June 8, 2024 Edition

  • Memorial Day in Tehachapi

    Mark LaCiura, contributing writer

    The Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District honored our fallen military personnel on May 27 at Philip Marx Central Park. A large crowd gathered to remember those who have given their lives for our freedoms. Photos were displayed of fallen service members. Police Chief Richard Standridge, who had served in the United States Navy, was the guest...

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  • Custom mirrors at Mountain Dog Millworks

    Custom mirrors that bring the outdoors in! Whether it's the bathroom, bedroom or entry, these timeless mirrors can have live edges in or out, and be created in any size for any room. As usual, you can also customize with initials, logos or a personalized design, at no additional cost. For more information (and visuals) visit www.mountaindogmillworks.com or call us (661)...

  • Glass art class at the Arts Center

    Rebecca Ortiz Johnson, contributing writer

    On June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., Lelia Kleiman will conduct glass art classes at the Tehachapi Arts Center. Students will have the opportunity to work with an experienced glass artist and learn techniques to create their own glass artifacts. Students will have their choice to create their own fused glass project or copy one of three designs by our own glass fusion expert, Leila. The cost of the class is $35. Students must pre-enroll for the classes in order to attend. Pre-enrollment is required to...

  • Attention! Attention! Attention!

    ADHC

    Announcing the Adult Day Health Center’s FREE Visitors Day all Summer long between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (program hours). A free breakfast and lunch will be served. Be apart of the full program for the day to see if ADHC is right for you or your loved ones at 123 W. F St., Tehachapi, (661)...

  • Get Solar Today, and a new roof

    Get Solar Today

    As your electric bill continues to grow, we can get you a new roof and solar panels for the same monthly price, with back up batteries! That’s right, no more high electric bills, no more peak hours and a new 30-50 year roof plus solar panels with back up batteries that you own. Zero down and financing as low as 3.99%. Scan the QR code in our ad on this page to get your custom report, or go to www.getsolartoday.energy and scroll down to click on the three easy steps that will explain the process and how easy it is to save money. Call owner...

  • Get healthy with microgreens

    C. Turner, staff writer

    Phoenix Pharms Owner, Jacqueline Meadows, wanted to grow food that she could share with her community that is nutritious down to the cellular level. A lot of change has made its way into households on how to get rid of toxins in our lives. She grows microgreens to provide highly nutritious, toxic-free and clean food. They are extremely easy to add to your meals and can be eaten every day, or a few days a week to get a wide variety of vitamins and macro/micro elements. Phoenix Pharms will be...

  • My dad

    Sheila Hagel Zanghi, contributing writer

    If my dad had not been my dad, I would have been blessed to have just known him. It seemed everyone loved my dad and children adored him. We called him the baby whisperer because whenever there was a fussy baby at a gathering the baby would be handed to my dad to deal with. In a matter of minutes, the cranky baby would become a cooing giggling baby. In fact, when our friends were up with their very fussy 8-month-old, they were reluctant to leave her with my folks as we went to a meeting. Our...

  • Heritage League thanks community

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer

    The community responded enthusiastically to the yard sale at the Errea House. Many people donated items to sell, and even more people came to buy. The Tehachapi Heritage League, which operates the Tehachapi Museum and the Errea House, is dependent on fundraisers and donations to maintain these facilities. Dixie Coutant, who spearheaded the yard sale, expressed appreciation to the many docents who worked to make the sale a success and for those who donated and bought items. Tehachapi Heritage...

  • Prepare NOW for a safe and healthy summer

    Kern County Public Health Services Department

    Summer is a busy time of year as kids are out of school and many events and activities are happening around Kern County. There are steps we all can take to prevent medical emergencies in our daily lives, in and around our homes. This June, Public Health will release weekly health and safety tips to empower families to have a happy and safe summer! As we move into triple digit temperatures this weekend, Public Health urges residents to protect themselves. Heat poses a substantial health risk,...

  • Are You my Huckleberry?

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review

    If you know what a huckleberry is, you are mighty lucky! Smaller than a blueberry, a luscious dark purple when ripe, they are sweet with a hint of wildness. Huckleberries are found growing in the Pacific Northwest along mountain slopes, in forests, around lakes and are almost impossible to grow commercially. So they remain wild and free for the picking. At elevations above 5,000 feet, competition for a ripe huckleberry in late July into August is intense. Equally relished by both man and bear...

  • A thrilling conclusion to the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer

    The month of May was full of excitement as hundreds of residents combed the area riddling out clues and looking for hidden businesses. A thrilling competition was born between the top 15 teams, as they raced to see who could get to each location first. In the end, there could only be one ultimate winner, but everyone seemed to enjoy learning about places they had never seen or experiencing things they never thought they would find in Tehachapi. Sixteen local businesses and locations were...

  • Save a life - become a Water Watcher!

    Kern County Public Health Services Department

    Temperatures are rising and many Kern County families try to beat the heat with backyard swimming parties and taking trips to the beach or other recreational bodies of water. When in and around water, children must always be kept in sight of a responsible adult. Drownings can happen quickly and silently, so there is no room for error. Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children during water activities. This Water Watcher wears a lanyard that can rotate between adults to ensure that someone...

  • Physical health

    Carla Cook, MSW, LCSW, contributing writer

    Last month we examined the wellness wheel, a visual representation of seven dimensions of wellness. The categories promote self-evaluation and ways to enhance overall quality of life while focusing on living a life of meaning and purpose, adopting a balanced lifestyle, and reaching your full potential. Now we shall explore the physical dimension of the wellness wheel, which includes physical activity, nutrition, sleep hygiene and self-care. Eating healthy, regular meals and staying hydrated can...

  • Truly everything for the office & more

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer

    For many Tehachapi residents, Witt's Everything for the Office is a one-stop shop for office supplies, shipping needs, furniture and gifts. However, few people know how long this shop has served Tehachapi or of its full range of services. It started in the early 1980s when Marc Witt opened the doors to a small printing shop. "That was back when there was one blinking light in town to manage traffic, and the BeeKay Theatre was a candy shop," says Laura Coaly, current manager of Witt's. Laura has...

  • Memorial Day Celebration in Bear Valley Springs

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer

    On Monday, May 27, a large crowd gathered to pay respect to those who died in service to the nation. The speaker of the day was Navy veteran Greg Hahn, who spoke in honor of several dogs who bravely defended our troops, and were given awards of honor. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Rice, a twice honored Purple Heart veteran. Four honorees were added to the Columns of Honor on that day: James W. Saunders, a U.S Navy veteran who served in Vietnam; Richard B. Padgett, an army veteran who served in Korea; Richard B. Streid, a U.S Navy...

  • Celebration of Life: Rick Chambers

    A Celebration of life is planned June 22 at Philip Marx Central Park from 10 a.m. to noon for beloved resident and business man Rick Chambers. His wife Cathy (Honeycutt) and youngest son Roy would like to invite everyone who knew and loved Rick, to join them in remembering this wonderful, remarkable man. A Facebook page has been created so friends and family can share their thoughts, funny stories and pictures. Rick's family is looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing your memories of...

  • Memories of dad and flying

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer

    One sunny afternoon recently friends Leila and Julee and I had a delicious lunch together at Thai-Hachapi and then went for a yummy ice cream dessert at Frosty Frills (we were celebrating Julee's birthday!). After all that we decided to go out to the glider port – Mountain Valley Airport, off Highline Road – and see if there was anything going on. It was a beautiful, breezy day, and there was. The tow plane was busy pulling a couple of different gliders and people were waiting for rides. It...

  • Got a sweet tooth?

    C. Turner, staff writer

    Sugar Babe is proud to offer 100% organic cane sugar. They also strive to make the majority of their cotton candy flavors vegan-friendly, gluten-free and with no preservatives. They offer a wide variety of flavors ranging from the classics like watermelon and cherry, and exciting flavors such as pineapple whip, lavender lemonade, and waffles. Customizing and creating your perfect combination is always an option. This year at the Tehachapi Farmers Market, they are offering gigantic cones of...

  • Celebration of Life: Linda Louise Wells - June 2, 1943 – May 23, 2024

    Linda Louise Wells, 80, passed away peacefully at home on May 23. She will be laid to rest at the Bakersfield National Cemetery with her husband. Services will be scheduled at a later date. Born on June 2, 1943 in Los Angeles, Linda was the daughter of Wanell and Lucille Birch. She loved all things western and was a lifelong horseback rider. In fact, she purchased her first horse at the age of 16 with money saved from collecting aluminum cans! She became a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County in her mid 30s and retired from the department...

  • The other half of the pocket

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer

    So after playing drums for roughly six years, I was drinking beers with my dad and my lead singer, Buddy Ammons, in the Panhandle of Florida at my father's house. Buddy says to my dad, "Rolie, you have no idea how amazing your son is on the drums! He's the best around." My WWII Marine Veteran, Finnish dad belts out in his Bowser-like voice, "Well, what're you gonna do RJ? Put a sign up in Ponce De Leon (FL) saying, 'The worlds best drummer lives down this dirt road!'" This was, of course,...

  • Banducci: a grand old name

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer

    I never try to improvise or add facts just to make the story better. My brother, Everett, and a young girl named Dorothy Banducci, went to first grade together in Tehachapi. They were both six years of age. That's nothing to write home about but there are facts surrounding the Banducci name that are interesting. So, I will transport the story to the Stallion Springs area, long before anyone ever thought of doing any residential communities there. First, though, to set the scene: In the early...

  • Take responsibility for your well being

    Terry Delamater, RPh, contributing writer

    Humans vary in the efficiency with which they burn and store nutrients in response to overeating. Some people waste more energy when they overeat and store less. Those individuals tend not to gain weight easily. Humans also vary in their reaction to food deprivation. Some conserve energy better than others and when they diet, they don't lose weight easily. Obesogens (chemicals that disrupt normal development and the balance of lipid metabolism) which have entered the environment in the last 50...

  • Tech Trek Campers announced

    Linda Flores, contributing writer

    The mission of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is "to advance gender equality for women and girls through research, education and advocacy." One of the ways in which the Tehachapi Mountain Branch does this is by sponsoring local girls to attend Tech Trek, a residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp. The camps are designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. They are run entirely by...

  • Mental health support in Kern County

    Sharon Woolfolk, President of NAMI Kern County, contributing writer

    As l think about what has transpired since the pandemic, my heart aches. Where is the empathy, the compassion and understanding for individuals impacted by mental health challenges? Where can a person go to be heard and not be judged or stigmatized? National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for individuals and families affected by mental health challenges. We believe in hope, inclusion, empowerment, compassion and fairness. NAMI has been helping individuals and families for 45...

  • Rockin' the rollin' hills of T-town

    Contributing writer

    If you're a rocker of music, then Tehachapi Winery Music Festival was the place to be! The seats were empty because the dance floor was full. People jumped up when they heard their favorite song playing, letting the vibrations move them in such liberating ways, and making connections to each band member. Tehachapi Winery kept the libations flowing with choices of beer and wine, and the bartenders were absolutely attentive to their guests. They were all smiles, and rockin' out to the music, as...

  • Celebration of Life: Judith Ellen Barnes Rombouts - April 9, 1940 – May 28, 2024

    Judith Ellen Barnes Rombouts ("Judy") passed away peacefully of natural causes in her home on May 28 in Tehachapi. She had just turned 84. She was surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of her own bed in her favorite pajamas. We will always be grateful for her generosity, advice, delicious dinners and all the times she made us laugh with her quirks and comments. She was truly the family matriarch and motherly to many. She is survived by a large group of family, friends and neighbors who will...

  • The birth of the Recreational Vehicle

    Lily La B, contributing writer

    Camping – in centuries past, it was how we lived, and it was hard work collecting and chopping wood; making a fire with nothing but a flint and a prayer (or worse, a hand drill and a half an hour of intense labor spinning the stick); building a shelter to stay dry during a downpour, or warm during a blizzard; keeping the scorpions out of your shoes, and varmints (two- and four-legged) out of your meager possessions. Thank goodness we don't have to worry about that hardship today with our...

  • Celebration of Life: Julie Robin O'Shea - November 1948 – May 2024

    Eric Wibbeler, contributing writer

    Julie Robin O'Shea was born in El Centro, California, and was one of seven siblings. She had many jobs and hobbies, including the telephone company, disco teacher, receptionist for a brokerage firm and a volunteer for the wildlife ways station for exotic animals. She also worked as an extra in TV shows. One of her biggest accomplishments was to get her special license to drive a water truck for Eagle Water Company. She moved to Tehachapi approximately 15 years ago and immediately fell in love...

  • Local college coaching search doesn't need to look far

    Corey Costelloe, contributing writer

    Many of you are aware of my history within NCAA athletics, specifically at Cal State Bakersfield having served as their radio announcer from 2003-2017. Mostly with basketball before the creation of the baseball program in 2009, when I added that sport into the broadcast mix. A few seasons later I was an employee of the university and very connected with the baseball program as they built everything from the ground up. Recently it was announced that Jeremy Beard, the Roadrunners head coach from...

  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer

    I love getting out and about and checking out museums, and Kern County is home to several really special ones. Each one offers a different setting and feel, and each offers a different look at our world – both local and global – and its past. One of the more expansive museums in our area is the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science in downtown Bakersfield. I've been to it before but every time I go, I learn more about the history of Kern County, and the world in general....

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Hitching Post Theater to re-open June 15

Claudia Baker, staff writer

I recently met with Amber Mitchell, one of the partners who purchased our beloved theater. Amber, along with her partner Lorena Semerenko and their husbands, are working hard to get the Hitching Post Theater, 201 S. Green St., ready for a grand re-opening on June 15 at 2 p.m. They have remodeled the bathrooms, addressing a community request to make them a bit more spacious. Additionally, they have switched from Pepsi to Coca-Cola products. New carpet and fresh paint have really made the theater...

Valley Park grand opening, June 10

The City of Tehachapi is excited to announce the grand opening of Valley Park, 704 W. Valley Blvd., on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include a ribbon cutting, the opportunity for kids to put their handprints in concrete, a giveaway of 200 soccer balls and free soccer clinics from THS Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer teams. The park includes a 5-A-Side soccer field, landscaping, shade trees, benches, bicycle racks, picnic tables and parking....

Tehachapi Farmers Market kicks off

The City of Tehachapi invites the community to the new season of the Tehachapi Farmers Market, which kicked off Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. on S. Green Street. The event this year has a larger footprint than years past, featuring more than 50 vendors, live music, unique entertainment and games. This family-friendly event will take place every Thursday until Aug. 29. The full list of vendors and schedule of musicians is now published on the City's website at www.liveupte...

Tehachapi Job Fair, June 22

Clare Scotti, contributing writer

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce's annual Job Fair is coming up on June 22! It will be an opportunity for job seekers to find the perfect business to work for and join a team that is a perfect fit. It is also a chance for local businesses to interview potential employees and grow their teams. The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce will be offering assistance to job seekers beforehand, helping with resume building and practicing interview skills. There will be breakfast, coffee and...

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Clean California Tire Drop Off Day, June 8

Kern County Public Works

Kern County Public Works, in partnership with Caltrans’ District 9, will be hosting a Clean California Tire Drop Off Day on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until capacity is reached), for residents to drop off tires* FREE of charge at the following Kern County Disposal Sites: Ridgecrest Landfill 3301 W. Bowman Rd., Ridgecrest, California. Boron Landfill 11400 Boron Ave., Boron, California. Mojave-Rosamond Landfill 400 Silver Queen Rd., Mojave, California. Tehachapi Landfill 12001...

Summer at the library

Mark Fisher, contributing writer

It's time once again for the annual Summer Reading Challenge at the library. This year's theme is "Read, Renew, Repeat," emphasizing our responsibility to care for the earth and the other creatures we share it with. The Summer Reading Challenge gives everyone (child, teen or adult) the opportunity to read books and enter a prize drawing. When someone completes 10 books or 10 hours, the reader can choose a free book from our supply. For each additional 10 books or 10 hours, the reader gets a...