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Independent The Taft

March 9 - 15, 2012



March 9 - 15, 2012 • Volume 6 Issue 37

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

The Place 4014 Highway 33

Beautiful Downtown Ventucopa (661)766-2660

Saturday, March 10th

$10.00 ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, Red Potatoes, Salad & Bread Dinner Served at 5pm Saturday, March 17th

St. Patrick’s Day


Corn Beef & Cabbage

Served Starting at Noon

$1.50 Domestic Draft Noon Until Gone

Soroptimist Saturday Of Service

Dr. Seuss Remembered The Lorax, Now Playing

Los Primos Meat Market Opens In Sunset Plaza Carniceria Owner Manuel Zuniga, with Jose Guitron and Walter Escobedom in front of Los Primos Carniceria in the Sunset Plaza

Black Gold Cafe and Deli

508 Center Street • 661-765-6550

Pastas • Sandwiches • Salads • Espresso • Beer • Wine

The Best Beer Selection on Tap in Taft!

TRI-TIP SANDWICHES $7.95 Over 50 Different Craft & Imported Beers



Shop Taft

Passion For Nails Nail Services:

Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star (we also treat ingrown nails)

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506 Center Street

(661) 205-5579

Geiger Construction & Plumbing Residential • Commercial

Cement & Asphalt Cutting

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

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


Personal Style

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Prepaid Phones, Accessories & Cards

March Madness Specials 25% Off Generic Brand Cases

New Corky’s Are In! LA Idol Jeans For Juniors & Misses! Infant & Toddler Footwear

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Black Gold Cafe and Deli

Pastas • Sandwiches • Salads Espresso • Beer • Wine

March 9 - 15, 2012

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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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J & D Recycling 1277 Kern Street

We Can Haul Away Most Large Items Roll Off & Small Bins Available Call Us Today • (661)765-6752 Recycling is OUR Business

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508 Center Street • 765-6550 Brand Clothing Shoes • Jewelry A Hint of Class Name Accessories & More


Tire Rotation & Brake Check Plus We will check all fluids & tire pressure *Most Cars & Light Trucks Up to 5 Qts.

Tire & Automotive Service Center

Oil & Filter Special 95* $


Plus Tax

$3.50 Oil Disposal Fee Exp. Mar. 31st, 2012

Must Present Coupon at Time of Purchase

523 Finley Drive • 765-7147 • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-1pm

Inside The Historic Fort • 623-1783 • 763-1700 915 N. 10th Street Suite 34

Spring Has Sprung

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WE HAVE MOVED! Now located at 210 6th Street


Electronics • Prepaid Phones Service • Accessories


March 9 - 15, 2012

Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher............4 Westside News.................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 Community Voices..........8 Obituaries.........................9 Classified Ads.................10 Westside News...............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 Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Skidgel Layout & Design Jessica Skidgel Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins, Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease Subscriptions\Delivery Tim Webb, Patrick Harget

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Community Events News Briefs 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 Grandma’s Attic At Taft Branch Library Every Saturday Through April 14th Grandma’s Attic Storytime has resumed at the Taft Branch Library on Saturdays and will continue every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. through April 14. 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. For more information, call 763-3294 or visit the library at 27 Emmons Park Drive. Free Children’s Immunization Clinic Thursday, March 15th San Joaquin Community Hospital will be offering FREE Childhood Immunizations for children against vaccine preventable diseases. The clinic will be in Taft at the Taft City School District on Thursday, March 15th, 820 6th Street, (parking lot), from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Luck Of The Irish St. Patricks Dinner Saturday, March 17th The Historic Fort is holding their annual St. Patricks Dinner on Saturday, March 17th at The Fort, located at 915 N. 10th Street. Social hour begins at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm. Drawing for the Soroptimist Internation of Taft $500 Shamrock Wreath Raffle will take place. Raffle tickets $1.00 Tickets available at: All In The Sandwich, Jacks Flower Shop, Personal Style, True Value or any Soroptimist member. Winner need not be present to win. Wreath Raffle. Proceeds Benefit Critical Care Transportation and other service projects. For more information contact The Fort at 765-7371. Optimal Hospice Volunteer Orientation Wednesday, March 21st Optimal Hospice Care would like to invite you to our springtime new volunteer orientation. Reserve your seat for Wednesday, March 21st from 10am to 2pm in our Bakersfield location. To learn more about how Hospice care enhances the lives of those affected by terminal illness and how volunteers can make a true difference in that effort. You can volunteer as little or as much as you are able. There is no time restrictions placed on you. Optimal would like to especially encourage caring individuals from communities such as Delano, Arvin, Shafter, Wasco and Lamont to inquire. Also hairdressers and pet therapy teams are greatly encouraged to contact Optimal Hospice care to see how they can help. Call 661-716-4000 or email rfrankhouser@ for more details. TUHS Hall of Fame Saturday, April 28 The Taft Union High School Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 28 in the Mullen Gym at TUHS. Doors open at 5pm, banquet begins at 6pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from Sheri Gregory at TUHS, One Wildcat Way, or at the Taft Chamber of Commerce, 400 Kern Street. Five people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame: Curtis Barnes (Class of 1960), Charles Beard (Class of 1957), Les Haney (Class of 1942), De Ann Gaither Sampley (Class of 1972), and William Silcox (Class of 1940). Doors to Main Hall will be open from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for persons who want to view the Hall of Fame Plaques and visit the generational display cases which feature memorabilia from ten decades of the high school’s history.

Soroptimist Shamrock Wreath Raffle Soroptimist International of Taft is holding their annual $500 Shamrock Wreath Raffle. Proceeds Benefit Critical Care Transportation and other service projects. The drawing for the wreath will be held at the Historic Fort’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 17, 2012. Raffle tickets $1.00 Tickets available at: All In The Sandwich, Jacks Flower Shop, Personal Style, True Value or any Soroptimist member. Winner need not be present to win.

Taft Motorcycle Club presents

Ron Shipe - Bob Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser


Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th Honolulu Hills Raceway • TAFT $10 Gate Fee - $15 Both Days Spaghetti Dinner • Raffle Prizes • Free Camping Live Music by X-Statik on Saturday Night

Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time 2012 Begins Sunday Sunday we get to spring ahead by setting clocks forward an hour for daylight saving time. At 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, March 11, we’ll be springing forward—and losing an hour of the day, for daylight saving time. The good news: sunset will be an hour later. You may have noticed the annual tradition of daylight saving time has crept forward a bit. We used to spring forward on the first Sunday in April and fall back on last Sunday in October. But a couple years ago, Congress changed the date—adding more daylight saving time to the calendar. This year, it will run from March 11 until Nov. 4.

Weekly Gas Price Update And Outlook Average retail gasoline prices in California have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.33/g Monday, March 5th. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.71/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices Monday, March 5th were 45.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 57.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 27.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 24.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. “Gasoline prices have spiked considerably higher in virtually every area over the last two weeks, and while I don’t expect the pace of the recent rise in prices to continue for the entire month, a similar jump may again occur closer to April Fools Day, and it won’t be a funny joke, it’ll be disgusting reality,” said GasBuddy. com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “The rise in price is so unbelievable that we may have to revise upward our previous gasoline forecast that had called for a national average of between $3.75 to $4.15 by mid-May, as the national average already stands at nearly $3.72/gallon,” DeHaan said.

California High School Exit Exam Boot Camp Taft Union High School is offering a one-day “boot camp” to prepare sophomores for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), which they must pass to earn their high school diploma. The voluntary class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and is a preparation course for sophomores about to take the CAHSEE for the first time. Teachers will give instruction in English and math. A free lunch is provided. Parents can call the principal’s office, 763-2336, to inquire if their student has signed up or to sign up their student. Students who sign up will be assigned for both math AND English, not one or the other. This is the third year the course has been offered and more than 100 students participate. Lead English teacher Jackie Peavyhouse said, “Students had the opportunity to review skills and concepts they would need to know for the test. They felt better prepared and knew what to expect.” Math teacher Tom LeClair added, “Investing time prior to the test is a much better investment in time management than taking a remedial class next year!”

Maricopa Tea Room Specials It’s Good, Good Food!

Tuesday, March 13th: Clam Chowder in a bread bowl Wednesday, March 14th: BBQ Tri-Tip on a bun with potato salad and baked beans Thursday, March 15th: Chicken Marsala on rice with salad Friday, March 16th: Cornbeef & cabbage

Telephone: 769-8231 Extension 5 323



The Taft


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

Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 7 am to 4pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 10 am 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156 Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Open Monday to Saturday Lunch served 9am-1pm Dinner served 5pm - 8pm 508 Center Street 765-6550

Westside Watcher

Laura Arredondo Addresses Taft Chamber of Commerce By Jane McCabe According to the 2010 US Census, 49.2% of the total population of Kern County is Hispanic. Of those people Spanish is the first language used by 85%, and 62% are most comfortable speaking Spanish. Seventy per cent use mostly Spanish at home. With statistics like these any business that does not target the Hispanic Community is losing 50% of its potential buyers. According to Laura Arredondo, director of Hispanic Media Group, a marketing consulting business, marketing is the most important part of a business. With a Hispanic population of 380,289 the Hispanic Market is no longer just a small portion of the business market. It has significant buying power. Laura’s agency tailors comprehensive marketing plans in English and Spanish for television, radio, the Internet, and print media. Since she recommends using Spanish in advertising for the Hispanic population, she has a team of professionals who can translate materials into Spanish. Laura used to work for Taft Chevrolet when it was Taft Family Automobile and so understands the power of effective advertising. When it was sold, she formed her own company in Bakersfield. She believes that advertising legitimatize a business. Word of mouth isn’t as effective as it used to be. She thinks Taft could use a Spanish newspaper to reach the Hispanic population.

Taft College Announces New WESTEC Executive Director NOW OPEN

514 Center Street • (661)765-7469 LIKE us on Facebook: Fox Theatre Taft John Carter (PG-13) Fri: (4:15), 7:00, 9:45 Sat: (1:30), (4:15), 7:00, 9:45 Sun: (1:30), (4:15), 7:00 Mon - Thu: (4:15), 7:00 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) Fri: (5:00), 7:30, 9:30 Sat & Sun: (12:30), (2:45), (5:00), 7:30, 9:30 Mon: (5:00), 7:30 Tue - Thu: (5:15), 7:30 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Fri: (5:30), 8:00, 10:00 Sat: (1:00), (3:15), (5:30), 8:00, 10:00 Sun: (1:00), (3:15), (5:30), 8:00 Mon - Thu: (5:30), 8:00 Chronicle (2012) (NR) Fri & Sat: 10:00 PM Sun: (3:15 PM) Mon - Thu: (4:00 PM)

Taft Petroleum Club Ribeye Steak or Chicken Dinner from 6pm - 8pm

Saint Patrick’s Day & 100 Year Party DJ Chewy Live at the Club Saturday, March 17th Come help celebrate 100 years for the Taft Petroleum Club and Saint Patrick’s Day March 17th with DJ Chewy and some of the best drink specials around. Fun starts at 8pm and DJ Chewy at 9pm to ??? 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 4:30pm to Close

Westside Energy Services and Training Center (WESTEC) announces the appointment of Bill Rector to the position of Executive Director of the vocational training agency. Dr. David Cothrun, President of the WESTEC Board of Directors, was quoted as saying “The Board is very excited about Mr. Rector’s appointment. He will bring his experience and leadership to this vibrant organization and lead us into the future.” Bill Rector is the recently retired Chief of the Bakersfield Police Department and will be replacing Dick Mallard as he transitions into a limited support role for WESTEC and pursues his interests as an author.


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March 9 - 15, 2012

Taft City Council Report By Kent Miller

Taft City Councilmembers saluted an old and a new tradition at their meeting Tuesday. The council, on behalf of the city, presented a proclamation to Taft Petroleum Club saluting the organization on its 100th birthday. The club, which was originally know as The Petroleum Club and is open to all who work in the industry, was the first of its kind in the world, Mayor Randy Miller said in reading the proclamation. It was about 40 years later before a Petroleum Club was added in Bakersfield and it was that request to use the name Petroleum Club that resulted in the Taft organization changing its name to Taft Petroleum Club, Miller said. On the new end, the council gave approval for street closures and the use of city-owned property for the second annual “Taft Bike Fest,” sponsored by 2 Wheel Productions LLC, of Taft. The festival will again be held over Labor Day Weekend, beginning on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, and running through Monday morning, Sept. 3. Street closures will be: Main Street from 6th Street 250 feet east to the municipal parking lot; 4th and 6th streets between Main and Supply Row; and Supply between 4th and 10th streets. City-owned property to be used during the festival will be: Rails to Trails between 2nd and 10th streets; available city-owned lots between 2nd and 10th; 5th Street Plaza; and the municipal parking lot next to 5th Street Plaza. There will be camping and vendor locations along Rails to Trails, operated by the Taft Chamber of Commerce, according to the information supplied to the council by Craig Jones, interim city manager and the city’s public works manager. The festival will include live entertainment, a display of many different types of motorcycles and a pro/intermediate flat track race, Jones said. The 2011 Bike Fest brought in an estimated 5,000 visitors to Taft, said Gene Jones, president of 2 Wheel Productions. “The board ... (has) received nothing but positive feedback from participants, with the exception of the heat ... and we heard some restaurant establishments ran out of certain food items,” Gene Jones wrote in a letter to the council. “Since last year’s event we have held weekly meetings to plan and organize this year’s event. ... Our main goal this year is to increase the amount of vendors, entertainment and visitors.” Proceeds from the festival will be donated to Alpha House in memory of Trinity Hanna, 3, of Taft, who died in January from alleged child abuse, Gene Jones said. Street paving The council approved appropriating $21,188 from capital reserves as half-payment for the resurfacing of Emmons Park Drive from 6th Street to Taft College. The college has agreed to pay the other 50 percent of the costs – not to exceed $21,188 – to assist with the resurfacing, Craig Jones told the council. The city received a letter from them college concerning the poor condition of the street, Jones said. “The letter describes the poor condition of the roadway and how it would be cost effective for the city to consider paving ... Emmons Park Drive during the resurfacing project that is slated to take place on 6th Street during Easter break,” the interim city manager told the council. Employee Handbook Lonn Boyer, city director of human resources, presented councilmembers with copies of the new City of Taft Employee Handbook. The handbook is “a ready reference and summary of the city’s Human Resources (Department) policies, procedures and benefits,” the introduction to the document states. The handbook “is designed to provide a quick overview for ... employees.” Approved Other items approved by the council in a consent calendar vote included: * The second reading of an ordinance approving a zone change for uninhabited areas along Cedar and Wood streets that the city is seeking to annex; * A city attorney services agreement; * Appointment of Jones as interim city manager; * A holiday policy for part-time employees; * Continuation of the funding of three extra-help maintenance aide positions for up to six months.

March 9 - 15, 2012


Westside News & Business Briefs

Los Primos Carniceria Now Open In Sunset Plaza

Local businessman and co-owner of La Villa Market Manuel Zuniga has recently opened his new carniceria meat market Los Primos in Sunset Plaza on Finley Drive. Zuniga, who came to the United States in 1986, has realized his dream of owning his own market by opening Los Primos last month. “I came to the United States for the opportunity and to raise my family,” said Zuniga. When he arrived, Zuniga worked in New Mexico in the cement industry, as a strawberry worker in Santa Maria, and as a houseman at a hotel in Utah. He left the hotel business and later became a butcher. Zuniga came to Taft several years ago when the opportunity came to work as a butcher at La Villa Market on Centert Street, where he is now a partner in the business. Later, he open a meat market inside Nancy’s Bakery next door to Los Primos where he opened his market last month. Zunigia has plans to open a larger full service market in Taft someday in the future. “Business is very good, and I get all types of customers who come to buy fresh meat and other products,” Zuniga said. “My prices are low and my service is excellent.” Zuniga lives in Taft with his wife Maria of 16 years, and his four children Irene, Maria, Leo and Nahaima. “Taft is a good place for my family,” Zuniga said. Los Primos is located in the Sunset Plaza across from Goodyear Tire on Finley Drive. It’s open 7 days a week.

Blue Jeans And Bling Now Open By Nicole Frost Are you looking for that perfect pair of jeans, but you don’t want to go all the way to Bakersfield? Blue Jeans and Bling might have what you need. Blue Jeans and Bling is a women’s clothing and accessory shop and they sell everything from tops to handbags to jewelry to, of course, blue jeans. They also sell little girls’ clothes Store Manager Jennifer Lopez (left) and (right) and other acCo-Owner Windi Portenga. cessories. Right now, the shop is especially featuring “bling jeans” which have been very popular this season. Some of the brands they sell are L.A. Idol, Miss Chic, Grace in L.A., and Cello. Soon, they will have Miss Me Jeans and Nicole Lee handbags for sale. These items are expected to be available within two weeks. “We try to cater to all ages, from young girls to 60-year-olds,” said Co-Owner Windi Portenga. “And we have a variety of sizes from 0-22.” There are also a few sales and specials, one being “Tank and Tee Tuesdays” where you can purchase any basic tee or tank-top for $5. They also have drawings, parties, and other events. “We follow the trends,” said Portenga. “For instance, we’re getting bermudas and capris for the spring.” Prices range from $49.99 and up for jeans, $15-30 for tops, $7.50 and up for basics and $30 and up for handbags. Owners Tana Hughes and Portenga opened the store on February 25th, but they have been hosting parties for the shop since last July. “It’s our first time running a store,” said Hughes. “[We started the business because] we have a lot of daughters and we love to shop!” Taft has been very supportive of Blue Jeans and Bling and their business has been booming so far. “The community has taken us under their wing,” said Hughes and Portenga. “We just wanted to thank Taft for supporting us.” Blue Jeans and Bling is located on 415 Center Street and they are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Bowling Leagues For Housewives and Oldies Introduced At West Side Recreation & Parks District Want to get out of the house for a little girl time? Put that roast in the crock pot and come down to West Side lanes for donuts, coffee and some fun with the girls! West Side Recreation and Park District present West Side Lanes Housewives Bowling League. Women ages 18 and up are invited to participate on Tuesdays at 10am starting Tuesday, April 10th. The format will be 10 week, singles league, 3 games (non sanction) Fee is $10 a week plus $2 shoe rental. Registration deadline April 9. WSRPD also presents “Oldies But Goodies” Bowling League. This league is specifically for all “Oldies but Goodies.” It’s a great avenue for exercising, socializing and entertainment for bowlers of all levels. Come and enjoy free coffee and donuts while you bowl. This league is for men and women ages 40 and older to participate on Thursday mornings at 9am starting April 12th. The format will be handicapped, 10 week singles. Fee is $8 a week plus $2 shoe rental. Register at WSRPD 500 Cascade Place, 661-7656677. Registration deadline is April 11th.

Messenger Automotive Open For Buisness

Monday, March 12 531 Center Street (661) 763-1123

Open Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm Drive In Service Welcome Or Call for an Appointment Repairs Most Makes and Models

Carrizo Picked for New National Historic Landmark Status Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states, including a site associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, and an early 18th-century parish church. “Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation - from pictographs dating back two millennia to a World War II warship,” Secretary Salazar said. “By designating these sites as National Historic Landmarks, we are ensuring that future generations will know these important chapters in our nation’s story and expand opportunities for tourism that generate economic returns for our local communities.” National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. “These new listings will join approximately 2,500 other sites in the National Historic Landmark Program,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These places not only showcase our rich and complex history – from prehistoric time right up to the modern era – but they help drive tourism and boost local economies.” The new National Historic Landmarks include the following sites: Among seacoast lighthouses still in existence, the Montauk Point Lighthouse (Long Island, New York) was the most important for the nation’s foreign trade during the first eight decades of the United States lighthouse service; Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Town Hall (New York City, New York) represents the history of American radio broadcasting during the golden age of network radio from the 1930s through the 1950s; The destroyer escort USS Slater (Albany, New York) is a rare and extraordinarily intact example of an important class of massproduced warships designed for convoy protection during World War II; Constructed in 1888-89 by a wealthy Troy couple as a memorial to their only child, the Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel and Crematorium (Troy, New York) is the most architecturally sophisticated example of early public crematoria in the United States. The buildContinued on Page 11



Westside News & Business Briefs

Dr. Seuss Remembered, The Taft Altar Piece To Be Unveiled Lorax Playing At Taft Fox Theater On March 23rd By Jane McCabe On March 2nd, last Friday, Dr. Seuss, author and illustrator of many popular children’s books, including The Lorax, an adaptation currently being shown at the Fox Theater, would have been 108 years old. Born on March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel died on September 24, 1991, 21 years ago. During his lifetime he published 46 children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This is the second film adaptation of The Lorax. Its theme continues to be relevant: damage done to the environment by greedy exploitation of natural resources by those interested only in making money. First published in 1971, it chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, a kindly, orange creature with a large yellow moustache, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler… Thneedsville is a place where there are no trees. The people who live there have to buy bottled air because, without trees, there is no photosynthesis and thus the air is polluted and unclean. More than anything a young girl wishes for a tree to grow in her backyard. Ted, a young boy who is sweet on her, is determined to find her a real, living tree. His grandmother remembers when real trees grew and know to whom he must go if he wishes to learn what brought about the current situation. Ted rides his scooter out of town, a forbidden thing, and finds the Once-ler living in a tower. Once-ler tells him that he is responsible for the plight of the world because of his greed—ignoring the promise he had made to the Lorax not to chop down trees, he chopped down all of them in order to manufacture a silly garment that he sold a lot of. He became very rich, that is, until there were no more trees to chop down… Ted is told that the only way the situation can be remedied is if someone cares so much about it that he is willing to start the change. The Once-ler gives Ted a precious thing—a seed—which evil forces, of course, try to wrest from him. Good, however, prevails. When Ted plants the seed in the center of town, the funny little man who wants things to stay the way they are (because he is able to make money selling bottled air) asks the towns folk if they would like to have real trees, which are dirty and messy, or the clean fake trees which line their streets? The people resoundingly vote for the return of real trees. This is not my normal choice of movie genres—I sometimes wonder why the manufacturers of things for children insist on painting everything with bright colors, something I find tiresome and exhausting. The effects in modern animated films are very innovative but there is nary a dull moment or color to be found. As usual, I grew restless and eager for the film to end a good half hour before it ended. Who knows what children make of these movies, whether they enjoy the constant panoply of action and color, song and dance? If I have trouble following a story line, I wonder if children follow it. Last Christmas I actually enjoyed watching a remake of the Rupunzel fairy tale, called Tangled, with my grand-niece on my lap. Watching the wicked step-mother’s efforts to keep Rupunzel locked up in a tower, three-year-old Abbey’s brow crinkled as she commented to no-one in particular, “Kids need to go outside.”

An altarpiece is a piece of artwork, such as a painting or a carving that is placed above or behind an altar. The creation of altarpieces was popular during the Renaissance, particularly in the 15th Century Italy and the Netherlands. The Ghent and the Portinari are well known altarpieces. Altarpieces were named for their location, so the Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck resides in the city of Ghent in Belgium today and the Portinari in Portinari, Italy. Therefore, when Jane M McCabe, a resident of Taft and owner of the End of Times Gallery, painted an altarpiece last year, she named it for the city of Taft. The altarpiece took her the entire year to paint. She finished it just a few days before Christmas. “The subject of much of the art of the Renaissance was religious,” says Jane, “and yet in our modern era artists tend to eschew religious subject matter. When I painted the Altarpiece I felt as though I was tapping into a rich vein of ore, of pure gold.” The Taft Altarpiece will be unveiled at the gallery, 428 Center Street, on Friday, March 23rd, at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Jane is looking for a temporary home for the altarpiece—a hall or church with sufficient space—while she seeks a permanent home for it. Its dimensions are approximately 9 ½ x 9 ½ feet. If interested, please speak with her.

Taft Union High School Seeking Prom Dresses The Taft Union High School junior class is asking the public for gently used formal and prom-style dresses, shoes and accessories. Donations may dropped off at the Principal’s Office until Friday, March 23. The high school will sell the clothes at Prom Shop in the mirror room by Farlow Gym. Dresses will cost $5, while a dress, shoes and accessories will cost $10. The shop will be open to Taft High students only from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, and to the community form 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. The shop gives students an opportunity to get a good dress at a reasonable price before they shop in the mall, explained junior class adviser Tanya Mauldin.

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Local Girl Chosen As Finalist A local girl, LaDuane’a Baida-Shaffer has been chosen as a State Finalist in the Miss American Coed Pageant. Lala is the daughter of Barbara & Stephen Shaffer of Taft and Celeste Baida of Los Angeles. This pageant is not a beauty pageant. The pageant places more importance on school activities, involvement with family, community and church, academic achievements, volunteer services, poise and most importantly her own unique personality. Lala has been very successful in achievements in school work for the last two years, has earned a few certificates for reading, involvement with helping others, and perfect attendance awards. Lala loves sports: she has been actively involved for the past three years in soccer, basketball, dance, swimming, glee club, t-ball, and loves helping out at the nursing homes, and child-care centers with her mom, Barbara. Lala has received a lot of super reader awards in the past two years from her school. Lala is currently active in all her sports and is looking forward to becoming a Girl Scout next month. Lala needs to raise $700.00 more for her goal of $1,000.00 in sponsorship and advertisement sales from businesses and friends and family pages for the pageant book, and if she meets her goal she will win the State Crown, banner, cash awards, scholarships, and the trip to Disney World in Florida and be eligible for the National Crown, also have a very good chance to earn the Miss American Hostess title for the most ad sales. Anyone interested in helping Lala reach her goal by donating will also be listed in the pageant book. Anyone that would like to help either by placing a business or personal ad or just donating to help her reach her goal please call 661-753-6227 or mail checks to 503 Van Buren St., Taft, CA 93268. Make checks out to the Miss American Coed Pageant. Lala needs to have all her monies turned in by March 31st. Thanks to all that have already helped and to those that will help Lala wit this special event. Any size donation will be very much appreciated.

Roller Derby Coming To Taft West Side Recreation and Park District presents Roller Derby, a black and white scrimmage. Sunday, March 18th gates open at 3pm, action starts at 3:30pm at 823 4th Street in Taft. Tickets are $5 for all ages, ages 5 and under free. Bring your own chairs. Skaters bring a black and a white shirt with numbers, $10 per skater, womens, mens and co-ed. Pre-register on paypal at For more information email

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Sagebrush Annie’s Wine Club And Spring Dinner

We are pleased to announce that we are now serving lunch on Saturdays and Sundays at the same time as our wine tasting 11:30am – 5pm. Reservations are required for lunch as the restaurant is small. We have discontinued our steak dinners for the time being, except for summer wine club Bar-b-ques which we will start with on May 5th. Also at this time we would like to let you know about our next wine club dinner. On Saturday March 31st we are having a Gourmet Mexican Dinner Party. We are serving some unusual recipes that most people are not likely to have tried before. This is our Spring Dinner, which is free for two with the purchase of a case of your choice of our wines at 25% off. Distant wineclub members may take advantage of this special, as well as new members, as one case per year is all it takes to join the club. We start with Wine Tasting and appetizers promptly at 6:00pm. After wine tasting we sit down for dinner. Choose a bottle of wine from your new case and we pull the cork. The tables are fancy but dress is casual, camping is available, music will be appropriate and Larry is going to fight a bull in the arena after dinner. ¡Olé! Reserve as soon as possible as the menu is elaborate and shopping is distant. R.S.V.P. by March 24 at 661-766-2319. Muchas Gracias.

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Members of Soroptimist International of Taft spent the morning working in the dirt at the West Kern Oil Museum this weekend, as part of their annual Saturday of Service event. The event, usually held on the first Saturday in March is part of the club’s effort to participate in the larger organization’s, (Soroptimist International of the Americas) observance of Women’s History Day on March 8th. Members were joined by some industrious young Soroptimists-in-Training and some industrious husbands, affectionately referred to as “Soroptimisters,” who assisted with pulling weeds, raking leaves, and planting new flowers & plants for spring, among other needed projects. In recent years, Soroptimist members have participated in many other community cleanup and beautification projects on their SOS days. The West Kern Oil Museum is set to be the first stop on the Annual Soroptimist Garden Tour and Luncheon, which is scheduled for Saturday of the Labor Day weekend.


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Government Spying on Your Social Media By Dr. Harold Pease Last week a young college student approached me after class with a very disturbing concern. He had just been interrogated by the FBI for making a video three years ago of him exploding a fire cracker and placing the video on YouTube for others to see. He thought that it would be funny. During the three years since, and unbeknownst to him, the government had been monitoring his every behavior and presented to him, for his perusal, a file an inch thick of every event in his life including his grades from grade school. If kids are monitored for such normal behavior (I used to set off fire crackers too but I did not put my doing so on the Internet) what can we expect next from our government which now violates the 4th Amendment to the Constitution with impunity? Monitoring our social media 24 hours a day? A new directive suggests that this is now to be common. The National Operations Center (NOC), a part of The Department of Homeland Security, recently released its Media Monitoring Initiative giving itself permission to “gather, store, analyze, and disseminate” data on millions of users of social media, primarily Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. So far they appear less concerned with the information of the average Joe or Jane, although all is kept just in case, as they do with unmanaged journalists and bloggers. These are defined as “those who use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed,” such as myself. Targeted are those who post articles, comments, or other information to popular Web outlets. In a recent article entitled “Social Spying,” by Joe Wolverton II, J.D. in the “New American,” Wolverton details the “24hour surveillance” by NOC agents “to track the on-line movements and postings of every level of writer or commentator, from Brian Williams to nearly anonymous bloggers.” The directive is designed “to provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture” (what ever that means) presumably of targeted audiences. In laymen’s terms it means identifying, isolating, and then potentially silencing opposition, each of which inhibits First Amendment free speech rights. Of course, the NOC directive denies inappropriate use of the information. All is public, they argue, and gathered through available search engines. That said, they admit looking for “items of potential interest [not defined] to DHS. Once the analysts determine an item or event is of sufficient value [also not defined] to DHS to be reported, they extract only the pertinent [again, not defined], authorized information and put it into a specific web application… to build and format their reports.” Such vagaries allow an unrestrained government to move and operate anywhere it pleases and classify and reclassify citizens as potential enemies even if they have done nothing other than voice opinion in opposition to that of whoever rules. Are we becoming more like communist China who recently prosecuted Li Tie and two others for essays posted on the Internet demanding greater democracy? They too began with just monitoring. Such postings are considered a threat to China’s political and social stability. In light of the recently signed National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, this reclassification could eventually get normal citizens classed as threats to political stability, who just wish to preserve their Constitution from a government which chooses to nullify it, placed in Guantanamo Bay and held indefinitely against their will. But I have already written about this new law—the most dangerous piece of legislation in my lifetime. The Media Monitoring Initiative is a serious violation of the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution which reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searched and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Do we care? If a young college student finds it disturbing that the government has been watching what he puts on YouTube, should not older adults be more so? Are you, my reader, going to wait until all the sentinels of liberty are marginalized or are you going to remove your member of Congress that supports either the National Defense Authorization Act or does not use his influence to rescind the Media Monitoring Initiative. At least demand to know where he or she stands on these two important Constitutional issues. 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

Congressman McCarthy To Host Small Business & Innovation Conference Congressman Kevin McCarthy will host a Small Business & Innovation Conference on Thursday, March 15 at California State University, Bakersfield fom 8am to 12 noon. The conference will include small business-oriented presentations, a roundtable discussion led by innovators, local small business owners and community leaders, and a keynote speaker. Local small business owners and those in the community interested in the conference are invited to attend. The event is free and will include presentations on topics including: trade, contracting with military and government agencies and small business development strategies. Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that CKE Restaurants, Inc. CEO Andy Puzder will keynote the Small Business & Innovation Conference that will be held on March 15 at California State University, Bakersfield. The theme of Mr. Puzder’s talk will be: “Doing Business in California: How Can We Make it Better?” “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and CKE Restaurants is a perfect example of that - what started as a hot dog stand is now one of the most successful restaurant chains in the United States,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “As CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andy has successfully implemented winning business strategies in good times and bad for all the CKE restaurant brands. I am honored that he has agreed to speak, and know his insights will be invaluable to our local small businesses.” CKE Restaurants, Inc., is headquartered in Carpinteria, California and includes Carl’s Jr.®, Hardee’s®, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® restaurant brands. The Company owns or franchises 3,250 restaurants in the United States and 25 foreign countries, generates $1.3 billion in annual revenue and, with its franchisees, employs over 70,000 people in the U.S. All local small business owners and those in the community interested in the conference are invited to attend. The event is free and will include presentations on topics including: trade, contracting with military and government agencies and small business development strategies. To RSVP, email or call the Bakersfield Office at 661-327-3611.

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For Your Health March is National Nutrition Month: Perfect Time to Go Vegetarian!

March is National Nutrition Month, and it’s the perfect time to explore the many benefits of a vegetarian diet. San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) has a team of dietary experts who can provide valuable information, dispel misinformation and offer real-life examples of how a modern-day vegetarian diet isn’t just for rabbits! “Most of us are now aware that eating foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol on a regular basis can be challenging to our health,” said Kathleen Mershon, assistant director of Nutrition Services at SJCH. “A vegetarian diet typically consists of foods low in saturated fats and cholesterol. This way of eating is beneficial for the heart as well as the colon and other systems in the body.” There can be various reasons for adopting a “plant-based diet,” as vegetarianism is now also called. Among them: religious observance, humanitarian and ethical concerns, environmental beliefs and overall concern for one’s health. Plant-based meal plans, including well-balanced vegetarian meal plans and those with little or no meat, have become recognized and accepted as generally more healthful meal plans than those that are heavily meat-based. The health benefits associated with vegetarian meal plans include lower rates of the following: cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. In addition, a vegetarian diet is associated with lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Please call ahead (661-869-6560) so we can help arrange interview opportunities with one of our Registered Dietitians.

The Many Health (& Wallet) Benefits of Brown-Bagging Your Lunch Sure, bringing lunch from home is a great money-saver, but did you know that brown-bagging your noontime meal is a major opportunity to start - or support - a healthy lifestyle? For another potential National Nutrition Month-related story, our experts from The Wellness Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) are always available to speak about the health benefits that can result from even the simplest of life changes, such as packing your own lunch. Kira Wiggins, director of The Wellness Center, can even provide a step-by-step visual demonstration on how to pack a nutritious (and delicious) lunch that helps your budget and your body!

Gusty Winds Prompt Valley-Wide Caution Blowing Dust Raises Particulate Levels Local air officials are issuing a health cautionary statement for blowing dust as a result of gusty winds throughout the Valley air basin on Tuesday, March 6th. The health caution is in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern County through this evening. The winds are part of a low pressure system entering the Valley. Wind-blown dust creates high concentrations of particulate matter (PM), which causes health problems, including aggravating lung disease, triggering asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increasing the risk of respiratory infection. District officials recommend protecting yourself if you are in an area of blowing dust. Residents in areas of blowing dust are advised to use caution through Tuesday afternoon. People with heart or lung disease should follow their doctor’s advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality. Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activities or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged exposure, strenuous activity or heavy exertion. For more information about the Valley Air District, call a regional office: in Fresno, 559-230-6000; in Bakersfield, 661-392-5500; and in Modesto, 209-5576400.

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Robert Irwin Fiscus was born May 2, 1920 to James and Edna (Logue) Fiscus in Sinnamehoning, PA and passed away on February 28, 2012 in Bakersfield, CA. He was one of nine children, seven having survived. Upon leaving high school, after the start of WW II, Robert showed great prowess in mechanics, scholastics and particularly engineering. High AGCT scores landed him the opportunity to attend Yale University, specializing in aircraft engineering and he graduated in the top percentile of his class. He worked his way up the ranks to Second Lt. in charge of B-29 Bomber Service Operations and hundreds of servicemen. After being honorably discharged in 1944, he hitch-hiked his way to California settling in Taft in the late ‘40s. In 1949, Bob took a job at a Mobil Gas Station in Maricopa where he not only became owner/proprietor but met the love of his life, the former Aileen Rowe. The two were married in 1950 and enjoyed 61 years together raising two children and making their home in Maricopa, CA. Bob took employment with Standard Oil Co. of California (now Chevron USA) in 1951, retiring in 1983 as a construction technologist in engineering. Bob was a founding member of Sovale Credit Union (now Chevron Valley.) He was a Maricopa City Councilman from 1968 – 1972. He served on the board of the Local Agency Formation Commission (L.A.F.C.O.) and was a founding member of Kern Co. Council of Governments. Mr. Fiscus also served as Board President of the First Congregational Church of Maricopa from 1975 to the mid ‘90s. He was also responsible for much of the remodeling of that historic building. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edna Fiscus; his brothers, Jay, Ray and Tracy Fiscus; sisters, Lola Jordan, Celesta Dempsey, Reva Johnson and Verlyn and Charlotte Fiscus. He is survived by his wife, Aileen Fiscus of Maricopa; son, Gary (Eileen) Fiscus of Prospect, VA, son, Michael Fiscus of Emporium, PA, Daughter, Suzy (L.D. Armstrong) Jackson of Taft, and son, Jim Fiscus of Taft; grandchildren, Kevin, David and Mark Fiscus, Emily Maze, Christina Lindsay and Lacy, Kenny and Derik Casparis; 10 loving great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Monday, March 5, 2012 , at 1:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard St., Taft, CA. Interment followed at the West Side District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, the West Kern Oil Museum or The Fort Preservation Society. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit

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Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Emmons Park Drive (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791 If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available


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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 $3 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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212 E. San Emido St. Fri-Sun. 7 am - ? bunkbeds, collectables, hosehold items, and much more. 4 Family Yard Sale Fri & Sat 8am-4pm 28143 Dustin Acres Rd. Clothing, household items, baby stuff and more. Yard Sale Saturday Only Buena Vista Club House 7am to noon. 123 N. 10th St.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 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 Perkins at 760-3790848 for RESPITE CARE info. Respite Care is available every Thursday At the First Baptist Church located

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has responsibility for performing a variety of tasks related to janitorial, maintenance of city building, facilities and grounds, and community clean-up. This classification is for extra-help positions used by the City of Taft seasonally as needed. Min. Qualifications: High School diploma or GED; and one (1) year of experience and/ or training involving maintenance and/ or grounds keeping (or related); or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Special Requirements: Must possess a Valid State of California Driver’s license. Application and job description may be obtained at City Hall, 209 East Kern Street, Taft. A complete City of Taft application must be received by the Personnel Department no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012. EOE. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of application and postmarked applications will not be accepted.


Help Wanted. Part-Time Sales Associate. Radio Shack. Apply in Person. 210 6th St.


TC Student wanted for part time waitress. Experience required. 765-6550.

Piano Lessons. All ages accepted, beginers, intermediates. 565-8322

Employment HELP WANTED

CITY OF TAFT EXTRA HELP MAINTENANCE AIDE $10.00/hour Works under the general supervision and direction of a Maintenance Leadperson. The Extrahelp Maintenance Aide




Junk Cars! Cash Paid (661) 805-0552 Old Appliances, In ANY Condition. Car Batteries & Motorparts. Cash Paid $1 - $20 Call David 661293-0359 or 661-7656497. We will pick up!

Business Services Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191 929-3185.

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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

March 9 - 15, 2012

For Sale FOR SALE Oak Entertainment Center, fits up to 72” TV. $600 OBO 619-1057.




Lost Wedding Ring Set. If you find the womens wedding set and return it, you will be paid! I am truly upset and all I want are my rings back! Last seen at Passion For Nails and Chase Bank. Please do the right thing and call. Desirae (661)599-6971.



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



Established local Taft business. Taft Crude Coffee House and Deli. Excellent location, near Taft College. In business for 6 years. $20,000 OBO. Room to expand product offerings. Good family business. Call 661-623-4296.


Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase Can’t make payments call me!! I can help direct you to a loan modification or assist you in your short sale! Wondering how buying a house works? Set an appointment with Karri to watch a FREE video on the process. Call 661-332-6597 for a current list or drop by the office.

2bd/1ba newly remodeled house, lg fenced yard & lg garage. $650 mo + $650 dep. References required 763-5233. Lg. 2 bd.rm house. Garage, storage shed, chicken pen, lot’s of trees, fenced yard. $850 mo. $500. dep. 763-4593. 2 Houses in Maricopa. Both 2\1 $550 mo. pl. dep. $550. 321-9636 or 577-7041 habla espanol. 3 bd/ 2ba 2 car garage. Nice yard, neighborhood, Parkview Village. $1,400 mo. Includes yard and pest service. 549-0314.

APART. FOR RENT MCKITTRICK. 3/2 Apt. Newly furn.$650 mo. Taft Property Mgt. 661 745-4892. Brokers Licence 01417057 Imperial Gardens 424 Woodrow Street 2bd $625 mo. 1bd $550 mo. Stove fridge, dishwasher, pool, private car port. 661623-3699 or 661-7654299.

Ken Shugarts

Air Conditioning & Heating

Plumbing • Septic • Rooter Framing • Electrical • Concrete We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

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Real Estate Services and Property Management Listings – Sales - Property Management Local Service You Can Depend On

322 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-5000

Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street

Karri Christensen

LIC# 01522411 & #01333971

661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase

Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr.

MOBILE HOMES OPEN HOUSE Sun. Mar. 11, 1-4pm Complete Remodel B.V.M.H.P. #115 New custom kitchen By Taft Woodworks, Granite. New carpet, tile floors, drywall, paint, bath vanities, hutch. New black appliances, crown molding. A must see if you want a quality home at an affordable price.

HOMES FOR RENT West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500.

Lic # 01525550 FOR RENT 315 7th St 1/1 furnished $750. 302 Jefferson 2/1 $850. 424 Lucard 3/1 $900. 214 Fillmore 4/1.75 $1,000. 606 Pierce 3/1.75 2 garages! $1,100. 302 E San Emidio 3/1.75+ pool! $1,300 Maricopa. 2bd 1 ba. Fenced yard, Laundry room, no garage, $650 mo. $900 deposit. (805)

FOR SALE Large wooden shade structure for your back yard. Includes mist water system. $500 obo. Professionally built. Come and get it - bring your flat bed truck and wrench. 6234296.

ROGER MILLER INSURANCE a division of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Group

Rich Miller • Jordan Miller Kathy Devine • Shelly Hamilton License # 0707137 • (661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell E-Mail: Your Hometown Insurance Store

March 9 - 15, 2012


Westside News & Business Briefs MARICOPA QUILT COMPANY FABRIC • NOTIONS • GIFTS WED.-FRI. 10:00-5:30 SAT. 10:00-2:00

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Double Gold Medal Winner and Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition

Wine Tasting and Lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30 to 5:00 pm.

Now Celebrating Our 23rd Year

8 miles south of HWY 166 on HWY 33 in Ventucopa, Cuyama Valley, 4211 HWY 33. (661) 766-2319

Yates’ Detailing 600 Center Street Taft, California

(661) 623-0827 (661) 765-1171 All your detailing needs! Wash, Wax, Shampoo, Buffing and Window Tinting. Call for Appointment Today! Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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417 1/2 Center Street Taft, Ca 93268 (661)745-4920 Lic. # 0277365

BLM Invites Public Review of OHV Grant Applications

The public is invited to comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s 2012 grant applications submitted to the California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The public review and comment period will run from Tuesday, March, 6 through Monday, April 2, 2012. The annual OHV grant applications are a key part of the partnership between BLM and the State of California, which issues grants to a variety of entities to improve or mitigate off-highway vehicle recreation. California State Parks’ OHV program will be accepting grant applications from a number of agencies including federal agencies, county and city law enforcement and parks departments, and non-profit organizations. This year, over $27 million is available for allocation. BLM applies for grants from the state each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV program. View the applications online at OHMVR’s website at Copies are also available at BLM’s field offices in Alturas, Arcata, Bakersfield, Barstow, Bishop, Cedarville, El Centro, Folsom, Needles, Palm Springs, Redding, Ridgecrest, Susanville, and Ukiah, as well as the BLM California Desert District Office in Moreno Valley, and the state office in Sacramento. Information is also available on BLM’s website at recreation.html. The draft 2012 BLM applications will encompass more than 50 projects, ranging from law enforcement, facility developments, trails projects, restoration work and other OHV related projects proposed throughout BLM’s 16 field offices in the state. Jim Keeler, BLM OHV coordinator, said the BLM is also reaching out to interested publics through mailings, public meetings, personal contacts, and through BLM-California’s e-newsletter, News.bytes. For further details on BLM’s grant applications, contact Keeler at (916) 9784654 or email,

National Monument continued from page 5 ing is an example of Romanesque Revival architectural composition with a rich detailed interior design that reflect its memorial nature; Built in 1888-1889, the Braddock Carnegie Library (Braddock, Pennsylvania) is the oldest intact library building in the United States funded by Andrew Carnegie; The Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School (Fort Apache, Arizona) was one of the 14 former U.S. Army forts redeveloped as a school as part of Federal Indian policy that sought to assimilate Native Americans through education following tribes’ confinement on reservations. Today the school district a unique resource that reflects several decades of highly complex and dynamic interactions between the U.S. federal government and Native Americans throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries; Deer Medicine Rocks (Rosebud County, Montana) is a sandstone rock formation in Montana’s Rosebud Valley that is associated with the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877. Numerous Native American petroglyphs cover the walls, including a representation of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, as well as various anthropomorphic and religious drawings; The akima Pinšiwa Awiiki (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a rare surviving example of a treaty house in the U.S. Built as part of the terms of the 1826 Treaty between the Myaamia (Miami) and the United States, it is associated with Pinšiwa, the akima (civil chief ) of the Myaamia, a nationally significant American Indian statesman and leader; St. Peter’s Parish Church (New Kent County, Virginia) is an exceptional example of early 18th-century brick architecture from the Chesapeake Region; Eyre Hall (Northampton County, Virginia), a rare vernacular architectural ensemble and rural landscape of the Colonial and early Federal periods, is a significant physical remnant of Chesapeake society, which was economically and socially based on slavery; Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester, Michigan) is a large early twentiethcentury country estate which includes a large mansion inspired by British architectural precedents along with smaller residential buildings constructed in the same style; The campus of Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida) contains the largest “integrally designed” grouping of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright on a single site anywhere in the world; and The Carrizo Plain Archeological District (San Luis Obispo County, California) represents a unique concentration of pre-contact sites, art, and artifacts, the outstanding significance of which has been recognized for almost a century by anthropologists, archeologists, artists, and novelists. Secretary Salazar also announced the acceptance of a boundary clarification and updated documentation for Fort Benton Historic District in Fort Benton, Montana which was designated in 1961. The National Park Service works with preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior. If selected, property ownership remains the same but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque, and technical preservation advice. Additional information on the designations can be found at www.nps. gov/nhl.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Candies from Pakistan and India Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today warned consumers not to eat three candies, after tests conducted by CDPH found that all three exceed state standards for lead. The candies are: Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy imported from Pakistan, Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Sesame Candy) imported from India, and Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Gud) (Sesame Candy) imported from India The companies are voluntarily recalling these products. Consumers in possession of these candies should discard them immediately. Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy was distributed by R&R Importers in Montclair, California. The two Shah’s Deer Brand candies were distributed by Shah Distributors, Inc., in Gardena, California. Recent chemical analysis by CDPH showed Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy, Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Sesame Candy) and Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Gud) (Sesame Candy) contained as much as 0.12, 0.40, and 0.35 parts per million of lead, respectively. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 parts per million to be contaminated. Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy is packaged in a 7 oz. semi-round, clear plastic container with a red twist-off lid. The front label is light brown with a green border. “Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy” appears in the center of the label. The oval-shaped candy is light brown and coated with sesame seeds. Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy is packaged in a 7 oz. semi-round, clear plastic container with a red twist-off lid. “Chef ’s Pride Rewadi Candy” appears in the center of the label. Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Sesame Candy) and Shah’s Deer Brand Revdi (Gud) (Sesame Candy) are packaged in 14 oz. clear plastic bags. Near the top of the package is an orange circle containing a white deer. “Shah’s Deer Brand” is written above the circle. The specific candy name appears in a gold rectangle below the circle. Both candies are oval-shaped, light brown and coated with sesame seeds. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed these candies should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed. Anyone finding this candy for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232. More information is available on the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Page.



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


Used to be Paul’s BMX

March 9 - 15, 2012

Devon’s Body Shop

Bike Shop

Parts Are Here! Diagnostic Specialists Service & Repairs • Smog Repairs Air Conditioning • Tune Up • Front End Brakes • Fuel Injection

745-4919 Qik Smog & Tune

$15.00 OFF with mention of this ad* *1996 Vehicle or newer

608 Center St.

Black Gold Cafe and Deli

508 Center Street 765-6550


No Appointment Needed for Smog Check! General Automotive Repairs

• 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

FR Jeans & Shirts

Good Supply. Shirts come in khaki, forest green and denim. Check out our prices!

Chicks Are Here! 3-7

New Pullets

3-21 Delaware & Brown Leghorns

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Ready For That Long Hair To Come Off? Call Us! We can bring out that shiny Spring coat. This salon uses flea control and clean grooming practices. Saturday appointments and nail spots available.


Now for sale in the shop! For Itchy, Irritated skin due to allergies and infections

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

Open 7 Days a Week


Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Full Bar - Catering - RV Parking Available 24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

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