At approximately 9:20 a.m. Tuesday 17, UPS driver James Jarrett, 60, clipped a rock resulting in a failure of the front passenger tire of his 1997 Honda Civic LS. Jarrett was heading eastbound on SR 178 from Lake Isabella to Mt. Mesa. “There’s no injuries. Solo Occupant solo vehicle,” said CHP Officer C. Dabbs who was first on scene. When asked what the cause and manner of the accident Jarrett had this to say, “ you know it’s hard to say it happened so quick. I come home here every day I’ve never crashed a car up here yet. I got off the road a little bit and the tire clipped a rock and blew the tire.”
Terri Gallion and her new seizure awareness puppy “Wish” attended the Rotary Clubs breakfast at Ewings. Rotary President Richard Rowe started with the agenda addressing meeting items such as their Hawaiian Luau fundraiser and who will be in charge of the bar, and tickets for the Luau on June 5. Afterwards Gallion took the podium and gave an update to the Rotary Club who had helped raise a total of $10,000 to help Gallion find a replacement for Jenna. Gallion had been searching extensively for a replacement K-9 for two and a half years.
The strict water saving measures and conservation rules that Kern Valley residents dealt with last summer may be easing up a bit this year, thanks to improved water conditions throughout many parts of the state.
Christine Jorgensen was born on May 30, 1926 to George Sr. and Florence Jorgensen. She grew up in Bronx, graduated from high school in 1945 and studied the skills of several trades before developing a career as an actress and night club singer.
After outreaching to the public, District Ranger Al Watson (Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest) initiated a glass prohibition for areas around Lake Isabella and the Kern River. The Forest Order defining the glass prohibition went into effect on May 16, 2016. It bans glass food and beverage containers along the Upper Kern, the Lower Kern, all of Isabella Lake’s shorelines (to surrounding roadways), and for a circumference of 500 feet around the Johnsondale Bridge.
The Kernville Union School District held its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, May 10th. The meeting drew more attendees this month, as there were some student presentations and concerns over staff reassignment.
The South Fork Union School District held its monthly board meeting on Thursday, May 12. The Board discussed next school year’s staff changes, LCAP survey results, upcoming events, and honored retiring staff.
There are several different genres of music available at any given time in the Kern River Valley. Among those is one that touches the musical nerves of fans of the classics. To fill that need, the Kern Valley Community Orchestra has been performing at various venues around the valley for the past 25 years. What started as an idea in 1991 by a retired teacher from Bakersfield named Bethany Jones has managed to grow into a full-fledged symphonic quality orchestra. On May 15, the orchestra performed with perfection to a packed house at the Kernville Elementary School cafeteria.
This is the second installment of Frequently Asked Questions that the members of the George & Darlene Randall Skate Park committee hear often. It is hoped that these answers will satisfy those who have asked them.
On May 30, McDonalds will close its doors for the last time in the Kern River Valley. The franchise has been in operation for close to 16 years, it opened its doors in November of 2000.
It was an evening of song and laughter with the arrival of the “Joyzee Gurlz”, an original musical presented by the Kern Valley Sweet Adelines.
The Kern Valley Healthcare District met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4 to discuss new grants, changes in staff, monthly budget, and community events.
Many people ask the same questions of members of the George & Darlene Randall Skate Park committee. In order to provide everyone with information, a weekly post of Frequently Asked Questions will be submitted to the Kern Valley Sun. These are the first two questions:
FYDO- The Fix Your Dog Org- is a group of local volunteers. We hope that someday, every dog and animal in the KRV will have a good home. Each month we transport dogs to low cost spay/neuter clinics in Bakersfield, for low or no cost to our clients.
According to Bill Blanton of the local Salvation Army unit, “We have been meeting at Nelda’s for a monthly prayer breakfast for quite some time now. Because of the changes our country is facing with this next election, we decided to start something else at a larger venue.” Blanton was referring to the gathering he and some others helped facilitate on Thursday, May 5. Coinciding with the 65th annual National Day of Prayer, the group invited the Kern River Valley to participate in the KRV National Day of Prayer.
On June 7, the people of Kern County will be given the opportunity to approve or deny the implementation of a one-eighth cent sales tax on taxable goods in the county that would be used to fund the libraries in Kern County.
On Monday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the KVHS Library, our California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is holding their annual “Signing Party.” We will be honoring all CSF Gold Seal Bearers attending a four-year university or college in the Fall of 2016. Each honoree will share their future plans and “sign” letters of intent for their college. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion.
New bills signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown seek to tighten restrictions on tobacco products and e-cigarettes and curb use among adolescents.
Kern Valley Indian Council will be hosting a Community quarterly meeting at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella May 14 at 11:00 a.m. The guest Speaker will be Phillip Peters, Field Representative for Mick Gleason, First District Supervisor for Kern County. Tracy Strickland, Enrollment Committee Chairman, will be at the meeting to assist members with updating their tribal enrollment applications. Please bring items for the raffle. The Council will provide lunch. Please bring a salad or desert and any gently used clothing and household appliances for giveaway.
Once again, the Lake Isabella Senior Center played host venue to the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Casino Night. The Chamber has been presenting the event to the valley for over twenty years, and this year they combined the Vegas style party with the running of the world famous Kentucky Derby. Over 100 valley residents and their guests came out to enjoy the music, food, raffles and of course, the ‘play’ gambling that have been the staples of the event since it began. This year, a new attraction was added to entertain and enrich the crowd of avid gamblers. “Since we were holding the event this year on April 30, we thought it would be a great idea to incorporate the Kentucky Derby into the mix,” said chairman for the night, Gary Cope. This year’s Derby will be run on May 7, but the group Saturday night got a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the most exciting two minutes in sports.
On May 16, the Cerro Coso Campus in Ridgecrest will be the venue for this year’s Commencement Ceremonies. However, before that, this past Friday, the Kern Valley campus of the Community College held their annual KRV Awards Ceremony to a crowd of faculty, students, staff and professors. Over 80 relatives and friends of the 26 men and women who earned Associates Degrees and Certificates of Completion in eleven areas of study honored that evening, filled the community room on the Kern River Valley campus. “We are here tonight to recognize students, faculty and staff who have put in those late nights, long days, hard work and dedication to get to where they are now,” said outgoing Student Body Government President Paul Goodman.
California Water Service customers in Kernville and Wofford Heights were notified last week about elevated levels of a disinfection by-product in their water. While the levels exceed the standard set by the State Water Resources Control Board, Cal Water representatives said that there is no immediate health risk and residents within the affected areas do not need to drink bottled water as an alternate water supply.
The rows of travel trailers and tents in Frandy Campground gave all the appearances of a typical springtime weekend in Kernville. But last weekend’s campers were not typical; they were special. They were survivors.
There’s an important looking email in your inbox. It is from your bank, and it says that you need to login immediately to make changes to your account because there has been some suspicious activity involving transactions of very large amounts at a business you’ve never heard of.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is drafting Supplemental Environmental Assessment #5 -- Dams and Spillways, which is our final SEA prior to Phase II construction. The Corps is planning public meetings to discuss SEA #5 for June 2016 in Lake Isabella, Kernville and Bakersfield. More details to follow.
On Monday, April 2, local Kern Valley resident Raymond Tenorio, 32, had another jury trial. Tenorio was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of his former roommate Kirk Haag, 48, in the 1700 block of Curran Avenue on April 24, 2015, Tenorio beat Haag to death for molesting his daughter.
On Saturday, April 16 at approximately 12:52 p.m. there was a fatal collision involving three cars on S.R. 155 just south of Hungry Gulch Rd.
The Kern County Board of Supervisors met in Havilah on April 19th to commemorate the County’s 150th anniversary. Remarks and resolutions were provided to Kern County on behalf of Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and David Valadeo, Senator Jean Fuller, and the neighboring counties of Inyo, Tulare, and Los Angeles.
It can happen to almost anyone at any time. Despite most of us knowing the very real and frequent dangers, we take very little precautions, either because we believe that we are somehow immune or because we accept it as being inevitable. Computers and malware go together like bread and mold.
An award ceremony for Teacher of the Year was held on the evening of Wednesday, April 20 at the Masonic Lodge in Kernville recognizing Matt Higgins, Tammy Howard, and Annette Thomey for going above and beyond in their teaching and providing the youth of our valley the potential to expand their horizons utilizing the knowledge made readily available to them through the devoted work of these wonderful teachers.
Eight a.m. Sunday morning, a group of runners prepared to run a race to win “The Growler Cup” trophy to keep until next year's race. This has been a tradition in the Kern River Valley for around six to seven years and is produced by a local organization that organizes races ran for prizes called “Run 4 a Way.”
We have all suffered the negativity of our water levels, or lack of, so it was a blessing when I opened Saturday’s edition of the Bakersfield Californian and saw “Kern River Valley economy rises with the river.” Steven Mayer wrote a wonderful up-beat article about rafting and our rising river and lake levels. I met up with him at the 150 Year Anniversary Bash event in Bakersfield and he told me at that time that he was working on a series of articles to encourage tourism to the Kern River Valley and let people know we are definitely open for business. I look forward to his next piece if this one was any indication. Check out the links: Main story: http://www.bakersfield.com/News/2016/04/23/Kern-River-Valley-economy-rises-with-the-river.html and a first person experience: http://goo.gl/jS2mJk
April 21, 2016 – After identifying numerous dead trees in the Trail of 100 Giants, Forest officials were forced to close the trail in September, 2015 to protect the public. This popular interpretive trail is located in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest.
The Kern community foundation Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund
Are you interested in a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)? Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant course this summer in the Kern River Valley that can help you develop the skills necessary to pass the state-mandated test to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.
Last year a local of Lake Isabella, Raymond Tenorio, 32, beat another man to death after discovering the man had molested his daughter.
On April 21, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project (SWP) water allocation increased from 45 to 60 percent of contracted amounts.
During the months of March and April, students across eastern Kern County, have been treated to a “hands on” program in Fire and Safety lessons.
On Friday, April 22, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove attended and spoke at the opening of a kiosk in Bakersfield that will allow community members to drop off their leftover prescription drugs.
Phase Ill Real Estate Easement Acquisition of Borel Canal at Isabella Lake Auxiliary Dam without Replacement The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Sacramento District, has conducted environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. This Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) is tiered to the Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The SEA focuses on the effects of acquiring an easement from Southern California Edison. This easement is solely within property owned and managed by the Corps.
GIVE BIG KERN Flash Mob Sidewalk Chalk Art Rally in Kernville.
On Monday, April 25, KVHD had a wine and chocolate mixer open to the public in order to inform them of certain steps that they are taking in order to better serve the community and to keep the hospital up to code compliance. Certain areas of the hospital must be able to withstand an 8.0 Earthquake by 2030.
For 150 years, Kern County has been a part of California’s history. To commemorate that anniversary the Kern County Board of Trade presented a birthday bash, Saturday April 16th. The venue for the event was the 16 acre Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield. “We have 134 vendors and exhibitors from all over the county who have come out to showcase the history of their particular areas,” said Steve Gabbitas of the Kern County Board of Trade. “I am very happy with the turn out today. In fact, it’s even better than I expected”, Gabbitas said.
Trees, along with water, form the foundation of life on planet Earth. They are an essential element in any food chain, recycle carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and even provide shade to rest under during those hot summer days.
On Monday, April 11 The Bakersfield Californian’s Ask TBC section was asked about water that had been flowing freely by Stockdale Highway. The Californian stated that the water flowing along the bike path, west of Stockdale Highway, was flowing “due to unstorable water condition within Lake Isabella,” and then vaguely explained what that meant. Due to this answer, the Kern Valley Sun has received calls asking for us to clarify the meaning of “unstorable water condition within Lake Isabella.” The KV Sun contacted John W. Ryan, the superintendent of the City of Bakersfield’s Water Resources Department for further clarification.
You’ve probably heard by now that you need to use strong and unique passwords. A password needs to be 8 characters long and include at least one uppercase letter and number, and sometimes a special character such as punctuation as well.
The U.S Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), which advises the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety regulations and other major boating safety matters.
On Friday, April 15 approximately a half an acre of BLM land was burned after a CALTrans mower caught a rock and sparked a fire on the North side of Highway 178 across from the Onyx Emporium. According to Nate Perkins with the Kern County Fire Department, CALTrans assisted fire fighters in containing the fire.
The have been numerous reports and complaints about phone calls where the caller falsely claims to be in any given position of authority, such as the FBI or IRS in an attempt to trick people into giving away credit card numbers or other sensitive information.
El Niño storms this year have provided a welcome departure from previous years of devastating drought. Unfortunately what has remained consistent are regulatory decisions that release more water flow out to the Pacific Ocean. It is the duty of our state’s leaders to pursue every possible avenue of relief for our struggling communities to get the water we desperately need. For years now, California Republicans have offered serious proposals that have passed the House. Unfortunately each time our Senators failed to meet the moment. I am hopeful this time will be different.