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The Taft Independent

October 11, 2018 • Volume 12 Issue 13

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

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Taft Business of the Week Taft Clippers

Taft Fort “Fall Harvest Beer & Wine Tasting” on Thursday, October 18th, from 5-9pm. Wines, Beers, and non-alcoholic beverages. Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts, Music and Silent Auction. $25 advance tickets, $30 at the door. For more information call The Fort @ 765-7371.

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Friday- Lighthouse Foursquare Church presents “Games in Ford City Park from 3-6pm. Games, music, and much more. Saturday- Car Seat Inspections at 810 6th Street from 8am-noon. West Kern Oil Museum Pumpkin Patch. TUHS Class of 1963 Reunion. Dart Tournament at Art’s Corner at 7pm. Westside Wreck Her’s Roller Derby at the Rec N Yard at 401 4th St. Sunday- Meet & Greet with Shannon Grove on Rails to Trails from 12-4pm. Wednesday- Taft Candidate Forum at OT Cookhouse at 6pm. Thursday- Coffee with a Cop in the Rec Party Room at 9am. Beer and Wine tasting at the Fort, starts at 5:00pm.


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Westside News................6

Liberty Under Fire........8

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6AM 12PM and 6PM

October 19th: Taft High Football vs. Wasco at Home. It’s Senior Night, Bobcats kickoff at 4:30, The WILDCATS kickoff at 7:30pm. October 20th: Taft Rotary Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast at Taft High from 7-11am. All money raised goes back to our youth. Taft Community Garden Fall Event at 9am. October 25th: Taft College Career and Transfer Fair from 10am-noon. October 26th: Art’s Corner Halloween Party. October 27th: Taft Chamber GalaWeen. Boomtown Days at the West Kern Oil Museum. Veterans Breakfast with Assemblyman Vice Fong, RSVP @395-2995. October 29th: “Trunk or Treat” at the Rec. October 31st: Halloween Spooktacular from 4-6pm in rite Aid parking lot November 1st: Fall Fort BBQ. November 2nd: 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street, starts at 6pm. November 6th: Election Day Houchin Blood Bank at the Taft Chamber from noon-6pm. November 7th: Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club, dinner at 7:30. November 11th: Taft College Hall of Fame, call 763-7829 for tickets. November 15th: Downtown Shopping Night on Center Street. November 17th: Taft Chamber Fishing Derby at Buena Vista Lake. Call the Chamber @ 765-2165 for info. Taft Motorcycle Club Fundraiser at Honolulu Hills Raceway. Opens at 7am November 30-December 1st: West Side Rec Holiday Gift Show. December 3rd: Taft Christmas Parade. December 6th: The Fort Gift Show. December 7th: Photos with Santa at 1st Friday Cruise Night. January 12th: West Side Recreation WESPY’S. February 7th: Taft Chamber Installation Gala. October 2020: OILDORADO October 9-18, 2020. October 17th- Candidate Forum at OT Cookhouse at 6pm. Hear from the seven great candidate’s running for Taft City Council- Michael Long, Ed Whiting, Ron Waldrop, Renee Hill, Josh Bryant, Andrew Wagner, and Jeff Eveland.


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MILLER TIME By Randy Miller Hi Everyone, We recently placed an ad on Craig’s List selling our 2005 Honda Goldwing. We posted a selling price of $7,900, which is more than reasonable. We attracted several potential buyers through texts to my cell phone number. They didn’t try to negotiate the price but wanted me to use Pay Pal for accepting the money from them. I indicated that I don’t use Pay Pal and I would accept a cashier’s check. Last I heard from them.

I promised that I’d get back to you on my health issues. In early August, I went in for a Calcium CT scan as a precaution, no symptoms at the time. This lead to a PT Scan Stress Test, an Ultra Sound of my heart, which lead to an Angiogram of my heart, which exposed that I had major plaque buildup of the arteries feeding my heart. The bottom line out of all this means that I am scheduled for open heart double bypass surgery soon.

Wow, just went in for a checkup. As I was in the middle of collecting signatures for my run for my 5th term on the council, I decided no, it was really time to step back and really retire. This kind of news makes you think a little more about your future and what lies ahead. Since I started this process, I have a number of friends having different health issues; one who just recently passed away a month after finding out he had stage 4 throat cancer. I’m 73, not that old, but health problems do seem to put more years on you. It becomes more of conversation blather when talking The latest person offered to buy the bike and didn’t try to negotiate the with those in my age group. I have found that this Ischemic Heart Disease price either. Told him, I would accept a cashier’s check, which he agreed I’ve been diagnosed with may have come from my exposure to Agent Orto and would mail out promptly. I asked for a name, where he was from, ange in Viet Nam on my three different tours over there in the 60’s. Have and why he wanted my bike. Said he lived in Iowa, check would be coming several friends who served with me diagnosed with the same issues. by way of USPS, which it did, special delivery envelope. He was tracking I am not asking for your sympathies, but appreciate your concerns. I’m it. He wanted me to use a mobile bank app or Electronic ATM right away fine at present, just no excessive exertion, Ginny has my back. I didn’t to deposit it, so the funds would be available to me, so he could make mean for this to become this public, but out of it all, if any of you are not arrangements to pick the bike up. This was on a Fri afternoon; told him feeling quite right, go see the doctor; don’t wait. I’m looking forward to no, I would deal with it on Monday. The check was made out for $9,400, good outcomes, because I went to see my doctor; we’ve all got more of I asked why so much, he said his assistant included the shipping charge in those bucket list items we need to do. the total by mistake, and if I would return the overage to him. Again, this is all by text message. The check was from a NY bank, not a cashier’s check. Ginny took the check to our bank who called the bank on the check, who confirmed there were no funds in that account. They wanted a copy of the check and would be doing an investigation and file charges against whoever was using their bank for fraudulent activities. Looking on Google this is a common scam for Craig’s List, send more money than was asked, then ask for a return check from your account so they can access your account and wipe it out. I was going to shred the check, but now we are going to frame it for our wall. Incidentally, that afternoon, a buyer from Bakersfield called and wanted to come by and look at the bike. Ying and Yang. I never really considered myself as a politician, but being on the council, I guess, gives me that title. Since the middle of August, there is a real stain on that profession that is washing over everyone who is elected and serves. The despicable behavior going on in Washington during the Supreme Court nominee hearings has been a shameful exercise in politics. It is coming from all sides, and the media is really complacent in this whole charade of a basic process of our rules of government. Like it has been said, instead of advise and consent, it is search and destroy. Our senators from California have acted most irresponsibility in this process. It just begs the question, where as a nation do we go from here ?? He said, she said. Do you believe that all women tell the truth, that all men are liars ?? Just who do you believe; who do you trust anymore; how dirty can politics really get; who is at fault; how much more can we divide our nation ?? It is just sick how perverted this has all become. But stay the course my

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West Side Recreation Report JOIN US FOR COFFEE WITH A COP

Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web: by Stephanie House

WSRPD would like to thank the City of Taft for their generous donation regarding their Wellness Benefit Program. This partnership will allow all City of Taft employees access to all amenities at the Recreation Center! Thank you again to the City of Taft!

WSRPD is hosting Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, October 18. Please join us in the Recreation Center Party Room at 9 a.m. for a cup of coffee and great conversation with our local law enforcement.


Bryant, Long and Eveland Endorsed by Taft Police Officer’s Association for City Council Taft City council candidates Josh Bryant, Michael Long and Jeff Eveland have been endorsed by the Taft Police Officer’s Association. Bryant is an incumbent councilman who is serving out his first term. Long is a local businessman, publisher of the Taft Independent newspaper and two term member of the Taft College board. Eveland is a deputy sheriff with the Kern County Sheriff ’s Department. “This decision by the Taft Police Officer’s Association to support these candidates was made based on their focus, determination and qualifications to represent the citizens of Taft,” said Christopher Gonzales, President of the Taft Police Officer’s Association in a statement released to the media. “Each Candidate was chosen after lengthy consideration.” The three candidates are running for three open council seats this November 6th, along with 6 others including retired Taft Police Chief Ed Whiting and incumbent councilwoman Renee Hill. The candidates were interviewed by the TPOA last Tuesday. TPOA President Christopher Gonzales sent letters to each of the three candidates informing them of the endorsement. “It is our belief that the people of Taft would benefit from having you join the Taft City Council,” said Gonzales in the letter addressed to the three candidates.

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Boomtown days at the Oil Museum

The Pumpkin Patch will be open to visitors Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. The pumpkin patch will close at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 and will be open during the Boomtown Days celebration Oct. 27. Museum tours will be conducted by students from the Taft Union High School Oil Academy. Family games will be offered by the West Side Recreation and Park District. The Museum gift shop will be open. It offers unique gift items, including jewelry, T-shirts, books and souvenirs.

A Pumpkin Patch will be featured at the West Kern Oil Museum’s annual Boomtown Days celebration scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lauri Robison will provide the pumpkin patch throughout October, will have pumpkins for sale and has scheduled visits by various school groups and organizations. Other activities during Boomtown Days include antique gas engine displays, the museum’s working blacksmith shop, model railroad displays, a plant sale, quilting demonstrations, a petting zoo and hayrides. A special attraction will be entertainment by Taft’s Westside Dixie Players. Admission is free and barbecued tritip and chicken will be served with salad, beans, rolls and dessert. Ticket prices for the barbecue are $12 for Museum members, $15 for non-members 14 years or older and $8 for those 13 years or younger. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The Museum, which is run entirely by volunteers, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. It is located at the intersection of Hwy 33 and Wood Street. Just look for the big wooden oil derrick.

Recepie Corner By Brenda Collins This recipe was shared by my very good friend, Sharon McElmurry. We have been friends since the 4th grade. That’s wayyy too many years to calculate! I am all for slow cooked meals. I have spent so many years in my kitchen cooking. And when I can throw everything in one pot and walk away from it, I’m in!! What great weather late September has brought us. Course October is just next week and that is my favorite month. Warm afternoons, cool nights, and the birds are no longer nesting in the trees right above where we park our cars! Talk about a mess! The town is becoming busy with class reuniions. My grandson, Brendon, is already planning to attend his 10th in October. Reunions can be the most exciting, fun times or a boring evening of ‘who looks the best and who has gotten the fattest’. I have classmates that LIVE for reunions? I have always told my husband that the people I care about the most I see or talk to and we get to see them when we can. The ones I do not ever get to see I really don’t care.? I had to have two teeth removed. Unfortunately, I have dry mouth and it has caused my gums to shrink away from my new bridge. I now need to have implants! I am so blessed to have the very best dentist ever to do the work for me. Dr. Walker has been our family dentist for over 30 years. He treated my grandson at the tender age of 20 months and was so gentle that there was not a single tear shed during the exam. I know that when Dr. Walker is through with me I will look just like I always did. I have always been impressed when I go for my

The Taft Independent teeth cleaning at Dr. Walker’s. He has always the most up to date, modern equipment in his office. His staff are very professional and very kind. They even offered to drive me home after my procedure yesterday? Talk about your small town benefits. Where else could you receive that kind of attention? I do have to add, my beautician, Diane King, has offered to take me home or pick me up for my appointments. Again, only in a small town, Taft! I love the fall air. Even the highway traffic (we live one block from the highway) sounds muted in the fall air. I know the cold is coming. I treasure the flannel sheets and warm comforters and say a prayer every night for those that do not have them. I don’t have an answer for the homeless problem or the stray animals without homes, but I know that we have several organizations that are working to help. I try to donate when I can. And I donate LOCALLY! I found a recipe for cranberry bread. I can’t wait to bake some up for the holidays. I LOVE cranberries. I will include the recipe in my next letter. Everyone enjoy the weather and pull the comforters out for the winter. Enjoy!

Kern County Homeless Collaborative to Hold Press Conference Bakersfield, CA – October 10, 2018. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is holding a press conference on Friday, October 12 to update the community on the state of homelessness, including current resources being deployed to immediately impact homelessness in the City of Bakersfield and County of Kern. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative will also be kicking off their Home at Last Campaign with a community call to action during the press conference. The press conference will be held Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9:20 AM at the Doubletree Hotel located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s mission is to put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action. ABOUT UNITED WAY OF KERN COUNTY:

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Liberty Under Fire “A Ray of Hope?” in the War against the Globalist By Harold Pease, Ph. D The globalist/establishment in all its forms (lodged in the media, both major political parties, the intelligence community, and Internet providers) now dominate most of the information from which we derive opinion. We are at risk of not having all the information necessary to insure responsible thought or action.

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The Washington Post, August 1, 2018, fairly accurately described the movement, Q is ” an anonymous user claiming to be a government agent with top security clearance, waging war against the so-called deep state in service to the 45th president. “Q” feeds disciples, or “bakers,” scraps of intelligence, or “bread crumbs,” that they scramble to bake into an understanding of the “storm” — the community’s term, drawn from Trump’s cryptic reference last year to “the calm before the storm”— for the president’s final conquest over elites, globalists and deep-state saboteurs.” Q followers are those attempting to decode the vague messages found on the 4chan and 8chan message boards.

Q posts are designed to provide hints or thought suggestions that lead discussions. These may include lesser known published Because Trump took “their White House,” articles or news clips that come close to the he is universally hated by all globalists whose “truth.” Followers come to their own conintent is to squeeze him out by any means clusions. Q is gaining followers because it alnecessary. Seemingly all the major medias lows those who know there exists a real war except Fox News and some radio talk shows, between freedom and globalist advocates spew a continuous hate Trump line and (the establishment) to have hope that we vilify everyone defending or associated with can possibly overcome the grip the globalhim. No good is mentioned from their array ists have on the U.S. and the world society. of media outlets. No one in U.S. political It effectively allows the masses inclusion in history has been vilified more. what is happening to them, thus a favorite Q phrase, “Where We Go One, We Go All.” The intelligence community with Obama Administration holdovers, now referred to Why doesn’t Q openly say what is hapas the Deep State, targeted a duly elected pening? He would be disclosing classified president with what is now known as the information and although Hillary Clinton, “Russia Hoax.” Finding no evidence of Rus- Jim Comey and John Brennan can do so sia/Trump collusion after a two year Special without going to prison, no one else can. Council Mueller probe; all in an effort to im- Why doesn’t Q identify himself ? Because peach their hated president as a traitor. This, the establishment combination would dewhile completely ignoring, even covering up, stroy this outlet. Is Trump associated with a real Russian/Clinton collusion story and Q? Yes, Q could not possibly reveal what the Russian Uranium One deal giving RusQ reveals without a very close affiliation. A sia 20% of America’s uranium profiting the follower tweeted, “NO ONE cares who Q Clintons by millions. This, with the bleachis. WE care about the TRUTH.” Another, “I bitted 35,000 Hillary Clinton emails (a copy like knowing what is going to happen before discovered on the Anthony Weiner laptop) it does.” so attesting to this deal, many of which were classified documents sent over her unseThe entire, loose movement has been called cured server. Most of this information is everything from “a deranged conspiracy absent in globalist controlled mediums. cult” (The Washington Post) to cruel hoaxes, political extremism, and ridiculous claims. Trump supporters, called “deplorables” But these are from outlets that despise by Hillary Clinton, do not see equal justice Trump. All globalist/establishment mediums under the law and thus continue chanting are hostile to it. “lock-her-up” at Trump rallies. Some Trump Many on 4chan seemed to enjoy discusssupporters have concluded that this never ing the cryptic posts and the clues, causing could happen with the existing information Q to spread like wildfire. A YouTube video block on globalist controlled/influenced posted by “prayingmedic” on July 28, titled, mediums. Hence some supporters are show- “Something Big is About to Drop,” has ing up at these rallies in Q t-shirts to bring 275,000 views. attention to QAnon (hereafter cited as Q), a Reddick, whose August Q following soared new defensive phenomenon in the present [page views 34,730,341 and visits 1,769,931] establishment war against Trump and patri- just banned any mention of Q. Twitter and ots.

other Internet providers are expected to follow. Followers, alerted a month ago to the President’s Emergency broadcast, infer that it is to keep open the president’s ability to inform Americans without the globalist news filter. QAnon supporters refer to “The Storm” often, presumably the revelations disclosed in the intel documents ordered declassified by the Trump Administration, particularly the FISA documents still withheld in defiance by the Justice Department. “Red October,” another often cited phrase, is probably the expected voter “red wave” after the release of these documents and the accompanying civil disorder when arrests of formerly trusted and known participants follow. Q says, “PREPARE FOR ‘SKY IS FALLING’ WEEK.” If 2018 ends without something big happening the Q following will decline, inversely it will increase exponentially. Whether it does or doesn’t it remains that many Americans do not believe that justice has been equally served and the documentation on the globalists seeking world government do not cease to exist just because they are not covered on globalist mediums. Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. Newspapers have permission to publish this column. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit

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Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave Join us for our Encounter Service Sundays 10:30 am Pastors Rich and Erica Johnson Childcare Available During Services Info call 765-7151

Community Christian Fellowship 631 North Street Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30

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Sunday Service - 10 a.m. The Rev. Heather Mueller 703 5th Street - Taft (661) 765-2378

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Spacious, newly re-done 2+1 in Taft with high ceilings. Two car detached garage, private back yard. New Carpet, paint, flooring and kitchen appliances. Washer and dryer hook-up inside the unit. Call Cindy to preview at 661-768-8159.

Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.765-7674. 420 Finley Dr.

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Payment can made by cash, check, or card. credit card. Payment can bebe made by cash, check, or credit Taft Independent210 508 CA 93268 Taft Independent 6thCenter St., Taft,St., CA Taft, 93268. YARD SALES

Yard Sale. 28167 Sunridge. Manhy years accumulation. Sat. and Sun. 7am - 3pm. Yard Sale. 106 E. Lucard St. Sat. Oct 13. Patio furn, tools, Rims, 2 microwaves, clothes, shoes, toys, lots more. FOR SALE

Antique dining room table, slid wood, 6 chairs, call 661 7065590. ROOM FOR RENT

ROOM FOR RENT Terrace Drive. Good Neighborhood. You will have access to kitchen, laundry room, pool, bath, if interested . Call for rate. 661-873-3037. Se habla Espanol.


Home For Sale 517 Garfield Ave, 4 bed + bonus room,

1.5 bathrooms & basement, come see this 1826 sq ft home with a view! $155,900.00 DRE # 01942324, Call 661-765-5000 HOMES FOR RENT

Home for Rent. 402 Ranier St. 3 bd. 2bath. $1400 mo. Plus Deposit. Avail 10-1. 661319-7564. House For Rent 326 B St, 2 Bed 1 Bath, indoor laundry, new liv rm flooring, $725 monthly + $825 deposit, DRE # 01942324, Call 661-765-5000 or 661-343-0507 Home for Rent. 608 Washington Ave. 3 Bd. 2 bath. Studio for Rent. All utilities included. Wi-fi. avail. $650 month, plus $650 dep. 661 348-3323. House for Rent 2bd 1 ba. 661-6239556. 745-4423. Habla Espanol House for rent. 4 bed. 2 bath, garage 2 cars, w/a.c. - 110 Wood Street. $1000 month. (951) 8184662 se habla espanol

218 E Street. 3bd. 1 3/4 bath. New paint, flooring and A\C. $950 mo. $1200 dep. 661-765-5414.

Apt. for rent.$675. mo. plus dep. All bills included ples cable. For more info call Mr. Rivas.

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The Taft Independent


The Taft Independent

VOTE MICHAEL LONG TAFT CITY COUNCIL What Taft Residents Are Saying About Michael Long for City Council

“As I come to a close on my 16 year tenure on the Taft City Council, I have always relied on Michael for advice and counsel regarding economic development and ideas to solve many issues. With his energy and passion to make Taft an even better place to live, I endorse him as your new Taft City Councilman.” Councilman Randy Miller “Michael is our choice for Taft City Council. He is committed to Taft and will work hard to make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Please join us by voting for Michael Long for Taft City Council.” Don and Sheri Black “Michael is an honest businessman who has always done the right thing for Taft. He will work to bring new jobs, economic development and more shopping opportunities to Taft and give us all better reasons to shop locally” Bob Colston, Businessman “The city council needs someone like Michael Long with new ideas and to voice our concerns that we all share about Taft’s future. He will offer solutions that work. Michael has served us well on the Taft College Board and he will serve us well on the Taft City Council.” Les Clark, Jr. “Michael has worked hard to help small Taft businesses be successful and make Taft a great place to open a business. We support Michael Long for Taft City Council.” Shari Bingham and Jillian Rathore Owners, Bread and Butter Bakery

“Michael has great ideas and solutions to the problems of homelessness and crime that hurt our city. He will help small businesses and fight for a better future for Taft. Join me in voting for Michael Long for City Council.” Ron Waldrop Owner, Waldrops Auto Parts

Endorsed by the Taft Police Officer’s Association

“The decision to support you was made based on your focus, determination and dedication to the citizens of Taft. It is our belief that the people of Taft would benefit from having you join the Taft City Council.” Christopher Gonzales Taft Police Officer’s Association


Taft Independent 10-10-18  
Taft Independent 10-10-18