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  • October 16-22, 2009 Volume 4 Issue

    FREEWeeklyThe Taft

    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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    Taft Community Gardens Plants for the Future

    Tafts Only Locally Owned Newspaper!

    Opal Smith Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

    MK Gas Satation Reopens In New Cuyama

    AVID Kinds Help Out At Chamber Mardi Gras

    visit our Faster, Easy to Navigate website and Videos At 15,000 Visits This Month and Growing!!!

    Where Does Tafts Water Come From?While California Suffers From The DroughtWest Kern Water District KeepsThe Water Flowing

    Water Banking: West Kern Water District Chairman Stephen Steinhoffer and Gary Hamilton Regulatory Administrator

    The Flu Makes its Way to the Westside.

    by Michael Long

  • 2 TAFT INDEPENDENT October 16-22, 2009





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    Childrens Clothing and AccessoriesInfant Wear to Girls and Boys Sizes 2T-14

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  • October 16-22, 2009 TAFT INDEPENDENT 3


    News Briefs......................3

    Westside Watcher...........4

    Taft Society......................5

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


    Westside Horoscopes.....9

    Classified Ads................10

    Inside Community Events

    The Taft Independent

    210 6th StreetP.O. Box 268

    Taft, California 93268(661) 765-6550

    Fax (661) 765-6556

    Email: [email protected]


    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 3,250 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 cop-ies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Inde-pendent are copyrighted by the Taft Indepen-dent, 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 mail de-livery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To sub-scribe 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 in-clude your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: [email protected]

    ADVERTISING.Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representa-tive at (661) 765-6550.Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Mas-ter Card accepted.

    Publisher and Editor-in-ChiefMichael J. Long

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    Layout & DesignIndependent Graphics

    Printing Castle Print and Publication

    Contributing Writers Kayleigh ONeal, Nikki Krisher

    Justina Washington Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch, Charlie

    Advertising SalesJessica Wallis

    Circulation ManagerJobe Edgar

    Member California NewspaperPublishers Association Printed in California

    News BriefsTaft California

    Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument TUHS Class of 1999 Reunion Friday, October 16th

    Join the TUHS Class of 1999 for Food, Fun & Fellowship at the 10 year reunion held this weekend! Friday, October 16th Tailgate Party at The Fort at 6pm followed by the football game. Saturday, October 17th, Main Event, Reunion Dinner and Dance at The Fort. Cocktail Hour at 6pm and Diner at 7pm. Purchase tickets at the door $35 each.

    The West Kern Oil Museum Boom Town Days and BBQ October 17th

    The West Kern Oil Museum will be holding their annual Boom Town Days and BBQ on October 17th from 9:00am-3:00pm at The Oil Museum located at 1168 Wood Street. Admission is Free and a BBQ lunch will be available at 11:30 am for $10. Music by Forever Surf Small Gas Engine Show and arrowhead making demo. For more info contact the Museum at 765-6664

    Taft Community Blood Bank Tuesday October 27

    Dont miss the Taft Community Blood Drive to be held on Tuesday, October 27th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Taft Chamber of Commerce! Bring two friends! Help us save more lives!

    Sit N Sip Breakfast at Jos Wednesday, October 28th

    Join the Chamber for their monthly breakfast Sit N Sip at Jos Restaurant at 9am on October 28th with Guest Speaker, Representative from Workers Compensation Defense Team From Modesto, Ca. The Workers Compensation speaker will be their to discuss the subject of How big is your iceberg, hidden costs of WC. Breakfast is $10 per person.

    Heritage Park Fall Sale November 4th and 5th

    Come in and take a look! November 4th and 5th from 10am to 7pm at Heritage Park. Bakery goods, candy, art work, knit work, flower arrangments, paper backs, and more. A wide variety of goodies. Set up in the rec. room at 201 8th Street between Kern and Center.


    Tuesday October 20th, 2009 7:00 p.m.





    Wednesday 8 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. 8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.

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    6 different specials served dailyDelivery available with charge.

    West Side Recreation and Park District Purchases Land for New Recreation Center

    The West Side Recreation and Park District has just closed a deal on nearly 2 acres of land located behind O.T.s Restaurant and the park district headquarters that will house its new $3 million dollar recreation facility. District Director Don Koenig said that the district had purchased the land form the Moose Lodge at a cost of $55,000 to build a new recreation center to replace the facility that burned down in a fire in downtown Taft. The Lodge saw the facility as a real need for the community and decided to sell it to us, said Koenig who also said it took nearly two years to complete the deal. Koenig said the new facility will house a high school sized gym with a basketball court, a fitness area and possibly a preschool center. Koenig also said he hopes to have enough funding for a second floor 1/8 mile indoor track, and possible a bowling facility. The public told us that they would like to have a bowling alley, Koenig said. It may be a hybrid bowling, if we can afford it, where players would use a bowling ball but instead of pins, an electric scoring device would be used. Koenig said that the old recreation facility was used by several hundred people a day. He expects the new facility to attract just as many if not more. As for the preschool center, Koenig said that he would like to put a senior center were the preschool is now in the existing recreation center, and move the preschool program to the new gym. There is a lot of demand for a senior facility in Taft, Koenig said.

    Westside Recreation and Park District Director Don Koenig stands on the new 2 aces site purchased by the district to build a new recreation center that would replace the old facility that was destroyed in a fire in 2007. The land is located behind O.T.s Restaurant and the Moose Lodge adjacent to the existing Recreation District office on Cascade Place.

    Due to an overwhelming response from the community, Public Health has successfully distributed its initial supply of H1N1 Flu Nasal Mist vaccine at the 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave location. Kern County residents are reminded that 11 district offices throughout Kern continue to offer H1N1 Nasal Mist Flu vaccine at this time. The Bakersfield H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic will resume when additional doses arrive.

    Dr. Jonah, Kern County Public Health Officer states, Public Health District Offices located throughout Kern County wi

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