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Cozy! 5 mini-districts

In an analysis of the amended California Voting Rights Act, Marguerite Mary Leoni and Christopher E. Skinnell, writing for the League of California Cities, cite the cities of Dinuba (population...

 

Chopping up Tehachapi because 'vote dilution'

'More than one' voting rights complainant For supplementary coverage of this topic, read City Council forced to change election process on page 11: http://www.theloopnewspaper.com/...

 

Melvill's awesome flights

It was "impromptu exuberance" that prompted Scaled Composites test pilot Mike Melvill to roll SpaceShipOne as it glided back to earth on Sept. 29, 2004 to claim the $10 million Xprize for the first...

 

Arts, science, tech foundation gives $85,000.00 to pilot society for student kit airplane

High school students will build an airplane – The Arts, Science and Technology Education Corp. of Tehachapi (AST) and its anonymous angel donor from The Foundation for the Carolinas has given...

 

Truck stop bones

Future commerce in the city of Tehachapi – The vehicle and truck pump stations and metal frame of the 14,788 square foot building of the Pilot Flying J Travel Center are emerging quickly at the...

 

Joel's legacy

A year after Joel Beckmann's death on Aug. 31, 2016, the STEAM Center (science, technology, engineering, arts/agriculture and mathematics) is bursting with programs and ideas. STEAM provided 2,200...

 

Hospital total cost $100m

The total cost of building and equipping Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Hospital will be $98.9 to $99 million, perhaps a bit more, according to Eugene Suksi, CEO of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare...

 

Pilot Flying J to join Love's at the Summit

Tehachapi's second major truck stop is due to open this year as seasoned traveling crews drive construction of the Pilot Flying J Travel Center toward completion. "They are due to open in October,"...

 

Building good behavior with positive reinforcement -- 'I am like a whole new kid'

The Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) has implemented a program that seeks to change student bad behavior by rewarding good behavior. The concept is called Positive Behavioral Interventions...

 

'Definitely possible' in Kern - Regional innovation centers spark economic growth

Kern Economic Development Corporation President and CE0 Richard Chapman told the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council July 5 that hubs of technology and business innovation are sprouting up...

 

Forde Shorts

Determined director – Ten-year-old Phoebe Morgan-VerHagen of Tehachapi co-directed two of the 10-minute plays recently presented in Tehachapi Community Theatre's Playwright's Festival. Phoebe's...

 

cement plant circa 1914

The Lehigh Hanson cement plant has been the employment anchor of Tehachapi life for more than 100 years. Three generations of some local families have worked at the facility. The Los Angeles Board of...

 

Kindness in 1881 children's book

An 1881 children's book shows that the concepts of diversity, compassion and tolerance are not modern inventions. Forde Files found a water-damaged children's book titled "Chatterbox," edited by...

 

Moving mountains to ease train traffic jams

Major improvements to the train track that climbs up Tehachapi Canyon -- including double tracking and new sidings – are eliminating choke points and enabling longer trains to navigate the winding,...

 

Tehachapi mountain bike teams win competition on home turf

The Tehachapi high school and middle school mountain bike team captured top Division 1 honors at the Southern California (SoCal) High School Cycling League final race of the year, April 29-30 at...

 

Non-Profit Showcase spotlights Tehachapi's big heart: Non-profits welcome volunteers, participation

One thing the 28 organizations represented at Tehachapi's April 26 Non-Profit Showcase at Jacobsen Middle School gymnasium have in common – in addition to the free chocolate and pens at the booths...

 

Depot Friends propose Loop viewing platform

The Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD), a volunteer non-profit group that manages the Tehachapi railroad depot and museum, has proposed the construction of a viewing platform overlooking the...

 

'Best of Broadway' dazzles at the BeeKay

Director Christal Wheeler's Tehachapi Community Theatre production of "The Best of Broadway," now playing at the BeeKay Theatre, is wonderful family entertainment that merges a diverse cast of 28....

 

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...

 

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