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Friday, Oct 26 2012 05:17 PM

Worth noting: Public comment opens on review of Tejon Ranch conservation plan, more

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A 30-day public comment period opened Friday for an environmental review of Tejon Ranch Co.'s habitat conservation plan.

The review covers the Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and an associated Implementing Plan. Both are closely related to a four-year-old agreement Tejon Ranch struck with environmental groups allowing the company to develop part but not all of its sprawling property in and around Lebec.

An environmental review was required because residential and commercial development proposed as part of the company's Tejon Mountain Village project, combined with ongoing ranch activities, would entail an "incidental take" of 27 plants and animals, including the California condor and three other endangered species.

The review is available online at federalregister.gov. Comments on it and the conservation plan can be sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by email at fw8tumshcp@fws.gov, on by mail to Roger Root, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, Calif., 93003.

Barber Honda has scheduled its third annual Veteran's Appreciation Event for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the dealership, 4500 Wible Road.

Veterans who attend are to receive a free oil change as well as coffee and doughnuts in the morning and barbecue at lunchtime.

"We are honored to support our veterans in this small way following the sacrifice that they make for us everyday, both here and abroad," Barber Honda President Stephen Ekegren wrote in a news release.

A fundraising event called Kicking for the Community is taking place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Tae Ryong Taekwondo School to benefit the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic.

Students of the school at 5620 Hageman, Suite A, are planning to break boards and put on other martial arts exhibitions. All proceeds are to be donated to the clinic, which provides mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Kern County.

RJ's Grill & Catering -- the three-month-old restaurant at 1660 Pine St. -- is hosting a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

The event is to include barbecue, pool, face painting, a bounce house, a scavenger hunt and a mini-tennis tournament.

The restaurant, an expansion of the original RJ's Bar & Grill in Rosedale, recently opened a dining patio.

Sangera Automotive Group hosted a 40th anniversary celebration Oct. 18 at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

The company invited hundreds of customers, business associates and employees for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live music.

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