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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 –...

 

Tehachapi 'does not tolerate crime'

Tehachapi Chief of Police Kent Kroeger said the police department has made great progress in 2016 with the opening of the Police Communications Center on July 1 and the formation of the non-profit...

 

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...

 

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...

 

It's 300 victories for coach Steve Denman

Members of his first team, hundreds of Warrior fans celebrate: It's 300 victories for coach Steve Denman! As giddy as teenagers and bearing pre-printed "300" t-shirts, men who played on the first...

 

Adventist assumes hospital operations

Adventist Health officially assumed management and operation of the Tehachapi Hospital and three clinics on Nov. 1, 2016 with a ribbon cutting on the tented hospital parking lot at E street and...

 

Hospital healing garden promises serenity

As the Replacement Tehachapi Acute Care Hospital races toward completion and a grand opening some time in February, 2017, the Zen-like Healing Garden is emerging from the grounds outside the big-windo...

 

Forde Shorts

Take the kids – The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's sparkling new Meadowbrook Park is scheduled to open Oct. 29. The dog park at Meadowbrook has been upgraded too. Rec & Park...

 

How to build a smooth curb

The city of Tehachapi's grant-funded infrastructure improvement on Valley Boulevard west of Curry Street saw the installation of curbs that define the new road alignment. The improvements began with...

 

Kern agriculture crop value down 9 percent, acreage up

The total value in 2015 of all agricultural commodities in Kern County was almost $6.9 billion, a decrease of 9 percent from the 2014 crop value of $7.5 billion, Agricultural Commissioner Ruben Arroyo...

 

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