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Swine flu shots here

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: High 69. Light and variable wind. Fri. night: Low 44. Light wind. Sat.: Sunny, high 75.

H1N1 vaccinations available next week

Sat. night: Low 47. Mostly clear. Sun.: Sunny, high 79.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The county has announced H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held in the valley beginning next week. • Lake Isabella Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Hall. Free. • Kernville Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall. Free. • Weldon Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Weldon Methodist Church. Free. Available to those from 6 months to 24 years old, and anyone 25-64 with a high risk medical condition, or who lives with an infant under 6 months old. All healthcare workers are also eligible.

Courier is bigger and better Enjoy this expanded issue of the Kern River Courier with four more pages of photos and features. It’s the second anniversary of the date Michael Batelaan and Mike Devich took over the Courier from Dolly Ogawa and Allyn Amsk. We couldn’t let that pass without a mention.

Vol. 6 No. 39

Sun. night: Mostly clear, low 49. National Weather Service

Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

Isabella Lake basks in the sunshine with wispy white clouds in a shot from last Saturday. A cold spell earlier this week will give way to warmer temperatures this weekend.

Get one flu shot ... or two? Matilda Charles Kern River Courier syndicated columnist

for each type. Just getting a seasonal flu shot won't cover you for the H1N1 flu, and vice versa. Confused about whether to get a flu The swine flu vaccine naysayers have shot this year? You're not alone. The flu been busy, putting out information that has been all over the might not be true. news, and some of the even a quesSeasonal flu shot clinic There's "facts" don't match, tion about who really Kern Valley Hospital will be hold- needs a swine flu depending where you ing a drive-thru Seasonal Flu Shot shot. (Do seniors get your information. There are two ver- Clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 9 really have a built-in sions of the flu right a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s front immunity to it?) But now: the seasonal gar- parking lot. They will be offering only it's possible to get den-variety that the seasonal flu shot. The cost will correct information. comes around every be $10. The U.S. Department year, and the swine of Health and flu, also called H1N1 flu. There are slight- Human Services has a comprehensive ly different symptoms for both, with Web site with all sorts of facts about the severity ranging from mild to severe. See FLU, Page 12 There are two different flu shots, too, one

Valley harvests fall festivals, Halloween celebrations There will be lots of autumn festivities happening all around the valley this Friday and Saturday. Here are some of them: PTC Fall Festival will be held in Kernville Friday, Oct. 30 Kernville Elementary School will be holding their annual PTC Fall Fun Fest on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m. There will be a wide variety of fun games and activities for all. Bring a cake to enter into the cake decorating contest and kids who come in costume can enter the costume contest. Admission is free, and tickets for the games may be purchased at the door. Haunted Ghost Town to offer Halloween tours Oct. 30 and 31 Scary night tours at the Silver City Ghost Town are scheduled for Friday Oct. 30 and Halloween night. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m each of the two nights. The cost is $10 per person (all ages). The first tours will begin precisely at 7:13 p.m. A second tour will be offered both on Oct. 30 and Halloween at 8:30 p.m. The tour will last about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Tickets are available only on site each night of the event and are not available in advance. The Ghost Town is located at 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Bodfish. Fall Festival at St. Jude Catholic Church Oct. 30-31 St. Jude Catholic Church in Wofford Heights will be having a Fall Festival on Oct. 30 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Win a 7-day cruise or $2,500 in cash prizes. There will be gift baskets, a huge garage sale, a crafts sale, pantry items, a silent auction, food and family fun. For information call (760) 376-2416.

File photo by Mike Devich/Kern River Courier

These scary customers were snapped at last year’s Fear Zone at QAB Radio in Kernville. See inside for more Halloween features.

First Baptist Lake Isabella to hold Harvest Festival Oct. 31 The First Baptist Church in Lake Isabella, near the junction of Highways 178 and 155, will have a Harvest Festival on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Games, booths, food available, a hay maze, music and family fun for everyone. For more information, call (760) 379-5615. Burlington and Kern Village to have Trick or Treat Oct. 31 The Burlington at 13 Sycamore, Wofford Heights and Kern Village at 32 Burlando Road, both assisted living facilities, will be hosting Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Six catfish? The cats are out, and Vaughn Pumphrey caught some.


Social Security benefits are declining, says Harry Thal.


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Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 103,481 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 373 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 352 cfs Borel Canal flow 318 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Courier

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Courier Calendar Adopt-a-Pet Party to be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 Critter Sitters, run by Jesse Martinez, will be holding a Adopt a Pet Party on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Critter Sitters compound, 15301 Chukkar Lane, Weldon. Lunch will be provided. Tour the compound, and adopt a loving cat, dog, kitten or puppy. Tour the REVA mobile spay/neuter clinic. All adoptable pets of appropriate age have been spayed or neutered and have had vaccinations. Call Martinez at (760) 378-3101 for more information.

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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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These dogs are begging you to go to the Adopt-A-Pet Party Oct. 31.

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.


• 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. • 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 Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830.

KRV Rotary Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 31 The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley hosts its annual golf tournament 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 for their humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Fee is $50 for non-Kern Valley Golf Course members (Kern Valley Golf Course members, • 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 Highland Chapel UMC. 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. • 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 dates have changed.

KVHS football 2009 10/30 Bishop away 11/6 Rosamond home 11/12 Frazier Mountain away

$30). Lunch will be served. For more information call Ryan Polcik at (661) 246-9111 or e-mail

Change clocks Saturday night Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday morning, Nov. 1. Before you go to bed Saturday night, Oct. 31, set your clocks back one hour. (Spring Ahead, Fall Back.) We all get an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

Ladies of the Elks to hold Christmas Bazaar Nov. 7 The Ladies of the Elks will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No charge for admission; the public is welcome. Kern River Preserve to hold monthly nature event Nov. 7 Kern River Preserve’s next monthly event is Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9-11 am. “Animal Tracks” will be presented by Wendy Ranals. Kern River Preserve is in Weldon, near the intersection of Highway 178 and Kelso Valley Road. Free Green Films to be shown Sunday, Nov. 8 On Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10am to 2pm, KRVR hosts three free films: “Flow: For Love of Water,” “Food, Inc.”, and “Trashed” at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights Blvd. (next to the Elks Lodge) as part of the all-volunteer Living Green Kern River Valley efforts. There is no charge to see the films. There will be a 50/50 raffle, including door prizes, to help pay for the films & theatre rental. For information call Richard Rowe at (760) 333-4561. The 2010 Living Green Stainless Steel Sports Bottle will be available (only $5 each, with a firsttime free fill up of your favorite soda). Exchange’s Fire Fighter Appreciation Night Nov. 10 The Exchange Club of the KRV is hosting a Fire Fighter Appreciation Night on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Paradise Cove. No-Host Cocktails are at 5:00 pm, with dinner at 6:00 pm. Cost is $22.00 per person (Prime Rib, Shrimp, Halibut, or Crab Salad). Please RSVP to Fred Roach at 223-0488 by Nov. 1. My Place in Lake Isabella to throw free Veterans Day meal My Place restaurant near Isabella Supermarket is giving away free meals on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, from 11 to 3. Fuller’s staff to hold office hours Nov. 19 Assemblymember Jean Fuller announced that her staff will hold office hours at the Kern County Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd.

See CALENDAR, Page 7

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

Turnabout is fair play Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I have noticed from time to time that the Los Angeles press (in particular the L.A. Times) takes a certain delight in bad-mouthing Kern County. Middleworth Well... Before I retired, my work’s headquarters was in downtown Los Angeles, and though working in Kern County I had on many occasions traveled and stayed in the heart of L.A. As a result, I have made a number of observations about that area which I would like to offer for the edification of the Times. To Wit ... Nobody drives slow in Los Angeles, except in the fast lane of the freeways ... Angelenos who drive fast on the freeway and change lanes a lot usually drive beat-up cars, are often seen shaving with an electric razor, reading or applying makeup ... Surface street driving is a series of drag races from signal to signal, usually by big people in little cars with wrinkled fenders ... No one in L.A. lives a certain number of miles from anywhere, it’s always a certain number of minutes and that depends on the time of day ... Green trees are gray from smog... New buildings are being built downtown, but they're

designed to look old when finished to blend in with all the other old buildings ... In dwellings surrounding the downtown area, people live 18 to an apartment and can be found outdoors at dusk in their undershirts, repairing cars, yelling at their kids and drinking beer ... The “Going Out of Business” signs on downtown stores must indicate big inventories, because many of those stores have been going out of business for several years ... Lots of L.A. workers stay late to avoid the freeway rush, and create a second rush after the first rush when they finally decide to rush home ... Freeway signs telling you which offramp to take are often located at the offramp and can be best read after passing the exit ... Not everyone in L.A. knows where they're going; in asking for directions from L.A. service station attendants, I find that in addition to them not knowing how to get there from here, they are not even sure where “here” is ... There is more, but this is enough in its own way to tell the L.A. press that we are happy that they are there and we are here. Thank God for the Tehachapi Mountains that separate us!

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Candidates sought for RRAC positions by land agencies Kern River Courier

Nominations are now being accepted through Dec. 11, 2009 for eight positions on the 11-member Pacific Southwest Region California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). Candidates sought are: • Three people who will represent, as appropriate, the following recreation interest groups: winter non-motorized recreation, such as snowshoeing, cross country, downhill skiing and snowboarding; summer motorized recreation, such as motorcycles, boaters, and off-highway vehicles; summer non-motor-

ized recreation, such as backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing and rafting. • Two people who represent, as appropriate, the following recreation interest groups: non-motorized outfitters and guides; local environmental groups. • Three people who represent the following perspectives: state tourism; Indian tribes; local government. The term for these positions will begin in July 2010 when the current three-year term appointments expire. Current members who have

See RRAC, Page 12

October 31st 6:00 to 8:00pm Game Booths! Candy! Prizes! Food Booths! Cake Walk! 2 Bounce Houses! Music! Hay Maze! & Fun House! Plus much, much, more Family Fun for Everyone!

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

First Baptist Church 3701 Suhre Street, Lake Isabella 760-379-5615

Thank you from the KRV Art Association for making the Sierra Arts & Crafts Festival a success! It is impossible to express sufficient gratitude for the many generous donations and work that made the Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival a success. Thank you so much Jackie Smith for six framed oil paintings and four matted photographs; Eve Laeger for 50 fine art greeting cards; Archie's Hardware for the hummingbird feeder; Petal Pusher Plus for flower arrangements; Ruth Carol for three sets of hand-made jewelry; Shirley and Jim Davis; Jaye Lyn Martin and Judy Vaughn for make-it-take-it worksops and supplies; Beyond Juice for smoothies; Natural Health for organic coffee and tea; Abundant Harvest for organic fruits and vegetables; Judy Deems for framed oil painting; Dan and Jane Mancini for bottled water, doughnuts, orange juice and coffee; Winters McComas for children's gifts; Sandie Sparks, Donna Kelpe, Shirley Davis, Jaye Lyn Martin and Joyce Zvenia for ceramic tiles; Reel Cinema for four theater tickets; Tina Faith, Melody Lindley, Charles Topping, Pete Shanley, Bill Diaz, Margie Barbosa, Cinnamon Parks, Michael Faith, Matthew Faith, Abby Faith, Destiny, Smitty, Jaye Lyn Martin, Sandie Sparks, Donna Kelpe for volunteering their tireless efforts; and the Kern River Courier for the front page articles. Many thanks to the performers who generously donated their time and talent: Helen Smoot and Mark McGuire, Do It Any Way, Elinore Fahey; Sweet Adelines; Archie Logsdon; Kern Valley Community Orchestra; Jazz Tones.

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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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The correct name for the Kernville Fish Hatchery is the Kern River Trout Planting Base, because it no longer hatches trout. Whatever you call it (most people around here still call it the Hatchery), it has been a focal point of the Kern Valley since it was built in 1928. It is run by the California Department of Fish & Game. Originally it was built by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association, but in 1929 the DF&G took over the operation. In the 1940s the Wildlife Conservation Board provided funds to expand the hatchery to the third largest in the state. In 1979 the DF&G changed the Kern River Hatchery to a Planting Base. At that time they decided to raise trout in a few central hatcheries in the state and then ship them to the planting bases. In 1994 after further budget cuts the base was about to be closed completely. But happily it is still raising and planting trout for the enjoyment of the many anglers that come here to the Kern River Valley to fish. The hatchery grounds include a recently built natural history museum, which features displays of angling artifacts and local wildlife. Included is a display of two stuffed California brown bears perched atop rocks. The fish hatchery is located at 14400 Sierra Way, just opposite Camp Owen, and is free to visit. For more information, call (760) 376-2846. – Kern River Courier

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21 historic buildings featured on The History Channel & The National Directory of Haunted Places. Antiques shops, museum displays, self & docent guided tours. 20 minutes from Kernville... 100 years back in time! Open Daily – 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment anytime. 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish, Ca. 93205 Ph: 760-379-5146

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


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Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781 (760) 379-5236

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side


With regrets and many thanks for 8 good years, The Rich Pelletreau Gallery will be closing its Wofford Heights location on Saturday, October 31st, Until our departure the entire inventory of artwork, art supplies and frames will continue to be available at sale prices. After October, information on purchasing remaining artwork, art supplies, custom framing services, art commissions or the building lease can be obtained by calling Rich at his new number, 760-379-0554 or by email at

The Rich Pelletreau

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

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

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

Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s hope they’re not black cats Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Trout action is picking up around Isabella Lake. With the water temperatures cooling down, trout are starting to come into the shoreline areas more and more. Last week I hooked into three at French Gulch, and another day, three at Boulder Gulch. I could see the big ones jumping out there, but they were still a little far out to “Still plenhook into. We also had ty of nice some more catfish biting good trout around the action lake.” around the cemetery area. --Jack French Bustamante Gulch and North Fork Marinas have still been getting some crappie action. The later afternoon bite has been doing the best. Still plenty of nice catfish biting around the lake also. Vaughn Avery Pumphrey took his grandpa Gene out fishing again and showed him what it was all

Vaughn Pumphrey caught six nice cats, none of them black. That’s a good thing for Halloween.

about. Vaughn brought in a nice stringer of six catfish. Nice catch, Vaughn, I’m ready for some lessons. Nice fishing are biting. So 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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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

Mamma Mia, great DVDs

New ‘V’ not the same as old ‘V’

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Nov. 9:

decades. Starting with the '43 Yankees and ending with the 2008 Phillies, baseball fans of all ages will be able to relive the drama that only the Fall Classic can bring. Included in this massive boxed set is a 58-page commemorative book with a foreword by Bob Costas.

PICKS OF THE WEEK "Up" -- For me, "Up" is the best movie of the year, and Disney/Pixar has pulled out all the stops in the DVD release. You can "Mamma Mia! The Movie" -get the film in a Gimme! Gimme! variety of difGimme! DVD Gift ferent packSet Version: If you ages: a singlealready own the disc edition, a film, there's really two-disc special no reason to go edition and a out and grab this whopping fourset, because disc combo there's nothing (there's even a new contained in gift set that the DVD. But, if includes a wee you're looking for Pixar desk a gift, this is perSesame Street Gang lamp). fect for the Obviously, "Mamma Mia" whichever version you pick will fan in your life. The set includes depend on how much you love the two-disc special edition, the special features, behind-the-scenes CD soundtrack and a 32-page coldocumentaries, deleted scenes and lectible book. so forth. TV SERIES "Sesame Street: 40 Years of "Justice League" The Complete Sunny Days" -- "Sesame Street" Series turns 40 this year, and this two"Keeping Up With the disc retrospective highlights many Kardashians" The Complete of the best moments of this iconic Second Season children's program. With more "G.I. Joe: A Real American than five hours of footage, includHero" Complete Collectors Set ing favorite songs, celebrity guest "Dragon Ball" Season Two appearances and backstage "Nash Bridges" The Third footage, this is a delightful treat Season not only for kids, but for parents "The Sarah Jane Adventures" looking to reminisce. The Complete Second Season "JAG (Judge Advocate "The Official World Series Film General)" The Ninth Season Collection" -- Wow. This 20-disc "The Untouchables" Season collection of historic World Series Three, Vol. 2 moments contains nearly 50 hours of footage spanning seven c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Cindy Elavsky Q: Back in the early 1980s, there was a show on TV called "V." I've been seeing a lot of commercials lately on ABC for a new show called "V." Is this a remake of the other one? -Howard F., West Palm Beach, Fla. A: The new "V" is based on the 1983 series; however, this ain't your mother's "V," that's for sure. The basic story line is the same: A race of aliens arrives on Earth in a fleet of huge, saucer-shaped motherships, which hover over major key cities across the world. The "Visitors" reach out in friendship, ostensibly seeking the help of humans to obtain water needed to aid their survival. In return, the Visitors Eric Singer promise to share their advanced technology with humanity. However, not all is as rosy as it seems -- as a resistance group will soon spell out for us. This new version of "V" is the best new show on television, by far. The special effects are feature-film quality; the writing is intelligent and time-relevant; and the acting is first-rate. *** Q: I thought that the action/comedy "Chuck" was going to reappear this season, but still nothing. Is the show coming back? -- Nettie A., via e-mail A: I love to be the bearer of

good news. "Chuck" was renewed for a 13-episode third season, which will begin airing on NBC (tentatively) in March 2010. Keep an eye on your local listings. *** Q: One of my favorite rock groups of all time is KISS. Will they ever release an album of new music? -George J., Hamilton, Ohio A: About a month ago, KISS released their first studio album in 11 years of all-new material called "Sonic Boom." The CD features 11 new songs, a separate CD of rerecorded KISS classics and a DVD of a recent concert in Argentina. I spoke with drummer Eric Singer about the new album and he told me: "We kind of look at the new record like another child. Sometimes you have a child that has something special or uniquely different about him, and you love all your children equally, but sometimes one of them is a little bit different, a little more special. That is the way we feel about 'Sonic Boom.'" *** Have a question for Cindy? Email her at letters@cindy elavsky. com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Top DVD rentals 1. Monsters vs. Aliens (PG) animated 2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13) Matthew McConaughey 3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13) Hugh Jackman 4. Management (R) Jennifer Aniston 5. Observe and Report (R) Seth Rogan 6. State of Play (PG-13) Russell

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Lighter side of faith

Voices of Faith

Act like Irwin of San Diego Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17. Because we read the Bible in English, the full meaning does not come through. Semonious “The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible” by J. Strong defines “fulfill” as: “1 full, i.e. filled up (as opposed to empty). …of hollow vessels. …of a surface, covered in every part. …of the soul, thoroughly permeated with. 2 full, i.e. complete. …lacking nothing, perfect.” When Jesus answered the scribe who asked him which commandment was the most important, Jesus said, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” Mark 12:2930. But Jesus did not stop there. He added, “The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31. I knew a man who worked in San Diego as a landscape gardener. The last park to

which he was assigned was La Jolla Cove, a lawn area overlooking the ocean and a sandy beach. A narrow sidewalk bordered the east side and separated the park from town. The old garden hoses there badly needed replacement, but his repeated requests were denied for lack of funding; a single hose would be classified as a miscellaneous item. I cannot remember how he got the idea to order a truckload of “Hoses, Garden, 75 ft.” but soon the county had hoses. Presently the lawn needed mowing and trimming. As he began trimming, he put the trimmer at the edge of the sidewalk and discovered that the sidewalk was actually four times wider than it appeared. Citizens of La Jolla approved the new look, praising the county. After revitalizing the lawn area, and with permission, he cleaned the beach by removing the dying seaweed from the beach area. Several five-gallon buckets at a time got buried in his back yard. Soon he had a beautiful garden at home as well. Irwin was just being Irwin, but to Irwin, his neighbor was everyone who would visit “his” park. I submit that God intends we behave as did Irwin of San Diego.

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One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?" The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't, dear," she said. "I have to sleep in Daddy's room." A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy.” A child came home from Sunday School and told his mother that he had learned a new song about a cross-eyed bear named Gladly. It took his mother a while before she realized that the hymn was really "Gladly The Cross I'd Bear." Adam was walking around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked him, "What is wrong with you?" Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to. God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman. He said, "This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing she'll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it. Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?" God replied, "An arm and a leg." Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?" The rest is history..

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

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

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COURIER CALENDAR continued from page 2 Fuller’s staff to hold office hours Nov. 19 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. 19, from 1:30 p.m. 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. McCarthy’s staff to hold office hours Nov. 19 Congressman Kevin McCarhy announced that his staff will hold office hours at the Kern County Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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-A-Way 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: Jr. Pheasant Hunt to be held Nov. 21 and 22 The 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. Lake Isabella Christmas Parade Nov. 28 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will again be putting on the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 28. The parade will be on 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. 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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Letter to the Courier Dear Kern River Courier, Teddy Martin was an institution in the valley. I only got the chance to play with him once at a Christmas party in Bodfish last year. But what a treat that was! I could never keep track of the times that I hurried to get to Arlie’s to make sure that I didn’t miss his show. I never got a chance to know Ted Martin –the man – well, but I knew Ted Martin, the music and Ted Martin, the humor. He always had a song for every occasion and a quick wit for every mood. He always had a smile for every member of the audience and an open invitation to every player who wanted to jam with his band, the Midnight Rodeo, on Sunday afternoon. I don’t know the details of his passing, but I know that he will be in the minds of all who love music in the Kern River Valley. We will have to smile with a lump in our throat every time we pass Arlie’s now – and we will say, “Here’s to ya, Brother; thank you for the good times! You will be missed by everybody.” John-Henry and all the rest of your many friends and fans

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New low cost spay/neuter clinic becoming a reality Marcela Freerks Special to the Courier

Jesse Martinez of Critter Sitters in Weldon has made more progress in establishing a l o w - c o s t Tour the spay/neuter vet- mobile clinic durerinary clinic ing an open here in the Kern house and River Valley, "Adopt-aand now only a Pet"party few final steps Saturday, Oct. 31, are missing. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., But Martinez 15301 Chukkar is not waiting Ln, Weldon (turn idly while the right from Hwy. bureaucratic 178 onto Kelso wheels turn Creek Road, and ever so slowly; after about three he has been miles, turn right acquiring some onto Chukkar). of the necessary instruments for the operations of the clinic, and is refurbishing a mobile unit. On Oct. 15 he interviewed two

recent Veterinary Medicine graduates of Pomona’s Western University of Health Sciences. Both women are very enthusiastic about the prospect of working for the clinic and in the past were involved in rescue of animals – which would seem to be just the perfect match for this application. Martinez and the people behind workings of this dearly needed clinic - the R.E.V.A organization – are grateful for the fantastic support of many generous people of our great community. Although he is looking into government grants that would help with the cost equipment (estimated at more than $10,000), there still is a dire need for your donations. There are still a lot of items needed, such as a surgery/exam table, a multi-purpose wet table, an electronic veterinary scale, X-ray equipment and much more. For more information on the clinic, please see

Financial office to host free program Edward Jones Financial Advisor Luz E Polcik will host a free broadcast entitled "Cutting through the Noise: A Market Update," at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5520 Lake Isabella Blvd, Suite G-6. To reserve a seat or for more information about the program, call Cindy Hood at 760-379-1722. If you are unable to attend, additional viewing opportunities may be available. With all that has happened in the economy and financial markets recently, it can be difficult to know which news to pay attention to and which information should impact your investment decisions. During this interactive program, Alan Skrainka, Edward Jones' chief market strategist, will discuss the current state of the economy and financial markets and provide strategies to help investors keep perspective.


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Lake Isabella Park was the scene of the Americana Rally and Tea Party last weekend.

BLM Plans December Oil and Gas Lease Auction The Bureau of Land Management will hold an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land on Dec. 9 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield. The room opens at 8 a.m. to allow bidders to register and obtain a bid number. The oral auction begins at 9 a.m. The competitive lease auction involves nine parcels for a total of 8,587.42 acres of public lands in Kern and Kings counties. A detailed notice of the lease auction with parcel descriptions, acreage, lease terms and conditions, oral bidding procedures and requirements, and other sale information is available on the Internet at The posted list initiates a 30-day public review and protest period, which ends Nov. 24. If you are not able to access the website, copies of the lease sale notice are available at the California BLM State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, for $5. For questions regarding the Dec. 9 auction or to obtain a form to submit an expression of interest, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6129.

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Health Insurance Matters

Social Security benefits eroding Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

By now everybody receiving Social Security benefits probably is aware that their check in 2010 will be the same as in 2009. The Harry Thal reason for this is that Social Security increases annually to adjust for inflation. With the current economic slow-down, there is actually negative inflation. The dollar is supposedly buying more than it did in the preceding year. Personally I don't buy into this, as my understanding is that while some of the big ticket items like cars and homes may

be pulling down the averages, groceries, medications and many consumer items of necessity to retirees is not. But, being what it is, the "gross" amount will be the same. If you have your Medicare Part D prescription benefit taken directly from your Social Security (which I seldom if ever recommend) then you will be seeing less; for some people, a lot less. Almost uniformly, Medicare Part D drug plan premiums are on the rise. While some people may seem to feel that the premium has raised only a few dollars, they may be in for a surprise in January when they go to use their insurance at the pharmacy. In many cases, there will be a deductible on the plan, which had none in 2009. Also, the deductible has possibly risen, as

high as $310. Even if when the deductible has been satisfied, you may discover that the copay has increased, or now there is a restriction on your medication. Many brand-name drugs will have new restrictions on them in 2010. This may range from a limit on the quantity that will be dispensed to the doctor needing to request "prior authorization" before the medication is dispensed. Even more severe is "Step Therapy." With this restriction, the physician is not permitted to prescribe a medication without trying other therapies first. The "other therapies" may include trying other less expensive medications first. If they work, then the original drug will not be allowed. (Seems like the insurance company is now practicing medicine without a license).

The Medicare Part B premium of $96.40 will not be going up for those people on Medicare where the premium is deducted from their Social Security checks. However, the cost of this benefit in 2010 will be $110.50 per month. So those new to Medicare, those who are paying direct as they are not yet receiving Social Security payments, and people with higher incomes then, the $85,000 individual maximum will be paying more – over $85,000 a lot more. 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

Pregnancy is indeed possible in those with Type 1 diabetes Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This past week, our 29-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Our family is devastated. We thought this was a juvenile illness. What is the long-term prognosis for this disease? Should pregnancy be avoided? She was hoping to start a family. -- B.N. ANSWER: Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes because it often strikes at young ages, but it doesn't do so exclusively. The name change reflects that fact. It also was called insulin-requiring diabetes because almost all type 1 diabetics must inject insulin for blood sugar control. The long-term prognosis for diabetes is good if the person can keep blood sugar controlled. Diabetes has many complications -- kidney disease, heart disease, artery disease, nerve disturbance and eye problems -- but good control of blood sugar can usually keep these complications to a minimum. Most people with type 1 diabetes lead the kind of lives they wish to lead, and most can be as active as they desire. Nowadays, people with diabetes check their blood sugar routinely and frequently adjust their insulin dose accordingly. New varieties of insulin make it easier to keep blood sugar within norms. Your daughter can have children unless her doctor has told her otherwise. It's very important for a potential diabetic mother to maintain near-normal blood sugars at the time of conception and throughout pregnancy to prevent any disturbances in the growth and development of the embryo and fetus. These goals are usually achievable. The diabetes booklet gives an overview of this common condition and its treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 402W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. ***

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you discuss the best way to take multiple medicines in a 24-hour period? I have a friend who downs 13 pills at the same time. Does mixing numerous medicines change their effectiveness? -- N.A. ANSWER: It's hard not to imagine that, in a batch of 13 different medicines, one or two, at least, would be incompatible with the other 11 or 12. The incompatibility might be a lessened drug absorption in the digestive tract or it might be that some of those drugs react chemically with others in the blood. Your friend should get this straightened out with the doctor or with the pharmacist. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: In my family when I was growing up, Epsom salts were used for everything. I never hear people say they use them these days. Why not? Don't they work? -- S.M. ANSWER: Epsom salts come from the mineral waters of Epsom, England. When the water evaporates, magnesium sulfate is left. Local entrepreneurs promoted the salts as a cure-all for

many ailments. One use was soaking sore muscles or joints. No harm comes from using the salts for that. Others used Epsom salts as a laxative. That's not a terrific idea. They're too harsh on the digestive tract.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.(c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Talking About Real Estate


Get pre-qualified before looking Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

An important early step in purchasing a home is to get a lender’s “pre-qualification” for financing. Then you’ll know how much home you can afford before stepping foot into an Open House. You’ll also make a strong impression on sellers, because they’ll know your offer is solid. Another step to Matt Freeman take before you talk to the lender about pre-approval is to get copies of your credit report and review them thoroughly. Smart consumers shop around for the best prices, and you want the best interest rate possible. If your credit report contains errors, you jeopardize your chances for the

best rate. Lenders review reports from the Big Three – Equifax, TransUnion and Experian – and you should too. Interest rate tiers are based on your credit score. The higher your score, the lower the rate. The lower the rate, the more home you can afford! Get a copy of your credit report a couple of months before you start looking at homes. Creditors usually have 30 days to correct errors, but give yourself some wiggle room. Verify that debts belong to you and not someone else at the same address or with the same name. You’ll be amazed at how many doors open for you with a clean credit report and low interest rates. Now you’re ready for some happy house hunting! Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 3795915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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A Kern River Valley Halloween story Samuel Heath Special to the Courier

There were some proud moments for me while attending the high school in the old town of Kernville before the lake went in, like my beating Bakersfield running the 880, when our school band would perform for local audiences and the principal’s son Billy and I would play for dances at the South Fork Community Center, the times when my music teacher Mr. Swadburg on piano and I with clarinet would play classical music for audiences around Kern County. But the story I wrote for our English class about the couple living in Walker Basin was a proud moment that stands out vividly to memory because the teacher thought it so good she chose to read it for the e n t i r e class. Some of the old timers who attended school with me here in the Kern R i v e r Valley may very well recall the story. I especially g l o w e d w h e n Myrtez, one of the loveliest girls in school, exclaimed after the teacher finished reading it, “That was really good!” When a boy has done something that impresses a beautiful girl he isn’t very likely to forget such a thing notwithstanding the praise of a teacher; so, here is the story: The incident occurred during the summer of 1951 when the woman’s husband had to make an extended trip away from their home in the wilderness. This necessitated leaving his wife alone; but the circumstances were such that she could not accompany him. In those days seldom was any thought given to securing doors or windows, and those wise to country living knew how to prevent unwanted visits from local bears, lions, and raccoons disturbing people and their dwellings; common sense matters of prevention like never leaving food scraps about that would bait visits by wild animals. Nevertheless, with her husband gone and admitting some uneasiness about being alone, the woman did take the precaution before going to bed of tightly locking the doors and windows of their cabin that first night of his absence. Then, confident all was secure she blew out the kerosene lamp on the nightstand, slipped into bed, and despite being all alone in the total darkness of the wilderness in no time at all was fast asleep. At first, she did not know what it was that had aroused her from her slumber. It had been a noise of some kind, but she didn’t know

what kind of noise? Even in the darkness of the forest night there were natural sounds to which you become accustomed; like the squeak of a mouse caught by an owl, the bark of a fox, natural forest and country sounds like those of a wilderness stream that somehow you become so accustomed they do not disturb your rest at night. But this was no naturally occurring nocturnal night sound that had awakened her; of this she seemed certain in some unknown somnolent fashion of the mind. She lay there in the dark; beginning to wonder if it had been only a dream after all that had disturbed her rest, when all of a sudden she heard the sound! This time she was not asleep; she was wide-awake and immediately knew what the sound was! It was the sound of a guitar string being struck of the instrument her husband kept in the other room of the cabin next to the fireplace! Nearly petrified knowing she was comp l e t e l y alone, the doors and windows of the cabin locked tightly, she lay there transfixed with fright not knowing what to do! A few extremely tense moments passed; then the unmistakable sound of a guitar string being struck once more rang out in the blackness of the small cabin! A loaded shotgun was kept handy leaning against the wall next to the bed, and the woman despite her abject fear accepting that she must do something reached with trembling hand for the gun. She no sooner had hold of it than out of the darkness a string of the guitar was struck again! Loudly! Easing her now shivering, quaking legs from under the covers of the bed as quietly as possible, she very slowly and deliberately sat upright; and placing the shotgun between her trembling knees she reached over to the nightstand in the darkness, then with shaking fingers managed to lift the chimney from the lamp, and though fearful of doing anything, fearful of making any sound struck a match, lighted the wick and replaced the chimney. No sooner had she done so than the guitar in the other room twanged loudly once more! Summoning up more courage than she ever thought she possessed the woman arose from the bed, and pointing the shotgun toward the darkness where the guitar was located overcoming with great effort her fear-dried and constricted throat and mouth managed to articulate a shouted, more nearly screamed “Who’s there! I have a gun and I’ll shoot!” The sudden sound of her own

“A loaded shotgun was kept handy leaning against the wall next to the bed, and the woman despite her abject fear, accepting that she must do something, reached with trembling hand for the gun.”

See FRIGHT, Page 13

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RRAC continued from page 3 only served one term may reapply. established decision authority of the Terms for the current appointed Forest Service or BLM; however, alternates also expire July 2010 and RRACs help federal agencies gather they may apply for a public opinion about recreposition. Alternates ation fees and programs. All for these positions recommendations are care“The may be selected from fully considered. the applications RRAC proIf interested in submitting received. Alternates a nomination for Recreation do not take a mem- vides recRAC membership, obtain a ber's place in their nomination packet by going absence; they are ommendaon-line at appointed to fill a tions on should the mits/rrac or contact Frances member find it neces- recreation Enkoji at the Forest Service sary to leave the (707) 562-8846, e-mail: fees for RRAC.; or Mike The RRAC proAyers at BLM (916) 978vides recommenda- federal 4644, e-mail: tions on recreation lands fees for federal lands Submit packet to Frances within the state of in the state Enkoji, USDA Forest California. This Service, 1323 Club Drive, includes implement- of Vallejo, CA 94592 or ing or eliminating Ayers, Bureau of California.” Michael fees for Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Land Management Cottage Way, Sacramento, (BLM) and Forest Ca 95825. Nomination packService recreation sites and servic- ets must be received by December es, expanding or limiting the recre- 11, 2009. ation fee program, and fee level Additional information about changes. recreation fees is available at Recommendations from the RRAC do not supersede the legally -rec-fees.shtml.

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KRV hearts overflow with generosity as holidays approach Mike Devich Kern River Courier

As the holidays approach, folks in the Kern River Valley are feverishly working on projects that help the needy. This story focuses on only two of the many projects going on right now. The Courier will publish many stories in the next few months on other ongoing efforts in the valley to help our fellow human beings.

wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, valley residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. The shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child “We are excited that Family Life What a simple thing a common Center was asked to be the shoe box is. Operation Yet, filled Christmas w i t h • Sunday, Nov. 15 Child shoe delights, it • Noon to 4 p.m. box dropcan be a • Operation Christmas Child off location treasure for the Dedication Day trove for Kern River • Free soup, crackers, beverage children. Valley this In this • Free clothes, shoes and household y e a r . vein, folks items Having a are joining convenient with a • Bake sale collection n a t i o n w i d e • Raffle center in e f f o r t , • Bring donations such as school our valley “Samaritan’s supplies, toys, toothpaste and more will mean Purse,” to fill more peo500 shoe • Donations of clothes and miscellap l e boxes for neous household items needed involved on overseas packing children dureven more ing its shoe boxes Operation Christmas Child. in 2009,” said Ken and Irene Family Life Center in Wofford Martinson, Operation Christmas Heights is preparing to serve as a Child drop-off site coordinator. collection point for Operation “We want to be part of reaching Christmas Child. Soon, with the even more children with these gifts help of local volunteers, the sites of hope.” will be brimming with festively Operation Christmas Child uses

FRIGHT continued from page 12 voice ringing out in the small cabin, her shouted warning nearly unhinged her! But there was no response to her shouted threat from out of the now dread blackness of the other room of the cabin. Then, as she stood there pointing the shotgun toward that fearful dark of the other room, a plucked string on the guitar rang out again! Trembling all the while, fearing her legs would buckle and collapse under her the woman held the shotgun in her right hand finger on the trigger, and with her left she lifted the lamp from the nightstand; then with halting step though nearly frozen with fear advanced toward that dread dark room and guitar. Suddenly, there in the reflected light from the lamp she could see it! There was the guitar, now seeming to her more an evil haunting specter than a musical instrument, leaning against the wall next to the fireplace. But there was no one, no “thing” to be seen in the room! As she stood there nearly paralyzed by fear looking directly at the instrument a string of the guitar was struck forcefully as though by an invisible hand! Nearly dropping shotgun and lamp, the woman jerked hard against the jamb of the bedroom door and looked at the spectral instrument in horror! Finally, once more drawing from some hitherto unknown depth of courage she managed to take a faltering step forward. With lamp held high in one hand and ready with the other to fire the shotgun pointed toward the guitar, her frantic mind was racing with what action she might be called upon to take, from what invisible force or creature she

might have to defend herself? When only about five feet away from the guitar she watched transfixed in fascinated horror as right in front of her a grotesque yellowwinged “something!” some “creature!” with hideous face, multiple clawed limbs and menacing, gnashing mandibles suddenly leaped at her with lightning speed from the dark bowels of the instrument and violently struck one of the strings! It was a large grasshopper. True story. During the golden age of radio before TV, we children read books and became storytellers. The best among us would always be in demand and gained an enviable status among our playmates. I modestly submit I was among these. But I was also a very attentive listener as most of us were to the great storytellers among adults like my great-grandmother. No one could tell a story as well as she could. So, perhaps it is in my genes. However, the best of such stories came from actual events, rather than pure flights of fancy. I recall a sailor during WWII had a host of such marvelous stories my mother told me later I was saying to him “Tell me another” as I drifted off to sleep. It is most unfortunate America has lost its storytellers; now children are exposed to sex, gore, and violence of every description and the tube spews out all manner of such even in socalled “children’s” programming. Samuel Heath of Bodfish is author of the “Weedpatch Gazette” column.

tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at Bring your donations to the Family Life Center at Wofford Heights Foursquare Church, 20 W. Panorama Drive, Wofford Heights, Sun – Sat 9 a.m. to noon. Also, on Mon, Wed, Thur, they’re additionally open from1pm – 4pm Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 69 million giftfilled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries. How you can help: • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide. • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at • PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Wofford Heights as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents. • For more information on how to participate in Operation

Christmas Child, call (714) 4327030 or visit National Collection Week is Nov. 16-23. Be An Angel Kernville Union School District’s Family Resource Center is again running its “Be An Angel” program this year. Parents may sign up eligible children at the Family Resource Center Monday, Nov. 2 until Wednesday, Dec. 9. Angels are placed on the KRV Family Resource Center lobby Christmas tree with the child’s age, gender, and three wishes for “something special.” Agencies, organizations, and individuals can visit and “adopt” a child or a set of siblings until Thursday, Dec. 10. Donations are also accepted and appreciated. Distribution will be to the parent or guardian of the child. All donations will remain anonymous. Distribution will be to the parent or guardian of the child. Gifts need to be brought to the Family Resource Center, unwrapped, by Tuesday, Dec. 15. All donations will remain anonymous. Parents must pick up gifts no later than Thursday Dec. 17, between 9:00 a.m.and 4:00 p.m. The Angel Gift Program is for children 11 to 18 years old, who are no longer eligible for “Toys for Tots” due to their age. Visit the Family Resource Center or call 760-379-2556 for more information. The Family Resource Center is at 5109 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella (next to NAPA Auto Parts.)

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!

17, 356 The NNA also reports that the average reader of a community newspaper picks up and reads the newspaper 1.6 times. So ... if each of those 10,848 readers reads the Courier 1.6 times, that’s 17,356 times your ad is seen! Make the smart move. Advertise in the Kern River Courier.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Enjoy a cup of Joe California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

We were leaving the Kern Valley Hospital rehab room. I had just finished my second rehab session, pedaling the bicycle for 13 minutes. Then standing on one leg for three minutes. Then we got into the Subaru and a few minutes later we were parking the little grey darling in the Vons parking California Joe lot in Lake Isabella. Five minutes after that I was sitting in one of my new favorite spots – the west side against the wall, sipping my Starbucks coffee, and watching the cashiers work in the Vons special Lake Isabella café emporium. Miz Sue has disappeared with the shopping cart down the aisle. A little shopping without the old man snooping about, eh? Well, I hate shopping with her anyway. She won’t buy what I want. Just then this small, whitehaired brigand lurches into the café and over to my small round table. ”I need to ask you a penetrating question,” he snapped.

“Ask away!” “There was a Bakersfield Californian on that table over there! Today’s newspaper!” “Yes sir.” “Did you take it?” ”I did not take your newspaper, sir.” And he was gone! He was wearing yellow and blue suspenders. That’s all I can remember. Miz Sue soon returned with a shopping cart full of goodies. I had helped myself to almost all the Starbucks coffee. She isn’t a big Starbucks fan anyway. On the way home I considered the last evening’s baseball game. The Yankees had now won the pennant in the East. The World Series would start Wednesday evening on Fox TV. I didn’t like that. But I would watch it anyway. Maybe I could watch it in my new Vons coffee shop. Then I remembered. For the next month Miz Sue has to do all the driving for the both of us. I have to sit on the passenger side of the little Subie and behave like I like the idea of Miz Sue driving. Beats calling Dial-a-Ride, though. California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob fish pieces in flour, and then dip in hushpuppy batter mixture. Drop catfish pieces into hot oil, and gry, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Serve with Spicy Tartar Sauce. Spicy Tartar Sauce 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, finely minced 1 tablespoon finely minced onion 1 garlic clove, finely minced 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1 pinch salt

Bodfish Bob's Catfish Nuggets 1 (8-ounce) package hushpuppy mix 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 1 large egg, beaten 1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, minced 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon cayenne Vegetable oil, for frying 1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets (about 4 fillets) 1 cup all-purpose flour Spicy Tartar Sauce, recipe follows

In a medium bowl, stir together hushpuppy mix, milk, water, egg, jalapenos, hot pepper sauce and cayenne; let stand 5 minutes. Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a large deep skillet; heat oil to 350 degrees F. Pat catfish fillets dry with paper towels, and cut into bite-size pieces. Dredge cat-

Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. (Cook's Note: A garlic press works great for finely mincing the pickled jalapeno peppers.) Bodfish Bob's Mayonnaise Biscuits 2 Cups of Self Rising Flour 1 Cup milk 6 Tablespoons of MAYONNAISE

Mix together and drop on a lightly greased cooked sheet. Bakeabout 400° for 12-15 minutes. MUST be Self Rising Flour and it MUST be Mayonnaise, and NOT Low Fat Mayo.

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Final Motorized Travel Management EIS released Kern River Courier

additional 30-day public comment period which ends on Nov. 9, 2009. Sequoia National Forest Many individuals have participated Supervisor Tina Terrell released the and commented on the Draft Motorized Travel Management Environmental Impact Statement Final Environmental Impact which is documented in the FEIS. Statement (FEIS) on Oct. 9, which This new 30-day comment period describes six alternatives. This FEIS does not require the public to again displays a five year public collabora- submit the same comments. tive discussion and map-making "As part of our ongoing transeffort (12 maps) to develop a forest parency efforts I would like to route inventory and environmental announce an additional opportunity analysis for proposed additions of for the public to review the FEIS routes and and provide writchanges to the ten comment prior Sequoia’s system “I would like to to the release of on the southern Record of announce an additional the portion of the Decision (ROD) for the which documents forest. This opportunity t r a n s p o r t a t i o n public to review the my final decision system is outside FEIS and provide writ- and the selected of the Giant alternative," stated Sequoia National ten comment prior to T e r r e l l . the release of the "Throughout this Monument. The FEIS Record of Decision.” process we have describes six opened the doors alternatives, five – Tina Terrell, forest supervi- wide, conducted that propose sor numerous workchanges to the shops and listened National Forest to public values Transportation which are reflectSystem (NFTS) which would pro- ed in the FEIS, particularly in hibit cross-country travel. If one of regards to the California condor these alternatives is selected as and access at Lake Isabella." described in the FEIS, motorized The FEIS responds to the comtravel in the Kern River and a por- ments received on the Draft tion of Western Divide Ranger Environmental Impact Statement Districts would be restricted to a (DEIS) and addresses some condesignated system of roads, trails cerns raised during the comment and areas. At this time Modified period for the DEIS. A Modified Alternative 3 is the preferred alter- Alternative 3 was added to the FEIS native. See TRAVEL, Page 15 The release of the FEIS begans an

Creative Connection

Ridgecrest a hotbed of art Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Michael Batelaan clued me in on an open artists studio tour happening in Ridgecrest last weekend. It is such a beautiful drive over Walker’s Pass with all the rabbit bushes in bloom creating a yellow-edged pathway to my destination. The Maturango Museum, sponsor Donna Fitch of the show, was easy enough to find. I got my ticket, map and booklet. I set out for Andrea Pelch’s abode. Andrea shared that the tour was growing. “Word has gotten around, the quality is excellent and it is fun to have people come. I get to explain my glass fusing process,” she said. Besides her glass workshop, she has a sewing area, a jewelry and beading section and an array of three-dimensional glass items. On the other side of the divided studio was Marci Holbrook, who explained her interest in people, their animals and the interchange of characteristics between the two. These animals have a captivating edge and she even had animal totem poles. What a stupendous way to start my adventure. Ceramic food by Betty Spindler served up a “feast” for the eyes, although it was not for eating! A huge ceramic eggplant and tomato

greeted me on the portico where I was guided to her studio. I felt like I was in a market with the most vibrant, colorful, beautifully arranged ceramic food. All of a sudden I thought, “I need to get lunch.” It cracked me up that another person in her showroom said, “This makes you hungry!” Christina Anderson had a mindboggling array of creativity in the forms of shrines and assemblage or junk art that is treasure, not junk. You could feel the spirit she puts into each work. Metal ravens, ants, dingbats and six-foot sunflowers adorn the entrance to Skip Gorman’s metal shop where other metal creatures and treasures abide; definitely a popular and fun stop. My tour culminated in a visit to Planet Art, a gallery owned and operated by Donna Shelhart, who allows her emotions to light up her canvases. Before I returned to the Golden Highway, leaving many artists for next year, I was compelled to stop at the Moon Shadows shop on the way out of town. If you embrace the artistic and have a thing for the ‘60s, this is a special stop a mix of art and material and the perfect close to my day. I’ll leave you with Skip Gorman's furniture inscription – “Art is one of those things that we simply must do so that our spirits may soar.” Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,

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TRAVEL continued from page 14 to address public concerns including access at Lake Isabella and impacts to condor roost areas. The FEIS also includes limited changes to existing transportation roads and trails, and identifies mitigation efforts that must be completed prior to designating certain routes for motor vehicle use. Throughout the process, members of the public have continually provided input on how a public transportation system could protect Sequoia's natural resources and also provide better access to important recreation destinations. After the 30-day comment period closes, and the interdisciplinary team has reviewed comments, Forest Supervisor Terrell will document her decision in the Record of Decision and a new Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) depicting the designated system on the Sequoia National Forest will be developed. This map will be available to the public at no cost. How to comment on the document If you commented on the DEIS, it is not necessary send those comments again. All comments on the Motorized Travel Management Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), including those submitted electronically, must be received by

Nov. 9, 2009. Hand delivered comments must be received at the Forest Supervisor’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on this date. Please send comments to: Travel Management, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, 1839 S. Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257. Electronic copies should be emailed to:, Subject: Travel Management. How to obtain copies of the documents For those who commented on the Draft EIS, a CD copy of the Final EIS will be mailed to them. To request a copy of the Final EIS, please contact Forest Headquarters, Sequoia National Forest at (559) 784.1500. The FEIS and maps can also be viewed and downloaded from the Sequoia’s website at: The file sizes of the maps are quite large. If high-speed internet is not available please contact us and request a CD. Future public meetings will be scheduled after Forest Supervisor Terrell signs the Record of Decision. Please contact Chris Sanders at (559) 784.1500 for more information about the meetings or with any special needs related to accessibility.

Our Valley, Our Earth

Basins are built over time Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

These two cross-sections are very significant in explaining the Pull-Apart Basin & Range tectonics. The explanation rests in the abrupt change of the subduction angle of the oceanic Farallon Plate as it pushes beneath the North American Plate. The first x-section shows a high angle of Ron Bolyard subduction which means that the subducting plate will quickly reach the depth of approximately 450 miles where the subducting plate will, once again, become molten and begin to rise to the sur-

face in "Blobs" of molten magma that formed the volcanic arc and/or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Basin & Range would be located within the provinces of the "Fold & Thrust Belt" and the Foreland Basin. The second x-section shows a "Flattening" of the Farallon Plate as it subducts. With this flattening, through millions of years, the 450mile melting point depth is reached further eastward, as shown. This mainly tends to broaden the area between the "Accreted Terranes" and the "Volcanic Arc". The net affect is that the entire North American Plate is stretched and "pulled apart" significantly lengthening the east-west dimension. With this lengthening by dragging, a Basin & Range complex could be formed. There are other theories that are being studied by earth scientists to perhaps, inpart, explain this tectonic feature. Next week I will show another theory that can and is affected by the flattening of the subducting plate. Save these x-sections to be used with the discussion for next week. Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

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Fire-prone communities to be discussed in program Kern River Courier

(Editor’s Note: In our July 18 issue we ran a story about a major study being done here about our fire-prone communities. The study, which included interviews with community members, was scheduled for August but was postponed. It has been rescheduled to take place in November. Here is the story again for those who want to take part.) Those who have been a victim of wildfire here in the Kern River Valley, take heed. Your participation in a new study is being requested. The study is being conducted in selected communities within and adjacent to the Sequoia National Forest by the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. Our location was selected because of the continuing risk of wildfire, as well as the extensive individual, community, and agency efforts that have been taken to address that risk. What is being examined? This study is designed to examine the following issues of importance to fire management and community residents including: • Personal experience with fire, including impacts on the individual and stresses associated with risk. • Individual fire-related actions taken and perceived effectiveness. • Fire management objectives, perceived alternatives to reach those objectives, and the concerns and risks associated with each alternative. • Personal and public roles and responsibilities for fire management. • Individual barriers to taking fire risk reduction actions.

• Value similarity and trust in the Forest Service to manage fires and fire risk. How is this being conducted? Residents within the selected communities will be contacted through preexisting groups and key contacts. Sessions will include in-depth focus group discussions and completion of a survey. What will be done with the results? The results of the study will be presented in a report containing detailed findings from the survey and group discussions. This report will be delivered to Forest Service personnel, researchers, Firesafe councils, and to the public, including participants, whoever requests a copy. Presentations and publications in professional outlets are also planned. Findings will be compared with a similar study conducted with residents proximate to the San Bernardino National Forest (publication available upon request.) Parties interested in participating in this study must contact Dr. Patricia Winter at (951) 680-1557 or The USDA Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D) is the world's largest forestry research organization. FS R&D conducts ecological and social science research to understand ecosystems, how humans influence those systems, and how to manage for sustained and enhanced benefits. FS R&D operates five Research Stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. It employs more than 500 scientists as well as several hundred technical and support personnel located at 67 sites throughout the United States.


Hunk-a Hunk-a burnin’ Elvis Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a picture of Elvis and Priscilla Presley taken in Hawaii in 1969. I would like to know its value so I can sell it for the right price. -- Sonia, Geneseo, N.Y. A: There are pictures ... and there are pictures. Is your Presley picture an original, or was it issued commercially by a movie studio? Without key information, I can't help you. Put another way, it's like asking, "How much is my old car worth?" If it's a 1932 Packard Roadster, quite a bit, but if it's a 1987 Yugo, not so much. *** Q: I have a Seth Thomas clock that was given to me by my dad. Can you tell me how much it is worth? -Jean, Marion, N.Y. A: Your question is impossible to answer since I have no idea of either the style or model of your clock. I found several Seth Thomas clocks featured in one of my favorite references, Antique Trade Clocks: Price Guide 17th Century Through 20th Century, edited by Kyle Husfloen (Krause, $17.95). If your clock is a Seth Thomas calendar clock made for the Southern Clock Company, Husfloen lists it at $2,363. On the other hand, if it is an Art Nouveau mantel clock, not so

much, perhaps $315. The value depends on condition, rarity and demand. *** Q: I have a set of china made by Pope-Gosser sometime during the 1940s. What can you tell me about this company? -- Anne, Pittsford, N.Y. A: The Pope-Gosser China Company was founded in 1902 in Coshocton, Ohio, by Charles F. Gosser and Bentley Pope. During the early years of the past century, the company produced a high-grade translucent china body for vases, but I have never found a single piece, either in a shop or private collection. In 1929, Pope-Gosser merged with eight other companies to form The American China Corporation. Despite the merger, the Pope-Gosser mark remained on china sets throughout the 1940s and '50s. The value of your set depends on the pattern and condition. *** 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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For Sale 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Bobcat Rotary Lawnmower $30 obo. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860 _________________________ Min Viking Coach - Bud Grant Family Memorabilia - 16x20 Copper Art, Signed Art, Cap, Pendant, more 760-379-3256 _________________________ 1985 Hitchhiker II- 5th Wheel. 26.5', upgraded refrig, htr & awning. AC, good condition. Everything works! Located in Wof Hts., $2,200. 805-598-1715

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PICK A POCKET PUP CKC-registeredChihuahua pup. Female, 16 wks., white w/black markings, Price reduced to $275. Raised in home. Parents on premises. All shots, wormed. Crate, pad trained. 760-379-1403 _________________________ PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMING by Lori Biglay You like your dog to look it's best and so do I 818-268-1608 _________________________ DOG TRAINER in the Valley Wofford Heights Park 6 DaysChoose time and days Recent Local References Trish & Collie Paw 760-376-2307

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Haunted Ghost Town to have Lantern Tour J. Corlew Special to the Courier

The historic Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish will once again host special Halloween lantern light tours of what has been called one of the most haunted sites in America. The tours will be held on Friday Oct. 30th and Halloween evening Saturday, October 31st. These annual lantern light events explore the legends and eerie past of the Kern Valley and the historic buildings found at Silver City Ghost Town. The town site is listed in “The National Directory of Haunted Places” and has been called one of the most haunted sites in Kern County and the nation. It is listed #6 in the list of This Old House online’s 15 most haunted sites in the United states (see web link below). One building at the Ghost Town is where Bakersfield television reporter Kurt Rivera and a seasoned television news crew reported hearing strange knocks and other sounds during their overnight stay for a Halloween week news special in 2002. In addition the crew caught what Rivera described as “very unusual” phenomena on video which could not be explained. One video sequence they captured shows

what looks like an apparition or mist forming and moving out a window in the house. They also experienced battery drains on their freshly charged video equipment. When Corlew spoke with him recently via email Rivera said “That was one of the most memorable nights I’ve ever had”. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. each of the two nights at Silver City. The tours will begin precisely at 7:13 p.m. A second tour will be offered on Friday and Halloween at 8:30 p.m. The tour(s) will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Tickets are available only on site each night of the event and are not available in advance. The cost for the special night tours is $10 per person (all ages). The Ghost Town is located at 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Bodfish and is also open daily 10 to 4 PM through October 31st with regular admission prices ($4.50 adults, kids $3.50) in effect for self-guided tours. For more information phone 760379-5146 or email Check out This Old House online at: otos/0,,1551301_1227288,00.html Visit Silver City online at:

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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 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Rent to Own, Lease or Buy. OWC w/small down. Looking for quality tenants. Terms negotiable. 3 bd, 2 ba home. Large double garage. Close to shopping. $159,000. (760) 417-0876

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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

Trailer for Sale Wofford Hts. - 1 bd, 1 ba travel trailer w/2 sheds in quiet park. In xlnt cond-must see to believe! Walk to lake. Space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $6,000. Call Gary 760-376-3228

Firewood OLIVE AND FRUIT 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.


Missing Person Looking for lost cousin. Has pasty orange complexion and a really stupid looking one tooth grin. A Scorpio, born in Europe October 31, 9th century AD. Heads up a gang of kid bandits. Given name is Jack O. Lantern. Family refers to him as pumpkin head. Call if found.

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 _________________________ Weldon Valley Estates - 2006 Modular. 3 beds, 2 bath. 5/8 acre. 2 car garage. All fenced, landscaped. $225,000.00 760378-2969 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Saved the Best for Last! - Brand new 3bd/2ba home. 2832 Erskine Creek. 2 car garage. RV access & hook up. Last one- Call now 818-324-0869

Land for Sale Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $25,000. OBO Call (661) 428-1108 _________________________ Southlake Lot - ready to build. 8525 Sugar Pine Ct. 8,712 sq ft. Quiet cul-de-sac. Quality home in area, mt views in all directions, underground utilities. Curb & gutters already in. $39,900. Call 818-269-0507 or 818-299-1863

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Slay “Energy Vampires” This Halloween Southern California Edison (SCE) wants to warn its customers about the scary “energy vampires” that lurk throughout their homes and businesses. Common household devices and appliances still draw electricity even when they are off or in “sleep” mode. And that additional energy use can result in higher electricity bills. Consumer electronics account for about 15 percent of all residentialelectricity consumption. Electric devices – such as televisions, stereos, phone chargers, DVD players, computers, and microwave ovens – can be energy guzzlers. Simply plugging the devices into a power strip and turning it off (or unplugging the appliances completely) can save up to 5 percent on the average bill. “We’re encouraging our customers to become the ultimate “energy vampire” slayers, and by doing so, they’ll save energy, money and the environment,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of energy efficiency. “There are so many easy, quick ways to become a smarter electronics consumer.” SCE encourages its customers to look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for electronics and appliances. The iconic blue star signifies that the model is among the most energy-efficient of its kind. ENERGY STAR-labeled products usually are competitive in terms of price and performance compared to less efficient models.

Death notices Peggy June Clow Peggy June Clow, 79, of Lake Isabella, passed away at home on Oct. 21, 2009. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 6048-A Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240. (760) 3795006.

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: LACY AND ASSOCIATES DETECTIVE SERVICES (2009-B6360), DBA#2: LADS INVESTIGATIONS AND GUN SCHOOL (2009-B6361), Street address of principal place of business: 324 Pine Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 477, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT(S): William Lacy, 324 Pine Drive, Kernville, CA 93238. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 11/01/2002. 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: William Lacy. This statement filed on 10/05/2009. Expires 10/05/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier October 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SACRED MOUNTAIN PROPERTIES (2009B6466) Street address of principal place of business: 14654 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 3, Caliente, CA 93518. Mailing address of business: 14654 Caliente Creek Road, Suite 3, Caliente, CA 93518. REGISTRANT: Kevin Smith, 421 Piute Meadows Road, Caliente, CA 93518. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accor-

dance 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: Kevin Smith. This statement filed on 10/09/2009. Expires 10/09/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2009. 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. BARNETT, 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.

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Courier chuckle of the week: “My wife and I have the secret to making a marriage last. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, good food. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. ” –Henny Youngman

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A rejection of your attempt to be friendly leaves you with two choices: Try again, or give up. If you want to make another effort, go slowly. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It could be a problem dealing with unfamiliar people who do things differently from what you're used to. But rely on that strong sense of purpose to get you through this difficult period. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) To avoid neglecting a personal matter because of a demanding new workplace schedule, start prioritizing immediately. Knowing how to apportion your time takes a little while to set up. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It won't be easy to avoid some of the pressures that come with change. Best advice: Take things a step at a time, and you'll be less likely to trip up while things are in a chaotic state. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A much-talked-about workplace change could be coming soon. Be sure to get all the details involved, and once you have them, you can decide how you want to deal with it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might still believe that your trust was betrayed. But by the week's end you should learn something that will help set the record straight.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Holiday plans could be a challenge because of shifting circumstances. But a more settled period starts by midweek, allowing you to firm up your plan-making once and for all. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The facts continue to be on your side. So make use of them in dealing with any challenge to your stated position. Also, open your mind to the offer of help from an unlikely source. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) There could still be a communication problem holding up the resolution of a troublesome situation. Stay with it. Eventually your message will get through. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A possible change in your workplace schedule might create a chaotic situation for a while. You might find that this could work to your advantage. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A recent job-linked decision might need to be reassessed because of the possibility of finding benefits you might have overlooked. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A personal situation you agreed to might not be as acceptable to the other person involved in the matter. Avoid pressuring and bullying. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for touching people's minds as well as their hearts. You would make an outstanding educator. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: Lake Tahoe straddles the borders of which two U.S. states? 2. FOOD AND DRINK: What kind of dish is sometimes referred to as a "grunt" or a "slump"? 3. MEDICINE: What condition does a deficiency of iron cause? 4. MOVIES: What 1990 film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Picture? 5. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the traditional birthstone for May? Answers:

1. Five (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Su1. California and Nevada 2. Baked fruit dessert with a biscuit topping 3. Anemia 4. "Dances with Wolves" 5. Emerald

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2 Eggs, Hash Browns & Toast

1/2 lb. Burger, Fries & Fountain Drink or Iced Tea

2 10oz. New York Strips, Potato, Vegetable, Cheese Bread, Fountain Drink, Coffee or Tea

Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 9:00am No Substitutions

Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm No Substitutions

Friday & Saturday 4:00pm to 8:00pm No Substitutions




Kern River Courier October 30, 2009  

Kern River Courier October 30, 2009