July 6, 2024 Edition

  • Soaring sailplanes in the Tehachapi Valley (part 1)

    Mark LaCiura, contributing writer

    Like most kids born in the 1950s, I wanted to learn to drive as soon as I could reach the gas and brake pedals. I also wanted to learn how to safely target, trap, shoot and receive aircraft flight instruction. I lived near El Monte airport in the San Gabriel Valley when I was 13 years old. I would ride my bike down to watch the take-offs and landings of all kinds of aircraft. My uncle Jim had pilot friends who owned a Beachcraft Bonanza. I was invited on a trip to Las Vegas in the aircraft,...

  • Mountain Dog Millworks

    Poker anyone?! Check out this custom solid oak poker table with authentic silver pirate coins imbedded and a whiskey barrel base. Mountain Dog Millworks has moved their showroom. Their custom furniture and home decor can now be viewed and picked up at Tehachapi Furniture and Mattress Center, located at 20302 W. Valley Blvd. As always, if you want to view all of their extraordinary work, visit their website www.mountaindogmillworks.com, call them directly at (661) 972-9095 or visit their booth...

  • Tehachapi High School students at National Test Pilot School

    Kelsey Krupicka, contributing writer

    The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) recently concluded its Summer Flight Test Academy for high school students, offering a unique glimpse into the world of aerospace engineering and flight testing. Four students from Tehachapi were selected by their teachers to participate in this program, along with 14 other students within the Antelope Valley. Commencing on June 17, the week long academy provided a hands-on education in aviation, covering a spectrum of subjects from aerodynamics to...

  • Windows 10 end of support

    Guy Martin, owner of Control-Alt-Delete

    As with all Windows and Mac operating systems, an end of support is inevitable. Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. Windows Vista ended on April 11, 2017 (thankfully). Windows 8.1 ended on Jan. 10, 2023. And now, Windows 10 support comes to an end on Oct. 14, 2025. Now, end of support does not mean end of life. In fact, after the support ends, you can still use Windows 10 on your computer. What end of support means, is that you will no longer get security updates from Microsoft. Security updates...

  • The Salvation Army to collect gently used clothing for children in need

    The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army Tehachapi Community Center is helping to make the next school year the best school year for over 250 kids in Tehachapi by collecting school supplies, gently used clothing and other necessary items for families in need. The Salvation Army is providing free, brand-new backpacks for local students. For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. The Salvation Army adapts its services all around the country this time of year to...

  • Meet Your New Neighbors

    Pat Doody, Welcome Hostess

    Annmarie Huppert moved to Tehachapi in May from Gig Harbor, Washington, to join her son Stephen Sturm and her three grandchildren. Annmarie was born in Washington and had lived there off-and-on for most of her life, but had also spent time in Tehachapi and on the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica. Annmarie graduated from Evergreen State College in Washington with a degree in Liberal Arts, emphasis on Public Policy and Psychology. She was a Washington State Legislative Intern, worked in the...

  • Advocacy, the price, the toll, the rewards

    Corey Costelloe, contributing writer

    The journey to this point of this little column has been interesting, and the focus from just coverage to coverage and advocacy, has been a key point to take a few moments to explore. Even the fact that this column is now on these pages and no longer in other publications stemmed from my advocacy for athletic participation during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Those words were considered "too controversial" for the sports page, when in fact those statements ring truer today than ever as increasingly...

  • Lucking out: a parking lot accident

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer

    I drove a friend to Bakersfield the other day, to a medical appointment on Truxton. We parked in the clinic parking lot, across the lot from the front door, and went inside. Not long after we got there, while I was waiting and reading my book, a couple of women came in and approached the reception desk. I didn't pay much attention to them until the receptionist asked the room in general who had the rust-colored Escape in the parking lot. I said I did. One of the women turned to me then and said...

  • What is in a name?

    Robin Ray, contributing writer

    In this world of cyber communication, are we missing the opportunity for real connections with others? When we meet new people how much do we remember about them? How much do they remember us? Much of the time, it takes a genuine effort to get to know someone. We have to determine if we want to make more effort to get to know a person. This is easy when we are younger, but it can be a challenge as we age. Making connections requires effort. Sometimes we have to look at ourselves and determine how much effort we are putting into making...

  • Celebration of Life: Marty Barrozo

    It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of our friend Marty Barrozo on May 24 in Bangkok, Thailand. Marty was born May 14, 1946 and was a 30-year resident of Tehachapi before returning to Bangkok to be with family and friends. Marty was preceded in death by her beloved son, Andrew. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Fil Barrozo of Bangkok. Marty and her husband returned to Thailand to enjoy their long anticipated retirement in 2022. Marty was a dedicated student of yoga,...

  • How to properly care for your car's electrical system

    DPT Automotive

    When you get into your car and turn the key in the ignition, do you ever wonder how your vehicle works to get you to and from your destination? Don't worry if your answer is "no." Most drivers don't give the inner workings of their vehicle a second thought, until vehicle breakdowns. They have a way of putting a damper on things. Not only are they inconvenient, but the added expense of the repair work is always unwelcome. You'll hear us say this time and time again – taking care of your...

  • Thomason Childcare Solutions ribbon cutting

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer

    On June 20, a new early childcare services business celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Families and individuals from across Tehachapi had a chance to learn all about this new resource for families while playing carnival games, having their faces painted, winning fun prizes and enjoying snow cones, hot dogs, hamburgers and cotton candy. Thomason Childcare Solutions offers full or part-time care; infant and toddler programs; preschool sessions; before and after school programs;...

  • Tehachapi Adult Day Health Care

    Tehachapi Adult Day Health Care

    Tehachapi ADHC, Tehachapi’s only Adult Day Health Care, is a place to gather and socialize, make new friends and enjoy old ones. The center provides breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During mealtime, everyone gathers and enjoys their hot meals in the company of others. In addition to socialization, participants engage in crafts, board games, puzzles, pool, air hockey, ping pong, basketball, daily chair exercises and weekly movie days. The center’s...

  • Emotional wellness

    Carla Cook, MSW, LCSW, contributing writer

    Last month we explored physical wellness, the impact of sleep hygiene, nutrition, self-care, physical activity and how adopting a balanced lifestyle may influence our physical health and reaching our full potential. Now we will be investigating emotional wellness and how cultivating emotional health supports our ability to adapt to challenging events and moderate stress. The National Center For Emotional Wellness defines emotional wellness as, "an awareness, understanding and acceptance of our...

  • Celebration of Life: Mary Alice Montoya, November 14, 1946 – June 3, 2024

    Mary Alice Montoya, 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on June 3. She was born Nov. 14, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the late Arthur and Rosemary Armijo. She was one of 12 children. She met and married the late Salomon Montoya Jr. Mary moved to Los Angeles, California in 1965. She was a long time resident of Simi Valley, California then moved to Tehachapi in 2004. Mary had three children: Dianne Montoya-Mayers, late Daniel Montoya and Valerie Smith. Seven grandchildren:...

  • A man-made miracle

    Sheila Hagel Zanghi, contributing writer

    I started noticing how bad my television in my bedroom was getting. The picture was fuzzy, and the subtitles were getting worse and worse. How could that be because it was a new TV? I bought a larger TV and the picture improved somewhat, and the subtitles were a little more legible. But my new TV started to fail as well. Soon, I was standing one foot away from the screen to read the large letters. It got to the point where I did not enjoy watching TV at all. My 2-year-old glasses were no use as...

  • Walmart Car & Motorcycle Show

    Mark LaCiura, contributing writer

    There was a great showing at the Walmart Car & Motorcycle Show on June 30 in Tehachapi. Local Bakersfield Hard Tops, who race at Bakersfield Speedway dirt track, were in attendance. All proceeds went towards the Children's Miracle...

  • Golden Meadow Goats

    The Tehachapi Library

    Huge thank you to Golden Meadow Goat Farm for visiting us at the Tehachapi Library on June 21! We absolutely loved spending time with the adorable goats and the amazing Officer Hops, our new favorite security bunny! Can't wait to see you all...

  • 20 years ago, SpaceShipOne made history

    Cathy Hansen, contributing writer

    First private manned mission to space – June 21, 2004 at Mojave Air & Space Port! Several years ago, I had the opportunity to talk to Mike Melvill about the historic flight of SpaceShipOne in June 2004. I remember him telling me, "I didn't know what to expect. All of a sudden I was seeing the stars in a black sky. It happened in an instant." Melvill is most famous for his flight test work at Scaled Composites with SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan. He piloted SpaceShipOne on its first...

  • National Ice Cream Month

    Lily La B, contributing writer

    I'm so excited to have an entire month to celebrate one of my favorite desserts – ice cream! On July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation establishing the month of July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday in July (the 21st this year) as National Ice Cream Day. I have no idea why we need a special day when we have the whole month, but I'll take it! Today's modern ice cream treat started out some 2,000 years ago as a simple icy drink. Alexander the Great (256 BC...

  • Heroes through the years

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer

    When I was 10 years old and attending the fifth grade in Tehachapi Grammar School, we gathered in our classroom and before class began, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang the patriotic hymn, "My Country 'tis of Thee." It was a nice song and we liked it. Written by Samuel Francis Smith, this would have been in 1938. One morning our teacher, Mrs. Webb said, "Our national anthem is 'The Star Spangled Banner' and has been since 1931 when it was officially declared the anthem of this...

  • Celebration of Life: Donna Patricia Richie, August 27, 1946 – June 22, 2024

    Donna Patricia Richie was born in Brighton, Massachusetts on Aug. 27, 1946 to Donald and Catherine Murley. Donna passed away at home on June 22 in Tehachapi at the age of 77. Donna grew up in New England, the eldest of four children. She took the role as the eldest very seriously, setting a moral standard for her younger siblings. Hard work and honesty were principles that guided her throughout her entire life. Donna earned her Associate of Science degree as a registered nurse in 1968. The...

  • Celebration of Life: Betty June Burgeis

    Betty June Burgeis went to be with the Lord with her husband and children by her side on June 24 in Bakersfield, California. Betty loved God above all. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, watching hummingbirds in her backyard and being a present and loving grandma and nana to her grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Morphis. Betty is survived by her husband of 49 years – Donald Burgeis. Daughters Stephanie (spouse Terry) and Crystal (spouse Jesus). Grandchildren Austin,...

  • Celebration of Life: William Joseph Zeigler, November 12, 1944 – June 16, 2024

    William Joseph Zeigler, 79, passed away on June 16. Born on Nov. 12, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Joseph Zeigler, Sr. and Margaret Davis, Bill lived a life dedicated to his family, distinguished service to his country and his community. In line with his wishes, no public service will be held. Bill was a devoted husband, father and brother. He enjoyed 50 wonderful years of marriage with his dear wife, Melang (Pepper). He was immensely proud of his three exceptional children, Mina,...

  • There's a crystal

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer

    Hey T-Town. Thank you to those of you that have reached and gave me positive feedback. Much appreciated! So, enough about me. I now want to get into a little history of Tehachapi's local music scene. And what I'm talking about, specifically, is Rock & Roll, cover band, bar band stuff. I am no aficionado on Folk, Classical, etc. I reached out to my old friends Dave Bouldin and Dennis Collins and had a wonderful chat with both! Dave is a singer/guitarist and Dennis ran sound for many bands. Dave...

  • Coldwell Banker Frontier ribbon cutting

    Pat Doody, staff writer

    On June 22, Coldwell Banker Frontier Real Estate celebrated the grand opening of their Tehachapi office with the help of employees, friends and family, as well as members of the community and the Chamber of Commerce. CEO David Knoeb cut the ribbon, assisted by family members Scott Knoeb and Misty Knoeb. Coldwell Banker Frontier was also given recognition by Mayor Michael Davies and State Senator Shannon Grove. Coldwell Banker Frontier has recently opened offices in...

  • Tehachapi Hitching Post Theater FUNdraiser to be continued…

    Cindy Marble, contributing writer

    Thank you Lorena Semerenko and Amber Mitchell for your support of the annual American Association of University Women fundraiser. When approached to continue that which Will Viner started over 15 years ago, the new owners of Tehachapi Hitching Post Theater did not even skip a beat. This is one of two annual fundraisers for AAUW Scholarship Fund for Women. In addition to the fundraiser, which starts in September and ends with a drawing at our Christmas party, Lorena and Amber have promised to honor the ticket held by last year’s winner and...

  • Tall Tales

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review

    Have you ever been in a bragging contest? Trying to one up the other guy with something like, "my fish was so big the boat started to sink." Swearing that a series of incredible events really happened in relation to subjects like ghosts, aliens or time travel? A tall tale is an account that is fanciful and difficult to believe. Perhaps exaggerating in order to make a story more enticing while creating an incredible visual for the entertainment of an audience of one or a roomful. The difference...

  • Celebration of Life: Barrett Charles Hoyle, November 20, 1946 – June 26, 2024

    It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Barrett Charles Hoyle of Tehachapi, California. He died peacefully at home on June 26, at the age of 77. Barry was born in San Jose, California on November 20, 1946, to parents Benjamin and Loretta (Weltz) Hoyle. He graduated from Palmdale High School's class of 1965. A proud veteran, Barry served three years in the Army shortly after high school. Barry was a maintenance mechanic for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, retiring after 25 years. His...

Art 2024 Tehachapi opens July 19

Pat Doody, staff writer

Now is the time to buy your ticket for the Art 2024 Tehachapi opening event on July 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Aspen Builders Community Activity Center located at 410 W. D St. in Tehachapi. Tickets are $125 and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to the Art in the Parks program with Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. The Tehachapi Arts Commission is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet all of the artists and view the paintings...

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