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Recent fires man-caused Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Just as the Courier was going to bed Wednesday afternoon, a fire broke out on the hill opposite our office. About 20 fire vehicles went past as they went to the fire, and a helicopter from Kern Valley Airport joined them. The fire threatened at least four residences, but quick action by the firefighters limited the blaze to about three acres. Note how the homeowner cleared the brush away and saved his or her house. See our Fire Safe feature on page 9 to learn how to protect your home from fire.

The U.S. Forest Service says a recent wildfire, which was stamped out before it turned into a huge one, was human-caused, and they are asking the public to be extremely careful. According to the Forest Service, the recent “Mace” fire in the Sorrel Peak area of the Piute Mountains was caused by an abandoned campfire. The fire, just south of last year's 37,000 acre Piute Fire, grew to 1 ½ acres before firefighters controlled it. During the holiday weekend two more fires broke out in the local area. Sunday morning’s "South" fire started just west of Paradise Cove. Quick suppression action held the South fire to a tenth of an acre. On Monday, Memorial Day, the "Paradise" fire was reported at 1:52 p.m. in the Paradise Cove Campground. Fire suppression personnel arrived on scene and found the public had taken quick action and the fire was contained to a small spot. Although the causes for those haven’t yet been determined, it’s likely they were caused by holiday campers. Rick Larson, District Ranger for the Kern River Ranger District, said, "Dry forest conditions, coupled with camping and multiple recreational activities on the forest, can lead to wildland fires. Please make sure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving your campsite and be extra careful with stoves, barbecues and smoking." The Forest Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating “persons of interest” that were seen in or around the vicinity of the Mace fire on Sunday, May 17. To report any information, please call (559) 294-4894. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Kern County Fire Department announced an interagency declaration for the 2009 Wildland Fire Season on Monday, May 18. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared, and ready to respond. Early high temperatures and low humidity has fire officials concerned that the threat of wildland fires will significantly increase as conditions continue to become drier in the low elevation foothills and mountainous areas.

Two meetings set for Sequoia Monument

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: Chance of Tstorms. High 93. Fri. night: Chance of T-storms. Low 62. Sat.: Chance of Tstorms. High 89. Sat. night: Chance of T-storms. Low 62. Sun.: Cloudy, high 88. Sun. night: Cloudy, low 52. National Weather Service


Seth and Cody Martinez got some nice crappie last weekend.


Director Clint Eastwood makes our day with “Gran Torino.”


Summer a great time to learn piano in the cool indoors at Cerro Coso College.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 244, 681 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Low point was 110,156 ac-ft. Dec. 12.

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Two more meetings in an ongoing series in an effort by the U.S. Forest Service to establish a Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan have been scheduled – but neither of them is in the Kern River Valley. The Forest Service is also working on a draft Environmental Impact Statement, which will include alternatives describing various proposed management direction. The two meetings will present preliminary draft alternatives and ask for public feedback to refine them or create additional alternatives if necessary. • Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., at the Visalia Convention Center. This will be a condensed overview of the preliminary draft alternatives, followed by workshop discussions. • Friday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., at the Supervisors Office in Porterville. This will be comprehensive workshop on the preliminary draft alternatives with in-depth discussion regarding vegetation treatments. For further information contact Anne Thomas, (559) 784-1500, extension 1164.

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Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 1931 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 1066 cfs Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

The Kern River Valley Art Association held their Spring Arts and Crafts Festival in Kernville’s Circle Park over Memorial Day weekend. This was their 48th annual spring show, which makes it one of the longest-running events in the valley.

Borel Canal flow 560 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Courier

Friday, May 29, 2009

Kern River Valley – the place for fun

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Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob 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, Kelley Scarborough Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $35 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2008 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Courier Calendar Golf tournament and gala on Saturday, May 30 for Kern Valley Aquatics Program A golf tournament will be held May 30 as a fundraiser for the

Kern Valley Aquatics Program. The tournament will be held at 9 a.m. with a four-person scramble. $50 for non-members, $35 for members includes lunch. Prizes!

Regular meetings and activities

Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 3764249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-2189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 3783935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 5 p.m. - Kern River Hot Rodders Cruise Night, Circle Park, Kernville, 3rd Fri. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 6:30 a.m.- noon - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9-11 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 2236765. • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


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


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 3:30-5 p.m.- Substance Abuse Family Support & Community Education, College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. 379-3412. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 3762410 or 376-2066.


• KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 3796162. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Highland Chapel Methodist Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., third Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066. • 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. Third Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club meets, Paradise Cove. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. • 6 p.m. - Wofford Height Community Assoc. meets at Family Life Center, Wofford Heights. 2nd Thurs. 223-1058. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291

Bingo Guide Friday, 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.

Call (760) 299-2030 to enter. From 4:30 to 8 p.m. is a gala event to be held at the Lakeview Lodge Gazebo, Wofford Heights. Event includes a performance by the Whitman Elite Dancers; a special Olympian guest speaker; live music by a local Kern River Valley musician; live and silent auction; appetizers, desserts and cocktails; raffle prizes. All proceeds to benefit the Kern Valley Aquatics Program. Tickets – Family $30; Couple $25; Single $15; Gala and Golf Tournament Combo $60. Please register – online:; email:; 760-299-2030. The first 50 people to register for the gala or register online for swimming lessons will receive a special gift. Low-cost rabies vaccination clinic Saturday, May 30 The Kern County Animal Control Department’s next lowcost rabies vaccination clinic will be held Saturday, May 30 at the Lake Isabella Park (Lake Isabella Boulevard) from 9 a.m. to noon. The immunization of pets is required by state and county law. The rabies vaccination is $5, and a Kern County dog license must be purchased at the time of the vaccination. The fee for licenses is $60 for an unaltered dog and $15 for each altered dog - original surgery certificate required for the lower fee. All dogs must be on a leash and aggressive dogs must be muzzled. For information on future clinics, please call 661-868-7129, or log onto and click on the rabies clinics link. “Think Local First” program kicks off with meeting June 4 Come to hear how you can become a part of the “Think Local First” program on Thursday, June 4. This meeting is a follow-up to a workshop held during “Living Green in the KRV in March.” It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kernville Community Room (next to Kernville Chamber of Commerce office) at 11447 Kernville Road. Kids Fishing Derby to be held Saturday, June 6 The Kern Valley Fish & Game Habitat Club is holding its annual Kids Free Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 6. Many other sponsors are involved, too. Get hooked on fishing, not drugs. It takes place on one of the two California Free Fishing Days per year, so fishing licenses are not required. However, all other regulations must be followed. (UPDATE: we have been advised that June 6 is NOT a California Free Fishing Day this year.) You must pre-register before you fish. There is no cost to enter, and free food and prizes are offered to the kids. Register at Wofford Heights Park on Friday, June 5 from 3-6 p.m. or Saturday, June 6 from 6-9 a.m. Weigh-in is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. All fish except bass are allowed. Awards ceremony is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Larry at (760) 376-2470. Kern River Motors to hold Poker Run Saturday, June 6 Get ready for a great 78-mile ride, a BBQ lunch, music and a

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Things I Have Noticed...

New car, new trunk to fill up Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

We did it. We bit the bullet and bought a new (to us) car. A 2008 Hyundai Sonata. It’s pearl white with little silver flecks in the paint. It has new tires and all the bells and whistles, including an XM radio. This didn't just happen suddenly. We spent Middleworth agonizing days and sleepless nights deciding first to buy a newer car, and secondly what kind to buy. The biggest hurdle was giving up our ‘99 Dodge Intrepid. It still ran well and everything worked. It just had too many miles and was getting a little long in the tooth. It was time to trade. The new car has all kinds of buttons that do all kinds of things that we still have yet to figure out. The ride is different; the steering wheel feels odd. Neither of us wants responsibility for the first scratch. (We always park away from other autos and hope no one parks nearby and clunks our doors.) The Sonata has a digital speedometer and information center. It tells you how fast you're going, how far you went, how long it took you, how far you can

go before you need fuel and how many miles per gallon you are getting. It probably tells more, but that's enough for any driver to know. There is also a second set of controls for the radio on the steering wheel. I have already been in trouble with the wife for changing stations without telling her what I was doing. She will really be upset when I learn how to change the listening mode from FM to CD to XM. But that's page 48 in the manual and has not been mastered... yet. I did open the hood and all I saw was black and chrome. It is obvious that shade tree mechanics are not meant to touch a wrench to this motor. Even the spark plugs are hidden. So I closed the hood and checked the trunk. It’s pretty big and I can fill it with all kinds of junk that I will never use. That’s what trunks are for. This week I washed the Sonata twice. The Intrepid got washed twice per year! For now, don't call us; we'll probably be driving somewhere trying out the new car. If you hear a horn honk, look out the window. It’s probably us!

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

A firefighting helicopter races towards a fire in Wofford Heights Wednesday afternoon.

For your family of Animals,from hounds to horses,pigs to poultry and lots in between

Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.

Large selection of Tack & Feed Supplies

If what you need is not already in stock we will gladly order it for you.

4571 Lake Isabella Blvd.Lake Isabella In the Commercial Center across from the Fire Station Store:760-379-2041 Cell:760-379-6963 Store Hours: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm Closed Thursday & Sunday

Owner Roger McLaughlin

CALENDAR continued from page 2 chance to win money! Kern River Motors in Lake Isabella is presenting its first annual poker run on Saturday, June 6. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Kern River Motors, next to Crossroads Shell in Lake Isabella. The poker run starts at 10:30 and continues to 2 p.m. It ends at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella with lunch, music and awards. Single rider fee is $35, double rider $50. For more information, contact Lisa at (760) 549-0077. Mongolian Barbecue will be held at VFW June 6 The Kern River Valley Post 7665 of the VFW will be having another very popular Mongolian Barbecue at the post at 2811 Nugget Ave. (behind McDonald’s) in Lake Isabella on Saturday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door for adults and $6 for kinds. There will be a 50/50. This event is very cordially open to the public. For more information, call (760) 3793877. Local author to speak at Library June 9 The Kern River Valley branch of the Kern County Library in Lake Isabella will host Jerry Stanley, a local author who has written many books including “Children of the Dust Bowl,” on Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. Stanley will be speaking about his books for children and adults. For more information call the library at 549-2083. KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting comes up June 10 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly General Meeting at El Portal restaurant in Lake Isabella on the second Wednesday (June 10) at noon. You may order from the menu or the Luncheon Special at $6.95. Individual tickets so you can order what you want. For more information, call (760) 379-5236. Amphibian and Reptile Celebration to be held June 13 The 8th annual California Amphibian and Reptile Celebration will be held at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See live reptiles and learn about them. For more information call (760) 379-1453.




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Week 1- June 9, 10 &11 1-4 grade 5:00-6:00pm 5 grade & up 6:15-7:30pm Week 2- June 16, 17, & 18 1-4 grade 5:00-6:00pm 5 grade & up 6:15-7:30pm Week 3- June 23, 24 & 25 1-4 grade 5:00-6:00pm 5 grade & up 6:15-7:30pm Register for 1 week - 2 weeks or all 3 weeks 1-4 Grade 1 week $40.00 2 weeks $70.00 3 weeks $90.00

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Whitewater Wednesday June 17 offers discounted rafting The Kernville Chamber of Commerce will again be holding their Whitewater Wednesday on June 17. This event treats river runners to either a one-hour or two-hour trip down the upper Kern at a bargain price. Includes a BBQ lunch. Win free tickets from the Courier (see the ad on page 9.) For details including some restrictions, call the Kernville Chamber at (760) 376-2629.

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Government commodities distributed Tuesday, June 23 Food commodities will be distributed to those who fit certain economic guidelines on Tuesday, June 23. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights; Senior Center, Lake Isabella.

6112 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella 760-379-8614 See HAPPENINGS, Page 10

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Airport Wofford Heights Park

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

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

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Kern River Valley information


Sierra Way

Boat Launch Ramps Camp Grounds Towns Hospital Other Features


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 (760) 379-5236

General KRV Info

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Across from Senior Center

Emergencies - call 911 Kern Valley Hospital McCray and Laurel, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-2681 Kern Valley Substation Sheriff’s Department and CHP 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. (760) 549-2100 Weekdays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side French Gulch

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

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

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area


Mountain Mesa

Let’s Go Fishing

Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

Trout hot spot noted Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Map sponsored by Lakeview Motel 12090 Hwy. 178, Mt. Mesa, (760) 379-8250. AC, WiFi

Must See: Silver City Ghost Town Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish is another one of our must-sees in the Kern River Valley. Many of our historic buildings have been moved there from other locations around the area to be preserved and enjoyed for years to come, rather than being torn down and lost forever. Owner and operator J.C. Corlew works to preserve the buildings and keep them for all to enjoy. He also sometimes rents the property out to film crews to provide authentic “Old West” backdrops for commercials, videos and TV and film scenes. "We are always grateful for the location fees, as these proceeds are what enable us to improve the Ghost Town’s museum displays, keep admission fees for the public low and make repairs to the historic structures on site," said Corlew. Silver City is located at 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Bodfish and is open to the public seven days a week in the summer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on weekends in the winter months. No tax dollars are used to operate Silver City. There is a small general admission fee for the Ghost Town of $4.50 per person. Children 6 to 12 are $3.50 and kids 5 and under are free. For more information on Silver City Ghost Town call 760-379-5146 or email or visit them on the web at: A historic monument, made possible by the fraternal organization E. Clampus Vitus, Peter LeBeck Chapter #1866 of Kern County, was dedicated May 3, 2009 in front of the Ghost Town. Other sponsors for the monument included the Kern Valley Historical Society, the Kernville Chamber of Commerce and The South Fork Woman’s Club. – Kern River Courier

Trout fishermen were packed in at the Old Cemetery in Wofford Heights this past weekend. Lots of nice 2, 3 and 4pound trout were caught heading up to the cooler waters of the Kern River. The catfish bite is still picking up, with some of the coves at Boulder Gulch and Stine Cove seeing some Crappie great action. action was Shad, hot. nightcrawlers and --Jack mealBustamante worms are producing the best bites. The crappie action was hot and heavy all around Isabella Lake last week. Many of our visiting holiday fishermen went home with buckets of crappie. Seth and Cody Martinez came back in with a nice stringer of crappie. Their dad said, “I sure would like to see my boys catch some fish. What do I use and

Seth and Cody Martinez were just some of the anglers catching crappie last weekend. where do I go? Naturally, I sent them to one of my favorite crappie holes. Great job, you guys. Hit the lake and let’s go fishing. Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, near the Wofford Heights Post Office.

Reel Cinema

6742 Wofford Heights Blvd. Showtime Info: 760-376-3030


Open Daily – 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment anytime. 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish, Ca. 93205 Ph: 760-379-5146




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21 historic buildings featured on The History Channel & The National Directory of Haunted Places. Antiques shops, museum displays, self & docent guided tours. 20 minutes from Kernville... 100 years back in time!


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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Grand Torino’ a winner

Showtime series renewed

Previews of new DVDs By DNA Smith PICKS OF THE WEEK "Gran Torino" -- "Gran Torino" is not only one of Clint Eastwood's best movies (he starred and served as its director), but it is also one of the best films of 2008. Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a grizzled, canClint Eastwood tankerous Korean War veteran and retired autoworker living in a depressed, run-down neighborhood in Detroit, where he is the last white guy on the block. Surrounded by Asians (of whom Walt isn't too fond), bitter and alone following his wife's death, he spends his days chasing kids off his lawn and working on his most prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. One day, a teen named Thao attempts to break into Walt's garage to steal the car as part of his initiation into a street gang. He is caught by Walt. When the leader of the gang tries to intimidate Walt, he and his gang are run off by the well-armed war veteran. Walt, realizing Thao has no direction in life, takes the boy under his wing and begins to teach him the values of hard work and character. In so doing, Walt realizes he too had become directionless following his wife's death. "Gran Torino" is a moving metaphor for today's America and its yearning to return to some of those values that have been lost in recent decades. I can't recommend this film highly enough.

"Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music Director's Cut" (40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) -- In 1969 a half-million people trampled the alfalfa at Max Yasgur's farm to watch Jimi Hendrix play the National Anthem. The two-disc edition contains the restored, extended director's cut of the film (some 40 minutes had to be cut in 1970 for the theatrical release), plus a featurette about the history of the festival. However, if you really want the full treatment, has a limited edition four-disc set: The four-hour Director's Cut, two hours of bonus concert footage, interviews from Martin Scorsese, director Michael Wadleigh and producer Michael Lang. Another disc contains the complete sets from the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Who and others; plus a 60-page Life Magazine reproduction and Woodstock patch. Groovy. TV SERIES "Reaper" Season 2 "The Best of Whose Line Is It Anyway?" "The Shield" The Complete Seventh Season "Survivorman" Season Three "Mistresses" Vol. 1 "The Cleaner" First Season "Father Knows Best" Season Three "Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1979" "Roy Clarke's Open All Hours" The Complete Series "Perry Mason" Season 4, Vol. 1 "Waiting for God" Season Four "Zane Grey Theatre" Complete Season One

By Cindy Elavsky Q: One of my favorite shows is "Weeds." Can you tell me what is coming up this season? -- Henry J., via e-mail A: The Showtime hit series makes make its fifth-season debut on June 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Singer/actress Alanis Morissette has been tapped to portray Nancy's (Mary Louise Parker) OB-GYN, Audra Kitson, for at least seven episodes. Rumor has it that Parker Audra and Andy (Justin Kirk) will become something of an item. Jennifer Jason Leigh ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Single White Female") also is set to play the recurring role of Nancy's sister. She is slated to appear in at least two episodes this season.

new life in the much-loved comedy-drama. "Scrubs" will be back for its ninth season, with a mix of old and new cast members. Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have signed on for six episodes to tie up some story-line loose ends with their characters. Also, Donald Faison (Dr. Chris Turk), John C. McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox) and Neil Flynn (Janitor) are set to reprise their roles; however, they each have roles in upcoming pilots that would take precedence over "Scrubs." Creator Bill Laurence has hinted that the show will be transitioning into a new format when it returns in the fall. Until then, we'll just have to wait and see. *** Q: Please let us know if "Kath & Kim" will be back on NBC. We love that show! -- Judy H., Roanoke, Va. A: According to the recently released NBC fall schedule, "Kath & Kim," starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, has not been renewed. Also not on NBC's 2009/2010 schedule is Thursday-night mainstay "My Name Is Earl."

*** Q: I absolutely loved the "Scrubs" finale last month. Earlier this year it was rumored that the show might continue on with a ninth season. Is there any truth to that? -- Brenda H., Charlottesville, Va. A: It would appear that the switch to ABC has breathed

*** Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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This week’s top DVD rentals 1. Bride Wars (PG) Kate Hudson (20th Century Fox) 2. Hotel for Dogs (PG) Emma Roberts (DreamWorks) 3. The Wrestler (R) Mickey Rourke 4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) Keanu Reeves (20th Century Fox) 5. Notorious (R) Jamal Woolard (20th Century Fox) 6. Uninvited (PG-13) Emily Browning

(DreamWorks) 7. The Spirit (PG-13) Gabriel Macht (Lionsgate) 8. Marley and Me (PG) Owen Wilson (20th Century Fox) 9. Frost/Nixon (R) Frank Langella (Universal) 10. Seven Pounds (PG-13) Will Smith (Sony) (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.



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Voices of Faith

Women’s Christian group to meet

Suffering makes us learn Rev. Jim Beilstein, pastor Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Lake Isabella

"Your sufferings are the kisses of Jesus" – Mother Teresa If what Mother Teresa said is true, then I believe that many of us would be hesitant about getting kisses from Jesus. It is human nature that in every way we will try not to suffer. But what exactly is suffering? This may be a discussion like the one we are having in our society about what is torture. Suffering or torture, as defined by one person, may be totally different than suffering or torture as defined by another person. What we do know, however, is that sometimes we just hurt, physically, mentally, emotionally or even spiritually, and I would define that as suffering. We know that suffering is part of life but author Patrick Morley asks the question, “Why does there have to be suffering at all? If God is good then why doesn't He remove all suffering?” We do know from the Bible that God is good, He is in control of all things and that He is committed to our good. But how can He be committed to our good if He allows us to suffer? I feel an analogy may help us understand that God indeed is committed to our good but still allows us to suffer. I love my daughter Charla and I am committed to her good. When Mary, Josh and I went back to the seminary in St. Louis we left our 18-year-old dog Shelly with Charla in Sacramento. Charla was raised with Shelly and had grown to love her very much. One day Charla informed me that Shelly was very ill and the vet did not hold out much hope. Charla was

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hurting but she was not ready to let Shelly go. I could have flown back to Sacramento and had Shelly put to sleep. But I knew that Charla needed to work through the death of Shelly even though she suffered. I believed Charla learned about suffering and life and death through the death process of Shelly. I could have alleviated Charla's suffering but then her learning process would not have taken place. I believe in the same way God allows you and me to suffer in order for us to learn something about life on earth and maybe even something about life in heaven. Do we not learn more through our suffering than through our good times? When Mother Teresa talked about our suffering being the kisses of Jesus, I believe she was speaking in reference to the Bible as St. Paul writes. "…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5:3-5, ESV) So I say bring on the kisses of Jesus because no matter how difficult my situation or your situation the promise of God through Paul's writing is that hope will be produced in us and I feel all of us can use a little hope right now. “Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

A special program for Kern Valley Christian women, “In the Presence of our King,” will take place Saturday, May 30 from 9 to 3 at the First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Sheryl Geisbrecht, speaker /author/ radio personality for KAXL, Bakersfield. Lunch will be provided by the KRV Men’s Bible Study Group. Cost: $20 suggested donation. A Love Gift will be taken at the door. Please pre-register with Kathy Weeden, First Baptist Church at 760-379-5615. Email:

First Baptist to hold events On Saturday, May 30 there will be a Women's Conference with the theme “In the Presence of our King” at the First Baptist Church, 3701 Suhre St., Lake Isabella, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A love offering will be taken after the conference). Pre-register by calling Kathy Weeden at 760-379-5615 or email Kathy at or go to On Saturday, June 13, there will be a concert called “Glory to the Lord” held at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights at 3 p.m. There will be a free BBQ. Worship by local groups The Crossroads Band, ALLASSO and Set in Stone.

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey

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

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

1. Is the book of 1 Samuel in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Luke 21, what shall they see the Son of man coming in "with power and great glory"? Chariot, Cloud, Whirlwind, Burning bush 3. Who distributed to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat and a cake of raisins? Solomon, Paul, Timothy, David 4. From Exodus 4, whom did the Lord pro-

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ANSWERS:1) Old; 2) Cloud; 3) David; 4) Aaron; 5) Jonah; 6) Wax (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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

vide to Moses to be his mouthpiece? Abraham, Aaron, Noah, Mahalalel 5. To whom did the word of the Lord say, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city"? Jonah, Samuel, James, Peter 6. In Psalms 22:14, what did the psalmist say his heart was like? Water, Butter, Wax, Emptiness

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Health Insurance Matters

Medicare series continues with Part 7 Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

In the past weeks I have discussed "Original Medicare," Medicare Supplements and the Medicare Advantage programs. The final Medicare program is referred to as Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit. Back in the early to mid 1960s when Medicare was created, there were not many drugs available, and those that were available were relatively inexpensive. Therefore, there was little need for a pharmacy benefit to be in the original program that Congress created. Over the years, pharmacology has grown, as has the cost of many "miracle drugs," so in 2003 Congress added a new part to Medicare, Part D. This plan joins Parts A (hospital) and Part B (medical) to make Medicare more com-

prehensive. Part D works a little differently than Parts A and B in that it is administered by private insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers. In California there are approximately 48 different plans, and they are not alike. Besides having different monthly premiums, each plan Harry Thal has its own list of approved drugs (formulary). Within their formulary, there are restrictions on some drugs. These can take the form of quantity limits, prior authorization or "Step Therapy." The most dangerous of the restriction is Step Therapy

because the drug you are using will not be approved for payment just because your doctor prescribed it. Before possible approval, the doctor must try other forms of therapy first. Often this means trying a less costly drug, or perhaps a generic drug. If there is an adverse reaction, or the drug doesn't work, then another must be tried. If all fail, then perhaps the prescribed drug will be approved and covered. Prior authorization is a little less harsh, as the prescriber must complete a request form, and then hopefully the medication will be approved. In many situations, prescription medications are routinely prescribed for conditions for which the medication has not been FDA approved. This is known as "off label use," and Medicare rules prohibit coverage. Now, all plans don't have restrictions on all the medications.

Unfortunately, prescription plans are only under a one-year contract with Medicare, and they have the ability to change rates, drug lists and restrictions each year. This makes it necessary to review your prescription plans annually. Medicare Part C is another name for Medicare Advantage. Some Medicare Advantage plans may have prescriptions built into their plans, some not. You must read carefully the plan benefits to determine which plan is best for you. Harry P. Thal, MA, Certified Senior Advisor, is a licensed insurance broker. He is a member of the Kern Valley Hospital Advisory Board and is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters, He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

It’s probably not osteoporosis, but instead osteopenia Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a woman in her mid-40s with significant bone loss (osteopenia). I was completely unaware that bone loss can occur in premenopausal

women. I was stunned by my poor bone-density score. Why doesn't the medical community inform the public that bone loss can be an issue for premenopausal women? -- E.M. ANSWER: Osteoporosis happens mainly to women after menopause,


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when there is a sudden and precipitous drop in their production of estrogen, the female hormone that works to preserve bone health. However, women attain their peak bone strength in their late 20s and early 30s. From that time on, bones begin to lose their calcium and become more fragile and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis can occur at younger ages. You don't have osteoporosis. You have osteopenia. It's a marker on the road to osteoporosis. At young ages, girls should be on a program of building a bank deposit of calcium and strong bones by meeting the daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D, and by not doing things that lead to bone demineralization, like smoking. Daily exercise is another requirement for strong bones. The booklet on osteoporosis explains the prevention and treatment of this debilitating disease. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I walk half an hour each morning. Lately, I have experienced chest pain, followed by gas and sometimes heartburn. I am 81 and do not take any medicines. I have had all the lung and heart tests without any problems showing up. What do you think this is? -- F.O. ANSWER: When you say "all the tests," does that include a stress test, the test taken while you walk ever faster on a treadmill and an EKG is constantly taken? If not, you need one. In fact, even if you have had a stress test, go back to the doctor. Undiagnosed chest pain that comes with exertion makes me leery of heart disease. Don't give up the pursuit of trying to find an answer. *** 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) 2008 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved



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Letters to the Courier

Talking About Real Estate

Mobile or manufactured home?

Dear Kern River Courier,

Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

anything built after June 15, 1976 is a manufactured home, anything before is a mobile home. This is a question that I am asked This a huge factor to consider on a regular basis. Is there a differwhen buying a home either for a ence between residence or an investment. a mobileAnything prior to June 15, 1976 home and a banks will not finance with convenmanufactured tional financing. There are some home? They outfits out there that will, but get answer is a ready for short term loans and realdefinite YES! ly high interest. There is a Banks consider anything built huge differbefore that date to be too much of a ence both in risk because of fire safety, structural the eyes of integrity, and value issues. Those banks and the laws mandated several very imporMatt Freeman law. HUD tant safety issues. For example, dryguidelines wall in the water heater closet for changed on June 15, 1976 because fire resistance, and 2X4 construcof new construction requirements tion, pitched roofs with eaves, modmandated by Congress for mobileern insulation and plumbing, and homes passed in 1974. several other very valuable The guidelines were and are upgrades and improvements. designed The to make newest “Guidelines changed on manufacmanufactured tured June 15, 1976.” housing –Matt Freeman homes in both safer many ways and better are built as able to retain its value over the long well or better than stick built housterm, as well as remain an affordes, which is a result of that 1974 law able housing option. being passed. These days affordability in housMake sure you know what you ing is more important than ever are buying, a manufactured home even with the strong market down- or a mobile home. turn we have seen the last couple of years. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with California law goes even further, Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) defining the terms "mobile home" 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His coland "manufactured home." umn is not intended to replace legal Basically what the law says is that advice.




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We are paid subscribers to your paper which you mail to us down here in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. We like to keep up on the local news but the main reason we take the paper is to read whatever Rod dreams up every week. Thanks again for a great publication. Although it is Rod's column we read first we do read the whole paper! Thanks for a great publication! Jack and Connie Merillat San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico and Wofford Heights Dear Kern River Courier, (Recently) at the Forest Service's Regional office near San Francisco, officials there gave a presentation of the Sequoia National Forest’s recreational fee program. I took some time off from work to make the 11+ hour roundtrip journey to find out exactly what this was all about. These are some things that I learned: • Forest Service officials are sorry about the March 22 pictures of their filthy Lake Isabella fee campgrounds that were released to the press. • The Feb. 2 PowerPoint presentation that Sequoia officials gave to the public in Kernville is in fact not the real PowerPoint presentation they meant to give at all. Rather, the real one – with unexplained added categories, changed dollar amounts and arithmetic- can now be found on the Sequoia’s website. At this meeting I also learned that Forest Service officials are unable to reconcile fiscal year budgets with their calendar year budgets. At one point it was not-so-cryptically pointed out that members of the taxpaying public who expect this sort of reconciliation are in fact quite bothersome to the agency. Oh yeah, remember the $24,200 accounting program that Sequoia officials have been touting to Kern Valley residents for the last year, the one that was promised to bring about “transparency” (and paid for with recreation fee money)? Well, this is in fact not an accounting system at all, but instead it is a Web-based program that serves exclusively to track the sales of their Southern Sierra Pass). The Kafkaesque San Francisco Bay Area afternoon wore on. At one point the sixteen or so meeting participants somehow stumbled into a discussion -of all things- the question of how to improve Forest Service public outreach. Peter Wiechers Kernville

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

Wildfires can be damaging.

It's a clear choice, "Be Fire Wise!!!" State law requires property owners to clear a minimum of 100 feet from any structure.

Here’s how to have a chipper day From

A Chipper Day is a day in which the Fire Safe Council Chipper is brought to a community or neighborhood by the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council and the Kern County Fire Department. The chipper will turn branches and shrub material piles into small piles of chips. The chips will be left on the properties. The chipper is maintained and operated by Kern County Fire Department personnel. Cutting and piling material for the chipper is the responsibility of individual property owners. The Council's policy is to provide chipper days as a community service, regardless of the number of participants, to residents, business, and other groups, so long as the work is done for fuel reduction and the creation of defensible space, and the event is coordinated to make a reasonable day's work for the crew. Experience in the past is that in a typical residential community, service to 10 or more properties is needed to provide a reasonable day's work. The council schedules the chipper day for a neighborhood, working with property owner associations or other neighborhood groups. These groups must actually organize the chipper day. The following describe how a chipper day works. For questions, contact Tom Parkin, 661-331-7502 (cell). To organize a Chipper Day I - Elect a representative to approach the Fire Safe Council, contact Robin Little, 760-376-6842. II - 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 three alternatives) for the Chipper Day confirming with Fire Safe Council representative. III - 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 I - Arrange for an on-site portable toilet 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. II - 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.

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HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 Kernville Mule and Donkey Show coming June 26-28 The Kernville Mule and Donkey Show will be held at the Jakes Place Arena, June 26-28. It will be it is open to the public and there is no charge to come watch. There are fees to participate and it will be an AMA (American Mule Association points show). Food booths will be available. The order of events is yet to be determined, but there will be cattle classes on Friday (i.e., cow working, sorting), and mixed roping. There's around 80 classes. Contact Jim or Julie Porter,, or 760-378-2222. Classic car show to be held at First Baptist Lake Isabella July 4 The First Annual Sheriff’s Activity League Classic Car Show will be held at the First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on the 4th of July (a Saturday this year). Bob Coslett will be doing custom pinstriping at the show. All proceeds to benefit the Sheriff’s Activitiy League. Presented by Buddy’s Hot Rod Shop and Kern River Hotrodders. There will be ‘50s music, as well as food, fun and games. Government commodities distributed Tuesday, July 28 Food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, July 28 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights; Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Information for most items from the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

Death notices Orville Richard O’Connell Orville Richard O’Connell, 77, of Weldon, passed away on May 21, 2009 at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. No services are scheduled. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

(Sparky) Lloyd Sparks (Sparky) Lloyd Sparks, 61, of Bodfish, passed away at his residence on May 25, 2009. No services are scheduled. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

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Mia Burton, 3, of Redding, Calif. was the Theme Child at the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project’s Exalted Rulers March on May 16 at the California-Hawaii Elks Association’s Annual Convention in Ontario, Calif. A Check for $7550 was presented by Tom Scott, Exalted Ruler of Kern River Valley Elks Lodge No. 2358, which was raised by the members of the Lodge. Pictured from left are: Past Grand Exalted Ruler Jim Grillo, Tom Scott Exalted Ruler Kern River Valley Elks, Past Grand Exalted Ruler and State President 2008-2009 Jerry Rucker, and Piggy Bank Chairman Debbie Hosted.

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Brian Sarver, 31, of Kernville, passed away on May 25, 2009. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

A memorial fund has been set up at Bank of America in Lake Isabella for Brian Sarver, who was killed in Bodfish Canyon on Monday, Memorial Day. Donations can be made there or sent to P.O. Box 2128, Lake Isabella CA 93240. Also, a car wash and barbecue will be held at Kern River Saloon at noon on Saturday, May 30. All proceeds will go to Sarver’s memorial service.

Our Valley, Our Earth


Some faults are normal

Value depends on condition

Brian Sarver

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The first block diagram we will look at is that of a normal fault. The normal fault is probably the Ron Bolyard easiest fracture to understand. The attributes of a normal fault are: • The fault is the diagonal line separating the Hanging Wall (H) from the Foot Wall (F). The fault has a Dip, measured from the horizontal, of angle A which is expressed in degrees. • The Hanging Wall (H) is above the plane of the fault. • The Foot Wall (F) is below the plane of the fault. • The Hanging Wall has moved downward with respect to the Foot Wall. • The Throw or displacement of the fault, is measure by the distance B expressed in feet or meters. It measures the vertical motion of

similar stratigraphic units, X and the asterisk, as seen in Cross-section. • From the air, the fault may or may not be seen on the surface. • Synonyms are: Gravity Fault, Slump Fault, or Dip-slip Fault. The Causative Factor of a Normal Fault is “A tensional or pull-apart environment that tends to create a void on the surface.” This is shown by the BOLD arrows. Global examples are: • The Gulf coasts of Texas and Louisiana, onshore. • The Gulf of Mexico. 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.

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a Tested XX Case knife that was given to my grandpa in about 1930. It is encased in green bone tortoise shell and has a 3-inch blade. What is it worth? -- Stan, Stigler, Okla. A: I'll cut right to the chase. According to the American Premium Guide to Knives and Razors by Jim Sargent (Krause, $24.99), your knife was manufactured between 1920 and 1940 and is worth about $250. The value of your knife depends a great deal on its condition. A knife in its original box is worth more than one that has obvious wear. *** Q: I read one of your columns that mentioned older lunchboxes. I have a Bonanza lunch pail with images of Hoss, Ben and Little Joe on the front. It was manufactured by Aladdin Industries, and I am curious about how much it might be worth. -- Alexander, Black Creek, B.C., Canada A: I found your lunchbox referenced in Warman's Lunch Boxes Field Guide by Joe Soucy and published by Krause Publications. According to Soucy, your lunchbox is worth about $475. The thermos is listed for $120. As with most collectibles, values depend on three major factors: rarity, demand and condition. You also should

realize that values listed in a price guide are only an opinion. It doesn't necessarily mean you can actually get the amount stated in the marketplace. Anyone who has a vintage lunchbox should invest $12.99 to purchase this excellent price guide. *** Q: I know that most sportscard collectors like baseball cards, but I prefer football cards. Can you recommend a good price guide? -- Billy, Pueblo, Colo. A: Although there are several guides on the market, I think the Standard Catalogue of Football Cards (Krause Publications, $24.99) is one of the better ones. It covers all football cards issued since 1894, including 3,400 sets and 550,000 cards. You can order it from the publisher at; KP Books, 700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990; 888-457-2873. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Time to take a trip California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

August – Oceanside, La Jolla. I’ve always wanted to go snorkling. There’s a well-known cove in La Jolla. And my wife likes timeshare places. Also, I’d love to go to San Diego to walk the Gaslamp Quarter district. October – Dublin, Ireland. This is the trip Miz Sue really wants to go on. Maybe Wales as well. Other maybe trips California Joe include Costa Rica and Kenya. Sue and I planned to go to Costa Rica five years ago but the trip didn’t work out. I did get to Thailand and Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam two years ago. Three weeks. That was my best trip ever so far. (I still do my noodle breakfast, which is a holdover from Saigon. And we did get to Los Cabos four months ago for four days. Timeshare deal. Right outside the sliding glass door was the grassy lawn and farther away the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Not too shabby for a four-day quickie. There was a restaurant at the edge of the lawn and you could sit there and watch the ocean while enjoying your tamale appetizers. I’ve seen Asia and I’ve been to Europe twice.

What more do I want to do? Stay a couple nights on a houseboat in the Everglades. Go canoeing in the Minnesota lake country. Go see my sons again in Las Vegas. And enjoy all the country right outside my camper window. I’ve got my camper all tricked out to go upriver. So far my camper is sitting outside in the yard. Haven’t even gone upriver for a fishing afternoon. Not everything pleases me these days. The radio programs I loved as a child are all gone. “The Shadow.” “Mr. District Attorney.” Radio has become nothing more than a bunch of commercials run day and night. TV is not a lot better when you remember great stuff like “Gunsmoke.” I enjoyed “Gunsmoke for 20 years. And there’s so much economic sturm und drang going on. We’ve become a country willing to do anything to make a buck, and I, for one, am heartily fed up with it. So I want to come out and play a bit. Maybe these trips will help me find a new direction. First let’s get out and play in the great Kern River Valley. I’ve been meaning to have another go at that dratted little white ball. The putting green. I like the sound of that. The putting green. Gotta start somewhere! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob 4 medium green peppers, seeded and cut in half lengthwise 2 c Prego Traditional Italian Sauce

Heat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook til it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Add onion and oregano and cook til onion is tender. Pour off any fat. Stir in cheese. Arrange peppers in 3-qt shallow baking dish. Spoon sausage mixture into peppers. Pour sauce over filled peppers. Cover baking dish. Bake 40 mins til peppers are tender. Bodfish Bob's Twinkie Surprise Bodfish Bob's Easy Guacamole 2 avocados 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 ripe tomato, chopped 1 lime, juiced Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Bodfish Bob's SausageStuffed Green Peppers 1 T vegetable oil 1 lb. Sweet Italian pork sausage, casing removed 1 medium onion, chopped 1 t dried oregano leaves, crushed 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1 box Twinkies 1 large box instant banana cream pudding 2-3 ripe bananas Large container Cool Whip Chopped nuts or crushed candy topping of your choice.

Cut Twinkies in half the long way and place cut side down, filling bottom of a 9x13" pan. Make the pudding according to directions on the package and pour evenly over Twinkies. Slice bananas and place over the pudding. Cover all with Cool Whip. Top with your choice of toppings and refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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Last weekend the One Spade Youth Packers competed at the Bishop Mule Days celebration in Bishop. This year 11 local youths participated in numerous events such as mule packing, racing, chariot racing, wagon driving, western pleasure, run, ride and lead, and musical tires. The kids have been training and practicing since February. The Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley and many other sponsors made this event possible for this year. 2009 contestants included Matt McDonald, Cody Lyon, Chris Ramos, Max Reynolds, Amber Woolwine, Cody Thompson, William Klier, Cade Elfstrom, Josh Garza and John Woolwine.

Cerro Coso to offer piano, driver’s ed Kern River Courier

Piano to be taught by Helen Smoot beginning June 9 Add some music to your summer evenings! The Cerro Coso Community College, Kern River Valley (KRV) Campus in Lake Isabella is offering an evening Piano Class this summer for beginners as well as advanced. Piano 1, 2, 3, and 4 will be held concurrently. Beginning June 9 through July 30, this class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:05 p.m. at the KRV Campus in Room 10. This class, instructed by Helen Smoot, is designed to teach development techniques, practice habits, progressive technical skills, and the knowledge of music fundamentals. Smoot holds a Master of Arts Degree in Piano Performance and has concertized extensively throughout Europe and the West Coast and has taught piano for over 40 years. For further details and information, please call the College Office at 379-5501. College driver’s ed to start June 1 at Kern Valley High

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Attention Beginning Drivers! The Cerro Coso Community College, Kern River Valley Campus in Lake Isabella is offering Driver's Education as a Community Education Class.

This class, taught by James Thompson, will meet nine times beginning Monday, June 1 through June 11. The class will meet Monday through Friday, June 1 through 5 and Monday through Thursday, June 8 through 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kern Valley High School. This Driver's Education class will present to the beginning driver a practical and realistic guide to the fundamentals of driving and the rules of the road. This course will take the student step by step from the basics of vehicle control to the specific dangers of different driving environments to the responsibilities of vehicle ownership. The student will receive knowledge to help him/her be a safe and competent driver. This class meets the requirements of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), but does not offer behind the wheel instruction. There is a class fee of $40. Students may register, with parental consent, and pay the Community Education fee at the Cerro Coso Community College office located at 5520 Lake Isabella Boulevard during regular business hours. Don't delay; this Driver's Education class starts on June 1. Forms can also be found at For more information, contact the College Office at 379-5501.

Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: GLAS CO MFG. (2009-B3050), DBA#2: LAKESIDE GLASS, A SUBSIDIARY OF GLAS CO MFG. (2009-B3051), Street address of principal place of business: 3605 Oakwood Road, Squirrel Valley, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: 3605 Oakwood Road, Squirrel Valley, CA 93240. REGISTRANT(S): Daniel Quella, 3605 Oakwood Road, Squirrel Valley, CA 93240. 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 pro-

vided 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: Daniel Quella. This statement filed on 05/06/2009. Expires 05/06/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2009.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Cedar Shadows (2009-B2924) Street address of principal place of business: 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT(S): Richard Anglin, 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 and Karen Anglin, 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 07/01/2003. 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: Karen M. Anglin. This statement filed on 05/01/2009. Expires 05/01/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 2009.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Wofford Heights Mini Storage (2009-B2923) Street address of principal place of business: 41 Lakeshore Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 41 Lakeshore Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT(S): Richard Anglin, 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 and Karen Anglin, 949 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 07/01/1999. 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: Karen M. Anglin. This statement filed on 05/01/2009. Expires 05/01/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier May 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 2009.

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Lake Isabella - 1,425 sq.ft. 2 bd, 2 ba home. Beautiful huge fireplace. LR, FR, completely remodeled. Large fenced rear yard. Short walk to grocery shopping, restaurants & banking. $900/mo + $900 security deposit. No pets. Call Paul @ 379-3686, Cell (661) 301-0017 or Linda @ 376-2635, Cell 417-0317 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Wofford Hts. Mobile Home Neatest Adult Park in the valley 1 Bdrm. Completely remodeled $385.00 mo. Senior Discount. Apply at office, 99 Evans Rd. _________________________

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HUGE! Yard Sale. Sat, 5/30 7am-3pm. Calvary Chapel, 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Hts. All Proceeds go toward sending teens to summer camp. __________________________ Oak Knolls Annual Community Yard Sale - Old State Rd & Oak Knolls in Wofford Heights (watch for signs) Sat & Sun, May 30th & 31st, 8am - 3pm __________________________ Yard Sale - 698 Bristlecone, Wofford Hts. Saturday, May 30th 8am - 4pm Tools, hardware and household items.

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Commercial LIVE WHERE YOU WORK! 2 br, 1 ba home; detached garage w/office and bathroom. WH Blvd. $775.00 call for application 760-376-2436 _________________________ Wofford Heights - Commercial Bldg. for rent w/bonus 2 bd, 1 ba located @ 6937 Wofford Blvd. 1,800 sq ft. $675/mo. Call (310) 489-5990

For Sale 1992 BUICK CENTURY for sale $500 cash. Needs automatic transmission. Great parts car. You tow home from Kernville. (661)378-1085

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Courier chuckle of the week: "When I die I'm going to leave my body to science fiction." –Steven Wright

See Page 6 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Try using that Aries charm to warm up the usual set of workplace naysayers, and then back it up with a solid block of facts and figures to sell your idea to your colleagues. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) While nothing can deter a determined Bovine from following a course you believe in, it helps to have some supporting data and statements by trusted colleagues. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ll get new information that could help make your career transition easier. The weekend is a good time to re-establish relationships with people you haven't seen in a while. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Personal matters demand your attention as once-stable situations begin to shift. Quick action to shore things up is called for in order to avoid more problems down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Although your financial picture begins to brighten, "thrift" and "caution" are still the watchwords for fiscally astute Leos and Leonas to live by. Expect news about a family matter. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Before you try to blame a colleague for a workplace problem, make sure you have the proof to back you up. Make some quiet inquiries on your own to try to solicit more information. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Trying to cheer up a depressed friend or downcast family

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. MOVIES: In which movie did the actor Jeremy Irons play his own twin brother? 2. TELEVISION: What show spawned the spinoff sitcom "Good Times" in the 1970s? 3. MUSIC: What kind of instrument is a fife? 4. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Nullarbor Plain? 5. PERSONALITIES: Where was humorist Garrison Keillor born? 6. SCIENCE: What is the third most common element in the Earth's atmosphere by percentage, after nitrogen and oxygen? Answers:

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Living Green

Water heaters go with the flow Richard Rowe Kern River Courier Columnist

service call was needed to get the system working. The passive one I had in my There are two basic types of next house sat on the roof above solar water heaters, active and where my water heater was locatpassive. Active systems depend ed, feeding into that water heater. on external power to run pumps When you opened any hot water to circulate the faucet, water came from the solar heat they gather; panel's tank, feeding the standard passive setups water heater. My shower was on don't. the other side of the wall from the Passive systems water heater. So, I could tell how may be less effiit was working when I'd hear the cient at any given gas water heater's burner come moment, but they on. In summer, it never came on. I are much more also noticed a big difference in my Rowe dependable and monthly gas bills. cost less per unit If you are good at Googling, of heat captured. you can find a passive solar hot I have had both types of solar water heater, like the hot water heaters, a fancy and ProgressivTube expensive active one with all sorts, for about of pumps and controllers and a $1,600 huge (before the tank in 30% tax the baseI noticed a big difference in credit). ment Fellow and a Courier my monthly bills. simple –Richard Rowe columnist self-conBodfish tained Bob put in “thera Sun Flow mosiphon” single panel with a batch passive solar hot water tank at the top. Though I tend heater from www.servamaticsotoward the complicated and He says, "The solar pricey, my personal experience water heater is working beyond reinforces the “KISS” (keep it sim- my wildest expectations." ple, stupid) commandment. When the power went out with Richard Rowe is a retired City my fancy active system, the Planner, living in Wofford Heights. pumps stopped pumping and the He is website administrator of panels would vent steam. Neat to for Kern River Valley watch, but it meant an expensive Revitalization.


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Think Local First Program is a Sierra Business Council program that fosters increased support for local organizations. This program, which SBC is piloting in four other communities throughout the Sierra Nevada, supports locally-owned independent businesses that sustain our communities and give our towns unique character. Think Local First is more than a buying local campaign, it also advocates volunteerism, local investing and philanthropy, the arts, use of local energy and promoting locally sourced food and drink. Join Sierra Business Council's President Steve Frisch and Sahara Saude to see how you can become a part of this program. *This meeting is a follow-up to a workshop held during Living Green in the KRV in March. 7pm, Thurs., June 4 @ the Kernville Community Room 11447 Kernville Road, Kernville (next to Kernville Chamber of Commerce, entrance from Sierra Way).

Sweet Adelines win audience choice Kern River Courier

Donning the 1960s bouffant wigs from the movie “Hairspray” for their competition this spring to become beauty pageant contestants, the Kern Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines won the audience choice award for their performance in Bakersfield. Out of a field of 18 choruses, Kern Valley was chosen the Audience Choice for the most entertaining chorus in Region 11 this year. Also topping the weekend was a 2nd place ribbon in the small chorus division. A parody medley urging the judges to choose “me” for the winner was written especially for Kern Valley. Each gal became a contestant to woo the judges to vote for her. Our own Sandi Johnstone, a 25-year member of the chorus, was the imagination

for this performance. Characterization has become a large part of delivering an a cappella song, barbershop style. “From our newest 13-year-old member to the oldest (no comment), we each became a beauty queen in our own eyes. Really great fun!”, said Cheryl Borthick. The Sweet Adelines quartet, “Sierra Sound”, scored 12th out of 28 contestants. All women who love to sing and perform are invited to come to our meeting on Thurs., June 4 at 6:30 to the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Also there will be a “Friends and Family” night Thurs, July 2. It’s summer! What a way to chase away those long hot summer days. Come down June 4 for some great singing and fun. Meet new friends. For more information, call 376-6131.

Kern River Courier May 29, 2009  

Kern River Courier May 29, 2009

Kern River Courier May 29, 2009  

Kern River Courier May 29, 2009