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Introducing Jenni Richard, local travel agent

"We are so fortunate to have an educated and experienced local travel agent now", that's what people in Tehachapi are saying about Jenni Richard, the owner of Travel by Jenni. Jenni opened up her...

 

Affordability snapshot

We got a great surprise from FHA this week: They’re lowering mortgage insurance premiums! Good news for buyers and refinancers alike. Since interest rates have moved over the last quarter, it’s...

 

What happened to rates?

Happy New Year. Have you been getting a bunch of mailers about refinancing your current home loan? Me, too. Is it really a good time to refinance? Only “maybe.” Many factors come in to play when...

 

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....

 

Make 2017 your best year yet

Here we are at the beginning of the New Year. I was just reflecting on the past year, thinking of all of the good things that were accomplished, and now, as I prepare for 2017, I’m thinking of all t...

 

Be like 'Buyer A'

“I’ve never worked with someone like you before when buying houses … it makes me wonder how many times I’ve been swindled or made bad decisions – thank you for walking us through...

 

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...

 

What you measure is what you get done

It’s late December and now is the perfect time to reflect back on the past year. Ask yourself, how did you do? What could you have done better and what turned out better than you had planned? Was...

 

Need help?

If you’re behind on your mortgage payments, or worried about how you’ll make the next one, join the more than 1.5 million families who have been helped so far. Fannie Mae has a great resource at...

 

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...

 

How secure is Social Security? – Part 1

If you’re retired or close to retiring, then you’ve probably got nothing to worry about--your Social Security benefits will likely be paid to you in the amount you’ve planned on (at least...

 

Consider some New Year's (financial) resolutions

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. We’re just about ready to open the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More...

 

Tehachapi City Council Update

Updated permit fees approved by City Council In April of 2015 the City Council approved a Services (user) Fee Study from Capital Accounting Partners of Sacramento and the development of a Full Cost...

 

Don't fall for it!

After you’ve done a new home loan, your mailbox gets stuffed with all kinds of mail. Anything you receive from your lender would be important, of course, as would anything from the local county tax...

 

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...

 

Affordable housing in state's central backbone

California's economy is rebounding toward full employment, according to the Caltrans-California Economic Forecast 2016-2050 County-Level Forecast, Mark Schniepp, director. "In 2017, the big story in...

 

Tehachapi aims to capture $158 million in retail trade leakage

Retail leakage happens when residents go to Bakersfield or Lancaster/Palmdale to shop instead of shopping in Tehachapi. Tehachapi Economic Development Coordinator Michelle Vance is on a mission to...

 

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