARIE'S SWEETS (2014 - B0904). Street address of principal place of business: 8905 Cadbury Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 8905 Cadbury Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93311. REGISTRANT: Jina Gibbons, 8905 Cadbury Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as an Individual. 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: Jina Gibbons. This statement filed on 02/19/2014. Expires 02/19/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: CARRIE'S TREATS (2014 B0964). Street address of principal place of business: 3242 Desert Cloud Avenue, Rosamond, CA 93560. Mailing address of business: 3242 Desert Cloud Avenue, Rosamond, CA 93560. REGISTRANT: Carrie Duren, 3242 Desert Cloud Avenue, Rosamond, CA 93560. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as an Individual. 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: Carrie Duren. This statement filed on 02/24/2014. Expires 02/24/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Bojorquez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2014.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: ENVIROWEEDING TECHNOLOGIES (2014 - B1111), DBA#2: ENVIROWEEDING (2014 - B1112). Street address of principal place of business: 711 Weedpatch Hwy, #305, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Mailing address of business: 5501 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309. REGISTRANTS: Dallis Lewis, 711 Weedpatch Hwy, #305, Bakersfield, CA 93307 and Cynnde Lewis, 711 Weedpatch Hwy, #305, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as a Corporation. 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: Cynnde Lewis. This statement filed on 02/27/2014. Expires 02/27/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 21, 28, April 4 and 11, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: LEFTCOAST FIGHT SHOP (2014 - B1159), Street address of principal place of business: 811 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Mailing address of business: 3289 Chester Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93309. REGISTRANT: Vanessa Ann Fredriksen, 3289 Chester Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Date the business commenced: 02/01/2014. Business is being conducted as an Individual. 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: Vanessa Ann Fredriksen. This statement filed on 03/03/2014. Expires 03/03/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier March 21, 28, April 4 and 11, 2014.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BAKERSFIELD GOLF CART COMPANY, LLC (2014 - B1534), Street address of principal place of business: 2751-C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Mailing address of business: 2751C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. REGISTRANT: Bakersfield Golf Cart Company, LLC, 2751-C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as a Limited Liability Company. 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: Leslie Smith, President. This statement filed on 03/19/2014. Expires 03/19/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: J. Bojorquez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 28, April 4, 11.

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On Thursday march 13, the South Fork Woman's Club of Weldon delivered eighty bags and 14 boxes of slightly used and new men and women's clothes to the Sepulveda Veteran's hospital. Shannon Ritchie, President of the South Fork Woman's Club led the way in the first of two trucks with eight workers. Robynn Gleason of Ridgecrest helped with the donation from woman's club from air station in Ridgecrest. The vet center in Sepulveda shares the wounded vet donations south to West LA. Lee and her husband Gene Vandenberg drove the second load with Carman Mann and Susan Marches, all South Fork Woman's Club members. The first truck was navigated by Saul McGarity, Lynne McGarity, Robynn Gleason and South Fork Woman's Club president Shannon Richie. A surprise lunch was served to the group and it was much appreciated. This national Vet Center is also appre-

Soda, Continued from page 1 A reconnaissance flight this week observed an estimated 30 acres still burning through surface and ground fuels. The fire has already burned through the south and west of the current fire perimeter with scattered pockets of smoldering fuels still emitting smoke. The forest service had earlier decided to just monitor the fire the past two months, but with warmer temperatures and continued dry conditions,

ciative of all the donations. After talking and listening to numerous veteran volunteers as old as World War II, the caravan left for the three hour trip back to the Kern Valley. For information about giving to the 27th trip to our wounded veterans please call the Public Issues chairman, Lynn McGarity at 760-549-3033. The South Fork Woman's Club is getting ready to celebrate 100 years of volunteer work in the Kern River Valley. The club has reading tutors , supports the libraries with scholarships, supports the SAL Sheriff Activities League, gives the Valley ball sports equipment, supports the Preserve and Audubon Society as well as certified teachers and expansive community involvement. The 100th birthday party is open to the community and is free on Sunday April 13 at the club house on the corner of Fay Ranch Road and Highway 178 from noon to 4 p.m. To get a "Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors" pamphlet, #3592 call toll free 866-5121800 for fax 202-512-2104.

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