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February 15 - 22, 2013 • Volume 7 Issue 31

“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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Westside Recreation District Offers New Play and Grow With Me

Ten Percent Children’s Firearms Program 1277 Kern Street (661)765-6899

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Monday to Friday In the Save A Lot Shopping Center 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm

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

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

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Elaine Arnold, Owner Pedicures, Manicures @ Detoxing Dee Morgan, Esthetician Facials Waxing and Microdermabrasion Samantha Hagstrom Massage Therapist European and Hot Stone Prenatal Massage 510 6th Street, Ste. A - Taft (661) 765-2335


February 15 - 22, 2013

Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Recreation Report..........4 Westside News.................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 Movie Review...................8 Classified Ads.................10

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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 us at Publisher@Taftindependent.com

Grandma’s Attic Resumes at Taft Libraray Grandma’s Attic Storytime resumes at the Taft Branch Library on Saturday, January 19, 2013 and will continue every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. through April 20. Aimed at 5 to 8 year-olds, Grandma’s Attic offers an old trunk full of surprises and stories presented by a different volunteer reader each week. Children who participate will receive a form to return to their teacher for credit in their school reading program. Parents are always welcome to attend, or may enjoy some library or computer time while their child is occupied. Also starting on Thursday, January 17 at 11:45 a.m. is Preschool Storytime, for 3 to 5 year-olds. Join us for stories and fun for the younger set. For more information, call 763-3294 or visit the library at 27 Emmons Park Drive.

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Ethics Training Class March 14th

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The City of Taft will be hosting an Ethics Training Class on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:00 p.m., in the Taft City Hall Council Chamber. Ethics Training is required for elected and appointed officials every 2 years. Mr. David Prentice of Cota Cole Law Firm will be the presenter. Any city or district wishing to join us for the training are welcome. Please RSVP prior to Wednesday, March 6, 2013, so that Mr. Prentice will have sufficient training materials and Certificates of Completion for everyone attending the class.

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News Briefs Date Night Challenge at Taft First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church of Taft invites you to a Date Night Challenge next Friday evening, February 22, from 7-9 p.m. This is for all couples who want to make their marriages better. Studies show that those who date regularly enjoy their marriage more and that they last longer. We will be showing a DVD which filmed Focus on the Family’s event featuring comedian Michael Jr, award-winning musician Mark Schultz, pastor Ted Cunningham’s call for a marriage-centered family, and marriage tips from Dr. Greg Malley and his wife Erin. Childcare is available, but we ask for pre-registration of children so we know how many to plan for. We’re also asking for a $2 donation per child to help cover the cost of materials and snacks. There will also be some snacks for the adults as well as the opportunity to have your picture taken as a couple. We will e-mail the photo to you or have a copy made which you can pick up later. There will be some great door prizes you can win to help you plan your next date. There is no charge for this event—other than the childcare. For more information or to register for the childcare, please call the church office at 763-3138 during normal business hours. First Baptist is located at 220 North Street. We’ll see you there!

Hall Ambulance Service Celebrates 42 Years Service

Local Paramedic Provider Still Under Daily Leadership of Founder, Harvey L. Hall On February 10th, 1971, Hall Ambulance Service was founded, and has since grown to become one of the largest privately owned ambulance companies in California. Starting out of a station that doubled as the family home in Bakersfield, Hall Ambulance Service now provides paramedic ambulance service to 85% of Kern County residents, serving from multiple locations. Hall Ambulance began operations with family members responding to calls assisted by four employees, and the company now employs over 350 field and administrative personnel. During the 42 years that Hall Ambulance Service has been in business, their commitment to Kern’s residents has grown and continues to grow. Some of Hall’s accomplishments in the past 42 years include: -

Kern County’s First Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program Kern County’s First Paramedic Field Supervisor Program Kern County’s First EMT Academy Kern County’s First Computer Aided Ambulance Dispatch Center Kern County’s First Medical Explorer Program Kern County’s First Critical Care Transport Unit Kern County’s First Twelve-Lead ECG Transmission Program Accredited - Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems Accredited Center of Excellence - National/International Academy of Emergency Dispatch

According to Founder and President, Harvey L. Hall, “Our 42 year history is about building relationships through dedication, innovation, and a commitment to excellence to our patients and the various communities that we serve”. Founded with a desire to ‘Provide the people of Kern County with a higher level of patient care’, Hall Ambulance Service continues that commitment today and into the future.

CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday February 19th, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA (661) 763-1222

AGENDA POSTED ON BULLETIN BOARD OUTSIDE CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND POSTED AT THE CITY OF TAFT WEB SITE www.cityoftaft.org TELEVISED ON BRIGHT HOUSE CABLE CHANNEL 11: Wednesday 8 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.         8 p.m. Friday          10 a.m.

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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, February 15, 2013 through Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard (R) No Passes Allowed Fri & Sat: (5:00), 7:00, 9:00 Sun: (2:30), (5:00), 7:00 Mon: (4:30), 7:15 Tue - Thu: 7:15 PM Identity Thief (R) No Passes Allowed Fri & Sat: (5:30), 7:45 Sun: (2:45), (5:30) Mon: (4:30), 7:15 Tue - Thu: 7:15 PM Lincoln (PG-13) Fri & Sat: (5:15), 8:15 Sun: (2:15), 5:15 Mon: (4:15), 7:00

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Don’t Let Obama Put Our Toddlers in Government Schools By Cathy Ruse In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for taxpayer-funded universal preschool for “every child in America.” As a mom of a toddler, I reject that plan. Babies and toddlers have what experts call an “absorbent mind,” in which they learn primarily by absorbing their environment and the movement and speech of those around them. It is no surprise that they are very attached to home and family in these years. They are not “social” beings yet; their only relationship need is to feel cared for by, and be in close proximity to, the people who love them the most. The idea of taking these tender souls out of their homes and putting them in some government school makes me shudder. President Obama promises that these early-start schools would have a positive impact on a child’s later education. But that promise appears empty, given the dreadful report just out on Head Start. Head Start is the federal preschool program for pre-kindergarten children from low-income families costing taxpayers $8 billion each year. Congress asked the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study of the program’s effectiveness, the results of which were available last October (but not released until after the election). The study tracked the progress of 5,000 children, half of whom had been through the Head Start program from as early as age 3 and half of whom had not. The results are bad news. Despite the vast sums of money spent to ready these children for school, the study found that Head Start had little to no positive impact on the cognitive abilities or emotional well-being of its participants, and even showed a negative impact in certain areas. After nearly 50 years running, the flagship federal preschool program Head Start does not give children any measurable head start at all. Something that does help children prepare for school and beyond is stronger families, a subject the president also mentioned in his State of the Union address. According to respected sociologist Dr. Pat Fagan, over a million American children suffer the divorce of their parents each year. We cannot have secure, well-prepared, confident children if we continue to sustain a culture of no-fault divorce, cohabitation and “hook-ups” that produce kids but no families. And as far as the use of federal dollars goes, I’ve got a better idea for President Obama. Rather than taking our money and setting up government schools for babies, why not give that money back to moms and dads and let them decide what’s best for their families? Cathy Ruse, J.D., is senior legal fellow at the Family Research Council.

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February 15 - 22, 2013

West Kern Oil Museum Dinner Deadline Monday is the deadline to make reservations for the West Kern Oil Museum’s annual membership dinner. The event will be held Feb. 23 at the Community Center. Reservations can be made by calling the Museum at 765-6664 or by email at curator@lightspeed.net Tickets are $20 each. The annual dinner meeting kicks off the Museum’s membership drive. The bulk of the Museum’s revenue comes from memberships. “Memberships keep us going,” said Don Maxwell, director of volunteers. The Museum – Taft’s No. 1 tourist attraction – is run entirely by volunteers. The program will include election of board members, the treasurer’s annual report, and reading of minutes of last year’s meeting. Guest speaker will be Michael Semas, a postcard collector, who will show postcards depicting early life in the oil patch. “I’ve been collecting postcards for about 15 years,” he said. “The current count is about 8,500 plus. I have about 1,000 cards of the western San Joaquin Valley, most of them of the oil industry. They date from 1905 through 1945.” Semas has written two books featuring his postcards: “Kings County – Vintage Postcard Series” and “Fresno – Vintage Postcard Series.” He’s also working on a third book of postcards from Huntington, Shaver and Hume lakes. “My fourth book planned will be on the early oil industry of the San Joaquin Valley,” he said. Rick Woodson, chairman of the Museum Board of Directors, will emcee the program. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner catered by Sonny Pollard and served by Taft Union High School Oil Academy students scheduled for 6:30.

Taft College Contest to Rename Emmons Park Drive Taft College is holding a contest to solicit names to propose the renaming of Emmons Park Drive. The names submitted so far are listed below. Once a name is chosen, the college would seek permission from the city to rename Emmons Park Drive.

Cougar Court Success Way Future Avenue Cougar Way Taft College Way Cougar Pride Way Cougar Pride Drive Cougar Corner Cougar Park Drive Cougar Circle The High Road (El Camino Alto) Associate Avenue Opportunity Way Black & Gold Drive Scholastic Drive Cougar Cove Cougar Country Court Black Gold Way College Way

Cothrun drive Congruence Way Winners Circle Cougar Country Drive Feliz Concolor Court (happy with color) Cougar Lane Cougar Drive Success Lane Cougar Den Lane 29 Wisdom Trek Taft Community Avenue Saber es Poder (To know is Power) Cougar Terrace Court David Cothrun Way Scholar Place 29 College Drive Cougar Place College Avenue TC Way

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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: www.wsrpd.com www.facebook.com/wsrpd www.quickscores.com/wsrpd www.twitter.com/wreckerwsrpd steph@wsrpd.com by Stephanie House

MOTHER SON DANCE Saturday, March 2 7:00-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Boys ages 4 and up $30 per couple ($10 each additional son) **Minimum ticket sales needed by February 14: 25 couples Don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Mother Son Dance – this year with a sports theme. Boys ages 4 and older may be accompanied by their mother, guardian or adult relative. The fun evening includes music, photos, snacks and more fun. If minimum ticket sales are not met by Thursday, February 14 the event will be cancelled. GAMES GALORE Wednesday, February 20 3:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades 1-8 FREE! Join us for some fun and games! We will have classic board games plus lots of fun games on the Nintendo Wii. WONDERFUL WAFFLES Wednesday, February 27 3:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 6+ $5 per person ** pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 26 Come and learn how to make waffles from scratch! We will make classic waffles, cake batter waffles and cinnamon roll waffles. Space is limited. PLAY & GROW WITH ME ** NEW DAYS & TIMES ** Who: Ages 10-30 months (kids should be walking to participate) When: Tuesday & Thursday Mornings Time: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $25 per month or $5 per day Instructor: Adrienne Cloud This class is designed specifically for interaction between mothers (father, grandparent, guardian or other adult) and their babies in a fun activity-type atmosphere. We play on the mats and have a tunnel, parachute, balls and other fun gadgets. Children should be walking to participate. Classes will be held on a monthly, ongoing basis. Register for a whole month or just pay by the day! AEROBIC KICKBOXING Who: Ages 14+ When: Monday, Wednesday & Friday Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $25 per month Instructor: Amy Steers This fun fast-paced class will include kicking, punching and the use of hand weights. The objectives are to increase cardiac health, improve muscle tone and learn some self defense. Classes will be held on a monthly basis and new students are welcome as space permits. INSTRUCTIONAL T-BALL Who: Ages 4-6 When: Tuesday Evenings Time: 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m. Session: March 15 – April 5 Where: Wrecker Field (Recreation Center) Fee: $35 per player Registration deadline: Thursday, March 7

WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246 info@wsrpd.com www.wsrpd.com

YOGA & PILATES Who: Ages 14+ Morning Flow Yoga – Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 5:15-5:45 a.m. Pilates – Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Yoga – Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00-8:45 p.m. Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $25 per month ** register prior to attending class Instructor: Valerie Taylor, R-HYI Pay one low monthly fee and have access to all three classes! Students should bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Class space is limited – registration is REQUIRED prior to attending class. ZUMBA FITNESS Who: Ages 17 + When: Wednesday Evenings Time: 6:30-7:25 p.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium Fee: $20 per month Instructor: Chelsea Dickard This fun fitness class focuses on Latin-inspired dance and dance exercise to Latin music: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Raggaeton, Hip Hop and Mixed Music. Classes operate on an on-going basis. New students are welcome at any time. Fees must be paid prior to attending class. YOUTH TRACK Who: Ages 6-15 Season begins: March 4 When: Weekday Evenings Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Where: Taft Union High School Track Fee: $45 per person Registration deadline: Thursday, February 28 PONYTAIL LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL Who: Girls Ages 7-15 (league age as of June 30, 2013) Tryouts/Evaluations: February 25-27 Draft: February 28 Practices begin: March 25 Fee: $50 per person Registration deadline: Thursday, February 21 TINY TOT WHIFFLEBALL Who: Ages 2-3 When: Thursday Evenings Time: 5:15-5:45 p.m. or 6:00-6:30 p.m. Session: March 14 – April 11 Where: Wrecker Field (Recreation Center) Fee: $25 per player Registration deadline: Thursday, March 7 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. BOWLING PARTY RENTALS Make your reservation now! Reservations are now being accepted for party rentals at West Side Lanes in the Recreation Center. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday. Rental fees start at $100 for 2-lane rentals. Rental prices include shoes, balls and use of the party room. Please phone 765-6677 or 7634246 for more information or to make a reservation. SUMMER LIFEGUARDS NEEDED! We are in search of some lifeguards to work part-time this summer at the Natatorium Swimming Pool. Applications are available in the District Office, 500 Cascade Place in Taft. Lifeguard candidates must be at least 16 years of age (as of June 1) and successfully pass a Lifeguard Training Course. Application deadline is Thursday, March 21. For more information, please contact Stephanie at 763-4246 or steph@wsrpd.com

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.

EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:00 a.m. SHARP ‘A’ Street Park, Taft FREE! Ages 2-8 are welcome!


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February 15 - 22, 2013

Westside News & Business Briefs Recreation District Offers New Play and Grow With Me Program

By Adrienne Cloud One of the newest classes that are being offered at the Westside Recreation and Park District is Play and Grow with Me for toddlers. The class was started because of the extreme need for activities for our toddlers. It’s a shame but true that if you are a stay at home mom, grandma, or caretaker of a child that is 10 to 36 months, there really isn’t much for them to do in our small lovely town. Gas is expensive, and so are other classes for toddlers that Bakersfield offers. So don’t waste your money to make the drive, just come to the recreation center and bring your toddler to have fun with you and socialize with other children their own ages. My name is Adrienne Cloud and I have lived in Taft for most of my life. I have studied Child Development for the last 7 years. I never thought that I would have been in the position to worry about whether my child was getting enough interaction form others because I have two other children at home, however due to the fact that my other children are significantly older than my 16 month old it puts my baby at a loss for appropriate interaction with peers his own age. All children need stimulus from others their own ages so they can learn to socially cope and learn how to communicate with each other.

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So hence the drive that pushed me to want something more for my son. I want him to be able to play with other children, and really know how to socially interact with them. This is why I brought the idea to the recreation center and they agreed that there is a need for a class like this one in Taft. Play and Grow with Me is designed for fun interaction between mommy and child while giving the children a chance to interact with one another. The music is repetitive and the toys are the same with little differences every week to change things up. I have planned the classes this way so the children have consistency and know what to expect every time they come to class. I am hoping that families see the importance of a class like this and how great it is for our community. I have big hopes and dreams for this class. I am hoping that eventually we will get so many children that I have to add more classes. I am also hoping that if we get enough interest we can do craft days with our little ones too. Until then the class meets on every Tuesday from 9:00 to 9:45 A.M. and is 25 dollars for four weeks. The WSRPD has also set aside S.T.O.P. monies for families that need a little help. So there really is no reason to not bring your baby down to the recreation center for some fun with you! I also want to take the time to express my gratitude to The Westside Recreation and Park District for seeing the need and providing space for our toddlers to play and another special Thank you to Taft Midway Masonic Lodge # 426 for the donation to WSRPD that provided the funds for the wonderful toys that our children get to play on every week. On behalf of myself and all the toddlers in town I hope to see you soon.

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Time: 9:00-9:45 a.m. Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $25 per month or $5 per day Instructor: Adrienne Cloud This class is designed specifically for interaction between mothers (father, grandparent, guardian or other adult) and their babies in a fun activitytype atmosphere. We play on the mats and have a tunnel, parachute, balls and other fun gadgets. Children should be walking to participate. Classes will be held on a monthly, ongoing basis. Register for a whole month or just pay by the day!

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Liberty Under Fire State of the Union Address lacks Constitutional authority for much of what is proposed By Dr. Harold Pease

In President Barack Obama’s 5th State of the Union address he offered not a single cut but did ask Congress to do many things, most of which are very expensive. They include: raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, finding a way to provided full-time employment for all who wish it, cutting red tap on new oil and gas permits, working with Congress on “research and technology” in the energy area. He wants to “cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses.” He wants high-speed rail, high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. His “Fix-It-First program” puts people back to work on 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.” We also need modern ports, modern pipelines, and modern schools. Most of these programs require vast funding from the taxpayer. His program would allow homeowners to refinance at today’s rates. He would help finance manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing. Make preschool program “available to every child in America.” He invites a federal governmental roll in “boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” The government should “reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.” Colleges, he said, “must do their part to keep costs down, and it is our job to make sure they do.” This implies vast subsidies and vastly more controls. He would offer companies incentives to hire those who were difficult to hire. He spoke of “rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods” and of partnering “with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America,” presumably to rebuild them with tax-payer money. And he wanted more Internet control. To pay for these budget-busting programs he offered only closing tax loopholes and taxing the rich more. Most pundits will note how expensive the above would be, especially when we are $16.5 trillion in debt (approximately $6 trillion from Barack Obama alone) and adding to this $4 billion each day. Someone has to ask the question. Are we intentionally attempting to bankrupt this country? Or, they might write about the vast expansion of federal control over our lives, that will never be returned, and the resultant loss of liberty. Because few read the Constitution anymore, they may not notice that not a single one of these expensive power-grabbing and bankruptcy-leading measures meet the list requirement in Article I, Section 8. Nor have any of the power increases been presented to the states for the required 3/4th ratification to become federal powers, as required by Article V. All power areas not listed, nor

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added by way of amendment, belong to the states as per Amendment 10, otherwise, in time, we will not need state government, as all power will emanate from our all-knowing and all-powerful federal government. But even more frightening is the extension of presidential power and Congress’ ineptitude with respect to defending themselves because of their worshipful allegiance to party rather than to the Constitution they swore to uphold. He announced the launch of three more “manufacturing hubs” to guarantee, “the next revoltion in manufacturing is Made in America.” And requested Congress to create an additional 15 such hubs. What these are, and more precisely what they do, was not given. Nor was it given that while he created the first three, why he now needed Congress to create another 15. And if Congress won’t will he then do so himself ? On climate change he “urged” movement from Congress than threatened them if it did not happen. “But if Congress won’t act soon… I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future.” He then identified three areas where his, presumably executive orders, would follow: “to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” His threats are real. Unhappy that Congress had not already moved on gun control last month, as he wished, he created and signed 23 executive orders enlarging his power in this area. The Constitution gives the federal government no authority in this area and the words used in the 2nd Amendment are “shall not be infringed.” Congress alone has all law making powers outside the veto. The President has zero power to make law. Last summer he nullified existing law on immigration by executive order which violation of the Constitution is even more serious. Internet control was also hinted at in the State of the Union Address. He said, “I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy.” Three vastly enlarged areas of government control that has never been presented to the Congress or the States. How do executive orders differ from monarchical decrees? As with Congress the president’s powers are also listed, Article II, Sections 2-3, and not a single one of the powers that he is bestoing upon himself exists in the Constitution. All powers not listed, or added by way of amendment, belong to the states and the people as per Amendment 10. Obama is a great orator but is he good enough to talk us into bankruptcy and out of liberty? For many yes! In Star Wars III the people clapped when they lost their liberty. 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 www.LibertyUnderFire.org.

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Obituary

OLLENE CODAY TURNER OLLENE CODAY TURNER was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on January 29, 2013. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Kettle Falls, WA at the age of 98. She was born August 31, 1914, in Mansfield, MO, to Sherman & Lula (Gann) Coday. At the age of three they moved to California where she attended Taft schools and in 1932 graduated from Exeter High School. Ollene met her future husband, Joseph Franklin Turner at a church revival in Fellows and married in 1934. Together they raised three sons – Jack, Jerald & Joe in Taft. After the boys were grown they moved to Cuyama Valley where they lived for almost thirty years. Following a dream in December 1984 they moved to Rice, WA. One day after arriving at their new home, Joe passed away. Ollene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe and brother, John Howard Coday. She is survived by her sons – Jack H. ( Jean) Turner of Taft; Jerald H. Turner of Taft; Joe A. (Maxine) Turner of Rice, WA. Grandchildren – Mike Turner of Taft, Kevin Turner of Taft, Karen Turner Barrett of Bakersfield, Denise Turner Hess of Bakersfield, Cheryl Turner Robinson of Texas, Deanna Turner Maier of Enumclaw, WA and Jodi Turner Moe of Rice, WA; 19 Great Grandchildren and 11 Great-Great Grandchildren; two sisters-in-law – Maxine Turner of Taft; Irene Coday of Exeter, CA and so very many special friends. Ollene loved creating wonderful masterpieces with her talent of crocheting and sewing. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, the outdoors, a love of all animals (horses), the beach, riding motorcycles well into her eighties, and taking long drives. With her strong will and determination she accomplished most anything she put her heart into. Ollene had a zest for living and a strong faith in her Lord that she passed on to her family who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. A celebration of life was held February 4, 2013, at graveside at the I.O.O.F cemetery of Rice, WA where she was laid to rest beside her husband Joe. Danakas Funeral Chapel of Colville, WA was entrusted with the arrangements.


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Hunters and Anglers have $3.5 Billion Impact on California’s Economy

Obama Needs To Focus Energy Policy On Change, Not Hope

Washington, DC: The 1.8 million people that hunt or fish in California have a tremendous impact on the state’s economy. In 2011, these outdoorsmen and women spent $3.5 billion with a ripple effect of $6.75 billion, and supported 56,388 jobs in the state. New data released today by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) documents the importance of sportsmen and women’s activities in California and across the nation. The state fact sheets follow the release of CSF’s national report, America’s Sporting Heritage, Fueling the American Economy, that was released in mid-January.

Just prior to the election, battery-maker A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy. As the recipient of $249 million in federal money, the Massachusetts-based company represents just the latest in a long line of troubled taxpayer-enabled green ventures - some 34 companies and $7.5 billion to date. How little different this is from Houston-based Enron’s forays into wind and solar in the 1990s, which even with federal subsidies were never profitable. Failed bets on politically correct, market-incorrect energies are part of the trillion-dollar federal deficits that shake America’s living rooms. Yet President Obama seems determined to continue throwing good money after bad, setting up companies and their workers for failure. Meanwhile, resources are taken from the private sector where consumer-supported jobs originate. Such is just part of the president’s grander, misdirected energy policy, one that is at odds with the Big Three Energies of oil, gas and coal. Consider, for example, the president’s take on the cause and cure for high gasoline prices. A CNN poll earlier this year found a three-fold increase in the number of Americans viewing high motor fuel prices as the nation’s most significant economic issue. The national average has abated to $3.42 per gallon, and gasoline prices in California have recently dropped below $4 per gallon. Still, stagnant oil production on federal lands compared to state and private lands is a missed opportunity for producers and consumers alike. So what does the president say? That renewable energy is “the only way we’ll break this cycle of high gas prices.” The truth is that the big forces pushing up gas prices can’t be solved with wind, solar and ethanol. Global demand for crude oil is high, and the supply is hampered by political instability in oil-rich places such as the Middle East and North Africa. And U.S. policymakers have weakened the dollar. Then there’s the president’s take on taxes. Obama constantly hammers “big oil” for supposedly not paying its fair share. And he claims these companies are benefiting from billions of dollars in taxpayer giveaways. But the fact is that the three biggest oil companies - Chevron, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips - all pay tax rates above 40 percent. Compare that to other major American corporations. Apple only pays 9 percent. GE, thanks in part to its windpower unit, pays just 7 percent. Then there’s the claim from the White House that oil companies are leasing thousands of acres of land but leaving them idle. To make its case against expanded drilling, the administration misleadingly defines “idle” to include such things as seismic testing on the land and preparing rigs to drill. True, at this stage companies aren’t physically pulling resources from the ground. But the land certainly isn’t idle. Oil and natural gas developers are just taking necessary first steps before actual drilling and, hopefully, production occurs. Compare this to genuine idleness when federal policies have unnecessarily delayed drilling permits. And don’t forget the Keystone XL pipeline, which remains one White House decision away from overcoming idleness. Obama’s effort to paint green-tech as the future of American energy is predictably backfiring. While heavily subsidized wind and solar companies continue to flail, the traditional energy sector is flourishing, while developing more environmentally friendly ways of doing business. Indeed, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that by 2035, oil and natural gas alone will supply about 55 percent of America’s energy needs, compared to less than 11 percent from government-dependent wind, solar and ethanol. And if federal budget reforms eliminate energy subsidies, expect this market-share differential to become much more pronounced. With his second term just around the corner, President Obama should rethink his failing energy policy for one premised on free markets, consumer sovereignty and deficit-reduction. One can hope for change, right? Robert L. Bradley is CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research and author of seven books on energy. He blogs at www.masterresource.org.

“Many people may not fully comprehend how important hunting and fishing are to the fabric of this country. Yet nationally there are more people who hunt or fish than go bowling, and their spending would land them at #24 on the Fortune 500 list,” commented Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. “Sportsmen and women spent $3.5 billion on hunting and fishing in California in 2011, more than receipts from cattle and calves, one of the state’s top agricultural commodities that year ($3.5 billion vs. $2.8 billion).” Intended to provide a series of “sound bites” that resonate within the outdoor community as well as the general public, the CSF data spotlights some of the most compelling information about hunters and anglers in every state. For example, 1.82 million people (residents and non-residents) hunted or fished in California in 2011, more than the population of the city of San Diego (1.82 million vs. 1.31 million). In addition, people who hunted or fished in California outnumber the combined total home attendance for all three of the state’s NFL football teams in 2011 (1.82 million vs. 1.55 million). Perhaps most importantly, hunters and anglers support 56,388 jobs in California - that is more than the 32nd Street Naval Base, the state’s largest employer (56,388 vs. 42,951). Nationwide, the impact is even more impressive. There are more than 37 million hunters and anglers age 16 and up in this country - about the same as the population of the entire state of California. These sportsmen and women spent $90 billion on hunting and fishing in the United States in 2011, which is comparable to the combined global sales of Apple’s iPad® and iPhone® that year. In difficult economic times, it is important to note that both participation and spending by people who hunt and fish went up in 2011. Beyond the impact to businesses and local economies, sportsmen and women are the leaders in conserving fish and wildlife and their habitats. When you combine license and stamp fees, motorboat fuels, excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and membership contributions to conservation organizations, hunters and anglers directed $3 billion towards on-the-ground conservation and restoration efforts in 2011 - that is over $95 every second. This does not include their own habitat acquisition and restoration work for lands owned or leased for the purpose of hunting and fishing, which would add another $11 billion to the mix.

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Assemblywoman Shannon Grove Introduces “No Pension Bailout” Resolution AJR 10 would oppose a federal bailout of California’s pension system SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 10, to oppose any attempt by the state of California to receive a federal bailout for our state debt. “I am proposing this preemptive measure because I firmly believe that each state is responsible for their own fiscal decisions. California taxpayers should not be held accountable for the failed fiscal policies of other states, just as others should not be on the hook for ours,” said Grove. “The ‘balanced’ budget Governor Brown unveiled last month conveniently ignored billions of dollars in unfunded pension liability, and the changes made to public pensions in recent years will only save the state a fraction of what it spends on these obligations. We can’t just ignore these numbers, and we should not expect a federal bailout. I want to bring more attention to the fact that the California legislature alone needs to seriously and significantly address our billions in state debt.” The California State Teachers Retirement Fund (CalSTRS) released a report earlier this week revealing a $64 billion dollar pension deficit, while the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) puts its unfunded pension liability at $49 billion dollars, plus billions more in state retiree health care benefits. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has stated that the Governor’s budget does not adequately address California’s pension liabilities. Principal co-author of the measure is Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who served four terms as a Lassen County Supervisor before being elected to the state legislature. Lassen County was debt-free during his tenure and remains so today. “We shouldn’t saddle future generations with our poor financial decisions,” said Dahle of AJR 10. The “No Pension Bailout” measure is part of a nationwide campaign initiated by the Illinois Policy Institute, a leading free market think tank. The effort began last year after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, proposed that the federal government guarantee Illinois’ severely underfunded pension systems. According to a study by the Institute, federal bailouts would require taxpayers in states like Texas and North Dakota to subsidize the pensions of fiscally irresponsible states like Illinois and California. “Everybody thinks that California is too big to fail. But like President Obama’s home state of Illinois, California is a model of the liberals’ plan to tax and spend us further into debt,” stated Grove. “By taking a stand against bailouts we’re saying that states need to fix their own fiscal problems and not pass the buck to taxpayers in the rest of the country.” Joint resolutions such as AJR 10 express an opinion about an issue pertaining to the federal government, and are sent to Congress once passed by both houses of the state legislature. They do not require approval from the Governor. Shannon Grove represents the Kern County communities of Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft and Frazier Park/Lebec.

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Birds - nails and Wings $9.00 with beak $14.00

Coveralls $49.00 Overalls $42.00

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

www.shawswesternshop.com

Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-3

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

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

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

Come and Join Us at The Tumbleweed The Tumbleweed Cafe 24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

FULL BAR


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