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Christmas In Kernville only 29 days away

Powers-ful ceremony

Mike Devich Kern River Courier


Jack “What’s His Name” knocked off work to catch this beauty.

It’s not too early to start saving up toys for the Parade of Classic Cars during Christmas in Kernville. The parade will take place on the streets of Kernville Dec. 13 starting at 4 p.m. The cruising cars will collect unwrapped toys for the kids of the Kern River Valley. The parade will end at 5 p.m. at Circle Park in Kernville with the opening of Santa’s Village, a festival of lights that will delight you. If you would like to donate unwrapped toys but can’t make the parade, you may place them in the donation cans provided in Kernville at the Big Blue Bear, Lah-De-Dah, The Sportsman, Kathleen’s River Salon, Ewings on the Kern, James Sierra Gateway Market Kernvllle, Natural Health or Kellee Scott Farmers Insurance. Or call Darlene Randall at 376-3998 or Jeff Bartlett at 3790990.


Medicare about to unlock its season to allow patients to try out plans.


An entire page of memories for Powers Peak dedication.

Fire season ends Fire officials have announced that the 2008 wildland fire season has ended for local forest lands, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Officials will maintain and staff fire protection services, but some seasonal forces have been laid off, including helicopters and some fire crews. Visitors and residents should remain cautious about fire.

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Next Friday, Nov. 21, is the Courier’s advance advertising deadline for our Thanksgiving weekend issue. This is a very important issue to be in for any retailer! Make your advertising plans now and call your ad salesperson.

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Bill Jenkins, who had the idea for officially naming Powers Peak (in far background), addresses the crowd at the peak’s dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Kernville fish hatchery (the hatchery’s equipment can be seen in the background). Powers Peak was named for the cowboy historianauthor Bob Powers, who passed away in 2002. His family was there to observe the dedication. See more photos and a story on page 9.

Is Wofford Heights in the shadow of other towns in the Kern River Valley?


Cheeseburgers might cause a gas problem.

Parks and Rec, Edison rally around Kernville kiosk effort Dave Hook, Kern County Board of Trade Special to the Kern River Courier

Mike Devich/Kern River Courier

The Kern County Board of Trade’s new computerized “virtual” information kiosk is now in operation in Circle Park in Kernville.

(Editor’s note: the following is reprinted from the Fall 2008 edition of "Kern County Quarterly," the newsletter of the Kern County Board of Trade.) Partnerships are helping Kern County expand its network of virtual visitor centers. Installation of the interactive kiosk at Kernville was a prime example of public and private sector joining forces. Executive Director Rick Davis explained the Board of Trade received assistance from the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department, Southern California Edison and Mediacom to bring the Kernville project on line. "The Board of Trade is very grateful to partners like these who are willing to help us bring something exciting into the community," said Davis. Davis explained that while Supervisors funded the kiosks and Board of Trade staff developed the technology in cooperation with private industry, placing the units in the field is a team effort. "It's been this way throughout the county," Davis explained. "We're a small

department. There's no way we could provide a service like this without tremendous partners." Nowhere was that more evident than in Kernville. Southern California Edison was instrumental in the physical placement of the kiosk. "They helped us with the physical unloading and the heavy lifting," said Davis. "They brought in their equipment and their team and helped us get this on the ground. They were great community partners in this effort." But before the kiosk could be set in place, a lot of advance work was required. Kern County Parks and Recreation was equal to the task. "I have to give a lot of credit to Bob Lerude and his team at Parks," Davis noted. "They poured the (concrete) slab, they developed the site, they brought in the electrical, and they provided construction and installation assistance as a partnership effort for the good of the community." Addenda to this Board of Trade story: About correcting some incomplete or

See KIOSK, Page 14

Kern River Basin Data: Wed. 5 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 111, 463 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Peaked at 258,239 ac-ft. June 16. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 250 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 250 cfs Borel Canal flow 51 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 Valley – the place to have some fun Los Vaqueros Gymkhana Club Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Sally Thornburg Debra Rundell Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Harry Thal Clarence Semonious Marya Miller Richard Rowe Dona Anderson 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 $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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• Nov. 8 • Dec. 13 Gymkhana shows are held at Jake’s Place arena (Sierra Way just south of Kernville Rd.) Spectators welcome. Starts 9 a.m. Rain dates the next Saturday. 378-2885.

High school football • Nov. 13 Senior Night will be at Kern Valley High School on Nov. 13, against Frazier Mountain. Games are usually 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call 379-2611.

Courier holiday season deadlines Thanksgiving 11/28 issue: Ad deadline will be Friday, Nov. 21. We will then deliver Tues. and Wed. 11/25-26, before Turkey Day weekend starts. Office will be closed 11/27-30. Christmas 12/26 issue: Ad deadline will be Friday, Dec. 19 instead of Tuesday, Dec. 23. We will then deliver Tues. and Wed. 12/23-24, before Christmas weekend starts. Office closed 12/25-28. New Year's Day 1/2 issue: Ad deadline would have been Friday, Dec. 26 instead of Tuesday, Dec. 30, but since that is the day after Christmas, we will have to push it back to Tuesday, Dec. 23. We will deliver Tues. and Wed. 12/30-31, before the New Year's celebration begins. Office will be closed 1/1-4/09.

Regular meetings and activities


• 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., KRV CB’ers Breakfast, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.

• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, Paradise Cove, 2nd Wednesday. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Highland Chapel Methodist Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Wed. 549-3033 for location. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., third Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 3762410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.



Fridays • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. • 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, Fellowship Bldg, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


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

Mondays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 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-Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.

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

• 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. • 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. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291

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

Saturday, Nov. 29 Lake Isabella Christmas Parade. Santa Claus ushers in the holiday season. 379-5236. Friday, Dec. 12 Candle Stroll and Live Nativity Scene, Circle Park, Kernville. 376-2629. Saturday, Dec. 13 Christmas Parade of Giving, Kernville. Santa Claus appears in Circle Park. 376-2629.

2009 events: Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, (760) 376-2629, or the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, (760) 379-5236, for next year’s tentative dates. With all scheduled events, call either chamber before attending for the latest event information. January: Man and Woman of the Year banquet (Jan. 9), awards (Jan. 26) February: Whiskey Flat Days (Feb. 13-16), Heart Walk March: Keyesville Classic Mt. Bike Races April: Valley-Wide Art Studio Tour, Isabella Lake Fishing Derby (April 4-6), Kern River Festival Whitewater Races (April 18-19), Trout Festival, Kern Valley Nature Festival May: History Days, Classic Car Show (May 9) June: Kids Fishing Derby (California Free Fishing Day), Whitewater Wednesday July: Fireworks Over The Lake, Personal Watercraft Races August: Rubber Ducky Races, Hummingbird Festival September: Turkey Vulture Festival, California Free Fishing Day October: Kickin’ Back at Kernville Rod Run, Valley Fest, Casino Night November: Lake Isabella Christmas Parade December: Christmas in Kernville, Parade of Giving

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed


Cars still in good shape Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've always taken good care of my autos, from my first to my latest. I started thinking about all the cars I've had over the years and noted that I've had 23 cars in 61 years. That figures out to about one car every three years. From my first car, a 1936 Pontiac, to my most current vehicle, a 2003 Ford Ranger, I've loved ‘em, warts and all. Rod Each one at the Middleworth time was my favorite. And they all ran well, far, and somewhat trouble free ... as long as you don't count the broken crankshaft in the 36 Pontiac, or the blown clutch in the Willys coupe, or the leaky main seal in the '39 Plymouth, or the kidding I took with my '47 Studebaker when constantly asked which way it was headed. The 1940 Plymouth had lumpy seats and the ‘49 Mercury used a quart of oil every 100 miles, which I bought by the gallon and carried in the trunk. The 1954 Ford ate starters for lunch. The '58 Ford station wagon was my first new car, but the camshaft pan leaked oil like a sieve, along with a bent drive shaft which

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took the Ford garage three months to find. Then there was the '63 T Bird that required a new battery every three months. I traded it for a Pinto that blew light fuses regularly. My next selection was a ‘63 Cadillac which lost a muffler and could be heard for miles. After that there was the '68 Dodge, which had a four on the floor transmission that had to be replaced in its second year. A 1978 Cimmaron was the next mistake. It got great mileage – because it was towed so often. After that there were several other lovable disasters, the worst of which was the Suzuki 4 on the floor. It had a gear tooth missing on the flywheel and would usually jam the starter in the middle of nowhere. I gave that one to my grandson, and within a year he destroyed it by driving into backwoods places where I wouldn't even walk. Currently I have three vehicles, all of which are approaching 100,000 miles. It’s time to trade, but I'm not ready. Maybe next year. What's that? The horn on the Ford Ranger is jammed and won't shut off? Got a hammer? Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.

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Donate blood here Nov. 18 Kern River Courier

Help others receive the gift of life when the veterans of the Kern River Valley once again bring the Houchin Bloodmobile to the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. The blood donation center will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Be there to donate blood. “People live when people give.” When preparing for donation, please note: First-time donors must present a picture ID with date of birth. Repeat donors will be asked to present some form of identification. Eat a meal with five hours prior to donating. Well balanced meals are essential, containing protein and carbohydrates. Dieters must be

taking in at least 1200 calories per day. The more fluids you take in before and after donating, the better you will feel. Avoid caffeine! It is dehydrating. You should be free from all cold, flu, cold sores, or symptoms of any infection for three days, and off antibiotics for three days. You should not be in any of the AIDS high risk groups. You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information, call either Houchin Blood Bank location, either at G St. in Bakersfield (661) 327-8541 or on Truxtun at (661) 3234222. They also have a Web site at

Mark your calendar Ladies of Elks annual bazaar to be held Saturday, Nov. 15 Remember to bring your Christmas shopping list to the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Saturday Nov. 15. There will be a large variety of items on sale at the Ladies of the Elks Annual Bazaar, as well as a soup and homemade bread booth. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm and there is no charge for admission. Sorority’s fashion show and luncheon at Elks Nov. 15 Preceptor Xi Eta Sorority will be having a fall fashion show and luncheon on Saturday Nov. 15 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. Social hour to begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and fashion show to follow. Your $20 donation includes a delicious lunch, a fun peek at new fashions and a chance to win great door prizes. Proceeds to benefit the Kern River Valley Sheriff's Activities League program. For tickets and more information, please call Marlene Sciacqua at 378-4285. ‘Living Green’ working committee meeting Nov. 15 The “Living Green” festival will be in March 2009. If you are interested in helping to organize it, the Working Committee Meeting #2 will be from 1-3 pm, Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Kernville Community Room, enter off Sierra Way and Kernville Road, next to the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. Meeting #3 will be 1-3pm, Saturday, Dec. 6. Auditions for Whiskey Flat Days melodrama Nov. 15 Sierra Performing Arts will be holding auditions for the Whiskey Flat Days melodrama "The Masked Canary" on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Cerro Coso College, room G. If you are interested in a part or would like to help backstage call Mary Hanawalt at 379-0503. Art Association to feature Charles Karubian Nov. 17 The Kern River Valley Art Association will feature the artwork of Charles Karubian at its meeting Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Karubian has had his work featured in Switzerland, Austria, New York and Los Angeles. Exchange Club to hold Firefighter Appreciation Night Nov. 17 The Exchange Club of the Kern Valley will hold a Firefighter Appreciation Night on Nov. 17 at Paradise Cove. No-host cocktails at 5, dinner at 6. $22 per person. Please RSVP to Marsha Smith at 379-3667 ext. 15. Bloodmobile coming to Lake Isabella Nov. 18 The Houchin blood donation center will be at the Senior Center from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Be there to donate blood. “People live when people give.” Some restrictions apply. For more information, call either Houchin Blood Bank location, either at G St. in Bakersfield (661) 327-8541 or on Truxtun at (661) 323-4222. Knitting and Crochet Club meets at library Nov. 18 It's a Knit-together with LisaMarie and the Library Crochet and Knit Club at Kern River Valley Library on Nov. 18 at 6:30. All skill levels and ages are welcome! Bring a project that you are working on or LisaMarie will get you started with all the materials you need. Learn the basics, share patterns and tips, get help with your project-- either way, you're sure to have fun and make a new friend. This Knit & Crochet group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 at KRV Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, call 549-2083 if you have any questions.

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Assemblymember Fuller to hold office hours Nov. 20 Assemblymember Jean Fuller announced that her staff will hold office hours at the Kern County Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment with Assemblymember Fuller's staff, the community is encouraged to call Fuller's district office at 661-395-2995.


at 6504 Lake Isabella Blvd., Suite E

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Community Thanksgiving celebration at high school Nov. 21 You are invited to a Community Thanksgiving Celebration at the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Kern Valley High School on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Kern River Valley Pastor's Association. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the things we are grateful for. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be received to help one of our community service organizations. For further information call 376-6719 or 379-4296.

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Adventures 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 (760) 379-5236

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

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


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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

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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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Lake Isabella

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

Let’s Go Fishing

Derby trout arriving now Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Fred Langer/Special to the Courier

Fred Langer of Kernville took this picture of a meet-up between a deer and a cat in his yard.

French Gulch is the new home to thousands of trout. Volunteers from the Kern Valley Fish and Game Habitat Club received loads of trout for the 2009 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby. Now they will take on the task of feeding You and caring for have to them for the next four and be out a half months. there These volunteers play the every day most imporor you’ll tant part in preparation miss the for the derby. crappie Thanks guys! French bite. Gulch Marina is still getting some on-again, off-again crappie action. One day they are biting and the next they’re not. You have to be out there every day or you’ll miss the bite. Trout on Isabella Lake are showing up more and more at Paradise Cove. The Department of Fish & Game is still stocking the upper Kern. Not as many fishermen

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Old what’s-his-name played hooky from work again and snagged a beautiful rainbow. upriver this time of year, so catching is wide open. The local trout hunter above (me) ran into some nice holdovers in one of the out-ofthe-way spots. Grab some worms 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.

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Celebrity Extra

‘Shark’ is gone for good By Cindy Elavsky Q: I just love Holly Hunter and her show "Saving Grace." Will it be back to finish the season? If so, when? -- Tina G., via e-mail A: TNT's megahit about a hard-living detective who receives guidance from her guardian angel will return from hiatus Hunter in March with eight new episodes. Christina Ricci and Kathy Bates, who will be guest-starring for three episodes, will be joining Hunter this spring. The third season of "Saving Grace" begins summer 2009. ***

Q: Has "Shark" been taken off the air for good? If so, what is James Woods doing now? I sure liked that show. -Charlotte, via e-mail A: "Shark," the courtroom drama that aired for two seasons on CBS, was not picked up for the 2008-09 television season. James currently can be seen in the movie parody "An American Carol," which also stars Kevin Farley (the late Chris Farley's brother), Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight and Dennis Hopper. 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) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Couch Theater Banner week for TV on DVD Previews of new DVDs By DNA Smith PICK OF THE WEEK "Wall-E" -- Hands-down one of the best films of 2008. This animated comedy/adventure from Pixar tells the story of Wall-E, a wee trash compactor who has spent centuries on a post-apocalyptic Earth stacking cubes of garbage, collecting trinkets and watching "Hello Dolly." He discovers a new mission when he meets EVE, an environmental probe, and rises above his programming and in the process discovers love. There are various packagings, but all will include a director's commentary track, deleted scenes, the short film "Presto" (which showed in theaters before the feature) and a new short film, "BURN*E." The threedisc Special Edition will have all that, plus even more deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a digital copy of the film for portable devices, a documentary on Pixar and other goodies. ALSO THIS WEEK "Tropic Thunder" -- One of the funniest and most controversial films of the year --- and one of my favorites. "Tropic Thunder" stars Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black as a group of actors filming an "Apocalypse Now" Vietnam epic who are exiled into

the jungle to finish the film in a documentary style. Unfortunately, they come across real-life drug lords. But the hapless crew thinks it's all part of the film. Hilarity ensues. The DVD will be released in theatrical version and an unrated version with Extra Naughty. DOCUMENTARY "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" -Filmmaker Alex Gibney chronicles the life and tragic death of the Dean of Gonzo Journalism, with special emphasis on Thompson's coverage of the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections, featuring in-depth interviews with George McGovern, Pat Buchanan, Ralph Steadman and Jan Wenner. "Gonzo" is possibly the best (and most even-handed) documentary on Thompson yet made. TV SERIES RELEASES "Bones" Season 3 "Doctor Who" Season 4 "Hawaii Five-O" Season 5 "The Odd Couple: The Final Season" "Daniel Boone" Season 6 "Star Trek: The Original Series" Season 3 Remastered "Star Trek: The Entire Original Series" Remastered, Boxed Set "McHale's Navy" Season 4 "Spongebob Squarepants" Season 5, Vol. 2 "Hannah Montana: The Complete First Season" "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" Season 3 "Charmed: The Complete Series (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Health Insurance Matters

Find out which Medicare HMO is right for you Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

The lock is about to open. Since April 1, people on Medicare Advantage plans have been "locked in" to their choice of coverage, with little opportunity to change. Here in the valley some medical groups changed the plans they accept, leaving some patients in need of changing doctors, as they couldn't switch insurance plans. On Nov. 15 the gates will open for six weeks, and changing plans is allowed. If you have a Medicare HMO, PPO or PFFS type of plan, this is the time to look at the 2009 coverage and determine which plan will suit you best for the coming year. You can switch as many times as you like, with the last application received by Dec. 31 to be the plan you will retain.

There is a monkey wrench which can be thrown into this, and that is the rules concerning prescription drugs. I spoke with a lady in Porterville this week. She thought she found a better "stand-alone" prescription plan. Little did she know that you are not allowed to have two plans covering medication, so the plan which covered Harry Thal her health insurance automatically got kicked out when she bought the drug plan. Here it is November, and she has just learned that she has had no health insurance all year. Good thing the hospital where

she is scheduled for a procedure called the insurance company to verify coverage. She would have been responsible for the bills! By last week, all people on Medicare Advantage type of plans have received an "annual notice of change" letter. This letter describes the changes your plan will have from the prior year. What it doesn't show is what the changes are in all the other plans of a similar type, and all the plans of other types that might be a better choice. We all know that if you are in an HMO you are committed to one primary care doctor. He/she in turn must make referrals permitted by the insurance plan. The choice of specialists is limited. Also, some of the HMO plans are seeing a major increase in the copays for the hospital. By shopping, you can often find a plan which has $0 addi-

tional cost, lower hospital co-pays, a good prescription benefit and you can keep your same doctor. We do have a choice, but by attending a meeting of the XYZ plan only tells you about the XYZ policy. The salesman only emphasizes the strengths of his/her plan, they don't put as much emphasis on the weakness. Ask lots of questions and seek the counsel of an independent third party or go to to compare your options. 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

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California Joe’s Country Living

Restless rover ruminates California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Next I want to go to India. I went to Cambodia last January and saw the incredible temple at Angkor Wat. It sits in a jungle surrounded by a large moat. But the temple I liked best was Ta Prohm. Shrouded in jungle, it conjures up a romantic aura with its trunks of trees California Joe twisting amongst stone pillars while fig and banyan trees spread their gigantic roots over and under, probing walls and terraces. Jungle ruins have always fascinated me. After all, I was raised in the Louisiana bayous near Alexandria, La. with surrounding forests and jungles and water on all sides. Little by little, I've become interested in going to India. Especially after visiting Vietnam and Laos and Thailand. And Cambodia above all. So, I would like to visit China and India. The older civilizations that really started it all. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zorastrianism, Judaism, and a sprinkling of obscure tribal religions. Why not see some of the oldest surviving religions? Especially the Hindu pantheon

which embraces over 300 million deities including iconic Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of good fortune. I wouldn't mind if that fellow chose to smile at my presence. There’s Sikhism's Golden Temple at Amritsar and Islaam’s 17th century Jama Masjid in Delhi (India's largest mosque). Bodh Gaya, Bihar has special significance for Buddhists as this is where Prince Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment under a bodhi tree some 2,500 years ago, thereby becoming the Buddha. I still remember rising at dawn in Laos and watching the young bare-footed monks in their orange robes wandering through the street of Luang Prebang with their small bowls asking for sustenance. It would be great fun in India and China to see more of that. With the coming of a new president in this country perhaps we could all re-explore our spirituality. We are not alone on this planet and perhaps we can all be more aware of our neighbors wherever they live. I think I'll put on my traveling shoes come the next year and sally forth. Sounds like a plan to me. Want to come along? You could, you know. 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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Break the jerky up into 1inch pieces and place in a heavy, lidded kettle. Drain the hominy and add to the jerky, along with the onion. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, until the hominy is tender, about 2 hours. You will have to watch this closely, as more water will have to be added as you go along. Add the potatoes and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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Heat turnips to boiling in water. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Mash; add butter, salt, sugar, pepper. Stir until well mixed. Serve garnished with parsley. Bodfish Bob's Jerky Stew 1 lb Jerky, beef or buffalo 1 c Whole dried hominy, soaked

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Jocelyn Lykins, left, of Lykins Photography, takes a picture of the Powers clan after the conclusion of the dedication of Powers Peak

just northeast of Kernville (see page 1 photo). Powers’ widow, Marge, is at center with long lace sleeves.

Crowd assembles to dedicate Powers Peak in Kernville Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Marge Powers (second from right) and her children Susie, David, Ken and Bob. Mike Ludiker/Kern River Courier

Bob Powers’ empty boots, hat and saddle were there to remind the crowd of Bob.

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Rich Zimmerman (left) and Larry Holochwost sing one of Bob Powers’ favorite songs. Years ago a group of six would get together and sing cowboy songs.

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Bob Powers is shown in an old photo in his Forest Service days.

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Attendees sign the guest book while Liz Bardos of the Kern River Valley Historical Society watches.

Powers Peak was dedicated Saturday in Kernville before a crowd of about 250 people. The peak was officially named in August after noted local author Bob Powers, who died in 2002 at the age of 78. The mountain, located about 1.7 miles NNE of Kernville, looms over the Kernville Fish Hatchery, which was the site of the dedication ceremony. Powers grew up in the South Fork area of the Kern River Valley, a fifthgeneration resident here. He always loved cowboying, as his widow, Marge Powers of Wofford Heights, said during the dedication ceremony. In the story of his passing in 2002, which was written by this reporter and published in another newspaper, his life was described. “Bob Powers was born to a longtime ranching family in 1924 in Old Kernville, long before the coming of Isabella Lake forced the town to move south a few miles. “He literally grew up in the saddle. In the foreword to his book ‘South Fork Country,’ Powers recalls riding on a pillow in front of his father when he was only a year old, and driving teams in the hay fields when he was just eight years old. “After working on various cattle ranches in the valley, he went to work for, and eventually retired from, the U.S. Forest Service. “Powers began writing books about the Kern River Valley's history in the early 1970s. According to a story in the Bakersfield Californian, he wrote his first book because a shyster came to town and bilked many residents out of money for a book on Kern Valley history he supposedly was going to publish. Because he had helped the man, Powers felt obligated to local residents and decided to write a book of his own to fulfill that obligation.” Powers ended up publishing nine books. His last one, “Desert Country,” came a few months before he passed away. His books are still sold by his wife, Marge. Bob Powers loved the valley’s past so much he added an authentic log cabin-style room onto his home

in Wofford Heights, which is where he did his writing. The dedication ceremony was held on a beautiful fall day in a sunny meadow behind the Kernville Fish Hatchery. After a welcome by former Forest Service District Ranger Dave Freeland, now retired, the salute to the flag was given by Boy Scout Troop 690 and the invocation by Kenneth Powers. Bill Jenkins was the first official speaker. Jenkins recounted how he came up with the idea to name a peak for Powers because Bob and Marge contributed so much to the valley. Bob Powers “Some people think it should be called ‘Bob and Marge Powers Peak,” he said. Powers’ friend and former school superintendent Larry Holochwost spoke and later sang one of Bob’s favorite songs along with Rich Zimmerman, a former local teacher. Current Kern River District Ranger Rick Larson related a humorous story about setting a fence under Powers’ supervision. Powers said it would have to be redone because the tops of the posts were not the same height. Larson countered that the tops could just be cut off to match. “My career with the Forest Service almost ended right then before it started,” Larson said. Margaret Smith of the Kern River Valley Historical Society spoke, and said, “Bob was the Historical Society,” adding that many of the artifacts in the museum in Kernville came from his family. Marge Powers thanked Freeland, Jenkins, Holochwost and all those who helped get the designation. Her family was invited up to the podium and they were each given a framed picture of Powers Peak taken by Powers’ friend Gene Verbeet. After the ceremony, refreshments provided by the Historical Society were enjoyed by all in the crowd while they socialized, and the Powers family lined up for a portrait (top of page) taken by Jocelyn Lykins of Lykins Photography.

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Voices of Faith

WD40 works for the soul, too Clarence Semonious Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship

This week I’d like to bring you an item written by Dale A. Scadron, Th.D. (used by permission of the author.) You may be wondering what WD40 has to do with your soul. It would help to know exactly what WD40 is. It is said that you can fix anything with duct tape and WD40 (although a big hammer helps, too). On a side note, it is surprising to know that one of the things that you are not supposed to use duct tape on is a furnace duct. The name comes from the canvas it is made Semonious from, not from what it is supposed to be used for. Actually, very few people outside of the manufacturer knows what is in WD40. It is one of the best kept secrets in the world. It was created in the 1953 by a company named the Rocket Chemical Company. The space industry was having a problem with moisture creeping into their guidance systems, causing corrosion. Rocket Chemical tried 40 different formulas before they found the right one. The name actually means "Water Displacement 40th attempt." To keep the moisture from getting into their systems, WD40 was invented to replace or "displace" it. So what does this have to do with your soul? Nehemiah 8:10 says "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength". Again in Phil. 4:4, the Apostle Paul says, "Rejoice in the

Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice". You cannot keep water from creeping into a guidance system. The only way to keep it out is to displace it. By the same token, you cannot keep Satan from injecting evil thoughts into your mind. You cannot keep the world from dumping its filth and corruption on you. You cannot keep the people around you from enticing and tempting you. So how does a good Christian keep these things from crowding his mind? How do you keep Satan from corrupting your soul? You cannot simply refuse to think about it. The only way is to replace or "displace" it. Displace it with what? Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is worthy of praise. Replace these thoughts with the "joy of the Lord", for it is your strength. Rejoice in the Lord always." You might think that was easy for Paul to say. After all, he was not living in today's evil and corrupt world. No, he was in jail. Not in a jail or prison of today, but in a Roman jail. Do you think any prisoner of today would want to trade places with him? Probably not. Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus". Whenever you feel overwhelmed by today's world, just displace it with a little WD40 for the soul and fill your mind with the good things from God. The Kern River Courier encourages messages from all churches. E-mail them to

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 Living by Faith Evangelist Outreach 6437 Isabella Blvd. (near Post Office) Sunday Services 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 379-8036 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

“True religion is real liv-

ing; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.” – Albert Einstein

“I always distrust people

who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.” – Susan B. Anthony

Weldon Baptist Church

Pastor/Teacher: Rick Rayls Worship Leader: Darrow Elconin

• Contemporary Music • Solid Bible Teaching • Everyone Welcome • Nursery Available

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

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Sundays: 9am- Praise Team Practice 10am- Adult & Children’s Services 6pm- Evening Bible Study

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Acts in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What companion of Paul was commended for his holy-scripture knowledge since childhood? Timothy, Linus, Trophimus, Jude 3. From 1 John 4, "He that loveth not, knowest not God; for God is ..."? Honor, Love, Everlasting, Comfort

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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. Service and applications at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. TSA feeds the hungry lunch Monday through Friday. Assistance is offered to persons or families who are having difficulties paying utility bills, in need of food, clothing, spiritual and other counseling. 760379-5100.

4. What king unwittingly signed a decree causing Daniel to be thrown into the lions' den? Elah, Jabin, Darius, Agag 5. Because he was standing on holy ground, what did God tell Moses to remove? Cloak, Hat, Shoes, Armor ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Timothy; 3) Love; 4) Darius; 5) Shoes (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

Answers to puzzles on pages 12-13:

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.


20647 Hwy. 178 Weldon 760-378-4964 or 760-951-7700

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 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

Thoughts on religion

Super Crossword answers

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Courier chuckle of the week:

“First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.� George Burns on getting old

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Trivia Test ARIES(March 21 to April 19) Although your energy level is high, be careful not to commit to too many projects at this time. You'll do better focusing on just a few tasks rather than spreading yourself too thin. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your heart might be leading you in one direction, but pay attention to your keen Bovine intellect. Think things through before making any commitments. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your "serious" Twin has been dominant in your life for quite a while. It's time now to let that "wilder" half take you out for some good times . CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Career aspects are high for Moon Children who make a good impression. Show people not only what you can already do, but also how you can be more valuable to them in the future. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Things start to brighten for the Lion's immediate financial future. But be careful to resist the urge to splurge. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Having to do too many tasks in too short a time could lower your mood to just above the grumbling level. But if you handle things one at a time, you'll get through it all soon enough. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your usually carefully made holiday plans could be subject to change

later this month. Use this week to prepare for that possibility by starting a Plan B just in case you need it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful about joining a colleague's plan to solve a workplace problem. Investigate it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a predicament with other associates. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Slow down that high-paced whirl you've been on. Spending quiet time alone or with people you care for can be both physically and spiritually restorative. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Make suggestions, not demands. You'll be more successful in getting people to follow your lead if you exercise quiet patience instead of strong persuasion. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You still need more facts before you can make an informed career choice. One note of caution: Be careful about whom you ask for that information; otherwise, you could be misled. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Changing situations through the end of the week could lead to some challenging opportunities for those perspicacious Pisceans who know how to make them work to their advantage. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of being both daring and cautious, traits that could make you a research scientist or maybe even a rocket-ship designer. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Fifi Rodriguez 1. LANGUAGE: In its archaic usage, what is snickersnee? 2. LITERATURE: Which character utters the line, "Open sesame," and in which body of work? 3. HISTORY: Which Russian leader introduced the policy of "glasnost," which opened discussion of political and social issues and led to greater freedom of information? 4. FOOD & DRINK: What kind of drink is Bardolino? 5. SCIENCE: What is the focus of agronomy? Answers: 1. Fighting with knives 2. Ali Baba in the story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" 3. Mikhail Gorbachev 4. Red wine, named after an Italian town 5. Crop production and land management

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Creative Connection

Goldsworthy working with land Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Can you imagine art that cannot be shown in a museum, which no amount of money can buy, that cannot be displayed, and that disintegrates someDonna Fitch times in seconds, sometimes in a day? That’s what you get with Andy Goldsworthy! He works with and within nature. “Each work grows, stays, and decays as part of the cycle.” Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist living in Scotland who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. Goldsworthy saunters in the woods among the trees, along a riverbank or may challenge an ice-packed peak, with no paint brushes, sculptor’s chisels or knives, no canvases or easels, nor stone or wood – just his hands, his vision, and what his surroundings offer, yet he manages to create forceful and emotive art with a beauty we are unaccustomed to. Iron oxide chalk, raw sheep’s wool, flower blossoms, leaves and grass, feathers, random sticks and stones, broken rocks,

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pieces of icicle, green iris blades and red berries, thorns, bracken, or handfuls of snow become his palette. His art involves the use of natural and found objects, to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which draw out the character of their environment which is his canvas. Photography is integral to capturing the spirit and life of Goldsworthy’s fleeting sculptures. Video captures his art as it moves and changes with the terrain, and as it begins to dissipate. On an icicle job, he notes that heat and melted water created his artistic medium, while the rising sun will destroy it: “the very thing that brought it to life, will bring about its death.” “Art for me is a form of nourishment,” he tells us. Goldsworthy finds the “energy that is running through, flowing through the landscape.” Not to capture it, clearly, but to participate in it. "Rivers & Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” is an unparalleled documentary that presents the artist in action and some of the most fascinating and remarkable art work imaginable. It is rent-able and well worth your time. But I’ll bet you’ll want to buy it.

Siesmograph handy in oil exploring Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

For the past few weeks I have been discussing the methods, techniques and procedures for the exploration for oil and gas in the offshore and onshore environments. I do hope that the Ron Bolyard reader has a basic idea of how complicated and expensive it is to accomplish the business of finding oil and gas reserves. I wish to show the reader

one more aspect of oil and gas exploration. This is a simple picture of how a seismographic GEOPHONE operates. Remember that this very sensitive instrument is used to detect the returning seismic wavelets from the subsurface of all seismic exploration surveys both offshore and onshore (Note: AKA, Accelerometer). The geophone is also used to detect all earthquake seismic waves. The very simple and generalized picture of a geophone is shown below. I will be using this diagram of the seismometer to describe its operation in next week’s article, so save it. 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.

Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,

Firefighter spots open for 2009

CALENDAR continued from page 3

The Kern County Fire Department will begin hiring seasonal personnel in order to have crews in place by spring 2009. Applications for seasonal firefighting positions must be completed electronically by going to the Kern County Personnel Department website at\person. Prospective new employees must complete the application for "Seasonal Firefighter 1". During the 2009 fire season the

Salvation Army to hold holiday dinner for hungry Nov. 22 The Salvation Army’s annual Holiday Dinner to our hungry and needy will be held at the Senior Center, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets for qualified individuals may be obtained from the Community Christian Service Center, 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. Volunteers (including those who can entertain with holiday music) and food donations are needed. Interested families call 760-3795100.

fire department anticipates hiring 82 seasonal personnel to staff its various crews. Work locations are Lake Isabella, Democrat, Lebec, Tehachapi, Edison and Keene. Applicants must be 18 years of age prior to their hiring date and must possess a High School Diploma or GED. For further information, you may contact Captain Loren Lange at 661391-7079 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KIOSK continued from page 1 incorrect information appearing on the message board, the chamber sent the following e-mail to its members: “You may have noticed items or information that needs to be corrected. The Board of Trade is anxious to hear from you regarding any corrections that need to be made. Please contact Anne Hess with the Board of Trade at” The Board of Trade is also aware of some problems some people have had with the touch

screen. In order to complete some operations, “double-touching” (like double-clicking on a computer) is necessary, contrary to posted instructions which say only “Touch screen to select.” The Board of Trade said Monday a representative would be in Kernville this week to investigate the issue. Editions of the Board of Trade’s “Kern County Quarterly” may be viewed on the department's visitor web site at



Sally Thornburg, R.N.

Whiskey Flat Days organizing meeting Nov. 24 The Kernville Chamber of Commerce’s next Whiskey Flat Days meeting will be Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. at the chamber office. Another is scheduled for Dec. 29. Both are potlucks. For more information, call the office at 3762629. My Place to hold Thanksgiving dinner free for hungry Nov. 26 My Place restaurant and will provide a free meal to feed the hungry in honor of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All contributions and volunteers will be greatly appreciated. Call Angela at 379-2563. Holiday Spectacular to be held in Lake Isabella Dec. 6 The KRV Woman’s Club will hold their 9th annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Mt. View So. Baptist Church. This event will be called “Christmas in the Mountains.” Doors open at 4:30. The cost is $30. Open to the public. Contact Laura Oreskovich at 376-1769. Breakfast with Santa Dec. 21 at Senior Center Santa Claus will be at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella on Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon with gifts for the kids.

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Living Green

Cheeseburger causes a lot of gas Richard Rowe Special to the Courier

He figured out that a cheeseburger contributes 6.3 to 6.8 pounds of carbon emissions. How I’m not one who can afford to does a quarter-pound cheeseburger tear down my house and truck in produce so much carbon? Well, some high-tech, more ways than you might think. super energyNot just in the fuel used to cook one efficient factory(my first guess). You have to considbuilt prefab er the whole process, from growing home, or put up the feed for the cattle for the meat solar panels on and cheese, even the methane gas the 12-year-old those cows cause (don’t ask). Also house I live in. I think about growing the lettuce, already tomato, onion, making the pickles Rowe replaced my and bun, plus storing and transappliances with porting the parts of your average Energy Star ones. I have put in just cheeseburger. about as many compact fluorescent Assuming the average American light bulbs as I can fit. So, I look for eats three burgers per week (say small steps to 150 burgers make my life per year); that greener and contributes even the methane have less of a approximately “carbon foot941 to 1,023 gas those cows cause print” (the pounds of amount of greenhouse (don’t ask). greenhouse gas per person, --Richard Rowe gases proper year – duced in the about the same things I do or as up to 15,000 buy, measured in carbon dioxide). gas-guzzling SUVs. I hadn’t even considered how Maybe I’ll try the salad bar more much carbon things I eat might often. contribute to global warming till I read the “The Carbon Footprint of Richard Rowe is a retired city a Burger” on planner, living in Wofford Heights. Someone named Jamais Cascio He is website administrator of did a lot of research on cheeseburg- for Kern River Valley ers. I knew they were already over Revitalization. He is in charge of a the top in terms of saturated fat, major new event planned for March sodium and calories, but I was clue- 27-30, 2009 – "Living Green in the less as to the cheeseburger’s carbon KRV." He can be reached at footprint.

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Jesse Martinez and Candy Card are joined by Luz Polcik, left, volunteering at the REVA fundraiser last week.


Death notices Eddie Arline Thompson Eddie Arline Thompson, 79, of Bodfish, passed away on Nov. 15, 2008 at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Leland Charles Woodlin Leland Charles Woodlin, 70, of Lake Isabella, passed away on Nov. 9, 2008 at Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Nancy Scoggin Nancy Scoggin, 62, of Wofford Heights, passed away on Nov. 5, 2008. Services were held on Nov. 13 at Glen Haven/Sholom Memorial Park in Sylmar. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

Nominations sought for RRAC positions Kern River Courier

Nominations are now being accepted through Jan. 5, 2009 for the following three positions on the 11 member Pacific Southwest Region California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC): Winter motorized recreation such as snowmobiling; hunting and fishing; and motorized outfitting and guiding or local environmental groups. The term for these positions will begin July 2009 when the current two-year term appointments expire. The RRAC provides recommendations on recreation fees for federal lands within the state of California. This includes implementing or eliminating fees for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service recreation sites and services, expanding or limiting the recreation fee program, and fee level changes. Recommendations from the RRAC do not supersede the legally established

decision authority of the Forest Service or BLM; however, RRACs help federal agencies gather public opinion about recreation fees and programs. All recommendations are carefully considered. If interested in submitting a nomination for Recreation RAC membership, obtain a nomination packet by going online at or contact Frances Enkoji at the Forest Service (707) 562-8846, email:; or, Mike Ayers at BLM (916) 978-4644, e-mail: Submit packet to Frances Enkoji, USDA Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592 or Michael Ayers, Bureau of Land Mangement, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, Ca 95825. Nomination packets must be received by Jan. 5, 2009. Additional information about recreation fees is available at out-rec-fees.shtml.

Arrest reports A digest of arrest reports from various public safety agencies in the Kern River Valley area

Arrest reports were not available from the Sheriff’s Department by press time this week. The reports will be printed in the Kern River Courier when they are received.

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: AUTUMN'S ATTIC (2008-B6996) Street address of principal place of business: 6501 Wofford Boulevard, Suite A, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Debra Sipe, 232 Charity Road, Caliente, CA 93518: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (10/16/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. AUTUMN'S ATTIC. This statement filed on 10/16/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By B. Moore. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier October 24, 31, November 7, and 14, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT DBA #1: THE VINTAGE INN (2008-B6863), DBA #2: THE GARLAND INN (2008B6864), DBA #3: ELIZABETH'S INN (2008-B6865) Street address of principal place of business: 19 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Garland Miller, 117 Williams Street, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 and Elizabeth Miller, 117 Williams Street, Wofford Heights, CA 93285: I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed

in the County Clerk's Office. (10/09/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. THE VINTAGE INN, THE GARLAND INN, ELIZABETH'S INN. This statement filed on 10/09/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By M. Rodriguez. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier October 24, 31, November 7, and 14, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: FULL SPECTRUM PHOTOGRAPHY (2008B7164) Street address of principal place of business: 71 Sirretta Street, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT: Bradley Alexander, 71 Sirretta Street, Kernville, CA 93238: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (10/23/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. FULL SPECTRUM PHOTOGRAPHY. This statement filed on 10/23/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By M. Rodriguez (34993)Published by the Kern River Courier October 31, November 7, 14 and 21, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BUDOSHIN SCHOOL OF DEFENSIVE ARTS (2008-B7279) Street address of principal place of business: 945 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Tonya Pendergrass, 945 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA

93285: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 11/01/2005. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (10/29/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. BUDOSHIN SCHOOL OF DEFENSIVE ARTS. This statement filed on 10/29/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By G. Durward (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PHOTO CRAZY PHOTOGRAPHY (2008B7281) Street address of principal place of business: 945 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Tonya Pendergrass, 945 Alta Sierra Road, Wofford Heights, CA 93285: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (10/29/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. PHOTO CRAZY PHOTOGRAPHY. This statement filed on 10/29/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By G. Durward (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier November 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2008.

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The Whiskey Flat Mayor's Race Means Money… for YOU! Why Whiskey Flat Days™ and Why the Mayor's Race? Each February, for over 50 years, the Kernville Chamber of Commerce hosts its renowned Whiskey Flat Days™ celebration and the colorful Mayor's Race for three primary goals: 1. To Boost the local economy (and some country smiles) during the "off-season." 2. To Raise money for the Chamber's year-round valley-wide promotions and expenses. 3. And for YOU: assist other, local, non-profit organizations in raising their own pile of loot.

Okay…But What's In It Fer Us? Money, mainly (and oodles of country smiles). The Kernville Mayor's race is a proven moneymaker, bringing in thousands of dollars each year for the selected organizations with a mayor candidate. Thousands, you say? Yep!...for instance, this year the Kern River Valley Little League pocketed $13,000 and the Kern River Valley Rotary Club grabbed $8,000. In 2007 over $6,000 went to the South Fork Women's Club and an equal amount was received by the local Explorer Scout Post. In the past several years the Kern River Valley Hospital Foundation has also carried home over $6,000…the Elks carted off only slightly less…Pyles Boys Camp captured over $8,000 and our local cemetery topped out with almost $10,000! Pretty soon this adds up to real money, folks!

Just Who Gets to Run Fer Mayor?

An organization looking for more gold in their treasury must: 1. Be a nonprofit organization, California State qualified, for at least a year. 2. Select a Candidate for “MAYOR OF WHISKEY FLAT” (the honorary, year-long emissary of Kernville.) 3. Complete, by November 21st, their application (Mayor’s Agreement) for the Chamber’s consideration. 4. Be approved by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Call Michelle or Ann ~ They’ll help with ideas!

KERNVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Mail: Post Office Box 397 ~ Kernville, CA 93238-0397 11447 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA



Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the things we are grateful for. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be received to help one of our community service organizations. For further information call 760-376-6719 or 760-379-4296.


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