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Independent The Taft

November 8 - 14, 2013



November 8 - 14, 2013 • Volume 8 Issue 18

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

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by Stephanie House


November 8 - 14, 2013

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Inside Community Events.........3 Taft Calendar...................3 Westside News.................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 Liberty Under Fire.........8 Classified Ads.................10 News.................................11 Shop Taft........................12

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Taft Chamber Annual Trout Fishing Derby November 16 Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Taft Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Trout Fishing Derby at Buena Vista Lake Evans. Prizes in each age group will be awarded with a $1,000 grand prize awarded to the fisherman who catches the heaviest Trout, with a chance to win $20,000 for matching a pre-determined weight. Beginning at 6 a.m., registered participants may fish until 2 p.m., with awards being given out at 2:15 p.m. All fishermen must bring their fish to the weigh station to get weighed to be eligible for prize money. “This is a great family event with a chance to catch some large fish and win money,” Event Coordinator Shannon Jones said. Anglers of all ages are invited to compete in the Derby. Adults are $20, children 13 and under are $10. Enrollment forms may be obtained from the Taft Chamber Office, 400 Kern Street in Taft, and in Bakersfield at Bob’s Bait Bucket, 2131 S. Chester Avenue, The Fishin’ Hole, 3400 Buck Owens Blvd, and Kern River Bait, 8011 Niles Street. Completed forms may be turned in early and registrations will be accepted at the gate. Contact the Taft Chamber at 661-765-2165 for more information. The gates at Lake Evans open for the Derby at 6:00AM, on Saturday, the 16th, and fishing will continue until 2:00 p.m. All fishing laws will be observed, and no observers are allowed to enter during the Derby’s duration. Registration will take place on site Saturday morning as well as Friday, November 15, from 5-8 p.m. outside the Shell station at the corner of Enos Lane & Highway 119. Wristbands are required for entry into Lake Evans.

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Taft Calendar By John Swearengin Tonight is the last game of the Season for the Taft High Football Teams. The Bobcats kickoff at 5pm and the Wildcats kickoff at 7:30 pm. This is the last night several of these great Wildcats will play football. Please come out and support these great Wildcats and lets get the WIN! WI-L-D-C-A-T-S, W-I-L-D-C-A-T-S, WILDCATS, WILDCATS, yeah WILDCATS! Monday Night Football at the Taft Petroleum Club. Doors open at 5pm. The Westside Community Resource Center has started their 2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive. Call 765-7281 for donation info. Laborers of the Harvest, several churches, and Taft Needs Center are all taking donations for the Holidays. The Midway Sunset Lions Club is taking Donations for the “Taft Christmas for Seniors.” The West Hills Church of the Nazarene and several other churches are collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Fill a shoebox for children with hygiene items, supplies, etc. Contact the Church for a list of items. Saturday- Golden Empire 4H Turkey Shoot/BBQ at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club. Sign up at 9pm. BBQ from 11-2. Thursday- WSRPD Community Theater presents Guys and Dolls at 7pm at the Taft High Auditorium. Save the Date for these Future EventsNovember 14-16: The WSRPD Community Theater presents Guys & Dolls at 7pm. November 17th at 3pm at the Taft High Auditorium. Tickets only $7 for adults, $5 for children. November 15: Craft Fair at the Rec from 5:00 – 8:30 pm November 15th-17th: Taft Longhorns Travel Baseball Team Tournament at Franklin Field. Contact Les Clark for Vendor information. November 16th: Craft Fair at the Rec from 8:30 – 3:00 JFL All Star Game vs. Bakersfield at 6pm at the Taft High Stadium. Taft Toys for Tots Toy Run. Starts at the Taft Petroleum Club and ends at BV Roadhouse. Registration begins at 8am, ride starts at 10am. Vehicles welcome. Please donate for the kids! Taft Camera Club 80th Anniversary at the West Kern Oil Museum. 1-3:30. Slide show and refreshments. November 30th: Taft Shooters Challenge 2013 (Geocaching/Shooting Event) at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club at 7am. Registration is $40.00 for 1 -4 Team Members December 2nd Taft Christmas Parade December 5th: Fort Dinner December 6th: 1st Friday of the Month Christmas Cruise Night on Center Street. Starts at 6pm. December 7th: Kern Trail Riders Horseshoe Tournament at the Taft Petroleum Club. Breakfast with Santa at the West Side Rec. Soroptimist Luncheon and Home Tours The Taft Chamber is registering people now for the 2013 Trout Derby at Buena Vista Lake (Lake Evans) on Saturday November 16th. Only $20.00 for adults, kids 10 and under only $10.00. $1,000 Grand Prize. Register at Taft Chamber, 400 Kern Street or Bob’s Bait Bucket, 2131 S. Chester Avenue in Bakersfield.

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We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving Brunch! If you live alone, if your oven doesn’t work or if you just don’t want to cook. It’s free!! Please be our guests! If you would like to be a blessing or share your blessings with others, we would welcome your help!! For more information please call 661-765-6066

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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

514 Center Street • (661)765-7469 LIKE us on Facebook: Fox Theatre Taft TAFTFOX.COM Week of Friday, November 08, 2013 through Thursday, November 14, 2013 Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 7:00, 9:15 Sun: 4:00, 6:15 Mon: (4:15), 6:45 Tue - Thu: 6:45 PM Ender’s Game (PG-13) Stadium Seating Fri & Sat: 6:45, 9:00 Sun: 4:15, 6:30 Mon: (4:30), 7:00 Tue - Thu: 7:00 PM Free Birds (PG) Fri & Sat: 6:15, 8:15 Sun: 4:10, 6:00 Mon: (4:00), 6:00 Tue - Thu: 6:30 PM Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) Fri & Sat: 10:00 PM Sun: 7:45 PM Mon: 8:00 PM Tue - Thu: 8:10 PM


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Honoring Our Veterans By Congressman Kevin McCarthy Since our nation’s founding, America has been blessed with men and women who courageously served in the name of peace and freedom. They sacrificed and demonstrated strength, determination, and bravery. Around the world, our veterans have always been there to defend all of us and we owe them a debt of gratitude. In 1775 on the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, an event occurred that would forever change the world. The words of American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson describe it best: “By the rude bridge that arched the flood, their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, here once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard around the world.” He refers to the first shots upon British soldiers by Americans acting under orders. This small skirmish marked the first organized attack by American troops, the first British retreat, and the beginning of America’s fight for independence. More significantly, it sent a message to the rest of the world that these American colonies would not live by the rule of a tyrant across an ocean - a belief that molded the identity of the American citizen. On that bridge in Massachusetts 238 years ago stood individuals that were much more than farmers; they were our first servicemen, our first defenders of liberty, and our first veterans. 144 years later in the town of Versailles, France, a treaty was signed, officially ending the First World War. However, the fighting between Germany and the Allied nations had ceased seven months earlier, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. President Woodrow Wilson took heart of this and proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The Congress of the United States officially declared it a legal holiday in 1938, and in 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the act by striking the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans.” From that point on, November 11th became a day to honor the veterans of all Wars. This Veterans Day, we recognize the contributions of all our veterans - some of them having made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and carry the torch of liberty. In America today, less than one half of one percent of the American population serves in the armed forces. Nonetheless, there are nearly 23 million veterans in the United States and nearly two million of them live in California. I am proud to that say our Congressional District is home to one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the state - nearly 55,000 people have answered the highest call to service. Just as our veterans fought for us, we must continue to fight for them. I am continuing to push for reforms within the Veterans Affairs administration, and most recently, joined my colleagues in passing legislation that includes H.R. 2138, The Ending VA Claims Disability Backlog and Accountability Act which I authored that seeks to ensure that our veterans’ claims are processed accurately and in a timely fashion. So long as I represent our veterans in Congress, I will strive to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the most excellent and efficient care and attention. Because of our veterans, we live in freedom. And for those who currently serve, they will eventually join this special group that will forever have our gratitude. Let us all take a moment to say thank you for serving our country and making our community proud.

Shannon Grove Recognizes Veterans Day Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) today released the following statement in advance of Veterans Day: “As we honor our veterans for their service on November 11th, let us also reflect on the sacrifices they have made to keep our nation safe. As President Ronald Reagan once wrote, ‘ the willingness of our citizens to give freely and unselfishly of themselves, even their lives…gives this great Nation continued strength and vitality.’ The men and women of the United States Armed Forces serve selflessly to protect the freedoms we hold dear, and they deserve our deepest thanks.”

November 8 - 14, 2013

We have a lot in Taft!

The Taft High Football Teams are at Home tonight for their last game of the season. Go Wildcats! West Side Bowling Lanes is open seven days a week. The Rec is always the place to be. They have a very nice and clean weight room, basketball courts, volleyball, batting cage, and much more. The Rec is always keeping families busy with their sports, right now most the town is at the Soccer Fields on Saturdays. The Rec had a great Haunted House for the first time in several years. Several kids and adults helped make the Skate Escape Zombie Attack great. The Franklin Field Complex is the nicest around. The Little League is lots of fun for everyone. JFL Football is always so much fun to watch. The Fox Theatre is always “The Place to Go!” The West Kern Oil Museum is always a great place to spend your day. Their Pioneer Days were a lot of fun a few weeks back. Rails to Trails is always so nice for exercising, visiting with friends, or having a Event. The Oil Workers Monument is a great place to relax. We have some nice Parks- A Street, Ford City, Civic Center, Rec Center, and Franklin Field. The Teenagers love the Skate Park. For anyone that loves going 120 miles an hour make sure you check out Skydive Taft. The Arenacross Summer Series is always lots of fun at Franklin Field. Honolulu Hills Raceway has some of the biggest races in the State. Historic Center Street is slowly coming back. You need to check out Bens Books, Friendly Antiques, Get Your Sweet On, Bangs and Tangles, Westside Furniture, Personal Style, Acme Jewelry, Jack’s Flower Shop, Eye Kandi, KC Photo, Emy’s, Olds Cool, Blue Jeans and Bling, Used to be Paul’s Bike Shop, Yates Detailing, Victoria’s Antiques, Monarch Wireless, Next Step, Sears, Ultimate Lady, Braun’s Antiques, S and S Printing, and many more. Taft has some other great places around town like Country Corner, Shaw’s Western, A Hint of Class, Simply Tech, Special Effects, Rejuv 10-23, API Plumbing, True Value, Re/Max, Ten Percent Firearms, K Mart, Trends, Goodwill, Causey Reality, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Taft Chamber, Roger Miller Insurance, Pearsey’s Rentals, Passion for Nails, Driller Printers, Sparks Chiropractic, West Valley Reality, and Art’s Corner. We have great local Contracters like Geiger Plumbing, Eubanks Construction, Russ Lacy Painting, Kevin Hook Painting, Johnson Home Improvements, Black/Hall, and Bob Colston Construction. Some other great Businesses are A-1 Lube, Precision Body Works, Qik Smog, Sparkle Bright Pool Service, Jackson’s Automotive, Monarch Fleet, Four Seasons Flooring and Carpet Cleaning, Taft Chevrolet and Buick, H & M Machine Shop, Hookers Automotive, Campos Tires, Messenger’s Automotive, TRC, State Farm Insurance, Holmes Western, Holland Inn, Compressor Parts Unlimited, Mashburn Trucking, Devon’s Body Shop, Save U Foods, Drillers Printers, Cycle Katz, Harrison Street Automotive, Waldrops Auto Parts, Welcome Inn, Taft Chevron, J & D Recycling, Erickson and Brown Funeral home, Maggie Blackwell, Fine Art, Albertsons, Rite Aid, Accelerated Environmental, West Valley Real Estate, General Production, Wright Way Carpet Cleaning, NTS, Caprice Motel, Dowden Electric, Dove Trucking, J & D Recycling, Clark’s Tire Shop, Southern Sierra, Cavins Oil Well Tools, Pro Vac, Braun Electric, Burke Construction, Watkins Construction, Excellent Fire Protection, Midway Lab, Kern Street Pharmacy, Car Quest, Fastrip, Taft Plumbing, Melo’s Gas and Gear, Huddleston Crain, Napa, Goodyear, Hertz Rentals, Smith and Son Tire, Westside Waste, Oildale Tire in Taft, and many more. Don’t forget Randy’s Trucking has Concrete. Taft has so many great Restaurants like Asian Experience, OT Cookhouse, Pizza Factory, Jo’s, Vicente’s, Candy Café, All in the Sandwich, La Salsa, Oasis, Hacienda, Chicken of Oz, Mi Casita, Paik’s, Domino’s, Artz’s Deli, Black Gold Brewing Company, Frosty Freeze, Hot Stone Pizza, Dairy Delight, Ong’s Café, Frosty King, Subway, Jacob’s Burgers, China 1 Express, Pizza Hut, Super Tom’s, Tacos Y Mariscos, McDonalds, Burger King, Popeye’s, Las Brasas, Little Caesars, and many more. The local made Brews at Black Gold Brewery are really getting popular. You can always take a short drive in any direction for a great bite to eat at BV Roadhouse, BV Golf Course, Tumbleweed Café, Penny Bar, Tina’s Diner, Maricopa Subway, Sagebrush Annies, and The Place. Buckole’s Restaurant and Bar will be open soon. Taft has two great Dentists, Dr. Bryan and Dr. Walker. We have some great Doctors, Dr. Tang, Dr. Carey, and everyone loves Dr. Washington and everyone else at the Urgent Care. Dr. Simonson is the best Eye Doctor in Kern County. These are just some of the great businesses I could remember off the top of my head. Support all our businesses, use them or lose them. To locate more great local Businesses go to Stay positive Taft! John Swearengin

November 8 - 14, 2013


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

TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS Wednesday, November 13 3:00-4:30 p.m. Community Center Activity Building, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades 2-8 $4 per person ** pre-registration required by November 12 Bring a new, washed 100% cotton t-shirt and you will be able to tie-dye it! We will have all of the supplies to make a cool shirt. Kids are encouraged to wear old clothes to work in. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. LETTERS TO SANTA Children ages 8 and younger can write letters to Santa Claus in care of his helpers at the Recreation District. We will make sure that he gets your letters and writes back. Please write to Santa between November 18 and December 16. (Groups and schools – please be sure that Santa gets your letters no later than December 5.) Don’t forget to include your address! If you don’t want to pay postage, you can also email letters to Send postal letters to: Santa Claus c/o WSRPD P.O. Box 1406 Taft, CA 93268 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, December 7 8:00-8:45 a.m. or 9:15-10:00 a.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft All Ages $5 per person (ages 3 and older) ** ticket purchase deadline Thursday, December 5 Santa Claus will be at the Community Center for breakfast, visiting and photos. Join us for a pastry and juice (coffee and milk, too!) breakfast and some time with Santa. We will also have some crafts and a chance for you to write a letter and leave it for Santa – he’ll even write back! Purchase your tickets in the District Office. **A ticket is required for each child (under the age of 3 are free). Parents do not need a ticket if they will not be eating breakfast. For more info, give us a call at 763-4246.

CENTRAL VALLEY SERIES DISC GOLF TOURN MENT Saturday, December 7 Check-in: 8:00 a.m. Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m. Franklin Field Recreation Complex Ages 10 and older Fees: $45 – pro divisions, $40 – amateur divisions Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 27 This tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18-holes each. All skill levels are encouraged to participate! YOUTH BASKETBALL Division 1: Ages 7-9 Division 2: Ages 10-12 Division 3: Ages 13-15 Practices: Weeknights Games: Weeknights or Saturdays (varies by team) Session: December 16, 2013 – March 1, 2014 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, December 5 Fee: $50 per person INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL Who: Ages 4-6 Practices: 1 day during the week Games: Weeknights or Saturdays (varies by team) Session: January 23 – March 1, 2014 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 9, 2014 Fee: $35 per person TINY TOT BASKETBALL Who: Ages 2-4 When: Thursday Evenings Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Session: January 23 – February 13, 2014 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 9, 2014 Fee: $25 per person This program is designed to introduce boys and girls to the basics of basketball through physical play, balancing, coordination and movement based activities. No games are played in Tiny Tot sports.


WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

BINGO Thursday Afternoons Games start at 1:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 21 and older Buy-in varies, $10-15 average Cash pots! Pull-tabs also sold.

EAGLE MTN. BUS TRIP Monday, December 2, 2013 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus leaves from Community Center Ages 21 and older $3 per person Call 763-4246 to reserve a spot on the bus!


2013-14 Trout Fishing Season at Los Padres Waives Adventure Buena Vista Pass for Veterans’ Day Weekend

Stocking of Lake Evans will be accomplished during the program using Rainbow Trout. Five percent of the total weight of fish stocked will be trophy sized trout weighing over 3 pounds each; the remainder of fish will be between ¾ and 1¼ pounds. The 2013-2014 Trout Program will extend through March, 2014. All California Fish and Game rules apply. Location of the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area is 23 miles southwest of Bakersfield and 12 miles northeast of Taft. The main east gate is four miles west of Interstate 5 and just south of Highway 119. Fees A daily Lake Evans trout fishing permit is required. Permits are $6 for adults and $1 for children 15 and under who intend to fish. Fishing permits may be purchased at the main gate. Normal park fees will apply. Features found throughout this vast recreation area include many different amenities for your enjoyment. Boating is a popular choice and requires a permit obtainable at the main entrance gate. BVARA contains 179 campsites in 5 different camping areas. The main campground has 112 campsites, each with landscaping and drive-through parking. Site amenities available in select sites include electrical hookups, water and sewer connections. Sites can also be reserved along the shore of Lake Webb. To make campground reservations call (661) 868-7000, or go online at Discounted winter rates apply on all campsites and are in effect from October 15, 2013 through March 14, 2014. Trout weighing up to 15 pounds each will be stocked! Opening Day – November 20, 2013


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In recognition of America’s military veterans, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that November 9-11 will be a “Fee Free” weekend in honor of Veterans’ Day. A National Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating this weekend in all areas of the Los Padres except for the Santa Barbara Ranger District’s Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where an Adventure Pass will still be required. “Each year on Veterans’ Day, the Los Padres and all national forests acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of the veterans of our Armed Forces,” said Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “This year we are pleased to offer fee-free throughout the weekend. This gives the public the chance to enjoy the natural treasures of our forest, and take time to reflect on the heroism of our past and present servicemembers.” “Fee Free” days are offered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, National Trails Day, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans’ Day. The Adventure Pass “Fee Free” days are observed throughout Southern California on Los Padres, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Cleveland National Forests. Visitors who inadvertently commit a Daily Adventure Pass this weekend can have it replaced free-of-charge. Visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived this weekend, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees may still be applicable. Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,” and to contact their local Ranger Station for more information on current conditions. Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805) 925-9538 Santa Barbara Ranger District (Santa Barbara) – (805) 9673481 Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348 Mt. Pinos Ranger District (Frazier Park) – (661) 245-3731 Monterey Ranger District (King City) – (831) 385-5434



November 8 - 14, 2013

Taft Camera Club 80th Anniversary November 15th

Photo by Esther Livingston Taft Camera Club will be celebrating its 80th anniversary on Saturday, November 15, with an exhibit opening reception at West Kern Oil Museum. The reception will be from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The exhibit theme is “Saving Our Heritage through the Art of Photography.” There will be an exhibit of print photographs by current and former club members and a slide show of digital images. Come and enjoy a fun day with the Camera Club at the Oil Museum and enjoy the photos, slide show and light refreshments. The Taft Camera Club was formed in 1933, when it meet in the home of M..B. Bejack. The club had yearly meetings with its sister club, the Los Angeles Camera Club. In 1934, the Photographic Society of America (a national organization) was formed. Taft Camera Club and Los Angeles Camera Club joined PSA as two of the 51 charter clubs. The socially active Taft club participated in many activities. One of the foremost was the yearly salon. A suite of rooms was rented at the Fox Hotel for the occasion. This was a fund raiser for the club. The salon was open to the public for an admission fee. The Fox Hotel caught fire and burned to the ground August 30, 1968 at Fourth and Main Streets. Other showcases for the salon were found. As one of the charter members of the Photographic Society of America, Taft Camera Club has seen a lot of changes in photographic technology and style. Assimilating those changes has been a challenge. The standard slide image has given way to digital imaging. Even with its drawbacks, digital has become standard in most clubs. This change is embraced by Taft Camera Club; however, older media have not been disregarded, especially prints. The club enjoys outings and sharing the images captured on field trips. Meetings are informative and challenging to the well seasoned image maker as well as the novice. Expressing ideas on photography brings members a wider understanding of photography media, while tightening the boundaries of acceptance through regular competition produces a more academic view of photography. The regular judging of images also brings out one photographer who excels and is noted as the club’s Photographer of the Year. The club has sponsored contests for the general public, most recently, “Wonderful World of Photography.” Additionally, exhibitions are hosted as a way of sharing members’ work, both past and present, with the community. Taft Camera Club hosts its own Web site,, showcasing some of the members’ work.

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November 8 - 14, 2013


Taft Sportsman’s Club

by Stephanie House The mission of Taft Sportsmen’s Club is to promote the sports of hunting, fishing, & trap shooting. The club has a long standing commitment to firearms safety training, hunter safety programs, and to teach respect for the environment for the present and future generations. Taft Sportsmen are dedicated to working with our youth to promote good sportsmanship for tomorrow’s fishermen and hunters. The non-profit group has been a part of Taft and the westside community for decades and is kept running by numerous volunteers and dedicated individuals who serve as club officers. Tom Brown was elected to serve the membership as President for 2013. Other officers include Melanie White (Vice President), Susan Brown (Treasurer) and Wesley Morris (Secretary). Rounding out the crew are Board Members Craig Johnson, Josh House, Mike Donnelly, Billy White, Karen Chitwood, John Miller and Jeff Miller. Taft Sportsmen’s Club meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the party room at Pizza Factory. All club members are invited to attend. The nomination and election of officers takes place each December, with new officers taking over their positions the following February. This year’s election will be held on Tuesday, December 17. Membership to the Taft Sportsmen’s Club is open to all. An-

The Kid’s Trout Pond is held every year at the Central Valley Sportsmen’s, Boat, RV & Outdoor Living Show – this photo was taken there. I’m not sure who the woman and child are, but the men are all TSC members – Steve Schmitz, Jimmy Chitwood and Billy White ( from left to right). necessary to become a safe and successful sportsman. Sign-ups are underway by application and from the club website (www. until November 14 or until hunts are filled. The Jr. Pheasant Hunt is held in conjunction with the California

Elijah Morris (4 years old) and his dad, Wesley. Eli is practicing shooting his .22 rifle after one of the Taft Sportsmen’s Club monthly Rimfire matches. Department of Fish and Game – Game Bird Heritage Program and the Taft Friends of NRA. The Annual Taft Sportsmen’s Club Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at OT Cookhouse. The banquet gives the club the opportunity to recognize winners of annual club awards, including Sportsman of the Year. The 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Shoot & Raffle will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5 Dogs Range. Mark your calendars!

nual dues are $40 per family (any youth under 18 years of age) and dues cover the calendar year. Membership fees for 2014 are due January 1. Your paid membership gives you Taft Sportsmen’s Club Range access, entry into annual contests, discounts at TSC events and matches, and a monthly TSC newsletter. A $60 business card membership gives you the same benefits with the addition of your business card in all newsletters for the year. The TSC Range is a private range available for club member use. Members are free to use the range at any time that isn’t in conflict with a scheduled club event or program. The range is located to the east of the Taft Petroleum Club off of Petroleum Club Road. The club will be holding a work party to clean up the range on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00am. The club hosts and/or is involved in several general events each year. Included are the Annual Banquet, Annual Sporting Clays Shoot, Trout Pond, Taft Friends of NRA Banquet, Fireworks Booth and Jr. Pheasant Hunt. The J.C. Chitwood Memorial 19th Annual Jr. Pheasant Hunt will take place Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. The hunt is free of charge and open to all hunters with a junior hunting license (16 years and younger). The annual hunt is a family event and gives young hunters the opportunity to become acquainted with safe gun practices, learn respect for the environment, work with hunting dogs, and practice skills

The Club’s Trap Shooting, IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and .22 Action Shooters programs take place on a regular basis. The Friends of NRA grant program awarded over $50,000 to Taft Sportsmen’s Club programs in 2013 – with these programs receiving a majority of those funds. Funds are used to purchase equipment, supplies, and most importantly, provide free ammunition and use of loaner firearms to junior shooters. Providing these resources to junior shooters is essential in the goal of promoting good sportsmanship and skills for future outdoorsmen. Trap Shooting takes place every Thursday at 4:30pm at the

Coming up soon is the 2nd Annual Taft Shooter’s Challenge. The Taft Shooter’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 30 at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club Range. The challenge is a timed, team shooting competition that also incorporates Geocaching into the course of fire. There will be two competition classes; rookie and veteran. The cost is $40 per team (teams of 1-4 people). All ammunition and firearms are provided with your $40 entry fee.

club range. Cost is $6 per round for non-members and $5 for members. Juniors shoot free! Taft IDPA shoots the third Saturday of every month at the club range. Registration begins at 8:30am and match starts at 9:00am. To participate, you need a handgun, 3 magazines, holster and about 100 rounds of ammo. Cost is $20 for nonmembers, $20 for IDPA or TSC members, $15 for members of both or shooters with military ID. Juniors (under 21) and first time ladies shoot for free and get free ammo. .22 Action Shooters hold matches at 9:00am on the 4th Saturday of the month, also at the club range. Participation requires use of any .22 rimfire rifle or pistol and approximately 75 round of ammunition. Cost is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Juniors (under 21) and first time ladies shoot for free and get free ammo. The TSC also works with volunteer instructors Larry Heptinstall and Kenny Beard, along with the CA Dept of Fish & Game and the West Side Recreation & Park District, to hold Hunters Safety Courses four times per year. Classes take place the first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of February, May, August and October from 6:30-9:30pm at the Community Center, 500 Cascade Place in Taft. Fee is $5 per person. 2014 classes will be held February 3-5, May 5-7, August 4-6 and October 6-8. For more information on the Taft Sportsmen’s Club or to learn more about TSC events and happenings, please visit them online at or You can also reach them at 661-745-0416 or


Liberty Under Fire Did your Congressman choose to exempt himself from Obamacare? By Dr. Harold Pease

Last Friday, November 1, each member of Congress in a most quiet process chose whether they and their staffs accepted the Obama exemption to their having to live under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If lawmakers didn’t act, staffers were exempted by default— automatically. Do you know how your two U.S. Senators and member of the House of Representatives voted? Most people were not supportive of Obamacare when first formulated. Today, if a vote were taken, most people would vote against it as well, especially in light of the now established fact that most will have rate increases and higher deductibles. Although promised otherwise by President Barack Obama, most will not be able to keep their doctors or providers. Big business and unions are opting out of it as fast as they can. In what appears aimed to mute congressional opposition to the forced healthcare law, President Barack Obama has allowed Congress to opt out leaving only the American people enslaved by the legislation that they created. Again, do you know how your two U.S. Senators and House member voted? At first some members of Congress convincingly denied that they had received an exemption but Senator David Vitter published the Obamacare language next to the Obama exemption. The first read in part: “If the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Exchange the employee will lose the employer contribution (if any) to any health benefits plan offered by the employer and that all or a portion of such contribution may be excludable from income for Federal income tax purposes” (See Section 1512, number 3). The second, the Obama Congressional exemption, coming through the Office of Personnel Management, page 6, read in part: “The revisions adopted here have no impact on the availability to Member of Congress and Congressional Staff of the contribution established in 5 USC 8906” (Alex Pappas, “Republican accuses fellow lawmakers of ‘lying’ about Obamacare exemption,” 9/19/2013). The President, who has no constitutional authority to make law, unilaterally changed the law and voided, otherwise mandatory, congressional participation. Presumably to grease the skids for members of Congress accepting what in any other setting would be called a bribe. Now they defined their employees as “official” or “not official,” to determine whether or not staff members had to enter the exchanges with the designation of “not official” not having to accept Obamacare. The hypocrisy of forcing the people to live under what they themselves will not is beyond description and at the height of political corruption. If the president is going to lead us into socialized medicine then he must accept it for himself. If the Supreme Court is going to rule it constitutional they too must live under it. This should be the litmus test for the reelection of every U.S. Senator and member of the House of Representatives for the next several years to flush out of office those who exempt themselves from the laws that they make for others. All members of Congress made this decision on November 1. Did they choose to live above the law? If so, corruption has never been so clear and stark. Most House Republicans have opted to submit themselves and their staffs to the costly provisions of the law although they despise the law and played virtually no role in its inception. But so far, ironically, Senate Democrats, who all voted for it, appeared hypocritically split on the issue. Still, we believe that no exemptions should be made for anyone who works in government. How will they

govern correctly if they have immunized themselves from the pain they cause others? Senator David Vitter is leading a Senate fight to nullify the exemptions for lawmakers and their staffs. His bill would require all members of Congress and the executive branch to purchase health insurance without taxpayerfunded subsidies— just like everyone else. No exceptions. If this lacks sufficient congressional support we support Senator Rand Paul’s Constitutional Amendment designed to require our government to live under the same laws that they make for us. They are not our masters but our servants. As this automatically goes into effect without amember of Congress doing anything and as many will let that just happens, it is imperative that you carefully phrase your question to them leaving no wiggle room. We suggest, “Are you, or any of your staff, exempted from or receiving any subsidization from Obamacare.” 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

November 8 - 14, 2013

Taft High Band Boosters to Host Turkey Bingo

TUHS Boosters will be hosting their 3rd Annual Turkey Bingo on Friday, November 15th. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have the event for your holiday. Come play Bingo with us and win a frozen turkey. This year’s event will be held at a new location, Community Christian Fellowship, 631 North Street in Taft. Doors for the event will be open at 5:30pm with games getting underway at 6pm. During the night 10 turkeys will be given away. The cost to play will be a $10 donation. Additional cards may be purchased. Band Boosters will also have a snack bar and bake sale open during the event. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun while helping to raise scholarship money for our local band students. Children are welcome to play, but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Jane White at (661) 6231299 or Shelly Gable at (661) 293-0074.

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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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This Week in Taft Taft College student Hadley Pittman (right), and Taft College Professor Dr. David Layne appeared before the Taft Planning Commission on Wednesday where Pittman presented her college economic development project for the revitalization of downtown Taft. Pittman, a Taft native and Chevron Stars student, is taking business and economic classes at TC and plans to obtain a 4 year degree in business and marketing.

The Taft Planning Commission was impressed by the presentation which pointed out safety, blight and litter issues that inhibit people from shopping and visiting Center Street businesses and suggested that Pittman make the presentation to the downtown association and the Taft City Council. Police Chief Ed Whiting, above, presented a recognition award at the Taft City Council meeting Tuesday that he recently received from FBI Director James B. Comey. The award was a surprise to Whiting, who was attending a meeting in Sacramento with the director and several police chiefs and sheriffs.

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Taft City Councilman Orchel Krier (above) displays a smoke detector that he and other Taft residents received at a recent Team firestopper Safety Fair sponsored by Elk Hills Occidental and the Kern Chapter of the Red Cross. Attendees were given a fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a surge protector and a fire escape route kit. The event advised residents on home safety tips and emergency preparedness. Sandy Popejoy (left) spoke to the Taft City Council Tuesday night on behalf of the residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park (lower left) who are concerned with ongoing maintenance issues and increasing costs of rent and utilities. The residents, who are mostly senor citizens according to Popejoy, are on fixed incomes and any cost increases are costly to the residents. About 30 residents of the park attended the council meeting. Popejoy said that the residents had tried to arrange a meeting with the owners of the park, but that the owner has ignore their request to meet. Popejoy requested that the council support the residents and address code enforcement and maintenance issues at the park, and send a letter to the owner addressing their issues. The council directed the city attorney to look into the matter and draft a letter for the council.

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