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Sequoia showcase reopens

Robert Allen/Special to the Courier

Robert Allen holds a copy of the Courier in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Robert Allen and Felix Allen, parttime Riverkern residents, went vacationing in China recently. They both describe themselves as “avid Courier readers.” The trip was arranged by Judy Bates of All About Travel in Kernville.

Safety a must in local waters Kern River Courier

If you want to enjoy the waters in the Kern River Valley, there are a few cautions you must take into consideration. First of all, the water is cold. Really cold. Hypothermia is a concern. The weather in the valley has not really warmed up yet this year, so the waters are still freezing cold. If you must go in the water, wear a life jacket. This includes the lake and the river. Also, the snowmelt is just beginning in the higher elevations. So take care in crossing streams and creeks. If you’re boating, be aware that the wind can come up almost instantly on Isabella Lake. If you see whitecaps becoming visible, head for shore immediately. Don’t try to outwait the wind. Be aware of personal watercraft (Jet Skis, Waverunners, Seadoos and the like.) They have the capability of coming very close to shore, although the law says you must avoid the shoreline. (The law also says that 16 is the minimum age to ride one of those, so if you plan on letting your younger kids ride them, plan on getting a ticket from the Lake Patrol.) If you camp, park well away from the lakeshore. The water is coming up quite a

bit every day. You may wake up and find your motorhome surrounded by water that came up overnight. Diving off of anything is a strict no-no. Water that looks clear from the surface can have rocks just underneath. The same goes for boating. As the lake rises it becomes less of a problem, but be aware of underwater hazards if you’re boating. If you’re enjoying water sports, please try to be a good neighbor. That includes not annoying fishermen and others looking for a little peace and quiet. And please pack up your trash and take it home with you. There is limited Dumpster space here in the valley. But the best precautions can still not be enough. If you get into trouble, the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department patrols the surface of the lake, the Forest Service patrols the campgrounds, the California Highway Patrol covers the roadways, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department handles everything else. But they are all hooked into 911. If you have an emergency, call 911. They will direct your call instantly to the proper authority. A little bit of caution can save you a lot of grief and maybe even some money. It’s fun to enjoy the water, but please do so in a cautious and responsible manner.

Coast Guard to be on Isabella Lake

If you regularly drive the Kern River Canyon, watch out for the logging trucks. Forest Service officials have announced that logging operations have begun in the Piute Fire area south of Lake Isabella. Logging trucks with up to five loads of sawlogs a day will travel from the Piutes east on Piute Mountain Road, north on Kelso

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Sat.: Sunny, high 74. Sat. night: Mostly clear, low 53. Sun.: Sunny, high 84. Sun. night: Partly cloudy, low 57.

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Mon.: Sunny, high 85.

The Trail of 100 Giants, a popular attraction north of Kernville featuring a half-mile interpretive walking trail through a grove of Giant Sequoias, is now open again. Ice and snow closed the road there until recently. The Trail of 100 Giants is about 1-1/2 hours north of Kernville. It’s an easy walk over a paved surface, accessible by the wheelchair-bound. Coming out of the Kern River Valley, take Mountain 99 (also known in the Kernville area as Sierra Way) north along the upper Kern River about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale (no services available there). About 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway near Parker Pass. Take Western Divide Highway about 2 miles to the Trail of 100 Giants. Directly across the road is Redwood Meadow Campground, where you’ll pay a fee to park.

Mon. night: Partly cloudy, low 56. National Weather Service


Stocking of Alpers trout by the KRV Chamber in our fishing column,


Kids Fishing Derby coming up, as California Joe says.

11 Weekend a huge affair

“A full two pages of comics and puzzles to delight you.

Kern River Courier

If you’re visiting the Kern River Valley on Memorial Day weekend, you should know that the valley is almost completely surrounded by Forest Service land. Even the campgrounds around the lake are overseen by the Forest Service. The Forest Service welcomes you to the valley. Forest Service officials are expecting a busy Memorial Day weekend. Officials expect large crowds and warm, sunny weather for the holiday weekend. For camping information, you might want to make a visit to one of the two Forest Service offices in the valley. The addresses and phone numbers are on page 4. Lakeshore camping is permitted at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella Road and

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Logging trucks to use canyon Kern River Courier

The U.S. Coast Guard will be on Isabella Lake during Memorial Day weekend to promote boating safety and awareness. Featured events include a demonstration May 29th featuring a MH-65C Dolphin CG Rescue Helicopter from CG Air Station Los Angeles; Boating Safety Exhibits; Boating life jacket information; Free vessel safety examinations by CG Auxiliary; CG Auxiliary Safety Patrols on the lake; and Boating Safety Class information.

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Valley Road, then west on Highway 178, down the Kern Canyon to Bakersfield, and then north on Highway 65 to Terra Bella. Also, one or two loads a day of cull logs may be hauled to Kelso Valley. Hauling will be limited to Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays. Logging operations are expected to last most of the summer. For further information, please contact the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781.


The Sun can be a bad thing for you if you make it part of your life.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 235,462 acre-feet. (Low point was 101,857 ac-ft. Dec. 4. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 2433 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 1587 cfs Borel Canal flow 543 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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The Courier Calendar Art Association’s Spring Art Show Memorial Day Weekend The Kern River Valley Art Association will be holding their annual Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival in Kernville’s Circle Park and Odd Fellows Hall on May 29 through May 31. The Odd Fellows Hall will have the art opening party Friday night, May 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be beer, wine, cheese, crackers and pastries served. Live music will be performed by Lester The Prodigy and various musicians throughout the weekend. There will be a raffle of different art pieces donated by the artists. Make your plans to attend now – this is a big event. For more information, call Cinamon at (760) 379-2094.

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Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Mike Mencarini Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $36 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2010 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Weldon Methodist Church to hold yard sale May 28, 29 The Weldon United Methodist Church will be holding a yard sale on May 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday) from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Elks to hold rummage sale Saturday, May 29 The KRV Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to the public.

Regular meetings & activities

• 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


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


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 549-0800 • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 2236765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, canceled as of 12/06/09. • 3 p.m., Havilah Centennial Group meets, 1st Saturday, schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


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


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


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30 a.m. - TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. (661) 867-2579. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 2- 6 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Light dinner. Open to public. 379-3394. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 379-7318 or 379-8985. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. 3rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 5 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Moose Lodge. 378-3602. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets, golf course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

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

Hot dog fundraiser for cemetery to be held Memorial Day The Kern River Valley Cemetery in Wofford Heights will be holding a hot dog fundraiser on Monday, May 31 in front of the cemetery. Hot dogs are $1 and drinks are $1. There will be a raffle. Also, there is a silent auction for some excess furnishings at the cemetery office. Call 376-2189 for details. Memorial Day services to be held Monday, May 31 Memorial Day services will be held Monday, May 31 at 11 p.m. at the Kern River Valley Cemetery in Wofford Heights. Judy Hyatt, representative for Supervisor Jon McQuiston, will be speaking. Cemetery district to hold special budgetary meeting June 1 The Kern River Valley Cemetery District will be holding special meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 at the cemetery office in Wofford Heights. The topic will be the district’s preliminary fiscal year budget. Public advisory committee will meet Tuesday, June 1 The Kern River Valley Public Cemetery District-Citizen Advisory Committee Board will be meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 6pm at Oddfellows Hall in Kernville. The topic of the meeting will be to consider procedures and policies, to consider creating subcommittees for the purpose of tracking agency plans, and consider a recommendation to draft letters to Forest Service and BLM regarding coordination with them. 23rd annual Kids Fishing Derby coming up June 5 The Kids Fishing Derby, held by the KRV Fish and Game Habitat Club with its partners DFG, Forest Service and KRV Elks and the aid of local merchants and organizations, will be held at Wofford Heights Park on Saturday, June 5. Rules and entry forms are available at local merchants. For more information, call Derby Chairman Larry Templin at (760) 376-2470. Registration is June 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. and June 5 from 6 to 9 a.m. All participants must be registered. Sierra Performing Arts to hold concert Saturday, June 5 Sierra Performing Arts is presenting a Saturday Evening Concert on Saturday June 5 at 7 p.m. at Kernville United Methodist Church. The concert{ will highlight the vocal talents of Patricia Smoot and Allison Stutsman, accompanied by Helen Smoot. Also on the program will be flutist Beth Steude and Mark McGuire.

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Things I Have Noticed...

It’s all Rod’s fault Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I can no longer hide from the facts. I am confessing my guilt for something that affects everyone in Kern County and beyond. At first I thought it was just an anomaly and that I had no part in the results. But as time passes I am finding that, Middleworth based on my actions, I have touched the lives of everyone around me and perhaps even throughout the entire United States. Just last night on the TV, the meteorologist said we are having unseasonably cold weather and she couldn't understand it. She pointed out that the state’s temperature range was far below normal for this time of year. Snow was falling in the high country, and wind and rain was expected everywhere for the next week. She said that newly planted crops were in danger of an early freeze. The more she talked, the more guilty I felt, because I knew deep in my soul that this was a direct result of my actions from a week ago. Let me explain. I have noticed for years that in late spring when it starts to get warm, if I get my swamp cooler in shape

to resist the hot weather, this always causes several days or weeks of very cool weather. For some reason I have a direct tie to the angelic beings who control the weather. I can just hear them saying, "Well, ol’ Rod is working on his cooler. Let’s kick out a couple more freezing cool days." And they do. But this year I made a major mistake, which insured much more winter for sure. I added four more late spring chores. I planted tomatoes. I washed my truck. I turned on my lawn sprinklers. And I shut down my house heater. If spread out over several weeks it wouldn't have mattered, but when done at the same time as roof cooler work, it upset the weather angels. To teach me a lesson, they are punishing all of California with wet freezing weather, and based on the floods in Nashville and the eastern snow storms, perhaps the rest of the U.S. too! So I am apologizing. Its all my fault. I am to blame! I promise that I will never again tweak the noses of the angelic weather persons. Next year my spring chores will wait ‘til summer! Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

This spectacular accident involving three vehicles took place on Friday, May 21, at the corner of Isabella Blvd. and Kernville Road in Lake Isabella. Reportedly there were no injuries.

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

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


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

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

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side

Water Ski Area

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

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Mountain Mesa

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

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

Dexter the Dobie (left), handled by Hannah Simpson and owned by Danny Simpson of Bakersfield, was judged Best of Show at the Ladies of the Elks annual dog show, held Saturday in the picnic area adjacent to the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. Danny and Hannah are the son and granddaughter of Bruce Simpson of Riverkern. It was a lucky day for the Simpson family. Hannah also took home the handmade quilt raffled off by the Ladies of the Elks during their popular fundraising event. Other awards: Best Dressed: Laketa; Chubbiest: Montana; Shortest Ears: Tinka; Longest Ears: Domino; Shortest Tail: Max; Longest Tail: Molly; Most Unusual: Bear; Smallest: Buddy; Largest: Dexter; Cutest (3-way tie): Mazie, Bella Dee and Mimi. Awards were also presented to an Australian Cattle dog that could count and a pair of rat terriers who performed a trick in unison. In addition there were dogs with the shortest nose, tallest ears, shyest, longest eyelashes, biggest eyes and the prettiest, among others. Another award was presented to the "Most Courageous." Sammy, a 3-month-old toy Cockapoo, has overcome paralysis following an injury to learn to walk again (see how to adopt him on pg. 16).

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

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One of the most interesting places in the valley is the Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish. The Ghost Town was started over 40 years ago by the Dave and Arvilla Mills family. The Mills family trucked in over 20 buildings to the site from throughout the Kern River Valley’s mining camps and early settlements. Beginning in the ‘70s the site fell into disuse. The J. Paul Corlew family purchased the first half of the property in 1988 and the Ghost Town half in 1990. After an estimated 27,000 man-hours of restoration work and the purchase and donation of thousands of area artifacts for the displays, the site was re-opened to the public Memorial Weekend 1990, 20 years ago this week. It is now a unique museum dedicated to the amazing history, legends and characters of the Kern River Valley. Today the site is still operated by the Corlew family and has been open every year since the grand opening. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have toured the site. The rustic site will be open this weekend for self-guided tours ($4.50 for adults and kids 6 to 12 are $3.50 while kids 5 and under are free). Take the Bodfish exit to Isabella Blvd. Turn south 1 mile to 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. It’s open daily 10 am to 4 pm (weather permitting).

Courier Fishing Report

More Alpers trout stocked Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist

Hopefully the wind has blown itself out, because the lake has been all but impossible to fish. The lake level is increasing on a daily basis, which changes the fishing patterns and the structure in which the fish live. But don’t let it frustrate you. The fish like this new habitat, so follow the lake level. The bass, crappie and catfish are still spawning. So stay close to the shallows. Shoreline fishing should be great again very soon. Wednesday the KRV Chamber stocked a truckload of Alpers trout on the south side of the lake. All of us who fish for trout thank those

responsible. Also on Wednesday the Kern River Hatchery stocked the upper river from Riverside Park to Brush Creek. I was on the truck this time. Still no word on Alder, Cedar, Tule and Horse Meadow. We will stock them as soon as allowable. The lower river from Sandy Flat to Live Oak day use area was planted this week with some nice rainbows. Please, everyone, with the river flows and levels ever increasing, please use caution. Children 15 and under should have life vests on. Take no chances! Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a volunteer at the Kern River Fish Hatchery.

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Friday, May 28, 2010


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Mr. T rises again

Cancellation leaves a lot of holes

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith

"The A-Team: The Complete Series" (Unrated) -- To cash in on the release of this summer's Released the week of June 8: "A-Team" motion picture, the complete series is being PICKS OF THE WEEK released on DVD. For about a "Shutter Island" (R) -- Set in hundred and forty bucks you the 1950s, Leonardo DiCaprio can get the whole shebang -stars as federal Marshal Teddy all five seasons on 25 discs -Daniels. He and his partner packaged in the shape of the (Mark Ruffalo) A-Team's black are investigating van (with Mr. T the mysterious at the wheel). I escape of an guess if you're inmate from an a diehard fan asylum for the of the show criminally who likes insane, a facility kitschy packagthat's more ing, you won't escape-proof mind ponying than Alcatraz. up $140; but Daniels is a man considering filled with inner that only the torment: He first two seawatched while sons were any his wife died good, I seritragically in a ously pity the fire, and during fool who falls Leonardo DiCaprio the war he was for this crass, present at the liberation of the gimmicky cashgrab. Dachau concentration camp. The memories plague him in "Caddyshack" (R) -- This the form of hellish hallucinamovie's been out on DVD for tions, hampering his ability to about 10 years, but I believe investigate the escape -- which this is the first time it's gotten appears to be a conspiracy a high-def Blu Ray release. I involving the psychologists on don't know about you, but if staff -- and the possibility that I'm gonna watch a lowbrow the inmate may have been the comedy about golf featuring a victim of foul play. As the stuffed gopher puppet, it better investigation and the hallucina- be at 1080p resolution. tions intensify, Daniels (and the audience) discovers there's TV SERIES more than meets the eye about "Curb Your Enthusiasm" The Shutter Island. Complete Seventh Season The great thing about Martin "Nip/Tuck" The Sixth and Scorsese is that you go to his Final Season films expecting to see a master"Family Matters" The piece of cinema and more often Complete First Season than not, that's what you get. "Ice Road Truckers" The But even if the film isn't a mas- Complete Season 3 terpiece like "Taxi Driver," "Girls Next Door" Seasons "Raging Bull" or "Goodfellas," 1&2; Seasons 3&4 you know that Scorsese's sec"Before & After Stonewall" ond-tier movies ("Kundun," 25th Anniversary Edition "The Aviator") are still 10 times "Ghostwriter" Season One better than most filmmakers' "Tales of the Gold Monkey" best works. This is the case Complete Series with "Shutter Island." It's not "iCarly: iSaved Your Life" up to the standards of his "Hot Wheels Battle Force 5" greatest films, but it's a pretty Season 1, Vol. 2 good psychological thriller. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Cindy Elavsky Q: Did actress Amy Adams have her baby yet? I remember reading a while back that she was pregnant. -- Gina H., Carson City, Nev. A: Amy, 35, and fiance Darren Le Gallo, welcomed a 7pound baby girl on May 15. The "Julie and Julia" star named her daughter Aviana Olea Le Gallo. Amy and Darren have been together for seven years and engaged since July 2008. *** Q: Will Starz's new show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" be back for a second season? Also, I had heard that the show's star, Andy Whitfield, has cancer. Is he going to be OK? -Paul F., Katrina Law Mansfield, Ohio A: It was recently announced that "Spartacus" will return in January 2011 as a six-part prequel series that will once again star John Hannah and Lucy Lawless, with brief appearances by Andy Whitfield. The series has been renewed for a full second-season order, but production has been delayed while Andy is treated for nonHodgkin lymphoma. Co-star Katrina Law told me that Andy is responding well to treatment, and that "he has felt

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*** Q: I can't believe that "FlashForward" wasn't renewed for the 2010-11 season. What are they thinking over there at ABC? -- Suzzi F., via e-mail A: "FlashForward" did start out a little shaky, but when it came back after its hiatus, it had really pulled its act together and was cohesive, exciting, well-acted and thoughtful. I am sad we won't get closure on a lot of those open story lines, as I was looking forward to seeing what the future of the show would bring. Hopefully a cable station like TNT, SyFy or FX will decide to pick up the show for next season.

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Fire Safe Chipper Days can be held in your neighborhood. To organize a Chipper Day There are three components to a Chipper Day Project: • Selecting a date and time for a Fire Safe Council Survivable Space Presentation. Ideally, schedule a fuels reduction project with community members two months prior to the scheduled Chipper Day. • Select a weekend date (with 3 alternatives) for the Chipper Day confirming with Fire Safe Council representative. • Before the Chipper Day, submit a Project Application indicating the number of contributing households. Designate a property owner's representatives to be present on the chipper day. Once a date is confirmed for the Chipper Day 1. Arrange for an on-site Port-APottie for the chipping crew and the

Camp Erwin Owen Boys. Please understand that the cost of furnishing a Port-A-Pottie (approximately $50) is the responsibility of the property owners. 2. Select an outdoor area for the crews to have lunch and rest. It is traditional, and greatly appreciated, for the property owners to provide a modest lunch for the chipper crews. 3. Consider advertising your Chipper Day Project. Contact the Fire Safe Council for templates and media contact information. Send a press release to the Courier ( 4. The Fire Safe Council suggests contacting your community/neighborhood, reminding them they only have a few days left to provide dead and down fuel to be chipped. 5. Please take BEFORE, DURING and AFTER pictures of the Chipper Day. –

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This is how they crystallize Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

With this diagram, I will introduce the six "Crystal Systems" that define how the minerals crystallize from a magmatic melt. I will not detail this discussion, but will just introduce the subject for completeness. Further study, by the reader, is suggested. Mineral recognition requires Ron Bolyard knowledge of crystal systems.

The Six Crystal Systems are: 1) Cubic. 1a) examples: Halite and Pyrite. 2) Tetragonal. 2a) example: Zircon. 3) Orthorhombic. 3a) example: Staurolite. 4) Hexagonal. 4a) example: Quartz. 5) Monoclinic. 5a) example: Orthoclase. 6) Triclinic. 6a) example: Albite. 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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Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; shape mixture into 30 (1 1/2 inch) meatballs. Combine ketchup, sugar, juice, and sauces in a slow cooker; gently stir in meatballs. Cover with lid; cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Garnish with parsley, if desired. These are especially good over egg noodles.



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California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

Good fun coming up soon California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Oh boy, there’s two great things coming up. One is coming Saturday, june 5th. The Kids Fishing Derby is for California Joe ages 4 through 15. And a special drawing for three quality rod and reel combos will be held following the awards presentation. You must be present to win. It all starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday and goes to 2:30 p.m. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and goes to 3 p.m. You register at Wofford Heights Park on East Evans Road. Register on Friday June 4 from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Or Saturday June 5th, 6 a.m.9 a.m. All participants must be registered. For more information contact the Kids Fishing Derby, Box 127, Lake Isabella CA 93240. Phone Larry J. Templin, derby chairman at 1-760- 376-2470. The fishing derby begins on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. It’s free to all kids, and awards will be given. Along with the fishing contest there will be many activities occuring at the derby headquarters until 3 p.m. There will be a casting contest, games, and children will get a free lunch of hot dogs and soda. Lunches for adults will be available for a donation. Special drawings for the other prizes will be

held after the awards presentation at 3 p.m. tickets for this drawing will be given away at registration. You must be present to win. Children may fish in Isabella Lake or the Kern River, but fish must be brought back to the derby headquarters by 3 p.m. to be weighed. There will be no late weigh-ins and only the largest fish brought in by a child will be weighed. All fish but bass can be brought in to be weighed. Bass are not allowed in this fishing derby and will not be counted or weighed. Fishing tournaments with bass have different regulations than other types of fish tournaments. Also on Saturday, June 5 the Sienna Wellness Institute at 6425 Lynch Canyon Drive in Mt. Mesa is throwing a celebration of wellness from 10 a.m.- 2p.m. There will be vendors and raffles and food! Also a Zumba demo and a free foot exam. All proceeds from this event will be given directly to the Salvation Army, the Food Pantry and God’s Storehouse. For more information call Brandy at 760-378-8630, extension #24 .You are asked to help end hunger and and homelessness in the Kern River Valley. 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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Spring thaw finally happens Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

Well, the predictable is happening here in the local real estate market. As always seems to happen in the spring, real estate sales are starting to take off in the valley. We are a very seasonal market up here, especially Kernville and Alta Sierra. Over the last Matt Freeman month or so we have seen a significant increase in traffic both at the local real estate offices and on the MLS. So far this year, there has been just a tad over $10 million in total real estate sales posted on the MLS for this year. That is definitely a slower pace than last year at this time, and last year was a poor year. So hopefully this recent activity will bring those numbers up. For 2009, the MLS posted total sales of around $29 million for the valley total. Right now we are tracking for less than that if you look at the average this time last year. I think this is gonna be a better year though, for a few reasons. The market seems to have found a bottom overall. Even bank owned properties that are coming on the market

holding their own on price. Time on market for the average listing in the valley is still very high, almost a year before an average listing sells, and usually with multiple price reductions. So that is not a great number. Buyers are still also relatively scarce, and for the typical buyer there is a whole lot to choose from, definitely no shortage of listings on the market. Keep in mind though that during a market stabilization or rebound these numbers are going to be the last to see changes. It takes time for a market to stabilize, even longer for an upswing in prices. We are not there yet on either one of those, but I think we are close to a market stabilization. We have another wave of foreclosures nationwide coming this fall; after that is over we should see some more stable numbers. I sure hope so! Keep your head up, there is a lot of time left in this year, I think we are gonna end up with about $35 million in total sales; just a hunch. I like hunches, especiallywhen they are right! Hopefully this one is.

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EVENTS continued from page 2 Admission/donation is $5 at the door and children are admitted free. Charity event for less fortunate at Sienna Wellness June 5 Sienna Wellness in Mt. Mesa will be having a “Celebration of Wellness” on Saturday, June 5 from 10 am to 2 pm to help raise food, funds and awareness for the less fortunate in the Kern River Valley. They will have local business vendors, raffles, Zumba demos, free foot exams, and lunch. Sienna Wellness is located at 6425 Lynch Canyon Drive, Mt. Mesa. All proceeds will be given directly to the Salvation Army, Food Pantry, and God’s Storehouse. For more information please contact Brandy at (760)-379-8630 ext. #24. A nonperishable food item is appreciated. Bridge players can brush up on their games June 10 at Elks Learn to play bridge or just brush up on your game at the KRV Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Thursday, June 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is a $3 fee for handouts, etc. If you have questions please call Bobby at (760) 379-4336.

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The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Isabella Lake Fishing Derby provided 1200 pounds of special huge Alper’s trout Wednesday.

To include your event in the Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

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South Fork Recreation Area with the purchase of a Southern Sierra Pass. Visitors can obtain their pass at Golden State Surplus or either of the Forest Service offices in Lake Isabella and Kernville. Cost is $10 per vehicle for overnight and day use or visitors can purchase a $50 annual pass. Hanning Flat and Stine Cove are open for shoreline camping with no fees. Several “undeveloped” camping areas along the Upper Kern River are available free of charge. Campsites and campfire rings need to be back at least 25 feet from the river’s edge. The setback is necessary to protect water quality in the Kern River. Visitors need to keep the area free of litter and are encouraged to use existing sanitation facilities. On the Kern Plateau, Kennedy Meadows, Fish Creek and Troy Meadow are open for the season. These campgrounds are $17 per night. On the west side of the Plateau, Horse Meadow Campground is still closed at this time due to snow. These campgrounds also operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Blackrock Visitor Information Station located on the Kern Plateau is open for the season. Office hours are Wednesday through Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the Greenhorn Mountains, Evans Flat, Cedar Creek, and Alder Creek Campgrounds are open, free of charge. These campgrounds offer vault toilets and visitors should expect to pack out their trash. Breckenridge Campground is open in the Breckenridge Mountains, with one vault toilet and is free of charge. Trash receptacles are not provided at this campground. Visitors must “Pack-it-out!” Visitors are required to have a California campfire permit to use a portable gas stove, barbecue, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area. The campfire permit is valid from the date issued until the end of the calendar year. A campfire permit can be obtained at any Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management office or by visiting the Sequoia National Forest website and downloading a copy of the permit at Visitors need to wear a personal floatation device at all time when on or around the Lake and River. An adult must accompany small children, when near the water’s edge.

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Courier chuckle of the week: “If meterology is the study of weather, then what is the study of meteors?” -- unknown

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Operating under a full head of self-esteem makes you want to tackle a matter you had shied away from. OK. But be sure to arm yourself with facts before you make a move. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That smart move you recently made caught the attention of a lot of people, including some with financial deals to offer. Use your Taurean wariness, though. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Shyness might keep you from asking for more information on an important matter. But your curiosity grows stronger by midweek. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Taking on too many tasks may not be the wise thing to do at this time. You might overspend your energy reserves, and have to miss out on some upcoming events. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Try to keep your spending at an affordable level. Splurging now -especially on credit -- could create a problem if your finances are too low for you to take advantage of a possible opportunity. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might not approve of a colleague's behavior during much of the week. But don't play the judgmental Virgo card here. As always, check the facts before you assume the worst.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Coping with an old issue that has suddenly re-emerged could take a big toll on your emotional energies. Decide whether you really want to pursue the possibilities. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) For all your skill in keeping your secrets safe, you could be unwittingly letting one slip out by the way you're behaving in that new relationship. Are congratulations soon to be in order? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Good old-fashioned horse sense could help you get around those who unknowingly or deliberately put obstacles in your way. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A puzzling attitude change in a colleague from friendly to chilly might stem from a long-hidden resentment suddenly bubbling up. An open and honest talk should resolve the problem. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This week, you might find yourself feeling an acquisitive urge. If so, indulge it. You've earned the right to treat yourself to wonderful things. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Expect to get a lot of advice on how to go about implementing your plans. But once you've sorted it out, you'll probably find that, once again, your way is the best way. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy the quiet times of your life, but when you're in the mood, you can throw a party everyone will want to go to. c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president served the shortest term? 2. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who said, "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please"? 3. SCIENCE: What is the science of classifying things called? 4. MATH: How many zeroes are in 1 billion? 5. HISTORY: When was Andrew Young appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations? Answers:

1. William Harrison (He served only one month in office.) 2. Mark Twain 3. Taxonomy 4. Nine 5. 1977

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Chuck Barbee - Still & Video PHOTOGRAPHY Portraits - Family Events Equestrian - Historical Photo Scanning & Restoration Transfers to DVD & CD 760-376-8784 ARCHIE LOGSDON CARPENTRY Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail" (760) 223-6624 __________________________ HERITAGE CLEANERS - Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters. Tue & Thu afternoon pick-up. Mon-Fri 9am5pm, Sat. 9am-2pm. 760-379-4271 __________________________ ART'S ELECTRIC Locally owned - Free Estimates Always on Time! 25 years exp. - Lic. #560220 (760) 223-3648 __________________________ SWAMP COOLER SERVICE SPECIAL - $30.00 + PARTS CALL ROGER MASON 760-417-9020 __________________________

TERESA HENRICKS Notary Service Located in the KRV. 5 Year Notary. I will travel to your location. Available any time for your convenience. 760-985-1148 __________________________ CERTIFIED CAREGIVER for the elderly, caring and reliable, hours flexible. 25 years experience. Call 760-376-4707 __________________________ CUSTOM WEB SITES & GRAPHIC ART DESIGN Over 40 years of graphic art design with more than 15 years of Internet experience & awards. When your image is too important to risk, call us for a “No Obligation” quote. 760-376-2177 __________________________ PROFESSIONAL PAINTER Interior & Exterior 25 years exp. References available. Call Scott - 760-223-0025

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Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Wofford Hts - Remodeled 3/bd, 2/ba home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house, mt view, stove, refrig + w/d hookup, Sec 8 ok. $900/mo + deposit. Call 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061 _________________________ Neatest Adult Park in the Valley 3 to choose from. $300 to $600. Just refurbished, deck over-looking Tillie Creek. Double pane windows, wood stove, new appliances, air cond, Corion tops, must see. Pinewood Trailer Park, 99_________________________ Evans Rd. Wofford Heights. Wofford Heights - 2 bd. 1 ba home w/commercial shop/ garage. $800/mo. For application, call 760-376-2436

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Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PREMIER TAX SERVICE (2010-B2399) Street address of principal place of business: 2300 9th Street, Wasco, CA 93280. Mailing address of business: 2300 9th Street, Wasco, CA 93280. REGISTRANTS: Jose Ayala, 2300 9th Street, Wasco, CA 93280 and Susanna Rico, 2300 9th Street, Wasco, CA 93280. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Jose Ayala. This statement filed on 04/08/2010. Expires 04/08/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: KERN VALLEY MAINTENANCE SERVICE (2010-B2866) Street address of principal place of business: 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 3847, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANTS: Kenneth Hamon, 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238 and Sandra Hamon, 26 Panarama Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 01/06/1995. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The

filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Kenneth W. Hamon. This statement filed on 04/30/2010. Expires 04/30/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: ARENA MEDIA (2010-B3132), DBA #2: MEDIA ARENA (2010-B3133) Street address of principal place of business: 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Amy Arena, 154 Merrill Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 05/12/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Amy Arena. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: FAY CREEK WELL WATER SYSTEM (2010-B3143), Street address of principal place of business: 143 South Webber Street, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1005, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Robert Lowe, 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Todd Bastian, 121 North "W" Street, Lompoc, CA 93283, Lora Storm,

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Very clean & nice 1/bd MH, Sportsman TP. 224 Cypress Ln, Sp 10, Wof Hts, walk to lake, sp inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $10,900. Owner may consider carrying. 760-376-3228. Other spaces also available!! _________________________ Kernville - 1 + 1 addition, Rivernook Campground on creek, remodeled, large fenced yard, turnkey, fully furnished. Weekender or retiree, over 40K invested. $22,500. 805-498-6777 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park. 2 - 3 bdrm. Beautifully remodeled homes for sale. Fantastic 55+ park w/ pool. Call for info. 760-379-2274

Yard Sales

Homes for Sale

Under Construction - ASHWOOD CUSTOM HOMES, INC. offers another quality home in the desirable SOUTH LAKE location. 1832 Plan featuring 4 bd/2bath, extra large living room, knotty alder cabinetry, granite countertops throughout, tall Tray ceilings, ceramic tile flooring, RV parking & more. Lot size is approx 15,000 sq ft & at the end of a cul-de-sac for added privacy. Act now & PICK YOUR OWN COLORS. $239,000. CoOp Welcome. Call for an appointment (661) 201-2141

Spaces for Rent


June 5 - 8am. Pick up map outside Mt. Mesa Market - Hwy 178 & McCray Rd. after 7:30am on Saturday. _________________________ BIG YARD SALE! Fishing Gear, too much to list. Also a bunch of misc. Starts Fri, 5/28 through Sun 5/30. 6109 Isabella Blvd. next to Shady Lane Saloon. BIG SALE Saturday, May 29th 7am to ? Tools, Equipment & Guy Stuff 14 Durrwood off Scodie Street Kernville

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

Announcement Disneyland selected to host 2010

“Big Government Is Best” The White House Celebration Committee chose the location based on massive access parking and it’s most accurately named venue. For more info and tickets call Bob at...Fantasyland!

4831 East Road, Lake Isabella, CA 93240, Dorothy Ray, 9613 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Carina Walker, 9727 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Beth Mramor, 9621 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, Richard Violano, 9557 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283 and Naomi Tanner, 5118 Willow Estates, San Jose, CA 95135. E, Unincorporated Association. Date the business commenced: 02/19/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Robert Lowe. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: MORNINGSTAR (2010-B3144), Street address of principal place of business: 41 Big Blue Road, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 24, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Janice Luna, 769 West Santa Cruz, San Pedro, CA 90731 A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 04/21/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Janice Sue Luna. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PRESERVE THE KERN RIVER VALLEY (2010-B3141), Street address of principal place of business: 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1082, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Robert Lowe, 9617 Fay Creek Ford, Weldon, CA 93283, JoAnn Steel, 8300 Fay Ranch Road, Weldon, CA 93283, Ben Rudnick, 300 Doyle Ranch Road, Onyx, CA 93255 and Jacquelin Cole, 15375 Sage Lane, Weldon, CA 93283. E, Unincorporated Association. Date the business commenced: 05/12/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Robert Lowe. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: RAM M.V.P. PARTY RENTALS (2010-B3140), Street address of principal place of business: 235 Rock Haven Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 988, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Roger Mason, 111 Roby Lane, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 05/01/2010. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivi-

sion (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Roger Mason. This statement filed on 05/13/2010. Expires 05/13/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: N V PETS SALES AND MARKETING (2010-B3275), Street address of principal place of business: 2509 Oak Crest Court, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 9786, Bakersfield, CA 93389. REGISTRANT: Robert Vella, 2509 Oak Crest Court, Bakersfield, CA 93311. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Robert Vella. This statement filed on 05/19/2010. Expires 05/19/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 28, June 4, 11 and 18, 2010.

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Voices of Faith

One for all the veterans of war Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

Grandpa had always been a baseball fan who laid on his couch listening to the game. I knew he had been in a welding accident. A coworker had lubricated welding tank valves. That act resulted in an explosion. Grandpa was nearby and his burns took a long time to heal. When I asked Mom how long the healing Semonious would take, she said, “It’s not the burn. He was gassed in the war.” A new respect was born. I never disrespected Grandpa, but even with that explanation, I didn’t realize the depth of his love. God said, “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16. Again, I never actively intended to disrespect God but it is true that I will always lack a full understanding of God’s love. On Memorial Day I will honor the love and self-sacrifice of my grandfather, and by extension, all his the comrades-in-arms who through the years have placed themselves in harm’s way out of a love they might define as duty; defense of country, family or a political ideal. It is not for me to judge the value of their reasons; I owe them my respect, my gratitude, and honor. This is not unlike that which the Lord God expected from Adam and

Eve’s sons. Genesis 4:3-4a explains that, “In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.” But the brothers did not have an equal share of honor for God. Genesis 4:4b-5 continues. “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” (KJV) Since both brothers brought an offering to God, how are we to understand what value God placed on person’s each gift? Jesus pointed out that the dollar value of the gift is not what God respects; it is the fact of personal sacrifice. At the temple, “…a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:42-44. This same lesson King David taught Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Chronicles 21:24. Some of our service men sacrificed time and hardship, some sacrificed life or limb; all are blessed by God for their sacrifice.

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

Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 7 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army The needy are helped by the local affiliate of this national organization. Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-5100.

Special to the Courier

Feed your family of four for about $4.30 a day with Angel Food Ministries. It's time to place your Angel Food Orders, for June 2010. The June deadline to order is June 20 at 8:59 p.m. PST. We accept EBT, Debit and Credit Cards or Cash. No Checks Please. Order at The Community Christian Service Center, The Salvation Army, 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella or call 760-379-5100 or order online at: Enter your Zip Code to find The Salvation Army as your host site. June distribution day is Saturday, June 26 at the Veterans Hall. Time 8:30 to 10:00 am. BRING YOUR RECEIPT and a BOX for "Signature Orders" to the rear parking lot of the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Assistance in parking and order pick for the Handicapped is available. Vehicle must display a Handicapped Card or License plate.

Prayer Breakfast June 2 You are invited to join others who will come and pray for the lost in our valley. When: Wednesday June 2 at 7 a.m. Where: Los Palomos Mexican Restaurant in Bodfish. Special Breakfasts available. Join us. Let us pray for our community, the Lost, Needy and Sick. Information 760-379-5100

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the Book of Jonah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Genesis 15, who was told to "look now toward Heaven and tell the stars"? Noah, Adam, Abram, Moses 3. Who succeeded Belshazzar as King of the Chaldeans? David, Darius, Daniel, Saul 4. Of these, who sold his brother to a

camel caravan? Cain, Judah, Silas, Joshua 5. Where did Jacob and his family settle in Egypt? Goshen, Damascus, Bethlehem, Beersheba 6. What was the name of Naomi's husband? Ephriam, Elijah, Elimelech, Elisha ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Abram; 3) Darius; 4) Judah; 5) Goshen; 6) Elimelech (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Health Insurance Matters

Best health insurance intentions can backfire Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

I'm sure most of my readers enjoy eating out occasionally. Even going to a fast food establishment in a few years will be more costly. Under a new law, employers will have to furnish health insurance to their employees. Even part time Harry Thal workers will be counted! If not provided health benefits, the employee may go out and buy an individual plan from a state run program called an "exchange", and if that occurs, the employer is subject to large financial penalties for not providing "affordable health

insurance." What will a hot dog and a Coke cost when all the part time and full time employees are receiving benefits? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that runs Medicare, has come out with a new regulation. Until now, if a person had a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare HMO, PPO or PFFS) they had an opportunity to change plans in a time span called the "Open Enrollment Period (OEP)". This was from January 1 to March 31. Beginning in January, this will no longer be true. Now, this time period has been shortened to January 1 to February 14. It will be known as the Annual Disenrollment Period (ADP) and people will only be allowed to drop off their plans and return to original Medicare. So, if you joined an HMO from between

November 15 to December 31, and then discovered this plan did not fit your needs, your only choice would be to drop it and go onto Medicare. Not too bad, but you may not qualify to buy a Medicare Supplement, and therefore, you could have the exposure of thousands of dollars. CMS thought they were simplifying things, but not having any practical experience, we will now have the potential of thousands of people with no insurance. What makes this really unfair is that if you are poor and qualify for Medi-Cal and Medicare, you can switch plans as often as once a month. There is a law that is being totally ignored by the bureaucrats. This is the law of unintended consequences. One action which is made for a good intention backfires, because the people who created the law are inexperienced to understand the fallout their

actions will cause. So, go out and enjoy your burger and fries. It may not be affordable in a few years when the restaurant is forced to carry health insurance on its employees. For that matter, newspapers will be raising their advertising rates to accommodate their providing a benefit. So, when the restaurant takes out an ad, they will be paying more. Of course, the local gas station will be charging more, as will all the other services we purchase regularly. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and past president and president-elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

Sun considered very bad for you; best to just stay out of it Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Recently, my daughter attended a sweet-16 birthday party for one of her best friends. She is a beautiful girl. When my daughter showed me pictures of her friend,

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I was shocked. Her face and arms were deeply tanned. I have no idea how many hours she must have spent under a tanning machine. I am very concerned about her. Would you write about the dangers of tanning? -- Anon. ANSWER: Ultraviolet light, the kind of light we don't see, has powerful


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effects on the skin. Ultraviolet A rays constitute 95 percent of the UV light that makes its way to earth. UV A rays do not burn and tan skin as much as UV B rays, but they do damage skin. They cause skin wrinkling; they dry skin; and they produce age spots (liver spots). And they also add to the risk of skin cancer. Ultraviolet B rays are more destructive. They are the burning rays, and they have a greater effect on skin cancer production. Both A and B reduce the skin's innate immunity. Exposure to both UV A and UV B injures the skin cells' DNA, and that's what sets the scene for future skin cancer. Humans have learned to cope with UV light by tanning. A tan offers some protection against further damage. UV light activates melanocytes, and they pass their melanin -- a dark pigment -- to other skin cells. That has the effect of providing an umbrella for the skin. However beneficial that might be, the fact remains that in obtaining a modicum of protection with a tan, skin-cell DNA has been dealt a major blow. No tan can be considered healthy. Sun exposure in adolescence might be the most dangerous time for ultraviolet damage. Tanning booths and tanning beds are considered a threat


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*** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What's the purpose of ear wax? I seem to produce tons of it. I can't find an answer to this question, so I thought I would write to you. -C.N. ANSWER: Ear wax keeps the ear canal moist. Without it, the canal's lining dries up and itches. It also traps foreign debris, including bacteria, viruses and fungi that find their way into the ear canal. *** 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) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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equal to the sun for promoting future skin cancer. People of all ages should protect their skin from exposure to UV light. Such exposure happens every time a person goes outdoors. Cloud cover is a poor absorber of UV rays and offers little skin protection. Sunscreen application should become a habit.

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