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Vol. 6 No. 42 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: Increasing clouds. High 66. Fri. night: 40% chance rain, low 40. Sat.: Mostly cloudy, high 568. Sat. night: Low 38. Partly cloudy.

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Sun.: Mostly sunny, high 61.

The U.S. Forest Service has concluded a month-long investivation into the cause of a fire that started Sept. 27 in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Investigators say a 17-yearold from the Central Valley started the fire using a cigarette lighter carelessly; however, arson has not been ruled out as a motive. The juvenile, whose name is being withheld due to his age, will be referred to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The 329-acre Power Fire left 1,000 residents above Springville without power for 12 hours, and closed Highway 190 between Springville and Camp Nelson north of Kernville for three days.

Sun. night: Mostly clear, low 37. National Weather Service

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Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the golf course in Kernville.

Plan to be in Lake Isabella Saturday, Nov. 28 Before you shop until you drop, plan to see the 32nd annual Lake Isabella Christmas Parade along Lake Isabella Blvd. on Saturday, Nov. 28 starting at 11 a.m. “Sleigh Bells and Snowflakes” is the theme. Afterward, see what the local stores have to offer!

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The canopy of trees near the bridge over the South Fork of the Kern River is a favorite place for photographers.

Possible dam fixes to be explored in December Kern River Courier

The U.S. Corps of Engineers will be working next month to develop a “short list of possible alternatives and remediation measures” for seepage and seismic problems at Isabella Lake’s Auxiliary Dam. Trenching work has been going on recently just below the toe of the Auxiliary Dam. This work has revealed many seismic details. The various contractors and geologists working on the trenching project, are “the best in the world,” said Tony Kittner, Isabella Dam project geologist, Sacramento District geotechnical engineering branch. The data compiled will help the Corps decide what will be required to repair the dam. "Several measures will likely be evaluated to strengthen the Auxiliary Dam," said David Serafini, Isabella Dam technical lead. "The remediation of the homogeneous embankment could include the installation of filters or drains, foundation improvement or possible replacement of portions of the embankment. Seismic remedial measures may also be required for the control tower and Borel Canal conduit (channel). It is likely that a combination of all of these will be required," he said. Findings will determine what action the Corps will take, said Kittner and Ronn Rose, geologist, dam safety program manager with the Sacramento District.

Rose said results thus far reveal: the fault has been active north and south of Lake Isabella within the past 3,500 years; the fault poses surface rupture and a ground-shaking hazard to Lake Isabella; at least six events have occurred on the fault within the past 35,000 years, and the ruptures have been between 12 and 36 inches with western side up-displacement. The extent of faulting beneath the Auxiliary Dam was much greater than originally thought when the dams were built, Kittner said. "Recent USGS seismic survey results recorded breaks in the bedrock beneath the entire length of the Auxiliary Dam and the rocks cored in deep drill holes have verified some of those results. The faulting and resulting poor condition of the rock found along the entire length of the Auxiliary Dam is believed to be caused by an older strike-slip fault that has recently reactivated as a normal or reverse fault," Kittner said. "That fault is currently mapped between the right abutment and first 800 feet of the west side of the Auxiliary Dam.” Rose added, "It is important to note that the Kern Canyon Fault is only one part of the seismic problem. There are multiple seismic sources that could cause strong ground shaking at the dam. However, the Kern Canyon Fault does have the potential to cause a rupture of the dam and this can be dealt with in a remedial design."

Jim Jandrok caught a nice four-pound trout.


Make artful magic with decorations for the holidays, says Courier columnist Donna Fitch.


Save some of that turkey for later creations, using Bodfish Bob’s recipes.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 102,581 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) High point was 250,461 ac-ft. June 3. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 261 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 207 cfs Borel Canal flow 177 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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The Courier Calendar Valley, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Senior Center. Food is donated (help needed) and the labor is volunteered. (Call 760-379-5100 if you can help.) If you are low income, lost your job, or just struggling to make ends meet, you may eligible to attend. Drop in to The Community Christian Center at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd. to sign up and receive your admission ticket. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday 9 am to 2 p.m.

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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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Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier Houchin Bloodmobile to visit high school Nov. 20 The Houchin Bloodmobile will be visiting Kern Valley High School on Friday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to community. Call (760) 3792611, as for Vickie Stacy.

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • 5 p.m. - KR Hot Rodders Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


• 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. 223-6765. • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. Take out orders at 4 p.m. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


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


• 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. • 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. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 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. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

Salvation Army to provide holiday dinner Nov. 21 The Salvation Army again this year will be providing a complete Holiday Dinner with all the trimmings, for up to 450 needy families and individuals in the Kern River Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 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, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • 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 meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Wed. 379-2303. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 3 - 4:30 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd., 2nd & 4th Wed. • 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. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 3rd Thurs. 379-2303. • 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.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

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

McNally’s Burger Trail Walk and Run Nov. 21 A McNally's Burger Trail Walk and Run will be held Nov. 21. At 26.2 Kilometers, the race can be done as individual or a three-person relay. The fee is $35 for Individual or $60 for three-person relay team. Burgers will be provided at the finishing line by McNally's. Run-4-AWay is an organization that is dedicated to promoting the fitness and well being of the citizens and youth of the Kern River Valley. For more information email: Junior Pheasant Hunt to be held weekend of Nov. 21 and 22 The KRV Fish and Game Habitat Club will be holding a free pheasant hunt for junior hunters on Nov. 21 and 22. The hunt has a limit of 120 hunters. A hunter safety class is required as is a junior hunting license. The class will be taught on Nov. 10 and 11; call Jack Hays for details (760) 417-2426. To register for the hunt contact Roger Ketelsleger at (760) 379-8251 or Dick Miller at (760) 379-9114. Government commodities distributed Tuesday, Nov. 24 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Nov. 24 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. My Place restaurant to hold free Thanksgiving meal Nov. 25 My Place restaurant in Lake Isabella, near Isabella Supermarket, will be holding a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 25, that is free to all who wish to show up. Sponsored by Thanksgiving dinner offered free to veterans Nov. 26 The Lake Isabella VFW will be offering Thanksgiving dinner at the lodge from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be free to veterans with proof of service; $5 each for family and friends. Contact Charlie at the VFW, (760) 379-3877, for more information. Lake Isabella Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 28 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be putting on the annual Lake Isabella Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 28. The parade will be along Lake Isabella Blvd. and begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine. There is no entry fee for floats, but sponsorships are needed to help buy trophies for the winners. You can be a sponsor for $25. For details, call the chamber at (760) 379-5236. Nuui Cunni, Art Association hold Winter Festival Nov. 28 The KRV Art Association is joining with the Nuui Cunni Cultural

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

Catalog season begins Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've noticed that it’s getting close to Christmas. How did I know that? Because of the number of catalogs we're receiving in the mail. I think it all started when we ordered something from a catalog called Vista which offered modern electronic items. This Middleworth was some years back. I'm certain that they sold our name to another catalog company who did the same, and exponentially we now receive scores of catalogs, offering everything from pushup bras to ingrown toenail scissors. But I really don't mind, because it's fun to look at stuff you don't need and chuckle at things other people buy. Let me give you a few examples of items I could order if I wanted. For instance, a catalog called Current is offering a nose hair clipper, silver plated with your name engraved on it. It not only trims nose hairs, but you'll be proud to show it to your friends. On page 16 is a Magic Tic Tac Toe game that mounts with magnets to your refrigerator. Instead of x’s and o's, you use candy canes and snowmen for markers. Winners get to open the fridge

and snack. There is another catalog called the Vermont Country Store. On page 22, I found a peppermint candy pig, complete with a drawstring bag and a little hammer. According to tradition (their tradition) you are supposed to put the pig in the bag and beat it with the hammer. Then you open the bag and eat the pulverized piggy peppermint. Sounds a little hinky to me but I'm told it’s a big seller. Farther along on page 37 is an ad for an iron bank. You place your change on a small pad on top and the weight of the money activates a hand that reaches up, grabs the money and drops it inside the locked bank. When friends come over, have them try it, explaining afterwards that any money lost is their contribution to fiscal entertainment. This only works once with most people, so as days pass, plan on finding new friends. On page 46 you can get 18 miniature bottles of booze. The bottles are made of milk chocolate, each containing an ounce or so of liqueur. This is an opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth and get buzzed at the same time. The list goes on, but I'll bet you have catalogs of your own to review. So get to it. It’s the March of the Catalogs. Welcome to the holiday season. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

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Holiday Deadlines Thanksgiving: November 27 Deadline: Friday, November 20, 1:00pm Christmas Day: December 25 Deadline: Monday, December 21, 1:00pm New Years Day: January 1 Deadline: Monday, December 28, 1:00pm

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CALENDAR continued from page 2 Center on Saturday, Nov. 28 for a Winter Festival filled with arts and crafts. Delicious foods and refreshments will be offered by the Nuui Cunni staff. For more information, call (760) 549-0800. Kernville Candle Stroll, Caroling and Live Nativity Scene Dec. 4 Again this year there will be a candle stroll, Christmas Caroling and a live Nativity Scene in Circle Park in Kernville, beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Eagles to hold Peddlers Fair and White Elephant Sale Dec. 5 The Kern River Valley Eagles will be holding a Peddlers Fair and White Elephant Sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge in Mt. Mesa. For more information call Vonnie Girch at (760) 378-2540. Baked goods, snacks and drinks by the Auxiliary. Christmas in Kernville and car parade Dec. 5 The Christmas Parade of Giving will be held Dec. 5 in Kernville beginning at 4 p.m. As soon as it is over, Santa will be delivered to his village in Circle Park, around 5 p.m. For more information, call Darlene at (760) 376-3998. KRV Woman’s Club to hold Christmas Spectacular Dec. 12 The KRV Woman’s Club will be holding their annual Christmas Spectacular at the Mt. View Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on Dec. 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (760) 376-6704. Community Orchestra to have Christmas Concert on Dec. 13 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Christmas Concert at Kernville Elementary School on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are admitted at no charge. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Rick Fankhauser at 760-379-1616. KRV Horse Show Association to hold raffle Dec. 19 The Kern River Valley Horse Show Association will be holding a raffle fundraiser on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at Jake’s Place Arena in Kernville. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. For more information, call Jeri at (760) 378-1308 or Stacy at (760) 608-2086.




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Government commodities distributed Tuesday, Dec. 29 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Dec. 29 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel in, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights; Senior Center in Lake Isabella. 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 each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

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

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Catfish are biting hot Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Native Americans were living here in the Kern River Valley for possibly 1,000 years before the coming of American explorers in the mid-1800s. These Native Americans made their own paths and traveling routes. Gold was discovered in the 1850s and more trails were blazed as prospectors streamed here. Those coming into the valley came over the Greenhorn Mountains (near Wofford Heights), dragging their wagons behind them, or over Walker Pass from the east. Some came from the south, entering the valley through Walker Basin and then the Havilah area before dropping into the valley over Hooper Hill (in Bodfish). The valley’s road system is descended from that early setup. Some of those roads still exist. Some have been only slightly rerouted. When you drive over Walker Pass, the road still follows much the same path as it did in the 1800s. So does the CalienteBodfish Road (which goes through Havilah to Caliente and Highway 58) and the road over the Greenhorns (Highway 155). The Kern Canyon Road, following the lower river, didn’t come along until 1927. The lower part hasn’t changed all that much since then. The upper part was bypassed by a four-lane freeway in the 1970s. The bypassed old road is the curviest part, but it is still driveable and makes a handy alternate route and a great scenic drive. When you enter the valley, drive carefully. We have everything from very slow drivers to speed demons. Just pull over and let the speed freaks by – and hope the slow ones pull over and let you by. If not, enjoy the scenery. The Courier wants you to be very careful. We want you to come back.

Looking for some nice catfish? Try the North Fork Marina area. Lots of hot action there this past week. One local fisherman brought in another 14 pounder. Another was catching so many, he came in to buy three more stringers. Remember, there is no limit on catfish. On the hunt for the trout bite last week, I only brought in one at “There is French Gulch. no limit on Believe it or catfish.” not, I had better luck --Jack upriver. Bustamante Seventeen keepers caught and released at the last bend in the river before Limestone Campground. Nightcrawlers and salmon eggs kept them biting. Jim Jandrok brought in another nice four pound trout that was working its way upriver past the old cemetery in Wofford Heights. Losing his favorite Blue Fox Spinner on a snag, Jim

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Jim Jandrok was lucky enough to catch a nice four pound trout after a bit of bad luck earlier. caught this beauty on an old dried-up piece of Power Bait he found along the shore. On the hunt for the trout bite? 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.

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Released the week of Dec. 1: PICKS OF THE WEEK "The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter" (The Criterion Collection) -- In 1969, The Rolling Stones asked documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin to film their American tour. Little did they know that Mick Jagger in 1969 the tour, which began with a triumphant, electrifying performance at Madison Square Garden in New York, would eventually end in a tragedy at the Altamont Speedway in California, as a man named Meredith Hunter is murdered by a Hell's Angel just a few feet from Mick Jagger. In addition to the remastered film, the DVD includes commentary by David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, deleted footage, a featurette on the restoration of the print and the usual trailers, photo galleries and such. "Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVI" (Limited Edition) -Fans of the show will definitely want to grab this boxed set, as it comes with a Tom Servo figurine, lobby cards and a whole slew of awesome extra features. The four episodes featured in this boxed set are: "The Corpse Vanishes" (along with a Commando Cody short), "Warrior of the Lost World," Roger Corman's "Night of the Blood Beast," and finally a bizarre Mexican Christmas film, "Santa Claus," wherein Santa lives on a cloud in outer space and is assisted by the

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" -- I wasn't a big fan of the first film, but I have to admit, this sequel is a lot better than the original film and well worth watching. Ben Stiller stars as Larry Daley, former security guard at the Museum of Natural History, who is called in to help the exhibits (who come to life after closing time) fight an evil group with a nefarious plan. Special features include: Two commentary tracks, a behind-thescenes featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel and an alternate ending. DOG OF THE WEEK "Terminator: Salvation" -Seriously, the only good thing about "Terminator: Salvation" is the viral video that made its way around the interwebs earlier this year of Christian Bale going ballistic on the lighting guy. The film's plot is convoluted, and it doesn't follow the mythology created by James Cameron in the first two films. Frankly, with a director like McG, did you really expect anything other than a bunch of explosions and choppy edits? "Terminator: Salvation" is so bad, it makes "Transformers 2" look like a masterpiece of cinema. TV SERIES "Mental" The Complete First Season "The Donna Reed Show" Season Three "Saturday Night Live" The Complete Fifth Season "Better Off Ted" Season One "Sid the Science Kid: Inside and Out" "Hunter X Hunter" Vol. 4 c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Lighter side of faith

Voices of Faith

Children can’t envision the reward Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

On your mark, get set… means that something exciting is about to begin. For many congregations, Nov. 22nd is the last Sunday of the church year. See if this passage is a “get set” message– “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling Semonious from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” Mark 13:24-27. In his book “In The Eye of the Storm,” Max Lucado said that transporting a family with children in a car from one city to another is like transporting us from our home to God’s. Some similarities are: 1. In order to reach the destination, we have to say no to some requests. Learning the meaning of no begins early in life. “No” keeps youngsters out of danger, teaches manners and can engender respect. There came a time in my high school years when I became interested in the company of a classmate. Her invitation for me to visit included the warning that her father always went outside to smoke. If I wanted his respect, I should do the same without being told. A short time after following this advice, I

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said no to smoking as counterproductive to the purpose of my visit. 2. Children have no concept of minutes or miles. The “Are we there yet?” question stays on top of the youngster’s mind whether from boredom or anticipation. Single-mindedness is able to bring about a more profitable outcome. For two of my college years we lived in the basement of a two-story, married students’ dorm. There were others living on the ground floor and one vacant apartment on the top floor. Occasionally, I would get invitations to join the others in a study session on the top floor. I always said no for the same reason I had quit smoking. Well, until one night during finals week the second year. I went up and knocked on the locked door. They opened the door to a darkened room. I could see out the windows and into the shower area of the sorority house next door. 3. Children can’t envision the reward. One instructor was expounding on Isaiah 55:9 “…as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” He explained that he could not explain what he could not comprehend, so he could not explain God’s thoughts. He said imagine that you are god over an existence of only two dimensions, width (side to side) and depth (front to back). Your subjects could not understand height. I know only that I want to be part of that gathering in Mark 13. “Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

Sunday School stories: The Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. "My mommy looked back once while she was driving," he announced, "and she turned into a telephone pole." *** Another Sunday School teacher said to her children, "We have been learning about how powerful the kings and queens were in Biblical times. But there is a higher power. Who can tell me what it is?" Tommy blurted out, "I know, Aces." *** After explaining the commandment to honor your father and mother, a Sunday School teacher asked her class if there was a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters. One boy, the oldest in his family, immediately answered, "Thou shalt not kill."

*** Lot again... A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"

Churches of the Valley

Bible verse of the week And with his smooth words he will cause those who act wickedly toward the covenant to be profane; but the people who know their God will show strength and take action. Dan. 11:32

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

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

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Health Insurance Matters

Watch for mail overload at age 65 Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

165,000 Americans turn 65 each month. That's a ton of brochures, postcards, invitation to meetings, not to mention all the other seniors who might Harry Thal want to change plans. The printing industry must be busy just from insurance company business. So, here is my advice to people about to turn, or who have recently turned 65. First step is to get a larger mailbox. Seriously, there will be lots of mail coming your way, and you must not throw away the important stuff. The very

first thing you may get is your Medicare card. The card is mailed automatically to people who have previously signed up for early Social Security benefits. This mailing it sent typically three months before the month of your birth. If you do not receive early Social Security benefits, then you must initiate the call. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. They are responsible for Medicare enrollment. This call is to be made at the beginning of the month, three months prior to your birth month. If your birthday is on the 1st, start a month sooner. There are two parts to Medicare that this phone call is important for – Part A (Hospital) and Part B (Medical). If you have no other insurance, you will want both. There is no charge for Part A for most peo-

ple. Part B is $110.50 or more (depending on income). Financial assistance may be available for low income people. If you are covered by a plan at work, and it is fully paid by the employer, you may want to defer Part B enrollment until retirement. If you are already retired and covered by COBRA, you must enroll in Medicare or you are in expensive trouble down the road. Those who call for enrollment should ask for a letter to verify enrollment. It will take a month or more for your card to arrive. Make sure it doesn't get thrown out with the junk mail. Once you have your card, or at least the ID number from the confirmation letter, it is time to decide if Medicare coverage by itself is enough. To save time and space here, let me tell you …it is not!

Medicare only covers a portion of your medical expenses, and as the government changes the financing of health care, it will probably cover less in the future. I have a year and a half to go before Medicare replaces my $1500 monthly health insurance bill. As I want free choice over my potential medical care, I will elect to remain in the Original Medicare program and will purchase a "Medicare Supplement" to pick up my deductibles and co-payments. With this arrangement, my monthly costs are predictable, and my expense at time of service is typically $0. The alternative is to assign my benefits to a private insurance company. This is the "Medicare

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Rheumatoid arthritis medication coverage denied – why? Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I developed rheumatoid arthritis four years ago. I am still working, lifting 70 pounds and pushing up to 150 pounds in a handcart, and I work 10 hours a day. I had been on methotrexate, but it made me sick. Then I went on hydroxychloroquine. Next was Enbrel, and now rituximab. I am a 47year-old woman and have worked 22 years at my job. My insurance company is denying me coverage for rituximab because I don't take methotrexate. So I have hit a wall. People tell me to write to you for a cure. Is there one? -G.G. ANSWER: There isn't a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but so many newer treatments exist that control of it is possible for most patients. Rheumatoid arthritis is the less common kind of arthritis. It usually strikes between the ages of 35 and 50, and more women have it than men. Rheumatoid arthritis, unlike osteoarthritis -- the common kind of arthritis -- is more than a joint disease. It's a systemic disease. That means the entire body is affected by it, and many organs can be involved -- the lungs, the lung coverings, the heart, blood vessels, eyes, spleen and bones. Systemic symptoms include fatigue and weakness. The hands, wrists, knees, feet, elbows and neck are the joints most affected. They become swollen, red, hot, painful and often deformed. The goals of treatment are relief of pain, reduction of inflammation, stopping joint destruction and maintaining joint function. There are some things you can do on your own. Exercise is important, but your job calls for exhausting physical labor, something that's

not good for rheumatoid arthritis. Will your employer switch you to another position? Rest stops the stress on joints. You can try taking omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and obtainable in pills. It has helped some. Nowadays, the trend is to start rheumatoid arthritis patients on the most powerful drugs so joints don't become permanently damaged. You have taken some -- methotrexate and Enbrel. Rituximab (Rituxan), usually combined with methotrexate, has been quite effective for rheumatoid arthritis that's unresponsive to other medicines. Perhaps your insurer will reconsider its position with a letter from your doctor explaining why you are not also taking methotrexate. The arthritis booklet deals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 301W, 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.

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Kern River Courier

Talking About Real Estate

Shop for interest rates Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

myth that one bank has a lower rate than another because all interest is based on the ups and Ever get those annoying edowns of the bond market (and mails or phone calls that promise in the case of re-fi's a select list you the lowest interest rate ever of economic indexes). Every if you re-finance your home or bank basically starts out at par; for a new home the difference in rate is due to purchase? Or each bank’s own unique fees, the ads currently costs and policies. running for sevWhen getting a mortgage, the eral banks that best way to go about it is to get promise a "no a couple of quotes and compare fee" re-fi? The them. And get one from a mortmortgage indusgage broker and another from a try is highly mortgage banker. Big difference competitive, between the two. If you go in Matt Freeman almost to the person, say to Bank of America, point of absurdithey only do retail loans out of ty. There is also a lot of fraud in their own branches now lending the mortgage industry, hence so their own money. That is a mortmuch government regulation. gage banker. A mortgage broker Recently, in paris also known as a ticular, a lot of loan originator. Get a quote from a that has come to They have contracts mortgage broker and light so I wanted with multiple another from a mortto clear up a few banks, often hunthings about what gage banker. Big difdreds of lenders, ference between the usually gets peothat they can comtwo. ple into a bad pare and contrast loan or situation interest rates with --Matt Freeman in the first place – to find the best deal interest rate. With for the consumer. interest rates at near 37 year They do not lend their own lows it is good to know what you money but find the best bank to are getting into when you get a lend you the money to best fit mortgage. your needs. The interest rate is usually the Matt Freeman is a Realtor with end-all be-all for a mortgage Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) buyer. Whoever gives the lowest 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His gets the deal. Not a good way column is not intended to replace buy a home or do a re-finance. legal advice. First of all, in many ways it is a

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10,848 According to the National Newspaper Association, the average community newspaper is read by 2.26 readers in a household. The Kern River Courier circulates 5,000 copies. There are minimal leftovers, about 100-200 copies. That means at least 4,800 copies are picked up each week. So ... if 4,800 copies are read by 2.26 readers each, that means that each issue of the Courier is read by 10,848 readers!

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Create magic for the holidays Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I researched some ideas for beautifying this event, which might just serve as inspiration for you. Branches of fall leaves may be the easiest centerpiece you can create. Send the children to cut them right Donna Fitch before your meal, or take the time about a week ahead to press fall leaves in waxed paper sleeves between the pages of a phone book to dry. Intermingle candles, ornaments, dishes, berries around the branches or place them in clear vases and use as long stemmed leaves. Tuck the smaller ones into each guest’s napkin. Anchor cattails with nuts in tall brown vases for vertical interest and rich, earthy tones. Flowers and berries in fall hues are stunning in simple glass jars with water. Rustic nametags are beautiful when paired with bright berries, adding to the holiday spirit. This is so beautiful you will wish to do more than one. Dress a pumpkin with a bouquet of mums. Cut a lid and remove the seeds and pulp. Then use a nail or drill to make holes just wide

enough for the flower stems to poke through and insert flowers so that the only thing that shows is the stem. White pumpkins make striking vases for fall flowers. For a truly stunning display, take a large, medium, and small basket. Stack and center them with the smallest on top, using florist’s foam to secure. Arrange clove studded oranges, kumquats, pinecones, evergreen branches, eucalyptus, ornaments, etc. Top with a candle for a touch of light. Draw attention upward with this inventive leaf-and-cranberry topiary. Cover a foam ball with leaves and stud it with cranberries. Add a ribbon, hang it up, and admire. Simple ideas grace a table in a special way. For a modern touch, place a pillar candle in a clear, square glass container, and then add corn kernels, nuts, or cranberries. A grouping of apples or small pumpkins bearing small tapered candles offers a beautiful focus. Find more ideas on line at and other sites as well. Let’s take the opportunity to use that creative center in us, as a creative center for the holiday. Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,

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California Joe’s Country Living

Friday, November 20, 2009

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

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*** Every night when I go to bed I turn on my little bedside radio and find a station to fall asleep to. Radio has changed a good deal. Talk about your greedy capitalists. It’s pretty much one long commercial after another. Hey, why not go back and live in the wicked and sinful days of Jesse and Frank James. Better still, let’s fantasize about robbing a bank with Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. I always wanted to be part of a gang and rob banks. These days it would be really hard to find a bank to rob. One with any money in it, that is! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Bodfish Bob's Soul Food Turkey Legs Bodfish Bob's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast 1 whole bone-in turkey breast, 6 1/2 to 7 pounds 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves) 2 teaspoons dry mustard 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons good olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 325F. Place the turkey breast, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to make a paste. Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers and smear half of the paste directly on the

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Combine mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vegetable oil and salt. Rub over outside skin and get as much as possible under the skin. Place legs in a re-closeable bag and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight. (The longer, the better! ) Preheat grill to medium/hot grill. Remove legs from bag and keeping the meaty ends from the hotter part of the grill cook for 45 minutes over medium heat. Keep turning so to prevent skin from burning. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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What moment do I love best in the Kern River Valley? It’s not during the gorgeous spring or the sleepy summer or the challenging fall. None of those. It’s a certain December winter day at the beginning of the Christmas season. And it’s coming soon. In Bakersfield people are starting to get the holiday fever to shop. I notice California Joe my late night radio is starting to address the buying mania. As soon as Thanksgiving is past we get to the main event – Christmas! I just went into the kitchen and looked at my yearly bullletin board, and there it is. Friday, December 4th. That’s the day the Kernville Chamber of Commerce throws a special treat for those in the know – a winter parade at our little Circle Park with 10 or 12 cars and floats, if any. It begins about five. Everyone is wearing their old fall jackets from last year. And the cars in the parade are the kind of cars you expect to see in an old-town parade of just plain folks who turned out to honor a change of seasons.

Maybe it’s the sycamore trees. Boy, they really change. They were green not very long ago; now they’re yellow. And the air is crisp with hints of a very cold winter. Any day now they’ll be putting Santa’s little house into the park and sticking all the merry little lights on the trees. And on a special day Santa will appear all dressed up in red and all the valley children will sit on his knee on the porch and tell him what they most want for Christmas.

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meat. Spread the remaining paste evenly on the skin. Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan. Roast the turkey for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165F. When inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast. (Test in several places.) If the skin is over-browning, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil. When the turkey is done, cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with the pan juices spooned over the turkey.


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Our Valley, Our Earth

Gold found in two ways Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The attached map shows the gold-producing region of east central California. This gold-bearing area is directly associated with the formation of the Sierran Batholith. In California, gold is always found

in geologic areas associated with magmatic and hydrothermal solution activity. Hydrothermal veins are the early crystallization phase of the magmatic processes of granite formation. Quartz and feldspar minerals along with gold, silver, copper, etc. are contained within the hydrothermal solutions that flow and fracture the granite and then cool and crystallize into white quartz veins. These veins are the host rock for gold and other precious metals. When gold is found in quartz veins, it is termed a "Lode Gold Deposit". As the "Lode" deposits erode they release the gold, which then enters the streams and rivers and deposits into cracks and crannies in the river bed forming a "Placer Gold Deposit". These are the main producers of gold and other metals in the gold-producing region shown by the map. The stars indicate the Lode Deposits and filled circles show the Placer deposits. Part 2 of this discussion 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.

THAL continued from page 7 Advantage" (aka Medicare Part C) program. There are several benefit designs, each with its built in restrictions and limitations. But, the monthly cost is typically $0 or very low monthly premiums. The plans differ greatly by company, and also differ within the plan by county. Lastly, I must enroll in a Medicare Part D. This is the prescription drug benefit. It is only sold by private companies. Plans differ greatly. In most cases, the "brand name" of your supplement will not be the best deal for part D. It is just convenient for the sales agent. Shopping for the correct Part D plan is difficult as each plan covers different medications. Even when two plans may cover the same med-

ication, there could be restrictions or major price differences. If it is mail from Medicare, from a Medicare Advantage company, a Part D prescription plan (which often is built into the Part C) or a Medicare supplement, the mailman in a young retirement community would have a satchel full. All the mail is informative and may be important. Sort carefully. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is Past President and President Elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at


Weldon reader checks in Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: Do you have any information about a White sewing machine, originally purchased in 1956 in Manchester, N.H.? We have an original guarantee along with a booklet, the Directions on the Care and Use of a Rotary Machine. It is in excellent condition. -- Ruth, Stoddard, N.H. A: Before moving to Cleveland in 1866, Thomas H. White had manufactured sewing machines in Templeton and Orange, Mass. In 1876, his company reorganized into the White Sewing Machine Company. After several buyouts, the company became a distributor for sewing machines that were manufactured in Japan. A quick check with several collectors revealed that you machine is probably valued in the $75 to $150 range. As with all collectibles, how much something is worth is directly related to condition, rarity and demand. *** Q: I have a Fender guitar that I bought in 1965. Can you direct me to a source so I can determine its current value? -- Joe, Carson City, Nev.

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Candy Carousel Now serving Frozen Yogurt Fresh Made Fudge & Blended Drinks 6425 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Post Office Center 760-379-4447

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A: One of the better reference books is Classic Guitar: Identification and Price Guide by Nick Freeth, which features a chronological evolution of 260 of the most famous brands of guitars -- including more than two dozen by Fender -- and their values. It is published by Krause ( and lists for $19.99, well worth the investment. *** Q: I have two old Stanley Home Products catalogs from 1975. I don't have any idea of what they are worth. -Barbara, Weldon, Calif. A: I checked with two catalog collectors and was told they are worth not more than about $5 each, since there is not much of a demand for them. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, 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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Ray's Painting & Decorating Interior & Exterior Painting Wall Covering Installed and Removed Lic. # C705814 - 760-417-9797 ARCHIE LOGSDON CARPENTRY Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail" (760) 223-6624 __________________________ GLAS CO. Mfg. - Serving the KRV Custom Table Tops & Mirrors Window Glass / Dual Pane /Retrofit Windows / Aluminum Encls & Doors / Screens / Shower Encls (760) 223-3645 __________________________

HERITAGE CLEANERS in the Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters & Leather. MonFri 8:30-5:00 Sat. 9:00-2:00 760-379-4271 __________________________ AES H ARDWARE , RV & MOBILE HOME SUPPLIES. Electrical, hard to find items, welding gasses, Solar Propane, U-Haul. 4613 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-1966

DWAYNE’S F ENCING Chain Link - Barbed Wire - Vinyl Wood - Custom Gates - Repairs Free Estimates 760-223-1730 Serving the KRV since 1995



Shutters, Shades, & Blinds Free Estimates, Best Prices Toll-Free (877) 44-JENNY or (760) 378-2325 Lic# 919196

Chuck Barbee - Still & Video PHOTOGRAPHY Portraits - Family Events Equestrian - Historical Photo Scanning & Restoration Transfers to DVD & CD 760-376-8784

For Sale 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Bobcat Rotary Lawnmower $30 obo. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860

Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ KVHS grad seeking quiet & clean roommate to share 3bdrm., 2 bath house in good neighborhood near BC. $350 per month, split utilities. Furnished or unfurnished. Call or text Aaron at 760-549-3341 or e-mail __________________________ PRIVATE - 2 bd double wide mobile home IN W.Hts on 1 acre with panoramic view of the lake. $700/mo + deposit. Call 760-376-1944 weekends or 805-375-0047 weel days. _________________________ Wofford Heights - 3bd/2ba remodeled home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house. Mt. views, stove, refrig + w/d hookup. Section 8 ok. $900/mo + dep 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061 _________________________ Wofford Hts - Mobile Home Neatest Adult Park in the Valley. 1 bd, completely remodeled. $385/mo, Senior discount. Apply @ office, 99 Evans Road. _________________________ Onyx - 1,400 sq ft mobile. 2 bd, 2 ba, fenced yard. Includes stove/oven, refrigerator, washer/dryer, central air, 2 car garage. Very clean, $750/mo plus security. Approved pets OK. 760-379-5787 _________________________ Kernville - 2bd/1 ba house. 2 car garage, inclds washer & dryer, central ac/heat. 468 Sirretta (do not disturb tenants) avail Dec 1. $925/mo + deposit. 909-518-734 _________________________ Weldon - 3 bdrm, 2 bath. Covered parking, storage shed, water & trash paid. $650/mo plus deposit. 760-223-0960 Kernville - Large room to rent w/private entrance & bathroom. Quiet location. $460/mo + deposit. Includes cable TV, utilities & garage. House privileges. Call 760-376-3340

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COCKTAILS AND DANCING 5430 Lake Isabella Blvd. 379-8144 Largest pool table in town!

Lah-De-Dah-Gifts, Collectables, Antiques. “If it’s not here, we don’t have it.” Sewing Center for Sewing Needs. 41 Big Blue Rd. Kernville. Call 376-6704.


Commercial Lake Isabella - 3,600 sq. ft. bldg on approx 3 acres for lease located @ 3615 Suhre Street (corner of Suhre & Hwy 155.) Excellent office space for medical, dental, school, church, or? Terms negotiable. Call (760) 417-0876

FOR SALE CHINESE PUG PUPPIES Puppies are currently 5 weeks old. They will be ready for a good home just in time for the holidays! Adorable & Cute!! Pure Breed...No papers. All puppies are males. $400.00 We are accepting deposits now. Call Anytime 760-379-1505 _________________________ DOG TRAINER in the Valley Wofford Heights Park 6 DaysChoose time and days Recent Local References Trish &

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Dollars and Sense

Classics rule in holiday shopping David Uffington Courier Syndicated Columnist

Stores have to decide far in advance what items they'll push for the holidays. Given the economy and the belt tightening that shoppers have been doing all year, retailers aren't going to take many chances with the holiday merchandise they'll offer. They already know that consumer wallets will be closed more than they're open, so they need to cash in on what buyers appear to want. This year think "traditional" and "comfort." Expect few fad items to grace the shelves. Decorations will tend to be the classics we grew up with: regular green Christmas trees with decorations in standard colors of gold and red. Look for kitchen items that make it easier to cook (and eat) at home. Keep an eye out for warm comforters (because the thermostat is notched down a bit more this year) and one-person size quilts (so you'll stay warm watching television because you're not going out to movies as often). You'll have luck finding electronics at good prices. Again, consumers are staying home more, and retailers want to cash in on the desire for at-home entertainment. They're hoping buyers will spring

for computers that have Windows 7 and maybe even modestly priced big-screen televisions. Look for accessories to update an existing wardrobe. (If you buy clothing, look for items that will last through many seasons. The hot color this year is purple. Can you live with that for three years?) Before you shop, plan your spending. Stick to cash where possible (or at least have a plan to pay off credit cards within three months.) Decide on must-have gifts, but leave yourself some leeway for surprise bargains that you discover. Compare pricing between stores and online companies. Many online chains will have coupon codes for discounts if you buy online, but most will have quick expiration dates. Hint: After your first day of holiday shopping, review your purchases and ask yourself if you really need to go out and buy more. *** 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.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes

Homes for Sale

Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________

Must See! - Freshly remodeled cabin w/permits to expand on 1/3 acre lot. 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus. $75,000 obo. 661-428-1108 _________________________ Weldon Valley Estates - 2006 Modular. 3 beds, 2 bath. 5/8 acre. 2 car garage. All fenced, landscaped. $225,000.00 760378-2969

Beautiful Refurbished 1 1/2 bd, 1 ba. mobile home with den + an add on. Quiet park, walk to lake. Space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $16,500. Owner will carry. Call Gary 760-376-3228

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228 _________________________ Wofford Heights Mobile / RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Call Jim @ (760) 376-6316

Land for Sale Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $25,000. OBO Call (661) 428-1108


Kern River Valley. Highest prices paid, one piece or a house full. Don't give it away at a yard sale! GHOST TOWN RELICS @ SILVER CITY. (760) 379-5146

40Ft RV Access w/hookups. Large 2bd. 2ba, Den+Formal lvg, 2-car garage+workshop. Corner lot+cul-de-sac. New roof, Lake view, fireplace + many upgrades. 8331 So. Lake Dr., Southlake. $139,000 (760) 379-7094

Firewood for Sale OLIVE WOOD Are you shopping for price, or the most heat for your dollars? Cheaper than almond, oak or pine. More BTU's per cord! Free local delivery.


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The Kern River in Riverside Park in Kernville slides calmly down to the reservoir at Isabella Lake.

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SPEZAPHONIC SOUND (2009-B6273) Street address of principal place of business: 197 Oxen Trail, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 79, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: James Spezialy, 197 Oxen Trail, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 04/07/2009. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: James Spezialy. This statement filed on 09/30/2009. Expires 09/30/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier October 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 2009. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS NAME Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: LAKE ISABELLA FLORIST, (2009-B2718) Street address of business: 11019 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238; Mailing address of Business; P.O. Box 1017, Kernville, CA 93238; REGISTRANT WHO WISHES TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Lucian Whitman, P.O. Box 1017, Kernville, CA 93238; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 04/21/2009. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 10/07/2009. ANN K. BAR-

NETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk by M. Rodriguez, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier October 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 2009. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTICIOUS NAME Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: PETAL PUSHER PLUS, (2009-B2717) Street address of business: 11019 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238; Mailing address of Business; P.O. Box 1017, Kernville, CA 93238; REGISTRANT WHO WISHES TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Lucian Whitman, P.O. Box 1017, Kernville, CA 93238; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 04/21/2009. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 10/07/2009. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk by M. Rodriguez, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier October 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SIERRA GATEWAY COTTAGES (2009-B7061) Street address of principal place of business: 13510 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 143, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Alexandra Edwards, 21221 Lassen Street, #2, Chatsworth, CA 91311, and Jon Paul Fortunati, 21221 Lassen Street, #2, Chatsworth, CA 91311. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 09/09/2003. 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: Alexandra Edwards. This statement filed on 11/10/2009. Expires 11/10/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier November 20, 27, December 4 and 11, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PLASMO INTERACTIVE (2009-B7154) Street address of principal place of business: 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business: 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. REGISTRANT: Bryan Secrest - Tebow, 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Bryan Secrest - Tebow. This statement filed on 11/13/2009. Expires 11/13/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier November 20, 27, December 4 and 11, 2009.

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Courier chuckle of the week: “Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising and they wouldn't have to advertise it." - Will Rogers

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There could be an unexpected change in plans for your upcoming holiday travels. But keep in mind that a little flexibility goes a long way in resolving any disappointments. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new relationship might not be responding quite as quickly as you'd hoped. Could you be expecting too much too soon? Try to ease up and let things happen. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Take time out now to reconnect with the wonderful people who share your life, especially the one who also shares your dreams. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A misunderstanding should be resolved before you get caught up in the flurry of holiday preparations. Set your pride aside and deal with it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Being told that a colleague might have been trying to undercut your effectiveness might or might not be true. Get all the facts before you act on this so-called information. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It's a good idea to start your holiday preparation plans early in order to avoid a time crunch if an unresolved workplace situation causes a problem. That old friend might have some welcome news. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family

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member's actions continue to surprise you, but this time with positive results. Could be your wise counsel finally got through. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your reluctance to act in a current situation could be traced to your inner self advising you to take more time to study its complexities before you attempt to deal with it. Good luck. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Soothing hurt feelings before they can ignite an angry outburst is the wise thing to do. When it comes to doing the "wisdom thing," you do it so well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Budget your time so that you can handle both your workplace duties and your personal holiday planning -- including travel arrangements -- without burning out on either end. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might find that you still need to firm up one or two of those still-outstanding decisions so that you can finally move forward as you had planned. Weigh the facts, then act. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You usually don't carry grudges, but you might feel this is one time when you're justified in doing so. But aren't you spending too much energy holding onto it? BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of using your quiet strength to persuade people to follow their better instincts and do the right thing. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What would a group of emus be called? 2. LANGUAGE: What is a synonym for jejune? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In the mythical Greek tale, what was the name of Jason's ship used in pursuit in the Golden Fleece? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the largest bay in the world? 5. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"? Answers:

1. A mob 2. Dull 3. The Argo 4. Bay of Bengal 5. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The KRV Bird World: Accipters Bob Barnes Special to the Kern River Courier

Accipiters are bird-eating hawks designed for pursuit of prey even among trees. They have short, rounded wings and long tails to assist them. There are three species of Accipiter found in the Kern River Valley and surrounding southern Sierra Nevada; the SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK. The NORTHERN GOSHAWK is a rare species found sparingly in the mountain areas surrounding the KRV. The largest of the three locally occurring accipiters at an average 21 inches in length, I have seen them in the Piutes, Greenhorns, and Giant Sequoia National Monument, and on the Kern Plateau. The SHARP-SHINNED HAWK does not nest in the Kern River Valley and far southern Sierra Nevada. It shows up in our area in fall, spends the winter, and heads north for the nesting season the first half of spring. The Sharpshinned Hawk is the smallest of the three accipiters in our area at an average 11 inches in length. It often takes up winter residence around people's backyards to "pick off" small birds at feeders.

The COOPER'S HAWK nests in the wooded areas of the KRV and surrounding mountains. The species is found here all year. Numbers are highest when several Cooper's Hawks from the north arrive in fall to spend the winter. They, too, often take up winter residence around people's backyards to "pick off" small birds at feeders. The Cooper's Hawk is the mid-sized accipiter of the three at an average 16.5 inches in length. Accipiters, especially Sharpshinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks, are notoriously difficult to tell apart. Males are smaller than females. A very small accipiter in your yard is probably a male Sharpshinned Hawk. A very large accipiter is likely a Cooper's Hawk. The ones in between in size cause the problem. It has been said that beginners just call all SharpShinneds and Cooper's they see accipiters, experts are only able to identify about half, and those in the middle, who have gained a little confidence, identify them all as Sharp-shinned Hawks or Cooper's Hawks! Buy or study a bird book, look up the accipiters, and enjoy those that you see shooting through your neighborhood in pursuit of small birds. Watch for the distinctive ...

Photo by Bob Steele Photography

The Cooper’s Hawk is an example of an Accipter, a bird-eating hawk.

flap, flap, flap, glide .... flap, flap, flap, glide ... flight. But, be very careful in deciding whether or not it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk or Cooper's Hawk before you; except in summer when there are no "Sharpies" in the Kern River Valley. REFERENCE: "The Sibley Field

Guide to Birds of Western North America," 2003. UNTIL NEXT WEEK, Happy And Productive Birding. Bob Barnes is a past president of the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce and a birding expert.

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Create your own family heirloom Matilda Charles Courier Syndicated Columnist

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BayLee Saldino, 9, of Bakersfield, dressed up in dog outfit on Halloween to spread the word that her four-footed rescued pet pals need a home. Pictured with her is Jesse Martinez, who is looking for kind folks to adopt pets. Call him at (760) 378-3101 if you can help.

If you start now, you have time to make the best holiday gift your family has ever had. What I have in mind is called Life Story Writing. You'll tell pieces of your life story, either written down or as an oral history on tape or video, and give it as a gift to your family. Here's a suggestion for getting started: As quickly as you can, make a list of your life's early events, things your family might not know, jotting down a word or two to remind yourself later. Make the list as long as you can, and keep it handy because other things will come to mind as you get started. By events, I don't necessarily mean big things. It's in the small, everyday life occurrences you'll find the greatest value. If you have a computer, use that. Copy the files onto CDs. If you have a tape recorder, use

that to record your stories. Tapes can be duplicated. Or you handwrite your stories, if that is easiest for you. Still don't know how to start? Here are some ideas to get you going. "I learned a hard lesson when ..." "One thing I never told my parents was ..." "The best day of my childhood was ..." The more details, the better. Even the smallest descriptive detail can make your story come alive. If telling your life story is something you'd like to do, but you want help with it, ask among your friends who has a camcorder or who can transcribe what you write. Don't believe that your story has no value. It does! Chances are your family will want more chapters! Consider this as chapter one in a family heirloom. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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