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KRVR Monthly Meetings - 2008/01/10 14:13 KRVR Monthly Meetings(used to be called KRVR Steering Committee Meetings) are OPEN to any community minded individual that has an interest in strengthening the local economy while maintaining the wholesome quality of life which the Kern River Valley now enjoys. Those who attend varies from meeting to meeting, depending on the issues on the agenda for each meeting.

Check the AGENDAS & MINUTES posted in this forum to get an idea of what a KRVR Meeting is like.

KRVR Meetings are held 9:00 to 11:30AM on the
1st Wednesday of every month (mostly).

Starting February 2008, the KRVR Meetings have moved to the Kernville Community Center, next to the Kernville Chamber of Commerce office, off Sierra Way at Kernville Road in Kernville.

WHEN: Upcoming KRVR Meetings:
    9:00 AM Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - Kernville Community Center
    9:00 AM Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - Kernville Community Center
    9:00 AM Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - Kernville Community Center
    9:00 AM Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - Kernville Community Center
    9:00 AM Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - Kernville Community Center

WHERE:
Kernville Community Center, next to the Kernville Chamber of Commerce office, off Sierra Way at Kernville Road in Kernville.
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Kern Valley Sun 1-14-09: KRV REVITALIZATION UPDATE - 2009/01/17 15:27 SOURCE: http://www.kvsun.com/articles/2009/01/17/news/doc496e08f341d9e371101243.txt
KRV REVITALIZATION UPDATE
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Kern Valley Sun

Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held their monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 7, to discuss local current events and topics. KRVR is a collaboration of local agencies, business owners, and concerned citizens working to facilitate the social, natural, and financial health of the KRV for this and future generations. Everyone in the Kern Valley is invited to come share their ideas at the Community meetings, as everyone who lives here is a stakeholder in our community’s future.

TUBATULABAL TRIBE SEEKS FEDERAL RECOGNITION

Tubatulabal tribal member Josie Peterson
spoke about the tribe’s current activities and work to re-gain the federal tribal recognition of the local Tubatulabal people, which was lost more than 50 years ago when their 10-year Indian Reorganization Act election was not held as required by Federal law. The committee that is working on re-establishing tribal status sent a Letter of Intent in October to the Office of Federal Recognition (OFR), a division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Once the OFR has acknowledged the request, the tribe will have 30 days to submit all of the necessary historic paperwork in order to move to the next step. They have information starting in the 1700s, and ask anyone who has any records regarding the Tubatulabal, such as applications from Indian ancestors, to come forward with copies to submit. The committee is also working with Indian Health Services on allotments, and is currently determining if ½ or ¼ will be the required blood level for official tribal membership.

In the meantime, the Tubatulabal leaders are in the process of setting up their own tribal government to provide services to children and health care to all, since local Indians currently have to drive to Lone pine for medical care. They have also instituted a Pakanapul language program, so that the oral Tubatulabal legacy is not lost with the next generation. The language program has been in place for five years, and occurs on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Nuui Cunni Cultural Center. On the four Indian allotments, Miranda, Weldon, White Blanket, and Piute, currently held in trust by Tubatulabal families, tribal leaders have been doing water and septic system improvement projects. Also, the tribe has recently received an Environmental Justice grant, which they will use to create a map of all culturally sensitive areas in Kern County so that developers cannot build there without an extensive survey beforehand.

To learn more about the efforts of the Tubatulabal, call the Nuui Cunni center at 379-4590.

BOB POWERS GATEWAY PRESERVE UPDATE

Tom Anderson, President of the KRV Heritage Foundation (KRVHF), gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining the history, accomplishments, and future of the Bob Powers Gateway Preserve, located at the intersection of Hwy. 178 and Hwy. 155. The 18-acre facility is a wetlands site which has been owned by the KRVHF since May, 2001.

The preserve project is a private/public collaboration that was initiated in 1997 through the Lake Isabella Chamber of Commerce when a group of community leaders devised the idea for a nature preserve in honor of Bob Powers, who devoted many years to recording the rich history of the Kern River Valley. The idea has always been to develop the land environmentally rather than economically, and it soon became clear that the Chamber was not the right entity to develop the preserve, and so the KRVHF was born in May, 2000, in order to further the vision of the Bob Powers Gateway Preserve. “We want this to become the jewel of Lake Isabella much like Circle Park is in Kernville,” said Anderson.

Thus far, the KRVHF has done some work to the land as money has become available. They have planted trees, built a log fence, and constructed one of two planned berms, which includes an inline water control structure and island habitat safe haven to provide a variety of water depths to create habitat for various species. Since it was constructed a year ago, the first berm is already teeming with wildlife. Their next step is to construct the upstream berm and well, and they have already begun the planning process. Last month, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy approved a grant for strategic planning for the Preserve, but a week later rescinded the grant offer as all SNC funds were frozen due to the state budget crisis.

The KRVHF is in need of funds to keep the Bob Powers Preserve project moving forward. Eventually, the foundation intends to build a visitor/nature/interpretive center, nature trails, and a KRV Chamber of Commerce office. To make a tax-free donation to the KRVHF, send a check payable to Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation to P.O. Box 1249, Lake Isabella, CA 93240, or call 379-3379 for more information.

BACKYARD BIRD COUNT FEB. 13-16

Alison Sheehey, Outreach Coordinator for Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve (KRP)http://kern.audubon.org, said that the preserve had also been hit with the SNC grant freeze, as the Conservancy is not paying on the bills submitted against a grant the KRP had received early in 2008 for the planning of a visitor’s center, but Sheehey assured the group that the work on the new visitor’s center has not ceased with the funding and she is currently creating a mission statement and vision for the facility.

Sheehey also informed the group that the KRP has adopted a stretch of highway on Sierra way, so anyone willing to help clean up the valley should contact her. She also announced that an anonymous donor gave 32 pairs of child-friendly binoculars to the KRP, so bring your kids to the preserve for a nature hike!

National Audubon will be holding its annual backyard bird count on President’s Day weekend, and all are welcome to participate. All you have to do is count the birds in your yard and upload the data to the National Audubon website. For more information, contact Alison at 378-2029.
    Great Backyard Bird Counthttp://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/


MCQUISTON TO HOLD COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING

Kern County Supervisor Jon McQuiston will be holding a community meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall in Kernville to hear ideas for road-related projects in the Kern Valley. All community members are encouraged to attend and let McQuiston know which road projects you would like to see completed in 2009.

LIVING GREEN IN KRV FESTIVAL SET FOR MARCH

Richard Rowe gave an update on his planning efforts for the Living Green Festival, a free “Green Festival” for the KRV with events taking place March 27-30 throughout the valley including tours, demonstrations, workshops, a Green Film Festival, vendor expo, a native plant sale, lots of giveaways, children’s activities, and more throughout the four-day event. The purpose of the event is to get Kern Valley residents thinking about small changes they can make in their lives to save money and help the planet, while enjoying a new festival in the KRV. Organizers of the festival are currently seeking donations, and have already gotten approximately half of their budget in monetary and in-kind contributions. For more information on how to get involved or donate, visit the Living Green section of the KRVR website at www.krvr.org.

211 NEW RESOURCE HOTLINE

Kate DeVries encouraged everyone to let others know about the free hotline at 211, which is for people being hit with economic difficulties to learn about how and where to get services and which resources are available in one’s area.
    211 Kern County website: http://www.capk.org/211.htm

KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. at the Kernville Chamber Building. For more information, visit www.krvr.org.
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Kern Valley Sun 4-7-09: KRV Revitalization April 2009 update - 2009/04/12 08:01 SOURCE: http://www.kvsun.com/articles/2009/04/11/news/doc49db9f8f127ed905936398.txt
Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 10:19 PM PDT
KRV Revitalization April update
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Sun

Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held their monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, April 1, to discuss local current events and topics. KRVR is a collaboration of local agencies, business owners, and concerned citizens working to facilitate the social, natural, and financial health of the KRV for this and future generations. Everyone in the Kern Valley is invited to come share their ideas at the Community meetings, as everyone who lives here is a stakeholder in our community’s future.

KUSD Schools in Trouble

Nancy Puckett gave a disturbing overview of how the recent state-wide public education budget cuts are affecting our local schools. The Kernville Union School District (KUSD) administers both Kernville Elementary and Woodrow Wallace Elementary and Middle Schools, and its board of directors has been working with the schools to save money wherever possible and were pleased last year to have a budget surplus of $174,181 coming into the new school year.

Unfortunately, increased expenses of $247,759, along with additional budget cuts at the state level will create a possible deficit of over $1 million over a two year period. The largest reduction in revenue is the Average Daily Attendance funding of $556 per student that the state has enacted, which makes it more important than ever for every enrolled student to strive for perfect attendance. “If the kids aren’t in their seats, we don’t get a dime,” explained Puckett.

To ensure that the schools remain functioning and the students receive a quality education, KUSD has made many creative cuts to its budget, which they hope are temporary. For example, Woodrow Wallace Elementary and Middle Schools will be sharing a Principal and Dean, some teachers have voluntarily taken retirement, Speech Therapy has been reduced, and more. Perhaps the most disturbing of cuts in terms of student enrichment is the elimination of the music program. The schools will also not purchase any new textbooks or equipment, will only do the maintenance that is absolutely necessary, and PE will be taught by the regular ed teachers in the 4-5 grade.

The best way to combat the cuts and maintain the high quality of education that our local students receive is for the community to get involved through volunteer programs, donations, and creative fundraising. “Parents and other community leaders need to get involved to make up for the temporary shortcomings that are happening in our schools right now,” commented KRVR board member Kris Cardoza.

To find out how you can help, contact Woodrow Wallace at 376-2621 or Kernville Elementary at 376-2249.

Affordable Housing for Seniors Being Contemplated

Stephen Pelz, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Kern (HACK), gave a brief overview of the history of the agency and their proposed plans for affordable senior housing in the Kern Valley. HACK was established in the late 1930s to provide low income housing for the multitudes of people that migrated to California during the Great Depression. In the 1940s-50s, HACK built 900 units in Kern County with federal funding, most of which still exist to this day. In the 1980s, the federal government ended their funding for affordable housing, but the decade before the USDA began their Rural Development program to provide low-cost housing for rural families and farm laborers by providing low-interest loans to developers to build such communities. Also in the 1970s Section 8 began, which is a voucher program which provides rental assistance to low income individuals and families for existing structures. There are currently 3,300 people participating in Section 8 in our county to this day.

HACK currently manages over 1700 units of affordable housing in Kern County, and is proposing to develop affordable housing for the elderly through Section 202, in which HUD provides direct federal grant money for that purpose. HACK has done a study on the Kern Valley need for such a development and has found that at least 108 units would be needed by seniors who qualify for the program; those who earn 30-60% of our county’s median income. The agency plans to build one bedroom, 600 sq ft cottage-style houses in either Lake Isabella or Mt Mesa, which would be visually pleasing and functional. “We would build something that fits the mountain theme,” Pelz assured the group.

Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival is Coming

Alison Sheehey, Outreach Director for Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve reminded everyone that the 15th annual Kern River Valley Spring Nature Festival will be taking place from April 29 - May 5, at their headquarters in Weldon. The festival celebrates the biodiversity of the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada, which is home to over 200 nesting species of birds, over 100 species of mammals, over 130 species of butterflies, and over 2000 species of plants. So far, Audubon has received over 82 paid registrations for field trips from people coming from out of the area to enjoy the festivities.

This year, the festival will boast over 30 quality field trips that cover every aspect of Kern Valley natural attributes as well as children’s activities, information tables, wildlife displays, nature-related vendors, and workshops and demonstrations at the Preserve. There will be dinners on Friday and Saturday night at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jason Saleeby of CalTech on Friday, who will give a themed presentation about "Geology of Your Backyard: Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada." Saturday night's keynote speaker will be Bob Barnes who will give a presentation on "Birding the Kern River Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada".

To learn more about the Kern Valley Spring Nature Festival, visit the festival website at http://kern.audubon.org/KRVSNF.htm.

Seniors Spring Health Faire Coming Next Week

Jeanette Rogers announced that the Kern Valley Healthcare District will be hosting its annual Seniors Spring Health and Information Faire on April 13-14. On Monday, April 13, from 8-9:30 a.m. they will have a Lipid Panel Blood draw for $10, and those who are interested in the draw are reminded to fast for 12 hours prior. The following day, Apr. 14, the Faire will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. The faire will offer many free health and information services from more than 45 community participants. For more information about booths and providers, call Jeanette at 376-4419.

Roping Event Fundraiser this Saturday

Rogers also announced that the Kernville Chamber of Commerce will be holding a roping event at the rodeo grounds this Saturday, April 11, and are looking for volunteers to help with the event. All proceeds will be donated to the family of Denny Knight, who recently passed away. For more information or to volunteer, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at 376-2629.

Art Walk and Car Show May 9

Saturday, May 9 will be a busy day in Kernville! The Kernville Merchants, along with the Rotary Club are planning the first ever Kernville Art Walk, a day of art sponsored by 30 local businesses which will take place on Sat., May 9 from 9-5 throughout Circle Park and will feature 68 artists from the Kern Valley, Ridgecrest, and the Bakersfield Art Association. During the same time, in Riverside Park the Rotary Club is also sponsoring their 10th annual classic car show, “Down by the Riverside,” open to all cars, trucks, and street rods, stock or custom, from 1975 or older. The event will feature a lake cruise, vendors, a giant raffle, 50’s and 60’s music, a chili cook off, a pet parade, and more. For more information, call 378-3888.

Art Association Forum on Public Art

Jim Davis, President of the Kern River Valley Art Association, encouraged everyone who is interested in supporting local art to come to their next forum in a series about art in the Kern Valley. The forum will take place on Thursday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Judy Deems to discuss public art. Public Art can be many things, and Deems’s murals have brought life wherever they are placed and will for many years to come. The boulevards of Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights have open places that could be available to display public art, as well as parks throughout the Kern Valley. If you are interested in learning more or attending the forum, call Judy at 379-4109.

Fire Safe Council Event May 3

Lloyd Smith, President of the KRV Fire Safe Council (FSC) announced that May 4-9 is wildfire awareness week, and to kick it off the FSC will be hosting a day-long fire safe event on Sunday, May 3, to help residents learn how to make their homes and properties fire safe. The day will begin with a mini Home Ignition Zone presentation at KC Fire station 72 in Lake Isabella, followed by a tour of 2-3 homes for fire assessment and the viewing of a demonstration lot in Bodfish Canyon where a fuels reduction and prescribed burning project has been completed. More details to come in the KV Sun.

2008 National Butterfly Event Brought Tourists from Across the U.S.

Bob Barnes announced that last year, the North American Butterfly Association held its annual conference in the Kern Valley, and 185 people from 27 states, as well as some visitors from England and Mexico, spent a week here enjoying sighting over 100 species of butterflies. The latest issue of American Butterflies Magazine features a 16-page article about the conference, including several photos, text about our local butterflies and the event itself written by Barnes, and several testimonials of people who traveled to attend the conference. The article could likely bring even more nature tourism to the Kern Valley!

One Day Grant Writing Workshop at Cerro Coso

Marianne Fontaine announced that the college’s Child Development Department will host a .5 unit grant writing workshop at the Cerro Coso campus on Saturday, Apr. 18, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The workshop will include selecting and writing scholarships and grants, with keynote speaker Nancy Puckett. Attendees will leave the workshop understanding how to search for and narrow down which grant or scholarship to apply for; why their past grants or scholarships have been rejected and how to improve them; and how to effectively write a grant proposal or scholarship application and essay. For more information, visit their website at www.cerrocoso.edu.

KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 5 in the Kernville Community Room, next to the Kernville Chamber office, Sierra Way @ Kernville Road, Kernville.
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Kern Valley Sun 8-12-09: Water, high speed Internet on KRVR agenda - 2009/08/12 07:11 SOURCE: http://www.kvsun.com/articles/2009/08/11/news/doc4a81bac62f819488422412.txt
From the August 12, 2009 Kern Valley Sun:
Water, high speed Internet on KRVR agenda
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Kern Valley Sun

Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held its monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 5, to discuss local current events and topics.

Water issues in Kern County

Chuck Williams, Water Master of Kern County since 1956, gave a presentation about the history of Lake Isabella, current water issues, and different possible solutions to ensure that the reservoir remains at a usable level for tourism in coming years. According to Williams, the valley is in the third year of below-average water supply; currently the Kern River is running 40-60 percent of “normal.” Various agencies own the rights to the water in Lake Isabella, Williams explained; it waters 250,000 acres of agricultural land and much of urban Bakersfield. This fall, residents can expect to see the lake level at 110,000 acre feet, although Williams said that per agreement, Kern County can bring the lake level down to 30,000 acre feet, if deemed necessary. As the city of Bakersfield continues to develop more housing tracts on former agricultural land, the demand for water will increase. “It’s a common belief that farmers are wasteful with water; that’s not so. They’re in the business of making money like everyone else,” said Williams, “Per acre, urban development uses more water per acre than ag land.”

High speed Internet for all in Kern Valley?

Anthony Sobieski, Supervisor of Mediacom’s Technical Operations in Ridgecrest and the Kern River Valley, discussed the status of Mediacom’s effort to connect Kernville to Ridgecrest via fiber optic cable. The company has submitted its second permit request to Cal Trans, after the agency had rejected the first due to a lack of archaeological and water studies. Mediacom has completed those assessments, and is awaiting word from Cal Trans regarding approval to lay the fiber optic cable 33 miles underground from Inyokern to Onyx so that Kern Valley residents can have a reliable high speed Internet connection. Sobieski assured the group that the cost of the project will not be passed to the customer; rather, the amount of new business generated will help both Mediacom and valley residents. “Fiber optic would mean faster Internet and more bandwidth so more customers can be online,” said Sobieski, “It can also bring phone and video on demand.”

Volunteers boost morale of SNF residents

Jeanette Rogers announced that the KRV Garden Group has decided to do some volunteer gardening to improve the three courtyards at the hospital; beautifying the area outside the Skilled Nursing Facility which has suffered the effects of negative publicity in the past few years. In addition to the planting, local artist Judy Deems has agreed to paint another outdoor mural “to create a paradise for the residents and patients at the hospital.” The idea was conceived by Vera Anderson, whose mother was a SNF resident before passing on. The KRV Garden Group will be doing local fundraising to buy supplies.

Letters of support sought for Ruby Jenkins section of PCT

A group of Kern Valley hikers and friends of the late Ruby Jenkins have initiated an application to the US Board of Geographic Names to name the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that stretches from Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows for Jenkins. The effort does not change the name of the PCT; there are hundreds of trails, such as the John Muir Trail, now making up the famous route that stretches from Mexico to Canada. Jenkins authored two popular hiking guides that described and mapped all of the trails in the Southern Sierra, and was the leader of the KRV Hiking Club for 20 years. Please address your letters of support to Regional Directors, BLM, Bakersfield, CA; and US Forest Service, Porterville, CA. Send them to Kern River Valley Museum, Attn: Ron Bolyard, PO Box 651, Kernville, CA 93238.

KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. at the Kernville Chamber Building. For more information, visit www.krvr.org.
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Kern Valley Sun 9-9-09: Staying healthy, wealthy, wise on 9-2-09 KRVR agenda - 2009/09/09 11:31 SOURCE: http://www.kvsun.com/articles/2009/09/08/news/doc4aa6acb3679c3861320948.txt
From the Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Kern Valley Sun:
Staying healthy, wealthy, wise on 9-2-09 KRVR agenda
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Sun

Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held their monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, Sept. 2, to discuss local current events and topics.

Highway 178 Re-Classification Requested

Jim Nickel of Rio Bravo Ranch and Greg Buckle, Senior Project Manager of McIntosh and Assoc., gave an update about their request for an amendment to the Circulation Element of the Metropolitan Bakersfield General Plan to change the designation of State Route 178 from an arterial (major highway) designation to a collector (secondary highway) designation beginning at the intersection of Rancheria Road to the mouth of the Kern Canyon. The applicants contend that the reduced designation will have no impact because the affected portion of the road is under state jurisdiction, which requires a wider roadway than the City does, and that the road will be only widened to four lanes regardless of the approval of this request. Meeting attendees had several questions and some trepidation about this requested change, including concerns that the applicants could build in a section before reaching the1500 homes required for reassessment, which would then create a situation where the highway would widen to four lanes, then two lanes, and back to four lanes.

Career Services Center Pairs Job Applicants with Employers

Donna Moreno of the Career Services Center (CSC) gave a presentation about the many programs and services that her office, located next to the Senior Center in Lake Isabella, offers to both job seekers and employers. The CSC is a partnership of agencies, non-profits, and others working to provide seamless employment services. They offer everything from workshops on job retention to computer tutorials on a variety of commonly used programs such as Word, Access, Front Page, Excel, and more. They also provide application and resume assistance, job postings, and applicant screening. In addition, they have on-the-job training programs, the Back to Work center for displaced workers, and Rapid Response, a program where a CSC representative will go to a business that is facing possible layoffs and help the employees get back into the job market ASAP. Moreno stated that the CSC services are needed in the Kern Valley, as overall the area has a 16.5% unemployment rate, ranging from 6% in Kernville to 34% in Onyx. Currently, the CSC has 82 job openings posted. To learn more about the services that the CSC offers, stop by their office or visit their website at www.CareerServicesCenter.com.

Eyes Wide Open Program Coming Soon

Nancy Puckett of the Family Resource Center spoke about the Eyes Wide Open program, which she is developing and was funded by Kern Community Foundation’s Women and Girls Fund, in which 20 middle school at-risk girls will be given a personal mentor and learn about the possibilities that await them after high school. The girls, who have to apply for the program to take part, will be given weekly classes on a variety of important topics such as self-esteem, computers, public speaking, career options, and more. The girls will also get to go on field trips where they can learn first hand where continued education can take them, such as high-level math and science jobs at China Lake.

Help Keep Isabella Boulevard Beautiful

Emily Diggles, mastermind behind the efforts to beautify Isabella Blvd., reported that at 82 years old, she can no longer maintain the landscaping herself, and requested help with the costs to hire a professional to do so. She has found Daniel Jiminez, who has agreed to do the maintenance for only $250 a month, and she is trying to raise $60,000 for the Coe, Gorman, Diggles Foundation, which is dedicated to Isabella Downtown Beautification. The money would be put into an endowment fund, which would pay for maintenance of the boulevard in perpetuity. Diggles warned that if we do not do something to ensure the maintenance of the boulevard, all of the efforts that have been made for the past 14 years to ensure that Lake Isabella is more attractive to residents and visitors could be lost. To help with maintenance or to donate to the foundation, call Emily at 379-6162 or Faith Morrison at 417-2068. To send a check, make it payable to Kern Community Foundation with a memo for the Coe, Gorman, Diggles Fund, P.O. Box 592, Bodfish, CA 93205.

Senior Summer Health Faire Coming Soon

Jeanette Rogers announced that the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation will be holding their 9th annual Seniors Summer Health and Information Faire on Monday, Sept. 28, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Lake Isabella Senior Center. They will be offering many free services and health information from more than 45 community participants, including a new offering of a free dermascan. As always, they will be offering a cardiac assessment blood draw for only $10, but make sure to fast for 12 hours prior to the draw. For more information about booths and providers, call Jeanette at 376-4419.

KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. at the Kernville Chamber Building. For more information, visit www.krvr.org.
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KV Sun 10-14-09: KRVR reports rural development grants, loans available now - 2009/10/14 16:07 SOURCE: http://www.kvsun.com/articles/2009/10/14/news/doc4ad4ee0a5bc1d060148669.txt
From the 10-14-09 Kern Valley Sun
KRVR reports rural development grants, loans available now
Valerie Cassity, Special to the Sun

Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held their monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 7, to discuss local current events and topics.

USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available

Dan Johnson and Mike Carnes, Area Directors with the USDA Rural Development Division, gave a presentation about different programs that are available to businesses and organizations in the Kern Valley. The Rural Development Division works with rural areas to improve economic activities and quality of life in rural areas by giving loans and grants for housing, business, health clinics, and public services such as fire and police departments. Their guaranteed loan program creates incentives for business lending that saves and creates jobs by guaranteeing business loans made by banks. Businesses can apply early next year if they are seeking a loan of $1 million or more. Their Rural Business Enterprise Grant supports economic development programs created by nonprofit economic development groups, tribes, and public bodies that assist small businesses. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Due to the onslaught of new efficient green energy systems, the USDA is also offering grants of up to $20,000 to provide renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements for farms or small businesses. The grant must cover no more than 25 percent of the project costs. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca/.

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Eleanor Frasier

Jeanette Rogers announced that the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation will be holding a reception at the Kern Valley Hospital Cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate 24 years of Dr. Eleanor Frasier’s service to the facility as she retires. Hors d’ouvres will be served. The community is invited to come and show their appreciation to Dr. Frasier for her many years of dedicated services. In her honor, the Hospital Auxiliary donated the funds for state-of-the-art equipment which will allow doctors to send x-rays via email.

Help Local Wildlife at the Kern River Preserve Work Day

Alison Sheehey, Outreach Coordinator for Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve, announced that they will be holding a volunteer work day on Sat., Oct. 17, from 8 a.m.-noon at the Preserve headquarters in Weldon. Volunteers will help remove interior fences and help replace exterior fences. This project is to remove barriers to wildlife and reinforce livestock fences for areas where we allow seasonal grazing. Bring gloves, wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes/boots and safety glasses if you have them. For more information, or to volunteer, call 417-1149.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy License Plates Available

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has created a license plate [see image below] to help fund programs to protect and preserve the communities and resources within the Sierra Nevada for future generations. The cost of the plate is $50 for a new 6-digit number, or $98 for conversion of an exiting personalized plate or new personalized plate. For more information, call (530) 823-4680 or visit their website at http://www.sierralicenseplate.org/.

Living Green Kickoff Film Festival

Richard Rowe, Living Green Festival Coordinator, announced that Living Green will be holding its first event, a green film festival, on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights. The films shown will be “Flow,” about water issues; “Food, Inc.,” about where our food comes from and how it has been tainted by corporations; and “Trash,” about landfills and where our trash goes. For more information, visit krvr.org and click on Living Green.

Freedom Festival Coming Soon

KVPAC will be holding their 4th annual Kern Valley Progressive Freedom Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Frandy Park in Kernville from noon-8 p.m., and will feature music, positive speakers, and children’s events. Famous singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark will be headlining the event. Tickets are only $10 per adult, and free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. For more information, go to www.kvfreedomfestival.com.

World Polio Day Event

Also on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Kern Valley Rotary Club will be hosting the movie “Push” at 2 p.m. at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights in honor of World Polio Day. The film is about Rotary International’s work to eradicate the last 2% of the polio cases still found in the third world.

Kernville Elementary to Host Fall Fun Festival

Kernville Elementary School will be holding their annual PTC Fall Fun Fest on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m. There will be a wide variety of fun games and activities for all. Bring a cake to enter into the cake decorating contest and kids who come in costume can enter the costume contest. Admission is free, and tickets for the games may be purchased at the door. Bring your entire family for a fun time!

Kernville Chamber Seeking Whiskey Flat Mayoral Candidates

The Kernville Chamber of Commerce encourages anyone interested in raising money for their school or non-profit organization to consider running for Whiskey Flat Mayor in 2010! Doing so not only brings money to causes, but also community awareness and fun! For more information, or to throw your hat into the ring, stop by the Kernville Chamber office or call them at 376-2629.

Upcoming Meetings

Think Local First Southern Sierra will be holding their next meeting today, Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce Community Room. Anyone who owns a small business in the Kern Valley is invited to attend to brainstorm ideas to support local business and learn what the group is doing to promote local residents buying from local businesses.

Wofford Heights Community Association will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Lodge in Wofford Heights.

KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m. at the Kernville Chamber Building. For more information, visit www.krvr.org.
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