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January 10 - 16, 2014 • Volume 8 Issue 25

“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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Buckolies Bar Opens Tonight on Center Street Local sports fans won’t have to wait any longer to visit the newest hot spot on Center Street. Buckolie’s at 621 Center Street is opening tonight in the former Chilled and Grilled Restaurant. Owners Richard, Mary Jane and Buckole will welcome Tafitian’s to their new restaurant and bar. Lunatic Fringe will entertain with live music starting at 9p.m.

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Taft Business of the Week Pizza Factory


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Next Friday Night the Taft Oasis Night Club at 414 North Street is having 6 great Comedians for only $10.00. Some of these comedians have been have been on Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, or ABC. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. so get there early. This will be a great show that you do not want to miss. The Oasis is not only serving great food and drinks, they are also doing a great job bringing great entertainment to Taft, now we need to support it. Thank you Oasis for making Taft even better.

Tonight- Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams are at Home vs. Arvin High. Saturday- Dave Dravecky will speak at the Taft College Fundraiser Dinner at the Taft Fort. Tuesday- Wildcat Girls Basketball Team at Home vs. Chavez. Thursday- Taft Tea Party Meeting at 6pm at the Taft Veterans Hall. The Taft Tea Party meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

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The Taft City Council meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm at Taft City Hall. The Taft Planning Commission meetings the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6pm at Taft City Hall.


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By John Swearengin The Taft Business of the Week: Pizza Factory is open from 10am-10pm. They have more than just great pizza, they have sandwiches, an extensive beverage selection, calzones, pasta, a huge salad bar, cookies, and so much more. They have lots of room for the entire family and have a private meeting room that can be rented out. They have a nice arcade and several TV’s to watch all of the games. Pizza Factory is one of Taft’s longest running businesses and it is owned and operated by great Taft Resident’s Felix and Sherry Bravo. So dine inside, on the patio, carryout, or have it delivered! Pizza Factory supports Taft, so head down and have a great pizza and support Pizza Factory today. “They toss’em, there’re awesome!”

January 17th- “Comedy Night” at the Oasis at 8:30pm. Six great Comedians for only $10.00! Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams at Home vs. Wasco. January 18th: Annual Taft Sportsmen’s Club Banquet at OT Cookhouse, $20.00 for adults, $8.00 for 16 years and younger. RSVP to 765-2704 by January 11th. Taft IDPA “Fabulous Ferrous Fracas” January Match at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, registration at 8am. January 18th and 19th: WORCS Series Race at Honolulu Hills Raceway. January 21st: Wildcat Girls Basketball Teams at Home vs. Shafter. January 24th: Wildcat Girls Basketball Teams at Home vs. Robert F. Kennedy January 31st: Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams at Home vs. Bakersfield Christian High. February 1st and 2nd: AMA Big Series Race at Honolulu Hills Raceway. February 5th: Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Dinner at 7:30. February 6th: Taft Chamber Installation Dinner February 7th: Cruise Night on center Street. Starts at 6pm. Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams vs. Chavez High. February 8th and 9th: The West Side Rec, Taft Longhorns, and Triple Play are hosting an ages 7-13 “Winter Slugfest” Baseball Tournament at Franklin Field. Check out or February 14th: Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams vs. Shafter High. February 18th: Wildcat Boys Basketball Teams vs. Robert F. Kennedy High. February 22nd: West Kern Oil Museum Annual Dinner On February 8th and 9th the West Side Rec, Taft Longhorns, and Triple Play are having their “Winter Slugfest” Travel Baseball Tournament at the Franklin Field Softball Complex and the Little League Fields. Their Turkeyfest Tournament just before Thanksgiving was the biggest Tournament to be held in western Kern County in over 25 years. The last Tournament brought 17 teams to Taft and was a huge boost for our businesses that weekend. Contact Les Clark 3rd if you would like a booth or if you are interested in sponsoring this great event. Thank you “Mr. Recreation” Les Clark 3rd for bringing great Events like this to Taft.

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Maricopa Tea Room Specials Specials for the week of 01/13/14 Tuesday-Egg Salad Sandwich w/fries and salad Wed-Pastromi Sandwich w/fries and salad Thurs-Hot Roast Beef & Potatoes Fri-Enchilada/Tamale Pie w/ rice & beans Come enjoy.


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Syrian Dilemma Highlights Westside Watcher Importance of American Missile Defense Editorial

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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide

Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café Asian Experience and Steakhouse Asian Food and Pizza

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

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Wed., Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Wine Tasting and Lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

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

Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Craft Beers Open Monday to Friday 6:30am to 8pm Saturday 7:30am to 8pm Sunday 10am to 2pm 508 Center Street 765-6556

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R) Fri & Sat: 7:30, 9:15 Sun: (4:30), 6:15 Mon - Thu: 7:15 PM The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) Fri & Sat: 7:15, 9:30 Sun: (4:15), 6:30 Mon - Thu: 7:15 PM Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 7:00, 9:20 Sun: (4:00), 6:20 Mon - Thu: 7:00 PM


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By Michael James Barton

Down Home in Taft

The Obama Administration is currently working with the international community to relieve Syrian President Bashar AlThe other day while driving down the 300 Block of Pierce Assad of his chemical weapon stockpile. Of course, there’s ample reason for pessimism. Even if AmerStreet I noticed how nice all the American Flags looked at ican and Russian officials were to work in perfect harmony, the Sole’s houses. As I drove by Jefferson School I noticed fully ridding Assad of his entire arsenal in the middle of a civil how nice it looked with its new coat of paint. As I drove war will be difficult, complicated, and likely impossible. by Lincoln Jr. High I noticed the nice Lincoln sign that The Syrian crisis speaks to the broader challenge of containwas replaced awhile back and looks even better. As I drove ing anti-American regimes equipped with weapons of mass down Warren Street I noticed Doug and Donna Evans new destruction. While America continues to pursue all available American Flag above their house and it looked great. I diplomatic options for curbing these threats, we must also poslooked over and saw the amazing resurfaced roller skating sess the best military capabilities needed to protect the nation rink next to the Natatorium. Lots of things around Taft are in case diplomacy fails. The most effective military technology looking better. for combating the mounting WMD threat is missile defense. In the 200 block of Center, Sears has always been a nice The United States must continue to support these systems to looking building since it was built. The Asian Experience protect the homeland. building was fixed up several years back and still looks great. America has been the world leader in missile defense for The Monarch Fleet building was an eye sore just a year ago more than 30 years. and now is a beautiful building and a great business. The The first major breakthrough came with the Patriot system, owner Manny Campos is now fixing up the old S.J. Mobley first used in the Persian Gulf War. Now, the Patriot boasts Car Lot across the street from his shop. There are some over 2,500 successful tests. It’s used by over a dozen American other rough looking places in that block. In the 700 block allies, including several in the Middle East, whose leaders watch of Center Street Dr. Walker’s Office always looks great but warily as the Iranian nuclear program moves forward. most of the ones around him sure don’t. This is just one component of America’s missile defense There are so many Historic Buildings around Taft that infrastructure. were beautiful but have been neglected and look horThe Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System enables warships rible. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the old Stewart’s Drug and to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles. The Terminal HighWilson’s Hardware buildings fixed up. It is nice to see great Altitude Area Defense enables the United States to intercept businesses like Personal Style and Old’s Cool but then you missiles in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. see other businesses that look like the roof is going to fall in. Our systems are varied and proven. And they play an integral I love seeing businesses with nice items on display out front role in containing global hot spots and keeping our allies safe. but others look like their having a yard sale. But we can’t afford to let investment in these vital technoloSince I was a kid I loved the country group Alabama gies lag. The missile capabilities of hostile regimes are growing and one of my all time favorite songs by them was “Down more advanced -our defense systems must have sustained supHome.” Back then and still today that is a Taft song. When port to keep ahead of the curve. you get a chance listen to that song because it is one of those Exhibit A is Iran’s 10,000 centrifuges which continue to enfeel good songs. They talk about a handshake and those rich uranium. The country intends to install thousands of more days sadly have been ruined by greed so you no longer can efficient centrifuges in the near future, in addition to other do business by a handshake these days but that is everycapabilities they may be doing in secret. where. I like walking into Albertson’s and knowing most of The alarming rate of Iran’s progress toward a nuclear bomb the people. Chester, Victoria, Donna, and several others are underscores how wrong the Obama administration was to always working hard and are very friendly. If you need Jewabandon our allies and scrape the planned elry or gifts, Acme Jewelry is the place to go. Donna Smith missile defense shield program for Eastern Europe in 2009. was one of the nicest ladies at Taft High when I went there That system’s chief purpose was deterring the Iranian nuclear and I love seeing her and Ray these days at Acme. threat. Without it, the hardliners in the Iranian regime can still You need body work done to your vehicle everyone make plausible threats against America and its allies. knows you go see Dave Gill at Precision Body Works. Dave North Korea’s nuclear arsenal presents an even more serious does great work and is a great guy. One way or another he problem. Satellite images released in September reveal that the is related to several people here in Taft so it is a good thing country might be close to bringing its Yongbyon plutonium they are good people. When I had motorcycle’s I always production reactor back on line. The Defense Intelligence took them to Cycle Katz. I’ve known Donnie for a long time and he is a great guy that you can trust. You need parts Agency has concluded that the country could already have a for your vehicle you go see Ron Waldrop at Waldrop’s Auto nuclear weapon small enough to fit atop a missile. Meanwhile, the threat of terrorists exploiting the resources Parts. I’ve known Ron and his great family since I played of a weak or baseball with his son Scotty when we were kids. chaotic government, like Egypt’s, is very real. These radical nonThe last few New Year’s Eves my family and I went to state actors need just a single bomb attached to a single missile Pizza Factory with my best friend and his family. Pizza to present a serious threat to the United States. Factory has great food and the kids can go a little crazy. The Assad can’t be taken as an honest broker. In the event that owners Felix and Sherry love Taft and have a great family. he does agree to hand over his chemical weapons, it is unlikely They do not get any better than our City Manager Craig we can confirm all will be in custody. Witness the near-endless Jones. I’ve known him forever and he loves Taft and is the discovery of additional WMD facilities in Libya after their perfect man for his job. WMD disarmament 2003 -- and that wasn’t in the middle of Lots of our great business owners have left Taft for Cola civil war. The key lesson from the last decade is that preventlege, Military, work, family, etc, but they came back because ing hostile actors from obtaining and using the world’s most they love Taft like Quick Smog, Taft Chevron Gas Station, destructive weapons isn’t always possible. Asian Experience, Messenger’s Automotive, Fast Trip at In a world where more and more of our enemies can access 10th and Kern Street, Monarch Fleet, Artz Liquor and WMDs, keeping the United States and its allies safe from a Deli, and Fox Theatre. Support these great business owners cataclysmic attack demands greater ingenuity and vigilance. and all our other Taft Businesses. These are just a few of the Missile-defense systems can play a crucial role in efforts to reasons I love being “Down Home” in Taft. “Down home, combat these threats. where they know you by name and they treat you like famMichael James Barton served as the deputy director of ily!” Stay positive Taft! Middle East policy at the Pentagon from 2006 through 2009 and is currently a director at ARTIS Research. John Swearengin

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TUHS Students Participate in Rose Bowl Float Decoration Fifteen Taft Union High School students had the excitement of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a world-famous event when they helped decorate floats for the 125th anniversary Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day. The Key Club members, the high school version of the Kiwanis Club, left Taft at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and drove to Pumpkin Center where they joined three buses full of Key Club members from Bakersfield high schools. They spent all day working on floats in Pasadena, finally arriving back in Taft at 9 p.m. Senior Leslie Tacza said, “When you think of Taft High, it was awesome that we were able to experience something so big. It felt good to help contribute to it.” More than 400 high school students worked on the floats on Dec. 21. The students, along with Key Club adviser Sharon Hill and Kiwanis members Greg Mudge and Kathy Orrin, either glued celery or poppy seeds on boards or cut purple or blue flowers. They laid the foundation for others to add to later. Flowers were glued on the floats on Dec. 28 and 29. Hill said it was a lot of hard work. She worked on inside parts of the float that the public could not see, but the judges would. Still, she, and all the students interviewed, said even though their part was small, the experience was rewarding and they would gladly do it again if they had the op-

portunity. Senior Brenda Arellano cut flowers for the word “Honda” on the Honda float. She said the Honda float was the length of three floats and was the longest on record for the parade. Senior Cristina Diaz and others worked on the Monster truck float. Tacza said, “Key Club is my favorite club on campus. It was just a good experience, especially for the underclassmen.” Photos by Leslie Tacza Brenda Arellano, (top) Mariah Doty and Abelulia Xancale put poppy seeds on the Honda float. Catherine Sanchez, (middle) Brenda Arellano, Mariah Doty and Abelulia Xancale pose while they wait for their glue to arrive. Catherine Sanchez, (bottom) Kathy Orrin, an unidentified man, Sharon Hill, Paige Gaylord and Sutton Yochum cut flowers for the floats.


McCarthy Lauds Taft College’s TIL Program to Address Higher Education Needs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy called on the House Education and the Workforce Committee leadership to renew the Transition Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) as the committee works to reform and update Federal higher education policy. TPSID helps institutions of higher education, like Taft College, develop and build programs to serve students with intellectual disabilities, such as autism, so they can live independently and be productive members of society. Taft College is a national leader in educating students with intellectual disabilities through its Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program. Because of its expertise and success with TIL, Congressman McCarthy also shared Taft College’s recommendations on how to improve TSPID with the committee leaders. Congressman McCarthy issued the following statement: “In our community, Taft College is a national leader in helping students with autism be self-sufficient, manage their finances, and live independently. The TIL program is nationally renowned and has helped thousands of students in our community, California, and across the nation. Taft College’s expertise and leadership on this issue can only help improve TPSID and the lives of countless young adults with intellectual disabilities.” West Kern Community College District Superintendent - President Dena Maloney offered the following statement: “The Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) at Taft College provides a proven educational model for serving students with intellectual disabilities. We appreciate the support of the TPSID program in expanding opportunities for TIL students and hope that this important program is part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.” Background · TPSID was created in P.L. 110-315 and is set to expire after Fiscal Year 2014. · TPSID is designed to help institutions of higher education develop new programs and build upon existing programs to educate intellectually disabled students so they can live independently and be financially self-sufficient. · The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is currently working on developing legislation to reauthorize Federal higher education policies, which includes TPSID. · Taft College has been serving intellectually disabled students since the 1970s, and created the TIL program in 1995, with its unique and innovative independent living classrooms and work experience component. · Over 95% of TIL graduates live independently, 89% are employed, and 80% are financially self-sufficient.


Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Benefits 25,944 Students in Kern County

Collaboration with generated more than $298,800 to help fund 308 eligible classroom projects for local public school teachers and students BAKERSFIELD, CALIF., Jan. 6, 2014 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and today announced that the 2013 Fuel Your School program generated more than $298,800 in Kern County, benefitting more than 308 local public school classroom projects, including more than 230 resources to help support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and impacting 25,944 students. Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, teachers at more than 100 Kern County public schools received valuable classroom resources. Through the program, Nicole Gutierrez and her students at Berkshire Elementary School in Bakersfield received a variety of math related materials including an iPad 2, giving the students the opportunity to learn new mathematical concepts while experiencing new technology. Fuel Your School is a part of Chevron Corporation’s multimillion dollar holistic education commitment to support educational programs, especially those in STEM, that help increase access to and the quality of education and career and technical training at every level — from education to employment. To achieve this, Chevron works with education organizations, government officials, non-profit organizations and community leaders to develop and support innovative programs that invest in tomorrow’s workforce by educating students, supporting teacher training, providing classroom resources, supporting educational standards, funding out-of-school activities and preparing workers to excel in their jobs, including possible engineering positions at Chevron. “The innovative Fuel Your School program provides a unique opportunity to help our local public school classrooms,” said Artit Krichphiphat, local general manager of asset development at Chevron. “Whenever you can bring bright smiles to children when they receive cool gadgets in the classroom, it just feels good. We know we’re doing a great thing, when we see that spark of excitement in STEM education.” In the U.S., Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration between Chevron and, an online organization dedicated to helping students in need. The program was driven by the lack of adequate public school funding, which has left some teachers without basic supplies to help students complete their classroom assignments.


Cookhouse & Saloon With the holiday delivery schedule...Kevin is back to having trouble getting specials to me. So he decided to highlight some of our Cookhouse favorites. Join us....every Friday for delicious Clam Chowder and Prime Rib!!!! To all of our wonderful OT patrons: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! From our family to yours... Wishing all a prosperous 2014!!! Lunch Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Hours: Tues-Sat 4-9pm Closed: Sunday and Monday find us on facebook 205 N. 10th Street 661.763.1819

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel during the month of October at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Kern County, generating more than $298,800, to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools. This year, the Fuel Your School program generated nearly $7.1 million to local classrooms in 16 U.S. communities and positively impacted more than 900,000 students with needed supplies. In 2013, the program was available in parts of California, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alaska and Hawaii. Two of the communities, Ector County, Texas and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), Calif., were supported with the help of local marketers. Chevron also supported similar international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia. Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 17,000 classroom projects at more than 3,000 schools in the U.S. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations. About Chevron Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at About Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $218,127,939 to projects that inspire them. All told, 10,574,365 students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Visit to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the story.

Kern County Grand Jury Seeking Applicants Applications for the Kern County Grand Jury will be accepted from now through April 4, 2014. The Kern County Grand Jury is made up of a group of 19 citizens, randomly selected from a pool of citizens who have made their interest known. Applicants are interviewed and then nominated by the Superior Court Judges of our County. Judges are very interested in obtaining a volunteer pool representative of the ethnic and cultural diversity of all communities in our County. The final selection process will be conducted in open session of court during the month of June. Once selected, Grand Jurors act as an investigative body to ensure that county and city governments are efficiently operated and that public funds are effectively spent. The Grand Jury also hears evidence of public offences presented by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and, where appropriate, may issue criminal indictments. Applicants must be willing to spend approximately 20 hours a week in performing these tasks. Candidates for the Grand Jury must be Unites States citizens, at least 18 years of age, have a working knowledge of the English language and have resided in the County for at least one year. Grand Jurors serve for a one year period beginning July 2014. If Grand Jury service is for you, you may contact Penny Petris-Hall at the Kern County Grand Jury, 1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or telephone (661) 868-4797 to obtain your application for nomination. You may also download an application from the Grand Jury website at

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Dumping of Material in Kern County by City of Los Angeles Sanitation Department The County of Kern is currently investigating possible landuse violations in the Frazier Park area. Public Health personnel have observed trucks, bearing the City of Los Angeles seal, depositing what appears to be a composted material at a business just north of Lebec, CA. Supervisor David Couch has also personally witnessed the activity. This last week, staff observed that the material is being delivered and it appears that it is being staged at the business site for an unknown period of time then trucked elsewhere later. County staff is in contact with various involved parties, including the property owner and a trucking firm, among others, to determine the source, composition, and the destination of the material, which is unknown at this time. This Tuesday, Supervisor Couch will ask County Code Compliance, Planning Department, and Public Health Department staff to provide a full report to the Board of Supervisors later this month on their findings and any recommended enforcement actions which should be considered if land-use or other violations are confirmed. Supervisor Couch is very concerned that the City of Los Angeles apparently did not review regulations and requirements with local officials prior to commencing this activity. Couch stated, “In light of ongoing litigation with the City of Los Angeles regarding Measure E, a more open and cooperative approach would be far better.” Instead the activity was reported to Mr. Couch’s staff by concerned Mountain Communities citizens. Mr. Couch added: “This questionable activity leads to more questions. What is this material? Why is it being handled so secretly? How long has this been occurring? I don’t have answers to these questions yet, but I intend to find out.”

Smoke Detectors Specifications Changed Starting July 1, 2014, the State Fire Marshall will not approve a battery-operated smoke alarm unless it contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10 years. This rule was originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2014. Until July 1, 2015, an exception to this rule applies to smoke alarms ordered by, or in the inventory of, an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer on or before July 1, 2014. Furthermore, starting January 1, 2015, the State Fire Marshal will not approve a smoke alarm unless it does all of the following: (1) displays the date of manufacture on the device; (2) provides a place on the device to insert the date of installation; and (3) incorporate a hush feature. A previous requirement for the smoke alarm to incorporate an end-of-life feature that provides notice that the device needs to be replaced has been eliminated. The requirements taking effect on January 1, 2015 was originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2014. The State Fire Marshal has the authority to create exceptions to these requirements. Senate Bill 745 (codified as Cal. Health & Safety Code § 13114) (effective January 1, 2014).

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Taft’s Next Step Cardio & Fitness Still Going Strong After five years of providing Taft with the best health and fitness, Next Step Cardio & Fitness is still going strong. As their memberships keep on climbing, Next Step continues to improve every aspect of their facility. Major remodeling has been taking place inside this amazing fitness center. Owners Wendy Soto and Veronica Sandoval are very excited for what is coming to Next Step Cardio in 2014. “we are happy to be able to improve our facility to make it the best gym in Taft” owner Wendy soto explains, “ we are looking forward to 2014 because of all the new additions to the fitness center. We want everybody to know, we are going to be around for a long time.”

Next Step Carido & Fitness is located at 506 Center Street. The fitness gym offers every kind of workout machine, weights and suppliments. For more information or to join the club call 745-4918. Here’s Our Story by owner Wendy Soto



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We opened our facility here in Taft back in 2008 with just a third of the equipment we now have. The community was so welcoming we were very happy and excited knowing we had made the best decision on the location. We worked long hours for the first six months. Our vision was to start small and hope to grow. To our suprise, within six months of our grand opening, we had grown and doubled our equipment. Our Cardio Kickboxing was the highlight of the gym. classes were full and every member had something nice to say about the facility. We continued to grow even more for the next four years, then, in October 2013, we were able to open our new CrossFit facility in Bakersfield. The focus of this new gym is to help us financially grow our current facility in Taft. We expect to double our size in Taft within the next two years. Fitness is what we love to do. Helping others maintain a healthy lifestyle is always rewarding to us. We have been able to help so many people in Taft with all of our programs and nutritional background. We hope to continue to bringing the best of fitness to this community. All of our members are special to us and we take pride in what we can offer them. We see ourselves doing what we are doing here in Taft for a very long time. Next Step Carido & Fitness is located at 506 Center Street in Taft. For more information or to join call 7454918.

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By Harold Pease, PH. D

I hope that your 2013 was a good one. For me, we had our ups and downs, but happy that we are living in Taft and that we have our health, after a couple of scares, and that our family is intact and doing well. Ginny lost two of her cousins, within weeks of each other in December, one a shock and the other who had health issues for years and is finally at peace. You never know when this will happen and who it will be; don’t put off picking up the phone to say hi or going to see that person you have been meaning to go see. They may not last until you’re ready. On the bright side we have a new addition to our family; our niece is due with a boy in a month or so. We had 49 over to my sister-inlaws for Christmas and that is just family on Ginny’s side, 20 for dinner on my side. All are doing well, thank you. Don’t know if you noticed that I have been writing this little tome for the past four years this month. I appreciate the opportunity that the Independent and the Driller have given me to express myself. I just wish that I was a better writer, but then I might start using fancy words that I couldn’t stand either. I thank all you that have encouraged me and said that on certain issues that I hit it home for you. As long as you will have me and the newspapers are willing to continue to publish me, I’ll lay it out every two weeks. I have let you know that I am not really a fan of professional football anymore as I think the players are getting a little too out of hand. They all know that when a play is made the camera

Anyone with but a rudimentary knowledge of the Constitution understands that it is designed to limit the growth of the federal government and it begins with the most essential ingredient—separation of powers. Congress makes all the law on the federal level, the President executes the law, as Congress made it—not as he arbitrarily wants it to be, and the Supreme Court adjudicates the law that is contested. Quite simple!! Uncontested by both political parties until now!! This has been the constitutional way since George Washington and should remain so until a new amendment to the Constitution alters the Constitution. Until than it is “sacredly obligatory upon all,” as George Washington once said. Enter Barack Obama’s numerous (Fox News says 23, National Review says 14) executive changes to ObamaCare, which have greatly altered the 2700-page law, and if left unchallenged, will give future presidents an open door to change whatever they wish in any law they wish. Actually the only constitutional authority of a president is to veto a law sending it back to Congress to override his veto if they have the votes. Altered laws, “on the fly” so to speak, are new laws and as such effectively undermine, even obliterate, the function of the legislative branch. The Constitution prevents the president from serving as all three branches as this president is doing. Such is the recipe for an imperial president, the end of limited government, and the end of a republic. Seeking to stop this executive tyranny and to discourage the President from violating his own law, 11 state attorney generals wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the President, by assuming law-making powers, was not following the Constitution. The letter was initiated by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and was signed by state attorney generals of the following sister states: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. Because Congress had faltered in protecting her soul legislative jurisdiction, they felt compelled to step forward to protect the Constitution. The seven-page letter read in part: “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action.” Moreover, “We are deeply concerned that this Administration is consistently rewriting new rules and effectively inventing statutory provisions to operationalize a flawed law.” The Attorney Generals’ letter continued, “The illegal actions by this administration must stop.” Of the 14-23 Obama executive rule changes made since ObamaCare inception the four most notable were: the delay of the individual mandate, OPM waiver for congressional staffers (this exempts members of Congress and their staffs from the law that they created for you and I, the Small Business Exchange Delay, and the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan Waiver. The most recent change came after more than five million received cancellation notices from their insurers because ObamaCare made it too difficult for them to continue coverage, this despite the known falsehood used to promote the forced healthcare plan made by Obama, “If you like your doctor you can keep him” and, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” In this change Obama, unilaterally announced that those who had lost their insurance could have it back for a year. President Obama’s rule changes violated two parts of the Constitution, the separation of powers between the three branches of government housed in Articles I, II, and III, and his responsibility to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” as noted in Article II, Section 3. These are serious, even impeachable, violations and should be challenged. Noticeably absent this time in protecting the Constitution with respect to the 200-plus year process of making law is the

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Visit Us Online email us at Publisher@ Democratic Party. To my many friends therein, don’t you realize that by letting your party distort this process to get a gain that you face a Republican president unilaterally doing the same thing to you down the road using the same arguments that you now use to protect him? Can’t you see that the rule of law was to protect all of us and that the Constitution must remain pure or one day neither party will have it? The Constitution must be above party. This is why all elected officials swear an oath to protect and preserve it. 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

January 10 - 16, 2014 is on them, so they do their ridiculous little dances and chest beatings that show how really selfish they really are; especially doing it when they are losing. It is all about me, not the game, not about the team, not about the fans, but all about me. How about a new rule that if you commit a flagrant foul and not only costing your team 15 yards , how about we throw you out of the game for the next series or even better, throw you out of the game and dock your pay. Maybe you’ll think twice about pounding the quarterback into the ground, or hitting the receiver out of bounds. In the BCS College football final, one of the players went by the other teams bench and taunted them after his team scored. It was critical lack of judgment nearly costing his team the win. They got a 15 yard penalty but the guy continued to play and they wound up winning. Did that player learn anything ?? If he’d gotten thrown out of the game, maybe he would have. No one likes bad behavior in any sport or any life situation; if we don’t have consequences for our actions it will continue to prevail. JP Morgan, the big banking concern, just got fined 1.8 billion dollars for their involvement in the Bernie Madoff ponzie scandal. Now ole Bernie is doing 150 years for his part of ripping off investors out of 60 billion dollars, but no one at JP Morgan is getting prosecuted. Hummmm. Think that it might happen again ?? The firm is paying the fine, but it wasn’t the firm, but the rascals in the firm that knew something fishy was going on, but their greed made them look the other way. Of the trillion dollars of losses in the big real estate/economic downturn that affected all of us one way or another, how many people went to jail ?? Next to none. Lots of fines were assessed, but in reality that is your money, the investors in these firms, that wound up losing and paying the piper. Do you think that these Wall Street folks knew that if they lost your money in a dishonest way, that they’d go to jail, forfeit all their ill gotten gains, and never be allowed in Wall Street again; do you think that they might just think before they acted ?? Having the firm pay your fine, losing a bonus this year, selling your condo in Aspen, is that the same as going to jail, I mean hard time prison. It seems to me we are seeing this type of behavior more and more, especially in politics and sports. Folks just get caught up in the lifestyle, the prestige, the adulation, that they just lose their way. I know many of us wish it was us making all that money, getting on TV air time, travel, so called riches, but in the end is it worth sitting 10 years in prison ?? I like what I have, I just hope more of them get their just deserts. I’m still bugged about the two gas stations out at I-5 and 119 charging $4.79 for regular gas. I have figured out why. They don’t know how to re-finagle the pumps to lower the price. I’ll never stop there, never. Lastly on the political front, how about we change all our reps, senators, and assembly members to four year terms instead of the two and six we now have. It evens the playing field and they won’t always be worried about raising money. Let’s have all judges not be appointed to life terms and mandatory retirement at 75. Let’s all respect our service members, and thank them when you can for they are on the front line defending our freedoms for me to say what I say and for you to read it. See You Around Town, Randy Miller Living and Loving Taft

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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 Emmons Park Drive (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791 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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New Hydralic Fracking Rules, Proposed Moritorium Threaten Kern County Oil Economy

well stimulation fluid concentration information; information regarding the operator’s Spill Contingency Plan; and, if necessary, a claim of trade secret protection.

By Michael Long, Publisher

How will I know if a well near me will be getting a stimulation treatment?

Most Kern County residents may be unaware that environmentalists and anti-oil state legislators are gearing up their campaigns this year to end hydraulic fracking, most of which occurs in West Kern County, that could threaten the local economy and kill the creation of up to 2.8 million jobs in California and generate $24.6 billion in new tax revenue for the cash strapped state. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release oil and natural gas inside. The process has been practiced in Kern County for more than 50 years. Last year, State Senator Fran Pavley successfully sponsored a bill that was signed by Governor Brown that would begin a process to regulate fracking and require oil producers to disclose what kinds of materials are used in the fracking process, and conduct an Environmental Impact Report that would disclose the effects of fracking on the environment. Many see the legislation as the first step in the ending of fracking in California. Many bills were proposed by the democratically controlled legislature in 2013 to more strictly control fracking or call for an immediate moratorium, but the bills either failed or the governor vetoed them. SB4, a less onerous bill that still allows fracking, sponsored by Pavely and signed by the Governor establishes a “comprehensive regulatory program” for oil and gas well stimulation treatments. It includes, among many other requirements, a new study, the development of numerous regulations and a new permitting process, leaving oversight agencies ample opportunity to add regulations as they see fit. Environmentalists want a compete ban, and protests at public hearings for SB4 implementation and promises by several legislators to work towards banning the process loom large in the 2014 law making year in Sacramento. Below are frequently asked questions from the state Department of Oil and Gas regarding fracking under Senate Bill 4: Why are interim regulations necessary? Although SB 4 becomes law in January 2014, the bill does not require that the permanent regulations take effect until January 2015. Because of this gap, SB 4 lays out interim procedures that go into effect January 2014. Until the permanent regulations go into effect, SB 4’s interim procedures allow operators to proceed with well stimulation treatments without a permit if they comply with specified provisions of SB 4. The Division will use emergency regulatory authority to set up rules for this 2014 interim process. The interim regulations will be publicly noticed no later than December 13, 2013, so that they may be filed with the Office of Administrative (OAL) Law in time to go into effect on January 1, 2014. Will operators be required to obtain a permit to conduct well stimulation treatments? No. SB 4’s interim procedures allow operators to proceed with well stimulation if they have provided the Division with written notice and certification of compliance with specified requirements of SB 4. The interim regulations require that at least 10 days in advance ofcommencing a well stimulation treatment, the operator shall submit an Interim Well Stimulation Treatment Notice to the Division. Well stimulation treatments shall not commenceunless the Division has reviewed the Interim Well Stimulation Treatment Notice form and approved the form as complete. Also, the operator shall notify the Division at least 72 hoursprior to commencing well stimulation so that Division staff may witness the well stimulation treatment. Operators are required to include in the Interim Well Stimulation Treatment Notice operator contact information; well location information; directionally drilled well information, if applicable; the time period during which the well stimulation treatment is planned to occur; and the planned location of the well stimulation treatment on the well bore, the estimated length, height, and direction of the induced fractures or other planned modification, if any. Additionally, operators must include with the Interim Well Stimulation Treatment Notice specified chemical information; a Water Management Plan; a list of locations of existing wells, including plugged and abandoned wells, that may be impacted by the fractures; a Groundwater Monitoring Plan; neighbor notification information; cement casing information; production zone information; mechanical integrity testing and pressure testing information;

At least 30 days in advance of commencing well stimulation treatment, the operator must provide notice to property owners and tenants within a 1500 foot radius of the wellhead, or within 500 feet of the path of the well. Therefore, for an operator to be able to perform a well stimulation treatment on January 1, 2014, neighbor notification regarding the well stimulation treatment must have been completed by December 2, 2013. Are companies required to disclose the chemical composition of the well sti mulation treatment? Yes. The interim regulations require operators to publicly disclose detailed information about well stimulation treatments, including a complete list of chemicals used and their concentrations. SB 4 requires the Department to develop a website to provide chemical information to the public. Until this website is developed, operators are required to employ the website to make the information available to the public. In addition, the Department will be collecting information from, and directly from operators, and making all of the information available on the Department’s website in an aggregated spreadsheet that can be sorted and searched. If the information is subject to a claim of trade secret, the operator is required to post the chemical family or similar descriptor for a chemical. Can companies withhold information about what is in the well stimulation treatment fluid based upon a claim of trade secret? Yes, but to a limited extent only, subject to Division review and court challenge. If information is withheld as a trade secret, government agencies and health professionals can have access to the information.In California, companies and individuals have a statutory right to protect trade secret information from public disclosure, but SB 4 put limitations on trade secret protection for well stimulation fluids. SB 4 provides a process for determining if a trade secret claim is valid and for public disclosure if it is determined the information is not a trade secret. The public has the right to challenge in court a trade secret claim. SB 4 also provides that even if the information is a protected trade secret, it must be disclosed to specified government entities, or for a health professional who reasonably believes that the information may be necessary in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. How do the interim regulations ensure that well stimulation will not contaminate water? The interim regulations require rigorous testing and evaluation before stimulation operations to ensure that wells and geologic formations remain competent and that drinking water is not contaminated. The interim regulations require operators to evaluate the casing, tubing, and cement lining of the well borehole to ensure that the well’s construction is more than adequate to withstand operations that are intended to increase the permeability of the hydrocarbon producing formation. Also, the interim regulations require that surface equipment utilized for well stimulation treatment be rigged up as designed, and the pump, and all equipment downstream from the pump, be pressure tested. In addition, operators are required to analyze other wells in the area to ensure that they will not permit the migration of fluid to other zones. Can neighbors request that their water be tested? Yes, the interim regulations enable neighbors to request water quality sampling and testing on any water well located on the parcel that is suitable for drinking or irrigation purposes and on any surface water located on the parcel that is suitable for drinking or irrigation purposes, provided that the request is made within 20 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of a timely request for water quality sampling and testing, the operator shall pay for testing and sampling by one or more qualified independent third-party contractor or contractors designated by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Will groundwater quality, and the water used in well stimulation, be monitored? SB 4 requires a groundwater monitoring plan for any well subject to well stimulation treatment. The interim regulations will establish and requirements and guidance for the development and implementation of the groundwater monitoring plans. In addition to having a groundwater monitoring plan, operators are required to publicly disclose the composition and disposition of all water associated with a well stimulation treatment. How will other regulatory agencies, such as the Air Resources Board, approach well stimulation treatments? Other agencies will have a significant role in implementation of the statute. SB 4 provides for a study to be conducted to assess aspects of well stimulation treatments such as air quality, and for the Department to meet with the State’s other regulatory entities to determine appropriate approaches to protecting air and water quality and safe handling of chemicals used in well stimulation, and to commit those approaches to agreements between such agencies. How do the interim regulations ensure that well stimulation fluids will be handled in a safe manner? In 2011, the Division promulgated and implemented regulations to ensure that oilfield fluids are safely managed. These regulations require secondary containment features around fluid containers, regular testing and maintenance of tanks and pipelines, and maintenance of a detailed spill contingency plan. In addition to these existing requirements, the interim regulations require operators to address the handling of well stimulation fluid and additives in their Spill Contingency Plan. How do the interim regulations address response to a spill or release of well stimulation fluids? Various state and federal laws already require remediation and reporting of spills or releases of hazardous substances. A matrix of reporting requirements can be found on the CalEMA website here: Spill-Release-Reporting.aspx. Operators are required to maintain a Spill Contingency Plan, and that plan must address the fluids on site for well stimulation treatment. What happens to the well stimulation fluids after the treatment occurs? After the well stimulation operations are complete, much of the fluid comes back out of the well along with the oil, gas, and brackish water produced in the operation. In California, 80-90 percent of the water produced from oil wells is brackish water associated with the oil and gas in the geologic formation. The well stimulation fluid flowback is commingled with the fluids produced and is treated with those produced fluids. Most produced fluids in California are re-injected into oil and gas bearing zones to increase production. The remainder are injected into deep waste fluid disposal wells or processed. Wells used for sustained injection of oil and gas waste fluids for increased production or disposal already are regulated by the Division, including permitting, inspection, mechanical integrity testing, and plugging and abandonment oversight.


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• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

508 Center Street (661) 765-6556

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

408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

Would you like to REDUCE OR ELIMINATE your STATE INCOME TAX LIABILITY? If you own a business in the Taft area you may be eligible for tax credits up to $37,440 per qualified employee. There are many advantages and cost savings for businesses in the Taft Enterprise Zone.

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Call today for more information: 661763-1222, Ext. 12

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

Located in the Heart of Oil Country On the Petroleum Highway We Cater Your Place or Ours Full Bar Available For Your Special Event


Come and Join Us at The Tumbleweed The Tumbleweed Cafe Reservations Recommended for Dinner

24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations


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