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One of the best ways to enjoy a Tehachapi apple: Drink it

Since the bright hot days of August have given way to the warm days and cool nights of September in...

 

A car chase through the streets of Tehachapi and City Park, a failed roadblock and a baseball bat

This crazy incident happened one winter in 1980, when I was in high school. One of my older brothers...

 

How can I carry this frog?

I lived in Ecuador during part of my childhood, since my father is Ecuadorian and he wanted my...

 

Tehachapi weather month-to-month, May through August

Tehachapi weather: it's a thing. Local residents talk about it, enjoy it much of the time, dread it...

 

When Caliente Creek started swallowing houses and cars

In 1983, I was 17 years old and living with my Dad, Mom, sister Joy and brother Brian in an old...

 

Lazily feeding his face – while getting stung by bees

One day after I got off work at Lehigh Southwest, I took a drive to think about my Dad, who passed...

 

When Tehachapi was partly defined by the old pear orchard

As you drive down Curry Street past the Tehachapi fire station, on the east side of the road...

 

Take an ounce of good intentions, mix in a little misunderstanding and a fireplace. . .

One wintry day in 2005, it was my turn to host our Gourmet Luncheon Group, also known as The...

 

Growing up on Old Town Road in the 1930s

My Mother was of French descent and was a tremendous cook who kept her family and many friends fed...

 

The City of Tehachapi: Then and now

Tehachapi has one of the prettiest downtown areas in Kern County, and it keeps getting more...

 

Farming in the Tehachapi Valley

I arrived in Tehachapi on the last day of December, 1940 and moved into a home purchased from my...

 

Brite Valley: a small jewel of a location in the Tehachapi Mountains

There are four main valleys in the Tehachapi Mountains: Tehachapi, Brite, Cummings and Bear...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 6, 2019

Independence Day: 160 years of celebrating in the Tehachapi Mountains

The Fourth of July, the annual holiday celebrating independence from England and the creation of...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 6, 2019

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's the Mule!

I went to work at Monolith when I was still in high school – the company (Monolith Portland...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 6, 2019

When Confederate horse thieves descended on Tehachapi

Although the Tehachapi Mountains are more than a thousand miles away from the principal...

 

Snake season: Gophersnakes and rattlesnakes return for the warmer months

The warmer months have arrived in the Tehachapi Mountains, and with the rise in temperatures comes...

 

Location, location, location – and aroma

"The first time I came to Tehachapi was in the 1930s when we came up to buy apples. There was an...

 

Moonshine, Old Town Road and a boy behind the wheel

"During Prohibition, my dad leased a ranch on Old Town Road, on the south part closer to Highway...

 

Be careful when showing off for girls

"When I was growing up, a lot of people didn't pen up their chickens during the day – they'd just...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    June 8, 2019

Tehachapi weather, January through April

What kind of weather can you expect in Tehachapi during each month? Here's a first look In the last...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    June 8, 2019

The most incredible linking of steam locomotives in history – and it happened in Tehachapi

The following is Frank Nejedly's marvelous account of what may have been the greatest single assembl...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 25, 2019

Tehachapi winds: Blowing through our lives from different directions

Wind is a fact of life when you live in the Tehachapi Mountains – there's a good reason there are...

 

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