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October a huge month for events Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Gavyn Zawaski, 4, of Lake Isabella, has a lot of help catching a trout directly from the Kern River Planting Base’s holding tanks during Saturday’s Cartwright-Hayes Fishing Event for those with special needs.

Pecan Pie wins overall in Dutch Oven cookout Jeanne Miller Special to the Courier

Perfect crust and a not-too-sweet filling were what brought Courier co-owner Michael Batelaan the Overall Grand Champion honors at the Malone Family Reunion Dutch Oven Cookout, held last Saturday at Frandy Park in Kernville. The creation, which had picked up first place in the Desserts category, was a delicious pecan pie. Batelaan also picked up a second place in Chicken Dishes with his Chicken Cacciatore. Rod Middleworth, a Courier columnist, took first place in Casseroles and third in Desserts. The 15th annual family invitational event attracted approximately 23 cooks preparing 46 different Dutch Oven dishes. They competed in 12 food categories. Here are the winners and the categories in which they won: Side Dishes 1st John Moore 2nd Mimi Nicod

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October usually brings loads of activities to the Kern River Valley. This coming weekend there will be tons of things to see and do. KVHS Football is on the minds of many local folks, and we will be treated to a home game against Whittier Christian today, Oct. 9. (Then Homecoming will be next Friday, Oct. 16 against Cal City.) The Kickin’ Back at Kernville Car Show started yesterday, Oct. 8, and continues through this Sunday. See lots of antique autos, and it’s free just to come and gawk. It’s at Riverside Park. Lots of music and other fun too. Saturday night the VFW’s Men’s Auxiliary will be putting on a meatloaf dinner in Lake Isabella (it’s open to the public), and the KRV Chamber of Commerce will have a dinner as well as part of their Monte Carlo Night at the Senior Center. Play all

your favorite games and have fun and you might win something too. Monday is Columbus Day, and for many it’s a holiday. Also, there will be a storytime in Kernville in Circle Park for the kids, and the Friends of the Libraries will hold their annual tea in Lake Isabella that day (it’s open to the public as well). Wow, what a weekend! If that’s not enough weekend activities for you, next weekend, the weekend of Oct. 1718, will feature the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center’s big fundraiser and a Power House Ride at KR3 sponsored by the Bakersfield business “Bikersfield.” (The rodeo that was scheduled for that weekend has been cancelled, reportedly due to a problem with the stock needed.) There are so many notices of upcoming events on the Courier Calendar that we had to leave out the advance

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SAL paints valley pink Kern River Courier

The Kern County Sheriff's Office, Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League (SAL) in partnership with Links for Life has decided to “Paint the Valley Pink!” For the month of October, the Kern Valley Substation will be selling T-shirts and accepting cash donations in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons and pink window flyers

will also be offered. All proceeds will go to Links for Life, a Bakersfield-based non-profit organization that promotes breast cancer awareness and provides services for those coping with the disease. See T-shirts will be on sale for $10 for med-XL and $12 for XXL, and may be purchased at the Kern Valley Substation, located at 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella.

The local meeting on the DFG’s Upper Kern River trout stocking ban on Tuesday, Oct. 13 was requested by California Assemblymember Jean Fuller to be an “informational meeting,” but at the same time, Fuller wants the public to be able to comment. On Sept. 2, Fuller sent a letter to Don Koch, director of the California Department of Fish and Game, requesting that one of four public hearings held statewide to receive comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Report (which was released Sept. 25) should be held in Bakersfield, and she also requested an informational meeting be held here in

the Kern River Valley. Fuller says she believes that those affected in her district should have the ability to attend a meeting and comment on the draft EIR/EIS report, as well as discuss the “overarching issues of the fish stocking ban” on the upper Kern River. Local residents will probably have much to say on the subject. So that’s the genesis of the meeting scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 9 to 10:30 a.m. If you miss that meeting, there will be one of the statewide hearings in Bakersfield on Wednesday, Oct. 28. It will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: High 83. Calm wind up to 13 mph. Fri. night: Low 49. Light wind. Sat.: Sunny, high 86. Sat. night: Low 50. Clear. Sun.: Mostly sunny, high 87. Sun. night: Partly cloudy, low 50. National Weather Service


Jack and Mark Bonham grabbed a 22lb. catfish.


‘Melrose’ is heating up with old cast members returning.


A soldier returns for a leave and is feted by the KRV Rotary Club.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 98,206 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.

Meeting about trout stocking ban bound to be contentious Kern River Courier

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Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 398 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 393 cfs Photo submitted

The local office of The Salvation Army was recently presented a plaque in appreciation of their participation in the 2008 Toys for Tots campaign. (L-R): U.S. Marine Cpl. Guillermo Gonzalez and Sgt. James Ehrie, Pastor William Blanton and Shirley Blanton of the Salvation Army. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s campaign.

Borel Canal flow 253 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 9, 2009

The Courier Calendar Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob 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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The fall car show in Kernville is always a wonderful event, as this file photo from last year shows vividly.

KVHS football 2009 10/9 Whittier Christian home 10/16 Cal City home (homecoming) 10/23 Desert home 10/30 Bishop away 11/6 Rosamond home 11/12 Frazier Mountain away

Jack Robson/ Special to the Courier

Vintage car show to be held in Kernville Oct. 8-11 The “Kickin’ Back in Kernville” vintage car show will have its 33rd annual run on Oct. 8-11 in Kernville’s Riverside Park. This event features dozens of cars from the past, under the big trees for viewing. Be sure to buy your Tshirt early. Call (760) 376-3133.

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.


• 7 a.m.- 1 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9-11 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 223-6765. • 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.

VFW Men’s Auxiliary to hold meat loaf dinner Oct. 10 The Lake Isabella post of the VFW will be putting on a meat loaf feed on Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. for $7.50. This event is cordially open to the public. There will be a 50/50 drawing. 50/50 tickets are $1 or six for $5. For more information, call the post at 379-3877.

• 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.

KRV Chamber to hold Monte Carlo Night Oct. 10 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Monte Carlo Night and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. General admission is $35 per person. You can sponsor one of the gaming tables for $100 which gives you three dinner tickets. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. and gaming will begin at 6 p.m. If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction or need more information, contact Sue at the Chamber office at 3795236. Kernville library to hold Story Time in the park Oct. 12 Kernville Branch Library is planning a special story time in Kernville's Circle Park on Monday, Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m. There will be plenty of blankets to sit down on and lots of great stories too. If there is a positive response to this Story Time, then one will be planned each month. For more information, call the Kernville Branch at (760) 376-6180. Friends of the KRV Libraries to hold annual tea on Oct. 12 The Friends of the KRV Libraries are inviting the public to their annual tea on Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Isabella branch. Speaking will be Craig Peterson, aide to Supervisor Jon McQuiston, and Diane Duquette, head of the Kern County Libraries. Memberships to Friends of the Libraries will be available at $6 a year. For more information, call Peggy at the Lake Isabella library, (760) 549-2083. Local meeting Oct. 13 about stocking of Upper Kern River The Department of Fish and Game has scheduled a public meeting about the Draft EIR/EIS on the Fish Hatchery and Stocking Programs. It will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 9 10:30 a.m. Fans of gardening meet Oct. 13 to visit home in Bodfish The KRV Garden Group, an informal group who are all lovers of gardening, will meet at 10am, on Tuesday, Oct 13. The group will host its monthly potluck meeting and tour at the home of Marya Miller and Darrell Barnes in Bodfish, featuring native plants, ponds as well as their solar power system. There will be a short meeting, a garden tour, potluck lunch and raffle. Shirley Real and Vera Anderson will update the group on progress of the group's "Healing Garden" project for the Kern Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. For information on the KRV Garden Group, call Shirley Real at (760) 379-1129.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

This little piggy is for sale Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

Last week was the Kern County Fair. And as usual we went. I've noticed that when you think of the Fair, what comes to mind first is food. Middleworth There is buttered corn on the cob, baked potatoes, pit beef sandwiches and caramel corn. There is also a host of displays in the various buildings spaced all around the grounds waiting for the visitor to enter and enjoy. As fair officials say, "There's something here for everyone"! But this year it was not for us. No buttered corn or potatoes. No pit beef sandwiches, and no caramel corn. Many buildings were left unexplored. Stage entertainment was ignored. Because for us this year, the Fair took on a different look. This was the year of the pig. Pig as in porcine, pig as in bacon, pig as in ham, pig as in chitlings, pig as in hog, but especially pig as in... pet. Our 14-year-old great-granddaughter Makenzy raised a pig as an FFA project. Not just any pig, but a spoiled, overfed female hamhock named Blue (the pig was actually pink, but had blue spots). It grew from a wee porklet many months back to at Fair

time, a huge roly poly 250-pound fat tub of lovable lard. And this was the time for it to be shown and judged. Several hundred pigs were paraded around the arena in groups of 10 to 14. Each guided by a proud owner. Winners from the groups were set aside and after all pigs were shown, the top winners were introduced. Our family part of the crowd went wild as we and a host of friends and relatives heard the results. Makenzys' ‘A Pig named ‘Blue' had won 1st in Cross Breed for FFA entrants and then she won 1st for FFA All Breed , and finally won 1st Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog for the Kern County Fair against all pigs entered. (FFA and 4H combined) I never thought we would root for a pig and then be excited about its winning. but we did and we were!. Makenzy and ‘Blue' had their 15 minutes of fame and we were the proud great grand parents,basking vicariously in 'Piggy Glory'. Yet to come was the auction where pet pigs and business meet, sometimes with tearful results! As for the ‘Fair', on the way back to Wofford Heights we bought some corn on the cob, real butter, sour cream, Russet potatoes and caramel corn at Von's and had them that night, at home! Who needs the ‘Fair'? Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program..

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Ex-KVHD CEO’s employer to file for bankruptcy protection Kern River Courier

The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday that the hospital district that former Kern Valley Hospital District CEO Pamela Ott current works for is filing for bankruptcy. “The Sierra Kings District Hospital board of directors voted Tuesday afternoon to file for bankruptcy protection, a move the interim chief executive says will give the hospital time to dig itself out of a financial hole,” said the Bee. Sierra Kings Hospital is in Reedley, a small city in the San Joaquin Valley. It reportedly owes more than $3 million to vendors and is owed $6 million from uncollected payments. “The hospital plans to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code covers municipalities and other government entities,” said the Bee. Ott was recently charged with eight felony counts of elder abuse for allegedly allowing patients of the KVHD skilled nursing facility to be

drugged for the convenience of SNF staff when she was CEO of the district in 2006. Ott was charged on Sept. 8. She is on unpaid administrative leave from Sierra Kings. Also charged were three Kern Valley Healthcare District employees, Gwen Hughes (former director of nursing), Debbi Hayes (former pharmacist) and Dr. Hoshang Pormir (former staff physician who was serving as medical director of the skilled nursing facility). A preliminary hearing for Ott is set for Nov. 4. California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. said about Ott, "As hospital administrator, Pamela Ott, was ultimately responsible for safeguarding the welfare of her patients," Brown said. "Instead, Ott abdicated her responsibility and allowed the staff of the Kern Valley Hospital to foricibly sedate patients who questioned their care." To report elder abuse, call the Elder Abuse hotline at (800) 7220432.

Highland Chapel United Methodist Church 5301 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Bazaar & Bake Sale November 7th 9:00am

Lots of homemade items & Granny's Kitchen with many homemade jams, breads & goodies.

Annual Turkey Dinner November 7th 12:00 to 4:00pm

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Adults $7.50 5-12 $4.00 under 5 Free Call 760 - 379-2120 for tickets

Free financial seminar by Edward Jones Inc. Oct. 13 "Outlook and Opportunites: 10 Reasons to Be a Long-term Bull" will be the title of a free financial seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the local Edward Jones Investments office in Lake Isabella. The seminar is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call Cindy Hood at 760-379-1722. South Fork Middle School’s Walk-A-Thon on Oct. 16 South Fork Middle School will be having their annual Walk-A-Thon on Friday, Oct. 16. Students will be asking for donations from the public to raise $100, which helps to defray the costs of various activities throughout the school year. The money that is raised goes towards helping pay for the 6th Grade Camp KEEP, the 7th and 8th Grade Camp Trip, 8th Grade Graduation, assemblies, and various other educational activities. Students will be walking from the Middle School up Kelso Valley Road to the "Y", down Kelso Creek Road to Highway 178, and back to school. The entire walk is approximately 13.3 miles. Kernville Stampede canceled The Kernville Stampede that was scheduled for Oct. 17 has been canceled. For details call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 3762629. Search and Rescue Power House Ride Oct. 17 Come out and support Search and Rescue at the Power House Ride on Saturday, Oct. 17. There will be lunch near the KR3 power plant. Ride starts at 9:30 a.m. For details call the “Bikersfield” shop at (661) 321-9882.

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Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center’s fundraiser Oct. 17 The annual fundraiser for the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center at French Gulch will be Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Featured will be a silent auction, a raffle, a native plant sale, a BBQ meal, and many demonstrations of Native American culture. There will be games

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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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Michael Batelaan, Courier co-publisher, holds up his Overall Grand Champion trophy at the Malone Family Dutch Oven Cookout held last Saturday.

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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That 22-pounder was released Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

All the crappie you want. Crappie are starting to come in strong at French Gulch and at Rocky Point. Nice sized crappie are biting all day long; in fact,one local fisherman says it’s the best crappie bite he’s seen in four years. Just about prime weather for trout fishing. The waters at Isabella Lake are The 22 pound cooling catfish was down and released. trout are starting to --Jack come up Bustamante from the deeps. Paradise Cove, French Gulch and Boulder Gulch are starting to get some better action now. The Main Dam area and the flume at the Auxiliary Dam are still getting some good sized trout. More catfish were coming in all around the lake this week again. There’s been some good action all along and inside the length of the flume from North Fork to Boulder Gulch. Jack

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Jack Bonham and son Mark caught a 22 pound catfish.

Bonham and his son Mark brought in a 22 pounder which was released after the photo. Nice catch and release, guys. Well, we know there is at least one big one out there, 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

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Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Oct. 19: PICKS OF THE WEEK "Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Those Aren't Pillows Edition)" -- This perennial holiday favorite starring John Candy and Steve Martin is being re-released on DVD with a few new extras slapped on: a deleted scene ("Airplane Food") and three featurettes -- a documentary on the making of the film, a tribute to John Candy, and short on director John Hughes. "Black Adder Remastered: The Hugh Laurie Ultimate Edition" -- Before Rowan Atkinson became Mr. Bean; before Hugh Laurie limped his way into American hearts as House, MD, the two men starred in one of the smartest, funniest and devilishly clever television series ever produced. "Black Adder" ran for four seasons -- each one taking place during a different period in British history: the age of Richard III, Elizabeth II, the Regency Period and World War I. This boxed set has been remastered to look better on high-def screens and includes not only all four seasons (with tons of extras), but also all the

"Black Adder" specials, including my favorite, "Black Adder's Christmas Carol." There also is an extra disc that includes the 90-minute, 25-year retrospective "Black Adder Rides Again," plus interviews with the cast, a feature on the costumes, and rehearsal footage from the fourth season. "It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series" -- Wow. I never thought this would ever come out on DVD, but here it is -- Garry Shandling's groundbreaking Showtime series. Shandling took the sitcom formula, turned it inside out and created some of the most surreal, hilarious television of the 1980s, which influenced shows from "Seinfeld" to "30 Rock." The boxed set of 16 discs includes all four seasons of the show, plus more bonus features than I care to list. TV SERIES "The L Word" Season Six "Hawaii Five-O" The Seventh Season "Numbers" The Complete Fifth Season "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" The Complete Series "Homicide: Life on the Street" The Complete Series "The L Word" Complete Series Pack c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Voices of Faith

You must seek the truth Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

I saw a couple of cartoons depicting a wise man sitting atop a high mountain. In one, a seeker is struggling to gain a foothold to join him on the ledge, but is astonished to see the wise man sitting in front of an open laptop computer. The wise man says, “Don’t tell me that you climbed all the way up here before trying Google?” In Semonious another, the wise man is about to be joined by three seekers as the wise man says, “The secret of life, son, is find a better hiding place than I did.” I remember the beginning of one sermon – “A corrupt judge opened court with this announcement: ‘I have in hand two checks – one from the defendant for $15,000, another from the plaintiff for $10,000. My decision is to return $5,000 to the defendant and decide the case strictly on its merits.” Amos made reference to the Lord God, “He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name; who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress.” Amos 5:89. It was the Lord God who he was quoting when he told Israel, “For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: ‘Seek me and live…’” Amos 5:4.

A true prophet of God is required to speak God’s truth; there is no room for error if the claim is that one is speaking for God. Nostradamus, Juan Ponce de León and Edgar Cayce are but a few of those who have seriously searched for knowledge outside mainstream sources. Those who seek God’s will today hear many contradictory claims from those trusted to preach the truth. Thessalonica was no exception. There were those who taught that Jesus was the Christ, and there were those who used a halftruth to teach, “…they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” Acts 17:7. (Actually, “Jesus said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.’” Mark 12:17.) Paul and Silas then went to Berea. “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 16:11. Jesus himself encouraged those who heard him to do the same. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40. I see debates as verbal tug-of-wars; nonproductive. In Berea, the standard of truth was God’s Word. Go and do likewise is wise. Bible study is not a spectator sport. Study and let God’s Holy Spirit lead you into all truth. “Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

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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Remember when you were a kid and the local church performed the annual Christmas program; some even called it a "pageant"? Remember how much fun it was putting on a costume, acting out a part, making props, singing in the chorus; and getting a candy cane at the end of the program? Here's a chance for kids to have the same experience. Come to the informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 for the Kernville Methodist Church’s performance of "The Reluctant Camel" on Dec. 6 for kids age 4 and up. The informational meeting is for parents and kids on Oct. 15 at 4:30 pm at the church located on Sirretta Street in Kernville. For further information prior to the meeting, call (760) 417-0715.

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The Lakeshore Lodge in Wofford Heights is pleased to present “Glory to the Lord II” on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Local band Allasso will play, direct from the Kern County Fair, and also scheduled is a band from the Crossroads Church in Ridgecrest, The Crossroads Band. Come and join the crowd for worship, food and fellowship. For more information, call (760) 417-0554.

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Health Insurance Matters

Prescription drug plan costs going up Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

For most people, Medicare Part A is covered by payroll taxes when we were working, and the Part B premium reflects only 25% of the real cost. Harry Thal Most people will be paying only either $96.40 or $104 in 2010 for Part B. I am getting a little nervous about Part D of Medicare, the prescription drug plan. The costs in 2010 will be much higher. Most company plans start at about $30 a month with a $310 deductible. $0 deductible plans seem to be $42 and up. And of course, that isn't

the real test. What are the co-pays, and what are the restrictions on the medications. For that matter – is your particular drug even covered? To really scare me is a little news item I just picked up from a newsletter for pharmacists: WASHINGTON - Medicare recipients could see higher premiums for prescription drug coverage as a result of changes to complex provisions in a Senate health care bill, a senior Republican said Friday. At issue are marching orders for a powerful new commission that would recommend annual Medicare savings to Congress. Those recommendations would go into effect unless overruled by lawmakers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said an amendment approved by the Finance Committee in the pre-

dawn hours Friday would allow the commission to recommend changes leading to higher Medicare prescription drug premiums. The Democratic amendment was approved on a 13-10 party line vote. "Americans considering what this health care proposal means for them deserve to know that Medicare prescription drug premiums would probably go up," Grassley said in a statement. It has been disturbing to me how much seniors stand to lose with the proposed health care reform bills before Congress. If you are not poor enough to qualify for government assistance programs, these additional burdens might just put us all in the poorhouse. For those people who are currently having a hard time paying for their medications, there is a government program called Extra

Help. It eliminated the "donut hole" and provides medications with very low co-pays. This program is designed to assist people who are not poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal, but are having difficulty. To get more information go to or call them at 1-800-772-1213. You can also request an application form (SSA-1020B-OCR-SM). There is no fee to process the application. It is worth trying, as the savings is great, especially for people with high prescription expenses. 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

There are many ways to treat prostate enlargement Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About three years ago, I had a procedure to reduce the size of my prostate. It was Greenlight PVP laser procedure. My doctor did it on an outpatient basis. Since then, I have a normal flow for someone who is 79 years old. I sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom. Perhaps you could comment on this treatment. -- L.M. ANSWER: Prostate gland enlargement -- benign (noncancerous) prostate hyperplasia or hypertrophy -- is something that happens to just about all men. Fifty percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have some gland enlargement, and by age 80, more than 80 percent have it. Not all these men have to deal with its exasperating consequences -- frequent urination, nighttime urination, difficulty starting the stream -- but enough do that it is a quite common problem. Sometimes medicines can relax the chokehold that the big prostate has on the urethra, the tube draining the bladder, and there also are medicines that shrink the gland. When medicines strike out, a large number of invasive procedures are readily available. The standard operation, TURP -- transurethral resection of the prostate -- is done with a scope and instrument passed into the urethra and advanced upward to the gland. The doctor shaves away portions of the gland. TUNA -- transurethral needle ablation; TUMT -- transurethral microwave therapy; and TUIP -- transurethral incision of the prostate are procedures done very much like a TURP, but they employ dif-

ferent techniques for reducing the gland's size. Some are done in the doctor's office. Greenlight Laser Photovaporization is a technique in which the prostate gland is downsized by vaporizing the excess with a laser that emits a green light. One big advantage this offers is a reduction of bleeding. The green-light laser seals blood vessels in the process. I am sure many male readers will appreciate your bringing up the topic. The booklet on the prostate gland, both enlargement and cancer of, summarizes treatments for these conditions. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, 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

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Scouting Court of Honor held for new Eagle Scout

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Cary Seale became an Eagle Scout, a very high award, at a special ceremony Sept. 27.

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On Sept. 27, at Lake Isabella First Baptist Church, with about 50 people in attendance, 18-year-old Cary Seale of Lake Isabella was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be attained in Scouting. The rank is the culmination of many years of hard work. The requirements include: Be active in the troop, show spirit, earn the correct Merit Badges, show leadership, complete an Eagle Scout project, live the ideals of Scouting, know the meaning of Scouting's obligations as an Eagle, and live within the Scout oath laws (which apply to leader-

ship, caring for others, respecting the rights of others and good citizenship). "Only 2% of youth who join Scouting earn this honor," said local Scout Committee Chairman Jim Ash. Seale started in Cub Scouts at the age of 5. During that time he earned badges including the God and Country Award. Seal went on to Webeloes, joined Troop 690 in Lake Isabella, transferred to Boy Scout Troop 80 in Bakersfield and then back to Troop 690 where he completed his Eagle. In Troop 690 Seale participated in the Harvest Festival at First Baptist Lake Isabella, picked up golf balls, went Christmas caroling, participat-

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ed in popcorn sales, brought canned food for the homeless, and participated in the Elks flag ceremony. He participated in Eagle projects for local students Chris Woodward and Raunaq Sandhu. (He also completed one for the late Jake Murphy after Murphy’s untimely death.) He was a counselor at the waterfront and did archery and frontier work at Camp Whitsett during the summer of 2006. Seale decided to complete his Eagle in March 2009, which meant he only had three months time for two remaining required merit badges and his Eagle project before he would be 18 in June. Seale had put things off in the past, but now he did not have that luxury. Two counselors agreed to work with Cary in the short time he had to complete his two merit badges. Then the Eagle project needed to be selected and approved. The application included two signatures plus letters of recommendation. Well-known local resident Tom McKinney approved the project. His Eagle project involved working in the cemetery dressing grave sites and general cleanup of the grounds. Memorial Day weekend flags were placed on all the veterans’ graves and a flag ceremony was held. Randy Kyt, cemetery manager, stated, "I was very pleased with the way Cary worked on the merit badges and this project." Ash noted that Cary had always a strong desire to do things right. Seale said that he learned not to procrastinate, and said that he felt that he matured in the last three months and it showed by his actions. "The Eagle Scout designation is a way for a boy to become a man," said Scout Committee Chairman Jim Ash. Seale's Eagle Board included Ken LaCross, Roger Weeden and Dave Freeland. The Eagle Scout Challenge includes being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, duty to God and country, duty to others, duty to self. In 2010 Boy Scouting will celebrate 100 years. At the ceremony Cary was presented with a belt buckle from when Scouting celebrated 50 years. He also received many congratulatory greetings from the American Legion, the Elks’ regional director, the Kern County Board of Supervisors, the U.S. Senate and Assembly, the Governor, Kern County Fire Department, the California Senate and Assembly and the Kern County Sheriff.

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Kern River Courier

Talking About Real Estate


Five ways to not sell your home Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

As my dad says, "Do you want to sell your home, or just have it for sale?" Here are five "do-not's" for sellers. 1: Overprice. This is by far the worst thing you can do as a seller to hamstring the sale of your property. Gone are the days when we in the real estate business would say Matt Freeman "comps are a tool, but not the rule." When a real estate agent could recommend a price and the seller still sell for 100K over or something. Not so anymore. Comparable properties are more important than ever. Banks are tightening their standards and requiring appraisers to not go back more than three months a lot of times on their reports. Get a good real estate agent who is experienced in estimating property value and price aggressively in a buyer's market. 2: Underpay. Here is another biggie. The days of being able to put a listing up for 2% commission and seeing it sell in a week with multiple offers on it are gone as well. In order to maximize your exposure as a seller, pay the going commission rate. Pay more! Real estate folks work hard, and we don't get a steady paycheck. We only get paid when we sell. So a lot of real estate agents will not even show a home at reduced

commission. Don't cost yourself an opportunity to sell your home to save a buck or two. 3: Clutter. It is so important to have a clean, presentable home if it is on the market. We all have a lot of personal stuff. You should see the room where I am writing this article from right now! Neverthless, other people are looking at the house, not the stuff. Make sure they can see the house through the stuff. Light and airy is the thought here, wide open spaces in every room. 4: Not picking the right agent. Picking someone with a good reputation is important. Living in the area a long time is a really important trait as well, as is whether they do this professsion full-time or not. Remember, selling a house is a lot more than just putting a sign in the front yard and a couple of pictures on the MLS. Some agents don't even do that. Get someone who will work hard for you. 5: Spending the money before you have it. Don't! Remember, your home is not valued based on a seller's needs, it is valued based on its value in the market at the time of the sale. An appraiser won't care that a seller needs 400K for their 150K house because they have to move to a place where houses are 400K. Price aggressively based on your needs and desire to sell and be patient. Don't worry it will happen.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Friday, October 9, 2009

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

The joys of being a landlord Miz Sue’s old family house in Eagle Rock,,which we’re renting out, needed a re-do. Her grandfather built it in 1925. Everything was creaking, not just the floors. The telephone rang. I heard her muttering something into the receiver. ”We’ve put a check in the mail.” I motioned to her to hand me the phone. Yep, it was him California Joe alright. Heating and air feller. “I finished my job. I wants my money!” Then he hung up. Miz Sue looked at me after this guy had finished his telephone diatribe. ”Are all people like that in L.A. now? Really flaked out?” “Not many like him,” I replied. One day this guy had appeared. I had had a problem with my two floor furnances the year before. They were probably installed when the house was built in ‘25. I had already tried a large company a year earlier. Maybe a small company guy wouldn’t be fazed by two prehistoric-looking furnances in the floor. I had found his number in the telephone book. I really handled things great! He appeared suddenly the next day. A

“We Buy Gold & Silver!” 6429 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Post Office Center

Coins & Jewelry 760-379-5200 Adjust • Exchange • Repair

South Fork Transmission (760) 379-8578

Clutches, Differentials, Brakes, Belts & Hoses 5300 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella

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


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late-’50s-looking husky, mild-mannered guy. He grinned and wanted to know all about my one-time acting career when I was making Westerns. Next day he’s back again. Third day he appears in overalls, goes under the house in the basement and I can hear him banging away down there. He came upstairs and told me I’m up to $495 now. When I said we’d had no conversation at all about money. He ran out the front door and reappeared two minutes later with a invoice for $495. Apparently whatever he had done in the basement was worth $495. No mention of what the new parts he used cost. I can’t help wondering about this amiable-looking guy. Are the big boys squeezing him? Did his son refuse to come into the family business? Does his wife wish he was in a different kind of work? Does she wish they lived in a diffferent kind of house in a different kind of town? Is air conditioning what he always wanted to do? Does he like living down there or does he secretly wish he could have come up here like I did years ago? Who is this middleaged fellow fighting to remain individual in a society insisting on everyone behaving like everyone else? Well, he’s ahead on that one, anyway! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

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California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

LA-Z-Y Boy • Serta • Ashley • Tempur-pedic 6415 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-2868 “Mention this ad for free delivery”

2 15-oz cans tomatoes, drained 1/2 tsp dried oregano Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 cup dry or fresh bread crumbs

Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat and saute the onion and eggplant until the onion is tender but now brown, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish and top with the bread crumbs. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes. Serves 4 to 6. Bodfish Bob's Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Casserole 1 lb sauerkraut, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup beer or beef stock 1/2 tsp caraway seeds 1 lb kielbasa or other cooked smoked sausage

Toss the sauerkraut, beer, and caraway seeds and place in a baking dish. Add the kielbasa and bake tightly covered in preheated 375 oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the sausage is heated through. Serves 4 to 6. Bodfish Bob's Eggplant and Tomato Casserole 3 1 1 1

Tbs olive oil large onion, chopped large or 2 small eggplants (about lb, total, diced

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Chill the radishes by soaking them in ice water for at least 30 minutes. Pack the butter into small bowls and chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 30 minutes. Serve the sea salt in a small bowl or two. Invite your guests to spread the butter on the radishes and sprinkle with sea salt. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

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Shop DownTown Lake Isabella Dianne Storm Owner Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennel • Pet Supplies

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Embroidery • Screen Print • T-Shirts • Signs • Gifts FullColor Banners • Vehicle Lettering • Graphic Design

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REICHENBACH’S Auto Body & Paint Chad Reichenbach Owner 760-379-3010

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Open Every Saturday All Winter 10:00am to 3:00pm 2600 Highway 155, Lake Isabella

Located: At the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center & Museum adjacent to the Kern County Parks Boat Patrol Station & the Forest Service French Gulch Group Campground.

For more information call market manager Anna Leon 661-978-8712 or 760-549-0800 Sponsored by The Kern River Paiute Council, The Nuui Cunni Native American Interpretive Center and Information under special use permit from the Sequoia National Forest, on a non-discriminatory basis.

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Creative Connection


Ganczak wins award

Only early editions valuable

Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

“I think they raised me. I knew I could always count on my special cat, Pandora. We were spiritually What do you get when you mix bonded in closeness and I counted sunflowers, cats, God, stories, and a on her for affection, love, and Bakersfield Art Association’s acceptance. I didn’t play or have Professional Award? You get my many dolls, so I would dress up my friend Candice cat. I’d put her in a stroller and Ganczak. push her around. We took care of “Playfully each other. I’m sure others can Content”, her relate.” charcoal and pasShe went on to say, “When this tel work, received picture started out, there was so the above award much going on and I just wanted to at the Kern escape. Beginning as an exercise, it County Fair. developed into the zone, where you “It feels dreamforget what is around you, forget D. L. Fitch like that I would time, it is a spiritual connective part be so honored to of you. It is like being one with receive such an award. It has God as an instrument. The Sacred helped me appreciate and validate Zone, I call it: so focused nothing my artistry. It’s else matters.” a little scary to The plight of put yourself out cats, in particular there because “feral” cats, is you don’t know important to what the feedCandice. Love back will be made her conand I guess you sider, “what can just have to I do?” trust that God “Once I won has a reason the award I for what hapdecided to make pens. It gives prints of this picGanczak and painting purpose to my ture and give life,” Candice expressed about her 20% of sales to local organizations award. to save the lives of feral cats in our She told me there was a time community,” Candice revealed of early in life where she felt helpless, her plans. and discouraged from expressing Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. emotion and feelings, though her For questions or comments you can childhood was mainly happy. reach her through the Courier, “I’ve always had cats,” she said.

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have two brass buckles. One is more than 50 years old and has a design of a horse, the other features a likeness of John Wayne. Are they worth hanging on to? -- Nancy, Merrimack, N.H. A: Brass buckles are fairly collectible. I was amazed at how many I found on eBay. Although I didn't find a John Wayne buckle, I did find several that had horse designs. Most brass buckets sell in the $15 to $25 range, but there are always exceptions. For example, I recently saw a Richard Nixon buckle sell for $75 that was snapped up by a political collector. A John Wayne collector might pay a little more than $25 for the one that you have. It is important to know the manufacturer and when it was issued to get top dollar. *** Q: I have a collection of Avon bottles and would like to get them checked out. I am enclosing a SASE for your reply. -- Serena, Stevens, Pa. A: I have returned your SASE since all questions that I'm able to answer appear in this column. Because of the volume of mail and a lack of time, personal replies are not possi-

ble. To find out more about your Avon bottles, I recommend you purchase Bud Hastin's Avon Encyclopedia, which is available at for $16.95. You should be able to determine current values from that source. *** Q: I have an early edition of Milton's "Paradise Lost" published in 1863 by Frank H. Dodd. I am curious if it is valuable. -- Judy, Albuquerque, N.M. A: The first edition of "Paradise Lost" was issued in London in 1667 and is worth about $60,000. The second edition is valued at $40,000, and the third, $5,000. The edition that you have is much later and fairly common. I found several editions similar to the one that you have at priced in the $10 to $25 range. *** 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.

Our Valley, Our Earth

Death Valley is a great spot Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

Before I leave Death Valley and its unusual geology, I want to show the readers a picture of the Badwater Turtleback. To the nongeological eye this is just a mountain of insignificant rock. But to the scientists who study the earth with gusto, the scene is one of utmost imporRon Bolyard tance. Highway 178 is shown running at the foot of the Turtleback. The turnout and parking area is just right of the curve in the road on the left side of the photo (the little triangular

white spot). It is from here that you can look westward across the valley toward Telescope Peak and the salt pan of the valley. At your back is the almost vertical face of the Pre-Cambrian rocks that are about 2 billion years old. The "SEA LEVEL" sign is about half way up the vertical cleft and has been placed there for perspective. Standing there looking at this feature, use your imagination and visualize that you are standing on a portion of the ancient North American Continent that was surrounded by ocean about two Billion Years Ago! What a rush! If you are like me, you should feel a tinge of insignificance at the vastness of this picture. But for those who are not enthralled, enjoy the view anyway! Until next week… Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

“Nuui Cunni”

Native American Cultural Center Annual Fundraiser The “Nuui Cunni” Native Cultural Center Annual Fundraiser will offer a fun day for the whole family. There will be a Silent Auction and Raffle, including some great items donated by the community. The Barbeque Beef Dinner, consisting of Barbeque Chuck Roast, Chili Beans, Cole Slaw, Roll and a Drink. There will also be many demonstrations of Native American Culture, Entertainment, and games for chidren. We also will have a full Native Plant Sale and the Farmers’ Market happening. All proceeds will benefit the “Nuui Cunni” Center, a very unique establishment which benefits the Native community, as well as, visitors from around the world with history and culture.

Native Plant Sale!

Come and check out our wide variety of Native Plants for sale

Barbeque Beef Dinner Served from11:30am to 2:00pm Fry Bread, Mountain Oysters, Silent Auction, Raffles, Native American Demonstrations, Vendors, Games, Pinata, Face Painting & Entertainment

“Nuui Cunni” Native American Cultural Center 2600 Highway 155 French Gulch Campground, Lake Isabella 760-549-0800 Fax:760-379- 4350 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3984 Wofford Heights, CA 93285

Come Support the “Nuui Cunni” Indian Center Sponsored by: Kern River Paiute Council

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The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199

*bounce houses *water slides *sno cones & cotton candy machines *party supplies & more



POOL/SPA REPAIR SPECIALIST 20+ Years Experience CA. License #647258 (760) 376-4384 / (909) 210-3971 __________________________ LARRY SCHUPPAN'S Garage Doors & Openers. New Sales & Repairs. Handyman Service. Decks, Covers, Masonry, Electrical, Plumbing. (760) 3791430 License #CL492150 __________________________ MERCER BOOKKEEPING AND TAX SERVICE Open all Year Turbo Tax, Etc. Consulting (760) 549-0270 / (760) 417-0392

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

LEARN TO CROCHET With Cathy $6.00 per 1 hour class.


Call 417-0312

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Ray's Painting & Decorating Interior & Exterior Painting Wall Covering Installed and Removed Lic. # C705814 - 760-417-9797 ARCHIE LOGSDON CARPENTRY Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail" (760) 223-6624 __________________________ LIGHTHOUSE ELECTRIC Quality Work Fair Prices Call Ross (760) 981-3361 License #708148 __________________________ GLAS CO. Mfg. - Serving the KRV Custom Table Tops & Mirrors Window Glass / Dual Pane /Retrofit Windows / Aluminum Encls & Doors / Screens / Shower Encls (760) 223-3645 __________________________


Interior / Exterior Free Estimates Dan Beltz (760) 376-4890 __________________________ HERITAGE CLEANERS in the Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters & Leather. MonFri 8:30-5:00 Sat. 10:00-2:00 760-379-4271 Chuck Barbee - Still & Video PHOTOGRAPHY Portraits - Family Events Equestrian - Historical Photo Scanning & Restoration Transfers to DVD & CD 760-376-8784



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

$640/mo in quiet park. 2 bd, 1 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + security deposit & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Onyx - Apt. now available in quiet neighborhood. 2 bd/1ba. Close to park & store. $550/mo incls. water & trash. References required. 661-477-7091 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ KVHS grad seeking quiet & clean roommate to share 3bdrm., 2 bath house in good neighborhood near BC. $350 per month, split utilities. Furnished or unfurnished. Call or text Aaron at 760-549-3341 or e-mail __________________________ PRIVATE - 2 bd double wide mobile home IN W.Hts on 1 acre with panoramic view of the lake. $700/mo + deposit. Call 760-376-1944 weekends or 805-375-0047 weel days. _________________________ Lake Isabella - Clean 2 Bed / 1 ½ Bath. Large garage. Fenced yard, A/C & heating. Washer Dryer hookups. 4012 Canal St. (Lakeland Estates) $600/mo. Call Ross @ 916-296-1082 _________________________ Wofford Hts. - 3 bd, 1¾ ba frame house w/bonus rm + xtra rm on detached garage. Fenced, no pets xlent neighborhood. Walk to stores, movies, great for children. $1,000 + dep. Call Jim @760-379-2844 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 3bd/2ba remodeled home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house. Mt. views, stove, refrig + w/d hookup. Section 8 OK. $1,000/mo + dep 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061

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

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 _________________________ LOST DOG Black and white Boston Terrier in Wofford Heights. Please call 760-376-2081 or 760-417-2941


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Garage Sale at The Mine Shaft 3825 Lake Isabella Blvd. Bodfish Sat-10/17m 9am. Tools, 48 Ford Tractor, 3 wheel Honda 110 ATC. Tamales, drinks, etc. Gold Panning & prospecting demo's. Keep all the gold you pan. 760-379-5444-Jeff. 661867-2866 - Robert _________________________ Moving Sale & Open House $82,500. Saturday - Oct 10th, 7am-2pm. 2498 David Road, Hungry Gulch. Follow the signs. _________________________ Yard Sale - Sat 10/10 - 8am4pm, & Sun 10/11 - 8am-2pm. 2807 Erskine Creek Road, Space #22, Lake Isabella. Furniture and more.

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HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 for children. All proceeds will benefit the Nuui Cunni Center. The Barbeque Beef Dinner will be served from 11:30am to 2:00pm. There will be traditional music by The Crooked Hat, a Native American drumming and dancing group from Frazier Park and Ventura. Benefit for Sheriff’s Activities League Oct. 24 The Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League 2nd Annual Auction and Spaghetti Dinner will take place Saturday Oct. 24 at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella. Tickets are only $10. The dinner will feature raffles and great food. SAL members will be selling tickets at various functions around the valley. Tickets are also available at Kern River Motors (Lisa) and the Kern Valley Sun (Brandon). Come out and support a great cause, have some fun, and enjoy some wonderful food. For more information contact Dep. Joe Garcia at (760) 549-2043. Free film about World Polio Day on Oct. 24 The Rotary Club of KRV will host a free screening of the award-winning short flim "The Final Inch" to increase awareness about efforts to finally eradicate polio. The 38-minute film will screen 2pm, Saturday Oct. 24 (World Polio Day) at the Reel Cinema, 6742 Wofford Heights Blvd., Wofford Heights. Fifty years after the development of the polio vaccine in the USA, the potentially crippling polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world's most vulnerable places, poised to re-emerge and re-infect regions where it was stamped out decades ago. Rotary Clubs around the world are raising $200 million to match the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $355 million in grants to eradicate polio once and for all. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses is on this page) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes

Homes for Sale

Wofford Heights - 1965 Mobile home for sale in very good condition @ 99 Evans Rd., #4. Space rent is $175/mo. Asking $23K, owner may carry part. Discount for cash. 760-376-6989 _________________________ 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

Lake Isabella - 2613 Balsam Ave. Reduced to $99,000. 2B/1.75B MH with permanent foundation. Large corner lot, 3 block from downtown Lake Isabella. A/C. Fresh paint inside & out. New carpet, flooring & roof. Double pane windows, RV parking. All appliances stay. Quiet neighborhood w/mountain views. Call (760) 379-5167 or (760) 207-3129

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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 _________________________ RV Sites Available @ Riverview RV Park, Kernville. $379/mo (inclds discount of $40) + utilities. Call 376-2345 for info.

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

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

City for Sale Make Offer! Everything Goes! Due to corruption, fraud and recent loss of a possible Olympic Bailout, the City of Chicago is now available for purchase. Start fresh with a pending bankruptcy and unions included. Going fast.

Gerald A. Brown Manager / Director


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Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: LMC (2009-B5830) Street address of principal place of business: 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Marcela Freerks, 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 07/16/2009. 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: Marcela Freerks. This statement filed on 09/14/2009. Expires 09/14/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier September 18, 25, October 2 and 9, 2009.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: TRACIE WHITMAN DANCE STUDIO (2009B5496) Street address of principal place of business: 5101 C Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 2547, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Tracie Whitman, 1905 Harrington Avenue, Bodfish, CA 93205. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Tracie Whitman. This statement filed on 08/27/2009. Expires 08/27/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 25, October 2, 9 and 16, 2009.

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.

Public Meeting Announcement The Southern California Edison Company announces a public information meeting to be held for the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Resource Enhancement (Trust Fund). Date: October 19, 2009 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: U.S. Forest Service District Office 105 Whitney Road Kernville, CA 93238 Purpose: • Summary and status reports of current projects and funding. • Discussion of Trust Fund website: Upper Kern Fishery Management • Question/answer session re: new proposals • Discussion topics from the floor • Selection of April 2010 public meeting date Proposals and other materials are on file at these public access loctions for public review: Kern River Valley Branch Library 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Beale Public Library 701 Truxton Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 Hatchery Museum P.O. Box 1908 Kernville, CA 93238

Kern River Ranger District 4875 Ponderosa Drive Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Kern River Ranger District P.O. Box 9, 105 Whitney Rd. Kernville, CA 93238

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Courier chuckle of the week: "I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn't have to go so fast." –Steven Wright

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You could be caught in a torrent of advice from well-meaning friends and colleagues this week. You are at your best when you are your own inimitable self. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Expect strong efforts to get you to accept things as they are and not question them. But ignore all that and continue your inquiries until you're sure you have all the answers. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Heavier than usual family and workplace duties compete for your time this week. Try to strike a balance so that you're not overwhelmed by either. Pressures ease by weekend. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It's a good time for the Moon Child to show off your uniquely inspired approach to the culinary skills -- especially if they're directed toward impressing someone special. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might be happy about the re-emergence of a long-deferred deal. But don't pounce on it quite yet. Be sure the values you looked for before are still there. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Try to rein in your super-critical attitude, even if things aren't being done quite as you would prefer. What you say now could create an awkward situation later on. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Although you can expect on-the-job cooperation from most of

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your colleagues this week, some people might insist on knowing more about your plans before they can accept them. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Creating another way to do things is commendable. But you could find some resistance this week from folks who would rather stick with the tried-and-true than try something new. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You usually can keep your aim focused on your goal. But you might need to make adjustments to cope with unsteadiness factors that could arise over the course of the week. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) News arrives about a projected move. Be prepared to deal with a series of possible shifts, including how much the budget will actually cover. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A new relationship needs time to develop. Let things flow naturally. It could be a different story with a workplace situation, which might require faster and more focused attention. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Accept a compliment without trying to troll for any hidden reason beyond what was said. After all, don't you deserve to be praised every now and then? Of course you do. BORN THIS WEEK: You like to weigh all possibilities before making a decision. You would be a fine judge, or even be a star in a jury room. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: What is the tallest mountain in Western Europe? 2. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase "in media res" mean? 3. U.S. PRESIDENTS: What was the Secret Service's code name for John F. Kennedy? 4. AD SLOGANS: What products were sold with the advertising slogan, "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't"? 5. MUSIC: In musical notation, what does it mean to play notes in a "staccato" style? Answers:

1. Mont Blanc 2. In the middle of things 3. Lancer 4. Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars 5. Playing crisp, disconnected notes

FFriday, October 2, 2009

(c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Answers to puzzles on pages 14-15:

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U.S. Army SP4 Sean DeBlieck had two weeks off before he had to return to Afghanistan, so the KRV Rotary Club threw him a dinner at the Kern Valley Golf Course. Here, Paul Cromwell has Sean pick the black marble for the 50-50.

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EVENTS continued from page 1 notices of everything that will be happening towards the end of the month (and past), including all the myriad Oct. 24-25 events (the SAL benefit, the Cyrus Canyon Motocross race, the Kern Valley Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert, the film about the “almost“ eradication of polio, and the Freedom Festival), and the

big Halloween haunted tours at Silver City Ghost Town. We expect to be flooded with notices about upcoming Halloween and fall festival events, so keep an eye on the Courier Calendar (see page 2 of each issue.) Every week we list all the events coming up that you will enjoy.

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