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The Taft Independent

May 17 - 23, 2018 • Volume 11 Issue 48

“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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By Andreras Fault This Saturday is the West Hills Church of the Nazarene Annual FREE Kids Carnival at 300 Lassen Street (across from the Rec) from 5-9pm. Bounce Houses, Water Slides, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Chips, Snow Cones, Prizes, Prayer Booth, and much more all Free! Bring your swimsuit and towel. Friday- Taft College Graduation at 7pm. Saturday- Soroptimist Spring Garden Tour Pioneer Days at the West Kern Oil Museum from 9am-4pm. Chili Cookoff at the First Baptist Church at 6pm. West Hills Church of the Nazarene “Carnival” at 5pm. It’s Free. Tuesday- Blood Drive at the Taft Chamber from noon-6pm.

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May 25th-27th: Old Farts Boogie at Skydive Taft. May 26th: Horseshoe Tournament at Art’s Corner at 12pm. “Dirty Mike & The Boys” Live at The Oasis at 8pm. May 30th: Taft Chamber Sit & Sip with Sheriff Youngblood at 9am June 1st: Fund the Fireworks on Kern Street. June 6th: Taft Union High School Graduation. June 7th: Lincoln Jr. High Graduation. June 8th: Taft Friends of the NRA Fundraiser. Call 203-5880 for info. June 18th-22nd: “Vacation Bible School” @ West Hills Church of the Nazarene at 300 Lassen Street. July 4th: Taft Fireworks Show from 4-10pm. July 26: Coffee with a Cop at McDonalds, at 9am. September 29th: Taft Chamber Golf Tournament October 11th: The Fort “Bubba’s Okie Dinner.” October 27th: Taft Chamber GalaWeen. November 1st: Fall Fort BBQ. November 17th: Taft Chamber Fishing Derby. December 3rd: Taft Christmas Parade. December 6th: The Fort Gift Show. December 7th: Photos with Santa. October 2020: OILDORADO October 9-18, 2020. This Saturday is Pioneer Days at the West Kern Oil Museum at 1168 Wood Street, from 9am-4pm. BBQ, Quilt Show, Working Blacksmith, Plant Sale, Gas Engine Show, Tours, and much more. Free admission. BBQ is $15 for adults, $10 for kids. Fun and education for the entire family.

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow By William H. Taft Everyone use to think about Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow but things have changed and most people only think about today. They not only think about Today, they only think about themselves. California is a mess from it and now so is Taft Union High School. Lets hope California has hit bottom and people will starting making changes with their Votes this June.


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Over 10 years ago the West Side Rec had lost the Fitness Center, they lost the Skate Escape, sports were at an all time low for participation, and not much was going on. Luckily the Rec hired Les Clark the 3rd. The Rec almost immediately turned around. Les had a great crew to get things going and the Rec started looking good again. The Rec has had some rough years because of the bad times in the oilfields but Les and the Rec are as good as ever. The Rec will always move forward because of Les. Les cared about Taft and the Rec yesterday, he cares today, and he’ll care tomorrow. Les was born and raised here. Les and his wife are raising their boys here. His parents are here and his dad is the unofficial Mayor of Ford City. His sister and her girls are here. His friends are here. His cousins are here. He shops and eats here. His kids go to our schools and play sports here. His grandparents and his amazing Aunt Margo are buried here. In the last 25 years thousands of Taft kids have called him Coach. Les loves Taft, he loves the Rec, and he probably loves you. He is invested in Taft and we all benefit from him. Les remembers and respects Taft yesterday, he is making Taft better today, and he is thinking about Taft tomorrow. Good or bad Les has to see you today and he’ll have to see you tomorrow while others take their money and drive to Bakersfield, as they drive they do not even look in their rearview mirror at Taft. This is something we should all think about. The City of Taft hired longtime Taft Resident Craig Jones as the Taft City Manager. We have had lots of City Managers but most people would agree Craig Jones is by far the best. Craig remembers and respects Taft today, he is making Taft better today, and is thinking about Taft tomorrow. The same goes for Taft City Councilman Josh Bryant. Josh is young but knows and cares as much about Taft as anyone. Josh knows and cares about Taft yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Superintendent of Taft High never thought about Taft yesterday or tomorrow but sure thought about remodeling time and time again today. Taft High was the best High School for a long time and now it is not. Taft High always looked amazing but the beat up broken Taft High sign at the corner of the track parking lot on 10th Street sums up what is going on at Taft High. No teacher use to want to leave Taft High but they do now. Over the last few years we lost three great Athletic Directors, we lost Water Polo, several Teachers, several Staff Members, Coaches, and who knows what they did to the Business Manager? We have to start asking questions, we have to hire Taft people. The problems we are having now would of never happened with Jerry Dragoo. Jerry cared about Taft yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He lived here, shopped here, ate here, raised his family here, he had to see you at the store, had to see you at his kids sports events, etc. We have to scratch each others back. What is going on at Taft High is not right. When certain people from Taft High retire and drive away to Bakersfield, they will not look in their rearview mirror while our loved ones will still be suffering at Taft High. We need more Les Clark’s, Craig Jones, and Josh Bryant’s in Taft, they care about yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If someone will not invest in Taft, find someone who will because what we have now is not working.

People in photo, (l-r) Julie Ortlieb, Howard Minton, Mike Goodwin, Blake Smith, Bryson Ginn, Kaylene Teter​, Ted Pendergrass By Dr. Kathy Orrin The Kiwanis Club of Taft was treated to a presentation about Kern County Honor Flight by students and teachers of Taft Union High School’s Oil Technology Academy last Thursday. Taft High School Board Member Julie Ortlieb, along with teachers Ted Pendergrass and Mike Goodwin, had considered for some time the idea of Oil Tech Academy students taking a role in sending veterans from Taft to our nation’s capitol through Honor Flight. After investigation of the best way to fund the idea, they began putting their goal into motion. Bryson Ginn, Taft High student in search of a senior project, soon stepped in to head up the effort. Their goal is to send two veterans with guardians (those who assist the veterans on the trip) this Fall, probably in October. The trip will take three days and will include visiting many monuments, museums, the Capitol, and Arlington Cemetery. Speakers last Thursday included student Kaylene Teter and Howard Minton, a veteran, who spoke of his trip to Washington, D.C. with Councilman Randy Miller as his guardian. On hand was Blake Smith, who, along with Teter and Ginn, helped to raise over $500 by selling water donated by Fastenal at the Chamber Car Show on May 5. These proceeds and all additional donations will be held by the Midway Sunset Lions Club Foundation. The Kiwanis Club of Taft, in addition to their programs that benefit the children of our community, will be supporting this effort. They encourage their friends and colleagues to join them in this very worthwhile cause. Taft High School Oil Technology will soon be announcing the way in which funds may be given to this important endeavor.

TUHS Choir Free Concert May 22

The Taft Union High School choir will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the school auditorium. The theme is “Give My Regards to Broadway” and the choir will perform music from Broadway hits such as “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Grease,” “Hairspray” and “A Chorus Line.” More than a dozen soloists include: Sawyer Maier, Kelsey Lichtenberger and Matthew Loucks. The choir is under the direction of Amanda Locke.

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NATATORIUM POOL PARTIES Make your reservation TODAY! Reservations are now being accepted for private party rentals at the Natatorium swimming pool. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday. Party availability: June 1 – August 19, 2018. Rental fees start at $225 for 2-hours. Call 763-4246 for more information. PARTY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE! Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Seating for 14 in a private room with table and chairs. $60 – Includes admission for up to 18 swimmers. Additional swimmers may pay $2 per person at the Natatorium the day of the rental. Use of Party Room is for any 2 hour period. NATATORIUM NEWS Swim Programs at the Natatorium Pool will be starting soon! OPEN SWIM: Begins Friday, June 8 MORNING LAP SWIM: Begins Monday, May 21 SWIM LESSONS: Registration begins May 21 in the District Office For more information, please contact the District Office at 763-4246 or visit us online at BOBCAT SUMMER SOFTBALL LEAGUE Who: Grades 8-12 (2018-2019 school year) Fee: $40 per player Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 14, 2018 Practices Begin: Monday, June 25 Games Begin: Week of July 9 PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY Returning Students may register beginning Tuesday, May 1 New Students may register beginning Tuesday, May 8 The West Side Recreation & Park District’s Preschool program is now accepting registrations for next year. The 2018/2019 school year will begin the week of September 4. The program is for children ages 3-5 and we have four classes available. Fees vary per class. For more information, please phone 763-4246 or send an email to Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:00am Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-2:00pm Monday/Wednesday, 11:30am-2:00pm Tuesday/Thursday, 11:30am-2:00pm

HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 8 6:30-9:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium $5 per person (facility fee) **ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, APRIL 30 **Register online at (search by for class by location) With cooperation from the Taft Sportsmen’s Club and volunteer instructors Larry Heptinstall and Kenny Beard, materials and instruction for obtaining a California Hunting license are available approximately every three months (February, May, August and October). Registration in advance with a minimum of 10 students is required or the class will be postponed until August 7-9. No fee is due at the time of registration; $5 per person will be collected the first night of class


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Taft College Students Publish Bread and Butter Bakery Opens on Center Street Literary Magazine, Release Party at Black Gold Saturday, May 19th Taft College Students Learn Editorial Skills, While Contributing to Kern’s Literary Community The latest issue of A Sharp Piece of Awesome, a literary magazine produced by the students of Taft College, includes valley voices, students, and wellpublished authors from around the US. The Taft College Literary Magazine Club will be hosting a release party for its eighth issue on Saturday, May 19, at 3:00pm at Black Gold Brewing Company in Taft “It was a difficult, yet fun adventure working on the magazine. Even with our low staff this semester, I am very proud at what we have been able to produce,” said Orion Wise, Editor-in-chief and soon to be TC graduate. Taft College alum and former editor of A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Ryan Vaughn, who also named the magazine in 2018, will be performing with his band, Western Medicine after the reading. Along with the brilliant students whose work is published, authors of note inside the issue include Mark A. Fisher, Christie Finley, Larry Etue, Lonnie R. Rhoten. Chris Fendt, and Jack Hernandez, Director of the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities. Reginald Pitts, a Taft College student who presents the contrast of life and death within his works, created the cover. While Taft College students edit the annual literary magazine, anyone can submit their poems, prose, or artwork for consideration. Copies will be available for sale at the issue’s release party on May 19 at Black Gold Brewing Co. in Taft at 3:00 p.m., featuring readings by Ryan Vaughn, Leiana Lobre, Thomas Brill, Mateo Lara, Daniel Hampton, and more.

Congratulations to Shari Bingham on her opening of the new Bread & Butter Bakery on Center Street last week. Shari’s new business is located in the former Hint of Class Bakery at 420 Center Street, and promises to bring great fresh food and bread to Center Street and Taft residents. The bakery specializes in breakfast, sandwiches and pasteries, selling pies, cakes, brownies, sandwiches and wraps, and breakfast sandwiches. Prices are very reasonable. The bakery is open Monday thru Fridays 4am to 2pm. Stop by and say hello to Shari and get a great sandwich, cupcakes or bread. Bread and butter can be contacted at (661) 623-4098.

Miller Time Hi Everyone, Spring is finally here, I can tell by the amount of weeds that sneak up, seemingly everywhere, before I realize it. Lots of birds out chirping away but I haven’t seen any Robin Red Breasts like when I was a kid. I wonder what happened to them. Seems like they were the dominate bird species, more so than sparrows. Ants are starting to show up again, they are never fun to deal with. I also noticed when I was younger there were a lot of dragon flies in the air doing their sharp turning maneuvers. In them olden days, we’d get big black rubber bands from the meat markets and use them to try and shoot them down. The ones with the black clusters under their wings, we called them “bombers”, because we thought they were dropping stuff on us from their wings. Tarantula Hawks were always around hedges and there were lots of them, don’t see them much anymore either. I lived on Franklin Street and we go up to the neighbors hedges between the driveways and catch them in fruit jars. There was this big ole Saint Bernard type dog that lived across the street. He’d come over when he saw us trying to catch the tarantula hawks and he’d bite at them. He’d catch a few and swung his head wildly when he got stung, and he’d mope off but come back later for more. Lot of good times on Franklin

The Taft Independent Street; my folks lived at 123 for 30 yrs. When we first moved there in 1952, when we’d step out the back door, we could see all the way to ‘A’ Street because there were no fences between the properties. Gradually it all filled in. There were a lot of kids in that Crestview neighborhood: the Swearengin’s, Palmer’s, Stone’s, Clausen’s, Finster’s, Sherman’s, Cooks, Lackeys, Trahan’s, Burnham’s, Alexander’s, and many more. If I left some out, don’t beat me up when you see me, time and memory are fading fast. TV was about 5 channels back then, black and white, got signals from LA by way of big old tall pole antennas on the peak of the roofs of our homes. They had guy wires going to the 4 corners of the house to hold them up straight. I believe some were up about 15 feet or more. It was just a sea of them along with the power lines that ran up behind in the backyards. Maybe that’s why there are not so many robins anymore because they lost a lot of their roosting spots. When the big winds would come up, many of the top sections would bend in half. You’d see a lot of dads up on ladders straightening out the poles or replacing them. Now of course it is all done by satellite dishes, what a change. By the way, did you know Taft had one of the first TV cable systems I believe in the state ?? They were bare cable lines and folks that didn’t subscribe figured out they could run a wire up close to the TV line and could pick up the signal. The cable company quickly caught on to that situation, and quickly began putting up shielded cable lines in short order. Even today when you look inside your cable line, it has a metal sheathing around the cable. Good times on Franklin Street, many fond memories, still many good friends from that era. Homes still in pretty good shape but as in all neighborhoods it only takes a couple of homeowners to not take pride in the appearance of the homes to make the whole neighborhood

look shabby. Don’t be one of those; straighten it up, paint, fix, mow, and do some weeding. If you take pride in your home, you take pride in yourselves. If you have kids living there, they notice, be an example for them. Hope all you moms out there were remembered on your special day. Our son and daughter in law were able to come up this weekend but a 2 ½ hr trip took over 4 hrs due to congestion on the 210/ I-5 connections, and it only let up in Castaic. Lots of people going to see their moms or just all the crappy drivers were out that Friday night. Our daughter is in Omaha, NE in the Air Force and couldn’t make it home. A really nice phone call was all Ginny needed. We will be seeing her soon as two of our nephews are getting married on successive weekends in June. Lots of spring activities are going on around Taft. The car show seemed to be a big hit as was cruise night the night before. Graduations are up to bat as is little league in full swing. New businesses are opening up and the empty lots on Hillard are being filled in as is the new section of 16 homes going in out back of there. If you haven’t walked the trail far enough or not driven through the Sandy Creek Estates area, how can anyone say Taft is dying ?? Some folks that have been gone away for a long time, come back and check out their old homestead and are disappointed in what they see. They forget they lived in that home 50 yrs ago, some change is expected. They just don’t check out the rest of the town. If you come back to visit, check with the chamber, and take the time to drive around, some is the same, but much is different. Stay positive my friends, the economic wave is starting to form, take a ride with us. Randy Miller

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Liberty Under Fire The Waco Massacre 25 Years Later By Harold Pease, Ph. D We drove down a quiet country road, trees and green meadows in every direction. Mount Carmel, the famous Branch Davidian compound/church, was a sharp turn to the right. Gone was the mailbox at the entrance with Branch Davidian Church clearly written on it in big black letters where the once 100-plus residents of a devout break-off of the Seventh-day Adventist Church received their mail. Once on the grounds, we were met with two simple memorials each telling us that something very significant and violent had happened here; one to the four ATF agents killed in the February 28, government raid. A few feet away was a shrine of sorts with a name on a plague for each of the 76 Davidians (19 men, 34 women, 23 children) who lost their lives in the fiery furnace in their place of residence 25 years ago, April 19, 1993. Sympathetic visitors had left money on one of the shrines. A gravel road, less than a fourth of a mile long, lay in front with a couple of buildings to the right. The second of which was the home of the only actual Branch Davidian a part of the group now available, disaffected at the time of the raid, but now

The Taft Independent the minister of the sect now renamed The Branch. The road wound down curving to the left and ending in front of a newly built chapel placed on the exact same corner as once stood the chapel part of the Branch Davidian structure; the double entrance door precisely placed where the original double doors once were. Davidians argued that bullet holes in them came from outside and ATF agents that they came from inside. This would prove the origins of the assault, but the doors have disappeared. The famous structure was gone but cement foundation remnants were still clearly visible. It was hard to imagine Abram tanks encircling the building running over trikes and bikes of the children destroying all in their path where now a freshly planted garden exists. Is this the place where military helicopters at one time sprayed bullets into a church/home? Dick De Guerin, David Koresh’s lawyer, who spent 30 hours in the compound during the 51-day seize, told Dianne Sawyer of ABC News, of bullet holes in the ceiling—one presumably wounding David Koresh himself (Harold Pease, The Waco Massacre: We Did It For The Children, video, 1994) Was this really the site of loud music being played at night, presumably to frighten the residents, sometimes accompanied with sounds of squealing rabbits being slaughtered? Most chilling was probably the lyrics of Nancy Sinatra’s song frequently played, “These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days, these boots will walk all over you.” And, “You keep playin’ where

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you shouldn’t be playin,’ and you keep thinkin’ that you’ll never get burnt. Ah, I’ve just got me a brand new box of matches, yeah and “ what he knows you ain’t had time to learn.” Really!?! A Congressional investigation identified incendiary devices on the property suggesting the government started the fire, not the Davidians as the government and their complacent media asserted. With winds blowing through the structure all life was destroyed within 20 minutes, including the little children, yet today only Branch Davidians have served jail sentences (Waco: Rules of Engagement, Congressional Investigation, video, 1997). At the trial of survivors many felt the wrong people were on trial. Was this really the place where deadly CS gas was pumped into the complex for two hours? The vast majority breathing the poisonous gas were mothers and children. It hardly seemed possible. Now birds chirp away and the grassy meadow gives the place exquisite serenity. Is this the place where FBI snipers were shooting Branch Davidians as they tried to escape a certain fiery death, presumably to burn and erase all evidence of their blunderous, even unlawful, conduct, as alleged? In the dining room of the Davidian complex at least 17 bodies had bullet holes in them. Subsequently empty cartridge shells have been found in one of the three-sniper positions now known to exist in the back of the complex. Is this the place where many of the children were taken into the church’s cement record vault room (referred to as the bunker) to escape the fire, which new evidence reveals was penetrated from above by a military explosive device, probably immediately killing the mothers and children huddled together inside (Video, “Waco: A New Revelation,” 2011)? A new Branch member, serving a caretaker role over the property, told me of federal agents returning to the scene asking forgiveness. One sorrowful agent admitted to having assisted the snipers with a telescope. The caretaker ended saying, “There will be others.” Video coverage show tanks with mounted U.S. flags attacking citizens also flying a U.S. flag in front of their burning church/home. How is this possible? Shown also are helicopters with mounted machine guns and the use of Delta Force personnel on the property. How can anyone believe that this happened in America in direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act forbidding the military any function in law enforcement? Yet the evidence is overwhelming that it did, in this now quiet, serene, and beautifully “meadowed” environment with birds chirping the sounds of peace 25 years later? Dr. Harold W. 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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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 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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