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Autumn debuts with TV festival

Sat.: Sunny, high 97.

Turkey vultures in the spotlight

Sun.: Sunny, high 98.

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The Kern River Courier attended the Kern County Fair’s media day on Tuesday, where journalists were treated to scenes such as this one with Rosie, an Indian elephant. The fair started Wednesday and continues to Oct. 3 at the fairgrounds at Ming and Union in Bakersfield.

Animal shelter to dedicate addition Oct. 2 Kern River Courier

The Kern County Animal Shelter in Southlake will dedicate a new exercise yard for its dogs at a gathering that will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 2. The plan is to have the dedication at 11 a.m., followed by an open house for the shelter. There will be hot dogs, chili and drinks for a donation of $5. The money raised will be used to continue the work on the exercise yard. An improvement project has been in the making for quite a while. “Most of Phase 1 has now been completed, which means the dogs now have a yard they can be turned loose into to run and play and get outside,” said Karen Marousek of the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation. The dedication ceremony is scheduled to last until about 2 p.m. The animal shelter is located on Highway 178 in Southlake, on the other side of the highway from Sierra Gateway supermarket.

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pass through the valley at this fun and free event. There will be many interThe special season of esting booths with exhibits autumn was officially here about nature, a special U.S. yesterday, and to celebrate it postal cancellation designed there will be a festival at the by local resident and noted Audubon Kern River artist John Schmitt, live aniPreserve in Weldon on mals, workshops and local Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. vendors selling nature related to 3 p.m. crafts. The celebration will recJoin the day of free workognize a familiar autumn shops, music and nature visitor to the Kern River walks. Visit the festival webValley – the graceful, soar- page to find out more; ing bird known as the Turkey Vulture. est_activities.htm This is the 16th annual such For more festival information honoremail or call Festival schedule ing the Audubon on page 6 b i g Kern River birds. Preserve at T h e or annual migration of the vul- 760-378-2029. tures from their northern The Kern River Preserve breeding grounds begins in is managed by Audubon early September and contin- California for the preservaues through early October. tion of one of California’s Between 1994 through 2006 largest contiguous cottonvolunteers counted the vul- wood-willow riparian tures that passed over a single forests and the wildlife it point in the Kern River Valley, supports. averaging 30,000 vultures seen The Friends of the Kern during each 40-day period. River Preserve is a memAlthough the official scientific bership organization that survey has ended, the migra- provides volunteer and tion has not. Each year, financial support for outAudubon and residents of the reach, education, wildlife Kern Valley celebrate these habitat protection and “janitors of the earth” as they stewardship.

Canyon Fire crew demobilizes Mike Devich Kern River Courier

For 10 days an instant city of 1,500 firefighters has been headquartered at Camp Nine during the Canyon Fire. But they are leaving us now, headed for other fires elsewhere. Every time a fire camp demobilizes, there is non-perishable food left over, food that can be used. Leftover supplies from the recent Bull Fire near Kernville were donated, and on Monday leftover Canyon Fire food was brought to the Food Pantry in Lake Isabella by Sam Hall, a local firefighter with the Forest Service. Hall delivered over 30 boxes of non-perishable goods to Margaret Boonchoo, manager of the local Valley Thrift Store and Food Pantry in Lake Isabella. Boonchoo said, "We love, and are very thankful of, our firefighters. We will distribute and share with our community the goods you shared with us today."

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather

Sat. night: Clear, low 60.

Sun. night: Clear, low 61. Mon.: Sunny, high 100. Mon. night: Clear, low 62. National Weather Service


The Giant Sequoia National Monument draft plan needs your thoughts.


The meat dress worn by Lady Gaga is all anyone can talk about.


A tribute in a picture collage to the firefighters who again saved us from burning up.


Beef jerky in a stew? Bodfish Bob really comes up with some great recipes.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 179,998 acre-feet. (High point was 330,829 ac-ft. July 2. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.) Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 943 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 940 cfs Borel Canal flow 596 cfs Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Smoke on the water The Canyon Fire is now fully contained at 9,820 acres, but fire season is not over.

Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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The Courier Calendar Turkey vultures are a common fall visitor to the Kern Valley, migrating through here.

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Celebrate the Turkey Vulture in Weldon on Sept. 25 Fall is a special time in the valley. Celebrate the season of autumn and the arrival of the thousands of turkey vultures as they migrate through our valley. Come to the Kern River Preserve in Weldon on Sept. 25. For more information, call 378-2029.

Regular activities Fridays

• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Alzheimers respite group meets at Vets Hall, Lake Isabella. 379-0848. • 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. 379-3394 • 1 p.m.- Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-6335 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 7:30 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. 379-7318 or 549-3541.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 549-0800 • 4 p.m. - BMX bike race, KV Bike Park, Kernville. Fees apply. 223-6165. • 5 p.m., Havilah Centennial Group meets, 1st Saturday, schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. 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. • 9 a.m. to noon - Eagles Breakfast, open to the public. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, 3rd 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. • 5-7 p.m. Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 379-3394. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso Lake Isabella. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. K.V. Rovers meet at Kern Valley Museum, Kernville. 1st Monday. • 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. 3797318 or 549-3541.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 1 p.m. Epilepsy Support Group, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 3rd Tues. 376-1606. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-2189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

Fishing Day for people with special needs Sept. 25 A free fishing day for those with special needs, all ages, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kern River Fish Hatchery in Kernville. There will be entertainment, food, storytelling, games, a raffle and more. The Cartwright-Hays Special Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. •9 -11:30 a.m., Dam Quilters, senior apts behind Vons, 1st & 3rd Wed. 661-867-1603. • 9:30 a.m. - TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. (661) 867-2579. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1- 2:30 p.m. - Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group, Vets Hall, Lake Isabella, 1st Wed. 379-0848. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 2- 6 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Light dinner. Open to public. 379-3394. • 5:30 p.m. Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church, (760) 267-4693. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd 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, 376-2410.379-7318 or 549-3541. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 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. 3rd 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, Paradise Cove. • 1 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 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. • 5 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Moose Lodge. 378-3602. • 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 Lodge, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, Fay Ranch Rd., Weldon Sunday, 1 p.m.. Moose Bingo, Moose lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed. All area codes are 760 unless otherwise noted.

Needs Fishing Day will be put on by the Fish Hatchery and the Friends of the Hatchery. For more information call Saul Mc Garity at (760) 549-3017. Annual Nutrition Olympics for kids takes place Sept. 25 Kernville Union School District’s 5th annual Nutrition Olympics for kids 5 to 15 will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tank Park in Lake Isabella. KUSD would like to have local agencies come and staff a booth. For more information on this, call Alisa Hinkle at (760) 379-2556. Whiskey Flat Days volunteer meeting to be held Sept. 28 The 1st volunteer meeting for Whiskey Flat Days 2011 will be held at the Kernville Chamber Community Room on September 28 at 6:00 p.m. For more info call 760-376-2629. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, Sept. 28 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m. Peddler’s Faire held in Wofford Heights October 1-2 The popular annual Peddler’s Faire will be put on Friday and Satutrday, Oct. 1-2 at the Four Square Church Gym in Wofford Heights. For more information or to get a booth, call 760.376.4419. Animal Shelter to hold Open House with food October 2 The Kern County Animal Shelter in Southlake will be holding an open house to dedicate a new improvement on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food available for a donation of $5. Kickin’ Back in Kernville Car Show held October 7-10 Kernville’s Riverside Park will be the scene for hundreds of vintage automobiles in a huge car show Oct. 7-10. There will be music, vendors and lots of fun. It’s free just to look. For more information, call Kenny at (909) 7545270. Friends of Library Tea and membership drive October 11 Mark your calendars so you don't miss the Friends of the Library tea and membership drive at the Lake Isabella Main Library on Monday, Oct. 11, starting at 2 p.m. Patriotic music, readings and sing-a-longs will be shared throughout the afternoon. Tea and refreshments will be served, so bring your favorite cup and join in the festivities. Annual membership dues are $6. The dues help support the local libraries such children's reading programs and the purchase of books and supplies. Kernville Stampede Rodeo to be put on October 16 and 17 Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17 so you don't miss the Kernville Stampede Rodeo. This

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Kern River Courier

Giant Sequoia draft meaning

Things I Have Noticed...

World is still in handbasket Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I noticed that it seems only yesterday we were worrying about the year 2000 and what would happen to our computers, the world clocks and all kinds of expected viruses. None of which came about. But we did have fun worrying. Well, here it is 10 years later and what a roller Middleworth coaster ride it's been. Now, in 2010, the naysayers are still telling us that things are going from worse to awful and for us to tighten our belts because it ain't going to be fun. Three major concerns are Global Warming, Water, and Health Care. Like many Californians, I have my own theories and they don't necessarily line up with many of the doubters and doomsayers. Take Global Warming, for example. For every doomsday proclaimer that says the world is dangerously warming, we are told by others that our world warms and cools by itself and that man actually has little to do with the cycle. Let me share this true story. In 1942 a squadron of P38s was forced to land on the polar ice cap because they ran out of gas. The planes were abandoned there for 50 years until an expedition was funded to find one of the planes and restore it to flying status. After weeks of search they finally found one of the planes 268

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feet below the icecap. By excavation, they were able to bring it to the surface. If the icecap is melting because of global warming, how did those planes end up 268 feet below the surface covered with ice and snow? Warming? (For the full story visit I'm sure some scientist in a white smock will have a long-winded explanation, and I might even listen! As for Water, it has been said by one of our elected representatives that if government released its hold on California delta water and let it be used for agriculture instead of running off into the sea (all to protect the tiny Darter fish which most of us have never seen or wish to), our major agricultural water problems would improve greatly. Regarding Health Care, Washington should have left it alone. If interference by Uncle Sam is going to screw things up, it usually does. There is more, but I better get back to my provincial stuff and leave the blood boiling items for other writers. Next column might be about pink raviolis. With the above out of my system, let me happily wish you all a good day! (Ed. note: Opinions of Courier columnists and contributors are their own. If you disagree, take it out on them!) Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

Tina Terrell Sequoia Nat’l Forest Supervisor

The Sequoia National Forest recently released the draft management plan and draft environmental impact statement for the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Some of you are probably saying, “So, what does this mean to me?” Well, the development of these two documents took Tina Terrell almost three years to complete. Both draft documents are complex and detailed and provide information on how the Forest Service wants to manage your public land for current and future use. The draft documents were developed with the input and feedback from a number of organizations, groups, and the general public. With the release of the documents, the public has an opportunity to get involved again in reviewing the documents and providing input on what they like, or don’t like about the plan, or identifying some missing information that the Forest Service should review and analyze. The draft management plan and draft environmental impact statement are based on current management policy for managing and restoring national forest system lands. The draft documents are also based on the Presidential Proclamation which was signed by President Clinton in 2000 establish-

ing the Giant Sequoia National Monument. What does this proclamation have to do with the draft documents? Everything, and thus it is important before you read the draft documents to read the Proclamation establishing the Monument as it is one of the main foundations for how the Giant Sequoia National Monument will be managed into perpetuity. One of the main items in the Proclamation is to connect science to management, to ensure a linkage occurs where management is based on science. In development of the draft documents, the Sequoia National Forest used science throughout all aspects of the planning process. When we started working with the public to develop a collaborative planning process in 2007, we first reviewed previous science advice given to the Forest Service from an established science advisory board. The previous advisories were released to the public to obtain comments on what they thought about the advice we received regarding management of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. In 2008, we held a science symposium, where we (along with the public) had the opportunity to listen to over 12 different scientists discuss new threats or stressors occurring on the land, and how these stressors could be addressed across various land boundaries. These scientists represented academia and federal agencies, and provided useful information on what we can do to enhance the land, address climatic change

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The golf tournament benefitting the Kern Valley Aquatics Program Sept. 11 was a lot of outdoors healthy fun. There were six teams of golfers and they raised over $2300 to support the swimming program. The winning team, consisting of Kyle Ludington, Tino Villegas, Lesley Cline and Jeff Bogart, won a cash prize of $50. In addition, there were prizes for the longest drive (won by Colleen Dean) and closest to the pin (picked up by Roger Photo submitted Fagan), and there was a 50-50 raffle. (L-R) Kyle Ludington, Tino Villegas, Lesley Cline Kristi Creighton of and Jeff Bogart were the winners of the KVAP KVAP said, “With all the charity golf tournament at the Kern Valley Golf donations, sponsors, and Course in Kernville on Sept. 11. The KVAP swimfinancial support, the ming program received over $2,300 to continue swim program is able to continue on through next their swimming lesson programs at the South Fork year. With the monies Middle School pool. received, we are able to offer scholarships to those who can't afford swim lessons as well as purchase equipment for the pool, and of course purchase some fun stuff as well (pool basketball hoops, iPod for music during swimming). All our money we receive goes directly to the KVAP program.” Sponsors were Southern California Edison and Renewable Resources Group. In addition to swim lessons, KVAP offers: lap swimming, senior aquatics, a junior lifeguard program, and a rec camp. Coming this fall will be kayak roll clinics, provided by Sierra South and Mountain & River Adventures. For more information, visit

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Trout are likely still there Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier columnist

“Also with higher than normal runoff the large trout may have gone deep in the lake or upstream to take advantage of the cold water.” Steve also writes that having talked to several fisherman, he knows that there was a heavy catch of large trout around the golf course, with some catching 20-30 at at time in the 3-5 pound range. Claimed catch and release, but not positive of this. I’m not sure all of the fish were caught, so maybe this winter more of these fish will be caught.”

In the series of questions I asked local experts, the second one I asked was Where are all of the large trout that were planted? Here is the response I received. This is only a partial answer but it will give us a sample of what happens. Mike Mencarini “There was a very large catch of rather large fish from the Mike Mencarini is a Wofford cemetery Heights to the resident In the series of questions I asked airport and a area of local experts, (here is) the second one I volunthe teer at asked. North the --Mike Mencarini Kern Fork of the River Kern. Fish “CDFG wardens also reported Hatchery. For questions or comciting several people with overments you can reach him through limit of large trout during those the Kern River Courier, planting periods.

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New DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Oct. 4. PICKS OF THE WEEK "Beauty and the Beast" -Three-Disc Diamond Edition (G) -- The enchanting story of Belle, the young daughter of an inventor who helps a cursed prince find true love is finally getting the high-def release it deserves. This threedisc set conDisney’s Beauty and tains not only a remastered Blu-Ray disc, but also a standard DVD version of the classic Disney film. And not only do you get the remastered theatrical release, but also two additional versions of the movie: A special extended edition, plus a re-edited cut based on the original storyboards. The third disc contains so many special features, I can't even begin to list them all. Suffice to say, Disney really knocked this one out the park. You really owe it to yourself to add this to your film library. "Grindhouse" -- Special Edition (R) -- Finally, after three years of waiting, "Grindhouse" is being released in DVD in its proper theatrical format -complete with all the fake movie trailers -- instead of being split into two separate DVD sets. This is a two-disc set, with the second disc packed with more than two hours of special features, including the fan-favorite "Robert Rodriguez's 10-Minute Cooking School." Some of the other extras: "Death Proof" gag reel, a documentary on the makeup

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Q: I watched the MTV Video Music Awards, and it was the fun spectacle it always is. However, I have to say that Lady Gaga took the cake (or *** maybe meatpie?) when she Q: I was flipping through wore that meat dress. What channels the other afternoon, on Earth compelled her to and I could have sworn I saw wear that? -- Kelli J., via emovie actress Sean Young on mail "The Young and The Restless." A: One of my favorite parts of Was that really her, and if so, the awards was seeing Cher still why did she decide to do it? -rocking that very revealing outfit Jill G., Albuquerque, N.M. she wore in her "If I Could Turn A: That was indeed the accomBack Time" video in 1989. Let's see plished 50-year-old movie star. if Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Sean played a featured role as Germanotta) can do that in 40 Meggie McClain on the long-runyears! But to answer ning hit soap opera your question, Gaga, 24, opposite good friend explained to Ellen Eric Braeden. She coDeGeneres (who is a starred with him in the vegan) why she wore the 2008 movie "The Man now infamous meat Who Came Back," dress: "It is certainly no which also co-starred disrespect to anyone that Eric's "Titanic" co-star is vegan or vegetarian. It Billy Zane, along with has many interpretations: Carol Alt, George If we don't stand up for Kennedy and Armand what we believe in and if Assante. Of taking on we don't fight for our the role of Meggie, Lady Gaga rights, pretty soon we're Sean said: "Getting the going to have as much rights as chance to work with my dear the meat on our own bones. I am friend Eric Braeden -- one of the not a piece of meat." true gentlemen in entertainment -was certainly a deciding factor for *** me, as well as wanting to get back Q: I was so happy that Jane to work after taking a few years off Lynch won an Emmy Award to raise my kids." for her role as Sue Sylvestro *** on "Glee." I know she is busy Write to Cindy at King Features with that show, but does she Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, have any other projects comOrlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail ing up? -- Julian F., via e-mail her at A: The in-demand actress -For more news and extended interwho previous to "Glee" was best views, visit www.celebrityextraonknown for her roles in "The Year-Old Virgin" and "Best in (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Show" -- just wrapped production on the film "Paul." The movie is a

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California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

The old cattle trail is a legend California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

When I was a kid we lived on the bank of the Red River in Alexandria, La. Years later Hollywood California Joe made the movie “Red River.” I’ve seen it probably 10 times. It is the story of the longest cattle drive ever made, probably in 1882. John Wayne played the lead. The life of a cowpuncher back then was grueling. A puncher might work 18 hours a day, seven days a week. And he might have to travel 1,800 miles with no comforts other than a campfire and his bedroll. The constant moaning of the prairie wind rubbed men’s nerves raw and literally drove some ranch wives mad. At times the weather turned so infernally hot that a cowboy had to cool his horse’s bit in water to keep the hot metal from blistering the animal’s mouth. The biggest herd to ever hit the trail was 15,000 animals that moved out of Texas in 1869. And once during the spring floods of 1871, a great many herds got jammed up at a river crossing and 60,000 head of cattle gathered together into a sin-

gle mooing, milling mass. A bull of a man named Charles Goodnight presided over a herd that numbered upward of 100,000 head, from which he sold some 30,000 animals in an average season for a gross income of around a half million dollars. By 1885, beef cattle represented by far the biggest business in the Old West. A “long drive” was the grandest and most grueling adventure the cowboy life offered. They would start from southern Texas where the natives chatted in Spanish accents and the air smelled of salt from the Gulf of Mexico. At trail’s end, seven months later, they would be in Wyoming where pine-scented winds tumbled down from the snow-covered crest of the Rockies. They would have been in the saddle every day having sweated through a formidable, perilous experience that turned smoothfaced youngsters into fully brevetted cowboys. Ever heard of the Chisholm trail? That was the name of the main north-trending route of the cattle drives. You gotta see the movie “Red River.” You won’t forget it! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Fall Nature Festival Kern River Preserve, Weldon Saturday, September 25 8:30 am-9:30 am. Turkey Vulture Lift Off. Meet at the Kern River Preserve, Weldon. The vultures normally leave around 9am. FREE 9 am-10:30 am. Bird Walk at the Kern River Preserve. This is a wonderful introduction to bird watching. Viewing of the Preserve's hummingbird and thistle seed feeders. FREE. 9 am - 3 pm. Information Booths, Educational & Interactive Exhibits. Live lizards and snakes!!! Displays of local wildlife & plants. Kern River Preserve. FREE. 9 am-3 pm. U.S. Postal Service Turkey Vulture Cancellation Station: Weldon Postmaster Amee Smith will be on hand to sell specially stamped envelopes with original John Schmitt-designed Turkey Vulture Festival cancellations for collectors or personal use up to 30 days. 9 am - 3 pm. Snakes & Lizards of the Kern River Valley. Visit with Herp-Ecology as they share some of the live, native snakes & lizards of the KRV. FREE. 10 am - 10:30 am. Falconry Demonstration. See a hybrid goshawk and learn about the art of falconry. 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Native Plant Distribution (pre-ordered). Order your native plants from the Mountain Desert RCD today and pick them during the festival. 10:30 am - 11 am. Southern Pacific Pond Turtle Demonstration. Learn about the Kern River Preserve's preservation efforts for this rare species. 11 am - 11:30 am. Bird Feeding Workshop. Get ready for fall and winter bird feeding with Birdie Foster. Learn about the different types of feed and how to maintain bird feeders for the health of our feathered friends. 11 am - 12:30 pm. Bird Walk at the Kern River Preserve. This is a wonderful introduction to bird watching. Viewing of the Preserve's hummingbird and thistle seed feeders. FREE. 11:30 am - 1 pm. LIVE MUSIC from "Small Town Media" Kern Valley favorites will play acoustic songs to delight the crowds. Bring your folding chair or blanket and sit down to enjoy this talented trio. Although this concert is FREE, Valerie and Scott intend that this is a fundraiser on behalf of the Kern River Preserve and the Turkey Vulture Festival so donations are heartily welcome. FREE.


NOON - 1 pm. No-Host Picnic at the Preserve. Bring lunch and enjoy the music and a talk from USFWS naturalists.


12:30 pm - 1 pm. WORKSHOP: California Condor Update - Vulture Workshop, with the USFWS Condor Recovery Program. Bring your folding chair or blanket and sit down and enjoy. FREE. 1 pm - 2 pm. Fall Colors and Butterflies. Alison Sheehey, Outreach Director will lead a walk around the nature trail to enjoy the colors and the butterflies that nectar on fall flowers.


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SEQUOIA continued from page 3 on the landscape, and implement strategies to restore the land to improve ecological conditions. Finally, we connected science to management by conducting a science review of the draft documents to determine if we addressed the most recent scientific information pertaining to ecological restoration, fire, fuels management, recreation enhancement, wildlife protection, and social engagement. The Sequoia National Forest prepared a draft management plan based on science and is proposing to implement strategies that will ecologically restore and enhance the Giant Sequoia National Monument. We are proposing to use science, research, monitoring, and adaptive management to enhance our management of the monument. Adaptive management will be an important tool in managing the Giant Sequoia National Monument as we move forward

with protecting these unique ecosystems, in particular giant sequoia groves. Adaptive management is the process of continually adjusting management in response to new information, knowledge, or technologies. Ecosystems are unique and dynamic and have been influenced by humans for centuries. These ecosystems have in many cases been affected by this human use, thus the need to restore these ecosystems with management that is linked to human use and science. Some people will probably say there is no linkage to science. I believe there is and I hope you take the time to read these documents to see how the management we propose is linked to the best available ecological and social science available. Thank you for your interest in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

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How valuable is sterling flatware? Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a set of sterling silver flatware in the George and Martha pattern. How can I find out how much it is worth? -Anna, Creal Springs, Ill. A: Your flatware was issued in 1940 by Westmoreland Sterling Company of Wallingford, Conn. The set you have was crafted by Wallace Silversmiths and is referenced in Warman's Sterling Silver Flatware: Value and Identification Guide by Mark F. Moran (Krause, $24.99). Values listed by Moran include a salad fork, $35; soup spoon, $40; and knife, $30. Sets of sterling flatware are generally a little difficult to sell, so the prices listed in this guide might be on the high side. *** Q: I have several pieces of German/Austrian cut glass that are probably from the late 19th century. I do not know if there is a market for cut glass and would appreciate any information you can provide me. -- Kay, Port Orange, Fla. A: Victorian-era cut glass is quite collectible. To help you determine the value of the pieces that you have, a good price guide might be helpful. I found two available at Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Glass by Ronald Pearsall, and Standard Cut Glass Value Guide by Jo Evers. To find out more about your pieces and their current value, the American Cut Glass Association

is helpful ( Kathy Emmerson is secretary of the organization. Her contact information is P.O. Box 482, Ramona, CA 92065, and *** Q: I have six books concerning World War II, all illustrated and in excellent condition. They include "The Siege of Leningrad" by Alan Wykes, "Luftwaffe" by Alfred Price, and "Sicily -- Whose Victory" by Martin Blumenson. How can I determine how much they are worth? -- Charlotte, Swanton, Md. A: Heads up, everyone. I get dozens of book questions each month, and my answer is almost always the same. Go to, and type in the title and author. A list of dealers who have the book for sale will pop up, making it easy to determine current values. 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) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.(c) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Still and again there is talk of the Nuui Cunni Indian Center and the Farmer’s Market closing. These are false statements being spread that are not one bit true. Some Farmer’s Market vendors are choosing to leave. We have attempted to meet their every need, and still comply with all rules and regulations that we are governed by. Our governing agents (are) the U.S. Department of Agriculture for certified Farmer’s Markets, the Kern County Department of Agriculture for the operating permit, guidelines set by the U.S. Forest Service under a special use permit, and also regulations set by our insurance coverage. (The) Kern River Paiute Council definitely attempts to comply with, and realizes, that all rules and regulations are very important to run a legal and successful farmer’s market. The French Gulch area carries a special atmosphere that welcomes visitors and has a unique offering to the community that deserves to be supported by all. The Farmers Market every Saturday and all activities of the Nuui Cunni Indian Center will continue, as always, and wish to invite all residents and tourists of the valley to participate. Patsy Malone Henry Chair, Kern River Paiute Council

Courier news briefs On Monday Sept. 20 at 3:56 p.m., a call was received for a grass fire at the rear of homes in the 200 block of Bristlecone in Wofford Heights. Approximately 70 firefighters responded to the incident from Kern County Fire Department, USFS and BLM. Upon arrival fire crews were faced with a developing fire in grass and brush which threatened several homes. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire as residents tried to suppress the flame front as it approached their properties. Three helicopters were used to drop water on the flames as hand and engine crews went to work in cutting and removing brush to extinguish the fire. These were among several resources used from the adjacent Canyon Fire. The fire was brought under control in 30 minutes. Crews were able to save approximately 10 homes with an estimated value of $1,000,000. One resident was suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and treated by a local ambulance company. There were no reported injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation. For more news and information visit or

Arts and Culture Organizations are welcome to attend an orientation session on Tuesday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cerro Coso Community College in Lake Isabella where the Kern Community Foundation will give information on a new and exciting initiative and coach nonprofits in beginning the profile process for competitive grants. Competitive grants are awarded by KCF to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations to deliver meaningful results as they carry out their missions. Although the current grant round is only for Arts and Culture Organizations, KCF is still inviting other nonprofits to attend this orientation and to create a profile because it will give them the opportunity to connect with potential donors. Nonprofits should contact Juan Avila to RSVP for the orientation because seating is limited. Juan Avila, Kern Community Foundation Director of Nonprofit Outreach, 1626 19th Street, Suite 14, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Phone number is (661) 325 - 5346. ***

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Desert Mountain RC&D will join fellow Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils throughout the United States to commemorate RC&D Week this week. RC&D Week is held annually to celebrate the success of the RC&D Program nationwide. In honor of Desert Mountain RC&D, the Kern County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed this week as RC&D Week as well. This year, RC&D Week commemorates the 46th anniversary of the RC&D Program and recognizes local RC&D Councils and their many partners and projects. To date, 375 RC&D Councils have been established in all 50 states, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands region, covering 85% of United States counties and serving over 77% of the population. "For many years now, RC&D Councils have helped plan and carry out activities that increase the conservation of our precious natural resources while supporting economic development and enhancing the standard of living in local communities across America," said James Sipperly, President of the National Association of RC&D Councils. "Because these Councils are locally organized, sponsored, and led, they provide an ideal way for folks to join together to improve the quality of life in their communities." The Desert Mountain RC&D Council serves over 24 million acres including Mono County, Inyo County, Eastern Kern County, Eastern Tulare County San Bernardino County, and Northern Los Angeles County. Desert Mountain RC&D Council has been assisting our communities with resource conservation and economic development for the past eleven years. In Eastern Kern County, Desert Mountain RC&D has brought over one million dollars to our communities to assist with numerous projects. These projects addressed wind erosion concerns in Tehachapi and Cantil, provided a watershed coordinator in the Kern River Valley, held small business workshops, and annually holds native plant sales to provide local residents access to waterwise plants. You can find out more about the Desert Mountain RC&D Council and how you can get involved at or 760-4461974.

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How to lose good credit Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

worries, both of these events can easily create a financial storm that is almost impossible to stay underFrom looking at the title it neath without getting soaked. would seem obvious how you Lastly, missing even one paywould lose good credit. Just stop ment can ruin your credit short making your payments! While that term. Most lenders will signifiis true, it is actucantly up your interest rate and ally quite easy to cost of obtaining credit if you are affect your credit late on a mortgage or car payin a negative ment within a year of applying. manner without Ouch! Something to think about. missing payIn today’s lending environments on your ment, good credit is always very debt. important for buying a house. We talked in Banks just plain want to see good Matt Freeman the past about credit AND money down. There’s having too much no such thing as zero down paydebt. Over-extending yourself can ment loans anymore unless you reduce your are a soldier. credit score. The marEven worse, Overextending yourself can ket is changmaking only ing, and the very min- reduce your credit score. interest rates imum payare still at all ments on – Matt Freeman time lows, that debt can but you have significantly to have impact your score. So ask yourpatience with the loan process, self, are you paying your debt Real estate transactions are taking down to reduce and eliminate it or 60 to 90 days on average now are you just paying? Homes and because of lenders. They are cars you can get away with paying understaffed and they are extra the minimum, but credit cards, picky, even if you have good credgas cards, etc., no. If you pay just it. those minimums you will never be So, watch those bills! rid of them. Something else that can wreck Matt Freeman is a Realtor with good credit is a divorce or death Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) in the family. Although under 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His colthose circumstances your credit umn is not intended to replace rating should be the least of your legal advice.


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Courier chuckle of the week: “The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.� -- Bill Cosby

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A workplace change doesn't seem to have turned out quite as you'd hoped. Never mind: Just treat yourself to a healthy dollop of that Aries self-confidence. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Some of the support you might have hoped for in a difficult situation might not be there. But you have the strength to rely on your own capabilities if you must. Good luck. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A disagreement with a longtime friend can be painful, but it also can be a learning lesson. Insist on a full and complete airing of views. You'll both come away the better for it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A stalled relationship can be restarted with some give and take on both sides. It could take more time than you expect. LEO (July 23 to August 22) An opportunity to move a long-stalled project from concept to construction might be opening up for the Big Cat. Meanwhile, be prepared to spend more time dealing with family matters. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Use your organizational skills to line up support to help you deal with a workplace problem. A personal matter also might be helped with friendly intervention. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Trying to

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: What futurist author once said, "One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition"? 2. SCIENCE: By how much does water expand when it freezes? 3. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of geese called? 4. TELEVISION: The daytime serial "General Hospital" is set in what city? 5. GEOGRAPHY: The island nation of Sri Lanka lies in which ocean? Answers:

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For Sale 2008 Shenke 150cc 4 stoke, Motor Scooter. Calif street and emission legal. Currently California tagged. Never ridden. Like new. 2 Miles on odometer Auto Transmission. Price reduced for quick sale- $900 Call 760-379-8759 _________________________ 1989 Coachman Motorhome for sale. 37 ½ ft. clean, smogged, asking $6,000. (760) 376-6731 _________________________ 1987 20' Champion Tournament Bass Boat - w/cover. 175hp Evinrude & Motor Guide 80# thrust. $5000.00 obo. Call 760379-1870.

REDUCED! Lake Isabella 2bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $640/mo - now $540/mo (inclds space rent) quiet 55+ park. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Kernville - 2 bd home, very private, pets accepted. $800/mo + deposit. Call (818) 532-8261 _________________________ Neatest Adult Park in the Valley Large Doublewide Living Rm w/woodstove. All new appliances, Air Cond. Corion Counter Tops, Master Bdrm, Office, Exercise Room, Work shop, & storage shed. $600. Must See! Pinewood Trailer Park, 99 Evans Rd. Wofford Heights. _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide w/30x30 workshop/garage & panoramic view of the Lake, $700/mo + deposit. Call (818) 532-8261 _________________________ Kernville - Studio Apartments available @ Riverview RV Park. $400/mo rent w/utilities included. 760-376-2345 _________________________ Southlake - Apartments for Rent. 3 bd, 2 ba. Garage & fenced yard. Trash & water paid. $695/mo + $600 security deposit. 2 bd, 2 ba, 2 car garage. $650/mo + $600 security. See to appreciate. 760-378-3374 _________________________ ROOMMATE WANTED $300 + 1/3 Utilities Wofford Heights 760-382-5622

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A nearby partner breeder is retiring some of his breeding stock and looking for loving, forever homes for some familyfriendly Cockapoos. Also, older puppies (12 weeks to 8 months) have been reduced to $300 and up. E-mail: for photos and/or more information. Or call us at 760-376-7772

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BODFISH CABIN 102 Hoebeck Road Beautifully remodeled 1680 sq ft cabin w/great view! $129,000 661-428-1108

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Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

A lone parasailor was enjoying the winds on Isabella Lake over the weekend.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes REDUCED! Lake Isabella Nice 2/bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $25,000 - now $14,995. Quiet 55+ park. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide MH w/30x30 workshop /garage & panoramic view of the Lake. Aprox 1 acre, xlnt cond. $125K. Call 818-532-8261 _________________________ MOVING? Across Town or The Nation Kernville Moving & Storage 760-379-2714 or 760-417-0465 CAL.PU.CT 189998 _________________________ 1/bd MH w/xtra room & pellet stove. Sportsman Senior Park, 224 Cypress Ln, Sp 10, Wof Hts. Walk to lake, space inclds water & trash, laundry & fish house. $7,500, owner may carry. Perfect for the weekend fisherman! 760-376-3228



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Bodfish Bob's Beef Jerky Stew 3 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1 to 11/2-inch pieces 1/4 pound bacon, coarsely chopped 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 bottle (12 ounces) dark beer 2 ounces teriyaki-flavored beef jerky, chopped 2 ounces peppered-teriyaki-flavored beef jerky, chopped 1 tablespoon Honey 1 brand bay leaf 1 medium green and/or orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme Chopped fresh parsley

Cook bacon in stockpot over medium heat until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to paper-towellined plate. Add onions; cook and

stir 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is golden browned. Remove with slotted spoon to paper-towel-lined plate. Combine flour, salt and pepper; lightly coat beef with flour mixture. Add 1 tablespoon oil to same stockpot, if necessary; heat over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/3 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat twice with remaining beef, adding oil as needed. Remove beef from stockpot. Add beer to stockpot; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until browned bits attached to stockpot are dissolved. Return beef, bacon and onions to stockpot. Add jerky, honey and bay leaf; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-3/4 hours. Add bell peppers and fresh thyme to stockpot; continue cooking 30 minutes or until beef and peppers are forktender. Remove from heat. Remove and discard bay leaf. Garnish with parsley. Bodfish Bob's Kielbasa and Beer 2 1 1 1

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THE KERN RIVER COURIER Letters to the Editor? Dear Kern River Courier Editor, I am 5½ years old and have a question that I hope you can answer. We have been reading lots of Fairy Tale books in my kindergarten class. My classmates and I really like the stories. Every time my teacher starts reading she always begins with, ‘ONCE UPON A TIME.’ I have heard it so many times that I was wondering if you can tell me,

Do All Fairy Tales begin with the words Once Upon a Time? Thank you very much, Virginia Poedunk - Mrs. Turners Class __________________________ NO Virginia, There are many, many Fairy Tales out there that now begin with the words, ‘IF ELECTED, I PROMISE...’ Try and stay in school until you reach retirement’ll have a better chance in an institution. Thank you for writing. The Editor

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

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

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Kern River Courier Our Valley, Our Earth

Finding fault with geology Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The reader will recognize the picture that has been used before in past articles to discuss the formation of the west coast of the North American continent by subduction and transverse faulting. This time I am going to use this same information to add more detail Ron Bolyard that was not shown in past articles. Since those articles were written, new information has been revealed that will add significantly more understanding about our west coast. As can be seen by the four successive block diagrams, through the last 30 Million Years, the destruction of the Farallon Plate by the Pacific Plate encroaching upon and subducting beneath the North American Plate and the creation of two new plates called, the Juan De Fuca and the Cocos Plates (Blocks A and B). With this creation, subduction is terminated and the right lateral ancestor of the San Andreas

Fault is created (Blocks B and C). Through time, the Juan De Fuca and Cocos plate spread apart as a natural course of the motion of the Right Lateral faulting causing the formation of a new extended shoreline by deformation and tectonic building (Block C) eventually resulting in the present day coastline that is viewed today (Block D). The legend points out the features that are now and still actively altering the face of the California coastline. Please retain this diagram for next week's discussion. 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.

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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 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 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10 a.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army The needy are helped by the local affiliate of this national organization. Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-5100.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kern River Courier

Health Insurance Matters

New plan already starting Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

Starting yesterday, Sept. 23, people who get their health insurance from an employer group may have additional benefits and privileges. Some plans purchased before the new laws went into effect on March 23 are considered "grandfathered" and all provisions of the new legislation may not affect them. If changes are made to the Harry Thal plan, like increasing the deductible to save on monthly premium, then the "grandfathered" exceptions are lost. Each year employers renew their contracts with the insurance company(s) that provide employee benefits. The next time your plan renews, children may stay on their parent's policy until age 26. Children do not need to be financially dependent on the parent. There is no longer a "student" requirement. The young adult child doesn't even need to remain single or live in your household. (Child-in-laws and grandchildren do not qualify.) Under the law, you have a onetime special enrollment right to add dependent children. This enrollment right includes adult children under age 26 who have been declined coverage in the past, or who aged off their parents’ policy when they attained the old maximum age. This

"special enrollment period" will be in the first 30 days of your company's new plan year. If you have a child you would like to enroll, contact your Human Resources department to determine the date of your plan's renewal date. Another change the law has enacted is that the "lifetime dollar limit" for essential benefits on all plans is now unlimited. This will be especially important to new parents with premature babies. If you had a plan where you reached the maximum, there is a one-time opportunity to rejoin the plan. Contact your employer's benefits department. If you have new health insurance beginning on or after Sept. 23, many preventive services must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or coinsurance or meet your deductible, when these services are delivered by a network provider. (See /provisions/services/lists.html. There is a list of preventative services there.) You may wish to cut out this article and ask your employer when your benefits will be effective. This is a great opportunity to get that checkup you have been putting off. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters and on the National Association of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

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Must-see: Trail of 100 Giants One of the southernmost Giant Sequoia groves, Long Meadow Grove (also known by some as Redwood Meadow Grove), offers a half-mile interpretive walking trail, the Trail of 100 Giants, through majestic mature sequoias. It’s accessible by car now, about 1-1/2 hours north of Kernville, but not in winter when the road is closed due to snow. The Forest Service and volunteers have created an easy walk over a paved surface, accessible by the wheelchair-bound. How to Get There: Coming out of the Kern River Valley, take Mountain 99 (County Route SM99 -- also known in the Kernville area as Sierra Way) up the Upper Kern River about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale (no services available there). About 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway near Parker Pass. Take Western Divide Highway about 2.0 miles to Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants. Directly across the road is Redwood Meadow Campground, where you’ll pay a $5 parking fee.

Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: APIS (2010-B5264), DBA #2: APIS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING SERVICES (2010B5265) Street address of principal place of business: 6100 Tudor Way, Apt. #214, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business: 6100 Tudor Way, Apt. #214, Bakersfield, CA 93306. REGISTRANT: Natalia Corres, 6100 Tudor Way, Apt. #214, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Natalia Corres. This statement filed on 08/23/2010. Expires 08/23/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By M. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: HAPPY TRAILS HIKING (2010-

B5109), DBA #2: KISS ME, YOU FOOL PHOTOGRAPHY (2010B5110) Street address of principal place of business: 26 Wheeler Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 86, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Gre Mars, 26 Wheeler Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. 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: Gre Mars. This statement filed on 08/17/2010. Expires 08/17/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By J. Trujillo. Published by the Kern River Courier September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2010. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: R-1502-CV100508 PETITIONER: CHANCE JUSTIN SCHAUBSCHLAGER TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: CHANCE JUSTIN SCHAUBSCHLAGER filed a peti-


tion with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CHANCE JUSTIN SCHAUBSCHLAGER. Proposed name: CHANCE JUSTIN GRAY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name(s) should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name change described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: October 20, 2010, Time: 9:00 A.M., Dept,: EK-B, Superior Court of California, County of Kern, 132 East Coso Street, Ridgecrest, California 93555, East Division, Ridgecrest Branch. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: KERN RIVER COURIER. Dated: September 13, 2010, Kenneth G. Pritchard, Judge of the Superior Court. Attorney for the Petitioner: JAMIE P. GELBER, Esq. Law Offices of Gelber & Anderson, LLP 720 N. Norma Street, Suite C Ridgecrest, California 93555 (760) 371-1070 Published - Kern River Courier September 24, October 1, October 8 and October 15, 2010.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

EVENTS continued from page 2 Kernville Chamber of Commerce event will kick up dust at the McNally Rodeo Arena at 1 pm both days. Gate prices are $10 per person, or get your tickets early at Golden State Surplus or the Kernville Chamber and pay just $8 per person. You can also buy a pre-sale "Fistful of Tickets" (15) for $100. Parking lot spaces are $2 per vehicle. Valley Fest to be held October 16 in Lake Isabella The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will once again hold their popular "Valley Fest" Oktoberfest-style celebration on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Linda Kissack Ball Park in Lake Isabella from 11 a.m. to to 5 p.m. This year's event will focus on the family, with bounce houses and games for the children, a beer garden for the adults, lots of vendors and entertainment. General admission is $5. Food, game and beverage tickets will be sold separately with hot dogs and hamburgers being served. There will also be a $5,000 Reverse Raffle with tickets costing $50. For raffle tickets or more information call (760) 379-5236. Maryann Ryan/Special to the Kern River Courier

Kern Valley Pride Day was a massive cleanup of the valley with hundreds of volunteers who enjoyed a barbecue lunch afterward. The Kern Valley Exchange Club turned in the most trash. The The Kern River Courier’s 5person team picked up 19 bags full.

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Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center celebration October 16 The Nuui Cunni Indian Cultural Center in French Gulch will be having a fundraiser celebration on Oct. 16 from 10 am to 3 pm. Children's activities, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles and food. Call Samantha at 760.549.0800. Church to host “24 Hour Famine” Oct. 22-23 The New Life Assembly of God at 25 Arden Dr. in Wofford Heights will be hosting the "24 Hour Famine"on Oct. 22-23. The 24 Hour Famine is a fundraiser for Gleanings for the Hungry, to help them feed the hungry. This event is open to all valley youth. Special guest speaker is Paul Abraham. There will be live music, a movie, and lot of games. We are going to live in boxes for the night! If you want more information or would like your group to be involved please call James (760) 536-8080. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, Oct. 26 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m. Touch of Crafts gift fair to be held Nov. 5-6 in Southlake The annual "Touch of Crafts" gift faire will be put on Nov 5th and 6th at Kern Christian Church in the fellowship hall at 14900 Hwy 178 in South Lake. Reasonable prices gifts for all ages. For more info call 760-378-3955 or 760-417-0132. To include your event in the Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

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2100 Edith Street Lake Isabella, CA 760-379-4311

760-379-1792 3628 Suhre Street Lake Isabella

Owner: Lisa Stephens


Kern River Motors Offers Extended Warranties, Special Next to Financing, Motorcycle Products Crossroads Shell Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm Sat. 8am-4pm and Parts Including Oil and Filters.

Low Weekly Rate Short One Month Commitment “Advertise where it counts” 760-376-2860

17 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella


Kern River Courier September 24, 2010  

Kern River Courier September 24, 2010