Hello Kern River Valley,

I want to welcome our new members to the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce. TNT Liquidations in Lake Isabella, Johnny Bennett local realtor with Destiny Real Estate and Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors who represent the KRV and Ridgecrest regions. Thank you for becoming a part of the team and we welcome you to the valley.

As we head into March Mother Nature has only teased us a little bit with snow in the high country which we need so desperately if our lake is to gain any ground this summer. Let us hope for a late season snow storm to increase the snow pack or we are going to have another tough water summer.

I want to begin by apologizing to our flag sponsors, due to the high winds on Presidents Day we were unable to place the flags on the boulevard which all of us enjoy seeing. Anytime we have a high wind event the flag poles are damaged and bend as the poles we use are not designed for excess winds.

On March 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm your Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be holding its first in person meeting of the year at 178 Bar & Grill. This general meeting will be special in many ways, it will be our first gathering in many months due to the COVID crisis and we will be honoring our Business of The Year Reds Marina and Organization of The Year SOS Dog Rescue (Strength of Shadow).

If you are available to attend please do as we get to share the collective efforts of these deserving individuals who go above and beyond for the Kern River Valley. Please contact Jackylyn at the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce to reserve a seat and enjoy a great meal. You will have an option of a BLT or 178 Burger with fries for $10. Personally I want the Burger!

The 2021 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set to kick off on April 24, 2021 and I want to once again thank the Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as the United States Forest Service. Without their direct support this years event could have been lost. I need to remind every angler you must sign up prior to the start of the event to be entered for the full four months and two weeks during which these fish will be active with full tag values.

I just want to remind everyone as spring approaches so does the rapid growth of our native plants and grasses which will rapidly dry out and create the fire hazards none of us want. If we work on keeping the weeds abated it will be easier to maintain as the year progresses and we are protecting our homes at the same time.

Please stay safe and be kind; this is what makes our valley home. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our next luncheon. Remember to use your Chamber as we do not have a purpose without you.

Thank you and stay safe,
Fred Clark President - Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce