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Fish derby adds 4th $10K trout Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Murdoc Douglas/Special to the Kern River Courier

Andrew Allan Bentley, right, performs at Red’s Marina near Paradise Cove on Saturday. Accompanying him is the son of the marina’s owners, Cody, 11. Bentley is an aspiring musical artist with an upcoming CD release. For details see

Powers Peak receives designation The Courier has learned that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, at its Aug. 14 meeting, approved the proposal to apply the name Powers Peak to a 5,778ft. mountain just north-northeast of Kernville. The peak is in the Sequoia National Forest, about eight-tenths of a mile west-northwest of Tunnel Spring. Bob Powers was a local cowboyturned-author and historian. Before he passed away in 2002, he completed nine books about the history of the Kern

River Valley. Powers is survived by his wife, Margie, of Wofford Heights. A bronze plaque was recently erected at the Kern River Valley Museum in Kernville in honor of his many contributions as an author and historian by E. Clampus Vitus and the Kern River Valley Historical Society. Letters of support were received from Congressman Kevin McCarthy, California Assemblyman Roy Ashburn, and many other officials and luminaries in support of the designation.

Next spring’s Isabella Lake Fishing Derby will have one more big attraction – yet another $10,000 trout, for a total of four. As if last year’s three big fish were not enough, Bill and Deb Chase, owners of North Fork Marina and French Gulch Marina, have agreed to sponsor another big money trout in 2009. This will help celebrate the derby’s 20th year, according to officials. Also, in a new contest, besides the $50,000 worth of tagged trout in the lake and the four $10,000 trout, they will be giving out an additional $1,000 for the largest trout by length caught in the derby. The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is one of the biggest in the state, and attracts thousands of anglers to the area in the springtime to see if they can hook one of the big money fish. There are thousands of big trout planted in the lake, many with tags that bring a registered winner cash money to take home. The derby is sponsored by the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, based in Lake Isabella. Over the past 20 years, lucky anglers have won over $200,000 in the derby. The 2009 derby will be held on April 4, 5, and 6, which is the weekend before Easter. Visit their web site is at for information and updates on opening of registration and additional prizes.

At recent meetings between the U.S. Forest Service and the public, much has been made of who approves the Forest Service’s recreation fee increases. “It’s the RRAC,” is the answer. But what is the RRAC? According to the Forest Service, the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee is a citizens’ federal advisory committee that provides recommendations on creating new or changing existing recreation fees managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in the Golden State.

Be sure to fast on Sunday night, Sept. 28, so that you can get your cardiac assessment blood draw on Monday, Sept. 29 for only $10. That’s when the 8th Annual Seniors Summer Health and Information Fair takes place. There will be lots of free health services and information, too, from more


Ron Bolyard talks about how oil is trapped in the subsurface.

Storage, Isabella Reservoir 141,490 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) Peaked at 258,239 ac-ft. June 16.

Who is in the RRAC? The 11 members fall into four groups. Category 1 is composed of five people who represent motor-

See RRAC, Page 14

than 45 community participants. The health fair is sponsored by Kernville Union School Districts’ Family Resource Center, the Kern River Valley Collaborative and Kern Valley Healthcare District. The hours for the fair are 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 29, and it’s being held at the Senior Center. For information about booths and providers, call Jeanette Rogers at 376-4419.


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

Kern River Basin Data: Wed. 5 a.m.

Murdoc Douglas/Special to the Courier

Mike Devich Kern River Courier


The Great Kern River Courier Comics and Puzzles Poll wants you.


The California RRAC is comprised of 11 members, and was authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of 2004. The Forest Service says that recommendations from the California RRAC are combined with other public notification and communication efforts to help tthem make decisions regarding recreation fees.

Get your blood tested at health fair


Alexis and Brooklyn hold up their catches caught on worms.

Ravens are examined in the Kern Valley’s birding column.

Recreationists on the RRAC Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Vol. 5 No. 31

Kern River Courier co-owner Michael Batelaan has his blood drawn by Carlena Russom, R.N., at the Houchin Bloodmobile special blood drive Tuesday afternoon at the Veterans/Senior Center. Donations doubled from normal figures, and there were 27 first-timers. Batelaan, a regular donor, joined the four-gallon club at the drive and was awarded a license plate frame stating that fact.

Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 659 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 658 cfs Outflow, Borel Canal 550 cfs Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Valley – the place to have some fun Kern Valley High School home football games • Sept. 5 against McFarland • Sept. 19 against Boron • Oct. 3 against Vasquez (Homecoming) • Oct. 31 against Bishop • Nov. 13 against Frazier Mountain (Senior Night)

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

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Games are usually 4 p.m./7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19 Saturday, Sept. 20 All Valley Peddler’s Faire, Family Life Center, Wofford Heights. 376-4419. Saturday, Sept. 20 California Free Fishing Day. Laws and limits must still be obeyed, but a license is not required.

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays • KRV Garden Club, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 6 a.m. - Kernville Walk/Jog/Run Club meets at Cheryl’s Diner, Kernville. • 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemtery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-

Friday, Sept. 26 Monday, Sept. 28 Turkey Vulture Festival, Kern River Preserve, Weldon. Thursday, Oct. 9 Sunday, Oct. 12 Kernville Rod Run car show, streets of Kernville, 376-3133. Friday, Oct. 10 Saturday, Nov. 29

Lake Isabella Christmas Parade. Santa Claus ushers in the holiday season. 379-5236. Friday, Dec. 12 Candle Stroll and Live Nativity Scene, Circle Park, Kernville. 376-2629. Saturday, Dec. 13 Christmas Parade of Giving, Kernville. Santa Claus appears in Circle Park. 376-2629.

2189. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.

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

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

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

2009 events: Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, (760) 376-2629, or the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, (760) 379-5236, for dates January: Man and Woman of the Year banquet February: Whiskey Flat Days, Heart Walk March: Keyesville Classic, Isabella Lake Fishing Derby April: Kern River Festival Whitewater Races, Open Art Studio Tour, Butterfly Count, Trout Festival, Nature Festival May: History Days, Rotary Club Classic Car Show June: Kids Fishing Derby, Whitewater Wednesday July: Fireworks Over The Lake, Personal Watercraft Race August: Rubber Ducky Races, Hummingbird Festival September: Turkey Vulture Festival, Free Fishing Day, Valley Fest

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Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed


Having fun with metaphors Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've noticed that when we want to spice up a conversation or brighten something we're writing, we use metaphors. Webster says a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comRod parison. For instance, “A Middleworth sea of troubles” or “All the world's a stage” are both common metaphors. There is no doubt that metaphors add color and meaning to a sentence. For instance, if you made a bad investment you could say you were “burned by a shady deal.” Or when you’re angry it might be time to “chill out.” How about, “He was a diamond in the rough?” It's easy to see how they add zest to any message. Here's a metaphor that I particularly like: • “Her curls glistened in the rain like nose hairs after a sneeze.” And here are some political

ones” • “He was considered a lame duck candidate.” • “It was a landslide victory.” • “It’s a grassroots campaign.” What can be fun is to check your newspaper (the Courier, of course) to see if you can find metaphors. Newspeople use them frequently, so it isn't hard, and you'll be amazed at how many there are. I loved mixed metaphors as well. Let me close this column with some really mixed ones which give pause for thought while they grab your attention. • “It was like trying to thread a needle with a haystack.” • It’s half of one and six dozen of another.” • “I'm burning the midnight oil at both ends.” • “He's robbing Peter to pay the Piper.” • “Give someone an inch and they'll take the whole ruler.” • “The difference is like apples and orange juice.” And finally” • “Writing a column like this is not rocket surgery!” (Editor’s note: Rod writes like a house afire, doesn’t he?) Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program and coordinator for the Lake Patrol volunteers.


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Mark your calendar Square dancers to start new classes Sept. 9 The Dam Dancers square dance club will be starting new classes on September 9. This class is free to the public. The Dam Dancers will demonstrate square dancing. Join the fun and learn! Youths 12 and over are welcome with a parent or grandparent. Regular dance classes are held on each Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Our club dances are held on the first Saturday of each month. For more information call 379-4181 or 376-1253. BLM to auction off oil and gas leases Sept. 10 The Bureau of Land Management will conduct an auction of oil and gas leases on federal land on Sept. 10. The lease auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Select, 801 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield. For more information, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6129. Guitarist coming to Riverside Park Sept. 13 Dennis Agajanian is coming to Riverside Park Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., pickin’ bluegrass music. It’s a free concert. Free hot dogs 1-1:45 p.m. All are welcome! Sponsored by Calvary Chapel. Agajanian is an alumnus of the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest flat picker. Whether playing country, bluegrass, classical or rock, audiences often find themselves wondering at his gifted ability to play the guitar. VFW to host River Run 3 Sept. 12-13 The VFW Post 7665 in Lake Isabella will host a motorcycle run called “River Run 3” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., National Anthem 9:45, with roll-out at 10 a.m. Awards at 6 p.m. The Run is a 128 mile poker run, with prizes for the best hand. There will be a barbecue with raffle prizes, live bands and much more. Benefits the Bakersfield VA Cemetery Memorial Walk. For more information call the VFW post at 379-3877, Orion Sanders at (661) 340-0026, or visit Art Association to host famous artist at Sept. 15 meeting The Kern River Valley Art Association will be hosting Mara DeLuca, an Italian-American fine artist, at their meeting at the Veterans/Senior Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15. DeLuca has had solo showings of her work at numerous galleries in Germany, Italy and throughout Southern California. Her art has been selected for inclusion in a major museum and early next year is scheduled for exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, call 378-4109. Parenting classes coming Sept. 18 New Beginnings parenting classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 18. Classes will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon and run weekly for 10 weeks. All classes will be held at the KRV Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella. Participants will learn about controlling anger, seeking new behavior methods, talking to your children about problems, and how to provide a safe and loving home. Charge is $55 for 10, two-hour classes. Course is limited to first seven (7) people to enroll. Weekly parenting classes meet court and CPS requirements. For more information call the KRV Family Resource Center at 379-2556. Fuller staff to hold office hours Sept. 20 Assemblymember Jean Fuller’s staff will hold office hours at the Kern County Building, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment with Assemblymember Fuller's staff, the community is encouraged to call Fuller's District Office at 661-395-2995. Annual Kern Valley Pride Day Sept. 20 Register now to volunteer to clean up the Kern Valley Saturday, Sept. 20. Litter pickup is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. From noon to 2 p.m. will be a barbecue lunch for all volunteers with awards and music. Signup forms are available at Thomas Refuse, the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kern Valley Sun and QAB Radio. For more information or to sign up, call 3792618 ext. 108. Dinner theater benefit to get spay/neuter clinic Sept. 20 There will be a dinner theater Sept. 20 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella at 4 p.m. to honor the birthday of Jesse Martinez of Critter Sitters, who is trying to get a spay/neuter clinic here in the valley. All proceeds will go to that cause. There will be a big drawing with many prizes. Dinner tickets are $20 donation each. Drawing is $5 donation. Call 378-3101. Kern Valley High School reunion Sept. 26-28 The Kern Valley High School Reunion, for those who attended KVHS between 1941 and 1969, will be held September 26-28, 2008 at the Kernville Inn in Kernville. Information email or call 760-3763218. Clint James Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 27 A Clint James Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at Kern Valley Golf Course. Entry fee includes a BBQ dinner. The format is Regular Scramble. Cash is paid for first through third place. Also, longest drive (men and women). Members $45, non-members $55. Cutoff date is Sept. 13. Check-in 9 a.m. Shotgun start 11 a.m. A hole in one with full field wins a car from Isabella Motors. For more information call Kern Valley Golf Course at 376-2828 or Diane Norris at 376-1725. Proceeds support the youth groups in the valley, such as the boys who go to Mule Days in Bishop. Casino Night coming Oct. 11 Although the Kern River Valley’s Valley Fest has been canceled, they will be holding a Casino Night at the Senior Center on Oct. 11. For more information, call the chamber at 379-5236.


Kern River Valley vacation directory Camping/Fishing Info U.S. Forest Service Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Across from Senior Center (760) 379-5236


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

Lakeview Motel 12090 Highway 178, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-8250 All rooms A/C and WiFi


Wofford Heights

Airport Cafe at Kern Valley Airport Sierra Way, south of Kernville Breakfast & Lunch, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 7 days a week



Golf Course

M.L. Ludiker Artwork & Design


General KRV Info

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Sierra Way


Wofford Heights Park

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

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

Tillie Creek Live Oak

North Fork Marina Camp 9 Boulder Gulch

Call 760-376-2860 for a $10 listing in this directory.

Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side French Gulch

French Gulch Marina Pioneer Point


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Water Ski Area

Lake Isabella Wildlife Area

South Fork Recreation Area

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

Mountain Mesa

Lake Isabella

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

Let’s Go Fishing

Fishing still great Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

File photo/Kern River Courier

Visitors feed the fish at the Kernville Fish Hatchery.

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

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As we come to a slowdown in the summer tourist season, fishing in the Kern River Valley is going to get even better. Trout fishing on the Kern River was once again fantastic this past week. We sent home many a happy fisherman. One fisherman’s comment was, “I have never caught so many quality trout in one fishing trip. I usually fish the High Sierra. I didn’t know the fishing was so good here.” He’ll be back, and he will tell his friends. Last week Fish & Game planted another 50 trophy trout upriver. Along with the regular stocking schedule, the DF&G has done an outstanding job of keeping the Kern loaded with quality fish. On Isabella Lake, catfish are still biting well. Even while trolling for trout, fishermen are bringing in cats. Some nice bass are being caught off of rocky points. Alexis Mann brought in a nice 5-pound bass and sister Brooklyn caught a nice pan size trout. “We use worms,” they said. Nice job, ladies. The catch is only going to get

Alexis Mann and sister Brooklyn hold up their catches of a fivepound bass and a pan-sized trout, caught on worms.

better, so let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, near the Wofford Heights Post Office. See their Web site at

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Night L ife

Friday, September 5, 2008

Celebrity Extra Archer is ‘Privileged’

Kern River Valley Nightlife Guide Kernville

Lake Isabella

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kern River Saloon 20 Tobias, 376-4786 Fri. - Karaoke with Roy, 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Sat. -Live music. Sun. - Pool Tournament, 2 p.m. McNally’s Fairview Restaurant Lodging, full bar Mt. 99, 18 miles north to Fairview. 376-2430 Call for musical entertainment

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

8 p.m. - 2

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

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

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By Cindy Elavsky

What else does he have in the works? -- Janice J., via e-mail A: Howie Mandel, who started his career as a stand-up comedian and segued into television (best known for his work on "St. Elsewhere"), has been hosting the uber-popular game show "Deal or No Deal" since December 2005. Howie also will host the syndicated version of "DOND" starting in September. The show's top prize is $500,000, which contestants have a chance to win five days a week. The banker and the models will be returning, but this time around there will be 22 contestants each holding a case (as opposed to 26, giving more chances to win the top prize), and models Tameka and Patricia will spin a wheel at the start of each show to determine which contestant out of the 22 will play for the top prize that day. Check your local listings for details.

Q: One of my favorite actresses is Anne Archer. She has such class and grace that we rarely see in many of the young Hollywood starlets. What has she been working on lately? -Julianne F., Vancouver, Archer B.C. A: You can catch Anne in the new CW drama called "Privileged" beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9. She stars as cosmetics mogul Laurel Limoges, who hires Megan Smith (JoAnna Garcia, "Reba") to tutor her twin 16-year-old daughters. The action takes place in the heady Palm Beach world of wealth and power, with fish-out-of-water Megan trying to assimilate into glamorous Laurel's world.

*** Have a question for Cindy? Email her at, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

*** Q: I am so happy to see that Howie Mandel is back in the public eye because of the success of "Deal or No Deal."

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(Summit) 7. College Road Trip (G) Martin Lawrence 8. Step Up 2: The Streets (PG-13) Briana Evigan (Disney/Touchstone) 9. Drillbit Taylor (PG-13) Owen Wilson (Paramount) 10. Shutter (PG-13) Joshua Jackson (Fox)

1. 21 (PG-13) Jim Sturgess (Sony Pictures) 2. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (R) John Cho 3. The Bank Job (R) Jason Statham (Lionsgate) 4. Doomsday (R) Caryn Peterson (Universal) 5. Vantage Point (PG-13) Dennis Quaid 6. Never Back Down (PG-13) Sean Faris





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Friday, September 5, 2008

Health Insurance Matters

You can have influence on medical expenses Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

When I was in Washington, D.C. a number of months ago lobbying Congress, I noticed an interesting phenomenon. The legislators and their aides used the terms "health care" and "health insurance" interchangeably. But, of course, there is a major difference. Health care is delivered by medical people, while health insurance pays for the care we receive. So, when it comes to lowering the cost, the cost of health care must be reduced to lower the cost of health insurance. But if you can’t lower the cost of health care, you can do a few things to keep your expenses in check.

If you are in a PPO plan, be sure you check to see if your doctor is a participating provider. Then, if your doctor refers you to a specialist, be sure the specialist is participating. It is your responsibility. If the provider is not, either seek a different referral, or ask about the pricing. Also, stop assuming. If you go to a par- Harry Thal ticipating hospital, don't assume that the various departments within that hospital participate in your insurance. The Emergency Room is usually a contract provider, who may or may not

be covered by your insurance plan. Often the laboratories or radiology are not part of the hospital, and may cost you more (balance billing). This is perfectly legal. Just not very ethical. Another thing to look into is the coverage you have. In an attempt to save money, some people purchase health insurance with limited benefits. A limited benefit policy, even from a brand name company, may provide coverage only under very specific circumstances, like hospital only. This may well mean as an inpatient, the policy may not cover the emergency room or outpatient testing. If you need to buy a new car, most people will shop around. The same should hold true with medical services. A $5,000 MRI at one hos-

pital may be only $1,200 at another. Sometimes the savings is worth the inconvenience of a trip to another community. And, if you have met your deductible, and it is covered, just remember, that if everybody who needed the $1,200 MRI used the $5,000 facility because "the insurance is going to pay for it", just think about it when your monthly premium goes up on your policy's anniversary. Harry P. Thal, MA, Certified Senior Advisor, is a licensed insurance broker. He is a member of the Kern Valley Hospital Advisory Board and is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters, He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

County’s emergency plan OK’d Approval revealed at Collaborative meeting Kern River Courier

The Kern River Valley Collaborative held a Strategic Planning Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. The Kern River Valley Collaborative is now a state accredited collaborative, giving it higher status when it comes to requesting grant funding. It attained this status by proving that it could set a plan and accomplish its goals. Reports were given by various agencies to update the membership about some of the things that have happened to improve the lives of the people of the Kern River Valley.


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California Joe’s Country Living

Plater Road Gang eats chili California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

It was the 1960s. Tony, Lynn and Casey met while working at a McDonald’s in Hawthorne. Casey’s father was Eddie McLean and he built a two-story place off Plater Road near Kernville. Time passed. Casey married Lynn. Tony became an attorney and bought California Joe the house on the other side of Eddie. Later Casey bought more cabins in the area. Other friends bought because Casey told them “c’mon”! My phone rang the other day. It was Lynn saying, “We’re having our Labor Day chili cookoff tonight. You and Miz Sue get on over here!” At seven o’clock we jumped into the car, ambled down the hill and turned on the small dirt road leading off to the left and Eddie McLean’s place; he died several years ago but every year the chili cookoff is held in his honor at Tony’s place next door. A bunch of folks and kids and dogs were already chowing down at the long tables. Must have been 10 or more slow cookers with numbers pasted on the side. You got your paper plates and Dixie cups and tried all the different chili. Later you

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/2 tsp. Pepper

received a ticket and you wrote down the number of the chili cooker you thought made the best chili. The winner got a plaque and his or her name was to be later inscribed on it. We sat at a long table and ate our chili and drank good wine and voted for number 2. I think number seven won. *** I still remember my last talk with Eddie McLean. I heard he wasn’t doing real good and I called him. “Hey Joe,” he said, ”glad you called. They got me all doped up and somebody is with me all the time now. Look, do me a favor and keep your eye on that gang up there. They’re all nice folks and you’ll enjoy them being around.” He was right. Every night just before dark, I take Princess Molly Labrador out for her walk and we head out down the hill and over on the little winding road near the five or six cabins owned by the folks that I always think of as “The Plater Road Gang.” And I remember ol’ Eddie McLean, who would come out on his balcony and yell down at me, “You come on in and have a drink right now.” I always did!

Combine corn, onion, and tomato. Stir in mayonnaise and salt and pepper. (Very good cold.) Bodfish Bob's Mushroom Burgers 1 lb. hamburger 1/2 small onion, diced fine 1 small can mushrooms or use fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 Tbs. ketchup or barbecue sauce 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke Salt to suit

Mix well and form into patties. Have grill hot and cook till done. (Makes 4 burgers.)

Bodfish Bob Kern River Courier Columnist

Bodfish Bob's Carolina Style Red Barbecue Sauce 1 ½ c apple cider vinegar ½ c ketchup 1 T (packed) brown sugar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp dried crushed red pepper

To diminish tartness, add additional ketchup and brown sugar to taste. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve. This sauce can be prepared as many as 2-3 days in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups. Bodfish Bob's Corn Salad

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2 - 12 ounce cans drained whole kernel corn 4 chopped green onions 1 large diced tomato 2-3 tablespoons mayonaise

Bodfish Bob's Breakfast Pie 1 frozen (or ready made) pie crust 1 lb sausage or bacon (cooked) 1/2 onion (diced) 1/2 green pepper or red pepper (diced) 8 oz of frozen hash browns 8 oz of shredded cheese 5 eggs 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place frozen hash browns in pie crust and top with the cooked sausage or bacon. Add onions and green peppers. Beat eggs and milk in bowl and then pour into the pie crust. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at

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Pitch In On Pride Day! Kern Valley Pride Day Saturday, September 20th, 2008 8:00 - 11:30am Litter Pick-up 12 Noon - 2:00pm BBQ Lunch, Awards & Music Registration Forms are available at: Kern Valley Sun, Lake Isabella KRV Chamber of Commerce, Lake Isabella Thomas Refuse Service, Inc., Lake Isabella QAB Media Office, Kernville

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Talking About Real Estate Real estate market should pick up The heat is off! The real estate market has for sure seen tough times this year. In particular, our market up here as a whole was creeping along in the spring and then it just seemed like everything came to a screeching halt once the Matt Freeman hot weather hit. Fortunately, though, that is usually the case anyway up here in theKern River Valley, so it is nothing out of the norm. You would think that the massive influx of tourists on those hot summer weekends would fill the real estate offices up here with calls and offers, but that is really not the case. What usually happens is people vacation up here for several years before they decide they want to move here or have a weekend place up here. So we are a very seasonal market to begin with, regardless of how the real estate market as a whole is doing statewide and nationwide. The credit crunch is not helping, either. Folks usually do not have the liquid assets to just pay cash for a place, even a singlewide weekender or something. They usually have to sell

or refinance another property that they own. Not a problem when things were hopping, but now values are coming down and have been for quite some time and banks are tightening their reins. Lenders are really being crazy right now in a lot of respects and the ultimate reason is there just is not enough money to go around for them to lend, so they are only taking the very best loans with the least risk. Even folks with really good credit and jobs are having trouble right now because of other factors. Often the property they want to buy is the problem. Banks are being real strict on appraisals and valuations, often wanting more than one during escrow. Sounds pretty bad, right? Well, things are gonna get better. The new housing finance bill takes effect Oct. 1, and that is gonna help folks get good loans that they can afford to pay. Most of all, for us up here, it is finally gonna cool down. Fall is awesome up here in the valley, one of the things I like about living up here. I think buyers will like it too and start jumping down from the fence. Hang on, sellers, just hang on! Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.





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The Kern River Valley Art Association’s art show at Circle Park over the weekend had many visitors and the artwork was loved by spectators. The association holds art shows twice a year in the park, in the spring and in the fall.

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Dennis Agajamian Pickin’ Blue Grass at Riverside Park


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Comics poll brings full mailbox Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The Great Kern River Courier Comics and Puzzle Poll of last week has brought a lot of responses. So far, it looks like the crossword puzzles are the big winners. Most readers gave them high marks. But the weekly horoscope, Salome’s Stars, didn’t fare as well, with quite a few low rankings.

Those of you who selected a comic they might like to see usually selected “The Katzenjammer Kids.” We’re interested in what you have to say about our Fun & Games pages. If you would like to give us your 42 cents worth (inflation, you know), tear out the form below and send it to the address listed. We’re looking forward to your response, so keep those cards and letters coming in.

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The Great Kern River Courier Comics and Puzzles Poll Here’s your chance at voting for your favorites by giving them a full “5” and for slamming your least favorites by giving them a minute “1.”

Chuckle of Week Go Figure Henry Hocus-Focus Cats & Dogs Junior Whirl King Crossword

Out on a Limb RFD Salome’s Stars Super Crossword Trivia Test Weekly Sudoku Wishing Well

Just tear out this page and send it to us here at the Kern River Courier, Box 1145, Wofford Heights CA 93285, to cast your votes on our puzzles and games. Do you like any of the below listed comics? Circle one.

• Mama’s Boyz • Popeye • Katzenjammer Kids

• Amber Waves • Mark Trail • They’ll Do It Every Time

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Friday, September 5, 2008 Make sure you advertise in the


The Kern River Courier Marketplace ~ Since 2004 ~ Services

For Rent

Homes For Sale

Jerry’s APPLIANCE SERVICE Washers • Dryers • Refrigerators Stoves • Dishwashers 379-2199

Onyx Apartment for rent in quiet neighborhood. 2 bd, 1ba. Close to park & store. $550/mo incls water & trash. References required. 661-477-7091 __________________________

Archie Logsdon Carpentry Decks & Remodeling. "Craftsmanship and Attention to Detail." (760) 223-6624

Lake Isabella - Nice 2 bd, 2 ba, dbl wide mobile home, quiet 55+ park, rent to own @ $615/mo (includes space rent), Call Joel 760-379-2092 __________________________

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

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WELD & WOOD 20 yrs welding experience. Deck Repairs & Maintenance House Painting too. Call Joey @ 376-8696 __________________________ LIGHTHOUSE ELECTRIC Quality Work Fair Prices Call Ross (760) 981-3361 License #708148

Wanted to Buy I BUY JUNK CARS Running or Not Call Shawn (760) 379-8087

Neatest Adult Park in DValley! 1 Bd remodeled mobile E home, T No Pets. $350 per month, N PinewoodE Trailer Park, 99 Evans Road R Wofford Heights. __________________________ 2 Bd, 2 Ba Double wide in D lake Wofford Heights Ewith view. Located onT½ acre w/lots N dryer, stove, of trees, washer, E refrig. R $675/mo + security deposit. Call Patty 310-430-8612 __________________________ 2 Houses For Rent on Same Lot 1st House - Cozy 1 bd, 1 ba cottage in Canebrake, 800sf, fully fenced yard, $525 mo + $525 deposit. 2nd House - 450sf, 1 room w/kitchenette & living area, separate bathroom & laundry room, screened porch, large fenced yard. $350/mo + $350 deposit. Both houses on same lot. Perfect for roommates or caregivers that need space. Rent individually or discount for both to same renter. 7 miles east of Onyx on Hwy 178 / 35 miles west of Ridgecrest. Call Mike @ 949-646-7112 or 949-246-7731

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Land For Sale Residential lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $45,000 OBO, Call (661) 428-1108 __________________________ Land for Sale - 40 acres good Nevada ranchland. 200 mi NE of Reno. Walk to river & store @ I80. $995 down, $349/mo, $29,900 sale price. Owner financing, no qualifying. 818-429-7278 owner. __________________________ 3 Separate Lots For Sale Dolan Springs, Arizona Right off Pierce Ferry Road - Hwy to the Grand Canyon Skywalk (702) 378-9982

Help Wanted

Free Pets 2 beautiful, fluffy adult female indoor cats - declawed, all shots, ideal for older couple, must stay together (dog friendly) will deliver! 760-379-1000

2BR Mobile on one third acre lot. Secluded Wofford Hts. location. Needs some TLC. $58,000 - will consider rent to own. Call 323-841-6384 __________________________ Mobile Home for sale by owner. 2BR singlewide mobile with fenced lot, deck. Appliances included. Shade trees. Nice Weldon area. (760) 378-3637. __________________________ 2 BD, 1 BA mobile home, 10x50, in adult park, Wofford Heights. Big screen TV & newer appliances included. $5,500 obo, Call 378-4358

CKC-Reg.CHIHUAHUA PUPS 9 weeks, 1st & 2nd shots, puddle pad trained. Fem $300 to $350, males $200 to $275 senior discount. 760-379-1403

Commission Sales Person For Bakersfield area needed. Must have experience, good transportation and be highly motivated. Call 760-376-2860 __________________________ Sales & Distribution Person For Ridgecrest area should have sales experience & positive attitude. Reliable transportation a must. Call 760-376-2860

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ONYX EMPORIUM FOOD MART First Stop In and Last One Out of Kern Valley, 23822 Hwy 178, Onyx,760 -378-2151

Vehicles For Sale 2001 Lincoln LS, Loaded! Runs and looks great. 93,000 miles. $6,500. See @ South Fork Transmission. 5300 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-8578 or 760-417-0705

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Specialty Shops 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

Commercial Lease•Rent•Buy BUSY RETAIL CENTER Unit C For Lease Ample Parking Call Pat (760) 417-2231

For Sale HAY FOR SALE Oat hay by the bale or the ton 379-5113 OR 223-0282 __________________________ Commercial grade lawn mower cast aluminum housing, Briggs & Stratton engine $60. Kerosine portable space heater $40. Seven sleeping bags, Northface, Kelty, Coleman & Misc. $5-$20 ea. Size 18 bridal go under slip $10. Call after 6:00pm 760-379-4860 __________________________ Very pretty red floral chintz sofa and chair. $400. 379-2273

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Voices of Faith

Truth Project at Family Life Sept. 27 Clarence Semonious Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship

Preparing to work as a police officer, I spent months at a live-in academy to study the profession. One of the instructors advised my class of a logic that undermines many officers after the job becomes routine. He said that the thought process goes something like this: First statement – I am a good person. Second statement – I have an idea. Conclusion – therefore it is a good idea. He warned that many times it will not be a good idea. That instructor was correct. There are some statements that can be set in Semonious concrete for every occasion. Unfortunately, those powerful statements have been used as a club to overwhelm others and magnify the ego of the speaker. In the time when God gave his words to prophets who spoke them to whom they were intended, God said to Ezekiel, “If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” Ezekiel 33:8. The prophet was thus warned to be diligent in his duties. He could keep himself safe, according to God, “If you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 33:9. Even so, there were those who fell into the temptation of telling the people wanted to hear.

Over time, the idea that there is an objective truth, set by God, has been abandoned. It is popular now to claim that truth is relative. In other words, if one thinks a particular behavior is a good thing; to him it is true that such behavior is in fact truly good. Today, popular people are followed as if they embody some true value. When the popular person loses his popularity whatever he espoused as true becomes unreliable. If God’s message to Ezekiel is eternally true, there will be many very surprised ‘Christians’. I am so sure that God meant what he said that when I found out about a Bible study called “The Truth Project,” I called the Family Life Center to learn more about how to be part of the session on Sept. 27. Study 2 Chronicles 18 regarding truth. Ahab, king of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, were about to go to war together against the Syrians. Only Micaiah advised the kings according to the true message from God. All the others prophesied what they thought the kings wanted to hear. In today’s world, everyone who can read has been given God’s message. Those who do not pay attention should be aware of Eli, who also had the word of God. His sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them, so God said, “…the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” 1 Samuel 3:14.

Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Living by Faith Evangelist Outreach 6437 Isabella Blvd. (near Post Office) Sunday Services 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 379-8036 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819

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

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Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360

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

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

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Trivia Test ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With your Arian charm quotient at an almost all-time high this week, plus all the facts to back you up, you just might win over the last doubters to your proposal. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You might be in line for that job change you applied for. But be advised that you could be called on to defend your qualifications against supporters of other applicants. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Creating a new approach to an old idea is one way to get beyond that workplace impasse. No such problems in your personal life, where things continue to flow smoothly. CANCER(June 21 to July 22) Be more forthcoming about your feelings concerning a proposed change either in your workplace or in your personal life. Your opinions are valuable. Don't keep them hidden. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A changing situation in your life needs more patience than you appear to be willing to offer. Allowing it to develop at its own pace is the wisest course you can take at this time. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) With more stability in your life -- on both personal and professional levels -- this could be a good time to strengthen relationships with both friends and colleagues. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) People have always relied on your integrity not only to get the job

done, but to get it done right. So don't be pressured by anyone into cutting corners to save time. SCORPIO(October 23 to November 21) While others might get rattled over unexpected changes, your ability to adapt calmly and competently helps you make a positive impression during a crucial period. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A changing environment might be daunting for some, but the adventurous Sagittarian takes it all in stride. A friend from the past could awaken some meaningful memories. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) With your self-assurance rising to full strength, the bold Goat should feel confident about opening up to new ventures as well as new relationships. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Reaching out to someone who has been unkind to you might not be easy. But in the long run it will prove to have been the right thing to do. A friend offers moral support. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your keen insight once again helps you work through a seemingly insoluble problem in your workplace. The weekend offers a good chance to develop new relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a knack for finding details that others would overlook. You would make a fine research scientist. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Chris Richcreek 1. LANGUAGE: How else might you describe a "glabrous" creature? 2. MUSIC: Who wrote the 1969 hit "In the Year 2525"? 3. LITERATURE: In which of Shakespeare's plays does the character of Titania appear? 4. GOVERNMENT: What are the five rights guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? 5. GEOGRAPHY: Mexico is divided into how many states? Answers: 1. Hairless or smooth 2. Denny Zager and Rick Evans 3. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 4. Speech, religion, press, peaceful assembly and the right to petition government for redress of grievances. 5. 31

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Our Valley, Our Earth

Kerogen and heat recipe for oil Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

As discussed in my prior columns concerning the movement and trapping of surface water into aquifers, the trapping of hydrocarbons is also dependent upon the very same reservoir properties of porosi- Ron Bolyard ty, permeability, and conductivity. But in the deeper environments, other complicating factors come into play. The viscosity and the moveability of the fluids are dependent upon the heat and pressure present during their formation. Heat, pressure and time determine the "maturity" of the fluids. Kerogen (the result of bacterial alteration of the carbon based compounds present in the deposited beds, such as woody and animal debris) is then further bacterially altered into crude oily substances, solid particles, gases and fluids. The longer that the substances are under the prevailing heat and pressure regime, the more "mature" the oil products become. This is the main reason why there are different types of oil produced from differing HPT (Heat, Pressure, Time) conditions throughout the world. Further, the HPT also is a determining factor if there is an absence of oil from many areas of the globe. Another important concept is nec-

essary to complete the basic knowledge of the presence or absence of oil in various areas throughout our globe. Some areas, i.e. the Kern River Valley, have little or no producible reservoirs of oil. Why? Once again the reasons are many-fold, but the primary ones are the nearness of an excessive heat source and the lack of significant woody and animal debris in the deposited beds. The heat source is the batholith that produced the Sierra Nevada range which eventually solidified into granite. This heat source was in contact with the deposited sedimentary rocks as the roof pendants formed and the uplifted lava was exposed in granite outcrops. Thus all the kerogen producing particles were essentially "cooked-off" and altered, leaving no source material for bacterial decomposition to produce the oily products. In contrast, the very oily San Joaquin Valley had no nearby heat sources to destroy the kerogen producing woody and animal particles, as well as being a very large and deep basin for the deposition of tons of kerogen "rich" materials! I hope that this brief discussion conveys the basics to the reader. It is very difficult to explain in a few words, diagrams, etc. how our mother planet works. Geologists work continuously in an attempt to grasp the complexity of our world. 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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Death notices Violet Jean Moldenhauer Violet Jean Moldenhauer, 63, of Lake Isabella, passed away Aug. 29, 2008 at her home. Services are pending. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 3795006.

Norris Elmer Darrough Norris Elmer Darrough, 71, of Southlake, passed away Aug. 28, 2008 at his residence. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Mt. Mesa. Arrangements by Lake Isabella Funeral Home Society, 6048A Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella CA 93240. (760) 3795006.

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the development. Nancy Puckett reviewed the results of the Community Needs Assessment report, a survey taken by the Collaborative and compiled by Transforming Local Communities, Inc. The report is a requirement every two years to continue the state accreditation. The report includes the demographics of the respondents to the survey, the things that the Valley has that are being utilized, and the things that they feel the Valley needs. The needs are grouped in categories in the report and include senior services, child care, human services, and family services.

Not “How did he die?”, but “How did he live?” Not what did he gain, but what did he give?

Emergency plan approved The final presentation, by the Kern County Office of Emergency Services (OES), revealed that the Board of Supervisors have approved the new county emergency plan. The new website has launched at It is designed to give the public access to all the resources needed for an emergency and will address issues this the medically fragile, the mobility challenged, those who are cognitively challenged, and resource chal-

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In Loving Memory of Our Dad Not “How Did He Die?” But “How Did He Live?”

Not “what was his church”, nor “what was his creed?” But had he befriended those really in need? Was he ever ready, with a word of good cheer, To bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not “What did the sketch in the newspaper say?”, But how many were sorry he passed away. Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and Go On. David, Jeannie, Jesse, Dennis We will forever miss you!.

Crime log A digest of reports from various public safety agencies in the Kern River Valley area

Arrest reports: There were twelve arrests made by the Kern County Sheriff's Department between July 31, 2008 and August 28, 2008; two in Kernville; three in Wofford Heights; two in Weldon; and five in Lake Isabella. All arrests were transported and booked at Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield. July 31, 2008: A 56 year old Wofford Heights female was arrested in the 100 block of Rock Haven, Wofford Heights on suspicion of public intoxication. August 5, 2008: A Lake Isabella female, 36 years of age, was arrested in the 5500 block of Isabel Drive, Wofford Heights on possession of being under the influence of a controlled substance.. August 10, 2008: A 46 year old male from Onyx was arrested in the 8100 block of Bass Street, Weldon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Spousal abuse and child endangerment. August 16, 2008: A Bodfish female, 42 years of age, was arrested in the 4100 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on warrants charging her for being under the influence of a controlled substance. August 24, 2008: Two females were arrested in the 2700 block of Jerry Street, Lake Isabella. One, a 35 year old from Vista, California, on suspicion of child endangerment. The other, a 54 year old from Lake Isabella on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment. Two individuals, a 45 year old female and a 36 year old male, both from Ridgecrest were arrested in the 11300 block of Kernville Road, Kernville on suspicion public intoxication. The male individual had an added charge of resisting arrest. An 18 year old Weldon male was arrested in the 2500 block of Young Street, Lake Isabella on warrants charging him with assault with a deadly weapon. August 26, 2008: A Wofford Heights 23 year old male from Wofford Heights was arrested in the 30 block of East Evans Road, Wofford Heights on suspicion of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. A 35 year old Lake Isabella male was arrested in the 5600 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. August 28, 2008: A Weldon male, 45 years of age was arrested the 8200 block of Lazy Lane, Onyx on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. There were no Reported Incidents during the submitted time period.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: ISABELLAFLORA (2008-B5506) Street address of principal place of business: 18 Gary Street, Bodfish, CA 93205. REGISTRANTS: Eve Laeger, 18 Gary Street, Bodfish, CA 93205: A, Individual. The date the business commenced: 08/11/2008. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (08/12/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. ISABELLAFLORA. This statement filed on 08/12/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By G. Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier August 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 2008. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Buzzard Gulch Trading Post (2008B5833)Street address of principal place of business: 117 Piute Drive, Kernville, CA 93238.REGISTRANTS: Robert Morris, 412 Burlando, Kernville, CA 93238 and ConnieMorris, 412 Burlando, Kernville, CA 93238:1, Husband and Wife. The date thebusiness commenced: 06/27/2001. The filing of this statement does not of itselfauthorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rightsof another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious BusinessName Statement expires five years from the date it was filed inthe County Clerk's Office. (08/27/2013) A new fictitious business name statementmust be filed before that time. BUZZARD GULCH TRADING POST. This statementfiled on 08/27/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By

lenged. It was pointed out that the new shelter plan includes temporary animal sheltering right next to the human shelters, so people won't refuse to evacuate due to pets. The website will have the availability of community feedback of opinion of what is still needed, and links to services. There was also discussion about the plan for earthquake and dam breach. The lead agency for evacuation is the Kern County Sheriff Dept; for sheltering, the Department of Human Services; and relationships have been established for mutual aid partners in surrounding counties. A list has been prepared of possible needs, in the event that the U.S. military is needed to fill in the gaps. The County and the Army Corps of Engineers have developed a system of levels of danger, so there is no communication breakdown in the event of an emergency. A grant has been received to develop a telephone emergency phone system (reverse 911). The dam is being reengineered to enable it to withstand the most likely earthquake, should the fault under the dam move.

G.Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2008. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF KINZER LEE SPARKS aka KINZER L. SPARKS aka KINZER SPARKS S-1500-PB-58279 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of KINZER LEE SPARKS aka KINZER L. SPARKS aka KINZER SPARKS A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: CINDY LEE STICKNEY in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that CINDY LEE STICKNEY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: October 16, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. E, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal represen-

tative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JAMIE P. GELBER, Atty. 6435 Lake Isabella Blvd., P.O. Box 2810 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 (760) 379-2604 (Publish: Kem River Courier: September 5, 12 and 19, 2008 ) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Weldon House, The (2008-B5831) Street address of principal place of business: 5209 Cheyenne Court, Weldon, CA 93283. REGISTRANTS: Walter Urfer, 5213 Cheyenne Court, Weldon, CA 93283 and Claudia Urfer, 5213 Cheyenne Court, Weldon, CA 93283: I, Husband and Wife. The date the business commenced: 08/01/2008. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (Bus & Prof 14400 et seq. This Fictitious Business Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the County Clerk's Office. (08/27/2013) A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. THE WELDON HOUSE. This statement filed on 08/27/2008. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk By G. Durward. (34993)-Published by the Kern River Courier September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2008.

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The Kern River Valley’s Bird World

Examining the common raven, a raucous bird Bob Barnes Special to the Kern River Courier

The Common Raven is a common to abundant resident in the Kern River Valley. As a matter of fact, in 2003 the Kern River Valley Christmas Bird Count led the nation in the number reported on over one thousand counts held across the United Sates. Its close relative, the American Crow, is a very rare but increasing visitor to the KRV. Both species belong to the family of birds called the corvids which includes the jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, magpies, crows, and ravens. Generally, the Common Raven dominates the mountains, deserts, and other more wild areas of California. In contrast, the American Crow dominates along the coast, in California’s largest urban areas, and in the irrigated agricultural areas of the Central Valley. The year round range of the Common Raven includes all of the western United States, all of Alaska, all of Canada, and several of the Great Lakes states. In the eastern United States, the range of the Common Raven follows the narrow band of the Appalachian mountain range all the way south to northern Georgia. Its range extends south through the mountains and deserts of western Mexico. At 24 inches in length, the Common Raven is much larger than the 17.5 inch long American Crow. The wingspan averages 53

inches in the former and 39 inches in the latter. The Common Raven weighs two and one half times more than the American Crow. The American Crow has a short, rounded tail. The Common Raven’s tail is long and wedge-shaped. The Common Raven also has a shaggy throat. A very good way to tell the Kern River Valley’s resident Common Ravens from the rarely visiting American Crow is by watching their flight. If you see a large, black corvid soaring in the air with Turkey Vultures and hawks, it is almost surely a Common Raven. Although Common Ravens flap their wings to move about, they also soar a lot. Crows do not soar. They flap their wings constantly. Common Ravens are considered to be highly intelligent with lots of cooperative and communicative behavior documented. They form faithful nesting pairs. In the Kern River Valley, their nests are found and often seen on telephone poles along Hwy. 178, especially from Mountain Mesa to Onyx. They are omnivorous, eating almost anything edible from living animals and plant parts to road kill carcasses. Common Ravens gather in roosts at the end of the day. The largest roost in the KRV is in Squirrel Valley. Evening counts of ravens going to roost have come up with counts between 800 and 1500 individuals. Whether you are on the Kern

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A raven sits on a log. Common Ravens are highly intelligent and are often seen on the south side of the lake. River Valley floor, out in the desert along Kelso Valley Road, below Walker Pass, or in the foothills and high elevations of the mountains surrounding the KRV, if you see one or more large, black, crow-like birds, you are almost surely seeing the Common Raven and not the American Crow. Until next week, happy and productive birding. Reprinted from the Kern River Courier, Sept. 3, 2004.

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We carry food and non-food items and pet food. Product changes daily! Sadie's is pleased to give a percentage of all profits to charity. A different charity is selected each month. Our recipients for the balance of 2008 are: September - Weldon United Methodist Church October- Kern Valley Search and Rescue November - "The River" December - Salvation Army Shop and help the charity of your choice!

Kern River Courier September 5, 2008  

Kern River Courier September 5, 2008