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Area code deadline is Oct. 24 Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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The touring band from the TV show “God Rocks” made an appearance at the Woodrow Wallace School last weekend to bring its religious message to children.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

If you haven’t yet started dialing the complete 11-digit phone number for all local calls, you’d better get used to it soon. Oct. 24, only a month away, is the deadline the California Public Utilities Commission has set for mandatory dialing of 1 and the area code for local calls. In other words, if you’re calling the Lake Isabella library from Bodfish, and you dial 549-2083, it won’t go through any more. You must dial 1-760-549-2083 for it to go through. This is because of an explosion in the number of requests for phone numbers within the 760 area code. Soon we will run out, says the CPUC. So a new area code has been issued for the 760 area. The new 442 area code will be “overlaid” on top of 760, necessitating the dialing of

Joyce Zvenia wants to start a cancer support group. A cancer survivor herself, the Southlake resident wants to help others who need a friendly hand and a pleasant voice. “You’re not alone,” Zvenia said. “There is help.” Traveling is one of the biggest problems for those requiring treatments, said Zvenia. If you’re interested in the cancer support group, please call Zvenia at (760) 378-3579.

Swine flu Town Hall Monday Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Worried about the Swine Flu? You can take part in a special town hall meeting in Bakersfield next week either in person or from the comfort of your own home. Supervisor Jon McQuiston and the Kern County Department of Public Health will be moderating a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Bakersfield. Here’s how you can participate in the meeting if you can’t be there in person. • The meeting will be broadcast live on KGOV-TV, which is available in the valley on Mediacom.

• You can call into a telephone bank – 661-868-3659. • Online you can use these social networking tools: Email; Facebook: kph dept; Twitter: publichealthk1 • Or if you can attend, the address is 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield. The meeting will be an open forum for audience members, for those participating via social networking or via telephone call-ins to ask any questions related to H1N1 (Swine Flu). "This is an opportunity for the citizens of Kern to get vital information about protecting their health," said McQuiston.

Southern California Edison has announced that it will soon supply new techology called “smart meters” to all of its electric customers. SCE kicked off its Edison SmartConnect program recently by installing the first of 5 million smart meters. SCE says the digital, secure, twoway communicating meters will measure electricity usage up-to-the-minute and, when fully implemented, will enable customers to track how much they use and how much it costs them. “More than 100 years ago, Southern California Edison installed some of the world’s first electricity meters. Today, we’re proud to launch the new generation of meters that provide customers with new options and information to help them better manage their energy use,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE senior vice president, Customer Service.

Smart meter installations began in Downey and will continue through 2012 for all SCE residential and small-business customers in the utility’s 50,000-squaremile service territory. The smart meters, supplied by Itron Pacific Gas and Electric’s smart meters have come under fire by many PG&E customers in Bakersfield for allegedly spiking their power bills, or in some cases even damaging appliances. For a look at her column, go to and search for “Lois Henry smart meters.” Inc., include features that enable the meters to communicate with the next generation of “smart” thermostats, appliances and other devices. The new meters allow remote activation of electric service.

Fri.: High 101. Calm wind up to 7 mph. Fri. night: Low 59. Light wind. Sat.: Sunny, high 102. Sat. night: Low 59. Mostly clear.

Sun. night: Clear. Low 61. National Weather Service


David Smith caught one whopper of a nice catfish.


Now “Snow White” receives the big DVD reissue with lots of extras.


Havilah was the site of Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s.

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‘Smart’ electric meters coming to valley by 2012 Kern River Courier

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather

Sun.: Sunny, high 100.

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Cancer group starting

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SCE contracted with Corix Utilities, Inc. to perform most of the installations. Customers will be notified by mail in advance when installations are scheduled in their neighborhood. Customers do not need to be home, but they do need to provide clear access to their meter. Corix installers will carry identification indicating they are approved SCE contractors. Edison SmartConnect is a $1.6 billion program authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission. SCE anticipates customers’ use of the new meters will reduce demand on the electricity grid by about 1,000 megawatts, the amount of energy produced at an average power plant. Sustained energy conservation resulting from customer response to their energy use information is also expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollutants by a minimum of 365,000 metric tons per year — the equivalent of removing 79,000 cars from the road.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 114, 706 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) High point was 250,461 ac-ft. June 3. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 539 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 538 cfs Borel Canal flow 473 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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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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Gridiron action returns to the Kern Valley as the Broncs are at home Friday night. This is a file photo from last season.

KVHS football 2009 9/25 Mammoth home 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

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Autumn Native and Vulture Festival Sept. 26-27 The 15th Annual Kern River Valley Autumn Nature & Vulture Festival will take place Saturday Sunday, Sept. 26-27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Audubon Kern River Preserve, 18747 Highway 178 in Weldon. This annual festival celebrates the annual migration of vul-

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.

tures heading toward their winter range along with the beauty of the Kern River Valley in fall. Children's stories and crafts, music, workshops, hikes, information Booths, nature related artwork and crafts for sale, educational & interactive exhibits, and special Postal Cancellation station with artwork by Nature Ali.

• 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.

Nutrition Olympics for kids to be held Saturday, Sept. 26 The KRV Family Resource Center is hosting their annual Nutrition Olympics for children 5 to 15 years old on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Tank Park in Lake Isabella. Kids learn the value of eating tasty wholesome foods while participating in such games as the Carrot Toss and the Orange Shot Put. Prizes are awarded to several age groups. KVHS reunion of class of 1969 to take place Sept. 26 A reunion of the Kern Valley High School Class of 1969 (40th reunion) will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ewing’s On the Kern restaurant in Kernville. For more information or to RSVP, contact Louanna Coker Banducci at (661) 343-0329 or Linda Lambert Thomas at (760) 371-5436. Senior Summer Health Faire to be held Monday, Sept. 28 The annual Senior Summer Health Faire will take place Monday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella, an outreach of the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation. Many free services will be available, as well as a cardiac assessment blood draw for the bargain price of $10. (Remember to fast 12 hours.) Lives have been saved as a result of the fairs. For information about booths and providers, call 3764419. Government commodities distributed Tuesday, Sept. 29 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 29 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights; Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Autumn Antique and Collectible Fest Oct. 2 and 3 The annual Autumn Antique and Collectible Fest will take place at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Friday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 to 6 and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 to 3. Booth space is available. Contact Juanita Arnold at (760) 379-6328. Cartwright-Hayes fishing event Saturday, Oct. 3 The annual Cartwright-Hayes special fishing event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Kern River Fish Hatchery at the north edge of Kernville on Sierra Way from 10 to 3. This event is for those with special needs. Fishing poles and bait will be provided. Experienced fishermen will be available to help. Free hot dogs and soft drinks. Call Jim at 3762895. Kern River Preserve’s nature event Saturday, Oct. 3 Audubon-California’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon will be holding its first-Saturday-of-the-month

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Things I Have Noticed...

Papers a window to the world Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

Every morning, a pleasure that never lessens is the time I spend reading my morning paper, the Californian. I try to read all the columns, the Middleworth opinion pages, letters to the editors and, of course, the comics. “Pickles” is my favorite. I am certain that the cartoonist has a direct line to my house and uses my wife and me as models for his creation. I think of the paper as great daily entertainment and a pipeline to the world, California, Kern County and the Kern River Valley. Of course I read the Courier for local news and yes, (gasp), I even read the Sun! For the 18 years we've lived here, the Californian is delivered about 4 a.m., in rain, snow or fog. Imagine getting up at 2 or 3 a.m. every day and driving all over the Kern River Valley in the dark. What a challenge! I think back to my paperboy days when I would get up at 5 a.m. to deliver the L.A.Times to my 60 customers, folding and delivering each by hand from my bike. There were special instructions to “porch” some papers, and for others to collect only on

certain days. I collected $1.50 from each of my customers every month. It was always surprising to find people unable to pay, requiring a second or third visit, while some moved away, stiffing a 12-yearold for a measly buck and a half. Nevertheless, those days were a business experience that has done me well throughout my life. One year I took a job selling the Times by walking up and down Euclid Ave. in Whittier. I carried 50 papers, selling them in stores, bars and restaurants. The paper was only a nickel, but tips were good and for each paper sold I kept two cents and three cents went to my boss. He would drive me to Whittier from where I lived in Pico, dropping me off at 6 p.m. and returning for me at 9. I was 13. Today no one in his right mind would leave a 13-year-old alone in Whittier at night selling papers in bars and stores. But I've noticed those were days of innocence and a great time to be a kid learning about business life. To me a paper is more than just a collection of newsprint. It's a window to the world that keeps me involved and a part of that world. I would have it no other way. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Isabella Lake Patrol volunteers.

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The Nuui Cunni Bunch picked up the most trash at last weekend’s annual Pride Day valley-wide cleanup project.

County flu shot schedule Kernville: Odd Fellows Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasonal flu date Oct. 13. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 10. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 8. Lake Isabella: Veterans Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasonal flu date Oct. 6. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 5. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 7. Weldon: Weldon Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasonal flu date Oct. 20. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 17. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 15. Although the county has not yet released vaccination details to the Kern River Courier, last year the county charged a $2.00 fee. The clinics were on a first-come, first-served basis and the person had to meet high risk criteria for receiving the vaccine.

For your family of Animals,from hounds to horses,pigs to poultry and lots in between

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Large selection of Tack & Feed Supplies

nature event on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn falconry with Bill Foster. For more details, call Chana Cortez at (661) 428-2360.

If what you need is not already in stock we will gladly order it for you.

Pregnancy Resource Center to hold Fall Banquet Oct. 3 On Oct. 3 the first annual Fall Banquet Fundraiser will be held by the Pregnancy Resource Center of the The Kern River Valley. "A Night in Tuscany" is the theme, with decorations and a menu to give the feeling of being in an Italian garden. Seating is limited. Call ahead to Nancy Nelson at 379-6492 ticket information.

4571 Lake Isabella Blvd.Lake Isabella In the Commercial Center across from the Fire Station Store:760-379-2041 Cell:760-379-6963 Owner Roger McLaughlin

Store Hours: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm Closed Thursday & Sunday


Vintage car show to be held 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. To look is free; to get one of the popular T-shirts is not. Call (760) 376-3133.

Free Total Energy Smoothie w/purchase of any sandwich or Salad A large selection of delicious sandwiches and salads to choose from! Valid thru 09/30/09

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.

Sandwiches, Salads & Desserts 100% Fresh Squeezed Juices

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 Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Isabella branch. Speaking will be Craig Ferguson, 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.

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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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County Dump Cyrus Canyon OHV Area Target Range ModelAircraft Controllers Stine Cove Robinson Cove Hanning Flat

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

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Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646

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

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

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

WANTED Good quality families to adopt a dog or a cat. The animals have all been spayed or neutered and have had their shots. Please call Jesse Martinez at (760) 378-3101 for an appointment to adopt.

Kern River Valley information

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

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side


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

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

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

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

Let’s Go Fishing

Cats are howling all over Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

I hear we’ve got trout biting at both sides of town. Trout have been hitting at the Main Dam to the launch area in deep water. And there are still some nice ones in that stretch between the Old Cemetery and Kernville. Still some nice crappie coming in off the docks at North Fork, but they are doing a litPlenty of nice tle better catfish are bittied up to ing all around the trees in the lake. that area. Plenty of nice catfish --Jack are still bitBustamante ing all around the lake. Lots of cats have been running the length of the flume from North Fork to Boulder Gulch. When fishing in the flume make sure to take your shad net. Lots of shad have been boiling above cats on the prowl. David Smith hauled in a monster channel cat. That one

David Smith has himself a real armful of channel catfish.

put up a heck of a fight. Nice catch, Dave. Grab some bait and let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights.

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Snow White’ gets big treatment

Rose acts and is a teacher too

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith Released the week of Oct. 5:

just couldn't quite crack the leather ceiling to become Rock Gods. Now, 20 years later, Anvil still hasn't given up and is trying once again to make it in the business. And since you've never heard of these guys, I guess you know how this movie ends.

PICKS OF THE WEEK "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" -- Released in 1937, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first featurelength animated film. "How To Be A The mixture of comeMan/How To Be A dy, melodrama and Woman" -- These are musical numbers has two separate DVD served as a formula releases, but are for virtually every essentially the same Disney animated film thing. Both are colfor nearly threelections of educationquarters of a century. al shorts from the You can get just 1940s through the the two-disc set for 1980s instructing our about $25 -- which nation's youth on includes the film and how to be proper a bunch of archival examples of their Snow White material. There also respective genders. is a three-disc set From sex education that comes in a box. This edition and hygiene to how to make a also includes picture cards of all sandwich, these films are pure the dwarfs, and a massive hard- comedy gold. bound book filled with archival pictures for about $150. And TV SERIES finally, you can get the two-disc "Ken Burns: National Parks -set in a nifty tote filled with America's Best Idea" plush dolls of all the dwarfs for "Ally McBeal" The Complete about $80. Series "Stargate Atlantis" The "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" -Complete Series Collection This is a great little documen"Red Dwarf: Back to Earth" tary about a Canadian metal "Bones" The Complete Fourth band that's funny, heart-breakSeason ing, and yes ... heartwarming. "Nip/Tuck" Season 5, Part 2 Anvil started out in the '80s "Medium" The Complete Fifth during heavy metal music’s hey- Season day. And while the band opened "The Mary Tyler Moore for some top acts and released a Show" The Complete Fifth couple of decent albums, Season because of mismanagement and a host of other unfortunate c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. Spinal-Tapish turns, the band

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By Cindy Elavsky *** Q: There used to be a Q: I miss Ben Browder and policewomen TV drama back Claudia Black of the in the 1980s called "Lady "Farscape" and "StargateBlue." What is the pretty star SG1" series. What are they of the show, Jamie Rose, up to now? -- John T., doing now? -- Marvin M., Weatherford, Texas Andrews AFB, Md. A: Ben, who turns 47 in A: I recently talked with Jamie, December, is currently working the 49-year-old redheaded beauty on a TV miniseries called "Going of the 1985 cop series, and asked Homer" for the SyFy Channel. her what she has been up to lately. The series will be based on char"I am still acting," she said. acters from Greek and Roman "My last TV appearances were mythology. Aside from producing 'House' and the 'CSI' crossover it, Ben also is the co-writer along episode of 'Two and a Half Men.'" with "Farscape" alumnus Andrew Jamie has a starring Prowse. There is no role on a Disney Web word yet on an airseries called “In2ition,” date. and in January, she finClaudia has been ished a four-month run doing a lot of videoof a play in Los Angeles game voice-over called “It's Just Sex.” work ("Stolen Life," She's an acting coach, "Conan," "Crysis" and too, operating out of her the "Stargate" studio, JRose Studio games), as well as ( guest starring in a Jamie also is an avid few television series Argentine tango dancer. ("Moonlight" and "Not professionally," she "The Dresden Files"). said, "but it's my hobby Jamie Rose The multitalented 37(like Robert Duvall). I year-old will voice the love it!" character of Angelique in the animated movie "Rango," which also *** features the vocal talents of Q: Did Ryan O'Neal marry Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Farrah Fawcett before she Nighy and Abigail Breslin. Look passed away? Rumor has it for "Rango" to hit theaters in they secretly wed. -- H.C. in spring 2011. Alabama A: While Ryan did propose and *** Farrah finally accepted his offer Have a question for Cindy? Eof marriage, the couple was mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. unable to follow through. Shortly com, or write to her in care of after accepting his proposal, King Features Weekly Service, Farrah's health took a turn for P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL the worse, and she was never 32853-6475. well enough to go through with a (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. ceremony before her death.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Voices of Faith

Bible verse of the week

Memories spurred by column Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5. Over the years people have shared beautiful memories that brightened their lives, possibly even changed their relaSemonious tionships. I am not able to remember what I had for lunch on this day 12 years ago. But I do remember the occasion of one dinner’s hors d'œuvres decades ago because of the relationship involved. Some years before that night, my parents and mother’s parents took my sister and me to visit my aunt and uncle for Christmas; not our first such trip. Aunt Renee, my mother’s sister and her husband, Uncle Jimmy, lived in Michigan. Until this particular year, it had always been an adult gathering with the kids along for the ride. At this Christmas dinner, which I remember as a huge banquet, one of the adults actually asked me how I liked the meal. No one ever said anything to the children other than “don’t do” this or that. At a loss for words, I said that this was even better than the last trip. As I spoke I realized that since the last trip the hostess had died and Uncle Jimmy’s father had remarried. I hung my head as everyone, it seemed, explained that fact to me. Back in San Diego, sometime in the late 1940s,

my parents knew I had a school composition assignment to be completed upon return from a week's vacation. They decided to drive to Knott’s Berry Farm, thinking that would give me a topic. I turned in a paper about my dad taking me with him to the DMV on Saturday to renew the car license. Fast forward now to the dinner with the hors d'œuvres. Uncle Jimmy had opened a restaurant in Michigan, and one Christmas he invited Darlene and me to be his guests. The one thing I remember about the meal was that each of us were served the largest mushroom I had ever seen – stuffed with seafood. I thought the evening was about his showing us his restaurant, until he said that he wanted us to know how special we were to him. For the joy of these memories, I thank Rod Middleworth and his article of remembering in last week’s Courier. I need to let him know how special he is. Has it been a while since you thought about God? Recall two Psalms, “But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.” Psalm 102:12. And “Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.” Psalm 135:13. Jesus said, “…as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40. Spend some time remembering the hors d'œuvres of life (Literally, “outside the main work”). Then tell those who come to mind that they are special to you. “Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

“Whosoever trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” Proverbs 16:20

PHONE continued from page 1 the area code to make a call go through. New phones in the valley after Oct. 24 may come with a 442 area code. This means all electronic equipment that dials out – including computers, alarms, automatic dialers on cell phones and landline phones, and the like – must be reprogrammed before Oct. 24 or they will not work when needed. For information on how to reprogram your devices, read your service manual or contact the makers of your electronic equipment.

FLU continued from page 1 McQuiston will have a panel of Kern County experts who will be available to answer questions from the public about Swine Flu. Invited panelists include Dr. Claudia Jonah, Kern County Health Officer; Matt Constantine, Interim Public Health Director; Dr. Royce Johnson, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Disease at Kern Medical Center; and Dr. Christine Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

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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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Friday, September 25, 2009

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Health Insurance Matters

Prescription drugs don’t need to be expensive Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

I was researching for the best Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) for a lady from LaHabra. She was taking one generic medicaHarry Thal tion. The best plan for her was $24.50 a month, which she purchased. The co-pay for this medication was $8 per month. I advised her not to use her drug card, but rather go to Wal-Mart. That same medication is $10 for a three month supply. She needs the insurance to protect her for the future, and also avoid the penalty for not having coverage if she should ever need it.

Even without insurance, she would save at some major pharmacy chains. (Don't forget, if you stay local you don't use gas, and many hometown pharmacies have other services, like free delivery). Each year I process about 1,000 "Requests for Prescription Drug Research Forms", a service which checks your drug list against those offered by 52 Medicare plans in California. One area that is very misleading to the uninformed. There are restrictions on many medications, and some are just plain not covered. Medicare Part D has classifications of medications which are not included in the program. Benzodiazepines, like Valium, Klonopin and Xanax are never covered. Barbiturates such as Seconal are also never covered. Cough medicine, prescription vitamins and

other medications are also intentionally omitted. The problem comes in when the drug is covered. Some drugs may be covered, but have Quantity Limit (QL) restrictions. You may only be able to get a 30-day supply of your Lipitor if they won't fill 90 at a time. Other medications may have a "Prior Authorization" requirement, so your doctor has to justify why this drug is essential. The hardest of the restrictions is "Step Therapy". With this restriction your doctor is required to prescribe different medication first. If it doesn't work, or you have a bad reaction, then, after your trials, it will be approved. Medicare drug plans and the Medicare Advantage HMO plans will have many changes in 2010. Many are subtle, but it will be felt in your pocket in the months ahead. Remember that for many of the

plans (and all the prescription drug plans), once Jan. 1 comes, you are locked in for the year. Contact me for our "Request for Prescription Research 2010" form. I will compare your present plan's 2010 benefits against all plans available to assist in your selecting the best plan. E-mail or call 760-3762100. Fax 760-376-6700. I'll send you the form. Fill it out and once the 2010 data is available (shortly after Oct. 1) you will have a better picture of your costs for the new year. 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

Whooping cough can be contracted by adults as well Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a construction worker, age 53, and have been healthy all my life. I caught what I thought was an ordinary cough. It stayed and stayed, and it really disturbed my sleep. I got examined and it turns out I had whooping cough. Isn't this a kid's illness? -- H.C. ANSWER: In most everyone's mind, whooping cough is a childhood disease, but it strikes adults too. It seems that these days more and more adults are coming down with it. Childhood whooping cough is a three-stage illness. The first stage, which lasts about a week, features symptoms similar to an ordinary cold -- runny nose and a slight cough. The second stage is heralded by outbursts of violent coughing. At the end of a cough, children draw in air and make a whooping sound. This phase lasts from one to six weeks. The third stage is the convalescent period, where the cough gradually abates and eventually resolves in two to three weeks. Adult whooping cough doesn't usually go through these stages, and adults rarely make the whooping sound so characteristic of this condition in children. They have a cough, like yours, that just won't go away. Everyone with a long-lasting cough should consider the possibility of whooping cough. Your second doctor did the test that establishes the diagnosis. He

took a swab of the throat (or the nose) and sent it to a lab, where the whooping cough germ was identified. If caught in its earlier stages, antibiotics can shorten the course of the illness. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What causes skin tags? They hang from my neck and under my arms. -- D.H. ANSWER: Their cause isn't known. Your doctor can clip them off without any fuss. By age 69, 60 percent of us have one or more of them. ***

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Kern River Courier

Friday, September 25, 2009

Retired windsurfers pick up huge haul of hazardous trash

This amazing assortment of rusty nails and bottlecaps was hauled out of the Auxiliary Beach area.

Kern River Courier

One of the groups of people taking part in last weekend’s valley-wide Pride Day to clean up the area, although they didn’t win anything, did a lot to make Auxiliary Beach at Isabella Lake safer for the many windsurfers who congregate there. They’re a group of mostly retired women who live in Lake Isabella and love to camp and windsurf at Auxiliary Beach. Eva Hollman, speaking for the group, said, “This year, in addition to 54 bags of regular trash, we

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Kern River Courier

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Talking About Real Estate

Buy now, it’s a great time Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

price of washers will be going up or down in the coming months or years. Thinking of buying a home, You can have greater peace of but feel bewildered by the conmind when your purchase is flicting reports about the state of made out of necessity and not real estate? Well, you're certainly out of a desire to turn your propnot alone, but in erty into a cash cow. You get the a word, relax! greatest value out of your home Whether or not by simply living with it, and as real estate is up, long as you can continue to make down or sidemortgage payments, you run litways, most peotle risk of losing on your investple don't make ment. their purchase Speaking with a local real decisions based estate agent is a great place to on market condi- Matt Freeman get the ball rolling, so that you tions. Rather, it can learn about local market conhas more to do ditions and prices. Armed with with lifestyle. knowledge, you can move forFor most folks, a home is very ward and move in! Especially much like since here a in the Kern "durable River good" Valley similar to prices are a washing so good, “You don’t think about machine. some of Sounds the best in whether the price of washers silly, but the state. think of it This will be going up or down.” this way: really is a When – Matt Freeman great time you need to buy a new right now. washer, your decision is Matt based Freeman is upon that requirement, and you a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside search for a machine that offers Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223good value and service. You 0880. His column is not intended don't think about whether the to replace legal advice.

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Smoke pours from Bionicon USA, a mountain bike company located in Wofford Heights. The office and demo station, which just celebrated its grand opening over Labor Day weekend, is a total loss.

Bike company loses new headquarters in blaze Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Bionicon USA, a mountain bike manufacturing and sales company that recently opened its new headquarters in Wofford Heights, has now lost it to fire. The new office had just had its grand opening over Labor Day weekend. A smoky fire started in the building on Friday, Sept. 18 at about 4 p.m. The company says that it may have started in the service shop’s air compressor. There is no word yet from the Kern County Fire Department as

to what caused the fire. The office was unoccupied at the time, as the owner, Paul Ferguson, had left to go to Bakersfield. Smoke was seen by neighbors and the fire was reported to 911. “On initial inspection it appears the building and everything in it is a complete loss. All of the Demo Center’s inventory of bicycles, components, and the demo fleet were lost in the fire,” said a message on the company’s blog. However, the company was hopeful. “We will be re-opening and available for business as soon as possible,” they said.

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$135,000 MLS 2210771 Wofford Heights, 1782 sq ft, Mobile Home 2Brm, 1.5 Ba, Kitchen, Dining & Living Area, Close to Lake, Ready for fixing up.

$138,000 MLS 2210552 Lake Isabella, 1172 sq ft, Home 2Brm, 2 Ba, Kitchen, Dining & Living Area, 2-Car Garage, w/Well kept landscape, Must see.

$225,000 MLS 2210525 Bodfish Canyon, 1832 sq ft, MFG Home 2Brm, 2 Ba, Kitchen, Dining & Living Area, 3-Car Detached Garage, w/Valley Views.

Across from Isabella Market


(760) 417-2515

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California Joe’s Country Living

Great days fishing with brother California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

My younger brother Steve is driving down the OregonWashington coast in a rented RV with his two grown sons. They’ll hit San Francisco in two days and then part company. Brad goes back to Aspen, Colo. and his two young sons. Troy works in finance for Charles Schwab and lives in suburban San California Joe Francisco. He’ll meet me in Bakersfield by the weekend and come up here. We’ll probably cook up a trip for two old brothers, one 15 years older than the other. Steve sold his factories in his 60s and bought a penthouse on San Marco Island in Florida. He keeps two boats and fishes the Everglades quite a lot. We’re just two river rats from Louisiana. I still remember the houseboat he built in my old man’s junkyard in downtown Lake Charles in the river front days. He’s still got his touch. Now he’s a licensed captain and he’s got the paperwork to prove it. I still remember the time we went fishing on the famous Toledo Bend on the Texas-Louisiana border. That lake was 60 to 80 miles

long and full of brush. For true bass fishermen it has to be one of the best bass lakes there is. Well, we must have it hit it on the right day. I mainly ran the motor and ol’ Steve stood in front of the boat and threw at the boiling swirls of early morning bass. It was one of those perfect moments of bass fishing. We still talk about it every time we get together. It was the best one day fishing trip I ever had. And I got to make it with my kid brother. I’m going to call my old fishing buddy Bill and see if he wants to go on a special fishing trip when Steve comes up here. The three of us will go out on Bill’s bass boat here on Isabella Lake. When I go to Florida, Steve and I will be on his fishing boat and we’ll call ol’ Bill and rag him some at his Kernville house. *** I picked up a whole bunch of good movies at Linda Diaz’s table at the Peddlers Fair last weekend for a quarter each. “Lord Jim,” “Coconuts,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Annie Hall,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “A Day at the Races,” “Duck Soup,” ‘The Life of Emily Zola,” and “The Story of Louis Pasteur.” And they were fun! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at


Friday, September 25, 2009

Community news digest Kern River Courier

Calling all businesses! Don’t be left out. Sign up to be included on the Colt Value Cards. The Colt Value Card is a valuable community discount program. As a participating business, you provide a pre-set discount or any offer of goods/services to cardholders from 12/1/09 – 12/1/10. Cards will be sold to the community by the Woodrow Wallace Middle School students. All funds raised are used for activities for the middle school students throughout the year. Your business name and discount offer will appear on the card. This provides valuable advertising for your business and shows your community support. Contact for more info: Renée Bosmans cell 949-689-8873. Deadline for sign up is Sept. 30. *** Congratulations to the 18 students at the KRV campus of Cerro Coso Community College who made the President’s List for the Spring 2009 semester – Uriah Burke, Ashley Dye, Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Mary Gleason, Sierra Godfrey, Amber Haslam, Elizabeth Imbelloni, Bryan Jackson, Terri Jo Kumar, John Linn, Charles Maxwell, Courtney Moore, Christina Newbern, Lavonne Ortiz, Heather Romagno, Joy Smith, Sarah Whalen, and Carolyn Wright. The list is comprised of all students who achieved a grade point average of at least 3.75 while earning a minimum of 40 grade points within the spring 2009 semester. ***

*** Nominate some of your favorite places here in the valley for the National Geographic Society’s new project to create a Sierra Nevada map and interactive Web site. In addition to historic and heritage sites, you can nominate a favorite local restaurant, farm, hiking or biking trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery. The nomination deadline is Oct. 31. A test for inclusion on the MapGuide: "Is the spot, attraction, business, activity or experience distinctive to our town, area or region, and is it authentic to the Sierra Nevada?" To nominate a site, fill out an electronic site nomination form on National Geographic will work closely with the Sierra Geotourism Council to select the sites and themes that will appear on the map. National Geographic will make the final determination on wording and site selection.

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob


3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper

Fry bacon in a large, heavy saucepan until crisp. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Heat on medium and add the onion. Cook until tender, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, corn, okra, salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Crumble the bacon over the top just before serving.


Artwork, Logos & Websites



Everything You Need to Impress The World... In One Location

Congratulations as well to the three Court Appointed Special Advocates trainees who recently graduated from the program and who are residents of the valley – Ann Beman, Shelly Daniel and Lynne McGarity. CASA volunteers speak for abused and neglected children in the juvenile dependency process. Through the use of highly trained volunteers, the CASA program seeks to provide every child who needs an advocate with a voice in the court process.


No Obligation Quotes & Answers Always Shop Before You Invest!

Bodfish Bob’s Garden Veggie Casserole

Bodfish Bob’s Dry Rub for Meat 1 cup sugar (can be 1/2 white & 1/2 brown ) 1 Tbsp. Garlic pepper 1/2 cup salt 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Garlic salt 1 tsp. Corriander 1/2 cup paprika 2 Tbsp. Cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp. Chili powder 1 Tbsp. Black pepper

Mix well and rub as much as you like on any type meat. Bodfish Bob's Okra with Bacon 8 ounces bacon 1 large onion, diced 3 large tomatoes, diced 4 Cups whole-kernel corn, thawed, drained or cut from cobs 1 1/2 Cups fresh okra, washed, trimmed and sliced or a 10-oz. Package of frozen cut okra

1 1/2 cup chopped zucchini 1 cup chopped yellow summer squash 1 cup chopped tomato 1 medium onion, chopped 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 1/2 cup milk 3/4 cup baking mix 3 eggs 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 13 X 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, onion and cheeses evenly in baking dish. Beat remaining ingredients in blender at high speed 15 sec. Or with a hand beater for 1 min or until smooth. Pour evenly in dish. Bake 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

Friday, September 25, 2009

Kern River Courier

Our Valley, Our Earth

A new series begins Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

I will begin the next series of articles with a map of the Death Valley National Park. The park is very extensive aerially and geologically. I could Ron Bolyard discuss this area for a great

deal of time, but I won't. I will look at an area that contains the Turtleback Structures that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. This is the "SEE ENLARGEMENT" area shown on the map. 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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Cerro Coso offers grant class Kern River Courier

Cerro Coso Community College’s Kern River Valley campus in Lake Isabella is offering a Community Education class on "Selecting and Writing for Scholarships and Grants." This class, instructed by Marianne Fountain, will meet on Monday evenings from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. beginning Oct. 5 through Nov. 16 at the KRV Campus. There is a $50 Community Education fee for this course. This class is designed for those needing funding for education or for nonprofit organiza-

tions. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, this self-paced, hands on class will provide you with the time and support of others to understand the process of locating, writing, and applying for educational scholarships and grants. This class is limited to 30 students. Students are to print and complete the "Student Registration Form" found on the College website at under Kern River Valley Campus. of the form. For more information, contact Inge Olson, KRV Campus, at (760) 379-5501.

Kern County Heritage Commission visits Silver City Ghost Town Kern River Courier

Members of the Kern County Heritage Commission visited Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish on Sept. 16. They were in the Kern Valley for the quarterly meeting of the organization. Local resident Ruby Dodds, who is 1st District Commissioner, suggested they come by the historic site before the meeting. "Ruby and her late husband Fred donated buildings from Hobo Hot Springs (Miracle) to Silver City back in the 1960s. It was an honor to have the group, including the former longtime director and curator of the Kern County Museum and Pioneer Village, Carola Enriquez, said J. Paul Corlew of Silver City. They Commission fosters and promotes the preservation of the

rich patriotic heritage and history of our area. "We enjoyed visiting the (Ghost Town) very much," said Enriquez. Also along was Bob Lerude, who is the head of Kern County's Parks and Recreation Department. The Heritage Commission was formed in 1977 with a primary mission to arrange for the ringing of the Kern County Liberty Bell which is in front of the Kern County Building on Truxtun and Chester Avenue in Bakersfield on special patriotic occasions. Over the years the members of the Commission, who must be voted in to the organization by the Board of Supervisors, have expanded that roll to include continuing programs for the educational institutions of Kern County.

Creative Connection


Art events are bursting

Bodfish man wants comic

Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Here are a few art events happening nearby. Maybe I’ll see you there! Visual Feast: Art exhibit benefiting the Golden Empire Gleaners. Location: The ACK's Younger Gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave Suite 105. On Display: Sept. 18 Donna Fitch - Oct. 30, 2009. Please bring food donations to the exhibit opening and throughout the show to help alleviate hunger in Kern County. Bedazzled: Jewelry Exhibit. Original jewelry designs by local Kern County artists. Location: Larry E Reider Gallery, 2000 K Street, Suite 110. On Display: Sept. 24 - Dec. 23, 2009 The Colors of China: Paintings, Calligraphy and Children's Art, created by youth and adult artists from all over China, includes paintings, pottery and calligraphy. Location: Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R Street, Bakersfield. 661.323.7219 Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead, a colorful collection of

paintings and sculpture. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The exhibit will also include skulls painted by local artists. Location: Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art , 1930 R Street, Bakersfield. 661.323.7219 The Bakersfield Californian's popular annual art exhibit which showcases local artists. This year, 15 pieces will be on display in the museum's Collector's Gallery, all done under a theme Location: Bakersfield Museum of Art , 1930 R Street, Bakersfield. 661.323.7219 Via Arte: 11th Annual Italian Street Painting Festival. Street painting, using chalk as the medium Pavement squares are subdivided and sponsored where local and visiting artists are invited to street paint, get on their knees and fill the pavement canvases with their own unique inspiration. Artists who are interested in participating need to respond by Oct. 1. Come celebrate the Arts Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Location: The Market Place – 9000 Ming Ave., Bakersfield. Free Admission. Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a Hawthorne Mickey Mouse train that includes 13 pieces with accessories. I paid $900 for this set years ago. -- Jan, Selinsgrove, Pa. A: I think your good judgment jumped the track if you paid $900 for the Hawthorne train set. I monitored eBay, where I found three Hawthorne train sets: the Moonlight Express, $24.99; the Thomas Kinkade Village train set, $34.95; and a New York NFL Giants train set in original boxes, "buy it now" price, $350. Since I found no Hawthorne Mickey Mouse train either on eBay or in any of my reference books, I consulted one of the foremost toy collectors in the country for his opinion. According to Bernie Resnick of Tucson, Ariz., your train is only worth a fraction of what you paid for it. He added that "instant collectibles" rarely appreciate in value and are almost always difficult to sell. *** Q: When I was about 11 or 12, I bought a comic book by Dell, I think, that depicted the Cuban revolution against Batista. My copy disappeared several years ago when my father died. Even though I have contacted some of the larger dealers, I have not been able to find another

copy of this comic and wonder if you can help me. -Paul, Bodfish, Calif. A: I searched my comic-book reference books and could not find it listed. Hopefully, one of our readers can help us track down a copy for you. In the meantime, a good source you might explore is *** Q: I bought a pedal car at an auction that is possibly from the 1930s. I would like to know who made the car, what parts are missing and where I can get replacement tires. -- Roy, Surprise, Ariz. A: Dan Portell is the owner of Portell Restorations, a company that sells and restores vintage pedal cars. He is extremely knowledgeable and can answer your questions. His contact information is 1547 Saddle Drive, Festus, MO 63028;; and *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

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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 __________________________ 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

Spaces for Rent 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.

$495/mo Introductory Offer in quiet park. 2 bd, 1 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + security deposit & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Onyx - Apt. available Oct 1st 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 __________________________ Wofford Heights - Studio Apt., 39 Williams B. Clean & quiet person. NS, ND. $350/mo. FLD 805459-9054. _________________________ 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. _________________________ Bodfish - 1 bd/ 1 bath - Single wide mobile. Fenced yard, very clean. No Pets. $400/mo + utilities. Close to bus transportation Call 760-379-7699 or 760-812-0841 _________________________ Wofford Hts - 3 bd, 1¾ ba frame house w/bonus rm + xtra rm on detached garage. Fenced, xlent neighborhood. Walk to stores, movies,great for children.$1,000 + dep. Call Jim @ 379-2844

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

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

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Natural Health - Bring in this ad for 5% discount. Add’l 10% discount to Seniors on selected items. Shaved Ice. 121 A Piute Drive, Kernville 376-3777

Featuring Log Furniture Antiques, Collectibles & Country Store. Mention this ad and get 15% off. 117 Piute Dr. Kernville. 376-1223


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

Free PICK A POCKET PUP CKC-registeredChihuahua pups. Female, 16 wks., white w/black markings, $300. Female, 12 wks., red w/white markings, $275. Male, 5 mo., white w/cream spot on back. Price reduced - $200. Raised in home. Parents on premises. All shots, wormed. Crate, pad trained. 760-379-1403 _________________________ Moving - FREE AKC registered Miniature Pinscher. 2 year old red male. Needs your love. (760) 3784522 or 378-4333. Leave message _________________________ FREE 8 week old kittens to caring homes. Potty trained & weaned. 2 - 4 month old pets. Call 760-379-8731

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

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

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HORSE MANURE Made Fresh Daily You load and haul. No *&#@ This one is for real. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860 _________________________ HAUL IT ALL AWAY-18 truck loads of trash. Heard it wrong, thought they said “Cash for Clutter” so we collected & stored it for 3 months to get rich. Neighbors gave us 3 days to get rid of it or else. Also, now looking for hearing aid.


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Each line equals 27 spaces or characters. Actual length of published ad may vary depending on combination of letters, spaces and words. Please read your ad as soon as it is published. If you do find an error, notify us immediately. The Kern River Courier will take responsibility for only one incorrect insertion and will not be responsible for more than the cost of one insertion. No further liability shall apply. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to reject any ad and may edit ads as needed. Payment is required prior to run. Phone orders are accepted with credit card only.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Kern River Courier

HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 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 roping event coming Oct. 17 A Kernville Stampede roping event is coming to Kernville’s John E. McNally Rodeo Grounds on Oct. 17. This has been changed from the original event, and will be one day instead of two. For details call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. 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 Deputy Joe Garcia at (760) 549-2043. 4th annual Freedom Festival Oct. 24-25 The fourth annual Progressive Freedom Festival will take place on Oct. 24-25 at Frandy Park in Kernville. There will be music, speakers, kids activities, local artisans and vendors, and an art gallery. The purpose of the event is to celebrate sustainability and localism; find common ground to help communities thrive; teach attendees opportunities for positive change; and take progressive action for global impact. The cost to attend the Saturday event is $10 per adult, children 12 and under are free. Camping is available in the private campground where the event is being held. For more information, go to 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

Yard Sales Moving Sale - Everything's Gotta Go! Dining room set, kitchen stuff. Lots of everything. Fri & Sat, 9/25 & 26 8am-1pm. 35 Sirretta, Kernville 760-608-1119 _________________________ HUGE! Indoor Yard Sale! 13 Families are participating! Fri. 9/25 - 9am-3pm & Sat 9/26 - 8am3pm @ Family Life Center, 20 W. Panorama in Wofford Heights. _________________________ Multi-Family Yard Sale - Friday thru Sun, 9/25, 26, & 27. 8am to 6pm. Lots of goodies - hutch, pop-up day bed, toys, hand made purses, quilts, nick-nacks, etc. 224 Sierrarama Dr. Take Bodfish Canyon to Piute, turn left to 224 Sierrarama on corner.

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 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Saved the Best for Last! - Brand new 3bd/2ba home. 2832 Erskine Creek. 2 car garage. RV access & hook up. Last one- Call now 818-324-0869

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

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DFG wants stocking comments Kern River Courier

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) regarding its Hatchery and Stocking Program. The draft report will be released Friday, Sept. 25 and comments will be accepted for 45 days. The draft EIR/EIS evaluates and discloses the potential effects of the Hatchery and Stocking Program on aquatic resources and the environment. A recent court order required DFG to produce this environmental analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act. It was jointly prepared by DFG and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which provides funding for the inland trout and Mad River steelhead portions of the program, Members of the public can provide comments in person at any of the following locations and times: • Wednesday, Oct. 21: Sacramento 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Elk's Lodge, Riverside Hall 6446 Riverside Blvd.

• Monday, Oct. 26: Redding 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shasta Builders Exchange Training Facility, Shasta Room 2985 Innsbruck Dr. • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Bakersfield 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, California Grill Room 3100 Camino Del Rio Court • Thursday, Oct. 29: Carson 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carson Comm. Center, Main Hall 3 Civic Plaza Drive Written comments may also be submitted, either by e-mail at or by regular mail sent to: Jim Starr, California Department of Fish and Game, 830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 All comments must be postmarked by Nov. 10, 2009. For more information about these meetings, the Hatchery and Stocking Program or to view the EIR/EIS and supporting documents, please see the 'public notices' section of the Web site.

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: INTIMATE DELI (2009-B5558) Street address of principal place of business: 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Darfan, Inc., 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. F, Corporation. 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: Richard Wolowiec, President. This statement filed on 08/31/2009. Expires 08/31/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: WOFFORD HEIGHTS FOURSQUARE CHURCH (2009-B5561), DBA #2: FAMILY LIFE CENTER (2009-B5562). Street address of principal place of business: 20 West Panorama, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 277, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. F, Corporation. Date the business

commenced: 12/30/1927. 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: Diane Moss. This statement filed on 08/31/2009. Expires 08/31/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2009. 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.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Courier chuckle of the week: “We should not permit prayer to be taken out of the schools; that's the only way most of us got through.” –Sam Levenson

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An upcoming trip could create some problems with your schedule unless you tie up as many loose ends as possible before you head out the door. Ask a friend or colleague to help you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Being eager to start a new project is fine. However, moving ahead without knowing what actually will be expected of you could cause a problem down the line. Ask some questions. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Getting through some recent challenges in good shape might give you a false sense of security. Don't relax your guard. You need to be prepared for what else could happen. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Caution is still advised, even though you think you're as prepared as you need to be. Keep in mind that change is in your aspect, and you should expect the unexpected. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Lion's gift of persuasion helps you get your points across, even to some of your most negative naysayers. An old friend might seek you out for some advice. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Being sure of your convictions is fine. But leave some room for dissenting opinions. You might learn something that could help you avoid a possible problem later on.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Getting good legal advice on what your rights actually are is the first step toward resolving that pesky problem so that it doesn't re-emerge at a later date. Good luck. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Longtime relationships work well this week, whether they're personal or professional. It's also a good time to invite new friends and colleagues into your life. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good week to do the research that will help you uncover those irrefutable facts that can back you up on your new venture when you most need it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Change is an important factor in your aspect this week and could affect something you might have thought was immune to any sort of adjustment or "alteration." AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Being asked to share someone's deeply personal confidence might be flattering, but accepting could be unwise. Decline gracefully but firmly. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) As wise as you are, you could still be misled by someone who seems to be sincere but might not be. Take more time to assess the situation before making any commitments. BORN THIS WEEK: You like to face challenges that others might try to avoid, and by so doing, you set an example of courage for all. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: What was the opening theme song from the comedy variety show "Sonny & Cher"? 2. MOVIES: What was the name of the scene-stealing cat in the movie "Bell, Book and Candle"? 3. MEDICAL: What is the more common diagnosis for rhinorrhea? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What are the names of the four U.S. states whose corner borders meet in one point? 5. COMICS: What is the name of Snoopy's bird friend in "Peanuts"? Answers:

1. "The Beat Goes On" 2. Pyewacket 3. Runny nose 4. Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico 5. Woodstock

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Havilah was the site of a CCC camp in the 1930s Mark L. Howe, archaeologist, Sequoia National Forest Kern River Courier

The Sequoia National Forest is a land of prehistoric and historic sites in the eastern portion of Kern County. The forest is full of history of the Sierra Nevada and our different cultures from before written time. The Forest Service, by law, is to conduct an archaeological reconnaissance (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) of project areas to examine if prehistoric and historic resources are present. What this reconnaissance does it to determine whether impacts of projects will damage or destroy these irreplaceable resources and what can be done to preserve them if possible. Our job as archaeologists on the Piute Grazing project was to examine if cattle grazing in this area of the forest will impact archeological resources and to record them as found. One important historic site to American history from the 1930s that was in this project is the Havilah Civilian Conservation

Corp (CCC) camp location. This camp was established in 1933/34 in the Havilah area on Forest Service land. The CCC camp location was coordinated with Frank Cunningham (Forest Supervisor) to establish a camp near Havilah. Cunningham's official correspondence with a F. G. Munzer from Bakersfield states that, “In order to handle 200 men from one camp, it is necessary for us to place them where there is ample water, camping room ... and work within a reasonable distance. My present thought is to establish one camp at Havilah.” The camp was established with orders to have an 80' warehouse, a guard station, ranger station and other various buildings built. We have a list from July 13, 1935 of individuals who worked in the Havilah and Bodfish camps or area. This list is in our documents file and can be accessed by writing to the Sequoia National Forest for a copy. Today the only surviving structure is the warehouse which is used as the garage both for fire engine 45 and the Breckenridge

hotshot crew at Havilah. Across the road and to the south of this standing structure we found the remains of the original CCC camp built during the 1930s. The camp is no longer there but the remains of foundations, depressions, and piping with artifacts still are. We set about recording these and came across a total of 25 different features. These consisted of latrines, root cellars, foundations of buildings with steps, walls and pits. One of our structures is the Dining Hall/Recreation Hall. This has a complete side stair case of rock and cement with retaining wall on the east side. An entrance of similar dimension is on the north side with the remnants of a main fire place in background and smaller interior side fireplace on the right. These foundations are interesting and unique for they were made to stand the test of time as we see here. Another structure we called the Administration Hall has a large three step entrance way. Both of these structures and others have vanished except for these low lying stairways and sidewall foundations. These foundations were all under about 1" of dirt with numerous bushes and trees growing in and around them. A “sidewalk” from the Dining Hall north to the Administration Building is composed of local rock in a vertical pattern. One can walk down this area

and not even notice this feature today due to overgrowth of grasses and bush. The last structure to mention out of the numerous features is the boiler room. This is a flat concrete foundation with side walls of broken granite spread out on the sides. Walls of milled wood were originally installed as confirmed by milled wood we found along the sides. The foundation has a central drain and boiler foundation in the middle portion of the structure. An interesting note; we found inscriptions, prints and paint on the cement after 75 years. Recently the son of Doyle Henderson (Ranger at Havilah in 1935) visited the fire station and talked to the fire crew there. He left an email address but it bounces back and anyone who reads this story with information on contacting him would be appreciated. This year is the 75th anniversary of the CCC and further information on the CCC can be found by emailing Joan Sharpe, President — CCC Legacy at I hope that we continue to preserve the American Heritage of our history and prehistory by recording these resources before they are gone forever. Preservation of these historic artifacts and structures from the CCC days are important for our understanding the history of Kern County and the areas we call home.

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