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Independent July 29 - 4, 2011

The Taft



July 29 - 4, 2011 • Volume 6 Issue 5

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

Precision Towing Takes It To The Streets Senator Jean Fuller To Speak At Chamber SIt ‘N Sip August 3rd

Miller’s Beauty Supply Changes Ownership After 15 Years

By Nicole Frost The Best Beer Selection on Tap in Taft!

Black Gold Open Monday’s for Lunch and Dinner Cafe and Deli

508 Center Street • 765-6550 Meet Your Local Public Servant- Les Clark

Try Our Meatball Sandwich $6.25

Our homemade meatballs and marinara sauce with parmesan cheese and garlic butter all baked to perfection on a soft toasted French roll


Shop Taft

New Classes Starting Soon! Join Today!


Passion For Nails Nail Services: Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star (we also treat ingrown nails)


Advanced Protein to Flood Your Muscles and Build Extreme Size

Open 24 Hours!

506 Center Street

(661) 205-5579

Anderson Business Services Bookkeeping • Income Tax • Notary


Schedule of Services

Acknowledgments & Jurats $10 per signature Mortgage Documents $150 per set Mobile Notary Service $1 per mile

Sandy Anderson


10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm

Personal Style

Introducing our NEW store layout!

Newly expanded Juniors & Contempory Fashions

Personal Style

Tuesday - Thursday 9am-7pm Friday & Saturday 9am-8pm 10% Discount for all City Employees, fire, police and military


510 Center Street

J & D Recycling 1277 Kern Street

MARKDOWNS Women • Contemporary Junior • Toddler • Infant Men • And More!

421 & 423 Center (661)763-3527

Automotive Center


(up tp 7 qts oil, filter, tax, haz waste fee)


(up to 3.75 gal oil, filter, tax, haz waste fee)



Cooling System Flush

(includes up to 2 gal coolant, flush kit, conditioner)

Store Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday

426 Center Street

A/C Service


Personal Style Get Yourself A New Look!

Color Or Highlights $35 & Up

Cuts $12 & Up W/ Blowdry $18 & Up

With Angela Hanna Specializing in Cuts & Color


Offer Available July-August

Short Curly Perm $35

With Linda Cole

Specializing in Seniors & Razor Cuts

Linda Offer Available July - August 423 Center Street • 763-3527

Ten Percent Firearms

(includes up to 3oz of Freon, 2oz dye)

Overall Vehicle Inspection (visual inspection of all external components) (tax, haz waste fee included)

Billy Messenger Voted Best Mechanic for 2009 and 2010

531 Center Street • 763-1123

Precision Bodyworks & Towing We take the DENTS out of ACCIDENTS Phone (661)763-4420 FAX (661)763-1389 Cell (661)577-6785

We Can Haul Away Most Large Items Call Us Today • (661)765-6752 Recycling is OUR Business

Watchwill Batteries Acme Jewelry be closed on Tuesdays when Ray is in L.A. Please callSTREET first• 661.763.5451 763-5451 426 CENTER Thank You

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Small town, family owned, low overhead. We can save youFine money on •quality Jewelry Candlesjewelry! • Gifts


throughout the store!

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Call For Appointment 765-7665 Sandy 577-6790 • Greg 577-6032

Under New Management!

F i n e

1014 6th Street • Taft In the Save A Lot Shopping Center Monday to Friday

Mobile Notary Public Certified Signing Agent

Beauty Supply

acme jewelry co.

Men & Seniors & Diabetics Welcome

Greg Anderson

Notary Public Certified Signing Agent

July 29 - 4, 2011

317 Main Street • Taft

1277 Kern Street (661)765-6899

Ben’s Books The Largest, Cheapest and Only Used Book Store in Taft Fiction • Non Fiction • Paperback Hard Covers • SciFi • Biography • Religion Childrens • Cookbooks and More!

Come stop by, have some coffee and leisurly browse our selection of books!

810 Center Street • (661)805-9813

July 29 - 4, 2011

Inside Community Events.........3

News Briefs.......................3


Community Events News Briefs Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Westside Watcher............4

VFW Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 5:30pm

Taft Society.......................5

The VFW will hold Bingo Night every Tuesday at 6:30pm at 600 Hazelton Street in Maricopa. Doors open at 5:30pm, buy in is $5 a pack, food will be served. Come on out, bring a friend and support our vets!

Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7

End of Times Gallery Summer Art Classes

Westside News...............11

The End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is offering the following summer classes: DRAWING - Mondays, 1-3 p.m. CHILDREN’S ART LESSONS - Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. WATERCOLOR - Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. ACRYLIC PAINTING - Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. All classes are $10 per session, $40 per month. For more information please call 765.4790. The End of Times Gallery is taking artists’ work on CONSIGNMENT for $5 per item. The gallery earns a 30% commission on work sold. If you would like to have your work considered for representation, please call for an appointment - 765.4790.

Negocios Hispanos........11

3rd Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival Saturday, July 30th

The Taft Independent

The 3rd annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the Tumbleweed Restaurant, 24870 Highway 33, at 10am. Come on out for a great day of family fun with a car and motorcycle show, horseshoe tournament, dunk tank, live music, food, vendors, karaoke, a DJ, watermelon spitting contest, bloody mary contest, tumbleweed decorating contest, bounce house, arts, crafts, raffle, prizes and dancing long into the evening. If you are interested in having a booth or sponsoring this event contact Della at 661-745-4892.or (661)577-7136.

Community Voices..........8 Obituary............................9 Classified Ads.................10

508 Center Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550 Fax (661) 765-6556

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Third Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival This Saturday, July 30th The Third Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival is being held this Saturday, July 30th at the Tumbleweed Cafe beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited for a fun day for the entire family. The event will feature a kids bounce house, raffle prizes, a dunk tank, live music, karaoke, a DJ, watermelon spitting contest, bloody mary contest, games, a horseshoe tournament, a car and motorcycle show, and the popular tumbleweed decorating contest. The Tumbleweed Cafe is located in Derby Acres at 24870 Highway 33. For more information call Della at 661-745-4892.

Senator Jean Fuller Coming To Taft Chamber Sit ‘n Sip Breakfast Wednesday, August 3rd California State Senator, Jean Fuller, of the 18th District will join the Taft Chamber of Commerce for their monthly Sit ‘n Sip breakfast meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd at 9am at O.T.’s Cookhouse, located at 205 N. 10th Street. There will be a $5 continental breakfast available. Please RSVP to the Taft Chamber of Commerce at 765-2165.

Ladies Night Dinner & Social Wednesday, August 3rd Looking for an excuse to go out and get together with your girlfriends? Join us for Ladies Night Dinner and Social from 6pm to 8pm at Black Gold Cafe and Deli, located at 508 Center Street. Tell your friends!

Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers.

Back-2-School Connection School Supply Drive Donations Monday, August 8th Donations are needed for the “Back-2-School Connection” Backpacks, school supplies and new or gently used clothing. Donations will be accepted until Monday, August 8th at the following locations: West Side Community Resource Center, 915 N. 10th Street, Suite #20. West Side Urgent Care, 100 E. North Street. First Assembly of God, 314 Asher Ave. West Side Furniture, 617 Center Street. For more information call 765-7281 or 769-8061. Help our children have a successful year!

Roll in the good times at Taft’s ARC Annual Bunco on Saturday, August 13th at 5pm at the ARC, located at 204 Van Buren Street. Cost is $20 per person and includes dinner. Dinner is served at 5pm with Bunco to follow. Pre-sell tickets only, deadline is August 10th. For tickets call 763-1532 ext 1. There will be cash prizes and raffle drawings. Bring your friends!

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Chamber of Commerce Mixer At Taft’s Community Garden Tuesday, August 16th

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Skidgel Layout & Design Jessica Skidgel Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins, Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease

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Roll In The Good Times ARC Bunco Saturday, August 13th

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The Taft District Chamber of Commerce is bringing back community mixers. Hosted by a local business, each mixer is geared towards bringing the community together to learn about the business. Events include a business card drawing, 50/50 raffle, snacks, and fun. The next mixer will be held at the Taft Community Garden on Tuesday, August 16th from 5pm to 7pm. Learn about how to rent a garden bed and grow your own fruits and vegetables. Taft Bike Fest Labor Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday, September 2nd-4th 2 Wheel Production presents The First Annual Taft Bike Fest which will take place this Labor Day Weekend, Friday (12pm-9pm), Saturday (9am-9pm) and Sunday (9am-2pm), September 2nd-4th at the Rails to Trails located at 6th St. and Main St. This three day event will feature concerts, beer garden, multiple vendors, motorcycle bike show and contest, tattoo contest, and motorcycle stunt show. There will be dry tent camping and RV/Trailer parking on site. Vendor space is available for food, crafters, commercial and business vendors. To apply for vendor space stop by the Taft Chamber of Commerce for event form and more information or contact Shannon with the Chamber at or 765-2165. For more information on the Taft Bike Fest email them at or check them out on Facebook.


Taft Farmers Market Thursdays 5pm - 8pm Rain or Shine

5th Street Plaza

Over 15 vendors and we are still Growing!

Fruits, Vegetables, Fish, Plants, Herbs, Arts, Crafts and more! For more information please contact the Taft Chamber of Commerce at 765-2165



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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café and Steakhouse

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Asian Experience

Asian Food and Pizza Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Paik’s Ranch House Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Where Everybody Meets Dinner by Reservation Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa Open 7 Days (661) 766-2319 Mon. Tues. Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm Taft Crude Coffee House 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 7 am to 4pm. Sagebrush Annie’s Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Restaurant and Wine Tasting Sundays 7:30 am to 10 am Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft Dinner by Reservation 763-5156 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Open Monday to Saturday Your Busines Listed Lunch served 9am-1pm HERE Dinner served 5pm - 8pm Call 765-6550 Wine Tasting on First Thursdays 508 Center Street 765-6550

Westside Entertainment

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Your Restaurant Sagebrush Annie’s Listed Here! Wine Tasting Food and Pizza Asian ExperienceAsian Lunch and Dinner Call Dinner by Reservation Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 765-6550! Award Winning Saturday 4 p.m.Wines - 9 p.m. Live Music Saturday Nights Starting as low 766-2319 as $12 per 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa week! 215 Center Street 763-1815 Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

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Westside Watcher Postal Service Takes Next Step in Optimizing Retail Network Announces Post Office Replacement Model WASHINGTON — As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes. To that end, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation. “Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.” For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging. “By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.” With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers — Approved Postal Providers — selling postage stamps and providing expanded access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service. “The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe added. The list of offices being studied and additional information, including video, audio soundbites, b-roll and JPEGs, can be found at http:// htm. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere:

Taft Petroleum Club Every Friday is Ribeye Steak & Chicken Dinner Night

Industry Night Wednesday, August 3rd

Sponsored by Staples & Associates

The club is available for Weddings, Birthdays, and Anniversarys. Our hall holds up to 200 people and the bar can hold 70. Book Today! 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Tuesday- Friday 3:30pm to Close

July 29 - 4, 2011

The Taft Independent is now offering subscriptions for home and business delivery of the paper. While still available free at our numerous news stand locations, we are offering home and business delivery subscriptions for the Independent as a convenience to you, and also to help grow our newspapers for additional coverage of Westside news and features. Your subscription will help our publication achieve “adjudication” by the Kern County Courts, a legal status that will allow our newspaper to print legal notices and other notices required by law. Currently only one newspaper in Taft offers this service, and we have now grown to the point where our newspaper can be adjudicated if we can build a paid subscriber base. To subscribe, contact us at 765-6550, or mail a check made payable to the Independent for the period desired to P.O. Box 268, Taft, CA 93268. Subscriptions are $19.50 for 3 months, $39.00 for 6 months, and $78 per year. By subscribing you will be supporting our growth of news and feature coverage of the Westside of Kern County. Subscriptions by mail are an additional $3 per month. Thank you for supporting your community newspaper, the Taft Independent.


Taft Independent Subscription-Circulation Manager The Taft Indepenent is looking for a part-time individual to solicit subscriptions and make weekly home and business deliveries. CDL and Insurance Required. Experience Preferred. Incentive Based Compensation. Call 765-6550


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July 29 - 4, 2011


Taft Society - Farmers Market Mixer The Taft Farmers Market Continues to grow and grow! The Taft District Chamber of Commerce held a community mixer during the Farmers Market on Thursday evening to encourage more citizens to come out and see what Taft has to offer. Produce vendors as well as crafters and other businesses in Taft came to participate and enjoy a special performace from local band LETTERS. The Taft Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm in the 5th Street Plaza. Come on out!



July 29 - 4, 2011

Westside News & Business Briefs

Precision Towing Takes It To The Streets

Precision Bodyworks has been serving Taft for the past 11 years and they are the people to call if you’ve been in a collision. Owner Dave Gill started the business in 1990 and he also had a shop in the 1980s. He is from Taft and attended both Taft High School and Taft College. His brother, who worked at Darrell’s Body Shop in the 1980s,brought Gill into the automobile business. “I worked with my brother after school in his shop and, after a while, my brother left and I took this shop,” said Gill. “I’ve worked in this one for over 20 years.” Gill bought his business’s building January 1 of this year. He also rents to the Midway Laboratories.


Miller’s Beauty Supply Under New Ownership After 15 Years

“I owned a shop before and I decided I needed to be back in it,” explained Gill. Precision Bodyworks offers 24-hour towing services as well as collision repair for automobiles and trucks. “We also do spray-on bed liners,” said Gill. Gill has a more concentrated interest in older vehicles. While I interviewed him in his shop, I was able to see some classic cars being worked on and painted. Recreationally, Gill likes to golf and participate in sand sports and water sports. “I like to ride quads around the Pismo dunes,” said Gill. “I like to also work on classic cars on my own time. I have a few projects like a ’69 Corvette and some sand cars.” You can contact Gill or Precision Bodyworks at You can also call 661-763-4420 or fax 661-763-1389. The shop is located at 317 Main St. in Taft.

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Miller’s Beauty Supply has recently been placed under new ownership. John Mollinet, a wholesale jewelry retailer, took over the shop on July 16. Miller’s Beauty Supply has been owned and operated by Barbara Van Pelt for the past 15 years. Mollinet has been in the wholesale business for over 23 years and his wife, Karla, is also involved with wholesale jewelry. “I started selling jewelry in my college years,” said John. “I chose to run the shop because I wanted to settle down and get a good base going.” John wants to make beauty products more affordable for the people of Taft so they won’t have to travel to Bakersfield to purchase what they need. “I want to make it worth it to buy in Taft since gas prices make it harder to be able to go all the way to Bakersfield,” said John. The shop offers name brand beauty supplies such as Paul Mitchell hair products and O.P.I nail polishes. Miller’s Beauty Supply offers services for hair coloring, cutting, extensions and perms as well as acrylic nails and piercings. “I do ear and nose piercings and my wife does nails,” said John. “There are 4 hairstylists including the store’s previous owner.” John wants to expand the store by bringing in more products and expanding the different product lines. The shop will also be going online within the next few weeks. “Our website should be up and running soon,” said John. “We are just trying to make these products more affordable and bring more to Taft. “


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July 29 - 4, 2011


Westside News & Business Briefs

Meet Your Local Public Servant Les Clark - Recreational Supervisor and Parks Superintendent For West Side Recreation & Parks District

House recommended the job to me about seven or eight years ago. I had lunch with Don Konig and I expressed interest to him about working with the Rec. I believed in his vision for the community, and my father was apart of the Rec for so long.” Clark has been involved with many projects to help the community and attract more attention to sports and recreation in Taft. “One of the programs I’ve come up with is the STOP program, which stands for Striving To Optimize Participation,” said Clark. “When I first came to work I heard a lot of people talking about how kids have changed. I didn’t want to believe that so I came up with the STOP program, which gives scholarships to kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to play sports.” Thanks to STOP’s many sponsors and donors, more and more kids can benefit from the scholarships. This program may have changed a child’s life. “The best memory I have on the job was a little girl that came to the Rec and filled out an application to play a sport,” said Clark. “She wrote on the application, ‘thank you for helping me because now I don’t have to collect cans to play Track.’ This girl would get up early every morning and collect cans from trashcans in order to play Track at the Rec. If this program changes one kid’s life, which it has, that’ the best moment.” Clark has many plans for the future, but mainly he wants to continue to open people’s eyes about recreation. “I want to continue to develop partnerships in the community, but I mostly just want to get the word out to the community that recreation is an industry,” said Clark. “People coming for tournaments and games for all of the different sports teams brings revenue to the town when the buy gas, food or other items. The more recreation you have, the better recreation you have, the more money you have.” Clark strives to continue to help kids and do what he loves through the WSRPD. “The best thing you can be called is a ‘dad’, but the second best is a ‘coach,’” said Clark. “My job is something with which I can put my handprint on the community and change people’s lives. Go Taft!”

Postal Service Takes Next Step in Optimizing Retail Network Announces Post Office Replacement Model

As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes. To that end, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation. “Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.” For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging. “By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.” With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 thirdparty retailers — Approved Postal Providers — selling postage stamps and providing expanded access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service. “The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe added. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere:

Les Clark Have you ever wondered who ran the sports teams and parks in the West Side Recreation and Park District? Well if you or your children are involved with the WSRPD, you probably know Les Clark. Clark is Taft’s Recreation Supervisor and Superintendent of Parks. He is the person who schedules leagues, organizes coaches, umpires and players, works with other agencies to partner with the WSRPD to offset costs (team sponsorship, community involvement, etc.), and he has even had the opportunity to give some of Taft High’s graduates their first job. “That is one of the most rewarding parts,” said Clark. “By providing them with their first job, I can teach them life and work skills and I can help them think up new ideas to better the community.” Clark is a father to three sons Logun, Cash, and Easton. He is also married to Michelle Clark, who is his beautiful wife of nine years. Les enjoys all sports and recreational activities, but his favorite pastime can be found right at home. Les Clark, second from left, with officials from Aera Energy while “I love to be with my family and spend time with my boys,” said Clark. “Playing in the front yard, golfing and just anything that has they presented the District with a check for $100,000 in April of this year. Pictured Above: Aera Ponytail softball team, Derik Casparis to do with sports and recreation is what I like to do.” (WSRPD), Les Clark III (WSRPD), Susan Hersberger (Aera Energy), Clark grew up in Taft and went through the local city schools: Don Koenig (WSRPD), Erika McKamie (Aera Energy) and Ray WatJefferson Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Junior son (Kern County District Supervisor). High, and Taft Union High Schools. During high school he was involved in both football and baseball. Name Brand Clothing After graduating from Taft High, Clark spent one Shoes • Jewelry semester at Taft College before transferring to Cal LuAccessories & More theran University to play football and baseball. His ath- Step Back Into School letic career continued as he went to West Hills College in Coalinga and then to Fresno State University to play FREE football. After getting injured, Clark was offered a job at New Arrivals of Backpacks & Shoes Tire Rotation the local prison in Taft as the recreation supervisor. He obtained his Bachelors Degree from National & Brake Check University and he is currently working towards a Masters Plus Inside The Historic Fort of Science from Kaplan College in Management with an We will check 915 N. 10th Street Suite 34 emphasis in Project Management. He is only 8 months all fluids away from obtaining this degree. (661)623-1783 & tire pressure Clark got involved with the WSRPD many years ago and has remained involved throughout his whole life. He has worked there full-time for four years and his interest *Most Cars & Light in the WSRPD started with his father, who worked with Trucks them for over 20 years. Up to 5 Qts. “My dad loved it so much and the Rec is an amazing center piece in the community,” said Clark. “Stephanie

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Community Voices


A View From Center Street

July 29 - 4, 2011

The Art of Sounding Informed When You Are Not

Regarding Teddy…

By Dr Harold Pease

Those of you who frequent Center Street may have seen an older lady pushing her shopping cart and walking with her dog, a russetcolored, long-haired dachshund, to the End of Times Gallery. Well, that lady is me, the dog was Teddy, and I own the gallery. If you came into the gallery he may have barked a little and sniffed at your feet but he was utterly harmless. I use the past tense because a couple of weeks ago I lost my little pal—he was killed and now has been buried—wrapped in a green cloth, and laid in a box— up on a hill to the south of town. Sorrow chastens the human soul. It makes it realize just how human we are. It reminds us how fragile life is. If we truly realized this we would be more kind to one another. There’s hardly a person who hasn’t lost a pet or two, who doesn’t know the grief that brings, the emptiness, the desolation… Sometimes I think our animal friends are smarter than we are. If we get mad at them, they wait a little while, then come and lick our hand, as if to say, is it okay to be friends again? We humans hold our grudges for years. Teddy stole my heart the instant I met him, and he brought me a great deal of joy. If I said “bad dog” he would hide under the bed, but after a while he would stick his nose out, as if to say, “Is it okay if I come out now, Mom?” You may be wondering how Teddy died—it was pretty awful. On our morning walk he was attacked by a much larger dog. I was helpless to protect him. My screams were heard by a man who rushed to my aid. Roaring like an angry lion he appeared out of nowhere, threw something at the dogs (there were two of them), and drove them away. This man is one of Taft’s homeless people. Sometimes heroes are concealed in the clothes of the homeless. The damage done to Teddy’s stomach was so great that the vet was unable to save him, but I still consider the man who tried to help a hero. I don’t like the electronic gadgetry of ours times and yet e-mail provides a means of quickly getting in touch with friends and relatives. When I e-mailed them about Teddy’s death the out-pouring was touching. A friend in China said a tear had dropping onto her keyboard as she wrote. A Japanese friend, a woman with whom I went to college, said she believes our pets choose us, not the other way around. Several friends had witnessed similar happenings, that of large dogs attacking smaller. (Watching a PBS animal special on of the wolves of Yellowstone Park, I saw that they will prey on coyotes and foxes.) One friend said she wanted to drop everything, come and comfort me. Many friends urge me to get another dog as soon as I’m able. My niece sent the link to a pet site, called The offending dogs were promptly removed from their owner; they may be euthanized. I take no pleasure in this. I asked their owner to please pay my vet bill, and he has agreed to do so. It’s simply not true that bad dogs have bad owners—our pets may be domesticated but they still have wild instincts. I have a friend in Brooklyn named Annie. She loves all animals and grieves for a long time when one of her pets dies. Annie has a pet psychic for a friend, a woman whom she relied on when a cat of hers died. When she learned about Teddy, she called her. The lady told her to tell me that Teddy is happy and that I now have a dog for a guardian angel! When faced with kind of loss the urge to believe this kind of thing is strong. Maybe it’s true because the next day I received the drawing above from another friend. (I resisted writing this column because ultimately grief is a private thing. I’ve written it because maybe it might help another who is grieving for a lost pet.).

Time and time again I have overheard discussion or arguments where participants polarize. The one who knows the most attempts to stay on focus providing ever more points to show his case. The less informed cannot stay focused, as he has run out of specifics. He resorts to one of five techniques: spraying, changing the focus of the topic, repeating over and over again the few points he does have, making the argument personal, and name calling. Sometimes he uses a mixture. Let

us examine each. Spraying is the term used for those who, in essence, travel around the world in three minutes or less bringing up everything related or not. The informed seek clarity or relevance on the first point only to notice that his opponent, the ill informed and lacking depth, has switched to yet another aspect. The ill-informed stays in control of the argument only because the more informed cannot keep up. Like a shotgun blast the intent is to blow the better informed over with a mass of non-specific, semi-related data so he drops the discussion. The less informed wins only because he is left standing. Sprayers also gain additional power by increasing their volume as well. Their thought processes do not allow them to realize the extent of their ignorance. Focus changers also run out of counter arguments or choose not to deal with the logical next step and turn instead to changing the focus of the argument. Instead of dealing with the legitimate issues raised by the Tea Party Movement the need for both major parties to provide us candidates who endorse fiscal responsibility, limited Constitutional government, and free market economics they call them racist or mobsters. The argument now moves to defending against racism. The establishment media initially relied on this technique to undermine the Tea Party Movement but it failed because the movement was a microcosm of the population itself and one might find his, normally non-activist, mother leading the charge. Repeaters, yet another technique for the less informed, likewise run out of counter arguments and try to win by constantly restating their initial two or three points. Normally, like sprayers, they also raise their voice on each restatement. They too have no depth but it does not matter to them. The art of sounding informed when not includes personalizing the argument. I once published a column that dealt with a plan to cut the bureaucracy by laying off 10% of their work force per year but allowing them, for ten years, to continue receiving their former pay, reduced by 10% each year, until they received nothing and sought new productive employment. A colleague, rather than debate the idea, fired off a negative memo suggesting that I be first to go. In doing so the debate was now personalized with the new issue now being my value to the institution. Name-callers seek to destroy your credibility by linking you, or what you advocate, to something unpopular, sometimes called labeling. This allows them to write you, or your issue, off without having to think or deal with your evidence. The favorite label is liberal or conservative. It gets worse. The mere word “McCarthyism”, the suggestion that there might be a single communist in the government, Hollywood or the media, was used for decades to destroy proponents of such or any real investigation into the evidence. Those who question the need to have our troops in 31 countries of the earth are called “isolationists.” Those who even dare question Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate are degraded by the term “birthers.” Even Congress was “cowed” into silence. Those who still question global warming as being man made are called “flat-earthers.” Those advocating that we get back to the Constitution as designed are called “strict constructionists” as though this were a venereal disease of some kind. You get the picture. How many of these things are true. I do not know as the opponents won by silencing proponents. Who comes up with these labels? The opponents did, of course? And who uses them the most? The least informed. So what should the most informed do? First, make certain that they are the most informed and that they too are not using any of these techniques to further an argument that may not be totally correct. Second, let it be. The majority is normally ill informed. Relate where you can and move on to other friends. Someone else will have to reach them and perhaps that won’t happen either. In America we do not shoot you for disagreement or ignorance. At least not yet!!!! Dr. Harold Pease is 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 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit

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Fred Lee Herkimer November 23, 1924 - July 20, 2011

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By Jessica G. Miller On Wednesday, July 20 after 86 wonderful years of life, Fred Lee Herkimer passed away. He was a man of many hats: husband, father, singer, oilworker, grandfather, brother and friend. Born on November 23 in 1924 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Fred and Edna Hermike. After attending high school in Bristol, Oklahoma, he and his mother, father and sisters Geraldine (later Tiessler) and Margie (later Ezell), moved to California where he graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic and eventually joined the Navy. After serving in World War II as Bosun’s Mate, he moved to Taft where he spend the next 64 years of his life. “He had a great fondness for Taft,” Margie said. “He loved it there and loved the people.” Before establishing his own business and meeting the love of his life, Patty, Fred worked in the oil industry for several companies including the Texas Oil Company. “When Fred came to Taft in 1946, he was a young, single guy who was very popular with everyone. Especially with the girls,” Margie explained. When he wasn’t working, he was busy practicing his favorite past time, music. Fred fronted a variety of bands around the time Merle Haggard, Billy Mize and Buck Owens were just beginning their respective careers in Country Western music. He played all around Taft, Bakersfield and in Cuyama. Although he never wanted to make a career of it, “He just loved having as a hobby,” Margie said. Fred was an active member in the community with his wife, Patty. Together, they were involved with the Assembly Dance Club and always arrived in style to each dance. He even served as the auctioneer for many of the Galas put on each year by the Chamber of Commerce. “He made that..A LOT of fun,” Patty said. Not only well liked in the Assembly, Fred was also a man well known and loved around town. He was a member of the Elks for for 58 years, along with being a Moose. He was a kind gentleman, always willing to lend a helping hand or tell great stories and jokes. Having worked for years in the downhole oil pump business, Fred decided in 1980 to open his own shop, Herko Pumping Service. Known for their quality service and even tremendous customer service, “He loved to have barbecues for his customers,” Patty said. In 1998, Patty and Fred bought a vacation home in Oceano, where they spent time together and took their grandchildren with them during Spring Breaks. After selling Herko Pumping Service in 2001 and spending one last year in Taft, Patty and Fred moved to Oceano permanently. Of their marriage, Patty said, “It was the best times of life. We had a good marriage, we always got along and we had fun. He was my everything.” Predecesed by his parents, his sister Geraldine Tiessler, his brother in law Easy Ezell, and his son Fred Herkimer III. Fred is survived by his wife, Patricia Herkimer, children Craig Gretlein, Tom and Carla Auch, and Curt Gretlein of Bakersfield, Casey and Claudia Gretlein of Nipomo; grandchildren Christian and Amanda Gretlein, Carson and Jennifer Gretlein, Craig and Cathleen Gretlein and Casey Auch of Bakersfield, Carly Auch of Sacramento, Claire and Caleb Gretlein of Nipomo, Fred and Siegrid Holt of Denmark and 4 great grandchildren. And of course, his sister Margie Ezell. “We always had a great relationship,” she said. “There were only two times in my life we had a quarrel. We were always so close. He was my best buddy, my hero and my protecto. We loved each other very much.” He will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives he touched. Fred’s services, handled by Erickson and Brown Funeral Directors, will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Westside Cemetery at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Kern Oil Museum.

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Westside News & Business Briefs

Weekly Gasoline Price Update

Average retail gasoline prices in California have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.81/g as of Monday, July 25th. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.69/g, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices. com. Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices Monday, July 25th were 69.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 94.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Purple Ribbon Month- Keeping Kids Safe in and around Motor Vehicles

The Department of Human Services, with support from First 5 Kern, the Kern County Network for Children “Kern Cares” coalition and our local public safety & community partners, are once again launching “Purple Ribbon Month” in memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell. These events hope to raise public awareness about “Kaitlyn’s Law”, passed in 2001, that makes it a citable offense for parents to leave children under the age of 6 unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age. The Law was named for 6 month old Kaitlyn Marie Russell, who died on August 15th, 2000, after being left in a hot van by a caregiver. Investigators estimate that the temperature inside the van reached 130 degrees before Kaitlyn was found. “4 R Kids Sake” was founded by Kaitlyn’s mother, Tammy and Grandmother Laura Petersen. August is Purple Ribbon Month in memory of Kaitlyn and all the children who have lost their lives to preventable injuries in and around cars, and in order to educate and increase public awareness about all of the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around motor vehicles. This month and throughout the year, we encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Kern County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities. Information is also available on the web at For more information contact Heidi Carter-Escudero, Outreach & Communications Coordinator for the Department of Human Services at (661) 633-7104

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