We have all heard of instances where a building project came to a screeching halt because of a 12” high, 20” long, five-pound animal called the San Joaquin Kit Fox. These relatively tiny creatures inhabit just about every area within the Kern County borders, and they stay here for their entire lifetime of seven years. Even though they are very active on the reproducing side of things, they only number just over 7,000 in all of these areas combined. Because of their status of being an endangered species, they pretty much have carte blanch as to where they can construct their burrows and call home. We, on the other hand, have to yield to their territories and tread cautiously as far as building structures, freeway and roads projects, and even where we drive. Disturbing one of these dens and consequentially displacing a family of these adorable foxes will result in a fine and possibly even jail time in one of our already overcrowded criminal hotels.
National School Backpack Awareness Day is an annual event held on the third Wednesday of every September when therapists and educators arrange sessions to stress the serious health effects that improperly worn backpacks can present.
On Feb. 23, 1954 a group of school children from Arsenal Elementary in Pittsburgh, Penn were the first to receive injections of a new polio vaccine.
California Needs a Simpler Gas Tax, Not a Higher One
As I try to roll from my side I am awakened most abruptly as pain shoots throughout my bod from tip to root like a lightning rod through a tree. The day of last was spent for the better part stacking wood but my morning routine of exercise made easy work of the long day, yet on this day I have found soreness in places I did not know existed. As I see the hour is four, I am relieved for the half hour to rest and stretch out my bod before the clock alarms. It will be another long work day for me, for when it is your Friday it is my Monday, and at this moment I am not particularly thrilled. In hopes that a good stretch and a hot cup of coffee will soothe my aching bones, I make way to the kitchen.
Here we are, just 49 days into the year and 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the scandal. We started with the allegations by what is now 23 women, that comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them in one degree or another. TV’s model father, number one funny man for years and America’s favorite Spy has been put under the microscope by none other than Gloria Allred and has been in the news every day for 49 days.
Attorney General Harris Unveils Bureau of Children’s Justice
I am very suddenly awake as I realize the television is on and playing country music videos. I roll from the middle of my empty bed to see the hour is just three, and reach to set the clock for an hour more. As I cover myself once again my thoughts weigh heavy on the day of last and I realize any more sleep would just be fantasy.
Friday is the beginning of the Whiskey Flat Days weekend. Not really news right? Sure, but did you also consider that Friday is the day when thousands of visitors will be coming to our valley to have a good time? These visitors, from faraway places, are going to need to eat, our restaurants will help them with that, they will need to spend their time in an exciting, Disneyland sort of way, all of the festivities will fill that bill quite nicely, and they will then need to sleep somewhere, and our motels, lodges and campgrounds will help take care of that.
Funeral Directors are strong people. They work day after day with families in crisis, blocking the emotional and psychological impact of these crisis' from affecting their own struggles in life. Every once in a while, however, a particular family will reach into the depths of your soul and rip your heart in two.
The month of February is more than just Valentine’s Day, Ground Hog Day and National Tooth Fairy Day. Along with these holidays, there are days set aside for single people to celebrate the fact that they are unattached, they have the opportunity to come together and talk about why they are not coupled up like those who just one day before, celebrated their unending love for each other. On Feb. 15, these single people can find consolation in websites like a dating site, and the prospect that on Feb 22, they can celebrate Love Your Pet Day.
The death of a loved one is an experience unto its own. It is impossible to gauge how individuals within the family circle will react to their new reality of life without the decedent by their side. One might witness age-old rivalries, control struggles, jealousies or even aloofness surface between those within this intimate experience. Siblings may pit against each other, rather than draw upon each other’s strengths, to overcome the wretched pain and sadness brought on by death.
This week in history Panamanian dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega and 16 of his associates were indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges under United States law on Feb. 5, 1988.
It has been an unusually long night and morn, for no matter how many times I seek out the hour, the numbers barely give change. I know the distraction in my life right now is here for a purpose, and for it, I am thankful beyond words, but I remind myself I have to be practical about many things. As I lie in bed quietly, almost impatiently, I bring myself to the realization that I will have no cause for decision about moving until at least after the day of next, and ask God once again to let that be enough for me. The hour is barely three, and though my eyes burn with tired dryness, the desire for coffee supercedes all others, and I am awake.
The O’Cains of Wofford Heights rescued Roxie just in the nick of time. She was scheduled to be sent down the hill to Bakersfield, and most likely euthanized. The O’Cains had resolved to not have another dog after having to have their 14 year old pit bull mix put to sleep in recent months. But a visit to the shelter on a non-adoption matter found their heart stolen by Roxie, guess you could say, she picked them. After returning home they couldn’t get Roxie out of their thoughts so within 30 minutes of the shelter closing for the day they made a bee line to adopt her. Roxie settled in to her family very quickly and the “Not another Dog” resolution was short lived. Ruby said, “my gosh, for just $20 we got a great dog , spayed and micro chipped.” It was pretty obvious Roxie is one lucky and doted on dog, and the O’Cains receive a lot of love and devotion from Roxie in return.
“Kern County Grand Jury’s Open House - An Opportunity To Serve”
As I turn in my bed, consciousness slowly being aroused by the silence in the room, I dread to open my eyes no matter the hour. I am awake, but regardless of being my day off, I do not wish to open my eyes. There is no alarm on this morn, and I can feel that it is beyond my usual time to wake, but I can find no desire to move. I have a wonderful dream that is so clear in my mind that I play it out with an ending that is consciously my own, and it is beautiful. Finally, I look to see the hour. It is five and a half. Thankful for the images still playing in my head like a good movie, I make way for coffee. I empty the basket of grounds and run the almost full pot back through the machine. My first cup is soothing and goes down quickly.
State Water Project Allocation Increases to 15 Percent
Adapting material from the bright lights of Broadway to the Silver screen is a risky proposition. Sometimes key ingredients get lost in the translation. Other times the transition is achieved masterfully. Thankfully for those who have been eagerly anticipating the feature film adaptation of James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Into the Woods—directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) & starring Meryl Streep (The Giver), James Corden (Begin Again), Emily (Edge of Tomorrow), Anna Kendrick (Cake), Daniel Huttlestone (Les Misérables), Lilla Crawford (Into the Woods), & Johnny Depp (Transcendence)—Into the Woods falls into the latter category.
There are virtually hundreds of diet plans, people across America are following. They have names like ‘The Virgin Diet,’ ‘AARP American Diet,’ and ‘The African-American Diet Plan,’ which uses food dating back to 1619! In our desperate attempt to lose weight we have even traversed time with diets, like ‘The Mediterranean Diet Plan,’which uses food from the area around the Mediterranean Sea that people ate in the 16th Century. Going even further back in time, ‘The Medieval Diet,’ has its dieters eating food from recipes of the fifth thru 15th century England. To some, these may seem like extremes, but according to various internet sites, they do produce favorable effects. Whatever works, right?
I have often enjoyed playing with words, noting how they evoke emotional response from us, some pleasing, others negative, and still others neutral. Among my “feel-good” words are: kitten and cats, chocolate, clouds, sweety, and of course, “thank you,” plus many, many more.
Last week on Wofford Heights Blvd., I witnessed a man just sitting in his vehicle in the middle of the street, unconscious. I was about the third or fourth car to stop at the scene.
Well Father, today is the day I give my beloved to you. I am brought out of a deep sleep by the sounding of the alarm, and this day’s journey begins. As I make way for coffee I am at peace. I have given this day to you Father, and I am relaxed about the events that will unfold today. While sitting on my porch I think about the pictures I have collected for presentation, and I am full of pride. There are many pictures I find myself unable to stop looking at, for they bring back great memories of our passion for each other. Today will be a beautiful day, and Father I give my trust, heart, and soul to you to see me through it with your grace and compassion. I trust you completely Father. You have the wheel of my chariot. In Jesus name, I thank you, Amen
On January 23, 1855 an American Legend was born. John Moses Browning, ‘the father of modern firearms,” was born in Ogden, Utah. Browning was the designer of most modern day firing mechanisms. Browning began making firearms early in his life, at the age of 14 he assembled a slide rifle out of spare parts to give to his brother for his birthday, nine years later he would begin working on his first single shot rifle. Once done, Browning filed for a patent on his single shot rifle on May 12, 1879 and later that year on Oct. 7 he would be granted the patent, this would later become the Winchester Model 1885.
In a follow up of last month’s article titled “The Night Sky is Calling” the KRV Astronomy discussed the issue of dark skies, its rarity in the United States, and its draw for tourism. We meet once a month at the KV Museum at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will be on January 15th. We have lively discussions about astronomy related subjects, watch outstanding DVD’s about space, repair, adjust, and clean telescopes, and do a variety of other activities. We are very informal and we like to have visitors.
America Stands With France in the Face of Terrorism
The actions taken by the terrorist in last week’s killings of over 20 people in Paris have prompted a worldwide debate on the freedom of speech. Freedom to publish works that condemn the acts of others and even debase their beliefs. Freedom to stand up and say what is on their mind is at the center of these conversations. On one side you have a magazine, that since it began in the 1960’s has been a controversial one to say the least. Their brand of satire was over the top, over the line and more often than not bordered on offensive, even for French standards. The cartoons and editorials were no holds barred against just about every group, religion and political affiliation in Europe and in the United States.
On January 13, 1128 Pope Honorius II granted a Papal Sanction to the Order of the Knights Templar. This Military organization was declared an army of God on this day, however they were established ten years prior in 1118 under the name, “the Poor Knights of the Temple of King Solomon.” Founded by Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Poor Knights made it their mission to protect Catholic pilgrims when they journeyed to the holy land. They also made it their duty to fight off the threat that Palestinian Muslims posed to the Holy Land.
Feelings of emancipation at the death of an abusive or long-suffering loved one are normal and are not cause for alarm. Unfortunately, others often judge a survivor, who displays emancipation, as non-caring or non-loving. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Physical therapists and occupational therapists devote much of their working time to instructing patients in exercise routines which they can customize to fit the patient’s level of tolerance, designed for the patient’s area affected by injury or illness.
The night of last was glorious by all measures, but on this morn I have been greatly deceived. As I awake to make note of the hour, it reads two and fifty five minutes. Having had pleasant dreams, at last, to accompany my morn, I decide to get up.
The Kern Valley Healthcare District’s Rural Health Clinic has undergone a number of changes recently. And they are all with a single focus: to improve the health of Kern Valley residents.
Why this intense obsession with monsters? Bigfoot, Loch Ness ‘Nessie,” the Jersey Devil, Yeti, and aliens.
Can you believe it is 2015? Wow! Happy New Year to you all and may this year bring prosperity and a very wet season.
Happy New Year Kern River Valley!
The holidays are over and everyone has gone home. If you have lost a loved one during the holidays, you may suddenly find yourself all alone. Friends and family are now busy getting back into their usual routines of school, work and children, yet your usual routine has been forever changed.
The hour is just past three. As I lie in my empty bed, I steal as much comfort as I can from my covers. Just before the clock alarms, I leave my brief comfort behind as I turn it off and make way for coffee without looking back. As I stand on my porch I look for something to fill my head. I find no comfort in the stars on this morn, though they shine brightly in the sky.
Years ago, we referred to the unmarried daughter who devoted her life to caring for her elderly parents as their “caretaker.”
Tucked away on Tomales Rd. in the backwoods of Petaluma California, about 20 miles from Dillon Beach is a military base that would go virtually unnoticed by most people. It is the Coast Guard’s largest west coast training center and turns out the latest cooks, medics, storekeepers, yeoman, information and electronics techs, and operation specialists in the entire US Coast Guard.
As we approach the New Year, we often reflect upon the past one, looking for habits, thought processes, traditions, etc., upon which we might improve. If you have suffered a significant loss over the past year, you may not be looking forward to the New Year nor its festivities. You may not think the New Year holds anything for your life without your loved one by your side.
The hour is three and a half as the clock alarms me from my slumber. My bod is stiff and my arms are asleep, tingling and numb as I reach to turn it off with some difficulty. The day of last brought many tough workouts throughout the day to burn off excess emotion, leaving myself burnt to exhaustion, but on this morn I am in a good place. I retreat to my old sanctuary on the deck, knowing the bear has gone now for the winter, and am treated with a disgusting surprise. I thought I had faintly smelled it in the house, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Now it is clear, for I open the door to the unmistakable stench of skunk.