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Independent The Taft

November 9 - 15, 2012



November 9 - 15, 2012 • Volume 7 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”

Millers Beauty Supply Celebrates Golfer Makes $20,000 Hole-In-One At Chamber Tourny 15 Years on Center Street

Alan Alexander Encourages Maricopa High School Students To Be Their Best ADVERTISE IN THE TAFT INDEPENDENT Call 765-6550

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

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


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Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Recreation Report..........4 Westside News.................5


Community Events Editorial Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Have a community event that you would like to include? Email it to us at

Annual Trout Derby - November 17. Taft Sportsman’s Club Pheasant Hunt Nov. 17 and 18 Carrisa Plains Womens Club Holiday Craft and Gift Show. Nov. 18 Monday, Dec. 3--Christmas Parade

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

Carrisa Plains Women’s Club Holiday Craft & Gift Show November 18th The Carrisa Plains Women’s Club will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Gift Show on Sunday, November 18th from 10am to 4pm at the Carrisa Plains Heritage Association Community Center located at 10750 Carrisa Highway 58 in the Carrisa Plains. Door prizes, a raffle, handmade baked goods and crafts, specialty gifts and lunch will be available. Come to buy, browse and visit! For booth space info call (805) 459-9838.

Buena Vista Trout Fishing 2013-13

Thursday, Dec. 6--Fort Craft Fair Friday, Dec. 7--Tour of Trees Shopping Night and Cruisin’ Center Again Car Cruise Sat., Dec. 8--Soroptimist Home Tour and Luncheon

Movie Review...................8 Classified Ads.................10 Shop Taft........................11

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

Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. SUBSCRIPTIONS. Subscription home or businessdelivery of the Taft Independent is available for $6.50 per month or $78.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550, or email to Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone orders are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Advertising Contributing Writers June Woods, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease Subscriptions\Delivery Tim Webb, Patrick Harget

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Christmas at the Fort Holiday Gift Show Thursday, December 6th 5p.m. The Historic Fort Christmas Holiday Gift Show and Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 5 p.m. The event wil be held from 5 p.m. to 9p.m. Dinner will be served at 7p.m. For tickets and to RSVP, and more information please call 765-7371.

Chamber Trout Fishing Derby Nov. 17th Registration is underway for the Trout Fishing Derby on Saturday, November 17, 2012. This year’s event features $1,000 grand prize for the heaviest trout caught with a chance to win $20,000. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in all age groups. Water at Buena Vista Lake Evans is down giving a better chance to catch some of the trout we will be stocking in the lake! Only $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 14 Submit your registration today at the Taft Chamber at 400 Kern Street, Taft or Bob’s Bait Bucket, 2131 S. Chester Ave, Bakersfield

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“Connecting Lives” Annual Craft Bazzar Floral Arrangements - Baked Goods - Jewelry and More! Saturday November 10th 10am to 3pm Public Welcome 308 Harrision Street - Contact 765-4572 or 805-3780

Maricopa Tea Room Specials Due to school activities, the Maricopa Tea Room will be closed the week of November 12th. Thank you for all your support! and enjoy!!!

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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 2012-2013 Trout Program will extend through March, 2013. 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. 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, 2012 through March 14, 2013.

McCarthy Rep. to Visit Taft On Wednesday, November 14, a Field Representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Taft from 10am to 11am at the Taft Chamber of Commerce offices, 400 E. Kern St. “Mobile office hours offer members of our communities the opportunity to talk with my staff and ask about issues of importance or concern,” said Congressman McCarthy. “If you’re in the area, I encourage you to come out and introduce yourself when my office holds mobile office hours this month.” Local Contact: Krista Azevedo, Staff Assistant for Congressman Kevin McCarthy (661) 327-3611



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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. Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. 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 09, 2012 through Thursday, November 15, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (PG-13) Premiere showing! 10 PM Thursday night; No Passes Allowed Thu: 10:05 PM Skyfall (PG-13) No Passes Allowed Fri: (4:00), 6:45, 9:30 Sat: (1:45), (4:45), 7:30, 10:10 Sun: (1:45), (4:45), 7:30 Mon: (2:00), (4:45), 7:30 Tue & Wed: (4:45), 7:30 Thu: (4:15), 7:00 Wreck-It Ralph (PG) No Passes Allowed Fri: (4:15), 6:30, 8:45 Sat: (4:30), 6:50, 8:55 Sun: (2:15), (4:45), 6:50 Mon: (2:15), (5:00), 7:15 Tue: (5:00), 7:15 Wed: (2:15), (5:00), 7:15 Thu: (5:00), 7:15 Wreck-It Ralph (PG) Sensory-friendly showing! Lights up, sound down, talking, moving around is OK. Sat: (2:30 PM) Fun Size (PG-13) Fri: (4:20 PM) Sat & Sun: (1:30), (3:30) Mon: (2:30), (5:15) Tue: (5:15 PM) Wed: (2:30), (5:15) Thu: (5:15 PM) Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Fri & Sat: 6:15, 8:10 Sun: 6:00, 8:00 Mon - Thu: 7:15 PM

Westside Watcher

November 9 - 15, 2012

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor

Why Obama Won a Second Term It’s November 7th, the day after the Election, and I suspect many Americans feel as I do—like rubber band that has been snapped or the way I felt after taking all my final exams in college—tired and at loose ends, not sure what to do next… My guy lost. At the risk of sounding like a Monday-morning quarterback, I think the determining factors in this election were race and trust; it was perhaps a matter of demographics. On Election Day my brother sent the following email: “Unlike you, I think Romney will win. And I think he will win handily. My feeling is that there are many people who will not say openly that they are against Obama for fear that they may be perceived as racist but who will vote for Romney because they know, just as you do, that we cannot stand four more years of the present policies.” My brother’s prediction was inaccurate because he didn’t take into consideration the power of the block of non-white voters. If one looks at election map of red (Republican for Romney) and blue (Democratic for Obama) states, one sees by in large the states that Romney won are in the interior of the country whereas Obama took the coastal and New England states. He also triumphed in Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, but not the southern coastal states of North and South Carolina and Georgia. According to a Wikipedia article on demographics approximately 64% of the people in the United States are “Non-Hispanic White or European American,” 13% are black, and 20% are Hispanic, and 5% are Asian, but the proportion of non-white people is growing. Perhaps the day when European whites control the world is coming to an end! It’s a given that Obama would get nearly 95% of the black vote, but he also got 75% of the Hispanic vote. States with a high percentage of Hispanic people tended to vote for Obama. What this election tells us is that more than in any other previous election the collective block of non-white voters is sufficient to sway an election! That being said I believe that the black, Hispanic and poorer people in general voted for Obama because they trust him more than they trust Romney—after all, he’s one of them. They see Romney as an alien, a wealthy businessman, and didn’t trust that he has their best interests at heart. Ultimately this may work against them because we needed the jobs that Romney might have provided and we could have used his guidance in addressing the debt crisis we face—but that’s something we’ll never know now. Voting, after all, is more a subjective thing than a rational one. There’s talk about the wisdom of the electoral body, but in this case I have my doubts that they have chosen wisely. Charles Hurt of the Washington Times writes “All that for nothing. It was the billion-dollar election that did not decide one single damned thing. “Republicans control the House. Democrats control the Senate. And the White House remains in Democratic hands with absolutely no mandate whatsoever. “Another four years with no hope of change. “In this environment with this economy and all the gravely important matters pressing against the very existence of this country, it should have been a tsunami election. It should have been a landslide that sent President Obama into dust heap of failed presidencies. Instead, the election was about Big Bird.” Our own columnist Dr. Harold Pease wrote that this election was controlled by the media. Never in my life have I ever seen such a biased media. It was reflected in their coverage. Only Fox News questioned the White House cover-up of the failed kidnapping plot in Libya that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans. The mainstay media revealed their prejudice against Mitt Romney in blatant and subtle ways—it’s impossible to ascertain the power of the media to influence voters. It was weird—as though we

I took my dog to the vet because she looked sick. The vet told me she had rat poison. I was shocked! We didn’t have mice or rats or use any insecticides. We have a six foot fence arund the yard. Someone must have poisoned my dog. She died on October 20th. We made an informational report to the Sheriff ’s Department. This letter is to alert people to check their yards and watch over their dogs. Lois Mayo Ford City were living in two different worlds. One group was saying one thing, the other something entirely different. Sadly, when this happens, most people just listen to what their side is saying… So, now the Election is over. There needs to be some healing before we can move forward as a nation. I guess this sounds trite: we can only hope for the best.

Thank you to the Citizens of Taft For your support and votes to elect me Taft City Treasurer

Ben Mangum


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TAFT PETROLEUM CLUB 450 Petroleum Club Road – 763-3268

Come out for the Club’s Monthly Steak/Chicken Dinner On

Friday, November 30, 2012

with Good Food & lots of Drink Specials from 6:00p.m. until Close The club is available for Weddings, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. We do bar and food catering to fit your event! Monday – Thursday the Club has hourly rates in bar area for Business Meetings, Baby Showers, Scentsy Parties etc. Hall holds up to 200 people and the bar can hold 70. Call Deanne to book your special event 661-431-9707

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

by Stephanie House KIDS FUN DAY Monday, November 12 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $10 per person ** pre-registration required by November 9 There is no school today, so join us for a fun day of games, movies, crafts, lunch, snacks and more. Don’t forget to sign-up with a friend! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS Wednesday, November 14 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 13 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 15 and December 14. (Groups and schools – please be sure that Santa gets your letters no later than December 4.) Don’t forget to include your address! Send letters to: Santa Claus c/o WSRPD P.O. Box 1406 Taft, CA 93268 JR. HIGH HOUSE PARTY AT THE REC CENTER Tuesday, November 20 8:00 p.m. – Midnight Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place, Building D, Taft Grades 6-8 $10 per person Come hang out at the Rec Center for a special Jr. High Night! There will be games, bowling, Jackpot Bowl and prizes. D.J. Orteezy will also be in the building. You must present your school I.D. or wear a school shirt. HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT AT THE REC CENTER Wednesday, November 21 8:00 p.m. – Midnight Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place, Building D, Taft Grades 9-12 $10 per person Come hang out at the Rec Center for a special High School Night! There will be games, bowling, Jackpot Bowl and prizes. D.J. Orteezy will also be in the building. You must present your school I.D. or wear a school shirt. TURKEY BOWL FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Morning 8:00 a.m. Taft Union High School Track Ages 14+ $25 per team (7-on-7, max 10 per roster) Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 21 INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL Who: Ages 4-6 Practices: 1 day during the week Games: Weeknights or Saturdays (varies by team) Session: January 22 – March 2, 2013 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 10 Fee: $35 per person

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

THE BATTLE AT WRECKER FIELD Saturday, November 24 Wrecker Field (next to Recreation Center), 500 Cascade Place, Taft Open Play: Ages 6+, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fees: $2/game, $5/3 games or $10/unlimited games – no pre-registration required Tournament Play: Ages 8+, check-in 2:00 p.m., games 3:00-7:00 p.m. Fee: $100 per team (6 people per roster) Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 21 Gather your friends and put down that game controller, hunting rifle, paintball or airsoft gun and experience the thrill of battle in an alternative atmosphere! Join us, in conjunction with Battlefield Live, for some combat laser tag tournament and open play. Battlefield Live provides an authentic combat entertainment experience using sophisticated gaming guns. All tournament participants will receive a t-shirt with paid entry and trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Register now at the Recreation Center! For more info, call 765-6677. CENTRAL VALLEY SERIES WINTER CHALLENGE DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT Saturday, December 1 Check-in: 8:00 a.m. Players Meeting: 9:00 a.m. Franklin Field Recreation Complex Ages 8 and older Fees: $40 – pro divisions, $35 – amateur divisions Registration deadline: Thursday, November 29 This tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18-holes each. All skill levels are encouraged to participate! ATTLES SCHOOL OF BASKETBALL Who: Ages 10-17 When: Sunday Afternoons Dates: October 21 – January 20 (no classes on November 25 or December 23) Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Fee: $150 for all 12 classes (paid in advance) or $15 per class (paid day of ) WSRPD is working with the Attles School of Basketball to offer this program with the goal of teaching baseline fundamental skills to kids who are passionate about the game of basketball. This series of classes will help kids build confidence, proficiency and awareness of how to play the game – “the right way.” Areas of skill development will include ball handling, shooting, passing, footwork, low post moves and offensive moves. Register now in the District Office! For more information, give us a call at 763-4246. 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 17, 2012 – March 2, 2013 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, December 6 Fee: $50 per person TINY TOT BASKETBALL Who: Ages 2-4 When: Thursday Evenings Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Session: January 24 – February 14, 2013 Place: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Thursday, January 10 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. S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. NIGHT BINGO Friday, November 9 5:45 p.m. – Doors Open 6:30 p.m. – Games Begin Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 18 and older *Minimum $5 buy-in is required Join us for Bingo! We will have monthly specials and complimentary coffee and bottled water. Bring your own snacks along! Another Night Bingo will be held on Friday, December 14.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 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.

JR. HIGH DANCE Friday, December 28, 2012 7:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium Grades 6-8 $5 per person Music & lights by DJ Brandon/Amazing Sound


Millers Beauty Supply, Fifteen Years in Business in Taft and Growing

By Jane McCabe There were times during the 15 years that Barbara Van Pelt, proprietor of Miller Beauty Supply at 510 Center Street in Taft didn’t think she was going to make it. When times were tough, business was slow, or when she made some bad decisions, she nevertheless hunkered down, kept her door open and survived. “That’s what you have to do to make a go of owning a business in Taft,” she says. In 1997 Barbara family saw a need for a beauty supply business and opened Miller’s. Miller’s is a salon supply store that houses the Glamorous Beauty Salon, operated by Melissa Thornsberry and Kim Doyle The business has evolved into a boutique which carries purses, jewelry, and other gift items. Barbara, a hair stylist in her own right, says she prefers living in a small town because she feels safe here. And, it’s nice knowing her customers. Now that Miller’s is established, it’s self-perpetuating. “Taft has given me the opportunity to stay in business and I’m grateful,” says Barbara with a sweet smile on her face.

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City Council Report By Kent Miller The food Bank won’t be opening a facility in downtown Taft, even though the non-profit clearinghouse owns properties on Center Street. Taft City Council, at its meeting Tuesday evening, voted 5-to-0 not to take action on the recommendation of the city’s Planning Commission to amend the Taft Zoning Ordinance to allow food bank uses as a conditional use in the mixed-use district downtown. By not taking acting, the council killed the Planning Commission’s proposal to allow the food bank downtown. No one spoke at the public hearing on the matter. The council also denied waiver of late charges on the lease payment for Devon’s Body Shop, 408 Main St. Company representative Tammy Heckmann, in a letter to the city, stated that the August rental payment was lost in the mail. When the company paid its September rent, the city applied it as the August payment and rent wasn’t made current until October and Devon’s was charged $4.40 a day late fee, or a total of $321.20. “It sets a precedent (to waive the late fee),” said Councilmember Paul Linder. Councilmember Orchel Krier added “It’s hard to justify having them not pay it.” Fee/tax amended. The council approved first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s business license tax. The amendment moves contractors, builders and professional services from the flat-fee schedule to a business license fee based on their average monthly gross receipts and sales, Finance Director Teresa Binkley told the council. With the existing flat fee schedule for contractors, builders and professional services, it “at times can be difficult to determine the business license fee,” Binkley said. The ordinance will also expand the monthly gross receipts schedule to $500,000 and more, she said. The maximum in the present schedule for calculating the business license fee is $50,000 and over, Binkley said. The amendment also includes language covering the new state mandated business license fee of $1, she said. The annual city business fee varies from a $30 minimum to $250 for monthly gross receipts of $40,000.01 to $50,000. For more than $50,000 monthly gross receipts up to $500,000, the annual fee is based on actual average monthly gross receipts times 0.005.

November 9 - 15, 2012

Alan Alexander Urges Maricopa High School Students to be Best They Can Be By Jane McCabe At the Friday, October 26th Awards Assembly at Maricopa High School Alan Alexander, teacher and business man, spoke to students about getting as much education as they can, improving their communication skills, and being as good as they can be, so that they can get the kind of job they want when they graduate.

He told the 75 students, who listened intently to his message, that the statistics aren’t great—probably only one of them would make $150,000 to $200,000 a year. He told them that they need to prepare themselves—to learn how to talk to people, to fill out applications without a single spelling error, and to make a good impression when they are interviewed. “Texting won’t get you a job, but it might get you fired,” he told them. Maricopa High School has a model program, in which students can take courses to prepare themselves for vocational paths, such a graphic design, welding (necessary for working in the oil fields), and restaurant food preparation and serving. The students at the assembly were pleased to receive award certificates in many different areas.

Other actions. In other actions, the council: * Heard that Los Angeles County supervisors have delayed until January making a decision on the proposal to house Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department prisoners at Taft Community Correctional Facility; * Heard that staff is preparing flyers to be sent out to other counties advertising Taft CCF’s availability to house prisoners; * Ratified expense of $4,608 for emergency repair of the Airport Road bridge; * Approved a city attorney services agreement, effective Nov. 1, for $8,000 a month for non-litigation services performed by Cota Cole LLP. A Cota Cole attorney will attend two regular city council meetings, one planning Commission meeting, staff meetings as required, special council meetings and perform all related transactional and advisory legal services each month. In addition an attorney will have City Hall office hours one day per week; * Approved street closures for the 2012 Christmas Parade on Dec. 3; * Authorized the city to switch from Reimbursable Account to participation in the Unemployment Insurance (Tax Rated) Program; * Authorized the loan of $11,467 from the General Fund Reserves to the Community Correctional Facility for the payment of secHoliday portrait time, family reunions, ond quarter 2012 Employment Development Christmas cards, gift items, events Department benefits; * s t o p b y fo r d e t a i l s a n d a p p o i n t m e n t s * Directed staff to prepare an agenda item to donate the 2010 light pole Oildorado banners Now offering “inspired” portraits, as unique as you are. to the Taft Chamber of Commerce, where Professional retouching. Smoothing skin to bring out the “perfect” you. they can be sold to people and businesses to raise funds for the 2013 fireworks on July 4th. CALL NOW 763-5429 The chamber proposes to sell new banners -427 Center Street • Since June 1986 which will salute veterans -- as the main fireworks fund-raiser, said Kathy Orrin, chamber director.

Family Portrait Time!

November 9 - 15, 2012


Westside News & Business Briefs

Lisa Brogdon is the Smog Lady of Chamber Awards $20,000 Holein-One Prize Taft By Jane McCabe

Rich Miller of the Roger Miller Insurance Agency presents a check for $20,000 to Nick Enriques of Bakersfield who made a hole-inone at the annual Taft Chamber of Commerce golf tournament in October.

If your car is more than six or seven years old you know that every two years the state of California requires that you have to have it smogged, and, if you take your car to Jackson’s Auto Repair at Center and 3rd Streets, mostly likely it will be smogged by a woman—Lisa Brogdon. If you wonder how it is that a woman is doing a job usually done by a man, she comes by it naturally, as she is the daughter of the original owner of Jackson’s Automotive, Ken Jackson. He and his wife started the business in 1974. When his wife died several years ago, Lisa stepped in to do the bookwork as her mother had done. When her father didn’t want to learn the new technology for smogging vehicles, Lisa went to the California Smog School in Bakersfield for three months and passed the state board exam in order to get her license as an advanced emission specialist technician, or “smog tech.” Lisa has had several interesting careers—before becoming a smog tech, for ten years she worked at the Atascadero State Hospital for mentally impaired men as a psychiatric technician. She enjoys using the modern Dyno Testing system to check emissions for gross polluters—the state of California attempts to reduce smog emissions in order to save the ozone layer. It takes approximately an hour to run a car through the computerized procedure that uses the manufacturers’ universal diagnostic system, called OBD2. For information or service, call Lisa at 763-1055.


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Grand Opening of Westside Real Estate

Taft Chamber of Commerce cut the Grand Opening ribbon for the newly opened Westside Real Estate and Property Management, Inc. located at 322 Kern Street. The business is a partnership of Real Estate Broker Daniel Marlowe, Realtor Doug Hunt and Contractor Ken Shugart. The corporation offers full services real estate and air conditioning, heating and consturction services, as well as property management.

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Greater Taft Economic Development Authority Holds First Meeting at Taft Chamber The Greater Taft Economic Development Authority held its first meeting at the Taft Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, November 8th and installed 4 members of the board of directors. City appointees Orchel Krier and Ken Anderson, and county appointee Dr. David Layne were sworn into office by Taft City Clerk Louise Hudgens. The authority’s first item of business was to appoint a public member. Michael Long, publisher of the Taft Independent was appointed by the board and elected chair of the EDA. Dr. Kathy Orrin, executive director of the Chamber was appointed board secretary. The authority was jointly created in 1998 by the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the City of Taft to spur economic growth on the westside of Kern County. The authority has been dormant for more than 10 years. Since the close of the city redevelopment agency by the state last year, the EDA has become an important tool to the city to attract jobs and businesses to Taft, and improve the overall quality of life for residents who live on the westside. Mayor Randy Miller said it was important that the EDA work with the city and not at cross-purposes to accomplish their common goals of economic development. The EDA board voted to hold quarterly meetings and discussed participating with Taft College, Kern County and the city to support an economic study that would be conducted by Fresno State University Community and Economic Development, a program of the Rural Development Center. Councilman Krier told the board that he felt that the EDA should take immediate actions to clean up the city to show that the board was serious about its mission. Taft City Manager Craig Jones told the board that the study was a very good start for the EDA and that the board should pursue funding for the study. The board plans to hold its next meeting in January 2013.

TUHS Choir Offering Holiday Caroling The Taft Union High School advanced choir is offering its services this holiday season as a caroling group. Groups of four to 12 singers will be available to sing at parties for 30-minute ($40) or 60-minute ($75) time periods. The choir will also be available on a couple of weeknights for caroling grams. The choir will have two-hour time blocks in which, for $20, they will carol for 15 minutes at a person’s house, say grandma’s house to spread some cheer. For more information, contact choir director Amanda Locke: or phone: 661-763-2300 extension 277.

Ben’s Books The Largest, Cheapest and Only Used Book Store in Taft

Fiction • Non Fiction • Paperback Hard Covers • SciFi • Biography • Religion Childrens • Cookbooks and More!

New Shipment of Childrens Books Just Arrived for Christmas!

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Liberty Under Fire

The “Hunger Games” vote is over but the Presidential Election is not. By Dr. Harold Pease For months the media has showcased their gladiators and we have been spectators with load applause to every twist and turn of events. The people, programed by their television sets, have dutifully chosen sides from the only two parties provided by the media and have paraded to the ballot box to cast their vote for the warrior most pleasing to them. In the games the rich from both sides gave large sums of money to boost the chances of their favorite to the tune of over 2 billion dollars, the largest in history. The winner was announced at approximately 8:30 P.M. Pacific Standard Time just 30 minutes after polls on the West Coast closed. California was called for Barack Obama within 60 seconds of our polls closing, but the real election for the president is December 17, not November 6. Because we are not a democracy our Founders established a system by which wise men would elect our president rather than the populous as that system had proved fateful to freedom in Athens and Rome. When the masses get the vote they tend to vote for the candidate who will open the government chauffeurs more fully to them. There was no popular vote for the presidency until Andrew Jackson, when disgruntled followers started a straw vote which the media came to treat as the real and only vote. This is the “hunger games” vote loud with fanfare. The “real vote” is very quiet and may not even be covered by the media. For the first 60 years or so, the Electoral College voted for the masses in presidential elections. These non-governmental individuals, selected by the state legislatures presumably for their integrity, experience, success, and wisdom, were perceived to be less emotionally driven (they have seen it all) and less susceptible to the emergence of a tyrant or a candidates radical departure from established practice. It was a body not responsible to any other entity for their vote once selected by their State Legislature. Each State Legislature selected from the private sector a number of respected individuals equal to the number of members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senators their state was entitled to. In the case of California that number is 55. Today with the rise of the power of the popular vote by the media


and the dominance of political parties, states do not wish to let the best informed choose independently of them. They want their favored political party to do so. So by October 1st of each election year, each political party submits a list of electors, should they win the general election in their state. Persons “holding office of trust or profit of the U.S. may not be electors” according to the Constitution. Using California as symbolic of the “winner take all” process of selecting Electoral College voters in most states, the Republican Party draws from their state party leadership as per Elections Code #7300. The Democratic Party does as well but they have each Congressional nominee and each U.S. Senate nominee designate one elector as per Elections Code #7100. Most other political parties offering a presidential candidate, the American Independent, Green, and Libertarian Parties nominate their electors at their state conventions as per Elections Code #7578, as does The Peace and Freedom Party, but they want half their delegates male and the other half female. So, for this election California had five different lists of 55 perspective electors. Because Barack Obama won the general election in California only the Democratic Party list counts. Since Democrats heavily dominate the state, neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama really campaigned here. Each did stop by for fund raising from their rich supporters but the number of registered voters pre-decided the election. Essentially the state belonged to Barack Obama before the first vote was cast. “Winner take all,” as outlined above, is common in all states except Maine and Nebraska where two electors are awarded by statewide popular vote and then by the popular vote within each Congressional district. This is known as the Congressional District Method. Each State’s Electors meet in their respective States on Dec. 17 and vote for President and for Vice President and this is sent certified to the President of the Senate (the Vice President of the United States). This is the real election of the president. Once there, the 51 unopened envelopes (one for each state and the District of Columbia) are placed in alphabetical order until opened in front of both Houses by the Vice President on January 6th at one p. m. This final vote is read and the victor announced. Initially the independence of the Electoral College could be manifest at this time protecting us from a candidate not in harmony with a Republic, or perceived to be a threat to it, but most States have removed this independence by threatening prosecution of what are now called “faceless electors” (those who depart from the party line in favor of the victor party). In other words, the College does not do what it was first designed to do. Electors’ wisdom and experience, or lack thereof, has no place to be expressed. Even so, faceless electors are rare as they are now selected, not for their wisdom and experience, but because of their party loyalty. As such they rarely deviate from the party line anyway so the real damage to the concept was done when they were linked to the party and the “winner take all” concept. Barack Obama has kept his promise to fundamentally change America and is sincere in moving us from a Republic to a Democracy then deep into socialism so abhorred by the Founders. So theoretically the outcome of the election could be altered were the electors to abandon loyalty to party in favor of loyalty to the elements of a Republic. Will they do so? We will have to see in the real election of the president December 17.

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November 9 - 15, 2012

Taft College Athletics Offers Christmas Tree Sales

This year Taft College Athletics has teamed up with Alpine Christmas Trees, one of California’s largest Christmas tree retailers, to give you an opportunity to purchase your Christmas tree as part of our 2012 fundraising program. Alpine has been in business for 35 years. They are committed to providing unparalleled quality and service and will take every step to insure the tree you purchase is personally selected, handled and shipped within hours of being cut. We invite you to become an important part of the Cougar tradition of pride by helping us raise $15,000, by selling 1,000 trees, to maintain this year’s athletic programs. When you support Cougar Athletics, you will begin to feel, like us, that these are your athletic programs, your teammates, and your winning ambitions. And you will know that nothing can take away the pride that makes you feel so much a part of Taft College.

Gas Prices Falling California, November 4- Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 18.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.96/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.51/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 52.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 28.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. “Even with Hurricane Sandy causing havoc on refineries and infrastructure in the Northeast, gasoline prices nationally have continued to trend lower,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “It goes to show how much more significant the Gulf Coast is to this nation’s energy backbone when such a massive storm causes no major rise in the national average. The good news is that average prices will likely continue to decline, perhaps to $3.35/gal nationally by Thanksgiving. or those in Sandy’s wake, fuel availability remains difficult, and is the reason GasBuddy has implemented an emergency fuel availability service,” DeHaan said. The Hurricane Sandy fuel availability site can be found by navigating to

November 9 - 15, 2012


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“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”

Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM Praise Team meets on Thursday at 6:00 PM

St. Mary’s Church 110 E Woodrow Street • Taft 661 765-4292 Mass Schedule Tuesday-Friday 8:00 A.M. Sunday 8:30A.M. English 11:00A.M. Spanish

Gateway Temple

Community Christian Fellowship

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

Sunday Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday Evening Worship 5:00 Monday Evening Mens Prayer 7:00 Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30 For a ride: Call Dorine Horn 427-9722 Pastors Charle (Tommy) and Mary A. McWhorter

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

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

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Sunday Service - 10 a.m. Rev. Linda Huggard

703 5th Street - Taft (661) 765-2378

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday Services 10am 1000 6th St. Weekly Classes Mon - Thurs Please call 765-7472 for info For a ride to church call 765-7472 before 9am on Sunday

Pastors Shannon N. and Shannon L. Kelley

Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship

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

Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS

Sunday Oct 7, 2012 BBQ Chicken, Rice, and Bean Lunch we will be serving 9:30am to 2pm $10.00 per plate we will have to-go boxes.

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


The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791

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Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m.

If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available


Ford City Tuesday

South Taft & Taft Heights Friday

City of Taft Wednesday


All green waste must be bagged. Tree Limbs cut in 6’ length, and bundled. ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED Construction/Demolition Waste/Used Oil/ Hazardous Waste/Tires Westside Waste Management Co., Inc.



Classified Adsare are$3.00 $2.00per perissue line. for Phone, fax, maillines, or drop off Classified Ads up to three $5 per issue ad for to upthe to Taft 5 lines, and $7 per issue for up to 10 lines. Yard your Independent. Sale ads are free. Phone, fax, mail or drop off your ad to the Taft your Independent. Ad photograph for $5. Ad your company logo for $5. Boxed ads are $5 additional. E-mail us (or bring to our Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 office) a for photo of your home, car, truck motorcycle and lines, $16 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20orlines. we’ll do the rest. Photo Ads. Car, truck or house for sale ads are $5 per week, Yard Sale ads are $2 for 3 lines, lines $2 each. or $10 with a photo. Email us (oradditional bring to our office) a photo of your home, car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Classified ad deadline is Wednesday at 12 p.m. (noon) Classified ads deadline is now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550

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Payment can made by cash, check, or card. credit card. Payment can bebe made by cash, check, or credit Taft Independent 6thCenter St., Taft,St., CA Taft, 93268. Taft Independent210 508 CA 93268

Community YARD SALES Advertise your yard sale ad. 3 lines for $2, additional lines after that $2 each. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Perkins at 760-3790848 for RESPITE CARE info. Respite Care is available every Thursday At the First Baptist Church located at 220 North St. from 9:00am—3:00pm.


PETS Schnausers, Mini - AKC, Vet checked, declawed & taileds docked, $600 female, $500 males. 661 765-2889. 11-16




Old Family Estate, Antiques, collectables. Sat. 10th, Sun. 11th. 8am - 3pm 306 E. San Emidio Taft. 212 E. San Emidio St. Sat. and Sun. Nascar and other collectables, household items, furn. and lots more. 403 Shasta St. Sat. 7am-11am. 26 Emmons Park Dr. (by library) Freezer, christmas trees, jet ski 9needs work) lots of misc. books, Sat. 7:30am - 1:30pm. Popcorn and soda.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Free Ice Packs. Taft Veterinary Hospital. 627 Harrision St. 661 7631581. New AA meeting just started in Taft at the Chevron Valley Credit Union Community Room. 7:30 am every Saturday morning. We read a topic from As Bill Sees It. 9-19. Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. Info call 716-4000. Alzheimer’s Disease Association Of Kern County is offering Respite Care here in Taft. Call-Cathy

Candidates will be required to successfully complete a preemployment physical and drug screen. Southern Sierra offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Applications may be picked up at our business office or resumes may be faxed or emailed to: Southern Sierra General Engineering, Inc. P O Box 1113 857 Oleander Road Taft, CA 93268 661-765-6182 Office 661-765-6155 Fax www.southernsierrainc. com hr@southernsierrainc. com


Child Care Provider. Affordable rates and reasonable hours. Michele (661) 2930998.10-12

WANTED Wanted old Toyota Land Cruisers, or land cruiser parts. Any condition. Andy 661-665-9603. Junk Cars Wanted. Cash Paid. 805-0552.

FOR SALE AUTOMOBILES 1994 4x4 Toyota Pickup w/Mickey Thompson wheels. Very nice. $4,000 obo. 661 204-8307. 1995 Sierra 27ft. 5th Wheel with hitch. $6,000 obo. 765-1715 or leave message. 10-19.

Open House. For Sale by Owner. Saturday Nov. 10th 9am - 4pm. in Dustin Acres. 28114 Dustin Acres Rd. 11-9.


605 4th St 2/1.75 $750 710 Buchanan 3/1 $800 116 Franklin 3/1 $900 306 Taylor 4/1.75 $900 600 D St 4/1.75 $1,200 3 + 2 with 2 car garage in maricopa, ca 850.00 per month + last month security + cleaning

Mobile home for sale. 3bd 2 ba. Very nice. $27,000. 123 N. 10th St. Sp. 56. 204-8307. 2bd, 1 ba, $700 mo. plus


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Unfurnished house for rent. 2 bd. 1 ba. $700/ mo+ $700 deposit. fenced yard. 765-2819.

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3bd. 2 ba. 2 living rooms, fireplace. 1 acre propep. Dunstin Acres. 205 W Ash #C 2/1.5 $600 Contact Cody (661) 400 Woodrow #7 1/1 770-7020. $625 501 ½ Jackson 2/1 $700 307 Philippine 1/1 $700

LOST DOG. BLACK LAB. BUDDY. Reward. Missing since 10-15. 333-1740 or 763-4937.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas. CRIME FREE HOUSING Brokers Licence 01417057 661-577-7136

COMMERCIAL FOR RENT 3 Spaces avail. 500sq. ft, 750sq.ft & 1,000 sq.ft. Corner of 10th St. and B Street. Rents staring at $400 per month, plus dep. Avail. Now. (661) 864-9254.


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310 Kern St. 3 bd. 1 ba. $800 plus dep. 661 343-0507.

Taft Independent Is seeking a serious writer with experince in feature and\or news writing. Part-time. Ability to interview and write stories for the paper required. Call 765-6550, or email your resume to

APART. FOR RENT 1bd. 1ba. Upstairs. $475 Mo. plus $475 dep. 155 1/2 North Street. (661) 477-9636. 11-16 Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.765-7674. 420 Finley Dr. Center Street Apartments. 1 bed room 1 bath. $99 move in special. 765-7678.

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Jackson’s Automotive Smog Test and General Repairs Front End Repairs Transmission Service Brake Service Tune Ups and Fuel Injection Service and Repairs Call Today for an Appointment 763-1055 Corner of 3rd and Center Street 110 3rd Street - Taft, CA. (661) 763-1055

Taft Union High School FFA Win Several County Fair Awards

Taft Union High School FFA members fared very well at the Kern County Fair, winning two silver buckles, several other ribbons and awards, as well as selling their animals for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Josh Hawkins won best of show for his metal project in agriculture welding. Nathan Wilke took fourth in the black cross market steers class, third in the Kern bred and fed market steers class, and sold his steer for $9,000. Johanna Wilke took third in the slick-sheared market steers class and eight in FFA senior beef showmanship. She sold her steer for $6,000. Kalijia Peevy took third in all other colored market steers, first in Kern bred and fed market steers, was awarded the silver trophy buckle for the reserve champion, and took fourth in the FFA senior beef showmanship. He sold his steer for $4,000. The livestock show team took first in the market steer pen of three category and 10th place in market lambs pen of six. Arizona Pilgrim’s hog took second in the weight class of crossbred market hogs. She sold her hog at auction to Lisa Avraud for $700 and sponsorships of another $500. Josey Burke earned a first place ribbon in the senior open heifers category. Amy Calderon’s lamb took fourth in crossbred market lambs and she sold it for $864. Kristina Downey took first in the class of natural colored market lambs and, as the FFA champion, Downey was awarded a trophy buckle. She sold her lamb for $750 and had a sponsorship of $350. Austin Doty took seventh place in crossbred market lambs and sold his lamb for $667. Josh Hawkins took second in the class of all other colored market steers and was the reserve champion in that category, which earned him a trophy mirror award. Mary Hazelwood’s young cow took second in the junior open heifers class. She was awarded a trophy mirror for the reserve champion. Abby Koerner was awarded the adviser’s Spirit of the Fair award. Amelia Mortan’s lamb took fourth in crossbred market lambs and she sold the animal for $864. Travis Owens took first in the spring dairy goat kids class and seventh in senior FFA dairy goat showmanship. Elisha Terry took ninth in the Hampshire market lambs class. Chelsey Voliva took third in the speckled face market lambs class.

Los Padres Free Fee Weekend GOLETA, CA….In recognition of America’s military veterans, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that November 1012 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 your local Ranger Station for more information on current conditions.

FFA Photos by Teresa Taylor Kristina Downey (top left) took first in the class of natural colored market lambs and was awarded a trophy buckle. Mary Hazelwood (middle) was awarded a trophy mirror for the reserve champion. Kalijia Peevy, (bottom) Nathan Wilke, Josh Hawkins and Johanna Wilke show off their steers.

Taft All Services Club Luncheon November 14th, Christmas Parade Grand Marshall Announcement Sharon Hill, current Kiwanis Club President, has announced the plans for the traditional All Service Clubs Luncheon, held every year to mark the beginning of the holiday season in Taft. As in previous years, the Luncheon will be held at the Fort, on Wednesday, November 14, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. And this year the event will include the announcement of the Grand Marshall for Taft’s Christmas Parade. The luncheon has long been the collection point for canned goods and money to aid the Kiwanians Kathy Orrin and Sharon Hill Community Resource Center in their efforts to provide Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. The Rotary Club of Taft, Taft Soroptimist Club, Midway-Sunset Lions, Taft Lions, and the Kiwanis Club of Taft all gather to bring their donations. “Usually there is a huge competition among service clubs to bring in the most in terms of pounds of canned goods or amount of money,” stated Hill. “This year we are going to concentrate on the collective hard work done by our service clubs.” Citing a departure from previous Service Club Luncheons, Hill described the upcoming event as a time for service club members to mingle and to be entertained. The Luncheon is being presented entirely by the Westside ROP’s food service class. “We are very happy to have the students plan and carry out this event,” said Hill. “They have put together the menu, and they will prepare the meal as well as the hall set-up—complete with decorations.” All those wishing to attend the event are urged to make their reservations through their service club leadership.


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209 Harrison Street • Taft (661)765-2505 or (661)763-1887 fax   

November 9 - 15, 2012

Used to be Paul’s Bike Shop


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Black Gold Cafe and Deli


608 Center St.

Devon’s Body Shop


508 Center Street 765-6556

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• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

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 •

western shop & PET Wash New Styles Women’s Jeans, Tops & Roper Boots

Full Grooming Salon Sale 25 to 50% Off

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New Shipment Men’s Short & Long Sleeve Shirts

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419 Harrison St. Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-2987

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

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