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GBU Mountain News

GBU Mountain News

July 31, 2014 - LXVIII

independent - unbiased – professional
July 31, 2014 – LXVIII

Fiesta Days 2014
- a tradition of festivities -


GBU Mountain News
July 31, 2014 - LXVIII

Fiesta Days is the longest
running celebration in the
Communities. It is the –onlyfundraising effort of the
organization was created in
1968 for the sole purpose of
supporting the health and welfare of the Mountain
Proceeds from the annual Fiesta Days support local
charities as well as local health and safety efforts.
People from all over the area, from as far away as
Bakersfield, Santa Clarita, Tehachapi, and Lancaster are
coming to the Frazier Park Fiesta Days to participate in
the three day festival!

They show off their pets in Friday’s Pet Show, test their
luck in one of the many family games, enjoy live music
all weekend, shop a wide variety of vendors, and taste a
wide assortment of foods.

Entertainment this year will include some new national
acts from off the hill including The Chimpz (as heard on
the show "Sons of Anarchy") on Friday, August 1 and
Turn the Page - Ultimate Tribute To Bob Seger and the
Silver Bullet on Saturday, August 2. Both bands have
toured the states and are known nationwide!
And, of course Frazier Park has a great selection
homegrown talent that will be performing like Bandit,
American Fossil, 2 Drink Minimum, Knucklehead
(which features members of 70's legends Steppenwolf),
Bo & The Bluesdrivers and more!
Other traditional events to enjoy are:
 Pet Show (on Friday afternoon)
 The Ed Perine Memorial Parade (on Saturday
 Family games, like watermelon eating contests and
three-legged races
 Men’s and Women’s Division Horseshoe Contests
 Log Sawing, categories for the kids to the adults
and new affairs this year include:
 Mustache and Beard Competition
 Blood Drive for Houchin Blood Bank
 Lego Building Contest
 Arm Wrestling Contest
 Teen Trivia Challenge
 Tug-o-War


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July 31, 2014 - LXVIII

1. Fiesta Days
2. All Things Local
 Important Phone Numbers
 Upcoming Events
 Gold-Gold-Gold: The Story of the 1849 Gold
Rush at the Frazier Park Library & the Ridge
Route Museum
 Cosplay Parade on July 24, 2014

Roaming Reptiles
Library Celebration of the Summer Reading
Frazier Mountain High School (FMHS)
Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation Goes
Into Effect by the California State Water Board
Public Transportation in the Frazier Park Area


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New Laws became effective in California on
July 1, 2014
All Things Regional
All Things Global
 Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 shot down in the
Ukraine – Update 1
 ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)
 Israel - Gaza Conflict
Law Enforcement Corner
 Kern County Sheriff’s Office – Frazier Park
Incident Log July 15-24
 Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD)
 California Highway Patrol
 Bakersfield Police Department (BPD)
a. Beware of Scams
Cooking & Food
 Hot Beer Soup (heisse Biersuppe)
 Potato
Kartoffelsuppe mit Gurken)
 Beans with Fruits and Vegetables Beans with
Fruits and Vegetables (Westfälisches Blindhuhn)
Animals Matter
 Izzy – Available for adoption at the Shelter on
the Hill in Lebec
 Video(s) of the week
Our Library
Incidents & Accidents - Homicides, Arrests, Traffic
Accidents, Fires & Rescues throughout Kern County
Arts – Music – Theatre
Business Affairs
Nature, Science & Technology
 Frazier Park Weather Forecast
Kern County
 Board of Supervisors Meetings
Safety & Disaster Preparedness
 Lightning Strikes: Extremely Rare Weather
Event kills one and injures eight at Venice Beach
Media Affairs

20. Legislative Affairs
 Governor Brown Signs Energy Agreement with
 Bringing Transparency to the Endangered
Species Act by Kevin McCarthy
 Local Pastor Roger L. Spradlin Leads House In
Opening Prayer
21. Where to Go – What to Do
22. Op-Ed
23. Health & Fitness
 California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Warns Consumers Not to Eat VR Green Farms
Jarred Food Products Because of Botulism Risk
Business Directory
 CDPH Warns Consumers About Undeclared
Wheat Allergen in ‘Shirin Products Bakhlava
24. Classifieds
 Cars
 Job Openings


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July 31, 2014 - LXVIII

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July 31, 2014 - LXVIII

All Things Local

Important Phone Numbers
Sheriff or CHP
Frazier Park Sheriff Station
Frazier Park Public Utility/Water District
Lebec County Water District
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas
Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)
El Tejon Unified School District 661-248-6247
Frazier Mountain High School
Frazier Park Library
Pine Mountain Club Patrol
Supervisor David Couch
Fire Station 56 (Lebec)
Fire Station 57 (Frazier Park)
661-245- 3706
Dentist Porazik, Lebec
661- 245-1434
The Photographer (fires, accidents, weddings, & all other disasters)

Upcoming Events in the Frazier Mountain

August 1-3: Fiesta Days in Frazier Park
August 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m.: Fiesta Days
Parade in Downtown Frazier Park
August 3 (Sunday) at 10 a.m.: Community
Worship at the Frazier Mountain Park
August 7-10: Tejon Outlets Grand Opening
August 15-17: Center of the World Festival
September 13: Shelter on the Hill's 11th Annual
Wine & Cheese Fundraiser

Gold – Gold – Gold: The Story of the 1849
Gold Rush at the Frazier Park Library &
the Ridge Route Museum

Jack London (played by Steve Berry) leads
the group of young prospectors from the Library
to the Museum to find Gold

On January 24, 1848 James Marshall discovered Gold in
a runoff ditch of a water-powered sawmill on the
American River. The American River is one of the many
streams spilling down from the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. The sawmill itself was owned by John Sutter.
A merchant at the tiny seaport of San Francisco heard
about the discovery and decided to spread the word. Sam
Brannan, the merchant, believed that this would attract
more gold seekers which in turn would bring more
business to his store. However, once the news of the
nearby goldfields spread, the population of San Francisco
dropped initially to 12 in 1848.
By the end of 1849 about 65,000 gold seekers from all
over the country, had come to California, looking for the
“abundance of gold.” In 1846 the non-native population
of California was estimated to be no more than 8,000.
those “forty-niners” increased the State’s population by
multiple times.
The population of San Francisco had risen to more than
5,000 and countless ships choked the city’s harbor.
Mining, digging, and panning equipment had also
become extremely expensive; for example, the price for a
shovel went from 26 cent to 16 dollars. Foreigners were
even more harassed: the state of California enacted the
Foreign Miners’ Tax in 1850. The law, primarily directed
at forcing Latinos out of the mines, required all persons
who were not native born or who had not become
American citizens under the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo to pay twenty dollars a week for licenses


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allowing them to mine. Twenty U.S. dollars in 1850 was
the equivalent of almost five hundred dollars in 2008.
In addition, these miners had to endure extreme physical
hardship: one out of every five died from disease,
exposure, or accident within the first six months of
arriving in California.
Nevertheless, by 1854 more than 300,000 had come to
the State, making the gold rush one of the largest
migrations in U.S. history.
Only a very few of the gold miners came to some wealth.
Those who for the most part became rich from the Gold
Rush were those that provided goods and services and
those that traded or speculated. Levi Strauss was one of
those. In 1853 he began producing sturdy pants with
seams strengthened by copper rivets. Today Levi Strauss
& Company is one of the leading denim jeans company
known worldwide for its brand name Levi's.
Within a few years the gold rush receded. The hundreds
of thousands of poor miners that used bare hands, pans
and cradles were replaced by professional companies
with skilled engineers and heavy equipment.
The original characters in the Gold Rush also did not
make it rich. John Marshall, who first found gold at the
American River, died broke, as did the merchant and
newspaper publisher Sam Brannan who spread the word
of the gold that was found. John Sutter, the owner of the
mill where gold was discovered first, also saw his
business ventures fail. He is, however, remembered for
building Sutter's Fort in the early 1840's which would
later become Sacramento.

After the story the children, led by prospector Jack
London (fittingly played by library staff member Steve
Berry) walked through the Frazier Mountain Park to the
nearby Ridge Route Museum. At the Museum the group
was greeted by Board Members Chandra Mead and
Bonnie Kane and provided with a cup of cold and
refreshing lemonade. Afterwards, the kids received a
short briefing about the Gold Rush, panning and the
equipment used at the time.

Most of the forty-niners panned for gold. Using historic
equipment, the children learned at the Museum how to
scoop soil into a pan and then swirling it with water. The
goal is to wash away the lighter dirt so that only the
heavier gold would remain in the pan. Each child enjoyed
the panning and all of them received a golden coin as a
memory of the day.

Cosplay Parade on July 24, 2014

On Wednesday, July 23 Storyteller Jim Cogan told the
tales of the Gold Rush at the Frazier Park Library. Nearly
70 people, most of them children and teens listened to his
energetic performance. In the single hour, the children
and adults were taken from Frazier Park to the gold
mining towns of 1849 in Northern California.

Cosplay is short for costume play. It is a performance art
in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes


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and fashion accessories to represent a specific character
or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.
Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered
on role play. Cosplay costumes vary greatly and can
range from simple themed clothing to highly detailed
costumes. Cosplay is different from costumes being worn
at Halloween or Mardi Gras. The is to replicate a specific
character, rather than to reflect the culture of a certain
holiday event. Subsequently, when in costume, most
cosplayers seek to adopt the affect, mannerisms and body
language of the characters they portray.
The characters chosen to be cosplayed may be come
from movies, TV series, books & comic books, video
games, music bands, anime and manga characters.
The number of people cosplaying as a hobby has grown
tremendously since 1990. Cosplay has become part of
popular culture, particularly in Asia, where it influences
Japanese street fashion.

Roaming Reptiles

On Tuesday,
held at the
provided, as
program by

July 22, the Roaming Reptiles show was
Frazier Park Library. Brandon Fowler
he did in 2013, an excellent educational
showcasing a variety of Reptiles and

Cosplayers in full dress parade from the Library
to the Computer & Games Store in Frazier Park

This summer Cosplay finally reached the Frazier
Mountain Communities. The Library hosted a variety of
classes on that topic, including one on the design of those
On Thursday, July 24, the activities culminated in a
colorful parade of about 20 cosplayers dressed up in a
variety of costumes and characters. The group walked
from the Library to the Computer & Games store in
“Downtown” Frazier Park and certainly grabbed the
attention of local motorists.

More than 70 children, teens, and adults enjoyed the
direct contact with his unique collection of "coldblooded" animals. The crowd learned about the living
environments of snakes, tarantulas, a 2.5 pound African
Many, adults and children alike were curious to touch or
even brave enough to hold those strange-looking but
gentle animals.


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