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April 18 - 24, 2014 • Volume 8 Issue 38

“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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Events Inside Shop Taft..........................2

Taft Business of the Week Ben’s Books

Community Events.........3 Taft Calendar...................3

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By John Swearengin The Community Good Friday Service is tonight at the First Baptist Church at 220 North Street at 7pm. The entire community is invited. After the Service head to the West Hills Church of the Nazarene Drive Thru Resurrection at 300 Lassen Street (across from the Rec). It starts at 7:30pm until 9pm. There is no fee so bring all your family and friends. Saturday- Taft IDPA Monthly Match at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club. Check in is at 8am. Sunday- Easter. Thursday- The Fort and Taft College Annual Wine and Jazz Festival at the Fort from 5-9pm. Earth Day at the Taft Community Garden from 10:30-noon. SSL Golf Championship at Buena Vista Golf Course. Thursday and Friday are the SSL Tennis Championship at Taft High

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April 25th: Child Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month is this month. They are having a Flag Raising Ceremony at 8:30am at the Kern County Fire Department at 303 N. 10th Street. April 26th: Taft Rotary Health Fair at Buena Vista High School from 8am-Noon. Taft Community Clean Up from 9am until noon in Ford City. Meet at 9am at Westside Waste Management at 26782 E. Cedar Street. Sign by calling Supervisor Couch’s Office @ 868-3680. The Alpha House is having a Tri Tip or Chicken Dinner at the Rec @ 5pm, Auction to follow. TUHS Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner and Ceremony. Tickets are $40.00. April 29th: Taft High Softball and Baseball are both at Home vs. Wasco at 4pm. April 30th: Job Fest 2014 at the Taft Fort from 9am-noon. For more info call Marie Covello 763-0206. May 1st: Taft Tea Party Meeting at the Taft Veterans Hall at 6pm. May 2nd: Fund the Fireworks at the Taft Chamber. Taft High Softball and Baseball are both at Home vs. Arvin at 4pm. May 2nd: 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street at 6pm. The weather should be great for cruising! May 3rd: Soroptimist Garden Tour. Succulents Class & Garden Tour at the Taft Community Garden. West Kern Oil Museum Pioneer Days. May 7th: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Dinner at 7:30. May 8th: SSL Swimming Championship at the Taft High Pool May 10th: West Hills Church of the Nazarene Carnival. May 12th: Friends of the Taft College Library Annual Meeting and Luncheon from 11-1:30 at the West Kern Oil Museum. Craig Deutsche, author of “Another Place and Time: voices of the Carrisa Plains.” Lunch by Chef Geoff at noon. Free admission. May 16th: Taft College Al Baldock Golf Classic. May 17th and 18th: Taft Relay for Life at the Taft High Track. May 31st: Taft Chamber’s “Rails to Trails Car Show.” June 14th: Starting Plants from cuttings class at the Taft Community Garden.

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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 business delivery 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

Ben and Jennifer Magnum By John Swearengin The Taft Business of the Week: Ben’s Books at 810 Center Street. Ben’s Books has been in business for over 3 years. Ben’s has an estimated 10,000 books. They have books for all ages. Most of the books are priced between $1.50-$2.00. It is owned and operated by great Taft resident Ben Mangum. It is open Tuesday-Saturday. Come on in and checkout Ben’s Books today.

Looking for something to do head down to Franklin Field and watch some Baseball or Softball. Grab a soda, hot dog, nachos and enjoy the games. The kids love to look out in the stands and hear clapping and positive comments while they’re up to bat. Take the family out to the ballgame.


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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

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

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

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

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Everyone used to love California but things have changed for many By John Swerengin Last week a friend of mine told me he is moving next month to Idaho. Two of my old bosses and about a dozen other people I know who have retired in the last few years have also moved out of State. It seems like most of them go to Idaho but others have gone to Alaska, Arizona, and Nevada. California used to be the place everyone wanted to go but now it seems lots of people want to leave. I have seen several advertisements trying to get Californians to move to their State. New York recently had an add advertising that if you start a business there you do not have to pay taxes for 10 years. Texas always has impressive incentives for moving to their great State. California just keeps making it harder on businesses. Now California is trying to get an Oil Severance Tax. This would not only hurt the Oil Companies, it will hurt you. Now they are trying to restrict Fracking. Fracking does sound bad from all the stories but if you look into the stories you will see it is all lies and scare tactics with no true facts. Fracking has not hurt anyone or anything and it is needed in California, especially Kern County, even more for Taft. I love Taft, Taft has, is, and always will be an Oil Town. Taft has the first Petroleum Club in the World. Please do not support the Oil Severance Tax, and please be in favor of Fracking. Whether you like to buy your plants from Jack’s Flower Shop, Country Corner, A Hint of Class, Old’s Cool, or True Value all these great local stores are here because of oil. Whether you work for J.E. Burke Construction, Asian Experience, Taft College, Pizza Factory, The Rec, Artz’ Liquor, OT Cook House, Domino’s, or anywhere else on the Westside, all of these jobs are here in one way or another because of oil. During the State of the City Luncheon at OT Cook House Taft‘s future looked promising. Hopefully very soon the homes west of Hillard Street will be started. The RV Park at the old Trading Post should be started this summer. A new Taco Bell building should be started later this year as well. All of the paperwork is being finished on the new Motel and there is also talk of a new apartment complex. Several people were upset awhile back because earlier talks about the apartments said they would be low income housing. As of late it was stated that this complex would not be low income housing which is good for Taft. There is also talk of a new clothing store coming in and building a 14,000 square foot building. They seemed positive about these all happening in the near future. Taft needs the houses, motel, and most people are craving a Taco Bell. All of the other things would be nice also. The new homes west of Hillard Street are called Sandy Creek Estates. Check out the Sandy Creek website at www. It has the Lot Map for the first 4 phases just north of Rails to Trails. The site also has designs and floor plans. Every one of the floor plans is very impressive. Bob Colston has done so much for Taft over the years and once again this new housing tract is amazing. Taft’s future is looking great but I hope our State does not mess it up. On a somber note, Taft recently lost 3 great ladies- Jean Turner, Lynn Owens, and Maggie Leikam. All three of them were very nice good ladies that made Taft a better place. If you are unsure who Maggie Leikam is, she was the very nice lady that would be riding around in her electric wheelchair waving at everyone. The world would be a better place if everyone was as nice and happy as these three ladies. This is definitely something to strive for. Shop local, eat local, keep your money here. Lets help each other not bring others down. Hope everyone is enjoying Easter Break and hope you have a great Easter Sunday. Don’t forget he has risen! Stay positive Taft!

Why is California Hard to Fix? by Brian Brian T. Kennedy

“Maybe we can start again, in the new rich land--in California, where the fruit grows. We’ll start over.” - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath America is the greatest nation on Earth--and California, by virtue of its population, wealth and natural resources, its greatest state. With its natural beauty--from the hard rock coast of North California to its redwood forests, from the Napa Valley to the San Francisco Bay, from Malibu to Newport Beach, from Dana Point to La Jolla--it is inconceivable that God did not foreordain that Californians would wake every morning with gratitude in their hearts for the great good fortune of living in such a wonderful place. It is home to America’s high tech capital, Silicon Valley, and its giants--like Apple, Intel, Cisco and Oracle, to name but a few. In Southern California it is home to Hollywood and the vast entertainment industry of motion picture arts and sciences. The state’s universities, from Stanford and UC Berkeley to Cal Tech, UCLA and the Claremont Colleges, are among the finest in the world. Its agricultural production, especially from its Central Valley, is the largest in the nation. But as wealthy as California is, the California dream is not what it used to be. Everyday Californians are leaving the state for somewhere else, and those that remain are not quite as well off. The good news is that California’s problems are mostly of its own doing--and because they are political they can, with the right arguments and the right politics, be fixed. But there are big challenges. For over a century California has led the American experiment in Progressivism. Indeed California’s governor in 1912, Hiram Johnson, would found the Progressive Party and serve as running mate to Theodore Roosevelt on the presidential ticket that lost to the Democratic (but equally Progressive) candidate Woodrow Wilson. Johnson would bring to California a series of progressive reforms--the initiative, referendum, and more--that left the California constitution so amendable as to look more like a set of statutes than a real constitution, and changed almost unconsciously how Californians think about politics. With the initiative process, both liberal and conservative causes could be realized. Liberal public employee unions, most notably the California Teachers Association, could lock in high levels of education spending with Proposition 98. Fed-up taxpayers could place limits on property taxes with Prop 13. Californians concerned with illegal immigration could pass Prop 187 (if only later to see it fail in court). And those Californians who saw the injustice of state-sponsored racial preferences could ban them with the California Civil Rights Initiative. But the initiative process, however satisfying it sometimes seems, has also made electoral politics seemingly less important. Whereas other states fight hard to build political majorities, Californians have been happy to elect Democratic legislatures with the occasional Republican governor, leaving anything of import to a vote of the people every two years with a ballot initiative ginned up by a group of concerned or affected citizens. As a practical matter, winning a Republican majority appears to be just not that important, so far, to California’s political and business elites. The result is a state dominated by the Democratic Party and the public employee unions; the highest tax rates in the country; low performing schools; aging infrastructure; and the unenviable distinction of having one out of every three welfare recipients in America living in California. The latter fact, however serious, is not the kind of problem that will rise to the level of a ballot initiative to fix, since the costs are borne by so many people. Because of the state’s enormous wealth and tax base, California can afford this kind of extravagance since all the aforementioned quality of life positives outweigh the public policy negatives. And life is just fine for those Californians who have jobs and are fortunate enough to find themselves in the right parts of an information-based economy. The problem is for those who are not.

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City of Taft Proclaims April Child Abuse Aware- Maricopa Grand Jury Report Released ness Month PURPOSE OF INQUIRY: On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, the Taft City Council proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month during the regular meeting of the Taft City Council. The Kern County Department of Human Services (DHS) joins the Child Welfare League of America, The Kern County Network for Children, and Social Service Agencies across our Nation in calling for the immediate cessation of violence against children in America. A Children’s Memorial Flag Ceremony is planned for Taft on Friday, April 25th at Kern County Fire Station #21, 303 10th Street to remember the thousands of children lost nationwide, and in the last year, to violence. The symbol of this observance will be the presentation and display of the Children’s Memorial Flag. The flag is a simple moving image of a red field depicting blue paperdoll-like figures of children holding hands. In the center, the white chalk outline of a missing child symbolizes the children lost to violence. We use this ceremony to specifically honor those children lost in our community due to abuse or neglect. In 2013, four children lost their lives due to abuse or neglect in Kern County. From 2009- 2013, 38 children died due to abuse and neglect in Kern County. The story is even more disturbing considering that there were 4,073 substantiated abuse victims in Kern County last year, or an average of 11 children each day. During that same time frame 18,329 referrals for suspected abuse were investigated. Our Month of child abuse prevention activities will conclude as we call on Kern County Churches to take time to recognize “Blue Sunday” – a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. Blue Sunday is recognized nationally on the final Sunday in April, this year on April 27th. For more information about Child Abuse

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California’s population has reached almost 40 million people, itself not a bad thing. But there appears to be a sentiment among the state’s policymakers that the population should really be more like 20 million. They have constructed a regulatory state that restricts the economic opportunity necessary for many of those 40 million people to prosper. Indeed, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, environmental priorities--namely, burdensome and overly strict air quality and emissions regulations--have driven out manufacturing of the kind that might sustain such a large working class. Even considering the lower costs of manufacturing abroad, California should have been a competitive place for domestic manufacturing, with such a large population and potential savings from lower transportation costs. But the regulatory burden is such that these jobs have gone to places like Texas and other pro-growth states--as writers like Chuck Devore and William Voegeli have documented so well. Although it may be satisfying to point out California’s shortcomings, it is also worth understanding the implications of such no-growth policies. What does it mean for the nation’s largest state to be unable to provide the kind of jobs that would allow its population to move from working-class to middle-class? Although California has a substantial number of ambitious and creative entrepreneurs, not everyone can be a software developer, screenwriter, lawyer or architect. One need only turn over an iPhone, and see that it was designed in California and made in China, to understand the point. And although no one has a right to a manufacturing job, the kind of wealth that was created by jobs in the aerospace and automobile


Pursuant to Penal Code §925(a) the Cities and Joint Powers Committee (Committee) visited the City of Maricopa (City) on November 14, 2013, to inquire into the operation and management of the City. PROCESS: The Committee met with the City Administrator and Deputy City Clerk. The meeting was held in the City Hall located at 400 California Street, Maricopa, California. The Committee reviewed past reports and researched online to determine facts and background of the City prior to the visit. BACKGROUND/FACTS: The City is located 50 miles Southwest of Bakersfield at Highway 166 and Highway 33. Incorporated in 1911 the population grew to 30,000 between 1917 and 1920. Due to a reduction in oil production, the population slowly decreased and is now 1,245 and the City is less than two square miles in area. A. The City Administrator is employed part-time and has been in the position since June 2011. The Administrator does not live in the City. B. The City has four full-time employees. Only one employee lives in the City. C. The five Members of the City Council meet twice a month and are paid a $50 monthly stipend. D. The City recently hired a part-time grant writer. E. The City Police Department was disbanded in January 2012. The City now contracts with the Kern County Sheriff ’s Office for law enforcement. The City of Taft and California Highway Patrol also provide backup. FINDINGS: F1. The City had a total revenue of $399,971 and expenditures of $249,133 for the fiscal year ending June 2013. F2. A $220,000 grant for park renovation has expired, howeverGrand Jury Maricipa F3. Money is on deposit from the Kern Council of Governments for a safety crosswalk on Highway 166. F4. The City owes citizens $24 per parcel for previous sewer overcharges. Citizens will be compensated by a reduction in property taxes when the sewer fund is solvent. F5. The City does not have an Animal Control Officer but contracts with the City of Taft. An individual is being trained for the position. F6. At the time of the visit the City did not have a Code Compliance Officer. The Municipal Code is out of date. COMMENTS: The Committee would like to thank the City Manager and City Clerk for the cooperation andcourtesy during the visit. The highlight of the visit came at the conclusion when one of theGrand Jury members suggested eating at the Tea Room at Maricopa High School. The Tea Room is operated by high school students majoring in the culinary arts where students prepare and serve the meals. The facility is open to the general public and is an asset to the community. industries, and that allowed working-class Californians in decades past to buy homes and move up the economic ladder, have disappeared or are quickly moving elsewhere. If this conscious limiting of economic opportunity is the trend of modern Progressivism, it would be good for Americans to know that now. For the net result in California is that it has become increasingly a place with a wealthy upper class that has figured out how to prosper in an information-based economy, and a large working-class that provide low cost services and consumer goods to them. That is a trend that that no one would want to see spread across the nation. Of course the bet being made by Progressive politicians is that Californians will continue to pay high taxes and tolerate sub-par services, or simply leave, rather than to demand change. That is a risky bet, albeit one that might pay off. Arguing against it is the California dream--from home ownership to middle class prosperity--that simply cannot be achieved with a welfare check or with entry-level service sector job. How long this denial of economic opportunity will continue is yet to be seen. As one-sided as California is today politically, the failure of liberalism on the national level, described so well in my colleague Charles Kesler’s I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, is bound to have knock-on effects in California. The only question is whether Californians can tear themselves away from the state’s many pleasures and take seriously again the hard work of politics. If not, California’s decline will continue, sunshine and all. Brian T. Kennedy is President of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of the Claremont Review of Books. Mr. Kennedy served as Director of the Institute’s Golden State Center in Sacramento for six years, and his family has lived in California since 1842.

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Alumni Inducted to TUHS Hall of Fame April 26th

By Stephanie House The Taft Union High School Hall of Fame was created to honor those individuals who bring honor and distinction to the school district and to present those models of life success to its students. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of TUHS Board Member Stan Barrett. He presented the idea to his fellow Board Members, a committee was formed to handle the work, and the TUHS Hall of Fame was born. The first Banquet and Induction ceremony was held in 2007. Between 2007 and 2013, there have been 55 distinguished Taft Union High School alumni inducted into the Hall of Fame. 2014 marks the 8th year of the Hall of Fame and five new honorees will be inducted, bringing the total to 60 members. The Taft Union High School Hall of Fame Committee is charged with the task of requesting and accepting inductee nominations, voting on nominees and carrying out the annual banquet. Inductees come recommended in three categories: Achievement: Alumni of Taft Union High School whose distinguished actions have led to outstanding recognition in their chosen fields on a local, national, or international level. Athletics: Alumni of Taft Union High School who have established outstanding records of achievement in their chosen sports which would make them deserving of special recognition. Life Time Recognition: Alumni of Taft Union High School who shall be out of school for at least forty years and whose lives shall have reflected character and distinction. The 2014 Banquet will be held next Saturday, April 26 on the Taft Union High School campus. The evening will begin with a welcome in the hallway of the main building and the festivities will then move to the gymnasium. Tickets to the event are $40 and include a catered dinner. Tickets may be purchased at the Taft Chamber of Commerce, 400 Kern Street. For more information, please contact them at 765-2165. The Hall of Fame committee encourages you to join us for the celebration and is proud to present this year’s inductees:



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Mr. Robert Michael Green Class of 1951 At Taft High Robert lettered in swimming, diving, and football, and was a member of California Student Federation (CSF). He played the trombone in the Taft High Band and Orchestra and was twice selected to the AllCounty Orchestra. Robert was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Taft High at the age of 16 and worked in the Taft oilfields for a year until he was old enough to enter the U.S. Naval Academy where he had received an appointment. He graduated from the Naval Academy with an Electrical Engineering degree and was commissioned into the Air Force and sent to fighter pilot training where he trained in the T-34, T-28, T-33, F-86F, and F-100A. He was then assigned to Etain, France as part of the F-100 Tactical Nuclear Strike Force. He was then assigned to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and while there he completed a Master’s Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. His next tour of duty was at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico as a project scientist. In 1966 Robert was sent to Vietnam where he flew the F-100 in 150 close support missions for ground troupes. He then volunteered for a six month assignment in a top secret unit flying 62 interdiction missions in the F-100 . Upon his completion of duty in Vietnam he had been awarded the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star as well as other decorations. He then was sent to Norton AFB, CA, where he was a design Engineer and Manager on the highly successful FX/F-15. After an assignment to Lakenheath, England as a Squadron Commander, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. After his service years, Robert worked in the civilian Aerospace sector and earned an MBA from Utah State University. He was selected to several positions, such as Project Engineer, Chief Engineer and Program Manager on the F-17 aircraft; the Tacit Rainbow Autonomous Radar-seeking Missile; the MX/Peacekeeper Missile Stage I propulsion and control systems; and the Standard Missile 3 interceptor, to name a few. Mr. Jerry L. Hayes - Class of 1946 Jerry attended schools in Taft from Kindergarten through high school. While at Taft High he was active in sports as a member of the track and the football teams. He was involved in music and student government and served as Student Body President his senior year. Jerry joined DeMolay and served as Master Counselor. He attended Taft Junior College, completed his studies there and moved on to UCLA where he received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950, and graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1951. He furthered his education while in the military receiving additional degrees in Electronic Engineering. He also received special education and training in nuclear weapons electronics. This opened new doors in professional work areas for Jerry. Upon completion of his military obligation, he went on to work in the area of Metrology, the study and analysis of measurement of physical phenomena. Over a period of nearly thirty years, from 1956 to 1983, he worked, supervised, led and managed the U.S. Navy Metrology Engineers Center in Pomona, California. He was responsible for setting technical policies, standards and defining applications for calibration of all test and measurement equipment for all elements of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp. He was instrumental in the development of the Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident Missiles. He created his own consulting firm, Hayes Technology in 1983. During his consulting years he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the National Bureau of Standards on budget and technical proposals. Mr. Terence (Terry) Burke Class of 1955

Terrence’s grammar school years were spent at St. Mary’s School, a two-story building, at the corner of 5th and Woodrow Streets. While at Taft High he learned to apply himself to a project/problem whether it was learning “Rule 1-W” or drawing freehand to scale in Mechanical Drawing. After graduation, he attended Taft College and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1957. At this time he had to stop his schooling and get a job to earn the funds required to finish college. He was fortunate to land a full time job at Honolulu Oil Co. He stated that, “Having worked with a wide range of individuals from engineers to those who had not finished grammar school, I learned that you can learn something from everyone no matter who it is, how much education they have, or what their station in life is, and I have carried that with me to this day.” After one year working at Honolulu Oil he entered his junior year at Long Beach State College, now Long Beach State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. In 1961 he joined the Navy and was sent to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After attaining officer status he was sent to U.S. Underwater Swim School in Key West, Florida. He departed there as a U.S. Navy Diver qualified in SCUBA air, mixed gasses, and as a full suit hard hat diver. From there he went to U.S. Navy EOD school in Indian Head, MD, where he learned to disarm explosive devices. The next two years were spent on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). After reenlisting in the Navy for two more years, Terrence volunteered for duty at U.S. Navy Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon. In Saigon, Vietnam he set up the first permanent EOD Team in the country. His U.S. Navy awards consist of the Navy Commendation Medal (V), 2 Unit Commendations, Vietnam Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal, to name a few. He has worked at Atlantic Research Co. as a senior engineer assigned as program manager. While working at Atlantic Research, Terrence went to George Washington University and graduated with a Master of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Systems Management. He returned to government work and has been Joint Service EOD(Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Program Manager and Deputy Director of the PMS-EOD responsible for the development of EOD systems, equipment, and procedures. He has received The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award and is now a self-employed consultant working at Dynamic Systems Corp. Mr. Dale Kenneth Sechrest Class of 1957 Dale’s father abandoned the family before Dale was born, leaving his mother to raise Dale and his older brother. Dale had a large extended family in Taft who served as role models and a support group for him and his family. Not only was he struck with a family situation, he lost his vision in one eye at the age of eight. He became interested in playing the saxophone while at Roosevelt Elementary School and Lincoln Junior High School

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because of his cousin, Carl Peahl, who graduated from Taft High in 1944, and the tutelage of James Garner, Director of the Music for the Taft City School District. He excelled with the sax and was involved in several combos. He named his own combo the Chrestet. In high school he had a couple of excellent music mentors: his cousin, Larry Peahl, who played piano, and Thomas Stevens, a trumpet player, both members of the Taft High Hall of Fame. Dale joined the Taft DeMolay Chapter and rose to be Master


Counselor. At Taft High he played in the band and orchestra, participated in track and basketball, was Key Club President, French Club Treasurer, and class Vice President his sophomore and senior years. Uncle Sam had no qualms with him joining the Army even with the loss of vision in one eye. He learned Morse Code and was stationed near the Russian border, sending messages to the Navy regarding Russian missile launches. After his discharge, Dale earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from U.C. Berkeley. Dale has practiced, taught, and published in the field of corrections for over 40 years. His work focused on the evaluation of correctional programs, including juvenile diversion, correctional privatization, substance abuse programs, treatment of mentally ill offenders, victim-offender reconciliation programs Mr. Victor L. Killingsworth – Class of 1938 Victor “Vic” Killingsworth attended Conley School in Taft until the third grade,

moved to Ventura, California, and then moved back to Taft in his junior year of high school. He graduated from Taft High in 1938. He attended Taft College, graduating in 1940. From Taft College he attended the University of California at Berkley and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Personnel Administration. He voluntarily enlisted in the Navy which took him to New York, where he attended Officer Candidate School at Columbia University. He was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy and was ordered aboard the USS Sumter, an amphibious transport which made landings at Kawajlain, Saipan, and Tinian. From there he was ordered aboard the USS Artemis as the communication officer and promoted to the rank of Lt. JG. In March of 1944, he was promoted to the rank of Lt., transferred from the Artemis, and assigned to duty with the 11th Naval District in San Francisco. He has published a book about his Navy days titled The Gator Navy. After WWII, Vic worked for Standard Oil for eight months before deciding to purchase a small sporting goods store in Taft. Taft Sporting Goods on the northwest corner of Kern and Sixth Streets was his business for 37 years. During those years he served on different community committees and boards: West Kern Water District, Westside Community Hospital, Westside Little League, Westside Junior Football, and Westside Recreation and Park District. He chaired the committee to save the “Fort” from demolition, and he is the chairman and founder of the project known as the “Oilworker Monument “on the southwest corner of Sixth and Main Streets.


Liberty Under Fire Obituary


April 18 - 24, 2014

Why Does the Federal Government own Nevada? By Harold Pease, Ph. D The most important question with respect to the Bundy Ranch Standoff remains unanswered. Why does the federal government own Nevada? It does not own New York or Virginia or Massachusetts. Cliven Bundy says that the state of Nevada owns the contested land. The Bureau of Land Management clearly considers the property the federal governments, hence the 200 snipers posted on the property and the tasing of the Bundys for resisting when the feds confiscated their cattle. Who is right? But the problem isn’t Nevada’s alone. The percentage of land owned by government exceeds fifty percent in Alaska (98.5), Idaho (63.8), Oregon (52.6), and Utah (63.6). Indeed, the federal government claims to own a third of all the landmass in the United States (Inventory Report on Real Property Owned by the United States Throughout the World, published by the General Services Administration, page 10). Government owns almost half of California (47.5). Basically the federal government did not give western states all their land when they qualified for statehood. States were so excited to get coveted statehood that they went along with the conditions despite the confiscation of, for most in the West, at least a third of their land. States wanting their confiscated land returned, so as to be on equal footing as with 19 sister states who actually own their land, call their long-term bid to do so the Sage Brush Rebellion. Equality between states was established by giving them equal representation in the U.S. Senate, thus the assumption of the Founders was that property would follow. Without it they are not on equal footing and instead may be more servile to the federal government than states that own themselves. This could negatively affect our system of government known as federalism as states collectively serve as a check on federal overreach. This check is impaired when the federal government owns part or most of their land. But this is not the most serious violation of the Constitution. The Founders understood that the size of land holding was proportionally related to the perceived size of the federal government and they intentionally wanted that perception small. The Federal government was permitted to have but 10 square miles for a federal capital. The only other land that they could acquire had to be for military purposes as specified in the common defense clause of the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 which reads: “and to exercise like Authority over all places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock Yards, and other needful Buildings.” Any new acquisition, outside the capital, had (1) to be purchased, (2) have the consent of the State Legislature where the land exists, (3) and be for military purposes. None of these constitutional requirements were met with respect to any of the states cited above although some military bases do exist in most of them. Nor have there been any additional amendments to the Constitution authorizing additional federal ownership of land as required for any additional federal power. Constitutionally there exists no federal land or Bureau of Land Management or even public land. Again, in the case of the Bundys, the land in dispute was not purchased by the federal government, did not receive the consent of the Nevada State Legislature for sale to the feds and is not for military purposes. The fact that the federal government acquired it fraudulently in the first place, or that both political parties have ignored this part of the Constitution for over a hundred years, does not make federal confiscation now constitutional. Constitutionally Bundy has more right to be there than does the Bureau of Land Management. Still, his stand is not practical given our long-term departure from the document and to get back to the Constitution some may do jail time, as have others like

Paulette Jane Maxwell Peggy W Taylor

August 3, 1954-April 17, 2014

One tough cookie…Peggy had just the right mix of sweetness and strength. She didn’t crumble under pressure. She was a fighter who was too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry, but knew it was okay to do both. Peggy was a person who didn’t always ask for support, but had lots of friends and family who would do anything to help. She knew this through and through. Peggy was born May 24, 1922, in Marlette, Michigan, to Martin Tyler Whittaker [Michigan] and Goldie Irena (Brown) Whittaker [Illinois]. When Peggy was two years old, her father moved his family to Eagle Rock, CA, to open a mechanic’s shop. When Peggy was fourteen, her family moved to Bakersfield, CA. She graduated in 1940, from Kern Union High School which is now known as Bakersfield High School. A couple years later, she met the love of her life, James H. Taylor, who was playing baseball at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, CA. They married in 1942. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1989. When WWII began, she went to Chicago, IL, to see her husband off to war. In 1943, she gave birth to their first child, Janie. Peggy was on her own for two and a half years until her husband returned from the war. In 1946, Peggy had their second child, Jo. Barbara was their third and last daughter in 1947. All of her life, Peggy was very loving and giving. Peggy loved her America so much. She was a loyal Patriot who flew Our Country’s flag always. And wore “Her Stripes” on her heart. She had a 50year career with H&R Block. She treated all of her clients as family. During the years following her husband’s death, Peggy travelled and golfed. She loved going to the casino to spend time with her favorite pastime, ‘the slot machine.’ She frequently played cards with her dear friend, Roxye Lytle, her niece Shirley (Whittaker) White, and her recently deceased sister-in-law, ‘Nita’ Juanita Whittaker. Peggy had a strong faith and relied on our Lord to guide her all of her life. Always saying “Put it in God’s Hands”. On April 11, 2013, she became ill and spent her final days in the care of her daughter, Jo and her identical twin granddaughters, Carrie and Christie. A special thanks to her daughter, Jo and her twin granddaughters, Carrie and Christie for all the loving care they provided to ease her struggle from this life to the Lord’s Home. She will be dearly missed by all her family, friends, and clients. Thank you Peggy for being you—a benevolent and generous Mama, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. Only our Lord knows how much she will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in Peace—Sweet Peggy. Peggy’s Sunrise was May 24, 1922, at 8:30 a.m.; her Sunset on April 12, 2014, at 10:13 p.m., with Jo, Carrie, and Christie by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband James H. Taylor, her sister Nancy Maddox, her brothers Albert Whittaker, Ford Whittaker, Gene Whittaker, Joe Whittaker, and Mel Whittaker. Peggy is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Janie and Bob Pelley of Tucson, AZ, Jo and Clarence Flippen of Taft, CA, and Barbara and Mike Boyles of Mill City, OR, her granddaughters and their husbands, Audrie and John Fennema of

On April 17, 2014, our beautiful, courageous, loving, daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, teacher and friend joined her mother and brother in heaven. She battled pancreatic cancer for 11 months. She was pain free and surrounded by her family. Paulette was born in Taft, graduated from CSU Fresno and was a teacher for 30 years, grades one through high school, many as a special education teacher. She loved kids and loved working with them. She enjoyed camping, especially summers at Dinkey Creek. She is survived by her dad, Buddie Petrey, husband Don, daughter Megan, son Andy, 4 sisters, 3 brothers and their families. Services will be Monday April 21, 2014 at First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft, CA at 10:30 a.m. Graveside to follow at Westside Cemetary. Fellowship/lunch after at First Baptist Church. The families would like to thank Optimal Hospice, especially “Kitty,” for their love and caring. Thank you to all the families that have been holding the Maxwell and Petrey Families in prayer. In lieu of flowers, you many contribute to the Taft Branch Kern County Library.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom has never been cheap. Sage Brush Rebellion states now, having someone willing to stand, should seize this moment to remind the federal government that they too want their land back. If they stand together now it is more probable than ever that it will happen. One suggestion for Governor Brian Sandoval of

Nevada is to declare the contested property Nevada’s and have Bundy begin paying Nevada for grazing rights. That would diffuse the standoff between citizen and federal government moving it to the state instead where it belongs, and give strength to the intended objective—getting back to the Constitution.

Tucson, AZ, Carrie (Avila Flippen) Rowland and Stephen Rowland of Taft, CA, and Christie and Jerry C. DeClue of Vacaville, CA, her grandsons Eric Boyles and wife Jill of Salem, OR, and Jason Boyles of Mill City, OR, great-grandsons Jeremy C. DeClue and his girlfriend Jenny Mendoza of Vacaville, CA, and Gregory Fennema of Tucson, AZ, great granddaughters Kieryn and Meghan Boyles of Salem, OR, great-great granddaughters Allie Waller and Trenity Mendoza of Vacaville, CA, and many countless loving relatives and friends all over the world who celebrate Peggy W. Taylor’s life. Peggy and her family want to give a special thank you for the devoted support and assistance from Hoffmann Hospice, the dedicated staff of CBCC, the kindhearted employees of Komoto Medical Pharmacy on Truxtun Avenue, the tenderhearted and encouraging physicians, Dr. Tung Trang, Dr. Giridhar Gorla, Dr. Shawn Shambaugh, Dr. Clement Alade and their compassionate support staff. Pallbearers are Christie DeClue, Jeremy C. DeClue, Jerry C. DeClue, Audrie Fennema, Gregory Fennema, and Carrie (Avila Flippen) Rowland. Honorary Pallbearers are Clarence Flippen and Stephen Rowland. Visitation will be on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Hillcrest Memorial Park (9101 Kern Canyon Rd.) from 6-8 p.m. Peggy’s life will be celebrated at graveside services at 11 am on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery (9101 Kern Canyon Rd.), in Bakersfield, CA. Vocalist Sunny Johnson will sing “Amazing Grace”, “Dream”, and “Mama, Goodbye’s the Saddest Word”. The vocalist will, also, officiate the services. Online messages may be sent to the family by visiting the online guestbook at Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield, CA, “Garden of Memories”, 1502-6.


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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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• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

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

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

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

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations


April 18 - 24, 2014

Black Gold Brewing Company An American Craft Brewery

Try Our Locally Hand Crafted Beers Tool Pusher IPA Midway-Sunset Citrus Pale Ale The Other Woman Blonde Ale 25 Hill Lite Ale Old’s Cool Irish Red Petroleum Highway 33 Porter Coming Soon! Strawberry Blonde Ale Vanilla Porter Sandy Creek Pale Ale

Growlers and Growler ReFills Support Taft & Your Local Craft Brewery 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

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