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Homecoming hosts champs 1978 team to be honored Kern River Courier

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Eva Hollmann, left, was the first to buy the Forest Service’s Southern Sierra Annual Pass. See story on page A4.

New Wofford Heights group hosts sheriff Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The fledgling Wofford Heights Community Association invited Kern County Sheriff Donnie Youngblood to speak at its last meeting on Monday afternoon. Youngblood spoke readily and off the cuff about a variety of subjects. For instance, he says he shut down all the “legal” marijuana shops in Bakersfield because they weren’t legal at all. He urged the group to pitch in and survive because he’s seen too many community associations bite the dust. While a late-summer thundershower drummed on the roof, Youngblood said he didn’t quite realize what a huge county this is until he started driving it a lot. “Ridgecrest – they count the number of times the sheriff shows up,” he said, saying it’s a two-hour trip there and another two-hour trip back. Association spokesperson Barbara

See SHERIFF, Page 14

“From chumps to champs.” That’s what a headline said after the Kern Valley High School varsity football Broncs fielded the league title back in 1978. Now, 30 years later, that team will be remembered at halftime during tonight’s varsity game. Coaches, players – they have all been invited to attend. Come out and cheer on the current team while honoring the 1978 team. The current Broncs will be playing Vasquez. The game starts at 7 p.m. Between the frosh/soph game, which will be played at 4 p.m., and the varsity game, this year’s Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.

Ceremony planned to dedicate Powers Peak in honor of icon Kern River Courier

He was a pillar of the community, and now he’s a mountain as well. As the Courier reported Sept. 5, the naming of Powers Peak just northeast of Kernville for the late valley icon Bob Powers was made official by the U.S. government. A brief ceremony to dedicate the naming of Powers Peak is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The ceremony will be held at the Kernville Planting Base (Fish Hatchery) on Sierra Way, one mile north of Kernville. Light refreshments will be served following the event. It is suggested that those attending bring a lawn chair and a jacket in case of cool weather. Upon hearing the good news, Marge Powers, Bob's wife and partner for over 51 years, said her late husband would not have expected this to happen but would have been more than honored. She wished to thank the Friends of Bob Powers Steering Committee and all those individuals and agencies who supported the naming of Powers Peak. She said her family would be forever grateful. As most locals are aware, Bob Powers was a fifth generation Kern Valley resi-

Murdoc Douglas/Special to the Courier

Mark Del Papa holds up a 5-lb. bass that he caught in the American Bass Association tournament Saturday.

A letter has been sent by Supervisor Jon McQuiston to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to allow eastern Kern residents (including the Kern River Valley) to keep their 760 area code for all new phones. For those who are not aware, two weeks ago the Courier ran a story about a CPUC judge reversing an earlier recommendation and now favoring an “overlay” instead of a simple geographic split. Instead of one area getting a new area code, all new phones in the 760 area code would get a 442 area code. Since then East Kern County has been up in arms about possibly having to con-


Brush well and you’ll keep your teeth longer. Read how on the Wellness page.


Our Faith page lists all the churches in the valley every week.

12 Friends of Bob Powers Steering Committee

A ceremony to dedicate Powers Peak will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Kernville Fish Hatchery. dent, renowned historian and author. Bob is considered to be one of the leading historians in Kern County. These attributes and his persistent pursuit of documentation led him to preserve local history by writing a series of books about the Kern Valley and the surrounding area. These books have been an integral part of the Kern Valley educational

See BOB POWERS, Page 14

Telephone ‘overlay’ dials up debate Mike Devich Kern River Courier


George Leon of Wofford Heights holds a fine 3-1/2 pound trout.

tend with an unfamiliar overlay situation. McQuiston said in his letter, “Although an overlay might be simpler and less expensive for telephone companies to administer, it would be confusing and inconvenient for telephone customers. Telephones at the same home or business address would have different area codes.” McQuiston set up a public meeting in Lake Isabella on the evening of Sept. 25 for the public to learn about the overlay. The Kern Valley Sweet Adelines graciously gave up their regular Thursday night meeting at the Senior Center so that the meeting could be held. (Unfortunately, the meeting information

See OVERLAY, Page 14

Our Fun & Games pages are popular with young and old in the valley.


Kern Valley High School reunion atrracts over 200 alumni.

Kern River Basin Data: Wed. 5 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 121,576 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Peaked at 258,239 ac-ft. June 16. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 320 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 321 cfs Outflow, Borel Canal 285 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Valley – the place to have some fun Kern Valley High School home football games • Oct. 3 against Vasquez (Homecoming) • Oct. 31 against Bishop • Nov. 13 against Frazier Mountain (Senior Night)

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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 Sally Thornburg Debra Rundell Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Harry Thal Clarence Semonious Marya Miller Richard Rowe Dona Anderson Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $35 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2008 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Saturday, Nov. 29 Lake Isabella Christmas Parade. Santa Claus ushers in the holiday season. 379-5236. Thursday, Oct. 9 Sunday, Oct. 12 Kernville Rod Run car show, streets of Kernville, 376-3133.

Friday, Dec. 12 Candle Stroll and Live Nativity Scene, Circle Park, Kernville. 376-2629.

Saturday, Oct. 11 Casino Night, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 3795236.

Saturday, Dec. 13 Christmas Parade of Giving, Kernville. Santa Claus appears in Circle Park. 376-2629.

Regular meetings and activities Fridays • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 5 p.m. - Kern River Hot Rodders Cruise Night, Circle Park, Kernville, 3rd Fri. • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, Fellowship Bldg, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.

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

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

Mondays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 2-3p.m. Nicotine Anonymous, First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre (behind Dam Korner). 223-1422 or 379-5549. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5- 6:30 p.m.- Substance Abuse Family Support & Community Education, College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. 379-2412. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30-Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.

Tuesdays • KRV Garden Club, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 6 a.m. - Kernville Walk/Jog/Run Club meets at Cheryl’s Diner, Kernville. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at

cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.

Wednesdays • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, United Methodist Church, Kernville, 379-2556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, Paradise Cove, 2nd Wednesday. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meeting 2nd Wed. at Highland Chapel Methodist Church, Lake Isabella. 3rd Wed. - Workshop same location. • 3 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Wed. 549-3033 for location. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., third Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.

Thursdays • 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. Third Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club meets, Paradise Cove. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291

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

Los Vaqueros Gymkhana Club • Oct 18 • Nov. 8 • Dec. 13 Gymkhana (timed games for riders on horseback) shows are held at Jake’s Place arena (Sierra Way just south of Kernville Rd.) Spectators welcome. Starts 9 a.m. Rain dates the next Saturday. 378-2885.

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

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Mark your calendar St. Peter’s Church to celebrate Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 St. Peter’s Church in Kernville will celebrate the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. The brief service will be followed by light refreshments and good times in the parish hall. St. Peter’s is located at 11867 Sierra Way. Please come and bring your pets. Oregon singer-songwriter to perform in Kernville Oct. 6 Singer-songwriter Chris Parreira, on tour from Ashland, Oregon, will perform at theKern River Brewing Co. on Sierra Way in Kernville on Monday, Oct. 6 from 7-9 p.m. No cover. The Eureka Reporter said about Parreira, "...folky, with hints of old-time country..." Casino and Auction Night at Senior Center Oct. 11 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Casino and Auction Night at the Senior Center on Oct. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. For $35 per person, you get food, phony money for gambling and door prizes galore. Games will include blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em and Wheel of Fortune. Tickets available at the Kern River Valley Chamber across from the Senior Center in Lake Isabella or at Century 21, near Riverside One Stop in Kernville. Sponsors are needed. For more information, call the chamber at (760) 379-5236. Friends of Library to hold annual tea Oct. 13 The Friends of the Library will be putting on their Annual Tea on Monday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the library in Lake Isabella. The guest speaker will be Yuri Spilny, a local resident who is a major writer and lecturer. Town Hall meeting about drugs and the law Oct. 14 The Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners Association will hold an important meeting on the matter of drugs and the law on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. The host will be Sheriff’s Lt. Rodriguez, and speakers from various law enforcement agencies will speak about methamphetamine and marijuana and their distribution. Used book sale Oct. 17 and 18 Another great used book sale will be held Oct. 17 and 18 in the conference room at the library in Lake Isabella. Members of the Friends of the Library may attend the pre-sale Friday, Oct. 17 (memberships for $6 will be available at the door) from 4 to 7 p.m. The public may attend Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Havilah to host Schoolyard Sale Oct. 18 The community of Havilah will be having a Schoolyard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the replica of the old schoolhouse. There will be live entertainment. The schoolhouse will be open for viewing. Vendors are welcome. Call (760) 379-2636 for more information. Native American fundraiser Oct. 18 The Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center will host a fundraiser for their community programs Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will include a a silent auction, raffles, kids’ activities, Native American demonstrations, and more. Food will be available from noon to 2:30. There will also be a native plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Kern River Paiute Council. For more information call 549-0800. Massage therapist to hold Open House Oct. 18 Stress takes its toll on us all, and Katherine Cutts, CMT, plans to help relieve some of that stress by providing 5-10 minute stress-reducing massages to people attending her Open House on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demonstration will take place at 12308-B Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. For more information, call 379-4267. Fall concert by Community Orchestra on Oct. 19 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Fall Concert at the Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way in Kernville, on Sunday, October 19, at 4:00 p.m. The selections to be performed include “The Syncopated Clock,” “Fascination,” “What A Wonderful World,” “Take Five,” “The Easy Winners,” “Pennywhistle Jig” and more. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are free. Refreshments will be served. Art Association to demonstrate tattoos, piercings Oct. 20 The Kern River Valley Art Association will present a demonstration of the tattoing artwork of Frank Archer at its meeting at the Veterans Hall/Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome. Spaghetti benefit dinner Oct. 25 at Moose Lodge There will be a spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser Oct. 25 to benefit the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. The event will be held at the Moose Lodge in Isabella, social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6. Auctioned will be sports memorabilia, Disneyland tickets, a four-day cruise to Mexico, bikes and much more. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 549-2100.

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Things I Have Noticed


Was Shakespeare edited? Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

It must not be easy to be an editor. It appears to me that with the small staff at the Courier, one of the ways to fill space and create interest is to recruit various locals to write for the paper. And obviously it works for the Courier, with its several wordsmiths who write weekly columns, each doing an outstanding job. For me it Rod started with a phone request to Middleworth write about the boat patrol. After about a year I ran out of things to say. So I changed my column to “Things I've Noticed.” This venue has no limit. Therein lies my problem. When I write, I want to say certain things or add color to make a point. But to make my column fit its allotted space, my editor sometimes has to edit out some of my words. Often it's part of the narrative I want left in, or something that illustrates my story. But he's the editor and that’s what editors do – they edit. Finally, a few days ago, I stopped by the office and asked him for advice so I wouldn't have to have words, sentences and paragraphs edited out of my column. "It’s simple," he said. "Try finding

something short and compelling. Maybe a brief love story that has strong language, grief, royalty, suspense and sex.” Then he smiled and turned back to his computer. So taking to heart his admonition, here is a short love story. It is brief and it has strong language, grief, royalty, suspense and sex. A Short Love Story "Great Caesar’s Ghost!" sobbed the Princess. "I think I'm pregnant!" The End (I sent this column Sunday, and got my editor’s response Monday. He pointed out that last week he even tried to make the print tighter in order to fit my 648 words into a 400-word column. Kind of like a fat person pulling on stretch pants that are three sizes too small. Sometimes things just need altering. He said this time my column only had 280 words in it and asked if would I add 120 words. I countered with the suggestion of making my picture bigger, but he said my readers can only take so much abuse. So I added this paragraph. If you count, this column is now exactly 400 words!) Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.

League out to help children Priscilla Scott Special to the Kern River Courier

On Saturday, Oct. 25, a spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser will be held at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella at 5 p.m. to benefit the Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League. Cost for the dinner is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. They can be obtained by calling 549-2100 during weekday business hours. In February, Deputy Joe Garcia, the School Resource Officer, obtained permission to form a Sheriff's Activity League for the benefit of Kern Valley children. The group started with only a few participants, but now has 27 children participating. The idea is not to grow a huge group but to be able to individually mentor children who may not have role models in their home. Garcia's goal is to have male mentors/role models for these children because many do not have them. He has developed relationships with these kids, to the point where they even have his cell phone number, so they can call him if they need help with anything. Garcia has several projects in mind for the group. Steve Brucker, the middle school yearbook advisor, while in the process of doing a dedication page for deceased student Austin Sulu, formed a committee of students who want to further honor their friend. SAL wants to participate by purchasing wristbands to commemorate the boy. Garcia would also like to take the group to Disneyland. Many of

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Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781 (760) 379-5236

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

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


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Auxiliary Dam annual recreation passes now being sold for $50 The Kern River Ranger District has rolled out their Southern Sierra Pass, which will allow the public to enter the Auxiliary Dam area for recreational purposes for $10 for a day or $50 for a year. One additional vehicle pass is available for $10 with the purchase of the annual pass. Camp 9 has been added to the list of areas covered by the pass. The first person to buy a Southern Sierra Pass was Eva Hollmann of Ventura, who was introduced at a media event held Monday afternoon at the Forest Service headquarters in Lake Isabella. As of now, Southern Sierra Passes are available only at the Forest Service offices in Lake Isabella and Kernville. There are no private vendors yet in the valley, although the Forest Service hopes to get local stores on the bandwagon. Hollmann bought her pass at the Lake Isabella Forest Service office. For the last couple of years the

Auxiliary Dam area cost $5 to enter for recreational purposes during the summers (it was free to enter during the non-summer-peak months) until earlier this year, when the Forest Service went to a daily $10 fee year-round. Now with their new pass system, frequent recreation area users may buy an annual pass and save money. Some who already have certain passes may use them in the local High Impact Recreation Areas (or HIRAs) – the Interagency Passes, the America the Beautiful Annual Pass, the Senior Pass, and the Access Pass. The lifetime Golden Age, or the Golden Access pass, will also be accepted. The Forest Service has a proposal on the table to extend HIRA fee areas to the entire shoreline of Isabella Lake and the upper Kern River, as well as Lloyds Meadow Road in the high country. The Sequoia National Forest says it needs the revenue from the passes to make needed improvements and maintain the camping areas. Opponents claim economic hardship and lack of oversight as to where the money is going.

ACTIVITY LEAGUE continued from page 3 these children have never been. In the future he would like to take them to the beach and other places some children take for granted. He would like to take them to USC, and help them expand their personal goals. Items that will be available by auction include sports memorabilia (professionally autographed),

Disneyland tickets, a 4-day Mexico cruise, bikes, and more! It should be a fun evening and all the funds go to the local SAL, Garcia explained. The real big fundraisers that SAL puts on create a pot of funds that all of the SAL's can draw on, but a local fundraiser like this will keep all the funds in the Kern Valley.

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Lake Isabella South Fork Recreation Area

Wildlife Area to Ridgecrest

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

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Lake Isabella

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

Let’s Go Fishing

Trout fishing in lake should take off Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Has anyone had any luck with trout on the lake yet? Cooler weather is on the way and trout should start biting within another month. We can expect another trophy trout plant at the lake around the first part of November. It’s time to respool your Shad, reels and get nightyour trout rods ready for crawlers, some heavy and yes, action. The catfish hot dogs, bite is starting are still to slow down produca little, but there is still ing the some good best action at Camp Nine bites. towards Rocky Point and also in the coves around Boulder Gulch. Shad, nightcrawlers, and yes, hot dogs, are still producing the best bites. Trout are still biting strong upriver. There has been some good action below the rodeo grounds on cheese and Power Bait. Salmon eggs at the curve

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George Leon of Wofford Heights holds up a beautiful 3-1/2 pound trout caught in the upper Kern River. right before Ant Canyon have been producing some nice trout. George Leon of Wofford Heights brough in a beautiful 31/2 pounder at the power plant. Nice catch, George. Grab some bait and let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, near the Wofford Heights Post Office.

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Night L ife

Friday, October 3, 2008

Celebrity Extra Sweeney directs losers

Kern River Valley Nightlife Guide Kernville

Lake Isabella

Ewing’s on the Kern 125 Buena Vista Dr. Thurs. - Sat. - Music by Steve Kuhar 6 p.m. until closing

Arlie’s Club, 5430 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-8144 Wed. - Donna Ridgway 6 to 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat.- Karaoke by Music to Go from 8 p.m. Sun. - Jam Session with Ted & Jerry from 5 p.m.

The Hut 11340 Kernville Rd., 376-2314 Open jam every Wednesday night

Dave’s Sports Bar, 4108 Lake Isabella Blvd. Monday - Free Pool Tues/Thurs-Pool tournament 7 pm Wed/Friday-Karaoke 7pm, Saturday - Live Bands 9pm

Kern River Brewing Co. 13415 Sierra Way, 376-2337 Fri.- Out of the Blue, 8 - 10 p.m.

Shady Lane Bar & Grill, 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd. Monday - Monday Night Football Tuesday - Music by Donna Ridgway 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday - Connie’s taco special

Kern River Saloon 20 Tobias, 376-4786 Fri. - Karaoke with Roy, 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Sat. -Live music. Sun. - Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.

Wofford Heights

McNally’s Fairview Restaurant Lodging, full bar Mt. 99, 18 miles north to Fairview. 376-2430 Call for musical entertainment

The Lode 6540 Wofford Blvd. Fri., Sat., Sun. and Wed. - Karaoke a.m.

Sportsman’s Inn 11123 Kernville Rd., 376-2556 Friday- Karaoke with Tina & Jesse Saturday - Internet Jukebox

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The Hideaway 7062 Wofford Blvd., 376-4717 Sat. evening - Pool tournament

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Greenhorn Grill 10725 Pine Drive, 376-8900 Fine dining, full bar w/wide screen TVs.

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By Cindy Elavsky Q: Who is the blond woman who replaced Caroline Rhea as the host of "The Biggest Loser" on NBC? I feel like I have seen her somewhere before. -Hailey E., via e-mail A: Alison Sweeney Sweeney, 32, is known to many soap-opera fans as Sami Brady from "Days of Our Lives." She has made her mark in prime time, however, guest starring on "Friends" and "Las Vegas." She also had a memorable turn on the gross-out game show "Fear Factor," where she almost had a panic attack being locked in a box with worms, cockroaches and snakes. "The Biggest Loser: Families" began airing in September, with Alison returning as the show's host. Alison also is active with Thermos' Hydration for All program (

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*** Q: Whatever happened to Melissa Sue Anderson, the little girl who played Mary Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie"? Is she still in show business? -- Kathy K., Wilmington, Del. A: Melissa (she has since dropped "Sue" from her professional name), 45, still dabbles in show business; most recently she was in the 2006 television miniseries "10.5: Apocalypse." Since "Little House," Melissa has costarred on "The Love Boat," "The Equalizer," "Burke's Law" and "Partners." In 2007 -- along with husband Michael Sloan and their children, Piper and Griffin -Melissa became a Canadian citizen. She still keeps in touch with many of her "Little House" castmates. *** Have a question for Cindy? Email her at, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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This week’s top movie rentals 1. What Happens in Vegas (PG-13) Cameron Diaz (Fox) 2. Street Kings (R) Keanu Reeves (Fox) 3. Prom Night (PG-13) Brittany Snow (Sony Pictures) 4. Smart People (R) Dennis Quaid (Disney/Miramax) 5. The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (PG-13) Randy Couture (Universal) 6. 21 (PG-13) Jim Sturgess (Sony

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Health Insurance Matters

Blame fraud artists more than insurance companies Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

I believe insurance companies are receiving a bad rap in the press. So much of the publicity we read is bad, really bad. I can't remember a month when some insurance company isn't in court for not paying a claim which the client felt should be paid. The most logical solution is to take these money-hungry sponges out of the system, right? Their billions of dollars in profit, the outrageous salaries paid to their top executives as well as all the commissions paid out to their "sales force" of agents could be put to a much better use paying doctors and hospitals more. However, in many cases, the problems are not stemming from the private sector, but in fact are really caused by

our government. Congress and the State House tend to pass "knee jerk" legislation. A great California example is that a Bay Area woman (and next door neighbor and friend to a California senator) got pregnant at the age of 40something. She turns in her claim to her health insurance and the insurance company declines the Harry Thal claim, as the policy she bought excluded maternity benefits. Now, the reason she had this policy was that it was significantly less expensive than a plan that covered maternity, and she was not planning on

adding to her family. So, there is legislation pending to require maternity on all plans. (Hey fellows, sounds like men could feel much safer knowing that if we get pregnant, we will be covered.) Ask any medical office worker, and they will tell you that Medicare and its sister program, Medicaid, pay them at lower levels than private insurance, and they continue to decrease payments, while the costs of goods and services continue to rise. The insurance industry may not be sweethearts, but they consistently show better, more cost-effective management than government programs. They pay a higher amount than the government programs, and without these private plans to offset the lower reimbursements from the government, many of our hospitals would be closed within months. Change is not always for the

better, and inexperience can be devastating. Next time you read about a claim not being paid, ask yourself this question. What were the benefits of the policy they are complaining about? Was the person knowingly ill when they bought the plan, and had a pre-existing condition? Most policy rescissions are based on fraud. Not the insurance company, but the person who waited until the horse was out of the barn to buy coverage. Harry P. Thal, MA, Certified Senior Advisor, is a licensed insurance broker. He is a member of the Kern Valley Hospital Advisory Board and is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters, He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

Health Tips from the Mayo Clinic

Brushing vital throughout life Don't take your smile for granted. Maintain good oral health by practicing regular dental care habits and reporting problems to your dentist promptly. Clean your teeth daily and see your dentist one to two times a year to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Follow these tips on how to brush your teeth: • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush


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— it's gentler on your gums. • To brush properly, hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and use short back-andforth motions. • Brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth. • Brush your teeth for about two minutes each time you brush. • Brush your tongue. • void vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums. • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if it becomes frayed. –Mayo Clinic

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California Joe’s Country Living

Sound bites the norm California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

“He doesn’t get it!” (First McCain, then Obama on the campaign trail.) “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” (My son the ex-mortgage broker speaking from his [maybe soonto-be-foreclosed-on?] Vegas mansion.) Seems to be an explosion of sound California Joe bites this fall. My nephew called from Houston. My 83-year-old sister, who’s been in a nursing center for two years, is failing. ”Well,” says son Randy, who runs a hospital gift shop business in Dallas, ”she’s had a good life.” My brother Steve says from St. Louis, ”If I fly in now, she may not even recognize me.” I called my son in Vegas. He works out of his house now. His morgage company went belly up. “If this keeps up we’ll all pile into your bunkhouse!” He reminded me of that recent meeting with President Bush and all the Congressional leaders. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said that after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the banking system, “all the the oxygen went out of the room.” On the TV, more sound bites from our two worthy candidates as they increase their efforts to win your good graces. Have you noticed when the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, speaks on TV, her entourage lines right up behind her, each waiting for their 30 seconds of “sound bite” time? Indeed, we seem to be becoming a country of everyone anxiously awaiting their 30 seconds of fame. I love the way future leaders of our country surge restlessly behind whoever’s currently speaking. ”Git on with it, bully boy, my TV moment is coming up!” This morning when I could stand no more of the news anchor’s incessant squawking, I hied me down to a small restaurant in Kernville for my one biscuit & gravy treat (don’t tell Miz Sue on me). And I sat next to another old codger. ”How are you?” I asked him. He looked at me. ”I’m 68 and I been up here four years and you’re Cal Joe ‘cause I seen your picture in the Courier. What else you want to know?” Another sound biter! 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 Bodfish Bob’s Mexican Tater Tot Casserole 1 pound ground beef 1/2 onion, chopped 1 can enchilada sauce 1 small can sliced black olives Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste 1 can corn, drained 1 pound cheddar cheese, grated 1 bag frozen tater tots

Brown meat and onion; drain. Mix in sauce, olives, and seasonings. Heat through. Spread in 13x9-inch pan. Cover meat with corn, and cover corn with cheese. Place Tater Tots evenly over casserole until it is completely covered. Bake according to Tater Tots package.

Bodfish Bob Kern River Courier Columnist

Bodfish Bob’s Kindness Cookies

Bodfish Bob’s Herb Grilled Potatoes 3 pounds small red potatoes, skinned 1 cup green onions, sliced thinly 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper

Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salt water until tender. Drain and cool. Preheat grill. Cut potatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss. Grill potatoes over a medium heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Transfer to bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

1/3 c. Honey 1 tsp. Oil 2 eggs 1 tsp. Grated orange rind 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 1/2 c. Oatmeal 1 cookie sheet

You may also add 1/2 c. raisins or other dried fruit, 1/2 c. chopped nuts, or 1/2 c. grated carrots or zucchini. Mix the honey, oil, and eggs. Add the grated orange rind, salt and oatmeal. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on the oiled cookie sheet. Bake in 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at

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Law library to expand to valley Priscilla Scott Special to the Kern River Courier

The Kern River Valley has been selected as the pilot site for expansion of the Kern County Law Library. It will be held at the Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella. Self-help books will be available as well as forms needed to file for various legal issues and pleadings. Staff will be available to assist in filling out forms. Teleconferencing will be available to allow citizens to properly file necessary actions. It will be an alternative to driving to Bakersfield. Workshops are currently available in Bakersfield, and expect to be expanded to the Kern Valley. Topics include: Pleading an File Preparation (Family Law: Order to Show Cause;

Child Custody and Child Visitation); Small Claims Public Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants; Guardianship of a Minor Person Clinic; How to Prepare Your Answer to an Unlawful Detainer (tenants); Presenting Your Case in Court (Family Law); Worker's Compensation (presented by volunteer attorney); How to Probate a Small Estate; and How to Begin the Eviction Process (Landlords). The new site will have a computer available and free access to sites that would normally not be free. More information can be obtained at or by calling Annette Heath, Law Librarian at 661868-5320. She can be emailed at

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Talking About Real Estate Your agent is your guide When you need to or want to sell your home, who will understand exactly what you’re going through? A good real estate agent knows about all the positives and negatives that can be associated with selling your home. Perhaps you’re under Matt Freeman the pressure of selling because of an unpleasant circumstance like divorce or ill health. Being overwhelmed by the issues that are forcing you to sell can sometimes cloud your judgment when it comes to making decisions about the real estate transaction. Maybe you have other concerns about selling or about looking ahead to your upcoming home buying experience. You want a safe neighborhood

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other concerns about selling or about looking ahead to your upcoming home buying experience. ”

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Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League

Spaghetti Dinner Auction & Raffle Saturday October 25,2008 5:00pm Social Hour 6:00pm Dinner & Auction $8.00 Dinner & Raffle Entry • 2-Rifles • Sports Memorbillia • Jewelry • Diamonds & • Gold • Antique Coins • Earings • Rings On Sale Soon! 4 Day, 3 Night Mexico Cruise Tickets

The Moose Lodge Genel Hodges/Special to the Kern River Courier

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Left to right: Warren Axe, Jerrianne Hewett Meyers, Judy Pitts, Bill Vance, James Meyers and Audrey Axe. All are enjoying a barbecue dinner at Kern Valley High School’s 1940s-’60s reunion.

Kern Valley High School reunion takes over Kernville for memories Genel Hodges Special to the Kern River Courier

More than 200 former students from Kern Valley High School and their spouses enjoyed a fun weekend Sept. 2628 at the Kernville Inn. Members of the Committee and a few classmates who arrived early started the celebration on Thursday, sharing stories as they moved tables and hung the lights in preparation for the big event. On Friday, people started arriving and shared stories and fond memories of the "Good Old Days."

Ray Vega, Jolene Hall Lema and Georgia Beth Hall represented classes from the 1940s and shared stories of attending school in Bakersfield before the high schoolhere was completed. They would travel by bus on Monday, and stay in dormitories during the week before returning to the valley for the weekend. Mickey Stone and Nina Bishop Sharp, both graduates from the early 1960s, remembered days when the school was so small that the football

See REUNION, Page 16

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Friday, October 3, 2008 Make sure you advertise in the

“ORIGINAL MARKETPLACE” (760) 376-2860 The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services

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Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199 Archie Logsdon Carpentry Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail." (760) 223-6624

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DANIEL JIMENEZ Serving Your Handyman Needs Quality w/Pride since 1990 Fences • Lot Clearing • Etc…. Free Estimates (760) 376-1271 Abraham’s Appliance Repair • Washers-Dryers • Refrigerators • Stoves • Dishwashers • All Makes and Models. (760) 379-4707 John 3:16 Kern Valley Computer Center Now providing computer repair and networking services in the Kern Valley area. Our services are provided honestly and professionally with the most up-todate equipment and serviced methods available anywhere. Please call us at 760-856-4387. David, Robin and Peter are available to assist you in any of your computer and/or networking needs. Ray's Painting & Decorating Interior & Exterior Painting Wall Covering Installed and Removed (760) 417-9797 Pool/Spa Repair Specialist 20+ Years Experience CA. License #647258 (760) 376-4384 / (909) 210-3971

One Bedroom Suites in Wofford Heights - Across the street from Northfork Marina. $110-$139 / Night 760-223-1058 Onyx Apartment for rent in quiet neighborhood. 2 bd, 1 ba. Close to park & store. $550/mo incls. water & trash. References required (661) 477-7091 __________________________ House for rent in Wofford Heights, 2+1, includes washer, dryer, refrigerator & dishwasher. $650/mo + deposit. Call Rita @ 379-7585 __________________________ Lake Isabella - Nice 2 bd, 2 ba, dbl wide mobile home, quiet 55+ park, rent to own @ $615/mo (includes space rent), Call Joel 760-379-2092 __________________________ SPACES FOR RENT Wofford Heights Mobile/RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. 50% discount on rent for the 3rd month. Call Able 760-379-5479. After 3pm & weekends, call Ralph @ 310-387-7136

Homes Wanted 4 Executive Families recently relocating to KRV seeking to lease homes with 2-4 bedrooms. Annual or monthly lease ok. Call Tim @ Next-RO. 310-920-2000

Land For Sale Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $45,000 OBO, Call (661) 428-1108 __________________________ 40 Acres Flat Nevada Ranchland. 200 mi NE of Reno. Buildable horse property. Walk to river & store @ I-80. $349 down, $349/mo, $29,900 sale price. Owner financing. No qualifying. 818-429-7278

Homes For Sale Cabin For Sale - Cabin on 1/3 acre lot at 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus, fixer upper for $75,000. 661-428-1108 __________________________ Lake Isabella - Nice 2 bd, 2 ba doublewide mobile home 10x50,in quiet 55+ park. $25,000. Call Joel 760-379-2092

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Firewood For Sale "FIREWOOD" Camping•Cooking•Home Heat THE FIREWOOD GUY 6400 Lake Isabella Blvd, #C Lake Isabella, 760-379-8087

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

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

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Energy & Focus What if you could Increase your physical energy & Become more mentally alert Like Me Peggy S. Vineyard 760-376-3537 / 760-223-0928

DRESS ME UP 6437 Lake Isabella Blvd. in the Post Office Shopping Center. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 9-12. 379-8927 Children's Clothing and More

Help Wanted EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS Both Teachers & Aides. ECEU preferred. Submit app @ 6401 Lake Isabella Blvd. Part time 3+ hrs per day. Sub list $8 to $9.50 __________________________ MEDICAL ASSISTANT Full time MA needed for busy medical office. Back and front office experience a must. Fax resumes to (760) 376-1625

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Yard Sales Lovable Companions: CKCreg. tiny CHIHUAHUA PUPS, 16 wks, all shots, house-trained. Females $300, Male $200. Senior discount available. 760-379-1403 __________________________ For Sale Beautiful Chocolate Female Siamese Cat. Needs a quiet home with no other pets. Has been spayed. $50.00. 378-3139 __________________________ Lost Dog - Shih Tsu, NameYogi Bear. 2 1/2 years old. White/tan spots. Please call 379-5792 or 379-4010 __________________________ FREE to Any Home - 56 year old Lap Husband. House broke and has most shots. Recently neutered after jumping fence and straying once to often to neighbors house. Semi-trained with shock collar, knows a few commands but limps some. Fakes deafness during football season. Parents included.

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Voices of Faith

Noel season is here again Clarence Semonious Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship

I love Christmas hymns. I enjoy Christmas carols, but really love the hymns. You see, the difference is fact. The fact of Christmas is that God promised; then actually did sojourn with us to bless all mankind. Sojourn is not a word one hears often. David used it to say, an important thought. His subject was the law of God. “I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!” Psalm 119:19. Then again, “Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.” Psalm 119:54. In connecting his Semonious sojourn, ‘break in his journey’, David revealed more than his love and admiration for God’s word. David described his worldview, the ideas and beliefs through which he understood this world and his own actions. “Dashing Through the Snow” is fun to sing and results in a festive feeling, which is a good thing, but falls short of being part of my worldview. As did David, I see this life as a break in my eternal journey as part of God’s adopted family. In another context, worldview was exposed when we took a long weekend trip to the Sacramento area. For the trip we were using a motor home that was chronologically challenged. After spending some time visiting wineries and the town of Sonoma, we were suddenly stranded in a parking lot. It took us until way after dark to get towed into Sacramento. The one garage available on

Saturday had us on the road just before dinner time. The family we had intended to visit suggested they cancel dinner reservations and make do at their place. The many reasons that were combined to give life to this answer had to be because of our world view. “What is the problem? We went to wineries and then bought wine, we went to a transmission shop and then bought a transmission, now let’s go to the restaurant and buy dinner.” It was a memorable evening. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” appeals to me partly because I see the fulfillment of the hopes and the answer to all the fears being focused on that moment scripture calls ‘the fullness of time.’ Then there is “Silent Night,” which expresses the truth that on that night the Prince of Peace came to live in that temporary shelter we call a body. Under my worldview, it is important that everyone who agrees we are approaching a season of Joy to the World, take stock of the tremendous gift we received announced by Angels from the Realms of Glory. Focus on the significance of Immanuel, that is ‘God with us’, you know the one, It Came upon the Midnight Clear, ‘Peace on the earth, good-will to all, From heav’s all gracious king.” Reevaluate the activities one dreads – so that they praise God’s worldview. Maybe change, maybe discard any activity that does not display What Child Is This. It is really important. O Come, All Ye Faithful, celebrate, ‘Him Born the king of angels’.

Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Living by Faith Evangelist Outreach 6437 Isabella Blvd. (near Post Office) Sunday Services 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 379-8036 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church 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

“Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

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Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362

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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

Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Jehoshaphat in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Revelation 8, what's the falling star called when the third angel sounded? Armageddon, Wormwood, Rapture, Zabulon 3. Who carried a letter from the king of Syria to the king of Israel? Stephen, Naaman, John the Baptist, Delilah

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

4. From 2 Chronicles 11, Rehoboam took eighteen wives and how many "score" of concubines? One, Two, Three, Four 5. What name did the apostles give to Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus? Barnabas, Cephas, Amos, Gideon ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Wormwood; 3) Naaman; 4) Three; 5) Barnabas (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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

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“"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire PR officers."� Daniel J. Boorstin

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Trivia Test ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Aries charm helps persuade others to listen to your proposal. But it's still a long way from acceptance, unless you can stand up to the tough questions that are set to follow. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Plan to share a weekend getaway from all the pressures of your hectic workaday world with a very special someone. You could be pleasantly surprised at what develops. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your keen insight once again helps you handle a challenging situation with a clearer perception of what it's really all about. What you learn helps you make a difficult decision. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) If you want to steer clear of getting involved in a new family dispute, say so. Your stand might cause hurt feelings for some, but overall, you'll be respected for your honesty. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Expect recognition for your efforts in getting a project into operation. Besides the more practical rewards, your Lion's heart will be warmed by the admiration of your colleagues. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Set aside time to rid yourself of clutter that might well be drawing down your creative energies. Consider asking someone to help you decide what stays and what goes. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A colleague could make a request that might place you in an awk-

ward position with co-workers. Best advice: Share your concerns with an associate you can trust. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your energy levels are way up, allowing you to take on the added challenge of a task you've been hoping to secure. Expect this move to lead to an important opportunity. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your continuing sense of confidence in what you've set out to do gives encouragement to others. Expect to see more people asking to add their efforts to yours. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might think it would be best to reject a suggestion others insist would be unworkable. But you might be surprised by what you find if you give it a chance. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Changing a decision might disappoint some people, but the important thing is that you be honest with yourself. Don't go ahead with anything you have doubts about. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) There could be some fallout from an emotional confrontation that you really should deal with before moving on. Best to start fresh with a clean, clear slate. BORN THIS WEEK: Your honesty not only helps you make decisions for yourself, but also helps others find the right choices for themselves. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: Which two countries have claimed part of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus? 2. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of creature is a kookaburra? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the Koh-i-noor? 4. POETRY: What was poet Octavio Paz's earlier profession? 5. RELIGION: Which religion espouses the Eightfold Path? 6. OLYMPICS: A "salchow" jump is employed in which winter sport? Answers: 1. Greece and Turkey 2. A bird 3. Famous diamond, now among the British crown jewels 4. Diplomat 5. Buddhism 6. Figure skating

Salome’s Stars

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A look ahead

Living Green

‘Green’ your cat box Richard Rowe Special to the Courier

One thing about trying to live green is that you are always learning. As a longtime indoor cat owner, I've had to deal with cat litter for longer than I can remember. Natural clay Kitty Litter was Rowe invented in 1947 by Ed Lowe. If it comes from the earth, then it must be environmentally safe, right? Wrong! Approximately 8 billion pounds of kitty litter is dumped into landfills every year! That is over twice the amount of disposable diapers! And it is mined by destructive strip mining. Heavy equipment strips off the top layer of earth to get to the seam of clay, which is often quite thin. Also within the clay litter there lays another risk factor. Silicon particles which can be found in clay litter are a known human carcinogen. Breathing in these particles can cause respiratory illness for you and your cat. Green litters are made from crushed walnut shells, sawdust, recycled paper, wheat, pine, alfalfa,

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and corn. From what I've read about the corn ethanol debacle, I don't think corn is a good idea. I have read about using rice hulls for cat litter (better than burning the hulls in the Central Valley). Good Mews is recycled paper, but friends say cats shun it. Costco has a $300 CatGenie selfflushing/self-washing cat box that fits over a toilet. Of course, easiest is to let your cat go outside (literally). But outdoors, cats tend to become coyote food or target practice for rattlesnakes, so my kitty stays indoors. I've got a few bags of Swheat Scoop and Feline Pine (renewable yellow pine and natural guar bean gum) to try. For more information: look for "Cat Litter - The Dust Settles" on & for a review of green cat litters (wheat based Swheat Scoop came out #1). Richard Rowe is a retired city planner, living in Wofford Heights. He is website administrator of for Kern River Valley Revitalization. He is in charge of a major new event planned for March 27-30, 2009 – "Living Green in the KRV." He can be reached at

Rotary Club to hold old-fashioned USO dinner-dance Nov. 2 The Kern Valley Rotary Club wil be holding a USO Dinner-Dance Nov. 2 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella at 5:30, featuring an old-fashioned chicken dinner served by Jim Wyly. Calling all vets: free dinner! All others $12. Congressional certificates will be awarded to vets. Sweet Adelines will present fall musical show Nov. 8 The Sweet Adelines’ Kern Valley Chorus will present their fall show, “Last Call for Atlantic City: or Beauties on the Boardwalk,” at the Kern Valley High School Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 8. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show. For ticket information call Cheryl’s Diner at 376-6131.

Our Valley, Our Earth

Contouring is 3-D art trying to convey! This week I am going to show a diagram of how the art of contouring is accomplished. As I said last week, this is the key element to developing a three dimensional depiction of the seismic data on a plan map. This diagram follows. I will discuss this map in further detail next week.

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

I would bet that the majority of the readers had to read and re-read, several times, the information that I gave you last week! But, I do hope that the re-reading has enabled each Ron Bolyard of you to have a "glimmer" of what I was

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.

Optimal Hospice holds volunteer orientation Optimal Hospice Care is holding a New Volunteer Orientation on Friday, Oct. 17 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This event will be held at the new Optimal Hospice office at 6504 Lake Isabella Blvd., Ste. E, (across from the Post office). The orientation is open to compassionate individuals who are interested in helping those affected by terminal illness in the Kern Valley community. To reserve a seat, please call the volunteer coordinator today at 760379-5038. Lunch will be provided.

SHERIFF continued from page 1 If you’d like to join the association, call Fassel at 223-1058 or just send your dues to P.O. Box 96, Wofford Heights CA 93285. The dues are $25 per year for an individual, $35 per couple, or $50 for a business. The date of the next meeting was rather tentative. Call Fassel for current information.

BOB POWERS continued from page 1 my friends, the Kern River Valley, cowboying and the Forest Service." Powers passed away on Sept. 11, 2002. (Thanks to Larry Holochwost, Dave Freeland and the Friends of Bob Powers Steering Committee for this story.)



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Fassel thanked Youngblood for appearing and then addressed the audience. She favors evening meetings rather than afternoon ones, a suggestion that was met favorably. Pastor Brian Polston offered the use of his Family Life Center for future meetings, since the Reel Cinema was not available evenings.

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There were 27 arrests reported by the Kern County Sheriff's Department between Sept. 13 and Sept. 27; four in Kernville; two in Onyx; two A digest of reports from various pubin Bodfish; four in Wofford lic safety agencies in the Kern River Heights; two in Weldon; Valley area and thirteen in Lake Isabella. All arrestees were transported and booked at the Sheriff’s Central Receiving Facility (CRF) in Bakersfield. Sept. 13: Two arrests were made in the 13300 block of Sierra Way, Kernville on suspicion of public intoxication, one 26 year old and one 30 year old. Both males were from the Los Angeles area. A 47 year old Lake Isabella male was arrested in the 5500 block of Lake Isabella Blvd. , Lake Isabella on suspicion of being in possession of an illegal controlled substance. Sept. 14: A 44 year old Onyx man was arrested in the 16900 block of Cypress Ave., Onyx on suspicion of violating a court order. Sept. 15: A Lake Isabella male, 34 years of age, was arrested in the 1800 block of Chain Ave., Lake Isabella on a warrant charging him with driving on a suspended license and failure to appear in court. Sept. 16: A 34 year old Lake Isabella male was arrested in the 4800 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on a warrant charging him with a parole violation. A 32 year old male from Lake Isabella was arrested in the 5200 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on suspicion of driving on a suspended license. Sept. 17: A Wofford Heights 19 year old female was arrested in the 7000 block of Wofford Heights Blvd., Wofford Heights on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Sept. 18: A 38 year old Weldon male was arrested in the 200 block of Mile High Rd., Weldon on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. Sept. 19: A Lake Isabella female, 31 years of age was arrested in the 2900 block of Eva Court, Lake Isabella on suspicion of being in possession of an illegal controlled substance, possession of illegal drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. A 32 year old male from Lake Isabella was also arrested at the same time on suspicion of being in possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. A 59 year old Lake Isabella male was arrested in the 2700 block of Jerry Street, Lake Isabella on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing great bodily injury, and burglary. Sept. 20: A 68 year old female from Weldon was arrested in the 8100 block of South Kelso Valley Road, Weldon on suspicion of making a false crime report. Sept. 21: A 40 year old Onyx female was arrested in the 16900 block of Cypress Street, Onyx on a warrant charging her with battery and theft. A Lake Isabella 38 year old male was arrested in the 2600 block of Mtn. View Lane, Lake Isabella on suspicion of battery, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and destroying phone lines. A 44 year old female from Wofford Heights was arrested in the 1500 block of Mooncrest, Wofford Heights on suspicion of battery. Sept. 22: A Wofford Heights 50 year old man was arrested in the 100 block of Pinewood, Wofford Heights on suspicion of making criminal threats and brandishing a deadly weapon. Sept. 23: A Havilah 22 year old male was arrested in the 11100 block of Kernville Road, Kernville on suspicion of public intoxication. An 18 year old female from Lake Isabella was arrested in the 100 block of Piute Road, Kernville on suspicion of public intoxication. Sept. 24: A Bodfish male 48 years of age was arrested in the 10 block of Dodger Street, Lake Isabella on a warrant charging him with a parole violation. A 32 year old Wofford Heights male was arrested in the 30 block of East Evans Road, Wofford Heights on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment. A Lake Isabella 37 year old male was arrested in the 3500 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on suspicion of possession of stolen property, illegal drug paraphernalia, and forgery. A 54 year old Lake Isabella man was arrested in the 2200 block of Commercial Ave., Lake Isabella on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, possession of the controlled substance for sale, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. A male Lake Isabella 49 year old was arrested in the 6200 block of Mulberry Ave., Lake Isabella on suspicion of being in possession of a narcotic, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. Another Lake Isabella male 53 years of age was arrested in the 4000 block of Canal Street, Lake Isabella on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. A Bodfish female, 31 years old, was arrested in the 200 block of Fussel Street, Bodfish on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Sept. 27: An 18 year old Bodfish male was arrested on Hwy 178 inside the Kern Canyon on suspicion of making a false crime report.

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Death notices Ruby Lee Edman Ruby Lee Edman, 75, of Lake Isabella, passed away at her residence on September 27, 2008. Burial will be at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 379-5006.

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High school to offer PSAT for juniors Kern Valley High School will offer the 2008 PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building. College bound juniors are urged to take this opportunity take a national College Board test conveniently administered in their own school. This test allows students to practice College Board test taking strategies and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses to prepare adequately for the SAT. In addition, participation in the PSAT testing program registers students to enter scholarship programs and to receive important information from colleges. This test is designed to be taken by juniors, but it space permits, sophomores may want to participate as well. The cost of the PSAT is $13. Students should pay the fee in the finance office to reserve their spot. Contact Lesli Anderson for more information. 379-2611.

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: CORNER AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR ZONE (2008-B5802), DBA#2: C.A.R.Z. (2008-B5803), Principal place of business: 5448 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANTS: Sharon Vermillion, 4057 Kelso Creek Road, Weldon, CA 93283: A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 07/01/2008. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. ) This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office on 08/26/2013. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. CORNER AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR ZONE, C.A.R.Z. This statement filed on 08/26/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By M. Rodriguez (34993)-Published Kern River Courier, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Kern Valley Trail Rides (2008-B5791) Street address of principal place of business: 3561 Jeffrey Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANTS: Larry Cigainero, 3561 Jeffrey Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 and Christy Cigainero, 3561 Jeffrey Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240: I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 04/17/2003. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (08/26/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. KERN VALLEY TRAIL RIDES. This statement filed on 08/26/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk By M. Rodriguez. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 2008. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: SUNSHINE SHACK, NUMBER 2006B3146; Street address of business: 6040 "B" Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240; Mailing address of Business; P.O. Box 744, Wofford Heights, CA 93285; REGISTRANT(S) WHO WISH TO ABANDON BUSINESS NAME: Jeannie Verdugo, 1644 K Street, Wofford Heights, CA 93285; Original FBN Statement Filed on: 04/07/2006. The Statement of Abandonment filed on: 08/13/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk by B. Moore, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published Kern River Courier September 19, 26, October 3 and 10, 2008. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JOHN CLAUDE AKERMAN aka JOHN C. AKERMAN aka JOHN AKERMAN S-1500-PB-58343 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOHN CLAUDE AKERMAN aka JOHN C. AKERMAN aka JOHN AKERMAN A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: LOIS JEAN AKERMAN in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that LOIS JEAN AKERMAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: November 6, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. E, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA

93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JAMIE P. GELBER, Atty. 6435 Lake Isabella Blvd., P.O. Box 2810 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 (760) 379-2604 (Publish: Kern River Courier: September 26, October 3 and 10, 2008) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: CAMP KERNVILLE (2008-B6433), DBA#2: RIVERVIEW RV PARK. (2008-B6434), Principal place of business: 24 Sirretta Way, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Tower Corporation Kernville, 24 Sirretta Way, Kernville, CA 93238: F, Corporation. Date the business commenced: 10/15/1985. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. ) This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office on 09/23/2013. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. CAMP KERNVILLE, RIVERVIEW RV PARK. This statement filed on 09/23/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By M. Rodriguez (34993)Published Kern River Courier, September 26, October 3, 10 AND 17, 2008.

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Kern River Courier

Friday, October 3, 2008

REUNION of Kern Valley High School grads, cont’d from page 9 team, cheerleaders, and fans all traveled to away games on the same bus. One night Nina's mother had it set up so that the bus stopped at Nina's house in Onyx on the way home and everyone came in for hot chocolate. Jim Young and others shared stories of sporting events, as well as one time when someone put a small car owned by one of the teachers sideways in the school hallway. They all laughed about the event but couldn't remember exactly who was responsible! The Jenkins sisters – Trina Jenkins Zuspan and Meeta Jenkins Reeves – brought their mother over to see how old friends had grown up. Judy Cooper Dysart and Robert Cooper did the same. During the Friday night potluck, Warren Axe and his wife arrived to the delight of the alumni. Mr. Axe was a sixth grade teacher at South Fork for about nine years. He confided that his pride in these former students and their kind words brought a tear to his eye, and Friday night was very emotional for him. On Sunday, he picked up a guitar and played a little music with John Hodges, Mike Gallagher and Jimmie Morris during the picnic before everyone left for home. He assured everyone he would be back for the next one, and he'd try to

bring along a few more of the former teachers. Charlie Sager prepared great boxed lunches for 50 people on Saturday, and there was a big group on hand for the alumni picture Saturday afternoon. On Saturday evening, 113 people gathered for a catered dinner at the Oddfellow's Hall, organized by Darlene Young. During that event, John Hodges, chairman of this year's reunion, thanked the Reunion Committee: Robert and Linda Cooper, Richard Morris, Theresa Vega Morris, Bill and Laura Vance, Jerry and Eileen England, Robert and Pam Frazier Reed, Jim and Darlene Young and Jimmie Morris. He also persuaded a representative from many classes to serve as coordinators for Reunion 2010. These people will try to find classmates who are still missing, and encourage those who didn't attend to come. “Some people who were reluctant to attend the first reunions now come at the beginning and are the last to leave," Jimmie Morris said. Claude Esponda came from Arizona on crutches to be at part of the event. Fairis Bliss came from Massachusetts to meet his twin sisters Millie and Mary there, and the Wieden clan came from as

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Kern River Courier October 3, 2008  

Kern River Courier October 3, 2008

Kern River Courier October 3, 2008  

Kern River Courier October 3, 2008