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Ride, hike, run on Lehigh Trails

When South Street Digital owner Lydia Chaney walked into Tehachapi City Hall with two cardboard boxes on March 15, the city's Economic Development Coordinator Michelle Vance whooped and ran to open...

 

Cal City reviewing permits for marijuana industry

California City planners are reviewing 60 building permits submitted by medical marijuana growers who seek to build hydroponic facilities in the city "We want to get away from special taxes," Cal...

 

Young fiddlers compete for joy of it

The California State Old Time Fiddlers Association Amateur Fiddle Contest Mar. 11 at Carden School cafeteria was all about the youngsters 19 and under and the joy of making music. Judges Patrick...

 

Forde Shorts

Another lake appears – Just as Surprise Lake in the lowlands of Bear Valley appears infrequently, a lake has arisen like Brigadoon in the lowlands of Sand Canyon (photo right). The lake is a catch...

 

Sand canyon Road repair: a community effort

The weather web site mountainbase.com, based at Oak Knolls in Golden Hills, reports that the total rainfall for the first two months of 2017 at that site measured 9.52 inches. The rainfall came...

 

Forde Shorts

Nasty, nasty, nasty – Kern County Public Health Services Director Matt Constantine’s Feb. 14, 2017 report to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on the dangers of Spice, a synthetic marijuana...

 

'In the middle of the life' of state high-speed rail project

At full build-out, the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) will have stations in eight of the 10 largest cities in the state, including Bakersfield and Palmdale. While Tehachapi does not meet the...

 

Looking good on Magellan Drive

The new Tehachapi hospital at 1100 Magellan Drive appears ready to open its doors and save lives... but there's more to be done before the official opening in the third quarter of 2017. Some...

 

Forde Shorts

Beware scams – Evil people use “social engineering” to scam you. At the Feb. 1 meeting of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce President Ida...

 

hospital contractors moving on

Off they go... The parade of construction trailers that have been a fixture at the Replacement Tehachapi Critical Access Hospital site at Capital Hills since February, 2013 are being removed as the...

 

Forde Shorts

Got medals – Jim Arnold, co-owner of Triassic Legacy Vineyard, reported that their wine had won four medals in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle 2017 wine competition – gold for their Big Ba...

 

Tehachapi banks abundant water supplies

With the Sierra snowpack high and rainstorms washing over California, water availability has taken a dramatic turn. Over a period of 10 days recently, the statewide snowpack rose from 63 percent of no...

 

Tehachapi healthcare No. 1 need: access to primary care

A comprehensive healthcare assessment in the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District service area shows that the community needs better access to primary health care. "That's the number one need –...

 

Joyful message of Chanukah

Chabad of Bakersfield lights public menorah in Tehachapi Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is a happy eight-day Jewish celebration of the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army in 165...

 

Bi-partisan triumph: Congress opens up water tap

Five years of tough negotiating by California legislators has resulted in the inclusion of provisions in a new federal infrastructure Act that will give drought-devastated, environmentally hamstrung...

 

Turbines in the snow

Two snowstorms blanketed the Tehachapi area like holiday bookends a week apart at the tail-end of 2016 -- one starting just before Christmas Eve morning and one on New Year's night, ushering in both...

 

Hospital's growing pains

The new Tehachapi hospital will open when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) says it can open. "There is no exact day," David Eastman of Adventist Health, the hospital operator, said...

 

Tehachapi won with the Wilsons

When Jim and Cheryl Wilson were ready to retire and leave Anchorage, Alaska to be closer to his children and grandchildren in the Lower 48, they knew the kind of a city in which they wanted to live....

 

Clubs serve up Santa, sausages and cheer

Families with children all dressed up for their Christmas photo (some in jammies) came to see Santa and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes and sausages Dec. 3 at Tehachapi's annual Breakfast With Santa at...

 

Forde Shorts

Young person with a goal – Forde Files happened to stop on the way to Albuquerque a month ago and discovered a charming Brigadoon-like place called Ludlow, Calif., a hundred or so miles past...

 

Growers invest $80m in Cummings Valley

The SunSelect hydroponic greenhouse complex in Cummings Valley, which did not exist four years ago, is a high-tech wonder. "It's a world-class facility and one of the most modern greenhouses in the...

 

Supervisors approve Grapevine development

20-year build-out for new Tejon Ranch community To access information on the Grapevine plan that the supervisors approved Dec. 6, go to the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department web...

 

Plastic bags become mats for homeless

American Legion Auxiliary needs now-outlawed plastic grocery bags When Tehachapi newcomer Judith Campanaro became part of The Loop family as a reporter, she brought something else – a way with craft...

 

Auction to support robotics team

The first annual Quarter Auction for the Tehachapi High School Robotics Team 585 on Sunday, Dec. 11, will generate funds to operate the 36-member club as well as support the club's outreach to younger...

 

Nature prepares for winter

Leafy trees in Tehachapi are preparing for winter by shutting down nutrients to their leaves, a process that produces bursts of brilliant color in a final farewell. The red and burgundy colors are...

 

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