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Independent February 16 - 22, 2017

The Taft Independent

February 16 - 22 2017 • Volume 10 Issue 33

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres,

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February 16 - 22, 2017

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February 16 - 22, 2017

Inside Events

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Taft Business of the Week Qik Smog and Tune

Taft Calendar


By Andreas Fault


This Saturday is the Taft Union High School Second Annual Alumni Baseball Game. Kittens vs. Bobcats at 9am, Wildcats vs. Alumni at noon. B/P for Alumni between games. Call Head Coach Matt Davis at 203-1475 for more info.

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Friday-Sunday- WORCS Motocross Series at Honolulu Hills Raceway.

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By Gardener Field

Save the Date for these Future EventsWestside News................6

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

Taft Business of the Week- Qik Smog and Tune at 500 S. 10th Street. Qik Smog is one of Taft’s longest running and most successful businesses. They are known for their customer service, prices, and knowledge. They not only do Smog checks, they can repair just about everything else on your vehicle. They also repair motorcycles. Qik Smog is owned and operated by great Taft Residents and Taft High Alumni John and Holly Walker. They are open Monday-Friday, come in or call them at 763-4445.

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February 25th: Westside Wreck Hers Roller Derby vs. Ventura at 6pm at 801 4th Street. March 1st: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club, Dinner at 7:30. March 3rd: 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street at 6pm. March 11th: Taft High Swimming Invitational. March 25th: 2017 Wildcat Track Invitational Westside Little League Opening Day from 10am-4pm. Parade, Bounce Houses, and more Alpha House BBQ and Auction at the Rec at 5pm, R.S.V.P. @ 763-4357. April 22nd: Taft High Leon Patterson 2nd Annual Invitational Track Meet. Taft Rotary Health Fair at Buena Vista High School. May 20th: Taft Relay for Life at the Taft High Track. May 31st: TUHS Graduation. June 1st: Lincoln Jr. High Graduation. June 10th: “Night Jumps” at Skydive Taft. Enjoy watching or join the night jumps. WORCS Round 3 - World Off Road Championship Series at Honolulu Hills Raceway is this weekend. Novice to Intermediate to Pro Classes! Ages 4 to 104 $8,000 in PRO Purses! Don’t miss this exciting WORCS event at Honolulu Hills Raceway. Come race or enjoy the day watching the best off road racers from the entire western United States! Gate- $10 per person per day, $20 weekend pass, Youth 12 and under $15 Weekend pass Seniors over 65 and Military with ID Free. Gate Hours- Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 6am-10pm, Saturday 6am-10pm, and Sunday 6:30am-10pm

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Valentine’s Day 101 (What he needs to Know) By Olive Oilfield First and foremost, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, NO means YES, and really we want you to surprise us. Don’t ask her, “What do you want”. She wants you to know. Valentine’s Day is simply about romance, love and being appreciated. Yes, that is what we want. So flowers - even if we say don’t bother, most of the time we are really saying “for the love of God be romantic, send me flowers”. We have many options here in our city: Country Corner, Jack’s Flowers, Old’s Cool and Abertsons. Albertsons doesn’t deliver but the other florists do and each shop has its own unique style. Dinner - you better nake reservations now - its busy out there. Other great options would be something lovely to wear from Marty’s or Personal Style, jewelry from Acme Jewelers, or a jewelry candle or handmade soap from Poppy’s melting pot. Small towns have something you can’t get in a big city - personal and custom service - so remember, don’t go home empty handed on Valentine’s Day.

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February 16 - 22, 2017

Letters and Rants

Activists Keep Pushing the Myth of Big Oil Tax “Favors” And Ignore Real Subsidies By David Williams Environmental activists are on the verge of writing their anti-energy agenda into the tax code. A national activist coalition recently delivered a letter to the Senate demanding the passage of the FAIR Energy Policy Act, which would eliminate $4 billion in annual tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. The letter denounces these breaks as ill-gotten gains, complaining that “for too long, America has subsidized the oil industry’s bottom line at middle class Americans’ expense.” “Subsidized” is a deeply deceptive term. The fossil fuel industry does not actually receive special tax treatment or handouts. If activists were really concerned with unwarranted government largesse, they would look in the mirror: renewable energy subsidies have proven to be an epic waste of taxpayer dollars. Oil and gas firms receive zero direct payments from the government. What they do receive is the same production deductions afforded every other business in the American economy. So, for instance, a natural gas company can write-off the costs associated with setting up and running a new fracking well, just as a car company can write-off the construction of a new manufacturing plant. These deductions have helped fossil fuel firms grow and contribute to the economy. Today, they generate 70 percent of domestic energy output and support over 9 million jobs. Indeed, far from being rigged for “Big Oil,” the tax code favors smaller, independent energy producers. One provision, which grants a depreciation deduction for energy that has yet to be extracted, is specifically unavailable for large producers. The tax treatment for renewable firms is a different story. These companies do receive direct public subsidies – huge ones. A 2015 Taxpayers Protection Alliance report detailed $39 billion annually in subsidies just for solar power. Despite a massive and costly government effort to incentivize solar energy, solar makes up less than 1 percent of total U.S. electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration. Environmentalist don’t seem to appreciate the irony. Elon Musk quickly emerged as an activist icon after establishing Tesla, the fashionable electric car company. Musk has dutifully blasted fossil fuel companies, famously saying that “if I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry.” And yet, Musk’s companies have received nearly $5 billion from U.S. taxpayers. Instead of providing energy independence, those taxpayer dollars have bankrolled dozens of high-profile failures. The solar panel company Solyndra consumed nearly $849 million in low-interest federal loans and tax breaks before going under in 2011. Today, SunEdison, a solar and wind company that has received $1.5 billion in subsidies, is on the verge of bankruptcy. In total, nearly three dozen renewable firms that have received funding from the Obama administration have gone bankrupt, are approaching bankruptcy, or have significantly downsized. “We could send 166,000 kids to college every year with the $4 billion that is instead squandered on Big Oil,” says Brad Woodhouse, the President of Americans United for Change and a signatory to the recent Senate letter. That’s some stirring rhetoric, but that’s all it is – rhetoric. Traditional energy companies don’t get special treatment. They’re simply afforded the same tax treatment as the rest of the business community. Renewable producers are the real welfare addicts. Activists need to check their facts. David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public on the government’s effects on the economy.

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REC CENTER STUDENT NIGHTS Who: Grades 6-12 When: February 17 & 18 (1st and 3rd Friday and Saturday of Each Month) Time: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Place: Recreation Center Admission: $5 per person (non-members) Come hang out and enjoy the Rec Center with friends on Friday and Saturday nights! You’ll have use of the gymnasium, ping pong, wiffle ball fields, bowling alley and gaming center! Current Recreation Center members are admitted to Student Nights at no additional charge. Student Nights also include free bowling/shoe rental and use of Gaming Stations. KIDS MEMBERSHIP – RECREATION CENTER Who: Ages 9-13 Where: Recreation Center Fee(s): $30 per month, $15 each additional sibling The Kids Membership at the Recreation Center includes use of the wiffle ball fields and gymnasium, plus a punch card valid for 4 games of bowling and 4 hours of gaming in our new gaming center. For more information, please contact the Recreation Center at 765-6677. YOUTH TRACK Who: Ages 6-15 When: Weekday Evenings Time: 5:00 p.m. Where: Taft Union High School Track Registration deadline: Thursday, February 23 Fee: $50 per person PONYTAIL SOFTBALL Division 1: Grades 2-3 Division 2: Grades 4-5 Division 3: Grades 6-8 Practices begin: March 13 Games: April 3 – May 12 Registration deadline: Thursday, February 23 Fee: $50 per person YOUTH VOLLEYBALL Who: Ages 6-14 When: Monday Afternoons Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Session: March 27 – April 24 Where: Recreation Center, Aera Gymnasium Registration deadline: Thursday, March 23 Fee: $20 per person Participants will learn the basics of offensive and defensive volleyball skills. Scrimmage games will be played weekly. TINY TOT WIFFLE BALL Who: Ages 3-5 When: Tuesday or Thursday Time: Evenings (TBA) Session: April 25 – May 25 Where: Oil Field or Scully Field (Recreation Center) Registration deadline: Thursday, April 6 Fee: $25 per player MINI TOT WIFFLE BALL Who: Ages 18 months – 3 years When: Tuesday or Thursday Time: Evenings (TBA) Session: April 25 – May 25 Where: Oil Field or Scully Field (Recreation Center) Registration deadline: Thursday, April 6 Fee: $25 per playerWI


KARATE When: Thursday Evenings Tiny Tot: 4:45-5:15 p.m. Ages 5-10: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ages 10+: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fees (per session): * $25 – Tiny Tot * $30 – Ages 5+ Next Session: March 9 – May 4 Instructor: John Dodson VISUAL ARTS CLASS When: Wednesdays Grades K-3: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Grades 4+: 5:15-6:15 p.m. **Classes take place monthly – new students are always welcome! Place: Recreation Center, Party Room Fee: $35 per month Instructor: Megan Luton The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the languages, concepts and practices of visual arts. Students will be engaged in discussion about the elements of art, such as content, composition, style, method and materials. Students will also be introduced to art practices such as (but not limited to) drawing, pastels, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor and oil painting, collage and more. These are ongoing, monthly classes and materials are provided. STOP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. ZUMBA & DANCE BALL FITNESS CLASSES Who: Ages 15+ DanceBall Only: Monday & Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m., $30 per month Zumba & DanceBall Combo: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., $35 per month Where: Community Center Assembly Room Instructor: Deisy Beltran Classes operate on an ongoing, monthly basis. New students are welcome at any time (as space allows). Fees must be paid prior to attending class. Register in person or over the phone in the District Office (763-4246) or Recreation Center (765-6677). ADULT VOLLEYBALL MINI LEAGUE Who: Ages 16+ When: Monday Evenings Time: Games Start at 6:00 p.m. Next Session: March 20 – April 24 Place: Recreation Center, Aera Gymnasium Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 15 Fee: $75 per team DOUBLES BOWLING LEAGUE Who: Ages 18+ Monday Night League: February 27 – April 24 Wednesday Night League: March 1 – April 26 Time: 6:00 p.m. Place: West Side Lanes, Recreation Center Fee: $176 per team (pay in full in advance or $22 weekly) Registration deadline: Thursday, February 23 Grab a partner and join one of our Doubles Leagues! Take your pick - Monday or Wednesday - and you can also choose to pay weekly or all at once in advance. Packets are available at West Side Lanes (Recreation Center), 500 Cascade Place in Taft. All teams must register by paying at least the first week’s fee ($22 per team) before the registration deadline or the league(s) may be cancelled HOUSEWIVES BOWLING LEAGUE Who: Women, Ages 18+ When: Tuesday Mornings League: February 28 – April 25 Time: 10:00 a.m. Where: Recreation Center, West Side Lanes Bowling Alley Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 28 at West Side Lanes Fee: $10 per week Ladies will bowl in teams of 3. Grab some friends and join us for donuts and fun with the girls.

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Bob Leikam Still Delivering in Taft Bob Leikam, former owner of Taft’s Guinness World Record holding Domino’s Pizza is still delivering, but now he is delivering new Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles from Three-Way ChevroletCadillac in Bakersfield to Taft residents. Just ask Taft Businessman, Glenn Black, who purchased a new 2016 Corvette Z06 from ThreeWay Chevrolet-Cadillac. Leikam, who sold his Taft based business, Domino’s Pizza, after operating it for 28 years, retired and began working as a salesman in Bakersfield at Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac. Now, after selling and delivering over 75 new Chevrolet vehicles to customers like Mr. Black, Leikam has found a new career selling cars just as hot as his famous pizzas. “I love working with the public, meeting new people everyday, and helping them find the right vehicle,” Leikam said. If fact, Leikam likes Chevrolet vehicles so much that his wife Tina, a Taft native, purchased a 2017 Equinox. “While Tina loves my new job in Bakersfield, she has advised me that we’re not leaving Taft,” said Leikam. “I like working for Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac because it is a family owned business,” Leikam said. Delivery to Taft is not guaranteed in 30 minutes or less, but Bob says he’ll do his best to help you find your new car as quickly as possible and will be happy to deliver it personally. To find your new Chevrolet or Cadillac vehicle, contact Bob at (661) 623-3030.

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February 16 - 22, 2017

Miller Time Hi Everyone, Ginny and I just returned from our 40th anniversary gift to ourselves; a 14 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean Islands. This was two and a half years late as we had some health issues (we are fine now) and the fact that our original cruise was cancelled at the last minute due to some mechanical malfunctions. Other things popped up and it wasn’t until this past couple of weeks we were able to go. We started the cruise from New York City and wound up visiting eight islands from Porto Rico to Barbados, the furthest island away from Taft about 9,000 miles round trip. Fortunately we had good weather and fair seas. On the way down it was a little rough as we had 60 knot winds and 25 foot swells, but that only lasted for a day. A small little motion sickness pill cured any desire to leave part of our meals overboard. The ship was the Norwegian Breakaway, a 16 deck ship with all the amenities, 20 some bars and restaurants, 3,500 fellow passengers and 1,500 crew members. Even with all those folks it wasn’t that crowded and we hardly ever had to wait in lines for food, entertainment, or getting on or off the ship. The islands were all the same but different, each had their own uniqueness. In wasn’t the lush tropical isles as I

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The Taft Independent had conjured up in my mind. Close to each port was the main city and industrial areas. We went on excursions on 6 of the islands to check out what it was like away from the dock and ship. The transportation was by bus, a 1994 Chevy one ton with converted seating on the back, to specialty Toyota liveries. It’s all two lane roads, no sidewalks when you’re out of the cities, windy roads up and over the island mountains to visit waterfalls, sugar cane fields, other villages, and some beaches. There is not much new home construction to be seen, as all the concrete block homes seem to have been built all at one time. Plenty of poverty to be seen, lots of mold on many of the buildings, no mosquito’s to worry about, very few birds, and not many animals; each island had different flora and fauna, all it all it was very interesting to see all that green. The one bucket list item I wanted to do was stand on the sand at the end of the main run way on St. Maarten and watch the big jets land low over Moho Beach. The beach is about 50 foot wide, a narrow two lane road, and a chain link fence separate you from the end of the runway. When the jets come down to take off, people hang on the fence to try and not get blown off and rolled into the water by the jet blast. We stood under the planes landing, but no fence hanging for us. The biggest jets were Boeing 737’s, as they stopped landing the bigger 747’s 2 months prior, darn. The video’s I watched on YouTube didn’t show the crowds that we encountered, it was elbow to elbow, but lots of fun as everyone was there for the same purpose. Check another one off. We got to New York City 3 days prior to give us some time to explore the city. It was very interesting to say the least but far friendlier than we expected. We did a lot of walking, visiting Rockefeller Center and went to the top for a great view of the city, over to Trump Tower, past security and had a drink in the Trump Bar, he didn’t get that we were there. We took the subway down to the very moving 911 Memorial and Museum. The subway was just like in the movies, old but clean and we felt safe. We went back up to Times Square to see the famous ball (it is really small) and the more than giant TV screens hanging on the side of the buildings, and we went to a Broadway show to see the musical “Chicago”. We noticed that where ever we went there were lots of police and

7 security folks around, not armed to the teeth, just regular cops. It was cold, mostly in the low 40’s, but no rain or snow on the whole trip. We lucked out. It was a little difficult to plan for 35 and 85 degree weather but we got it all in our suitcases and under the 50 lb limit (barely). The flights were straight thru from LAX to JFX and back, no issues, but 6 hrs in a not my butt size seat was arduous. We are glad we were able to go, so Happy Anniversary to us. Sadly we came home to hear of the passing of Trice Harvey and Matt Henry of the Driller. What two unique Taftian’s that gave so much to our community. Trice always seemed to be everywhere, with a colossally funny sense of humor but a very astute politician. Matt was a prolific sports writer that many in this community will come to find out how much he will be missed for his coverage of local sports. I was able to congratulate and thank him last year at a football game for all that he was doing covering sports; he was a little taken aback, as I’m sure he didn’t get much thanks. I didn’t know him all that well, but sure will miss Trice. He and our family were close over the years. So sad; rest in peace as we ponder how you both can be replaced. Not.

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Liberty Under Fire The Constitution Will Automatically “Drain the Swamp” By Harold Pease, Ph. D A major campaign promise of President Donald Trump was to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC but anyone the least bit familiar with the Constitution as designed by the Founders understands that it automatically does this if adhered to strictly, which neither major political party has done for most of a century. That is why we have the swamp to drain now. Swamp drainage is not new. Collectively the Founders were against big government, which they had experienced and rejected by revolution. The “Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance,” noted in the Declaration of Independence, ended with the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution was designed to prevent its return. State government already predated the Revolution, by in the case of Virginia 157 years, and it was the states that performed the primary role in both early national Constitutions to organize a federated government, not to dominate or replace them, but to perform the functions they collectively viewed as national. Under federalism two governments would co-exist, the federal to handle primarily foreign related issues and the states domestic issues—neither master nor servant to the other. Both the Articles and the Constitution specifically were design to harness the federal government from expansion in light of George Washington’s famous analogy. “Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” The first contract placed too much restriction on the federal government necessitating in the Constitution a readjustment but in each case states played the primary role in the readjustment. The first division of power is between the states and the newly created federal government with the states getting all power not specifically assigned to the federal government. Again, this division predates either national contract. The Constitution then divided federal power into three co-equal and separate branches of government: the Legislative, Executive

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and Judicial. Each with specific and limited grants of power and each designed to serve as a check on sister branches preventing them from growing that power. The legislative branch was to make “all” federal law as stated in Article I, Section I (no authority to create unelected bureaucracies to do it for them, which goes far in draining the swamp) with House and Senate members fully reading and understanding every law or rule placed over the people. But their ability to make “all law,” (Article I, Section I) was restricted to just four areas as per Article I, Section 8: to tax, to pay debts, to provide for the general welfare and to provide for the national defense. Taxes were to “be uniform” throughout the states and there were no qualifiers on “to pay the debts.” General welfare and national defense were far too vague and subject to wide interpretation and abuse thus the semi-colon following Clause I, Clauses 2-9 defined what was general welfare and Clauses 10-17 what was national defense. Giving them too necessary specificity. Most of the swamp is housed under Congress’s failure to accept the limitations of this section of the Constitution. Today they legislate as though there were no limitations. Consequently, whether challenged by the Supreme Court or not, most federal law is outside the Constitution and the “Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance,” are found in the programs they created without specific constitutional base as for example: Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, environmental protection, climate control, Obamacare, growth of federal land without military purpose, foreign aid, nation regime change, creation of regional or international governments like the United Nations that impacts our national defense, to name a few.

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The President too is limited to a list housed in Article II, Sections II and III as is the Supreme Court in Article III, Section II. Neither has constitutional authority to create swamps but they can impact them, the president by executive orders and the Court by rulings that give legitimacy to swamps created by its sister branches. All other power was reserved to the states as per Amendment 10 of the Bill of Rights. So serious swamp drainage would follow serious adherence to the Constitution, which Congress has shown little interest is following. Constitutionally they have no authority to do anything that is not listed, or added to the list by way of amendment to the Constitution. Ignoring Article I, Section 8 gives them power to exchange legislative favors for campaign contributions, which keeps them in office. Although Trump appears to be serious about swamp drainage both major political parties like swamps. Until that ends real swamp drainage is not likely to happen any time soon. Dr. Harold W. Peaserold 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 has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit

All of these should have been added to the Constitution by way of amendment, which requires three fourths of the states to approve —or not, as required in Article V. Draining the swamp would include the thousands of people who manage these programs because if we really followed the Constitution most of these functions would not exist or would have been incorporated by the states that wanted them. At any given time there exist 9-15 thousand lobbyists that hang around our legislators enticing them to go off the Section 8 list to make law that benefits their interest in exchange for election contributions. Legislators fall like over-ripe fruit to this ploy. Certainly congressional adherence to the Constitution would remove most of them.

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Charles V. Landwehr Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director 46 Year Experience Jennifer Landwehr Licensed Funeral Director 30 Years Experience Angie Milner Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director 28 Years Experience

Erickson & Brown Funeral Home SERVING THE TAFT AREA SINCE 1939

8 miles south of HWY 166 on HWY 33 in Ventucopa, Cuyama Valley, 4211 HWY 33. (661) 766-2319



501 Lucard St., Taft, CA 765-4111 FD756 FDR50 FDR595 FDR618 EMB6287 EMB 7999


“ “Freely Given” Clothing Giveaway Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Upstairs in theEducationBuildingoutsidethefront gates Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11:45 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM PraiseTeam meets onThursday at 4:00 PM

Maricopa Community Church Pastor Stephen McCurtis 600 Hazelton, Maricopa 661-303-0124 Sunday worship 10:00 am Wednesday bible study 6:30 pm

First Baptist Church Pastor Scott Pearson Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship Celebration 10:30 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m. Awana Childrens Program Wednesday 6 p.m. 220 North Street - Taft 661 763-3138


604 Main Street • P.O. Box 578 Maricopa, CA 93252 • (661)769-9599

Gateway Temple

Sunday Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday Evening Worship 5:00 Monday Evening Mens Prayer 7:00 Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30 For a ride: Call Dorine Horn 4279722 Pastors Charle (Tommy) and

New Hope Temple “Connecting Lives” 308 Harrison Street 765-4572 Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

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

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m.

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

Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave

Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive

Join us for our Encounter Service Sundays 10:30 am Childcare Available During Services Info call 765-7151

We invite you to join us each week as we worship


Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 pm

Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Cougar Court (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays Sunday School 9:00 a.m. If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available

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Classified Ads are $3.00 per issue for up to three lines, $5 per issue for Classified $2.00 per off up to 5 lines,Ads andare $7 per issue forline. up toPhone, 10 lines.fax, Yardmail Sale or adsdrop are free. your adfax, tomail the or Taft Independent. Phone, drop off your ad to the Taft Independent. Deadline for submission is Wednesdays at Noon. Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 lines, $16 for 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20 lines. Ad your photograph for $5. Ad your company logo for $5. Boxed adsCar, aretruck $5 or additional. E-mail us $5 (orper bring Photo Ads. house for sale ads are week,toor our $10 office) a photo ofus your home, car,office) truckaor motorcycle and with a photo. Email (or bring to our photo of your home, we’ll do the rest. car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Yard Saleads ads are $3 isfor 3 lines, additional lines $2 each. Classified deadline now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Classified ad deadline is Wednesdays at Noon. Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550 Fax: 765-6556 E-mail: Email: 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

306 Eastern. Saturday. In the house. MEETINGS

Overeaters Anonomous. Every Tuesday. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Mobile Home Park. 123 10th Street at the clubhouse. 661490-1194. HELP WANTED

Accepting Applications EOE Maricopa Unified School District Bus Driver/ Custodian 10 months/3.5 hrs per day $16.00/hour, Must have CDL with School Bus Driver Certification or be able to obtain one within 90 days. Contact 7698231 x.204 D&A McRae Inc. is looking for saftey minded local drivers to haul crude oil. We require a minimun of 2 years driving experience, clean MVR along with with a CDL containing a hazmat and tanker endorsement. If interested,

please go to www. and submit an application. Needing Someone to train to do dog grooming in my shop. I am retiring and need someone to take over business untyil trained. I have shop and equipment. 765-6789. SERVICES OFFERED

If you need a ride or errand ran. Call 661490-1194. $12 hour. 2 hour minimum. Taft or Bakersfield. HOMES FOR SALE

4bedrm, 1 3/4 bath. Approx. 1,700msq. ft. 400 Shasta St. $205,000 661 763-5242 ROOM FOR RENT

Nice clean room for rent. Non smoker. $300 a month. Senior female welcome. 661763-1964 or 661623-6789. HOMES FOR RENT

Maricopa. 3-4 bedroom rural home - $800 mo plus deposit. 769-8559. 2 bedroom 1 bath cute cottage type

house. Fenced yard 426 Shattuck Rent 550 per month Deposit 650 ( 1 year lease ) 661-769-6469 3 bedroom 1 bath home with family room and living room. Fenced yard . 220 Montview 750 a month 850 deposit ( 1 year lease) 661-769-6469 2 1/2 bed 1 bath $800 month, plus dep. 7633666 Nice stucco home. 407 Lucard. 3 bd. 2 bath. 2 car garage. Firepl.Central heat and AC. Small back patio. Fenced front yard. Credit check. 1st and last. Reasonable lease available for long term tenant. $1,100 mo. $1,200 dep. No smoking. 661 623-4296. leave message. 211 E. Woodrow. New paint, wood flooring, curtains, 1 car garage. w/d. Refrig., Stove, Microwave. $900 mo. $900 dep. 970-2600652 West Valley Real Estate www.BuySell-

The Taft Independent

February 16 - 22, 2017

Joyce Properties (661) 769-6469 Preserving for the Future

Rentals Real Estate Real Estate Services Laura Vega DRE 01942324

(661) 769-6469 (661) 763-1500 CalBRE Lic # 01525550 FOR RENT

218 4th St #4 Studio $395 218 4th St #11 1/1 $475 522 Center St #C 1/1 $550 205 W Ash St #C 2/1 $600 319 ½ San Emidio #B 2/1 $600 603 4th St 2/1 $725 525 S. Kern St 2/2 $750 619 A St 2/1 $750 717 B St 2/1 $790 419 E St 2/1 $900 102 E Lucard St 2/1 $925 413 Hazelton St 3/2 $1,000 27558 Highway 119 3/2 $1,100 712 Philippine St 4/2 $1,175 500 Welch 3/2.5 $1,200 212 4th St Laundromat opportunity $350 214 4th St Centrally located commercial office space $350 100 South Commercial Property/Yard $750

661.765-7674. 420 Finley Dr. One bedroom + one bath apartments available now, building under new management and all units recently remodeled. Low move in, 1st month and deposit only. No Application fee. Call for appointment, drive by and pick up an application today. Contact Managers: 661765-7678 or 661846-6403

322 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-5000

Ken Shugarts

Air Conditioning & Heating

Plumbing • Septic • Rooter Framing • Electrical • Concrete We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

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Apt. for rent. 1 bed, nice clean, 406 Lucard Apt. A. $500 rent, $200 sec. deposit. Call 7657015. Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl.


February 16 - 22, 2017

The Taft Independent


Sandy Creek Estates New Semi-Custom Homes for Sale in Taft

Models Now Open Call for Viewing of our Models

U-Cart Cement

Call Bob at (661) 763-3517.

Cart-Away Concrete Mix Trailer Hydraulic Rotation and Tilt for Mixing and Dumping Mixes Concrete While Traveling Large Internal Blades Rear Operator Control Panel

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Used to be Paul’s

Bike Shop We sell and service Mountain Bikes, BMX, Skateboards and Scooters. Just added: Roller Derby Skates and Accessories 608 Center St.



Financing Available. Buy Now before Interest Rate Go Up!

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The Taft Independent

February 16 - 22, 2017

Black Gold Brewing Company Craft Beer Brewery and Restaurant

Now Serving Breakfast - Tuesday - Saturday 7am - 9:30am

Black Gold Brewing Company Breakfast Menu

Served 7am - to 9:30am Tuesday - Saturdays

Bisquits and Gravy Biscuits and Gravy

Homemade sausage and gravy over two flakey flour biscuits - Half Order $3.50



Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich


Bacon and Eggs


Ham and Eggs


Sausage and Eggs


Ribeye Steak and Eggs


Breakfast Burrito - With choice of Bacon, Ham or Sausage


One fresh fried ranch egg with mayo, bacon and cheddar chesse on toasted sourdough bread Two fresh farm eggs, three slices of bacon, hash brown or cowboy potatoes and toast Ham steak with two farm fresh eggs, hash brown or cowboy potatoes and toast Large breakfast sausage with two farm fresh eggs, hash brown or cowboy potatoes and toast An 8 oz. Ribeye Steak with two eggs, hash brown or cowboy potatoes and toast Our breakfast burrito with ham, bacon or sausage wrapped in a flour tortilla filled with jack & cheddar cheese, potatoes and veggies 3 Meat Combo $10.95

Black Gold Omelettes Ham and Cheese Omelette


Bacon and Cheese Omelette


Ortega Omelette


Vegetable Omelette


California Omelette


Denver Omelette


3 farm fresh eggs with diced ham, with jack and cheddar cheese and toast 3 farm fresh eggs and crispy bacon and toast 3 farm fresh eggs with ortega peppers, jack & cheddar cheese and avacado slices and toast 3 farm fresh eggs and fresh cut veggies and toast 3 farm fresh eggs, chedder and jack cheese, avocados and toast 3 farm fresh eggs with cheddar cheese chopped onions, red and green bell peppers, bacon, ham and toast

Side Orders

One Egg 2 Bacon Strips Sourdough or wheat toast

$1.50 $1.75 $1.25

American and Thai Food - Lunch and Dinner Full Coffee Service Espresso $2.00 Bar Orange Juice Wednesday-Saturdays $1.50 Breakfast Milk $1.50 Mon. - Sat. 7am - 2 pm and 5pm - 8 pm - Sun. 7 am - Noon 508 Center Street, Taft, Ca (661) 765-6556

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