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Dr. Sam Conklin: a long but unexpected career as a physician

For some people, their career and life trajectory seem almost predetermined, as they follow in...

 

How THS got an Honors program – thanks to the talented and unforgettable Kathryn Errecart

I started playing piano when I was three years old, and played constantly after that. I was going to...

 

Station 11 at Keene: helicopters and elite wildland firefighting

One of Kern County's most strategically important fire stations is the little-known Keene Fire Stati...

 

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They say money talks, and they're right: it mostly just says, "Goodbye." – American Folk...

 

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"Ma'am, I have a powerful hankerin' to take you out to dinner if you ain't taken." – Hod Welden...

 

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"I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and...

 

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"We're gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren't thankful for what we already have." ...

 

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"That ceiling isn't glass; it's a very dense layer of men." – Anne Jardim Dr. Anne Jardim was one...

 

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"When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value." – Robert A. Emmons...

 

The flight of the ancients continues. . .

Among the most interesting insects to be found in the Tehachapi Mountains, or anywhere for that...

 

Bob Freeman: a Tehachapi boy through and through

My family, the Freemans, arrived in the Tehachapi Valley 140 years ago when my grandparents, Farmer...

 

Elk in Tehachapi: where did they come from?

Among the most charismatic – and largest – wildlife in the Tehachapi Mountains are the American...

 

Oh my God, there's a child on the tracks!

A Southern Pacific Railroad Fireman named James Rolls risked his life in an attempt to save a little...

 

Catching jackrabbits for the LA dog tracks

When my brother Lawrence and I were teenagers in the 1930s, we used to work for old Bill Browning...

 

The time of acorns: late summer marks the start of acorn season

Now that summer is beginning to look towards the coming autumn, oak trees in the Tehachapi Mountains...

 

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"Anything north of the 210 freeway is Northern California." – Cal Fire Captain While in town to...

 

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"I wasn't born in Tehachapi, but I chose to live here for years, and that counts for something."...

 

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"Indian Summer weather in Tehachapi, with warm gentle days and cool nights, can be as sweet as the...

 

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"Life is easy; it's music that's hard." – Dave Bouldin Dave Bouldin is retired from the fire...

 

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"Time, industry, hard work, patience and a large number of donkeys and mules will overcome all...

 

Tehachapi Oldtimers Reunion: an uncommon and joyful event

The annual Tehachapi Oldtimers Reunion was held on Aug. 1, and more than 425 people gathered in...

 

Exotic cats of the world live in Kern County

Did you know there are about 20 different species of wild cats that can be found in Kern County?...

 

Looking back on the terrible Blackburn Canyon Fire

As the West in general, and California, of course, experience another devastating wildfire year in...

 

Having babies in Tehachapi before there were doctors

I was born in Cummings Valley on Dec. 21, 1907. We didn't have no doctors here. You had to go to...

 

Finding his fortune in Tehachapi

When I was 17, in about 1905, I went to work for Nick Williams of Walker Basin, driving a horse and...

 

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